The subcontinent of India is full of amazing and breathtaking sites that will leave you speechless. Since the country is quite large, it can be quite difficult to narrow down your list if you are looking to plan a vacation here. This is the main reason why there is a need of such lists that will help make your decisions easier. Sites like the Taj Mahal are already known to everyone around the world but there are a lot of other sites as well which are rather rarely visited by foreign tourists. You can find everything from a desert to a snow-capped mountain in the country which makes it quite appealing to all sorts of adventure-seeking tourists. If you are looking for a peaceful setup, the country has many solemn landscapes and peaceful gardens where you can just kick back and relax. Here are some of the most beautiful sites in India that you can add to your bucket list.
1. Dudhsagar Waterfalls – Goa
Goa is the most famous for its beaches and its youthful parties. Dudhsagar literally means Sea of Milk. This state has much more to offer if you are not a beach person. One of the key attractions of the state includes the Dudhsagar waterfalls, which are one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. If you love the thrill of adventure, you can always sign up for a trek up the four-tiered waterfall. They are located on the border of Goa and Karnataka inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary. Created by the Mandovi river, the spot has become a popular tourist attraction in recent times.
2. Valley of Flowers – Uttarakhand
This is one of the most beautiful places in the world to be if you are looking for a peaceful time. The Valley of Flowers is located in the Western Himalayas and the meadows contain some of the most beautiful alpine flowers and endangered plant and animal species.
3. Chilika Lagoon – Odisha
This brackish water lagoon is the second largest in the world and the largest coastal lagoon in the country. It is the prime site for birdwatching since hundreds of domestic and migratory bird species come here and call it their home. Gather up your gear and be ready to set your sights on some of the most exotic bird species.
4. Nilgiri Hills – Tamil Nadu
Serene is a word often associated with the Nilgiris Hills and for good reason too. They are located on the borders of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka and have some of the most beautiful peaks and waterfalls. It’s called “Queen of Hills” You can also find many animals and plants that are not seen anywhere else in the world. Romantic things to do is simply rent a room with a view and sip on tea while you are at it.
5. Tea Gardens – Darjeeling
Darjeeling is known as the Queen of West Bengal mainly because it is so beautiful with its tea gardens sprawling over the hills. The tea gardens are located in the foothills of the Himalayas and it is an amazing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Everything is so peaceful here and you can hardly see the world moving forward.
6. Nubra Valley – Leh
The cold desert of Leh-Ladakh is quite a popular tourist attraction for both domestic and foreign tourists. One of the key attractions of this place is the Nubra Valley, famous for the Maitreyi Buddha statue, the Khardung La Pass, and Bactrian camels. Thousands of Indians ride up to the pass on their bikes just to glimpse at the world below each year.
7. Gandikota Canyon – Andhra Pradesh
This small village in Andhra Pradesh has a hidden gem of its own. Much like the Grand Canyon in the United States of America, the Gandikota Canyon has a marvelous view that leaves you longing for more. The fort of Gandikota gives you a panoramic view of the gorge and the Pennar river.
8. Kudremukh Grassland – Karnataka
Kudremukh is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka and the grasslands below have quite a large forest with wild animals and plants. It is a breathtaking view and you can click quite a lot of amazing pictures that will blow up on social media. There are some amazing treks that will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime.
9. Majuli – Assam
Majuli is the largest river island in the world and it is quite a paradise itself with all of its vibrant colors and natural beauty. For the best experience, you should rent a boat and row through the Brahmaputra river and take in all the fresh air. If you love bird watching, you will truly enjoy this place as well.
10. Palani Hill Falls – Tamil Nadu
Located just outside Kodaikanal, Palani Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park have a wide array of waterfalls that are a common tourist attraction. Some of the most prominent falls in the area include the Bear Shola Falls, Alanthoni Falls, Neptune Falls, Palar Upper Falls, Thalia Falls and Silver Cascade fall. They are quite scenic and provide the tourists with a dash of natural beauty that is otherwise missing from the world outside