If you are not interested in the crowded Taj Mahal and other advertised places of interest in India, you might be interested in the less famous corners of this wonderful country.
Here are 10 amazing places in India, located far from popular tourist routes.
10. Kannur, Kerala
10. Kannur, Kerala
The small town of Kannur, located in the northern part of Kerala, is known for its secluded beaches and the ancient form of religious worship to the sacred spirits calledtheyyam. The art of fulfilling the role of the spirit is transmitted only within the caste of the bathtub. Season teyam lasts from October to May, and rituals are held in the homes of residents and around small churches.
9. Shekhawati, Rajasthan
If you are a connoisseur of Indian art, architecture and history, then Shekhawati should be included in the trip plan. Here you can see the beautifully decorated houses of the famous merchant families, thanks to which this city got the glory of the gallery under the open sky.
8. Guda Bishno, Rajasthan
The conveniently located village of Guda Bishno near Jodhpur will show the true life of rural Rajasthan. The locals live in harmony with the environment, and bury, and do not burn the dead( like other Indians) to save trees, since wood is used for cremation. In the village you can buy products of local artisans, see funny clay houses and admire wild animals, without fear of walking near people.
7. Mangroves, Tamil Nadu
This is the second largest mangrove jungle in the world( the largest in the Sundarban National Park in West Bengal).This is not the most popular hiking trail in India, but a fascinating place for wildlife lovers. On the territory of mangroves there are 4,400 large and small channels, which can be studied by boat.
6. Maheshvar, Madhya Pradesh
This small holy city is located on the banks of the Narmada River and is dedicated to the god Shiva. It is famous for its skillful weavers, and ghats( stone stepped structures) on the Narmada. There are several large stone churches on them. On the island in the middle of Narmada towers the Baneshwar temple. You can get to it on a motor boat( for 100-200 rupees for half an hour).It is better to go there together with the pilgrims, so it will be cheaper.
5. Cherapunji, Meghalaya
The wettest place on earth is known for its woody bridges, which seem to be a decoration from some fantastic film. They are grown from the living roots of the rubber fig tree. It takes 10 to 15 years to grow one bridge. With age, living bridges become only stronger and can withstand the weight of 50 people at a time.
4. Majuli, Assam
This largest river island is on the Brahmaputra River in the state of Assam. Here tourists are expected: a beautiful green landscape, many birds, and satra( monasteries of neo-Vaishnavas).The oldest and most important Sathra is the Anuati Sathra.
3. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
This mountain valley( it is called "Indian Tibet") has retained its original appearance, due to its inaccessibility and sparseness. On it are scattered ancient Buddhist monasteries and settlements from adobe huts clinging to mountain slopes. Traveling on Spiti is best from July to September. In the rest of the time, there is a possibility of being "stuck" in the valley for wintering, since the roads will be impassable for transport.
2. District of Kutch, Gujarat
This area of Gujarat is sometimes described as the Indian Wild West. The name "Kutch" is associated with the alternation of wet( during the monsoon season) and dry climate. Many local residents receive income from craft, which is passed down from generation to generation, which makes their products one of the main attractions for tourists. And in the reserve "Small Rann Kutcha" you can see a wild Indian donkey.
This rural state is among the least visited by tourists in the regions of India. In Orissa there are picturesque national parks, temples of Bhubaneswar and Puri and Lake Chilka, in which freshwater dolphins live. And also here live the ancient tribes adivasi, who preserved archaic way of life and customs.