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10 best offbeat places in India that you must visit this year

October 19, 2021, 6:29 pm

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Offbeat places to visit in India

One placebo to all illnesses! Are you keen to know what? ‘Travelling’! Because nothing can heal a tired soul and reclusive mind as fast as nature can do! However, after encompassing all popular tourist spots in the country, your soul may urge to explore some offbeat places and stay away from the crowd. If this is the current situation you’re phasing through, a list of top 10 off-crowd tourist places is penned down below! All these places splendidly blend tranquility with scenic beauty. On the other hand these are quite affordable as compared to ‘well known’ places. So, get ready to slide over these places virtually before you finally pick one or few to be traversed by the end of this year.

10 offbeat places must be visited by the year end

1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Have you ever seen a natural walking bridge made with tree roots? If not, then get ready with the backpack and book a ticket for Marlynnong, a small village of Meghalaya. The place has been awarded as cleanest place in the world by UNESCO in 2003. You can fill and refill your lungs with pure air once you take an entry to this ‘land of beauty’. Best season to visit the place is around monsoon. Homestays are most popular for staying out here. You will be cordially welcomed by the locals to reside in their clean, earthly homes.

Things to visit

Natural root bridges, limestone caves, rolling view of hills and meadows from the top of hills.

2. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro, is a place where nature lavishly showers all its treasures while creating. You can also call the place as earthly heaven! Wherever you look around, you will see how beautifully the abode of clouds meets the horizon! Monsoon is the ideal time to relax and hike here. In case of staying out option you can choose MakeMyTrip coupons which has incorporated top 13 budget here. Else homestay is great.

Things to visit

Amid rolling grasslands, patchy and terrace rice cultivation fields, lush green sceneries.

3. Majuli, Assam

Watching sunset from a hill and a plain, simmers drastically different feelings. And if you want to witness how a day ends at plain and dense yet placid darkne starts patching out all around, you must visit Majul.. It’s a big river island of Brahmaputra river  which has been inhabited. UNESCO, has remarked the place as a unique realm of culture and inhibition.

Things to visit

Boating on the river in seines or skiffs, watching peaceful sunsets from the middle of the river, and cultural festivals.

4. Halebidu, Karnataka

The place is a ruin of the Hoysala dynasty and is about 150 years old. It's basically a temple city, like Wai of Maharashtra. If you’ve a passion for architecture and Dravidian temple sculpture, you can moor your backpack over here for a day or two. The place is also known as Dwarasamudra, gateway of the sea.

Things to visit

Explore temple ruins, ruins of dynasty and architectural origin. Add a trip to nearby Belur.

5. Chembra peak, Kerala

Love to hike and trek through slippery monsoon trails? This peak of Kerala is although offbeat from the general crowd but highly famous among trekkers. Thus, in case you’re having an itchiness under the sole, do trek this peak. It’s 6.990 ft high and located in the lap of western ghat.

Things to visit

You will have the best experience of a rainy day trekking while hiking. Difficulty level is easy to modera. And if have some knowledge about plant taxonomy, can identify vast endemic floras and faunas.

6. Tadoba national park, MH

This reserve forest is absolutely hermit as compared to Pench or Kanha of MP. It’s also a tiger reserve forest. The area basically borders Tadoba-Andhari tiger reserve park, Tadoba Lake, Eari dam, Mohrali, Koshla village. It’s a hometown for the primordial Tadoba tribe as well. The region is popular as ‘Jewel of Vidarbha’.

Things to visit

What a dry deciduous forest looks like, Tadoba is a flawless example. Dry and sere wild beauty will mesmerize you. You can also visit habitats of the Tadoba tribe nearby.

7. Bundi, Rajasthan

Rajasthan is mainly well known for its royal appeal, fort, antiquity and desert. But this small village has another charm which is yet to be discovered. One way, the12th century sandstone fort and another way, gentle behaviour of the villagers will wipe out all the sorrows. Bundi lake is the core choice of migratory birds.

Things to visit

Bundi lake which is a guest house for thousands of migratory birds, villagers' home, especially the very unique clay pot grain containers.

8. Mokokchung, Nagaland

Nagaland is overall a wonder to most of the country. This place is no exceptional. Mokokchung is a hill station and place of the Ao tribe. Culture, weather and amicable hospitality is the focal of the place.

Things to visit

Changkikong Range, Langpangkong, Fusen Kei and Mongzu Ki Caves, Changtongya, Longkhum Village, Longritzu Lenden Valley, Tangkum Marok Spring, Mokokchung District Museum and many more.

9. Khajjiar, HP

The mini Switzerland of India, will certainly hallucinate you as to be in the valley of Alps. So, Khajjiar is charming for rolling green valleys, pine forest and small scattered quints with colourful roofs in the middle of the valley.

Things to visit

Endless natural beauties and relish the reclusivity. The place is also popular for paragliding, skating, zorbing, etc.

10. Chatpal, J&K

This place is surrounded by peaky hills around and located near Anantnag. The place is one of the most remote places due to the presence of huge mountain ranges in the middle. But the beauty you will discover if you visit here would be a lifetime experience.

Things to visit

The Sunset, that paints all the surrounding  peaks as deep orange. Despite this, there is enthralling natural beauty.

Don’t lost your mind just by reading the places. Go, get your backpack ready and hitch-kick out from the four walls. Enjoy wilderness and must visit atleast any of these places, before the year flees.

First published: October 1, 2021