When we think of India, our thoughts are instantly driven to the major tourist attractions; the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and the busy city of Mumbai. Of course, everyone knows about the likes of Delhi and Calcutta, but these are far from all that this Asian nation has to offer.
Today, we’re going to explore five regions, states and towns which you may not have considered – but definitely should. The hidden gems of India, you might say!
For history buffs, a visit to India isn’t complete without a trip to the remote village of Osian. The area is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the continent. Hindu and Jain temple are situated throughout, with names often given to them as a result of erotic sculptures which adorn the stonework.
The optimum time for a visit falls in August when temperatures remain relevantly consistent. They’re likely to remain at 21-23 degrees the entire time. Having a nice, easy to manage climate like this makes the holiday far more bearable!
Himachal Pradesh (Kashmir)
It may take a trek to reach it, but Himachal Pradesh is well worth the journey when you do eventually arrive. With it said to boast activities as varied as white-water rafting, rock-climbing and even skiing, the Pradesh is without question somewhere worth exploring if you somehow get the chance.
What’s more, you’ll also be accompanied by a host of friendly mountain goats to welcome you on your journey. That’ll happen when you’ve had very limited contact with human beings whilst you’re in the hands of nature. Amazing, right?
Kasar Devi (Uttarakhand)
In what has become seen as something of a hippie Mecca (Bob Dylan even stayed there once) Kasar Devi definitely stands out as somewhere worth trying out if you’re after a holiday of a more spiritual essence.
You’ll be able to lose yourself in the beauty of the treetop canopies, as you relax in buildings which look out over vast valleys of luscious green. Make the most of the time in this peaceful surrounding, when there is simply nothing else to distract you.
Wildlife aficionados are going to love this reserve; where they can come to grips with Indian elephants, tigers and an abundance of Indian wildlife. Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve – one of the largest hubs for the conservation of tigers in India.
If you’re a fan of animals and nature, this is definitely a spot for you. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with a myriad of creatures… Just not too close, we hope.
Krem Mawmluh (Meghalaya)
Cavers can delight in India, with a host of tunnels which span out across the nation. Arguably one of the best on offer are the Krem Mawmluh caves, which are pitch black without the aid of artificial light. Make sure you take plenty of torches and glow sticks when you traverse them – I’m sure it’s a place that you’ll never forget!
Have any of these five underrated Indian destinations grabbed your fancy?
Make sure to check some of them out when you take to India in the future!
– This is a guest post by HENRY PIERCE –
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