India is often called a land of colours and vibrant cultures. But along with its vibrant colours & cultures, the country offers many mysteries and charms. Take these 17 trips to these 17 offbeat destinations in India and you will find an answer to what India has to offer beyond the colours and the crowd. From mountain getaways to a haunted fort to a refreshing beach, the list has it all.
- Khajjir: A hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India, located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie. Tucked away from the tourist trail, find out for yourself why it is called ‘India’s Mini Switzerland’
- Malana: Malana has its own lifestyle and social structure and people are strict in following their customs. Malana has been the subject of various documentaries, including Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village, and Malana, A Lost identity.
- Nubra Valley: Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Surrounded by the protective embrace of mountains and extensive expanses of beauty, lies this magic in the form of land.
- Drass: Drass is a convenient base for a 3-day-long trek to the Suru valley across the sub-range separating the two valleys. This trek passes through some of the most beautiful upland villages and flower sprinkled meadows on both sides of the 4500m Ambala pass, which is along the way. Largely unexplored, Drass is the 2nd coldest inhabited place in the world.
- Sandakphu: Sandakphu is the highest peak in the state of Ilam, Mechi, Nepal and West Bengal, India. It is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border. If you make to the top, you will be able to see 4 of the highest peaks of the world including Everest and Kanchenjunga. Worth a visit just for that view.
- Kausani: A hill station and Village situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic views of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. And Mahatma Gandhi would often visit Kausani to find peace and calmness.
- Gurez Valley: Gurez–one of the most beautifully serene valleys of Kashmir is in the high Himalayas, about 86 kilometres from Bandipore and 123 kilometres from Srinagar in northern Kashmir. At about 8,000 feet above sea level, snow-capped mountains surround the valley. The valley is still unaffected by the modernisation. Visit, before the modernists ruin it.
- Devikulam: Devikulam is a small hill station about 5 kilometres from Munnar in the Idukki District of the southern state of Kerala, India. Home to the Devikulam Lake where Goddess Sita is believed to have bathed.
- Tawang: Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres in the north-western part of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Popular as the Birth place of Dalai Lama. Surrounded by the stunning panoramic view and home to several revered monasteries, Tawang is a must-see destination for anyone.
- Ponmudi: Ponmudi is a hill station in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in India. It is located 55.2 km north-east of Trivandrum city at an altitude of 1100 m. If you love Chai (tea), Ponmudi is home to some of the best tea plantations of India.
- Orchha: Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh sometime after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region. Walking through the ruins of the fort is an experience given the eerie silence that has settled over the place
- Kila Raipur: Kila Raipur is a noted village of Ludhiana district in Punjab, India as it hosts the annual Kila Raipur Sports Festival, known as the Rural Olympics. The events played often demonstrate the physical strength and valor of the Punjabi men and women. Fall in love with the festivities which include spectacular dances and traditional music.
- Ziro: Home to Apatani, one of the oldest tribes in the world. Ziro is a census town in Lower Subansiri district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It has been a favourite town for World Heritage Site for several years’ now
- Varkala: Varkala is a coastal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram district situated in the Indian state of Kerala. Home to clean beaches, hill, shrines, and lighthouses. And if you are into adventure sports, try paragliding and parasailing.
- Bhangarh Fort: Not for the faint hearted, this fort is deserted with no inhabitants bar few tourist guides. Archaeological Survey of India has prohibited the entry after sunset and before sunrise. Now isn’t that scary and worth a visit?
- Mawsynram: Mawsynram is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 65 kilometers from Shillong. The wettest place in India, and home to lush vegetation, softly slipping slopes and a hospitable population.
- Kuldhara: Kuldhara is an abandoned village in th e Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around the 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. The legend has it that a powerful minister wanted to marry a village girl against her will. And villagers, in order to save her from this plight, left their homes and disappeared overnight and cursed this village.
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