During my college days, I had this philosophy that there are 3 important pillars in each relationship which needs continuous effort from both the partners.
Monetary pillar, gone are the days when men use to earn money and women were treated as homemakers. Today in so many relationships woman earns more than their partner.
Physical pillar, this does not mean that you have to be the most attractive person in the World, this pillar symbolises that you have to be physically present whenever your partner needs you beside them.
Emotional Pillar, who said men can’t cry, even the macho needs emotional support from their partners, be it discussing their office politics or their emotional turbulence.
After our marriage this philosophy got its revised updated edition, with an added pillar of TRAVEL. We both made a vow to each other that we will try to travel at least once a month after marriage. We both feel that travelling as a couple is something you must do to have a happy relationship. Travelling together as a couple is important to experience new places, to resolve emotional issues, to plan for future and to understand the importance of real conversations with your partner.
As year 2020 is approaching, we want to share a list of 20 places where you can travel with your partner. We have been to all these places in last 2 years and 8 months of our marriage and we will wish that you are able to visit a few of them next year.
1. Krang Suri Falls (Meghalaya)
It is one of the most scenic and beautiful waterfall of Meghalaya. Trust us, you will fall in love with it and never wanna come out of it.
2. Khardungla Pass (Leh, Ladakh)
It is a pass on the highest motorable road in the world. Before the road was made, vehicles used to cross a bridge which was made on a pile of snow and if snow melted, it was not possible to go on other side.
3. Patal Bhuvaneshwar (Uttarakhand)
If you are religious then you will love this place and if you are not then you will still fall in love with it. There is a 160 meter (approx) long and 90 feet deep cave which is believed to open in Pataal (hell) from multiple points.
4. Sam Sand dunes, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
If you want to experience adventure then go to Sam Sand dunes for Camel and Jeep safari, sleep under the stars in a tent in Thar Desert and dance with locals on their folk music over bonfire.
5. Amritsar (Punjab)
If you both are foodie then Amritsar must be on your check list, you will get varieties of vegetarian as well as non vegetarian food here. Apart from food spree, you can visit Golden Temple, Wagah border and Jallianwala Bagh.
6. Losar, Spiti Valley (Himachal Pradesh)
Gaze and count the shooting stars under the Milky Way.
7. Mawlynnong (Meghalaya)
Take a walk in Asia’s cleanest village. It will be enticing to see how people of this village work, stay and party together in perfect harmony. The bamboo constructions will blow up your mind and leave you amazed.
8. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Visit Taj Mahal to celebrate love and to get clicked at one of the Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal needs no introduction to anyone, if you are in Agra other places not to be missed are Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. You can also enjoy amazing non-vegetarian food in Agra.
9. Kasol (Himachal Pradesh)
Parvati is one of the most ferocious yet tendering river where you can sit on the river bank to enjoy your tea, chit chat with your soulmate and look at the birds flying from one rock to another.
10. Pangong Lake (Ladakh)
It is one place which is in the list of every Indian, thanks to the movie 3 Idiots for making it a popular destination. The lake is so big that about one third is in India and the remaining part lies in China.
11. Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
It will be a considered as a crime if you will not eat Rabri with Jalebi, Shahi Samosa and Pyaz ki Kachori in Jodhpur. Visit the beautiful Jodhpur Palace to know more about our history.
12. Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
There must be some reason for Manali to become the honeymoon destination over years now. Pure romance flows in the air of this valley, which comes from snow covered peaks of Himalayas. Manali offers tourist places as well as hippie culture of cafe life.
13. Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
Jungle safari is a must do if you want to understand the importance of life. Jungle is a place where you are exposed not only to wild life but also there to experience the raw forest. If you are lucky you might spot a tiger or two.
14. Prashar Lake (Himachal Pradesh)
Small treks are very important to check your fitness level. It keeps you away from the noise and hustle bustle of regular life and also gives you an opportunity to camp in the wilderness with your loved one to spend some super real quality time.
15. Banaras/Varanasi/Kashi (Uttar Pradesh)
Migratory birds visit Banaras every year from Siberia and so do we. One of the reason is that Vartika’s maternal home is in Banaras and another is that we love going for boat ride at Ganga Ji. We have visited 3 times in last 2 years; it also has some really amazing and lip smacking street food to offer.
16. Narkanda (Himachal Pradesh)
This place is non touristy but all it has to offer to you is natural beauty. You can just sit in the balcony of your room, have your tea while reading a book or discussing dreams with your partner. And Yes, you will definitely return with the dream of having a home on mountain.
17. Cherrapunji (Meghalaya)
It is a very simple and small hamlet in Meghalaya which can offer some amazing caving experiences as well as beautiful waterfalls.
18. Keylong (Himachal Pradesh)
Keylong comes on the route from Manali to Leh, it is generally considered as one night stop if you are on a road trip from Manali to Leh. We love the place for its beautiful houses and greenery around, and it's always more than a night's stop for us.
19. Tso Morriri (Leh Ladakh)
It is also known as the mountain lake. 3 Idiots was not shot here, which makes this lake to be a virgin and offbeat place where you can sit or lie down for hours and hours, stare at the lake, observe the little water waves and let the sun shine on you. Do not forget to carry your old monk here, nights can be freezing cold.
20. Chandratal, Spiti Valley (Himachal Pradesh)
Camping at Chandratal is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have with your partner in 2020. Not only camping, you can make it one of the most memorable experience of your life by living the moment of "A walk to remember" around the lake, hand in hand. It also has a mythological story that Pandavas renounced the world at Chandratal.
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We (Kshitij and Vartika) got married on 17th April 2017 with a promise to each other that we will travel at least once a month and since then we have traveled to 76 destinations and still counting. With this travel blog we wish to inspire you to step out of the cubicle life and take the journey with your loved ones.
Kshitij and Vartika