6 Offbeat Places In India You Must Visit
India, the seventh-largest country in the world, has many unique places to see. It is believed that it would take several lifetimes to cover all of them. Yet so many people choose to go to the same apparent destinations again and again. That’s why, to help you expand your travel palette, we have rounded up some offbeat destinations that you can explore. Plus, there are so many reasons to visit offbeat places in India. It fosters the local economy while easing the burden on typical touristy destinations. You get the opportunity to experience the new and authentic cultural beauty of these unexplored places.
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1. Kalimpong, West Bengal
If you want to avoid the crowd at Darjeeling, Kalimpong – just around two-and-a-half hours away from Darjeeling, is the perfect destination to spend your holidays. Surrounded by magnificent mountains, beautiful lakes, and lush green gardens, Kalimpong is a heaven for those who love nature. This peaceful paradise has diverse attractions to offers — Buddhist monasteries, historic churches, nature trails, tea gardens, and a superb view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak globally. The best time to visit Kalimpong hill station is between March and May.
Things to do in Kalimpong
- Try paragliding, trekking, and horse riding at beautiful Deolo Hill
- Explore a vast collection of exotic flowers and plants at Cactus Nursery
- Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Durpin Dara Hill
2. Osian, Rajasthan
Are you tired of commercial desert tourism? Visit Osian for a peaceful safari experience. Osian is a small town located at a distance of one-and-a-half hours from Jodhpur. It was an important trading center during the 8th to 11th centuries. Beautifully carved stone temples from these centuries that still exist are testimony to that. Here you will find several dunes to explore too. Did you know Osian is known as the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’ because of its architecturally magnificent and stunningly designed temples?
This city is known for having extreme temperatures, so between November to February is the best time to visit the ancient city.
Things to do in Osian
- Visit Surya Temple that is dedicated to Sun God
- Enjoy a jeep or camel safari
- Explore the rich food culture of Jodhpur by going on food tours
3. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
This picturesque hill station exhibits a strong resemblance to Switzerland. Just avoiding the crowd can’t be the only reason to visit this offbeat destination. Khajjiar’s dense forests, meadows, streams, and lakes, make you feel calm amidst nature. The best time to visit Khajjiar is from March to October.
Things to do in Khajjiar
- Try trekking, camping and zorbing, if you are feeling adventurous
- Visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
- Immerse in the Mythological era with Panch Pandav Trees
4. Poovar, Kerala
This lesser-known paradise is perfect for one of a kind holiday experience. Take a cruise along the coconut tree-lined backwaters, away from the hustle and bustle of other conventional tourist places. This place is famous for its undisturbed natural beauty. Visit Poovar between October and February as it’s the most pleasant weather here.
Things to do in Poovar
- Go for a night fishing tour at the local fishing village
- Take a day tour to Trivandrum to explore city life
- Visit Kovalam Beach and Vizhinjam Lighthouse
- Enjoy golden sands and pleasant breeze at Poovar Beach
5. Bhandardara, Maharashtra
About 185 kilometers from Mumbai, Bhandardara – a holiday resort village, is an offbeat and completely unexplored place. Blessed with lush greenery, Bhandardara will make you feel comfortable in nature’s lap. You can visit Bhandardara at any time throughout the year. However, September to March is considered the ideal months to visit this place.
Things to do in Bhandardara
- Witness the scenic beauty of Randha Falls
- Go for a boat ride in the evening or swim in the Arthur Lake
- Visit mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra
6. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Around 300 km to the north of Rishikesh, the Valley of Flowers is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This place has been declared a world heritage site for its wild, untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks. It’s a perfect destination for a relaxing vacay. The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is from July to August as the flowers are in full bloom during this period.
Things to do in Valley of Flowers
- Go for Trekking in Valley of Flowers
- Visit Nanda Devi National park
- Witness several endangered species including the Snow leopard at Fauna & Flora