India is full of stunning and unexplored beauty. While many flock to the regular haunts and holiday spots, there are still plenty of destinations undiscovered by many. These few destinations are perfect to get away from the usual holiday spots, while getting away from the bustle of everyday life.
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Paradise for any peace seeker, Ziro is a quaint old town in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Apa Tani tribe. Taste authentic local cuisine, and look through bamboo items and Apa Tani handlooms, which are very popular here. With a balmy climate, Ziro is a pleasant spot to visit throughout the year. This is a beautiful lush green hill station known for its vast expanse of rice fields and pine trees.
GoFro Tip:Relax by the rivulets or witness the famous pisciculture cum paddy cultivation. Utilise your morning to visit the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, or to the Tarin fish farm.
Located approximately 20 KMS from the city of Jorhat, Majuli is known to be the “world’s largest fresh water island”. It is a river island on the mighty river Brahmaputra, and is referred to as the cultural capital of Assam. With shining rice fields and water meadows, the scenic beauty of Majuli is unparalleled. Bird-watching and studying neo-Vaishnavite philosophy are the two highlights of this region which is primarily divided in to two villages – Kamalabari and Garamur.
GoFro Tip:Make sure to try Pitha, a traditional cake made from sticky brown rice called Bora Saul.
This coastal town is home to some pristine beaches and is slowly becoming a hub for backpackers from around Kerala. The Varkala beach, Papanasam beach, Kappi lake and lighthouses are the places you must visit around here.
GoFro Tip:Adventure junkies would be attracted to sports such as paragliding and parasailing which are offered here.
Ponmudi is a hill station set in the Western Ghats, in the Thiruvananthapuram district. Renowned for its tea plantations, waterfalls and lush green hills, Ponmudi offers amazing trekking opportunities and is a fast-developing hill resort. You could have a relaxed picnic at Golden Valley on a nice sunny afternoon, or visit the mini zoo which is famous for the Barasingha. Nature lovers could visit the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary along the Peppara Dam. The sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna, offering a natural habitat to a number of reptiles, mammals and birds.
GoFro Tip:Take a trek along the beautiful trails at Varayattumotta, Chinnappulle and Braemoor for a lasting impression.
This is the quintessential Rajasthani region located in the northeast of the state. The forts, havelis and traditional architecture capture the essence of Rajasthan beautifully. The dazzling murals and colourfully decorated residences are found along single track roads running through the desolate countryside.
GoFro Tip:Check out some elegant fresco paintings and oil sculptures found on the walls of old havelis, step wells and forts built around the 14th century.
Do make sure you are geared for the weather, as all these places tend to have some extreme conditions.