India, a land marveled for its myriad hues and colours that change with the changing directions of the sun. This land of reveries and serene spirituality cannot be expressed in words; it can only be experienced. Still, we would compile a list of a few relatively unexplored places in this beautiful country, that do not get the attention they deserve.
1. Malana, Himachal Pradesh:
Malana, an ancient village, nestled on the fringes of the Himalayas, is impassable for most of the year because of the snow. This quaint hamlet, has its own set of rules that need to be followed in a stringent manner lest you might end up paying fine of upto 1000 INR. A trek to this place is welcoming as well as enchanting with the lofty mountains, kissing the sky, waiting to take your breath away, lakes of blue, pristine waters and lush greenery. One of the hidden spots of India, this place has been taken out of a painter’s canvass!!
2. Hogenakkal, Karnataka:
A quaint spot close to Bangalore, Hogenakkal will mesmerize you with its huge waterfall, which you can reach on the parisals, or round boats.These are round boats made of bamboo, and covered with buffalo hide. Hogenakkal will mesmerize you with its untouched fabulousness and unexplored terrain.
3. Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh:
It is an extremely popular adventure destination, but other than the die-hard adventure freaks, very few people have heard of it. : Bir-Billing is located in the Bajinath Tehsil of Kangra village in Himachal Pradesh. Bir is a beautiful village, dotted with green meadows and scenic tea gardens, and Billing is the main spot for paragliding. Though this place is one of the best paragliding spots in the world, yet it is not a frenzied tourist destination and a nice getaway to escape the monotonous hustle and bustle of the city life.
4. Barot, Himachal Pradesh:
Barot ,a hamlet by the banks of river Uhl is another unknown town quite close to Bir-Billing is a beautiful place, nestled in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is an excellent place for camping, rappelling and fishing, and yes, the trout served here is truly scrumptious.
5. Majuli, Assam:
Known as the ‘world’s largest freshwater island’, Majuli on the river Brahmaputra is places 20kms from the city of Jorhat. And no, it is not a sleepy little island as you might be thinking, but is a very lively place that hosts colorful festivities all the year round. A must visit off-beat destination.
6. Champaner-Pavagadh, Gujarat:
History buffs and travel freaks, both of you can’t afford to miss this one. Champaner-Pavagadh is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and it will totally spellbind you with its perpetual appeal that transcends the boundaries of geography and time.
7. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh:
Branded as the ‘mini Switzerland of India’ this place lies dotted with rolling hills, meandering lakes and green meadows. Just 40 kms from Dalhousie, it is a great weekend getaway to relax your sore eyes and also to indulge in some adventure activities such as paragliding, horse-riding, trekking etc.
8. Varkala, Kerela:
Travel to this off-beat little village situated in the ‘God’s own country’, Kerela. Adorned with pristine beaches, towering lighthouses and a rustic old world charm, Varkala is also known for various adventure activities like paragliding and parasailing. So whether you are looking for an adventure filled holiday or one where you just want to lay back and gaze at the marvels of nature, this is the perfect place for you!