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With months into lockdown, the pandemic has only increased our urge for travelling. Everyone is looking forward to travel to some of the best destinations in India, if not outside India. But owing to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, just like any other sector, the travel and tourism industry has been hit hard. As of now, no one knows when to commence travel easily. At the same time, all the travel enthusiasts are waiting for the lockdown to end desperately. I can surely feel you guys. 

Though, the country has started to unlock in phases with several cities easing their lockdown restrictions. However, international travel may take time to commence. Hopefully, everything will get back on track soon. But, there is no problem in planning a trip ahead. Right? 

So, here we are hoping to trade you. From the comfort of the couch to adventure and exotic trips. 

July and Travel

This July, the government started to lift the lockdown and ease-out travel restrictions to restore the tourism industry. But the concerns around the ongoing pandemic are still raging. Some cities are still in lockdown mode. But most of the cities continue with the restrictions taking the much-needed care. Slowly crawling to get back and restart their businesses. Waiting for the pandemic to over is not the only way to start traveling either. In the same way, the travel industry is pounding its way to new forms of staycations, getaways, monthly stays and long weekend sanitised stays at nearby places.

But if you are wondering what places you can visit with your family and friends after lockdown. Don’t worry we are here for you. We curated the three best destinations. You can go with your friends that will not burn your pocket. But you can travel with the necessary precautions to such places for a therapeutic calmness and to refresh yourself and come back to normalcy. 

Get Set Go

Here are the top three best places to visit after lockdown. They are Goa, Manali, and Srinagar. These destinations are renowned places famous for their blissful nature and adventure. The government of these particular places is now allowing visitors from other states. But you will need a COVID-19 negative report or first dose vaccines certificate to travel. Happy news for all travel lovers is that no quarantine is required after reaching the place. It seems happy vacay times are back. But don’t forget to exercise social distance and maintain caution every time. “ Kyuki jaan hai to Jahan hai ” 

Also, don’t forget, the Arogya Setu app is a must-have for all places. Please follow the guidelines by the central and state governments for all health and safety measures. So, without waiting any further let’s dive into these three best places that will help you get rid of mental stress, anxiety, etc out of your body if any. 

Three Places to visit after lockdown:

Goa

Goa after lockdown
Goa after lockdown

You can plan your trip for the perfect post-quarantine vacation to goa. Goa offers an array of options. It is one of the safest places to visit after lockdown. The beach state has attracted tourists with amazing deals on hotels and resorts. Goa is known as a place where your party begins. Goa is one of the few states to quickly respond to the deadly disease. But trust me it is undoubtedly considered the best and safest place to plan a short trip to the paradise of beaches. Apart from this, one must not dare to miss out on the ravishing nightlife pubs and goan churches. It not only caters to the ultimate adventure but also excites the party animal in you. If you are planning to visit exotic and dreamy places, Goa must be on the top of your list.

Places to visit in Goa:

Goa never fails to stun you with its plethora of tourist attractions. Beaches like Vagator, Calangute, Candolim, Baga, Anjuna are some of the few beaches to visit. Club Cubana, Fort Aguada, The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are sightseeing places to visit. While Grand Island, Divar island, Chapora fort, Dhudsagar waterfalls are for historic and nature lovers. For the shopping freaks, the Anjuna flea market is the best choice to indulge.

Travel guidelines after lockdown

Tourists planning a visit to goa must adhere to the covid precautions. The Goa government has extended the lockdown till July 12. But tourists are allowed to enter the state. Things to carry while traveling are face masks, face shields, sanitizer. Social distancing is compulsory. COVID-19 negative report or home quarantine is not mandatory. But the Arogya Setu app must be downloaded by all passengers. Also, the COVID-19 test is mandatory on arrival. Travelers must undergo thermal screening.

Things To do:

Goa offers many things to do. Such as shopping, sightseeing, and indulging in various activities. But safety is important for travelers. You can check with the concerned facility. To assign you safety gear, and more before departure.

Top restaurants in Goa:

Restaurants such as Earthen oven, Spice goa, Peep kitchen, Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen, Barbecue bay are some of the top restaurants. They offer complete takeaway and delivery services available. Some of the local food franchises are also operating with social distancing.

How to reach:

For safety concerns, if you are using any kind of ferry services to reach a place. Maintain social distance and Wear a mask. Avoid being in overcrowded areas. For a hassle-free services pre-book your air tickets and accommodation in advance

By Air: Dabolim is the main airport which is also an international airport. It is situated at a distance of almost 29 km from Panaji, the state capital. It is well-connected with other major cities as well as internationally.

By Rail: The main railway stations of Goa are Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. These stations are well-connected to all major cities in India. You can easily reach Goa by train. From Delhi, it takes about 12 hours to reach these stations. From there, you can easily book a cab to your Airbnb or hotel.

By road: Tourists can also reach Goa via road. The kadamba bus stand in Panaji is the main bus station. Goa has major bus services both government and private buses that connect majors in and out of the state to other major cities in the country.

Manali

Manali
Manali

Himachal Pradesh is yet another state that has opened its borders without any quarantine rules. If you miss going on snowy adventure trips with your friends, then pack your bags and head over to the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Inarguably one of the ideal locations for a perfect and relaxing getaway in Manali. The perfect hill station is suitable for all types of travelers. Nurtured by sparkling Beas rivers and snow-capped mountains, Manali is every back paper’s paradise. It is located in the Kullu Valley. The ‘Land of snow’  is among the best destinations to visit after lockdown. It is a heaven for tourists who love mountains, snow, and greenery and who do not. Right?

Ever since the government announced its ease of restrictions, the images of traffic jams on the road leading to the state have gone viral. Most of the hill stations are highly populated with tourists. Over the last few days Manali, Shimla, Kullu, Kasol, and Naggar have seen a lot of tourists. 

The scenic mountains and gushing rivers bring some sort of peaceful atmosphere. The mountains and chilled atmosphere will never cease to amaze you. Visiting such a cool and calm place is what everyone needs after such a lifetime of lockdown. There are many tourist attractions to explore to leave you spellbound with its immense beauty.  From the pristine snow of atmosphere to Unparalleled picturesque Landscapes, Manali has so much to offer.

Places to visit in Manali:

From a peaceful escape to Hadimba Temple, surrounded by pine trees. It is famous for its blissful atmosphere and unique architecture. Some of the other tourist places to visit in Manali are Solang Valley, Museum Of Himachal culture and folk art, Tibetan monasteries, Clubhouse, Vashisht hot water springs. The Jogini falls, Manu temple, Kothi, Rohtang Pass is best for experiencing solace. These are a few important places to explore this vivid beauty. You can explore the best of this hill station and rejuvenate yourself for a memorable experience.

Travel guidelines:

E-pass and COVID-19 negative reports are mandatory to enter Himachal Pradesh. It is essential to keep a record of these two documents for travelers from other states are allowed to enter the state. All passengers should have the Arogya Setu on their phones. Travelers should undergo thermal screening on arrival. Violation of covid rules like roaming without face masks will result in fines or even imprisonment. Also, don’t forget to wear a face mask and shield, sanitize yourself and maintain social distancing.

Things to do in Manali:

This stunning hill station is a heaven for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Some of the activities you can enjoy are snowmobile exploration, zorbing, paragliding, river rafting, trekking, camping, etc. The panoramic views of mountains and fascinating river crossings can be easily explored via walking or cycling. The entire serenity and charm make it a perfect getaway.

Top restaurants in Manali:

Manali not only offers adventure and soul-driven trips. But also famous for lip-smacking food with good ambiance and gorgeous views. Some of the eateries have the best locations to keep yourself content during vacations. Some of the top restaurants in Manali are 

  • Mount View Restaurant
  • Basil Leaf Restaurant
  • The Open Air And Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • Drifter’s Cafe
  • Johnson’s Cafe
  • Coffee house

These are the top few restaurants to name a few. But these restaurants follow the guidelines of allowing only 50% capacity people. Takeaways and delivery services available to ensure the safety of the customers. 

How to reach:

Considering the ongoing pandemic. The state of Himachal Pradesh has lifted most of the restrictions. But has issued new rules for travel. There are no restrictions for intrastate travel. But tourists traveling from interstate issue an E-pass.

By Air: The nearest airport is Kullu Manali airport located approximately. It is 50 km in bhuntar from Manali town. Direct domestic flights from Chandigarh and Delhi are available. But due to weather foreseen conditions, you can even opt for other modes.

By bus: With an extensive network of state-run transports, Manali is well-connected to other major cities. The distance might be long but the view is worth it. You experience an insane amount of calmness and something I can’t express in words. I will suggest, travel by car and you have achieved the greatest of contentment. 

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Manali is the Joginder Nagar railway station. It is well-connected to all major cities of North India. Ambala and Chandigarh are feasible options to reach Manali.

Srinagar

Srinagar
Srinagar

It is a home to cozy houseboats and pleasant lakes. It is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. This old city is famous for Dal lake, Kashmiri apples, and cuisines. The sun-kissed peak of the mountains at the backdrop. The tranquillity comes from the flowing of the river Jhelum. It is considered suitable for you to travel after lockdown to witness the charm it brings each time. It is the city of paradise. From the historic attractions to gardens and lakes, The place captures the alluring hues of colorful nature.

Visiting each garden in the city will leave you mesmerized by its beauty. Also, the lakes here are quite the charm. Riding in the vibrant shikaras with a backdrop of Pir Panjal mountain range at Dal lake can be expressed in words. It adds the magnificence of its ethnic beauty.

Places to visit in Srinagar:

While you are in Srinagar, you need to visit some of these places that will fascinate you even more. The important lake in Srinagar is Dal lake. It is referred to as the ‘crown of Kashmir at the international level. Srinagar takes pride in itself for its lakes. Some of them are Wular lake, Nagin lake, Manasbal lake, etc. Some of the tourist attractions to visit are Apple orchards, tulip gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Pari mahal, Shankaracharya Mandir, Jamia masjid, Shalimar bagh, and so on.

Travel guidelines:

The J&K government has issued a weekend lockdown. E-pass and COVID-19 negative reports are mandatory to enter Srinagar. And, it is essential to keep a record of negative RT-PCR documents. Passengers are required to fill up the ICMR Health form on arrival. They are required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport. All passengers should have the Arogya Setu app on their phones. Health screening is conducted at regular intervals. The rapid antigen test(RAT) is conducted at Srinagar airport for passengers. Home quarantine of 14 days for tourists is still not lifted if you are not carrying the Arogya Setu app and test report results.

Things to do in Srinagar:

Enjoy after lockdown
Enjoy after lockdown

If you are planning to visit Srinagar any time soon, here are a few things to do in Srinagar. The ‘Heaven on Earth’ is famous for its sightseeing attractions and adventure activities. A surreal abode for cultural vultures. Go Birdwatching in manasbal lake, seek blessings at Shankaracharya Mandir, go rafting at sonmarg, go skiing at Gulmarg, stay in a luxurious houseboat, go paragliding are a few of the things to do here.

Top restaurants in Srinagar:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the restaurants are allowing only 50% capacity of people for dine-in. A few of the popular restaurants that deliver in Srinagar are Lacima cafe and pizzeria, Mughal Darbar, Lhasa restaurant. Ahdoos is the top joint eatery among travelers and local people. The Chinar at The LaLiT Grand Palace is the best outdoor restaurant. Each of these restaurants serves Kashmiri delicacies. In addition, you can enjoy the good ambiance, courteous staff, along with breathtaking views at dusk. It is the ideal destination for you to visit after lockdown.

How to reach:

Follow the guidelines and SOPs issued by the government. Although the government has sped up the vaccine drives. It is necessary to sanitize yourself and maintain social distancing.

By Air: Srinagar airport is well-connected to all the airports of major cities in the country.

By Rail: There are no operational stations in Srinagar. But Jammu is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected to the Indian railway network.

By Road: It is well-connected to most of the cities via road. State-run buses and deluxe operate at regular intervals from the respective cities.

Conclusion:

A trip to these destinations with your family and friends is all that you need to unwind and feel at peace. Please stick to the rules and regulations laid out by your hosts. If you venture outside make sure to sanitize yourself, wear face masks. Lastly, follow the social distancing for your safety as well as for locals and places. The government of each state has issued new travel guidelines. Follow the guidelines given the scenario it is necessary to prepare yourself. After getting rid of lockdown and this pandemic. You can spend some time in the solace of these best places in India. Wash your hands regularly, maintain social distance, wear face masks while going out. To keep yourself safe from getting affected.

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