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A Guide to Corporate Outings and Tours in India

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

With the days of the pandemic behind us and a lot of offices opening up, most of the corporate sector has opened its doors to welcome back its employees. And with the back-to-the-office culture now a standard, you can treat your employees to a time away from usual business and take them out for an outing or a vacation. With the perfect balance of work and leisure, these travels will surely enhance work performance and rejuvenate people to put in a better effort in their job roles. It can also act as an ice breaker between colleagues and enhance work relationships. These trips are the best solution to avoid burnout from work as act as a getaway from their usual office environments and enjoy work as well as unwind from the stress. Here is a list of things you can do, places you can visit and stay during an outing or trip with your team and colleagues:

1. Kashmir
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Kashmir is uncontested when it comes to its beauty and offerings. It is one of the most exotic destinations in India and rightly so as its landscapes are so pristine, its valleys extremely captivating, lofty mountain ranges and enticing lakes and rivers that traverse across the valley. It is also a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts as the various towns of Kashmir are brimming with activities and beautiful sights. A corporate trip to this “heaven on earth” will surely enlighten the stressed body and souls of the employees.

Things to do:

I. Take your team for a trek among the famous and beautiful trekking trails of the Kolahoi Glacier at Sonamarg.

II. Rent boats and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of Dal Lake and shop on the floating markets on the lake while at it.

Places to visit: Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg

Best time to visit: May to October

Where to Stay: Radisson Srinagar, The Heritage Group of Houseboats.

2. Manali
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An enchanting hill station tucked amid the Himalayan ranges, Manali is one of the most exciting destinations for a corporate trip. Manali will cater to people who love to spend time in the confines of quaint surroundings and also those that thrive off adventures. It has a piece to offer to people of any kind and personality. The beautiful streams, rivers, and hills covered in pine trees and orchards will serve as a getaway experience for tired office workers.

Things to do:

I. Pay a visit to the hot water springs of Vashisht. Relax and detoxify with your colleagues amid the sounds of the forest.

II. Try river rafting with your team at Tattapani and Beas River.

III. Go paragliding and witness the beauty of Manali and Kullu Valley from above.

Places to visit: Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Naggar Castle

Best time to visit: March to July

Where to Stay: Echor Himalayan Aurum Manali, The Orchards Green Resorts and Spa.

3. Nainital
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A perfect hill station to escape the scorching summer heat and one of India’s most loved getaway destinations is Nainital. Nestled in the lap of the Kumaon Hills, Nainital makes a great choice for a corporate trip. The town is surrounded by exquisite mountain ranges, pine forests and stunning lakes that are a treat to the eyes and soul. It will no doubt please people from the cities looking for an escape to the hills for a vacation.

Things To Do:

I. Take a safari ride with your colleagues at Jim Corbett National Park and witness the varied wildlife bounty.

II. Enjoy a day out trying out activities offered at Devbhoomi Outdoor Adventure Park.

III. Try the ropeway ride at the Corbett waterfalls.

Places To Visit: Nainital Zoo, Tiffin Top, Naina Peak

Best Time To Visit: March to June

Where To Stay: The Kumaon Retreat, Orchid Nainital

4. Darjeeling
The stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hills at Sunrise
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A relaxing hill station where time slows down due to the unhurried pace of life, Darjeeling is a soulful destination to rejuvenate the tired mind and body. With spectacular sunrise and sunsets, views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, iconic movie locations and charming tea gardens, anyone walking the streets of Darjeeling will reawaken to the beauty of life and nature.

Things To Do:

I. Wake up early and head out with the whole team to witness the Sunrise at Tiger Falls.

II. Visit the beautiful tea gardens, take group pictures and unwind amid the beautiful landscapes.

III. Shop at the local markets for tea leaves, Pashmina shawls and churpi, a local hardened cheese.

Places To Visit: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, PNZ Zoological Park, Ghoom Monastery

Best Time To Visit: April to June

Where To Stay: Istana Resorts and Spa, The Elgin

5. Jaisalmer
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The vibrant city of Jaisalmer, famous for its traditions and cultural heritage is indeed one of the most exciting places to visit in India. Jaisalmer is also home to a lot of royal heritages that are evident from its architectural constructions of forts, havelis and castles. The rustic dunes, royal palaces, bright-lit temples, and bazaars will serve as the perfect places for outings and sightseeing with colleagues.

Things To Do:

I. Go Parasailing at Kanoi and enjoy the thrill and excitement of this activity.

II. Explore the dunes with Quad bikes at Sam Sand Dunes with your team for an unforgettable experience.

III. Explore the various enticing bazaars and shop for your loved ones.

Places To Visit: Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort, Desert National Park, Patwon ki Haveli.

Best Time To Visit: November to March

Where To Stay: Pansari Palace, The Dessert Palace

6. Goa
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Goa, the most iconic beach destination in India is also one of the best places to enjoy a trip with your work colleagues. The sounds of waves heating the shore, sunlight beaming on your face with a light breeze in the air and clear skies all culminate to make Goa a desired destination to work and enjoy the offerings of the city. With the option to relax on the beach or indulge in several activities, Goa makes a great stop for corporate outings and trips.

Things To Do:

I. Enjoy various water sports like white water rafting and jet skiing.

II. Try out these adrenaline rush activities like bungee jumping and flyboarding with your team.

III. Unwind from the stress with your colleagues at night parties on the beach.

IV. Explore the exotic and famous churches of Goa in groups.

Places To Visit: Goan Caves, Fort Aguada, Divar Island

Best Time To Visit: November to February

Where To Stay: The Hosteller Goa, Highland Heritage Goa

7. Alleppey
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Renowned for its captivating backwaters and commonly termed the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is a wonder of nature. Alleppey is blessed with nature’s best as it houses the most enchanting lagoons, scenic vistas of acres of backwaters, sprawling canals and evergreen coconut grooves. It is also home to some really exciting adventure activities and stunning houseboats that will make sure your trip to Alleppey will be a memorable experience for everyone.

Things To Do:

I. Go sightseeing on a boat in the beautiful backwaters and enjoy the views.

II. Go kayaking in teams on the waters to witness the quaint villages on the banks of the water bodies.

III. Take your team for a relaxing time through an ayurvedic massage.

Places To Visit: Pathiramanal Island, Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum, Alappuzha Beach

Best Time To Visit: November to February

Where To Stay: Palm Beach Resort, Time Square Boutique Hotel

8. Wayanad
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Wayanad is a famous holiday destination in Kerala with many magnificent sights and alluring landscapes. The delightful tea and coffee gardens, breathtaking waterfalls, flourishing flora and fauna, thick evergreen forests and mesmerising white water springs. It is a perfect place to go on a corporate trip as it offers a lot of activities and sights that groups of people can indulge in.

Things To Do:

I. Experience the thrill of rock climbing at Cheengari Rock Adventure Center.

II. Go for a safari ride with the whole team at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

III. Enjoy a leisure afternoon of boating at Pookode Lake

IV. Fly across the rolling tea estates by ziplining in Wayanad.

Places To Visit: Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Karapuzha Dam, Edakkal Caves

Best Time To Visit: October to May

Where To Stay: Vythiri Village Resort Stay, After the Rains Rainforest Resort

9. Andamans
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One of the most exquisite travel destinations in India is the Andaman Islands. This piece of land in India is still largely untouched and remains so clean and pure with its natural surroundings sparkling. The endless stretches of beaches, clear blue skies, turquoise water, palm trees swaying in the wind, and the unhurried pace of life serve as a great environment for work and play. The Andamans will surely uplift your spirits, relax your body and heal your mind.

Things To Do:

I. Enjoy various water sports like Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Glass-Bottom Boat Rides, and Snorkelling.

II. Take time to relax and work under the sun at the beautiful beaches.

III. Enjoy a peaceful getaway by boating on the waters of Baratang Island.

IV. Go night kayaking on the serene water bodies around Andamans.

Places To Visit: Radhanagar Beach, Neil Island, Ross Island, Elephant Beach

Best Time To Visit: October to March

Where To Stay: Senses Havelock Resort, Sea Shell Neil

While on a workation with your whole team and colleagues, it is important to work and enjoy at the same time. Being away from the usual office spaces and going away from your work cities or towns will serve as a great booster to elevate productivity and creativity. This will also enhance the team spirit of colleagues which in turn will create a better work environment in the future.

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