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100 Places to visit in India
71. Shanti Stupa
Located on a hilltop in Leh is the Sanchi Stupa. It was built by the Japanese as a symbol of peace for the world. The white stone of the monastery and the intricate architecture of it make it one of the most beautiful places in India. It may not be one of the oldest Gompas in the world, but it still attracts thousands every year with its sheer beauty and magnificence. As with everything else in Ladakh, you can expect some amazing views from Shanti Stupa.
72. Gurez Valley
Gurez Valley is a largely unexplored part of Kashmir, partly due to it being a sensitive region. It is located very close to the Line of Control and hence, it is heavily guarded. In fact, it is only recently that the valley has been opened to tourists. It is a fertile valley with high mountains on either side. You can feast your eyes here with some gorgeous greenery and some really close views of the Himalayas. The fresh mountain air of the valley replenishes your mind, body and soul.
73. Key Monastery
Key Monastery is an iconic fort monastery located in Spiti Valley in Himachal. The architectural style of the monastery is referred to as Pasada, which symbolizes the multi storey construction of the monastery. It is one of the largest in Spiti Valley. While there is nothing spectacular about the monastery, the fact that it is constructed at such a great height makes it magnificent. The top of the monastery offers some scintillating views of the Himalayas and the Spiti Valley.
74. Sheshnag Lake
Located in the trekking trail of Amarnath Cave is the Sheshnag Lake, another beautiful part of the Kashmir. It is an oligotrophic lake, which means it does not support too much plant or animal life, and yet, it has abundant oxygen if you go deeper in the lake. About a kilometer in length, the lake is nestled between towering mountain peaks. The best way to reach the lake is through a trek, which gives you a chance to experience the beauty of the region in all its splendor. For those who cannot handle strenuous activities though, you can always take a pony ride from Chadanwari, which is about 7 km away.
75. Victoria Memorial
An icon of the city of Kolkata is the Victoria Memorial. This majestic structure stands testimony to the colonial past of the city. The building was designed by Sir William Emerson and is one of the most beautiful structures of modern India. The memorial houses a museum which has several artifacts belonging to the British times. The Royal Gallery here has original oil paintings of the time of Queen Victoria, which take you to the times gone by. Visit the memorial and you will be charmed by the grandeur and the understated elegance o the building.
76. Haji Ali Dargah
One of the most important landmarks of the city of Mumbai is Haji Ali Dargah. Located off the coast of Worli, the dargah was constructed way back in 1431. It was built in the memory of Sayyed Peer Haji Ali. It is believed that Sayyed Peer Haji Ali gave up all his material possessions before taking a trip to Mecca. You can expect a swarm of people here on Thursdays and Fridays as they seek the blessings of the revered saint. With sea on both the sides, it is a beautiful and a pious spot.
77. Marine Drive
One of the most beautiful places in India for a romantic drive is the Marine Drive. It is a 3 km long stretch overlooking the sea. You can expect a lot of people at any time of the day, watching the sea, and spending some moments together with their loved ones or all alone. If you are tired of the chaos of Mumbai, the Marine Drive is the best place to be to get away from it all.
78. Gateway of India
An iconic landmark of the city of Mumbai is the Gateway of India. The structure is often referred to as Taj Mahal of India. It was built during the British times and must have served as the landing point for people coming by boat to Mumbai. Overlooking the shore and the iconic Taj Hotel, it has come under attack by terrorists quite a few times. However, that hasnt deterred people from visiting this beautiful landmark of Mumbai.
79. Ajanta and Ellora Caves
A little away from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra are the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. These are not natural caves, which makes them so magnificent in the first place. Evidence suggests that the caves were carved out of huge mountain rocks almost 2,000 years ago. The caves have some intricately carved sculptures, mostly belonging to Buddhism and Jainism religions. The fact that the caves were carved out by Buddhist monks without any sophisticated tools make them worth a visit. They give you a peek into the rich cultural diversity of the country.
80. Akshardham Gujarat
An iconic temple in the state of Gujarat is the Akshardham temple. The temple first caught the attention of the international world with terrorist attacks in September. However, the attacks could not mar the beauty of the temple, nor could they break the faith of people. This iconic building is a religious place and a place for researches and exhibitions as well. The pink sandstone and the intricately carved structure is the highlight of the temple, which attracts several thousand devotees every year.
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