14 Most Instagrammable Destinations In India To Inspire The Travel Blogger In You



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Ever since Instagram came onto the social media scene, it has pretty much been my only source for travel inspiration. Whenever I'm planning a trip, it is the first app I open and once I'm bowled over by the pictures of the destination, only then do I proceed to book. Needless to say, I also look for Instagrammable spots to travel to because the hustle for followers is real and I want my Insta feed looking magnificent.

If you too aspire to be a #travelblogger like me, then I've put together a list of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful destinations in India that will make others envious of your Instagram feed.

If you've been to Ladakh then you know that it is the one place in the country where you cannot get a bad photograph no matter how hard you try. And the crown of this magnificent place is the Pangong Lake. This pristine lake, only one-third of which is India, is the largest brackish lake in Asia and freezes completely during the winter. The blue water against the brown terrain and an even bluer sky makes for great photo-ops.

Best time to visit: May to September

Top experiences: Spend some time gazing at the stars in the crystal clear night sky; see the rare endemic species of squirrels called Marmot enroute to Pangong;

How to get here: The closest airport is he Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which is about 150km from Pangong. From Leh, you can take taxis or state transport buses. The closest bus stop is also 7km from Pangong at the nearest village, Spangmik. There are no train stations in the Ladakh region.

Where to stay: If you're looking for a camping experience right on the lake, Private Tents by GuestHouser is a great option. If you're looking for something slightly more budget-friendly, then Pangong Lake View Cottages have great offers.

There's just something about flowers that makes you want to click a picture. And if you get a national park dedicated to celebrating the beauty of these colourful bundles of joy, it's like you've just opened the door to heaven! The park has over 600 species of flora of which five are globally threatened and aren't found anywhere else in Uttarakhand. Along with Nanda Devi National Park it is also a part of UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Best time to visit: The Valley opens for tourists on the first of June every year, although July is the time when most flowers are in full bloom.

Top experiences: Visit the Hemkund Sahib lake; spend some time in Ghangaria village which is the last human settlement on the way to the Valley; take a dip at Gaurikund.

How to get here: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (158km) is the closest airport and Rishikesh (272km) is the closest railway station. Valley of Flowers is not connected by a motorable road, with the closest accessible place being Govindghat, which is a roughly 17km from the Valley. Buses and taxis ply from all across Uttarakhand to here. From Govindghat, you need to trek to reach the destination.

Where to stay: For a great camping experience, you can book a tent at the Valley Of Flowers Camp in Satti. If you're looking for something slightly more luxurious, accommodations are available in Joshimath. Blue Poppy Resorts is a good option.

Now, Himachal has a lot of picturesque places, but there's just something about Parvati Valley that makes it my absolute favourite. While it is most popular for the quality of weed available here, a visit to Parvati Valley will tell you that its pristine environment, crystal-clear water, lush green hills, and starry night skies offer an unparalleled experience in addition to some really great photo opportunities.

Best time to visit: From March to June

Top experiences: Trek to Kheerganga; spend a day in Tosh Village; some spend some time camping on the banks of Parvati river; go café hopping in Kasol;

How to get here: The closest airport is the Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar (30km). From here you can take a state transport bus or a private taxi to get to Kasol, which is the most popular destination in the Valley.

Where to stay: If you're looking for a true traveller's experience, stay at the Nomads Hostel in Kasol. For something more hotel-like, Hukam's Holiday Homes is a great option.

One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is a traveller's paradise. With its rich history, confluence of cultures, religious influences, delectable food, a laid back vibe, it is one place that has it all. And if you've seen those old-world photos of Ganga Ghats, then you've witnessed a little bit of the city already. But you haven't really experienced it, unless you've walked across the narrow alleys and made some memories of your own.

Best time to visit: From October to February

Top experiences: Attend the evening arti at the Kashi Vishwyanath temple; witness the beauty of Dashashwamedh Ghat; take a step back into time at Ramnagar Fort; unleash the art-lover in you at Bharat Kala Bhavan

How to get here: Varanasi has an international airport, which is well connected to all major cities. If you're planning to come by train, Varanasi is a major railway station and almost all trains in the northern Indian region pass through here. NH-19 is the major road connecting it to other cities and states in North India.

Where to stay: Tree of Life Resort & Spa is a great option for those looking for a luxury stay on a budget or you can opt to stay at a hostel like GoStops Varanasi to get a glimpse into the local culture.

This small town in Sikkim is a hidden treasure. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, it is known as the "gateway to Kangchendzongha" and is actually a base camp for several treks. Besides the stunning landscape, it is home to some of the most hospitable people you can find. This Buddhist town will definitely make others jealous of your Instagram feed.

Best time to visit: From March to June

Top experiences: Take the Dzongri and Goecha La treks; visit Kanchandzongha National Park; see Dubdi monastery

How to get here: The closest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal (120km) and the closest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri (150km). There are no buses to Yuksom. You can however get taxis from the airport or railhead.

Where to stay: Hotel Demazong in Yuksom is a very popular option. If you're looking for something upscale, head to the Pelling village nearby, where there are a number of stay options. Magpie Chestnut Retreat is a great option.

There's a reason why Darjeeling is often considered West Bengal's premiere attraction. With views of the majestic Himalayas on one side and sprawling tea-gardens on the other, the place looks like something right out of a fairytale. And there's just so much to explore! From colonial-era architecture and Buddhist monasteries to roadside markets and toy trains, this hill town is the ideal vacation destination.

Best time to visit: From March to June

Top experiences: Take a toy train ride; visit the beautiful tea gardens; witness the sunrise from Tiger Hill; take a ride into the wild at Singalila National Park; take a tour of the Buddhist monasteries in the area; go rock climbing at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

How to get here: Bagdogra (96km) is the closest airport with New Jalpaiguri (73km) being the closest railway station. There are regular buses from Siliguri, Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, however, these are very slow because of the steep climb to the city. You can also take private taxis from anywhere in West Bengal to reach Darjeeling.

Where to stay: To get a taste of the local culture, opt for staying at a homestay like Vajra Kunj. If you're looking for a luxury stay in a tea garden, then Singtom Tea Estate and Resort is a great find.

An emerald landscape, lush green plantations and smell of coffee in the air – it doesn't get any better than that. The luscious hill station was a state in its own right till 1956 when it merged with Karnataka. This destination is the very definition of beauty with numerous waterfalls, evergreen hills, spice and coffee plantations and just a positive vibe all around.

Best time to visit: From November to February

Top experiences: Visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary; take a trip down history at Madikeri Fort; go for a spice plantation visit; spend a day at Nisargadhama waterfalls; go camping at Kote Betta.

How to get here: The closest airport is Mangalore International Airport (160km). The nearest railway station is in Mysore (95km). Daily buses ply to Coorg from Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore

Where to stay: For a true, local experience, head to Chetty's Homestay and if you're looking for a luxurious family vacation, The Tamara Coorg is a great option.

If you've ever dreamed of going to the south of France, it will be safe to say that Pondicherry will satisfy that wanderlust to some extent. This dreamy town, which was once a French colony, will give you a taste of the European lifestyle with its typical architecture, great food joints, stunning beaches and a relaxed way of life. And those little yellow houses are perfect to get you picture clicked against.

Best time to visit: From November to February

Top experiences: Soak under the sun at Mahe Beach; visit Pondicherry museum for a glimpse into history; witness the peaceful life at Auroville.

How to get here: While Pondicherry has an airport of its own, it is difficult to get direct flights here from other cities. Your best bet is to take a flight to Chennai (135km) and drive down from there. The closest railway station is Villupuram (35km), which is well-connected to major cities. The city falls on NH-45 and is therefore is connected by an extensive road network to South Indian cities. You can drive down or take the taxi or bus. Buses ply regularly to Pondicherry from Chennai, Thanjaur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Madurai

Where to stay: Le Pondy Beach and Lake Resort is a great choice if you're travelling in a large group or with family. For a more eco-friendly option, The Dune Eco Village and Spa is a good choice.

Think white sand beaches, azure water and no disturbances for miles in sight. Brings to mind images of the good life, doesn't it? Well, that's Havelock for you – India's very own beach paradise. This tiny island could very well give all of the other Southeast Asian destinations a run for its money. In fact, its Radhanagar Beach has been voted the most beautiful beach in Asia twice in a row!

Best time to visit: November to February

Top experiences: Experience snorkelling and scuba diving; go for sea-walking and other adventure sports to Elephant beach; Spend a day at the beautiful Radhanagar beach for great photo ops.

How to get here: Port Blair is the closest airport. You can get connecting flights till Port Blair from most North Indian cities and direct flights from most cities in South India. You can also reach Port Blair via a cruise ship that boards from Chennai. From here to Havelock, you can either take a ferry or a helicopter ride.

Where to stay: Havelock Island Beach Resort is a great option for couples. For a more luxurious option, try the Barefoot At Havelock.

If you're a history buff, then Hampi is on your list of must-visit places in India. This tiny village is a UNESCO World Heritage destination and houses some of the finest examples of Chola architecture. The ruinsOne visit and you'll be bowled over by the charm of this historical gem.

Best time to visit: From November to February

Top experiences: Witness the architectural marvel that is the Virupaksha Temple; take a round of the Elephant Stables; make a trip to Daroji Bear Sanctuary;

How to get here: While the closest domestic airport is in Bellary (60km), it is difficult to find direct flights till here. The closest international airport, which is well connected to the rest of the country is Bangalore (350km). Hospet (13km) is the closest railway station. Hampi is easily accessible by road. You can take private taxis or buses from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bellary, Hospet and Hubli.

Where to stay: Clarks Inn and Heritage Resort Hampi offer comfortable stays without burning a hole in your pocket.

Munnar is South India's largest tea-growing region and one visit to the place will have you mesmerised by the rolling hills carpeted by emerald-green plantations. The scenery is just magnificent – clouds enveloping the hills as you watch from above. And when the sun is shining, it feels like you're in your own, personal heaven.

Best time to visit: From November to March

Top experiences: Get up close and personal with the wild at Eravikulam National Park; visit Mattupetti Dam; spend a day at Anamudi Waterfalls; make a pit stop at one of the many tea gardens.

How to get here: The closest airport is Cochin International Airport (110km) and the closest railway station is at Aluva (110km). State-run buses are available from several towns and cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. If you plan to drive down, Munnar is well connected by an excellent network of roads.

Where to stay: Kaivalyam Retreat is a great resort if you're going there with your family. If you are looking for a more personalised experience, Mistletoe Homestay & Cafe is a better option.

The Great Rann of Kutch is a remarkable place. Under water during the monsoon, this vast area spanning over 10,000 square kilometres turns into the world's largest salt desert in the winter months. It houses the magnificent Rann Utsav every year that lasts from November to around February and is a celebration of the Gujarati culture in every way. If you're travelling here, know that going to the salt desert requires a permit because of the area's proximity to Pakistan. It can be obtained at Bhirandiyara village.

Best time to visit: From November to February

Top experiences: Witness the Rann Utsav; visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Little Kutch; walk on the beach in Mandvi; witness the archaeology at Dholavira

How to get here: The closest airport and railway station is in Bhuj (76km). There are daily flights from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Raipur. The railway station is also well connected to most major cities. By road is a good way to get to Kutch especially using the state transport buses, which ply regularly from several cities in Gujarat.

Where to stay: Click Hotel in Bhuj is a great option for those travelling on a budget. If you're looking for a rustic experience, Kutir Craft Village Resort in Dhordo is a great option.

The heart of Royal Rajasthan, Jaipur is a travellers paradise. Even though it has become a little touristy and is rapidly developing as a metro city, it's beauty and magic is eternal. You will find everything from shopping streets to delectable food and everything in between here. Make your Insta feed get a taste of the royal life here and your followers will not be disappointed.

Best time to visit: From November to February

Top experiences: Start with going food tasting on MG road; head to Bapu Bazaar for a local shopping experience; take a trip to Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort if you're a history buff; get a glimpse into the royal life at City Palace.

How to get here: Jaipur International Airport as well as the Jaipur Railway Junction are very well connected to the rest of the country. As for the roadways, NH-48, NH-11, and NH-12 are the major highways connecting Jaipur to the rest of the country. You can get a taxi or a bus from cities in North India.

Where to stay: If you want to get a taste of the Rajasthani life, Umaid Bhawan is a great heritage-style hotel. If you're looking for a more traveller-oriented experience, opt for Joey's Hostel.

Kanha National Park is Madhya Pradesh's largest tiger reserve and provides shelter to leopards, sloth bears, barasinghas, dhole, guar, Indian python, 300 species of birds, and of course, the mighty tiger. The reserve probably has the most photo ops of any place on the list. From majestic birds to ferocious animals, you find everything within the span of a few kilometres.

Best time to visit: The park is open from 15th October to 30th June.

Top experiences: Go on a tiger safari; watch the sunset from Bamni Dadar; explore the wildlife at Kanha Museum; go on a trip to Amarkantak.

How to get here: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur at 266 km is the nearest airport. Jabalpur railway station, 169 km away, is the closest train station. Jabalpur (175 km), Nagpur (266 km) and Raipur (219 km) are the closest cities where you can find private taxis to Kanha.

Where to stay: For an experience close to nature, stay at Kanha Jungle Lodge. For a more budget-friendly accommodation, stay at Wild Chalet Resort.

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