Mainpat, ChhatisgarhWe’ve all heard of Dharamsala and the other Tibetan settlements in the north, but very few have heard about the small village of Mainpat which is popularly known as the ‘Shimla of Chhatisgarh’, and is home to a significant number of Tibetan religious exiles. Things have been looking up for Mainpat since the development of some basic infrastructure and the place has become a lot more tourist-friendly these days with the introduction of guest houses for travellers, too. Work is on to develop the place further, so it won’t be long until tourists make a beeline for this beautiful village. Like this article? Also read: How to Travel Like a Local
Arunachal PradeshWhere should you go in Arunachal Pradesh? Anywhere, really. The sad truth is that this most beautiful of states has remained largely unexplored, even though it has so much to offer the curious tourist. Fortunately, people are waking up to the fact that Paradise exists within the country – of late, several major art and music festivals have been hosted in the state, bringing along with them the usual bandwagon of awestruck travellers. The Orange Music Festival – set amidst the orange orchards of Dambuk – combines music and adventure sports, while the Ziro Festival of Music gives travellers a chance to meet the indigenous Apatani tribe.
Arunachal Pradesh - Paradise in India
Rameshwaram, Tamil NaduIf you’re looking for the sun and sand of Goa, but you really don’t want to put up with the milling crowds that are part of the equation, then Rameshwaram is the place for you. This lesser-explored beach retreat is ideal for kayaking, snorkelling, and all sorts of water sports, which make the most of the gorgeous blue water. Once you’re done with the swimming, take a trip to the nearby ghost town of Dhanushkodi, which was abandoned after a cyclone razed it to the ground in the ‘60s.
Jatayu National Park, KeralaWe’ve placed this one last on this list because it won’t be open to tourists until December 2017, but once we tell you what it’s about, you’ll see why we couldn’t wait to share this future hotspot with you. Located at Chadayamangalam in the Kollam district of Kerala, this rock-themed adventure park will be home to a 200ft-long, 150ft -wide, 70ft-tall sculpture of the mythical bird Jatayu, making it the largest bird sculpture in the world. In addition to this, the park will also feature several adventure sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, zip lining as well as paint ball, laser tag, archery and air-rifle shooting among others. Perfect for a weekend getaway.
The world's largest bird sculpture at Jatayu National Park