20 Places in India to Visit before 2020!

20 Places in India to Visit before 2020!

Sakshi Trivedi | September 25, 2019 |

We’re just two months away from the year 2020 and yet there are so many places which lay unvisited. Travelling should be an essential part of one’s life. Sooner or later the only years that will stay in your memories are the years when you have travelled and explored new places. With still a little time in hand, pack your bags and visit all or any of these twenty places before the year of twenty-twenty dawns upon.     

 

1. Mussoorie Uttarakhand

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Mussoorie is a quiet hill station in the district of Dehradun that will remain immortal in the books of Ruskin Bond. Lying at the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range, there is an eccentric vibe in its air. Perfect weather conditions prevail in Mussoorie and it stays true to it’s byname- The Queen of Hills.  

Read Our Mussoorie Guide

2. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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One ought to visit Taj Mahal before the year ends. The beautiful monument of seven wonders is truly wonderful. The sparkling white marble and the misty-smell of Yamuna will captivate your attention for eternity. Agra has a lot of other monuments that Mughals left as souvenirs to elevate the beauty of our homeland.  

Read Our Agra Guide

3. Zanskar Gorge, Ladakh

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With the onset of climate change, the northern area of our country is the most affected area. Zanskar Gorge or Chadar Trek is at the high risk of getting closed and before that happens, one should visit Ladakh and experience walking on the frozen Zanskar river. Known as the Grand Canyon of Asia, the Gorge is beautifully desolated with dusky mountains on the side and clear blue sky above.  

4. Sasan Gir, Junagadh

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Sasan Gir is a geographical extension of Gir Forest National Park wildlife sanctuary. Catch the glimpse of majestic Asiatic Lions, leopards and antelopes who are left unfenced, during the safari. Vultures, Python, Nilgai, Pelicans and Crocodiles in the Kamleshwar Dam reside in the deciduous Gir forest. Watch them with your own eyes, before 2020, before they’re extinct.      

Read Our Gir national forest and wildlife Sanctuary Guide

5. Pushkar, Rajasthan

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Pushkar is the town set on Pushkar Lake, bordering the Thar Desert. Famous for its Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, Pushkar is a holy site for Hindus. Unlike Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar is less crowded and lightly populated. The best time to visit is during winters and since they’re dawning in a few days, why don’t you pack your bags and plan a trip to Pushkar.      

Read Our Pushkar Guide

6. Hemis National Park, Ladakh

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Another Ladakhi gem is Hemis National Park. It contains the highest peak of Stok Range of the Himalayas, Stok Kangri. The beautiful snow-laden mountains are home to Snow Leopards and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see one on your Stok-Kangri Trek. Hemis National Park is said to have the highest number of Snow Leopards.  

7. Dzukou Valley, Manipur

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Dzukou Valley is located at the border of Manipur and Nagaland. The word ‘Dzukoi’ means into cold winds referring to the cold stream of water that is flowing through the valley. The valley is surrounded by lush green forest and flowers. The weather is cloudy and with the cold winds, it becomes a pleasant experience to trek through the forest to reach Dzukou Valley.   

 

8. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

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To experience snow-fall during the months of November and December, Tawang is an ideal destination. Curled up in the Snowy Himalayas, Tawang is a famous holiday destination in northeastern states. The vicinity is blessed with serenity and placidity. Contrary to that, there are a lot of adventure activities for the enthusiastic souls in Tawang.   

Read Our Tawang Guide

9. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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The Indian Rhinocerous is declared Vulnerable as their population is perishing. So, before the species become extinct, visit Kaziranga National Park to spectate the unique creation of nature. The Park’s water is a home for Gangetic river dolphins who swim there. Apart from Rhino, the forest in the floodplains of Bhramaputra also supports the residence of tigers and elephants.     

Read Our Kaziranga National Park Guide

10. Diu, Daman and Diu

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Diu is the go-to place where one finds less overcrowding than Goa and importantly, quietude. The coastal town in the union territory of Daman and Diu has picturesque rocky beaches and a long coastline. Ancient citadels, churches and lighthouses are often visited by tourist during the day time. If you’re looking for relaxation then the sea winds of Diu calls you.

Read Our Diu Guide

11. Puri, Bhubaneshwar

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One of the Char Dham Temples of Hindu significance lies in Puri- the famous Jagannatha Temple. The city is vibrant and vivid with colourful surroundings and colourful people. The air of Puri smells Neptunian because of its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. People of all kinds, from all over the India throng in Puri during the colossal event of Rath Yatra. 

Read Our Puri Guide

12. Jog Falls, Karnataka

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There are a few dense waterfalls which lusciously flow throughout the year. You might find many in northeastern states but in the main subcontinent of India, Jog falls thunder down the mountains, complemented by the backdrop of greens. The fresh weather and cool surroundings might keep you captivated in the place for a long time.    

Read Our Jog Falls Guide

13. Kutch, Gujarat

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Kutch is famous for its Rann Ustav during the chilly days of December. The White Desert comes to life and becomes bright during the Rann Utsav. The artistic heritage of Kutch and the long coastline of the Arabian Sea blend together perfectly.    

Read Our Kutch Guide

14. Bhimbetka rock shelters, Madhya Pradesh

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Travel to the mesolithic and palaeolithic time period from the twenty-first century when you visit the Bhimbetka rock shelters. The rocks are a precious archaeological site which has cave paintings that are more than 30,000 years old. The caves are situated amidst the dense Bhimbetka forests and are surely a testimony to the stone-age time period.       

Read Our Bhimbetka Guide

15. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

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Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh is the place for you if you want to try Paragliding. Located near Dharamshala, the place offers magnificent views of the Himalayan Ranges. Apart from Paragliding, adventurous souls can also try mountain biking, trekking to Himachali tribal villages, camping, angling and hiking.   

Read Our Bir Guide

16. Kailash and Kotumsar Cave, Chattishgarh

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The second-longest cave in the whole world spanning 1000 feet at the depth of 120 feet. The cave is underground and has an impressive limestone structure. Some structures have been worshipped by the locals as they’re in the form of shivalingas. The mysterious cave lies in the midst of dense forests.  

17. Old Delhi

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A little away from the hustle-bustle of the metropolitan New Delhi, there lies rustic and Mughal-charmed Purani Dilli (Old Delhi). The narrow gullies and sweetmeat shops have been native to the place. The charismatic Mughal Architecture still lives to give us a peek into the by-gone times when Delhi was more than just an NRC.    

18. Bodh Gaya, Bihar

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To attain some enlightenment like Lord Buddha, Bodh Gaya is a place for soul-seekers. Various monasteries and temples have been constructed to lure pilgrims and justify the significance of the place. The place is both culturally and architecturally rich. Lord Buddha would’ve wanted to gain some enlightenment before the millennial year strikes, don’t you think?    

Read Our Bodh Gaya Guide

19. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

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The last Park to visit before 2020 should be the place where you get intimate with the national animal of our country, The Royal Bengal Tiger. The Sunderbans National Park is a part of Sunderban Delta and has been a habitation for Royal Bengal Tiger, saltwater crocodile, Mangrove forests and many other species of birds and reptiles. This UNESCO World Heritage Site should be visited before 2020.      

Read Our Sunderbans Guide

20. Marine Drive, Mumbai

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Whenever someone visits Mumbai, Marine Drive is always a destination on the checklist. The location is so soulful and enigmatic. The vast horizon and the occasional splash of saltwater make it enjoyable. And at the new year’s eve, there's a visual treat in the form of colourful lights adorning the black sky. A perfect place to end 2019 and welcome the year of twos and zeroes.      

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Sakshi Trivedi