Summer vacations are knocking at the door and most of you are planning to explore beautiful and famous places across the globe.
But, wait! Let’s give a twist and turn to your plans. Don’t you wish to explore the unseen beauty of the places? The beauty which is pure, fresh and less travelled.
Situated in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Bhedaghat is a place full of tranquility and picturesque views. It is also known as land of marble rocks as you can catch a glimpse of 100 feet tall gigantic rocks on both the sides of river Narmada. Another important reason to visit Bhedaghat is the Dhuandhar Falls. Sitting in the lap of nature and just endulging in pure and gigantic sound of waterfall will relax your mind, body and soul.Boating in a moonlit night across the Narmada river and gigantic marble rocks is a an experience of life time.
Borra caves are situated in Ananthagiri hills of Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh. It is 92 km north of Vishakhapatnam. You can see the artistic and effortless carving of miracles by nature in Borra caves. You would be mesmerized by the formations of stalactite and stalagmite across the caves. The ageing of these formations is known to be more than million years which shows the strength of nature. Stalagmites are formed due to percolation of water from the roof containing calcium bicarbonate. Freebies you get during visit to Borra caves are hilly terrain, lively green and moist deciduous forests and palette of wild fauna in the area.
The most unique thing about Wayanad is its connection with Mother Nature. You would be astonished to see foods being cooked in mud pots. The Bamboo village Thrikaipetta is true reflection of rural Kerala. You would feel your soul melting to see the open armed welcome by the villagers. You could soak your heart in the village culture by living life in traditional village huts, visiting organic farms and heritage homestays. You would be spellbound by the folk dances and music of the villagers. If you are a nature and culture enthusiast, this is the perfect combination of both.
If you want to experience the slow paced, yet calm life in mountains, a weekend stay in Dak Bungalow of Kumaon region would work wonders for you. You could experience the mountain festivities in the air. The typical tiled roof style bungalows would drag you back in the colonial British era. You would be thrilled by the colonial royalty and homely hospitability of the rest house. Moreover, staying here is light on pocket yet would leave heavy trails on your memory. Dense pine forest and contoured valleys make it a feast for your eyes and soul.
Barabar Caves are known to be first ever built caves of India. It is situated in Jehanabad district of Bihar, 24 km north of Gaya. Nagarjuni hills are near the Barabar Caves. Barabar hills have 3 caves whereas Nagarjuni has 4 caves. Together they are known as Satghar. These caves truly depict the ancient architecture and level of refinement which reflects in the well polished walls and roofs of the caves as if they have been done recently. These caves are known to be carved during the reign of Great Mauryan King Ashoka. Buddhist inscriptions on the wall narrate its link with Buddhists and some people say that Ashoka dedicated some of the parts to the Buddhists and Ajivikas. This also proves the unbiased religious inclination of King Ashoka. You could also see a temple of Lord Shiva at the top of the hill.