“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
If there is one resolution you make in 2018, travel must be it. We live in an incredibly beautiful country which offers varied experiences. Here’s our pick of some of the top destinations that you must make part of your itinerary this year.
Destination With The Best Resorts In India
Royal Rajasthan is undoubtedly the place to be if you prefer the luxury of some of the top resorts in India. Most of the sprawling, lavishly done up resorts of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kumbalgarh, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Chittorgarh are restored palaces of the erstwhile Rajputana. Beautiful gardens, manicured lawns, well-appointed rooms, and historic legacy – Rajasthan’s resorts have everything that one can dream of in a vacation. Indulge in a number of experiences such as camel safaris, song and dance programs, and bonfire nights in your royal vacation.
Best Winter Sports Destination In India
The slopes of Auli (in the Chamoli disrict of Uttarakhand) turn pristine white and inviting every winter. Skiers head to this beautiful hill station for their fill of winter sports. The skiing slopes of Auli are at an altitude of about 2500 to 3000 metres above sea level and the slopes are about 3 kilometres long. 10 to 20 kilometre slopes are also available for professionals. Being a popular skiing destination and a winter tourism destination, Auli is well connected with Dehradun, Delhi, and other cities of north India by road.
Best Beach Destination In India
Located along the south western coastline of India is the smallest state – Goa. Despite its size Goa boasts of about 35 of the most scenic beaches in the country. Add to this the various music festivals and events that Goa hosts, the colonial churches, and the languid culture, and it is not difficult to see why tourists are drawn to this beach destination from every part of the world. Goa tends to get exceptionally crowded over the year end festive season but it is still the best place to enjoy scrumptious sea food & the lively music, party through the night, and relax on the beach.
Best Destination For Leisure And Relaxation In India
If it is absolute indulgence and leisure that you are looking for head south to the state that is called God’s Own Country – Kerala. The tree house resorts of Munnar, Wayanad and Vythiri are the ultimate serenity experience. Sitting atop the tree houses, indulging in some of the best Ayurvedic spas, appreciating the lush green forests for Kerala, and relaxing in these resorts form some most leisurely experiences you can have in India.
Best Destination For Bird Watching In India
The Chilka Lake of Odisha is the largest brackish water lake in the continent and covers over 1100 square kilometres. It is also the favourite destination of bird watchers from across the country due to the multitude of avian visitors this lake attracts. The Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is the winter home of about 9 lakh migratory birds that fly from colder Siberian regions. It is indeed an extraordinary sight when the blue waters of the Chilka are cover with flamingoes, geese, and numerous other birds.
Best Destination For Exploring Wildlife In India
The oldest national park in India is the Jim Corbett National Park of Uttaranchal (established in 1936). This is a wildlife enthusiast’s treasure trove. Elephants, tigers, bears, sambar deer, foxes, boars, chitals roam in their natural habitat in the Jim Corbett National Park. There are about 500 species of plants and a number of medicinal herbs that grow here. Spread over about 516 square kilometres, this is one of the best places to explore wildlife in the country.
Best Medical Tourism Destination In India
Chennai, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu is undoubtedly the top medical tourism destination in the country. Chennai hospitals attract millions of patients from India and abroad due to their state-of-the-art facilities, world class medical care, and low costs. According to recent estimates Chennai, the health capital of India, receives some 200 patients from Europe, North America and from Africa each day. Medicine and quality treatment is not all that this historic city has to offer. Chennai is a city steeped in culture and is a popular tourist destination as well as a cosmopolitan city.