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15 Best Places to Visit in India, According to Travel Experts

From the alpine meadows of Kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of Goa, these are some of the subcontinent’s most enchanting destinations.

Margot Bigg is a freelance travel writer and editor who has spent most of her adult life traveling and living overseas. Her favorite topics include India travel, experiential travel, wellness, hotels, and the arts. When not on the road, Margot enjoys studying languages, discovering new music, taking pictures of random cats, and planning her next adventures.

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As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveler to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights.

“If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specializes in helping international travelers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”  

Shoba Rudra, founder and partner at hospitality consultancy Rare India , agrees. “The country is living a dynamic moment in history, ever-changing,” she says. “What's constant, however, is the vibrant culture lived through its festivals, cuisine, heritage, crafts, and performing arts.”

While it would take years to see it all, India is an approachable destination — if you can narrow things down. With that in mind, here are 15 of the best places to get you started on your sojourn to the subcontinent.

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Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and [give visitors] a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo. While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi, celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene . The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

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On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland . Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something. At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centerpiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don't leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting. 

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Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterized by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season, but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city. Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh's unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travelers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centers that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here. Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honor of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers' favorite international spas in 2023.

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognized global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of "realizing human unity," beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it's home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual center — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir . However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored " Better to Have Gone " and " India Becoming ," puts it: "Come to Auroville if you're interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion."

Andaman Islands

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Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach , which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters. Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You'll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits. 

While many travelers see India’s capital as a jumping-off point for visiting further-afield destinations, it’s worth sticking around for a while to truly appreciate what Delhi has to offer. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this busy metropolis, whether you’re shopping for handicrafts at one of its numerous markets or learning about medieval and Mughal history at one of its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar, and Red Fort. Although Delhi is undeniably rambunctious, it also has a quieter, more peaceful side that you can find amidst the trees and 15th-century tombs of Central Delhi’s Lodi Gardens or in the quiet interiors of the Baháʼí Lotus Temple.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Many travelers to India put the 17th-century Taj Mahal at the top of their list. This white marble mausoleum is easily India’s most recognizable structure — and it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World . This popular attraction also has a romantic backstory. “This iconic symbol of love is renowned for its architectural beauty, intricate marble work, and the captivating story behind its creation by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,” notes Billo. The bodies of the emperor and his wife remain interred in the Taj to this day. 

Jaipur. Rajasthan

The capital of Rajasthan and one-third of North India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist route (which also includes Agra and Delhi), Jaipur is a must-visit for those who love architecture and shopping. “The Pink City, as it's nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage, stunning [landmarks] like Amber Fort, vibrant bazaars, and intricate handicrafts,” says Billo. Many of Jaipur's key attractions are found in the historic walled part of the city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Highlights include Jantar Mantar (a collection of oversized — and fully functional — astronomical instruments dating to the 17th century) and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, a honeycomb-shaped palace designed with tiny windows that allowed air to flow freely through its interior.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Dubbed the Blue City because of the cerulean-colored buildings that extend for miles through the oldest part of town, Jodhpur has long attracted travelers eager to explore the ramparts of the larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort. It’s also home to the grandiose Umaid Bhawan Palace , which made headlines in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot there. While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. “The area around the Toorji ka Jhalra stepwell in the old city is fun to explore,” says hotelier Sapna Bhatia, owner of Kaner Retreat and Jodhpur-area native. “For nature enthusiasts, there’s the Rao Jodha desert park near Mehrangarh Fort.”

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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T+L readers' favorite city in Asia and second favorite city in the world , Udaipur very much fits the bill of a fairy tale destination. Nicknamed the City of Lakes, thanks to its seven lakes, this gorgeous destination is home to some of India's finest luxury hotels plus historic whitewashed palaces, including the magnificent City Palace, an 11-palace complex that houses hotels, a huge museum with an impressive collection of European crystal, and a royal residence. A short boat ride from the palace lies the 18th-century Taj Lake Palace, an opulent palace-turned-hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. It’s a quick drive from The Oberoi, Udaivilas , a purpose-built palatial hotel with onion-domed cupolas and a moat-like swimming pool that directly connects to some of the rooms.  

If you’re looking for a less-frequented, but no less amazing, alternative to more touristed states such as Rajasthan, consider Gujarat. “Under-explored but culturally rich, this state in India is a tapestry of festivals, textiles, architectural heritage, communities, and landscape,” says Rudra. Gujarat was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Salt March, one of his most famous acts of peaceful protest, through the state in 1930. Rudra suggests visiting the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , which “honors the activists through murals, installations, sculptures, art, and related film.” It's also worth checking out the Kutch district, known for its distinct metal bells , which were originally used for keeping track of livestock and are now popular as decorative wind chimes.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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The northeast Indian state of Assam is home to a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts: Kaziranga National Park . This expansive, UNESCO-listed wildlife refuge near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan has the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses on the planet, providing a home to roughly 2,000 of these massive beasts. Although rhinos are the star attraction on park safaris, all sorts of animals live here, including tigers, elephants, gibbons, sloth bears, and a small number of endangered Ganges River dolphins. 

Historic, glitzy, and positively gargantuan, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is easily one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations. This city by the sea is the nation's financial and entertainment capital, and while you’re unlikely to rub shoulders with Bollywood stars here, you're sure to see a lot of impressive attractions in very little time. Take a boat out to Elephanta Island to explore fifth– and sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples, marvel at the grand Indo-Saracenic architecture at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , or see thousands of clothes hanging out to dry at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry. Then, head to the sleek neighborhood of Bandra West, where many of Mumbai’s best restaurants and hotels are located, including Taj Lands End, voted T+L readers' favorite city hotel in India in 2023.

India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it's started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife. It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognized churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot , where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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The 22 best things to do in India

Lakshmi Sharath

Dec 17, 2023 • 22 min read

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From photographing the iconic Taj Mahal to soaking up riverside life in Varanasi, here are the best things to do in India © Hitesh Makwana / EyeEm / Getty Images

There are many Indias within India . This land of ancient temples and opulent palaces, forgotten cities and lost traditions, spice markets and spicy food is almost a world unto itself. For many travelers, a visit here is the trip of a lifetime.

Such expectations can make it hard to decide what experiences you should prioritize, and that's exactly why we’ve created this list of the best things to do in India. When planning an extensive India itinerary, keep the following stops in mind.

1. Experience Varanasi at dawn

The best way to experience the timelessness of Varanasi , one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, is to start just before dawn breaks. At Assi Ghat , the devotional Ganga Aarti ceremony performed on the banks of the Ganges will mesmerize as participants intone rhythmic chants and hymns on the steps that descend to the holy river.

Next, take to the water in a small boat, watching the sun rise as life slowly starts to stir along the river. Suddenly, there will be a burst of activity as saffron-clad sadhus (holy men), vendors, devotees and tourists begin performing rituals, including yoga and ritual singing. A boat ride along the Ganges will pass the main Dashashwamedh Ghat toward Manikarnika Ghat , where funeral pyres burn as the dead are cremated. In Varanasi, death is a way of life.

Planning tip: We recommend a visit to an  akhara (wrestling center) to see wrestlers practice their traditional sport in a mud pit in the early morning light. End your tour with some soulful food: a typical Varanasi breakfast of kachoris (deep-fried pastries) stuffed with lentils and served with spicy potato gravy. Finish the meal on a sweet note with melt-in-mouth jalebis (fried whorls of dough).

A woman in traditional Indian dress smiles as she rides in a boat towards the epic white marble Taj Mahal

2. Set your eyes – and lens – on the iconic Taj Mahal

The iconic, romantic symbol pictured on every India travel brochure, the Taj Mahal in Agra really is a reliable highlight of any trip here. Despite incessant tourist crowds, you can't help but gaze in wonder at this marbled mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz.

While it’s hard to get a bad shot of the Taj, the most vivid photos are usually taken at sunrise and sunset from Mehtab Bagh , the Mughal garden across the Yamuna River. Arrive just before dawn and watch the colors change on this sublime monument dedicated to eternal love. Over the course of a day, the sun paints the marble in different hues, transforming the dome from pale pink at sunrise to orange at sunset.

Pay a visit to the eye-catching tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah – a precursor to the Taj Mahal, constructed in the 1620s and dubbed the “Baby Taj” – created for Mumtaz’s grandfather, Mirza Ghiyas Beg by his daughter, Nur Jahan.

Planning tip: Special tickets are sold for visits on an evening with a full moon. They can be bought in person 24 hours in advance at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) offices on Mall Road, and you will need to bring your passport as ID.

3. Demystify the Kama Sutra story behind Khajuraho

As you stand in front of erotic sculptures of figures locked in improbable positions at Khajuraho , you can almost feel the passion. Perhaps no other heritage destination evokes as much wonder and curiosity as these famous temples, built nearly 1000 years ago. And yet guides will painstakingly tell you that barely a tenth of the master carvings in the 22 temples that have been excavated here are dedicated to the Kama Sutra .

As you immerse yourself in these three-dimensional narratives, you can decide for yourself why the Chandela, an ancient Rajput clan, chose to depict eroticism on the walls of their temples, which are dedicated to both Hindu and Jain deities. Be sure not to miss one of India’s oldest surviving Tantric temples, dedicated to the Chausath Yogini – the 64 Tantric goddesses. The cells may be bereft of the idols, yet the architecture, in ruins, is fascinating.

Planning tip: You will need a day to explore all of Khajuraho’s temples; start as early as possible to capture the dawn light in your photos, or come in the afternoon when the warm sunlight makes for evocative shadows.

4. Explore the world’s largest mangrove forests in the Sundarbans

The wild and remote biodiversity hotspot of Sundarbans National Park is where three mighty rivers – the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna – join the Bay of Bengal. A maze of mangrove forests, swamps and mudflats, riverine islands and numerous canals that you can explore by boat, the Sundarbans is perhaps most famous for its population of Bengal tigers that roam its brackish channels.

With its serpentine network of roots, the dark and dense undergrowth provides hiding spots for crocodiles, snakes and other predators. Look out for the different varieties of kingfishers, raptors and water birds from observation towers that give you a bird’s-eye view of the swamps. Village walks are possible on a handful of islands and resilient locals will tell you harrowing tales of living amid devastating cyclones and treacherous wildlife in this delicate and unforgettable ecosystem.

5. Camp under the stars in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan

With an entire galaxy to keep you entertained for the night, sleeping among the wavy, undulating sand dunes of Rajasthan ’s Thar Desert is something that stays with you forever. Near Jaisalmer , a number of desert camps are pitched across the windswept Sam Sand Dunes , which rise to more than 50m (164ft) in height and create magical mirages before your eyes. Go on a camel safari along with a caravan to experience the sunset as you’ve never seen it.

Planning tip: In town, take an unmissable wander through the old temples and colorful markets of majestic Jaisalmer Fort , which 5000 people still call home. If you’re fascinated by the supernatural, head southwest of the walled city to the abandoned ghost town of Kuldhara  – it's said to be haunted, especially after dark.

Pilgrims lining walkway across the water from the Golden Temple, a grand square building with a gold facade

6. Feel the presence of the divine at the Golden Temple, Amritsar

The best time to experience Amritsar ’s sublime Golden Temple is at 4am (5am in winter) when the revered scripture of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is installed inside the temple for the day amid the hum of ritual chanting. With the moon still shining, the entire complex is lit up as the shimmering gold of the dome reflects in the surrounding pond, Amrit Sarovar (the Reservoir of Nectar).

Hospitality and charity are key values for Sikhs, and this famous gurdwara (place of worship) is open to anyone of any faith. The incredible community kitchen known as the Guru-Ka-Langar offers simple, vegetarian meals throughout the day for up to 100,000 devotees (meals are free but a donation is appropriate).

7. Cruise the Kerala backwaters

A maze of small canals, brackish lagoons, silent rivers and still rivulets interconnected with the Arabian Sea, the backwaters of Kerala offer a completely different view of India for travelers and a lifeline of farming and fishing for locals. You can choose your own adventure as you make your way through this tangle of channels and lakes.

During an overnight cruise on a kettuvallam (houseboat), you can pass the hours by fishing, visiting small villages, bird watching or sitting back and watching the world go slowly by.

Planning tip: Many cruise itineraries start in Alappuzha , to the south of Kochi , but the quality of houseboats varies significantly – your best bet is to head to the dock and view a selection of houseboats one or two days in advance. If you’re booking online using an aggregator such as Booking.com , be sure to read plenty of reviews before you book.

8. Visit the ancient monasteries of Ladakh

Touching the high Himalayas, the mountain valleys of Ladakh leave people breathless – both figuratively and literally. You’ll need time to acclimatize in this state that was once a Buddhist kingdom, with stark and vivid landscapes that sit between 3000–6000m (9842–19,685ft) above sea level.

Dotted with snow-clad mountains, icy glaciers, wild meadows, and valleys in the lowlands, plus rivers and high-altitude lakes that change color depending on the light, the region is a natural playground for hikers , bikers and adventure enthusiasts. In winter, travelers come here for expeditions to seek snow leopards and treks along the frozen Zanskar River.

Chortens (Tibetan Buddhist stupas) and gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) are scattered across this cold desert and visiting these sacred sites will help you learn more about the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. The region’s oldest monastery is at Alchi, though Thiksey , Stok , and Hemis gompas, closer to the capital Leh , are the most popular stops for visitors.

Planning tip: Don’t miss views of Ladakh’s moonscapes from Lamayuru Monastery , a convenient stop when traveling west from Leh to Srinagar in Kashmir . Remember to cover your shoulders and legs while visiting the monastery, and observe the ban on photography within the premises.

9. Spend a day at Raghurajpur Arts and Crafts Village in Odisha

Located near the temple town of Puri in Odisha , the colorful Raghurajpur Arts and Crafts Village is a living gallery maintained by local chitrakaars (folk artists). The village showcases the traditional art of pata chitra painting, paying tribute to the triad deities from the Puri Jagannath Temple . Each canvas is specially prepared with layers of cotton cloth, and tribal motifs, folk stories, myths and legends are the subjects of the artworks. Expect the artists here to invite you into their homes to see the murals that cover the walls.

As well as pata chitra , you can see tussar silk paintings, toys and palm-leaf engravings. You can also see live demonstrations or try your hand at creating your own piece of art. Try to see a traditional performance of the Gotipua dance; young men from the community can be seen practicing at local gurukul (dance academies).

Beautiful columns at the ruins of the Vittala Temple in Hampi, Karnataka, India

10. Explore the ruins of Hampi

If the ruins of Hampi could speak, they would tell a glorious tale of a powerful and prosperous kingdom whose rulers built magnificent temples, palaces and monuments, traded precious stones in vast bazaars, and contributed immensely to the art, architecture, culture and literature of India. Founded 600 years ago by two brothers, working under the guidance of their spiritual guru, Sri Vidyaranya, Hampi was once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, which ruled the Deccan Plateau of South India for centuries.

The site sprawls for miles, centered on several important groups of monuments, including the Royal Enclosure and the Temple Trail. The still-active Virupaksha Temple is the nucleus of spiritual activity at Hampi, but the most striking structure is the Vittala Temple , an architectural marvel featuring an elaborately carved stone chariot that is illustrated on India’s 50-rupee note.

Planning tip: Allow at least three to four days to fully explore this special place. The center of Hampi can be explored on foot; to explore surrounding areas, rent a bicycle or motorbike, or hire an auto-rickshaw on either side of the Tungabhadra River.

11. Explore Goa beyond the beaches

Goa is not just a destination; it’s a state of mind. The very name evokes images of sun, sand and sea, and while Goa’s beaches are the main attraction here (tip: opt for the less-crowded shores of South Goa ), the small state’s riverine islands, mangrove swamps, dense forests, and spice and cashew plantations are memorable and sensuous experiences in themselves.

Cruise the Zuari River and narrow canals bordered by mangroves at dawn to spot six varieties of kingfishers, among other water birds. In the inland forests, hidden temples reward hikers. For more nature, visit Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary with its mighty Dudhsagar Falls – especially post-monsoon, when they’re at full force.

12. Be dazzled by the Rann of Kachchh salt desert

Be sure to pack your sunglasses: the sparkling sodium chloride crystals of the White Rann, one of the world’s largest salt deserts, will literally dazzle you. The Rann of Kachchh (Kutch) in Gujarat is divided into the Greater and Lesser Rann (the White Rann is part of the former), a unique ecosystem in which shallow salt marshes are submerged during the monsoons. As they evaporate, the wetlands transform into an arid ocean of salt, a seasonal phenomenon seen only in winter, from October to March.

We recommend staying in Hodka or Dhordo, where resorts are composed of Kutchi (Kutch-style) bhungas – circular-walled thatched mud huts that offer a welcome respite from the harsh desert heat. While you’re in the area, head to the nearby ruins of the ancient Indus Valley civilization at Dholavira to the east, and the 18th-century Aaina Mahal Palace in Bhuj, to the southwest.

Planning tip: The landscape is especially mesmerizing at sunrise and sunset; evening visits during full-moon evenings are another treat. Gujarat Tourism hosts the annual Rann Ustav , a fascinating cultural festival that runs between November and February. Expect a flood of food and local handicraft stalls as well as Sufi and indigenous Kutchi folk music performances.

13. See larger-than-life sculptures at the Great Living Chola Temples

Located in Tamil Nadu , the 1200-year-old Great Living Chola Temples leave visitors both spellbound and humbled. These mighty monuments include Brihadeeshwara Temple in the southern city of Thanjavur , built by King Raja Raja Chola I in the 10th century. The soaring 63.4m-high (208ft) vimana (tower above the shrine) is one of the largest of any Hindu temple anywhere, hence its nickname, the Big Temple.

Raja Raja Chola I’s son, Rajendra Chola, ambitiously set out to create a bigger version of his father’s temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram , but for mysterious reasons never completed the complex. A century later, in a small town called Darasuram, the third temple was erected by Raja Raja Chola II. If the first two Brihadeshwara temples are larger-than-life marvels, the Airavateswarar Temple is an ode to mastery on a smaller scale and a tribute to the craftsmanship of the era. Each of the temples is dedicated primarily to Shiva, although carvings depict a pantheon of other Hindu deities.

Planning tip: You’ll need a day to explore all three temples, which are still in active use. It's best to visit either early in the morning or in the evenings.

14. Discover hidden treasures in the villages of Chettinadu

A cultural and colorful mosaic of arts, crafts, architecture, food and traditions, Chettinadu is a collection of 75 villages in Tamil Nadu that were once home to an affluent mercantile community called the Nagarathar Chettiars. The merchants grew rich off trading in jewelry and spices; when most of them left for better prospects elsewhere, they left behind their homes – a cultural reminder of their cosmopolitan community and the wealth they accumulated.

Aptly titled nattukottai (country forts), each home is a larger-than-life fortified palace; some cover more than 3700 sq meters (39,826 sq ft). Colorful facades feature arches, pillars, sculptures and friezes but it’s the interiors that truly amaze, with Belgian mirrors and chandeliers, Italian marble, Japanese artworks, Spanish tiles, Burmese teak and other luxurious components sourced from around the world.

Villages such as Karaikudi, Kanadukathan, Devakottai, Kothamangalam, Pallathur and Kottaiyur feature grand houses that are up to 200 years old. While most of them have been abandoned, a few have been converted into luxury hotels. A fusion of Art Deco, Dravidian and colonial architectural styles, these houses are fascinating to explore and some can be entered for a small fee.

A Bengal tiger with muddy paws sits on the edge of a mangrove forest

15. Look for India’s Big Five

On thrilling 4WD safaris through the dense forests of wildlife sanctuaries, you can look out for India’s Big Five : tigers, elephants, leopards, sloth bears and gaur (Indian bison). There are more than 100 national parks and tiger reserves spread across the country, including venerable Jim Corbett National Park ; Kanha , Bandhavgarh and Panna in Madhya Pradesh ; Pench and Tadoba-Andhari in Maharashtra; Ranthambore in Rajasthan; Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka ; Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu, and many, many more.

Farther afield, Kaziranga National Park in Assam provides sightings of the critically endangered one-horned rhinoceros, while elusive snow leopards populate Hemis National Park in Ladakh and Asiatic lions congregate in Gujarat’s Gir National Park . The Kabini Reservoir in Karnataka draws massive herds of elephants, especially in summer; bird watchers are also in for a delight as more than 1300 species are found here.

Planning tip: Throughout the country, early-morning safaris tend to be the most rewarding, although evening safaris bring magic light. Late summer is the best time for spotting wildlife, but many national parks are closed during the early-summer monsoon. Many parks offer elephant safaris, but these are not recommended as carrying passengers can be harmful to elephants.

16. Get a taste of “orthodox tea” country in Darjeeling

The quaint, verdant hill station of Darjeeling , West Bengal is an idyllic town, towered over by snow-capped Himalayan peaks, nestled amongst rolling hills of rhododendron and pines, and overflowing with tea plantations. Although Indian-style chai is readily available, this is “orthodox” tea country – the term refers to loose-leaf tea that’s brewed in a teapot with hot water, unlike chai, which is made from CTC (crush, tear, curl) tea. With plenty of hole-in-the-wall cafes and eateries within the town, and hiking trails and Buddhist monasteries nearby, Darjeeling offers a welcome change of pace for every palate.

Similarly, Kangra – another important Indian tea-growing region in Himachal Pradesh – offers relaxed views of Himalayan foothills that can be easily reached via the nearby hill station of Dharamshala , and the adjacent settlement of McLeod Ganj. Currently, Dharamshala is home to the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government, and the town is rich with Tibetan influence.

Planning tip: The famous narrow-gauge Toy Train to Darjeeling runs uphill from New Jalpaiguri station, following the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many tourists opt for two-hour 'joy rides' on the steam locos from Darjeeling to Ghum (India's highest railway station) and back. October to January are peak months for the Toy Train, so book your seats in advance via the IRCTC website .

17. Travel on a sleeper train

Strikingly scenic and luxuriously slow, rail travel in India offers a pleasant change of pace from the vibrant cacophony of urban tourist hubs. Heading from Delhi to Rishikesh via the overnight Shatabdi train, carefully poke your head out to watch the length of the train curve through the rural countryside. As the views roll by, expect to be generously supplied with railway snacks – from samosas and poha (flattened rice) to full meals, if you so choose – and topped up with extra hot, extra sweet chai , as chaiwalas saunter by with a kettle and paper cups.

If you’re looking to explore southwestern parts of the country, there are several dramatic train routes connecting the busy city of Mumbai with the historic port city of Kochi , whooshing past swathes of the lush green Konkan region and offering glimpses of the Arabian Sea.

Planning tip: Seats on popular routes fill up fast, so it’s worth booking your ticket online in advance via the IRCTC website. For maximum privacy and comfort for long overnight journeys, book an AC-class ticket (you can choose from four-bed, three-bed or two-bed cabins). If you’re keen to meet local people, opt for a Sleeper class ticket (but don’t expect to get too much sleep). Although you’ll find sit-down toilets on board, it’s advisable to carry your own toilet paper.

18. Practice Yoga in Rishikesh

Tucked away in the Himalayan foothills upon the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh is a renowned spiritual hub, famed for its ashrams and yoga and meditation centers. Beyond the oft-discussed “Beatles Ashram” – a now-abandoned ashram visited by the Beatles in the '60s when they were learning Transcendental Meditation – Rishikesh is also the setting for the annual International Yoga Festival in March.

There are a plethora of yoga courses available, taught by both Indian and foreign teachers. For beginners, we recommend signing up for a course at the Sivananda Ashram , where you can learn surya namaskars (sun salutations) and basic asanas on the river bank. There are also several women-only yoga courses available, at a variety of price points.

Planning tip: If you’re planning to visit during the International Yoga Festival, book yourself a spot online . Most yoga centers are located between Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, so book your accommodation at least a few months in advance. Note that Rishikesh is a vegetarian city; for non-veg dishes, head to the nearby town of Haridwar .

19. Immerse yourself in the diversity of northeastern India

Considering how diverse the northeastern states of India are, it seems almost unfair how frequently they are grouped together. India’s northeast has an offbeat experience for every traveler, from the annual Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland , which showcases the ethnic diversity of the state’s 17 main tribes every December, to the unparalleled views of 8586m (28,169ft) Khangchendzonga (the world’s third-highest mountain) from Gangtok in Sikkim .

We recommend starting your tour of the region in Guwahati in Assam, heading on a safari to Kaziranga National Park , where you can see one-horned rhinos, and then traveling onward to Majuli, the world’s largest river island. In Meghalaya , start in Shillong and loop towards the scenic town of Cherrapunji, lush with waterfalls and living root bridges – wondrous pedestrian bridges engineered by intertwining rubber tree roots over time. Further northeast, Arunachal Pradesh’s atmospheric Ziro Valley offers beginner-friendly treks through bamboo and pine forests.

Planning tip: The busiest time to visit the northeast is March to June when there’s still a slight coolness in the air. Accommodation during these months is more expensive; if you’re looking for a more affordable trip, the weather during the summer months – with the exception of lowland areas affected by the monsoon – is pleasant too.

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20. Visit a bustling local market

Wherever you go in India, from Kashmir in the north to the tip of Kanyakumari in the south, no trip would be complete without a visit to a market. This is true whether you take a shikara (wooden boat) to watch the chaos of the early morning floating vegetable market on Dal Lake in Srinagar  or go bargaining for jhumkas (earrings) in Chandni Chowk in Delhi.

Markets in India are worth visiting partly because they’re authentically Indian – they’re frequented by local people year round, regardless of whether tourists visit them or not. We recommend starting off with a few of Delhi’s favorite bazaars – browse for clothes and attars (scents) in Chandni Chowk, Tibetan-style jewelry in Majnu-ka-Tila, and spices in Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market (your clothes will smell of ground cinnamon and cardamom for days, even after being laundered). Other rewarding markets include Mysore’s Devaraja Market , Jaipur ’s Johri Bazar, and Kolkata ’s Mullick Ghat – Asia’s largest flower market.

Planning tip: Markets are high pedestrian traffic areas and can be overwhelming; new-to-India travelers may want to book a guided tour. Be sure to keep your valuables in a concealed money belt (or similar), as pickpockets are common in these markets.

21. Tour Rajasthan’s historic forts and palaces

Thanks to a rich history of intertwined kingdoms and local battles, Rajasthan is home to some of India’s most spectacular forts and palaces. Over the centuries, neighboring kingdoms tried to one-up each other in fabulous displays of ostentation, and fought countless battles amongst themselves and against outsiders. It was only in the mid-1500s that the region – then called “Rajputana” – was brought together under the Mughal emperor Akbar.

Start with the Amber Fort in Amer (outside Jaipur) with its honeyed pink-and-yellow walls standing stark against cloudless blue skies. Inside, the palace walls are intricately painted, and the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) brings the stars indoors as candlelight twinkles on mirror mosaics. Other forts and palaces to check off your list include Mehrangarh in the blue city of Jodhpur , Ranthambhore Fort inside Ranthambhore National Park , Chittor in Chittorgarh, and Kumbhalgarh in the Aravali Hills.

Planning tip: Plan to visit Rajasthan when the weather is at its coolest, between October and March. Keep some small change handy for camera fees if you want to use a camera inside most fort complexes (you can often shoot on your phone for free). Although many forts (including Amber Fort) offer elephant rides for sightseeing, these have been banned by the government since 2005 as they are harmful to elephants.

22. Experience the energy of India’s festivals

With an almost impossibly diverse population, religion is the core of India’s social fabric, and religious festivals pulse through the country’s calendar. Celebrated enthusiastically by the majority Hindu population, Holi – the festival of colors in the spring – and Diwali – the festival of lights – are major events across the country. In the east, Durga Puja is a grand celebration of the Hindu goddess Durga and brings Kolkata to a standstill.

Similarly, Ganesh Chaturthi – celebrating the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh – is of paramount significance in Mumbai , where crowds accompany giant statues of the deity as they are paraded through the city and submerged in the sea.

The Muslim celebrations for Eid (at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan) are memorable in Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Hyderabad – people open up intricate late-night markets and street-food stalls showcasing Muslim delicacies native to each area.

There are dozens of other region- and religion-specific festivals, so be sure to do your homework on festival dates. The harvest festival of Onam brings bursts of color across the southern state of Kerala in August or September. If you’re headed to Ladakh or other places with large Tibetan Buddhist populations such as Dharamshala or Arunachal Pradesh, the Tibetan New Year festival of Losar in February or March brings three full days of festivities, including masked Buddhist dances at monasteries.

Planning tip: Many Indian festivals follow the lunar calendar, so dates change every year. Islamic festivals move forward by 11 days each year, relative to the Gregorian calendar. Always check the dates of festivals locally to avoid missing significant events.

This article was first published Apr 1, 2022 and updated Dec 17, 2023.

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20 Best Places to Visit in India

Written by Joni Sweet Updated Mar 30, 2022

Deeply traditional yet endlessly surprising, India is one of those destinations that ends up on every traveler's bucket list at some point. They might dream of going to Agra to see the Taj Mahal in all its glory, or exploring the royal palaces scattered throughout Rajasthan. Others find themselves attracted to the jaw-dropping landscapes in Darjeeling and Rishikesh , or the postcard-perfect beaches in Goa.

There's also India's big cities– New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata –each of which has its own distinctive personality. It's impossible to get bored exploring the temples, markets, and colorful streets of India's biggest urban centers. The hardest part of traveling to India is figuring out exactly what to see on your journey.

Whether you're going on an epic backpacking trip or a luxe vacation, plan your adventure with this list of the best places to visit in India.

2. New Delhi

4. rajasthan, 5. rishikesh, 6. varanasi, 7. amritsar, 10. ajanta and ellora caves, 11. darjeeling, 12. kolkata, 13. ahmedabad, 19. andaman islands, 20. mcleod ganj, map of places to visit in india.

Taj Mahal in Agra

If there was just one symbol to represent all of India, it would be the Taj Mahal . The monument inspires millions of tourists to make the trip to Agra every year, waking up before dawn to see magnificent structure radiate at sunrise. But Agra tops the list of the best places to visit in India for reasons that go beyond India's most famous attraction.

The city in Uttar Pradesh is chock-full of marvelous Mughal monuments , like Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb and Akbar's Mausoleum , decked out in hypnotic inlaid marble designs from top to bottom. Plus, tourists can also see another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Agra Fort. With so many wonders in just one place, Agra is a must-visit city for tourists in India.

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Humayun's Tomb

Despite its crowds and chaos, New Delhi offers tourists a lot to love. The colorful capital of India is the perfect marriage of heritage and modernity. Old Delhi contains some of the country's most treasured attractions, including the Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and Chandni Chowk shopping thoroughfare. But throughout the sprawling city, tourists can explore countless other sites of spiritual and cultural importance.

Top tourist attractions in New Delhi include the Lotus Temple; India Gate; Humayun's Tomb; and India's tallest minaret, Qutub Minar. Fill your days exploring these mesmerizing sites, and refueling at street-side chai stalls and high-end restaurants.

The Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai

Want to see a more cosmopolitan side of India? Head to the energetic, coastal city of Mumbai–home to ultra-wealthy entrepreneurs and the hottest Bollywood actors. Tourists are never far from five-star hotels or gourmet restaurants in this luxe city. And even if those activities are out of budget, a cruise down the beloved Marine Drive will make you feel like royalty as you catch a glimpse of the scenic coast and glamorous Art Deco buildings.

You can also see a more authentic, local side of Mumbai in the bustling "Thieves Market" or at the Churchgate railway station , where hundreds of thousands of homemade lunches are packed up for delivery to the city's office workers every day.

Make sure you devote a day to checking out Sanjay Gandhi National Park and exploring the 2,000-year-old Kanheri Cave carvings.

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Gadi Sagar Temple in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Translated to "Land of Kings," Rajasthan brims with remnants of the kings and queens of past centuries. Between its glittering palaces , stately forts, and lively festivals, this western state deserves a starring role in your trip to India.

Jaipur , part of the Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit, which also includes Agra and New Delhi, is one of the top places to visit in Rajasthan. Dubbed "The Paris of India," it's known for its characteristic pink buildings, lavish City Palace, and jewelry stores galore.

The "Blue City," Jodhpur , offers tourists an equally unforgettable experience in its hilltop Mehrangarh Fort .

Udaipur oozes romance with its flower-lined streets and fantastic City Palace Complex , where the royal family still lives today.

And Jaisalmer looks like an Arabian Nights fairy tale brought to life, with its yellow sandstone structures and historic havelis (mansions). No matter where you end up in this desert state, you'll be captivated by the magic of Rajasthan.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh has been on the radar for spiritually minded travelers since the late 1960s, when the Beatles spent time in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram –now an abandoned site that has become an off-the-beaten-path tourist attraction for fans.

The town is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the holy Ganges River, and serves as a center for yoga and pilgrimages . Take part in the action, or just enjoy the sounds of the temple bells and sightseeing from Rishikesh's two suspension bridges , often guarded by assertive families of monkeys. Keep your distance.

A holy person on the Ganges River in Varanasi

One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is arguably the holiest place in India. The spiritual activities take place along the sacred Ganges River, where pilgrims bathe and mourners cremate recently deceased relatives in plain view of passersby.

Tourists, on the other hand, find their own flavor of spiritualism taking sunrise boat rides, releasing floral blessings that float on the river, and watching the fire-filled Hindu chanting ceremonies from the steep ghats.

Away from the water, the streets of the old town twist and turn like an endless maze. Legend has it that there's still no accurate map of Varanasi, and once you experience the labyrinthine city for yourself, you'll be inclined to believe it.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar, the "Jewel of Punjab," has made its claim to fame with its remarkable Golden Temple . One of the holiest places in the world for Sikhs, the gilded structure is a sight to behold, glistening in the sun and reflecting into the large pool that surrounds it.

The attraction also boasts the world's largest community kitchen , which serves 100,000 diners (including curious tourists!) lentils and curries every day.

While in Amritsar, plan to spend an afternoon at the border of Pakistan to see the Beating Retreat Ceremony. Goose-stepping guards from long-term rivals India and Pakistan open and close the border gates at dusk in an over-the-top ceremony you'll never forget. Get there early to dance to blaring Bollywood music with locals in the streets.

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Palolem Beach, South Goa

India's not just full of big cities and holy sites–it also has incredible beaches down south in Goa. Its stretches of golden sand along the Arabian Sea offer something for every type of tourist, whether you're interested in hanging out with the backpacker crowd in laid-back beach huts or having a ritzy tropical getaway at a five-star resort.

One unique part of Goa is its blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures. You'll experience the fusion throughout the destination, from its Baroque architecture and cathedrals to its spicy vindaloo curries and seafood dishes.

Houseboat in Kerala

Head south of Goa, and you'll trade beaches for tranquil backwaters in Kerala. Nothing beats the experience of hopping aboard a traditional thatched-top houseboat in Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha ) and slowly floating through palm-fringed lagoons and rivers, either as a day trip or overnight adventure. You'll enjoy freshly cooked Indian cuisine on the water and breathtakingly beautiful natural sights and wildlife.

Easygoing Kerala is like a breath of fresh air from the intensity of cities like New Delhi and Jaipur up north. Schedule some time here when you're in need of a break from the chaos.

Kailasa Temple, Ellora Caves

Time travel isn't a reality for travelers quite yet, but you can get pretty close at the Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra. Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites , the caves feature intricate carvings from at least 1,500 years ago.

The Ajanta Caves are the oldest of the two attractions, featuring around 30 Buddhist cave monuments cut into the rock as far back as the 2nd century BC.

Around 100 kilometers southwest, the Ellora Caves contain nearly three dozen Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu carvings, the most famous of which is the Kailasa Temple (Cave 16), a massive structure devoted to Lord Shiva that features life-size elephant sculptures . The magnificent carvings at both sites will leave you filled with wonder.

Darjeeling with snow-capped Khangchendzonga Mountain in the distance

Sightseeing in India doesn't get much better than what you'll discover in Darjeeling. The hill station in West Bengal is beloved for its lush green tea plantations , awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks (including Khangchendzonga , the world's third-highest mountain), and serene Buddhist monasteries. This is the perfect place to arrange a mountain trek or mountain biking adventure.

One of the most popular things to do in Darjeeling is taking a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Powered by an antique steam locomotive, the 140-year-old " Toy Train " takes tourists on two-hour fun rides from Darjeeling to Ghum– a journey that's regularly counted as one of the most scenic train rides in the world.

The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

India's third-largest city, Kolkata, is a decaying masterpiece of former British India, brimming with colonial-era architecture . The top things to do in Kolkata include seeing the Victoria Memorial, a white marble monument that features a museum with dozens of galleries, and Park Street, a famous thoroughfare with shops and restaurants that bustle 24/7, especially during the holidays.

But Kolkata is as much about the sites as it is about the emotions. This is a city that will somehow induce every one of your emotions with the highs and lows of life taking place in plain view on every street. Brace yourself, and be open to the experience.

The elaborately carved Adalaj Stepwell on the outskirts of Ahmedabad

The largest city in Gujarat , Ahmedabad is a noisy, overwhelming metropolis that somehow wins over the tourists who make their way here. The historic city of Ahmedabad earned the coveted title of India's first UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017 for its rich architecture, walls and gates, and significant Hindu and Jain temples.

On the western bank of the Sabarmati River , tourists can wander around Sabarmati Ashram , Gandhi's headquarters from 1917 to 1930. Its museum talks about the life of the Indian hero, and displays his iconic spectacles and spinning wheel. While you're in the city, sample the street food –some say it's the best in all of India.

Shimla

When the temperatures skyrocket in New Delhi and other cities in North India, tourists and locals alike make their way to cooler climates in the hill stations, the most popular of which is Shimla. The cloudy weather and forested hillsides make for a satisfying escape from the heat, as well as a placid place to spend a weekend or more. The atmosphere in the hilly central part of town, where traffic is banned, is just as pleasant as the scenic outskirts.

While you're in the area, make a reservation on the Kalka-Shimla Railway , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 96.6-kilometer-long railroad, which has been running for over a century, is renowned for its stunning views and authentic vintage experience.

Mysore Palace

While culturally different, South India is as enchanting as the north–just visit Mysore to see for yourself. The third-largest city in Karnataka is considered to be the cultural capital of the state, celebrated for its high-quality silk , Mysore painting tradition, and hypnotic Hindu temples with deity carvings that nearly touch the clouds.

Most tourists visit Mysore to see its World Heritage-listed palace. This attraction takes Indian grandeur to the next level, with endless mirrored decor, stained-glass windows, carved wooden doors, and intricate mosaic floors that look like the inside of a kaleidoscope. The palace is considered to be one of the country's finest examples of Indo-Saracenic design. Be sure to swing by to see the palace at night, when it's lit up with thousands of twinkle lights.

Lake and beautiful mountain scenery in Ladakh

Situated amid the jagged crags of the Karakoram and Zanskar mountain ranges , Ladakh offers tourists the chance to immerse themselves in an awe-inspiring alpine desert. Driving around the region's winding roads comes with one incredible natural view after the next: plunging valleys, gushing rivers, snowcapped peaks, and more. Ladakh's enchanting capital, Leh , stands at 3,500 meters above sea level, so you'll want to spend at least a few days acclimating to the altitude before embarking on any strenuous activities.

Ladakh didn't open to tourists until 1974. Given its difficult-to-reach location and its long-time isolation, the Buddhist-majority region has retained a unique cultural identity and a somewhat "untouched" feel. You'll see Buddhist monasteries and temples all around Leh's Old Town, and countless colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Don't miss the nine-story Leh Palace , which dates back to the 17th century, as well as the Shanti Stupa –a monument to world peace. You can also see a superbly sustainable way of life in this traditional community, which receives very little imported goods and remains largely self-sufficient.

Manali

In a country as sweltering as India, it's a relief to find cool weather in hill stations all over the country. Manali happens to be one of the most popular among local and foreign tourists alike. Located in Himachal Pradesh , the high-altitude resort town in the Himalayas makes an easy getaway from Jaipur, New Delhi , or Punjab. The tourist-friendly Old Manali neighborhood brims with chilled-out cafés; great restaurants; and home-stay accommodations, where visitors can experience a local way of life.

Manali is also a convenient base if you want to experience the great outdoors in this beautiful region of North India. From here, you can go trekking in the Parvati Valley, paragliding and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, and white-water rafting down the Beas River. Outfitters around the town can assist with all the arrangements and gear rentals.

Abbey Falls, Kodagu

Take one look at Kodagu's hilly emerald landscape perpetually blanketed by a cloud of mist, and you'll instantly see why this hill station is nicknamed "the Scotland of India." Previously called Coorg, the affluent area's biggest draws are its coffee and spice plantations . Tours of historic agricultural sites give tourists up-close views of how these foods are grown and produced. The lush scenery also makes for great bird-watching and trekking , especially in the Western Ghats.

Other popular things to do in Kodagu include seeing the 21-meter Abbey Falls gushing after the rainy season, hearing the chants of young monks at the Namdroling Monastery's famous Golden Temple, visiting the 17th-century Madikeri Fort , and watching elephants take a bath at Dubare Elephant Camp.

Elephant in the surf on Havelock Island, Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands are the go-to place in India if you're looking for a classic beach vacation. They'll treat you to powder-white sand beaches flanked by coconut palms, pastel-streaked sunsets, the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, and dense jungle landscapes. No postcard could possibly capture the majesty of this gorgeous destination.

Its ultra remote location, closer to Indonesia than mainland India, presents challenges for those who want to step foot on one of the few dozen islands open to tourists. You'll need to take a domestic flight from a major Indian city, such as Chennai, New Delhi, or Mumbai . Or, you can brave one of the long-distance ferry rides across the Bay of Bengal .

The effort can be well worth the reward, though. You'll have some of India's best beaches almost all to yourself, and the chance to see rare birds and thriving coral reefs. Culture hounds and history buffs will also relish exploring the Victorian British ruins on Ross Island , which are slowly being engulfed by the jungle.

McLeod Ganj

Did you know you can visit the home of the Dalai Lama on a trip to India? The Tibetan spiritual leader's base can be found at the Tsuglagkhang complex , a monastic village in the hill station of McLeod Ganj.

Most afternoons, you can see monks passionately debate one another in the central courtyard. Make your way around the complex to see pilgrims (many of whom are in exile from Tibet) spinning prayer wheels and prostrating in prayer, along with the temple and throne on which the Dalai Lama delivers his teachings. There's also a small Tibet Museum on-site, which gives tourists a deeper understanding of the struggle Tibetans face amid Chinese occupation through moving photo exhibits and a video.

The Tsuglagkhang complex alone makes it well worth a visit to McLeod Ganj, but you can also check out a range of other attractions throughout Dharamsala. Watch artisans teach and practice traditional Tibetan art, like woodcarving and thangka painting at the Norbulingka Institute . Make the nine-kilometer trek up Triund Hill to catch views of the mighty Dhauladhar mountain range. And on your way to the Bhagsu Waterfalls , make a stop at the Bhagsunag Temple to see the ancient sacred pools, believed to be filled with healing waters.

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Ah, it's so hard to choose! What are the best tourist places in India? A lot of the time, it comes down to personal preference. However, some places to visit in India remain perennially more popular than others. These are among the best destinations in India.

Want to know more about India's top destinations? Take a look at this India travel planner and this guide to the top India tourist places by region. If you'd like to explore beyond India's popular tourist attractions, here are 12 of the best places to visit in India off the beaten track to inspire you!

Also read: Safety issues at top tourist places in India to be prepared for problems you may encounter.

Best for Monuments: Delhi

Most first time travelers to India usually land in Delhi, India's capital city. It can be quite a culture shock . The city is primed to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. However, bear with it! Delhi's top attractions feature spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. Many of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens that are perfect for relaxing. And the crumbling old city of Old Delhi is a fascinating, albeit chaotic, place to explore. Plan your trip there with this Delhi city guide.

Best Iconic: Taj Mahal

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A part of India's popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit , Agra is best known for the Taj Mahal. Enough said really. It's India's most iconic monument and one of the top historical attractions.   For that reason, it's impossible to leave it off the list. (While you're there, why not get off the beaten track and visit some attractions around Agra as well?). Make sure you read this comprehensive guide to Agra and the Taj Mahal before you go.

Best Temple: Golden Temple

Amritsar is home to one of India's most notable landmarks -- the Golden Temple. It was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning "Holy Pool of Nectar", from the body of water around the Golden Temple. The exquisite Golden Temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world and the number of visitors it gets rivals that of the Taj Mahal! It looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing gold dome illuminated. This guide to Amritsar and Golden Temple has more details.

Best Regal Splendor: Udaipur

Ah, Udaipur! Famed city of lakes and palaces, and the most romantic city in India. A must-visit for the ability to immerse yourself in regal splendor. The royal family has converted much of the sprawling City Palace into a museum , housing priceless memorabilia. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to take a look into their lives. Another attractive thing about Udaipur is that it offers great value! There are so many inexpensive yet atmospheric hotels overlooking the lake to stay in. Or, stay in the City Palace Complex itself, at the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel or Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel.

Best Ruins: Hampi

Hampi is, not surprisingly, one of the most popular places to visit in Karnataka. There you'll find the captivating ruins of Vijayanagar, the last capital of one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in not only the state but in India’s history. The ruins are intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape. An incredible energy can be found at Hampi. Its laid-back vibe attracts plenty of travelers who like to stay a while and chill out. The New York Times included Hampi on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2019 , so get there fast before everyone else! Have a read of this handy Hampi travel guide for more information.

Best for History and Architecture: Ajanta and Ellora Caves

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Among the top caves in India , the ancient and awe-inspiring Ajanta and Ellora caves have been hand-carved into hillside rock quite in the middle of nowhere near Aurangabad in northern Maharashtra. These caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 34 of them at Ellora, dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. They're a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves. The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist caves. There are 29 of them, dating from the 2nd century BC to 6th century AD. Words can't describe how magnificent they all are.

Best for Spirituality: Varanasi

Varanasi, one of the top spiritual places in India, is a city quite unlike any other. This mystical holy city openly reveals its rituals along the many riverside ghats, which are used for everything from bathing to burning the bodies of the dead. Indeed, Varanasi is a confronting and rather dirty city (although it has been cleaned up a lot in recent years). However, it provides invaluable insight into ancient traditions in India. Two highlights are wandering along the riverside ghats and attending the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Here's a Varanasi travel guide to help you plan your trip.

Best for Culture: Kolkata

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Kolkata , the capital of West Bengal, is a fascinating but underrated city that unfortunately all too often gets overlooked by tourists. Those who are most keen on history, experiential travel, and day-to-day life will appreciate what it has to offer though. Look past its crumbling buildings and you'll discover delicious distinctive Bengali cuisine , interesting places to shop , diverse neighborhoods , and engaging heritage . The city's biggest festival, Durga Puja , is worth experiencing as well! Take a look at these evocative photos of Kolkata for inspiration.

Best for South Indian Culture: Madurai

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Madurai, in Tamil Nadu , has the most impressive temple in South India -- the Meenakshi Temple . If you only see one of South India's temples , the Meenakshi Temple should be it. The city of Madurai is more than 4,000 years old, and has remained a major center for Tamil culture and learning. The 12 day Chithirai Festival , featuring a re-enacted celestial wedding of God and Goddess, is held in Madurai during April each year. Here's what else to see and do in Madurai.

Best for Tribal Culture: Northeast India

Tourists are often surprised to discover that there are many different tribes in India . In fact, along with Africa, India has the largest tribal population in the world. Many of them inhabit India's remote Northeast region and they generally welcome visitors. One of the best ways to experience their culture is to attend one of their tribal festivals , such as the renowned Hornbill Festival. Otherwise, reputable local companies such as Greener Pastures and Holiday Scout conduct responsible tribal tours.

Best for Relaxation: Kerala Backwaters

One of the must-do things in Kerala , a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters is so tranquil and relaxing. The lush green landscape, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer on board the boat make the experience even more enjoyable. Don't miss it! Here's how to best visit the Kerala Backwaters.

Best for Beaches: Goa

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India's top beach destination, Goa lures visitors with the promise of parties and lazy days by the sea. However, there's more to Goa than just hedonism. The state also offers an eclectic blend of history, nature, culture , and adventure activities . It's divided into north and south Goa, with the north being more developed and action-packed. If you're looking for quiet beaches, head south! However, each beach has its own character. This  Goa beach guide will help you choose the beach that's right for you. Check out these gorgeous Goa beach huts as well.

Best for Wildlife: Kanha National Park

India has so many national parks, it's hard to choose the best wildlife destination. However, the jungles of Madhya Pradesh do stand out, Kanha National Park in particular. It's one of the largest national parks in India and it provided the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book . The park is highly regarded for its research and conservation programs. Numerous activities, such as nature walks, are possible in the buffer zone as well as safaris into the core area twice a day. Tiger sightings are regular there too! Want to visit more than one national park in Madhya Pradesh ? Bandhavgarh is also popular.

Best for Adventure: Spiti

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The high-altitude alpine desert landscape of remote Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh, provides ample options for adventure enthusiasts. These include mountain biking, hiking and trekking, tracking wildlife, and yak safaris. Spiti's remarkable landscape is scattered with small villages and monasteries, and enclosed by soaring peaks crowned with snow. Take a look at these spectacular photos of the Spiti Valley . Spiti can be reached by road from Manali or Shimla. This ultimate Spiti travel planner will help you organize your trip.

Best Offbeat: Kutch Region of Gujarat

Referred to as India's "Wild West", the Kutch region of Gujarat is an immense stretch of largely barren and harsh desert landscape bordering Pakistan. Much of Kutch consists of seasonal wetlands known as the Great Rann of Kutch (famous for its salt desert) and smaller Little Rann of Kutch (famous for its Wild Ass Sanctuary ). The region is also celebrated for the vibrant handicrafts made by its talented artisan villagers, and the seaside port town of Mandvi where there's a remarkable 400 year-old ship building yard.

Best Up and Coming: Odisha

Odisha has tremendous potential as a tourist destination and will undoubtedly attract more visitors when adequate infrastructure is developed. Until then, you can enjoy the serenity in this lesser-known state on the east coast of India. Attractions include the unusual Konark Sun Temple , massive annual Ratha Jatra festival in Puri , the Diamond Triangle of sacred Buddhist sites , the wetlands at Mangalajodi where migratory birds can be seen close-up, handicraft villages , classical music and dance festivals , and a multitude of ancient temples . Still not sure if you want to go there? Here are even more places to visit in Odisha and the capital city Bhubaneswar .

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The landscape of India provides for an infinite number of holiday destinations in India- from scenic locations to sites soaked in history, from cities bustling with chaos and confusion to laid-back and relaxed stays, India is truly diverse. Amidst this huge list of vacation spots, choosing the perfect location for your next trip can be daunting. Well! We are here to relieve you of this dilemma as we present to you the list of top 30 destinations in India for all kinds of travelers, whether you like quiet and serene mountains or small towns with their hustle and bustle. Read along to find the perfect travel destination for your next vacation.

List of 30 Best Places to Visit in India

  • Rann of Kutch
  • Spiti Valley
  • Ranthambore
  • Jim Corbett National Park

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Kashmir:  For its Captivating Natural Beauty

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One of the most incredible places in India, Kashmir is known for its natural beauty and is thus, rightly called Heaven on Earth. With its picturesque lakes , lush fruit orchards, verdant meadows, pines and deodars forests, all enclosed with mountains of Himalayan and Pir-Panjal ranges – Kashmir seems to have directly made its way right out from a postcard.

The beautiful Kashmir Valley is home to many destinations ideal for nature lovers, family vacationers, honeymooners, and even a group of friends. Along with great sightseeing opportunities, it offers adventure activities like trekking , skiing, and river rafting, recreational activities like fishing & angling, and even spa & wellness. Shopaholics and food lovers can also have their share of enjoyment as Kashmir spoils them with many options.

Top Places to Visit in Kashmir

  • Aru & Betaab Valley
  • Gurez Valley

Top Things to Do in Kashmir

  • Boating in Dal Lake, Srinagar
  • Skiing in Gulmarg
  • Angling & Fishing in Pahalgam
  • White Water River Rafting in Pahalgam and Sonmarg
  • Shopping for Leather Items, Pashmina Shawls, and Traditional Kashmiri Handicraft
  • Trying Wazwan (traditional dishes)

Check out: Best of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Packages

Ladakh: For its Unmatched Adventure Options

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The land of high mountain passes , barren mountains, alpine lakes & meadows, enchanting valleys and ancient colourful Buddhist monasteries , Ladakh is one of the must-visit destinations in India. It is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Ladakh is unlike any place to visit in India. It is here that you can witness some of the world’s highest mountain passes as well as exotic wildlife species in India’s largest national park. This must-visit destination in India is perfect for motorbiking and mountain biking, camping, river rafting, trekking and peak climbing adventures.

Top Places to Visit in Ladakh

  • Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar Valley

Top Things to Do in Ladakh

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Peak Climbing
  • Motor Biking
  • Mountain Biking
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Wildlife Sighting especially snow leopards
  • Attend Festivals in the Monasteries

Check out: Best of Ladakh Tourism Packages

Delhi: For its Incredible History and Past

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The capital city makes for one of the perfect travel destinations in India. A city of heritage , monuments, teeming with bazaars and mouth-watering street food, high-end malls, and luxury hotels & restaurants; Delhi has something for everyone. So whether you are looking for a heritage walk or a shopping experience or for kids-friendly activities or places for photography or even seek the blessings of god, Delhi will not disappoint.

Top Places to Visit in Delhi

  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Jama Masjid
  • Qutub Minar
  • Nizamuddin Dargah
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Lotus Temple
  • Akshardham Temple
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan

Things to Do in Delhi

  • Try delectable street food
  • Listen to qawwalis at Nizamuddin
  • Take a tour on Hop On Ho Off (HOHO) Bus
  • Go shopping in Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Dilli Haat
  • Architecture photography
  • Heritage walk

Check out: Popular Delhi Sightseeing Tour Packages

Sikkim: For its Breathtaking Natural Vistas and Enthralling Adventures

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One of the most beautiful places in India, Sikkim is a glittering gem of the North-East Himalayas. This northeast Indian destination is popular for being home to the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8586 m). Sikkim is one of the best destinations in India to spend a peaceful and laid back holiday as well as enjoy enthralling adventure activities.

Teeming with some of the world’s scenic trekking trails and rivers, this little northeastern state makes for a perfect adventure destination in India for trekkers, rafting enthusiasts, mountaineers and rock climbers. It is also famous for offering an experience of Yak Safari.

Sikkim is also a perfect place to go for some meditation sessions at numerous old Buddhist monasteries. Don’t miss out on delicious Sikkimese delicacies and shop to your heart’s content and buy Sikkimese handicrafts, thangka paintings and mural items.

Top Attractions in Sikkim

  • Yumthang Valley
  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Do-Drul Chorten
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Things to Do in Sikkim

  • River Rafting in Teesta River
  • Paragliding
  • Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
  • Motorbiking
  • Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Caving/Spelunking at North Lha-Ri-Nying Phu

Check out:   Best of Sikkim Tourism Packages

Meghalaya: For its Spellbinding Natural Beauty 

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Also known as the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is a hidden gem nestled in the lap of pine-covered Khasi and Garo Hills in the Northeastern part of India. One of the most picturesque states of North East India with its innumerable waterfalls, mystic caves, dense forests and sparkling lakes and rivers; Meghalaya is an ideal destination in India for trekkers, cavers/spelunkers and nature lovers.

It is only in Meghalaya where you will come across unique man-made living root bridges that are grown and not built. The ‘double decker living root bridge’ in Cherrapunjee is one such artistic splendour that has been standing strong for over 200 years. Meghalaya also offers a sneak peek of its tribal life along with delicious local food. The state offers a travel experience in India unlike any other.

Top Attractions in Meghalaya

  • Cherapunjee
  • Elephant Falls
  • Nohkalikai Waterfalls
  • Mawsmai Cave
  • Double Decker Living Root Bridge
  • Balpakram National Park
  • Nohsngithiang Falls

Things to Do in Meghalaya

  • Caving/Spelunking
  • Ziplining in Cherapunjee
  • Cliff jumping & Boating in Dawki

Check out: Meghalaya North East Sightseeing Tour Packages

Kerala: For its Backwaters, Beaches & Culture

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Pristine backwaters, coconut-palm fringed beaches, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and colourful festivals; Yes! You guessed it right. I am talking about God’s own country, Kerala . One of the most picturesque places in India with a footfall of thousands of tourists every year, Kerala is tucked between Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats and is blessed with immense natural beauty.

Besides serene backwaters and pristine beaches, Kerala is also home to scenic hill stations and numerous wildlife sanctuaries. Offering an umpteen number of tourist activities, Kerala is a must-visit destination for every traveller. From memorable houseboat stays to nature walks through the sprawling tea gardens to wildlife safari to mesmerizing Kathakali performance to savouring traditional dishes, Kerala has a lot to offer.

Top Attractions in Kerala

  • Periyar National Park
  • Thiruvananthapuram

Things to Do in Kerala

  • Wildlife Safari
  • Houseboat stay and Sail on the Backwaters
  • Ayurveda Massage
  • Scuba Diving
  • Cycling & Biking
  • Windsurfing in Payyoli Beach, Somatheeram Beach, Alappuzha Beach and Varkala Beach
  • Bamboo Rafting in Periyar National Park
  • Paragliding in Vagamon and Varkala
  • Snorkelling in Bond Safari in Kovalam, coast of Vizhinjam and at Varkala beach
  • Spice or Coffee Plantation Tour
  • Birdwatching
  • Watch Folk Dance Performance
  • Witness Snake Boat Race
  • Try the Delicious Food of Kerala

Check out: Best of Kerala South India Tour Packages

Andaman: For its Pristine Beauty and Array of Water Sports

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Known for their picturesque landscape comprising pristine beaches, azure waters and verdant forests, Andaman & Nicobar are a group of more than 500 islands situated in an infinite expanse of the Bay of Bengal. Packed with an array of interesting activities, Andaman & Nicobar is indeed one of the best beach destinations in India.

The islands are home to one of the best beaches in Asia, Radhanagar Beach, which is a paradise for honeymoon couples. For adventure lovers, the azure waters teeming with a diverse marine life and coral reefs, offer a perfect ambience to indulge in some world-class scuba diving and sea walking experiences. The islands are perfect for sighting exotic colourful birds, camping under the open sky and even trying your hands at a bar-be-que, cooking your own fresh catch of a fish or crab.

Top Attractions in Andaman & Nicobar

  • Havelock Island
  • Radhanagar Beach
  • Cellular Jail
  • Ross Island
  • Viper Island
  • Neil Island
  • Baratang Island
  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
  • Little Andaman
  • Barren Island
  • Long Island
  • Corbyn’s Beach

Things to Do in Andaman & Nicobar

  • Snorkelling
  • Mangrove Kayaking
  • Underwater Sea Walking

Check out: Best of Holiday Packages for Andaman

Goa: For its Beaches, World-heritage Churches, Food & Nightlife

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Known for its gorgeous beaches, stellar nightlife, delish seafood, world-heritage listed monuments, Goa is where all the fun is in India. Although the beaches of Goa are the primary tourism attractions, there are many surprises waiting to be unravelled.

Goa has one of the best nightlife in India with trendy bars, beach shacks, elegant cafes and many clubs and discotheques. For those looking for a luxury stay, South Goa has many options.

For the history buffs, Old Goa is replete with many whitewashed churches, crumbling forts and spectacular mansions. The adventure junkies are also spoilt for choice in Goa with a number of watersports including snorkelling and jet skiing. The beautiful and quiet settings of Goa also make it a great destination for yoga and Ayurveda.

Top Attractions in Goa

  • Calangute Beach
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Fort Aguada
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls
  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  • Chapora Fort
  • Arambol Beach
  • Palolem Beach
  • Vagator Beach

Things to Do in Goa

  • Watersports
  • Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market and Night Market
  • Yoga & Ayurveda
  • Visit Spice Plantation
  • Bungee Jumping at Mayem Lake
  • Go-Karting in Arpora
  • Try Seafood
  • Take an Electric Bike Tour
  • Heritage Walk in Fontainhas
  • Climb up to Charpora For

Check out:   Goa Tourism Packages

Agra, Uttar Pradesh: For its Unprecedented Mughal Grandeur

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Home to the symbol of love, Taj Mahal , Agra in Uttar Pradesh finds its spot on the world heritage map.  With its three gems, the impressive Taj Mahal, magnificent Agra Fort and splendid Fatehpur Sikri; the city charms thousands of tourists including historians and art lovers from all across India and the world.

Agra also gives a chance to savour authentic and traditional Mughlai flavours, shopping in the lively markets teeming with marble handicrafts & fine leather items, and even soaking your spirits in the enthralling fiesta of the Taj Mahotsav. For a more closer look at this heritage city, get on an off the beaten path journey and explore the narrow alleyways of the old city, ancient temples or visit the renowned poet, Mirza Ghalib’s birthplace.

Top Attractions in Agra

  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Akbar’s Tomb/Sikandra
  • Chini Ka Rauza
  • Wildlife SOS

Things to Do

  • Savour delicacies of Agra
  • Shop at Kinari Bazar
  • Watch Kalakriti Dance Drama Show
  • Watch Light & Sound Show at Agra Fort
  • Boat Ride on Yamuna River

Check out: Delhi Agra Jaipur Golden Triangle Tour Packages

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: For its Spiritual Essence

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Exploration of India remains incomplete without a trip to the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh . Also known as the city of Moksha (salvation), the place holds a great religious significance for the Hindus.

Situated on the banks of sacred river Ganga , the city is believed to be more than 5000 years old. Bustling with enchanting ancient temples and holy Ghats crowded with people performing various rituals and prayers, Varanasi makes for an ultimate spiritual travel destination India.

Varanasi offers a number of experiences such as paying homage to Lord Shiva in the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple or taking a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga absolving your sins or witnessing the famed Ganga Aarti. When in the city, a must-try is Benaras ki Chaat. Shopping in Varanasi for musical instruments and world-renowned Benarasi Silk Sarees is also a must.

Top Attractions in Varanasi

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Dasaswamedh Ghat
  • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
  • New Vishwanath Temple
  • Tulsi Manasa Temple
  • Durga Temple
  • Tibetan Temple
  • Manikarnika Ghat
  • Bharat Mata Mandir
  • Vishwanath Gali

Things to Do in Varanasi

  • Boat Ride on Ganga River
  • Watch Ganga Aarti on Dasaswamedh Ghat
  • Try Street Food
  • Try Food at Different Cafes

Check out: 2 Nights 3 Days Varanasi Sightseeing Tour Package

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: For its Rajputana Magnificence and Plethora of Desert Activities

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Also known as the Land of the Golden Sand, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is a beautiful city known for its rich cultural heritage and tales of brave Rajput rulers. This popular tourist destination is flanked by the expansive Thar Desert. Jaisalmer offers an authentic experience of Rajasthani culture, traditions, and heritage with its magnificent Sonar Quila or the Jaisalmer Fort, havelis, delectable food, and camel safari opportunity in the desert.

The annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a major attraction in the city and a visual treat. Folk dances, cultural and musical performances, campfires under open starlit sky, enthralling camel shows, local haats (shops) selling exquisite jewellery and handicrafts, can also be witnessed and experienced in this must-see festival in Jaisalmer.

Top Attractions in Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • Patwon ki Haveli
  • Nathmal ki Haveli
  • Salim Singh ki Haveli
  • Kuldhara Village
  • Jain Temples
  • Desert National Park
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Tazia Tower and Badal Palace
  • Tanot Mata Temple
  • Windmill Park

Things to Do in Jaisalmer

  • Camel Safari & Dune Bashing in Sam Dunes
  • Shopping in Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar
  • Parasailing in Kanoi
  • Paramotoring
  • Quad Biking
  • Desert Camping
  • Wildlife safari in Desert National Park
  • Watch Puppet Show
  • Try delectable food of Rajasthan

Check out: Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tourism Packages

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat: For its Salt Desert and Village Life Experience

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An enormous stretch of white salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is amongst the best places to visit in India. Sprawling in an area of 7500 sq km, Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts in the world and only one of its kind in India. This must-see place in Gujarat comes to life during the annual Rann Utsav when the white canvas gets painted with different hues and shades of lively folk performances and art.

Along with live folk music and dance performances, one can enjoy camel safaris and delicious Kutch cuisine. Visitors can also watch colourful migratory birds in the Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary, breath-taking views of the infinite expanse of the Rann from Kala Dungar and artisans creating magic with their hands by making exquisite embroidery pieces.

What adds to the charm of this memorable trip is a stay in traditional Bhungas or cylindrical shaped huts with conical roofs in the enchanting Hodka and Dhordo Villages nearby. Providing you a feel of a rustic village life.

Top Attractions in Rann of Kutch

  • Kala Dungar
  • Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary
  • Dhordo Village
  • Hodka Village

Things to Do in Rann of Kutch

  • Attend Rann Utsav
  • Stay in Hodka and Dhordo Villages

Check out: Popular Tourism Packages for Gujarat

Aurangabad, Maharashtra: For its mesmerizing architecture

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Dotted with plenty of ancient monuments, Aurangabad is a historical city located in Maharashtra. A city ruled by several dynasties in the past, today boasts of its rich heritage with its architectural marvels reminding the tales of once reigning dynasties. Mostly famed for its stunning Buddhist cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aurangabad is the best destination to visit for history buffs.

Annually, Aurangabad organizes a cultural fiesta of Ellora Ajanta Festival which showcases the talent of a number of dancers and musicians across the country with the backdrop of illuminated 1400 years old caves. This festival adds to the charm of this historic city and provides one more reason for the art lovers to visit Aurangabad.

When in Aurangabad, do not give a miss to the lifetime opportunity of adding to your wardrobe, a traditional and exquisite collection of fine hand-woven Himroo and Paithani silk, a speciality of the city.

Top Attractions in Aurangabad

  • Grishneshwar Temple
  • Bibi Ka Maqbara
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Aurangabad Caves
  • Siddharth Garden
  • Bani Begum Garden

Things to Do in Aurangabad

  • Eat at Yalla Yalla and Bhoj
  • Photography

Check out: Best of Maharashtra Tour Packages

Sunderbans, West Bengal: For its rich wildlife and rustic charm

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Home to the world’s largest mangrove forests and a large population of Royal Bengal Tigers, Sunderbans in West Bengal is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in India. Situated in the delta formed by Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Meghna Rivers, Sunderbans is also home to a large number of wild animals, reptiles and birds. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Things to Do in West Bengal

  • Sight Royal Bengal Tigers
  • Watch playful Gangetic Dolphins
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Village Tour
  • Witness Phytoplanktons in Night Safari
  • Witness the Freshwater Crocs at Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project

Check out: West Bengal Tour Packages

Hampi, Karnataka: For its brilliantly carved monuments

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A city immersed in the glorious past of the Vijayanagara Empire dating back to the period between 14th and 16th century, Hampi in Karnataka is another great place to visit for history buffs . Ruins of this ancient city with its number of strikingly beautiful monuments, temples and palaces still tell you the tales of grandeur and magnificence of the Vijayanagara rulers.

A trip to this historic place in Karnataka is incomplete without being part of its annually held musical extravaganza of Hampi Utsav. During the festival, one can enjoy live cultural dance performances with the backdrop of the splendid ruins lit up with lights which makes it an exceptional sight to behold.

Top Attractions in Hampi

  • Virupaksha Temple
  • Vithala Temple
  • Lotus Palace
  • Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple
  • Hampi Bazar
  • Hippie Island
  • Queen’s Bath
  • Matanga Hills
  • Elephant Stable
  • Monolith Bull

Things to Do in Hampi

  • Watch the sunset from Hanuman Temple
  • Coracle Ride in Tungbhadra River
  • Cliff Jumping in Hampi’s Lake

Check out:  Karnataka Holiday Packages

Mysore, Karnataka: For its rich culture and abundance of attractions

Mysore Palace

Considered to be the cultural capital of Karnataka in South India, Mysore is a historic city known for its beautiful palaces and gardens. Every attraction of Mysore tells a story related to the city’s glorious past. Whether it is the magnificent Mysore City Palace dazzling with thousands of bulbs or Brindavan Gardens lined up with musical fountains, Mysore does not miss an opportunity to woo its visitors. A major attraction in Mysore is the royal procession of colourfully decked up elephants during the world famous Mysore Dasara Festival.  The city is also famous for its beautiful silk saree and delicious sweet, Mysore Pak.

Top Attractions in Mysore

  • Mysore Palace
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Somanathpura Temple
  • Chamundeshwari Temple
  • Bonsai Garden
  • Karanji Lake
  • GRS Fantasy Park
  • St. Philomena’s Church

Things to Do in Mysore

  • Yoga Training
  • Buy Mysore Silk Saree
  • Try Local Dishes
  • Buy Mysore Pak

Recommended Tour Packages

  • 4 Nights 5 Days Bangalore Mysore Ooty Tour Package
  • 5 Nights 6 Days Bangalore Mysore Nagarhole Tour Package

Kaziranga National Park, Assam: For sighting one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers

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Home to the largest population of the vulnerable species of one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the best wildlife destinations in India. Kaziranga has also been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is also famous for its elephant grass. Apart from the one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is home to Hoolock Gibbon, Tiger, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Wild water buffalo, and swamp deer among many other species of wildlife.

Top Things to Do in Kaziranga National Park

  • Jeep Safari
  • One-horned Rhino Sighting
  • Tiger Sighting

Check out:  Kaziranga Wildlife Safari Tour Packages

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: For learning yoga and enjoying adventure activities

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Seated on the bank of holy River Ganga, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is an unmissable destination in India. Also dubbed the Yoga Capital of the country, Rishikesh is primarily visited by either yoga aspirants or those seeking a spiritual experience. Learning yoga in the ashrams of Rishikesh and in the evening watching the Ganga Aarti are two of the best experiences in the city. But that’s not all that Rishikesh offers, there are many adventure activities inviting you for an experience of a lifetime. Adventure lovers can indulge in activities like camping, white water rafting, bungee jumping from India’s highest platform, and flying fox (Asia’s longest ride).

Top Attractions in Rishikesh

  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Triveni Ghat
  • The Beatles Ashram
  • Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple
  • Triambakeshwar Temple

Things to Do in Rishikesh

  • White Water Rafting
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Giant Swing
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Witness Ganga Aarti
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Mussoorie Tour with Rishikesh
  • 7 Nights 8 Days Best of Garhwal Himalayas Tour

Jaipur, Rajasthan: For rich architecture, food, and shopping

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

The Pink City, Jaipur is a destination you cannot miss when visiting India. Jaipur is a perfect reflection of what the royal state of Rajasthan is about – it is elegant, replete with fine monuments, and is rich in culture. Due to preserving and conserving its rich heritage, the city has been recognized by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

The capital city is dotted with numerous palaces and forts, an open-air observatory, state museum and other museums, and many traditional places to eat. The city also has another side where it offers high-end malls, fancy restaurants, gardens, and much more for its visitors.

Top Attractions in Jaipur

  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Galta Ji Temple
  • Birla Temple
  • Moti Dungri Temple
  • Masala Chowk

Things to Do in Jaipur

  • Old City Heritage Walk
  • Watch Sunset from Nahargarh Fort
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Watch Cultural Performances
  • Sample Rajasthani Cuisine
  • Learn About Block Printing
  • Witness Elephant Festival
  • Attend Jaipur Literature Festival

Check out: Best of Jaipur Sightseeing Tour Packages

Amritsar, Punjab: For Golden Temple, Food, and Cheering Indian Army

Golden Temple Amritsar

Home to the gorgeous Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), Amritsar in Punjab is a destination that should be included in your India travel itinerary. Even though the Sikh sacred shrine (Golden Temple) makes for the top attraction in Amritsar, there are still plenty of other places that are worth seeing in the city. Amritsar is a reflection of India’s independence struggle and is also in close proximity to the Indo-Pak Border (Wagah/Attari Border).

The city allows a unique experience of witnessing the lowering of the flags ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border by the military of both India and Pakistan. Other than this, the city is a food lover’s paradise. From Amritsari Kulcha to Amritsari Fish to Lassi, the city has so much to offer to you.

Top Attractions in Amritsar

  • Golden Temple
  • Wagah Border
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Hall Bazaar
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Shopping for Phulkari and Jutis
  • Try speciality of Amritsar food
  • Eat at Guru ka Langar
  • Cheer For Indian Soldiers at Wagah Border Flag Ceremony
  • Watch Light & Sound Show at Gobindgarh Fort
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Amritsar Tour Package
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Lambasingi, Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh

Lambasingi Andhra Pradesh

Little enchanting village of Lambasingi lies in the city of Visakhapatnam. It is one of the best places to visit in India. The most interesting fact about Lambasingi is that it is the only place in South India to receive snowfall in winter. It is also known as ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’. Blessed with gorgeous beauty of nature, it is a place where you can escape and disappear in the folds of time, away from the chaos of the world. Lofty hills, greenery all around, dense forests, gorgeous valleys, green plantations and thrilling adventure activities like trekking, hiking, mountain biking and camping will make your sightseeing and day exciting at Lambasingi.

Top Places to Visit in Lambasingi

  • Thajangi Reservoir
  • Kothapalli Waterfalls
  • Susan Garden
  • Bojjannakonda
  • Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
  • Annavaram Temple
  • Yerravaram Waterfalls

Top Things to Do in Lambasingi

  • Visit Kothapalli waterfalls
  • Experience Snowfall
  • Camping in Lambasingi would be fun
  • Bird watching at Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
  • Nature Walk at Ghat Road
  • Strolling at the stunning Gardens, Apple Orchards and Emerald plantations

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Shimla, Mesmerizing Queen of hills

Shimla in Monsoon

Decked with green hills at an altitude of 2,205 meters, the erstwhile summer capital of British India is one of the most popular hill stations and favorite destination in India. You will witness the beauty of Pine and Oak forests, steep hillsides, colonial buildings, colorful markets and stunning Lamp Posts makes this place quite gorgeous to capture in your lens. honeymooners, nature lovers and families throughout the year visit Shimla at least once. From mid-July to September, Shimla is covered with snow which is a bliss for snow lovers. Which opens the gates for thrilling adventure sports like Skiing, trekking, ice skating and paragliding etc.  The town’s nightlife, games of Golf, elite clubs will blow your heart away.

Top Places to Visit in Shimla

  • Jakhoo Hill
  • Visceral Lodge
  • Green Valley
  • Christ Church
  • Tara Devi Temple
  • The Mall Road
  • Kalka Shimla Toy Train
  • Himachal State Museum
  • Lakkar Bazaar

Top Things to Do in Shimla

  • Toy Train Ride
  • Ice Skating
  • Rafting at Tattapani
  • Nature Walks in Pine Forests
  • Gorgeous views of Summer Hill
  • Divine blessings at Tara Devi Temple

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Shillong- Rejoice Your Soul with Mesmerising Nature Vistas

Shillong Meghalaya

Shillong , Meghalaya’s capital, is surrounded by thick pine trees. Shillong, one of Northeast India’s most popular hill stations, is recognized for its scenic beauty, waterfalls, and fresh breeze. The city is also known as East Scotland. Shillong is home to many hill tribes on the one hand, but it also has a young, modern culture. The city is well-known as India’s music capital.

Top Places to Visit in Shillong

  • Shillong Peak and Viewpoint
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Police Bazar
  • Mary helps for Christian Cathedral
  • Ward’s Lake
  • Sweet Falls
  • Spread Eagle Falls

Top Things to Do in Shillong

  • Horse Riding
  • Cup of Coffee at Cafes
  • Nature Walks
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sightseeing
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Imphal, Manipur

Imphal City View

Imphal , set amidst forested hills, is a revitalising respite for those who live in congested cities. Imphal provides them with beautiful hills and valleys. In Northeast India, it is well-known as a honeymoon destination. There are several historical sites in the area that highlight the state’s cultural variety. Imphal’s culinary delicacies must be sampled to get a full picture of the city.

Top Places to Visit in Imphal

  • Kangla Palace
  • Matai Garden
  • Tharon Cave
  • Ema Keithel
  • Manipur State Museum
  • Sirohi National Park
  • Imphal War Cemetery

Top Things to Do in Imphal

  • Sightseeing of Heritage destinations
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Imphal Manipur Tour Package
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Dimapur, Nagaland

Dimapur - Kachari Ruins

Dimapur, Nagaland’s main city and economic centre, is proud of its indigenous culture and traditions. Dimapur has something for everyone, from the Kachari ruins to the Triple Falls and forests with various flora and animals. It is the gateway to other Himalayan locations and is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Northeast India. The Hornbill Festival brings Dimapur to life.

Top Places to See in Dimapur

  • The Triple Falls
  • Shiva Temple
  • Zoological Park
  • Nagaland Science Centre
  • Hong Kong Market
  • Kachari Ruins
  • Sumi Town Baptist Church
  • Chumukedima Village

Top Things to Do in Dimapur

  • Traditional Homestays
  • Waterfall Tours
  • Nature Sightseeing and photography
  • Wildlife Sighting
  • Village Walks
  • Try different Cuisines
  • Popular Tourist Places in Nagaland
  • Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks in Nagaland
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Udaipur, Rajasthan: The City of Lakes

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

The city of Udaipur  is also known as ‘Venice of the East’, due to its many beautiful lakes. Founded in 1556, Udaipur is named after Maharaja Udai Singh II and is situated at the base of the Aravalli hills in southern Rajasthan. A popular tourist destination with its palaces, temples, and havelis, Udaipur has now emerged as a popular location for pre-wedding shoots and destination weddings. The city has remained the capital of the Mewar kingdom for decades and has managed to keep the culture alive with its folk songs and dances. A city of the royals, you will definitely enjoy your stay here.

Top Places to Visit in Udaipur

  • City Palace Udaipur
  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Swaroop Sagar Lake
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Nehru Garden
  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • Saheliyon ki Bari
  • Karni Mata Temple

Top Things to Do in Udaipur

  • Boating at Lake Pichola
  • Ride the ropeway to Karni Mata Temple
  • Shop at Hathi Pol Bazaar
  • Enjoy a royal stay at Lake Palace
  • Enjoy sunsets at the lakes
  • Watch the light and sound show at City Palace
  • Go trekking among the Aravalli hills

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Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh:  Beauty of the Cold Desert

Spiti Valley - Best Time to Visit Himachal

Situated at a height of more than 13,000 ft above sea level, Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley  is a beautiful landscape with tranquil monasteries and the mighty Himalayas. The Valley is bordered by Tibet on the north, and as a result tends to share a lot of the traits in its culture. The silent valley of Spiti has acquired a number of monasteries over the years since it provides the perfect atmosphere for spiritual development like the Tabo Monastery at Spiti, which was built in 996 CE and is the oldest monastery in India. The Valley, though provides serene monasteries but it also offers some amazing adventure and water sports for those who love to feel the adrenaline.

Top Places to Visit in Spiti Valley

  • Tabo Monastery
  • Key Monastery
  • Losar village
  • Kibber village
  • Trilokinath Temple
  • Chandratal Lake
  • Suraj Tal Lake
  • Pin Valley National Park
  • Kunzum Pass

Top Things to Do in Spiti Valley

  • Go river rafting at the Spiti River
  • Admire endangered species at Pin Valley National Park
  • Visit the monasteries for a peaceful experience
  • Trek to the Dhankar Lake
  • Take a mountain bike trip at Spiti
  • Enjoy stargazing at Kibber

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Ranthambore, Rajasthan: Land of the Royal Bengal Tigers

Ranthambore National Park Tigers

The Tiger Reserve at Ranthambore is one of the prominent tiger reserves in the world and houses the big cat species of the Bengal Tiger. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve  or the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Sawai Madhopur, in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. It is one of the larger habitats of tigers in the country and was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 that later worked its way to form one of the major tiger reserves of India. It is mainly known for its tigers that stay awake during the day unlike most tigers who are active at night. Due to the number of tigers in the park who roam around freely, you are sure to see some on your visit.

Top Places to Visit in Ranthambore

  • Ranthambore Fort
  • Surwal Lake
  • Malik Talao
  • Trinetra Ganesha Temple
  • Padam Talao
  • Raj Bagh Ruins
  • Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History

Top Things to Do in Ranthambore

  • Take a jeep or canter safari to spot the tigers at the reserve
  • Indulge in bird watching at Surwal Lake
  • Hike to the Ranthambore Fort
  • Visit the Trinetra Ganesha Temple

Also Read:   Interesting Facts About Ranthambore

Junagadh, Gujarat:  A Scenic Fort City

Junagadh-Girnar-Gujarat

Located in Gujarat, Junagadh is a historical city and a place you must visit on your trip to the state. Steeped in history, the city has seen several rulers during its existence from the Mauryas to the Mughals. As important as it is historically, Junagadh is also a popular pilgrimage destination for followers of several religions, such as Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, and Buddhism. Located in the foothills of Mount Girnar, the city is also close to one of the prominent national parks of India, the Gir National Park.

Top Places to Visit in Junagadh

  • Mahabat Khan Maqbara
  • Uparkot Fort
  • Darbar Hall Museum
  • Ashoka Edicts
  • Khapra Kodia Caves
  • Jain Temples at Girnar
  • Dattatreya Temple at Girnar
  • Shree Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden
  • Gir National Park
  • Tulsi Shyam Springs

Top Things to Do in Junagadh

  • Take a wildlife safari at Gir National Park to sight Asiatic lions
  • Explore the Uparkot Fort and the buddhist caves
  • Observe the rock edicts by Ashoka
  • Ride a ropeway to the top of Mount Girnar
  • Go for a morning stroll at Moti Baug
  • Indulge in the delicious Kathiawadi cuisine

Also Read:   Top Weekend Getaways in Gujarat

Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand: For the Bengal Tigers and Tuskers

Corbett National Park

The Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand  is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, near Nainital and is a popular tourist destination. It is the first national park established in India in 1936 and has the highest number of Royal Bengal Tigers among the country’s tiger reserves. The national park offers jeep and canter  for its visitors.  Jim Corbett National Park stands out with its varied landscapes of dense forests, rivers, grasslands, hills, valleys, lakes, rocky terrains, and waterfalls.

Top Places to Visit in Jim Corbett

  • Garjiya Temple
  • Corbett Falls
  • Corbett Museum
  • Sitabani Forest Reserve
  • Kalagarh Dam
  • Sonanadi Range

Top Things to Do in Jim Corbett

  • Take a jeep safari at the park
  • Go for a nature walk with a guide
  • Enjoy a night stay at the park
  • Try river rafting in the Kosi River
  • Enjoy a hot air balloon ride

Also Read: Best Hotels & Resorts to Stay in Corbett National Park

Let Us Find Out What to Expect in Different Seasons in India         

India Himalayas

What to Expect in Summer Season in India?

The summer season in India commences in the month of March and ends in May. India’s vast geographic scale and varied topography make generalizations a little difficult. However, summers in India are quite hot with an exception to the Himalayan states and hill stations in other parts of the country.

In the month of March, India celebrates its one of the biggest and most colourful festivals of Holi. In different parts of the country, Holi is celebrated in different ways and each one is a must-see. In Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Holi is played with flowers, whereas a few kilometers away in Barsana, the festival is celebrated in a distinctive way where women playfully beat the men with sticks.

In Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, an Elephant Festival is celebrated, in which the animal is decorated with paints and ornaments and taken to a procession. In West Bengal’s Santiniketan, Holi is celebrated as the Basanta Utsav or the Dol Utsav. The festival celebrates the arrival of spring season with music, dance, food, and colours.

The months of March and April, the Himalayan states (Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim) see blooming of many flowers including rhododendron. The summer months in the Himalayan states are also considered best for trekking tours and other adventures. Wildlife tours in summers in India are also quite popular amongst the tourists who come to sight tigers and the rich flora & fauna of the country.

What to Expect in Monsoon Season in India?

The monsoon season in India arrives by mid-June and ends in September. Monsoons first reach the southern India state of Kerala where the weather becomes ideal for enjoying Ayurveda massages. In this season, Kerala also organizes its traditional Snake Boat Races. In north India, Ladakh becomes fully accessible with opportunities of sightseeing and several adventures like trekking, motorbiking, river rafting. In Kashmir Valley, the sacred Amarnath Yatra along with opportunities of trekking opens in the monsoon season.

The rains are on the heavier side in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and Himachal. While in Uttarakhand, many spiritual treks along with a trek to Valley of Flowers open in the rainy season, in Himachal, the district of Lahaul & Spiti along with a number of treks invite the travellers.

Monsoon is also the best time to visit the northeastern state of Meghalaya. The state is known for its waterfalls that come alive in the rainy season. In western India (Maharashtra & Goa), monsoon season is the time of festivity with grand celebrations of Janmashtami and monsoon festival. The rainy reason is also a good time to explore the Western Ghats that are rich in flora & fauna.

What to Expect in Winter Season in India?

The winter season in India begins in October and continues till February. This season is considered the best time to visit India. The months of October and November celebrate some of the biggest festivals in India, Dussehra and Diwali. The festivity is something worth visiting in the country. In December, Goa comes to life with tourists thronging to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

In the Himalayan states, winter months of December to February are the time for the snowfall. In Kashmir’s Gulmarg, Uttarakhand’s Auli, and Himachal’s Solang Valley, these winter months are the best time for skiing adventures. Ladakh, on the other side, opens one of the best winter treks in India, Chadar/Frozen Lake Trek. Winter trekking is open in all the Himalayan states and is an experience to remember.

With the arrival of winter, Gujarat’s famous Great Rann of Kutch organizes its annual festival, Rann Utsav, which is definitely a must-see. Another worth seeing festival in winters is the Taj Mahotsav in Agra. The winter season is also an ideal time to explore states that are difficult to visit in summer due to extreme temperature such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what are the best places for nature lovers in india.

When exploring different places in India, one can visit a number of tourist destinations that are perfect for nature lovers. Some of them are mentioned in the list below:

  • Andaman & Nicobar

Q. What are the best places for adventure in India?

The following are the best destinations for adventure in India:

Q. What are the most visited places in India?

The most visited places in India include the following:

Q. What is the best time to visit India for holidays?

India can be visited round the year due to its varied topography. There are destinations that can be visited in different seasons. However, the best time to visit India is considered to be between October and April.

Q. Which are the best yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda destinations in India?

The best yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda destinations in India are:

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  • Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Q. Is it safe to visit India in the monsoon season?

Yes, it is safe to visit India in the monsoon season. However, it is advised to check the weather forecast and keep an eye on the news of the destination you want to visit in India.

Q. Is travelling to India in the summer season convenient?

India has a varied topography and one should make the most of this opportunity. In the summer season, the temperature across India can go up to 40 degree Celsius, but in the Himalayan states and other hill stations in India, the weather remains pleasant and under 30 degree Celsius. Therefore, it is recommended to plan a visit to places with cooler weather conditions in the summer season.

Published: 07 Nov, 2020 | Last Updated:  09 Feb, 2024

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook & Instagram .

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Best Tourist Attractions in India

Tourist attractions in india, here is the list of 56 best tourist attractions in india, 1. taj mahal, agra.

Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and is considered to be the most popular tourist attraction in India. A symbol of love, the Taj was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz. Tagore described the Taj as a "teardrop on the cheek of eternity". The monument attracts a lot of tourists all around the year.

2. Golden Temple, Amritsar

Golden Temple, Amritsar

Tangibly the most spiritual place in India, Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmindar Sahib, is the holiest shrine in Sikhism which is alive with religious fervour and sacredness. Although the Golden Temple itself is of great historical and architectural interest, it is the view of the resplendent shrine, glistening in the centre of the tank, bringing an infinite calmness that is most memorable to a visitor.

3. Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort is a historical tourist attraction in India in the national capital of New Delhi. Located in the center of the city, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. It was constructed by Shah Jahan in the year 1939 as a result of a capital shift from Agra to Delhi.

4. Mysore Palace, Mysore

Mysore Palace, Mysore

An incredibly breathtaking example of Indo - Saracenic style of architecture, the Mysore Palace is a magnificent edifice located in Mysore in the state of Karnataka. Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, it is the former palace of the royal family of Mysore and is still their official residence.

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Manali volvo tour package - excursion to solang valley, ladakh 7 days itinerary - summer holiday package with nubra & pangong stay, darjeeling tour package for family: gangtok & kalimpong, sikkim tour package for 7 days - excursion to tsomgo lake, andaman island trip package - snorkeling at elephant beach, 5. amber fort, jaipur.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Cradled on the top of the Aravali Hill and forming a beautiful reflection across the Maotha Lake, lies the Amber Fort. An architectural masterpiece and with significant reference in the Indian history, it is visited by over five thousand tourists daily. Only eleven kilometres away from the capital city of Jaipur, Amber Fort is clad in pink and yellow sandstone and is a part of an extensive complex.

6. Chola Temples - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Chola Temples - UNESCO World Heritage Site

History is alluring. It teaches us about the culture, people, traditions of an era gone by. In the history of the southern parts of the country, the Chola Empire ruled for centuries. The three temples built by the Chola kingdom are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and are labelled as, "Great Living Chola Temples".

7. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

The historic Meenakshi Amman temple is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Built sometime between the year 1623 and 1655, the wonderful architecture of the place is renowned globally. Meenakshi Temple is primarily dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva.

8. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - World Heritage Ancient Rock-Cut Caves

Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - World Heritage Ancient Rock-Cut Caves

Known For : Ajanta Caves Grishneshwar Temple, Ellora The Buddhist Caves, Ellora

Ajanta and Ellora caves, considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient rock-cut caves, are located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India. Ajanta and Ellora caves complex is adorned with beautiful sculptures, paintings, and frescoes and include Buddhist monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. 

Best Time: June to March

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9. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

The Mahabodhi temple also called the "Great Awakening Temple", is among one of the World Heritage Sites. It is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, which marks the location where the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. It is hence, one of the only four sites related to the life of Lord Buddha.

10. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger

Known For : Jungle Safari in Corbett National Park Corbett Waterfall River Rafting in Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park, during this month, sees a surge in wildlife activity, increasing the chances of spotting the majestic Bengal tiger. The deciduous forests turn a golden hue, creating a picturesque backdrop for safaris. Bird-watchers are in for a treat as migratory birds visit the region. January in Jim Corbett is synonymous with thrilling wildlife encounters.

Best Time: Mid October to Mid June

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11. Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Another symbol of the British Raj in India, the Victoria Memorial is located in the heart of Kolkata , which was formerly known as Calcutta, in West Bengal , India. This white marbled beauty, which can rightly be called the epitome of grace and elegance, was built in memory of Queen Victoria to celebrate her 25 years of rule over India.

12. Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape

Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape

Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this tourist attraction in India is a historical delight for travellers. Hampi is an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and a favourite way to see the city from the perspective of its history.

Best Time: October to March

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13. Pangong Lake, Ladakh - One of the most serene tourist attractions in India

Pangong Lake, Ladakh - One of the most serene tourist attractions in India

The famous and sparkling blue Pangong lake is situated near Leh-Ladakh in the Himalayas, approximately at the height of 4350 meters. This endorheic lake is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet, with two-thirds of it lying in the latter. Owing to its altitude, the temperature here ranges from -5°C to 10°C as a result of which the lake freezes completely during winters.

14. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Known For : Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dashashwamedh Ghat Ganga Aarti, Varanasi

Varanasi, the city that is more than just the spiritual capital of India. The city which can be aptly described as a melting pot where both life and death come together. The city that you only need to visit once for it to stay with you forever. Popular among both domestic and international tourists for its magnanimous ghats and Ganga Aarti, the city is among the top tourist attractions in India.

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15. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - The Golden City

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - The Golden City

Known For : Jaisalmer Fort Desert Safari in Jaisalmer Gadisar Lake

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, Jaisalmer is a major tourist attraction in India located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. It is called the 'golden city' due to its bounteous golden dunes flowing in the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples, havelis and castles clad in golden yellowish sandstone.

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16. Gateway of India, Mumbai

Gateway of India, Mumbai

The Gateway of India is, without doubt, one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. It is located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront and overlooks the Arabian Sea in the most beautiful way. One of the most distinguished monuments in Mumbai, it was built in the year 1924 by famous architect George Wittet as a commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai.

17. Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

One of the oldest mosques in the city, the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad is one of the largest masjids in India. This revered shrine was commissioned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty in the year 1614, while the construction saw completion in the year 1694.

18. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

The massive edifice of Hawa Mahal stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur , Badi Chaupad. It is regarded as the signature building of the city and was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The main reason behind the palace's construction was to allow the women of the royal house to observe the festivities on the streets whilst being unseen from the outside.

19. Best Beaches In Goa

Best Beaches In Goa

Goa, a tiny state on the western coast of India along the Arabian Sea, is famous for its laidback beaches, night long parties, beach shacks, water sports and many other adventure activities. One of the most visited tourist attractions in India, Goa has many beaches along its beautiful coastline, catering to millions of visitors every year.

20. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The Tiger's Den

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The Tiger's Den

Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, the Bandhavgarh National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve and it is known to have the highest density of Bengal tigers in the world. The frequent sightings of royal tigers make this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. In 2012, around 44-49 tigers were living in the park.

Best Time: October to June

21. Agra Fort, Agra - An Epitome of the Mughal Dynasty

Agra Fort, Agra - An Epitome of the Mughal Dynasty

An architectural masterpiece, The Red Fort of Agra or Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1573. It is located on the right bank of the River Yamuna and is made entirely of red sandstone. The historical fort was once the ersthwhile residence of the Mughals until 1638. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it lies 2.5 kilometres from Taj Mahal .

22. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Mehrangarh Fort, built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. Located in the centre of the city, the fort covers an area of approximately 5 Kms of a hill. Its walls have a height of 36 metres and width of 21 metres.

23. Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Amidst the rush and chaos of Central Delhi, lies the peace and tranquillity of the largest mosque in the country. The 'Masjid-I Jahan-Numa' or Jama Masjid as it is more commonly known, means "World Reflecting Mosque." It was the last of Shah Jahan's impressive collection of architectural undertakings, after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

24. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The Architectural Masterpiece

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The Architectural Masterpiece

Known For : Light and Sound Show, Khajuraho Dulhadev Temple Kandariya Mahadev Temple

Khajuraho is known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. Khajuraho is a brilliant example of Indian architecture and its culture back in the medieval period. The architecture of these Hindu and Jain temples depict the innocent form of love, the carvings on the walls display passion in the most erotic yet aesthetic ways.

Best Time: July to March

25 Khajuraho Attractions

25. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

Located near the famous Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden which houses a memorial to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by the British forces. The tragic incident had left a deep scar on the country, and a memorial was constructed post the independence for the innocents who lost their lives in this devastating incident.

26. Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch

Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch, a large area of salt marshland, is located in the District of Kutch, in the western state of India, Gujarat. The vast expanse is situated in the Thar Desert and is formed of salt marshes which create a mesmerising view that attracts travellers from all over the world. Sunsets at the Great Rann of Kutch are a treat to the eyes after exploring the region.

27. Cellular Jail, Andaman Nicobar-islands

Cellular Jail, Andaman Nicobar-islands

The Cellular Jail, also known as 'Kala Pani' is an old colonial prison situated in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Constructed by the Britishers during their colonial rule in India, Cellular Jail was used particularly to exile political prisoners where they were subjected to many atrocities at the hands of the British.

28. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram as it is famously known, is a historically important and well-loved tourist location situated on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Once the abode of the famous demon king Mahabali, Mahabalipuram was later renamed Mamallapuram. 

Best Time: November to February

23 Mahabalipuram Attractions

29. Nalanda, Bihar - The Ancient Seat of Knowledge

Nalanda, Bihar - The Ancient Seat of Knowledge

Known For : Nalanda University Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall The Great Stupa

The most popular Mahavihara of the ancient times, a significant Buddhist seat of academic excellence and a modest pilgrim center, all wrapped in a wisp of spirituality, Nalanda continues to be an equally enriching location in the present. It offers vibrant substance of spirituality, history, culture, architecture, and tourism.

8 Nalanda Attractions

30. Elephanta caves, Mumbai

Elephanta caves, Mumbai

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves is a specimen of rock-cut art and architecture from the times of medieval India. The caves are located on the Elephanta island which is situated at a distance of 11 km from the city of Mumbai . Natively known as Gharapurichi Leni, the Elephanta Caves that exist today are ruins of what were once elaborately painted artworks.

31. Bara Imambara, Lucknow

Bara Imambara, Lucknow

The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of the city. Also known as Asfi Imambara, after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed, it is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram.

32. Fort Aguada, Goa - A Fortress of Tranquility

Fort Aguada, Goa - A Fortress of Tranquility

Fort Aguada is a 17th-century Portuguese fort looking out at the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. The crumbling ramparts of the fort stand on the Sinquerim Beach, approximately 18 km from Panjim. The highlight of the fort is a lone four-storey lighthouse (which is one-of-its-kind in Asia )and a stunning view of the sunset.

33. Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

A city, predominantly made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. Back then it was the capital of his Empire for fifteen years. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction, it is a fine example of Akbar's architectural finesse. Fatehpur Sikri is a home to Jodha Bai's palace , Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza , and a Tomb of Salim Chisti.

34. Jantar Mantar, Delhi, Delhi

Jantar Mantar, Delhi, Delhi

Located in the Parliament Street, south Connaught Circle of New Delhi, Jantar Mantar is a vast observatory built to help and improve upon the studies of time and space as was known. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724 and forms a part of a collection of five such observatories located in Jaipur , Ujjain , Varanasi and Mathura .

35. Hanging Gardens, Mumbai

Hanging Gardens, Mumbai

Hanging Garden is a terrace garden situated on top of the Malabar Hill, right next to the Kamla Nehru Park. It overlooks the stunning Arabian Sea and was built in 1880 by Mr. Ulhas Ghapokar. The stunning gardens are dedicated to Barrister Pherozeshah Mehta and are also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. 

36. Lotus Temple, Delhi

Lotus Temple, Delhi

Located in the national capital of New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is an edifice dedicated to the Baha'i faith. The magnificent structure of this building unfolds in the form of a stupendous white petal lotus and is one of the most visited establishments in the world. The design of this shrine was conceptualized by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba and was completed in the year 1986. 

37. Ashoka Pillar, Sarnath

Ashoka Pillar, Sarnath

The national emblem of India and a mark of Emperor Ashoka's visit to Sarnath, the Ashoka Pillar crafted out of stone is an impressive structure with four lions at the top. This 50 m long pillar along with the Dhamek Stupa, are Ashoka's gift to Buddhism and the entire complex has a calm aura to it. A number of monks are spotted meditating around the compound. 

38. Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi

Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi

Located in Madhya Pradesh, the Buddhist monuments of Sanchi are one of the oldest stone structures in India. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Great Stupa was installed in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. The sculptures and monuments present at the site are a fine example of the development of Buddhist art and architecture in Madhya Pradesh. 

39. Cave Temples, Badami

Cave Temples, Badami

The Cave Temples of Badami consist of four separate temples, each holding intricate carvings and depictions. These carvings depict Shiva and Vishnu in various avatars in the first 3 temples, representing the Brahmanical style. The fourth temple is dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras.

40. Statue of Unity, Gujarat

Statue of Unity, Gujarat

Statue of Unity is a memorial to The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the Citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle. The statue of Unity is Located in Gujrat, by the banks of River Narmada on the River Island of Sadhu Bet overlooking the Narmada Dam (Sardar Sarovar Dam) from 3.2 km away.

41. Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

The Junagarh Fort of Bikaner is a magnificent structure around which the city of Bikaner grew up. The fort was initially called Chintamani and was then renamed as the Junagarh or Old fort in the 20th century. The foundations of the Junagarh fort was built in 1478 by Rao Bika. However, it existed just as a stone fort then. 

42. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the five hill forts of Rajasthan that were declared the UNESCO world heritage site in 2013. It is situated in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan and lies 82 kilometres northwest of the city of Udaipur. Constructed on the foothills of Aravalli ranges, it is surrounded by thirteen hill peaks of the ranges and is perched at an elevation of 1,914 m. 

43. Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar, Delhi

The soaring and brave tower that allures tourists despite being destroyed by ravages of natural apocalypses several times, Qutub Minar is the tallest individual tower in the world and second tallest monument of Delhi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located in Mehrauli and its construction was started in 1192 by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of Delhi Sultanate. 

44. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

As the name suggests, Humayun's tomb is the final resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Located in the Nizamuddin East area of Delhi, it is the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent.  The design of Humayun's tomb is a typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences and was conceptualised by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. 

45. India Gate, Delhi

India Gate, Delhi

The All India War Memorial, popularly known as the India Gate, is located along the  Rajpath in  New Delhi . The imposing structure of India Gate is an awe-inspiring sight and is often compared to the Arch de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome.

46. Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

Located on the Nilanchal Hill in the western part of Guwahati in Assam,  Kamakhya Temple is one of the most revered shrines of Goddess Shakti in India. According to the Hindu scriptures, there are four important Shakti Peethas (Temples with highest powers of divinity) in the country and Kamakhya Temple is one of them. 

47. Akshardham Temple Delhi, Delhi

Akshardham Temple Delhi, Delhi

An epitome of Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture, Akshardham Temple is a famous Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural complex. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, it is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.

48. Hidimba Temple, Manali

Hidimba Temple, Manali

Located amidst the snow-covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Surrounded by gorgeous cedar forests, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of goddess Hidimba herself.

49. Best Beaches in Kerala

Best Beaches in Kerala

The beaches of Kerala need no introduction, interlinking with the beautiful backwaters to form an elaborate network of heavenly water bodies. The Allapuzha beach is most well-known, connected to the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey earning the city the title of Venice of the East. Check out Varkala beach to recapture the hippie vibe of Goa. 

50. Auroville, Pondicherry - The City of Dawn

Auroville, Pondicherry - The City of Dawn

Known For : Matrimandir Marc's Cafe Arka

Located around 15 km from the city of Pondicherry, Auroville is located in Tamil Nadu and was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, a disciple of Aurobindo and fondly known as the 'Mother' of Sri Aurobindo Society. This place is the epitome of tranquillity and proves as the perfect escape for the ones in search of peace. 

Best Time: November to March

21 Auroville Attractions

51. Shaniwar Wada, Pune

Shaniwar Wada, Pune

Shaniwarwada, once the seat of the Peshwa governance in Pune is a 286-year-old mansion and is one of the finest examples of architecture in the city. It is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra . This grand mansion was built by the Peshwa Bajirao I himself as the residence of the Peshwas. 

52. Charminar, Hyderabad

Charminar, Hyderabad

An identifying feature of the city, Charminar is the most prominent landmark located right in the heart of Hyderabad . The monument was erected by Quli Qutub Shah to signify the founding of Hyderabad. As is evident from the structure, it was so named as it consists of four minarets. 

53. Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir - The Holy Caves

Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir - The Holy Caves

Known For : Vaishno Devi Mandir Ardhkuwari

Vaishno Devi is a temple town that's home to the famous Vaishno Devi Mandir. Located in Trikuta hills, 13 kms from Katra (in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir); this renowned shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world.  Popularly known as Mata Rani, Vaishnavi and Trikuta, Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga.

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54. Dal Lake, Srinagar

Dal Lake, Srinagar

The Jewel of Srinagar, the Dal Lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and is almost a visual definition of the town. Spread over 15 kms, it is the second-largest lake in Jammu & Kashmir. The mirror-like Dal Lake reflects the snow-dusted peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains while the colourful shikaras (gondolas) float around. The houseboats and shikaras are its main attractions.

55. Bhangarh Fort, Alwar

Bhangarh Fort, Alwar

Famous for the historical ruins and the ghost stories, Bhangarh has been regarded as the most haunted place in the country. It is located on the way between Jaipur and Delhi. The Bhangarh Fort is a 17th Century fort in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. It was built by Bhagwant Das for his son Madho Singh I. It was named by Madho Singh after his grandfather Man Singh or Bhan Singh.

56. Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu - An exotic side of India's Fauna

Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu - An exotic side of India's Fauna

Known For : Madumalai National Park The Jungle Safari Theppakadu Elephant Camp

Mudumalai National Park is a part of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, located at a distance of 150 kilometres from Coimbatore, in the Nilgiri District of Tamilnadu. It connects the Western Ghats to the Eastern Ghats and owes its popularity to the fact that it’s home to many vulnerable and endangered animal and bird species.

Best Time: December to June

3 Mudumalai Attractions

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  • 50 Of The Most Beautiful Places In India You Have To See In 2024 To Believe!

10 May 2024

With a geography as vast and varied such as ours, it is hard not to find a beautiful place in India. We have the snow-capped Himalayas in the North, the beautiful stretches of sand dunes in the West, the picturesque lands and hills in the East, and a coastline of over 7500 km in the South.

Since there’s so much to see, one would be compelled to know about the different places in the country that stand out. When looking for some of the most beautiful places in India , you’ll stumble upon many. However, there are a number of places that you must visit. 

50 Most Beautiful Places In India

So here is a list of some of the most beautiful places in India  that you must keep handy when planning a vacation in the country.

  • Yumthang Valley, Sikkim – The Bowl Of Flowers
  • Stok Kangri, Ladakh – The Paradise For Trekkers
  • Nubra Valley, Ladakh – The Undiscovered Realm Of Nature
  • Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji – Cascading Water That Changes Colour
  • Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand – The Towering Marvel Of Nature
  • Drang Drung Glacier, Near Kargil – A Heaven For Travelers
  • Andaman And Nicobar Islands – The Undisturbed Honeymooners’ Getaway
  • Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh – India’s Version Of Switzerland
  • Chandertal Lake, Himachal Pradesh – The Crescent Shaped Fantasy For Trekkers
  • Dal Lake – The Epitome Of Perfection And Serenity
  • Valley Of Flowers, Uttaranchal – The Sea Of Flora And Refreshing Aromas
  • Pangong Tso, Leh Ladakh – The Mesmerising Vistas Of Blues And Browns
  • Khatling Glacier – The Snowy Delight For Trekkers & Photographers
  • Ghats, Varanasi – The Realm Of Spirituality And Divinity
  • Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer – The Colours Of Royalty
  • Lake Pichola, Udaipur – The Lake City Of India
  • Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim – Beatific Waters Of North-East
  • Dudhsagar Falls, Goa – The Ivory Cascades
  • Agatti Island, Lakshadweep – The Beautiful Underwater Atolls
  • Munnar, Kerala – The Hill Town Of God’s Own Country
  • Manali – The Adventurous Retreat In Himalayas
  • Matheran Hill, Raigad – Plethora Of Green, Serene Beauty
  • Zanskar Valley, Ladakh – A Mystic Dale
  • Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh – The Calm Monasteries
  • Munsiyari, Uttrakhand – Miscellany Of Verdant Slopes
  • Chilka Lake, Odisha – The Unexplored, Hidden Gem Of The East
  • Agumbe, Karnataka – A Dashing Source Of Fresh Air & Vistas
  • Rann Of Kutch – Salt Desert Of The West
  • Loktak Lake, Manipur – A Source Of Power Generation
  • Caves, Meghalaya – Pothole Of The East
  • Palolem Beach, Goa – Nature And Nightlife
  • Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu – A Wonder Of Western Ghats
  • Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh – Tranquility And Sacredness
  • Lonar Crater, Maharashtra – A Lake With Awe-Inspiring History
  • Gulmarg, Jammu And Kashmir – For A Heavenly Travel Experience
  • Gandikota Canyon, Andhra Pradesh – Enjoy Learning About The Vast History
  • Kudremukh Grassland, Karnataka – Nature And Heritage
  • Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra – A Flowery Experience
  • Sundarbans Mangrove, West Bengal – Lush Greenery And More Natural Wonders
  • Ziro Hill Station, Arunachal Pradesh – A Famous Census Town
  • Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerala – Adding This Is A Must
  • Dooars, West Bengal – A Hidden Gem
  • Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – The Beauty Of Hills
  • Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan – The Huge Landscape
  • Pabe Ghat, Maharashtra – The Calming Surroundings
  • Mount Abu, Rajasthan – The Oasis Of Rajasthan
  • Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar – Surreal And Dreamy
  • Kemmanagundi Hills, Karnataka – Of Mist And Chill
  • Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka – The Vast Space Full Of Wildlife
  • Emerald Lake, Ooty – The Mark Of Excellence

1. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim – The Bowl Of Flowers

A remarkable view of cloud capped hills, greenery, and the river

On top of our list of the beautiful places in India is Yumthang Valley , the bottomless vale with a remarkable variety of flowers to boast of. It offers an eye-catching vista of peaks along with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa . The valley is an amazing treat where you would become the element of the ceaseless picture exclusive of any sort of infringement.

Places to Stay: Yarlam Resort, Apply Valley Inn Things To Do: Visit the beautiful town of Lachen, Explore the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Spend time near the Yumthang Chu, Visit the Zero Point Best Time to Visit: September to December Nearest Airport : Bagdogra Airport

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2. Stok Kangri, Ladakh – The Paradise For Trekkers

The mesmerizing snow clad mountain range of Stok Kangri in Ladakh

Image Source Next on our list of beautiful places of India is the stunning Stok Kangri Peak that displays multiple thrills along the way and towers at a height of 6,000m. Located in the dreamy destination of Ladakh , the Stok Kangri Climb is ideal for both novice and experienced trekkers.

Best Time to Visit: Mid June – September Nearest Airport : Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

3. Nubra Valley, Ladakh – The Undiscovered Realm Of Nature

Picturesque valley of the Nubra Valley in Ladakh

Image Source Known for its orchards, scenic vistas, Bactrian camels and monasteries ; surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan ranges, Nubra valley lies sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. There are sand dunes, monasteries, a ruined palace and at Turtuk, a whole different culture (Balti) to discover. The picturesque and breathtaking view of the valley puts this place on our list of beautiful places in India.

Places to Visit: Samstanling Monastery, Diskit Gompa, Panamik Village, Yarab Tso Lake, Hunder Sand Dunes Places to Stay: Stone Hedge Hotel, Hotel Real Siachen, Hotel Karma Inn, Hotel Namgyal Villa, Sha Cho  Guest House Things To Do: Take A Camel Safari, Panoramic View Of The Panamik Village, Visit The Holy Lake Yarab Tso, Samstanling Monastery For Enchanting Landscapes, Visit The Beautiful Hunder Village Best time to visit: June to August Nearest Airport : Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

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4. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji – Cascading Water That Changes Colour

A breathtaking bird's-eye view of the greens and the Nohkalikai Falls in Cherrapunji

Image Source Nohkalikai Waterfalls is around 5 km from Cherrapunjee and is the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft , this fall is a great attraction of Cherrapunjee and hence finds a place in our list of the most beautiful places in India. The force of water has carved a waterhole which remains blue in the winter and turns green in the summer months.

Best time to visit: During monsoon Nearest Airport : Umroi Airport, Shillong

5. Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand – The Towering Marvel Of Nature

The peaks of Nanda Devi turn golden at Sunset

Image Source Nanda Devi is the second highest peak in the world, surrounded by Nanda Devi National Park is a must visit place. A unique mix of flora and fauna is characteristic of this park. The fauna includes the brown and Himalayan black bears, Himalayan tahr, snow leopards, serow and cheer pheasants .

Places to Stay: Badri Hotels, Shivalik Camps & Resort, Hotel Rudra & family restaurant, Ishwari Narayani Hotel, Hotel Kuber Best time to visit: April to October Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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6. Drang Drung Glacier, Near Kargil – A Heaven For Travelers

The vast stretch of the majestic Drang Drung Glacier near Kargil

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The 22km long Drang-Drung-Glacier is the largest glacier accessible to tourists in the Ladakh region . The three day voyage from Leh-Zanskar valley is crammed with natural marvels like stunning glaciers, spectacular mountain ranges and fruit orchards.

Best time to visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

7. Andaman And Nicobar Islands – The Undisturbed Honeymooners’ Getaway

Beach resorts and blue waters of Andaman- one of the most beautiful places in India

Long fabled among travellers for its legendary beaches, world-class diving and far-flung location in the middle of nowhere, the Andaman Islands are one of the most beautiful places in India for honeymoon. Its lovely opaque emerald waters are surrounded by primeval jungles and mangrove forests , and snow-white beaches that melt under flame-and-purple sunsets.

Places to Visit: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Seafood Restaurants Places to Stay: Senses Havelock resort, HOTEL HARBOUR VIEW, Silver Sand Beach Resort Neil, Park Resort Best time to visit: October to May Main Airport : Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair

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8. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh – India’s Version Of Switzerland

A serene view of the lake in Khajjar with Zorbing taking place in distant background

The Mini Switzerland, Khajjiar , is next on our list of most beautiful places in India. A popular hill station located in the Himalayan mountain range about 26 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh , Khajjiar is also referred as Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh. Vast expanse of green meadows and dense forests besides vistas of majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a popular destination with tourists.

Places to Visit: Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Nine Hole Golf Course, Dal Lake, Kailash Villages, Khajjiar Lake Places to Stay: The Devdar Hotel, Hotel Mini Swiss, Hotel Puri, Hotel Parul, Hotel Khajjiar Regency Things To Do: Zorbing, Jungle Safari, Trekking, Handicraft Shopping, Food Tour, Paragliding Best time to visit: March to October Nearest Airport : Gaggal Airport, Kangra

9. Chandertal Lake, Himachal Pradesh – The Crescent Shaped Fantasy For Trekkers

A splendid view of reflection of snow capped hills at Chandertal Lake

Image Source Chandertal lake , aka the Moon Lake , is a crescent-shaped basin, surrounded by the gigantic Himalayan Mountains on all the sides. Chandertal Lake is a treat for all the trekkers and adventure enthusiast as it is the starting line of the famous, Batal – Chandratal Lake-Baralacha Pass trek which takes them to the cool forest, valleys, undiscovered monasteries, etc

Best time to visit: June to September Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport, Manali

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10. Dal Lake – The Epitome Of Perfection And Serenity

A splendid view of the Shikara, the city of Srinagar, and the reflection of hills at Dal Lake

Kashmir has often been called the heaven on Earth by poets and rulers alike. Dal Lake , considered as the Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in India.

Places to Stay: Hotel Chachoo Palace, New Sea Palace Houseboats, Howrah Guest House, Howrah Guest House Blooming Dale Hotel Nearest Airport : Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport, Srinagar

11. Valley Of Flowers, Uttaranchal – The Sea Of Flora And Refreshing Aromas

The sun rays reach out to one of the most beautiful places in India- Valley of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers , situated in the Garhwal state of Ut t aranchal in the foothills of the Himalayas , looks like a fairy land and is arguably the most beautiful place in India. According to the legends, the valley of flowers has been spiritually associated with Lord Hanuman. The virgin beauty of this mystical valley has always lured botanist, nature lovers and adventure lovers .

Best time to visit: July to September Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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12. Pangong Tso, Leh Ladakh – The Mesmerising Vistas Of Blues And Browns

A wide camera shot of the Pangong Tso- Pangong Lake in Ladakh

Remember the scene from the movie 3 Idiots when Kareena Kapoor comes riding on a scooter to meet Aamir Khan? Situated in the upper reaches of Himalayan Mountain range in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir , the most notable feature of the lake is the ever changing hues of the lake .

13. Khatling Glacier – The Snowy Delight For Trekkers & Photographers

Stunning view of the snow capped peaks and hanging glaciers in Khatling

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The Khatling glacier trek is a very scenic one, and travels along the Bhilangana river valley with its source at the Khatling Glacier – the point of emergence of river Bhilangna. The Bhilangna Valley is a delight not only for nature lovers and trekkers but also for photographers , and replete with stunning views of snow capped peaks and hanging glaciers.

Best time to visit : October to December Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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14. Ghats, Varanasi – The Realm Of Spirituality And Divinity

A ritual going on in late evening at Ganga Ghats of Varanasi

Image Source Varanasi or Kashi is older than traditions. Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology , Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity .

Places to Stay: BrijRama Palace, Mother Hostel, Ram Bhawan Residency, Wander Station Varanasi Best time to visit: Any time throughout the year Nearest Airport : Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi

15. Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer – The Colours Of Royalty

The vast spread of naturally formed Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer

Image Source Camel Safari is one of the most memorable and delightful experiences you can have. It gives you an exclusive approach to discover colorful villages in Rajasthan . Travel through the crests and troughs of the naturally formed Sand Dunes on a camel back and experience the essence of life in the Jaisalmer region.

Best time to visit: October to February Nearest Airport : Jaisalmer Airport

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16. Lake Pichola, Udaipur – The Lake City Of India

The reflection in the Pichola Lake of the well-lit Udaipur at night

Image Source Limpid and large, Lake Pichola reflects the cool grey-blue mountains on its rippling mirror-like surface. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur . Pichola Lake is enveloped by lofty Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills on all its sides. At the time of sunset, a boat ride in this lake is sufficient to enthrall anyone. This lake is, indeed, amongst the top beautiful places in India.

Best time to visit : October to March Nearest Airport : Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur

17. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim – Beatific Waters Of North-East

The surrounding snow clad mountains and the crystal clear icy water of Gurudongmar lake in Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake at a height of 17100 ft, is among the top 15 highest lakes in the world and is the second highest lake in Sikkim as well as in India. The panoramic and scenic beauty of the place is a sight to behold and puts it right on top of our list of most beautiful places in India. Surrounded by snow clad mountains and crystal clear icy water, it is considered to be a very sacred lake.

Things To Do: Sightseeing, Trekking, Lachung, Lachen, Thangu Valley Best time to visit: November to June Nearest Airport : Bagdogra Airport

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18. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa – The Ivory Cascades

A train passes by on the railway track with the majestic Dudhsagar falls in the background

Dudhsagar waterfalls are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. Water plummets hundreds of feet in cascades of large volume, creating a mist all around, giving it a milky white appearance, hence the name. This is a popular destination for trekkers and hikers.

Places to Stay: Viva Hotel, Hotel Jasminn, The Queeny, Hard Rock Hotel, The Crown Best time to visit: Mid-November to Mid-February Nearest Airport : Goa International Airport, Dabolim

19. Agatti Island, Lakshadweep – The Beautiful Underwater Atolls

Agatti Island Beach Resort presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs

Agatti Island Beach Resort presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms . Here time stands still in the mesmerizing beauty of a virgin nature. It is one of world’s most spectacular tropical islands untouched by the tourist rush and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.

Places to Stay: Island Holiday Home, Fly Zone Homestay, Kasim’s Homestay, Cozy and Comfy Homestay Best time to visit: Jan to March and October to December Nearest Airport : Agatti Airport

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20. Munnar, Kerala – The Hill Town Of God’s Own Country

The sun shines brightly over the beautiful tea garden hill of minnar

Munnar – one of the breathtakingly beautiful tourist places in India – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town .

Places to Visit: Anamudi Peak, Lock Heart Gap, Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Places to Stay: Talayar Valley Bungalow, Mountain Hut Resorts, Veetee Midtown, Spoony Residency, Matha Regency, Blanket Hotel & Spa Things To Do: Plantation Resort, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Carmelagiri Elephant Park Best time to visit: October to November Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport

21. Manali – The Adventurous Retreat In Himalayas

A scenic view of the flowing beas and the bridge leading to Old Manali

Image Source Renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture, Manali, often referred to as the “Valley of the Gods” . A paradise for lovers of adventure sports, Manali is best for trekking and paragliding.

Places to Visit: Old Manali, Beas Kund Trek, Jogini Waterfall, Solang Valley, Deo Tibba Trek Places to Stay: Hotel Parvati Valley, Negi’s Nest Hotel, The Rainbow Inn, Hotel Aroma Classic, River Bank Things To Do: Arjun Gufa, Tibetan Monastery, Naggar Castle, Rohtang Pass: Go On A Bike Ride Best time to visit: May to October Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport, Manali

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22. Matheran Hill, Raigad – Plethora Of Green, Serene Beauty

A wide camera shot of the greenery of the Matheran Hill

Image Source Matheran is an amazing place where nature is playing active role with you and where you can enjoy every breath with nature within in the weekend time. Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. It is one of the few places in the world where vehicles are not allowed.

Places to Stay: SaffronStays Parsi Manor, SaffronStays Kamal Farms, Tattva, Ashirwaad Farms, Karjat Mountain Villa Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year Nearest Airport : Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

23. Zanskar Valley, Ladakh – A Mystic Dale

Reflection of the sky in an alpine lake of the Zanskar valley in Ladakh

Image Source Wrapped in snow capped peaks and huddled amidst two tiny alpine lakes, Zanskar is a beautiful tourist destination in the northern parts of India. It is one of the scantily inhabited Himalayan valleys blessed with immense natural scenic beauty.

Best time to visit: April to June Nearest Airport : Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

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24. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh – The Calm Monasteries

Image Source A thinly populated mountainous tract lying on the Northwest extremity of Arunachal Pradesh in north east India, Tawang is the seat of one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in India . Being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, it also houses Geluga, the premier Buddhist school in Tibet.

Places to Visit: Narurang Falls, Sela Pass, Shonga-Tser Lake, Tawang Monastery, Samten Yongcha Monastery Places to Stay: Stay Inn Tawang, Hospitality Inn Tawang, Dolma Khangsar Home Stay, J.C Homestay, Dondrub Homestay Things To Do: Taktsang Gompa, Sela Pass, Shonga-Tser Lake, Madhuri Lake , Jaswant Garh Best time to visit: March to October Nearest Airport : Salonibari Airport, Tejpur

25. Munsiyari, Uttrakhand – Miscellany Of Verdant Slopes

The majestic snow capped mountains in Munsiyari- Uttarakhand

Image Source Munsiyari literally translated means a place with snow. Also referred as the little Kashmir, it offers stunning views of snow capped higher Himalayan ranges. Panchachuli is a group of five peaks and is the star attraction at Munsiyari. It is rich in diverse flora and fauna .

Best time to visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Pantnagar Airport

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26. Chilka Lake, Odisha – The Unexplored, Hidden Gem Of The East

A flock of migratory birds in the Chilika Lake

Image Source Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon with water spread, Chilika is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is home to a phenomenal variety of birds. Chilika Lake offers visitors a spectacular display of its colorful avian charms in a thousand different hues presented by over 160 species.

Best time to visit: November to February Nearest Airport : Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar

27. Agumbe, Karnataka – A Dashing Source Of Fresh Air & Vistas

A photograph of the scenic beauty at Agumbe-Karnataka

Image Source The hill station of Agumbe is known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity. One can find several species of flora and fauna which are rarely found elsewhere. The lush green view all around, the attractions for the visitors is the spectacular sunset and vast opportunities it offers to the trekkers.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoons (October to June) Nearest Airport : Bajpe, Mangalore

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28. Rann Of Kutch – Salt Desert Of The West

An image of the moon-lit Rann of Kutch

Image Source Kutch district is the largest district of India having its origins from the Sanskrit word “Kutchboo” meaning tortoise. Kutch has always been a land brimming with festivity , excitement and an unparalleled vigour for life. This vigour is evident in every aspect of the lifestyle of its people. Kutch in every sense is a land which never fails to amaze.

Places to Visit: Great Rann Of Kutch, Dholavira , Siyot Caves, Aina Mahal, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary Places to Stay: Mahefeel e Rann Resort, Rann Village Resort, Kutir Craft Village Resort, Dharani Village Resort Best time to visit: November to February Nearest Airport : Bhuj Airport

29. Loktak Lake, Manipur – A Source Of Power Generation

The floating phumdis makes the Loktak Lake appear to be floating in itself

Image Source Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeastern India, located in Manipur. It is also called t he only floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis. This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation drinking water supply and wildlife.

Best time to visit: November to May Nearest Airport : Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal

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30. Caves, Meghalaya – Pothole Of The East

The beautiful caves of Meghalaya enhance the natural beauty of the city

Image Source Caves enhance the natural beauty, located in most of the districts of Meghalaya. While exploring the caves, your journey will pass through the dark and murky interiors. Caves provide a sense of exhilaration to your journey, making it to the list of unique places to visit in India .

Best time to visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Umroi Airport, Shillong

31. Palolem Beach, Goa – Nature And Nightlife

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When looking for the best places to visit in India, you can’t miss out the breathtaking beaches of Goa. Palolem beach is one of the most picturesque locations in Goa. Apart from its natural wonders, tourists as well as locals love this beach for its nightlife. There are several silent discos on this beach. Moreover, you’ll also get to witness the best of wildlife, including turtles, birds, gaur, and wild boars.

Places to Stay: Palm Forest Palolem, Rainbow Lining Hostels, Pixels Oceanfront, Le Petit Palolem Best time to visit:  November to February Nearest Airport : Goa International Airport, Dabolim

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32. Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu – A Wonder Of Western Ghats

Nilgiri Hills

A part of the Western Ghats, Nilgiri Hills lie in the western region of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. When looking for some of the most iconic locations in the country, you should definitely explore these awe-striking hills in the south. Doddabetta is considered to be the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Range at a height of 2637 meters. More than 24 peaks reach beyond 2,000 meters.

Best time to visit:  September to November; March to May Nearest Airport : Coimbatore International Airport

33. Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh – Tranquility And Sacredness 

bhedaghat in Jabalpur

Located in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Bhedaghat is counted amongst the most wondrous towns in the state. Established beside river Narmada, at a distance of 20 kilometers from the city of Jabalpur, Bhedaghat is a must visit for those looking for a peaceful getaway. Some of the sites that are worth witnessing here are Marble Rocks, Dhuandhar Falls, and Chaunsath Yogini temple.

Best time to visit:  September to March Nearest Airport : Jabalpur Airport

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34. Lonar Crater, Maharashtra – A Lake With Awe-Inspiring History

Lonar Lake

Also known by the name Lonar Lake, Lonar Crater is one of the most visited sites in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra. This tourist attraction is quite a prominent National Geo-heritage Monument and its formation happened due to the collision of an asteroid in the Pleistocene Epoch. The lake goes as deep as 150 meters and as long as 1830 meters. 

Best time to visit:  November to January Nearest Airport : Aurangabad Airport

35. Gulmarg, Jammu And Kashmir – For A Heavenly Travel Experience

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Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir is known to be an ideal place for skiing and is a must-visit hill station where you’ll get a chance to see the best of nature. Located in the Baramulla district, amidst the awe-striking Pir Panjal Range, Gulmarg is admired for its dreamy natural setting. If you’re looking for those beautiful places in India where you can also try some of the best adventurous activities, then you must visit the town of Gulmarg.

Places to Visit: Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Field, Apharwat Peak, Seven Springs , Shrine of Baba Reshi Places to Stay: Hotel Heevan Retreat, Gulmarg Zahgeer Continental, Hotel Pine Spring, Nedou’s Hotel, Royal Park Hotel Things To Do: Skiing , Golfing, Pony Ride, Temple Visit, Gondola Ride Best time to visit:  March to June Nearest Airport : Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport, Srinagar

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36. Gandikota Canyon, Andhra Pradesh – Enjoy Learning About The Vast History

Ranganatha Swamy temple

When searching for the most beautiful place in India, you’ll come across many but Gandikota Canyon in Andhra Pradesh definitely deserves to be on the list. Established on the bank of Penna River, this village is admired for its historicity. This village is essentially a fort and used to be a power center for numerous dynasties, namely Pemmasani Kamma Nayakas, Golconda Sultanate, and Kalyani Chalukyas. 

Best time to visit:  September to February Nearest Airport : Bengaluru International Airport

37. Kudremukh Grassland, Karnataka – Nature And Heritage

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Kudremukh is a renowned range of mountains. Kudremukh is also the name of a peak, which lies in the district of Chikmagalur in Karnataka. Established at a  distance of 20 kilometers from the temple town of Kalasa, Kudremukh is rightly known to be one of the most amazing places in India . This place is historically famous in the state of Karnataka and is an ideal tourist site for both nature lovers and history buffs.

Best time to visit:  March to May Nearest Airport : Mangalore Airport

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38. Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra – A Flowery Experience

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This plateau is also famous by the name Kaas Pathar. Kaas Plateau is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from the city of Satara. The plateau is a part of Sahyadri Sub Cluster in the Western Ghats and has been recorded as one of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites in the year 2012. It has been established at a height of 1200 meters. On your visit to this plateau, you’ll get a chance to witness above 850 species of flowers – clearly, it is one of the most beautiful places in India . 

Best time to visit:  September to October Nearest Airport : Pune International Airport

39. Sundarbans Mangrove, West Bengal – Lush Greenery And More Natural Wonders

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For those who want to spend quality time amidst nature, one of the most amazing places in India that they can visit is Sundarbans Mangrove. This region is in the delta that has been created as a result of the unison of Meghna Rivers, Ganga, and Brahmaputra. If you happen to be in West Bengal, make sure you visit Sundarbans Mangrove without fail.

Best time to visit:  September to March Nearest Airport : Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata

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40. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh – A Famous Census Town

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Located in the district of Lower Subansiri, Ziro is a popular census town in Arunachal Pradesh. This town is established at a distance of 115 kilometers from the city of Itanagar. This is counted amongst the most amazing places in India owing to the fact as to how beautifully the heritage of Arunachal Pradesh is depicted here, becoming a part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative. 

Best time to visit:  March to October Nearest Airport : Ziro Airport

41. Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerala – Adding This Is A Must

Heart shaped lake in cloud kissed Chembra Peak of Wayanad

Yes, you have heard of Wayanad and how beautiful it is. But Chembra Peak holds a special place especially for a heart-shaped lake located on top of the mountain. You can trek to this high peak and spend a few moments gazing at the lake or the peaceful surroundings.

Best time to visit : October to May Nearest Airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode

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42. Dooars, West Bengal – A Hidden Gem

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The Dooars or Duars is an open stretch of land spreading across 30 km in the northern part of Bengal. It is a beautiful place to visit in India due to the vast expanse of green alluvial plains. Located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas around Bhutan, the region is the door to Bhutan and many attractions like Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Buxa Fort, Bhutanghat and Jayanti River.

Best time to visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Bagdogra Airport

43. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – The Beauty Of Hills

A Village in Jim Corbett National Park

If it’s not the beautiful Jim Corbett National Park , then we are not sure what else to add. In the wilderness of Uttarakhand lies a beautiful and ever vivid natural preserve where you can surely spot a wide variety of flora and fauna. Expect some adventure through Jeep Safari and water sports in the 2 passing rivers including Ramganga and Kosi.

Best time to visit : October to June Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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44. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan – The Huge Landscape

Lake in Ranthambore

Another of the beautiful places in India is the natural landscape located in Rajasthan, the Ranthambore National Park . It is so huge that the premises contain a temple, fort, lake and it meets 2 other miniature natural reserves to form a buffer zone. Get the opportunity to spot a peek of the Royal Bengal Tigers.

Best time to visit : April to June Nearest Airport : Jaipur International Airport

45. Pabe Ghat, Maharashtra – The Calming Surroundings

View From Pabe Ghat

Have you created your list of the best places to visit in India? Have you added Pabe Ghat to it? You might not have as many tend to miss the vividness of Pabe Ghat located in the Sahyadri range of mountains. The mesmerizing lakes, villages and lush green landscape is highly rejuvenating and soul satisfying.

Best time to visit : May to August Nearest Airport : Pune International Airport

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46. Mount Abu, Rajasthan – The Oasis Of Rajasthan

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How can we miss the best hill stations of Rajasthan ? Mount Abu is surprisingly a hill station located in the state that houses a huge desert area. This surprisingly amazing hill town is an oasis which can tend to your stress with its amazing peak views, attractions in all its glory.

Best time to visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur

47. Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar – Surreal And Dreamy

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Yes, Mahabaleshwar is an amazing hill station in Maharashtra. However, you can thank Venna Lake to some extent. It is beautiful, true but it is so surreal that you will lose track of time. The tourism authorities also offer boating services which are really great to explore this place.

Best time to visit : October to June Nearest Airport : Pune International Airport

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48. Kemmanagundi Hills, Karnataka – Of Mist And Chill

Kemmanagundi

Kemmanagundi is one of the best scenic places in India. It is a great place to visit as the hill station is completely offbeat and very few people crowd it. The hills are lush, the air is misty, and the vibe is chill. This is a place you can only dream of. These are the only few reasons to add the hills of Kemmanagundi into our beautiful places in India list.

Best time to visit : October to May Nearest Airport : Mangalore Airport

49. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka – The Vast Space Full Of Wildlife

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Another breathtaking opportunity to explore the gem of South India is the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary . The wildlife preserve has hills, acres of trees, the Kali river and an exquisite range of flora and fauna. You can expect to find birds like orange headed thrush, Indian yellow tit, and Malabar pied hornbill at this park. 

Best time to visit : October to May Nearest Airport : Hubballi Airport

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50. Emerald Lake, Ooty – The Mark Of Excellence

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The reason for adding this one into our most beautiful places in India is simple. Like its name, it is an emerald. A precious piece of natural beauty that you must explore while visiting the town of Ooty. It is surrounded by mountains and a froth of greenery which you can enjoy while boating and fishing.

Best time to visit : October to May Nearest Airport : Coimbatore International Airport

Now that you have gone through a list of the most beautiful places in India, don’t forget to add them to your itinerary for a fulfilling travel experience. Each place listed here will easily make your vacation in India worthwhile. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Beautiful Places In India

Which is the most beautiful state in India?

Kerala is the prettiest state in India, truly known as the ‘God’s Own Country’. It has beautiful lush greenery and backwaters that make for an ideal getaway for a blissful vacation.

Which is known as the Pink City of India?

Jaipur is commonly known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its stunning buildings which were painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. Jaipur is also the biggest city in the state of Rajasthan, and its capital.

Which place is called the 'heaven of India'?

Kashmir is known as the heaven of India.

Which is the cleanest city in India?

Indore has been adjudged India’s cleanest city for the third straight year in the central government’s cleanliness survey. Bhopal is India’s cleanest capital/UT city and Ujjain is India’s cleanest medium city.

Which is the whitest beach in the world?

As for the honor of the world’s whitest sand? Well, it goes to the little-known beach at Hyams Beach, on the shores of Jervis Bay in the Australia state of New South Wales.

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India is an enormous and diverse destination. Bordered by Pakistan, China , Nepal , Bhutan, Sri Lanka , Bangladesh and Myanmar , not to mention the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, means that there are many different sides to the country.

More than 20 official languages, multiple religions and a variety of cuisines exist within India’s borders. To truly experience the breadth of Indian culture and history, travel is key. Head to as many of these best places to visit in Indias as your itinerary allows.

10. Mysore [SEE MAP]

Mysore

In the southern tip of India, you’ll find the city of Mysore. Once the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, Mysore is best known for housing the magnificent Mysore Palace. The palace is the epitome of opulence, and a tour through the structure will reveal upscale touches like carved rosewood doors, ceilings decorated in ivory and countless paintings on the walls.

If you’re in Mysore, you won’t want to miss the incredible Devaraja Market, an outdoor experience on Dhanwanthri Road where you can buy some chai tea and then browse stalls offering produce or sandalwood carvings.

9. Amritsar [SEE MAP]

Amritsar

In the northern province of Punjab is Amritsar, a holy city and a mecca for the Sikh religion. The main attraction in Amritsar is the Golden Temple, also known as the Harmandir Sahib. Built more than 400 years ago, this temple truly is golden, and it is always packed with Sikhs visiting from around India and the rest of the world.

You can tour the Golden Temple regardless of religion, but you will need to show respect by covering your head and removing your shoes. Enter the temple through the Ghanta Ghar, the main entrance, and admire the Amrit Sarovar, a pool surrounding the temple where pilgrims bathe.

8. Ladakh [SEE MAP]

Ladakh

In northernmost India, in the heavily disputed Kashmir region, is the mountainous destination of Ladakh. This region is large, but it has a low population density and a number of nomadic residents. Breathtaking, pristine scenery is a major draw to the area, but virtually all travelers will also spend time in the town of Leh.

The town is located at a very high elevation, and it is also home to the 17th century Palace of the King of Ladakh. Buddhist culture is also prominent in Leh, and you may wish to explore some of the many Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Old Town.

7. Goa Beaches [SEE MAP]

Goa Beaches

On the western coast of India is Goa, a former colony of Portugal that blends Indian culture with colonial influences and plenty of international tourism. Goa is popular largely because of its spectacular beaches.

The busiest and most popular of all is Candolim Beach, where travelers from around the world flock to soak up the sun. Anjuna Beach, by contrast, is far less crowded. It is also an amazing place where you can walk to Chapora Fort and admire the sandy coastline from a new perspective.

Palolem is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Goa with it’s natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides. Goa is widely loved by adventurers, and recreational activities are plentiful for those eager for some fun in the sun.

6. Delhi [SEE MAP]

Delhi

If you’re spending any time in Northern India, you will almost certainly visit the capital city of Delhi. The enormous sprawling destination is home to several districts, and it is considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world. One of the top sights in Delhi is the Red Fort, or Lal Qila, which was built in the 17th century.

The Red Fort is made from sandstone, and you will be able to walk through its Lahore Gate, into the bazaar, through the jewel palace and even into the former residence of the sultan. While in Delhi, you should also make time for the many museums and religious structures that make up the city.

5. Ellora & Ajanta Caves [SEE MAP]

Ellora & Ajanta Caves

In the state of Maharashtra, you can explore the caves of both Ellora and Ajanta. At Ellora, there is an enormous complex of shrines carved from the rocky landscape. These 34 cave shrines are up to 1,500 years old, and they are from three distinct religions: Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.

Two hours away is Ajanta, which is also home to 29 caves. The Ajanta caves are covered in murals and paintings, most of which reflect Buddhist stories. While the two cave complexes are two hours away from one another, it is well worth visiting both to compare these incredible attractions.

4. Varanasi [SEE MAP]

Varanasi

With a history dating back to more than 3,000 years, Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living cities. Located in North India on the banks of the River Ganges, Varanasi has been an important center of learning for ages as well as a chief pilgrimage destination for many Hindus.

Varanasi is regarded as a sacred city among Hindus, Jains and Buddhists because it is believed that dying here releases a person’s soul from the cycle of reincarnation, and that bathing in the River Ganges cleanses one’s sins.

Varanasi offers sights and experiences unknown anywhere else in the world. It is nicknamed the “City of Temples” because of its thousands of temples. Some of the most significant are the Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Shiva, the Durga Temple and the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, which is known for housing numerous monkeys.

Probably the most famous sites of the city are the ghats, the series of embankment steps leading down to the Ganges River, where many people gather to bathe. The oldest and main ghat is the Dashashwamedh Ghat. The Manikarnika Ghat is a burning ghat where Hindu cremations and rituals of death anniversaries are frequently held. Yoga, shaves and massages are other activities available here. The best way to see the ghats is by taking a morning boat ride at sunrise.

Silk weaving is popular in Varanasi, and there are scores of shops and markets selling silk products like sarees and scarves in addition to other handicrafts.

3. Kerala [SEE MAP]

Kerala

The southwestern state of India known as Kerala is a place of tropical beauty. Palm trees, white sand beaches and eco-tourism are all big reasons to explore the region. Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats and temple festivals, Kerala is also home to Thekkady, a tiger preserve which allows you to admire flora and fauna without crowds.

The hub of Kerala is the city of Kochi, where you can see the local fishing industry thriving along with modern high-rises and colonial architecture. Kochi is ethnically and religiously diverse, and in a single afternoon you can explore a Jewish synagogue, a Dutch palace, the Portuguese Pallipuram Fort and the Hindu Thrikkakara Temple.

2. Agra [SEE MAP]

Agra

Agra is one of the most-visited cities in all of India. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra is now home to the iconic structure known as the Taj Mahal. The white marble mausoleum was built in the 17th century, and it is widely regarded as a monument of love.

While spectacularly beautiful, the Taj Majal can be very crowded. Also worth seeing in Agra is the Agra Fort, which is very similar to the Red Fort of Delhi. You can tour this 16th century fort and even explore the interior of its beautiful palace.

1. Rajasthan [SEE MAP]

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Northwest India is where you’ll find the state of Rajasthan , which borders Pakistan and is home to the Thar Desert. Whether you’re interested in Rajput history or views of the Aravallis Mountains, Rajasthan contains some of the best places to visit in India. Jaipur, or the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan and a wonderful place to begin your trip.

It is home to an array of incredible architecture, including three forts, many temples and the extraordinary City Palace. Also in Rajasthan and worth visiting is Jodhpur, the so-called Blue City that is the gateway to the Thar Desert as well as the home to the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort.

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Kerala is absolutely beautiful! I went on a houseboat and it was absolutely amazing, and the beautiful nature was mesmerising. Also the food is delicous!

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Some of my most favorite places to visit in India. Agra and Jaipur are historical places, as Agra is known for Taj Mahal and Rajasthan because of the forts and temples. In short, all the places has its own importance. Your blog is very informative, I really liked it.

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Rajasthan is the best place to visit according to me as I am interested in visiting forts and I like the Rajasthani culture the most. And other places I want to visit are:- Goa, Allepey, nainital, Shirdi, Coorg, Ooty etc.

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