Here is the list of hidden gems of India and best kept travel secrets of Incredible India to visit by 2020, from the upper mountains of Himalayas, Submerged chapels to unexplored caves.
Majuli river island of Assam, floating Loktak Lake in Manipur, Rainforest of Western ghats, Siju caves of Meghalaya, Estuaries of Paravur in Kerala, Anegundi boulders in Karnataka and Changtang Plateau of Ladakh India, Narara Marine National Park in Gujarat are few more place and best kept travel secrets in India.
The high altitude cold desert of Nubra is same like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau in India. Nubra is the place where Indian citizens are also required to get an Inner Line Permit to visit the valley, that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges.
Khirsu village is the most beautiful hill station in Pauri Garhwal district at an altitude of 1700 m. The hill station offers panoramic view of the Himalayas and mountain peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchuli in the scenic background of spectacular view.
Tirthan Valley is Himachal’s Best Kept Secret and one of the untouched places in Kullu with riverside walk, mountain scenery, pristine nature and different shades of hamlets.
Terai-Duar savanna and ecoregion of the Himalayas is home to world’s tallest grasslands, found in Dooars in West Bengal, Brahmaputra River of Assam and Dudhwa National Parks of Uttar Pradesh.
Raneh Falls on the Ken River in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh is one of the lesser known deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite with series of waterfalls. This place is also famous for Ken Gharial Sanctuary along with important Khajuraho tourist attraction nearby.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest stretch of mangrove forests in India, located 18 km from the port city of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. The backwater of sanctuary is a part of the Godavari estuary and home to wide variety of birds and fair population of wild animals.
Gulf of Mannar is a shallow bay in the Coromandel Coast region of Tamil Nadu and the reefs known as Ramsethu. The estuaries and adjacent coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar are protected area of India and home to high diversity of marine plants and animals. Image source – natgeotraveller
Koraput is located along the Eastern Ghats in Odisha and known for rich and diverse flora as well as list of small hill stations and tribal communities or Adivasi. Being a tribal belt in South Odisha, Koraput is a must visit place in Odisha with tribal Adivasi communities tour and the town is surrounded by mountains, forest, many hill stations and waterfalls.
Banni grasslands is known for rich wildlife and biodiversity, located at the edge of the thar desert and marshy salt flats of Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The grassland was last remaining habitats of the cheetah in India ans also now a possible reintroduction site.
Barapede Caves are located inside Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary and home to only known breeding area of the Wroughton’s free-tailed bat as well as very rare species of flora and fauna. Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to rare and unique bat species on the verge of extinction.
Dipor Bil or Deepor Beel is the largest beels in the Brahmaputra valley and listed as one of the lesser known wetland under the Ramsar Convention sites in India.
Deepor Beel wetland is a permanent freshwater lake bounded by the steep highlands and habitat to many varieties of birds, including migratory bird species Siberian crane, Spot-billed pelican and greater adjutant stork.
Balpakram is the hidden gem of Meghalaya, located to the extreme South of Garo Hills and a pocket of pristine beauty. The National Park has a very beautiful landscape and best Canyon in India with home to list of rare wild animals including Marbled cat, Golden cat and red panda.
Samsing tourist spot of West Bengal is known for green tea garden sceneries, beautiful landscape and snow-clad mountains. The small hill village and Neora Valley National Park is one of the richest biological zones as well as an important wilderness zone in the entire Eastern India.
Mainpat is a village also known as Mini Tibet of India, located near Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and famous for list of unique behavior of nature such as water flows upstream, Earth Shakes Here While Jumping and natural beauty, waterfalls.
Thenmala is India’s first planned Ecotourism destination and one of the
must see tourist attraction in Kollam district of Kerala. The pristine nature of Thenmala is a forest area which also impounds the largest reservoir in the state.
Kundalika river near Kolad flows through the hills of Sahyadri and famous for most exciting and enticing adventure activities, like White Water Rafting, Camping, Kayaking, River Crossing and Zipline.
The Chambal river passes through a beautiful gorge near Kota close to Garadia Mahadev Temple. The Horse Shoe bend on Chambal River is also compared to the Gandhikota Canyon in Andhra Pradesh and Balpakram Canyon.
Sangestar Tso Lake or Madhuri Lake is a really beautiful place from Bum La Pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The lake is about 20 km from Tawang town and a must visit place of a lifetime in lovely wilderness.
Japfu Peak, Dzukou Valley and Naga hills are wonderful trekking and tourist spots in Nagaland with breath taking landscapes in India, geographically the valley shares boundry with Manipur and Nagaland both states.
Long Island is not much popular as Havelock and Neel island of Andaman but it has pristine white sand beach and best kept secrets of mangrove creeks and caves.Islands of the Andaman also has few well known mud volcanoes in India along with the only active volcano in India, at Barren Island nearby. – Photo Credit – thebetterindia
Other well known best kept scrests of Incredible India also includes Rama Setu in Tamil Nadu,Konaseema Delta of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Dibru Saikhowa National Park of Asssam,Nubra Valley in Ladakh,Chilka Nalbana Lake in Odisha,Bedini Bugyal of Chamoli, Sholas Grassland of Western Ghats, Changtang Plateau of Ladakh India,Narara Marine National Park in Gujarat.