Offbeat Destinations in India

Want to get away from the ever-hustling crowd of a metropolitan? Need some refreshment before the lethal cycle of routine starts again? Here are some of the most adventurous and peaceful offbeat destinations that you can visit. What’s more? You don’t have to worry even if you’re on a shoe-string budget.

Tso Morriri Lake, Ladakh:  foremost of all offbeat destinations

Tso Morriri Lake, Ladakh
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Tso Morriri is situated at an altitude of 4595 metres, surrounded by barren hills, with beautiful snow covered mountains in the backdrop. Also called ‘The Mountain Lake’, Tso Morriri is the perfect place for star gazers. As a wetland reserve, you can also find a number of species of birds in Tso Morriri. They include bare-headed goose, the great-crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown-headed gull. As a result of being located in one of the remotest part of the country, Tso Morriri is the foremost of all offbeat destinations, offering mind-boggling sights to adventurers!

Talasari Beach, Odisha

Offbeat place: Talasari beach
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Talasari beach is located in the Baleswar district of Odisha. It is truly a solitude seeker’s paradise. Surrounded all over by palm trees, the waters at Talasari beach are calm and peaceful, with a unique rhythm to its flow. Watch the sun rising and setting from a glistening stretch of white sand and the moment will be imprinted on your mind forever. The backwaters of Talasari, which one needs to cross to reach the sea, make it even more fascinating. Unlike most other beaches, Talasari beach is not frequently visited by many people. This makes it an offbeat destination that lets you shake hands with tranquility!

Chanshal Pass, Shimla

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This peak is the highest peak in the whole of Shimla. Linking the town of Rohru to Dodra Kwar Valley in the district of Shimla, Chanshal Pass introduces you to the purest form of serenity. Besides, the majestic mountains at Chanshal offer a gasping panoramic view.  Trek, bike, capture, or just sit quietly amidst the heavenly mountains. Because Chanshal pass is never going to disappoint you. If you want to feel one with nature, this offbeat destination definitely deserves a visit!

Satopanth, Uttarakhand

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If you breathe adventure like air, then the trek to this glacier lake is a feast for you! Located at an elevation of 4600 meters above sea level, Satopanth lake is a crystal clear green water lake. More so, the triangular lake offers a magnificent unobstructed view of the snow-shrouded Himalayas. Further, close to the holy town of Badrinath, locals associate Satopanth  with a unique religious significance. Surrounded by some of the best varieties of alpine flowers, this offbeat destination is certainly a soothing treat to the eyes!

Rani ka Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell), Gujarat

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Situated on the banks of Saraswati river, in the Patan town of Gujarat, Rani ka Vav is a delight for a history enthusiast! It was recently listed as a UNESCO’s World heritage Site. The vav was built as a memorial by Rani Udayamati to her husband. The 11th century-king Bhima I of the Solanki dynasty, ruled parts of present-day Gujarat. The stepwell was constructed as a religious as well as functional structure. It was designed as an inverted temple, highlighting the sanctity of water. The designs at the vav are not just intricate but also reflections of mastered craftsmanship. This indisputably makes it an offbeat destination deserving to be praised!

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh: most famous of all offbeat destinations

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Known as the ‘poetic beauty’ of India, Chitkul is the first village of the Baspa valley and the last inhabited village of the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. 4550 meters above sea level, Chitkul provides a picturesque view of the mighty Himalayas. If you are planning to visit Sangla, you cannot miss this, the snow crested mountains are going to take your heart away!

Majuli, Assam

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Hold your breath! Because here is the world’s largest river island. Formed by the River Subansiri in the north and River Brahmaputra in the south,  greenery covers Majuli on all sides. And, with zero pollution, it is completely an environment friendly place. Away from the cacophony of towns, this offbeat destination inhabited mostly by tribals and having a unique culture is a joyful paradise you do not want to miss!

Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

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Now, if you’re an adventure seeker, this nine cornered lake is just the right place for you. If you jump high on hearing words like parasailing, paragliding, kayaking, and the names of other sports, you’ve hit on the right spot. Deepest of all lakes in the Nanital district of Uttarakhand, Naukuchiatal is fed by an underground perennial stream. For anyone who wishes to soak herself in serenity, Naukuchiatal is the perfect offbeat destination to go off the beat of the city!

Umbrella falls, Bhandardara

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A sparkling cascade falling from a height of 500 feet, you can best observe Umbrella falls from a footbridge that connects the falls and Old Wilson dam. Though situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, this picturesque fall is easily accessible from Mumbai and Nasik as well. In addition, if the sound of water soothes you, this offbeat destination is the perfect refreshment treat for you!

Kausani, Uttarakhand

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Finally, here’s a place that’ll stay with you forever. There are only a few places in the Himalayas whose beauty can compete with that of Kausani. Window to the snow-clad Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchuli peaks, Kausani is a majestic hill station famous for its scenic grandeur.  Moreover, its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the Himalayas is surely going to make you gasp. Also known as the ‘Switzerland of India’, Kausani offers the most mind-stirring views you’d never want to miss!

So, what are you waiting for, now? We’ve told you the best unconventional places in India. Let the adventurer inside you breathe.

All you have to do is pack your bags!p;

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