Why settle for a five-star hotel when you can sleep under a thousand star sky

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Deorital
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Kheerganga
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Deoriatal
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Chitkul
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Langza
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Langza

We work hard all year long running constantly in cobwebs of the moribund city life, without ever realizing how much we need a peaceful break! A retreat from the monotones of paved roads, skyscrapers, work, studies, and vehicles is a must if one wishes to see Mother Nature in all her grandeur – untouched, unscathed and beautiful as ever! She provides you peace and there are few better places to find peace than mountains. To be able to listen to the trickling river, the breeze blowing through the trees or the crickets chirping at night, to be able to see millions of stars spread out over countless billions of miles of space and then thinking about oneself, is a way of focusing the mind on what is actually important apart from your salary, the opposite sex and promotion. A good trip becomes fantastic if your accommodation is an experience in itself. Here is a list of few of the best places to stay or pitch your tent in India where you can let go off every day of your busy life and relax.

Sit back and get stunned by these off-beat locations to stay. If you're about to leave on a holiday or planning one, this is the list to tick!

1. Chandrashila

Chopta is one of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in the whole Garhwal. The breathtaking view of the Himalayas is treat to the eyes and soul. Waking up to a view of the mighty Chaukhambha peak just outside your tent is an experience of a lifetime. Lush green grasslands around this peak provide several spots for pitching your tent. Try to stay away from edges as wind speeds at night could be really high.

Highest altitude: 4000 meters

Photo of Chandrashila, Tungnath, Uttarakhand, India by Mayank Goyal

2. Churdhar

Though you have to climb an arduous trek of 20 Km to stay in this dharamshala (rest house for travelers), it's completely worth it. Churdhar is the highest peak in outer Himalayas. Few meters below the peak, facilities for accommodation and food are available free of cost.

Highest Altitude: 3600 meters

Photo of Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal

3. Kheerganga

Wooden rooms loaded with snow and natural hot water Jacuzzi waiting for you outside, it’s like a dream isn't it? This place remains crowded in summers but converts into an absolute heaven in winters. You have to go through a moderate level trek of 12 Km to reach this heaven.

Highest altitude: 2960 meters

Photo of Kheerganga - Sunshine Himalayan Camp, Sosan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal
Photo of Kheerganga - Sunshine Himalayan Camp, Sosan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal

4. Triund

This is a well-known trek near the town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. A very popular camping spot, this place is gifted with a perfect view of the Dhauladhar ranges on one side and the Kangra valley on the other. Triund attracts a lot of tourists every year from India and all over the world. Luxuries like hot maggi, dal chawal and warm tents are available on top.

Highest altitude: 2825 meters

Photo of Triund, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal

5. KeeGompa

Just hold on to your cup of tea and witness the most exquisite landscape of your life. The rivulets, cotton clouds, clear blue sky and a grand landscape in the midst of peaceful chants of hundreds of Tibetan monks. If you're lucky enough, this place will also provide you with a beautiful view of Milky Way Galaxy.

Highest altitude: 4116 meters

Photo of Key Gompa, Key, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal
Photo of Key Gompa, Key, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal

6. Deoria Tal

If you're a bird watcher this is a perfect location to pitch your tent. A short and very easy trek of 3 km will take you to this small lake. Deoriatal is perhaps the only place in this list that gives maximum returns for the effort you put. The lake is known for its wide 360° panorama. In the background, mountains like Chaukhambha, Nilkantha, Kedar range etc. add to the beauty of this place.

Highest altitude: 2438 meters

Photo of Deoria Tal, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Mayank Goyal

7. Langza

The word itself means 'A Land of God'. Just close your eyes and imagine the land of cottony fields with mountains on one side, valleys on the other and you’re in the center of this panorama. That's the kind of experience you get on visiting Langza. This place provides you with an opportunity to stay with the locals listen to their stories and experience their way of life. Just be ready for a view of Milky Way galaxy stretching across the horizon, a definite eye popper.

Highest altitude: 4600 meters

Photo of Langza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Goyal

8. Chitkul

Famous for being a last inhabited village of India, it is also known as the Crown of Kinnaur. The Indian road ends here. You could easily spot a sign board which says India's last restaurant. This Indo-china border becomes Valley of flowers in monsoon and Switzerland in winters. There are many local homestays and hotels which could provide you accommodation; you can also pitch a tent if you like.

Highest altitude: 3450 meters

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what is the name of that wooden hotel or cottage at Kheerganga?
Fri 04 08 16, 07:09 · Reply (1) · Report
I don't think it has any name. Though you can ask for a Nepali person that resides there round a year. He is the one who is in charge of these rooms. He also provides some delicious food along with these rooms and that too just for 100 RS per person!
Fri 04 08 16, 11:19 · Report
Awesome man! This is paradise! Will look forward to complete this. By the awesome insightful writing and explanations to trek.
Tue 04 05 16, 09:35 · Reply · Report
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