India is a country with rich culture and heritage. We see people from across the globe traveling here just to admire the beauty of some famous monuments and heritage sites. September 27 is World Tourism Day and lets celebrate this day by exploring these six lesser known and offbeat tourist destinations in India.
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27th since 1980 to highlight the importance of tourism’s social, economical and political value. United Nations World Tourism Organization chose this day as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.
This year’s theme for the day is Tourism and Community Development and is being hosted by Mexico. So lets not waste time on deciding where to go. Here is a list of five lesser known tourists destinations in India-
1. Majuli, Assam
Located in amazing Assam, Majuli is famous for world’s largest river island on earth and is located on the banks of river Brahmaputra. The splendid landscape and amazing beauty of this place will mesmerize you. Apart from the breathtaking beauty, the cultural celebrations, exhibitions, wildlife sanctuary and great hospitality will make you fall in love with this place.
2. Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
A very close destination from Mumbai, Tarkarli is a lesser known beach located in Sindhudurg District. You have to be careful while diving in the sea as the waves are pretty strong here. The comparatively clean water and less crowd makes this place special. You can even hire an entire boat for around Rs. 1800 which will take you for dolphin seeing, golden rocks, tsunami island (for water sports), Snorkelling, etc.
3. Lepchajagat, West Bengal
This small village located in wilderness is around 19 kms from Darjeeling. It was once famous for being home of “lepcha” tribe but now has been converted into a reserved forest area by West Bengal Forest development Corporation (WBFDC). The dense forest area will please you with amazing sight of pines, oaks and rhododendronsalon with splendid Kanchenjunga peaks, wonderful birdlife and amazing environment.
4. Wrirter’s hill, Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh
If you are looking for some peaceful time alone, this place is for you. These amazing cottages are located at an isolated destination. Enjoy the greenery and the forest in a serene and calm environment. The best thing about these resorts is the luxurious services. You have to be there to experience what luxury feels like in middle of literally nowhere.
5. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Orchha was once capital city of the mighty Bundelkhand Empire. Founded in 16th century A.D. by the Bundela chieftain, Rudra Pratap, this place is famous for the fort on the banks of Betwa river. The amazing architecture, beautiful palaces and attractive temples are a must visit site. The Jahangir Mahal has graceful chatris and reflection of cenotaphs in the river gives an eye catching view. Unlike other forts in India, not many people know about this place which makes it special.
5. Pangong Tso
Located in less populated regions of Ladakh, Pangong Tso lake falls under both India and China. Only one third part of this “Hollow Lake” is in India. The breathtaking view of when sun rays fall on the lake is something you cannot miss. The area is under Indian Army and you’ll be required to get a pass from Leh’s Deputy Commissioner to reach there. Reaching here is also not an easy task as you have to travel 30 kms down Manali-Leh highway and reach Keru. From here, you have to choose one of the two paths which will take you to Pangong Tso after further 113 kms of travel. The strict security and extreme weathers makes this place as one of the most unexplored places in India.