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Travelling to Offbeat Desinations in North India

By Akshatha

Travelling is all about different experiences in life. Choosing places which are not very preferred or not famous is definitely challenging.

Divert your travel ideas towards unique places, heritage sites, mixed ecosystems for a thrilling tour.

Offbeat tourist places in North India, welcomes you to feel the uniqueness and charm. So, here are some of the best offbeat destinations under North India tourism.



The town of Pithoragarh is located in Soar Valley, surrounded by the mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli and Nanda Kot.

It is also called as the 'Gateway to the Himalayas from the North'. Often tourists trek through Pithoragarh to Mount Kailash, Om Parvat and Manasasarovar.

It has many tourist places: Pithoragarh Fort, Munsiyari, Kali Mandir of Gangolihat, Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple, Maharajke Park and so on.

Pithoragarh is apt for an offbeat travel in North India.

Photo Courtesy: L. Shyamal

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a land of salt marshes ( a marshy ecosystem which is dependent on salt water or tides).

Rann of Kutch is situated in Thar Desert of Gujarat and some parts of it in Sindh, Pakishtan. It is divided into two areas: Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch.

The speciality is the mixed ecosystems; desert on one side and sea in another side.

So, tourists can see different vegetation like mangroves, desert and sea side in a single destination.

Rann of Kutch which is also known as 'Salt Desert', is one of the popular offbeat tourist places in North India.

Photo Courtesy: Vinod Panicker

 Phugtal Monastery

Phugtal Monastery

Phugtal Monastery is a monastery located in Zanskar of Ladakh. The speciality is that, the monastery is built on a cliff and the architecture looks like a honeycomb.

Phugtal Gompa is also a home to around 70 monks; consisting of a library and prayer halls.

One should visit this place for it rustic look and unique construction.

Photo Courtesy: Shakti



Veraval which is known as the 'Gateway to the Somanath Temple', is a coastal town in Gujarat.

Veraval being one of the largest fishing ports in India, was once a part of the Kingdom of Junagadh.

The Nawabi heritage is one of the main tourist attractions in this town.

Veraval beach,Somanath Temple, Gir National Park, Triveni Sangam, Prabhas Patan, etc are some of the places around Veraval.

Photo Courtesy: Ffaarrooqq

Chopta Valley

Chopta Valley

Chopta Valley known as 'Mini Switzerland' is a village in Uttarakhand. Popular among trekkers because it is the base for Tunganath trek.

Chopta surrounded by Uttarakhand Himalayas, is a scenic beauty. It should be among your list of Offbeat tourist places in North India.

Photo Courtesy: Vvnataraj



Orchha is a town which was founded by Rudra Pratap Singh in 16th C. Orchha is known for its heritage sites on the banks of Betwa river in Madhya Pradesh.

Chaturbhuj Temple, Ram Raja Temple, Jahangir Mahal, Raja Mahal are some of the major tourist places in the town.

Orchha with an old world charm, beautiful heritage buildings and temples is a must visit offbeat destination in North India.

Photo Courtesy: Ghirlandajo



Ranakpur is a village situated between Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan.

It is known for the Jain Temple and is one of the popular tourist places in Pali.

The architectural elegance of the Jain Temple, shows the creativity and skills of Rajasthani craftsmen of an ancient era (1437 CE).

A visit to Ranakpur will be an enriching one.

Photo Courtesy: Hardikmodi

Markha Valley

Markha Valley

Markha Valley around the Markha river in Ladakh is a popular trekking route. Kange Yatze is the high mountain peak in the valley.

The picturesque landscapes in Markha is reached via Ganda La pass in Spituk.

Markha Valley with all the natural treasures is an ideal offbeat tourist destination.

Photo Courtesy: SlartibErtfass der bertige



Sandakphu or Sandakpur is the highest mountain peak in West Bengal. It is famous for the view of Kanchenjunga.

Sandakphu is mainly known as a trekking destination and the Singalila National Park. Covered by the snow-clad mountains, Sandakphu is a unique travel.

Photo Courtesy: Anirban Biswas

Chandipur Beach

Chandipur Beach

Chandipur Beach in Baleshwar of Odisha is a unique one. The sea here recedes up to 5 km by leaving an onlooker in excitement.

The sea disappears for a distance and returns, this magical phenomenon happens every day.

Chandipur beach is slowly getting popularity among travellers.

Photo Courtesy: Surjapolleywiki

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