India is like a deep tunnel, where you could dig in to explore deeper and still you find something new, every moment. You can visit from North to deep down south and find so much to delve into. Here are the best less known travel destinations in India.
- MAHESHWAR (MADHYA PRADESH)
If Varanasi is a bit crowded for you, then head to Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. Known as the Varanasi of Central India, this small holy town is located on the banks of the Narmada river and is dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva. A highly spiritual place, Maheshwar draws in pilgrims and holy men to its many ancient temples and ghats. Take a sunset boat ride down the river banks and explore the city’s famous textile markets.
2 LEPCHAJAGAT (WEST BENGAL)
This peace-filled destination provides you a much-needed break from your monotonous life. It’s a perfect place for people who would like to explore a diversion from the queens of hills, Darjeeling. The place has accumulated popularity with the beautiful views of the mountain Kanchenjunga. This place has a great essence to make people fall in love with the place.
3 NIGHOJ POTHOLES (MAHARASHTRA)
These potholes are the result of the Kukadi River which forms a deep canyon like structures carved in the rock beds. The best time to venture a trip to see these astonishing potholes are summers as the water level goes down in the river. This geological miracle will surely excite you to visit this place, many times.
4 PATAN (GUJARAT)
Do you belong to the category of an explorer? Then Patan in Gujarat would be an exquisite pleasure for your soul. This is a little visited town, but its narrow streets are bordered by the elaborate wooden houses with more than 100 Jain temples, with their intricate carvings. For fashion maniac ladies, there are ethereal and elegant hand-woven sarees, which makes this place even more than a worth visit with your husband and family.
- UDAYAGIRI AND KHANDAGIRI CAVES (ODISHA)
In the Indian state of Odisha, the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are the earliest group of Jain rock-cut shelters. A feed for the eyes, these caves are of high importance preserving history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The wall carvings and rock-cut painting in these caves tell us much about the origin and development of Jainism.
- DZONGU (NORTH SIKKIM)
This virgin remote village is a homeland of the Lepcha community. The beauty of this place lies in the rawness of the nature. If you are a nature lover and a bit adventurous, this is a place for you. You can explore about lepchas community, which is an authentic yet beautiful community in a sense that takes pride in showcasing their cultural programmes and their eating habits.
- CHAKRATA (UTTARAKHAND)
Bored of travelling clichéd hill stations like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital, Shimla and Almora? Take a trip to exotic destination Chakrata which is only 93kms from Dehradun. This lesser- known destination is magical and blessed with beautiful hills, which is covered by grass and meadows and another side is forest laden. The USP of this place is its calmness and relaxing atmosphere.
- MAJULI (ASSAM)
Majuli, one of the most surreal places in India is also the World’s largest river island. Connected via boats with the city of Jorhat, Majuli is a beautiful exotic location, yet unknown to most of the tourists in India. Majuli has also been nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List. The culture, mostly very locally defined due to high tribal population is quite unique and it has been referred as the cultural capital of Assam. The ideal time to visit Majuli is between October to March, however the monsoons are also quite beautiful in Majuli.
- HAMPI (KARNATAKA)
If you’ve had enough of Goa’s palm-lined beaches (as if!), take a train-ride inland to Hampi and explore these amazing ruins. Set in a spell-binding landscape of giant red rock boulders, palm grove forests and green rice paddies, the ancient and majestic temples leave you wondering how such a place could have existed so long ago. As a World Heritage Site, Hampi does attract a tourist crowd, but if you stay on the other side of the river from the bazaar (accessible only by paddle boat!) you’ll be able to relax in the paddy fields and watch sunset over the red rock plains.
- DHANUSHKODI (TAMIL NADU)
Built by Nature after one of the worst storms that Tamil Nadu has ever seen, Dhanushkodi can aptly be called a gift from beyond. Azure sea, white sand beaches and a lazy, idyllic vibe, makes Dhanushkodi one of the most beautiful yet sparsely known beaches in India. October- February are the best months to visit Dhanushkodi. Summers are mild, but the monsoons see showers as well as storms, so you might want to steer clear of Dhanushkodi at that time.