There is no dearth of travel destinations in India. However, it can be a task to find a place that is detached from any form of disturbance. To be in the thick of the crowd is an adventure in itself, but sometimes, people want an escape. They want their travel to provide them with solace and peace. They want to discover themselves. If you are one of them, here are 12 destinations in India that will provide you with ultimate peace.

Dharamshala

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Dharamshala and the neighbouring McLeod Ganj are famous as the residence of the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala packs much more than just an address to the revered man. Located in the footsteps of the magnificent Dhauladhar mountains, the place provides for peerless views. Couple that with a laid-back hill station lifestyle, plenty of greenery and strong Buddhist culture, you have a place that will soothe you down.

Gokarna

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Gokarna is the place to go if you are hunting for unadulterated beaches in India. Home to some of the most picturesque beaches, Gokarna hasn’t yet been afflicted by the misfortunes of commercialisation. The tranquil beaches of Gokarna are some of the best destinations in India to relax, meditate or do yoga.

Mysuru

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Mysuru is best known for its rich architecture and its World Heritage-listed palace. Mysuru has several natural attractions like Chamundi Hill and Mysore Zoo. It is also a popular wellness centre with several yoga centres dotted across the city. Mysuru is one of the rare cities which can actually offer some peace to the traveller.

Hampi

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Hampi’s ruins have been a subject of fascination for travellers for centuries. Climb a high rock and you are greeted with an unending view of the magnificent ruins and greenery beyond it. Hampi isolates you from the rest of the world. It can seem a little freaky being in the middle of ancient ruins with no sound to disturb you. You cannot do justice to Hampi if you are a fast traveller. Take it slow, linger around for a whole day, and catch the stunning sunrise or sunset. Only then, you have experienced Hampi.

Kerala Backwaters

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Kerala’s backwaters are a nature lover’s paradise. The sound of the birds and the sound of the water are the only auditory stimulants here. You can spend hours at a stretch in complete peace. The lush green surroundings and abundance of fresh air only add to the experience of being in the lap of nature. It’s the perfect place to relieve your stress and disconnect from the world.

Auroville

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Auroville is an ideal town we have all dreamt of. A settlement dedicated to the pursuit of peaceful and sustainable living; you cannot go wrong with Auroville if you desire to be one with yourself. Nestled in the jungle, the almost spherical Matrimandir might seem like an alien object. However, Matrimandir promises to give visitors a meditation experience like no other. You don’t have to go inside it to feel calm. The pristine green parkland outside the Matrimandir does the job, too.

Varanasi

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One of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is vibrant. It might not seem like an ideal destination for finding peace, but the city’s strong spiritual connection might give a chance for travellers to connect with themselves. Early morning boat rides are the best way to explore the peaceful side of the side as you glide by the Ganges looking at the grandeur of Varanasi.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Hundreds of miles away from mainland India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands can rival Maldives and Mauritius for their sheer beauty. White sand and turquoise waters guarantee a calming influence. Being so away from India and accessible only by air or sea, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are relatively less frequented by tourists. To maintain their natural beauty, some islands are prohibited for tourists. But you can still find your slice of heaven here.

Dzukou Valley

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One of the most picturesque destinations in India, seeing the Dzukou valley for the first time might remind you of the Lake District. Acres of lush greenery interrupted by various streams flowing, this valley between Nagaland and Manipur is the last word in quietude. Expect some serious trek to reach the valley, since it is quite far away from major towns and cities. But if that is what you are after, this less explored valley fits the bill right.

Nubra Valley

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Romanticised by Bollywood movies and bikers going up there, it is impossible to have not dreamt of going to Ladakh. Nubra Valley is located in the western part of Ladakh and forms the meeting point of Nubra River and the Shyok River. One can access the valley through the Khardung-La pass. Indian citizens are now required an Inner Line Permit to visit the Nubra Valley. Being very far from any town or city, this Himalayan valley is one of the best places to find peace.

Rishikesh

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Named the “Yoga Capital of the World”, Rishikesh is one of the best places to practice and understand the art of Yoga. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, along the Ganges rivers, the city has many temples and centres that encourage travellers to engage in wellness. Even if you are not into yoga and meditation, the town will influence you with its unhurried lifestyle. You can engage in temple prayers and crystal healing if that is your idea of peace.

Sikkim

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Sikkim is another gem of a mountain escape for travellers wanting solitude. Sikkim is famous for its Khangchendzonga National Park that covers almost 35 percent of the state. The state is known for its excellent upkeep of bio-diversity and it claims to be all-organic. Sikkim is dotted with many monasteries and temples. It also gives plenty of options for nature lovers. So whether it is meditating with the monks or hiking to catch the perfect glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga, Sikkim does not shy from giving tourists a blissful experience.

Pradyumna Kalagi

An automotive enthusiast who believes that there is no better way to see the world than through the driver’s seat. Also loves reading books, playing with dogs and eating cheesecake.