Wanderlust – a nagging feeling that has not left us ever since the lockdown was declared. From the magnificent hills of Himachal Pradesh to the spectacular backwaters of Kerala, we have thought repeatedly about the places we’d visit once it’s safe and sound. And, after this pandemic is over, all of us would want to link back with nature and start roaming with the squad, so why not start with these secret gems across India that will leave you mesmerized with their scenic landscape, where the backdrop music is only the sound of nature!
1. Chamoli, Uttrakhand
Situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Chamoli is at a height of 1,300 m above sea level that offers a stunning view of the creeks, the Alaknanda River, and the Alpine hills. You will find inexpensive hotels and guest houses along the hills of Chamoli. Once you are here, do explore the Valley of Flowers, Hemkunth Sahib, Auli, Gopeshwar and Chopta which are simply accessible by road.
Distance from Delhi: 296 Kms
2. Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Also called as the tea capital of North India, Palampur is well-known for its lush tea gardens, paddy fields, gigantic waterfalls, and the majestic architecture. The safest time to visit Palampur is between March to June and mid-September to November when the wonderful climate makes it feasible to talk a walk around this village and pampering in adventure activities.
Distance from Delhi: 485 Kms
3. Khimsar, Rajasthan
As the legends say, Khimsar is a town that is hidden under a golden layer of sand, and we could not agree more! Some of the must-visit sites in Khimsar involve the Khimsar Dunes Village which a genuine depiction of the rural life of Rajasthan, the glorious Khimsar Fort that still houses the imperial family and the fake lake named Osian that was once an essential stopover for the affluent merchants.
Distance from Delhi: 487 Kms
4. Waichin Valley, Himachal Pradesh
To reach the beautiful Waichin Valley AKA the magic valley, you will need to trek for almost 4 Kms from Kasol, but once you get there, the astonishing viewpoints will blow your mind. This valley is one of the several places in Himachal that still lies untapped and presents you the joy and peace time from the hustle-bustle of the city life.
Distance from Delhi: 524 Kms
5. Kaza, Spiti Valley
Tucked away on the serene banks of Spiti, Kaza is a hilly cold desert that is not simply accessible, given its high-level altitude, but it is one of mother nature’s finest wonders that still has an old-school charm. Make sure you carry adequate winter clothes as this winter wonderland stays cold and super chilly throughout the year!
Distance from Delhi: 733 Kms
6. Agatti, Lakshadweep Islands
Transparent lagoons with untouched beaches that sparkles when the sun rays hit the surface- this is precisely what paradise looks like! Agatti has its own airport so you can get there easily by taking a flight from Kochi. This island is small as linked to other islands in India, but it is not anything short of heaven for the beach enthusiasts.
Distance from Delhi: 2,048 Kms
7. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, Mawlynnong is the cleanest village of India that is also recognized as God’s Own Garden. Take a walk through this small village and you will spot a little Khasi huts, vibrant gardens and bamboo baskets that are utilized as bins in the village. Immerse in the magnificence of Shillong and you will also get a lot of Insta-worthy shots!
Distance from Delhi: 2,072 Kms
8. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro Valley is home to the Apatanis Tribe, in which the mature women sport facial tattoos and huge nose rings. With pine hills and paddy fields, this picturesque valley needs to be on your list. While the environment remains pleasant almost throughout the year, it is extremely recommended to visit during the Ziro Music Festival, Murung Rituals or during the Dree Festival, so you can observe the culture and practices of the tribals.
Distance from Delhi: 2,299 Kms
9. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Rameswaram is a lovely town settled on Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu that is considered as a holy place for Hindus. You will find numerous temples devoted to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva and 64 holy water bodies where sins can be washed away if legends are to be considered.
Distance from Delhi: 2,784 Kms
Which of these places are on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.