There are numerous picturesque places in India which offers a romantic retreat to the love infected couples. But before planning a long romantic holiday with your beloved to some of the most popular places, you must keep an eye on the availability of accommodation, the crowded spots and the long queues. If you are battling with such issues, then you must check out some of the lesser known tourist destinations in India which are hidden like a pearl in the ocean of Indian sub continent.
This pristine fresh water lake in Assam is located on the banks of Brahmaputra river, about 20 km from Jorhat city. Majuli exhibits awe inspiring natural beauty which is a paradise for nature lovers. Escape in Majuli, also known as Assam’s cultural capital, where you can be a part of numerous festivals. The charming vistas and pollution free environment of Majuli will leave you completely mesmerized. Majuli has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. One can do bird watching and have a ferry ride which runs regularly between Majuli and Nimatighat in Jorhat. The best time to visit Majuli is during monsoon season or between October and March.
This quaint village, situated about 100 km from Shillong in Meghalaya is known as the ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’. Mawlynnong Village is nestled in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The room chic bamboo dustbins, well-maintained public toilets, spotless sidewalks, clean roads, smoke-free and polythene-free environment makes Mawlynnong an eco friendly village. The spectacular Living Roots Bridge, located a few km from the village is a must visit place. The ideal time to visit Mawlynnong is during monsoon season it appears as if the entire village is wrapped up in a green coloured foil.
This utterly beautiful beach is cocooned in Sindhudurg district of South Maharashtra. This pristine beach has been hidden like a diamond in the coal mines as it has been unexplored. The emerald water, the glittering sand and lesser crowded beach has been untouched by commercialization. Therefore, it has maintained its aesthetic beauty. This beach is an ideal weekend getaway for the people as it is located close to Mumbai. One can do snorkelling and scuba diving lovers. Other popular destinations include Devbag Beach, Sindhudurg Fort and the backwaters. Visitors can also hire a boat for just Rs. 1,800 that can take you to the golden rocks, dolphin spotting and Tsunami Island for exciting water sports.
Ziro is a picturesque hamlet located in the Lower Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh. This tiny village is popular for hosting Ziro Music Festival. The village is an ideal place to have a romantic getaway because of its pleasant weather, the verdant forests and luscious rice fields. This village is among few unexplored places of Northeast . The tourists can also get in touch with the simple way of living of local Apa Tani Tribe by having a little chat over tea.
Tawang perched at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level, is one of the hidden gems of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the birth place of Buddhist guru Dalai Lama and has several monasteries. Tawang experiences harsh winters with heavy snowfall. The best time to visit this place is during summers or between March and September. One must visit this offbeat, serene place of Northeast which will surely make a special place in your heart.
Khajjiar famously known as ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, is a peaceful town in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The beauteous town is dotted by emerald lakes, lush green hills and meadows, which make it an ideal tourist destination. Nature is bestowed in abundance at Khajjiar which makes it a must visit place for nature worshippers. At Khajjiar one can take part in various adventure activities like trekking, hiking, horse riding, paragliding etc. One should avoid visiting this place during winters as the roads are closed due to heavy snowfall. The best time to visit Khajjiar is during the summer months.
For those who have a penchant for Indian culture, Orchha is the place for you. As you can admire the rich history, striking architecture, gorgeous palaces and sacred temples of Orccha located in Tikamgarh district of Mahya Pradesh. Once known as Bundela Empire this town was founded by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh, the head chief of Bundela Rajputs in 16th century. Some of the must visit places include Ram Raja Temple, Jahangir Mahal (representing the magnificence of Mughal architecture) and Chaturbhuj Temple (a stunning 9th century temple).
Lepchajagat located at a favourable distance of 19 km from Darjeeling in West Bengal, is a serene hamlet which was once the native place of Lepcha Tribe. However, it is now a reserve forest area under WBFDC (West Bengal Forest Development Corporation). This fairytale village is encircled by thick Oak trees, old pines, rhododendron salons and the mesmerizing snow capped Kachenjunga peaks.
This enchanting valley is located on the banks of the powerful Kishenganga River, near Srinagar, in the northern part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Gurez Valley was once the most heavily guarded places in India because of its location, as it is situated on the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. One can see snow clad peaks, diverse wildlife and rare flora and fauna, at Gurez Valley. Also, keep in mind that Dawar, which is the central township over here, is buried in snow almost half the year and is completely cut out from the outside world that is, no electricity, plumbing or telephone.
Pangong Lake situated at an impressive attitude of 14,771 feet above sea level, lies on Indian and China border. Whereas, about one third of the lake is under India. It is also the highest salt water lake in India. One can feel eternal bliss at the translucent lake which has freezing cold water. The clear blue sky, the mountains covered with thick sheet of ice, the tempting view of dusk and dawn will leave you completely awestruck. Since this area falls under Indian Army, the visitors will have to take prior permission from the Deputy Commissioner in Leh. The bag packers will have to travel 30 km along Manali – Leh Highway to reach Keru. From there, one can choose between two paths that lead to Pangong Lake, which will be another 113 km.