5 offbeat travel destinations in India

India as a travel destination has a variety of experiences to offer but at times, you just want to skip the crowds, do away with the popular places and venture into the unknown. Here are five such unexplored, virgin towns/regions that are slowly making their way onto the travel map,in simpler words some of our favorite offbeat travel destinations to recommend.

Chambal is about an hours’ drive from Agra and the town was made famous by the ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi. Once infested with bandits and goons it is now quite safe for travellers. If you love the wild, this place is a must visit. Visit the National Chambal Sactuary, home to a number of endangered species as well as the Ganges river Dolphin, Gharial crocodile, and a number of other animals and migatory birds. Spend a day or two at this untouched city, and stay at the Chambal Safari Lodge on your way to or from Agra.


Wayanad is a district in North Kerala. The lush green landscape, majestic hills and valleys and the splendour of the many waterfalls captivate the senses. Clean and pristine, it is a perfect getaway from the busy city life. The quiet intimacy with nature makes it perfect for honeymooners.  From Mumbai, fly to Calicut which is the closest airport. From Cochin, you can either fly or take a train. Stay here in the tropical rainforest property of Vythiri Resort.


The city of boulders may not seem offbeat for a few travelers but is not on the most visited list either. This UNESCO world heritage site is in the southern state of Karnataka; accessible from Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa. One of the top backpacker destinations, Hampi is a mesmerizing town of ruins.  Go cycling into the sunset or visit one of the many temples or simply curl up with your favourite book and enjoy the calm and fresh air. You can easily spend two or even three days here and you will definitely leave Hampi, desperate to return!


The mountains beckon!  In the state of Himachal Pradesh against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, lies nestled the town of Thanedhar. Wake up to an enthralling view of the mountains and valley of vividly-coloured apple trees below. The apple trees change colour each season; a feast to the eyes.  You can go for walks, hikes or simply laze around in the beauty that surrounds you. You can drive from Shimla to Thanedhar  and continue onwards to Sojha or Kasauli and be amazed in the bliss of pure nature. Stay here at the Banjara Retreat and enjoy fabulous views from your room itself


If you’re looking for leopards, opt for the The Kumbalgarh National Park in Rajasthan over Ranthambhore. You may spot some crocodiles in the bargain. Located right between Jodhpur and Udaipur it is really easy to reach and has a lovely luxury property you can consider for your stay (Jawai Leopard camp).

If you’d like to plan a trip to any of these places you can get in touch with us at thinkingindia@stage2.indiasomeday.com

By Sneha Francis

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