“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. ” – Frank Herbert
At a time when the holiday bells are ringing, the ideal way to rediscover yourself is to take a vacation to explore the offbeat places in India. A traveler, in my opinion, should never classify a location based on its popularity as a tourist destination. And if you’re one of them, I’ve got something for you to binge on. Here is my handpicked list of 20 offbeat travel destinations in India that will undoubtedly help you plan your next vacation.
1. ZIRO VALLEY- ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Ziro is one of those places where the weather is pleasant all year. Tarin Fish Farm-Paddy cultivation, Kile Pakho, and Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary are all well-known places in Ziro. Throughout the year is the best time to visit. For an unusual vacation, the weather is pleasant and soothing.
2. KEIBUL LAMJAO- MANIPUR
Keibul Lamjao in Manipur is the world’s only floating national park. Aside from the floating vegetation, the park’s main attraction is Loktak Lake, India’s largest freshwater lake. The months of October to April are thought to be the best for visiting the national park.
3. KHAJJIAR- HIMACHAL PRADESH
KhajjarI is known as Himachal Pradesh’s “Underrated Paradise.” The lofty hills and rolling meadows complement the sublime trekking trails or a leisure stroll, making Khajjiar a must-visit destination. The months of March to November are ideal for visiting Khajjiar.
4. HAFLONG- ASSAM
Though there are numerous hill stations in India’s North East region, Haflong is the only one in Assam. Haflong is adorned with majestic hills, picturesque landscape, stunning valleys, and a tranquil setting, making it the most beautiful hill station in the northeast. The winter season is the best time to visit.
5. VALPARAI- TAMIL NADU
Valparai is an ideal hill station in Tamil Nadu to visit because of its lush greenery, beautiful wildlife, well-paved roads, stunning waterfalls, and lakes and dams. Because Valparai is a hill town with mild temperatures all year, both summer and winter are ideal times to visit.
6. OSIAN- RAJASTHAN
Osian, also known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan, is located 68 kilometers from Jodhpur and is famous for its collection of ruined Hindu and Jains temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. Aside from being a heritage site, the area is also popular for camel safaris and can be visited at any time of year.
7. GAVI, KERALA
Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and is located in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, on the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai. Gavi is said to be home to the only two gopher trees in India. This location is accessible throughout the year.
8. PATAN- GUJARAT
Patan has grown in popularity as a result of its Rani ka Vav. This former capital of medieval Gujarat will make for a lovely offbeat place to visit in India, surrounded by massive walls and a very old-world charm. The weather in Patan is most pleasant from October to March.
9. MANDU- MADHYA PRADESH
Mandu is a city that is so beautifully dotted with magnificent architectural ruins that you will be mesmerized by its sheer beauty and historical divinity. It claims to be the home of India’s oldest erected monument, and the best time to visit is from October to March.
10. LUNGLEI- MIZORAM
Lunglei is a beautiful peaceful retreat in Mizoram that is a must-see when visiting the Northeast. Come, unwind, and take home a plethora of beautiful photographs. The best time to visit this beautiful place is all year.
11. THEOG- SHIMLA
Peaceful heaven and one of the state’s less-visited attractions, Theog in Himachal Pradesh, which is warmly wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, has everything a popular hill station can offer without the tourist crowds. In general, the months of October and November are considered ideal for visiting.
12. NUBRA VALLEY, JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Nubra Valley is located on the Silk Route, approximately 140 kilometers from Leh. The rivers Shyok and Nubra run through the valley, adding to its natural beauty. This is the place to go if you want to be mesmerized by our country’s wonders, and the best time to go is from June to October.
13. TALASARI BEACH- ODISHA
This is one of the few beaches in Orissa that has remained untouched by man or time. Take a two-day trip to Talasari Beach in Odisha to relax in the cool waters and relax on the pristine beaches. The best time to visit Talasari Beach is from October to March.
14. MEGHAMALAI- MADURAI
Meghamalai, also known as the ‘High Wavy Mountains,’ is a beautiful offbeat destination in India located in the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu. This place, nestled between the evergreen forests, is filled with the fresh aroma of cardamom, cinnamon, and pepper, and the best time to visit is from October to May.
15. SAVANDURGA- KARNATAKA
Savandurga, a 60-kilometer drive from Bangalore, can be a great weekend getaway for city dwellers. Visitors can go trekking, rock climbing, or camping in what is thought to be Asia’s largest single rock formation. From November to May is the best time to visit.
16. TINCHULEY, DARJEELING
Tinchuley, about 32 kilometers from Darjeeling, is an out-of-the-way hamlet near the West Bengal-Sikkim border. Tinchuley, like Darjeeling, is famous for its tea plantations and fresh fruit orchards, but it is also a quieter and more obscure place. Summertime is the best time to visit.
17. LONAR- MAHARASHTRA
The quaint little town of Lonar is huddled around a lake formed by a meteorite that struck this spot 52,000 years ago. It is the world’s only saltwater lake formed in the basaltic rock, making it a scientific hotspot. The months of October to March are ideal for visiting this out-of-the-way location in India.
18. PAPIKONDALU- ANDHRA PRADESH
Papi-Kondalu, also known as the Papi Hills, is an example of untouched natural beauty. For their structural hills and virgin beauty, they are frequently compared to Kashmir. The range also has a beautiful waterfall at Munivaatnam. From October to March is the best time to visit.
19. DEVPRAYAG- UTTARAKHAND
Devprayag is a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination that is influenced by the confluence of the rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi. This is a dream destination for travelers from all over, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The winters can be bitterly cold, but the summers are pleasant. The best time to visit is at any time of year.
20. VATTAKANAL- KODAIKANAL
A visit to Kodaikanal will provide you with endless mist, expansive hills, and breezy cool weather all year. This is the village of Vattakanal, a charming little hill station in the Western Ghats. The name translates to “circle of the forest,” and the best time to visit is during the summer.