Go for an Offbeat Holiday in Remote Uttarakhand

In Uttarakhand, the charm of northern India is not only bestowed by famous sacred places but also breathtaking tourist spots. It is mostly treated as a refuge by the people of North India. If you wish to spend some soul-soothing moments in the most offbeat location in the north of India, then Uttarakhand is your place. Its landscapes will speak directly to your soul.

Below is a list of eight famous offbeat places in Uttarakhand for a holiday.

Lansdowne

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Lansdowne, a very famous cantonment town set up by the British, is a place for nature lovers. You can enjoy many quiet walks here amidst its lush green beauty. The town is also perfect for a romantic getaway. There are many activities you can enjoy over the weekend, such as camping, bird-watching and boating.

Best time to visit – April to June

Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers

Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers

Hemkund Sahib is another beautiful treat to the eyes as well as the soul. it is regarded as the highest Sikh Gurudwara, nestled up in the mountains of Garhwal. Many come to enjoy solitude at this place every year. The beautiful Valley of Flowers is also a famous UNESCO World Heritage site; about 400 different kinds of flower bloom there. So, follow your path to these places for a soul-searching journey.

Best time to visit – July to September

Manila

Mamila, Uttarakhand

If you wish to enjoy quiet walks, contemplate your life in silence and make a little peace with your soul, then Manila is your place in Uttarakhand. About 85 km away from Ranikhet, you will find yourself surrounded by the elixir of nature and solitude. You can also expect snow during winters here as the temperature falls to 0° Celsius.

Best time to visitMarch to November.

Munsiyari

Munisyari, Uttarakhand

Munsiyari is one place in Uttarakhand that is not being spoiled by tourism yet. So, you can assume you will walk some untraveled paths on this journey. The place is filled with great mountain peaks and some unspoiled glaciers like Milam, Nalam and Namik. The snow-clad peaks will be a real treat for mountain lovers. You can also enjoy two of the most beautiful trekking journeys from here: Namik Glacier trek journey and Panchchuli trek journey.

Best time to visit – March to October

Binsar

Deer at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand

Mostly unexplored and unspoiled, Binsar is yet another offbeat place in Uttarakhand where one can spend days in solitude. From Binsar, you can enjoy the beautiful sight of famous Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath and Nanda Devi. You can also venture into the wild by booking a place in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best time to visit – April to June and October to February.

Lohaghat

Lohaghat, Uttarakhand

Lohaghat is another very pristine place in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand where people seek divine intervention. It is a small town with lots of temples scattered all over, making it a special place in Uttarakhand for a spiritual journey. Purify your soul with the magical energy of this place and let it settle in your soul.

Best time to visit – February to November.

Bhimtal

Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

Bhimtal is yet another unspoiled place which is mostly famous because of its picturesque lake. The two most popular places with tourists are the Bhimshakar Mahadev Temple and the small island at the center of Bhimtal Lake. So, book yourself for this scenic journey of Bhimtal.

Best time to visit – March to November.

Kasauni

Kasauni, Uttarakhand
Kausani: Photo on Flickr by Dena van der Wal / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

A place that was regarded as the “Switzerland of India” by Mahatma Gandhi himself will surprise you with its breathtaking views of Nanda Devi peak. You can go and enjoy days amidst the lush green beauty of nature in Kasauni. You can pay a visit to many sacred temples in this town and other famous ashrams.

Best time to visit – Any time of the year.

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