When you’re young, you should consider travelling as much as possible. Once you’re married, you may get bogged down with a whole lot more responsibilities, and find that you don’t really have the time for adventure. When in your 20s, you’re young, you’re fit and you have this unquenchable zest for adventure. At the same time, you’re mature enough to take important decisions, yet adventurous enough to take that leap into the abyss of the unknown. Here are the top 10 places to visit that you must add to your bucket list while you’re still young… And if you’re no longer in your 20s but still have a thirst for adventure, go for it anyway!
Traverse Across Living Root Bridges In Cherrapunji!
Yes, this may seem like a scene out of The Hobbit, but would you believe such a place actually does exist? The ‘Living Root Bridges’ at Cherrapunji is something you need to see for yourself to believe. These bridges were completely crafted out of living roots by the natives known as war-Khasis. Their special techniques, take advantage of the fact that these rubber trees have adapted to high soil erosion, by shooting secondary roots from their trunks. These root bridges are so strong, that some of them can carry 50 or more people at a time! As you traverse these monumental crossings, you are overwhelmed with the sight of thick winding roots, beautiful gathering of rocks and clear water below, all amidst a canopy of intertwined and towering trees. Hey, you only live once, so appreciate the marvels of nature while you can.
Have A DDLJ Moment In Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
The Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain range in North Sikkim. This picturesque valley is situated at a height of 3,564 metres above sea level, and is amicably known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’, for obvious reasons.
Yumthang Valley is extremely pleasing to the eye, with green slopes covered with trees, yaks grazing in the flower-spangled grassy plains below, and a flowing river that cuts the valley in two. The serene and tranquil air of this Valley cannot be described in words. A single visit there can leave the visitor in a bedazzled state for days on end.
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Take on an exhilarating and challenging bike expedition from Manali to Leh. The journey itself is like a pilgrimage for biker boys and biker babes. Offering one of the most scenic views in the world, this route is 475kms of pure adrenaline fuelled nirvana. Get away from your hectic city life and spend some time here reflecting on yourself. Take in the serene views of snow-capped mountains, rugged roads, sparkling turquoise lakes, cascading streams and breath-taking landscapes.
While In Leh, Why Not Visit The Stok Range
At 11,845 feet, Stok Kangri in Stok Range is a popular mountain among climbers and mountaineers alike. It is often considered as a practice run for those planning to conquer Mount Everest. The best time to visit is between May and September as the summit may be snow-free. The routes usually remain closed after November due to heavy snowfall. Generally, it takes an 8 to 10 day trek to reach the summit. All along the way, you will come across beautiful valleys, wide range of scenery owing to the multicoloured peaks, deep canyons and beautiful streams flowing down them. Also, it’s the perfect chance to enjoy some ancient Buddhist culture.
Mazaa In Mizoram
Head down south and to the east from Leh and you’ll find yourself in the magical land of Mizoram. Mizoram is a land of rolling hills, valleys, lakes and rivers. As many as 21 major hill ranges run through the length and breadth of this magnificent state, with plains scattered all about. If you’re looking to just leave all your worries behind and simply head for the hills, then Mizoram is the place you’re looking for. Remember Heidi & Peter, frolicking around the countryside in the Swiss Alps without a care in the world? Well, now you can, in Mizoram!
Take to the skies!
If you’re a Top Gun fan with a “need for speed”, then this one’s for you! Head over to Yelahanka, Bengaluru and witness an air show like no other. Who would have thought, this air show has teams from close to 27 countries participating! Join the crowds in cheering on the vast range of aircrafts as they take-off, somersault, dive and perform a wide range of aerial manoeuvres.
Visit India’s Version Of The Niagara Falls
Hogenakkal Falls in South India, which forms a part of the river Kaveri, is sometimes also referred to as the Niagara Falls of India. In Kannada, the words ‘Hoge’ means ‘Smoke’ and ‘kal’ means ‘rocks’, roughly describes Hogenakkal as Smoky Rocks. Located around 150 kms from Banglore, the mind-bogging Hogenakkal is just on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The unique sight of the tall trees mounting upon the small island-like mounds clustered with giant rocks on the way and the fiercely flowing river pounding upon it makes even the dull hearts go awe-stricken.
Camping In The Deserts Of Rajasthan
Being in your twenties is the perfect time to take a step out of your comfort zone and do something as exhilarating like staying in a dessert. Challenge yourself to camping amongst the endless expanses of sand under an open sky without proper civilisation for miles on end. Night brings in its own allure as perched on this royal divan, you relish in Rajasthani cuisine under the twinkling stars and revel in the entertainment provided by the local people.
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Fly Kites At The Rann Of Kutch!
A seasonal salt plain amidst the famous Thar Desert, when at Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, often makes one feel like they are in no man’s land. The arid desert all around and open expanses of land instil a very one of a kind feeling that only The Rann of Kutch can.
Don’t miss out on the kite festival during which the skies are filled with vibrant and oversized kites. If you’re an avid biker, then don’t miss out on the biking tours, as they are quite popular too. And since you’re already in Gujarat, head on over to the Gir Forest, which is the house to fierce lions… just make sure to take a proper tour guide along, else you may become easy prey!
Boat Trip To Andaman
If you are a beach bum, then Andaman’s silver sand beaches and turquoise waters are unparalleled to any other place in India. And for those with the urge to set sail, a boating trip from Kolkata or Chennai to get you to these marvellous shores is quite an experience in itself. A two to three days trip, sailing these pristine waters, will make you feel like Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Make sure to carry your enchanted compass though, you wouldn’t want to be stranded at sea now, would you?
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