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20 Incredible Destinations In India no one Speaks of

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Explore the unexplored with these 20 secret destinations recommended by the HolidayIQ reviewers. 

20 Incredible Destinations In India no one Speaks of:

  1. Maharashtra
  2. West Bengal
  3. Gujarat
  4. Himachal Pradesh
  5. Sikkim
  6. Mizoram
  7. Karnataka
  8. Andhra Pradesh
  9. Mandu (Madhya Pradesh)
  10. Odisha
  11. Uttarakhand
  12. Madhya Pradesh

1. Chiplun, Maharashtra

Chiplun, Maharashtrasource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Noffil Chougle says that the Savatsada waterfall is the most famous attraction of this small town located on the Mumbai-Goa highway. He also adds “There are some beaches nearby like Guhagar and Hedwi. Guhagar is the best beach to visit. One of the best attractions here is Anjalvel Lighthouse and the view from here is awesome. You will also find good seafood here.”

2. Lepchajagat, West Bengal

Lepchajagat, West Bengalsource: HolidayIQ Reviewer Ayan Sarkar from Kolkata shot this in Lepchajagat

HolidayIQ reviewer claims you can get the best view of Kanchenjunga from here.

An isolated hamlet near Darjeeling, Lepchagat is known for its tranquillity, pine and oak forests, rich birdlife and the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga. Enjoy the best of nature while sipping Darjeeling tea

3. Mandvi, Gujarat

Mandvi, Gujaratsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Akshay Nakar says, "A camel ride at Mandvi Beach is a must. Vijay Vilas Palace and Shyamji Krishna Verma monuments were very good. The view of the sunset from the beach is awesome.”

Located near Bhuj, Mandvi Beach is the main attraction of this port city. Kasi Vishvanath Beach, Rukmavati Bridge and the Vijay Vilas Palace are some must-visit places in Mandvi

4. Malana, Himachal Pradesh

Malana, Himachal Pradeshsource: Flickr - morisius cosmonaut

HolidayIQ reviewer A. S. says, “This is a lovely little village in the middle of a dense mountain forest. The approach is not that great but after reaching there, it is worth every penny. The place is very refreshing and the villagers are hospitable. We played cricket with the local boys and they too had a great time because generally, tourists don't interact with locals.”


5. Gorumara, West Bengal

Gorumara, West Bengalsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Swastik says, Gorumara in Dooars is a beautiful forest. I would highly recommend it as a weekend destination. You can go with your children and enjoy the beauty of the jungle. If you are lucky, you will spot rhinos, gaurs, and elephants. Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching are some of the activities here."

6. Rumtek, Sikkim

Rumtek, Sikkimsource: wikimedia.org

A small village just 25 km from Gangtok, Rumtek is home to one of Sikkim’s largest monasteries. Besides the luxuriously sprawling green landscape and mild weather, there are some important Buddhist institutions here.

7. Jhanjeli, Himachal Pradesh

Jhanjeli, Himachal Pradeshsource: HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Sharma from Shimla shot this in Jhanjeli

Offering treks up to a height of 3300 metres, this one-horse-town is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Located near Mandi, it is a great place for trekking, skiing and mountaineering. Covered with a dense canopy of deodar and fir trees, it is very quaint during winters. The Shikari Devi Temple is a must-visit here.

8. Champhai, Mizoram

Champhai, Mizoramsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Dolly Jha says, Champhai located near Aizawl was the coldest place we went to in Mizoram. 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. Watch the moon at night or check out the morning sun in all its glory. Zawlaidi, a local grape wine is a must-try.”


9. Kudremukh, Karnataka

Kudremukh, Karnatakasource: HolidayIQ Reviewer Amulya Nataraj from Bangalore shot this in Kudremukh

HolidayIQ reviewer Santosh Hullamani recommends Kudremukh for its stunning waterfalls and coffee estates.

Kudremukh, located in the Chikmagalur district is known for its rolling grasslands and dense forests. It is known for its variety of trekking trails to waterfalls and the Kudremukh National Park

10. Bhandardara, Maharashtra

Bhandardara, Maharashtrasource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Samrudha Kadam says, “The speciality of this place is that it is still unexplored, hence you can enjoy untouched nature. No hustle bustle like other tourist places. You can enjoy the rough rustic stay with fresh air to breathe in and enchant your soul. Unfortunately, there aren't much food options available so your hotel is the only place to rely for food. Two to three days stay is required for a complete experience of the place.” 

11. Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh

Gandikota, Andhra Pradeshsource: wikimedia.org

Situated amidst a beautiful landscape and wild forests, Gandikota is located in the Kadapa district. The highlight of the place is the Gandikota Fort. It is known for its Vijaynagara style of architecture. There are many viewpoints that offer panoramic views of surrounding forests, plateaus and the Pennar River

12. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Mandu, Madhya Pradeshsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Prateek Juneja says, Mandu lies on the banks of River Narmada. This is the place where forts and various archaeological places can be found and is full of beauty. Jahaz mahal, Roopmati Mahal and the sunset point are really good. Of all the heritage sites, the best is the Hoshang Shah's Tomb, which inspired the makers of the iconic Taj Mahal.”


13. Samsing, West Bengal

Samsing, West Bengalsource: HolidayIQ Reviewer Subhasis Guha from Kolkata shot this in Samsing

HolidayIQ reviewer Dhritiman Baidya says Samsing is an ideal place if you wish to spend time amidst nature. He adds that a trip to the rocky island Lali Goras is a must.

Another tiny hamlet near Siliguri, the Neora Valley National Park, Lali Guras and Suntaley Khola are must-visits here. 

14. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradeshsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Zoobie says, “The view of the meadows and valley is extremely overwhelming. It is rightly called the 'Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh'. There is nothing much to do except relax. There are pony rides, and phot-ops in traditional Himachali outfits.”

The beautiful hill town of Khajjiar located on the foothills of Himalayas has the rare combination of lakes, forest and pastures, all in one place. Dauladhar Mountains, Khajjiar Lake and Khajjinag Temples are must-visits here. 

15. Dholavira, Gujarat

Dholavira, Gujaratsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Dhiraj Rajani says, “A very good place to visit if archaeology (similar to Indus Valley Civilization) interests you. The civilisation findings at Dholavira are older than their counterparts. The Fossil Park and Rann of Kutch are very nearby and are worth visiting. In the Rann filled with water, we could see a lot of 'Surkhab' - migratory birds having pink tint in their feathers. This is a very good place for bird enthusiasts.”

16. Udayagiri, Orissa

Udayagiri, Orissasource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Saranya Devanathan says, “The two-tier caves are the real attraction here. A small temple, typical of Orissa, is at the bottom of Udayagiri. It has some nice paintings.”


17. Chakrata, Uttarakhand

Chakrata, Uttarakhandsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Seema Bandhan says, “It is a beautiful summer destination for escaping scorching summers of the north. Tiger falls and Kimona Waterfall add icing on the cake with icy cold water to take refreshing dips. It is pure bliss. Then comes the Deoban, a 500 mt trek and you are in the heaven with clear views of the Himalayan ranges. It is a perfect holiday away from crowded destinations.”

18. Rohru, Himachal Pradesh

Rohru, Himachal Pradeshsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Sudhir Singhal says, “Rohru has one of the most beautiful mountain River called Pabbar.“

Rohru, also known as the Apple Valley, is located near Shimla on the banks of River Pabbar and is known for its apples and trout fishing. Rohru also has many high snow belts like Chanshil Top and Surachali Top

19. Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradeshsource: flickr.com/trakesh

Bhimbetka, located 45 km from Bhopal, is known for its prehistoric rock shelters. Around 500 of them contain some of the world’s oldest prehistoric paintings. Animals such as bisons, tigers, lions, wild boars, elephants, antelopes, dogs, lizards and crocodiles have been depicted in some of the caves.

20. Simlipal, Orissa

Simlipal, Orissasource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Shouvik Chowdary says, “It is a fantastic forest to visit. Two mammoth waterfalls, surrounding cloudy hills, small remote localities, dense sal jungle, the sudden view of deer and the complete silence, Simlipal is a complete package of adventure and fun.”


The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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