If you are anywhere in or around Mumbai, chances are that you have inadvertently become part of some festivities over the last few days. On the one hand, there are beautiful prayer chants that reverberate in the air thanks to the aartis by devotees. On the other, there is loud Bollywood music (lesser this year though) played at pandals which leaves you with mixed feelings about what the festival has become. Either way, you cannot ignore the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, especially if you are in Maharashtra. While most people may want to be part of the festivities and massive celebrations that are part of the Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 festival lasting 11 days, some of you may have witnessed enough over the years to take a break this year. If you are someone who finds these celebrations ostentatious and are looking for a break from it all, here are some amazing places in India you can visit during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017.
Nestled in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is India’s prime do-nothing vacation spot. It is quiet, placid and more beautiful than most places you usually witness in your daily life. There are a number of treks you can embark on like Kheerganga which is known for its hot water springs and breathtaking views of snow-clad peaks. Kasol also has several amazing restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. All in all, Kasol is an ideal spot for a pleasant getaway.
Jammu and Kashmir’s rugged beauty, Ladakh, draws in a number of adventurers every year. While July to August is the peak holiday season in Ladakh, September is slightly colder and quieter with lesser crowds. It is undoubtedly one of India’s most spectacular destinations with blue-water lakes, clear blue skies and wide, mesmerizing landscapes. Its magnificent monasteries are as alluring as its marvelous mountains.
September is the end of monsoon in Pondicherry. Known for its sleepy ambiance, and innovative places like the experimental township of Auroville, Pondicherry is a good place for a break from anything – be it your daily routine or the Ganesha celebrations. Enjoy the waves at the lovely Promenade beach or hang out by the clean lanes of the French colonial buildings. DO SEE Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Biggest Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai You Cannot Miss
Tucked away in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, Mawlynnong is called the cleanest village of Asia for a reason. From the moment they wake up, people in the village – from kids to elders – start cleaning their surroundings. From their homes to courtyards to the village center (chowk), every nook and corner is regularly cleaned by the locals of the village throughout the day. The result is a village which looks better than most cities of the country. Visit Mawynnong and its surrounding areas to witness what happens when people take cleanliness seriously. Also, the route to Mawlynnong will show you nature at its very best.
So, if you are looking for an escape from the loud and massive Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 celebrations, visit one of the above places for a peaceful and rejuvenating break.