Raksha Bandhan celebrates the incredible bond between brother and sister. It is a day when brothers pledge to protect their sisters from harm, with sisters tying a Rakhi on their brothers as a symbol of their relationship. Brothers, in turn, give their sisters a gift to celebrate the occasion. But that’s the usual take on Raksha Bandhan. This year, the festival is happening in a month that is packed with several long weekends and potential for holidays. So why not think outside the box a little and take a trip, with just brother and sister in tow? Here is a look at some great destinations in India to take a trip to with your sister this Raksha Bandhan. ALSO READ: Raksha Bandhan 2017: Images of Rakhi Celebration And Rituals On Full Moon Day of Hindu Shravan Month
Green Landscape of Manali
It is monsoon season in Manali, which means that the popular Himalayan hill station will be relatively less populated by tourists. You can enjoy the sights around this hill station, located at a height of around 6,260 feet, and watch the beautiful Beas River roar through the Kullu Valley. Manali is close to other popular attractions like Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass, though you will not find snow or paragliding activities during the season. What you will find is beautiful lush greenery. Relax and unwind in the mountains and explore the town. Manali will not be as costly as it is during the peak seasons, so you can spend time in the town market as well.
Coorg is typically an all-year destination in southern Karnataka, but it has a unique charm to it in the monsoon months. Monsoons are when you will find Coorg blanketed in mist and greenery. With a little bit of precaution and care, you can have a blast with your sister in this hill station. You could go on a monsoon trek up the trails like Brahmagiri and Tadiyandamol, so long as you wear the right gear and carefully navigate through the muddy ridges. The waterfalls in Coorg, like Cheluvara, Chingara, Mallalli and Abbi, are at their finest during the monsoon and should definitely not be missed. But you also need to be careful to avoid climbing slippery boulders and rocks.
Another beauty in Karnataka, Agumbe lies in the hilly Malenadu region and is most famous for being the setting of the beloved television serial, Malgudi Days, based on the works of RK Narayan. It is also considered the wettest place in South India, which should translate to a lot of adventure. The road trip to Agumbe is a highlight of its own, with scenic views of the Nilgiri hills and valleys and through thick forests and mist. You can see monsoon clouds striking the peaks of Agumbe from the southwest, and although trekking through the dense jungles is tougher in this season, you do not a view like this any other time of the year.
Seven Sisters Falls
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is also called the Abode of Clouds and the Scotland of the East. Its lush green mountains, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls have charmed millions of people over the centuries, including the British. Monsoon is when its waterfalls flow in all their glory, with the Nohkalikai and Seven Sisters falls offering breathtaking views. The roads may not always be so good, so you would have to factor in a longer travel time. Do not forget to explore places like Mawlynnong and Cherrapunjee when you are here; they are both considered some of the wettest places in the world. ALSO READ: 14 mind blowing photos of Shillong that will inspire you to travel!
Houseboat in Alleppey
For a more relaxing vacation with your sister, you could head down to Alleppey, the oldest planned backwater city in Kerala. Alleppey is also called the Venice of India, thanks to the extensive backwater channels that snake through the city. You can spend your time here floating along the waters on a houseboat will all facilities available, experiencing the small town life and munching on the delicious food available. The city is also famous for its boat races, temples, beaches and Ayurvedic wellness and spa centers.
Goa is typically seen as a party destination with friends, but its beaches and towns are also good spots to relax with your sister, especially in these monsoon months. Monsoon is a lean season in Goa, which means that you can find more places to stay at lower prices. Shacks and water sports may not be available everywhere, but you can still spend time by the beach or take a good old scooter to roam around the streets of Goa, savoring the exquisite food and exploring the churches and houses of the state. Dudhsagar Falls and Mollem National Park are also great places to visit when you are in Goa.