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Experience India differently while adhering to social distancing norms: Vikram Lalvani, Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd.

Vikram Lalvani, Chief of Revenue Management, Sales & Destinations, Sterling Holiday Resorts shares top destinations that can be explored post lockdown.

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After a stringent nationwide lockdown that lasted for over three months, India is now gradually making a self-reliant move towards sustaining domestic tourism by rediscovering some of its most scenic holiday destinations. As we usher in the monsoon season with the hopes of taking a post- lockdown vacation, we have to still be vigilant about the spread of COVID-19.

Hence, it is now time to plan holidays to short-haul travel destinations and prepare to experience India differently while adhering to social distancing norms. Here is a list of destination that will help you plan your Unlock Phase better -

1. Puri

From magnificent sun temples to golden beaches, Puri offers the best of India’s eastern coast. The seaside temple town is full of cultural hotspots like the Raghurajpur Artists Village where tourists can admire the craftsmanship of Pattachitra painters, an art form which dates back to 5 BC. Apart from its cultural offerings and relaxing beaches, Puri offers numerous culinary delights that are steeped in Odisha’s rich heritage; dishes like chenna poda and dalma are unique to the region and cannot be found in any other state. The city is easily accessible from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, and is most often the preferred drive-to holiday destination for domestic travellers.

2. Thekkady

Nestled amidst the Idukki mountains in Kerala, Thekkady makes for an ideal getaway destination for those looking to escape the bustling cities of Kochi and Madurai. Thekkady is in close proximity to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to the largest elephant and tiger reserves in the country. Trekking, private plantation tours, rafting and bird-watching, exploring ancient spice markets in Kumily, are just a few of the unique experiences that Thekkady offers.

3. Palakollu / West Godavari

Perched along the Godavari River, Palakollu is one of south India’s hidden treasures. Wrapped in the beauty of the Konaseema islands, Palakollu is a place where time stands still. The city is steeped in the mysticism of the Shri Ksheera Ramallingeshwara Temple, one of the Pancha Linga Kshetras in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. Palakollu also offers the best of Konaseema cuisine, dishes like Pottikallu, Dibba Roti, Kaaja and the exotic Pulusa fish curry are just a few of the culinary delights on offer.

4. Jaipur

Enough is said about the Pink city, Jaipur and the charm of its well preserved monuments, palaces and heritage structures. Snuggled in the arms of the Aravalli Hills, India’s pink city has numerous delights for

tourists. For travelers from Delhi and Agra, a quick trip to Jaipur offers endless views of historical forts and culinary delights unique to the desert state of Rajasthan. Since the city is located in a quintessentially vegetarian food belt, dishes like Ker Sangri, Gatte Ki Sabji, Papad ki Sabji, Daal Baati Churma are widely famous. The city’s culinary scene also boasts unique meat dishes such as Laal Maas, Safeed Maas, Gosht Nihari and Machli Jaisamand.

5. Mount Abu & Sariska – Mountains and Wild side of Rajasthan

With pleasant weather & surreal vibes throughout the year, Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan making it the ultimate favorite spot for vacations and getaways. Surrounded by virgin forests, it is home to the green Munia bird, named after its light olive-green wings. The view of the hills and its cool climate make Sterling Mount Abu an idyllic retreat for trekkers, mountaineers and bird lovers. The beautiful Nakki Lake is a popular spot for boating. The historically significant Dilwara Jain Temples, built in the 11th century, are worth visiting for their intricate carvings in white marble.

Apart from Heritage and Shopping, amidst Aravalli Hills, situated in Alwar, Sariska is one of the most visited national parks in the country. Famous for the Royal Bengal tiger and home to leopards, peacocks, monkeys, sambars, nilgai, chital, wild boars and jackals, the Sariska Tiger Reserve & National Park has a variety of semi-evergreen jungle, rugged canyons, wild forest streams and lushes of green vistas. The forests also have places with great historical lineage like the Kankwari Fort and extends into the mysterious Bhangarh Fort on its borders. With wildlife safaris helping you rediscovering nature and yourself, Sariska is a must visit for travellers with an inclination for adventure.


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