India is a nation of beauty in abundance, which stretches across all its length and breadth. The forest, mountains, valleys and deserts, all seem to have been created painstakingly by the Creator of all. Even then, most Indians are unaware of some of the real gems of nature that get sidelined when it comes to tourism.
We intend to rectify that huge mistake and give credit, which has been due for quite some time now, to all those amazing Indian destinations that are lesser-known yet breathtakingly beautiful.
#1. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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This great expanse of a natural garden lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is flanked on all sides by the majestic beauty of the Zanskar ranges. The interesting trivia about this spot is that it was untouched by man till Frank S. Smith, the legendary mountaineer discovered it in 1931. Since it is located at the convergence of Himalayan ranges, its scenic value is priceless. The view from here is as close to paradise as one can get.
#2. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
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This is a very picturesque valley located in the north of Sikkim. It is 3,500 metres above sea level. This combination of great altitude along with fertile land gave birth to this valley of flowers. It contains an amazing and rare mix of flowers and trees, most of them unique to the valley. Yaks and other such wildlife, associated with the weather conditions, graze in the valley among the beautiful flora here.
#3. Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
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Situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur, this valley is located at an altitude of 2438m above sea level. This valley is guarded by green covered peaks on all sides. Even though the air is thick and cold, there is a lot of greenery around. This is especially rare for a peak situated at an altitude this high! The peaks are dotted with streams and a beauteous variety of trees, plants and wildlife. It is also known as the valley of flowers of the North East, and has two rivers meandering within it.
#4. Tosh, Himachal Pradesh
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This wondrous destination located at the far end of Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh is famous for its scenic routes and forests, wherein camping is possible. Tourists from all over the world abound this region, but for some peculiar reason, Israelis and Italians are the most common. The place is full of unexplored vistas of nature that you may encounter if you travel off the beaten path for a bit. The villagers of Tosh are famed for their hospitality and treat all tourists with respect.
#5. Gurez Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
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Whoever has been to Kashmir has claimed to have witnessed heaven on Earth. The place is probably one of the most scenic and beautiful places in India. And, Gurez valley is a testament to all its glory. It is one of the rare places which has a combination of peaks, rivers and valleys. It is located deep within the Himalayas and is 123 km from Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. There is no specific attraction other than solitary confinement (since there is no mobile signal, TV or Internet even) in one of the most beautiful places on Earth surrounded by Himalayan peaks on all sides. The air is so pure that even words fail to describe it!
#6. Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh
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This is a great village located in the Lower Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. The nearest airport is at Guwahati. It is known for its unique variety of succulent oranges, which are grown in and around Dambuk. There are a couple of humble tribes that have called this place home since generations. It boasts of great scenery and greenery. Even the wildlife here is eclectic and plenty. A lot of different tourist spots are accessible from this village.
#7. Valparai, Tamil Nadu
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This picturesque, pollution-free hub of beauty is located at 3,500 feet on the Anaimalai mountain range. It is known for its abundance of nature and vibrant green forests all around. The Ayurvedic treatment centres over here are famous for their massages that utilise a variety of exotic oils and creams. These oils and creams are created naturally without any chemical treatment. Moreover, this area is surrounded by hill stations, dams and waterfalls. Monsoon season is the best season to experience this pace in all its glory.
All these beautiful destinations described above are great spots to view nature that is largely untouched. It will surely leave you with a feeling of wonderment. The stark contrast that exists between modern life and life in these picturesque destinations teaches you a thing or two about humanity.
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