The presence of several rivers, streams and meandering waterbodies crisscrossing the cities and towns, make for beautiful landscape and picturesque riverfronts in India. Besides the cityscape beautification, these sidewalks and riverfronts in India also make for an ideal spot for water adventure activities like rafting, paragliding, boating etc. Lined with docks, parks, trees or marine drive, and sometimes even religious temples and shrines, these spots experience a lot of tourist influx.
Here is the list of 25 Picturesque Riverfronts in India to Spend an Evening of Leisure
The exuberant promenade with lashing waves and gushing waters of the Arabian Sea, situated in Worli, Mumbai is popularly called Worli Sea Face. The esplanade is frequented by locals and tourists alike, majorly in the wee hours of the night owing to scattered traffic and the solitary atmosphere.
The very picturesque Hooghly Riverfront is situated along two banks of River Hooghly in West Bengal- Kolkata in the East and Howrah on the West. The mighty river offers mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. After the beautification of the East promenade in 2011, the spot has become a major tourist attraction.
Situated next to Bandstand Promenade just next to Bandra, Carter Road is one of the most happening and popular hangout places among the Mumbaikars. The locale is a haven for foodies owing to its bazillion food options from the umpteen eateries situated on the sidewalk.
Sabarmati Riverfront is a waterfront developed on the banks of river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. Started with an objective for sustainable development and environmental improvement, the pace has now become a major tourist attraction owing to its lush green promenades, beautiful parks and plazas and an all-around soothing ambience.
Known For : Taj Mahal | Fatehpur Sikri | Agra Fort
Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, Agra is a one of the most popular tourist destination in Uttar Pradesh. Besides housing the world famous Taj Mahal, the river Yamuna also makes for a popular attraction in the city. Tourists specially visit it at full moon nights to witness the mesmerizing reflection of the Taj in the waters of the river.
Best Time : October to March
One of the things that does justice to Pondicherry's French Roots is its beautiful Seaside Promenade. The area is well maintained, clean and beautiful and you can actually feel foam spray on your face while sipping a cooler in one of the many cafes at the promenade with the adjacent sea view. Whether you're visiting during the sunny day or the starry night, the Seaside Promenade is equally feel good.
The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition to the town. Spread over a straggling 26 sq.kms, it is the most photogenic stretch of this instance of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after of attractions. 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, house boats and lake markets make this place a favourite among tourists.
Necklace Raod is a picturesque promenade lined adjoining to the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad in Telangana. The Road also connect two pretty parks- NTR Gardens and Sanjeevaiah Park to each other. Replete with restaurants, cafes and recreational facilities, the spot is a busy tourist place of the city.
Marine Drive is named after the famous Marine Drive in Mumbai. It is a picturesque strip of road adjacent to the River Gomti in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. The spot is popular among the young crowd as a hangout place. Apart from that, people use it for jogging, cycling and similar activities. The path is sprinkled with benches to sit and relax.
Regarded as one of the most scared Ghats in Haridwar and India, Har Ki Pauri is visited by devotees and visitors in large number seeking the blessings of Holy Ganga by offering their prayers. The river Ganges is filled in a golden hue of countless diyas offered by devotees floating along the river.
Triveni Ghat is a confluence of three holy significant rivers of India, namely, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathi. It is one of the most revered sacred bathing spots in Rishikesh, situated on the banks of the Ganges river. It is a sacred belief amongst the locals that all those who take a dip in Triveni Ghat will have a relief from all the sins carried out in their lifteime, as the water here has the power to purify them.
Situated on the banks of river Ganges, it is believed that this is the place where Lord Brahma performed the Dasa Ashwamedha sacrifice. This ghat is a religious spot and many rituals are performed here. This Ghat is most famous for the Ganga Aarti conducted every evening, and hundreds of people visit it every day.
Assi Ghat is placed at the confluence of the Rivers Assi and Ganga and is famous for the large Shiva Lingam installed under a peepal tree. Assi Ghat is the heart of Varanasi and the locals, as well as, the tourists flock there to enjoy the pleasant weather and the amazing view of the sunset and sunrise at the Ganges. The Ghat has been a famous spot among the local youths to while away their time in the evening.
Enjoy as astounding view of the graceful River Tapi at the Tapi Riverfront. Munch on some delicious locally made snacks, lounge and chat with loved ones or take a stroll along the banks of this beautiful river. Be mesmerised by the glorious sunset or relax under the twinkling night sky; the Tapi Riverfront is a perfect getaway from the monotony of our fast-paced lives.
The Triveni Sangam is the junction point of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati (which is a mythical river, supposed to have dried up milleniums ago) Both Ganga and Yamuna are extremely revered rivers in Indian mythology, and hence the confluence point of these rivers has attained extremely high religious importance.
The second largest lake of Ahmedabad, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake was built in the 15th century and was later revamped in 2008. A pathway circumscribes the lake which has alluring activities and adventures for people of all age groups.
One of the most popular place among the locals, Kota Barrage is frequented for its peaceful evenings along the riverside. Kota Barrage is a dam built on Chambal River and is located quite close to the main city. During the monsoon, when the lock gates are opened, it creates a magnificent view with its raging and gushing water. The water roars like the ocean and the sound of it resonate in the entire area. The bridge is quite crowded all around the year by onlookers, picnickers and those who halt by to have a look on their way to somewhere else.
Tilwara Ghat is amongst the most important ghats in Jabalpur located on the banks of river Narmada. The ghat is well-maintained and holds historical significance; hence, it is also a prominent tourist spot. Besides several temples, the ghat also has a very famous attraction Marble Rocks nearby and is close to Dhuandhar Falls.
Built over the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati, Saraighat Bridge is the first railway-cum-road bridge. The construction of the bridge was started in 1958 and it was first inaugurated for goods trucks in 1962, by the then Prime Minister- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The bridge offers brilliant riverfront views of the Brahmaputra River.
Among one of the Panch Prayag, this is the place where Alaknanda meets Bhagirathi and takes the name Ganga afterwards. Considered to be one of the most sacred confluences of rivers, the name Devprayag literally means Godly Confluence.
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