From the crystal clear waters of Havelock to the icy heights of Lahaul and Spiti, India’s landscapes are as diverse as its cultures. Historical monuments and breathtaking natural vistas, colorful festivals and undiscovered gems… India has it all. So where does one begin? As part of a new series, we bring you these stunning pictures that capture the diversity of India.
1.Havelock Island ,Andaman & Nicobar
The largest of the Andaman Islands, Havelock is one of the more popular beach destinations in the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Time magazine has counted Beach no 7 of Havelock (better known as Radha Nagar Beach), as one of the best beaches in Asia. But then again, take a look at this picture; do you really need a magazine to tell you it’s the best?
The place where three seas meet, the place from where you can watch the sunrise and the sunset, the place where Vivekananda attained enlightenment… Kanyakumari is many things. And yet the simplest reason to be here is also perhaps the most overwhelming of them all — to be at the southernmost tip of India. If you’ve been there, you’ll know what we mean.
Kerala is one of our most favorite destinations. From backwaters to beaches and hill stations, the state seems to have it all. And Munnar’s lush tea gardens are the jewel in Kerala’s crown. The picture does say it all, doesn’t it?
4.Coorg , Karnataka
Sandwiched between Goa and Kerala, two of India’s superstar destinations, Karnataka is something of a middle child along India’s west coast. But the underrated state has as much (if not more) to offer to the wandering soul as its two neighbors. And Coorg is arguably the best flower in the bouquet.
5. Mehrangarh Fort
There are forts and there is Mehrangarh Fort. The most imposing of all the forts in the country, Mehrangarh has a way of reminding you that even manmade structures can overwhelm you just as much as natural vistas.
6.Dunes of Sam ,Rajasthan
We must confess we are tad biased towards the desert state of Rajasthan. But how can you not be drawn in by the legends, the romance and the hospitality? And of course the beauty of the desert!
7.Chandra Taal Lake , Himachal Pradesh
Chandra Taal Lake (or Chandertal) is a high altitude lake located at some 4300 m above sea level. Source of the river Chandra, this lake is one of the most stunning sights you will ever lay your eyes on. But we’re just jabbering away, aren’t we? We’ll let the picture do the talking.
8.Tsomoriri Lake , Jammu & Kashmir
Leh-Ladakh’s Pangong Sa shot to fame thanks to 3 Idiots. Tsomoriri Lake is its lesser-known but just as beautiful cousin. Been there yet?
9.Khardung La , jammu & Kashmir
Thrown open to public only as late as 1998 Khardung La is the high mountain pass that you read about on travel sites like ours. We could tell you how breathtaking this place is or that it is the lifeline to our brave soldiers posted in Siachen. But words will fall short to describe what you will experience if you go there. So we won’t!
10.Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
Let the gruesome tale of a mother who jumped off this cliff and gave the falls their name not put you off this stunning view. Nohkalikai Falls are located in Sohra or Cherrapunji, that magical place we first read about in our school textbooks as being the wettest place on earth.
11.Tawang Monastery, Arunanchal Pradesh
We wind up our first edition of the India travel bucket list with this very recognizable monument. Tawang Monastery is called Galden Namgey Lhatse in Tibetan, which quite aptly translates to ‘celestial paradise in a clear night’. Constructed in the 17th century, the monastery houses some 65 residential buildings and has a library with an envious collection of old scriptures and manuscripts.