From Miami to Venice, many international cities may be on the top of your bucket list. But why spend hours on a flight when we have cities with distinct international feel in India? Plus, when we don’t have the privilege to go abroad on a whim, we can explore places in India which has the essence of the world’s loveliest places. So this Republic Day, let us pledge to go vocal for local.
1. Mumbai: Miami From The 80s
Mumbai is a lot what Miami was 30 years ago. With its fast-paced lifestyle and growing economy, Mumbai is everything that was Miami once upon a time. Besides, Mumbai is dotted with art-deco buildings which catapulted Mumbai into the global league of cities such as New York, Miami and Paris. Did you know Mumbai has the second-largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami?
2. Panjim: The Hippie Paradise
There’s more to your hippie-life than San Francisco’s Summer of Love! Yes! Goa is that place where love and life are rife. Panjim is the laid-back, green, hippie getaway you need! It is no secret that Goa is psychedelic, and probably the trance capital of the world. The hippies may have left, but the vibes still linger. Here are 5 Things To Do At Hippie Island In Hampi.
3. Srinagar: India’s Switzerland
Every Indian out here would have had Srinagar on their bucket list. Snowy mountains, cottages and pine trees and stunning locales – that is basically Switzerland in a nutshell. Besides, the Dal Lake looks serene throughout the year. When you’re here, you can stay at a quaint houseboat, sip on a warm cup of Kahwa, visit Sri Pratap Singh Museum and explore the beauty of the valley.
4. Port Blair: The Koh Krabi Of India
Have you been dreaming of spending your days in landscapes tinted in blue and green? Before you book your flight to Thailand, visit Andaman’s Port Blair, home to some of the most beautiful beaches with azure blue water. Plus, the island has some of the best scuba diving spots around. Port Blair is like living in mini Thailand enjoying tall coconut trees, cosy homes sans the late night clubs. India’s Radhanagar Beach In Andaman Voted World’s 16th Best Beach.
5. Jaisalmer: India’s Sahara
If Sahara is not happening right now, the desert city of Jaisalmer will give you major wanderlust. Situated amid the scenic Thar Desert and popularly known as ‘The Sun City’, Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh who is also the founder of this city. The yellow sandstone and sand offer a perfect spot to relax and you to discover the different facets of Jaisalmer as they move forward. When here, do no miss camping in a tent in the fascinating Thar desert.
6. Shillong: India’s Kyoto
If you have been dreaming of cherry blossoms, you can find it right here in Shillong before you book your tickets to Kyoto. There is no place in Shillong that one cannot compare to Japan with its picturesque meadows, lakes with crystal clear water and lush grasslands. The capital city of Meghalaya is home to beautiful hills, museums and numerous waterfalls. The natural beauty here is breathtaking.
7. Alappuzha: India’s Venice
With waterways being the primary means of transport in Alleppey, you don’t need to book tickets to Venice. You can experience all of it here in India. The sight of the pristine backwaters of Alleppey, surrounded by towering palm trees, perfectly fits into the definition of a paradise on Earth. The various lakes, canals, lagoons and deltas that form the backwaters flow into the Arabian Sea.
How many of these cities have you visited?