First, I want to wish everyone a very happy new year! May the New Year bless you with health, wealth and happiness.
This is my first blog ever, and I want to use this chance to talk a little bit about my country – India. I have spoken to a lot of students about India before and listened to their interesting travel experiences in India. I noticed that the only popular Indian destinations among Japanese people are Delhi, Varanasi and Agra. Although these places are quite rich in history and culture, there are many other hidden destinations in India that only a few people know about. If you are an outdoorsman, backpacker, or a camper, these mesmerizing spots might just be for you. So, how about I give you a quick sneak peek into the hidden gems of India? ;).
Pangong Tso Lake
This place deserves to be on your itinerary of places to visit in North India. Pangong Lake also known as Pangong Tso is a beautiful endorheic ((ĕn′dō-rē′ĭk) adj. Of or relating to a drainage basin that has no outlet, such as the Great Basin or the Jordan River valley) lake situated in the Himalayas and is 134 km long, extending from India to China. It is perched at a height of 14,270 ft above sea level and is said to be one of the highest brackish water lakes in the world.
Fun Fact: This lake has been a cinematic backdrop for the popular Bollywood movie “3 Idiots”.
Backwaters of Kerala
In south India, running along half the length of the state are the backwaters of Kerala. The best way to explore the backwaters is to hire a houseboat for a few days and enjoy an idyllic vacation. Sailing in the houseboat, you can experience the picturesque countryside of Kerala lined with tropical plans like coconut and palm trees. If you are lucky, in some regions you can even spot wildlife like tuskers and myriad birds, for whom backwaters are their home. Also, don’t miss trying local delicacies like catfish, pearl spot, crabs that are smeared in spices and cooked.
If you ever get a chance to visit India, I hope you take some time out to explore these beautiful places.
Thanks for reading! J
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