India has a whole lot of mountains, hills and valleys that are covered in snow, forest or shrubs. The air here might be thin and reaching the summit can be quiet a task but the effort is absolutely worth the experience. Enjoy the mesmerising view of nature's wonders that lie before you and be lost in them while you are here. Here is a guide to the seven breathtaking mounatain peaks in India that you should atleast visit once in your life.
Kanchenjunga is the highest peak in India and the world's third highest mountain. It is located at the India-Nepal border in the Himalayas at an altitude of 8586 mt above sea level. Kanchenjunga literally means 'The Five Treasures of Snows' and consists of 5 tall peaks of which each is a divine repository of gold, silver, gems, grain and holy books. Those who travel here will be left speechless by the beauty this place emotes.
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Nanda Deviis the second highest mountain inIndiaand the highest entirely within the country as Kanchenjunga stands on the border of India and Nepal. It is part of theKumaonHimalayas and is located in the state of Uttarakhand, between the Rishiganga valley on the west and the Goriganga valley on the east. Its name meansBliss-Giving Goddess andis regarded as the patron-goddess of the state. For tourists coming here it looks like a view of heaven on earth and will be a memory that will be cherished by them forever.
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Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal, is very popular among trekkers as four of the five highest peaks in the world - Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from its summit. It is also very popular for its seasonal and colourful wildflowers. It is a haven for trekkers as they get to see some of the most scenic views while trekking up to its summit. The joy of standing on its summit and taking in the beauty of nature is one which cant be put into words but has to be physically enjoyed.
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Khayang which is located 3114 mt above sea level in Ukhrul district of Manipur is one of the lesser known peaks in India. Travellers coming here are left in awe of the magnificent peak and the beautiful surroundings. It is surely going to make you feel like you have tavelled away from earth into an unknown land.
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AnamudiorAnaimudi is located in Kerala and is the highest peak in the Western Ghats at an elevation of 2,695 mt above sea level.The name Anamudi literally translates to "elephant's forehead," a reference to the resemblance of the mountain to an elephant's head. This scenic place is visited by many tourists round the year who swear by the beauty of this place. Reason enough for you to pack your bags and head here.
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Being the highest mountain in the Nilgiris, Doddabetta at an elevation of 2637 mt is just a few distance away from the town of Ooty. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit and is visited by trekkers throughout the year. Covered in dense forest it also has a little telescope house at the top.
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Phawngpuialso called the Blue Mountain is a highly revered peak, considered to be the abode of the gods in Mizoram. It is the highest mountain peak and has an elevation ofabout 2157 mt above the sea level. The spectacular trees and flowers that cover this place presents a fairytale view of the blue hazed hills.
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