India is a diverse country not only in terms of the myriad cultures that exist here but also because of the number of places one can visit in this country. From the mighty Himalayan range in the north to the elongated coastline of Indian Ocean in the south, from the Gulf of Kutch in the west to the brimming shores of the Bay of Bengal in the east, India has countless places to explore. Amalgamate all this with different cultures and varied languages and dialects and you get a potent mix of diversity.
Myles lists for you some of the must-visit places to visit in India in 2019. Read on…
Popular Tourist Destinations in India: 2019
Shillong, popularly known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, is a hill station in northeast India. It is the capital of the state of Meghalaya. Splendid landscape, lush green forests, mesmerizing waterfalls, amazing fauna, and the wonderful traditions, together makes this place worth visiting, at least once. Many parts of Shillong are unperturbed by heavy tourist crowd and that’s why it is the place to be at if you are seeking peace.
Places to visit in Shillong – Umiam Lake, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, Lady Hydari Park, Air Force Museum, All Saints Cathedral, Mary Help for Christian Cathedral, Lady Hydari Park, All Saints Cathedral, Ward’s Lake, Don Bosco Museum, David Scott Trail and many more.
Another gem located in the Indian state of Meghalaya is Tura, a small but beautiful town surrounded by lush green forests. Tura is mainly known for Siju Caves, which are famous for Dobakkol (or the bat cave) that boasts of impressive stalagmites. It is one of the longest cave in the Indian sub-continent. Siju Caves also houses some of the finest river passages to be found anywhere else in the world. Other highlights of Tura include the Tura peak, which offers a panoramic view of Tura and Balpakram. This is the place to go to in India if you are in search of new spiritual experiences.
Places to visit in Tura – Tura Peak and Siju Cave
Srinagar is the summer capital and the largest city in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, which is a tributary of the Indus, and the Dal and Anchar lakes. Srinagar is a must-visit tourist destination in India. The city is known for its peaceful charm, beautiful gardens, splendid waterfronts and attractive houseboats. Srinagar is an amazing city and a lot of its charm comes from its two popular lakes – Dal Lake and Wular Lake. One of the main highlights of this city is the floating market, which is supposedly one of the biggest in the country.
Places to visit in Srinagar – Nigeen Lake, Wular Lake, Betaab Valley, Dachigam National Park, Chatpal, Aru Valley, Shankaracharya Temple, Hazratbal Mosque, Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and many more.
- Silent Valley National Park
One of the lesser heard names when listing the country’s national parks is the Silent Valley National Park. It is located in Kerala, in the Nilgiri hills and sprawls across a core area of 89.52 km². The national park is known to be home to some of the rarest species of flora and fauna, which makes one wonder if this ecosystem has existed since the very beginning of the time.
Gangtok is a Buddhist haven and the capital city of the Indian state, Sikkim. The city is an epitome of neatness and peace. Here, one can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga. This place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, Momos and Kinema being the most popular among the people. Gangtok is also dotted with Buddhist monasteries like Rumtek and Enchey, which makes this place even more enchanting. It also has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake.
Places to visit in Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Tashi Viewpoint, Seven Sister Water Falls, Phodong Monastery and many more.
- Nubra Valley
Nubra is a tri-armed valley situated to the northeast of Ladakh valley. It is located 3048 m above sea level and is truly a heaven on earth. Considering the climatic conditions, the best time to visit Nubra Valley is during the autumn season, which is between July to September. Many ancient Gompas and palaces that are famous tourist attractions surround the area. Hunder Sand Dunes & the Panamik hot springs are the other popular places to visit in the Nubra Valley. If you are travelling in a self drive car, you can reach Nubra Valley by passing through Khardung La, one of the highest motorable roads in the world or you can also opt for another route that crosses Wari La from Sakti, towards the east of Khardung La (It connects to the main Nubra road system through Agham & Khalsar along the Shyok River).
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