Love to visit a new place, plan a trip, excited about travel but hate the chaos, long queues and destinations filled with a lot of people? Or bored of visiting the same old holiday locations and looking for new ones which are equally amazing and serene? No, we are not talking about flying to a wonderland. Here is a list of some offbeat destinations in India which will help us to have a relaxing holiday.
1. Majuli, Assam
Ever heard of a river island? Well, Majuli is the largest river island in the world. Located in the mighty Brahmaputra River, Majuli is a puzzle as most of the island disappears into the greedy river every monsoon. Reaching the island in a ferry, one can find the land pristine with meadows, bamboo trees and glowing paddy fields. Not just the tourists, but also hundreds of migratory birds find this place amazing which makes bird watching an important activity. Also, the festivals celebrated here give us a unique experience.
2. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh
Known as “Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh”, this place is good for a picnic for one day. It experiences 0°C temperature in winter days. Sunrise after 10 AM, foggy roads, thick forests and valleys are the special attractions in the village. Coffee and pepper plantations can be seen almost everywhere. People can also get involved in activities like trekking and hiking on the hills nearby. It is attracting tourists slowly and the government has planned to develop it as a tourist centre.
3. Auli, Uttarakhand
This place is beyond perfect for people who love snow. Located in the core of snow-crowned mountains, it has steep slopes coated with snow which makes perfect skiing destination. If you are not interested in skiing, cabin cars are available to help us roam around and enjoy the incredible snow. Auli is also proud of its one of the world’s highest ropeway from which one can enjoy magnificent views of Himalayan peaks nearby.
4. Tarkali Beach, Maharastra
As this beach does not expect many visitors throughout the year, the pristine waters and corals are the highlights. Resorts, located literally on the beach are available allowing us to walk along on the white sand anytime. The backwaters of Karli River, water sports and Sangam, the place where the river joins the Arabian Sea, are other interests. Snorkelling is available where you get to swim along with fishes, watch the corals and dolphins.
5. Pangong Tso, Leh
A lake that changes from deep blue in the morning to sea green in the evening and even reddish sometimes! Yes, Pangong Tso is said to change colours depending on the sun rays at different times of the day. One glance at the lake in the midst of the hills is a memory that will be sculpted in anyone’s heart. However, it is better to visit the place in summer as the weather is pleasant. It remains frozen all winter and a gala festival is organised by the native people where they dress in different colours and have ample of fun.
6. Varkala, Kerala
Kerala is a destination famous for beaches and backwaters. This is a perfect destination if you need an escape from the noise and crowd. The blue water, red cliff and green meadows add to the clean and quiet environment. Adventure lovers can go for surfing or snorkelling. Also, there is a Lord Vishnu temple nearby which is sacred for Hindus. The best time to visit the beach is during the monsoon where the sea spreads its beauty.
7. Unakoti, Tripura
Meaning “one less than a crore”, this place is filled with so many legendary stories and hundreds of sculptures and carvings of different gods and goddesses on rocks, though most of them are yet to be discovered. Most of these rocks are associated with Hindu God Shiva. The carved rocks amidst thick forest is a mysterious view. Every year, ‘Ashokastami Mela’, a festival of Shiva is celebrated by natives with great brilliance and glory.
Besides these locations, there are several other unexplored places in India to have a pleasant and wonderful holiday giving us a novel experience which remains a memory for a lifetime.