Looking for a holiday beyond the contemporary and want to explore the destinations which have managed to remain camouflaged from the travel spotlight? Take a look at some of the top secret destination and enjoy a ‘never before’ holiday experience in India.
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Simlipal – The national park of Simlipal in Orissa is one of the lesser known attractions but offer plentiful things to astound the tourists. An elephant reserve and previous hunting ground for the royal family, today Simlipal offers great opportunities of trekking and jungle safari. The park serves home to 99 royal Bengal tigers and 432 wild elephants along with numerous varieties of fauna and flora. The best time to visit is from 1 October to 15 June. You can reach Simlipal by taking a trip to Bhubaneshwar which is 300 km away.
Kaas Plateau – Most of you have seen or even heard of the enchanting Valley of flowers in Uttaranchal, but have you heard of Maharashtra’s ‘Valley of Flower’? Take up Maharashtra tour packages to visit Kaas Plateau around 22 km from Satara. Also known as ‘Kaas Pathar’, it has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by The UNESCO and is surrounded by dense forest. The place has more than 850 different species of flowers and during the month of August and September colourful flowers blanket the whole region, giving a visual treat to the onlookers.
Dholavira – If are a history buff then you cannot afford to miss a visit to Dholavira. An archaeological site in Kutch district in Gujarat and contains ruins of the historical Indus valley civilization and is one of the five largest Harappan sites. The town is 278 km the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and you can enjoy a trip to Dholavira on your holidays in Ahmedabad.
Udaygiri & Khandagiri Caves – Another hidden gem in Orissa, the Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves near Bhubaneshwar are part natural and part artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance. Located on the hills of the same name, the Udaygiri hill has 18 caves while Khandagiri cave has 15 caves that tourists can explore. These caves are best visited from the months of October to March and are just 7.5 km from Bhubaneshwar.
Horsley Hills – A small hill station in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Horsley hill is just 160 km from Bangalore, which makes it a popular choice for those planning a weekend trip from Bangalore. Since it is a small place there is not much to do but enjoy the panorama. A wildlife sanctuary and a temple are a few things tourists can explore here. The road to the hills is very narrow with beautiful surroundings and a trip to Horsley hills is perfect for those planning a quick getaway to relieve their minds and senses.
Majuli – An outlandish island in the delta of Brahmaputra River in Assam, Majuli is a heavenly delight for those looking for exoticism of nature. Considered as one of the largest fresh water islands in South East Asia and among the biggest river islands in the world, Majuli is accessible only by taking boat rides. The scenic beauty is spectacular and awe-inspiring and it is a must visit place for those planning a holiday in North East India.
Tarkali beach – Another delight of Maharashtra, Tarkali beach is an isolated beach in the Sindhudurg district. The beach is approximately 100 km from Goa and can be easily visited on your Goa vacations. Beside the numerous forts, temples and heritage attractions, here adventure options like snorkelling, scuba diving, boating and water rafting can also be enjoyed.
Lepchajagat – A small forest village, Lepchajagat is just 13 km from Darjeeling but still has not been explored much. Surrounded by hilly forests of rhododendron, pine and oak the village can be explored on your trip to Darjeeling. Numerous forest bungalows run by the West Bengal government are available for those planning an overnight stay.
Magnetic Hill – The ‘gravity hill’ which is also known as magnetic hill is a unique attraction that you can enjoy on your trip to Leh. The hill is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 50 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. The optical effect which is caused by the layout of hills creates an illusion where in a person sees the object to be moving uphill, thus rendering it the name - 'Magnetic hill'.
Malana – An ancient village in Himachal Pradesh, Malana is a solitary village in the Parvati valley. It is one of the oldest democracies in the world and the local follow strict customs and cultures. The natives believe that Malana was founded by remnants of Alexander the Great's Army. You can visit this village by taking holidays in Manali, which is just 77 km from Malana.