5 Holiday Experiences For You & Your Friends (That Are Not In Goa!)

Chal, Goa chalte hai!.’ It’s like every time you and your friends decide to go on a vacation together, Goa is the only place that comes to mind. But, let’s be honest—it’s done to death. So the next time you’re planning a vacay with your cray-cray friends, here’s a list of places you can go and things you can do that are NOT IN GOA! After all, it’s about time you tried someplace new, saw a different view, and had mad fun with your crew—excuse the unintentional rhyming.

1. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Whether your BFFs are adventure junkies or not, you cannot visit Rishikesh and not indulge in the super-thrilling session of river rafting. We reckon that’s exactly what you are there for. Apart, there are a whole lot of other adventure sports to keep you preoccupied—flying fox, sky cycling, bungee jumping, zipline, and the list goes on. With a whole list of bonding activities and once-in-a-lifetime photo-ops, Rishikesh is tailormade for an all-friends getaway. It also makes for a great bachelorette destination, FYI!

2. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Describing the sheer vastness of the country’s only desert as fascinating will be quite a bit of an understatement. Explore the seemingly endless terrains of the sand dunes on an exciting desert safari on a camel. Not just that, make sure to witness the grandeur of the Jaisalmer Fort and the numerous havelis, and the pristineness of the Gadi Sagar Lake. A trip to Jaisalmer is perfect for a group that loves architecture, history, grandeur, culture, and some old-world charm.

3. Nashik, Maharashtra

It’s always wine o’clock in Nashik. Introducing your palette to an array of wines made using different varieties of grapes, this place does not disappoint. It’s like a booze cruise, but on land. What’s more, you can also learn about wine pairing with different foods, make your own wine, and enjoy the beauty of the vineyards under the clear blue skies.

4. Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean embracing the cluster of islands that are a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a sight to reckon with. Treat your senses to the tranquillity of the turquoise blue waters lined by the lush greenery of coconut trees while indulging in a host of water sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, and kayaking, for that adrenaline rush. You can trek to the nearby beaches and hop on to cruises that take you to the surrounding islands.