Top 5 Most Beautiful Sunsets in India
Sunsets make for great photographs and can be surreal to experience. India, with her diverse geography and well-defined seasons, offers visitors plenty of vantage points to take in some breath-taking sunsets. While the North presents some spectacular yellow and purple sunsets over mountains, travellers to the South can view dazzling blue and orange sunsets along the coast. Here is our selection of the top 5 places to catch an Indian sunset.
#5: Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The sunsets over the Andaman Islands stand out for how surreal they are. Surrounded by nothing but the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, it's easy to get mesmerized by the rapidly changing hues as the sun leans in to hug the horizon every night. The fact that there is nothing really between you and the ocean adds to the thrill.
Kanyakumari has the distinction of being the southernmost tip of the great Indian Peninsula. A short way off the shore of Kanyakumari stands a giant stone statue of Swami Vivekananda. Watching the dying embers of the setting sun drape the statue in a golden cloak is a beautiful sight. Kanyakumari is also where the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean converge, making the experience all the more special.
#3: Coastal Karnataka
Residents of the tiny coastal villages of Karnataka are a blessed lot. Every evening they get to watch some of the most spectacular sunsets in the country. The landscape is dotted with coconut palms and paddy fields and the beaches are small and clean. One of the most prominent towns in this belt is Karwar. It overlooks the Arabian Sea and you can experience some brilliant purple and red evenings here.
#2: Nubra Valley
10,000 meters above sea level, the Nubra valley (aka Valley of Flowers) is carpeted by wild roses in summer and wild lavender post the rains. The famous Siachen Glacier is located just north of this valley. Sunsets at Nubra are chilly, hue changing affairs of remarkable beauty. Best enjoyed with a piping mug of the local butter tea or if you're more alcoholically inclined, a glass of the local chang.
#1: Rann of Kutch
If the idea of watching the sun set over a vast off-white flatland of salt doesn't excite you, then you're a tough cookie to impress indeed! Most travellers vouch for the spine tingling thrill of watching the sun take its time to sink into the perfectly visible horizon here. During the monsoons, the Rann of Kutch fills with standing waters, interspersed with sandy islets of thorny scrub; breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of flamingos!