Top 10 MUST VISIT Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand in 2019

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10 MUST VISIT Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand
10 MUST VISIT Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand

Nowadays many people look out for offbeat places in Uttarakhand (Kumaon or Garhwal) as most of the tourist places are mostly turning to concrete jungles. There is so much demand for these unknown or less known places in Uttarakhand that many of them are turning into the tourist spots now.

When I suggest travel plans to my loved ones including family and friends, I do ask them lots of question to get to know what they are expecting from their offbeat vacation in Uttrakhand. It helps me suggest a memorable trip of their lifetime. Some of these questions definitely include –

“Are you tired of being visiting the same old commercialized, tourist flocked, complete hustle-bustle like Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Nainital, Char Dham, etc? Do you feel like going to some quiet, secluded and peaceful place where you can spend quality time with your family, friends, and nature? Do you believe in off the beaten track travel and love to explore new places? “

Well, many times I get a positive reply for most of these questions. Every other person, who travels frequently nowadays, is looking out for some quiet, peaceful, less commercialized and non-touristy place in Uttarakhand or Himachal to spend their valuable vacation time.

So, in case if the answer to any of these questions is YES for you too, then this article is for you only. 

What are some Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand near Delhi?

Here is the preview of top 10 offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand near Delhi. We will look at them in this article in more detail.

Name of the Offbeat Place in Uttarakhand
1. Manila – Kumaon
2. Munsiyari – Kumaon
3. Chaukori – Kumaon
4. Binsar – Kumaon
5. Lohaghat – Kumaon
6. Harsil – Garhwal
7. Gwaldam – Garhwal
8. Khirsu – Garhwal
9. Chopta – Garhwal
10. Malari – Garhwal

Both Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand offer a variety of hidden tourist places but many of them take at least two days to reach from Delhi/NCR. However, in this article, I am going to share with you my favorite offbeat places in Uttarakhand, both from Kumaon and Garhwal.

These undiscovered places in Uttarakhand can be reached in a day or two from Delhi/NCR. You should be OK with traveling about 12-14 Hrs a day (the usual time for Manali / Dharamshala / Dalhousie).

In case you haven’t, then do not forget to check my list of Top 12 MUST VISIT Offbeat Places in Himachal Pradesh.

You can go through these peaceful places in Uttarakhand below. I am sure you will add many of them in your next travel plans for a trip to Uttarakhand.

Unknown or Offbeat Places in Kumaon – Uttarakhand

Let us first start with unseen places in Kumaon region.

Kumaon region of Uttarakhand brings to mind the title of that book written by Jim Corbett, “The Man-Eaters of Kumaon.” But, that was a long time ago, and a lot of areas in this region have now been inhabited by humans. This brings us to a peculiar problem – there are very few idyllic locations left now because tourists are everywhere.

So, if you were to go for a trip, away from the maddening crowds, and into the heart of nature, then where would it be? We say it should be in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, where adventure awaits everyone. Perhaps, you might also have a chance encounter with the man-eating Bengal tigers in Kumaon. You will never know until you go, so we bring to you some options for the best offbeat destinations in the Kumaon region.

Interested to know some offbeat places in Uttarakhand near Delhi?
Interested to know some offbeat places in Uttarakhand near Delhi?

About Kumaon

Touching Tibet, Kumaon is a stunning region, abundant with beauty all around – from snow-capped mountains to cobalt blue lakes – you’ve got everything covered, when in Kumaon. Forming half of Uttarakhand (Garhwal being the other dominant part), Kumaon packs a punch and then some!

Home of Nainital, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Jim Corbett National Park, Bhimtal – one would think that the Kumaon region is packed with tourists. However, take one turn and the traveler within you will jump with joy. For the beauty of this place is serene, untouched, unexplored and breath-taking!

Less Known Places in Kumaon

Why is Kumaon so ignored when speaking of places to explore? The entire charm of the place for the people who love exploring this region is how un-explored it is by others! That’s the only way to think about Kumaon, you’ll be the only person standing on YOUR ground – that majestic feeling of accomplishing something will take you through many journeys, and will last you a lifetime.

1. Manila

It doesn’t get more offbeat than this! And you are in for a treat in the state of Uttarakhand if you visit Manila. Located about 85 km away from Ranikhet, the village of Manila is sitting at an altitude 1820 meters and is a great place for a summer vacation.

You can expect snow during the winter seasons, and it can get really cold here with temperature touching zero degrees Celsius, so think about it before visiting. The best thing to do here in Manila would be to simply be, walking around and enjoying the scenic views.

Located Almora, Kumaon
Best time to Visit March – June, September- November
Recommended Stay 2-3 days
Nearest Railway Station Kathgodam, 145 KMs away
Nearest Airport Pantnagar Airport, 170 KMs

Nature Connect

Abundant with picturesque exquisiteness, Manila is a paradise for nature lovers. Both sunrise and sunsets are a special time, with insane and unreal colors. The land of the speaking skies, Manila is draped in sharp crimson every day for your viewing pleasure. Also, it is beautiful to walk across the dense forests all around. You can even choose to visit Bhikiyasain and experience the confluence of three rivers – Ramganga, Gagas, and Norara which are 13 km on foot and about 35 KMs by road.

That golden glow of sunset on Himalayan range as seen from Manila
That golden glow of sunset on Himalayan range as seen from Manila

Stay & Food Options

KMVN Rest House is available, a location about 3 km from the village. Also, if you’re looking for a local experience, you’re in luck – there are a couple of basic homestays around the region. Not much is available in terms of food options, although the guest house serves decent, local cuisine. Also available is a dhaba very close to the KMVN guesthouse and some dhabas in the main village.

This was our first offbeat destination in Uttarakhand that you should visit soon, if not already.

2. Munsiyari

Almost sixteen hours away from Delhi, Munisyari is base of the Himalayan mountain range and glaciers of Milam, Ralam, and Namik. Known for its stupendous Himalayan views, Munsiyari is for those who want to feel close to mountains, and are interested in trekking, mountaineering, all the while enjoying unspoiled nature.

The snow clad mountains here will enamor you, as you find yourself oblivious to daily routines. There are two popular treks from here, namely, the Namik Glacier trek, and the Panchchuli peaks trek, both of which are in the Kumaon region.

Located Pithoragarh, Kumaon
Best time to Visit March-June, September- October
Recommended Stay 2 days
Nearest Railway Station Tanakpur, 273 KMs away
Nearest Airport Pantnagar, 336 KMS away

Nature Connect

With an altitude of 2298 Mts, Munsiyari is often known as Little Kashmir, thanks to its exquisite views! With the Panchachuli (literally meaning 5 peaks) Peaks forming the star attraction of the backdrop, resembling chimneys in the sky, the virgin environs of the valley will keep you mesmerized.

This is one place where offbeat is the definition and the isolation is the goal. While previously, this extreme corner of the state was restricted, thanks to its location along the border, Munsiyari is gaining popularity with seekers of the wild and is truly the poster-child for Kumaon region.

Also, the months of March and April, the entire forest turns red –  thanks to the magnanimous Rhododendron flowers of the region.

That golden sunset at Munsiyari
That golden sunset at Munsiyari

Stay, Shopping & Food Options

There are quite a few camping options available, as this place is a trekker’s delight and is the base for many beautiful treks. Also, there are a few budget guest houses available with limited capacity. So if you’re traveling, be well prepared with your own camping gear!

You’re in luck when it comes to scoring some authentic, hand-woven carpets or getting your hands in some of the finest Himalayan saplings in the main market of the village

As is standard with off-beat travel locations, best food and sometimes the only food available is either at guesthouses or at roadside dhabas. You’ll be able to relish the local Kumaoni cuisine as well as some lip-smacking Tibetan cuisine.

This was our second offbeat places in Uttarakhand that you should visit soon, if not already.

3. Chaukori

Located in the district of Pithoragarh, Chaukori adorns the western Himalayan Range in the state of Uttarakhand. In this beautiful place, you will be encapsulated by the dense forests and stunning Himalayan peaks. With stunning views of Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peaks as a backdrop, along with surreal sunrise and sunset views, Chaukori is a sight to behold.

Also present are tea gardens for those interested in tea plantation, orchards, and rhododendrons by the number. North of Chaukori is Tibet, while to the South you will find the Terai region. Book a comfortable resort, and enjoy this stunning Kumaon hill station.

Located Pithoragarh, Chaukori
Best time to Visit April-June, September-November
Recommended Stay 2 days
Nearest Railway Station Kathgodam, 180 kms
Nearest Airport Pantnagar Airport, 205 kms

Nature Connect

Shaped like a bowl, as the name suggests, this village is engulfed by the Himalayas on all sides. With fruit orchards all around, Chaukori is blessed with tonnes of flora and fauna, with dense forests all around, inhabiting some of the most unique birds as well!

The nighttime views are definitely worth raving about, and the Tea Gardens of the region will give you major pre-independence British Era feels.

Driving through the jungles of Kumaon
Driving through the jungles of Kumaon

With minimal tourist activities, this place is a paradise for travelers who want to experience untouched natural beauty. Enjoy the local customs and join the pace of nature when you’re here!

The Chin waterfall with a height of 160 Ft is a great camping locale, about 10 KMs from the village. Take your own food, tent and other necessary things for this experience!

A visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a must from Chaukori for any visitor!!

Stay & Food Options

A KMVN guesthouse is available here at Chaukori and a handful of guesthouses are splattered across the village. Roadside stalls and dhabas are your best when visiting this place. Do try the local cuisine and titillate your taste buds with the Sisunak Saag, Kappa, and Chainsoo among other delicacies.

Concluding the introduction to our third offbeat destination in Uttarakhand. The list continues to grow and so as your bucket list too.

4. Binsar

The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a place to hide away from the world. About 33 km away north of Almora, this is where you come to for some peace and quiet. Binsar has a place called Zero Point from where you can see some of the great Himalayan peaks, such as Kedarnath peak, Shivling, Trisul and, and Nanda Devi.

Once the summer capital of the Chand Kings, today you can book a forest resort and have a great time in the wild. An exciting place for birdwatchers as it is home to over 200 bird species.

Located Almora, Kumaon
Best time to Visit February-December
Recommended Stay 2 days
Nearest Railway Station Kathgodam, 119 KMs
Nearest Airport Pantnagar, 150 KMs

Nature Connect

Perched at 2420 m, Binsar is surrounded by peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli and Kedarnath. This little hamlet is surrounded by the Wildlife Sanctuary where one can be in the company of rare animals, flora and fauna. With lots of opportunity for adventure travel, including hiking, camping and nature walk, Binsar will take you deep into the wild.

Manila - Gwaldam Route
Manila – Gwaldam Route

Stay & Food Options

Panoramic views from every nook and corner of this sleepy town, bustling with the rustic life synonymous with the hills, Binsar provides one of the best places to stay in Uttarakhand, view-wise.

The Binsar Forest Retreat has unreal views while the Grand Oak Manor will provide you with friendly staff and great food. Also, KMVN guesthouses are available here. If you’re looking for more options, Almora is 33 KMs away and has more of a tourist presence.

Food is only available at hotels in Binsar. So prepare accordingly.

5. Lohaghat

Located in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand, Lohaghat is located in the banks of Lohawati River. It is yet another destination here in Kumaon region, Uttarakhand. Known for the many temples that are scattered all across this hill town, you could come here to get closer to divinity.

The closest railway station is 89 km away, located in Tanakpur. The Advaita Ashrama here is a branch of Ramakrishna Math and was founded way back in the year 1899.

Located Champawat, Kumaon
Best time to Visit February – November
Recommended Stay 1 day
Nearest Railway Station Tanakpur Railway station, 60 KMs away
Nearest Airport Pantnagar, 160 KMs away

Nature Connect

Set aside in a setting that doesn’t get more scenic, Lohaghat is next to the banks of Lohawati river. Merely 7 km from Abbott Mount, Lohaghat enjoys pleasant weather and is one of the least explored regions in the Hills. Situated at a height of 1745 meters, Lohaghat is drenched in mythological importance.

However, it is the starkly contrasting views that make up for its beauty. Also, this is an amazing place to enjoy meditation and yoga and connecting with your inner spiritual self. No setting is more beautiful than this. Another delight is the spring months, with the mountains turning red – thanks to the rhododendron bloom!

Inside of KMVN Rest House
Inside of KMVN Rest House

Stay and Food Options

Not a lot of options in terms of where to stay. Take your tents along and enjoy being out in the wild and enjoy the nighttime sky! It must be noted that this is not a trekking destination – so if you’re planning on camping, you need to carry your own gear.

However, there are a couple of decent properties around the region, as well as a KMVN guesthouse. Some luxuries cottages are available in Mount Abbott, 7 KMs away.

Again, roadside dhabas serve amazing lip-smacking food – including an elaborate Tibetan affair.

These were our top five must visit unseen places in Uttarakhand of Kumaon region.

Unknown or Offbeat Places in Garhwal – Uttarakhand

Garhwal, literally meaning the land of many “garhs” or forts has a rich history and is filled with offbeat places to catch the loving eye of a seasoned traveler. The Garhwal region in the state of Uttarakhand is perhaps the most fascinating, due to the fact that it takes a traveler into the very heart of magnificent Himalayas.

The added advantage of certain places not being on the radar of “tourist” destinations further exemplifies its charm. While the region includes everything from Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, to Pauri Garhwal, and even Rudraprayag, Tehri, Uttarkashi. The plethora of places to discover and the sheer beauty of the region will definitely leave you mesmerized.

Interested to know more offbeat places in Uttarakhand near Delhi?
Interested to know more offbeat places in Uttarakhand near Delhi?

The Garhwal Himalayas forms some of the most important destinations known to Northern India, places where seasoned travelers usually go to for treks. You could also visit the Garhwal Himalayas in search of peace and tranquillity, but, word of advice – you must brace yourself for the harsh cold. If adventure and nature are what you seek, then head out to these locations in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand.

These offbeat places in Uttarakhand near Delhi will charm you to the core, and enamor you with its astounding beauty.

Uttarakhand, famous for many things, also has many gems hidden for you to explore!
Uttarakhand, famous for many things, also has many gems hidden for you to explore!

About Garhwal

The region is formed entirely of rugged mountain ranges, known to be separated by narrow valleys. While geographical wonders such as the highest mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba and Trisul exist here; the region is also known for its heart-warming hospitality.

Often touted as the “Heart of Uttarakhand”, Garhwal surely looks like a magical land.  From providing spiritual bliss and inspiring artists to providing adventure junkies their fix and nature lovers their trails, Garhwal encapsulates all that the Himalayas signifies.

Less Known Places in Garhwal

While there is a tonne to do in Uttarakhand that might catch your fancy – whether it is skiing at Auli or having a spiritual experience in Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath (and all the other beautiful towns), this list will take you through the best-kept secrets! And in case you love trekking in the Himalayas, then there shall be no place other than Garhwal. Trekking also opens up names of a lot of offbeat places in Uttarakhand on its own.

So what are you waiting? Let’s Dig in….

6. Harsil

This paradise village of Harsil in the Garhwal region is unspoiled and for the most picturesque views of the Garhwal region. Located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, Harsil falls on your way to Gangotri and is about 12 hours away from Delhi by road and approximately 220 KMs from Dehradun.

Of course, in case you have time you can always go beyond Gangotri for a trek to Gaumukh.

Located Uttarkashi, Garhwal
Best time to Visit April – June, September – November
Recommended Stay 2 Days
Nearest Railway Station Dehradun, 217 KMs away
Nearest Airport Dehradun, Jolly Grant Airport, 232 KMs away
Gangotri Dham
Gangotri Dham

Situated amidst absolute natural bliss, Harsil, the little Himalayan town is all that you need for a great vacation of rejuvenation. Sitting at an altitude of 7,860 ft., this is definitely one of the best places to visit in the state of Uttarakhand. Pilgrimage tourism thriving, Harsil is solitude at its best and is surrounded by greenery.

While the place is gaining popularity as the resting pit-stop for pilgrims visiting Gangotri, I would strongly urge you to head to this sleepy town for an experience like none other. Also, some of the hotels in the region will provide you with meditation and yoga therapies.

There is too much to say about this little unknown hamlet of Uttarakhand.

Natural Connect

With dense deodar forests, synonymous with this Uttarakhand region and chirping birds all around the serenity will create a memory to last a lifetime. Also, when you’re one with nature, it is your duty to trek into the wild and experience Harsil as a true paradise for trekkers. Many of the trekking trails will take you through experiences of beautiful and hidden waterfalls, gushing river streams and sights of hills wrapped in pine and oak trees.

Harsil is definitely your go-to place if you’re a nature junkie as this place encourages eco-tourism, helping you learn about the rustic way of life along with the customs of the place.

Things to do

  • Another must visit the place is Dharali, which is a hamlet about 6 KMs from Harsil, famous for its lip-smacking Rajma Chawal (thanks to the extensive cultivation of Rajma in the region) as well as the many apple orchards.
  • Wilson Cottage in the sleepy town of Harsil is a charming attraction. This huge mansion was built in 1864, by a man who had deserted British Army and escaped into the Garhwal region, where he became acquainted with the Raja of Tehri. As the Raja refused him shelter, he moved to Harsil, paying lease money to the Raja. Mr. Wilson introduced the locals to apple farming. The local folks will be happy to share tales with you about Mr. Wilson and his wife, Gulabi.
  • During the winter period when Gangotri is snowed out, Goddess Ganga is relocated to Mukhba Village, 1 KM from Harsil.

Stay & Food Options

Being an offbeat location in Uttarakhand, there aren’t many places to stay in Harsil. A few guesthouses are available along with GMVN guesthouse, set up by the Government. In terms of food, a few roadside dhabas are available along with a local restaurant serving north Indian affair as well as authentic Garhwali cuisine – do indulge!

Just imagine, being surrounded by the love of mother nature and connecting with your spiritual self in a setting so pure! Harsil is a delightful little place to redefine your most calming self.

That famous viewpoint of Harsil, another beautiful offbeat place in Uttarakhand
That famous viewpoint of Harsil, another beautiful offbeat place in Uttarakhand

7. Gwaldam

Next on the list of less known places in Uttarakhand near Delhi is this little hamlet known by the name Gwaldam.

Nestled on the border of Kumaon and Garhwal hills, lies this sleepy unknown hill town of Gwaldam. At an altitude of about 5577 ft., this is a little piece of heaven for those who are tired of the city life. Perched amidst lush greenery, apple orchards and woods abound, Gwaldam does not really feature in any of the top ten places lists where tourists like to visit.

But, its beauty is unparalleled, and often on the radar of the travelers and not the tourists. It is just about 39 km away from Kausani and is simple yet gorgeous.

Located Chamoli, Garhwal
Best time to Visit Feb – June, September – November
Recommended Stay 2 Days
Nearest Railway Station Kathgodam, 169 KMs away
Nearest Airport Pantnagar,  205 KMs away

About

The entire area of Gwaldam is splattered with apple orchards and nameless flowers as well as boundless springs and myriad of birds. Of course, the sheer views beckon everyone to come to visit, it definitely should be explored by adventure seekers. Still untouched and away from the crowded frenzy of other popular hill stations, Gwaldam is a revelation.

The golden glow at Trishul Peak as seen from Gwaldam
The golden glow at Trishul Peak as seen from Gwaldam

Natural Connect

  • A 3 KM trek will take you to Badhangari Temple, atop a narrow ridge. The views are indescribable and will be etched in your memory forever.
  • Other treks from Gwaldam include the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra as well as the Roopkund Lake trek.

Things to Do

  • Macchi Tal is a must visit, when you’re in Gwaldam. It is concealed in a cranny along a stream towards Debal. This was created in 1928 by the British, wanting to cultivate fish in the region. This place makes for a lovely picnic spot.
  • Another must visit place has to be the Buddhist Khamba temple, located around 1.5 km from the main village area.
  • The sunset and sunrise at Trishul Peak is a must-do-thing in Gwaldam

Stay and Food Options

There are a few guesthouses as well as lodges in the region. Along with that a budget-friendly government GMVN guesthouses. In terms of food, being an offbeat location in Uttarakhand, you’ll get delicious local cuisine at roadside dhabas.

Being at the intersection of Kumaon and Garhwal regions, the amalgamation of cultures is beautiful to see. The food, customs and the rustic life of the region is a delight to experience and daydream of.

3. Khirsu

Yet another offbeat place or jewel of Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region, Khirsu is located in Pauri Garhwal region and is an interesting amalgamation of deodar and oak trees. A calm hill station, here you can stay in isolation at a resort of your choice, and be one with nature.

Located Pauri, Garhwal
Best time to Visit April – October
Recommended Stay 2 Days
Nearest Railway Station Rishikesh, 132 KMs away
Nearest Airport Dehradun, Jolly Grant Airport, 145 KMs away
Bugyals and meadows!
Bugyals and meadows!

About

Definitely an offbeat destination, people usually come here looking for a slice of nature. Two of the most important places of interest here are Ulkha Giri and Pauri. There is also an ancient temple here dedicated to Ghandiyal Devi so you might want to visit these locations when you are here.

Recently, Khirsu has gained prominence in the Uttarakhand travel locations, thanks to its gorgeous views and stunning sunsets.

Natural Connect

The thick forests representing the beauty of Pine, Oak and deodar trees engulfing the mighty Himalayas is a sight for sore eyes. Nature walks along the many tiny trails in the forests is hard to resist. With forests suddenly opening up and creating for lavish picnic spots, enjoy your time in this region with nature taking care of the entertainment. This unspoiled hamlet provides tonnes of opportunities to enjoy the slower pace of life, as mother nature wants!

Stay and Food Options

Of course, there is a GMVN budget-friendly guesthouse, thanks to the Government. Apart from that, there are multiple eco-tourism friendly camps between March – October with excellent facilities. A couple of nice hotels are also available.

Khirsu will be a chance for you to reconnect with yourself and the nature around you. It is a gorgeous little hamlet with lots to offer, only if you’re willing to go off the beaten path and explore to your heart’s desire.

9. Chopta – Sari Village

Second last on the list of less known places in Uttarakhand is Chopta – Sari Village region.

Some call it the Switzerland of India, but then again there are numerous locations in the Himalayan region that claim this position. Whatever it may be, Chopta is definitely a stunning location full of enchanting meadows and forests. Deoria Tal is an important trekking destination located close to Chopta.

For those who are interested in adventure tourism, Chopta can be a boon. Deoria Tal to Chandrashila Peak trekking is by far one of the most important treks. Chopta of course also offers stunning views of some Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi.

Although number of people visiting Chopta and nearby places are increasing, Chopta or Sari Villages themselves can still be considered as one of the quaint little offbeat places in Uttarakhand.

Located Kedarnath Reserve National Park, Garhwal
Best time to Visit September- June
Recommended Stay 3 Days
Nearest Railway Station Rishikesh, 200 KMs away
Nearest Airport Dehradun, Jolly Grant Airport, 220 KMs away

About

Famous for its trekking, camping, birdwatching, yoga, meditation as well as spiritual connects – Chopta has it all and then some! Whatever you may fancy, Chopta will happily provide. What makes is delightful is how unexplored it is and thus the beauty is unspoiled and you’ll be secluded with nature to give you company.

As is synonymous with the region, this hamlet is engulfed with pines and deodars, rhododendrons and many other multitudes of flora – giving you a very inviting and warm welcome.

Roads leading the way to Chopta from Ukimath
Roads leading the way to Chopta from Ukimath

Natural Connect

So many treks start of Chopta as an important part – this town is base for Tungnath and Chandrashilla as well as the Panch Kedars. Providing unobstructed views of Trisul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba – Chopta is THE definition of a perfect vacation for solitude lovers.  Chitra Gufa lying around 15 KMs from Chopta is also a beautiful place to visit!

Another delightful activity is spotting the hundreds of bird species and observing their beautiful ways and songs out in the wild. It is important to be dressed down, not in bright colors – as they may seem to shoo away the birds.

Things to do

With so much to see, Chopta is a pleasure for nature lovers. Explore the Rohili Bugyal as well as the Bisurital along with the must visit of Deoriatal, your trip will not lack adventure and activity. The Rohini Bugyal particularly is a sight to see, and never forget.

A gorgeous meadow hidden amidst thick dense forests will open up to insane views of surrounding peaks dancing along with the clouds up above! Of course, Rohini Bugyal also falls en route the trek to Deoria Tal and must not be missed! And, I must advise carrying enough water in a water bottle when out in the woods.

Yoga and meditation is another important activity conducted here, thanks to the peaceful environment along with the beautiful views of the lush green mountains.

Stay and Food Options

There are a few hotels and swiss tents available in the region. The charges are nominal. The Mayadeep Resort at Duggalbitta is also great, especially for families and groups. You can also pitch your tents in the region. However, best will be to carry your tents or camping gears.

In terms of Food Options, there’s not a lot of places to eat. Hotels will have in-house dining options.

Tungnath Temple
Tungnath Temple – An offbeat place in Uttarakhand

10. Malari

Last on the list of offbeat places in Uttarakhand is Malari Village.

A dreamy place with tremendous tourism potential, Malari is near the Tibet border and is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The place is famous for Malari-Munsiyari trek. Driving up to Malari from Delhi can take about 15 to 16 hours.

It is important to note that this natural wonder is not suitable for winter, as inhabitants themselves move to the lower Himalayan regions during the harrowing winter months that present the hill town with heavy snowfall.

Some popular destinations in and around Malari are Dronagiri Mountain, Nanda Devi temple, Nanda Devi National Park, Joshimath, and Tapovan.

Located Chamoli, Garhwal
Best time to Visit April-June September – November
Recommended Stay 2 Days
Nearest Railway Station Rishikesh, 316 KMs away
Nearest Airport Dehradun, Jolly Grant Airport, 332 KMs away

About Malari

Located in the remotest parts of the Chamoli district, it might not have a lot of “attractions” that most tourists would enjoy. However, the view of the majestic peaks of the Himalayas such as the Dronagiri is a sight to behold. This is the very hill that Hanuman brought the Sanjivini to cure Laxman.

Mythological views aside, this lesser known settlement brings about the rustic life to be enjoyed to the fullest and is inhabited by the Indo-Mongolian Bhotia tribes.

Exploring trails
Exploring trails

Nature Calls

Inaccessible during the winter months, Malari is a treasure chest for unknown little trails. When all else fails, it is the easiest to walk out into the woods and learn the secrets that only nature can hold close.

Stay and food options

This is one of the remotest locations around the region and finding accommodation in Malari could be difficult. While there are few budget guesthouses in Malari, it is advised to carry your own camping gear for the fear of unavailability.

These were our top five must visit offbeat places in Uttarakhand of Garhwal region.

Tips when visiting these hidden places in Uttarakhand

  • When traveling in Uttarakhand, do note that most of these offbeat places in Uttarakhand may not have ATM Facility, Petrol Pumps available nearby. It is always good to carry enough cash and keep your fuel tank full whenever possible.
  • In terms of medical facilities, it is essential to be prepared.
  • When traveling to non-trekking locations, be prepared and carry your own tents, you might not be able to rent one at the locations

Conclusion

Uttarakhand is famous for a myriad of reasons. It is all fun and games and spirituality all combining in this melting pot of adventure. Whatever you’re seeking, you’ll definitely find in Uttarakhand. However, these unseen places in Uttarakhand are insanely beautiful and should be explored by nature lovers and adventure junkies alike.

Kumaon is a relatively unexplored region of Uttarakhand and needs to come up as a travel location. This Uttarakhand region is full of natural beauties and is often steeped in mythological and historical stories. Visiting such places will lead you towards zen, I guarantee you!

So, don’t wait – and explore your next adventure.

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Have you been to any of the above places? How was your experience? Also, did we miss out on any of the offbeat places in Uttarakhand you loved in the region? Comment below, we would love to learn about more of these gems!

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Shefali spends most of her time day dreaming about her next big vacation. A happy-go-lucky personality, she is an amalgamation of all the places she’s lived in and experienced! She is always confused as to where to call home, having lived in Chandigarh, Shimla, Dehradun, Mumbai, Hyderabad in India and Vancouver, Abbotsford in Canada. Her love for travel is only challenged by her love for reading and eating delicious food! In order to sustain her dreams, she brought out her inner geek, got an MBA and has a job in the corporate world crunching numbers. Do follow @nomadstoryteller on Instagram for updates on her next great adventure.

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  1. Comments section gets closed in 90 days. You can follow me on Instagram and ask your travel questions in a direct message on Instagram too. I also conduct a weekly Q&A session every Saturday evening on Instagram, so see you there !!

  2. Shruti Aggarwal on

    This is such a great list! I am from Uttarakhand and not visited these places yet. Nowadays, I am exploring Hyderabad city while staying with juSTa on Necklace Road. This post has been of great help as I am planning my next trip to Uttarakhand in the coming month and I am going to find time to visit them all. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hello sir, first of all thanks for all the guidance you are providing even in the third year of your blog.
    I am travelling by car to tirthan with my wife and 2 kids taking the route via shimla and jalori by end of this week.
    As ill start from delhi and i like taking my foot off the pedal often, its gonna be a long journey.
    Please suggest a place siitable and worthy enoiugh to take a break in the journey with a days stay. Weve been to shimla twice hence would not like to stay over there.
    I have 6-8 days in hand for the trip.

    Please suggest

    Thanks
    Vijay

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