From the Himalayan peaks to the Indian Ocean, India has some of the world's most beautiful places to visit. Mark Twain once said this about India :“So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.” Here are the 13 different tourist attractions in the country.
First and foremost, make sure you take time to explore Kumarakom, Kerala. Located in Kottayam, the island is situated on Kerala's largest freshwater lake and offers visitors a unique and unforgettable travel experience. You can stay in a resort overlooking Vembanad Lake, explore the backwater country via boat and take in the rustic charm of Kumarakom life. The island is vibrant with lush plant life due to the monsoon winds that bring rain and nourish the land. Best known as the Backwaters, Kumarakom is a peninsula of paddy fields and lagoons that jut into Lake Vembanad, a vast freshwater lake. Float through quiet streams just large enough for a canoe for a close-up view.
Also in Kerala is Tea Garden Hill of Munnar. The town located in the Southwestern region is completely covered by Tea plantation, with some resting 7000 meters above sea level. There is more than stunning beauty to the lush green tea gardens of Munnar and the surrounding scenery. The area is the world's second largest producer of tea.
For nature enthusiasts, an absolute must on the itinerary is >Yumthang Valley in Sikkim. Often referred to as the "Valley of Flowers", the expansive grazing pasture is surround by breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains and is 3,564 metres above sea level.
Bustling Bangalore is the modern face of India with its dining and shopping scene. In the background, quiet parks and Victorian-era architecture provide a bonus. As Bangalore, is also the silicon valley of India, it is recommended that you book your stay with a hotel in Bangalore well in advance.
Climbers and mountaineers will feel like they're in Heaven at Stok Range, Ladakh. The 11, 845 feet towering mountain is considered by many extreme sport fans to be a practice run for Mount Everest. Apart from providing incredible hiking, it has some of the most desolately striking views you'll ever see, with sharp, uninterrupted ridges jutting out against the piercing blue sky.
Many of India's most unique travel destinations look surreal, as if they were taken directly out of a fantasy novel. One such spot is the Nubra Valley, also in Ladakh. With scarce vegetation and barely any precipitation, the cold desert is the perfect spot for someone seeking unprecedented R&R. Situated in the middle, with mountains on either side, is a clear lake with a reflective surface that mirrors the sky.
Nohkalikai Falls near Cherrapunji is a tall plunge waterfall that spills over green cliffs into the lake below. In the Khasi language, the name of the falls means the "Jump of Ka Likai", a local woman linked to a family tragedy.
Rolling hills of different heights with plains and lakes scattered among them makes up the land of Mizoram. Up to 21 major ranges of peaks are found across the state.
A stunning sunset will never be forgotten when viewed from Matheran. India's smallest hill station provides a panoramic view of the land below.
South India has its own "Niagra Falls" on the river Kaveri. Water cascades over the cliffs surrounded by green, gently rolling hills.
Out in the beautiful Bay of Bengal lie a chain of 325 islands known as the Andaman Islands. The Andaman Sea is to the east off the coast of Burma.
The unique Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake created by a meteor. It is located in Lonar in the Buldana district, Maharashtra, India.
And finally, anyone who is seeking an adventure filled with both natural beauty and rich history, the Key Monasteryis located 13, 668 feet above sea level on a hill close to the Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh. The Tibeten Buddhist Monastery was said to be founded in 1855 by 100 monks. The amazing architecture of Key Gompa, a Tibetian Buddhist Monastery was begun by monks in 1855. It sits by the Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh surrounded by the stark beauty of bare mountains.
These popular travel destinations aren't just breathtaking, but also excellent foundations for what is sure to be an unbeatable India itinerary.