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7 Offbeat Spots in India with Secrets Worth Knowing!

HolidayIQ.com logo HolidayIQ.com 13-09-2017

Secret and hidden from the preying eyes of tourist crowds, these places will make you stop in your track and recalibrate!

1. Of erstwhile kings and armies, Orchha

Of erstwhile kings and armies, Orchha: Orchha, meaning ‘hidden’, in Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, on the sandy shores of the River Betwa was the seat of the Bundela Rajput Kingdom in the 16th and 17th centuries. The arid landscape has been home to indigenous people from the beginning of time. The Orchha palace, numerous ancient temples and local cuisine bring tourists on a soul searching odyssey from around the world. Arun: Now a part of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha, the then capital of Bundelkand, 18 km from Jhansi, a small town stretched over the bank of river Betwa with a rich legacy of the mighty Bundela kingdom, who ruled during 15th to 17th centuries.Budget stays: Hotel AdityaMid-range stays: Hotel GanpatiLuxury stays: Amar Mahal - 4 Ratings, 4 Reviews, 31 Sightseeings, 11 Photos © www.indianmirror.com Orchha, meaning ‘hidden’, in Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, on the sandy shores of the River Betwa was the seat of the Bundela Rajput Kingdom in the 16th and 17th centuries. The arid landscape has been home to indigenous people from the beginning of time. The Orchha palace, numerous ancient temples and local cuisine bring tourists on a soul searching odyssey from around the world. Arun: Now a part of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha, the then capital of Bundelkand, 18 km from Jhansi, a small town stretched over the bank of river Betwa with a rich legacy of the mighty Bundela kingdom, who ruled during 15th to 17th centuries.Budget stays: Hotel AdityaMid-range stays: Hotel GanpatiLuxury stays: Amar Mahal - 4 Ratings, 4 Reviews, 31 Sightseeings, 11 Photos

Orchha, meaning ‘hidden’, in Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, on the sandy shores of the River Betwa was the seat of the Bundela Rajput Kingdom in the 16th and 17th centuries. The arid landscape has been home to indigenous people from the beginning of time. The Orchha palace, numerous ancient temples and local cuisine bring tourists on a soul searching odyssey from around the world.

Arun says: Now a part of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha, the then capital of Bundelkand, 18 km from Jhansi, a small town stretched over the bank of river Betwa with a rich legacy of the mighty Bundela kingdom, who ruled during 15th to 17th centuries. 

2. Soul searching through a time capsule, Badami - Pattadakal

Soul searching through a time capsule, Badami - Pattadakal - Aihole: Land of legends and ancient folklore, this is where the Chalukya empire's glorious 200 year period can be seen come to life! Badami was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples and caves cut into a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounding Agastya lake. The cave temples here have some of the oldest recorded kannada inscriptions. Pattadakal is the site where Badami Chalukya kings were crowned and was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Karnataka in Southern India between the 6th and 8th centuries. The Chalukyas built many temples here between the 7th and 8th century. Aiho?e is a village having a historic temple complex known for Chalukyan architecture. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.Budget stays: Pulakeshi HotelMid-range stays: The Heritage ResortLuxury stays: Krishna Heritage - 306 Ratings, 306 Reviews, 25 Sightseeings, 1 Photo © traveltwosome.com Land of legends and ancient folklore, this is where the Chalukya empire's glorious 200 year period can be seen come to life! Badami was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples and caves cut into a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounding Agastya lake. The cave temples here have some of the oldest recorded kannada inscriptions. Pattadakal is the site where Badami Chalukya kings were crowned and was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Karnataka in Southern India between the 6th and 8th centuries. The Chalukyas built many temples here between the 7th and 8th century. Aiho?e is a village having a historic temple complex known for Chalukyan architecture. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.Budget stays: Pulakeshi HotelMid-range stays: The Heritage ResortLuxury stays: Krishna Heritage - 306 Ratings, 306 Reviews, 25 Sightseeings, 1 Photo

Land of legends and ancient folklore, this is where the Chalukya empire's glorious 200 year period can be seen come to life! Badami was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples and caves cut into a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounding Agastya lake. The cave temples here have some of the oldest recorded Kannada inscriptions. Pattadakal is the site where Badami Chalukya kings were crowned and was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Karnataka in Southern India between the 6th and 8th centuries. The Chalukyas built many temples here between the 7th and 8th century. 

3. Abandoned and cursed, Kuldhara

Abandoned and cursed, Kuldhara: This tiny village, about 30 km from Jaisalmer has been abandoned for nearly 200 years. Residents of surrounding villages make sure to stay well cleaar of Kuldhara. Legend has it that In an era of powerful kings and ministers, Kuldhara was home to the Paliwal Brahmins. Salim Singh, the then Diwan of Jaisalmer, known for his debauchery and unscrupulous tax-collecting methods, set his eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village chief. He threatened to levy taxes if disappointed. One night, all the residents literally disappeared from the village leaving behind an empty settlement, said to be haunted by their spirits. The village and its temples give you the chill, but the surrounding is pristine arid desert forests. Budget stays: Payal HotelMid-range stays: Hotel Helsinki HouseLuxury stays: Desert Tulip Hotel - 19 Ratings, 19 Reviews, 52 Sightseeings, 10 Photos © undiscoveredindiantreasures.blogspot.com This tiny village, about 30 km from Jaisalmer has been abandoned for nearly 200 years. Residents of surrounding villages make sure to stay well cleaar of Kuldhara. Legend has it that In an era of powerful kings and ministers, Kuldhara was home to the Paliwal Brahmins. Salim Singh, the then Diwan of Jaisalmer, known for his debauchery and unscrupulous tax-collecting methods, set his eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village chief. He threatened to levy taxes if disappointed. One night, all the residents literally disappeared from the village leaving behind an empty settlement, said to be haunted by their spirits. The village and its temples give you the chill, but the surrounding is pristine arid desert forests. Budget stays: Payal HotelMid-range stays: Hotel Helsinki HouseLuxury stays: Desert Tulip Hotel - 19 Ratings, 19 Reviews, 52 Sightseeings, 10 Photos

This tiny village, about 30 km from Jaisalmer has been abandoned for nearly 200 years. Residents of surrounding villages make sure to stay well cleaar of Kuldhara. Legend has it that In an era of powerful kings and ministers, Kuldhara was home to the Paliwal Brahmins. Salim Singh, the then Diwan of Jaisalmer, known for his debauchery and unscrupulous tax-collecting methods, set his eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village chief. He threatened to levy taxes if disappointed. One night, all the residents literally disappeared from the village leaving behind an empty settlement, said to be haunted by their spirits. The village and its temples give you the chill, but the surrounding is pristine arid desert forests. 

4. Butterfly Beach, South Goa

Butterfly Beach, South Goa: A trek through 2 km of dense forest, brings you to an isolated cove of white sand and crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach is shaped like one side of a butterfly and is cut off from all sides by huge boulders and dense forest patches. Geet: It's a small beach which is meant mostly for couples. It has some rocks and some barbeque like sticks. But, worth a visit surely, Budget stays: YoYo GoaMid-range stays: Alila Diwa GoaLuxury stays: Leela Kempinski - 262 Ratings, 262 Reviews, 4 Sightseeings, 6 Photos © goalifeculture.blogspot.com A trek through 2 km of dense forest, brings you to an isolated cove of white sand and crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach is shaped like one side of a butterfly and is cut off from all sides by huge boulders and dense forest patches. Geet: It's a small beach which is meant mostly for couples. It has some rocks and some barbeque like sticks. But, worth a visit surely, Budget stays: YoYo GoaMid-range stays: Alila Diwa GoaLuxury stays: Leela Kempinski - 262 Ratings, 262 Reviews, 4 Sightseeings, 6 Photos

A trek through 2 km of dense forest, brings you to an isolated cove of white sand and crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach is shaped like one side of a butterfly and is cut off from all sides by huge boulders and dense forest patches.

Geet says: It's a small beach which is meant mostly for couples. It has some rocks and some barbecue like sticks. 

5. Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur

Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur: Located in Ludhiana district of Punjab, Kila Raipur is where the Kila Raipur Sports Festival or Rural Olympics is organised. The games are designed to demonstrate the physical strength and valor of the Punjabi men and women. The games aside you will thouroughly enjoy the festivities which include spectacular local dances and traditional music. Budget stays: Maharaja Regency HotelMid-range stays: Hyatt RegencyLuxury stays: Radisson Blu Hotel Ludhiana - 78 Ratings, 79 Reviews, 21 Sightseeings, 7 Photos © lokmarg.com Located in Ludhiana district of Punjab, Kila Raipur is where the Kila Raipur Sports Festival or Rural Olympics is organised. The games are designed to demonstrate the physical strength and valor of the Punjabi men and women. The games aside you will thouroughly enjoy the festivities which include spectacular local dances and traditional music. Budget stays: Maharaja Regency HotelMid-range stays: Hyatt RegencyLuxury stays: Radisson Blu Hotel Ludhiana - 78 Ratings, 79 Reviews, 21 Sightseeings, 7 Photos

Located in Ludhiana district of Punjab, Kila Raipur is where the Kila Raipur Sports Festival or Rural Olympics is organised. The games are designed to demonstrate the physical strength and valor of the Punjabi men and women. The games aside you will thoroughly enjoy the festivities which include spectacular local dances and traditional music. 

6. Wrapped in mythology, Champaner

Wrapped in mythology, Champaner: Legend has it that Pavagadh hills are in fact a chunk of the Himalayas carried and placed here by Hanuman during Ramayana. Set in these hills is the ruin laden town of Champaner. The area has seen the rule of many kingdoms througout history - from the Chavda Dynasty in the 5th century, the Chauhan Rajputs in the 15th century and the Mughals in the 16th century. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is open all year and is a delight to visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. The natural heritage of the Pavagadh Hills are spectacular. Budget stay: Champaner HotelMid Range: Hotel Sarvottam - 45 Ratings, 46 Reviews, 8 Sightseeings © www.tourism-of-india.com Legend has it that Pavagadh hills are in fact a chunk of the Himalayas carried and placed here by Hanuman during Ramayana. Set in these hills is the ruin laden town of Champaner. The area has seen the rule of many kingdoms througout history - from the Chavda Dynasty in the 5th century, the Chauhan Rajputs in the 15th century and the Mughals in the 16th century. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is open all year and is a delight to visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. The natural heritage of the Pavagadh Hills are spectacular. Budget stay: Champaner HotelMid Range: Hotel Sarvottam - 45 Ratings, 46 Reviews, 8 Sightseeings

Legend has it that Pavagadh hills are in fact a chunk of the Himalayas carried and placed here by Hanuman during Ramayana. Set in these hills is the ruin laden town of Champaner. The area has seen the rule of many kingdoms throughout history - from the Chavda Dynasty in the 5th century, the Chauhan Rajputs in the 15th century and the Mughals in the 16th century. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is open all year and is a delight to visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. The natural heritage of the Pavagadh Hills are spectacular.

7. Lair of the snow leopard, Hemis

Lair of the snow leopard, Hemis: High up in the Himalayas, the Hemis National Park is home to the largest wild population of snow leopards in the world. The national park has snow capped mountians and steep valleys making the terrain inhospitable to human activity thus giving sactuary to may rare species of hmalayan wildlife. The land is as mysterious and sepctacular as its inhabiitants. The 400-year-old Hemis Monastery is also located within the park. Revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh, a trip to the monastery is a thrilling experience. Budget: Hotel ChubeMid range: Hotel City PalaceLuxury: Lasermo Hotel - 33 Ratings, 33 Reviews, 97 Sightseeings, 5 Photos © blog.cheersbye.com High up in the Himalayas, the Hemis National Park is home to the largest wild population of snow leopards in the world. The national park has snow capped mountians and steep valleys making the terrain inhospitable to human activity thus giving sactuary to may rare species of hmalayan wildlife. The land is as mysterious and sepctacular as its inhabiitants. The 400-year-old Hemis Monastery is also located within the park. Revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh, a trip to the monastery is a thrilling experience. Budget: Hotel ChubeMid range: Hotel City PalaceLuxury: Lasermo Hotel - 33 Ratings, 33 Reviews, 97 Sightseeings, 5 Photos

High up in the Himalayas, the Hemis National Park is home to the largest wild population of snow leopards in the world. The national park has snow capped mountains and steep valleys making the terrain inhospitable to human activity thus giving sanctuary to may rare species of Himalayan wildlife. The land is as mysterious and spectacular as its inhabitants. The 400-year-old Hemis Monastery is also located within the park. Revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh, a trip to the monastery is a thrilling experience.

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