We were planning a holiday to Leh-Ladakh for a few days. I was cribbing to a friend about how the expenses are way above our budget for this holiday. She asked me "How much are you spending on this?" I gave her the figure. She said "Arre itne mein to aap foreign holiday kar aao!" (you can do a foreign holiday with that much money)
I looked at her with very wide open eyes and then said "But i don't want to holiday outside India!"
I still have to do Shillong, Sunderbans, Musical pillars at Hampi, Ajanta Ellora, Khajuraho, Kaziranga, Belur, Pondicherry....there is so much to see in this country! Way more than other countries where, usually, the only thing we see are the joy rides and the malls. (Come to Gurgaon or Noida for that too)
Do we take a "foreign" holiday just for the heck of it? Is it about what we want to experience or about what we want to tell our friends?
Want help? Here is what you can do in India this summer:
Kashmir: Enough said. A houseboat cannot be explained. A pashmina cannot be described. It can only be experienced.
Ladakh: Stark, high, lovely.
Sikkim: Green, beautiful, pristine. Dont miss the Gurudongma lake.
Uttaranchal: Get off the beaten tracks, and you will like it.
Manali: The eternal favorite. Though i prefer areas around Manali more.
Chamba: Lovely hills.
Eastern Himachal: Kinnaur district in particular, is beautiful.
Vindhya Hills: in Madhya Pradesh.
Goa: Off season discount too!!
Assam: Its too green to be hot. Likewise for Sunderbans, methinks.
Chail, Himachal: Its in the middle of a reserve forest, and its incredibly nice.
Mount Abu: If you have not seen the Dilwara temples, you have not seen craftsmanship yet. They take your breath away, and more than anything, made me realise how this country is FULL of incredible things everywhere you go!!
if you are planning a summer break, this is a shameless promotion of India. Do go!