When it comes to travelling, many like to choose the off beat path. Be it to trek or just to explore a new place. India has many places that don’t gather many tourists as some of these places are quite hard to get to.
Here is a list of some breathe taking destinations which will help you travel like an explorer.
1. Gulf Of Mannar
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The Gulf of Mannar is located in the Coromandel coast between Tuticorin and Dhanushkodi. The gulf is home to the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park which has rare flora and fauna. This is also known as the Palk Strait.
Distance from nearest metropolitan: 483Km from Chennai.
Known for: The marine national park is home to dugongs and rare corals.
2. Daman And Diu
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The islands are the union terriories to India. Situated in the Arabian Sea. Known for their pristine beaches. Diu is located in Gulf of Cambay. Daman and Diu lies on the Gujarat coast.
Distance from nearest metro: 180.5Km From Mumbai.
Known for: Pristine beaches and forts.
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A tropical archipalego, this is the smallest union territory in India. It’s home to many species of marine fish, coral, seaweed and birds. It’s also one of the coral reef regions in India.
Distance from the nearest metro: 538 km from Bangalore.
Known for: The island is breeding ground for sea turtles and has been declared a bird sanctuary.
4. Rann Of Kutch
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The Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world. Located in the Kutch district of Gujarat. It’s reputed to be one of the hottest regions in India.
Location from nearest city: 272 km from Ahmedabad.
Known for: The salt plains are famous for the Indian Wild Ass, and an annual kite festival which gathers visitors from all over the world.
5. Spiti Valley
Spiti is the desert mountain located in the north-eastern part of the Himalayan range. Spiti literally means the middle land. It’s named rightly so, as it is the land between India and Tibet.
Location from nearest metro: 742 Km from Delhi.
Known for: The beautiful monastery, Tabo, which is said to be the Dalai Lama’s favourite and the oldest monastery, Key. The valley also houses India’s highest and last village, Chitkul.
6. Krem Mawmluh
Meghalaya is the first limelight natural cave in India. It’s also the 4th longest in the Indian sub-continent. The region of Cherapunjee, Meghalaya has many other caves, too.
Distance from the nearest metropolitan: 1098 Km from Kolkata.
Known for: The limestone formations.
Things to do: Cave explorers love this region as there are many caves to explore.
7. Double Roots Bridge, Meghalaya
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The double roots bridge in Meghalaya is man-made marvel. At over 50 meters in length, the longest known example of a living root bridge is near the small Khasi town of Pynursla.
Distance from nearest metropolitan: 1,160.1 km from Kolkata.
Known for: Aerial roots from the banyan tree.
Things to do: You can fish, walk on the root bridges and visit a thunderous waterfall nearby.
8. Roopkund Lake
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Roopkund lake is a high altitude glacial lake located in the Uttarkhand state. The lake remains frozen most of the time, but when it does melt, one can see a number of skeletons at the bottom of the lake. The lake is surrounded by snow-clad mountains.
Distance from nearest metropolitan: 305km from Delhi
Known for: The skeletons found at the bottom of the lake.
Things to do: The trek to the Roopkund lake is quite tedious and famous. It’s a popular trekking destination.
9. Zanskar Valley
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The majestically rugged terrain is situated in the Kargil, region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chadar trek in this region is known to be the most challenging treks in the world. This trek can only be done in the winter, when the river is fully frozen.
Distance from nearest metropolitan: 1228 Km from Delhi.
Known for: The Chadar Trek.
Things to do: Trek. Trek and trek.
10. Dzukou Valley
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Dzukou valley in the states of Nagaland and Manipur. It’s situated just behind the magnificent Japfu peak.
Distance from nearest metropolitan: 1352.9 Kms from Kolkata.
Known for: Known for the rare kind of Lily that grows in the region.
Things to do: Trekking. Nature enthusiats will also find a rare kind of Lily flower which strangely only grows in this region.
11. Netrani Islands
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Netrani island is located in the Arabian sea, very close to the town of Murudeshwar, Mangalore. This island is known for its palm-fringed backwaters and clear tropical waters.
Distance from nearest metropolitan: 372km from Bangalore.
Known for: The beaches and for water sport activities, regular whale sighting.
Things to do: Snorkelling and scuba diving.
12. Stok Kangri
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Situated at the elevation of 6351 meters, it’s the highest trekking summit in India. Ideal for both beginners and experienced climbers. The Stok is located in Ladakh.
Distance from the nearest metropolitan: 1043km from Delhi.
Known for: The trek trail.
Things to do: Trekking. Wildlife enthusiasts can also spot the elusive Snow leopard.
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