Top 25 Offbeat Tourist Destinations in India
Long working hours at the office demand a peaceful getaway to someplace nice. Vacations are a time to unwind and get all the stress out of your system before you get back to your work. Now that you have decided to take a vacation, it is time to start thinking of some offbeat destinations that'll soothe your city nerves. That’s right! If you plan on taking a vacation, here is a list of 25 beautiful places in India that are obscured from the regular tourist's itinerary.
Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh
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Considered to be the crown of the offbeat locations in North-East, Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is filled with scenic greenery and rice fields in all directions. The weather is favourable throughout the year and provides perfect spots for the photography lovers. The Apa Tani tribe, native to this region, are warm and welcoming. Also, the annual Ziro Festival of Music, which invites the biggest bands from India and abroad, is not to be missed.
Agumbe in Karnataka
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This place in South India is well known for its trekking trails. Along with waterfalls, the location is filled with ancient temples that date back several centuries. If you take a small walk through the village, you will be able to see that the entire area is like a scene from the famous book, the Malgudi days.
Majuli in Assam
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Located on the Brahmaputra River, this idyllic river island in Assam is popular for being one of the world’s largest freshwater islands. Still hidden from the regular tourist, Majuli is a bustling cultural hub. Once you are here, you can enjoy several off-the-beaten-track nature walks, local markets and the native cuisine. It is advisable to visit the place during the monsoon season when the weather and scenery heighten the experience.
Patan in Gujarat
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One of the newest additions to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, Patan in Gujarat has an old world charm that a person looks out for, when they are interested in history. The weather of Patan is very pleasant and the right time to visit would be between October and March.
Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh
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Popularly called the “Mini Switzerland of India”, Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh is a quaint and beautiful town located near Dalhousie. The town is still underrated as a hill destination, which adds to its placid appeal. Khajjar has lots to offer in terms of adventure sports, but is also great for a quiet getaway.
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Spiti in Himachal Pradesh
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Considered to be a haven for the adventure sports enthusiasts and trekkers, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh has a grandiose appearance along with mesmerizing beauty that should not be missed out on. Recently getting popular as a destination for road trips, the daunting roads reap rich rewards in terms of vast tranquil valleys, little villages neatly tucked away among the mountains, and overall untouched beauty.
Nubra Valley in Jammu and Kashmir
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A place that oozes ethereal beauty and looks like it is out of a painting, the Nubra Valley in Jammu and Kashmir lies on the Silk Route and has the Rivers Shyok and Nubra flowing through it. June and October are considered to be the right time for a visit.
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Valley of Flowers in Uttarkhand
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The Valley of Flowers is a vast expanse of flower beds in Uttarkhand and is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Along with a wide range of flowers, one can also get to see several endangered species in this region.
Gokarna in Karnataka
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Earlier famous for a religiously important Hindu Temple, the beaches in Gokarna happen to be the main reason why people wish to visit here now. November to February happens to be the most sought after vacation time to this place, though people like to travel here all around the year.
Halebid in Karnataka
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Though the place is in ruins, it still gives a scenic look to the people who visit. Halebid is famous for its Hoysala style of architecture and has ruins of several ancient temples and religious places that are worth a visit. Diwali would be the right time of the year to visit.
Varkala in Kerala
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A well known beach destination in Kerala, Varkala is filled with pristine beaches, light houses and churches along the shoreline. Adventure sports like paragliding and parasailing, is quite famous here. Very popular with foreign visitors, only now has it gained the attention of the normal Indian traveller.
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Ponmudi in Kerala
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Located right in the lap of the Western Ghats, Ponmudi in Kerala is filled with lush green tea plantations along with waterfalls and streams that wind their way through the plains. Once here, pay a visit to the deer park in this region.
Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh
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Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site way back in 2003, Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh is said to be the place of the advent of Stone Age in South Asia. The place still has relics and cave paintings that are several centuries old, if not several millenia.
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Lonar in Maharashtra
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A town with a small lake that was formed as a result of a meteor that hit 52,000 years ago, Lonar has become the grounds for scientific research. This is the only place in the world that has a salt water lake that was formed from the basaltic rock.
Tadoba in Maharashtra
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A hotspot for the wildcats, Tadoba in Maharashtra is filled with abundant varieties of flora and fauna. If you are a photography lover or have a passion for nature, this is the right vacation spot for you.
Tamenglong in Manipur
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If you are looking for a peaceful and calm hill side vacation different from the usual choices, then look no further than Tamenglong in Manipur. It is known as a home for oranges and along with this, provides shelter to several exotic ranges of flora and fauna.
Mawsynram in Meghalaya
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Considered to be the wettest place in the world, Mawsynram is underrated as a tourist spot. The regular downpour of rain, has kept the place filled with lush greenery and has converted this place into one of the best picturesque locations that one can find on this side of the planet.
Mokokchung in Nagaland
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Mokokchung happens to be a popular urban centre in Nagaland. October to June is the right time to visit. The sowing and the harvesting season is celebrated with much fervour and gala.
Talasari beach in Orissa
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Untouched and unspoiled by man, the Talasari beach in Orissa provides the most refreshing water for the people who visit. October and March is considered to be the best time to visit the beaches here.
Bundi in Rajasthan
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A town in Rajasthan known for its old appeal, Bundi holds all the essence of the past that history lovers will reminiscence once he gets to the place. If you are looking for an offbeat location for a vacation, this is an attractive prospect.
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West Sikkim in Sikkim
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Located at the base of Mount Kanchenjunga, West Sikkim is the perfect hangout place for the nature and art lovers. The scenic locations provide very good sights for the photographers. April to November is the right time for a visit.
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Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu
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Built by Nature on its own, by the winds and storms that once took place, Dhanushkodi is now being considered as a heaven-sent gift for the obsessive traveller. This place has several pristine and beautiful beaches, though many people do not know much about it.
Devprayag in Uttarkhand
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Located at the confluence of the Rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, Devprayag is a pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand. As it is nestled right among the Himalayan ranges, it also happens to be one of the the perfect tourist locations for several people.
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Kalimpong in West Bengal
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Not many people know about the beauty of Kalimpong and is still considered as an offbeat location in the North-East, though it has gained a lot of mainstream attention recently. Filled with Tibetan monasteries and churches, this place is a very good retreat for people who wish to get away for the summer and the winter.
Bishnupur in West Bengal
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If you are looking for a peaceful stay in the East that also happens to be a spiritual retreat, then Bishnupur is the right place for you. There are numerous terracotta temples full of medieval art and architecture, that you can visit.
So now that you have a lot to get going for, pack your bag, get your maps and you are all set!