Lamayuru Gompa ~ Ladakh, India by Martin Sojka

15 Remote Places in India to Disconnect From the World

If you’re tired of feeling like you’re on a virtual leash replying to emails and texts, or feeling like the noise of everydayness is wearing you out; we have the perfect list of places in India that you can stay lost in. Dump your phones, laptops and you set out to take one hell of a trip to self discovery. We take you to the most remote places in India you unwind and enjoy.

1. On a Secluded Island Beach at Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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If getting lost is your thing, nothing can be better than the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These secluded locales will excite you, will enthrall you and will ensure your appetite for nature is completely satiated within them.  The Andaman and Nicobar Islands top the list for unseen places in India. Being one of the remote places in India, this group of 300 islands can easily get you soaked within their ristine beauty and appeal.

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All calm on the Vijaynagar beach... by RajeshImage credit: Rajesh

2. On a Camel Excursion in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan

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Of all the offbeat places in India, riding on a camel back in the Thar Desert is the most recommended. A camel looks like its perennially smiling, there’s not much you can do when you are faced with harsh conditions, can you? Experience one of the most remote places in India riding with this magnificent creature as you experience a riot of colours in vibrant Rajasthan. Switch off your phone and switch on your senses and take in the stories, the songs, dance and folk tales of the golden desert. This mesmerizing experience is what you need to clear your head before you take life by the horns.

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Sunrise in the Thar Desert by Alexandre Duret-LutzImage credit: Alexandre Duret-Lutz

3. At the Secluded Monasteries of Ladakh

Stakna Monastery by Prabhu B DossImage credit: Prabhu B Doss

Hanle Gompa by Prabhu B DossImage credit: Prabhu B Doss

If you’re the spiritual kind, the mystical land of Ladakh is sure to satisfy your sense for self discovery. Marked with beautiful courtyards and an indescribable quiet, these monasteries will make you want to lose yourself. The must visits include Hemis, Thikse and Phugtal monasteries in Zanskar. Also, these monasteries are the most pious and magnificent of all, Ladakh has to offer.

Diskit by Prabhu B DossImage credit: Prabhu B Doss

Chemrey Gompa. by Prabhu B DossImage credit: Prabhu B Doss

4. On the Serene Backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala

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How about gliding blissfully through the Kerala backwaters as you sit on the deck and treat yourself with the picturesque views? Sounds tempting? Make it to Alleppey, the backwater capital of India and board one of the luxurious houseboats, you will find yourself in a world filled with wonders and fantasies! Experience rich flora and fauna, sumptuous sea food, never-ending paddy fields and coconut groves that flank sides of the territory. Enjoy this pristine experience which will remind you of the real good things in life. A great view, good food and some great company.

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5. On the Salt Marshes of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Infinity by Roshan PanjwaniImage credit:  Roshan Panjwani

Imagine nothingness and then imagine it some more! Being one of the remote places in India and the largest salt desert in the world, the Rann of Kutch comes to life somewhere in October as the otherwise watered locale begins to dry up. Try making it to Kala Dungar (Black Hill) and experience a panoramic view from 458 meters above sea level.

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6. Deep in the Dense Forest of the Western Ghats

A view of Rain Forest by Nara SimhanImage credit: Nara Simhan

Agumbe - Inside Rain Forest by Nara SimhanImage credit: Nara Simhan

Where else would you be lost in than in the lap of nature? The Western Ghats are recognized as a UNESCO world heritage sites and is known for its rich bio diversity. With 1600km of thick untouched and dense forestry, which is an absolute treat to the eyes, its more than 1000 of species of plants, animals, birds and insects, it captivates all your senses within a wink of the eye! Camp here, hike here or walk through, you will be assured with moments that you can cherish all through your life.

Kudremukh, Shola Grasslands. by Karunakar RaykerImage credit: Karunakar Rayker

Trees rustle like living things by Venkatram Harish BelvadiImage credit: Venkatram Harish Belvadi

7. Up in the Air Paragliding over Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Let you imagination take flight as you look at nature in its entire splendor. Be treated to a spectacular view of the Solang Valley as you soar in the sky. In seconds you’ll have your adrenaline rush and you’ll be spellbound by the spectacular sight you’ll behold. Go for paragliding in Manali and you will find one of the best ways to disconnect from the world.

Over the hills and far away by Leo-setäImage credit: Leo-setä

8. Deep in the Caves of Meghalaya

by Seema KrishnakumarImage credit: Seema Krishnakumar

An exhilarating adventure in Meghalaya include exploring the many caves, this beautiful terrain has to offer! Laced with magnificent caves like Krem Mawmluh, Krem Phyllut, Krem Liat Prah, Mawsynram, Mawsmai and Siju, this north-eastern state also has some of the hidden marvels. Natural formations, scenic hills and the mesmerizing beauty of the valleys make for an interesting backdrop to explore the interesting flora and fauna of the region. Come Meghalaya, discover one of the most remote places in India.

Long and dark.. by Seema KrishnakumarImage credit: Seema Krishnakumar

9. On a Trek to Dzongri in Sikkim

Dzongri La at 4500 metersImage credit: Damien Roué

An adventure lover’s haven, Sikkim is one of the most underrated tourist destinations India has to offer. Of the unseen places in India, this one is practically undiscovered.  Majestic pearly White Mountain ranges await trekkers in Sikkim. The Dzongri trek is perhaps one of the best treks you will experience, the picturesque mountains and the joy of completing the trek will make all the hard work worth it.

In the shadow of the himalayas by Matthieu Aubry.Image credit: Matthieu Aubry

10. Scuba Diving Exploring the Coral Reefs of the Andaman Islands

Diver with fish by Tim Proffitt-WhiteImage credit: Tim Proffitt-White

If the white sandy beaches and pristine blue beaches have excited you, be prepared to be awe stricken as you witness what the waters of Andaman hold for you! The rich reefs will surprise you with their varied offerings. Colourful fish, sunken ships, prismatic sea life and some steeply undulating hills of raven volcanic lava, makes for an unusual diving experience. Think of this experience as that of getting a view of heaven underwater while experiencing one of the most remote places in India.

Havelock, 2014 by Arun KatiyarImage credit: Arun Katiyar

11. In the Ashrams of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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The foothills of the Himalayas are a house of many ashrams; learn various styles of Yoga, diets or about divine living as you take a few moments of silence meditating. These sprawling campuses are a great escape from the world. Quench your spiritual yearning in these rejuvenation centres located on the banks of the holy Ganges. These Vedic centres are great not just for your spiritual needs but for your general well being as well.

12. On a Yacht Off the Coasts of Goa

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Goa is not one of the offbeat places in India, but getting lost on a yacht is surely one! What better way to disconnect and do it in style than to escape on a yacht. Imagine the big blue volatile sea as the only thing that you can see for as far as your sight goes! A yacht is not for travellers on a budget, but is definitely one of those things you must try.  Discover unseen places in India like a sailor on a big adventure, move gracefully over the waves and get yourself disconnected from the rest of the world.

13. Trekking through the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Carpet of Balsams by Sandeep ShandeImage credit: Sandeep Shande

The valley of flowers is what you need for a quiet getaway. Tucked away high up in the Himalayas, the valley of flowers is a trek one must take in their lifetime. Every year, in the month of July this snowed valley blooms to life and casts a sight to behold; a paradise for the tourists and botanists. House to the Bhramakamal, blue poppy and a wide variety of flowers, this site is a wonder that you need to witness to believe in. Panoramic views of the mountains, lush greenery and the overpowering scent of blossoming flowers are what will delight you. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and let go off everything that bothers you. This is not just one of the offbeat places in India to experience, but is surely a must-see destination.

Beauty of a mountain by RajeshImage credit: Rajesh

14. In the Middle of Wilderness at Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand 

Corbett Morning 2 by Eileen DelhiImage credit: Eileen Delhi

What says take control of your life than a majestic tiger sprawled out in its natural habitat? Uttaranchal, a land of the Tigers plays host to the most majestic creatures of the animal kingdom. In addition to its famed resident, there are Asiatic elephants and 600 varieties of birds. Little rivulets, streams and rivers are enough to loosen up yourself in this natural extravagance. Put the Corbett National Park on your bucket list if you haven’t already and feel the changes in you!

Corbett National Park by Steven CassidyImage credit: Steven Cassidy

Near the dam backwaters by DraconianRainImage credit: DraconianRain

15. In the Deep Mountain Valleys of Ladakh

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Blue skies, snow covered mountains and fluttering flags await you along with incredible beauty, a sense of adventure that will prevail through your trip in Ladakh. The deep mountain valley is the kind of quiet you yearn for! Away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy city, the deadlines to meet and tiring schedule, here is Ladakh, where time stops and life begins. Clean air, vast expanses of land provide some time to think about life and other deep questions.  Ladakh qualifies as one of the most offbeat places in India because of its quotient of life; an uncomplicated life that is the key to all the happiness!

Road to leh by Saad FaruqueImage credit: Saad Faruque

India, a land of mystery and intrigue, has some of the best places to relax, rejuvenate and disconnect from the rest of the world. In this list, we’ve put together 15 offbeat locations to help you disconnect from this hyper-connected world and reconnect with yourself. These are absolutely pristine untouched and inhabited locations that not only make for a great vacation but also for one that’ll quench all your yearnings for self discovery.

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