Visiting a canyon still on your wish list? No, problem! Did you know that India has 5 beautiful deep valleys that can give direct competition to the Grand Canyon! Bounded by the Himalayan mountain range, the Thar Desert, 7 tall mountainous ranges, Khasi and Mizo Hills, India has 5 amazing canyons that are a must-visit for any ‘falls’ lover. If you’ve been planning a holiday for long, here a list of magnificent natural beauties that should definitely be a part of your itinerary. Take a look!
Gandikota Grand Canyon, Andhra Pradesh
Gandikota is a historical fort in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. Gandikota, with 101 towers replacing the previous sand fort constructed by Kaka Raja, was constructed by Pemmasani Ramalinga Nayaka. Various addition of Islamic architecture was made during the subsequent Mughal era. Every year a heritage festival is held in the fort area.
Laitlum Canyon, Meghalaya
The Laitlum Canyones, which literally means ‘The End of Hills or the End of the Earth’ is one of the most scenic and picturesque tourist destinations on the East Khasi Hills.
This exotic site is comparatively smaller and less commercially crowded and offers a comfortable and recluded location for some quiet moments just about 45 minutes’ drive away from the center of Meghalaya’s capital Shillong.
Zanskar Valley, Ladakh
The Zanskar river, the largest Indus tributary, is one of the wildest canyons of the Himalayas. Down the river rising and steep, rocky mountains, it’s unbeatable in summer. In winter, you can enjoy the famous chadar trek with icy valleys.
Chambal River Canyon, Rajasthan
On the banks of Chambal River lies nature’s unmatched gift to Rajasthan. You can schedule a visit to this beautiful mini canyon that exists right next to the institutional town of Kota. It looks artistically chiseled and sculpted out but it’s pure and natural. This gigantic cliff stands at an altitude of about 500 meters above sea level. Garadia Mahadev temple is also located approximately 40 km from Kota. Make sure not to miss this one!
Sandhan Valley, Maharashtra
Sandhan valley is a stunning carved valley in magnificent Sayhadri mountain range that is part of Maharashtra’s the Western Ghats. Surrounded by mighty and jaw-dropping Ratangad and Kalsubai mountains, the valley stands at an altitude of 4255 ft above sea level which is the ideal location for trekking and other adventure activities.
Haven’t these made you Google them already? If you are an admirer of nature and scenic beauties, you must visit each one of them as they exhibit a unique avatar of nature in India. Most of them have free entry, although you may have to pay the charges for adventure activities if you plan to take some.