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8 Worth-Watching Offbeat Destinations in India


Niks is a travel bird, who has the ambition to explore the globe. He shares some of the offbeat travel destinations in India.

Folks, we all know the world-famous destination that tourists love to visit. In India, there are numerous spots that are crowded with tourists throughout the whole year.

There are several places which are best to visit in a particular season. Monsoon, Winter, and Summer destinations are packed with people as per the seasons. There is a huge list of the most visited and admired destinations in India like Gulmarg in Kashmir, Tulip Garden in Kashmir, Alleppey backwaters in Kerala, the Golden Temple in Punjab, beaches in goa, food streets in Delhi, forts of Maharashtra, and many more.

There are travel enthusiasts who love to explore the places unexplored or rarely visited. They are adventure seekers! Let me cast a light on some lesser-known travel locations across India.

1. Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai is one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India, falling from an altitude of 340 meters. It's about 3 hours away from Cherrapunji. The Waterfall has an aura of mist and clouds surrounded by green vegetation. It's recorded as the fourth highest waterfall in the world. The best season to visit is the monsoon. The Stairs take visitors to various viewing spots.

Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai Falls

2. Hemis National Park, Jammu, and Kashmir

Hemis is a national park situated at a very high altitude in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Snow Leopard is the tourist attraction in this park.

There's heavy snowfall in the mountains of this park, due to which it becomes unable to access the roads.

So It's recommended to visit this park in Summers. It's less explored as it has no roads for the vehicles plus it lacks the infrastructure. Hemis National Park covers an area of 4,400 square kilometers. It's the largest national park in the southern regions of Asia. It's famous for nature, mountains, animals and historic buildings.

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

3. Lonar Crater

Lonar crater is located in Buldhana, Maharashtra. It's about 50,000 years old. The amazing fact about the lake is that has both saline and alkaline type of water. A comet or asteroid hit this area at an angle of 35 to 40 degrees because of which the shape of the carter is oval.

You can find Monitor Lizards here. Its 150 meters deep crater has an average diameter of nearly 1830 meters. NASA is curious about the formation of Lonar Lake. It's the Earth's Largest and the only saltwater lake in basaltic rock. One of the many mysteries here is that the compass doesn't work here.

4. Tada falls, Andhra Pradesh

Tada waterfalls are enveloped in mind-blowing knolls and foliage. It's a silent place loved by the peace-seeking hikers. The walk is quite long and thrilling. Feel the cold water, climb the rocks, and enjoy the walk through the rocky terrains. It's a trek of 10 km. Walk carefully as some of the rocks are slippy.

Tada Waterfalls is not a popular and less-traveled destination but it is worth visiting. There's a vehicle parking near the falls. You have to trek towards the falls. A beautiful weekend trip for trekkers near Chennai.

5. Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in North East India. It's spread around an area of 300 square meters. It's home to various species of birds, animals, and aquatic plants. It's the only floating lake in the world.

This lake is located near Moirang, Manipur. It is enriched with natural habitats prospering over the water. Its support in the economy of Manipur is very vital. This lake's water is utilized for drinking, irrigation, and hydropower generation. If you are planning to visit North East India, do include this spot on your list.

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6. Gurez Valley

The Gurez Valley is heavenly marvelous. The river of this valley offers various water pursuits and a spot to picnic. Gurez Valley is located in the higher regions of the Himalayas. It's about 123 km away from Srinagar. It has an altitude of 2400 meters. This place is surrounded by snow-clad mountains.

This place is not as famous as the other destinations in the Himalayas. It is not much crowded with tourists. Another noticeable thing here is the warmth of the people. There is a great diversity in wildlife. You can spot Snow Leopard and Himalayan brown bears.

This place is embellished with Waterfalls, snow-clad mountains, flowers, fields, and wildlife. You will feel like photographing at almost every point.

7. Sandakphu

Darjeeling is one of the most Romantic Cities in India. Sandakphu is 58kms away from Darjeeling. Sandakphu provides a panoramic view of the 4 highest peaks of the world. Trekkers are in love with Sandakphu which is at an altitude of 3636 meters, being the highest peak of the Singalila mountain range.

It is located in the North West of Darjeeling. You can either trek or take a jeep that takes you to the hill. The view from the west to the east includes the peaks from Sikkim, Nepal, and Tibet.

Morning view offers a great sight of mesmerizing the Everest Family in Nepal which is at the far west that also includes the view of the highest peak in the world - Mount Everest. The location of this place is a gift to this place.



8. Champaner

Champaner is a Historical City in Gujarat. It is at a distance of one hour from Baroda. It has many ancient sights like mosques, temples, tanks, stepwells, tombs, the catholic site from Bronze Age, and Hindu hill fortress.

Walk the historic streets. Visit the well-maintained Hindu and Jain Temples which were built a thousand years ago. Visit the cemeteries. Mosques belong to the time of the Gujarat Sultanate. King Vanraj Chavda found Champaner in the 8th century. You can either reach Champaner by Bus, or you can hire cars from Vadodara.



India has a great diversity in climate and nature moving from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Apart from the above 8 travel destinations, numerous other places are off-beat but are worth visiting.

Touring in India is filled with many surprises. So, pack your bag and plan to visit the lesser know spots which will guarantee a fun-filled adventure. These locations can sometimes amuse you more than the places which you have on your wishlist.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Niks


Niks (author) from India on May 18, 2020:

I m thankful that you found this article interesting. Yes, we all are hoping that everything settles again so that we can travel to our favorite places.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on May 17, 2020:

Thanks Niks ! This is a super interesting article and I would definitely like to incorporate a few in my places to visit in the coming year. Thankfully all of these places are quite accessible and your maps will surely help out. Hopefully, India will have recovered from the COVID 19 scare and life will be back to a better normal.

Niks (author) from India on May 16, 2020:

Thank you Sneha mam. Glad to receive your comment. I hope that everything gets back to normality and you plan for a Ladak trip soon. Indeed, these are worth adding destinations to the wishlist.

Sneha Bhat from India on May 16, 2020:

Nice article sir... Infact our this year trip was supposed to be to Leh Ladak.. but unfortunately or fortunately due to this Corona couldn't go . Thanks for giving us more ideas about these new amazing destinations... Will add to our wishlists.

Niks (author) from India on May 13, 2020:

Thanks, Murali Sir. Yeah, these places are silent and beautiful. Definitely worth visiting spots, I must say.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on May 12, 2020:

Dear Nikhil, mesmerizing scenery of Nohkalikai Falls and Snow Leopard. You have listed out lesser-known but beautiful destinations at India for our visit. Instead of visiting crowded deteriorating places such as Darjeeling, it would be nice to visit new locations such as Sandakphu.

Niks (author) from India on May 12, 2020:

You are welcome, Liz. Yes, These are unknown locations to many tourists. But they are getting popular day by day. I would like to recommend the wanderers to visit these places before they get crowded with tourists just like other famous locations.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 12, 2020:

Thanks for highlighting destinations in India, that until now, were unknown to me. You have put them on the map in this article.

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