The Top 5 Places To Visit In India – That Are Off The Beaten Track

Whether you’re a nature lover, an avid hiker or keen explorer, rural India has plenty to offer you. With stretches of stunning landscapes hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the main cities, here are the top places to visit that are a must-see on your next trip to India:

1. Munisyari 

Located in the Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh District, Munisyari is tucked away in the Himalayas, surrounded by peaks that are capped with snow. As the base point for a number of hiking routes, it’s perfect if you’re looking to trek across these stunning mountain ranges. But even if you don’t fancy doing something too strenuous, this area should be on your list of places to visit.

2. Lakshadweep 

Are you keen to explore the depths of India’s oceans? Then you’ll love Lakshadweep, which not only boasts blue lagoons, exquisite coral reefs and divine beaches but is also home to a variety of islands that are great for partaking in some water sports. To make the most of the tours and attractions on offer, the islands of Kavaratti, Minicoy, Kalpeni and Kadmath are the best places to start.

3. Kutch

The Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh located in Gujarat’s Kutch district. It’s divided into two parts – Little Rann and Great Rann, with a desert to one side and the sea to the other. This is what creates such a biodiverse area, meaning it attracts plenty of wildlife, from the Indian wild ass and the desert fox to the blackbuck, which is quickly becoming endangered.

4. Jaisalmer 

Close to Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer features thousands of sand dunes that are quite simply breathtaking. Often nicknamed ‘the jewel of the desert’, this location is well-known for its grand fort, palaces and various Jain temples which are true to the elaborate Indian style.

However, you’ll also find yourself marvelling at the natural beauty of this location, especially if you choose to explore the area by camel.

5. Dudhsagar Waterfall

Found on the border of Goa and Karnataka, the Dudhsagar Waterfall has been beautifully carved by the Mandovi River. Even though it is only India’s fifth largest waterfall, it’s certainly one of its most powerful, which is why you’ll often hear it being referred to as the ‘Sea of Milk’.

Nature-lovers will also be pleased to note that it’s found in the heart of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary which boasts an abundance of wildlife and birds.

Sadly, there isn't enough room to write about each and every one of India’s beautiful places, but hopefully, the list above gives you a good place to start when you begin your adventures in the majestic world of rural India.
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  1. I have a friend currently backpacking her way around India and it is just stunning, not at all like I had imagined x

  2. I've never really thought of India as a travel destination, not with young children anyway. These places looks stunning though, so a child-free trip would probably be the best option for me :) x

  3. I would happily visit India and go to any of everyone of these places. It's on my hit list. Michelle X

  4. I have been to India before but like you said these places are off the beaten track, loving the photos and details you have provided, can't wait to check them out when I do head there next.