Your travel calendar 2020: 20 places to visit in India

From Leh and Ladakh to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, places to travel in 2020 Photo: Reuters

From Leh and Ladakh to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, places to travel in 2020 Photo: Reuters

New Year is finally here and it is time make some new resolutions. If you are travel hungry, like us, you probably have planned to visit places and quench your wanderlust. So to help you build your travel itinerary for 2020, we thought of making a travel plan just for you based on the places that you can visit each month.

So if by any chance you were wondering where to go and specifically in which month. Here are the 20 most idyllic destinations around India you can visit in 2020.

JANUARY

Sethan Village, Himachal Pradesh

About an hour drive from the hustle bustle of Manali, this quaint little hamlet is situated in the snow-clad mountains of Himachal Pradesh. It is a place to relax, unwind and the perfect escape to experience winters. Here you can trek, experience living in igloos (Sethan is home to India’s first-ever Igloo stay vacations) and ski too.

How to reach: Take a bus from Delhi to Manali and then a 40-min drive to reach Sethan.

Shillong, Meghalaya

This hill station, situated in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, is known for its manicured gardens, rich history, pretty lakes and sunset points. The cool weather makes this destination a must during winters. It is also one of the best times for adventurous sport and camping.

How to reach: The nearest airport to Shillong is in Guwahati.

FEBRUARY

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur, Rajasthan Photo: Author

The city of lakes is a perfect destination if you are looking to get away from the bone-chilling winters of the north. Hire a bike and experience the city on your own terms. Udaipur’s rich history is something that is worth exploring. Do not miss out on scenic boat rides on Lake Pichola, sunset at Monsoon Palace and delectable dishes at decade-old street food places.

How to reach: The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Photo: Reuters

Winters is the perfect time to visit the golden city in Rajasthan’s Thar desert and experience the magic of Arabian nights and Jaisalmer Desert Festival. Walk through havelis and palaces, spend a day at a camp in the middle of the desert, ride camels and witness the picturesque Sam Sand Dunes.

How to reach: The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport.

MARCH

Kerala (Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady)

Kerala Photo: Reuters

Leisurely spending your time in the scenic backwaters aboard a pretty boathouse, with the light sound of waves surrounding you is the perfect vacation described in few words. A journey to the tea estates of Munnar, lagoons of Alleppey and lush greenery of Thekkady is the perfect vacation.

How to reach: Nearest airport is in Kochi.

Pondicherry

If you are in love with French architecture, idyllic beaches and historical monuments, Pondicherry is the place to be. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarters with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques.

How to reach: The nearest airport is in Chennai.

APRIL

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Photo: Reuters

Nestled in the pristine valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a mountainous region which is also the birthplace of Dalai Lama. Known as Dawang, this stunning place is home to the 17th-century Tawang Monastery, Madhuri Lake, P.T Tso Lake, Sela Pass and Tipi orchid sanctuaries.

How to reach: The nearest Domestic Airport is Salonibari Airport.

MAY

Lunglei, Mizoram

Lunglei, Mizoram

One of the lesser known destinations in the North East, Lunglei will leave you astounded with its scenic beauty. Green terrains, charming haunts and untouched beauty makes this beautiful town a must visit place.

How to reach: Nearest airport is Aizawl Airport.

JUNE

Parvati Valley

Parvati Valley Photo: Author

Parvati Valley will ensnare your senses with its charming lush greenery, pretty trails and adventurous terrains. Kasol and its nearby villages will leave you connected with nature. If you are someone who is an adrenaline junkie, Kheerganga trek is an experience that you should not miss out on.

How to reach: You can take a bus from Delhi.

JULY

Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as one of the most challenging treks. It also is home to some of the rarest flowers, which are in full bloom during the monsoon season. It will take you around 5 days to complete th trek.

How to reach: The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around an 11 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun.

Spiti Valley

Craving for a digital detox? Then pack your bags and escape to the spellbinding Spiti Valley which is located at a height of 12,500 feet above sea level. The experience of connecting with the raw beauty of nature will transform everything for you. While you are there do not miss out on the beautiful Kye Gompa and the nearby Kibber, Langcha, and Komic villages.

How to reach:

AUGUST

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

A paradise for nature lovers, this misty hill station boasts of lush green forests and scenic hill-top views. This getaway offers you a plethora of adventures like boating, fishing and an array of water sports. This is also the place where you can get the best strawberries.

How to reach: Take a bus from Mumbai.

SEPTEMBER

Leh and Ladakh

Leh and Ladakh Photo: Reuters

With the abrogation of Article 370, Ladakh recently became a new union territory. In the first half of September, the days here are pleasant with cold nights, but by mid of the month, it starts to snow at Khardung La and Chang La pass. The Leh-Ladakh bike trip is one of the experiences that attracts all the daredevils out there.

How to reach: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee is the nearest airport.

Kurseong, Kolkata

Kurseong

A charming hill station situated in Darjeeling, Kurseong is best known for its orchid plantations and manicured tea estates. This quaint town will calm your soul with its tranquil beauty. Don’t forget to gorge on delicious momos and kosha mangsho in tiny cafes.

How to reach: Nearest airport is Kolkata.

OCTOBER

Pakyong, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, Pakyong

With its breathtaking view, Pakyong valley will give you an opportunity to experience nature at its majestic best. From the pristine Himalayas and the clear blue Changu and Gurudongmar lakes to the serene Rumtek Gompa, Ranka Gompa and Chorten Gompa and the finger-licking delectable local dishes, Pakyong will be a beautiful experience.

How to reach: Pakyong is the nearest airport.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu Photo: Instagram/hopping_bug

With granite cliffs, pristine lakes, waterfalls and lush-green hills, Kodaikanal is the place of dreams. It is situated about 2,000 meters above sea level and the relaxed locales of this beautiful town will enchant you. This misty hill station right is right in the middle of the Palani Hills.

How to reach: The nearest airport is in Madurai.

NOVEMBER

Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch, Gujarat Photo: Reuters

Thinking of filling your Instagram with bright colours and glorious sceneries, then Kutch is your place. The Rann Utsav is one of the most captivating festivals that takes place from November to February every year.

How to reach: The nearest airport to Kutch is in the city of Bhuj.

Hampi, Karnataka

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best places to visit in winters. Visit Hampi and immerse yourself in the cuture, history, dance performances, puppet shows and fireworks that it is famous for. Do not miss the Hampi Festival, during this month.

How to reach: The nearest airport is Hubli airport.

DECEMBER

McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

This stunning suburb in the pretty town of Dharamshala is also known as Little Lhasa. With the bustling town markets, the quaint cafes and the Christmas celebrations here; McLeod Ganj will take up a special place in your heart with these experiences. One of the things that should be on your list is the Triund Trek.

How to reach: Take a bus from Delhi.

Parashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Parashar Lake Photo: Author

The Parashar Lake trek in the winters is considered to be one of the most beautiful and thrilling experiences. The trek is 10 kms long and is worth everything during this season, if you wish to witness snowfall.

How to reach: Take a bus from Delhi.

So, are you ready with your bags?

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