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?

11. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand: Mystically yours

 Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand: Mystically yours

Snow capped hills, wild flowers, walking among the clouds – is there any other formula for a better holiday? We think not! Enjoy the feel of being in one of the most relaxed and beautiful, yet unexplored tourist places of India. Valley of Flowers is a must do offbeat place.

July to September are the only months when trekking in Valley of Flowers is allowed. It is said that for one week in July, the hills look splashed with three different colors, owing to to the spread of flowers on the valley. Mesmerising, don’t you think?

12. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh-Explore-Explore!

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh-Explore-Explore!

A lesser known offbeat place in the crown of the North-East, Ziro is one of those places which boasts of agreeable climate throughout the year. Observe the beautiful green patches and rice fields, feel at home with the Apa Tani tribe and let your camera stretch its legs. All this and more. Enjoy!

Best time to visit: Throughout the year. The weather is pleasant and soothing for an offbeat holiday.

13. Anthargange, Karnataka: Among the rocks

Anthargange, Karnataka: Among the rocks

Anthargange in the Kolar District of Karnataka is famous for a number of volcanic rock formations and caves formed out of these rocks. Set at a distance of 70 kilometers from Bangalore, Anthargange is situated at an altitude of 1712 meters above sea level and is considered the Elysium of trekkers, rock climbers and exploration fanatics. A truly offbeat unexplored beautiful place.

October to March are the best months to visit Anthargange, as the rains make rock climbing comparatively risky.

14. Ponmudi, Kerala: See The Wonder

 Ponmudi, Kerala: See The Wonder

Set in the lap of the Western Ghats, this offbeat destination is packed with tea plantations, lush green hills, streams and waterfalls. One can attempt mountain climbing at Ponmudi on the Agasthayarkoodam, the highest peak in the area at 1868 feet. Pay a visit to the deer park and enjoy the sunrise to feel at one with nature at Ponmudi.

November to May.

15. Varkala, Kerala:Paradise!

Varkala, Kerala:Paradise!

A little paradise in Kerala, Varkala is replete with clear, pristine beaches, hills, shrines, lighthouses, et al. The must visit places in this beach abode are the Papanasam Beach, the Varkala Beach, the Kappil Lake and lighthouses in the area. One can treat oneself to a  number of adventure sports like paragliding and parasailing in Varkala.

September to April is a good time to visit Varkala.

16. Mawsynram, Meghalaya: A cradle of Nature

 Mawsynram, Meghalaya: A cradle of Nature

We have all read our Social Science books in Middle school and know Mawsynram to be the wettest place in India. The Rain God is extremely generous when it comes to showers in Mawsynram. The abundant rainfall makes the place one of the most beautiful places to holiday in, albeit underrated. The main attraction here is a huge formation of stalagmite, which resembles a ‘Shivling’.

Best time to visit: September to November. however, if you wish to cherish the abundant rains, visit during the monsoon season. However, be sure to carry good monsoon gear along!

17. Talasari Beach, Odisha: Come, rejuvenate.

Talasari Beach, Odisha: Come, rejuvenate.

This is one of those few beaches in Odisha which are untouched and unspoilt by man or time. Take a two day offbeat trip to Talasari beach, Odisha and relax in the refreshing waters and chill on the virgin beaches.

October to March is the best period to visit Talasari Beach. The summers and monsoons are best avoided for the hot and humid climate that Talasari faces during these months.

18. Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand: A pretty Tal that isn’t Nainital!

Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand: A pretty Tal that isn’t Nainital!

A nine-cornered lake set at some distance from the picturesque Nainital, this one is an equally beautiful hill retreat, if not more. The lake stretches for 1 kilometer and is home to a beautiful village. If you’re looking for a place to find some peace and quiet, skip Nainital for this one.

April to June, September to November. The hill town is best avoided in the season of heavy rainfall and winter because of excessive snow. It can do well to serve as peaceful summer retreat away from the blistering heat of the cities.

19. Kalimpong, West Bengal: A Kindgom in the Clouds

Kalimpong, West Bengal: A Kindgom in the Clouds

An offbeat hill station in West Bengal that hasn’t been explored a lot by too many people outside the East. Tibetan monasteries and crafts and churches make it a lovely retreat for the summer and winters. Make sure to shop for orchids in the elaborate flower markets of Kalimpong.

March to June, September to December are the best months to visit this offbeat paradise, Kalimpong.

20. . Champaner – Pavagadh, Gujarat: Wrapped in history

. Champaner – Pavagadh, Gujarat: Wrapped in history

This is one of those UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will blow your mind away with its historical appeal. It is said that the Pavagadh hills are nothing but a chunk of the Himalayas carried over by Hanuman during Ramayana. A town with historical ruins set in the lap of the Pavagadh hills, this is a surefire offbeat place to visit.

October to February are the best months to visit Champaner Pavagadh. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is open all year and is a delight to visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of design.



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