As a country with a rich history, diverse culture, and beautiful landscapes, India is full of surprises no matter where you go! This vast country is filled with countless fascinating places that it is impossible to cover at least one-tenth of them in a couple of trips. Have you already made a start by visiting the most popular tourist places that have been grabbing the eyeballs of tourists for ages? Why not go discovering the less-explored yet equally (or even more) amazing destinations during your upcoming trip to India? If this is what you are looking forward to, here are our top picks for the best offbeat places to visit in India. Start planning your trip now and book flights with Indian Eagle to save big on air tickets!
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh:
If you wish to center your offbeat tour on nature and spirituality, then Tawang is the place to be! One can also enjoy a variety of adventure activities (from hiking in monsoons to skiing in winters) at this picturesque hill station nestled in the Himalayas. Tawang, the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, is primarily known for its Buddhist monasteries, of which the famous one is the Tawang Monastery – the largest in India. Sela Pass, Tawang valley, Madhuri Lake, Gorichen Peak, Taktsang Gompa are some of the must-see places in Tawang.
Best time to visit Tawang: March to September
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh:
Mandu, a beautiful city situated in the Malwa region, is one of the best offbeat places to visit in India, especially for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. The beautiful palaces, manicured lawns, and ancient monuments of this time-locked city exude a royal and romantic charm, silently retelling the poignant love story of Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. Travel back in time exploring the architectural wonders such as Mandu Fort, Baz Bahadur Palace, Jahaz Mahal, Jami Masjid, Hindola Mahal, Rani Roopmati Pavilion, Rewa Kund, Neelkanth Palace, Hathi Mahal, and Bagh Caves.
Best time to visit Mandu: October to March
Shojha, Himachal Pradesh:
Words cannot justify the beauty of Himalayan hill stations! As we are determined to guide you through some of the beautiful offbeat places in India, we suggest Shojha for a hilly retreat in the country. This untouched, uncrowded, and unspoiled hill station in Himachal Pradesh lets you reconnect with yourself and nature. You’ll find it hard to leave this quaint little hamlet, whose overwhelming serenity and the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, deodar and coniferous forests leave a lasting impression on you.
Best time to visit Shojha: March to June
Kalna, West Bengal:
Kalna or Ambika Kalna is a beautiful temple town located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. It is popular for its riverside terracotta temples dating to the 18th century. Considered some of the best examples of Bengal’s terracotta architecture, the iconic structure is the 108 Shiva temple complex, also called Nava Kailash. This stunning complex features two concentric circles consisting of 74 and 34 temples that house Shiva lingas. Apart from the intricate carvings of episodes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the fascinating architectural feature of this temple complex is that you can catch sight of all the Shiva lingas from the center of the complex! Other popular temples to visit in Kalna include Siddheshwari Temple, Sri Gauranga Mandir, Pratapeshvara mandir, and Gopalbari Mandir.
Best time to visit Kalna: October to March
Auroville, Tamil Nadu:
Located in Viluppuram district, Auroville makes for an interesting offbeat place to visit in India. This ‘experimental universal township’ was conceptualized by Mirra Alfassa (dearly referred to as “the Mother”), a disciple of the spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo. She established this township intending to create a utopia where people from different countries live in peace and progressive harmony, believe in the principles of human unity, and thus grow together spiritually. If you are in search of a tranquil place thriving on ideal principles like these, then Auroville is the place for you. Take part in the sessions held in Auroville that can be life-changing for spiritual seekers.
Best time to visit Auroville: November to March