5 places in India that seem like another countrySpirit Bohemian
India is a vast country, having a blend of various cultures and values. Not only this, India also has places which do not fail to resemble various beautiful foreign countries! Here’s a short list of the top 5 places for you!
Pondicherry or France?
Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches and backwaters and a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines make you feel like you’re in France. The buildings in French section of Puducherry are an enduring legacy of French history in India. It tells the story of a colonial adventure in a far away land, fighting many odds, overcoming a new and difficult terrain and the historic rivalry between the European powers of the time including the Danes, the Dutch and the British besides the French. The French Heritage walk takes you through streets that are laid out in a well planned grid pattern. The buildings in the French section are easily recognizable by their ornate gateways arches, garden courtyards with multicoloured bougainvilleas and the buildings painted in pleasant hues of lime and peach. The grand French names through unpronounceable, adds a certain charm.
Malana or Greece?
Malana for its beauty is also known as the ‘Little Greece in Himachal Pradesh’. It is completely because of the point that the individuals of Malana declare that they have got the Ancient source in their blood.They consider themselves to be descendants of Alexander the Great and their local court system even today reflects the ancient Greek system. There are many secrets associated with the village.
Shillong or Scotland?
Shillong is the capital city of the State as well as the District headquarter of East Khasi Hills District. Shillong is the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all sides. The name Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity and is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level. The reference of “Scotland of the East” came out because there are rolling hills around the shillong town that reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Even the Britishers were stunned with its charm.
Alleppey or Venice?
Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha Beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends out to the sea here, is over 137 years old. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as the “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon. Hence, it is known as the “Venetian Capital” of Kerala.
Kashmir or Switzerland?
The state of Jammu and; Kashmir (J&K) brings together three incredibly different worlds. Hindu Jammu and Katra, in the south, are the state’s rail hubs and a major draw for domestic pilgrims. Muslim Kashmir is India’s Switzerland, attracting hordes of local tourists seeking cool summer air, alpine scenery and Srinagar’s romantic houseboat accommodation.Kashmir throughout the ages has remained another name for Paradise. Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir is the most beautiful place on earth. On visiting the Valley of Kashmir, Jehangir, one of the Mughal emperors, is said to have exclaimed: “If there is paradise anywhere on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer.