Fancy an international vacation? Here are some destinations in India that you must visit


As travelers eagerly await to book trips to beautiful places around the world, as the holiday season approaches, their desire remains a dream far from reality. Travel from India to certain countries is still limited and there are still strong security concerns for international travel. But here’s what you didn’t know: India has many breathtaking tourist spots that have the heritage, beauty and atmosphere of international hot spots.

From quaint hill stations, stunning beaches to peaceful getaways between nature and culture, there is an exciting choice of destinations across the country that can compete with their international counterparts. So, for your next vacation, visit one of these unique gems that can give you the essence of an international destination curated by

Known as the French capital of India, Pondicherry has an Indo-French culture and has a lot to offer travelers. With beautiful beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, colonial architecture and historical monuments, Pondicherry has long been known as the Paris of the East. The French colony of Pondicherry has a row of old ancient houses and colorful walls that remind travelers of Italy and France. The city’s white city district is known as the French Quarter, you will be hard pressed to distinguish it from an actual street in France. Many structures were built by the French during their reign and are today considered heritage sites. Pondicherry is also known for its authentic French cuisine, jazzy nightlife and bustling markets.

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Andaman and Nicobar Island
Andaman’s striking beaches and turquoise waters make it one of the most sought-after vacation destinations. The unique island offers panoramic views, secluded beaches and a range of activities, which compete with their Thai counterparts. The island also offers travelers the opportunity to explore totally unspoiled sites and experience an incredible culture like no other. The paradisiacal beaches of this region offer the opportunity to try out exciting water sports such as sea walking, jet skiing and snorkelling. The region is also one of the country’s top scuba diving destinations. Besides exotic beaches, the territory also boasts rich flora and fauna, vibrant corals and picturesque landscapes with an intriguing colonial past.

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Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli, known as the mini-Switzerland of India, is one of the few ski destinations in India. Situated at an altitude of 2,500 meters, Auli is known for its vast expanses of clean, snow-capped mountain slopes and is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, giving it a striking resemblance to the Swiss Alps. The slopes in the area are suitable for professional and amateur skiers, and there are several centers in the city which offer training to future skiers at affordable rates. The picturesque hill station offers stunning views of the mighty Himalayas and its peaks including Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dunagiri. In the summer season, hikers can enjoy walks around the scenic roads or even explore the mountain biking trails.

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Malana, Himachal Pradesh
Popularly known as ‘Little Greece in Himachal Pradesh’, Malana is a charming and serene village in the state. The topography, the unique hilly terrain and the pleasant weather of this pristine village will remind you of the beautiful landscapes of Greece. The village of Malana has unique characteristics that make it different from other towns in the country. The village follows a local system which is more Greek than Indian in style and system. It has an overwhelming sense of isolation from the rest of the country, because of which it looks absolutely unlike any other city. It is a perfect place for tourists who want to go hiking, surrounded by green and snow-capped mountains. It is also a perfect destination for camping and spending a night under the stars.

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Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong is known for its tranquility and natural beauty and is commonly referred to as Eastern Scotland due to its striking similarity to the country. This nickname was given by the British because its verdant mountains, pine forests and beautiful lakes reminded them of Scotland. Visitors can immerse themselves in nature and explore nearby vibrant places and stunning landscapes that bear a striking resemblance to Scotland. The charming hill station has a very westernized culture and many heritage buildings that reflect British architecture. The rich flora and fauna, unique attractions, friendly people and a pleasant climate make Shillong an ideal destination all year round.


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