The offbeat destinations in India offer an awesome experience. Escape the hustle-bustle of cities and indulge in incredible experiences. Vacations in these lesser-known locales of the country are truly memorable.
Avoid crowds, explore raw natural beauty and unusual cultures, and get to experience a plethora of new things.
- Valley of Flowers, UttarakhandKalimpong, West Bengal
The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful offbeat places one can visit in the country. The entire valley is titled an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is blessed with indigenous mountain flowers, insects, butterflies and avifauna. In the rainy season, the valley looks like a carpet of flowers as almost 300 species of flowers in every possible shade bloom in the valley. You can reach the valley only after trekking. Once you have seen the breathtaking beauty you will not find it hard to imagine heaven.
- Kalimpong, West Bengal
Kalimpong is one of beautiful hill stations of North East India. The town in West Bengal is off the charted tourist routes. A little way from Darjeeling, you can enjoy an idyllic offbeat vacation here. Enjoy the picturesque bliss of mountains. The exclusive views of the striking snow laden Himalayas are awe-inspiring. If you seek to escape the demanding city life, the town has a rejuvenating aura. Go for walks through towering pine trees and rolling hills with the chirping birds for company. The pure mountain air helps you discover inner peace.
- Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Hidden in the high altitudes of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is one of the offbeat places you must visit once in a lifetime. Located at an altitude of 14,931 ft, it has a challenging personality. If you are seeking adventure, solace or to escape the cities, then Spiti is where you should be. The stark mountains have spots of green which are dotted with ancient monasteries. Trekking, camping, mountain biking and other adventures add to the thrill. Spend time in the villages of Ki, Kibber, Kaza, etc. Take a bike trip from Manali to Spiti for a memorable holiday.
- Devprayag, Uttarakhand
Devprayag is a place of holy confluence of two sacred rivers namely Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. The merger in turns form the most worshipped river in our country, River Ganga. The celestial town is positioned at an elevation of 830 metres above sea level. Pay a visit to the holy places such as Sangam, Raghunath Ji Temple, Dhaneshwar Mahadev temple, Danda Nagaraja temple. It is the winter home of Pandas, the priests of Badrinath. Adventure lovers can also indulge in activities such as white-water river rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, trekking and rappelling.
- Bundi, Rajasthan
Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India. One of the small towns in the state, Bundi is one of the best places for an offbeat getaway. The 12th century town is known for magnificent palaces and havelis, wonderful forts and temples. Take a look at awe-inspiring paintings at Chitrashala. Explore the relics of the old days. Enjoy the simple pleasures of the desert town. The Bundi Festival is a spectacular culmination of traditional art, culture and crafts, which is a good time to plan your trip. The mix of desert life and a glimpse of colorful culture await at Bundi.
- Talasari Beach, Odisha
Almost a secret, as it is very less frequented, the Talasari beach is one of those offbeat places vacations are unforgettable memories. The shores are calm and peaceful. Talasari fascinates tourists with its backwaters, which one needs to cross to reach the sea. The tropical weather all year round makes it a popular destination for those looking for solitude. The scenic charm is something you cherish on your stay. The estuary of the Subarnarekha River is seen in a distance further adding to its beauty. There are very few tourist facilities which further enhance its charm.
- Tadoba, Maharashtra
Unexplored and abundantly blessed with plenty of wildlife, we come to the next offbeat destination India on our list, Tadoba. The town in Maharashtra is known for Tadoba National Park, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Tadoba Lake, Erai dam, Moharli and Khosla village. It is often named as the ‘Jewel of Vidarbha’. Perfect for wildlife vacations and to spend time away from cities, Tadoba is one of the best kept Tiger Reserves in India and the largest in Maharashtra. Go for safaris or opt for a jungle stay.
- Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
A name which completes the list of amazing offbeat destinations in India, Mandu in Madhya Pradesh is not just a place, but an experience one must not miss. The town of Mandu is testament to the love between Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. One can actually relive the days of the bygone era here. Explore the awe-inspiring Islamic architectural brilliance displayed in Mandu Fort, Jahaz Mahal, Jami Masjid, Hindola Mahal, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Rewa Kund etc. The slow soothing pace of Mandu makes you forget the concepts of time, you are in a world of its own.
- Chembra Peak, Kerala
An exciting trekking trip, the Chembra Peak in Kerala is one of the best offbeat destinations in India. It is in Wayanad district, at 6,900 ft in the lush lap of misty Western Ghats. The peak is popular for adventure enthusiast trekkers and nature lovers. To get to the peak it’s mandatory to get permission passes from the Forest Department for the safety of trekkers and preservation of wildlife. En-route to the peak, a heart shaped lake locally named Hridaya Saras, enchants the visitors. From the peak you can enjoy panoramic views do the environs.