College is that time of your life when you can travel, explore new places, do adventure sports and learn new things. Travelling during college life makes you more confident and independent. You manage everything yourself, from finding affordable hotels to planning your itinerary. There is no tension of not getting your leave approved by your boss or of convincing your parent’s to sign a permission slip! As an adult student, you do not have too many restrictions or responsibilities and can choose to travel to any place during any of your college vacations. There is a lot to see around the world and you can experience the beauty of these places through travelling, but there are some places in India itself which you might have missed on the map. Here are 10 places in India you must visit before college ends.
It is called ‘Dil waalon ki Dilli’ for a reason, isn’t it? Delhi is a city thriving with college students because of the numerous educational institutions in and around it. A city famous for its historical locations, Delhi gives you a chance to engage yourself with the surroundings and explore the unknown monuments. It can teach you history lessons more than you can learn in a cooped up classroom. Apart from this, Delhi is famous for its delicacies and arts. You can lose yourselves in the streets of chandini chowk and chawdi bazaar, which give you a taste of the old delhi lifestyle. The cost of living might be high in delhi but with the coming up of youth hostels, a one week trip to Delhi will be a low-budget affair.
River Rafting in Rishikesh is an experience every adventure sports lover must have. A trip to Rishikesh in one of your college weekends would be a great stress buster. All you need to do is call an agency and reserve a day for riverside camping and rafting. Rishikesh is a beautiful place to visit for a college trip because after all, the more the merrier. The Ram Jhula in Rishikesh is also something to look forward to. In fact, your parents wouldn’t even mind you going to Rishikesh because you are probably going for seeking Ganga maiya’s blessings.
Ladakh is that area of Kashmir which has recently got famous for its beautiful sceneries and lakes. After Bollywood starting shooting movies in and around Ladakh, the place became a thriving spot for tourists. Every summer, a bunch of college students are seen camping and holidaying in Ladakh. The Pangong Tso lake has especially become a very popular tourist site after the movie 3 Idiots. Leh in Ladakh is the largest and is best known for its lakes and mountains. Make sure you make a trip to Leh next summer if you haven’t been there already, in fact go on a road trip to Leh because its worth it!
You will understand why Coorg is called the Scotland of India only after landing there yourself. Go away from the noisy and crowded city of Bangalore for a weekend getaway and revitalize yourselves in Coorg. Rent a tiny cottage or farmhouse, switch off your phones and laptops, sip a cup of local tea and enjoy the lush green surroundings. Moreover if you want to do a little sight seeing then visit the waterfalls of the Cauvery River, time-travel to the past in the Madikeri Fort or just sit by a riverside and look into the distance and do nothing.
Is Mathura known only for its significance as the birthplace of Lord Krishna? Well, apart from the rich history of this place, it is also known for the festival of Holi. Being the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Janmashtami is a celebrated with huge pomp and show, and thereafter Holi is also celebrated in a grand manner. So, if not for washing away your sins in the holy land of Lord Krishna, but for the sake of playing Holi and drinking bhang, you must visit Mathura!
In Bhangarh, its time to see who leads the group away from the ghosts of the fort and who pisses their pants! Every body seems to be brave enough in college, but if you really want to know who is brave one and who is a pussy, then sneak into the Bhangarh fort and have dinner with your ghost friends. Make sure to take all your spirit- searching, ghost-repellent equipments with you when you visit this fort in Alwar. Most importantly though, carry a copy of Hanuman Chalisa!
It is ‘The City Of Dreams’, they say. Its time to find out then, isn’t it? We all have that one Mumbaikar in our group who just cannot stop bragging about his/her Bombay! Well, go to Mumbai and find out yourself what all this fuss is about. I am sure though, you will be singing praises of this city too after you have taken a trip there. The beachside vada pav, the skyscrapers, the fancy shopping mails and the street side shopping; Mumbai will make you fall in love with it and you won’t fell like going back. In fact, if you are lucky enough you will be blessed with heavy rainfall, and then you will have seen everything there is to see in Mumbai!
Not visiting Goa in college life is like not graduating from college. Goa is to a college student what Mecca is to a Muslim. It is a pilgrimage site for college students, and it would be a shame if you exclude this from your list. White sand beaches, churches, pubs, casinos, parties, drinks and happiness, this is what Goa is like. Making a trip to Goa is must because who knows you might just meet the love of your life there or atleast the love of your night! For a party animal, Goa is the best place to go to. Its like Vegas in India!
9. McLeod Ganj
For those students living in Delhi, Mc Leod Ganj is just a night bus away, and for those not living in Delhi, well its just a night bus away from Delhi! Situated in Himachal Pradesh, Mc Leod Ganj is a hill station with half its population filled with Tibetans. The serene, peaceful and beautiful surroundings of Mc Leod Ganj can soothe your mind and make you forget all your tension. Lodges and restaurants here are not too expensive, thus it isn’t a costly affair to take a trip to this historic city.
The last place in this list and one of the places which must be there in your list is Andaman. Andaman islands became a famous tourist spot only recently. The main attraction of Andaman is Havelock Island. The Radhakrishna Beach in Havelock island is famous for its shallow sea water. You can go for a swim to as far as your legs can take you and not drown due to the depth. Some activities to look forward to in Andaman is snorkeling and scuba diving. . Also, the journey from Port Blair to Havelock in a ship is extremely exciting! So, pack your bags and ride away to at least one of these places for your next holiday. Believe me, you won’t regret it!