“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home…” – Gary Snyder
India is a beautiful country, filled with abundant picturesque places to see and appreciate nature and its power. Studies show that nature has calming as well as healing properties. If one spends only 30 minutes in nature daily, away from all worldly distractions, he is bound to be happy and stress-free. The sight of blooming flowers, greenery around, incredible fauna, clean pure air and no disturbance at all… it’s a pure bliss!
We all need a break from our monotonous stressful lives. Here, are the best places to visit, if you are looking for tranquillity and awe-inspiring scenes.
From lush green coffee plantations, cascading waterfalls and lots of greenery – Talakaveri Wildlife sanctuary and Nagarhole national park, Coorg is blessed with beauty galore and lots of tourist spots. “Scotland of East” is a must visit place. You can stay in luxurious hotels or cosy homestays and enjoy your days away from hassles of city life.
Nearest major cities – Mysore (118 km), Mangalore (135 km)
Best time to visit – October to April
Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand (The Little Kashmir)
Mother Nature has been extra giving when it comes to Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty is astounding. The largest district in the area is Pithoragarh. It has a plethora of options to offer from scenic to historic importance. A place of exquisite natural beauty and serenity, it is surrounded by Tibet & Nepal. With fresh snow, in winters, Pithoragarh is nothing less than a picture-perfect image.
Nearest major city – Tanakpur (138 km)
Best time to visit – Round the year
Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra
Declared as a UNESCO World Biodiversity Site, Kaas Plateau is a breathtakingly stunning place. With more than 850 varieties of flowering plants, this place attracts visitors profusely. Being relatively unknown, this, in all sense, is a hidden treasure!
Nearest major city – Satara (25 km)
Best time to visit- August-September
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Situated in Chamoli district, is a sprawling expanse of 87 square kilometres filled with meadows of endemic alpine flowers & flourishing flora & fauna – snow leopard, Asiatic black bear & many more. To reach this heavenly spot, one needs to trek and only months allowed are July to September. Spell-bounding indeed!
Nearest major city- Govind Ghat (16 km), Rishikesh (276 km)
The only time to visit- July-September
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
An untouched, unscathed by modernisation, a piece of heaven of earth, Ziro Valley is an epitome of simplicity & beauty at its best. Simple people, quaint villages, paddy fields, cosy villages, lots of trekking options, really it’s a haven for nature lovers and trekkers. Plan your next holiday to this spot, and you won’t be disappointed!
Nearest major city- Jorhat (90 km), Naharalagun (100 km)
Best time to visit – March – October
Tea & spice plantations, greenery, waterfalls, camping, trekking, wildlife spotting, boating and many more. Munnar offers a lot to its visitors, all in gorgeous surroundings, nature’s glory. A place that would definitely offer you your “me” time and rejuvenate you, Munnar is a must-go-to!
Nearest major city – Cochin (110 km)
Best time to visit – All around the year
Break free from the shackles of your repetitive life! Walk with nature, it will nurture your mind, body & soul. And all you’ll get is inner calm & rejuvenation!!
Happy Traveling & Keep Giggling!
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