The gentle ticking sound of the watch echoes itself in the mystic Siju caves of the Meghalaya plateau. This is one of the longest caves in India and has some fine river passages making it one of the most beautiful places in India to visit. Located in Baghmara and filled with amazing limestone formations, this caves also include unexplored secret chambers with unknown labyrinths. It is a very deep cave enclosed in complete darkness which is sure to leave you in awe. Siju caves are must have experience for anyone who likes adventure and something refreshing.
The roar of the pounding waterfall elevates the scenic beauty of its tumbling waters. Uniquely described as the ‘Niagara of India,’ this waterfalls at Hogenakkal, Karnataka is largely unexplored and filled with lush green dense forests and mulberry fields with terracotta guardian deities.
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 valley where the tree line ends. Yumthang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in India on your holiday to Sikkim, and the nearby beautiful town of Lachung is the base station for an expedition of Yumthang. The Yumthang Valley is a paradise for nature lovers with a spectacular blend of flora and fauna and splendid picturesque beauty. Unique wildflowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons cover the entire valley in rich colors every spring, making it a great tourist attraction.
A pleasant walk in the humid air with the splashing water on the Elephant Beach side is an experience of a lifetime. Located on Havelock island in Andamans, the beauty of the beach is amplified when it is raining calmly, and the cool winds pass through with the intermittent sunshine.
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This freshwater lake is we known due to the floating biomass. Soil and vegetation, as well as the locally known phumdis, forms the mass. The Keibul Lamjao National Park is situated nearby. This lake is one of the most beautiful places in India due to its absolutely tranquil beauty and greenery.
Endearingly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of India’, Gandikota is a twee village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Flanked by River Pennar on the right side, the village is popular for the spectacular gorges formed by the river cutting through Erramala Hills. The narrow valleys with streams running between them and the steep rocky walls to give them company remind one of the renowned Grand Canyon in Arizona. It required a walk of almost a kilometre from the main gate to reach the boulder from where you can observe the mesmerising view from the viewpoint near the fort.
Filled with Crisp white snow and situated at a breath-taking altitude of 14,000 feet above the sea level, the Sela Pass is one of the highest passes in the world. Right next to it is the magnificent Paradise Lake filled with crystal clear blue water surrounded by lush greenery all around which elevates the scenic beauty of this beautiful pass. It is located in Tawang and is less frequented though it is easily one of the most beautiful places in India.
Known For : Dhanushkodi Beach Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park Adam's Bridge
Known as the ‘Ghost Town’ in the city of Chennai, Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town near Rameswaram consisting of divine historic temples attracting pilgrims all over India. Very near to this town is also the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple which houses the holy Hindu god Shiva which is a place of faith and extreme devotion.
Best Time: October to February
Known For : Valley of Flowers National Park Nanda Devi National Park Fauna & Flora
Hidden from the chaotic streets and probing eyes of civilization and situated high over the Himalayas and the Garhwal Hills of Uttaranchal is a valley filled with colorful pastures and vibrant flowers. The astonishing beauty of the colorful flowers enriched with thick dew enhances the beauty of this wonderful valley. This Valley is associated with the holy epic Ramayana wherein once Lord Hanuman collected the sacred “Sanjeevini Flower” to receive Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama.
Best Time: May to October
An offbeat location that is going to leave you mesmerized, this wonderful naturally formed cave justifies that the beauty of mother nature is way beyond the imagination of the human mind. An adventurous cave filled with limestone and stalagmite natural formations, this is one of the cool and scenic places to visit during the summer to beat the blazing heat of the sun.
Known For : Marble Rocks Dhuandhar Falls Chausath Yogini Temple
Rising to a staggering hundred feet on either side of the Narmada river, and soaring high above with glittering glamour, the elegant Marble Rocks of the Bhedaghat amplify the serene and lovely view of the quiet and lush green nature all around it. These huge rocks naturally carved with pitch black and lush green volcanic seams are a truly majestic sight during the moonlit nights enriched with the cool breeze and subtle calmness.
Best Time: November to March
Sometimes called the ‘Heaven on Earth’ and filled with pure chilled air and verdant greenery all around, the Araku Valley situated Visakhapatnam district in the beautiful Eastern Ghats. It is one of the lesser known tourist places but is one of the most beautiful places in India. It is an adventurous fun filled package complete with hills, valleys, beaches, waterfalls and much more.
After all the cool and crisp places we have seen, it’s time that we move on to the enchanting heat of the blazing sun at the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Located midst the scorching sun in the desert, these sand dunes of Jaisalmer play ‘Hide and Seek’ radiating vibrant beauty and riveting you with their sights throughout day and night.
In some of the unique spots of northeastern India and one of the most beautiful places in India, ‘Bridges are grown, not built‘. Hiding deep within the confines of Cherrapunji are exquisite treasures of nature’s charming creations. ‘The Abode of Clouds - Meghalaya‘ conserves this resplendent architecture of God and nature for the world to emulate.
Known For : Kamalabari Satra Dakhinpat Satra Garmur
Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, pristine and pollution free freshwater island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city. With a total area of 1250 sq. Km, Majuli is the world’s largest river island, and it attracts tourists from all over the world. Among one of the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas and witnessing it is an interesting spectacle.
Best Time: July to March
A place on earth always filled with glistening rain and soothing grey clouds, upraises its beauty even more to an unbelievable extent by housing one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India, ‘The Nohkalikai Falls.’ Located in Cherrapunji, its water gushes out with mighty spirit and pours down the hill into a rocky base which forms a pool of marine blue water, a soothing sight for sore eyes.
"Chadar" refers to the blanket or sheet as the Zanskar river transforms itself from a rapid river into a white blanket of ice during winter. The frozen spectacle awaits the trekker to be experienced glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night.
Known For : Bactrian Camel Safari Panamik Hot Springs Yarab Tso, Sumur
This masterpiece of God's own creation lies on the Silk route, in the paradisiacal of Jammu and Kashmir at a distance of around 140 Km from Leh. The valley is embellished with Shyok and Nubra river snaking through it and some beautiful monasteries coloured with rich shades of golden, red and others. It is a mesmerizing and one of the most beautiful places in India to visit.
Best Time: June to September
Dudhsagar falls in Goa are a pleasant change in landscape for a destination that is known for its sunny beaches and inviting waves. The majestic falls are a little farther inland approximately 60 km from Panaji on the Goa - Karnataka Border. As these falls are located inside the Mollem National Park, their vistas of green and verdant forest lands are unparalleled.
Known For : Top Station Echo Point, Munnar Atukkad Waterfalls
The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Also, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
Best Time: September to May
Lonar lake is one of the most beautiful places in India where the Lonar crater is located. It is the world's only saltwater lake in basaltic rock, believed to have been caused by a meteorite hitting Earth around 52,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest temples that can be found in South India that is built in the Dravidian style. It has lately increased in popularity because it is now listed as one of the world heritage sites of the UNESCO.
Known For : Louisa point Charlotte lake Monkey Point Matheran
Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a cosy little hill station that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, and is just 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, making it the perfect weekend getaway. With its name literally translating to “overhead forest”, Matheran is the smallest hill station in all of India, but it is extremely popular in terms of tourists looking for a short trip amid spectacular vistas and serenity.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Popularly known as the "Paradise on the Earth" the state is world famous for its scenic splendour, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, exquisite monuments, hospitable people and local handicraft. Your trip to Jammu and Kashmir will be the most fulfilled and memorable journey ever as the state not only appeals you with its scenic beauty and snow-covered mountain ranges, but the adventure sports will take you to a different world.
Known For : Tungnath Temple Chandrashila Deoria Tal
If spirituality is on your mind and your itinerary as well, Tungnath is just your kind of place. It is an ancient holy town more than 1000 years old and is popular among pilgrims and devotees. It is one of the most beautiful places in India and it comprises of Alaknanda and Mandakini river valleys or 'Lord of Peaks' as they are referred to.
Best Time: April to November
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.
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.
Best Time: Throughout the year
The famous and sparkling blue Pangong lake is situated near Leh-Ladakh in the Himalayas, approximately at the height of 4350 meters. This endorheic lake is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet, with two-thirds of it lying in the latter. Owing to its altitude, the temperature here ranges from -5°C to 10°C as a result of which the lake freezes completely during winters in spite of its salinity. It is easily one of the most beautiful places in India.
The Key Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Lahaul and Spiti District of India. Located at an altitude of 4,166 metres above the sea level, the monastery is very close to the Spiti River in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh in India. Also known as the Kye Monastery, it is believed to have been founded by Dromton, who was a student of the famous teacher Atisha in the 11th century.
The moderate climate of Mizoram, comfortable even in summer, makes it a comfortable destination for all the tourists whereas the vast culture and grand festivals of the state have a unique, irresistible charm which can not be explained, said or read, it can only be felt once you are in there in the peaceful, serene land of Mizoram surrounded by green forests and high hills taking you to a different world.
Known For : Periyar National Park Periyar Tiger Trail Bamboo Rafting
Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation. Periyar National Park, being a major attraction, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam, hiking, and in the midst of the wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. You can also enjoy a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar.
Best Time: Throughout the year
The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition of the town. Spread over 26 square kilometres, it is the most photogenic stretch of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after attraction. It is situated in the midst of beautiful lush green mountains and is the most pristine view of nature in all its glory. Facilities such as shikara boat rides, houseboats and lake markets make this place a favourite among tourists.
Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Old 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 ever a reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.
Best Time: October to June
A white sand paradise on the southern tip of Goa, Palolem Beach is approximately 38 km from Madgaon in Cancona and is among the most favourite destinations for travellers seeking peace and quiet. No wonder then that it sees endless hordes of foreign as well as domestic travellers that make the quaint thatched roof cottages on the shore, their home.
Chilika Lake is the largest internal salt water lake in Asia, it is a paradise on earth for bird watchers and nature lovers. The pear-shaped lake is dotted with a few small islands and has fisheries and salt pans around its shore. The Chilika Lake also houses the most accommodating ecosystems in the world, which means that a wide assortment of flora and fauna can be spotted here. The lake offers a flamboyant display of a myriad of avian charms in all diverse hues and colours, ranging from the white-bellied sea eagles to flamingos, and from golden plovers to sandpiper
Khardung La, also known as Khardzong La, is a high mountain pass in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, near Leh. It has been wrongly claimed as the highest motorable road in the world in Guinness World Record at an elevation of 5602 metres. However, according to various researches, the actual elevation is 5359 metres. Also referred to as the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’, Khardung La pass is a perfect getaway for adventure enthusiasts, peace seekers and mountain biking aficionados.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, also known as Toy Train in Ooty, is one of the key attractions of the popular hill station Ooty. Such is the train's popularity and history that it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Started in the year 1899, it has continued to charm its visitors over the past many years winding its way through the best of nature. The Toy Train covers a distance of total 46 km in a span of 5 hours and takes one through a truly spectacular journey filled with picturesque views en route. Another fascinating feature of the train is that its youngest X class locomotive is over 50 years old and the oldest is 80 years old.
The smallest tea region of India, Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. It is known for its good quality tea and is available for purchase in many shops across Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.
Known For : Gulmarg Gondola Alpather Lake Gulmarg Golf Course
Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination located in Pir Panjal Range of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Surrounded by snow-covered lofty Himalayas, meadows of flowers, deep ravines, evergreen forested valleys, Gulmarg also has the world's second-highest Gondola ride.
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Kudremukh Trek Kudremukh National Park Hanuman Gundi Falls
With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty.
Best Time: October to May
Declared as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites of India in 2012, Kaas Plateau in Panchgani is a magical place with landscapes with lakes, flowers and butterflies all around. Kaas Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot situated at a mighty altitude of 1200 metres and is a major biodiversity hotspot owing to the many varieties of endemic flowers and butterflies that are found here.
Known For : Marichjhanpi Ghoramara Island New Moore Island
Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal, India. It is also a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere reserve that provides a complete nature's circle to the tourist right from 'Royal Bengal tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries. Sundarbans National Park is a part of Sundarban delta that is covered with Mangrove Forest and the largest population of the Bengal Tigers. It is a UNESCO world heritage site with a large variety of birds and reptiles including salt-water crocodile.
Best Time: September to March
Known For : Tarin Fish Farm - Paddy cultivation Kile Pakho Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
The cradle to a unique tribal group and a balmy climate, Ziro is the peace seeker's paradise. Ziro is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apa Tani tribe and famous for its pine hills and rice fields.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Too bored of all the places around? Plan a refreshing trip to the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary with Nagarhole National Park to its North-West. The sanctuary covers an area of 181 square km. The sanctuary has got its name from the Brahmagiri Park which is the highest peak with a height of 1608 m. The primary vegetation of the sanctuary includes evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, shoal forest patches in grasslands and bamboos. It is a beautiful site to enjoy the natural beauty and take a relaxing walk away from all the hustle.
Meghalaya is home to some amazing and mysterious cave systems and Mawsmai Cave is by far the most popular of the lot. Located just 6 km away from the heart of Cherrapunjee Mawsmai cave is a breathtaking maze of caves in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The well lit caves are a view to behold when the glistening lights meet with the limestone to create countless hues and patterns of light.
Known as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is a popular destination for those seeking adventure. The town of Kodaikanal is established on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the Upper Palani Hills at a height of 6, 998 ft.
Mawlynnong is a small village situated around 90 km from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya and is also known as God's own Garden. It was declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 by Discovery India which certainly which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian state. Mawlynnong village is a community-based ecotourism initiative where the entire community made collective efforts in making and maintaining the cleanliness of the village.
Alleppey is rightfully called the Venice of the East. With its labyrinth of brackish lagoons and interconnected lakes, Alleppey or Alappuzha is no less than the famous European city - neither in beauty nor in history and culture. Alleppey is the heaven for the nature lovers with the soul-soothing greenery and the backwaters. Hire your boat and get started along the flow of the stream to soak in its beauty.
When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to the vista point of Rohtang Pass is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometres from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 metres, the way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck. A peculiar fact behind the name of the place is that it was named so because a number of people working in CBRE died whilst trying to cross this treacherous stretch. Owing to its splendid natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favourite among the community of film directors. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here.
Often called the pride of Kerala, Anamudi or Anai Mudi Peak in Munnar stands at a magnificent height of 2695 metres above sea level. Literally meaning “Elephants forehead,” the peak is well known to be the home for the largest surviving population of Asian elephants in India. The peak itself is within the boundaries of the Eravikulam National Park, offering plenty of opportunities to explore to flora and fauna of the surroundings.
Known For : Malshej Falls Pimpalgaon Joga Dam Harishchandragad
A beautiful hill station with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers.
Best Time: July to March
Located at the height of 17,100 feet above the sea level, Gurudongmar Lake, located in Sikkim, is one of the fifteen highest lakes in the world. It is also the second highest lake in Sikkim, after the Cholamu Lake located at the height of 18,000 feet. The splendid and scenic beauty of the place is breathtaking and attracts tourists from all across the world. Gurudongmar Lake also has great religious significance attached to it, and the beautiful view of Mount Siniolchu and Kanchenjunga from the lake is a sight to behold and cherish. The water of Gurudongmar Lake is believed to have healing powers, and many tourists carry the water with them on their way back.
Situated in the southwest of Kodaikanal, Pine Forest is one of the most famous tourist spots in the city. It showcases the mesmerizing nature around which has been preserved to date which is why it is also an important preserved heritage in the town. Pine Forests came into existence due to the efforts put in by Mr. Bryant as he was the one to state the pine plantations to grow the timber in the year 1906. The sight of pine trees present in abundance and welcoming you to their world is nothing but nature's wonder with the forests appearing grey with dried cones and leaves. The forests are surrounded by a vegetation of mushrooms popularly known as the magic mushrooms, which are believed to be hallucinogenic.
Home to the largest population of the one-horned rhino on earth, Kaziranga National Park is one of India’s national treasures in terms of flora and fauna. Located in the state of Assam in North-Eastern India, its total area is shared by the districts of Nagaon, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong placing it roughly at the centre of the state. Approximately around five hours by road from Guwahati, Kaziranga National Park stands tall as the epitome of successful wildlife conservation in India. In 1985, it was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Best Time: October to June
Located some 25 km south of Kohima, Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak offer one of the most breathtaking landscapes of the continent. Nagaland is called the 'Switzerland of the East' and Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak provide solid proof to that moniker. Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak trek is an absolute must for all trekking enthusiasts.
A visit to these most beautiful places in India is always a wonderful experience with breathtaking views and stunning landscapes. They are filled with colourful and vibrant flora and fauna everywhere and are sure to inspire a traveller anytime anywhere.