5 Least Explored Most Beautiful Places To Visit In India
By: Pinki Sun, 03 May 2020 10:42 AM
India is full of awe-inspiring places to enthrall and inspire visitors. And, given the vast expanse and sheer diversity of this South Asian country, there are plenty of untouched and unexplored places. But if we had to choose only 5, here’s our pick.
* Ponmudi Hills, Kerala
The scenic hills of the Western Ghats, mist-covered valleys, lush tea plantations and forest-lands combine to create the spectacular natural landscape of this hill station. There are numerous trekking trails that wind through the hills, as well as rare and unique flora and fauna, including exotic butterflies, mountain flowers and wild orchids. Further, the route to get here involves 22 hairpin turns, an engineering marvel.
* Nighoj, Maharashtra
Nighoj is a small village located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, and home to naturally created potholes carved into the basalt river bed. These dramatic pot-shaped craters of various sizes and shapes are said to have been formed by the waters of Kukadi River over 1000 years ago. They are thought to be Asia’s largest natural potholes. The best time to see them is in the summer, when the water level is low–just be sure to wear sturdy footwear to walk on the rocks!
* Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Madhya Pradesh
Interested in knowing about the earliest human habitation in the Indian subcontinent? Head to Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh. This place is home to a series of rock shelters with artwork dating as far back as 30,000 years, thus showcasing the signs of human evolution. Early denizens left their mark on the rock shelters by painting animals, human figures, battle scenes and celebrations in different geometrical shapes on the walls. Located about 35 miles from the nearest city (Bhopal), the rock shelter’s isolation helped preserve its prehistoric art. The best time to visit is April to October. The rock shelters are closed during monsoon.
* Sandakphu, West Bengal
Located at a heart-fluttering elevation of 3,636 meters, Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal, and is largely undiscovered. Though the peak is notorious for its poisonous plants (Himalayan Cobra Lilies), the breathtaking panoramic vistas of four of the highest peaks in the world from its summit makes it a worthwhile destination. You can reach the peak by trekking, starting from Manebhanjan and passing through dense forests and valleys. The trek is challenging and requires a high level of fitness, but once you reach the summit you will be rewarded with stunning views of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. There is a small hamlet on the hilltop with a few hostels, so you can spend a day or two here and soak in the pristine natural beauty of the surroundings.
* Majuli, Assam
Set on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, Majuli is considered to be one of the largest river islands in the world. It brims with lush greenery, vibrant culture, diverse flora and fauna, and warm and welcoming tribal inhabitants that will make the trip here unforgettable. Stroll around the island and make a point of visiting the Vishnu monastery that dates back to the 15th century. You can also spot a variety of birds species here, making it a paradise for twitchers. A boat tour is the best way to observe the winged beauties of this island.