India is not only known for its rich cultural heritage, but is also home to some of the best examples of landscapes. A large number of mountain ranges are spread across the country, starting from the majestic Himalayas to the Eastern Ghats, and from the beautiful Western Ghats to the Aravalli ranges.
There are a large number of magical valleys which come along with these mountain ranges. These magical valleys often tend to be forgotten gems which are at most of the radar of the normal tourist places. Here is a list of some of the untouched valleys around the country. Lets begin the journey . . .
1. Kashmir Valley
Kashmir valley is well known for its scenic landscapes, where the blue sky gets reflected of the crystal clear waters of the lakes here. The valley is home to a wide range of flora and fauna which further adds on to the overall beauty of the place.
One of the major attractions in the valley is the much renowned Dal Lake in Srinagar, where one can find endless rows of beautiful houseboats known as shikaras. They float around the lake in various hues, sizes and shapes.
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2. Kangra Valley
Covered by pine trees, orchards and flowing streams the Kangra valley is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. One of the best times to visit the valley would be when winter slowly makes way for summer, because it brings out the lush greenery which was kept under the wraps of the white snow.
Take a ride in the Kangra valley railway which is actually one of the best ways to experience the valley's true beauty.
3. Sutlej Valley
The valley gets its name from the river Sutlej which flows here and is used for irrigation and other purposes. The valley is home to one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the country, which is the Harike Bird Sanctuary. The region is very peaceful and quiet which would give you an opportunity to connect with nature.
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4. Dibang Valley
The Dibang valley gets its name from the river Dibang and is divided into two parts the lower and the upper. Both parts put together make the valley which is home to a number of waterfalls, lakes, rivers, along with green valleys and high mountains.
The upper part comes with very limited number of attractions, whereas the lower valley is the major draw which attracts people not only from various parts of the country but also from abroad.
5. Ketti Valley
The beautiful Ketti valley extends itself from Coonoor to Ooty in the state of Tamil Nadu. The valley is the second largest gorge in the world which is surrounded by the Nilgiri hills. Take a ride in the toy train to experience the true beauty of the place which is filled with tea gardens and some amazing waterfalls.
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6. Chambal Valley
Named after the famous Chambal river, the valley is infamous for its dacoit activity. The place has many sights which attracts a large number of visitors. In comparison to the other valleys of the Himalayan ranges, the hills here are covered in lush evergreen forests in contrast to the white snow covered peaks.
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7. Nubra Valley
The Nubra valley was once known as Ldumra, which means the valley of flowers, which is a very unlikely name to be given to cold desert which is found on the banks of the Shyok River. The river is a tributary of the majestic Indus River and flows through the Karakoram ranges, the bright colours of dry brown along with deep blue skies truly creates a surreal experience.
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8. Araku Valley
Located in the beautiful Eastern Ghats, the Araku valley is one of the lesser-known gems in Andhra Pradesh. The valley, like most others in the country, is home to a large number of waterfalls, tribal villages, coffee plantations and lush green forests. Located close by is the well-known Borra Caves, which sparkles as the sun shines.
9. Mana Valley
The Mana valley is believed to be the place where Vyasa narrated the Mahabharata epic to Lord Ganesha. The village of Mana is known as the last village of India as it shares its borders with Tibet. The shrine of Badrinath is located at a distance of 3 km from here and is the source to the longest tributary of the Ganges which is the Alaknanda river.
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10. Pindar Valley
The valley gets its name from the river of Pindar and passes through a string of tiny hamlets namely Devaal, Tharali, Kulsari, Harmani, Meeng, Narain Bagar and Nalgaon. The river of Pindar is a tributary of the Alaknanda which it meets at Karanprayag.
The valley also offers a large number of hiking expeditions which offer breathtaking views of the surroundings.
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