Wednesday, September 9

12 Places That Prove Why No Other Country Is As Beautiful As India

wikimedia.org12 Places That Prove Why No Other Country Is As Beautiful As India

1. Yumthang Valley

HolidayIQ Traveller Amitra Kar from Chennai shares, “If you are on a trip to Sikkim, this is the a visit. The vast expanse of this hilly terrain among ice-capped mountains not only mesmerises your visual senses but also provides you an experience which is truly out of the world. We were here during the first week of May when the very beautiful Geranium starts blooming and cover the entire spectrum in the hues of purple. Do watch out for the Yaks grazing around lazily. A stream of wonderful winding River flows gently which adds to the beauty. Get a deep breath and a 360 degree view to feel the nature which leaves you speechless with its pristine beauty and scenic grandeur.”

2. Munnar

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HolidayIQ Traveller Purna from Bangalore shares, “Greenery greenery everywhere. Beautiful tea plantations, lakes, hills, activities, Munnar has it all. It is a perfect destination for couples, family and individuals be it for honeymoon or relaxing or adventure or just nature watch. The mesmerizing views of the hills are just like wallpaper pics providing the perfect snap. Good food and courteous behaviour of the locals adds to the joy 
3. Radhanagar Beach

HolidayIQ Traveller Vinita Vanjani fro, Hyderabad shares, “Lush green on one side, sun going off to bed made of rocky mountains, blue jelly fish, the restful quietude, a small Shiva temple in the midst of wood, the place makes its way to the top of anyone's choice. Place to enjoy with family, just couples enjoying the bliss of the moment, kids frolicking with the teasing sea waves, my husband trying to save the blue jellyfish, me trying to capture in shutter the tiny crabs running to their hidings, a poet savoring his poetry, or a sketcher trying his talent. Wow! Unforgettable moments. People who like to stay back in the dark can catch sights of glowing plankton, and mesmerized by their nature and beauty. Best time to visit is sunset.”

4. Jog Falls

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HolidayIQ Traveller Prasanna Kumar from Mysore shares, “Jog falls is one of the must visit places in Karnataka especially in winter season. Jog Falls situated around 100 km from Shimoga is a very beautiful place to hangout with friends and also family. Transportation facilities are good from Shimoga bus stand as you will find a lot of govt. And private buses to Jog Falls. Though visitors are banned to go down the steps still its worth a visit to this Falls because of its immense beauty. In rainy season you may not get a clear view of the Falls due to heavy fog but still one can enjoy the beauty of it and the atmosphere itself makes you enjoy the trip.”

5. Matheran

HolidayIQ Traveller Yusuf Gandhi from Ahmedabad shares, “It would be fair to say that Matheran is the king of hill stations. It's vehicle free roads make it a pollution free hill. Everywhere you'll find is a horse ride and a hand cart. I must say the best season to visit Matheran is when it showers i.e in the month of June, after 18th of June. Amazing to touch clouds, when you open your cottage windows all you will see is clouds crossing you cottage. You will feel that you are in heaven. One must visit at least once to Matheran.”

6. Gulmarg

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HolidayIQ Traveller Omkar Garg from Gurgaon shares, “It is a true paradise on earth, one can find snow here in main summer season. Maggie and tea here are must have and one must pay the visit Gulmarg gondola, although it is a bit costly but believe me it is worth every penny total paisa vasool, skiing and sliding are some of the mist enjoyed sports played here.”

7. Almora

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HolidayIQ Traveller Sabyasachi Rayc from Delhi shares, “Some say that Almora has somehow lost the story as far tourists go. But has it really? Not to me at least. It has definitely lost it to the typical honeymooners and weekend hill-invaders, who intend to consider Almora more as a pass-over or en-route crossover. Its more than 500 years old. It had its history, its legends, its paved roads, heavily carved wooden houses some of which still exists! f you had wanted to really see what an Alpine village looks like without getting your passport stamped. Well Almora is the place for you. Check out the unhindered view of the old town gently sloping down the sides of the hills with snow capped peaks in the back-ground. Enjoy a lazy sun-down at Bright-end corner. Take a stroll down the old Sadar Bazar. Take a peep-in of the Museums. There will be something that will be your personal favourite in this town, after all everyone ranging from Swami Vivekananda to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore could not have been so wrong about this place! All of them came here repeatedly and stayed on for long periods of time.”

8. Sandakphu

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HolidayIQ Traveller Neha Thakur from Bangalore shares, “It is the highest peak of West Bengal. It had a wonderful scenic beauty. There is a small village on the top of the peak and the people there, are very friendly and cooperative.”

9. Key Monastery

HolidayIQ Traveller Shefali Rattan from New Delhi shares, “Situated at a distance of 30 minutes from kaza, this place is 1 km above kee village. It houses some 400 monks of all ages, it has a guesthouse for tourists in front of its main gate and the monastery itself offers room for overnight stay. The structure which is the main attraction of this monastery is breathtaking, it reminds you of buildings in Leh Ladakh region. The monks are helpful and take good care of their guests. I stayed there overnight and ate with them in their kitchen and the view is absolutely amazing from here must must visit if in that area.”

10. Nubra Valley

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HolidayIQ Traveller Pradyumna Bn from Bangalore shares, “The greenery in Nubra valley makes it special when compared to other places in Ladakh. Most of the places in Ladakh are dry or snow covered land(yet beautiful). Nubra valley gives you amazing experience that can't be expressed in words.” HolidayIQ traveller VRV from Mumbai  adds, “A very unique place with towering mountains, water streams and rivers, sand dunes and double hump camels - all unimaginable together but it does exist in Nubra. Also you climb the world's highest motorable pass at Khardung La, with beautiful snow covered mountains/glaciers.”

11. Rann Of Kutch

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HolidayIQ Traveller Harsiddh Dave from Gandhidham shares, “The great Rann of Kutch is one of the most beautiful Sightseeing place in Gujarat. It is completely covered by white salt which makes it most unique place to visit.”

12. Pangong Lake

HolidayIQ Traveller Suresh L r from Bangalore shares, “Situated at 14, 000 ft (approx. ) high, this lake is really amazing. One will not get tired of watching this lake where the water keeps changing its color based on the sun rays / clouds. However, again a word of caution here is please ensure you are properly clothed as there will be very high velocity of winds blowing across with possibility of sudden snow falls as well. The view and the experience is unforgettable and worth all the effort one takes to reach this lake.”

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