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101 'must-see' Offbeat Destinations In India

Discussion in 'Destination Guides' started by Debapriya Deb, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    You might have travelled through the lengths and breadths of India and visited all the popular tourist destinations at every corner of the country, but even then there would be many places that remain to be explored. Believe it or not, India, the land of mysteries and charms, has no dearth of unseen places waiting to be discovered. You may not even be aware of the mere existence of a few of these places, but these are as appealing, fascinating and charming as some of the most memorable places that you have visited so far in your life.

    Are you looking for visiting some of the most prolific yet lesser-known offbeat destinations in India? There are quite a lot of offbeat places to visit in India. If you are one of those hard-core travelers who find joy in exploring the uncharterred territories and offbeat trails, then here's a compilation of 101 absolutely 'must-see' offbeat destinations in India that are sure to leave you spellbound. Let's begin the count-down.

    Unexplored & Offbeat Destinations in India

    101. Tawang - The North-Eastern Gateway of India

    100. Majuli - Water, Water Everywhere

    99. Champaner - History Beckons

    98. Tirthan Valley - A Secluded Paradise

    97. Nubra Valley - Experience the Barren Beauty

    96. Maravanthe - A Divine Creation of Mother Nature

    95. Kotagiri - The Hidden Treasure of Nilgiri

    94. Pangot - Wildlife, Birds & Miles of Tranquility

    93. Belekeri - Get Bitten by the Lovebug

    92. Dzükou Valley - Feel the Essense of Wild Flowers

    91. Yuksom - A Unique Blend of Serenity & Adventure

    90. Lamayuru - Experience the Moonscape

    89. Ponmudi - Greenery All Around

    88. Sandakphu - Up-&-Close With the Giants

    87. Andretta - An Artists' Village on the Lap of Nature

    86. Kausani - A Heaven on Earth

    85. Kunti Betta - Experience Trekking Under Moonlight

    84. Ziro Valley - Breathtakingly Pristine

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking, Rafting, Honeymoon
    State - Arunachal Pradesh
    Region - North East India
    Neartest Railway Station - Naharlagun (NHLN) - 154 KM
    Nearest Airport - Lilabari, North Lakkhimpur (IXI) - 123 KM

    Perched on top of a mountain range, 1688 meters above the ground level, Ziro Valley allures tourists with its stunning green appeal and rich natural splendour. With its pine-clad evergreen forests surrounded by the lofty peaks of Himalayas, Ziro Valley boasts of surreal landscapes that can instill a sense of heavenly feeling in your soul.

    Here you can catch hold of wonderful views of sunrise. The colorful views of sunset are equally mesmerizing. White water rafting at the Palin river can turn out to be a memorable experience for the adventurists. And when it comes to trekking, the entire valley is full of virgin trails waiting to be explored. It is just the perfect getaway to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere and enrich the explorer in you.

    83. Kohima - The Enchanting Queen of North East India

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking
    State - Nagaland
    Region - North East India
    Neartest Railway Station - Dimapur (DMV) - 75 KM
    Nearest Airport - Dimapur (DMU) - 69 KM

    If you had thought that the picturesque mountain landscapes can only be seen on a wallpaper, then you need to visit Kohima to shatter that misconception. Yes, such a beautiful and pristine locale does exist on earth, as you can find out on your trip to Kohima.

    Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, is a mystical and charming hill station with untouched riches of nature's lovely blessings. Located on the cliff of a mountain, Kohima will bowl you over with the lush green mountain valleys and lovely panoramic landscapes. With the towering peaks, the tearing clouds, the misty breeze and the pleasant weather - Kohima certainly has all the ingradients to provide you with a truly memorable offbeat experience.

    82. Haflong - Cozy Loneliness

    Attractions - Hills, Valley, Lake, Birds, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Assam
    Region - North East India
    Neartest Railway Station - Lower Haflong (LFG) - 4 KM
    Nearest Airport - Silchar (IXS) - 106 KM

    The district headquarters of North Cachar Hills in the North-Eastern state of Assam, Haflong is blessed with abundance of natural beauty. Nestled on the Borail Hills range, Haflong is known for pristine natural scenery with its unexplored riches of numerous streams, valleys and view-points. Apart from the picturesque landscapes, Haflong is also regarded as a trekker's paradise. For the adventurous souls, it offers guided rock climbing opportunity as well.

    The hills of Haflong are also known for wide varieties of orchids and other flowering plants. Rare species of native and migratory birds are also found in large numbers around Haflong and nearby places. Haflong lake, Jatinga river, Maibong ruins, Panimoor waterfalls and Moulpong view point are a few of the major attractions at this sleeping beauty of a hill station. With amazing landscapes, charming valleys, dancing streams, tranquil lakes and misty mountains, head to Haflong for a honeymoon experience that you are going to cherish forever.

    81. Velas - A Konkani Extravaganza

    Attractions - Beach, Honeymoon
    State - Maharashtra
    Region - West India
    Neartest Railway Station - Karanjadi (KFD) -64 KM
    Nearest Airport - Ratnagiri (RTC) - 185 KM

    Velas is a little beach village in the remote parts of Ratnagiri district in the state of Maharashtra. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and a beautiful shoreline on the fourth quadrant. Velas would have remained an unknown entity had it not achieved international attention for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to lay their eggs.

    The sight of turtle hatchlings making their laborious way in to the Arabian Sea can be an exhilarating sight. Apart from the turtle dash, Velas also has other interesting options. Velas can serve as the base for you to visit adjoining places such as Bankot, Guhagar, Dapoli and Diveagar. Himmatgadh Fort located on the sea-shore at Bankot village is a must visit spot. Guhagar has several pristine beaches to explore, including Hedvi and Velneshwar - which are well-known for their scenic atmosphere. Dapoli and Diveagar are also renowned for their wide stretches of lonely beaches and lip-smacking Konkani cuisines.

    80. Chopta - Little Switzerland of Uttarakhand

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    A picturesque little hamlet located at an altitude of over 2700 meters in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Chopta's riches of natural beauty still remains unexplored by the common Indian travellers. The place is surrounded by a canopy of dense evergreen forests with plenty of Pine, Rhododendron and Deodar trees all around. Its lush green meadows offer majestic views of the Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath peaks.

    The Chopta valley is a great place for adventure buffs and trekking enthusiasts. It serves as the starting point for the Chandrashila peak and Tungnath temple trek. Chopta to Deori Tal lake is another amazing trekking route. This lake lies on the foothills of Chukhumba peak and it is entirely surrounded by untouched greenery. During the winter months of December-January, you can even experience snow fall at Chopta.

    79. Cherrapunji - The Tropical Treasure

    Attractions - Hills, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Meghalaya
    Region - North East India

    A stunning hill station located above the swirling clouds at an altitude of over 4500 feet, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya still retains its pristine beauty. Set against the backdrop of breath-taking landscapes of Khasi and Jayantia Hills, Cherrapunji is dotted with inviting valleys, lively streams and flashy waterfalls cascading over deep gorges. Mawsmai Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, and Dain-Thlen Falls boast of unforgettable scenic beauty. Apart from the waterfalls, another popular tourist attraction at Cherapunji is the Mawkdok Dympep Valley view point. Mawmluh Cave, which is one of the longest natural caves in the Indian subcontinent measuring over 4.5 KM, is worth paying a visit as well.

    The valley around Cherrapunji is a good place for trekking. The most popular trekking route is the one that leads to the Living Root bridge in Nongriat village. Adventure seekers can also indulge in river canyoning at Nongthymmai and Mynteng. Other adventure activities that can be taken up while at Cherrapunji include rock climbing and forest camping.

    78. Champai - The Final Frontier

    Attractions - Hills, Valley, Trekking
    State - Mizoram
    Region - North East India

    Champai, known as the ‘Rice bowl of Mizoram’, is set amidst the most picturesque and dense forests of Mizoram. Situated on the bank of Tiau river, the Champai Valley shares its border with the neighboring country of Myanmar and is surrounded by a chain of green hills on all the sides. The remote town is known to offer fabulous views of the rolling Myanmar hills.

    The Murlen National Park and Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary are at the center of tourist attractions at Champai. Famous for its rich collection of birds, the wildlife sanctuary attracts bird-watchers from all over the world. Mura Puk, located in Zote village, is renowned for its six ancient caves and monolithic scribbles. The beautiful Rih Dil lake is another must visit spot at Champai. Trekking enthusiasts can get amazing views of distant plateau from the Tan Tlang peak, perched at an altitude of 6355 feet above the ground level. Trekking through Champai's dense forest trails dotted with tall pine and rhododendron plantations can be an experience to cherish for a long time.

    77. Pichavaram - The Indian Amazon Cruise

    Attractions - Mangrove, Backwaters, Marine Life
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Located near Chidambaram in Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram is home to the second largest mangrove forest in the world after West Bengal's Sundarbans. It is probably the closest to an Amazonian experience that you can get in India. The mangrove forest at Pichavaram consists of over 4400 canals and is spread over nearly 3000 acres of wetlands that ultimately merge in to the Bay of Bengal. Except for the riddle of boats, chirpings of birds, and the roaring of the sea, you will be greeted with distinctive silence all over the place.

    At Pichavaram, you can not only taste backwater cruising, but also get yourself introduced to a wide variety of acquatic flora and fauna. Native and migrant birds, colorful fishes, various species of turtles can be seen during your boat ride around the canopy of mangrove. Nestled between two river estuaries, the Pichavaram backwaters is ideal for thrilling water cruises and offers you the opportunity to indulge in kayaking and canoeing.

    76. Pallikere - Redefining Romanticism

    Attractions - Beach, Honeymoon, History
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Blessed with the swaying palm trees, the glittery golden sand and miles of tranquility, Pallikere beach is no less than a paradise for the nature lovers. It exudes serenity and offers an isolated environment for those who want to escape from the hectic city life. Due to its scenic surroundings and quiet ambience, the Pallikere beach is considered to be an excellent beach honeymoon destination in South India.

    Pallikere is known for its pristine beauty and quaint charm. This enchanting beach offers a spectacular view of the historical Bekal fort, which is just around 2 KM from the Pallikere shore. Due to the shallow level of water, it's an ideal place to take a dip in the cascading waves and get pampered by the nature's abundant beauty.

    75. Roopkund - The Mystery Glacial Lake

    Attractions - Lake, Glacier, Mountains
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake situated in the Uttarakhand state of India. It is also known as the 'Skeleton Lake' due to the presence of scattered bones everywhere near the lake bed. It was a mystry until the scientists confirmed that the skeletons belong to the 9th century pilgrims who fell to their deaths due to the unexpected natural calamities.

    The mystries might have been solved, but the charm associated with this remote region shadowed by the mighty peak of Trishul still remains intact for the trekkers and hikers.

    The Roopkund trek is an invigorating expedition from the high altitude region of Loharjung, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. For trekking enthusiasts, the Roopkund trekking is the ultimate of them all. Right from creating your way cutting through the dense thickets, surpassing the gushing water crossings, combating against the accummulated layers of snow and exploring the vast expanses of lush grasslands - it's by no means a mean feat. However, the views at the top is qually rewarding as you get the opportunity to witness the stunning panoramic views of the Roopkund Glacier surrounded by the intimidating Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nandaghungti and Choukhamba.

    74. Neeleshwar - A Hidden Beach Hamlet

    Attractions - Beach, Forest, Backwaters
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    A hidden tropical destination set in a secluded palm grove right beside the Arabian Sea in the Northern Kerala, the settlement of Neeleshwar is yet to develop as a happening tourism getaway. The little beach hamlet, popular for its beaches, coastal plains and forests, has only just made its way onto the offbeat traveller's map.

    Blessed with soft white sands, flanked by a freshwater lagoon and surrounded by towering coconut groves, the beach at Neeleshwar is ideal for lounging on the beach while soaking up the pristine paradise. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters and you will be feeling blissfully relaxed. The pace of life is so laidback here that you can't help but give in and unwind with solitude as your only companion. Boat ride in the backwaters can be an amazing experience too. If you wish to catch up with this hidden virgin gem, then pack your backpack right now - before the masses arrive and it loses its Bohemian charm.

    73. Kanwateertha - A Charming White Sandy Beach

    Attractions - Beach, Honeymoon
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Kanwatheertha Beach near Kasargod town in Kerala is well known for its scenic beauty. Fanned by the swaying palm trees, the charming lagoon with its vast expanse of white sand is a great spot to relax and rejuvenate. Being a cliff side beach, it offers great panoramic views of the Arabian sea.

    What is special about Kanwatheertha beach is a large pool that spreads along the beach. This natural extension of sea waters in a calm pool like formation is devoid of harsh waves, hence ideally suited for swimming without any fear of getting carried away by the high tides. If you are a food-lover, especially non-vegetarian, then don't forget to satisfy your taste buds on the lip-smacking Malabar fish cuisines available exclusively in this region.

    72. Valparai - Land of the Whispering Waterfalls

    Attractions - Hills, Trekking, Waterfalls
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Valparai is the new found summer retreat for nature lovers around the Anamalai hills of Western Ghats mountain ranges. Bounded by undulating hills, mesmerizing meadows, enchanting valleys and cascading waterfalls, Valparai stands majestically with lush greenery all around. Draped by tea plantations and backed by splendid stretches of the beautiful Western Ghats, Valparai is one of the most romantic hill stations in South India that should not be missed out.

    The most secluded, most beautiful and most enchanting place at Valparai is the unique shola grasslands. Any tour of Valparai is incomplete without a visit to the grass hills. For beginner-level trekkers, a hike along the shola grasslands can be a unique experience. More adventurous trekkers can take on the trails along the beautiful Manompally river - which has a high probability of wildlife sighting. Another adventurous trek through the lush green valley can lead you to the mesmerizing Chilla Kallar waterfalls.

    A jungle safari at the Aanamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, situated at an altitude of 1400 meters, is a must do activity if you are a wildlife enthusiast. The Aaliyar Dam, located in the foot hills of Valparai, is a very scenic place suited for family picnic. You can get an excellent view of the Anamalai peak and several waterfalls scattered through the green forest from the Nallamudi valley view point. Last but not the least, don't miss out to catch a majestic view of the cascading waters at the beautiful Athirapally falls.

    71. Tarkarli - A Romantic Escapade

    Attractions - Beach, Water Sports, Backwaters, Honeymoon
    State - Maharashtra
    Region - West India

    Located at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea, the 8 KM long coastline at Tarkarli has a cheerful and relaxed vibe - which makes it an ideal destination for a romantic escapade. Tarkarli is blessed with a pristine stretch of finest white sand beach, emerald green water and clear blue sky. Tall Casurina trees lining up at the shore add to the splendor of the beach. If you would like to spend a quite evening with your partner, or wish to go for a romantic hand-in-hand walk along the sea-shore, then this is the beach to be at. Although not a tourism hotspot just yet, Tarkarli beach has caught the imagination of romantic travellers looking for some solitude and peace of mind.

    Tarkarli beach also offers you the opportunity to indulge in various adventure activities. Parasailing, water surfing, beach volleyball - you have loads of options to choose from. Scuba diving and snorkeling are quite popular here due to the clear water level. The estuary of Karli river is another scenic spot at Tarkarli. The extensive network of backwaters from Tarkarli to Kudal is sure to amaze you with its virgin natural beauty.

    70. Mechuka - A Cradle of Exotic Landscapes

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Honeymoon
    State - Arunachal Pradesh
    Region - North East India

    Mechuka is a small town cuddled up 6000 feet above the sea level in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated on the backdrop of Himalayas in a forested valley surrounded by tall pine trees, Mechuka is a little piece of paradise covered with floral carpets and embedded with twisting streams. It is the land of exotic landscapes, enchanting lakes, lively streams and cloud-piercing mountain peaks. You can experience the beauty of silence in Mechuka Valley's cradle of blue mountains and snow-covered peaks.

    Its pristine appeal has been enhanced by the presence of Siyom (Yargyapchu) river flowing right through the heart of the lush green valley. The beautiful reflection of nature on the crystalesque blue waters of Mechuka Lake is a sight to behold, while the never-ending game of hide-&-seek between the sun and the clouds aptly underlines its exotic romanticism and lively characteristics.

    69. Sonapani - A Blissful Heaven

    Attractions - Mountains, Trekking, Honeymoon
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    The remote village of Sonapani is a secluded, blissful heaven in the Himalayas amidst nature’s bountiful treasures. Situated at a height of 1800 meters above the sea level atop a ridge overlooking the mighty Himalayas, Sonapani boasts of magnificent views of the snow-clad mountain peaks. Flanked by oak, rhododendron and pine groves, the virgin beauty of Sonapani would surely blow your minds off.

    The intimadating Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nandadevi, Maiktoli, Nandakot and Panchchuli are clearly visible in a panoramic photo-frame. There is a natural water spring at the heart of the valley surrounded by apricot, apple, and peach orchards. For adventure enthusiasts, there are a host of forest trails to explore. Hike from Sonapani to Mukteshwar through a reserved forest area is the ultimate of them all. Another popular trek starts from the Sonapani village and take you to the 10th century Kapileshwar temple. To sum things up, Sonapani is the perfect place to enjoy some leisurely moments with just the sounds of birds chirping while zipping past the trees.

    68. Hogenakkal - Adventure in the Gushing Waters of Cauvery

    Attractions - Waterfalls, Riverside, Boating
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Hogenakkal is a beautiful series of waterfalls formed by the Cauvery river. It is situated in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, 180 KM away from Bangalore city and 335 KM from Chennai. Due to the sheer size of the falls which spread across a width of over 1 KM, it is often compared to the famed Niagra Falls of the United States. The mighty Hogenakkal falls, set on the backdrop of lush green Mellagiri Hills, is a popular weekend getaway for the tourists from Bangalore and Chennai. It has also featured in a number of Indian movies, especially while picturizing some of the all-time hit romantic songs.

    Melagiri Hills, situated in close proximity to Hogenakkal, serves as an excellent trekking site. Overnight camping is also on the cards, if you are looking for some wild adventures in this remote locality. If you have time in hand, then you can also club a trip to the quiet hill station of Yelagiri along-with the Hogenakkal tour. Hogennakl and Yelagiri would provide you some contrasting experiences - while the former is adventurous and boisterous in nature, the later brings you a serene atmosphere and peaceful surroundings.

    67. Glenmorgan - Where Blue Mountains Turn Green

    Attractions - Hills, Valley, Stream, Wildlife, Trekking
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Gelenmorgan is a quiet hill retreat situated at a distance of just around 25 KM from the popular hill station of Ooty. Often overshadowed by Ooty and Coonoor, Glenmorgan remains off the radar for most of the tourists, thus it has managed to retain its serene, calm, untouched territory. Devoid of the mad rush of casual vacationers, it can be the perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation in the nature's lap.

    Known for its rolling green hills with a dense forest cover, the Glenmorgan village is perhaps the most underrated hill station in the Nilgiri region. With its beautiful countryside featuring tea and eucalyptus plantations and untouched shola grasslands, the place offers breathtaking views of the lush green valley on a bright blue canvas dotted with white clouds. Pykara waterfalls, Glenmorgan Lake and Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary are a few places that you can explore on a trip to Glenmorgan. It is truly a hidden paradise, and without much spotlight or media glare, it is expected to remain a paradise in the near future as well.

    66. Byndoor - A Gem of an Offbeat Destination in Coastal Karnataka

    Attractions - Beach, Waterfalls, Honeymoon
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    Byndoor is a costal town situated to the north of Kundapur taluk, near Shiroor in Udupi District of Karnataka. Located along NH17 which connects Mangalore to Goa, Byndoor is yet to fulfil its huge potential to be a happening tourism hub. Bordered by the Arabian sea in West, beaches are undoubtedly the major attractions here, - but not to forget the Western Ghats Mountain Ranges that forms the Eastern border. Rivers, streams and waterfalls are the integral parts of any trip to Byndoor.

    Voted as the 'Most Exotic Beach in India' by TripAdvisor, Ottinene Beach is the prime attraction in Byndoor. Located at the bottom of an overhanging hillock surrounded by a foliage of palm trees, the sea shore at Ottinene is blessed with soft wheatish-colored sands. The presence of Sumana river estuary right next to the beach gives it a serenity boost. Ottinene beach is especially noted for offering amazing sunset views. It's truly an out-of-the-world experience to witness the sparkling blue waters turing into fiery red flames as the sun prepares to bid adieu for the day.

    If you are looking for some trekking opportunity, then take the forest trail through Byndoor's rocky ravine to the Koosalli falls. Situated in the dense tropical forest near the Kosalli village, the Koosalli Falls is a unique 6-stage cascading waterfalls with a total height of over 380 feet. A similar excursion through a segment of Western Ghats ranges can lead you to the spectacular Belekal Theertha Waterfalls.

    65. Orchha - A Real Taste of the Royal Heritage

    Attractions - History, Riverside
    State - Madhya Pradesh
    Region - Central India

    Orchha, located in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, around 18 KM away from Jhansi, was the erstwhile capital of the Bundela Rajput kings. Founded by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501, Orchha still retains its proud historical heritage and royal demeanour. The glorious past of Orchha is duly reflected in the 15th and 16th century architectural marvels constructed during the Bundela dynasty. A number of historical citadels, intricately decorated palaces and ancient temples narrate the story of Orchha's tryst with royal heritage.

    If you wish to re-live the royal past to its fullest, then Jehangir Mahal is one such places that you must visit. It is considered as one of the finest preserved examples of 17th century Indo-Persian (Mughal) architecture. The Orchha Palace too deserves a special mention for its neatly crafted exteriors. If you are looking for some thrilling adventures, then a tented accommodation with campfire on the banks of the Betwa river is worth trying out. Club that with a round of river rafting on the Betwa river, and you can be assured of a truly memorable joyride.

    64. Meghamalai - The Green Wavy Mountains

    Attractions - Hills, Trekking, Tea Gardens, Wildlife
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Fondly called as the 'High Wavy Mountains', Meghamalai is a little hilly hamlet perched on the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. The best part of Meghamalai is that it has successfully escaped from the jaws of commercialization and managed to retain its pristine charm. Largely an unknown entity to the casual tourists, you won't find the mad rush of tourists at Meghamalai. It's far from being the typical 'happening' hill station that you are so familiar with. If you are looking for a relaxing, quiet vacation, then it fits the bill perfectly.

    A trip to the winding, exciting and adventure filled Meghamalai, perched at an elevation of 4500 feet, can provide you the most amazing views of the Western Ghats mountain ranges. It can be an excellent trekking getaway for the adventurists. Meghamalai's unexplored hilly terrains can satisfy the urge of any nature loving trekker. Being surrounded by the Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the place can also suit the taste buds of all wildlife enthusiasts.

    63. Rangat - A Secluded Beach in an Isolated Island

    Attractions - Island, Beach, Waterfalls
    Union Territory - Andaman and Nicobar
    Region - South-East India

    Let's take a deviation from the mainland India to one of its secluded islands. Rangat is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar union territory. Situated at a distance of 170 KM from Port Blair, this offbeat destination can be accessed by a ferry service from the Port Blair jetty. The ferry ride is one of the most exciting perspectives of a trip to Rangat.

    Rangat is famous for Cutbert Bay Beach, which boasts of the solitude of virgin nature. It is also a favorite nesting ground for the turtles. There is a turtle sanctuary near the beach which is worth visiting. If you are planning your trip during the winter months of December to February, then you can experience the sight of turtle hatchlings coming out and making their way on to the sea.

    Amkunj Beach is another tourist attraction at Rangat. This pristine beach sports a deserted outlook which can instantly win your heart. Last, but not the least, if time permits, then you can also catch a glimpse of the famous Panchavati waterfalls located en-route Cutbert Bay Beach from the Rangat Jetty.

    62. Drass - Feel the Fragnance of Wild-flowers

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Glacier, Snow, Trekking
    State - Jammu and Kashmir
    Region - North India

    Nestled in between the high altitude mountain peaks of Himalayan ranges, Drass is an amazingly beautiful place to rejuvenate yourself in its out-of-the-world charm. Located at a distance of around 140 KM from Srinagar, you need to cross the famous high mountain pass of Zoji La, situated at an altitude of 3582 meters, to arrive at the picturesque Drass town.

    As you start to descend after passing the snow-clad Zoji La pass, you will be greeted by lovely meadows with lush green carpets of grass dotted with unknown wildflowers. Zoji La to Drass is arguably the most beautiful stretch in the entire Srinagar-Leh highway. There are many glaciers off the highway that would result in several miniature waterfalls. The scenic beauty of the Mushko Valley, which is famous for a variety of wild-flowers, is sure to blow your minds away. Don't forget to explore several trekking trails around the valley which are largely unexplored till date. Last but not the least, Kargil War Memorial, dedicated to the martyrs of Kargil War 2009, is another popular attraction at Drass that you must visit.

    61. Samardha - A Complete Adventure Package

    Attractions - Riverside, Camping, Trekking, Bird Watching
    State - Madhya Pradesh
    Region - Central India

    Not far off from Bhopal, Samardha fits the bill perfectly as a weekend adventure getaway. An eco-tourism destination that tantalizes with its rich bio-diversity, Samardha offers you a bunchful of adventure activities to unwind and rejuvenate your spirits.

    Overnight camping in a swiss tent in the open forest area is sure to pump up your spirits. You get to wake up to the sweet chirpings of birds and explore secret jungle trails leading you to unknown waterfalls and scenic dams. Apart from trekking, you can also indulge in campfire, riverside picnic, river rappelling, rock climbing and mountain biking. All in all, Samardha brings you plenty of options to experience the adrenaline rush that you were so long thirsting for.

    60. Jispa - A Serene, Scenic and Unique Experience

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Camping, Wildlife, Trekking
    State - Himachal Pradesh
    Region - North India

    Located in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh along the Manali-Leh National Highway, Jispa is a picturesque remote village on the bank of Bhaga River. Situated at an elevation of 10,500 feet above the sea level, this offbeat Himalayan retreat boasts of serene natural landscapes. You will be amazed by the breathtaking panoramic views of the Bhaga valley dotted with seasonal streams, rocky mountains, snow-capped peaks and lush greeneries all around.

    Jispa-Darcha-Padum trek is one of the most popular trekking trails among the adventurists. You can also explore the scenic trekking route that leads you to the tranquil Chandra Taal lake. For religious minds, paying a visit to the ancient Triloknath Temple is a must. Also the beautiful Kardang Monastery, constructed in the 12th Century, should definitely be included in your Jispa travel itinerary.

    For wildlife enthusiasts, Jispa has a lot in store. The forest surrounding Jispa is home to rare species of animals like Yak, Dzos, Tibetan Antelope, Argali, Kiangs, Musk Deer, Himalayan Snow Leopards, Ibex and Himalayan Brown Bear. Finally, if you are fascinated by the thought of camping in open air, then it can be a remarkable experience to spend a night in a tented accommodation under the hood of a starry sky.

    59. Mahuva - Rejuvenating Calmness

    Attractions - Beach, History
    State - Gujarat
    Region - West India

    This picturesque beach of Mahuva is located in the coastal region of Saurashtra on Gulf of Khambhat. Situated on the outskirts of Bhavnagar district in the state of Gujarat, the place is fondly called as the 'Kashmir of Saurashtra' for its picturesque landscapes.

    Mahuva beach is well known for its calm sea-shore and tranquil waters. Presence of lush green coconut plantation has enhanced the scenic appeal of Mahuva's stunning sea-shore. Blessed with wonderful climate all throughout the year, it is the ideal place to spend some peaceful time away from the hectic city life and rejuvenate your soul with nature's magical touch.

    Right beside the beach, there is the historical Bhavani temple, the history of which dates back to a few centuries. The temple is a prime attraction for the religious pilgrims.

    58. Pachmari - Adventurists' Dream Destination

    Attractions - Hills, History, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Madhya Pradesh
    Region - Central India

    Pachmari, also known as Panchmarhi, is a little known hill station situated in the Satpura mountain ranges of Madhya Pradesh. Perched at the elevation of 1070 feet above the sea level, Pachmari offers you an excellent blend of historical monument, mythological legacy, adventure activities and serenity under a single roof.

    Archeology enthusiasts from all over the world come to Pachmari to visit Handi Khoh, Pandava Caves and Jata Shankar Caves. If mythology is to be believed, then the Pandava Caves was built by the Pandava brothers of Mahabharta during their exile of 14 years. The caves' interior walls are decorated with astonishing rock-carved paintings from the pre-medieval and medieval era.

    The rocky terrains and woody forests of Pachmari is the perfect gateway for a memorable trip filled with lots of adventure. No less than a paradise for hikers and trekkers, the beautiful lush green Satpura ranges encircled by waterfalls, cave temples and thick foliage have several exciting trekking trails. Silver Falls or Rajat Prapat Falls is one such location for the adventure lovers. It's a real challenge that requires you to ascend through rocks and boulders. The hard work, however, is worth the efforts as you are sure to get mesmerized by the gorgeous views. Set amidst greenery all around, the waterfalls dashing down from a height of 110 meters is truly an incredible sight. Dutches Falls and Bee Falls, situated within a radius of 5 KM from the Silver Falls, are the other two spectacular waterfalls located at Pachmari.

    57. Chidiya Tapu - Truly Offbeat

    Attractions - Beach, Mangrove, Bird Watching, Marine-life
    Union Territory - Andaman and Nicobar
    Region - South-East India

    Located towards the furthest southern tip of the Andaman Islands, Chidiya Tapu is famous for its virgin beaches, mangrove forests and bird life. Located at a distance of 25 KM from Port Blair town, you get frequent buses from Port Blair Bus Stand for reaching Chidia Tapu.

    Quite obviously, beaches are the main attractions at this offbeat destination. You have twin beaches to explore at Chidiya Tapu. The most popular beach here is the Munda Pahar beach, which sports an exotic outlook with crystal-clear waters and soft white sands. The shallow water level makes it an ideal place for swimming. Munda Pahar Beach is also known to offer fabulous sunset views.

    The other beach at Chidiya Tapu goes by the name of Sylvan Sands beach. When it comes to scenic beauty, this secluded beach can give Munda Pahar a run for its money. A picnic to the Sylvan Sands beach can turn into a remarkable expedition for your family.

    The mangrove forest is another exciting place to explore at Chidiya Tapu. Covered with a canopy of submerged plants and bushes, the mangrove forest is home to numerous native and migratory birds. It also has an impressive marine-life with colorful fishes, crabs, sea shells and other acquatic species. A biological park has been established here for introducing the tourists to the diversified flora and fauna found exclusively in this region.

    56. Lambasingi Hills - The Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh

    Attractions - Hills, Valley, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Andhra Pradesh
    Region - South India

    Popularly known as the 'Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh', Lambasingi or Lammasingi is a hill station perched at an altitude of 1000 meters above the sea level in Araku Valley region. Located at a distance of around 100 KM from Vizag city, this is the only place in South India where you can occasionally experience snowfall in the months of December and January. Temperature does not go below 0° C every year, but when it does, Lambasingi gets an all-white snowy cover.

    Surrounded by dark green coffee plantations, Lambasingi offers mindblowing natural landscapes on the backdrop of beautiful Chintapalli valley. There are several trekking routes along the dense forested valley. The misty and breezy weather at this offbeat hill station makes trekking a real pleasure. The beaten forest trail that takes you to the cascading Kothapally Waterfalls from Chintapalli valley is the most popular route for the trekkers. To sum things up, Lambasingi Hills is one such unknown destination in South India which can leave you spellbound with its scenic beauty.

    55. Hope Island - Beach, Backwaters & Mangrove Under One Hood

    Attractions - Beach, Island, Wildlife, Backwaters
    State - Andhra Pradesh
    Region - South India

    Hope Island is a tiny paradise located in the Bay of Bengal off the Kakinada coast which was formed by the sand drifting from the tributary of Godavari delta. Thus the picturesque island wears a charming outlook with backwaters on one side and sandy beaches on the other facing the Bay of Bengal. It's a wonderful place away from the thronging holidaying crowd and boasts of abundant natural splendor.

    The backwaters of the island is surrounded by Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary which is blessed with one of the largest mangrove forests in India. Nestled between the delta of the Gouthami and Godavari rivers, the sanctuary houses the endangered otter species within its lush greenery. It is also inhibited by Fishing Cat, Oliver Sea Turtle and Estuarine Crocodile. Many exotic species of birds can be found here which includes Snipes, Sea Gulls, Ducks, and Flamingos to name a few. A boat ride through the mangroves can introduce you to lots of wildlife species.

    Uppada beach, located just 7 KM away from the Hope Island, is another spot that you can explore. Covered with white rolling sands, the gently sloping shore and crystal-clear waters at the beach have enough resources to impress the tourists.

    54. Wandoor & Jolly Buoy - Exotic Yet Surprisngly Secluded

    Attractions - Beach, Island, Adventure, Backwaters
    Union Territory - Andaman and Nicobar
    Region - South-East India

    Wandoor is one of the islands that form the world-famous Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in the Andamans. The Marine Park is spread across an area of 281.5 square kilometers and covers a clutter of 15 islands. Wandoor has a beautiful white sandy beach surrounded by untouched greenery. Wandoor beach is ideal for swimming and coral viewing. The main attraction is to view the underwater coral reefs through glass bottom boats. It's as exciting as it can get. Wandoor also offers you an excellent opportunity to experience Scuba Diving and Snorkeling.

    The adjacent island of Jolly Buoy is, however, the perfect spot snorkeling. Not only coral reefs, but it offers breathtaking exotic riches of a variety of marine species. Besides, it also has a refreshingly beautiful yet secluded beach, which is ideal for lazing around and sunbathing.

    53. Vadanapally - Where Love is in the Air

    Attractions - Beach, Backwaters, Hoenymoon
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Situated around 20 KM away from Thrissur in Kerala, the little-known beach at Vadanapally can be a great choice for offbeat travellers. Almost an unknown entity to the outsiders, the coast along the beach is lined up with a series of coconut palms and Casuarina (suru) trees, providing it a lush green cover. Patches of beautiful coral reefs along the sea-shore enhance the exotic appeal of the beach. Besides swimming in the crystalesque blue waters of the Arabian sea, Vadanapally beach also offers oppurtunities for wind surfing and sunbathing on its golden sands.

    Another unique thing about the beach is that it is linked with exotic backwaters of Kerala. The calm and pleasant ambience makes it a dreamy destination for honeymooners. Romantic couples can escape into the backwaters on a country boat to spend some quality time. It can be an amazing experience to wade through the nature-made canals covered with colorful hyacinths and surrounded by swaying palm plantations.

    52. Keylong - Where the Almighty Resides

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Snow, History, Trekking
    State - Himachal Pradesh
    Region - North India

    Referring to Keylong's unmatched scenic beauty, renowned author Rudyard Kipling had once said - "It is surely the God who lives here; this is not the place for men.”

    Keylong, the administrative headquarter of Lahaul and Spiti Valley district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is a quintessential hill-station situated at the intersection of Chandra Valley, Bhaga Valley, and Chenab Valley. Keylong exudes exotic natural splendor dripped with serene calmness that can win over the heart of any offbeat traveller.

    Situated at an elevation of 3080 meters above the sea level, this offbeat destination in India gets cut off from the outside world from October-end to mid-May due to heavy snowfall. The peak tourist season is between June and September, but if you would like to experience snowfall, then it is best to schedule your trip as soon as the Rohtang Pass in declared open in the mid of May. The second half of October can also be a good time play with snow.

    The out-of-the-world landscapes, consisting of valleys, rivers and mountains, is what make Keylong a picturesque destination. For trekking cognoscentes, there are several short and long distance trekking trails. Besides exploring and cherishing the virgin nature at Keylong, you can also visit the largest and most important monastery of Drukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism - the Kardang Monastery. There are several other monasteries like Shasur, Guru Ghantal, Tayul and Gemur situated in and around Keylong. The ancient fort at Gondla is another place that you must visit. If you are a bird lover, then you can spot many Siberian migratory species of birds at Sissu. People interested in arts, culture and history should not miss out on paying a visit to Lahaul & Spiti Tribal Museum.

    51. Mirik - Redefining Quaintness

    Attractions - Mountains, Trekking, Lake, Honeymoon
    State - West Bengal
    Region - East India

    Mirik is a quiet hill retreat which is still relatively unknown to the travellers from beyond the West Bengal state border. The place remains out off the tourism map for most of the casual tourists, thus Mirik can serve as an ideal getaway for those who are looking to go offbeat. Perched at an elevation of 4900 feet above the sea level, Mirik is surrounded by beautiful tea plantations and orange orchards, besides offering a grand view of the Great Himalayan Mountain Ranges.

    Nestled between Siliguri and Darjeeling, this low-profile hill-station located close to the Indo-Nepal border has a charm of romanticism attached to it. Not surprisingly, it is considered as an excellent honeymoon destination in the Eastern part of India.

    Samendu Lake, located amidst the lush green meadows, is a major crowd puller at Mirik. With the spectacular views of Mount Kangchenjunga on the far horizon, Sumendu Lake attracts the romantic couples with the prospect of boat ride. A romantic sailing on the crystal-esque waters of the lake is a huge hit among the honeymooners.

    Apart from that, the distinctive Tibetan architecture of Bokar Gompa attracts many tourists. Ramneety Dara and Kawlay Dara are two view-points that offer mesmerizing views of Mount Kangchendzonga. Watching the day's first ray of light striking the snow-capped Khangchendzonga can be an unforgettable experience for the wanderlusts.

    Mirik offers ample opportunities for the trekking enthusiasts. Couple of popular short-haul trekking trails are Mirik to Sandakphu and Mirik to Phalut. You can also trek up to Kurseong through the valleys and forests of Mirik. Another popular trekking trail can take you to Jorpokhri, a small hamlet on the way to Ghum from Mirik, which has two beautiful lakes surrounded by green forest cover.

    50. Churna - The Call of Wild

    Attractions - Forest, Wildlife, Backwaters
    State - Madhya Pradesh
    Region - Central India

    Imagine spending a night in the core area of a National Park, with tigers and other wild animals prowling close by in the dark. There's total silence in the tented accommodation with the only exception being the occasional cry of an unknown bird or the roar of a wild animal. Doesn't that sound exciting?

    If it does, then you must plan a visit to the totally offbeat Churna - a forested hamlet in Madhya Pradesh - which houses the Satpura National Park. Sprawling over 520 square KM dense woodlands, the Satpura National Park is one of the gems in the heartland of the country. Home to a wide variety of wildlife including tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, chinkara, Asiatic bear, black buck, flying squirrel and numerous species of birds, this is a region of rich and diverse biodiversity. An elephant safari through the core forest area can be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Besides wildlife, the national park also has sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, meandering streams, ravines and waterfalls as well.

    Churna also boasts of cave paintings that will take you back to the medieval era. History comes alive in these abandoned rock shelters as you will be caught off-guard with the impressive peices of art-work belonging to the 5th century. That's not all though. Churna has an extensive network of backwaters surrounded by lush green jungles, which offers you the opportunity of canoeing. A romantic canoe ride through the quiet backwaters with your loved one can be a real stress-buster.

    49. Gavi - Wilderness Beacons

    Attractions - Hills, Forest, Lake, Wildlife, Trekking
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    It's not for no reason that the renowned tourism major 'Alistair International' considers Gavi as one of the leading eco-tourism centres in the world. With its precious bounty of nature, Gavi, an enthralling destination in Kerala, awaits your presence offering you opportunities like trekking, bird watching, jungle safari, wildlife photography and an array of other adventure activities. You will be left spellbound by the enchanting offbeat destination that Gavi is. Be it the chirpings of birds, the cascading waterfalls, the charming landscapes or the undulating green hills - the almighty has decorated Gavi with a variety of his precious treasures.

    By adopting the concept of eco-tourism, Gavi remained untainted by the mighty hands of modernity and it is still striving hard to retain its natural splendor. The USP of Gavi is its diversified wildlife. Elephants can be sighted abundantly in the adjacent forested valleys. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Being home to over 260 species of birds, including the Great Pied Hornbill, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Woodpecker and Monarch Flycatchers, Gavi is a heaven for bird-watchers.

    Valley View point offers spectacular hawk-eye views of the deep ravine and dense tropical forests below. Kochupamba dam, with its crystalesque greenish-blue waters surrounded by lush greenery, is another popular tourist attraction at Gavi. You can go for a round of rowing along the emerald-hued natural backdrop and cherish the wonderful memory for a lifetime.

    Forest camping can be a great experience at Gavi. One can pitch a tent in the camping site and spend a night in the middle of nowhere. There is also the prospect of staying in a tree top house, which should not missed at any cost. Last but not the least, don't miss out on getting close to the nature on a leisure visit to the nearby cardamom and coffee plantations.

    48. Gulmarg - The Meadow of Flowers

    Attractions - Mountains, Snow, Valley, Skiing
    State - Jammu and Kashmir
    Region - North India

    Gulmarg literally translates to ‘Meadow of Flowers’. Situated in the Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, around 60 kilometers away from the Capital city of Srinagar, Gulmarg is an extremely beautiful hill station and a popular skiing resort. The splendor of gulmarg can't be expressed with mere words and photographs, it can only be relished and experienced in person. Nestled in the Himalayan Valley of Pir Panjal, Gulmarg has served as the scenic backdrop of many super-hit bollywood movies. So if you get a feeling of 'Deja Vu', then that's due to its repeated representations in Indian commercial cinema.

    Adventure seekers would love the fact that Gulmarg is considered to have the best skiing facilities in the country. Skiing at Gulmarg in the winter season can be a great experience as Gulmarg is blessed with best of conditions and terrains for skiing. You can also experience a ride on cable car here. Gulmarg-Golconda is said to be one of the tallest cable car networks in the world.

    Hikers can trek through the verdant surroundings of Gulmarg to reach Apharwat Peak and Alpathar Lake. You can also explore the pristine, undisturbed natural beauty of Kashmir on a trek from Gulmarg to the stunning alpine meadows of Nagin Valley. Apart from all these, it is a real treat to explore Gulmarg's riches of natural beauty on the back of ponies in summers and on local made sledges in winters.

    47. Diglipur - Delicately Exotic

    Attractions - Beach, Island, Hills
    Union Territory - Andaman & Nicobar
    Region - South-East India

    In the entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands, if there is one place that offers everything to a tourists, it is Diglipur. From the exotic Ross and Smith Islands to active mud volcanoes to Andamans very own unique wildlife, the place is truly blessed with rich diversity. Situated on the Northern bank of Kalpong River, which is incidentally the solitary river in the Andamans, Diglipur is an abode of eco-friendly tourism. If you prefer to take a break from the hectic work life, then head to Diglipur for a peaceful vacation.

    Diglipur is quite off the popular tourist circuits in the Andamans perhaps because of its remoteness from the rest of the islands. It requires a 10 hours voyage through ferry ride for reaching Diglipur from Andaman's capital city of Port Blair. Ferry services to and from Diglipur operates from the Aerial Bay Jetty.
    Diglipur is bestowed with three pristine beaches in Ramnagar beach, Kalipur beach and Lamiya Bay beach. Ramnagar beach has a long stretch of black/brown sands and the shallow waters here is ideal for swimming. Kalipur beach is primarily known for being a turtle nesting site. Surrounded by green woods, this near deserted beach has an enchanting secluded charm. However, be careful while venturing out in the inviting waters as the surrounding areas are known to be inhibited by salt-water crocodiles. The Lamiya Bay Beach, which is arguably the most scenic of the lot, offers you a combination of brown sands and rocks - making it distinctly different from the other beaches around. Edged by coconut palms and other coastal shrubs, the beach sports a lush green outlook along the shore-line. You can see a wide assortment of dead corals on the beach.

    Any tour to Diglipur will remain incomplete if you miss out on visiting the exotic Ross and Smith Islands. Known as the twin Islands of North Andaman, the place is famous for its white sand bar separating these two islands. Considered as one of the most scenic places in the Andamans region, the crystal-clear azure shallow waters around the islands is perhaps the best sopt for swimming and snorkeling.

    Another attraction at Diglipur is the trekking trail that leads to Saddle Peak, the highest point in the Andaman Islands, through the evergreen rain forest of Saddle Peak National Park. Known for its diverse, unique and endangered flora, the park is a favorite hangout for the naturalists.

    46. Auli - Virgin Nature at Its Best

    Attractions - Mountains, Snow, Trekking, Skiing
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    Located in the Uttrakand State of Northern India, Auli is a Himalayan retreat famed for having Asia’s longest cable car route which connects Auli to Joshimath on a stretch of 4 KM. Being surrounded by the tallest peaks of Nanda Devi Mountain Range, Auli gets high volume of snowfall during winters. As a result, the valley gets overed in a thick blanket of snow, which serves as an exciting skiing arena. Although not as famous as Shimla or Gulmarg, Auli has made an identity for itself as one of the offbeat skiing destinations in India. Skiing enthusiasts can plan for attending the Auli Skiing Festival - which is organized every year in the month of February.

    For trekkers, Auli offers some interesting trails. The 3 KM long trail that leads to the beautiful Chandrakund Lake is the most popular among them. Auli to Gurso Bugyal trek is equally charming and it can be reached by covering a similar distance. An enchanting meadow embodied by thick vegetation of pine and Oak trees, the place offers spectacular wide-angle views of snow-clad Nanda Devi, Trishul and Drona Parvat peaks.

    45. Kumly - Explore the Jungle Trails

    Attractions - Hills, Forest, Wildlife, Trekking
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Kumily is a small hill-surrounded hamlet located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the Southern part of India. The place is famous for its local spices. Today, a buzzing spice trading center, spices like cardamom, cinnamon and pepper are cultivated in abundance in the hilly terrains of Kumly.

    The lush green tea plantations and spice gardens not only enhance the beauty of the place, but also lend the air a tad bit of their special special aroma. The quaint town also offers contrasting trekking experience up and down the mountain slopes. Bordered by the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve, a jungle trekking cum safari adventure is always on the cards at Kumly. There is the prospect of a guided forest trek conducted by a group of poachers turned guides. It can not only be an exciting experience, but also the best way to get close to the nature and experience the forest from the viewpoint of those who know it like the back of their hands.

    Arts and culture lovers can pay a visit to Kadathanadan Kalari Center in Kumily, which offers an opportunity to watch skilled performers performing Kerala’s unique martial art called 'Kalaripayattu'. And don't forget to carry back home local spices and green tea as the souvenirs of your Kumly trip.

    44. Lansdowne - Up, Above the Clouds

    Attractions - Mountains, Trekking, Snow, History
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    If you are looking for a quaint retreat to relax and unwind in the lap of nature, Lansdowne might just be the place you are looking for. Located on the backdrop of Himalayan Mountain Ranges in the state of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is blessed with picturesque meadows, pleasant weather and lots of adventure options. Lansdowne can be visited throughout the year. However, if you are specifically interested to experience snowfall, then plan your trip during the winter months of January and February.

    A perfect venue for outdoor enthusiasts, it offers several trekking trails through its evergreen forests and uneven terrains. You will be greeted with breathtaking views of the Himalayas during your trek to Tiffin Top. Lansdowne-Hawagarh is a must-do trek for professional hikers and mountaineers. It can be the ultimate test of your stamina to tackle the challenging route which passes through the Khyber Pass to Jaiharikhal.

    You can also enjoy rowing, paddling and bird-watching at the serene atmosphere of Bhulla Tal lake. The War Memorial at the Parade Ground of the Garwhal Rifles Centre, built in 1923, is a must visit spot in Lansdowne. The heritage site of Saint Mary's Church originally constructed in 1895 is another place that should not be missed out. For religious travellers, there are a host of sacred and ancient temples in and around Lansdowne. The Santoshi Mata Temple, the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple and the Bhairav Garhi temple deserve special mention.

    43. Kottakoppam - Romancing the Gentle Waves

    Attractions - Beach, Honeymoon, Surfing
    Union Territory - Pondicherry
    Region - South India

    Not far off from Pondicherry town, Kottakoppam is a little hamlet with a picturesque beach, rightly called as the Serenity beach. The serene tranquility at this romantic destination perfectly justifies its name. Blessed with a scenic coast-line fringed by swaying coconut palms and covered with creepers, this golden sandy beach is an unspoilt treasure trove of the nature. The calm ambiance, pristine sea-shore and distinctive crystal-esque blue waters have an inviting charm attached to it.

    Secluded, quiet and of course, spectacular, the Serenity beach is just the ideal place to begin your day with a romantic early morning stroll. The first ray of sunlight touching down the gentle waves of the sea is a sight that will remain engraved in your memory for a long time.

    If you are looking for a bit of adrenaline rush during your trip, then you can satisfy the adventure-buff in you by indulging in wind surfing and kayaking at the beach. Going on a joy-ride in a catamaran can be another thrilling option. If you are travelling with friends, then a game of beach volleyball can be another exciting prospect.

    42. Mullayangiri - Off the Beaten Track

    Attractions - Hills, Wildlife, Waterfalls, Lakes, Trekking
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    Located at a distance of around 65 KM from the popular hill station of Kemmanagundi in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri, which is a part of Baba Budangiri Mountain Ranges, is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka standing tall at the height of 1930 metres (6330 feet) above the sea level. Decorated with lovely meadows, untouched forests and charming waterfalls, this offbeat destination has caught the imaginations of trekkers and hikers looking for some adventure opportunities.

    The 10 KM long trek from the foothills of Baba Budangiri to the Mullayanagiri Peak is an exciting trekking trail. The uphill climb along the rugged terrains can prove to be a little difficult for amateur trekkers, but nevertheless, you will thoroughly enjoy the lush greenery throughout the entire stretch. It's a test of your physical stamina but the scenery from the hill-top is magnificently rewarding. It would make you forget the all the sufferings encountered during the ascend.
    Hebbe Falls trek is another option for the trekkers. This trail passes through parts of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The entire stretch of 8 KM is unbelievebly scenic and there is high probability of spotting wildlife. You can also trek up to the Manikyadhra Falls. This perennial waterfalls is situated at a wonderful spot offering great views of Baba Budangiri Range of Hills. Visitors can climb down to the foot of the falls and play in the pool of water.

    Ayyanakere Lake and Bhadra Dam are two of the serene lakes around where you can go for a boat ride. Situated amidst the picturesque surrounings of Western Ghats, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit place for the animal and bird lovers. The chances of animal sighting is pretty high and the tourists are often greeted by the sights of bison, elephant, tiger, leopard, sambar, spotted deer, sloth bear and a variety of birds.

    41. Sunderbans - Experience A Truly Unique Thrill

    Attractions - Wildlife, Riverside
    State - West Bengal
    Region - East India

    The largest and most diverse mangrove forest in the world, Sunderbans is situated on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. The place is famous for being the original habitat of the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Sunderbans is known for its diverse range of fauna, including 35 species of reptiles, 270 avian and 42 mammalian species. Sunderbans Tiger Reserve was established in 1973 to protect the habitat of the elusive Bengal tigers, which were alarmingly dimishing in numbers. It attained the status of a National Park in 1984.

    Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, about two-fifth of the Sundarbans overall surface area is covered with mangrove creeks and water constitutes more than half of that area. Royal Bengal Tigers are undoubtedly the most important attraction here, but don't forget that Sunderbans is also the most favorite hunting ground for the Estuarine Crocodiles and the Indian Pythons.

    Sundarbans is only accessible by boat, and the entire excursion takes place on water. It's a thrilling experience that one should taste once in a life time. Remember to carry your binoculars for better viewing of the unique flora and fauna of sunderbans which you wouldn't find anywhere else in the world.

    40. Muttom - A Tiny Little Zion

    Attractions - Beach
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Muttom, a small village located at the furthest Southern tip of india, 32 KM away from Kanyakumari, has a beautiful beach facing the Indian Ocean. Even though it is situated so close to one of the busiest beach destinations in India, Muttom still remains a little-known place. It is highly surprising that the beach attracts no more than 2% of all the tourists that throng the main beach in Kanyakumari.

    Thanks to the remaining 98%, who are oblivious of the fact that such a beautiful beach even exists at a stone throwing distance, Muttom has managed to retain its pristine charm. Off the radar for most of the travellers, the virgin sea-shore at Muttom is devoid of any tourist activities whatsoever. On the backdrop of clear azure waters with a tinge of green lies a golden strip of sandy beach with huge rocks scattered over here and there - Muttom has a unique appeal of its own. The magical sunset is a treat to the photographers. The panoramic view of the coast-line during sunset is an experience that can't be expressed in words, it has to be observed in person and cherished forever.

    This tiny little Zion can be visited throughout the year, but avoid hot summer days in June-July if you are afraid of extreme humidity.

    39. Agatti Islands - Simply Mesmerizing

    Attractions - Beach, Water Sports, Honeymoon
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    Agatti Islands is one of the many islands that constitute the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. It is one such mesmerizing places in india that can hold you speechless with its beauty. Colorful coral reefs of various shapes that decorate the underwater landscape are the major crowd puller at this beach. Agatti Islands is blessed with soft snow-white sands and the turquoise-shaded water is astonishingly so clear that you can practically see the colorful fishes swimming underneath. The shallow water level is ideal for swimming.

    For adventure lovers, Agatti islands offers the opportunity to indulge in many thrilling activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking. Scuba diving here is a must do activity. You can also hire glass-bottomed boats to watch the coral reefs and other forms of underwater marine-life. If you are visiting during the right season, you would be able to see turtles, eagle ray, moray eels and various tropical fishes while boating. Agatti Islands can be an excellent choice as an offbeat honeymoon destination for the newly-wed couples.

    38. Kathotiya - An Exciting Combo of Jungle Camp & Adventure Sports

    Attractions - Forest, Adventure, Trekking
    State - Madhya Pradesh
    Region - Central India

    Kathotia village lies in the Veerpura range of Sehore forest near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The beautiful green valley is surrounded by precipitous hills and verdant forests. The place has a rich collection of diversified flora and fauna besides having pre-historic cave shelters, believed to be over 20,000 years old, with fine rock carvings and wall paintings. Moreover, the topography of the locality is suitable for Adventure Sports and the surrounding forests offer the thrilling prospect of Jungle Camping. The immense prospect of Kathotiya has made the Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board to take up an initiative to develop the village as an eco-tourism hub.

    You get to experience camping in alpine tents set in the open forest. Activities such as rappelling, ropewalking, hiking and river crossing are just a few of the exciting options available to you. You may head out to the nearby waterfalls for a refreshing shower. During your stay in the jungle, you can spot a wide variety of wild animals like sambhar, wild boar, jackal, monkey and, if you are really lucky, even the majestic tiger. To sum up, Kathotiya has enough ingredients to amaze everyone from restless kids to adventurous youths, romantic couples and nature loving adults.

    37. Silent Valley - Adventure in Rainforest

    Attractions - Hills, Valley, Forest, Trekking
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    There exists in India, a tropical evergreen rainforest with its evolutionary history dating back to 50 million years. Situated at Mannarkkad in Palakkad district in Kerala, Silent Valley is a unique preserve of natural rainforests. It rises abruptly to the Nilgiri Plateau in the North and overlooks the plains of Mannarkkad in the South.

    Silent Valley is a virgin, fragile forest, nestled in the undulating hills of the Nilgiri Mountain ranges. The core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the Silent Valley National Park and it is a rich storehouse of biodiversity. The valley exudes a quite grandeur. Kunthi river, which originates from the Nilgiri Hills, climbs down the altitude of 2000 meters and traverses the entire length of the valley - providing it an added dimension of scenic beauty. Cut-off from civilization and commercialization, Silent Valley is an ideal destination for nature lovers, life science students and avid trekkers.

    36. Pelling - An Optimal Blend of Serenity & Adventure

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Lakes, Trekking
    State - Sikkim
    Region - East India

    Pelling is a tiny little hill retreat decorated with lovely waterfalls, beautiful lakes, rolling mountains and ancient monasteries. Situated at a distance of 10 KM from Gyalshing in the Indian state of Sikkim, Pelling is known for offering breathtaking views of the Khangchendzonga Peak and the Himalayan Mountain ranges. The USP of Pelling lies in its pristine landscape and soothing ambiance. It is a destination that can be visited throughout the year.

    Pelling is set on a ridge between two of the most important monasteries in Sikkim - the Pemayangtse and the Sangachoeling. Pemayangste Monastery is within a distance of 1 KM from the town, while a 40 minute uphill walk takes you to the 300 years old Sangachoeling Monastery. Kanchenjunga Falls and Sangay Waterfalls are two must-see tourist spots in Pelling. Rest assured, you will be impressed by the unspoilt surroundings of these waterfalls.

    Pelling’s serene environment and picturesque surroundings are perfect for short nature walks and treks of all types. While families and couples enjoy taking short nature walks soaking in the views of the snow-white Mount Kanchenjunga, it serves as the base camp for some thrilling high altitude treks. Especially the weeklong expedition to Dzongri from Yuksom deserves a specuial mention. Another exciting part of a Pelling trip is white-water rafting on the Rangit river. This is something that the brave-heart adventurists would enjoy the most. For the lesser mortals, kayaking on the Rimbi river can be a lot of fun. Mountain biking is another prospect that you can try out at Pelling.

    35. Malana - The Little Greece of Himachal

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking
    State - Himachal Pradesh
    Region - North India

    At an elevation of 9938 feet above the sea level lies the village of Malana, also Known as the little Greece of Himachal Pradesh. It is a magnificently green rimmed village overlooking the Deo Tiba and Chandrakhani Peaks of the great Himalayan mountain ranges. Malana remains more of an unknown destination even in the year 2015. Rest assured, you won’t find the holidaying crowd to disturb your peace here. Away from the hullabaloo of urban life, this quiet retreat is a hidden treasure for nature lovers, avid trekkers and adventure buffs.

    Trekking is undoubtedly the main attraction here. The beautiful alpine valley is sort of a paradise for trekkers seeking peace and tranquility. Malana offers you a scintillating landscape filled with intimidating gorges and steep rocky trails. A trek of 23 KM through the picturesque yet treacherous route from Jari to Malana is the focal point for the trekkers. The trek offers spectacular views of the majestic snow-clad mountain peaks above and the gently flowing Parvati River below. A much easier trekking route is the one which leads you to Malana from Kasol. The views are equally mesmerizing and it doesn't take more than 5 hours to cover this trail.

    34. Dhanaulti - The Picture-Perfect Hill Station

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    Perched at an altitude of 2286 meters above the sea level, Dhanaulti is a picture-perfect hill retreat located along the Mussoorie-Chamba highway in Tehri district of Uttarakhand. Set in a quiet and quaint environment on the misty mountains amidst thick pine and oak groves, Dhanaulti offers spellbinding views of the lofty mountain ranges surrounding this lovely little paradise. While Mussoorie is getting increasingly crowded, Dhanaulti remains tucked away from swarms of tourists. If you are looking for a little peace and solitude, then ditch Mussoorie and get entangled to Dhanaulti instead. You are sure to fall in love with its lush orchards of Apple, Apricot and Walnuts.

    Dhanolti is submerged in nature's bountiful resources, lush green meadows and lovely Himalayan landscapes. Paying a visit to the Dhanaulti Eco Park is a must for everyone. Adventure sports facility is available here in the form of the flying fox, burma bridges and horse riding. A trek in the Kaudiya forests can be an interesting excursion as well. But nothing can beat the experience of an overnight excursion through the moonlit trail of Nag Tibba peak. The view of sunrise from the top of the peak is exceptionally rewarding.

    33. Tinchuley - A Remote Hamlet in Wilderness

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Tea Estates, Riverside, Trekking
    State - West Bengal
    Region - East India

    Tinchuley, a remote hamlet in the wilderness, is one of the hidden treasures of Darjeeling region in the state of West Bengal. Perched at an altitude of 5800 feet above the sea level, Tinchuley is blessed with surreal natural spelndor. Surrounded by refreshing tea gardens and orange orchards along with the meandering Teesta flowing through its delightful landscapes, one gets blown away by the virgin, untouched nature at this tiny fairy-land. If you find pleasure in calmness and tranquility, then Tinchuley is the place that you are looking for.

    Lovers’ Meet point, where the Rangit river merges with Teesta is an irresistible attraction of Tinchuley. Besides visiting the lovely tea plantations and orange orchards, you must pay a visit to the beautiful Tinchuley Monastery. Catch the magnificent sunrise from Tinchuley View Point and watch the colorful sparkling reflection on the snow-clad Kanchenjunga. It offers a wide-angle view of the entire range of Eastern Himalayas with the majestic Mount Kanchenjungha ruling the sky.

    A 1.5 KM trek from Tinchuley through the fern-covered forest trail leads you to Gumpha Dara - which offers breathtaking views of the distant Sikkim plateau and Darjeeling town. Explore the Gumpha Dara rock formations where the British army used to train its soldiers. Several caves lie hidden beneath these rocks. Last but not the least, Tinchuley-Takdah is a 3 KM long winding hike that can bowl you over with its unmatched serenity.

    32. Gokarna - The Mini Goa

    Attractions - Beach, Trekking, Camping
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    Are you someone who is fascinated by the hippy culture of Goan beaches but yet avoid going there for a vacation due to it being pretty expensive on your wallet? If you would like to experience the bohemian, idiosyncratic lifestyle of Goa at a fraction of the cost that a Goa trip attracts, then you are going to fall in love with Gokarna and its spectacular beaches. Right from beach partying to night outs at beach shacks to adventure sports activities - you name it and Gokarna has it to offer to the tourists. It's no less than a mini Goa, far away from huge expenses that Goa is known for.

    The beautiful beach town of Gokarna is situated at the confluence of two rivers - Gangavali and Aghanashini - in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It offers a unique combination of several beaches nestled between charming hills. Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Half-Moon beach and Paradise beach - every beach is characterized by its own highlights and are fundamentally different from one another in their own rights. And the mouth-watering delicacies of sea-food items are the added bonus.

    Om Beach is the most well-known beach in Gokarna. It is a golden sandy beach dotted with submerged rocks in the middle. The rocks create an arch shape that resembles the auspicious Hindu religious symbol of ‘OM’, that's how the name Om Beach has emerged. You can experience parasailing and banana boat ride here.

    Kudle Beach is bestowed with utmost beauty of nature. It has a kilometer long pristine stretch of pure white sandy beach. Surrounded by palm trees on the backdrop of the aqua blue Arabian sea, Kudle beach is certainly a charming place to explore.

    Paradise Beach offers you a virgin stretch of golden sandy shore enveloped in surreal beauty of nature. This beach can be reached by either a boat ride from Kudle / Om beach or a hike through a secluded overhanging cliff. Due to the lack of easy accessibility, this beach is mostly devoid of any tourists. You can spot dolphins during your boat ride, if you are lucky.

    If adventure is on your mind, then a night camping on the Half-moon beach is a must to activity here. You can set up your own tent at a favourable spot. You need not have to carry your own equipment, those can be rented out from the shack owners. As there is no electricity, you will have to rely on lanterns and candles - which is an added bonus for the adventure seekers.

    31. Long Island - Precisely Offbeat

    Attractions - Beach, Trekking, Camping
    Union Territory - Andaman & Nicobar
    Region - South-East India

    Much of the Long Island is forested and unexplored, and not even mapped. Even the local police do not have an accurate map of the island's geography! This fact would give you a fair bit of idea on how secluded the place is.

    Located at a distance of 80 KM from Port Blair in the union territory of Andaman & Nicobar, Long Island can be reached by a 2 hours' ferry ride from the Phoenix Bay Jetty. This isolated island is blessed with vast marine wealth and exclusive beaches, cosy coves, green hills and magnificent mangroves – a perfect package for adventure tourism.

    The main attraction here is a picturesque sandy beach, the Lalaji Bay. Set on the backdrop of untouched evergreen forests, the Lalaji Bay beach is ideal for swimming and sun-bathing. You need to trek for 6 KM from the Long Island jetty to access this secluded beach. Lalaji Bay is known to be frequented by dolphin convoys, so be ready with your camera to capture the beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. It is also a nesting ground for Oliver Ridley Turtles.

    For those who are looking for some thrilling adventure, Long Island offers you the opportunity of island camping right on the sea-shore. Island camping is organized during the peak season by the Directorate of Tourism, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, so to experience the fun you need to schedule your trip during the November to April period.

    30. Karwar - An Enriching Getaway

    Attractions - Beach, Island, Camping, History
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    Karwar is a coastal town and the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. Situated on the banks of the Kali river, the town lies at a distance of 12 KM to the South of the Karnataka-Goa border. Clinging to the South-Western flank of the country, it is a very scenic place sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. Apart from that, Karwar also has a rich heritage which is evident from the historical forts and ancient temples which dot this Karnataka town.

    Karwar has several tranquil beaches to explore. Besides the famous Rabindranath Tagore Beach, which is believed to have inspired Tagore to pen down some of his classics, Karwar is blessed with Devbagh beach, Lady beach and Kaju Bagh beach. Devbagh beach, located in Devbagh island just 3 KM off the coast-line, is a boon for water sports enthusiasts with options to indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling and wind surfing. You need to take a ferry ride from the Karwar jetty to arrive at the island. The island is also popluar for Oyster Rocks and the beach is a great spot for camping.

    Lady beach is situated behind Baithkol bay, pretty close to the Karwar port. The shallow water level at Lady beach is ideal for swimming. Kaju Bagh Beach is located right at the entry point of Kali River into the Arabian Sea. The beach is surrounded lush greenery and its silver sandy shore is ideal for taking a romantic stroll and spend some quality time under the cool shades of coconut groves.

    Among the places of historical significance in Karwar, the 17th century Sadashivgad Fort deserves to be visited. Built near the merging point of Kali River and Arabian Sea over a hillock, you will be amazed by the design of the citadel which can only be accessed by a single arched gateway.

    29. Nelliampathi - Delicately Exquisite

    Attractions - Hills, Trekking, Tea Gardens, Waterfalls
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Situated at a distance of 54 KM from Palakkad in the state of Kerala, Nelliampathi is a beautiful hill station perched at an elevation of 1600 meters. Nestling in the midst of the majestic Western Ghats, this picturesque hill station is surrounded by panoramic views of undulating hills draped with plantations of tea, cofee, cardamom and orange orchards. The Journey to Nelliyampathi, through the winding ghat road with 23 hair-pin bends, is thrilling to put it mildly. You will be greeted with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Western Ghats at every bend.

    Nelliampathi an absolute bliss for the nature lovers. Home to over 215 species of birds, you can easily spot plenty of exotic bird species including the Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Malabar Hornbill, Woodpecker, Oriental Broad-billed Roller, Nilgiri Flycatcher and Broad-tailed Grass birds. The dense rainforest surrounding the hill-station is inhibited by a large population of Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Tahr, Spotted Deer, Blackbuck, Clouded Leopard and Malabar Giant Squirrels. Naturists and wildlife photographers must go for a jungle safari at the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the amazing biodiversity.

    Nelliampathi also offers immense opportunities for trekking. There is a 3.5 KM long scenic trekking route that leads you to Nellikotta through the AVT tea Estate. Nellikotta is a vantage view point that offers breathtaking views of the Nelliampathy forests and the Parambkulam Reservoir. Another popular trekking trail leads you to the Karapara Tea Estate through the dense reserve forest area. You have a good chance of spotting wildlife on this 6 KM long trek. Apart from that, the Karapara estate has a beautiful cascading waterfalls as well. Hard-core trekkers can set on an excursion from the base camp at Kaikatty to conquer the grassy peak of Padagiri - perched at the height of 1572 meters above the sea level.

    28. Itanagar - The Land of Dawn-lit Mountains

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking, Lake, History
    State - Arunachal Pradesh
    Region - North-East India

    The mystique capital city of Arunachal Pradesh along the furthest North-Eastern tip of India, Itanagar is fondly known as the 'Land of Dawn-lit Mountains'. Nestled between the lofty snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges, this offbeat city boasts of untouched natural splendor. Located close to the Indo-Tibetan border, Itanagar attracts nature lovers due to its mesmerizing scenic beauty. With its mist-clad green valleys and untouched tropical forests, it can be an ideal place for trekking. Trekking through the unchartered territory around Itanagar is an appeal too hard to resist for hikers and mountaineers. Moreover, Itanagar exhibits a unique combination of cultural heritage where the tribal culture blends seamlessly with the Buddhist spiritualism - something that draws attention of tourists from around the globe.

    The most striking architectural site in Itanagar is the Ita Fort - from which the city draws its name. The typical Tibetan architecture of the Buddha Vihar Monastery attracts a large number of tourists, while the Itanagar Botanical Garden is worth paying a visit. Then there's the magnificent Ita fort. Although mostly in ruins at present, this 14th century citadel has an imposing presence over the capital city. Those who are interested in wildlife can pay a visit to the Namdhapa National Park. This well maintained wildlife sanctuary is home to the rare breed of Snow Leopards, endangered Clouded Leopards, Himalayan Bear, Snow Deer and Red Panda.

    When you are in Itanagar, do pay a visit to the tranquil Gyakar Sinyi lake. A beautiful picnic spot just 6 KM away from Itanagar, this emerald-blue lake is surrounded by primeval vegetation, tall woods, sparkling orchids and a variety of ferns. A romantic boat-ride on the crystal-esque water of the lake can be a memorable experience for the newly-married couples.

    27. Yercaud - Jewel of a Hill Station

    Attractions - Hills, Trekking, Lake, Waterfalls, Honeymoon
    State - Tamil Nadu
    Region - South India

    It won't be an exaggeration to term Yercaud as the most underrated hill-station in South India. You need to pay a visit to this tiny little retreat to figure out the truth in the above mentioned statement. Yercaud is situated at an altitude of 4970 feet, on the Shevaroys Hills of the Eastern Ghats Mountain ranges, in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.

    It is a place overflowing with nature's absolute serenity. Covered by an abundance of sandalwood, teak and silver oak trees, Yercaud boasts of serene valleys and picturesque landscapes. The Yercaud peak, also known as the Lady's Seat, offers splendid views of the distant meadows overlooking the Ghat road, Mettur Dam and Salem. It's an excellent spot to watch the setting sun while appreciating the beautiful landscape.

    Boating in the Big Lake at the heart of the town is a real pleasure, especially if you are travelling with your loved one. Trekking up to the Tipperary View Point through the uphill terrain is a challenge that would test your stamina. You can also go on a 3 KM hike through the narrow stretch of rocky ravines to reach the beautiful Kiliyur Waterfalls. Water gushing down spectacularly from a height of almost 300 feet is an enthralling sight that you should not miss.

    26. Bhandardara - Taste the Rustic Charm

    Attractions - Hills, Trekking, Lake, Waterfalls
    State - Maharashtra
    Region - West India

    Bhandardara is a hill-station nestled in the Sahayadri mountain ranges in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Located on the banks of river Pravara, it offers the tourists rejuvenating climate, charming mountains and explicit quietness. A remote paradise with charming landscapes, lush greenery, tranquil lakes, gushing waterfalls and amazing trekking trails - Bhandardara will surely steal your heart away.

    The awe-inspiring scenic beauty and exhilarating treks of Bhandardara provide an ideal blend of serenity and adventure. From the highest mountain peak in Maharashtra, to one of the largest lakes and oldest dams in the country, the place has a lot to offer to the tourists. The Arthur Lake and Wilson Dam, set amidst dense canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills, are the most famous tourist attractions here. The Randha Falls, where a roaring Pravara River descends down from a height of 170 feet into a beautiful gorge, is a sensational sight.

    Bhandardara is also an excellent place for trekkers. Blessed with lush greenery, the valley is dotted with several trekking trails. Towering over Bhandardara like a watchful sentinel, the Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra with an elevation of over 5500 feet, is an irresistable trekking haven. The forest trail that leads you to the 200-year-old Ratangad Fort is another popular trekking route. Harishchandragad Fort, constructed during the medieval era of 6th century, can also be explored while trekking.

    25. Papi Kondalu - An Island-Cum-Hill-Station

    Attractions - Hills, Riverside, Backwaters, Camping
    State - Telengana
    Region - South India

    Beach and Island is a feasible combination, but how about a island among hill ranges? No kidding, there exists such a place in India.

    Papi Kondalu or Papi Hills is a breathtakingly beautiful offbeat hill-station bounded by the Godavari river in the state of Telengana. Situated at a distance of around 60 KM from Rajahmundry, the Papi Hills are a set of three seperate hill ranges spread across East Godavari and West Godavari districts. The entire range of the Papi Hills is covered by tropical rainforests and surrounded by the Godavari river. So in a sense the place is comparable to an island.

    The highlight of any trip to Papi Kondalu is the boat ride on Godavari river for arriving at this remote destination. The mighty river narrowing and passing with twists and turns along the Papi Hills is a delight for the nature lovers. Waterway is the only medium to access this hilly retreat. You can avail the ferry service either from Rajahmundry or Pattisam. Both AP Tourism and Private operators offer package tours to Papi Kondalu from Rajahmundry. The boat ride takes about 6 hours' time and it is an immensely thrilling experience.

    Apart from enjoying the scenic views of the riverside during the boat ride, tourists can engage themselves in activities like camping, fishing and trekking at the island. An overnight camping by the riverside can be an exciting option. There is a spectacular waterfalls at Munivaatam which is a must visit place. To explore this waterfalls, you need to trek uphill along the dense forests for about 3.5 KM. If you are interested in wildlife, then do pay a visit to the Papi Kondalu Wildlife Sanctuary. And finally, don't forget to catch the spectacular reflection of sunrise and sunset on the Godavari river. It is a phenomenon that can't be expressed in mere words!

    To sum things up - the sizzling river, the serene hills and the dazzling forests make Papi Kondalu Hills a must visit place both for the naturists as well as the adventurists.

    24 Talasari - A Best Kept secret

    Attractions - Beach, Sand Dune
    State - Odisha
    Region - East India

    There lies a virgin stretch of silver-white sandy beach in Baleswar district of Odisha - the Talasari beach. This little piece of serene nature has been bestowed with spectacular panorama. If there is any beach in India which is beyond the reach of urban invasion, then it is here at Talasari. This remote village is not frequented by tourists much, except for the group of backpackers, so the pristine sea-shore has managed to retain its virginity to the best possible extent.

    Located right at the point of confluence between the Subarnarekha River and the Bay of Bengal, a unique feature about this virgin beach is its sand dunes. The coast-line on the opposite bank of the river features a huge sand island with an endless stretch of sands, giving it desert-esque resemblance. The island is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Subarnarekha River on the other. You can hire a boat for crossing the river during the monsoon season, but in winters, you can easily walk across the knee-deep water level to reach the sand island.

    The shallow water level and calmer waves make Talasari a great place for swimming. The shore is edged by several palm trees giving it an envelope of tranquility. If you are travelling with a group of friends, then Talasari beach can be a great camping site. The beach looks great on a full-moon night with the mendearing Subarnarekha River crisscrossing through its expansive sea-shore.

    23. Moore Plains - Distinctly Different

    Attractions - Mountains, Wildlife, Adventure, Mountain Biking
    State - Jammu & Kashmir
    Region - North India

    Situated between Pang and Upshi off the Manali-Leh National Highway, the Moore Plains is a vast stretch of flat-bedded land at an average elevation of 4800 metres, flanked by mountain ranges on both sides. It's highly surprising, at the same time refreshing as well, to find such a large flat surface of land while on an upward cruise to one of the highest motorable mountain roads in the world. But before reaching at Moore Plains, you would first need to come across a collection of 21 stunning loops (hairpin bends) that would last for a distance of 7 KM and take you to the altitude of 4630 meters from 4190 meters. Known as the Gata Loops, it would surely give you a bout of adrenaline rush. This area is a major attraction to the Bikers heading towards Leh from Manali.

    Moore Plains is known for the typical barren landscape of Ladakh, overlooking the lofty peaks of Himalayan mountain ranges. It is something that you won't find anywhere else in India. The freezing winds add to the bone chilling cold and you might feel overwhelmed by its sheer momentum. Moore Plains is also known to be the natural habitat of a wide variety of wild animals including the rare blue sheeps. If you are lucky, then a Kiyang (Himalayan Wild Ass) might decide to pay you a sudden visit - so be prepared with your camera to capture this endangered species.

    Pay a visit to the Tanglang La pass, which is the second highest altitude motorable road in the world. The hawk-eye view of the Tso Kar Lake on the backdrop of snow-clad mountain ranges is sure to mesmerize you. Please note that Moore Plains doesn't have any staying option. You need to find your accommodation at Pang, 5 KM away from the entry point of Moore Plains.

    22. Tamelong - A Hidden Hill Retreat

    Attractions - Hills, Trekking, Lake, Waterfalls
    State - Manipur
    Region - North-East India

    One of the 9 districts in the North-Eastern state of Manipur, Tamenglong is a little-known hill retreat that has all the spectacular characteristics of an undulating landscape. It can mesmerize the tourists with the charming valleys, the boisterous waterfalls, the shadowy caves, the magical lakes and the dense plush green forests. The best part, however, is that much of this hilly retreat still remain untouched from the curse of modernization.

    This scenic offbeat destination in North East India is blessed with not one, but as many as four beautiful natural lakes in Zeilad, Inroujei, Guiphuapjei and Napsaemjei. The fabulous Barak Waterfalls, where the mighty Barak River jumps off the mountain cliff to create a spectacular sight, is a must visit place. Adventure seekers can get their adrenaline rolling with an exciting white-water rafting session at this beautiful spot. You can trek up to the mystical Tharon Caves and explore those pre-historic shelters. Tamelong to Kisha Khou trek is equally challenging and passes through a mountain cliff dotted with numerous flowering orchids. Include Buning View Point in your trip schedule to catch a breathtaking view of the Borail Mountain Ranges and the plains of distant Barak Valley in Assam.

    21. Naukuchiatal - An Idyllic Holiday Retreat

    Attractions - Hills, Lakes, Trekking, Adventure
    State - Uttarakhand
    Region - North India

    Naukuchiatal literally translates to ‘lake of nine corners’. It is a little hilly hamlet situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. As it is evident from its name, the main attraction here is the huge lake situated at an altitude of 1220 meters above the sea level. Nestled between the lovely hills and edged by the lustrous greenery of a canopy of tropical woodlands, this colossal lake, measuring upto 1 KM in length, is an idyllic location set up in an enchanting valley with a divine ambience.

    A beautiful picnic spot, the Naukuchiatal lake is frequented by a variety of Himalayan and migratory birds. You will also enjoy the captivating sight of rare butterflies happily parading and gliding around you. If you own a DSLR, then it's a great opportunity to try your hands at bird photography. You can go for boating on the misty lake relishing the nature in its full bloom. While angling and bird watching are the main activities that would keep you occupied here, paragliding is another thrilling prospect that should not be missed, especially for the adventure seekers.

    Even though Naukuchiatal is famed for the magnificient lake, an array of other fascinating options are on the card as well. No lesser than an abode of Himalayan flora and fauna, the enthralling valley and surrounding forests are dotted with several trekking trails. Casual visitors and elderly folks can settle for short nature walks, while for the young and energetic souls, there are quite a few long-distance treks. A challenging 20 KM trek from Naukuchiatal to Mukteshwar is often undertaken by the serious trekkers. Standing tall at an altitude of 2285 meters above the sea level, the Mukteshwar Peak offers stupendous vista views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

    20. Roing - As Pristine As It Can Get

    Attractions - Mountains, Lakes, Snow, Trekking
    State - Arunachal Pradesh
    Region - North-East India

    A mountain surrounded natural heaven dotted with lushy meadows, turquoise lakes and unchartered treks, the picturesque Roing is the district headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. This tiny little Himalayan retreat is the last major township at the North-Eastern frontier of India before the Indo-Tibet border.

    Roing is one of the most exciting offbeat travel destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. Its bountiful natural resources and out-of-the-world charm won't let anybody down. The massive Mehao Lake, situated at an altitude of more than 9842 feet above the sea level, is one of the most striking attractions at Roing. Surrounded by the dense forest cover of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, the lake is spread across an area of over 4 square kilometers. Besides attracting tourists with its scenic beauty and boating prospect, the Mehao Lake also attracts a wide variety of winged-visitors (migratory birds) from many distant places in the world. Include the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in your tour plan to get introduced to some rare variety of tropical flora and fauna.

    The Bhishmaknagar Fort, built with burnt bricks in the 12th centurey, is one of the most important historical interests of Arunachal Pradesh. The 14th century Chimiri Fort is another archaeological marvel that deserves to be visited. Do pay a visit to the Nehru Udyan for its unbelievably pristine ambience, if not for anything else.

    Your roing trip will remain incomplete without witnessing the magical Mayudia Pass. Located at an elevation of 8711 feet, it offers truly breathtaking scenery of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Not surprisingly though, it steals all the limelight at Roing with snow coverage for most part of the year. Those who would like to experience heavy snowfall, ensure that you are scheduling your trip between December to February.

    A hike from Roing to Iphi Pani Ghat, situated on the Eastern bank of Dibang river, is a must do activity for the trekking enthusiasts. This place can mesmerize the tourists with the amazing landscapes of Dibang Valley. Moreover, the Iphi Pani Ghat is a great place to indulge in fishing and angling activities. You may also trek to the beautiful Salley Lake through the tropical forests of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary. Finally, White Water Rafting at the Dibang river can be the perfect shot to get your adrenaline running high.

    19. Bheemeshwari - Adventures Aplenty

    Attractions - Riverside, Hills, Trekking, Bird Watching, Camping
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    Bheemeshwari is a wonderful hub of natural resources situated on the bank of Cauvery River at a distance of around 100 KM from Bangalore in Karnataka. While it can be the ideal spot for the nature lovers to savour the cherished beauties of nature, Bheemeshwari, with a lot of adventure prospects, is also an equally attractive place for the young and energetic souls.

    No more than a tiny village bounded by the mighty Cauvery river and surrounded by hillocks with lush forest cover, Mother Nature has bestowed Bheemeshwari with scenic landscapes, deep valleys, scintillating streams and exquisite waterfalls. On top of that, the picturesque village offers magnificent views of sunrises and sunsets that can blow you away. There are a wide variety of birds in this area, so bird-watching can be yet another great option.

    Apart from the riches of nature, Bheemeshwari is also an excellent destination for adventure seekers. The Bheemeswari Adventure & Nature Camp offers you a handful of thrilling activities. Canoeing, trekking and angling are just a few of the options to charge up the adventurist in you. The flowing waters of Cauvery and the isolated forests around the place compel tourists to go ahead with trekking and experience lots of fun. You can also set up your own tent on the riverside and enjoy a blissful camping experience. Accommodation option at Bheemeshwari is restricted to Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) and the Forest Department Guest House. So book your stay well in advance to avoid inconvenience on the D-Day.

    18. Yusmarg - The Green Pasture

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking, Bird Watching, Camping
    State - Jammu & Kashmir
    Region - South India

    Yusmarg is situated at a distance of around 52 KM from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Perched at an altitude of 7500 feet above the sea level overlooking the Pir Panjal Mountain Range, it is a place known for picturesque alpine landscapes. The mighty river Doodh Ganga flowing through the grassy meadows makes this destination more enticing. Nature lovers would surely enjoy the panoramic views of flowery valleys, snow-capped peaks and lushy meadows. For adventurists, Yusmarg offers several options including, but not limited to, trekking, skiing and pony riding.

    The natural slopes of Yusmarg are perfect for skiing. Known for its turquoise water, Nilnag Lake is considered as a fantastic picnic spot. It serves as the starting point for many treks in this region. Trek to Mount Tatakuti peak, located at an altitude of 4725 meters above the sea level, is a great choice for the trekkers. If you are not a habituated trekkers, then you can rely on a pony ride to climb to the top of the peak. Trek to Sang-e-Safed valley is equally popular among the tourists. It is an oval-shaped meadow bisected by the Doodh Ganga river. The 10 KM long trail from Yusmarg to Sang-e-Safed valley passes through the beautiful meadows of Liddermar and Haigin. Tosa Maidan is a beautiful grassy valley that can either be reached on foot or by a pony ride. Fenced by lofty deodar trees, this grassy pasture sports a riveting outlook that mesmerizes the nature lovers.

    17. Hampi - Where Each Stone has a Story to Tell

    Attractions - History, Rock Carvings, Riverside
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    If you are interested in learning about the history and heritage of ancient India, then Hampi is a destination that should not be missed. Situated in the South Indian state of Karnataka, Hampi is a place that features some of the finest rock-cut sculptures of all time. The bustling capital of the Vijayanagar Kingdom in the medieval era, Hampi's landscape is dotted with ancient temples, forts, palaces and ruins of diversified nature which date back to the 7th century.

    Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vijaynagar Fort, Royal Palace, Hampi Archeological Museum, Sugreeva's Caves and Hemakunta Hills are some of the most popular attractions at Hampi. You can also explore the intricately decorated Hazare Rama Temple, the splendid architecture of the Lotus Mahal Palace and the famed Riverside Ruins spread across on the banks of Thungabhadra river. Another interesting place to explore at Hampi, although not related to History, is the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary. Hampi's boulder-strewn terrains serve as an ideal habitat for the species of sloth bear and it provides you an opportunity to capture the nocturnal and camera-shy animals on your lenses.

    16. Mayabunder - A Scenic Isolation

    Attractions - Island, Beach, Mangrove, Adventure, Trekking
    Union Territory - Andaman & Nicobar
    Region - South-East India

    One of the most low-key destinations in the Andamans region, Mayabunder has an inherent appeal to travellers looking for a peaceful experience away from the crowds. Relatively quiet, you will not find too many tourists at this remote destination - which is a blessing if you want to avoid the tourist clutter. Situated at a distance of 242 KM from Port Blair, in the northern part of Middle Andaman, Mayabunder is famous for its enchanting beaches on the backdrop of swaying coconut palms, surrounded by mangrove swamps.

    Karmatang Beach and Rampur Beach are the two main attractions at Mayabunder. Known to offer outstanding scenic beauty, the Karmatang beach is also an abode of adventure sports. Besides swimming and sun-bathing, you can take part in snorkeling and surfing in its azure crystalesque waters. Karmatang Beach is also a favorite nesting ground for the Ridley Turtles. The other beach at Rampur is much smaller in size. It offers you a secluded retreat to unwind and spend some leisurely moments with your loved one.

    Avis Islands, a little but scenic island situated just 2 KM away from Mayabunder, is famous for its isolated beach surrounded by mangrove creeks. Snorkeling at Avis Island is a must do activity for the adventurists. A romantic lagoon cruise on a catamaran can be an enchanting experience for honeymooners. If you are travelling with a group of friends, then you can also go on a jungle trekking at the creepy Interview Island.

    15. Rajmachi - Where History and Nature Reside Together

    Attractions - Hills, History, Trekking, Wildlife
    State - Maharashtra
    Region - West India

    Rajmachi is a little village nestled in the rugged Sahyadri Mountain Range of the Konkan region in the state of Maharashtra, pretty close to the popular hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala. Although a little-known place for casual tourists, it is quite famous among the students of history for the twin forts. It used to bear great historical importance for being a strategic location overlooking the historic trade route of Borghat. The ancient Kondhavi Caves, known for its creative rock carvings from the bygone era of 200 BC, is another significant historical site that attracts the tourists.

    The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts, namely Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort - which served as the citadel for a number of Indian Kings including the great Maratha Warrior Shivaji Maharaj and Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Besides those heritage sites, the region is known to offer excellent scenic beauty, especially in the monsoon season when the lushy hills play host to several amazing waterfalls.

    That's not all though. Rajmachi is a perfect getaway for wildlife enthusiasts. The Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, exclusive to the Sahyadri region. Moreover, the forested Sahyadri hills is a haven for the hikers and trekkers. The gradual climb of around 4 KM from Karjat to Rajmachi along the rugged and steep terrain is a challenge even for the expert hikers. For the beginners, there is a longer trail of around 18 KM from Lonavala to Rajmachi - which does not involve any precipitous climb. Both the trails passes through exceptionally scenic landscapes that are sure to amze the nature lovers.

    14. Gurej Valley - An Unexplored Treasure Trove

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking, Adventure
    State - Jammu & Kashmir
    Region - North India

    Situated at a distance of around 130 KM from state capital Srinagar, Gurez Valley is a scenic plus adventure destination with a picturesque setup on the banks of the mighty Neelum river (Kishanganga). Located deep in the high Himalayas at an altitude of over 8000 feet, the valley is surrounded by snow capped mountains. Not far off from the Line of Control (LoC) that seperates India and Pakistan, the captivating beauty of Gurej Valley is impossible to describe in words. Even a couple of years ago, no visitors were permitted in this region due to the ongoing tussle between India and Pakistan, but fortunately for the tourists, all the restrictions have been lifted and the Government of India has now declared Gurej Valley to be a safe place for the visitors.

    One can access the isolated Gurej Valley through the Razdhan Pass, which remains closed to vehicular traffic between November and May every year due to heavy snowfall. The tourist season starts from the second half of May and runs till the end of November. The Habba Khatoon mountain peak is the focal point of all attractions at the valley. The pyramid shaped peak, named after the famous Kashmiri poetess, is a trekker's paradise. The trekking route from Gurez to Tilel village is equally impressive. It serves as the preferred base for professional trekkers and mountaineers in their expedition to long duration treks upto Gangabal Lake and Sonamorg towards the East and Drass, Dahanu and Zanskar towards the Northern side.

    Adventurists can also taste the thrilling experience of white-water rafting at the Gurej Valley. The Kishanganga river offers five levels of 'Rapids' - grade one to five, hence suitable for participants of all experience levels. Beginners can try out the Grade 1 and 2 rapids around the Gurej Valley, while the experts can move further beyond the Tilel village for greater challenges.

    13. Dandeli - An Adventure Hub

    Attractions - Hills, Riverside, Wildlife, Adventure
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    Nestled in the lushy green surroundings of the Western Ghats with River Kali flowing through its heart, the Northern Karnataka town of dandeli is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Southern region of India. Situated on the backdrop of splendid natural landscapes surrounded by deciduous forests, Dandeli is blessed with an incomparable mix of scenic beauty, rich wildlife and adventure options. Few of the activities you can indulge in at Dandeli are - white water rafting, kayaking, night camping, trekking, mountain biking, nature walks, boating, wildlife spotting, angling and lots of other fun activities.

    White water rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the Grade-3 rapids of the Kali River is an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Those who are immune to the fear of height can take part in rappelling. Trekking to the ancient Kavala caves, through the steep downhill terrains of a dense forest is equally thrilling. Another popular trekking route leads you to the Siroli peak through dense evergreen forests. The Syntheri Rocks, located along the Kaneri riverbed, is a 300 feet tall monolithic granite surrounded by the nature's treasures. The scenic surroundings make it an excellent picnic spot. An overnight camping on the riverside can be another thrilling prospect that should not be missed out.

    Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - which is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. It is the natural habitat for several wildlife species including the Bengal Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Black Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, king Cobra and Malabar Giant Sqirrel. For the nature lovers, a visit to the Kulgi Nature Camp is a must do while at Dandeli. Romantic couples on their honeymoon can enjoy a round of moonlight boat ride on the Kali river on a full-moon night.

    12. Chilka - Fun at a Sprawling Lagoon

    Attractions - Lake, Wildlife, Bird Watching
    State - Odisha
    Region - East India

    Chilka is an estuary type lagoon sprawling across an area of over 1100 Square Kilometers in the Eastern coast of India. Covering three districts, Puri, Khurda and Ganjam, in the state of Odisha, Chilka is not only the largest coastal lagoon in India, but also the second largest lagoon in the world. It is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of marshy islands and sand-flats.

    One of the biggest hotspots of biodiversity in India, Chilka is home to the world’s most exquisite variety of migratory birds species. As many as 180 species of migratory birds have been identified to visit this colossal lake during the winter season. Apart from the migratory birds, Chilka is also home to a phenomenal variety of native birds, reptiles and amphibians - including the very rare and endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. Many other marine species of fauna also flourish in the brackish waters of the Chilka Lake.

    The wetlands of Chilka is dotted with a number of tiny islands. The Nalbana Island is famous for its birds sanctuary, while the Satapada island is frequented by tourists to catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins. The Breakfast Island is ideal for swimming and it offers quite a few water sports options. The pristine surrounding of Honeymoon Island attracts the romatic couples like no other. The best part of a Chilka trip, however, are the boat rides. In-fact, almost the entire excursion at Chilka has to be covered on boat. Tourists rely on boats to ferry them from one island to another and it can be a unique as well as thrilling experience indeed.

    11. Kurumgad Island - A Magical Beach Retreat

    Attractions - Island, Beach, Honeymoon
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    A secluded retreat with untouched natural splendour, Kurumgad is an island located at a distance of 4 KM into the Arabian Sea off Karwar coast in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Sorrounded by blue waters all around, this place can only be accessed by taking a half-an-hour's boat ride. Boats to the island depart from Sadhashivgad jetty, which itself is a scenic place situated on the backwaters of the Kali river.

    With its pristine serenity and tranquil atmosphere, Kurumgad is the perfect destination to rejuvenate your soul amidst a picturesque backdrop surrounded by unspoilt greenery. Its silver-white stretch of sandy beach is dotted with laterite rocks and edged by a green canopy of lofty coconut palms and towering casuarina trees.

    The tortoise-shaped island offers a truck-load of of fun-filled activities to keep the tourists engaged. From angling and fishing to scuba diving and snorkeling, there is no dearth of adventure option at this tiny little retreat. You can also bring your camping equipment and spend a night on the beach under the moonlit sky. There is the ruins of an ancient fort on top of a cliff which offers amazing views of the Arabian sea. Don't forget to experience the out-of-the-world views of sunset from this spot - it's truly magical!

    And finally the seemingly never-ending wait is over! Here's my pick of Top-10 Offbeat Destinations in India -

    10. Kudremukh - Experience the Green Revolution

    Attractions - Hills, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Karnataka
    Region - South India

    The word 'Kudremukh' can literally be translated to ‘horse’s face’ and the reason behind such a strange nomenclature is a peak situated over there that resembles the face of a horse.

    Located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, the beautiful landscapes of Kurdremukh is bounded by grassy mountains and decorated by thick evergreen vegetations. Perched on the Western Ghats mountain ranges at an altitude of 6214 feet above the sea level, the Kudremukh Peak wears a lush green outlook with its natural carpet of rolling shola grasslands. Besides being a trekker's paradise, Kudremukh also supports a rich floral and faunal diversity. There are tranquil lakes, scenic dams, flashy streams and dancing waterfalls to give you company during your trip.

    Trekking is the primary activity that keeps the adventurists engaged in Kudremukh. There are several trekking trails that can lead you to untouched natural splendor. The popular trekking trail to the Kudremukh Peak from the Lobo's Place at the base, along the meandering path through the rolling grasslands interspread with forested stretches and a number of seasonal streams, is sure to provide you with unmatched scenic beauty. Especially, the views from top of the peak is sure to take your breath away. Standing alongside the clouds, you get to see a panoramic stretch of green wavey hills followed by the distinct blue appearence of the Arabian Sea - which is truly a mesmerizing sight.

    You can also trek up to Gangamoola peak, situated at a distance of 15 KM from Kudremukh. Also known as Varaha Parvatha, this mountain peak is the source from which three rivers - Thunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi originates. Hard-core trekkers may also set off on trekking expeditions to Kurinjal Peak (7 KM), Valikunjha (14 KM) and Sitabhumi Peak (15 KM). The cascading waterfalls of Hanuman Gundi, gushing down from a height of over 100 feet, is another scenic attraction at Kudremukh. For photographers and wildlife enthusiasts, the Kudremukh National Park has a lot to offer.

    9. Kadmat Island - Bleed Blue!

    Attractions - Beach, Island, Adventure, Honeymoon
    Union Territory - Lakshadweep
    Region - South-West India

    Kadmat Island resembles a finest piece of wallpaper, crafted to perfection. Arguably it offers the most scenic combination of Island + Beach in India. Situated in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Kadmat Island is blessed with virgin sea-shore, crystalesque sea waters, an amazing variety of marine life and miles of tranquility with widespread green cover of coconut palms. No less than a divine place on earth, Kadmat Island is suitable for honeymooning couples, casual holidayers as well as nature lovers and adventure seekers.

    Kadmat woos the tourists with its vast stretches of white sandy beaches which boast of exceptional scuba diving facilities. Surrounded on the Eastern and Western sides by two large lagoons, the gentle waves and crystal-clear waters are ideal for making the most out of the diving opportunity. The shallow lagoon on the western side is dotted with the most beautiful coral reefs in the entire Lakshadweep archipelago. It brings you a wealth of relatively new, untouched dive sites with sparkling corals, reef banks, variety of colorful fishes, lobsters, different types of turtles and a wide range of other marine flora and fauna. Do not forget to witness the colorful phenomenon of sun setting behind the horizon, painting the sky in a myriad of unbelievable hues. The view of sunrise is equally captivating and it can be a great incentive for waking up early in the morning.

    8. Kalpetta - Pristine Loneliness

    Attractions - Hills, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Kalpetta is a sleepy, quaint hill retreat situated at the scenic backdrop of the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Wayanad district of Kerala. Cuddled up at an elevation of 2560 feet above the sea level on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau, this pleasantly surprising hill retreat is set amidst beautiful coffee plantations. Kalpetta entralls the tourists with its lofty mountain ridges, dense rainforests, twisty streams, halcyon lakes and off-the-beaten-path trekking trails. A sense of romanticism and rustic charm engulfs the atmosphere at Kalpetta, making it an idyllic getaway for romantic couples and nature lovers.

    The 3-tiered Meenmutty Falls, gushing down from a height of 300 meters, is an absolutely mesmerizing sight that should not be missed. Same holds true for the Soochippara Waterfalls - and, as a bonus, it also offers rafting opportunity. It can be accessed by trekking through a forest trail. There is a good chance of sighting wildlife during this 3 KM trek. There is another waterfalls, although much smaller in size, at the Kanthanpara village. It is a perfect place to take a splash under the rolling waters and rejuvenate your spirits.

    The rolling grasslands leading to the Chembra Peak is a very scenic trail that deserves to be explored. The peak is also a popular overnight camping site for the adventure seekers. A major attraction here is the serene lake which never dries up - even during extreme winters. You may also trek up to Vaduvanchal, which is famous for the fascinating skull shaped rock known as Cheenigeri Mala. A visit to the scenic Karapuzha Dam will present you with a splendid landscape dominated by the blue of undulating mountain ranges and decorated with the green of mother nature. Banasura Sagar Dam, which holds the distinction of being the largest dam in India, is another place that attracts the tourists. The place also serves as a trekking base for conquering the Banasura Peak of Western Ghats. Birdwatchers would definitely enjoy visiting the Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, while for the wildlife addicts, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary has a lot of surprises in store.

    7. Tura - A Colorful Canvas

    Attractions - Hills, Valley, Wildlife, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - Meghalaya
    Region - North-East India

    Situated in the North-Eastern state of Meghalaya overlooking the West Garo Hills, Tura is an unexplored treasure with a range of spellbinding natural elements. Right from the picturesque landscapes to the riches of wildlife and terrific weather conditions throughout the year, nature loving tourists can trust this remote offbeat destination to do justice to its immense potential.

    There are quite a few tourists attractions in and around Tura. You can begin your tour with an elephant safari ride at the Balpakram National Park. Apart from the usual animal sightings, this wildlife sanctuary offers you a wide variety of colorful butterflies and an array of exotic flowering orchids. You can club this with a visit to the Nokrek National Park, which is one of the few UNESCO certified Biosphere Reserves in India. The Siju Bird Sanctuary, surrounded by the Simsang River, too attracts quite a lot of tourists with its rich collection of winged visitors. The beautiful twin waterfalls of Rongbangdare, formed by the Simsang river, deserves to be visited as well.

    Trekkers should not miss the opportunity to climb on top of the Tura Peak. The hawk-eye view from top would show you the distant plains of Bangladesh and the lower Bramhaputra Valley with the mighty Bramhaputra River weaving through the heart of the dense tropical forests. Trekking enthusiasts can also set out on a journey to Pelga Falls - which is situated at a distance of 7 KM from the Tura town. The site is famous for angling activities, so you may try your hands at catching one of those huge Rahus and Katlas. A forested trail infested with weeds, bamboos and bushes can lead you to the Imilchang Dare Falls. A little rock climbing from the base of the falls can take you to the large pool of waters from which the falls originate. Situated in a serene environment, you can spend hours just gazing at the spellbinding natural beauty that the place offers.

    Last, but certainly not the least, a trip to Tura, without paying a visit to the mystical Siju caves, would remain somewhat incomplete. The caves are a natural wonder which always remain submerged in water. The adjacent Naoak Lake can impress you as a beautiful spot for photoshooting.

    6. Poovar - Admire the Beauty of Silence

    Attractions - Beach, Islands, Riverside, Backwaters
    State - Kerala
    Region - South India

    Situated at the point of confluence of the Neyyar river with the Arabian Sea, 27 KM away from Trivandrum in Kerala, Poovar is a lovely island bounded by a beautiful beach on one side and refreshing backwaters on the other. Presence of the Neyyar estuary provides an all new dimension for the tourists to explore. It offers a serene, peaceful ambience, which would make you an admirer of the beauty in silence. The place is enveloped in an aroma of soothing calmness - with the chirpings of birds and the roaring of waves being the only sound to can distract your undivided attention. The remoteness of Poovar makes it a fabulous place for the tourists looking for a bit of solace and solitude, - far away from the usual focus of crazy tourist activities.

    Besides unwinding at the palm grove surrounded golden sandy beach at Poovar, you will definitely enjoy a splash on the clear blue Arabian sea. It would be no less than a crime to miss out on a romantic boat-ride through the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. As per your convenience and budget, you can go for the backwater cruise on a country boat, motor boat, canoe or even book an entire houseboat. Pleasant weather and alluring breeze add to the charm quotient of Poovar. Being a relatively unknown place with only a handful of visitors, you won't find any water sports activity here, but with the Kovalam beach situated across a 20 minutes' boat-ride, you always have the option to satisfy your adventurist instinct over there. Moreover, Poovar definitely has the scenic elements of nature to compensate for the lack of adventure.

    5. Kalimpong - Picture-Perfect!

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Waterfalls, Trekking
    State - West Bengal
    Region - East India

    Perched on a saddle-shaped overhanging ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River alongside the towering snow-clad peak of Mount Kangchendzonga, this hill station in West Bengal is what Darjeeling used to be before its uncontrolled commercialization. Situated on the Lesser Himalayan Ranges at an elevation of over 4100 feet, Kalimpong is known for its diversified range of attractions which include lofty mountains, charming valleys, enchanting waterfalls, captivating lakes, riverside adventures and trekking trails. For the lovers of natural beauty, Kalimpong is a wholesome package that must not be missed.

    Being overshadowed by the mighty Darjeeling, situated just 51 KM away, has been a boon for Kalimpong, rather than a curse. While Darjeeling lost its charm handling a overload of tourists, Kalimpong, on the other hand, has managed to retain its natural appeal as an idyllic hill retreat in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. The most evident of all attractions at Kalimpong is the mighty Kangchendzonga - which is distinctly visible from all the parts of the town. Rich in Tibetan and Buddhist culture, Kalimpong has an array of monasteries to visit. The most notable of which is the Durpin Gompa (Zangto Pelri) situated on top of the Durpin Hills. Thongsa Gompa, the oldest monastery in Kalimpong, and Tharpa Choling Gompa also attract a good proportion of the tourists.

    Standing tall at an elevation of over 4500 feet, the Durpin Hills is the tallest point in the entire Kalimpong region. The views from here are amazing. You get to see the famous Jelep La pass on one side, while views on the other side is equally impressive with the gorgeous Teesta meandering its way through the lushy valley. You will also notice the confluence of three rivers - Teesta, Reang and Relli from this view-point. If you want to catch splendid views of sunrise, then head over to the top of Deolo Hills. History enthusiasts may pay a visit to the Damsang Bhutanese Fort - which has been the silent witness to several historical battles. Another must visit attraction here is the lovely Chitray Falls, set amidst very scenic surroundings.

    Wildlife enthusiasts can plan for a round of Jeep Safari inside the core areas of Neora Valley National Park. Adventurists can explore the trekking trails which connect Kalimpong with several remote Himalayan hamlets. River rafting on the Teesta can be a thrilling experience, while crossing the 1.5 KM long Samco Ropeway, constructed over two rivers - Teesta and Relli, is sure to give you a shot of adrenaline.

    4. Bomdila -Valiantly Offbeat!

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Buddhism, Wildlife, Trekking
    State - Arunachal Pradesh
    Region - North East India

    Wrapped around by the towering peaks of Eastern Himalayan ranges at an elevation of more than 8000 feet above the sea level, Bombila's picturesque landscapes are a visual treat for the eyes. Being located at the furthest Eastern corner of the country in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdila does not get the amount of tourists it really deserves. While communication difficulty is a major hinderance for it to realize its immense potential as a worthwhile tourism hub, the lack of holidaying crowd makes it a tempting prospect for the offbeat travellers. So if you are looking for a secluded place to get lost in wilderness, then Bomdila is most probably the place you should be heading to.

    Apart from the riches of natural splendor, Bombila is also an abode of Buddhist culture and several important monasteries are scattered around this little hill retreat. Even for the tourists who are interested in wildlife and adventure, Bomdila can fit the bill aptly. Not to forget the hilly forested terrains and lovely valleys surrounded by delightful Apple Orchards - which compliment the trekkers and hikers well.

    The Bomdila Monastery amazes the tourists with its delicate Tibetan architecture. Designed as an exact replica of the famous Tsona Gontse Manastry in Tibet, the huge monastery comprises of three distinct sections - the Upper Gompa, the Middle Gompa and the Lower Gompa. Especially the Upper Gompa, located atop a steep hill, is a beautiful structure that should not be missed.

    Trekkers can enjoy a 1.5 KM uphill trek through scenic surroundings that leads to a lovely place called the Bomdila View Point. Here you can literally feel the clouds kissing your feet. It's an experience that can't be explained in words. Moreover, the panoramic view of the lovely Kameng Valley on the backdrop of frosty Himalayan peaks is sure to leave you awestruck. Similar views can be seen from the peak of the R.R. Hills - which is the highest point in the areas around Bomdila. The place is known to be a trekking hub as well.

    If you are fond of orchids and wild-flowers, Bomdila has the Tipi Orchid Reserve and the Sessa Orchid Sanctuary to satisfy your quest. Wildlife enthusiasts can plan for a Jeep safari trip at the Eagle's Nest Wildlife sanctuary and Pakhui Tiger Reserve.

    3. Spiti Valley - The Little Tibet

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Trekking, Mountain Biking, River Rafting
    State - Himachal Pradesh
    Region - North India

    Fondly referred to as the 'Little Tibet of India', the isolated Himalayan retreat of Spiti, situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the dream destinations for offbeat travellers - not only in India, but from across the national boundary as well. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, this secluded paradise is stationed at one of the extreme remote terrains of the country. Perched at an average elevation of 12500 feet above the sea level, Spiti is accessible to tourists only in the summer season. During the rest of the year, it remains cut off from the tourism map due to heavy snowfall.

    Tibetan culture, quaint Buddhist monasteries, intimidating snow-clad mountain peaks, enchanting landscapes, frosty glacial lakes and pristine environment are a few of the elements that help Spiti Valley bowl over the offbeat tourists. Spiti is a high altitude desert where monsoon never comes. Quite obviously, the barren, grey-washed landscape with just a freekle of green is very dominant here. Add to that the villages dotted like oasis in a stark, you will enjoy discovering Spiti Valley's unique kaleidoscope of colours. It would be a completely new and unique experience for you.

    Key Monastery is the most important center of Buddhist spiritualism in Spiti Valley. Located atop an elevation of 13668 feet above the sea level, this 1000 years old fort-cum-monastery is designed in the Pasada architectural style. The ancient Lhalung Monastery, established way back in the 10th century, is the oldest Tibetan monastery in this region. Dhankar Monastery and Tabo Monastery too sport classy Tibetan outlook.

    If you are fond of trekking, then you will surely fall in love with the largely unexplored trails around Spiti. The highly gruelling trek to Chandra Tal - which is arguably the most scenic lake in the entire Himalayan region - is such a remarkable experience that you can't afford to miss. Trek to the Kungri Glacier, located right above the Pin Valley is equally challenging and entertaining. Kibber, the highest human inhibited village in the world, also draws quite a lot of trekkers. Apart from trekking, White Water Rafting in the dancing waters of the Spiti River is sure to give you a high doze of adrenaline. Mountain biking in some of the highest motorable mountain passes is another irresistible temptation for the adventure seekers.

    2. Shillong - Simply Scintillating!

    Attractions - Hills, Waterfalls, Lakes, Museums, Trekking, Water Sports, Honeymoon
    State - Meghalaya
    Region - North East India

    Here's introducing you to the spellbinding Capital of Meghalaya - the scintillating Shillong! Picture-perfect would still be an understatement to describe the natural beauty of this North Eastern city. Surrounded by the Garo, Lusai and Jaintia Hill Ranges, Shillong mesmerizes one and all with its unmatched scenic beauty.

    Shillong has been bestowed with the blessings of Mother Nature. Fondly referred to as the 'Scotland of the East', it is unarguably the most decorated tourism destination in the entire North-Eastern region and its alluring beauty is sure to leave you awestruck.

    Intimidating peaks of Khasi and Jayantia hills kissing the clouds is a sight to behold. Catching a glimpse of the sunrise from top of the Shillong peak is equally spectacular. Surrounded by the scenic pine and rhododendrons on the lap of a mountain valley, the Shillong Golf Course should also be added to your list of 'must visit' places. This unique golf course is not only one of the oldest in the Asian continent, but also the first 18-hole golf course established in India.

    It won't be an exaggeration to rechristen Shillong as the 'City of Museums'. Butterfly Museum, Air Force Museum, Heritage Museum, Zoological, Botamical and Anthropological Museums, Chrysalis Art Gallery - those, who are fond of arts and crafts, would have a lot to explore at this fairy-land.

    The gigantic Umiam Lake (Barapani), which is often compared to the famous Lochs Lake of Scotland, is another spot that should not be missed. It has a water sports complex which can give the much needed adrenaline rush to the adventure seekers. Honeymooners can go on a romantic boat ride meandering through the tranquil Wards Lake. The captivating sight of the twin waterfalls of Bishop and Beadon, located amidst dense evergreen forests, can easily bowl you over. Sweet falls, located in Happy Valley, is another popular picnic destination, while the scenic Elephant Falls is unique in its own way - being a collection of several smaller falls.

    Ardent trekkers must include the Shillong Peak in their itinerary. Opt for an overnight trek coupled with hill-top camping for catching a memorable view of the sunrise. Trekking at night will also present you with a breathtaking view of the illuminated Shillong city, which is simply spectacular.

    1. Chatpal - True Essence of Virgin Nature

    Attractions - Mountains, Valley, Waterfalls
    State - Jammu & Kashmir
    Region - North India

    There are beautiful places in the world. There also exist a few places, the beauty of which can't be expressed in words. Chatpal belongs to the second category.

    Chatpal can aptly be introduced as - "Distinctly unique, delicately scenic and precisely offbeat". There isn’t a list of not-to-be-missed tourist attractions. Neither there is any designated 'view point' thronged by the tourists. 'Adventure Sports' is an entity unheard of and 'Tourism' is a seldomly used word that has no significance to its affable inhabitents. Yet this gem of an offbeat destination, hidden in the Southern part of the beautiful Kashmir Valley, makes it to the pole position in our list of 101 'Must-Visit' Offbeat Destinations in India.

    Overshadowed by its illustratious counterparts in the Northern Kashmir Valley, Chatpal remains way off the tourism radar for the majority of casual holidayers. If you are looking for an escapade from the hum-drum of work life and wish to rejuvenate your spirits at a non-tourist infested place, then don't think twice before planning a leisurely trip to the little hamlet of Chatpal situated in the Shangus district of Jammu and Kashmir. Stay assured that the trip will surely rekindle your diminishing spirits like never before.

    White rings of cloud hanging on a bright blue sky look impressive, but when they are colored by the crimson red rays of sunset, the impressive look turns magical. Chatpal has been colored with the rainbow of imagination by the almighty himself and the end result is simply mesmerizing. Set in the cradle of Mother Nature overlooking the colossal Himalayas, Chatpal is blessed with lush green pastures, lofty snow-white mountain peaks, enchanting milky-white dancing streams and beautiful meadows dotted with oaks, pines and orchids.

    There isn't much to do at this tiny little paradise, except for cherishing nature's abundance of beauty. If at all you could stop admiring the virgin nature and manage to squeeze out a few hours, then do pay a visit to the spectacular Aharbal Waterfalls, the charming Lolab Valley and the splendid Kishtawar National Park. The losely coined phrase 'untouched natural beauty' may seem to be a cliché, but you will realize its true essence once you land up at the unexplored territory of Chatpal.

    Hope you have enjoyed this virtual tour to 101 'Must-Visit' Offbeat Destinations in India. Given a choice, which one of these 101 offbeat places you are going to choose as the destination of your next trip? And which are the places that you would shortlist for your forthcoming trips?

    Feel free to share the comments, queries and feedback that you might have.


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  2. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    Thanks for this post, Deb! I'm always on the lookout for offbeat destinations that may not be on the radar for most travellers out there! The Dzükou Valley looks like it would beautiful -- the combination of those mountains, rolling hills, greenery and wildflowers looks so relaxing and picturesque! Can't wait to see the future posts you have lined up in this series!
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  3. Zhen25

    Zhen25 New Member

    Wow thank you for the guides on where to go. These area look really awesome. I look forward to going site seeing in India. I am especially intrigued with the Tirthan Valley. It looks like a very interesting place to visit.
  4. Amelie

    Amelie New Member

    I think I wouldn't mind roughing it as long as the view is as grand as the one at the Tirthan Valley. My friend was an avid backpacker, and she went on and on about the blissful nature walks she took. She also said the trip to the Great Himalayan National Park made her feel like she was close to heaven.
  5. Tiffani Walker

    Tiffani Walker New Member

    What breathtaking pictures. Especially Chopta, oh my goodness, that is one gorgeous place. That is definitely going on my bucket list. I HAVE to visit with my family. I would love to sit in that meadow and have picnic. That would be amazing.

    Thank you for this.
  6. xeylonfm

    xeylonfm New Member

    India is a beautiful country as I am told that I would really love to come and visit. My fiancée recently attended an indigenous people’s conference in shilling and the stories, videos and pictures that she came with were striking. They trekked about and to the top of Mawhiang Hills and it was spectacular. The lash green countryside with native people within their homeland was inspiring. I love your list and I would love to visit all those places. That blue lily water of Majul looks like my first landing spot.
  7. Kiryu

    Kiryu New Member

    Thanks for the list! It's a lot of good information. However I am wondering where's the rest of the list?
  8. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    I am trying to complete the remaining parts as soon as possible. It is getting increasingly difficult for me to squeze out time from a hectic office schedule. Sorry to keep you awaited, but you can expect the next part pretty soon.

  9. vegito12

    vegito12 Member

    I like how these places are designed and how nature is amazing and it can be nice for someone who enjoys travelling outside and kayaking can be nice and also need to try some new things as it will be worth the money and if you take others with you on the trip,it can be memorable and exciting as the other person can take a photo and videos of the event. The Himalayan region is nice and you can have a nature walk which can be exciting and the rivers are nice, and it is refreshing and exciting to see how you can see the mountain region which can surprise you with how it works. Some of the destinations can be in different areas in the country and can require some travelling so need to have enough money, which can get you around the country and hope you can get discounts in the process when making a booking.
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  10. KCDavis

    KCDavis New Member

    Oh wow so many cool places to go. I think my list consists of Tirthan valley, Mahuva, Gavi, and Kumly. But I'm sure this list will grow. Looking forward to more.
  11. mamanana

    mamanana New Member

    This is a truly stunning labour of love - thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us! How many of the places so far have you been to? And how long do you think it would take one person to visit all of them..?! :D
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  12. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Thanks. Among the 60 places listed so far, I have personally been to 41 places. And around 30 of these 41 places were visited in the last 4-5 years.

    This is impossible to figure out exactly. It would depend on your frequency of travel, trip duration and schedule of outings. Proper planning is a must. You can club the nearby places in buckets and visit them during a single trip. For example, you can visit Pallikere, Neeleshwar and Kanwatheertha on a single vacation as they are located close to one another. I feel that's the best way to achieve your target quickly.
  13. mamanana

    mamanana New Member

    Oh my goodness - those Agatti Islands! :eek: I'd thought I was fairly well-travelled but I saw that photo and honestly thought it must be Australia or the Maldives or somewhere. What an amazing country India is, having such a wide variety of terrains to explore.
  14. Gabydi

    Gabydi Member

    Thanks again for such great information. Your posts are really awesome and make me want to tele-transport to these places right now!

    Tirthan Valley’s picture took my breath away, like literally. How is it possible that such a beautiful place exists and I wasn’t aware of it? I’m actually happy that not many people know about this place because that’s what makes it awesome.

    Chopta also seems so beautiful, the picture looks like a painting. I’m really happy you mentioned this place since I’m a trekking enthusiast and now Chopta is in my list.

    Thanks for such great information and pictures, you really make my head spin and dream of India!
  15. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Thanks, Gabydi. As you are a trekking enthusiast, I would suggest that you include Mirik and Sandakphu in your itinerary. Rest assured, you won't be disappointed.

  16. Aja

    Aja Member

    It just goes to show that there is more to India than you would have expected. This list has made it even harder to decide where to travel. However, it does make India look more attractive to people who have never before considered it.
  17. Gabydi

    Gabydi Member

    Oh thank you so much for the heads up, I was just reading about these places you suggested and they seem amazing as well. I found some pictures as well that I'm sharing with everyone here, just in case there are more trekking and hiking enthusiasts. I've been doing my research and haven't heard of any of these places, the truth is that there's nothing like someone from India giving you advice. I'm very lucky I have you as my friend in this forum!

    Here the pictures of Mirik and Sandakpu!! india1.jpg india2.jpg
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  18. JKewe

    JKewe New Member

    Deb, you are generous in writing this for everyone! I can't imagine the amount of time and effort it took. Thank you!
    As I will be traveling in Kerala, this has added several excellent options to my list of possibilities. I'm still leaning toward a beach vacation, but it is hard to resist the descriptions of mountain rainforests.
  19. Nita

    Nita New Member

    I love #98. This almost looks like a picture that has been painted. It is almost not real. Like something out of a fairy tale. I will have to make sure I go here when I visit India. Now that I've seen this photo that is all I can think about. I hope the days will pass fast.
  20. adrklkol

    adrklkol Member

    Generally, I also like off beat destinations having lesser crowds.
  21. Akshay185

    Akshay185 New Member

    Wow, Good to know these places in India. I like travelling across the world and in India too. But frankly speaking more than 50% of places are unknown to me. Thanks for sharing!
  22. adrklkol

    adrklkol Member

    Well, I've been to Manas National Park just couple of months back and it was an awesome tour along with jungle safari.