Christmas 2017 is just round the corner. As temperatures start dropping in India, you can almost feel the festivities in the air. This year, Christmas falls on a Monday which gives people a long weekend that is ideal for a winter holiday. While most clichéd tourist spots will be crowded and are done to dust, there are a number offbeat places that are worthy of a visit during the long weekend. So, if you’re up for it, here are some of the best offbeat places to visit on the Christmas 2017 long weekend. Also Read - Another Report of Dalits Being Assaulted Comes to Light From Rajasthan, 1 Held

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park in Assam

Kaziranga National Park in Assam



If you are a forest and wildlife lover, there is hardly a place better than Kaziranga National park for you to visit. Located in the northeast Indian state of Assam, Kaziranga National Park is home to the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and also has the highest density of the Royal Bengal Tiger in India. With several trails worth checking out, you will have enough to keep you interested and in awe. Also Read - Best Places in India to Visit in December

Great Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch Also Read - Indian Destinations With Spine Shivering Cold Weather And Flawless Beauty



While the Great Rann of Kutch has become quite popular, it is still offbeat considering that not many would think of visiting a salt marshland desert for a vacation. The Rann Utsav held from November to February is at its peak during Christmas time and is a great experience for those who want to witness the culture of this region. Not to mention the spectacular landscape!

Daringbadi

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Would you believe that there is a place in Odisha where it snows? Daringbadi is one of India’s finest, unexplored winter destinations. The hill station, called the Kashmir of Odisha, is full of pine forests, breathtaking valleys and sprawling coffee gardens to keep you enchanted. DO SEE Daringbadi is Odisha’s little-known hill station no one’s told you about

Dras

Dras

The second coldest inhabited place in the world is certainly worth a visit, isn’t it? Called the gateway to Ladakh, Dras in Jammu and Kashmir will mesmerize you with its wonderful valley landscape. The nearby Zoji La pass and Kargil War memorial are attractions worth visiting. The Dras river cutting through the rugged terrain with a wooden house sprouting up every once in a while is a sight to remember. DON’T MISS 11 captivating photos of Dras, the coldest inhabited place in India!

Jaisalmer

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And then there is Jaisalmer in the Great Indian Thar desert of Rajasthan. The Golden City, which is home to India’s only living fort (Sonar Killa), will floor you with its rustic charm and beautiful views. The nearby village of Khuri offers marvelous desert safaris characterized by magnificent sunsets and a fine camping experience under the stars surrounded by sand dunes.

So, for this Christmas, pick one of these places you wouldn’t consider otherwise and witness how beautiful some offbeat places in our country can turn out to be.