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5 offbeat destinations to unwind

- By Dwaipayan, 08 July 2021 | 8 MIN READ


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India has one of the oldest existing cultures, and amazing places to visit, some are truly exclusive places, less known but make a must visit. Here are some offbeat places you can choose to visit.

 

Phawngpui Blue Mountain National Park (Mizoram)

Phawngpui Blue Mountain National Park is a less known tourist attraction situated in Mizoram, the other national park is Murlen National Park located about 300 km from the capital city Aizawl. 

Phawngpui, is the highest mountain peak in the state which stands at 2,157 m. The national park runs across the entire mountain range and includes the surrounding reserve forest.

The spectacular view of Phawngpui is the wafer-thin stretch of clouds during seasons, which gives it a misty blue façade of that a Blue Mountain. The climate is good throughout the year ranging from 11-29°C, with an average rainfall of 3,000 cm.

The fringes of the mountains are sudden steep with sharp precipices, the most spectacular is a semi-circular beautiful cliff on the western side called Thlazuang Khâm. The mountain ridge runs in a north-south direction covering about 10 km. The nearest village is Thaltlang at the base and periphery of the park.

 

Tinchuley (West Bengal)

Tourists flock to Darjeeling in peak seasons which is a popular tourist destination, however, did you know about Tinchuley? a small village near Darjeeling which has become famous in recent years due to the effort of local people in developing community tourism. 

WWF has declared Tinchuley as a model village for its effort in the revival of the natural environment and eco-system of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas with active participation from the local people. What you get to see is bringing up forest nursery, floriculture project, bio-compost manure projects, vermicompost projects, and many other such projects.

If you’re looking for pristine beauty Tinchuley is your place. Tinchuley is not a place for typical sightseeing points and a list of things to see. It is a place to unwind, to invigorate, and to soak in the mystical magic of the hills.

The Sunrise Point at Tinchuley - Breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains including the Tista valley. All key places in the region including Kalimpong as well as places in the east and south Sikkim such as Namchi can be viewed from here.

 

Daringbadi (Odisha)

known as "Kashmir of Odisha" is a hill station in the Kandhmal district of Odisha state situated at a height of 915 meters and is a popular tourist destination. The population is majorly of a community belonging to aboriginal tribal races. The temperature in Daringbadi falls below 0 °C during winters. The place is famous for its production of superior quality organic turmeric which already got the G.I. tag. It is also famous for ginger harvesting.

Daringbadi is connected to Bhubaneswar the state capital by regular bus services. The nearest railway station is located at Brahmapur.

The place got its name from a British officer named Daring Saheb who was in charge of this place back during the British rule in India. Over the years, this place was named after him, which spelled Daring Badi while Badi meaning village. The place is gifted with natural bounties such as pine jungles, coffee gardens, and beautiful valleys. It is the only place in Odisha which experiences snowfall during winter.

 

Dharchula (Uttrakhand)

Dharchula is a major trading center for the trans-Himalayan trade routes since medieval times. Situated at an elevation of 940 m above sea level, Dharchula is surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. The snow-clad Panchachuli peaks located on the west of Dharchula separates it from the Johar valley and Om Parvat in the East which it shares with Nepal. Dharchula is situated on the bank of river Kali which originates from a place called kalapani as it separates and forms border between India and Nepal. The hill station gets its name from ‘Darchyo’ and ‘la’; Darchyo is a white coloured traditional holy flag and la is an honorific term in Runglwo. 

The town is situated in a beautiful valley at 940 m elevation and is 92 km from its district headquarters, Pithoragarh. The way from Pithoragarh to Dharchula is alongside the Kali River and is a 3 to 4 hour journey. The chief mode of transportation available are private jeeps and state government buses. However, reaching Pithoragarh itself from the plains is a tiring journey. 

The best time to visit Dharchula is between the months of March and June and again between September and December. Summers are pleasant, whereas the winters are cold and blessed with snowfall.

The climatic conditions have allowed the vegetation of the region to thrive. Trees of oak, pine, apple and deodar are common. Wild animals like leopards, bears, foxes, monkeys and deer make up the animal kingdom of the region.

 

Yuksom (Sikkim)

Yuksom is an ancient town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal (temporal and religious king) of Sikkim. 

For the Bhutia community of Sikkim, Yuksom has special religious and cultural significance. It has several famous Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments as well as ancient Gorkhas small Village. Being at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park and as the base camp for trekking to Mt. Khangchendzonga, it sees a large influx of mountaineers from all parts of the world. 

The town, ensconced amidst rich forests is further accentuated by its history, architecture and Buddhist legacy that evolved from the 17th century with Yuksom's establishment as the first capital of Sikkim. Situated at the head of Khangchenjunga National Park, the largest Protected Area in Sikkim, and at starting gate for the trekking trail to Mt. Khangchendzonga, Yuksom and its hills were named in the past as Ney-Pemathang for its beautiful landscape. 

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