North, South, East, West, your first road trip in Unlock 1.0

New Delhi, June 13 (IANSlife) If you've just about had enough of home sheltering and need to get out to keep your sanity, we feel your pain. As travel restrictions across the country gradually ease out, we discovered a few hidden gems in order for you to get that change of scenery and go exploring once again.


Updated Jun 13, 2020

North, South, East, West, your first road trip in Unlock 1.0

If this lockdown has taught us anything it's to care for the environment so let your first vacation be a retreat. Now is the best time to take your car out, on that long overdue road trip and drive into the lap of nature. With a little help from Airbnb India here's a list of the top eco-friendly and green homes in serene destinations across the country.

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From a night with the stars in the forests of Uttarakhand, the panoramic views Leh, a dive into the Naukuchiatal lake in Nainital, the peaceful backwaters of Kerala or a simply living amongst the clouds in Dalhousie, you're next adventure awaits you. Read on to discover:

The North

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Walnut Grove Tree House and Spa

Located just a few kilometers away from Mussoorie the Walnut Grove Tree House in the midst of the forest makes the perfect destination for nature lovers. Picked out of a fairy tale book, crafted with warmth and love, this tree house helps you experience the jungle book era. The indoor spa and jacuzzi coupled with starry skies and open balconies complimented by the chirping of birds and jungle animals make this Airbnb the perfect getaway for nature lovers.

Driving distance from Dehradun - 40 km (1 hour)

Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie Retreat

Located on the Bakrota Hills, complimented by breathtaking views of the valley and the Pir Panjal range, This Airbnb is the perfect location to get away from the hustle of the city. Whether you want to spend your day surrounded by snow, cocooned next to the fireplace or enjoying a cup of tea gazing at the clouds, this property has you covered. Guests can also indulge in an array of activities such as treks, cookouts, mountain and forest trails. Around 200 km from Amritsar this Airbnb is sure to appeal to the traveler within.

Driving Distance from Amritsar - 202 km (4 hours)

Nainital, Uttrakhand

La Belle Vie Naukuchiatal

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This cozy and comfortable house is made with natural stone and reclaimed wood quite like what it is supposed to be for a house in the hills. The serene view from the suites complimented by the quiet natural surroundings are sure to satisfy your wanderlust. Tucked away amidst a forest, in the Lake District of Uttrakhand, La Belle Vie is just 100 meters to the famed Naukuchiatal Lake and around 280 kms from Dehradun. Travelers can indulge in an array of recreational activities such as boating, paragliding, trekking and nature walks that are perfect for the Indian explorer!

Driving distance from Dehradun - 282 km (7 hours)

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Cottage amidst the mountains

Nestled on the banks of river 'Beas' in Old Manali about 280 kms from Chandigarh, this divine cottage enables one to relax and unwind in the lap of nature whilst walking around the apple orchards or dipping their feet into the river below. This Airbnb boasts luxurious wooden paneled rooms with modern amenities, a kitchenette, and an attached private balcony. Every room opens to a panoramic view of the scenic landscapes. It is best suited for ones looking to spend some quality time in the Himalayas away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The snowy Himalayan peaks visible all around this beautiful home are sure to make your stay a little more special.

Driving distance from Chandigarh - 288km (7 hours)

Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh

The Jannat View Duplex House

Step away from the cacophony of the cities to unwind in the thick pine and cedar woodlands. This place is perfect for those seeking respite from their busy lives to loosen up and unwind in the midst of nature. It is a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, with fresh mountain air and spectacular forests. Guests can sit back next to a bonfire with a barbeque and enjoy the serene view of the valley below.

Driving distance from Chandigarh - 123km (4 hours)

The South

Kodamthuruth, Kerala

Backwater Facing Home

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This Family run home stay located in a quiet village between Alleppey & Cochin is the perfect place to unwind whilst indulging in the beauty & the tranquility of the backwaters from the porch. The glistening light bouncing off the waves would be the perfect to way to start your morning. The rustic feel of the home coupled with the local flavourful food is sure to give guests a taste of Kerala. 190 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, this is the perfect destination for your first road trip.

Driving Distance from Thiruvananthapuram - 190 Km (4.5 hours)

Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India


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