From the mighty Himalayas in the north to the rejuvenating backwaters in south, India is blessed with a diverse geography, spectacular landscapes and breathtaking sceneries.
While the whole country is dotted with destinations where travellers gather to rejuvenate their senses and enjoy the stunning views, we bring to you 21 places in India that one has to has to visit at least once in a lifetime.
Nicknamed “The Niagara of India”, Athirappilly Falls is nestled in the lush green forests on the Western Ghats. Located in the Thrissur district of God’s own paradise – Kerala, the 80 feet waterfall is one of the most beautiful destinations in the state.
At an elevation of 4000 metres, the Chandrashila peak in Garhwal Himalayas offers a panaromic view of over 40 Himalayan peaks on a clear day. It is one of the most popular treks in the country, especially for beginners.
Located at an altitude of 4300 metres in the Spiti valley, Chandratal is a picturesque destination for campers and trekkers. The road trip from Manali to Spiti, which takes around 5-6 hours, is an adventurous drive in the challenging terrain.
At an elevation of 5360 metres, Chang La is amongst the highest motorable roads of the world. The mountain pass is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh.
An enchanting water lagoon spread across over 1100 sq km, Chilika Lake is nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha. One can watch several species of birds in a landscape lit up with various hues.
The last inhabited village near the Indo-China border, Chitkul is nestled in a beautiful valley along the Bapsa River. This beautiful destination lies at an elevation of 3450m in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Situated at a height of 4136 meters, Dhankar is one of the most captivating and curious landmarks of Spiti Valley. The lake is a 3-4 hour trek from the village of Dhankar, located between the towns of Tabo and Kaza in Himachal Pradesh.
One of the best kept secrets of the North East, Dzükou Valley is visited for its natural beauty and wild flowers spread across lush green meadows. The mystic charm of this beautiful valley located in Manipur-Nagaland border attracts several enthusiasts round the year.
One can easily be reminded of the Great Canyons of the Colorado river at Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh. With gorges, colored rocks and the river pennar cutting the valley, the landscape is nothing less than mystical.
Gangabal Lake in Jammu & Kashmir lies in the vicinity of the capital city of Srinagar at an elevation of over 3500 metres. The Lake is nestled in the foothills of Mount Haramukh and offers enchanting views of the nearby mountains with a clear blue sky.
A natural paradise dotted with white sand beaches, coral reefs, lush green forest and spectacular views, Havelock Islands in Andaman & Nicobar is a must-visit for those who love the sea.
Situated 25 kms away from Satara in Maharashtra, Kaas plateau is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for over 850 species of wild flowers that bloom annually in the month of August and September.
A tri-armed valley located north east of Ladakh, Nubra separates the Ladakh and Karakoram ranges of the Himalayas. A high altitude cold desert with an average altitude of around 3000 metres, Nubra offers stunning sceneries with green oasis villages, monasteries, sand dunes, boulder fields and harsh arid mountains.
Roopkund Lake is a high altitude glacial lake in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand that can be reached only after a long trek. Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and high altitude snow-laden mountains, the landscape around the lake is absolutely breathtaking.
Sangla is an enchanting valley surrounded by forested slopes and high mountains along the Baspa River in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Besides the beautiful landscape, the valley is also known for the world’s best quality apples.
A scenic spot in the village of Thoseghar in Maharashtra, Thoseghar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Western Ghats.
Tso Moriri Lake
Regarded as the most beautiful destination of the entire Leh-Ladakh region, Tso Moriri lake is nestled between the barren mountain ranges and snow laden high altitude peaks. Located at an altitude of 4522 metres, the mystical lake is also a popular camping site for travellers.
Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is a sprawling expanse of meadows with endemic alpine flowers and a variety of flora spread over 85 sq km in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The entire region offers surreal and enthralling views to visitors.
A relatively less frequented destination in ‘God’s own Country’ – Kerala, Wayanand is dotted with waterfalls, mist covered valleys, spice plantations, hill ranges, wildlife sanctuaries and stone age sites.
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