Best of India's hidden gems
Kolkata, WB
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Kolkata
Previously the captial of India under British rule, it's a lively city on the doorstep to Bangladesh. There is a large Muslim population which adds diversity to the already crazy landscape.
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SK, India
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Sikkim
Wedged between Bhutan, Nepal and China, this small state is the most eco-conscious part of India. Nature lovers will love the incredible peaks and the trekking.
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Haridwar, UK
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Haridwar
Only an hour away, Haridwar is the Rishikesh without western tourism. It's a sacred city filled with temples and pilgrims alongside a glacier fed river.
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Manikaran, HP
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Manikaran
It's a small town tucked away in Pavarti Valley, known for its hot springs. The area is dotted with tiny villages, so it makes for good day hikes.
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Udaipur, RJ
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Udaipur
Nickname the 'Venice of India', it's a large city built around a lake. You'll find many lakeside cafes and rooftop restaurants which overlook the palace in the middle of the lake.
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DD, India
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Diu Island
One of the most forgotten places to foreign tourism; this island, tucked away to the very south of Gujarat, was once Portugese territory. You'll find Christian relics and European style architecture.
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Arambol, GA
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Arambol
The most northern town in Goa, it's entirely built on tourism but offers a unique multicultural experience. There's yoga, an alternative music scene and a drum circle most nights on the beach.
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Kodaikanal, TN
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Vattakanal
Tiny village situated on the side of Tamil Nadu's highest mountain, Vattakanal is within a micro-climate, so expect cold nights and intriguing flora.
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Puducherry, PY
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Puducherry
Pondicherry was a French Colonial Settlement in India until 1954, so it has a vibrant French influence, a long beautiful seaside promenande and a funky atmosphere.
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Amritsar, PB
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Harmandir Sahib
The temple is the size of a city itself; it provides free accommodation to locals and foreigners alike. It feeds up to 40,000 people per day for free. If you want a change from temple food, Amristar is known for its food also.
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