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10 Offbeat Summer Destinations In India

The slow sweat buds trickling down your forehead, sweetly announcing summer’s arrival is not something most Indians are fond of. Long months of heat also bring about strong urges in escaping to cooler places, away from the high temperatures. Since this is the most common route a lot of us opt for, famous tourist places are overcrowded in this season. So, does that mean you stop travelling or be a part of the crowd? Not necessarily, you can instead escape to quiet, offbeat places which tourists haven’t entirely discovered yet. 

After some research and personal experience, we bring to you our list of 10 best offbeat summer destinations in India. Cool off, in private like never before. 

1) Tabo, Himachal Pradesh

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Tabo, a small town in Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, is a lake town far too beautiful to just read about. The town surrounds a Buddhist monastery which is around a thousand years old. It is often referred to as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. There are a few hotels in Tabo, however most travelers opt to stay with the locals, in their homestay instead.

Best time to visit: May to October

2) Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh

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This is probably not as remote as the other destinations, it however is as beautiful. An ideal alternative to Shimla, it is just a 30 mins drive from the latter, rightfully earning it the title of ‘Quieter Shimla’. This quaint hamlet is famous for its apple orchards, make sure to go for trail while in Mashobra. 

Best time to visit: March to June

3) Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh

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Jibhi is an unexplored paradise in the Tirthan valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by alpine meadows and lush green valleys. Jibhi is an ideal escape to a picturesque village full of Victorian cottages. There are numerous trails to undertake if you wish to explore this village or simply get some extra oxygen. 

Best time to visit: October to May

4) Turtuk, Jammu and Kashmir

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Turtuk is an incredibly beautiful little village nestled between the Ladakh and Karakoram ranges with the Shyok River accompanying it on one side.Known as the erstwhile Baltistan, legend has it that prior to the Indo-Pak war of 1971, this village was a part of Pakistan. Post the war, India gained control of this strategic location. So here I present to you, perhaps the nicest, cleanest and the most beautiful village I’ve ever seen – Turtuk.

Best time to visit: May to October

5) Jispa, Himachal Pradesh

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A lonely village in Lahaul, nestled on the banks of Bhaga river is a charming little village in Himachal Pradesh. Away from the hustle of regular city life, this village is as quiet as any place could be. 

Best time to visit: May to October

6) Agumbe, Karnataka

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Agumbe is a small village located in the Shimoga district in Karnataka. It is commonly known as the ‘Cherrapunjee of South’. This was the origin of Malgudi and is one of the go-to places for a vacation. Replete with old world charms and many waterfalls, Agumbe has been attracting offbeat travelers from the North and South.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

7) Kolukkumalai, Kerala

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Kolukkumalai is a petite bordering village with the world’s highest tea estate. It’s part in Kerala and part in Tamil Nadu. The tea grown here has special aromas and freshness because of the altitude. You can get glimpses of the beautiful Munnar valley from one of its hillocks. This hill top village which lies 32 kms from Munnar is only accessible by jeep. 

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

8) Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

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One of Nilgiri’s oldest and prettiest hill stations, Kotagiri lies in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kotagiri is quietly tucked away in the Nilgiris and used to be the summer resort of the British.Kotagiri is situated in an ‘open-terrace’ massif. Its weather is more bracing than that of Coonoor and balmier than that of Ooty. This hill getaway can be a beautiful holiday as you savour the bliss of the unexploited hills.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

9) Pelling, Sikkim

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Pelling today is quietly emerging as one of the most sought after places to visit in Sikkim after Gangtok. With breathtakingly beautiful places to visit, this small town situated in North East Sikkim is a must visit if you wish to see nature at its best.From exploring natural wonders like lakes and waterfalls, engaging in shopping, to unveiling the secrets of historical ruins, there are tons of things to do in Pelling.

Best time to visit: March to June

10) Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

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Dubbed as ‘Asia’s cleanest village’, Mawlynnong is an antique village which doesn’t fail to impress on your visit. It is also known as God’s own garden. The Living Root Bridges in Mawlynnong have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hanging on a river, the bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of one massive rubber tree with another.The silence of a jungle is broken by the gushing sound of Mawlynnong waterfall. This is a perfect place to unwind and have a lovely picnic with your loved ones.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

There you go, get ready to explore some of these untouched beauties this summer. If you have any other places in mind, be sure share them with us too. 

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