India pulsates with the most colorful, diversified, engaging and spiritual life. One cannot just simply describe this magnificent country in one small paragraph. India, it is often said, is not a country, but a continent. Stretching from the snow dusted peaks of the northern mountains to the sultry sun-washed beaches of the southern coast, the country has abundance of spectacular natural beauties.The moment I think I have discovered the most breath-taking place to be seen in India, I stumble upon yet another wonder. They say- a picture says a thousand words. So, here is merely one picture each from each state. And mind you, there are many divisions in each state and more than one awesome places to visit in each division…so just do the math. Here we go:
- Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is an illustration of the diverse styles of temple building in the Indian subcontinent. The Chalukyan, Dravidian, Nagara and the Orissa idiom are seen in the construction of temples in this southern state. Tirupati is the best known of the temples of Andhra Pradesh, attracting millions of pilgrims throughout the year.
- Arunachal Pradesh
The literal meaning of Arunachal Pradesh is “land of the dawn-lit mountains”. Located in the easternmost part of the Indian Territory, this wonderful holiday getaway is home to verdurous valleys, and unprecedented aestheticism. Gushing waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and picturesque mountain tops enhance the astounding scenic beauty of this treasure trove of unmatched allure.
One of the rarest mammal in the world, one horn Rhino is surviving in the north-east corner of India, Assam. Kaziranga, Pobitora and Orang national parks of Assam account almost 95% of the total wild One horned rhino in the world. This Great One Horned Rhinoceros is pride of Assam.
This 25m-high statue towers above a pleasant garden at the end of Temple St. The impressive monument was unveiled by the Dalai Lama in 1989 and is surrounded by 10 smaller sculptures of Buddha’s disciples. The statue is partially hollow and is said to contain some 20,000 bronze Buddhas.
Chitrakote waterfalls, also called as the mini Niagara Fall of India, bear the proud distinction of being the broadest waterfall in India. The majestic beauty is located 38 km from Jagdalpur in Bastar on the river Indrāvati. The water of the river flows through the dense vegetation and cascades from a height of about 95 feet. A horse-shoe shaped waterfall, best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October. This paints a very beautiful sight.
Goa is India’s smallest state by a considerable margin, but its pocket-sized charms exert a powerful allure. You feel the difference immediately on arrival – the familiar subcontinental bustle and jostling give way to a measured languor and broad smiles, and the skies clear to a distant horizon.
With its notable mud architecture, a medley of craft traditions and exquisite apparel, this eminently colorful and culturally rich land has a wonderful handcrafted feel. Each community has its own oral traditions, dance, craft and dress. Stretching along the Tropic of Cancer, from Rajasthan to the edge of Pakistan and the Arabian Sea, Kutch covers a little over 45000 sq km and is geographically one of India’s largest and most distinctive districts.
The monuments of Haryana would remind one about the state’s rich opulent culture and tradition. Haryana monuments include the forts, palaces and tombs of the ruling dynasties that have now altered into different government offices of the state.
- Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is a state in north-western India, and offers much for those looking to experience the Himalayas. While it does not claim the highest peaks in the range, there is plenty to do aside from mountaineering. Its name literally means “Abode of Snow”.
- Jammu and Kashmir
People have written zillions of words to best describe the beauty of Jammu & Kashmir; however the truth is that the power of words can never comprehend the mysticism that this state possesses. This northernmost state of India has been endowed with nature’s best and that is why it has been an object of interest for many travel enthusiasts.
Jharkhand, famously known as ‘The Land of Forests’ is an ultimate destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Blessed with unparalleled beauties like hills, mountains, forests, and waterfalls, this naturally rich state makes for a perfect holiday destination, especially for people who looks for a rendezvous with nature. The abundant natural beauty of Jharkhand along with its several attractions such as holy shrines, museums, and wildlife sanctuaries, together contribute towards Jharkhand tourism.
Trekking is considered one of the best ways to exploits the scenic beauty of any place. And, if trekking is a sport you like, then Karnataka can be easily considered as one of the best destinations for the same. The demographic location is such that it offers several picturesque mountains that are quite famous and popular among trekkers, not just for the adventure but also the scenic beauty and the serenity that it offers.
A sliver of a coastal state in India’s deep south, Kerala is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Just setting foot on this swathe of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out amble.
- Madhya Pradesh
If you know what it is to be in Paradise then you would never say no to Hampi. Prestigious temples and antiquated monuments are the true essence of this place. Hampi is popularly known for being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is situated near the Tungabhadra river in the Bellary district of Karnataka. The captivating landscapes here will not only leave you spellbound but also trigger your adrenaline rush. It is a hub for rock climbers
Hill station in the Raigad district, Matheran is the smallest hill station in India. Things to look out for: the Panorama Point that provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding. From this point, the view of sunset and sunrise is dramatic. The other points are the One Tree Hill Point, Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Rambagh Point, etc. Matheran is an automobile-free hill station.
Located in Manipur, Keibul Lamjao is probably the world’s only ‘floating’ sanctuary that comprises 40 sq. km. of wetland overgrown with 1.5 m. deep floating vegetation (called phumdi). The park has several distinguishing features. Apart from the vegetation and terrain, an important highlight of the park is the Loktak lake (6, 475 ha.), the largest freshwater lake in India; a large portion of which falls within the park. The fauna in the park is also rare and unique. The area is home to the endangered brow-antlered deer or sangai.
A normal wooden bridge would quickly rot in Meghalaya’s subtropical climate — but these bridges consist of ancient tree roots and vines, and they’re very much strong and alive. Tree roots of Meghalaya are one of the biggest mysteries of the world.
The untouched northeast first-hand travel accounts of the state Mizoram are rare. A world of contradictions, it is unpretentious, remote, and yet— in Aizawl at least— modern and ‘accessible’.
By whatever name people have called this realm, hidden among the mountains of India’s northeast, Nagaland has always evoked a sense of mysticism and awe, intensified by the remoteness of its geographical location. It is famous for its hornbill festival.
Mukteshvara Temple is a 10th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. The temple dates back to 950–975 CE and is a monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples in Odisha.
Sri Harmandir Sahib, also Sri Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is a must visit place if you seek solace.
Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.
Hailed as one of the world’s last utopias by legendary Buddhist guru Padmasambhava, Sikkim is arguably among the loveliest destinations in India. And what variety in such a small state: plunging rhododendron-clad mountain valleys in the north, West Sikkim’s atmospheric Buddhist monasteries, monumental religious statues in South Sikkim, and friendly and cheerful urban centres in the east.
- Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is a state in the south-eastern part of the Indian Peninsula. One of the four Dravidian states of India, it has had more than 4,000 years of continuous cultural history. Tamil Nadu has some of the most remarkable temple architecture in the country, and a living tradition of music, dance, folk arts and fine arts. Tamil Nadu is well renowned for its temple towns and heritage sites, hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, local cuisine and the fabulous wildlife and scenic beauty. The state boasts the largest tourism industry in India.
A heaven on earth is what the scenic Kuntala waterfalls in Adilabad district is considered to be, but the growing incidence of drowning cases of late has impacted this beautiful location. Since 2,000, nearly 50 picnickers have drowned or fallen to death in this wonder of nature located deep inside the pristine forest in Neredigonda mandal.
Tripura is one of the Northeastern seven sister states in India. In fact, it is the 3rd smallest state of India and covers an area of 10,486 square km.
- Uttar Pradesh
Poet Rabindranath Tagore described Taj Mahal as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’, Rudyard Kipling as ‘the embodiment of all things pure’, while its creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, said it made ‘the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes’. Every year, tourists numbering more than twice the population of Agra pass through its gates to catch a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of what is widely considered the most beautiful building in the world. Few leave disappointed.
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
- West Bengal
Visit & explore Bengal, the most Culturally and Ethnically diverse, the first Capital in the State of India, the land of the erstwhile Zamindars & Nawabs! The region with the most listed and recorded Heritage buildings but still creating space for Modern architecture wonders. Where Rustic village life co-exists besides Modern metropolis high rises and Bullock carts running parallel to Audis, BMWs, Mercedes.