When you think of going on a vacation after a long overdue, it is only natural to imagine going to wonderful places around the world like the snowy Switzerland, visiting monumental places like the Great Wall of China and more. But not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a hearty vacation abroad.
If you are one of those people, your worries can rest right now! India is blessed with abundance of pristine nature, glorious architecture of all kinds. Right from the snow of Jammu Kashmir, to the sea of Tamil Nadu, India is filled with fantastic places that must be visited.
Here are 6 places of India that look so much like an international destination, that it will fullfil your dream of travelling abroad even without having to go there!
Auli – Alaska
Auli, the most beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand is mostly covered with slabs of snow on the hill slopes. Much similar to winters in the scenic beauty of Alaska, USA. If you're on low budget but still want to spend your vacation skiing through snow amidst pristine nature's beauty, Auli is your destination.
Skiing is the most popular attraction of Auli. Gurso Bugyal and Kwani Bugyal are peak points offering breathtaking panoramic view of the hill station, that are favoured by trekkers. Chenab Lake, Joshimath, Nandaprayag are the places to visit in Auli.
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Jama Masjid – Badshahi Masjid
Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in Delhi, whereas Badshahi Masjid was built by his son Aurangzeb in Lahore, Pakistan. The architecture of Badshahi Masjid has striking similarity to his father's creation.
Both the mosques are among the biggest in the respective countries, built of redstone and are classic examples of Mughal architecture. The world famous Taj Mahal stands right opposite the Jama Masjid. Built by over 5000 workers, the enormous mosque can accommodate over 25,000 devotees in the courtyard.
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Gulmarg – Switzerland
The hill station of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, is one of India's most favorite skiing destinations. It is fondly known as a Mini Switzerland, due to its stunning similarity with respect to the spellbinding scenic landscapes and snow of Switzerland.
Alpather Lake, Ningle Nallah, Gulmarg Gondola are some of the places to visit in Gulmarg. A visit to this beautfiul hill station is incomplete without skiing in the snowy hills.
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Rann Of Kutch – Bonneville Salt Flats
Both, Rann of Kutch and Bonneville Salt Flats are huge areas of salt marshes, which makes them quite similar to look at. Rann of Kutch is located in Gujarat while Bonneville Salt Flats is in Utah, USA.
You can visit Rann of Kutch in the month of November, when the Rann Utsav takes place. Rann Utsav is a 3-day festival which is celebrated with dance, music and food, under the full moon of the White Rann.
PC: Nagarjun Kandukuru
Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall – Great Wall of China
Protecting almost 300 ancient temples and monuments, the Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall stands quietly unnoticed of its enormity. The huge wall that stretches to over 38 km of perimeter, is quite aptly also known as the Great Wall of India, much similar to the Great Wall of China.
It swerves through valleys, mountains and undulating landscape as it protects the many monuments of the fort. In fact, the fort is protected by the largest wall complex in the world. Due to this, Kumbhalgarh Fort is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Chitrakoot Falls – Niagara Falls
The glorious Chitrakoot Falls is located in Chattisgarh and falls on the river Indravati. It falls from 95 ft and is almost 985 ft wide, making it India's widest waterfall. Due to its magnanimous width, the Chitrakoot Falls is often referred to as "Niagara Falls of India".
From a distance, it certainly looks like the majestic Niagara Falls of USA. The best time to visit Chitrakoot Falls is during monsoon whenit is brimming with water, or even winter when the climate is cool and pleasant.
A small shrine of Lord Shiva can be found on the banks of the pond located below the falls. Watching the sun rise or set at the backdrop of the falls is one of the most awe-striking sights you'll ever witness.
PC: ASIM CHAUDHURI