Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.- Robert Frost
India is a country which has no scarcity of ravishing destinations to call in on. From highest snow capped Himalayan peaks to deepest waters, from serene beaches to vast expanse of the desert, from forests to mighty lively rivers, India has, in its store, gifts so rare and amazing, one can never explore them all to the core.
Some particular destinations are much explored and commercialized while some other heavenly locales are left untouched and ignored as if they are existing in disguise. Let us take you through a few such offbeat and underrated virgin destinations in India that co-exist with famous tourist locations of India. Check out the list of our favorites.
When someone says the word ‘snow’, Indians associate it with Himachal Pradesh or Kashmir. However, the best snow destinations in India lie in Uttrakhand. Auli is one such misprized destination.
The small town of Auli in Uttarakhand hosts National Skiing competitions annually. This town is also home to world’s highest artificial lake, Chattarakund. We think this is one of the most happening places to be in winters.
How to Reach: You can reach Joshimath by road using a cab service or bus. Auli lies 10 km’s from here and you need to cover this distance through ropeway or by road.
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
With lush green rice meadows, lively rivers and picture postcard village landscapes, the small offbeat village of Ziro Valley is unquestionably a place in India which deserves more attention. The village hosts an incredibly stunning and spell-binding music festival every year in the month of September.
The village lies in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in north-east India. Inhabited by Apatani tribe, the valley is abode to farm forestry, fish farms, and a wildlife sanctuary. The views in this valley are invincible.
How to Reach: Take a bus or cab from Bomdila or Tezpur to land directly into the village of Ziro valley.
Lonar Crater, Maharashtra
A saline soda lake located in Buldhana district in Maharashtra is another offbeat and underrated location on the diverse land of this country. This unique historic crater was created as a result of a meteor impact some 50,000 years ago.
A high concentration of carbonate salts and basic nature, the lake is referred to as a saline soda lake. At the rim of this crater is a dense forest and many temples (most of which are in ruins today) surround the lake. Does this place still not sound like an indispensable one?
How to Reach: You can hire a cab or take a bus to Lonar crater from Jalna or Aurangabad
Valley of flowers, Uttarakhand
Crowned as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is trivialized among travelers. An immeasurable expanse of the rarest exotic flowers in every color imaginable and the blend of their unique fragrances in the heart of widespread Himalayan mountain range perfectly overlaps with our mental image of paradise.
The national park is home to some endangered animal species including Asiatic Black bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and brown bear. You get a three-day permit to visit the valley but you can only visit on a daily basis. Staying overnight is not allowed.
How to Reach: The valley is situated around 13 km from Gobind Ghat (the closest you can get to Valley of Flowers through road) and there is a trekking track up to the valley from here.
Krem Mawmluh & Krem Ri Blai, Meghalaya
The task of cave exploration has never really been taken to obscure limits in India, despite the fact that India has a history dating back to hundreds of thousands of years and this can lead to surprising discoveries and shocking revelations.
Krem Mawmluh and Krem Ri Blai are horizontal and vertical caves respectively, in the Meghalaya state of India. These caves would give serious trekking challenges to trek enthusiasts, only if more trek enthusiasts knew about them.
How to Reach: These caves are just half a kilometer from the city of Cherrapunji. You can choose to book a cab or can simply walk the road to reach there.
Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh
Often called as ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, Khajjar is a small but remarkable town located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is an offbeat location in India which displays all three ecosystems at the same time wonderfully.
The lakes, the meadows and the forests all come together to mesmerize the visitor at Khajjar. The place is situated very close to the famous town of Dalhousie and offers various adventure sports activities like paragliding, trekking, horse-riding and more.
How to Reach: The town of Khajjar can be visited using cabs from Dalhousie which is only 24 Km’s away.
The highest peak of Darjeeling is rightly called as ‘Paradise of Trekkers’. Getting to the top of the hill ideally demands a trek of 32 kilometers which is very tedious but the hill rewards magnificently for the ones who dare to climb.
From the top of the hill are visible four of the five highest snow peaks in the entire world. For accommodations, there are many trek camps which can be used but you can contact GTA tourism office and make a booking for a GTA lodge.
How to Reach: From Manebhanjan, you can choose to trek 32 Km’s upwards or hire a jeep to the top.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The incredibly fascinating land of Spiti Valley has always been over-shadowed by the infamous neighbor, Ladakh. The scenic beauty and ever burgeoning landscapes of both Ladakh and Spiti valley are nearly identical but Ladakh is mostly packed with tourists all year round, where Spiti Valley still continues to be untouched.
A journey through the charismatic Spiti valley over the most adventurous road of the world shall definitely have a huge impact in your life. You will never be the same. The valley has a number of monasteries, forts, lakes, caves, passes, peaks and villages.
How to reach: It is highly recommended that you hire a cab service from as late as Shimla to span across the entire valley comfortably as public transport is at its worst in this region of the country.
India’s largest fresh river island floating over the mighty Brahmaputra is probably the most deserving destination on this list. The small town of Manjuli is referred to as the cultural capital of Assam with innumerous festivals being held throughout the year. The island welcomes migratory birds in unbelievable numbers and is a treat for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The best time to visit the place is during Oct-Mar.
The soil of the island has constantly been eroding over the years and it is estimated that it shall get completely submerged within next 15 years. It is important that people are urged to explore this island so the need to save it is strongly felt by concerned authorities.
How to Reach: The Island is situated around 20 km from the city of Jhorat. The best way to visit is to book a cab till Neemati Ghat and take a ferry to the island from there.
Just a 2-hour drive away from the state capital, Bangalore, Bheemeshwari is called ‘The Angler’s Paradise’. The small town of Bheemeshwari is located on the banks of River Cauvery and has an intense jungle on its other side. The site is highly underrated among travel enthusiasts and hence the Karnatak government has been on a venture to increase tourism.
The destination today offers copious fun adventurous facilities including Boat rides, trekking, water sports, fishing camps, bird watching and Jungle lodge. The lodge as a variety of rooms varying from jungle camps to luxury tree houses.
The place has no mobile network which is a chance to escape from unpleasant and stressful reality to become one with nature.
How to Reach: The destination is located around 100 km’s from Bangalore and 85 km’s from Mysore. You can take a bus or cab from Bangalore or Mysore to reach the destination.
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