India, a country with a unique blend of traditions and modernization has always drawn visitors from all around the world. Home to one of the oldest civilizations of the world, ‘the Harappa’ and ‘Mohenjo daro’, India has a lot in the offing to people having different interests. India is the seventh largest country in the world, so it is supposed to have an abundance of fascinating places, and it does.
While people in the west are familiar with ‘Taj Mahal’, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but ‘Taj Mahal’ is like a small star in a big galaxy. India has a plenty of places that are not known to many people even the natives, let alone foreign visitors. I today in this blog post will familiarize you with 15 less known tourist spots in India that you can check out when you visit India. If you have already planned a trip to India, then you must make sure that you have these 15 spots written in your ‘places to visit in India’ list.
As soon as you enter Rajasthan, you will get the feeling that you are at some historical place where a countless number of battles took place in the past. While Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer are renowned tourist spots, but you should add the name of ‘Osian’, which is a small village in Jodhpur district. Osian is rich in historical architecture, which will excite those who love going back in time. Moreover, you will see the historical architecture in the oasis in the Thar Desert, which further adds to the delight. There are some pretty old temples, dated back to 8th and 11th century in the village as well.
Beaches in Goa lure many visitors, but that makes the place a whole lot crowded. If you are looking to spend some time in peace and experience the true beauty of nature, then you should visit Tarkarli, which is situated in Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra. You are going to experience serene waters and long beaches. Peace prevails in these beaches, plus these beaches are non-commercialized beaches, which means you will hardly see any crowd.
Kerala, popularly known as God’s own country is the southernmost state of India. The state was built by Lord Parshuram who is an Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Kerala is known for its spices including the king of spices, i.e., ‘Black Pepper’. Kerala has many beautiful beaches, some of the oldest temples in the world and exotic wildlife. While many tourists prefer to go to places like Alleppey, Cochin, and Kovalam, I will suggest that you should go to Gavi, which is a part of Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is on the highway that connects Kollam (Kerala) and Madurai (Tamil Nadu).
Lonar Crater, Maharashtra
If natural historical landmarks fascinate you, then you must visit Lonar Crater, which is situated in Buldana district. Lonar Crater Lake was formed due to a meteor impact around 570,000 years ago. This is also identified as a saline soda lake because of the large concentration of carbonate salts. Do add this place to your list.
Killar-Kishtwar Highway, Himachal Pradesh, and J&K
You must be thinking what’s on a highway, right? Well, this is not just any other highway that you will see, but this is a highway with narrow roads, landslides, and roadblocks. Jammu and Kashmir as we all know is always hot due to political issues, but the state remains pleasant during summers and gets extremely cold during winters. So, a road trip from Himachal Pradesh to J&K will be a ride to remember for you. If you are going for camping in Himachal Pradesh or J&K, then you must carry a frying pan. A copper frying pan would be the best, but don’t forget to check red copper pan reviews before buying one.
Kasar Devi and Hippie Hill/Crank’s Ridge, Uttarakhand
When we talk about hill stations in India, then Himachal Pradesh is what pops out in our mind, but Uttarakhand is also known for beautiful mountain ranges, picturesque views, and loads of fun. Himachal Pradesh always remains occupied with visitors because it is an obvious tourist spot, but Uttarakhand is the place where real fun can be experienced. Kasar Devi Village is a great place to visit because it is an incredible place where you can hear the voice of your soul. Another place in the region is Crank’s Ridge or Hippie Hill, and it may come as a surprise for you that some of the western legends such as Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Allen Ginsberg have visited this place when Hippie movement was at its peak in the 60s. Steve Jobs and Co spend some days in the Uttarakhand before they started with the company which we all know as ‘Apple Inc.’ today.
If you don’t want to spend your holidays in the city, then travel to Wayanad in Kerala. This district is anything but urbanized. You are going to find a lot of trees, historical monuments, and other natural beauties, but no humanity. Make sure you visit Edakkal caves because there you will find pictorial writings that are assumed from the Neolithic period.
Usually, people travel to Himachal Pradesh or Jammu and Kashmir whenever they are in a mood to experience snow. They simply assume that these two states will fulfill their requirements of playing winter sports, but that’s completely ignorant on their part. If you like doing skiing, then you don’t have to visit Himachal Pradesh or J&K, but you have to pack your bags and go to Auli, Uttarakhand. Auli is known for having the world’s highest artificial lake. Moreover, Auli is the place where Snow Skiing National championships take place.
Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh
The southern portion of India knows everything, but snow. The weather remains pleasant during winters, but have you ever heard that there has been snowfall in South India? Well, if you haven’t, then you must not have visited Lambasingi, which is among those rarest places in South India where it snow. This place has also got a nickname, i.e., ‘Kashmir of South India’ because of the temperature and the low temperature. The temperature in Lambasingi stays between 0 degree Celsius and 10 degree Celsius. So, if you want to enjoy a bit of cold in a hot and wet area like Andhra Pradesh, then do visit Lambasingi.
In India, the northeast is perhaps the least explored sites. Many Indians don’t know what’s where in the east, so what can be expected from the visitors. But, one this is certain, North India is full of surprises and if you want to start your adventure to Northeast, then there is no better place than Haflong, Assam. Those in love for pork like this place a lot because here they serve the best pork that you can have in India. Moreover, the scenic beauty of this place will take your breath away. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year.
Krem Mawmluh and Krem Ri Blai, Meghalaya
While exploring of caves is a normal thing in the world, it hasn’t gained as much popularity in India. There are so many caves in the country that are yet to be fully explored. There are two caves in Meghalaya by the name of Krem Ri Blai and Krem Mawmluh. The former one is the vertical cave while the latter is a horizontal one. If you are visiting northeast India, then make sure you visit Meghalaya and these two caves.
Keibul Lamjao on Loktak Lake, Manipur
It is not just the boxers that hail from Manipur, but the state is home to many natural beauties as well. There is only one floating park in the world and it is situated in Manipur. If you want to visit this park, then kindly book your ticket for Keibul Lamjao, which is a small town of Bishnupur district. The floating park has been formed due to the decomposed plant material that has accumulated on the surface of the lake, thus giving the look of a floating park. The place is also the home of one of the endangered species of deer, i.e., ‘Sangai Deer’.
This place is famous for its relation with Lord Shiva. If Hindu mythology is to believe, then Lord Shiva stopped by this location and taken rest for an entire night while he was travelling to Kashi (present day Varanasi). He was not alone at that time, as there were 10 million other gods and goddesses accompanying him. The story goes like this, “Lord Shiva asked everyone to sleep at Unakoti and wake up before sunrise. But, in the morning, nobody woke up except Lord Shiva, and he began the journey alone, cursing all others to turn into stone images." You will find the most detailed stone carvings at this place, which happens to be those 10 million gods and goddesses. This is a perfect destination for those who are immensely indulged into spirituality and also those who love Indian history. This particular place is not known to many Indians, and that’s what makes it so special. You should visit this place during your stay in the Northeast India.
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
All the above-mentioned tourist spots have some historical aspects associated with them, but the town named Ziro is known for a unique event. Ziro is a small town of Arunachal Pradesh, which has been hosting Ziro Festival of Music for past many years. Though the event is not that big, yet it is able to draw a large number of crowds. If you want to enjoy a music festival in one of the remotest places in India, then you are welcome in Ziro.
Nuranang Falls, Arunachal Pradesh
If you have enjoyed the musical festival in Ziro, then it’s time to move on and experience another great music, but this time, it will be played by the water. You should definitely go to Nuranang Falls, which is perhaps the most attractive waterfalls in the Northeast India. Many movie directors have done shootings on this waterfall and since then, the place has become even much bigger tourists spot. It is located around two kilometers away from Jang town on the road that connects Bomdila and Tawang.
So, these are 15 less-known tourist spots in India that should not remain ‘less-known’ because they are equally fascinating and thrill filling as the popular tourist spots. If you live in India, then you can relate better to some of the things that I have described a certain place in this post. If you are coming to India from some other country, even then, you will find all these places extremely exciting. Though India has a population of 1.3 billion people, but you won’t feel the same when visiting these places.
One important thing that I would like to add here is, if you are not sure about whether you can eat the food that is served on the roads of India or in the restaurants, then you can bring along some utensils so that you can prepare your own food after buying grocery from the Indian stores. Some people don’t have a flexible digestive system, so the overdose of spices can upset their stomach.
Apart from that, you are going to like moving around India, seeing things of different regions and cultures. You have to bring out the wanderer in you because only then, you will be able to explore the places and enjoy to the fullest. The places we have discussed will be new to many Indians as well, so I will suggest if you go on the internet and read a bit about each of these places in order to avoid any issues later on. With that, I would like to wish you a great journey to India. The diverse, vibrant and passionate cultures of India awaits you.
About Author: Monica Henin is a contributing on AddonKitchen.