The High Himalayan peaks in the North, the Thar Desert in the West, the hills in the Northeast, the vast coastline along the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal,  the Western Ghats and the Deccan Plateau – India has diversity like no other nation in this World.

Here are the 5 of the most breathtakingly beautiful places to visit in India based on their popularity as well as unique travel experience.

1. Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand

Decked with carpets of orchids, poppies, primulas, marigold, and daisies, it is a sight to behold. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site; it had close to 10000 visitors in 2016. There is a 15 km long trek route to the Valley which takes you past glaciers, rivers and gorges. July to October is the best time to visit this site of blooming flowers. The nearest airport is in Dehradun.

2. Key Monastery in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

This is an 11th century Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the barren landscapes of Spiti. This monastery is a religious training center for Lamas. It is known for its beautiful murals, Buddhist paintings and ancient weapons. Best time to visit is from May to October. Chandigarh Airport, 522 km away, is the nearest international airport.

3. The Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

A staggering 5000 square kilometres of the plain barren landscape, the Rann remains submerged under water during rainy season and arid and dry during summers. At sunrise or sunset, the stretch as far as eyes can see is covered in a golden hue. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad is the nearest airport.

4. Srinagar and Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir

‘If there is Paradise on earth, it is this.’ You can enjoy a boat ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar at dawn and watch the floating flower markets. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar hosts Asia’s largest Tulip Flower Show in April. Gulmarg, 50 km away from Srinagar, is popular as a top skiing destination. Take a ride on the world’s highest operating cable car at Gulmarg. Srinagar has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh.

5. The ruins of Hampi, Karnataka 

Hampi – the capital of the great Vijayanagara Empire. The temples, palaces, market ruins lie in the midst of rocky outcrops. The temples are famous for their architecture. The lesser-known but equally beautiful Hazara Rama temple has intricate carvings of scenes from the epic Ramayana. Hampi was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1986. To reach Hampi, one can take a flight to Bengaluru or Goa airport.

India has so many options for a traveler, picking up 5, 10 or even 50 top sights is no easy task. If you think we missed out on any remarkable tourist spots in India that deserved to be mentioned in this article, kindly mention them in your comments below.

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