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Offbeat Tourist Destinations in India

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They say you should go on a holiday at least twice a year to lead a happy, relaxed and functional life. After months of hard work, we do feel like rewarding ourselves with a short trip but we usually limit ourselves to popular destinations with luxury hotels and shopping malls aplenty. Adventure, relaxation and peace take a back seat. So here’s a list of less traveled places gifted with amazing natural beauty, adventure and interesting histories, bound to make you want to get on a train right away!

Lonar Crater, Maharashtra
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The Lonar crater, located in the Buldana district of Maharashtra, is believed to have been formed when a meteorite crashed into the earth about 50,000 years ago. It is now home to a variety of wildlife species – peafowl, chinkara, gazelles and various other migratory birds. The lake formed inside is highly saline. Winter season is the best time to visit this unique place, when the weather is pleasant. Accommodation is limited, except for a few budget hotels and the MTDC tourist complex.

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
A quaint little village located in the Lower Subansiri District in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro has been on the World Heritage Site map for quite a few years owing to its undying cultural heritage, natural beauty, and its famous music festival. Despite its small size, this little village is said to have the highest number of schools in Arunachal Pradesh. The best time to visit this place is between February and October, when the climate is cool and pleasant. A few hotels and resorts are available for staying there.

Haflong, Assam
Haflong, Assam

Nicknamed the “Switzerland of the East,” this little town is located in Assam. The hills of Haflong are known for more than 2 lakh varieties of flowers found therein. Haflong Lake, situated in the heart of the hill station, is one of the largest water bodies of Assam. For adrenaline junkies, the hill station also provides immense scope for gliding, para gliding and trekking. Limited accommodation is available with a few budget hotels operating there.

Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli, Uttarakhand

The only proper skiing destination in India, Auli is perched at an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. The soft snow laden slopes are apt for skiing, and one can get magnificent views of the Himalayas from here. Winter is the best time to visit this hill station if you want your very own Yash Raj Films-inspired romance in the snow.

Daringbadi, Orissa
Daringbadi, Orissa

Known as the Kashmir of Odisha, this hill station is situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level in the state’s Kandhmal district. Relatively less frequented by tourists, the place is beautified by the green valleys accompanied by pine and coffee gardens. It is the only place in Odisha that is said to receive snow during winters when temperatures occasionally drop down to zero degree Celsius. Quite a few accommodation options are available and Deers Eco Home is a good option, though it is situated a few kilometers away from the town.

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
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Kasol is a tiny village settled in the center of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The place is just 5 km from Manikaran, a place known for hot springs and many religious activities. The villages in the Parvati Valley are known for their production of “charas” or marijuana, which is why one will find tourists from all over the world here. There are various treks available from Kasol such as the Sar Pass Trek and Yanker Pass Trek, among others, which provide trekkers with spellbinding views of the mountains and roads. There is a choice of both budget and luxury hotels at Kasol.

Vihigaon Falls, Maharashtra
Vihigaon Falls, Maharashtra

Vihigaon Falls, located near Nashik, Maharashtra, is a great place to go rappelling and canoeing. Quite unknown to most people, this place is almost every man’s dream of getting an adrenaline rush. A number of hotels are available at Nashik for accommodation.

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