Travelling off-season is a different experience altogether. You can take advantage of the lower prices and fewer tourists. Moreover, you get an opportunity to have a more in-depth travel experience which includes interacting with the locals, culture, food and unique routine activities.
Take a look at 12 places in India you should visit off-season. Trust us, you'll have the time of your life.
1. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
When: Visit Meghalaya during the monsoons.
Why: If you are a nature lover, then there cannot be a better time to visit Meghalaya other than the monsoons. It is lush green and you can see more than fifty shades of green along with several new species of butterflies. Most importantly, you'll get the most delicious momos, stir fried pork and beer at unbeatable prices.
When: The months from May to September are considered off-season.
Why: First and foremost, Goa will never give you a dull time. And you'll spot great views with rice paddies and streams in the background. In the off-season, Goa has a number of festivals that you could enjoy. The Sao Jao festival in June and the Bonderam festival in August will give you an entirely different cultural experience. Go here for cheap booze and reasonable accommodation prices.
3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
When: You can consider visiting Manali in December.
Why: Yes, the temperatures are low, but Manali dressed in snow looks gorgeous. Although you'll miss out on the Rohtang pass, there are places like the Solang valley that offer skiing and other winter sports you can enjoy.
4. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
When: A good time to visit Malshej ghat is during the monsoons.
Why: Exhilarating views of numerous waterfalls make this place misty and absolutely stunning.
5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
When: August is considered off-season at the islands.
Why: August is the time it rains heavily in the Andamans and Nicobar islands, and hence the island is almost empty. But the rains are not really a spoiler.
6. Malihabad, Uttar Pradesh
When: The months of June and July are when you should visit this place.
Why: We know that the heat will be unbearable, but you'll get a chance to taste the most delicious Dasheri mangoes.
7. Muzaffarpur, Bihar
When: We advise you to visit this place in the month of June.
Why: It'll be humid, and you'll probably be sweating like a pig, but you'll be inside the Lychee kingdom.
8. Shoja, Himachal Pradesh
When: We want you to visit this place in the months of December and January.
Why: The Jalori pass will be closed for vehicles in the winters, but the few rest houses that this place has will be empty. In summers, the views of the peak are similar to other Himalayan routes. It's in winters that the wilderness is at its best, and Maggi tastes like God's gift to mankind.
9. Coorg, Karnataka
When: We suggest you visit Coorg during the monsoons, i.e, between June and September.
Why: It rains heavily during these months, but there's no denying that the beauty of this place is enhanced in the monsoon season. There's mist and fog all around which makes it a perfect honeymoon destination during the rainy season.
10. Hemis National Park, Jammu and Kashmir
When: Winters can be terrible. Thus we advise you visit this place in the early winters, or November and early December.
Why: The view of snow covered peaks, rivers and lakes is priceless. It's the perfect time to go for an exciting trek.
11. Western Ghats
When: A trek during the monsoon should definitely be on your bucket list.
Why: During the monsoon, you'll be able to spot pink-legged European flamingos that visit the Western Ghats.
12. Teesta River, Sikkim
When: The best time to go river rafting in Teesta is in the month of December.
Why: Yes, the water will be ice-cold. But that's the best time to experience some adrenaline rush.