Destinations Reimagined With Heritage And Adventure

If you're looking for unique places to visit in India for the season, here are the destinations that should be on every wishlist
Gandhi Sagar Forest Retreat by Evoke Experiences offers a unique river-facing glamping adventure
Gandhi Sagar Forest Retreat by Evoke Experiences offers a unique river-facing glamping adventure

As the temperature soars and the sun burns bright, domestic and international travellers yearn for respite in the tranquil oasis of India. Here are four emerging and distinctive destinations that promise an unparalleled blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and adventure. We also look at some classic examples of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in tourism that have added new layers to India's tourism landscape.

Gandhi Sagar: A Hidden Gem In Central India

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of central India lies Gandhi Sagar, a hidden gem awaiting to be discovered by those in search of tranquillity and natural beauty.

For adventure enthusiasts, Gandhi Sagar offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. From fishing and boating to trekking, there's no shortage of adventure to explore the region's diverse ecosystems.

The sanctuary, an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), attracts many migratory and non-migratory birds throughout the year. The vast open spaces and grasslands make it an ideal location for reintroducing cheetahs. Furthermore, the sanctuary translocates spotted deer from other forest areas to increase the prey base.

The rock art found near Gandhi Sagar is globally renowned. Located approximately 30 kilometres from the town, the Chaturbhuj Nala Rock Shelters stretch over a 5-kilometre trail. The destination is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The Stay

Gandhi Sagar Forest Retreat by Evoke Experiences presents an exceptional river-facing glamping experience specially designed for those looking for wild adventure experiences.

The retreat is a classic example of PPP in the tourism sector by Madhya Pradesh Tourism. Evoke Experiences is designated to lead the destination activation with sustainable practice efforts to enable Gandhi Sagar to become a global destination.

Gandhi Sagar Forest Retreat

Number of Room Keys: 50

Price Range: INR 4,000 per person

Facilities: Water Activities, Land Activities, Clubhouse

Experiences: All meals included, sightseeing included, nature trail, night walk

The Statue Of Unity: A Destination For Urban Wanderlusts

Exploring the Statue of Unity provides a glimpse into Sardar Patel's life
Exploring the Statue of Unity provides a glimpse into Sardar Patel's lifeTrizone

Rising majestically against the backdrop of the serene Narmada River in Gujarat, the Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world. It is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a stalwart of India's independence movement and the country's first Deputy Prime Minister. A tour of the statue offers insight into Sardar Patel's life and legacy through immersive exhibits and galleries.

The Statue of Unity offers many exciting activities for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts. The Skywalk, a glass-bottomed viewing gallery at a breathtaking height of 153 metres, provides panoramic vistas, including a bird's-eye view of the Narmada River and lush forests. The Valley of Flowers, an expansive botanical garden sprawling at the statue's base, invites visitors to meander amidst a riot of colours and fragrances. Those seeking an adrenaline rush can enjoy various outdoor recreational options, including river rafting, jungle safaris, and eco-tourism activities.

The Stay

Nestled on the banks of the Narmada River, the Swiss cottages of the Tent City 1 offer luxurious hospitality and provide an ideal venue for special occasions such as weddings and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) activities. The boutique resort, a PPP initiative by Gujarat Tourism, continues to attract dignitaries and visitors from around the globe.

Experience the breathtaking aerial view of Statue of Unity Tent City 1 illuminated at night.
Experience the breathtaking aerial view of Statue of Unity Tent City 1 illuminated at night.

Statue Of Unity Tent City 1

Number of Room Keys: 55

Price Range: INR 6,000 per person

Facilities: Clubhouse, amphitheatre, swimming pool

Experiences: All meals, morning nature trail and sightseeing are included

Dholavira: Telling The Story Of The Harappan Civilisation

Dholavira is a testament to the sophisticated civilisation of the Harappan people
Dholavira is a testament to the sophisticated civilisation of the Harappan peopleDchauy

Dholavira is a testament to the advanced culture of the Harappan people who lived in the region during the Bronze Age. Spread across an expansive area amidst the intense environment of the Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira comprises fortified citadels, reservoirs, granaries, and intricately planned streets. Guided tours led by trained archaeologists and historians unravel the site's mysteries, including one of the world's earliest and most well-planned water conservation systems.

Dholavira is also a sanctuary of natural beauty and biodiversity. Surrounded by the vast expanse of the Rann of Kutch, the site offers breathtaking vistas of the salt flats. The region serves as a haven for migratory birds like flamingos during winter.

Dholavira is one of the 36 destinations selected for the first phase of Swadesh Darshan 2.0, a scheme by the Ministry of Tourism to develop sustainable tourism destinations.

The Stay

Situated amidst the enigmatic landscapes of Khadir Bet Island in Kutch, Evoke Dholavira is an upcoming unique heritage tourism experience in the ancient Harappan City of Dholavira. The ethereal aura of the resort is accentuated by its pristine white walls and distinctive roofs, inspired by Kachchhi Bhunga's design and the timeless grandeur of Harappan architecture. It unearths the ancient past with a curated Jurassic Walk, a trail in the Wood Fossil Park, where petrified remains offer a glimpse into protohistoric times.

Evoke Dholavira

Number of Room Keys: 44

Price Range: INR 4,000 per person

Facilities: Clubhouse, amphitheatre, swimming pool

Experiences: All meals and sightseeing are included

Nadabet: Indo-Pak Border Thrill

Near the Indo-Pak border, amidst tales of glory and resilience, lies Nadabet. The Nadabet Seema Darshan is an immersive experience that offers visitors a profound journey into the heart of Indian patriotism and history. This unique destination in Gujarat lets one step into the shoes of courageous soldiers and witness the echoes of the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

T-Junction and Zero Point are testaments to the region's significance, offering tourists breathtaking views and poignant reminders of the past. At Zero Point, visitors are transported to the frontline, standing at the closest point to the Indo-Pak border.

The journey continues with a visit to the Ajeya Prahari Smarak memorial, a solemn tribute to the brave soldiers who displayed exceptional courage in the face of adversity.

Delve into the rich tapestry of history at the Sarhad Gatha Museum, where artefacts, war weapons, and photographs bring the stories of courage and sacrifice to life. Nadabet Seema Darshan is also a playground for adventure enthusiasts with a range of thrilling activities that add to the excitement of the Nadabet experience.

The Stay

As Nadabet emerges as an upcoming destination on the tourism map, it promises to offer travellers a truly exciting and enriching experience. With Evoke Experience set to unveil an upcoming boutique Tent City, the adventure continues, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and history of this remarkable region.

Written by Debi Prasad Sahu and Ananta Prasad

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