I perched myself on a rock at one of the Goa beaches, looking at the Sun going down the sea. A couple passed me, walking hand in hand into a beach shack. A woman sat flopped in the sand with a dog by her side. A couple of kids sped by on bikes, yelling in glee. Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t worry, be happy…’ started streaming from one of the beach cafes as the Sun dipped.
Photo taken during a trek in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Flower offerings in the Vashisht Temple complex. Marigold flowers can be seen strewn around altars at many temples, a sign of respect and faith.
You do not need to be a professional photographer to capture Kerala photos. That’s the magic of this state in the south of India. A place that has beauty in such abundance that it looks like a canvas that is still wet, painted by somebody who was almost a poet. No wonder Kerala is known as God’s own country, it can besot any Gods.
Thus, I travel, in search of calm. If you too are searching for places to reconnect with nature or yourself, these are my pick for some of the most solitary and largely offbeat Indian places.
While most of the people swear by the backwaters of Alleppey, I loved the stretch of backwaters at Kumarakom. With little crowd that’s a feature of the Alleppey backwaters, Kumarakom is more of a peaceful venture.
Alert: These photos from Manali might act as a spoiler for the Manali that I saw. I never thought I would love this place as much as I do now, for almost everyone I know has been here and has complained of the growing crowd that it sees. Well, that can happen to any beautiful place. But that cannot ruin a place, right?