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10 Places for the Loner With An Eye for Everything Exciting!

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HolidayIQ Travellers list down 10 places in India that guarantee peace and solitude when you feel trapped with unrewarding routines of city life.

1. Kye Monastery

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This spectacular beauty is located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres close to the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh. Arguably the biggest monastery, Kye monastery has a collection of ancient murals and books, including Buddha images.

HolidayIQ Traveller Shitiz Chaudhary from Leh shares, “This monastery was established in the 11th century and houses a large number of Buddhist monks and nuns along with various scrolls and paintings. The fort like structure of the monastery is due to the various attacks it has faced and the subsequent destruction and rebuilding that took place.”

Mid-range Stay: Dekyid Hotel

2. Auroville

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Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township in Viluppuram district in Tamil Nadu. The word Auroville essentially means a universal town, where people can live peacefully, irrespective of nationality, colour, caste and creed.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nirman Parkar shares, “This is one of the place that doesn't follow religion. It follows the only principle of following humanity. People from over 243 caste and creed live here in peace and harmony. The Auroville is a grand dome which is especially built for concentration and meditation. Not anyone person can enter Auroville. Only those who are serious would need to seek prior permission. It's certainly a must visit place.”

Budget Stay: Hotel Karai

Mid-range Stay: Atithi Hotel

Luxury Stay: Le Pondy

3. Lansdowne

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Located in the Garhwal district at height of 1706 m, Lansdowne is a small picturesque hill station. Lansdowne is named after its founder Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India during 1888-1894. The lush greenery of the thick oak and blue pine forest that surrounds Lansdowne adds to its beauty and charm, making it ideal for trekking and nature walks.

HolidayIQ Traveller Jagjeet Singh from Delhi shares, “The place is best suited for the person who wants to spend some peaceful time away from the city chaos. Here you can have a majestic view of Himalayan range. We had a very nice view of valley and Himalayan Range from our hotel balcony. Just sit and relax. Alternatively ideal for walk in the nature's green lap. It is not a place for persons looking for lot of hustle bustle or crowd. A must visit place for a person looking for peace.”

Budget Stay: Bright sunny pines resort

Mid-range Stay: Lans Castle

Luxury Stay: Bright sunny pines resort

4. Pangong Tso

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Pangong in tibetan stand for a 'long, narrow, enchanted lake'. The lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet.

HolidayIQ Traveller Parag Joshi shares, “This place is the most beautiful place I have ever seen as you can see from the pics. Altitude of the Lake is 14500 ft, but to reach there you have to go through the pass which is around 17800 ft. It's 150 km from Leh but worth visiting. Please visit it in sunny days as during clouds you will not be able to see its beautiful colours. Stay is available and you can stay at a very cheap rate near the Indo China Border.”

Budget Stay: Hotel Nezer Holiday Inn

Mid-range Stay: Omasila Hotel

Luxury Stay: The Grand Dragon

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5. Triund

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Triund is the crown jewel of Dharamshala, nestled in the lap of Dhauladhar mountains. It has the perfect view of the Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra Valley on the other. Triund is also famous for adventure activities like trekking through oak and deodar forests.

HolidayIQ Traveller Milind Kudapa from New Delhi shares, “Yes, as you can see from the pictures, I was there to experience the both of them. It just started to snow by the time I reached the top, which was about three in the afternoon. I spoke with a shopkeeper named Sharmaji, who said that it might snow heavily in the night and it would be the first snow of the season. Thus, I decided to stay at his shop, in a sleeping bag. And the next morning was quite a surprise. The whole view completely changed and I consider myself fortunate to have experienced the both in less than 24hrs.”

6. Silent Valley National Park

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Silent Valley National Park is located in the Kundali Hills, along the Western Ghats. It provides a home to different animals like elephants, tigers, and lion-tailed macaques. This national park is home to 34 species of mammals, more than 150 species of birds and about 200 species of butterflies. Around 1000 species of flowering plants are found in the park, out of which, about 110 species belong to the family of orchids. Over 400 species of moths and 128 species of beetles can be spotted in the forest area.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vishnu Menon shares, “The place is just wonderful, we will feel that we are in the hands of mother nature. We could see Elephants and Lion-tailed Macaque even on the way. There is a pure silent stream across the trees.”

7. Dzukou Valley

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Dzükou derives its meaning from the Angami/Mao word, which translates to 'cold water' referring to the ice-cold stream that flows through the valley. In Mao, the word 'Dzukou' means 'like a dream' because of its mystical and charming beauty. Mao legend has  it that when lovers go to Dzukou, the night also turns like day and moonlight shine as the sun.

HolidayIQ Traveller Mayank Nagori shares, “We headed straight to trek the Dzukou Valley. This is a valley atop the hills which blooms exotic flowers during the monsoon season which is generally from July-September, so that's the best time to visit. We stayed there overnight in the government dormitory and lived the night with the caretakers.”

8. Agatti Island

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Agatti Island is considered the gateway to the Lakshadweep Islands. The island offers blue lagoons, sugary white beaches, coral reefs and swaying palms. Various water sports can be availed in this island such as snorkeling, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, glass bottom boat rides and deep sea fishing.

HolidayIQ Traveller Mahesh Prasad from Bokaro shares, “If you are going to Kerala then also include Agatti Island to your travel list. It is a very good location for enjoying holidays. Before going there you have to take entry permit, hence take action well in advance and also take help from tour operators. You can stay there for two to three days with your family and also go to Bagaram Island which is very near from Agatti and takes 2.5 hours by boat.”

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9. Sarnath

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Sarnath, renowned as a Buddhist shrine, north-east of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The history of Sarnath dates back to 528 B.C, when Lord Buddha came to this place 5 weeks after attaining salvation in Bodhgaya.  

HolidayIQ Traveller Pradeep Singh shares, “Sarnath is a city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. If you want a relaxed outing away from the madding crowd, give a quiet visit to Sarnath and you will feel in a completely whole new world! In Sarnath many temples, fort, and beautiful gardens are present for visiting. There is a garden outside that tells stories of the old era of Buddhists, you will also spot monks meditating and worshipping. And the museum inside has a collection of many different statutes that carries hundreds of different tales from across time and history. All you have to do is step in and explore the stories. Sarnath is an important Buddhist destination of India, it's a place where Gautam Buddha has preached dhamma to his first five disciples. The person who want to reach this place, they can reach this place by road. All the visitors should come with the camera for capturing the beautiful sights of this place for making her life special. They can also stay here. Here many good hotels are also present.”

10. Majuli Island

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Majuli, one of the biggest river islands in the world, is located amidst the river Brahmaputra in Assam. Majuli is the centre for Vaishnavism in Assam and is popular because of the Satras or monasteries and hermitages located here. The religious beliefs of Saint Sankardeva and Madhavdev are preached at these Satras.

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit Ghosh from Bangalore shares, “The largest river island in the world, is a culturally rich place too. The journey to Majuli is a long one, starting from Jorhat, then changing boats and buses and so on. The journey to the island is an exhilarating one, a kind of feeling that I was going a land unknown to the world, surrounded me. But upon reaching there, I was quite surprised. Majuli has a world of its own. Apart from the diverse flora and fauna, it is the home to one the richest Vaishnavite cultures alive today. A mere visit to Majuli will be fruitless, instead stay there for a couple of days to know the place.”

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