Travelling is a passion for today's youth, most of whom prefer to visit places with friends. Though a trip with your close ones present memories lasting a lifetime, many youngsters find it difficult to decide on a destination suitable for them. Onmanorama suggests some ideal choices for the young traveller.
Manali-Leh road trip
A road trip from Manali to Leh is the dream of any traveller seeking adventure. Motorable only for 5 to 6 months a year, it remains damaged due to snowfall the rest of the time. Naturally, a trip with young friends presents several challenges which provide thrill as well as pleasure. The journey along the hair-raising route takes travellers to the world’s highest road. Among the attractions is the Rohtang Pass which lies on the path. With the Himalayan Mountain ranges providing the backdrop, a trip would certainly be enjoyable and memorable.
Among India's oldest cities, Rishikesh is also referred to as the Yoga capital. Along with the Himalayan scenery, visitors to the place will be blessed with the presence of the holy river Ganges. Visitors can also take part in several adventure activities. The natural attractions of the place are incomparable. Rishikesh offers a varied mix to travellers, including river rafting, ancient temples, evergreen forests and hermitages.
Jim Corbett safari
Youths who have enjoyed visiting cinemas, malls and beaches along with friends can go off the beaten track by planning a safari at the Jim Corbett National Park. The deep forest, presence of wild animals including the tiger and their sightings and sounds offer a thrill that cannot be obtained from anywhere else. Jim Corbett National Park is the first such park in the country and is well-known for the presence of the tiger. However, there are around 400 species of animals in the park. In addition, there are numerous varieties of plants and trees. Sighting the tiger is not that easy, but a trip through the deep forest is certainly worth it.
This place is also known as a small version of Tibet. Spiti translates as ‘in the middle’. The place got this name as it is located between India and Tibet; on the north-east part of Himachal Pradesh. A trip to Spiti presents danger to travellers as it covers narrow roads through the mountains. The path has been created by tunnelling through the mountain at several spots and a ride along the precipitous road invokes fear.
The main attractions of Spiti are Buddhist monasteries like Tabo which are centuries old and villages named Dhankar, Kaza and Kee which are situated 12,000 to 13,000 ft. above sea level. The farmlands in the area also draw visitors.
Youngsters who enjoy trekking with friends should never miss this place. Visitors are attracted to Mussoorie by spots like Kempty waterfalls, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Lake, Nag Devata temple and Bhatta waterfalls. Trekking in these areas is a thrilling experience as it covers several sections of the mountain. Popular trekking routes are Nag Tibba, Lal Tibba, Bhadraj forest area and Park Estate. Each of these routes covers extremely picturesque spots. Facilities available at Mussoorie include luxury hotels and fine restaurants.