Do you want to live with some incredible experiences? Do you want to indulge in nature? Are you tired of the same overcrowded tourist-flocked places? Nowadays everyone wants to take some days out of their busy life and just go traveling. But people want to seek some offbeat places where they can indulge in nature and spend quality time with nature. If you are much conscious about traveling then must avoid going to overcrowded places. By the way, there are various offbeat places to visit in India in summer about whom people know very little about and where the crowd seems to be negligible. There are some also to visit offbeat places that strengthen the local economy and encourage local entrepreneurs. It reduces the burden on highly tourist places. At the same time, you can learn more about the cultural activities of these places.

So in this article, I’m gonna share about such places. Let’s have a look:

1. Dzongu, North Sikkim

Dzongu, North Sikkim

Home to the Lepcha tribe, Dzongu is located in the northern district of Sikkim, a remote village nestled amidst the steep mountains and beautiful valleys of the mighty Himalayas. About 49 miles from Gangtok, this place is almost untouched by commercialization and materialism, where the Lepcha people live. Dzongu is everything you read about in fairy tales. The region lovingly nurtures both human and natural habitats amidst forest trees, waterfalls, and serene villagers. Here you will find cool rivers flowing toward hot springs. In between, many beautiful waterfalls, and serene villagers. Here you will find cool rivers flowing towards hot springs. In between, many beautiful waterfalls will surprise you from time to time. Ubiquitous luscious green forests full of exotic flora and flora cover the entire area. The settlements consist of small traditional houses and each house has a small beautiful (which you have seen in your KG books). There are mostly homestay options here, so you can immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and culture. To enter Dzongu, you need a permit from the Government of Sikkim.

2. Kalpa Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

This small village of Himachal is situated in front of the Kailash Range as if this village was specially built for the view of these peaks. Kalpa is a place where you do not need a car or bike to visit, rather you should just walk to every corner of this village so that you will be able to feel the peace and tranquility of this place closely. Kalpa village is really a perfect mix where neither a remote area like Spiti nor crowded with tourists i.e. it is a perfect combination where you will get a peaceful environment, friendly locals, and great views. In the houses here you will find bedrooms attached to kitchens because during winter people sit and sleep here to escape the cold. The view of the Kinnaur Kailash Range from here is worth seeing. And when you behold the sunrise, It will feel like heaven. All the peaks of this range are more than 19000 feet in height, each has a different significance among the people here. The peak from which this range gets its name is Kinnaur Kailash Peak (19,800 ft) on which a 79-ft-tall Shivalinga is situated. Every year thousands of people come here to worship Shivalinga.

3. Varkala, Kerala

Varkala, Kerala

Want to immerse yourself in the beauty of the blue Arabian Sea? Varkala is one such exotic tourist destination in Kerala that you will surely fall in love with. It is a quiet village located 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram district. There are many tourist attractions here including the only picturesque cliff beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu temple, a lighthouse, a fort, and a monastery a short distance from the beach. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place really provides you with amazing views. You can indulge in yoga training in the Ashram here. Savor delicious Kerala food while soaking yourself in the beach views, it truly feels amazing.

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4. Nako Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Nako Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Nako village, located at a distance of about 100 km from Kalpa, is the highest village in Kinnaur before the beginning of Spiti Valley. Nako village is situated at an altitude of 12000 feet and though Nako is also in Kinnaur, when you reach here everything changes as the landscape changes from green to desert, wooden houses are converted into mud houses, and Namaste changes in Jule. The most unique thing here is that these mud houses are built in a group as if there is an old fort because everything here is old except the 4G tower. Coming here feels as if you have entered history, it feels as if you have come to a very old time. Reo Purgyil (22,362 feet), the highest peak of Himachal, is visible from Nako. At sunset, when the entire village becomes dark, this peak looks absolutely golden and this sight is really worth seeing. No doubt, Nako is a desert area but there is a lake named Nako here which is truly a miracle of nature. This lake is very sacred for the people here, whose beauty increases even more at the time of sunset. At some distance from the lake, there is a Buddhist temple located at the highest point. It is believed that this temple protects the entire village and from here you can see the entire Nako village. The Tibet border is just 20-25 kilometers away from Nako.

5. Thachi Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Thachi Valley, Himachal Pradesh

When solitude comes along with attractive views and a gust of fresh wind, it obviously brings a change in lifestyle. This is illustrated by Thachi Valley, a small Valley in Mandi which is no less than a paradise. If you are looking for an Offbeat place that is budget-friendly and completely cut off from the outside world. A place which is surrounded by beautiful snowy mountains, sprawling waterfalls, greenery, and endowed with natural beauty then your search will be completed by coming to Thachi Valley.

6. Khecheopalri Lake, Sikkim

It is believed about this lake that it’s a wish-fulfilling lake. This lake included among the offbeat places to visit in India is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Khecheopalri is derived from two words: Khecheo and Palri which means “flying angels and palace. Here people called it “Sho Dzo Sho” which means Oh Lady! sit here!! According to folklore, this special lake represents one of the four plexus of the human body namely, the thorax; the other three are Tashiding (head), Yuksom (the third eye), and Pemayangtse (the heart).

7. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

If you are looking forward to spending your time in the hilly areas of Arunachal Pradesh then Tawang is a must-visit place for you. Tawang is situated at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level and is known for its picturesque views, majestic waterfalls, and spiritual significance. Whether you want to soak in the beautiful views or explore the rich culture of this area then this place is truly for you. Not only this, Tawang is also known as the birthplace of the Dalai Lama. Tawang is home to several glacial lakes which have crystal-clear blue waters. This place is ideal for those who just want to relax away from the hue-and-cry of city life. Most peace seekers come here to meditate at Taktsang Gompa, a pilgrimage site surrounded by mountains and coniferous trees.

8. Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi is not only for history lovers but for nature lovers also. It is famous for its Buddha Stupa which is only 10 km faraway from Vidisha. It is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Stupa no.1 is the biggest in Sanchi Stupa, which is shaped like an inverted bowl. There are three Chhatras on its summit, which shows greatness. This Stupa was built in honor of Gautam Buddha.

9. Hemis, Leh

Hemis. Leh

Hemis is an incredible tourist attraction that attracts visitors when they come here. If you want to spend your quality time far away from the hue-and-cry of the city then you should come to visit this offbeat place of India. It is the famous Buddha monastery of Leh-Ladakh and also a heritage site of India. Situated amidst magnificent mountains on the bank of the Indus river, this monastery is the largest and most popular monastery among tourists. It is one of the richest monasteries in India because apart from Stupas which are made of gold and silver, there is also a magnificent copper statue of Lord Buddha.

This monastery is indeed an amalgamation of beautiful natural surroundings and ancient spiritual culture. The splendid architecture of the Tibetan style can be seen in this monastery, which is adorned with many colors and is very attractive. This is divided into two parts: first is the assembly hall known as “Dukhang” and the second one is the main temple known as “Shongkhang”. There is also a library of Tibetan religious books located on the premises of this monastery.

10. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Image Mawlynnong, Meghalaya By Wikimedia Commons

It is Asia’s cleanest village located in Meghalaya, India. It is such a unique place and called “God’s own Garden”. It’s been very famous for its cleanliness for many years. There are bridges here that are automatically made up of intertwining roots of a living rubber tree. Many people from all over the country and abroad come here to see these bridges. Here people use dustbins made of bamboo and use cloth bags to carry goods. You can say it is an ideal tourist destination. The water of the river Dawki is so clear that even if a boat moves in it, it seems that it’s not moving in water but flying in the air.

11. Bylakuppe, Karnataka

Bylakuppe, Karnataka

Although most Tibetan places are located in Himachal Pradesh fewer people know that a Tibetan place called Bylakuppe is situated in Karnataka which is just 90 km away from Mysore. The journey to this place is so beautiful. The gradual change in the natural landscape which is a mystique and charming will make you realize as if you are entering a new country with every step moving towards the monasteries. When people come here in search of peace and calmness then Bylakuppe welcomes them always. Amazing views and the serenity of the place will captivate you.

12. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

You can call it a cold desert because it rains very rarely here. So visiting Lahaul-Spiti can be an adventurous experience. Spiti Valley is situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet and is surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides. This region receives only 250 days of sunshine in a year. The beauty of this valley is so marvelous and relaxing to the eyes. Its ancient lakes pass and blue skies attract people too much. This valley is also surrounded by small huts and Buddhist monasteries. Spiti can make you stunned with beautiful vistas. It is quite astonishing that the handful of people who survive in this harsh climate welcome you with a smile and incredible warmth.

Did you enjoy this article containing the top 12 offbeat places to visit in India in summer, and what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go for them. You will enjoy a lot at these places!

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