7 offbeat places in India to go on your next trip
There is more to India than meets the eye. Off the roads, far away from touristy places. Lie beautiful lesser-known offbeat places in India. From snow-packed mountains of the northeast to beautiful warm beaches of the south.
1. Chembra Peak, Kerala
An exciting trekking trip, the Chembra Peak in Kerala is one of the best offbeat destinations in India. It is located 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 of the environs.
2. Hemis, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Ladakh is itself offbeat, favored by adventure lovers. One of the less talked about places in Ladakh, Hemis is a beautiful place surrounded by snowcapped ranges all around. Pay a visit to the Hemis Gompa. The monastery is beautiful and one needs to spend time here. The Hemis National Park, the home to the snow leopard is thrilling. Carry your camera, if luck favors you can capture a click. Hemis makes you forget buzzing cities. Enjoy the simple pleasures and spend night stargazing, you will truly love it.
3. Gokarna, Karnataka
Of the many beautiful beach towns, Gokarna is one of the offbeat secrets of India. Famous for its pristine, unspoilt beaches, Gokarna is a temple town primarily, with a slow and relaxed atmosphere, which makes for a very pleasurable offbeat holiday. Away from crowds, the shores of the Karnataka town is drenched is beach bliss. Hire a motorbike and explore the town. Pay a visit to the ancient temples. Enjoy watching the sunrise and sunset. Go for a swim in the waters anytime. The shacks on the beach have great food, great music and interesting people.
4. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
The scenic town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh comprises the charm of North East India. Popularly known as the birth place of the sixth Dalai Lama, the picturesque town is a holy site of Tibetan Buddhism in India. Visit the Tawang Monastery and Taktsang Gompa for bliss. Adventure also abounds here. Visit the Sela pass, Bumla Pass, the ethereal Shonga-tser Lake, Nuranang Waterfalls and Pankang Teng Tso Lake. The magnificent Gorichen Peak inspires adventure with us. Scaling the heights is an ultimate challenge. Tawang offers one of the best offbeat vacations in India.
5. Mokokchung, Nagaland
Tribal, rustic and an experience of a lifetime, Mokokchung in Nagaland is one of the top offbeat destinations in India for an awesome experience. Home of the Ao tribe, the town is cultural and intellectual capital of Nagaland. It is known for rich hospitality, rich traditions and festivals. The attractions to check out in this offbeat town comprise of Changkikong Range, Langpangkong, Fusen Kei and Mongzu Ki Caves, Changtongya, Longkhum Village, Longritzu Lenden Valley, Tangkum Marok Spring, Mokokchung District Museum, Mokokchung Park, etc. Just arrive with your bags and these friendly folks will make sure that you have a great time.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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