It cannot be considered as an exaggeration if one would say that India still remains unexplored or under-explored, not only by foreigners but also by Indians. The country is highly diverse and a beautiful one. Although there is no dearth of places to visit, we tend to keep on visiting the same places year after year.
Many of us would want to head to Goa for New Year's Eve or Kasol for a long weekend, Coorg for the folks from Bengaluru and the list simply goes on. These places are indeed wonderful, there is no doubt about that; however, one cannot deny the joy of heading on a road which is less-travelled.
Bundi Instead Of Jaipur
Located in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan, Bundi is a city which is well known for its grand forts, palaces and stepwells, which are known as baoris.
This beautiful city is surrounded by houses painted in shades of blue, lakes, temples, hills and marketplaces, where you can lose yourself in the charms of a bygone era as you stroll around this magical place.
Vagamon Instead Of Munnar
PC: Ashwin Iyer
Vagamon is a laid-back town which is located at a distance of 65 km from the town of Kottayam in Kerala. This hill town remains relatively untouched and is surrounded by valleys, green meadows, tea estates, lush greenery, pine forests and much more.
The place is also home to a very diverse population of flowers and orchids. One can opt to go trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing here apart from enjoying the beauty of nature.
Naggar Instead Of Manali
PC: Ashish Gupta
Located at an altitude of 2,047 m and at the banks of the Beas river, Naggar is a historical town situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The town was the capital of the erstwhile Kullu Rajas for almost 1,400 odd years.
The scenic hamlet is surrounded by majestic mountains, waterfalls and green forests. Apart from this one can enjoy the rich cultural heritage and unique architectural styles which are indigenous to this valley.
Barot Instead Of Kasol
Barot is tiny hamlet located at a distance of 40 km from the town of Joginder Nagar in the Mandi district. The place is an upcoming angling destination due to presence of several fish farms in the region. T
he Uhl river makes its way through the village of Barot and the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which cuts across it. The sanctuary is home to a number of wildlife species, such as the black bear, ghoral and monal. You can head out for a hike in the lush green forest or try your hand at trout fishing.
Chikmagalur Instead Of Coorg
Situated at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range is the laid-back hill station of Chikmagalur. The hilly retreat showcases a number of coffee estates, some of them also provide accommodation facilities.
One can enjoy the sights of green meadows, cascading waterfalls along with the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, where one can spot tiger, leopards, elephants and spotted deer.
Lachung Instead Of Gangtok
Situated in close proximity to the Tibetan border is the serene mountain hamlet of Lachung in the state of Sikkim. The village is located at a distance of 100 km from the capital city of Gangtok and is the abode of the 19th-century Lachung Monastery.
When here, you would come across a number of waterfalls, pine forests and hot springs, which would completely rejuvenate you.