The long JOURNEY
Outlook Traveller|September 2020
The long JOURNEY
THE LIST OF BEST PLACES TO EXPLORE

Nature Trails

Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Coastal Drives

Kerala, Goa, Odisha

Heritage

Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

Uttarakhand

The state boasts of some of the most spectacular driving routes through the Himalaya

EXERCISE EXTREME PATIENCE WHILE OUT IN THE WILD

The 95-kilometre drive from Nainital to Binsar through the gorgeous Himalaya is as breathtaking as it can get. The serene route offers an unparalleled view of gorges, waterfalls and sublime natural vistas. Escape into the Himalayan wildlife en route at the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the remote, mighty mountains. An integral part of the Kumaon region, it boasts of 200 species of flora and fauna. Further along the treacherous valleys is the undiscovered, hauntingly beautiful, drive from Binsar to Pangot. Stop for a layover at Pangot’s Kilbury Bird Sanctuary to spot innumerable rare migratory birds. The town’s vast, lush expanse also includes several hiking trails and some beautiful rapids and streams. Drive through the terrain for about two hours to Ramnagar and treat your senses to an ethereal, natural escape at the Kaladhungi Waterfalls and the Jim Corbett wildlife circuit.

The Kilbury Sanctuary is home to exotic bird species like white-throated thrushes, rufous-bellied woodpeckers and the striated prinia

Odisha

The land of beaches and temples, Odisha is a treasure hidden in plain sight

BE MINDFUL OF THE RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS AT THE TEMPLES

Embark on a journey and encounter India’s bygone era at the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves. These caves uncover India’s ancient secrets in the form of carvings of royal scenes and hunting parties from Ashoka’s reign. Drive further south and find yourself in the biggest salt water lagoon in Asia—Lake Chilika. You may even spot a dolphin during the sunset boat ride. The next leg of the leisure drive brings you to Puri. A soulful dip in the Bay of Bengal is sure to wipe away the city conundrum. Stroll through the town to sample some authentic and delectable Odia food. A drive along the shoreline will take you to Konark, where a guided tour of the Sun Temple is a must. Make sure to stop at the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Reserve on the way. Drive to Bhitarkanika National Park, a RAMSAR site for its wetlands, and catch a glimpse of salt water crocodiles and rhesus monkeys.

Visit the Jagannath Temple during dawn to get a crowd-free experience

Uttar Pradesh

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September 2020