Luxury resorts that pamper you are very nice, but they get really boring (and really soon).
Instead, gather your outdoor gear and head out on the road trip of your life
Destination: Lahaul & Spiti
The gompas of Tangyud (Kaza) and Kardang, along with the gorgeous Chandrataal lake, balance out the drive which gets increasingly rugged as you get further from Manali / Shimla.
Delhi to Kardang: 671km via Manali
Kaza to Delhi: 754km via Shimla
Destination: Bhadra Sanctuary
A Project Tiger reserve with around 150 native bird species sounds good enough but there’s also Hebbe Falls and the Mullayanagiri and Bababuddangiri treks to keep you nicely occupied.
From Mumbai: 808km via Belgaavi
From Bengaluru: 281km via Arsikere
Renault Duster RXZ AWD
Four-wheel-drive, a diesel with loads of highway grunt, and a 7in infotainment and satnav system make this compact SUV a great choice for your rough-road adventures.
₹13,56,999 (ex-showroom, Delhi) / renault.co.in
Sony X1000V 4K Action Cam
Coming up close to the Spiti valley? Strap on this GPS and Wi-Fi-enabled camera to your SUV to capture this awesome journey in 4K glory.
₹39,990 / sony.co.in
Minipresso portable coffee maker
Leaving the dusty plains for the climb up to the Himalayas? It’s the perfect time to take in some fresh air, best accompanied by an espresso.
$59 / wacaco.com
Nikon EX Action Binoculars
Play woodsman properly with Nikon’s rugged EX Action binos. Multicoated lenses and nitrogen filling make this one heck of a birdwatching tool.
₹13,450 / nikon.co.in
Amazon Kindle Oasis
Bunking down in the great outdoors is the best time to catch up on your reading. And the ultra-light Kindle Oasis is pretty much perfect for this.
₹23,999 / amazon.in
Excerpt taken from the May 2016 issue of Stuff India