25 Best Unexplored Places to Visit in India!

Goa, Jodhpur, Shimla, Manali, Ooty- first names that come to your mind when someone mentions the word "Incredible India”. Sure, these destinations make India a better place for tourists and are great for rejuvenating. But, there are hidden gems in the country that are yet unexplored. In the last couple of months, India has gone all unique with their choice of films, their social media campaigns, their opinions and even their lifestyle. In the months yet to come, let us make mainstream too mainstream and beat the love for cliched places.

We present to you a list of 25 unexplored places in India that are sure to give you more than just photographs. The off-beaten path is where you should be, after all on the road less taken is where a true traveler embarks on memorable journeys!

1) Soar high with reigning empress of hills - Khajjiar!

Start with Khajjiar Lake and Ground, your DSLR would thank you. Just as you think you came in to be covered only by beautiful hills and scenery all around you, Khajjiar will show you the different shades of Himachal Pradesh. Go wild with the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. Go spiritual with Khajji Nag Temple. Bask in the glory of the beautiful Kailash view and walk through the beautiful villages of Khajjiar. No reason to miss this one!

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Khajjiar Lake and Ground, Kailash View, Khajji Nag Temple, Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Golden Devi Temple, Panch Pandav Tree

Best time to visit: Beat the heat with the cold temperatures on top in the months of May and June. Summer does not always have to be unbearable. 

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2) Climb the Pavagadh hills to reach the zenith of mythology! 

Champaran in Gujarat is so full of history and in its vicinity, you have a tinge of mythology. It is said that the Pavagadh hills are nothing but a part of Himalaya that Hanuman carried. (Remember the story? ) Ask the locals for the versions of this story and you are sure to keep coming back to explore this offbeat hill station in India, which is covered in the blanket of mythology. After taking in the blessings of goddess Mahakali at the Mahakali Temple, climb the Pavagadh Hills, relive the old times with Machi Haveli and bow your head in the various masjids here.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell : Pavagadh Hill, Jama Masjid, Machi Haveli, Mahakali Temple, Sadan Shah Pir Dargah, Sahar ki Masjid, Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Pavagadh Fort

Best time to visit: February is a great time to visit this place. It is not too hot and the soothing winters provide a great setting for your exploration of the Pavagadh Hills.

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3) See Narmada flow in the beautiful moonlight at Bhedaghat.

Situated in Madhya Pradesh, this one is perfect for a romantic setting, or even simply a  tete-a-tete with your thoughts. Under the dimly lit sky, take a boat ride in Narmada and get lost in your thoughts without any crowd disturbing you, we promise!

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Itinerary in a nutshell: Dhuandhar Falls, Marble Rocks, Chausath Yogini temple, view of Narmada River

Best time to visit: A lovely time to visit this place would be the month of March. Albeit a little hot, the skies and views become even clearer during this time.  

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4) Find pure bliss in between the poisonous plants of Sandakphu!

Sandakphu, the peak is known for its poisonous plants. Why to be here then? Well, the beautiful panoramic views from 3560 m above sea level is a thing you will rarely find in an otherwise friendly and the constant hustle bustle of West Bengal. You can also witness snow clad roads in the beginning of the year but the routes to Sandakphu and Phalut remain closed at this time. Hence, it is advisable to visit during the summer months. You can connect to these places via Darjeeling.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell : ALL THE VIEWS!

Best time to visit: Be in India and experience a temperature from 6 degree celsius to 12 degree celsius in the months of April. It is almost like a dream come true. 

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5) See the turtles of Velas and feel good about your fast life!

Maharashtra is a land of everything. From development to culture to food to beauty. How could it then lag behind in best off beat destinations of the country? Go to Velas and attend the turtle festival, you are sure to remember it forever. The villagers with the help of Sahyadri Nisargmitra help protect the eggs laid by these Olive Ridley turtles. While you are at it, remember to take a trip to Bhandardara and also enjoy a sumptuous Maharashtrian Thali. Bhandardara is also one of the favorite weekend getaways near Mumbai.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Velas Beach, Harihareshwar Temple, Bankot Fort

Best time to visit: October is a pleasant time to visit this place. Although you should find the various batches that embark upon the journey of seeing these baby turtles get out of their shell.

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6) For your love of flora and fauna- Sirumalai!

Sirumalai in Tamil Nadu is gifted with a name by itself is so beautiful and calm. That is also by the way, how you would describe the people of this unexplored region. The flora and fauna of this place is perfect for anybody who understands nature and considers nature to be the perfect companion! The forest reserve here is all that you need to add the nature factor in your off-beat journey. The waterfalls in the vicinity are like a cherry on top of this very beautiful cake. 

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell : Sirumalai Forest reserve, Kumbakarai Falls, Palamedu falls, Courtallam falls (*All are situated in the vicinity of Sirumalai)

Best time to visit: June is the best time to visit this place. Although, it is slightly hot but it is almost the onset of monsoons and the views are truly spectacular.

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7) Paint your life’s canvas with shades of Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley is straight out of those paintings you see and instantly fall in love with! Nubra Valley is so beautiful in July, that you might just want to settle down here forever. The places in vicinity are also not to be missed as they just complete the breath taking experience.  Kashmir is really like heaven and Nubra Valley in Kashmir is like the "Apsara" of that heaven.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Those, Chalunka, Diskit, Khardung La

Best time to visit: August through October is definitely the best time to visit Nubra Valley. The rest of the months are too cold to enjoy the beauty of Nubra Valley.  

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8) Turn pure with the pristine water falls of Shivanasamudra!

This is the time for your baahubali moment. You might not find Tamanna on top of this waterfall, but you are going to be taking back so much in terms of memories and visual moments from here- that you might just book a trip back right away to Shivanasamudra and Karnataka. There many mesmerizing waterfalls in Karnataka, Shivanasamudra is surely one of them.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Gaganachukki, Bharachukki Falls and Shivanasamudra waterfalls

Best time to visit: December to January is a great time to visit this place. Even though it is pleasant all year round, this is literally the best time to visit Shivanasamudra.

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9) Dance to the tunes of Ziro Music festival!

Ziro music festival is all you need to have a perfect off-beat journey. There is a lot more to see in Ziro apart from the music festival. There are various shades to Ziro- greens of wildlife around, calming greys of the sky and the warm hues of the colorful people here. It’s music, great people, local food, no connectivity is all you need for a journey where you will not only explore Arunachal Pradesh but also yourself in the process.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Talley Valley Wildlife, Meghna Cave Temple, Dolo Mando, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang, Bamboo Grove

Best time to visit: September is the best time to visit this place as the Ziro festival takes place during this time.

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10) Trek your way up with the mules to Kalap!

That’s the beauty of Uttarakhand- it is touched by tourism but not by modernization. Kalap is the perfect representation of that statement. You don’t have any way to travel here apart from mules, trekking and a couple of porters to help you out. The most interesting part about this place is the fact that people here believe that they are the descendants of the Kauravas and Pandavas. Hence the most worshipped idol here is the idol of Karna. There is also a maha utsav that happens once every decade.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Try the linguda (fern shoots), papra (leafy green), bichoo ghaas (Himalayan nettle) . Visit the Karna Temple and the natural surroundings.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is in the month of January. This is when the Pandav Nritya takes place.

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11) Celebrate little things with Majuli Ras Mahotsav!

Majuli is another untouched gem of the East. East by itself is an untouched gem, but Majuli in Assam almost never ever appears in the list of places to visit. This place is known as the cultural hub of Assamese civilization since the beginning of time and even then, its untouched by hardcore tourism. Majuli Ras Mahotsav does not only celebrate dance but brings out the various frequencies of vibrancy that people here are full of. Go here in November and discover the beauty of simplicity.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Auniati Satra, Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Garmur, Tengapania

Best time to visit: November for the reasons aforementioned.

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12) Walk through blissful 4 kilometres of the Kannur Beach.

We know that beaches are always a hit with tourists. But, Kannur is almost an untouched beach destination and is quite a beautiful one. It does not come as a surprise, that Kannur has an university, considering it is a part of Kerala. The place is also rich with various temples and you can find a lot of local cuisines that will keep you asking for more.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Kannur beach, Tellicherry Fort, Rajarajeshwara Temple, Vismayam, Muthappan Temple, Parassinikadavu State Park

Best time to visit: December is the best time to visit this place. Although it is the month of partying your worries away, but it is also the time of parting away from the bad memories of the past year. Kannur provides you the perfect setting for that.

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13) For the Shiva Bhakta in you - Madhyamaheshwar

Madhyamaheshwar in Uttarakhand is a little different from the usual places which are full of scenic nature and beauty. This one is a place full of temples. With a new form of architecture on every step, the people here are really lively and warm. The weather is pleasant at all time of the year and a one day trek is enough for you to discover a major chunk of the place.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Madhyamaheshwar Temple, Omkareshwar Temple, Buddha Madhyamaheshwar, Kanchan Tal

Best time to visit: This place is shut in the months from November to April due to the freezing cold. We would suggest going in the months of July to August!

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14) Terrains and Meadows - Chopta

Chopta is one of the most unexplored places in India. The unfortunate part is that the same can be said about the rest of Sikkim too. It offers you a perfect break from your mundane hectic life and has a little something for everybody’s relaxation. Be it a simple stroll in the lush greens or a simple picnic with your family or a thrill seeking rendezvous with adventure sports, Chopta is the perfect destination to unwind.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Tungnath, Deo Tal, Ukhimath, Chandrashila

Best time to visit: April through June is a good time to visit Chopta. Rest of the months are not very safe due to the uneven terrain.

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15) In the shadow of Kanchenjunga- Kalimpong

Situated at a short distance from Darjeeling is the mystical town of Kalimpong. With a wildlife sanctuary and breath-taking views of the best of mountains, Kalimpong is an unknown treasure of West Bengal for someone who's on a quest for peace and tranquility. With mind-blowing spots that are unique in their own right, the beauty of this place will be etched in your memory forever. The most important thing that you will take back with you from here is the influence that Buddhism will have on you.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Mac Farlen Church, Tsonga Gumba, Nature Interpretation Centre, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, Lepcha Museum, Deolo Hill

Best time to visit: You can enjoy the beauty of this place from March to June but the mesmerizing beauty comes up from September to December.

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16) At the Seema of history enrichment- Kurnool

If you like to explore the rich history of the corners of India then there is no escaping Kurnool in Seemandhra. This place is also known as Gateway of Rayalaseema. With temples that are extremely rich in architecture and with various local folk lores to keep you entertained, plan your next trip to Kurnool to become religiously enlightened and historically enriched.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Birla mandir, Belum caves,Oravakallu Rock Garden,  The Tomb of Abdul Wahab, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary,Peta Anjaneyaswami temple, the Venugopalaswami temple

Best time to visit: November is a great time to explore the amazing history of Kurnool.

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17) Midst of Monasteries- Tawang

Each and every corner in the east has different shades of tranquility to offer to you. Arunachal Pradesh apart from providing you all the scenic beauty that it does also gives you the chance to attain mental peace. Being a part of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang also fulfils that role beautifully. Apart from welcoming you with open arms, it also helps you understand yourself right in the midst of all the calmness that you can find.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Sela Pass, Bumla Pass, Madhuri Lake, Taktsang Gompa, Gorichen Peak, Shonga Tser Lake,

Best time to visit: Months of November and December.

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18) Old School from the land of Bapu - Patan

Till date, Gujarat is the land of peace. The teachings of Bapu have still stayed in the air of this place. Patan is one of the most unknown spots for religious off-beat exploration. Patan boasts of about 100 jain temples. It is the most famous for Rani ki Vav, the famous stepwell in India which is sure to leave you amazed at the architectural techniques used in the past.  

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Rani ki Vav, Sahastralinga Talav, Khan Sarovar, Hemchandracharya Gyan Mandir, All the Jain Temples

Best time to visit: October to December is a great time to visit Patan.

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19) Get lost in snow with snow leopards- Hemis

Hemis has too much too offer to off beat destination explorers. It is true that Kashmir is literally heaven on earth and Hemis is a little part of that beautiful paradise. It does not only have a beautiful monastery to unwind in, but the National Park is a complete treat for nature and wildlife lovers. If you are both, then there is no reason to miss this one. This place is home to a lot of snow leopards and if you are lucky you are sure to spot one on your trip here.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Hemis Gompa, Hemis National Park, Shey, Stok

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Hemis is in the months of March- April. Rest of the year the cold gets unbearable for you to take. The temperature here is said to fall down to as low as - 30 degree centigrade. So save yourself and enjoy the beauty of Hemis in the slightly warmer months.

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20) Ruined beauty has a different charm- Halebid

Dynasties down south have been remembered until now for that love of exquisite architecture. Hoysala is no different. Hoysala Dynasty was also known for some impeccable architecture which was a representation of the aforementioned clan. It is in a way disheartening to see this extremely pretty destination turn into ruins and history being torn down to the remains in Karnataka. Even so, there is a feel in the air of this place, something that has the capability of taking you to the past and in its own way making you live those times.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Basadi Hill, Belur, Archaeological Museum, Kedareshwara, Hoysaleswara Temple, Shanteshwar Temple, Yagachi Dam

Best time to visit: This city will welcome you the best during Mahashivratri and Diwali. But weather wise, January and February are a great time to visit this place.

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21) Paint your life with the lush greens of Ponmudi

When we talk of completely unknown spots for a traveler to absorb, Ponmudi definitely tops our list. The issue is that it is overshadowed by the magnificence of Alleppey, Kovalam, Munnar and Varkala when it comes to Kerala. Right in the protective arms of these beautiful destinations lies the humble village of Ponmudi. The thing with Ponmudi is it does not offer you an experience that only highlights the importance of greens and lush plantations. It also gives you wrapped in the fields of these tea plantations and deep valleys- a taste of one of the most enriching cultures of our country. With the famous boat races and local cuisine, you are sure to be experiencing the complete Kerala package in this destination.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Golden Valley, *Courtallam, Thevallam (Spots nearby)

Best time to visit: So we finally give you a slightly secluded destination to visit for the months of March through May. Enjoy the fresh smells of newly planted teas, walk in the cold lush grasses and forests, stare deep into the valley-all with rising sun to enhance the experience. Also August to September is a great time too, for this is when the Aranmula Boat Race takes place. Lying in the 1700 year old temple is the dedication of the villagers to Parthasarathy- Arjun!

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22) To where it all began, no not big bang theory- Bhimbetka

You want to completely absorb the experience of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, well then all you need is two things- a love for history and a slight side that is thrill seeking in nature. Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh is supposed to be the place where the Stone age originated. With about paintings that are dated to more than 25,000 years ago, Bhimbetka caves would give you an idea of your ancestors in a way that even you family has failed to. We would just advise you to not travel alone to the caves becoming too much of an explorer, as you never know where the world began, what could end!

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: All your time would go in exploring Bhimbetka.

Best time to visit: Just avoid monsoons, the caves are shut during the monsoons- also you would not want to be trapped shut in the uneven structure of the caves for months to come right? Visit during January, start your year with where your beginning began!

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23) Crown of the Odisha Coast- Gopalpur

Odisha coast by itself is an unexplored place in India. Intimidated by the popularity of the Konkan coast, the Kerala coast, Odisha coast is not as frequented by tourists as much as it should be. Start your life long affair with this beautiful coastline after having a short fling with Gopalpur. Ith beautiful beaches and tranquility spread all over, the warmth of the locals is all you need to completely soak in the famous Odisha experience.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Berhampur, Chilika Lake, Taptapani, Mahuri Kalua, Pati Sonapur, Taratarini (*Places nearby)

Best time to visit: March to May is a great time to explore all that Gopalpur has to offer to you. It is also a great time to connect with the locals and enjoy everything that they have to offer.

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24) Wildlife accessorized with golden sands - Bhitarkanika

Bhitarkanika is not just any other unknown destination of the country. It is unexplored to such an extent that are not aware of the wide variety of flora and fauna found in the mangroves here. There are about 55 different species that you can come across in the Mangroves here and the Bhitarkanika National Park is a complete treat to any wildlife lover. Apart from this you can also spend a quiet time exploring the beautiful coastline of Odisha where you can stare deep into the horizon and simply connect with your thoughts.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: Bhitarkanika Beach, Temples, Mangroves, Bhitarkanika National Park

Best time to visit: The summers get really hot here, but the onset of summer is a decent time to witness the magic of the golden sands and all that Bhitarkanika has to offer to you.

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25) Finding your way up- Savandurga

Savandurga is not exactly off beat for Bangaloreans, but it is kind of hidden from the rest of the country. A single rock formation poses a challenge of a completely different kind. To climb this rock, to take on that excursion is thrill inducing just by itself. It is famous for various corporate excursions as it is located as a distance of just about 60 kilometers from the IT hub of India.
Apart from that, it also has some old time temple, fort and there is a lot for you to explore.
It is a great off-beat, unknown destination for  adventure activities in Karnataka. The adventure lover in you is sure to thank us after visiting this breathtaking place.

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Itinerary spots in a nutshell: More like itinerary activities in a nutshell- go rock climbing, trekking and indulge in sports activities. Also visit the temple, the fort and the local stalls to enjoy amazing local cuisine.

Best time to visit: Avoid the monsoon months, it is a single rock and is sure to get slippery during this time. November to February is a pleasant time to visit as the summers can get really hot to trek all the way up!

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Tell us of the unexplored destinations that we are yet to explore. We would love to know your experience. 

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