10 Lesser Known Places In India To Visit

By Niyati Shinde on May 26, 2016
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Hello fellow hobo. Are you done exploring the famous and cliché cities and towns in India? In search of someplace offbeat? Worry not; India is so colossal that it offers something to every type of traveller. In search of serenity? The Yumthang Valley in Sikkim will suit you just right.  Historically inclined? How about you visit the city of Bundi in Rajasthan? Our travel experts have listed 10 of the best hip lesser known places in India to satiate the hobo in you.

Tosh, Himachal Pradesh:

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Located at the far end of the Parvati Valley, Tosh, an unknown tourist attraction, will put you in a trance almost immediately, if not because of its beauty then definitely with its hashish (hash/ cannabis)!  With a population consisting mostly of farmers, it is commonplace for them to cultivate hashish and apples in their farms.

Known for: friendly locals, hash, stunning natural beauty

Why to visit: To explore the unadulterated lands of the Parvati Valley.

Best time to visit: Between November to April.

Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh:

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The Gateway of Rayalaseema, Kurnool is full of historical sites, quaint temples and mesmerizing landscapes. While on a visit, you can explore the Ketavaram rock paintings as well as the Birla Temple and the Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary. Did you know that Kurnool was the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh for a few years back in the 1950s?

Known for: Temples, history and culture, wildlife

Why to visit: For a perfect offbeat vacation .

Best time to visit: Between October to March.

Yumthang Valley, Sikkim:

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Located in the midst of the Himalayas, the Yumthang Valley in Sikkim is famous for its beautiful flora. Sitting at an elevation of 3,500 metres, the valley gets covered in a carpet of beautiful vivid flowers during springtime. Places of interest in the valley include the Lord Shiva Temple, the Lachen Monastery, the Yumesamdong, the hot water spring and the Gurudongmar Lake.

Known for: natural beauty, trekking spot, hot water spring

Why to visit: Explore the beauty of Sikkim like never before.

When to visit: From August end to December.

McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh:

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Located close to Dharamsala, in the lap of the Dhauladhar Range, McLeod Ganj is a must visit unexplored place while exploring India. Full of architecturally stunning monasteries, tranquil temples and charming houses, McLeod Ganj is a beautiful amalgamation of Tibetan culture and Indian traditions.

Known for: Home to his holiness the Dalai Lama, spirituality, trekking, yoga and meditation

Why to visit: To discover yourself.

Best time to visit: Between October to June.

Plan a memorable trip across Himachal Pradesh with the help of this smart itinerary planner.

Majuli, Assam:

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Located in the mighty Brahmaputra River, the Majuli Island is a spectacular natural phenomenon. Home to many migratory birds, the island currently faces the threat of disappearing under water soon as its soil is eroding at an alarming rate.

Known for: Being the biggest river island in the world, Birdwatching

Why to visit: To experience serenity and simple village life.

Best time to visit: Between September to March.

Malana, Himachal Pradesh:

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Located in the Parvati Valley, Malana is infamous world over for its excellent quality of hashish! You have to visit this place atleast once in your lifetime to see how the villagers live. Outsiders are not allowed to have any physical contact with the villagers- not even shake hands! You cannot even touch their belongings. Infact, the villagers consider themselves to be the descendants of Alexander the Great. Now if this is not an offbeat destination in India, we don’t know what is!

Known for: Growing the world’s best hashish, being a village of taboos, trekking

Why to visit: To learn about the village’s unique and quirky culture.

Best time to visit: Between January to June.

Lunglei, Mizoram:

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Named after Lung-lei, the stone bridge found nearby, Lunglei is the second largest city in the state of Mizoram. Almost always engulfed in clouds, this romantic city is a must visit for nature lovers. Places of interest in Lunglei include the Lung-lei bridge, the Nghasih stream and the image of Buddha found in the neighbouring village of Mualcheng.

Known for: Gorgeous landscapes, rich flora and fauna, hiking

Why to visit: To take a walk in the clouds.

Best time to visit: Between November to March.

Bundi, Rajasthan:

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Located in a cleft of the Araavali hills, the picturesque town of Bundi is full of interesting history and opulent architecture. Places you must visit on your trip include the Taragarh Fort, the Bundi Palace, the Nawal Sagar Lake along with its half submerged temple and the Dabhai Kund.

Known for: Its magnificent forts, history, lakes, stepwells and temples

Why to visit: To escape the tourist crowd of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur!

Best time to visit:  Between October to January.

Want to book accommodations in Rajasthan? Hope this cool hotel booking feature  helps.

Bishnupur, West Bengal:

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A breath of fresh air, Bishnupur is completely different from the famous cities of West Bengal. Known for its temples built of terracotta, the town has a glorious past which shows in its luxurious and only one of its kind architecture and intricate handicrafts. While in town, you have to visit the beautiful Rasmancha Temple.

Known for: Terracotta temples, Balucheri sarees

Why to visit: To explore a unique part of West Bengal.

Best time to visit: Between September to April.

Askot, Uttarakhand:

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Lying on the pilgrimage route of Kailash-Mansarovar, the enchanting town of Askot is a must visit for outdoorsy people. With the Panchuli and Chiplakot peaks as backdrop, the town provides ample skiing and trekking opportunities to visitors.

Known for: Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary, trekking, skiing, scenic mountain trails

Why to visit: To escape to a little piece of heaven.

Best time to visit: Between April to September.

Here’s wishing you have a fantastic time exploring these lesser known places in India. Want to explore a lot more of nation? Hope this journey planning guide helps. Do let us know how your trip went by commenting below. Happy journey to you.  

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