“Life is what happens to you when you’re looking at your smartphone.”
Let’s own it up: We’re an internet-obsessed society that lives life one notification at a time. Be it checking emails, replying to messages or surfing randomly, we can’t keep our hands off our smartphones. Needless to say, with so much hyper-connectivity, we’ve really forgotten how to connect with ourselves. Even on vacations.
That’s the reason why we’ve compiled this list of some of the quaintest destinations in India which, for the good, have poor or absolutely no network reception. So if you’re planning to take a break in the proper sense, just pack your bags and head to these amazing places!
1. Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh.
A small village located in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. Its population is just a touch under thousand and it’s light years away from the humdrum of the urban world. The mountains, the clear sky, and the snow in the winters make this a perfect getaway where you can spend some quality time with yourself.
2. Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir.
A tehsil or sub-district of Kargil, Zanskar lies in the eastern side of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Hikers and mountaineers from all parts of the world come here to scale the famed Zanskar range that separates the sub-district from Ladakh. Situated at roughly 25,000 feet above sea level, this place will definitely make you forget the sound of your notifications.
3. Kheerganga, Himachal Pradesh.
Apart from the adventurous Parvati Valley trek, Kheerganga also famous for a little bit of religious history as well. It is said that Lord Shiva meditated here for 3,000 years (yes, you read that correctly). So if you are looking to get away and #connectwithyourself, then kickstart your motorcycle and head to Kheerganga, because that’s the best way to experience this place.
4. Nako, Himachal Pradesh.
A quaint village situated near the restricted zone near the border of Tibet, Nako is located near the east end of the Kinnaur Valley. The beautiful Nako lake and the sacred monastery are few of the attractions of this village. What’s more, it’s inhabited by only 128 families! That’s roughly about 550-600 people.
One of the few untouched destinations in India, the village is an ideal place where you can let off some steam and enjoy the Himalayan range on one side and the Tibetan mountains on the other.
5. Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh.
Changlang is surrounded by scenic mountains that add a bit of charm to its natural beauty, culture and traditions. The eastern mountain ranges situated here enjoy the first rays of the sun every morning. And if its natural beauty and mountains don’t do enough for you, then the tiger reserve or the World War II cemetery will definitely make this a must visit place for you.
6. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh.
Also known as Mini Switzerland, Khajjiar is a hill station in the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Back in 1992, Mr. Willy T. Blazer, the Vice Chancellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland, who gave Khajjiar this name, put up a small yellow hiking board on which the exact distance from Khajjiar to the Swiss capital Bern (6194 Kms).
The lake at Khajjiar and the thick pine forest offer a different feeling to life altogether. Sitting on a small plateau the peace and silence that comes with this place is second to none.
7. Lungthung-Dhupidhara, Sikkim.
Located at almost 11,500 feet above sea level, the village of Lungthung-Dhupidhara is perched on a hilltop with the amazing view of Mt. Kachenjungha on one side and the winding and gorgeous roads of Zuluk on the other.
The famous Thambi view point is extremely close to this village and every morning one can see the mesmerizing sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha. July is when the wildflowers make the mountains their home once the snow starts to melt.
8. Agumbe, Karnataka.
Scenic beauty and biodiversity are two words that define Agumbe. During the rainy season, Agumbe and its surrounding regions come alive with several waterfalls; Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls are names of just a few of them. Located is some hidden corner of the Western Ghats, Agumbe is the kind of break we all need from civilization and commercialisation.
9. Ranni Reserve Forest, Kerala.
Gavi is a village in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala located deep inside the Ranni reserve forest. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, this village is extremely close to the Periyar Tiger reserve as well. Trekking and a walk to see the Sabarimala viewpoint are few of the activities that one can indulge at this picturesque reserve.
10. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.
Spiti is a trans-Himalayan terrain located in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Due to the fact that it lies between India and Tibet, Spiti is also called as the “Middle Land.” Home to a number of monasteries and two of the most beautiful lakes in the world; the Dhankar Lake and the Chandra Taal Lake, the beauty of this valley is second to none. This is surely destination worth visiting if you plan to find yourself by losing yourself.
Update: We had mistakenly written Kheerganga is in Jammu & Kashmir, whereas it is in Himachal Pradesh. The error has been rectified.
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