Some people travel to rediscover themselves and some travel because they don’t need a reason. Be it the amazing waterfalls or the lesser known temples, snowy hill stations or the cleanest lakes in India, Reacho brings you 16 offbeat destinations of India, if you want a different journey this time!
1. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Also known as mini-Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a hill station 6,500 feet above sea level in the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas. Located 24 km from Dalhousie, it has a pristine lake surrounded by forests, and is a must visit before it gets overcrowded!
2. Chand Baori, Rajasthan
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Counted among the largest stepwells of the world, Chand Baori is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories and is 100 feet deep into the ground. Built in 800 AD, the place attracts tourist across the globe and is still breathtaking.
3. Kuntala Falls, Telangana
Located in the Adilabad district of Telangana, Kuntala waterfalls are the highest waterfall of the state. The locals believe that queen Shakuntala, wife of Dushyanth used to bathe by the waterfall. The waterfall has a height of 147 feet and got the name from Shakuntala herself.
4. St Mary’s Islands, Karnataka
The islands are considered as one of the important sites for geo-tourism and forms one of the four geological monuments in Karnataka. St Mary’s islands, also known as Coconut Island or Thonsepar, are believed to have been formed 88 million years old when Madagascar was attached to India, as a result of the volcanic activity which formed the peculiar basaltic lava columns on this island.
5. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
The monastery, situated in the valley of the Tawang river, is the largest in India and the second largest in the world . “Galden Namgey Lhatse”, is the name Tibetans gave this monastery which means “celestial paradise in a clear night.” The monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 and had great importance since the time of Britishers. The monastery has 65 residential buildings and a library which has till date preserved important scriptures of the Tibetan tradition that are highly valued.
6. Pangong Lake, Ladakh
In the Tibetan language, “Pangong” means “high grassland lake”. The lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It extends from India to China - almost 60% of the lake lies in China. The lake is of saline water but still freezes during winters and is a favourite camping spot.
7. Sathuragiri Hills, Tamil Nadu
The name Sathuragiri came from the fourth Veda, which is known as a scripture of great value in Hindu mythology. Also known as ‘Sundara Mahalingam’, the place is said to be of utmost devotional importance for Hindus. The name Sathuragiri or Chathuragiri is derived from the square shape of the mountain.
8. Palitana Jain Temple, Gujarat
The Jains believe that every person should visit this temple at least once to achieve Nirvana or salvation. The Shatrunjaya hill is considered sacred by Jains and has hundreds of temples including the Palitana temple. The temple was made for the gods and so no one is allowed to live in the temple premises during nights - not even the priests. The main temple has 3500 steps to the top and is considered as one of the holiest and purest temple by the Jain community.
9. Dawki, Meghalaya
The Dawki River is situated on the border between Bangladesh and India. Dawki is a town in West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya and Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh which is used for coral transportation to Bangladesh. The river is known for its cleanliness and enjoyed by tourists due to the pure turquoise colour and the peace this river offers.
10. Athirapally Falls, Kerala
Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division, these falls are nicknamed as the “Niagara of India”. Athirappilly Falls are the largest waterfalls in Kerala, 24 m in height.
11. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The area is also known as one of the largest salt deserts in the world, spanning 7,505 square kilometers in area. The desert is said to be so old that even Alexander knew of the desert!
12. Hampi, Karnataka
UNESCO listed the group of monuments at Hampi as World Heritage Sites. It was known as the one of the largest and richest cities in the world and continues to be an important religious centre. At its prime, the old city of Hampi was the second largest city in the world after Beijing and almost thrice the size of Paris.
13. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
A popular skiing destination, Gulmarg is a notified area committee in Baramula district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pir Panjal range in the western Himalayas and is enjoyed for the scenic beauty and snow-capped mountains it offers the tourists.
14. Kodiveri Dam, Tamil Nadu
This dam is situated along the State Highway 15 about 15 km (9.3 mi) from Gobichettipalayam towards Sathyamangalam and was constructed by Kongalvan in the year 1125 AD. The dam has a beautiful history since it was built by breaking 20 foot walls of rock. The dam is built on the Bhavani river and is in western Tamil Nadu.
15. Munnar Tea Estate, Kerala
Munnar has more than 50 tea estates, many of which are highly renowned plantations owned by the Tata group. The whole area is covered by forests and is a green and beautiful treat for nature lovers.
16. Zuluk , East Sikkim
Zuluk is a small village at a height of 10,100 feet on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim. The village has only around 700 residents and is the very first village on the Silk Route circuit to offer home-stay facilities for tourists. The village is slowly emerging as a tourist hotspot, but still is an offbeat destination. One can see the famous Mt. Kanchenjunga from the village too.
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