India is one of the most preferred termini, not merely on account of its rich culture or historical setting but also since it has in store a lot to explore. There are umpteen spots on this land which are yet to be unveiled. Ranging from peaks to lakes, villages to deserts and caves to trenches, India has become a hub of wonders to be discovered over a period of time.
It is now every traveller's first and last destination. Here, we list down some of the hidden wonders of India which everyone is unaware of.
If you are always on an unplanned and extemporary trip to a fascinating destination, then go ahead and read on. Find out about the following places and get bewitched by their surreal surroundings.
1) Khimsar Dunes Village (Rajasthan)
Set amidst the Thar Desert and sand dunes all around, this dispersed and unsophisticated village is nothing but a wonder. Its existence enhances the charm and elegance of the Thar Desert. One cannot deny the fact that its beauty is indefinable and is at the summit after striking views of the sunrise and sunset.
Another beautiful spot, Khimsar Fort is just 15 minutes away from this wonderful village. If you desire to experience a rural life full of surprises, then it is time to be on your way.
Best time to visit - November to February
2) Phuktal Monastery (Jammu & Kashmir)
A spiritual and religious monastery and home to nearly seventy monks, Phuktal Monastery is one of its kind and is located in the Lungnak Valley of Zanskar in Ladakh. Nestled aside on steep mountains, this Buddhist monastery is built around a cave and has been visited by several powerful and popular monks, scholars and teachers.
This place is believed to be religious and sacred. Hence, one can easily learn the mechanisms of meditation and spirituality here.
Best time to visit - June to September
3) Bhimbetka Rock Shelters (Madhya Pradesh)
One of the most remarkable hidden wonders is the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters; it dates back to the Stone Age and hence, earliest prints of human life can be found here. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this marvellous place consists of seven hills and around 750 rock shelters.
Numerous intact cave paintings can also be seen crafted on these rocks with themes, such as culture, tradition, life, etc.
If you crave for historically significant wonders, then Bhimbetka Rock Shelters deserves to be on your bucket list.
Best time to visit - October to March
4) Loktak Lake (Manipur)
Located amid the beautiful range of mountains in Manipur, Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. Famous for floating phumdis (vegetation and organic matter), this breathtaking and picturesque lake is one of its kind in the world. Here, you can also witness Keibul Lamjao National Park floating on the surface of this incredible lake.
Apart from being rich in biodiversity, Loktak Lake also harbours a tourist home built above a phumdi. If you are wondering about how the experience will be at Loktak Lake, then why not pack your items and move on to this natural wonder?
Best time to Visit- November to March
5) Chand Baori (Rajasthan)
Located at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, this grand stepwell is one of the finest pieces of architecture. Comprises of 3500 narrow steps and 13 stories, Chand Baori is one of the largest and deepest stepwells in India.
Built in 800 AD to conserve water, Chand Baori has now become a tourist spot. This masterpiece deserves to be on the list of Hidden Wonders of India, not for its historical significance but for its artistic and aesthetic work.
How about diving into the history of this stepwell? Believe me, it's worth it.
Best time to visit - November to March
6) Borra Caves (Andhra Pradesh)
Located in the Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh, Borra Caves are considered as the deepest caves in India. Discovered in 1807, these aphotic caves are generally limestone structures and are set at an elevation of 2,313 feet. Presence of mercury, sodium vapour and halogen lamps magnify the glamour to the existing attractiveness of the caves.
Being the origin point of Gosthani river, this place looks surreal and attracts many travellers throughout the year.
Well, these are few hidden wonders of the unimaginable India. Unveil them and get to know about the richness of India.
Take your trip now before these places are commercialised and become common to every traveller.