Think of natural wonders of India and names such as Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty etc., would immediately come up in our mind. No doubt these places are replete with abundant of natural beauty, there are many other lesser-known best creations of nature in our country that will astound you beyond your mind’s imagination.
While there are innumerable amazing natural wonders in India, we list here five spectacular ones we hope will inspire you to visit sometime soon!
This wetland reserve in Ladakh is a must-see natural wonder of India. Situated at an altitude of 15,100 feet, this almost 19 km long lake was originally a glacial freshwater lake and had outlets to Sutlej River. Now a saline lake, dressed in shades of blue, houses over 34 species of Avifauna and 10 different types of mammals.
Camping is a popular activity that is carried out here. Just sitting by the lake and soaking-in the divinity of nature’s marvel will fill your heart with positivity and ecstasy. As for the accommodation is concerned, you can either opt for homestays in Korzok Village or pitch tents just before the Korzok Village.
Nubra Valley located in the northeast of Ladakh is yet another natural wonder that is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and serrated mountains. This tri-armed valley separates the Ladakh from the Karakoram Ranges.
The major attraction of Nubra Valley is travelling via the Khardung La Pass, which is said to be the highest motorable road. This journey in itself is an experience to cherish!
Nubra Valley has various places of attraction such as Diskit Monastery, and Panamik hot water springs. The double-humped Bactrian Camels and sand dunes are unique to this land. The clear view of the starry skies in Nubra Valley will amaze even the most dispirited one. You can even spot shooting stars if you happen to steer out in the pitch-dark night.
The great Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert located in Gujarat, India. It extends to the Sindh province of Pakistan. Rann of Kutch is mostly flooded during the monsoon and once the water recedes, the land becomes dry, barren. The sight of the vast mirages on the land then seems surreal and enigmatic.
Winters are when you get a glimpse of the best of the White Rann, especially the while salt desert shines brightly as the sun during the full moon night. Make it a point to visit this spectacular region during the annual Rann Utsav as you will get more options to stay close to the White Rann.
Jog Falls or the Gersoppa Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfalls in India. Located in the Shimoga District of Karnataka, these falls are formed by the Sharavati River and plunges from a height of 253 meters. It consists of four distinct cascades – Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket.
The lush green surroundings, tranquil atmosphere and the voluminous Jog falls make for a truly breath-taking sight. Monsoon is the best time to visit the Jog Falls as one can view rainbow formations every now and then. Sagara and Talugappa are nearest railway stations to Jog falls. Various hotels, resorts accommodation and homestays are available at these villages.
Lakshadweep, a congregation of coral islands that shares its territorial ecoregion with Maldives and Chagos has more than just sun-kissed beaches. The azure waters of this picturesque island are home to coral islands which houses over 101 species of birds, 78 species of corals, 600 species of marine fishes, 48 species of gastropods and 52 species of crabs!
The seabed around Agatti Island offers the best snorkelling opportunity owing to its fertile reef. Pitti Island, which hosts no humans, is a bird sanctuary and an important nesting ground for sea turtles and pelagic birds.