9 underrated travel destinations to cover this Valentine's Day

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Are you the kind of traveller who likes to seek the uncharted territories? Or explore the unknown nooks and the roads less travelled? In that case, put on your traveler shoes this Valentine’s Day & get ready to explore!

Among the plethora of travel destinations in India, there are many breathtaking, striking sights that aren’t given their due. Here we list down 9 such holidaying spots to visit that are not often in the news or listicles or travelogues as much as they deserve to be. Do not wait – get your travel bags out, pull up the checklist, secure travel insurance and decide on the spectacle you want to witness – choose from the ones listed below.

The most underrated travel destinations in India are:

Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

The Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh is tucked warmly in the mountainscapes. It boasts of sprawling rice fields and quiet villages. The location makes for a picturesque respite from the bustling city life. If you are feeling adventurous, you can engage in camping or trekking or a wildlife exploration. The valley is also the venue for the Ziro music festival, which features local, national and international bands. It is important that your mantra as an attendee is ‘inquisition, not intrusion’. Do give rice beer a try while you’re surrounded by hypnotic scenery and music.

Lepchajagat, West Bengal

Chances are you are hearing about Lepchajagat for the first time. It is a small reserved area of forest land near Darjeeling, West Bengal at an altitude of 6956 feet. The best time for you to visit these lush green forests is between October and April. You can relish breathtaking views of the mighty Kanchenjunga or the peaceful sight of the swans swimming at Jorpokhri. Yiga Choeling Monastery, the oldest Buddhist Monastery in the area should also be on your list – it houses a 15-feet tall statue of Buddha. You also have the option to go trekking to Sandakphu or just visit the Singalila National Park.

Keibul Lamjao National Park on Loktak Lake, Manipur

Many water bodies are listed on itineraries as the best travel destinations in India, but Loktak Lake in Manipur hardly makes an appearance. It is the world’s only floating national park, so it is surprising that is isn’t talked about more. You should grab a pair of binoculars and a picnic basket and head over here for a peaceful day out. To experience the serenity and the chirping of birds at its best, make it to the lake early in the morning.

Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep

The Lakshadweep islands are a great place to unwind from the city bustle and the crystal-clear waters add to the charm. Bangaram islands are one of the most isolated islands, so you can see why their pristine beauty is untouched and therefore, so less talked about. Reaching the island would entail taking a flight from mainland India.

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Unakoti, Tripura

If you are a history or cultural artefacts geek, Unakoti is your pick. It is Tripura’s best-kept secret. Unakoti is an ancient pilgrimage centre and it boasts of massive rock sculptures in the midst of the lush forested areas. Most sculptures are, however, Hindu gods and goddesses like Shiva and Ganesha.

Champhai, Mizoram

The north-eastern states really are underrated. Champai is a border town, also called the ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’. It is a really offbeat location – and the scenic views of the hills are every bit worth the journey. Mizoram also gets heavy rainfall most of the year.

Dholavira, Gujarat

Also, locally known as Kotada, Dholavira roughly translates to ‘large fort’. It is an archaeological site a little ahead of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. It traces back its origins to the Harappan Civilization – so it is an intriguing spot for someone with an interest in archaeology or history.

Kaas Pathar, Maharashtra

The Kaas plateau is located near the Satara city in Maharashtra. It is one of the most beautiful sights of carpeted flowers blooming on a sweeping mass of land. It has been a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since 2012.

Haflong, Assam

Assam has a lot of tourist spots, but Haflong is the only hill station in the state. It is blessed with nature’s bounty – whether you like lakes, streams, hills, waterfalls, forests. If you wish to have an immersive experience, this town allows you to mingle with the locals and know about their culture and traditions first-hand.

Once you’ve ticked these places off your bucket list, you might want to venture further, beyond borders. If so, there’s a whole host of destinations you can visit – from low-budget destinations like Sri Lanka to high-end ones like Switzerland. When you’re all set to live the jet-set lifestyle, as always, do your research, get packing and purchase a travel insurance policy online. Generally, visa requirements mandate that travel insurance be purchased when travelling abroad, so ensure that you’ve purchased a travel insurance policy. The Bajaj Allianz Travel Insurance plans available on Bajaj Markets covers everything from flight cancellations to medical emergencies and can be availed in a few, quick, simple steps.

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