37 Most Beautiful Places In India You Should Visit Atleast Once In Your Lifetime

From the mighty Himalayas in the north to the rejuvenating backwaters in the south, India is blessed with a diverse geography, spectacular landscapes, and breathtaking sceneries. While the whole country is dotted with destinations where travelers gather to rejuvenate their senses and enjoy the stunning views, we’ve compiled a list of 37 places in India that one MUST visit at least once.

1. Dzükou Valley

One of the best-kept secrets of the North East nestled at a height of 2452 m above sea level behind the Japfü peak in Nagaland, Dzükou Valley must be 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. The valley’s main entry point is at the foothills of Viswema village. The Dzükou Lily is one of the rarest flower in the world, and is endemic to this valley. The main valley is about a 2-hour long hike from the starting point of the valley.

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2. Valley Of Flowers 

Valley of Flowers is a sprawling expanse of meadows with endemic alpine flowers and a variety of flora spread over 85 square km in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The entire region offers surreal and enthralling views to visitors. It is a part of the Nanda Devi National Park, and the diverse fauna of the region includes Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. The most commonly sighted bird is the moral pheasant. To access the valley one must cover a 17 km long trek and it is about 270 km from Joshimath.  

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3. Zanskar Valley

Ladakh’s pretty sister Zanskar Valley is a rugged and arid patch of magnificence with the Zanskar River flowing right through the valley. With timeless monasteries, and the only access route being a partially paved 247 km long road that branches northward from Kargil, Zanskar is a trekker’s paradise. White water rafting on the Zanskar River is one of the most preferred adventure activities in the region.

Padum

Padum is the administrative center of Zanzkar, and also the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Zanskar. It is connected to Kargil by the partially paved road mentioned above.

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Karsha

Karsha Monastery is a Buddhist place of worship in the Padum Valley, and the Doda River flows past this monastery. It is the largest and the most important monastery in the region and is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava.

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4. Ladakh 

Ladakh is the pride of north India and the only other place that is visited by more people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir apart from the Kashmir Valley. It is a road tripper’s paradise, and there are countless biker groups that ride the winds to Ladakh, annually. There are two routes that you can choose from to reach Ladakh by road, the first one begins at Srinagar and ascends eastward to Ladakh through the town of Kargil. The other route begins at Manali in Himachal Pradesh, and it will take you through Rothang Pass. It is renowned for its natural landscape and craggy beauty. The Indus River carves through Ladakh and its snow-capped hills and valleys. There is an astounding number of monasteries that are spread across the region, with the Shey, Phyang, and Hemis Monasteries being some of the most important ones. 

Pangong Lake

The Pangong Tso Lake which has been featured in Bollywood films like 3 Idiots and Tashan is situated in Ladakh at the border between Indian and China. 70% of the lake’s area falls under China and the rest in India. 

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Nubra Valley

The Nubra Valley of flowers can be accessed through the Khardungla Pass, which is perched at a height of 18300 feet and was once the highest motorable road in the world.

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Shanti Stupa

The Shanti Stupa is a white domed chorten perched on a hilltop at Chanspa in Ladakh and is a part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The stupa holds the relics of Lord Buddha which was enshrined by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri translates to Mountain Lake in English and is part of the Changthang Plateau. The lake is at an altitude of 4522 m above sea level and is the largest high altitude lake entirely within Ladakh. This lake has no outlet and the water is quite brackish. 

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Khardung La

Khardung La Pass connects Ladakh with Nubra Valley and it is the only road that connects Siachen with the rest of India. It was once the highest motor able road in the world, and is elegantly perched 39 km from Let and at a height of 5,582 m (18314 ft) above sea level.

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Chang La

Another high mountain pass in Ladakh is Chang La pass; it is claimed to be the second highest motorable road in the world. It falls on the route to Pangong Lake.

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5. Johar Valley

Also known as Milam or Gori Ganga Valley, Johar is one of the least explored places in the entire state of Uttarakhand. It used to be a part of the Silk Trade Route between India and Tibet.

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6. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located in the Greater Himalayas, in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. It is connected to the Manali valley by the Rothang pass and To Lahaul Valley by the Kunzum Pass (4400 m). Road tripping to Spiti is quite a challenge as the road is very dangerous yet breathtakingly beautiful. The valley is about 412 km from Shimla and about 74 km from the village of Kaza. 

Chandrataal

Located at an altitude of 4300 meters 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.

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Key Monastery

Key monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world and has been the setting of films like Paap and Highway.

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Dhankar Lake

Dhankar Lake is about 4,270 m above the sea level and it is also known as Sarkund. It lies above the monastery of Dhankar in Spiti and is approached by a trek from the monastery.

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7. Tungnath – Chandrashila

At an elevation of 4000 metre, the Chandrashila peak in Garhwal Himalayas offers a panoramic view of over 40 Himalayan peaks on a clear day. It is one of the most popular treks in the country, especially for beginners. The trek begins at Chopra and it is 5 km long. The trek takes one through the Tungnath (the world’s highest Shiva temple) temple where you can take a break and soak up the heavenly beauty of the place before trekking further up hill to the summit of Chandrashila.

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8. Kashmir

Amir Khusro said, “Agar firdaus barroo-e zameen ast, hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast”, which translates to, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.” Kashmir has been the crown jewel of the Indian subcontinent since time immemorial. The valley has attracted visitors, tourist, adventure seekers, and travelers from around the world.  

Dal Lake

Dal Lake in Srinagar is a pristine body of water that you can glide over in shikaras, with family and friends.

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Sonmarg

Sonmarg translates to “Meadow of Gold and is one of the most visited destinations in Kashmir. It is about 80 km north-east of Srinagar. In the summers adventures can enjoy rafting over the River Indus which flows through the valley and in the winters one can try skiing and other snow sports her

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Gangabal Lake

The Gangbal Lake is situated at the foothills of Mount Haramukh in the Ganderbal district about 45 km to the north of Srinagar, followed by a 15 km-long uphill trek.

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9. Dayara Bugyal 

The ravishing alpine forests and carpet like meadows, of Dayara Bugyal are located 48 km from the town of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand, offer some of the most gorgeous views and trek routes in the entire state. The base camp of Dayara Bugyal is a 7-8 hour long drive from Dehradoon and a fairly easy trek beyond its base camp. The placid landscape of the region will make you fall in love with it at the very first glance.

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10. Kudremukh

Located in the Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka, Kudremukh is a small hill station about 48 km from the Karkala. The name of the place translates to ‘horse face’ in Kannada. It owes its name to the mountain-side which resembles the face of a horse. It is the 2nd highest peak in the state and is home to countless species of rare birds, animals, and endemic flora.

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11. Umngnot River

The place where boasts seem to be flying in the thin air. Umngot River in Meghalaya is one of the most pristine and beautiful rivers in the world and is located 70 km away from Shillongon the route to Dawki. The crystal clear waters are not only a delight to the eyes but also to the soul. You can hire boats and have an experience that is unparalleled in the entire world.

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12. Roopkund

Roopkund Lake is a high altitude glacial lake in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand that can be reached only after undertaking an 8 day long strenuous trek. The lake is situated at an altitude of 5029 m (16,499 ft) above the sea level. Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and high altitude snow-laden mountains, the landscape around the lake is absolutely breathtaking.

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Ali Bugyal

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Bedni Bugyal

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13. Chilika Lake

An enchanting brackish water water lagoon spread across over 1100 sq km, Chilika Lake is nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha. The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here. These birds travel great distances; migratory birds probably follow much longer routes than the straight lines, possibly up to 12,000 km, to reach Chilika Lake. The lake harbours about 225 species of fish, and also supports over 350 species of non-aquatic plants. The islands of Chillika Lake also attract horse of visitors from around the world, with The Becon, Breakfast, Bird’s, and Honeymoon Islands being the most visited ones.

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14. Gurudongmar Lake (NEast)

Gurudongmar Lake falls in north Sikkim, and legend states that in the 8th century Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) blessed the lake by dipping his hand in the lake and that spot has not frozen ever since, while the rest of the lake freezes and forms a thick sheet of ice. The magical lake is one of the most pristine and placid high altitude lakes perched at a height of 17000 ft above sea level and about 190 km from Gangtok. It provides one of the source streams which joins the Tso Lahmu and then form the source of the Teesta River.

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15. Andaman & Nicobar Islands

One of the 7 union territories of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of volcanic islands in the Bay of Bengal. The two groups Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands are separated by the 10 degree N latitude. Owing to its beautiful beaches, the islands are rising in popularity and has been receiving increasing number of visitors every year. The Havelock Island is the largest island, and it is 41 km to the north-east of Port Blair. Radhanagar beach lies on the west coat of Havelock and is the most popular beach holiday destinations in Andaman. 

Radhanagar Beach

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Swimming Elephants in Andaman

If you want to try something different at Andaman, apart from the usual scuba, snorkeling, and exploring coral reefs, you can try swimming with elephants too.

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Barren Island – India’s Only Active Volcano

Barren Island houses the only active volcano in the country and it is a must-visit destination for nature lovers.

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16. Lakshwadeep 

Another union territory of India, the Lakshadweep Islands are located in the Arabian Sea, off the west coast of India’s mainland. Its pristine beaches and calm seas have enchanted visitors and appealed to people of all age groups. The islands also provide adventure and sports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing etc. In the recent past, Lakshadweep has gained prominence as a vacation and leisure holiday destination. The Bangaram atoll is one of the most beautiful islands hera and one must not miss visiting it.

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Agatti Airport

A narrow strip of land, with a single runway forms the Agatti Airport in Lakshdweep, it is a one of a kind airport and its charm is unparalleled

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17. South Goa Beaches

Goa is synonymous with beaches, but the beaches of South Goa are a level above the rest of the beaches in the entire state. The Cola and Kakolem beaches are the most beautiful and tranquil beaches in the entire country. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of civilization these beaches are perfect for your weekend beach holiday.

Goa beach. Cola beach, Goa, India.

Cola Beach

This arguably the most beautiful beach in the whole of Goa. It is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, secluded and its cleaner than any other Indian beach.

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Kakolem Beach

It is also known as the Tiger Beach, Kakolem is a a small beach cove in south Goa towards the south of Cabo de Rama beach. It is about 30 km away from Margao city. This secluded beach is the perfect destination for a honeymoon or a weekend escape.

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Cabo De Rama Beach

This is one of the least known beaches in Goa, about 28 km away from the city of Margao, and 19 km from the popular Agonda Beach. The Cabo de Rama fort lies just 2 km from this beach. It is relative less crowded than all other beaches in Goa, and it is perfect for a beach date.

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18. North Karnataka Beaches

The beaches in the northern part of Karnataka are steadily gaining prominence and rising as the new go to place for beach-lovers. Gokarna is one of the towns that has rapidly grown into a hippie paradise with its tranquil beaches and open culture, thousands of youngsters flock to Gokarna for an epic trip with booze, smoke, smiles and jitters. 

Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

It is also known as Full Moon beach, and has been gaining popularity for its surreal and tranquil setting. The golden sand and calm sea makes the beach a spectacle in itself. Adventure loves can swim in the sea here or camp at the beach. 

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Paradise Beach

It is also known as Full Moon beach, and has been gaining popularity for its surreal and tranquil setting. The golden sand and calm sea makes the beach a spectacle in itself. Adventure loves can swim in the sea here or camp at the beach. 

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19. Varkala 

It is the only beach in India that has a cliff right over the coast. This small sleepy town is located 29 kilometres north-west of Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km south-west of Kollam. Varkala attracts a lot of foreign tourist and yoga enthusiasts from around the world. The cafes at Varkala serve some of the most amazing coffee and lip smacking fresh sea food. It is a place that should be in your beach bucket-list for its geography and scenic appeal.

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20. Backwaters Of Kerala

The backwaters of, ‘God’s Own Country’ are known around the world for the clam and tranquility that looms over them. The unparalleled beauty of the backwaters of Kerala attracts visitors from around the world and they offer some of the most beautiful boat and houseboat rides in the entire world.

Alleppey

Alleppey is also known as Alappuzha and it is the most well known and most visited hub of Kerala’s backwaters. It has also been dubbed as the ‘Venice of the East’. It is 46 km away Fromm Kottayam ad 53 km from Kochi. 

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Ashtamudi Lake

‘The Golden City’, Jaisalmer is situated at a distance of 570 km from the state capital (Jaipur) stands on a yellowish ridge of sandstone with the ancient Jaisalmer Fort perched at the top like a crown. The city falls in the heart of the Thar Desert and attracts tourists and adventure seekers alike. It is one of the few places in India where you can participate in dune bashing. It is best visited during the Desert Festival, which envelopes the city with vibrant hues of festivity.

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21. Thar Desert 

The Thar Desert at the western front is one of the most stunning regions in the country. The desert covers most of Rajasthan and extends into the northern part of Gujarat. A camel safari through the desert is the best way to explore this arid paradise. The starry skies and golden sand will definitely make you transcend into another dimension.

Jaisalmer

‘The Golden City’, Jaisalmer is situated at a distance of 570 km from the state capital (Jaipur) stands on a yellowish ridge of sandstone with the ancient Jaisalmer Fort perched at the top like a crown. The city falls in the heart of the Thar Desert and attracts tourists and adventure seekers alike. It is one of the few places in India where you can participate in dune bashing. It is best visited during the Desert Festival, which envelopes the city with vibrant hues of festivity.

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Sam Dunes

Let the tranquility of Thar take over you, and let it enchant you with its hypnotic magnificence. Experience the arid splendor of a desert safari on camel-backs and disconnect from the modern world at this enchanting destination. You will be greeted by the folk art, dance, and craftsmanship of Rajasthan at the many camps here. Dining under the star spangled night sky and indulging in traditional Rajasthani cuisine are the two things that you will always cherish about the Sam Sand Dunes.

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22. Salt Marshes Of  Rann Of Kutch

The salt desert of Kutch is one of the most stunning landscapes in the entire country. Located in Gujarat, Kutch is best visited during the Rann Festival which is organized in the winter months. The salt marsh is a vast expanse of white sand and salt that mesmerizes the visitor in an instant. Bhuj is the largest city that falls in the Rann, and it is the district head quarters for the Kutch district, and the Kandla Airport is about 53 km from Bhuj. 

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23. Cherrapunji

One of the wettest places in the world, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is about 172 km away from Shillong. The average annual precipitation that it receives is around 11,777 mm. The tallest plunge waterfall in India, the Nohkalikai Falls is also located here. Gallons of water streaming down into the rocks with a backdrop of dense green jungles make it one of the most picturesque destinations of the country.

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Living Root Bridges

A trip to Cherrapunji without visiting the Living Root Bridges is an incomplete one. This marvellous utilization of natural resources capture the ingenuity of the people of Meghalaya. Cherrapunji’s rustic appeal and romantic natural setting makes it one of the most fascinating and romantic getaways in India.

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24. Jog Falls – Waterfall 

The Jog Falls is one of the most famous and tallest waterfalls in India. 3.4 million tonnes of water gushes down an 853 ft drop making it a spectacular affair. It is not just the one stream of the Sharavathi River that turns into the breathtaking waterfall but a combination of four cascades commonly known as Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket.

 

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25. Munnar – Tea Gardens 

A small hill town in the Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar is perched about 1600 m above the sea level and falls in the western ghats. It is also known as the Kashmir of South India and is a favorite destination for honeymooners. The place is famous for its serene tea garden, with Lockhart Tea Park being one of the most famous tea gardens of the area. The town is about 130 km from Cochin, and 31 km from Adimali.

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26. Gandikota

One can easily be reminded of the Great Canyons of the Colorado River at Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh 15 km from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district. With gorges, colored rocks and the river Pennar cutting the valley, the landscape is nothing less than mystical. This is the only place in the entire country where one can observe such a landscape.

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27. Forts Of Maharashtra  

The Forts of the Maratha empire still stand tall and astound visitors from around the world. These picturesque forts are strategically located on hilltops along the Western Ghats to give them an advantage over the enemy during sieges. Rajgad Fort, Pratapgad Fort, Daulatabad Fort and Lohagah Fort are some of the most visited forts. These forts can be hiked to within a few hours and they also provide camping grounds for the visitors.

Lohagarh Fort

It is situated close to the hill station Lonavala and 52 km northwest of Pune, Lohagad rises to an elevation of 1,033 m above sea level.

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View from Raigad Fort

The fort rises 820 metres (2,700 ft) above the sea level and is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort.

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28. Udaipur 

Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is built around the cerulean waters of many lakes. The city is a blend of history, culture and modernism with numerous holiday and heritage resorts in and around. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553, Udaipur served as the capital of the marvellous historical kingdom of Mewar. This beautiful blue city has a lot to offer to both travellers and tourists with its numerous ancient historical spots and pristine temples that are spread around the city’s vicinity. Being easy to reach and having abundant accommodation Udaipur is every lovestruck couple’s desert paradise.

 

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29.  Agra 

One of the Seven Wonders of the world, The Taj Mahal is housed in the city of Agra along the banks of River Yamuna in modern-day Uttar Pradesh. The erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire, the Agra fort attracts an equal number of visitors as does the Taj. The city is one of the most interesting cities in the country where culture, heritage, and history are intertwined with the modern life.

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30. Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi along the banks of the Ganges is known for its numerous ghats where devotees offer their prayers to the holy river. The city of Varanasi has countless temples which are visited by Hindu pilgrims all year round. Varanasi is also famous for the Benarasi Paan which is said to be the best pan in the world.

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Ganga Aarti

Thousands of pilgrims, devotees, tourists and travellers flock to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, to witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti that is performed every evening by young priests.

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31. Pamban Bridge

This awe-inspiring rail bridge was constructed by the British and was opened on 24th February 1914. It was the first bridge built over the sea in India, and it connects the island of Rameshwaram to mainland India. The rail bridge is, for the most part, a conventional bridge resting on concrete piers, but has a double-leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through.

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32. Tawang

The smallest of the 16 districts in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the most scenic places in the entire state. The Tawang Monastery situated here belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. It is a major tourist attraction bordered by Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the South-West and Sela ranges separate West Kameng district in the East. Elevations range between 6,000 to 22,000 feet (6,700 m), and inhabitants are found at lower altitude, where they enjoy a cool temperate climate. Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is located at a distance of 183 km from Bomdila and is situated at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. The natural beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges, Tawang Chu River and Tawang valley are extremely mesmerizing.

Tawang Monastery
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Sela Pass
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33. Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flower sanctuary is a serene valley in the Himalayan state of Sikkim. It is about 192 km to the north of the capital city of Gangtok. The landscape of the valley resembles the Swiss Alps, and in the spring the entire valley is covered in vibrant hues of orchids rhododendrons, primula, and poppies. 

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34. Kaas Plateau

The Kaas Plateau is situated 25 km to the west from the city of Satara in Maharashtra. It is a biodiversity hotspot and it is known of the seasonal wild flowers and numerous endemic species of butterflies. The plateau experiences a natural cycle of extreme conditions with extremely wet and cool monsoons and a very dry and hot summer.

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35. Kinnaur

Kinnaur falls in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh and is about 235 km from the capital city of Shimla. The scenic region is known for the diverse forests and the temperate climate with long and cold winters. The apple and apricot orchards around Kinnaur are also famous for the delicious fruits that are grown here. Driving through the roads leading to Kinnaur is an experience in itself as they are some of the most dangerous, yet extremely beautiful roads. If you’re not used to driving in the hills, then you should avoid driving to Kinnaur. 

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Nako Lake
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Chitkul

It is the last inhabited near the Indo-Chinese border, and it is the last place that one can travel to without special permits. Chitkul is the first village in the Bapsa Valley and is nestled on the banks of the gurgling Bapsa River. Its serene setting and calm meadows are a delight to the tired eyes of the metropolis. You can laze around the town and head to Kalpa as the hotels in Chitkul can be quite heavy on the pocket.
Kalpa is situated at a distance of 64 km from Chitkul in the same district.

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36. Hari Ki Doon Valley

It is one of the most preferred summer trek routes which takes one through some of the most serene forests and lush meadows. Lined with orchids and rhododendrons the trek route is one of the most colorful routes in the entire world. This moderate trek can be attempted by beginners too, and it is one of those regions which is still untainted by urbanization. The valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka. The trek to the valley starts from Taluka village and passes through Gangaad, Osala, and Seema. It is a 2-day trek usually done in two stages.

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37. Parvati Valley 

The Parvati Valley carved out by the Parvati River, in the Kullu district to Himachal Pradesh. Kasol, Tosh, and Malana are some of the most famous and frequently visited places in the valley. The pilgrimage town of Manikaran is at a short distance from the town of Kasol. The valley attracts the young because of its open culture and the Parvati music festival. Trekking to Kheerganga is one of the most pristine experiences that the Parvati Valley offers. You can also choose to trek further beyond Kheerganga to Pin Parvati. The valley can be accessed by road or by air, with the closest airport being located about 40 km from Kasol in Bhuntar.

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These are the 37 places that we think, one should not miss visiting in India. Let us know what you think in the comments below. You may also be interested in 12 Beautiful Off-Beat Destinations in Himachal That Will Take Your Breath Away. 

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