India is a vast country and it is indeed beyond any traveller to choose one particular region as a favorite, amongst all the breathtaking places in the length and breadth of this country!
Here we list out the best affordable places for students to travel with friends.
1. TREK IN PARVATI
A quaint valley, it is ideal for students to hike, trek or just sight see. It is home to the Parvati river and its gushing sound is relaxing, after all the homework and tests! Still untouched by serious commercialization, it has untouched river banks and meadows to camp and star gaze. Trek into its villages for a glimpse of their lifestyle.
2. RAFTING IN RISHIKESH
Rishikesh is a holy town, five hours away from Delhi. The adventurous trip takes a swift turn with the rafting and magnificent vista of the Ganges. Camping by the river can also be arranged and visiting the sacred spots will give you a better understanding of Hindu mythology.
3. GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK IN TIRTHAN VALEY
Nestled in Dev Bhoomi or Uttarkahand, the Great Himalayan National Park is home to beautiful flora and fauna. With facilities to stay around the national park, Tirthan Valley displays some beautiful panaroma of the Kullu range. There are activities like fishing, rappelling, biking, hiking, kayaking, camping which let you explore the national park in its full splendor.
4. MOUNTAIN LIFE OF KASAULI
Kasauli is a cantonment town set up during the British Raj. Colonially hungover, this hill station has charming shops and well maintained homes from the times of the Raj. Temples, nature walks, and camping in the fields will entrance you! Nestled in the lap of nature, the church here is a must see and so is the cemetery for war heroes and soldiers. The patisseries here have brilliant bakery products and the quality of life is supreme.
5. ABOVE THE CLOUD IN SKANDAGIRI
Just 70 kms from Bangalore, this should be a trip for trekking, camping and getting to see Mother Nature at her most majestic! The first part can be covered by road and once you reach the Papagni Math, follow the trail and look out for signs that lead you to the top. Carry a light back pack with enough water, snacks, and of course, your tent and sleeping bag if you want to camp! These treks should ideally start at sunset. Get down soon after the surreal sunrise, as it starts to get hot. Make-shift shops sell maggi, biscuits etc.
With just about 2 hours of driving, reach Bheemeshwari and witness a few marvels of nature here. The most evident is the confluence of the river Cauvery and Arkavathi. The spot is also a favorite for anglers and fishing enthusiasts. Hiking in the vicinity is also an attraction as you get a bird’s eye view of the whole region. Camp in the jungle lodges and be a part of the village!
7. ZORBING IN DELO
Delo is in Kalimpong and it has views of the Kanchenjunga that will leave you amazed. It is always covered in mist because of its height of 1696 metres, which is the highest in Kalimpong. You can see the whole town and also the Teesta river flowing by. Adventure sports like zorbing and paragliding is possible in the Government run Natural Park which also has accommodation facilities. The main town is just 6 kms away. The monasteries are also worth visiting.
8. THE ASSAMESE MONASTERIES OF MAJULI
It is the largest river island in the world. It is home to the oldest communities on the eastern side. The “Satras” preach a life of simplicity. The disciples are trained in a dance form called “Satria” and taught a way of life which is disciplined and grounded. Their art is at stake because the erosion in the island is happening at an alarming rate. There are government houses and a guest house on stilts built by Frenchmen who came to travel!
9. JUNGLE CAMP IN KOLAD
The river Kundalika flows through Kolad and this gives opportunities for various adventure sports like rapelling, paragliding and kayaking. To top all this, stay in one of the jungle camps to wake up to the chirping of birds everywhere. The caves and waterfalls add to the excitement.
Panchgani derives its name from the 5 hills that surround it. No wonder this hill station in Maharashtra is as pretty as a picture! Walk around and take in the old world charm which continues here with the smattering of old British and Parsi houses and the famous residential schools. You see some wonderful sights of the Krishna river below from Panchgani’s vantage point. The lush green vegetation becomes more delightful as you take a horseride through hidden lovers’ lanes to Kamalgad Fort. A visit to the local bazaar here is a must.