10 Hidden Gems In India To Explore Before They Become Mainstream

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Goa, Ladakh and Kasol may be amazing in their own right, but there's something special about going to a spectacular location that few travelers venture to. India has few secret and hidden places where travellers can enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes. Take a virtual journey with me to these secretly underrated places.

About 42kms away from Srinagar, Doodhpathari is a beautiful place with rolling green meadows, which eventually wind up at a riverbed. Doodhpathri is one of the most beautiful meadows you can visit.

Photo of Doodhpathri by Gunjan Upreti

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Everyone has heard about Munnar and Thekkady, but there's something extremely special about Chalakudy. Hill Station, wildlife, water falls, backwaters of Mala and the Azhicode Munakkal Beach, all merged in one around the 4 directions of Chalakudy.

Photo of Chalakudy, Kerala, India by Gunjan Upreti

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A relatively unknown destination in Andhra Pradesh, Tada is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by hillocks and greenery. It is ideal for hiking, trekking and picnics.

Photo of Tada Falls...., Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

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Away from Chopta, Auli and Nainital is Haldwani, surrounded by dense forests and Gaula River. The rough terrain in and near Haldwani are ideal for trekking and hiking. The trails offer amazing views of the valley as well as the Himalayas. The scenic beauty of the mountains around Haldwani is gauranteed to please every photographer.

Photo of Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India by Gunjan Upreti

Five kilometres from Ghatasni on way to Barot is Jhatingri, one of the lesser known destinations in the state. Anyone wanting anonymity and seeking a refreshing break must visit this unspoilt place.

Photo of Jhatingri, Gawalan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

13 Arch Bridge or Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam is situated at kazhathuruthi in Kollam district. The sight of this bridge, one of the oldest in India, is beautiful. An architectural marvel constructed more than a century ago with just rocks, limestone and jaggery.

Photo of Pathimoonnu Kannara Bridge, Kollam, Kerala, India by Gunjan Upreti

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Adalaj step well in Gujarat is one of those historical monuments and structures, which force people to marvel at the hidden treasures of India and its culture. A beautifully chiseled step well, Adalaj is counted amongst the finest architectural structures of Gujarat.

Photo of Adalaj, Gujarat, India by Gunjan Upreti

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Tired of Rajasthan's fort and palaces? Then you should visit Chettinad Palace to witness an amazing amalgamation of art, architecture and tradition.

Photo of Chettinad Palace, South Beach Avenue, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India by Gunjan Upreti

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This place is for all those who love to travel and explore.

Photo of Maithon, Jharkhand, India by Gunjan Upreti

Looking for a place isolated from the outer world? Visit Laitmawsiang, a small village located in Khatarshnong Laitkroh Block of East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya.

Photo of Laitmawsiang, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Gunjan Upreti

Credits: Rajesh Datta

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These places are far away from the travel spotlight, where you can live the 'Shangri-La' experience.

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I agree with Nidhi. Haldwani is by no means a hidden gem. The picture shown here is deceptive. It does offer a view of the hills but is nowhere as beautiful as depicted here. Now I am wondering whether the remaining places in this list and their corresponding pictures are deceptive as well.
Wed 08 31 16, 05:11 · Reply · Report
You should chuck Haldwani out of this list. It's a commercial place and is terrible in summers. Although you have a good view of hills from here but honestly, there is no way that it qualifies to be a hidden gem in India.
Wed 04 13 16, 00:10 · Reply · Report
Honestly I have not been to all of these attractions but being a resident of Ahmedabad, I would definitely say that the Adalaj Well is not at all one of the hidden gems of India as your article goes by. It is one of the premiere tourist attractions of here.
Sun 01 10 16, 20:42 · Reply · Report
Hello Gunjan! I feel all the places you have mentioned in this list of hidden places in india are not actually so. Talking about Tada, Mython and even the Adalaj stepwell are not at all hidden attractions s I have been to all of them and have found out clearly that these are popular.
Sun 01 10 16, 20:28 · Reply · Report
Leave alone the list of the hidden places in india I just do not want to discuss those right now. The photographs you have put here are just so stunning. Especially the ones of the Tada falls, Jhatingri and the Chettinad Palace look so gorgeous and irresistible.
Sun 01 10 16, 19:56 · Reply · Report
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