9 Secret places in India to spend a weekend instead of a hotel

  • Vythiri Resort, Wayanad “The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.” - George Bernard Shaw

    When you are on the move, laying your head on cosy comfortable beds is very essential. More often than not, we are very careful about where we stay on our vacation. Along with hospitality and comfort, experience has gained paramount importance while choosing a place to stay. When travelling is all about experience, next time on your holiday, stay at one of these places and try something out-of-the-box.

    1. Secluded treehouse, Machan, Lonavala

    Machan, Lonavala

    It is a luxury eco-resort with tree houses rising 30-45 feet above forest. If you are looking for a serene place to relax and run away from your hectic schedule, Machan offers a wide range of tree houses you can select from. Located near Lonavala in Maharashtra, this place is very secluded from the hustling chaotic stress of city.

    2. Guhantara Cave Resort, Bangalore

    Guhantara Cave Resort, Bangalore

    An exotically unusual experience, Guhantara Cave Resort is first-of-its-kind in India. Staying in dungeons under a luxurious spell of nature is what your holiday promises to be.

    3. Dormitory-style dhaba tents, Leh-Manali Highway

    Dormitory style Dhaba Tents, Leh-Manali Highway

    While you are on a long bike ride from Manali to Leh or vice-a-versa and you need a place to rest, these makeshift dhabas will come to your rescue. Small tent-like dhabas are pitched on the highway. These dhabas are have a small stove, few make-do beds and confectionery items. This option is very easy on your budget. The accommodation start from Rs 100 only!

    4. Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

    Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

    The largest and the richest monastery in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery is a highlight of every traveller’s Ladakh sojourn. While even a small visit to the monastery fills up your soul with peace and solitude, there’s nothing like spending a night in the monastery to get a personal experience into the lives of monks - ascetics of their life, their rituals and prayers that they perform throughout the day. All these can only be gathered once you stay at the monastery. Ergo, while booking a Leh Ladakh tour package, include the monastery stay in your itinerary.

    5. Golden Temple, Amritsar

    Golden Temple, Amritsar

    Golden Temple’s stunning architecture and grandeur certainly puts it on every traveller’s bucket-list. Visited all year round, the gurudwara is a peaceful place for all worshipers. The gurudwara also encompasses a Golden Temple Complex within itself which is open to all the travellers at an affordable price.

    6. Palace On Wheels

    Palace On Wheels

    India's most expensive train resort, Palace On Wheels is a unique train journey that takes you to the various realms of India’s territory aboard an opulent train. Palace On Wheels is reminiscent of the royal times with stewards dressed as maharajas.

    7. Houseboats in Kerala

    Houseboats in Kerala

    One of the famous stays on list, a houseboat stay will offer you a magical experience on the still backwaters of Kerala. You will be ushered into a world of coconut-fringed waterways and punted canoes skirted with verdant paddy fields.

    8. Beach shacks and huts, Gokarna

    Beach shacks and huts, Gokarna

    A temple-town kissing the shores of Karnataka, embracing the ambiguous side of Shiva, Gokarna is a hippie foreigner’s favourite spot. Following the likes of Goa - beach, beer and trance culture, Gokarna has a plenty of shacks located on beaches. Serving scrumptious meals and cold beer, all by the beach, Gokarna shacks are a dainty place to stay in.

    9. Ladakhi Women's Travel Company Homestays, Ladakh

    Ladakhi Womens Travel Company Homestays

    The landscapes of Ladakh are beauty beyond art. A pensive thinker or an adventure lover, this destination draws everyone towards it. Ladakhi Women's Travel Company is Ladakh’s first female-owned company aimed at exposing the world culture to the Ladakhi women. The homestays are run by local Ladakhi women that bring to you the authentic taste of Ladakh making your experience real and authentic.

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    Author: Winnie Karnik