India off the beaten path
Like most countries, India has big tourist attractions that every traveler wants to tick off their wish list. However, India is a vast country with more to offer beyond the traditional sites. Venture off the beaten path on your next visit and explore some of the least traveled places in India.
Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is considered the centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture due to its large number of Tibetan monasteries. It is also 5500 feet above sea level on the Eastern Himalayan range, so the views are breathtaking from every angle. The must-see attraction in Gangtok is Ganesh Tok, a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The temple is so small that only one person can crawl in at a time. But the view is something that should be observed in solitude; it offers a perfect panoramic viewpoint of the town below.
Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh
Don’t be fooled into thinking that it never snows in India; Lambasingi is one of those rare places in the country that experiences snowfall, which makes it a very special place to visit. This tiny hamlet is one of the coolest places in South India, with temperatures dropping to sub-zero level. It sounds bad, but it has actually made Lambasingi a popular summer retreat. While you’re here, you should pay a visit to the Kothapalli Waterfalls. It’s a place of perfect serenity, suited for people looking to get away from busy cities, and maybe practice their yoga in peace.
The picturesque village of Mawlynnong has been hailed as “The Cleanest Village in Asia” by international powers that be. It is a strange, but well-deserved title. The village has organized pits for organic and inorganic wastes, maintained public utilities, and scattered bamboo dustbins that will put even the best of urban cities to shame. The best way to experience life in this village is to book accommodation in one of the bamboo guest houses. You will never look at urban life the same way again.
Osian is a very small temple town, making it the perfect destination for history buffs and admirers of ancient architecture. The Brahmanical Jain temples and Hindu temples are the famous tourist attractions in Osian. These temples were constructed between 8th and 12th century during the rule of the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. They are very small, richly fashioned, and magnificently built. Each temple has its own distinctive planning, layout, and design and no two temples are alike in any manner.
Animal lovers should not miss the chance to go on a wildlife trek through the unspoilt eco-tourist destination, Gavi. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. Gavi is also part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, so you might also catch a glimpse of these majestic beasts. Tourist visiting Gavi can explore by safaris and glimpse endangered species like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque.