Best Views in India

Best Views in India

After soaking up some of the best views in India, you might be inclined to agree with chart-topping 80s superstar Belinda Carlisle – heaven is a place on earth. Home to wondrous natural sites, architectural masterpieces and the third-highest mountain in the world, India is full of striking scenery that has a touch of the divine. Read on for our favourite views in this vast and varied country.


  1. Crystal Desert on a Camel
  2. Enchanting Valley Views
  3. Sunset Over the Taj Mahal
  4. Pink Palace from the Sky
  5. Mumbai’s Stunning Skyline
  6. Himalayan Heavens from Sandakphu


Crystal Desert on a Camel

The Great Rann of Kutch lies along the border between India and Pakistan and covers an area of 2,900 square miles, making it one of the largest salt deserts in the world. Hop on a camel at sunset for a spectacular view as you move rhythmically across the desert, and watch the sky turn from amber to amethyst above the crystal plains. If you want a different perspective of the Great Rann of Kutch, the Kalo Dungar Hill offers a desert panorama from a height of 1,516ft (but bear in mind that you’ll only get a good view in clear weather).

camel riding in India


Enchanting Valley Views

The Valley of Flowers National Park comprises 55 miles of lush alpine landscapes carpeted with vibrant Himalayan flowers. The best time to visit is between mid-July and mid-August, when the snow has melted and you can wander among the wildflowers, spotting orchids, poppies and marigolds. Hiking enthusiasts may already know that this is the site of the famous Valley of Flowers Trek, which leads you through rhododendron forest, between grassy meadows and along tranquil lakeside pathways. Brimming with natural beauty, this enchanting region offers some of the best views in India.


Sunset Over the Taj Mahal

It's impossible not to include the Taj Mahal on a list of the best views in India. This mausoleum’s imposing ivory towers, spectacular domes and ornate façade make it arguably the most impressive example of Mughal architecture in the world – no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are countless ways to take in this magnificent sight, but we think the best perspective of all is from our special sunset viewing spot across the Yamuna River, where you can watch the marble take on a golden glow above the violet water.


Pink Palace from the Sky

Next up is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in India: the Amer (or Amber) Fort. Built initially as a palace and military installation for the maharaja of Jaipur, this beautiful red sandstone structure stands atop a strategic hill looking out over the Maota Lake. As one of the most visited sites in India, the Amer Fort’s meandering pathways and splendid architecture are no secret, but we can recommend the best times to visit with fewer crowds. If you can bear the early start, plan your trip for sunrise when the Pink City and palace are bathed in rosy sunlight.

Pink city of Jaipur


Mumbai’s Stunning Skyline

Given that India is packed with both scenic natural sites and centuries-old buildings, you might be surprised to find a cityscape listed as one of the best views in India. But Mumbai’s glittering skyline has a touch of New York about it, full of spectacular skyscrapers that light up in the dusky darkness. There are plenty of rooftop spots where you can make the most of it, including Asilo on the 40th floor of the St Regis Hotel and AER at the top of the Four Seasons. Both offer a chic atmosphere and inventive cocktails, so you can drink in the view with a drink in hand.


Himalayan Heavens from Sandakphu

Spanning five countries and stretching more than 1,500 miles, the Himalayas is home to four of the five highest peaks in the world, all of which you can see from Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal. Located above cloud level, this hamlet gives you unmatched views of majestic mountains and craggy snow-capped peaks from its height of 11930ft. The best times to visit Sandakphu are between April and June, when the flowers are at their best, and between October and December before winter truly takes hold. You can drive the whole way to Sandakphu, but this is also a popular trekking destination for adventurous travellers.