Most of the stuff on this blog until now has largely been about Europe centric travel and I’ve been thinking for sometime about writing about my travels in India, my homeland and the place where I first caught the travel bug. Think about travelling to India and you will usually end up drawing up a list of the usual favorites: the Taj Mahal, the sunny beaches of Goa, the backwaters of Kerala, the forts and palaces of Rajasthan, etcetera and etcetera. But that’s not all there is to travelling in India. There are numerous other fascinating places awaiting to be discovered and have not yet completely fallen prey to the hoards of tourists that you see otherwise. These places will leave you awestruck by the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of the people. So come onboard and travel!
Note: Many places on this list require special permissions and inner line permits for foreigners and also in some cases for Indian citizens. These can be obtained from the Indian embassies or the tourist departments of the states. Remember to apply in advance. Many tour guides and companies offer to arrange this as well.
#1 Lato, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Because it is supposed to be the place where Gondwanaland collided with Laurasia giving rise to modern day Africa, Asia and Australia and also the leading to the birth of the Himalayas
The cold dessert in Nubra valley
#2 Nubra Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Because you don’t always find a cold dessert (pun intended)
#3 Khonoma, Nagaland
Because it has been accredited as being India’s only “Green village” and has its own animal sanctuary. Ream more here
#4 Eagles Nest National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Because you will be amazed with the avifauna and natural beauty! North east India’s best kept secret
#5 Pakke National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Again, great avifauna and natural beauty and home of the Hornbills!
#6 Pangong Tso, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Because you can see all the seven shades of blue on a bright and sunny day!
#7 Kohima War Memorial, Nagaland
Because it commemorates the lesser known heroics of Indian and British troops who thwarted the Japanese attack during World War 2
#8 Great Himachal National Park, Himachal Pradesh
Because it has mountains, lakes, rivers and everything you need to get back to nature
#9 Thikshey and Hemis Monasteries (Gompas), Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Because you can get a glimpse into the buddhist way of life
#10 Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Because it is one of the last abodes of the majestic One horned rhinoceros
#11 National Highway 1A, Srinagar to Rohtang via Kargil, Leh and Keylong
Because it is one of the best national highways on the planet with a view!
#12 Mansywmram and Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
The wettest place on the planet and home to caves and eerie root bridges
#13 Chang la Pass, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Because at 17590 feet, it is one of the highest motor-able roads on the planet
#14 Tsomoriri, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Because it is absolute bliss being here
All pictures by the @nonresidentdesi
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