If you want to add a bit of adventure and want to move away from the usual cliché destinations, explore something different on your next vacation. “Every place has a new story”, they say. So why not explore this new story and add some amount of freshness while manifesting something new, yet raw.
So, planning a vacation? Just have a look at these unexplored places in India which might grab your attention.
1. Chail, Himachal Pradesh
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Built as a summer retreat for the Maharaja of Patiala, Chail is considered to be the hiker’s paradise. A beautiful palace with ornate furniture, charming cottages, thick forests, quiet walks, elegant lawns, Badminton and Lawn Tennis court, Chail offers that perfect holiday you have been looking for!
Places to visit
Palace Hotel: The Palace Hotel has an interesting history attached to it, and you definitely want to visit it to know the same.
Cricket Ground: Chail boasts of having the highest cricket ground of the world
Horse Riding: In the difficult terrain of Kufri, Horse Riding is an essential means of reaching the Highland.
When to Visit: Chail is beautiful in summers when the days are warm and the nights are cool. As such, the best time to visit would be April to July, September to November
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://www.holidify.com/places/chail/sightseeing-and-things-to-do.html
2. Gavi, Kerala
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Love Trekking? This is one wildlife trekking experience you sure would not want to miss. Trekking is usually associated with mountain and hills, but this trekking destination is worth exploring. This is a splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature: endangered species such as The Nilgiri Tahr, The Lion-Tailed Macaque, The Great-Pied Hornbill, woodpecker, and The Kingfishers.
When to visit: Gavi can be visited throughout the year
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://gavi.kfdcecotourism.com/
3. Champaner, Pavagadh, Gujarat
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If you are in the mood to explore Indian history, do pay a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is said that the Pavagadh hills are nothing but a chunk of the Himalayas carried over by Hanuman during Ramayana. The Champaner-Pavagadh park is open all throughout the year and is a delight visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of design. There are eleven different types of buildings in this Archaeological park including Mosques, Temples, Granaries, Tombs, Walls, Wells and Terraces!
Places to visit
Jami Masjid: The Largest Mosque of Champaner, this is a must-visit for all history lovers
Helical Stepped Well: An ancient engineering marvel, this place has its own history, which you sure would love to explore.
Mandvi or Custom House: Used as a Customs house during the Maratha rule, this place is a must-visit for the tourists
When to visit: October to February
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1101/documents/
4. Kanatal, Uttarakhand
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This is such a pretty little hamlet for the Romantics. If you are looking to visit a place which is not infested with tourists, is calm and unexplored, do visit Kanatal near Mussoorie. This place is full of romance with stunning views and hospitable hotels. This place is a perfect getaway for couples.
Places to visit
Tehri dam: This is one of the finest excursions from Kanatal. With two rivers confluencing here, the surroundings beauty is worth a watch
Kodia Jungle: It is a pristine home to the best secrets of nature and mankind. The place is dominated by nature’s objects like rivers, hills and fields. This makes it the perfect choice for a laidback vacation
When to visit: Kanatal can be visited throughout the year
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/utdb/?q=kanatal
5. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
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An under-explored hill town, Tirthan Valley has something to offer to everyone: Adventure sports, Trout Fishing, view of the Pine-studded landscape and even trekking, everything is punched into one beautiful combination at this valley. Rightly addressed as the untouched and mystified beauty, Tirthan valley is a destination with plethora of delights.
Top delights: River Crossing, Trout Fishing, Trekking in the Great Himalayan National Park, Serloskar lake, Waterfalls, Jalori Pass, Rock Climbing
When to visit: March to June, October-November
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://www.holidify.com/places/tirthan-valley/#
6. Nubra Valley, Jammu & Kashmir
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Nubra valley lies on the Silk route, about 140 kilometers away from Leh. It is a land of ethereal beauty and seems though it has stepped out straight from the book of art. A destination, which will mesmerize you and make you wonder India has so much beauty to offer! You can see mountains, falls, desert, greenery all at one place.
Places to visit
Khardung La Pass: It is claimed, undisputably to be the world’s highest motorable pass.
Camel safari at Hunder: Take the Bactrian Camel ride through a series of photogenic sand dunes
Silk Route Festival: Do find some time to pay a visit to this festival where you can be a part of archery cultures, Camel rides and dances, and lots of traditional food stalls.
Turtuk: Witness the Apricot trees
When to visit: March to June and September to October.
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://devilonwheels.com/nubra-valley-ladakh-travel-guide/
7. Bundi, Rajasthan
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Famous for hosting a list of visitors like Rudyard Kipling, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Virginia Fass, this town is certainly a “Blast from the Past”. Best known for its old appeal, the town has changed names and hands several times. It still makes for a lovely offbeat holiday in Rajasthan.
To do List: Visit the step wells ( Rani Ji ki Baori is a must see). Others include Dabhai Kund, Nagar Saga Kund
Forts and Palaces: Taragarh Fort, Sukh Mahal
Pavilions or Chatris: Chaurasi Khambon ki Chatri (84 pillared Cenotaph) Wildlife Safaris in Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary
When to visit: October to March
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://wikitravel.org/en/Bundi
8. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
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The lesser known cold mountain desert of Spiti is for travelers who dare to drift from the tourist trails.
Here, you can hike along Snow Leopard and the Wolf habitats, visit monasteries dating back over a 1000 years, sample a fascinating culture and cuisine different from the rest of India, and meet the kindest of people who live the harshest of lives.
Must visit places
Kunzum Pass: The valley top offers a picturesque landscape with stunning view of the Chandra Bhaga ranges that surrounds it on the north sides with snow clapped peaks
Key Monastery: It is one of the biggest and oldest Monasteries in Spiti and hence is the most important tourist destination in this region
Suraj tal lake: it is one of the most dream like and photogenic lakes, and one should not miss visiting this Pin valley
National Park: This national park is home to the rare species of famous Himalayan snow leopards and their prey, the Ibex.
Thangka painting: Thangka painting is a Buddhist painting made on cotton and silk .When they are not used for display, they are rolled and kept on a textile backing which look like Chinese scroll paintings, with a silk cover. They can last for a long time.
Yak safaris and Mountain biking: More adventurous options available for tourists to explore this beautiful region
When to visit: May to October is the best time to visit this valley
To plan a visit, visit this space: http://indiauntravelled.blogspot.in/2014/04/spiti-valley-9-things-to-know.html ; http://www.holidify.com/places/spiti/sightseeing-and-things-to-do.html
9. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
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Home to the oldest erected monument of India, Mandu is a city where you can witness marvelous architectural ruins.
Places to visit
Ship Palace/Jahaz Mahal: Surrounded by pond water, it gives an impression as a floating structure on water due to which it has been named as Jahaz Mahal. A must visit for all!
Rani Rupmati Pavilion: Built to showcase the love of Baz Bahadur for Rani Rupmati, the magnificient Pavilion is still squeaky clean as the old times.
Hoshang’s Tomb: Largely regarded as the oldest marble edifice in India, this architectural phenomenon has been said to have influenced Shah Jahan by leaps and bounds.
Best time to visit: October-March
To plan a visit, visit this space: www.holidify.com/places/mandu/sightseeing-and-things-to-do.html
This is just a list of a few unexplored places in India. There are many other places in India which are yet to be explored! In dilemma about where to stay? Try these themed resorts in India.
If you have visited any of these places, do feel free to add your experience in the comments section below.