The tropical climate of India really does bring out the serene beauty of the country. The monsoon season is not a peak tourist season, but it is the best time to explore India in its full blossom. Nothing in this world can beat the combination of some chai and pakodas with breathtaking scenery right in front of you. One of the weekend getaway trips would be ideal to beat the everyday monsoon craziness. The mid-September weekend is an ideal time for one of those long weekend getaways in India.

The September long weekends are as follows:
September 7: Thursday – Janmashtami
September 8: Friday – Take Leave
September 9: Saturday
September 10: Sunday

September 16: Saturday
September 17: Sunday
September 18: Monday – Take Leave
September 19: Tuesday – Ganesh Chaturthi

September 28: Thursday – Milad Un-Nabi, Eid-e-Milad
September 29: Friday – Take Leave
September 30: Saturday
October 1: Sunday
October 2: Monday – Gandhi Jayanti

There are so many offbeat places in India 2023 waiting to be explored. Here are some offbeat Indian destinations for short trips in India in September.

1. Ranikhet

Image Credit: Official Website of Uttarakhand Tourism

One of the unexplored places in India. Ranikhet is actually a monsoon delight hill station in Uttarakhand. It is one of the less crowded places to visit compared to its neighbouring towns like Nainital and Almora. If you picture yourself surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped Himalayas. It is a great destination for adventure enthusiasts and trekkers. The highlight of Ranikhet is the Valley of Flowers, a World Heritage site, where you can see a sea of flowers as far as your eyes can wander. September would be the most perfect time to visit the Valley, as the flowers have been fully bloomed by then.

You can easily reach Ranikhet, by booking flights online to Delhi and then a train to Kashipur followed by a car ride to reach Ranikhet.

You can explore these serene hill stations of Uttarakhand with our Uttarakhand Tour Packages.

Things to see: Jhula Devi Temple, Bhalu Dam, Rani Jheel Road, Mankameshwar Temple, Ashiyana Park, and Majkhali.

2. Mount Abu

Nakki Lake
Nakki Lake
Image Credit: Official Website of Rajasthan Tourism
Trevors Tank Mount Abu
Trevors Tank Mount Abu
Image Credit: Official Website of Rajasthan Tourism

Mount Abu is another one on the list of offbeat places in India 2023. This hill station is nestled in the Aravalli Ranges in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is pretty all year round, but the monsoons do add a charm to the landscapes here. The moderate showers and cool climate is ideal to roam around Mount Abu. This place is the perfect mix of spirituality and adventure. It is the best place for a 3 to 4 days trip in India, especially from the neighbouring cities of New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Toad Rock View Point
Toad Rock View Point
Image Credit: Official Website of Rajasthan Tourism

Another one of Rajasthan’s monsoon specials is Udaipur. Check it out with our all-inclusive Rajasthan Tour Packages. Also, make hotel bookings online and stay at the best heritage hotels here, with great discounts.

Things to see: Dilwara temples, Nakki Lake, Achalgarh Fort, Mount Abu Market, Guru Shikhar, etc.

3. Agumbe

Image Credit: Deccan Herald

A quaint high-altitude village in between the Western Ghats and the lush rainforest of Karnataka, Agumbe, is one of the less-known or offbeat places in India 2023. The rich biodiversity, gazing waterfalls, forested valleys and rainforest conservation efforts, have put Agumbe on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The several waterfalls here make it a paradise for trekkers, especially in monsoons.

Take advantage of the serene beauty of Karnataka in the rainy season with our Karnataka Tour Packages.

Things to see: Onake Abbi Falls, Agumbe Sunset Viewpoint, Jogigundi Waterfalls, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kundadri, etc.

4. Mawlynnong

Dawki River near Mawlynnong
Dawki River near Mawlynnong
Image Credit: Kartikeya Agarwal – Wikimedia Commons

Titled as ‘Asia’s Cleanest Village’, Mawlynnong has to be on the list of must-visit offbeat places in India 2023. This monsoon escape the tourist influx of Darjeeling and visit one of the secret places in India- Mawlynnong. With verdant valleys, blooming orchids everywhere and gushing rivers with living root bridges over them, you can spend an entire day admiring the beauty of Mawlynnong. However, what will impress you the most is the cleanest roads and surroundings of the village. To truly learn the village’s essence, spend another day learning about the local life.

Explore the natural paradise of Meghalaya, with its blooming flora and fauna with our Meghalaya tour Packages.

Things to see: Living Root Bridges, Church of the Epiphany, Borhill Falls, Amkoi Liang wah Umngot, etc.

5. Malshej Ghats

Reverse waterfall at Malshej Ghat
Reverse waterfall at Malshej Ghat
Image Credit: Ahmedabad Mirror

Maharashtra itself hides abundant undiscovered places in India, so one doesn’t have to look far and wide. If your ideal vacation sounds like lazing around the balcony overlooking the lush valleys of the Western Ghats with steaming chai and a vadapav in hand, then you must consider a staycation at one of the several spots along the Malshej Ghats. Short drives from here also take you to nearby waterfalls, vineyards and trekking spots.

Escape the hustle bustle of city life and enjoy a getaway with our Maharashtra Tour Packages.

Things to see: Malshej Ghat Waterfall, Lenyadri Caves, Shivneri Fort, Kalu Waterfall, etc.

6. Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy in Palakkad
Nelliyampathy in Palakkad
Image Credit: Official Website of Kerala Tourism

Kerala is breathtaking in the monsoon season and one of the best places for 4 days trip in India. A drive through Kerala’s Western ghats to reach Nelliyampathy from Palakkad is spectacular itself. With the hill station’s pleasant climate and serene views, Nelliyampathy also has several plantations and is a heaven for nature lovers.

Another destination in Kerala good enough to be on the offbeat places in India 2023 list is Ithenmala. These Kerala hill stations can also be your choice for offbeat summer destinations with our Kerala Tour Packages.

Things to see: Seethargundu View Point, Seetharkundu Waterfalls, Mattumala, various estates, etc.

7. Pelling

Kangchenjunga viewpoint in Pelling
Kangchenjunga viewpoint in Pelling
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A quaint hamlet at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga in Sikkim, Pelling is one of the ideal places in India 2023 for the September long weekend getaway. The views of the Himalayas from Pelling are marvellous. However, one can also learn deeply about the Buddhist history of the region here. Pelling is known for not only being a calm place but also a base site for treks, and a number of adventure activities.

If you are looking for an adventurous vacation, visit Pelling with our Sikkim Tour Packages.

Well, these are some of the many low-key destinations on the list of ‘Offbeat places in India 2023’. Make the best use of the September long weekend. Choose whether you want to go on an adrenaline-inducing adventure or a rejuvenating staycation.

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