Travelling to foreign countries is a dream for most and yet can be a very costly affair. Yet, did you know that there are so many tourist destinations in India that perfectly resemble foreign locales? Yes, indeed! Mumbai Travellers draws up a list of the top 10 destinations in India that look like famous foreign holiday spots.
1. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Looks like : Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah USA
The Great Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This enormous desert is truly awe-inspiring with its fossilized preserves that date back to the Jurassic age. Visitors can also marvel at ‘Dholavira’, one of the well-preserved villages of the ancient Harappa civilization.
2. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Looks like : Switzerland
A picturesque hill station in North India, Khajjiar is known globally for its uncanny tropical resemblance to Switzerland. Lush green meadows, clear lakes, and the soaring Himalayas truly make up the majestic beauty of this mountain town.
Image Sources – magic4walls.com, mycarndriverindia.com
3. Andaman Islands
Looks like : Madagascar
Secluded white sand beaches framed with coconut palm groves make up the gorgeous Andaman Islands. Popular as a honeymoon destination, the tropical island offers a myriad of activities for adventure lovers and a tranquil environment for those looking to escape the city.
Image Sources –africa-facts.org
4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Looks like : Antelope Valley, USA
Marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers is a boundless stretch of alpine floral beauty. The rich biodiversity is home to rare species of animals including Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopard, and black bear, as well as many species of birds.
Image Sources – footage.framepool.com, ayanattappadi.blogspot.in
5. Thar Desert, Rajasthan
Looks like : Sahara Desert, Africa
Famed globally as the Great Indian Desert, the Thar is one of the world’s largest deserts. The far-flung stretches of sand dunes are peppered with sudden mirages, vast salt lakes, and fertile oases. A popular tourist destination, there many options for stay in luxury tents, sand dune safaris, and camel rides.
Image Sources – sciencedaily.com. goroadtrip.com
6. Chitrakote Falls, Chhattisgarh
Looks like : Niagara Falls, USA
The horseshoe shape and wide expanse of Chitrakote Falls have earned it the nickname, Niagara Falls of India. An exquisitely beautiful experience in the monsoons, the sunlight piercing through the waters result in a myriad of rainbows all around.
Image Sources – arakuvalleytourism.in
7. India Gate, Delhi
Looks like : Arc de Triomphe, France
This magnificent war memorial has very few equivalents in the world, one of them being the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Commissioned in 1921, the massive structure is now a popular tourist spot with throngs of stalls selling snacks, flags, and other memorabilia.
8. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Looks like: Great Wall of China
This 15th century fort has been marked with the distinction of being a World Heritage Site. With a great wall that stretches over 36 kilometres long, the fort is surrounded with lush gardens and overlooks the vast expanse of the mighty Thar desert.
Image Sources –foundtheworld.com, haja.co
9. Dal Lake Floating Market, Kashmir
Looks like : Floating Market, Mekong Delta Vietnam
A floating vegetable market in the midst of the scenic Dal Lake, this unique experience truly has only one match in the world located at Vietnam. The surrounding shikharas on seemingly limitless blue waters and an abundance of lotus plants are a photographer’s delight.
Image Sources – mylittleadventure.com, nativeplanet.com
10. Gandikota Gorge, Andhra Pradesh
Looks like: The Grand Canyon, USA
Globally renowned as India’s Grand Canyon, Gandikota is a spectacular rock formation in the Erramala Hills. An uncommercialized locale, trekkers will marvel at the plunging gorges that meet their end at clear, blue rivers. The Belum Caves is a part of the formation that closely resembles Arizona’s Antelope Canyons.
Image Sources – pinterest.com
There you go. You don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket, with airfare and visa charges, the next time you travel. There are so many exquisite locales in India just waiting to be explored. Go ahead and get packing…!!