All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; – JRR Tolkein
The world is like a book, and those who don’t travel just read one page of it; because life is made of dreams and experiences. So you should never stop dreaming and living up your dreams, after all this life is too short to miss out. This world is an amazing place, that incorporates a lot of surprises in itself. So, shed your baggage, and travel to faraway lands for an incredible adventure. Here we have a list of places that will make you go bonkers over this exciting land called India.
1. Tarkarli, Maharashtra:
Pristine, sandy beaches and clear, blue sky welcome you as you enter the unexplored terrain of Tarkarli. And despite being out-of-the-world beautiful, Tarkarli is not a conventional tourist place that, at times, can be crowded and frustrating. It is bliss to be here, seriously.
2. 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!!
3. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh:
Can you ever imagine a place in Andhra Pradesh that boasts of snowfall? Sounds unbelievable, right? This place called Lambasingi in the Vishakhapatnam is one of those rare places in South India that experiences a snowfall during winters. No wonder it is called the ‘Kashmir of South India’.
4. Osian, Rajasthan:
A perfect place for history lovers, Osian in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, takes you back in time and you can experience the long lost artistic grandeur of ages unperturbed by the vagaries of time.
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. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh:
This place in Himachal, has earned the enviable reputation of being the ‘mini Switzerland of India’. With its untouched surroundings, snow covered mountains and rolling green hills, it is like a European extravaganza at a much cheaper price.
7. Gavi, Kerala:
This place is for the wild and young at heart. So, if you are a wildlife and nature enthusiast, this is one trek you cannot miss, rather you should not miss. Blessed by a variety of flora and fauna, Gavi is a beautiful place tucked in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. It is a part of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
8. Lonar Crater, Maharashtra:
Located in Buldana district in Maharashtra, the Lonar Crater Lake was formed around 570,000 years ago due to a meteor impact. It has a high concentration of carbonated salts; hence it’s categorized as a saline soda lake. So ideally, it is a soda lake formed by a crater. Well, you still need a reason to visit it!! This is the closest you can get to extra terrestrial life, without them scaring the daylights out of you!
9. Krem Mawmluh and Krem Ri Blai Meghalaya:
So you are an adventurer and want to take it to a bit further? Well, how about exploring the relatively unexplored realm of caves. Sounds enticing, right? Krem Mawmluh and Krem Ri Blai, in Mehgalaya, are natural horizontal and vertical caves respectively. And needless to say, these are not to be missed.
10. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh:
This quaint little town in Arunachal Pradesh is a heaven for music lovers, because it has been organizing the Ziro festival of music for the past three years. But even without a crowd pulling event, this place is a must visit because of its beautiful sceneries.