• Kevi Sirie

A Guide to Corporate Outings and Tours in India

Updated: Sep 2

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.