Presenting Lucknow’s mouthwatering Awadhi cuisine

Awadhi cuisine is an indigenous part of the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. The dishes and cooking style of this city is inspired and influenced by the Mughals. The cuisine includes both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes prepared with exotic spices, herbs and garnished with dry fruits. The need for such a cuisine arose as the emperors, the Nawabs of Awadh, being inhabitants of Persia, were used to a certain type of diet which comprised of grains, dry fruits, fruits and vegetables available in that part of the country apart from various forms of meat. This style of cooking was further polished by the Nawabs by adding exotic flavours of saffron and other Indian spices.

The cuisine also bears similarities to the cuisines of Central Asia, some parts of Northern India and Hyderabad. The city of Lucknow thus became popular for its Nawabi cuisines. The chefs and cooks of the region invented the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over low heat, which has become popular and synonymous with the city today. The city has an elaborate menu consisting of kebabs, kormas, roomali roti, warqi roti, zardi, biryanis and many more.

1. Zarda

The Zarda is a perfect example of fusion dish as the basmati rice is used and it is converted into a delightful savoury. With lots of dry fruits and cherries, it is made with the special basmati rice which is flavoured and cardamom sugar syrup is added to it. The saffron colour as the saffron is also mixed to give a refreshing and amazing taste. It is a rare dish which most of the people have not heard off. It is a delicacy which you should try when you are in Lucknow and can make it at home as well.

2. Murgh Mussallam

The Murgh Mussallam can be described as a perfect example of Persian flavours mixed with the Awadhi style of cooking. Murgh Mussallam is a whole, roasted chicken cooked in masala. The dish was popular among the royal families. It has also been described as the favourite dish of Muhammad bin Tughluq. The chicken is marinated for hours and then stuffed with boiled eggs. The chicken is then further cooked with chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, cloves and poppy seeds and garnished with dry fruits and edible silver foil also known as vark.

Murgh Mussallam
Murgh Mussallam

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Now talking of the kababs, they are also an example of Persian flavours mixed with Awadhi style. Earlier the kababs were simply small pieces of meat roasted over fire called boti kababs. Later with innovations and improvements were born Shammi kababs, Galouti kababs and Kakori kababs.

3. Seekh Khababs

The Seekh kababs have been an inseparable part of the Awadhi cuisine for a long time. The dish was introduced by the Mughals and was originally prepared with beef mince on skewers cooked to perfection on a charcoal flame. Later the tenderness of the lamb mince replaced the beef mince in the dish giving the kababs a new dimension altogether.

Chicken Sheek Kebab
Chicken Seekh Kabab

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4. Tunde Kabab

Tunde ke Kabab, a yet another delight, is prepared with minced meat which is popular in Lucknow. The dish was the speciality of a one-armed chef hence, the dish got its name Tunde ke Kabab. The dish is believed to be over 100 years old and claims to be unique because of the secret recipe for the preparation of the masala. The masala is said to infuse flavours of over 160 spices.

Tunde ke kabab
Tunde ke kabab

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5. Shami Kabab

Shami Kabab can be spotted at all places in Lucknow from street vendors to high-end restaurants. To make this delicacy at home start with the preparation of a mixture comprising of minced meat, ground chickpeas and spices. Usually, an egg is added to the mixture for binding i.e., to hold the mixture together. A small patty is formed of this mixture which is then pan-fried and served hot with mint-coriander chutney. In a vegetarian version of the kebab replace meat with paneer or potatoes.

Shami Kebab
Shami Kabab

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6. Korma

Korma stands for cooked meat in Urdu. The dish starts with the preparation of a spice sauce comprising of yogurt, cream, nut and seed paste. Then meat or vegetables are added to the sauce and allowed to simmer until cooked. Traditionally, the dish was prepared on a pot set over a very low flame with charcoal on the lid to provide heat from all sides. The term Shahi used for the delicacy symbolizes its status as a royal dish and its association with the emperors and the court.

Korma
Korma

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7. Pulao

Pulao is prepared by cooking meat in ghee with aromatic and exotic spices, allow the meat to cook in water on a low fire until soft and tender. Add rice and further cook it in a sealed pot over low heat. With biryani the cooking technique is a bit different. Here the rice is separately boiled or parboiled in spiced water and then layered with meat curry which is then sealed and allowed to cook over a low flame.

Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani

8. Makhan Malai

Apart from the Awadhi cuisine the city also boasts of its desserts. Makhan Malai served here is one such dessert. Makhan Malai is a flavourful winter sweet sold here. It is an airy and fluffy dish with a creamy texture. It is served with a sprinkle of khoya and dry fruits and decorated with edible silver foil. The street is full of vendors selling this sweet, to find which one is the best reach out to the vendor with the least makhan malai left.

Makhan Malai
Makhan Malai

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9. Handi Chicken

Other things to indulge in when in Lucknow, is the traditional Handi Chicken. The dish is prepared by cooking rice, spices and chicken on low flame for hours until cooked. The handi is served packed to the customers.

Mutton Biryani
Mutton Biryani

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10. Warqi Paratha

Warqi Paratha or layered paratha serves as an ideal combination with curries. Street food forms an integral part of the city. Lucknow is famous for its street food with samosa and chaat being the city’s favourites. The popular ones among the people here are Matar ki Chaat served with aloo tikka and Dahi bhallas.

Wheat is the staple food of the state hence breads form a major part of the diet here. One can find rotis and breads which are made in different ways some of them are rumaali roti, tandoori roti, naan, kulcha, lachha paratha, sheermal and bakarkhani.

Warqui Paratha
Warqi Paratha

 

And finally, end one’s food safari with the Lucknowi Paan and Kulfi Faluda. The faluda is available in different flavours like almond, elaichi and many others.

Street Food- Lucknawi Chat

Kulfi Faluda
Kulfi Faluda

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The city provides you with an umpteen number of food options and for a comfortable stay book, you stay here.

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35 Yummilicious Foods To Definitely Try In Leh Ladakh- Food that you should not miss

There is much more to explore in terms of food in Leh than the quintessential instant noodles. Below you can find the most popular foods of Leh Ladakh. New place new cuisines, if you are a big foodie or you are great traveller you will explore the foods of that place.

And in this place, you will find a variety of new dishes to try and to explore. We have listed for you some of the most popular foods which you can try on your trip to Leh.

35 Foods To Try In Leh Ladakh (2019)

  1. Sea Buckthorn Juice
  2. Saag
  3. Cholak
  4. Phirni
  5. Holkur
  6. Cheese from Yak’s milk (Chhupri)
  7. Tigmo
  8. Butter Tea
  9. Momos
  10. Thukpa
  11. Thenktuk
  12. Mokthuk
  13. Qahwa
  14. Kulcha
  15. Langar
  16. Khambir
  17. Cashew Crusted chicken
  18. Yarkhandi Pulao
  19. Hargow
  20. Nasi Goreng
  21. Yak Cheese Pizza
  22. Kashmiri Dum Aloo
  23. Kothey
  24. Pad Thai
  25. Skyu
  26. Paba
  27. Tangtur
  28. Chhang
  29. Tabak Maaz
  30. Yakhni
  31. Skieu
  32. Rogan Josh
  33. Gushtaba
  34. Tsamik
  35. Hummus

Sea Buckthorn Juice

This drink you can’t find anywhere in India except Ladakh. This drink is made from the berries which are found in Ladakh only. This Sea buckthorn is known as Leh Berries. It contains Omega3 fatty acid and is really great in taste. When you are visiting this place you really can’t miss this juice as it will really give you another level taste. With these berries, Jams are also made in Ladakh.

Saag

Saag is made of spinach and in most part of north-India, this food is prepared. This food is cooked in every household in Ladakh. It is vegetarian food, and is made of cloves, butter, spices and of course spinach. It is really delicious food and can be paired with paratha, chapatti or anything.

Cholak

Cholak is another different dish in this area, it comprises of 3 elements- Tsampa, Chang and buttermilk. You can really go through a lot of different cuisines in this beautiful place. Tsampa is a major food of the Ladakhis which is made of barley, roasted grain and saltwater. It is taken along with the local beer Chang or Buttermilk known as Cholak.

Phirni

Phirni is served in the place of Kheer, It is a delicious sweet dish to have in Ladakh. It is given in a kulhaad i.e a pot made of mud, which will make it taste tastier. It is a rice pudding of the Iranian origin, it comprises of boiled rice, vermicelli, milk and sugar. It consists of dry fruits and pistachios as well.

Holkur

Holkur is a biscuit or cookie of the Ladakhis. It is a homemade thing which everyone offers when the tourists are visiting the places. It’s really good to taste and you can have it with butter tea or Qahwa, as you wish. You can take this snack in breakfast as well.

Cheese from Yak’s milk (Chhupri)

While traveling to parts of Ladakh, you will come across Yaks, you will click pictures and probably take rides on them.

But have you ever thought of trying cheese made of Yak milk?

Weird?

Well, probably for some people, but when in Leh please do not miss on trying out “Chhupri”.

Locals do not understand it when you say Yak cheese, they understand the local term for it “Chhupri”.

Preparation of Yak Cheese from Yak Milk- Bests food to try in Leh Ladakh
Preparation of Yak Cheese from Yak Milk Image Source

Chhupri is one of the best food items in Leh Ladakh and this marvellous food is easily available in the main market area, where vendors even sell it on the roadside street shops. They are available in three flavours: Sweet, salty and plain. The cheese is pretty hard and looks like calcium deposits. It is difficult to bite down on bigger pieces of the cheese, so better buy a pack of smaller pieces.

Do note that some places feel that the cheese smells a bit Yak-ish, though I did not feel it. But when in Leh, you just cannot afford to miss this!

Tigmo (pronounced Teemo)

We did not go looking for this dish, unlike the Chhupri. We just went into a local restaurant in Leh main market, asked for a local dish and were offered the “Tigmo”. It is a form of fermented and steamed bread, served with a veg/non-veg stew.

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The bread itself is very soft and fluffy and goes very well with the lightly flavoured stew. Although we went in for a snack, repeat orders of the delicious Tigmo converted it to a full dinner.

Butter Tea

Since the day we started planning a trip to Leh, I had decided on trying Butter Tea in Leh. But on reaching Leh, I couldn’t find it anywhere!

I tried hard until the last day but had to give up. Then the last night our hotel owner told us he was serving us special home-made tea and I realised that it was the butter tea I was so desperately looking for

Bests food to try in Leh Ladakh- Food that you should not miss
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Our host then explained to us that this tea is generally made at home and not served in restaurants. The tea looks pink and tastes salty. He explained why the tea is made with butter and salt. The butter helps keep lips from getting chapped in the harsh cold weather and the salt helps to stay away from altitude sickness.

He also showed us the special wooden apparatus that is used to churn butter for the tea and is available in all Leh homes.

Momos

It is a crime to not taste momos while you are in Leh. The momos are available in various shapes, one of which according to our driver is shaped like a rat.

Bests food to try in Leh Ladakh- Food that you should not miss
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Thukpa

It is Tibetan soup. Due to the Tibetan influence in Leh, Thukpa is quite popular in Leh. It is a clear soup with lots of vegetables. Comfort food for cold temperatures of Leh.

Thukpa at a cafe in Leh-Bests food to try in Leh Ladakh- Food that you should not miss
Thukpa at a cafe in Leh Image Source

Thenktuk

This a version of the Thukpa. In addition to the vegetables this soup consists of noodles as well. In cold temperatures, you would love to gorge on hot soups and this variation is quite good.

Mokthuk

Looking for some momo as well as soup? Mokthuk is for you. It is a Tibetan soup consisting of momos and vegetables. The goodness of momos and warm soup covered in one.

Qahwa

Although we hear of Qahwa more in the Kashmir region, it is in fact, an essential drink in Leh. The day we landed in Leh, we were asked by our host to drink Qahwa throughout the day in small quantities.

Qahwa
Qahwa

It contains saffron and cinnamon that help keep the body warm. If you are planning to buy Qahwa to take back home, the local grocery shops stock only two brands: King’s and Kanwal. These are ready to make Qahwa powder brands.

Kulcha

This is a kind of bun, which is very unlike what we know as Kulcha in North India. It is a hard bun that the locals eat with qahwa or tea.

Bests food to try in Leh Ladakh- Food that you should not miss
Kulcha

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Langar

The langar served at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is food for the soul. I have never had such tasty rajma in my life. The most amazing thing is that the Gurudwara cooks in such huge volumes and still manages to keep it so homely.

We saw numerous army trucks lined up outside the Gurudwara and army men kept pouring in during lunch hour. It looked as if they routinely came here for lunch.

The langar area at Gurudawara Pathar Sahib, Leh: Bests food to try in Leh Ladakh- Food that you should not miss
The langar area at Gurudawara Pathar Sahib, Leh Image Source

Mouth-watering eh? As said above, Leh has some amazing stay options too, in case you are eager to pay a visit and try the Ladakhi cuisine yourself. Do plan a trip soon. Life, as we know it, is very short, and the more you travel, the better.

Khambir

This is a traditional food in Ladakh, which is usually served with butter tea or Qahwa. This pan-shaped bread is thicker than the bread we eat. Also, its texture is different from the usual bread. It has a crispy texture. This is why it goes well with tea. One can also take it with fruit jam, butter, boiled egg, etc. much like the bread we eat. However, it is more versatile compared to bread since you can take it as a side dish to a variety of soups as well.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get this bread in almost all local cafes like Gesmo Restaurant, Old Ford Road, Leh.

Cashew Crusted Chicken

Cashew Crusted Chicken

If you are thinking about what to eat in Leh apart from local dishes, you can go for some continental dish. Cashew crusted chicken is a continental dish that you can get only in European-themed restaurants. It is a sumptuous and tasty chicken recipe containing chicken breasts, egg, a host of spices, and topped with cashew crumbs. It is a tasty treat in the biting cold of Ladakh, which can be had with some tomato sauce.

Best Restaurant to Try

The Bon Appetit restaurant in Leh is the go-to place for items like Cashew Crusted Chicken. This is a European-themed restaurant frequented by foreigners.

Yarkhandi Pulao

This is a very popular food in Leh Ladakh, but it is not local to this place. In fact, it was introduced to the local people by the Yarkhandi traders who used to come along the ancient silk route and later settled in Leh. However, now it is one of the most preferred local delicacies. It is made using chicken, rice, and a lot of spices. In fact, it is one of the most tempting items available in Ladakh.

Best Restaurant to Try

Namza restaurant located Zangsti road, Leh serves excellent Yarkhandi Pulao.

Har Gow

Har Gow

This is a traditional Tibetan dish but has found its way into the traditional landscape of food in Ladakh. It is actually a kind of steamed dumpling containing various stuffing like shrimp, chicken, pork, etc. but the wrapping is made of wheat and tapioca flour. This makes the wrapping very thin and snow white in colour. It is also very translucent. There is a prominent influence of Tibetan food in Ladakh and Har Gow is one of these. You can have vegetable Har Gow too. The dumplings are pretty delicate and prone to breaking. The taste too is delicate.

Best restaurant to Try

Again, Namza is one of the best restaurants in Leh to have Har Gow.

Nasi Goreng

For the gourmets who love to taste different cuisines and are thinking about what to eat in Leh apart from traditional dishes, Nasi Goreng can be a good one. It is actually a kind of fried rice that originated in Indonesia. This is prepared by stir-frying rice and adding to it a seasoning paste of shrimp, chilies, and sugar. This gives rise to a richly flavoured and delicious dish. On top of it, a fried egg is also given. You cannot find this food in any restaurant. Only a pan Asian themed restaurant can cater to such nuanced food pangs.

Best Restaurant to Try

Blue Lotus is a pan Asian themed restaurant in Leh where you can get Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian cuisine. You can get a platter of delicious Nasi Goreng here.

Yak Cheese Pizza

Yak Cheese Pizza

This is a special cheese pizza available in Ladakh. Yak cheese is somewhat saltier than the cheese we have. However, it tastes great. It is also quite hard, but it is said to have a number of health benefits. This is definitely worth trying in Ladakh.

Best Restaurant to Try

Yak cheese is widely available in Ladakh, but you can get good yak cheese pizza in places like Gesmo restaurant and La Pizzeria in Leh.

Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Dum aloo is a favourite dish in many parts of India. It is also a popular food in Ladakh. However, Kashmiri dum aloo is somewhat different from what we have. In Leh, you can get Kashmiri dum aloo platters in restaurants and cafes. It is made with baby potatoes and yogurt and fennel are used to prepare this dish. It is a superbly delicious dish that you need to try out while in Leh.

Best Restaurant to Try

The Badshah Inn Restaurant on Fort Road, Leh, serves great Kashmiri dum aloo. It is around the corner from the main post office at Leh.

Kothey

kothey

Kothey is actually a variety of momo that is common to places like Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, as well as Ladakh. It contains a filling of pork and ginger and is pan-fried. This gives it a crusty skin. It is actually quite a delicious dish and tastes somewhat different from the usual momo.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can have a sumptuous dish of Kothey at Sunbeam Café located on Old Fort Road in Leh.

Pad Thai

It is a rice noodle dish common to Thailand, but this is also a popular food in Leh Ladakh. Soaked and dried rice noodles are stir-fried along with chopped tofu, eggs, and a number of condiments like tamarind pulpdried shrimpfish sauce, red chili, garlic, palm sugar, etc.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get this in local restaurants like Lamayuru Restaurant on Old Ford Road, Leh.

Skyu

Skyu is a traditional and staple food in Ladakh. It is a kind of soup, which also contains small balls made of wheat flour. The balls are cooked in water along with vegetable or meat. It also contains vegetables like carrots, potatoes, turnips, etc. to add flavour and taste to the soup. It is said to offer protection against the harsh climate of Ladakh.

Best Restaurant to Try

Since it is a staple Ladakhi food you can get it in various restaurants such as Gesmo restaurant in Leh.

Paba

Paba is a kind of bread, and it is extremely nutritious since it is made of barley, peas, buckwheat, wheat, and local black beans. All these are mixed and made into a dough. It is a staple food in Leh Ladakh, and you can get it in most local restaurants.

            Best Restaurant to Try

Local restaurants like Gesmo and Sunbeam Café in Leh serve excellent Paba.

Tangtur

Tangtur is a kind of buttermilk that is filed with local vegetables grown widely in Ladakh. It is a traditional food in Ladakh. One can have lettuce, spinach, sugar beet leaves, cabbage, etc. in buttermilk. This is one of the tastiest traditional dishes of Ladakh, and you need to try this delicacy while touring Ladakh.

Best Restaurant to Try

The Tibetan Kitchen in Leh is one of the best places to try Tangtur since it serves all the local delicacies in the most exquisite way.

Chhang

Chhang is not a dish; it is more a brew than anything else. It is made by fermenting miller with yeast. Hot water is added to the fermented stuff until it is sufficiently mild in tone. It is a local brew, but it is intoxicating even at mild strength. The brew is usually made in wooden drums and poured from brass kettles. Once the brew is sufficiently distilled, it is known as arak.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can have this local beer in several local restaurants such as Lehchen Bar And Restaurant located on Zangsti road in Leh.

Tabak Maaz

This is another local Ladakhi dish that you must try out while in Leh. Tabak Maaz is actually fried ribs of lamb. Primarily it is a Persian dish and a number of different spices are used in preparing this dish. Your quest for what to eat in Leh to pamper the taste buds can end with this dish. After marinating the ribs, they are cooked till dry and then deep-fried. They are also cooked for long so that the ribs become soft. To enhance the taste, saffron, and milk are also added to the preparation. The crispy texture of lamb meat and the soft bones doused in a mouth-watering spicy combination enhanced by the addition of ghee make for a great slurping enjoyment.

Best Restaurant to Try

Badshah Inn in Leh is one of the best restaurants to enjoy this local delicacy.

Yakhni

Yakhni is a Kashmiri delicacy introduced during the Mughal rule. A number of spices are used to make this dish and is usually served along with pulao. It contains meat and yogurt in significant proportions and is tempered with saffron. While saffron imparts the inviting colour and yogurt provides a unique texture. It also contains tomatoes. In Leh, you can get Yakhni made of lamb meat. If you are a vegetarian, you can also try Paneer Yakhni.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get fine Yakhni in Gesmo restaurant and Namza restaurant in Leh.

Skieu

It is a traditional food in Ladakh made of wheat flour and water. You can eat this dish with vegetables or meat. The locals eat this stuff regularly since it keeps the body warm. To prepare this dish, wheat flour is kneaded with water and made into thumb-sized balls. These balls are then added to meat stew or vegetable stew. A number of vegetables like turnip, potatoes, carrots, etc. are used to prepare the dish.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get this local stuff at local cuisine restaurants like Gesmo or Namza restaurant in Leh.

Rogan Josh

This indeed is a lip-smacking delicacy that you can discover in the landscape of food in Leh Ladakh. However, it is not an original local dish. It has Persian roots and can be found in several restaurants in Kashmir. This rich meat preparation can help you keep warm in the biting cold of Leh. Rogan is the Persian name of ghee and Josh refers to stew. If you translate the literal meanings, it means something stewed in ghee. The Ladakhi preparation of Rogan Josh usually contains lamb meat. Lamb meat is cooked in a rich gravy containing yogurt, garlic, ginger, garlic, and several spices. Kashmiri chili is added to impart a red colour to the preparation. You can also get Rogan Josh made of goat and beef.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get this delicious and mouth-watering stuff in Lha Ri Sa Multicuisine restaurant in Skara in Leh, Ladakh.

Gushtaba

It is a minced-meat delicacy prepared in curd. It has originated in Kashmir and contains a number of spices like fennel seeds, dry ginger, mustard oil, red chilies, curd, etc. It is usually referred to as the dish that the kings love. It contains large meatballs of lamb or goat and is usually served as the last dish of the main course. After Gushtaba, guests are usually served with desserts. In the biting winter cold of Leh, it can be followed by a hot sweet dish, but in summer, you can get a cold dessert.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get this stuff in Mughali restaurants in Leh such as Lha Ri Sa Multicuisine restaurant or Wonderland Restaurant & Coffee house in Leh, Ladakh

Tsamik

It is a traditional sauce made from coriander and mint leaves that usually accompanies traditional food in Leh Ladakh. To prepare the dish, all the ingredients are first ground. Chili powder is added to it along with some buttermilk or curd and salt is added to taste. It results in a thick batter. Locals usually take it as a dip for Paba.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can have this in Gesmo restaurant or Namza restaurant in Leh, Ladakh.

Hummus

This is actually a Middle-Eastern dish, but you can get it in some good restaurants in Leh. It is a kind of dip made from mashed chickpeas. If chickpea is not available, other peas can also be used. The mashed peas is mixed with olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste. It is a popular dish in the Mediterranean and the Middle East region.

Best Restaurant to Try

You can get Hummus at Lamayuru restaurant on Fort Road near hotel Yaktail in Leh, Ladakh.

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35 Important Religious Places In India That Are A Must-Visit For Devotees

India has been among the most important destinations for those seeking knowledge and peace. Right since the ancient era, travellers coming to India to rejuvenate their soul have never been disappointed.

Some of the world’s most famous and respected people including Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and John Lennon not only visited India looking for spiritual direction but also spoke about how their Indian visit impacted their lives! Check out 7 of the most important religious destinations in India that are a must-visit for devotees and tourists alike.

35 Important Religious Places In India

  1. Uttarakhand
  2. Amritsar
  3. Jammu & Kashmir
  4. Ajmer
  5. Allahabad
  6. Varanasi
  7. Tirupati
  8. Shirdi
  9. Dwarka
  10. Bodh Gaya
  11. Katra
  12. Nathdwara
  13. Pushkar
  14. Nashik
  15. Rameshwaram
  16. Ujjain
  17. Madurai
  18. Sabarimala
  19. Puri
  20. Goa
  21. Kanchipuram
  22. Vrindavan
  23. Guruvayur
  24. Thanjavur
  25. Nashik
  26. Chitrakoot
  27. Gokarna
  28. Hampi
  29. Ranakpur
  30. Sarnath
  31. Srikalahasti
  32. Udupi
  33. Thiruchirappalli
  34. Velankanni
  35. Thiruchendur

Uttarakhand

The beauty of nature lies in this place. There are two main pilgrimages, Haridwar and Kedarnath. Thee two are the most important among the spiritual places. Haridwar, literally meaning is “ the abode of Vishnu”, the holiest water is in this place and Haridwar is considered one of the holiest place in India. Apart from it, Kedarnath is one of the fourth important pilgrims for Hindus. It is the temple of Lord Shiva.

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Amritsar

The famous Golden Temple, which all the tourists from all over the world come to visit it. The golden temple is the pride of the city of Punjab. The beauty of this temple attracts every tourist and the peace and togetherness of the people and the pure food of the Langar.

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Jammu & Kashmir

The heaven on earth, Jammu and Kashmir has not an only natural beauty but also has the most famous pilgrim of Hindus. Amarnath, one of the most important pilgrims of the Hindus, are the major attraction of the tourists. The journey to this spiritual place is a little tough one but it is filled with faith and adventure.

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Ajmer

Ajmer is a really amazing place where you can see a lot of colours of our country. Ajmer Shariff dargah is one of the most holiest and sacred places in India. This place is not only for the Muslims, but people from every religion can also visit this holy place.

More: Ajmer places to visit

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Allahabad

One of the holiest places in India, Allahabad has been known for its spirituality and the holy Sangam where thousands of people come at the time of Kumbh Mela and take a dip in the holy water. Allahabad now known as Prayagraaj, is a city filled with historical facts and heritage monuments. It is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh and the meeting point of the three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Jamuna which is called the Triveni Sangam.

Places to visit in Prayagraj

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Varanasi

A city where death and life come together. This city is way more than the spiritual capital of Uttar Pradesh. The famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a really popular religious place where hundreds of tourists come to visit this temple. Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the popular ghats in Varanasi. The beautiful Aarti o the Ghat will make your visit complete.

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Tirupati

Tirupati, as the name suggests is one of the most important pilgrim centres in India. The name of this place is itself attracts tourists spiritually. It is situated in Chittoor and it is the home of several heritage sites and the temples.

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Shirdi

This religious place is really popular because of the  Sai Baba temple in Shirdi, it is the main temple of Sai Baba and the story of this saint lies in the place of Nasik. You will be amazed by the different temples and the heritage site in this beautiful place.

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Dwarka

Dwarka - one of the top religious places in India

The journey to this dham is no ordinary travel, but a yatra in itself. One of the seven spiritual cities, Dwarka is a land of mystics and myths, and was once the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom.

Home to numerous temples, the prime attraction here is the Dwarkadhish temple, with its beautiful architecture and gorgeous sculptures.

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Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya - one of the top religious places in India

Also known as the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, Bodh Gaya serves as a religious sanctuary to the sacred Buddhist circuit in Bihar.

Your first stop in Gaya should be the Mahabodhi temple followed by the Vishnupad temple, both of which will stun you and awe you with their grandeur and purity.

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Katra

Katra - one of the most holy places in India

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The Shrine of Goddess Vaishno is located around 14 km away from Katra, the only connecting link between the devotee and the temple.

Travel facilities like palkis, horses, and even helicopters are available to ride to the top.

While returning from religious shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, their are places to visit in Jammu, a city 45 KM from Katra.

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Nathdwara

Nathdwara - one of the top religious places in India

The banks of river Banas are home to Nathdwara in Rajasthan, a town that is said to have served as a home to Shrinathji.

The Shrinathji temple, a temple devoted to Lord Krishna’s divine form Pushtimarg is a marvellous example of modern Indian architecture, interspersed with lovely gardens and fruit orchards.

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Pushkar

Pushkar - one of the most holy places in India

One of the five sacred Dhams (pilgrimage site) in Hinduism, the town gets its name from the Sanskrit word Pushkarni which means a lake.

Legend also attributes the name to the Sanskrit words ‘Pushp’ and ‘Kar’ which refer to the lotus flower.

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Nashik

Nashik - one of the top religious places in India

Cradled by the holy waters of Godavari, the place gets its name from an episode in the epic tale of Ramayana, where Lord Rama’s brother, Lakshmana, chops of Srupanakha’s nose off.

Once in every 12 years, Nashik plays host to the grand Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering of pilgrims in India. It a colourful marriage of spirit, devotion, tradition, and heritage.

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Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram - one of the most holy places in India

Home to one of the richest cultures in India, Rameshwaram is the place where Lord Ram started to build a bridge to cross the waters to reach Sri Lanka, the home of Ravana.

The presiding deity is the Linga of Sri Ranganatha, and it is believed that a visit to Rameshwaram is necessary to attain moksa.

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Ujjain

Ujjain
Ujjain

Situated on the bank of Kshipra River in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is an ancient city with a lot of historical and religious importance. The city has many historic temples including the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, which is said to be one of the sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims and other tourists visit the place every year, to explore the structural masterpieces and the cultural heritage this town has to offer. The city also hosts the Ujjain Kumbh Mela, otherwise called as Ujjain Simhastha, every 12 years.

The best time to visit Ujjain is from November to February, when the weather is mild and pleasant.

Madurai

Madurai
Madurai

Tamil Nadu boasts of possessing the oldest language in the world as well as some prominent religious sites. The very famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple witnesses thousands of pilgrims and visitors daily, and forms the heart and soul of the holy city of Madurai. The temple is said to be 2500 years old, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi (a form of Goddess Parvati) and Lord Sundareshvarar (a form of Lord Shiva). The holiness of this city can be easily felt from the religious hymns heard from the temple from early morning. The temple’s architecture is an example of ancient architectural marvel with beautifully sculpted pillars depicting the story of the wedding between Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva.

The best time to visit Madurai is between October to March when the temperatures remain comfortable.

Sabarimala

Situated in the beautiful Western Ghats mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta in the state of Kerala, the Sabarimala Hills is famous for the Sabarimala Temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappan. The Sabarimala Hills are known for its rich flora and fauna, and the temple is located at an altitude of 914 metres, amidst 18 hills. The shrine is one of the largest pilgrimage places in India considering the estimate of up to 50 million devotees visiting it every year. The temple is open to devotees belonging to any caste and religion.

The pilgrim season begins in the month of November and ends in January, which is the best time to visit this place.

Puri

Puri, popularly known as the holy land of Lord Jagannatha, is a major religious destination for the Hindu pilgrims. The Jagannatha Temple, famous for its Kalinga style architecture and Ratha Yatra, is considered highly sacred by the Vaishnavas. This stunning temple in Orissa is situated at a distance of 35 kilometres from the Konark Sun temple. The Gundicha Mandir is also important for those pilgrims visiting Jagannatha Temple, as the Lord Jagannatha idol is transported to the Gundicha Temple for a short duration during the Ratha Yatra.

The best time to visit is from October to February, when the pleasant winter sets the ideal weather conditions for all.

Goa

Goa
Goa

Goa is a popular tourist destination owing to its beautiful palm groves, pristine white beaches, and picturesque sunsets. Those visiting the state will not miss enjoying the elegance of the many churches they pass through while on a sightseeing spree. The small state is host to the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier are kept. Besides the charm of the churches, the state also is home to a few beautiful temples such as the Chandreshwar Temple, situated on the top of a wooded hill. The spectacular view of the countryside and the Arabian Sea coastline cannot be missed while on a visit to Goa.

The ideal time to visit Goa is between November and March.

Kanchipuram

This ancient city in Tamil Nadu is not just famous for its sarees. The city known as the City of Thousand Temples is one of the famous pilgrimage places in India owing to the myriad of ancient and magnificent temples it is home to. The Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, and Kamakshi Amman Temple are a few of those sanctified temples that display the grandeur of the Dravidian architecture and represent the rich Tamil culture.

The best time to visit is from October to February, although the monsoon months (June to September) are ideal for sightseeing as well.

Vrindavan

Vrindavan
Vrindavan

The name is just enough to understand how holy the town is. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, Vrindavan is special owing to the belief that Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. This historical city belongs to the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. The hundreds of temples here are dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, and they attract huge crowds during the festivals like Janmashtami and Radhashtami. The city and the temples here are perfect places to reminisce the wonderful stories surrounding the life of Shri Krishna.

December to February are the ideal months to visit the very holy city of Vrindavan.

Guruvayur

Guruvayur, a town in the Thrissur district of Kerala, has a rich history dating back to thousands of years. This temple town is home to the very famous Sri Krishna Temple popularly referred to as the Guruvayur Temple. According to popular legends, the temple and its deity are about 5000 years old. That says a lot about the huge crowd it attracts daily. Also known as the Dwarka of South India, Guruvayur also has other famous shrines situated beautifully amidst palm groves and trees.

Kerala’s mild winter conditions from October to February make it ideal to visit Guruvayur during this time.

Thanjavur

Like Kanchipuram, Thanjavur is also an ancient historical site from Tamil Nadu. The city is home to a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most of the temples here are beautiful stone structures that are rich in architectural carvings and beautiful paintings. The spirituality in the air of this town cannot be ignored. A few temples that you must visit are the Brahadeeswara Temple, Airavateshwara Temple, and Gangaikonda Temple.

Like most other warm places in India, the ideal time to visit Thanjavur is from October to March.

Nashik

Nashik
Nashik

Nashik, an ancient holy city in the state of Maharashtra, is famous for its pilgrim destinations. Closely associated with the Ramayana since the epic says Panchavati area of Nashik was once home to Rama during his 14 years’ exile. The Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, which is one of the 4 Kumbh Melas held every 12 years, is held at the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple and the Ram Kund here, on the banks of the river Godavari.

October to March is the favourable period for a pilgrimage to this holy abode.

Chitrakoot

Like Nashik, Chitrakoot is another place associated with the epic Ramayana. This small pilgrimage centre is situated in the Vindhyan Range and has a lot of spiritual and historical importance. Legend has it that, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Lord Lakshmana stayed approximately 11 of their 14 years’ exile in Chitrakoot. With the place having such spiritual connections to boast of such as Ram Ghat, Janki Kund, and Kamadgiri are visited by the devout pilgrims.

Pilgrims visiting Chitrakoot find the months of July to March as the best time to visit.

Gokarna

Gokarna
Gokarna

Very few pilgrimage places in India are located near the sea, and Gokarna is one amongst the few. This temple town located in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka is famous for its idyllic beaches and laid-back landscape. The Mahabaleshwar Temple of Gokarna is an ancient temple with beautiful Dravidian architecture, and is located on the shore of the Karvar Beach on the Arabian Sea. Owing to the mythological legends and accounts associated with the temple, it attracts a lot of pilgrims, and the piousness of this temple has gained it the name Dakshin Kasi.

October to March is the ideal time to visit Gokarna.

Hampi

Once the magnificent capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is now famous for the ruins of the empire and is, therefore, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient temples here display splendid architecture and reveal the rich history of the once-prosperous city. The ruins have a lot of stories to silently unveil about the glorious past it had, and undoubtedly it is one of the reasons tourists want to come back to this place again.

The best time to visit Hampi is from October to February. 

Ranakpur

Ranakpur
Ranakpur

Ranakpur is famous due to the presence of the Ranakpur Temple, which is very popular amongst the Jains. This marble wonder located in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan is a grand display with 1444 marble pillars carved with intricacy and perfection. This distinguished architecture is undoubtedly worth exploring, not only by the followers of Jainism but also by all those who enjoy such architectural marvels.

Ranakpur is best visited between the months of October to February because of the pleasant weather conditions.

Sarnath

Sarnath
Sarnath

Located around 10 kilometres from Varanasi, Sarnath holds a special place in the hearts of Buddhists. It is one of the four main pilgrimage places in India for the Buddhists. Sarnath Temple is said to be where Lord Buddha first delivered his spiritual discourse to his disciples. The sanctity of this Buddhist site made Emperor Ashoka build monuments around it. The Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath is a special spot as it boasts of housing some of Lord Buddha’s remains.

Due to the hot summer in Sarnath, the best time to visit is between October to March.

Srikalahasti

Srikalahasti

The enchanting landscape of Srikalahasti is blessed by the divine presence of some ancient temples including the Srikalahasti Temple. Situated around 37 kilometres away from the famous Tirupati Temple in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Srikalahasteeswara Temple is one of the prominent Shiva temples in South India. The temple structures are located beside river Swarnamukhi. The Vayu Linga in the Srikalahasti Temple is one of the Panchabhoota sthalams. Many legends surround this temple that add to its mythical vibe such as Goddess Parvati had done a period of penance here to get rid of a curse that had given her a mortal form. 

The right time to visit Srikalahasti is between October and March.

Udupi

Situated amidst the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Udupi district of Karnataka is famous for its enchanting temples and the eight mathas of Dvaita philosophy. Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is one of the holiest temples of Lord Krishna and attracts thousands of devotees from all over the nation. The temple architecture resembles an ashram and has a different worshipping pattern than other temples in India. Owing to its religious significance, the temple is also called as the Mathura of South India.

The famous Kollur Mookambika Temple is another temple that shouldn’t be missed while in Udupi. The temple is beautifully situated at the foothills of the Kudajadri Hills and on the banks of river Souparnika and is situated 74 kilometres from the Sri Krishna Matha. The mesmerizing landscape and the divinity of the place surely encourage the pilgrims to visit again.

For a comfortable pilgrimage, visit Udupi between September and October.

Thiruchirappalli

A visit to the Thiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu can make you stand in awe seeing the large and elegant temple structures exclusive to this place. Many temples adorn and sanctify this city. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam features mesmerizing Dravidian architecture, and is one of the largest temple complexes in the world. The temple is located on the island of Srirangam beside the Kaveri River. The Jambukeswarar Temple and Erumbeeswarar Temple are two other beautiful temples that one must not miss.

The best time to be here is from November to March.

Velankanni

Velankanni is a small town in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, famous for its Christian shrine, Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. The site is said to have witnessed many miracles performed by Mother Mary, and as a result, this Gothic-style shrine is one of the most frequented pilgrim centres in India. It is estimated that the shrine attracts around 2 million visitors every year. It is a popular religious destination amongst the devout Christians in India and abroad.

Like most other places in Tamil Nadu, it is best to visit Velankanni between October to March.

Thiruchendur

The coastal town of Thiruchendur is famous for the Thiruchendur Murugan Temple situated on the Thiruchendur Beach overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The temple is one of the most famous abodes of Lord Murugan and witnesses millions of visitors flocking here every year for blessings. The unique feature of the temple is that, this is the only Murugan temple situated on the sea shore. The rest of the temples are usually situated on hill tops.

The ideal time to visit Thiruchendur is from October to March.

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Snaps from Lonavala – A captivating photo-blog

The weekend getaway paradise for Mumbaikars and Puneris for long, Lonavala is a hill station perched atop some of the most beautiful parts of the Western Ghats. Apart from the natural beauty of this place, Lonavala is also famous for its ancient Buddhist shrines, namely, The Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves. To the South of the Bhaja Caves stands the Lohagad Fort while to the West lies the Bhushi Dam.

The following images were captured by one of our team members on a visit to Lonavala. Check them out!

Bhushi Dam Bridge

Bhushi Dam Bridge

Bhushi Dam Waters

At the Bhushi Dam

Water gushing at the Bhushi Dam

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Karla Devi Cave

The expressway as one heads to Lonavala

Stellar view of the Western Ghats

Mist and fog on the way to Lion’s Point

Karla Devi Caves

Karla Devi Caves

Karla Devi Caves

Karla Devi Caves

Some street food on the way to Bhushi Dam Bridge

View from Karla Devi caves

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India Surf Festival 2016

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Pristine beaches and rolling waves.  Sun, sports and the perfect tan. Live music and lazy strolls on the soft sand.

Sounds like the perfect holiday in a far away land?

Now India Surf Festival brings you all thisand so much more right here in India. The fifth edition of this amazing adventure festival is taking place in November in Orissa.

International surfers from all over the world will be attending to experience the country’s biggest surf championship on the Bay of Bengal. Where will you be?

Adrenaline junkies can choose from a wide gamut of activities like Surfing, Yoga on Water, Skateboarding, Walk on Water all in one place. The surfing championship is not just meant for professional surfers. It is a great opportunity to attend the workshop and learn from certified instructors.

The perfect combination of Adventure,Art & Music.

Watch racers fiercely paddling their way to win India’s biggest Stand Up Paddle Championship or enjoy spectacular exhibitions and live paintings from some of the greatest artists in the country.

The festival is a treat for music lovers. Bands from across the globe are coming together to add to the exclusivity and richness of the festival this year. They bring organic and digital music on the same stage in scintillating live performances.

Being a part of the India Surf Festival is an experience like no other.

So if you are an adventure junkie, or an art lover, or just someone who needs a break from your daily routine life – India SurfFestival is the place to be.

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Anger Management Fail or How I Lost My Mind At Work (Source – 10uhclock)

 

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This Couple Goes On A Trip To Goa Every Year And They Don’t Plan To Stop

Mansi and Tariq have been going on a trip to Goa for five straight years, and we had to know what it is that attracts them to the place. Goa is the obvious choice for most of us because of its wonderful beaches and amazing food. But for this couple, the breezy, cool and calm weather is what makes it the perfect vacation spot.

“Every place is less crowded this time of the year and the beaches look much more beautiful than usual,” says Mansi.

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Goa is not just a vacation spot, it is an experience, because there is always so much to do and so many places to see. Chapora Fort and Vagator Beach were their usual places to go to, but now they are looking to explore South Goa. So even if they have been coming to Goa every year, they still have many things to check off of their bucket list.

 

The holiday in Goa was a couples’ retreat in the beginning. And now it has become a family vacation with a young child, Zavian, they have to take care of. “A trip to Goa can be tailor-made to fit into whatever expectations one has,” Mansi and Tariq tell us, “that’s the flexibility of this experience.”

Family taking a selfie at the Fisherman's Wharf, Cavelossim

Off season Goa is the attraction for them, and they choose it specifically every year. The occasional but heavy rainfall lights up the entire state in beautiful green colors, but it does nothing to stop their plans.

Since their vacation has become more about relaxation, they now opt for relaxing and leisurely stay options. OYO makes their stay in Goa much more affordable, convenient and fun than usual. OYO Premium Colva Betalbatim Beach, where they stayed this year, is one of the most beautiful hotels on the beach among all hotels in Goa.

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Tarik, Mansi and Zavian in the pool in OYO Premium Colva Betalba

With a young child who prefers the indoors pool over the beach, the OYO Premium was really enjoyable. They plan their vacation in monsoon, and it is accompanied by heavy rainfall on occasions, which makes comfortable accommodation a must. Their goals of an adventurous vacation have altered over the years, and now they want to relax by the beach, go swimming and taste some yummy seafood.

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Tourism in Goa is so well developed that even if their vacation is repetitive, the experience is unique every year. And the things to do in Goa are almost never-ending. From a couple’s  trip to Goa, Tariq and Mansi have seamlessly converted their vacation into a successful family friendly stay. Street food may have been given up for fine dining, and exploring beaches for a relaxing quality time, but Goa is still the dream destination.

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The Small Vagator Beach is their favorite picnic spot. This beach is North of Anjuna Beach and South of Vagator Beach. It is comparatively less crowded than the beaches surrounding it and that is what makes it a great spot for couples to enjoy.

One of the secrets that they shared with us is probably something every couple on a trip to Goa should try out. “Go for a romantic walk on the beach when it’s raining,” Mansi strongly recommends.

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Since food is one of the main reasons of their revisits, we asked them about some of their preferred eating joints. “The Burritos Restaurant in North Goa is one of our all-time favorites. Other than that we love the local shops where one can taste authentic Goan food.”

Flea markets are an important part of Goan culture, and also of Mansi and Tariq’s vacations. The handicrafts that are found in these markets are what charms them. They never forget to take back cashew nuts, along with lots of fond memories.

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Mansi and Tariq will come back next year to find the out more hidden surprises in Goa. Looks like we need to catch up with them when it comes to exploring Goa!

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7 Unexplored Beaches of Goa To Visit Right Now

Everyone knows what it is that drives tourists from all over the world to Goa. However, is there something people usually miss out on? Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Calangute are the beaches of Goa that makes its nightlife so popular. But Goa is not just about an exciting and adventurous time; it is a beautiful place that has much more to offer.

OYO has compiled a list of the seven of the best-unexplored beaches of Goa, and now is the perfect time to head to Goa, thanks to its beautiful weather, relatively quieter beaches, and relatively inexpensive costs of travel and experiences.

7 Unexplored Beaches of Goa

  1. Agonda
  2. Betalbatim
  3. Arossim
  4. Ashwem
  5. Mandrem
  6. Small Vagator
  7. Cola

Agonda

Agonda, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa

Agonda Beach (Click Here to see nearby OYOs)

This beach is next to one of Goa’s most populous villages, Agonda. It is largely non-commercial and thus, has a distraction free environment. It is a quiet and clean beach, which is so peaceful that it seems surreal.

St. Anne's Church
St. Anne’s Church

St. Anne’s Church is right next to the beach, and it is a perfectly maintained tourist spot. It is one of the four nesting sites for Olive Ridley turtles, which can only be found during the month of September.

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Betalbatim

Betalbatim, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa

Betalbatim Beach- One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa (Click Here to see nearby OYOs)

Close to Colva beach in South Goa, this is a relatively unexplored place in Goa. It is clean and pristine because it is less commercial. The beach has very few resorts and is largely secluded. There is a small tributary that opens up right on the beach, making it a unique place that needs to be seen.

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We would recommend that you take a stroll from the main road, along the sandy narrow path which is surrounded by coconut and palm trees, to appreciate the complete beauty of this place.

Arossim

Arossim Beach, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa
Arossim Beach (Click here to see nearby OYOs)

It is one of the remote and secluded beaches of Goa and cannot be so found easily. But that is what makes the entire experience worth it. It is a must visit if you want some time to yourself.

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The beach slopes into the sea gently, which makes it a great spot for swimming too. With white sands, a clean and spotless coast, and warm surf; Arossim is nothing short of heaven.

Ashvem

Ashwem Beach, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa

Ashwem Beach (Click Here to see nearby OYOs)

It is one part of the twin beaches, Ashwem Morjim; and the other one is also quite uncharted. It has a vast and expansive terrain that seems to go on and on forever. It is perfect for a peaceful leisure time, for just lying down and relaxing or sunbathing.

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The drive along the beach is perfectly calm, green and scenic. Locals catch crabs along the rocky parts of the shore, which is an interesting activity to observe.

Mandrem

Mandrem Beach, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa
Mandrem Beach (Click here to see nearby OYOs)

The beach has areas of sparkling white sand, along a flat surface. It is one of the most serene beaches Goa has to offer. Right next to the beach is a lake which has a wooden bridge across it. It is surrounded by palm trees, making it not only beautiful and scenic but a peaceful and spiritual spot.

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Small Vagator

Small Vagator Beach, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa

Small Vagator Beach- One of the unexplored places in Goa (Click Here to see nearby OYOs)

North of Anjuna and South of Vagator, this beach is as secluded as it is unexplored. It can be easily reached by walking down a steep hill. The beach is comparatively less crowded than the other beaches that surround it, and thus, is more enjoyable.

Small Vagator, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa

There is a skillfully carved Shiva statue transformed out of rock on the beach, and it is one of those sights that you should not miss out.

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Cola

Cola Beach, One of the Unexplored Beaches in Goa

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Cola beach is nothing short of a paradise, with a lagoon on one side and a beautiful beach on the other. It is one of the most untouched and unexplored places in Goa, and we wonder why. It is a calm and peaceful place where one can stay for hours on end without being disturbed.

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Behind The Scenes – The Making of Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi is an Indian festival celebrated in honor of Ganpati, the elephant-headed Hindu god. One of the most important Indian festivals, the celebration all over the country is joyous and colourful. Ganesha is offered prayers of prosperity and success, and it is believed that all obstacles are taken away by him at the end of the celebration. However, the grandest festivities are in Maharashtra and Goa, where preparations start months in advance.

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Beautifully crafted sculptures of our beloved Ganpati

We discovered a scenic village in Goa, while backpacking from Agonda Beach to Betalbatim, which specializes in creating Ganpati’s sculptures. Saleri is a small village in South Goa, located near the Cabo De Rama Fort. The nearest beach to this village is Cola Beach, a secluded and scenic place. One of the main occupations of the people living in the village is hand crafting idols of Ganesha for the festival.

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The Workshop

The idols are made to order and sold all over Goa. The statues are meticulously crafted by hand and the size ranges from 6 inches to over 4 feet. After the day of the festival, they are immersed in a body of water, completing the process of offering prayers to the deity.

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A beautiful art in progress

The process of making the sculptures is parallel and each statue is worked upon simultaneously, much like a production line. Each craftsperson makes around two to three idols a day and in totality, around 200 are made. The smaller statues are sold for Rs 500-700 and the bigger ones are sold for Rs 1000-1300.

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The statues are extremely detailed and every subtlety is perfectly noticeable

The festival is highly anticipated and the planning begins much before the actual day. The celebration is grand both publically and in homes, where people install the clay statues to worship Ganesha. The pandals, or makeshift tents where the much larger idols are installed also begin to take shape weeks in advance.

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The first coat is airbrushed onto the statue

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And the finer details like eyes are painted carefully by a brush

On surface it seems grand, but the meticulous planning that the festival requires is how these artisans make their entire living.  This captivating village was discovered by chance as while exploring the lesser known places in Goa.

A collection of completed statues
A collection of completed statues

Some of the other lesser known beaches of Goa that are a must visit are Palolem, Cavelossim and Colva Beach. The village of Saleri perfectly mirrors how vast and interesting the Indian culture is. Hopefully this will reawaken our wanderlust, and it will inspire us to travel to the more niche places.

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