India is a very large country with history strewn over its entire landscape. While more and more places are getting on the tourist beat, there still a number of places which can be called offbeat. Let the adventurer in you come out as you plan on exploring these relatively unknown places that have been compiled by the author. Happy offbeat travelling. Team RetyrSmart
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Here are seven offbeat places that will blow your mind
- Kalimpong, West Bengal
Kalimpong located in West Bengal is a beautiful hill station in the northeast. The lush green valleys are surrounded by the view of the beautiful Himalayas. The hill station is known for the species of birds and trees that adorn the land. The place is truly an escape from the hustling society and the picturesque valley is absolutely breath-taking. It would make for an excellent vacation spot in the rainy season.
- Majuli, Assam
Majuli is a beautiful river island located in Assam. It is the world’s largest river island yet few Indians are aware of this. Stretching across the banks of the river Brahmaputra, the land has beauty beyond belief. The heritage of the area is rich and festivities can be observed throughout the year. It is popular for its unique food culture that is relished by tourists from all over the world.
- Sandakphu, Darjeeling
Sandakphu is the peaceful abode a few miles from Darjeeling. The place is adorned with snow and the beauty of the Kanchenjunga range in its view. The unique vegetation and flowers like the Rhododendron adorn the valley and make it a paradise in India. It is known for popular activities like river rafting and water sports in the river valley. The simplicity of the place is worth experiencing a sense of refreshment.
- Shojha, Himachal Pradesh
Shojha is a small hill station in the Himachal region. It is not very popular amongst tourists and hence a quiet and peaceful place to visit. The serene wilderness and the touch of nature are sure to endear one and all. There are old temples and other elements of culture that the land preserves in all its simplicity. Activities like trekking, camping and even fishing are enjoyed in the heart of the land. With its mesmerising colours in plain sight, it is a must go for all nature lovers.
- Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is a small hill station in Arunachal. The quiet and green meadows have beauty beyond any comparison. Despite not being well known it has tourists visiting from all over the world. The picturesque land is a major attraction for nature photography. It is the land of the Apatani tribes and seems like a painting in sight. The culture and colours of the land can definitely make a visit here a soulful experience.
- Patan, Gujarat
Patan is a truly offbeat destination in Gujarat. It is a place enriched with culture and has a heritage dating back to the seventh century. There is an enormous step well called the Rani ka Vav, which is a central attraction for tourists. There are other architectural wonders in the region one after another for the eyes to behold. The old sites have been preserved through the ages and are magnificent to witness. It is a beautiful destination to visit in the Winters.
- Varkala, Kerala
A truly offbeat beach destination is Varkala in Kerala. On the banks of the Arabian Sea, the land is adorned by lighthouses and temples. The rich culture in the region is a spectacle to behold with regular rituals being performed by the locals. There are beach activities like parasailing and paragliding which are a magnet for the visiting tourists. The amalgamation of the beachside and temple destination makes it one of a kind. It is a land with a bright culture that can be a beauty to unravel amidst the holy shrines. The calm and blue waters take one to a serene aspect that can be spiritually rejuvenating.