A country with an amazing past, a vivid geography, and the most colorful people. From Ruskin Bond to T.S Eliot, India is a muse land for rich literature for the entire world. It’s a land where landscapes are woven out of dreams and places cut out of fairytales. Take a plunge in these 7 most surreal places in the country…places residing at the thin line between dream and reality.
White desert of the Great Rann
Pristine white sands make this westernmost district of India seem straight out of a surreal fantasy. Rann of Kutch is in the state of Gujarat. Be there during the Rann Utsav festival (during the months between December to March) and you’d be transferred to a whole new world altogether. Amidst the azure sky and the white sand enjoy folk dances, camping, camel safari, and lots more. The beauty of Rann of Kutch enhances a thousand times more, especially, during the full moon nights.
Secluded butterfly beach in Goa
This is one of the most secluded beaches in the country and is located on the Palolem beach in Goa. You need to take a ferry to this beach from the Palolem beach. And, here, the golden rocks by the clear sand beds and the crystal clear sea water provide the most breathtaking view.
Kudremukh in Karnataka
Have you ever seen a mountain shaped like a horse face? Kudremukh is exactly that! Dense forests, waterfalls, and hills offer the best weekend gateway opportunity to the tourists.
India boasts of the world’s largest river island and it’s in Majuli, Assam. The place is only connected via boats with Jorhat and is still a very little known, yet majestic place. This is also on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This cultural capital of Assam unfurls its beauty in a “magic realism” way to the tourists.
Sundarbans, West Bengal
India is known for some of the largest forests! And, here it is – Sundarbans – the biggest mangrove in the world. It is located in the southern delta part of the state of West Bengal. The name emanates a surreal touch to it as it literally means “beautiful forest”. It is the only habitat for the Royal Bengal Tigers. Additionally, the flora and fauna of this place are surely enthralling for the tourists.
Key Monastery, Himachal Pradesh
Situated in the Spiti Valley, it is one of the most unexplored and remote places of the country. The Key Monastery is located at an elevation of 4,112 meters and was built in the 14th century.
Chadar Lake, Ladakh
Chadar trek is through the frozen ice of the Zanskar River in Ladakh. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and this trek is considered to be the most challenging one too! For the toughest and the most adventurous at heart, this trek is something not to be missed.
So, these are the seven surreal wonders of India. But, there are more! A tour of Indian wonderland should be just half-completed in an entire lifetime. So, get set go… Cover as much as you can.