In the heart of Arunachal Pradesh, along the road from Along, at the end of a
dazzling journey through peaks and valleys, forests, waterfalls and gorges, is a place called Ziro. No one you know has ever been there, and it barely gets a mention in tourist brochures and guidebooks. In this year-end special feature, we bring you seven such hidden
treasures: a romantic castle in Rajasthan which had fallen off the map for 200 years; the richly historic Jaunpur, routinely bypassed by tourists flocking to Varanasi; Kachchh’s banni grassland with its raw, unsignposted beauty; exquisite temples in Uttarakhand on an ancient Central Himalayan trail; a wildlife reserve near Ooty that takes the word "wild" rather seriously; a Kerala town that saw "globalisation" centuries before the word was coined. And then there is the One That Didn’t Work Out. Read on.