As we are approaching the years end, work is the last thing on anybody’s mind. All one can think about is celebrating, partying and holidaying. This is the one time in the year when barely any work is done and all we do is day dream about what our plans are for Christmas and New Years. Most people take leave from work and set off on a vacation. It’s the vacation time of the year. You will find most holiday destinations like Goa completely full and overflowing with people. Everyone whether with family or friends has something planned out, a party to go to or an entire vacation.
Since we live in the sub continent of India there is no shortage of places and vacation destinations we could go to. And even the type of destination is something which we have a variety to choose from. From the sunny and sandy beaches of Goa to the extreme cold of the Himalayas to the beautiful back waters in Kerela, it’s all within a stones throw of each other. Most people would have to travel to a different country in order to see such diverse places. There are quite a few road trips one could also take across different routes in the country. The most common one being the drive from Mumbai to Goa, it’s a smooth 677km drive across the NH17 highway. Along the way there are various places where one could take a pit stop, you could stop at the beautiful untouched beaches of Ganpatipule or buy loads of mangoes while driving past Ratnagiri. Also one could, visit the Karnala bird sanctuary or sit on the banks of the Vashishti River. And if you are the cultural sort, you would be very interested in taking a pit stop at the village of Malvan which boasts of the Sindhudurg fort built by the famous Shivaji.
Another slightly more difficult road trip would be from Dehradun to Nainital. Though the distance is comparatively less (355km) it’s a slightly more off-road drive, however, it’s a lot more picturesque as well. I read one travelogue of a person who took this road trip in his Maruti Grand Vitara, and it being an SUV made it the perfect car for such a drive, as SUV’s are made for such road trips. He drove past the Kumaon Hills in Uttarakhand which made for a breath taking beautiful view. And along the way he found himself in the midst of Rishikesh before reaching Corbett, one of the last few places where you could see a tiger. Also he went for a serene boat ride on the Naini Lake.