With the diverse landscapes extending from North to South and East to West, India is blended with multicultural experiences. Known for its rich heritage and plentitude of attractions, it makes up for an amazing travel destination that attracts tourists from all across the world.
Guest Blogger: Sunanda Ghosh, Banbanjara Travels
Table of Content: "10 Amazing Destinations in India"
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Make India Your Next Destination to Travel
India stands apart from the rest of Asia, as the 7th largest country in the world, significantly marked off by its mountains and the sea giving it a distinct geographical entity. Home to the architectural wonders, the serene ghats along the flowing rivers, to the splendid landscapes and golden beaches and not to forget the lush green cover in some places. Get to discover the natural wonders as well as the rich culture and also be a part of the festivities and events celebrated around the year in our motherland, India so aptly described by the Ministry of Tourism as “Incredible India”.
Our country is filled with delights and beauties, from the verdant landscapes and varied languages to its rich culture and mouth-watering delicacies. To find out more about them, we have listed down the 10 most amazing destinations to visit in India:
Dal Lake, Jammu, and Kashmir
Kashmir, popularly known as ‘The Paradise On Earth’ or ‘ Heaven On Earth’ owing to its natural wonders and its beauty which is incomparable. One of the most serene destinations to visit once in a lifetime.
A lake in Srinagar, which got its name as ‘Dal’ which in Kashmiri means lake, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. A central point of tourism in Srinagar, Kashmir and is good for recreational activities, local vegetable markets, a floating market which usually can be seen early in the morning and is, therefore, named as “Srinagar’s Jewel”.The lake is also an important source of earning livelihood for commercial activities such as fishing and water plant harvesting. One can enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the lake from the houseboats, go on a shikara ride even by traveling around the road by the lake. A shikara ride can really boost up the mood and there’s a feeling of peace and happiness instantly.
How to reach:
By Air: 22 km away from Srinagar International Airport
By Train: Jammu railway station and then travel by road for 8 hours. Also 14 km away from Srinagar Railway station
By Road: 5 km from Lal Chowk Srinagar; also accessible by road, through the largest tunnel, Jawahar Banihal Pass tunnel that connects Jammu to Kashmir
Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand
A bouquet of nature bestowed with the beauty of exotic flora, nestled in Western Uttarakhand is a peaceful destination flowing by the Pushpawati river, covered by the dense forests. It can be reached by crossing the glaciers, the pristine waterfalls, and many bridges on the way.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is an Indian National Park is attracted to travelers worldwide. The Valley of Flowers exhibits the alpine flowers, the fresh meadows, and the rich diversity of flora and fauna. The mystical beauty of this valley is favorite amongst adventure lovers, nature lovers, and botany specialists. The valley is surrounded by beautiful colors as it blooms innumerable flowers. A good spot for trekking it also finds its place among the bucket list of the trekkers and is a center of attraction for the photographers too.
How to reach:
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport, which is 284 Km away from Joshimath and then you have to go by road and finally trek for 13 km to reach the base camp
By Train: Rishikesh railway station is the closest railway station
By Road: Bus or taxi ride from Rishikesh, Chamoli, and Rudraprayag
Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, West Bengal
One of the favorite places for nature lovers and photographers especially for wildlife photography and the existence of a variety of mangrove species. It lies on the Ganga- Brahmaputra Delta at a point where it merges with the Bay of Bengal. Sundarbans is among the wonderful places nature lovers can visit. Even if you are not lucky enough to sight the Royal Bengal Tiger, a boat ride amidst the mangroves will enchant you. Estuarine crocodiles and various birds are easy to spot.
Sundarban was coined either from the forests of Sundari tree or the largest Mangrove tree with its branches spread across the water bodies far and wide hence the name Sundari-ban, or Sundarban. The most common tree found in this place.
How to reach:
By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata and almost 2 hrs ride away to a small town Canning where one can go to Godkhali Port to enjoy a Jetty ride to reach the Sundarbans. Launch services are available at Sonakhali, Namkhana, or Raidighi.
By Train: A suburban train ride up the route from Howrah or Sealdah to Canning town.
Varanasi Ghats, Uttar Pradesh
There are almost 100 ghats and 80 ghats are very famous, also known as Assi Ghat. Of all these ghats, the most famous and oldest ghats are the Dashashwamedha, Manikarnika, and Harishchandra Ghat.
One can find spiritual bliss in one of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi, the ghats overlooking the holy River Ganga, and attracts a number of pilgrims or devotees every year. The most famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kashi Vishwanath Temple also exists here. Funeral rites were conducted at the Ghats. The age-old traditions and beliefs, the evening aartis, and prayers light up the ghats, the sunset scenes perfect for photography and the sweet essence of the incense and camphor spreads the bliss and adds charm and beauty to the atmosphere to make it wonderful.
One of the famous visitor attractions is the morning boat ride on River Ganges, leaving imprints upon the memories of the visitors.
How to reach:
By Air: Varanasi airport, the nearest airport, well connected to major cities By Train: Varanasi railway station is the nearest By Road: A luxury bus or private car ride from Lucknow
Sunanda Ghosh is an MBA HR Graduate as well as pursuing Bachelor in English Honours. She is presently involved in content writing work with Banbanjara Travels LLP and taking short-term courses on human resources. She is fond of reading books and magazines and writing articles, interacting with people, and is still learning every day. Sunanda is also interested in getting to know about new things, traveling, enjoying the scenic views, and cooking.