Best Places To Visit In India

For many travelers, India is an experience that is hard to forget. There are endless possibilities in India for travelers to visit and enjoy. Be it the city of Khajuraho known for erotic temples or Varanasi the religious center for the Hindus, every place here seems to have its own unique charms. The beautiful beaches, palaces, magnificent forts, rare wildlife, historical monuments, beautiful hill stations, India has something for each tourist on India Trip. Here is a list of the best places to visit in India.

Top States and Cities

1. Shimla

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This is a North India based travel city that receives many tourists, especially during winter. Many tourists come here to enjoy snowfall in winter, and during summer, it attracts domestic travelers to provide relief from hot temperatures.

2. The Golden Triangle

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This is one amongst the most popular vacations in India. Located in North-west of country, the Golden Triangle is 3 cities; Jaipur, Delhi and Agra. This vacation spot gives travelers a wide variety of opportunities in a very short distance. Delhi is one amongst the most traveled cities in India. Here, travelers get a chance to visit places such as India Gate, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Lal Quilla, Chandni chowk and so much more. Agra is treated as a city of love; it’s a popular destination among foreign tourists. More than 10 million tourists visit this city every year. Jaipur is another popular tourist destination in India. Some of the favorite destinations include Hawa Mahal, Diwan-e-Kahs, Jal Mahal, Chandra Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.

3. Goa

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Goa is one amongst the most visited and most loved travel destination among foreign tourists. Goa has a number of beaches which attracts millions of foreigners each year. This state is also treated as one of the hot destinations for married couples honeymoon.

4. Mumbai

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Mumbai is the Hollywood of India. Here, travelers can enjoy everything from historical attractions to beach gateways to shopping excursions. There are traditional Bazaars such as Chor Bazaar, known for its antiques and Zaveri Bazaar known for its silver and gold jewelry. The most popular historical attraction in Mumbai is the Gateway of India, built in 1911. Other popular spots include Haji Ali, Prince of Wales museum and Hindu Mahalaxmi temple. Mumbai’s coast means both young and old can pass their time at the beach.

5. Uttarakhand

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This is a small state in India, located in the northern part of the country in foothills of Himalayas. Tourism in this state is primarily focused on nature with the state being 90 % hills and 80 % forest. This is a popular destination for yoga and meditation enthusiasts. Tourist can walk with devotees to offer prayers on the ghats or banks of the Ganges River. At the foothills, tourist can find accommodations built by the British.


Famous Monuments

1. Taj Mahal

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This mausoleum was built in the memory of Mantaz Mahal, who passed away during childbirth. This monument took about 22 years to complete . It was made of precious materials, like red sandstone and white marble. Precious gem-stones were also used to decorate the monuments and tombs of Mumtaz’ and her husband Shahehan. Taj Mahal is actually one of amongst the 7 architectural wonders of the world and gets over 3 million visitors each year. This is one place you cannot afford to skip while visiting India.

2. Red Fort

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This fort was created in the year 1565 by Akbar for military reasons’. Though it was at first made from wood, the fort was rebuilt using red sandstone in 1600s. The walls of the fort are 20-feet high and it’s surrounded by moat. The Amar-Singh gate is the main and only entry point. Within the fort there are several buildings, including the stunning marble pearly mosque, which gives an impression of city within city.

3. Ajanta Caves

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The magnificently painted caves stayed hidden for many years until one British traveler discovered them in the year 1819. These caves were created by Buddhist monks. The caves were designed so Buddhist monks could get an isolated spot to live and also pray. These caves have imagines of Buddha painted on all walls, together with pictures of slaves, noblemen, mythological creatures, animals and every type of flora.

4. Hawa Mahal

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This unique 5-story palace’ is also known as Palace of Winds. The palace was created by King Sawai Pretap-Singh in the year 1799. This palace was designed for royal women to view the entire city below. This building is constructed of red and pink sandstone and with some white borders.


Top Wildlife Attractions

1. Periya Wildlife Sanctuary

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This is a very popular wildlife sanctuary in India. It’s located in India state of Kerala. It’s is home to rich flora and fauna. Some major attractions include leopards, tigers, panthers, mongoose, elephants, golden jackal, deer, birds and so much more. The Periyar River flows within this park. Boating on the lake is one of most preferred ways to explore the attractions of the park.

2. Ranthambore National Park

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This is one amongst the largest national parks in India. It’s also considered one amongst the best places to spot a tiger. Other mammals that call this park their home are leopards, hyena, wild board, nilgai and the chital. This park is very famous for one of the largest banyan trees in India. Ranthambore is home to more than 270 species of birds and an abundant number of peacocks make it a great bird-watching destination. You can visit the park anytime from 6 am to 9.20 pm.

3. Jim Corbett National Park

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This is Asia’s and India’s first national park. The park was established in 1936 to protect endangered Bengal tiger. Currently, the park shelters 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles, 580 species of birds and 480 species of plants. The most common mammals found here are the Himalayan bear, sloth bear, otters, sambar deer, barking deer, hog deer, and the chital. Other mammals in the park include langur, gray mongoose, yellow-throated martens, Indian pangolins, Himalayan and rhesus macaques. The best thing about this park is that you can also get a chance of seeing small cats such as leopard cat, fishing cat and jungle cats. The safaris in the park are some of the best wildlife safaris in the world.

4. Gir National Park

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The park is popular for being the sole home of the Asiatic lion. It’s also one amangst the most renowned national parks on earth. In early 1990s, only 15 Asiatic lions were in the park. Today, the park is home to about 411 Asiatic lions. Apart from Asiatic lions, this park is also a home to about 38 species of animals such as leopards, golden jackals, stripped hyenas, sloth bears, 4-horned antelope, nilgai and chinkara. Visit the park and get a chance to see 37 different species of reptile such as marsh crocodiles, monitor lizard and pythons. Also watch about 300 species of birds, 2,000 species of insects and 507 distinct plant species.

5. Kaziranga National Park

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A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga is probably the most famous national park in India. This park is home to 2/3 of the word’s one horned rhinos and the biggest population of the wild water buffaloes. There are several rives in the park that shelter the endangered Ganges river dolphin. As per IUCN Red List, this park is home to 15 threatened mammalian species. Bird-life International recognized this park as an Important Bird Area. Globally, Kaziranga proudly posses the highest number of tigers among all the protected areas. The world largest snakes, reticulated python, Indian python and king cobra are found here. Take your time between 9 am and 6pm and get the once in a life chance to see the most unique animals on earth.


Natural Attractions

1. Kerala Backwaters

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If you are looking for a peaceful place to relax amidst nature’s beauty, then visit Backwaters of Kerala. The eastern side of Kerala is famous for their lush, green hills and tea plantations. The main backwater destinations in Kerala are Cochin, Allepey and Kollam. Many hills in the Western Ghats like Munnar and Thekkady are becoming more popular to both foreign and local travelers.

2. Dal Lake, Kashmir

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Oozing with beauty, Dal Lake is one of most fascinating lakes in India. Its exceptional charm attracts tourists from across the globe. The site offers picturesque and mesmerizing views; it’s the second largest lake in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This lake is surrounded by majestic mountains on 3 sides.

Located close to the lake are blooming Mughal-era gardens teeming with a wide variety of beautiful and colorful flowers. This garden boasts of amazing terraced lawns, numerous flowerbeds, lovely fountains, wonderful trees, shrubs and a beautiful environment, which never fail to impress tourists. If you really want to enjoy life on water, Dal Lake is the best place in India. The site is dotted with a variety of households, which serve as interesting accommodation options for tourists.

3. Pichola Lake

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Located in Udaipur, the panoramic lake is surrounded by hills, temples, palaces and bathing ghats. There are islands at regular distance on the lake, which have either palaces or pavilions on them. The popular islands are Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. Its beauty is at its best during winter, which counterpart the cool vicinity of Rajasthan. The sunset over Pichola Lake is truly idyllic. The beauty of this lake attracts many visitors each year.


Famous Temples

1. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

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Located in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, the temple occupies a whooping 156 acres. This makes it the largest temple in India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishmu. The temple is surrounded by 1000 M wall and has 39 pavilions, 21 towers and 50 shrines. The hall of 1000 pillars, which is the main tourist attraction, was constructed between 1336 and 1565 CE. The temple’s pillars have intricate designs of horses bearing rides on their backs. Among the 21 towers, the Rajagopuran (13 tiers) is 73 M high; it’s the second tallest temple in Asia.

2. Golden Temple

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Harmandir Sahib, commonly known as ‘Golden Temple’ is a Sikh Gurudwara in Armristar, Punjab. The temple was built in 16th century and with time, it become a central religious place of the Sikhs. Golden Temple is surrounded by large tank which consists of holy water (Amrit). The temples architecture was inspired by Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. The temple is decorated with precious stones, golden coating and marble sculptures. This temple has 4 entrances that indicate that everyone irrespective of their class, caste, and creed is welcome in this temple.

3. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

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The majestic temple is located in the capital city of Gadhinagar, Gujarat. The temple was built in the year 1992 and is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. The temple is set in a 23-acre plot and was build using 6000 tons of pink stone. Apart from the temple monument, there is a beautiful garden. Also to look forward is the water show displayed in the evenings, which depicts the Hindu fable of Nachiketa.

4. Khajuraho Temples

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They are located in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. The 25 temples are scattered over an area of 9 square miles. These temples are very popular for their erotic sculptures. The temples are made out of sandstone with shades of pale yellow, pink and buff, and were put together using mortise and tenon joints instead of mortar. Every temple has an entrance, a hall and a sanctum. The exteriors are highly decorated with intricate carvings. These carvings depict the sexual activities between people, and everyday life through sculptures of musicians, potters and farmers. The temples have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.

6. Ranakpur Jain Temple

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The temple is located in Aravalli hills in Ranakpur village. The temple is dedicated to Adinatha, the founder of Jainism. The temple forms one of the 5 major pilgrimages of the Jains. The temple has 24 pillared halls, 80 domes and 400 columns. One unique thing about this temple is that the pillars change their colors from gold to pale blue, as the sun shifts its rays through the day. Due to its exquisite beauty, the temple has been nominated among the top 77 wonders of the world.

5. Lotus Temple

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Also known as Haha’i House of Worship, the temple is located in New Delhi and occupies a 26 acres property. The temple was built in the year 1986. The lotus-shaped temple is built entirely in pure white marble. This shape was chosen, considering its importance to Jainism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. Lotus temple is surrounded by 9 ponds and gardens, one for each entrance. This temple has attracted more than 50 million visitors and was even listed in Guinness World Records for being the most religious building in the year 2001.

Planning to a trip to India is a chance to know better about India’s culture, tourists’ places, festival and historical places. All the above destinations have their own unique attractions and must watch tourist spots.