Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand

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Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand

Here is the list of 30 Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand

1. Janki Chatti, Yamunotri

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A hot bed of hot springs and trekking, Janki Chatti is a close sister of Hanuman Chatti and acts as an alternative base for treks to Yamunotri. The hot springs here are the biggest draw of Janki Chatti. Surrounded by huge mountains from all sides and itself situated at an altitude of 2700 meters, Janki Chatti is a unique place of devotion and relaxation. Being here, you can test the adventure seeker in you, rest and relax in the hot springs and admire the beauty of the gigantic mountains all day long.

2. Augustmuni, Rudra-prayag

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Situated on the banks of Mandakini River, Augustyamuni is a town dedicated to one of the most revered teachers in Indian mythology - Rishi Augustya. Augustyamuni is important for the Char Dham yatra as it has a helipad from where helicopter tours of the Char Dham are undertaken. In the beautiful surroundings of the Himalayas and on the bank of River Mandakini, Augustyamuni appears as a place full of magic and spirituality.

3. Ukhimath, Rudra-prayag

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Ukhimath is also known as winter Kedarnath and is famous for the Lord Shiva Temple which houses the Lord in winters when Kedarnath is shut down. Ukhimath is also a very beautiful hill station providing great scenery of the Himalayas. In the lower hills of the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, perched at an altitude of 1300 meters, The hill station attracts devotees and travelers alike from all parts of the state and country

4. Gwaldam, Kausani

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A beautiful, quaint and sleepy village sandwiched between Garhwal and Kumaon, Gwaldam is a place straight out of a fairytale. The place is full of forests and small lakes providing a setting for a peaceful retreat. Nestled amongst the pine forests and apple orchards at an altitude of 1700 meters, the village is tucked in the middle of Kumaon and Garhwal and offers some wide and enchanting views of peaks such as Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghuti. Trekking in the apple orchids which stretch to infinity is a must and one of the most refreshing experiences of Gwaldam. The place is the ultimate destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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5. Didihat, Pithoragarh

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Tucked away in the eastern corner of Uttarakhand, Didihat is a wondrous and pristine hillock full of natural beauty. The place is known for its ruins of forts and temples belonging to an era gone by as well for being a halting point on the Kailash Mansoravar Yatra. Situated at an altitude of 1800 meters in the Pithoragarh district of eastern Uttarakhand, Didihat is blessed with infinite natural beauty and some great viewpoints of the Mighty Himalayas.

6. Harsil, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Dharali Mukhwas Village Sattal

Harsil, still lesser known to tourists, is a perfect getaway for those in quest of peace and solitude. Nestled amid Himalayas and dense cover of pine and deodar with River Bhagirathi gurgling across the area, Harsil is a complete package for vacation makers. Also adorned with apple orchards, this village elevated at a height of 2620 m above the sea level is also known for its numerous trekking trails. With pleasant summers and chilling winters, it is situated 72 kms ahead of Uttarkashi on Uttarkashi - Gangotri Road.

Best Time: April to October

7. Pangot, Nainital

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Located just 15 kilometres away from Nainital, Pangot, located in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil of the Nainital district of Uttarakhand is a small and picturesque hamlet. The village is at the height of 6,300 feet above the sea level and is well known all across the nation for its rich and exotic bird life. Pangot also becomes a hub for photography enthusiasts when hundreds of different species of birds flock here during the harsh winters in the upper Himalayas and settle down here temporarily.

8. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Birthi falls Maheshwari Kund Panchachuli Peak

Often referred to as "Little Kashmir", Munsiyari is a cosy hamlet located in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 2298 metres, the pretty little hill town is known for its panorama of snow-capped Himalayan Range and some adventurous trekking trails. Perched between the borders of India, Tibet and Nepal, Munsiyari is a base for three glaciers namely Namik, Milam and Ralam Glaciers.

Best Time: April to June, October to November

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9. Gaurikund, Guptakashi

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Located amongst the supreme environs of the majestic Himalayas, Gaurikund in Guptakashi, Uttarakhand, is famous for being the starting point to and the last road head before the Kedarnath Yatra begins. Gaurikund is located on the banks of the River Mandakini and is rightly considered to be the gateway to spirituality and salvation. Situated in one of the most captivating settings, this is a place of infinite beauty, breathtaking landscapes and immense devotion, all rolled together into one.

10. Jalna, Almora

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A small and sleepy village away from the chaotic tourist centers, Jalna is a place for some trekking and exploration into the wild. It_ã_s a scenic village, a few kilometers from Almora, with a nice atmosphere for relaxation. Jalna is situated at an altitude of 1700 meters amidst the wild of the Himalayas. The sleepy hamlet is a wonderful place for trekking and exploring the natural forest cover of the area.

11. Dunagiri, Almora

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Nestled in the glorious Kumaon Himalayas, Dunagiri is a small hill town away from the popular tourist circuit of Uttarakhand providing travelers some solitary space. Situated some 400 km from Delhi in the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas, it is a peaceful haven of divine beauty and spirituality. A place blessed with natural beauty and a sense of divine detachment from the rest of the world, Dunagiri has been that alluring destination where one finds one's self.

12. Lohaghat, Abbott-mount

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Lohaghat is a beautiful hill station located in the Champawat district in the state of Uttarakhand. This ancient town is an important place for temples and is flocked by tourists due to its historical and mythological significance. This sleepy little town is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The serene climate, pine and oak trees and verdant greenery are what beckons people to this exquisite location.

13. Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Berinag Patal Bhubaneswar Temple Haat Kalika Temple

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a magical place with several hidden and unexplored aspects to it. Located at an elevation of 1350m above the sea level, this place is tagged as a spiritual place renowned for its Shiva Temple cave. The name of the place itself comes from two words meaning earth and Gods of Universe. Lying amidst the dense cover of oaks and cedars, this beautiful place has a lots of myths attached to it. The cave is said to be home of about 33 crore Gods and Goddesses. It is said that this place was discovered by the ruler of Sun Dynasty, King Rituparna. Do visit this place to explore the mystery attached to this place and enjoy the tranquility it offers.

Best Time: October to June

14. Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Nandprayag Karnaprayag

Being one of the highly blessed five confluences of the Alakananda River, Karnaprayag is a splendid town by default. Surrounded by verdant locales and snow-capped mountains, host to chilly conditions and perennial rivers, this place was destined to be a spectacular tourist destination. Karnaprayag is a city and municipal board in the Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand located at an elevation of 1,451 meters. The other 4 prayags including Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Nandprayag, and Vishnuprayag along with Karnaprayag make for the Panch (five) Prayag.

Best Time: October to June

15. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand - The Queen's Farm

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Known For : Chaubatia Orchards Jhula Devi Temple Majhkhali

Ranikhet meaning Queen's farm, is a hill station developed by the Britishers around ancient temples, undulating Himalayan hills and forests. Ranikhet with its cool climate and simple natural beauty can freshen up your senses to the very core. It is also popular as the Headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and has the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum. The museum has a splendid display of weapons, photo etc. to introduce you the grandness and significance of military and its various historical instances.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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16. Khirsu, Pauri-garhwal

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Khirsu is a sleepy and peaceful hill village, located at a distance of 15 km from Pauri Garhwal, wrapped with lush greenery and orchards. The place is off the popular tourist trails, yet to gather tourist rush to its refreshingly beautiful surroundings, ideal for a leisurely and relaxing holiday. Amidst wide spreads of beautiful deodar and oak trees, perched at an altitude of 1800 meters, this calm hill station is paradise for people looking to escape the hustle bustle of the favorite tourist spots.

17. Pancheshwar, Abbott-mount

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Located at the Watersmeet of rivers Saryu and Kali, is a small village Panchehswar which is a home to the famous Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple. It falls near Lohaghat in the Champawat District. Locals believe that taking a dip at the confluence of the rivers washes away the humanly sins. The ancient temple, also known as The Chaumu Temple adds seven stars to the glory of this beautiful attraction. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the Chaumu Jaat Yatra and the Annual Uttarayani Mela. Being at the borders of India and Nepal; the location gives its visitors a chance to admire the beauty of both the countries. This indeed gives an eye pleasing view of nature.

18. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

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Known For : New Tehri Dhanaulti Kodia Jungle

Once a deserted land, today Kanatal is a usual haunt for those travelers who seek peace and solitude. Kanatal is said to be named after a lake that once existed there. Apart from peace, the place exhibits a charm in form of majestic hills, fruit trees, apple orchards and lush green forests. This quaint hamlet sprinkled with plethora of wild flowers and small temples lies in the proximity to other major hill stations of the state like Dehradun (78 kms), Chamba (12 kms ahead) and Mussoorie (33 kms).

Best Time: Throughout the year

19. Chamoli, Uttarakhand - Abode of God

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Known For : Auli Vasundhara Waterfalls Gopeshwar

Sitting in the lap of nature, Chamoli often referred to as the "Abode of Gods" has a strong bond with spirituality and astounding legends. Chamoli is a blessed place where the beauty of nature combined with fascinating culture is found in profusion. Apart from being dotted with temples all across the village, this beautiful place is also renowned as the birth place of Chipko Movement. Enriched with flora and fauna, this village offers mesmerizing panoramic vistas that will take your breath away. Mana, a neighbouring village is also power packed with nature and many Hindu shrines while offering some amazing trek trails.

Best Time: November to March, July to August

20. Ramgarh, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Orchards Nathuakhan Mukteshwar

Tucked away in the lap of Himalayas in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Ramgarh boasts of unexplored natural beauty and old-world charm. It is perched at an elevation of 1789 meters above the sea level and is an idyllic spot of all you nature beaus. Blessed with impeccable views of snow-covered mountain peaks, Ramgarh is also called the "Fruit Bowl of Kumaon" because of the verdant orchards of apples, plums, peaches, and apricots. It was also a personal favorite of the renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore and social worker Narain Swamy.  Once the cantonment of the British, Ramgarh stands apart in its exquisiteness, solitude and enticing beauty.

Best Time: October to May

21. Gaumukh, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Gaumukh Trek

One of the holiest lands in Uttarakhand, Gaumukh is thronged by devotees mainly for its serenity and pious mythological history. Gaumukh is not exactly a tourist town or city, but a glacial trekking destination located within Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is often considered the cradle of North Indian Hindu mythology, primarily the one centered around the river Ganges, who reincarnated on Earth upon sage Bhagirath's insistence to purge his ancestors if their sins, so they could ascend to heaven.

Best Time: February to September

22. Binsar, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Bineshwar Temple Zero Point

Located at a distance of 33 km from Almora, Binsar is a small town in Uttarakhand known for the surreal beauty of the snow-laden Himalayan peaks. Set amid forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendrons and deodar trees, Binsar is home to beautiful green meadows, temples and the famous Binsar wildlife sanctuary. A trekker's paradise, Binsar has a Zero point that provides the 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges, which includes Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Shivling, and Trishul. It requires a short trek of 2 km to reach the Zero Point. Watching sunrise and sunset are must-experience activities.

Best Time: Throughout the year

23. Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

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Encompassing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Famous for its wildlife, especially for tigers and elephants, Rajaji National Park has recently received the status of a Tiger Reserve by the Government of India. Named in the honour or C. Rajagopalchari, this national park spreads over 3 districts of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal.

Best Time: Mid November to Mid June

24. Chaukori, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Patal Bhubaneshwari Nakuleshwar Temple Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple

The bowl-shaped town of Chaukori, located in the state of Uttaranchal, is nestled within the Himalayas at the height of over 2010 meters above sea level. As a tourist destination, it offers many beautifully breathtaking views– be it the lusciously green tea gardens, or the majestic snow-capped peaks of Nanda Devi and Panchachuli, the peaceful sunrise and sunsets, and the bejewelled night skies with the light of a million stars.

Best Time: October to March

25. Champawat, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Banasur ka Kila Baleshwar Temple Lohaghat

A gripping journey of self exploration and challenging terrain, Champawat is not your usual retreat. You'll be pushed to your physical and mental limits, because this place gives you a lot to explore, without having to deal with any over intrusive and money gobbling guides around. Champawat, to many people, remains one of the least developed and least populated districts of Uttarakhand. Since long, word has gotten out that it is one of the most uncomfortable places to vacation in, for any traveler.

Best Time: October to June

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26. Tungnath, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Tungnath Temple Chandrashila Deoria Tal

If spirituality is on your mind and on 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. Tungnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated here is one of the highest temples in the world and also highest among the five Panch Kedar temples located in the Tungnath mountain range.

Best Time: April to November

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27. Dharchula, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Jauljibi Om Parvat Kali River

A remote town of Uttaranchal, Darchula is a place with lots of scenic beauty. Bounded by the Kumaon Region's mountains and high peaks and glaciers of Panchchuli range on the west, this town lies on the way to a very famous pilgrimage of India namely Kailash Mansarover. Situated on the banks of River Kali on Indo-Nepal border, Darchula follows same traditions, customs and lifestyle just like its counterpart in Nepal.

Best Time: May to June, September to December

28. Bhowali, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Kainchi Dham Shyamkhet Tea Gardens Ramgarh

Bhowali is a little hill-station that lies in the vicinity of several popular hill stations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Ramgarh, Sattal and Mukteshwar. Bhowali's strategic location has lead to its popularity among tourists and also as a point of junction of Nainital District. Located at an elevation of 1706m above the sea level, Bhowali is a town of panoramic vistas and bounty of nature.

Best Time: February to Apr, September to October

29. Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand

Placed at an elevation of 7000 ft above the sea, lies Dhanachuli- a lush green village right amidst the lap of nature. You can witness subtropical forests and coniferous trees all around. Dhanachuli, a tropical Pahari destination, is at a distance of 14 kms from the Mukteshwar Mahadev temple in the Dhari tehsil of Nainital. This supreme paradise like location can be easily accessed by road. Set in the heart of Nainital and just 26 kms apart from Bhimtal, Dhanachuli gives an amazing gaze of the Himalayas.

30. Peora, Nainital

Peora can be best described as a hidden gem. Nestled between the Kumaon Hills in the state of Uttarakhand. Situated at an elevation of 6000 feet, this place is serene and tranquil with natural beauty in abundance. Untouched by industrialization, Peora is a perfect place to enjoy some peaceful moments away from the stressful city life. The simple lifestyle of people living here and the traditional tiled roof hits will make you feel as if you are transported to a completely different world.

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