In this age of Facebook and Twitter obsession, where anything that catches our attention is a potential candidate for the next Instagram upload, living in a world sans Internet is somewhat like a horror movie. Have you ever caught yourself frantically reaching for your phone just to check if there was something that you missed while you were actually doing something off of the virtual world?
This hyper-connectivity may be getting to most of us. The sad part is that, even when we are on a vacation, we feel the need to keep our so-called ‘friends’ updated with our doings and enjoyments. But why do we feel this need if we are on a vacation to take a break for OURSELVES? Every time a delicious meal is presented to us or for that matter when we see a beautiful sunrise/sunset, why is it that we feel the urge to pull out our ‘smartphones’ from our pockets and click a picture instead of actually living that moment and appreciating it with our bare eyes? I think we are missing out on the essentials in this race to present the ‘perfect’ life to the society around us.
This sounds like just the ticket for some of us. We have put up a list of paces with unreliable cell phone services and internet access which would turn out to be the perfect excuse for you to take a vacation right away! (Trust us with it)
1. Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh
The remote reaches of the North-East have recently seen a rise in its tourism department. The state of Arunachal holds a vast expanse of virginal beauty, which has attracted a number of visitors in recent times. Given the extraordinary road journey that one needs to embark upon in order to reach their destination, a lot of unexplored places are yet to be marked on the map.
One such place is the beauty that is Changlang. Places like ‘Lake of No Return’ and a village, which is called ‘Hell’s Pass’, are some of the many places of interest. When the nature calls, I’m sure a ring from the city dwellers is all right to be missed.
2. Kheerganga, Himachal Pradesh
Away from the busy calls of the city, Kheerganga rests on one of the highest points of Himachal Pradesh and can be reached only by trekking for a couple of hours to the top. Any kind of vehicle will only get you to Barshaini and after that, you only have your calf muscles to trust. When you do reach the top, there is a beautiful meadow, which welcomes you and a positive vibe all around. There are huge mountains that cover you from all sides and there is a hot water spring, which calls all the tired travellers to it. No phone coverage and a good holiday, that’s what’s in store for you on your trip to Keerganga. However, once you’re back to normal civilisation, you can use Freecharge coupons to get started on your smartphones again
3. Ice Kingdom, Zanskar, J&K
Jammu and Kashmir, famously known as ‘heaven on earth’, is carpeted with many spots worth mention. But one such site that is awe-inspiring and a marvel of nature is the Ice Kingdom. This location looks something, which would easily be out of an ‘Ice Age’ movie. The best part about visiting it? You can raft in the rapids! Icy cold water and 28 km rapids, it sounds dangerous but is actually quite safe.
4. Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
How does the last village on the Indo-Tibetan border sound like for a vacation away from the buzz? Away from the clichéd tourist spots like Shimla and Manali, Chitkul present a panorama, which cannot be easily forgotten. Away from commercialization, this village is miles away from their nosey meddling..
5. Lungthung-Dhupidhara, Sikkim
Sikkim, the snow clad land is definitely the best place to go to take a time off. Although the common places to visit are already being flocked by tourists but the Lungthung-Dhupidhara region of Sikkim is something worth visiting atleast once in a lifetime! A view of the Kanchenjunga range can be seen vividly from this side of Sikkim as well.
6. Agumbe, Karnataka
Known as the home of King Cobras, Agumbe has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place is more for the wandering soul than for the ones looking for a relaxing time. Tucked away somewhere in a corner of the Western Ghats, Agumbe is exactly the kind of cut-off that you require on a vacation.
7. Swargarohini, Uttarakhand
In the Uttarkashi district of the state of Uttarakhand Swargarohini is the main peak in the Gangotri range of peaks. This snow-clad peak is alone the source of the Tons River. This trek is considered to be a trek to heaven and the views that you get to pass by do not tell a different story. One can spot the milkyway on a clear sky from the top too. Network coverage is the last thing on your mind when you’re on your way to heaven!
8. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
A national park, The Valley of Flowers is a place, which is guaranteed to take you high, both literally and figuratively. The trek to this wonder starts from Hemkund Sahib and is also a host to hot water springs. A 10 km trek in its totality, the valley is a home to more than 300 different varieties of alpine flowers with a background view of snow-capped mountains. The colours in front of you will play tricks on your eyes! Need more reasons, to ditch your boring city life?
Since you’ll be nowhere near phone signals have a look at 15 Inspiring Books That You Can Read While Travelling !