India, as we know it, is a country that is blessed with all kinds of landscapes. It is quite self-sufficient when it comes to exploring a certain kind of landscape, which makes it easy for us since we don't ever have to think of going for a vacation out of the country!
With the snowfall of Jammu and Kashmir, beaches of Goa, deserts of Rajasthan and mountains of the north-east, tourism is never a hard pick in India. Read on to know about the places you must put on your bucket list, each place for a different landscape.
Ladakh – For The Mountains
The glorious "land of passes", Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is without doubt the destination to head towards when you want to witness majestic mountains. Ladakh is a hub of all adventure enthusiasts since the mountains offer a great landscape to go mountain biking, trekking, camping, etc.
Although the breathtaking vistas of Mother Nature in her most pristine form itself suffices, some of the places you need to visit in Ladakh are Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Khardung La Pass, Leh Palace, to name a few.
Goa – For The Beaches
Forever a beloved party destination, Goa is the place to be if you need to relax on the beaches of beautiful golden sands and tranquil waves. Although Goa is a popular tourist destination, it is filled with beaches that are less explored which you can plan on going to, if you want some solitude time.
Beaches, like Arambol Beach, Butterfly Beach, Colva Beach, etc., are relatively offbeat where you may go beach-hopping. Visit Panaji to witness Colonial architecture, like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Old Goa for more churches and chapels.
Kollam – For The Backwaters
Located 70 km from the capital city of Trivandrum, Kollam in Kerala is home to clear and glittering backwaters. Formed as a result of brackish lagoons that lie parallel to the Arabian Sea, the backwaters of Kollam is the best escape into the arms of nature.
Here you may cruise through houseboats or do some birdwatching. Some of the places you can visit in Kollam while you're at it are Pullichira Church, Ashtamudi Lake, Thevally Palace, etc.
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Lakshadweep – For The Islands
Primarily known for water sports, like scuba diving, Lakshadweep, which literally means one lakh islands, is your destination when you want to spend your vacation on the islands. Go island-hopping to the many islands that are accessible for tourists, such as Agatti Island, Minicoy Island, Kavaratti Island, etc.
Scuba diving in Lakshadweep is a must on your visit to the islands. Explore the world underwater and be amazed by the beautiful coral reefs, fish and other marine life.
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Jaisalmer – For Deserts
Due to the many buildings that were built using yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer is known as The Golden City of Rajasthan. The Jaisalmer Fort crowns the city since it is settled on the very top, overlooking the entire region. For an experience in desert camping, book your tickets to Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer has many Jain temples to visit, such as Lodhruva Jain Temple, Parshwanath Temple, etc., that have exquisite architecture. Many camping services are available to camp in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. You can visit the city during February, when the boisterous Desert Festival takes place.
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Manali – For A Hill Station
Hill slopes covered with rolling meadows, tiny cottages spread across the slopes, that are covered by a foggy weather, here's Manali in very little words. The hill station is one of the most sought after holiday destinations for a reason. Breathtaking vistas of the nature while cuddling with your loved ones is what you can expect on your visit to Manali.
Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund, Solang Valley and Hadimba Temple are some of the many places to visit in Manali. If you visit the hill station during winter, don't forget to try skiing. Other adventure activities include paragliding, trekking and camping.
Rishikesh – For Rivers And Adventures
Home to the holy river Ganga, Rishikesh is primarily a popular pilgrimage site, especially for Hindu devotees. This beautiful city of Uttarakhand is also popular amongst adventure buffs since the mighty river offers great potential for water sports.
Some of the adventure sports that are famous in Rishikesh include white water river rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, to name a few. Visit the many temples of Rishikesh, such as Tryambakeshwar, Virbhadra Temple, etc., while you're here.
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Gulmarg – For The Snowfall
Gulmarg is a hill station of the magnificent state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a famous skiing destination in India due to the abundant snowfall that takes place during the winter season. Head to Gulmarg during winter, create snow angels, ski and play snowball fights with your friends for a fun-filled vacation.
Kongdori, Khilanmarg, Alpather Lake and Ningli Nalla are some of the most splendid places in Gulmarg that you cannot miss.