Less visited places in India
1. Krem Mawmluh & Krem Ri Blai, Meghalaya (Cave exploration)
Location - 120 kms from Guwahati
Best time to visit - November to April
Krem Mawmluh and Krem Ri Blai, in Mehgalaya, are natural horizontal and vertical caves respectively. Wade through waist deep water, Crawl under 2 ˝ feet of ceiling, stalactite and stalagmite formations, rock fossil formations and bats. The total distance of a beginner's trek in this cave system is about 5 kms and boasts beautiful formations, the roar of an underground river system, vertical climbs and crystal clear pools with crabs and small fish- these creatures. Those seeking adventure and sport this is definately the place to come to.
2. Gavi, Kerala (Wildlife trek/jeep safari)
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Location - 160 Kms from Nedumbassery Airport Ernakulam
Best time to visit - plan your trip from September to February. Monsoons from June to September. Summer is too humid from March to May is not preferable.
We usually associate trekking with mountains and hills. But this is one wildlife trek you wouldn't want to miss. Located in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, on the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai, Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is said that the only two gopher trees in India can be found in Gavi. It is less crowded , can spot wild elephants and gaurs, boating, waterfalls, lush greenery, view of Sabarimala.
3. Talasari Beach, Odisha (Beach)
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This is one of those few beaches in Odisha which are untouched and unspoilt by man or time. Take a two day offbeat trip to Talasari beach, Odisha and relax in the refreshing waters and chill on the virgin beaches. Also known as the red crab island. October to March is the best period to visit Talasari Beach. The summers and monsoons are best avoided for the hot and humid climate that Talasari faces during these months.
4.Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh) (Pilgrimage)
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Location - 200 kms from Khajuraho, 280 from Varanasi
Best time to visit - Chitrakoot is open for tourists in all season.
The town’s spiritual legacy dates back to the period of the Ramayana. According to the Ramayana, lord Ram, along with his brother and wife, stayed in Chitrakoot for a large part of his 14-year exile from his kingdom. Chitrakoot’s top tourist attractions include Ram Ghat on the bank of the Mandakini river, the Gupt Godavari Caves, the Hanuman Dhara temple, the Bharat Milap temple and the Kamadgiri temple, among others. The Sati Anasuya Ashrama, located 16 km from the town, is another tourist attraction and finds special mention in the Ramayana.
5. Dudhwa National Park (Uttar Pradesh) (Wildlife)
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Location - 435 kms from Delhi. From Lucknow 240 kms
Best time to visit - Open from 15th November to 15th June every year.
It lies between India and Nepal in the Lakhimpur- Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh and has buffer of reserved forest areas on the northern and southern areas. Dudhwa houses the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. These include Sal forests, grasslands and swamps. Apart from being home to a sizeable number of tigers, it is the last refuge of critically endangered sub-species of the swamp deer known as the Barasingha. The great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, crocodiles and garuda are the other main attractions at the park.
6. Lambasingi, Araku valley, Andhra Pradesh (hill station)
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Location - 100 kms from Vishakapatanam
Best time to visit - Nov to Jan
The very fact that Lambasingi, in Vishakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, is one of those rare places in South India that boasts of snowfall makes this village an amazing place. Temperatures during winters remain between 0 and 10 degree Celsius. Some years tempreture goes below 0° C in winters, December and January being the coldest months of the year. This is the only place in Southern India, where you can experience snowfall sometimes in winter. Even in seasons other than winter, sunlight falls only after 10 AM in the morning. The local people are engaged in the pepper and coffee plantations. earning it the nickname, 'Kashmir of South India'.
7. Killar-Kishtwar Highway, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir (Road trip)
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Location - NH 26, Around 230 kms drive. The road starts in Keylong, Himachal and ends in Kishtwar, Jammu.
You cannot be a true traveler until you go on an exciting road trip. Speaking of which, the one trail you need to experience is the treacherous but life-changing ride from Himachal Pradesh to Jammu & Kashmir through the Killar-Kishtwar Highway. Not for the faint hearted, this scenic mountain pass is even more fun if you're traveling with fellow bikers. Just keep yourself updated on news about landslides and roadblocks.
8. Gurez/Gurais (Jammu and Kashmir) (Hill station)
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Location - 120 kms from Srinagar, 90kms from Bandipore
Best time to visit - Gurez typically remains cutoff in Winter from Mid-December to March. The ideal time to visit Gurez is between May and October.
The Gurez or Gurais valley in northern Jammu & Kashmir is situated at about 8,000ft (2,400m) above sea level. Located on the Indo-Pak border, the Gurais region is divided into three parts – only one of which lies in India and is part of the 1.12 Gurez/Gurais (Jammu and Kashmir) 26 | Unexplored tourism destinations of India Bandipore/Bandipora district. The central township in the area is at Dawar. Due to heavy snowfall, the valley remains cut-off from the rest of the country for nearly six months every year. Gurez is famous for its natural beauty, being located in a valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The Kishenganga river flows through the valley, which adds to the picturesque beauty of the region. The most famous peak in the valley, shaped like a pyramid, is the Habba Khatoon. The region is also known to the trekkers due to its natural beauty. Gurez also has historical significance and fell along a section of the ancient Silk Route that connected the Kashmir Valley to Gilgit. The residents of the valley belong to the Shina speaking tribe of Dards. The culture and language of this tribe is different from that of the rest of the Kashmir and is closer to the tribes in north Pakistan.
9. Unakoti, Tripura (Pilgrimage)
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Location - 145kms from Agartala airport. 65 kms from Tripura
Best time to visit - October to April are the best period to visit
The stone carvings in Unakoti in Tripura are one of the most detailed ones in India and yet, this place is rarely visited. As per Hindu mythology, when Lord Shiva was going to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses, he made a night halt at this location. He asked all of them to wake up before sun rise. It is said that in the morning, except Shiva himself, no one else woke up on time. So Shiva set out for Kashi on his own cursing the others to become stone images.Perfect for both spirituality and history enthusiasts, this is truly one of the most underrated places in the country. These carvings are located at a beautifully landscaped forest area with green vegetation all around which add to the beauty of the carvings
10. Majuli island Assam (Pilgrimage)
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Location - It is located at a distance of about 20 km from Jorhat town and about 200 km east of Guwahati.
Best time to visit - The best time to visit is between November to March as the weather and wildlife view is satisfactory.
Majuli Island on the Brahmaputra in Assam was declared the largest inhabited river island in the world, toppling Marajo in Brazil, by Guinness World Records. Majuli is home to the pristine cultural heritage of Assam and the ‘‘Vaisnavite’’ shrines, popularly known as ‘‘Sattras’’. As such, the island has been a principal place of pilgrimage for the last 400 years. There are about 25-26 Satras still present in Majuli. But presently it is well known for having suffered from two natural hazards - severe bank erosion and flooding.