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1. Posted by aayushigoes (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Travelling to unexplored places has always been my cup of tea rather than marching to a place with surfeit of tourists.

Isn't travelling to a place which is not shown in Google's best results, a different kind of fun? Because it's all about exploring new things, meeting the natives and learning something totally different.

Where are the other such places?

[ Edit: Edited on 3 Feb 2021, 06:34 GMT by aayushigoes ]

2. Posted by aayushigoes (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

The state of Uttrakhand lies in the Himalayas and the hamlet of 'Lakhwar' is a beautiful hill top in the Shivalik ranges. The best and the most adventurous part of the journey was that no road will take you there. Yes, Because there are no roads which lead to the village. Once reaching to the nearby Bus stop, we are supposed to trek uphill for about half an hour to reach the place.

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1508 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Suggest Munsyari and environs, closer to the Himalayas. There is a network of homestays in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and elsewhere. I've stayed in some, including those that required quite a hike to get to. You'll find homestays in other countries, too. Accommodations vary in quality so you have to have an open mind and are willing to rough it, if necessary. It's all part of the adventure. Meals are locally inspired, with fresh ingredients from the land, including some you probably never knew existed.

4. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1925 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I have been to Transnistria and Somaliland. A good friend from Virtual Tourist (Cliff Claven) is trying to visit anyplace that thinks it should be a country. He has been to both and the last time I saw him (2 years ago in Plovdiv), he had just returned from The Republic of Artsakh (which is mostly gone now). He had also been to the The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, somewhere in the Vatican. They gave him a tour of what are essentially a few offices. He has also been to South Ossetia.

I have been to the outside of The Sovereign Military Order of Malta HQ in Malta. I will try and organise an actual visit when I return.

Leics2 has been to North Cyprus (recognised by Turkey only). Possibly some others on TP.

These do have things (more or less) like electricity, roads and other mod cons.

There are a few commune places that have declared themselves independent like Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen (been there, done that) all over the world.

I am always intrigued by parts of islands where there are no roads and a guidebook shows some attraction or even the name of a settlement, but no detail. If I ever get the time I will go and find what is there and update the guidebook people.

I have to go to South Sudan now that my Sudanese adventures no longer count in the south....

Happy adventures!

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1508 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

On my bucket list, and definitely off the beaten path:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwZp1KyhwdM

If you like islands, suggest Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea. It's a tropical paradise with many waterfalls, birds and the dramatic Pico Cao Grande.

The Bijagos archipelago of Guinea Bissau also is special for wildlife (green sea turtles nesting on Poilau, salt water hippos on Orango) and experiencing the Vaca Bruto ceremony on Uno (see my video below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InFftyOVQhk&t=5s

6. Posted by waterloospan (Budding Member 13 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I am from Canada and I recommend Churchill, it's on Hudson Bay in the far north of the province of Manitoba. It is known as the polar bear capital where you can encounter polar bears in the wild. It's also a decent place to see the northern light. Because no major airline flew there and no road to drive by yourself, you have to either take a plane with Calm Air or a very slow and long train ride from Winnipeg. But this makes it a less travelled place on my bucket list. The downside is that it's very expensive and you have to pick the right time to visit to see the polar bears when they are most active.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1508 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Churchill has long been on my bucket list. October-November probably is the best time to see polar bear (before Hudson Bay begins to freeze over and the bears return to the pack ice to hunt). I'd prefer taking Via Rail from Winnipeg. The tracks were damaged by flooding in 2017 but service has since been restored.

8. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 254 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

He had also been to the The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, somewhere in the Vatican.

(Waving at DAO)
That just happens to be one of my own been-there-done-thats. Sort of. There are actually two extraterritorial addresses for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome, and neither are inside the Vatican. One of them is Palazzo Malta on the corner of Via dei Condotti and Via Bocca di Leone, not far from the Spanish Steps: you can see the Maltese Cross in the pavement of the courtyard in google satellite view.

The other is the Villa del Priorato di Malta up on the Aventine, very near Santa Sabina. That's where my "sort of" comes in? The gate to the property has a fairly well-known keyhole, a peer through which reveals a perfectly lined-up view of St. Pete's dome at the end of a tunnel of foliage. Yep, got that shot with some careful maneuvering. From my (sadly former) VT page:

"There is a place on the Aventine where you can see all three ‘sovereign’ states within the city of Rome at one time. Yep, there are three. Sort of...."

"So you’re seeing a dome belonging to the independent state of the Vatican, in the country of Italy, and through a door on property owned by the sovereign state of the Knights of Malta. This ancient religious/philanthropic order has a church and headquarters in a complex behind the wall, and they are an odd, autonomous entity - recognized by the Italian government as having extraterritorial rights over its several Roman properties - without a country, police force, currency or a lot of other stuff it usually take to be considered a ‘’nation’ so the jury is sort of out there. But aw heck, quibbling over details would spoil all the fun, right?"

I believe one can only get beyond that gate with a guided tour but won't swear to it. Anyway, not my own shot through the keyhole but here's what it looks like:

https://www.romeguide.it/xfoto/foto_visite_guidate/385.jpg

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Feb 2021, 12:56 GMT by goodfish ]

9. Posted by aayushigoes (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Quoting waterloospan

I am from Canada and I recommend Churchill, it's on Hudson Bay in the far north of the province of Manitoba. It is known as the polar bear capital where you can encounter polar bears in the wild. It's also a decent place to see the northern light. Because no major airline flew there and no road to drive by yourself, you have to either take a plane with Calm Air or a very slow and long train ride from Winnipeg. But this makes it a less travelled place on my bucket list. The downside is that it's very expensive and you have to pick the right time to visit to see the polar bears when they are most active.

Wow thanks for suggesting a good place to see northern lights.
At what time of the year is the best to see northern lights?
Any other suggestion for a place to view northern lights?

10. Posted by Tabithag (Respected Member 950 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Churchill has long been on my bucket list. October-November probably is the best time to see polar bear (before Hudson Bay begins to freeze over and the bears return to the pack ice to hunt). I'd prefer taking Via Rail from Winnipeg. The tracks were damaged by flooding in 2017 but service has since been restored.

We got caught by that flooding in 2017 and has to hastily arranged flights instead of the train. At the time, they weren't certain they'd bother fixing the track, so I'm glad they did. We went for the beluga whales, which was an excellent experience, but we did see a polar bear. Nic was training for a marathon at the time, and was slightly anxious about running in the area due to the number of years that were around. One was in town the day we arrived (unfortunately before we got there so we didn't see it) and got helicoptered off to polar bear prison.