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You Cannot Explore These Destinations In India Without Help From Locals

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HolidayIQ Travellers share their experiences about these gorgeous destinations that have something new to offer everytime you visit them.

You Cannot Explore These Destinations In India Without Help From Locals:

  1. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  2. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  3. Valparai (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Yumthang Valley (Sikkim)
  5. Kufri (Himachal Pradesh)
  6. Mana (Uttarakhand)
  7. Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu)

1. Ladakh - You Can Never Discover Enough

Ladakh - You Can Never Discover Enoughsource: Wikimedia

This cold desert holds valleys that will surprise you and small hamlets that have something new to offer. Most parts of this gorgeous destination still remain unexplored and undiscovered and it's difficult to find your way back if you're not a local. Be smart and take a local potter along while you feed your curious mind here. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjay Holani shares, “Leh, it's not a destination, it's a journey. It's a journey on the edge of life, on the curves of hills beyond imagination, facing adverse situation of life, journey of magnetic attraction. It's a experience you can't describe in words. Leh is like a combination of seven colours of rainbow. The beauty who wraps itself in white colour in winter, in summer get dispersed in seven colours. The pride of riding bike on the highest motorable road. It's a game zone of you and life. Here life does not give us second chance, just a single mistake or even bad luck - game(life) is over. But definitely when u reach the venue, you just get energetic. Monastery the place of spirituality and peace of mind. Pangkok lake the blue pearl kept between hills. One can compare it to the heaven on the Earth. Nubra Valley the beauty of white sand dunes just magnifies you. It's impossible to bound the beauty of Leh in words. It's a life time experience, one who loves travelling should definitely visit atleast once in a life.”

2. Tawang - A Celestial Paradise Far Away From Mainland India

Tawang - A Celestial Paradise Far Away From Mainland Indiasource: potalaonline.com

Tawang Monastery is also popularly known as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which means celestial paradise. Before the construction of this monastery, Tawang was inhabited by the Monpa tribe. At that time, the Monpa tribe was under the rule of the Mon kingdom, which had their kingdom stretching from Tawang up to Sikkim. HolidayIQ Traveller Rahul Agarwal shares, “I visited the beautiful valley in winters. This place is actually a hidden paradise. Picture perfect, beautiful & the nature has bestowed this place something exceptional. And above all Indian Army & BRO is always there for any kind of help. Places like Tawang Monastery & PTSO lake are must visit among others.”

3. Valparai - You Can’t Take Your Eyes Off The Green Hills

Valparai - You Can’t Take Your Eyes Off The Green Hillssource: trekearth.com

You can visit the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the most prominent attractions of Valparai. Travellers can spot the lion-tailed macaque, barking deer, wild boar, the Nilgiri and the common langur among others and well, you need local guides to help you spot them. “Sea of Tea Gardens. Valparai is a great place for a leisure holiday. Just sit in your tea garden cottage and sip tea, watching the hills,” says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Somak from Bangalore. He adds, “Travellers will need prior permission to visit Lawson Waterfalls inside the jungle in Chinnakallar.”

4. Yumthang Valley - Into Nothing But Wilderness

Yumthang Valley - Into Nothing But Wildernesssource: indiamike.com

The valley is at an altitude of over 3500m above the sea level. You can glimpse the snow laden Himalayan slopes from the gorge during winters in the months of December and November and its better to be safe and take locals and find your way back to the village. HolidayIQ Traveller Rita Dave says, “Yumthang Valley is very beautiful and peaceful. Here blooms the Rhododendrons that covers the entire valley. You can also see the carpet of pink and purple little flowers. Flowering season is from May to July.”

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5. Kufri - Snow-Clad Mountains Will Mesmerise You

Kufri - Snow-Clad Mountains Will Mesmerise Yousource: tripcrafters.com

Kufri is famous for its beautiful environs and the cool atmosphere that encompasses it. In summers, travellers can enjoy the view of the surrounding valleys and snow-capped peaks. Kufri is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. During the winter season, Kufri attracts adventure lovers for skiing and tobogganing. HolidayIQ Traveller Abhilash Mishra shares, "Its all new and unexplored destination for many of the people. The sports available there was just amazing. Local food was not as such there, as I had seen Maggie point at many of the places only. Horse riding and ice skating was the best things which we had done in Kufri."

6. Mana Pass - You Can Walk To Tibet From Here

Mana Pass - You Can Walk To Tibet From Heresource: rrgwrites.wordpress.com

Mana Pass, alternatively Mana La, is a mountain pass in the Himalayas on the border between India and Tibet. HolidayIQ Traveller Susmita Gupta says, “10230 feet above sea level, 3 km from Badrinath and 50 km from civilization is this last village in Indian territory called Mana, which has only 15 houses. From here you can walk up to Tibet - to Mansarovar. The local people believe that this is the route the Pandavas had taken when they walked up to heaven at the end of their great rule in Bharata. In fact, there are Pandava caves here which one can see.”

7. Dhanushkodi - The Ghost Town

Dhanushkodi - The Ghost Townsource: mugdhasays.blogspot.com

Dhanushkodi is situated around 29 km to the west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. It attracts several tourists every year, especially those who come to see the Adam's Bridge, which is popularly known as Ram Sethu. This particular bridge is made of limestone, which connects India with Sri Lanka. It is believed that this bridge was constructed by Lord Rama with the help of his vanara sena. HolidayIQ Traveller Rasika Sawant shares, "This place is just out of the world. You cannot imagine, these serene beaches and crystal clear waters exist in India. Visit Dhanushkodi to experience calmness, serenity, peace and tranquil. I have visited many beach places but this one stands out. No hotels/ shacks/ parties- Just the blue waters. The road that takes you to the point where you take the govt. Jeeps, is just out of a dreamy book. Both sides you see white and blue waters. The place is also inhabited by many, few tourists and handful localites. You need to reach the place early in the day as the jeeps close by 5 and post 6 this is said to be a haunted place. But its worth a visit, it's completely safe in the day and the view is just breathtaking."

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