India is full of hidden gems that makes for the best tourist destinations. To feel lucky to be surrounded with places that you probably never knew existed, a trip to some these places is a must. And trust us when we say, travelling experiences like these is sure to reward you with lifetime memories.
So here are seven of the lesser-known places of India for you to explore and to get away from the maddening crowd and city chaos.
1. Unakoti, Tripura
Unakoti is a beautiful Shaiva pilgrimage site in Tripura that boasts of numerous Shiva sculptures. Located some 178 km from Tripura’s capital of Agartala and 8 km from Kailasahwar town, Unakoti literally means one less than a crore. The entrance to this beautiful place is a stone gate. Pass through the gate and you are welcomed by magnificent neatly sculpted idols of Shiva
2. Gavi, Kerala
Situated in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, God’s own country, Gavi gained its popularity after it was named as one of the best eco-tourist spots. Every nature lover must visit this place for the untainted natural beauty that Gavi has. With a rich flora and fauna Gavi is also home to many endangered species including the Lion-tailed macaque and Nilgiri Tahr.
3. Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
A quaint hill station some 24 km from the very famous Mussoorie, Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand is known for its calm and serene environs amidst the mountainous forests of Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron. What sets it apart is the peace and quiet that seems to pervade the place thanks to the presence of very little little crowd.
4. Netarhat, Jharkhand
‘Queen of Chotanagpur’, Netarhad is a beautiful hill station situated in Latehar district of Jharkhand. Covered with barren rocks, thick and dense forests and misty hills, Netarhat is a real hidden gem of Uttarakhand. This place is flocked by tourists who want to get a view of the most stunning sunrise and sunset. Magnolia sunset point is one place where you get the best views of nature.
5. Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh
Situated in the Sutlej river valley in Himachal Pradesh, Kalpa is a small town which overlooks the mighty and beautiful Kinnaur Kailash mountain range. No less than a paradise, the mountain ranges are neatly covered in snow and as the sun rises from behind the peaks, it makes for a beautiful visual delight.
6. Jorhat, Assam
One of the major cities of Asam, Jorhat is a gateway to upper Assam and also the state of Nagaland. Also famously known as the Tea capital, Jorhat has a rich cultural heritage. The largest riverine island of the world, Majuli Island (pictured above) lies at a distance of 20 km from Jorhat. Apart from the vastly spread picturesque scenic beauty, this place is also known for many tourist attractions like Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangalpukhari and many more.
7. Har Ki Doon Valley, Uttarakhand
Har ki Doon Valley in Uttarakhand is a cradle-shaped hanging valley surrounded with snow-capped mountains and dense forests and hilly peaks. This place is an ideal spot for those who love adventures, The trek that starts from the Taluka village to the valley is the most exciting thing to do in this nature’s beautifully maintained valley. The trek passes through some of the remotest villages of Uttarakhand that still carry the charm of raw and natural landscapes.