A typical city scene involves a lot of noise that makes for a terrible cacophony. The next time you’re stuck in a situation thus, close your eyes. Imagine yourself atop a quiet green valley with fresh oxygen instead of smoke, birds chirping instead of cars, babbling brook instead of construction sounds and an innate sense of utter peace all about you. What a peaceful scenario, isn’t it? When was the last time you felt that in your cityscape? You don’t remember? Well, it’s time you do! In this article, we’re handing you the map to five such places you must visit to let your hair down and just be! By Quoyina Ghosh

1) Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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Come the month of summer, a most beautiful unravelling occurs in this valley of Uttarakhand. From down below the white snow, comes forth colourful flowers peppered all across the valley. If you want to ditch the automobile-filled roads of the city, we know just the place for you. It’s located deep in the virgin mountains of Uttarakhand, has the looks of a molten rainbow and is sans any noise! Sold?

2) Auroville, Puducherry

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#DakshinDarshan #10: Auroville Auroville is not worth a 'Visit'.⁣ ⁣ Auroville is an experimental township, based on the principles of Sri Aurobindo (hence the name) and Mirra Alfassa (also called 'The Mother'). The aim of Auroville is to unite people from different nationalities, castes and religions, and progress towards the divine consciousness. In simple words, people settle here to leave the rat race of the world, be at peace, and find one's soul (if that means something).⁣ ⁣ All of this sounds wonderful. Why is it not worth a visit?⁣ ⁣ I, very boldly, asked a French volunteer when I can visit the Matrimandir. To which she replied, "You cannot visit the Matrimandir. It is not a visit. It is a meditation. Only people who seriously want to concentrate, can 'visit' (yes, she made the hand signs) the Matrimandir".⁣ ⁣ Auroville is not worth a visit. It is worth a stay. It is not like any other tourist destination. It is a place where you need to devote some time, and stay. Just stay. Slow things down. Try different things. Meditate. Meet and talk to different people. You'll be amazed. My biggest learning during this trip: Just relax. Take a breath. Enjoy the peace.⁣ ⁣ I stayed at Auroville for three days. I can easily say that any amount of time spent here is not enough. Without a doubt, I'll travel to Auroville very soon. . . . . . #vsco #vscocam #vscogrid #vscoindia #south #auroville #pondicherry #solo #trip #tamilnadu #junoonnsut #vsco_india #nikon #throwback #artofvisuals #agameoftones #teampixel #communityfirst #yellow #india_igers #indiapictures #igersbangalore #bangalore #indiagram #ig_india #indiaclicks #snapseed #instagram @indiapictures @india.clicks

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This fascinating ‘City of Dawn’ is a renowned spiritual hub for people all across the world. Within the bounds of this place, you will find an aura of pulsating peace and people willing to help you relax your mind through meditation and other such activities. Auroville takes away all the city grime from you and replaces it with calm and quietude. If a true cleanse is what you seek, this is the place for you!

3) Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is home to quite a few places, which emanate from them utter peace, but Kasauli has something different about it. You remember those perfect places we would read about in fairytales as children? The perfect houses, perfect sunsets, perfect peace? Kasauli seems to be the place that comes alive in! This tiny town sits quietly atop a hill with colonial era houses, the happiest people and lush greenery all about it. In such an ambience, peace is but a given.

4) Tso Moriri Lake, Ladakh

Located at an altitude of more than 15,000 ft, this lake in Ladakh is a sight for the sore eyes. First, it’s located in a remote village with a tiny population. Noise, therefore, you can bid adieu to. Second, the water in this lake wears such a gorgeous hue of blue, that you’d half expect to see a god relaxing there. Peace, here, is implicit. But, with that peace comes a fascinating exhilaration towards life. You see, a view of the bluest lake sat in between gargantuan mountains on the top of the world, has a tendency of doing that to people.

5) Silent Valley, Kerala

If the name hasn’t won you over already, the details surely will. Think deep forests, no noise, river treks, and lush abounding nature — that’s Silent Valley for you. Located deep inside the green woods of the Western Ghats, this locale boasts of an unadulterated view of nature. A true retreat from the noise of cities, this valley provides you with an exclusive package containing zero pollution, nature and sheer peace! Any takers?

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