Even the most popular cities have a side unknown to the footloose. We pick four such off-beat destinations that will surely leave you surprised. Come experience the new!
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”Robert Frost definitely knew what he was talking about when he wrote about taking the road less travelled. The modern traveller desires to explore uncharted terrains, in the bid to widen his worldwide view. Even the most popular cities have a side unknown to the footloose. We pick four such off-beat destinations that will surely leave you surprised. Come experience the new!
Vagamon – Cradled in Nature
Situated at 1,100 metres above sea level, Vagamon or Wagamon is a quaint hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. What sets it apart from other hill stations is that it isn’t heavily populated with tourists. Untouched by commercialisation, this quaint town is home to towering sombre brown pine trees, scenic valleys, and lush green meadows that are enveloped in a blanket of fog. But Vagamon has more in store for its visitors. When you’re not caught up taking in the magical beauty of the place, feel free to indulge in a host of exciting activities tailored for adventure junkies, like trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, and rock climbing.
Kodaikanal –Embraced by the clouds
Kodaikanal is a city located on the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu and sits prettily atop a plateau. Translated from Tamil, Kodaikanal means ‘The Gift of the Forest’, and was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases within the plains. Blessed with abundant greenery draped over valleys and hills, undulating forests, gushing waterfalls, and pristine lakes, Kodaikanal is truly a sight for sore eyes. While the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ offers its guests countless opportunities for trekking, boating, and hiking, it also has river rafting –something not many knows of. Another well-kept secret is that Kodaikanal is a bird watcher’s paradise, being full of both indigenous and exotic birds, especially the area around Berijam Lake.
Jamshedpur – Of Steel Monuments and Picturesque Shrines
Jamshedpur, in Jharkhand, is home to the largest and oldest iron and steel producing plant in India. However, that is not all it has to its credit. A lesser known fact about the city is that the “Industrial capital of Jharkhand,” also has a series of alluring parks, lakes, and a sanctuary, speckled across the city. Culturally rich with ancient temples and shrines, each of Jamshedpur’s places of worship is as unique and stunning as the next, making it an absolute must on your bucket list.
Bhopal –Rustic Charm Meets Modern Splendour
Bhopal, the City of Lakes, has forever been a hugely underrated travel destination. In addition to numerous charming lakes mottled across the city, Bhopal also has a selection of temples and other monuments seeping with culture and tradition, which make it a heritage tourist attraction. Split by a pair of lakes, Bhopal actually has two cities within a city. There is a stark contrast between the old city in the north and the new city in the south. Resting in the north is a vast array of mosques, exotic havelis and swarming bazaars, while the south sports a completely different look with upmarket shopping complexes, and luxurious hotels and restaurants.
So plan for your destination in a way that will help you avoid the hordes of people on your next trip. Opt for the road less travelled.
By Sidharth Gupta, Co-Founder of Treebo Hotels