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Offbeat Destinations in India

Offbeat destinations - does it ring a bell? Though, some may relate it with tourism in a flash, it may still remain a bit unfamiliar to a lot of people.

Offbeat destinations are ideal for visitors who are bored and tired of traditional tourist destinations and looking for places that come with a lineament - 'something different' written all over it! Offbeat destinations are (fortunately or unfortunately) unsung and are waiting to be discovered.

Offbeat Destination in India

It is an irrefutable fact that India is a land that presents variegated options for tourism. Be its sandy beaches, historic religious sites, exuberant rain forests, brumous hill stations, breathtaking waterfalls, stupendous mountain ranges, scorching deserts, noteworthy wildlife sanctuaries - you name it - the land has it all! 

India creates an ultimate allurement for the visitors from across the world for its diverse tourism background and the land extends eternal opportunities for travelers. India is the home of a lot of offbeat (unusually attractive) destinations that are ready and waiting to be explored.

Offbeat yet must-visit destinations in India are places that do not fit the bill of the most popular destinations, but still guarantee a remarkable experience to people who have a great desire for something - unique! Let's find out some of the top offbeat destinations in India (in no particular order).

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Ziro Arunachal Pradesh: This place is famous as a World Heritage site for its scenic beauty. You will enjoy lush green rice fields, thick bamboo forest, and rolling mountains. 

Mandu Madhya Pradesh: Mandu, also called Mandava or Mandogarh which is a ruined city, in southwestern Madhya Pradesh state. It was known as the capital of a Muslim state in North India between the years 1401 and 1561.

Nubra Valley Ladakh: Nubra valley is amongst the top tourist attractions in Ladakh and its Diskit Monastery and Hunder Village are a must-visit. The Hunder Village is known for its cold desert where you can enjoy camping and riding on Bactrian Camel.

Meghamalai, Madurai: The small hill town of Meghamalai boasts of 6 dams along with Many waterfalls which are perennial. 

Iravangalar Dam, Manalar Dam, and Highway Dam are the most popular ones. This place is famous for its popular tea estates and cardamom plantations.

Shoja Himachal Pradesh: The place is famous for its beauty and is excellent for walks, treks, bird watching expirience. The area is part of the Great Himalayan National Park. You can enjoy many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, trekking, rafting, and heli-skiing are popular

Majuli Assam: It is the world's largest river island which attracts tourists from all over the world. This place is  strong contender for a place in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The island is famous as the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past 500 years.

Ponmudi Kerala: Ponmudi is a beautiful hill station located 65km from Trivandrum city. Ponmudi, the Golden Peak is also known as Kashmir of Kerala is a hill station in the Peringamala grama panchayath of Trivandrum District of Kerala in India. 

The region is laso famous for  spice and tea plantations  including waterfalls. This hill destination is ideal for walks and treks.

Gokarna, Karnataka: Gokarna is known for its beaches. The Gokarna main beach is in town and Kudle beach is west facing. 

Om beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach (also known as Full moon), and Belekan beach are south facing. Gokarna is comparatively less crowded than Goa. Kamshet, Maharashtra: Kamshet is famous for paragliding and it is popularly known as the paragliders' paradise.

Daman & Diu: Sunbath at clean beaches, take a spiritual tour of the temples and churches, horse ride at Jampore Beach, indulge in water sports, visit the Diu Museum, and walk inside the Moti Daman Fort

Chakrata:  Camping and river rafting at Kanasar, trekking to Tiger Falls, bird watching at Deoban, and exploring the Budher Caves

Sikkim: Explore the age-old monasteries, take a stroll into the wild, indulge in adventure activities, ride a yak and buy Sikkimese handicrafts and Tibetan goods

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: Take a stroll into the wild, witness the grandeur of Bengal Tigers, do bird watching, and take a night safari.

Khimsar Village: Camel safari, take a spiritual tour at one of the temples, visit the Khimsar Fort and witness the rare species of blackbuck at Panchala Black Buck Reserve.

Tawang: Meditate at Taktsang Gompa, hike till Gorichen Peak, take a stroll at the Sela Pass, witness nature’s magic at Nuranang Waterfalls and watch a sunset at Shonga-Tser Lake.

Mawlynnong: Find the Jingmaham Living Root Bridge in the wild, soak in the beauty of Mawlynnong Waterfall, trek till the Brun Khongmen View Point, and ride a boat in one of the cleanest rivers in India – Umngot River Dowki.

Thachi Valley, Himachal Pradesh: The wood carvings on the small temples looked very intricate. There was the 11-headed stone statue of Lord Vishnu. We were among the towering deodhar trees and the aroma of nature was refreshing. 
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