7 breathtaking Indian holiday spots that’ll make you feel like you’re travelling abroad
The toughest game of spot the difference you'll see online today
Because a good #wanderlust selfie is for everyone. So why should you have to break the bank to get that perfect silhouette against the setting sun in Switzerland? We see your cosy inns in Gstaad and raise you the postcard-perfect beauty of Gulmarg in Kashmir. Sighing over the endless panorama of blossoms in Antelope Valley in California? The dreamy Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand has been there and done that, just better.
Just in case you’re interested in hitting the Instagram jackpot on a budget, quit counting the days till payday and make a date with these Indian holiday spots that are just as good as their foreign counterparts. Thank us later.
7 Indian holiday spots to visit before going abroad
Srinagar and Amsterdam
Good luck playing spot the difference between Srinagar's tulip garden and its twin in Amsterdam. Situated along the banks of Dal Lake, the Srinagar wing boasts of 1.5 million tulips plotted in OCD-pleasing, colour-coordinated rows.
Gulmarg and Switzerland
Good news: You can keep up with Bollywood's endless fascination with Switzerland on the budget of a mere mortal at Gulmarg, Kashmir. Pristine views, snow-clad mountains and cosy little inns to stir up some Hygge magic in: Whatever the Swiss can do, we can do better.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat and Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Just in case you're interested in getting the magical backdrop of the Bonneville Salt Flats but minus the zillion-hour flight and layovers, the Rann of Kutch would be glad to do the honours. Star-gazing on a bed of salt crystals spread over 30,000 square kilometres sound like a dream weekend to you?
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand and Antelope Valley, California
Don't quite have the time to travel to Antelope Valley to watch a blanket of poppies blossoming simultaneously? Witness the same spectacle at the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand that enlists 300 different varieties of flowers to breathe magic into that panoramic shot you've been itching to try.
Gandikota Canyon, Andhra Pradesh and The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Once you get over the many different interpretations of the name, the Gandikota Canyon can play just as a gracious host as The Grand Canyon. In addition to the awe-inspiring views, this seven kilometre-long work of art is kinder on the wallet too.
Munnar Tea Plantation, Kerala and Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Situated 1,600 kilometres above sea level, the Munnar Tea Plantation has been coolly eating into the Cameron Highlands' tourism share. In case you have trouble deciding on one between the two, please take into consideration that the former promises sightings of the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered animal species.
Lake City, Nainital and Lake District, United Kingdom
Far be it from us to question the workings of the universe, but there was definitely some Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V involved between the famous resort town Nainital and Lake District in the United Kingdom. Go ahead, look at that serpentine lake and tell us we're wrong.
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The celebrity-approved guide to packing for vacations
Now that you’ve locked down your dream destination, it’s time to nail that OOTD. Fortunately, Alia Bhatt, Malaika Arora Khan and more have already done the research for us. Here’s what to pack in your suitcase for every type of holiday.
It’ll keep you warm and give your selfies some Insta-cred, even if you’re bulked up shapelessly down below.
Reflectors are your one true ally in the war against the sun. Pink has emerged as the dominant colour of the season, and Alia Bhatt would like you to welcome the hue to your sunglasses case too.
Beanies can instantly give you a soulful edge, or envelop your visage depending on your face type. If you fall in the latter, opt for some fur detailing to keep things fun.
Colour blocked sarongs
Because you need to look as good out of the water as you do in it. If all the summer florals are getting to you, treat your wraparounds and sarongs to some colour-blocking fun.
For colder climates
Bulking up for low temperatures need not look as unappealing as it sounds. Kareena Kapoor Khan cinches her tone-on-tone tan ensemble together with a classic Chanel sling.
For a cruise
Katrina Kaif revived interest in crochet with her picture perfect honeymoon in Baar Baar Dekho. It can also double up as the perfect cover-up post a swimming sesh.
Denim never loses its versatility, so step off that zillion hour flight in a chic denim jacket. Thigh-high boots optional.
Have all the fun there is to be had with resort wear by teaming it with statement jewellery — Malaika Arora Khan can attest to the virtues of a chunky necklace. A Louis Vuitton head scarf never hurt anyone either.
Don’t be afraid to layer up for the day: Sonam Kapoor brilliantly plays around with all colours on the palette for her Dubai visits. Cinch it together with a statement handbag.
For the city
Keep pace with your sight-seeing itinerary in breezy shift dresses, and maybe a graphic cape dress or two for a more formal day out.
For the beach
Packing for the sun and the sand can seem like a no-brainer until you’re confronted with aisle after endless aisle of swimwear. Lisa Haydon makes a strong case for backless one-pieces, but Malaika Arora Khan may just convince you to go in for that fringe bikini.
Statement beach hats
The floppier, the better. Kresha Bajaj, founder of prêt label Koëcsh, knows the value of a good slogan hat. And your Instagram handle should too.