You’ve seen the hills and the beaches, and you’ve been to all those places they call offbeat. Thanks to the internet, a lot of places buried under isolation have been bombarded with tourism. Be it Kasol in Himachal or Coorg in Karnataka, we’ve seen it all.
Believe it or not, there is still no dearth of unseen destinations crying to be discovered. Here’s a list of such places that have opened their gates for the summer traveler.
1. The farthest monastery in Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir, the Phugtal Monastery was built in the 12th century into the mouth of an open cliff.
2. Enjoy a boat ride to the widest waterfall in India – it’s Chitrakoot Falls in Chhattisgarh.
It’s often called the Niagara Falls of India.
3. Watch the shepherds graze their sheep around the lovely grasslands and of Batal village in Lahaul & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
4. Explore the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary and Palace in Rajasthan.
It is only 32 km from Bikaner. Part of the palace is a heritage hotel, where can you spend time in luxury. For the wild hearts, adjoining the palace is Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, where you explore an amazing array of wildlife diaspora in the region.
5. Mini Switzerland, Chopta in Uttarakhand at an elevation of 2,700 meters offers spectacularly raw views of snow-clad peaks.
6. Refresh yourself at the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in Western Sikkim.
Situated at the far southwest end of Sikkim, the sanctuary is home to 500 varieties of Rhododendrons that fill the forests from April till the end of May.
7. Want to meet mystics of Kinnaur? Come to Moorang Village, Himachal Pradesh.
Kinners are believed to be part human and part God.
8. From June to November, visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka.
It comprises of six islets in Kaveri River and it is easy to spot some of the most beautiful wooly-necked storks, black headed ibis, common spoonbills, amongst many other varieties of birds.
9. Watch skilled craftsmen work on the famous bronze Nataraja icons in Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu.
The town is only 31 kms from Thanjavur; it is also famous for Lord Muruga Temple.
10. Visit the beautiful fishing village by the Velneshwar Beach, Maharashtra.
About 180 km from Ratnagiri, the Velneshwar Beach is not crowded like other beaches. It’s an enclosure of endless shoreline cut through by and green rocky reef.
11. Watch more than 120 sloth bears at the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary from a Watch Tower in Karnataka.
The bears sing and dance with the peacocks. The bears are fed around 2 o’clock, and it’s best time to catch a closer glimpse of them.
12. Come to the town of Jain Shrines in Moodbidri Karnataka; some are as old as 600 years.
13. Watch the Siberian Crane in Majuli island, Assam, the largest river island in India.
14. Get mesmerized by the beauty of the Gurez Valley in Jammu & Kashmir.
It is accessible for only six months in a year and offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and River Kishenganga.
15. At an altitude of 3,636 meters, Sandakphu is the highest peak in Darjeeling.
Literal meaning = “Height of the poison plant”.
16. Bridges are not built here; they grow! It’s in Cherrapunji, the world’s 2nd wettest place.
Situated in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.
Do you know of any other offbeat places that are still not very popular in India? Drop the names in the comment section below.