Travel & Explore 2 : 5 Unexplored Places to Visit in India

We suppose there is still some gas left in your tank, and it’s difficult to put a leash on your wanderlust and if you still can’t get enough out of the places mentioned in the previous list, then here we are back again with another set 6 of unexplored places to visit in India

Prepare yourselves……

1. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley

Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is located in the Lower Subansiri District of the Apatani Plateau. The region is rich in rice fields and it is surrounded by mountains that are full of pine trees in great numbers. 

One of the most important characteristics of Ziro valley is its cool summers and cool winters. Besides lush bamboo forests and picturesque trails lined with tall blue & green pines is the Talley Wildlife Sanctuary’ which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town, which serves home to the elusive clouded leopards and provides for an enthralling time to all the wildlife enthusiasts.

Dolo Mando is a hillock that is situated on the western side of Ziro on the Daporijo Road.

The place is ideal for trekking with the rewards of spectacular views. One has to trek to this place to get the amazing view of the town of Hapoli and parts of Old Ziro.

Trekking is the only way to reach the hillock of Dolo Mando. The month of spring season i.e., February to April are ideal to visit. The sky remains clear, and hence one can get spectacular views of the valley.

Ziro Music Festival

Every September, since 2011, a sundry mix of music enthusiasts have been thronging the remote valley of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh along with the Apatani tribesmen to produce an extended weekend that showcases the best of independent music in India.

 Ziro Festival of Music, is, undoubtedly one of the most sought after outdoor music festivals in India.

Every year the festival is held at Ziro, a town in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh of North East India in the month of September.

From Tetseo Sisters to Rewben Mashangva, Thermal & a Quarter to Boomerang, Dualist Inquiry to Nicholson,  festival witnessed 35 acts by national and international bands and artists. This year the festival is sxheduled to be held between 27th September to 30th september 2018. 

How to Reach Ziro Valley:

The nearest airport from Ziro is at Jorhat, Assam which is 98 kms away. Another airport is at Lilabari, which is at a distance of 123 kms from Ziro.

The nearest railway stations from Ziro are at Naharalagun (100 kms) and North Lakhimpur (117 kms)

One can also take a night bus from Guwahati to Ziro.

2. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Often referred to as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures.

The mesmerising beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals.

Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist. Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape.

Khajjiar is a small plateau which also has a small lake which is one of the most favored tourist spots in this town. Khajjiar is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests and it is also known for its beautiful temples.

This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc.

Khajjiar is a must visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie and its nearby regions. However, the way to Khajjiar can be closed sometimes during winters because of heavy snowfall.

Khajjar Lake

How to reach Khajjiar:

The nearest railway station is in Pathankot and then a taxi can get you to Khajjiar. Alternatively, you can reach to Chamba or Dalhousie by bus and then take a cab from there.

3. Parule and Bhogwe, Maharashtra

The Konkani settlement of Parule was once Parulya gramam, built around a Surya temple where the rays of the setting sun touched the idol before disappearing over the horizon. 

The temple’s renovation may have eclipsed this phenomenon, but the magic of the region is intact. Stay with the Samants at Maachli while enjoying life on a farm milk a cow, get a fish spa treatment in a natural stream, go on a plantation walk and learn how to use a laath (the traditional method of drawing water for irrigation) as you relish delicious Malvani cuisine.

Go on a morning nature trail to a shepherd’s temple or a longer sunset trek to the beach. Nearby, Bhogwe, lying in the shadow of Tarkarli, has remained unnoticed by travellers. 

But the rustic eco cottages made of bamboo, cane and thatch offer stunning coastal views and an enriching experience. Visit a devrai (sacred grove) or cashew-processing units, go bird-watching in serene mangroves in country crafts, and enjoy sunsets at Kille Nivti fort before taking a boat ride to Golden Rocks.

Bhogwe beach is amongst the prettiest and most secluded beaches in Konkan. Located on the Sagari Mahamarg connecting Malvan to Vengurla Bhogwe has Nivati as its neighbour.

Bhogwe beach is the unending stretch of beach to the north of Nivati fort. The beach is scattered with rocks and if you plan to take a dip take a close look before you venture into the sea to avoid any injury.

Places of stay:

Bhogwe and Vengurla are set on southern edge of Konkan bordering Goa is home to simple seaside hotels overlooking Arabian Sea offering excellent views and attracting local getaway seekers from Goa, Kolhapur and Belgaum.

4. Halebidu, Karnataka

Halebiduis located in Hassan district in Karnataka is surely on the unexplored places in India to Visit. Ketumalla, the chief of staff of Hoysala Kingdom, built this temple during 1121 A.D and attributed to his king, Vishnuvardhana and queen, Shantala Devi.

Even then it is learnt that it took 105 years to complete. If one stands on the platform of the temple and sees around he will see the hills opposite and two big bulls facing the temple and Ganeshafigure on the south.

It is believed that Queen Shantala Devi, was an epitome of beauty and fashion, she was also a great Bharatnatyam dancer and musician. Sculptors were inspired by this and the Shilabalikas, the dancing figures, are models of Queen Shantala Devi and her courtisans.

History of Hoysalas mentions Shantala Devi had great influence in the adminstration and religious reforms during Vishnuvardhana reign. She was follower of Jainism and the King follower of Sri Vaishnaism and was influenced by Saint Ramanuja Charya.

Monolithic soapstone or Chloritic Schist was used for the construction of these temples.The God on the northern side temple is called as Shanthaleshwara and that on southern side is called as Hoysaleshwara.

The walls of the temple are covered with an endless depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and Shilabalikas. Yet no two postures of the sculptures are similar.

How to Reach Halebidu:

Halebidu is well connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. Regular buses ply from Hassan. 

  • Route: NH4 to Nelamangala; NH-48 to Hassan via Kunigal,Yediyur and Channarayapatna.
  • Nearest Railway: Hassan
  • Nearest Airport: BIA, Bangalore

5. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi, located in the Rameshwaram district of Tamil Nadu, is the place where the wonders of nature and man become one.

A place shrouded in mystery, this is a place that’s easy to miss by the regular tourist. Not only because it’s not really a part of the tourist map, but also because this place is hard to reach.

Nonetheless, Dhanushkodi is a place an exploring traveller would love to visit and know more about. For reaching this place one needs to cross over to the Pamban Island from the mainland. 

The best way to do this is by train, through the famous Pamban Bridge.

It’s here that the journey to Dhanushkodi begins through several fishing villages, accompanied by the mesmerising views of the Palk Strait on both sides.

The Palk Strait is the one that stretches between India and Sri Lanka.

After a rather bumpy ride, which is only possible on 4×4 vehicles, thanks to some large sandy stretches on the way, the ‘ghost town’ of Dhanushkodi will welcome you. 

A long time ago, especially during the British Raj, Dhanushkodi was a small yet prosperous town.

 It had everything you expect a town full of residents to have–railway station, a church, a temple, a post office, and houses, among other things.

This mysterious town makes at number 5 in this list of unexplored places to visit in India.

How to Reach :

Dhanushkodi does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Rameswaram, at a distance of 21 kms from Dhanushkodi.

After reaching Rameshwaram one can easily take readily available cab service.

 

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