16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in India
Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Nov 26, 2021
India is a vibrant land of startling contrasts where both the traditional and modern worlds meet. The world's seventh largest nation by area and the second largest in terms of population, India boasts a rich heritage that's the result of centuries of different cultures and religions leaving their mark.
Things to do in India include the opportunity to experience an array of sacred sites and spiritual encounters, while nature lovers will enjoy its sun-washed beaches, lush national parks, and exciting wildlife sanctuaries.
From the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra to the holy sites of Harmandir Sahib (formerly the Golden Temple) in Amritsar and the Mecca Masjid mosque in Hyderabad, visitors to this exotic country will discover a trove of spiritual, cultural, and historical treasures.
To help you make the most of your time in this amazing country, refer often to our list of the top tourist attractions in India.
1. The Taj Mahal, Agra
2. the holy city of varanasi, 3. harmandir sahib: the golden temple of amritsar, 4. the golden city: jaisalmer, 5. the red fort, new delhi, 6. mumbai: the gateway of india, 7. mecca masjid, hyderabad, 8. amer fort, jaipur, 9. the beaches of goa, 10. periyar national park and wildlife sanctuary, madurai, 11. agra fort, 12. the ellora caves, aurangabad, 13. mehrangarh fort, jodhpur, 14. the ganges river, 15. mysore palace, 16. mahabodhi temple, bodhgaya.
Perhaps India's most recognizable building, the Taj Mahal is also the world's most famous testimony to the power of love. Named after Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, this most beautiful of mausoleums was begun upon her death in 1631 and took 20,000 workmen until 1648 to complete.
Incorporating many elements of Islamic design including arches, minarets, an onion-shaped dome, and black calligraphy inlaid around the entrance, the Taj Mahal is largely constructed of white marble. Adding to its splendor are delicate inlaid floral patterns and precious and semi-precious stones such as jade, lapis lazuli, diamonds, and mother of pearl.
The best time to visit is either at dawn or dusk when the atmosphere is brilliantly altered by the change in lighting. If possible, try to catch a view of the Taj Mahal's reflection from the far bank of the Yamuna River-it makes for a memorable (and safe) selfie.
Address: 64 Taj Road, Agra-282001
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Dating back to the 8th century BC, Varanasi is one of the oldest still inhabited cities in the world. A major pilgrimage center for Hindus, this holy city has long been associated with the mighty Ganges River, one of the faith's most important religious symbols.
Varanasi offers many reasons to visit , not least of them the chance to explore the Old Quarter adjacent to the Ganges where you'll find the Kashi Vishwanath Temple , built in 1780. The New Vishwanath Temple with its seven separate temples is also of interest.
Bathing in the Ganges is of great importance to Hindus, and numerous locations known as "ghats" feature stairways leading to the water where the faithful bathe before prayers. The largest are Dasashvamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat . The latter, at the confluence of the Ganges and Asi rivers, is considered particularly holy.
Also worth seeing is Banaras Hindu University , established in 1917 and noted for its massive library with more than a million books, and the superb Bharat Kala Bhavan museum featuring fine collections of miniature paintings, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts, and local history exhibits.
Founded in 1577 by Ram Das, Amritsar is an important hub of Sikh history and culture. The main attraction here is Harmandir Sahib, opened in 1604 and still often referred to as the Golden Temple for its beautiful gold decoration.
The holiest of India's many Sikh shrines (it also attracts many Hindus and people of other faiths), the temple was built in a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. Its lower marble section features such flourishes as ornate inlaid floral and animal motifs, while the large golden dome represents a lotus flower, a symbol of purity to Sikhs.
In addition to its splendid design, visitors are equally impressed with the temple's spiritual atmosphere, an effect enhanced by the prayers continuously chanted from the Sikh holy book and broadcast throughout the complex.
Part of the overall experience – and visitors are welcome to participate – is the chance to enjoy one of the 50,000 free meals the attraction serves up to visitors each and every day.
Address: Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab 143006
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So named for the yellow sandstone used in most of its buildings, the Golden City of Jaisalmer is an oasis of splendid old architecture that rises from the sand dunes of the Thar Desert . Once a strategic outpost, today the city is filled with splendid old mansions; magnificent gateways; and the massive Jaisalmer Fort , also known as the Golden Fort, a daunting 12th-century structure that rises high above the town.
In addition to its palaces, temples, and fine old homes, the fortress boasts 99 bastions along with massive gates leading to its main courtyard where you'll find the seven-story-tall Maharaja's Palace . Started in the early 1500s and added to by successive rulers right up until the 19th century, the palace offers sections open to the public, including areas beautifully decorated with tiles from Italy and China, and intricately carved stone doors.
There are also a number of Jain temples dating from the 12th to 16th centuries, each decorated with fine marble and sandstone images, palm-leaf manuscripts, and brightly painted ceilings. Be sure to also check out the well-preserved 1,000-year-old library, Gyan Bhandar, with its many 16th-century manuscripts and antiquities.
Built by Shah Jahan in 1648 as the seat of Mughal power – a role it maintained until 1857 – the magnificent crescent-shaped Red Fort in New Delhi, named after the stunning red sandstone used in its construction, covers a vast area of more than two square kilometers, all of it surrounded by a large moat.
Highlights include its two largest gates: the impressive Lahore Gate (the fort's main entrance) and the elaborately decorated Delhi Gate , once used by the emperor for ceremonial processions.
A fun part of a visit is exploring Chatta Chowk , a 17th-century covered bazaar selling everything from jewelry to silk garments, as well as souvenirs and food items. While you can explore the fort yourself, guided tours are offered and provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of the Shah, including a peek into the stunning white marble Hall of Public Audiences (Diwan-i-Am) where he received his subjects.
Hot Tip: Try to stick around for the sound and light show held each evening featuring important events in the fort's history.
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
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Standing an impressive 26 meters tall and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the iconic Gateway of India is a must-see when in Mumbai. Built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and his wife Queen Mary in 1911, this stunning piece of architecture was opened with much pomp and ceremony in 1924 and was, for a while, the tallest structure in the city.
Constructed entirely of yellow basalt and concrete and notable for its Indo-Saracenic design, the Gateway of India was also the scene of a rather less jubilant procession of British soldiers in 1948 when India gained its independence. These days, the huge archway provides a stunning backdrop that is as popular among locals as it is tourists.
Hot Tip: After visiting the Gateway of India, pop over to the adjacent Taj Mahal Palace and Tower for a delectable High Tea, a fun thing to do in Mumbai since this lovely luxury hotel opened in 1903.
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Construction of Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid, one of the world's largest mosques – and one of the oldest in India – began in 1614 during Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah's reign and took almost 80 years to complete.
Large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshipers, this beautiful mosque's 15 enormous arches and pillars were each wrought from single slabs of black granite dragged to the site by huge cattle trains reputedly consisting of up to 1,400 bulls.
Taking its name from the bricks above the central gate that were brought here from Mecca, this impressive complex features highlights such as its main gateway, a huge plaza, and a large manmade pond. There's also a room that houses the hair of Prophet Mohammed.
Other notable features include inscriptions from the Quran above many of the arches and doors, the exquisite roof of the main hall, and the cornices around the entire mosque structure. Look out for the exquisite floral motifs and friezes over the arches.
Address: Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
Amer Fort (often also spelt "Amber") was built as a fortified palace in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh I and has long served as the capital of Jaipur. Carved high up into the hillside, the fort is accessible on foot via a steep climb or by shuttle rides from the town below (better still, let an elephant do the work).
Highlights include Jaleb Chowk, the first courtyard, with its many decorated elephants, and the Shila Devi Temple, dedicated to the goddess of war. Also of note is the adjoining Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Am) with its finely decorated walls and terraces frequented by monkeys.
Other highlights include Sukh Niwas (the Hall of Pleasure) with its many flowerbeds and a channel once used to carry cooling water, and the Temple of Victory (Jai Mandir), notable for its many decorative panels, colorful ceilings, and excellent views over the palace and the lake below.
Just above Amer Fort is Jaigarh Fort , built in 1726 by Jai Singh and featuring tall lookout towers, formidable walls, and the world's largest wheeled cannon. Be sure to also spend time wandering the walled Old City of Jaipur with its three fully restored gates and splendid bazaars, as well as the delightful City Palace , a massive complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.
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Long known within India as the "go-to" destination for those seeking a great beach holiday, Goa's beautiful western coastline, overlooking the Arabian Sea, has only recently been discovered by tourists from overseas. Goa's more than 60 miles of coastline is home to some of the world's loveliest beaches, each with their own particular appeal.
For those looking for peace and quiet, isolated Agonda Beach is a good choice, while Calangute Beach is by far the most commercial and crowded. For those in search of posh resorts, yoga getaways, and spa vacations, the beaches of Mandrem , Morjim , and Ashwem are fashionable among wealthy Indians and Westerners alike. Palolem is another one of Goa's popular beaches in a beautiful setting.
While in Goa, be sure to visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary . This superb attraction is home to thick forests and plenty of fauna, including deer, monkeys, elephants, leopards, tigers, and black panthers, as well as India's famous king cobras, and some 200 species of birds.
Also worth a visit is Divar Island , accessed by ferry from Old Goa. Highlights include Piedade , a typical Goan village and home to the Church of Our Lady of Compassion with its interesting stucco work, Baroque plaster decorations, and altars, as well as stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
One of South India's most popular tourist attractions, Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is centered around a lake built by British engineers in 1895 for irrigation and to provide water to the city of Madurai.
Established in 1934, this beautiful park is home to numerous species of mammals, including a large free-roaming Indian elephant population, wild boar, otters, the lion-tailed macaque, and more than 20 Bengal tigers. Bird-watching is a popular activity with frequent sightings of species such as darters, storks, kingfishers, hornbills, and racket-tailed drongos, along with many interesting varieties of butterflies.
The best ways to enjoy the park's splendid mountain scenery are to take a lake cruise or guided jungle walk, the latter allowing visitors a chance to come face to face with elephant herds and observe other wildlife from watchtowers and viewing platforms.
Hot Tip: Be sure to stop at one of the many nearby spice, tea, or coffee plantations for a tour.
Built as a military structure in 1565 by Emperor Akbar with later additions by Shah Jahan, the stunning Agra Fort (also known as Agra's Red Fort) is an interesting mix of both Hindu and Muslim influences.
Located a little more than two kilometers from the Taj Mahal , the fort is entered through Amar Singh Gate with its low outer wall and dogleg design built to confuse attackers. Once inside, you'll see two large interlinked sandstone buildings, Akbari Mahal and Jahangiri Mahal, the largest private residence in the complex.
Other highlights include the Khas Mahal (Private Palace), with its splendid copper roof, and the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), a jigsaw-patterned Mughal garden with numerous wonderful fountains and water channels as well as screens that once offered a private area for the emperor and his entourage. Also of note is the octagonal Musamman Burj tower, which later served as Shah Jahan's prison until his death.
Address: Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
The famous monumental Ellora Caves were built between the 5th and 10th centuries by Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu monks, and make for an excellent excursion from Mumbai, some 300 kilometers to the west.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this remarkable collection of 34 carved monasteries, chapels, and temples – 12 of them Buddhist, 17 Hindu, and five belonging to the Jain faith – were built in close proximity to each other, a reflection of the religious tolerance that existed during this period of Indian history.
Of the Buddhist monastery caves, highlights include a number of shrines featuring carvings of Buddha and saints dating from the 5th to 7th centuries, as well as the stunning Carpenter's Cave, considered one of the finest in India.
The Hindu caves are much more complex and were carved from the top down, so scaffolding was not necessary. Of these, the best is the Kailasa Temple, an enormous rock-cut temple representing Mount Kailasa and requiring the removal of 200,000 tons of rock.
Dominating the old city of Jodhpur, the massive Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest fortifications in India, was built in the 15th century to safeguard the people of the famous "Blue City." Jodhpur is still known by this name, which is derived from its indigo-colored houses, painted blue to deflect the heat.
Built on top of a towering outcrop, Mehrangarh is an amazing feat of construction, its massive walls all but impenetrable. Access is via one of seven splendid gates, including Jaya Pol and Fateh Pol (the latter still bears scars from cannon attacks).
Highlights of a visit include exploring the fort's fascinating network of courtyards and palaces, as well as a museum housing a splendid collection of artifacts related to the Maharajas. Be sure to spend time in the historic center of Jodhpur itself, famous for its eight city gates, a lovely old clock tower, and numerous bazaars selling everything from vegetables to sweets, spices, and handicrafts.
Address: Fort Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
Official site: www.mehrangarh.org
The Ganges River, or "Ganga" after the Hindu goddess, has long been one of India's most revered natural wonders. It's also one of the country's leading attractions , drawing crowds of Indian nationals to partake in its religious ceremonies, as well as tourists to enjoy the splendor of this mighty river.
While there are a number of cities dotted along the river, it's to the city of Varanasi that most tourists will travel to experience the Ganges and the cultural attractions that have sprung up along its banks. Although relatively small by Indian standards – its population is around 1.2 million people – the city is chock-full of temples and other important religious sites, many of them focused on worship of (or on) the Ganges.
Numerous "ghats" are set along the river banks, making it easy for worshippers and tourists alike to get up close. Made up of sometimes steep steps leading directly into the water, there are in fact 88 of these entry points to the Ganges. While most are many centuries old, they were extensively reconstructed and improved in the 1700s, and with their often vibrant, colorful ceremonies and celebrations are some of the most beautiful places to photograph in India .
If you've time, opt for one of the Ganges river tours available in the city from any one of the ghats. The most memorable are the early morning sunrise cruises. Top the experience by purchasing one of the small, floating offerings available from a vendor and set it off down the river (camera at the ready, of course).
The sprawling city of Mysore is a delight to explore thanks to its eclectic mix of fine old colonial architecture; regal Indian palaces; and lush, well-manicured gardens. While those inclined towards shopping will enjoy spending time in the city's famous silk and sandalwood bazaars, the main attraction is magnificent Mysore Palace.
Completely rebuilt in 1897 after a devastating fire, this beautiful three-storied palace features highlights such as its elegant square towers and domes; the many ornate ceilings and pillars in Durbar Hall; and the splendid Marriage Pavilion, with its glazed floor tiles, stunning stained glass, artworks, and displays of jewelry. It's also where, on special occasions, the exquisite Golden Throne is exhibited.
For a real treat, be sure to catch one of the splendid light displays held each Sunday and during holidays, when the palace is illuminated by more than 90,000 lights. A fun way to explore the palace's massive grounds and gardens is as part of a cycle tour, available free once inside.
Address: Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001
Bodhgaya, considered the world's holiest Buddhist site, attracts thousands of visitors each year, all drawn to participate with the resident monks in meditation and prayer.
The focal point of this place of pilgrimage is stunning Mahabodhi Temple, built next to the very spot where Buddha came to Enlightenment and formulated his philosophy on life. Constructed in the 6th century and restored numerous times since, the temple is topped with a beautiful pyramidal spire and houses a large gilded statue of Buddha.
Also of interest is the site's pipal tree, a descendant of the original bodhi tree where Buddha meditated for seven days after the Enlightenment, said to be among the oldest and most venerated trees in the world (you'll know you've found it when you spot the red sandstone slab marking the spot).
Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231
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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
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
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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Best Places to Visit in India - Tourist Places in India
List of best tourist places to visit in india, here is the list of 75 best places to visit in india - tourist places in india, 1. srinagar, jammu & kashmir - the paradise on earth.
Known For : Dal Lake Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden Shankaracharya Temple
Famously known as 'Heaven on Earth', Srinagar is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of the Jhelum river, and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round, contributing to the perpetual influx of tourists visiting this city which offers a plethora of gorgeous scenic vistas.
Best Time: April to October
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2. Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station
Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Atukkad Waterfalls Munnar Tea Plantations
The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats and is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world's largest tea estates. In addition, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
Best Time: September to May
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3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past
Known For : Cellular Jail Scuba Diving In Andaman Radhanagar Beach
Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday where you can go on long treks, laze around in the backwaters of the island, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, even go for a bit of deep sea diving. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.
Best Time: October to Jun
82 Andaman Attractions
4. 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 spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. 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. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.
Best Time: October to March
39 Jaisalmer Attractions
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Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Tiger Hill Batasia Loop
Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerising sunrises, the untouched beauty of the hills, the old-world charm of the past, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, Darjeeling is nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations boasting of cool climes all year round. This hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.
Best Time: February to March, September to December
23 Darjeeling Attractions
6. Gangtok, Sikkim - The Gateway to Sikkim
Known For : Nathula Pass MG Road, Gangtok Tsomgo Lake
Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising prismatic beauty and the beautiful winding hill roads are even more breathtaking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car.
Best Time: Throughout the year
33 Gangtok Attractions
7. Shillong, Meghalaya - Scotland of the East
Known For : Elephant Falls Shillong Peak Umiam Lake
A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. Known as the 'Scotland of the East', it derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes.
33 Shillong Attractions
8. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon Capital
Known For : Old Manali Solang Valley Jogini Waterfall
Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness - Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty.
Best Time: October to June
51 Manali Attractions
9. Udaipur, Rajasthan - The City of Lakes
Known For : City Palace, Udaipur Lake Pichola Sajjangarh Palace
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is the crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, making this city as lovely as it is. This 'Venice of the East' has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerising temples and breathtaking architecture which makes it a must-visit destination in India. A boat ride through the serene waters of Lake Pichola will be enough to prove to you why Udaipur is the pride of Rajasthan.
43 Udaipur Attractions
10. Jaipur, Rajasthan - The Pink City
Known For : Amer Fort Chokhi Dhani Jaipur City Palace, Jaipur
Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new highly urbanized pockets and shopping areas have casually sprung up beside gleaming forts and palaces. Jaipur has long been one of the shiniest cultural jewels in the history of the Indian subcontinent, and the royal corridors of the famously named 'Pink City' offer up a plethora of adventures and activities that make for a memorable holiday experience.
67 Jaipur Attractions
11. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India
Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple Ganga Aarti, Varanasi Dashashwamedh Ghat
A city as old as time itself. A city that has stayed in place and watched as the world has turned and the tides have changed. A city that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. 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.
38 Varanasi Attractions
12. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
Known For : Calangute Beach Fort Aguada Cruise in Goa
Widely considered to be the best place to visit in India among youths, Goa is the epitome of tourism in India with one of the best beaches, food and nightlife. It is getting popular among foreigners as well. When you think of Goa, you think of sandy beaches, amazing parties, beautiful little villages, delicious food, and a magical holiday experience.Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.
197 Goa Attractions
13. Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love
Known For : Shopping in Agra Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri
Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal , Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and hence makes for a must visit for anyone living in or visiting India.
20 Agra Attractions
14. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - The Hill-Station with Rich Colonial History
Known For : The Ridge Jakhu Temple Mall Road, Shimla
Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train etc. among honeymooners and families alike.
64 Shimla Attractions
15. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands
Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna
With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.
20 Gokarna Attractions
16. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India
Known For : Abbey Falls Raja's Seat Coffee Plantations in Coorg
Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers. This popular coffee producing hill station is not only popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality.
35 Coorg Attractions
17. Lakshadweep - Blue Sea and Unspoiled Beaches
Known For : Minicoy Island Agatti Islands Bangaram Island
Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India.
15 Lakshadweep Attractions
18. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The Land of Jungle Book
A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park is the haven of an exceptionally wide variety of wild animals, including the majestic creature tiger. Wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered bamboo forests play host to a wide variety of wildlife and diverse birdlife with over 300 species recorded. The present-day area stretches over 940-kilometre square which is divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar.
19. New Delhi, NCR - The city of cities
Known For : India Gate Qutub Minar Akshardham Temple Delhi
From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it 'The good, the bad and the ugly'. The Capital city of India and the base location to explore North India, Delhi is considered to be the city with a heart.
118 New Delhi Attractions
20. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh - Little Switzerland of India
Known For : Panchpula Khajjiar Satdhara Falls
The tiny tinsel town Dalhousie tucked away in the lap of Himachal Pradesh is a piece of paradise for all the travellers. It boasts of old world charm, mesmerising natural landscape, pine-clad valleys, flower bedecked meadows, fast flowing rivers, magnificent misty mountains and some of the most spectacular views in the world. The air smells of the Scottish and Victorian architecture and the ambience reminds you of the pristine British flavours.
28 Dalhousie Attractions
21. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East
Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville
Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry and commonly referred as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. is often famously referred to as the French Riviera of the East, and it is indeed one of the most charming and mesmerising places to visit in South India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a little town tucked away on the south-east coastline of India, and it is a destination that promises travellers sanctity and serenity, in the real sense of the terms.
49 Pondicherry Attractions
22. Alleppey, Kerala - Backwaters, Beaches and Lagoons - Venice of the East
Known For : Houseboats in Alleppey Alleppey Backwaters Kuttanad
Extremely famous for its beautiful backwaters, the city of Alleppey in Kerala is also known for its beaches, temples and traditional boat races. This popular tourist destination also has some very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres.
Best Time: June to March
37 Alleppey Attractions
23. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir - India's Own Moonland
Known For : Pangong Lake Khardung La Magnetic Hill
A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Considered to be one of the top places to visit in India by Indians and foreigners alike, Ladakh is a place not to be missed at any cost.
Best Time: Jun to Sep
71 Ladakh Attractions
24. Amritsar, Punjab - Gateway to Punjab - home to Golden Temple
Known For : Golden Temple Wagah Border Jallianwala Bagh
Home of the glorious Golden Temple , the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar."
34 Amritsar Attractions
25. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris
Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty
The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind.
43 Ooty Attractions
26. 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 place is a historical delight for travellers. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a backpacker's delight. Hampi is an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and a favourite way to see the city from the perspective of its history.
31 Hampi Attractions
27. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations
Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodaikanal Lake Bear Shola Falls
Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. When you think of Kodaikanal, you think of a wonderful climate, cliffs covered in mist, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is true. Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests.
35 Kodaikanal Attractions
28. Jodhpur, Rajasthan - The Blue City
Known For : Mehrangarh Fort Umaid Bhawan Palace Camel Safari
Also Known as the "Gateway to Thar", it is famous for its Mehrangarh fort , blue houses, temples, sweets and snacks. Apart from the fort, there are multiple temples, lakes, shopping streets that are like a mirage from a bygone era.
Best Time: November to February
44 Jodhpur Attractions
29. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand - The Queen of hill-stations
Known For : Mussoorie Mall Road Kempty Falls Camel's Back Road
If your idea of the perfect holiday involves tranquil hills, untouched nature and a holiday experience that is unadulterated in the truest sense of the term, Mussoorie is the place you should be heading to. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. The pristine, natural beauty of Mussoorie makes it a very popular choice of holiday for honeymooners.
Best Time: September to June
36 Mussoorie Attractions
30. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh - Land of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Little Lhasa
Known For : Bhagsu Falls Namgyal Monastery Bhagsunag Temple
Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.
42 Mcleodganj Attractions
31. Nainital, Uttarakhand - Misty lakes and mountains
Known For : Naini Lake Snow View Point Mall Road Nainital
One of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, Nainital, which is nestled amidst the Kumaon Hills, is a quaint hill station built around a uniquely shaped lake known as the 'Naini Lake' (thus contributing to its name Nainital). Also famously known as 'City of Lakes,' Nainital abounds in natural beauty, with its snow-capped hills and tranquil lakes lending it a nostalgic charm of its own. Nainital has a pleasant climate all year round, and can rightfully be called a picturesque paradise for all travel lovers.
33 Nainital Attractions
32. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh - Andhra's Temple Town
Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple Akasaganga Teertham Silathoranam
The very name Tirupati is enough to evoke strong spiritual feelings, and while the name "God's Abode" indeed does justice to the place, Tirupati has quite a few other tourist attractions as well that make it a city worth visiting. Situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in the country. Home to many heritage sites, and a plethora of ancient temples and monuments, Tirupati is one of the oldest cities of India and finds mention in plenty of ancient texts.
Best Time: September to March
40 Tirupati Attractions
33. Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir - The Holy Caves
Known For : Vaishno Devi Mandir Ardhkuwari
Located in Trikuta hills, 13 km from Katra at the height of 1560 m above sea level with bright clouds and thinning air, this town is the holy cave temple of Mata Vaishnodevi, with spirituality and vibrancy lingering in the atmosphere.
8 Vaishno Devi Attractions
34. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The Architectural Masterpiece
Known For : Light and Sound Show, Khajuraho Dulhadev Temple Kandariya Mahadev Temple
Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Madhya Pradesh, is known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. A small town located in the Bundelkhand region, 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 erotic forms of love, the carvings on the walls display passion in the most sensuous yet aesthetic ways.
Best Time: July to March
25 Khajuraho Attractions
35. Mount Abu, Rajasthan - A Beautiful Hill Station in Rajasthan
Known For : Nakki Lake Guru Shikhar Toad Rock
The only hill station of Rajasthan , its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot within the state. The most important attraction, however, are undoubtedly the Dilwara temples , which is one of the most stunning piece of architecture in the country. If you are a history or architecture buff, this is one of the places you should absolutely not miss out in India.
21 Mount Abu Attractions
36. Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu - The Bridge on the Indian Ocean
Known For : Rameshwaram Temple Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach Jatayu Tirtham
Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places in India and is located on a beautiful island. It is separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to the Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka.
22 Rameswaram Attractions
37. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - The land of Strawberries
Known For : Elephant's Head Point Chinaman's Falls Dhobi Waterfall
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in Satara district of Maharashtra. Apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks. It is among the most sought after weekend getaways from Pune & Mumbai, located about 120km south-west of Pune and 285km from Mumbai.
31 Mahabaleshwar Attractions
38. Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City of Dreams
Known For : Elephanta Caves Marine Drive, Mumbai Juhu Beach
Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, has a long colonial history, starting from Gandhi's visits to the city to the intense protests against the Simon Commission in 1928, the city has stood witness to many important events in the country's freedom struggle. Today, Mumbai is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. The city soaks in everything into its fabric, making it its very own.
Best Time: October to February
114 Mumbai Attractions
39. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore
Known For : Ranthambore Tiger Reserve Jeep Safari Ranthambore Ranthambhore Fort
Spread in an area of 392 sq. Km, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is one of the largest and famed tiger reserves in the country, famous for the magnificent Bengal Tiger found there. Ancient religious ruins found within the forest, surrounded by the rich biodiversity and aesthetically crumbling cenotaphs make Ranthambore Tiger Reserve a favourite spot for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and travellers.
Best Time: October to Apr
20 Ranthambore Attractions
40. Kochi, Kerala - Queen of Arabian Sea
Known For : Kochi-Muziris Biennale Fort Kochi Mattancherry Palace
Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
Best Time: July to April
55 Kochi Attractions
41. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh - A gem of South India
Known For : Borra Caves Submarine Museum Kailasagiri
Visakhapatnam, also commonly known as Vizag, is one of the oldest port cities in the country. Situated in the heart of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam is known for its picturesque beaches and serene landscape, as well as a rich cultural past, which makes it an ideal spot for a fantastic coastal vacation. The port of Visakhapatnam is renowned for being home to the oldest shipyard in all of India, and with a plethora of manmade wonders and natural spectacles, Visakhapatnam is a must-visit tourist destination in South India.
27 Visakhapatnam Attractions
42. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Nawabs
Known For : Bara Imambara Chota Imambara British Residency
A city of kebabs and nawabs, of architecture and history, of literature and culture - that is Lucknow in a nutshell for you. The capital and the largest city of Uttar Pradesh, Known as the 'City of Nawabs', Lucknow has a charm to it that is hard to resist. While the city itself is rich and opulent, the people of Lucknow also follow an endearing 'pehle aap' (you first) culture. From a slice of rich colonial history to modernized museums, the 'City of Nawabs' beautifully brings together the opulence of a glittering past and the simplicity of a modern city.
47 Lucknow Attractions
43. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - The oldest National Park in India
Known For : Jungle Safari in Corbett National Park Corbett Waterfall River Rafting in Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
Best Time: Mid October to Mid June
19 Jim Corbett Attractions
44. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - The City of Nizams
Known For : Ramoji Film City Hussain Sagar Lake Golconda Fort
A veritable melting pot of the old and the new, Hyderabad, also known as the City of the Nawabs, is a city that exudes an old-world charm of its own while still coexisting with the rapidly growing onslaught of commercialization in perfect harmony. Steeped in history, Hyderabad is home to old mosques and bazaars lined parallelly alongside swanky new office buildings and malls, and it is these very contrasts - these glimpses into the city's rich past with inherent promises of an even better future.
102 Hyderabad Attractions
45. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu - The land of the Seven Pagodas
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.
23 Mahabalipuram Attractions
46. Madurai, Tamil Nadu - The Lotus City
Known For : Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Vaigai Dam
Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India located in Tamil Nadu . It was ruled by Pandya kings for the longest time in its history and is constructed in the form of a lotus.
20 Madurai Attractions
47. Chandigarh, Punjab - India's first planned city
Known For : Sukhna Lake Rock Garden Elante Mall
Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana is a subtle and ideal definition of the word 'city'. In a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punjab as well as a modernity, Chandigarh is a pretty town resembling a morning dream which is sure to flatter you with its innocence and pleasantness.
Best Time: August to March
51 Chandigarh Attractions
48. Bangalore, Karnataka - Garden city of India
Known For : Lalbagh Church Street
Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is India's third-largest city. Bangalore is loved for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and the many lakes here. Bangalore is renowned for its eateries, street food corners, quirky cafes, coffee roasters and pubs dotting every corner of the city, serving cuisines from all over the world. Brunches, buffets, burgers, rooftop cafes, late-night eats - Bangalore has it all.
104 Bangalore Attractions
49. Kolkata, West Bengal - The city of Joy
Known For : Victoria Memorial Fort William Kolkata Belur Math
A vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India's Eastern Coast, the capital of West Bengal, Kolkata thrives on contradictions and imposing spectacles; nothing is commonplace in this city. Famously known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is, in every sense, the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. Kolkata's streets are vivid, hectic, chaotic, and yet, brimming with life and creativity.
79 Kolkata Attractions
50. Kaziranga National Park, Assam - Home to the One Horned Rhino
Home to the largest population of the one-horned rhino on earth, Kaziranga National Park is one of India’s national treasures in terms of flora and fauna. Located in the state of Assam in North-Eastern India, its total area is shared by the districts of Nagaon, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong placing it roughly at the centre of the state. Approximately around five hours by road from Guwahati, Kaziranga National Park stands tall as the epitome of successful wildlife conservation in India.
51. Chennai, Tamil Nadu - A magnificent past and an early metropolitan dream
Known For : Marina Beach Government Museum, Chennai MGR Film City
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the fourth largest city in the country, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South India. A city that has a rich cultural history, Chennai perfectly balances its heritage with its thriving modern lifestyle. A metropolis with a heart, Chennai's skyline is famous for its towering skyscrapers which form a scenic vista along the coast.
91 Chennai Attractions
52. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - Yoga Capital of the World
Known For : Rafting in Rishikesh Lakshman Jhula Triveni Ghat
Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports. Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With Whitewater Rafting industry growing and a number of camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs.
53 Rishikesh Attractions
53. Ahmedabad, Gujarat - Manchester of the East
Known For : Sabarmati Riverfront Dada Hari Wav Statue of Unity
A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past, Ahmedabad is one of the popular tourist destination. Home to a plethora of remarkable temples, intriguing museums, serene lakes, good restaurants, and classy market, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it, Ahmedabad is a great example of how a city can still retain every bit of its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalization and commercialization.
62 Ahmedabad Attractions
54. Aurangabad, Maharashtra - The land of Ajanta & Ellora
Known For : Grishneshwar Temple Bibi ka Maqbara The Ajanta caves
From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to bustling markets brimming with delicate silk items and exquisite hand-woven garments, Aurangabad promises all tourists an exciting holiday experience. History buffs will be excited to know that Aurangabad has quite a bit of history attached to it. While the city is rapidly heading towards industrial growth and globalization, it still retains most of its past glory, heritage, charms and traditions.
37 Aurangabad Attractions
55. Kutch, Gujarat - The White Desert of India
Known For : Rann of Kutch Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary Dholavira
Virtually an island that resembles the shape of a tortoise, Kutch is an erstwhile princely state of India holding onto its grandeur nature from the past. Kutch is probably one of the most beautiful, yet surreal places in India with the vast expanses of the white salt desert. The place comes to life during the winters when the Rann Festival is held during December-February everywhere in which there are huge camp settlements with cultural programs, functions and adventure activities like hot-air ballooning.
20 Kutch Attractions
56. Almora, Uttarakhand - A cozy heritage town nestled in the Himalayas.
Known For : Zero Point Jageshwar Kasar Devi
Set in the background of snow-capped Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, the sprawling town of Almora is a beautiful hill station. With easy accessibility from Delhi and other major cities of North India, Almora is known for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife. This town has two major rivers- Koshi (Kaushaki) and Suyal (Salmali).
16 Almora Attractions
57. Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India
Known For : Skiing in Auli Trishul Peak Auli Ropeway
Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Apart from skiing you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains. Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.
12 Auli Attractions
58. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh - Mini Israel
Known For : Manikaran Sahib Malana
A small village in Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati, Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a very popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Commonly known as the Amsterdam of India, this quaint little village is one of the few places in the country that is yet to be ruined by urbanization and commercialization. Situated between the towns of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol might seem like a plain, nondescript village from the outside, but it is one of the best places in the country to just sit back and chill in the lap of nature.
25 Kasol Attractions
59. Haridwar, Uttarakhand - Ganges' wave of religion and spirituality
Known For : Ganga Aarti in Haridwar Har Ki Pauri Chandi Devi Temple
No spiritual journey can ever be considered complete without a visit to Haridwar, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Literally meaning 'the abode of Lord Vishnu', Haridwar, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is a land of legends and myths. Considered as one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar sees millions of people flock to it every year to pay their respects to the Lord, or to wash away their sins.
36 Haridwar Attractions
60. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu - The land of three seas
Known For : Thirparappu Falls Kanyakumari Beach Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is surrounded by mountains and bordered by vibrant sea shores, lined with paddy fields and coconut trees, and also boasts of aesthetic elevated patches of hills with undulating valleys and plains in between the sea and the mountainous terrain.
28 Kanyakumari Attractions
61. Puri, Orissa - Rath Yatra and the Beaches
Known For : Sri Jagannath Puri Temple Puri Beach Markandeswara Temple
Puri in Odisha is one of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus because of Jagannath Temple that forms the part of Char Dham in India. Puri is a beach city located on the coast of Bay of Bengal which is one of the favourites among people of West Bengal for a short trip.
28 Puri Attractions
62. Bodh Gaya, Bihar - Buddha, Mahabodhi Tree and the land of Nirvana
Known For : Mahabodhi Temple Great Buddha Statue Tibetan Refugee Market
One of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, Bodhgaya is a village in the state of Bihar. It was here under the Bodhi tree that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. The place is bustling with pilgrims all through the year who come to pay their homage in the monasteries, shrines and temples. It also attracts tourists from India and abroad owing to its magnificent Buddha statue, the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree.
26 Bodh Gaya Attractions
63. Pune, Maharashtra - Oxford of the East
Known For : Shaniwar Wada Aga Khan Palace Osho Ashram
Pune is a bustling metropolis of Maharashtra, ranked number one in India in the ease of living. Often referred to as the Oxford of the East, it is a hub of diverse people and activities and is in rapidly growing into one of the top metropolitan cities in the country. Pune is a city that perfectly blends modernity with tradition sprinkled with colonial-era charm, and it deserves the title of being the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
83 Pune Attractions
64. Cherrapunji - Meghalaya's dew drop
Known For : Double Decker Living Root Bridge Dawki Nohkalikai Waterfalls
Earlier the wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, also known as Sohra, is known for its double-decker living root bridge. Located around 50 Kms from Shillong, this sub-divisional town is famous for its rich flora and natural attractions. Although Mawsynram is now the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji still holds the record for the highest recorded rainfall in a calendar year. Apart from the famous living root bridge, other natural attractions include cave formations such as the Mawsmai Caves and Krem Phyllut.
16 Cherrapunji Attractions
65. Trivandrum, Kerala - Where nature and spirituality join hands
Known For : Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary Padmanabhaswamy Temple Poovar Island
Offering an appealing blend of a strongly rooted heritage and a nostalgic colonial legacy, the city of Trivandrum has an exceptional vibe to it. Despite being the capital of Kerala, the city has, quite astonishingly, managed to keep itself far removed from the ruthless aura that generally surrounds a capital city. Built upon seven hills, this city has long since left the days when it was only used by seafaring explorers behind - today, Trivandrum is a swanky metropolis with a quaint urban charm and plenty of scenic places to visit.
28 Trivandrum Attractions
66. 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. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of avifauna.
67. Shirdi, Maharashtra - The land of Sai Baba
Known For : Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple Shani Shingnapur Samadhi Mandir
Located at a distance of 122 Km from Nasik in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shirdi is the home of Sai Baba. It is believed that Sai Baba arrived at Shirdi in 1858 and spent 60 years of his life here until he attained salvation in 1918. Sai Baba is popularly known as the 'child of God', as he always spread the message of universal brotherhood.
24 Shirdi Attractions
68. Pushkar, Rajasthan - The Only Dedicated Brahma Temple and the Mesmerising Cattle Fair
Known For : Pushkar Lake Brahma Temple Savitri Temple
Pushkar, a small temple town, is located around 15 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan. Every November, Pushkar is host to the Pushkar Mela, one of the biggest camel fairs in the country. Perfect choice for a weekend getaway from Jaipur, Pushkar is located amid Aravali ranges. Known for the world's only dedicated Brahma temple, Pushkar is primarily a pilgrimage site for Hindus.
21 Pushkar Attractions
69. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh - The Hometown of Lord Krishna
Known For : Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura Birla Mandir Mathura
Mathura is considered one of the most sacred lands of India, and is filled to the brim at any point of the year with people looking to pursue spiritual enlightenment. Located around 150 kilometres from Delhi, Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and has many sites of both historical and religious significance.
28 Mathura Attractions
70. Thekkady, Kerala - Periyar-India's Largest Tiger Reserve
Known For : Periyar National Park Periyar Tiger Trail Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady
Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is an important tourist destination in Kerala. Periyar National Park , a major attraction, is where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam. Travelers can also experience night treks in the wilderness of Periyar. The Periyar Lake, part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, is one option for couples looking to make the most of their honeymoon in Thekkady.
24 Thekkady Attractions
71. Konark, Orissa - The city of the Sun Temple
Known For : Sun Temple, Konark Chandrabhaga Beach ASI Museum
Konark, in the state of Orissa is renowned world over for the Sun Temple which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Annual dance festival and its beautiful sandy beaches.
5 Konark Attractions
72. Kumarakom, Kerala - Backwaters bay, small islands - Little Venice
Known For : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Kumarakom Backwaters Kumarakom Beach
With emerald green waters flanked by lush vegetation, Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination situated 16km away from Kottayam in Kerala. Lying on the banks of Vembanad Lake , Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of small human-made islands reclaimed from the lake.
14 Kumarakom Attractions
73. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh - Tourism Capital of Madhya Pradesh
Known For : Gwalior Fort Jai Vilas Palace Gujari Mahal (State Archaeological Museum)
Gwalior is a historic city located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Popular because of the hilltop fort, Gwalior is full of palaces and glorious temples giving this city a majestic charm which speaks volumes of its glorious past.
34 Gwalior Attractions
74. Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh - The Land of the Stupas
Known For : Sanchi Stupa The Great Bowl Ashok Pillar
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. The stupa sits atop a hill in Sanchi, 46 km from the city of Bhopal.
6 Sanchi Attractions
75. Mysore, Karnataka - A glimpse of Southern India
Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Mysore Zoo
Famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mysore is one of the most flamboyant places in the country. It is replete with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, to name just a few. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third most populated city in the state of Karnataka, and its rich cultural heritage draws millions of tourists all year round.
36 Mysore Attractions
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Top 10 Tourist Attractions In India You Have To See
With more than 30,000 years of history, and the birthplace of numerous cultures and religions, India is an incredible destination with more than a thousand tourist attractions including several World Heritage Sites.
From the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India is home to a trove of spiritual, cultural, and historical treasures too numerous to see in one visit. So to help you discover this vibrant land of startling contrasts and spectacular sights, our experts have created a shortlist for you.
If you’re wondering what to see in India, here is a top 10 list of tourist attractions in India not to be missed on your vacation.
The Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, is a must-see on any India itinerary.
1. The Taj Mahal, Agra
There are few sights in the world as iconic as the Taj Mahal , which is a must-see on most India itineraries , particularly for travelers on the famous Golden Triangle circuit, linking Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. A testament to the power of an emperor’s love, this astonishingly beautiful mausoleum was named after Mumtaz Mahal, who was the favorite wife of Shah Jahan.
Construction began upon her death in 1631, and it took 20,000 of the most skilled craftsmen in the Mughal empire 17 years to complete. The queen consort was interred inside in a private chamber at the heart of the monument and Shah Jahan was later buried alongside his wife when he died in 1666. Incorporating many elements of Islamic design including an onion-shaped dome, arches, towering minarets and filigree marble screens, the Taj shows perfect bilateral symmetry along an axis running through the center of the main dome and the surrounding gardens.
While it shines brilliant white from a distance, up close the Taj is adorned with an elegant tracery of scrollwork, leaves, flowers and Islamic motifs, executed in marble. This is enhanced by black calligraphy inlaid around the entrance, and delicate inlaid floral patterns using precious and semi-precious stones such as jasper, lapis lazuli, carnelian, malachite, jade and mother of pearl.
The best time to visit is either at dawn or dusk when the atmosphere is brilliantly altered by the change in lighting. You can view the Taj Mahal by moonlight on five nights of every month, the night of the full moon and the two nights on either side of the full moon.
The foundations of Delhi’s Red Fort is rumoured to have had the decapitated bodies of prisoners built into them for good luck.
2. The Red Fort, New Delhi
New Delhi ’s colossal, crescent-shaped Red Fort, named after the stunning red sandstone that was used in its construction, was built by Shah Jahan in 1648. Also called Lal Qalʿah, it was home to emperors of the formidable Mughal dynasty for almost 200 years, until 1857 when the British took over. It covers a vast area of 254.67 acres ringed by one and a half miles of defensive walls, enclosing a complex of palaces and entertainment halls, projecting balconies, baths and indoor canals, and geometrical gardens, as well as an ornate mosque.
The two most famous structures of the fort complex are the Hall of Public Audience and the Hall of Private Audience. The former boasting 60 red sandstone pillars supporting a flat roof, and the latter, which is smaller, notable for its pavilion of white marble. Turrets and bastions vary in height from 59 ft on the river side to 108 feet on the city side.
It took ten years to construct and is rumoured to have had the decapitated bodies of prisoners built into the foundations for good luck. Be sure not to miss its two largest gates: the impressive Lahore Gate, the fort’s main entrance, and the elaborately decorated Delhi Gate, which was once used by the emperor for ceremonial processions. A sound and light show is held in the evenings, featuring important events in the fort’s history.
The iconic Gateway of India – often called the ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’ – impressively welcomes those visitors arriving to Mumbai by sea.
3. The Gateway of India, Mumbai
Standing an impressive 85 feet tall and located on the waterfront at Mumbai Harbour on the tip of Apollo Bunder, overlooking the Arabian Sea, the iconic Gateway of India is a bold yellow basalt arch of colonial triumph and a must-see when in Mumbai . Incorporating Islamic styles of 16th-century Gujarat, it was built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and his wife Queen Mary in 1911 and was opened with much pomp and ceremony in 1924. It was, for a while, the tallest structure in the city.
The Gateway of India was also the setting of a far less triumphant procession of British soldiers in 1948 when India obtained its independence. Notable for its stunning Indo-Saracenic design, a style of architecture that was introduced by the British during their rule in India, it combines diverse elements of the Hindu and Muslim architecture with Gothic cusped arches, domes, spires, tracery, minarets and stained glass, in a uniquely playful style.
This huge archway provides a spectacular backdrop that is as popular among locals as it is tourists. The first structure to welcome visitors entering the city by sea, it is popularly called the ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’ and is one of the top tourist attractions in India.
Amer was once the capital of Jaipur state, and its fort was the royal residence of its Rajput rulers.
4. Amber Palace, Jaipur
Amber Palace or Amber Fort, also spelt Amer, was built as a fortified palace in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh I and has long served as the capital of Jaipur . Carved high up into the hillside, the fort is accessible on foot via a steep climb from the town below. You will enter Amber Fort through the Sun Gate (Suraj Pol), which leads to the Jaleb Chowk, the first courtyard, with its many decorated elephants, and the Shila Devi Temple, dedicated to the goddess of war.
The adjoining Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Am) features finely decorated walls and terraces frequented by monkeys, while the Hall of Pleasure (Sukh Niwas) is notable for its ivory-inlaid sandalwood door, its many flowerbeds, and a channel once used to transport cooling water.
The Temple of Victory (Jai Mandir) is characterized by many decorative panels and a multi-mirrored ceiling. From here, you can enjoy fine views from the palace ramparts over the picturesque Maota Lake below. The zenana (secluded women’s quarters) surrounds the fourth courtyard. The rooms were designed so that the maharaja could embark on his nocturnal visits to his wives’ and concubines’ respective chambers without the others knowing, as the chambers are independent but open onto a common corridor.
Don’t forget that Agra isn’t just home to the Taj Mahal – the Red Fort is also well worth a visit.
5. Agra Fort
With the Taj Mahal located so close by, it is easy to forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Built as a military structure in 1565 by Emperor Akbar with later additions by Shah Jahan, Agra’s Red Fort is an interesting mix of both Hindu and Muslim influences. The fort is entered through Amar Singh Gate with its low outer wall and dogleg design built to confuse attackers, and you can expect to be truly amazed as you walk through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress.
Once inside, you’ll see two large, interlinked sandstone buildings, Akbari Mahal and Jahangiri Mahal, the largest private residence in the complex. Other highlights include the Khas Mahal (Private Palace), with its splendid copper roof, and the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), a jigsaw-patterned Mughal garden with numerous wonderful fountains and water channels as well as screens that once offered a private area for the emperor and his entourage. Also of note is the octagonal Musamman Burj tower, which later served as Shah Jahan’s prison until his death.
An eyesore it isn’t, the Mysore Palace is nothing short of spectacular and is in fact a complex of seven palaces.
6. Mysore Palace
The seven palaces that make up the Mysore Palace complex are nothing short of spectacular. The Wodeyars ruled Mysore from 1399 to 1950. The original palace was built of wood in 1399, and was burnt down in 1897, during the wedding of Jayalakshammanni, the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was rebuilt in 1912 in Indo-Saracenic style, blending together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture.
It is a three-storied stone structure, with deep pink marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied ivory tower. An imposing sculpture of Gajalakshmi with her elephants sits above the central arch, she is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance. The palace is surrounded by a large garden and hosts an annual arts and culture festival.
The Ajanta Caves contain some of the world’s foremost masterpieces of Buddhist religious art – paintings and sculptures some 2000 years old, remarkably preserved.
7. Ajanta Caves
The magnificent Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments excavated out of a vertical cliff above the left bank of the River Waghora in the hills of Ajanta in the Aurangabad district of India’s Maharashtra state. They are thirty in number, including the unfinished ones, connected with the river by rock-cut staircases. Dating from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE, they were abandoned around 650 AD and forgotten until 1819, when a British hunting party stumbled upon them.
Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their paintings remain to this day. The well-preserved murals depict everything from battlefields to sailing ships, city streets and teeming animal-filled forests to snow-capped mountains. The gateway to the Ajanta Caves and the equally spectacular Ellora Caves, is the city of Aurangabad.
The Golden Temple ‘hovers’ in the middle of the healing waters of the Amrit Sarovar (Holy Pool of Immortal Nectar) of the Harmandir Sahib complex in Amritsar.
8. Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar
The legendary Golden Temple is just a small part of the huge gurdwara complex, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib, the main tourist attraction in Amritsar, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. Spiritually, the focus of attention is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine – the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar takes its name, excavated by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, in 1577. Bounded by a walkway of marble, the tank is believed to have healing powers, and pilgrims come from all over the globe to bathe in its sacred waters.
Floating at the end of a long causeway, the Golden Temple itself is a mesmerising blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, with an elegant marble lower level adorned with flower and animal motifs. Above this rises a shimmering second level, encased in intricately engraved gold panels, and topped by a dome gilded with more than 1650 pounds of gold. It is without doubt, one of the top 10 sights in India.
The remarkable rock-hewn Kailasa Temple depicts Mt Kailasa, the Himalayan home of Shiva, the Supreme Being in Shaivism (one of the major traditions within Hinduism).
9. Kailasa Temple
One of India’s greatest monuments, this astonishing temple, carved from solid rock, was built by King Krishna I in AD 760 to represent Mt Kailasa, Shiva’s Himalayan abode. This daring project required the removal of 200,000 tonnes of rock by hammer and chisel before the temple could begin to take shape. Three huge trenches were cut out of the sheer cliff face, and only then could the extraordinary sculptural decoration be added.
Covering an area double the size of the Parthenon in Athens and being half as high again, Kailasa is an engineering marvel that was executed with zero margin for error.
Varanasi’s Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges is the principal and most auspicious place for Hindus to be cremated.
10. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi
Manikarnika, the main and oldest riverfront burning ghat in Varanasi , is the most auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated. Mentioned in many ancient scriptures and religious texts, it is said to be the place where Devi Sati set herself on fire and also the birthplace of the fearless queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai. Temples of many Hindu deities surround the ghat’s periphery while the holy waters of the Ganges flow peacefully alongside.
A holy well, believed to have been dug by Lord Shiva to recover the fallen earring of Goddess Sati, is present at the top of the stairs. Dead bodies are handled by outcasts known as doms and are carried through the alleyways of the old town to the holy Ganges on bamboo stretchers, swathed in cloth. The corpse is doused in the Ganges prior to cremation.
Huge piles of firewood are stacked along the top of the ghat; every log is carefully weighed on giant scales so that the price of cremation can be calculated. Each type of wood has its own price, sandalwood being the most expensive. There is an art to using just enough wood to completely incinerate a corpse.
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India’s astonishing variety of sights has to be seen to be believed. Travelers have devoted lifetimes to exploring the famous places and forgotten corners of India , driven onwards by the certainty that there’s always more to see.
Mughal palaces, towering Hindu temples, mountain monasteries, lost kingdoms, cultured cities, and genteel hill stations in the foothills of the Himalayas all jostle for attention in a country that is proudly shaking off the legacy of colonialism and repositioning itself as a global superpower. With such incredible diversity on offer, there’s just one question – where do you start?
Well, our advice is to not take on too much during a single visit. Pick an area – the tropical south perhaps, or the northern plains, or the mountain valleys of the Himalayas – and give yourself time to pause and soak up the atmosphere as well as rushing around the sights.
Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed a mind-expanding and exhilarating blast of color, soul-soaring splendor, earth-shaking history and moments of pure serenity. Equal parts magic and mayhem, this mix of the intense and the sublime is what makes traveling to India such an intense and addictive experience.
While this was no easy list to compile, we’re proud to present our pick of the 10 best places to visit in India .
1. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Best for romantics and fans of mughal history.
At the top of everyone’s bucket list, the Taj Mahal is every bit as glorious as people imagine it would be – a magnificent monument to lost love, executed in pearl-white marble. Views of the world’s most beautiful building framed by a Mughal archway or floating above the misty Yamuna River will be one of the defining moments of any trip to India.
But there’s more to the former Mughal capital than the Taj. Add on a couple of days and you can tack on a visit to the architecturally stunning tomb of the Emperor Akbar , his rose-red sandstone former capital at Fatehpur Sikri and sprawling Agra Fort , one of India’s most epic fortifications. Thronged by millions of visitors, Agra is not always relaxing, but it’s always fascinating.
2. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Best for intense spirituality.
There are few places as beguiling and bewitching as the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi . Millennia-old death rituals play out daily at the cremation ghats that line the bank of the sacred River Ganges, while the maze-like alleyways of the nearby old town reveal dizzying surprises at every turn. We defy anyone to visit without some internal soul-searching about their place in the universe.
Be ready for some challenges. The hard-edged realities of life and death and the inequalities that continue to cause hardship for many in India play out daily on the streets of the world’s oldest living city. But there are also moments of gentleness – rise at dawn and wander the ghats (riverside steps) and you’ll see Varanasi at its most spiritual, with its attention focused on the sacred river, before the tourist bustle changes the mood.
Planning tip: The best way to appreciate Varanasi’s famous ghats is from a rowboat. Boatmen offer their services from first light at boat stations along the west bank of the Ganges, providing views of a riverfront that has changed only superficially in seven centuries.
3. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best for urban explorers and bollywood hopefuls.
Dubbed Bombay back in the British era, Mumbai is the perfect place to take the pulse of modern India. The most densely populated city in the subcontinent is home to Bollywood film stars, enterprising market vendors, bankers and executives rushing to work in time-scuffed British-era offices and fishing families who can trace their origins back to the days when this mighty metropolis was just a humble village.
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The city’s can’t-miss excursion is the boat trip to the 1500-year-old, Unesco World Heritage-listed rock-cut temples of Elephanta Island , but fantastic street food is the city’s great leveler. Don’t leave without sampling the city’s signature snack, bhel poori – puffed rice and fried dough with lentils, onions, herbs and savory chutneys, best sampled on the beach at Chowpatty or Juhu.
Detour: With time to spare in Mumbai, head to the northern suburbs, where Sanjay Gandhi National Park protects a sprawl of dry forest, home to leopards, deer, monkeys and serene Buddhist cave temples.
4. Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Best for an extraordinary taste of tibet.
In the far northwest of India, sheltered from the monsoon by the rain shadow of the Himalayas, the former Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh is culturally and geographically closer to western Tibet than anywhere in India. In this high-altitude moonscape, towering Tibetan monasteries melt into a landscape of barren rock and wind-sculpted hoodoos (don’t miss fabulous Hemis and Thiksey on the road linking Ladakh to Himachal Pradesh ).
Most visitors start in the atmospheric capital, Leh , before roaming to neighboring valleys for homestay treks and trips to view turquoise salt lakes and colorful masked dances at ancient monasteries. Ladakh wasn't touched by China’s Cultural Revolution, so this is perhaps the closest independent travelers can come to experiencing the original culture of Tibet.
Planning tip: Getting to Ladakh is half the fun. Flights run to Leh even in the depths of winter, but the fun way in is overland, by road from either Srinagar in Kashmir or Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Buses and shared 4WDs run as long as the passes are open from June to the end of September, or you can tackle the route on a rented Enfield motorcycle.
5. Kolkata, West Bengal
Best for culture vultures.
The capital of British India until 1911, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is India’s third-biggest metropolis, an the country's intellectual and artistic capital. The city’s reputation as a place of poverty and hardship is undeserved; spend a few days exploring the city’s energetic bazaars, cultured museums and British-era landmarks, and you’ll soon fall in love with Kolkata’s irrepressible energy.
To really get under the skin of the city, sign up for a Bengali cooking course, visit Mother Teresa’s thought-provoking Missionaries of Charity mission, and visit the revered temple at Kalighat , where the mother goddess is appeased with sacrifices. With more time to spare, book an overnight wildlife-watching tour to the nearby Sundarbans Tiger Reserve , a legendary stalking ground for royal Bengal tigers.
Planning tip: Try to time your visit to coincide with the festival of Durga Puja in September or October, when vividly colorful effigies of the mother goddess are displayed in pandals (ceremonial tents) all over the city.
6. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Best for desert drama.
The desert state of Rajasthan shows India at its most romantic and soft-filtered. Expect a mirage of camel caravans, ornate palaces, mighty forts, turbaned traders and intense colors, set against a backdrop of shifting desert sands. It’s unbelievably photogenic, but also firmly on the tourist map, so expect to share the experience with a crowd.
The pink-sandstone monuments of Jaipur , the ice-white lakeside palaces of Udaipur , and views of blue-hued Jodhpur from its lofty fort are all stunning experiences, but the city that delivers the biggest jolt to the senses is Jaisalmer , seeming sculpted from the living rock of the desert.
Its tangled lanes, towering fortress and beautifully ornate haveli (traditional houses) could have been plucked from the pages of One Thousand and One Nights , and the surrounding desert is the evocative setting for overnight camel safaris.
Planning tip: While it is possible to stay inside the fortified city, visitor numbers are having an impact on Jaisalmer’s historic heart. We recommend staying outside the walls instead – there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses within strolling distance of the fort.
7. The Kerala Backwaters
Best for lovers of slow travel.
After the dusty, densely populated northern plains, tropical South India offers a lusher, more laid-back travel experience. The quintessential trip here is a slow-paced canal cruise through the emerald-green backwaters of Kerala , a 900-mile network of languid, coconut-fringed waterways, offering views of an ever-changing tableaux of South Indian life.
Hire a traditional houseboat in Alleppey for a multiday trip, then settle in for a succulent Keralan seafood curry prepared by your personal chef as the sunset blushes over shimmering waters and silhouetted palm fronds. Post-cruise, it’s just a short hop up the coast to historic Kochi (Cochin) , with its cantilevered fishing nets and Kathakali dance theaters.
8. Bodhgaya, Bihar
Best for budding buddhists.
As the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism (plus countless smaller faiths), India is defined by sacred geography. Even here, however, few places resonate more powerfully than the Bodhi tree where Prince Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment to become the Buddha (Awakened One).
The town that has grown up around this sacred spot is home to dozens of Tibetan and Southeast Asian-style temples and monasteries, with a busy program of Buddhist teachings and courses. It’s the ideal destination for any spiritual explorer. To get a feel for Bodhgaya’s rhythms, come early to the Mahabodhi complex and settle in beside chanting Tibetan pilgrims to meditate on the nature of impermanence. Travel experiences don’t get much more profound than this.
Planning tip: Bodhgaya is just one stop on the so-called "Buddhist circuit," taking in key locations from the life of the historical Buddha. Local buses run to nearby Rajgir, site of one of the first Buddhist monasteries, and the ancient Buddhist university complex at Nalanda.
9. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Best for a premium cup of tea with a view.
Fanned by the cool breezes of the eastern Himalayas, surrounded by manicured tea estates and basking in front of epic Himalayan views, Darjeeling is easy to fall for, as the British did in the 19th century. For a perfect day, watch the dawn break over 8586m Kangchenjunga, learn the difference between first-flush and white teas on a plantation tour, linger over an afternoon cuppa at the colonial-era Windamere Hotel , then learn about the Tibetan experience at the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre .
The classiest way to arrive is via the nostalgic, narrow-gauge toy train ; book tickets in advance and check to see if the steam service is running (the diesel train follows the same route, but has less charm). Don’t miss the Buddhist gompas (monasteries) dotted around the city. Below Darjeeling on the fringes of Ghum, historic Yiga Choeling Gompa has a special magic.
Planning tip: Darjeeling isn’t the only interesting stop in the area. Shared 4WDs buzz from Darjeeling to Kalimpong , another historic township with colorful Buddhist monasteries, Himalayan views and pretty flower nurseries.
10. Hampi, Karnataka
Best for a full immersion in history.
Between the 14th and 16th centuries CE, the capital of the Vijayanagar empire at Hampi was home to half a million people, but this ancient metropolis was almost completely abandoned, leaving 3700 stone monuments scattered across a surreal plain of boulders. This is a place to linger, strolling between the boulders to find carved masonry, forgotten shrines and the handsome remains of some of South India’s most dramatic stone temples.
Glance up as you wander and you’ll see rock climbers tackling bouldering routes using chisel marks made by ancient masons. Rent a motorcycle or scooter and you can roam further afield, taking in the hilltop temple marking the spot where the monkey god Hanuman first met Lord Rama.
Planning tip: Hampi is a short bus ride from the town of Hosapete – get here by overnight train from Goa’s beaches, historic Hyderabad or the cosmopolitan southern city of Bengaluru (Bangalore).
11. Arunachal Pradesh
Best for stepping off the map.
Tucked away near Bangladesh, the eight Northeast States – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim – are India’s wild frontier. Until the 1990s, this region of rugged mountain valleys was mostly off-limits to foreigners, and visitor numbers are still small – people who travel here earn the right to call themselves proper explorers.
Sikkim is the most famous destination in the Northeast, but we’d coax you east towards the forested foothills and jagged mountains of Arunachal Pradesh , where tribal communities follow a diverse range of traditional belief systems, from the Buddhist Monpa people of Tawang to the animist Apatani people of the Ziro valley.
Planning tip: Travel takes a bit of effort in Arunachal Pradesh; you’ll need to apply for a permit to enter the state, and local transport is patchy. By far the easiest way to explore is with a chartered 4WD and driver (easily arranged in Guwahati in Assam).
12. Amritsar, Punjab
Best for experiencing the power of devotion.
India has pilgrimage destinations to spare, but few come close to the vibrant energy of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The most sacred site for the Sikh religion is a gleaming jewel box, floating in a mirror-like sacred pool, thronged day and night by an unbelievable mass of pilgrims. You don’t have to be spiritually inclined to feel its powerful rhythms.
Joining devotees at the Sri Harmandir Sahib – the gold-paneled shrine at the heart of the complex – is incredibly moving. Staying overnight in the pilgrims' hostels that flank the temple compound only adds to the intensity. Rooms are available for a donation, and you can sit down for meals at the temple langar (kitchen), which provides cost-free nourishment to a staggering 50,000 people per day (making a donation is appropriate).
Planning tip: Don’t limit your explorations to the Golden Temple – the surrounding bazaars buzz with energy and atmosphere, with vendors selling everything from embroidered chappals (slippers) to brass and polished steel pots and pans.
13. Mysuru (Mysore), Karnataka
Best for feeling like a maharaja.
The atmospheric South India city of Mysuru has multiple charms: towering temples, one of India’s most evocative marketplaces, and the almost impossibly extravagant crib that is Mysuru Palace , the ancestral home of the Wodeyar maharajas. No building conjures up the extravagant lives of India’s royal rulers quite so vividly – every room is a fantasy, every ornament an heirloom.
Around the palace are busy bazaars, rewarding museums and a string of Hindu temples in the classic South Indian style. Devote several days to wandering the streets, hiking up to the Sri Chamundeswari Temple on Chamundi Hill and feasting on fiery vegetarian thalis (plate meals) in Mysuru’s pure-veg restaurants.
14. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Best for tiger encounters.
The national parks of Madhya Pradesh are some of the best places on the planet to get close to royal Bengal tigers. Seeing one of these striped superstars loping out of the jungle will stay with you for a lifetime – as well as leaving you heartbroken at the thought of how few tigers still survive in the wild.
Everyone has their favorite tiger reserve, but we rate Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve near Jabalpur for the density of wildlife in its central Tala range. Around 70 tigers roam these dry forests, alongside leopards, monkeys, deer and gaur – India’s gigantic wild buffalo. There’s a high likelihood of sightings if you devote several days to 4WD safaris (elephant safaris should be avoided as riding can be harmful to these vulnerable animals).
Planning tip: The best time to see tigers is first thing in the morning – safaris start at 5:30am to catch tigers before they stake out a shady spot in the undergrowth to sleep through the heat of the day.
15. Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Best for religious splendor.
South India's Hindu temples are a joyous celebration of the divine, decorated inside and out with vividly colorful depictions of deities and supernatural beings, both fearsome and sublime. In the southern city of Madurai , the towering gopurams (gateway towers) of the Meenakshi Amman Temple provide a three-dimensional guide to the main deities of the Hindu pantheon.
The current temple was constructed in the 17th century, but the site has been sacred to Meenakshi, the queen of the Pandya kingdom and an incarnation of the goddess Parvati, for at least 2000 years. Come early in the morning to watch sunrise bring the temple to life, then pop to the nearest branch of Murugan Idli Shop for some of the south’s best idli (steamed rice and lentil cakes).
Detour: A short bus or train ride from Madurai, Tiruchirappalli – aka Trichy – is another top spot for temple enthusiasts. The looming Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the world’s largest Hindu shrines, covering 155 acres (63 hectares) and topped by 21 deity-encrusted towers. More temples crown the rocky outcrop at the heart of the city, offering epic views over the rooftops.
This article was first published March 2022 and updated September 2023
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Top 30 Most Visited Tourist Places in India
Every country has got best tourist places. India, with its massive diversity has got uncountable tourist hotspots. However there are some of them that are considered valuable from the standpoint of popularity.
It is not to say that these very destinations are the only places to visit in India but yes they are the Most Visited Tourist Places in India in the list of Indian hotspots.
One of the historic spots in India , Delhi is home to some of the spectacular scenes. This the capital city of India and the most visited by tourist as it is the first destination which tourists visit ever. With some of the choicest places you can explore historical monuments, temples, museums and the most popular markets. Such as India Gate , the Lotus Temple , Jama Masjid , Qutub Minar , there is no dearth of other hotspots in the vicinities.
Tourist Attractions : India Gate, Lotus Temple, Red Fort , Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Akshardham Temple , Rajghat , Connaught Place , Jantar Mantar , Humayun's Tomb , Dilli Haat etc.
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Agra stands atop. As it homes the world’s most beautiful monument, Taj Mahal , it reigns supreme in the list of famous tourist places in India. This white falls in the list of Seven Wonders of the World. Agra city also includes places such as Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort , Akbar's tomb , Ram Bagh and Sikandra Fort. Must see the sunset and sunrise view of Taj Mahal. Know more about Agra so that you can explore its places beautifully.
Tourist Attractions : Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri , Ram Bagh, Akbar's Tomb, Itimad ud Daulah , Akbar’s Mausoleum , Agra Museum , Mehtab Bagh etc.
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So don't wait just find your best India tour packages that will cover this historical monument Taj Mahal Agra India . Most visited and liked by the tourist also listed in the seven wonders of the world. you can easily explore this place while you are coming to the India by choosing Golden Triangle tour of India . Delhi Agra, Jaipur are the popular historical destinations to explore. Find some popular itinerary that covers well these destination and mostly asked by the tourists.
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3. Jaipur and Udaipur
Anyone who wishes to unearth the traditional Indian Diaspora must refer to Jaipur and Udaipur . The charming story does not end here as there is no dearth of other fascinating features including geographical locations, Jal Mahal , Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of Winds'. One gets wonder struck to witness gorgeous forts and palaces turning into heritage hotels. City Palace and the Lake Place of Udaipur are inevitable stops. There are a number of cities in Rajasthan to visit but the Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer are the first choice of everyone.
Tourist Attractions in Jaipur : Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort , Jaigarh Fort , Jantar Mantar , Local Markets , Chokhi Dhani , Raj Mandir, Sisodia Rani Garden , Galta Ji Temple etc.
Tourist Attractions in Udaipur : City Palace, Lake Pichola, Fatehsagar Lake, Vintage Car Museum, Jagdish Temple, Eklingji Temple , Jaisamand Lake, Saheliyon ki Bari, Local Markets etc.
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Varanasi is the spiritual capital of the country. If you have a weird imagination of India, Varanasi is the right place to make it a reality. Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities, which is still in use. The River Ganges plays an important role in imparting spirituality to the region. The alleys and streets of the place are packed with numerous types of temples. Varanasi is the place where religious magic takes place. You can find Aghori sadhus smearing ashes over their bodies, and pandits teaching young minds along the ghats of River Ganges. From the reality of religion to the purity of death, this is the city to see everything.
Tourist Attractions : Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat, New Vishwanath Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman, Durga Temple, Tibetan Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Tulsi Manas Temple, Sarnath, Manikarnika Ghat, and other.
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Those who love to relish in an Arabian Nights’ styled vacation should try Jaisalmer during peak winter. The city of Jaisalmer might be small and fringed with the famous Thar Desert, but the land is breathtaking and lush with culture. The sandy plains of the land stand as a reminder of the bygone luxury era of India.
This city is the best place to enjoy desert-infused activities like camel safari, camping, belly dance, fire dance, barbeque, puppet show, moon-lit romantic desert dinner, and others. Beside this mystic desert region, you can find the massive Golden Fort of Jaisalmer , still standing as an emblem of royal rule in the country. Take a walk through the narrow street of this enchanted fort to explore ancient residence, culture, and others.
Tourist Attractions : Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort, Desert National Park, Sam sand dunes, Kuldhara Village, Tazia tower, Patwon ki Haveli, Salam Singh ki Haveli, Nathmal ki haveli, BadaBagh, Thar heritage museum, and others.
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It is considered to be one of the indomitably beautiful destinations in the Indian context. With lush green mountainous views, there are snow clad peaks along with amazing waterfalls, flower gardens etc. Indeed, Kashmir is a destination worth millions and its beauty enhances during the winters. The boat ride on Dal Lake is simply unforgettable. Gulmarg , Nagin Lake, Srinagar , Sonmarg, Pari Mahal, Shankracharya shrine and Pehalgam are to name a few of the hotspots in Kashmir.
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Ladakh has the tourist advantage of the Himalayan landscape. This jagged magical mountain kingdom gets its spectrum of colors from the Buddhist culture. Distinguished stupas and mountain passes are just the beginning of the beauty of Ladakh. Ladakh takes tourists closer to raw, untouched nature, allowing people to rejuvenate within the embrace of nature. Nature and culture go hand in hand, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.
Tourist Attractions : Nubra Valley , Thiksay Monastery , Tso Moriri, Tso Pangong , Khardung La, Kargil, Leh City, Drass, Diskit Village, Zanskar Valley, Hemis National Park , Chadar Trek route, and others.
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Popularly considered to be the '' Queen of the Hills '', Darjeeling is at an altitude of 2134 mete above sea level. With the rolling mountains, the audacity of this place is amazing. One can finds ample of tea plantations as Darjeeling produces the best teas in the world. There are many resorts making Darjeeling one of the most inviting and worthwhile.
Tourist Attractions : Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Toy Train, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Singalila National Park, Happy Valley Tea Estate etc.
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Located along the serene banks of Parvati River, Kasol is a forest-rich mountain famous for solitude beauty. Geographically speaking, it is a lonely mountain village. However, with the arrival of summer, the land transfers into a romantic magnet. Guesthouses of the land become a welcoming nest for honeymooners. If you are looking for something more than just mainstream romantic vacation , Kasol is the right destination. Kasol is one of the few hidden beauties of India attracting the new generation crowd.
Tourist Attractions : Grahan Street, Hot Water Spring, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Chalal trekking trail, Malana, Tosh Village, Parvati River, Kheer Ganga trek, and others.
Assam gets its enchanting beauty from nature derived from the ever-flowing Brahmaputra River. Located along the valley of this river, Assam is one of the most commercialized north-east destinations . Assam has 2/3 rd of the one-horned rhino, plantations, tea estates, and carpeted valleys, which make Assam one of the green panoramic destinations in the country. The creamy cuisine of the land, traditional cultured population, and unique festivals add more color to your Assam vacation.
Tourist Attraction : Kaziranga national park , Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Kamakhya temple, Hoollongapar Gibbon wildlife sanctuary, Tocklai tea research center, Kokochange waterfall, Manas national park, Nameri national park, and others.
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- 3 Days - Kaziranga National Park Tour
- 7 Days - North East India Wildlife Tour
12. Jim Corbett National Park
While other destinations in this list are major cities or states, the Jim Corbett park is just 1,318 square kilometers-covering national park. Despite its small geographical coverage, the Jim Corbett National Park is capable of providing a holistic vacation with international class. The park gets its name after the legendary British writer and hunter, Jim Corbett. This national park is famous for holding the maximum number of tigers in the country. Apart from this striped mammal, the land is famous for kaleidoscopes of nature like grassland, forest, hilly region, riverine, and others, lush with different types of flora and unique fauna, like elephant, deer, bear, Himalayan black bear, leopard, primates, and others.
Tourist Attractions : Corbett Falls, Bijrani Zone, Garjiya Devi Temple, River rafting, elephant safari, Ram Ganga reservoir, Corbett Museum, and others.
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- 5 Days - Jim Corbett Tour Packages
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Orchha is one of the famous heritage destinations in India . This laid-back village town is famous for history, agriculture, Mughal-Rajput architecture, spirituality, and nature. Orchha has been flourishing for the past 300 years under the reign of various rulers and empires. The land is one of the famous religious destinations , thanks to the numerous ancient temples, religious structures, and enlightening festivals. If you wish to have a vacation off the grid, this pastoral countryside is the best destination to spend time. Starting from rafting to cycling, you can find numerous outdoor activities to keep you fresh.
Tourist Attractions : Raja Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Fort, Shri Ram Raja Mandir, Chattris, River Betwa, and others.
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Flourishing around a volcanic green lake, Nainital is of the famous hill stations and weekend getaway escape destination in India. Do you know that Nainital served as the destination for homesick British to enjoy during their rule in India ? This steep-forest region and valley around the lake give a flourish and lush look to your vacation. Apart from natural beauty, the hill town is famous for a webbed culture and lifestyle. Take a walk through the rugged streets of the town, take a horseback ride or, trek to a distant viewpoint to embrace the beauty of the land. Nainital is one of the famous honeymoon destinations, thanks to the Himalayan valley climate, and interesting adventure activities.
Tourist Attractions : Nainital Lake, Snow View, Naina Devi Temple, Tiffin top, Eco cave garden, Naina peak, GB Pant high altitude zoo, Kaichi Dam, ShervaniHilltop, Dorothy’s seat, Cheena Peak, Aamod, and others.
Khajjiar is a very small hill village located close to Dalhousie. If you are looking for a private vacation with the natural beauty of Switzerland, Khajjiar is the right destination. Khajjiar attracts unique tourists and honeymooners every year. Khajjiar is a bowl-shaped destination covered with meadows with a backdrop of the beautiful snow-covered Himalayas. If you were at Khajjiar, your vacation would focus more on nature and adventure activities. There are a few temples and the ancient Chamba town to enjoy cultural beauty . However, Khajjiar is for nature enthusiasts, and privacy loving honeymooners.
Tourist Attractions : Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, Khajjiar Lake, Pohlani Mata temple, Chamba town, Khajji Nag temple, Golden Devi Temple, Tibetan shopping center, Khajjiar trekking trail, and others.
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Kolkata is not just for enjoying Durga Pooja. Kolkata is one of the most enthralling commercial destinations. However, the land sticks to its culture and splendid customs. This 300-year-old city stands as a reminder of freedom struggles, and numerous clashes, which now form the basis of unity that prevails in India. Kolkata is the intellectual capital of the culture and the hipster culture that the rest of the country looks with jaw-open. Deeper regions of Kolkata stands in its nostalgic colonial lifestyle with marginal urbanization, where you can enjoy tradition, spirituality, and authentic Bengali cuisine.
Tourist Attraction : Victorian Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace mansion, Indian museum, Belur Math, For William, Dakshineswar Kali temple, Shantiniketan, Science City, Eden Gardens, Alipore Zoo, Calcutta Botanical Garden, and others.
Also Read : 20 Exciting Places to Visit in Kolkata
Amritsar stands as a fusion of new and old, in a kaleidoscopic beauty. Amritsar might have started as a religious destination. However, today, apart from the Golden Temple, the land stands as a cultural beauty and astonishing reminder of the past. Of course, the Golden Temple is the main beauty of the land. Apart from the religious factor, the land’s twisting lanes are filled with lively beauty, graceful culture and frenetic color of a chaotic life. Urban life stands as a façade over the cultural nostalgia embedded in their lifestyle. If you are an enthusiastic traveler, this humbling beauty adds a new touch to your vacation.
Tourist Attractions : Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple, Hall bazaar, Gurudwara Mata Kaulan, Wagah border, Jallian wala Bagh memorial, Akal Takht, Maharaja Ranjit Singh museum, Guru ke Mahal, and others.
Also Read : Golden Temple Amritsar- The Most Visited Place in the World
Suggested Tour : 10 Days - Golden Triangle Tour with Amritsar (Golden Temple)
Cherrapunji is famous for standing as one of the wettest places in the world. Thanks to the enormous amount of rainfall, the nature in the destination is at its peak value. The geography of Cherrapunji is a valley veined by waterfalls and tributaries, which drain into the Bangladesh plains. The waterfalls of Cherrapunji, the living root bridge, and the indigenous culture are the spectacular elements of Cherrapunji. This celebrated nature gets its mesmerizing look during monsoon. However, Cherrapunji is beautiful throughout the year.
Tourist Attractions : Nohkalikai waterfalls, Kynrem falls, Double-decker living root bridge, Mawlynnong, Dainthlen falls, Mawsmai cave, KremPhyllut, Dawki, and others.
The city of dreams is the paradise for starlets, artists, millionaires, traditional fisherfolk, and exotic wildlife. Mumbai is also the land of contrasts; new and old, rich and poor, modern and traditional, and others. This cosmopolitan city still sticks to the traditions like dabbawala , colorful festivals, age-old custom, and others. Culture is an integral part of the city and you can find numerous markets to enjoy day-to-day activities, souvenir hunting, and photography. While visiting Mumbai, do not forget to taste the authentic cuisine of the land and the street foods.
Tourist Attractions : Gateway of India , Bandra-Worli sea link, Marine drive , Elephanta Island , Kanheri Cave s, Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Shree Siddhivinayak temple , Vipassana Pagoda, Mahalakshmi temple , Gandhi museum, Film City, and others.
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20. Ajanta Ellora
Situated in Aurangabad, the Ajanta Caves constitute 30 rock-cut cave monuments. The best part of this place is the splendid architectural beauty that resides here. One simply love the paintings and sculptures of these caves and that is what makes them all the more inviting and significant from travel point of view.
The Ellora caves are located in the Deccan Plateau. With numerous Buddhist, Jain Temples and Hindu places of worship, the ambiance of this place is simply amazing. The rock cut beauties are rampant and one cannot undermine the importance of these natural gems.
Read More: A Complete Guide on Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Suggested Tour: 6 Days - Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tours
Though Goa is small in size but its greatness from tourist perspective cannot be undermined. With amazing beaches that renders immaculate sunrises and sunsets, the golden sand and coconut palms adds to the charm. It also renders you yummy seafood with adventure activities such as parasailing, wind surfing and water-skiing. Some places of interest include Alorna Fort, Arvalem Waterfalls, Ancestral Goa Museum, Chapora Fort and Calangute beach . If you want to explore more than Goa then you can look out Weekend Getaways Near Goa .
Tourist Attractions : Beaches, Forts, Temples, Museum, Water Sports, Waterfalls, Wildlife Sanctuaries etc.
Must Read: Top Ten Tourist Attractions in Goa
Goa Travel Guide:
- Culture of Goa
- History of Goa
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- What to Eat in Goa
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What makes Kanyakumari special is the confluence of three great water bodies, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Onlookers specially enjoy the horizons and sunset is simply inevitable. With a spectacular sunrise, things become simply amazing and the place more inviting.
Tourist Attractions : Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Bhagavathy Amman Temple, Kanyakumari Beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thirparappu Falls etc.
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- 4 Days - Madurai Rameshwaram Kanyakumari Temple Tour
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Kerala is a paradise in the Indian context. The nature has bestowed too much to this beautiful city. To cite an example, the backwaters of Kerala are enchanting. Then there are mesmerizing waterfalls, Temples , captivating hill stations and the serene atmosphere make things more than inviting and worth considering. Some places of repute include Waynad, Munnar , Idukki , Athirapally waterfalls, Varkala beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.
Tourist Attractions : Backwaters, Houseboats, Wildlife , Plantations, Temples, Dishes, Local Markets, Spa and Ayurveda Centers etc.
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Karnataka cultural asset, Mysore is located at the base of Chamundi Hills that renders it an amazing view. There are ample of palaces that make this place look inviting and gorgeous. Amba Vilas Place constitutes the most famous tourist attraction. Chamundeswari Temple, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, St. Philomena's Church and Brindavan garden are to name a few.
Tourist Attractions : Mysore Palace, Somnathapura Temple, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Chamundeshwari Temple, Jaganmohan Palace, Karanji Lake, Folklore Museum, Lalitha Mahal Palace etc.
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This 16 th century region is still in the historic pace with its culture, ever-trending biriyani, and traditions. Hyderabad was once a land of spice merchants and pearl divers. Today, it is the urban plasma destination for commerce, entertainment, media, and architecture. Magnificent Golconda Fort is the emblem of Hyderabad and it stands as the concentration of the ancient era of the land. Hyderabad might be a commercial land but, it is not deprived of nature. Explore the interlinking lanes of the city to embrace the cultural beauty. The best of all that Hyderabad could offer is a steaming plate of juicy biriyani with sides of tangy, spicy curries.
Tourist Attractions : Golconda Fort, Charminar, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake, Salar Jung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace, JalaVihar, Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park, ChilkurBalaji Temple, QutbShahi Tombs, TaramatiBaradari, Nizam’s Museum, and others.
Suggested Tour : 14 Days - South India Tour from Bangalore
Ooty is the trump card of Tamil Nadu when it comes to tourism. The culture, nature, and adventure activities are the main pillars of the beauty of Ooty. Ooty is one of the few romantic destinations in the country favored with its exotic activities like plantation stroll, rose garden visit, toy train ride,and others. Named as the Queen of Hill Station, Ooty gives a scenic wrap to your vacation. If you are looking for a holistic vacation within the laps of Mother Nature, Ooty is the right destination.
Tourist Attractions : Ooty boathouse, St. Stephen’s Church, Rose Garden, Botanical garden, Dottabetta, tea museum, Murugan temple, Kalhatti falls, Dolphin Nose, Ooty botanical garden, Nilgiri mountain railways (toy train), and others.
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- 6 Days - Mysore Ooty Kodaikanal Karnataka Tour
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The best description of Coorg is, ‘it is an evergreen hill region gifted with acres of plantation, and culture-infused colorful rural population.’ The destination is famous for spice, coffee, and other plantations. The region is home to more than 100 different tribal clans, who make the place more interesting with their culture, festival, and traditions. Coorg is a laid-down magical land famous among romantic couples and adventurous thrill-seekers. This meadow-carpeted land is the right place to visit if you are looking for a rejuvenating vacation.
Tourist Attraction : Abbey Falls, Barapole River, Golden Temple, Omkareshwara Temple, Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Mandalpatti scenic point, Nagarhole national park, Tadiandamol Peak, Talacauvery, and others.
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Suggested Tour : 4 Days - Coorg Madikeri Hill Station Tour Karnataka
27. Andaman and Nicobar
Andaman is not just about beaches bordered with turquoise water. The nature of this group of islands is very generous with primeval jungle, remote islands, bubbling cultural port, and interesting cuisine. The sun-kissed sugar-white beaches are the main attractions of the land. People from far away land reach this perfect Indian beach escape land to experience Hollywood styled beach vacation. Apart from nature, the land is famous for water activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, cruising, kite surfing, surfboarding, and others. If you wish to learn more about the culture and history, there are numerous museums and other cultural destinations to cover in this region.
Tourist Attractions : Cellular Jail, Neil Island, Elephant beach, Havelock Island, Ross Island, Viper Island, Baratang Island, Barren Island, Diglipur, Jolly Buoy Island, Kala Pathar, Chidiya Tapu, and others.
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Technically speaking, it is the ruins of the magnificent ancient town of Hampi. Today, it stands as a carnival of rock-cut temples, monuments, and ruins. Hampi stood as the emblem of power for Vijayanagar Empire for several centuries. Many merchants, poets, and ministers traveled several miles to witness the flourishing beauty and unmatched wealth of Hampi. Today, the palm groves, paddy fields, and banana plantations lead to a heap of ruins. The village region, palace, town square, temples, and a few significant landmarks of Hampi still stand with pride and majestic beauty in an orangish-tint.
Tourist Attractions : Virupaksha temple, Vithala temple, Lotus palace, Achyutaraya temple, Hemakuta hill temple, Matanga Hill, Hampi bazaar, Hippie island, Queen’s bath, Monkey temple, and others.
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Ziro is one of the lush and pretty valleys that you can find in the Himalayan region. Thanks to the Arunachal Pradesh climate and backdrop of Himalayas, Ziro is a flourishing land with bamboo groves, rich paddy fields, pine forests, tribe -inhabited mountain villages, and others. Do you know that Ziro people farm fishes in the water inside paddy fields? Ziro is a land of mystical beauty, which roots from their tradition and culture. While festivals of Ziro hold a trance beauty, the wooden villages of the land create a formidable beauty for tourists to enjoy a holistic experience. If you are looking for serene beauty that can rejuvenate you, Ziro is the right place.
Tourist Attractions : Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary, DoloMando trekking trail, Meghna cave temple, KilePakho, Tarin fish farm, Midey, ZiroPuto, Hapoli, DoloMando, Dilopolyang, and others.
Lakshadweep group of islands always gets underestimated due to the bounty of beauty in the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. Located on the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep getsits stunning beauty from the isolated palm-bordered coral islands. Only ten of the thirty-six islands are inhabited, and among those, only are few can be visited. The islands of Lakshadweep are famous for the white beaches, coral underwater beauty, water activities, cultural sightseeing, and fish-rich cuisine.
Tourist Attraction : Agatti Island , Minicoy Island , Kalpeni Island , Kavaratti , Kadmat Island , Scuba diving, and others.
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