Top 6 Hidden Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand
Although known mostly for religious tourism, there’s a lot more to Uttarakhand than just pilgrimage. The Himalayan state is blessed with surreal hill stations tucked in the Himalayas which makes this “Dev Bhoomi” even more divine. From uninterrupted views of the Himalayas to rappelling and trekking, these offbeat places in Uttarakhand are sure to astound you. Whether you are travelling with family, your partner or solo, these lesser-known places in Uttarakhand are a great alternative to mainstream tourism. If you are looking for a break from the urban world and looking for serenity, you must visit one or all of these offbeat places in Uttarakhand.
Munsiyari literally translates to ‘A place of Snow’ which is quite appropriate for Munsiyari which is surrounded by snow-clad mountains all year round. Located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, it is one such place in the Himalayan states where you can get glimpses of the icy Himalayas at all times. At 2300 m elevation, it is truly a hidden gem of the Kumaon hills. Munsiyari is popular among nature lovers and adventure junkies alike, as this idyllic village is the gateway to some amazing treks.
Distance from Delhi: 572 km
Named after the river Lohawati that meanders through the village, Lohaghat is the land of blooming Rhododendrons, mighty oaks, and towering pines. The flora is so diverse and fascinating that it is often compared to Kashmir by naturalists. The village is also famous for its sunflower garden which is in full bloom in spring. When you are here, go for a day hike to Abbott mountain, which still has a 19th century abandoned church and the reportedly haunted Abbott house. Get the right mix of serenity and thrill at Lohaghat’s haunted attractions.
Distance from Delhi: 440 km
Travel 92 km from the state capital of Uttarakhand to reach the tiny village of Khirsu. Sitting at a staggering 1700m height, this is one of the few offbeat places in Uttarakhand that offers a spectacular 300 km wide view of the Himalayas, including Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot, and Panchchuli peaks. This is the perfect place for digital detox and self-reflection if you are looking for some peace and quiet. The panoramic beauty of the place is breathtaking and so is the exotic fragrance of the wildflowers, herbs and lush green forests.
Distance from Delhi: 332 km
4. Patal Bhuneshwar
Located in Pithoragarh district, the mystical land of Patal Bhuneshwar is quickly becoming a hotspot for rappelling in Uttarakhand. The quaint town sits at an elevation of 1350 m and home to ancient caves which houses a Shiva temple. You need to rappel around 90 ft to reach the caves. Once you reach the cave, you have to pass through a narrow tunnel to reach the temple. On the way, there are stunning limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations, a geographical wonder inside a historical one!
Distance from Delhi: 533 km
Tucked away in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is the kaleidoscopic village of Chaukori, around 173 km from Nainital. The village is like a bowl within the heart of the Himalayas and hence the name Chaukori. The village is blessed with the unspoilt beauty of nature, fruit orchards and pine forests. You can spot uninterrupted views of Nanda Devi and Panchuchuli peaks from anywhere in Chaukori. The scenic beauty of the place is so surreal, like straight out of a travel magazine. While you are here, witness the best sunrise and sunset possible as you watch the snow-capped Himalayas turning into gold with the sun’s rays.
Distance from Delhi: 482 km
The scenic mountain hamlet of Ghangaria sits at a whopping 3050 m elevation from sea level. It is said that it is the last human settlement you will come across on the way to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Trek 13km from Govind Ghat to reach this hamlet. The views of the majestic mountains, the cascading waterfalls and the blooming and lush green vegetation are something you can only experience yourself. The trek feels like a gateway to heaven as the views become more and more beautiful as you keep heading forward. The serenity is absolutely divine at Ghangaria.
Distance from Delhi: 516 km
All these places are located at a convenient distance from major towns in Uttarakhand. You can easily reach these places from Treebo hotels in Dehradun or Nainital.
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