As of late, the tourism industry in India has been evolving remarkably. India undoubtedly has a huge variety of options to offer to the travel fanatic, and many of its historical features are top of the list when you google Tourism in India.
But behind all the hugely advertised, money-churning holiday stopovers lies the true beauty of India that sometimes gets lost under the pile of top tourist spots.
Across the 1.3 million square mile expanse of India are serene landscapes, some of which haven’t even been touched by the outsiders. Nonetheless, their beauty is a song for the soul. These 16 places in India will take your breath away.
Aizawl is the capital of state of Mizoram and it’s elevation is a staggering 4000 ft above sea level. Nonetheless, the cityscape is beautiful to the eyes.
Also know as Allepey, it is the administrative headquarters of Alppuzha district in Kerala and popular as the Venice of the East. The city hosts a variety of houseboats on backwaters of the Arabian Sea and is popular for its many temples and the oldest Anglican church in Kerala.
14. Andamann and Nicobar Islands
These are a set of islands where the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea meet. These islands are home to few of the world’s still uncontacted people.
This heaven is right in the Thrissur district of Kerala. The water fall is magnificent, falling 80 ft, and the city has an abundance of forsests.
Located in Southern Tamil Nadu, Chettinad houses beautiful temples and is famous for its food. It’s 18th century mansions are adorned with marble and teak and put modern architecture to shame – in style. “Kandaangi”, the famous local saris show off bold hues and checks, and are a testament to the regions uniqueness.
11. Chitrakut Falls
The Chitrakut Falls in Bastar District of India fall 98 ft into the Indravati River with clear waters unless its monsoon, when they carry the silty monsoon rainwater.
Rajasthan is known world wide for its culture, popularized often through Indian literature and film. Chittorgarh is a city in this state, located on the banks of river Gambhiri and Berach. It’s history sings the praises of its Rajput emperors, and its many forts and temples tell their stories.
9. Lake Pichola
An artificial fresh water lake in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, this lake is what originally gave life to the city. The city of Udaipur was built around the lake by Maharana Lakha who was impressed by its magnificence.
Munnar, another wonder of Kerala, is famous for a panoply of tea plantations, its three rivers and the backdrop of Ghats mountains. It is beauty beyond bounds.
7. Nubra Valley
A valley on the Tibetan Plateau, the Nubra Valley is 10,000 ft above sea level and is a cold dessert. It’s 32 meters tall Maitreya Buddha statue isn’t it’s only prime location; the valley is home to the junction of Shyok and Siachin rivers.
The highest peak of West Bengal, Sandakphu is just at the edge of the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling and gives a 4-in-1 few of four of the world’s five highest peaks! Talk about a deal!
India’s very own West Coast, Sindhudurg is famous for its forts and water sports. It has been cultivated as a popular tourist spot and offers activities ranging from beaching to nightlife.
4. Suraj Tal Lake
Accumulating its water from streams, glaciers and snow, the Suraj Tal lake – or the Lake of the Sun God – is perched atop Lahaul and Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is considered a sacred location by locals and is heavenly, no doubt.
Bordering the cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, this huge expanse of sand is world’s 17th largest desert. Against the backdrop of sun-dried sand dunes, its culture and art speak a language of many colours.
2. Varanasi Ghats
Beside the sacred river Ganges lives a life of diverse heartbeats, sprawled across the Ghats of Varanasi. These are wide steps leading into the Ganges. There are 87 ghats, some of them private, some specified for cremation, as is the Hindu culture and some for Pooja ceremonies.
1. Zanskar Valley
Another gem in the Jammu and Kashmir, the Zanskar valley is formed by a sub range of the Himalayas, and holds a small population of around 14,000 people. The area is a Buddhist cradle and a tranquil location.