5 Offbeat Places One Must Visit In India
India is blessed with diverse natural wonders ranging from cold steep mountains to scorching flat deserts, from large meandering rivers to small lakes and ponds; basically you can find every geographical feature on this land. But it is very difficult to reach a place that is not bustling with tourists from different parts of the country. Here is a list of five offbeat places which are a must to visit and enjoy the serenity that nature offers you!
1. Sandhan Valley (Valley of Shadow)
The Western Ghats abounds one of the most beautiful hills and valleys in India, with the best thing about them being the ease of reaching there and the minimal amount of preparation required for excursions. They are very easy to trek, giving a utopian experience as you pass through the woods: with the natural waterfalls all around through the hills and the scenic beauty all the way till the horizons, where you see and feel nothing but nature!
Sandhan Valley is one of the most beautiful and naturally preserved valleys in the Western Ghats, which is a water carved valley of about 200 to 300 feet deep located near village Samrad. Going through the naturally carved I-shaped valley, you will be experiencing a mixture of vivid experiences ranging from the fear of getting trapped in that narrow way to the extreme excitement of seeing the various shades offered by the nature, from easy walkways to very steep trek ways crossed by rappelling and rocky passes to water pools. Sandhan Valley will offer you one of the most vivid experience a terrain can give!
2. Dimna Lake
Dimna Lake is an artificial lake built by TATA Steel on the outskirts of the city of Jamshedpur. It is a large lake on the foothills of the Dalma Mountain ranges and the scenic beauty of the lake and the mountains surrounding it is amazing. Standing there at the huge man-made dam, with the natural beauty all around it, you realize the strength and passion TATA Steel has and the impact it can make. It is an important lake as it acts as a freshwater reservoir for the steel plant and also provides drinking water to Jamshedpur.
Around the beautiful lake are several training centers and resorts, exclusively serving the TATA Steel. Also the mountain ranges around it serve a good trekking platform!
3. Suchetgarh Border
The Suchetgarh border is a military check post on the International India-Pakistan border, 20 km from Jammu in India and 10 km from Sialkot in Pakistan. Expect the unexpected there with border passing through the farms where you can find Indian and Pakistani farmers working. There are trees on the International Border which are shared by both India and Pakistan, and none of them can harm those trees. Also there are identical verandahs on each sides of the border, which adds to the beauty of the place, where the officials from both the countries sit and discuss the issues in their meetings, without anyone actually crossing any border! Standing there at that serene place, you can feel the oneness between India and Pakistan, which are basically the same but divided by mankind, and you start questioning the notion of borders and divisions.
There you will get a chance to actually interact with the army personnel, not the hard outer front which they always carry, but the civilians within them, and you will be surprised to see the warmth they have for the visitors, opening up their hearts and sharing their experiences. They will even give you a tour of the whole campus, explaining the key incidents and the history about the place, show their own small museum, and even urge you to visit their temple.
People visit Wagah border which is usually bustling with people, but Suchetgarh's check post is secluded and serene. There you can escape the chaos and while standing on the border, your mind will be thinking about the two brothers, India and Pakistan, and only hope for overall peace.
Malana is a small village with about 100 houses, situated to the north-east of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The land there is believed to be blessed by Lord Shiva as one of the finest quality hashish grows there, which is popularly known as ‘Malana Cream’ - an international brand at some point of time. It is believed that Malana Cream is the strongest and the top-notch quality Charas till date.
This village of Malana is an ancient village, isolated from the rest of the world. The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani shadow the village and it is an absolute must place to visit in India. They are considered to be one of the first democracies in the world and do not follow the Constitution of India, but the people there have faced a lot of problems after the independence. They follow an indigenous system and they believe they are independent and superior. Malana is also called as the “Little Greece in Himachal Pradesh” as the Malanis believe that they are the descendants of Alexander-The Great!
Sahastradhara (literally meaning “thousand springs”) is a must to see if you are visiting Dehradun. It is a stream of water flowing through a series of small stepped waterfalls along its way. The main water stream is surrounded by beautiful mountains giving the whole region an ecstatic beauty. Earlier there were a number of streams flowing through the region, but now there is only one mainstream. A rope-way is also there which takes you to top of the hill from where you can see the nature beautifully unwind in front of you.
The water drips from limestone stalactites, making the water sulphur abundant and thus the place is also called as sulphur springs. It is a great picnic spot and with all the shops and hotels there you won't find any difficulty there. Thus, you can relax, swim and even dive into the natural water ponds formed due to the stepping waterfalls and enjoy the nature’s ‘Water Park’.