All of us would love to travel to the various parts of the country, discover new places, but something stops us from going beyond the prepared itinerary. The something is called the fear of "getting lost", but one needs to, at some point of time, put away the guidebooks and head to one of those beautiful locations which are less visited but trust me, you will be awestruck by the sights which would unfurl before you.
While you enjoy these sights, you would be thanking your stars for getting lost as it leads to discovery of some hidden gems. Have a look at some of the places which we have found to be worth getting lost in. Thank us later.
Namchi is a place which is hidden between floating clouds and tall mountains which stand majestically behind. The place is home to the tallest statue of the Buddhist deity, Guru Padmasambhava. Namchi is located in the state of Sikkim and is well connected to the nearby towns. Most of the town has been making its name for what it houses, but there are still places that remain offbeat that are sure to quench the thrust of your wanderlust.
2. East Siang
The place gets its name from the river Siang which is truly a rough beauty in itself. East Siang is an absolutely tempting unexplored region where one can get close to nature. The unparalleled beauty of the place is a like a closed book which needs to opened and read.
Nominated as a World Heritage Site, Ziro is peaceful, sleepy district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh which stands in the Hall of Fame for its green mountains and fields in the hues of yellow. The place has plenty of tiny back alleys and pathways which take you into the network of streets. Ziro would soon be victimised by the booming tourism industry, hence, visit this place ASAP!
For those who love mountains, Changlang is the destination for you guys. The hilly retreat lies at the extreme edge of the country, far east, and lies in close proximity to the Chinese border. The place can be reached easily, but one of the best ways to discover this land is through private transport with permits for the same.
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5. Agatti Island
Would you love to take a walk along an island which measures just about 5 km long? If so, head to the Agatti Island in Lakshadweep. You can plunge into the crystal clear waters and get acquainted with the locals who would take you around the tiny land. The island is definitely one of the best spots for one to get lost in!
6. Neil Island
The Neil Island is a small island which is located in the Andaman coast and is one of those places which is truly offbeat in very sense of the word. The ocean here resembles the precious stones of sapphire and the beaches are truly out of the world. A ferry operates regularly from Port Blair to the Neil Island which is the only mode of transport to connect the place with the rest of the world.
One of the numerous villages that one would pass in Ladakh is Karu. The village must be crossed for one reach the junction of Chang La which is one of the important gateways to the lakes of Pangong and Tso Moriri. The hamlet is located at a very close proximity to the town of Hemis which houses the Hemis Monastery and the Hemis National Park.
At a distance of 14 km from Leh is the sleepy tiny hamlet of Phyang. The hamlet is known for the ancient monastery which belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the Thiksey Monastery. Although a little away from Leh, one can reach the place to experience the life of being in a small yet growing town. Phyang in addition provides a brilliant view of Khardung La.
The Khardung village lies on the other side of North Pull which is a major pit stop for travellers before heading off towards Nubra Valley. The hamlet is not spoken about much with a population of just a few hundreds but is one place where you would get some yummy Ladakhi and Tibetan delicacies.
10. Gurez Valley
Adjacent to the virgin land of Gurez flows the river Kishanganga. With scattered villages across the hills and settlements on slopes,Gurez Valley is truly pristine and is one of the abodes of Mother Nature. With the unquestionable beauty of small cottages which are built under the shade of Deodar trees, Gurez is another valley which is left unexplored and untouched by the touristy folk who rush to Srinagar.