India usually conjures images of famous attractions like Goa’s immaculate beaches, Jaipur’s majestic forts and Kerala’s mystic backwaters. However, beyond these famous tourist traps, the country packs in lots of other less known but wonderfully enthralling destinations. This article sheds light on a handful of such places.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
This deserted mountain valley in the heart of the great Himalayan Mountains is a true delight for the ones who love nature and adventure. The place offers magnificent views of the snow-clad peaks, along with wonderful opportunities for trekking, camping and ice-skating. It got the name “Spiti”, which literally means “the middle land”, owing to its location at the border of India and China. The surrounding areas feature many natural spectacles such as Chandertal Lake, Rohtang Pass, and Spiti River to name a few.
Nohsngithiang Waterfalls, Meghalaya
At a short distance from Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills district, lie the Nohsngithiang Waterfalls. This seven-segment waterfall is one of the highest in India. It’s an indescribably exhilarating sight to see the seven separate streams of water fall down the limestone cliffs of Khasi Hill. Not just the waterfall; the surrounding area also boasts spectacular beauty. It is best visited during the monsoon, when the waterfall is in its full glory.
Hemis National Park, Jammu & Kashmir
Situated at an elevation of 3,000 m to 6,000 m from sea level, it is one of the largest national parks in South Asia and is famous for its surreal natural beauty. The snow-clad Himalayan Mountains and dry forests of juniper, birch, fir and scrublands form the landscape of this remote place. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Hemis National Park offers an opportunity to spot many endangered animals including snow leopards, ibex, serow, and Tibetan antelope.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh Fort embodies the rich history and culture of the Indian state of Rajasthan. A world heritage site, this ancient fort was built during the 15th century. Its massive structure and solid foundations have enabled it to withstand the ravages of time till date. Spread across 36kms, the walls are broad enough for eight horses to move side by side. There are as many as 360 beautiful temples, numerous palaces, and gardens inside the fort. The monument is indeed magnificent and one of its kind in India.
The Valley of Flowers
The remote, high-altitude location of the Valley of Flowers in the West Himalayas makes this beautiful valley lesser known to the outside world. However, the ones who are willing enough to take on the challenging treks and harsh climatic conditions can look forward to the experience of a lifetime here. The valley brims with a wide range of alpine flowers that are endemic to the region. The rare and endangered animals here include the Asiatic black bear, musk deer, red fox and snow leopard that lure wildlife enthusiasts in hordes. The views of Nanda Devi peaks from the valley are simply amazing.