Best Offbeat Places In India That You Should Visit

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Best Offbeat Places in India

At a time when the holiday bells are tolling, the perfect way to rediscover yourself is to take a vacation to explore the offbeat places in India. This festive season, travel the lengths and breadths of our country and find joy in the offbeat corners of it. We've put together for you the absolute must-see offbeat places in India which are offbeat and travelogues often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn't be Columbus if he'd stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right?

Here is the list of 52 Best Offbeat Places In India That You Should Visit

1. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh - Explore the Unexplored

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Known For : Tarin Fish Farm - Paddy cultivation Kile Pakho Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

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A lesser-known offbeat place in India in the crown of the North-East, Ziro is one of those places which boasts of agreeable climate throughout the year. Observe the beautiful green patches and rice fields, feel at home with the Apa Tani tribe and let your camera stretch its legs. All this and more. Enjoy!
Best time to visit: Throughout the year. The weather is pleasant and soothing for an offbeat holiday.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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2. Halebidu, Karnataka - A Glorious Sparkling Ruin

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Known For : Belur Hoysaleswara Temple Yagachi Dam

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Halebid is a city famous for its ruins of Hoysala architecture. Its is agog with a lovely bunch of temples and shrines and other delectable pieces of architecture. A city famous for its spiritual appeal, it is home to the Hoysaleswara temple, Belur, Shantaleswara temple, Kedareswara temple and a number of Jain temples. October to February is the best period to visit Halebid. A trip during Mahashivratri and Diwali can be an equally enchanting experience in Halebid.

Best Time: October to March

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3. Mawsynram, Meghalaya

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Known For : Mawsmai Caves Mawsmai Falls Nohalikalai Falls

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We have all read our Social Science books in Middle school and know Mawsynram to be the wettest place in India. The Rain God is extremely generous when it comes to showers in Mawsynram. The abundant rainfall makes the place one of the most beautiful places to holiday in, albeit underrated. The main attraction here is a huge formation of stalagmite, which resembles a ?Shivling?.
Best time to visit: September to November. However, if you wish to cherish the abundant rains, visit during the monsoon season. However, be sure to carry good monsoon gear along!

Best Time: September to November

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4. Chembra Peak, Wayanad

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Located close to the bumbling town of Meppady and just 8 km south of Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for travellers to explore.

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5. Majuli, Assam - World's Largest Fresh Water Island

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Known For : Kamalabari Satra Dakhinpat Satra Garmur

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Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, pristine and pollution free fresh water 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

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6. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh - The Birthplace of His Holiness, Dalai Lama

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Known For : Sela Pass Tawang Monastery Madhuri Lake

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Situated at a height of about 3048 meters above sea level, Tawang is a beautiful yet offbeat place in India that houses several monasteries. It is also popular as the birth place of the Dalai Lama. The best time to visit this picturesque offbeat place is in the months of March to September, as the summers are cool, while winters are often snow-clad.
When to visit Tawang: March to September. The summers are cool and pleasant, but the winters can get bitterly cold. The spring is the best time to see the valley in all its shiny glory.

Best Time: September to March

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7. Champaner - Pavagadh, Gujarat - Wrapped in History

This is one of those UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will blow your mind away with its historical appeal. It is said that the Pavagadh hills are nothing but a chunk of the Himalayas carried over by Hanuman during Ramayana. A town with historical ruins set in the lap of the Pavagadh hills, this is a surefire offbeat place to visit. October to February are the best months to visit Champaner Pavagadh. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is open all year and is a delight to visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of design.

8. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh - A Handpicked History

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Known For : Yaganti Belum Caves Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary

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History, locales and sunny climes punched into a single place. Who wouldn't want that for an offbeat vacation? Kurnool is home to a number of temples such as the Peta Anjanyeswami temple, the Venugopalaswami temple, the new Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Other offbeat tourist attractions are the Belum caves, Birla mandir, Oravakallu Rock Garden, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tomb of Abdul Wahab.
When to visit: November- February, as the summers tend to get very hot and the monsoons are quite wet. The cooler months are a better time to lose yourself in this pretty little unexplored place in Seemandhra.

Best Time: December to February

9. Hemis, Jammu & Kashmir - Home to the Snow Leopard Capital of India

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Known For : Hemis National Park Hemis Monastery Gotsang Gompa

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One of the less talked about places in the Jammu and Kashmir map, Hemis is a beautiful place surrounded by snow capped ranges all around. Pay a visit to the Hemis Gompa or the Hemis National Park, which is home to the snow leopard. Let your camera have some fun here! May-June is the best time to visit Hemis. Temperatures in winter can fall as low as -30 degrees Centigrade.

Best Time: April to June

10. Manas National Park, Assam - Natural World Heritage Site

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Manas National Park is one of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites in Assam. It boasts of an Elephant Reserve, a Tiger Reserve and a biodiversity reserve. Neat and clean, well kept and not crowded like a Mumbai local during peak hours, this tends to a be a great choice for a peaceful holiday place. The best time to visit Manas National Park are is in the months of October to April.

Best Time: October to Apr

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11. Patan, Gujarat

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Known For : Rani ki Vav Sahastralinga Talav

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One of the newest addtitions to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, Patan has sprung to popularity in traveler circuits because of its Rani ka Vav. Surrounded by huge walls and a very old world charm, this former capital of medieval Gujarat will make for a lovely offbeat place in India to visit. The weather of Patan is at its most favorable during the months of October to March.

Best Time: October to March

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12. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh - Lesser Known Architectural Masterpiece

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Known For : Jahaz Mahal Rani Rupmati's Pavilion Baz Bahadur's Palace

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Mandu is a city so beautifully dotted with marvelous architectural ruins that it will allow you to be mesmerized by its sheer beauty and historical divinity. Mandu claims to be home to the oldest erected monument of India, and is a shrine to the true love of Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati.
When to visti - October to March.

Best Time: October to March

13. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra - The Land of Tigers in Maharashtra

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Known For : Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve Moharli Khosla

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Tadoba is one of those offbeat places in India that are abundantly blessed with plenty of wildlife- flora and fauna. The main attractions in Tadoba are the Tadoba National Park, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Tadoba lake, Erai dam, Moharli and Khosla village. Well-protected and preserved well, Tadoba is one of the best kept Tiger Reserves in India. October to March are the best months to visit this offbeat wildlife sanctuary. The summers are hot and sultry while the monsoons make it difficult for explorers.

Best Time: October to March

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14. Lunglei, Mizoram - A Simpler Paradise

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Known For : Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary Lunglei Sightseeing

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Lunglei is a beautiful peace retreat in Mizoram that is a definite place to travel in the Northeast. Come, relax, savour the peace and carry back loads of beautiful pictures.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Best Time: October to June

15. Mokokchung, Nagaland - An Urban Habitat to Ao Naga

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Known For : Longkhum Ungma Village Langpangkong Caves

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Mokokchung is one of the biggest urban centres of Nagaland. The main tourist attractions are the District Museum, the Town main park, Unman village and the Ao village. Visitors might also be interested in places like Longkhum, Langpangkong, Mopungchukit and Chuchuyimlang which are situated in the district. The months from October to June are the best time for a visit. The sowing and Harvesting festivals are colourful and alluring, so visiting at those times makes for a pleasant experience.

Best Time: October to June

16. Kangojodi, Nahan

Kangojodi is an offbeat place in India nestled in the Himachal mountains lined with pine trees, surrounded by majestic hills and ravines. The place hasn't been popularised yet and sees considerably lower volumes of tourists compared to its overcrowded counterparts. The place is great for a natural retreat away from the hustle bustle of the concrete jungles we have grown accustomed to, it also houses a great camping site with a myriad of offerings like adventure sports, trekking or just some quiet time to yourself. The campsite is the major attraction in the otherwise sleepy town of Kangojodi and also the driving force behind the tourist influx in the area.

17. Theog, Shimla

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A quiet escape and one of the less crowded attractions of the state, Theog in Himachal Pradesh, warmly wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, has everything a popular hill station can give you minus the tourist rush. 32 km away from the main town of Shimla, Theog makes up for a beautiful weekend getaway in the hills, comfortably located in the lap of nature.

18. Nubra Valley, Jammu & Kashmir

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Known For : Bactrian Camel Safari Panamik Village Yarab Tso, Sumur

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This land of ethereal, timeless beauty, which looks like it has stepped straight out of a book of Advanced Art, is a miracle worth beholding. Nubra Valley lies on the Silk route, about 140 kilometers away from Leh. The rivers Shyok and Nubra course through the valley, giving it a beautiful essence. This is the destination to visit if you're looking to be mesmerized by the wonders that our country has on offer. June to October is the ideal period to visit Nubra Valley.

Best Time: June to September

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19. Talasari Beach, Odisha

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This is one of those few beaches in Odisha which are untouched and unspoilt by man or time. Take a two day trip to Talasari beach, Odisha and relax in the refreshing waters and chill on the virgin beaches. October to March is the best period to visit Talasari Beach. The summers and monsoons are best avoided for the hot and humid climate that Talasari faces during these months.

Best Time: October to December, February

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20. Valparai, Tamil Nadu

Situated at 1500m above sea level in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Valparai is an obscure yet tranquil hill station in the Anamalai Hills. Its alluring combination of grassy knolls, clean air, and picturesque sights entice tourists from all over the country and beyond, rendering it one of the most sought-after destinations in the southern region of the Western Ghats.

21. Shojha, Himachal Pradesh - The Beauty of Simplicity

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Known For : Waterfall Point Jalori Pass Serolsar Lake

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Shojha is a lovely little hill village in the lap of the Himalayas, complete with several temples made out of wood and ample photographic opportunities. Gently undulating slopes and the green shade all about makes Shojha a dream offbeat place in India, pristine, untouched and pure. Though Shojha experiences moderate climate throughout the year, the best months to visit are April to June. The natural beauty of the village is at its peak during these months. The autumn months make the Dhauladhar and Himalayas a feast for the eyes from Shojha.

Best Time: April to June

22. Meghamalai, Madurai

Often known as the 'High Wavy Mountains', Meghamalai is a petit yet beautiful offbeat place in India located in the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu. At an elevation of 1500 meters, this place is a perfect getaway to beat the heat and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing amidst nature. Nestled between the evergreen forest this place is filled with the fresh aroma of cardamom, cinnamon and pepper. The lush green tea plantations will give you an opportunity to sip fresh piping tea and enjoy a lazy stroll amidst nature replete with flora and fauna.

23. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : River Crossing Serlosar Lake

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This is one of those offbeat places in India which has something on offer for everyone. Adventure sports, trout fishing, exploration of an under-explored hill town, all punched into one lovely combination called Tirthan Valley. Take your pick on what you wish to do while you're here and visit accordingly. Oh! Also, there's the option of doing absolutely nothing and chilling in the pine-studded landscape of Tirthan Valley! Ideal weather to visit Tirthan Valley: March-June, October-November. For those who wish to do trout fishing in the River Tirthan, the warmer time of the year are preferable.

Best Time: Mar to June, October to November

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24. Savandurga, Karnataka

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A 60 kilometres drive away from Bangalore, Savandurga can prove to be a great weekend haunt for people in the IT city. Visitors can go trekking, rock climbing or camping in what is considered to be one of the largest single rock formations in the whole of Asia. November to May is a good time to visit this unexplored trekking destination. Both summers and winters are great to visit this spot. Avoid the rains as they may make the rocks too slippery and result in accidents.

Best Time: November to May

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25. Shivagange, Karnataka

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Known For : Trekking in Shivagange Temples in Shivagange

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Shivagange got its spiritually charged name from the hillock which looks like a 'Shivalingam'. There's water bodies right to the top of the hill, which locals believe are from the Holy river Ganga, giving the place its name. Shivangange is a haven for tourists and pilgrims and is called Dakshina Kashi or the Kashi of South India for its ample number of temples. Rock climbing and trekking are a favorite past-time for every visitor here. Shivangange makes for an idiosyncratic holiday for having something for every visitor. Trekkers will get the best out of their holiday from October to March, whereas pilgrims can visit all year round.

Best Time: October to March

26. Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh - The Exotic Rock Shelters

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Known For : The Rock Caves Hoshangabad Bhojpur

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Bhimbetka is home to the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. Bhimbetka was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, and it contains the earliest rock paintings, as old as 30,000 years old, the first proof of human life in the Indian subcontinent. October to April is the best time to visit Bhimbetka. These unexplored caves are closed during the monsoons.

Best Time: October to April

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27. Anthargange, Karnataka

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Known For : Cave Exploration Trekking in Anthargange

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Anthargange in the Kolar District of Karnataka is famous for a number of volcanic rock formations and caves formed out of these rocks. Set at a distance of 70 kilometers from Bangalore, Anthargange is situated at an altitude of 1712 meters above sea level and is considered the Elysium of trekkers, rock climbers and exploration fanatics. A truly beautiful offbeat place in India. October to March are the best months to visit Anthargange, as the rains make rock climbing comparatively risky.

Best Time: October to March

28. Maravanthe, Karnataka

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Known For : Padukone Village Kodachadri Maravanthe Beach

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A paradise worth driving to! The roads leading upto Maravanthe should definitely be explored for the sheer bliss of the drive (even better if we're talking about a bike). The sea runs parallel to the roads and is definitely something to do in Maravanthe. It is a virgin beach town whose white sand beaches will facilitate that break that you've been wanting to take for so long. September to March is the perfect time to indulge in water sports in this offbeat beach destination.

Best Time: October to March

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29. Tinchuley, Darjeeling

At a distance of about 32 km from Darjeeling, Tinchuley is an offbeat hamlet situated close to the West Bengal-Sikkim border. With an altitude of 5550 ft, the name of the place derives from the words 'tin' and 'chula', which translates as 'three ovens' because the trio of hills constituting the hill station resemble mud ovens. But the geographical diversity of the village is not exhausted by this: the rivers Teesta and Ranjeet also intersect quite close to it. All of this contributes to Tinchuley's abundant natural beauty.

30. Ponmudi, Kerala

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Known For : Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary Golden Valley Mini Zoo, Ponmudi

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

Best Time: November to May

31. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of Palm Trees, Blue Seas and Golden Sands

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Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

Famous for its pristine, unspoilt beaches, relatively offbeat place Gokarna is quickly gaining popularity as a favourite beach resort among youngsters and hippies. Being a temple town primarily, the place is of a slow and relaxed atmosphere, which makes for a very pleasurable holiday. Gokarna can be comfortably visited all year round, except the rainy season, when the beaches are unkempt and desolate. November to February are the months when Gokarna is most frequented, both by Indian and International tourists.

Best Time: Throughout the year

32. Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh - The Land of the Marble Rocks

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Known For : Marble Rocks Dhuandhar Falls Chausath Yogini Temple

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This one is for the bucket list, folks! Christened the Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat, this is THE place to go to. Indulge yourself with a boatride on a moonlit night on the Narmada river with marble gorges of Bhedaghat towering up to 100 feet on either side, and build a memory for a lifetime. November to May is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous offbeat place in India.

Best Time: November to March

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33. Lonar, Maharashtra - Land of the Crater

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Known For : Lonar crater lake Gomukh Temple Daitya Sudhan Temple

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The quaint little town of Lonar is huddled around the lake which was formed due to a meteorite that hit this spot 52,000 years ago. It is the only salt water lake formed in basaltic rock in the world, making it a hot-spot for scientific research. There are a number of temples in Lonar too, which further the beauty and importance of this town. October to March is the best time to visit this offbeat place in India.

Best Time: October to March

34. Bhandardara, Maharashtra

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Known For : Umbrella Falls Wilson Dam Kalsubai Peak

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Bhandardara, neatly hidden away in the Sahyadris, is one of those offbeat weekend getaways from Mumbai that'll help you catch your breath after a gruesome week in the city. The Sahyadris, known for the cool climates and the lush, leafy beauty is just what Bhandardara is like. Come, chill in the little village, sip some cold drinks by the waterfalls and nurse your tired body and soul. June to March. Visit the village in the monsoons and enjoy the trip thoroughly.

Best Time: June to March

35. Kamshet, Maharashtra - Flying with the Wind

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Known For : Paragliding Shinde Wadi hills Pawna Lake

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Come to the hills, ease into the idyllic surroundings, and if you're an adrenaline junkie, paraglide! Kamshet is home to flying and paragliding schools, so make the most of it. Explore the little villages when you are on this particular holiday. The main attractions here are Bhairi caves, Bhedsa caves, Khondeshwar temple, Pavana lake and Shinde wadi hills. September to April are ideal for a trip to Kamshet. Choose a time with no rains if you're visiting with a view to paraglide.

Best Time: October to June

36. Tamenglong, Manipur - Manipur's Home to Exotic Flora and Fauna

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Known For : Barak Waterfall Zeilad Lake Buning meadows

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Revel in the peace and enjoy some quietude in this beautiful hill town. Not very famous in tourist circuits in India, Tamenglong's beauty and pristine glory never fail to mesmerize. It is home to oranges and other exotic flora and fauna and any nature lover will find respite in Tamenglong. October to April is a good time to visit Tamenglong. The summers and monsoons here are best avoided.

Best Time: October to Apr

37. Shekhawati, Rajasthan - The Open Gallery Of Rajasthan

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Known For : Sikar Churu Nawalgarh

Shekhavati is the picture of your typical Rajasthan. Havelis, forts, frescoes and impeccable architecture sum up the essence of this semi-arid land. A great offbeat place in India to visit.
Best time to visit: November to March. The summers can get painstakingly hot, so avoid that time for a visit.

Best Time: November to March

38. Bundi, Rajasthan - The Queen of Hadoti

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Known For : Taragarh Fort Moti Mahal, Bundi Badal Mahal, Bundi

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Bundi is a town in Rajasthan best known for its old appeal. It has changed names and hands several times in the centuries that are behind us, and what remains is the beautiful essence of the past. Bundi makes for a lovely unorthodox holiday in Rajasthan, different from the likes of Ajmer, Jaipur and Jaisalmer. October to March have good weather for a trip to Bundi.

Best Time: October to March

39. West Sikkim, Sikkim - The Base of Kangchenjunga

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Known For : Pelling Geyzing Pemayangtse Monastery

West Sikkim is the base of Mount Kanchenjunga and is a great retreat for art and nature lovers. Watch the sun rise and set (with or without your camera!), seek comfort in the quietude and chill. Visit the famous, age-old monasteries like Sangachoeling and Pemayansgtse. Another major tourist attraction is the Kchehepalri Lake.
Best time to visit: April to November.

Best Time: April to June, October to December

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40. North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Known For : Gurudongmar Lake Lachung Yumthang Valley

Despite being one of the most uninhabited areas in India, North Sikkim is still one of the most picturesque locales in the country. Pay a visit to the monasteries or the Gurudongmar Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in India. Hiking and trekking are the much sought-after things to do here. A truly offbeat location. May to September are ideal for a trip to North Sikkim. Monsoons are wet and harsh, while winters are extremely unforgiving. The summers are the best time to visit North Sikkim.

Best Time: April to June, October to December

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41. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu - Tamil Nadu's Ghost Town

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Known For : Dhanushkodi Beach Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park Adam's Bridge

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Built by Nature after one of the worst storms that Tamil Nadu has ever seen, Dhanushkodi can aptly be called a gift from beyond. Azure sea, white sand beaches and a lazy, idyllic vibe, makes Dhanushkodi one of the most beautiful yet sparsely known beaches in India. October- February are the best months to visit Dhanushkodi. Summers are mild, but the monsoons see showers as well as storms, so you might want to steer clear of Dhanushkodi at that time.

Best Time: October to February

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42. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu - The One That Will Take Your Breath Away

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Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills

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Home to what is fondly known as the Niagara Falls of India, Hogenakkal is Utopia in its own stead. The Kaveri river spits several waterfalls circling the rocks in this little village in Tamil Nadu, making it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India. Best Time to visit: October- March.

Best Time: October to March

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43. Papikondalu, Andhra Pradesh

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Known For : Papi Kondalu Hills Gandi Pochamma Temple Perantapalli Village

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Papi-Kondalu, or Papi hills are an example of raw, untouched beauty. They are often compared to Kashmir for their structural hills and virgin beauty. The range also boasts of a wonderful waterfall at Munivaatnam. Best Time to visit: October to March

Best Time: October to March

44. National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh

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Known For : Fort Ater Bateshwar Temples

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The National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, one hour away from Agra is home to several exotic animals like the Gharial, Red crowned turtles, Gangetic Dolphins, Indian skimmers, etc. The sanctuary is set alongside the beautiful, clean Chambal river and is a birdwatchers and nature lovers haven. November to May is the ideal season for a trip to National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Time: November to March

45. Devprayag, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Raghunathji Temple Chandrabadani Temple

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Touched by the confluence of the rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi, Devprayag is a favourite Hindu pilgrimage town. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, this is a dream place for travellers all over. The winters tend to get extremely cold, but appropriate clothing is all that's required. The summers are cool and better than the rest of the country.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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46. Madhyamaheshwar, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Madhyamaheshwar Temple Kanchani Tal Budha Madhyamaheshwar

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Madhyamaheshwar is one of those offbeat places in India whose presence on the spiritual map cannot be ignored. Set at an altitude of 3265 meters above sea level, the whole village gathers around to pray at the Madhyamaheshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. One needs to do an easy trek of 16 km to reach MadhyaMaheshwar. Rasi Village is the base village of the trek. The Madhyamaheshwar Temple is closed from November to April, owing to the freezing cold winters. May to October is considered a good time to pay a visit in the soothing climes of Madhyamaheshwar.

Best Time: May to October

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47. Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Lake Naukuchiatal Boating, Naukuchiatal Bhimtal Lake

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A nine-cornered lake set at some distance from the picturesque Nainital, this one is an equally beautiful hill retreat, if not more. The lake stretches for 1 kilometre and is home to a beautiful village. If you're looking for a place to find some peace and quiet, skip Nainital for this one. April to June, September to November. The hill town is best avoided in the season of heavy rainfall and winter because of excessive snow. It can do well to serve as peaceful summer retreat away from the blistering heat of the cities.

Best Time: April to June, September to November

48. Chopta, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Tungnath Temple Deori Tal Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek

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Watch the slopes of Chopta undulate gently and smell the grass of its meadows and relax in its idyllic vibe. Chopta, a small village in Uttarakhand is perfect for those who need to catch their breath after a haranguing run in urban life. Partake in some adventure sports, or trek or just open a picnic basket in the beautiful meadows, perfection is the keyword here. Unwind, take a break! March to June is the best time to visit Chopta. Watch the little hill animals come out of hibernation and plants blossom again in the spring. Off-season travelling in Chopta is discouraged because of a rugged terrain and unfriendly weather.

Best Time: March to June

49. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand - Serene valley of Flowers

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Known For : Valley of Flowers National Park Nanda Devi National Park Fauna & Flora

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Snow-capped hills, wildflowers, walking among the clouds is there any other formula for a better holiday? We think not! Enjoy the feel of being in one of the most relaxed and beautiful, yet offbeat places of India. Valley of Flowers is a must do offbeat place. July to September are the only months when trekking in Valley of Flowers is allowed. It is said that for one week in July, the hills look splashed with three different colours, owing to the spread of flowers on the valley. Mesmerising, don't you think?

Best Time: May to October

50. Vattakanal, Kodaikanal

Endless mist pervading gorgeous and expansive hills, a breezy cool weather throughout the year, wide patches of lush greenery, a fun trekking experience, wild bisons idling amongst eucalyptus trees -- these are some of the things you'd associate with a trip to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. Yet there is a place just nearby that harbours the same charm and pleasantness, that offers the same enriching experiences but without the crowdedness that you'd expect out of the former.

51. Karauli, Jaipur

Karauli is a quaint town located in the state of Rajasthan. The town is famous for sacred places and is home to more than 300 temples. The rich, vibrant and colourful heritage and culture of Rajasthan can be glimpsed in this town which makes it a perfect place to visit on a vacation. Karauli also has a lot of forts and palaces with splendid architecture that are a must visit to know about grandeur of this small town. The locals are very friendly with whom you can interact and get to know about the fables and myths of this place or you can even explore the wildlife sanctuary and spot different varieties of animals and birds.

52. Bishnupur, West Bengal - The Land of Terracotta Temples

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Known For : Rasmancha Lalji Temple Susunia Hill

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Bishnupur is one beautiful offbeat place in India in Bankura district of West Bengal that everyone should explore front and back. To all those who find peace and happiness in quiet and quaint old towns, I beckon you to explore this little villagey-town. Stay for 5 or 6 days and walk around and get to know it's special terracotta temples as old as time and as precious as gems. Connoisseurs of art, come and buy terracotta figurines, Baluchari sarees and other neat handicrafts that Bishnupur specializes in. October to March is a good time to visit this offbeat place. Revel in the Sankranti Mela that specializes in local handicrafts and is staged at the time of Makar Sankranti (Mid-January). On winter mornings, enjoy several glasses of date-syrup (khajoor ras) harvested by the local farmers. However, you have to be an early bird for this one, as the syrup is harvested from date trees as early as 4 A.M, much before dawn!

Best Time: October to March

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Bags packed already? Run along, take that break! Know of more offbeat places in India that would take our breath away. Make additions to this list in the comments section below.

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