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7 Brilliant Alternatives to Overcrowded Destinations in India for This Season

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Bored of hearing the same places to travel? HolidayIQ reviewers suggest you awesome thing about crazy alternatives to popular destinations.

7 Brilliant Alternatives to Overcrowded Destinations in India for This Season:

  1. Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
  2. Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  3. Havelock Island (Andaman & Nicobar)
  4. Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  6. Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
  7. Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

1. Lahaul and Spiti instead of Ladakh

Lahaul and Spiti instead of Ladakh
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While Spiti at an average elevation of 4270 meters is a barren land too difficult to cross, Lahaul is totally opposite with its lush greenery. The Spiti Valley is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges and the Spiti River rushes through south-east of this valley in order to meet River Sutlej. Buddhist monasteries and the magnificent natural beauty have given a unique distinct look to Lahaul and Spiti. The most famous tourist attractions in the area include monasteries like Guru Ghantal, Dhankar, Shashur, Ki and the Tavul Gompas

HolidayIQ reviewer Ami Kamath from Mumbai shares, “During our stay at Spiti, we visited various places and beautiful villages like Losar, Kaza, Tabo, Ki, Kibber, Comic, Dhankar, Langza, Laung, Chandratal Lake, Pine Valley, etc. that laid peacefully in the lap of the stupendous Himalayan range. The locals being as calm and welcoming as the mountains lured us to stay back and left us craving for more. We gazed at the colourful monasteries and breathed in the bliss it had to offer. The flaming red attire draped across the lamas and the attractive Buddha statues that stood strong and handsome in contrast to the light hues of the surrounding forming its background. The treks through the mountains and the enthralling serene lakes absorbing the reflection of the fresh blue skies and the mountains surrounding it creating captivating views that left us beguiled.”

2. Go To Udaipur. Jaipur Is Overcrowded

Go To Udaipur. Jaipur Is Overcrowded
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Located in the Aravalli Ranges, Udaipur is one of the most well-known tourist destinations of the country and beautifully exemplifies the Rajasthani culture. It is a city rich in history and culture and is visited by tourists from all over who come here to get a glimpse of the Rajput way of life. This is the best time to visit the place. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Devjani shares,Udaipur is a mixed bag. It will enable you to know about our history, at the same time spoil you with good food. You can watch the old city market or simply sit by the ghats and relax. The forts within the city, in and around the city are must-visits. To add to that, Bagore Ki Haveli, Pichola and Ranakpur Temple.” If you are a budget traveller, visit Udaipur during the off-season as you can get good hotels and travel deals during this time. Don’t miss the colourful festivities of the Mewar Festival, which is celebrated with huge pomp and show during the month of March and April in Udaipur.

3. Havelock Island is far more peaceful than Palolem

Havelock Island is far more peaceful than Palolem
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Ravi Kiran from Vishakhapatnam shot this in Havelock island

Havelock Island is one among the few inhabited islands of Andaman & Nicobar. Havelock is commonly known for its rich marine life, white sand beaches and dense evergreen forests. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Anand from Mumbai shares, "If you are in Havelock, Barefoot is the place to be. The resort is located at the most convenient location. There is no TV, no network, so book your stay here only if you intend to escape the world. The resort offers good food with extremely courteous staff. It houses one of the best pubs in Havelock, tourist flock from around the island to this pub during the evening."

4. Coorg is overrated. Kodaikanal still has some secret hideouts

Coorg is overrated. Kodaikanal still has some secret hideouts
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Sreesha Divakaran from Bangalore shot this in Kodaikanal

The word Kodaikanal in Tamil means Gift of the Forest.To the north, Kodaikanal is guarded by high hills that slope down into the villages of Vilpatti and Pallangi, while to the east, they descend to the lower Palani hills. To the south of the destination, lies the Cumbum Valley; while to the west lies a plateau which leads to the Manjampatti Valley and the Anamalai Hills. Lots of hills, isn’t it? 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sasikumar from Agra shares, “Nice place to spend time. There are a lot of places to visit. Falls, lake and many more places are there to visit and spend time with family over there. We can go by car and it is a good for all. Sightseeing and everything during the journey is nice.”

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5. Taj Mahal? No alternative here! Taj Mahal is the best

Taj Mahal? No alternative here! Taj Mahal is the best
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Baljeet Kaur shot this in Agra

Taj Mahal, one of the most recognisable structures in the world, attracts around four million visitors annually. This proves that there’s no replacement for it and never can be! 

HolidayIQ reviewer Debayan Bhowmik from Kolkata shares, “It's not every day that you can visit the Taj Mahal and feel the beauty of it. So, it's a must-visit whenever you are in Agra. The architecture has its own majestic beauty and getting a proper tour guide can thrill you because of the extraordinary history of the monument.”

6. Varanasi is awesome but Ujjain is killer too

Varanasi is awesome but Ujjain is killer too
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There are several mythological legends that are associated with the city of Ujjain. Also known as Ujjayini or Avanti, it is an ancient city located in Ujjain District of Madhya Pradesh.  Ujjain is mostly visited for its ancient temples and is the main centre of religious activities. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Ashu Rajput from Gwalior shares,Ujjain, the holy capital of Madhya Pradesh or should I say India. The city is loaded with high number of temples. Perfect for a pilgrimage spot. Otherwise not much of sightseeing available. Food is decent although you might not like if you belong to any southern region of country. Not too many shopping options available but still you can buy some awesome stuff at decent prices. Can visit the city hoping to search spiritualism.”

7. Meenakshi Temple instead of Hampi

Meenakshi Temple instead of Hampi
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Shijo Thomas from Bangalore shot this in Madurai

Meenakshi  Temple is also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple and attracts tourists and pilgrims alike. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is named after the deity and goddess Parvati. Sundareswarar means beautiful Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati is called Meenakshi. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati since Madurai has been her abode. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sanjay Gupta from Delhi shares, “Beautiful temple with intricate architecture. It is recommended to visit the temple either early in the morning or in the evening for the special aarti. The temple should make special arrangements to ensure comfortable visits for the elderly, disabled and small children.”

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