30 Surreal Landscapes Of India You Should Immediately Add To Your Travel Plan

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30 Surreal Landscapes Of India You Should Immediately Add To Your Travel Plan

India is a land of diversity ranging from religions to what not. So, today I thought to focus on the vast landscapes the country has to offer and you haven't visited them yet. The next time you plan to go on a trek or a family holiday, don't go over to your travel agent or some website giving you hundreds of options. 

If you really love to visit landscapes and love the experience of closing into the natural habitat of the planet Earth, then we've got just the right thing for you. Thinking about visiting a spiritual destination this time? Or, you may also like to have a beautiful waterfall near the place you're staying at. Don't worry since we've got that too covered for you. 

The following list of 30 landscapes has it all, but you wouldn't know about them unless you go through each one of them and the beauty we have described of each destination. So, shall we then? 

1. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim – The bowl of flowers


You will find a deep valley here with a huge variety of flowers. The view offers many peaks along with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. The vale is surely a fantastic treat for your eyes.

Best time to visit: Late February to mid-June.


2. Stok Kangri, Ladakh – The paradise for trekkers

Stok Kangri

No matter whether you are a novice or an experienced trekker, lone or a group trekker, this place will make you fall in love with trekking. The towers have a height of 6,000m. In July and August, the tip of the peaks become snow-free.

A warning: Do not underestimate the difficulty level of trekking at Stok Kangri.

Best time to visit: Anytime except for winters.

3. Nubra Valley, Ladakh – The undiscovered realm of nature

Nubra valley

It is a tri-armed valley, lying between Tibet and Kashmir and is known for its monasteries, scenic vistas, orchards and Bactrian camels. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 feet above the sea level.

Best time to visit: March to June and September to October.

4. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji – Cascading water that changes color


For all who aren't aware of the quality and beauty of Nohkalikai Falls; falling from a height of 1,100 ft, it is the fourth highest waterfalls in the world and the highest in India. A waterhole has been carved with the force of water which remains blue in the winter and turns green in the summer months.

Best time to visit: March to May

5. Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand – The towering marvel of nature

Nanda Devi

Being the second highest peak in India and 23rd highest in the world, Nanda Devi is a must visit mountain. The surrounding i.e. the Nanda Devi National Park, which has a unique mix of flora and fauna was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Best time to visit: April to October

6. Drang Drung Glacier, near Kargil – A heaven for travelers who love challenges!

Drang Drung

It is the largest glacier available to the tourists in the in the Ladakh region with a length stretching to 22kms. It has an average elevation of 4780m. It is a long river of ice and snow and a source to Stod River.

Best time to visit: June to October

7. Andaman and Nicobar Islands – The undisturbed honeymooners' getaway

Andaman and Nicobar islands

With an area of approximately 8,249 km2, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the best place for honeymoon in India. Its waters are surrounded by mangrove forests and primeval jungles. The place also offers you with world-class diving.

Best time to visit: October to May

8. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh – India's version of Switzerland


The Mini Switzerland of India and the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh is located about 26kms from Dalhousie. The green meadows vastly expanded, and it is about 6,500 ft above the sea level. It is a popular tourist destination.

Best time to visit: Spring and the Autumn season, ignoring winters, summers, and monsoon.

9. Chandertal Lake, Himachal Pradesh – The crescent-shaped fantasy for trekkers


Situated at an altitude of 4,300 m, it is also known as the Moon Lake because of its crescent-shaped basin and is surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains. The lake is accessible on foot and is a popular destination among trekkers as well as the campers.

Best time to visit: June to September

10. Dal Lake – The epitome of perfection and serenity

Dal lake

Dal Lake is named as the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir". It has a shoreline of about 15.5kms. The lake gets frozen during severe winter, the temperature reaching about to 11 °C.

Best time to visit: Between July and August

11. Valley of Flowers, Uttaranchal – The sea of flora and refreshing aromas

Valley of Flowers

Wow! This picture will surely leave you agape.

The Valley of Flowers is located in the foothills of Himalayas, in the Garhwal state of Uttaranchal. This place has been spiritually associated with Lord Hanuman and is no less than a fairyland.

Not only this, the valley is also richly diverse and provides a home to various animals, including the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, musk deer, red fox, blue sheep, brown bear.

Best time to visit: July to October

12. Pangong Tso's- Leh Ladakh – The mesmerizing vistas of blues and browns

12. Pangong Tso’s- Leh Ladakh – The mesmerizing vistas of blues and browns

Situated at the height of about 4,350m and length of 134km, it extends from India to China. Despite containing saline water, the lake freezes completely in the winters. The most notable feature of Pangong Tso is the ever changing colors of the lake.

Best time to visit: May to September

13. Khatling Glacier – The snowy delight for trekkers & photographers

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Traveling along the Bhilangana river valley, it provides a stunning view of snow capped peaks, not only to the nature lovers but also to the photographers.

Best time to visit: Mid-May to mid-October

14. Ghats in Varanasi – The realm of spirituality and divinity

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These Ghats are riverfront steps on the side of the river Ganges. There are a total of 87 Ghats in the city which involve bathing and Puja ceremonies, while a few are exclusively used as cremation sites.

Best time to visit: Any time throughout the year.

15. Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer – The colours of royalty

Sand Dunes

Although the dunes look vast and monotonous in the picture but visiting this place at least once is worth, where you will be able to discover colorful villages in of Rajasthan. Camel Safari is the best experience you can ever have while visiting this place because you will be able to travel through the troughs and crests of the naturally formed Sand Dunes.

Best time to visit: October to February

16. Lake Pichola, Udaipur – The lake city of India

Lake Pichola

The largest lake of the City of Lakes is Lake Pichola which is surrounded by Palaces, temples, ghats and also the hills. A boat ride will give you a view of Lake Palace and a few of the hotels located in between the waters. Visiting the location after the sunset will give you a scenic view of the reflection of beautiful lights with which the Palaces have been covered by.

Best time to visit: All months of the year, especially the monsoon.

17. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim – Beatific waters of North-East

Gurudongmar lake

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world with a height of 17100 ft. This lake is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. It is surrounded by snow mountains and icy water.

Best time to visit: November to June

18. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa – The ivory cascades

Dudhsagar falls

The waterfall gives you an illusion as if milk is falling down. It is a four-tiered waterfall with a height of 310m. The area is surrounded by thick forests and rich biodiversity. Crossing the place while sitting in the train is a different experience altogether. A popular destination among tekkers and hikers.

Best time to visit: Mid-November to Mid-February

19. Agatti Island, Lakshadweep – The Beautiful underwater atolls

Agatti island

Spreading through an extension of 7.6kms long, it includes turquoise blue lagoons, sparkling coral reefs, lush green coconut palms and silvery beaches. It is one of the most spectacular islands in India that has not been touched by tourist rush.

Best time to visit: Jan to March and October to December

20. Munnar, Kerala – The hill town of God's own country


It is a town and a hill station located in the southern west state of Kerela, covering an area of 557 square kilometres. The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers". The tea plantations and winding lanes make it a famous tourist destination. 

Best time to visit: October to November

21. Manali – The adventurous retreat in Himalayas


Manali is not only known for its beauty of hill stations but also about its culture and a strong history. This place is referred to as "Valley of the Gods". If you love paragliding and other adventure sports, then do visit this place.

Best time to visit: May to October

22. Matheran Hill, Raigad – Plethora of green, serene beauty

Matheran hill

If you are a nature-lover, then this is your type of place, where you will be able to enjoy every breath you take. This is one of the places where vehicles are not allowed and has been declared an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.

Best time to visit: Summer season for sightseeing

23. Zanskar Valley, Ladakh – A mystic dale

Zanskar valley

Zanskar is a beautiful tourist destination that is wrapped with snow capped peaks and lies between two alpine lakes. The average altitude of the Zanskar Range is about 6,000 m. the place has been blessed with immense natural beauty.

Best time to visit: April to June

24. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh – The calm monasteries


This mountainous region is thinly populated. Tawang is the seat of one of the largest and oldest Buddhist monastery in India. It also has the premier Buddhist school in Tibet i.e. Geluga.

Best time to visit: March to October

25. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand – Miscellany of verdant slopes


Munsiyari means a place with snow. This place has a group of five peaks and is the main attraction of Munsiyari. The place is rich in its flora and fauna.

Best time to visit: March to June and September to October.

26. Chilika Lake, Odisha – The unexplored, hidden gem of the East

Chilika Lake

Covering an area of 1,100 km2, it is the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world. The lake is also a home to a numerous threatened species. It also has significant fishery resources. It offers you a spectacular mixture of colorful charms because it displays around 160 species.

Best time to visit: November to February

27. Agumbe, Karnataka – A dashing source of fresh air & vistas


Agumbe, a small village, located 249m above the sea level. It is known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity, where you will find those rare species of flora and fauna which are not easily available in various parts of the world.

Best time to visit: October to February

28. Rann of Kutch – Salt Desert of the West

Rann of kutch

Covering about 7,505.22 square kilometers and is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. Although, it is fully covered with sand, but the beauty can not be under-rated. Once you reach the location, you will be full of energy to explore the place more. Also, the camel rides prevent traveling the desert within the least of time, unlike the other deserts which are hard to travel.

Best time to visit: November to February

29. Loktak Lake, Manipur – A source of power generation

29. Loktak Lake, Manipur – A source of power generation

It is the largest freshwater lake in northeastern India. Loktak Lake is called the only floating lake in the world. The lake serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation drinking water supply and wildlife.

Best time to visit: November to May

30. Caves, Meghalaya – Pothole of the East

Caves of Meghalaya

The Caves of Meghalaya are amongst the longest caves in the world.

Caves enhance the natural beauty of Meghalaya, located in most of the districts of Meghalaya. While exploring the caves, your journey will pass through the dark and murky interiors. Caves provide a sense of exhilaration to your journey.

Best time to visit: Anytime of the year except for monsoon season(June to September)

Which place are you going to visit next?