Once the Covid situation settles in India I’m sure all of us are going to be fleeing to the mountains or beaches. Well this time, travelling is going to be very different. A lot of things have stirred up in 2020 and it has definitely changed the way we think, lead our lives and also the way we travel. We will need a proper checklist and need to be ensured that the places we go to are free from COVID- 19, safe and it’s easy to be isolated away from the crowds. So here’s a list of the top 5 places you could travel to within India once the entire situation settles down and the lockdown is lifted.
Is there any place better than the beautiful hills of Uttarakhand. Travel to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, do some white water rafting, spend a few nights in yoga retreats, meditate on the shores of Ganga, go on spiritual and adventurous activities like mountain biking, hiking etc. If this doesn’t interest you then go for a boating trip to Nainital, breathe some fresh air in Mussoorie, visit Ranikhet or pray in Kedarnath and if you really want to experience heaven visit Auli or Joshimath. Basically there is plenty to do and see in Uttarakhand and it will definitely be easy to avoid the crowds in the hilly areas and stay safe. The smaller the town the safer it is.
The land of beauty, Tibetan culture and stunning panoramas is a must on every travellers list. What’s a better place to go and disconnect after Covid settles down! How amazing would it be to just sit and enjoy the beauty of the Pangong Lake in the day and staring at the Milky Way at night. You can visit monasteries, go on treks, bike trips, indulge in hot butter tea and momos, shop in the local markets, visit the highest mountain pass and enjoy nature at it’s ultimate best.
Also the place has hardly any cases of Coronavirus, making it one of the safest travel spots. Due to it’s sparse population and geographic isolation, it is extremely easy to take care and enjoy your travel.
Closest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
Current Covid Numbers: https://covidindia.org/ladakh/
3. Darjeeling & Gangtok
Bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, this Himalayan state of Sikkim is so spectacular and is home to meadows, wildflowers, monasteries, glaciers and the famous Kanchenjunga. If you really want to take a break from the crazy city life just hop on to the next flight and do a road trip across this side of the world. Start with Darjeeling where you can live in elite properties which were built by the British, sip on the famous tea picked from the estate, walk around the small markets, ride the toy train, gaze at Mount Kanchenjunga, feast on momos and tour tea estates. You can then move further north to Gangtok followed by Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point and Gurudongmar. Most of the places are untouched, unexplored and are simply a dream to visit.
While Sikkim has closed it’s borders till October, be rest assured once it opens up the place is going to be one of the safest spots to breathe some fresh air.
4. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The breathtaking archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar islands is just the perfect tropical break you need after all that quarantine. Explore the beautiful Port Blair, the stunning beaches of Havelock Islands ( also Neil Island, Wandoor, Cinque Island, Long Island, Smith & Ross Island and Elephant Beach) Enjoy the crystal clear water, bask in the sun and swim around the rich marine life.
Closest Airport: Port Blair
Current Covid Numbers: https://covidindia.org/andaman-and-nicobar-islands/
One of my favourite places in India- the land of beaches, a laid back vibe and the most delicious seafood. Drive down or fly to Goa, hire a private villa and spend a few days or weeks in the most chilled out location. I personally love the North of Goa, the areas of Ashvem and Morjim are my favourite. Highly recommend the Vaayu Village to stay and their cafe is simply out of this world. You can surf, swim in the sea, watch the most beautiful sunset, sip on some cocktails
Closest Airport: Goa International Airport
Current Covid Numbers: https://covidindia.org/goa/