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15 Unexplored Places in India One Must Definitely Visit in 2021

Beautiful mountains, fun beaches, adventurous jungles and places of rich cultural heritage. A trip to the 15 unexplored places in India that add freshness to our routine lives. Travel, explore and enjoy!

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Unexplored Places in India One Must Definitely Visit

Are you a travel freak always keen to explore new places? Or maybe looking for some less crowded destinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Well, if you need some help in zeroing down to select your next travel excapade, here we bring you a catalogue of 15 offbeat destinations in India.

Also read: Best Eco-Resorts in India for Travelers Who Care for the Environment and Have Big Pockets

A trip to the serene village of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

A trip to the serene village of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Mawlynnong village (Image source: Wikipedia)

If you want to experience the peace and calmness of a village, Mawlynnong is the place you would love to visit. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a home to around 400 residents that belong to the Khasi tribe. It is located in Meghalaya, 78 kilometers from Shillong, near the India- Bangladesh border.

You are bound to be impressed by the conscious contribution of the villagers to put every bit of trash into the bamboo dustbins stationed all through the village.

Indeed, a perfect manifestation of the wise saying, ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’!

Rightly called ‘God’s own Garden’, the village was awarded the title of “the cleanest village in Asia” in 2003.

You can enjoy a view of the beautiful landscape of Bangladesh from The Sky View, the eighty-five feet tall tower made out of bamboo. Quite a unique experience right?

The gushing Mawlynnong waterfall breaks the silence of the Mawlynnong jungle. The green fields all around, laden with red and orange flowers, would leave you spellbound with its natural beauty.

Mawlynnong waterfall
Mawlynnong waterfall (Image Source: Tripadvisor)

Another amazing attraction of the place is the Living Root bridge that stands across the Thyllong river. The 30-meter long bridge is made out of the aerial roots of the rubber trees and can support 50 to 70 people at a time. Doesn’t it sound exciting?

Apart from the attractive sightseeing places, try not to miss the delicious local cuisines made out of organic vegetables and home-bred animals.

Royal visit to Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan at the foot of Aravali Hills

Kumbhalgarh, a place of significant historic importance is one of the less explored places of Rajasthan. It is a desirable destination for wildlife and history lovers.

The place, famous for its 15th Century fort is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, a legendary king of Mewar. What makes the fort special is the fact that it is one of those forts in India that remained unconquered till date. The magnificent temples and palaces inside the fort that add to its royal appeal will certainly mesmerize you.

Royal visit to Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan at the foot of Aravali Hills
Kumbhalgarh Fort (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

From the top of the fort, you can enjoy a splendid view of the deserts of Rajasthan. The 36 kilometer long wall that encircles the fort is the second-longest continuous wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China.

The fascinating Badal Mahal and the beautiful Neelkanth Mahadeo temple, Mammadev temple and Vedi temple will surely enchant you.

Another major attraction of the place is the Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary which is the home to a variety of birds and animals. Apart from the ‘Leopard Safari’ you could also spot wolves, sloth bears, four-horned antelope, hyenas, jackals and Nilgai.

Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (Image Source: Udaipurian)

It also offers a habitat to many colorful birds like peacocks, red spur owls, parakeets, white breasted kingfisher and many more. 

Visit the home of Olive Ridley turtles at Velas Beach, Maharashtra

If you are a beach person and want to spend some quality time, then Velas is one such place. It is a small village in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra famous for its beach.

Home to one of the most treasured species, Olive Ridley turtles, Velas beach attracts a large number of tourists in the hatching seasons. The world-famous Turtle festival, hosted by Velas, offers a paradise for photographers.

Olive Ridley turtles at Velas Beach, Maharashtra
Olive Ridley Turtle (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

Isn’t it an unique experience watching the turtles come ashore to lay eggs and the tiny turtles making their way to the sea?

You can also do a small trek to the cliff near the beach and enjoy a magnificent view from the clifftop. Some of the other major attractions of Velas are the Shiva temple, Lakshmi temple and Nana Phadnavis’s home.

About 5 kilometers from Velas is the Bankot Fort which is considered to be the first British residency on the south Konkan coast. The fort offers you a beautiful sight of the surrounding village and sea.

A historical trip to witness the cultural heritage of Halebidu, Karnataka

Imagine going back to the older times and experiencing the royal feeling of the ancient times!

Halebidu, the city which was once the imperial capital of the Hoysala empire is greatly admired by tourists. It is known for its great cultural significance. The temples, shrines, and sculptures depicting the Hoysala architecture are the major attractions for history lovers.

cultural heritage of Halebidu, Karnataka
Hoysaleshwara Temple (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

The unique Hoyaleswara and Kedareswara temples will connect you to the prominent Hoysala style.

Oh! Don’t forget to visit the Yagachi dam and the archaeological museum.

Amidst the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Hemis, Leh

If you wish to have a refreshing trip to the mountains and enjoy the surreal scenic beauty, give it a try to Hemis, Ladakh. This small village is famous for the Hemis monastery, the biggest monastery (workplaces of monks) in Ladakh, constructed in 1672 AD.

snow-capped mountains of Hemis, Leh
Hemis Monastery (Image Source: wikipedia.org)

Situated by the river Indus, the monastery houses many gold statues and stupas studded with precious stones.

You can get a glimpse of the rich ancient Buddhist culture here.

The Hemis wildlife sanctuary, situated at an altitude of 3300 to 6000 meters above sea level, is one of the high altitude parks in the world. Being the largest park in South Asia, it is the home to the rare snow leopards, the endangered Eurasian brown bear, Tibetan wolf and the Red fox.

Isn’t it exciting to catch a glimpse of these rare species?

A trip to the wettest place in the world, Mawsynram, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Hey Rain lovers, here is a recommendation for your monsoon trip.

Monsoons are meant for rejuvenating yourself as nature is at its best and what else could be a better place than Mawsynram, the wettest place on Earth.

The lush green Khasi village would captivate your soul as you enjoy the mesmerising scenic beauty amidst rain. The limestone cave in the Mawsmai village which is 150 meters long holy cave of the KHASIS and the Mawsmai Waterfall (also called Seven Sisters Waterfall), the fourth highest waterfall in India are must-visits.

Mawsynram, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Mawsmai Waterfall (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

A trip for nature and art lovers to Lunglei, Mizoram

Lunglei, known for its ethnic enticements and rich flora and fauna is an ideal place for nature lovers. Its lush green lands and forests will satiate your cravings for serenity.

It is also a perfect place for adventure seekers as you can do trekking and camping in the beautiful meadows and valleys.

Lunglei, Mizoram

Lunglei, Mizoram (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

The Saza and Thorangtlang wildlife sanctuaries are a treasure for wildlife lovers. You can catch glimpses of rare species of animals and birds like leopards, sambars, porcupines and also enjoy the beauty of exotic plants and flowers. 

This place is also a treat for art and culture enthusiasts. The District museum at Lunglei is the storehouse of ethnic culture and traditions. The beautiful jewellery, armour, and paintings of ancient times will definitely charm you.

An escape to the remote Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Wanna disappear to the palm-lined white sandy beaches?

Plan a trip to the intriguing Andaman & Nicobar Islands, in the Bay of Bengal! This remote group of 300 islands are well known for their mangrove and tropical forests.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Havelock Island (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

There is plenty to do in these islands which is the home to one of the world’s last contacted tribes. Right from jungle trekking to mountain hiking and discovering secret beaches, everything will add to your thrill.

Along with kayaking and scuba diving in the turquoise sea , ferrying to the lush green Havelock and Neil islands are also extremely exciting experiences.

A tour to the land of apples – Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Apple Orchards, Himachal Pradesh
Kinnaur Apple Orchards (Image Source: Kinnaur Tourism)

Lying on the ancient Indo-Tibetan trade route, Kinnaur is a village cradled by the Himalayas, Zanskar and Dhauladhar ranges. It is a place of beautiful valleys, rolling rivers like Sutlej and Baspa, and picturesque landscapes.

At Kinnaur, you can witness the mix of Buddhism and Hinduism culture. The beautiful, intricately carved wooden temples of Badrinarayan and Chandrika Kothi temples exhibit glorious craftsmanship.

You will be truly mesmerised by the impeccable scenic beauty of Kinnaur. The picture-perfect Sangla, Bhawa and Hangrang valley and the view of beautiful apple orchards from the towering hill fort of Kamru will charm you.

So, all set to bite juicy apples while dipping your feet in the chilling Baspa water and enjoy some mountain treks?

A trip to the hidden Venice of India – The Munroe Islands, Kerala

A group of eight small islets, Munroe islands, adds to the beauty of God’s own country, Kerala.

The Munroe Islands, Kerala - hidden Venice of India
Munroe islands (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

The sparsely populated island at the juncture of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada river has beautiful houses and clean roads surrounded by canals and marvelous landscapes.

You can enjoy the beauty of Kerala village while taking up a Canoe tour on the island. The glimpses of lush green landscapes and the serene backwater are truly mesmerising.

Houseboat stays to experience the beauty of Ashtamudi lake (eight-coned lake) and enjoy the sight of coconut, palm and mangrove trees by the bank is deeply refreshing. Many beautiful lagoons surrounded by coconut trees and the chirpings of the migratory birds amidst rich wild flora and fauna is extremely peaceful.

Ashtamudi Lake
Ashtamudi Lake (Image Source: wikipedia.org)

Some of the other major attractions of the island are the Canal cruise and Kallada boat race during Onam. Also, don’t forget to relish upon the delicious local Kerala cuisines during your stay at Munroe islands.

To the land of Scottish Pastures- Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Hey peace seekers!

If you are planning for a countryside holiday surrounded by Scottish pastures and beautiful meadows, Ziro is an ideal location. The beautiful hill station is located 1500 meters above sea level and is famous for its rolling green hills covered with pine forests and paddy fields.

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh - the land of Scottish Pastures
Paddy fields, Ziro (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

The unique culture of the Apatani tribe will truly fascinate you. If you are a music lover, visit Ziro in September to enjoy the famous 4-day music festival.

It is also a great place for adventure seekers as one can go for mountain trekking and jungle camping to explore rich wildlife at Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary.

You can enjoy a panoramic view of the towering mountains and dense forests while exploring the ancient 5000-year-old Meghna cave temple. Won’t it be an enjoyable photography experience with picture-perfect backdrops of vibrant flora all around?

To the destination which has a blend of heritage and beauty – Karwar, Karnataka

Looking for a holiday destination that is a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage? Then, you must surely visit Karwar, the beach town, situated at the border of Karnataka and Goa.

It is a perfect holiday destination for beach lovers where one can enjoy palm laced beaches with golden sand.

Karwar, Karnataka - heritage and beauty
Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Karwar (Image Source: wikipedia.org)

The place is also of significant historic importance. Naganath temple and the Peer Shaan Shamsuddin Kharobat Dargah are major attractions. The unique tortoise-shaped Kurumgad island draws the attention of adventurers as well as history lovers.

The Narsimha temple and old forts on the island are worth exploring. The island is also a hub for adventurous water sports.

When at Rabindranath Tagore beach, Warship museum, a 245-ton ship remembered for its performance in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan is a must-visit.

Warship museum, Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Karwar
Warship museum, Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Karwar (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

A visit to the home of the highest mountain peak in India, Sikkim

Bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, Sikkim is one of the north-eastern states of India that offers a pleasant holiday in the lap of nature. The glimpse of the highest mountain peak in India, the majestic Kanchenjunga is a visual treat.

Kanchenjunga - the highest mountain peak in India, Sikkim
Kanchenjunga (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

You are bound to fall in love with the beautiful scenery, pristine lakes, serene valleys, green meadows, Alpine forests, orange and apple orchards and the towering mountain ranges.

The unique and peaceful culture of Sikkim is a blend of Buddhist and Hindu culture. The land of monasteries offers you the opportunity to trek in the Himalayan ranges, enjoy paragliding and river rafting in the Teesta river.

You can also explore the rich wildlife as it is the land of eight awe-striking wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The sanctuaries are home to the snow leopards, flying squirrels, blue sheep and the famous red panda.

A trip to the World’s biggest river island – Majuli, Assam

If you are seeking some spiritual tranquillity, visit the mystical land Majuli islands in Assam. Nestled by the Brahmaputra river, Majuli is the seat for Neo-Vaishnavism tradition in Assam as it houses 25 Satras which work as monasteries and hermitages.

Each Satra has distinguished features and symbolises the cultural, religious and spiritual heritage.

Majuli, Assam - the World’s biggest river island
Majuli island (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

Abode to more than hundred migratory birds, Majuli is charmingly serene. You can enjoy trekking and hiking and feast upon the delicious local cuisines in Chetia Goan near Majuli.

A trip to Kodaikanal, the Princess of hill stations in India

Princess of the hill stations, as it is rightly said, Kodaikanal is one of the most romantic hill stations in India. Cloud capped mountains, cliffs covered in mist, green meadows and beautiful valleys make it a perfect vacay destination.

Cradled by the rolling slopes of Palani Hills, Kodaikanal offers picturesque landscapes with beautiful waterfalls, clean lakes and rolling hills. You could definitely spot Bison, Nilgiri langur, porcupines, Sambar deer in the jungles surrounding the Berijam Lake.

Kodaikanal, the Princess of hill stations in India
Kodaikanal Hill top (Image Source: wikimedia.org)

A walk in the Pine forests amidst the mountains and the Green and Silent valleys will surely refresh you. The 400-ft high Pillar Rocks are perfect for a panoramic view of the surreal surroundings.

Head off on a vacation create wonderful memories

Vacations are always rejuvenating and an opportunity to explore the unexplored adds that extra thrill. A trip to an offbeat travel destination in present pandemic times also moderates the risk of being among large crowds.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and plan for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of your tiresome life.

Also read: Turtuk – a Detailed Travel Guide to Offbeat Place in Ladakh

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7 Stunning Destinations for Summer Holidays in India

Summer is on its way, and everyone’s looking for a chill-out. Prepare yourself for the perfect holiday away from the scorching sun.

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Summer Holidays Destinations in India

1.   Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Manali is a popular summer holiday destination for young adults in India. If you fall into this age group and if you are an adventurer, this destination will surely appeal to you. Wonder why? Well, depending on when you visit, you could go skiing! That’s right!

What’s more, you can even bungee jump and paraglide here and click pictures of some scenic views for Instagram! Manali has a lot to offer, like strolling by the river or walking in the pine forests. If you feel spiritual and wish to receive divine blessings, do visit the Hadimba Temple and the Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery.

Other activities include yak riding, taking a dip in the hot springs in Vashisht, etc.

2.   Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
Chitkul , Kinnaur , Himachal Pradesh (Source)

Famous for the serene and alluring atmosphere it offers, Kinnaur is among the popular summer holiday destinations for young adults in India. This destination appears to be straight out of a storybook. Would you like to know what Kinnaur can offer you?

It has lush green forests, majestic mountains, and rivers, making them a sight to behold. If you wish to indulge in a rustic adventure with your friends, this place is definitely for you.

Kinnaur offers visitors the opportunity to see the best fusion of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures. With temples and monasteries dedicated to Lord Shiva and Buddha, Kinnaur teaches tolerance.

Also read: Encountering Escapades – One Day Trip Ideas to Places Near Kolkata in Summer

3.   Rishikesh, Uttrakhand

Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand (Source)

Are your parents senior citizens? Are you planning to arrange a blissful holiday for them? Rishikesh is known for its religious vibes and laidback, relaxing atmosphere. This makes it one of the top summer holiday destinations for senior citizens in India.

Did you know that Rishikesh is also known as the yoga destination of the world? That’s right! People from all over the world come here to take part in yoga courses. The Ganga aarti in the evening is a sight to behold.

If you wish to explore around and enjoy the local life, do visit the Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula. Also, not to miss is the Beatles Ashram, because everyone loves The Beatles!

4.   Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti, Himachal Pradesh (Source)

Think about a vast expanse of land with a clear blue sky and plenty of clouds amongst majestic mountains in the background. Also, think about colorful prayer flags against Buddhist monasteries. This is what makes Spiti one of the amazing summer holiday destinations for young adults in India!

If you are looking for an adventure, hiking is the most common sport. If you wish to test your photography skills at night, there are plenty of stars visible at night! When you are done exploring around to your heart’s content, Spiti is an amazing place to interact with the locals and learn more about their culture.

Who knows, if you get lucky, they might invite you over for a local wholesome meal?

5.   Munnar, Kerala

Munnar, Kerala
Attrukudu Waterfalls, Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is one of the best senior citizen vacation spots, with little quaint streets, exotic tea gardens, waterfalls and mesmerizing wildlife.  This destination is a great place to completely rejuvenate yourself.

What’s more, Munnar boasts amazing weather all year. This makes it one of the top summer holiday destinations for senior citizens in India. Other activities here include visiting tea museums, flower gardens, spice plantations, and the lakes.

If you fancy visiting national parks, Eravikulam National Park is a great choice. You might be able to see the endangered Thar here. Neelakurinji is a species of flower that grows every 12 years in this area. The next sighting is supposedly in 2030.

6.   Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Lingmala Waterfall, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra (Source)

This destination is not to be confused with the Mahabaleshwar temple in Gokarna, Karnataka! This is a quaint hill station in Maharashtra, known popularly for its strawberry cultivation. This place is a wonderland for toddlers. Wonder why? Because, in the Mapro gardens, they are encouraged to go wild and pick strawberries!

What’s more, there is a chocolate factory here which they can take a tour of! Other places worth visiting here are Echo Point, where children can yell at the top of their voices. Riding ponies and boats are some of the other famous activities here. This makes Mahabaleshwar one of the best summer holiday destinations for toddlers in India.

7.   Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer fort (Source)

If not hill stations, you can always visit the desert! Jaisalmer is one of the top summer holiday destinations for senior citizens in India. Jaisalmer’s allure is such that there is something for everyone, regardless of age or type of traveller.

Since it is a less popular choice compared to destinations like Jaipur and Jodhpur, it is less crowded with visitors. This will allow you to fully appreciate the fort, museum, lake, temples, and sand dunes.

A tour of the desert is a nice way to dive into the local culture, where they take you around the nomadic villages. Sleeping under the stars at night in the desert would definitely remind the elderly of earlier days.

Take a relaxed time-out this summer!

Those were a variety of summer holiday destinations for different age groups to visit in India. While young adults usually seek thrilling adventures, senior citizens have already had their share of it, and would probably just like to relax. And, as long as toddlers are concerned, they like to run all around the place! There’s a little something for everyone! Regardless of what age group you fall in, each of these destinations are worth visiting.

Also read: Visit Tawang: an Escape to the Quiet Mountains

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Visit Tawang: an Escape to the Quiet Mountains

Escape the scorchy summers and spend some quality time at the mighty mountains, splendid landscapes, sparkling waterfalls, and the biggest Indian Buddhist monastery – Tawang

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“Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery”, says John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era. And, we are sure all the mountain lovers out there are nodding a big yes to that.

If you are planning your summer holidays to the mountains, then here we bring you a less crowded and offbeat holiday destination in Arunachal Pradesh- Tawang.

Also read: Best Hot Air Balloon Ride Places in India for Adrenaline Junkies

Visit Tawang to Explore the Unexplored

Perched at a height of 3050 meters, the beautiful hill station is worth exploring. Tawang is famous as the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyank Gyatso. Lying in the north-western extremity of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang shares borders with Bhutan, Tibet, and China.

Visit Tawang to Explore the Unexplored
Tawang (Source)

Predominantly the land of the Monpa tribe, you can witness a mix of Tibetan and Buddhist culture here. Tawang means ‘chosen by horse’. The name of the place has an interesting story behind it.

It is said that Merag Lama Lodre Gyatso, following the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, was set on his search to find a suitable place to build a monastery. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t find one and decided to sit and pray to seek guidance.

Once he finished his prayers, he found his horse missing. When he went out searching for the horse, he found it at the top of a hill named Tana Mandegang. Very soon, the monastery was built on this place, and the place was named Tawang.

Best Time to Visit Tawang

Summer and spring are the best times to visit Tawang. March to August is considered to be the most suitable. If you visit Tawang in February or March, don’t forget to attend the Losar festival which is celebrated in the Tawang monastery.

Enjoy the natural beauty of Tawang, its mesmerizing landscapes, pristine glacial lakes, and pleasant weather. You can also spot beautiful migratory birds by the lakes during summers.

However, the best time to visit Tawang for snow is in December and January. If you are an adventure freak, there is a lot to do for you in Tawang. Enjoy enthralling adventure sports like skiing on the Himalayan slopes and create some unforgettable memories.

Best Time to Visit Tawang
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Places to Visit in Tawang

Tawang is endowed naturally as well as historically. The spiritual ambiance of the place is utterly soothing. Buddhist chants and prayers of the monks at the monasteries and captivating scenery create a pleasant aura all around.

Tawang is a combination of lakes, monasteries, mountains, passes, and waterfalls. Let’s have a look at the major attraction sites at Tawang.

Tawang Monastery

The major attraction of Tawang is the Tawang monastery. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in India. The 400-year-old monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest in the world.

Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery (Source)

Perched at a height of 10,000 ft., the monastery gives a panoramic view of the surreal surroundings, the beautiful Tawang valley, cradled by the snowy Himalayan slopes and lush green coniferous forests.

A three-storeyed building, the monastery is an impeccable piece of architecture. The gateway to the monastery is called kakaling, which is a hut-shaped structure with beautiful mandala roof art. The walls are decorated with vibrant and colourful thangkas (Tibetan Buddhist cloth paintings) and curtains. The monastery is surrounded by a 925 ft high wall.

You will surely be spellbound by the sight of the 18 ft. high Budhha statue at the monastery. The monastery also has a library with a printing press and hundreds of ancient scriptures.

Buddha statue in Tawang Monastery
Buddha statue in Tawang Monastery (Source)

Tawang War Memorial

The Tawang war memorial is a 40 ft high architecture that overlooks the Tawang Chu valley. The war memorial was built to commemorate the sacrifices of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the India-Sino war. You can find the names of the brave soldiers engraved on granite plates.

Tawang War Memorial
Tawang War Memorial (Source)

Nagula Lake, Pankang Teng Tso Lake, and Shonga- Tser Lake

Nagula Lake is a high-altitude lake flanked by snow-clad mountains and green forests ideal for a panoramic view of the surrounding surreal beauty.

Penga Teng Tso Lake
Penga Teng Tso Lake (Source)

Pankang Teng Tso Lake is an absolute beauty bestowed with vibrant flora, bright rhododendron flowers, and tranquility. It is the ideal spot for bird-watching in the summers. In winters, the lake freezes and turns into a skiing ground for tourists.

Popularly known as ‘Madhuri Lake’, Shonga-Tser Lake is a perfect scenic view surrounded by beautiful valleys and snow-capped mountains.

It is a popular tourist spot in Tawang as the film Koyla starring Madhuri Dixit was shot here, and the perfect picturesque view offers much to the photography enthusiasts.

Sela Pass and Bumla Pass

One of the highest motorable passes in the world, Sela Pass connects Tawang with Guwahati, Assam. Sela pass offers a magnificent view of the surrounding majestic mountains, beautiful valleys, and crystal blue Sela Lake.

Sela Pass
Sela Pass (Source)

Perched at a height of 16,000 ft, Bumla pass connects India and China. The pass is believed to be the passage through which the Dalai Lama escaped to Tibet from India.

It is suggested to visit these passes from May to October as they remain closed in winters.

Narurang and Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls

Who doesn’t love the sight of cascading waterfalls rolling from a humongous height?

Narurang falls that originates from Narurang river is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Arunachal Pradesh. It is a wonderful sight when the water flows down through multiple steps from the height of 100 meters. It is also known as Jang falls and is surrounded by dense green forests. You can also pay a visit to the hydel power station near the waterfall.

Bap Teng Kang falls is a beautiful waterfall where water cascades down from a height of 100 ft and creates a unique plunge pool at the bottom. It is an extremely rejuvenating experience to swim in the pool surrounded by lush greenery.

Jang Waterfalls, Tawang
Jang Waterfalls, Tawang (Source)

These gorgeous waterfalls are best to visit during monsoons when you can marvel at their gushing beauty.

Gorichen Peak

Gorichen peak, perched at a height of 22,500 ft offers an immensely challenging trek for the adventure junkies. The peak is also of great religious significance. It is also known as the ‘kingdom of deity’. The local inhabitants consider it to be sacred and believe that the peak stands tall to protect Tawang from all evils and misfortune.

Gorichen Peak, Tawang
Gorichen Peak, Tawang (Source)

What to Shop for at Tawang?

Shopping is an inevitable part of any trip to a new place. We always keep a day aside to shop for the gift items for our loved ones and some special items of the place.

When in Tawang, you can shop for a variety of items. You can shop for dresses, gift items, household stuff and many more. Good quality shawls, carpets, and handcrafted bags are ideal purchases from the Handicraft Emporium, run by Arunachal Pradesh government.

Wool weaving industry being the main industry, you will find abundant winter wear in the markets of Tawang. You can buy sweaters, jackets, shoes, handbags, Chadar (wrap skirts worn by Monpa people) and traditional jewelry. You will also find pocket-friendly and good quality trekking and adventure gear in the local markets.

Tibetan Settlement Market, Tawang
Tibetan Settlement Market, Tawang (Source)

The Buddha statues, wall hangings and goodluck charms made of wood and brassware are also an ideal purchase as gift items for family and friends.

Porcelain crockery designed in traditional Buddhist style makes a great buy. You can also find wooden utensils like bowls and ladles to cater to various kitchen needs in the local market.

Tawang Delicacies to Feast Upon

Traditional Monpa cuisines are spicy and flavourful that surely will tickle your taste buds. For authentic Tawang recipes, you should try local eateries and food joints.

Momos are available in plenty just like any other north-eastern region. You must try Authentic Tawang cuisines like Thukpas (spicy noodle-soup mixed with minced meat), Khura (pancake made of buckwheat) and Zan, staple food of Monpas (made of millet and is teamed with meat or vegetables)

Tawang Delicacies to Feast Upon
Tawang delicacy

Also don’t miss Gyapa-Khazi and Puta, the Monpa version of Pulao and noodles respectively. When it comes to beverages, you must try the chief beverage of the Monpas, Sueja or butter tea.

Already getting the aroma of the delicious Tawang cuisines?

Best Way to Reach Tawang

Although Arunachal Pradesh does not have an operating airport, the best way to reach Tawang is through airways. Salonibari airport is the nearest airport, located in Tezpur, Assam, and is 317 kilometers from Tawang. From there, it takes around 4 hours to reach Tawang by car.

Tawang is 480 kilometers from Guwahati airport, which connects to all major cities in India. One can also hire a car to Tawang from here and enjoy the road trip.

Head off for the Ultimate Rejuvenating Trip to Tawang

A peaceful getaway from the cacophony of busy lives to a quaint place is the ultimate rejuvenation.

Visit Tawang to explore the majestic Himalayas, mesmerizing landscapes, and learn about the Buddhist and Tibetan culture. Shop for gift items, traditional clothes, ornaments, and porcelain crockery and relish upon the Tibetan cuisines in the eateries at the local Vihara market.

Explore and enjoy Tawang!

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Encountering Escapades – One Day Trip Ideas to Places Near Kolkata in Summer

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Places to visit near Kolkata

Calcutta, better known as Kolkata, is nicknamed ‘the city of joy.’

Known for the famous festival of Durga pooja, the city is a humble abode for many.

Did you know? Kolkata is the third most crowded metropolitan city present in India.

And it is the cultural, educational, and commercial center of Eastern India.

The city is jam-packed with exciting trams, unique Bengali delicacies, exciting football tournaments, eye-catching colonial structures, and beautiful literature.

As impressive as the city is, the same goes for the places near it.

There are numerous astounding tourist destinations near Kolkata that just need a day for you to explore them thoroughly.

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Sundarbans

When talking about the one-day escapades from Kolkata, Sunderbans will make the top of the list.

The place is at a distance of 109 km from the city that takes up about 3 hours of driving depending on the route you take.

It’s packed with remarkable biodiversity, and nature enthusiasts will quickly fall in love with the place.

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The place is also included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and is famous for animals like:

  • Royal Bengal tiger
  • Indian grey mongoose
  • Jungle cats
  • Leopard cats
  • Wild boars
  • Foxes
  • Deer

Birds like mangrove whistler, jungle babbler, and black-capped kingfisher also make an incredible sight.

Sundarbans also have opportunities for a boat safari, which gives you a chance to encounter the fantastic river dolphins.

Tarkeshwar

Tarkeshwar, also known as Duttakeswar, is a city located about 63 km away from Kolkata.

It’s a famous pilgrimage site, and devotees from all around the world come here to venerate Lord Shiva in the Baba Taraknath Temple, especially in April and mid-July to mid-August.

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Festivals like Gajan, Charak Puja, and Neel Puja make it a significant tourist attraction.

Bishnupur

Situated 139 km away from Kolkata, Bishnupur is a town that’s famous for its intricately carved temples.

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The top attractions here include the:

  • Radhashyam temple
  • Lalji temple
  • Jor-Bangla temple
  • Madan Mohan temple
  • Rasmancha temple

The unique thing about these temples is that they’re carved from local terracotta.

It’s a perfect getaway for people interested in architecture, history, and culture.

Digha

Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Digha is a coastal town near Kolkata that has consistently been a top choice for beach lovers.

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Located about 183 km away from Kolkata, it approximately takes 4-5 hrs to drive there . The place allows you to engage in various activities like:

  • Enjoying the beach waters
  • Capturing beautiful scenes of sunrises and sunsets
  • Aquarium ventures to know more about the marine life
  • Witnessing and becoming part of the tranquility of the temples there
  • Enjoying water sports like parasailing, skiing, and zorbing

You can also enjoy delicacies like curry or fried dishes prepared with freshly caught fish there.

Santiniketan

A trip to Santiniketan is easily one of the best road trips you could make from Kolkata.

Who doesn’t know about the great Rabindranath Tagore?

He is the person responsible for reshaping the Bengali culture and music with Contextual Modernism.

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He is responsible for making Santiniketan a fascinating, instructive center where students are urged to accept nature, be innovative, and carry the legacy of bygone eras forward.

The place is 162 km away from Kolkata and is jam-packed with heritage buildings, meditation spots, and museums.

Chandannagar

Tourists are primarily attracted to the beautiful city of Chandannagar because of its prime location of being situated on the Hooghly River’s western bank.

The place is located 48 km away from Kolkata and has a French colonial past.

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The place has many architectural and religious attractions like:

  • Chandannagar strand
  • Sacred heart church
  • Patal Bari
  • Nandadulal temple

Mayapur

Mayapur is situated 123 km from Kolkata, at the confluence of the river Jalangi and a distributary of the river Ganga.

The city acts as a spiritual getaway for many because of the many spiritual sites it houses.

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Are you a history lover and want to know about the Hare Krishna Movement?

Mayapur houses the global headquarters of ISKCON for you to come and explore.

The place has beautiful architecture, and you are free to explore the history behind it and learn the Vedic principles.

Raichak

Raichak is an alluring getaway for people who want to escape the chaos of city life and are looking for calmness and earthly vibes.

It’s perfect for photography, and you can explore the colonial-era structures and the place’s rustic way of life.

Diamond Harbor
Diamond Harbor (Source)

It’s located 54 km away from Kolkata, and the top attractions are:

  • Chingrikhali Fort, Diamond Harbour
  • The Fort
  • Jaynagar
  • Ashram of Ramakrishna Mission

Falta

Falta is 51 kms away from the city. It is a destination marked by a confluence of rivers on both its north and south ends.

The place has been developed entirely on the banks of river Hoogly.

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The Bose Bigyan Mandir of prominent Bengali scientist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose is a farmhouse located in the place, responsible for making the village famous.

Barrackpore

No one’s unaware that Britishers ruled India for 200 years, but do you know which was the first place they set up their cantonment in?

This is the fact that makes Barrackpore a city of great importance and an excellent place for a one-day trip.

Annapurna temple, Barrackpore
Annapurna temple, Barrackpore (Source)

The place has many mesmerizing green parks that give you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a peaceful evening.

The place is located about 31 km away from Kolkata and offers the chance to visit beautiful temples.

Bakkhali

Bakkhali is a humble abode.

Henry Island, Bakkhali, West Bengal
Henry Island, Bakkhali, West Bengal (Source)

It’s about 125 km away from Kolkata, and your itinerary of the place includes:

  • Bakkhali beach
  • Fraserganj wind park
  • Jambudwip
  • Henry Island
  • Bishalakshmi temple
  • Crocodile breeding center

Tajpur

What’s a getaway that can’t give you the thrill of adventures?

Tajpur is a place near Kolkata famous for adventure sports like:

  • Parasailing
  • Kayaking
  • Water zorbing
  • Coastal biking
  • Snorkeling rafting
  • Boating
Tajpur Beach View from watchtower, Tajpur
Tajpur Beach View from watchtower, Tajpur (Source)

In addition to this, you can witness the mesmerizing culture of this place in the fisherman villages.

The place also gives you camping opportunities and is a food paradise with delicious local cuisines.

It’s about 172 km from Kolkata.

Mandarmani

19 km away from Tajpur is a place called Mandarmani, which is a happening beach town. Travelers and residents from Kolkata consider it their weekend’s hotspot.

The place offers you some of the best luxury sceneries, sandy beaches, and incredible views.

Mandarmani beach
Mandarmani beach (Source)

Travelers can find numerous resorts and hotels there that offer world-class amenities at affordable prices.

It’s also one of the longest motorable beaches present in India and has amazing adventure activities ranging from parasailing to banana boat rides.

It’s also famous for its mouth-watering cuisines, and the fish fry of the place is a must!

Sorted Short-Summer Trips Near Kolkata

Well, that was all about the list of the best summer escapes near Kolkata that would only take one day for you to explore thoroughly.

Traveling is a humbling experience; it always leaves you with one thought: my life may not be perfect, but I am blessed.

With the same thought, the TBM desk hopes that your next summer trip becomes a joyful event.

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