Far From The Madding Crowd: Four Indian Places To Head Out To For Your Tech Detox
I need a break man – how many times in a day do we say this? And yet when we go on a holiday, what do we do? Ensure that our smart phones have roaming enabled, that we regularly check our email on our tablets and reply to them promptly, that we exploit Facebook’s ‘Check-in’ feature as if it is going to be unfeatured soon…. A holiday is a time to rejuvenate, relax and refresh our mind and soul. Unfortunately, in this gadget dependent world, even if our electronic devices get switched off for sometime, we do not learn to do the same. The ideal thing would be to visit a place which offers you no connectivity and thus gives you a chance to connect with yourself. And India is filled with such hotspots that help you network with yourself or improve your connectivity with your loved ones, which is what a holiday is all about. Check out these 4 places in India where you will experience total peace and tranquility.
Binsar, Uttarakhand: Located in Kumaon region in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Binsar is a spectacular hill town situated at an altitude of about 2420 feet, which makes it an ideal digital detox destination. It is home to a sanctuary as well, which houses numerous rare birds and animals. It also offers a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks such as Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. Zero Point or Jhandidhar is the highest point at 7900 feet, from where one can get a magical view of the snow-capped peaks.
Valley of flowers, Uttarakhand: Discovered in 1931 by British traveller Frank Smith and now a world heritage site, the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is another favourite spot for free-spirited travellers who wish to immerse themselves in beauty and tranquillity. Dotted with streams, waterfalls and wild flowers and surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks, the valley is perfect for trekking and camping. It also has a religious connection, since it is believed to be the place from where Hanuman procured the Sanjeevani herb and mountain to save Rama’s brother, Lakshman’s, life.
Ladakh: A popular travel destination for road trips, Ladakh is a wonderful place to go to for your spiritual and emotional retreat. Known as the Land of the High Passes, it has limited network. So you can be assured of a break from your fancy gadgets, while you soak in the beauty and quiet of its frozen lakes, high passes and gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries). It also boasts of splendid and grand palaces such as the Leh palace and Stok palace.
Mawlynnong, Meghalaya: If you really wish to get away from the pollution and grime of the city and escape to a fairyland, Mawlynnong is the place for you. Also known as ‘God’s own garden’, Mawlynnong won the title of being Asia’s cleanest village in 2003. Its local community strives hard to maintain its cleanliness and natural beauty. Bamboo dust bins are a common sight in the village. Mawlynnong has hundred percent literacy and a majority of its inhabitants are well-versed in English. The Sky Walk, an eighty-foot high observatory, provides a fascinating view of the natural splendour and beauty of the village. You can also go to Riwai, a neighbouring village, for a glimpse of a living root bridge.