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Less explored must visit destinations in 2014

Offbeat destinations you must see!

With New Year kicking in here is a list of completely offbeat, less explored destinations that must be on your list to visit in 2014!

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Better known as the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong is definetely God's own garden! Inhabited by the Khasi tribes this village is a must see for eco tourism. It is situated about 90 km from shilong and is abundant with flaura and fauna, littering is regarded as sin in this utopian village. The village boosts of 100% literacy and thye villagers are well conversent in English language. Tourist atractions include a 80 ft high sky walk made out of banboo, living root bridge, a balancing rock else one can go trecking and rejunavate in the clean atmosphere of Mawlynnong

Kutch,Gujarat

Kutch is definitely a geographic anomaly! Famous for being submerged in water during rainy season and being dry during other seasons, it is a rare delight for the experiential traveler.With an expansive white desert, rich tribal heritage, iconic geographies, intricate handicraft and skillful people, the place happens to be a splendid host for an off beat vacation. It sparks images of pure vista, history, abundance of tradition, color and fascination.Visit the captivating Rann of Kutch that glistens in the moon light and offers a spectacular sunset. The Banni vilages show the tribal side of Kutch and offer an array of craft work. Bird watchers can find their paradise at Chhari Dhand. For the devotees, Narayan Sarovar is a place of great importance deemed to be one of the very sacred grounds. Very close to the Kashi Vishwanath temple is the beautiful Mandvi beach. The town of Mandvi is situated at the banks of Rukmavati river, a few Km from Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch.

Malana, Himachal Pradesh

This solitary village situated on a remote plateau about 3030 meters above sea level in Himachal Pradesh. Malanis speak Kanashi\Raksh which is a mix of Sanskrit and various other neighboring dialect, set far from modernity Malana has there own democracy. One will be amazed to see how the inhabitants still have deep rooted traditions alive in them. An ideal destination to see the baffling culture, tradition, government and experience the lives of the Malanis - believed to be decedents of Alexander the great's Greek army.

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh is historically Tibetan territory inhabited by Napo people. One can reach Tawang through Guwahati or Tezpur, Tawang has a lot in store for a traveler- Tawang Monastery is the second biggest and oldest Monastery in Asia also known as Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse i.e., the celestial paradise of divine site chosen by the horse, various lakes, gompas and beautiful architectural marvels. There are various hotels, home stays and cottages for the ease of a traveler and gives you a experience like never before!

Araku valley, Vishakhapatnam

A quaint hill station in Vishakhapatnam inhabited with different tribes is by far the least commercialized destination in South India! Very popular for its coffee plantation the train ride has some breath taking views. The scenic beauty has been a part of many Tollywood films as well, One can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the un-spoiled destination, relax over the fresh brew from coffee plantation or visit the caves nearby! This is a serene getaway from the hustle bustle of a city.

Phutgal, Ladhak

Putgal Monastery also known as Phutgal Gompa is situated in Ladhak. Zanskar has always been a hub for travelers but this particular Monastery takes the cake. Situated brilliantly in the mouth of a cave portrays wonderful architecture. It can be reached only on foot which ideally take a day or two to reach via two small villages Chatang and Purne.

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

Founded by Mirra Alfassa is an experimental township in the state of Tamil Nadu, designed by Roger Anger the purpose of this unique township is harmony and peace across humanity! UNESCO has endorsed Auroville along with government of India inviting the member states to participate in the rare project.Intended to house about 50000 inhabitants as of now there are close to 3000 people from various races living in harmony and peace. The town has an exclusive system of maintenance and currency for both residents and visitors. Located about 16 km from Pondicherry, is by far the most exclusive destination for 2014

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