8 UNEXPLORED PLACES TO VISIT IN INDIA, BEFORE YOU DIE
India, the 7th largest country in the world, is also one of the richest in terms of its diversity in language, food, color, cultures, and landscapes. Millions of tourists from around the world visit India, for these very reasons. Their travel itineraries unfortunately though, remain limited to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Rajasthan, Kerala and some other popular destinations. But, that’s not just what makes India, it’s just a small, tiny, minuscule part of this magnanimity called India. There are scores of hidden and unexplored destination gems scattered around the country, which, let alone the foreign travelers, even we Indians are unaware about.
We have decided to search, unearth, explore, and bring some of those gems to you. The list below is the first in that series. Enjoy!
1) LAITMAWSIANG VILLAGE: Office deadlines, traffic on the streets, pollution in the air, loud noises… Don’t you wish sometimes, to just leave all this behind even if for a few days and go to some place completely cut off form the rest of the world; a place where you can rediscover you? Welcome to Laitmawsiang, one such natural heaven that is completely isolated from the outer world. Time ceases to exist here, and trust us, you’ll want it to stay that way, forever.
Located in the Maysynram Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in the state of Meghalaya. It’s a small village just 50km away from Shillong and has a total population of 852 nice people, living in 154 houses.
2) TARKARLI BEACH: Just a few hours of drive from Mumbai will get you to an almost secluded beach, where the water is crystal clear and the air pristine.
Just 8km from Malvan in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, this small village located at the convergence of river Karli and the Arabian sea is a heaven for sea-sports enthusiasts.
3) CHOPTA, UTTARAKHAND: One of the best and the prettiest hidden locations in the country, Chopta is a sleep town hidden in the valleys of Uttarakhand.
Its snow-capped mountains, thick forest trails, and the breathtaking Himalayan peaks will make you contemplate leaving your city life and settling down there for good.
4) NUBRA VALLEY: It is said that Kashmir is the heaven on Earth. If that is true then Nubra valley is the Apsara of that heaven. Have a look at the drool-worthy picture of the valley, and you’ll know what I mean.
The region is actually made up of two valleys- Nubra and Shyok, with both their rivers flowing through the glaciated peaks and troughs of the Karakoram range, merging into each other near Diskit and finally flowing westwards into Pakistan and ending up in the mighty Indus.
5) SHIVANASAMUDRA FALLS:
Located in the Mandya district of the state of Karnataka, Shivanasamudra is an island town that mercilessly divides the Kaveri river into twin waterfalls.
In spite of there being a number of waterfalls in Karnataka, Shivansamudra, with its surrounding scenery is definitely one of the most mesmerizing of them all.
Located at an altitude of 7800 ft in the upper Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, nestled among virgin pine and deodar forests and overlooking the roaring Supin river, is this forgotten-in-time village called Kalap. Touched by tourism, untouched by modernization- that’s the only way one could describe this quaint village.
The warm people of Kalap will welcome you with the hospitality synonymous with hill people. They’ll be more than happy to open their homes and their hearts to you. At the end of your vacation, you are bound to take a little bit of Kalap in you.
7) THE RICH GREEN PONMUNDI:
You think of Kerala and the places that come to mind are Munnar, Kovalam, and Alleppey, and that is the reason this little gem of a place has managed to stay as quaint and green as possible, which is its USP.
You would find the three things the state of Kerala is known for- greenery, culture, and cuisine- in abundance here. Spend your day, walking through the lush green plantations or in one of the many tea plantations, or go down to watch the famous boat races.
The question, ‘How did it all start’, has been bothering the mankind for a long time. While a lot is known already, thanks to the big bang and LHC, Bhimbetka holds its own relevance in the scheme of things. It is said to be the place where the stone age originated.
Bhimbetka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to stone paintings which are carbon-dated to be as old as 25000 years old. So, if you love history and have that little adventurous streak in you, pack your bags and head to Bhibetka. Our only advise to you would be not to go alone deep inside those caves, because you never know what might end where it all began.