Top 10 Hidden Gems of India
As our weekday lifestyles are becoming increasingly hectic, most people nowadays prefer taking a complete break during the weekends and getting away to some offbeat destination nearby to unplug.
Here are a few stunning offbeat destinations worth exploring!
- Mount Abode, Uttarakhand
This heritage village is situated at an altitude of 1400 meters on the glorious Shivalik ranges overlooking the Ganges. It offers a breathtaking 360 0 view of the Shivalik and is an ideal environment for meditation, spirituality, and yoga. Loved by backpackers and nature lovers, Mount Abode provides a space to experience life in its rawness. It is about 1.5 hours from the Laxman Jhula.
- Tirthan, Himachal Pradesh
This offbeat riverside retreat is situated in the Kullu district, 1600 meters above sea level. The valley is named after the Tirthan River, which originates in the glacial springs of the Hanskund Peak. Rich in flora and fauna, this adventure destination is ideal for fishing, trekking and wildlife watching.
- Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar stands at an altitude of 6500 feet and is popularly known as the Switzerland of India. This vast valley in the foothills of the Himalayas has dense forests, the scenic Khajjiar Lake and Chamera Lake. Khajjiar is 26 kilometers from Dalhousie and is very popular for trekking and zorbing.
- Pabbar Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Situated at the foothill of the Chanshal ranges, Pabbar Valley is accessible via the Hindustan Tibet road. This valley has several famous sites such as the Chanshal Pass and the Temple of Halkoti.
- Jalori Jot, Himachal Pradesh
Jalori Jot or Jalori Pass is situated between the inner and outer Seraj valleys at an altitude of 3221 meters. It is considered as one of the most dangerous road trips despite not being too high due to the steepness of the road. Jalori Pass offers a spectacular view of the Dhauladhar and the Kinnaur Valley.
- Chikmagalur, Karnataka
This offbeat destination offers the most diverse tourist attractions. They range from a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Kudremukh National Park), river rafting (in Bhadra river), adventure trekking (up to the Mullayanagiri), to wildlife watching (at Bhadra sanctuary) and religious pilgrimages (to Inam Dattatreya Peetha, a popular pilgrimage for both Hindus and Muslims). Situated at the height of 3440 meters in the Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur is close to Bangalore.
- Udupi, Karnataka
Also known as Lord Parasuraman Kshetra, Rajata Peetha, and Shivalli, Udupi is a popular pilgrimage destination. Udupi is well-known for its Krishna Temple, Tulu Ashtamathas, and the famous Udupi cuisine. This sleepy coastal town is situated in the Karavali, between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.
- Chail, Himachal Pradesh
What was once a summer retreat for the Maharaja of Patiala is now a quaint, offbeat tourist destination. Chail houses the highest cricket ground in the world that’s situated at an altitude of 7500 ft. Sadhalpur Lake is a very popular lake restaurant while the Chail Palace Hotel is a heritage hotel, housing vintage furniture, and interiors that are reminiscent of the bygone era.
- Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
It is a small town seated at an altitude of 1927 meters, 77 km from Shimla. It was developed by the British during British India. Tourists seeking adventure or a buzzing itinerary won’t find Kasauli engaging. However, it’s an ideal destination for solitude and silence, preferred by solo travelers.
- Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
This small hamlet is situated on the banks of the river Parvati in the Parvati Valley of Kullu district. Kasol is well-known for trekking, the Israeli inhabitants, and the famous Malana Cream. Kasol has a wide range of restaurants serving delicious cuisines from all around the globe.
- Mount Abode, Uttarakhand
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