Mayan Calendar 2012: 5 places to visit in India before the world ends

| Last Updated: January 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The world will end in 2012 is the most widely-disseminated doomsday tale but it has never stopped the intrepid traveller from hitting the road

Anxious because the world would come to end on 12/21/12? While the jury is still out if the Mayan prophecy would come true or not, we suggest you to make the best of the time left.

Travel.india.com lists five destinations that are must visits in India, just in case the Mayans are proven right.

Taj Mahal

Choosing the Taj is easy. It is one of the most popular monuments, among the wonders of the world, India’s best known monument and a testament in stone to eternal love. An ideal image you want to leave while bidding adieu to the world (in case the prophecy comes true).

One of the most popular monuments, the Taj Mahal is among the wonders of the world

The Taj Mahal means ‘Crown of Palaces’ and the marble monument of love justifies the soubriquet in every way. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his wife is sure to leave every visitor bewitched and raise hopes of finding true love, if not in this life at least in the next. While visiting the Taj, do check out the gardens around the monument. It is laid on the principles of the garden of paradise. Just in case, you get lost in the next world.

Goa – Baga Beach

A bohemian paradise where the sun shines bright, long stretches of beaches which offer countless opportunities for fun and frolic and ceaseless supply of wine. With the clock ticking away, we would suggest you pack your bags and head straight to Baga, one of the best beaches in Goa.

It has everything to offer to satiate the senses – food, music, adventure activities and a cosmopolitan crowd. If nothing else interests you, put on your sunscreen lotion, find an umbrella and a nice beach chair, park yourself on it and sip the tender coconut.

If you feel remorse, hail the first auto-rickshaw and head to any of the churches that abound in Goa. Even if you don’t get solace, a trip to the church would certainly be a feast for the eyes.

Nothing can match the experience of sailing on a kettuvallam in God’s Own Country

Just in case, Doomsday doesn’t happen the trip won’t go waste. The Sunburn Festival, touted as Asia’s biggest dance music event, starts December 27.

Alappuzha

Nothing can match the experience of sailing on a kettuvallam in God’s Own Country. Flowing gently, the houseboats are high on chillax. Listen to the boatman’s song, nibble on the karimeen fry or the kozhi varathathu and get high on the toddy, it is ultimate in luxury that you could desire.

We suggest head to Alappuzha or Alleppey. You might not have time to visit Europe but ‘Venice of the East’; it is as easy as saying hello.

Udaipur – Lake Palace

Sitting in the middle of the clear blue lake, the pristine white Lake Palace, it is one of the best things money can buy. Famed to be the most romantic hotel in India, the famous palace has also been featured in James Bond’s 1983 release, Octopussy.

Sip on the martini Bond style, enjoy a traditional Rajasthani meal and listen to folk songs of the Manganiars. A fine way to end the world, we say.

Andamans

Pristine beaches, scenic landscape and the romance of being on an idyllic island. Clear shimmering stretch of water, pure white sand and perfect weather to party. Clear blue sea and the evergreen rainforests offer a plethora of opportunities to explore and get your fill of adrenalin rush.

If the Mayan prophecy comes true, Andamans would be the first place to see the sun rise before the rest of India. If the prophecy doesn’t come true? Well, you live to tell the tale and wait for another Doomsday.

If the Mayan prophecy comes true, Andamans would be the first place to see the sun rise before the rest of India

First Published: December 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

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