India has the perfect landscapes and destinations with high-altitude places. In India, the revelations that are stumbled upon during these self exploration expeditions are innumerable and intriguing and which is why high-altitude places in India are so popular.
It is always a good feeling to be on the top and it gets even better if there is a view to look at. India has got a whole big host of mountains, hills and valleys at high altitudes which are covered with snow, forests or shrubs and it is a good idea to try and check them out.
The air might be thin and the journey treacherous, but what you find at the summit is pretty much nothing except nature's wonders which can do you some real good; hence, here are 10 of the highest places in India for one to head to.
The Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain in the world which stands at 8586 m. This majestic mammoth is made up of five peaks and looks way more majestic than what you hear. The local people here even have an interesting history in worshiping the mountain.
The charm of the place and the spectacular view of the mountain ranges is what always remain in your mind forever. Out of the many points in Darjeeling from where you can grab a view of this spectacular peak, the Tiger Hills is one of the best. The Gorkha War Memorial also has an equally beautiful backdrop of the glorious snow-capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga which floats in the deep blue sky.
2. Saltoro Kangri
Saltoro Kangri is the highest peak of the Saltoro Mountains which is better known as the Saltoro Range and is part of the Karakoram. The peak is the 31st highest mountain in the world and is located in the Actual Ground Position Line between the Indian controlled territory in the Siachen region and Pakistani controlled territory in the west of the Saltoro Range.
Saltoro Kangri rises dramatically above the valleys of the Kondus and Saltoro river of Baltistan to the west of the peak. Due to the danger from military operations, Saltoro Kangri is less visited. Areas to the west of the peak are controlled by Pakistan and to the east by India.
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3. Nanda Devi
This is the second highest mountain in India at a height of 7816 m. The peak whose name in translations means the Bliss Giving Goddess, is regarded as the patron goddess of the Uttarakhand Himalayas. Acknowledging its religious significance and in order to protect its fragile ecosystem, the peaks as well as its circle of high mountains along with the Nanda Devi Sanctuary were closed to both locals and climbers in 1983.
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4. Reo Purgyil
Reo Purgyil, also known as Leo Pargial and Leo Pargil, is a mountain peak located in the southern end of the Zanskar Range in the Western Himalayas region of the Himalayas. At 6818 m Reo Purgyil is the highest mountain peak in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Geologically, the peak is a dome structure which is part of the great massif that rises above the Satluj River and overlooks the western Valley of Tibet.
Saramati is a beautiful peak which rises above the surrounding peaks at the mountainous border in the state of Nagaland and the Sagaing Region in Burma. The peak is located near the town of Tuensang and Thanmir Village in Nagaland.
The peak stands tall at a height of 3826 m and is one of the ultra prominent peaks of Southeast Asia.
Sandakphu is also known as Sandakfu and Sandakpur and is the highest peak in the district of llam in Nepal and Darjeeling in West Bengal. The highest point of the Singalila Ridge is located in Darjeeling on the West Bengal-Nepal border.
At 11,941 ft, one can get to see four of the five highest peaks in the world; the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu can be see from its summit. It also gives you a pristine view of the entire Kanchenjunga Range.
Khayand is located at an altitude of 3114 m above sea level which makes it one of the highest peaks around the area. Located in Ukhrul in Manipur, in contrast to other high-altitude peaks, this peak is green and leafy as opposed to others with snow.
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Anamudi is a mountain in Kerala and is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and in South India. The peak is located at an elevation of 8,842 ft. The name Anamudi translates to elephant's forehead as there is resemblance of the mountain to an elephant's head.
The peak is not only exceptionally dramatic in terms of its steepness, it is also a fault block mountain. It is located in the southern region of Eravikulam National Park and extends to the junction of the Cardamom Hills, the Anaimalai Hills and the Palani Hills.
Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills measuring up to a height of 2,637 m. The peak is surrounded by a reserved forest area and is the fourth highest peak in South India apart from Anamudi, Mannamalai and Meesapulimala. The peaks of Hecuba, Kattadadu and Kulkudi are the three closely linked summits in the west of the Doddabetta range of Udagamandalam or Ooty.
The area surrounding Doddabetta is heavily forested. The sholas cover the hollows of its slopes apart from the rhododendron trees, flowering sub alpine shrubs and herbs.
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Jindhagada is the highest peak in the state of Andhra Pradesh and stands at a height of 1690 m. Located in the Eastern Ghats, these mountains offer you some unparalleled views and surroundings. The peak is renowned for its coffee plantations and the lush green nature surrounding it.