VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY: 5 Offbeat Destinations In India

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VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY: 5 Offbeat Destinations In India

Valentine’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people. While there are some who dread the thought of V-Day, there are others who just can’t wait to cherish the bond they share with their loved ones. This one day holds phenomenal importance in every lover’s life, which is why it is of utmost importance to celebrate it in such a way, that it leaves an everlasting impact over your better half and moves their heart. And what could be a better way of celebrating it, than in a distant, dreamy, gorgeous location that makes you fall for each other all over again? A romantic escape amid the green valley or just two of you holding hands walking barefoot on white sand, that’s the dream, isn’t it? So here is a list of 5 off beat destinations to visit in India this Valentine’s Day. (A VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY)



GOKARNA, KARNATAKA

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What happens when all plans for Goa fail? When Lakshadweep is too expensive and Bali is way out of our league? We head to Gokarna! Four hours away from Goa, Gokarna is a dreamy and backpacker friendly land in Karnataka. The Om beach and Kudle beach provide one of the most romantic setting where you can catch the beautiful sunsets and enjoy some lovely delicacies at the beach-side shacks. It is also a great place for couples to relax away from the crazy urban hustle bustle. So if the two of you just want to enjoy the company of each other without interruption, Gokarna is the place to be. The weather in

February is extremely pleasant making it easy to walk around hand in hand.

MASHOBRA, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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Mashobra is a quaint Himachali town set at a height of 7041ft, about 13kms NE of Shimla. It is cut off from the more frenzied hustle of the rest of Shimla, and thereby ideal for couples looking to get a little alone time in peace. Mashobra has gorgeous views, rich forests and blissful weather – whole year round. It’s a charming place with a lot of staying and eating options available all the time, including Valentine’s Day.

SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA

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Take the road less traveled and explore this tucked away part of Northeast India this Valentine’s Day. Situated at an altitude of 5000ft above sea level, Shillong is the capital hill station of Meghalaya – also known as “The Abode of Clouds”. A seemingly inexhaustible number of beautiful lakes and waterfalls find their place in the pine forests and the lush green mountains of Shillong. Not only does it have splendid weather conditions, it is also surrounded by most stunning natural beauty. Cherrapunjee, which gets the highest level of rain in the world, is just 56 kms from Shillong. Cherrapunji is also famous for its living root bridges, formed due to incessant rain. You can set up camp underneath these bridges and make your stay a memorable one!



ALSO READ: Places To Go On Valentine’s Day If You Are Single

HAVELOCK, ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

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The sun, the sea and the sand have a fascinating appeal about them that lures in lovebirds from all parts of the world. Havelock island in Andaman is one such paradise that offers ample time to couples to enjoy each other’s bond – both underwater and above the water. Havelock Island as a romantic getaway is meant only for those who want to feel that adrenaline push and are adventurous spirits. Not only is it one of the best diving sites in India, travelers can also try their skills at snorkeling, trekking, fishing and safari. Take a walk in the golden sands and let Havelock indulge you in its untouched beauty.

SPITI VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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For the adventurous couples, a trek in Spiti Valley is the best destination this Valentine’s Day. With a terrain that is seriously challenging and a landscape that is drop dead gorgeous, the Spiti valley makes for an exceptional adventure destination. There are places in India that are outlined by treacherous alleys and lie buried under stiffened snow for most part of the year. Spiti Valley is one such place. Spiti is home to some of the highest villages, oldest monasteries and the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever see. All of this makes trekking in Spiti worth your while.

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Places To Go On Valentine’s Day If You Are Single

OK, I will give you some time to laugh at that irony. But if you are currently single and think Valentine’s Day is just a couples-only holiday, do give this thought more than just a laugh. If you happen to dislike the mushy romance that fills the air during this time of the year and want to go someplace far from Cupid’s sight, read on to know more about the solo trips that you can take to perfectly enjoy this spring season, while you fall in love with yourself. After all, you deserve to be self-loved, and what better way to proclaim this self-love than a solo trip?

Mcleodganj

The perfect place to be for anyone who wants to escape the mad rush and find serenity, this suburb in Dharamsala is an eclectic mix of Indo-Tibetan culture and pristine nature. Whether you want to seek solace in the Buddhist monasteries; go trekking, volunteering or meditating; or just sample the Indo-Tibetan fare on offer, this is the perfect place to rejuvenate your soul!



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Udaipur

OK, this might seem slightly off the topic, what with this being the most romantic place in Rajasthan, replete with its charming lakes and opulent palaces; but music lovers have a good reason to give this a shot, with the world music festival being held here from 10th to 12th February, 2017.

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Also Read: 10 Offbeat Things To Do In Goa

Lakshadweep

This one destination takes secluded to a whole-new level! Treat the nature lover in you to the beautiful landscape of this island- dotted with coconut trees, where white sands merge with the turquoise waters. For the adventure enthusiast, consider activities like scuba diving and snorkeling.

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Chilika Lake, Odisha

Wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts have a reason to rejoice, as this month is the perfect time to explore the picturesque beauty of this lagoon, while also getting a chance to spot the rare migratory birds that migrate during the winter month. If you are lucky, you can even spot the playful Irrawady dolphins.

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Khajuraho

Check into this historically significant town before it gives way to the scorching summer. Now is also a good time to visit because this place will be the cultural backdrop to the Khajuraho dance Festival from 20th to 26th February, 2017.

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Also Read: The Ultimate List of Adventure Activities In India

Rann of Kutch

If the idea of the full moon’s light dancing upon stretches of plain white sand is not enough motivation for you to visit this wonderland, then the fact that this place will be hosting the famous Rann Utsav till 20th February will make you pack your bags for sure!

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Coonoor/Ooty

The pleasant weather during the spring season makes these famous hill retreats a good option to just escape into the lap of nature. And while you are there, do not miss the wide assortment of homemade chocolates and teas to indulge in and bring back home with you!



Pro tip: do check out Varki/Varkey, and also gorge on the yummy and spicy molaga bajji.

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So this season of love, set upon a self-enriching travel experience and shower yourself with all the love that you need!

Also Read: 5 Ideas For Your Bachelorette Trip In India

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