We often find ourselves stuck in our day-to-day lives, struggling with our daily schedules. As important as work is, taking a break is equally important. They say you should travel to discover new places, but you could just as well end up discovering yourself. You 20s are the perfect time to push yourself in going the extra mile whenever possible, but it is also the time to be doing a little soul-searching while enjoying yourself immensely, of course.
Here are some places in India that must be visited in your 20s to gain a perspective on life and its various faces:
Part of the 600 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock is known for its quiet and serene ambience that it offers to its visitors. Ideal for a lazy vacation from the hectic city life, this island offers several opportunities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, glass bottom boat tour, water sports and trekking, among other activities.
GoFro Tip: Visit the elephant training camps and spend some time with the majestic yet gentle creatures.
Dzuko Valley is situated between the North-Eastern states of Nagaland and Manipur. It provid es many trekking opportunities that invariably mean a peaceful time to reflect on life. Known for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, it is also famously called the Valley of the Flowers of the North-East. Reaching Dzuko Valley is part of the whole package as well, since it requires you to trek through dense jungles and travel along the unruffled beauty of its hillside roads.
GoFro Tips: There are two starting points for the treks, Viswema and Zakhama. Viswema is a longer trek but easier, while Zakhama is a shorter but more strenuous one.
If you are in the mood for some deep thinking, Gangtok provides just about the right opportunity with its serene atmosphere and calm climate. You could take a long walk along the road leading to Raj Bhavan to enjoy Gangtok in its entirety. The city has many viewing points where on a clear day you can get amazing views of the Himalayan range. Alternatively, you could also take the ropeway and experience the bird’s eye view of the town.
GoFro Tip: Trek to the Rhododendron Valley in Barsey to watch the beautiful flowers in bloom.
Famous as ‘Himachal’s Best Kept Secret’, Tirthan Valley is a land of delights for nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts. It is the perfect place to get away to for some peace and quiet. The Great Himalayan National Park is just 3km away from the valley, offering amazing opportunities for trekking.
GoFro Tip: Try your hand at some trout fishing in the Tirthan River.
Ladakh is the answer to every traveler’s search for a great adventure. Rumbling through the highest motorable roads, you witness vast plains and the clearest of lakes, all surrounded by mighty mountains. Nothing compares to the sense of calm that you witness here. When in Ladakh, you should visit the Magnetic Hill, Pangong Lake, Zanskar Valley and Nubra Valley, among other places.
GoFro Tip: Visit the natural hot springs in Chumathang to beat the cold.