…and finally we reach the end of this saga.
Done with four zones, now we get to the fifth and final zone of ‘19 For 2019 India’.
After the surreal surroundings of the Far East, the delectable delights of the mid-East, the serene South and the utopic Northern scapes, we’ve finally arrived to the wondrous western frontier.
…without any more delays, let’s get on with it.

Tarkarli (Maharashtra)

Tarkarli, a destination that is most apt for soothing one’s mind and soul. A tranquil hamlet in the Malvan region of Maharashtra, this place promises several natural wonders and marvels. Bestowed with the Konkan coastal lines, this beautiful village is a treasure trove for beach lovers. Nature lovers will also love this place as it remains untouched and awe-inspiring.

Here are a few nearby activities and places one must check out if visiting Tarkarli:

  • Snorkelling, Scuba Diving
  • Bison National Park (Dajipur)
  • Sindhudurg Fort

Osian (Rajasthan)

Osian, and ancient town located in the middle of the Thar desert, commonly known as the ‘Oasis of the Thar desert. It is 65 kilometers from the city of Jodhpur. This oasis boasts of Brahmanical & Jain temples dating from the 8th to the 11th centuries. Travellers mostly opt to stay in Jodhpur and explore Osian in a day’s trip, however are some heritage hotels should you choose to stay here.

Apart from the temple visits and pilgrims, travelers can choose to experience a camel-safari.

Mandawa (Rajasthan)

Mandawa, a fort town, located 190 kilometer off Jaipur, in the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. This small town is filled with structures that echo an aura of the bygone era, reminding visitors of its cultural and social significance. A sense of discovery prevails at every turn: battlements which offer a mesmerizing view of the town below, ana arched window which overlooks the lush garden often visited by peacocks, and so on.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Mandawa:

  • Mandawa Fort
  • Nawalgarh
  • Parsurampura

Harnai-Anjarle (Maharashtra)

An ideal destination for all who’re looking forward to a quiet getaway from the chaos of the city-life, in a rustic locale. There are ample of options for sight-seeing, if a traveler wishes to stay in this place for an extended holiday. The beauty of the surrounding hills and vast horizon of the Arabian sea, swaying palm trees and a spread of green; this place is truly perfect for leisure tourists.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Harnai-Anjarle:

  • Harnai beach
  • Anjarle beach
  • Suvarnadurg Fort

Kuchaman (Rajasthan)

Kuchaman is located in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan. A silent city embellished with a plethora of splendid havelis built in the Shekhawati aesthetic. One can’t help but be enchanted, gazing at the marvelous structures adorned with colorful frescoes and artistic murals. The city and it’s people remain true to it’s traditional roots as time goes on by. A sense of Kuchaman’s royal legacy can be felt as one moves around, exploring the city.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Kuchaman:

  • Kuchaman Fort
  • Sambhar Salt Lake
  • Shakti Peetha Shekhambari

Saputara (Gujarat)

Saputara, on the Maharashtra- Gujarat border in Dang District in Gujarat, is blessed with marvelous waterfalls, cool climate, snow-capped mountains, magnificent gardens, scenic beauty and oodles of attractions. Happily snuggling the Sahyadris or Western Ghats, Saputara is a small yet special destination. It is an excellent place for those who wish to contemplate nature’s beauty; spend cozy moments with a loved one or simply like to be all by themselves. This destination is amongst the most well-planned and organized hill stations in India. One can enjoy visiting the beautiful gardens and museum, or take a ride in the cable car and paddle boat. There is also a great opportunity for those who like to hike and trek.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Saputara:

  • Valley View Point
  • Step Garden
  • Pandava Caves
  • Saputara Lake

Tapola (Maharashtra)

Tapola, a tiny hamlet in Maharashtra, a.k.a. ‘mini Kashmir Tapola’ a.k.a. ‘mini Mahabaleshwar’. Delight in the stunning landscapes that reminds you of a fairy-tale land. Engage in various water adventures available at this destination. Indulge in a long boat ride to stunning Bamnoli Island. For adventure lovers, take a water scooter ride in the shimmering waters of this lake. Emerging as the next potential water adventure destination, mini Kashmir Tapola most definitely provides travelers with their required dose of adventure. Jungle treks from Tapola are very popular with trekkers. There are many unknown forts in the dense forest around the lake in Tapola like Vasota and Jaygad. Though one cannot reach the forts easily, still the view of these forts and forest nearby is magnificent in itself.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Tapola:

  • Lingmala Waterfall
  • Kaas Pathar
  • Vasota Fort

Kumbhalgarh (Rajasthan)

A small fortress town, Kumbhalgarh is located approximately 85 kilometers from Udaipur, surrounded by the Aravali hills. Famous for the hill fort and centuries old temples, this scenic place is quite a wonder to explore. The  nearby Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is home to an assortment of fascinating animals.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Kumbhalgarh:

  • Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Badal Mahal

Patan (Gujarat)

Patan, former capital of Gujarat, is situated 130 kilometers from Ahmedabad, on the banks of river Saraswati. It is a fortified town, built in 745 A.D., famous for its exquisitely woven Patola sarees, Patan is a hub for some of the finest textiles in the world. Works of religious art and architecture are the primary attraction, but this city is also considered to be a focal point for adventure travelers.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Patan:

  • Rani ki vav
  • Panchasara Parshvanath Jain Derasan
  • Bhinchhebahal Tole

Rann Of Kutch (Gujarat)

Kutch is a land of colour and culture, with its rustic beauty – nothing less than a pictorial wonderland. Kutch is a beautiful amalgamation of the sea and desert that can charm anyone with its beauty. The literal meaning of term Kutch is something which intermittently becomes wet and dry. A large part of the Kutch, commonly known as the Great Rann of Kutch, submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during the winter season. One can experience the beauty of Kutch in myriad ways- walking on the beach of Mandvi, witnessing the art of the past at the beautiful palaces of Bhuj, and moreover, satisfying the shopping hunger by paying a visit to the local market.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Rann of Kutch:

  • Visit the sites of Indus Valley Civilization sites in Dholavira.
  • Meet and greet the Gujarat’s African-Indian tribe- Siddi tribe, who stay in the Bhuj region.
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Kutch from the top point of Kala Dungar.

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