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16-Little Known Off-Beat Destinations In India, You Never Heard About

by Ashok Raina
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The Capitol At Night.


 There are so many famous places in India that tourists like to explore and in fact, they explore these places also. These famous places are known to all because of their popularity. Today I am going to give you a dose of some hidden but mind-blowing places in India which are not popular but can keep you glued and inspired. These places can be called ‘ Hidden Gems ‘. These little-known off-beat destinations you may never hear about are surely going to surprise you.

List Of Places

1. Lunglei, Mizoram.

2. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

3. Patan, Gujarat.


4. Hemis, Leh.

5. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

6. Champaner, Gujrat.

7. Majuli, Assam.

8. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.

9. Urakam, Kerala.

10. Moodbidri, Karnataka.

11. Velas, Maharashtra.

12. Manipat, Chattisgarh.

13. Jawai, Rajasthan.

14. Kila Raipur, Punjab.

15. Kanatal, Uttrakhand.

16. Gurez Valley, Kashmir.

1. Lunglei, Mizoram

A building in Lunglei showing its rich Archeological work.

Lunglei means ‘ The Bridge Of Rock ‘. This place has majestic scenic beauty and natural landscapes. Despite all the requirements of a tourist destination, it is one of the unexplored places in India. Here, activities like trekking, and adventure sports can be performed. Lunglei is situated in the Southern part of Mizoram and is the second most populous district in the state.

 Zobawk sports academy, Kawmzawi park, Khawnglung wildlife sanctuary, Saikuti hall, and Thuamluaia mall are some of the best places in Lunglei.

Best Time To Visit Lunglei: October to June.

2. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.
Source: www.esamskriti.com

Mandu is a place best known for its architectural beauty. This place is still unknown to many people but has the potential to attract tourists. Mandu is located in Madhya Pradesh. This city is also famous for the love between Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. The royal palace in the city describes its architectural work. You can also get a glimpse of Royal Heritage cities along with other beautiful places. In spite of having the caliber, it is the least visited city in India.

Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Jami Masjid, and Baz Bahadur’s palace are some of the best places you can visit in this city.

Best Time To Visit Mandu: March to October.

3. Patan, Gujarat

Patan, Gujarat.

Patan is a small town in Gujarat. No doubt, it is a less explored place in India but is gaining popularity day by day. Patan used to be the Capital of the State during the medieval period. It remained the Capital of Gujarat for more than 650 years. Patan is famous for its Temples, Dargah, and Jain Temples. It used to be an architectural hub during the medieval age. The fine work of art can be witnessed on the walls of the buildings belonging to the medieval period. You can plan to enjoy your holidays in this area as there are many other places to explore.

Rani Ki Vav, Sahastralinga Talav, Patola Saree making unit, Temples, and Dargah are some of the best places to visit in Patan.

Best Time To Visit Patan: April to October.

4. Hemis, Leh

Hemis Monastery, Leh.

A beautiful place in Leh, having great potential for tourism but unfortunately not going according to its caliber. This village is famous for Hemis Monastery, and a variety of animals like langurs, wolves, deer, red foxes, and mammoths. The presence of a snow leopard in Hemis National Park can be one of the many moments to get captured by you in cameras. No doubt, it is the least visited place but believe me if you once visit this place you will feel rejoiced.

Stakna Gompa, Shong Gompa, Gotsong Gompa, Hemis National Park, and Hemis Monastery are the famous attractions of this place.

Best Time To Visit Hemis: April to June.

5. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

Kurnool Fort.

Kurnool is situated in Andhra Pradesh. The last Hindu ruler ruled in Kurnool. You can visit this place and can the palace that still is present there in the form of ruins. The ruins of this palace indicate the rich architectural heritage of that period. Kurnool is also known as, ‘ The Gateway of Rayalaseema ‘, and has many historical places to visit. Ruins of the Vijaynagar Empire, Persian, and Arabic inscriptions of that period can be seen there. Many buildings belonging to the 16th century can be a source of knowledge for many of you.

Yaganti, Venugopalaswamy Temple, Rollapadu Wild Life Sanctuary, and Belum caves are some of the famous places in Kurnool.

Best Time To Visit: March to October.

6. Champaner, Gujarat

Champaner, Pavagadh Archeological Park.
Source: www.adobestock.com

Champaner has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a very beautiful sight to visit and enjoy. This town is situated over the Pavagadh hills which are considered to be a part of the Himalayas. It is believed that it is the same part of the Himalayas which was carried over by Hanuman during the Ramayan era. This can prove to be a great source of knowledge for all those who believe in Ramayana. Champaner is also famous for its scenic beauty and parks.

Champaner-Pavaagadh Archaeological Park, Pavagadh Hills, Kalimate Temple, and the Water Retention system used in the 13th century are some of the best places to visit in Champaner.

Best Time To Visit: February to October.

7. Majuli, Assam

Majuli Island.

The lush green island having beauty beyond the limit of words is located over the Bhramputra river at a distance of 20 km from Jorhat city. Majuli is one of the world’s largest river islands. It is the cultural capital of Assam and is inhabited by many tribals. Moreover, it is the first island that is a district in India. It was given the status of a district in 2016. Majuli has an area of 1,255 square kilometers.

If you are a nature lover, it can prove to be an ideal destination for you to spend your vacations here.

Kamalabari Satra, Garmur, and Jorhat city are some of the famous places which you can visit here.

Best Time To Visit Majuli: April, May.

8. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.

Ziro is a town and the district headquarters of the lower Subansiri district. It is also home to various tribal groups. Ziro is located in the North-East side of India. Life in Ziro is calm and quiet. For people who love to spend time in a peaceful place, it is best suited to them. Apa Tani tribe is the mostly found tribe in this area. This place is also famous for its pine hills and rice fields. The weather in Ziro remains pleasant throughout the year.

The wildlife sanctuary in Talley Valley, Dolo Mando, and Tarin fish farm are some of the famous places in Ziro. This place has got great potential to be an ideal tourist spot.

Best Time To Visit: May.

9. Urakam, Kerala

A Restaurant In Urakam.

Urakam is one of the best places for tourists to visit but unfortunately, it is one of the ignored destinations in India. Majestic beauty, calm atmosphere, entrancing culture, skilled artisans, enthusiastic festivals, and mouth-watering food are some of the best attractions of Urakam. If you are fed up with hustle and bustle of fast city life, you can come here to relax, rejoice yourself and breathe easy. The other attractive part of Urakam is its pottery. The pottery of this place is very famous. You can try it out yourself by engaging yourself in pottery making.

Peruvanam Mahadev Temple, Ammathiruvadi Temple, Calm life, and pottery making are some of the attractions of this place.

Best Time To Visit Urakam: May.

10. Moodbidri, Karnataka

1000 Pillar Temple, Moodbidri.
Source: www.enidhi.net

Moodbidri is a place best suited to people interested in historical places. This place is best known as Jain’s paradise. It is a dream destination for historians. Jain shrines belonging to Digambra culture are still present in Moodbidri. Famous among them is a thousand pillared Jain Temple which is believed to be more than 600 years old. The architecture used in these Temples has Nepalese, Hoysala, and Oriental influences.

Jain Temples, Kanchibail waterfalls, Gomateshwara Statue, Durga waterfalls, and various historical places are the main attractions of this place.

Best Time To Visit Moodbidri: March to September.

11. Velas, Maharashtra

A Tortoise At Vela's Beach.

Velas is a village in Maharashtra. The people of this village have made their motto to protect and nurture the common and endangered species of turtles. You will be astonished to see the way the turtles hatch out of their shells. This village also hosts the annual turtle festival which is a mesmerizing event. Velas lies in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Velas is also famous for its beaches. Nana Phadnis, a secretary during Peshawa’s rule was born in this village.

Velas Beach, Bankot Fort, and Hariheshwar Beach are some of the famous places in this village.

Best Time To Visit: March and April.

12. Manipat, Chattisgarh

A Tourist Place In Manipat.

The Manipat is famous for its Gompas ( Temples ) which are less explored. Many of you must be hearing the name of this place for the first time. It is a large Tibetan settlement after Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Thakpo Shedupling Monastery built in 1970 is very famous among the local people. The interior of the Monastery has been decorated by old thangkas and wall murals. The farms of Tau are believed to possess various healing properties, especially for people suffering from high BP.

The Parpatiya Sunset point, Mercury Falls, and Thakpo Shedupling Monastery are some of the famous places here.

Best Time To Visit Manipat: March to October.

13. Jawai, Rajasthan

Jawai Bandh.
Source: www.jawaibandh.com

Jawai is a place known to a very less number of people. It came into the news these days because of its newest addition to the leopard spotting destination in India. Rajasthani culture, famous local food, and luxurious tents ensure that the experience is exotic as well as adventurous. Jawai is also known as a hub for many migratory birds like geese, cranes, etc. You may also find sloth bears, Indian wolves, and antelopes in Jawai.

The Kambeshwar Temple, Mahavir Dham, and Kumbhalgarh are some of the famous spots in Jawai.

Best Time To Visit Jawai: May to September.

14. Kila Raipur, Punjab

Rural Olympics In Kila Raipur.

Kila Raipur lies in Ludhiana district in Punjab. This place is known for hosting various games, and cultural festivals. People of this area celebrate the festivals with great pomp and zeal. The engaging dances and traditional plays will keep your attention engaged. It is a sports destination where you can meet valiant and strong people as they are athletes. You will find many unexplored places in Kila Raipur. Rural Olympics are held in this village during the month of February. 

Sri Harmandir Sahib, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort, and Punjab Agricultural University are some of the places you can visit in Kila Raipur.

Best Time To Visit Kila Raipur: February and March.

15. Kanatal, Uttrakhand

Tents In Kanatal.

Kanatal is a beautiful small hamlet that lies 80km away from Dehradun. This place has a lot of greenery and beautiful scenery. In spite of its natural beauty, it is still an unexplored place. A few people know and visit this place. The views of this place are very stunning and are best suited to romantic couples. It can prove to be an ideal destination for honeymooners also. The Hospitality of hotels here is very good. Kanatal has special terrace stays, ideal for couples.

Surkanda Devi Temple and Tehri Dam are some of the famous places here.

Best Time To Visit: April and June.

16. Gurez Valley, Kashmir

Gurez Valley In Kashmir.

Gurez valley is a stunning piece of work done by God. Beautiful landscapes, mindblowing scenery, and the sound of the gushing rivers are the common things that you can witness in Gurez valley. You can often see the shepherds grazing their cattle in the open fields. Gurez valley is situated right below the Line Of Control and makes it a safe and secure place to visit.

Wular Lake, Razdan pass, and Peer Baba Shrine are some of the famous places in Gurez.

Best Time To Visit Gurez: May to September.

What Do You Mean By Off Beat Places?

Offbeat places mean places less known and visited by people.

Is There Any Hidden Place In India?

As for as a hidden place is concerned, there is less possibility of such a place but less traveled places are in plenty.

Benefits Of Travelling to Offbeat Places

1. You will find yourself in your comfort zone as there is a presence of less number of tourists. People who love calm places away from hustle and bustle of crowded cities may find such places ideal for them.

2. Everything such as hotel charges, food expenses, and travel expenses will be comparatively cheaper.

3. Locals will cooperate with you happily.

What Do You Mean By Offbeat Content?

It means unusual and strange but noticeable content.

What Do You Mean By Forbidden Places?

Forbidden places are places where no travelers are allowed to visit.

Are Forbidden Places Present In India?

Yes, these places are:

1. Barren Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

2. North Sentinel Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

3. The Nicobar Islands, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands.

4. China occupied Arunachal, Arunachal Pradesh.

5. BARC, Mumbai.

6. Stok Kangri, Ladakh.

7. Mt. Kanchenjunga,Sikkim.

8. Cholamu Lake, Sikkim.

9. Some Lakshadweep Islands.

10. Rudra Mahalay, Gujarat.

11. Upper part of Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh.

12. Aksai Chin, Ladakh.

Why It Is Not Allowed To Visit Nicobar?

1. The local people and the Government of India don’t want the outer world to hamper their living.

2. To keep native culture and inhabitants safe.

Hope you will enjoy reading this article. Stay connected to read my next articles. Till then Bye! God bless you all.

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