Indian subcontinent brims with several ideal places for nature lovers that one is left in utter astonishment. The amalgam of solace with picturesque landscape makes nature lovers drool over this combination. Due to the vast area and climatic diversity, we can always discover a new variety of nature’s bounty.
Following are the places that brim with natural charms –
1. Kaas Plateau
Located 25 kms from Satara in Maharashtra, Kaas Plateau is one the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India as it is a part of the Western Ghats. The stunning landscape of the place is adorned with lakes and flowers. The plateau becomes the epitome of kaleidoscopic beauty during the months of August and September as a large variety of wildflowers and butterflies add magic to the place. The biodiversity hotspot has garnered major attraction from naturalists and tourists as it is endowed with more than 850 species of flowers. Kaas lake also presents a sight to behold along with one of the highest waterfalls in India i.e., Vajrai Waterfalls, located nearby. All of these attractions make this one of the best places for nature lovers in India.
2. Valley of Flowers
Marvel at the surpassing wonders of nature while treading the paths in the Valley of Flowers which is located in Uttarakhand. One of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, the high-altitude valley perches up to a height of more than 3600 meters and is famous for its endemic alpine meadows. It is blessed with a backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas with add to the dreaminess of the place. Valley of flowers is extensively rich in biodiversity and is home to some rare species of animals like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. The Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most coveted treks among all the adventure enthusiasts and keeps the valley busy almost throughout the year.
Located in Kerala, Alleppey is famous for the backwater rides, canals, lagoons, and paddy cultivations around the area. It is also known as the Venice of East and the famous Kettuvalams or the houseboats offer a perfect getaway to sit back and relax amidst the greenery of the place. Stay in a houseboat and experience the beauty that the place has to offer. Cruising in houseboats has become luxurious and they are very well equipped with almost all the necessities. The slow-paced life of Alleppey combined with the environmental beauty enveloping it, it is all that’s needed to unwind from our usually fast-paced routines.
4. Nubra Valley
It is a cold desert high altitude valley located in the Ladakh region which is nestled at a height of over 3000 metres above the sea level. The exotic culture and lifestyle around Nubra valley are sure to entice you along with the hospitability of the locals. Sand dunes, monasteries, and ruined palaces add to the magic of the place. Surrounded by the Himalayas, Nubra Valley has yet remained to be a lesser commercialized gem. The beautiful hamlets offer amazing views and are a treat for the eyes. The place is undoubtedly one of the best places for nature lovers in India. The colossal statue of Maitreya Buddha can be seen even from farther distances. You can also go café hopping and enjoy shopping local garments and handicrafts.
Also termed as the Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The breath-taking views of Dhauladhar mountains and the wide green meadows can soothe even the most tired souls. The picture-perfect scenery and calm of the place brings in a positive air and make the visitors yearn for a longer stay. Khajjiar lake, Khajji Nag temple, and Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary are some of the local attractions. Exploring nearby villages and trekking to Dainkund Peak are sure to make your stay a memorable one.
Munsiyari is a hamlet located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand which is known for its sparkling beauty which is intertwined with the majestic sight of the dazzling slow-glazed Himalayas. It serves as a starting point for various treks. It is a quaint village which provides magnificent views of Panchchuli massif. Sunsets and sunrises shouldn’t be missed as they are one of the best things that the village offers. You can also enjoy bird watching as the village is home to over 300 species of birds. The place is quite offbeat and is considered an ideal place for nature lovers because of the views and nearby wonders. Birthi falls, Maheshwari Kund, and Thamri Kund are popular attractions. Skiing can also be enjoyed during winters at Khaliya Top and Betuli Dhar.
7. Horsley Hills
Also known as Andhra’s Ooty, Horsley Valley is the only hill station in Andhra Pradesh. Named after a British collector, W.D. Horsley, Horsley hills make for a delightful weekend retreat. It is located at an elevation of around 1290 meters and provides a cooler climate, unlike the surrounding regions. The area is rich in flora and fauna with more than 130 species of birds. There are a couple of scenic attractions scattered around the place. ViewPoint is one of the favourite spots amongst the tourists as it provides the view of the entire valley and also because of its beautiful sunsets. There is also a legendary temple called Mallamma Temple located atop the hills. Kaigal Falls and Horsey Hills Zoo also provide some interesting engagements nearby.
If topic is places for nature lovers, then how one can miss the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Nestled at an elevation of around 3,048 meters, Tawang is one of the most sacred towns for the followers of Buddhism. The 6th Dalai Lama was born in this auspicious land and people flock from all over to this holy land. Apart from the religious significance, Tawang also takes pride in its scenic beauty. Tawang Monastery is a hidden treasure of the state and is hailed as the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest in the world. It is truly enlightening to learn about the Buddhist culture through the monks residing in the monastery. The region experiences snowfall during the months of December and January and the snow-draped town looks all the more ethereal and enchanting.
9. Dzukou Valley
Dzukou Valley is a spectacularly stunning valley located in Nagaland. The lush greenery, myriad of colorful flowers, and gushing streams adorn the valley. Amongst a large variety of flowers that provide a kaleidoscopic charm to Dzukou Valley, Dzükou lily is the most famous. You can trek around the valley to unveil its magic. Surrounded by mountains, it allures a large variety of visitors. If you plan your trip during the first week of December, then you might also get a chance to be a part of the traditional Horn-bill festival which provides you with the essence of the tribal life of Nagaland.
Often called the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is a soothing hill-station located in Karnataka which comprises of some exotic spice and coffee plantations. It has abundant places to explore and makes for a perfect getaway for both family and friends. The adventure seekers can also quench their thirst by exploring the natural bounties of the place. The town abounds in flora and fauna and you can bird watching as there are over 300 species of birds in the area. Some nearby attractions include Raja’s Seat park, Talakaveri, and Abbey Falls.