Valleys of India

Valleys of India: A Beautiful Journey

India is well known for being culturally rich and its picturesque landscapes stretch across the country. The country has a wide range of beautiful, serene and unscathed valleys. These valleys are not limited to the northern and north-eastern regions of India. The valleys of India are arguably the most mesmerising in the world.

There are some valleys of India which are still not entirely touched by people. These beautiful, mysterious and overlooked valleys are still not entirely explored and have so much to offer.

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley (Credit: kimkim.com)

Location: Ladakh

Once known as ‘Ldumra’, which means the valley of flowers, Nubra Valley is actually a high-altitude cold desert. However, its surreal surroundings with a bright contrast of mild brown mountains and deep blue sky, vibrant lakes and sand dunes makes it a sight for sore eyes, hence the name.

Nubra Valley is located near Leh, at the confluence of the Shyok and Nubra River. It resides at an altitude of 10,000 ft. This place is famous for its sand dunes, turbulent rivers, Bactrian camels, hiking, and camping. The best time to visit this place would be from the month of April to June and from September to October.

How to Reach Here:

The nearest airport is in Leh and the nearest railway station is in Jammu. A bus or a shared taxi from either of these will do.

Warwan Valley

Warwan Valley
Warwan Valley (Credit: wikipedia.org)

Location: Kashmir

Warwan Valley is the best kept secret in Kashmir. The place is bounded by the lush green forests of the Kashmir Valley on one side and the cold desert of Ladakh on the other, making it an isolated, unexplored piece of heaven.

The area becomes recognized for its massive Bracken glaciers and miles of seemingly endless meadows. There are also some beautiful waterfalls here, which help make it the perfect paradise for adventure lovers. Due to extreme weather conditions, summers are the only best time to visit this place.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is in Srinagar and the nearest railway station is in Jammu. A bus or a shared taxi from either of these to Kokernag in Anantag will do. From there it is a three-hour journey to the valley.

Parvati Valley

Parvati Valley
Parvati Valley (Credit: thrillophilia.com)

Location: Himachal Pradesh

Also known as the “hippie paradise”, Parvati Valley is one of the loveliest Himalayan valleys in India. This picturesque valley is accompanied by the crisp mountain air, with the smell of burning herbs coursing through it. The valley is mostly crowded with backpackers & hippies and is ideal for hiking and camping.

This area becomes famously known for its ethereal mountain views, fresh water streams and its less-explored villages. The “Mini-Israel” of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is situated here. Apart from that, Tosh, Manikaran, and Kheerganga are a few places which earn a positive reputation for backpackers in the region. The major attractions of Parvati Valley include Rudra nag, which is a serpent-shaped waterfall, the hot water spring of Kheerganga, Pin Parvati Pass, etc. The best time to visit this place is the months of March, April and May.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is in Kullu and the nearest railway station is in Ahuj. From there, the journey continues by road.

Pindar Valley

Pindar Valley
Pindar Valley (Credit: rishikeshdaytour.com)

Location: Uttarakhand

Pindar Valley is one of the lesser known valleys of India. The valley is situated alongside the Pindari River, in the district of Bageshwar in Kumaon Region. The valley is covered in Himalayan vegetation, such as pine, oak and rhododendron and is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks and hill-side villages.

This area is famous for the rocky attractiveness of the Pindari River and the Limestone cave temple of Patal Bhuvaneshwar falls. There are many villages here, some of them being Nalgaon, Meenag, Simli, Tharali etc. The best time to visit this place for a good trek would be in the months of summer and onset of winter.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is in Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is in Kathgodam. A drive down to Bageshwar from here will do.

Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley
Dzukou Valley (Credit: tripiwiki.com)

Location: Manipur-Nagaland border

Dzukou Valley is one of the most breath-taking valleys in India. Being world renowned for a unique species of lily flower which only grows here called the Dzukou Lily, this place is like the north-eastern region’s very own, the Valley of Flowers. The valley is covered with multi-coloured rhododendrons and a variety of wildflowers throughout the year.

Much like the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, the Dzukou Valley, too, is only accessible through hiking trails. This valley gains recognition for its vast grasslands decorated by several beautiful varieties of wildflowers and the Pulie Badze Wildlife Sanctuary. Best time to visit the place? That would be in the months of June, July, August and September.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Dimapur Airport and the nearest railway station is in Dimapur. From there it would take a road journey to reach Jakhama Village or Viswema Village, after that the place is strictly accessible through a trek.

Dibang Valley

Dibang Valley Dibang Valley (Credit: reddit.com)

Location: Arunachal Pradesh

Inhabited by the native Idu Mishmis tribe, Dibang Valley is one of the most remote locations in Arunachal Pradesh. This place finds itself situated in the upper Dibang district, by the river Dibang. The valley comprises exotic flora, rich wildlife, and outstanding natural beauty.

Dibang Valley offers the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, Mishmi Hills Giant Flying Squirrels in the Mishmi jungle and Chimiri Fort as the best attractions. This is why Dibang Valley is the paradise for nature lovers, trekkers & adventure enthusiasts, ornithologists, botanists, and photographers. The best time to visit this place is the months of October, November, January and March.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Dibrugarh Airport and the nearest railway station is in Tinsukia. The rest is a journey via road.

Tlawng Valley

Tlawng Valley
Tlawng Valley (Credit: betterphotography.in)

Location: Mizoram

Named after the Tlawng River, Tlawng Valley is one of the longest and most beautiful valleys located in the state of Mizoram. As this place is nestled on the banks of the Tlawng River, the land here is very fertile, with rich wildlife and vegetation.

Tlawng Valley is famous for its enchanting atmosphere and peaceful surroundings. The presence of lush greenery and luxuriant hills make it a tourist’s favourite place. The best time to visit this place is during summer.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Aizawl’s Lengpui Airport and the nearest railway stations are in Silchar and Lumding.The rest of the journey is by road.

Barak Valley

Barak Valley
Barak Valley (Credit: sentinelassam.com)

Location: Assam

Named after the Barak River, Barak Valley finds itself situated in the southern region of the state of Assam. The valley comprises three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, and the main city here is Silchar in Cachar district.

Barak Valley offers luscious evergreen forests and large tracts of rainforests in the northern and south-eastern parts. This makes this place one of the favourite destinations for trekkers and backpackers. The best time to visit this place would be during the fall season, due to extreme weather conditions.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Silchar Airport and the nearest railway station is in Silchar. From there, the rest of the journey is by road.

Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley Yumthang Valley (Credit: india.com)

Location: Sikkim

Also known as “Rhododendron heaven of India”, Yumthang Valley becomes situated in the eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 11,693ft.  Moreover, this place finds itself surrounded by snow-capped mountains all around. However, in summers, Yumthang Valley offers a view of fields covered in rhododendron flowers. There are more than 25 species of them that bloom in summer.

Flourished beside the river of Teesta, this place is a famous skiing destination in eastern India. Apart from that, this place is famous for the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. The best time to visit this place to witness the rhododendron flowers is from the month of March to May. Other than that, September, October, November and December are good times to visit too.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport and the nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri Junction. After that, the journey continues by road.

Rongo Valley

Rongo Valley
Rongo Valley (Credit: tourplannerblog.com)

Location: West Bengal

Resting right at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, Rongo Valley represents a slice of the Dooars, hidden amid unawareness and a resplendent wilderness of North Bengal. This place offers the utmost serenity with a lot of fog brushing up, aromatic tea estates and the panorama of the Darjeeling and Kalimpong hillocks. The entire valley is surrounded by the famous Neora forest.

Rongo Valley earns prominence for the Kumai Tea estate, which is one of the oldest tea gardens in the country. The major attractions here include the famous Kala Rongo monastery, a safari and hiking experiences through the Neora Valley National Park etc. Best time to visit? That would be during summer.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport and the nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri Junction. From there, the rest of the journey is by road.

Ketti Valley

Ketti Valley
Ketti Valley (Credit: ootytourism.co.in)

Location: Tamil Nadu

Nicknamed as the “Switzerland of Nilgiris”, Ketti Valley is a breath of fresh air for the southern regions of India. It is located in the beautiful hills extending from Coonoor to Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The place finds itself surrounded by the beautiful Nilgiri Mountains.

Ketti Valley is famous for bird watching and hiking. The major attractions include the famous Shiva Lingam temple, the tea gardens etc. There are also some amazing waterfalls here in the area. The best time to visit this place would be the monsoon season and winter as well.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Coimbatore Airport and the nearest railway station is in Mettupalayam. After that, a road journey will do.

Silent Valley

Silent Valley
Silent Valley (Credit: india.com)

Location: Kerala

Serene and peaceful and so true to its name, Silent Valley is one of the most relaxing places to visit. It is located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats in Kerala in southern India. Surrounded by Nilgiri, the Silent Valley is covered in flora & fauna.

Silent Valley gains recognition for its Silent Valley National Park. The major attractions include rare endangered animals, such as the Malabar giant squirrel, hairy winged bat, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri leopard, and lion-tailed macaque etc. The best time to visit the place is from the month of December to April.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Coimbatore Airport and the nearest railway station is in Palghat. The rest of the journey is by road.

Sharavathi Valley

Sharavathi Valley
Sharavathi Valley (Credit: karnataka.com)

Location: Karnataka

Declared as a wildlife sanctuary, Sharavathi Valley is one of the most beautiful parts of the Western Ghats. This location is situated in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. This valley got its name from a river of the same name. The valley is filled with waterfalls, dense deciduous forests, rich flora, and fauna and mesmerising landscapes.

Sharavathi Valley is popular for its hiking trails. There are multiple hiking trails here which are a major attraction for trekkers and backpackers. Apart from that, there is Jog Falls here to visit. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season.

How to Get Here:

The nearest airport is Kempegowda International Airport and the nearest railway station is in Mangalore or Bangalore. After that, it is mostly a road journey to Sagar. From Sagar, Gubbagodu is about 20 odd kilometres away.

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 Kangra Valley

Kangra Valley
Kangra Valley (Credit: tripoto.com)

Located in Himachal Pradesh, Kangra Valley is the largest valley in India.

Major attractions that are discovered here can be Rock cut Kangra Temples, Kangra Fort, Palampur, and Dharamsala.

From the month of September to June is the best time to visit the place.

The nearest airport to Kangra Valley is Gaggal and the nearest railway station is Pathankot.

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley Spiti Valley (Credit: cntraveller.in)

Located near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley is arguably one of the most picture-perfect valleys of all time. It is also becomes known as the “Little Tibet”.

The place is popular for Chandratal Lake, Kunzum Pass, Key Monastery etc. Spiti Valley is one of those rare places in India that is appropriate for star-gazing.

The best time to visit the place is during the month of Mid-May to Mid-October.

The nearest airport to Spiti Valley is Kullu and the nearest railway station is Kalka.

Sutlej Valley

Sutlej Valley
Sutlej Valley (Credit: mapio.net)

Adorned with rich flora and fauna, Sutlej Valley resides by the Sutlej River in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

The major attractions of this place are the village of Kalpa, the majestic Kinnaur-Kailash range, etc.

The best time to visit the place is during the summertime.

The nearest airport to Sutlej Valley is Kullu and the nearest railway station is Kalka. From there it’s a journey via road towards Kalpa.

Araku Valley

Araku Valley is one of the most idyllic valleys in India for relaxation. The place resides in Andhra Pradesh. The valley finds itself surrounded by the Eastern Ghats.

Major attractions for tourists here are the Borra caves and other limestone structures, a few tribal caves and the Museum of Tribal Arts etc.

Araku Valley is best to visit during the month of February.

The nearest airport and railway station to Araku Valley is in Vishakhapatnam.

Conclusion

Valleys of India
Valleys of India (Credit: theculturetrip.com)

Not all those who wander are lost.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

Be it a solo traveller, or a family, a group of friends or a honeymooning couple, these charming valleys of India can be visited by anyone, of any age, at any time. All one need do is be open to adventure, hold their head high and just dive in. Overall, these paradises for wanderlust seekers are no easy trip to complete, but they are certainly worth it all.

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