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You Don't Need A Travel Agent To Go To These 12 Stunning Destinations

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Looking for a holiday away from touts and without needing a dull itinerary chalked out by a travel agent? HolidayIQ Travellers suggest killer holidays you can plan without one!

You Don't Need A Travel Agent To Go To These 12 Stunning Destinations:

  1. Gokarna (Karnataka)
  2. Munnar (Kerala)
  3. Arambol (Goa)
  4. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Mysore (Karnataka)
  6. Almora (Uttarakhand)
  7. Kumarakom (Kerala)
  8. Chopta (Uttarakhand)
  9. Lachung (Sikkim)
  10. Kutch (Gujarat)
  11. Sangla (Himachal Pradesh)
  12. Pelling (Sikkim)

1. Gokarna Doesn't Need An Itinerary - Stay In Shacks & Gorge On Yummy Seafood


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Flocked by hippies during winter, this place is known for hitchhiking to and staying in cheap rooms for weeks together. No wonder your travel agent won't suggest you this one. HolidayIQ Traveller Pranabesh Barbhuiya says, “Gokarna had always sparked a curiosity in my mind as my friends always spoke about their hangout there. As a long weekend we thought of going there. With a bunch of people we thought that bus travel would avoid the hassle of driving a long distance from Bangalore and save me some money. We were greeted by the strong sunlight of the beach city and after checking into a hotel, we headed off to the beach. There were multiple cuisines with a vast collection of seafood. You have a choice of fun sports around the beach or you could just bask in the sun if you want a natural tan. Needless to say don't forget your shades and sunscreens at home! We had a well spent day till dusk and binged on seafood later. Our cellphones were virtually useless without network signal availability across most areas near the beach. A word of advice would be to keep your family informed that there was a known issue of phone network near the beach in case they worry if you are unreachable.”

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2340 Ratings | 1330 Reviews | 20 Sightseeings | 345 Photos

2. Munnar Has Numerous Homestay & Hotel Options


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Munnar is a definite stop if you are backpacking in south India. Look forward to conquering south India's highest mountain peak, exploring numerous waterfalls and also paragliding over tea gardens. HolidayIQ Traveller Mohanlal Jain from Bangalore shares, “Munnar is just not a place. Munnar is destination spread over 60 km in diameter. Stay in center point is not recommended. One may stay in any of the good hotels located across Munnar area and most of them have their rooms facing the mesmerizing hills, tea estates and the beautiful valleys. Unlike the other hill stations Munnar has umpteen number of valleys and waterfalls besides the other places of interest. One can definitely enjoy Munnar with at least two nights of stay with best chosen hotels/resorts. Travel through a good supplier and you will never miss anything.”

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29006 Ratings | 17767 Reviews | 55 Sightseeings | 1953 Photos

3. Arambol Is Off The Tourist Grid - Away From Touts!


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Arambol has two main beaches, one is the Harmal Beach, which is situated in the northernmost region of Goa and the other is located at a walking distance from the village. The Harmal Beach is around 200 metres long and is suitable for gliding. Facilities are also available at this beach for training and tandem flights. Best part about this place? Show a thumb and get dropped here! Just behind the second beach, there is a small freshwater lake, which extends from the bottom of the valley, leading to a dense forest. HolidayIQ Traveller Viraj Shirsekar from Mumbai shares, “This is one of the coolest beach in Goa. This is the place where you will find more foreigners than Indians. Nice market is available to shop around. Season is from November to January when you'll find many shacks on the beach itself. So its great beach to have a drink and enjoy the view.”

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85 Ratings | 58 Reviews | 22 Sightseeings | 13 Photos

4. A Trip To Ladakh Should Never Be Planned - Trust Serendipity Here


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A dream destination for all travellers and a challenge like no other for a backpacker. Sample road-side food – it’s the best way to try Ladakh’s authentic cuisine and survive on a shoestring budget. HolidayIQ Traveller Rohit Dhumane says, “This is the best place to unwind. There is magic in the air, which makes it special. Whatever you are going through in life, a trip here will leave you refreshed.”

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3020 Ratings | 2110 Reviews | 91 Sightseeings | 1364 Photos

5. Why Depend On A Agent? Just Drive To Mysore & Visit The Mysore Palace


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Mysore is easily connected from most cities in south India. Multiple train and bus options are available which makes it one of the easiest cities to travel to. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjay says, “It was a pleasant journey covering nice locales on my travel from Mangalore to Mysore by bus. The brief stopover at Madikeri was refreshing where I tried some local Kodava cuisine. And then I reached Mysore by late evening to see the palace in all lit-up splendor.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Tarun, “Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens are a must-visit. The Sand Museum, Tipu Sultan Palace, Chamundi Temple are worth visiting. Do not miss to taste Mysore's special dosas.”

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6. Explore Almora's Forests On Foot - Not In A Jeep Like An Agent Would Suggest


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The picturesque town of Almora is 30 km away from Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 46 km, the forested slopes of Jhandi Dhar Hills contain several species of birds, the laughing thrush and the forktail, a number of leopards as well as the Indian red fox. The best thing about the park is that an expedition into the forest is on foot rather than by jeep. No travel agent can get this one for you, but yourself. HolidayIQ Traveller Mayank Agarwal from Agra shares, “An amazing road from Nainital to Almora beautiful scenic beauty and a place famous for temples, Baal barfi(sweet dish). A place from where there are lot of destinations you can choose to visit within 100 kms. Places like Binsar, Kausani, Chakori, Ranikhet. There are more small Towns surrounded by beauty of mountains and Uttarakhand for Road Trip please go for it.”

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408 Ratings | 244 Reviews | 14 Sightseeings | 75 Photos

7. Agents Might Hook You Up In A Fancy Resort. Instead, Backpack Across Kumarakom


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When nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala. It’s quite offbeat for the reservations to be full in any season. Backpack away to glory in Kumarakom. HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam says, “The town is lush green and the main attraction is the Vembanad Lake. It is a great place for bird watching. Take a walk around the bird sanctuary to spot some beautiful birds. A ferry across the lake in the evening gives you a spectacular view of the sunset and is great for spotting birds.”

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3279 Ratings | 2018 Reviews | 13 Sightseeings | 249 Photos

8. An Agent Might Divert You To Popular Place - Choose Trekking In Chopta Instead


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Chopta is a must visit destination for nature lovers and those who are passionate for trekking. Well, your travel agent is definitely not interested in trekking destinations.  Plan a trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila. HolidayIQ Traveller G. Goswami shares, “Trekking to Lord Tunganath, a three-and-half-kilometer trek on a well-built road is very exciting.”

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20 Ratings | 23 Reviews | 8 Sightseeings | 42 Photos

9. No Fancy Hotels Here! Stay With Locals In Lachung


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Take a trip to the picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snowcapped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards. Hotel bookings? Locals don’t even know what it means! HolidayIQ Traveller Atul Tulsian says, “Lachung is a destination where one can take a ride with nature at its best. I have visited most of the hills in India and found Lachung ideal for solo travellers who want to experience adventure.”

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526 Ratings | 312 Reviews | 2 Sightseeings | 128 Photos

10. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat


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Not many tourists flock this destination even during the Rann Utsav eventhough, it is one of the gorgeous destinations ever. Make the most of the unpopularity by taking a trip here, this year. HolidayIQ Traveller Pratik Dharamshi from Mumbai shares, “If you want to have a offbeat or relaxed and religious holiday you must visit kutch. With lot of Jain mandir it's a sacred place for jain. There are many other place like historic monument which make a holiday a classic hit. If you are planning to visit kutch you must visit Bhuj and many small villages near bhuj.”

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175 Ratings | 171 Reviews | 12 Sightseeings | 53 Photos

11. An Offbeat Spot - Sangla Is A Must Visit If You Hate Itineraries


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At an altitude ranging from 2,500 meters to 3,000 meters in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh, Sangla a village off the beaten track. HolidayIQ Traveller Ratika Thakur says, “The best time to visit is September to October. It has beautiful places like Chitkul, the last village on this side of India, Kamru Fort and many more. The food is more influenced by Buddhist culture. Trekking and apple picking are amazing experiences. Use local transport means to experience the local culture”

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262 Ratings | 186 Reviews | 7 Sightseeings | 131 Photos

12. Pelling, Sikkim


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Pelling is a picturesque town located in the district of West Sikkim. The town is at a distance of about 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing, where no travel agent would get his hands on. HolidayIQ Traveller Debayan Bhowmik from Kolkata shares, "Pelling can be visited anytime of the year except the winter time when the temperature falls drastically. Even it is better than Gangtok. The kanchenjungha falls and Khecheopalri Lake are must visits from here. Local markets have some pretty good food joints and most famous delicacies include typho, thukpa, steamed momo, fried momo, etc. Shops are aplenty but the prices are on the higher side. If you can just take a stroll from upper to lower pelling it would be lifelong memory. It has awesome scenic beauty which is the pride of the place."

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