Photo Essay – 10 Must See Sights in India, but with a “light” twist

26 Apr

On World Heritage Day this year (i.e. on April 18) I had posted a photo essay on Celebrating World Heritage Day with 10 Heritage Monuments from India.And while shortlisting pictures for this post, I came across some other beautiful pictures and sights in India, that just compelled me to write this post. Hence posting another photo essay on 10 beautiful sights to see in India that too in a unique way.

Now all of us visit the typical touristy sights at some point in time or the other, but with my own travels I have discovered that many of these places are even more stunning or beautiful when some minor natural / artificial elements, ceremonies, etc are introduced or amended. And I feel that in some ways, these sights then become a unique travel souvenir – images in your own memory or a wonderful story. This is also what takes your holiday to a whole new level. I am sharing 10 of my own such memories (from my recent visits) with you today –

1. Waiting and waiting for that rare yet wondrous sight of the snow-covered Kangchenjunga peak on a day with clear blue sky (and this is very rare :), West Bengal – Sikkim –

Kangchenjunga Peak, from West Bengal

Kangchenjunga Peak, from West Bengal

2. A sight that never fails to inspire, the beautifully lit up Golden Temple and its reflection, Amritsar, Punjab –

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

3. Being a part of history at the Asiatic Library and then sitting on its steps watching the present go by, Mumbai, Maharashtra –

Asiatic Library, Mumbai

Asiatic Library, Mumbai

4. Watching a magical desert sunset and its very many colors, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Extremely recommended for self introspection 🙂

Sunset in Jaisalmer

Sunset in Jaisalmer

5. Exploring Mumbai in the rains, with a lit up Gateway of India and its reflection in rain water, Mumbai, Maharashtra –

Gateway of India, Mumbai

Gateway of India, Mumbai

6. Being at the southmost tip of India at sunset and feeling insignificant, Kanyakumari,Tamil Nadu –

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Sunset at Kanyakumari, Kerala

7. Experiencing a Buddhist Monastery and chanting along with the monks, Coorg, Karnataka –

Buddhist Monastry, Kushalnagar, Coorg

Buddhist Monastry, Kushalnagar, Coorg

8. Fish with these Chinese Fishing nets and then see their gorgeous silhouette against sunset, Kochi, Kerala-

Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi

Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi

9. The meditation hall of Matrimandir in Auroville that during the daytime reminds me of a glowing sun stepping on the ground, Pondicherry –

Matrimandir, Auroville

Matrimandir, Auroville

10. The stunning statue of Lord Bahubali standing tall and open to nature at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka. You should visit it in the morning when people are praying and cleansing the deity (done everyday) or during the Mahamastakabhisheka held once in 12 years –

Lord Bahubali, Shravanabelagola

Lord Bahubali, Shravanabelagola

Do you have any such unique memories, then do share below or tweet at traveler_budget. 🙂

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21 Responses to “Photo Essay – 10 Must See Sights in India, but with a “light” twist”

  1. V. Sridhar April 26, 2014 at 18:06 #

    Madam…. Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu :-)….

    – From a Native Of That Place

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  2. humptydumptyonawall April 27, 2014 at 12:08 #

    Udaipur Palace and the lake! Definitely not to be missed 😀

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  3. Chaitali Patel April 28, 2014 at 21:56 #

    Beautiful images!

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  4. kaleidoscopicmind May 4, 2014 at 20:13 #

    nice collection! you’ve captured every landscape possible in this post! infact i just came back from a days trip from pondicherry, but could not visit matrimandir.. next time for sure! esp love the pics of the sunset.. also, when i visited kanyakumari, i don’t know if it was just me, or did you see the difference in the colour of the 2 oceans at the confluence?

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    • getsetandgo May 12, 2014 at 13:25 #

      Thanks Neha. I did see the different colors of water mingling, but sadly couldnt capture it well on camera 😦 maybe next time 🙂

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  5. enidhi June 1, 2014 at 19:44 #

    Other than first and fourth, I’ve seen the rest.

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  6. Abhishek Asthana June 2, 2014 at 12:23 #

    4/10 Not bad 🙂

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  7. vijay reddy g June 4, 2014 at 06:11 #

    5/10 not bad and i guess i have more than 100 beautiful and breath taking places i have visited in india alone which includes the
    1.mullanagiri,chimagalur,karnataka
    2.baba bhutangiri,chikmagalur,karnataka
    3.andaman (south button island)

    To name a few

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  8. MN June 4, 2014 at 07:33 #

    Two things 1) Kanyakumari is in TamilNadu.(Picture still reads Kerala 🙂 2) Great pictures but the logo on the pictures surely kinda diminishes the viewing pleasure..especially the bold and right in the middle embedding…please.

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  9. tommyshaw July 23, 2014 at 04:37 #

    A great list, I was in India recently and had a great morning on the fishing nets in Kochi. I then later joined the team for a huge seafood lunch of our catch.

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    • getsetandgo August 10, 2014 at 22:34 #

      Thanks… They are quite a sight and make beautiful pics 🙂

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  10. priyankamoraes November 28, 2014 at 23:17 #

    Lovely post and fascinating ! Feels good to have been to all except one !!!! Would love to add gulmarg in Kashmir , halebid n belur from Karnataka and Mandu from madhyapradesh to ur list!

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:38 #

      Thanks for the recos and I have added them to my travel list too 🙂 I have been to Halebid and Belur but the rest is pending….What is pending on the list for you?

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  11. asmukti December 14, 2014 at 06:04 #

    Excellent..I was recently in India for five months and some of my favourite places are in this post – Kanchenjunga (so happy you’ve got this at the top!), the Golden Temple (also up the top in its rightful place!), and the powerful Kanyakumari. A very special country you have and great that you’re putting some less-known places out there for people to learn about. Nice to reminisce with you 🙂

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  12. Fred Travels July 28, 2016 at 14:59 #

    Thanks for the sites list and beautiful pics. Goa is the best place to visit in India http://www.fredtravels.com/

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