Whenever someone speaks to me about travelling international, the idea definitely seems much appealing, but leaves me wondering. Out of so many places across the world, there are so many unexplored beautiful places in India. Why not visit those first? Thank god, I am inquisitive, because that led me to exploring so many unexplored virgin places across the country. And to your surprise, there’s still so much more that probably could be four times the number I am talking about. Of all the unexplored beautiful places in India, I have compiled a list of 30 unexplored places to visit.
The fascinating unexplored beautiful places in India
Being a backpacker myself, I have been able to explore a handful places alone, mostly in the Northern India. Himachal Pradesh always tops the list because no matter where I go, there is so much more to cover. Sigh, life of a travel lover can get frustrating not because we love to travel, but because of the fear of leaving a place untouched.
I can go on and on with my experiences on travelling across, but let’s begin with the 30 unexplored beautiful places in India.
1. Binsar, Uttarakhand
A trekker’s love and the sleepy hamlet in the Kumaon Himalayas, Binsar is a picturesque beauty. Located about 95 km from the hearty city of Nainital, one can see the snow-capped range of peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling, Chaukhamba and Panchauli. Encompassed by a wildlife sanctuary, rare birds and animals, if you are seeking a place to relax and breathe in the fresh air, Binsar is the place to be at.
2. Hemis, Kashmir
Home to the Snow Leopards, Hemis lies in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. While you explore the snow-capped mountains, visit the Hemis National Park and see the beautiful leopards yourself. It is ideal to go to Hemis around May-June.
3. Parule and Bhogwe, Maharashtra
Want to experience the roots of India in-depth? Places like Parule will help you live the farm experience and eat locally made cuisine. While Bhogwe, has a plethora of architectural marvels along with a coast to lazy around. An untouched beautiful place like this will not only give you a rich learning, but a comfort far away from the city hustle.
4. Auli, Uttarakhand
Did anyone say you need to visit Switzerland, France or Colorado for skiing? As one of the unexplored beautiful places in India, Auli is our own ski destination in Uttarakhand. Situated in the Chamoli district of Garhwal region, Auli turns into a complete white sheet during winters. There are ski courses one could sign onto. The best time to visit Auli would be between January to March.
5. Sandakphu, Darjeeling
Would you guess what the term ‘Sandakphu’ mean? It means height of the poison plants and in this as the wolfsbane plant that naturally grows near the peak. This could be slightly offbeat, but let’s say you’re a solo traveller, then this unexplored place should excite you to visit!
6. Kurnool, Seemandhara
Another offbeat location to visit is Kurnool. This place is home to several temples such as the new Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and several other tourist attractions. Ideally, you should visit Kurnool between November-February as the monsoons are too heavy and summers too hot to handle.
7. Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand
We were recently making some booking for Corbett and this place came up. I could hardly pronounce it comfortably. Then broke it into Nau-Ku-Chia-Tal. So when you break it like that, it means a nice cornered lake which is about 1 km long. This is definitely a serene summer retreat especially if you’re seeking absolute calm and peace. September to November and April to June is when you should visit this unexplored beautiful place in India.
8. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
My sister had once gone to Ranikhet for a little camp. This place is situated in the Almora district, in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet is a place to camp especially if you want to spot firefly and the snow-capped mountain ranges right from your tent. It is a fantastic experience but gets pretty cold in the night. Really cold during the winter actually.
9. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
And offbeat travel location, Dhanushkodi as a gift, was built by the causal effects of nature after one of the worst storms that Tamil Nadu has ever experience. Cerulean sea, glittering white sand beaches and a calm surrounding makes Dhanushkodi one of the most beautiful yet rarely known beaches in India. The best time to visit this little beach is between October to February.
10. Kanatal, Uttarakhand
One of my close friends and his family had driven from Ahmedabad all the way to Kanatal. How awesome is that? A petite yet charming, Kanatal is an enticing hamlet for those who love the hills. It has some stunning hotels and resorts and is a beautiful location especially for couples.
11. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
A pretty place with a pleasant climate all year long, that’s Ziro. So while you explore some of Arunachal Pradesh do visit Ziro to witness the abundant rice patches and the green lands.
12. Patan, Gujarat
The famous Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell) in Patan has recently made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Earlier the kings would make step-wells for their queens bathing and hygiene. While the history prevails, for many years it facilitated as the water storage for the villages. However, Patan, the former capital of archaic Gujarat is definitely worth exploring. Because it is usually too hot in Gujarat, it is ideal to visit Patan between November to February.
13. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is located at a height of about 3048 meters above sea level, one of the unexplored beautiful places in India with several monasteries. This is also where the Dalai Lama was born. The best time to visit this pretty place is in the months of March to September.
14. Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
While I was on my way to Kasol, there is this little town built in the mountains over the flowing river of Beas, called Mandi. It is a very small town with limited stay options but can definitely be explored if traveling alone. You could probably walk throughout the city and see all of it in a day.
15. Majuli, Assam
A lesser known fact that Majuli is knows as the world’s largest fresh water island located on the river Brahmaputra. If you really want to see the best of Majuli, the ideal time of the year to visit would be the monsoon.
16. Damro, Arunachal Pradesh
Damro is the home to the longest hanging bridge (which is about 1,000 feet) in Arunachal Pradesh. It fascinates me as to how was it really made! Looks like a bridge-way to heaven, Damro entices with thatched bamboo houses, swinging suspended bridges, and relaxed lifestyle of the locals. Among the list of unexplored beautiful places in India, it is a more of a rural getaway that connects you with the subtle ways of living.
17. Champaner, Pavagarh, Gujarat
Another UNESCO World Heritage site in the crown of Gujarat comes Champaner that will leave you flabbergasted with its historical charm. A profound myth says that the Pavagadh hills are nothing but a big chunk of the Himalayas that was carried over by Hanuman during the tale of Ramayana. Champaner is a must visit for architecture enthusiasts.
18. Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh
Have you seen Switzerland in India yet? Now is the time, because Khajjar is the ‘mini Switzerland of India’. An alluring hill station, it is located near Dalhousie and if you try to remember, you have also seen Khajjar in quite a few Bollywood movies too. Take adventure sports or just explore, as one can visit Khajjar all along the year. Only during winters, the snow fall could ruin your plans.
19. Shoja, Himachal Pradesh
Find Shoja cradling in the lap of the Himalayas and host to several temples made out of wood. Due to its scenic beauty, you have ample opportunities to take a lot of social media worthy pictures. I visited Shoja in March and I still remember how pristine it felt to be there.
20. Chopta, Uttarakhand
A getaway with some adventure is the perfect getaway and that’s how you feel in Chopta. Let loose and experience the little hill animals come out of hibernation and plants blossom again in the spring. However, it is suggested to not travel off-season in Chopta because of a rugged terrain and combative weather. The ideal time is between March to June.
21. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Activities such as adventure sports, trout fishing, exploration in an under-explored hill town like Tirthan Valley is surprising. This hill station is unexplored and has something for everyone! If all you have in mind is to relax, there is not a better place I guess then.
Visit the valley between March-June or October-November.
22. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
One of the beautiful places in India, Kasol is in the Spiti Valley. Yet, Spiti is widely unexplored. I feel the ideal time to visit Spiti would be February or March, as you can still see the snow laden mountains and feel the cold winds. Spiti shows you the lush green tall trees alongside the hot spring water between the valley. One of my favourite places of all!
23. Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is slowly picking up among travellers for having immaculate and virgin beaches. A temple town, Gokarna brings in a lot of tourists who want to enjoy a harmonious and comfortable stay. You can visit this place throughout the year except monsoon.
24. Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh
Bhimbetka is home to the South Asian Stone age which has rock paintings from about 30000 years ago. With so much history within, Bhimbetka is a place that draws the curious and was also named as UNESCO world heritage site in 2003.
25. Lonar, Maharashtra
Visit this pretty place between October to March. Lonar is a little town settled around the lake which was naturally created due to a meteorite that hit this spot 52,000 years ago. What’s exclusive about this lake is that it is the only salt water lake formed in basaltic rock across the globe which attracts a lot of scientific research there.
26. Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan
After the Great Wall of China, the Kumbhalgarh Fort walls at over 38 kms are the longest. It is an Indian architectural marvel known as the Mewar Fortress on the westerly range of the Aravalli Hills. This fort holds the great legends of Maharana Pratap and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. With cold and windy nights, you can explore in the day and relax in the night.
27. Kalimpong, West Bengal
The scenic treasure of West Bengal, hasn’t been discovered by many. Filled with Tibetan monasteries and the rich eastern craft, Kalimpong is ideal to be visited in winters as well a summer.
28. Urakam, Kerala
The lush lands of the backwaters in Kerala should tempt you to explore much further. Urakam is one of the best unexplored beautiful places in India, especially South India. It hosts vivid festivals, delectable food and a plethora of skilled artisans. Explore your inner artist by learning from the real pottery masters.
29. North Sikkim, Sikkim
Sikkim is a magnificent beauty and is one of the less densely populated states in the country. I have fallen in love with the North Sikkim. You could go to the monasteries and relax or explore one of the highest lakes in India called Gurudongmar lake. Winters are extremely harsh in Sikkim and monsoon can make you extremely unhappy. Hence, September is an ideal month to visit North Sikkim.
30. Lunglei, Mizoram
This is a beautiful place one can visit throughout the year, far east in Mizoram. Delve in its majestic landscape and while you do that, don’t forget to take a lot of pictures during your stay.
Isn’t India Incredible indeed? The deeper you go across the country, your travel experience with only get better and richer. Tell us what are your favourite unexplored travel destinations in India in the comments section below.
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