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Amazing places in India

Landscapes from a fairytale, muse lands for literature, sceneries from movies sets, sunsets borrowed from a daydream and lands amongst clouds. All these are here and very real. Moreover, they are even closer than you thought. Discover these 10 bits of paradise, most amazing places in India which will make you forget the difference between dreams and reality.

Here is the list of 26 Amazing Places In India For A Surreal Experience

1. Majuli, Assam: An Amazing Fantasy

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Known For : Kamalabari Satra Dakhinpat Satra Garmur

Majuli, one of the most amazing places in India is also the world’s largest river island. Connected via boats with the city of Jorhat, Majuli is a beautiful exotic location, yet unknown to most of the tourists in India. Majuli has also been nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List. The culture, mostly very locally defined due to a high tribal population is unique and it has been referred to as the cultural capital of Assam. The ideal time to visit Majuli is between October to March. However, the monsoons are also quite beautiful in Majuli.

Best Time: July to March

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2. Great Rann of Kutch: Waking up to the stunning white desert

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The Great Rann of Kutch, a large area of salt marshland, is located in the District of Kutch, in the western state of India, Gujarat. The vast expanse is situated in the Thar Desert and is formed of salt marshes which create a mesmerising view that attracts travellers from all over the world. Sunsets at the Great Rann of Kutch are a treat to the eyes after exploring the region. Watching the moon on a full moon night in the captivating surroundings of the Great Rann of Kutch will make you feel like you are on a different planet altogether.

3. Kudremukh, Karnataka: Among the expansive hills

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Known For : Kudremukh Trek Kudremukh National Park Hanuman Gundi Falls

An amazing place in India with a surreal view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its scenic beauty. The major attractions here are its dense forests, waterfalls and hill ranges. Kudremukh makes for a great weekend getaway option for people in Bangalore, and it can be reached in just 5 hours. Kudremukh could be visited throughout the year.

Best Time: October to May

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4. Butterfly Beach, Goa: The secluded beach away from crowd

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Known For : Calangute Beach Basilica of Bom Jesus Water Sports in Goa

Definitely, the most secluded beach in Goa, this amazing place in India is located at one end of Palolem beach. You would need to take a ferry to reach Butterfly beach from Palolem beach. Cruising along the virgin coastline, you can fall in love with the view of golden sand touching the rocks, surrounded by crystal blue water and palm trees. This part of the country faces high temperature in summers, and hence summer could be avoided. It also gets a little difficult to reach here in monsoons as the water level is generally high.

Best Time: October to March

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5. Sundarbans, West Bengal: Biggest mangroves in the world

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Known For : Marichjhanpi Ghoramara Island New Moore Island

Among the most beautiful and definitely the most amazing place in India for wildlife, Sundarbans is located in the southern delta part of West Bengal. Famous for being the biggest mangrove forest in the world, Sundarbans literally means “beautiful forest” in Bengali. Sundarbans is also famous for its population of Royal Bengal Tigers, also infamous for being man-eaters. The crocodile population is also noteworthy apart from various species of birds found in this area. The best time to visit Sundarbans is in winters.

Best Time: September to March

6. Pangong Lake, Ladakh: Amazing in every sense

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Pangong Lake, one of the most amazing places in India has suddenly come into the spotlight after the movie 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Located around 50 km from Leh, the capital of Ladakh, Pangong lake is quite huge, and it shares a boundary with China (Tibet) in the eastern side. Situated at an altitude of 4,350 m, it is also among the highest lakes in India. The interesting thing about the lake is that the color of water appears different with different time of the day. Among the most beautiful places for photographers, this place is also used to camp during the night to gaze at the stars. Pangong Lake along with most other parts of Leh should be visited only during the summers (June to September) as the temperatures go very low in winters.

7. Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim: Lake amidst the amazing clouds

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Known For : Gurudongmar Lake Lachung Yumthang Valley

Famous as one of the highest lakes and most amazing places of India, Gurudongmar is located in North Sikkim district of Sikkim. Considered to be a good trek, the lake can be accessed by road from Lachen via Thangu. Gurudongmar Lake is located at the height of 5,210 m above sea level, and it remains frozen for most parts of the year. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, giving tourists a surreal feel. The ideal time to visit Gurudongmar is during the summers when the temperatures are relatively higher and hence suitable for tourists.

Best Time: April to June, October to December

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8. Dzuko Valley, Kohima, Nagaland

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Known For : Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak Kohima Museum Touphema Village

Located just 25 km away from Kohima, capital of Nagaland, Dzuko Valley is the place only next to paradise. Situated at the height of nearly 1500 m above sea level, this amazing place in India turns into a beautiful mixture of red and white with rhododendron, lilies, and wildflowers in their full bloom during the winter and spring season. March to June and October-November are the best months to visit Dzukou Valley.

Best Time: October to June

9. Nubra Valley, Ladakh,: The Moon-Land

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Known For : Bactarian camel safari Panamik village Yarab Tso, Sumur

Sometimes known as ‘Moonland’, Ladakh is bounded by mountains and comprised of mountains. Human habitation is sparse, and during the wild winter months, the region is only marginally easier to reach than the moon itself. The imposing, inhospitable Nubra Valley is its wild lunar heart. Snuggled between the Karakoram Range and nourished by two rivers, Nubra is a lush green valley brimming with Sea buckthorns and Alfalfa. During summers, the whole place is carpeted with Pink and yellow roses and in autumns by oodles of wild lavenders which a sight beyond pure natural beauty. Nubra Valley should ideally be visited in the summer months of June to September.

Best Time: June to September

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10. Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : Chandratal Lake Key Monastery Kunzum Pass

One of the most unexplored and stunning places in India, Spiti valley is located at a very high altitude in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. This region is a desert mountain valley and is known for its beautiful monasteries and untouched natural beauty. The terrain of Spiti Valley is highly difficult, and the entire region becomes completely isolated during the winters. Situated at the height of 4,112 meters, this monastery was built in the 14th century, and its architecture is influenced by Chinese style. It is one of the biggest and oldest Monasteries in Spiti and is one of the most important tourist places in this region. Best time to visit Spiti is in the months of May to October, when the temperatures are higher, and roads are accessible.

Best Time: Mid May to Mid Oct

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11. Yumthang Valley, North-sikkim

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The popular Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim is located 140 km north of Gangtok. Famous as the "Valley of flowers", this is a rare and exotic location with hot springs, rivers, yaks and lush green meadows. Situated at an elevation on 3564 metres, this stunning valley is a paradise for nature lovers as it houses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers (the state flower) blooming from late February to mid-June.

12. Chadar Trek

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Imagine walking across frozen sheets of ice, with mountains enveloped by snow on one side and a stream, slowly freezing or melting right on the other, as you walk alongside it. And while that seems fascinating, look up, ahead and around; to witness surreal beauty for as far as you can see. This is the Chadar Trek, the Frozen River Trek, only multiplied a hundred-fold.

13. Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Cherrapunjee

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The fourth highest waterfalls in the world, Nohkalikai falls plunge some 335 meters from a verdant cliff to the ground giving the portrayal of immense and natural magnificence. The pride of the state of Meghalaya, the falls are one of the most beautiful and grand waterfalls in the country. Tucked in between evergreen rainforest of the Khasi Hill and flowing with all its majesty and might, the falls plunges into a lagoon which is as blue as the afternoon sky.

14. Nanda Devi

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Basking under the glory of nature, Nanda Devi trek is one of the major attractions of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. It is a trans-Himalayan trek, which embarks from Munsiyari, perched at an altitude of 2290 m. The trek is quite amusing that leads to the higher Himalayan region adorned with mysterious nature’s beauty.

15. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand - Serene valley of Flowers

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Known For : Valley of Flowers National Park Nanda Devi National Park Fauna & Flora

Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district (near Badrinath) of Uttarakhand, approximately 300 km to the north of Rishikesh. This is a picturesque national park, gracing the beauty of Western Himalayas.  Valley of flowers was discovered in 1931 and is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.

Best Time: May to October

16. Dal Lake, Srinagar

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Dal Lake is everything you could ask for in a hillside lake, and more. Considered the jewel of Srinagar, the beauty of this pristine lake, spread over 26 square kilometres, only grows around every corner. Be it the beautiful wooden houseboats drifting casually through the waters, the colourful Shikharas that cruise by with awestruck passengers, the floating markets at the crack of dawn, or the manicured lush gardens from the Mughal era along the shore, Dal lake is practically a representation of the Srinagar itself.

17. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh - Mini Switzerland of India

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Known For : Adventure Activities in Khajjiar Khajjiar lake Kalatop wildlife sanctuary

Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists with a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures. The mesmerising beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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18. Khatling Glacier, Tehri-garhwal

Khatling Glacier is a hidden gem nestled between a group of mesmerizing snow-capped mountain peaks in the Tehri District. Khatling Glacier is at an elevation of 15,000 feet and is considered sacred by a lot of people. The glacier is surrounded with variegated moraines which looks as if the place is circumscribed with walls of gravel and mud. This place is covered with shining white snow which makes the place look like heaven. The various tall mountain peaks visible from this place proffers picturesque beauty.

19. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh - Land of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Little Lhasa

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Known For : Bhagsu Falls Namgyal Monastery Tsuglagkhang Complex

Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence. Also known as Little Lhasa and famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mcleod Ganj is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala.

Best Time: October to June

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20. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

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Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Adventure Activities in Manali

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has every reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.

Best Time: October to June

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21. Binsar, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Bineshwar Temple Zero Point

Located at a distance of 33 km from Almora, Binsar is a small town in Uttarakhand known for the surreal beauty of the snow-laden Himalayan peaks. Set amid forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendrons and deodar trees, Binsar is home to beautiful green meadows, temples and the famous Binsar wildlife sanctuary. A trekker's paradise, Binsar has a Zero point that provides the 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges, which includes Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Shivling, and Trishul. 

Best Time: Throughout the year

22. Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape

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Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical delight for travellers. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a backpacker's delight. Hampi is an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and a favourite way to see the city from the perspective of its history.

Best Time: October to March

23. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh - Paragliding in the land of Tibetan monasteries

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Known For : Paragliding in Bir Billing Hang Gliding in Bir Billing Palpung Sherabling Monastery

Bir is a small town located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir Billing is a popular destination located in Joginder Nagar valley known for adventures sports such as paragliding, treks and also as the town for meditation. There is an influence of Tibetan culture due to Tibetan community settlement in this town. Bir is considered as one of the best spots in the world for paragliding. The take-off site is called Billing and the landing site is Bir and the overall altitude change is around 800m. 

Best Time: Throughout the year

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24. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - The Golden City

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Known For : Jaisalmer Fort Desert Safari in Jaisalmer Kuldhara Village

Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. It is known as the 'golden city' due to its bounteous golden dunes and castles clad in golden honey sandstone. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples and havelis. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.

Best Time: October to March

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25. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

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Known For : New Tehri Dhanaulti Kodia Jungle

Once a deserted land, today Kanatal is a usual haunt for those travelers who seek peace and solitude. Kanatal is said to be named after a lake that once existed there. Apart from peace, the place exhibits a charm in form of majestic hills, fruit trees, apple orchards and lush green forests. This quaint hamlet sprinkled with plethora of wild flowers and small temples lies in the proximity to other major hill stations of the state like Dehradun (78 kms), Chamba (12 kms ahead) and Mussoorie (33 kms). 

Best Time: Throughout the year

26. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

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Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dashashwamedh Ghat Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

World's oldest living city, Varanasi - also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benaras, is the spiritual capital of India. It is one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. The old city of Varanasi lies along the western banks of the Ganges, spread across a labyrinth of narrow galis. Be prepared to walk on foot and encounter some holy cows! Temples at almost every turn engulf Varanasi but the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most visited and the oldest of the lot. Benaras is known as the city of Lord Shiva for a reason, and rightfully so.

Best Time: October to March

India is a land full of bliss. Make your next vacations the best one by visiting these beautiful places.

This post was published by Rohit Shroff

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