How about taking the road less traveled this vacation? Check out these seven beautiful yet underrated, unexplored places in India which are worth discovering this season. Come and have a look:
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Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
The romantic Mandu is one of the hidden gems in Madhya Pradesh and is well worth a visit especially during monsoons. When you are here, don’t miss Songadh, Jahaz Mahal and Sagar Talao Group, all within the enclosed area of the fort.
USP: Enjoy the romantic beauty of Mandu under the rain while taking a few history lessons.
How to get there: Indore is the nearest airport and railway at 99 km (2 hours).
Gandikota-kloof, Andhra Pradesh
Popularly referred to as India’s Grand Canyon, Gandikota is a beautiful canyon formed between the hills of Eramala in Andhra Pradesh. The main attraction of this place is the canyon which is breathtakingly beautiful and serene.
USP: The canyon itself is the USP, but the camping experience at this place adds to the charm.
How to get there: The nearest airports are Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Tirupati and Chennai (all 300-400 km away). Kadapa is the nearest railway (80 km) and regular buses run from the cities of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to Proddatur and Jammalamadugu (45 minutes).
Quaint little Chakrata is one of the army cantonment hill stations in India, which still retains the charm of its original days when it was established by Colonel Hume and fellow officers some 125 years ago. Chakrata is ideal for those who enjoy nothing more than relaxing in the sunshine in the mountains, or tackling one of the many treks in the area.
USP: The pristine beauty of the Himalayas and the beautiful walks!
How to get there: Dehradun and Mussoorie are the two favorite places to go to Chakrata.
The beautiful Mandawa is a new star on the tourist map, all thanks to Bollywood blockbusters like PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which were shot here. The place is famous for its forts and havelis and has become one of the most sought after offbeat destinations in Rajasthan.
USP: Plan a trip to Mandawa for a date with history.
How to get there: At 250 km from Delhi you can directly book a taxi to Mandawa.
Tiny Mawlynnong is termed as Meghalaya’s model village and the ‘cleanest village in India’. Walking through the village, you will see well-kept garden paths, with wicker baskets placed along the road and houses with well-kept gardens.
USP: Well, the title says it all – The Cleanest Village in India!
How to get there: Shillong Umroi Airport is the nearest one at a distance of 100 km.