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The popular tourist destinations are now becoming a thing of the past. The majority of the tourists these days seek destinations that are offbeat. The reasons are simple. Such destinations help to avoid the crowd and are inexpensive with the peace. Also, the serene creates some cherished memoirs that holidaymakers seek on a vacation.

India is a country of experiences. It has countless offbeat locations in every direction. These places beat regular routes and offer an experience of a lifetime. These locations promise travelers an awesome experience without the hustle-bustle of popular spots. These are full of remarkable cultural experiences and raw beauty.

unexplored places in india

Below are the 10 best offbeat destinations in India. They are the finest unusual destinations in India that you must explore.

1. Poovar Island, Kerala

Poovar Island is reachable at a distance of 180 km from Alleppey. The island has an exhilarating sandy beach. The aquamarine sea lined by coconut palms all along surrounds it. When exploring Poovar Island, do visit Vizhinjam. It is a natural harbor with an estuary connecting the sea and the bank of the Neyyar River. This river passes through the Neyyattinkara Taluk in the Arabian Sea.

If you are looking for an exploring vacation, this is the perfect place to visit in India. Poovar is not only a location you can enjoy in Kerala, there are many more destinations available in Kerala that you should visit for holidays. We would like to recommend you to take Kerala tour packages, this way you can get proper travel guidance with day to day itinerary.

2. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

A breathtaking location and a UNESCO world heritage site, the valley of flowers is popular for its indigenous flora, fauna and vegetation. Beautiful insects, mountain flowers and butterfly bless this region. The trek route in this region is also a popular one. This is an ideal offbeat location in the north of India.

It is often compared with heaven. The Dehradun Airport is the nearest one. It is about 300 km from the location and nearest railway station is Rishikesh at a similar distance. We recommend visiting Hemkund Sahib and Nanda Devi National Park as well. These are closer to the Valley of Flowers.

3. Shamlaji, Gujarat

Being a religious site for Jains, it is also a popular archaeological destination. It has grandeur and with amazing paintings and artwork portraying the era gone by. A road journey of two hours from Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar connects to this place. The places to visit near Shamlaji are:

  • Dev Ni Mori
  • Harish Chandran Chauri
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and
  • Shyamal Van

4. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Karnataka

This destination in Hampi, Karnataka is a marvelous spot hidden in the Nilgiris range. It has been home to more than 100 sloth bears. They are a near-extinct species found only in the region between Sri Lanka and India. It has the highest density of sloth bear population in the world. They are a sight to behold amidst Nilgiris and the Western Ghats. The sanctuary is at a distance of 21 km from Hampi and about 10 hours (340 km) from Bangalore through rail.

5. Hemis, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Ladakh in itself is a pretty offbeat location in India. It is not visited by many and preferred by adventure seekers. A lesser known place near is Hemis. It is a beautiful spot surrounded by the snow-covered ranges on all sides. The Hemis Gompa in the region is a scenic monastery that is worth a visit and oozes serenity and calm.

Also located nearby is the Hemis National Park which is home to the snow leopards. The location gives respite from the crowded locations. You can soak in the natural quiet beauty in the day and gaze at the stars in peace at night. Reaching Hemis from Leh by road is a blissful journey. Hemis is at a distance of 45 km from the city.

6. Mungpoo, Darjeeling

Mungpoo in Darjeeling is a hilly retreat located between the tea estates and is one of the undiscovered tourist places in India. It is far off from the hustle-bustle of city life and has an almost haunting silence. Eye-catching tea estates, orchids and cinchona plantations fill up this place. It has its own particular charm. It is a small settlement located an hour away from the crowded hill station, Darjeeling.

Mungpoo is also known as the place where Rabindranath Tagore seeks for solitude and calm. This town has a community that has laid the foundation for the literary works of Shri Tagore. Dense birch trees and hidden alder trees covers this place. They add to the minimalism terrains of these calm terrains of northern Bengal.

7. Dadhikar, Rajasthan

Dadhikar is a best-kept secret nestled in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. The location is popular for the heritage sites. The Dadhikar Fort has been now converted into a heritage hotel. The fort is a gorgeous mishmash of natural beauty and elegant history of more than a thousand years. The fort reflects the ancient culture and art of India.

It is present on mount hill amidst the Aravalli range with dense forests all around. It is 30 km from Alwar district in Rajasthan and 150 km from Jaipur.

8. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong is one of the best offbeat places to visit in North East India. This village is considered as the cleanest village in Asia, for that in 2003 the village is awarded by Discover India. Most tourists like to visit this village in Monsoon season because of cool atmosphere as well as you can explore many other things at Mawlynnong such as waterfalls, caves etc. Don’t forget to see Living Root Bridges in Mawlynnong.

9. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh

Often referred to as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi awaits with its fog-covered forests and the rustic and classical landscape of the Indian villages. Enjoy the glow of intoxication in Lambasingi when the clouds descend to the earth, redrawing the mountain lines every day in the act of hugging and departing continuously. Walk the blessed paths that seem to merge into oblivion, making each step an acute existential experience.

10. Bishnupur, West Bengal

Bishnupur within the former Malla Kingdom is located about 130 km from Calcutta, which today includes reproductions in terracotta or other materials, of the horses of Bankura, which are part of folklore. You can see its manufacture in Bishnupur, but it is fair to admit that its fame comes from the nearby town of Panchmura.

The small details or the small things, are usually determinant when it comes to keeping a memory in our particular brain "hard". The feelings, the sensations, the mood, the passion or whatever, can lead us to idealize or destroy a place without knowing too well the reason. Even worse, not even be aware that something has influenced us positively or negatively when making an analysis of the place.

Bishnupur or more specifically its terracotta temples, was one of those places that I wanted to know for yearsThe best option without a doubt is the train, especially if you travel from outside Bengal. From Calcutta, in addition to the train, there are buses that leave almost continuously from Esplanade.

So, now whenever you plan the next holidays in India, plan a trip to any of these offbeat Indian locations. These places offer wide-ranging landscapes and diverse dialects. There are many surprises hidden every few hundred miles that remind of the centuries gone by. There is a lot beyond the popular destinations in this spectacular country. Plan your vacations in India to explore the beauty and secrets of the same.
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  1. Thus discovering India, an unusual and beautiful one is really interesting for planning a trip!

  2. Amazing country and beautiful places to visit. I would definitely love to visit them all. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing this travel guide!

  4. looks exciting! India is huge and attractive, I do want to come back there

  5. surprises. I never considered India, but it honestly sounds like the perfect place for me and my family. It’s so beautiful

  6. This is a great list of places to visit for someone like me who’s never visited India. There are clearly many unexplored places and beautiful places to see.

  7. I totally agree that tourists are looking for locations that are more off the beaten track nowadays, visiting the popular places doesn't actually seem as popular anymore. India is a spectacularly stunning country so it is good to know of some beautiful unexplored places to check out - thanks for sharing them

  8. How beautiful! India is such a beautiful country...I've never been but I love looking at the photos. What a fun guide!

  9. i've always wanted to go to India. this is a great list

  10. I have not been to India yet in my travels. I love the idea of seeing its unexplored places! This is a great guide, thank you!


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