Despite the fact that almost any piece of information is available to us on a few clicks, these hill station in India has somehow managed to stay hidden. By Quoyina Ghosh
1. Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
Dhanaulti comes to you like a picture perfect village out of a Ruskin Bond book. Quaint, quiet, sweet would be the three adjectives you can ascribe to it. Situated on the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range, it is located a few kilometres away from the more popular Mussoorie. Dhanaulti offers beautiful views of unspoilt virgin forests, pure and untouched air minus the garrulous tourists.
2. Zuluk, Sikkim
Located in the Eastern part of Sikkim, this place is just days away from being recognised as a hot tourist destination. We suggest you pack your bags and head to it ASAP! Zuluk is home to valleys splattered with bombastic colours, the historic Old Silk Route and the sweetest of people to greet you with. If the infectious sweetness of Zuluk is something you want to experience before it reaches others, you better book your train soon.
3. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
One of Himachal’s best-kept secrets, this valley could very well be said as one of the mythical places where rainbows end. This verdant valley is filled with cloud-enveloped mountains, gorgeous lakes, serene villages, hidden waterfalls, age-old temples, gurgling rivers and an atmosphere that is completely untouched. In a world such as ours, how often do you come across such storybook places, again?
4. Turtuk Village, Leh
Turtuk village is known to be the very last village in India where tourism is allowed before the Line of Control. It has a very rich history and is known to have been under the control of both Pakistan and India. Culturally, this northernmost village reeks of peaceful simplicity. You will find in it happy faces, ruins of royal houses, sumptuous apricots, monasteries and the unique geography of Leh. This is a village that doesn’t usually attract too many people, so go ahead and enjoy the untouched Shyok river, the unbearably blue skies and the unique Balti culture.
5. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Of the gorgeous Nilgiri hill stations, Coonoor is the least known amongst tourists. Unlike its sister hill stations, Coonoor likes to keep a low profile. It promises you lovely walks down green lanes, clouds that casually encompass you and a beautiful quiet that is unheard of in your city life. Imagine a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills staring at you while you sip at the local tea Coonoor is famous for. This is the kind of delicious peace Coonoor offers.
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