Uttarakhand: A Backpacker’s Paradise

Uttarakhand is a very famous tourist destination among tourists from India and abroad. For tourists who wish to escape the anxiety of city life, can find some peaceful adventures in the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is full of amazing destinations which can satisfy all kinds of travel needs. 

Some of the most popular destinations that are famous among the tourist community are Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Haridwar. However, we will be talking about some great offbeat Places in Uttarakhand that don’t get mentioned enough. However, these places are somewhat known to the backpackers who travel solo through the grand vistas of Uttarakhand.

It is not difficult to find the less touristy places to visit in Uttarakhand but the regular tourists don’t get much interested in the off-beat destinations. The families and couples on their honeymoon usually pick the most popular destinations which are close to the major cities that are well-connected. Also, the sightseeing options and shopping are quite easy around these popular destinations.

Some of the offbeat and spiritual places in Uttarakhand usually attract the backpacker and solo travelers. Such places may require trekking and a little bit of an adventurous spirit. However, some couples and families still go out of their way to visit these offbeat places. But these are exceptions to the fact that most of the people who travel to offbeat destinations are usually young backpackers with enough energy to trek. These travelers are always looking for some unexplored or lesser destinations to avoid any major crowding of tourists. 

9 Offbeat Destinations In Uttarakhand Worth Exploring

1. Naukuchiatal

2. Kakrighat

3. Kausani

4. Kanatal

5. Peora Village

6. Binsar

7. Bhimtal

8. Hemkund Sahib

9. Chopta

We have compiled a list of the finest offbeat places in Uttarakhand that will satisfy your thirst for discovering something new. These gorgeous destinations will not disappoint the nature enthusiast in you. You will be greeted with some of the best scenes that include majestic mountains, raging rivers, tranquil forests, and many temples that have an aura that you can feel when you are there.

These hidden gems of Uttarakhand will leave your heart mesmerized. The social media posts have been made somewhat known. However, due to the pandemic these destinations are still are less-explored. You may not easily find these destinations included in the popular Uttarakhand holiday packages. But you can always customize your travel package by consulting your travel agent. So, let's start with our list. 

1. Naukuchiatal

This hidden gem of a destination is a gorgeous destination that is situated at a distance of around 28 kilometers from the famous destination of Nainital. Naukuchiatal is a tranquil destination that is great for people who want to spend some time in nature.

If you are looking for less touristy places to visit in Uttarakhand then Naukuchiatal is the best destinations to consider. One of the major attractions here is the beautiful Naukuchiatal Lake. One of the most distinctive features of this lake is that it has 9 corners. 

As a tourist, you can stay at the ‘Tourist Rest House’ which is located near the lake. Staying close to the lake is something truly peaceful and a great experience for someone who wants to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Another nearby destination is Bhimtal which is quite popular among the tourist community. You can enjoy the many cafés and restaurants with a rich variety of foods and drinks near Naukuchaital Lake. Activities such as Kayaking and boating are also available at the lake. 

Tourist attractions: Kayaking, Boating, and food.

2. Kakrighat

Kakrighat Temple, Uttarakhand (image source: Maharajji.love)

Kakrighat is a spiritual destination visited by thousands of people every year. The site is popular because of the Ashram dedicated to the sage Neem Karoli Baba. Also, Swami Vivekananda visited this place and meditated here. Kakrighat can be included in any of your Uttarakhand pilgrimage tour packages.

Kakrighat is considered one of the best offbeat and spiritual places in Uttarakhand. If you are traveling to the popular destination of Ranikhet, then visiting Kakrighat can be a great choice. The place has a very positive energy that can be felt by everyone who visits Kakrighat.

People from all over the world visit this place to be with nature and to meditate here. You can enjoy the view of the majestic mountains or take silent nature walks. Tourists with families or solo travelers can both enjoy this destination. If you are the one who wants to experience a peaceful destination to simply relax, then Kakrighat is the best place to visit for you.

Tourist attractions: Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Shiv Mandir Kakrighat

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3. Kausani

View of Trishul peak from Kausani, Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Kausani is one of the most scenic offbeat locations in Uttarakhand with beautiful views of the majestic Himalayan range. If you are a nature love or a photographer, Kausani is the place to be in. You can witness some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Some of the mountain peaks that you can see from this place are the famous Nanda Devi peaks and Trishul Parvat. Kausani is considered as a secret hill station in Uttarakhand which is away from the crowd of tourists. Kausani is located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. 

Kausani is a great offbeat place to visit in Uttarakhand which is suited best for trekking enthusiasts, photographers and backpackers. It is also a great place for couples to spend their honeymoon. The best time to visit Kausani is during the summer months when the weather is pleasant. However, if you wish to witness the snowfall, then the winter season is a great time as well. There are many adventure sports you can indulge yourself in Uttarakhand. Popular activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, camping, and mountain biking can be enjoyed here.

Tourist attractions: Baijnath Temple, Rudradhari Falls, Kausani Tea fields, and Anasakti Ashram. 

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4. Kanatal

Kanatal Resort, Kanaltal, Uttarakhand (image source: traveltriangle.com)

Kanatal is one of the most peaceful offbeat places in Uttarakhand which is situated on way to Mussorie from Chamba. Kanatal is around 80 kilometers away from Dehradun city. It is a great destination to visit for someone who wants to spend a quiet and relaxing time. Kanatal is a great mix of tranquility and adventure.

You can find some great places to be in the lap of nature and take long silent walks. Or you can enjoy many adventure activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, and camping. The land is rich with biodiversity and you can find pleasant weather during the summer season.

Tourist attractions: Kodia forest and Surkanda Devi Temple

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5. Peora Village

Peora village, Uttarakhand (image source: pxfuel.com

Peora is situated on the way to Nainital if you are traveling from Almora. Peora village is considered as an offbeat unexplored place in Uttarakhand. If you are a solo traveler, then this destination will excite you and make your journey to Uttarakhand worthwhile. Peora is around 25 kilometers away from Almora and can be easily reached.

Peora is a hidden gem that is situated at the height of around 6500 feet from sea level. Sprawling with nature’s best sights and sounds, Peora is a serene place that brings a sense of calm within you. If you are a nature lover then you will find the sights of majestic Kumaon mountain range, apple orchards, and forests a great scene to cherish.

The panoramic views of Peora will leave you mesmerized as it is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous offbeat places in Uttarakhand. Peora is slowly being developed as an ideal eco-tourism destination by keeping the environment as a priority over-tourism. It is a great place to relax and unwind from the stress of city life.

Tourist attractions: Photography, trekking, and bird-watching.

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6. Binsar

Kumaon Village, Binsar, Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Binsar is a great destination that has a spiritual vibe to it. Binsar is considered one of the best offbeat places in Uttarakhand and is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Surrounded by the majestic hills of Jhandi Dhar, Binsar offers some great views for photographers, nature enthusiasts, and bird watchers.

The land of Binsar is blessed with rich flora and fauna and being here brings a feeling of tranquility that cannot be expressed in words. You will be able to see 4 major peaks of the Himalayan range of Uttarakhand. Views of Kedarnath, Trishul, Shivling, and Nanda Devi peaks are easily visible from Binsar. Binsar is considered a gem in the Garhwal Himalayan range.

Binsar is also a great destination for a relaxing family vacation. As a couple on your honeymoon, you will find Binsar is an ideal destination for a great vacation. Solo travelers and travelers in a group can also find Binsar is an ideal vacation spot.

Tourist attractions: Kasar Devi temple, Golu Devta temple, Wildlife Sanctuary, Jeep Safaris, Trekking, Photography, and Bird watching.

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7. Bhimtal

Bhimtal Lake, Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Bhimtal is not an absolutely offbeat destination of Uttarakhand. It is quite a balanced experience for the tourists. It is neither too crowded nor too secluded. However, it is still among the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand. One of the major attractions in Bhimtal is the beautiful Bhimtal Lake which attracts many tourists from all over India.

Bhimtal is located between Nainital and the Kathgodam. It is a favorite destination among solo travelers and backpackers. Many couples also visit this place to spend their honeymoon. This is because of the beauty and the natural setting that is the background of this place.

As a photographer and a nature lover, you will not be disappointed with the scenes that Bhimtal is blessed with. You can simply take silent nature walks or trek through many hidden trekking trails. If you are traveling with a family, you can enjoy a very relaxing vacation with many sightseeing opportunities in Bhimtal.

Tourist attractions: Bhimtal Lake, Hidimba Parvat, Butterfly museum, and Victoria Dam.

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8. Hemkund Sahib

Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib, Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The holy site of Hemkund Sahib is a pilgrimage site for many people with Sikh faith. Although Hemkund Sahib is quite famous among people with all religious and spiritual faiths, trekkers and backpackers also visit this site. This holy site is only open during certain months of the year, so make sure you plan your journey.

Every year, Hemkund Sahib attracts hundreds of tourists from all over India. Hemkund is one of the most offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand because of its location. To reach Hemkund Sahib you have to trek 19 kilometers from Gobind Ghat. It is quite a challenge to reach the holy site of Hemkund Sahib.

Although families also visit this place to offer their prayers to the holy site, trekking enthusiasts also take up the challenge to trek this beautiful trail to the main gurudwara. You can enjoy taking a dip in the hot natural springs and enjoy delicious freshly cooked meals. 

Many people believe that the waters of the Hemkund have healing properties that can cure many ailments. It is also considered one of the most mysterious places in Uttarakhand. You can enjoy some of the best natural scenic beauty on your way. Especially the valley of flowers during the summers is a sight that cannot be fully expressed in words. 

Tourist attractions: Valley of Flowers, Gobind Ghat, and Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. 

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9. Chopta

Chopta, Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

We have saved the best for the last. Chopta is a gorgeous travel destination that is a photographer’s paradise. Blessed with lush green forests, beautiful valleys, and views of majestic mountains, Chopta is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand. If you are a trekking enthusiast, then Chopta is the best destination to experience some of the most beautiful trekking trails in India.

The main Dehradun railway station and the airport are roughly around 100 kilometers away from Chopta valley. So you can easily reach Chopta by taking a cab from the railway station or the airport. 

All traveler’s needs can be fulfilled in Chopta. No matter if you are a solo traveler, traveling in a group, or on your honeymoon. Chopta is a perfect destination to spend some quality time with yourself or your loved ones. Chopta is also one of the most peaceful offbeat places in Uttarakhand.

Tourist attractions: Chandrashila, Tungnatha, Deoria Tal, and Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary. 

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So, these were the 9 best offbeat destinations of Uttarakhand that are a great choice for a vacation destination. These destinations are getting popular due to social media. But, it is still far less crowded than the other famous destinations in Uttarakhand. 

Many backpackers are always looking for some unknown tourist places in Uttarakhand or places which are lesser-known. The destinations mentioned in the list above are some of the best that Uttarakhand has to offer. These destinations have something for everyone.