Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Amidst the backdrop of the barren desert and sparse vegetation, lies this surrealistic abandoned village which reflects a rich historical past of the prosperous paliwal brahmans,who originally hailed from Kashmir. If you are keenly interested in haunted places and you love horror stories then Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer is a must visit a place. The village is so prominent that each of the village living there just left the place in a night. Kuldhara village horror story makes this place spooky. Kuldhara is a lonely place that conveys sorrow about the bound destiny of its villagers leaving its village. Legend has it that they orchestrated an overnight exodus, failing to cope with the atrocities of the local minister called Salim Singh, who took fancy for the village chieftains beautiful 16 year old daughter. Replete with folklore of ghostly hauntings, this village is what legends are made off. The locale is a photographers delight as it has a deluge of artistic angles, only to add to your canvas. A must see for people for a penchant for photography.
Grahan village is one of the less known destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of around 7,700 feet above the mean sea level, with a sparse population of just 50 households this place is truly the perfect destination for nature lovers. Adventure activity like hiking is best suited for this place. The best time to visit Grahan Village is mid-March to the first week of June and then again from September to the first week of November. Grahan village is well known for the special honey collected by it locals from the adjoining forests. The local cuisine includes the famous Himachal food which is served by all the cafes. If you visit this place you not only get to stay close to nature but also listen to the local tales and mysteries concerning this village. Grahan village lies on the way to SAR PASS trek which is about 20kms from Grahan at a height of 4200m(13,700ft).
Floating village is a cultural heritage of Halong Bay. Vietnam people have been living in these houses for hundred of year with fishing as the main income activity. It is a magically calm place, an escape from the hustle of Vietnam streets. The Visitors often travel to enjoy life in some villages such as: Vong Vieng Village, Cua Van Village, Ba Hang Village or Cap De Village in Hung Thang Commune. Cua Van is the largest village with about 130 floating houses.
Gavi, mainly known for its wildlife is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after ‘Alistair International’ the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity.
Tosh Village is an unexplored and completely offbeat place. Situated on a hilltop, its great village to “Chill out”. The silent and peaceful village around the mountains is a wonderful encounter to have. A village that may lack big shopping complexes but definitely not missing the feeling of warmness. The variety of food makes the stay awesome, Israeli cuisines, Pizzas, and delicious desserts are must try out things here. The Hilltop cafe on the top offers all these delicacies and a lot more to look out for.
Hidden in the Northeast Kullu range, Malana is completely isolated from the monotony of the city life culture. The remote village is mainly known for its charas & hashish and has over the time drawn hashish lovers not only from Indian but, from the rest of the world as well. Enclosed by the mysterious peaks of Chandrakhani and Deo Tibba, this village is located in Malana Nala, a side valley of Parvati Valley. This village is considered as one of the most ancient civilizations and till date. Total Isolation from the outside world makes it a perfect trek for anybody who loves to explore in the lap of nature.
Chaubatia is a settlement in Almora district, in the state of Uttarakhand, northern India. Chaubatia is 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) above sea level within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas. It’s name literally means a common meeting point of four paths (“chau” meaning four and “bat” meaning path). It is named this way because of its location at the intersection of four cities: Bhargaon, Ranikhet, Dehrti and Pilkoli. Chaubatia is best known as the location of a botanical garden and fruit orchard which are popular with tourists to the region. The gardens contain predominantly apple, peach, plum and apricot trees.
Widow Village in Sundarban
There is a village in Sundarban called “Widow Village” where most of the families have been attacked by the man eater tigers. Tigers always used to attack from behind. So, fishermen used to wear facemask at the back of the head to confuse the tiger still the tiger was cunning enough to figure that out and attack by the tigers continued.
Villages in Khajjiar
Khajjiar is not only famous for its thick and lush green carpet wrapped around the tall pine trees but also known for its pleasant & tiny villages like Rota, Ladi etc. These villages are located at slopes nearby. Within the boundaries of the khajjiar area, these villages are quite near to the ground of Khajjiar not far from each other around the tall deodar forests of Khajjiar. The location of the Khajjiar villages is extremely prominent. You can have the breathtaking view of the hills from here. No doubt, the whole Khajjiar area is a magical paradise. These small villages are quite popular for their Apple orchards in this area.
Imagine yourself surrounded by lush green spaces, streams and tracks, having majestic Himalayan mountains in the backdrop, it is nothing less than a magical feeling. A trek to Dayara Bugyal will turn this into reality. It is ideal for a weekend trek. Dayara Bugyal is considered to be one of the most beautiful alpine meadow in India. The region gets heavy snowfall during winters. Amongst all the treks in Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal is considered to be most breathtaking. While on the Himalayan Dayara Bugyal trekking tour, catch the sight of the lake Barnala Tal. The trek to this beautiful natural wonder commences from the foothill town of Uttarkashi. It starts from Basru on the Haridwar-Gangothri road. Then, the route trails through the beautiful oak forests, clear water bodies and sprawling grasslands, valleys and high rise mountains. It is a perfect destination for overnight camping. The area serves as a venue for some excellent skiing experience during the winter months. Many of the travel enthusiasts have described this trekking as a fairy tale.
In the outskirts of Pithoragarh is Jhulaghat Village in Munakot Tehsil. Jhulaghat is situated at Indo-Nepal border and is best to be visited during winters. River Kali flows through the town and the climate is cool, covetable and soothing. It is a special bridge at the river that joins India and Nepal. The village derives its name from a hanging bridge across this river. You can find pretty amazing Nepali goods from the market areas. One of the major attractions of this place is the musical Ramlila played during winters for more than 105 years. Jhulaghat is known for its sacramental valleys and picturesque views. The Kamakshya Mandir and Bhagwati Mata Temple are also huge interests for the visitors.
Chicham is a very remote and small hamlet in the Spiti valley. It is so remote that in order to get to the village an adventurous cable car ride has to be taken over a 110 m deep gorge. It is a very small village with about 100 people living in 30 households. There is a home stay which provides spectacular views and authentic local food and drinks. It is the perfect starting point for a trek. The Spiti area offers some of the best trekking in the Himalayas.
In the northeast of Coorg is Somwarpet a land marked by various crops. The major plantations of Somwarpet are coffee and spices like pepper, ginger, cardamom etc. Somwarpet offers some adventure activities like trekking and rock climbing which excites the visitors. It is well known for authentic Coorgie cuisine especially the non-vegetarian dishes like Chicken curry, pork curry, with Kadubittu (steamed rice dumplings) and Akki roti (rice roti). Locals here speak a variety of languages like Kodava Takk, Are bhashe, Tulu, Beary bhashe, Konkani, English, and Hindi. Kannadjgar is also spoken by a few. There are several attractions near Somwarpet like the green lands of Beerlor Golf club, the Mallamaleshwara betta which is well known for poojas and Shivratri celebration, the Kottabeta peak, and the Mallali falls falling 200 ft. down at the feet of Kumardhara river. There are numerous waterfalls in this region that add on the splendor of Somwarpet.
Chalal is a small hamlet located at a distance of 1.5km from Kasol. It is famous for the twenty minutes trek from Kasol along the Parvati river. The sight of the roaring river, tall pine trees and the rural household along the trek is a treat to the visitors. Unlike other tourist destinations, this place is less commercialised and close to nature. The old heritage charm attracts explorers and backpackers from far and wide. The local mouth-watering cuisine such as falafel, hummus, pita bread, are some things which one cannot miss on. Camping, partying, trekking is some of the activities which Chalal offer to its visitors. Visit this place and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and some peaceful moments away from the hustle and bustle of cities.
The small town of Maibong is rich in scenic beauty and natural grandeur. It is the ancient capital of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom. The place is located at a distance of about 45 km from Haflong and retains the ruins of the kingdom even today. Its major center of attraction is the two-roofed monolithic temple, known as the Ramchandi Temple, which bears an inscription dating back to 1761 AD. The Mahur River also flows by Maibong, which offers a great tourist attraction.
Ratanwadi is a mansion the popular Ratangad fort and the famous Shiva temple called Amruteshwar which is a village near Bhandardara of the Kalsubai peak in Maharashtra. It is one of the best forts in Maharashtra and an ideal place for trekking. In Bhandardara the Ratangad Fort is one of the most reckoned places to visit and this place leaves visitors spellbound with its rich heritage. The fort is located at a height of 4250 feet. Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity at the top which is called Nedhe or Eye of the Needle. It is a famous trekking spot as it is far from the main town and has a rustic charm to it. It is situated in Ratanwadi which is its base village and overlooks the Bhandardara. The beautiful temple of Amruteshwar carved out of stone, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Shiva temples build in 900AD by King Jhang. Ratangad Fort is 400 years old fort, which was used by Maratha warrior Shivaji. The fort has four gates known as Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan and Trimbak. There are two caves on the Ratangad Fort, one of the caves is smaller and can accommodate 8-10 people, while the other cave is larger and can accommodate 40-50 people. It also has many wells on the top.
A hidden magic at the foothills of Himalayas lies a hamlet, named Rasol. The only way to reach here is to hike, travellers pick their base camp as either Kasol or Chalal. The hike usually takes 3-4 hours to cover those steep climbs. While on the hike, one thing that everyone will spot is plenty of magic Rasol sign boards on rocks and tree barks pointing in the correct direction of the village. Rasol is perfect for the backpacker who love hiking and the guest house view make this village worth visiting while in Parvati Valley.
Chettali is a small village in Madikeri, abundant in hills, greenery and coffee plantations that enhance its scenic beauty. It is safer to carry light winter clothes even in clear weather as the weather in this small village goes wild any moment. The terrain is amazing to have a bike ride on the roads sandwiched between the coffee and cardamom. plantations and the refreshing environment. The velvety view of hills is mesmerizing and waterfalls make the scene divine. The tiny village Chettali in Coorg is a home to several tourist’s attractions like the ancient Cherala Bhagavathy temple amidst the spiritually pleasing landscape. The village has world-class cardamom cultivation and also a coffee research station for research in cultivation and diseases of different varieties of coffee. There is a central horticultural experiment station located in Chettali, it is regarded as one of the largest research centers of its kind in Asia.
The heart of Karsog valley is this beautiful green retreat. The village Chindi is located amidst wide orchards of apples and dense hilly forests and green cover of Deodars and Pine trees. The fresh and clean air of the village rejuvenates your senses instantly. You would meet the villagers near small tea stall, that would be a traveller experience to talk to them. Chindi is an offbeat village untouched from the commercialisation.
Pulga Village is known worldwide amongst all the travelers for its superstar ‘fairy forest’ – a dense deodar jungle located right next to the village. It’s a beautiful trek across mountains and offers excellent views of near and distant snow-covered peaks. It is also extremely quiet and with fewer tourists. It is a truly rejuvenating experience for city folks who usually tend to miss their rightful ‘me time’.
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