‘Travel More’ – Is this on your list for the New Year Resolutions? We’ve got you covered with the best offbeat locations to explore in India in 2023. Indian travel enthusiasts will be looking forward to exploring many of the closer and undiscovered gems of India. India being such a vast country with such diversity in topography, cultures and climate has a varied range of places to discover. Right from beaches, mountains,  ancient monuments, temples, forest reserves and whatnot. 

If you feel you have already explored the best of India yet, let us bring to you some of the best offbeat locations to explore in India in 2023. Many of these places have not yet been on the commercial radar and this year would be the perfect opportunity for you to get some local taste of nature. There are many offbeat locations to explore in India but some of them will leave you in awe of their beauty and splendour. 

Here are some of the best offbeat locations to explore in India in 2023:

1. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

A snowy morning in Tawang.
A snowy morning in Tawang
Image Credits: Dhruba Jyoti Baruah

The entire of northeast India provides a fresh spectacle of nature with its untamed and underrated beauty. The Tawang valley has a unique landscape filled with hidden waterfalls, conifer forests, sparkling rivers and frozen lakes and many snow-capped mountains that serve some of the most glamorous sunsets ever seen by the human eye. Since it is a hill station kind of location, trekking and hiking are some popular activities here. Also with recent developments, flights to Arunachal have become more accessible. 

The best spots to discover in Tawang are the Tawang monastery- India’s largest monastery, trekking at Bomdila, Sela Pass and Tawang War Memorial. Panganang Teng Tso Lake, Madhuri Lake, Gorichen Peak, etc. 

Best time to visit: September- April

2. Yumthang, Sikkim

Purple flowers at Yumthang
Purple flowers at Yumthang
Image Credits: Arijeet Bannerjee

The Yumthang valley is also popularly known as the Sikkim Valley of Flowers. Just as the name suggests, this place is a natural sanctuary home to several species of flowers, especially the state flower, the rhododendron. You can also see several rivers, hot springs, yaks and meadows here. In peak flowering season, this place is one of the best offbeat locations to explore in India as the entire valley is carpeted in rainbow-coloured hues, a literal feast to the eyes. 

Explore other nearby attractions here like the Lachung Monastery, Lachung Gompa, Zero Point, Bhim Nala Waterfalls, Chungthang, etc with our specially curated Sikkim tour Packages.

Best time to visit: Late February to mid-June.

3. Majuli, Assam

Beautiful landscape of River Island Majuli
Beautiful landscape of River Island Majuli
Image Credits: Abhilekh Saikia

Majuli in Assam is actually not only one of the world’s biggest inhabited river islands but it is also declared as a district. This picturesque island is surrounded by lush green forests and pollution-free water. Situated in the middle of the Brahmaputra river you will also get to learn a lot about the Sattriya culture along with the unique biodiversity of the region. 

Majuli should definitely be on your list of offbeat locations to explore in India as the island is slowly disappearing due to regular flooding and erosion. 

Best time to visit: October- February. 

4. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Offbeat Locations to Explore In India
The picturesque hamlet of Khajjar
Image Credits: Himtimes

Himachal Pradesh does not only have several extremely popular tourist spots in India but it is also home to several offbeat locations to explore in India that holds scenic and cultural beauty within them. The Khajjiar town here is the perfect representation of the picture-perfect postcard location. Surrounded by the deodar forests with the massive Western Himalayan Alps as the backdrop you will have a rejuvenating time here but besides that one can also enjoy adventure activities like camping, paragliding, zorbing, etc. 

Get the best deals on your Himachal Pradesh tour packages and hotel bookings with plenty of such pretty locations waiting to be explored. 

Best time to visit: April- July.

5. Hanle, Ladakh

Hanle Dark Sky Reserve, Ladakh
Hanle Dark Sky Reserve, Ladakh
Image Credit: Times of India

If you fancy a quaint village where you can observe a million stars in the night sky, Hanle should definitely be on your list of offbeat locations to explore in India. The newly set up Indian Astronomical Observatory gives visitors a chance to get lost in the starry nights you only might have seen in movies. Also, visit the 17th-century Hanle Monastery for the best panoramic views of the unique landscapes of Ladakh. 

If you want to explore some inner peace in 2023 get your hands on the best of Ladakh tour packages

Best time to visit: May- September. 

6. Jawai Safari, Rajasthan

Jawai Leopard Safari
Jawai Leopard Safari
Image Credit: www.jawaisafaris.com

Safaris started to be a vacation trend in 2022 and it will only grow in 2023. Well, the Jawai Safari offers one of the most thrilling and authentic wilderness encounters with an experience of the traditional Rajasthani Rabari culture. This safari guarantees you up-close encounters with leopards and some other wildlife. The safari also offers visitors some luxurious stay options right in the middle of nature. 

After the Jawai Safari, you can also explore popular gems like Udaipur, Jodhpur, etc. with our Rajasthan Tour Packages

Best time to visit: November- April.

Also Read: Experience The Best Jungle Safaris In India

7. Canacona, Goa

Palm-fringed Palolem Beach
Palm-fringed Palolem Beach
Image Credits: Grisha Bruev

Goa is often considered the synonym for a place to party and be wild, but if you are looking for some solace and quiet time, you should definitely put Canacona on your list of offbeat locations to explore in India in 2023. With several quaint beaches under its belt, you will be mesmerised by the clean beaches, pristine waters and secludedness here. 

You will have several options here like Cabo De Rama Beach, Cola Beach, Palolem Island Reserve, Kuskem Waterfalls, etc. Get lost in the tranquillity of South Goa with our Goa Tour Packages

Best time to visit: All year long. 

8. Wayanad, Kerala

Panoramic view of Wayanad hills
Panoramic view of Wayanad Hills
Image Credits: Vinod Pillai

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Wayanad is like a treat of green lustre for the eyes. The scenic beauty and biodiversity of Wayanad are unmatched. Surrounded by natural beauty and a soothing climate all year round will make you feel calm and relaxed. Book yourself the best available accommodations in Wayanad to get the best experience in God’s own country. Visit the best of Wayanad including Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar Dam, Soochipara Falls, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. with our Kerala Tour Packages

Best time to visit: October- May. 

9. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Yercaud Loop Road
Yercaud Loop Road
Image Credit: Tamil Nadu – Tn.gov.in

A quaint and rejuvenating hill station in South India. Yercaud should be on your list of the best offbeat locations to explore in India due to its raw and unspoiled natural beauty with rustic aesthetics. Get lost in the dense forests, fog-covered hilltops, lakes and abundance of plantations. Popular points of interest here include Loop Road, Peeku Park, Big Lake, Pagoda Point, etc. 

Tamil Nadu hides a lot of scenic natural beauty you can best explore this year with our Tamil Nadu Tour Packages

Best time to visit: March- June

10. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Music Festival
Ziro Music Festival
Image Credit: Mint Lounge/ Mohit Sharma

Situated on the Apatani Plateau in Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is famous for its natural beauty as well as cultural heritage. Ziro should definitely be on your bucket list for offbeat locations to explore in India. This place is home to about 40% of India’s total flora and fauna and this dotting hamlet is also a great spot for adventure lovers due to the variety of activities available here. In Ziro, you can also experience minimum snowfall. 

Explore more of Arunachal Pradesh with our Arunachal Pradesh Tour Packages

Best time to visit: March- September.

These are just a few of the many offbeat locations one can explore in India. The diversity here gives so many options to travellers that they need not look outside the country to quench their thirst for travel. 

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