5 Places You Should Definitely Visit In India At least Once

“ If you never go, you will never know”

Prapti Bhattacharyaby:

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If you never go, you will never know

This truly validates the purpose of traveling. According to my point of view, every person should have the impulse to travel because this is one of the most realistic things of life. Remember every journey is a quest, whether you can sense it or not. Personally, I belong to such a family where everyone is so enthusiastic about traveling the world. So to know the world we started from our very own India and if u still haven’t started exploring India yet or didn’t feel interested in knowing our motherland from core just know these facts beforehand about the topographical diversity of India.

It comprises 2.4 percent of the world’s land area and is home to between 7 percent and 8 percent of the world’s recorded species; this includes 46,000 plant species and 91,000 animal species. Conservation of wild flora and fauna has been an integral part of Indian history. In the north, the Great Himalayan Mountain range is the highest and home to planet’s highest mountain peaks such as Kanchenjunga, Nanda Devi and Kamet. India also home to beautiful lakes and great rivers such as the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra, being some of the most important river systems in the world. Vembanad Lake in Kerala is the longest lake in India, stretching 2,033 square kilometers and Chilka Lake, the world’s second-largest lagoon. Sixteen types of forests are found in India – from evergreen tropical rainforests to dry alpine scrub forests to subtropical pine forests and more.

In my first travel article I will talk about 5 places you must pay visit once.

HIMACHAL PRADESH  – With picturesque landscape, rough edged magnificent peaks, lush green valleys, and score for adventure activities Himachal Pradesh became one of the most wanted destinations. Himachal can retain its romantic charm in all the seasons because of the fascinating hill stations like Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Khajjiar, Chamba, Kasauli, Kullu ,Shimla (capital city of Himachal Pradesh), Manali, Kinnaur, Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul, Rohtang Pass.

Himachal is the premium hub for adrenaline junkies who can have a great experience of river-rafting, angling on river Beas. You can explore paragliding at  Solang Valley, skiing on the snowy Rohtang pass. There is ample scope for mountaineering and trekking also.

If you are interested in Buddhist culture like me then know Himachal is the abode of Gods known for age-old monasteries in Lahaul Spiti district like Kardang, Guru Ghantal, Kye, Dhankar, Nako, Tabo, Tilasangh  monastery.

Not only monasteries but also Himachal is a set of gurudwaras like Manikaran, Rewalsar and hill temples to cave temples worshipping local deities from innocent rituals of mountain folk like Nanda Devi, Chamunda Devi, Lakshmi Narayan, Hirimba Devi, Basisth Muni, Jakhu temple etc.

So visit Himachal Pradesh not just for its spots but also pleasant weather will be a savior from the sultry climate of the neighboring state from where you belong.

KERALA — Exotic beaches, serene mountains, peaceful backwaters, beautiful landscape, vibrant culture — Kerala is really God’s own country. It’s a tropical paradise where you can paddle in tranquil backwaters, trek the rocky Western Ghats, chase the mists in the hill stations, rejuvenate with pristine Nature and Ayurvedic treatments, hug the unspoiled beaches and so much more. Kerala isn’t just a destination; it’s a saga of experiences! Kerala is home to a number of spectacular beaches that will take your breath away. As Kerala is a coastal state, some of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala are beaches like Kovalam, Varkala, Chowara, Chavakkad, Nattika, Cherai, Kizhunna, Poovar and the list goes on and on. The Kerala coast is replete with exotic resorts and hotels where travelers can spend their time sunbathing, swimming or simply enjoying the stunning view.

 The scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala like Ashtamudi Lake, Alamkavadu, are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Alappuzha, known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is especially popular for its houseboat cruises where you can soak in nature at its finest form. Side by side Kerala has had a long line of rulers and armies that have shaped the culture and architecture of the State over centuries. Many of the prominent forts and palaces still exist to this day as a reminder of a bygone era like Chandragiri, Bekal fort and Vattakottai of Kanyakumari where u will see the stunning mixture of Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

 The last thing which cannot be avoided is that the luscious Kerala waterfalls which are a sight your eyes will never tire of feasting upon like Arippara, Athirapally,Vazachal, Kanthanpara, Chetalayam waterfalls.

SIKKIM— The enchanting Tsongmo lake of East Sikkim is one of the favourite stopovers for tourists heading to the Nathu La in Sikkim. This lake offers some stunning vistas of the crystal-clear waters against a mesmerizing backdrop. The lake gets entirely frozen in winters, giving it an extra touch of artistic magnificence. Some of the highlights of a visit to Tsomgo Lake is piping hot tea made of special Yak milk and butter and a yak ride to give you a perspective of the surroundings.

One of the highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim is its popular attraction. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear icy water, it is considered a sacred lake in Sikkim. Another attraction of North Sikkim is the rare and exotic Yumthang valley which is a visual delight for the tourists where you can see the Rolling Meadows filled with rhododendrons. With a tributary of the Teesta river flowing beautifully past the valley, Yumthang turns into a heaven on earth during the spring season. And don’t forget to visit Lachung which means the ‘Small Pass’ and this town lies at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung Rivers, both tributaries of the River Teesta. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek which starts from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley.

Besides congested tourist spots like Gangtok (Capital of Sikkim), Pelling; Rinchengpong, Varsey, Borong, Ravangla Utturey, Zuluk is one of the best offbeat destinations to visit. While staying at Zuluk you can cover various places on the Silk Route. Another great attraction of Zuluk lies in watching the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga and its allied peaks from Thambi View Point. For the trekkers, good news is that thrilling trekking routes start from here like Kanchenjunga Base camp trek, Singalila trek , Goechala trek .

Last but not the least if you are in Sikkim try the local dumplings ,thukpa in Ravangla because these are more than delicious.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH The Land of the Rising Sun, Arunachal Pradesh has treasures of Buddhist monasteries, hills, lakes, bamboo bridges and scenic beauty waiting to be explored.  From magnificent mountains to beautiful monasteries, Arunachal Pradesh boasts of several attractions; including unexplored passes and tranquil lakes. The most popular tourist attractions in Arunachal Pradesh includes Tawang (a town with the second largest Buddhist monastery controlling 17 Gompas of the region), Ziro (a picturesque valley, famous for its Ziro music festival and unique handloom and craft items) and pristine Sela Lake near Bomdila. The state has all what a traveler requires for a perfect holiday. Starting from Tawang war memorial dedicated to the war heroes (soldiers of the Indian Army) of China-India war that took place in the year 1962. Also known as Namgyal Chorten, Overlooking the Tawang-Chu valley, this memorial was constructed to remember the sacrifices made by the soldiers of the Indian Army. Visitors can spot the names of soldiers (on granite plates), 2420 in number, who sacrificed their lives during the war at Kameng sector .after this don’t miss Tawang Monastery, The largest monastery of India and the second largest one in Asia, Tawang Gompa is also referred to as Golden Namgyal Lhatse. This sacred site is the nucleus of the Lamaistic faith of the Mahayana school of Buddhism in the north-eastern region ,home for300 monks. And here one can have a look of 1000 years old gold plated manuscripts.

The other places which you can not miss to explore are Dirang district beside beautiful Kameng river, Bomdilla monastery, Madhuri lake, Paradise lake near Sela Pass, Jang Falls near Dirang, Bumla pass, Bhalukpong beside Jiavarli river in Assam. The only thing I will recommend before coming here is that please issue a permit to enter in Arunachal from Assam & for Bumla pass beforehand otherwise it will consume much time.

KUMAON– Kumaon is a breathtaking region extending from the northern ends of Uttarakhand up to Tibet. Blessed with an abundant natural beauty, biodiversity, crystal clear lakes, and snow-clad mountains which attracts thousands of tourists annually. Your list of places to visit in Kumaon must include Nainital, also known as the crowning jewel of Uttarakhand & the sites to visit there are Naini peak, Tiffin top, Nainital lake. After this Ranikhet, the queen of meadows is the most visited spot blessed with a lush forest cover, colourful flowers, pine trees, and spectacular views  where u can visit temples, enjoy golfing,fishing .

After that visit Almora and reach Kausani which is a simple day trip from Almora, although it’s worth staying overnight there because the view of Kumaon’s and Garhwal’s highest peaks are at their best at dusk and dawn. The major Himalayan peaks visible from Kausani are Trishul ( 7128m), Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East (7850m and 7500 m respectively), Nanda Ghunti, Panchachuli peaks, Maiktoli and Kamet.

Except this don’t forget to go to Binsar, Chaukari, Kaushani, Pithoragarh, Patal-Bhubaneswar, Abbot-mount and obviously Munsyari which is the best place to see spectacular Panchchuli peaks.

SO TRAVEL MORE BECAUSE IT IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF AND TRAVEL FAR ENOUGH WHERE YOU MEET YOURSELF.

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