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These Indian Destinations Are Ideal For Slow Travel

There's never time to cover everything in a trip, so why not simply stop and stare? Here are three places where you can slow down

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Shashwat Tyagi
May 24, 2023
These Indian Destinations Are Ideal For Slow Travel

Al Pacino in “The Godfather,” strolling through cobbled streets of the Sicilian landscape, is memorable because this is the only place in the film where Corleone’s son has the luxury of experiencing the little things in life, the warm sunlight around Appolonia’s father’s store for example. Only when we are unburdened by responsibilities and free to move on our own accord is a truly memorable trip possible. That’s what slow travel is, a relaxed way of soaking in everything around one particular destination you happen to visit. Unlearn some concepts because crossing off a bucket list of places to see or loading up more souvenirs is not the goal here. When was the last time you took a holiday to travel, and it felt like one? In these three places, it will, as you ignore the calls and some of those emails. Watch time suspends itself because all you do here is travel slowly.

 

Wayanad, Kerala  

Wayanad, on the contiguous mountain plateau of the Western Ghats, offers many opportunities to make the most of your time. There is much to explore in and around the 2132 km² lush green landscapes here. Take a walk around the tranquil environment of protected areas like the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, or sit by the Pookode Lake for a while before hiring a pedal or rowboat to explore this freshwater lake. Check into the Windflower Resorts and Spa and treat yourself to luxurious wellness treatments while staying the night in plush, spacious villas. Wayanad is also rich in cultural heritage; appreciate the local culture of the village communities, interact with the tribes, and gain a deeper understanding of the area’s customs and social practices.

 

Bodh Gaya, Bihar

If under the Bodhi tree here, even Lord Buddha could find enlightenment after years of meditation, you, as the average traveller, will have a good chance of finding solace and calm on a trip to this ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site. Travelling at your own pace here will make it possible for you to experience the meditative atmosphere in meaningful ways. Bodh Gaya is home to several temples like the Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, and Buddhist temples housing many monks and nuns living an ascetic life. With time being an ally on a less rushed trip, you may participate in chanting sessions, interact with the monks and gain insights into their lives, or even attend the group teachings as a new learner. Walk along the banks of the beautiful Niranjana River, flowing about 2 km away from Bodh Gaya.

 

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Surrounded by tea plantations and situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling has always been one of the top draws when planning summer retreats to hill stations. Book a relaxed stay in hotels like the Sinclairs Darjeeling, offering majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the Himalayan range, travel by ropeway in the popular cable cars at Singamari or treat yourself to the very best of Himalayan cuisine and culture as you sample the local favourite: dumplings and steaming bowls of noodles served by various food establishments. With its sub-90 AQI level readings, Darjeeling should be your town of choice to feel refreshed whenever you visit here.

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