India is known for its diverse cultural heritage, vibrantly colorful nature, and endlessly beautiful architecture. The tourists from the country and abroad flock to world-renowned places like Taj Mahal, Shimla, and Goa. India, however, holds much more than this. The offbeat places in India hold unexplored natural beauty and cultural diversity to make you want to leave everything and to get lost in the wild right then. We bring you a collection of offbeat places that are a must for anyone who wishes to see the best of India.
Here is the list of 31 Most Beautiful Places In India
The gentle ticking sound of the watch echoes itself in the mystic Siju caves of the Meghalaya plateau. This is one of the longest caves in India and has some fine river passages. Located in Baghmara and filled with amazing limestone formations, this caves also include unexplored secret chambers with unknown labyrinths. It is a very deep cave enclosed in complete darkness which is sure to leave you in awe. Siju caves are must have experience for anyone who likes adventure and is looking for something refreshing.
The roar of the pounding waterfall elevates the scenic beauty of its tumbling waters. Uniquely described as the ‘Niagara of India,’ this waterfalls at Hogenakkal, Karnataka is largely unexplored and filled with lush green dense forests and mulberry fields with terracotta guardian deities.
The popular Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim is located 140 km North of Gangtok. Famous as the “Valley of flowers,” this is a rare and exotic valley where the tree line ends. Yumthang Valley is a must visit on your holiday to Sikkim, and the nearby beautiful town of Lachung is the base station for an expedition of Yumthang. The Yumthang Valley is a paradise for nature lovers with a spectacular blend of flora and fauna and splendid picturesque beauty. Unique wildflowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons cover the entire valley in rich colors every spring, making it a great tourist attraction.
A pleasant walk in the humid air with the splashing water on the Elephant Beach side is an experience of a lifetime. Located on Havelock island in Andamans, the beauty of the beach is amplified when it is raining calmly, and the cool winds pass through with the intermittent sunshine.
Filled with Crisp white snow and situated at a breath-taking altitude of 14,000 feet above the sea level, the Sela Pass is one of the highest passes in the world. Right next to it is the magnificent Paradise Lake filled with crystal clear blue water surrounded by lush greenery all around which elevates the scenic beauty of this beautiful pass. It is located in Tawang and is less frequented.
Known For : Dhanushkodi Beach | Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park | Adam's Bridge
Known as the ‘Ghost Town’ in the city of Chennai, Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town near Rameswaram consisting of divine historic temples attracting pilgrims all over India. Very near to this town is also the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple which houses the holy Hindu god Shiva which is a place of faith and extreme devotion.
Best Time : October to February
Known For : Hemkund Sahib | Valley of Flowers National Park | Nanda Devi National Park
Hidden from the chaotic streets and probing eyes of civilization and situated high over the Himalayas and the Garhwal Hills of Uttaranchal is a valley filled with colorful pastures and vibrant flowers. The astonishing beauty of the colorful flowers enriched with thick dew enhances the beauty of this wonderful valley. This Valley is associated with the holy epic Ramayana wherein once Lord Hanuman collected the sacred “Sanjeevini Flower” to receive Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama.
Best Time : May to October
An offbeat location that is going to leave you mesmerized, this wonderful naturally formed cave justifies that the beauty of mother nature is way beyond the imagination of the human mind. An adventurous cave filled with limestone and stalagmite natural formations, this is one of the cool and scenic places to visit during the summer to beat the blazing heat of the sun.
Known For : Marble Rocks | Dhuandhar Falls | Chausath Yogini Temple
Rising to a staggering hundred feet on either side of the Narmada river, and soaring high above with glittering glamour, the elegant Marble Rocks of the Bhedaghat amplify the serene and lovely view of the quiet and lush green nature all around it. These huge rocks naturally carved with pitch black and lush green volcanic seams are a truly majestic sight during the moonlit nights enriched with the cool breeze and subtle calmness.
Best Time : November to March
Sometimes called the ‘Heaven on Earth’ and filled with pure chilled air and verdant greenery all around, the Araku Valley situated Visakhapatnam district in the beautiful Eastern Ghats. It is one of the lesser known tourist places and is an adventurous fun filled package complete with hills, valleys, beaches, waterfalls and much more.
After all the cool and crisp places we have seen, it’s time that we move on to the enchanting heat of the blazing sun at the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Located midst the scorching sun in the desert, these sand dunes of Jaisalmer play ‘Hide and Seek’ radiating vibrant beauty and riveting you with their sights throughout day and night.
In some of the unique spots of northeastern India and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, ‘Bridges are grown, not built‘. Hiding deep within the confines of Cherrapunji are exquisite treasures of nature’s charming creations. ‘The Abode of Clouds - Meghalaya‘ conserves this resplendent architecture of God and nature for the world to emulate.
Known For : Kamalabari Satra | Dakhinpat Satra | Garmur
Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, pristine and pollution free freshwater island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city. With a total area of 1250 sq. Km, Majuli is the world’s largest river island, and it attracts tourists from all over the world. Among one of the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas and witnessing it is an interesting spectacle.
Best Time : July to March
A place on earth always filled with glistening rain and soothing grey clouds, upraises its beauty even more to an unbelievable extent by housing one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India, ‘The Nohkalikai Falls.’ Located in Cherrapunji, its water gushes out with mighty spirit and pours down the hill into a rocky base which forms a pool of marine blue water, a soothing sight for sore eyes.
"Chadar" refers to the blanket or sheet as the Zanskar river transforms itself from a rapid river into a white blanket of ice during winter. The frozen spectacle awaits the trekker to be experienced glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night.
Known For : Bactarian camel safari | Panamik village | Yarab Tso, Sumur
This masterpiece of God's own creation lies on the Silk route, in the paradisiacal of Jammu and Kashmir at a distance of around 140 Km from Leh. The valley is embellished with Shyok and Nubra river snaking through it and some beautiful monasteries coloured with rich shades of golden, red and others.
Best Time : June to September
Dudhsagar falls in Goa are a pleasant change in landscape for a destination that is known for its sunny beaches and inviting waves. The majestic falls are a little farther inland approximately 60 km from Panaji on the Goa - Karnataka Border. As these falls are located inside the Mollem National Park, their vistas of green and verdant forest lands are unparalleled.
Known For : Atukkad Waterfalls | Pothamedu View Point | Tata Tea or KDHP Museum
The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Also, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
Best Time : September to May
Lonar lake is an extremely beautiful place while Lonar crater is the world's only saltwater lake in basaltic rock, believed to have been caused by a meteorite hitting Earth around 52,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest temples that can be found in South India that is built in the Dravidian style. It has lately increased in popularity because it is now listed as one of the world heritage sites of the UNESCO
Known For : Louisa point | Panorama point | Charlotte lake
Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a cosy little hill station that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, and is just 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, making it the perfect weekend getaway. With its name literally translating to “overhead forest”, Matheran is the smallest hill station in all of India, but it is extremely popular in terms of tourists looking for a short trip amid spectacular vistas and serenity.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Popularly known as the "Paradise on the Earth" the state is world famous for its scenic splendour, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, exquisite monuments, hospitable people and local handicraft. Your trip to Jammu and Kashmir will be the most fulfilled and memorable journey ever as the state not only appeals you with its scenic beauty and snow-covered mountain ranges, but the adventure sports will take you to a different world.
Known For : Tungnath Temple | Chandrashila | Deoria Tal
If spirituality is on your mind and your itinerary as well, Tungnath is just your kind of place. It is an ancient holy town more than 1000 years old and is popular among pilgrims and devotees. It comprises of Alaknanda and Mandakini river valleys or 'Lord of Peaks' as they are referred to.
Best Time : April to November
Basking under the glory of nature, Nanda Devi trek is one of the major attractions of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. It is a trans-Himalayan trek, which embarks from Munsiyari, perched at an altitude of 2290 m. The trek is quite amusing that leads to the higher Himalayan region adorned with mysterious nature’s beauty.
Known For : Adventure Activities in Khajjiar | Khajjiar lake | Kalatop wildlife sanctuary
Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists with a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures. The mesmerising beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals.
Best Time : Throughout the year
The famous and sparkling blue Pangong lake is situated near Leh-Ladakh in the Himalayas, approximately at the height of 4350 meters. This endorheic lake is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet, with two-thirds of it lying in the latter. Owing to its altitude, the temperature here ranges from -5°C to 10°C as a result of which the lake freezes completely during winters in spite of its salinity.
The Key Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Lahaul and Spiti District of India. Located at an altitude of 4,166 metres above the sea level, the monastery is very close to the Spiti River in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh in India. Also known as the Kye Monastery, it is believed to have been founded by Dromton, who was a student of the famous teacher Atisha in the 11th century.
The moderate climate of Mizoram, comfortable even in summer, makes it a comfortable destination for all the tourists whereas the vast culture and grand festivals od the state have a unique, irresistible charm which can not be explained, said or read, it can only be felt once you are in there in the peaceful, serene land of Mizoram surrounded by green forests and high hills taking you to a different world.
Known For : Periyar National Park | Periyar Tiger Trail | Bamboo Rafting
Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation.
Best Time : Throughout the year
The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition of the town. Spread over 26 square kilometres, it is the most photogenic stretch of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after attraction. It is situated in the midst of beautiful lush green mountains and is the most pristine view of nature in all its glory. Facilities such as shikara boat rides, houseboats and lake markets make this place a favourite among tourists.
Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities in Manali
Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness - Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling, upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has ever a reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.
Best Time : October to June
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A visit to the offbeat places in India is always a wonderful experience with breathtaking views and stunning landscapes. They are filled with colorful and vibrant flora and fauna everywhere and are sure to inspire a traveler anytime anywhere.