At a time when the holiday bells are tolling, the perfect way to rediscover yourself is to take a vacation to explore the unexplored places in India. We’ve put together for you the absolute 20 must-see offbeat places in India which are offbeat and travelogues often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if he’d stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right?

1. Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

One of the most unexplored and surreal places in India, Spiti valley is located at a very high altitude in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. This region is a desert mountain valley and is known for its beautiful monasteries and untouched natural beauty. The terrain of Spiti Valley is highly difficult and the entire region become completely isolated during the winters. Situated at a height of 4,112 meters, this monastery was built in the 14th century and its architecture is influenced by Chinese style. It is one of the biggest and oldest Monasteries in Spiti and is one of the most important tourist places in this region. Best time to visit Spiti is in the months of May to October, when the temperatures are higher and roads are accessible.

2. Patan, Gujarat: Old world charm

 Patan, Gujarat: Old world charm

One of the newest addtitions to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, Patan has sprung to popularity in traveler circuits because of its Rani ka Vav. Surrounded by huge walls and a very old world charm, this former capital of medieval Gujarat will make for a lovely offbeat holiday place to travel to.

The weather of Patan is at its most favorable during the months of October to March.

3. Mazuli , Assam -Water Water Everywhere!

Mazuli , Assam -Water Water Everywhere!

Majuli, one of the most surreal places in India is also the World’s largest river island. Connected via boats with the city of Jorhat, Majuli is a beautiful exotic location, yet unknown to most of the tourists in India. Majuli has also been nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List. The culture, mostly very locally defined due to high tribal population is quite unique and it has been referred as the cultural capital of Assam. The ideal time to visit Majuli is between October to March, however the monsoons are also quite beautiful in Majuli.

4. Savandurga, Karnataka: The Climb

Savandurga, Karnataka: The Climb

A 60 kilometers drive away from Bangalore, Savandurga can prove to be a great weekend haunt for people in the IT city. Visitors can go trekking, rock climbing or camping in what is considered to be one of the largest single rock formations in the whole of Asia.

November to May is a good time to visit this offbeat trekking destination. Both summers and winters are great to visit this spot. Avoid the rains as they may make the rocks too slippery and result in accidents.

5. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh: An unsung song of mystery

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh: An unsung song of mystery

This is one of those unexplored places which has something on offer for everyone. Adventure sports, trout fishing, exploration of an under-explored hill town, all punched into one lovely combination called Tirthan Valley. Take your pick on what you wish to do while you’re here and visit accordingly. Oh! Also, there’s the option of doing absolutely nothing and chilling in the pine-studded landscape of Tirthan Valley!

Ideal weather to visit Tirthan Valley: March-June, October-November. For those who wish to do trout fishing in the River Tirthan, the warmer time of the year are preferable.

6. Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh: ‘Gorge’ous.

Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh: ‘Gorge’ous.

This one is for the bucket list, folks! Christened the Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat, this is THE place to go to. Indulge yourself with a boatride on a moonlit night on the Narmada river with marble gorges of Bhedaghat towering up to 100 feet on either side, and build a memory for a lifetime.

November to May is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous offbeat destination.

7. Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh : The place where it all began…

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh : The place where it all began…

Bhimbetka is home to the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. Bhimbetka was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, and it contains the earliest rock paintings, as old as 30,000 years old, the first proof of human life in the Indian subcontinent.

October to April is the best time to visit Bhimbetka. These offbeat caves are closed during the monsoons.

8. Living Root bridges, Cherrapunji: Feel The Roots

 Living Root bridges, Cherrapunji: Feel The Roots

In some of the unique spots of northeastern India and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, ‘Bridges are grown, not built‘. Hiding deep within the confines of Cherrapunji are exquisite treasures of nature’s charming creations. ‘The Abode of Clouds - Meghalaya‘ conserves this resplendent architecture of God and nature for the world to emulate. 

9. Borra Caves,Andhra Pradesh

Borra Caves,Andhra Pradesh

An offbeat location that is going to leave you mesmerized, this wonderful naturally formed cave justifies that the beauty of mother nature is way beyond the imagination of the human mind. An adventurous cave filled with limestone and stalagmite natural formations, this is one of the cool and scenic places to visit during the summer to beat the blazing heat of the sun. 

10. Sand dunes, Jaisalmer:That Touch Of Sand

Sand dunes, Jaisalmer:That Touch Of Sand

After all the cool and crisp places we have seen, it’s time that we move on to the enchanting heat of the blazing sun at the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Located midst the scorching sun in the desert, these sand dunes  of Jaisalmer play ‘Hide and Seek’ radiating vibrant beauty and riveting  you with their sights throughout day and night.



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