India is a land of unparalleled beauty. The country’s landscape ranges from snow-capped mountains to hot deserts, gushing and bubbling rivers and pristine beaches, to dense forests. Such varied topography has made India tourist magnet all across the globe. At a time when the holiday bells are tolling, the perfect way to rediscover yourself is to take a vacation to explore the unexplored places in India. Traveling to some spectacular offbeat destinations in India rather going to popular destinations can blow your senses truly. Kiros Travels aims to make these less traveled places more accessible for all adventure lovers.
Some of the best offbeat destinations are:
Thinking of visiting Himachal Pradesh? Ditch the plan of Shimla, and take a trip to this unexplored beauty. Khajjiar is a picturesque hill station located in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by magnificent Deodar forests, this offbeat place is often referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. Khajjiar is ideal for enjoying a few days of pure bliss. Dotted with hills, lakes, and meadows, and covered by dense Pine trees, the hill station offers some serene and charming views. The town is also great for adventure lovers as visitors can indulge in activities such as paragliding, horse-riding, trekking, zorbing and the like.
If you are planning a trip to Jammu & Kashmir, make sure to add Gurez Valley to your Kashmir diaries. Approximately 140 kilometers away from Srinagar, the valley is one of the most protected regions in India because of its close proximity to the Line of Control that separates India and Pakistan. Situated at an altitude of 8000 feet above sea level, Gurez Valley is surrounded by snow-covered Himalayan Mountains. The Kishenganga River flows through the valley. Natural beauty is abundant in this scenic place. The valley offers some breathtaking views of surreal landscapes. The region has a diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan brown bear and the snow leopard. Dawar is the central township in the area. Due to heavy snowfall, it remains cut off from the rest of the world for six months.
Looking for a quiet and peaceful hideout away from the chaos of city? Chopta in Uttarakhand is one of the prettiest offbeat destinations in India. This hill station is set against the backdrop of snow clad mountains. Take a few days off and just relax in this sleepy town. Watch early morning sunrise and be awed by the spell-binding beauty of the Himalayas. Take a walk among the thick forest trails. For those who are keen on some adventure, tourists can trek to Chandrashila peak, Tungnath temple and the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary from Chopta. Kiros Travels offers curated trip to Chopta following latest camping trends.
Situated at an altitude of 15,750 feet, a trek to the Roopkund glacial lake is said to be one of the most difficult trekking expeditions of the Himalayas. As is common in the latest camping trends, the more difficult a trek is, the more people want to participate in it. Roopkund Trek is a favorite among the mountaineering community in India. The Roopkund Lake is most famous for the hundreds of skeletons found at the bottom of the lake dating back to 15th century AD. A rare gem in the trekking world, the trail to the mysterious Roopkund is just as stunning as the destination itself.
Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers is located in the Garhwal hills of Uttarakhand. Rich in flora and fauna, the entire valley is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region falls under the territory of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The Valley is blessed with indigenous mountain flowers, insects, butterflies and bird species. It is home to some of the rarest flowers found in Earth. During the rainy season, the hills are covered with more than 300 species of flowers in every possible shade. Tourists can visit only from July to September. The valley is closed for trekking for the rest of the year.
Sandakphu is one of the offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata. Located at the high altitude of 3,336 meters, this is the highest peak in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Sandakphu literally means ‘Height of the Poison Plant’. It is named so because of the poisonous aconite plants that grow naturally near the peak. Sandakphu is part of many trekking routes in the Darjeeling-Sikkim region. The place offers some magnificent views of the surrounding hills and slopes. Reaching till here is a difficult journey to take, but it is all worth it. Trekkers can witness four of world’s five highest peaks from this place – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Lhotse. Thus, it is often called the ‘Paradise of Trekkers’.