You think that only the dust and pollution from the city covers you everyday? Well then think again! You get so dissolved in your daily life that your true self slowly starts to disappear. It is at such times when you feel overburdened by everything that you need to set out on a quest to rediscover your true self. Travelling is one of the best ways that this can be done.
There are many scenic places in India that offers its travellers serenity and tranquillity and these places are sure to rejuvenate you and fill you with energy that has been slowly draining away. These places are sure to get you up and going and also give you the strength to face the challenges that lie ahead of you. Here is a guide to the ten places you can head to for rediscovering yourself.
Hatu Peak is a popular tourist destination in the town of Narkanda, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 3,300 mt above the sea level, the peak here is the highest point of the town and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan Range, its snow-covered mountains, dense pine forests, apple orchards, and green paddy fields. Hiking is the sole option to reach the peak. It is a perfect place to head to for rediscovering yourself and spending some lone time mulling over your inner thoughts.
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Chopta is a beautiful hill station located in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2,680 mt above sea level. The destination has earned the name 'Mini Switzerland' owing to its breathtaking scenic beauty and lush green grasslands, known as Bugyals. Tourists can enjoy the splendid views of the mountain ranges, such as Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Nanda Devi, from here. The place is also renowned for the Tungnath Temple devoted to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. This ancient shrine is located in the Tungnath Mountain Range, at an elevation of 3,680 mt above sea level and is known as the highest Shiva Temple in the world. As per the Hindu mythology, this is the same place where Ravana, the antagonist of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, repented for his sins. It is place that is sure to rejuvenate you and help you rediscover yourself.
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Enjoy the view of one of the largest river islands in the world that goes by the name of Majuli in the state of Assam. Located on the banks of the holy Brahmaputra River, the landscape portrays nature at its charming best. It is the best place to go and rediscover yourself amongst nature. You are sure to be disconnected from the rest of the world and can calmly put your thoughts in place.
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An isolated hamlet near Darjeeling, Lepchajagat is known for its tranquillity, pine and oak forests, rich bird-life and the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga. Travellers coming here can get close to nature and rejuvenate themselves in this serene town. You can enjoy the best of nature, while sipping on the locally brewed Darjeeling tea.
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Named after Henry Havelock, a British General in the region, Havelock Island is the star attraction of the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. Many tourists flock to this paradise on earth every year. There are five main villages featuring their own unique beaches namely Govinda Nagar, Radha Nagar, Bejoy Nagar, Shyam Nagar and Krishna Nagar. Travellers coming here can indulge in various activities such as scuba diving and trekking. Head to one of the secluded beaches and let nature help you rediscover yourself by weaving its magic over you!
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Nako Lake is located in a small old-fashioned village of Nako in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. A unique feature of this lake is that it remains covered with snow for the most part of the year. The lake is surrounded by four beautiful temples and several trees, that further enhance its beauty. There is also a foot-like impression, which according to folklore, is of Guru Padmasambhava, known as the second Buddha by the Nyingma school of Buddhism. It is the perfect place to get spiritually close to nature.
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The village of Tosh in Himachal Pradesh is yet another spot that offers you an escape to peace, fresh air and nature at its absolute best. Situated at an altitude of 2,960 mt, this charming village has no motorable roads and hence requires you to either trek it up to here or avail local 'tongas' to take you. Though reaching here can be quite a task, you will certainly not complain about it as soon as the beauty of this small village is revealed to you. Nestled amongst the hills and covered with dense forests, it is surely going to blow your mind away. The place also promises you a sunset view that you will never forget. For those wanting to escape mundane lives and rediscover themselves, Tosh is the apt place to head to.
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Kasol in Himachal Pradesh is situated in the Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River. It is backpackers paradise as the region boasts of a scenic valley, untouched hills, low population and good climate throughout the year. It is also the base for Himalayan trekking and hence sees a major trekking crowd. Another unique feature of this small village is that it sees many visitors from Israel and hence should you travel here, you can see various Hebrew language banners throughout the valley. It is the ideal place to head to rejuvenate yourself and clear your mind.
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Dhankar is a small hamlet sitting on a ridge at an altitude of 3,894 mt. The town has an interesting history of the Buddhist lamas throwing stones to defend the monastery here from various invaders. Today, the quiet town is a symbol of serenity and is a place where you can rediscover yourself. You can head to the monastery here and meditate or can simply enjoy the beauty of nature that the place has to offer.
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Chapora is a small fishing village that offers a perfect beach for those who love serenity and tranquillity. It is a mesmerising beach covered with white sand and surrounded by coconut palms. The blossomy green landscapes and black magma rocks adds to the diversity of the terrain. Food stalls near the shore of the beach provides tourists with a variety of Goan food that you cannot stop yourself from indulging. Shopaholics can buy shell ornaments and home decorative from the local hawkers as well. Various interesting water activities like paragliding, wind surfing and parasailing are also very common here. The Chapora Fort, that was built 500 years ago, displays a Portuguese style of architecture and is a very famous tourist attraction. You can see the stunning natural beauty of the hills and the sea from atop this fort. It is another place where you can head to far from the noisy city to rediscover yourself.
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