Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

We Indians have a soft spot for hill stations. Most places in India are so hot that people are often looking for a respite from the scorching heat. While popular hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Mussoorie, Ooty and Nainital attract several visitors every year, there are some offbeat, lesser-known hill stations which are so charming and serene that they can turn out to be the best vacation spots. One such hill station is Daringbadi tucked away in the state of Odisha. (ALSO SEE 10 offbeat places to visit in India) Also Read - We Have Named Her 'Priyanka Twitter Vadra': UP Deputy CM's Jibe at Congress Leader

One of the most striking things about Daringbadi is that it receives snowfall every year. Some locals who know this have started treating Daringbadi as their winter vacation spot. Daringbadi might soon become a prominent tourist attraction as the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has opened a tribal museum at the hill-view park of Daringbadi. In addition to this, a nature camp is being developed to promote eco-tourism in Daringbadi. Also Read - Soon After CM Kejriwal's Warning, Delhi Govt Files an FIR Against Private Hospital For Allegedly Violating COVID-19 Norms

The museum is a huge project built on 1,100 square feet of land. Close to Rs 30 lakh has been spent on this museum which showcases the dresses, ornaments and musical instruments of the local Kandha and Kutia Kandha tribes. The local forest department will set up the nature camp which will have six cottages, a restaurant and facilities for forest treks. With an investment of Rs 55 lakh, the forest department has done a splendid job over the last six months to develop the nature camp. Spread across four hectares, the park is a delight for nature and wildlife lovers as it includes a butterfly park, a medicinal garden, 3D movie halls, and also exhibits of lifesize images of wild animals. Also Read - 11 Tremors in 3 Months Not Enough? Major Earthquake Likely to Hit Delhi-NCR Soon, Experts Predict Severe Destruction

With such a beautiful location and dedicated efforts of the government to increase tourism, Daringbadi could well be the next hot spot people will rush to. Now is a great time to visit Daringbadi as winter is just round the corner and it is not very famous yet, which means that it will not be crowded like most other hill stations. So, just pack your bags and visit this wonderful offbeat hill stations before the world takes notice of it.


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