Travel after Covid-19

Travel after Covid-19 ends

As we all know, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the world is going through tough times. People are struggling every day to fight against this pandemic disease. Also, there are many who are worried about their career and future as the lockdown situation is deeply impacting the business cycle across the country and the world, resulting into salary cut downs and even loss of jobs. But, being humans we are also much confident that once this worldwide trouble is gone away, we all will come back with great enthusiasm and will double our hard work to achieve a better life.

Well, it is much clear that the present situation is not good and which has directly impacted the travel and tourism sector the most. However, it is first necessary to save mankind as when everything will be all right then only people will be able to travel to places. It is a result of the Indian government’s strict measures only that cases in India have not risen to such a bad extent. So, at present, we need to be at our home and save ourselves and our loved ones.

Coming to travelling, once this pandemic disease is gone away, I am sure many people will start to travel after Covid-19 ends. In the next one year, the domestic travel will increase as travellers like you and me, who always want to explore some places, something new, will make out their travel plans to other states/tourist destinations. And, it is really good to travel within your own country’s boundary as you will be directly or indirectly contributing to the economy of the nation.

A new day after Covid 19
There will be a new sunrise after the pandemic

But now the questions are –

Where you want to travel?

Where you should travel?

What do you like the most – Landscapes, History and Culture, Pilgrim Spots or Wildlife?

Well we all know, our country India has everything to offer to all kind of tourists. There are the Great Himalayas which attracts all kind of tourists; The heritage monuments which depicts the history of India; The Great Indian Thar Desert which is one of the largest deserts in the world and has a unique terrain; The coastal that houses some of the famous and beautiful beaches of India; The cultural diversity which can be seen throughout the country; The pilgrimages all around the country that attracts many devotees from India and abroad as well. All these elements add charm to the beauty of India.

Here are some of the destinations that I have categorized as per your interest, for where you can start planning your future trip and travel after the Covid-19 ends. You can travel as a solo or with your family and friends to enjoy that special moment.

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A) The Himalayas

1. You can plan out a leisure trip to some of the renowned hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Mussoorie, Nainital, Dalhousie, Darjeeling, Kashmir etc.

2. If you are a kind of a person who likes to visit some serene place where you can spend some quality time away from the hustle and bustle of busy towns and cities then you may opt for visiting some offbeat destinations like Kasol, Kasauli, Lansdowne, Chakrata, Chopta, Mukteshwar etc.

3. For those who want to experience some sort of adventure but at the same time looking for a comfortable travel by a vehicle and not on foot/trek. For such people, I would recommend places like Auli, Munsyari, Ladakh, Spiti Valley, Kinnaur and Sangla Valley, Tawang, Nathula, Tsomgo (Changu) Lake etc. It could also be an adventurous rafting trip to Rishikesh, Paragliding trip to Bir Billing, Flying Fox or Zipping trip near Rishikesh etc.

Paragliding at Bir Billing

4. The last sub-category comes for those who are looking for a pure adventure trip and are ready to test their endurance as well. Nature has gifted us the Himalayas which have different type of landscapes starting from the state of Jammu and Kashmir till Arunachal Pradesh. From a short weekend to a long month trek, there are many trekking routes in the Himalayas where trekkers can visit and get lost for a few days in the lap of nature. Every Himalayan state is filled with many trekking routes some of which are mentioned as below:

i. Ladakh – Markha Valley Trek, Stok Kangri Trek, Chadar Trek on frozen Zanskar river, Sham Valley Trek etc.

ii. Himachal Pradesh – Kheerganga Trek, Chanderkhani Pass Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Parashar Lake Trek, Malana Village Trek, Triund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Pin Parvati Trek etc.

iii. Uttarakhand – Valley of Flowers Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Har-Ki-Dun Trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek, Devariyatal and Tungnath Trek, Rupin Pass Trek, Satopanth Lake Trek, Milam Glacier Trek etc.

iv. Sikkim – Sandakphu Trek, Goecha La Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Dzongri Trek, Varsey Trek etc.

v. Arunachal Pradesh – Bailey Trek, Talley Valley Trek, Mechuka Trek, Ziro Trek, Gorichen Base Camp Trek etc.

Trekking in the Himalayas
Trekking in the Himalayas

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B) Deserts

When we talk about deserts in India, we get an appearance in our mind of the golden sand and the dunes scattered all over around, as far as can be seen, with camels walking, men and women in colourful attire chanting their traditional songs etc. But actually India is not only about the sandy golden desert. There are mainly 3 types of deserts which can be found in Indian Subcontinent, which are as follows:

1. The Sandy Deserts of Rajasthan – Also known as the Great Indian Desert, the Thar desert is located in the northwestern India where one can find the vast sandy expanses. The spectacular colours of the desert from sunrise to sunset will rejuvenate your mood. The last major city from where you can visit these sand dunes is Jaisalmer which is very well connected by roads and railways.

2. The White Salty Desert of Rann of Kutch – Located in the state of Gujarat along the west coast of India, the Great Rann of Kutch is the renowned largest salt desert in the world. The word “Rann” has been derived from the Sanskrit word “Irina” which means desert. Once you reach this place, you get an amazing view of the salt stretched for miles, seems like a white blanket on the earth. From October onwards, this part of the white desert resembles like white foam spread above the sea, making the views very scenic. To visit Rann, you need to take a train till Bhuj which is the nearest railway station. From Bhuj, it takes around 2 hrs (85 km) to reach Dhordo where the great Rann Utsav is also celebrated every year from October till March.

Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch

3. Cold Desert of the Trans-Himalayas – The cold deserts are generally found in high and flat areas called the plateaus. These regions are also known as the rain shadow areas as there is very less rainfall here throughout the year, even in monsoons. In India, with the growth of the internet and social media usage, the cold deserts have gained popularity among the tourists. The union territory of Ladakh, occupies 80% of the cold desert region of India, while the rest is in the states of Himachal Pradesh and a very few in Uttarakhand.

There are mainly two cold desert regions where most of the tourists visit every year to experience the beautiful landscapes, clean weather and fresh air. These two regions are Ladakh and Spiti Valley. But, unlike other destinations, there is a particular season to visit these places. From June-July onwards till the month of October is considered the best time to visit these areas.

Some of the famous attractions of Ladakh include Leh City and the surroundings, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, including a visit to some offbeat destinations, monasteries and few world’s highest motorable passes. On the other hand, if you are visiting Spiti Valley then you should not miss visiting the nearby traditional villages, monasteries, valleys etc.

For Ladakh, you have two options to reach there – first is by flight from Delhi to Leh and second a road trip from Manali or Srinagar. While for Spiti, you have only one option to visit i.e. by road, from either Shimla or Manali side.

Nubra Valley, Ladakh

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C) Beaches

India has a total coastline of 7516 km that touches 9 states and 4 union territories. There are many beaches on the Indian coast, which will amaze you with their stunning beauty. From Maharashtra to Odisha, covering other coastal states and union territories in between such as Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh, there are many beaches in all these states which attract a large number of tourists throughout the year.

Goa and Kerala are the topmost states where both domestic and international tourists visit to experience the exotic beaches in the coastal.

Kovalam Beach

D) Historical Places

India is a land of beautiful monuments and many historical places scattered across the country. One gets a perfect glimpse of different religions, rulers and empires which left their mark in this country. Due to their cultural importance, there are many places in India which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The history of India has been very vast and the memories of the history have been preserved by these grand forts, palaces and ancient sites. Some are symbols of love and others are heroism. Some are the symbol of happiness and some weeds.

The Taj Mahal of Agra, Red Fort of Delhi, Jallianwala Bagh of Amritsar, Gateway of India in Mumbai, Erotic sculptures of Khajuraho, Ruins of Hampi, Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, Sun Temple at Konark, Victoria Memorial of Kolkata, Mahabodhi Temple of Gaya, Qutub Minar in Delhi, Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad and many more, are such places in India which have historical importance and have interesting stories behind them that one should know.

Konark Sun Temple
Sun Temple at Konark

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E) Holy Pilgrimages

India is a country which beliefs in the ideology of unity in diversity. There are many religions, cultures, traditions, ethnic values and customs in India. More than 80 per cent of India’s population is of Hinduism. Other main religions of the country are Sikh, Jain, Christian, Buddhist and Islam. There are a large number of temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches and monasteries visited by people of different religions. These are the religious places where the physical world combines with the spiritual world and the mind is filled with divine purity and spirituality. India is the ‘land of faith’ whose spiritual air has the smell of karma, religion and forgiveness. The country houses some of the world-famous pilgrimage sites for all religions which are as below:

For Hindus – From the famous Chardham (Four Abodes) of India – Badrinath in the north, Dwarka in the west, Rameshwaram in the south and Puri in the east, to the Chhota Chardham in Uttarakhand – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, India is known for various pilgrimage sites. The Vaishno Devi Temple, Amarnath, Haridwar, Pushkar, Ujjain, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Trivandrum, Madurai etc. are some of the renowned Hindu pilgrimage sites in India.

Badrinath Temple

For Sikhs – The Golden Temple in Amritsar (Punjab), Hemkund Sahib in Uttarakhand, Patna Sahib in Patna (Bihar), Anandpur Sahib in Punjab etc. are some of the important pilgrim spots.

For Buddhism – Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, Rajgir in Bihar, Sarnath and Sravasti in Uttar Pradesh are some of the important pilgrimage sites for Buddhism religion people. Apart from that, the Buddhist Monasteries in the Himalayan states attracts all kind of pilgrims and tourists. The Dalai Lama Complex in Dharamshala, Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok (Sikkim), Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh, Ghoom Monastery in West Bengal etc. are some of the renowned attractions in the Indian Himalayan States.

Buddhism - Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery

For Jainism – India houses some of the most famous Jain Temples also like Ranakpur Jain Temple in Rajasthan, Dilwara Temple near Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Palitana Temples in Gujarat, Sonagiri Temple in Madhya Pradesh, Kulpakji Temple in Telangana, Dharmanath Temple in Kerala etc.

For Muslims – Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi, Dargah of Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti in Ajmer, Haji Ali in Mumbai etc. are the important pilgrimage spots for muslim religion people.

Due to the presence of nature, culture, tradition and glorious history, India has everything to cater to all segments of tourists. Tourism is one of the important sectors in India for the country’s economic growth. We hope that this current pandemic situation will go away very soon and the land of India will again be colourful with both domestic and foreign tourists.

So, as of now you just need to stay at your home and plan for your future trips for the beautiful destinations in India. Later, you can travel after the Covid-19 ends and humans return back to their normal routine.

Also Read:

Weekend Budget Trips from Delhi – https://budgetescapes.in/weekend-budget-trips-from-delhi/

By Avdhesh

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