25 Offbeat Places in India that Should be in your 2016 Travel Wish List


India is a treasure trove for the travelers. Just dig a little and you can always find a new place to travel to. For all those who love offbeat places and serenity, who love the excitement of a completely new place, though a little off course,  we’ve put together an absolute must-see offbeat places in India.

Beach Destinations

Poovar Island, Kerala

An unexplored and unspoilt backwater and beach destination for serenity lovers. Poovar is  a natural wonder where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land.

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Varkala, Kerala

With white sand beaches, hills, shrines and lighthouses, Varkala is a perfect  destination for all. Adventure activities like paragliding and parasailing are the added attraction for fun lovers.

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Maravanthe, Karnataka

A tiny place where the mountains meet the sea. Swimming, snorkeling , scuba diving, river cruise and trekking are just a few fun things to be done in Maravanthe. A scenic stretch here with Sauparnika river on one side and Arabian sea on another is one of its kind in India.

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Guhaghar, Karnataka

A scenic coastal town with hilly terrain, waterfalls, virgin beaches and spectacular sunset views. Guhagar with its clean white sand beach, offers all the sanctity and peace one looks in a secluded beach.

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Arambol Beach, Goa

A little known beach in north Goa with the magnificent cliffs and mellow beaches. Whether you want to have a relaxed beach vacation or a fun filled trip, Arambol is a complete package.

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Palolem Beach , Goa

Head to Palolem to watch dolphins diving in and out of the sea and enjoy beach volleyball. Palolem is one of the most picturesque and laid back beaches of Goa.

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Chandipur, Orissa

A place where you can walk on the sea bed while the sea plays hide and seek. Every day the sea recedes by as much as five kilometres during the low tide giving you a chance to walk, look at the red crabs and collect beautiful seashells and drift wood on the exposed sea bed.

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Hill Stations

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

A lesser known  place Ziro is a  beautiful valley  with green patches and rice fields. Enjoy the hospitality of the Apa Tani tribe here and enjoy the nature at its best.

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Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh

Tucked in the northeast corner of Indo-Tibetan, Mechuka is a surreal place with snow capped mountains, lakes, pretty wooden cottages and green rolling  meadows where horses run wild. To sum up this is the real heaven on earth .

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Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang  is a scenic town with glacier lakes, waterfalls and snow capped mountains in the Indo-Tibetan border. The Tawang Monastery is the biggest Buddhist monastery outside Lhasa.

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Nubra Valley, Ladakh

The imposing Nubra Valley where two magnificent rivers criss-cross ,  is a lush green valley that gets carpeted with flowers in summers is a sight beyond simple natural beauty. The cold deserts here too are a natural wonder.

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Bir Biling, Himachal Pradesh

Bir Billing is one of the most fantastic aero sports sites throughout the world. Its a scenic place in the Dhauladhar ranges that holds a paragliding world cup each year attracting thousands of gliders from across the world.

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Valley of Flowers, Himachal Pradesh

A stunning landscape with cascading waterfalls, small streams and the majestic Zanskar Ranges on its backdrop its a real paradise on earth that can be reached only by trekking.

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Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Located amidst beautiful nature this place is not a must visit just for being the wettest place in world but also to witness a marvel of nature-a place where bridges grown and not built.

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Heritage Destinations

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

These are a group of seven small hills with 754 rock shelters with cave paintings and are some of the oldest rock shelters in the world.  According to some studies, it is assumed that some of the shelters were occupied by humans before 1000 centuries.

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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho  an ancient Temple Town of India is a UNESCO World Heritage site with magnificently craved temples and is a must visit for all who love to explore the ancient architecture and clicking them.

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Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan

A huge hidden fort on westerly range of Aravalli Hills, Kumbhalgarh fort has the longest man made wall after the Great Wall of China. The trek up the fort made on a hill is simply mesmerizing.

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Yana, Karnataka

A peaceful and unexploited place, famous for magnificent rock formations with  idyllic waterfalls and sparkling streams, ancient temples. It is a popular destination for trekkers and nature lovers.

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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Orchha is a small and yet magnificent architectural wonder of the by gone era. The fortifications, palaces and temples here speak volumes about the impressiveness of the emperors in those times.

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Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Famous for its surreal white salt desert and the Rann Utsav Festival, this is a wonder of India that needs to be experienced to be understood. No words can to justice to its magical beauty.

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Halebidu, Karnataka

Halebidu, a hidden gem for heritage lovers is a land of ancient architectural divinity with many splendid temples and shrines. The Hoysaleshwara Temple is the most celebrated structure here.

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Water Front

Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake is the largest and one of the most scenic freshwater lake in India. Also known as Floating Lake, due to floating phumdis. Phumids are an assorted mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matter.

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Majuli, Assam

Majuli, in river Brahamaputra is one of the World’s largest river island with unparalleled scenic beauty. The shimmering rice fields, the serene water meadows and the relaxed atmosphere here will make you feel at peace with nature.

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Sunderban, West Bengal

Sundarban, the largest mangrove belt in the world is a tiger reserve , a biosphere reserve,a national park and  a UNESCO world heritage site. Take a boat cruise and spot tigers sun bathing in the banks or even swimming from your boat.

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Lake Tsomgo

Also known as Changu Lake this oval shape glacial lake in the East Sikkim, is one of the highest and most beautiful glacial lakes in India known for changing colours and several species of bir

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So if you are a hardcore tarveller  be sure to make a visit to these offbeat places in India for an unusual and unforgettable experience.