India is a vibrant and diverse country with so much on offer that you'll have to visit every single state to gain an understanding of the beauty that it entails. If you're planning to explore the best of India, here's the ultimate guide to the most enchanting views in every state and the three biggest union territories that you must visit!
1. Jammu & Kashmir: Dal Lake, Kashmir
Almost every other destination in Kashmir seems like paradise, however, the view of snow-clad mountains as you take a boat ride in the serene Dal Lake is unmatchable.
2. Himachal Pradesh: Kalpa, Kinnaur
One of the most gorgeous places in Himachal, Kalpa is a small town in Kinnaur that is flanked by the Kinner-Kailash range at its front. The mountains are snow-capped throughout the year, and by November the entire town is covered in white and is a sight to behold.
3. Punjab: Golden Temple, Amritsar
The most important pilgrimage site in the world among Sikhs, the Golden Temple is also considered as the most peaceful one all across India. While every night at the temple looks no short of gorgeous, you must visit it during Gurupurab. The temple is beautified with diyas, lights and firecrackers that make the sight a picturesque one.
4. Uttarakhand: Tungnath Trek, Rudraprayag
Home to the highest Shiva Temple in the world, the Tungnath Trek will give you views from a whopping height of 14,00ft. From the trail, enjoy views of peaks like Chaukhamba, Chandrashila and Nanda Devi up-close.
5. Haryana: Morni Hills, Panchkula
While many of us would doubt that there's any spot in Haryana that is not dry and arid, here's Morni Hills proving all of us wrong. Morni hills is actually located at the foothills of Himalayas. Look how stunning it is! Shocking, right?
6. Delhi: Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
Experience Delhi's old world charm at Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in all of India. The masjid stands tall against the backdrop of Old Delhi, and it is a must visit during sunrise and sunset.
7. Rajasthan: Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Head to Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, the ideal place to watch the sun set over the gorgeous Pink City.
8. Uttar Pradesh: Taj Mahal, Agra
The Taj Mahal, a wonder of the world had to be on this list! However, for a better view of the marvel, take a boat ride over Yamuna. You can also visit the monument on full-moon nights for an absolutely breathtaking view.
9. Bihar: Mandar Hill, Banka
Mandar Parvat is a small, 7ooft, high hill that offers majestic views. The hill also holds significance in Indian mythology as the location is mentioned in Spandana Purana and is also home to a unique sculpture of Lord Vishnu.
10. Gujarat: The Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch
A one-of-a-kind salt marsh located in Gujarat, the Rann of Kutch is one place that must be on your bucket list. The white ground looks resplendent against the blue sky and the two almost seem to meet at the horizon.
11. Maharashtra: Sunrise Point, Mahabaleshwar
Located near Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a plateau surrounded by hills. The sunrise point within the area is considered best for a panoramic view of Mahabaleshwar's stunning landscape. This place is ideal if you're a hiking enthusiast, take a walk to the top of the hill and enjoy the view.
12. Andhra Pradesh: Gandikonda, Kadapa District
Gandikonda is also known as the Grand Canyon of India and for good reason. The gorge is formed between Erramala ranges, and the crystal-clear Pennar river meanders right through the middle.
13. Madhya Pradesh: Bahuti Waterfall, Rewa District
The Bahuti Waterfall is the highest in Madhya Pradesh and can be reached after a moderately-difficult trek of about an hour. The plunging falls create a clear blue pool of water and are surrounded by rocky features. Watching this view from the top will make you feel like you've stumbled upon an alternate world.
14. Jharkhand: Patratu Valley, Ranchi
This is one of the most instagrammable roads in India. If you're someone who enjoys journeys more than the destination, then this is the place to head to. Drive on these picturesque loops and reach the top to absorb this glorious view.
15. West Bengal: Sandakphu, Darjeeling
This is the highest peak of West Bengal and is the highest point in the Singalila Ridge that lies on Indo-Nepal border. This is a 6-day trek that will take you 12,000ft. high and give you gorgeous views of peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, and even Mt. Everest!
16. Sikkim: Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim
Gurudongmar Lake is the second highest lake in India that lies at a height of 17,800ft. While the lake looks a gorgeous sapphire blue through most of the year, you will find it completely frozen during winter.
17. Meghalaya: Umngot River, Dawki
Probably the clearest river in the country, a boat ride over Umngot River is one of the most stunning experiences in Meghalaya. You can see till the surface of the river, making it a view that you can't get enough of.
18. Assam: Majuli River Island, Brahmaputra
This is India's first river island district and it is located in Brahamaputra. Taking you to a paradise enveloped in the warmth of nature, Majuli River is a quiet town that you will love. Don't forget to take a boat ride in the river and watch a colourful sunset.
19. Mizoram: Durtlang Hills, Aizawl
Durtlang Hills are the highest point in Aizawl city. These rocky features are extremely narrow, providing the ultimate thrilling hiking experience. You can head to the hills even during sunrise or sunset for an enthralling view.
20. Manipur: Loktak Lake, Moirang
The only floating lake in the country, Loktak Lake is famous for the phumdis that float over it. This characteristic feature of the lake makes it one of the most unique places that you must visit in India.
21. Tripura: Neermahal, Aizawl
Renowned as the largest lake palace in the country, Neermahal is situated on the banks of the pristine Rudrasagar Lake. This is the only palace of its kind in all of north-east India and is a must visit if you're in Tripura.
22. Nagaland: Dzukou Valley
Located on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, Dzukou Valley is a fairly unexplored, mesmerising valley that represents the endless beauty of the north east. Visit the valley for stunning sunset views, verdant hills and unique plant species.
23. Arunachal Pradesh: Sela Pass, Tawang
This high-altitude mountain pass is one of the very few in India that remains open even during winter, in spite of receiving heavy snow fall. The pass also features a lake that looks enchanting against mighty mountains.
24. Chattisgarh: Tamra Ghoomar Falls, Jagdalpur
Situated in a secluded place near Jagdalpur, Tamra Ghoomar Falls can be reached after a short hike. The falls are surrounded by lush green forests, deep gorges and stunning hills.
25. Odisha: Mukteshwar Temple, Old Town Bhuvaneshwar
This is a 10th century Shiva Temple that is considered a gem of Odisha architecture. This is the earliest known work from the Somavamshi period and thus, a delight to visit. Head to Mukteshwar Temple for an authentic experience of Odisha.
26. Telangana: Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad
As the name suggests, Golkonda Fort is a round-shaped citadel fort that was earlier the capital of a medieval sultanate. Climb to the top of the fort and enjoy the city's view from a vantage point.
27. Karnataka, Skandagiri Hills, Bangalore
This is an excellent hiking trail that is located near Bangalore. Ideal to catch the sunrise, Skandagiri Hills will give you the best view of the sun blazing through a blanket of clouds. This is the ideal way to spend your weekend.
28. Tamil Nadu: Pamban Bridge
29. Goa: Galgibaga Beach
This is an off-beat, southernmost beach of Goa that is famous as one of the six nesting sites of the Olive Ridely Sea Turtles.
30. Kerala: Aleppey
This is a backwaters district that is situated on the Laccadive Sea. Allepey is the ideal place to traverse across the backwaters. The enchanting surroundings comprising of lagoons, canals and palm trees make for an Instagram-worthy sight.
31. Lakshadweep: Agatti Island
One of the most scintillating landing-strips in India, approaching Agatti is a very interesting experience. Landing on a tiny strip in the middle of Indian Ocean, makes it an exciting beginning to a vacation in Lakshadweep.
32. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Neil Island
The islands located in Arabian Sea are famed for pristine beaches and paradise-like views. While most tourist spots are stunning, Neil Island is one place that you must head to. The interesting formations that the surrounding hills make on the beach add a dramatic character to the island, making it a gorgeous sight to behold.
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