India is a vast sub-continent and with the immense historical background, it is a paradise for travelers and explorers. India is home to several different religions, communities, and cultures which make every corner of the country special. While you may be aware of all the big names on Indian Tourist Map, you may miss some of the hidden gems which will definitely put you in awe. Here is a list of the 15 amazing lesser known places in India to get you started on your vacation plans:
1. PHUGTAL MONASTERY
Phugtal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located in the remote Lungnak Valley in south-eastern Zanskar, in the autonomous Himalayan region of Ladakh, India.This place is located at very high altitude thus it is almost inaccessible during the winter season.
2. MAHABAT MAQBARA
Mahabat Maqbara Palace is a mausoleum in Junagadh, India. Once home to the Nawabs of Junagadh, this place is seldom visited by anyone. It looks beautiful and is situated in Gujarat.
This place is located in Madhya Pradesh and bears testimony to Stone Age. It has some beautiful rock paintings that date back to 3000 BC. It is in the list of UNESCO heritage site.
This adorable place is located on Nagaland. It is the home of Ao naga tribe. It has a lot of places to visit like museum and Ao villages etc. The best time to visit is from October to June as this is the harvesting time and weather is very good at this time.
5. KUMBHALGARH WALL
Located in Rajasthan, near the famous city of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh fort and wall are the pride of India. It is the second longest man-made walls after The Great Wall of China. It is known as the great wall of India. Built on top of Aravalli mountain range, this wall runs for 36kms.
6. HANGING PILLAR
This site is situated in Andhra Pradesh. The small village of Lepakshi in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is a center of art and architecture. The specialty about the famous Veerbhadra temple in this site is that one of its 70 pillars is hanging and does not touch the ground. It’s an architectural marvel!
7. LINGA PINNACLE
This place is located in Maharashtra and resembles the shape of a Shiva lingam.
8. SAMBHAR SALT LAKE
This place is located near Jaipur and one of the largest saline lakes in India. Beautiful birds like flamingo often visit here.
9. RANI KA VAV STEPWELL
Located in Gujarat this site is part of the world heritage site. Step wells are specialty of Gujrat state of India and there are plenty of these found scattered all through the state and some in the neighboring state of Rajasthan. Due to its majestic ground structure, it holds the first position among ancient step wells in India.
Champaner is a historical city in the state of Gujarat, India. It is included in world’s UNESCO heritage site.It is located in Panchmahal district, 47 kilometers from the city of Vadodara. The city was briefly the capital of Gujarat.
Located on banks of river Kaveri in Karnataka this place is well known for its fine waterfall. The most popular ones are Gaganachukki and Shivanasamudra waterfalls. It is also known as the Indian Niagra.
One is sure to get dumbstruck by the beauty of this place. It is recently added to UNESCO world heritage site. It is an ancient fortified town, founded in 745 AD by Vanraj Chavda, the most prominent king of the Chavda Kingdom.
Popularly known as the Kashi of South India, this place is located in Karnataka. Shivagange is a mountain peak with a height of 804.8 meters and it’s a Hindu pilgrimage center. It is situated 54 km from Bengaluru. It is famous for rock climbing and trekking. Natural beauty from the top is unparallel to any other location. It can easily be covered as a weekend outing.
This place is heaven on earth. Located in the eastern region of Himachal Pradesh, this place has some offers some of the best views of a high altitude plateau, very similar topography that of Tibet. The people and their culture are unique here. From the highest post office in the world to the highest village all you will find in here!
Mandu is an ancient fort city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This beautiful sight is surrounded by stone walls dotted with gateways. It has some fine pieces of architecture which make it a great attraction for travelers. There are several monuments and a centuries old palace, called the Jahaz-Mahal, is situated between 2 lakes.
These places are far away from the travel hot spots and yet they bear the true essence of India as a multicultural country and a wonderland in the true sense.
Contribution: Divyank Dixit