When I suggest travel trips for my loved ones including family and friends I do ask them lots of question to get to know what they are looking or expecting from their vacation or travel. It helps make a memorable trip of their lifetime.
“Are you also tired of being visiting the same old commercialized, tourist flocked, complete hustle-bustle like Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Dharamshala, Mussoorie etc? Do you feel like going to some quite, secluded and peaceful place where you can spend quality time with your family, friends and nature? Do you believe in off the beaten track travel and love to explore new places? “
Himachal Pradesh itself offers a variety of such off-beat places but many of them take at least two days to reach from Delhi/NCR. However, I would try to enlist below my top 5 favorite off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh that can be reached in a day’s time from Delhi/NCR, if you are OK with traveling about 12-14 Hrs a day (the usual time for Manali / Dharamshala / Kullu). You can go through them below and I hope you can give them space in your next travel trip –
1. Tirthan Valley, Kullu
If you haven't been to Tirthan Valley then I am sure that you have not experienced nature in its purest form. Surrounded by The Adventurous Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), this beautiful valley situated beside Tirthan River which is an awesome place to relax in the lap of mother nature.
Its surely is on the top of my list of some offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh and I love this valley most in the whole Himachal region. If you haven’t got a chance to visit it, then the best time to do so will be in coming Spring season next year. Though the Tirthan Valley is open all round the year but its beauty magnifies to greater magnitude with blooming flowers all around the valley in Spring season.
Kharapathar is one of the most enchanting vilage in Himachal Pradesh yet isolated from the tourist rush as of now. It offers some awesome panoramic views along with tonnes of nature walks/hikes in the dense orchards and forests all along the valley.
You can also experience a wide range of activities like camping, trekking, fishing, and other adventure activities are also gaining attention including rafting and paragliding. You may have heard about the names of Rohru, Shelapani, or Chansal Pass and they all come under Pabbar Valley region. So, in all honesty, before this “becoming popular” destination gets polluted by the maddening tourist rush, high-end commercialization and goes off the off – beat travel places list, do give it a place in your next travel trip to Himachal Pradesh. I am sure you will love every bit of it.
3. Chindi, Karsog Valley
Chindi is yet another off–beat place in Himachal Pradesh that offers an inspiring set of beauty, peace, and calmness. Once, you reach Chindi you have all the time in the world to rejuvenate, relax and spend some quality quiet moments with your loved ones. You have ample of hikes around in the dense orchards and there are several temples that can be explored around Chindi.
You can also visit Karsog Valley situated just below Chindi which also offers some really lush green wide views of the mountainscapes. If lately, you had some “not so good” time with your better half or you had a great time with him/her but still want to make it better by listening to each other or you yourself want to introspect few things about yourself then Chindi is an ideal place for you.
Daranghati near to Sarahan is one of the remotest and unexplored passes in Himachal Pradesh situated just above Daran Village. It is famous for Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary but nothing can be taken from the jaw-dropping beauty it offers you.
Since Daranghati is near to Sarahan (which itself offers nice beauty and peace) and lacks too many accommodation options (just two as of now), it can always be covered as a day trip from Sarahan. However, one-day camping at Daranghati is highly recommended to feel the nature in its best form. The general route to Daranghati goes through Mashnoo (alternate routes are also there) and for cars it is almost an off-road type of experience.
If you plan to visit in hatchback or sedan then I guess you need to have some really good driving skills, caution and very careful driving to run on this adventurous plus narrow road. If you are especially a rider or driver who loves to enjoy some adventurous roads to reach a secluded place for ultimate relaxation then you should definitely plan a trip to Daranghati very soon. You will not be disappointed at all.
5. Barot - Hidden Treasures Of Himachal's
Barot is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination. Many trekking trails pass through Barot, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali, and Kullu. Most of the day tourists as attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation.
Barot also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the free flowing Uhl river. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear, and ghoral. Within it are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Sil Bandhwari. Through woods of cedar and pine, a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to Kullu.
All these offbeat places can be visited from Delhi/NCR in a day’s time and you can enjoy a complete vacation of 3 to 4 days at any of these places.
So, after going through the complete list which one will you place in your next travel plan? Please share your thoughts, reviews, suggestions and experiences as comments. I would be looking for to them… till then Happy Traveling.
Article Inspiration took from Dheeraj Sharma, Devilwheels.