Offbeat Places In Uttarakhand – Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas

If you are looking for an authentic offbeat bountiful experience of remoteness and solitude for those who love Offbeat Places In Uttarakhand There are some destinations of  Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas that are still untouched and unknown to many while traveling offbeat places in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas. So, I am giving you some names that touch your heart and soul, when you visit.

Here is a list of Offbeat Places In Uttarakhand that inspire your journey in Uttarakhand

Nelong Valley - One of the Untouched place of the Himalayas in Uttrakhand.
Nelong Valley – One of the Untouched places of the Himalayas in Uttrakhand.

1- Nelong Valley, Uttarkashi

The Nelong valley is located near India- China border,  approximately 100 km from the Uttarkashi district. In the valley of  Nelong,  there are only two villages namely Nelong and Jadong &  both have been deserted since the 1962 India China war when village dwellers migrated to Dunda and Uttarkashi.

Inner Line PermitForeign nationals are not allowed in this area while Indian nationals are allowed to visit Nelong with ILP.( Inner-Line Permit)  There are limitations of the number of visitors, in a day only 24 travelers and you can not stay in the night there.

Permits Fee -Now, You can obtain online permits at a fee of INR  150 per person and INR  250 for each vehicle, and tourists have to physically visit the SDM office, Uttarkashi to get permits. Niti village, Chamoli.

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Nelong Valley Gangotri National Park
Nelong Valley Gangotri National Park

Niti village lies in Joshimath,  Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This village is the last inhabited village before the China border. Foreign Nationals are allowed to travel to Niti village after procuring  Inner-Line Permit from Joshimath.

It will be a day excursion. You can not make an overnight stay there.  Indian National tourists can visit the village any time in the year without ILP with identity proof.

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2- Munsiyari, Kumaon

Munsiyari is locally famed as little Kashmir, and exactly it is. The breathtaking view of the Panchachuli peaks of Uttarakhand’s Himalayas is the chief attraction here. Also, it is the most suitable place for offbeat adventure enthusiasts.

Harsil- Apple Orchard
Harsil- Apple Orchard

3- Harsil, Garhwal

Harsil Village is perched on the riverbank of the Bhagirathi and is almost untouched by the regular pack of tourists. Harsil is an enchanting destination for offbeat tourists who travel to the  Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India.

You come here to enjoy this bountiful nature of Harsil. It attracts many offbeat travelers around the years.

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4- Khirsu, Garhwal

  • Khirsu is one of the most offbeat villages in Garhwal Himalayas, sprawling of deodar jungles, awaiting you to host here. It is around 130 km from Rishikesh via Srinagar.

5- Binsar, Kumaon

This place is quite far from the bustling crowd destination in India for those who love the remoteness and undisturbed landscapes of Uttarakhand’s Himalayas.

Some homestays introduce you to the essence of nature and ways of the Kumaon lifestyle, also known for the Shiva Temple as Binsar Mahadev.

Lohaghat Champawat

Lohaghat Champawat

6- Lohaghat, Kumaon

Lohaghat village rests by the side of the Lohagaht river in the Kumaon region of the Uttarakhand Himalayas. It has been famous for an offbeat stop-off for those on a spiritual and adventurous quest in the Himalayas.

The village has some ancient Hindu temples that call you for a visit here.

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7- Chaukori, Kumaon

  • Cahukori village has Tibet in its north direction, and, it is quite stunning views of the Himalayan landscapes. The view of the Nanda Devi from the village is very impressive that you admire forever.

8- Tapovan, Garhwal

  • Tapovan is located in Gangotri National Park, and, a prototypical offbeat destination for all blue-minded adventurous lovers.  A destination of solitude and untouched beauty of the Himalayas. It rests by the holy river, the Ganges.

9- Bageshwar, Kumaon

  • Bageshwar is perched on the confluence of Gomti, Bhagirathi, and Saryu rivers in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It is famous for a prominent Hindu group of temples, and,  a cherished place in Hindu mythology.
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10-Chopta, Garhwal Himalayas

  • Meadows, forest, trekking, hiking trails, camping,  temples & landscapes views awaiting to give you these all and more at Chopta.  You can follow the trails of Deoria Tal, Tungnath & Chandrashila from here.





Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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