While everyone wants to visit the most popular cities and their attractions in India, there are several reasons why going off the beaten path might be more interesting. Travel without being disturbed by crowds of tourists and find places at their pristine best. Check out this list of 5 unexplored cities of India every traveler must visit to know what all these hidden gems have to offer.
Once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi in Karnataka stands as a UNESCO world heritage site. The architectural ruins of the place stand as a testimony to the city’s glorious past. The landscape is dotted with giant boulders sitting precariously over undulating terrains. The religious city is home to the Lakshmi Narasimha, Big Shivlinga, and Vithala temples among several others. Whether you’re religiously inclined, a history buff, rock-climbing enthusiast or an architecture lover, this quaint little town will enchant all.
GoFro Tip: Be sure to take a ride in the round, coracle boats when there.
The Konkan region, that makes up India’s western coastline, boasts of cities with spectacular waters. Topping this list is Tarkarli in the Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra. Tarkarli is best known for the sparkling blue waters and the sun-glazed sand of Tarkarli Beach. The calmness here is unlike that of any other place, promising to fill you with peace. Don’t forget to carry your professional cameras for a spectacular view of the sunset!
GoFro Tip: Scuba-diving enthusiasts can take a dip in the waters which are home to some interesting marine life.
Kasar Devi, Uttarakhand
If you want to wander in the mountains without countless other tourists hampering the quietude, then a visit to Kasar Devi in Uttarakhand is a must. Lying a short distance away from Almora, the town derives its name from the Kasar Devi Temple. Kasar Devi was visited by legends like Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Cat Stevens in the 60s. The name of one of its attractions, the Crank’s Ridge, also called the “Hippie Hill”, was visited by these personalities.
GoFro Tip: Do visit the wonderful Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies only 30 km away from Kasar Devi.
Lonar Crater, Maharashtra
Lonar Crater was formed more than 50,000 years ago when a 2-million-ton meteorite impacted the earth in the city of Lonar in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district. This basalt rock crater is full of water and has turned into Lonar Lake; it’s also of great interest to scientists for its unique flora and fauna. Situated only about 135 km away from Aurangabad, the sight of the beautiful lake promises to make your journey totally worth it.
GoFro Tip: Check out the Daitya Sudan Temple in Lonar and appreciate the fine craftsmanship that its architecture displays.
Krem Mawmluh, Meghalaya
The gorgeous city of Cherrapunji in Meghalaya makes for a great travel destination. If you want to try cave exploration, then the horizontal cave of Krem Mawmluh is perfect. More than 4 km long, it will require you to crawl, climb, and wade your way through waist deep water. With lakes, rivers, and even beaches inside it, the cave is a complete world in itself. The entrance of Krem Mawmluh lies at the bottom of the western side of Lum Lawbah. Be careful though, wear protective gear, like helmet and knee caps, for it consists of astonishing stalagmite formations along the way.
GoFro Tip: Taking the help of a guide is must for Krem Mawmluh.
With so many options at your disposal, it is time that you plan a trip to at least one of them. So, pack your bags and set out to explore the unexplored with GoFro!