Thirst to know the unknown and explore the unexplored often leads to great discoveries and innovations. The world is full of mysteries and travelling is the best way to unlock this mysterious box.
By area basis India may be the seventh largest country in the world, but it is one of the richest in terms of culture, color, diverse landscapes and natural resources.
Every year millions of travelers from all around the world plan their tour to India to explore the romanticism hidden in it; still there are various hidden places in the country that are less explored. The following are the top 10 hidden destinations in India that can present this mysterious country quite well:-
Just 56 kilometer away from the state capital Shillong (capital of Meghalaya), Cherrapunji is truly a heaven’s garden away from the reach of collapsing city life.
This natural abode is characterized by heavy rainfall, impenetrable woody hills and the white feathery waterfalls. A walk on the clouds may appear dreamy, but it is possible in Cherrapunji.
The sky scrapping hills offer a view of the lush green area, the floating clouds and the rustic lifestyle of the local residents.
In the seven sister’s region (North-East) only there is another natural wonder. Majuli in Assam is the largest river island on earth nestled amid the river Brahmaputra.
Declared by UNESCO as a world natural heritage, this river island has preserved well the antique weapons, utensils, jewelry and other items of cultural significance of the hundreds of year old Assamese civilization. The natives of Majuli are worshipers of Mother Nature; agriculture and fishing are the prime source of earning for the local people.
3. Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves
In the Indian state of Odisha the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are the earliest group of Jain rock-cut shelters. A feed for the eyes, these caves are of high importance preserving history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion.
The wall carvings and rock-cut painting in these caves tell us much about the origin and development of Jainism.
4. Tarkarli Beach
Take a few hours’ drive from Mumbai and you will reach the land of pristine waters, Tarkarli. Located at the convergence of river Karli and Arabian Sea, Tarkarli gives you a clearer picture of the sea water.
It is a heaven for the adventure lovers who love to do snorkeling and scuba diving. You can still feel the tranquil whispering of the sea waves in this less tourist frequented beach of Maharashtra.
The majestic rugged terrain of Western Ghats is the main attraction of this district town in the Indian state of Kerala. The land of Wayanad is blessed by different spices and crops such as coffee, pepper, ginger, areca nut etc.
The early remains found in Wayanad bear witness to its thousands of year old existence. The nature is well restored in this part of Kerala and thus planning your next tour to this region will surely be a good option for the peace lovers.
6. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Center, the rock shelters of Bhimbetka talk much of the 30,000 years old existence of human civilization in this part of India.
Comparatively the terrain of Bhimbetka is less explored and thus spending a holiday vacation in this part of the country could be a good idea for knowledge seekers. The magic spell of nature can also be felt in the vicinity of Bhimbetka.
7. Daman & Diu
Enclosed by Gujarat, Daman & Diu is the 2nd smallest Union Territory in India. The reflections of both Gujarati and Portuguese lifestyle can be seen in this part of the country.
The far stretching shoreline adds on enchanting charm to this beautiful abode. Dotted by forts and churches, Daman & Diu is a good choice for those who want to explore the unexplored.
8. Pangong Tso
One of the best things that the film ‘3 Idiots’ does for the tourist is that it has presented the scenic beauty of Leh & Ladakh. Located in a high altitude in the Himalayan Ranges, the salty water of Kumarakom lake is bluer than blue ever was, clearer than clear ever could be, purer than the purest and is certainly regal.
Presenting a fine fusion of land, water and the cloud kissing mountains, Pangong Tso is one of the best less hundered tourist destinations in the country.
A gift of nature and of the gods, the district of Chitrakoot in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is a tranquil retreat on the northern spur of the Vindhyas.
Dotted with several temples, shrines and natural wonders, this Almighty’s abode is also a good option for the spiritual peace seekers.
10. Athirapilly Falls
Apart from the romantic backwaters and coconut grooves, Kerala is also famous for the Athirapilly waterfalls. Not just calm and sweet, but something really wild and natural, these waterfalls provide you a silent escape from the stressful daily life of metro cities. The word ‘picturesque’ hold true while we talk of these giant natural wonders.
India is such a diverse country that you need to plan frequent visits to this land to unlock its casket of jewels. Thus experience something unexpected and unexplored in your next tour to India.
BY HARSHVARDHAN SINGH.