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7 Offbeat Spots in India with Secrets Worth Knowing!

7 Offbeat Spots in India with Secrets Worth Knowing! gomowgli.in

Secret and hidden from the preying eyes of tourist crowds, these places will make you stop in your track and recalibrate!

7 Offbeat Spots in India with Secrets Worth Knowing!:

  1. Orchha Homestay, Orchha (Madhya Pradesh)
  2. Mookambika Deluxe Hotel, Badami (Karnataka)
  3. Mystic Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
  4. Citrus Goa, Calangute (Goa)
  5. Aveda Hotel Ludhiana, Ludhiana (Punjab)
  6. Champaner Hotel, Pavagadh (Gujarat)
  7. Apple Nubra Cottage, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)

1. Of erstwhile kings and armies, Orchha

Of erstwhile kings and armies, Orchhasource: www.indianmirror.com

Orchha, meaning ‘hidden’, in Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, on the sandy shores of the River Betwa was the seat of the Bundela Rajput Kingdom in the 16th and 17th centuries. The arid landscape has been home to indigenous people from the beginning of time. The Orchha palace, numerous ancient temples and local cuisine bring tourists on a soul searching odyssey from around the world.  

Arun: Now a part of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha, the then capital of Bundelkand, 18 km from Jhansi, a small town stretched over the bank of river Betwa with a rich legacy of the mighty Bundela kingdom, who ruled during 15th to 17th centuries.

Budget staysHotel Aditya

Mid-range staysHotel Ganpati

Luxury staysAmar Mahal

2. Soul searching through a time capsule, Badami - Pattadakal - Aihole

Soul searching through a time capsule, Badami - Pattadakal - Aiholesource: traveltwosome.com

Land of legends and ancient folklore, this is where the Chalukya empire's glorious 200 year period can be seen come to life! Badami was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples and caves cut into a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounding Agastya lake. The cave temples here have some of the oldest recorded kannada inscriptions. Pattadakal is the site where Badami Chalukya kings were crowned and was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Karnataka in Southern India between the 6th and 8th centuries. The Chalukyas built many temples here between the 7th and 8th century. Aihole? is a village having a historic temple complex known for Chalukyan architecture. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.

Budget staysPulakeshi Hotel

Mid-range staysThe Heritage Resort

Luxury staysKrishna Heritage

3. Abandoned and cursed, Kuldhara

Abandoned and cursed, Kuldharasource: undiscoveredindiantreasures.blogspot.com

This tiny village, about 30 km from Jaisalmer has been abandoned for nearly 200 years. Residents of surrounding villages make sure to stay well cleaar of Kuldhara. Legend has it that In an era of powerful kings and ministers, Kuldhara was home to the Paliwal Brahmins. Salim Singh, the then Diwan of Jaisalmer, known for his debauchery and unscrupulous tax-collecting methods, set his eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village chief. He threatened to levy taxes if disappointed. One night, all the residents literally disappeared from the village leaving behind an empty settlement, said to be haunted by their spirits. The village and its temples give you the chill, but the surrounding is pristine arid desert forests. 

Budget staysPayal Hotel

Mid-range staysHotel Helsinki House

Luxury staysDesert Tulip Hotel

4. Butterfly Beach, South Goa

Butterfly Beach, South Goasource: goalifeculture.blogspot.com

A trek through 2 km of dense forest, brings you to an isolated cove of white sand and crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach is shaped like one side of a butterfly and is cut off from all sides by huge boulders and dense forest patches. 

Geet: It's a small beach which is meant mostly for couples. It has some rocks and some barbeque like sticks. But, worth a visit surely, 

Budget staysYoYo Goa

Mid-range staysAlila Diwa Goa

Luxury staysLeela Kempinski

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5. Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur

Rural Olympics at Kila Raipursource: lokmarg.com

Located in Ludhiana district of Punjab, Kila Raipur is where the Kila Raipur Sports Festival or Rural Olympics is organised. The games are designed to demonstrate the physical strength and valor of the Punjabi men and women. The games aside you will thouroughly enjoy the festivities which include spectacular local dances and traditional music. 

Budget staysMaharaja Regency Hotel

Mid-range staysHyatt Regency

Luxury staysRadisson Blu Hotel Ludhiana

6. Wrapped in mythology, Champaner

Wrapped in mythology, Champanersource: www.tourism-of-india.com

Legend has it that Pavagadh hills are in fact a chunk of the Himalayas carried and placed here by Hanuman during Ramayana. Set in these hills is the ruin laden town of Champaner. The area has seen the rule of many kingdoms througout history - from the Chavda Dynasty in the 5th century, the Chauhan Rajputs in the 15th century and the Mughals in the 16th century. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is open all year and is a delight to visit for its Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. The natural heritage of the Pavagadh Hills are spectacular. 

Budget stay: Champaner Hotel

Mid Range: Hotel Sarvottam

7. Lair of the snow leopard, Hemis

Lair of the snow leopard, Hemissource: blog.cheersbye.com

High up in the Himalayas, the Hemis National Park is home to the largest wild population of snow leopards in the world. The national park has snow capped mountians and steep valleys making the terrain inhospitable to human activity thus giving sactuary to may rare species of hmalayan wildlife. The land is as mysterious and sepctacular as its inhabiitants. The 400-year-old Hemis Monastery is also located within the park. Revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh, a trip to the monastery is a thrilling experience. 

Budget: Hotel Chube

Mid range: Hotel City Palace

Luxury: Lasermo Hotel

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