Niks is a travel bird, who has the ambition to explore the globe. He shares some of the offbeat travel destinations in India.
Lesser-Known Travel Destinations in India
We all know the world-famous destinations that tourists love to visit. In India alone, there are numerous spots that are crowded with tourists throughout the entire year.
There are also several places that are best to visit during a particular season. Monsoon, winter, and summer destinations are packed with people as per the seasons.
There is a huge list of the most visited and admired destinations in India like Gulmarg in Kashmir, Tulip Garden in Kashmir, Alleppey backwaters in Kerala, the Golden Temple in Punjab, beaches in Goa, food streets in Delhi, forts of Maharashtra, and many more.
There are travel enthusiasts who love to explore the places unexplored or rarely visited. They are adventure seekers! Let me cast a light on some lesser-known travel locations across India.
1. Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai is one of the highest plunging waterfalls in India, falling from an altitude of 340 meters. It's about three hours away from Cherrapunji. The waterfall has an aura of mist and clouds surrounded by green vegetation. It's recorded as the fourth highest waterfall in the world. The best season to visit is during the monsoon season. There are stairs that take visitors to various viewing spots.
2. Hemis National Park, Jammu, and Kashmir
Hemis is a national park situated at a very high altitude in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Snow leopards are the tourist attraction in this park.
There's heavy snowfall in the mountains of this park, causing the roads to become inaccessible in the winter. So it's recommended to visit this park in summer.
It's less explored as it has no roads for the vehicles plus it lacks the infrastructure. Hemis National Park covers an area of 4,400 square kilometers. It's the largest national park in the southern regions of Asia. It's famous for nature, mountains, animals and historic buildings.
3. Lonar Crater
Lonar Crater is located in Buldhana, Maharashtra. It's about 50,000 years old. One amazing fact about the lake is that it has both saline and alkaline type of water. A comet or asteroid hit this area at an angle of 35 to 40 degrees, causing the shape of the carter to be oval.
You can find monitor lizards here. The 150 meter-deep crater has an average diameter of nearly 1830 meters. NASA is curious about the formation of Lonar Lake. It's the Earth's largest (and the only saltwater) lake in basaltic rock. One of the many mysteries is that compasses don't work here.
4. Tada Falls in Andhra Pradesh
Tada Waterfalls are enveloped in mind-blowing knolls and foliage. It's a silent place loved by the peace-seeking hikers. The walk is quite long and thrilling. Feel the cold water, climb the rocks, and enjoy the walk through the rocky terrains. It's a trek of 10 km. Walk carefully as some of the rocks are slippery.
Tada Waterfalls is not a popular destination, but it is worth visiting. There's vehicle parking near the falls. You have to trek towards the falls. It is a beautiful weekend trip for trekkers near Chennai.
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5. Loktak Lake in Manipur
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. It's spread around an area of 300 square meters. It's home to various species of birds, animals, and aquatic plants. It's the only floating lake in the world.
This lake is located near Moirang, Manipur. It is enriched with natural habitats prospering over the water. Its support in the economy of Manipur is very vital. This lake's water is utilized for drinking, irrigation, and hydropower generation. If you are planning to visit Northeast India, be sure to include this spot on your list.
6. Gurez Valley
The Gurez Valley is heavenly. The river of this valley offers various water pursuits and a marvelous spot to picnic. Gurez Valley is located in the higher regions of the Himalayas. It's about 123 km away from Srinagar. It has an altitude of 2400 meters. This place is surrounded by snow-clad mountains.
This site is not as famous as the other destinations in the Himalayas. This means it is not as crowded with tourists. Another noteworthy thing here is the warmth of the people. There is a great diversity in wildlife. You can spot snow leopards and Himalayan brown bears.
This place is spotted with waterfalls, snow-clad mountains, flowers, fields, and wildlife. You will feel like photographing the wonders at almost every point.
Darjeeling is one of the most romantic cities in India. Sandakphu is 58kms away from Darjeeling. Sandakphu provides a panoramic view of the four highest peaks of the world. Trekkers are in love with Sandakphu which is at an altitude of 3636 meters, being the highest peak of the Singalila mountain range.
It is located in the northwest of Darjeeling. You can either trek or take a jeep to the hill. The view from the west to the east includes the peaks from Sikkim, Nepal, and Tibet.
Morning views offer a great sight of mesmerizing the Everest family in Nepal which is at the far west and includes the view of the highest peak in the world—Mount Everest. This place is a gift to the world.
Champaner is a historical city in Gujarat. It is one hour from Baroda. It has many ancient sights like mosques, temples, tanks, stepwells, tombs, the Catholic site from Bronze Age, and Hindu hill fortresses.
Walk the historic streets. Visit the well-maintained Hindu and Jain Temples which were built a thousand years ago. Visit the cemeteries. Mosques belong to the time of the Gujarat Sultanate. King Vanraj Chavda found Champaner in the 8th century. You can either reach Champaner by bus, or you can hire cars from Vadodara.
Connecting With Nature in India
India has a great diversity in climate and nature from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Apart from the eight travel destinations listed above, numerous other places are off the beaten path but worth visiting.
Touring in India is filled with many surprises. Pack your bag and plan to visit the lesser-known spots that will guarantee a fun-filled adventure. These locations can sometimes amuse you more than the places already on your wishlist.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Niks