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These 9 Places Will Make You Realise How Desperately You Need A Long Vacation This Year

These 9 Places Will Make You Realise How Desperately You Need A Long Vacation This Year holidify.com

HolidayIQ Travellers list down 9 places in India that are perfect for spending your much needed 7-day vacation. Read on.

These 9 Places Will Make You Realise How Desperately You Need A Long Vacation This Year:

  1. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
  2. Panjim (Goa)
  3. Lakshadweep
  4. Odisha
  5. Andaman & Nicobar
  6. Punjab
  7. Sikkim
  8. Gujarat
  9. Kerala

1. Shimla

Shimlasource: flickr - DevashishP

HolidayIQ Traveller Sanchit Bansal from Muzaffarnagar says, “I had never been to a hill station. My uncle lives at Summer Hills in Shimla. I decided to visit Shimla during my last vacations in the month of May 2014. The journey from Kalka to Shimla was a treat to the eyes. The hills, pine trees, waterfalls and greenery bewitched the senses and the eyes. I stayed there for twenty days and visited all the picnic spots and places of tourist attraction around Shimla. Kufri, Fagu, Chail and Narkanda are the places of natural beauty.”

Places to visit: Kufri - Chail- Solan - Kasauli - Narkanda - Parwanoo - Chandigarh - Mohali - Mandi - Paonta Sahib. 

2. Panjim

Panjimsource: flickr - Eustaquio Santimano

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal from Chennai says, “I have stayed in Panjim a few times and love the city. There are many activities there. Driving along the Mandovi river on a monsoon morning is an out of the world experience. Some of the best casinos of Goa are in Panjim. There are some great places to eat. Pan Asia offers some best Chinese and Thai food in Goa. Panjim is home to the very picturesque Marriott Hotel. The hotel is very famous for its seaside pool. Dona Paula is located very close to Panjim.” HolidayIQ Traveller Bijoy Varghese from Bangalore adds, “Panjim is a good base in Goa if you are looking at visiting both North and South Goa. Also if you are a shopping freak, this is probably better than most places in Goa. However, if you want to enjoy the typical Goan beaches and enjoy the Goan food you might want to travel out.”  

Places to visit: Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa - Shantadurga Temple - Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception - Scuba Diving and Snorkelling - Casino Carnival - Miramar beach and all the popular beaches of Goa like Palolem, Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna and Arambol.

3. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweepsource: pinimg.com/

HolidayIQ Traveller Jayantee Khare from Pune says, “The divine experience, a night 5 days round trip by ship from Kochi. Worth money well coordinated helping crew, restaurant on board, nice well maintained cabins for spending nights are the positive points of the ship voyage. We visited three islands Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni. Awesome beauty, rich with marine lives. Beautiful corals fishes, natural beauty if lagoons, good water sports facilities. Silver sand beaches are few to be mentioned here. It's a cost effective trip to explore the virgin beauty of relaxdweep! Divine feeling on the deck of our five-story ship is unforgettable. Looking for another trip! Amazing feeling when u see corals and other marine lives very closely. Good hospitality by dept of tourism, nice and friendly people.”

Places to visit: Agatti - Kadmat - Bangaram - Kavaratti - Minicoy- Amini - Androth - Kalpeni.

4. Orissa

Orissasource: jagannathpuritourism.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Murali Maran from Chennai says, “It's a lovely and wonderful place in India. Lots of temples, lovely atmosphere and a great historical place. You can see Puri Jagannath Temple, Puri Beach, Konark Temple, Chandrabhaga, Lingaraj Temple, Chilika Lake and Nandankanan Zoo. For staying, many hotels and Panthanivas are available.” HolidayIQ Traveller Prasad Upputerla from Chennai says, “We have visited Puri and Konark. Both places were good. Puri is a beautiful city with temple and good beaches.”

Places to visit: Puri - Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Chilika Lake - Simlipal Tiger Reserve - Bhitarkanika Sanctuary - Taptapani- Simlipal - Tikarpada.  

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5. Andaman & Nicobar

Andaman & Nicobarsource: flickr - Mark Shann

HolidayIQ Traveller Sj Singh from Delhi says, “A trip to Port Blair & its beaches & islands is a fun, full of adventure. I visited in last May'14. We enjoyed the local market, The Gurdwara, The jail. Of course, this heritage site & its show reminded us the sacrifices and sufferings the freedom fighters faced during their term here. The adventure was in sea sports like Scooty ride, Sofa ride, Motorboat riding in the sea. The thumps of waves during these rides force you to forget the fast life of Delhi. The snorkelling at Jolly buoy island & Scuba diving at Ross Island made us discover the underwater world. Though seemingly scary to dive underwater for 20-25 feet in scuba diving but frankly, It is worth to do & safe also. You need not know swimming for this. The cruise ride to Havelock & enjoy the best beach Radhanagar is worth starting & bathing in the sea. Time always run short in admiring the beauty of this beach.The best part is the locals speak & understand Hindi nicely. Of course, Don't forget to admire the islands from the plane. They look awfully beautiful.”

Places to visit: Port Blair - Havelock Island - Neil Island- Ross Island - Chatham Island - Viper Island - Barren Island - Chorao Island - Cinque Island.

6. Punjab

Punjabsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Gaurav Jindal from Sangrur says, “A land which describes celebrations on its own. The land of five rivers and golden soil. The atmosphere here is calm. It gives a really nice feeling. Every historical place is great on its own. It is a truly gifted place. The food here is great with spicy flavours. I enjoyed a lot while visiting the full-fledged markets. The greenery of the fields was mesmerising. Surely, it's a place to be visited at least once. I would recommend travelling here in the summer season.”

Places to visit: Amritsar - Jalandhar - Ludhiana - Bhatinda - Pathankot - Kamam - Patiala - Mohali- Faridkot.

7. Sikkim

Sikkimsource: wikipedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Pramila Balasubramaniam from Bangalore says, “It is the wonderful state and one must not miss. All the four districts are well maintained, clean and people are friendly and the tour operators are genuine. Important destinations are Gangtok, Pelling and Lachung. The right time to visit these places is from March to May. In Gangtok, you should visit Baba Mandir, Lake, Nathula Pass, Flower Garden. In Pelling, all the temples and tea estates. In Lachung, Zero point is a must visit. You can eat momos, parathas, thalis. You can go to Mall Road in Gangtok. River rafting and trekking are a must try adventures.”

Places to visit: Gangtok - Pelling - Lachung - Ravangla - Namchi - Zuluk - Yumthang - Lachen - Nathula - Aritar.

8. Gujarat

Gujaratsource: flickr - dpbirds Photo by: Darshan Vaishnav

HolidayIQ Traveller N v Deshpande from Pune says, “Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham, Science City, Dwarka, Bet Dwarka, Somnath Jyotirlinga temple and the breathtaking Junagadh Jain temples. Very big city, excellent roads, well-maintained facilities in Ashram. Akshardham temple is simply beautiful.  Dwarka and Somnath temples have their own importance from mythological days. One is famous for Sri Krishna's presence other for Lord Mahadev's. We have visited the Gir Lion Safari. After a lot of searches, we could locate 2 lioness and several other animals in the jungle.” HolidayIQ Traveller Jay Sanghani from Rajkot adds, “Gujarat is the place where festivals never finish. If you really want to enjoy the festival of India then you must visit Gujarat in your life in once. Must visit place: 1.' Kutch Nahi Dekha to Kuch Nahi Dekha'. first you must visit Kutch.There are many place that you are to visit Kabirvad, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Gir forest etc”

Places to visit: Bhuj - Junagadh - Porbandar - Jamnagar - Dwarka - Somnath - Ambaji - Kevadia Narmada - Sasan Gir - Kutch - Tithal - Mandvi - Udvada - Kandla - Saputara - Girnar.

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9. Kerala

Keralasource: keralatourskerala.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Tushar Borude from Pune says, “How one could forget the name Kerala & its holiday in his entire life, I don't think one would. I been there in the first week of March and found am I spending my holiday in this country. The destination is full of excitements, beauty with colours and of course a place for rest with spa. I was not the only person who was present, what I observed is all the age group people were enjoying one of their beautiful holiday's in Kerala during my stay. Places to be visited would start from Munnar, the perfect destination to see tea plantation, many gardens, the lake beauty and many more with the joy of peace and rest. Then comes next point as Thekkady. No words to describe this beautiful place but still I would recommend once to take a ride to Jungle Safari & one memorable small tour of elephant ride. One can see the martial art programme an evening show. Enjoy the boat ride in Periyar wildlife sanctuary. From Thekkady, move your foot to Alleppey, the home in the sea. The perfect house boat package would give the joy which you would have never thought of it. During all my stay I preferred to have veggie food which includes mostly the special Puttu rice of Kerala and then comes coconut rice. In Thekkady, you will have the food with yummy spices and taste. And of course in-house, you order what you want, you will have it at your desk. Try to taste market food instead of opting the hotel food as they have limited variety, rather market would give you the taste you have never thought of. Spare some additional money for shopping like spices, the great masala & green teas, ayurvedic medicines, beauty products, etc.”

Places to visit: Munnar - Wayand - Kochi - Alappuzha (Alleppey) - Thekkady(Periyar) - Thrissur - Kannur - Palakkad - Kovalam - Kozhikode (Calicut) - Varkala - Guruvayur - Kalady.

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