Love hills, but don’t like the crowd? Go an extra mile and start discovering offbeat places that are found around popular hill stations.
Choosing an offbeat location in the vicinity of the popular hill stations has its own set of benefits. Not only the rental will come easy on your pockets, the untouched beauty and the virgin charm of the place along with unadulterated local taste will leave your soul energized and rejuvenated rather than tired and overwhelmed. Also, by staying in the vicinity, neither you will miss on must-visit places nor on the shopping list.
Ourtitbit has come up with a compilation of 5 lesser-known, offbeat places near popular tourist hotspots to choose from for your next vacation:
- Kanatal, NOT Mussourie:
Not only in summers, the Queen of Hills remains flocked with tourists practically all the year round. Sometimes during peak season, the rush of tourists is so much that it becomes irritating to walk bumping into each other on the famous Mall road. So, instead of stopping over at Mussourie, book your hotel in Kanatal, a picturesque location just 48 km away, and you will be left mesmerized by the even better natural beauty. Visit in winters and find yourself immersed in the feets of snow.
- Not Nainital, Naukuchiyatal this time:
Owing to its proximity to Delhi NCR, Nainital is another population hill station that remains crowded all the year round. The hill station receives so many tourists that over the years, it has started to lose its sheen and charm. However, just 26 km ahead lies a beautiful town of Naukuchiyatal with its main attraction of ‘lake of nine corners.’ Along with watching rare birds or just lazing around, you can also go for parasailing, all along with a peaceful good night’s sleep.
- Tirthan Valley, NOT Shimla:
Perched at the height of 1600 meters above sea level, Tirthan Valley is easily Himachal Pradesh’s best-kept secret. Located in Kullu district, this valley derives its name from majestic Tirthan river that originates from the icy cold glacial springs of Hanskund.
Tirthan Valley has everything to offer that one can expect from a relaxing destination. Trekking, fishing, wildlife watching, discovering hidden waterfalls, exploring hill village life or visiting Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)- Tirthan Valley is one place that you should definitely include in your bucket list. Excited enough? Do check Tirthan Valley Stay for some super-fascinating riverside retreats.
- Ditch Darjeeling, go for Kolakham:
Just like its North Indian counterparts, Darjeeling also remains over-crowded most of the time. Drive a bit more for 80 kms. and you will find yourself in a blissful paradise for bird lovers and adventure seeking souls. Located on the fringe of Neora Valley National Park, Kolakham faces the Majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. You can go for a walk on the jungle trail and an exciting trek of 5 km will take you to the beautiful Changey falls.
- Unforgettable Jibhi:
What can be more fulfilling for a vacation than rejuvenating yourself at a little sleepy hamlet in Kullu? A little ahead of Manali, the road trip to Jibhi is something that cannot be wiped off from memory easily. A stay at Jibhi will offer everything you need to energize your soul- a clear stream, star-lit night sky, trekking routes and a mind-blowing picturesque beauty. While at Jibhi, you can visit Serolsar Lake, which is an easy 6 km trek that starts from Jalori Pass. Check out Tirthan Valley Stay for some super-exciting places to stay in Jibhi.