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12 Exciting Travel Experiences to Try in 2019!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Wish you all a very happy New Year! New year means new travel experiences! We thought of listing 12 exciting travel experiences you can have in next 12 months in 2019 in India.  This is just a small list we thought of sharing with you.

1 January – Balloon festival in Arakku Valley, Pongal and Balloon festival in Pollachi

January is the month of Pongal. The month of Sankranti. It is also the month to visit Arakku valley near Vishakhapatnam for balloon festival.

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During the months of December and January the hills of Arakku will be washed in Yellow! It is the time for honey collection in the valley! It is also the month when the Andhra Pradesh tourism conducts its annual “ Balloon Festival”. You get a chance to experience the beautiful valley from the sky!

More details here – http://www.arakuballoonfestival.com/mobile/

The other lovely option is to experience the festive fervour of Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Go to rural Tamil Nadu and experience it. Pollachi and surroundings are great choices!

More details here – http://thepapyrus.in/index.php/pongal-celebrations-and-hot-air-balloon-festival-with-thadam/

2) February – Valentine’s day in Hills Kumbh Mela in Allahabad

February is the month for Valentines and this year February also happens to be Kumbh Mela month. You have an option to enjoy the quietude of hills or experience the colors and crowds of Kumbh Mela in Allahabad!

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If you want to escape to hills for your Valentine day holiday check out here in this blog – http://traveltwosome.com/valentines-day-hill-getaways-from-bangalore/

More details on Kumbh Mela – https://kumbh.gov.in/en

3) March – Goa Carnival or Holi in Vrindavan

Spoilt for choices in March! Whether you want to get high on Bhang in Vrindavan or on Beer in Goa, the choice is yours! Both are fun!

More details on Goa carnival which is on from 02 Mar to 05 Mar 2019 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_in_Goa

More details on Holi in Vrindavan can be read here in our blog – http://traveltwosome.com/back-of-blog-holi-in-vrindavan-and-utah/

4) April – Tulip garden in Srinagar & Lovely Gulmarg

Yes. April and spring are the best time to be in Kashmir. It is not biting cold. The peaks still have snow. The meadows are at their best. Then the piece de resistance! The Tulip Garden! Keep a watch for the dates when the garden opens for public and be there! It is a soothing and colorful experience. Then you have Gulmarg white washed and gorgeous in snow!!

Check out this post in this blog on Tulip garden and Gulmarg

Tulip Garden – http://traveltwosome.com/srinagar-tulip-garden/

Gulmarg – http://traveltwosome.com/gulmarg-in-spring/ 

5) May – Tiger safaris or Treks in Himalayas

The best time to see tigers in India are in summer months. May is a good time to be there braving the heat. If you are a mountain person, then trek in Himalayas is a great option.

We have a series of posts on our experience in Ranthambore starting with this one on this blog – http://traveltwosome.com/ranthambore-tiger/

Here is a list of National Parks you can visit in South India – http://traveltwosome.com/national-parks-in-south-india/

India Hikes have been pioneering Himalayan Treks for last few years. You can check their website – https://indiahikes.com

Also check out Yeti Outdoors here – http://yetioutdoors.com

6) June – Ladakh & Spiti

Spiti and Ladakh is spectacular. Be there in June and before school holidays start and when passes open. Experience Himalayas at their best.

Check out more on Ladakh travel in this blog here – 18 Travel Tales to inspire your next Ladakh Travel! 

Check out on Spiti in this blog here – http://traveltwosome.com/spiti-valley-spectacular/

7)  July – Valley of flowers

The flowers in Valley of flowers opens in myriad colours in two months of July – August. It is an unbelievable world. Pristine, colourful!

We have many posts on Valley of Flowers. Please check this out first – http://traveltwosome.com/trek-to-valley-of-flowers/

8) August – Monsoon experience/Onam

You should be in Kerala in monsoon to experience their major festival – Onam. Be a part of the cheering crowds cheering for their teams in Snake boat race. Experience The sumptuous Onam Sadiya.

Here is a detailed itinerary for any one planing a trip to Kerala – http://traveltwosome.com/road-trips-from-bangalore-kerala-kanyakumari/

When flowers are blooming in Himalayas in July, the rain gods create a mesmerizing experience in South India. Be in Malnad in July for experiencing monsoon marvel!!

August is the month to experience monsoon in India. Take a pick from the list here! –

Here is a complete list on experiencing monsoon in Malnad – http://traveltwosome.com/celebrating-indian-monsoon-list/

9) September – Ganesh Chaturthi

If Onam is for Kerala and Pongal is for Tamil Nadu, Ganesh Chaturti is for Maharashtra. The eight-day festivities have to be experienced by being in cities of Bombay and Pune!!

Check these posts on Mumbai and Pune –

Mumbai – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/things-to-do/popular-pandals-to-visit-and-celebrate-ganesh-chaturthi-in-mumbai/as65769993.cms

Pune – https://www.triphobo.com/blog/ganpati-mandals-pune

If you happen to pass by Kolhapur anytime, don’t miss to see the tallest Ganesh idol in the world! – http://traveltwosome.com/worlds-tallest-ganesh-idol/

10) October – Dasara and Diwali 

October is the festival month in India when festivals of Dasara and Diwali are celebrated across the country. Whether you are in Kolkata for Durga Puja or Mysore for Royal Dasara or Navratri in Ahmedabad or in Bastar to experience tribal Dasara, just experience it.

Here are few posts for you to read more about Dasara in this blog

On Mysore Dasara – http://traveltwosome.com/mysore-dasara-6-things-havent-done/

On different Dasaras in India – http://traveltwosome.com/dussehra-india/

On Durga Puja – http://traveltwosome.com/durga-puja-kolkata/

Then you have Diwali. The best place to experience is in Amritsar when the “Golden Temple” is lit up beautifully and Diwali is celebrated with gusto and fervour!

For more details, check out this link on this blog – http://traveltwosome.com/diwali-in-amritsar/ 

When you go to Amritsar, don’t miss to see the beating the retreat ceremony at Wagah Border. All details here in this blog – http://traveltwosome.com/wagah-border-ceremony/ 

11 November – Check out history and Heritage in South India

We recommend you to explore history and heritage in November. When weather is pleasant. India has lovely options from Hampi and Thanjavur in South India to Mandu, Taj Mahal and Jaipur in North India.

These links on this blog will help you

Bangalore to Hampi, Badami and Bijapur – A complete road trip guide!

Thanjavur Brihadeeshwara temple – Big, beautiful and Divine

Mandu – A mesmerising heritage experience! 

12) December – Hornbill festival/Christmas

The Yuletide season! It is also the month to experience the unique “ Hornbill Festival” in Nagaland.

The annual Hornbill Festival will be held for ten days, 1st – 10th December. It draws all the tribes and sub-tribes of Nagaland to the foothills below the lofty spurs of towering Mount Japfü wherin lies Naga Heritage Village, Kisama – the venue of hte Festival. It plays host to a weeklong medley of cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting, events, a kids carnival, floral galleria, food courts, film festival and a series of competitions in various activities.

For more details check out this link – http://tourismnagaland.com/?page_id=1225 

Christmas is celebrated with pomp and fervor in many parts of India. Try to be there in any of these places during Christmas. For more details please check the link below

http://traveltwosome.com/christmas-in-india-5-best-places/ 

This was our list of new travel experiences you can try in 2019. Do you want to add to this list? Please do so in the comments sections below.

Once again, Wishing you all a very happy and travel filled 2019!!!

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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