India is home to people from different religions, beliefs, and customs. Its strength lies in its unity in diversity. While India’s diversity adds colors to life in general, its cities equally add and amplify its appeal.
From being home to the world’s oldest city Varanasi to a bustling metropolis like Mumbai, every city in India is an encyclopedia of fascinating ancient and modern stories. But there are some cities where nature rules supreme and makes the city breathtakingly beautiful.
So much so that, you will not be blamed if you wish to stay in these cities for the rest of your life. But even if you can’t, you can travel to these cities during the holidays and take a pleasant from the daily hustle and bustle of life. Here is the list of 10 most beautiful cities in India.
Gangtok is without any doubt the most beautiful city in India. It is situated in the bosom of the Shivalik ranges and gifted with very pleasant weather. Its cleanliness is an inspiration for other stories, but the most attractive thing about the city is its heavenly feeling. Gurudongmar Lake, Lachung Flower Valley, Yumthang Valley are a must-visit.
Also, if you are looking for food and adventure too, Gangtok will not disappoint you at all. You can literally choose to go to any place that looks good to your eyes and you’re sure to have a lovely time.
Magical and liberating, these two words perfectly sum up Varanasi. India’s oldest city, and in all likelihood the world’s too, Varanasi is a trip into India’s rich culture, customs, and beliefs. While you might be surprised to see a large number of foreign tourists, it would take only a few hours before you are soaked in by Varanasi’s eternal charm.
The city is home to over 2,000 temples and major attractions include Kashi Vishwanath temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, and the Ganga Aarti. If you are still alien to India’s cultural and spiritual charm, experience it in its most exquisite form at Varanasi.
Shillong is the pearl of North East India. Also referred to as the Scotland of the East, the city will eat up your phone memory. A piece of good advice would be to carry your hard disk too!
Wooden homes, lush green hills, lakes, waterfalls, and British influenced architecture, Shillong will leave you mesmerized. Major attractions include Umiam Lake, Wardus Lake, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephanta Fall, Sweet Fall, and Shillong Peak.
We don’t need to say much for a city that’s located in Kerala, God’s own land. Such is the charm and beauty of this sea-side city. The city is overlooked by the Western Ghats on one side and the majestic Arabian Sea on the other. National Geographic has included it in its list of ’50 greatest places of a lifetime’. Need we say more?
Do you know that it rains in Nainital almost every afternoon? It’s because of its lakes
Certainly a great romantic getaway, Nainital is a winter delight. The snow-capped lakes coupled with the surrounding Himalayan mountains, few other places on earth have nights as beautiful as those in Nainital during winter. You are bound to carry Nainital’s beauty with you, no matter where you live.
Mussoorie is only a 3 hrs drive from Nainital. While the drive itself is every traveler’s most cherished dream, Mussoorie is the icing on the cake. While the city has been the preferred choice of filmmakers for decades, the city’s charm continues to leave its guests mesmerized and returning for more.
Major attractions include the calm and quiet Camel’s back road with its picturesque views, the lush green Sir George Everest peak, and the Lal Tibba which is Mussoorie’s’ highest point shrouded in thick copes of deodar and pine trees.
Want to experience a tour de France in India itself? Well, head to Pondicherry and experience the very best of French and Indian culture, architecture, and food. Pondicherry was once a French territory and while it is now an integral part of India, the city has preserved its French heritage along with the Indian culture.
Take a street tour and treat yourself with french architecture inspired buildings, churches, and colonies. And, yes to forget the food and the serene beaches with the glittering sand. If water activities are your thing, then Pondicherry has that too in plenty. Major attractions include The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, Paradise Beach, Raj Niwas, Promenade, and Serenity Beach.
Regal, adventurous, and a foodies delight, Jaipur promises a uniquely royal experience. From the historical monuments to the shopping centers, Jaipur has more to offer than you can even imagine. The royal palaces and the first speak of the city’s rich heritage and the hospitality of the people will leave you feeling blessed and grateful at the same time.
Winter is the best time to visit the city as the weather is very pleasant. As far as food is concerned, your tastebuds will force you to come back to the city again and again. Major attractions include Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Albert hall, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar. And, while you are in the city, don’t forget to visit the old city market. There are carpets, Jewellery, and handicrafts which we are sure you won’t mind taking some back with you.
Word’s can’t but fail to describe the beauty of Srinagar. Arguably, Nature’s favorite city, Srinagar’s beauty takes magical form during autumn. The city is painted in a natural hue of yellow and red at the onset of autumn. It has a poetic and fairytale appeal to it which only those who are there to witness it can feel.
It would be hard to point at any particular attraction. But still, if you want it, we would say don’t miss the Tulip Gardens and the Gulmarg Gondola ride at all.
Kumbakonam is to Nature what Mona Lisa is to Leonardo Da Vinci. To get a perspective of what we want to say imagine this:
A 12.58 km² area has 1000s of ancient temples with elaborate and exquisite carvings. On either side of this area, two rivers dance their way as a tribute to the lords of the temples. Dwelling within this majestic environment are people who have been carrying the tradition and culture of the land for over a millennium now. Experience India in its purest form at Kumbakonam-.
That’s all from this list for now. We hope you liked this list. Tell us more about your personal experiences if you have been in any or more of the cities on our list.