After quilting you with a list of unusually attractive and extravagant places from around the world. We now take our safari wagon to our homeland India. This article enlists some of the unexplored places of India, one must visit. So pack you bags, tighten your seatbelts, and brace yourselves for the ultimate thrill ride.
1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction.
The scenic bliss of the town is refreshing for your senses. There are waterfalls to visit, caves to explore and most importantly walk on the Living Roots Bridge. Created out of the roots of the trees, the bridges are truly a wonder. Don’t’ stop at just this town, backpack throughout Meghalaya.
Mawlynnong has been awarded as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The eco-friendly village community will give you some amazing lessons on life.
How to Reach:
Mawlynnong, located about 90 km from Shillong and 92 kms from Cherrapunjee can be reached by road.
The nearest airport is Shillong.
From Shillong airport you can take a taxi till Khasi Hills Sumo stand at Bara Bazaar market. From here shared sumo run till Mawlynnong.
Mawlynnong can also be visited as part of package tours along with other destinations of the North East.
You can visit it as a day’s trip from either Shillong or Cherrapunjee or you can opt to stay there.
2. Hemis, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
From the serene north-east, let’s move a little up north to the place for adventure lover.
One of the less talked about places in Ladakh, Hemis is a beautiful place surrounded by snow capped ranges all around. Pay a visit to the Hemis Gompa.
The Hemis National Park, the home to the snow leopard is thrilling. Carry your camera, if luck favors you can capture a click. Hemis makes you forget buzzing cities.
In Addition to the national park, one the most eloquent tourist attraction of Hemis is it’s Monastery.
Hemis Monastery is the most popular monastery and tourist attraction in Ladakh. Situated some 45 kms from Leh City, Hemis is tucked on a mountain on the west bank of the serene River Indus.
The monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order or Red Sect of Buddhism and is said to be enriched with a large number of Thangkas or paintings, which are exhibited during the one of the famous festivals in Ladakh, Hemis Festival.
How to reach:
You can fly Indian Airlines from Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar or Chandigarh to Leh, the base station to reach Hemis.
Once at Leh, the park can be reached via road through a rented conveyance or bus, which plies daily from Leh to Hemis.
3. Champaner : Pavagadh, Gujarat
Do you remember that village from the movie Lagaan, know for the indentured peasants and draught. Well this place has got the same name, and somewhat different history.
The film originally was short in Bhuj. Whereas on the other hand, Champaner has had more of a historical appeal to it. Nestled in the Pavagadh hills, this one of the interesting unexplored places of India. Here you can actually imagine the olden days.
The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a delight of Hindu and Islamic styles of designs which date from the 8th to 16th century. The ruins include agricultural buildings, mosques, and a fortress.
This site was once an important religious shrine and point of pilgrimage. Despite its ruinous condition today, it is as special as it is intriguing. In the year 2004, this place got inscribed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
There are palaces, entrance gates and arches, mosques, tombs and temples, residential complexes, agricultural structures and water installations such as stepwells and tanks, dating from the 8th to the 14th centuries. The Kalika Mata Temple, located on top of the 800 metres (2,600 ft) high Pavagadh Hill, is an important Hindu shrine in the region, attracting large numbers of pilgrims throughout the year.
How to Reach Cahmpaner:
The nearest international airport is in Ahmedabad, about 145 km away. From airport; taxis, buses and private vehicles take about one hour to reach the city of Champaner.
Champaner has its own railway station. However Vadodara is the main railway junction, located at a distance of 53 km.
4. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
The sheer serenity in the visuals representing the beauty of this place in two different seasons says everything for Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
Hidden in the high altitudes of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is one of the unexplored places places you must visit once in a lifetime.
Located at an altitude of 14,931 ft, it has a challenging personality. If you are seeking adventure, solace or to escape the cities, then Spiti is where you should be.
The stark mountains have spots of green which are dotted with ancient monasteries. Trekking, camping, mountain biking and other adventures add to the thrill. Spend time in the villages of Ki, Kibber, Kaza, etc. Take a bike trip from Manali to Spiti for a memorable holiday.
How to reach :
If you are anywhere near Delhi or Haryana then you can take a Volvo run by HRTC or HPTDC to Manali from Delhi and then HRTC buses ply buses on Kullu – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza route.
There are two HRTC buses which runs between Manali and Kaza every morning, as soon as road to Spiti Valley via Manali get open in the season, mostly in mid-June.
5. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flowers National Park is located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox,and blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan monal pheasant and other high altitude birds.
At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.
Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km2 and it is about 8 km long and 2 km wide. Nanda Devi National Park Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful unexplored places of India one can visit in the country. The entire valley is titled an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can reach the valley only after trekking. Once you have seen the breathtaking beauty you will not find it hard to imagine heaven.
How to reach Valley of Flowers:
The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around an 11 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun, then another one hour to Gobindghat.
From Gobindghat it is a 13-kilometer (8.1 miles) trek along a steep, narrow, but well defined mountain trail to base camp at Ghangaria.
You can find places to stay at affordable rates.
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