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Perhaps many of you have celebrated New Years' Eve in the normal destinations of India - a party in the White Town of Pondicherry, a farmhouse beach-side bash in Goa, or a cold night in Shimla. But how about doing an Uncommon New Years this time around? Consider a bonfire dinner huddled on the sand dunes of the Thar desert.

Or maybe deciding to give back by volunteering on a tea plantation in Assam. Have you ever explored the unexplored of the Himalayas - Mukteshwar, Jilling, and Chamba? Or rented a private island off the coast of Kerala? This New Years don't just go all out. Go beyond what meets the eye, and uncover India in a way you never have before.

India is blessed with stunning beauty and a rich culture that give globetrotters massive travel goals. With its diverse and enchanting natural elements like the mighty mountains, the thriving valleys, the long meandering rivers, the lively sea coasts and more, traveling in India is truly an incredible experience. Here are some of the best ways to explore India in all its glory.

1. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

We went to Key, one of the most impressive sites we have ever been to. We can observe the residence of the kings of this small principality who still reside on the banks of the river, as well as its market and temples. After seeing a spectacular sunrise in front of the impressive peaks of the Himalayas, we left for Nako. We visited the Dhankar monastery.

The rest of the day passed without further problems until we arrived in Tabo. Shortly before arriving at Sumdo we had to stop the march because the road was cut due to a detachment. There between the huge scree we stayed almost a couple of hours, seeing what happens and if the mountain was finished falling. The climb is long but the scenery is incredible and we finally reach the small town of Nako.

At dusk we enjoyed a tour of medieval Tibetan village. The most similar to how I imagine it is Upper Mustang, but in miniature, of course. We reach a police barrier where we have to present a permit for entry into the restricted area (border with Tibet) and register our passage.

2. Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

One of the signs in Kinnaur proclaims: You are going through the most dangerous road in the world. The roads have been carved on the slopes of the mountains, and some of the roads are hardly credible. It almost feels like heaven.

We also could not resist making a small march to a nearby town called Roghi. The most impressive thing is not the villa but the access road to it. It is really not suitable for people with vertigo. The road is excavated in the mountain passes through several places where the fall is vertical to the river.

You can arrive at its point culminating in a place called the suicide point where the fall is 900 vertical meters to the river, immediately rising to the other side, 4,200 meters of rock to the summits of the Kinnaur Kailash massif of about 6,000 meters.

In Roghi we visited some temples similar to those of Kalpa and we mixed a little with their inhabitants. The eagles that we found here have a huge size. All the way we had them circling overhead and occasionally diving down to reach their prey.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

3. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Among the four cities, the place where this pilgrimage is most important is in Prayagraj, the city where the most sacred river Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati converge. Kumbh Mela is considered the largest pilgrimage in the world and in 2018 was named Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. An event that brings together more than 100 million people who come to the banks of the river to bathe.

In Allahabad, people go by boat to the point of union of the three sacred rivers. It is a pilgrimage that takes place four times every twelve years.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

4. Papikondalu, Andhra Pradesh

The trip to Papikondalu or Papi Hills, a picturesque region in the Eastern Ghats, traversed by the Godavari River, is an unforgettable experience. The best way to get to see these hills covered with deciduous tropical forests is by taking a seven-hour cruise along the Godavari River, one of the largest in India and the largest in southern India, from Kunavaram to the confluence with the Sabari river, where its waters turn brown and turbid.

According to legend, Rama and Sita lived in Papikondalu and therefore it is a sacred place. In a summit called Perantalapalli there is a temple dedicated to Shiva, venerated by resident tribes whose rituals, if one visits the place, must be strictly followed. Here you can stop the boat and enjoy the nature, before the exuberance of the vegetation dotted by waterfalls.

Papikondalu is also one of the most recognized places in the Eastern Ghats as a habitat for big cats, wild boar, deer and a treasure for birds.

Tirumala and Tirupati receive millions of visitors every day. The temple of Venkateswara, on the hill of Tirumala, is one of the most important places of worship in India. There are another eleven in different states of India, among which include Puttaparthi. When you are in Andhra Pradesh, be sure to attend a classic Kuchipudi dance show.

5. Anantagiri, Telengana

Of the best places for a summer getaway in South India is Anantagiri, one of the corners of greatest natural beauty 5 km from Vikarabad city of Rangareddy. The Anantagiri hills, in the Telangana region has magnificent views of the coast. The landscape is completed with wonderful waterfalls, cliffs and an unsurpassed nature.

Ananthagiri Temple is located in this forested area. There is a small village near Ananthagiri called Alampally and much smaller village near Alampally called Nalapur.

Boat Trip on the Ganges

6. Bhuvanagiri, Telengana

Bhongir Fort is located in Bhongir, Bhongiri or Bhuvanagiri in Nalgonda district in Telangana. This fortress is based on a unique rock formation perched on a hill. More than 500 meters high and extending over an area of ​​40 acres, the fort was considered practically impregnable by the invading armies. It is located on National Highway 202 about 48 km from the state capital, Hyderabad and built in the 12th century by the western ruler of Chalukya Tribhuvanamalla-Vikramaditya.

It has a unique egg-shaped construction with two access points protected by huge rocks. A moat that surrounds the fortress, a large underground chamber, trapdoors, an armory, stables, ponds, wells offer a fascinating insight. The view from the top of the surrounding countryside is simply stunning.

7. Adilabad, Telengana

Surrounded by mountains and lush green forests, Adilabad is sanctified by the rumination of blessed souls like Ved Vyas. It is a place where you can see the waterfalls that sprout rivers, invigorating and interesting fauna, encourage the nerves.

8. Hyderabad, Telengana

The main attraction of Hyderabad is Charminar, built in 1591 in the center of the old perimeter of the city. The majestic Haveli Purani, the palace acquired by the second Nizam, has now become a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum exhibits gifts and souvenirs presented to the past Nizam. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Jaguar Mark V are some of the antique cars shown here.

In the middle of Lake Hussain Sagar, located in the center of the city, stands a gigantic Buddha statue. From Hyderabad, you can visit Fort Golkonda. In the vicinity, one kilometer from the Banjara Darwaza of Fort Golkonda, are the tombs of the legendary Qutb Shah.

A place worth visiting is the Salargunj Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of antiquities in the world. Do not miss the temple of the thousand columns, the Warangal Fort, the temple and the Ramappa lake; Kush Mahal, Pakhal Lake as well as wildlife reserve, Tadwai, Bhadrakali Temple, Khazipet Dargha, Fatima Churches, Kolanupaka, Pembarti, Eturungaram, Cheriyal.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

9. Kolluru, Andhra Pradesh

You can also extend the trip and spend the night in the Kolluru village, on the banks of the river, in authentic bamboo huts. At night, sit around a campfire while the fishermen clean the catch of the day. Next day, walk through the hills and visit the tribal village. Do not be surprised if everything seems different with the new day. They say that the stars and the river Godavari have worked at night to awaken the poet in you!

unexplored places in india

10. Bishnupur, West Bengal

Bishnupur within the former Malla Kingdom is located about 130 km from Calcutta, which today includes reproductions in terracotta or other materials, of the horses of Bankura, which are part of folklore. You can see its manufacture in Bishnupur, but it is fair to admit that its fame comes from the nearby town of Panchmura.

The small details or the small things, are usually determinant when it comes to keeping a memory in our particular brain "hard". The feelings, the sensations, the mood, the passion or whatever, can lead us to idealize or destroy a place without knowing too well the reason. Even worse, not even be aware that something has influenced us positively or negatively when making an analysis of the place.

Bishnupur or more specifically its terracotta temples, was one of those places that I wanted to know for yearsThe best option without a doubt is the train, especially if you travel from outside Bengal. From Calcutta, in addition to the train, there are buses that leave almost continuously from Esplanade.
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  1. Thus discovering India, an unusual and beautiful one is really interesting for planning a trip!

  2. Amazing country and beautiful places to visit. I would definitely love to visit them all. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing this travel guide!

  4. looks exciting! India is huge and attractive, I do want to come back there

  5. surprises. I never considered India, but it honestly sounds like the perfect place for me and my family. It’s so beautiful

  6. This is a great list of places to visit for someone like me who’s never visited India. There are clearly many unexplored places and beautiful places to see.

  7. I totally agree that tourists are looking for locations that are more off the beaten track nowadays, visiting the popular places doesn't actually seem as popular anymore. India is a spectacularly stunning country so it is good to know of some beautiful unexplored places to check out - thanks for sharing them

  8. How beautiful! India is such a beautiful country...I've never been but I love looking at the photos. What a fun guide!

  9. i've always wanted to go to India. this is a great list

  10. I have not been to India yet in my travels. I love the idea of seeing its unexplored places! This is a great guide, thank you!


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