The world today is very competitive, everyone’s always on their toes, everyone’s in a hurry to either do something or get somewhere and the pace is definitely hard to keep up with. But summer’s the time when everyone takes a break, a breather, if you may. It’s the time we all get to spend some quality time with our loved ones. However, it isn’t uncommon for people to forget to do certain things when they’re busy juggling so many things all at once. Let’s say, for example, you forget to plan what you’d like to do for the summer.

The first thing you do is ‘don’t panic’.

Domestic Destinations

For those of you who prefer to stay closer to home and wish to beat the summer heat, Kumaon is where you should be. Kumaon is a mountainous state in Northern India. Still mostly undiscovered, Dhanachuli, Binsar & Mukteshwar are of my personal favorites. The hills rise up perfectly in symmetry over small stone houses with smoke rising up in curls. Glimpses of the Nanda Devi and Panchachuli peaks can be seen from many villages. A variety of birds like Grey Bush chats, Blue-capped Rock, Streaked Laughing Thrushes, Scarlet Minivets, Blue-fronted Redstart, Warblers, and Babblers can be spotted on moss-barked trees and in the sky. Leisurely walks through an ancient oak forest and along winding tracks down the charming village are a must do. Look into the sky at infinite stars during the night, admire mesmerizing valleys and snow-clad peaks.

For those who are a little more adventurous, there are a number of activities to keep you busy. Hike to the highest point for enchanting views, cycling, Shiv walks, village walks, Bird watching, photography, yoga, temple visits, picnics & much more.

Some of the beautiful boutique places to stay are Itmenaan Lodge, Tea Aroha, The Kumaon, Binsar Forest Retreat, The Orchard and many more.

Visa on arrival & E-Visa Destination

But what if you wish to travel abroad but don’t have the required visa? Not to worry.

We bring you a list of countries which provide visa on arrival & E-Visa Destinations. So pack those bags and get ready to have a pleasant and memorable summer.

Seychelles, around the year Destination

It may look like a tiny dot on the map compared to other places but let’s not forget that ‘big things come in small packages’. This island is made up of 115 islands located off the coast of East Africa. Not only does it look picture perfect, it is filled with memories waiting to be made.

The majority of the inner islands of Seychelles are all made of granite, including Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue, which are the three most populated islands. This means that although the beaches are stunningly white and sandy, the middle of the islands is mountainous.

  1.  UNESCO Sites: Aldabra is the second largest coral atoll in the world and is almost untouched by humans. It includes the largest population of Giant Tortoises which is why visitors require prior permission to visit the atoll. Vallee de Mai is located in Praslin Island and is believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.
  2.  Scuba Diving: It has a stunning topography of coral reefs, wrecks, canyons, along with a rich marine life making it perfect for scuba diving. Some popular diving sites are Brissare Rocks, Fishermen’s Cove Reef, Trompeuse Rocks and many more.
  3. Hiking The National Park

There are many Hiking trails in Seychelles and one of them are Hiking in the Morne Mount Seychellois National Park on Mage Island. The 699 m high Trois Freres Peak offers you a magnificent view over the Victoria harbor, St Anne Marine National Park, and of the islands in the distance, La Digue, and Praslin in the distance. The point which gives its name to the national park, Morne Seychellois is the highest point on Mahe at over 900m above sea level.

More activities: Kayaking, surfing, hiking trails, horse riding, golf, fishing, sailing and much more.

Some recommended resorts: Avani Barbarons, Mahé, Constance Ephelia, Mahé, Raffles, Praslin,Constance Lemuria, Praslin, La Reserve, Praslin, Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie, La Digue & Some of the affordable option are Le Relax, La Digue, Le Relax, Praslin.

There are many other countries that offer visa on arrivals & E-Visa such as Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kenya (Yellow fever is required), Mauritius, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Also if you have a valid US or Schengen visa you can get Turkey visa on arrival.

So pack your bags, make memories and keep traveling!

The article has been written by

 

Ekta Sharma – Managing Director of Khyaath Design Holidays Private Limited, a company based in Gurgaon. Even though Khyaath was founded in 2011, Ekta’s passion for traveling the world raised much before. In 1998, she started working in the family travel business at a very young age, adding 16 years of experience to her life as a part of the travel world. The initial years made her want to do more as far as customized holidays went which forced her to launch her own company, Khyaath.

One’s destiny is shaped by one’s decisions, and Ekta’s actions towards having a fulfilling career in a field she is passionate about has made Khyaath Design Holidays Pvt. Ltd. Ever so popular with clients who usually end up becoming great friends.

 

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