As one of the fastest developing nations in the world, India is a much more attractive prospect for tourism than it has been in the past. There’s no doubting this is a country that has had a sad history and some incredible culture through the years. We all know about the opulent beauty of the Taj Mahal, as well as the epic River Ganges. But, there are some amazing hidden treasures in India that we never knew about.
If you want to have a wonderful trip to Asia, India is likely to be your first choice. And, there are some excellent ways of experiencing this amazing country that you might never have considered before. So, check out these wonderful hidden gems that help to make India one of the best places on Earth.
Chand Baori Stepwell
In the small village of Abhaneri, in the Northwest of India, we have one of the most amazing hidden gems in the country – Chand Baori. This 1200-year-old wonder was originally designed to be a water tank – this is largely because the state of Rajasthan is so hot and dry. Interesting side note, the air in the bottom of the tank is several degrees cooler. The well is 30 meters deep, and there are around 3500 intricately carved steps up and down the inside of the structure. On the outer side of the well there are carved statues of some of the great Hindu deities; this is one of the most spectacular places in the country to visit.
Located in Amritsar, the Golden Temple is one of the holiest places in the country – it’s also stunningly beautiful as well! The temple is built around a manmade pool and is one of the defining images in Sikhism. You can even actually sit inside the temple, and interact with locals, and, sometimes you will even be fed free of charge! This is a wonderful place for tourists to come and will mean even more to you if you are a person with a religious background.
Cave paintings are not just limited to the Aboriginals of Australia you know?! Just outside of Bundi, there is a 1500-year-old cave full of some truly awe-inspiring cave paintings. These were discovered by a guy named Kukki, who runs tours of the caves that you absolutely have to be a part of. He is something of an amateur archaeologist and has discovered several sites like this in the area, putting Bundi on the map as a tourist attraction. But, this is something that is still far enough off the beaten track that it’s not going to be crawling with tourists.
If you want to enjoy the coastal beauty of India, we recommend heading to Goa and checking out this beautiful beach. Tucked away in India’s smallest state, Palolem is a clean, relaxing, and stunning beach that is never too crowded, and always provides a great opportunity for sun, sea, and relaxation. This is definitely not a place that most people visiting India would think to come, and that’s what we love about it.
These are just a few of the amazing hidden gems that make India such a fascinating and incredible nation. With so much rich historical and cultural magnificence, India is a nation that everyone needs to explore at some point. And, armed with this list of pointers, you are now well equipped to uncover the lesser-known parts of the country.