Be it a beach holiday, an adventure holiday, a romantic holiday, or a peaceful holiday that you are looking for, there’s no dearth of such holiday destinations in a country like India. Often, we hear of many foreign tourists coming to India for exploring beautiful places and getting spiritual healing and inner peace of mind. For instance, the popular Rock band, The Beatles, have taken refuge in an ashram in Rishikesh in 1968 to take part in a meditation course run by the iconic Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Our bucket list of Heavenly Places in India will make you want to explore these beautiful places in India for gaining instant peace and happiness without waiting any further. So, read on!
Bucket-List of 10 Heavenly Peaceful Places in India:
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Dudhsagar waterfall, located about 60 kilometers from Panaji in Goa, is one of India’s tallest waterfalls and can make an ideal hangout for taking a temporary break from the usual work-centered life. The most striking thing about this four-tiered waterfall is the color of the water changes from blue to white as the water gushes down from the top tier to the bottom tier, it is such a gorgeous sight to the eyes of the onlookers and you mustn’t miss taking snapshots of this natural wonder. The entry is open for public between 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How to Reach: One cannot reach directly to Dudhsagar waterfalls. The easiest way of getting there is taking a flight to Goa to land at Goa Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport. From the airport, take a taxi to the nearby Madgaon village, from Madgaon you can hop on a luxury bus to travel a distance of 40 km to reach Mollem village and then hire a jeep from there to reach the picturesque waterfall.
Best time to visit: The months of Oct to May, when the monsoon season has just ended and there is an abundance of water in the waterfall are perfect for sightseeing the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
If you are longing to spend a vacation in a secluded place for peace of mind, away from the chaotic city life, there’s nothing like taking a beach holiday in The Andaman Islands- an archipelago of about 300 islands in the Bay of Bengal, famous for exploring underwater ship wreckages, coral reefs, and marine life, a perfect place for spending peaceful moments on its warm palm-lined, sandy beaches with pristine blue waters. Our top picks for your islands in this archipelago are Havelock Island, Jolly Buoy Island, and Ross Island. The best way of moving around the islands is getting ferried; you will find Catamaran services for moving across the waters of the islands.
How to Reach: The easiest way to reach the Andaman Islands is taking a flight to Port Blair- the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair International Airport (IATA code: IXZ), located just 2 kilometers from Port Blair is the main gateway to the Andaman Islands.
Best time to visit: The summer season (Apr to Jun) is perfect for flying to the Andaman Islands as the weather is warm and pleasant around that time, avoid traveling in the monsoon season (May to Sep) as there is a risk of tidal waves that can ruin your vacation.
Rishikesh prides itself for being home to so many ashrams and yoga centers, sometimes dubbed as the Yoga capital of India for the huge presence of yoga centers. Located on the banks of river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, the hot-spot is one of the most peaceful places to visit in North India and perfect for religious pilgrimages, learning yoga styles, practicing meditation techniques and even river water rafting. Touring the world-famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram which was once visited by the English Rock group- The Beatles is a must-do.
How to Reach: The easiest way of reaching Rishikesh is taking a flight to Dehradun Airport, also known as Jolly Grant Airport (IATA code: DED), located just 35 kilometers from Rishikesh. From Dehradun you could hire a private taxi to reach Rishikesh.
Best time to visit: The months of Mar to Apr are ideal for taking a tour of Rishikesh and for river rafting travel during the months of Sep to Oct.
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Nubra Valley, located just 150 km from Ladakh’s capital Leh, is a cold desert tourist destination that is well-known among tourists for camel safaris, rare moon-like surface, trekking trails and the famous Diskit Buddhist Monastery. The most fascinating thing about Nubra Valley is its appearance changes with seasons, during summers the valley becomes a treat to the eyes for sighting the pink and yellow roses of its lush green landscape and during the winters the surface of the valley looks so similar to the Moon’s surface, for this reason it is sometimes known as the ‘Broken Moon Land’.
How to Reach: The easiest way to reach is taking a flight to Leh Town and from there you can drive along the Khardung La pass from Leh Town to reach Nubra Valley. For cheap flights to Leh, get them booked on Indian Eagle right away!
Best time to visit: The months of Apr to Jun and Sep to Oct are ideal for touring Nubra Valley. Travel during the months of Oct to Feb in winter for sighting the heavenly moon-like surface.
Backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala
Alleppey in Kerala is a popular backpacker destination, best-known for taking Houseboat river cruises. Houseboats are “Floating Villas” that are high on luxury and comfort and is Kerala’s signature style of cruising around its backwaters. Go on a houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Alleppey for experiencing some real peace of mind and disconnecting yourself from the normal hectic life. Imagine yourself taking a houseboat cruise all on your own with nobody around you- it’s just you and the endless sight of the river in a serene atmosphere. Sounds exciting eh?
How to reach: Take a flight to Kochi, the nearest city to Alleppey- From there walk to the Ferry station which is 15 minutes away- Take the ferry to Ernakulam Bus Station (Fort Cochin to Ernakulam ferry) – From the Ernakulam bus station take a bus to Alleppey. Get your cheap flights to Kochi booked on Indian Eagle.
Best time to visit: The months of Oct to Feb are perfect for sightseeing Alleppey because of the warm weather, avoid the monsoon season between June and September.
Popular as ‘heaven on earth’, the gorgeous city of Srinagar is located in the newly formed union territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Majority of the tourists love the charming stationary houseboats here. Shikharas, the gondola-type of rowboats are also a top tourist attraction. The Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake further beautify this serene town. If you are planning a relaxing getaway, you must definitely visit Srinagar, one of the most heavenly places in India.
How to Reach:
The best way to reach Srinagar is via a flight to Sheikh ul Alam Airport. You can also opt for a train ride to the Srinagar Railway Station from any city in India. The city is also well-connected via road to major cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh or Leh. So, if you are planning for a road trip, you won’t have to worry about the route to reach the best place for peace of mind.
Best time to Visit:
Srinagar has a pleasant temperature all round the year. But if you want to avoid the extreme cold in winters, you should visit this city between April and October.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is one of the best peaceful places to visit in India. Located in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, it attracts thousands of tourists annually. You can also enjoy the spectacular views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, which are snow-covered almost the entire year. The older part of the city is always bustling with travelers visiting the various cafes, restaurants and checking out the home-stay accommodations available. You can go trekking in the Parvati Valley or opt for mountaineering and paragliding in the Pir Panjal mountains. If you are into adventure sports try white river rafting in the Beas river.
How to Reach:
You can use the Bhuntar Airport, which is located nearly 50 km away from Manali to fly from different parts of the country. The city is also well-connected with different Indian cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Dharamshala etc. so you can either drive here, book a car rental or take a bus to reach one of the top places to visit for peace of mind.
Best Time to Visit:
Manali boasts of pleasant weather all throughout the year. But it is recommended that you visit this quaint town between October and June to avoid the monsoon season.
Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
Nohkalikai Falls is located near one of the wettest places on earth, Cherrapunji. This is one of the most popular places of peace in Meghalaya. It is also one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Surrounded by lush greenery, it is ideal for a one-day family picnic. You will be left amazed at exploring the flora and fauna around the falls. It is believed to get its name from a woman named Likai, who jumped off the cliff next to the falls after a family tragedy.
How to Reach:
You can reach Nohkalikai Falls from the nearest airport and railway station that are situated in Guwahati, Assam. The city is well-connected by air and railways from major cities in India. Once you reach here you can rent a car, hop on a bus or book a taxi in order to reach Nohkalikai Falls.
Best Time to Visit:
If you want to witness the falls gushing in all its might, you can consider visiting this place between May and September.
Mizoram is a beautiful north-eastern state and one of the top places to visit in India. It has lush valleys, pristine rivers, lakes and rolling hills. There are nearly 21 major peaks or hill ranges here and a few plains as well. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will fall in love with the scenic beauty in this culturally vibrant region.
How to Reach:
The domestic airport in Aizawl is well-connected with most cities in the country such as Imphal, Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati etc. The rail head in Bairabi of District Kolasib serves as a connecting point for Mizoram with rest of the Indian cities. Through the National Highway 54, Mizoram is accessible via road with the rest of India.
Best Time to Visit:
Due to the fear of possible landslides during the monsoon, the best time to visit Mizoram is between December and March. It is considered as the best place to relax in India and is gaining popularity among those seeking solitude.
Matheran is known as the smallest hill station in the country and one of the best tourist places in Maharashtra. It is located almost 90 km from the city of Mumbai. It’s a great place for people who love watching sunrises and sunsets. With immense natural beauty around, you can relax and take a quick break from your hectic daily schedule.
How to Reach:
The closest railway station to Matheran is Neral, which is just 21 km from the serene town. Pune Airport is the nearest option for those who want to take a flight. You can book a taxi or rent a cab from here to reach Matheran. There are also a lot of buses operating to take tourists to this town.
Best Time to Visit:
The ideal time to visit Matheran is from April to May and between October and December, so you can enjoy the pleasant climate here.