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Secret Travel Destinations

By Art Robinson, Contributing Editor

Have you ever taken a monsoon vacation? It might sound odd to those who don’t know, but if you get yourself a bit outside the cities, traveling in a monsoon can be an incredibly beautiful experience. Don’t believe me? Read this account of what monsoon hikes are like and I bet you want to go as much as I do!

How To Have A Monsoon Getaway In India

Pack a light lunch, put on a trench coat and head on a monsoon hike – it’s the best way to welcome the rains. To begin with, those in Mumbai could trek from Vasai to the waterfall in Tungareshwar. The flattish path lies between thick woods and is a great way of being close to nature without being too far from the city.

The adventurous can either consider Chanderi for a difficult but worthwhile two-day hike or embark on the gradual climb to Kalsubai, Sahyadri’s highest peak. If you’re considering a trip to the hill station Matheran this season, skip the toy train or road and trek through the Garbett Plateau instead. You’ll be rewarded with great views as soon as you begin.

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If you’re looking for something drier and more cuddly, then a trip to China might be more your style. You can visit the Panda Park to get your fill of one of the world’s most adorable creatures – all in a safe, native habitat for the pandas.

Visit China’s Panda Park

China’s 600-acre Panda Base is located just about 20 km from the north suburb of Chengdu city. ‘Cute’ and ‘cuddly’ Pandas frolic here, in their lovingly simulated natural habitat.

The 60 acre Panda Base also houses a charming lake, teeming with cranes and Mallard ducks and well swans. But more than that it showcases nature’s genius at thinking up shapes and sizes and colour schemes! So while gazing at the Aquarians swimming together in happy harmony how can you miss the beautifully mismatched yellow, red and orange set against the blue water? Once you have had your fill of the lake’s beauty, enjoy a scoop of ice-cream. On your way out, you must stop at the souvenir shop.

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Had a colder trip in mind? Canada offers some of the most beautiful snowy vacation spots, including the little-talked-about snowmobile vacation – with sled dogs in tow!

Take A Snowmobile Ride Through Grey County

Driving on a snowmobile is a lot like cross-country skiing: an opportunity to observe nature’s pristine fields bordered by naked deciduous trees shrouded in hoar frost, providing a mystical dimension. The trees glow along the carpet of snow; their crystals beam in jewel like fashion, a sparkling dance in strong sunlight, glistening and forcing to stop to revel in magnificence of it all.

There are 3,000km of groomed trails in the Grey-Bruce area, with no dangerous lake or water crossings. Trails are signposted and easy to follow. Mike witnessed myriad tracks, a large hare, perhaps a wolf but no actual wildlife, and although the trails he travelled were graded ‘Limited,’ they are fine with deer, white owls and the sheer beauty of nature in Grey County’s winter wonderland. Gloves, pants, helmet and boots kept them warm. There are two kinds of snowmobile enthusiasts: hard core, racking up as many kilometers as possible and the recreational, out of pure enjoyment.

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If you took a snowmobile trip, would you be a hard core rider or take a more leisurely approach? Would you ever consider going to one of these secret travel destinations?

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