100 places to visit in india
. This beautiful place bears a very striking resemblance to Switzerlands topography, the well known romanticizing location. Khajjar is located at the foot of Dhauladkar , in the lap of Himalayas and is 2000 meters above sea level.A beautiful panoramic view of the densely populated forests and the meadows and snowy peaks of Himalayas can be captured. Summer months are the best to visit this place as it wouldnt be too cold and the hill station would
. The Chandertal lake is situated between Lahaul and Spiti, the two Himalayan ranges and is at an altitude of 4300 metres above sea level. It is also known as the moon lake as its the source of river Chandra and the crystal clear waters of chandertal will not miss captivating you in its depth.
. The Sar pass, a popular tourist destination and a great pace for adventure lovers and treks, gets its name from a small frozen lake that is a part of the Sar pass trek too. When uttermost peace and natural scenic beauty is all you want to accompany you, the 12,500 feet above sea level destination is the place to be. Its quite a risky trekking spot and that ensures that loners definitely get here .
. Pile of corpses Sounds scary? Try our post on the most haunted places in India is how the literal translation is for Rohtang pass, for all the people who lost their lives while crossing the pass and yet in the recent times it has become one of the most popular tourist spot, attracting thousands of people with its captivating beauty.Rohtang pass happens to be one of the few destinations in India where one can go skiing as it snows for almost all
Suraj Tal Lake
. The Suraj Tal Lake, also known as the lake of the sun god, close to the Baralacha la pass is the third highest lake in India and the 21st highest in the world. Beautifully clad mountain tops, glacier views, the extreme polar region conditions and pin drop silence greets you out here which is probably why you will hardly find any other soul around if you manage to trek to this lake.
. Dal lake, the iconic destination of the Kashmir valley, also referred to as heaven on earth is one of the bollywoods favorite shooting sights. The mughal gardens by the lakes shore go back to jehangirs reign and the shikaras, houseboats in the lake are the best way to embark upon the nature.
. The Pangong lake is one of the beautiful places visit in India. Spread over an area of about 600 sq. km, the lake is shared by india and china and 60% of it lies in the neighbouring country. The alluring beauty of the lake and its natural scenic views make it seem like a landscape painted. Its enduring to see how the lake changes colors every season due to its salinity.
. Another jewel in the crown of Ladakh is the Tsomoriri Lake. Did you know that it is also known as the Mountain Lake? The lake is situated in Changthang Plateau, one of the highest and widest plateaus in the world is a among the must visit tourist places in India . The lake gets its name from the saltiness of it, and the fact that salt was extracted from it till 1959. You can spot some really rare species of birds here during the migratory season
. Kashmir valley is no doubt the most beautiful destinations in india. The heaven on earth tag is always linked to Kashmir for its evergreen landscapes and snow filled mountains. A visit to Kashmir should definitely include seeing the Shalimar gardens, visit to Dal lake and the shikaras and gulmarg. Mountaineering and river rafting are good adventure activities in Kashmir.
. Zanskar valley is filled with small hamlets, less population and gorgeous views and with this range you have plenty of chances to start clicking perfect moments which makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. One of the highlights of this is the zanskar river where you could opt for rafting and even go trekking in the months of January and February.
Khardung La Pass
. Khardung La Pass needs no introduction. It is widely, but incorrectly, believed to be the highest motorable pass in the world, located at a little over 17,000 feet above sea level. The pass is about 40 km from the town of Leh, and an important destination for those seeking adventure. Adventure seekers come here for a thrilling mountain biking experience and a road trip.
. Located about 150 km from the town of Leh is the Nubra Valley. It is also referred to as the valley of flowers, because it is covered with some really beautiful flowers during the summer months. The beautiful flowers are kind of complemented by the largely rugged terrain of the valley, as is the case with the rest of Ladakh.A trek through the valley is one of the easier treks in Ladakh, but not any less beautiful. During the summer months, you ca
Valley of Flowers
. The Valley of Flowers is a national park located in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, in the state of Uttarakhand is a must visit place in India. The park is a true paradise for botanists and anybody else who loves the glory of nature. It stands true to its name, with several species of exotic flowers to be seen here.While for the most part the valley remains covered with snow, during the summer months, it comes alive with a riot of colors whic
. The Himalayan region is blessed with several gorgeous high altitude lakes. But the one which catches the maximum attention is the Roopkund Lake, gorgeous, and shrouded in mystery. The lake is situated at a height of about 5,000 meters above sea level in Uttaranchals Chamoli District. During the summer season, when the ice melts in the lake, you can see several hundred corpses floating in the lake.The skeletons of the corpses have been well preser
. A freshwater lake located at a height of little more than 3000 meters above sea level is the Dodital Lake. It is also known as the Dhudital Lake, named after Lord Ganesha and is among the must see tourist places in India. It is believed that the lake is the abode of Lord Ganesha, and standing testimony to that fact is a temple dedicated to Him.You need to cover a moderate trek from Uttarkashi in order to reach the lake. Dont worry about the effor
. Situated the River Bhalinganas source is the Khatling Glacier, a panoramic site that just takes your breath away. From the glacier, you can see snow capped peaks and several hanging glaciers in the vicinity. But the rewarding sight doesnt come easy. You need to take a strenuous trek to reach the glacier, passing through dense forests and high mountain passes. The trek to Khatling Glacier could easily take around 2 weeks, but it is worth every eff
Ghats in Varanasi
. Varanasi is believed to be the oldest civilizations is among the must India. Situated on the banks of River Ganga, the city holds a sacred spot in Hinduism. Every year, lakhs converge on the ghats of Varanasi for performing the last rites of their relatives and dear ones. Despite the seemingly macabre surroundings, the ghats of Varanasi have a certain allure to them. You can feel the spirituality and the calmness that prevails here.
. Jodhpur is beautiful in a paradoxical kind of way. Most of Jodhpurs terrain is barren and rugged, which makes it a quintessential desert land. It is one of the largest cities of Rajasthan, offering tourists an opportunity for memorable desert safaris. One of the best safaris you can take in Jodhpur is a Bishnoi Village Safari.It takes you up, close and personal to the lives of the Bishnois, an old clan of the land. If you visit the old part of th
Desert of Jaisalmer
. Camel Safari is one of the most memorable and delightful experiences you can have. It gives you an exclusive approach to discover colorful villages in Rajasthan. Travel through the crests and troughs of the naturally formed Sand Dunes on a camel back and experience the essence of life in the Jaisalmer region.
. One of the highlights of the beautiful city of Udaipur, Rajasthan is Lake Pichola. The lake overlooks the Lake Palace, making for a fantastic setting is a must see place in India. Lake Pichola, like other lakes in Udaipur, were built over dams in order to serve the water and irrigation needs of the people of the city.The lake serves as the ideal spot for a romantic boat ride with your better half. During the migratory season, you can see some spe
. Hidden in the wonders of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is the magnificent Nuranang Falls. The falls are about 100 meters high, which might not be much when compared to several other waterfalls in the world.However, when combined with the pristine surroundings, it becomes a must visit when in Arunachal Pradesh. Folklore has it that the falls are named after a girl who helped an Indian soldier during the 1962 Indo Sino War. Also sometimes referred to
. Sela Pass is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Connecting Tawang district to other parts of the country is the Sela Pass. This mountain pass is about 13,800 feet high and gives you some really scenic views of the surrounding views. With its high elevation, you can almost feel the clouds passing through your hands here.During the winter months, most of the pass is frozen with snow, with temperatures dropping to well below the zer
. Located at an altitude of a little more than 2000 meters above sea level is the gorgeous Dzukou Valley of Nagaland. The valley lies on the border of Manipur and Nagaland, behind the majestic Japfu Peak. During the summer season, the valley is blessed with different species of flowers, the highlight of which is the Dzukou Lilly.The name of the valley literally translates to Cold Water, and refers to the stream of river that flows through the valle
. Located at an altitude of a little more than 5000 meters above sea level is Gurudongmar Lake. The lake is located in Sikkim, close to the Chinese border and is known for its scenic views. The fresh water lake remains frozen for most part of the year because of jaw dropping temperatures.But when the ice thaws, it gives way to crystal clear waters that just take your breath away. The rugged terrain around the lake adds to the experience. However, y
Goecha La Pass
. Another gorgeous mountain pass in the Himalayan region is Goecha La Pass in Sikkim. The pass serves as the base camp for those who wish to climb Mount Kanchenjunga, worlds third highest peak. In order to reach the pass, you need to start trekking from Yuksom. It takes about 7 days to trek to the pass.Along the way, you are greeted with some beautiful rhododendrons and other highlights of the region. View of Mount Kanchenjunga from Goecha La Pass
. A quaint little island in the state of Assam is Majuli. Once upon a time, the island was spread across an area of about 1,250 square kilometers. However, the raging River Brahmaputra has eroded a large part of the island, and what is left now is a little over 400 square kilometers of area.Nevertheless, it is one of the most beautiful places in India. Bird watching is a highlight here, and so are the colorful tribes of the region.
. Manipur is home to worlds only floating lake, the Loktak Lake. It is also the largest fresh water lake in this part of the country. The floating mass of vegetation and organic matter give the lake a floating appearance. A part of the lake is home to Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the habitat for Sangai.Sangai, or Manipur brow antlered deer is a rare species which is on the brink of extinction. The beauty of the lake itself and the surround
. Located close to Singalila National Park in West Bengal is Sandakphu, or Sandakfu, the highest peak of the region. You need to endure a moderately difficult trek in order to reach the summit, but you will be rewarded with awesome views of the Kanchendzonga Peak.There is even a small village at the top of the peak where you can find some hostels for a stay. Of course, there is nothing like camping under the starlit sky and enjoying a cool mountain
Darjeeling Tea Gardens
. The lush tea gardens of Darjeeling are also among the list of beautiful places in India. Tea gardens of Darjeeling are not only known for their flavorsome tea cultivation, but also for their scenic beauty. Endless stretches of tea plants which tends to vanish with the mist, creates a magical spell on the visitors.
. Imagine barren lands where you can push full throttle and have the thrill of your life? Thats Rann of Kutch for you, in Gujarat. Kutch is a shallow wetland, which means it gets submerged during the monsoon season because of rains.However, during the summer months, the water recedes, giving way to salty land which is barren yet beautiful. The Rann of Kutch is known for road trips in India. It is also known as a habitat for exotic species of birds
. If you thought Goa is all about sand, beaches and crazy nightlife, think again. There is more to Goa than meets the eyeHere are 10 such things. For those who would like to see the other side of Goa, head to Dudhsagar Falls. The waterfalls are actually tiered falls about 60 km from the capital city of Panaji.According to popular legend, a princess once lived in the forests nearby the falls. She used to bathe in the pond at the base of the falls. O
. The smallest hill station of India, but nevertheless beautiful, is Matheran in Maharashtra. Located in the Western Ghats at an altitude of about 2600 feet above sea level, it is about 90 km from the city of Mumbai. Vehicles are banned in this hill station, and the only way to reach it is via a short train journey.The absence of vehicles means you are greeted with really fresh mountain air which replenishes your soul. Trek to Panorama Point here a
. Nestled in the majestic peaks of the Western Ghats is the Malshej Ghat, a popular weekend place for people of Mumbai. It is a place blessed with refreshing greenery and mist covered peaks, especially during the months of August and September. There are some gorgeous waterfalls too to visit here.The place also serves as a habitat for several varieties of birds such as crakes and flamingos, making it a haven for birdwatchers. When here, try the Nan
Tea Estate of Coonoor
. A gorgeous hill station in Tamil Nadu is that of Coonoor. It is one of the largest hill stations in the Nilgiris, and also serves as a base for those interested in trekking in the Nilgiri Hills.However, for those not interested in trekking, the highlight of the hill station is its many tea estate. When here, stay in a tea estate and you will have some really delightful experiences. Most of the tea estates here belong to the British times, which g
. Gorgeous falls located on River Kaveri in Tamil Nadu are the Hogenakkal Falls. The waterfalls are sometimes called the Niagara Falls of India, because the sheer volume and beauty. About 180 km away from the city of Bangalore, the falls are a popular weekend getaway for people who are looking for an opportunity to trek.During the dry season, you can take a boat ride as the falls are not too strong to cause any danger. However, if you want to see t
. A beautiful hill station located at the base of Mulayanagiri Range in Karnataka is Chikmagalur. The hill station is sometimes referred to as coffee land of Karnataka because of its several coffee plantations. Located close to the city of Bangalore, it is a popular weekend getaway for the people of Indias Silicon Valley. The highlight of Chikmagalur is the Mahatma Gandhi Park, previously known as Ratnagiri Bore. It is known for its scenic vistas.
Kudremukh Shola Grasslands
. A famous peak of Chikmagalur district of Karnataka is the Kudremukh peak. The name literally translates to Horse Face and refers to a particular section of the peak which looks like the face of a horse. The peak and the surrounding region are known for its shoal grasslands, which are a sight unto themselves.The dense shoal grasslands are home to plenty of wildlife, with animals such as Malabar civet, sloth bear and spotted bear regularly being se
. A small hill station about 60 km from Bangalore is Nandi Hills. Compared to other famous hill stations of Karnataka, Nandi Hills is a little less frequented, which adds to the charm of the place. It is known for its trekking opportunities and houses the ruins of a fort atop a hill.You could take plantation walks in the verdant greenery or even go paragliding here. However, the best way to experience Nandi Hills is to just sit back, relax, and wat
. One of the highest waterfalls of India are the Jog Falls in Karnataka. The falls constitute four separate waterfalls, viz. Raja Fall, the Roarer, the Rocket, and Rani Fall. It is an amazing experience just to stand there and look at water coming down at full force from a height. The surrounding greenery makes the falls one of the most beautiful in India.The best time to visit the falls is somewhere around the monsoon period. Do not make the mista
. A pristine tourist spot in Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh is Araku Valley. Located at a height of about 3000 feet above sea level, the valley is known for Sunkarimetta Forest Reserve and Anantagiri, both of which are biodiversity hot spots.It is also known for its coffee plantations, which together with the biodiversity hot spots, give the valley a beautiful green cover. While in the valley, do not miss a chance to interact with the local tribes
. They are the longest in India and the second largest in the country, well known for their stalagmite formations. The caves were discovered way back in 1884 by a British named Robert Foote. The caves have several passages and chambers to explore, making it a mystical experience.Even if you are not too much into cave exploration, the natural formations in these caves will leave you speechless. Head to these caves in Andhra Pradesh for an eclectic a
. Kerala is known as Gods Own Country for its beautiful natural treasure. One of the best places to experience the natural beauty of Kerala is Allepey and is among the must visit tourist places in India. Stay in a houseboat and take a tour of the backwaters of the Alleppey for a romantic experience. While taking the cruise, do not forget to visit the quaint villages which are located by the backwaters. A trip to a local toddy shop completes this am
. Leaving out Munnar from the list of beautiful places in India is a cardinal sin. This hill station of Kerala is a nature lovers delight. You are greeted with a vast expanse of tea and cardamom plantations here, rich forest cover and plenty of opportunities for trekking.At an altitude of about 6000 feet above sea level, Munnar is all about gorgeous valleys, majestic hills and pristine surroundings. There are resorts here which date back to colonia
. Located about 70 km from the city of Cochin is Athirapally in Kerala, a gorgeous location, like most of the rest of Kerala. The region is a fantastic riparian region in Kerala. A riparian region refers to the area between land and a river stream. Athirapally is known for its rich wildlife and boasts of some rare species of flora and fauna.It is also well known for Athirapally Waterfalls. You can take a trek to the waterfalls and be amazed at the
. Wayanad is a stunning hill station located in the north eastern part of gorgeous Kerala. The hill station is characterized by several tea and coffee plantations, making it ideal for a relaxing holiday. The best way to experience the beauty of Wayanad is to stay in a homestay and enjoy the hospitality of local people.With its low population, verdant greenery, and several beautiful trekking trails, it energizes your body from the inside out. Also k
. For those who love to idle by the sea with a book in hand and nothing else to do, head to Varkala Beach in Kerala. It is a beautiful secluded beach where you can while away your time looking at the crashing waves.The beach is also considered holy. It is believed that a dip in the waters here will absolve you of all the sins. For the ultimate decadent pleasure, book yourself a relaxing Ayurveda massage at the beach. It is the most blissful experie
Sunset at Cochin
. Cochin is very unlike the rest of Kerala, and yet, very similar to it. It is known for its colonial past, which is still evident today in the cobbled streets and the quaint cafes of the city. There are more than a few highlights of Cochin. There are the Chinese Fishing Nets, which are a different kind of experience.There is the beautiful sunset by the harbor which makes for a really romantic experience. And there is also the sunset cruise you can
. It is not only mainland which has some beautiful places in India. If you are prepared to venture off from the mainland, you can expect some delightful experiences, such as those in Agatti Island in Lakshadweep Islands. The island is one of the rare few in Lakshadweep which are open to tourists. It is a coral island, and you can expect some really pristine natural beauty here and is among the must see tourist places in India. The best way to exper
. Havelock Island is one of the largest islands of Andaman and Nicobar, spread across an area of about 113.93 square kilometers. A trip to Havelock Island makes for a fantastic eco tour, with its lush greenery and azure waters. There are quite a few fantastic diving and snorkeling sites in Havelock, which make it a great place for avid divers.But even if you are not much into snorkeling and diving, try snorkeling with Rajan, the elephant here. Raja
. If you thought only nature constitutes beautiful places in India, the Golden Temple in Amritsar could make you eat your words. The upper floors of this religious landmark for the Sikhs are actually made of gold, which gives the temple its name. Even after the hostile attacks during the times of Sikh terrorism, the temple hasnt lost any of its charm.You can feel the prevailing calm here. For those interested in architecture, the Golden Temple offe
. A highlight of the state of Kerala is the Vembanad Lake. It is Indias longest and every year, it plays host to the coveted Nehru Trophy Boat Race. There are several resorts nestled on the banks of the lake, which are ideal for a romantic holiday in Kerala. You can spend your time here fishing, taking a relaxing boat ride, or even birdwatching. During the migratory season, the region is frequented by a quite a few different species of birds.
. If you thought Kerala is only about natural beauty, the Bekal Fort will make you change your opinion. Spread across a sprawling 40 acres of land, the fort is the largest in the region. A large part of the fort is in dilapidated condition since the waves from the sea continually hit against the walls of the fort. However, despite that, it is a beautiful fort which tells you a lot about the old times. Unlike other forts in several parts of the coun
. If you interested in history, you must visit the Golkonda Fort in Andhra Pradesh. The fort dates back to the 13th century and was built during the reign of the Chalukayas. Spread across an area of 11 km, the fort is actually made up of four distinct forts. With massive gateways, intricate architecture and amazing gardens, the Golkonda Fort is a sight. A walk through the gardens of the fort takes you back in time when the royal class would have sp
. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important religious centre of the state of Karnataka is Hampi. The place was once an important part of the famed Vijayanagar Empire. There are some beautiful ruins to explore in Hampi, apart from several beautiful temples to pay a visit too. If you are the adventurous kind, you can spot a few waterfalls too here during the monsoon season. The laidback environment of Hampi makes it ideal for a relaxing holiday a
. You just cannot leave out Mysore when talking about beautiful places in India. The city is known for its royal palaces which date back to British times. One of the most important palaces of Mysore is the Mysore Palace. Also called the Amba Vilas Palace, it was originally constructed in the 14th century. However, several reconstructions were ordered in consequent years, the current version dating back to 1897. It is a Rajput style palace with elem
. Located about 20 km from Kudremukh in Karnataka is the Kurinjal Peak, which is almost the same height as the Kudrenukh Peak itself. A part of Kudremukh National Park, the trek to the top of the peak takes you through evergreen forests. The region is blessed with plenty of flora and fauna. You can spot several animals during the trek, which include herds of elephants, Indian Bison and more. When taking the Kurinjal Peak Trek, dont miss out on a vi
. Rajasthan has several palaces dating back to the royal times. One of the most prominent of the lot is the Hawa Mahal, located in the capital city of Jaipur. The palace was constructed in the form of Lord Krishnas crown. The fa
. One of the highlights of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhawan, an opulent palace which has now been converted into a plush hotel. Several parts of the palace are still open to the public, which give you a glimpse into the royal times. The construction of the palace was ordered in 1923 by Maharaja Umaid Singh in order to provide families with work and income during a time of drought and famine. The manicured lawns and the intricate architecture make the pa
. Located in the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is the Jaisalmer Fort, one of the largest forts in the world. The fort sits as a symbol of pride amidst the beautiful golden sands of the Thar Desert. There are quite a few Jain temples within the forts premises, apart from a Royal Palace, massive gateways and other highlights. The best way to visit the fort is to take a safari atop a beautifully decorated camel or elephant. In fact, a visit to Jaisal
. Located close to Ajmer, Rajasthan is the Chittorgarh Fort, the largest of the country. The fort sits atop a hill and spreads across a sprawling 280 hectares of land. With its many beautiful palaces, temples and gateways, the fort attracts thousands of tourists every year. The seemingly abandoned surroundings add to the charm of the fort. Chittorgarh Fort also stands a symbol of national pride and honor. According to historical evidence, more than
Fateh Prakash Palace
. Udaipur is a city of lakes and many beautiful palaces, the most opulent of which is the Fateh Prakash Palace. The palace was built by Maharana Fateh Singh, ruler of Mewar, and was specifically reserved for royal functions only. A tour of the palace gives you an insight into royal artifacts, miniature paintings and Mewar armory, taking you to the times gone by. If you have the moolah, you can even organize celebrations or conferences in this opule
. The mother of all beaches in Goa is the Calangute Beach. While some complain of the beach being overcrowded during the peak season, nothing can take away from the beauty of the beach. If you are looking for some lone time under the sun, visit Calangute sometime in the months of February to April, when the beach is relatively less crowded. If you are more interested in seeing eye candy, visit the beach during Christmas and New Year.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
. An iconic building of the state of Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This magnificent church is located in the old part of the state and houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque style construction in the country. You cannot miss the understated elegance of the church, and the relative calmness of the design itself. When in Goa, it is a must visit.
Vivekanand Rock Memorial
. Located about 500 meters off the southernmost tip of India in Kanyakumari is the Vivekanand Rock Memorial. The memorial was built in 1970 in order to honor spiritual leader Swami Vivekanand who once visited the land. The memorial is built on a rock. It is believed that Swami Vivekanand attained enlightenment while meditating on the rock. It is considered to be a sacred place by the Hindus. The calm and tranquility that surrounds the memorial puts
. Connecting Rameswaram to rest of the parts of the country is Pamban Bridge. It is the second longest sea bridge of the country, and the first one to come up. Built in 1912, this 2.3 km bridge was first opened to railway traffic in 1914. The bridge can be raised to allow ships to pass underneath. If you are looking for beautiful train journeys in India, consider taking the one through Pamban Bridge. It stands for its understated elegance.
. Auroville, which literally translates to City of Dawn, is an experimental township in Tamil Nadu. As part of the ongoing experiment, the residents of Auroville have account numbers connected to a central database instead of the usual currency. Each month, the residents of the township are encouraged to contribute to the central fund. People of Auroville who are in need are given a monthly amount out of this central fund to meet their basic needs.
Gold Temple Vellore
. A gorgeous sight in the city of Vellore is the Gold Temple, also known as the Mahalakshmi temple. The temple is located in Sripuram Park, which lies at the foot of a hill range in Malaikodi. The temple has a coating of real gold, with intricate carvings and gold sculptures on the inside too. According to records, a whopping 1500 kg gold was used to build the temple. While some may term that as wasteful expenditure, nothing can take away from the
. Taj Mahal is the icon of India and the epitome of love around the world. This magnificent monument was built by Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The white marble and the intricate carvings of the monument have mesmerized many around the world. Quite rightly, the monument finds a place in the Seven Wonders of the World. It is believed that Shah Jahan ordered that the hands of all the laborers who built the monument be seve
. Mumbai has the Gateway of India, Delhi has the India Gate, and Uttar Pradesh has the Buland Darwaza. The gate is located in Fatehpur Sikri, about 40 km away from the city of Agra. The iconic monument was built by Akbar in 1601 AD in order to celebrate his victory on Gujarat. The red sandstone and the carvings on the monument make it s quintessential Mughal masterpiece.
. A trip to Kibber Monastery is almost like a trip to another world. Kibber Monastery lies close to the town of Kibber, which has about 80 odd homes only. The stone structure of the monastery blends well with the khaki colored rocks in the background, while the snow capped peaks in the distance make it stand out. The monastery is understated, and some might even miss it if they dont pay enough attention. But if you can brave the tough trek to it, y
. 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 Shant
. 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 valle
. 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
. 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
. 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. V
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 s
. 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.
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.
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 sophistica
. 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 temp
. Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad, Gujarat dates back to the 15th century, which in itself is magnificent. The mosque was built during Ahmed Shahs reign and was one of the largest ones built during that period in the country. The mosque has the tombs of Ahmed Shah, his wives, his son and grandson. Walking through the deserted corridors of the mosque take you to the old times, during the rule of the kings and the queens. The structure is well preserved and
Lakshmi Vilas Palace
. Four times the size of Buckingham Palace is the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodra, Gujarat. The palace is an epitome of grandeur and luxury, and still serves as the residence of the royal family. The interiors of the building are inspired from European architecture, and the highlight of it is the opulent Darbar Hall, which plays host to musical concerts every now and then. There are a lot of artifacts in the palace belonging to the ancient times, whi
. Another architecture masterpiece of India is the Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai House of Worship. The temple gets its name from its shape which resembles that of a lotus flower. Since it is a Bahai temple, dont expect beautiful idols or priests singing hymns in the premises. In fact, what you see is a large hall where you can sit and chant your prayers, irrespective of your religion. True to a place of worship, the atmosphere of the temple
. It is the newest of all architecture marvels of India in the list, but that takes nothing away from its glory. The temple was opened to public in 2005, and even since, it has served a major source of tourist attraction in the capital city of India. The temple is dedicated to traditional Hindu culture, spirituality and architecture. Apart from the spiritual aspect of it, you can enjoy a film here on pilgrimage by Swaminarayan, take a boat ride thr
. An iconic monument of Delhi is the India Gate, constructed in order to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. The monument was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and is in the middle of the city. While you may not find anything special about the architecture of it, it still makes for a wonderful sight. It is also one of the few places in Delhi where you can take a stroll at 1 in the night and the police wont take y
. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is Delhis tallest minaret, with a height of about 240 feet. The monument was built in order to surpass the beauty of Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, way back in 1052 CE. The monument has several ruins and relics dating back to centuries ago, which together constitute the Qutub Complex. In the olden days, you could climb the stairs and reach the top of the minaret for an awesome view of the surrounding areas. Unfort
. The Red Fort was built by Shahjahan in the 17th century in what is now Old Delhi, or the Walled City. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and another architecture icon of Indias capital. Originally, River Yamuna flew by the fort and replenished the moats which surround the walls of the fort. However, land was reclaimed from the river for construction purposes in modern India. It may not look like a architectural marvel today, but the fact that it
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
. Meghalaya is a largely unexplored territory of India, but there are some beautiful places in this part of the country which simply take your breath away. One of these is Mawkdok Dympep Valley, located between Shillong and Cherrapunji. It is a V shaped valley with lush greenery and tranquil surroundings. During the cold months, a shallow mist covers the valley, making it look even more beautiful. The best way to take in the panoramic views of the
Living Root Bridges
. These arent something exotic or something breathtakingly gorgeous. Yet, they are beautiful in their own unique way. Living root bridges are bridges made from the root of the trees. Cherrapunji has a high number of rubber trees, which has secondary roots. These secondary roots are very thick and strong. Locals of the place have managed to alter the direction of these secondary roots and make bridges out of them in order to cross rivers of the regi
. The largest monastery of India is the Tawan Monastery, located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The monastery was built in the 17th century and is home to around 450 monks. The name of the monastery translates to Horse Chosen. According to folklore, after Merang Lama could not decide on a suitable site for the monastery, he decided to seek diving intervention. Merang Lamas horse then rode all the way to a hilltop, which is the current location
Corbett National Park
. Home to the Bengal Tiger of India, apart from several other wild animals, the park is one of the most frequented in India. Corbett is also the oldest national park of the country, dating back to 1936 when it was named the Hailey National Park. With its hilly terrain, riverines and grasslands, the park makes for a wonderful sight. It is also a habitat for a large number of different species of birds, thus satiating the needs of birdwatchers too.
. Located in the eastern part of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 12,400 feet is the Tsongmo Lake. You pass this lake while trekking to Nathu La Pass, which lies at the Ind0 China border. Like other lakes of the Himalayan region, this one too is just gorgeous to say the least. You somehow fall in love with it from the moment you set your eyes on it. And unlike other lakes of the region, this one involves a relatively easier trek.
. Located in the northern part of Sikkim is the Yumthang Valley. It is a beautiful land where you can often see locals grazing their sheep. Situated at an altitude of about 14,000 feet, the valley is blessed with more than 20 species of beautiful rhododendrons during the summer season. A beautiful stream of river flows through the valley, adding to the charm of the place. While the valley remains closed in the winter months because of heavy snowfal
. Palaces in India are usual associated with the state of Rajasthan or the city of Mysore. However, located in the quaint and unexplored state of Tripura is a magnificent palace the Neermahal. The palace was built by King Bir Bikram Kishore in 1930. It is in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake, which gives the palace its name, literally translating to Water Palace. The palace is the only other water palace in India, the other being Jalmahal in Rajasthan
. Another beautiful palace in the state of Tripura is the Ujjayanta Palace. The palace, located in the capital city of Agartala, was built by Maharaja Radha Manikya in 1901. The palace originally built by the king was located about 10 km away from the city of Agartala. However, after it was left in shambles by a strong earthquake, it was rebuilt in the center of the city in 1897. The palace covers an area of about 1 square kilometer and it is an im
. Baratang Island is one of the main islands of Andaman and Nicobar. Of all the beautiful places in India, this one of probably the most eclectic. The island is known for its mud volcanoes, and it is the only region in India where mud volcanoes are found. The volcanoes are active and are known to erupt sporadically. The island is also known for its marine life, much like the rest of Andaman and Nicobar. There are quite a few diving spots in the isl
. A sacred site for the Hindus is the Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik, Maharashtra. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in the country according to Hinduism. However, even if you keep religion aside, the temple stands out as being one of the several beautiful places of India. Located by the Godavari River, the temple has some amazing architecture to feats your eyes on. Visit it for blessings, or just to admire its architectural beauty, either way, it i
. Located between Zanskar Valley and the town of Leh is Markha Valley. With the peaks of Stok Kangri and Matho in the background, you can expect some scintillating views in the valley. A large part of the valley has barren and rugged landscape, which makes it an adventurous trek in Ladakh. The valley is also inhabited by some really rare species of animals such as blue sheep and Ibex. If you are lucky, you can even spot the snow leopard in the vall
. Manali is the twin destination of romance and adventure in India. At a height of about 2050 meters above sea level, you can choose to enjoy the serenity of the destination or get thrilled by several adventure opportunities in the land. If you are looking for romance in the hills, head to Solang Valley, which is a little distance away from the main city of Manali. And if you are looking for adventure, there is paragliding, zorbing and so much more
. Forget the changing of guard routine in London. The Wagah border ceremony is much more interesting. As the sun goes down, the retreat ceremony at this India Pakistan border begins. Bugles are sounded from both the sides, which could easily blow the air out of your lungs if you try it; guards from both the sides stomp their feet as hard as possible, trying to get one up over each other. It is as exciting as watching the last ball of a India Pakist
. Call it a pilgrimage or an exciting trek in the Himalayan region, either way, it is an exciting experience. The Kedarnath Temple is located near the Mandakini River, and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. You have take an arduous 14 km trek starting from Gaurikund to reach the temple. The Kedarnath temple is opened to the public in the month of April till the time around Dusshehra.