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Watch Video: Enchanting Places In India That Feels Out Of The World

Each destination offers a unique blend of beauty and serenity whether you seek adventure, healing, or tranquility.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Oct 5, 2023 21:36 IST
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Hidden Tourist Places to visit in India
Hidden Tourist Places to visit in India

New Delhi: India is a land of diverse landscapes and hidden gems, waiting to be explored. In this journey of discovery, we delve into the allure of Sheshnag Lake, the therapeutic hot springs of Chumathang, and the secluded natural pond in Jibhi. These breathtaking destinations offer a glimpse into the natural wonders that adorn India’s vast terrain.

Sheshnag Lake: A mystical marvel

Elevation: 3590 meters
Location: Anantnag district, Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of Anantnag district in Kashmir Valley, Sheshnag Lake stands as an alpine high-elevation marvel. At an elevation of 3590 meters, this oligotrophic lake is a sight to behold. It spans approximately 1.1 kilometers in length and 0.7 kilometers in width. But what makes Sheshnag Lake truly captivating is its intriguing origin.

Enigmatic origins

In ancient times, the site bore witness to dramatic cloud bursts, which carved a deep groove encircled by majestic mountains. These mountains remain adorned with snow and ice sheets, slowly melting to feed the deep groove, ultimately forming the pristine Sheshnag Lake. The lake derives its name from the revered Sheshanaga, the Nagaraja or King of Nāgas, a prominent figure in Hinduism’s creation mythology.

Chumathang: Nature’s healing haven

Location: Leh District, Ladakh, India

Chumathang village, situated on the banks of the Indus River in Ladakh’s Leh District, beckons travelers with its unique offerings. Known for its hot springs, this village boasts the distinction of hosting the first power station and government high school in the Changthang region, thanks to the guidance of Mr. Gonbo.

Medicinal Hot springs

Chumathang’s crowning glory is its therapeutic hot spring, drawing tourists from around the globe. Even local residents visit annually to harness the medicinal benefits of these rejuvenating waters. Additionally, an ancient monastery, more than 400 years old, graces the village, adding a touch of historical significance to the region.

 

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Jibhi’s hidden natural pond: A serene oasis

Location: Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh, India

Jibhi, a picturesque destination in Himachal Pradesh, is already celebrated for its scenic charm. However, hidden amidst its lush landscapes lies a secret gem—a natural pond waiting to be explored.

A trekker’s paradise

To reach this hidden treasure, visitors must embark on a brief trek. After reaching Jibhi, a walk of approximately 250-300 meters towards Jalori Pass reveals a yellow board marking the Forest Guest House. Following this path downstream, alongside two pipes, for another 100 meters leads to the destination—a natural pond surrounded by the vibrant hues of the Himalayas.

Nature’s sanctuary

This natural pond, formed by the river’s course, is a serene oasis nestled within the pristine Himalayan wilderness. Its crystal-clear waters invite visitors to swim or bask in the sunshine. What sets this spot apart is its pristine condition, untouched by human debris, making it an ideal escape for nature enthusiasts.

Robber’s Cave: Dehradun’s subterranean wonder

Location: Dehradun City, Uttarakhand, India

Lastly, our journey takes us to Dehradun, where Robber’s Cave, also known as Guchhupani, unveils a unique river cave formation nestled in the Himalayas.

Subterranean adventure

With a length of approximately 600 meters, this cave is divided into two distinct sections. The central part features remnants of a fort wall structure, while the cave itself winds through a conglomerate limestone area on the Dehra plateau of Doon Valley. Rivers flow within this natural cave formation, creating a breathtaking spectacle.

Popular tourist attraction

Robber’s Cave has become a sought-after tourist destination, maintained by the Uttarakhand State. Visitors can access the cave by taking local bus services to Anarwala Village, followed by a one-kilometer trek.

First published on: Oct 05, 2023 09:36 PM IST

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