Someone rightly said, “There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we’re born and the day we discover why.” Even though some of us haven’t discovered the latter as yet we can celebrate the former. Since India is filled with varied cultures, traditions, climates, you can make the best use of it, this birthday and enjoy your special day with special ones in a unique way with travelling. Here are 10 places to celebrate your birthday in India:
A virgin beach located just four hours away from Mumbai on the Konkan coast. Revdanda is known for its Portuguese fort and Parsi colony. Enjoy the clear water and the clean air. If you are a lover of seafood, it is an added bonus, as you can relish the cuisine. The best time to enjoy the sea breeze of Revdanda is during the months of November to May.
Situated 164 kms from Mumbai, here you can experience the twinkling stars in the clear sky. Popular for its camping spot, Bhandardara has a beautiful dam and the Sandhan Valley famous for its waterfall. The shooting stars here are very well known. They are seen on an average of everyone every two minutes. The beauty of this place is that it can be enjoyed 365 days of the year.
Divided by the Tungabhadra River, Hampi on one side is filled with ancient temples, boulders and is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site filled with fossils. On the other side, is the Hippie world filled with bazaars selling Hippie clothing. Here you can try cycling as well as hiking as no geared vehicles are permitted. The best season to enjoy the pleasant weather here is the months of October to April. One gets the best of both worlds here.
If you’re tired of your failed Goa birthday plans with your pals because of budget constraints or because of the overcrowded place, Gokarna, lying on the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka is just perfect for you. Popularly known as mini-Goa in India, Gokarna is filled with clean beaches and mouth-watering seafood delicacies. The town can be best experienced during the months of November to May. You can also travel to the neighbouring African village and explore a diverse culture.
Located in the midst of the forest in Parvati Valley and situated at a height of 13,051 feet above sea-level, Kheerganga looks like a painted scenic picture with snow-clad mountains on all sides, the hot springs here have sulphur used for bathing as well. If you’re a lover of trekking and camping, this is the ideal place for you. Kheerganga does not have any permanent guest houses, but has life-size tents making it cosy in the cold weather with their famous chocolate milk. You can even explore the neighboring Hippie villages of Kasol, Tosh and Pulga popularly known for their cafes, hash and food. The best season to experience Kheerganga is during the months from February to December.
The last village on the Indo-Tibet border, Chitkul is situated in Himachal Pradesh and is home to a hard breed of nomadic people of Kinnaur, who spend most of the year in the arid pastures. Chitkul is considered as one of India’s hidden gems. The border also has a food stall called ‘Hindustan ka aakhri dhaba’ which is very famous and a popular selfie spot. April to December are the best months to visit this place.
7. Prashar Lake
Situated 8,960 above sea-level, Prashar Lake lies 49 kms from Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. With a temple built in the 13th century, the lake has a picturesque view also considered sacred by many. Surrounded by snow-clad mountains, here the air is clean and is the best view to try out your photography skills. The road to the lake is breath-taking and an experience by itself. The best time to visit Parashar is in from February to December.
Located in the Brahmaputra River, Majuli is the biggest river island in the world, with a receding area due to soil erosion. The place is famous for its houses built on bamboos and has the popular Kaziranga National Park located just four hours away. You can also travel to the neighbouring state of Shillong from here. The best season to enjoy Majuli is during the months from November to April.
9. Chandra Taal
Popular known as the moon lake in Spiti Valley, Chandra Taal gets its name from its crescent shape lake. You can see the massive lake after a two km hike passing through a terrain which will simply blow your mind, reaching a small hill lock. On a full moon night, the entire reflection on the moon is seen in the lake. However, this place is only accessible from mid-June to October.
Situated in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, Turtuk is the last village that permits people to travel in Kashmir. Inhabited by the Balti people of Tibetian descent, Turtuk is one of those hidden places along with the neighboring Nubra Valley which is untouched by tourism. The story of the relocation of Baltistan in 1971, is very interesting to listen to from the locals and will always leave you with goosebumps. The best time to visit Turtuk is during from May to September.
With the New Year coming soon, celebrate your birthday differently this time and experience a whole new adventure. Explore the hidden gems of the country and take this chance to make it your best birthday so far.
Text: Ravina Banze
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