We have all heard of Kullu Manali, Ooty and Shimla as hot favourites when it comes to holiday destinations. We might not even know that India can offer us more than tiger reserves and mountain ranges. Let’s check out some offbeat locations that will take your breath away and make you wonder about the depth of the treasures that we have not explored yet
Zanskar River,Leh Ladakh
Beginning from India’s crown one will surely visit Leh Ladakh, but do not miss the frozen river trek situated at 11,123 feet. Yes, you read that right! Frozen Zanskar river is a gorgeous treat for such a thrill. Chadar trek is ideal when trudged between January to February where the mercury tosses between -10°C and -30°C. Winds will howl in your ears but be sure to cover them, else you will get a frostbite. Chadar, literally meaning sheet, is what you have to walk on. While coming back you can visit the Kamsha and Zangla monasteries. The daunting trek and beautiful expanse of snow, with the Karakoram and the Himalayan Mountains on both sides of the valley, is a treat.
Vihigaon falls, Thane, Maharashtra
Next, we come down to Vihigaon falls that are a must visit for waterfall rappelling. The Western Ghats are packed with waterfalls – big and small, some are aesthetically pleasing while some are strongly forced rappelling destinations. For the latter, Vihigaon falls in Thane district, Maharashtra, are just the ones! Located at 120 feet above mean sea level, it is monsoon-fed and located in the heart of a forest. Visitors don’t just experience gushing water spray in their face but also an array of birds endemic to the Ghats. It takes about 40 minutes to tackle the fall and is a refreshing break from mundane city life. Literally located in the lap of nature, there are no provisions for food and stay. Visitors are warned to carry or make prior bookings around the place.
Mawlynnong – the “Godly” town
Sure this place can a mouthful sometimes, but how is it “Godly”? It’s not a temple town that makes it “Godly” either. Back in primary school, we were taught that “cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Well, this is it! “The cleanest village in Asia” should definitely enter your holidaying bucket list. The place is in total sync with Mother Nature. It is fascinating to see immaculate sidewalks and gardens. Even private front yards are at their glistening best, they are lined symmetrically on tarmac roads which are naturally perfect themselves. There are separate pits for organic and inorganic wastes, bans on polythene bags and smoking. Maintained public toilets and bamboo dustbins are another feature. Surely all this must be tickling your curiosity? This Utopian town has to be seen for sure!
Chembra Peak Tamil Nadu
Chembra Peak Tamil Nadu is the last stop on this article. The highest peak in Wayanad is located at 6,900 feet above sea level. Chembra is near the town Meppady, and is a part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats – adjacent to the famous Nilgiri hills and Vellarimala in Kozhikode, Kerala. A fascinating gift of nature here is a heart-shaped lake which has never desiccated!
I hope these new, never-heard-before locations are a delight to exploring travellers. They are so unendorsed that there aren’t any proper provisions for staying, or eateries, which is why you can enjoy an even more relaxing and wholesome experience while holidaying.