Escape from the big city’s pollution this time of the year with a short trip to these clean, pollution-free destinations that India has to offer! By Anushka Goel
It’s that time of the year again when the weather is perfect for sojourns, but in some parts of the country, the air quality and the places as such aren’t the cleanest. In times like these, when you really need a calm, relaxing getaway, planning a trip to some of the cleanest destinations in India can be helpful, and we’ve curated a list for you!
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Touted to be Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong is about 100 kilometres from Shillong in Meghalaya. The river Umngot passes through the village, which has crystal clear waters – so much so that the Jal Sjakti Ministry recently tweeted about it! The Ministry’s post read, “One of the cleanest rivers in the world. It is in India. River Umngot, 100 Kms from Shillong, in Meghalaya state. It seems as if the boat is in air; water is so clean and transparent. Wish all our rivers were as clean. Hats off to the people of Meghalaya.”
Indore has won the title of the Cleanest City in India for four years, with its measures to manage its trash and keep the roads clean. If you’re planning a trip here, do visit the Rajwada Palace and the Central Museum, try the Indori Poha and be sure to bring back namkeens and snacks for your friends back home!
The second cleanest city in India, Surat is known for its textiles and diamonds. Explore the Gujarati city and indulge in some yummy food on your visit here, and immerse yourself in the heritage and culture that Surat has to offer. Also, spare a day and make a trip to the Statue of Unity!
When it comes to nature and cleanliness, the Himalayas are but a popular choice! Spiti Valley has recently gained popularity among backpackers and slow travellers, and it’s not just for its stunning scenery and monasteries. The valley is home to clean air, crystal clear skies and nights full of stars, things that are tough to come by in cities, especially Delhi!
One of the most important and popular cities in Gujarat, Ahmedabad is also among the cleanest destinations in India which has history and heritage. Plan a weekend trip here to explore its destinations and delicious street food, or explore the nearby historical sites of Lothal and Dholavira as well to bring you close to India’s origins.
Landour is not for those looking for typical touristy hill destinations, but instead is an oasis for visitors to come and get lost in its beauty. A short drive away from Mussoorie, Landour offers scenic mountain views and crisp clean air, making it the perfect escape from Delhi this time of the year when the weather is changing and the air is full of smoke.
Head to Gangtok for a sojourn to the breathtaking landscapes of the North East. Gangtok is the capital of the second smallest state in India, Sikkim, and is home to varied topography and a lot of adventure. Be sure to carry your jackets and shawls as it can get a bit cold, and be sure to feast on the local cuisine as you explore the rocky terrains, monasteries and more!
The southern city is a beachy haven for both luxury and budget travellers, offering pristine beaches and for those looking to relax and beautiful temples for those on a spiritual journey. Sit by the sea in Gokarna and enjoy the sunrise and sunset views, or splash about in the water as you escape from the polluted city life for some calm!
An unusual entrant on a travel list, Ambikapur is among the cleanest cities in India, with many measures to segregate waste and even provide incentives to those collecting plastic by way of a free meal at its garbage cafe. The city is also popular among temple tourists because of the various temples here and around.
The final destination on this list (but by no means the final destination overall!) is Mysuru. The South Indian city is known for beautiful palaces and other majestic buildings, which are any architecture and history lover’s delight. Mysuru is among the cleanest cities in South India, and makes for a great escape from the bustling metropolitan cities and their excessive noise and pollution.
So, which among these cleanest destinations are you planning your winter getaway to?