‘To Travel is to Live’ – Hans Christian Andersen, Author
We have only one life to explore the world and find our own bliss. India is a gorgeous country to live in and it truly believes in diversity. From gorgeous beaches to sky-touching mountains it is home to all – mountains, valleys, forests, meadow, deserts. Whether you are looking for an adventure or rejuvenation, it has something for everyone. You will be surprised to know that there are a lot of unexplored places in India. Reason? Some due to natural phenomenon and others because of the indigenous tribes that reside there. Until now you might have across new reports about the killing of 26-year-old American missionary John Allen Chau on November 16 by tribesmen from the North Sentinel Island to keep him off from their island home.
To start with, let us introduce you to the ‘North Sentinel Island’. It is one of the Andaman Islands and is home to the Sentinelese community. The community violently discard any touch with the modern world. They are protected under the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Act of 1956 which prohibits anyone to enter the island and any approach closer than five nautical miles. The Sentinelese turn violent to any approaching human or vessels. In 2006, two fishermen lost their lives. The area is patrolled by the Indian navy. The community survived the Indian Ocean Earthquake in 2004. Three-days after the earthquake when the Indian government aircraft observed the islanders analyse the damage caused, it was attacked with arrows, spears, and stones.
Here are a few other places in India that look like a traveller’s paradise but are too dangerous to visit.
Aksai Chin, Jammu & Kashmir
Aksai Chin is a disputed border area between India and China and is located either in the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, or the Chinese province of Xinjiang, in the west. The area is patrolled by the Chinese military. Most part of the area is occupied by the nomadic groups such as the Bakarwal. No doubt that the place is gorgeous but don’t even think of visiting it as those entering the area might shot down to death.
Once a princely state during the British rule, Bastar is now home to violent Naxalite activities. The district is replete with waterfalls, forests, and temples but it comes in the red corridor, making it a dangerous place for tourists.
Silent Valley National Park, Kerala
The national park is home to some rare species of flora and fauna. The area was explored in 1847 by the botanist Robert Wight. There is no record of any tribes being settled here but the adjacent valley of Attappady Reserved Forest is occupied by the Mudugar and Irula tribal people. The attack by the Maoists in December 2014 and their growing influence has resulted in a steep decline in tourist influx.
The region is located a few kilometers away from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha. It is named after lady ‘Phulardei’, who sacrificed her life for a religious ritual. The place is also home to the Lord Jagannath Temple and a number of natural wonders. But since the last few years, the increase in the Maoist activities has resulted in the decline in the number of tourists.
Manas National Park, Assam
Also known as Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, the beautiful forest reserve is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and is located in the Himalayan foothills. The park is popular for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife species. The park has now turned into a refuge for the National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbijit militants. The Indian army spotted few terrorists inside the park during their search mission.