There is no denying that real travelers have high standards when it comes to picking a destination. They want a fulfilling experience, and that too in an offbeat place. But mainstream and highly popular places are so for a reason, and no land can run out of stories to tell.
Here are some really popular destinations you can rediscover:
What every tourist does: Visit Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri obviously.
What you can do instead: Check out Mehtab Bagh, the ruins of a speculated black Taj Mahal that was supposed to be Shah Jahan's tomb, a mirror image of the Taj itself. And also visit the rural villages around Fatehpur Sikri where every family has a Mughal lineage and ton of tales from old times.
Where to stay: Wyndham Grand Agra
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What every tourist does: Stay in houseboat and get an Ayurvedic treatment.
What you can do instead: Attend the Champakulam Boat Race in June-July where long snake boats create a competitive spectacle. And take a boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma to Pathiramanal island in the Vembanadu Lake for picnic unlike any.
Where to stay: Ramada Alleppey
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What every tourist does: Got Baga Beach and party at Love Passion Karma
What you can do instead: Go on a boat ride for crocodile spotting in Cumbarjua Canal. Also, go for dinner in the 17th century Portuguese fort, Fort Tiracol, located picturesquely on top of a cliff in the Indian Ocean.
Where to stay: Acacia Hotel & Resort
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What every tourist does: Goes to Hawa Mahal and pays a visit to Raj Mahal.
What you can do instead: Visit the Royal Gaitor to let realize that death doesn't escape the grandest of kings. And for audio visual entertainment, check out the 500 years old Donkey Festival (Gadarbh Mela) in October.
Read: Jaipur Days
Where to stay: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Jaipur
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What every tourist does: Goes to Bada Imambara and eats Galoti/Kakori kebabs in local markets.
What you can do instead: Check out the Chota Imambara which is a lot more ornate in its ambition but equally stunning in beauty. The idea of checking out Lucknow's nightlife might seem a bit misleading, but EOS Bar in Hazratganj is a great place to have a few drinks.
Where to stay: Hotel Clarks Avadh
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What every tourist does: Chill at Marine Drive and go celebrity home-spotting in Bandra.
What you can do instead: Take a walk down Bandra Fort to watch the sunset view of Bandra-Varli Sea Link. And actually spot celebrities in wonderful plays at Prithvi Theatre.
Where to stay: The Lalit
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What every tourist does: Stroll around mall road and go boating in the Naini Lake.
What you can do instead: Take a hike to Cheena Peak to get a bird's eye view of Nainital. And go star gazing at the Aryabhatta Observatory 4 kms from Nainital.
Where to stay: Shervani Hilltop Resort
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What every tourist does: Visiting Lotus Temple and shopping at Janpath.
What you can do instead: Checkout the eerie surroundings of Malcha Mahal where people of malcha lived since 1600 A.D, now an abandoned property of haunting past, it is a historical monument of its kind. And if you really want to get nichest of the niche, check out Meherchand Market for shopping.
Read: Me, My Cycle and Delhi
Where to stay: The Park, New Delhi
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What every tourist does: Go to Auroville Ashram and chill at Bodhi Beach
What you can do: Explore the Botanical Garden spread across 1500 acres and travel back in time through the Arikamedu excavation site.
Where to stay: Hotel The Promenade
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What every tourist does: Pretend to like Mall Road and visit Christ Church the nth time.
What you can do instead: Go for treks in the Cedar forests of Naldehra and visit the resting place of Lord Hanuman in his pursuit of sanjeevani booti at Jhakoo Temple.
Where to stay: Hotel Willow Banks
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