Best places to get over your heartbreak this Valentine’s Day
Why did it have to end? Could I have given it another shot? Can I call them one last time? So many questions gripping your mind that you probably already know the answer to but what’s a bad breakup without a little brooding? As if the self-inflicted pain wasn’t enough, the hoopla about the upcoming lover’s day makes it even more difficult. There suddenly seems to be more missing, more sopping, more loneliness. It’s time you give yourself a break and do something that pleases you – your body, your soul, and your senses. Booking.com has curated a list of experiences for you to get over your heartbreak this Valentine’s day. No, we are not saying it will be easy, what we are saying instead is that it doesn’t have to be so difficult either.
Go Paragliding in Kamshet
Kamshet is a beautiful hill station nestled in the Western Ghats, located in the Pune district, just 45kms from the main town. Often known as the paragliders paradise, it is home to multiple schools offering certificate trainings in the sport. Let loose your arms and legs and let the winds carry the weight of your heartbreak as the view takes your breath away. Some of the paragliding spots you can explore include Kondeshwar Cliff, Tower Hill, Shinde Wadi Hills and Shelar. There are other sport activities that you can indulge in, like rock climbing or water sports at the surrounding attractions like the Pavana Lake, Bhairi and Bhedsa caves among others
Where to stay: Pavana Lake Tent House, the luxury tent offers the most authentic camping experience by the lake. Waking up to the view of the mountains and feel of chilly air will be a refreshing break from the hustling city life.
Beckoning of the Ganges - Rishikesh
Located on the foothills of Himalayas, this Yoga capital of the world is a magnet to peace and peace seekers. With countless ashrams each with their own Yoga and meditation programs, there will be plenty aid to help control your thoughts and calm your nerves. The sight of quaint mountain peaks, ferociously flowing Ganges and the breeze blowing down the valley, setting the song of temple bells ablaze will make up for the emptiness within. Pull up your socks and get ready to hear your heartbeats as adrenaline rushes through when you go White river rafting or bungee jumping. Rishikesh is the best place to go solo, with the whole of nature to keep you company; the experience will be unmatched.
Where to stay: Zostel Rishikesh, a perfect accommodation for solo backpackers, this place gives you a best of both worlds. Take some time off on your own as you read a book in their common room or enjoy games and music with a group of strangers, making new friends.
Road trails in Ladakh
Endless roads and the sight of the mountains, a plate of delicious momos and thupka on the way, a road trip from Manali is all you need to refresh your system and start a fresh. Buddhist monasteries and the bells of peace will work wonders on your smile. Take a trek in the Nubra valley or visit the Pangong Tso, camping there for a night. Ladakh has countless experiences for you to choose from. You will also find plenty volunteering opportunities like teaching the village kids or helping in the conservation of snow leopards among others. The friendly people of this place will charm your heartache away.
Where to stay: Tent stay in Hunder, this luxury tent is located in Nubra Valley and is a perfect combination of comfort and style. It offers a beautiful garden beyond the scenic view of the mountains, a perfect nest before your upward mount.
Scuba diving in Andaman Islands
Pack up your bags and book yourself an action-packed trip to the Andaman Islands. The beautiful sea-life nestled in the turquoise waters are calling you. Wanted to do a certified course in Scuba diving? This is the place for you. A heaven for all the water sports activities, you have plethora of options to choose from. The clear waters and shiny beaches add to the scenic island beauty with is postcard perfect charm. Witnessing magnificent sunsets would blow your mind. Put on your sunscreen and soak in the warmth of the Andaman islands.
Where to stay: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans, book yourself an accomodation in this luxurious resort that features an outdoor swimming pool and serves a continental breakfast every morning. The accommodation offers a sun terrace and you can also indulge in mini-golf if you preferred to stay indoors. Nothing matches the beach sun though!
Take a class in something unfamiliar, Skiing at Auli
Take your trip to the next level and schedule something you’ve always thought would be fun—a sailing lesson, a via ferrata climb, a winemaking workshop. The options to push your boundaries with a new experience are practically endless. How about a skiing class in Auli, the skiing capital of India. Auli isn’t just another snow filled hill station; it’s the Holy Grail of skiing in India.
Where to stay: Himalayan Abode Homestay, wake to the beautiful snowclad mountains every morning in this homestay. The accommodations serves good meals and can also arrange for your ski gears.
Pedal away to your heart’s content in Amsterdam, Netherlands
This beautiful canal city is an amalgamation of brilliant art and mouth-watering dishes. Every corner you turn to, you will find a gem of a little café selling one of the best coffees in town. Put on your cycling gear, a backpack with your essentials and a map of the city, and get going. With unique museums, quirky festivals, and theatre, you will never run out of things to do in Amsterdam. While you are at it, make it a point to visit the laid back bars and enjoy the live music. Just a little tip, avoid canal boat rides on the V-day as it might be filled with couples in love, and would go against the purpose of your trip.
Where to stay: Train Lodge Amsterdam, located next to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Train Station, is a unique hostel with shared and private accommodation, an on-site bar, and a sunny terrace. In the Westpoort district in Amsterdam, Train Lodge is 3.2 km from Anne Frank House and 3.7 km from Vondelpark, making it a great choice for travellers interested in sightseeing and city walks.
Go beach hopping in Croatia
If you are a beach baby then this is the place for you. The long sandy stretches are perfect for lazy days, sunbathing and catching up on your reading. Poised between the the central Europe and the Balkans, the land has rich cultural legacy, courtesy of the competing empires and kingdoms. The museums capture the essence of this struggle as if showcases the treasures of European history. You can end your trip with a visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships, in Zagreb, Croatia. It is a crowd-sourced museum, with exhibitions that display small items from past relationships from around the world. It can be a keychain from Taiwan to a photo frame from India, while you are at it, make sure to contribute your little relic as you let go of the broken goodbyes and attain your closure.
Where to stay: Olive Hill House, is an apartment located in Slatine. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub and one can also enjoy a private beach area. This accommodation offers a view of the endless sea from wherever you stand.