Taking a break from the urban hustle-bustle and enjoying a vacation in a quiet place is something that we all long for. And while there are plenty of serene places in India, travelling to a remote location and spending quality time with your loved ones is a different experience altogether. The absence of noisy crowds coupled with a pleasant ambience and untouched beauty makes these places a must-visit. So, if the charm of unexplored or hidden places fascinates you, here are 15 remote locations in India you need to bookmark for your next trip.
1. Dharwas, Himachal Pradesh
Located in the Pangi Valley of Chamba district, Dharwas is the northernmost town in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an elevation of 8000 feet above sea level and is famed for being the largest village in the valley. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and dense pine forests, Dharwas is a delight for nature lovers and peace seekers. The town is particularly known for a natural mineral water spring called Tilmili and base camps for trekkers. Dharwas is also quite popular among those looking to experience the Himalayan culture and relish some lip-smacking local delicacies.
- Popular attractions in and around Dharwas: Killar, Karel, Sural, Kothi, Kumar
- Things to do in Dharwas: Sightseeing, camping, trekking, nature walks, photography
- Best time to visit: March to June
- How to reach Dharwas:
- Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, Dharamsala (283 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Pathankot Railway Station (257 km)
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2. Siachen Glacier, Ladakh
Well-known for being the highest battleground on earth, Siachen Glacier is a dream destination for nature lovers and trekkers. The place is located at an altitude of about 20,000 feet above sea level, in the eastern Karakoram Range of the Himalayas. The glacier is the longest of its kind in the Karakoram Range and quite popular among trekkers. Although difficult and risky, trekkers from across the country come here to get a taste of the challenges that soldiers go through in this region. Panamik, a small and scenic village in Nubra Valley, is very close to the glacier and worth visiting.
- Popular attractions in and around Siachen Glacier: Siachen base camp
- Things to do in Siachen Glacier: Trekking, photography
- Best time to visit: May to September
- How to reach Siachen Glacier:
- Nearest Airport: Leh Airport (154 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (365 km)
3. Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh
Kibithu is the easternmost motorable point of India that lies on the line of actual control (LAC). The town is in Mishmi Hills at an elevation of about 4070 feet above sea level, near the Indo-China border. Although secluded and underdeveloped, Kibithu is a haven for nature lovers. Curvy roads, lofty pine trees, cloudy mountains, lush agricultural lands, waterfalls and rivulets lend a surreal charm to the place and make it a perfect getaway. Apart from exploring the town, you can interact with the tribal people here and check out their traditional houses made with bamboo and cane mats.
- Popular attractions in and around Kibithu: Dong, Walong, Hawai
- Things to do in Kibithu: Sightseeing, photography, spending time amidst nature, spotting Chinese army bunkers from the top of the village, walking on the hanging bridge, enjoying local delicacies
- Best time to visit: April to July
- How to reach Kibithu:
- Nearest Airport: Dibrugarh Airport (378 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Tinsukia Railway Station (338 km)
4. Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh
Mechuka, also known as Menchukha, is a picturesque and serene village in Arunachal Pradesh. Perched at an elevation of 7000 feet above sea level, this small town in the Siang district is around 29 km from the Indo-China border. Mechuka boasts unmatched natural beauty, thanks to lush green hills, snow-capped mountains, pine trees, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. What’s more, Mechuka is home to some historically and religiously significant places as well. Although a remote location, the impeccable beauty of the place, its tribal culture and significant attractions make it a popular destination among different types of travellers.
- Popular attractions in and around Mechuka: Samten Yongcha Monastery, Guru Nanak Taposthan, Dorjeeling Village, Yarlung Army Camp, Siyom River
- Things to do in Mechuka: Sightseeing, photography, admiring nature, interacting with tribal people, trekking, river rafting, trying local tribal cuisine, walking over the 1500 feet long bamboo bridge
- Best time to visit: October to March
- How to reach Mechuka:
- Nearest Airport: Lilabari Airport (479 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Silapathar Railway Station (388 km)
5. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
If you are looking to escape the urban chaos and spend a few days in a quaint and peaceful place, Ziro is a wonderful option. It is also one of those places in India where you can experience nature at its best. The town is at an elevation of around 5540 feet above sea level and enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, so you can plan a trip anytime. The place is particularly famous for its pine hills, rice hills and lush green surroundings. In Ziro, you can also interact with the Apatani tribe who have been living here for centuries. The tribe is known for their fish and paddy culture as well as cane and bamboo crafts.
- Popular attractions in and around Ziro: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Tarin Fish Farm, Kile Pakho, Meghna Cave Temple, Shiv Linga, Dolo Mando
- Things to do in Ziro: Sightseeing, trekking, hiking, jungle camping, nature walks, photography
- Best time to visit: Year-round
- How to reach Ziro:
- Nearest Airport: Tezpur Airport (251 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Naharlagun Railway Station (95 km)
6. Chatpal, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir Valley is known for its picturesque locations and Chatpal is one of them. This remote town is in a quaint corner of South Kashmir, about 119 km from Srinagar. The scenic beauty of the town is beyond compare; the surrounding mountains, pine trees, yellow and white wildflowers, lush green landscape and clear blue skies make for some breath-taking panoramic views and plenty of photo ops. When it comes to enjoying a rejuvenating vacation in Kashmir with minimum noise and interference, Chatpal is the place to be.
- Popular attractions in and around Chatpal: Mughal Garden Achabal, Martand Sun Temple, Kokernag, Verinag, Daksum
- Things to do in Chatpal: Nature walks, relishing Kashmiri Kahwa, interacting with locals, trekking, photography
- Best time to visit: April to June
- How to reach Chatpal:
- Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport (88 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (222 km)
7. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Perched at an altitude of about 9700 to 13450 feet above sea level and surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas, Spiti Valley is one of the most beautiful places in India. Although a remote location, this cold desert mountain valley is frequented by trekkers and adventure seekers looking to engage in some adrenaline-rushing activities. Spiti is dotted with many scenic trekking trails, offering some of the best views of the valley. Trekkers can also enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas from different peaks. What’s more, the place is known for its flora and fauna, monasteries, hospitable locals and natural beauty as well. Komic, the highest village in the world, is in Spiti Valley.
- Popular attractions in and around Spiti Valley: Dhankar Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Gee Gompa, Chicham Bridge, Langza Buddha Statue, Kibber, Kaza, Komic Monastery, Hikkim Post Office
- Things to do in Spiti Valley: Trekking, camping, river rafting, yak safari, star gazing, sightseeing, photography, souvenir shopping, interacting with locals
- Best time to visit: March to June
- How to reach Spiti Valley:
- Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (227 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station (322 km)
8. Nako, Himachal Pradesh
This beautiful remote village in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh is a perfect getaway for those looking to spend some peaceful time amidst nature. The village lies on the Indo-Tibetan border and is known for its quiet environment, untouched natural beauty and Himalayan and Tibetan cultures. The traditional atmosphere of the village, age-old architectures, temples and chortens make the place unique. Moreover, Nako boasts distinct fauna; apart from cows, sheep and goats, the locals here are seen rearing horses, yaks and donkeys.
- Popular attractions in and around Nako: Nako Lake, Nako Monastery, Malling Nala, Nako Gompa, Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary
- Things to do in Nako: Sightseeing, nature walks, paying respects at the monasteries and temples, relishing momos, chowmein and other local delicacies
- Best time to visit: April to October
- How to reach Nako:
- Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (320 km), Bhuntar Airport (331 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (322 km)
9. Laitmawsiang, Meghalaya
Bestowed with unique natural beauty, this hidden gem in Meghalaya is a must-visit. Laitmawsiang is a beautiful village located in the eastern part of the Khasi hills. Surrounded by stunning valleys and dotted with waterfalls, shrubs, trees, ponds and tunnels, this hamlet serves as an ideal retreat if you love natural surroundings. Laitmawsiang is also known for housing ancient caves and gardens that go back thousands of years.
- Popular attractions in and around Laitmawsiang: Arsdad Falls, Sum Syiem Falls, U Mawdohnud, Garden of Caves, Arwah Cave, Mawsmai Cave, NohKaLikai Falls, Seven Sisters Waterfall, Mawkdok Dympep Valley Viewpoint
- Things to do in Laitmawsiang: Sightseeing, photography, spending time near waterfalls, exploring caves
- Best time to visit: August and September
- How to reach Laitmawsiang:
- Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport (73 km), Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (158 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Guwahati Railway Station (139 km)
10. Haflong, Assam
Famed for being the only hill station in Assam, Haflong is a delight for nature and wildlife lovers. Mountains, verdant green valleys, scenic landscapes and pineapple and orange orchards add tons of charm to the place and make it an ideal getaway from polluted and congested cities. If you are longing for adventure, Haflong also has some trekking and camping options.
- Popular attractions in and around Haflong: Orchid Garden, Haflong Lake, Jatinga, Maibong, Dayang Railway Bridge, Abraham Viewpoint, Borail Wildlife Sanctuary
- Things to do in Haflong: Trekking, camping, birdwatching, nature walks, exploring waterfalls and other attractions, interacting with local tribes, visiting the vibrant marketplace
- Best time to visit: October to February
- How to reach Haflong:
- Nearest Airport: Silchar Airport (105 km)
- Nearest Train Station: New Haflong Railway Station (7 km)
11. Thangu Valley, Sikkim
Boasting unmatched natural beauty and serenity, Thangu Valley is one of the most stunning remote places in India that is open to travellers. The valley is located at an elevation of about 12,800 feet above sea level and is known for its mesmerising natural beauty and peaceful ambiance. Thangu receives heavy snowfall during the winter months, so the entire place is covered with a blanket of snow from October to March. Come summer and the valley looks all beautiful and vibrant with plenty of alpine flowers. Lush green surroundings, rivers, wooden houses and cheerful locals add to the appeal of Thangu Valley. The place has some amazing trekking and hiking trails as well.
- Popular attractions in and around Thangu Valley: Gurudongmar Lake, Lachen Monastery, Chopta Valley, Tso Lhamo Lake
- Things to do in Thangu Valley: Trekking, hiking, wildlife sighting, spending time near lakes
- Best time to visit: November to June
- How to reach Thangu Valley:
- Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (236 km)
- Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction (230 km)
12. Idukki, Kerala
Kerala is peppered with many hidden treasures and Idukki is one of them. Blessed with natural beauty and serenity, this mountainous and densely forested region is a favourite among nature lovers. From forests and rubber plantations to wildlife sanctuaries, tea factories and beautiful bungalows, this hill resort has them all. Idukki is also famous for housing the country’s largest arch dam which is 650 feet long and 550 feet high. It spans across the Kuravan Kurathi Mountain. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India, is also in Idukki.
- Popular attractions in and around Idukki: Periyar National Park, Kulamavu Dam, Painavu, Anakkara, Nandukani, Mangaladevi Temple, Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge
- Things to do in Idukki: Enjoying spectacular views of Idukki and Cheruthoni dams from Hill View Park, spending time near waterfalls, exploring Murikkady, trekking, photography
- Best time to visit: November to February
- How to reach Idukki:
- Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (102 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Kottayam Railway Station (103 km), Ernakulam Junction (104 km)
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13. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
Lying on the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu, the abandoned town of Dhanushkodi is one of the most fascinating remote places in the county. The town was demolished and destroyed in the powerful cyclone that hit Rameswaram in 1964 and it remains inhabited since then. Dhanushkodi, which is also the land border between India and Sri Lanka, is the place where Ram Setu originates. Although a remote location, Dhanushkodi is frequented by tourists from across the globe. The picture-perfect Dhanushkodi Beach with white sands is a popular attraction here.
- Popular attractions in and around Dhanushkodi: Adam’s Bridge or Ram Setu Point, Pamban Bridge, Pamban Island, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Sangumal Beach, Arichal Munai
- Things to do in Dhanushkodi: Lazing around on the beach, paying respects at Rameswaram Temple, sea surfing, exploring the ruins
- Best time to visit: October to February
- How to reach Dhanushkodi:
- Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport (198 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Rameswaram Railway Station (19 km)
14. Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
If you are in or around Visakhapatnam, you ought to visit Araku Valley. This remote and comparatively unexplored place located on the hills of the Eastern Ghats is a wonderful option for weekend getaways. Thanks to majestic mountains, lush green surroundings, waterfalls and a pleasant climate, this town plays the perfect host to those who love peaceful vacations amidst natural surroundings. Araku Valley is home to many indigenous tribes as well and interacting with them is quite fascinating. Borra Caves, full of ancient stalagmite and stalactite formations, are a visual delight here.
- Popular attractions in and around Araku Valley: Padmapuram Botanical Garden, Araku Valley Coffee Museum, Araku Tribal Museum, Ananthagiri Hills, Chaparai Waterfalls, Katiki Falls
- Things to do in Araku Valley: Visiting museums, exploring tea and coffee plantations, trekking, hiking, sightseeing, photography, relishing local cuisine, buying tribal handicrafts
- Best time to visit: September to February
- How to reach Araku Valley:
- Nearest Airport: Visakhapatnam International Airport (107 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Araku Railway Station, Visakhapatnam Railway Station (111 km)
15. Badami, Karnataka
Situated in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, Badami is a remote yet popular location in India. The place is famous for the rock cut Badami Cave Temples that exhibit the Badami Chalukya architectural styles. These beautifully carved cave temples dating back to the 6th century attract historians and architecture buffs from far and wide. The town is also dotted with other ancient temples, forts and Chalukya-style monuments. Nature lovers visiting Badami can spend quality time near the serene lakes and waterfalls.
- Popular attractions in and around Badami: Badami Fort, Bhutanatha Temples, Aihole, Agastya Lake, Akka Tangi Falls, Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple
- Things to do in Badami: Visiting the Archaeological Museum, exploring the popular Badami Caves, paying respects at the temples here, trying local cuisine
- Best time to visit: October to April
- How to reach Badami:
- Nearest Airport: Hubballi Airport (110 km)
- Nearest Train Station: Hubballi Junction (103 km)
So, are you ready to explore India’s hidden treasure troves – all the isolated, unspoilt and beautiful places? Well, then keep the above list handy. Each place listed here is unique and worth visiting. However, make sure you plan your trip well in advance to avoid any hassles later. Some of these places are quite far from airports or railway stations, so keep that in mind. Also, book hotels beforehand to get good rooms at affordable rates.