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Which are some offbeat and serene hill destinations in India?

Reema Bhalla Aug 13 2013
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Its time to escape and enjoy solitude amidst natural bliss. You can certainly plan a trip to these offbeat hill destinations in India.

Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Munsiyari is situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. At an altitude of 7200 feet, it is a base camp for mountaineers and high altitude trekkers. It is truly a paradise for mountaineering, water rafting and trekking.


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From enjoying the panoramic views of Nandakot and Nandaghungti peaks to trekking to places like Khalia and Darkot which are within 10 km from Munsiyari, this place is sheer bliss for adventure sports and nature lovers. Munsiyari is also blessed with natural beauty in abundance, with pine, oakwood and spruce trees found in its dense forests.

Chikhaldara, Maharashtra

Instead of the ever so popular Matheran or Mahabaleshwar, Chikhaldara is an ideal offbeat destination in Maharashtra, with mesmerising views, wildlife, lakes and
waterfall.

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It also offers the perfect accompaniment to the breathtaking views of the nature around, coffee! Chikhaldara is the only coffee-growing area in Maharashtra, which makes it a perfect vacation spot for the lovers of freshly brewed coffee.


Tabo, Himachal Pradesh

Tabo in Lahaul and Spiti district is blessed with nature at its best and lies on the banks of the Spiti river.

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Nothing but satellite phone works here, so its perfect to absorb the scenic beauty without any interruptions.The monastery is a must-visit place in Tabo!

Anantagiri, Andhra Pradesh

Anantagiri is a divine sight with the sloping mountains of Elysian Tirumala Hills and picturesque scenery all around.

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Another absolute reason to visit this place is the fact it is blessed with good weather throughout the year.

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

This village situated in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya is the cleanest village in India. The air is fresh, the plants are at their greenest best, the water is crystal clear and the roads are squeaky clean.

Photo of Mawlynnong

It is unspoilt by the tourists and the technology, its simple lifestyle and people are enchanting and charming in its own way. The silence of the night and the brightness of the day in this beautiful place surely has a lasting effect on its visitors even after they leave.

From relishing freshly brewed coffee amidst rarely seen plants and birds to trekking in the mountains, no matter what your idea of travel is, these offbeat hill destinations in India have something for everyone.

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Priyanka Dalal Aug 12 2013
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Hi Saurabh,

This is such an open question, with no restriction in terms of state or part of India that we can just keep discussing possible places for a long while ;)

I can only give my 2 cents about some of these kind of places I know of,

1. Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

A lovely, serene town - around a lake which sacred to three religions - Buddhism, Hindu and Sikh. It is one hour from Mandi. Mandi is easily accessible from Delhi/Chandigarh/Manali/Dharamshala via Volvo & private cars. It is on a lower altitude - so there are lush green hills all around but no snow capped mountains.

2. Coonoor, TamilNadu

Coonoor may not be that offbeat but its not so touristy as Ooty which is just a few hours away. Coonoor is a smaller town on the Nilgiris just a few hours from Coimbatore. You can also reach Coonoor from Mysore. There are a lot of tea estates you can stay on - they are serene and quite a novel experience.

3. Kumily, Kerala

I haven't been here but a few traveler friends I met on the road recommended this place. Apparently it is quite non-touristy compared to Munnar.

4. Madikeri, Coorg

Coorg is pretty well known, but I found a coffee estate which quite new and hence not so touristy. It was a great place to stay and within the coffee estate one gets away from the world.

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Yercaud is just fine. Not to get carried away, the temperature is 39degs in Yercaud.

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