Raj and Simran fell in love in Switzerland, Ved and Tara found their romance blossom in Corsica, and even Dharam and Shyra made love like free-spirited youngsters in Paris. It’s really no wonder that our fascination with Europe is constantly at its peak, especially when it comes to Bollywood.
But in the midst of all the stunning European locations we’ve been smitten by, we found Rahul and Meenamma fall for each other in the lush green lands of South India, and saw Kabir and Naina discover their thrill for adventure in Manali. Just goes to show that when it comes to gorgeous destinations, our country ranks really high on the list, and all we need to do is remind ourselves of the beauty that is India! Check out the following Indian holiday destinations that resemble Europe in more ways than one!
Closest in comparison: France
From the quaint cafes to the beautiful streets that are tailor-made for cycling and sightseeing, Pondicherry (Puducherry since 2006), is a French colonial settlement and the largest Union Territory of India.
From chic boutiques and coffee shops in every corner to street names and restaurants marked in the French language, this is one destination on your list that you must visit to sample all the cheese and bread you can possibly find!
2. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Closest in comparison: Switzerland
Bollywood movies are probably the best examples you can find of the beauty of Himachal Pradesh that, sometimes, can be just as breathtaking as Switzerland.
Most of the villages and towns that dot the Himachal landscape are laid amongst the rolling green hills, and tucked behind the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, with cosy houses and comfy establishments around every corner – much like the Swiss Alps!
3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Closest in comparison: Greek Islands
India’s best-known tourist spot, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are no longer treasured secrets of the country but are known to leave you with beautiful memories just the same.
With crystal clear waters, azure skies, prominent diving spots, and renowned beaches with white sands, there’s really no asking why this is one of the most popular tourist hubs in India!
4. Nasik, Maharashtra
Closest in comparison: Tuscany
I think this speaks for itself, don’t you? Nasik is the Mecca for wine lovers across the country, who religiously take an annual trip to the region when the harvest season is due.
With beautiful weather, scenic vineyard tours, and curated tasting sprees for the tipsy wine enthusiast, Nasik is as European-looking as it can possibly get!
5. Coorg, Karnataka
Closest in comparison: Scotland
There’s a reason Coorg is called the Scotland of India, you know. Located at the Southernmost tip of India, the emerald hills of the region are sprinkled with pepper and coffee plantations, that are a visual treat to the eyes, if you should take a trip through the quaint hill station.
With the Madikeri Waterfalls, picturesque backdrops, and misty cool weather resembling the Scottish lands of the north, why leave the country at all?
6. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Closest in comparison: Iceland
Gurudongmar Lake, the second highest lake in India, which is situated in the Northern region of Sikkim, is known to reach temperatures as chilling as the weather of Jökulsárlón Lake in Iceland.
The lake is sacred to the locals of Sikkim, and while you may need to obtain a special permit to visit the site, rest assured, the beauty of the place is going to take your breath away instantly. The only thing missing, we would say, are the Northern lights!
7. Munnar, Kerala
parison: Azores, Portugal
Established as an autonomous region in Portugal, Azores is an archipelago of islands, out of which São Miguel – the largest island – is known for its Gorreana tea plantation, but we’re sure it doesn’t even hold a candle against the sprawling hills of a different varieties of tea that we can walk through, in ‘God’s Own Country’.
Munnar is the gorgeous pride of all South Indians alike, and to be honest, it’s way more accessible than the Azores could possibly be, to Indians!
So, which holiday destination are you off to, to experience the charm of Europe?