1. Aksai Chin, Jammu and Kashmir
Aksai Chin is a ceasefire line, one that separates the Indian-controlled state of J&K from the Chinese-controlled area. It lies further to the east and is known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). It is also referred to as one of the most dangerous places in the world.
The infamous LAC passes through the famous Pangong Tso Lake of Ladakh. Need I say more about how beautiful this place is?
2. Silent Valley National Park, Kerala
Due to a recent Maoist attack at Silent Valley National Park in Kerala there has been a considerable decline in the tourist influx. The tropical evergreen forests of the national park is bestowed with unspoilt natural beauty.
3. Chambal River Basin, Madhya Pradesh
The unmatched beauty of Chambal has been long reigned by some of India’s most infamous outlaws, who also seemed to have fancied the creativity of Bollywood movie makers since a long time. However, the danger of falling prey to the regional dacoits is still quite possible and hence it’s usually avoided by travellers.
4. Manas National Park, Assam
You may find it hard to believe that a highly promoted wildlife sanctuary is also a place where terrorist activities have taken place but it’s true. Back in 2011, 6 WWF officials have been kidnapped by Bodo militants from Manas National Park. Government is still trying hard to keep peace and promote tourism of the wildlife sanctuary which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful forest reserve in India.
5. Tura, Meghalaya
Tura is all about vibrant tribes, picturesque landscapes, gushing waterfalls, eerie limestone caves and sadly enough, terrorism. This little town in Meghalaya has been the victim of some of the most notorious terrorist organisations of Northeast since quite some time now making it a dangerous place for travellers.
6. Haflong, Assam
An enchanting town in the heart of NC Hills in Assam, Haflong faces major hindrance in its tourism sector by militants of various terrorist organisations.
7. Bastar, Chattisgarh
Home of the Indian Niagara Falls, Chitrakoot, Bastar is a district in Chhattisgarh with rampant Naxalite activities. The entire district is laden with places of enchanting natural beauty but unfortunately it’s also one of the primary places falling in the red corridor.
8. Phulbani, Odisha
Some 200 km away from Bhubaneswar in Odisha this splendorous little town is located boasting of charming waterfalls and picturesque landscapes. It is another place that falls in the red corridor of India affected by Maoists.
9. Nicobar Islands
Unlike the Andamans, the Nicobar Islands are untouched and pristine. The forests are lush and the beaches are surreal beyond explanation. However, foreigners would require passes to enter the Islands and no visitor is allowed to enter the tribal belts unless for some special purposes like research. And even for that one will have to go through rigorous formalities.
10. Barren Islands, Andaman
The only active volcano in India is located in the Barren Island of Andaman and Nicobar. You can see red-hot lava and smoke erupting from the mouth of the volcano for a distance inside the safety of a small ship. However, no one is allowed to get any closer to the hill due to safety reasons.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not meant to discourage tourism in any manner. In fact, the very purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the unbelievably gorgeous places in India that are out of our easy reach.
In spite of being bestowed with immense natural beauty, some places in India can’t be visited without having a dagger hanging over your head. The reasons may vary but the restraints are the same and that is what makes them even more intriguing.