India is a country which has plenty of destinations for one to explore, relax and learn. Some of the places have become very common but still a large number of people go ahead with the more known places, for example, Shimla and Ooty. These are two largely popular destinations which are being flooded with tourists, but there is not much to see around these places, especially Ooty.
Many of us would love to head on the path of the unexplored and discover new places which are truly worth exploring. One such place is Orchha in Madhya Pradesh which houses some fine examples of Mughal architecture and also grand temples and forts.
The clichéd holiday destinations are slowly giving way to the lesser known destinations. People are now in search of the lesser known places which are far away from the maddening crowd of the popular destinations. Now the time has come to head to lesser known places which offer beautiful landscapes and serene atmosphere which all adds up to provide an experience to be immersed in.
We bring before you a few such places which would surely give you an experience to cherish. Read on ...
Simlipal in Odisha has a wide cover of green sal forests and is home to the Simlipal National Park and the Barehipani Falls. The national park is home to India's three most difficult to catch animal species, the tiger, the Asian elephant and the gaur. The reserve is known for its astounding biodiversity and all the credit for it goes to the varied topography, the conducive climatic conditions and the apt vegetation.
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A small village in the state of Uttarakhand, Chopta offers you everything from beautiful unending slopes to green meadows which contribute to the overall vibe of the place. One can go for trekking in the green meadows apart from enjoying the long list of adventure sports. If you are looking for some peace and silence then all you have to do is to throw open your picnic basket into the meadows.
Located in one of the most beautiful states of Mizoram which is known for its vibrant tribal culture, orchids and much more. Champhai offers breathtaking views of the Myanmar hills along with a very pleasant climate. The scenery here is stunningly colourful which is added on further by the hilly slopes which are filled with vineyards, fruit orchards and kiwi plantations.
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Ethipothala is home to a beautiful cascading waterfall which comes crashing down from a height of 70 ft. The waterfall is formed by the combination of three streams namely Nakka Vagu, Tummala Vagu and Chandravanaka Vagu which join the Krishna river at the downfall. The waterfall comes crashing down to form a lagoon at the centre and is said to be the breeding ground of crocodiles.
Chembra is the highest peak in the ranges of Wayanad. To reach the summit, one has to trek for about 15 km which would take about 5 hours or so. The trek passes through the leafy tea gardens which offer you a brilliant view of the place and one can witness nature at its best. Mid way there is a lake which has the shape of a heart, and it is believed that the lake never dries up.
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6. Araku Valley
Surrounded by thick forests on all sides, this hilly resort is located in Vishakapatnam. The Araku valley is known to have the best coffee plantations and is filled with rich natural beauty which is simply spellbinding. One can take a look at the Tribal Museum here to have a sneak peek of the tribal lifestyle and much more.
Located in the city of Jabalpur, Bhedaghat is known for its marble gorges which measure as high as 100 ft on both sides. A visit to the gorges especially during a full moon night is absolutely breathtaking and is an experience which you can cherish for a lifetime.
A peaceful, quiet hill station, which is located amidst the forests of deodar trees in Khajjiat. The green meadows along with the reeds further add on to its beauty and also make it a rare combination of ecosystems. Khajjiar is nick named as India's mini Switzerland and is a place where one can indulge in various adventure sports and also enjoy the beauty of the place.
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Andretta is a small village located in the Kangra district which is also known as the artisan's village. The Andretta Pottery and Crafts Society here is known for its miniature paintings and pottery exhibits. The tiny hamlet is definitely a must visit place for every person who is an art lover and also for those who are on the look for some inspiration.
Lepakshi is a small hamlet which is located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. This village is home to a well known temple dedicated to Veerabhadra, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is an example of fine architecture which has stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharatha carved out in the ceilings of the temple.
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