(7) MANCHANBELE, KARNATAKA
The latest darling of the trekkers, visitors to Manchanbele can also spend their weekends camping and kayaking along the side of a dam. Though considered a good spot for amateur rough terrain bikers, there’s nothing really amateurish about the perils on this terrain. Trust us, we have bruised knees and elbows claiming otherwise.
(8) GAVI, KERALA
If you think building a tree-house is an idea straight out of a Hollywood movie —– you are wrong. Come to Gavi and find a tree-house of your own ! Previously, unexplored, we’re pretty sure the plastic covers and the litter are soon to follow.
(9) DHARCHULA, UTTARAKHAND
Keeping with hills and chills theme, Dharchula is perfect for those who like cold, crisp air of mountains. Besides, it is so close to Nepal that you can actually pretend that you are on an ‘international’ holiday. The quaint village is separated from the Johar Valley by the Panchchuli peaks.
(10) NIGHOJ, MAHARASHTRA
POTHOLES —— that’s what this destination is known for. But why escape the city to go see more potholes, you may ask. But these are natural. The river bed of Kukadi River is known to resemble an alien planet with all the open potholes and rough terrain. We wonder how soon before they shoot the next STAR WARS flick here.
(11) PHUKTAL MONASTERY, JAMMU & KASHMIR
Located in one of the most isolated valleys, this could be the perfect spot to experience what being detached from the rest of the world would feel like. This monastery does not just involve hours of trekking, but a lesson in patience too, for it is hidden in a cave on a hillside for you to discover.
(12) UNAKOTI, TRIPURA
We all knew Lord Shiva didn’t suffer fools. Apparently, he was not a big fan of tardiness either. On his way to Kashi with a group of other gods and goddesses, the Lord halted at Unakoti for the night. Next morning, Lord Shiva woke up really to leave, only to find that the other sleepy heads hadn’t woken up on time. Lord Shiva’s curse turned all of them into the stone images that adorn this site even today, making it a treasure trove of local legends and mythology.
(13) MEGHAMALAI, TAMIL NADU
This is a spot perfect for those who love to be surrounded by unhindered stretches of green untouched by the modern world …… or for as long as it lasts. Also known as High Wavys, this spot has been one of the least known parts of Madurai. These mountains are known for their exciting yet dangerous hiking trails.
(14) KAAS PLATEAU, MAHARASHTRA
It hosts hundreds of different species of flowers and has been declared a Biodiversity World Heritage Site by the UN.. Make sure when you visit the area, you enjoy the flora and fauna without harming them. As the saying goes : Shoot only photos: leave only footprints.