discover hidden myths, taste diverse food and sleep below a sky full of shooting stars and galaxies every night
Knowing each and every corner of one’s country is the best way to become rich intellectually and culturally. Similarly, India has so much to offer that if people decide to explore it properly, it can keep them busy for an entire lifetime!

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.

Boat Trip on the Ganges

Here are a few underrated places in India to get you started

1. Chambal, Madhya Pradesh

Chambal is misinterpreted as a land of dacoits. But beyond that, you will find that its home to more than 500 species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. There is a National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to gharials (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. We bet you didn’t know that!

2. Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

While searching for best places to visit in summer in India, don’t forget that Tamiya Hill is the one! It is located near Satpura National Park, which provides the wildest scenery. Therefore, this place is an offbeat location in Madhya Pradesh which offers flora and fauna, and calm vibe which will help relax you.

3. Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh

Rajamahendravaram (alias Rajahmundry) is one of the most beautiful cities on the bank of river Godavari having history of more than 1400 years. Here people are more attached to river Godavari by all means and their lifestyle is linked to this river. Nitya Godavari Harathi everyday at 7 pm is really a feast for eyes. During this time the LED light show on the bridges must be watched.

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.

Travelling on cruise boat from Rajahmundry to Papikondalu (4 hours boat journey) and staying on river bank at kolluru huts for whole night will be most memorable event in life. The advantage here is, you don’t have any mobile network, or any other transport. You will be completely disconnected from the world until you get your cruise on next day evening.

You can have open air bath here with crystal clear water and the depth here is just 4 feet which is ideal for bath who doesn’t know swimming. Sea coast is just 60 km from here and the place Antarvedi is most beautiful place to visit (here Godavari submerges into sea).

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. 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!

6. Anantagiri, Telangana

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.

7. Bhuvanagiri, Telangana

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.

8. Adilabad, Telangana

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.

9. Nallamalla Forest, Telangana

Mallela Theertham is a serenely scenic 150 feet waterfall, perfect for that weekend hangout with friends and family.

10. Karimnagar, Telangana

Ramagiri Khilla was built during Kakatiya Dynasty. The place offers breathtaking views of the confluence of River Godavari and River Manair.

Jonna Rotte is very healthy and tasty. This Roti is a main food from ancient days and still people make it in their houses and even in hotels, restaurants. Corn occupies a special place in Telangana foods as Makka Gudaalu and Makka vadaalu. The best combination to eat Makka Gudaalu is chicken. Eating Bagaara rice with combination of chicken, mutton is mandatory.

Atti chepalu curry plays a vital role for village goddesses like pochamma devi, maisamma devi. Here, Deshi chicken is very famous named as Ankapur Deshi chicken. On the auspicious day of Ugaadi Polelu plays a key role. Malidhaalu are prepared mostly during bathukamma festival.

11. 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.

Bishnupur is famous for its terracotta temples. The 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.

12. Lepchajagat, West Bengal

Tourists go to Darjeeling, whereas travellers go ahead and visit this village named Lepchajagat, near Darjeeling. The name comes from the Lepcha tribes who used to reside in this locality. From Lepchajagat, you can see some of the most mind-blowing views of the Kanchenjunga peaks.
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Cristina Petrini said...

Thus discovering India, an unusual and beautiful one is really interesting for planning a trip!

Natalie said...

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

Sondra Barker said...

Thanks for sharing this travel guide!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

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

Alexandra Cook said...

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

Lisa said...

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.

Yeah Lifestyle said...

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

Catherine said...

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

Jasmine said...

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

Wren LaPorte said...

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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