Valleys, usually, extend through plains, hills, and mountains and they are either V-shaped or U-shaped. V-shaped valleys are caused by erosion of rivers, whereas U-shaped valleys occupy places where glaciers formerly were. Low-land valleys have mounting slopes and the mountainous valleys are deeper and narrower.
India is a land of many sceneries; it has been bestowed with both U-shaped and V-shaped valleys. These valleys are a haven for nature lovers, trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. They are also home to an exotic variety of flora and fauna. Here are some of the most beautiful valleys of India –
Neora Valley, West Bengal
Nestled in the hills of Kalimpong, Neora Valley is most famous for housing a National Park in its bosom. Spread across 88 sq. metres, the valley houses lush tea gardens, rolling hills slopes, surreal streams and dense forests. The Neora Valley National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, most popular of which are Red Panda and Himalayan Flying Squirrel. To visit Neora Valley, book cheap flights to Kolkata and take a road trip to Kalimpong, from where you can trek to the valley. Enjoy a short stay at some of the most comfortable hotels in Kolkata by booking from ixigo.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Situated high in the Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers owes its name to a thousand varieties of blooming flowers surrounded on all sides by astounding natural beauty. The majestic Nanda Devi mountain range has a clear sight from the valley. To visit, you need to trek about 17 km from Joshimath in Garhwal.
Kashmir Valley, Jammu & Kashmir
One of the most beauteous valleys in the world, the Kashmir Valley is known for its snow-drizzled mountain ranges, mesmeric meadows and ebbing rivers. Sandwiched between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range, the valley is formed by Jhelum river. Most attractive tourist destinations in the valley are Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Srinagar, Pahalgam and Amarnath.
Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Located in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley promises pleasant weather all year round. The landscape is dotted with lush greenery, coffee plantations and some wonderful waterfalls. The most attractive tourist destination in the area is the Borra Caves, which are naturally formed and were discovered in 1807.
Silent Valley, Kerala
Known as the evergreen natural rainforest of India, Silent Valley in God’s own country boasts of rich biodiversity – over 1000 species of flora, 200 species of butterflies and over 150 species of birds, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. River Kunthi runs perennially through the forests of the valley, which is also home to the Silent Valley National Park.
Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Kangra Valley is situated in the western Himalayas at the end of the majestic white mountains of the Dhauladhar Range. The valley is popular for its lush forests, revered temples, UNESCO Heritage Mountain Railways and its many tea gardens. Well-known tourist places in the valley are Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Palampur and Triund.
These valleys speak volumes of the spellbinding beauty of India and they deserve a visit at least once in a lifetime.
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