The Charms of Small Towns: Exploring the Hidden Gems of Travel

Diskit-Monastery, Ladakh

In terms of attracting tourists, it’s not just the big cities that are ahead, but now tourists are also turning towards small towns and villages. If you want to experience a different kind of journey away from crowded tourist destinations, then these destinations will not disappoint you.

The wooden and stone houses, greenery spread far and wide, swaying crops in fields, peaceful environment, friendly people, and amazing local cuisine… who wouldn’t be attracted to this? We are talking about those small towns and cities of India that are attracting tourists. Especially for urban people, it is no less than a wonderland.

Diksit Village, Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is a dream destination for any tourist. Although there is no shortage of tourist places in Leh-Ladakh, Diksit village, located about 120 kilometers from Leh, is something else altogether. The headquarters of the Nubra Valley, this small village has emerged as a favorite destination for backpackers, bikers, and tourists. Situated at an altitude of about 10,300 feet above sea level, you can easily explore this village on foot in just half an hour. You can reach Diksit from Leh in about 5 hours by jeep or bike. Speaking of the main attractions here, the Gompa in Diksit is the major one. This Gompa situated on the top of the mountain is very beautiful, and you should not forget to capture it with your camera. The second major attraction here is the 106 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha. To get a close look at the lifestyle of the people here, a walk through the village is the right choice. The special thing is that there are guesthouses and private luxury hotels to stay here. You can enjoy delicious noodle soup and momos at the local dhabas here. The ideal time to visit Diksit village is from June to September. Even during the summer months, the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius at night. If you plan to visit the Nubra Valley, don’t forget to go to Diksit. Read More:- Best Places to Visit in Ladakh!

mandawa Jhunjhunu

Mandawa, Rajasthan

Mandawa is a small town located in the Jhunjhunu district of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It is a very ancient city in this region. Especially for those interested in art and culture, it is an ideal place. Traders used to stay here during the ancient Silk Route. There are many beautiful forts and mansions in this small town, but the main attraction here is the paintings and crafts made by the locals. You can also call this city an open art gallery because you will see paintings everywhere in the city. The architecture of the mansion and forts is also worth seeing. This place is about 190 kilometers away from Jaipur. There are also many beautiful places to see around here. Nawalgarh is about 37 kilometers away from Mandawa. It is popular for its fort. You can also see many old mansions here. About 43 kilometers away from Mandawa is Parsurampur. Ancient paintings of the Shekhawati region can be seen here. Speaking of Jhunjhunu, Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple, Modi Haveli, Kaniram Narsinghdas Tibrewala Haveli, etc. are worth visiting places.
Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya

This small village in Meghalaya, India, is not only famous in India but also throughout Asia. The village’s fame is due to its cleanliness. It is considered the cleanest village in Asia. Tourists visiting Shillong have also started reaching this village. It is located about 90 kilometers from Shillong. It can also be reached by bus and taxi. It is not only ahead in terms of cleanliness, but its literacy rate is also 100 percent.

Most people here speak English. People here deposit their garbage in bamboo dustbins made from their homes and use them as fertilizer for farming. There are also many interesting places to visit around this village, such as waterfalls, living root bridges, balancing rocks, etc. The special thing is that you will only see the living root bridge in Meghalaya. Don’t forget to see the natural bridge made from tree roots here.

deer eatting grass near river at Tekkary, Kochi
Thekkady, Kochi

Thekkady, Kerala

Thekkady is an ideal place to visit during the monsoon season in Kerala. Located approximately 190 kilometers from Kochi, Thekkady is famous for its wildlife and cultivation of spices such as black pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, etc. Situated on the hills of the Western Ghats, Tekkady is a peaceful place compared to other hill stations. The lush green forests and the aroma of spices fill you with freshness. Every year, a large number of tourists come here to get a close look at the wildlife. Tekkady is also famous for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to elephants, sambar, tigers, wild boars, lion-tailed macaques, Nilgiri tahr, Malabar giant squirrel, and Nilgiri langur. Here, besides taking an elephant ride, you can also see the wildlife by boating in the Periyar Lake or by wandering around the shore. In addition, you can also see the Idukki Arch Dam, which is built on the Periyar River. This dam is located between the Kuruvanmala and Kuruthimale hills, which attracts tourists a lot. Read More:- Kerala: Where Nature, Tradition and Modernity Meet.

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