It’s that time of the year again – when the heat is giving way to a mild nip in the air, and the breeze is refreshing, giving you the right weather to enjoy go out and explore new destinations.
Interestingly it’s also a time of the year when North-India comes alive, shakes off the heat and grime, and wears its full, vibrant set of colors – life, laughter, mirth, and beauty resound across its streets and lanes.
So here are the four best North Indian holiday destinations, or quick getaways, that you must visit as golden and chilly autumn comes visiting!
1. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh:
This is one of the least explored hill stations in Himachal Pradesh situated amid the lush greens of the dense pines in the Parvati Valley. This small town on the banks of the river Parvati, with pockets of small villages, is the ideal destination for an unplanned holiday, especially in November when the weather is perfect and so are the views.
If you’re an adventure-seeker, the trek to Malana Village is meant for you. To get a feel of the Himachali folk culture, you should visit the nearby Tosh village.
Tantalising Trivia: Kasol is also known as ‘Mini Israel’ because most of the tourists are from Israel and hence most places have hoardings displayed in Hebrew!
Explore a variety of hotels in Kasol to enjoy your stay and make the most of your vacation.
2. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh:
ProTip: Lucknow is a non-vegetarian’s delight. It serves the choicest kakori kebabs, 18-layered parathas, soft naans, and lip-smacking kachoris. Book your Lucknow hotels in advance!
3. Bundi, Rajasthan:Bundi has a long history of over 600 years – as a battleground for the wars that took place between the Rajputs, Marathas, and the British. With a rich narrative woven into its walls, replete with historical sites including palaces, Havelis, and Forts, Bundi holds a place of significant value in the cultural and historical landscape of Rajasthan. The weather around November is cooler, in an otherwise hot and dry state, making it the perfect time to visit this culturally rich city.
Pro-tip: Chitrashala is a part of the Bundi Palace, consisting of an art gallery with miniature colorful murals depicting scenes from the Ragmala and Raaslila.
4. Pahalgam, Jammu, and Kashmir:
Perched at 2,740 meters in the breathtakingly beautiful, Kashmir Valley, with its abundant flora and fauna and snow-capped mountains, Pahalgam has all the ingredients for a great countryside escape.
The Betaab Valley, decked with the beauties of nature, is about 15 kilometers from Pahalgam and is a must-visit for travelers. Horse riding and other adventure activities like the trek to Sheshnag Lake and river rafting in the River Lidder are essentials, once you get here.
Pro-tip: Make sure you visit the oldest park in Pahalgam – the Club Park. It offers stunning visuals of the mountains, river, and greenery.
With winter right around the corner, North India beckons – get ready for that unforgettable holiday across plains, valleys, hills, and the resplendent pages of history!