Skip To Content

    21 Places In India That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale

    Well, you can always travel virtually!

    Right now, in India, it is imperative that you stay home and avoid non-essential travel. We hope you’ll find our content entertaining, inspiring, or perhaps even useful for a future trip.

    1. Rann Of Kutch, Gujarat

    Ks-art / Getty Images

    With its vast, dreamlike landscapes, the Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt marshes in the world. While it is largely untravelled, the desert comes alive during the months of November through February because of the Rann Festival.

    For those visiting during the night of the full moon, the moonlight camel safari is an experience like no other.

    2. Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra

    Ephotocorp / Getty Images

    Maharashtra's valley of flowers, the Kaas Plateau is a part of the Shayadri range of the Western Ghats. This UNESCO World Heritage Site becomes impossibly stunning during the months of September and October, when over 800 species of wildflowers form a blanket over it.

    3. Patrika Gate, Jaipur

    Andrei Kravtsov / Getty Images

    When one thinks of Jaipur, sights like Hawa Mahal and the Amber Palace usually come to mind. However, the Pink City is home to yet another striking attraction in the form of the Patrika Gate, which is essentially the entrance to Jaipur's Jawahar Circle.

    Expect to be awed by the monument's colours and intricate patterns. Oh and did we mention that you won't be able to stop yourself from clicking a million pictures?

    4. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

    5. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

    6. Panna Meena Ka Kund, Jaipur

    7. Agra Fort

    8. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji

    9. Agrasen Ki Baoli, Delhi

    Sanga Park / Getty Images

    An ancient monument that lies in the heart of Delhi, Agrasen Ki Baoli is a step-well that is shrouded in mystery. Nobody knows who exactly built it while some believe that it is haunted. Well, if you go down as many as a 103 stone steps towards a reservoir, you're bound to feel cold. And that surely does not confirm the presence of a ghost. Or does it?

    Despite the suspense associated with this historical attraction, it is terribly gorgeous.

    10. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

    11. Dal Lake, Kashmir

    © So Hum / Getty Images

    The Lake of Flowers and the jewel of the city of Srinagar, the Dal Lake is right out of a fairytale with its calm yet surreal blue waters that are dotted with floating gardens and the most colourful Shikaras, or houseboats. You'll definitely fall in love!

    12. Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh

    13. Athirapally Falls, Kerala

    Ganesh Sundar / Getty Images

    At 80 feet, the formidable, yet gorgeous, Athirappilly Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and is a part of the Western Ghats. Also known as the 'Niagara Falls of India', it is surrounded by the mighty Sholayar Peaks and flows through the Vazhachal Forest.

    If you are a fan of Mani Ratnam's 'Dil Se...', you've probably spotted this waterfall in the background of the song 'Jiya jale'.

    14. Nubra Valley, Ladakh

    Roop_dey / Getty Images

    Accessed by the daunting Khardung La, which is the highest motorable pass in the world, the Nubra Valley in Jammu and Kashmir is all about rugged, yet impossibly beautiful terrains dotted with bactrian camels.

    Also known as the Orchard of Ladakh, it is incredibly popular amongst travellers in India. And why wouldn't it be? Look at that landscape!

    15. Pangong Tso

    16. Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

    17. Munnar, Kerala

    Ventdusud / Getty Images

    Munnar is a tranquil hill-station in Kerala and is synonymous with luxuriant, unending tea-estates. The 'Kashmir of Southern India' is also home to forests and sanctuaries such as the Eravikulam National Park and the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Tea lovers can expect to feel constantly intoxicated as the aroma of chai is all-pervading.

    18. Hampi, Karnataka

    19. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

    Vivek_renukaprasad / Getty Images

    A national park in the state of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers, as the name suggests, is known for its vibrant and fragrant alpine flowers that bloom during the months of July, August, and early September. It is also home to endangered animal species like the snow leopard.

    The park can be accessed by a 20 kilometre long trek from the town of Joshimath and requires a permit from the forest department.

    20. Gokarna, Karnataka

    Vivek_renukaprasad / Getty Images

    Gokarna is essentially a temple-town in the state of Karnataka which is also famed for its golden, palm-fringed beaches. Go for a stroll along the Kudle Beach, take a spiritual trip to the Mahabaleshwar Temple, and perhaps spend some time shopping at a flea market - there's a lot that you can do in Gokarna!

    21. The Backwaters of Kerala

    Byheaven / Getty Images

    With a picturesque network of canals, lakes, rivers, inlets, and lagoons, the backwaters of Kerala are a sight to behold. And there's nothing quite like soaking up all that beauty of the 'Venice of the East' from the comfort of your house-boat. We're already dreaming of coconut trees and orangey sunsets.

    Sign Up For The Bring Me! Newsletter!

    The latest travel tips, off-the-beaten-path experiences, and inspiration delivered to your inbox.

    Newsletter signup form