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Unexplored tourist destinations of India

From Himalayas to North to the Indian Ocean in the South, an ample number of places, which are still left unexplored and unheard of. The country is known for its scenic beauty and the perfect blend of exotic flora and fauna. There are several attractive places in India that offer speculative picturesque views that leave you with unforgettable experiences. Let’s have a glimpse of some of the best-unexplored destinations around the world.

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Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji

The original name for this town was Sohra, which was pronounced "Churra" by the British. This name eventually evolved into the current name, Cherrapunji. The name "cherrapunji" which means 'land of oranges' was first used by tourists from other parts of India. Despite perennial rainfall, Cherrapunji faces an acute water shortage and the inhabitants often have to trek for miles to obtain potable water.
Just 56 kilometer away from the state capital Shillong (capital of Meghalaya), Cherrapunji is truly a heaven’s garden away from the reach of collapsing city life.

This natural abode is characterized by heavy rainfall, impenetrable woody hills and the white feathery waterfalls. A walk on the clouds may appear dreamy, but it is possible in Cherrapunji.
Just 56 kilometer away from the state capital Shillong (capital of Meghalaya), Cherrapunji is truly a heaven’s garden away from the reach of collapsing city life.

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Malvan - Maharashtra

Malvan - Maharashtra

Vengurla is often mentioned in history books as a trade settlement. Twice burned to the ground, it was the target of repetitive attacks and plunders between 1664 and 1812. To the west-north-west lie the Vengurla Rocks, also called Burnt Islands.
On what was once an inner island, and is now part of the mainland, lies the old town of Malvan, almost hidden by palms. The rocky terrain of Malvan holds 2 forts: Sindhudurg and Padmagad. It is said that there was an underground route joining them. Formerly a trading zone, Malvan is toady known for its salt pans, Chinese clay pottery and the special Malvani cuisine which is quite distinct from Konkan food.

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Lepchajagat - West Bengal

Lepchajagat - West Bengal

Lepchajagat makes a convenient diversion for people visiting the popular tourist town of Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a very popular destination with its Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, high altitude zoo and is also the gateway for people going to the Eastern Himalayas.

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Athirapilly Falls - Kerala

Athirapilly Falls - Kerala

Athirappilly Falls is situated in Athirappilly panchayath in Thrissur district of Kerala.The 145 kilometres (90 mi) long Chalakudy River, originates in the Anamudi mountains of the Western Ghats[2] and flows through the Vazhachal Forest toward the Arabian Sea. The river initially runs smoothly but becomes more turbulent as it nears Athirappilly. At Athirappilly Falls, the water surges around big rocks and cascades down in three separate plumes. Below the falls, the river remains turbulent for about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) until it reaches Kannamkuzhi.Then it calms and flows smoothly until reaching the dam at Thumburmuzhi.

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Tawana - Arunachal Pradesh

Tawana - Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang is inhabited by the Monpa people. From 500 BC to 600 AD a kingdom known as Lhomon or Monyul ruled the area.[4] The Monyul kingdom was later absorbed into the control of neighbouring Bhutan and Tibet.
Tawang, the land of Monpas is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the district of Arunachal Pradesh, at an altitude of about 3500m. The tranquil hill station is known as the land of Monpas as the Monpa tribes are the major domination in this region. • The place is renowned for its serene environment and natural beauty.

It is known as the Land of the manapas, as the manapas tribes are the major dominations in this region.

This place has a perfect serene environment and natural beauty and has buddhist influence in its culture and lifestyle. During the snowfall in the month of December and January the place attains its beauty.

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Lansdowne - Uttarakhand

Lansdowne - Uttarakhand

If you dream of a perfect romantic and refreshing date in the hills, then Lansdowne ( a cantonment town in Pauri Garhwal district) is the place of your choice. Located in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is 45 kms from Kotdwar.

Founded in 1887 by then Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne.

It was developed by the British for catering for the Recruits Training center of the Garhwal Rifles. Lansdowne was a major place of the activities of freedom fighters from British Garhwal during British period.

Refreshing air, alluring beauty and a glorious view of the snow covered peaks inspire peace and tranquility and makes Lansdowne one of the quietest hill stations of India and is popular since Britishers came to India.

Shielded with the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges – the Himalayas, naturally Uttarakhand Hills are bestowed with extra ordinary beauty and most of it is unseen by the outside world. This makes Lansdowne an ideal location for eco-tourism.

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Mandu - Madhya Pradesh

Mandu - Madhya Pradesh

Mandu, due to its strategic position and natural defences, was an important place with a rich and varied history. It was an important military outpost and its military past can be gauged by the circuit of the battlemented wall, which is nearly 37 km (23 mi) and is punctuated by 12 gateways. The wall encloses a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings. The oldest mosque dates from 1405; the finest is the Jama Masjid or great mosque, a notable example of Pashtun architecture. The marble domed tomb of this ruler is also magnificent

This pavilion was built by the prince Bahadur to impress Roopmati.

But this love story had a tragic end as in a war with Mughal Emperor Akbar, Bahadur died. Roopmati could not bear the pain and she committed suicide in the pavilion. Still there are not one but several such forgotten kingdoms that tell the grim romantic tales of these beautiful lovers.

This city is famous for its exotic mosques, palaces,pavilions and mausoleums.

One should not miss to see the fascinating monuments of Mandu – Haathi Pul ,Hindola Mahal and Jahaz Mahal apart from the Rupmati Pavilion. This city truely is a symbol of love and you would never regret a visit here.

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Sandakphu - West Bengal

Sandakphu - West Bengal

It is situated at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Sikkim border, and is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge. Sandakphu has a small village on the peak with few hostels. Four of the five highest peaks in the world, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from its summit.
It is the highest peak in the state of West Bengal. Sandakphu is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge. It is situated at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Sikkim border.

Sandakphu has a small village on the peak with a number of hostels. Four of the five highest peaks in the world, Everest, Kanchendzonga, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from its summit.

From Sandakphu the best view of the mountain Kanchendzonga is possible, which is known as the sleeping Buddha or the sleeping Shiva.

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Tarkarli - Maharashtra

Tarkarli - Maharashtra

Tarkarli is a village in Malvan Taluka in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is tourist destination and an attractive beach. This village is famous for its Ramnavmi Utsav. Ramnavmi is celebrated every year in Mahapurush Temple of the village.
Tarkarli is 8 km south of Malvan and 546 km from Mumbai on the west coast of India, at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea.

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Gokarna beach - Karnataka

Gokarna beach - Karnataka

Gokarna is historically known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers and is located on what was once unspoiled beach near the estuary of river Aghanashini with its palm trees, other colorful tropical fruit and flower trees. Of late due to the numbers of tourists the character of this town has changed. This town is no longer just a center of pilgrimage though massive numbers of devotees still visit the town for the purposes of offering prayers and worship to Lord Shiva.

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Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot means the 'Hill of many wonders'. Chitrakoot falls in the northern Vindhya range of mountains spread over the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The Chitrakuta region is included in the District Chitrakuta of Uttar Pradesh and the District Satna of Madhya Pradesh. Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh was created on 4 September 1998
renowned piligrim centre, Chitrakoot offers many vistas of tourist importance. Janaki Kund, an idyllic pastoral river was believed to be the favorite bathing spot of Sita.

Gupt Godavari has two caves on the hillside one larger than the other. Here a subterranean stream emerges from one cave, flows for a distance, and fills a distant pool before disappearing again. According to a legend Lord Rama and Lakshman, the leading personae of the epic Ramayana held court in this cave during his exile.

Ram Ghat, the main pilgrim centre is a long stretch of steps cut into the banks of the river Mandakini where pilgrims perform religious ablutions and rituals. The hallowed sanctity of the place stands at par with that of Rishikesh and Benaras.

Hanuman Dhara, a shrine with a 360-step stairway is devoted to Hanuman, the great disciple of Lord Rama. According to a legend Hanuman, after setting fire in Lanka cooled his rage under a stream of crystal-clear, cold water.

Sphatik Shila is a large boulder having impressions of footprints of Lord Rama. Deva Ganga, and Sati Anasuya are other must visit places for tourists embarking on a tour to Chitrakoot.

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Majuli

Majuli

n the seven sister’s region (North-East) only there is another natural wonder. Majuli in Assam is the largest river island on earth nestled amid the river Brahmaputra.
The island is formed by the Brahmaputra river in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti, an anabranch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri River in the north. Mājuli island is accessible by ferries from the City of Jorhat. The island is about 200 kilometres east from the state's largest city —Guwahati. The island was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit. Mājuli is also the abode of the Assamese neo-Vaisnavite culture

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Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

The caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, called lena or leṇa in the inscriptions, were dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for the abode of Jaina ascetics. The most important of this group is Ranigumpha in Udayagiri which is a double storeyed monastery.
he Hathigumpha cave ("Elephant Cave") has the Hathigumpha inscription, written by Raja Kharavela, the king of Kalinga in India, during the 2nd century BCE. The Hathigumpha inscription consists of seventeen lines incised in deep cut Brahmi letters on the overhanging brow of a natural cavern Hathigumpha in the south side of the Udayagiri hill. It faces the rock edicts of Asoka at Dhauli, situated about six miles away.

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TARKARLI,MAHARSHTRA

TARKARLI,MAHARSHTRA

Tarkarli is a village in Malvan Taluka in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is tourist destination and an attractive beach. This village is famous for its Ramnavmi Utsav. Ramnavmi is celebrated every year in Mahapurush Temple of the village. Tarkarli in Sindhudurg is an awesome beach in costal Maharashtra. The wide and narrow stretches of beach with calm and clear waters are the most appealing. The two famous sea forts are Sindhudurg and Padmagarh. Other striking places are like Rock garden, Malvan Market and Sangam. The water adventures in Tarkarli are Snorkeling, Scuba diving and Boating.

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