Here is a list of the best unexplored places in India that have a surprise for everyone to indulge and have a great time exploring the hidden gems.
1. Chopta, Uttarakhand
Referred to as the “mini Switzerland” of Uttarakhand, Chopta is a little slice of paradise nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas. Surrounded by bugyals or velvety meadows and pristine snow-capped peaks, Chopta is a year-round vacation destination: pleasant in the summer, rainy in the monsoon and a snowy fairy in the winter. Chopta is at the epicenter of Panch Kedar – the five most sacred Shiva temples in the state. On its left are the shrines of Kedarnath and Madmaheshwar and to the right, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar, and just above, the temple of Tungnath. Chopta is a birdwatching paradise and you can see over 240 species of birds here, including native and migratory species like the Himalayan monal, Himalayan swift, and griffon. Himalayas, scarlet finch, hill partridge.
- Best Month to Visit: November to May
- How to Reach: By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Chopta situated at a distance of 221kms.
- By Train: The nearest railway station to Chopta is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 202kms before Chopta on NH58.
- By Road: Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttrakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
2. Laitmawsiang, Meghalaya
Laitmawsiang village is located in Mawsynram Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, India. It is situated 15km away from sub-district headquarter Mawsynram and 50km away from district headquarter Shillong. Laitmawsiang has a total population of 852 peoples. There are about 154 houses in Laitmawsiang village. Mawsynram is nearest town to Laitmawsiang. The gardens and caves in this region have been around for over 50 centuries. In the past, these caves were used as a hiding place by Khasi tribes and local patriots during British times. The place was then inaccessible and surrounded by dense forests. Since it had appeared as a disturbing hiding place, hardly anyone dared to enter through the curling vines. Today the whole place is lit by the rays of the sun with the reflection of glittering ponds. While the magnificent waterfalls create a magnificent view to be savored, what adds to the beauty of this place is the bamboo trail which makes a great entrance to the garden caves. It leads you to perennial groundwater, ideal to drink because of its healing and medicinal properties.
- Best Time to Visit: August and September are ideal. The Garden of Caves is open seven days a week, and visitors can enter from 8:30 am in the morning. The cost is INR 30 per person with INR 20 extra for getting your hands on some medicinal water.
- How to Reach: By Flight: Meghalaya’s only airport is in Umroi which is around 35km from Shillong. Due to its poor connectivity, the other airport that people use to travel to Meghalaya is the Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati which is 128kms from Shillong.
- By Train: There’s no train station in Meghalaya and subsequently, no railways lines as well. The closest one is in Guwahati. It’s roughly 100kms away from Shillong and can be used to arrive at the capital of Meghalaya.
3. Jawai, Rajasthan
Jawai, a small village named after the river of the same name has now become an attraction for tourists. The area is mainly known as Jawai Dam as it is located near the dam and falls under Sumerpur Tehsil of Pali District in Rajasthan. The famous dam was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur and the village covers an area of 500 square kilometers. Being located on the embankment, Jawai offers you a breathtaking view of the river. Adding to its beauty are the granite boulders and hills that surround the entire area. Jawai is also known for its sanctuaries for leopards, birds and crocodiles. It is also called the winter paradise of migratory birds with more than 100 species that frequent it each year. Built across the Jawai river which is a tributary of Luni, the dam offers an exquisite view of the river. Leopards are undoubtedly the biggest attraction in this area. The most fascinating part is that they are very familiar with the locals and there hasn’t been a single incident of leopard attack in the villages nearby.
- Best Time to Visit: September to May
- Best Things to Visit: Jawai is also known for its sanctuaries for leopards, birds and crocodiles. Jawai river, Dev Giri temple, The granite hills, Kambeshwar Mahadev Temple
- How to Reach: By Flight: Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Ahmedabad are the airport from where you can either hire a direct cab to reach Jawai.
- By Train: The nearest one is Mori Bera (MOI) is only 4km far, the next one is Jawai Bandh (JWB) which is 15 km and the last one Falna (FA) that is 35km.
- By Bus: Coming to Jawai from Jaipur, then you will have to go through Kishangarh, Ajmer, Beawar, Sojat, Pali, and Sumerpur. From Jodhpur, it would be closer and you will have to go through Pali and Sumerpur only. From Kumbhalgarh, you pass through Jetaran, Ahmedabad, Mundara, and Lunawa.
4. Gurez Valley, Kashmir
Gurez valley, famously known as Crown of Kashmir, is one of the gems nestled between the lofty mountains of Kashmir. Located at a distance of around 123 kilometres from Srinagar, this mystical valley sits along the banks of Kishenganga River. This sector also has the world’s oldest Aryan settlement village called ‘Dard’. THe locals speak Shina language. Gurez has limited electricity – for about 4 hours every evening. Most of the cellular networks do not have service, excluding BSNL – this works at a few points. This is a strategic point for the Indian Army and you do have PoK visible with naked from certain parts in this sector. Therefore, do be prepared for various checks and some interrogation. Around 20 kilometers from Gurez, there are small villages which provide log houses for tourists. These log houses provide a magnificent view of the snowy mountains and the pine forests, and is bound to have a calming and stress relieving environment. Longest hanging bridge is center of attraction here. Made of ropes, and bamboos, a walk over the Along’s hanging bridge promises to enthrall and mesmerize at the same time. 60-70 m in length, the rope offer easy connectivity for the tribal people to reach the hilly areas of the region. Make a point to look down the river to see the stunning contrast of colorful fishes hopping up and down the river. The place is good to go for activities like fishing and angling.
- Best Time to Visit: Spring arrives in April and the snow starts to melt post which the road gets opened sometime in May. Until September, weather remains pleasant and then starts to get cold again in October.
- How to Reach: By Flight: The helicopter ride is priced at Rs. 3000 per person one way and it flies to Gurez only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays both ways and just takes 35 minutes to cover the 130 km stretch.
5. Damro, Arunachal Pradesh
Damro Gingkong village is located in Mariyang Tehsil of Upper Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is situated 10km away from sub-district headquarter Mariyang and 62km away from district headquarter Yingkiong. As per 2009 stats, Damro Ii is the gram panchayat of Damro Gingkong villag. Damro Gingkong has a total population of 300 peoples. There are about 61 houses in Damro Gingkong village. Yingkiong is nearest town to Damro Gingkong which is approximately 62km away.
- Best Time to Visit: October to April
- How to Reach: By Flight: The nearest airport is at Pasighat located 42 km. away from Damro. You can also take a flight to Dibrugarh airport located 232 km. away.
- By Train: The nearest major railway station is at Dibrugarh located 232 km. away.
- By Road: You can reach Damro from two major cities in Assam via the state national highways in Dibrugarh (232 km.) and Guwahati (642 km.)
Idukki, a landlocked district of Kerala, is one of the most nature-rich areas of Kerala with more than half of the area covered by forest. This rugged seaside resort is known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations, and forests. Idukki’s specialty is the 650-foot-long, 550-foot-high arch dam on Kuravan Kurathi Mountain, which is the tallest in the country. Anamudi, which is the highest peak in India, south of the Himalayas, is also located in Idukki. Idukki is one of the districts in the state which has many opportunities for promoting ecotourism if proper infrastructure and promotional activities are provided.
- Best Time To Visit: Idukki can be visited throughout the year owing to its pleasant weather and scenic beauty. Monsoons in Idukki must be avoided as it receives heavy rainfall from June to September.
- What Is Famous: Spice gardens and Species Plantations. Mountain Trekking. District Tours. Escape resorts. Wildlife Sanctuaries. Elephant rides.
- How To Reach: By Flight: Idukki is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Cochin at a distance of 67kms.
- By Train: There is no regular trains to Idukki from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Kottayam which is located at a distance of 69kms.