India is a land of many adventures, cultures, treasures and surprises. Though tourism in our subcontinent is one of the fastest-growing sectors, there are many special places that only real travellers know and care about.
Here are 9 hidden treasures of India that every traveller must visit.
What place is better than Doodhpathri, one of the hidden beauties of India, 42 km from the heart of India’s Zurich, Srinagar.
Doodhpathari is a beautiful place with vast green landscapes, all of which meet each other at an even more aesthetic riverbed. Doodhpathri is one of the most beautiful valleys you can visit while in Srinagar, and way off from the usual Tourist Places in India.
How To Reach Doodhpathri:
Doodhpathri is can be easily travelled to from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport (SXR), in under 2–3 hours from car or bus. Taxis are available outside the airport. The travel to Doodhpathri is from Srinagar to Budgam, Budgam to Khansahib and Khansahib to Doodhpathri via Raiyar
Total Distance is of about 42 km.
Somewhere in the Himalayan mountain range, you’ll come across this lesser-known piece of land, a gem, one of the hidden beauties of India. Lachung- Yumthang and Zero point are one of the most surreal tourist places in India that deserve at least one visit. Lachung literally translates to ‘the small pass’.
The snow-clad mountains, the Teesta River and the breathtaking valley of flowers are very enticing to the eyes. The road from Lachung to Yumthang can be considered as one of the best Tourist Points in India itself, with lots of Waterfalls and Monasteries to visit in Lachung. Other top tourist attractions include Zero Point – the end of civilization (not literally) and the hot water springs of Yumthang.
How To Reach Lachung-Yamthung From Gangtok Airport :
Gangtok to Lachung would take close to 8hrs and Lachung-Yumthang around 2.5hrs.
It will take about 8 hours to teach lachung.
It will be another 3 hours to reach Yumthang valley.
3. Chalakudy, Kerala:
Have you heard about Munnar? Well, you might have. But we’re sure about what you haven’t heard of! It is often considered in the list of the hidden beauties of India, a place not many people know about. Ever wished to travel to a Hill Station, a Wildlife Sanctuary, and Beach, all at once? Yes, that’s Chalakudy for you. Chalakudy features hills, Valachal Forest, Malakkal Beach and lots of picturesque waterfalls like Athirapilly Falls.
How To Reach Chalakudy:
Via Air, Train or Bus
Nearest Airport is Kochi Airport. Buses and Taxis are available.
There are regular buses from most major cities of the country to Chalakudy. You can easily board one of the regular trains to Chalakudy from most major cities of the country.
4. Shivanasamudra Falls, Mysore:
Situated by the banks of Kaveri, Shivanasamudra was known as a hydropower project location but hides the most pleasing waterfalls, among other hidden beauties.
Shivanasamudra, translating to Shiva’s Sea, this town is covered with rocky terrain and waterfalls is an uncommon Tourist Place in India. Tourists can the calm hidden in the roar of the waterfall and the picture-perfect views from the viewpoints. Nearby, you can also pay a visit to the Ranganatha temple. Trekking enthusiast? Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, fulls of paths and treks, is the route you must set foot on! This makes Shivanasamudra one of the not very well known tourist places in India, but one of the best places in India.
How To Reach Shivanasamudra Falls:
Via Train/Drive from Bangalore to Mysore.
There are multiple ways to reach Shivanasamudra from Bangalore.
From Bangalore, you can take the Bangalore-Mysore highway till Maddur Bus Station. After Maddur Bus station, turn left towards Malavalli. Keep going further straight from Malavalli and you’ll reach Shivanasamudra’s hidden beauty.
5. Champaner Fort, Gujurat
This site was recently included in the elite list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This archaeological park is set in the heart of the city of Champaner and is surrounded by the Pavagadh hills. While this place is known to those living in Gujarat, it remains one of India’s hidden beauties, but most beautiful tourist places in India.
This park holds both Archaeological and Mythological significance, making it an absolute favourite for all kinds of people. The park features architectural marvels from both Hindu & Islamic schools of design. If you’ve read or heard of Ramayana, you must remember that part about Lord Hanuman carrying a Mountain with ‘jaddibooti’ to Lanka? Well, that mountain is said to be a part of Pavagadh Hills. With such intriguing trivia, Champaner remains one of the best places to travel to in India.
How To Reach Champaner Fort, Gujurat:
By Air, Rail and Road.
By Air: Vadodara Airport is the nearest airport to the city, at a distance of 42 kilometres. Ahmedabad International Airport is at a distance of 125 kilometres. Tourists can take a taxi from the airport to the destination.
By Rail: The Champaner Railway Station is located on the Godhara to Vadodara line. You can first travel to the bigger, Vadodara Railway Station, and then further to the desired destination.
By Road Transport: Several state transport buses from Ahmedabad and Vadodara ply on the route connecting with the city of Champaner. Vadodara (49 km), Ahmedabad (149) and Bharuch (122 km) are some of the cities near Champaner that are easily accessible.
6. Gokarna, Karnataka
With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies, qualifying it as one of the hidden beauties of India.
Situated by the coast of Karwar, Gokarna is primarily known for two reasons – beaches and temples. Every year hordes of tourists visit Gokarna in search of sanctity and salvation (pilgrims) on one hand and respite and relaxation (beachgoers) on the other. The out-of-town beaches are at high contrast to the life inside the town. Lightish Beaches are flooded with foreign tourists but very few Indians are seen across. Full of palms, the sea and wheatish sands, Gokarna is a one of its kind place, the hidden beauty of a beach in the country. Gokarna is not very tourist-friendly but is one of the best tourist places in India according to offbeat travellers.
How To Reach Gokarna, Karnataka:
By Air, Rail and Road.
By Air: The Dabolim Airport, Goa’s only airport is the nearest airport and is about 140 km away. This airport is well connected to major Indian and International airports.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Ankola, at a distance of about 20 km from Gokarna.
7. Chopta, Uttarakhand
The Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila trek is one of the most sought after tourist places to trek in India, even for foreigners. This particular region consists of many treks and trails cutting between Mountains, Forests and hidden natural beauties. The best regions to trek in this region include Chandrashilla, Tunganath and Devariyatal. Chopta is often considered a birdwatcher’s paradise, one of the best tourist places to visit in India.
How to Reach Chopta, Uttarakhand:
Chopta can be easily driven to via Delhi and Haridwar. The roads connect with Delhi and Haridwar. Chopta is about 225 km away from Haridwar and will take about 8 -10 hours to reach this tourist place in India.
Chopta can also be reached by road from cities such as Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund, Pauri, etc. There are several bus and taxi services to Chopta from Haridwar. within Uttarakhand. From Delhi, there is no direct connecting bus and one may need to travel to Rishikesh or another popular city within Uttarakhand to reach Chopta.
8. Unakoti, Tripura
The Unakoti Hill houses an ancient place of worship of Lord Shiva. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Tripura. The pilgrimage in this region dates all the way back to the 7th and 9th centuries. For the carvings, murals and waterfalls, do not miss out on this spectacle. Comprising of all these hidden beauties of India from centuries ago, Unakoti is a traveller’s paradise, and one of the best places to visit India.
How to Reach Unakoti, Tripura:
By Helicopter, By Road, By Rail
Nearest Airport is in Agartala, a 3 and half hour drive away.
Commercial and Private Vehicles, as well as Helicopters, can be used to access Unakoti.
Helicopter services are available from Agartala and can be chosen over travelling by road, to cut travel time.
The nearest railway station is at Kumarghat (20km). Kumarghat Station is connected to Agartala.
9. Hemis, Ladakh
Ladakh, an offbeat destination in itself, is slowly becoming one of the most sought after destinations in India. The land of Ladakh features many hidden gems, one of which is Hemis, a beautiful town covered with snow-capped hills. It is located 40 km southeast of Leh. Apart from the picturesque views, the town also has a monastery, the Hemis Gompa, and the Hemis National Park, home to the snow leopard. Sit back, take a vacation from the usual buzz of your hometown, and enjoy the clear Ladakh skies over Hemis. This makes Hemis, the true hidden beauty of Ladakh, perfect for our list of the best places to visit in India.
How to Reach Hemis, Ladakh:
By Air, By Road, By Rail.
By Air: You can fly to Ladakh, and land on Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, just 4 km away from the city. You can also take taxis available from the Leh Airport to Hemis, just 42 km away or an hour away.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Katra (277 km away), forcing you to take a cab from the station to reach your desired destination.
By Road: can be reached by road via Leh by two popular routes – from Srinagar via Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh highway and from Manali via Sarchu and Dharchu on the Manali-Leh highway. Both roads traverse tricky mountain routes and high passes and are at times blocked due to landslides.