The vast landscape of India has a wide variety of tourist attractions some of which are immensely popular and some are lesser-known as there is a low density of travellers to these historical spots. If you want to explore India the other side of India and not the usual touristy circuit then there are immense opportunities to visit these hidden jewels which are untouched by commercialization.
Listed below are some of the lesser-known tourist attractions in India:
1- Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Situated in the Rajgarh municipality of Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan, Bhangarh is known to be a haunted fort which has generated a lot of interest amongst the visitors recently for its spooky ambience. It is believed that the place is cursed by a black magic sorcerer and the entire town is haunted. The remnants of the fort and its eerie surroundings are enough to scare the wits out of even the most courageous visitors who dare to enter the premises at their own risk. No one is allowed to stay overnight in the fort as it is believed that anybody entering the fort after dusk never comes back. Bhangarh has earned the distinction of being one of the scariest places in the world.
2- Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan near Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh Fort is an off-beat tourist destination that offers a unique experience to the visitors. The fort’s periphery is surrounded by 36 km long wall which is the second-longest in the world. Built on a hilltop, Kumbalgarh Fort offers magnificent views of Aravali ranges and sand dunes of Thar Desert. Kumbalgarh is the second largest fort in Rajasthan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. There are numerous Hindu and Jain temples inside the fort. Rajasthan Tourism organizes a three-day annual festival in the fort every year which includes events like sound and light show, traditional Rajasthani folk dance and music, heritage walk inside the fort and tug of war.
3- Tughlaqabad Fort, New Delhi
Tughlaqabad Fort in New Delhi was built during the Mughal era under the reign of Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty. It is one of the lesser-known attractions of Delhi not visited by many tourists. The ruined fort was once known for its remarkable architecture with massive stone fortifications and sloping walls which are 10 to 15 meters high. The fort also houses the Mausoleums of Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq, his wife and his son and successor Muhammad bin Tughlaq. Spread over an area of 06 km, Tughalaqbad has a wildlife century nearby and a shooting range for professional shooters.
4- Jageshwar, Uttarakhand
Situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand, Jageshwar is a sacred spot of Hindus and has a temple with Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Comprising of a cluster of large and small temples, Jageshwar village is a pilgrimage site and holds religious importance. Nestled amidst lush green surroundings, Jageshwar offers panoramic views of the snow-covered Himalayas. The town celebrates Jageshwar Monsoon Festival in the month of August and Shivratri Mela during the spring season which is attended by local inhabitants in large numbers. The Patal Buveneshwar Caves near Jageshwar are another tourist attraction of the area.
5- Maluti Temples, Jharkhand
Maluti is a small little known town in Jharkhand with 72 ancient temples that portray scenes from Mahabharta and Ramayana. Built on the foundations of Hindu mythology, Maluti temples are known for performing the ritual of goat sacrificing to appease Goddess Kali. The temples are in need of urgent repair as they have been left in a dilapidated condition by the state government which is doing little to preserve these heritage structures.
6- Arvalem Caves, Goa
Arvalem Caves also known as Pandava Caves are located in the Bicholim town of North Goa and date back to 6th century. Deriving their name from the epic Mahabharata, the caves are a heritage site with simple architecture and plain walls. It is believed that Pandavas, the heroes of epic took refuge in Arvalem Caves during their exile. There is a Shivalinga in one of the caves and the carvings inside resemble the famous Ellora caves. Other attractions in the vicinity are waterfalls and Rudreshwar temple.
7- Rosary Church, Karnataka
Rosary Church at Shettihali in Karnataka is an architectural wonder partially submerged in the water giving it a look of a stranded ship. Situated amidst picturesque surroundings with river Hemavathy running quietly by its side, Rosary Church was built in 1860 by French missionaries for British estate owners. The craftsmanship of the colonial era is admirable as the church is built with mortar and bricks and a mixture of jaggery and eggs to withstand natural calamities. The ruins of the church are fully visible only during summers and winters as it is submerged in water during monsoons.
8- Osian, Rajasthan
Osian is an ancient temple town near Jodhpur in Rajasthan and is known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan as some of its temples resemble the famous group of Khajuraho temples. The town has a cluster of Jain temples which date from 8th to 11th century. Osian was a religious centre of the kingdom of Mewar and some of the famous temples here are Sun temple, Kali temple and the main Jain temple of Lord Mahavira. The awe-inspiring architecture of Osian temples makes it a must-visit destination on the tourist circuit of Rajasthan.
9- Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh
Nestled amidst the majestic Vidhya and Satpura ranges, Amarkantak is a pilgrim town in Annupur district of Madhya Pradesh. The town has an 11th-century temple with geometric architecture and unique ancient carvings. Amarkantak was also the spiritual sojourn of famous Indian poet and saint Kabir who meditated here on a platform which stands in the middle of the town and is named after him. Three rivers Narmada, Son and Johila emerge at Amarkantak and it is surrounded by a rich variety of flora with medicinal properties.
10- Undavalli Caves, Andhra Pradesh
Situated in Gunter district of Andhra Pradesh, Undavali Caves are carved out of solid sandstone on a hillside surrounded by green countryside. The caves have intricate carvings and a large statue of Lord Vishnu in reclining posture sculpted from a single block of granite. The main cave showcases the Gupta architecture and the other caves exhibit Jain sculptures and Buddhist artwork.