5 Underrated Destinations in India You Must Add to Your India Itinerary

India is filled with spectacular places to the brim. That a few places like Goa, Manali, Jaipur, and Kerala get more recognition than the others like Valparai, Dholavira, Tarkarli, and Haflong doesn’t mean the latter category is any less beautiful. The obscure nature of these hidden gems in India is the most common reason why they remain off the tourist radar. But if you are a traveler and not a tourist, we are sure these are the kind of places you are looking for. So, here we are with a list of 5 amazing yet underrated destinations in India you would love exploring.

Haflong, Assam:

Haflong, the only hill station of Assam, is a favorite spot for a weekend getaway among the locals. Boasting cooler climes and a scenic landscape featuring beautiful hills, valleys, lakes, and temples, this is easily one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northeast India. Enjoy a respite from the hustle of daily life at this beautiful place. Slow down and soak in the beauty of nature. In the mood for adventure? Trekking and paragliding are two of the significant adventurous activities you could enjoy at Haflong.

Best time to visit: October to April

Nearest airport: Silchar Airport (approximately 100 km from Haflong)

Nearest railway station: Haflong Railway Station

Unakoti, Tripura:

Home to massive bas-relief sculptures, Unakoti remains one of the most underrated destinations in India. The enchanting stone carvings, rock-cut images, and age-old murals of Unakoti deserve far more attention than they presently get. Some of Unakoti’s awe-inspiring carvings include the images of 30 ft tall Unakotishwara Kal Bhairav, a gigantic Ganesha, and Goddess Durga carved out of the hillside. Unakoti hosts a large fair called Ashokastami Mela every year in April, which draws history buffs, devotees, and spiritual seekers from the far corners of the country.

 

Best time to visit: October to April

Nearest airport: Agartala airport

Nearest railway station: Kumarghat/ Dharmanagar Railway station.

Valparai, Tamil Nadu:

You don’t have to throng Munnar for stunning views of tea plantations and the tranquility of nature. The lesser-known Valparai, nestled in the Anamalai Hills of Western Ghats, is abundantly blessed with the natural beauty of lush hills, dense forests, serene waterfalls, lakes, and reservoirs. This idyllic hill station of Tamil Nadu, its best-kept secret, is the ideal place for nature lovers and peace seekers. One can book to international flight Coimbatore and then drive to Valparai, which is around 110 km from the airport.

Best time to visit: September to March

Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport

Nearest railway station: Pollachi Railway station

Dholavira, Gujarat:

History buffs, get ready to time travel to prehistoric days at Dholavira. This charming village situated in the Kutch district of Gujarat houses fascinating remnants of the ancient Harappan as well as Indus Valley Civilization. These ruins offer you a glimpse of the Harappan era, throwing light on the grandeur of the city during its heydays. While you immerse yourself in exploring the historical ruins of the city, do take some time out to enjoy amazing views of the salt marshes of the Rann of Kutch. Despite having such natural and historical treasures, don’t you think this is one of the most underrated destinations in India?

Best time to visit: October to March

Nearest airport: Bhuj Airport, 215 km from Dholavira

Nearest railway station: Bhuj Railway station

Lepchajagat, West Bengal:

A picturesque village named Lepchajagat remains off the beaten track, although it is situated only 19 km from Darjeeling, a famous tourist hotspot in West Bengal. This serene hamlet, set at an elevation of 2123 m above sea level, is loved for its romantic weather as well as the magnificent views of Mount Kanchenjunga and that of pine, oak, and rhododendron forests that surround the village. The Lepcha tribe inhabits this beautiful area, because of which it came to be known as Lepchajagat. Whether you are looking for a hilly retreat or a romantic honeymoon destination, this is the perfect place for you.

Best time to visit: October to April

Nearest airport: Bagdogra International Airport

Nearest railway station: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

Along with the above, a few more unfairly underrated destinations in India you must not ignore include Gavi in Kerala, Tarkarli in Maharashtra, Halebidu in Karnataka, Bishnupur in West Bengal, Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, Patan in Gujarat, Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep, Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur, and Osian in Rajasthan. Pick your spot, book your flight to india, and enjoy a great offbeat vacation.

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