Updated May 10th, 2024 at 15:24 IST

Indian Destinations That Are Perfect For Off-season Travel

Incredible India is always welcoming and even during off-season, you will find yourself craving to explore its beauty.

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While peak tourist seasons often draw crowds to popular destinations, smart travellers know that the off-season can offer unique opportunities for exploration, discovery and save some money. There are plenty of Indian destinations that shine brightest when the crowds thin out. Here are a few off-season travel destinations in India that are perfect for those seeking a quieter, more authentic experience.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the Ganges River, Rishikesh is a spiritual hub known for its serene ashrams, yoga retreats, and adventure sports. While the town sees a surge of visitors during the peak tourist season, the off-season from July-September offers a quieter atmosphere ideal for introspection, meditation, and exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.

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Goa

Famous for its pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and Portuguese colonial architecture, Goa is a perennial favourite among travellers seeking sun, sand, and relaxation. However, during the off-season, particularly in the monsoon months of June to September, Goa takes on a different charm. The lush green landscapes, quieter beaches, and lower prices make it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the crowds and experience Goa's natural beauty in peace. If you love partying in Gosa, wait till you get to dance in the rain in the city.

Coorg, Karnataka

Dubbed the "Scotland of India," Coorg is a picturesque hill station known for its misty mountains, lush coffee plantations, and rich biodiversity. While the peak tourist season (October to March) sees an influx of visitors, if you visit during  the monsoon months, you will be able to witness Coorg's breathtaking waterfalls in full flow.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is renowned for its magnificent palaces, packed bazaars, and rich cultural heritage. While winters (October to March) are the peak tourist season in Jaipur, the scorching summer months of April to June see fewer visitors, making it an ideal time to explore the city's attractions at a more leisurely pace and take advantage of discounted hotel rates. And if it gets too hot, a glass full of shikanji or lassi will liven you up in no time.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

With its pretty beaches, crystal-clear waters, and relaxed vibe, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a tropical paradise year-round. However, the months of May to September see fewer tourists, making it an excellent time to enjoy the islands' natural beauty without the crowds. Plus, off-season travellers may also find discounted airfares and hotel rates during this time.

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Published May 10th, 2024 at 15:24 IST