From the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the lush, tropical greenery of Kerala, India is a country whose magnificent landscapes never fail to mesmerize you! However, if you truly want to experience the beauties of this country, you’d have to delve a bit deeper than the popular tourist attractions of the beaches of Goa and Mumbai’s Marine Drive.

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Among the innumerable fantastical places to visit in India, these are the top 6 lesser known locales which will completely captivate you!

1. Gokarna Beach

Just off the Karnataka coast is a quaint and picturesque beach town called Gokarna. The best part about this beautiful locale is that it’s a way less commercialised and way more laid back alternative to Goa. The thatched bamboo huts serving as tourist accommodations further add to its charm!

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2. Gurudongmar lake

One of the highest lakes in the world, at an altitude of 17,800 feet, this lake, located in Northern Sikkim stays completely frozen during winter! One of the streams flowing out from it being a source stream for the Teesta river, this enchanting lake is said to have been blessed by both Guru Nanak and Guru Padmasambhava!

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3. Khimsar Fort

This awe-inspiring Desert fort, located in the Sikar district of Rajasthan, is a proud remnant of the grandeur of royalty. As you sip tea on the terrace of this battle-scarred castle, surrounded by lush green gardens, you’re sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of the lofty sand dunes all around it.

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4. Roopkund Lake

Known as the “Mystery Lake”, the Roopkund Lake is one of the most mystyfying places in India, and not without reason. This high-altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand is quite shallow, with a depth of only two meters, and several hundreds of human skeletal remains are visible at it’s bottom!

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5. Antharagange Caves

This hill range, near Bangalore, is a major draw for camping and rock climbing enthusiasts. The natural caves in Antharagange were formed from volcanic rocks, and exploring the caves is an adventure of a lifetime, requiring you to climb and crawl your way through the narrow labyrinthine ravine!

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6. Zanskar River

The Chadar trek, along the frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh, is truly an exhilarating experience. The icy-cold river flows just a few inches under your feet while you walk over the frozen surface of the river! The hike more than a week, and at night trekkers usually sleep in caves in the canyon walls!

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So book your tickets, get that rucksack packed, and get going already!

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