25 Gorgeous Places To Visit In India In 2017

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This is that time of the year when you’ll see a lot of lists telling you the best places to travel to in 2017. And to help you narrow down your choices, we asked the most well-traveled people on the Tripoto community about their favourite places in India that they believe should be on travellers' bucket lists in 2017.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Whatever you might have heard about Hampi till yet, just know that it is a better experience if you go there on your own. Hampi is a walk back to India in a different era. An era of laid-back afternoon siestas. An era of marvellous ruins and temple architecture. An era of strong caressing winds and occasional rain showers. An era of meeting musicians in their humble-thatched huts. An era of lying in psychedelic abodes, chatting with a few of the hippies who have managed to stay there for months on end." – Pramati Anand

Read : This is what happens when a girl and a guy embark on a backpacking trip to HAMPI! by Pramati Anand

Photo of Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Gunjan Upreti

"They say when you travel, a place chooses you and holds you there, creating a feeling that you are home. And you would come back to it whenever you could, wherever you are..and enough would never be enough. That is what Pondicherry is to me." – Davapriya

Read : Peaceful Pondicherry by Davapriya

Photo of Orchha State, Madhya Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Orchha is a charming village in Northern Madhya Pradesh besotted with some stunning pieces of architecture and it translates into 'hidden city'. Tucked away in the plains of central India, 15km from the city of Jhansi, Orchha truly presents a picture of a tiny hidden city what with its glorious structures, cafes serving English, Israeli and Korean food, souvenir shops and plenty of foreigners." – Razzaq Siddiqui

Read: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh by Razzaq Siddiqui

Photo of Tirthan, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"If you are looking for solitude out in the wilderness, this is where you need to be. The water can be bone chilling. This is a perfect spot for relaxation in the wild. The non-concrete paths and the forests around the valley makes it one of the most scenic wonders of India" – Riya Poojary

Read - A Secluded Heaven: Tirthan Valley, Himachal by Riya Poojary

Photo of Doodhpathri by Gunjan Upreti

"If you plan to visit Kashmir sometime, you should take a little time off to visit this beautiful and enchanting place. You will certainly love the green meadows, pristine environment and serenity" – Smaranika Das

Read - Doodhpathri - An unexplored Jewel of Kashmir by Smaranika Das

Photo of Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Spiti Valley for some reason is not as well known as Leh of Ladakh district in J&K. Any time I told someone that I am heading to Spiti for a month, they gave me “where the hell is that?” look. That people are unaware of this amazing place nestled in the hills of Himachal Pradesh was both a relief and a treat because it obviously meant lesser crowds. While Leh is a luxury in the world of road trippers who seek seamless roads for pleasurable driving, roads to Kaza (especially from Manali) are anything but that!" – Kanika Gupta

Read – Unlocking the Godly Sights of Spiti from Kaza to Kibber to Kye by Kankika Gupta

Photo of Zuluk, Sikkim, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Situated in Sikkim, it is an unusual destination, the next big thing that will put a proud smirk on your face. Zuluk is a secluded village nestled in the majestic hills of East Himalayas" – Harleen Kalsi

Read - Zuluk loops: Where The Road Challenges You by Harleen Kalsi

Alang Madan Kulang Trek in Maharashtra

Photo of Zuluk, Sikkim, India by Gunjan Upreti

"The trek to Alang-Madan-Kulang is considered to be one of the toughest treks in Maharashtra. It tests your stamina, patience and mental toughness. No place for games here" - Mohit

Read - Toughest trek of sahyadris : Alang Madan kulang by Mohit

Photo of Dudhwa National Park, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is a protected area that stretches across the Lakhimpur Kheri and Bahraich districts, and comprises of the Dudhwa National Park, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. Together they cover an area of 1,285km." – Sreshti Verma

Read – There Is A Place Near Delhi That Transforms An Average Traveller Into A Wildlife Lover by Sreshti Verma

Photo of Kheerganga - Sunshine Himalayan Camp, Sosan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Kheerganga's panaromic skies and vast greenery are a much needed delight to the eyes" – Apoorv Ahlawat

Read - The End of the Trek - Kheerganga, Parvati Valley by Apoorv Ahlawat

Photo of Illickal Hill, Kottayam, Kerala, India by Gunjan Upreti

"One has to see certain places and falls short of words to describe the awesomeness properly. We spent a few hours there in Illickal mala and proceeded to see Marmala stream which actually was even better" – Jerrin Issac

Read - In search of the mysterious Neelakoduveli by Jerrin Issac

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"I spent time by the river side just looking at the huge snow covered mountain in front of me, thinking particularly nothing and imagining that Sun-rise would have been a real experience here. Suddenly, Rahul called me from behind, informing that we have to go" – Megha Goyal

Read - Chitkul: Where time stands still and nature gazes from every corner by Megha Goyal

Photo of Kashid, Maharashtra, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Nights at Kashid are heavenly. At sunset, you must be at the beach lying down on the clean white sands and see the sea devour the sun. There will be very few people to give you company and absolute silence around you like you have been taken to a different world" – Muktadhara Ray

Read - Kashid – The virgin beach of Maharashtra by Muktadhara Ray

Photo of Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

"Apart from the magnificent architecture, the place is so peaceful. I love places where I am just with myself and not with millions of others" – Arshdeep

Read - Chanderi - Lost Architectural Gem of India by Arshdeep

Photo of Syalsaur, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Gunjan Upreti

" Syalsaur is for the traveler who like to stop and ponder. Who wants to slowly soak in the beauty of the place he/she is in " – Fatema Diwan

Read - Traveling The Lesser Known: Syalsaur, Uttarakhand by Fatema Diwan

Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

" Away from our cubic farms, its a whole world out there to explore " – Disha Kapkoti

Read - Kasol: A Jampot of Summertime Stories by Disha Kapkoti

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Gunjan Upreti

"What happens when all plans for Goa fail? When Lakshadweep is too expensive and Bali is way out of our league? We head to Gokarna! Dismissed as Goa’s quieter counterpart, in the recent years Gokarna has been abuzz with touristy activity! When my friend and I decided to head to Gokarna, it was a well thought out decision. We knew we will be missing out on 4 awesome days in Goa and yet a little peace is what we wanted" – Kirat S

Read – Goa, overcrowded? Head to Gokarna instead! by Kirat S

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Guru Govind Singh College, Delhi, India by Gunjan Upreti

" You’ve probably never heard of this trek before, or maybe you’ve just heard about it. That’s because, according to our trek guide, the trail reopened only some 10 years ago. Before that it had been cordoned off due to the increasing military unrest." – Himani Khatreja

Read - All you need to know about the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek by Himani Khatreja

Photo of Auli, Uttarakhand, India by Gunjan Upreti

" We spent the entire day hiking up the hills, and lying down in the grass. Stunning views rewarded us after every climb." – Trisha Singh

Read - Let's escape to Auli on an Enfield by Trisha Singh

Photo of Nohradhar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

" Nohradhar is no tourist spot, but it’s a traveler’s delight. The hamlet itself is steeped in an old world quaintness, removed from the mundane machinations of time as it were " – Karandeep Mehra

Read - Backpacking in Nohradhar, Himachal Pradesh by Karandeep Mehra

Photo of Karwar, Karnataka, India by Gunjan Upreti

" Karwar is not for those who want to party hard but for those who want to relax their nerves in the company of the soothing sea waves " – Onkar Patwardhan

Read - Karwar - A well kept secret by Onkar Patwardhan

Photo of Chatpal by Gunjan Upreti

" A fairy tale – was our first impression of Chatpal " – Sandeepa & Chetan

Read - Chatpal, an offbeat gem hidden in Kashmir by Sandeepa & Chetan

Photo of Dzükou Valley Bridge, Kohima, Nagaland, India by Gunjan Upreti

"After Sikkim, I travelled to Nagaland. My stay at Nagaland was not very extensive as I had already visited parts of Nagaland before. However, the majestic Dzukou Valley always eluded me. My trip coincided with the jhum cultivation where they burn dried-up fields (mostly on hill slopes) to clear them and prepare for the upcoming season of sowing seeds." – Salim Islam

Read : Nagaland : Tryst with Dzukou Valley by Salim Islam

Photo of Kaas Plateau of Flowers, Satara, Maharashtra, India by Gunjan Upreti

"The Kaas Plateau also known as the "Kaas Pathar" which is situated on the high hills of Sahyadri range in western ghats, 22 kilometers from Satara City in Maharashtra state of India. It is known as Maharashtra’s valley of flowers. The area of plateau is approximately 1,000 hectare. The plateau is laden with wild flowers during the months of September and October. The whole plateau looks like a carpet in various colors. These flowers bloom on their own and stay for about 2–3 weeks (depending on the monsoon and other weather factors). It has been declared as Biodiversity World heritage site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It’s a unique place for flora researchers, nature lovers, and photographers." – Cloud9miles

Read – Kaas Plateau (Kaas Pathar) – The valley of Flowers – World Heritage Site by Cloud9miles

Credits: mehrpaintal

Photo of Ziro by Gunjan Upreti

Make your foray into the vastly untouched terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. Surround yourself within the embrace of Apatani hospitality, set against the vivid backdrop of rural life of the valley. To describe in words what awaits you in Ziro Valley would unfailingly be an understatement. The fertile valley is a fascinating mozaic of nature's most vibrant colours. Brimming with smiling faces of the native Apatanis people, the valley is an unexplored mountain paradise.

Read : All You Need To Know About Exploring Northeast India In 10 Days

Feeling inspired? Pack your backpack and follow in the footsteps of real travellers. Click on 'How to Reach' and 'Places to Stay' to plan your journey.

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admins ..pls update. picture for #10 is not Syalsaur. Its chandrashila peak....
Tue 03 29 16, 22:40 · Reply · Report
Tripoto is so obsessed with kasol, every article it has mentioned about kasol, this all places are repeated again and again,pls write something new
Tue 03 29 16, 02:11 · Reply (1) · Report
i agree
Thu 01 05 17, 02:40 · Report
Not a single North-East Destination! How about Cherrapunjee, wettest place on earth, Living roots bridge of Shillong, Mawlynong, Asia's cleanest village.
Tue 03 29 16, 01:12 · Reply (1) · Report
yeah..North East India is a synonym to heaven
Thu 01 05 17, 02:41 · Report
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