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Best Sunset points in India

"The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." - Pamela Hansford Johnson

Every mind may not be fond of spinning poetry, but the matters of the heart, well, are inexplicable. Picture yourself atop a precipice, standing by your husband, gazing into a distant and uncertain future. The abyss may seem one hell of a joyride, not knowing where it'll lead. But if you look beyond all the uncertainties of a newly wedded life, behold the beauty of the setting sun, where the sky blends into the sea and a scorching sun prepares for a bath. The only other best thing is a comet's fleeting brilliance. Yet, that too lacks the tranquility of an exquisite sunset. The beauty of a sunset is a surreal experience, yet it leaves its beholders enchanted, as if a spell is cast. The serene ambiance and the pristine beauty will surely leave you mesmerized.

Comparing one sunset to another may not really be justified, owing to its different landscapes and topography, ambiance and the lighting. However, the following is an earnest effort to make a list of the five best sunset points in India.

Rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch, is situated in the Thar Desert of India and is believed to be the world's largest salt desert. The spine-tingling ecstasy of the sun setting across the horizon is a moment worth memorable for a lifetime. Very few are not impressed by the vastness of the flatland of salt and the pristine beauty of the sunset.

How to reach?

The Great Rann of Kutch is conveniently located and is easily accessible by air, road and rail. The closest domestic airport is connected via Mumbai and is located at Bhuj. The nearest International airport is situated in Ahmedabad. It is also well connected by road from Bhuj, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Sasan Gir and Nakhatrana. The nearest railway station is also located at Bhuj.

Best time to visit

October to March is the best time to visit this place, if you want to watch the migratory birds. However the resorts are open throughout the year.

Nubra Valley

The Nubra Valley is situated on the northern part of Leh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The valley's name is inspired by the mesmerizing wild roses in the summer and the lavenders after the monsoons. Sunsets in Nubra Valley are a hue-changing affair of incomparable beauty. However, they can be quite chilly so remember to be adequately dressed.

How to reach?

Due to the unavailability of rail tracks and airports in this region tourists depend heavily on the roads. The nearest domestic airport is the Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport. And the nearest rail station is located in Jammu, known as the Jammu Tawi Railway Station. One has to take a bus or car from both these places, in order to reach the Nubra Valley.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the Nubra Valley is between July and September. The climate is experienced here is extremely cold, irrespective of the season. Yet, the winters are extremely cold and the temperature may often fall to -4°C.

Kanyakumari

The great Indian Peninsula's southernmost tip, Kanyakumari, is world-renowned for its sightseeing beauty. And watching the dying embers of the glowing sun, across the perfectly distinct horizon, is a real treat to the eyes. It is the convergence of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, which makes the experience all the more romantic.

How to reach?

Kanyakumari is well connected by air, road and the railways. The nearest domestic/international airport and the railway station are located at Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandram. Regular bus services are also available from various bus service points that connect to Kanyakumari from Pondicherry, Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Trichy, Rameshwaram, Thiruvanthapuram, etc.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kanyakumari is between October and March. The summers tend to become quite unbearable as the temperature rises to 35°C in the day. The weather from October to March is quite salubrious and hence the ideal time for visit.

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Last updated : February 3, 2016