5 MUST PLACES TO VISIT IN INDIA – WITH A PHILOSOPHICAL ZEST
It is a well documented fact that most of us like to take a vacation. Be it for whatever reason, say, possibly to cool off our feet, and head out to a hill station or contrastingly enough, wanting to grace the sun and head out to the tropical beaches. But then there is the other kind of vacation, the one where your only aim is to get to know yourself better, reinvent yourself, and may be come back as a better man. These vacations are usually taken individually, as a backpacker or rather with a bunch of unknown people, to savor its success best. Such vacations may be termed as a philosophical vacation and our country doesn’t disappoint on that regard. Following is the list of 5 must visit places attached with a philosophical zest to them.
Probably amongst the nation’s most well kept secrets, Leh offers so much more to you than your average tourist destination would. Settled
Well between the Himalayan ranges, its terrain is diverse and at the same time rejuvenating. It has never been that a person has gone to Leh and has come back disappointed. On the philosophical side of it, the Himalayan ranges encompass you from all sides and a surreal sense of helplessness sets in, one that leads to a belief that life’s problems aren’t bigger than “you” and you come back recharged and with a fresh perspective.
Must visit attractions: Sanchi Stupa, Leh Palace, War museum, Jama Masjid and Magnetic hill.
Closest airport: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
Closest railway station: Not applicable
Best time of the year to visit: June to early November.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
One simply doesn’t omit Varanasi from any tourist destinations list made out of India, and especially not if it deals with being philosophical. Come to Varanasi some day and you’ll certainly feel blessed, overwhelmed even for having lived your life till now. Come witness spirituality as your problems melt away owing to much more troublesome sights. Set aside a time for Varanasi, for that may be the most sacred and spiritual setting on the Indian soil. No wonder, it is said that one must visit Varanasi at least once in a lifetime.
Must visit attractions: Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Closest airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
Closest railway station: Varanasi Junction
Best time of the year to visit: October to March
What may be often stroked of as a boring destination because it has nothing much to offer apart from an Ashram and a couple of beaches interspersed between colonial French colonies, Pondicherry sure fills the Philosophy craving tourist. It lays the setting for a vast number of tourists, both local and foreigners alike, who come in search of answers to life’s numerous questions and more often than not head back with a headless burdened. Head over to the Aurobindo Ashram for self contemplation and relaxation or wander along the streets hoping to bump into the many yogic gurus who reside there.
Must visit attractions: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville
Closest airport: Pondicherry Airport
Closest railway station: Villupuram Junction
Best time of the year to visit: October to March
Philosophy exactly isn’t what would come to mind when one mentions the name Goa, but then there is more to Goa than just the bad boy party town image. Nestled amidst its serene beaches and unknown getaways, Goa also serves as a host to the lost soul. Laze among the locals as you find answers to questions of your own and if mood be, ask a few too. Goa is laidback, slow paced and calm if you know where to look out for. Rent a bike and head out into the wilderness with wind in your hair.
Must visit attractions: Calangute Beach , Vagator Beach, Candolim Beach, Anjuna Flea Market and The Bom Jesus Basilica
Closest airport: Dabolim Airport
Closest railway station: Margao Railway station
Best time of the year to visit: October to March.
The capital of the nation needs no introduction in being a traveler’s haven, but then, what is Delhi doing on a philosopher’s list? Its purely merits its place by virtue of large number of landmarks, monuments and tributes to the heroes of the bygone years. Many great leaders have been immortalized amidst the city and it would be fitting to draw inspiration from any of them and try and live life based on their values, virtues and traits. Delhi, in addition to being a very tourist friendly city, is also very close by to most major attractions across the whole of north India, so, it is a strategic location is an icing on top.
Must visit attractions: Raj Ghat, Nqutu Miner, Jantar Mantar and a host of other attractions.
Closest airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Closest railway station: New Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizzamuddin , Old Delhi
Best time of the year to visit: July to December