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There’s a history, a story and a few traditions in the bosom of every city, every town and every little village. While we manage to unlock a few stories of the more popular destinations, there is much to be explored of those that are not tread into by many. You’ve been to the beaches, you’ve trekked some mountains and yet, there are unexplored sceneries that remain hidden. So, this season, pack up your bags and set off to charter a new course in the search of new adventures to the untrodden territories of India.
Our list of 5 peaceful and ‘offbeat’ places across India will hopefully help you plan the next vacation soon. Leave behind your inhibitions and embark on the journey of a lifetime!
Perched at an altitude of 2700 metres above sea level in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Chopta is a small hill station which also serves as a basepoint of trekking destinations such as Chandrashila and Tungnath. Picturesquely placed amidst the high Himalayas, this quaint little town is secluded, serene and salubrious. Camping is an activity one must indulge in, whether you are travelling with friends or with family for an experience which is fun and exciting. Trenched in tranquility, the Devariya or the Deoria Lake, permits overnight camping and jungle trekking. If you are an adventure aficionado on the lookout, then it is safe to say that your wait is over. You can reach Chopta via Rishikesh which is only about 240 kilometres from Delhi. If you are travelling from elsewhere, Delhi is well-connected by flights. You can book cheap flights tickets to New Delhi via ixigo and continue your journey via cab.
Velas is a small village in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. What makes this place interesting is its bunch of Olive Ridley turtles that come to visit the beach every year to lay their eggs. Witnessing the magic of the birth of a turtle is a unique experience in itself. The annual Turtle Festival began in the year 2006 by a leading NGO bringing accolades to the village and its residents for being the pioneers of conservation of nature. You can reach here by road from Mumbai or Pune.
Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand
Trekked through the breathtaking Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, the Roopkund lake will endow you with the perfect taste of adventure. A blissful stretch of meadow, virgin jungles and beautiful brooks lead the way to the lake. It is a steep and slippery climb, so one must be really careful. The lake has a few frozen mysteries of its own; it is covered with human skeletons. Yes, you read it right! Scientists have come up with a theory that these are the skeletons of 9th century Indian tribesmen who lost their lives in a hail storm. The starting point of the trek is Lohajung Pass which can be reached from Delhi by bus.
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
At the meeting point of the Shyok and the Siachen rivers is the grippingly glorious Nubra Valley. Surrounded by arid mountains, the valley is lined with majestic monasteries, sand dunes and a palace in ruins. The hour of the sunrise and the sunset are magical in this part of the world. Go for camel safari in the Hunder sand dunes, take in the scenery of the Yarab Tso lake and visit the frontier village of Panamik. From Leh Airport, it takes about 6 hours of drive to reach the valley. Do not miss gazing at the clear night sky full of stars!
Located in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, Ponmudi is a hill station dotted with tea plantations. Winding pathways, rakish rivulets and exotic flora are its stand-out features. Golden Valley is a must visit tourist attraction along the banks of the river Kallar. The trails of Varayattumotta, Chinnapulle and Braemoor trekking begin at Ponmudi. The finest attraction of the town, however, is Aaranmula Boat Race that is held in August – September each year along the banks of the Pampa river.
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International, at 67 kilometres. Take a cab or a bus from there to visit this place.