10 Most Beautiful Travel Destinations in India


India is the most colorful, breathtaking, heavenly travel destination country in the world. The beautiful valleys, lakes, greenery around the country attracts its natives and also people from all over the world.
Here is a list of the ten most beautiful places in India that travelers should consider visiting.

1. Leh-Ladakh
Placed at the base of the mighty Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, Ladakh boasts of owning a varied yet picture-perfect landscape. Famed as a Buddhist ex-kingdom, the region is dotted with a number of attractions, Gompas or monasteries being the most popular of all. It is a favored destination, especially among adventurers and mountain-lovers. The rough climatic conditions and inhospitable terrain only add to the charm of this place. The peaceful Shanti Stupa, surreal Pangong Lake, highest cold-desert called Nubra Valley, Khardung-La Mountain Pass and the awe-inspiring Magnetic Hill are just a few places in this land of dreams. With gushing streams, snow peaks, mountain passes and many stunning trekking trails, Leh is a place that is all too easy to fall in love with!

2. Himachal

One of the most popular tourist destination in north India, Himachal Pradesh is known for their tourist attractions. Snow covered peaks of the mountains welcome you to a land which has just about everything to offer to the tourists to the land. The most famous tourist places in Himachal Pradesh include hill stations, pilgrimage sites, stunning lakes, Tibetan monasteries and many more. The culture of Himachal Pradesh also forms one of the main tourist attractions among foreigner and domestic tourists. There are many places to visit in this small state like Shimla and Manali, Kullu, Chamba and Khajjiar, Solang Valley, Palampur, and the Dharamsala and Dalhousie regions. The less-visited Lahaul and Spiti districts are famous among adventure seekers.

3. Kashmir

Kashmir Valley is known as ‘Heaven on Earth” and rightly so. The state is world famous for its scenic splendor, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, hospitable people and local handicraft. The valley of Kashmir has many important tourist hubs namely Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Jammu. Gulmarg in Kashmir Valley is one of the most popular ski resort destinations in India and houses the world’s highest green golf course. The Shikara Ride in the blue waters of Dal Lake, Srinagar and viewing the picture-perfect Pahalgam and Sonmarg are out-of-the-world experiences.

4. Uttarakhand

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful northern states of India that enthralls everyone with its spectacularly scenic landscapes. Uttarakhand is locally known as Devbhumi. Charming hill stations juxtaposed against snow-capped peaks, quaint villages along winding mountain roads, serpentine rivers carving their way through hills, world renowned conservation parks like ‘Jim Corbett Tiger National Park’ and ‘Asan Wetland Conservation Reserve’, world heritage sites like ‘Valley of Flowers’ and ‘Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve’, waterfalls hurtling down slopes and serene lakes shimmering amidst beautiful towns. The four very famous and beautiful shrines in Uttarakhand are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. The most visited hill stations in the state are Almora, Kausani, Mukteshwar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Ranikhet and Auli. Dehradun, the capital city of the state, is also a beautiful town in itself. Mussoorie, 34kms away from Dehradun, is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the “Queen of the Hills’ for its scenic beauty.

5. Northeastern India

Northeastern India includes the states of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Assam, along with the northern parts of West Bengal. These states are home to a number of beautiful hill stations and wonderful natural beauty. Darjeeling is the most frequented tourist destination in West Bengal and is commonly called the “Queen of Hill Stations” for its breathtaking sunrise views over the lofty Himalayan peaks of Kanchenjunga and Everest, among many others. Sikkim houses some of the most scenic places like Gangtok, Pelling, Lachung and Yumthang. All these offer an unmatched view of the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. Meghalaya is a plateau hill with lush green meadows and deep, plunging waterfalls. Cherapunjee, located at close proximity to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is another stunning place with caves, forests and waterfalls. Driving through the misty layers of clouds is something you must experience in Cherapunjee. Assam has many tourist hubs and wildlife sanctuaries.

6. Kerala

Kerala’s slogan of “God’s own country” is hard to deny, given the overflow of natural beauty in this South Indian state. The exotic hill stations, amazing backwaters and beautiful beaches make this state a tourist heaven. Kerala is exotic and enchanting in its beauty. The spice- and tea-covered slopes of Western Ghats make Munnar a splendid hill town. Alleppey is known for its languid network of backwaters. The famous beaches in the state are Kovalam and Varkala beaches. An overnight stay in a lazy houseboat in the brackish waters of Alleppey is a must when you are in Kerala. The state also offers many yoga and spa centres. Periyar Tiger Reserve is also worth mentioning. Visit Kerala for a soul-quenching, detoxifying and completely blissful holiday, away from the frenzy of the world.

7. Lakshadweep

One of world’s most spectacular tropical island systems, Lakshadweep is tucked away at 220-440Kms off the Kerala Coast. The islands offer a precious heritage of ecology and culture. The unique feature of the Islands is its coral reef, making it a pristine leisure spot to come back to. 4200 sq. kms. of lagoon, rich in marine wealth, is spread over 36 islands in an area of 32 sq. kms. The underwater view at Lakshadweep is kaleidoscopic and breathtaking. The lagoon offers excellent potential for water sports like swimming, wind-surfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking. No wonder, Lakshadweep is fast becoming India’s one of its kind Adventure sport – Nature Tourism location.

8. Goa

Sparkling waters, white sand beaches and palm trees swaying in the breeze – Goa is all this and much more. Goa, the smallest state in the western coast of India, is crowded with local and foreign tourists during the high season. Goa is famous for its awesome nightlife, with a number of discotheques and pubs operating all year round. The beaches are full of beach shacks with great music and mouth-watering seafood and exotic delicacies. Goa is also famous for its world heritage architecture and the amazing old churches. The famous beaches of North Goa are Calangute, Candolim, Arjuna, Baga and Arambol, while some famous South Goan beaches are Agonda, Colva, Mobor and Majorda.

9. Andaman

The Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal has almost 325 islands of different shapes and sizes. The Andaman Islands are surely a traveler’s delight as it houses some of the most pristine beaches. Many unique activities such as sea-walking and glass bottom boat ride are possible when you visit the Andamans. The main places of interest in this isolated group of islands are Baratang, Diglipur, Ross Island, Neil Island, Havelock Island and Port Blaire. The limestone caves of Diglipur and Baratang are places worth visiting. These islands also have some of the most beautiful corals. Scuba diving is very popular, along with other water activities such as speedboat rides and jet skiing. Trying a variety of seafood is a must when you visit the Andaman Islands.

10. Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the largest state in India, is mostly known for the Great Indian Desert or the Thar Desert. Apart from the desert, other tourist spots in Rajasthan include Indus Valley Civilisation in Kalibanga, Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu and the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve. Rajasthan is mainly famous for the magnificent historical forts, temples, monuments and palaces. People from far and wide visit Rajasthan to experience the rich architectural and cultural heritage of the place.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019
I have visited most of these tourist places. But Karnataka is not included in your list. Looks like writer still not visited Karnataka .

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