Thandi hawayein aur khoobsurat vaadiyon ke nazaare, dil khush kar denge. For almost 2 years we’ve been cooped up in our homes, all thanks to Covid-19, but with the relaxation in travel restrictions, you can finally plan the much-awaited trip. What’s better than going to a hill station to relax and fill your heart with happiness? So get ready to go to Switzerland! We’re not kidding, you can quite literally enjoy the vibes of Switzerland right here in India. This World Tourism Day, explore the most picturesque places in India. Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh is frequently offered as a mini Switzerland, but there are more places that can fulfil all the desires of your heart and make your trip worth it!
Switzerland Of India: 5 Most Picturesque Destinations
1. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
This place is the rarest and most perfect combination of lakes, pastures and forests. It is magnificent and a treat to your eyes. If you ever imagined what heaven must look like, this is the place of your dreams. It is situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh and we can bet that you’ll have a hard time leaving. Now that you already are in Khajjiar, you should also visit Dalhousie to make the most of your trip!
Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year
Manipur is not just famous for its views and beautiful landscapes, but also for its rich heritage culture. The green velvety mountains will forever hold a special place in your heart. Did you know that Manipur has a gorgeous lake where the floating islands meet? It is called Loktak which is 45 kilometres from Imphal. Talking about the cultural heritage and history of the state, the Manipur State Museum and Kangla Palace are must-visit spots. While you are there don’t forget to explore the market scene for an ultimate budget shopping experience.
Best Time To Visit: October-March
3. Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir
This is a dream place for every Indian that you need to visit at least once in your lifetime. Kashmir is often regarded as the paradise of India with sparkling lakes, rivers, cold mountains and amazing people! The place almost seems magical and there is not a single place that is not pleasing to the eye. If you want some ‘me-time’, then Lolab Valley is your place. You can also head to Vaishno Devi and Amaranth temple, and find your inner peace and make sure that you don’t miss the boat rides.
Best Time To Visit: March-August
4. Auli, Uttarakhand
For an escape from your regular life, Auli is your best shot! Also known as the famous ski destination of India, Auli is one such mini Switzerland in India. Waving from a height of about 2505 meters, it is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and tourists and travellers in Auli can easily see the magnificent view of the Himalayas. You can spend the night near the woods to get the essence of nature in its truest form and peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana part can be experienced exotically here.
Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year
5. Barot Valley, Himachal Pradesh
You can recreate your folklore fantasies in the beautiful forests of Barot Valley, located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 1835 meters, this hidden gem is a beautiful place on the bank of river Uhl (it has crystal clear water). Did you know that Borat is also known for its Hydel Power project constructed by the British in the early nineties? Surrounded by lush green mountains covered with tall Deodar trees, this picturesque valley is a must-visit for tourists as well as adventure seekers interested in trout fishing.
Best Time To Visit: April-June; November-February
So pack your bags, take that leave and escape into the beauty that India has to offer you. Make sure that you follow all the protocols and guidelines set in place by the government, you might also need an e-pass and negative Covid-19 report before visiting these places. Enjoy your much-awaited trip and let us know in the comments which place you will visit first.