Common holiday destinations are no longer in vogue. People now want to explore lesser known, breathtaking landscapes and mingle with the locals for an immersive experience. we have compiled a list of 7 such places that should feature on your travel list.


1. Orcha

A small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha lies on the seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River, 15 kilometers from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. The majestic Orchha Fort is an example of Mughal architecture with its precise geometric proportions and is surrounded by remarkable landmarks like Raja Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the lush green city from Jahangir Mahal.

2. Simlipal

Simlipal is set on a wide expanse of Sal forest and is famous for the Simlipal National Park and Barehipani Falls. Simlipal National Park is home to three of India's most elusive animal species: Tiger, Asian Elephant, and Gaur. The reserve is endowed with exceptional biodiversity, thanks to the variations in topography, agreeable climate, and desired vegetation. 

3. Chopta

Chopta is a small village in Uttarakhand which offers you everything from gently undulating slopes to fresh meadow grass and an overall idyllic vibe to unwind in. Go trekking, indulge in some adventure sports, or simply open a picnic basket in the beautiful meadows! Summer is the best time to visit Chopta. 

4. Champhai

The beautiful state of Mizoram is renowned for its vivid tribal tradition, orchids, and vibrantly colored butterflies. What makes Champhai attractive is the splendid panoramic view of the Myanmar hills and its pleasant climate. The colorful scenery surrounding the place comprises hill slopes that bear expansive vineyards, fruit orchards, and Kiwi plantations.

5. Lepakshi

This small town in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is an enriching historical and archaeological site. Lepakshi has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra, the fiery incarnation of Lord Shiva. The exclusive frescos of Ramayana and Mahabharatha depicted on the ceilings of the temple and the gorgeously carved pillars are bound to leave you spellbound. 


6. Ethipothala Hills

Ethipothala, in the Telugu language, means “lift and pour”. Ethipothala falls leap from a height of 70 feet. The gushing waterfall is formed by a combination of three streams: Nakka Vagu, Tummala Vagu and Chandravanka Vagu that join River Krishna eventually. The falls form a lagoon in the centre which is believed to be a breeding centre for crocodiles. Also, the beautiful Ranganatha and Dattatreya temples which are situated near the falls are a must visit.

7. Lake Of Chembra

Chembra Peak is the highest peaks in Wayanad ranges. It is a 15-kilometer climb and takes about 5 hours through the lush green tea gardens. About half way up, there lies a heart-shaped lake which is believed to never dry up. The charming lake attracts romantics from all around the country.

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