We have all been to those stereotype tourist destinations. Asked ourselves if there’s anything unique in them. Probably not! If you’re desirous of something extraordinary, it’s time to pack your bags and explore the less explored places. Make your vacation memorable with jaw-dropping experiences to share with others. Here’s a look at 10 such places in India to rediscover yourself:
Majuli, Assam :
The biggest river island in the world, Majuli is located on the river Brahmaputra in Assam. It is home to numerous migratory birds and who doesn’t enjoy bird-watching? Just to ensure that you don’t miss out on any bird, plan a winter visit. Majuli makes you feel at peace with nature. The festivals are another crowd puller. You’ll be delighted watching the cultural habits of the local tribal population. Only a few tourists decline boat rides. To their relief, Majuli provides boat connections to the city of Johar. In case you’re booking the tickets already, we must also inform you that the monsoons are quite beautiful too, unless you’re in a boat!
Highlight(s) : Beautiful exotic location, yet unknown to many. Nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List.
Best time to visit : September to March.
Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat :
Famous for its surreal white salt desert and the Rann Utsav Festival, Kutch is the western-most district of Gujarat bordering Pakistan. Much of it consists of the world’s largest salt desert, measuring around 10,000 square kilometres. There’s more to astonish you! The salt desert remains underwater during the Indian monsoon season. For the remaining eight months of the year, it’s an enormous stretch of packed white salt. Don’t worry about accommodation but do think twice before a summer visit. It’s a desert after all.
Highlight(s) : Yes, it is a salt desert although the image might resemble a sea. Don’t miss the Rann Utsav festival!
Best time to visit : October(when it begins to dry up) to March.
Lonar, Maharashtra :
The quaint little town of Lonar is huddled around the lake which was formed due to a meteorite that hit this spot 52,000 years ago. This offbeat place is relatively less explored. The lake is formed by the small stone which might have got separated from the main meteor. Located in Buldhana district, winter is the ideal time to visit Lonar. The climate between November to January remains pleasant. To get the best view of the lake, one should visit before 9 am or just before the sunset.
Highlight(s) : It is the only saltwater lake formed in basaltic rock in the world.
Best time to visit : October to March.
Sundarbans, West Bengal :
It lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. Perhaps you’re wondering how this mangrove forest is a tourist destination? It is definitely less explored but happens to be the world’s biggest mangrove forest. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Royal Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python. Amidst the sounds of animals, there are rooms for you to sleep at night in case you manage to find any!
Highlight(s) : Beware of the Royal Bengal Tigers! They are not known to be too friendly.
Best time to visit : Whenever you feel courageous. Some people avoid monsoons, though.
Butterfly Beach, Goa :
You’re surely missing out if you haven’t visited Goa, once in your life or preferably more. Butterfly Beach is a fairy place, the beach of butterflies, which occupies a tiny semicircular bay on the high northern end of Palolem beach. One wonder’s why it is less explored. Unfortunately, it has no tourist infrastructure and can only be reached by water. The solution? It can be easily tagged with your Goa trip as you can rent a boat on Agonda and Palolem Beaches.
Highlight(s) : Excellent weather and the butterflies!
Best time to visit : October to June.
Pangong Lake, Ladakh :
It is situated at a height of 4250 metres, located far away in barren land 50km from Leh, Ladakh’s capital. The crystal clear blue lake sprawls over an area of 100 kilometres across the borders of two countries in India and China. The interesting thing about the lake is that colour of water appears different with different time of the day. So, you wouldn’t mind bringing along your camera would you?
Highlight(s) : Pangong is one of the largest brackish in Asia. Also famous for the ending scene of Hindi movie 3 Idiots.
Best time to visit : June to September. One can easily freeze during winter!
Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh:
Sacred destinations are hardly neglected but they are sometimes less explored. This spectacular monastery is located at a height of 4166m above sea level and 7 km from Kaza. The monastery is famous for its architecture called Pasada style. This style is characterised by two or more stories and often plays the role of a fort-monastery. One should also see the rooms with murals called Tangyur. You might love snow but a winter visit isn’t possible.
Highlight(s) : The biggest centre of Buddhist learning. The beauty of the surroundings is unforgettable.
Best time to visit : May to October, after which the Rohtang Pass remains closed due to snowfall. Sorry, you can’t play with snow!
Dzuko Valley, Kohima, Nagaland and Manipur border:
Here’s an attraction for trekking lovers. You ought to note down the less explored Dzuko Valley in your travel diaries. It can be reached in five hours of a trek from Mt. Isii of Senapati district of Manipur. There are other ways too. Each route requires some more or less challenging trekking. That is exactly what you’re looking forward to, aren’t you? When you reach there after a thrilling trek, you’ll be greeted with a wide range of flowers. Catch them in full bloom during the winter and spring season
Highlight(s) : It’s all about the trekking. It is worth taking a few snaps of the famous flower, the Dzuko lily.
Best time to visit : March to June and October to November.
Bhimbekta, Madhya Pradesh :
The Rock Shelters of Bhimbekta are located about 45 km south-east of Bhopal on the road to Hoshangabad. The less explored caves contain the earliest rock paintings, as old as 30,000 years old, the first proof of human life in the Indian subcontinent. Animals such as bisons, tigers, lions, wild boars, elephants, antelopes, dogs, lizards, and crocodiles have been abundantly depicted in some caves. Popular religious and ritual symbols also occur frequently. For those who are fond of temples, a drive from Bhimbetka takes you to Bhojpur, the home to the great Shaivite Bhojpureshwar temple. Also Hoshangabad about 40km away from Bhimbetka a city based on the banks of river Narmada is worth visiting.
Highlights(s) : The earliest traces of human life. Bhimbekta was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
Best time to visit : October to April because the caves are closed during the monsoons.
Kudremukh, Karnataka :
A less explored mountain in the shape of a horse face! A delightful scene for your camera lenses and definitely for your memories. It is a small town located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and is placed nearby the mountain range with the same name. Guess the name? It’s Kudremukh, same as the mountain range. Known for its bio-diversity and mineral wealth, Kudremukh is an impressive scenic sight. It’s good for trekking too!
Highlight(s) : Karavali Festival is popular and it is celebrated in the month of February every year.
Best time to visit : October to March.
On a note of conclusion, there are innumerable such locations in India, which are beautiful yet less explored. It remains the traveler’s choice to select the suitable spot as opinions vary largely from person to person. We hope this post inspires you to consider these destinations and keep on searching for more such places.