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10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India

  

There is a certain magic about sunrises and sunsets that make them simply magnetic. You may think what’s so special about the phenomena that occurs every day and what more can it do other than causing day and night? Wait until you are enchanted by one such sight. I have personally chased some of the most picturesque and astounding sunsets and sunrises since my childhood and some of these listed below are very close to my heart.

1. Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-1 Darjeeling is known for is breathtaking vistas and what is even more amazing are its sunrises which provide spectacular views. Normally your day’s itinerary in Darjeeling will begin with watching the sunrise from the top of the Tiger Hill. Tiger Hill is basically a mountaintop that offers a scenic view of the sunrise and the subsequent lighting up of the Kanchenjunga range in a crimson-orange light. Both the views are spellbinding and worth a watch.

2. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-2 Kanyakumari is at the southernmost end of the country and is surrounded by the three magnificent water bodies, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. So, why is watching the sunrise or sunset so special at Kanyakumari and unlike watching it elsewhere in India? Well, watching a sunrise or sunset in Kanyakumari means you get to watch these daily phenomena overlooking the confluence of two seas and an ocean. The changing hues of the sky and the water are so mesmerizing that one normally feels a strong urge to freeze time right then and there. The beauty formed by the sunset is to die for!

3. Puri, Orissa

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-3 The beaches in Puri offer breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset. The seamless stretches of the Bay of Bengal, the velvety sand beaches and the horizon all lighting up in golden-crimson hues of the sunlight altogether comprise an experience of a lifetime. The beauty of the sunrise from here cannot be described in words.

4. Pushkar, Rajasthan

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-4 The sunrise in the backdrop of the Aravalli Range and the idyllic Pushkar Lake is one wondrous sight to be marvelled at. The cherry on the top of this experience for me was the fact that I got to watch it while riding a hot air balloon. The experience is unlike watching any other sunrises so far and must be experienced by everyone at least once in a lifetime.

5. Taj Mahal, Agra

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-5 Agra is one of the places in India which has a stunning sunrise. View the sun rise and set like never before. What better than watching the sky light up in a colourful cornucopia whilst illuminating one of the Seven Wonders of the World in a variety of shades. The gorgeous Taj Mahal and its sheer brilliance are somehow accentuated to a whole other level during a sunrise here.

6. Kovalam Beach, Kerala

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-6 Beaches are undoubtedly the best places to catch a glimpse of the magic before the Sun rises every day. The Kovalam beach and the sky above it illuminate in a multicoloured glow every day during the wee hours of the mornings. Even if you are not a morning person you must make at least one effort when you are here to see the magic unfurl and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed at all. The beauty of this place after the sunrise cannot be described in words.

7. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-7 Varanasi has an enigmatic charm to it that has been working wonders as a crowd puller. While most people end up in this city seeking Nirvana some are here to just wander about or seek the very purpose of life hidden in the folds of spirituality. One of the most ancient cities known to human civilisation, Varanasi also offers amazing vantage points to sit back and watch the sun rise and go down into the depths of the Holy Ganges.

8. Jodhpur, Rajasthan

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-8 The royal ancient capital of Marwar painted in shades of blue and overlooked by the towering Mehrangarh Fort is possibly one of the most captivating locations in India. The sunrise in Jodhpur engulfs the entire blue city and the mighty Mehrangarh Fort in a spellbinding and spectacular glow. Take your time to climb up to some high rise places to get a glimpse of the magical interchange of colours during this time of the day. Certain spots in the Rao Jodha Park and the Jaswant Thada are the perfect places to catch a glimpse of the sunrise in Jodhpur.

9. Brahmaputra River, Assam

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-9 Watching the sun go down in the Brahmaputra river is a magical sight. The Brahmaputra River is a vast and seamless water body. Somehow, it looks more like a sea than a mere river. It is an invigorating and blissful experience to see the sun slowly drown itself into the depths of the mighty Brahmaputra River while painting the sky in a plethora of colours.

10. Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

10 Best Places to Watch a Sunrise & Sunsets in India-10 The ethereal beauty of watching the sun go down in the stretches of the Umiam Lake is astounding in every sense. It is best watched on a clear sky day but at times when the clouds are scattered across the sky, the view becomes all the more beautiful because the scattered clouds look like cotton pieces dipped in various shades of white, red, orange and golden colours.

Sunsets and sunrises are enigmatic to look at. Despite being everyday phenomena they hold an unparalleled charm. You only need an observant vision to look at them in a different light to be aware of their beauty. What are your favourite places to catch a glimpse of the rising or setting sun in India?

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