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10 Underrated Summer Destinations in India

10 Underrated Summer Destinations in India

India is a vast country blessed with countless diverse holiday destinations. Consequently, there are bound to be many that don’t get the publicity they deserve, due to the sheer number of breathtaking places to visit in the country. Tired of the usual suggestions for your summer holiday? Here are 10 underrated destinations you could visit this summer! 

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur tea gardens

Palampur tea gardens

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur, the ‘paragliding capital of India’, will undoubtedly satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you. Located in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the town is also popular as a tea-lover’s paradise. The hill station offers lush green cover comprised of pine forests, tea plantations, and scenic views of Dhauladhar regions. Summers here are great for both trekking and paragliding. 

Zanskar, Ladakh

Zanskar, Ladakh

Zanskar, Ladakh

Tourism is only just beginning to flourish in Zanskar – the most isolated of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. Zanskar’s Panzila Top is a beautiful tableland blessed with two sparkling lakes and surrounded by snow-capped peaks. This majestic locale is also dotted with homes of Tibetan Buddhists and quaint monasteries. The must-sees are age-old monasteries at Karsha, Stongdey, Sani, and Phuktal, and the King’s Palace in Zangla. Other than trekking, you can also indulge in adventure sports such as paragliding and river rafting. A drive down Baralacha La (Baralacha Pass), the highest motorable road in the world, will simply astound you.  Placed along the Leh-Manali highway, this road is usually open during the months of May and June.

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh Credit: https://www.triphippie.com/blog/2016/09/02/ziro-valley-arunachal-pradesh/

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
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Ziro Festival of Music Credit: http://www.hellotravel.com/events/ziro-music-festival

Ziro Festival of Music
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Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro is a beautiful plateau located 167 km from Itanagar. It is one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh. Here you will find the Apatanis — the vibrant tribals famous for their facial tattoos. Love wildlife? Then you must visit the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. There is a good chance you may encounter several endangered animals including the clouded leopard and the barking deer. Ziro is also home to the Ziro Festival of Music, dubbed India’s Greatest Outdoor Music Festival. This year, it is spread over 4 days – September 28 to October 1. It is a classic blend of music and culture.

Triund, Himachal Pradesh

Triund, Himachal Pradesh

Triund, Himachal Pradesh

Triund is a little-known gem in the Dhauladhar Range in Himachal Pradesh. With a height of about 2,828 meters, it is a treat for both seasoned as well as amateur trekkers. The trek difficulty is intermediate to advanced, but is well worth it. The mesmerizing vistas are a reward unto themselves. In case you crave for more, which we believe you will, there’s another hike – up to Kareri Lake where there are some ancient rock-cut caves.

Yumthang valley, Sikkim

Yumthang valley, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

North Sikkim

North Sikkim is an exceptionally beautiful region that you must visit. The scenic drive – beginning from Mongal – presents a pleasant surprise at every turn. These include the exquisite town of Lachen and the Phodong monastery. Another fascinating sight is the Gurudongmar Lake – one of the highest lakes in India at 17,000 ft. – and the Yumthang valley.  Commonly known as ‘Valley of Flowers’, it has the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which boasts of twenty-four species of the rhododendron – the state flower.

Also, set at 6000 feet high is the impressive Casino Deltin Denzong. You can test your luck at various table poker games and slot machines as you savor the view of the frozen pinnacle of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. For further information on this, you can visit the website: https://www.deltin.com/deltin-denzong/

Daman, India

Daman, India

The Deltin, Daman

The Deltin, Daman

Daman

Famous for its sunny beaches, Portuguese colonial architecture, beautiful churches, and pristine natural beauty, people are now looking at Daman as an alternative to Goa. The Deltin Group have come up with a sprawling hotel here spread over 10 acres of sheer luxury. Its grand pool and numerous comforts will definitely help you unwind and relax in the gorgeous city of Daman. Hit this link https://www.deltin.com/the-deltin/ to know more about living like a king.

The Key Monastery

The Key Monastery

Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh

Do throngs of tourists annoy you? Wish for a calm and quiet escape? Lahaul gives you just that. Untouched by mass-tourism, Lahaul is a part of the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. You get to drink in the sight of mountains tops covered in snow, lush green fields, rivers, streams, and lakes. Also a centre of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist monasteries are spread all across Lahaul. The Guru Ghantal, Dhakar, Shashur, Key and Tavul Gompas are prominent monasteries.

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Gokarna, Karnataka
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Gokarna, Karnataka

The spiralling drive to Gokarna is an experience  to behold, with rocky mountains and the Arabian Sea accompanying you on either side. Famous for its pristine, unspoilt beaches, Gokarna is a relatively offbeat destination. It is a temple town in Karnataka set along the Western Ghats. The place has a slow and relaxed mood that never fails to deliver a sense of peace.

Ponmudi, Kerala

Ponmudi, Kerala

Ponmudi, Kerala

Ponmudi, without a doubt, is a welcome sight for sore eyes. This place is teeming with tea plantations, lush green hills, streams, and waterfalls. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the deer park at Ponmudi. You can also have a crack at mountain climbing on the Agasthayarkoodam, the highest peak in the area at 1868 feet. 

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

 Tadoba, Maharashtra

Tadoba is one of those places in India that have gone shockingly unexplored.  Some of its main attractions are the Tadoba National Park, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Tadoba lake, Erai dam, Moharli, and Khosla village. Well-protected and well-preserved, Tadoba has one of the best kept tiger reserves in India.

So here were the 10 relatively unknown destinations in India where we thought you should be vacationing this summer. Take a break from the scorching heat and let us know how it goes!

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