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Let’s travel. Those words can light up any face.

And what better time to travel than holidays?

But is following an itinerary, rushing from one tourist spot to another to make sure you don’t miss anything and clicking a million pictures for social media really travel?

If you want a different kind of holiday – a real travel where you explore the destination, not just visit, where you don’t gain information about the place but familiarity, intimacy- with the water, trees, air, people, food, culture and find the things that make the place not famous but unique, this is for you. It’s time to let go of trying to synchronize with someone else’s beat and find the drummer whose beat resonates with yours-making the whole much larger than the sum of the parts…

For the people in cars (aka family): HampiView Of Achyutaraya Temple

View Of Achyutaraya Temple Photo by Vinoth Chandar, CC BY 2.0

The best gift you can give your kids is a travel experience – where they get to explore, play, learn and grow; and you get to sit back with your partner and just enjoy the scene with a proud and calm smile. Most of the travelers to Hampi are history buffs and photographers but the city has a lot more to offer. It’s all about opening up your kids’ minds to imagine beyond screens and machines. The temples will not just show your kids the grandeur of architecture but show them applications of fundamental science concepts- like the resonating musical pillars at the Vittalla temple! Hampi was ruled by a large number of dynasties each one of whom has left a mark of their culture via their forts. These are perfect to discuss with your kids what a particular place would be used for and why it was chosen to be located there. Not only will you come up with hilarious stories, your kids won’t even realize that they are learning how to analyze! Let them experience the coracle ferry and break the monotone of invisible machines taking them from one place to another. Let them see for themselves the place where the beloved genius, Tenali Raman lived and of course have some nice story telling sessions. Hampi hasn’t been concretized yet and so the people have the nice, welcoming attitude especially towards answering all your kids’ questions about their lifestyle. The Hampi Bazaar offers some exquisite and exotic and still very budget-friendly souvenirs. And last but not the least; the famous archeological museum will make a perfect ending to the trip, summarizing all the new experiences!

For the people on bikes (aka friends): GokarnaGokarna

Photo by Jo Kent, CC BY 2.0

For some reason, the real awesomeness of Gokarna is kept a well guarded secret. If you want scenes like those from ‘Perks of being a Wallflower’- to just be with the people you care for deeply, with a few drinks and smokes and just enjoy the scenery, music and company – there can’t be a more perfect place. Each resort has something unique offer to but one thing that each one of them promise – is tranquility. The beautiful beaches – Kudle beach and Om beach are just the place to have a campfire, tell stories, play truth and dare and just live the moment. Bring your favorite books and movies, if that’s how you roll. If you need wind gushing through your hair to feel infinite, it’s very close to NH 66 and so a drive or a ride at any time of the day or night can be easily arranged. If you’re tired of wheels, there are beautiful boat ride options too! Here, time doesn’t matter. It’s just you, your friends and life.

For the people on foot (aka trekkers): Nilgiri hillsNilgiri

Photo by Anis Ahmad, CC BY 2.0

Gentle slopes so that you still have breath for memorable conversations, neither too hot nor too cold weather, the people you love around you and camping gear on your back- sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Well, if you want to turn it into reality, all you have to do is to head to the Nilgiri hills! The infinite blue sky and the endless blue waters clearly visible have given it a well deserved name- the Blue Mountains. There is an abundance of sparkling clear waterfalls and exquisite flora. And if you decide to give your feet some rest, the toy train is a joy ride one cannot miss! Both the seasoned trekkers and the wannabes will feel that they belong here.

What are you waiting for? Life is waiting to happen! And as we flow through the journey, let’s make one resolve: to live; not pose.

Author Bio:Rohit is an architect by profession and loves the idea of having and creating mesmerizing experiences. He writes regularly at He cannot bear being an observer. He has to be doing something, anything. He has to belong in the scene – not overlooking from the outside.

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