Travel bloggers often influence our vacation plans as they travel around more than us and come back with some unique experiences. They even explore offbeat destinations that probably aren’t on the average Indian tourist’s mind but after seeing what the place has to offer, it makes it to our bucket list too. We asked some of the popular travel bloggers in India to share with us destinations that one should visit in 2017 and here’s what they had to say. While some listed out those that they plan to explore next year, others recommended the ones they visited this year, fell in love with the place and want others to do the same too. Take a look and pick the ones you’d want to explore in 2017. ALSO SEE Top 8 destinations to visit in January
Mridula Dwivedi who blogs at traveltalesfromindia.in since 2005, recommends Raja Ampat in Indonesia. You need to take a flight to Sorong from Jakarta and a two-hour ferry ride to reach Waisai, the region’s headquarters. But once here, you will feel you are in paradise. “I have never seen such beautiful beaches nor such amazing marine life. As a bonus there are birds in the region too. Go before it gets truly discovered by the masses,” says Mridula. ALSO SEE Here’s why your next vacation should be in Raja Ampat
Roxanne Bamboat who explored Israel and Portugal recently recommends the two for travelers in 2017. She says, “I pick these two because not only are they both my personal favourites but they also offer a completely different experience. Both have plenty of history, architecture, culture and amazing food to offer. Great nightlife and most importantly the friendliest and most hospitable people make them an ideal vacation destination.” You can read more about Roxanne’s travels on her blog thetinytaster.com
Travel blogger Deepti Khera who calls herself a digital nomad, recommends exploring offbeat places in India. If you love beaches, she recommends taking a trip to Nivati which is isolated so you will find fewer crowds. If you love the mountains, she urges you to explore Meghalaya and other destinations in the northeast. An art village called Pinguli in Maharashtra is also worth a visit. Deepti blogs at nostalgichobo.wordpress.com ALSO SEE 10-day itinerary to explore northeast of India
Anuradha Goyal of inditales.com wants tourists to explore their own cities instead of flocking to other places in the world. Be a tourist in your own city and you will discover something new and amazing. “I definitely want people to explore their own backyards. While people explore the world, they must spend some time exploring their own cities, states and country. If you live in Delhi visit the bylanes of Mehrauli, if you live in Mumbai visit the Kanheri caves and if you live in Varanasi cycle on the ancient Panch Kroshi road,” she says.
Deepika Gumaste who blogs at feetonthemap.com recommends places that she plans to explore in 2017. Her destinations are Arunachal Pradesh, Rann of Kutch and Taiwan. She says, “I want to visit Arunachal Pradesh for interacting with the tribes who are far away from modern civilization but are yet being integrated into the mainstream culture of modern India. Abroad, I hope Taiwan! Taiwan is currently in news, thanks to the US’ new president-elect Donald Trump’s notorious call. But I seriously hope, that this becomes a trigger for more and more people to visit Taiwan as it is quite different from China and other Asian countries.” ALSO SEE 10-day itinerary for Arunachal Pradesh
Where will you go in 2017?
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