India is a land of geographical and cultural diversity. From high-rise mountains to vast plains, endless desert to the deep azure ocean, it is an abode to all these marvelous creations of nature. On the cultural side, we have 29 different states, each having its set of customs and traditions. I need not say that India has no dearth of beautiful travel destinations
. But, the fact that it has so much to offer to travelers often leaves them in a state of perplexity. They tend to go for the most popular places that are commercialized and miss out on some amazing offbeat destinations. So, if you are interested in taking the road less traveled, then read on to learn about some underrated travel destinations that aren’t saturated by tourists but surely have a lot to offer!
BHIMBETKA CAVES, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA
If history is your cup of tea then, this place should be a must on your travel list. The cave paintings at Bhimbetka depict animals, cultures, festivals and rituals of their era. It is a place where you can get a glimpse of the earliest trace of human life on the Indian subcontinent.
Also known as “White Ant Hillock,” Haflong is situated 310 kilometers from Guwahati at an altitude of 680 meters above sea level. It is the only hill station in Assam, and the picturesque views are a treat to the eyes. The Haflong Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in north-east India.
ZIRO, ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Zero is one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh and the headquarters of Lower Subansiri District. It is a beautiful hill station located at about 1500 meters above mean sea level in the midst of pine clad mountains. It is one of those rare places which is gifted with an agreeable climate throughout the year.
KHIMSAR DUNES VILLAGE, RAJASTHAN
Only accessible by jeep, camel or horseback, this vast, remote stretch of sand dunes resonates the beauty of the Thar Desert. The Khimsar Dunes Village is a mere 15 minutes drive from the Khimsar Fort. History, leisure and desert sports make this place a perfect holiday destination.
TAWANG, ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Situated at the height of about 3500 meters above sea level, Tawang is a beautiful hill town that houses several monasteries. It is also known to be the birthplace of Dalai Lama. The natural beauty and solitude of Gudi and Chong-Chugai ranges, Tawang-chu River and Tawang valley, are very mesmerizing. This is a place which is indeed historically as well as naturally endowed.
KAAS PLATEAU, MAHARASHTRA
The Kaas Plateau, also known as the Kaas Pathar or Kas Sadas, is Maharashtra’s very own valley of flowers. It is located 25 kilometers west of Satara city and offers the spectacular sight of 850 different species of flowers! So, if you wish to be surrounded by a bounty of colorful blossoms and nothing else for quite a distance, then this is the place where you should go.
This is a large river island in the Brahmaputra river and is about 20 kilometers from the city of Jorhat. It is referred to as the “cultural capital of Assam” and is an ideal visit during the monsoons when the river is full and swollen. Majuli is also the abode of the Assamese neo-Vaisnavite culture, resplendent with many festivals throughout the year.
MAWLYNNONG VILLAGE, MEGHALAYA
Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district, well-known for its cleanliness and natural beauty. It has been touted as “the cleanest village in Asia, meadows, ” and the locals make sincere efforts to keep the place immaculate. So, if you are a cleanliness freak, then this place is a must visit for you.
SHOJHA, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Shojha is a little village that nestles in the Seraj Valley. It is set at an elevation of about 2600 meters above sea level. The beauty of this sleepy hill village will leave you mesmerized for sure. RaMeadows, gently undulating slopes, and the lush greenery all around is a sight you would not want to miss! You can take little walks to the mountain jungles, encounter waterfalls all of a sudden and get thoroughly lost in nature.
TARKARLI BEACH, MAHARASHTRA
Pristine waters alongside a long and narrow stretch of beach are what this place is all about. It presents a panoramic view with tall ‘Shuru’ trees in the background. Tarkarli beach is one of the most peaceful and non-commercialized beaches in India.
NUBRA VALLEY, JAMMU & KASHMIR
Surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan ranges, Nubra Valley lies sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. This beautiful valley which seems to have come out straight from a master piece
lies on the Silk Route, about 140 kilometers from Leh. The beauty of this heavenly place is breathtaking!