There is something elemental about the beauty of nature that leaves most of us dreamy eyes and transcends us to a peaceful sense of being. Geography of India varied from a land frontier to a long coastline bounded by the Oceans,Islands,Himalayan mountain and deeply forested hill regions. Mountains, rivers, valleys and a lot of trees! So much to love about nature. If you have spent time in nature, you will know the happiness it fills you with. Here are some beautiful natural getaways in India for nature lovers.
1. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar is a hill station in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India, located approximately 24 kilometers from Dalhousie. Khajjiar is on a small plateau with a small stream fed lake in the middle that has been covered with weeds. The mountain station is surrounded by meadows and forests. It is about 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges of the Western Himalayas and peaks can be seen in the distance. It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar shrine. Khajjiar can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest main town and hill station, by bus in about an hour. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest.
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Khajjiar Lake: In the shadow of the snow-covered Himalayas, Khajjiar Lake is the most spectacular of lakes. Surrounded by cedar forest, the lake is located at an elevation of 1920 m. The small water streams of the Himalaya act as a source for the Khajjiar Lake.
- Khajji Naga Temple: Khajjiar is very famous for Kajji Naga Temple, which is in close proximity to the famous Khajjiar Lake. The temple stands decked with a golden dome and spire due to which it is known as ‘Golden Devi’ temple.
- Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary: The flora in the sanctuary includes cedar and blue pine, oaks like moru and ban, deodar trees, rhododendron, firs, and many more. It’s also popular for medicinal plants and herbs. The wilderness is conferred with a huge variety of Indian Wildlife, including some of the endangered species of flora and fauna.
- Chamunda Devi Temple: Chamunda Devi Temple is nestled in a spectacular position on the spur of Shah Madar range of hills and opposite to the Chamba town. It is a major holy place for pilgrims that sits on the bank of river Baner and just 15 km away from Dharmshala.
2. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. It is popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people.
Places To Visit
- Abbey Falls: Abbey Falls, also known as Abbi Falls, is located around 10 kilometres away from the town of Madikeri and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in and around Coorg. The water cascade coming down from the cliff from a height of 70 feet provides a spectacular scene to behold. Timings :9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Entry Fee :INR 15
- Talacauvery: Talakaveri is the source of the river Kaveri, located on the Brahmagiri hill. It is believed that the river originates as a spring feeding a tank or a Kundike and then flows underground to re-emerge as Kaveri some distance away. The place has a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kaveriamma is located next to the tank and bathing in it on special occasions is considered holy.Timings : 6:00 AM – 8:30 PM, Best time to Visit : Monsoon (July-September) as the stream is at its strongest.
- White River rafting in Barapole River: White water rafting is organized in Upper Barapole are called Kithu-Kakkatu River which is a strong catchment area for the monsoons, thus providing some of the most challenging stretches of rapids. Timings : 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Price : INR 1200
- Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to many animals including macaques, gaurs, elephants, tigers, leopard, cats, wild pigs, Nilgiri langurs and sloth bears. Some interesting birds one can spot in the place include black bulbul, Malabar trogon, and emerald dove. Cobra, python and king cobra are some reptiles which can be easily spotted. Timings : 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Entry Fee : Adults: INR 50,
Children: INR 25
3. Valley of Flowers, Uttaranchal
The valley of flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully nestled in the western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The Valley of Flowers trek passes through dense forests, with the Pushpawati River and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. This richly diverse region is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asian black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, and red fox and the blue sheep. Birds found in the park include the Himalayan monal pheasant and other high altitude birds.
Valley of flowers national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand State in India. This valley was discovered by Frank S Smythe in the year 1931. Nature lovers, botanist, photographers, mountaineers all come to valley of flowers from across the globe. The Valley of Flowers is also believed to be the place from where Hanuman brought the magical herb to resuscitate Lakshman in the Hindu epic Ramayan. The legend still holds value as many people continue to believe that Sanjeevani, the magical herb, continues to grow in the park. Still pristine and enchanting, there are other legends associated with the park. Locals believe it is the playground of fairies and that they descend to the valley in the absence of humans.
- Best Time To Go: August – September
- Best Place To Stay: Hotels and lodges can be found at Ghangaria. Budget hotels at Ghangaria cost around Rs 1500. You can also find dormitories in Ghangaria.
4. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows. It is popularly known as the “Valley of Flowers” and is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has more than twenty-four species of rhododendrons, the state flower. The blooming season is from late February to mid-June, when countless flowers bloom to cover the valley in rainbow-hued hues. A tributary of the Teesta River crosses the valley and the town of Lachung, the nearest inhabited center. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. There is also a hot spring in the valley. A forest rest house is the only permanent residence in the valley. During the spring months, the region blooms with rhododendrons, primroses, poppies, irises and other flora.
- Location: North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120
- How to Reach: By Air: Tow Options are available for Air Routes 1) Bagdogra Airport, Located at the distance of about 100 Kms from Gangtok the Capital City of Sikkim. 2) Pakyong Airport, Located at the distance of about 30 Kms from Gangtok the Capital City of Sikkim.
- By Train: The Nearest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri Station Located at the Distance of about 100 Kms from Gangtok the Capital City of Sikkim.
By Road: 1) Gangtok -> Mangan -> Lachung ->Yumthang Valley
5. Kasol, Himachal Pardesh
Kasol is a hamlet in the district Kullu of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar and Manikaran. It is located 30 km from Bhuntar and 3.5 km from Manikaran. Kasol is famous for its trekking trails, which include treks to Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. To get a real feel of the culture in this region, go on a visit to the village of Malana. Kasol has quite a few streetside cafes which serve delicious food, and the experience of sitting and enjoying a meal amidst the dark green forests and the awe-inspiring mountains make the meal even more enjoyable.
- Best Time: October – June
- places Of Visit:
- Kheerganga Trek: Kheer Ganga lies at the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhibited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass. Kheerganga’s panoramic skies and vast greenery are a much-needed delight to the trekker’s eyes and especially the tired legs. It is a holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple of Lord Shiva and a bathing tank.
- Rasol: Nestled in Parvati Valley of the Himalayas is the magical village of Rasol. Located near Kasol at 10,000 feet above sea level, Rasol is an enchanting location where one is privy to breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas.
- Chalal: Chalal has managed to retain its old world mountain village rustic charm. Set in the beautiful Parvati Valley of the Himalayas, with a grand view of snow-capped mountains and majestic pine trees, this quaint town has been nicknamed as the “Isreal of Himachal Pradesh”, and rightfully so! With Kasol becoming a mainstream village, Chalal has found its fan following among backpackers and trekkers, who come out here to trek, camp out under the stars, or enjoy some hot chai as they soak in the sheer splendour of the scenic panorama of the grand Himalayas.
- Parvati River: The soothing Parvati River flows through the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh and is an indispensable part of this gorgeous region. The thundering river originates from the Man Talai Glacier, flowing north through Parvati Valley and eventually flowing into the Beas River near Kulu. Though not really a place to visit, Parvati River is definitely a top attraction in Kasol.