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India’s Hidden Gems

Planning on traveling to India? Great! India is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world, with many places that need to be seen in one’s lifetime. Although some of them became well-known tourist hotspots, there are a number of places that still remain India’s hidden gems, to some extent at least.

So, when you head out to India, check out some of these delightful spots that deserve as much attention as the Taj Mahal, or any other star attraction.

Ooty

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Ooty, officially known as Udhagamandalam, and anglicized to Ottaca is set in the lavish Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu. It’s an ex-British station with beautifully maintained botanical gardens and a scenic town lake.

It’s all very British, with street names such as Westbury Road and Charing Cross, and quaint stone cottages. Not surprising, considering Ooty is tea country. Go horse-riding, enjoy the aromatized scenery and tally ho!

The Punjab city of Amritsar

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The Punjab city of Amritsar is well-known for being the centre of the Sikh religion.

Located in India’s northwest, it’s absolutely covered with temples and one stands out from the rest – the Harimandir Sahib, simply known as The Golden Temple.

It was built in 1803 out of white marble, gold and bronze leaf; the temple walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones and further embellished with intricate frescoes and glasswork.

It is an astonishing sight, but only for those who wear a traditional headscarf and are purified by walking through a shallow pool.

Jaisalmer

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Photo credit: Depositphotos

Jaisalmer is a medieval walled town, set on a flat-topped hill, deep in the Thar Desert. It’s one of Rajasthan’s most loved attractions, and we can understand why. It brings beauty and elegance to an otherwise desolated landscape. The town is a tangled network of alleys and streets, lined with little shops that seem to scream “Buy!”

Make sure to visit the Jain temples and the palace, well, the portion of the palace which is open to the public. Also make sure to visit Kaisalmer in January/February, during the Desert festival, which celebrates all things Rajasthani.