Four Corners of India

India is a country with diverse geographical features; our sub-continent has pretty much every landscape that is found across the world. From the snow-covered peaks of Himachal to the desert sands of Rajasthan, there is something for every traveler! This is often my argument for domestic travel when my family suggests extravagant international trips; we have so much to see in this country! While I’m not denying that the world has a lot more to offer in terms of sights to see and people to meet, why not explore your own country first? While contemplating the scope of India’s natural beauty, I realized that the four corners of the country are completely different! So if you want to catch a glimpse of the variety in this gorgeous country of ours, read on to find out what the extreme points of the country are and how to get there! It should come as no surprise, considering our neighbours and the relationship we share with them, that some of the geographical points are in disputed territory. For the sake of this article and your safety, we choose to focus on the places that are undisputed and accessible by the public.

North: Siachen Glacier, Jammu and Kashmir

Siachen Glacier, Photo: Danokhan | Creative Commons
Siachen Glacier, Photo: Danokhan | Creative Commons

How to reach Siachen Glacier:

Closest Airport: Leh, Jammu and Kashmir
Closest Railway Station: Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
Closest Bus Stand: Skardu, Jammu and Kashmir

(Important: Siachen has been considered a part of India since 1984, but because of it’s proximity to PoK and CoK, this area is heavily protected and not open to civillians unless accompanied by the Army. They organise treks to this glacier, so if you’re interested in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you better start looking for ways to land yourself a spot!)

South: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari at Sunrise, Photo: Mehul Antani | Creative Commons
Kanyakumari at Sunrise, Photo: Mehul Antani | Creative Commons

How to reach Kanyakumari:

Closest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport, Kerala
Closest Railway Station: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Closest Bus Stand: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Indira Point in Nicobar is geographically the southern most part of the country. However, due to the fact that it is not open to the public, it has not been mentioned in the list.

West: Lakhpat, Gujarat

Lakhpat, Photo: Chandra | Creative Commons
White sands of Kutch, Photo: Chandra | Creative Commons

How to reach Lakhpat:

Closest Airport: Bhuj, Gujarat
Closest Railway Station: Gandhidham, Gujarat
Closest Bus Stand: Lakhpat, Gujarat

The village of Guhar Moti, in Gujarat, is technically the western tip of the country, but as is the case with the previous two, because of military presence in the region, it is not open to the public.

East: Vijoynagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Nuranang Falls, Photo: Dhaval Momaya | Creative Commons
Nuranang Falls, Photo: Dhaval Momaya | Creative Commons

How to reach Vijoynagar:

Closest Airport: Dibrugarh, Assam
Closest Railway Station: Tinsukia Railway Station, Assam
Closest Bus Stand: Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh

I don’t have to point out how different each of these corners are, the pictures speak for themselves! From the white sand beaches of South India to the rainforests of the north-east, this country of ours is laden with natural beauty. Next time you’re planning a trip and are thinking about taking an international vacation, look at the alternatives you can find in India and start booking!