From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India abounds in picturesque places to visit and admire.
This World Photography Day, here’s a list of Indian destinations to inspire the photographer in you to get out of your house and capture these beauties in a frame.
The northernmost region of the Indian subcontinent sharing its borders with Himachal Pradesh and Punjab is a beautiful destination to explore. There’s an old saying that, “If there is heaven on earth, it’s here!”
Ladakh, a region of high passes in Jammu Kashmir is the highest plateau in the Kashmir Valley. It is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture.
The northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh housing the vast Himalayan ranges is host to the Dalai Lama and has been fostering a strong Tibetan culture. The scenic mountain towns like, Dalhousie and Shimla and the resorts there are worth visiting when in Himachal Pradesh. The region is also popular among adventure lovers with activities like trekking, skiing, and other adventure sports.
Uttarakhand, situated in the Himalayas is known for its many Hindu pilgrimage sites. Haridwar, perhaps the holiest Hindu city is famous for the Ganga Aarti every evening that witnesses thousands of pilgrims who gather on the river banks to watch the holy rituals. Rishikesh, a major center for yoga study, was made famous by The Beatles’ 1968 visit.
Bordered by Bhutan and Tibet, Sikkim is a small state in north-east India. The area has a dramatic landscape and is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows, Buddhist monasteries and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. It is one of the cleanest places in India.
Meghalaya, literally translating as ‘the abode of the clouds’, is a state in northeast India. Carpet weaving, ornaments and musical instruments are the specialties among the artisans of Meghalaya. It is one of the most picturesque places in India.
Arunachal Pradesh shares its borders with Assam and Nagaland to the south and has international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east and China in the north. The climate of Arunachal Pradesh is ideal for horticulture and houses several fruit orchards. Its major industries are rice mills, fruit preservation and processing units, and handloom and handicrafts.
Goa, in the western region of India, is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country that attracts visitors each year from across the globe. With coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea, Goa is a destination which promises plenty of sun, sand and beaches, not to mention shopping in flea markets for beachwear and interesting jewellery.
A state in India’s tropical Malabar Coast, Kerala is known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters and network of canals. The inland area is adorned by the Western Ghats range of mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. Its natural beauty and diversity have earned it the moniker of ‘Gods own Land’.
Andaman and Nicobar Island
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits for tourists.