The humdrum of daily routine is getting all the more tiring with each passing day. Life's busy schedule is like clockwork and stress is starting to take a severe toll on your body and mind.
If all these are pretty much relatable to you, it's time you give yourself that long-deserved break. You deserve to put everything on hold for a while and contemplate how badly you miss having thrill and adventure in your life. What happened to the things that you had added to your bucket list when you were in your early 20s? They're not gone; they're just lost under the ashes of time. You've got to find them and tick them off one by one, no matter where you're in your life right now.
Go on, call those closest mates, book that one-way ticket and wander off to trek the Himalayas, to conquer the sand dunes of Rajasthan, to set foot on the verdant woods of Meghalaya. And do not think twice; Mark Twain had rightly said, "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
And to guide you through your exploration, here's our curated list of 7 destinations that have been carved out to make you one with nature and completely unwind your body, mind and soul.
1. Find Your Inner Monk At Ladakh
Ladakh, without a doubt, offers landscapes so stunning that leave you speechless. If your work has become synonymous to stress and you're hit by the desperation to run away, then Ladakh, for you, is Nirvana.
Besides a landscape that is deserted yet enchanting, Ladakh also offers you a chance to soak in the integrities of the magical Buddhist culture. There you stand a chance to dive deeper into your true self by meditating amidst the intoxicating and fresh mountain air!
2. Challenge Your Core At The Chadar Trek
Ever dreamt of walking on a frozen, active river surrounded by nature in abundance? The Chadar Trek in Ladakh, from Chilling to Zanskar Valley, brings to you an opportunity to fulfill your dream while unwinding yourself.
Trekking 75 km with a backpack, when temperatures drop down to -35 degrees, is something that definitely puts your spirit to test. But on the other side of such hardships lies fascinating views of snow-peaked mountains, lofty gorges and breathtaking sights of the untouched Himalayas.
3. Give Meditation A Chance At Rishikesh
Spread across the banks of the Ganges and beautifully enveloped by the Himalayas, Rishikesh is the perfect destination for you to revive your youth. What can be a better way to rejuvenate your inner strength than reading spiritual books amidst the tranquillity of nature? The ashrams over here also offer motivational courses for transforming your spiritual self.
4. Turn Your Age Around At The Sandakphu Trek
You age faster - or at least it feels so - when you're captive to a mundane, spiritless lifestyle. Agree? Then why not undo your age and bring back that youthfulness during an adventurous trip to Sandakphu in Sikkim? En route, you gather once in a lifetime experiences such as sleeping in villages and local schools.
Observing the local montane communities up close and stepping into unexplored forest trails are also some experiences which echo the charismatic beauty that Sikkim is.
5. Chase The Monsoon At Cherrapunji
If you're done with your city's pollution, your life's stress and all you crave is getting back in touch with nature again, the untouched natural beauty of Meghalaya is all the detox you need. Be it waking up to the cuckoo's call or relishing the unique feeling of discovering a hidden waterfall, the hills of Shillong and Cherrapunji always embrace us in ways we'd never thought possible.
Even if all of that doesn't really hone your appetite, chase the fiercest Indian monsoon at Cherrapunji and experience the magic it has to offer.
6. Road-trip Along The Golden Coastline At Gokarna
If daily life is taking a heavy toll on your well-being, there can be nothing better than spending some alone time by the calm and relaxing sea breeze. And standing at a time when Goa is perpetually teeming with tourists, Karnataka's Gokarna brings to the forefront some of the cleanest and most pristine beaches in India.
It is the perfect destination when you're looking to mute the noise of civilisation and get back in sync with your inner peace. You can either hike from Kudle Beach to Om Beach and further or put up at Ankola and take a scenic ride on NH-66 to Gokarna.
7. Wake Up Amidst The Misty Backwaters At Alleppey
The serene backwaters of Alleppey are literally tailored to drift you apart from the monotony of your usual routine that has been compromising with your happiness since some time now. Plan to stay overnight at a houseboat and the next morning you'll be greeted by the sight of morning mist as you sip your hot cup of tea, relaxing on the deck of your beautiful houseboat.
Set all your worries free and cherish the hypnotic charm of the bewitching greenery around. If you wish to further rejuvenate yourself, go for the relaxing authentic Ayurvedic treatments of Kerala.
So, what's the wait for? Pick up your hiking shoes, grab your favourite book and hit the road - your destination is waiting for you.
Want to add more to the list? Or got a suggestion or two for us? We'd be more than happy to hear them from you. Go ahead, the comments section is all yours.