Panchali Dey, TIMESOFINDIA.COM, TRAVEL TRENDS, INDIA Updated : Dec 23, 2021, 18:14 IST
India is a land of many surprises! And although tourism in the subcontinent is a growing fast, but there are many hidden places that only real travelers know about. So if you are keen to explore the hidden gems of India, here are our favourites.
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Home to Jawai Leopard Camp, it is one of the best spots for leopard spotting in India. To make your vacation even more memorable, there are luxurious tents, where you get all the amenities to ensure that your experience is not only exotic but adventurous as well. Apart from leopards, the place is abuzz with a variety of migratory birds too.
Surreal backdrops, scenic landscapes, and the sound of gushing rivers are some of the elements of Gurez Valley that makes it a great spot for a relaxed vacation. Plus, the regular sight of fields and shepherds seems like a scene out of a movie. Further, its strategic location below the ‘Line of Control’ makes it one of the most protected lands in India, which you can still visit as constant patrolling and continuous vigilance are in place.
An offbeat yet a pretty destination to explore in 2022. It has lush green meadows, pine forests and small colourful birds flying around. The sleepy town will enchant one with its mystical meadows, where your vacation can’t get better than this if you are a nature lover. This hidden gem is nestled in the lap of Himalayas at an elevation of 8790 ft above sea level, where one can enjoy the spell-binding beauty of the Himalayas and thick forest trails.
Known for being the Cleanest Village in Asia, the picturesque village of Mawlynnong is one of the hidden gems of India waiting to be explored. Polished streets, well-maintained roads, manicured front-yards, bamboo dustbins, and their organised pits for inorganic and organic wastes are some of the features of this region that can put even the best urban cities to shame.
It’s a small town in Andhra Pradesh that is dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra. As per the legends, the name Lepakshi is associated with the bird Jatayu of Ramayana, when fell down wounded here, while trying to rescue Goddess Sita and was commanded to rise by Lord Rama, hence the name Lepakshi. When here, don’t miss visiting the main Lepakshi Temple, where you get to see the hanging pillar that hangs from the pillar and barely touches the ground, yet it is still standing.
This beautiful village is surrounded by surreal landscapes, and is located in Leh district. Particularly famed for the famous Hemis Monastery, this destination deserves visitors for all good reasons. Apart from scenic landscapes, this spot is also home to a wide array of marmots, langurs, wolves; if you are lucky, you can even spot a snow leopard at the Hemis National Park.
Lunglei is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the finest views of nature. This place is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and scenic beauty. It is one of those hidden gems to visit in India, where you are not surrounded by crowds and indulge in activities like bird watching, trekking, and many other adventure sports.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Champaner in Gujarat will surprise you in many ways. Nestled over the Pavagadh hills, this destination has an offbeat vibe, and is a delight for people who have keen interest in history. Also, note that it’s the only Islamic-Mughal city that has remained unchanged over the centuries, and offers an authentic flavour of architecture of the era.
It’s a small town in Gujarat, which is one of the most unique offbeat destinations that you should definitely explore in 2022. Patan is a treasure trove for ancient temples and well-preserved architectural marvels. Apart from the temples, this small town is also home to Dargah and Jain temples.
Majuli is a beautiful river island, located over River Brahmaputra at a distance of 20 km from Jorhat city. Also called the cultural capital of Assam, it is mostly inhabited by tribals, so one gets to learn and experience the unique culture that this place boasts of. Majuli island is accessible from the city of Jorhat via ferries.
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