The desire to lose oneself and reconnect with nature, locals or even just a slower lifestyle is becoming ever so strong. And as the uncertainty with Covid continues, people look for small hamlets, forgotten places and offbeat destinations to spend their Veekends.

Together, Chaitali & I have travelled the length and breadth of this country, exploring places and figuring out new models of tourism. We know that each traveler is unique and so here are some of the profiles and recommended experiences to match.

  1. Belgadia Palace – A living museum for the past 200 years with royal artefacts and furnishings on display, the two royal sisters Mrinalika and Akshita M Bhanjdeo have turned a wing of their ancestral palace into a boutique stay for visitors to witness their glorious past and experience a sustainable holiday.

Perfect for – the heritage traveller who is looking for an alternate to Rajasthan. 4 hrs from Calcutta or Bhubaneshwar.

  • Dales Manor – Hills are glorious in the monsoons, but this property in Kasauli embodies the British era, with colonial style furniture, huge bay windows overlooking the snow peaks and the old-style wooden bar complete with fireplace.

Perfect for – The slow traveller looking for a monsoon experience in the hills, but doesn’t want to travel too far and risk landslides.

  • Mandawa – The desert is possibly even more beautiful than the hills in the rainy season, for nothing can beat that fresh earth smell. This resort is truly an eco-experience, with mud huts and immersive experiences with local community, all the while taking care of basic luxuries.

Perfect for – the eco conscious traveller looking for offbeat Rajasthan to experience the local community living. 5.5 hrs form Delhi.

  • Ribera – This exclusive resort is build right next to the river, with no foreseeable neighbours, replete with views of the hills on all sides. Right now it is green and the river is full and gushing allowing for many activities or just plain relaxation.

Perfect for – the private traveller who wants to spend a cathartic veekend next to their very own personal river. Just 22 km from ISBT Dehradun.

  • Sakleshpur – An eco-retreat nestled deep inside the forest, this place is located within 800 acres of a coffee plantation. The estate has access to a number of fresh water lakes, waterfalls and streams and is fit for cycling, picnics and jeep rides.

Perfect for – the wildlife traveller wanting to explore the forest and safari at Bhadra wildlife sanctuary.

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