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10 Underrated Destinations You Should Consider For Your Next Vacation

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HolidayIQ Travellers suggest 10 destinations that won’t be crowded this month.

10 Underrated Destinations You Should Consider For Your Next Vacation:

  1. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  2. Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh)
  3. Daringbadi (Odisha)
  4. Champhai (Mizoram)
  5. Idukki (Kerala)
  6. Chaukori (Uttarakhand)
  7. Dharchula (Uttarakhand)
  8. Majuli (Assam)
  9. Pelling (Sikkim)
  10. Aizawl (Mizoram)

1. Tinchuley, Darjeeling, West Bengal

Tinchuley, Darjeeling, West Bengalsource: trekearth.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Partha De Sarkar from Kolkata shares, “The beautiful Tinchuley village is 30 km away from Darjeeling. We drove down to Tinchuley in two hours through magnificent mountainous countryside. Location was selected away from the main road to avoid too many flocking and destroying its ambiance. The village had prospect for creating rock climbing facilities, caving in nearby caves and bird watching. Nature is bountiful here. Hills are covered with green pine and oak trees. The gurgling Teesta runs through a narrow gorge. Rainfall in upper reaches creates waterfalls when it rains.”

2. Mainpat, Ambikapur - A Hill Station In Chattisgarh

Mainpat, Ambikapur - A Hill Station In Chattisgarhsource: tibet.net

Mainpat is known as the 'Shimla of Chhattisgarh'. It is also home to a number of Tibetan religious exiles who worship at a temple dedicated to Buddha and manufacture designer mats as well as woolen cloth. Mainpat is charming picturesque place atop a jungle plateau with many cultural and natural sites of interest. Viewed from Mehta Point and Pharphatia, the valley and hills of Mainpat have beautiful waterfalls, places like Tiger Point where tigers roam and Machali or Fish Point as the river here was known for a type of fish. A strange sight includes the bouncing swap of Jaljali and charming Chota Jharan, tucked away in a pocket of jungle with a small waterfall with beautiful scenic views. Other notable sights are the beautiful Buddhist Temples on this remote jungle plateau and attractions such as Bageecha and Zalzala as well as much more.

3. Daringbadi, Orissa. Where It Once Snowed!

Daringbadi, Orissa. Where It Once Snowed!source: bcmtouring.com

Situated at a height of 915 m in Kandhamal district, Daringbadi is gifted with natural bounties like pine jungles, coffee gardens and beautiful valleys. It has thick rain forests with wild animals, and is an ideal summer resort.  

HolidayIQ Traveller Sumeet Patel from Jharsuguda shares, “Awesome place, cool and calm. Best time to visit is winter to experience the hill station type feeling in Odisha. Areas near by are worth watching with many waterfalls, sunset point and wildlife sanctuaries. Nights are more calm with no sound at all. Best place for a techie staying in Bhubaneswar for a relaxing weekend.”

4. Champhai, Mizoram

Champhai, Mizoramsource: champhai.nic.in

Famed for its colourful tribal traditions, orchids and beautiful surroundings, the destination has several hamlets that are dotted with monuments and monoliths. The Kungari Puk in Champhai is one of the chief attractions of the destination. This ancient cave is believed to be the entrance to the underworld that has a huge opening by the side of a local hill.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dolly Jha from Gurgaon shares, “Champhai, which was the coldest place we went to in Mizoram, seems to be the food bowl of the state. Paddy fields can be seen everywhere on this mountain spot. It is a village-cum-town where you can spend all your time walking around leisurely watching nature and exploring the market. We’d gone there in November and it was very cold there then.It was colder than Aizawl, Zokhawtar and Saitual.”


5. Gavi, Kerala

Gavi, Keralasource: keralatourism.org

Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar. Gavi's evergreen forests are abundant with wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking and mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri marten and more than 250 species of birds

HolidayIQ Traveller Anooj Palakunnel shares, “In Gavi you can fill your lungs with fresh air which is saturated with the aroma of cardamom, can cool-off in the pristine chilly waters,or simply relax under the forest canopy watching 'Nilgiri langurs' performing acrobatics.Unlike other tourist destinations in India here nobody will stare at you except wild animals and birds. Your cell phone will not wake you up from your trance( there is no mobile coverage). Definitely 'Gavi' will rejuvenate your body and mind ”

6. Chaukori, Uttarakhand

Chaukori, Uttarakhandsource: travelmagic.in

Chaukori is a small hamlet situated in Uttarakhand. A small hill station of Pithoragarh district features innumerable sights along with the view of peaks like Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. There are several tea estates in and around the hamlet.

HolidayIQ Traveller Tania Mukherjee from Kolkata shares, “Excellent destination where you can spend a few days in peace. No rush no crowd just the mountain and nature to charm you each day. The place offers excellent view of the snow peaks but if the weather is foggy nothing is visible. The weather of Chaukori is not reliable. Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave temple is a place which should not be missed. It is about 30 Kms from Chaukori. There is not much activity to do apart from relaxing and enjoying the local Kumaoni lifestyle. I went for a nature walk and interacted with the locals.”

7. Dharchula, Uttarakhand

Dharchula, Uttarakhandsource: allseasonsz.com

Dharchula is a small hilly town in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. In Hindi ‘Dhar’ means peak and ‘Chula’ means stove, and since this hill town is shaped like a stove, the name is apt. Dharchula is around 90 km from the Pithoragarh district, and is enroute the famous pilgrimage, Kailash Mansarovar.

8. Garamur, Majuli, Assam

Garamur, Majuli, Assamsource: allresourceupdates.wordpress.com

Garmur is among the chief attractions of Majuli, which is counted among the holy seats. Other prominent holy seats in the destination are Auniati, Dakshin Path and Kamalabari. During the establishment, separate structures were built for different purposes. The Vaishnavite centre founded by Lakshmi Kanta Deva preserves ancient artefacts and articles, Bartop being the most prominent among these. Raasleela is performed with great zeal and enthusiasm during autumn. Garmur can easily be reached from Jorhat Nimatighat, Dhokuakhana and Luit-Khabolughat.


9. Pelling, Sikkim

Pelling, Sikkimsource: wlimg.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Koustuv Bhattacharya from Delhi shares, “If anyone wants to see Kanchenjunga closely from the window of his room, I think it's the right place. Very excellent and close view can be seen from here. I visited Pelling recently. The picturesque view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Kabru etc were seen clearly from the very beginning of the day from our view rooms at hotel Simvo. Nature lovers should not miss this place. I visited west Sikkim from 12th to 16th April 2015 including the wonderful destinations like Rinchenpong, Pelling and Ravangla. The first day was sorrowful to us for it was raining all the day and sky was cloudy. But from the second day, nature began to show her beauty by the grace of God. Local sightseeing from Pelling like Kanchenjunga falls, Rimbi falls, Changey falls, Singshore bridge, Dentam valley, Khecheopalri lake etc can not be missed.”

10. Phawngpui, Aizawl, Mizoram

Phawngpui, Aizawl, Mizoramsource: bharatkasafar.wordpress.com

Phawngpui, the Blue Mountain of Mizoram, is a highly revered peak, considered to be the abode of the gods. Phawngpui is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram, rising about 2157 m and is famous for orchids and rhododendrons. With spectacular trees and flowers of all colours, Phawngpui presents a fairytale view of the blue hazed hills, and vales unfolding below.    

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