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India is replete wiht a plethora of destinations that is explore by many. No matter whether you go east, west, north, or south, you will find numerous places that are still untouched by commercialization. Gurez Valley, Phugtal, Damro, Jawai, Kila Raipur are some examples of some of the least explored places in India that you must add to your itinerary on your next vacation.  

To keep you glued and inspired, here’s a list of 30 unexplored places in India. Over-shadowed and overt, there places will leave you stumped with their untouched beauty.

30 Best Unexplored Places In India

Here is a list of top 30 unique places to visit in India which have a surprise for everybody to indulge into and have a great time exploring the hidden gems.

  • Gurez Valley, Kashmir
  • Phugtal Gompa, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Chopta, Uttarakhand
  • Kanatal, Uttarakhand
  • Damro, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
  • Sandakphu, Darjeeling
  • Kila Raipur, Punjab
  • Jawai, Rajasthan
  • Mohammadpur Umri, Uttar Pradesh
  • Amadubi, Jharkhand
  • Mainpat, Chhattisgarh
  • Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh
  • Parule and Bhogwe, Maharashtra
  • Velas, Maharashtra
  • Halebidu, Karnataka
  • Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Moodbidri, Karnataka
  • Chembra Lake, Western Ghats
  • Urakam, Kerala
  • Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Mawsynram, Meghalaya
  • Majuli, Assam
  • Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Champaner, Gujarat
  • Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
  • Hemis, Leh
  • Patan, Gujarat
  • Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
  • Lunglei, Mizoram

1. Gurez Valley, Kashmir

The quaint settlement in Gurez Valley in Kashmir

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Surreal landscapes, cool air, breathtaking backdrops, and the sound of gushing river are commonplace in Gurez Valley. The regular sight of shepherds and fields feels like a scene out of Bambi. Its strategic location right below the ‘Line of Control’ makes the valley one of the most protected land in India. And yes, with continuous vigilance and constant patrolling, it is safe to go there.

May through September are the months when the weather and air are most pleasant and welcoming.

Attractions In Gurez Valley: Wular Lake, Razdan Pass, Peer Baba Shrine
Best Time To Visit: May To September

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2. Phugtal Gompa, Jammu & Kashmir

Phugtal Gompa hidden in mountain caves in Jammu & Kashmir

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Possibly the remotest monastery in Asia, Phugtal Gompa is a striking attraction set in the mountain cave in Zanskar. As you climb up the tall mountains, you see the spectacular views of the Tsarap River. There is no road which leads to this house of peace. You need to trek for a day or two to reach this unseen place. This is indeed one of the best unique places to visit in India for couples.

Attractions In Phugtal Gompa: Drang Dung Glacier, Nun-Kun Kasif
Best Time To Visit: June To September

3. Chopta, Uttarakhand

View of the snow-capped mountains from Chopta in Uttarakhand

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Chopta is undoubtedly the prettiest spot of all the offbeat places in India. Enjoy the spell-binding beauty of the Himalayas, snow-capped mountains, and thick forest trails. The sleepy town will enchant you with its mystical meadows, towering trees, snowy backdrops and warm people.

Attractions In Chopta: Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, Kartik Swami Temple
Best Time To Visit: March To May

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4. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

Terrace stays in Kanatal of Uttarakhand - One of the most unexplored places in India

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Just over 80 km away from Dehradun, Kanatal is a pretty little hamlet for the romantics. One of the the most unexplored places in India, the place is full of romance with stunning views, and warm, hospitable hotels. Also, Kanatal has special terrace stays, perfect for couples.

Attractions In Kanatal: Surkanda Devi Temple, Tehri Dam
Best Time To Visit: April To June

5. Damro, Arunachal Pradesh

The suspended bridge of Damro in Arunachal Pradesh

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Damro is the base to the longest hanging bridge (1,000 feet) in Arunachal Pradesh. Definitely a hidden route to heaven, Damro charms with thatched bamboo houses, swaying suspended bridges, and laid-back lifestyle of the locals. Among the list of unexplored places in India, it is a rural sort of a getaway for exhausted city dwellers. The sights of harvested crops, not-so-wild bison, vast expanse of meadows and grasslands are quite welcoming.

Attractions To Visit In Damro: Damro Labokellie Tea Garden
Best Time To Visit: October To April

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6. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

MawlynnongVillage of Meghalaya is considered to be the cleanest and the one of the most unexplored places in India

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The village honored as ‘The Cleanest Village in Asia’ by international bodies is quite unknown in the country. The picturesque village of Mawlynnong is epitome of harmony and cleanliness, which makes it one of the worthy unexplored places in India. Well-maintained roads, polished streets, spotless houses, manicured front-yards and cobbled sidewalks give an impression of high-end cities. Their organized pits for organic and inorganic wastes, maintained public utilities, and scattered bamboo dustbins can put even the best of urban cities to shame.

Attractions To Visit In Mawlynnong: Living Root Bridge, Balancing Rock
Best Time To Visit: March To June

7. Sandakphu, Darjeeling

The colorful poisonous wolfsbane tree at the top of Sandakphu in Darjeeling

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The term ‘Sandakphu’ means height of the poison plants. It is named so because of a specifically poisonous wolfsbane plant which grows naturally near the peak. Sandakphu, one of the most dangerous offbeat places in India, is the highest peak in Darjeeling with a staggering altitude of 3,336 meters.

Attractions To Visit In Sandakphu: Phalut, Tumling, Meghma
Best Time To Visit: April To May and October – December

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8. Kila Raipur, Punjab

A local sportsman during Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur - One of the most unexplored places in India

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Kila Raipur — the base to Rural Olympics, is known not just for its engaging games, but for its vibrant culture and people. The festivities and pomp, including engaging dance performances and traditional plays will take you through an unforgettable trip. The sports destination is believed to be a place where you can befriend valiant and strong people. The energy of the place is other-worldly which makes it one of the best unexplored places in India.

P.S. Mostly, the Rural Olympics take place during the month of February.

Attractions To Visit In Kila Raipur: NA
Best Time To Visit: February

9. Jawai, Rajasthan

The luxurious tents at the night leopard camp at Jawai in Rajasthan

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Not known to many, Jawai Leopard Camp is the newest and the coolest addition to leopard spotting destinations in India. Luxurious tents, rustic lamps and authentic Rajasthani cuisine ensure that the experience is exotic as well as adventurous. And it’s not just the feline, the place is abuzz with flamingos, geese, cranes, and other migratory birds. If you are lucky, you may find a fair share of sloth bears, Indian wolves, and antelopes.

Attractions To Visit In Jawai: Kambeshwar Mahadev Temple, Abhinav Mahavir Dham, Kumbhalgarh
Best Time To Visit: Early September-Mid May

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10. Mohammadpur Umri, Uttar Pradesh

The twins at Mohammadpur Urmi which is considered to be one of the weirdest unexplored places in India

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There is a very interesting twinning tale associated with this place – Mohammadpur Urmi. Out of a population of 900, the place has 65 pairs of twins, which is considered to be way high in ratio of normal standards. And it’s not just humans, cows give birth to twin calves, and even hens lay eggs with two yolks! Mohammadpur Urmi’s attraction is not restricted to this weird phenomenon. Its simple beauty is perfect to have a mini-vacation to understand the interesting traditions and cultures of the place.

Attractions To Visit In Mohammadpur Urmi: Prayagraj
Best Time To Visit: NA

11. Amadubi, Jharkhand

A craftsman at Amadubi in Jharkhand - A place unexplored in India

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Amadubi is a village known for its skilled chitrakars and Paitkar paintings. Since centuries, Amadubi is home to many artists and pictorial storytellers. With rustic huts, local diners saturated with aroma of authentic rice delicacies, colorful festivities during festivals like Tusu Parab and Dansai, and traditional dances at various agricultural festivals, the village has much to offer.

Some of the best grabs of the village are Dokra craft, Mithila sarees, region’s rich art, and Paitkar paintings which you should take home from the most artistic of all offbeat destinations in India.

Attractions To Visit In Amadubi: Jayanti Sarovar, Hudco Lake
Best Time To Visit: September To Mid-March

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12. Mainpat, Chhattisgarh

Mainpat In Chhattisgarh

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You may not have heard of a large Tibetan settlement in India except Dharamshala, but the gomoas (temples) of Mainpat are truly heavenly and unexplored. One of the most beautiful of all the unseen places in India, Mainpat is home to Thakpo Shedupling Monastery built in 1970. It is an important attraction here. There are several old thangkas, and wall murals that decorate the interiors of this monastery. If you are a cholesterol or high blood pressure patient, do visit the farms of tau, commonly known as buckwheat. It is said to possess healing properties.

Attractions To Visit In Mainpat: Parpatiya Sunset Point, Mercury Falls
Best Time To Visit: October To March

13. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

The beautiful temple in Lepakshi which is one of the top unexplored places in India

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Lepakshi, a small town in Andhra Pradesh, is a site dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra – the fiery incarnation of Lord Shiva. There are various colorful frescos painted on the walls and ceilings of buildings and temples from Ramayana and Mahabharata. However, the best part of the place is the hanging pillar in the main Lepakshi Temple. There is nothing holding the pillar to the ground, but it is still standing.

Attractions To Visit In Lepakshi: Veerabhadra Temple, Jatayu Theme Park
Best Time To Visit: November To March

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14. Parule and Bhogwe, Maharashtra

The serene coasts of Parule and Bhogwe in Maharashtra - One of the most beautiful unexplored places in India

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Parule offers a farm stay experience, along with a taste of authentic local cuisine. Activities like cow milking, fishing, and plantation walking will keep you engaged. The stunning sunsets and sunrises will take your breath away.

Bhogwe, on the other hand, boasts of architectural wonders and a mystical charm. The village has rustic temples and old cottages, where you can have a laid-back vacation while munching cashews, boat-riding ,or just lazing around on the coast.

Attractions To Visit In Parule And Bhogwe: Nivti Beach, Devbagh Beach, Golden Rock
Best Time To Visit:  October-November

15. Velas, Maharashtra

Little turtles on the banks of Velas village in Maharashtra - One of the most offbeat places in India

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The people of this quaint village have taken up a cause – they aggressively protect and nurture the several, common and endangered, species of turtles. Here, you get to watch the unfurling of a life in front of your eyes, right from the moment these little friends hatch out of their shells.
PS: Don’t miss the annual turtle festival which is a one-of-its-kind mesmerizing event, of the festival. Check out their official website for more updates.

Attractions To Visit In Velas: Velas Beach, Bankot Fort, Hariheshwar Beach
Best Time To Visit: Mid-March To Mid-April

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16. Halebidu, Karnataka

Hoysaleswara Temple’s entrance in Halebidu

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One of the top unexplored places in south India, Halebidu is dotted with several forgotten but charming shrines and temples. A dream destination for historians and archaeologists, the place encompasses peace and a sense of complacence that is alien to the modern world. Once a regal capital to kings, Halebidu will make you forget all other temples around.

Attractions To Visit In Halebidu: Basadi Halli, Kedareshwar Temple, Hoysaleswara Temple
Best Time To Visit: October To February

17. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Karnataka

A lazy bear at Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary - One of the most unheard of unexplored places in India

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You may have heard of the famous ruins of Hampi, but have you heard of an exquisitely clean and well-maintained bear reserve known as Daroji Bear Sanctuary? It is home to more than 120 sloth bears, amongst other equally feral animals. If lucky, you might get to watch the scene of the wide gorge from the watch tower, several feet above. Watch them gorging on food from a relatively closer spot at 2 pm every day, when the authorities provide these mammoths with food and water.

Attractions To Visit Near Daroji Bear Sanctuary: Kamalapura, Mahanavami Dibba
Best Time To Visit: October To February

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18. Moodbidri, Karnataka

Thousand pillared Jain Temple in Moodbidri in Karnataka

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Moodbidri is Jains’ paradise and historians’ dream destination. Several Jain shrines (some of them are centuries old) depicting the Digambara culture, add character to the place. The most popular one is thousand pillared Jain Temple which is said to be over 600 years old. The architecture has the Nepalese, Hoysala, and Oriental influences.

Attractions To Visit In Moodbidri: Kanchibail Waterfalls, Gomateshwara Statue, Durga Waterfalls
Best Time To Visit: September To March

19. Chembra Lake, Western Ghats

The heart-sjaped Chembra Lake in Western Ghats is one of the top unexplored places in India

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In the heights of Wayanad range in Western Ghats, there is a lake which is believed to be never desiccated. Not drought, not high temperature; nothing has ever been able to dry even the tiniest bit of this lake. But the most catchy thing about Chemra lake is its shape – a heart. Yes, it is the only natural lake in India in the shape of a heart.

Attractions To Visit In Chemra Lake: Karapuzzha dam, Lakkidi View Point
Best Time To Visit: September To March

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20. Urakam, Kerala

An enthusiast trying her hand at pottery at Urakam in Kerala

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Majestic beauty, entrancing culture, skilled artisans, vibrant festivals, and delicious food – Urakam, one of the best unexplored places in India has all! Away from the busy town life, come here to relax, rejoice, and learn pottery from the original pottery masters.

Attractions To Visit In Urakam: Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple, Ammathiruvadi Temple
Best Time To Visit: May

21. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley

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Adorning the north east region, Ziro is one of the best attractions of Arunachal Pradesh which is known to be a home to a unique tribal group. Ziro valley is an ideal location for the peace seekers who are looking for an escape from the hustle-bustle. The Apatani tribe resides here and there are pine hills and rice fields which makes this place famous. Alongside the weather here is very welcoming and remains pleasant throughout the year.

Attractions In Ziro: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Dolo Mando, Tarin Fish Farm
Best Time To Visit: May

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22. Mawsynram, Meghalaya

Mawsynram

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Famous for being the wettest place in the world, Mawsynram is one of the most mesmerizing villages located amidst the beautiful surroundings of nature. Mawsynram overtakes Cherrapunjee with a slight margin for being the wettest destination in India. With the drizzling rain and the lush-green landscapes, this place is an ideal location for enjoying an escape from daily life. The ‘Maw’ in Mawsynram is derived from the Khasi word which means ‘stone’. This village is also famous for the gigantic formations of the stalagmite which resembles the shape of ‘Shivling’.

Attractions in Mawsynram: Mawsmai Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunjee, Mawlyngbna, Mawsmai Caves
Best Time To Visit: May

23. Majuli, Assam

Majuli

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Majuli is a beautiful and lush-green island which is located over the Bhrahmaputra river just at a distance of 20 km from Jorhat city. Spread across an area of 1250 sq. kms, Majuli is considered to be one of the world’s largest river islands which is a fascinating thing to witness for the tourists. While being one of the best places to visit in Assam, this island is a home to the tribals and one can experience and learn the unique culture which this place boasts. Majuli is also considered to be the cultural capital of Assam.

Attractions In Majuli: Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Auniati Satra, Garmur
Best Time To Visit: April-May

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24. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

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This beautiful town in Arunachal Pradesh is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. Resting at a height of 3048m, Tawang is a home to one of the most beautiful and majestic monasteries. The name of this town is pronounced as Dawang which is blessed with some of the most beautiful views which will offer a sense of relaxation. The main highlight of this place is the Tawang Monastery which is very important and sacred for the Buddhists.

Attractions In Tawang: Sela Pass, Madhuri Lake, Tawang War Memorial, Tawang Monastery
Best Time To Visit: June- August

25. Champaner, Gujarat

Champaner

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Located in Gujarat, Champaner is one of the world heritage sites declared by UNESCO which holds the history and offers an appealing view to enjoy. The town rests over the Pavagadh hills which is believed to be a chunk of Himalayas which was carried over by Lord Hanuman during the Ramayan. Holding quite an offbeat vibe, Champaner is a delight for the people who want to have an interest in learning about history.

Attractions In Champaner: Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
Best Time To Visit: October-February

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26. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

Kurnool Fort

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Often called the “gateway of Rayalaseema”, this town is one of the important places which still holds its history. Located in Andhra Pradesh, this town has the remains of the Gopal Raju palace who was the last Hindu King. There are ruins of the palace which reflect the architecture of the Vijaynagar Empire along with the preserved Persian and Arabic inscriptions. There is also a summer palace which was built during the 16th century.

Attractions In Kurnool: Yaganti, Belum Caves, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Venugopalaswamy Temple
Best Time To Visit: October To March

27. Hemis, Leh

Hemis Monastery

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This is a beautiful village located in the Leh district and surrounded by the surreal landscapes which are worth exploring. The village is particularly known for the beautiful and famous Hemis Monastery which is hosted every year in July. Alongside that this place is also home a wide array of langurs, wolves, red foxes, deers, and marmots. In addition to this one can also get a glimpse of the snow leopard only at Hemis National Park. It is one of the least visited places in India.

Attractions In Hemis: Stakna Gompa, Shang Gompa, Gotsang Gompa
Best Time To Visit: April To June

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28. Patan, Gujarat

Rani Ki Vav

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Patan is a small town in Gujarat which has become one among the offbeat places to visit in India which is attracting people from all around in India. This place is a hidden treasure which has preserved some of the architectural marvels and ancient temples which dates back to the medieval period. This has been the capital of the state for almost 650 years during the medieval period. Alongside the temples, this town has Dargah and Jain temples to explore.

Attractions In Palav: Rani ki Vav, Sahastralinga Talav, Patola Saree making unit
Best Time To Visit: October To April

29. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Jahaz Mahal

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Still unknown to many people, Mandu is a beautiful place located in Madhya Pradesh and offers the epitome beauty of architecture. This city is the validatory proof of the love between Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. Mandu is also famous for being the home to the oldest erected monument of India. The remnants of this ancient city are preserved till date and offer a rich history to discover for the visitors. In the city, there are beautiful palaces to explore and get a glimpse of the royal heritage. This place belongs to the category of least visited places in India.

Attractions In Mandu: Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Jami Masjid, Baz Bahadur’s Palace
Best Time To Visit: October To March

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30. Lunglei, Mizoram

Lunglei

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The literal meaning of this place is “the bridge of rock” which is admired for its scenic beauty and natural landscapes. This is an ideal destination for the people who want to go and explore the finest views of nature. Known to be one of the unexplored places in India, there are activities to do like Trekking, bird watching and adventure sports which are usually enjoyed by the tourists. Located at the southern part of Mizoram, the name of this place is derived from the bridge like rock which is located here.

Attractions In Lunglei: Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Time To Visit: October To June

Got enough fodder to chalk out your next trip? That’s exactly what we aimed at. Do let us know which one of these offbeat places is on your mind! And while you plan your holiday in India, make sure you don’t miss out on these unexplored places in India which have a something special for every kinda traveler. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Unexplored Places In India

What things are to be kept in mind before traveling given the coronavirus situation?

Do keep in check the following things before planning a trip: Carry hand sanitizers, masks, tissues, and disinfectant wipes, book your trip well in advance, avoid contact with the surface, and maintain social distancing.

What are some of the best and unique places to visit in India?

Some of the most unexplored places in India include: Ponmudi Hills in Kerala, Nighoj in Maharashtra, Sandakphu in West Bengal and Majuli in Assam

Which place is known as heaven of India?

Kashmir is famously referred to as paradise on earth. Visit this stunning place with your loved ones and muster some unforgettable memories.

What is the most unexplored place on earth?

Some of the most unexplored places on earth include: Vale do Javari in Brazil, Northern Patagonia in Chile, Kamchatka in Russia and more.

Which is the most peaceful place in India?

Some of the most peaceful places in India include Gulmarg in J&K, Nubra Valley in Leh, McLeodganj and more.


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