11 Offbeat Travel Destinations In India: Because Goa Is Too Mainstream

Indiathe land of beautiful destinations, some even hidden for the ones who feel they have travelled everywhere and seen everything has a lot of places left to be explored. If you are one of those fearless travellers looking for destinations that are unknown and are far from the reach of your general tourist trail, read on.

In this list, you’ll find dazzling sanctuaries, hidden monasteries, magnetic hills and even a lake that is strewn about with skeletons. These might be far from our reach and difficult to go to but are worth every effort.

Not to forget, a perfect fit for your bucket list.

1. The Mysterious Lake of Skeletons: Roopkund Lake

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The skeleton lake is the most secluded place that is located somewhere in the most inhospitable region of the Himalayan mountains. This frightening lake is known to house over hundreds of corpses back from the time of 15th Century AD. 

While you might be wondering how all these people died there, the locals say they were thrown into the lake after a heavy hailstorm. The folklore even includes the local deity, Latu.

Here is how you can book a trek here: Roopkund Trek, Uttranchal

2. The Second Coldest Inhabited in The World: Frosty Drass 


The place where temperature tumbles down as low as 60 degree Celsius below freezing point is the famous offbeat destination called Drass. If you have never heard of this place, Drass is a charming valley which is also known as the gateway to Ladakh and is situated in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir. If this isn’t enough to scare you, the valley is situated at an altitude of 10,990 feet from the sea level. However, the valley turns colourful in the spring and summer season with the green pastures and vibrant looking wild flowers. 

Wish to go to the beautiful valley? Check Drass travel guide. 

3. The Magical Mountains: Magnetic Hill


What will you think if I tell you that your vehicle will move on its own here? Scared right! Highlighting one of nature’s mysterious ways to stun us, the magnetic hill, located near Leh in the beautiful Ladakh is known to possess some magnetic properties. The properties are strong enough to pull cars up the hill. It is situated at the height of 11,000 feet above the sea level. 

Still clueless about what the science behind the hill is? Check this out. 

4. A Paradise For Trekkers: Sandakphu

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The highest peak in Darjeeling, with a name that means “Height of the poison plant,” is located at an altitude of 3,636 metres. It is great for trekkers because one can not just experience snow and the wide adversity but also enjoy viewing four of world’s highest peaks- Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse from this place. 

Check out Sandakphu and Singalila Trek for more details. 

5. The Spell Bounding Spiti Valley

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One of the oldest and the most beautiful monasteries, the valley is located in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 12, 500 feet. The valley is one of a kind, enveloped in snow and shares an international boundary with Tibet. The place even possesses a pretty unique religion that hails from the favourite monasteries of Dalai Lama; Tibetan Buddhism.

To explore more, check out the most common itinerary for Spiti Valley.  

6. The hidden one: The Phugtal Monastery

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I hope you might have heard about cave monasteries? The Phuktal Monastery is a big cave monastery unique amongst all others in the Zanskar Valley

What makes it unique is its foundation that is created out of mud and twigs. Further to your surprise, it is home to around 70 monks and was found back in the 12th Century. Adding more to the shocking factor is the big hole that can you spot in the picture. The secret that it hides is water with healing powers. It is said that the level of the water inside the valley never spills regardless of any amount of water drawn out. 

This is how you can reach there: Trek to Phuktal Monastery

7. The Temple of Love: Khajuraho

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Khajuraho temples: a catalogue of desires is amongst the famous medieval monuments in India. Situated in the heart of the country, Madhya Pradesh, they are the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples in the world. 

Khajuraho exposes a mixture of science, art and passion on its walls and towers from the 11th Century. It attracts tourists from all over the world and conveys the tantric theology.

Here’s how you can travel to Khajuraho.  

8. The place for Water Rappelling: Vihigao Falls


How would you feel if you get to rappel over 120 feet of a waterfall? Amazing, won’t you? Vihigaon falls located in Kasara Mumbai is one gift to people who love to rappel. 

If you want to be that daredevil, this is the place for you. 

To know more about the Vihigaon Falls, read this. 

9. The Desolate Blinding White Land: Little Rann of Kutch

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The very unique place with an endless view of white land is the Little Rann. It is a wildlife sanctuary, a saline desert with thorn scrubs and lakes known as the Wild Ass Sanctuary. The thing that attracts tourists here is its rich biodiversity with water birds like cranes, ducks, pelicans and flamingoes. 

10. The Former Hunting Ground: Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary


How does a Jeep safari sound to you? Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 32 kms away from Bikaner and houses sloth bears, chinkara, nilgai, fox and black bucks. With a wildlife adversity so wide, the sanctuary was once a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Bikaner. If you love exploring the wildlife and have a pretty diverse jungle safari on your bucket list, this is the place for you. 

11. Kerela’s Best Kept Secret: Silent Valley National Park


Tell me you have never heard of this place. I know, it was a surprise for me too. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located in the Nilgiri hills and is a haven for wildlife. 

It houses animals like the endangered lion tale macaque, 138 species of birds and around 100o species of flowering plants including orchids, lichens, liverworts, algae and also the unique cobra plant which is known to look like a snake.

To add more to the beauty, there’s even a butterfly garden there. 

If you wish to go there, check the updated Silent Valley National Park details

How many of these destinations have you been to? Do you have any other that can be included in the list? Drop them in your comments and share this with your friends.  

Until my next post, 

Lots of Love.  

A Millennial Wife, Home Chef, and a Work at Home Writer.

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