India has always intrigued and fascinated the tourist fraternity with its cultural and geographical richness, architectural marvels, exclusive heritage sites, majestic monuments, and exotic flora and fauna. After our regular dose of best places and their mind-boggling pictures, we are sure no popular or offbeat place is alien to you anymore. So, here we suggest top secret and unexplored Destinations in India.
Haflong is a town and headquarters of Dima Hasao in India in the state of Assam. It is the only hill station in Assam and referred as the land of blue hills. This town is surrounded by lots of natural beauties like fluent water streams, lush green hills and bounty waterfalls. The green valley and the hilly treks at Borai hills are hotspots of adventure tourism events like hang gliding, Para-gliding and Trekking. The main attractions are Ethnic Villages, Fiangpui Church, Fiangpui Garden, Haflong Lake, Hill view from circuit house, Hill view from Moulpong, Jatinga Bird Observatory and many more.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It has a well preserved Tawang Monastery which makes it a popular tourist destination. The Jang waterfall is famous for its beauty and the Sela Pass remains covered with snow for most part of the year. Visitors to Tawang, as is the case with the entire Arunachal Pradesh, require special Inner Line Permit (ILP) issued by the concerned government body and can be obtained from offices based in Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur and New Delhi. Tourists can travel to Tawang from Tezpur, Assam by road and Tezpur has direct flights from Kolkata. In Oct 2014, two times a week helicopter service from Guwahati was started by the Arunachal Pradesh government.
Gurez Valley, Kashmir
Gurez is considered to be one of the most picturesque valleys of Kashmir, located about 86 kilometres from Bandipore and 123 kilometres from Srinagar in northern Kashmir and southern Gilgit-Baltistan. Gurez also incorporates the famous pyramid shaped ‘Habba Khatoon‘ peak named after the Kashmiri poetess. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It has diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan brown bear and the snow leopard. The beautiful Kishen Ganga river flows through Gurez valley with its clear blue waters and rafting can be done here. Although the tourist related infrastructure is yet to be developed in this area, the accommodation facility is available in the main town of Dawar and the nearby villages.
Kalimpong, West Bengal
Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal that hasn’t been explored a lot by too many people outside the East. It is located at an average elevation of 4,101 ft. Tibetan monasteries and crafts and churches make it a lovely retreat for the summer and winters. Neora Valley National Park lies in this subdivision and is home to tigers. Acacia is the most commonly found species at lower altitudes, while cinnamon, ficus, bamboo, cacti and cardamom, are found in the hillsides around Kalimpong. The forests found at higher altitudes are made up of pine trees and other evergreen alpine vegetation. Make sure to shop for orchids in the elaborate flower markets of Kalimpong.
Lepchajagat, West Bengal
Lepchajagat is located on a hill covered with Oaks forests and beautiful rhododendron. It is situated on Ghoom- Mirik road at the Sukhipokhri at an altitude of 6,956 ft and only 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town. If you are a nature lover or looking for a romantic stay for couple of days, then Lepchajagat is the place for you. The curious play of colors in the sky strikes you straight away. Partly black and white clouds drift from one hill to another. The other places close by that are not to be missed include Jorepokri, Mirik and Pashupati.
Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
Tarkarli is a village in Malvan taluka in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is tourist destination and a coral beach. This village is famous for its Ramnavmi Utsav, Ramnavmi is celebrated every year in Mahapurush Temple of the village. It Known for its scenic beauty, the place will leave you awestruck. A walk down the edge of the sparkling blue waters is a beautiful experience. It also offers houseboat cruise on the Karli river and is one of the highpoints of the place. Adventure activities like snorkeling or scuba diving or underwater swimming are available for adventure seeking couples. Do not forget to try some of the delectable sea food that Tarkarli is famous for.
Gentle wind, sun kissed sands, calm and clean waters make the place appealing. The beach is a pleasant and clear water beach with the option of multiple water sports. The coconut cultivation that runs across the beach line makes it a lovely place to spent time around sunset with your partner. Bagmandala Beach is a clean and secluded beach near Srivardhan and one shall enjoy playing in the white sands of this beach. One can also visit the adjacent Bankot Fort via a boat ride.
Chopta is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. The sleepy town will enchant you with its mystical meadows, towering trees, snowy backdrops and warm people.
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. Kodia Jungle is 1 km away on the road towards Chamba. It is a very nice picnic spot. A level walk of 7 to 8 km will show dense forests opening into a vast expanse of undulating hills and valleys.
Damro, Arunachal Pradesh
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.
Kila Raipur, Punjab
Kila Raipur — the base to Rural Olympics, is known not just for its engaging games, but for its vibrant culture and people. In February each year, Ludhiana becomes the destination for hundreds of sports enthusiasts, including foreigners. They come to Kila Raipur to see the special breed of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing in competitive events. 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.
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. One can see sarus cranes, comb duck, spotbill duck in the dam. During the winter, demmossile, common eastern crane, barheaded geese and migrating birds descent on the water. Crocodiles bask on the dam shores. There are panther, Bear, Hyena, Wolf, Nilgai and Chinkara in the hills around Jawai dam. If you are lucky, you can see Jackals and Jungle cats drinking water at the dam.
Mainpat is a small village in the Surguja district in the northern part of the state of Chhattisgarh. It is known as the “Shimla/Swiss of Chhattisgarh” and is a popular tourist attraction. It is also home to a number of Tibetan religious exiles who worship at a temple dedicated to Buddha and manufacture designer mats as well as woolen cloth. 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.
Halebidu is a city famous for its ruins of Hoysala architecture. It is dotted with several forgotten but charming shrines and temples and other delectable pieces of architecture. It is famous for its spiritual appeal, it is home to the Hoysaleswara temple, Belur, Shantaleswara temple, Kedareswara temple and a number of Jain temples.
Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
This is one of those unexplored places which has something on offer for everyone. Adventure sports, trout fishing, exploration of an under-explored hill town, all punched into one lovely combination called Tirthan Valley. The water can be bone chilling. This is a perfect spot for relaxation in the wild. The non-concrete paths and the forests around the valley make it one of the most scenic wonders of India. The valley is known for trout fishing. Spend some time here and you might just get lucky with a brown or rainbow trout.
Ideal weather to visit Tirthan Valley: March-June, October-November. For those who wish to do trout fishing in the River Tirthan, the warmer time of the year are preferable.
A town situated on the banks of the River Kaveri and known for its Hydel Power Projects, Shivanasamudram is famous for its pristine waterfalls. The most popular ones are Gaganachukki and Shivanasamudram waterfalls.
A 60 kilometers drive away from Bangalore, Savandurga can prove to be a great weekend haunt for people in the IT city. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. Visitors can go trekking, rock climbing or camping in what is considered to be one of the largest single rock formations in the whole of Asia.
November to May is a good time to visit this offbeat trekking destination. Both summers and winters are great to visit this spot.
Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh
This one is for the bucket list, folks! Christened the Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat, this is the place to go to. Indulge yourself with a boatride on a moonlit night on the Narmada river with marble gorges of Bhedaghat towering up to 100 feet on either side, and build a memory for a lifetime.
November to May is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous offbeat destination.
Talasari Beach, Odisha
This is one of those few beaches in Odisha which are untouched and unspoilt by man or time. The waters of the sea at Talasari beach are not turbulent but calm and peaceful. The place has vast stretches of green paddy fields, numerous rivers, blue hills and extensive beaches. The beach with its tall coconut trees, palm trees and casuarinas make for a beautiful sight. Take a trip to Talasari beach and relax in the refreshing waters and chill on the virgin beaches.
Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
Dhanushkodi is a ghost town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island of the Tamil Nadu state of India. At Dhanushkodi one can see the deep and rough waters of Indian Ocean meeting the shallow and calm waters of Bay of Bengal. Since the sea is shallow there, one can walk into Bay of Bengal and witness the colourful corals, fishes, seaweeds, star fishes and sea cucumber. There are several temples associated with Lord Rama around Rameswaram. It is advisable to visit Dhanushkodi in groups during the day and return to Rameswaram before sunset as the entire 15-kilometre stretch is regarded as very lonely and scary but mystical.
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