Love to explore the unexplored? India has vast cultures, food, diversity and what not? But, there is one aspect which is always unaccounted for, the mysteries and undiscovered places.

When holiday bells are ringing, everyone wants a getaway from the hustle-bustle. So, this time, we’ll help you explore the unexplored places in India, perfect for adventure, or just leisure. We have put together a list of places you’d surely enjoy with your family or friends.

All the places mentioned below have their own significance. They are unknown to the actual world, but once you see it, you’ll never want to go back. So, “ Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”.

1.MAJULI, ASSAM

Majuli, also known as “The Cultural Capital of Assam” is an island on the Brahmaputra River, which is just 20kms away from Jorhat City. Spread across 1250 sq km, it’s the world’s oldest and largest inhabited riverine island in the world. It gleams with a lush green environment, vibrant culture, diverse flora and fauna, and friendly tribal. It is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Majuli’s culture is unique and interesting. Their major festival is Raas, where all the people come together to celebrate and host various programs such as traditional prayers, dance, and symposiums.

The only way to reach this place is through ferryboats. It takes no less than three boats to reach the island’s central town. It is said that the island is disappearing, so why wait? Visit while you still can!

Best attractions: Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Auniati Satra, Garmur, Vishnu Monastery, Ferries to spot a variety of exotic birds
Best time to visit: October to March

2. PATAN, GUJARAT

Patan, a small town in Gujarat, has been the capital for over 650 years during the medieval period. The city’s major attraction is Rani Ki Vav, one among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Enormous walls, step-well, intricate carvings, over 500 sculptures, seven levels of stairs, and Mara-Gujara style of architecture is what’s known best about the place.

Alongside ancient shrines, tourists also love to visit Dargah and Jain temples. The people here in Patan are always happy and spiritual. They believe that God blessed them and gave their town wisdom of growth and prosperity.

Leaving this place without buying a Patola Sari, one of the world’s finest hand-woven sarees, is a terrible idea. Don’t forget to try all the vibrant options, unique to their town.

Best attractions: Rani Ki Vav, Sahastralinga Talav, Patola Saree Making Unit, Modhera Sun Temple
Best time to visit: October to April

3. SANDAKPHU, DARJEELING
Sandakphu, also known as “Height of the Poison Plants”, is the highest peak in West Bengal at an elevation of 3,336 meters above sea level. It is so-called because this place is the home to Wolfsbane Plant [Himalayan Cobra Lilies] which is highly toxic and can cause respiratory and cardiac problems if hand-picked.

Though it’s a dangerous place, visit here to enjoy the breathtaking view of four of the highest peaks in the world, namely Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse. But how to reach the summit? You need to trek by starting from Manebhanjan and passing through dense forests and valleys.

The trek is quite challenging and needs a lot of strength and fitness. But, once you reach there, you can soak in its natural beauty and environment. There is a small hamlet on the hilltop with a few hostels, where you can spend a day or two before descending back.

Best attractions: Manebhanjan, Phalut, Meghma, Tumling, Tonglu [all trekking spots]
Best time to visit: April to May and October to December

4.CHOPTA, UTTARAKHAND
Chopta, popularly known as “Mini Switzerland of India” is a small region in Uttarakhand filled with evergreen forest and meadows. It is undoubtedly one of the prettiest and unexplored places in India. Enjoy the fantastic view of the Himalayas, snow-capped mountains, thick forest trails, and the warmth of the people.

Need a break from everyday life? Go here. Take part in adventure sports, or trek or just have a picnic with your family or friends. Watch the little animals come out of hibernation and plants blooming around you. Don’t forget to go for Tungnath-Chandrashila Trek and Panch Kedar Trek, famous destinations for trekkers.

Off-season traveling is inadvisable because of rugged terrain and unfriendly weather.

Best attractions: Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, Kartik Swami Temple, Tungnath Temple
Best time to visit: March to June

5.SHOJA, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Shoja is a tiny hill town in the Himalayas, comprising several temples made of wood and many photography opportunities. It’s a serene village surrounded by snow-capped mountains, wavy slopes, coniferous and deodar forests. If you want to be with nature and feel the beauty of your surroundings, this is the right place and one among the Must See Destination To Explore in India

This place is a perfect getaway during the weekends. You can connect with the never-ending carpet of nature. Take a walk to Serolsar Lake [breathtaking sunsets], go hiking to waterfalls, or simply enjoy the day at leisure.

Best attractions: Jalori Pass, Serolsar Lake, Raghupur Fort, Waterfall Point, Tirthan Valley
Best time to visit: April to June

6.MAWLYNNONG, MEGHALAYA
Mawlynnong, also known as “God’s Own Garden” holds the award for “The Cleanest Village in Asia” by international bodies. It is located around 90 km from Shillong. We know this scenic village for its cleanliness, making it one of the worthy unexplored places to visit.

Well-maintained roads, polished streets, spotless houses, manicured front-yards, cobbled sidewalks, waterfalls, and orchids dangling from trees add beauty to this wonderful village. Their organized pits for organic and inorganic wastes and scattered bamboo dustbins are an example of how conscious the villagers are with cleanliness.

Best attractions: Trek to Living Root Bridge, Balancing Rock, Mawlynnong Waterfall
Best time to visit: March to June

7.ZIRO, ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Ziro is a beautiful plateau in North-East India, known to be the home to ApaTani Tribe. This quaint old town is famous for its pine hills, elevated patches, and lush green rice fields. Remember to carry your camera to capture the beauty of this enchanting place.

People who are looking for peace and leisure from everyday life can come here to relax and enjoy the lush green environment. Don’t forget to try the local rice beer and millet wine from the ApaTani Tribe.

Best attractions: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Dolo Mando, Tarin Fish Farm
Best time to visit: Mild throughout the year, so can visit anytime

8.KANATAL, UTTARAKHAND
Kanatal is a small village and hill station in Uttarakhand, 80kms away from Dehradun. Set at an altitude of 2,590 meters, it embraces the town with coniferous trees, apple orchids, lush vegetation, and sun-kissed mountains. It is among one of the most beautiful unexplored places in India and one among the Must-See Destination To Explore in India.

This place is perfect for romantics as it includes stunning views, hospitable hotels and terrace stays ideal for couples. For sightseeing, you can go to Surkanda Devi Temple [dedicated to Goddess Sati] and Tehri Dam.
Love adventure? Then this place has plenty of thrill-seeking experiences. You can do jungle safari, wildlife spotting in Kaudia forest, 80-foot deep valley crossing, camping under the star-studded sky, rappelling, rock climbing, and also trekking through the jungle trails. Don’t forget to stay at one of the many homestays or pahadi houses in the area to experience local village life.

Best attractions: Surkanda Devi Temple, Tehri Dam, Tehri Lake, Kaudia Forest
Best time to visit: April to June

9.KURNOOL, SEEMANDHRA
Kurnool, the judicial capital of Andhra Pradesh, is a perfect weekend getaway for anyone who loves history. Popularly known as “The Gateway of Rayalaseema”, this town is home to a lot of historical values and beautiful surroundings.

It has the remains of the palace of Gopal Raju [last Hindu King], ruins of a fort which reflects the architecture of Vijayanagar Empire along with preserved Persian and Arabic inscriptions. There is also a summer palace built by the Kurnool rulers during the 16th century.

There are a lot of places you can visit here like Sri Peta Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Venugopala Swamy Temple, and Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Besides the mentioned, you can also tour Belum caves, Birla Mandir, Oravakallu Rock Garden, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tomb of Abdul Wahab.

The summers are boiling, and monsoons are wet. The cooler months are the best time to visit this little unexplored place in India.

Best attractions: Yaganti, Belum Caves, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary
Best time to visit: October to March

10.TIRTHAN VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Tirthan Valley has something to offer for everyone. It derives its name from the Tirthan River, which winds through it. Adventure sports, trout fishing, scenic view of cloud-kissed valleys are all the major attractions of this place. You also have an option to do nothing and just enjoy your time at leisure by chilling in the pine-studded landscape.

Don’t forget to trek to hidden waterfalls. It is an uphill hike from the Rolla village, which will reward you with a jewel of a waterfall hidden in the valley. If you’re going mainly for trout fishing, a warmer time of the year is preferable.

Best attractions: Hidden waterfalls, Fishing at Tirthan river, Chehni Kothi, Shangarh
Best time to visit: March to November

Are your bags packed? Go on, take a break and visit some of these 10 Must See Destination To Explore in India in 2021 that’ll leave you spellbound. India has so many mysteries, miracles, and amazing places to discover on your own.

Make sure to plan your trip accordingly and you’ll surely bring back a lot of unforgettable memories. Hope our list will make it even more clear for you to visit any place you’ve wanted to explore and wander.

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Payal Jain is a student from Digital Academy 360 and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Program in Digital Marketing. She loves to cook and travel in her leisure time. Her zeal to learn and try new things is one of her best features. The quote, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” inspired her and keeps her going.

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