6 Off-beat destinations for your 2019 bucket list

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With New Year bells ringing, it’s that time of the year when we bid farewell to the present year and embrace the new one. As 2018 year draws to an end, it is time to start creating a new travel wish list for the upcoming year. But why look further? We have prepared a list of some off beat travel destinations that you may start planning right away.

#1: Gangtok, Sikkim

Watching sun rise behind snow-capped mountains is always a surreal experience and this dream could come true if you plan a trip to Gangtok. You can almost feel the mountain breeze gushing against your face with a walk along the M.G Road. Take a road trip to Nathula Pass and other wonders of Sikkim to soak in the beauty of mountains.

  • Tip: Keep in mind that Gangtok is a complete No-Smoking zone.

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#2: Talsari, Odisha

Talsari beach is situated in the Baleswar district of Odisha. But it comes under the beach circuit of West Bengal. Far from the maddening crowds of Digha and Mandarmoni, Talshari beach is a pristine and serene travel destination. The beach is bestowed with spectacular views of the sea and sunrises here are a special something.

  • Tip: Don’t forget to try the delicious seafood along with Odia and Bengali delicacies available in abundance.

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#3: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Allahabad or Prayagraj as it has been recently re-named is the hub of India’s largest religious festival in 2019. Starting on January 15, the Ardh Kumbh is expected to see millions of devotees coming from across the country. With special Snan (auspicious) dates till March, this two and a half month event is being pegged as the world’s largest religious festival.

  • Tip: You can book your stay and complete tour package with RailYatri for a hassle-free Kumbh visit in Allahabad.

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#4: Gokarna, Karnataka

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The laid back town of Gokarna is an ideal destination to enjoy some idealistic time. The town is located 500 KM away from Bangalore and blessed with scenic beauty. Kundle Beach in Gokarna makes an ideal spot to spend some time on the sands. Calm sea waves, beautiful views of the Western Ghats on one side and serenity all around, makes Gokarna a great off beat travel destination. The shacks on the beach offer delicious seafood.While at Gokarna do visit Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise beach too for a wonderful vacation.

  • Tip: Some of the beaches in Gokarna are not ideal for swimming so take local counsel.

#5: Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

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Beautifully located amidst greenery and snow-capped mountains, Khajjiar is a perfect getaway for the mountain lovers. This hill station offers mesmerizing views of the mighty Himalayas. Khajjiar, also known as the “Switzerland of India”, is a lazy town which gives you ample scope to spend time doing nothing but admiring the beauty of nature. A great travel destination to shrug off the fatigue of busy life!

  • Tip: Don’t forget to carry heavy woolens, for the temperatures here remain freezing for most times of the year.

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#6: Gir National Park, Gujarat

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Your wildlife fantasies come true at Gir National Park. It is the only natural habitat of Asiatic Lions. Sparsely spread vegetation within the park, helps the tourists get an unobstructed view of these grand beasts. It is very uncommon for someone to return back without spotting a Lion at Gir. Apart from the Lions,  Gir National Park also has a large population of Asiatic wild ass, Hyenas, Brown fish owl, black buck etc.

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So, start your travel planning early!

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