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10 Offbeat Places to Visit in January in India for a Blissful Vacation

In India, some spectacular places are not much famous, and yet their beauty surpasses several other well-known destinations. Their names do not pop up as often when one browses through the popular tourist destinations in India, but it is this shroud of obscurity that makes them less crowded even during their peak tourist season. These offbeat destinations provide you a much better experience due to the relative seclusion and anonymity. If you too are craving a road trip to these offbeat destinations, then you can go through this list and visit them at your leisure. Here is the top offbeat place to visit in the upcoming January.

10 Amazing hidden places to visit in India in January by road

1. Chakrata


While the entire crowd will be heading to Manali, you can book your stay at Chakrata. It is a cantonment town in Uttarakhand, and one of the best places to visit in January in north India. Chakrata is just the perfect place for tourists who are in a mood to explore the majestic Himalayan mountain range.

Things to do: Bird watching, trekking, river rafting, and camping

2. Gangtok


One of the best places to visit in January is Gangtok, undoubtedly. Nestled amidst lush greenery, Gangtok is the ideal place if all you want in your vacation is to spend some quality time with your family at peace. One of the planned and cleanest cities in the country, you can feel the Buddhist vibes in Gangtok. You can go a little further and enjoy the snow-clad view of Nathula Pass.

Things to do: Exploring monasteries indulge in adventure activities, yak ride

3. Mirik


A tiny hill station in West Bengal, Mirik is one of the offbeat winter destinations in India. Just like Gangtok, you will find the presence of Buddhist culture a lot in Mirik as well. It is the perfect place if you want to spend a lazy vacation with your family.

Things to do: Visit Bokar Monastery, boat ride at Sumendu Lake

4. Daman & Diu

Daman & Diu

If you want to be around a beach but at the same time do not want to be surrounded by a lot of crowd, Daman & Diu is the option for you. The golden beach and the serene environment will surely make your vacation a relaxing one. You can also explore the colonial monuments and even indulge in some watersports. It is certainly one of the best places to visit in India in January with family.

Things to do: Basking under the sun at the beach, horse riding by the beach, exploring Moti Daman Fort

5. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the hidden places to visit in India during winters. The Tiger Reserve takes pride in housing some of the exotic species of flora and fauna. You can take a safari at this Tiger Reserve without being bothered by the crowd surrounding you.

Things to do: Bird watching, night safari, nature walk

6. Tawang

Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

If you are looking for cheap places to visit in January in India, you can drive to Tawang. This picturesque town is famous for housing the largest monastery in the country. You can be near the Himalayas and indulge in several activities like hiking, leisure activities, and even meditation.

Things to do: Hiking to Gorichen Peak, stroll to Sela Pass, watching the sunset at Shonga-Tser Lake, witnessing pristine Nuranang Waterfalls

7. Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya

While you are looking for hill stations to visit in January, do not miss Mawlynnong. The cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong is a must-visit place when you are heading to northeast India. Locals ensure that they keep the village as clean as possible, and you will hardly find any piece of paper falling on the ground. The weather in January here is very chilly; therefore, do not forget to carry some warm clothes along.

Things to do: Admire the beauty of Mawlynnong Waterfall, trek to the Brun Khongmen View Point, boat ride in Umngot River Dowki

8. Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

Among the several warmest places to visit in January, Rann of Kutch is an option that you can choose. It is the place where you can visit the largest wildlife sanctuary in the country and even can spot Asiatic Wildlife Ass. It is during the winter season, Rann Utsav is conducted.

Things to do: Visit Kutch Fossil Park, White Desert of Kutch, Kalo Dungar

9. Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The tranquil beaches, silky sand, and turquoise water touching your feet in the best of weather; sounds like a dream? Bring the dream to life by visiting Havelock Island in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.ย 

Things to do: Boating and Snorkeling

10. Chikmagalur


Chikmagalur is perhaps one of the best places to visit in January in south India, especially when you are looking for an off-beat place. This is the apt option for you when you want to do nothing and spend your vacation in the lap of nature, lazing around.

Things to do: Trekking, nature photography, day outing

Going to these offbeat tourist destinations will surely get you a unique experience and memories for a lifetime. If you have been bitten by the travel bug and have covered the usual tourist destinations already, then these places are perfect for you to explore. Self-drive cars are one of the best ways to visit these places since you can choose to spend as much time as you wish. Revv self-drive cars on rent are available at hourly, daily and weekly rates letting you customize the length of your stay and you can easily manage your booking through the Revv App and Revv Website.

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