In this huge pandemic after staying isolated in our homes for so long, everyone is now frustrated and looking for good outdoor trips to witness nature once again and enjoy stress-free soothing life for a day or two. So here we are suggesting Safe Places to Visit During Covid in India.
These places have lifted all regulations regarding institutional quarantine as the country is gradually unlocking in phases. It seems like old happy travel days are coming back slowly. Some of the destinations are now allowing tourists from different states to enter without a COVID-19 negative report or mandatory quarantine.
Though everyone should follow all the safety guidelines while traveling to protect other state people’s health also.
1. Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh
A great City of Lakes and one of the greenest cities in central India is none other than Bhopal, the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
As per the official’s claim, it seems Bhopal is now safe up to great extent and there is hardly any need to strictly enforce the guidelines. So you can choose this as your next trip.
If you are planning for more than 3 days to a week, then you can greatly explore Bhopal and its major attractive places, food and culture. Bhopal is on 780 km distance from Mumbai and Delhi which you can easily cover within a day by road.
Places to Visit in Bhopal
So the must-go places and what all you can explore in Bhopal includes the caves, forts, monuments and national parks.
Birla Museum which is a part of the eye-catching Birla Mandir Complex which also gives a glance of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and a Laxmi-Narayan Temple.
Must-visit museum for all history and archeology enthusiasts as it contains the things used by the Neolithic man and Paleolithic.
Upper Lake local people called it ‘Bhojtaal’ or ‘Bada Talab’, which is the oldest man-made lake in India built in the 11th century.
Udayagiri Caves from the early 5th century CE, known for the magnificent view of the sunrise mountain where you will get to see twenty rock-cut caves near Vidisha village.
The attraction of Udayagiri Caves is the walls of caves amazingly carved the ancient icon drawings and carvings of Hindu Gods, namely Durga, Vishnu and Shiva, that express stories of the gods and their shrines.
Sanchi Stupa is known for one of the oldest stone structures in India which is a Buddhist monument of Sanchi. Amazes by its architecture of the building and the great effort behind it from the 3rd century BCE.
Raisen Fort located at a top of the verdant hill since past 800 years as said by the locals. From Bhopal, it is on a short distance of 23 km.
In the middle of beautiful surrounded temples, this fort is famous because it protects and gives shelter to a temple and a mosque, besides numerous domes of different architectures.
Van Vihar National Park located just close to the Upper Lake in Bhopal, near Shymala Hills. The major attraction here is the upper lake beauty, jungle safari and some rare species of animals such as Nilgai, White Tigers, Blue Bull, Porcupine, Wild Boar and Hyena and beautiful migrant birds.
Food Places in Bhopal
Talking about the taste of Bhopal, the list primarily includes delicious Daal Pakwaan and lip-smacking Poha Jalebi. Moreover, for non-veg lovers, Chatori Gali is a famous place near Ibrahimpura where you can have Non-veg kebabs.
Shopping Places in Bhopal
- Chowk and Bitten market for street shopping.
- Mrignayani Emporium for exquisite handicrafts.
- Habibganj Market for low price items.
- Sarafa Bazaar famous for the jewellery and artifact shop
2. Rajasthan – Great Indian Desert
Rajasthan is a well-known state for its unique appealing colors spread everywhere, the greatness of forts with its stories and attractive royal palaces with a touch of folk dances on the Rajasthani music.
The popular cities of Rajasthan are exclusively focused on attractive colors such as Jaipur for Pink, Udaipur is White, Jodhpur Blue and Jhalwar is Purple.
Evenings here are blessed with quick and sudden changes of sky and terrain colors which one can capture as a good time-lapse of nature in cameras and eyes.
Tourists come to Rajasthan by believing the enjoyment of pleasing Rajasthani local festivals, most famous sand dunes, local food, sculpted beautifully carved temples and attractive Havelis.
Places to visit in Rajasthan
Udaipur known for the City of Lakes is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate near beautiful lakes such as Fateh Sagar Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Badi Talab, Choti Madar Lake and much more.
Udaipur attracts the people by its gorgeous royal palaces, cultural music and ambiance, majestic forts and the taste of spicy Rajasthani cuisine.
You can also go for boating to enjoy the evenings at Lake Pichola while having your nearby stay in Havelis to get the feel of Rajasthani culture and houses.
Ranthambore is a great place to visit, for the wildlife sanctuary experience in your trip. The park is now open with all the safety measures to enjoy your jungle safaris and if you are lucky you will get a chance to have a glance at lions and tigers with some rare species of wildlife.
Roads from Delhi to Ranthambore are largely good and smooth for your road or bike trips also.
Mount Abu If you want to visit the hill station here then Mount Abu is the only hill station near the Gujarat border in Rajasthan.
It is situated on a high rocky plateau in the Aravalli Range of Pindwara where you can enjoy Nakki Lake which is a popular spot for boating surrounded by green forest.
Jaipur for food also known as the ‘The Pink City’ where you can see royal palaces, forts and enjoy Rajasthani street food and its delectable cuisines.
Most heard dishes starting from dal-baati-churma to laal maas, ghewar, keema baati, kulfi and much more delicious dishes, you must come and eat in Jaipur which becomes a worth treat for foodie people.
Shopping Places in Rajasthan
- Johari Bazaar for pretty Rajasthani jewelries and classic Jaipuri ornaments.
- Nehru Bazar famous for multi-colored jootis(footwear) and handcrafts to enhance the look of ethnic outfits.
- Bapu Bazar for Rajasthani textiles, handloom, accessories and kids toys.
- Nai Sarak people come here for beautiful turbans and hand-painted vibrant saris which expresses the Rajasthani culture.
- Sojati Gate Market shopping place for ladies where one can get women’s accessories and stuff such as bangles, handicrafts, jewellery as well as dye products.
3. Rishikesh – Uttarakhand
A place which is known as the Yoga Capital of the world where the chants of Hindu prayers will excite your soul and an entrance to the cold weather Garhwal Himalayas is none other than Rishikesh.
The word Tapobhumi represents a culture of Rishikesh, which means the place for meditation and yoga of the gods and diety.
Tourists from different part of the India and world comes here to have an experience of relief from spirituality, peace from daily life, learning yoga and take a plunge for salvation.
Rishikesh could be the all-time best choice for your query Places to visit right now during covid in India.
Rishikesh is blessed with the Ganges also known as Ganga and the Chandrabhaga river. The great river Ganga, which is running fast all over the city has now become an attraction of Rishikesh.
As it flows through its narrow Himalayan valley and emerges from the mountains of Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Places to visit near Rishikesh in Uttarakhand
Char Dham Hills Rishikesh is also known as the gateway of the four Dham where people visits as a pilgrim-destinations(religious travel place). Due to its four popular holy temples at Char Dham Hills and those are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
This is also called Char Dham Yatra which begins from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath temples.
Kedarnath a beautiful temple located on a hill surrounded by snow all over. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also a part of the Panch Kedar. Kedarnath is closest to the source of the holy river Mandakini and is the northernmost Jyotirlinga out of 12 Shiv Jyotirling in India.
One should visit Kedarnath from May to June and September to October which is considered the best months to visit Kedarnath as the weather conditions are suitable to travel and hike.
Badrinath is also known as Badrinarayan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Badrinath. Temple is located in the Badrinath town of Uttarakhand and situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River.
As the weather conditions are extreme in the Himalayas, the temple opens for six months every year after the monsoon and before heavy winter starts.
Gangotri is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and situated on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and the origin of river Gange is also known as Ganga.
Yamunotri which is the source of the Yamuna River and temple is dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna who goes along the pilgrims to the high altitudes of the picturesque Rawai Valley.
Rishikesh River Rafting one of the major attractions for tourists to get the ultimate adventure experience is the River Rafting of Rishikesh.
The cost of rafting ranges from as low as Rs.300 to go up to Rs.1100 with all the rafting guide, knowledge and safety. Rafting and Kayaking enthusiasts come here from all over the world.
Food Places includes most famous restaurants such as Chotiwala, Little Buddha Cafe, Ganga Beach Restaurant, Amrit Ganga Bhujonalaya and Ramana’s Organic Cafe.
Shopping Places in Rishikesh
- Laxman Jhula Market where you will find many pooja(worship) essentials and religious items. Tourists come here for Beautiful idols of Indian Gods and authentic rudrakshas.
- Shyampur Haat Bazar a crowded and buzzing market where you will get Fruits, vegetables and Local Spices.
- Rishikesh Main Market where one should visit in the morning or early evening. Famous for clothes, spices, perfumes and handicrafts.
- Gole Market famous for traditional Indian clothing and a variety of winter wear during the months of October to January.
- Music For Soul a music store in Rishikesh popular for its spiritual and trance music and chalisas, prayers from the Bhagavad Gita.
- Garhwal Wool and Craft Shop for the finest selection of woolen clothes and winter wear made using high-quality Garhwali wool.
4. Rann Of Kutch, Gujrat
A unique region in Gujrat also known as the Great Rann of Kutch which is one of the world’s largest salt desert area of salt marshes which covers the entire border between India and Pakistan.
It is divided into the Great Rann as well as Little Rann in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. It is a huge size land that covers about 26,000 square kilometers (10,000 square miles).
As the Covid cases decreasing by the time in this area, which makes this place perfect for your unlock trip after ages to enjoy the culture of Gujrat. Due to its surreal landscapes, this place becomes the photographer’s delight.
What amazes me here is that the salt desert is underwater during the main monsoon season of India. And for the remaining eight months of the year, it attracts tourists for its enormous stretch of packed white salt spread everywhere. Due to which it is called the white salt desert of Rann of Kutch.
The best time to visit Rann of Kutch is during the winter season when the Gujrat is filled with the colors of the most famous festival Rann Utsav.
During this time Rann begins to dry up every year near the month of October and the sun rays are perfect as compared to the extremely hot summer season.
Places to visit near Rann of Kutch in Gujrat
Kalo Dungar to see the beautiful panoramic view of the entire Kutch region. Name of this place Kalo Dungar means The Black Hills which marks Kutch’s highest point (460 m).
If you want to see the whole Rann of Kutch panoramic view in a single glimpse then you must come to this hill point as it truly a feast for the eye.
Tent Camping in Rann as the fewer people are visiting here, so by taking advantage of less crowd you can enjoy the tent camping erected in the desert of Kutch.
While your tent camping, you can enjoy the night sky watching with beautiful timelapse of stars.
Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary one of the largest periodical saline wetlands in the world which is on 100 km distance from Bhuj.
It is surrounded by a true saline desert where you can see thousands of greater flamingos. Due to which it is known as the “Flamingo City” which is the largest wildlife sanctuary with a vast stretch and expanded about 7505.22 sq. km.
The sanctuary supports a bewildering range of mammalian and a wide variety of waterbird wildlife. Chinkara, fox, hyena and nilgai can be more often found here and some migratory birds including raptors and Houbara bustard.
Bhuj is also known as the gateway of Kutch which you can visit to enjoy the city life of Gujrat. It is being one of the most developed cities in Kutch, Bhuj is also known for its cultural background and rich history.
Tourists can explore and experience many things here, right from ancient forts and royal palaces to modern multiplex cinemas and multi-star hotel stays.
Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in the state of Gujarat established way back in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji. You will get to watch here some historic collections of Kshatrapa inscriptions, Kutchi scripts, tribal cultural artifacts and beautiful handmade art.
Also, craft forms such as embroidery, paintings, also musical instruments, sculptures, and precious metalwork are the attraction of Kutch Museum.
In Kutch Museum, there is a gallery of ancient coins known as Kori-Kutchi local currency that was frequently used currency in the old era of the Kutch region.
Shopping Places near Kutch, Gujrat
- Khavda famous for its Clay Pottery and Ajrakh Prints which is a traditional way of block printing patterns on cloth using vegetables, indigo, and madder.
- Bhujodi one of the foremost prominent and popular craft centers near Bhuj. Perfect for your souvenir shopping of footwear, cloth pieces, bags and other small bric-a-bracs. Also, you will found here clothes like sarees, dress materials, shawls, kurtas with Traditional embroidery and Styles.
- Nirona located 40 km from Bhuj and famous for Copper Bell Art, Lacquer Print, and Rogan Art.
- Hodka where you can get amazing crafts such as lamps, mirrors, wall hangings made by local artisans which are called Bhungas.
- Ludiya is a place where you will get unique and beautiful embroidery work and traditional crafts while the lads make decorative furniture and handicrafts.
5. Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is one of the small towns of holy temples and famous for its picturesque landscape beauty, situated in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
The word Gokarna means Cow’s ear. It is at the ear-shaped confluence(Sangam) of two rivers Aghanashini and Gangavali.
The main temple and deity of this place is Shiva, who is also known as Mahabaleshwara. Gokarna is one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers due to which people come here every year in large numbers during the festival of Mahashivaratri.
The best time to visit Gokarna in the Feb-March months when Mahashivaratri generally comes, the town is crowded as a lot of locals and tourists visit the Mahabaleshwar temple.
Also in November Karikeya is celebrated which is an honouring of Lord Kartik, the son of Lord Shiva.
Around 140 km from Goa, this place is getting increasingly popular now a days due to its laid-back, unspoiled and rustic nature’s beauty.
The beaches around Gokarna are hardly used by the locals and very clean with blue water. Due to which it perfectly gives a frame with rising and setting sun and clouds for your panorama.
Places to visit in Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is one of the secluded and Safe places to visit during covid in India, here are some nearby places in Gokarna which you can explore.
Half Moon Beach is one of the most attractive sightseeing places in Gokarna. Due to its shape like a half-moon, locals called it Half Moon Beach. The major attraction of this beach for foreign travelers and backpackers is clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters.
Mirjan Fort situated on National Highway 66, about 11 kilometers from Gomarna is a trademark of cultural glory. It has become a popular tourist attraction due to its amazing architecture and cultural marvels of the 16th century.
Mirjan Fort is flanked on the banks of the Agnanishi River and is filled with bastions architecture and high ceilings.
Mahabaleshwara Temple is a calm and heart soothing devotee place in Gokarna with classic Dravidian architecture. It is the 4th-century temple in Gokarna and most famous for its Shiva Linga known as Atma Linga that is worshipped here.
Inside the temple, you will see a 1500-year-old deity that is a carved stone of Lord Shiva.
Paradise Beach Gokarna is blessed with this beautiful isolated and peaceful beach also known as Full Moon beach. It is 150 meters long and has about 70% of it covered by rocky patches while the remaining beach is full of pristine white sand.
For camping and stargazing with a beautiful moon, this place is the perfect choice where you can have your delicious cooking dishes with it.
Om Beach the reason behind the name is the shape of this beach resembles the symbol ‘Om’ due to which it carries a spiritual significance concerning its geographical appearance.
Tourists visit here to witness the joining of two semi-crescent pieces of land. Best place for photographer’s paradise for early morning beautiful sunrise and late evening sightseeing delights.
The changing colors of the sky and water here can amaze you every time so be ready with your cameras.
Shopping Places in Gokarna
- Car Street a street market based near the Maha Ganpati temple. Here you will get things like cool trinkets, vessels for worship, bells, incense sticks, Rudraksha Mala, brass lamps, statues of gods, conchs, other brass and metal things that are primarily used in prayers.
- Gokarna Temple Market outside of the Mahabaleshwara Temple of Gokarna where you will get all the worship items. And clothing, primarily T-shirts with quoting mantra, quotes related to a god. Some souvenir gift items are also there such as handicrafts, lamps made of fine soil, small pots and god statues.
- Sri Radhakrishna Bookstore very old bookstore famous for a wide variety of novels and every type of favourite book.
- Other Things which include Gokarna’s favourite spices, Cashew nuts, Organic and Herbals products, a local sweet candy known as Kallu sarkkare, Musical Instruments and cultural clothes.
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