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Honey Chitkara May 07 2015

Offbeat summer activities in India?

Etti Bali May 07 2015
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Give a twist to your old and regular idea of summer vacation with these offbeat summer activities in India! From native stays in unexplored Ladakh to cycle tours of the scenic south, we are here to spoil you with choices this summer!

Cheesemaking in Coonoor

How about staying in a farm where you can make your own cheese and eat it too? Sounds exciting, doesn’t it! Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farmstay offers a firsthand farm experience with accommodation in beautiful cottages and exclusive cheesemaking classes. Pair it with the charming surroundings of the Nilgiris and you get a once-in-a-lifetime summer vacation!

Yummy Cheese in the Making!

Trout Fishing Camp in Kullu

Nestled amidst the lush Tirthan Valley in Kullu, the Himalayan Trout Fishing Camp offers a unique camping experience. From eco-cabins to stone cottages, you can choose from a range of rustic accommodation units. With nothing but the rolling hills and gurgling streams to give you company, you have all the time to fish, read or indulge in adventure sports!

Hook, Line and Sinker!

Bird Watching in Haflong

Haflong is a haven for bird lovers and nature ninjas! With a sparkling lake in the centre of the town, verdant hills and lush forests, Haflong is often referred to as “Switzerland of the East”. Situated some 9 km from Haflong is Jatinga, the place notoriously known for the phenomenon of mass bird suicide. Plan a trip to Haflong to experience the quaint solitude of the countryside!

Red-Whiskered Bulbul (by Lip Kee)

Camping with the Aryans

Yes, you read that right! The twin villages of Dah (or Dha) and Hanu, also known as the “Land of the Aryans” are an aboriginal settlement located 160 kms northwest of Leh. The land is fertile, with some of the most beautiful apple and apricot orchards. There are no restaurants or hotels in the area, only tented accommodation. You can also choose to stay with the locals and include this in your list of offbeat summer activities!

Zanskar (by Philip Larson)

Cycling Circuit in Bandipur

Tread off the beaten path with a cycling tour in the beautiful locales of Bandipur National Park! There’s nothing more rejuvenating than a good dose of adrenaline as you swoosh past scenic regions of Ooty, Masinagudi, Kalhatty and Dodabetta. The cycling tour gives a whole new meaning to the term “sightseeing”, complete with homestays and memories of a lifetime!

Time taken: About 3 days for a comfortable cycling tour

Stop-overs: On your way, you can stop over at Ramanagra, Najangud and Masinagudi.

Stay at: The beautiful area of Bandipur offers a variety of stay options.

Tour Operators: Skyway International Travels, KVT Holidays, AA Recreation Tours & Travels are among the few who organize cycling tours.

Cycle Tour

Grape Stomping in Bangalore

Indulge in a sinful grape stomping and wine making session in the scenic region of Ramnagar. Stomp your way to the rhythmic music playing in the background. Later, you can indulge in vineyard tours, wine-tasting sessions and a laid back brunch. Don’t forget to stay for a day in the beautiful locales of Nandi Hills.

Stomp! (by Luke)

Mango Marathon in Ratnagiri

Enjoy a true-blue Konkan stay, complete with air-conditioned cottages and rows of mango trees! Majhya Mamacha Gaon in Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra offers a farmstay where you can indulge in rounds of mango picking and orchard tours. The farmstay aims at spreading awareness about eco-tourism, where you are not just a mere tourist, but very much a part of the village!

Take a Walk in the Fragrant Orchard (by Seb Seb)

Voluntourism in Spiti

The Spiti Ecosphere is a collaborative initiative of locals and professionals who aim to promote sustainable livelihood in the village. While on a vacation in Spiti, you can participate and volunteer for the various tasks such as building of greenhouses and preserving natural heritage. Voluntourism promotes a sense of pride of giving back to the communities as you enjoy a vacation with the locals!

Time taken: Depending on the tour you book, could be anywhere between 10 to 15 days.

Places covered: Spiti and Manali.. there are some amazing places to see in Spiti.

Stay at: There are a variety of stay options in both Manali and Spiti depending on various budgets and requirements.

Tour Operators: Spiti Ecosphere

Giving Back to the Community (from official Facebook page of Spiti Ecosphere)

From obscure to popular, from tranquil to thrilling, these offbeat summer activities are bound to give you memories of a lifetime!

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