Friendships are formed during the rigorous monotony of everyday life. But when you break out of the routine, good friendships are destined to become greater. Taking some time off your schedule and spending it with friends is essential, especially in this busy age.
And what better way to unwind, unplug and renew the camaraderie than to head off on an adventurous trip with your friends?!
Here are some of the top tourist Indian destinations you need to visit with your buddies.
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Uttarakhand is a tourist’s paradise in North India with scenic locations and breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking for a Himalayan retreat, a pilgrim center or a forest safari, you’ll find it here. Depending on what your buddies are in the mood for, you can easily plan a week-long getaway and enjoy the best of what Uttarakhand has to offer.
The capital, Dehradun, has a picturesque view of the Himalayan ranges, as well as the River Ganges flowing on either side of the city. From there, you can head to hill stations such as Mussoorie, Nainital or Ranikhet. If you prefer to stay on the plains, you can visit the pilgrim centers, Rishikesh and Haridwar, or head to the wildlife sanctuaries in Jim Corbett or Binsar.
Located high atop the Western Ghats, Munnar is a scenic hill station with striking views of lakes, tea plantations, forests, waterfalls and nature parks. If you’re looking for a hill-top vacation in God’s own country, this is the place to be. There are plenty of popular tourist destinations in Munnar that you can visit with your friends.
You can easily plan a road trip – either on bikes or a chartered van from Ernakulam or Aluva. Munnar is a pleasant destination throughout the year, but the monsoon season adds a certain charm to this exotic location. The lush green hills are great for trekking, and a walk along the tea/coffee plantations can brighten even the dreariest day.
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Be enthralled with the charm of ancient India with a visit to Jaipur, the Pink City and capital of Rajasthan. The city is rich in culture and woos tourists with its myriad colors, sights, scents and smells.
If you have a group of friends who are fascinated with heritage buildings and architectural sites, you must plan a trip to Jaipur. From ancient forts and royal palaces, to natural retreats and colourful shopping centers, this historic city has it all.
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The hilly district of Coorg is called ‘Scotland of India’ for a reason. Set in the midst of the Western Ghats, the place is a haven with its misty mountains and cool weather. It’s quite famous for its heady coffee brews and vast plantations. The best way to visit Coorg with your best buds is by road.
When you head off on a bunch of bikes or cars, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful ride up the mountains amidst the forest greenery. Make sure to stop by the majestic waterfalls on the way, and bask in the flavour of coffee from the nearby plantations. If you have adventurous friends, you can also try your hand at trekking or nature walks.
Alappuzha, formerly known as Alleppey, is a quaint district on the South West coast of Kerala. Its trademark tourist attraction is the rustic backwaters and houseboat cruises which you cannot miss. You can opt to book a cruise along with your friends (and even their families, if required) for a budget friendly tropical holiday.
There are many beautiful places in Alappuzha that will appeal to the nature lover, history buff and religious devotee. If have a group of friends with diverse interests, you’re all sure to have the time of your lives here.
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Situated right on the banks of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry is a great option for a weekend, seaside retreat with friends. Long drives along the coast, scuba diving in the natural reefs, bicycle rides through French quarters and soaking in the sun on a sandy beach are just a few interesting activates you can do here.
For those who’d prefer some peace and quiet, the Aurobindo Ashram has a serene atmosphere that’s conducive for rest and reflection. If you’re interested in French architecture, culture and cuisine, you’re sure to find a taste of it in Pondicherry.
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The valley of Kashmir is one of the most idyllic places in India. The lush green meadows, fresh water springs, white snowy mountains, and serene blue lakes lend it a breathtaking air. When you share the magic of this place with your friends, you’re sure to have a once in a lifetime experience.
Shikara rides, trekking on the hills, visits to pilgrim centers, pony rides and paragliding are just a few fun activities you can engage in with your friends. And don’t forget to gorge on the delectable Kashmiri cuisine during your stay – it’s certainly one of a kind.
India is such a diverse land that’s filled with natural beauty and heritage wonders. We hope this article has shed some light on potential tourist destinations you can visit with your best buddies. No matter where you’re planning to go, you’re sure to have fun together!
Sunu Philip is the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin – a Kerala based tour operator. She loves reading, exploring new places and trying out different cuisines!