Travel&Explore : Top 5 Must-visit Places in College time

By Aditya Roy

August 13, 2020

What is the one thing that people regret about their college years? Many alumni will say they wish they had taken the opportunity to travel or study abroad. So many students graduate without taking the leap and traveling, then regret it later. Now, more than ever, it is becoming increasingly important for college students to travel and explore. 

Our world is growing in its demand for globally-minded people, and one of the best ways to achieve this is through travel and exploration. And college time is the best time to do so. Thus, we bring to you list of Top 5 Must-visit places during College time.

India's Scotland : Coorg

If you wish to spend sometime in natural solitude away form the buzz of a metro city, then Coorg is where you should be. After a long and hard semester full of studying and slogging, this would be the perfect place to unwind, think about it! 

Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is a rural district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. In the area’s north, Madikeri Fort has 2 life-size elephant statues at its entrance, plus a Gothic-style church with a museum on its grounds. Nearby, the Hindu Omkareshwara Temple dates back to the 19th century.

Coorg was named as the ‘Scotland of India’ during the time of the British. The beauty of this region is well-preserved albeit the surge of urbanisation. Kodagu or Coorg is one beloved tourist destination which always remains on top of Must-visit places during college time.

Coorg is ideal for outdoor activities such as trekking, angling and white-water rafting, and major festivals like Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest) festival are a huge draw.

Nearest Railway Station : Mysore              Nearest Airport : Mangalore

Home of Dalai Lama : McLeodganj

McLeod Ganj is in Dharamshala,  in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans. The village is named after Lord David McLeod, the English lieutenant governor of Punjab, who founded it in 1848 as a retreat from the heat of the plains. The suffix Ganj is a common Hindi word for neighbourhood.

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.

McLeodganj is famous for its culture, crafts, etc.  The shopping experience in McLeodganj is worth remembering, provided you know how to bargain and purchase the local items of the place such as Tibetan mats and carpets. The area is also famous for its jewelry. Handmade paintings are a hit there, are beautifully made and a perfect gift to give someone.

Some of the famous street markets of McLeodganj include Kotwali Bazar, Jogibara Road, and McLeodganj Central Square. Kotwali Bazaar has numerous local and street shops.

Nearest Railway station : Kangra Mandir                          Nearest Airport : Kangra 

The Light of Himalayas : Leh

The brave streams of ice-cold water, snow-capped mountains and glacial melts to complete this paradise on Earth. Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas.

Few places in India are at once so traveller-friendly and yet so enchanting and hassle-free as mountain-framed Leh. Dotted with stupas and crumbling mudbrick houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort. 

Souvenir shops and tandoori-pizza restaurants, and green suburban patchwork of irrigated barley fields are some of the catch-the-eye points in Leh.

Leh’s a place that’s all too easy to fall in love with – but take things very easy on arrival as the altitude requires a few days’ acclimatisation before you can safely start enjoying the area’s gamut of adventure activities.

If you are an all boys group, make sure you don’t miss this road trip. If you have girls along, well, it makes it all the more memorable! Rent Royal Enfields and get ready to put your endurance skills to test.

Wash you sins in Rishikesh

Despite the catastrophic floods of 2013, tourists and adventure sport enthusiasts still choose the holy town of Rishikesh to enjoy the thrill.  Call up any adventure sports operators in Rishikesh (there are plenty) and make your reservations for the raft and tent on the riverside, in advance. Keep beer cans and a volleyball handy and you would want to spend the rest of your life over there!

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 Holy Ganges blessings.

Things are a little Spooky in : Bhangarh

If your group is full of those who like spooky thrills, pack your bags and visit India’s most famous haunted place, the ruins of Bhangarh! Located in Alwar, Rajasthan, you need to be around the place after sundown for some serious adrenaline pump. Who’s the brave one in your group and who’s the wuss, you’ll find out in Bhangarh!

Bhangarh lies between Jaipur and Delhi, and is also a pre-historic site and tourist spot. The most remarkable aspects of Bhangarh are its old buildings: the Hindu temples of GopinathShiv (Someshwar), HanumanGanesh, Vishal Devta, Lavina Devi, and KeshavRai. 

Other buildings include shops and dhabas along the main road, several havelis, a mosque, and a palace.The palace is protected by two inner fortifications across the valley. The town is separated from the plain by ramparts with five gates.

That was the list of 5 Must-visit places during college. Have you been to any of the above mentioned places? Do let us know in the comment section below.

 

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