5 Least Known Small Destinations To Visit In India
By: Pinki Fri, 29 May 2020 2:15 PM
Indeed, some beautiful lines by Frank Herbert! But the question is do we really apply such quotes in our lives? Well, I am saying this thing because I can easily relate it with this blog. I mean, it’s true that whenever it is about planning a holiday we tend to opt for the same old vacation destinations which we already have visited a number of times. Why don’t we go for some new, lesser-known, and unexplored travel destination?
Maybe because we hardly want to know about such places which are underrated or offbeat destinations or it’s because most of the time the travel sites just write only about those popular tourist spots or maybe both. The answer could be anything but the question is, do we actually want to travel to such destinations? For me, a traveller never classifies a place on its popularity of being a tourist destination. And if you’re amongst those then I have something for you to binge on. So, with all that curiosity and excitement, here I present my handpicked list of top 5 underrated travel destinations in India. Just give it a read, who knows maybe you’ll get your destination to plan your next holidays.
* Keibul Lamjao
A special destination to start this special list! A kingdom of waterways and floating meadows, Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur district, Manipur is the only floating national park on our planet. Initially, the park was declared to be a sanctuary in 1966, however, late in 1977, it was subsequently given the status of national park. The region of the park is defined by phumdis – a local word relating to floating mats of soil and vegetation that make this place the only one of its kind in the world. The 80 percent of the park’s flora is submerged, whereas, the vegetation constitute a 90-120 cm thick encrust on the water.
Besides the floating vegetation, a major highlight of the park is the Loktak Lake – India’s largest freshwater lake. A major portion of the lake also falls within the national park. Sprawling over an area of 40 sq km, this beautifully located park has a unique and rare fauna which include the endangered deer subspecies, known by the name Sangai (found in only in Manipur), that has made tremendous comeback as they were once on the brink of extinction. Despite being so surreal, this place is so hidden that only a few have heard about this little-known travel destination in India. See it by yourself, if you haven’t believed us.
* Ziro Valley
Probably the most enticing place in this list, Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is so blessed with beauty, grandeur, and serenity that one simply can’t ignore this place from adding it in (after knowing about it) his/her bucket list of places to visit in India. While being here, you can expect the pulchritudinous view of puffy white clouds sailing in the skyline and the verdant sheets of meadows and rice fields sprawling all over the valley. Ziro Music Festival is the perfect time to visit the place as during this you not only get a chance to explore the place but also to relish it to its fullest through this event.
Another way to get to know more about this pretty landscape is meeting and interacting with people of Apatani tribe. Undoubtedly, they are the most friendly, modest, and warm-hearted people with an interesting culture and legacy which you obviously will come to know while interacting with them. If you are a photographer, then this place promises to give you some best clicks of serene nature, tribal people, and a lot more.
Undoubtedly, the state of Himachal Pradesh has numerous picturesque hill stations in its fold that we really can’t get over. But amidst the glitz and glory of Shimla, Manali, and Kufri, the other hill stations are left untouched. And Khajjiar is amongst them. Although, there are people who have heard about it, yet, a larger chunk is still aloof. The naturally blessed environ – lofty hills, and rolling meadows compliment the sublime trekking trails or a leisure stroll making Khajjiar an absolute must-see tourist destination for all the nature aficionados. While spending your time here at Khajjiar, you will also get to experience the thrill of various adventure activities like zorbing, horse-riding.
* Lonar Crater
Some 52,000 years ago, Lonar Crater Lake in Maharashtra was created as a result of a meteor impact on the earth. A notified National Geo-heritage monument, Lonar Crater supports microorganism that are rarely found elsewhere on the earth. Apart from this quirky fact, the place is also an ideal trekking destination in the region. This stunning underrated tourist place in Maharashtra not only serves travellers with nature’s bounties, but one can also relish the indelible experience of wildlife and pilgrimage around this beaut lake as there are a number of temples in its vicinity. A number of birds, both migratory and local, can also be seen in the serene ambiance of this place.
Well, I suggest you to skip this point if you’re not a history buff as you’ll not find it much interesting, but, if you are, then hang on as this place is going to bewilder you with its ancient charm. Once a Harappan city which represents an ancient civilization, Dholavira in Kutch district of the state Gujarat is renowned for its town planning and aesthetic architecture that takes you back to the ancient culture of prehistoric times. Here you’ll find residential zones, water tanks, and even the open spaces.