Top 5 Untraveled Places in India

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  • Kye Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

    KyeGompa is located at 4,166 metres above the sea level, close to the Spiti river. It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Once the trek through scenic cold deserted mountains hiding herd of Ibex and Bharal, the most seen animals at this height is completed to reach the monastery, one gets to pass through the main entrance welcoming each by a set of prayer wheels, to further move to the inner courtyard.
    The monastery dates back to around 1000AD, and is one of the oldest in the whole of Spiti Valley, second only to the Tabo Monastery. It is the biggest monastery of the Spiti Valley and a religious training centre of the Lamas. With a haphazard growth of box-like structures over the years, the monastery looks like a fort, with temples built on top of one another.  It definitely offers what India is often known for: spirituality, in abundance and is a great place for solo-travellers looking for a gift in isolation.


      • Rama Setu, Tamil Nadu  

        Also known as Adam’s Bridge, Rama Setu is a chain of limestone shoals that connects Dhanushkodi in India and Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. Legend has it that it was the bridge built by Lord Rama’s Vaanarsena to cross over to Sri Lanka and rescue his wife, Sita. While that is still a guess, the sad thing is the planned Sethusamudran Shipping Canal Project by the Indian government which threatens the existence of this natural wonder. If it’s natural or man-made is a question people have often wondered about but between the dilemma, an act of embracing is lost. Visit here to see for yourself, a defiance of gravity, and a sense of surprise.


    • Majuli, Assam

      The North East state of Assam is home to the one-horned rhino, the gushing Brahmaputra, sprawling emerald green tea estates and the world’s largest river island- Majuli. It literally means ‘land between two parallel rivers’ and so it was many centuries ago, lying between the rivers Brahmaputra to the north and Burhidihing in the south. Several earthquakes, changes in the course of the rivers and severe erosion have today left Majuli with a meagre 420 square kilometres of area, down from 1,250 square kilometres that it once covered. The island is inhabited mainly by the Mishing tribe who define the river island as the cultural capital of Assam. A must visit, before it’s too late.


    • Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

      Valley of Flowers was discovered in 1931 as a world-heritage site with wild, untamed blooms surrounded by snow-caped peaks and only a few people ever grace it with their presence in this picturesque valley. Cheap hostels can be found in Ghangari as staying back in the valley isn’t permitted. The valley is situated in the Joshimath area of the Garhwal region, almost next to the Nanda Devi National Park. The valley is filled with blooming flowers of rare varieties, especially the endemic alpine flowers such as golden lily, which make it a place worth visiting.


    • Dzuko Valley, Kohima, Nagaland


      Situated at an altitude of 2452 metres above the sea level, the valley is located at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur, well known for its natural beauty and the overall flora and fauna. It’s also known as the one of the most charming valleys of Nagaland and is best for trekkers. Cheap accommodation is available in hostels and dormitories for trekkers. Untouched by civilisation, this valley otherwise called the Valley of Celestial Charm has a tempting appeal to all who gaze it. In summer, wild herbs and shrubs sprout along the stream banks. Lilies in white and pink, euphorbias, aconitums and hundreds of other botanical species in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon. A few things that make the valley a must-visit place. It is neither a volcanic crater nor caldera or meteorite impact, as some trekkers tend to believe about. It is but a simple geosynclinals valley with differential rock weathering and erosion. The age of Dzukou Valley could be anywhere between 2 to 4 million years old.


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Gabbar is the in-house blogger/geek/pet at Stops Hostels. His achievements range from publishing various academic papers on 'Cat Literature' and 'Cat Travellers'. He is well known amongst other cat bloggers and might even be a possible choice for a Nobel Prize this year.

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