There is no doubt that technology has helped modern tourism to become one of the biggest industries in the world. And with many economical travel packages and cheap air tickets up for grabs; visiting a popular tourist destination is just a flight away. However, on the flip side, millions flock into these popular destinations, making it overcrowded.
Many travel portals promote the same traditional travel destinations over and over again. Consequently, tricking people into visiting conventional travel destinations. Well! It is not too late. You can still visit a lesser-known counterpart of a popular tourist destination; that is sure to impress you minus the large crowd and high prices.
So, here are ten ideal alternatives to popular destinations in India.
1. Instead Of Alleppey, Visit Thekkekadu
Backwaters? Check. Tropical climate? Check. Unbelievable resorts? Another check! Thekkekadu is slowly gaining traction for travellers who are looking for a more laid-back and less crowded version of Alleppey. This quaint paradise has everything you want and more for a perfect tropical vacation.
With serenity vibes, vast waterway, stunning backwaters, a few crowds, and luxury houseboats, Thekkekadu is a perfect romantic getaway for couples and an excellent alternative for Alleppey.
2. Instead Of Goa, Visit Gokarna In Karnataka
Though Goa possesses the lion's share of beaches and water activities, the expense of getting in and getting out of this pint-sized state is a deal-breaker for many. Furthermore, tens and thousands of people gather in Goa, disrupting all your plans for a peaceful holiday.
Don't despair! Goa is not the only place in India to offer the best beach experience. Visit Gokarna! Comparatively less crowded than goa, Gokarna offers the best water activities, parties, shacks, food and beach experience. Moreover, it is an impossible ask in Goa to be immersed in the scenic beauty or have a private time with your partner, at the beach; Goa is always over-crowded.
3. Instead Of Hampi, Visit Hassan In Karnataka
If you don't want to fight the crowds at the ancient temples in Hampi, but still want to see ancient ruins, Hoysala temple in Hassan, is your best bet. Hassan sits on the Southern tip of the Western Ghats and features a multitude of ancient Hoysala ruins, including one of the best-preserved Hoysala architectures, Bucesvara Temple. With easy access to the scenic beauty of Western Ghats, you can get your fill of history, delicious food, and relaxation in one place.
4. Instead Of Manali, Visit Bir Billing In Himachal Pradesh
You could easily spend weeks exploring Manali's many famed tourist attractions, but if that is not in the budget, head to Bir Billing! Located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing is home to one of the best hang-gliding and paragliding activities. Bir Billing is the most popular adventure destinations for thrill-seekers in Himachal Pradesh.
Besides this, Bir Billing tends to be less crowded and more laid-back than Manali. This lesser-known destination also boasts picturesque views similar to Manali. Therefore, many are replacing Manali with Bir Billing for holidays and romantic getaways.
5. Instead Of Rishikesh, Visit Tirthan Valley In Himachal Pradesh
River Rafting tourism started in Rishikesh almost 20 years ago and since then, it's become a destination goal for adrenaline enthusiasts. However, if you don't like waiting for your turn hour and hours together, then visit Himachal Pradesh, it has worthwhile alternatives. One of them is Tirthan valley in Himachal Pradesh. It regularly makes it onto lists for top river rafting sites in India.
Tirthan valley offers peerless views of the rolling hills and azure blue skies. It is well-known for White Water Rafting and also picturesque trekking destinations. Tirthan valley makes the best counterpart for Rishikesh as a river rafting destination.
6. Instead Of Ladakh, Visit Sikkim
What you will find, especially if you visit Sikkim, are mighty Himalayan ranges, green forests, dazzling waterfalls, snow-clad mountains and grand Buddhist monasteries. Even better, you don't have to compromise on food! Sikkim has restaurants all across the state that does justice to both Indian and Tibetan cuisine. Besides the picturesque views, you can also indulge in shopping in Sikkim! From woollen scarves to comfy jackets, Sikkim offers a plethora of one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques. These reasons are good enough to replace Ladakh with Sikk
Instead of Agra, visit Delhi
By all means, Agra, which is home to Taj Mahal; one of the seven wonders of the world, has to be on your travel bucket list. However, you will be travelling to the most visited place in the world, and the crowd can be too overwhelming. There are other Mughal splendours in India, and one of them is Humanyun's Tomb in Delhi. It may not be the most visited, but it is no less remarkable.
Though constructed with reference to Taj mahal's design, Humayun's tomb is decked with expensive stones at numerous gateways. This structure is a beautiful combination of red sandstones and marbles, that is sure to amaze you at your first sight.
8. Instead Of Nainital, Visit Tawang In Arunachal Pradesh
Green foothills, lakes, cool breeze and plenty of delicious food! We're not talking about Nainital. Tawang, located in Arunachal Pradesh is making a comeback, and this town in North-East India will delight and entertain you. From colourful natural bounties to welcoming locals, this lesser-known gem will fulfil all your travel desires in no time.
Tawang shares a border with China and is home to more than a hundred lakes. If you have a passionate idea of a lake picnic, then you know where to go if not Nainital.
9. Instead Of Dalhousie, Visit Syalsaur In Uttarakhand
Dalhousie is the land of hill stations and lakes, but up in the mountains in Uttarkhand you can find its quieter counterpart Syalsaur. While not necessarily a lesser-known destination, however, this city often gets overlooked, which is a shame because it features an impressive set of tourist attractions.
Syalsaur is a quiet hamlet, located in Khajjiar. It is far-famed as the mini-Switzerland of India. Its lush green mountains, dense forests, snow-clad mountains, lakes and azure blue skies, make this an ideal counterpart for Dalhousie.
10. Instead Of Jaisalmer, Visit Rann Of Kutch
The Jaisalmer has always been alluring. However, the downside to this is that well-known popular tourist destination like Jaisalmer, a desert city in Rajasthan, has now become expensive, extremely overcrowded and run-down by an influx of tourists. The best alternative for Jaisalmer is the Rann of Kutch in Gujurat. This desert land offers a serene environment for people who love quiet time with their loved ones.
Rann of Kutch can provide you with that desert land-feel - bonfires, mud huts and tons of fun activities to be had - without the hefty price tags and dense crowds. It is one of the best places to visit for photographers. Its widely spread salt marsh offers a perfect background for a stunning cover shot. Therefore, The Rann of Kutch is an ideal replacement for Jaisalmer.