Wanderlust is a desire to travel. The term “Wandern” means “to hike or roam about” in German, and Lust means “pleasure or delight” in English. This sensation is so common that we have a term for it: Wanderlust, also spelled “Wunderlust”. It symbolises the desire to get away from everyday life and experience something new and unknown. Looking through photos and watching videos of these trips and adventures will satisfy your wanderlust and bring back many happy memories. This will most likely motivate you even more to begin saving for future travel plans! But how does one satisfy this feeling? By doing exactly what it demands… traveling. But you might be tricked by another question relating to the same query, that is, where to travel?
India is the epitome of serenity and bliss, and a visit to this flamboyant country will leave you speechless. However, among the list of offbeat places that have become popular over time, there are a few overlooked destinations with high tourism potential. Some of these are hidden destinations in the beautiful Indian Ocean, while others are nestled in the lap of gorgeous Northeast India, and still others enjoy their privacy in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
So, you know, there’s always the possibility of discovering an offbeat destination in India to satisfy your wanderlust and find that perfect place to have that perfect adventure or interaction with yourself. This blog will go over the top five places to visit for a wandering soul that we believe are still off the beaten path. The reasons to why travel to these destinations has also been mentioned below. So, do not forget to read this blog till the end:
Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu
A visit to Tranquebar on Tamil Nadu’s west coast may transport visitors to a different era filled with historical oddity and calm. Tranquebar can be considered an offbeat destination in Tamil Nadu due to its popularity as a coastal town. You can spend a lazy afternoon here simply gazing at the seashore and fishing boats; a heritage walk through the town is always a good idea. Whether you rent a bicycle or walk along Tranquebar’s well-worn paths, you will find peace and solace here. However, this former Danish colony and trading port of Tamil Nadu has many tourist attractions, the most notable of which is the Danish Fort. You can see the Van Theylingen House, a Maritime Museum, and Zion and New Jerusalem Churches. Other attractions in Tranquebar include Fort Dansborg, Masilamani Nathar Temple, and the Danish Cemetery.
Mawphlang, a beautiful offbeat place in Meghalaya, is located slightly off the popular tourist destination of Shillong. It is one of the best places to visit for nature lovers, and a trek up the Khasi hills will bring you to the Mawphlang sacred forest, also known locally as Law Kentang. The significance of it being sacred stems from the fact that the forest is a safe haven for U Ryngkew U Basa, a forest God. Apart from that, the dense treasure trove forest will astound you with its medicinal plants and tall trees that have survived for over 1,000 years.
Indeed, the best way to explore the forest is with a local guide who can help you unearth the ancient folk stories of Law Kentang. While in Mawphlang, you can also visit the district council’s Khasi Heritage Village. Various Khasi traditionally tribal huts and other culturally significant artefacts can be seen.
Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
The sight of Dzukou after a long climb up Mount Japfu can bring tears to your eyes; such beauty makes the long hours of trekking worthwhile. This enthralling tourist destination is a popular local trekking spot in Nagaland, but it may be something new for tourists looking for adventure in India. Because of its unconventional approach and trails that may mislead you at times, make sure you are fully prepared before venturing here. The beauty you can see here is in the wild seasonal flowers that bloom all over the place, as well as the cold rivers of Japfu and Dzukou.
It is completely safe to pitch a tent in the valley, and there are a few caves where adventurers can play man versus wild. Although Dzukou Valley is not a difficult climb and hiring a guide is optional, you can refer to the ‘a piece of heaven on earth’ article for tips and tricks.
Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
Dhanushkodi has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in India, but it is more of a historical attraction associated with the Ramayana story. Tourists frequently come here to see the spectacular natural Adam’s Bridge, which almost connects Sri Lanka; however, most tourists prefer a chopper ride for a better view, often skipping the mini truck ride. The mini trucks drive along the beach for 12 kilometres from the point where the tar road ends in Dhanushkodi to the tip of the sandy shore.
The Church and an old railway station, only ruins left after a devastating cyclone hit in 1964, are two must-see tourist attractions in Dhanushkodi.
Nameri National Park, Assam
Nameri National Park may be a relatively unknown wildlife destination in India, but it provides everything that any other well-known wildlife destination does. First, this park is located in the natural setting between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, resulting in a mix of plains and hills, and second, it provides luxurious lodging options within the national park. A stay at the Wild Mahseer provides a wonderful wildlife experience, with individual bungalows that are authentically decorated in Assamese style. However, if you visit between November and April, you can participate in exciting adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, birding, eco-camping, and safaris.
Nameri National Park, like Kaziranga, is extremely rich in flora and fauna and, without a doubt, can be a fantastic national park to visit as an alternative to Kaziranga National Park.
So do not forget to enjoy to the fullest when visiting these offbeat travel destinations. And, let yourself an aid by clicking here to get more travel insights.