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6 Most Peaceful Places in India

6 Most Peaceful Places in India

As the editor of a travel magazine, I often meet men and women from other lands who come to India in search of the exotic, the mystic, and perhaps above all, peace. I observe that a great many travelers head toward Rishikesh and Haridwar, Varanasi and Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra. All of these are culture-rich and beautiful, but if you are looking for a deep sense of serenity, let me point you to some places that the crowds often miss, but that are worth placing on your India itinerary.

Nubra valley, Ladakh

Almost on the edge of the Indian map, this quiet valley has only recently become accessible to tourists. It can be reached only by crossing one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world: the Khardung La. The world’s highest battle-field isn’t far from here. Even so, the Nubra valley and its villages are serene and peaceful, with sprawling pasture lands, fields, flowers, and friendly people. You need a permit to stay here and it is given for a maximum of 7 days, but if you make the trip, you will experience deep serenity.

The Backwaters of Kerala

Offbeat or not, it is impossible to strike out God’s Own Country from a list of most serene places in India. Nature has blessed this part of the nation with an abundance of beauty. Summer, winter or monsoon the canals and waterways never fail to impress you. Rent a houseboat, and sail into the quiet backwaters. Taste local cuisine as you soak in the lush green surroundings. Watch the tiny islands and villages move by. Make friends with the locals and enjoy the simple and peaceful life.

Coorg, Karnataka

India’s coffee country is fragrant with tranquility. Blessed with mountains, spice plantations, estates, charming villages and home stays run by local families, this is where you could actually do nothing and feel fulfilled. Just a few hours away from Bangalore, this is a gentle stretch of mountain-studded terrain, thick with coconut trees, vanilla, pepper vines, cardamom, orange groves, and yes, coffee. Waterfalls abound, and some homestay resorts are located in the middle of lush plantations, taking you far away from the madding crowd!

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Far from any major towns or cities, amid dense pine forests, Khajjiar is a peaceful paradise indeed. Often referred to as the “mini Switzerland of India,” this tiny hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser-known but most charming retreats in India. Three ecosystems meet here: lakes, forests and pasture lands. Put on your walking shoes, and stroll along…

Malana, Himachal Pradesh

Yet another gift from the mountains, Malana was untouched by modern civilization for a long time. Known as the “little Greece in Himachal,” the people of this tiny but unique village with about 100 houses believe that they are the descendants of “Alexander the Great.” They are considered to be one of the first democracies in the world. Situated to the north-east of Kullu Valley, isolated from the rest of the world, the village is nestled close to the majestic peaks of Chandrakhani. If you are looking for something totally out-of-the-box, this is your place.

Andretta, Himachal Pradesh

The Kangra valley has always been known to attract artists. Around 200 years ago, it was one of the creative hot-spots. In the modern times, this tradition is being carried on by Andretta, a tiny village home to many artists, 14 km south of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. It is a potpourri of culture that can definitely inspire you. Tucked away amongst the plains of Kangra valley, it is blessed with an exclusive panorama of the mountains.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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4:54PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

I'd love to see them all

5:33AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Gosh beautiful!

12:59AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Ty,Lovely

12:00AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Wonderful places - Thanks Shubra. Of late Kangra Valley in the Himalayas has become crowded with tourists too. You may try Naukuchiatal - Lake of 9 Corners - again from the Himalayas but in the state of Uttarkhand. You can find more information here: http://www.come2india.org/naukuchiatal.html

Pleasant weather, pristine lake amidst picturesque mountains in an enchanting valley, dense jungles nearby, exciting activities and irresistible delicacies. As of now few people head there. There is another less visited peaceful hill station from Kerala - Ponmudi.

8:59PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Hard to imagine peace in a country with so so many people. :-)

4:08PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

thanks!

3:04PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

beautiful :)

12:20PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

I do not agree with M. You have a far higher chance being mugged in a New York, Detroit, Chicago city than in Buenos Aires. The Indian people are beautiful and my travels there safe.

10:39AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

how beautiful!

6:51AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Thank you for these beautiful tips. Our planet is indeed a miracle of wonder...

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