shares a list of some off- beat places in India for the “traveler” in you!
Have you ever wondered what is the difference between admiring traveling as hobby and being a legit traveler? Someone who is in love with traveling will schedule trips frequently because they like to step out of routine lives and see new places. But a traveler is someone who explores the unexplored. They don’t need a guide, a package, or even a list of places to visit. Travelers set off from their homes and touch places that people otherwise don’t consider.
Off late, people have discovered that India is a treasure trove of God’s beauty, but there’s so much still unexplored. Some places replace a hill station like Shimla, a desert like Rajasthan, a beach like Goa, and a heritage place like Karnataka. We’re excited to reveal those places that don’t compromise on giving one the “feel good” moment but still are far from the “traveling crowd.”
When touring in India the next time, try replacing the “heard of” places with these unusual beauties and capture memories of a lifetime not just on your cameras but also in your minds.
1. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
There’s so much more to this charmer of a state, but it remains hidden from a traveler’s eye. Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is so aesthetic that you’ll want to extend your stay to steal more moments with nature. Adventure, peace, and the snowy winter wind waves, Tirthan Valley has something for everyone. Crossing the river at this valley is something you want to record and experience while the chilly waters constantly remind you of where you are. Serloskar Lake, Jalori Pass, and Jibhi (a place for stretching a leg in nature’s lap) places you should visit when in this valley. All you need is a weekend, and you’ll book yourself some quiet time on the hills without the bustle and chatter of tourists.
2. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Mandu in Madhya Pradesh is for those who cannot get the historian side out of their travel plans. When people plan trips to MP, they restrict themselves to safaris and forests to spot animals, especially tigers and lions. But what one shouldn’t drop is Mandu, a city of historic sanctity and treasurer of symbolic remains. You can soak yourself in India’s rich culture, the lush lawns, the royal palaces, and the storytelling monuments. Here’s a tip if you’re all in- avoid visiting during the summers. The winter season is the best time to visit Mandu, while monsoons aren’t that bad either.
3. Damro, Arunachal Pradesh
An extensive part of real India resides in Arunachal Pradesh’s Damro. Not many people know about this little haven hidden in the denseness of the state. The surrounding bamboo huts and the sweet-smelling meadows make the panorama a capture-worthy one. With a low population of five- hundred people, Damro is famous for the longest hanging bridge in the state, with a height of one thousand feet. Crossing the shaky bridge to reach the other end, while the tamed bison and the traditional functions await you, is a unique experience. The Damro Labokellie Tea Garden is something you shouldn’t bypass during your visit to this village, where the strong smell of tea satisfies a traveler’s heart. October to April is the best time to visit this Indian paradise.
4. Velas, Maharashtra
One who loves animals should put Velas in Maharashtra on their bucket list. The smell of the beach is enticing enough to pull someone closer to this quaint village. There aren’t many tour operators who’ll suggest Velas when scheduling a trip to Maharashtra. But it is beyond just a land of mesmerizing beaches. The months of March and April are the best time to visit the place owing to the Annual Turtle Festival. Residents of the village undertake the responsibility to help turtles breed. Spectators witness the beautiful visuals of turtles hatching to life, their first walk, and the moment when they finally set sail in the sea. You might have to make do without a lavish stay to watch nature’s beauty at Velas due to the unavailability of hotels. A homestay is the only and best option.
5. Maravanthe, Karnataka
If you don’t visit southern India, then your trip to the country is incomplete. Rich in culture, heritage, and natural beauty, Maravanthe in Karnataka is merely one-hundred-and-fifteen kilometers from Mangalore. Keep your phones and cameras charged because you might end up making videos while driving to the picturesque village. Imagine a road trip where the ocean travels along till you touch the Maravanthe beach. This offbeat place is nirvana for water activities and stealing “me” time away from chaos.