India is well known in the tourism circuit for its exotic locales. There are seven places in India that look similar to Europe. Let's travel to these dream destinations in India, the seven places that looks completely foreign.
1. Khajjiar / Switzerland
Khajjiar in Himachal - PC : SriniG
Switzerland - PC : Patrick Nouhailler
Switzerland is considered to be the Zenith of natural beauty! Who wouldn't have dreamt of spending a vacation in the most famous romanticizing location?! Well, India has an answer to this spectacular beauty.
Hill station of Khajjiar in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh bears a striking resemblance to Switzerland's topography. In the lap of Himalayas, at 2000 metres above the sea level, lies the exquisite glade of Khajjiar with a rare combination of three ecosystems - dazzling lakes, sprawling pastures and lush green forests!
Signboard in Khajjiar - PC : Gomusam
Did you know? One can find a sign board on Khajjiar on which the distance to Switzerland is written! It was put up by Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland.
2. Alleppey / Venice
Alleppey backwaters - PC : Utpal Nath
Venice in Italy - PC : Prabir2011
Alleppey in Kerala is fondly called the "Venice of the East"! It is renowned for its picturesque canals, stretches of emerald backwaters, beaches and lagoons just like the Venice in Italy.
The maze-like waterways bordered by the paddy fields, coconut trees and green foliage gives the place a unique appeal!
Did you know? The Alleppey Backwaters is very popular for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is held annually. Tourists from around the world come to Alleppey to view the majestic fiesta!
French War memorial in Pondi - PC : Sanyam Bahga
French town in Pondi - PC :Vinamra Agrawal
Pondicherry is a Union Territory in India with a French face! The French East India Company would have left India, but not the French people and their culture!
There is a community of French people living in Pondicherry and one can spot many French institutions and monuments out here. The language, beaches, climate, architecture; the place seems to have in it everything as same as France, except for the Eiffel Tower! '
Did you know? Booooozeee!!! Pondicherry aka Pondi is famous for booze as the rates are cheap! Liquor rates are exempted from tax and a bottle of beer seems to be less costlier than a bottle of soft drink here.
4. Trakai Castle/ Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal in Jaipur - PC :A.Savin
Trakai Castle in Lithuania - PC : Diliff
Jal Mahal is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar lake in Jaipur city of Rajasthan. This architectural marvel bears a striking resemblance to the Trakai castle in Lithuania.
Trakai Castle is the only castle located in the eastern European island and is surrounded by 5 lakes! Similarly, built in the middle of a lake, the view of Jal Mahal floating in the water is quite a mesmerizing view!
Did you know? Though the palace is built with stones, no water seeps in through any pores of this architectural marvel! Four stories of the five storied structure is under water.
5. Rajabai Tower/ Big Ben
Rajabai Tower - PC : Nikkul
Big Ben - PC : Diliff
Rajabai Tower is a famous clock tower in Mumbai which resembles the Big Ben of London! Big Ben tower, officially known as the Elizabeth tower, is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom.
Likewise, Rajabai tower is the face of Mumbai! Built in a fusion of the Venetian and Gothic styles, the tower stands at a height of 85 metre.
Did you know? During its time, it was the tallest structure in the city of Mumbai.
6. Uttarakhand Flower valley/ Antelope Valley
Flower valley in Uttarakhand
Antelope Valley - PC : Thomas
Indian state of Uttarakhand has a flower valley that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the world famous Antelope valley! Flower valley in Uttarakhand is a naturally designed carpet of red, pink, blue, white, yellow and other colours.
Paradise is the ideal metonymy for this grandeur valley! Set in the backdrop of the majestic Zanskar and Himalayan ranges with a sprawling expanse of 87 square kilometres, the valley is endowed with a rich variety of endemic flora!
Did you know? This Zion on the earth has been unknown to the outside world till the British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth ended up here accidentally after a successful mountain expedition. Stunned by the beauty of area, they named it "Valley of Flowers" and Frank Smythe went on to write a book of the same name.
7. India Gate/ Arc de Triomphe
India Gate - PC : Rdglobetrekker
Arc de Triomphe - PC : Norio NAKAYAMA
India Gate is one of the most high profile national monuments of India, dedicated to the soldiers of undivided Indian Army who died during the first World War, the architectural style of this war memorial is similar to The Arc de Triomphe of Paris , which is a memorial of French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Did you know? It houses the famous Amar Jawan Jyoti, the flame which stays alight 24X7, in the memory of the martyrs of the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
These are the seven places in India that look similar to Europe! Travel to these dream destinations in India and rejoice!! Happy Travelling :)