Switzerland of India- Which places are called Switzerland of India?

When the months of scorching heat and blazing sun tires your body, all you want is a pleasant place to relax. The everyday din and bustle of life turn your life to a mundane and grey one. Your energy starts to evaporate. A desire to go far away, somewhere near the most fantasised ‘Switzerland’, can be the best option. However, Switzerland is no more far away! Weekend trips to mini Switzerland in India can relax your nerves and make the heart reflect with happiness.

Here are some places which are often considered to be Switzerland in India:

1. Khajjiar

Khajjiar - Switzerland of India
A Snow-Capped Khajjiar
Ever imagined travelling to a land with heavenly surroundings? Khajjiar is the place of your dreams. In the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, Khajjiar rests calmly in the foothills of Dhauladhar range, flaunting its omnipresent beauty. A place where the lake meets the forest, the pasture meets the hills, will undoubtedly entice you to stay longer. Managing accommodation is not a problem here.

Anyone can take a bus from Dalhousie and reach this Switzerland in India. There are cottages, hotels and rest houses run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism, PWD and Forest Dept. along with few private hotels, too. You can spend your day amidst the dense deodar and lush green meadows of the Dauladhar or can such take a quiet stroll around the famous Khajjiar Lake.

Never to forget is the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary in this Switzerland in India. One can witness a rich variety of flora and fauna peeping at every corner. Trekking-enthusiasts can also go for a moderate 3.5 kms trek from Khajjiar to Dainkund.

2. Auli

Auli - Switzerland of India
A Glimpse Of Auli
For escaping the regular and experiencing adventure, Auli stands first. Also known as the famous ski destination of India, Auli is one such mini Switzerland in India. Waving from a height of about 2505 Meters, tourists and travellers in Auli can easily ‘hi-five’ at the magnificent view of the Himalayas. Auli is sometimes called as Garhwal and is in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Take a flight to Dehradun (270 KM from Auli) or go via Rishikesh railway station (250 KM from Auli) to reach. Both private and govt accommodation is available.

One can also spend a night at the alpine-wood to get the essence of the entwined wood and snow. The glimpse of the paramount Himalayas and its peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana part can be experienced exotically here with patches of coniferous and oak forest all around. Both amateurs and advanced skiers can try their hands her in this Switzerland in India for an unforgettable experience.

3. Coorg

Coorg- Switzerland of India
Autumn in Coorg
The Scotland of India is also known as mini Switzerland in India, especially in South India. Coorg is a place of abundance and beauty. Here in Coorg, one will wake up with the fresh smell of coffee in the lap of nature. Located on the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Coorg is gifted with mesmerising coffee plantation areas, falls as Abbey falls, Chelavera and Iruppu falls, forest cover and wrapped by the adorning hills.

Coorg is not just about sightseeing, but it leaves an imprint of history and long living culture on you. One can also go for a trek to Tadiandamol, the highest peak of Kodagu (the official name of Coorg). Accommodation is in plenty with alluring homestays, and resorts spread all around to cater to the interest of the travellers. One can take a flight to Mangalore, 160 KM from Coorg or Come via rail to Mysore, 95 KM away.

4. Kasauni

A Glimpse Of Kausani

A traveller’s delight and a wonderer’s best place to enjoy is Kausani. Located in the lap of Uttarakhand, this village can soothe your soul by offering you the large 300 KM panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchachuli. One can reach Kausani from Kumaon’s Pantnagar Airport ( 178 KM from Kausani) or via Kathgodam railway station (145 KM from Kausani).

One can never be bored amidst what Kausani offers. Anyone can go for a trek- Pindari glacier trek or Kafni Glacier trek or Rudrahari cave temple trek.never will one feel lost in the deep dark green hills of Kausani. Accommodation will not be a problem as Kausani is emerging day by day as a famous and loved tourist spot, also sometimes denoted as Switzerland in India.  To feel how Switzerland smells like, giving a try to Switzerland in India is a must.

5. Manipur

Valleys of Manipur
Valleys of Manipur
Manipur, serene land in the northeastern part of India, is the Jewel city of India. This tiny state of India is one of the most culturally rich among many and its people are hospitable and welcoming which is complementing with nature. One can reach Manipur via Imphal International Airport or through railways via one railway station that is in Jiribam.
Manipur is considered as Switzerland in India too due to the fresh, green, juicy and hilly tracts of Manipur covering two-thirds of its land area. The state witnesses the exotic beauty of almost 500 kinds of orchids further glorifying its beauty. Anyone interested to know the people of India, Manipur is undoubtedly the right place.

6. Kashmir

Kashmir - Switzerland of India
Shikara in Dal Lake, Kashmir
The Paradise on Earth, Kashmir, can never be compared with any beauty apart from its own. Standing amidst the green, dark mountain, often snow-capped, this Switzerland in India is entangled with the misty air that will entice you to enjoy the cosy weather with a cup of Kahwah tea in your hand. Sitting between the Himalayan range and the Pirpanjal Range, this valley is pristinely picturesque. One can avail the flights that operate up to Jammu, Leh and Srinagar or can also choose to take a train to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station and can hire a cab or a bus.

Even a month in Kashmir can never be too much, for there is plenty of eye-catching places in Switzerland in India. Go to Gulmarg and feel yourself in between the dense forest and try your hands in the golf course too. Experience a heart-wrenching road trip via Zozilla path in Sonmarg, the Meadow of the Gold. Go and have a lifetime of fun in Shikaras in the Dal lake of Srinagar. If you want some ‘me-time’, Lolab Valley is your place then. Visitors can also head to Vaishno Devi and amaranth temple, and find the inner peace within.

7. Daringibadi

Daringibadi - Switzerland of India
Putadi falls in Odisha
India is a land of contradictions and similarities, a land of diversities and varieties. One such place is Daringibadi hill station in Odisha. Considered as the Kashmir of Odisha, you can get a feel of the tranquillity and beauty of that of Switzerland. Many a time, the temperature here, surprisingly, falls below 0 degrees, thus giving way to snow. Often you can leisurely name it as Switzerland in India, too.
One can reach here from Bhubaneswar (252 KM away) via rails or flight. A small little, less known but immensely beautified and ornamented place is Daringibadi with lakes like Doluri, falls like Putadi, Dasingbadi, Badangia. A nature lover can indeed find peace in Belghar Sanctuary, 170 KM from Daringibadi, which nourish diverse species of plants and animals.

8. Darjeeling

Kanchenjunga in Darjeeling
The Queen of the Hills reigning in the Lesser Himalayas is nothing less than a mini Switzerland in India. Quietly nestled in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in West Bengal, Darjeeling is internationally famous for its ever-flourishing tea industry. One can reach Darjeeling in the air via Bagdogra airport, 3 hours away from this mini Switzerland in India. One can also avail railways up to New Jalpaiguri and then hire a bus or take the adorable toy train up to Darjeeling. The dazzling Kanchenjunga and the gliding white snow circling the hilltops and the roadsides will give you travel goals for life.

India has numerous places in both the North and South of the country which have earned the title of Switzerland of India. The scenic views, endless valleys and snow-capped mountains make these places popular getaways for travellers from around the world.

This post was published by Sreyashi Paul