India has no dearth of travel destinations. Some of them are more famous and more commercialised than the rest.
But it does not imply that the lesser-known places have anything less to offer; instead it just makes you realise that they haven't been tampered with by large crowds of tourists yet, making these lesser known destinations great to explore and enjoy!
There are many places within our country that still remains to be explored by the tourists. You may know of them or might have heard of them, yet, are you reluctant to actually make the journey?
This is what you need to know about the pristine beauty of the places that aren't crowded by tourists. The below guide of places that are hidden treasures will ensure you pack your bags right away!
Bhandardara is a holiday resort village located in the Western Ghats. It sits by the Pravara River and is a blend of natural beauty, waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake and the Randha falls are major tourist attractions.
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Chakrata is a popular travel site located in Kalsi. Various adventure activities like river rafting, kayaking, parasailing, bridge building, rappelling and rock climbing can be enjoyed here. All these activities are organised under the supervision of experts by various resorts located here. Tourists can also enjoy volleyball, obstacle courses, basketball, golf and mountain biking. The place also has many facilities for trekking, skiing and archery.
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Chiplun is a beautiful city located in the Ratnagiri district and bang on the Mumbai-Goa highway. It has, for years served as a pit-stop for tourists driving down from Mumbai to Goa and off-late has developed a mini-tourism streak of its own. Most tourists from neighbouring metropolises love the pace of life at Chiplun, which isn't all slow, but rather offers a soothing getaway from mundane city life. Local attractions like Ganpati Pule, Karneshwar temple and Ghuaghar Beach make for a true small town experience. You can also enjoy boating and trekking in the surrounding hill ranges.
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Gandikotais a small village on the right bank of the River Pennar in Andhra Pradesh. Situated amidst a beautiful landscape and wild forests, the highlight of the place is the Gandikota Fort that is known for its Vijaynagara style of architecture. There are many viewpoints that offer panoramic views ofsurrounding forests, plateaus and the Pennar River.It is a perfect place to head to for admiring the beauty of nature.
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Gorumara in Dooars is a beautiful forest and a highly recommend weekend destination. You can head to the National Park here with your children and enjoy the beauty of the jungle. If you are lucky then you can catch a glimpse of rhinos, Gaurs and elephants. Jeep and elephant safari are provided to take you across the forest and help you sight wild animals.
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Offering treks up to a height of 3,300 mt, this town is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Located near Mandi, it is a great place for trekking, skiing and mountaineering. Covered with a dense canopy of deodar and fir trees, it presents a charming picture during winters. The Shikari Devi Temple is a must-visit here.
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An isolated hamlet near Darjeeling, Lepchagat is known for its tranquillity, pine and oak forests, rich bird-life and the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga. Travellers coming here can get close to nature and rejuvenate themselves in this serene town. You can enjoy the best of nature, while sipping on the locally brewed Darjeeling tea.
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Rohru in Himachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of about 1,525 mt above sea level, on the banks of the Pabbar River. It is popular for its apple farms with the Rich Red and the Royal Delicious being the two most famous varieties of apples found in the region. Rohru is also a prominent spot for trout fishing. Adventure enthusiasts can also take up trekking, paragliding, and hang gliding in this region.
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Samsing is one of those towns in West Bengal that is located way up north in the tea estate part of the state. Almost every township located in this region, that is essentially at the foothills of the Himalayas is beautiful in its own way, with greenery all around, tea gardens to photograph and the occasional range of snowcapped peaks. Samsing is also proximate to some forest areas with unique bird and animal life.
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Simlipal is anational parkand tiger reserve,situated in thestate ofOdisha. The park has some beautiful waterfalls namely Joranda and Barehipani. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, Gaurs and Chausingha.Thick and green forests, extensive grassy lands and meadows, cloud-kissed peaks, sparkling waterfalls, meandering rivers, roaring tigers, trumpeting tuskers and dancing peacocks make Similipal a dreamland of nature.
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