#TravelBytes: 5 Indian places that are prettier than Europe
Considering the humongous costs involved, we dare say that Europe is over-hyped. If you want, you can witness its beauty without spending a fortune. Well, there are places in India that have equal (or more) scenic beauty as their Brit or Swiss counterparts. Here's a list of top 5 of them.
The scenically beautiful, snow-clad mountains of Gulmarg will give all the feels people rush to Switzerland for. And guess what, you won't even to have to make big bank withdrawals for it. With so much romantic spectacle to offer, Gulmarg is a paradise for honeymooners. When there, take a Gondola ride, go trekking and skiing. The beautiful Khilanmarg, and Alpathar Lake are delightful.
Srinagar is every bit of what a traveler looks for- it's got beauty, culture, adventure, and more. As a travel destination, it's more than worthy of locking horns with top places in the European continent. The spellbinding Dal Lake, shikara rides, and houseboat stays, all make it a heavenly abode. Especially, the vibrant, beautiful tulip gardens will make you feel transported right to Amsterdam.
The alluring backwaters of the city of Alapuzzha (also, Alleppey) in Kerala have earned it the much-deserved title- "Venice of the east." When in Alleppey, do not miss out on houseboat stays in the backwaters, beautiful beaches along the Laccadive sea (including the popular Alapuzzha beach). Also, make time for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and the popular Nehru Trophy Snake Boat race competition.
Snow-clad Khajjiar can even trick the Swiss into not believing it's actually in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The snow-clad town in winters looks so amazingly beautiful, you won't want to go back. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Khajjiar lake, with the Deodar forests in the background, surrounded by the mighty Dauladhar mountains. Who really needs Europe when one can have Khajjiar?
For its striking resemblance with plantations in UK, its misty and pleasant weather, and the beautiful mountains, Coorg was, by its Scot planters, termed the 'Scotland of India'. The Karnataka town embraces its visitors with its blissful waterfalls, lakes, coffee plantations, and amazing cuisine. In Coorg, take a guided-tour to the coffee plantations, go bird-watching, take a trek, or opt for long nature walks.