India is a land of contrasts and contradictions. While at a superficial level it might appear frustrating and extremely perplexing, but it will awe you with its serenity and incredible beauty. So, before you go bonkers over the hills of Switzerland or the lakes of Venice, you should visit the gorgeous Indian counterparts, that will enthrall you with their enchanting charm at half the price.
1. Before losing yourself in the rolling hills of Switzerland, let yourself fall in love with the amazing Gulmarg!!
Gulmarg literally translated –land of flowers- is situated in the magical land of Jammu and Kashmir, and you will be able to enjoy every bit of the place irrespective of the season you visit it in. In summers, the full bloom of colourful flowers will steal your heart away, and in winters the snow queen will captivate you with its sheer beauty.
2. Before visiting Venice, let romance bloom in the royal city of Udaipur:
Udaipur with its splendor and exquisite grandeur , will captivate you with its exuberance and extravagance. Known as the ‘city of lakes’, Udaipur is a great alternative to Venice.
3. Before going all the way to Scotland, explore the excellence of Mandi:
Mandi, the rambunctious bazaar town of, is an amalgamation of solitude and hustle and bustle of a tourist town. So you get a sprawling flea market on one hand, and on the other you get to enjoy the vastness of forests and greenery on the hills.
4. Before relishing the Boh tea in Malaysia, understand the medicinal value of tea grown in Munnar:
Nestled at 1600 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats, the town and hill station of Munnar is known for its sprawling tea plantations. Munnar, once upon a time, was known as the High Range of Travancore but today it has a reputation of being the commercial centre of some of the world’s highest growing tea estates. So if you want to experience the unmatched aroma and taste of exquisite tea, then you know where to heed.
5. Before choosing Paris as your romantic getaway, take a shikara ride on a magical evening, and experience nature in full bloom at the Nishat bagh in Srinagar:
Srinagar, the land of unmatched beauty, will give you ample chances to relish your sore eyes and let your love with nature bloom to the fullest. So before heading off to Paris, visit the mystical city of Srinagar for a truly outstanding experience.
6. Before running off to Australia for a great trekking experience, trek on the untrodden ways of surreal Leh and Ladakh:
Visit Leh and Ladakh for a life-changing experience, and explore the joys of treading on the unexplored paths. Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places on the earth, and the trek can be really deceptive. So be prepared to view lakes as blue and pristine as glass, and sceneries straight out of an artist’s imagination.
7. Before heading off to New-Zealand for an adventurous paragliding experience, fly in the skies of the mystical Bir Billing:
Bir-Billing is located in the Bajinath Tehsil of Kangra village in Himachal Pradesh. Bir is a beautiful village, dotted with green meadows and scenic tea gardens, and Billing is the main spot for paragliding. So beginners usually take off from Billing and land in Bir. Here, you have the option to learn paragliding, which is a one-week course or if you are short on time, you can take a fun ride with an instructor.
8. Before exploring the diverse marine life in Spain, drench yourself in the waters of Andaman:
Andaman and Nicobar islands, are a great place to relax amidst unmatched surroundings and lovely waters. And yes, it is also an excellent diving spot!
9. Before you plan a vacation in Tahiti, head off to Tarkarli in Maharashtra for its scenic beaches:
The pristine, crescent shaped sandy beach at Tarkarli dotted with coconut trees is an unmatched visual delight. Visit Tarkarli for a stupendous experience that can be easily compared to the serene Tahiti.
10. Before taking a hiking trip to the Grand Canyon, visit the gorge formed between Gandikota hills and the river Pennar in Andhra Pradesh:
Known as the Grand Canyon of India, Gandikota was founded in 1123 by Kapa Raja of Bommanapalle village and a fort was built here. The fort of Gandikota acquired its name due to the ‘gorge’ (in Telugu it is called ‘gandi’), formed between the Erramala range of hills, also known as Gandikota hills and the river Pennar that flows at its foot, reducing its width to a mere 300 ft (see the river image below). Situated amidst beautiful landscape and wild forests, it is endowed with vast natural resources.