India is a land full of surprises, but there are some destinations abroad that seem like such a beautiful mystery incomparable to anything you could find in India. And that's where you got it all wrong! What we seek in the foreign destinations is right here, at places like no other in the world and which if not equally are even more gorgeous. So, before you set your heart on exploring what lies outside, in the far-far lands, don't forget to enjoy the exotic and serene locations that are closer to home. Bringing to you a curated guide to the 10 outstanding places to visit in India that will surely make you forget every foreign destination on your bucket list.
1. Before You Imagine Your DDLJ Set In The Grasslands Of Switzerland
Don't Forget To Roll Down The Rolling Green Hills Of Pahalgam
Yes, Switzerland is famous all over the world for its mind-blowing vast green pastures of land but it's also no hidden fact that Kashmir is called the 'Heaven on Earth' and this is definitely all for the right reasons. Pahalgam, a small hill station in the state of Jammu Kashmir is also known as the 'Mini-Switzerland' of India. The place has the most gorgeous setting amidst the tall Himalayas mountains, fresh melting glaciers, chilled river water flowing and a large number of animals grazing right beside you. It's a sight you won't be able to forget!
2. Before You Lay Down And Make Salt Angels On The Salt Land Of Utah
Spend A Night Under The Bright Shining Moon, Gazing At The Stars In The Salt Land - Rann Of Kutch
The Salt land of Utah is a paradise and a must if you are visiting the USA. But, in the state of Gujarat is a much better and far more gorgeous piece of a salt land, The Rann Of Kutch. One of the prime spots for stargazing in India where you can travel right to the beech on camels, see nothing but vast stretches of white land for miles, spend nights in a tent under the stars and the gorgeous moon and forget everything about Utah! The best time to visit Rann Of Kutch would be in January to be a part of the International Kite Festival. A sight like no other on the whole planet!
3. Before Enjoying The Purple Bliss Of Lavender Fields In France
Soak In Colours Of Bliss In The Valley Of Flowers
Many fields of Provence in France are covered with a fragrant lavender carpet. The Valensole city is literally immersed in these gentle violet flowers. The attracting fragrance calls everyone passing by the fields. If this is your dream destination, it's one great choice but India has something similar and better locked away in the hills of Uttarakhand. Far away, untouched by human civilization, after a long trek one reaches the valley of flowers. The largest national park in India dazzles with the most vibrant flowers and shimmers with waterfalls. It is located in the Himalayas and is surrounded by high mountains covered with glaciers. It is a vibrant umbrella of multicoloured heaven.
4. Before You Delve Into The Art & History Of Palace of Fine Arts In San Francisco
Spend A Day Like Royals Amidst All The History & Art At The Taj Lake Palace In Udaipur
The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure and a beautiful example exhibiting history, architecture, and art. But, what if you could live amidst all of that? The 'City Of Lakes' Udaipur in Rajasthan has The Taj Lake Palace Right in the center of a lake! Set in the 18th-century this marble palace encompassing an island on Lake Pichola, luxury hotel, which once featured in a James Bond movie, is less than 1 km by boat from the City Palace in Udaipur. A fine piece of architecture and art and a life of royals all encompassed in one.
5. Before Getting Lost In The Colourful Display Of Tulips In Amsterdam
Give The Tulip Garden In Srinagar A Chance To Woo You
Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam bloom in April to mark the beginning of the Tulip festival and the whole place bursts with beautiful colors as more than 7 million flower bulbs bloom in spring. But, the Tulip Garden in Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir is the Biggest and Number one Tulip Garden of Asia! Spread over an area of about 30 hectares and on the banks of the Dal Lake, the place makes for the most gorgeous sight to see sunrise and sunset. It is surely a dream Indian destination and one of the best places to visit in India.
6. Before Getting Frozen To Bliss In Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon In Iceland
Give This Chance To The Gurudongmar In Sikkim
In the Southeast part of Iceland is the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon filled with large chunks of ice. One of a must visit places because of its immense beauty but of-course a dangerous sight as it is a prime example of global warming. On the other hand is the frozen lake of the North-East, a gem of a place with breathtaking beauty. Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and in India, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft, in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus and is no less than the glaciers in Iceland in terms of its beauty.
7. Before Taking A Camel Ride To See The Setting Sun In The Sahara Desert
Sink Your Feet Deep In The Cold Sand In Winters In The Thar Desert
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world with an area of 9,200,000 square kilometres, it is comparable to the area of China or the United States. Whereas, the Thar Desert in Rajasthan also known as the Great Indian Desert spans a large area extending to the neighbouring country and states too. Both the places are equally gorgeous and beautiful and winters make for the perfect time to visit them. A desert safari on camels should be on your bucket list if it's not till now. It's an experience like no other and vast stretches of brown sand look absolutely mesmerizing in front of the setting sun.
8. Before You Sit On The London Eye
Admire The Soulful View Of The Capital City In Delhi Eye
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel and easily the most popular paid tourist place in the are. But the recently made Delhi Eye is no behind its original inspiration. The Delhi Eye Ferris wheel was installed at Kalindi Kunj Park in the Okhla neighbourhood of Delhi in 2014. The wheel has 36 air-conditioned cabins, each able to carry six passengers, from which Akshardham Temple, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutb Minar and Red Fort are visible on a clear day. Now that's what we call a view!
9. Before Entering The Magical Land Of Arabian Nights At Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Get Lost In The Twinkling Glory Of Mysore Palace
Set on 85 hectares of landscaped gardens, this palatial beachfront hotel called the Emirates in Abu Dhabi is one of the most luxurious ones in the world. And if you are an avid follower of the pop culture, you definitely would have seen it in movies such as Sex in The City 2 amongst many. Whereas, the gorgeous twinkling beauty, the Mysore Palace in Karnataka is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore. The Mysore Palace houses many exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world, and thus, has been converted into a museum for public viewing. It truly is a piece of art in itself!
10. Before Trekking To The Mesmerising Sound Of Falling Water At Yosemite Waterfall
Get Drenched And Rest In The Peaceful Music Of Cascading Water At Jog Falls
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park in California, USA. A sight to remember a lifetime. It's truly mesmerizing. But what's more special is right here in India itself. The Jog Falls of Karnataka is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India located in Sagara taluk of Karnataka. Trek to the place, get drenched or sit on a side listening to the water gushing down the fall, believe us you'll never find a more soulful and mind-numbing place. Its beauty is incomparable and this segmented waterfall is a sight to experience.
This does not end just here! India is one of the world's most famous tourist destinations with places to visit that the world around us doesn't offer. From the serene backwaters of Kerala, a magical and beautiful connect of history and modern 21st century, a picturesque valley such as Ladakh, an uncountable number of monuments in every state and every possible geographical terrain. The landscape of India is a beautiful piece of art in itself where every nook and corner is dream-worthy.
Q. Which are the most famous tea and coffee estates in India?
A. Munnar has beautiful Cardamom estates, tea estates, and others. Also, the world-famous Assam for it's dedicated and plantation culture. Other hill stations include Darjeeling, Coorg, and Ooty.
Q. Which are the most famous islands in India and why?
A. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the perfect Hollywood style beach destinations in India. These islands are known for the white sandy beaches, exotic warm lagoons, shading palm trees, every water-based activity known to man and mind-blowing sceneries. The coral reef, marine life, and water life are another level of attraction.
Q. What is Srinagar's floating market?
A. Dal Lake in Srinagar has various attractions like houseboats, Shikaras, and others. Every day, you can find numerous boats lining up with goods for sales. You can also purchase them while you are sailing in another boat. It is a whole market on water and thus called the floating market.
Q. Which place in India is compared to The Great Wall Of China?
A. The Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajasthan has huge walls covering the city giving it the appearance of what the Great Wall Of China looks like. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Its perimeter walls extend up to 36 km, making it the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China.