Do you love to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and spend some time relaxing in nature? Does your soul crave the sight of lush green meadows, towering trees, a variety of wildlife, and panoramic vistas? The large cities of India can be rather overwhelming at times for visitors, especially those that are visiting the vibrant and frenetic country for the first time. But there are plenty of ways to unwind and find respite from the chaos in a diverse assortment of natural spots all around the country. India can be a nature-lover’s dream!
Here are some of the top destinations in India for nature-lovers:
Pangong Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir is often said to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and Pangong Lake certainly won’t leave you feeling disappointed. A delightful natural spot, the lake is spread over an area of 600 square kilometres. It is a stunning spot to establish a close connection with nature. Situated on the Indo-Chinese border, a large amount of the lake is actually within China. The shimmering and enchanting beauty of the lake in combination with the natural scenic views makes it a wondrous sight to see. Additionally, the lake changes its colours according to the seasons.
Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tucked in the Himalayan Mountains within India’s Himachal Pradesh, the Parvati Valley is a stunning destination that nature-lovers will truly enjoy. Formed where the Parvati River and Beas River meet, the picturesque valley boasts cascading pristine waterfalls, dense pine forests, and rolling green meadows. A particularly breathtaking and serene spot is the hilltop meadow of Kheerganga, said to be a place where Lord Shiva meditated for many hundreds of years. Kasol is another beautiful spot.
Himachal Pradash is overall a terrific part of India for people who want to make the most of the great outdoors. Other places of natural interest include the graceful Deodar Forest, and Key Gompa, where nature and culture meet in a spellbinding manner.
Valley of Flowers, Uttaranchal
The state of Uttaranchal is located in the north of the country. It is also sometimes known as Uttarakhand. Lying towards the Himalyas, the Valley of Flowers is within a national park that is popular for its striking scenic beauty. Home to an array of rare and attractive flowers, make sure your camera batteries are charged before setting off!
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Sitting at a high altitude, Nubra Valley has a cold temperature; make sure you pack plenty of warm clothes! The high desert area is pretty barren and wild, and offers views that just stretch and stretch into seeming nothingness.
Ladakh is a gorgeous area within the Himalayas and other places of interest within fairly close proximity of the Nubra Valley include the soaring Stok Range, which is popular with seasoned climbers and mountain hikers, and Leh, the magical capital of the region.
Havelock Island, Andaman, and Nicobar
Although India boasts many beautiful beaches, Havelock Island is perhaps THE place for beach-lovers. One of the biggest islands in the expansive Andaman and Nicobar group, join an co-tour to enjoy the lush green forests and go wildlife spotting. Combine days in the forest with relaxing time on the striking beaches, and maybe even go diving or snorkeling to fully-appreciate the spectacular beauty of the underwater world.
This is just a small selection of the many gorgeous scenic places to be found around India. Other places for nature-lovers include Coorg in Karnataka, Kerala’s hill station of Munnar, the verdant Darjeeling Tea Fields, and Jaisalmer’s sand dunes.