WHERE: Bangalore, Karnataka
WHAT: Bangalore really is one of the most convenient cities in the south, situated within driving distance of so many great getaways. Roar up to Hampi, and the proud remnants of the old empires and heritage sites. If you’re a beach bum, drive up to Mulki for some surfing lessons and cowabunga like the best of them. And, if you’re a sucker for mountains, head to verdant Coorg and its sprawling plantations.
FOR WHOM: Groups of girls who want to road-trip together
GETTING THERE: Bangalore is very well connected by road, flight and train.
WHERE: Namdapha, Arunachal Pradesh
WHAT: Trek through the gorgeous, dense Namdapha National Park, one of India’s densest rainforests. One of the few wildernesses that remain untouched, this is like the final frontier of the Indian outdoors – and likely to stay that way because it’s not easy to get to. It’s only open a few months a year, and one needs an Inner Line Permit to trek through the forest. But, if you can manage, you’ll be privy to walls of green, as well as the secret lives of the gibbons, leeches, birds like the blue-throated barbets, mini vets, hornbills – and no phone signal! Disconnect and enjoy.
FOR WHOM: Groups or even solo travellers
GETTING THERE: Fly or take the train into Dibrugarh, from where Kipepeo will organise your transport to Deban, where the trek starts from.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side!
WHERE: Pench National Park, Seoni, Madhya Pradesh
WHAT: A safari through Pench National Park, where you can spot tigers, leopards, langurs, deer, wild dogs, jackals, sloth bears, ospreys, serpent eagles and buzzards and more. Nestled under a rich canopy of indigenous trees and sweaty jungle, Baghvan Taj Safaris is rustic and charming, with 12 bungalows, each with huge outdoor showers, and sit-outs and private terrace machaans. The food is handpicked, fresh from the garden, and pretty much causes your tastebuds to explode in joy. The park is only open from October 1 to June 30 every year, and closed in the monsoon months and on Wednesday afternoons.
FOR WHOM: Ideally groups, but single women can go too
GETTING THERE: Nagpur is the closest city, railhead and airport, and is a three-hour drive away from Pench.