Most Beautiful Natural Scenic Attractions In India
Beautiful landscapes and alluring scenery is not just a highlight of foreign countries, but very much an outstanding feature of our Incredible India. This vast land has been blessed bountifully with magnificent mountains, the seas, beautiful meadows, dense forests, divine beaches, spectacular hill stations and a never-failing, stunning sunrise and sunset.
It’s little wonder then that different parts of India have a constant inflow of both domestic as well as international tourists as there is so much to take in, enjoy and admire. Even Indians staying in one region of the country, have a completely different landscape and territory to marvel at and experience, when they visit another region.
So, lets take a look then at a few of such natural scenic attractions of India.
Zanskar, Ladakh :
This is a high-altitude semi-desert lying on the northern flank of the Great Himalayan range. The most isolated part of the Trans-Himalayan range, Zanskar is famous for its high spectacular snow-capped mountains, stunning landscape and sparkling rivers. The Zanskar range is a mountain range that separates Spiti and Ladakh. A Buddhist kingdom at almost 12000 feet, Zanskar is quite an unexplored place in Jammu and Kashmir and has only in recent years caught the attention of tourists and trekkers. The best time to visit Zanskar is from June to September, when the weather is not too cold and uncomfortable. Zanskar remains closed for about 8 months due to heavy snowfall.
Dudhsagar Waterfall, Goa :
The Dudhsagar waterfall in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, on the border of Goa and Karnataka, creates one of the most spellbinding natural scenic visuals. Created by the Mandovi river, these four-tiered falls cascade down the sides of a very steep mountain face, from a height of about 1017 feet and almost appear like milk flowing. The waterfall is even more spectacular during and just after the monsoons on account of being fed by the rains.
Coral Reef, Lakshadweep :
Lakshadweep is a group of beautiful islands situated off the south-western coast of India. A great combination of picturesque islands, stunning beaches, spectacular coral reefs and calm lagoons , Lakshadweep is indeed a treat for the eyes. Very famous for its underwater activities, tourists get overwhelmed with the beauty of the coral reefs, the humongous or enormous amount of stunning underwater marine life. The islands of Kavaratti, Minicoy, Kalpeni and Kadmath are very famous for its coral reefs and other attractions.
Matheran Hill, Raigad :
One of the smallest hill stations in India, Matheran is located on the Western Ghats at an elevation of about 2625 feet above sea level. An eco-sensitive and eco-friendly region, Matheran is Asia’s only auto-mobile free hill-station. As its location is quite close to many metropolitan cities, it is a very popular weekend getaway for urbanites. There are more than 30 designated vantage/ lookout points in Matheran, from where one can get some of the best views of the surrounding vicinity, as well as Neral town and one of the most divine and spellbinding vistas of the sunrise and sunset.
Loktak Lake, Manipur :
This lake, situated in Manipur, is one of the most unique destination points for tourists. Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and is most famous for the ‘phumdis’ floating over it. Phumdis are a series of floating islands, only found in Loktak lake at Manipur and are heterogeneous masses of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decay and cover a substantial part of the lake. The largest mass in the southeastern part of the lake also contains the world’s largest floating park called the Keibul Lamjao National Park. The lake offers wonderful opportunities for tourists to enjoy the beauty of the lake and the various islands floating inside it.
Living Root Bridges, Cherrapunji :
In one of the wettest places on earth, Cherrapunji in Mehghalaya, a part of Northeast India, bridges aren’t constructed, they’re grown. The Southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are riddled with many rivers and mountain streams. The slopes of these hills exhibit a species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system which thrives and grows. These trees produce plenty of secondary roots from higher up in its trunk which rests comfortably over huge boulders along the river banks or even in the middle of the river bed itself. The locals realized the benefit of these strong roots and saw how it could easily be used to cross the many streams and rivers and so started growing their own bridges and maneuvered it to form the desired architectural structure. Some of the root bridges here may be well over 500 years old. The famous ‘Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge is quite an attraction here.
Picture Credits : Zanskar – Ladakhmottoadventures.com, Dudhsagar Falls – Tripadvisor.co.uk, Lakshadweep – Travel Idea India Destinations, Matheran – Tripadvisor.in, Loktak Lake – Pinterest, Cherrapunji – Traveltriangle