The 20 Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Places In India That Are Easy To Call Paradise On Earth
Doesn’t matter if you’ve been before or if you are a first timer, India is one of the places that a sure yes when it comes to deciding where to holiday. There's a reason some 85 million people a year vote with their passports to make this country one of the world's most popular destinations. The beautiful beaches, snow-capped peaks, glittering lakes, amazing food and plethora of languages to pop into only serve to add more to the appeal of India. India is a land of abundant contrasts and land of a gorgeously diverse landscape. Whether you are a tourist visiting India for the first time or you have been living in India since birth, the striking locations of India are truly are truly once-in-a-lifetime sights. The land of cultural diversities is obviously iconic and an amazing place to visit. But the rest of India has some serious hidden beauty waiting to be explored. With so many places to see and many things to do, it would take a huge volume of time to cover all. So we decided to roll out the drop-dead gorgeous places in India that are easy to call paradise on earth. Here are the top 15 destinations you can explore this year.
1. Bhaderwah, Jammu & KashmirNestled at the foothills of Himalayan mountains in the Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir, the tiny but charming town of Bhaderwah is endowed with bounteous beauty, lush green landscape with vast Greenlands, dense forest cover, rich flora and fauna and is commonly acknowledged as Mini Kashmir”. The town is a home to a variety of different species of snake and hailed as “Nago Ki Bhoomi”.
2. Uttarakhand, Valley Of FlowersFor its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora, from high hills to rivers to snow-clad peaks to forests, this place has everything for nature lovers. No doubt that this is the place where God lives. Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a valley carpeted with flowers and green meadows till the end of your site is nothing less than a visual treat for your eyes, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. If you love nature, then don’t think, just plan, go to this place and fall in love with nature every moment.
3. Shoja, Himachal PradeshNeed your prayers to be answered? Then add this place to your list because Shoghi houses a ton of temples. About 68 km away from the south of Kullu, this place looks like what you would imagine heaven to be. The meandering hills and lush green landscapes make it a magical sight. This place is idyllic for any writer or artist seeking inspiration away from the daily humdrum of city-life. The weather here is a sight to behold.
4. Spiti Valley, Himachal PradeshThere are a few of us for whom mountains are like second home. If you are someone like that, then this place is a heaven for you. Nestled at an altitude of 12,500 ft above sea level, Spiti Valley is incredibly beautiful with a diverse landscape, rich culture and home to few of the oldest monasteries in the world. You can spend hours watching the mountains, rivers and the tiny villages and praise the wonders of nature and the human. The valley gives an opportunity to find yourself as you connect with mother nature.
5. Sela Pass, Arunachal PradeshThe scenic beauty with everything white and frozen mountains around you gives a sensational view. Sela pass is one of the best tourist attraction in Arunachal Pradesh. The beauty of nature is really speechless. Sela Pass is one of the most visited places in entire Arunachal Pradesh. Considered to be heaven on earth, the Sela Mountain Pass in winter is entirely covered with snow.
6. Majuli, AssamLocated 20 km away from Jorhat Town in Assam, Majuli is filled with wildlife and thick vegetation. Towering bamboo trees, small houses and amiable people keep the charm alive of this unique destination. The raw beauty of this place truly captures your heart. If you are looking for a place that has nothing to do with noise of vehicle and crowd, then Majuli is the place for you.
7. Umiam Lake, ShillongYou can visit this lake for various adventure sports like kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. A must see place if you visit Meghalaya. Popularly known as Barapani Lake. It is located 15 km from capital Shillong. You can try your luck in fishing with the locals. It's very calm and peaceful. Lake Umiam is a major tourist attraction in Shillong, a beautiful lake with breathtaking views of water and mountain merged in the blue sky.
8. Dzukou Valley, NagalandDrown in the ocean of pretty, multicolored flowers and the fluffy, blue clouds right in the middle lies Dzukou Valley. Some call it North East answer to Valley of Flowers and sometimes, Switzerland of Northern India, but it is none of them. It has its own divine beauty that makes you forget everything in this world. It is located behind the Japfu range, another important travel destination for tourists in the state.
9. Rann of Kutch, GujaratGreat Rann of Kutch has always been a place with lots of curiosity for travelers who wanted to experience something different. Kutch is a picturesque and a unique place in Gujarat, is a home to the popular Rann of Kutch which is a huge expanse of white salt desert. One can go for a long walk in the desert and enjoy the sunset.
10. Tawang, SikkimClose to the India-China border is an important destination for Buddhist religion. The picturesque town is most famous for the Tawang Monastery but it is also a house to other holy monasteries. For those who love the thrill of driving on the hills, Tawang’s step hilly road with grassy valley and the snow-capped Himalayas can give them the experience to remember.
11. Agatti Island, LakshadweepLakshadweep is well known among tourists for its pristine white sand beaches and calm lagoons. Agatti Island is the one that homes the only air strip of the island. It has the best of the lagoons, coral reefs, many different and unique fishes and compelling flora and fauna. The picturesque beauty of the island attracts many tourists every year.
12. Tea garden hill of MunnarNestled at Idukki district of Kerala, you realise that this hill station in Kerala is tremendously gifted and not for nothing that it adds to the tranquil beauty of nature in the state. Munnar's tea plantations are some of the most amazing in the world with lush green slopes over an expanse as immense as you could imagine being very intimidating. Take a walk through it!
13. Malshej Ghat, MaharashtraSituated on the old Mumbai-Pune highway, It is a paradise surrounded by green hills & waterfalls, The Malshej ghats are so breathtaking that they captivate your soul. The rolling clouds and mist just take your breath away. The curvy roads and the beautiful mountains will leave you so mesmerized and that you'll wish that you could stay here forever.
14. Udaipur, RajasthanNested in the southern region of Rajasthan in western India, Udaipur is an incredible destination famous for its culture, and scenic beauty, and is also known as the 'Venice of East’. The city perfectly shows the royal flavors of Rajasthan. Its exceptionally grand and sentimental locations with lakes, islands, slopes, greenery are spotless and sorted out as well. This beauty cannot be described. It has to be experienced.
15. Kakkabe, KarnatakaEveryone who loves to trek and hike will fall in love with this town in a matter of seconds. Nestled amidst the beautiful Western Ghats, Kakkabe is a breathtaking village that lies in Coorg. But is still untouched by the touristy affair. The fresh, clean and crisp mountain air of this hill station is best enjoyed. The town is ideal for a perfect weekend getaway with the family.
16. Gorichen Peak, Arunachal PradeshAt an altitude of 22,500 feet above sea level, Gorichen Peak is the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh and it is located between Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Gorichen Peak provide some of the best hiking opportunities and mountain scenery on the planet. Unless you are an experienced climber, reaching the summit isn’t exactly a realistic or even sensible goal.
17. Stok Range, LadakhAt 11, 845 feet, Stok Kangri, the highest peak in the region of the Himalayas, a massive and brooding mountain covered in snow. It is an elegant peak and is perfect for those who are looking for excellent climbing opportunities. It's often considered as a practice run for Everest. The Stok valley itself is home to a number of remote villages still largely following a traditional way of life.
18. Trishul Mountain, UttarakhandA surface like moving sea, bodies like crushed cloth and white snow covers the deserted grey peak of Trishul Mountain. Nestled amidst the western Kumaun region of Uttarakhand, The Trishul Mountain stands tall and true when seen from Kausani, Uttarakhand. Its sunset on the snow-capped beauty is worth dying for.
19. Lansdowne, UttarakhandSurrounded by oak and thick blue pine forests, well connected by road and yet unspoiled by blatant commercialism, Lansdowne qualifies as a hidden gem of a hill station. It is a very calm, quiet, serene, clean town in Garhwal Himalayas, is the embodiment of British Heritage, founded in the pre-independent period. If you are a nature lover, then this is a must visit for you.
20. Auli, UttarakhandAuli is a hill station surrounded by nearby peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri and many more. In fact, these mountain ranges are quite visible from Auli itself. It's in a remote location and mainly known as a winter skiing destination. Unlike other hill stations, Auli is rarely crowded nor congested since it has only gained popularity during recent times. Its landscapes differ as well during summer and winter season, whereas it is covered by green meadows during the former and thick blankets of snow during the latter.
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