…the hunt for offbeat travel destinations is a never ending occurrence, the search for places which are mostly untouched and unexplored. Professionals taking a leave of absence from their tiresome jobs to unwind and reboot. Dads and moms, reading up travel books or the online search engine to look for destinations to take their mischief munchkins during their holidays. Couples, lovers hoping to spend some quality time with one another.
We gladly present to you the 19 for 2019 Series.
A series of travel destinations that we believe everyone must experience. This series curates lists of 19 Offbeat Travel destinations which have been compiled together with reverence to their appeal and ‘offbeat’-ness.
The ‘19 for 2019: India’ Series has been split up into the following groups:
- 19 For 2019 India: The Far East
- 19 For 2019 India: Southern Serenity
- 19 For 2o19 India: Northern Scapes
- 19 For 2019 India: Western Frontier
- 19 For 2019 India: Eastern Delights
Most of the places mentioned on these lists are an exception to the usual mainstream tourist destinations; far from the bustle of maddening crowds, away from the din of the daily mayhem.
India: The Far East
The far-eastern states of India hold an unparalleled appeal, which draws the travellers from near and far. The views that one witnesses are breathtaking and surreal to be sure. Untouched by extreme urbanization and heavy industry, these states offer a wholesome feel of what it is to be ‘one with nature’.
Here are the 19 places that have made it to the 19 For 2019 India: The Far East.
Fast emerging as a new tourist destination, Zuluk is a small village with a large military settlement, given that the Indo-Tibet border is nearby. From here, one can experience the high altitude mountains of Sikkim without traveling to North Sikkim, which requires significantly more time to travel. Zuluk derives its tourism importance because of the excellent views of the eastern Himalayan mountain range, which includes the Kanchenjunga.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Zuluk:
- Thambi View Point
- Memenchu Lake
Pelling is situated at 6,800ft, on the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga, the 3rd highest peak in the world; at a distance of roughly 130 kilometers from Siliguri and 115 kilometers from Gangtok. This pleasant little town offers an array of magnificent views of the entire Kanchenjunga mountain range including Koktang, Kumbhakaran, Rathong, Kabru, Kabru Dome, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and others.
As is for the entire state of Sikkim, the weather here remains quite unpredictable: in a matter of minutes the bright, warm and sunny could shift to cloudy and cold. But, this instantaneous transformation also adds to the charm of this place.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Pelling:
- Pemayangtse Monastery
- Sanga Khoeling Monastery
- Khecheopalri Lake
- Rabdentse Ruins
Mawlynnong Village (Meghalaya)
The Mawlynnong Village is located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, approximately 90 kms from Shillong. Also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ , this place has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai, plus sight of the natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock. The best time to visit Mawlynnong is during monsoon. The village and its surroundings become lush green and feel more alive as compared to the rest of the year.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Mawlynnong:
- Mawlynnong Waterfall
- Sky View
- Jingmaham Living-Root Bridge
- Balancing Rock Mawlynnong
Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh)
Situated enroute to Tawang from little down of Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh, Dirang is one of the most breathtaking destinations in India. Surrounded by the awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas, lush with greenery, sparkling streams & waterfalls and natural hot water springs, this tiny hamlet truly makes for an idyllic getaway for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. Set out on a nature stroll early in the morning and get treated with charming sights of white-throated redstarts, fire-tailed sunbirds, rufous-bellied tits and rainbow-coloured tragopans playing hide and seek amidst the bushes. The Monpa tribe have been inhabiting in the village for more than 500 years and an interaction with them provides for a great time to avid anthropologists and sociologists have an insight into their unique lifestyles, food habits, cultures and traditions.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Dirang:
- Dirang Dzong
- Hot Water Spring
- Sangti Valley
- Sela Pass
- Sela Lake
Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh)
Nestled along the shores of beautiful Siong River, Pasighat sits as the ‘Gateway to Arunachal Pradesh’ and calls out to the nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts every year from near and far. Still unscathed by the hands of commercial tourism, this place truly makes it an exceptional destination to spend some peaceful holidays close to nature and away from deafening roars of today’s crowded city lives.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Pasighat:
- Kekar Monying Hill Cliff
- Siong River
- Komsing Village
- Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
Changlang (Arunachal Pradesh)
Changlang is covered with picturesque hills and lies in the South-East corner of Arunachal Pradesh. This place exhibits a subtle uniqueness in its attitude, nature and environment, almost exotic. Best known for its bio-diversity, scenic beauty and a unique culture that makes it standout from the nearby areas, it is the home land of fascinating and interesting tribes such as Tangsa, Singpho and Tutsa, and also found Nocte, Lisu (Yobin), Deori and few Adibasi tribes.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Changlang:
- Namdapha National Park
- World War II Cemetery, Jairampur
- Lake Of No Return
Mechuka (Arunachal Pradesh)
A small hamlet situated at 6,000 ft above sea level in the Mechuka Valley in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh; a paradise on earth with untouched natural beauties. Due to its mesmerizing landscapes, exotic tribes, natural beautiful lake, snow-capped mountains and Siyom River or Yargyap Chu (local name), this place is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Mechuka:
- Samsen Yongsa Monastery
- The Siang
- Siko Dido
Kolasib lies in the northern part of the state of Mizoram, situated amidst lush green fields and orchids. This place is blessed with natural beauty and the rivers, sanctuaries and trees are worth visiting. One of the unique features of this destinations is its cuisine, which is different from the usual dietary palette most people are used to. Travellers can invest in a bountiful of souvenirs and handicrafts to bring back with them, as it is one of the main occupations of the inhabitants, apart from farming.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Kolasib:
- Tlawng River
- Tamdil Lake
- The Blue Mountain (Phawngpui)
- Dampa Sanctuary
Hmuifang Tlang (Mizoram)
Hmuifang Tlang is an amazing hill station known for its adventure and wildlife related activities which draws many enthusiasts to its hills. It is located in the Mizo Hills and filled with greenery and rich biodiversity that dominates the region. Being here you can experience life at its simplest form and be blown away by the freshness it has to offer. Trekking, Mountain Biking, Bird watching and Hiking are some of the activities you can try here.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Hmuifang Tlang:
- Vantawng Falls
- Dumboor Lake
- Reiek Tlang
Mon is one of the eleven districts of the north-eastern state of Nagaland; the land of the captivating Konyak Nagas, whose culture and traditions are an attraction by themselves for the visitors. Besides the amazing flora and fauna, this place is a one-stop destination for bird watching and to taste an intricate combination of culture, lifestyle, food, and nature. Here is a place that is truly tucked away from the cacophony of city life, bringing peace and tranquillity altogether.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Mon:
- Veda Peak
The most significant urban centre in all of Nagaland after Dimapur and Kohima and the home of Ao Naga, a land full of uniqueness and freshness. It is evident to find lush flora, calm places and exotic attractions. With Mokokchung being the centremost place, the roads are swiftly linked to many villages and attractions. As agriculture constitutes the main occupation in the area, festivals during the sowing and harvesting months are sure to enhance the tourist’s experience.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Mokokchung:
- Mopungchuket Village
- Town Park
- Dikhu River
- Baptist Mother Church
- Longkhum Village