12 Places In India That Resemble Foreign Destinations

By Reshma Dewda on Nov 03, 2015
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As a child, I always heard my mom say that we should explore India before we pleaded to them for an international holiday. So, we took off. From north to south and east to west, we drove to the extreme corners of this subcontinent and came back with sparkly, wonder-struck eyes and treasured memories. That, I can say confidently, has been the biggest eye opener for me and has changed my borrowed fascination about international destinations. 


1. Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch is a breathtaking landscape full of unending white salts that make a brilliant canvas for unforgettable sunsets. Move over Uyuni salt flats, we have our won gorgeous sights!

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Want to know about my trip to Rann of Kutch? Read The Great Rann of Kutch: A Land of Many Hues

2. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a plethora of natural wonders. Right here in India, you will be able to see crystal clear waters, white sands and colorful corals. Don't waste your monies on Thailand, we say!

Best time to visit: October to Mid May

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3. Chitrakoot Falls

Gushing silver cascades await you closer to home than you imagined. Chitrakoot Falls are India's Niagra falls- mighty and glorious. 

Best Time to Visit: November to February

Photo by Asim Chaudhari

4. Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is nothing short of Scotland. In fact, it has its own quirky charm that is incomparable to any other place in the world. Endless rolling greens and low lying clouds give the whole place an ethereal feel.

Best Time to Visit: March to May

Photo by Sayantan Bhattacharya

5. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

India's answer to Antelope valley, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a spectacular area that has been protected for its unadulterated beauty. The flowers here are not just beautiful but have many medicinal purposes too.

Best Time to Visit: July to September

Photo by Alosh Benette

6. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli is a sight to reckon in winters. Great for skiing or just warming up by the fire, Auli is a romantic paradise. It looks truly out of the world!

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Photo by Michael Scalet


7. Gulmarg, Kashmir

Switzerland is but a loose comparison when it comes to explaining the beauty of Gulmarg. This small town is known for skiing and the pine clad valleys that are powdered with snow each winter.

Best Time to Visit: November to February


Photo by Basharat Alam Shah

8. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

A frozen beauty in winters, this lake is postcard perfect. When it is not crowded with awestruck visitors, you can really feel the winds whispering in your ears.  

Best Time to Visit: March to May

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9. Darjeeling, West Bengal

The tea gardens in Darjeeling are absolutely flawless. Tea estates like Glenburn have retained the British old world charm and the whole town has a really medieval feel to it. This place is comparable to any other fancy tea plantation in the world.

Best Time to Visit: March to May

Photo by Ankit Agarwal

10. Ananda Spa, Himalayas

Ananda Spa, nestled in Himalayas, has been built harmoniously in tune with nature. The spa has a location like none other and the amenities here match the gorgeous vistas that surround you from every side.

Best Time to Visit: April to August

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11. Aamby Valley, Maharashtra

Aamby Valley is a private township made by the Sahara group. It boasts of world class entertainment, cute swiss chalets and immaculate landscaping that has transformed it into a place that looks like it is in a posh country suburb. 

Best Time to Visit: October to February

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12. Lavasa, Maharashtra

Not too far from Aamby Valley, a humble hill has been transformed into a stylish resort that sees a steady flock of visitors every weekend. Made to resemble a charming lakeside town in Europe, Lavasa boasts of many entertainment activities and top notch hotels. The restaurants here look like they are out of the world too!

Best Time to Visit:October to February

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So, take my mother's advice and explore this beautiful country of ours before you rush to get your passport stamped. India's landscape will completely surprise you.

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