India is full of fascinating places to visit. Some of these places, like the Taj Mahal, are popular attractions that draw in tourists from all over the world. However, there are several other places that are not as famous but make for excellent vacation spots. Hidden from the eyes of clichéd tourists, these places are cleaner, quieter and more alluring to those who like to try out new experiences in unchartered territories. The northern part of India in particular in particular has several amazing offbeat places one can explore. As we slowly warm up to 2018 and start planning our travels, here are some of the best offbeat places to visit in north India for you to consider in your plans. Also Read - 17 Delhi-bound Trains Delayed Due to Fog in North India
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Andretta is a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh not many people know of. It is primarily an artists colony thanks to Irish theatre artists Norah Richards who shifted here in the early 20th century from Lahore. Since then, several theatre artists, potters and painters have visited Andretta. With a stunning Himalayan backdrop, Andretta is a delight for nature lovers too. DO SEE Why to visit the quaint, pot village of Andretta this monsoon Also Read - 29 Delhi-bound Trains Delayed Due to Fog in Several Parts of North India
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The second coldest inhabited place on the planet is in India. It is a little town called Dras in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir. Known as the Gateway to Ladakh, Dras is breathtakingly beautiful and wonderfully offbeat.
Nubra Valley landscape
Another spectacular yet offbeat place in Jammu and Kashmir is the Nubra Valley in its Ladakh region. While spots like Leh and Panging Tso in Ladakh are extremely popular, not a lot of people visit the Niubra Valley. What they miss is a sprawling desert in the middle of rugged mountains and unparalleled views amidst splendid weather.
One of the most challenging yet rewarding treks in India, Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand is a delight for adventure lovers. Called Skeleton lake, Roopkund has several human skeletons believed to be of people killed by a hailstorm in the 9th century. However, the trek is far from morose. The glacial lake has stunning views all around.
The pilgrim town of Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is worth a visit on account of its Buddhist stupas and association with the great Gautam Buddha. It is believed that this is where Bussha achieved parinirvana after his death. It is a fine spot for meditating at temples and stupas and having enlightening conversations with monks.
So, do something different this year and take a trip to one of these amazing offbeat places in north India.