Offbeat Destinations to visit in India

Bored of the same old places to visit? Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Chennai, Kolkata, Jammu – have you ticked all these off your list? Or do you long for just someplace hidden in the deepest part of India away from prying eyes? Then read on to find out –

1. Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Longing for some peace and quiet? This hidden gem nestled in the Himalayas will give you the calm you need. There are monasteries here where you can meet local monks. Also having beautiful, blue lakes and the High Mountains, this place stands at the top for sure!

2. Madikeri, Karnataka

This pretty little town is sure to give the chills to you. It has beautiful landscapes and cottages where you can stay to enjoy this scenery. It also has a few ancient temples which boast of truly beautiful architecture.

3. Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Located in the Northeast of HP, this is a beautiful city located near Tibet. This place is especially recommended for the daring and Adventurous souls  Enjoy trekking and mountaineering on the high slopes and get the thrills.

A beautiful mountain road to Chitkul village of Kinnaur

4. Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves, Odisha

If archaeology is something that interests you, these magnificent caves should surely be on your must-visit list. Get over Ajanta – Ellora and quickly book your tickets to Odisha.

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While at it, you can also satiate your taste buds. Odissi Fish curry and rice, Dalma are some specialties. If you have a sweet tooth, Chhena jhili is also a must-try.

5. Munnar, Kerala

This serene state located in Kerala is really a paradise. It boasts of luscious, green tea estates where you can drive through scenic roads. It is also one of the few hill stations present in the South of India where you can cool off during summers.

Moreover, located in Kerala you can also have a detour to Allepey to enjoy Houseboats in the backwaters.

6. Adalaj, Gujarat

This less-known local tourist spot is a really great offbeat destination. It has a series of step-wells which are beautifully crafted.

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Called as the ‘Rani ni Vav’ , these were used by the queen herself when she took a bath. Her attendees and other princesses also had other separate smaller wells. These wells have intricate Jharokhas wherein sunlight filters. It is so intricately designed and carved with such craftsmanship that they are truly a sight to behold.

7. Keibul Lanjao National Park, Manipur

What makes this national park special is it is only one of a kind. This is the only floating park not just in India, but the whole world!

Located inside the Loktak lake, this is literally a hidden gem. You can enjoy some great wildlife photography here. There are also beautiful cottages to stay in and rest.

8. Chitamongondi, Andhra Pradesh

This peaceful mountain is part of four main mountains of this chain namely, Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta, and Chitamongondi. It has a peaceful valley in between which is filled with green, swaying trees. Gentle breezes and strong winds complete the scenery.

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It is especially beautiful during the monsoon where all its beauty is exposed under a torrential downpour. Imagine having hot piping dosas and spicy Andhra podi and sambhar while looking at the beautiful rain from your cottage. A splendid sight indeed!

9. Khonomi village, Nagaland

This hamlet is situated very near to the capital city of Kohima. It is said to be one of the last villages having any naga warriors left. This place is a great catch if you want to go as an eco-tourist.

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From reaching this secluded and sacred village to living with true localites, we will ensure you get an authentic feel. You can also have local cuisine hand-cooked by these tribal women on their Chulha!

10. Magnetic hill, Leh

This place is the crowning glory of this article. As they say, save the best for the last. This place defies the natural laws of motion and gravity!

There’s a sign from where you are supposed to park your car and make it neutral. The vehicle with the ignition turned on then moves miraculously at the speed of 10-20 km/hour. By itself! True magic for you to see and experience.

With this, we come to the end of this wonderful list. We hope you make a plan to visit these places soon enough and rediscover a brand new India!

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