Himalayan Getaways Off The Beaten Track In India

Written by Manvi Sarang

Everyone deserves an escape from the hectic city life once in a while. Luckily, the arms of nature are always open. There is nothing better than a Himalayan getaway to unwind in peace. The fresh mountain air truly helps you relax and let loose.

The world’s highest mountain range is a delightful blend of rocky cliffs and snow-capped peaks. Sea-green lakes, wildflowers and rich, biodiverse forests surround the fields here.

The Himalayas is home to many offbeat getaways. With the serene atmosphere, sounds of chirping birds and gushing rivers, the mountains prove to be a stunning spot for a getaway. 

These lovely offbeat Himalayan getaways will give you a break from the crowds. They are also perfect for a group of friends and families on a vacation. If you really want to pamper yourself, check these offbeat getaways out!

1. Binsar

Binsar Zero Point

Resting at an elevation of 2400 m, Binsar is a land of beautiful terrain, lush forests and various hills. It is an excellent place to spend early mornings listening to the chirping of birds.

Besides beholding brilliant views of the snow-clad mountains and forests, there are many things to do in Binsar that would keep you occupied. The major attraction of Binsar is the picturesque view of the mountains from Zero Point.

Binsar was once the summer capital of the Chand Dynasty, which ruled the Kumaon region from the 11th to 18th century. Binsar is also the perfect getaway for bird watchers, nature enthusiasts and landscape photographers. 

The pleasant villages of Binsar are a delight to walk through and an ideal way to explore and interact with the locals.

2. Kausani

Chir and blue pine forests cover this village, perched on a ridge. The greenery that settles here makes the destination worth a visit. You will find lots of fresh air and a calm mind.

You can spend an entire day just watching the panoramic views of the mountain peaks surrounding Kausani. It is also a paradise for bird lovers, here you can spot more than 50 different species of birds.

Kausani is a hill station and a village situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand. It is famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic views of Himalayan peaks.

There are a few good staying options in Kausani but they are absolutely worth it as almost all of them offer views of the snow-capped mountains.

3. Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is a blissfully secluded village in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is also a favourite adventure destination with various famous activities like rock climbing and rappelling.

This village is covered with dense forests on one side and with open mountain views on the other. Watch the ravishing sunset on the cliff of Chauli ki Jali and enjoy a peaceful getaway.

Jim Corbett, the very famous hunter came to Mukteshwar for the purpose of shooting a tiger and got mesmerized by its beauty. Mukteshwar is also home to the 350-year-old Shiva Temple on the town’s highest point for religious travellers.

You can go take nature walks, go trekking, birdwatching and even visit nearby villages.

4. Tirthan Valley

Perched up above 1600 meters of sea level, Tirthan Valley is located at a perfect spot in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The valley is free of commercialization and provides many trekking options.

Tirthan valley is famous for its pristine Tirthan river, icy glacial springs and lush views at the Great Himalayan National Park. A getaway to this valley will be a perfect blend of serenity and adventure.

Enjoy the views of the rich green valley and snow-covered mountains and be completely embraced by the destination. Right from homestays to hotels, the valley offers some impressive staying options. 

Tirthan Valley is well-known for river crossing, Trout Fishing and Trekking with various options in the Great Himalayan National Park.

5. Bhimtal

Instead of the bustling city of Nainital, check out the tourist-free town of Bhimtal. In contrast to Nainital that is always bustling with activity and crowd, Bhimtal is more of an idyllic place that is less crowded. 

The town doesn’t have the religious shrines or colonial monuments of Nainital but the Bhimtal Lake here holds great historical significance. It is said that the famous Pandavas used to stay in this area of northern India during their exile. 

Bhimtal is a great place for relaxing walks, pleasant views and utter solitude. You can find some amazing homestays for a cultural experience. Enjoy fishing, explore local markets and partake in many activities.

This picturesque lakeside destination is a treat for the lovebirds as they can enjoy boating, paddling, birding, nature walks and adventurous trekking here.

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