Seek solitude? Head to these 7 destinations for a peaceful retreat

All the famous hill stations these days are engulfed by commercialisation and the peace which we crave for is lost somewhere. Checkout the list of peaceful destinations in India to provide relaxation to your fatigued body and soul.

Kasar Devi, Uttarakhand – A peaceful abode

Kasar Devi, located at a distance of approximately 14 km from Almora, is a delight for those who seek solitude. The picturesque landscape and the calm ambience of this hill station make it a perfect getaway destination. Mohan’s Cafe is one of the best places in Kasar Devi to sip coffee while enjoying the absolute calmness of the place.

Best time to visit: March to November
How to Reach: Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Cabs are available for the commute. You can also book a train from New Delhi to Kathgodam and then take a taxi for the onward journey.

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Good to know: You might suffer from motion sickness while travelling to this hill station. Keep some medicines handy always.
Accommodation options: Kalimat Estate and Mohan’s Retreat

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Nubra Valley, Ladakh – The hidden Jewel

Owing to immense natural beauty, the pristine Nubra Valley is one of the best places to go for a peaceful vacation. The valley is located on the famous Silk Route at a distance of approximately 140 km from Leh. The scenic beauty of this quiet valley is sure to rejuvenate your body and soul.

Best time to Visit: June to October
How to Reach: Leh is the nearest airport. Taxis are available from there to reach Nubra Valley. Jammu is the  nearest railway station. Nubra can also be reached by bus or jeep from Leh.
Good to know: There are no ATM’s in the valley. So, don’t forget to carry enough cash with you.
Accommodation options: Silk Route Cottages

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Backwaters of Kerala – Where Gods live

From a serene boat ride in the backwaters to a relaxing spa therapy, Kerala has a lot in offer for a perfect vacation. The immense natural beauty this state owns justifies the sobriquet ‘God’s Own Country’. On your trip to Kerala, you can spend some time sailing on the quiet backwaters, savouring local cuisine, adoring the lush green surroundings and spending some leisure time at the traditional houseboats.

Best time to Visit: September to March
How to Reach: Kerala is well-connected to all the other parts of the country by airways, railways and roadways. You can get direct trains for Kerala from all the major cities of the country. Cochin International Airport, situated in the city of Kochi, is the largest airport in the state and has a good connectivity with all the other cities.
Good to know: If your itinerary includes Munnar or Thekkady, don’t forget to carry woollen clothes with you. Accommodation options: Niraamaya Retreats (Thiruvananthapuram), Kumarakom Lake Resort (Kumarakom), Bethsaida Hermitage (Kovalam)

 

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Auli, Uttarakhand – A Fairy Land

Want to watch the snowflakes settle on a wooden frame while sipping hot ginger tea? Head towards the astonishing hill station of Auli. Other than spending time resting and adoring the beauty of nature, you can also indulge in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding as Auli is one of the best skiing destinations in India. The hill station is home to one of the highest manmade lakes and offers mind-blowing views of the mighty Himalayas. Cover all the places to visit in Auli to get the most out of your trip.  

Best time to Visit: All year round except monsoons (To enjoy winter sports, visit from December to March)
How to Reach: The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport. It is at a distance of around 279 km from the hill station. You can take a taxi or opt for a bus to travel further.
Good to know: As there are limited accommodation options, book your hotel or resort in advance. Accommodation options: The Royal Village and GMVN Hotel

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Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh – Peace Seeker’s Paradise

Ziro is a small, unusual yet beautiful hill station hidden in the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the oldest towns in the state. A visit to this pristine little town gives you a glimpse of how beautiful the mother nature is. Visit the wonderful Kile Pakho and spend some leisure time adoring the beauty of nature during your trip to Ziro.

Best time to Visit: Anytime of the year
How to Reach: The nearest airport to reach Ziro is in Tezpur. The distance from Tezpur Airport to Ziro is about 272 km. The nearest railway station to reach Ziro is Naharlagun. An overnight journey from Guwahati will take you to Naharlagun. After which it is a 4-hour drive to reach Ziro.
Good to Know: Ziro is one of the destinations that require Inner Line Permit. Every visitor (Indian and foreigners) needs a special permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh. For Indians an Inner Line Permit (ILP) and for foreigners, a Protected Area Permit are required.
Accommodation options: Ziro Valley Resort

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Agatti Island, Lakshadweep – A land of glittering sands

Want to spend some quality time sitting on a beach and watch the sunset? Book your ticket for Agatti Island now. The beautiful island is home to palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear water, turquoise lagoons and an absolutely peaceful environment. This island also makes for a wonderful honeymoon destination.

Best time to Visit: October to May
Good to Know: Picking corals, carrying alcohol and plucking coconuts are punishable acts in the island and you might be fined for it.
Accommodation options: Coral Paradise and Kadmat Beach Resort

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh – An untouched beauty

Away from the crowded cities and a fast life style is the beautiful hamlet of Khajjiar. Bestowed with immense natural beauty and lush greenery, this town is also sometimes referred to as the ‘mini Switzerland of India’. Go for a walk in the pasture lands and sit besides the wonderful lake to spend some quality time.

Best time to Visit: All year round (December to February for winter sports)
How to Reach: This hamlet is located at a distance of 520 km from Delhi. You can book a direct cab from Delhi to reach this destination. The closest railway station is Pathankot, which is 120 km away. The popular hill station of Dalhousie is just 23 km away.
Good to Know: Don’t forget to carry woollen clothes and sports shoes when you plan a trip to Khajjiar. Book a hotel in Khajjiar in advance to enjoy a comfortable stay.
Accommodation options: Royal Residency and Hotel Mini Swiss

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If looking for a respite from the crowded streets and want to spend some peaceful time, you must take off the tourist spots from your bucket list and visit places that are off the beaten track. It’s time for you to gift yourself a trip to a pristine destination and spend some quality time.

Keep Calm and Be Peaceful!!