Are you the explorer type? Do you have the eye of an adventurer? Like off-beat vacations? If your answer to these questions is yes, then my friend this list is exclusively for you. We have picked among the many, the top best places to explore which are surreal and paradise like, places with which you can fall in love in first sight, because I have. India is like a mine, if you keep digging deeper you will keep finding newer and finer things. A lot of land in India is still unexplored, which, if you have the zest to explore should check out. If you think that India has places have that charisma, to make you fall in love, then you must read this.
Tawang (Arunanchal Pradesh)
Located in Arunanchal Pradesh and situated at a height of about 3048 meters above the sea level, it is a very beautiful yet offbeat hill town that houses several monasteries, where you can go monastery hopping. It has a well preserved Tawang Monastery which has earned lots of praise for the place. Then there’s beautiful Jang waterfall and the Sela pass which remains covered with snow for most part of the year. Local handicrafts industries thrive well here as it has handicrafts center that promotes the small-scale industries related to handicrafts. The best time to visit this picturesque place is in the months of March and September, as the summers are cool and winters are often snow-clad.
You can call it a surreal fantasy, Majuli, is the World’s largest fresh-water river island. It is located in Assam, situated on the River Brahmaputra 20 kilometers away from the city of Jorhat. It is connected via boats with the city making it an exotic location. It has also been nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List. It is mostly referred to as the cultural capital of the state very locally defined due to high tribal population, that is quite unique, and resplendent with several festivals throughout the year. The best months to visit are October-March, with a cool climate. Monsoons is also a beautiful time to visit when the river is swollen and beautiful.
Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
Spiti is one of the most unexplored and surreal places in India, located at a very high altitude in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, is a region of desert mountain valley, beautiful monasteries and untouched natural beauty. It is a delight for travelers with a virgin hill resort equipped with adventure sports opportunities and fills visitors with awe at its majestic grandeur. In winters though, the entire region becomes completely isolated. Most known attraction of this place is Key monastery, situated at a height of 4,112 meters was built in the 14th Century whose architecture was influenced by the Chinese style. It is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in Spiti. May-October is the best time to visit, winters should be strictly avoided.
Kalimpong (West Bengal)
An offbeat hill station located in West Bengal, situated at an average elevation of 1250 meters. You can also call it as “the kingdom in clouds” which hasn’t been explored a lot by too many people outside the East, but among the locales it is known for its Tibetan monasteries and crafts and churches. It makes a lovely retreat for the summers and winters. A lot of educational institutions here were established by the Britishers in the colonial period. It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids, nurseries, Himalayan grown flower bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers. Make sure to shop for orchids in these elaborate flower markets. The best months to visit this place is March to June, September to December.
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This place as it sits in the hills, is one of the biggest urban centers of Nagaland. The main tourist attractions are the District Museum, the Town main Park, Unman village, and the Ao village. There are also other places near by to interest the tourists such as Longkhum, Langpangkong, Mopungchukit and Chuchuyimlang which are situated in the same district. October-June makes the best time to visit. The sowing and Harvesting festivals are colourful and alluring, so visiting at those times makes for a pleasant experience.
Andaman Islands (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)
This island of India is still shrouded under mystery for centuries because of their inaccessibility. These islands are a paragon of beauty, and present a landscape of scenic beauty and picturesque extravaganza, shimmering like emeralds in the Bay of Bengal. It consists of total 572 emerald Islands, out of which 36 are inhabited presently, islets and rock slets and rocks. The best time to visit Andaman is during winters when the weather is cool and ideal for sightseeing.
It is among the most uninhabited areas in India, with one of the most picturesque locales. Make sure to pay a visit to the monasteries and Gurudongmar lake, which apparently is one of the highest lakes in India. Gurudongmar Lake is located at a height of 5,210 m above sea level and it remains frozen for most parts of the year. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, appearing to be completely surreal. Hiking and trekking are the much sought-after things to do here. May-September make the ideal time for a trip to North Sikkim. The summers are the best time to visit.
Lepchajagat (West Bengal)
Located on a hill covered with Oaks forests and beautiful rhododendron, it is situated on Ghoom-Mirik road at the Sukhipokhri near Darjeeling. This place has an astonishing exquisiteness that is difficult to get over. The curious play of colors in the sky strikes you straight away. Partly black and white clouds drift from one hill to another. The other places close by that are not to be missed include Jorepokri, Mirik and Pashupati.
This is the wettest place in India and also on earth. Located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, 65 kilometers from Shillong. The Rain god is extremely generous when it comes to showers with an average rainfall of 11,872 millimeters. The abundant rainfall makes the place one of the most beautiful places to holiday in, albeit underrated. The main attraction here is a huge formation of stalagmite, which resembles a ‘Shivling’.
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So what are ya waiting for, packs your bags and go make those adventure trips happen!