15 Most Beautiful Places in India
The country of India is almost like another world. There traditions, languages, and beliefs are so different from the rest of the world. These are some of the things that makes India and the people so interesting. The land it self is beautiful. Some people think that there is nothing but dirt roads, and inadequate living conditions in India. The truth is there is a variety of climates and terrains and many amazing sights to see. There are many forest, temples and other places that will take your breath away with just a glimpse. This is some of those eye catching places in India.
Yumthang Valley Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in North Sikkim. It is at a height of 3,564 meters above sea level. Yumthang Valley is popularly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ due to the area having over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower, that are visible during the Spring. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.
Tea garden hill of Munnar Munnar is a town located in the Idukki district in the southwestern region of Kerala. The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers”, which refers to its location at the crossing of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Munnar is practically covered fully with tea plantations. Some plantations reach as high as 7000 feet above sea level. It is a marvelous sight to see nothing but green tea leaves when standing on top of a hill in this city.
Konark Sun Temple The Sun temple really is a site to see. Located in the small town of Konark, which is situated in the Puri district of Odisha, the Sun Temple is a marvel of architecture. It is dedicated to Lord Sun also known as Surya and resembles his carriage. The temple has been built in the shape of a chariot, which has twelve wheels and is shown as being dragged by the seven horses. The temple is believed to be constructed in the 13th century by a king called Narasimhadeva. This temple has connections with a few legends. One of the legends goes, the God Krishna cursed, one of his own sons with leprosy. To seek penance, Samba worshiped Lord Sun for a period of twelve years. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Sun healed him. To express his gratitude Samba made the Sun temple. The beauty of this place was best summed up by the Rabindranath Tagore through these words; “Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.”
Nubra Valley Nubra located to the northeast of Ladakh. It is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scarce on vegetation. The bareness of the lanscape makes it beautiful. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. If you want to make a trip to Nubra Valley, the most common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. Head’s up, non-locals require an Inner Line Permit to enter Nubra.
Nohkalikai Falls Located near Cherrapunji, Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest plunge waterfalls in India. Its height is 1,115 feet. In Khasi language, Nohkalikai means “Jump of Ka Likai.” It is linked to a legend about a local woman, Likai, who went insane and jumped off the cliff next to the falls after a family tragedy. Despite the tragic story associated with its name, Nohkalikai is a must see site when visiting India.
Badrinath Temple Situated close to the Alaknanda River, the Badrinath Temple is located in the Chamoli district. This is one of the 108 temples built in dedication of Lord Vishnu. It forms a part of the four holiest sites known as Char Dhams in Hindu religion. It is also one of the four pilgrimage sites known as Chota Char Dham. It is only accessible between April and November due to the harsh weather during the rest of the year. Two of the famous festivals related to the temple are, Mata Murti-Ka-Mela where the mother of Lord Badrinath is worshiped and the Badri-Kedar Festival that is 8 days in the month of June celebrating in both the temples of Badrinath and Kedarnath. During these festivals the temple is decorated with all types of color full carnations making it a very appealing to the eye.
Ramanathaswamy Temple Rameshwaram (or Rameswaram) is a small island town in Tamil Nadu and is one of the four holiest Char Dhams of the Hindus. The reason for it being so sacred is the belief that Lord Rama along with his wife Sita first landed on its shore after defeating the demon Ravana. To seek atonement for killing a Brahmin, Rama wanted to pray to Shiva. The temple is a towering building that will make you jaw drop in amazement.
Matheran The smallest hill station in India, Matheran is only 56 miles from Mumbai. Matheran only rises 2,625 feet above sea level, but that provides a pretty dramatic view of the sunset and the sunrise. The name Matheran means “forest on the forehead” and it is an eco-sensitive region. It is Asia’s only automobile-free hill station. That means you can take in the beautiful scenery and the fresh air.
Key Gompa Monastery Key Gompa is a Tibetian Buddhist Monastery located on top of a hill. It sits at an altitude of 13, 668 feet above sea level close to the Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh. It reportedly, was started by 100 monks in 1855. The Key Gompa Monastery has survived many excursions and battles. During the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama the monastery was was attacked by the Mongols. In 1820 it was sacked again during the wars between Ladakh and Kulu. In 1841 it was severely damaged by the Dogra army under Ghulam Khan and Rahim Khan. Later in the same year it suffered more damage from a Sikh army. After all of that and an earthquake, the monastery still stands showing off the many murals on its walls.
Hoggenakal Falls Sometimes called the “Niagra Falls” of India is an astounding site to visit. It is located in South India on the river Kaveri. With its fame for medicinal baths and hide boat rides, it attracts tourist and natives. When the water falls on the rocks it appears as if hoge, which means “smoke,” is emanating from the top of the kal, which means “rock”, because of the force of the water, hence the name Hogenakkal mean smoking rocks. Hogenakal Falls is the location for the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Project proposed by the Tamil Nadu Government. The objective of this project is to provide safe drinking water to the urban and rural areas in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts.
Kerala Backwaters The Kerala backwaters are made up of 560 miles of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets. Fed by 38 rivers, this network is made up of 5 large lakes that are connected by various canals which are both natural as well as man made. This chain of lagoons lying parallel with the Arabian sea is also called the Malabar coast. It extends across almost half of Kerala’s coastline. The Kerala backwater offers visitors a quiet, tranquil getaway with the cozy houseboats for tourists to stay in and enjoy the beauty of the backwaters.
The Belum Caves The Belum Caves are located in the Belum village in Kolimigundla Mandal of the Kurnool district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. They are the second longest and largest caves in the Indian Subcontinent and were first discovered in 1884 by a British surveyor, Robert Bruce Foote. The caves are naturally formed underground by a constant flow of underground water. The caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. The Belum Caves are best known for the amazing formations of crystallized rocks.
Jaisalmer Lying in the heart of the Thar Desert another natural beauty of the country, Jaisalmer is a town in the state of Rajasthan. Its named after its founder, Maharawal Jaisal Singh. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the “Golden City of India” because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every building. The architecture in the city gives a yellowish-golden tint to the city and its surrounding area.
Chettinad Tucked away in Tamil Nadu, this is a district that you absolutely must visit if you like food, architecture, or all of the above. The Chettinads are considered master chefs, and Chettinad cuisine is one of the spiciest and the most aromatic in India. In general, beef and pork dishes are not served. The Chettinad region is well known for its 18th century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Chettinad is a very vibrant area that you should experience.
Nandi Hills To escape the tensions and fuss of everyday life head over to Nandi Hills. It’s an ancient hill fortress that is tucked away. It is renowned for its stunning panoramic landscape and greenery. Nandi Hills is 1,478 meters above sea level. The scenery at these hills one of a kind. They’re surrounded by vineyards and coconut groves, punctuated by pools and lakes, perfect for getting lost in the beauty of nature.