Winter is likely one of the favourite seasons for all couples. With major holidays like Diwali, Christmas, and New Year's Eve celebrated one after the other, everybody is in the festive spirit till the next year dawns. However, this usually means that all the popular romantic holiday destinations are already sold out. Fret not, there are millions of unexplored gems sprinkled all over the country, waiting to be discovered, for the new year 2023. Best to grab your partner and head to these hidden gems before they pop up on public radar and become mainstream tourist destinations. Here's our curated list of the top 7 offbeat destinations in India for a romantic getaway in 2023.
Visit These 7 Off-Beat Destinations In 2023
1. Hampi, Karnataka
This hamlet in Karnataka is so underrated, it is almost unfair. Located near the mighty river of Tungabhadra, Hampi was once the capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Even today, one can witness the aftereffects of the Battle of Talikota of 1565. This destination is perfect for all the connoisseurs of history. What adds to Hampi's unmistakable charm is that it has also been formally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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2. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
The entirety of North Eastern States should come under the title of 'unexplored gems in the country' as the beauty here remains both unmatched and underrated. Nestled between snowcapped mountains, Tawang is a picturesque valley town surrounded by an abundance of nature; dense conifer forests, sparkling rivers and frozen lakes. Tawang is also known for its 400-year-old monastery. Around 5-6 days would be enough to cover all that Tawang has to offer. The best time to visit would be in summer from March to June.
3. Gangtok, Sikkim
The capital city of the state of Sikkim, Gangtok is a city full of history. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and is also known as the land of monasteries. Its breathtaking Banjhakri Falls and Park, the ropeway overlooking the city, and its Gurudongmar Lake are some great romantic spots. The best time to visit Gangtok is from March to May or from October to December.
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4. Kalimpong, West Bengal
This gorgeous town in West Bengal is as underrated as it gets. As per the Lepchas, Kaminpong means 'ridge where we play'. The city is characterized by scenic views and multiple places of worship like monasteries and churches. Revel in the spectacular vistas from Durpin Dara Hill and Deolo Hill or connect with nature and wildlife at Neora Valley National Park. The city is also renowned for its local art and culture. The best time to visit Kalimpong would be from March to May or from September to November.
5. North Kerala
Plan your trip to the north of this southernmost state to explore the unseen destinations it has in store for you. Include Wayanad, Bekal, and Silent Valley in your itinerary to make the most of your trip. Wayanad can also be accessed from the city of Bangalore. It is surrounded by natural gems from all sides. Bekal is known for its weather. It has great forts, a pristine shoreline, and more to offer. The Silent Valley is placed inside the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is therefore characterized by its rich wildlife and scenic sites.
6. Sunderbans, West Bengal
This unique area is formed by the meeting of the mighty rivers of Padma, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. The Sundarbans are home to the endangered Royal Bengal Tigers and many more rich species of animals. Its Watch Towers, Bird Sanctuary, Deltas and Mangroves and great to explore and soothe your wanderlust. September to March is a great period to visit this area in Bengal.
7. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Cherrapunji was once the place that used to record the highest rainfall in the country thus giving it the name 'The wettest place on Earth'. The lush greenery of this charming village is why many have dubbed it the ‘Scotland of the East'. It is also known as Sohra and is famous for its root bridges, rubber trees, and Nohkalikai Falls, making it a great romantic destination. If you don't want to be rained in, visit between October and February.
Which destination are you planning to visit, first, in 2023?
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