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

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

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

Best for Monuments: Delhi

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

Best Iconic: Taj Mahal

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

Best Temple: Golden Temple

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

Best Regal Splendor: Udaipur

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

Best Ruins: Hampi

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

Best for History and Architecture: Ajanta and Ellora Caves

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

Best for Spirituality: Varanasi

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

Best for Culture: Kolkata

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

Best for South Indian Culture: Madurai

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

Best for Tribal Culture: Northeast India

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

Best for Relaxation: Kerala Backwaters

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

Best for Beaches: Goa

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

Best for Wildlife: Kanha National Park

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

Best for Adventure: Spiti

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

Best Offbeat: Kutch Region of Gujarat

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

Best Up and Coming: Odisha

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

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Written by Joni Sweet Updated Mar 30, 2022

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

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

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

2. New Delhi

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

Taj Mahal in Agra

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

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

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Humayun's Tomb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gadi Sagar Temple in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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

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

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

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

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

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Rishikesh

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

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

A holy person on the Ganges River in Varanasi

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

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

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

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

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

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

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

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Palolem Beach, South Goa

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

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

Houseboat in Kerala

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

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

Kailasa Temple, Ellora Caves

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

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

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

Darjeeling with snow-capped Khangchendzonga Mountain in the distance

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

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

The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

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

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

The elaborately carved Adalaj Stepwell on the outskirts of Ahmedabad

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

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

Shimla

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

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

Mysore Palace

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

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

Lake and beautiful mountain scenery in Ladakh

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

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

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

Manali

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

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

Abbey Falls, Kodagu

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

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

Elephant in the surf on Havelock Island, Andaman Islands

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

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

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

McLeod Ganj

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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

Andaman Islands

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

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

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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

Jaipur. Rajasthan

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

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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

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

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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

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

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

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

List of 30 Best Places to Visit in India

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

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Kashmir:  For its Captivating Natural Beauty

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

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

Top Places to Visit in Kashmir

  • Aru & Betaab Valley
  • Gurez Valley

Top Things to Do in Kashmir

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

Check out: Best of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Packages

Ladakh: For its Unmatched Adventure Options

Ladakh

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

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

Top Places to Visit in Ladakh

  • Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar Valley

Top Things to Do in Ladakh

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

Check out: Best of Ladakh Tourism Packages

Delhi: For its Incredible History and Past

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

Top Places to Visit in Delhi

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

Things to Do in Delhi

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

Check out: Popular Delhi Sightseeing Tour Packages

Sikkim: For its Breathtaking Natural Vistas and Enthralling Adventures

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

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

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

Top Attractions in Sikkim

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

Things to Do in Sikkim

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

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Meghalaya: For its Spellbinding Natural Beauty 

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

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

Top Attractions in Meghalaya

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

Things to Do in Meghalaya

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

Check out: Meghalaya North East Sightseeing Tour Packages

Kerala: For its Backwaters, Beaches & Culture

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

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

Top Attractions in Kerala

  • Periyar National Park
  • Thiruvananthapuram

Things to Do in Kerala

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

Check out: Best of Kerala South India Tour Packages

Andaman: For its Pristine Beauty and Array of Water Sports

Andaman Island

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

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

Top Attractions in Andaman & Nicobar

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

Things to Do in Andaman & Nicobar

  • Snorkelling
  • Mangrove Kayaking
  • Underwater Sea Walking

Check out: Best of Holiday Packages for Andaman

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

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

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

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

Top Attractions in Goa

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

Things to Do in Goa

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

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Agra, Uttar Pradesh: For its Unprecedented Mughal Grandeur

Tajmahal Agra

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

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

Top Attractions in Agra

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

Things to Do

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

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: For its Spiritual Essence

Varanasi

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

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

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

Top Attractions in Varanasi

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

Things to Do in Varanasi

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

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

Jaisalmer Desert Camel Safari

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

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

Top Attractions in Jaisalmer

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

Things to Do in Jaisalmer

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

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

Run of Kutch Gujarat

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

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

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

Top Attractions in Rann of Kutch

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

Things to Do in Rann of Kutch

  • Attend Rann Utsav
  • Stay in Hodka and Dhordo Villages

Check out: Popular Tourism Packages for Gujarat

Aurangabad, Maharashtra: For its mesmerizing architecture

Aurangabad Bibi Ka Maqbara

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

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

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

Top Attractions in Aurangabad

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

Things to Do in Aurangabad

  • Eat at Yalla Yalla and Bhoj
  • Photography

Check out: Best of Maharashtra Tour Packages

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

Sunderbans Tiger

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

Things to Do in West Bengal

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

Check out: West Bengal Tour Packages

Hampi, Karnataka: For its brilliantly carved monuments

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

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

Top Attractions in Hampi

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

Things to Do in Hampi

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

Check out:  Karnataka Holiday Packages

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

Mysore Palace

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

Top Attractions in Mysore

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

Things to Do in Mysore

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

Recommended Tour Packages

  • 4 Nights 5 Days Bangalore Mysore Ooty Tour Package
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Kaziranga National Park, Assam: For sighting one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers

Kaziranga National Park Rhino

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

Top Things to Do in Kaziranga National Park

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

Check out:  Kaziranga Wildlife Safari Tour Packages

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: For learning yoga and enjoying adventure activities

Rishikesh River Rafting

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

Top Attractions in Rishikesh

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

Things to Do in Rishikesh

  • White Water Rafting
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Giant Swing
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Witness Ganga Aarti
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: For rich architecture, food, and shopping

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

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

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

Top Attractions in Jaipur

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

Things to Do in Jaipur

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

Check out: Best of Jaipur Sightseeing Tour Packages

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

Golden Temple Amritsar

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

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

Top Attractions in Amritsar

  • Golden Temple
  • Wagah Border
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Hall Bazaar
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Shopping for Phulkari and Jutis
  • Try speciality of Amritsar food
  • Eat at Guru ka Langar
  • Cheer For Indian Soldiers at Wagah Border Flag Ceremony
  • Watch Light & Sound Show at Gobindgarh Fort
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Amritsar Tour Package
  • 4 Nights 5 Days Punjab Gurudwara Tour

Lambasingi, Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh

Lambasingi Andhra Pradesh

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

Top Places to Visit in Lambasingi

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

Top Things to Do in Lambasingi

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

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Shimla, Mesmerizing Queen of hills

Shimla in Monsoon

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

Top Places to Visit in Shimla

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

Top Things to Do in Shimla

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

Other Interesting Blogs to Read

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Shillong- Rejoice Your Soul with Mesmerising Nature Vistas

Shillong Meghalaya

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

Top Places to Visit in Shillong

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

Top Things to Do in Shillong

  • Horse Riding
  • Cup of Coffee at Cafes
  • Nature Walks
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sightseeing
  • Top Snowfall Destinations in North East India Which Will Blow Your Heart Away
  • Best Places to Visit in Sikkim, North East India

Imphal, Manipur

Imphal City View

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

Top Places to Visit in Imphal

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

Top Things to Do in Imphal

  • Sightseeing of Heritage destinations
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Imphal Manipur Tour Package
  • 4 Nights 5 Days Imphal Sightseeing Tour Package

Dimapur, Nagaland

Dimapur - Kachari Ruins

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

Top Places to See in Dimapur

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

Top Things to Do in Dimapur

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

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

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

Top Places to Visit in Udaipur

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

Top Things to Do in Udaipur

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

Also Read: Historical Places to Visit in Udaipur

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh:  Beauty of the Cold Desert

Spiti Valley - Best Time to Visit Himachal

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

Top Places to Visit in Spiti Valley

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

Top Things to Do in Spiti Valley

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

Also Read: Snow Tourist Places in Himachal

Ranthambore, Rajasthan: Land of the Royal Bengal Tigers

Ranthambore National Park Tigers

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

Top Places to Visit in Ranthambore

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

Top Things to Do in Ranthambore

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

Also Read:   Interesting Facts About Ranthambore

Junagadh, Gujarat:  A Scenic Fort City

Junagadh-Girnar-Gujarat

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

Top Places to Visit in Junagadh

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

Top Things to Do in Junagadh

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

Also Read:   Top Weekend Getaways in Gujarat

Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand: For the Bengal Tigers and Tuskers

Corbett National Park

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

Top Places to Visit in Jim Corbett

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

Top Things to Do in Jim Corbett

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

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

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

India Himalayas

What to Expect in Summer Season in India?

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

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

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

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

What to Expect in Monsoon Season in India?

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

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

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

What to Expect in Winter Season in India?

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

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

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

  • Andaman & Nicobar

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

The following are the best destinations for adventure in India:

Q. What are the most visited places in India?

The most visited places in India include the following:

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

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

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

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

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  • Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 23 best places to go in India in 2023 

By Condé Nast Traveller

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

If 2022 was the year of revenge travel, let 2023 encourage you to slow down and soak it all in. From immersive art exhibitions to quaint homestays and sexy boutique hotels that offer truly local experiences, our list of the best places to visit in India in 2023 will inspire you to engage with local communities, and travel slower but deeper, in more meaningful, magical ways.

Here, are the 23 destinations – as vetted and recommended by  Condé Nast Traveller editors. And don’t forget to visit our global list of international destinations to visit next year – the best places to visit in 2023 , vetted by  Condé Nast Traveller editors, plus ideas for  places to visit in the UK ,  places to go in the USA , and top spots in Spain . Happy travels.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Go for : A new island hotel and amazing outdoor adventures

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

For the longest time, a trip to the Andamans meant picking between homestays or the only premium boutique hotel on the island. That’s changed in the past few years, with resorts like Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Jalakara . The most recent entrant to the mix is Tilar Siro , a CGH Earth outpost in Havelock Island (now, Swaraj Dweep). The 25-key property is breezy, green and immersive. You can learn about the island’s history and food, take scuba diving courses and enjoy guided walks through the dense rainforests. There’s a lot to do beyond Havelock, including sea safaris at Cinque Island and kayaking expeditions with stargazing thrown in. Take a day trip to Barren Island to visit India’s only active volcano or take a ferry to Little Andaman Island for pristine beaches and lagoons.  Arundhati Ail

Arittapatti, Tamil Nadu

Go for : Tamil Nadu’s first Biodiversity Heritage Site

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

A first for the state, Arittapatti village – roughly 230kms from Coimbatore – has been declared Tamil Nadu’s first and India’s 35th Biodiversity Heritage Site. As green spaces across the globe shrink, this move by the state government is a step towards a greener future and an attempt to preserve the unique landscape of rocky hills that supports 72 lakes, 200 natural spring ponds, and three reservoirs, apart from the 75 species of birds, raptor species, megalithic structures and rock-cut temples that date back 2,000 years in the area. While the state government prepares to build the area’s tourism potential, go before the crowds surge, to enjoy birdsong, gushing streams and a biodiverse ecosystem.  Smitha Menon

Go for: Cruises on the Brahmaputra River

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Cruises across the mighty Brahmaputra River and an exploration of its riverine culture has thrown a new spotlight on Assam’s culture, history and biodiversity. These river cruises are offered both by Assam Tourism and by private operators like the Assam Bengal Navigation Company which have upped the ante on luxury travel with vessels that encapsulate the heritage and culture of the region and tours that provide a window into the history, culture and crafts of the state. The latest of these is the soon-to-be-launched Ganga Vilas Cruise, the world’s longest cruise from Varanasi to Assam via Bangladesh which will embark on its maiden voyage in January 2023. These cruises offer a unique perspective of the land from water and provide access to islands and national parks and include craft tours, local food experiences, tea garden trails, village walks, visits to age-old temples and a chance to see the Great Indian One Horned Rhino in the wild.  Diya Kohli

Arunachal Pradesh

Go for : The newfound accessibility, Ziro Festival, untouched nature

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Arunachal Pradesh is the ideal destination for a retreat into silence. Jaw-dropping sunsets take over the valleys here, more than 500 species of birds call the wooded landscape of this state their home and the gush of a hidden waterfall will be the only sound to break your chain of thought. Until now, the state’s natural beauty remained unexplored for the lack of accessibility. But in November 2022, the inauguration of the Donyi Polo airport opened gateways to the possibility of a novel getaway. With this airport located in Hollongi, some 15 km from Itanagar, travellers finally have direct access to the capital city and a new entry point into the state. Visit Tawang Monastery – the largest monastery in India – while you’re here, trek through the untouched fields of Bomdila or make plans to drop by for the Ziro Festival for a weekend of music and eco-conscious living against the stunning Himalayan backdrop.  Ria Gupta

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Go for : The Museum of Art & Photography, benne dosa, Cubbon Park promenade

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Namma Bengaluru has something new to offer you every time you visit it. If you are an art lover, the city’s latest offering, the Museum of Art & Photography – which will go public in early 2023 – will open up a whole new world encompassing photographs, ancient and modern art, sculptures and textiles and more. Let the colours of contemporary artist Jangarh Singh Shyam’s  Portrait of a Barasingha  wash over you or marvel at the intricacies of the bronze sculptures from decades ago at the cultural space which is located in the heart of the city on Kasturba Road. Once you have had your art fill, head to the Airlines Hotel less than 500 metres away and enjoy a plate of crispy masala dosa with piping hot sambar, coconut chutney and a freshly brewed tumbler of filter coffee – all under a lush green tree canopy. Burn all of it off with a leisurely walk at Cubbon Park just a few metres away and head to the good old Blossom Book House or its newer, hipper contender, Champaca to pick up your next read.  Sneha Kanchan

Belur and Halebid, Karnataka

Go for : The sacred temples of the Hoysala Empire – India’s official nomination for the  UNESCO World Heritage Site tag in 2022-23

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Why should you visit 12th-century temples in 2023? For starters, these magnificent structures about 200kms from Bengaluru are intricately carved and shockingly well-preserved reminders of the Hoysala dynasty, a secular family – that receives less attention from history lovers as compared to the Vijayanagar Empire’s Hampi – that ruled across the Deccan region from 1006 to about 1346 CE. The Hoysaleswara temple in Halebid, which loosely translates to old capital or ruined city, demonstrates how the rulers of yore encouraged the intermingling of religions and ideologies: the structure follows the Shaivism tradition but includes themes and motifs from Vaishnavism and Shaktism, along with images from Jainism. Inside, painstakingly hand-carved sculptures depict scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata Purana. Along with this temple, the nearby Kesava temple in Belur has also been proposed to be listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ensembles blend Dravidian-style design with Bhumija and Nagara traditions of temple architecture from central and northern India, respectively.  SM

Go for : New hotels and restaurants and the Goa Carnival

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Spanish tapas at Mystras in Assagao, a taste of spiced Indian fare at Juju in Colva and cocktails and mushroom cakes at Fig & Maple – these are only some of the new delights on Goa’s burgeoning food and drink scene. Helming the revolution of South Indian cuisine in Goa is the newly opened Hosa, a Portuguese-styled outpost set up by Rohit Khattar of Indian Accent, Comorin and Koloman. With JW Marriott’s new property slated to pop up in Vagator next year, there’s ample to keep you hooked to the sunny state. For a taste of the spirit of Goa, make sure you witness the processions of the Goa Carnival 2023. Come February , the streets of Panjim, Mapusa, Margao and Vasco will come alive with dancers, acrobats, musicians and the escorts that tail the carnival’s King Momo. It’s the time of year when pranksters come knocking on doors, street plays celebrate the art of mockery and everyone unites for the love of food, drink and merriment. Don’t leave without taking back a souvenir in the form of one of the many homegrown spirits coming out of the state.  RG

Hanle, Ladakh

Go for : India’s first Dark Sky Reserve, Hanle Monastery

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Experience a starry night like never before at Hanle, a picturesque hamlet in Ladakh. Hanle is set to be the main character in India’s astronomical tourism story as the site for the country’s first Dark Sky Reserve which will be operational by early 2023. Situated 4,500 metres above sea level as part of the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, the reserve aims to lower light pollution for better observation of the inky night sky dotted with stars and planets. Once there, do not forget to visit the 17th-century Hanle Monastery located on a hilltop for some inner peace and a panoramic view of the village and its unique landscape.  SK

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Go for : Safaris, the Jaipur Literature Festival and new hotel and bar openings

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Safari enthusiasts can now go on a leopard game drive just 30 minutes away from Jaipur city. In May 2022, the Rajasthan state government opened up the Amargarh Leopard Reserve, which sprawls across 1,524 hectares and is home to 16 cats and 250 species of birds. Besides the leopard, keep your eyes peeled for hyenas, jackals, wild cats, foxes, civets, nilgai, sambar and birds including peacocks, parakeets and woodpeckers. Amagarh is also home to an 18th-century fort built by Maharaja Jawai Singh II. Time your visit to one of India’s most exciting literature festivals. The Jaipur Literature Fest is slated to take place from 19 to 23 January and will feature speakers like Anthony Sattin and Sudha Murty. Stay at the newly opened Villa Palladio , a nine-room boutique hotel that looks straight out of a jewel box, from the duo behind the famous Bar Palladio. For a drink, check out Johri & Sons, a slick new bar concocting smashing cocktails with a twist, and a side of ker sangri samosas and roomali khakra. It’s a fitting end to a day spent in the wilderness.  Shradha Shahani

Srinagar, India

Go for: New infrastructure for easier road tripping, elevated nature retreats

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Srinagar, an alluring and once hard-to-visit destination in the Kashmir Valley, is opening up to travellers in a big way in 2023, with new roadways making it easier than ever to get in and around.

In the heart of the Kashmir Valley, the gem of Srinagar – with its winding waterways and colourful houseboats – is equally alluring and challenging to plan a visit to. Yet the destination seems to be shifting gears, with the government greenlighting development projects that will benefit travellers.

Srinagar has some vibrant new openings:  Karan Mahal , a swanky, intimate stay in the historic residence of Kashmir’s former rulers and amid nearly 60 acres of orchards and woods, launched last year, while  Qayaam Gah , a stylish, Sufi-inspired nature retreat in the Zabarwan Hills, with unfettered bird’s-eye views of Dal Lake, opened this summer. Additionally, Indian Hotels Company Limited (also behind the Taj Hotels) will bring its affordable brand, Ginger Hotels , to Srinagar in the first half of 2023.

The capital is also about to get a boost in accessibility, with a spate of highways and tunnels planned to open in 2023 that will, among other connections, make it easier to drive from Kashmir – across breathtaking landscapes – to neighbouring Ladakh, even in winter. Other side trips that will be easier to reach, thanks to the new infrastructure: Sonamarg (which translates to “golden meadow”), a stunning hill station that is poised for substantial tourism development in the years to come, and Pahalgam, an idyllic getaway that has long drawn travellers to its pastoral charms. The latter will see, in early 2023, the opening of  Shepherd’s Barn , a cottage stay by Ramneek Kaur (whose family owns the Bollywood-favourite Pahalgam Hotel), which will add rooms to an existing program of craft tours and local activities under the auspices of the Shepherd Crafts Cultural Centre. With so much change underfoot, there is no better time to experience the area – and before everyone else starts to do the same. Saumya Ancheri

Jeypore, Odisha

Go for: New trekking trails

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Amid the heritage structures and urban strongholds of Odisha, Jeypore poses as a fine repository of all things natural. From caves hidden in the depths of forests to bold waterfalls, there’s ample to see and discover here. Thanks to the local administration’s efforts, one of its key areas – the Nakti Dangar hill of Jeypore’s Pangi forest reserve – will soon have a designated trail route for travellers. This means that you will now be able to navigate through the wild at a height of 1,400 metres. On the way, you can spot various endangered species such as the Jeypore Hill Gecko. The project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2023 and will present a resting stop at the top of the hill to complement the trail. The city also packs within it a host of cultural outposts. Think temples, palaces and the forts that let you in on the city’s past as a trading hotspot – all surrounded by the Eastern Ghats and blanketed in a cool breezy climate.  RG

Kochi, Kerala

Go for : Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Chinese fishing nets, history lessons

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Come December , the bright bylanes of fort Kochi will don different expressions of art as Kochi-Muziris Biennale returns physically after a brief pandemic-induced hiatus. The Biennale, an international contemporary art exhibition, will spill into the next year and end in April 2023 with installations and events set up in and around several locations of the scenic Fort Kochi. Be sure to set a couple of days aside to cover as many locations and artworks as you can while taking in the beauty of the place and its architecture on foot. For the history buffs, there are the 16th-century Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese and the Paradesi Synagogue in Jew Town that will momentarily transport you back to that era. As the sun sets, Chinese fishing nets will beckon you with a lively and fun fish auction experience.  SK

Go for : The coast’s newest surf school and beach zipline in Devgad

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

In 2021, the Chipi Parule Airport in Sindhudurg was finally inaugurated after a wait of more than 20 years. This year brought another reason to visit the Konkan coast. Adventure company Flying Konkan has launched the very first Board Surfing School on the coast at the Devgad and Taramburi beaches. At the Flying Konkan Surfing School, beginners and experienced surfers are welcome to catch some waves. The coast at Devgad (about 100km from Ratnagiri, towards Goa) is less crowded and less explored than most shores, creating an ideal atmosphere for slow, leisurely surfing. Waves are typically 3-5ft in April and can reach 10ft in May. If you’re not interested in surfing, you can enjoy the school’s very own coastal zipline over the beach.  AA

Kuno, Madhya Pradesh

Go for: The comeback of cheetahs, vibe with the wild

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When you draw up your travel calendar for 2023, do not forget to squeeze in a quick trip to the centre of the country for a very special reason. Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park recently became home to cheetahs that have made a comeback in India seven decades after being declared extinct. By 2023, you should get a chance to spot the Namibian cheetahs (all eight of them if you’re lucky!) roaming in all their spotted glory in the lap of the Vindhyas at Kuno. If the cheetahs are elusive, you can always hop onto a safari jeep and let the park’s flora and fauna – with close to 30 mammals, 200 birds and 14 species of fish – whisk you away from the fast-paced city life.  SK

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Go for : Lollapalooza, Van Gogh 360 and the exciting sports scene

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

There are ample reasons to visit the city of dreams on any given day. It could be for the serendipity of catching your favourite stars shooting in the middle of Kala Ghoda, or for the miraculous urban forest where leopards roam in midst of all things manmade. But in the coming year, some never-before moments will accentuate the bustling little world that is Mumbai. Chicago’s international music festival Lollapalooza ( 28-29 January 2023 ) is making its Asia debut in the city in 2023. Indigenous artists such as AP Dhillon, Prateek Kuhad, Bombay Brass and others will share the space with international hit bands Imagine Dragons, Cigarettes After Sex, Zhu and Diplo. While you’re here for the love of music, also head to Van Gogh 360 (20 January to 17 February 2023), an immersive art experience that’ll display 300 artworks by the Dutch painter in a never-before setting. The floors and ceilings of Mumbai’s World Trade Centre will be drenched in colour, complemented by audio-visual elements for a dreamy experience. 2023 is also a big year for sports in the country. With India hosting the 2023 ICC World Cup, Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is expected to run at least a few of the matches on the roster.  RG

Go for : Offroading, the Hornbill Festival

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

In a spur to promote off-roading tourism in Nagaland, the state’s government has been urging travellers to head off the beaten track. Nagaland Offroad, an initiative by the Government of Nagaland with Wander Beyond Boundaries, encourages travel beyond the conventional destinations of Kohima and Dimapur. This is a land where between the slush and ridges, local communities welcome you with open arms and a jungle of wilderness awaits exploration. As part of the initiative, you can stay in local homestays, eat at regional restaurants and discover craft shops on your way. You can choose a track across 13 districts, each presenting unique topographies, flora and fauna and local culture to interact with. After a brief hiatus, the famous Hornbill Festival held near Kohima also sprung back in 2021. If you haven’t yet, watch the tribes of Nagaland display the best of their traditions in wrestling matches, bamboo festivals, walkathons, heritage walks, loin loom events and more.  RG

Pune, Maharashtra

Go for : The indie food scene

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Butchers, brewers, bakers and even candlemakers: this hip city is home to all. Pune has a combination of things going for itself like its proximity to Mumbai, affordable housing and a laidback but driven attitude. This chill vibe has since attracted young working professionals and entrepreneurs looking to start up in a city that has access to green open spaces and an audience that wants the coolth of Mumbai minus its hustle. Feeding this community is a crop of food folks hungry for more. There’s Dohiti, which churns not just warm, flaky croissants out but also cinnamon rolls with local ingredients like jaggery and finger millet and swaps blueberry for the local kokum (Garcinia indica) in cheesecakes; Niket Drego of The Daily Cut, which focuses on small-batch experimental cold cuts such as vindaloo chorizo, and WeIdliwale, a restaurant and delivery kitchen that zooms into regional cuisine from Karnataka. Tipplers have a range of options to choose from as well: craft brewery Great State Aleworks collaborates with farmers for new brews while others like Yavasura, Kimaya Brewing Co., Doolally and Moonshine Meadery, believed to be Asia’s first meadery, are all based out of the city. Experimental food pop-ups with brewers, chefs, bakers and mixologists add to the inventive dine-out scene.  SM

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Go for : A truly luxurious wellness circuit

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

Rishikesh, often referred to as the birthplace of yoga, became a port of call this year for travellers looking to meld wellness with classic luxury. Vana, a wellness retreat near Dehradun, Uttarakhand, announced a rebrand as Six Senses Vana that offers everything from a four-day fast fix-up to complete detoxification of body and mind during a month-long Ayurvedic Panchakarma retreat. At Ananda in the Himalayas , situated around a restored Maharaja's palace in the hills above Rishikesh, guests can pick from Eastern healing philosophies – Ayurveda, Vedanta, yoga – blended with Western techniques. And Taj Rishikesh , which sprawls over 12.5 acres of lush gardens on the slopes of the Garhwali Himalayas along the banks of river Ganga offers spa treatments influenced by the characteristics of the mighty river. Think sensitivity, calm, energy, generosity and strength.  SM

Santiniketan, West Bengal

Go for : The Baul Festival, art, culture and Rabindranath Tagore

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Santiniketan, home to the acclaimed Viswa Bharati University and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, is a hub of literature, art and culture in West Bengal. This prestigious university, set up by Tagore in 1921, was an extension of the ashram and school started by his father Maharishi Debendranath Tagore. Envisioned as a space of learning, scholarship and propagation of the arts, the university is the green heart of the town of Bolpur and it is surrounded by the idyllic surrounds of the Birbhum countryside, complete with picturesque rivers, red earth and forests of mango, sal and golden acacia trees. Its history and heritage structures are likely to be inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2023. These include the stunning Kanch Mandir, a prayer hall made of Belgian glass and the Kala Bhavana or fine arts faculty with sculptures, frescos and murals by its illustrious faculty including modern Indian art and sculpture pioneers Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij. Unhurried tours on foot or cycle rickshaw allow visitors to take it all in and stop for an occasional tea break at any of the charming cafes in the area. Apart from Tagore’s own enterprise and its legacy in his poetry and songs, Santiniketan also straddles the region’s folk culture, food and craft – from baul musicians to local food and cotton weaving – all of which are showcased in community-run spaces and weekly fairs or haats under the trees. Visit between winter and spring to participate in the Poush mela (December), the Baul mela (January) and the Basanta Utsav (March) – where songs reverberate through the land and men and women dance in joyous celebration.  DK

Go for : New hotels, cherry blossoms, music and food festivals

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

If you consider nature a luxury, there was never a dearth of luxury in Shillong. The Meghalayan capital, with its pink winter and green trekking trails, holds an abundance of wild escapades. But to add to that, the state-owned Crowborough Hotel also opened its doors as Vivanta Meghalaya in September 2022. Being Meghalaya’s first five-star property, this hotel is the state’s first take on a luxury getaway. The next big thing on the cards is the opening of Courtyard by Marriott next year. Travellers will now have a host of stay options for when they visit to explore the city’s indie rock scene or wild forests. While you’re here, catch the Shillong Autumn Festival as the banks of Umiam Lake turn into a hub of local food, crafts and music, and watch the landscape bloom with flowers at the Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival. Save an extra day and drive 20 km to Umbir, where every November, the eco-friendly Hills Festival presents an opportunity to camp under the stars, learn about local foraging and feast on local cuisine.  RG

Tons Valley, Uttarakhand

Go for : Idyllic mountain views and a truly local experience

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

After setting up an online shop in 2020 to enable city dwellers to buy produce like fresh apples and kidney beans from farmers based in rural Uttarakhand, the Tons Shop is under threat, due to a rise in shipping prices. One way to help bring capital back to the locals in the idyllic rolling hills and lush green valleys of Uttarakhand is to sign up for a trail of Tons, organised by Tons Trails , a social enterprise promoting sustainable tourism in the region. In the spring, instead of crowding Dehradun, tourists can follow nomads into mystical grasslands, drink from glacial streams and learn about seasonal flowers and medicinal plants via a tour led by locals.  SM

Udupi, Karnataka

Go for : a new pet-friendly homestay, birdwatching and untouched beaches

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Most people would associate the word "Udupi" with India's many Udupi restaurants—a genre of restaurants across Indian cities serving South Indian classics like idlis, vadas, dosas and more. But there's a lot more to the region in Karnataka. About an hour's drive from Mangaluru, Udupi is home to several vibrant temples, the most popular of which is the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. In 2022, travelling pet parents Priyanka Jena and Tanveer Taj set up Praana Experience , their three-bedroom homestay, on a parcel of land right by the sea in the district. The homestay also has a studio home that recently opened for long-term rentals. You're welcome to bring your pets, of course, and there are chirping birds and sounds of sea waves to keep you company. An observatory within and a forest close by allow for some quiet birdwatching and you could spot hornbills and peacocks. There are more than a few beaches to explore – Maravanthe, Mattu and Malpe are closest – and most are crowd-free and pristine.  AA

India’s luxury trains

Go for : a timeless travel experience

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After a temporary halt due to Covid-19, two of India’s most luxurious trains are set to be back in action. The carriages of Rajasthan’s Palace on Wheels, launched in 1982, were once those of the maharajas and nizams. The eight-day journey starts in Delhi and takes you to all the best sights of Rajasthan, from the palaces of Udaipur and Jaipur to the nature and wildlife of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, before heading to Agra for the iconic Taj Mahal. The Deccan Odyssey, which is likely to restart operations in 2023, is counted among the world’s most opulent trains. Pick from six-week-long journeys that go through Maharashtra, Ranthambore National Park, Goa, Hyderabad, Gujarat or Agra. You will, of course, be well taken care of onboard both trains, at the massage centres, bars and restaurants.  AA

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S erene temple towns and buzzy modern cities, thrilling wildlife safaris and lazy backwater cruises, crumbling ancient ruins and refurbished heritage mansions — the contrasts in India are myriad and mind-boggling. Given its multi-faith make-up, spirituality is ubiquitous, from sacred sites devoted to a multitude of deities to a chock-a-block calendar of colourful festivals. And then there’s the food — flavours, textures and spices that seem to change every hundred miles you travel. Whether you’re indulging in elaborate thalis or scarfing street food rustled up on the spot, your taste buds are in for a treat.

The crush of humanity, the noise and the chaos may confound first-time visitors (and even veteran travellers) but you’ll get the best out of India if you go with the flow and embrace the unpredictability of this incredible country. Here’s our pick of the best places to visit in India.

Main photo: sunrise on the Ganges at Varanasi (Alamy )

Visitors at the Taj Mahal (Alamy)

1. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The magical lure of the Taj Mahal makes Agra an essential stop on India ’s Golden Triangle tourist circuit. But it’s by no means the only attraction — the massive red sandstone Agra Fort and the stirring Akbar’s Mausoleum are both worth a visit, as is Kinari Bazaar for everything from clothes and shoes to spices and marble curios. Don’t miss the city’s signature sweet petha (candied ash gourd).

Where to stay Just 600m from the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas has arguably the best view in the city.

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Sikh devotees at the Golden Temple in Amritsar (Alamy)

2. Amritsar, Punjab

Pay your respects at the serene Golden Temple, Sikhism’s most revered shrine, and then visit Jallianwala Bagh, a poignant reminder of India’s freedom struggle, part of which is also evocatively captured at the nearby Partition Museum. Later, head to Amritsar’s old-city bazaars to gorge on parathas and kulchas (assorted flatbreads) at one of the many dhabas and top it off with a tall glass of creamy lassi (sweetened yoghurt drink).

Where to stay Built around a colonnaded mansion, Welcomhotel Amritsar blends old-world charm with sophisticated facilities.

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3. Bangalore, Karnataka

One of the major cities in South India, what Bangalore lacks in big-ticket attractions it makes up for with an eclectic eating, drinking and shopping scene. Malls abound, as do craft breweries, restaurants and cafés, especially in cool districts such as Indiranagar and Koramangala. The “Garden City” also has plenty of green respite, be it Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Lumbini Gardens and more.

Where to stay With 281 luxurious rooms and suites, the Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru is a sprawling new addition to the city’s skyline.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai (Alamy)

4. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Despite its cosmopolitan garb, Chennai remains a traditional city, dotted with multiple rainbow-coloured temples — Kapaleeshwarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the most popular. Swing by the Government Museum to see a superb collection of South Indian bronzes and then take a sunset promenade along Marina beach, the world’s second longest urban beach; don’t miss sampling bajji (vegetable fritters) from one of the shacks.

Where to stay The palatial ITC Grand Chola is home to Avartana, one of the best southern Indian restaurants in the country.

Traditional clothes on sale in Jodhpur (Getty Images)

5. Jodhpur, Rajasthan

With its tangle of medieval streets lined with indigo houses, the “Blue City” of Jodhpur paints a pretty picture. Add the mighty Mehrangarh Fort presiding over it from a rocky hilltop and you get an idea of the past glory of the Rajputs. Don’t miss Umaid Bhawan Palace, part luxury hotel and part museum, still occupied by descendants of the former royal family.

Where to stay A stately private home turned boutique hotel, the Rohet House is known for its bespoke experiences.

Chinese fishing nets in Kochi (Getty Images)

6. Kochi, Kerala

Sitting pretty on the Malabar Coast, Kochi (especially its old town Fort Kochi) is a delightful mishmash of Portuguese, Dutch, British Raj and indigenous influences. Stroll around and see the 450-year-old Pardesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace and the Instagram-worthy Chinese fishing nets. Time your visit to coincide with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (usually December-March) to get a taste of contemporary Asian art.

Where to stay Step back in time at Forte Kochi, a Portuguese-era mansion turned boutique hotel with 27 colonial-style rooms.

Mullick Ghat Flower Market in Calcutta (Getty Images)

7. Calcutta, West Bengal

Calcutta may be one of the major metropolises in India, but it seems to move at a slower pace. As the former capital of British India, it retains plenty of colonial-era architecture including the Victoria Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral. The striking Howrah Bridge is a city icon and its busy markets like New Market and Mullick Ghat Flower Market are unmissable.

Where to stay The Corner Courtyard is housed in the mansion of a former zamindar (landowner) and has seven uniquely designed rooms with antique furnishing.

8. Leh, Ladakh

With jagged snow-capped peaks, azure lakes and colourful monasteries, Ladakh is one of the most spectacular regions in northern India. Its charming capital, Leh, is dotted with whitewashed houses and stupas and dominated by the 17th-century Leh Palace. Visiting a Buddhist monastery is a must-do — Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis are closest to Leh, and the latter hosts the colourful Hemis festival (usually in July).

Where to stay Wake up to views of the Stok Range at Ladakh Sarai, a luxury resort built in the traditional Ladakhi style and architecture.

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Statues in the Nyinmapa Buddhist monastery in Manali (Alamy)

9. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is a picturesque hill station in North India surrounded by forests and majestic mountains with the River Beas flowing through it. Visit the 16th-century Hidimba Devi Temple and then saunter down Mall Road to shop for local handicrafts and curios. Manali is also a good base for many adventure activities such as trekking, rafting, paragliding and skiing.

Where to stay Book a cosy stay at Urvashi’s Retreat, which offers chalet-style rooms and traditional Himachali food.

Mumbai Harbour (Alamy)

10. Mumbai, Maharashtra

The most cosmopolitan city in India, Mumbai is home to heritage architecture such as the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Banganga, Khotachiwadi and more. Most of the action revolves around the cultural and art precinct of Kala Ghoda and the cool neighbourhood of Bandra, with its trendy bars and restaurants. Don’t miss a promenade along the iconic Marine Drive as you gaze upon the Arabian Sea.

Where to stay Book a room in the heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Palace.

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The Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi (Alamy)

India’s capital city is steeped in history. Mughal-era architecture — including the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and Qutb Minar — rub shoulders with colonial-era parliament buildings. From the chaos of Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place to the serenity of Lodhi Garden and Sunder Nursery, the multiple worlds of Delhi collide and coexist, held together by some of the best food you’ll find in India.

Where to stay A luxurious urban oasis with an outstanding spa, the Lodhi brings much-needed respite in the heart of Delhi.

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Fontainhas, Panaji’s Latin Quarter (Alamy)

12. Panaji, Goa

Possibly the most popular destination in India, Goa is all about sun, sea, and sand. Panaji’s Latin quarter of Fontainhas, with its Portuguese architecture, eclectic cafés and boutiques and grungy bars, is a must-visit. Don’t miss the glorious 17th-century Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the quirky Mario Gallery dedicated to one of India’s most beloved cartoonists, Mario de Miranda.

Where to stay The beachfront Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa has 142 terracotta-roofed suites and villas spread over 28 acres of landscaped gardens.

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The evening Ganga aarti ceremony on the Ganges in Rishikesh (Alamy)

13. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

The spiritual city of Rishikesh set on the River Ganges is dotted with numerous ashrams with yoga and meditation retreats. The nightly Ganga aarti (river worship), accompanied by beating drums, melodic chants, and hundreds of diyas (earthen lamps) floating down the river, is a sight to behold. For the more adventurous, there’s white-water rafting and trekking in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Where to stay The Glasshouse on the Ganges comes with a temperature-controlled infinity pool, an open-air yoga pavilion and the flagship Spa by Forest Essentials.

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Paying homage to Gandhi at his birthplace in Porbandar (Alamy)

14. Porbandar, Gujarat

There’s no doubting the headline attraction at this northwestern port. In 1869, father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was born here in a three-storey house, one which tourists and devotees can now visit. A swastika (symbol of “wellbeing” in the ancient language of Sanskrit) supposedly marks the precise spot of conception, while other rooms contain photos documenting Gandhi’s life. About 60 miles up-coast stands the ancient Hindu pilgrimage hub of Dwarka, where an elaborately carved temple contains a black marble idol of Lord Krishna. Closer still is Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, where lions and blackbucks patrol hilly forests.

Where to stay Affordable and contemporary in style, the beachside Lords Inn is a dependable bet for a comfortable stay.

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The Rumi Darwaza gate in Lucknow (Alamy)

15. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow was the scene of a renowned siege during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, in which the British defied rebels during two sustained offensives, before eventually abandoning the city; the British Residency remains well preserved. Nowadays it is a genteel, attractive city famed for its smoky Awadhi cuisine: kebabs, paya (lamb-trotter stew) and revadi (sesame brittle with ghee and sugar).

Where to stay The white-walled Iebua Lucknow hotel has 41 bungalow rooms accessed via art deco courtyards, plus a pool and three restaurants.

An ice-cream vendor on the beach at Puducherry (Alamy)

16. Puducherry

A distinct French flavour persists in this former settlement, which was occupied until the 1960s, and union territory. Also characterised by sumptuous beaches, “Pondy” (the old name is Pondicherry) includes a bevy of glorious Gallic-style villas and café-lined cobblestone streets; it all adds up to a quaint, daydreamy atmosphere. Try and leave time for a scuba-diving trip out into the surrounding Bay of Bengal during your stay.

Where to stay Check into the seafront Palais de Mahe, with its banana-yellow walls and Indian-European fusion cuisine.

Bathers in the Ganges at Varanasi (Alamy)

17. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

There’s nowhere like Varanasi. This is where deceased Hindus are cremated beside the sacred Ganges; following incense-heavy dedications, the dead are sent off on a final voyage upriver. Around Dashashwamedh Ghat, magical evening aarti rituals also honour Lord Shiva and the universe. Sunrise boat cruises are a good option to escape the hurly-burly, as is peeking inside some of the 2,000 or so temples. With madcap traffic, full-on smells and touts aplenty, Varanasi isn’t always a delightful experience — but you’ll always remember it.

Where to stay A restored riverside palace, the BrijRama Palace hotel lies nearer to the headline Dashashwamedh and Manikarnika ghats than its high-end rivals.

Cameleers in the Jaisalmer desert (Alamy)

18. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The honey-gold sandstone Jaisalmer Fort rises like a mirage from the desert sands, a 12th-century citadel with 99 bastions. Some 3,000 people reside within its walls and its narrow winding lanes are lined with elaborate Jain temples and havelis . The Sam Sand Dunes (25 miles outside the city), though picturesque, are usually thronged with tourists on camel safaris.

Where to stay The majestic Suryagarh, in the heart of the Thar Desert, provides a truly royal experience within a sprawling fortress.

Boats on the Kerala backwaters at Alappuzha (Alamy)

19. The backwaters, Kerala

An hour along the Malabar Coast from Kochi by train, Alappuzha (which everyone still calls Alleppey, its old British name) is the place from which most cruises set off onto Kerala’s backwaters: a maze of increasingly narrow rural canals bursting with birdlife and local colour. The best way to explore is by floating along and staying overnight in houseboats, stopping for refreshment at toddy shops or to photograph the prettiest paddy fields. Best of all, charter a smaller craft for several days so you can escape the main hordes.

Where to stay Ayana Houseboats’ two-person vessel makes stops upon request and serves zesty Keralan cuisine.

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The Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of the Wind”, in Jaipur (Alamy)

20. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is replete with royal palaces and historic forts, many of them in terracotta hues that have given it the moniker the “Pink City”. The City Palace and Hawa Mahal are must-sees, as is Amber Fort on the outskirts of the city. Just 120 miles away from Jaipur is Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places for a tiger safari in India.

Where to stay In the bustling jewellers’ bazaar, the Johri is a 19th-century merchant’s haveli (mansion) restored into a striking boutique hotel.

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15 Best Places To Visit In India, According To Travel Experts

From kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of goa, these are some of the best and most beautiful places to visit in india..

By: Margot Bigg Published: Feb 08, 2024 04:00 PM IST

15 Best Places To Visit In India, According To Travel Experts

As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveller to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights. “If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specialises in helping international travellers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”

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

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

Best places to visit in India according to travel experts

Places to visit in India

Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and (give visitors) a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo.

While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi , celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene. The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

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Kashmir valley

On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland. Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something.

At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centrepiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don’t leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting.

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Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterised by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season , but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city.

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Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh’s unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

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Rishikesh, uttarakhand.

Rishikesh

On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travellers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centres that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here.

Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honour of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers’ favourite international spas in 2023.

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Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognised global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of “realising human unity,” beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it’s home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual centre — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir .

However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored “ Better to Have Gone ” and “ India Becoming ,” puts it: “Come to Auroville if you’re interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion.”

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Andaman Islands

Andaman Island

Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach, which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters.

Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You’ll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits.

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

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Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal

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

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Jaipur, Rajasthan

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

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur

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

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Udaipur, Rajasthan

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

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

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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

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CST Mumbai

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

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India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it’s started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife.

It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognised churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot, where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is a popular coffee producing hill station. It is 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....

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Nestled amidst Nilgiri hills, Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a top-rated tourist destination. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company, the Queen of the hills is a picturesque getaway.

19. Rishikesh

19 out of 100 Places to visit in India 53 Tourist attractions

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga River, Rishikesh is a small town in the Dehradun district, located close to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh (also called as Hrishikesh) is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, popular ca...

20. Kodaikanal

20 out of 100 Places to visit in India 35 Tourist attractions

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. A Lakeside resort town of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has a beautiful climate, mist-covered manicured cliffs and waterfall that come together to create the ideal setting for a perfect getaway. Kodaik...

21. Mcleodganj

21 out of 100 Places to visit in India 42 Tourist attractions

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations for it's tibetan culture, nature treks, greenery, ancient temples & monasteries, and british influence. Located in the Kangra district, it's on the outskirts of Dharamshala.Famous for being home to the Tibetan spir...

22. Nainital

22 out of 100 Places to visit in India 33 Tourist attractions

Nainital is a charming hill station located at the foothills of the Kumaon ranges in Uttarakhand. Located close to Dehradun and Delhi, it is the most visited hill station in North India. Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and the nearby places.

23 out of 100 Places to visit in India 63 Tourist attractions

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners. Situated at the height of 2200m, it was the summer capital of British India. The hill station still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian...

24 out of 100 Places to visit in India 118 Tourist attractions

The capital of India, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to Delhi University campus, Dilli has multiple personalities and is considered to be the ci...

25. Kolkata

25 out of 100 Places to visit in India 79 Tourist attractions

Kolkata, India's second biggest city, is a perpetually ongoing festival of human existence, concurrently luxurious and squalid, refined and frantic, pointedly futuristic, while beautifully in decay. A vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India's Eastern Coast, the capital of West Bengal thrive...

26. Mussoorie

26 out of 100 Places to visit in India 36 Tourist attractions

Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations located at a distance of 290 km from Delhi in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. With a backdrop of the Shivalik range of Himalayas and doon valley, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. ...

Best Time: September to June

27. Pondicherry

27 out of 100 Places to visit in India 49 Tourist attractions

Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India which is bounded by the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities an...

28 out of 100 Places to visit in India 114 Tourist attractions

Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamour and squalor, modernity and tradition. Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay - Mumbai is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles.

Best Time: October to February

29. Lonavala

29 out of 100 Places to visit in India 41 Tourist attractions

Situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavala is the most visited hill station in Maharashtra and the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, it is a popular destination for camping, trekking and other...

30. Varkala

30 out of 100 Places to visit in India 26 Tourist attractions

Varkala is a coastal town in the southern part of Kerala known for the unique 15m high 'Northern Cliff' adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Located approximately 50 kilometers north of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, Varkala offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, s...

31. Dalhousie

31 out of 100 Places to visit in India 28 Tourist attractions

Dalhousie is a popular hill station spread out over five hills in Himachal Pradesh boasting views of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar ranges. Famous for its meadows, dense forests, and waterfalls, it is especially a favourite amongst honeymooners and family vacationers.

32. Amarnath

32 out of 100 Places to visit in India 4 Tourist attractions

Amarnath, located in union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most important pilgrimage in India for the worshippers of Lord Shiva. The Amarnath cave has an enshrined Shivaling formed naturally with ice, which resembles Lord Shiva.

Best Time: May to September

33. Mount Abu

33 out of 100 Places to visit in India 21 Tourist attractions

The only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located in the Aravali range. The most important attraction, however, are undoubtedly the Dilwara temples, which is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the country.  Travellers can enjoy calm and relaxed boating in N...

34. Wayanad

34 out of 100 Places to visit in India 35 Tourist attractions

Nestled in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Wayanad in Kerala is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Situated at an altitude ranging from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level, this picturesque region is blessed with verdant forests, mist-covered hills, and glistening waterfalls, making it ...

35. Pachmarhi

35 out of 100 Places to visit in India 18 Tourist attractions

Pachmarhi is the only hill station and is the highest point in Madhya Pradesh. Pachmarhi is also often known as "Satpura ki Rani" or the "Queen of the Satpura Range". Situated at an altitude of 1,067 metres, the picturesque town is a part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to leopards ...

36. Bangalore

36 out of 100 Places to visit in India 104 Tourist attractions

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 ro...

37. Jodhpur

37 out of 100 Places to visit in India 43 Tourist attractions

Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan and the former capital of the Marwar region. It is popularly called "the Blue City" as it looks completely blue from an aerial view because of its blue walls and houses. Jodhpur is primarily famous for its temples, lakes and snacks, with the ...

Best Time: November to February

38. Jaisalmer

38 out of 100 Places to visit in India 39 Tourist attractions

Jaisalmer, a mesmerizing destination nestled in the heart of the Thar Desert, is a jewel in the crown of Rajasthan. Often referred to as the "Golden City," Jaisalmer captivates visitors with its sandstone architecture, picturesque landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. The city is adorned with...

39 out of 100 Places to visit in India 26 Tourist attractions

Ujjain, considered to be one of the holiest cities of India, is an ancient city situated on the eastern bank of the Shipra River in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain is one of the four sites for the Kumbh Mela, the largest peace-time gathering on the planet that attracts 100 million people ...

40. Hyderabad

40 out of 100 Places to visit in India 102 Tourist attractions

A city of contrasts, Hyderabad exudes an old-world charm of its own with the Old City (Charminar side), Hitech City (Cyberabad) and the other areas lying between the old and the new. The capital and the largest city of Telanaga, Hyderabad is home to stately mosques and noisy bazaars lined ...

Best Time: September to March

41. Khajuraho

41 out of 100 Places to visit in India 25 Tourist attractions

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 medi...

Best Time: July to March

42. Chennai

42 out of 100 Places to visit in India 91 Tourist attractions

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India. Located on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. This 'capital of the south', is one among the four metropolitan siblings of In...

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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.

India Gate - Delhi

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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.

Taj Mahal

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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.

Jal Mahal Jaipur

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5. Varanasi

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.

Varanasi

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6. Jaisalmer

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.

Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

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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.

Shikaras Dal Lake, 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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9. Darjeeling

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.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - Toy Train

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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.

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

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.

Kaziranga Assam

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  • 3 Days - Kaziranga National Park Tour
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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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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.

Orchha

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14. Nainital

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.

Nainital, Uttarakhand

15. Khajjiar

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.

Khajjiar, Himachal

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16. Kolkata

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.

Howrah Bridge Kolkata

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17. Amritsar

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.

Golden Temple, Amritsar

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Suggested Tour : 10 Days - Golden Triangle Tour with Amritsar (Golden Temple)

18. Cherrapunji

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.

Cherrapunji

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.

Gateway of India Mumbai

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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.

Ajanta Ellora

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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.

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22. Kanyakumari

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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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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25. Hyderabad

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.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

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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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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.

Coorg

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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.

Ray Hill, Andaman

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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.

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

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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.

Ziro

30. Lakshadweep

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

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

10. Mysore [SEE MAP]

Mysore

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

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

9. Amritsar [SEE MAP]

Amritsar

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

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

8. Ladakh [SEE MAP]

Ladakh

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

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

7. Goa Beaches [SEE MAP]

Goa Beaches

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

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

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

6. Delhi [SEE MAP]

Delhi

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

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

5. Ellora & Ajanta Caves [SEE MAP]

Ellora & Ajanta Caves

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

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

4. Varanasi [SEE MAP]

Varanasi

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

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

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

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

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

3. Kerala [SEE MAP]

Kerala

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

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

2. Agra [SEE MAP]

Agra

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

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

1. Rajasthan [SEE MAP]

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

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

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

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At a distance of 214 km from Delhi, 242 km from Jaipur, 359 km from Lucknow, 576 km from Bhopal, 847 km from Patna and 876 Km from Ahmedabad, Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the banks of River Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Agra is also among best weekend getaways near Delhi & Noida for a two day trip. Agra is one of the most popular tourist places in India and also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Uttar Pradesh . Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit , along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the World with three UNESCO World Heritage monuments - Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Red Fort. Agra was first mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where it was called Agrevana meaning the border of the forest. Sultan Sikandar Lodi (1488-1517) was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1504. After his death in 1517, his son Ibrahim Lodi continued to rule, until his defeat in the first battle of Panipat at the hands of the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1526. Agra famously became the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1658. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar, Jahangir ...

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Often called the 'Queen of Hills', Shimla is a mesmerizing hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the top hill stations in India , and among the top Himachal tourist places . It is located about 112 km from Chandigarh, and 348 km from New Delhi. Among the top hill stations in Himachal , Shimla derives its name from 'Goddess Shyamala', an incarnation of Goddess Kali. Kali Bari Temple, Annandale, Vice Regal Lodge, Jakhu Temple / Jakhu Hill, The Mall, Tara Devi Temple, Christ Church, and Kalka - Shimla Railway are some of the best tourist places in Shimla . Besides being the ultimate summer retreat it remains an ideal spot for adventure sports. Tourists can go in for the various treks to the Kullu valley, indulge in trout fishing at the Pabbar River, try skiing at the Narkanda and Kufri, and play golf at Naldehra as part of Shimla holiday packages . It is regarded as one of the most beautiful places to visit near Chandigarh .

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Often referred to as Queen of hill stations, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and among the top places to visit in Tamilnadu . Ooty is situated at a distance of 265 km from Bangalore. At an altitude of 7,440 feet, Ooty was a popular summer retreat for the British during colonial days. The rolling hills, lush green vegetation, and misty landscapes attract a large number of tourists to this hill station. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Wenlock Downs, and Rose Garden are among the must include places in Ooty tour packages . The toy train, known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands, and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the visitors on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival (Jan) and Summer Festival (May) attract crowds in huge numbers. Ooty can also be visited along with Wayanad tour packages .

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Popularly called the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan in Northern India. It is one of the famous places to visit in India , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . It is situated about 268 km from Delhi. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. Jaipur attracts numerous visitors from all over the world due to its rich heritage and culture. Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, etc. are the important places to visit in Jaipur as part of Jaipur holiday packages . Jaipur is also famous for its beautiful jewellery, fabrics, shoes, and spacious gardens. The city is also well known for its fairs and fests that are held on a grand scale. The major festivals include Kite Festival, Camel Festival, Teej, Gangaur, and Elephant Festival. The city witnesses a large number of tourists during these festivals.

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Situated at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills, the fascinating hill station of Munnar is one of the best tourist places in Kerala and among the must include places in honeymoon tour packages . It is about 120 km from Kochi, and 284 km from Trivandrum. Often referred to as the Swiss of South India, Munnar is one of the famous weekend getaways from Kochi , Coimbatore & Madurai. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Devikulam, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are among the must include places in Munnar packages . Munnar is a trekker's paradise too, which offers both soft and mountain trekking. Munnar is home to some of the world's best tea estates. The tea plants covering Munnar hills make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. It is also known for being the spice center of Kerala. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove, and nutmeg are cultivated in Munnar and its neighboring villages.

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Manali is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. About 295 km from Chandigarh, and 545 km from Delhi, it is one of the top hill stations in Himachal , and among the top places to visit near Chandigarh . Renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history, and culture, Manali is located at an altitude of 2050 m and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. Often referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods', Manali is one of the popular hill stations near Delhi . Naggar Castle, Hidimbi Devi Temple, and Rohtang Pass are among the must include places in Manali holiday packages . Manali also has many Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Enfield point, Manali Gompa, Manu Temple, Naggar Castle, Nehru Kund and Zana Waterfalls are the other famous tourist places in Manali . Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Paragliding in Manali is an unforgettable experience.

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Ajanta Caves are one of the oldest UNESCO World heritage sites in Maharashtra , and among the most prominent Maharashtra tourist places . One of the most visited ancient monuments in India, these caves are situated about 98 km from Aurangabad, 326 km from Pune, and 443 km from Mumbai. Carved between 2nd Century BC and 6th Century AD, Ajanta Caves are excavated in a horseshoe-shaped bend of rock surface nearly 76 m in height overlooking the Waghur River. The complex consists of 29 rock-cut cave monuments built during the Satavahana period and the Vakataka period. The caves at Ajanta are famous for beautiful mural paintings and sculptures that depict tales of Jatakas. The world-famous paintings at Ajanta also fall into two broad phases. The earliest is noticed in the form of fragmentary specimens in Cave 9 & 10, which are among the must-visit places as part of Ajanta holiday packages . The second phase of paintings started around the 5th - 6th centuries and the specimen of these exemplary paintings could be noticed in Cave 1, 2, 16, and 17. Various incidents from the life of Gautama Buddha and the Jataka Tales are represented and recreated on the walls of these caves. It can be visited along with Aurangabad tour packages .

8. Nainital

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Situated at the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India and among the must-include places in Uttarakhand tour packages . It is about 278 km from Dehradun, and 294 km from Delhi. Nainital is famous for its scenic mountain views and is commonly known as the Lake District of India. Situated at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake, among the must include places in your Nainital holiday packages . Nainital is a famous tourist destination of India, attracting large number of domestic and foreign tourists every year. Nainital is one of the popular hill stations near Delhi . Naina Peak, Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Mall, Raj Bhavan, High Altitude Zoo, Bhimtal and Sattal are some of the prominent tourist places in Nainital .

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Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, is one of the popular destinations in Karnataka and among the must-visit places as part of 2 day trip near Bangalore . It is about 139 km from Bangalore. With its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, Mysore is one of the top heritage sites in India . Often called the City of Palaces, Mysore still retains its old-world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions, and temples. Mysore Palace is among the must include places in your Mysore tour packages . Apart from the Mysore Palace , Chamundi Hill Temple, Mysore Zoo, Srirangapatna, and Brindavan Gardens are the most famous places to visit in Mysore. The royal city of Mysore Dussehra is known for its grand Dussehra celebrations. The month-long Dussehra celebrations, with its colorful processions, fireworks, and the beautifully lighted palace, give an enchanting look to the city. Mysore can also be visited as part of Coorg tour packages . If you are planning to visit Bandipur or Nagarhole along with Mysore, staying at Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR) properties is best way to explore ...

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Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. About 149 km from Pune, it is the wealthiest city in India with highest number of billionaires and is also one of the must include places in Maharashtra tour packages . Mumbai is more affectionately known as the city of dreams. The city is a collection of 7 islands and was named after the goddess Mumbadevi. Gateway of India , Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Elephanta Caves, Kanheri Caves, Haji Ali Darga, Siddivinayaka Temple, Juhu Beach, Marve Beach, Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Film City, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Babulnath Temple and Mount Mary Church are some of the popular places to visit in Mumbai as part of Mumbai tour packages . Mumbai is the entertainment capital as well as financial powerhouse of India. The city is also famous for fashionable clothes and imitation jewellery. Mumbai is the perfect stopover point because this city is the gateway to a plethora of tourist destinations - you can choose from ancient temples, hill stations, and historic forts for a quick weekend getaway. Alibaug, Lonavala , Mahabaleshwar, and Panchgani.

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Hampi is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River in northern Karnataka. Situated about 340 km from Bangalore & 377 km from Hyderabad, Hampi is one of the best heritage sites in India and among the must include places in your Karnataka tour packages . Hampi is an extremely significant place in terms of history and architecture as it stands within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is an open-museum of architecture, religion, and history dotted with innumerable gems that were hewed from stones. Virupaksha Temple , Vittala Temple, and Hampi Bazaar are among the must include places in your Hampi tour packages . The ruins of Vijayanagara Empire in and around the village of Hampi are spread over an area of more than 26 Sq.km. The famous Vittala Temple is located 2 km east of the Hampi Bazaar. Explore our Hampi Travel Guide for complete details on the stunning heritage city. Hampi can also be visited along with Badami tour packages .

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Fondly called the Scotland of India, Coorg is one of the top hill stations in South India and among the most popular attraction not to miss in your Karnataka holiday packages . Coorg (or Kodagu) is about 265 km from Bangalore city and takes about 6 hrs drive. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with the highest rainfall in India. Places like Raja's Seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the major attractions to be included in Coorg Holiday Packages . The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery. Explore our Coorg Travel Guide for complete details on the hill station of Coorg. Being a part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is home to three wildlife sanctuaries - the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri, and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamole, Brahmagiri, and Pushpagiri. Besides, Coorg can also be visited along with Ooty tour packages . If you are planning to visit Bandipur or Nagarhole along with Mysore, staying at Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR) properties is the best way to explore.

13. Mussoorie

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At a distance of 33 km from Dehradun, 187 km from Ambala, 197 km from Chandigarh, 278 km from Delhi, 263 km from Shimla and 310 km from Nainital, Mussoorie is a popular hill station in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. This is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the best tourist places near Delhi . Mussoorie is one of the well known tourist destination not to miss in your honeymoon trip . Kempty Falls, Camel's Back Road and Dhanaulti are among the must include places in your Mussoorie tour packages . Mussoorie is situated atop a horseshoe crest on the mountains of Garhwal at an average altitude of 1880 m. Mussoorie offers commanding views of the underlying Doon Valley and the magnificent Himalayas. The highest in the region is Lal Tibba in Landour, with a height of over 2,275 m. Mussoorie is called the gateway to the Yamunotri and Gangotri, two sacred destinations known to be the origin of rivers Ganga and Yamuna respectively. Mussoorie gets its name from the Mansoor plant that grows in abundance in this region. It was founded in 1820 by Captain Young from the British army. The British officials visited it as a getaway from the heat during summer. During ...

14. Chikmagalur

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Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is a scenic hill town situated at the foothills of Mulliyangiri range with an altitude of 3,400 feet. It is one of the best hill stations in Karnataka and among the most famous tourist places near Bangalore . Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Baba Budangiri, Hirekolale Lake, Mulliyangiri, Ayyanakere Lake, Manikyadhara Falls, Horanadu and Kemmanagundi are among the must include places in Chikmagalur Holiday Packages . Chikkamagaluru is also famous for coffee and is known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka. It is the place where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India. The climate of Chikmagalur is pleasant all year round but the best time to visit the place is from the months of September till March. Explore our Chikmagalur Travel Guide for complete details on the mighty hill station. Chikmagalur can also be visited along with Coorg packages .

15. Varanasi

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At a distance of 125 km from Allahabad, 163 km from Aurangabad, 208 km from Gorakhpur, 239 km from Rewa, 250 km from Patna, 258 km from Gaya, 321 km from Lucknow, and 327 km from Kanpur, Varanasi is an ancient city located on the banks of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is one among the most revered places of Pilgrimage in India and also one of the best places to visit in Uttar Pradesh . Also known as Kashi and Banaras, the city gets its name from two rivers Varuna and Assi. Nicknamed as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi was the seat of learning in the past. Legend has it that Lord Shiva himself established this holy city as his abode. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga sites in India and also one of the Shakti Peethas. Varanasi is an important destination among Hindus as they believe those who die in Varanasi will attain salvation. Varanasi is also a preferred site for immersing ashes of the dead in river Ganga. Performing funeral rites and cremation in the pyres are the common sights here. The holy city of Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is one of the oldest living cities of the world. The early settlements around Varanasi began in the 18th century BC according to archaeological evidence. During the time of Gautama Buddha, the city of Varanasi was the capital of the Kashi Kingdom. Lord Buddha is believed to have founded Buddhism here around 528 BCE when he gave his first sermon at nearby Sarnath. ...

16. Haridwar

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Haridwar, or Hardwar is an ancient religious city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. About 192 km from Chandigarh, and 208 km from Delhi, it is one of the must include places in Uttarakhand tour packages , and among the prominent pilgrimage sites near Delhi . Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, Haridwar, literally translated as Gateway to God, is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. It is the place where the river Ganga descends to the plains. It serves as a gateway to the Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Haridwar is also one of the well known places to visit near Chandigarh . Har-ki-Pauri is one of the most important Haridwar places to visit where thousands of people take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at Bilwa Parvat, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary are the other placesto visit as part of Haridwar packages . Haridwar is one of the venues for the famous Kumbh Mela which takes place once every 12 ...

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Shirdi is a pilgrimage town located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. About 180 km from Pune, and 258 km from Mumbai, this is one of the popular places pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the best places to visit near Aurangabad . Shirdi is home to the shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba, the star attractions of Shirdi Tour . Sai Baba, who belonged to the 20th century, is known as one of the greatest saints of India. Sai Baba visited Shirdi when he was 16 years old and stayed there until he died in 1918. Shirdi is the place where he attained his 'Samadhi' or final abode. This is one of the must include places in Maharashtra holiday packages . The Shirdi temple complex covers an area of about 200 square meters. It includes Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Chavadi, and Lendi Baug. Shirdi Temple is one of the richest temples in India with estimated donations of INR 4 billion per annum. Maruti Temple, Khandoba Mandir, Sai Heritage Village, Shanisinghnapur, and Nashik are the other Shirdi places to visit .

18. Alleppey

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Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East, Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the best places to visit near Kochi , and among the must-include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 63 km from Kochi, and 152 km from Trivandrum. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of Backwaters in Kerala . A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water, and long canals around Alappuzha make it a delightful destination. Alappuzha Beach, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Arthunkal Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Champakulam, Kuttanad, and Krishnapuram Palace are some of the famous tourist places in Alleppey . Alappuzha is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held on the Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most popular of the boat races in India, and among the must-experience things to do as part of Alleppey tour .

19. Rameshwaram

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Rameshwaram is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu as well as in India. Situated at a distance of 562 km from Chennai, the town is home to the famous Rameshwaram Temple, among the must include places in Tamilnadu Tour Packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Rameshwaram Temple is one of the Jyotirlinga temples in India, and is one of the top attractions you must visit as part of Rameshwaram tour packages . It is significant for Hindus as a pilgrimage to Banaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage to Rameswaram. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Rameswaram along with Dwarka, Puri and Badrinath form the four Char Dhams. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi , Kothandaraswamy Temple and Erwadi are some of the most visited attractions of Rameshwaram. Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world.

20. Pondicherry

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At a distance of 170 km from Chennai, 204 km from Trichy, 233 km from Tirupati, 335 km from Madurai, 639 km from Trivandrum, 578 km from Kanyakumari, 96 km from Mahabalipuram , 368 km from Bangalore and 564 km from Kochi, Pondicherry or Puducherry is a city and capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry and is one of the most popular tourist destinations you must include in honeymoon packages . It is among top 2 day trip from Bangalore and Chennai. Pondicherry is located along the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises of four coastal regions namely Puducherry, Karaikal , Mahe and Yanam. Puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe on the West Coast in Kerala . According to legend, Pondicherry was known by the name Vedapuri and this place is also believed to be the abode of the revered sage, Saint Agasthya. Pondicherry had trade relations with Rome during 1st century AD. Roman pottery excavated from Arikamedu near Pondicherry dates back to 1st century AD. Pondicherry was ruled by the Pallava dynasty in 4th century AD followed by different southern dynasties ...

21. Rishikesh

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Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttarakhand. It is one of the top pilgrimage sites near Delhi , and among the prominent places to visit in Uttarakhand . It is about 42 km from Dehradun, 201 km from Chandigarh, and 233 km from Delhi. Rishikesh is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is one of the the best places to visit near Chandigarh . Rishikesh has several famous ashrams and temples. Triveni Ghat, Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Swarganiwas Temple, and Bharat Mandir are the important Rishikesh places to visit . Rishikesh is now famous as the Yoga Capital of the World. Every year during the February month one-week-long International Yoga Festival is hosted here. One can also try several activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, and white water rafting as part of Rishikesh packages . It is also the base for several trekking trails in Uttarakhand state. Rishikesh can also be visited along with Haridwar tour packages .

22. Madurai

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Situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai is the third-largest city in Tamilnadu and one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in India . The city is situated about 209 km from Coimbatore and 464 km from Chennai. Also referred to as Athens of the East, Madhurai is the oldest continually inhabited city in the Indian peninsula, with a history dating back to the Sangam period of the pre-Christian era. Madurai was the seat of power of the Pandyan Empire. Often considered the cultural capital of Tamilnadu, Madurai is one of the top places to visit in tamilnadu . The city is very well known for Madurai Meenakshi Temple, among the most visited temple in South India tour packages . Meenakshi Temple, also known as Madurai Meenakshi, is the biggest landmark of Madurai and is one of the largest temples in India. The temple has stunning architecture and a significant testimony for Vishwakarma Brahmins for their master architecture in sculpting this temple. Along with Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal & Koodal Alagar Temple are other important places to visit as part of Madurai tour packages .

23. Udaipur

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Udaipur is a historical city and also the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. About 399 km from Jaipur, & 656 km from Delhi, it is one of the top heritage sites near Delhi , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . The city has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerizing temples, and breathtaking architecture which are the prime attractions of Udaipur packages . Udaipur is also referred to as the 'Venice of the East' and the 'City of Lakes'. The City Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli, Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sajjan Garh, Saheliyon Ki Bari, and Eklingji Temple are some prominent Udaipur places to visit . Kumbhalgarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Nathdwara, Sas-Bahu Temple, Ahar, and Ranakpur are the nearest attractions. Mewar festival and Gangaur festival are the popular festivals celebrated in Udaipur and have a unique charm. The festival of Gangaur is very significant for the women of Rajasthan. This festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music, and firework displays.

24. Jim Corbett National Park

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At a distance of 4 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, 65 km from Nainital, 232 km from Dehradun, and 261 km from Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest and most popular National Park in India. The Park acts as a protection zone for Bengal Tigers of India. It is one of the wellknown wildlife sanctuaries in India and among the best places to visit near Delhi . Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. After India's independence the park was named as Ramganga National Park but later in 1956, it was renamed after Jim Corbett - the famous hunter turned conservationist and author, who played a major role in the establishment of the national park. The area came under Project Tiger in 1973. Spread over an area of about 520 sq. km, out of which 330 sq. km forms the core area. Owing to its location in the Himalayan low lands, many streams flow through the park, supporting the diverse vegetation. The altitude of this park ranges from 360 m to 1,040 m. Jim Corbett National Park is among the must include place in your Nainital tour package . Corbett National Park is one of the best managed and protected areas in the country and attracts thousands of Indian and Foreign visitors each year. It is home to around 50 species of trees, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The park is also home to wide ...

25. Mahabaleshwar

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Perched at an altitude of 1,353 m in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is one of the popular hill stations in Maharashtra, and among the best places to visit near Pune & Mumbai. It is about 123 km from Pune, and 243 km from Mumbai. It is one of the must include places in Maharashtra tour packages . Known for its lovely views, beautiful landscapes, and pleasant weather, Mahabaleshwar is often referred to as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra . It boasts of many tourist attractions including Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Mandir, Krishnabai Temple, Lingamala Falls , and Panchgani. Several viewpoints are strategically located here to capture the panoramic views created by the majestic Sahyadri Mountains and deep valleys. Arthur's Seat, Wilson Point, Kate's Point, Elephant Head Point, and Bombay Point are some popular viewpoints you must include in Mahabaleshwar packages . Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River. Four other rivers also flow from here, before they merge into the Krishna; these are Koyana, Venna, Savitri, and Gayatri. Also, it is famous for the cultivation of strawberries and mulberries.

26. Jodhpur

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Jodhpur is the second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. About 562 km from Delhi, it is one of the top tourist places in India , and among the must include places in Rajasthan packages . Jodhpur is featuring many palaces, forts, and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. The landscape is scenic and mesmerizing that one can experience as part of Jodhpur packages . Also known as the 'Sun City', Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, the Chief of Rathore Clan in 1459 CE. Jodhpur is divided into the old city and the new city. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. The new city is located outside the structure. It is also known as 'Blue City' because of the houses around Mehrangarh Fort that are painted in blue. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mandore, Kaylana Lake and Garden, Balsamand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Siddhnath Shiva Temple, and Naini Bai ka Temple are some of the prominent places to visit in Jodhpur . The bazaars of Jodhpur are a treasure trove of tie-and-dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquer-ware, antiques, carpets, and puppets.

27. Kodaikanal

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Often referred to as the Princess of Hill stations, Kodaikanal or Kodai is one of the top tourist destinations in Tamilnadu tour packages and among the best hill stations in South India . It is located at a distance of about 469 km from Bangalore & 528 km from Chennai. At an altitude of about 7000 feet (2133 m) amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills, Kodai has several scenic places that are enjoyed by its visitors as part of Kodaikanal tour packages . Kodaikanal is not extensively commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker's Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, and Pillar Rocks are the top tourist places in Kodaikanal . Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigours of daily city life, and this hill station lets you sit back and connect with nature as you head out on biking or trekking trails or take a stroll through the vast forests surrounding the town. Dolphin's Nose, and Vattakanal are some of the top trekking places in Kodaikanal.

28. Thekkady

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala , especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated about 82 km from Munnar, 143 km from Kochi, and 211 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the must include places in Kerala tour packages . Established in the year 1950, the sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is a thick evergreen forest. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. Among the top tourist places in Kerala , Thekkady is famous for Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Sambars, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, etc. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can watch wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat from the lake. The main attraction of the sanctuary is a group of wild elephants that come to play in the lake. Thekkady offers elephant rides, jeep safari, boating in the lake, tiger trails, and forest treks. Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Anakkara, Mangala Devi Temple, Suruli Falls, and Pullumedu are the popular places to visit as part of Thekkady packages .

29. Dharamshala

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At an average altitude of 1,475 m above sea level, Dharamshala is a pristine hill station situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh , and among the most famous places to visit near Delhi . It is about 234 km from Manali, 237 km from Shimla, and 486 km from Delhi. Often called the gateway to the Kangra valley, Dharamshala is the headquarters of Kangra district and among the must-include places in Himachal tour packages . In the year 1960, Dharamshala became a temporary headquarters to His Holiness Dalai Lama. Today, it is known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, because of its large population of Tibetans and Buddhist Monasteries. The hill station of Dharamshala is covered by thick woods of oak and coniferous trees and it is enfolded on its three sides by the Dhauladhar ranges. Dharamshala packages have a lot to offer ranging from ancient temples, churches, and monasteries to museums and beautiful trekking trails. The ancient Chamunda Temple, Dalailama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Triund Hill, Norbulingka Institute, Gyuto Monastery, and Indru Nag are some of the prime tourist places in Dharamshala .

30. Gokarna

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Gokarna is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Karnataka , and among the top places to visit as part of Karnataka tour packages . It is about 514 km from Bangalore. Sri Mahabaleshwar Temple which houses the Atmalinga is one of the must-visit places as part of Gokarna holiday packages . Gokarna is considered to be the Mukti Stala, where Hindus perform funeral rites. Gokarna is also home to some of the best beaches in Karnataka including Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach. Among the beaches in Gokarna, the Om Beach is extremely popular among surfers. The beach gets its name due to the natural formation of the holy Om symbol. Explore our Gokarna Travel Guide for complete details on Gokarna. Gokarna can also be visited along with Dandeli tour packages .

31. Lonavala

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Situated at an altitude of 622 m in the Sahyadri Range, Lonavala is a beautiful hill station in the Pune district of Maharashtra. It is one of the top hill stations you must include in Maharashtra tour packages and among the best tourist places to visit near Mumbai & Pune. It is located about 67 km from Pune, and 95 km from Mumbai. Lonavala has several tourist places in the form of caves, lakes, forts and waterfalls. Lohagad Fort , Rajmachi Point, Bhushi Dam, Kune Waterfalls, Karla Caves, Tikona Fort, Visapur Fort, Bedsa Caves and Tung Fort are some of the best places to include in Lonavala tour packages . The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are the most popular monsoon getaways in India. The best time to visit Lonavala and Khandala is during the monsoon, between July - September when the scenic spots become lush green and the waterfalls are in full flow.

32. Dalhousie

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Located at an altitude of 1,970 m, Dalhousie is one of the famous hill stations in Himachal , and among the popular places to visit near Chandigarh . It is located about 319 km from Chandigarh, and 564 km from Delhi. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Dalhousie is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It is hill stations near Delhi , and among the best places to visit in Himachal . It was named after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India, who established this town as a summer retreat in 1854. The beautiful and picturesque Dalhousie is spread around five hills, known as Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah, and Bhangora. Ganji Pahadi, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, Noorwood Paramdham, Rang Mahal, Bara Pathar Temple, Hariraya Temple, St. Patrick Church, Bakrota Hills, Satdhara Falls, Village Lohali, Kalatop, and Kalatop Forest, Panchpula, Subhash Baoli, and Salooni are the top tourist places in Dalhousie . Dalhousie also offers a lot of activities for nature lovers and adventurers as part of Dalhousie holiday packages .

33. Murudeshwar

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Murudeshwar is one of the most famous places to visit in Karnataka and among the popular places of pilgrimage in Karnataka . It is about 162 km from Mangalore & 497 km from Bangalore. Murudeshwar is the abode of Lord Shiva. The temple town is famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue (123 ft) & tallest temple tower (249 feet). The sea on three sides surrounds the Murudeshwar Temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri. This is a great place to watch the sunset. Murdeshwar Beach, Kollur Temple are popular sites to visit as part of Murudeshwar holiday packages . Gokarna, Karwar, Kollur, Udupi, Jog Falls, Sirsi & Sringeri are the nearby attractions. Maha Shivaratri during February is the important festival celebrated here with much devotion and religious rituals. The best time to visit Murudeshwar is from November to February. Murudeshwar can also be visited along with Gokarna packages . Explore our Murudeshwar Travel Guide for complete details on the beautiful and sacred placce.

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Udupi is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Karnataka, and among the top places to visit near Mangalore . Located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Udupi is the land of breathtaking beauty. It is about 59 km from Mangalore, and 403 km from the city of Bangalore. Udupi is famous for Sri Krishna Temple which attracts pilgrims from all over India. This temple has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels. Apart from the temple, Malpe Beach, Kaup Beach & St Mary's Island are the top places to visit as part of Udupi holiday packages . Udupi can also be visited along with Murudeshwar packages . It is also the source of renowned Udupi cuisine, which is served all over India in the efficiently-run Udupi restaurants, famous for dosas, idlis and other snacks. The tradition of this cuisine started in the great kitchens of the Krishna Temple which serve meals in the form of prasad to the thousands of devotees who come to pray at the holy shrine. Explore our Udupi Travel Guide for complete details on the holy shrine.

35. Amritsar

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At a distance of 82 km from Jalandhar, 140 km from Ludhiana, 240 km from Chandigarh, 207 km from Dalhousie, 244 km from Patiala, 366 km from Shimla, 443 km from Srinagar and 466 km from New Delhi Amritsar is an ancient pilgrimage town and headquarters of Amritsar district in Punjab state. It is the most popular Sikh shrine in Punjab and also one of the top places of pilgrimage in India. Amritsar literally means 'the pool of nectar'. The name Amritsar is derived from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the marvelous Golden Temple. The town of Amritsar was founded in 1577 CE by Guru Ram Das, the 4th Sikh guru and the village was named as Ram Das Pura after him. Amritsar is the place where the tragic episode of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place under the British rule. It also witnessed Operation Blue Star in 1984 under the late prime minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi. Amritsar is world famous for its Golden Temple, the seat of Sikh religion. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple in Amritsar is famous for its full golden dome and is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in Punjab. Jallianwallah Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Gobindgarh Fort, Central Sikh Museum, Maharaja Ranjith Singh Museum, and Wagah Border are the other popular places to visit in Amritsar.   There are many fairs and festivals celebrated in Amritsar. One of the most famous festivals of Amritsar is Guru Nanak Jayanti held in the month of October/November. Lohri ...

36. Kanchipuram

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Kanchipuram or Kanchi is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu . It is situated at a distance of 75 km from Chennai. It is one of the most popular places to visit near Chennai . Located on the bank of the Palar River, Kanchipuram is one of the oldest cities in India and was served as the capital of the Pallava Dynasty. Kanchi is known for its temples and silk sarees which are woven manually. Kamakshi Amman Temple is the landmark of Kanchipuram, and among the most popular places to visit in Kanchipuram . Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Karchapeshwarar Temple, Sri Ekambarnathar Temple are the other prominent temples to visit as part of Kanchipuram tour packages . The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their grandeur and great architecture. Kanchipuram is a traditional center of silk weaving and handloom industries for producing Kanchipuram Sarees. In 2005, 'Kanchipuram Silk Sarees' received the Geographical Indication tag, the first product in India to carry this label.

37. Kovalam

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Kovalam is a coastal town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. About13 km from Trivandrum, and 212 km from Kochi, it is one of the most famous places to visit in Kerala . It can be visited along with Trivandrum tour packages . Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees' and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is filled with the endless sight of coconut trees offering magnificent views while approaching the beach. Often called the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is one of the wonderful places to visit near Trivandrum . Light House Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque, Samudra Beach, Eve's Beach are the must include places in Kovalam packages . There are several activities for tourists like sunbathing, swimming, catamaran cruising, herbal body massage, and cultural programs. Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

38. Ellora Caves

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An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ellora Caves are the most visited places of heritage in Maharashtra , and among the must include places in Maharashtra tour packages . Situated about 28 km from Aurangabad, 253 km from Pune, and 344 km from Mumbai. Ellora Caves is an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain Cave temples carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 10th centuries AD. Ellora is one of the prominent heritage places to visit near Mumbai . The caves have a slightly less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more exquisite sculptures. The cave complex comprises 34 caves includes 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu, and 5 Jain Caves. The central attraction at Ellora is Kailash Temple (Cave 16) , which is the most remarkable. Every year Ajanta-Ellora Festival is organized in Aurangabad to pay tribute to the legendary caves of Ellora, Ajanta, and other historical monuments in the region. Earlier the venue for this festival was Kailasa Temple of Ellora Caves but it has now been shifted to Soneri Mahal, among the must include places in Aurangabad tour packages .

39. Jaisalmer

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Lies in the heart of Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is one of the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages , and among the prominent heritage sites in India . It is situated about 278 km from Jodhpur, and 762 km from Delhi. Jaisalmer is popularly called the 'Golden City of India' because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architecture of the city provide a golden glow to the city. Jaisalmer is also quite famous for royal forts, havelis, palaces, museums, and temples that can be visited as part of Jaisalmer packages . Jaisalmer Fort, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Manak Chowk, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Tazia Tower, Gadisagar Lake, Bada Bagh, Khuri Sand Dunes, Sam Sand Dunes, and Kuldhara are some of the popular tourist places in Jaisalmer . Jaisalmer attracts a lot of tourists for its desert camel safari. A bumpy ride on a camel in the Thar Desert is one of the exciting things to do in Jaisalmer. Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri Sand Dunes are the popular dunes in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Desert Festival, a music festival held in the 2nd week of February is also hosted near Sam Sand Dunes. Jaisalmer can be visited along with Jodhpur tour packages .

40. Wayanad

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Wayanad is one of the popular hill stations in Kerala , and among the best places to visit near Kozhikode . It is about 118 km from Ooty, 246 km from Kochi, and 442 km from Trivandrum. Wayanad is a picturesque plateau nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This hill district is home to several lakes, caves, sanctuaries, and waterfalls which are the main attractions of Wayanad Packages . Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the prominent tourist places in Wayanad . Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices, and other condiments. Wayanad can be visited along with Ooty tour packages .

41. Nagarhole National Park

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Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India . Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the park is situated about 218 km from Bangalore, and is among the must include places in Karnataka Tour Packages . Spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts of Karnataka, Nagarhole got National Park status in 1988 and declared as 37th Project Tiger Reserve in 1999. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq. km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Coorg tour packages . It is situated to the north-west of Bandipur National Park . The important animals in Nagarhole are tiger, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, the hyena, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, wild boar and elephant. Bus & Jeep Safari available in the park run by forest dept from Kutta & Dhammanakatte (kabini side). Staying at Kabini River Lodge is the best way to explore the park as their package includes Jeep Safari with experienced guides.

42. Kanyakumari

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Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, Kanyakumari is one of the famous pilgrimage places to visit as part of Tamilnadu tour . It is about 242 km from Madurai and 707 km from Chennai. A place of great natural beauty, Kanyakumari is one of the popular href='/tamilnadu/best' target='_blank'>Tamilnadu Tourist Places . Swami Vivekananda is said to have been lived here for a while and meditated. Situated at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, this is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of Sunset and Moonrise simultaneously on full moon days. One of the main attractions in Kanyakumari is the Kumariamman Temple . Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekananda Rock Memorial , Gandhi Memorial, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Suchindram, Pechiparai Reservoir, Vattakottai Fort, St Xavier's Church and Udayagiri Fort are some of the top places to visit as part of Kanyakumari tour packages . Kanyakumari is also known for its spectacular beaches. Thengapattinam Beach, Sanguthurai Beach, and Chothavilai Beach are the important beaches near Kanyakumari.

43. Ranthambore National Park

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Ranthambore National Park is one of the national parks in Rajasthan , and among the popular national parks near Delhi . It is situated about 162 km from Jaipur, and 368 km from Delhi. Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1974. Ranthambore became a national park in 1981. It can be visited along with Jaipur tour packages . Spread over an area of 392 sq. km, the park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to watch the majestic predators in its natural habitat. Apart from tigers, visitors can also spot a large variety of animals including sloth bear, leopard, caracal, jackal, fox, hyena, mongoose, dainty chital, sambar deer, the blue bull antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur, and an incredible variety of birds as part of Ranthambore tour packages . Ranthambore Fort, Jogo Mahal, Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, Kachida Valley, and Rajbagh are some of the best tourist places in Ranthambore .

44. Bandipur National Park

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Bandipur National Park is one of the well preserved wildlife parks in Karnataka , and among the top places for a wildlife tour in India. Located between Mysore & Ooty, it is about 80 km from Mysore and 215 km from Bangalore. Spread across 874 sq.km, Bandipur is a part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home to around 70 tigers and over 3000 Asian elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole, gaur, sloth bears, and a variety of birdlife. Jeep Safaris and Mini Bus Safaris are arranged by the forest department. The entry point & interpretation center of the park is located in Bandipur village on Gundlupet - Ooty Road. The best time to visit Bandipur is from June to October. Staying at Bandipur Safari Lodge is the best way to explore the park as their package includes Jeep Safari into the park with experienced guides. Bandipur can also be visited along with Ooty tour packages as it lies on Bangalore - Ooty road.

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At a distance of 40 km from Manali, 500 km from Delhi, 215 km from Shimla and 258 km from Chandigarh, Kullu is the capital town of Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in Kullu Valley at an altitude of 1230 meters. Kullu Manali is one of the top summer resorts to visit as part of Himachal tour packages and among the wellknown honeymoon destination in India. Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Larji. This valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. Kullu was earlier known as Kulant pith meaning 'the ending point of inhabitable world'. The beautiful valley is also mentioned in epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Chinese traveler Huien Tsang visited Kullu in 634 or 635 AD and described it as a region completely surrounded by mountains. The place had a stupa built by Asoka. In ancient days Kullu had several Buddhist monasteries. There were Hindu temples too and people of both faiths lived peacefully together. Kullu valley is the largest valley in Kullu district. The Beas River runs through the middle of the valley. It is also called the 'Valley of the Gods' or 'Dev Bhumi'. It connects with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys ...

46. Mathura

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At a distance of 56 km from Agra, 159 km from Delhi, 419 km from Lucknow and 224 km from Jaipur, Mathura is an ancient city and also the district headquarters of Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Mathura is one of the popular tourist places near Agra and also one of the best places to visit near Delhi . Mathura is one of the seven cities (Sapta Puri) considered holy by Hindus, the other six are Ayodhya, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarka. Mathura has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India. Mathura is also one of the popular Delhi weekend getaways for 2 day trip. Mathura is located at the banks of river Yamuna and is popularly known as the Brajbhoomi, the sacred land of Lord Krishna. The Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is home to a prison cell called Garbha Griha that is believed to be the exact birthplace of Krishna. Large number of devotees visit this temple every year on Janmashtami. The city of Mathura has a rich history. In the traditional times, Mathura was an important point of culture and civilization. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, the city is mentioned in the epic, Ramayana. In the epic, the Ikshwaku prince Shatrughna slays a demon called Lavanasura and claims the land. ...

47. Alibaug

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Alibaug, or Alibag is a coastal town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. About 75 km from Lonavala, & 102 km from Mumbai, it is one of the popular places for beaches in Maharashtra , and among the must include places in Konkan Tour Packages . Located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is well known for its beautiful beaches and ancient forts that are the most visited places as part of Alibaug packages . Alibaug Beach, Kihim Beach, Akshi Beach, Mandwa Beach, Kashid Beach, Varsoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Murud Beach, Kolaba Fort, and Murud -Janjira Fort are the most popular places to visit in Alibaug . It can also be visited along with Mahabaleshwar tour packages . Alibag is one of the must include places in Maharashtra Tour Packages , especially for beach lovers.

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At a distance of 602 km from Hyderabad, 355 km from Vijayawada, 168 km from Kakinada, 203 km from Rajahmundry and 444 km from Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam (also called Vizag) is a coastal & port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is the headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and is the base for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Vizag is also one of the top places to experience Andhra Pradesh tourism . The city of Vizag , as Visakhapatnam is popularly called, derives its name from the Hindu God of valour, Visakha. The city is located beautifully among the hills of the Eastern Ghats with facing towards the Bay of Bengal. According to the Archaeological records, Visakhapatnam was built by Kulotunga Chola between the 11th and 12th centuries AD. Kailasagiri, Rama Krishna Beach and Rishikonda Beach are among the must include places in your Vizag tour packages . The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to River Godavari. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism. The city was also under the rulers of Chalukya, Pallava,Vengi, ...

49. Dandeli

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Situated on the banks of the River Kali, the picturesque town of Dandeli is one of the top Karnataka tourist places . It is located about 130 km from Goa, and 462 km from Bangalore. Dandeli is quite famous for its gorgeous natural backdrop, wildlife, and adventure activities, that can be experienced as part of Dandeli tour packages . Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka . Dandeli is one of the top white Water Rafting destinations in India. Kayaking, water rafting, and canoeing trips on the Kali River are some of the things one can indulge in Dandeli. Sathodi Falls, Syntheri Rocks, and Kavala Caves are the other important places to visit in Dandeli . Explore our Dandeli Travel Guide for complete details on the stunning scenic place. Dandeli can also be visited along with Goa tour packages and Gokarna Packages.

50. Chidambaram

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Chidambaram is a pilgrimage town in Tamil Nadu. Well known for Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram temple is one of the most celebrated shrines in South India and also one of the famous Tamilnadu places to visit . It is about 66 km from Pondicherry, and 217 km from Chennai. Also known as Thillai, the town is known for the Thillai Nataraja Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built during the 11th century, Chidambaram Nataraja Temple has a great religious as well as historic and cultural significance. This is one of the Panchabhoota Stalas signifying the five elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram). Thillai Kaali Amman Temple, Pichavaram , Sattanathar Temple, Bhuvanagiri, Parangipettai, Annamalai University, Kollidam (river) and Poompuhar are the other prominent places to visit as part of Chidambaram tour packages . Brahmotsavam, Ani Thirumanjanam, Thai Poosam and Arudra Dharshan are some of the Nataraja Temple festivals that attract large crowds from far and nearby places. Natyanjali Dance Festival is a major festival held in February. Many eminent dancers give their performances during this festival.

51. Vrindavan

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At a distance of 13 km from Mathura, 70 km from Agra, 155 km from Delhi, 400 km from Lucknow and 235 km from Jaipur, Vrindavan is a holy town situated on the banks of Yamuna River in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is also among the sacred places to visit near Delhi for a 2 day weekend trip and also one of the popular places to visit near Agra . Vrindavan is a major pilgrimage center for the Hindus and one of the oldest cities in the country. The holy town of Vrindavan has a very rich history associated with the Hindu god Lord Krishna. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a great devotee of Lord Krishna is credited with rediscovering of Vrindavan. The place was later developed by various kings of the region. The name Vrindavan is derived from the words vrinda meaning tulsi (or basil) and van meaning grove and most likely refers to the two small groves at Nidhivan and Seva Kunj. While Seva Kunj is believed to be the place where Krishna performed Raaslila with Radha and the Gopikas, Nidhivan is said to be the place where the divine couple rested. The place is also one of the Shaktipeeths, named Bhuteshwar Mahadev. The place is believed to have been the site where the hair of Devi Sati fell. Vrindavan is also one of the most prominent sites for ISKCON, ...

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At a distance of 64 km from Nainital, 50 km from Ranikhet, 357 km from Dehradun, and 364 km from Delhi, Almora, a scenic hill station in the Almora district is a famous hill resorts in Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 1,651 m, amidst the southern part of the Kumaon Hills. It is a one of the popular hill stations near Delhi and also of one of the top Tourist places in Uttarakhand . Almora is located on a 5 km long horse shoe shaped ridge, the eastern portion of which is called the Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. The Kosi and Suyal rivers run alongside the town adding to the beauty of the place. Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The town got its name from kilmora, a short plant found in nearby region, which was used for washing the utensils of Katarmal Temple. The people bringing kilmora were called Kilmori and later Almori and the place came to be known as Almora. Almora is one of the top attractions you must include in Nainital packages . Almora was founded in 1568 by Kalyan Chand during the rule of the Chand dynasty. Prior to that the region was under the control of Katyuri King Bhaichaldeo and he has donated part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. In the days of the Chand Kings it was called Rajapur and was also mentioned ...

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Nashik or Nasik is the third-largest city by population in Maharashtra. Situated about 182 km from Mumbai, and 211 km from Pune, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra , and among the famous places to visit near Mumbai . Situated at an altitude of 700 m, Nashik is famous for its numerous temples that can be visited as part of Nashik Tour Packages . Panchavati, Someshwar, Ram Kund, Muktidham Temple, Coin Museum, Pandavleni Caves, Sinnar, Anjaneri, and Trimbakeshwar are some of the popular places to visit in Nashik . Nashik also holds Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering held once every 12 years. A large number of pilgrims, sadhus, and holy men attend this magnificent fair and take bath in the holy river Godavari. Apart from its religious importance, Nashik has numerous vineyards that dot the countryside and is known as the wine capital of India. Nashik can be visited along with Shirdi Tour Packages .

54. Chittorgarh

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Chittorgarh or Chittaurgarh is a historical city and municipality located on the banks of river Gambhiri and Berach in Rajasthan, India. About 117 km from Udaipur, and 620 km from Delhi, it is one of the top heritage places in Rajasthan , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . Chittorgarh is the former capital of the Sisodia dynasty of Mewar, and this fascinating destination can be visited along with Udaipur packages . Chittorgarh is mainly known for its beautiful forts and temples. The Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and among the prime places to visit as part of Chittorgarh packages . Kirti Stambh, Padmini's Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Vijaya Stambh, Gaumukh Reservoir, Kalika Mata Temple, Meera Temple, Shyam Temple are some of the prominent tourist places in Chittorgarh . Gangur and Jauhar are the popular festivals celebrated in Chittorgarh, followed by other festivals like Diwali and Holi.

55. Tirupati

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At a distance of 71 km from Chittoor, 413 km from Vijayawada, 556 km from Hyderabad, 763 km from Vizag, 134 km from Chennai and 259 km from Bangalore, Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. It is often referred as a synonym to Tirumala (called as Tirumala Tirupati), which is a sacred temple town famous for Sri Venkateswara Temple also known as Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Tirupati along with Chandragiri is an ideal Chennai getaways for a two day trip and also one of the top Andhra Pradesh tourist places . Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage sites in India. Tirumala, the home of Lord Venkateswara is at a distance of 22 km from Tirupati. However, Tirupati is the town and transport hub to Tirumala at the bottom of the hill. The initial temple at Tirumala was built by the Tamil king Thondaimaan. The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century), Cholas of Tanjore (10th century), Pandyas of Mathura and Vijayanagara Kings (14th & 15th centuries) regularly visited the temple and contributed largely to the temple. Especially, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagara Empire contributed a lot to the temple. Now the temple is under the maintenance of TTD. Spread over an area of 450 sq. km, Tirupati offers a magnificent ...

56. Kumarakom

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Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous places to visit near Trivandrum for Kerala backwaters, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 56 km from Kochi, 36 km from Alleppey, and 164 km from Trivandrum. Kumarakom is a special tourism zone in Kerala due to the special ecology of the place. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumaramangalam Temple, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula, and Erumeli are the popular tourist places in Kumarakom . The major sightseeing option at Kumarakom is a boat cruise in the backwaters of Vembanad and is an amazing experience for every traveler to Kumarakom. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuar is a noted bird sanctuary where one can see many species of migratory birds as part of Kumarakom packages . It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. It is also famous for Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, and swimming. Kumarakom is the venue for Sree Narayana Jayanthi Boat Race held in September during Onam festival.

57. Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram, also called Mamallapuram is one of the must-visit weekend getaways from Chennai for one day trip. About 57 km from Chennai, it is one of the UNESCO heritage site in Tamil Nadu and one of the best places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism . Famous for its Shore Temple built in 7th century, Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram . It is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture and tradition. The famous Arjuna's Penance, the Krishna Mandapa, Thirukadalmallai temple, Cholamadal Artist's Village, Mahabalipuram Beach, Tiger Cave and Crocodile Bank are the must include places in Mahabalipuram tour packages . One of the prominent festivals celebrated here is the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, which is organized by the Department of Tourism every year from December - January. Mahabalipuram is one of the best places to include in your Pondicherry tour packages .

58. Athirapally Waterfalls

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Athirapally Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in India and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is situated about 73 km from Kochi, 100 km from Munnar, and 269 km from Trivandrum. Formed over Chalakudy River, Athirapally is one of the scenic waterfalls in Kerala that drops down from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In the monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Valparai, and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearby places to visit during your Athirapally trip . It also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc. It is one of the best waterfalls near Kochi . The forest that surrounds Athirapally Falls is also the natural habitat of different species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, and bison. The falls can be visited as part of Kochi tour packages .

59. Thanjavur

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Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore, is one of the popular places of href='/tamilnadu/heritage' target='_blank'>heritage in Tamilnadu as it has a rich historical heritage and is a prism of ancient as well as the modern south Indian civilizations. It is situated about 170 km from Madurai, and 326 km from Chennai. Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, it is one of the top places to visit as part of Madurai tour packages . The city was once the stronghold of the historic Cholas. Since then, Thanjavur has been one of the chief political, cultural and religious centers of South India. Thanjavur is famous for the Brihadeeswarar Temple built by Rajaraja Chola in the year 1010 AD. Also known as the Big Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and among the most important heritage sites in India. The temple is considered to be one of the best specimens of South Indian temple architecture and among the must-visit places as part of Thanjavur tour packages . Apart from Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur and the surrounding areas have several important tourist attractions like Thanjavur Palace, Kumbakonam , Darasuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Thiruvaiyaru, Thirubuvanam, etc.

60. Ganpatipule

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Ganpatipule is a small pilgrimage & beach town on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in India. About 307 km from Pune, and 345 km from Mumbai, it is one of the top places to visit near Kolhapur , and among the must include places in Maharashtra packages . Ganpatipule is mainly known for its 400 years old Ganapati Temple which is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule holiday packages . The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith that was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Devata'. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect. Ganpatipule can be visited as a day trip along with Mahabaleshwar tour packages . Besides, Ganpatipule has some of the most spectacular beaches that can be visited along with Konkan packages . It is an ideal getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. Jaigad Fort, Prachin Konkan Museum, Arey Ware Beach, Guhagar Beach, and Velneshwar are the other prominent places to visit in Ganpatipule .

61. Tiruchirappalli

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Situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, Tiruchirappalli or Trichy is the 4th largest city in Tamilnadu and among the must include places in Tamilnadu tour packages . It is located about 133 km from Madurai and 334 km from Chennai. Tiruchirappalli is home to numerous historical monuments and temples that attract tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the country throughout the year. The city played a critical role in the Carnatic Wars (1746-1763) between the British and the French East India companies. Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in South India is situated near Trichy. Rockfort Temple, Jambukeshwar Temple , Uraiyur, Mariamman Temple, Government Museum and the St John's Church are some of the top places to visit as part of Trichy tour packages . Tiruchirappalli is internationally known for a brand of cheroot known as the Trichinopoly cigar. The city is very popular for its cigars, handloom saris and stone-studded jewelry, Pith models, and cheroots. According to the National Urban Sanitation Policy (2010), Tiruchirappalli was one of the ten cleanest cities in India.

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Often referred to as 'The Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi or Cochin is the financial capital of Kerala. It is situated about 190 km from Coimbatore, and 204 km from Trivandrum. Kochi is one of the prime places to visit as part of Kerala tour packages . Kochi packages are admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture, churches, and beaches. Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, St. George Ferona Church - Edappally, Matancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, and Fort Kochi Beach are some of the prominent Kochi tourist places . Kochi is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. This city is home to Cochin Jewish Synagogue , the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, as well as numerous old churches and temples.

63. Kedarnath

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At a distance of 224 km from Rishikesh, 264 km from Dehradun and 439 km from Delhi, Kedarnath is a town and a famous center of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand situated in Rudraprayag district. Kedarnath is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus and is one of the four major Places to visit in Uttarakhand known as Chota Char Dham pilgrimage that also includes Badrinath , Gangotri and Yamunotri . It lies at an altitude of 3584 m near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini. It is the most remote of the four Char Dham sites and is flanked by breathtaking snow-clad peaks. Kedarnath is named after King Kedar. According to a mythology, King Kedar ruled Kedarnath during the Satya Yuga. It is believed that the temple existed even during the time of Mahabharata. It is the place where Lord Shiva absolved Pandavas from the sin of killing their own cousins Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra. The famous Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. Other than Kedarnath temple, Bhairavnath temple, Chorabari Tal, Shankaracharya Samadhi and Hans Kund are the some other religious places near Kedarnath. Kedarnath temple is a major tourist attraction and pilgrims book their hotels way in advance. Rooms in budget hotels and dharamshalas are available under Rs 500 ...

64. Badrinath

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At a distance of 293 km from Rishikesh, 335 km from Dehradun and 523 km from Delhi, Badrinath is an ancient holy town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 3133 m in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges along the banks of River Alaknanda near India - Tibet border. It is one of the most famous centers of pilgrimage in India and also one of the most popular Uttarakhand places to visit as part of Char Dham. Badrinath is the most important of the four sites of famous Char Dham pilgrimage; the other three being Puri, Dwarka and Rameshwaram . It is also visited as part of Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage along with Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and the Nilkantha peak, Badrinath has great mythical significance. This holy town is mentioned as Badari or Badarikashram in many ancient texts and scriptures. According to the epic Mahabharata, Badrinath is the site where Nara and Narayana, the dual forms of Vishnu, did meditation. It is also believed that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath on their way to heaven. Legend has it that Sage Vyasa authored Mahabharata at a cave in Mana, which is about 4 km from Badrinath. Badrinath is ...

65. Bikaner

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Bikaner is a vibrant desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India. About 333 km from Jaipur, and 435 km from Delhi, it is one of the famous places of heritage in India , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . Formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner, the city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486 CE. The Junagarh Fort, built during the reign of Raja Rai Singh, is the most famous fort in Bikaner and is one of the must include places in Bikaner packages . The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace are some of the other palaces in Bikaner which add to the beauty of the town and gives it a feel of the Rajput heritage. Karni Mata Temple, Rampuria Haveli, National Research Centre on Camel, Shri Laxminath Temple, and Shiv Bari Temple are the other popular tourist places in Bikaner . Bikaner is one of the most frequented desert cities of the state of Rajasthan along with Jodhpur and Jaisalmer packages . Bikaner is famous for its savory Bikaneri Bhujia and Bikaner Camel Festival.

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Situated at the confluence of Mula and Mutha Rivers, Pune is one of the most popular cities in India and the second-largest city in Maharashtra. About 161 km from Mumbai, Pune is one of the must include places in Maharashtra tour packages . Pune boasts of several historical monuments from the Maratha period and many places of tourist interest. Shaniwar Wada , Osho Ashram, Dagdusheth Ganapathi, Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Shinde Chhatri, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, National War Museum, Bund Garden, Saras Baug, Parvati Hill, Aga Khan Palace, Rajgad Fort, and Darshan Museum are the some of the prominent attractions one must visit as part of Pune tour packages . Also, Pune is considered as the cultural capital of Maharashtra and is renowned for its cultural activities such as classical music, spirituality, theater, sports, and literature. The city is also known for its IT, manufacturing and automobile industries, and prestigious educational institutions. Pune is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The 'Mercer 2015 Quality of Living' rankings evaluated local living conditions in more than 440 cities around the world where Pune ranked at 145, second in India after Hyderabad (138).

67. Srisailam

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At a distance of 160 km from Nandyal, 181 km from Kurnool, 229 km from Hyderabad, 263 km from Vijayawada and 527 km from Bangalore, Srisailam is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Lord Shiva in India and also one of the top Places to visit in Andhra . Srisailam is also one of the most popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad. Srisailam is famous for Srisailam Dam & Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctum enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna in the form of a linga protected by a three-hooded cobra. This ancient temple built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and sprawling courtyards is one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagara architecture. Though the exact origins of the temple are not available, the Satavahanas of the 2nd century AD have referred to it. The Kakatiyas and the Vijayanagara kings have made several endowments here. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi (in the form of Bhramarambika) in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind. The great religious leader Aadi Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here. Srisailam is ...

68. Trivandrum

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Also known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. About 85 km from Kanyakumari, and 204 km from Kochi, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala . The city derives its name from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, among the must include places in Trivandrum packages . Located on the west coast of India, Trivandrum is famous for its enchanting tourist spots including internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam , historic monuments with Gothic architecture, lakes/backwaters, unexplored mountain ranges, etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science, and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Happyland Amusement Park, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Trivandrum . Trivandrum is a popular medical tourism destination as there are more than a hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city. It is also considered as one of the cleanest cities in India, and among the most popular tourist places to visit near Kochi .

69. Kumbakonam

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Kumbakonam is an ancient temple town located amidst the two rivers Cauvery and Arasalar in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. About 235 km from Madurai, and 282 km from Chennai, it is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu , and among the popular places to visit near Chennai . Kumbakonam is known for its temples and mutts (monasteries). There are around 188 Hindu temples within the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Adi Kumbeswarar Temple , Nageswaraswamy temple and Kasi Viswanathar temple are the prominent temples to visit as part of Kumbakonam tour packages . Sarangapani temple is the largest Vaishnava shrine present in Kumbakonam. Patteeswaram, the Oppiliappan Kovil, the Swamimalai Murugan temple and the Airavateeswarar Temple are the other temples located in the vicinity of Kumbakonam. The town is well - known for its prestigious educational institutions and carved Panchaloha idols, silk products, brass, and metal wares. The important festival of Kumbakonam is the Mahamaham festival. It takes place once in 12 years during the Tamil Month of Masi (February/March) and lakhs of pilgrims visit Kumbakonam and takes a holy bath in the sacred Mahamaham Tank.

70. Sabarimala

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Sabarimala is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Kerala . Situated about 70 km from Pathanamthitta, this temple is one of the oldest temples in India, with a history of more than 5000 years old. Regarded as one of the popular places to visit in Kerala , Sabarimala temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, and is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa here. The pilgrimage season begins in the month of November and ends in January (the temple remains closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of each Malayalam month). The devotees following Ayyappa Vratam (Ayyappa Maala - a 41 days Vratam with strict restrictions) carry Irumudi Kettu containing traditional offerings to the Lord. Mandalapooja (Nov17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan 14th) are the important events of the temple. Makara Jyothi (a celestial star) appeared on Jan 14th is the most crowded occasion of this temple that one must witness as part of Sabarimala packages . Sabarimala temple has no restrictions on caste and religion. The temple is open to males of all age groups, but women between 10-50 years of age are NOT allowed into the temple. Pamba, Erumeli, and Malikappurathu Amma Temple are some other Sabarimala places to visit .

71. Bangalore

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Nicknamed as the Garden City of India, Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is the 5th largest city in India, and among the top places to visit in Karnataka . It is one of the fastest growing industrial and commercial centers in India. It is often referred as Silicon Valley of India due to large number of software companies established in the city. Bangalore is one of the ideal places for those planning to visit south India with many attractions in the form of heritage palaces, gardens, museums, temples, etc. Lalbagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bangalore Palace , Bannerghatta National Park, and Vishveswaraiah Museum, are the some of the must include places in Bangalore tour packages . Explore our Bangalore Travel Guide for complete details on the capital city of Karnataka. Bangalore is the perfect stopover point, because this city is the gateway to a plethora of South Indian tourist destinations - you can choose from ancient temples, jungles, historic sites to even scenic countrysides for a quick weekend getaways. Coorg, Mysore , Chikmagalur, Wayanad and Ooty are the top weekend getaways from Bangalore .

72. Shivanasamudra Falls

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Shivanasamudra is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore and also among popular one day trip from Bangalore . It is about 130 km from Bangalore. Shivanasamudra is a segmented waterfall with several parallel stream formed adjacent to each other. Situated on River Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka . The island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two parts that form two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Gaganachukki includes a huge horsetail shaped waterfall dropping from a height of 90 m and two large parallel streams that cascade down through a rocky bed from a height of over 320 feet. Asia's first hydroelectric power station was set up in the downstream of the falls in the year 1905. Barachukki is a cascading fall with a height of 70 m forming several streams through the wide rocky formations establishing superb natural beauty. This place offers breathtaking sight in the peak monsoons. Shivanasamudra is among the must include place in your Mysore tour packages . An interesting way to watch the beauty of the waterfall is to take a coracle ride to the mouth of the magnificent waterfall.

73. Tadoba National Park

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Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve is the oldest and largest national park in Maharashtra. Situated about 29 km from Chandrapur, and 145 km from Nagpur, Tadoba is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in India and among the must include places in Maharashtra packages , especially for wildlife buffs. Established in 1955, Tadoba National Park is one of the 47 project tiger reserves in India. The total area of the tiger reserve is 1,727 Sq. km and the core area of the tiger reserve is 625.40 Sq. km. Tadoba Lake acts as a buffer between the park's forest and the extensive farmland which extends up to the Irai water reservoir. This lake is a perennial water source that offers good habitat for Mugger crocodiles to thrive. The Tadoba National Park is divided into three separate forest ranges, i.e. Tadoba north range, Kolsa south range, and Mohurli range. There are 6 entry points for this park which are Mohurli gate, Kolara gate, Kuswanda gate, Navegaon gate, Pangdi gate, and Zari gate. The park is home to 88 tigers, along with leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, chital, and chausingha. Jeep safari is one of the most popular things to do as part of Tadoba tour packages .

74. Valley Of Flowers

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At a distance of 16 km from Govind Ghat, 34 km from Joshimath, 41 km from Badrinath, 277 km from Rishikesh, 300 km from Haridwar, 318 km from Dehradun, and 518 km from Delhi, Valley of Flowers National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India located in Western Himalayas in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is perched at an altitude of 3600 m and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. Valley of Flowers is one of the best national parks in India and also among the best Tourist places in Uttarakhand for trekking enthuasists. Stretching over a vast expanse of 87.50 sq. km, the park is about 5 km long and 2 km wide. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers complements the rugged mountain of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalayas. Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi National Park, together, constitute the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The Valley of Flowers was declared a National Park in 1982 and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004. Initially known as Bhyundar Valley, the Park was discovered and renamed in 1931 by British mountaineer Frank Smith. The highest point of the park is Gauri Parbat, at an elevation of ...

75. Shravanabelagola

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Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain places of pilgrimage in Karnataka . About 83 km from Mysore, and 140 km from Bangalore, it is one of the popular places to visit near Bangalore . Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue, among the must include places in Shravanabelagola tour packages . With a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite, the statue is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world. Gomateswara temple, Odegal Basadi, Tyagada Kamba, Siddhara Basadi, Chennanna Basadi, Akhanda Bagilu, Chamundaraya Basadi, Chandragupta Basadi, Chandraprabha Basadi, Kattale Basadi, and Parshwanatha Basadi are important places to visit in Shravanabelagola . Once in 12 years, Shravanabelagola celebrates the Mahamastakabhisheka festival which attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from all over India. Shravanabelagola can also be visited along with Mysore tour packages .

76. Hogenakkal

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Hogenakkal Falls is one of the best waterfalls in India , and among the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu. It is about 146 km from Bangalore and 345 km from Chennai. Also, it is one of the major waterfalls near Bangalore . Often referred to as the 'Niagara of India', Hogenakkal is one of the wonderful places to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through the state of Karnataka, it descends down the lofty landscape forming the Hogenakkal Waterfalls. The Carbonatite rocks found near the waterfall are one of the oldest in the world. The falls has about 14 channels with drops varying between 15 & 65 ft. It can be visited as part of Yercaud tour packages . Coracle riding is one of the main attractions here which is allowed during the monsoon and winter season. Boating is usually stopped in peak monsoons. Hogenakkal is also the good place to try out your swimming skills. Tourists can also go for trekking on the nearby surrounding hills. The water from the fall flows towards the Mettur Dam which is also known as the Stanley Reservoir. Yercaud, MM Hills, and Yelagiri Hills are some of the major tourist destinations near Hogenakkal ...

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Ajmer or Ajmere is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Delhi , and among the most important religious places to visit in Rajasthan . It is situated about 132 km from Jaipur, and 390 km from Delhi. Ajmer is can be visited along with Jaipur tour packages . The city of Ajmer gets its name from 'Ajay Meru' which means invincible hills. Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order of Sufism. Considered to be one of the holiest cities in India, it attracts hordes of Hindu and Muslim devotees every year as part of Ajmer packages . Anasagar, Taragarh Fort, Akbar Palace & Museum, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, the Nasiyan Temple, Nareli Jain temple, and Kishangarh are other popular tourist places in Ajmer . Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is the popular fair celebrated with great pomp and fervor in Ajmer. It is held every year in the month of May to mark the death anniversary of the Sufi saint.

78. Delhi City

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At a distance of 1,474 km from Mumbai, 1,462 km from Kolkata, 1,543 km from Hyderabad, 2,171 km from Chennai, 2,131 km from Bangalore, Delhi, also known as Dilli, is officially the National Capital Territory (NCT). New Delhi, the national capital of India, is one of the nine districts of the NCT of Delhi. Located in northern part of India, Delhi is situated on the banks of River Yamuna at an elevation of 293 meters. It is bound by the states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Delhi is India's second most populous city after Mumbai . With an area of 47.2 sq. km, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. The IT sector, handloom, fashion, textile and electronic industry contribute a lot to Delhi's economy. Historically, the city was known as Indraprastha or Hastinapura, the renowned capital of the legendary Pandavas, which has overwhelming history and rich cultural heritage. It was first created as the capital of an independent kingdom by Tomars in 736 AD. Muhammad of Ghori captured the city in 1192 and his Slave Aibak established the Delhi Sultanate. The first battle of Panipat in 1526 saw the handover of Delhi from the Lodhis of Delhi Sultanate to the Mughals, when Babur established the Mughal Empire. The city of Delhi passed on to the hands of the British in 1803 AD. In 1911, British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi. After independence ...

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Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India with beautiful beaches and historical sites. Goa is a strip of land 110 km long and 60 km wide between the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India. Panaji is the state's capital while Vasco Da Gama is the largest city. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna. The festival of Shigmo Mel or the Holi, Goa carnival and Ganesh Chaturthi are the main festivals in Goa.

80. Andaman Islands

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The Andaman & Nicobar Islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar. Most part of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a Union Territory of India, while a small part in the north of the archipelago, including the Coco Islands, belongs to Myanmar. Port Blair is the capital town and the tourist hub in Andaman Islands. Andamans are one of the popular destinations for honeymoon tours . The archipelago is divided into two groups of islands - the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. Andaman & Nicobar Islands stretch over a length of more than 800 km from North to South. It consists of about 572 islands out of which only around 36 islands are inhabited. Of these, only 9 islands in the Andaman Islands are open for tourists while the Nicobar Islands are inaccessible to tourists. Non-Indian nationals need special permit to visit Andaman Islands. The Andaman & Nicobar Islands have been inhabited for several thousand years. The original inhabitants of the islands are many tribal groups like Great Andamanese, Jarawa, Onge and Sentinelese people, who have had no contact with any other people. The Marathas annexed the islands in the late 17th century AD. In the early 18th century, the islands were the naval bases of Maratha admiral Kanhoji Angre. The British finally annexed Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the 19th century who used it as the prison for Indian freedom fighters. During British Raj, the ...

81. Somnath

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Somnath is a temple town situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in India, and among the prominent places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 197 km from Rajkot, and 408 km from Ahmedabad. The town of Somnath is famous for the Somnath Temple, among the must include places in Somnath packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Gujarat. Somnath Beach, Gita Mandir, Bhalka Tirtha, Rudreshwara Temple, Triveni Sangam Temple, Suraj Mandir, Parshuram Temple, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Junagadh Gate, Somnath Museum, Panch Pandav Gufa are some other tourist places in Somnath . Somnath Mahadev Fair which is held on Kartik Purnima and Maha Shivaratri are the two major festivals celebrated in Somnath with great pomp and fervor. The temple town witnesses a huge number of tourists from various parts of the country during these festivals.

82. Darjeeling

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At a distance of 65 km from Siliguri, 98 km from Gangtok, 109 km from Jalpaiguri, 371 km from Manipur, 502 km from Guwahati, 503 km from Patna and 507 km from Kolkata, Darjeeling is a charming hill station located in the Shivalik hills of the lower Himalayas in West Bengal, India. Situated at an altitude of 6,700 feet, Darjeeling is one of the most popular tourist places in West Bengal and among the must include places in your honeymoon tour packages . The name Darjeeling comes from two Tibetan words 'Dorje', meaning thunderbolt and 'ling', means a place or land. Before being invaded by the Gorkhas of Nepal in the 1790s, Darjeeling was largely under the Kingdom of Sikkim and native tribes named Lepchas were the original inhabitants of the place. Under the Sugauli Treaty of 1815 CE, Nepal yielded one-third of their lands to the British, who established Darjeeling as the summer capital of Bengal Presidency. During 19th century AD, they set up a sanatorium and a military depot in Darjeeling. Later, extensive tea plantations were established in the region by the British. After independence, in 1947, Darjeeling was merged with West Bengal. Amidst the backdrop of the mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks, Darjeeling is famous for its tea plantations, spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The majestic Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain in ...

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At a distance of 36 km from Konark, 58 km from Bhubaneswar, 82 km from Cuttack, 390 km from Rourkela, 407 km from Jamshedpur, 434 km from Vizag, 495 km from Kolkata, and 522 km from Ranchi, Puri is an ancient temple town situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha. Puri is one of the places of original holy Char Dham Yatra of Hinduism and also one of the top places to experience Odisha Tourism. Earlier called as ShriKhetra, Purushottama Khetra, and Jagannath Puri, Puri is home to the world famous Sri Jagannath Temple. Often referred as the spiritual capital of Odisha, Puri forms the Golden Triangle of Orissa along with Konark and Bhubaneswar. Puri became an important center of pilgrimage with the arrival of Gangas in the 12th century and emerged as one of the centers of Vaishnavism. Anantavarman Chodaganga, one of the powerful rulers of Puri, established the Purushottama Temple and later came to be known as the Jagannath Temple in the 15th century. According to history, Puri and the Jagannath Temple were invaded 18 times by Hindu and Muslim rulers from 4th century AD till the early 19th century. Puri was declared as the capital of Odisha under the British till 1816 CE. In 1828 CE the whole territory was separated into three regions, Katak, Balasore, and Jagannath Puri. In 1936 CE Odisha was divided from the state of Bihar and Puri was formed in 1948 CE. Dedicated Lord Vishnu, Lord Jagannath Temple is one of the prime places to visit in Puri and is a ...

84. Hyderabad

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Hyderabad (also known as Bhagya Nagaram) is the fifth largest metropolis of India and the capital of the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance. Also known as The City of Nizams and The City of Pearls, Hyderabad is today one of the fast developing cities in the country and a modern hub of IT, ITES, and Biotechnology. Hyderabad is often referred to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad together which are commonly referred as a single city. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, a ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (the ruling family of the Golconda - previously a feudatory of Bahmani sultanate that declared independence in 1512) founded the city of Hyderabad on the banks of the Musi River in 1591. The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb captured Hyderabad in 1687, but the Mughal-appointed governors of the city soon gained autonomy. In 1724, Asaf Jah I, who was granted the title Nizam-ul-Mulk ('Governor of the country') by the Mughal emperor, defeated a rival official to establish control over Hyderabad. Asaf Jah's successors ruled as the Nizams of Hyderabad. The rule of the seven Nizams saw the growth of Hyderabad both culturally and economically. Hyderabad is the financial and economic capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls, lakes and, lately, for its IT companies.

85. Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the popular places of places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 29 km from Gandhinagar, and 534 km from Mumbai. Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and is also regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Splendid monuments, wonderful museums, and gorgeous lakes are the prime attractions of Ahmedabad holiday packages . Popularly called the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. Sabarmati Ashram, Kankarai Lake, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple, Adalaj Stepwell, Huthee Singh Jain Temple, ISKCON Temple, Vintage Car Museum, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Swaminarayan Mandir, and Sardar Patel National Memorial are some of the well-known tourist places in Ahmedabad .

86. Khajuraho

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At a distance of 47 km from Chhatarpur, 118 km from Satna, 179 km from Jhansi, 223 km from Kanpur, 265 km from Jabalpur, 283 km from Gwalior, 283 km from Allahabad, 388 km from Bhopal and 624 km from Delhi, Khajuraho is a historical town located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho is one of the top places to visit in Madhya Pradesh and among the must include places in your Madhya Pradesh tour packages . Earlier, Khajuraho was the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs who ruled this part of India during 10th to 12th centuries AD. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela monarchs over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150 AD. After the fall of Chandela rulers, these temples were abandoned and long-forgotten until rediscovered by British Captain T.S. Burt, in 1838 AD. Known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic carvings, the Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the seven wonders of India. The marvelous architecture and erotic carvings are the best and most notable aspects of Khajuraho temples. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 square miles. The temples also have numerous other sculptures depicting the life of a common man in that era. Khajuraho ...

87. Kaziranga National Park

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At a distance of 67 km from Golaghat, 80 km from Tezpur, 88 km from Jorhat, 216 km from Kohima, 217 km from Guwahati, 230 km from Dibrugarh and 277 km from Shillong, Kaziranga is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam, India. Known worldwide for its Rhino population, it is one of the most picturesque wildlife sanctuaries in India and among the best places to visit in Assam. Sprawling over an area of 430 Sq.km, Kaziranga National Park is a wonderful destination to watch the majestic Rhinos as part of India Wildlife tour packages . The vast area of Kaziranga comprises of tall elephant grass, dense tropical broadleaf forests and marshland making it the perfect habitat for the one-horned rhinoceros. Surrounded by Brahmaputra River on the North and the Karbi Anglong mounts in the South, the park presents a massive range of natural beauty. Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest was created with an area of 232 Sq. km in 1905 on the recommendation of Mary Curzon. It was designated as a 'Reserve Forest' in 1908 and redesignated as the 'Kaziranga Game Sanctuary' in 1916 and remained till 1938, when hunting was prohibited and visitors were permitted to enter the park. The park was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1950 CE while the park got National Park status in 1974. Kaziranga was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1985 for its unique natural ...

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At a distance of 36 km from Puri, 61 km from Bhubaneswar, 111 km from Ratanpur, 394 km from Rourkela, 408 km from Jamshedpur, 462 km from Vizag, 482 km from Raigarh and 522 km from Ranchi, Konark is a small town in Puri district of Odisha along the coast of Bay of Bengal. Renowned world over for the Sun Temple, Konark is one of the top tourist destinations in Odisha and also one of the popular places of heritage in India. The name Konark is derived from two Sanskrit words - Kona meaning angle and Arka meaning sun, in reference to the temple which was dedicated to the Sun God. Also known as the Black Pagoda, the Sun Temple was built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I. The temple resembles the mythical chariot of the Sun God and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India. Konark Tourism presents a multitude of attractions that fascinate tourists from all over the world. Konark Beach, Ramachandi Temple, Kuruma, Astranga Beach, Varahi Devi Temple at Chaurasi and Maa Mangala Devi Temple at Kakatapur are some popular places to visit in Konark apart from Sun Temple. Konark was also one of the few places in India to experience a total solar eclipse. Besides the magnificent Sun Temple, Konark is also famous for Konark Dance Festival. This five day long cultural extravaganza is one of the most ...

89. Gir National Park

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Gir National Park, also known as Sasan Gir, is one of the renowned national parks in India, and among the best places of among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 156 km from Rajkot, and 372 km from Ahmedabad. Established as a sanctuary in 1965, Gir National Park is the most popular national parks in Gujarat as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place besides Africa on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely. Besides Asiatic lions, one can see Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, Indian and Ruddy mongoose, honey badger, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara, and wild boar here as part of Gir tour packages . The entrance gate to the park is located at Sasan Gir village beside Sinh Sadan. Jungle Safari is one of the best things to do in Gir National Park . Besides, there is also a Gir Interpretation Zone, also known as Devalia Safari Park at Devalia, and was established to reduce the excess of tourists at the Gir National Park. The park remains open every year from mid-October to mid-June and closed during the monsoon season from July to September. While Devalia Safari Park is open throughout the year.

90. Gangtok

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At a distance of 78 km from Kalimpong, 96 km from Darjeeling, 115 km from Pelling, 117 km from Siliguri, 403 km from Darbhanga, 496 km from Muzzafarpur, 543 km from Guwahati, and 670 km from Kolkata, Gangtok is a fascinating hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim, India. Known for its cleanliness and breathtaking beauty, it is one of the popular places to visit in Sikkim and is one of the popular attraction not to miss in your honeymoon trip . Situated at an altitude of 5410 feet, Gangtok is the largest city and the main business and tourist hub of Sikkim. The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It is also known as the land of monasteries, as it has maximum number of monasteries in the world. Located right in the middle of the Himalayan range and having mild temperate climate year-round, Gangtok is the most important center for Sikkim Tourism. According to history, Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 CE. In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal, Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital from Tumlong to Gangtok, increasing the city's importance. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Tibet and India. After India's independence ...

91. Bandhavgarh National Park

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Situated in Vindhya Hills, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the renowned places of wildlife in India , and among the best tourist places in Madhya Pradesh . It is about 169 km from Jabalpur, and 452 km from Bhopal. Covering over an area of about 1536 sq. km, Bandhavgarh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world and the frequent sightings of royal tigers make this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. One can spot more than 22 species of mammals including Common Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, and Leopard as part of Bandhavgarh holiday packages . The park has three gates, namely Tala, Magadhi, and Khitauli. Out of these three, Tala gate is the most popular as it has more chances of tiger spotting. These are closed for visitors during the monsoon months while the buffer zones Dhamokhar, Panpatha, and Johila are opened throughout the year. Jeep safaris are conducted in all zones while Canter Safari is available only in Maghadhi and Khitauli Zones.

92. Shillong

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At a distance of 98 km from Guwahati, 377 km from Dhaka, 414 km from Kohima, 420 km from Cooch Behar, 572 km from Siliguri, 594 km from Darjeeling, 631 km from Gangtok and 1116 km from Kolkata, Shillong is a mesmerizing hill station in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in India. Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya as well as the headquarters of East Khasi Hills district. It is one of the most picturesque hill stations in India and among the must include places in your honeymoon tour packages . Perched at an attitude of 1496 m, Shillong is situated on a plateau bounded by the Umiam gorge on the north, Diengiei Hills on the northwest, and the hills of the Assam valley on the northeast. Shillong Peak is the highest point in Shillong with an altitude of 6449 feet. The city gets its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong, who is worshipped at the Shillong Peak. The British fondly called Shillong the 'Scotland of the East' as the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Earlier a small village, Shillong became the new civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia hills in 1864 CE. In 1874, it became the capital of composite Assam under British rule due to its favorable location between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys. Shillong remained the capital of Assam till 1969 when the autonomous state of Meghalaya was formed. In 1972 CE, Meghalaya turn out to be a full-fledged state ...

93. Cherrapunji

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At a distance of 54 km from Shillong, 80 km from Mawsynram, 84 km from Dawki, 146 km from Guwahati, 292 km from Tezpur, Cherrapunji or Cherrapunjee is a small sub divisional town in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. It is one of the wettest places on the earth and among the must visit places in Meghalaya as part of honeymoon tour packages . The original name for this town was Sohra, which was pronounced 'Churra' by the British. This name eventually evolved into the current name, Cherrapunji, which means the 'land of oranges'. According to the history, Cherrapunji is the traditional capital of a Nongkhlaw hima, an independent Khasi state. Between 16th and 18th centuries, the local residents were ruled by their tribal Syiems (chiefs) of Khyriem in the Khasi Hills. Tirot Sing was the last important Syiem of this area, who later admitted to the British in 1883 and ruled this place till independence. Receiving an annual rainfall of about 11,777 mm, Cherrapunji happens to be the second wettest place on the planet after Mawsynram. The town receives both south-west and north-east monsoons. Despite receiving an abundant rainfall, Cherrapunji faces an acute water shortage and the inhabitants have to trek very long distances to obtain potable water. The excessive rain causes soil erosion which has deprived the land of Cherrapunji and the surrounding valleys. Located in Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is a paradise ...

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Dwarka is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites near Rajkot , and among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 224 km from Rajkot, and 442 km from Ahmedabad. Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is popularly known as the 'home of Lord Krishna' and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Also, Dwarka is one of the foremost Char Dhams for Hindus and among the seven most ancient religious cities (sapta puris) in India. For this reason, the town attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year as part of Dwarka packages . The present-day Dwarka is a prominent pilgrimage site that boasts of several shrines. Among the temples, the 2000-year-old Dwarkadhish temple is the most notable one. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Gomti Ghat, Rukmani Devi Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Gopi Talav, Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Swaminarayan Temple, Dwarka Beach, Shivrajpur Beach, and Okhamadhi Beach are some of the important tourist places in Dwarka . If you specifically want to participate in the grand festivities of the Janmashtami festival, visiting the town during August and September will be eventful.

95. Rann Of Kutch

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With the Thar Desert on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side, Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding marvel of sand and salt. About 80 km from Bhuj, and 413 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the top places to visit in India , and among the must include places in Gujarat packages . It lies between the Gulf of Kutch and the Indus River in Pakistan and comprises flatlands of salty clay located about 15 meters above sea level. A large part of the Kutch, commonly known as the Great Rann of Kutch, submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during the winter season. Spread over an area of 7500 sq. km, the Great Rann of Kutch, formed of salt marshes, is considered one of the largest salt deserts in the world and among the most popular tourist places in Kutch . Besides, one can also visit Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar & Sanctuary, Kalo Dungar, Siyot Caves, Chhari Dandh Bird Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, etc. as part of Kutch tour packages . It can be visited along with Bhuj tour packages .

96. Bhubaneswar

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At a distance of 16 km from Cuttack, 58 km from Puri, 61 km from Konark, 191 km from Balasore, 264 km from Sambalpur, 342 km from Rourkela, 431 km from Vizag, 439 km from Kolkata and 456 km from Ranchi, Bhubaneswar or Bhubaneshwar is an ancient city situated in Khordha district of Odisha, India. It is the capital city of Odisha and also one of the best places to experience Odisha Tourism. Known as 'The City of Temples', Bhubaneswar is one of the ancient cities located in the eastern part of India and is a thriving center of art and culture. Literally, Bhubaneswar means Lord of the Universe and is known for its architecture and temples. Bhubaneswar is one of the 3 cities designed by the German Architect Otto. H. Koeingsberges along with Chandigarh and Jamshedpur and is one of the first planned cities in Modern India. The origin of the city dates back to more than 2,000 years while the modern city came into existence in 1948. Bhubaneshwar was the capital of the Kalinga dynasty. Later Emperor Kharavela established his capital in Sisupalgarh which is on the outskirts of the city. After that the area was subsequently ruled by several dynasties, including Satavahanas, Guptas, Matharas and Mughals. In 1803, the area came under the British and was part of the Bengal Presidency until 1912, and Bihar - Orissa Province till 1936. In 1936, Odisha became a separate province in British India with Cuttack as its capital. In 1947, when India got independence, Orissa became ...

97. Pelling

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At a distance of 7 km from Gyalshing, 45 km from Ravangla, 58 km from Namchi, 69 km from Darjeeling, 88 km from Kalimpong, 113 km from Gangtok, 127 km from Siliguri, 447 km from Darbhanga, 551 km from Guwahati and 682 km from Kolkata, Pelling is a wonderful hill station located in the West Sikkim district of north Indian state of Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 feet, Pelling is the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. The name Pelling means 'the seat of the religious body' formed by Pema Linga who was a discoverer of ancient Tibetan texts and also a treasure revealer. Pelling was initially a land filled with jungle which was home to a lot of wildlife. The area developed into a full-fledged village after the construction of two Buddhist monasteries Pemayangtse and Sangacholing. Pelling offers good view of entire Kanchenjunga mountain range including Koktang, Kumbhakaran (Jannu), Rathong, Kabru, Kabru Dome, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, and Siniolchu. Pelling is mostly known for its mesmerizing views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga range, several historical sites and monasteries. Kanchenjunga Waterfalls, Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Singshore Bridge, Sanga Choeling Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Rimbi Falls and Changey Waterfalls are the top places to visit in Pelling. In the months of winter, the town is covered in a blanket of snow and is a perfect holiday destination for all nature ...

98. Guwahati

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At a distance of 8 km from Dispur, 95 km from Shillong, 110 km from Nagaon, 159 km from Tezpur, 360 km from Agartala, 414 km from Dibrugarh, 452 km from Imphal, 467 km from Darjeeling, 504 km from Gangtok, 786 km from Darbhanga and 923 km from Patna, Guwahati, also known as the 'City of Eastern Light', is the largest city in the Indian state of Assam. Situated on the banks of Brahmaputra River, Guwahati is one of the fastest growing cities in India and among the popular places to experience Assam Tourism. Considered to be the gateway to north east India, Guwahati is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Dispur, a part of Guwahati, serves as the capital of Assam. The city derives its name from two Assamese words 'Guwa' meaning betel nut and 'Haat' meaning market. The city is regarded as the cultural hub of North Eastern India and is also the second largest metropolis in eastern India after Kolkata. There have been a lot of mythological references regarding the city of Guwahati which clearly states that it has been the capital of mythological kings such as Bhagadatta and Narakasura. According to Ambari excavations, the city was under the Hindu kingdoms of Shunga-Kushana, between the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AD. Earlier called as Pragjyotishpura, it served as the capital city for the Varman and Pala dynasties and it remained the capital of Assam till the 10th - 11th Century AD. Under the Ahom kings, ...

99. Gwalior

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At a distance of 121 km from Agra, 174 km from Mathura, 268 km from Kanpur, 330 km from New Delhi, 334 km from Lucknow, 346 km from Jaipur, 448 km from Bhopal and 459 km from Allahabad, Gwalior is a historical city situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the important tourist places near Agra and also one of the top tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh . One of the most beautiful cities of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is very famous for its glorious history and rich cultural heritage. After being founded by Maharaja Suraj Sen in 8th century AD, Gwalior Fort was described as the pearl amongst fortresses in India. The city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic northern Indian kingdoms. From the Tomars in the 13th century, it was passed on to the Mughal Empire, then to the Maratha in 1754, followed by the Scindias in 18th century AD. Well-known for its ancient temples, marvelous palaces and alluring monuments, Gwalior is the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior is best known for being the birthplace of the great musician, Tansen. And apart from all this, Gwalior was also one among the five princely states that got the honor of 21 gun salute during the British rule. Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Mahal, Teli ka Mandir, Sun Temple, Gujari Mahal, Sas Bahu Temple, Man Mandir Palace are some of the popular places to visit in Gwalior. Gwalior ...

100. Lachung

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At a distance of 47 km from Lachen, 112 km from Ravangla, 116 km from Gangtok, 146 km from Kalimpong, 200 km from Pelling, 609 km from Guwahati and 634 km from Kolkata, Lachung is a small hill station located in North Sikkim district of Indian state of Sikkim. Situated near the border with Tibet, it is one of the beautiful places to visit in Sikkim and among the picturesque hill stations in India. At an altitude of 9,600 feet, Lachung is located at the confluence of River Lachen and River Lachung, the tributaries of Teesta River. The word Lachung means 'small pass'. The Indian Army has a forward base in the town. According to history, Lachung was a trading post between Sikkim and Tibet before the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950, after which it was closed down. The town's economy has been boosted by tourism in recent years as the region has been opened up by the Indian government. The town is majorly inhabited by Lepchas and Bhutias who are prime followers of Buddhism. With its stunning fruit orchards, sparkling streams and gushing rivers flowing against the mesmerizing backdrop of snow-capped Himalayas, Lachung has been described as the 'most picturesque village of Sikkim' by British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855). Lachung Monastery, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Yume Samdong (Zero Point), Yumthang Valley, Bhim Nala Falls and Naga Falls are the top places to visit in Lachung. Also, it acts as the base camp for Rhododendron ...

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India Can be visited at any time throughout the year, However, Winter experiences pleasant weather and Summers are too hot and humid. One can visit beach destinations like Goa, Pondicherry, Andamans in Winter along with some heritage sights like Hampi, Ajanta & Ellora and the desert state of Rajasthan. Hill stations are suitable for escaping the scorching heat of summer and waterfalls are best visited in monsoon.

The most visited destinations in India are Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shimla, Manali, Coorg, Ooty, Munnar, Goa, Pondicherry, Nainital, Mahabaleshwar, Udaipur, Dwarka, Somnath, Madurai, Ajanta Caves, Gangtok, Darjeeling.

There are different heritage circuits spread across India. The most Popular being Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) from Delhi. Another circuit starting from Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves can be visited. Another popular Circuit includes Hampi - Badami - Pattadakal from Bangalore or Hubli. In Tamilnadu, Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram and Pondicherry circuit and Madurai - Thanjavur- Trichy are popular heritage circuits.

There are different pilgrimage circuits spread across India. The most popular being Haridwar - Rishikesh from Delhi. Another circuit starting from Mumbai or Pune and visit Nashik - Shirdi - Trimbakeshwara�can be visited. Another popular circuit includes Dwarka - Somnath from Ahmedabad. Tamilnadu has some wonderful pilgrimage circuits like Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari. Karnataka pilgrimage circuit includes Kukke - Udupi - Murudeshwar -Gokarna. Andhra has several pilgrimage sites, the popular circuit is Tirumala - Tirupati - Srikalahasti.

The most visited hill stations in India are Coorg, Ooty, Munnar, Shimla, Manali, Kodaikanal, Nainital, Mussoorie, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Mahabaleshwar and Lonavala.

It depends on the places you want to visit, It requires a minimum of 20-30 days to cover the most popular destinations in India.

South India, Maharashtra, North East India, Himachal and Uttarakhand are very safe for foreigners and single women. Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have few crimes reported against single travelers and it is advised to be alert and careful.

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150 Places to Visit in India | Updated 2024

  • By Vivek Agarwal
  • Dec 25, 2023

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Places To Visit In India

India is a nation of energetic varieties, rich practices, and extraordinary scenes. With such countless mind boggling spots to visit, it’s difficult to tell where to begin. From the stunning Himalayas in the north to the unblemished sea shores of the south, India is an explorer’s heaven. In this blog, we’ll investigate the main 150 places to visit in India, each with its exceptional appeal and character.

We should start our excursion in the north, where the grand Himalayas rule the horizon. Ladakh, with its tough mountains, quiet lakes, and old cloisters, is a must-visit objective for experience searchers. Moving east, we go over the beautiful slope stations of Shimla and Darjeeling, which offer stunning perspectives on the snow-covered pinnacles and lavish green valleys.

Heading towards the west, we arrive at the Brilliant Triangle – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Delhi, the capital of India, is a city of differentiations, with current shopping centers and old landmarks existing together one next to the other. Agra is home to the famous Taj Mahal, an UNESCO World Legacy Site and one of the Seven Marvels of the World. Jaipur, known as the Pink City, is popular for its wonderful castles, posts, and lively business sectors.

Moving south, we run over the lovely province of Kerala, known for its tranquil backwaters, lavish green timberlands, and wonderful sea shores. Goa, with its white sandy sea shores and dynamic nightlife, is a well known objective among sightseers from around the world. The Western Ghats, an UNESCO World Legacy Site, is another must-visit objective, known for its unimaginable biodiversity and shocking scenes.

In the east, we have the delightful territory of West Bengal, known for its rich culture and history. Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is a city of differentiations, with lovely frontier structures and clamoring roads. The Sundarbans, an UNESCO World Legacy Site, is home to the well known Bengal tiger and is a famous objective for natural life fans.

Moving further east, we run over the territories of Assam and Meghalaya, known for their flawless normal excellence and extraordinary societies. Kaziranga Public Park, an UNESCO World Legacy Site, is home to the one-horned rhinoceros and is a must-visit objective for natural life sweethearts. Meghalaya, with its rich green timberlands, shocking cascades, and living root spans, is a nature sweetheart’s heaven. Lets investigate on the main 150 spots to visit in India.

Best Tourist Places to visit in India (North)

Kashmir, often referred to as “Heaven on Earth,” is a beautiful destination that has been attracting tourists from all over the world for many years. It is located in the northernmost region of India and shares its borders with Pakistan and China. Kashmir is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, scenic landscapes, and snow-capped mountains that make it a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Shikara boats on Dal lake, Srinagar

The best time to visit Kashmir is during the summer months, between May and September, when the weather is pleasant and the valleys are lush green. During this time, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, trekking, paragliding, and river rafting. There are also several picturesque lakes, such as Dal Lake and Wular Lake, which are ideal for boating and fishing.

Kashmir Snow

Apart from its natural beauty, Kashmir is also known for its rich cultural heritage and historical significance. The state has been ruled by various dynasties over the centuries, including the Mughals, the Afghans, and the Dogras, all of which have left their mark on the region. There are several historical sites and landmarks in Kashmir that are worth exploring, such as the Mughal Gardens, Pari Mahal, and the Shankaracharya Temple.

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2. Dharamshala

Nestled in the scenic Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is a beautiful destination that has gained immense popularity among tourists over the years. It is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile, making it a hub for Tibetan culture and heritage.

One of the main attractions in Dharamshala is McLeod Ganj, which is situated at an altitude of 2,082 meters above sea level. This charming hill station offers a breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar range and is surrounded by lush green forests. You can take a leisurely stroll through the streets, visit the local markets, and indulge in some mouth-watering Tibetan cuisine.

Dharamshala

Apart from McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala has several other attractions that are worth exploring. The Bhagsunath temple and waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, and the Kangra Fort are just a few of the many historical and cultural landmarks that the region has to offer.

Dharmshala

Shimla, also known as the “Queen of Hills,” is a beautiful destination situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is a popular tourist destination that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and lush green valleys. The charming town is also known for its colonial architecture, cultural heritage, and adventure activities.

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One of the main attractions in Shimla is the Mall Road, a bustling street filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes. You can take a leisurely stroll down the road, indulge in some shopping, and try some delicious local cuisine. The Ridge, situated adjacent to the Mall Road, is another popular spot known for its panoramic views of the mountains.

Shimla also has several historical landmarks that are worth exploring. The Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, and the Shimla State Museum are just a few of the many cultural and historical sites that the region has to offer.

For adventure enthusiasts, Shimla offers several opportunities for trekking, camping, and skiing. The Kufri ski resort, situated about 16 kilometers from Shimla, is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding during the winter months.

4. Kullu – Manali

Kullu Manali is a beautiful destination nestled in the lap of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India. This serene hill station is known for its picturesque landscapes, snow-capped mountains, lush greenery, and serene valleys that make it a paradise for nature lovers.

There are many things to do and see in Kullu Manali. The region is famous for its adventure activities such as trekking, paragliding, river rafting, and skiing. You can also explore the ancient temples and visit the local markets to get a taste of the local culture.

Kullu

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Kullu Manali is the Rohtang Pass, which is a high mountain pass that connects Kullu to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The pass is known for its scenic beauty and is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves adventure and natural beauty.

The best time to visit Kullu Manali is during the summer months when the weather is pleasant and the natural beauty is at its peak. However, if you love snow and winter sports, then the winter months are perfect for you.

Rohtang-pass

Overall, Kullu Manali is a beautiful destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, natural beauty, or just a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the city, Kullu Manali is definitely worth a visit.

5. Nainital

Nainital is a beautiful hill station located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is known for its serene natural beauty, lush greenery, and serene lakes that make it a perfect destination for nature lovers.

The town is named after the beautiful Naini Lake that is situated at the heart of the city. The lake is surrounded by mountains and is a popular spot for boating and picnicking. The Naina Devi Temple, situated on the northern shore of the lake, is a revered shrine and a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the local culture.

Apart from the lake, Nainital is also known for its beautiful viewpoints such as the Tiffin Top and the Snow View Point. These places offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys and are perfect for nature lovers and photographers.

Nainital is also a hub for adventure activities such as trekking, camping, and rock climbing. The town offers a variety of treks ranging from easy to difficult, and you can choose one according to your fitness level and interests.

Overall, Nainital is a beautiful destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and culture. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an adventure-filled vacation, Nainital has something for everyone.

Delhi, the capital of India, is a vibrant and bustling city that offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. From the beautiful historical monuments to the vibrant street markets, there’s something for everyone in Delhi.

The city is home to some of the most iconic landmarks of India, such as the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and the India Gate. These beautiful monuments are not just a sight to behold but also a window into India’s rich history and cultural heritage.

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Delhi is also known for its mouth-watering street food, which is a must-try for anyone visiting the city. From the delicious parathas of Chandni Chowk to the spicy chaat of Lajpat Nagar, Delhi’s street food scene is sure to leave you wanting more.

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Apart from its historical monuments and street food, Delhi is also a great place to shop. The city is home to many street markets and bazaars such as Sarojini Nagar and Janpath, where you can find everything from traditional handicrafts to trendy fashion accessories.

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Delhi is a city that’s full of surprises and offers a unique experience to all who visit. Whether you’re interested in history, food, shopping, or just want to soak in the vibrant culture of India, Delhi is a must-visit destination.

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Auli is a beautiful hill station located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is known for its picturesque landscapes, snow-covered mountains, and adventure sports that make it a popular destination among tourists.

The town is situated at an altitude of 2,800 meters and offers stunning views of the Himalayas. It is particularly popular among adventure enthusiasts as it offers a variety of adventure sports such as skiing, trekking, and camping. The Auli Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in India and is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves winter sports.

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Apart from adventure sports, Auli is also known for its beautiful natural scenery. The town is surrounded by oak and coniferous forests, which make for great trekking and camping destinations. You can also take a cable car ride to the top of the hill to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

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The best time to visit Auli is during the winter months when the town is covered in snow, and you can enjoy skiing and other winter sports. However, the town is also beautiful during the summer months when the weather is pleasant and the natural beauty is at its peak.

8. Leh – Ladakh

Leh Ladakh is a high-altitude desert located in the northernmost part of India. It is known for its rugged terrain, stunning natural beauty, and unique culture that make it a must-visit destination for any traveler.

The region is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, from snow-covered mountains to crystal clear lakes. The Pangong Tso Lake, situated at an altitude of 4,350 meters, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region and is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Leh Ladakh.

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Apart from its natural beauty, Leh Ladakh is also known for its unique culture and traditions. The region is home to many monasteries and Buddhist temples, such as the Hemis Monastery and the Thiksey Monastery, which offer a window into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

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Leh Ladakh is also a popular destination among adventure enthusiasts, offering a variety of adventure sports such as trekking, mountain biking, and river rafting. The region is particularly popular among bikers, who come from all over the world to ride through the rugged terrain and explore the stunning landscapes.

9. Amritsar

Amritsar, located in the northern Indian state of Punjab, is a city steeped in history, culture, and spirituality. It is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in India, including the Golden Temple, which is one of the most revered places of worship for Sikhs around the world.

Apart from the Golden Temple, Amritsar is also known for its vibrant street markets and delicious street food. The city is famous for its mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine, including dishes such as chole bhature, kulcha, and lassi, which are a must-try for anyone visiting the city.

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Amritsar is also a great place to shop, with its many street markets and bazaars offering a variety of goods, from traditional handicrafts to trendy fashion accessories. The Hall Bazaar is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city, offering a wide range of goods at affordable prices.

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In addition to its rich culture and vibrant street life, Amritsar is also a city with a fascinating history. The Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden located in the city, is the site of a tragic incident in Indian history when British troops fired on a peaceful crowd of protesters, killing hundreds of innocent people. Today, the garden serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives.

10. Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett National Park is located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand and is known for its stunning natural beauty and wildlife. The park is home to a variety of animals, including tigers, elephants, deer, and many species of birds, making it a popular destination among wildlife enthusiasts.

Apart from wildlife, Jim Corbett is also known for its adventure sports, such as river rafting and trekking, which offer a great way to explore the surrounding area and its stunning landscapes. The park is also a great place to relax and unwind, with many picnic spots and scenic spots offering a perfect setting for a relaxing getaway.

One of the main attractions of Jim Corbett is its jeep safaris, which offer visitors a chance to see the wildlife up close and personal. The safaris are conducted by experienced guides who are familiar with the area and its wildlife, ensuring a safe and memorable experience for all.

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In addition to wildlife and adventure sports, Jim Corbett is also known for its rich history and culture. The park is named after Jim Corbett, a legendary hunter turned conservationist who played a key role in the creation of the park and the conservation of its wildlife.

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan and is known for its rich history, culture, and stunning architecture. The city is a popular destination among tourists from all over the world, thanks to its beautiful palaces, vibrant bazaars, and delicious cuisine.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. This beautiful palace was built in the 18th century and is known for its stunning pink façade and intricate carvings.

Another popular destination in Jaipur is the City Palace, which is a complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens that was built by the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the city, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the royal families of Rajasthan.

Jaipur is also known for its vibrant street markets, such as the Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar, which offer a variety of goods, from traditional handicrafts to trendy fashion accessories. The city is also famous for its delicious cuisine, which includes dishes such as dal baati churma, ghevar, and laal maas.

12. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City, is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is known for its stunning desert landscapes and beautiful sandstone architecture. The city is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in India, including the Jaisalmer Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

One of the most popular activities in Jaisalmer is camel safaris, which offer visitors a chance to explore the desert landscapes and enjoy stunning views of the sunset. The camel safaris usually include a visit to a traditional Rajasthani village, where visitors can learn about the local culture and way of life.

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Apart from camel safaris, Jaisalmer is also known for its vibrant street life and bustling bazaars. The city is famous for its textiles, including beautiful embroidered fabrics and traditional Rajasthani mirror work. Visitors can also shop for jewelry, handicrafts, and other souvenirs at the many street markets and bazaars in the city.

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Jaisalmer is also home to a number of beautiful havelis, which are traditional Rajasthani mansions known for their intricate carvings and beautiful architecture. The Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli are two of the most famous havelis in Jaisalmer and are a must-visit for anyone interested in the city’s rich cultural heritage.

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13. Udaipur

Udaipur is a city located in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is known for its beautiful lakes, stunning palaces, and rich cultural heritage. Often referred to as the “Venice of the East”, Udaipur is a popular destination among tourists from all over the world.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Udaipur is the City Palace, which is a complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens that was built by the Maharana of Udaipur. The palace is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the city, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the royal families of Rajasthan.

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Another popular destination in Udaipur is the Lake Palace, which is a beautiful palace located on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola. The palace is now a luxury hotel and offers a unique and luxurious experience to visitors.

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Udaipur is also known for its beautiful lakes, including Fateh Sagar Lake and Pichola Lake, which offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and palaces. Visitors can enjoy boat rides on the lakes and take in the beautiful views of the city.

14. Haridwar – Rishikesh

Haridwar and Rishikesh are two cities located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and are known for their spiritual significance and natural beauty. Haridwar is considered one of the holiest cities in India, while Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world.

Haridwar is home to the famous Har Ki Pauri ghat, where millions of devotees come every year to take a dip in the holy Ganges River. Visitors can also witness the evening aarti, a beautiful ceremony where lamps are lit and prayers are offered to the river.

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Rishikesh is a destination for those looking to learn yoga and meditation, with several renowned yoga schools offering courses and workshops. The city is also known for its beautiful scenery, with the Ganges River flowing through the town and the surrounding mountains offering stunning views.

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Both cities are also great places for adventure activities, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, and zip lining. Visitors can also explore the nearby Rajaji National Park, which is home to a variety of wildlife including tigers, elephants, and leopards.

Kasol is a small village located in the Parvati Valley of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular destination among backpackers and adventure enthusiasts, known for its stunning natural beauty and laid-back vibe.

One of the main attractions of Kasol is its scenic location, surrounded by the Parvati River and snow-capped mountains. Visitors can go trekking in the nearby hills, visit waterfalls and hot springs, and enjoy the serene beauty of the Parvati Valley.

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Kasol is also a hub for hippie culture and is home to several cafes and restaurants serving organic food, along with music and art events. It is a great place to relax and soak in the laid-back atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Another popular attraction in Kasol is the Kheerganga trek, which takes you through scenic trails and leads to a natural hot spring at the top. It is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the region and take in the stunning views of the Himalayas.

16. Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a popular destination for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys, along with a cool and pleasant climate.

One of the main attractions of Mussoorie is its scenic beauty, with lush green hills, waterfalls, and beautiful lakes all around. Visitors can go trekking to explore the beautiful natural landscapes, or simply relax and enjoy the serene beauty of the hills.

Mussoorie is also known for its colonial-era architecture, with several beautiful buildings and landmarks that offer a glimpse into the town’s past. Some of the must-visit attractions include the Christ Church, the Mussoorie Library, and the Lal Tibba viewpoint.

In addition to the natural beauty and colonial charm, Mussoorie also offers several adventure activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, and zip lining. There are also several local markets and shopping areas where visitors can buy local handicrafts and souvenirs.

17. Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj is a small town located in the Kangra district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, nestled in the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. It is a popular destination among travelers and adventure enthusiasts, known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and serene ambiance.

One of the main attractions of Mcleodganj is the majestic mountain range, which offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and valleys. Visitors can go trekking or hiking to explore the beautiful natural landscapes, or simply relax and enjoy the serene beauty of the hills.

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Mcleodganj is also known for its vibrant Tibetan culture, with several monasteries and temples that offer a glimpse into the town’s unique history and culture. The famous Dalai Lama Temple Complex is a must-visit attraction, as it is the residence of the Dalai Lama and an important center of Tibetan culture and spirituality.

In addition to the natural beauty and rich culture, Mcleodganj also offers several adventure activities such as paragliding, camping, and rock climbing. There are also several local markets and shopping areas where visitors can buy local handicrafts and souvenirs.

18. Varanasi

Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi, is one of the oldest and most sacred cities in India, located on the banks of the River Ganges. It is a city steeped in rich culture, spirituality, and history, attracting visitors from all over the world.

One of the main attractions of Varanasi is its spiritual and religious significance, with several ancient temples and ghats lining the banks of the River Ganges. Visitors can take a boat ride along the river to witness the sacred rituals and ceremonies, or simply take a stroll through the narrow lanes of the city to explore its rich culture and history.

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Varanasi is also known for its vibrant and bustling markets, offering a range of local handicrafts and souvenirs. The famous Banarasi silk sarees and handwoven carpets are a must-buy for visitors.

In addition to the spiritual and cultural experiences, Varanasi also offers several adventure activities such as hot air balloon rides, river rafting, and zip lining. The city also has a range of delectable local cuisine, from chaat and lassi to the famous Banarasi paan.

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19. Mathura-Vrindavan

Mathura and Vrindavan are two of the most revered and sacred destinations for Hindus, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The twin cities are closely associated with Lord Krishna and are believed to be the birthplace and childhood home of the Hindu god.

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One of the main attractions of Mathura and Vrindavan is the range of ancient temples and pilgrimage sites. Visitors can explore the famous Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, or visit the Banke Bihari Temple, a revered shrine in Vrindavan.

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The cities are also known for their vibrant and colorful festivals, including Holi, Janmashtami, and Radha Ashtami. These festivals attract thousands of devotees and visitors from all over the world.

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In addition to the spiritual and religious experiences, Mathura and Vrindavan also offer several local handicrafts and souvenirs, including Radha-Krishna paintings, brass idols, and wooden toys.

Ujjain is a city located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and is regarded as one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. It is situated on the banks of the river Shipra and is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and religious significance.

Ujjain is a popular destination for spiritual tourism, as it is home to several temples and pilgrimage sites. The Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India, is a must-visit for devotees of Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to have been built in the 4th century BC and is known for its unique architecture and intricate carvings. The Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, Harsiddhi Temple, Chintaman Ganesh Temple, and Kal Bhairav Temple are some of the other popular temples in Ujjain.

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Apart from its spiritual significance, Ujjain is also famous for its cultural heritage. The city is home to the Vikram University, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in India. The university is renowned for its academic excellence and research programs in various fields such as science, arts, and humanities. The Kumbh Mela, which is held every twelve years in Ujjain, is another important cultural event that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.

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Ujjain is also known for its delicious cuisine, which is a blend of traditional and modern flavors. The local street food is a must-try, especially the famous Ujjaini Sev and Poha, which are popular breakfast items in the city. The city is also famous for its sweets, including the famous Malpua, Jalebi, and Rabri.

In terms of accommodation, Ujjain offers a range of options to suit all budgets. There are several budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels, as well as luxury hotels and resorts. The city is well connected by road, rail, and air, making it easily accessible from all major cities in India.

21. Lucknow

Lucknow, the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a vibrant and culturally rich destination that offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. Known as the “City of Nawabs,” Lucknow is renowned for its elegant architecture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality.

One of the main attractions of Lucknow is its rich history and culture. The city was ruled by various dynasties over the centuries, including the Mughals, Nawabs, and British, and each left its mark on the city’s architecture and culture. The Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, and Rumi Darwaza are some of the iconic architectural marvels of the city that reflect its rich heritage.

Lucknow is also famous for its culinary traditions, which are a blend of Mughal, Awadhi, and British influences. The city is known for its delicious kebabs, biryanis, and sweets such as the famous Lucknowi paan and kulfi. Food lovers can explore the bustling streets of Chowk and Aminabad, which are famous for their street food.

The city is also a center of fine arts and crafts, with its famous Chikankari embroidery being a well-known export. The bustling markets of Lucknow are the perfect place to buy handcrafted items such as sarees, jewelry, and handicrafts.

Bir is a small town located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Known for its breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar mountain range and lush green forests, Bir is a popular destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers.

One of the main attractions of Bir is its world-renowned paragliding site, which attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. The town is also known for its trekking trails, which offer stunning views of the mountains and valleys. Adventure seekers can try their hand at rock climbing, rappelling, and river crossing, all while enjoying the beauty of nature.

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For those seeking a more relaxed vacation, Bir offers several meditation and yoga retreats. The town is also famous for its Tibetan culture and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Tibetan art, music, and cuisine. The Bir Tibetan Colony is home to several monasteries and nunneries, which offer a glimpse into the Buddhist way of life.

23. Kedarnath

Kedarnath, located in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, is a holy town that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The town is situated at an altitude of 3,583 meters and is home to the famous Kedarnath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

The journey to Kedarnath is an experience in itself. The town is nestled amidst the snow-capped Himalayan mountains and can only be reached by a 16-kilometer trek from Gaurikund or by helicopter. The trek is a challenging one and requires a certain level of physical fitness, but the breathtaking views of the mountains and the sound of the holy river Mandakini make it all worthwhile.

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The Kedarnath Temple is the main attraction of the town and is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata era and is one of the holiest shrines of Lord Shiva. The temple is open from May to November and is visited by thousands of devotees every day.

Apart from the temple, Kedarnath is also famous for its natural beauty. The town is surrounded by majestic peaks, glaciers, and waterfalls that offer stunning views to visitors. The nearby Vasuki Tal, a high-altitude lake, is a popular trekking destination and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

24. Ayodhya

Ayodhya, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, is a holy town that holds great significance for Hindus. It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. The town is situated on the banks of the river Sarayu and is home to several ancient temples and holy sites.

The main attraction of Ayodhya is the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, which is believed to be the exact spot where Lord Rama was born. The temple has undergone several renovations over the years and is now a grand structure that attracts thousands of devotees every day. Apart from the temple, Ayodhya is also home to several other temples such as the Hanuman Garhi Temple and the Kanak Bhawan Temple, which are dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Rama respectively.

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The town is also known for its cultural heritage and is home to several museums and historical sites. The Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan Museum is a must-visit for history buffs and offers a glimpse into the town’s rich past. Visitors can also take a boat ride along the Sarayu river and witness the town’s scenic beauty.

25. Amarnath

Amarnath, located in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, is a holy town that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The town is situated at an altitude of 3,888 meters and is home to the famous Amarnath Cave, one of the most revered shrines of Lord Shiva.

The journey to Amarnath is an experience in itself. The town is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and can only be reached by a trek of approximately 14 kilometers from Pahalgam or by helicopter. The trek is challenging and requires a certain level of physical fitness, but the stunning views of the mountains and the scenic beauty of the valley make it all worthwhile.

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The Amarnath Cave is the main attraction of the town and is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus. The cave is believed to have been discovered by a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik, who was blessed with a vision of the holy lingam inside the cave by Lord Shiva. The cave houses a natural ice lingam that forms every year and is believed to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

Apart from the cave, Amarnath is also famous for its natural beauty. The nearby Lidder Valley is a popular trekking destination and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The town is also home to several ancient temples and holy sites such as the Martand Sun Temple and the Awantipur Temple.

26. Chandigarh

Chandigarh, located in the northern state of Punjab, India, is a unique and modern city that serves as the capital of both Punjab and Haryana. Designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier, the city is known for its urban planning and aesthetic beauty.

Chandigarh is a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. The city has several iconic landmarks such as the Capitol Complex, the Rock Garden, and the Sukhna Lake that attract tourists from all over the world. The Capitol Complex houses the High Court, the Legislative Assembly, and the Secretariat, and is an example of modern architecture.

The Rock Garden is another famous tourist spot that features sculptures made out of recycled materials. The garden is a tribute to the environment and showcases the importance of recycling and sustainability. Sukhna Lake is a serene and tranquil spot that offers boating and other water activities.

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Apart from the landmarks, Chandigarh is also famous for its food and culture. The city is known for its Punjabi cuisine, which is a blend of rich flavors and spices. The local markets offer traditional handicrafts and textiles, which are a testament to the city’s vibrant culture.

Kaza is a small town situated in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The town is surrounded by rugged mountains and is home to several ancient monasteries and gompas. Kaza is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The town is located at an altitude of 3,800 meters and is accessible by road from Manali and Shimla. The road to Kaza is an adventure in itself and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The town is the perfect destination for those seeking peace and tranquility amidst the lap of nature.

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Kaza is famous for its ancient monasteries and gompas such as the Ki Monastery and the Tabo Monastery. These monasteries are a testament to the rich culture and heritage of the Spiti Valley. The town is also known for its stunning natural beauty and offers several trekking and hiking trails.

The Pin Valley National Park is another famous attraction of Kaza. The park is home to several endangered species of animals and birds such as the snow leopard and the Himalayan ibex. The park also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Kufri is a picturesque hill station situated in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The town is located at an altitude of 2,510 meters and is famous for its natural beauty and adventure activities. Kufri is the perfect destination for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The town is surrounded by dense forests and offers stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Kufri is known for its adventure activities such as skiing, trekking, and hiking. The town also has a zoo that houses several rare species of animals and birds such as the Himalayan black bear and the snow leopard.

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Kufri is also famous for its temples such as the Mahasu Temple and the Kufri Fun World. The Mahasu Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a popular pilgrimage site. The Kufri Fun World is an amusement park that offers several thrilling rides and attractions.

In addition to the adventure activities and temples, Kufri also offers a glimpse into the local culture and traditions. The town is home to several local markets that offer traditional handicrafts and textiles.

29. Gangotri

Gangotri is a sacred town situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India. The town is located at an altitude of 3,048 meters and is the source of the holy River Ganges. Gangotri is a popular destination for pilgrims and is considered to be one of the Char Dhams (four sacred shrines) in Hinduism.

The town is surrounded by stunning Himalayan mountains and is home to the Gangotri Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site and is believed to be the spot where King Bhagirath meditated to bring the River Ganges to earth.

Apart from the temple, Gangotri also offers several trekking and hiking trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The town is the starting point for the famous trek to Gaumukh, which is the source of the River Ganges.

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Gangotri is also famous for its natural hot springs and waterfalls such as the Gauri Kund and the Bhagirathi Shila. These natural wonders are believed to have therapeutic properties and are visited by tourists and pilgrims alike.

In conclusion, Gangotri is a spiritual haven that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and culture. The town’s sacred temple, stunning views, and natural wonders make it a must-visit destination for tourists and pilgrims. Whether you are a nature lover, a spiritual seeker, or an adventure enthusiast, Gangotri has something to offer for everyone.

Bihar is known for its rich cultural heritage and ancient history. The state is home to several important historical and cultural sites such as Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, and Vaishali.

Bodh Gaya is a sacred town and is the birthplace of Buddhism. The town is home to the Mahabodhi Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is believed to be the spot where Buddha attained enlightenment.

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Nalanda is another important historical site in Bihar and was once home to one of the world’s oldest universities. The ruins of the university are a popular tourist attraction and offer a glimpse into ancient Indian education.

Vaishali is an important historical site in Bihar and is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. The town is home to several important Jain temples and is a popular pilgrimage site for Jains.

In addition to the historical and cultural sites, Bihar is also known for its unique cuisine, which is a blend of various regional and ethnic influences. The state is famous for its sweets such as the famous ‘litti chokha’ and ‘khaja’.

31. Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is one of the most popular national parks in India and is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the majestic Bengal Tiger, which is the star attraction of the park.

The park covers an area of 1,334 square kilometers and is a perfect blend of natural beauty and wildlife. The park’s diverse topography, which includes hills, lakes, and valleys, makes it an ideal habitat for a wide range of animal and bird species.

Apart from tigers, the park is also home to several other wildlife species such as leopards, sloth bears, striped hyenas, and various species of deer and antelopes. The park is also a popular destination for birdwatchers and is home to several species of migratory and resident birds.

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The park offers several safari options, including jeep safari and canter safari, which allow visitors to explore the park’s stunning landscape and observe its wildlife in their natural habitat.

In addition to the wildlife, the park also has several historical landmarks such as the Ranthambore Fort and the Jogi Mahal, which add to the park’s charm and cultural significance.

32. Bharatpur

Bharatpur is a small town located in the state of Rajasthan, India. The town is home to the famous Keoladeo National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world. The park is home to a wide variety of migratory and resident bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

The park covers an area of 29 square kilometers and is home to over 350 species of birds, including the rare Siberian Crane. Apart from birds, the park is also home to several other wildlife species such as deer, wild boar, and jackals.

The park is best explored on foot or by cycle rickshaw, which allows visitors to get close to the birds and observe them in their natural habitat. The best time to visit the park is from November to March when the migratory birds arrive at the park.

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Apart from the park, Bharatpur also has several historical landmarks such as the Lohagarh Fort and the Bharatpur Palace, which add to the town’s charm and cultural significance.

33. Pushkar

Pushkar is a small town located in the state of Rajasthan, India. The town is famous for its sacred lake and the annual Pushkar Camel Fair, which attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.

The town’s main attraction is the Pushkar Lake, which is considered one of the holiest lakes in India. The lake is surrounded by several ghats, which are used for ritual bathing and religious ceremonies. The town is also home to several temples, including the Brahma Temple, which is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world.

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Apart from the temples, Pushkar is also known for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair, which takes place in November. The fair is a unique celebration of the desert culture and is a great opportunity to witness the beauty of camels and experience the local culture.

Pushkar also offers several other activities, including hot air ballooning, trekking, and shopping for local handicrafts.

34. Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a picturesque hill station located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The town is surrounded by the Dhauladhar mountain range and offers stunning views of the Himalayas. It is a popular destination among tourists looking for a peaceful retreat in the lap of nature.

The town is named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General of India in the 19th century. It has several colonial-era buildings, including St. John’s Church and the Dalhousie Club, which add to its charm and cultural significance.

Dalhousie also has several trekking trails and nature walks, which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The town is also home to several waterfalls, including Panchpula and Satdhara, which are popular tourist attractions.

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Apart from natural beauty, Dalhousie also offers several adventure activities such as paragliding, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Spiti is a remote valley located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The region is situated at an altitude of over 12,000 feet and is known for its breathtaking landscape, unique culture, and ancient monasteries.

The region is home to several small villages and towns, each with its own unique charm and beauty. The Spiti River flows through the valley, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The region is also home to several ancient monasteries, including the Key Monastery and the Tabo Monastery, which are a must-visit for tourists looking to explore the local culture and heritage.

Spiti

Spiti is also known for its adventure activities such as trekking, mountaineering, and camping. The valley offers several trekking trails, including the famous Spiti Valley Trek, which takes tourists through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the region.

Apart from natural beauty and adventure activities, Spiti is also famous for its unique culture and traditions. The region is predominantly Buddhist, and the locals are warm and friendly, offering a glimpse into the ancient way of life of the Lamas.

In conclusion, Spiti is a journey to the land of Lamas, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, adventure, and culture. The valley’s stunning landscape, vibrant culture, and peaceful atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for tourists looking to explore the unexplored beauty of the Himalayas.

Alwar is a city located in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, known for its rich history, natural beauty and adventure activities. The city is home to several palaces, forts and temples that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

One of the most famous attractions in Alwar is the Bhangarh Fort, which is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India. The fort is surrounded by a dense forest and offers a unique and eerie experience for tourists.

Alwar

Apart from historical attractions, Alwar is also home to several nature reserves, including the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the Siliserh Lake. These reserves offer opportunities for wildlife safaris and bird watching, making it a popular destination for nature lovers.

The city also offers several adventure activities such as trekking, rock climbing and zip-lining, making it a must-visit destination for adventure enthusiasts.

In conclusion, Alwar is a blend of history, nature and adventure that offers a unique and unforgettable experience for tourists. The city’s rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and exciting adventure activities make it a must-visit destination for tourists looking to explore the beauty of Rajasthan.

37. Prayagraj (Allahbad)

Prayagraj, also known as Allahabad, is a city located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, making it a holy destination for Hindus.

One of the most famous attractions in Prayagraj is the Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years and attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the country. The city is also home to several temples and shrines, including the famous Triveni Sangam, where the three rivers meet.

Pryagraj

Apart from religious attractions, Prayagraj is also known for its colonial architecture and historical monuments. The Allahabad Fort and Anand Bhavan, the ancestral home of the Nehru family, are popular tourist attractions.

Prayagraj also offers opportunities for boating, picnicking and camping along the riverbanks. The city’s rich cuisine and vibrant culture are also worth exploring, making it a must-visit destination for tourists looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.

38. Valley of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers is a beautiful meadow located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. The valley is known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant floral meadows and serene surroundings, making it a popular destination for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

The valley is home to over 300 species of flowers, including Himalayan blue poppies, Himalayan cobra lilies and Himalayan bellflowers, which bloom in full glory during the months of July and August.

Valley of Flowers

The valley is accessible only through a trek, which starts from the town of Govindghat and takes about four days to complete. The trek is considered moderate in difficulty, and offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Apart from the valley, the region is also home to several other trekking trails, including the Hemkund Sahib and the Badrinath trek, which are popular among trekkers and pilgrims alike.

Malana is a small village located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The village is known for its unique culture, ancient customs and mystical beliefs, making it a popular destination for travelers looking to explore offbeat destinations in the Himalayas.

The villagers of Malana are believed to be the descendants of Alexander the Great’s army, and they follow a distinct culture and language that is different from the surrounding areas. The village is also known for its production of high-quality hashish, which is a major source of income for the villagers.

Malana

Apart from its cultural and mystical significance, Malana is also a popular destination for trekking and hiking. The village is located on the route to the famous Chandrakhani Pass trek, which offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and valleys.

Malana is also home to several ancient temples and shrines, including the Jamlu Devta temple, which is dedicated to the village’s deity. The temple is believed to be over 500 years old and is a major attraction for tourists.

40. Patni Top

Patni Top is a small hill station located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located at an altitude of 6,640 feet above sea level and is known for its scenic beauty, picturesque landscapes, and serene environment.

The hill station is surrounded by lush green forests of pine and deodar trees, which provide a cool and refreshing atmosphere to visitors. Patni Top is also home to several trekking trails, which are popular among adventure enthusiasts.

Patni Top

One of the major attractions of Patni Top is the Nathatop, which is located at an altitude of 9,000 feet above sea level. Nathatop offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped Himalayan peaks and valleys.

Patni Top is also home to several ancient temples and shrines, including the famous Sudh Mahadev Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be over 2,000 years old and is a major attraction for tourists.

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41. Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular wildlife destinations in India. It is located in the state of Assam and covers an area of 430 square kilometers. The park is known for its large population of one-horned rhinoceroses, which is a rare and endangered species.

Apart from one-horned rhinoceroses, Kaziranga is home to a variety of other wildlife, including elephants, tigers, wild buffaloes, and swamp deer. The park is also home to several species of birds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

Visitors can explore the park on jeep safaris, elephant safaris, and on foot. The best time to visit the park is from November to April, when the weather is pleasant and wildlife sightings are common.

Apart from wildlife safaris, visitors can also experience the local culture of Assam by visiting nearby villages and markets. The park is also home to several resorts and lodges, providing comfortable accommodations for visitors.

42. Gangtok

Gangtok, the capital city of the Indian state of Sikkim, is a popular destination for those seeking peace and tranquility amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. The city is known for its charming streets, colorful buildings, and a thriving Buddhist culture.

One of the most popular attractions in Gangtok is the Rumtek Monastery, one of the largest and most significant monasteries in the region. Visitors can witness the daily life of the monks, admire the intricate murals and sculptures, and learn about the history and significance of the monastery.

Another must-visit attraction in Gangtok is the Tsomgo Lake, a glacial lake located at an altitude of 12,400 feet above sea level. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and offers breathtaking views, especially during the winter months when the lake is frozen.

Visitors can also explore the local markets in Gangtok, which offer a variety of handicrafts, textiles, and other souvenirs. The city is also known for its delicious local cuisine, which blends traditional Tibetan and Nepalese flavors.

43. Darjeeling

Darjeeling, located in the Indian state of West Bengal, is a popular hill station that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a unique blend of cultures. Known for its tea plantations, charming streets, and colonial architecture, Darjeeling is a must-visit destination for those seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.

One of the most popular attractions in Darjeeling is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train.” The train takes visitors on a scenic journey through the lush green tea plantations and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Visitors can also explore the local markets in Darjeeling, which offer a variety of handicrafts, textiles, and other souvenirs. The city is also known for its delicious local cuisine, which includes traditional Tibetan, Nepalese, and Bengali dishes.

Another must-visit attraction in Darjeeling is the Tiger Hill, which offers stunning views of the sunrise over the Himalayas. Visitors can also explore the nearby monasteries, temples, and other cultural attractions.

Tawang is a stunning destination located in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Known for its scenic beauty, rich history, and unique cultural experiences, Tawang is a perfect offbeat travel destination for nature and culture enthusiasts.

One of the must-visit attractions in Tawang is the Tawang Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist monastery in India and home to numerous ancient artifacts and scriptures. The monastery also hosts a colorful festival, Tawang Festival, which is celebrated annually and attracts tourists from all over the world.

Apart from the monastery, Tawang also boasts of breathtaking natural landscapes. The Gorichen Peak, situated at an altitude of 22,500 feet, offers a mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. The P.T. Tso Lake, located at a distance of 17 km from Tawang, is another popular attraction that offers a peaceful and picturesque setting.

Tawang is also known for its unique cultural experiences. Visitors can witness traditional dance performances, taste local cuisine, and learn about the local customs and traditions. The town also has a lively local market that offers a variety of handicrafts, textiles, and other souvenirs.

45. Shilong

Shillong is a charming hill station located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, India. Known for its scenic beauty, pleasant weather, and unique culture, Shillong is a popular travel destination for nature and culture enthusiasts.

One of the top attractions in Shillong is the Elephant Falls, a three-tiered waterfall located just outside the town. Visitors can take a refreshing dip in the natural pool formed by the waterfall or simply enjoy the stunning view from the top.

Another popular destination in Shillong is the Ward’s Lake, a serene lake surrounded by lush gardens and a perfect spot for a picnic. Visitors can also enjoy boating in the lake or simply take a leisurely stroll around its perimeter.

Shillong is also known for its vibrant music scene and unique culture. The town hosts the Shillong Autumn Festival, a three-day celebration of music, culture, and art that showcases the best of local talent. Visitors can also explore the local market, which offers a variety of handicrafts, textiles, and other souvenirs.

46. Ziro Valley

Ziro Valley is a picturesque valley located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Known for its natural beauty and unique cultural heritage, Ziro Valley is a must-visit destination for travelers looking for an offbeat and authentic travel experience.

One of the top attractions in Ziro Valley is the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a biodiverse haven for rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Visitors can take a trek through the sanctuary and spot exotic birds, butterflies, and orchids along the way.

Another popular destination in Ziro Valley is the Ziro Music Festival, a four-day celebration of music, culture, and art that attracts artists and music lovers from all over the world. Visitors can enjoy live performances by local and international musicians while soaking in the stunning natural beauty of the valley.

Ziro Valley is also home to the Apatani tribe, a unique and fascinating community known for their distinctive facial tattoos, intricate bamboo structures, and sustainable agricultural practices. Visitors can explore the Apatani villages and interact with the locals to learn more about their rich cultural heritage.

In conclusion, Ziro Valley is a hidden gem in Arunachal Pradesh that offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty and unique cultural heritage of the region. Its wildlife sanctuary, music festival, and Apatani culture make it a must-visit destination for those seeking an enriching and authentic travel experience.

47. Nathu La Pass

Located in the Himalayas, Nathu La Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass that connects the Indian state of Sikkim to the Chinese region of Tibet. The pass is known for its strategic and historical significance and is a popular destination among adventure seekers and history enthusiasts.

Visitors to Nathu La Pass can enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and also witness the unique blend of Indian and Chinese cultures. The pass is also home to a number of sacred Buddhist monasteries, such as the Changu Monastery, which is believed to date back to the 17th century.

However, visitors to Nathu La Pass need to be prepared for the high-altitude conditions, as the pass is located at an altitude of over 4,300 meters above sea level. Visitors may experience altitude sickness and are advised to acclimatize themselves before embarking on their journey. The pass is also closed during winter months due to heavy snowfall.

To visit Nathu La Pass, visitors need to obtain a permit from the Indian government as well as the Chinese authorities. The pass is accessible by road and is approximately 56 kilometers from the town of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

48. Siang River

Located in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, the Siang River is a natural wonder that attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. Known as the Brahmaputra River in the lower plains, it originates from Tibet and flows through Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Bangladesh. The Siang River is popular among river rafting enthusiasts for its challenging rapids and breathtaking scenery.

The river is surrounded by dense forests, high mountains, and quaint villages, making it a paradise for nature lovers. Visitors can go on nature walks, bird watching tours, and trekking expeditions in the surrounding forests. The Siang River also offers the unique opportunity to experience the local culture of the Adi tribe, who live along the riverbank.

The best time to visit the Siang River is during the winter months, between November and March, when the weather is pleasant and the water levels are low. River rafting is the most popular activity on the Siang River, and visitors can choose from a range of options depending on their experience level. The rapids on the Siang River are rated Class III to Class V, making it suitable for experienced rafters.

49. Gorichen Peak

Gorichen Peak, also known as Sa-Nga Phu, is located in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is a stunning mountain peak that stands tall at an elevation of 6,488 meters. The mountain is a major attraction for adventure enthusiasts and trekkers. Gorichen Peak is one of the highest peaks in Arunachal Pradesh and is considered one of the most challenging peaks to climb.

The Gorichen peak trek offers an incredible experience of trekking in the Eastern Himalayas, giving trekkers the opportunity to witness the beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges, forests, and streams. The trek takes you through beautiful landscapes, including dense forests, pristine rivers, and breathtaking meadows. It is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the region.

The best time to visit Gorichen Peak is from April to June and from September to November. During the winter months, the peak is covered in snow, making it difficult to climb. The trek is not for the faint-hearted, as it requires a high level of fitness and experience. However, the stunning views and sense of achievement make it all worthwhile.

In addition to trekking, visitors can also explore the nearby Tawang Monastery, which is one of the largest and most beautiful monasteries in India. The monastery is a major center of Buddhist learning and is home to many monks. It is a fascinating place to visit and offers a unique glimpse into the culture and traditions of the region.

Overall, Gorichen Peak is a must-visit destination for adventure enthusiasts and those who love to explore the beauty of the Himalayas. With its stunning natural beauty, challenging trek, and fascinating culture, it is an experience that will stay with you forever.

50. Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji, located in the Indian state of Meghalaya, is one of the most beautiful destinations in Northeast India. It is a place that is famous for its incredible natural beauty, unique culture, and breathtaking landscapes. The town is known for receiving the highest amount of rainfall in the world, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers.

The town is surrounded by stunning waterfalls, lush green forests, and misty mountains that make it a paradise for trekkers and hikers. Some of the popular tourist spots in Cherrapunji include the Seven Sisters Waterfall, Nohkalikai Falls, and the Mawsmai Caves. Visitors can also enjoy the unique experience of living in a treehouse, which is a popular option for accommodation in Cherrapunji.

In addition to its natural beauty, Cherrapunji is also known for its vibrant culture and warm hospitality. Visitors can enjoy local dishes such as jadoh, tungrymbai, and pickled bamboo shoots. The town is also famous for its traditional Khasi dance and music, which is performed during festivals and other special occasions.

Assam, a land of immense natural beauty, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture, is a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic and offbeat travel experience. Located in the northeastern part of India, Assam is known for its lush green tea gardens, the mighty Brahmaputra river, and the one-horned rhinoceros. The state is also famous for its distinct cuisine, which includes mouth-watering dishes like fish curry, bamboo shoot pickle, and pitha.

Assam is home to several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, such as the Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. These parks provide a unique opportunity to witness some of the rarest and endangered species of animals, including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, elephant, and clouded leopard.

The state also has a rich history and cultural heritage. The ancient temples of Kamakhya and Navagraha in Guwahati are must-visit destinations for those interested in history and architecture. The Majuli island, located in the Brahmaputra river, is the world’s largest river island and is known for its unique blend of culture, art, and religion.

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Assam is well connected to the rest of India through air, rail, and road. The state has its own international airport in Guwahati, and regular trains and buses connect it to major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai.

52.  Madhuri Lake

Madhuri Lake is a stunning natural wonder located in the Ziro district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. This lake has become popular among travelers and tourists due to its tranquil and serene surroundings, crystal clear water, and the opportunity to indulge in various adventure activities.

Named after Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, who had shot for a song sequence of the movie “Koyla” here, Madhuri Lake is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests and towering mountains that create a breathtakingly beautiful view.

One of the most popular activities to indulge in at Madhuri Lake is boating. The crystal clear water of the lake is perfect for boating, and it gives travelers an opportunity to admire the natural beauty of the surroundings. Fishing is also a popular activity here, and travelers can catch different types of fish such as carp, trout, and catfish.

Trekking is another popular activity among travelers visiting Madhuri Lake. The trek to the lake is quite challenging, but the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forests make it worth the effort.

The best time to visit Madhuri Lake is between the months of March and October, when the weather is pleasant and the lake is at its clearest.

53. Serchhip

Serchhip Lake is a hidden gem located in the state of Mizoram in India. This beautiful lake is a must-visit destination for travelers and nature lovers who want to experience the serene beauty of the region.

Surrounded by lush green forests and hills, Serchhip Lake is a picturesque spot that offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The crystal clear waters of the lake reflect the beautiful surroundings, creating a breathtaking view.

One of the most popular activities to indulge in at Serchhip Lake is boating. The calm and peaceful waters of the lake provide an ideal setting for boating, and travelers can enjoy a relaxing boat ride while taking in the beautiful views of the surrounding hills.

Fishing is another popular activity among travelers visiting Serchhip Lake. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, and travelers can enjoy fishing while soaking in the beauty of the surroundings.

Trekking is also a popular activity here, and travelers can embark on a trek to the nearby hills to explore the beautiful forests and spot a variety of wildlife species.

The best time to visit Serchhip Lake is between the months of October and March, when the weather is pleasant and the lake is at its clearest. However, it is important to note that the area around the lake is a protected area, and travelers need to obtain a permit from the local authorities before visiting.

54. Tripura Sundari Temple

Tripura Sundari is a beautiful temple located in the state of Tripura in India. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Tripura Sundari, who is also known as Shodashi and is believed to be one of the ten Mahavidyas in Hinduism. The temple is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the region and attracts a large number of devotees every year.

The architecture of the temple is a blend of Hindu and Buddhist styles and is characterized by intricate carvings and sculptures. The temple complex consists of four temples, each dedicated to a different deity. The main temple is dedicated to Tripura Sundari and is adorned with beautiful paintings and carvings.

One of the most unique features of the Tripura Sundari temple is the daily worship of a small black stone, which is believed to represent the goddess. The stone is said to have been brought from Sri Lanka by the sage Narada and is believed to have miraculous powers.

The temple also hosts an annual fair, which is held during the festival of Diwali. The fair attracts a large number of visitors and features a variety of stalls selling local handicrafts, food, and other items.

Overall, Tripura Sundari is a must-visit destination for those interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of Tripura. The temple’s stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and unique rituals make it a fascinating place to visit for devotees and travelers alike.

55. Nagula Lake

Nagula Lake is a breathtakingly beautiful lake located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. This picturesque lake is surrounded by lush green hills and offers a serene and tranquil environment that is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The crystal clear waters of Nagula Lake are perfect for boating, and travelers can enjoy a peaceful boat ride while taking in the beauty of the surrounding hills. The lake is also a popular spot for fishing, and travelers can try their luck at catching a variety of fish such as catfish and carp.

Trekking is another popular activity among travelers visiting Nagula Lake. The hills surrounding the lake offer a variety of trekking trails, each offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The best time to visit Nagula Lake is between the months of November and March when the weather is pleasant, and the lake is at its clearest. However, it is important to note that the lake is located in a protected area, and travelers need to obtain a permit from the local authorities before visiting.

56. Sandakphu Peak

Sandakphu Peak is a popular trekking destination located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. The peak is known for its stunning panoramic views of some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, including Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

The trek to Sandakphu Peak is considered to be one of the most scenic and challenging treks in India. The trail passes through dense forests, charming villages, and meadows adorned with rhododendron flowers, offering travelers a glimpse of the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

The trek to Sandakphu Peak is also an opportunity for travelers to experience the unique culture of the region. The local communities living in the villages along the trail have their own distinct traditions and customs, and travelers can interact with them to learn more about their way of life.

The best time to visit Sandakphu Peak is between the months of April and May when the weather is pleasant and the rhododendron flowers are in full bloom. The trek is challenging, and travelers are advised to be physically fit and prepared for the high altitude conditions.

57. Damapa Tiger Reserve

Dampa Tiger Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary located in the northwestern part of the state of Mizoram in India. The reserve is known for its diverse flora and fauna and is home to several endangered species, including the Bengal tiger and the Asian elephant.

The sanctuary is spread over an area of around 500 square kilometers and is characterized by lush green forests, crystal-clear streams, and undulating hills. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including several species of deer, wild boar, and primates such as macaques and langurs.

One of the main attractions of Dampa Tiger Reserve is the opportunity to spot the majestic Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. The reserve also offers a variety of trekking trails, providing travelers with the opportunity to explore the sanctuary and its diverse ecosystem up close.

Visitors to Dampa Tiger Reserve can also participate in a variety of activities, including bird watching, camping, and fishing. The reserve is also a popular spot for nature photography, with several stunning vistas and breathtaking landscapes to capture.

58. Doyang River

Doyang River is a beautiful river located in the state of Nagaland in India. The river flows through lush green forests, undulating hills, and charming villages, offering travelers a glimpse of the diverse beauty of the region.

The Doyang River is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The river is ideal for fishing, and travelers can try their luck at catching a variety of fish, including trout and carp. The river is also perfect for rafting and kayaking, with several exciting rapids and stretches of calm waters that offer travelers an adrenaline-pumping experience.

The banks of the Doyang River are dotted with charming villages that offer a glimpse into the unique culture and traditions of the region. Travelers can interact with the local communities to learn more about their way of life and sample local cuisine.

The best time to visit the Doyang River is between the months of October and March when the weather is pleasant, and the river is at its clearest. Visitors to the river are advised to follow the guidelines laid down by the local authorities and take necessary precautions while participating in water sports.

59. Mokokchung

Mokokchung is a beautiful town located in the state of Nagaland in India. The town is known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant festivals, and stunning natural beauty.

One of the main attractions of Mokokchung is its vibrant festivals, which are a celebration of the town’s unique culture and traditions. The town hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Aoleang festival, which is a celebration of the New Year according to the Ao tribe’s calendar.

Mokokchung is also home to several historical and cultural landmarks that offer a glimpse into the town’s rich history. The Longkhum Village, for instance, is a popular destination for travelers looking to explore the town’s traditional architecture and learn more about its cultural heritage.

In addition to its cultural attractions, Mokokchung is also known for its stunning natural beauty. The town is surrounded by lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys, making it a popular destination for nature lovers.

The best time to visit Mokokchung is between the months of October and May when the weather is pleasant and the town is at its most vibrant. Visitors to Mokokchung are advised to respect the town’s local customs and traditions and take necessary precautions while exploring the town’s natural beauty.

60. Mawlynnong Village

Mawlynnong Village, located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, is a beautiful and picturesque village known for its pristine beauty and cleanliness. The village has been awarded the title of “Asia’s cleanest village” and is a popular destination for eco-tourism and nature lovers.

The village is characterized by lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and stunning landscapes, offering travelers a glimpse into the unique beauty of the region. One of the main attractions of Mawlynnong Village is the Living Root Bridge, which is a unique example of sustainable architecture and a testament to the ingenuity of the local community.

Travelers to Mawlynnong Village can also explore the local markets and sample local cuisine, including traditional Khasi dishes such as Jadoh and Doh Khleh. The village is also known for its homestays, which offer travelers a chance to experience the local way of life and interact with the friendly and welcoming local community.

61. Pelling

Pelling, located in the Indian state of Sikkim, is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors with its stunning natural beauty, serene atmosphere, and cultural richness. Surrounded by lush green hills and valleys, Pelling offers a spectacular view of the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain peak in the world. This charming hill town has something to offer for every traveler, be it adventure seekers, nature lovers, or culture enthusiasts.

The major attractions in Pelling include the Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, and Singshore Bridge. The Pemayangtse Monastery, built in the 17th century, is one of the oldest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim. The Rabdentse Ruins, located on a hilltop, offer a glimpse into the ancient history and architecture of Sikkim. Khecheopalri Lake is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus and is surrounded by dense forests and prayer flags. The Singshore Bridge, one of the highest suspension bridges in Asia, offers a thrilling experience to adventure seekers.

Apart from sightseeing, visitors can also indulge in various activities such as trekking, hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the local markets. The town’s cuisine is influenced by Nepalese and Tibetan cultures and offers a variety of delicacies such as momos, thukpa, and chhang.

Pelling is easily accessible by road from the nearby cities of Siliguri and Gangtok. The best time to visit Pelling is from March to June and from September to November when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear.

62. Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake, is a picturesque high-altitude lake situated in the Indian state of Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 12,310 feet above sea level, this glacial lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is a popular tourist destination for its breathtaking natural beauty and spiritual significance.

The lake is considered sacred by the local Sikkimese people, and visitors are required to obtain a permit from the authorities to visit the lake. The journey to Tsomgo Lake is as enchanting as the destination, with the road winding through picturesque valleys and lush green forests.

The lake’s crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding mountains and the blue sky, making it a visual treat for nature lovers and photographers. During winters, the lake is frozen, and visitors can enjoy activities like ice-skating and snowball fights. In the summer months, the lake is surrounded by blooming wildflowers, and visitors can take a leisurely walk around the lake’s perimeter.

Apart from its natural beauty, the lake is also home to several migratory birds and exotic species of flowers, making it a paradise for bird watchers and botanists. The nearby Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is another popular tourist destination that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

63. Meghalaya

Meghalaya, located in the northeastern region of India, is a scenic state known for its lush green hills, misty valleys, and vibrant culture. The state is home to several indigenous tribes, each with its unique traditions and customs, making it a fascinating destination for cultural enthusiasts.

Shillong, the state’s capital, is a bustling city known for its vibrant music scene and colonial-era architecture. The city is surrounded by rolling hills and waterfalls, making it a popular destination for nature lovers. Some of the must-visit attractions in Shillong include the Ward’s Lake, Don Bosco Museum, and Elephant Falls.

Cherrapunji, located in the southern part of Meghalaya, is known for receiving the highest rainfall in the world. The region’s abundant rainfall has resulted in lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and numerous caves, making it a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts.

Mawlynnong, located near the border with Bangladesh, is known as the cleanest village in Asia. The village’s streets are lined with flowering plants and bamboo dustbins, making it a model for sustainable tourism. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk through the village’s picturesque streets and interact with the friendly locals.

Meghalaya is also known for its delicious cuisine, which is a fusion of tribal and Bengali influences. Some of the must-try dishes include jadoh, tungrymbai, and dohneiiong.

64. Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake, located in the northeastern state of Manipur in India, is the largest freshwater lake in the country and one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the region. The lake is known for its floating islands, called phumdis, which are made of decomposed vegetation and soil.

The lake’s crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding hills and forests, making it a visual treat for nature lovers and photographers. Visitors can take a boat ride on the lake to explore the floating islands and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

The Keibul Lamjao National Park, located on the southern shore of the lake, is a unique habitat for the endangered Sangai deer, which is found only in Manipur. Visitors can take a guided tour of the park to spot the deer and other wildlife, including several species of birds.

The lake is also home to several fishing communities, who live in houses built on stilts over the water. Visitors can interact with the locals and learn about their traditional fishing methods and way of life.

The nearby Sendra Island, located in the middle of the lake, is a popular picnic spot and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and forests. The island is accessible by boat from the nearby town of Moirang.

65. Bomdila

Bomdila, located in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is a picturesque town known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas and its unique cultural heritage. The town is situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level and offers a pleasant climate throughout the year.

The town is home to the Bomdila Monastery, which is one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism in India. The monastery’s intricate architecture, colorful prayer flags, and peaceful ambiance make it a must-visit destination for spiritual seekers.

The town is surrounded by lush green forests and is a paradise for nature lovers. The nearby Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is home to several species of orchids and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Dirang Valley, located a short distance from Bomdila, is another popular destination that offers stunning views of the Himalayas and several hot springs.

The town is also known for its unique handicrafts, including woolen carpets, shawls, and jackets. Visitors can explore the local markets and interact with the friendly locals to learn about their traditional crafts.

66. Siang River Rafting

Siang River rafting is one of the most thrilling and adventurous experiences that one can have in the northeastern region of India. The Siang River, also known as the Brahmaputra River, is located in Arunachal Pradesh and is a popular destination for rafting enthusiasts. The river is surrounded by lush green forests and breathtaking landscapes, making it an ideal spot for a nature lover.

The rafting adventure on the Siang River is not for the faint-hearted, as it involves navigating through rapids of varying grades. Rafting trips usually last for a few days, during which you will be camping in tents along the river bank, eating delicious local cuisine and enjoying the serenity of the wilderness. The experience is not just about adrenaline, but also about immersing yourself in the local culture, as you interact with the people of Arunachal Pradesh and learn about their way of life.

The best time to go for Siang River rafting is during the winter months, from November to March, when the water levels are low and the weather is pleasant. The rapids range from grade II to grade IV, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. Safety is always a top priority, and all the necessary precautions are taken to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

67. Singalila National Park

Located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Singalila National Park is a pristine destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Covering an area of over 78 square kilometers, the park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species. It is also the only place in India where you can witness the breathtaking sight of four of the world’s highest peaks – Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga.

The park is rich in biodiversity, with over 120 species of birds, including the rare Satyr Tragopan, and a range of animals like red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and leopard cats. Trekking is a popular activity in the park, and there are several routes to choose from, ranging from easy to challenging. The most popular route is the Singalila Ridge trek, which takes you through dense forests, grasslands, and rhododendron valleys.

The best time to visit Singalila National Park is from March to May and from September to November when the weather is mild and pleasant. The park is easily accessible by road from Darjeeling, and there are several accommodations available in and around the park.

68. Double Decker Living Root Bridge

The Double Decker Living Root Bridge is a natural wonder located in the Indian state of Meghalaya. The bridge is made entirely of living roots, woven together over centuries by the Khasi tribe. The bridge is unique in that it is a double-decker bridge, consisting of two levels, one above the other. It is a fascinating example of the harmony between humans and nature.

The bridge is located in the village of Nongriat and is only accessible by foot. The trek to the bridge is challenging and takes around three to four hours, but the breathtaking views of the surrounding forests and waterfalls make it worth the effort. The bridge itself is over 150 years old and can support the weight of up to 50 people at a time.

The best time to visit the Double Decker Living Root Bridge is from November to February when the weather is dry and pleasant. Accommodations are available in the nearby villages, and the locals are known for their warm hospitality and delicious local cuisine.

69. Laitlum Canyon

Located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, Laitlum Canyon is a hidden gem that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The name “Laitlum” means “end of hills” in the local Khasi language, and the canyon is truly a sight to behold.

The trek to Laitlum Canyon is challenging but rewarding, with stunning vistas at every turn. The canyon is surrounded by rolling hills covered in lush greenery, with the occasional waterfall cascading down the cliffs. The viewpoint at the end of the trek provides a panoramic view of the entire canyon, with the distant hills and valleys stretching out before you.

The best time to visit Laitlum Canyon is from September to May when the weather is dry and pleasant. The trek is best done early in the morning or late in the afternoon, as the sun can be quite intense during the day. There are several accommodations available in the nearby village of Shillong, and the locals are known for their warm hospitality and delicious local cuisine.

70. Dawki River

Dawki River, also known as Umngot River, is a pristine river located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. The river is famous for its crystal-clear waters and is one of the cleanest rivers in India. It is a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists, who come to marvel at the natural beauty of the river and indulge in various water sports.

Boating is a popular activity in Dawki River, and the boats used here are made of bamboo and are operated by local boatmen. The boat ride takes you through the tranquil waters of the river, surrounded by lush green forests and the distant hills. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular activities here, allowing visitors to explore the underwater world of the river.

The best time to visit Dawki River is from November to May when the weather is dry and pleasant. The river is easily accessible by road from the nearby town of Shillong, and there are several accommodations available in and around the river.

71. Mawsmai Cave

Mawsmai Cave is a natural wonder located in the Indian state of Meghalaya. The cave is famous for its stunning stalactites and stalagmites, formed over millions of years by the slow drip of water. It is a popular destination for tourists who come to explore the underground world of the cave and marvel at its natural beauty.

The cave is easily accessible by road from the nearby town of Cherrapunjee and is open to visitors throughout the year. The cave system is extensive, with several narrow passages and chambers that visitors can explore. The temperature inside the cave remains cool throughout the year, making it a refreshing escape from the hot and humid weather outside.

Visitors to Mawsmai Cave are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as the terrain inside the cave can be slippery and uneven. Flashlights are also recommended, as the cave can be quite dark in places. The cave is open from 9 am to 5 pm, and visitors are advised to allocate at least two hours for exploring the cave thoroughly.

72. Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the Indian state of Assam. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya, who is believed to be an embodiment of the creative energy of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus from all over the world, who come to seek the blessings of the goddess.

The temple is located on a hill in the city of Guwahati and is easily accessible by road. The architecture of the temple is a mix of Hindu and Assamese styles, with intricate carvings and designs adorning the walls and pillars. The temple complex comprises several smaller temples and shrines, each dedicated to a different deity.

The main attraction of the Kamakhya Temple is the annual Ambubachi Mela, which is held in June every year. During this festival, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees who come to seek the blessings of the goddess. The festival is a celebration of the power of female energy and is marked by various rituals and cultural events.

In conclusion, Kamakhya Temple is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of Assam. The stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and the powerful presence of the goddess make it a truly awe-inspiring sight. A visit to Kamakhya Temple is sure to be a memorable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

73. Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the coastal town of Puri, in the Indian state of Odisha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu, and is considered to be one of the four most sacred shrines in Hinduism. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus from all over the world, who come to seek the blessings of the lord.

The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, which is held in June or July every year. During this festival, the idols of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra are taken out of the temple in grand processions and placed in three massive chariots. The chariots are then pulled by thousands of devotees through the streets of Puri.

The architecture of the temple is a mix of Kalinga and Dravidian styles, with intricate carvings and designs adorning the walls and pillars. The temple complex comprises several smaller temples and shrines, each dedicated to a different deity.

74. Rudrasagar Lake

Rudrasagar Lake is a serene and picturesque lake located in the Indian state of Tripura. It is a popular tourist destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature.

The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and is home to several species of birds and aquatic animals. The water in the lake is crystal clear, and visitors can take a boat ride to explore the lake and its surroundings. The lake is also home to several small islands, each with its own unique charm and beauty.

One of the main attractions of Rudrasagar Lake is the Neermahal Palace, which is located on one of the islands in the lake. The palace was built in the early 20th century and is a stunning example of the fusion of Indian and Mughal architecture. Visitors can take a boat ride to the palace and explore its beautiful gardens and intricate carvings.

75. Dimapur

Dimapur is a vibrant city located in the Indian state of Nagaland. It is the largest city in the state and serves as the gateway to the Northeastern region of India. The city is a melting pot of cultures and is home to people from various ethnicities.

One of the main attractions of Dimapur is the ruins of Kachari Kingdom, which dates back to the 10th century. The ruins consist of several stone pillars and temples, each with intricate carvings and designs. Visitors can explore the ruins and learn about the rich history and culture of the region.

Another popular destination in Dimapur is the Nagaland Science Centre, which is a great place for science enthusiasts of all ages. The centre features several interactive exhibits and displays, covering various fields of science, technology, and engineering.

Dimapur is also known for its vibrant markets, which offer a variety of local handicrafts, textiles, and traditional attire. Visitors can also indulge in the local cuisine, which is a delicious mix of Naga, Assamese, and Bengali influences.

76. Kohima Museum

Kohima Museum is a popular tourist attraction located in the city of Kohima, the capital of the Indian state of Nagaland. The museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Naga people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland.

The museum features several exhibits and displays, each showcasing different aspects of Naga culture, history, and tradition. Visitors can learn about the Naga tribes, their beliefs and customs, and their unique way of life. The museum also houses a collection of traditional attire, weapons, and handicrafts, providing visitors with a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Naga people.

One of the highlights of the museum is the exhibit dedicated to the Battle of Kohima, which was fought during World War II between the Allied forces and the Japanese army. The exhibit features several artifacts and memorabilia from the battle, including weapons, photographs, and personal accounts of soldiers who fought in the battle.

77. Imphal Valley

Imphal Valley is a beautiful destination located in the Indian state of Manipur. Known for its scenic beauty, rich culture, and historical significance, the valley is a must-visit for anyone interested in exploring the natural and cultural wonders of Northeast India.

The valley is home to several attractions, including the Kangla Fort, which was once the seat of power of the Manipuri rulers. The fort is now a popular tourist destination and features several temples, palaces, and a museum that showcases the rich history and culture of the region.

Another popular destination in Imphal Valley is the Loktak Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. The lake is home to several species of birds and aquatic animals, and visitors can take a boat ride to explore the lake and its surroundings.

The valley is also known for its rich flora and fauna, with several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries located in the region. Visitors can explore these parks and sanctuaries to witness the natural beauty of the region and spot several rare and endangered species of animals.

78. Kangla Fort

Kangla Fort is a historic fort located in Imphal, the capital city of the Indian state of Manipur. The fort has a rich history that dates back to the 1st century AD, and it has been an important seat of power for the Manipuri rulers throughout history.

Today, Kangla Fort is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world who are interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of the region. The fort features several temples, palaces, and a museum that showcases the history and culture of Manipur.

One of the highlights of the fort is the Kangla Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the rich history and culture of the region. Visitors can explore the museum to learn about the various tribes that inhabit Manipur, their customs and traditions, and their unique way of life.

The fort also features several temples, including the Shree Govindajee Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. The temple features stunning architecture and intricate carvings that are sure to leave visitors in awe.

79. Kolkata

Kolkata, also known as the “City of Joy,” is a vibrant and bustling city located in the eastern part of India. With its rich history, diverse culture, and delicious food, Kolkata is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to India.

One of the highlights of Kolkata is its colonial architecture, which can be seen in several buildings, including the Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Howrah Bridge. These buildings provide a glimpse into Kolkata’s history as a major trading port under British rule.

Kolkata is also known for its street food, which is a delicious and affordable way to sample the city’s culinary delights. From spicy puchkas to savory kathi rolls, Kolkata’s street food scene is sure to delight your taste buds.

Another must-visit destination in Kolkata is the Kalighat Temple, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali and features stunning architecture and intricate carvings.

Lastly, Kolkata is also home to several museums, including the Indian Museum and the Victoria Memorial Museum. These museums provide a fascinating insight into the history and culture of India, and are a must-visit for anyone interested in learning more about the country.

Konark, located in the eastern state of Odisha in India, is a historic city known for its iconic Sun Temple. The Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive temple complexes in India.

The Sun Temple is a masterpiece of architecture and engineering, with intricate carvings and sculptures that depict various gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology. The temple is designed in the shape of a chariot, with 24 wheels representing the hours of the day and seven horses representing the days of the week.

Apart from the Sun Temple, Konark is also known for its beautiful beaches, including the popular Chandrabhaga Beach. Visitors can enjoy a dip in the sea, sunbathing, and other beach activities at this beautiful beach.

Konark is also home to several other temples and religious sites, including the Ramachandi Temple and the Kuruma Buddhist site. These sites offer a glimpse into the rich religious and cultural heritage of the region.

Lastly, Konark is also known for its annual Konark Dance Festival, which is held in December every year. The festival showcases various classical dance forms of India and is a must-visit for anyone interested in the performing arts.

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Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is a picturesque hill station located in the southwestern part of India in the state of Karnataka. With its beautiful landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, Coorg is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Coorg is home to several scenic places such as Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, and the Madikeri Fort. Abbey Falls is a stunning waterfall that is surrounded by lush greenery, while Raja’s Seat offers breathtaking views of the hills and valleys of Coorg. The Madikeri Fort, on the other hand, is a historic fort that offers a glimpse into Coorg’s rich history.

Apart from its natural beauty and historic sites, Coorg is also known for its coffee plantations, which produce some of the best coffee in India. Visitors can take a tour of these plantations, learn about the coffee-making process, and sample some delicious coffee.

For adventure seekers, Coorg offers several outdoor activities such as trekking, rafting, and camping. The Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarhole National Park are also great places to explore for those who love nature and wildlife.

82. Coonoor

Nestled amidst the lush green hills of the Western Ghats, Coonoor is a charming hill station located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. Known for its tea plantations, stunning vistas, and cool climate, Coonoor is a perfect destination for those looking to escape the heat and hustle of city life.

One of the major attractions in Coonoor is the Sim’s Park, a beautifully landscaped botanical garden that houses a variety of exotic plants and trees. The park is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll amidst the serene surroundings and offers breathtaking views of the hills and valleys.

Coonoor is also famous for its tea plantations, which produce some of the finest teas in the world. Visitors can take a tour of these plantations, learn about the tea-making process, and sample some delicious teas.

Apart from its natural beauty, Coonoor is also home to several historic sites such as the Droog Fort and the Wellington Golf Course. The Droog Fort is a 16th-century fort that offers a glimpse into Coonoor’s rich history, while the Wellington Golf Course is a perfect place for golf enthusiasts to enjoy a game amidst stunning surroundings.

Hampi, located in the southern state of Karnataka in India, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit destination for history buffs and culture enthusiasts. Once the capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi today is a remarkable open-air museum that boasts of magnificent ruins, ancient temples, and stunning landscapes.

One of the major attractions in Hampi is the Virupaksha Temple, a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that has been in continuous worship since the 7th century. The temple complex also includes several other smaller temples and shrines that are worth visiting.

Another highlight of Hampi is the Vijaya Vittala Temple, an ancient temple known for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings. The temple’s famous stone chariot and musical pillars are a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Apart from its historic sites, Hampi is also home to several stunning landscapes such as the Hampi Bazaar and the Matanga Hill. The Hampi Bazaar is a lively street that offers a glimpse into the town’s past, while the Matanga Hill offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Munnar, located in the southern state of Kerala in India, is a breathtaking hill station known for its lush green tea plantations, stunning waterfalls, and cool climate. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats, Munnar offers a perfect getaway for those looking to escape the heat and hustle of city life.

One of the major attractions in Munnar is the Mattupetty Dam, a picturesque spot that offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Visitors can take a boat ride on the dam’s serene waters and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Munnar is also famous for its tea plantations, which produce some of the finest teas in the world. Visitors can take a tour of these plantations, learn about the tea-making process, and sample some delicious teas.

Apart from its natural beauty, Munnar is also home to several historic sites such as the Eravikulam National Park and the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. The Eravikulam National Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, as it is home to several rare and endangered species such as the Nilgiri Tahr, while the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is known for its stunning vistas and delicious tea.

85. Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin, is a popular tourist destination located at the southernmost tip of India where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean meet. This charming coastal town offers breathtaking views of the sea, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and a rich cultural history.

One of the major attractions in Kanyakumari is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a monument dedicated to the famous Indian philosopher and spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda. Located on a small island, the memorial offers a peaceful retreat for visitors to meditate and reflect.

Another highlight of Kanyakumari is the Kanyakumari Temple, a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Devi Kanya Kumari. The temple is known for its intricate carvings and stunning architecture.

Kanyakumari is also famous for its stunning beaches, such as the Kanyakumari Beach and the Sanguthurai Beach, which offer breathtaking views of the sea and a range of water activities such as swimming and sunbathing.

Apart from its natural beauty, Kanyakumari is also home to several historic sites such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace and the Thiruvalluvar Statue. The Padmanabhapuram Palace is a must-visit destination for those interested in history and architecture, while the Thiruvalluvar Statue is a popular landmark that offers stunning views of the sea.

86. Rameswaram

Rameswaram, located on the southernmost tip of India, is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus. It is believed that Lord Rama, the central figure of the Hindu epic Ramayana, built a bridge across the sea from Rameswaram to Sri Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. This makes Rameswaram an important place for devotees of Lord Rama.

The Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most popular attraction in Rameswaram. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which are considered to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. The temple’s stunning architecture and intricate carvings make it a must-visit destination for those interested in history and culture.

Another highlight of Rameswaram is the Pamban Bridge, a famous engineering marvel that connects Rameswaram to mainland India. The bridge offers stunning views of the sea and is a popular spot for photography enthusiasts.

Rameswaram is also famous for its pristine beaches such as the Dhanushkodi Beach, which is known for its calm waters and stunning sunsets. It is also a great spot for water activities such as swimming and sunbathing.

87. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, also known as the “Princess of Hill Stations,” is a beautiful town located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats and is a popular destination for tourists seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating vacation.

The town is famous for its stunning natural beauty, including its mist-covered mountains, dense forests, and sparkling lakes. The Kodaikanal Lake, in particular, is a popular spot for boating and is surrounded by picturesque gardens and parks.

Kodaikanal is also home to several beautiful temples and churches, including the Kurinji Andavar Temple and the Christ the King Church. Both these structures boast stunning architecture and are important pilgrimage sites for devotees of Hinduism and Christianity.

Another popular attraction in Kodaikanal is the Coaker’s Walk, a scenic pathway that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The walk is especially popular during sunrise and sunset when the sky is painted in shades of orange and pink.

Kodaikanal is also famous for its tea and spice plantations. Visitors can take a tour of these plantations and learn about the process of cultivating and harvesting tea and spices.

88. Wayanad

Wayanad is a beautiful district located in the Indian state of Kerala. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, Wayanad is a popular destination among tourists seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating vacation.

The district is home to several stunning attractions, including the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to a variety of exotic wildlife, such as elephants, tigers, and leopards. Visitors can take a safari through the sanctuary and get up close and personal with these majestic animals.

Another popular attraction in Wayanad is the Chembra Peak, which is the highest peak in the district. Visitors can take a trek up the mountain and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

Wayanad is also famous for its beautiful waterfalls, such as the Meenmutty Falls and the Soochipara Falls. These stunning cascades are a popular spot for visitors to take a refreshing dip in the cool waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Wayanad is also rich in cultural heritage and history. Visitors can explore ancient temples and ruins, such as the Edakkal Caves, which are believed to be over 8,000 years old.

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a charming hill station located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is nestled amidst the beautiful Nilgiri Hills, and is known for its pleasant climate, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage.

One of the top attractions in Ooty is the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic train ride takes visitors on a scenic journey through the lush green hills and valleys of the Nilgiri range, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding tea gardens, waterfalls, and forests.

Ooty is also famous for its stunning botanical gardens, such as the Government Botanical Garden, which is home to a wide variety of exotic plants and flowers. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the garden and enjoy the serene atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

For adventure enthusiasts, Ooty offers several exciting activities, such as trekking, camping, and rock climbing. One of the popular trekking trails is the Doddabetta Peak, which is the highest peak in the Nilgiri range and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

90. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands located in the Bay of Bengal, off the east coast of India. These islands are known for their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. It is a popular tourist places to visit in India for those seeking a tropical paradise and a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, such as Radhanagar Beach, known for its stunning sunsets and turquoise waters. Visitors can also indulge in water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea-walking to explore the rich marine life and coral reefs.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also home to several historic landmarks and cultural sites, such as the Cellular Jail, which is a former colonial-era prison that served as a detention center for Indian freedom fighters. The islands also have a rich tribal culture, and visitors can explore the different tribes and their unique traditions and customs.

For those seeking adventure, the islands offer several opportunities for trekking, camping, and wildlife spotting. Visitors can explore the lush green forests and wildlife sanctuaries, such as the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, which is home to a variety of endangered species.

91. Gokarna

Gokarna is a small temple town located in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a popular places to visit in India for those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the crowds and noise of the city. The town is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and laid-back atmosphere.

Gokarna’s beaches are its biggest attraction, with some of the most picturesque and pristine stretches of sand in the region. The beaches here are quieter than those in nearby Goa, making them ideal for those seeking a more secluded and peaceful getaway. The town is also home to several ancient temples, such as the Mahabaleshwara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the most sacred shrines in the region.

In addition to its natural beauty and spiritual significance, Gokarna also offers several opportunities for adventure and exploration. Visitors can indulge in water sports activities like surfing and paddleboarding, or take a boat trip to explore the nearby coastline and its stunning rock formations and sea caves.

Overall, Gokarna is an ideal destination for those seeking a mix of relaxation, spirituality, and adventure. With its beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and laid-back atmosphere, the town offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers.

92. Puducherry

Puducherry, also known as Pondicherry, is a former French colony located on the southeastern coast of India. The town is known for its rich history, colonial architecture, and unique blend of Indian and French cultures.

One of the biggest attractions of Puducherry is its quaint, picturesque streets lined with colorful colonial-style buildings. Visitors can take a stroll along the promenade, visit the old lighthouse, or explore the town’s many art galleries and museums. The French Quarter, in particular, is a must-visit, with its charming cafés and boutiques that transport visitors back to a bygone era.

Aside from its architecture and cultural attractions, Puducherry also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in India. The town’s main beach, Promenade Beach, is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and strolling. Visitors can also take a boat ride to Paradise Beach, a secluded and pristine stretch of sand that can only be accessed by water.

Overall, Puducherry is a charming and unique destination that offers a glimpse into India’s colonial past and its blend of cultures. With its beautiful architecture, cultural attractions, and stunning beaches, the town is a must-visit for anyone traveling to southern India.

Kollam, also known as Quilon, is a city located in the southern state of Kerala in India. The city is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty, making it a popular destination for travelers looking for an authentic Indian experience.

One of the main attractions of Kollam is the Ashtamudi Lake, a vast and scenic backwater that offers visitors a chance to explore the city’s lush natural beauty. Visitors can take a boat ride along the lake, enjoy a picnic on one of its many islands, or watch the local fishermen at work.

Another must-visit attraction in Kollam is the Thangassery Lighthouse, a historic landmark that offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Kollam is also known for its many temples, including the famous Mahadeva Temple, which attracts pilgrims from all over the region. Visitors can also explore the city’s vibrant markets, where they can shop for local handicrafts, spices, and textiles.

94. Tirupati

Tirupati is a sacred city located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is most well-known for its famous temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, one of the most revered Hindu deities. Every year, millions of devotees from all over the world visit Tirupati to seek the blessings of the Lord.

The temple is located atop the Tirumala Hills and is one of the most visited places of worship in the world. The temple complex is vast and includes several shrines, halls, and courtyards. The main temple is known for its elaborate carvings and ornate architecture.

Aside from the temple, Tirupati also offers several other attractions for visitors. The city is surrounded by lush hills and natural beauty, making it a great destination for nature lovers. The Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is a must-visit for animal lovers, while the Talakona Waterfalls offer a refreshing retreat from the heat.

Tirupati is also famous for its rich cultural heritage and is home to several museums and art galleries. The Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam Folk Arts Museum is a great place to explore the local art and culture.

Overall, Tirupati is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the rich cultural and religious heritage of southern India. Its famous temple, natural beauty, and cultural attractions make it a fascinating place to visit.

95. Madurai

Madurai, also known as the “Athens of the East”, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in India, with a history dating back to 3rd century BC. It is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and is famous for its rich cultural heritage, ancient temples, and historical monuments.

One of the main attractions of Madurai is the Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The temple is renowned for its intricate architecture and beautiful carvings, depicting various stories from Hindu mythology. The Thousand Pillar Hall and the Golden Lotus Tank inside the temple complex are also noteworthy.

Another important site in Madurai is the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, built in the 17th century by the Nayak rulers. The palace is an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, with a unique blend of Dravidian, Islamic and European styles.

Apart from these historical monuments, Madurai also offers a glimpse into the rich and vibrant culture of Tamil Nadu. The city is famous for its traditional silk sarees, street food, and music festivals like the Chithirai Festival and the Avanimoolam Festival.

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a major port city located in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. With a rich history spanning over 600 years, Kochi is a fascinating blend of cultures and influences from around the world.

One of the top tourist destinations in India, Kochi is renowned for its stunning backwaters, beaches, and historic landmarks. Some of the most popular attractions in Kochi include the iconic Chinese fishing nets, the historic Mattancherry Palace, and the beautiful St. Francis Church, which is said to be the oldest European church in India.

Another must-visit attraction in Kochi is Fort Kochi, a historic neighborhood that boasts beautiful colonial architecture and a charming, laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets and admire the colorful houses, art galleries, and quaint cafes.

Kochi is also a great place to experience traditional Kerala cuisine, which is known for its bold flavors and use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Some of the must-try dishes include fish curry, appam, and thoran.

Goa, a state on India’s west coast, is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine. It is a favorite destination for travelers from all around the world. The state is a perfect blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, evident in its architecture and cuisine. Goa has a rich history, and its monuments and museums reflect its past.

The most popular attraction in Goa is undoubtedly its beaches. Some of the famous beaches in Goa are Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, and Palolem. The beaches offer a range of water sports activities like parasailing, jet-skiing, and banana boat rides. Goa’s nightlife is also well-known, with a wide range of bars, nightclubs, and casinos open until the early hours of the morning.

Goa’s cuisine is a fusion of Indian and Portuguese flavors. Some of the famous dishes include fish curry, vindaloo, and bebinca, a dessert made with coconut milk and flour. The state is also famous for its cashew feni, a spirit made from cashew apples.

Goa is home to several monuments and museums, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. The Goa State Museum is another popular attraction that showcases the state’s history and culture.

98. Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, is a bustling metropolis that boasts of a rich history, delicious cuisine, and numerous tourist attractions. The city is home to many iconic landmarks such as the Charminar, Golkonda Fort, and the Salar Jung Museum, all of which are steeped in history and culture.

One of the must-visit places in Hyderabad is the Charminar, an iconic structure built in 1591 that is a symbol of the city. The structure has four towers, each with a height of 56 meters, and is adorned with intricate carvings and inscriptions. The Charminar is a popular spot for tourists to take photos and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the surrounding markets.

Another popular attraction in Hyderabad is the Golkonda Fort, a massive fortress built in the 13th century that served as a stronghold for many ruling dynasties over the centuries. Visitors can explore the fort’s many halls, gates, and mosques, and enjoy the panoramic views of the city from atop the fortress walls.

The Salar Jung Museum is another must-visit attraction in Hyderabad, boasting of an impressive collection of art, sculptures, and artifacts from across the world. The museum houses over a million exhibits, including works by renowned artists such as Raja Ravi Varma and M.F. Hussain.

Hyderabad is also known for its delicious cuisine, with the Hyderabadi biryani being a favorite dish among locals and tourists alike. The city is also home to many street food vendors serving up tasty treats such as kebabs, haleem, and sweets.

99. Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, also known as the “City of Thousand Temples,” is a must-visit destination for those interested in exploring the cultural and historical side of South India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram is known for its world-renowned silk sarees and handloom industry. It is a hub of South Indian architectural and sculptural brilliance and offers an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The city is famous for its ancient temples like the Kailasanathar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Ekambareswarar Temple. These temples are architectural marvels, with intricate carvings and sculptures that showcase the exquisite workmanship of the artisans of the past.

Besides the temples, Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk sarees. The Kanchipuram silk sarees are renowned for their unique designs and quality, making them popular all over the world. A visit to the Kanchipuram Silk Weaving Centre is a must for those interested in traditional handloom and weaving techniques.

Kanchipuram is also famous for its delicious South Indian cuisine, with many street food vendors offering local delicacies like idli, dosa, vada, and more. The city’s bustling markets offer an array of souvenirs, textiles, handicrafts, and local produce.

100. Sakleshpur

Located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Sakleshpur is a beautiful hill station known for its breathtaking views, serene environment, and lush greenery. It is a perfect destination for those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience nature at its best. The town is known for its coffee plantations, trekking trails, and waterfalls, making it a popular destination among nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

One of the must-visit attractions in Sakleshpur is the Bisle Ghat, which is famous for its picturesque views of the Western Ghats. Trekking through the Bisle Reserve Forest is a popular activity among visitors. Another popular attraction is the Manjarabad Fort, a beautiful fort built by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Sakleshpur is also known for its waterfalls such as the Magajahalli Waterfalls, which offer a refreshing and scenic experience. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in various activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, and camping.

The town is easily accessible by road and train, with the nearest airport being the Mangalore International Airport. The best time to visit Sakleshpur is from October to March when the weather is pleasant and the town is covered in a blanket of greenery.

101. Dandeli

Dandeli is a small town located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. Known for its lush green forests and adventurous activities, it has become a popular tourist destination over the years. The town is situated on the banks of the Kali River and is surrounded by the Western Ghats.

The major attraction of Dandeli is its wildlife sanctuary which is home to tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, and a variety of birds. One can take a safari tour through the dense forest to experience the natural beauty of the sanctuary. Dandeli is also known for its white-water rafting and kayaking activities on the Kali River. Other adventure activities like rappelling, zip-lining, and trekking can also be enjoyed in the area.

Apart from adventure, Dandeli also has a rich cultural heritage. The town is home to several ancient temples and historical sites. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is also believed to be the site of the ancient city of Jayanti, which was ruled by the Kadamba dynasty.

In conclusion, Dandeli offers a unique blend of adventure and culture, making it a must-visit destination for travelers. With its scenic beauty, rich wildlife, and thrilling adventure activities, Dandeli is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

102. Madikeri

Located in the picturesque hills of Coorg, Karnataka, Madikeri is a popular tourist destination known for its pleasant climate, coffee plantations, and rich culture. The town is also known as Mercara and is surrounded by scenic mountains and valleys, making it a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

One of the major attractions of Madikeri is the Raja’s Seat, a beautiful garden that was once the favorite spot of the Kodagu kings. The garden is known for its breathtaking views of the hills and valleys, and is a popular spot to watch the sunrise and sunset.

Another must-visit attraction in Madikeri is the Abbey Falls, a majestic waterfall that cascades down from a height of around 70 feet. Visitors can trek through the lush green coffee plantations to reach the falls and enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters.

For those interested in history and culture, the Madikeri Fort is a must-visit attraction. Built by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century, the fort houses a museum that showcases the history and culture of Coorg.

Madikeri is also famous for its traditional Coorg cuisine, which includes specialties like Pandi Curry, Kadumbuttu, and Bamboo Shoot Curry. Visitors can savor these delicacies at the local restaurants and cafes in the town.

With its serene natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and delicious cuisine, Madikeri is a must-visit destination for travelers looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

103. Mysore

Mysore, also known as Mysuru, is a beautiful city in the state of Karnataka, India. This city is rich in history, culture, and tradition, and attracts tourists from all over the world. Mysore is known for its magnificent palaces, temples, museums, and beautiful gardens.

One of the main attractions of Mysore is the Mysore Palace, which is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The palace was once the residence of the Wodeyar dynasty and is now a museum that showcases the rich cultural heritage of Mysore. Another must-visit place is the Brindavan Gardens, which is a sprawling garden with fountains and musical lights.

Mysore is also known for its silk sarees, sandalwood carvings, and traditional handicrafts. Visitors can shop for these at the Devaraja Market, which is a bustling bazaar in the heart of the city.

Apart from these, Mysore is also home to several beautiful temples, such as the Chamundeshwari Temple, the Somnathpur Temple, and the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. The city is also famous for its delicious cuisine, which includes local delicacies such as Mysore Pak and Masala Dosa.

In conclusion, Mysore is a beautiful city that has something to offer to every kind of traveler. Its rich history and culture, coupled with its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, make it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to South India.

104. Coimbatore

Coimbatore, also known as Kovai, is a vibrant city located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This bustling city is known for its rich cultural heritage and is an important center for industry, education, and commerce in southern India. The city is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is home to many beautiful temples, parks, museums, and markets.

One of the main attractions in Coimbatore is the Marudamalai Temple, a popular Hindu pilgrimage site located atop a hill overlooking the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is known for its stunning architecture and serene atmosphere. Another must-see attraction in Coimbatore is the VOC Park and Zoo, which is home to a wide variety of animals, including tigers, lions, and elephants.

Nature enthusiasts will also love the stunning beauty of the nearby Valparai Hills and the picturesque Siruvani Waterfalls. Visitors can also explore the city’s bustling markets and enjoy the local cuisine, which features a blend of Tamil, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh flavors.

Coimbatore is also famous for its textiles and is often called the “Manchester of South India”. The city is dotted with numerous textile mills and handloom centers, offering visitors a chance to witness the traditional art of weaving and dyeing fabrics.

With its rich culture, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant atmosphere, Coimbatore is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to South India.

105. Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is a beautiful coastal town located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for its beautiful stone-carved temples and ancient rock-cut caves, which are a testament to the rich heritage and culture of India. The town is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical significance.

Mahabalipuram is situated along the Bay of Bengal, offering visitors a picturesque view of the coastline. The town is known for its exquisite temples, including the famous Shore Temple, which was built in the 8th century AD. The temple is an architectural masterpiece, showcasing intricate carvings and beautiful sculptures. The Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, and the Mahishamardini Cave Temple are some of the other famous attractions in the town.

Apart from the temples, Mahabalipuram is also known for its serene beaches, such as the Mahabalipuram Beach and the Covelong Beach. These beaches offer visitors an opportunity to relax and soak in the natural beauty of the region.

In addition to its cultural significance, Mahabalipuram is also known for its vibrant arts and crafts scene. Visitors can browse through the town’s markets to buy beautiful stone sculptures, silk sarees, and handicrafts.

Overall, Mahabalipuram is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and nature. The town’s beautiful temples, beaches, and markets make it a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience.

106. Jog Falls

Jog Falls, located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, is one of the highest waterfalls in India. It is formed by the Sharavathi River, which drops from a height of 830 feet in four distinct cascades – Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. The falls are surrounded by lush green forests and steep cliffs, making it a popular tourist destination.

The best time to visit Jog Falls is during the monsoon season, between July and September, when the falls are at their full force. The roar of the waterfalls, the misty surroundings, and the lush greenery all around makes it a mesmerizing experience.

Apart from admiring the beauty of the falls, there are many other activities to do in and around Jog Falls. You can go trekking in the nearby Sharavathi Valley, visit the Linganamakki Dam, or go birdwatching in the nearby forests.

Jog Falls is easily accessible by road and rail. The nearest airport is in Mangalore, which is around 200 kilometers away. There are many budget-friendly accommodations available around the falls, as well as in nearby towns like Shimoga.

Overall, Jog Falls is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. The beauty and power of the falls are sure to leave you awestruck.

107. Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in India, located in the state of Karnataka. The park is spread across an area of 874 square kilometers and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. It is a part of the larger Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is home to a large population of endangered species like tigers, elephants, leopards, and gaurs. The park also has a large population of Indian rock pythons and mugger crocodiles.

The park is known for its jeep safaris and trekking trails, which offer visitors an opportunity to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat. The best time to visit the park is from November to February when the weather is pleasant and the chances of spotting wildlife are high.

Apart from wildlife, the park also has a rich history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the 4th century BC. The park is also home to the ruins of an ancient temple, which is believed to have been built during the Hoysala period.

Bandipur National Park is a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The park’s rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes make it an ideal place for a peaceful and adventurous getaway.

108. Bejapur

Bijapur, also known as Vijayapura, is a city located in the state of Karnataka, India. It is well-known for its magnificent architecture, particularly its Islamic monuments. Bijapur was once the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty, and the city still preserves some of its remarkable structures from that era.

The most prominent attraction in Bijapur is the Gol Gumbaz, which is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah. It is renowned for its impressive dome, which is the second-largest dome in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The monument also houses the Whispering Gallery, where even the softest whispers can be heard across the entire chamber.

Other notable attractions in Bijapur include the Ibrahim Rauza, a tomb that is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in India, and the Jumma Masjid, a mosque that is renowned for its intricate carvings and impressive minarets. The Malik-e-Maidan, a giant cannon that weighs around 50 tons, is also a popular attraction in Bijapur.

In addition to its historical landmarks, Bijapur is also known for its vibrant culture and cuisine. The city has a rich tradition of art and music, and its food is a delicious blend of local and regional flavors.

Overall, Bijapur is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, architecture, or culture. With its magnificent monuments, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine, it is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.

109. Belum Caves

Belum Caves, located in Andhra Pradesh, India, is a popular tourist destination known for its natural underground caves. The caves are formed from limestone deposits, and they have been naturally carved out by the flow of water over millions of years. Belum Caves is considered to be the second-largest cave system in India, spanning a length of around 3.5 kilometers.

Belum Caves offer a unique and awe-inspiring experience to visitors, with its stunning formations of stalactites, stalagmites, and other limestone formations. Visitors can also explore the various chambers and passageways within the caves, which are illuminated with artificial lighting for ease of navigation.

Apart from the natural beauty of the caves, visitors can also learn about the rich history and cultural significance of the area. The caves have been used for various purposes over the centuries, including as a shelter for Buddhist monks during the reign of the Mauryan Empire.

110. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a group of islands situated in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Kerala in southern India. Known for its turquoise lagoons, coral reefs, white sand beaches, and abundant marine life, it is a popular destination for tourists seeking relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty.

The islands of Lakshadweep offer a range of activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and island hopping. The marine life is particularly rich, with dolphins, sea turtles, reef sharks, and a variety of fish to be found in the waters around the islands.

One of the highlights of a trip to Lakshadweep is the opportunity to experience the local culture and cuisine. The people of Lakshadweep have a unique blend of Malayalam, Arabic, and South Indian influences, and their cuisine reflects this diversity. Fresh seafood is a staple, as are coconut, rice, and spices.

To reach Lakshadweep, visitors can take a flight to Agatti Island, the main gateway to the islands. From there, they can take a boat or a seaplane to explore the other islands. Permits are required to visit the islands, and it is recommended to book accommodation in advance, as the number of tourists is limited to preserve the fragile ecosystem.

111. Bengaluru

Bengaluru, also known as Bangalore, is the capital of Karnataka state in India. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and is home to a vibrant mix of cultures, cuisines, and traditions. Known as the “Silicon Valley of India,” Bengaluru is famous for its IT industry, but it also boasts a rich history and a thriving arts and culture scene.

One of the top tourist attractions in Bengaluru is the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, which spans over 240 acres and features a stunning array of tropical plants, trees, and flowers. Another popular destination is the Bangalore Palace, built in the 19th century by the Maharaja of Mysore and inspired by England’s Windsor Castle.

Bengaluru is also known for its bustling street markets, where visitors can shop for everything from traditional textiles and handicrafts to modern gadgets and electronics. The city’s food scene is also a major draw, with a variety of delicious South Indian and international cuisines on offer.

For those interested in history and culture, Bengaluru has a wealth of museums and galleries, including the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. There are also several temples and religious sites, including the iconic Bull Temple and the ISKCON temple.

Udupi, a quaint coastal town in the southern state of Karnataka, India, is a popular tourist destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday amidst natural beauty. Udupi is renowned for its ancient temples, pristine beaches, lush greenery, and mouth-watering cuisine. The town is also known for its unique style of painting, known as the “Udupi style.”

Udupi is home to several ancient and revered temples, including the Sri Krishna Temple, which dates back to the 13th century. The temple is a must-visit for devotees of Lord Krishna and those interested in ancient Indian architecture. Another popular attraction in Udupi is the St. Mary’s Island, located just off the coast. The island is renowned for its distinctive rock formations, crystal clear waters, and serene environment.

Udupi’s cuisine is famous all over the world, especially for its vegetarian cuisine. The town is home to several restaurants and street vendors serving mouth-watering delicacies such as the Udupi-style Masala Dosa, Idli, Vada, and many more. The town is also known for its aromatic coffee, which is grown in the surrounding hills.

Udupi is easily accessible by road, rail, and air, making it a convenient destination for tourists. The best time to visit Udupi is between October and February when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities. Overall, Udupi is an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing and peaceful holiday in the lap of nature.

113. Murudeshwar

Murudeshwar is a small town located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus and is also a popular tourist destination for its beautiful beaches and stunning temple architecture.

The main attraction of Murudeshwar is the Shiva statue, which is one of the tallest statues of Lord Shiva in the world. It stands at a height of 123 feet and is located on a small hill overlooking the Arabian Sea. Visitors can climb up the hill to get a closer look at the statue and also enjoy the panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding area.

Another popular attraction is the Murudeshwar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for its intricate carvings and stunning architecture. Visitors can also take a dip in the temple tank, which is believed to have healing properties.

Murudeshwar is also famous for its beaches, such as the Murudeshwar Beach and the Netrani Island Beach. The beaches offer a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, and visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and other water activities.

Overall, Murudeshwar is a must-visit destination for those who are interested in Hindu mythology, temple architecture, and beautiful beaches. It is a perfect place for a weekend getaway from Bangalore or any nearby city.

114. Varkala

Varkala, located in the southern Indian state of Kerala, is a serene and picturesque beach destination. Known for its sandy beaches, high cliffs, and lush greenery, Varkala is a perfect spot for tourists seeking a peaceful getaway. The town is also popular for its temple, the Janardana Swamy Temple, which dates back to the 12th century and attracts a large number of visitors.

One of the major attractions in Varkala is the Papanasam Beach, also known as the Varkala Beach. The beach is renowned for its natural mineral water springs that are believed to have medicinal properties. The beach is a perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, and also offers stunning views of the sunset.

Apart from the beach, Varkala is home to several ashrams and yoga centers, making it an ideal destination for those looking to rejuvenate and recharge. Visitors can also take a stroll along the stunning cliff-side walkway or indulge in some Ayurvedic treatments and massages.

For adventure enthusiasts, Varkala offers exciting activities such as parasailing, paragliding, and windsurfing. The town also has several restaurants serving delicious seafood, along with authentic Kerala cuisine.

Overall, Varkala is an excellent destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the tranquility of nature.

115. Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town located in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The town is a popular tourist destination and is known for its serene beaches, clear waters, and beautiful scenery. Kovalam is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea and is known for its beautiful sunsets.

The most popular beach in Kovalam is the Lighthouse Beach, which is named after the 35-meter high lighthouse located on the beach. The beach is clean, and the waters are shallow, making it a great spot for swimming and sunbathing. Visitors can also indulge in activities like surfing and paragliding.

Kovalam is also home to several Ayurvedic spas and wellness centers, which offer a range of treatments and massages to help visitors unwind and relax. There are also several shops and restaurants in the town, where visitors can enjoy traditional Kerala cuisine and buy local souvenirs.

Apart from the beaches, Kovalam is also known for its cultural and historical significance. The town is home to several ancient temples, including the 2000-year-old Janardhana Swamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

116. Thrissur

Thrissur, also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala, is a city located in the south Indian state of Kerala. It is famous for its ancient temples, colorful festivals, and cultural heritage. The city is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, and tourists from all over the world visit Thrissur to experience its unique charm.

The city is known for its famous Thrissur Pooram festival, a grand display of fireworks and colorful processions that takes place every year in April or May. The festival attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world who come to witness the spectacle. Apart from the Pooram festival, Thrissur is home to several ancient temples such as the Vadakkumnathan Temple, the Guruvayur Temple, and the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple. These temples are not only important pilgrimage sites but also showcase the rich architectural heritage of the city.

Another major attraction in Thrissur is the Athirapally waterfalls, one of the largest waterfalls in India. The waterfall is situated amidst lush green forests and is a popular spot for trekking, picnicking, and bird watching. The city also has several museums and art galleries, including the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, which displays works of art by local and international artists.

Thrissur is also known for its delicious cuisine, which is a blend of traditional Kerala and Tamil Nadu cuisine. The city has several restaurants and street food stalls that serve mouth-watering delicacies such as appam, puttu, and seafood dishes.

In conclusion, Thrissur is a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the cultural and historical heritage of Kerala. With its ancient temples, colorful festivals, and scenic beauty, the city is a treat for the senses and offers a unique travel experience.

117. Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital city of Kerala and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. The city boasts of a rich cultural heritage, with ancient temples, historical monuments, and serene beaches, making it a perfect blend of tradition and modernity.

One of the main attractions of Thiruvananthapuram is the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the wealthiest temples in the world. The temple’s architecture is a blend of the Dravidian and Kerala styles, and the intricate carvings and murals are awe-inspiring. Another popular temple in the city is the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, which hosts the Attukal Pongala festival, the largest all-women religious gathering in the world.

Thiruvananthapuram also boasts of some beautiful beaches such as Kovalam Beach, Shanghumukham Beach, and Varkala Beach, which are perfect for a relaxing getaway. The city also has a rich history and culture, and visitors can explore the Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace, and the Kanakakunnu Palace, which showcase the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.

Apart from the cultural and historical attractions, Thiruvananthapuram is also known for its delicious food, which includes traditional Kerala dishes like appam, puttu, and kadala curry. The city also has a vibrant nightlife with several pubs and bars that cater to all tastes.

118. Yercaud

Yercaud is a serene hill station nestled in the Shevaroys range of hills in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a popular weekend getaway destination for people residing in nearby cities like Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Salem. The hill station is known for its lush green forests, beautiful waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. The cool and pleasant climate makes it a perfect destination to escape the scorching summer heat.

One of the must-visit attractions in Yercaud is the Yercaud Lake. It is a natural lake surrounded by lush green trees and offers boating facilities to the tourists. The Pagoda Point is another popular destination offering panoramic views of the hills and the Salem town. Other attractions include the Kiliyur Falls, Lady’s Seat, and Shevaroy Temple.

For adventure enthusiasts, Yercaud offers trekking and camping opportunities. One can trek to the highest point of the Shevaroys range, the Servarayan temple, and camp under the starry sky. Birdwatching and wildlife photography are other activities that tourists can indulge in.

In terms of accommodation, Yercaud offers a variety of options ranging from budget-friendly homestays to luxurious resorts. The local cuisine is a must-try, with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes on offer.

Overall, Yercaud is a beautiful destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

119. Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, commonly known as Vizag, is a beautiful coastal city located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is often referred to as the “Jewel of the East Coast” due to its stunning beaches, natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage. Vizag offers a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, making it a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international travelers.

The city is known for its serene beaches, such as the Ramakrishna Beach and Yarada Beach, which offer scenic views and plenty of opportunities for water sports like surfing and swimming. The Kailasagiri Hill Park offers a panoramic view of the city and is a popular picnic spot. The city also has many historical sites like the Borra Caves, which are a wonder of nature with their magnificent stalactites and stalagmites.

The city is home to many museums, including the INS Kurusura Submarine Museum, which offers a glimpse into the naval history of India. Other popular attractions include the Simhachalam Temple, the Araku Valley, and the VUDA Park. The food culture in Vizag is also noteworthy, with delicious seafood and Andhra-style cuisine that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

120. Vijaywada

Vijayawada, also known as Bezawada, is a city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of the Krishna River and is known for its rich cultural heritage and history. The city is a melting pot of different cultures and is known for its mouth-watering cuisine, historic landmarks, and scenic beauty.

One of the main attractions in Vijayawada is the Kanaka Durga Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. The temple is situated on top of a hill and offers stunning views of the city. Another famous temple is the Undavalli Caves, an ancient rock-cut temple that dates back to the 7th century.

The Prakasam Barrage, which spans across the Krishna River, is another popular tourist spot in Vijayawada. It offers breathtaking views of the river and is a great spot for a picnic. The city also has a number of parks and gardens, including the Gandhi Hill Park and the Rajiv Gandhi Park.

Vijayawada is also known for its delicious cuisine, especially the spicy Andhra-style dishes. Some of the must-try dishes include biryani, gongura pachadi, and the famous Andhra-style thali.

Overall, Vijayawada is a perfect destination for those who love history, culture, and nature. With its stunning temples, scenic views, and mouth-watering cuisine, it is definitely worth a visit.

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121. Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch is one of the most unique places in India and attracts travelers from all over the world. Located in the western state of Gujarat, Rann of Kutch is a vast desert that stretches over 7,500 square miles. The desert is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the endangered Indian wild ass, desert fox, and flamingos. The Rann of Kutch is also famous for its salt pans, which are used to produce some of the finest quality salt in the world.

The best time to visit the Rann of Kutch is during the winter months, from November to February, when the desert comes alive with the Rann Utsav. This vibrant festival celebrates the cultural heritage of the region and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Visitors can enjoy traditional folk dances, music performances, camel rides, and a variety of local cuisines.

Other popular attractions in the Rann of Kutch include the Kala Dungar or Black Hill, which offers panoramic views of the desert and the Great Rann of Kutch, and the nearby archaeological site of Dholavira, which provides insights into the ancient Indus Valley Civilization.

To make the most of your visit to the Rann of Kutch, it is recommended to book a guided tour, as the desert can be quite challenging to navigate on your own. Overall, the Rann of Kutch is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and diversity of India’s natural and cultural heritage.

122. Dwarka

Dwarka is a city situated on the western coast of Gujarat. It is one of the four sacred cities of the Hindu religion and is a popular pilgrimage site. Dwarka is known for its rich history and culture and is also known as the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The city is famous for its temples and is a must-visit destination for those interested in ancient Indian history.

The main attraction of Dwarka is the Dwarkadhish temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is one of the four most sacred temples in India and attracts millions of visitors every year. The temple is a beautiful example of ancient Indian architecture and is surrounded by other smaller temples.

Another popular attraction of Dwarka is the Beyt Dwarka Island, which is located 30 kilometers from the city. It is believed that Lord Krishna visited this island with his brother Balarama. The island has a beautiful beach and is also home to the famous Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple.

Apart from these, there are many other temples and holy sites in and around Dwarka that one can visit. Some of the other popular attractions include the Rukmini Devi Temple, Gomti Ghat, and the Gita Mandir.

In conclusion, Dwarka is a must-visit destination for those interested in ancient Indian history and culture. The city is a great example of the rich cultural heritage of India and is a perfect place to learn about the ancient traditions and customs of the country.

123. Mumbai

Mumbai, the city of dreams, is a melting pot of cultures and a true reflection of the diverse Indian ethos. Known for its lively spirit, Mumbai is a bustling metropolis with a rich history and a vibrant present. From colonial architecture to soaring skyscrapers, this city offers an eclectic mix of experiences that will leave you wanting more.

One of the must-visit places in Mumbai is the Gateway of India, an iconic monument built during the British Raj. Another popular attraction is the Marine Drive, which offers a stunning view of the Arabian Sea and is often referred to as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ due to its sparkling lights at night. The Elephanta Caves, located on an island near Mumbai, are also worth a visit for their ancient rock-cut temples and sculptures.

When it comes to food, Mumbai has a vast and diverse culinary scene that will leave you spoilt for choice. A visit to Mumbai is incomplete without trying the street food, which includes vada pav, pav bhaji, bhel puri, sev puri, and more. Some of the famous street food places are Juhu Beach, Mohammad Ali Road, and Crawford Market.

For those looking for a more upscale dining experience, Mumbai has several high-end restaurants that serve Indian and international cuisine. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, located near the Gateway of India, is one such place that offers a luxurious dining experience with a stunning view of the Arabian Sea.

Apart from food and sightseeing, Mumbai is also known for its nightlife. The city has a thriving music and art scene, and there are several clubs and bars that offer a range of entertainment options. The Colaba area is particularly popular for its nightlife.

124. Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, located in the state of Gujarat, is a bustling city with a rich cultural and historical background. It is famous for its heritage sites, museums, and street food. Ahmedabad is a perfect destination for history buffs, foodies, and art enthusiasts.

One of the most popular places to visit in Ahmedabad is the Sabarmati Ashram, the former home of Mahatma Gandhi. The ashram now serves as a museum, where visitors can learn about Gandhi’s life and his role in India’s independence struggle. Another must-visit destination is the Jama Masjid, a mosque built in the 15th century.

The city is also known for its textiles, and there are several textile museums and markets worth exploring. The Calico Museum of Textiles is one such destination, where visitors can learn about the history and evolution of textiles in India.

Ahmedabad’s street food scene is another major draw for visitors. From the iconic Gujarati thali to street food like dabeli and bhajiya, the city offers a diverse range of flavors and culinary experiences. Some of the must-visit food places include Manek Chowk, which is famous for its street food stalls, and Sidi Saiyyed ni Jali, a popular restaurant that serves traditional Gujarati thalis.

Other notable attractions include the Kankaria Lake, the Adalaj Stepwell, and the Sarkhej Roza, a complex of tombs and mosques dating back to the 15th century.

125. Ajanta and Ellora

Ajanta and Ellora Caves are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India. The Ajanta Caves are Buddhist cave temples, while the Ellora Caves have Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples.

The Ajanta Caves are famous for their beautiful paintings and sculptures. The caves were built between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD. There are 30 caves in Ajanta and each cave has a unique design and theme. The paintings and sculptures depict stories from the Jataka tales and the life of Lord Buddha. The Kailasa temple in Ellora is a massive rock-cut temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the largest monolithic structure in the world and was built in the 8th century.

The best time to visit Ajanta and Ellora is between November and March, as the weather is pleasant during this time. The caves are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day, except on Mondays.

Apart from the caves, there are many other tourist attractions in Aurangabad, such as the Bibi Ka Maqbara, a beautiful mausoleum built in memory of Aurangzeb’s wife, and the Daulatabad Fort, a magnificent fort built in the 12th century.

126. Junagarh

Junagadh is a historic city located in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The city is famous for its rich cultural heritage, ancient architecture, and scenic beauty. It is surrounded by the Girnar Hills and is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

Junagadh has a rich history dating back to the ancient times of the Mauryan Empire. The city has seen the rule of various dynasties, including the Mauryas, the Guptas, the Chalukyas, and the Mughals. The city is home to many historical landmarks, including the Uparkot Fort, Mahabat Maqbara, and the Ashoka Rock Edicts.

Apart from its rich history, Junagadh is also known for its scenic beauty. The city is home to the Gir National Park, which is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India and the only home of the Asiatic lions. The park is also home to other species of wildlife, including leopards, hyenas, and many species of birds.

Junagadh is also known for its local cuisine, which is a blend of Gujarati, Rajasthani, and Sindhi cuisines. Some of the must-try dishes in Junagadh include Surti Undhiyu, Khaman Dhokla, and Khandvi.

127. Gir National Park

Gir National Park, located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat, India, is the only place in the world where you can spot the majestic Asiatic Lions in their natural habitat. Spread over an area of 1412 sq km, Gir National Park is also home to a variety of other wildlife including leopards, hyenas, sambar deer, chinkara, and over 300 species of birds.

Visitors can explore the national park through jeep safaris and get a chance to see these amazing animals up close. The best time to visit Gir National Park is from December to March when the weather is pleasant and the wildlife sightings are at their peak.

Apart from the wildlife, Gir National Park is also known for its beautiful landscape, which includes rugged hills, grasslands, and dry deciduous forests. Visitors can also visit the Kamleshwar Dam, which offers stunning views of the park and is a great place for bird watching.

For those looking to experience the local culture, nearby villages offer a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the local communities. Visitors can also sample some delicious Gujarati cuisine at the many restaurants and food stalls in the area.

128. Somnath

Somnath is a holy city located in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, India. The city is known for its famous Somnath temple, which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is a place of great religious significance and is visited by tourists and devotees throughout the year.

Apart from the temple, there are several other attractions in Somnath, such as the Triveni Sangam, where three rivers – Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati meet; the Somnath beach, where one can witness the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset; and the Balukha Tirtha, a sacred place where Lord Krishna is said to have departed from the earth.

The Somnath temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is believed to have been rebuilt several times after being destroyed by invaders. The temple architecture is a blend of Chalukya and Solanki styles and is a marvel to behold.

The best time to visit Somnath is from October to February, when the weather is pleasant and cool. The city is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. The nearest airport is Keshod airport, which is about 60 km away from Somnath.

When it comes to food, Somnath offers a wide range of vegetarian delicacies. Some of the must-try dishes include khaman dhokla, fafda-jalebi, thepla, handvo, and dhokli. The city is also famous for its sweet dishes like ghari and basundi.

Overall, Somnath is a great place to visit for those seeking spiritual solace or simply looking to explore the beauty of Gujarat.

129. Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu is a union territory located on the western coast of India. The region is well known for its serene beaches, historic forts, and picturesque locations. Tourists flock to this place to experience its beauty and charm.

One of the most popular attractions in Daman and Diu is the Diu Fort, built in the 16th century. This fort offers a stunning view of the Arabian Sea and has a rich history to discover. The beaches of Daman and Diu are also a must-visit, with their soft sands, clear blue waters, and tranquil atmosphere. The popular beaches include Jallandhar Beach, Devka Beach, and Nagoa Beach.

Apart from the beaches, Daman and Diu is also known for its rich cultural heritage. The St. Paul’s Church in Diu is an example of the Portuguese influence in the region, with its intricate carvings and stunning architecture. The historic Naida Caves and the Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple are also popular tourist destinations in the region.

When it comes to food, Daman and Diu offers a delightful experience. The local seafood is a must-try, with dishes like fish curry and prawn fry being among the most popular. The region is also known for its street food, with options like bhajiya, vada pav, and samosas being a favorite among the locals and tourists alike.

130. Khandala and Lonavala

Khandala and Lonavala are the two popular hill stations in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, located approximately 64 km away from Mumbai. These towns are perfect for those who want to escape the chaos of the city and immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature. Both places offer scenic views, pleasant weather, and a plethora of outdoor activities for tourists.

Lonavala is famous for its magnificent waterfalls, caves, and forts. Visiting the Bhaja Caves and Karla Caves is a must-do activity here, along with trekking up to the Lohagad Fort. There are several viewpoints in Lonavala such as Tiger’s Leap, Rajmachi Point, and Duke’s Nose, which provide a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills.

Khandala, on the other hand, is less commercialized and provides a peaceful experience to visitors. It is known for the scenic views of the Bhor Ghat and the Duke’s Nose. The Rajmachi Fort Trek and the Kune Waterfall are popular activities here.

When it comes to food, both Khandala and Lonavala have a variety of local delicacies to offer. Lonavala is famous for its chikki (a sweet made of jaggery and groundnuts) and fudge, while Khandala is known for its vada pav and misal pav.

131. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is a serene hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain range of Maharashtra, India. The place is popularly known for its picturesque views, lush greenery, and cool weather. The place is a perfect getaway for people looking for a peaceful vacation in the lap of nature. For nature lovers, it is among the best places to visit in India.

Mahabaleshwar is also known for its magnificent strawberry farms, which is a must-visit place during the harvest season. The place has several viewpoints like Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, and Elephant’s Head Point, which provide breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and hills. One can also visit the famous Pratapgad Fort located just a few kilometers from Mahabaleshwar.

Apart from natural beauty, Mahabaleshwar is also known for its delicious food. The place is famous for its fresh strawberries, mulberries, and raspberries, which can be enjoyed in the form of jams, syrups, and desserts. The place is also known for its traditional Maharashtrian cuisine, which includes dishes like Vada Pav, Misal Pav, and Sabudana Khichdi.

Mahabaleshwar is a great destination for adventure enthusiasts. One can go trekking in the hills, go on nature walks, and indulge in activities like rock climbing and rappelling. The place also has several waterfalls, like the Lingmala Waterfall, which are perfect for a refreshing dip.

132. Shirdi

Shirdi, a small town in Maharashtra, is considered one of the holiest places to visit in India. It is famous for the shrine of Shri Sai Baba, a spiritual leader who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Devotees from all over the world visit Shirdi to seek blessings from Sai Baba, who is believed to have performed miracles during his lifetime.

Apart from the Sai Baba temple, there are many other places to visit in Shirdi such as Dwarkamai Masjid, Chavadi, Khandoba Temple, and Shani Shingnapur. The Dwarkamai Masjid is where Sai Baba spent most of his life and is considered a sacred place by his followers. Chavadi is a small building where Sai Baba used to meditate, and Khandoba Temple is believed to be the spot where Sai Baba first appeared in Shirdi.

Shirdi is also known for its vibrant markets selling souvenirs, clothing, and local handicrafts. Food lovers can indulge in traditional Maharashtrian cuisine such as Vada Pav, Misal Pav, and Bhakri.

Pune, located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, is a beautiful city known for its history, culture, and picturesque surroundings. Pune is famous for its many attractions such as the Aga Khan Palace, Sinhagad Fort, Shaniwar Wada, and the Osho Ashram. The city is also known for its academic institutions, making it a hub for education.

One of the must-visit attractions in Pune is the Aga Khan Palace, which is a national monument and a part of India’s freedom movement. Another famous landmark is the Shaniwar Wada, which was once the seat of the Peshwa rulers. The Sinhagad Fort is another popular destination, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The Osho Ashram is another famous spot, where visitors can take part in meditation and other spiritual activities.

Pune is also a foodie’s paradise, with a range of mouth-watering street food and local delicacies to try. Some of the must-try dishes include the famous Maharashtrian thali, vada pav, misal pav, and bhakarwadi. Pune is also known for its street food, with vendors selling delicious snacks such as pav bhaji, pani puri, and chaat.

Pune is also a great base for exploring the surrounding areas, including the hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, which are known for their stunning natural beauty. The nearby Khadakwasla Dam is also a popular spot for picnics and water sports.

In conclusion, Pune is a city with a rich history and culture, with plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages. With its many attractions, delicious food, and picturesque surroundings, it is definitely worth a visit for anyone traveling to Maharashtra.

134. Taboda National Park

Tadoba National Park, situated in the heart of India, in the state of Maharashtra, is a famous wildlife reserve known for its impressive tiger population. The national park is spread over an area of 1727 sq km and is located in the Chandrapur district. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is also known for its diversity of flora and fauna, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

The national park is home to a variety of animals, including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Indian bison, hyenas, and more. Additionally, the park is home to over 200 species of birds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. The best time to visit the park is between February and May, as the weather is pleasant, and it’s the perfect time to spot tigers and other wildlife.

Apart from the national park, there are other popular tourist attractions near Tadoba National Park. Some of these include Tadoba Lake, Shiv Mandir, and Erai Dam. Visitors can also enjoy a thrilling jungle safari, which offers a chance to see the animals in their natural habitat up close.

For accommodation, there are several resorts and lodges near the national park that offer comfortable stay options. Additionally, visitors can enjoy delicious Maharashtrian cuisine at the local restaurants and eateries in the nearby towns.

Overall, Tadoba National Park is a great destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. With its scenic beauty, exotic wildlife, and range of activities, Tadoba National Park is a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the wilderness and experience the beauty of nature.

135. Aurangabad

Aurangabad is a historic city located in Maharashtra, India. It is a major tourist destination in the region and attracts visitors from all over the world. The city is famous for its historic monuments, including the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Aurangabad is also known for its vibrant culture, delicious food, and beautiful surroundings.

Some of the popular tourist attractions in Aurangabad include the Bibi ka Maqbara, a stunning mausoleum built in the 17th century, and the Daulatabad Fort, an impressive hilltop fortress dating back to the 14th century. The city is also home to several museums, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum and the Sunheri Mahal Museum, which provide a fascinating insight into the region’s history and culture.

Food lovers will also find plenty to enjoy in Aurangabad, with a wide range of local delicacies on offer. Some of the must-try dishes include naan khaliya, a meat-based curry made with mutton or chicken, and paanipuri, a popular street food made with crispy fried shells filled with spicy tamarind water.

Nature enthusiasts can visit the nearby Aurangabad Caves, a set of 12 Buddhist caves dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries. And for those who want to experience the natural beauty of the region, the nearby Lonar Crater and the scenic Panchakki Watermill are also worth a visit.

136. Mount Abu

Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station located in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan. It is the only hill station in the state and is known for its scenic beauty, pleasant weather and historical significance. It attracts tourists from all over the world who come here to experience the serene environment and natural beauty of the place.

The most popular tourist attractions in Mount Abu include the Dilwara Jain Temples, which are known for their intricate marble carvings and beautiful architecture. Other popular places to visit include Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, and the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.

One of the main reasons people visit Mount Abu is to escape the scorching heat of Rajasthan’s desert climate. The hill station offers a cool and refreshing climate throughout the year, making it a popular destination for those looking to beat the heat.

When it comes to food, Mount Abu offers a variety of dishes that are unique to the region. Some of the must-try dishes include the famous Rajasthani thali, daal baati churma, and gatte ki sabzi. There are also plenty of street food options available, such as kachori and samosas.

137. Panchgani

Panchgani, a picturesque hill station situated in the Satara district of Maharashtra, is a perfect destination for those seeking a refreshing break from the monotony of daily life. Known for its scenic beauty, serene atmosphere, and salubrious climate, Panchgani offers a plethora of activities and attractions that are sure to leave visitors enchanted.

The town’s most famous attraction is Table Land, the second-largest plateau in Asia, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Additionally, visitors can indulge in outdoor activities like paragliding, trekking, and rock climbing.

The town’s proximity to the hill station of Mahabaleshwar makes it an ideal base for exploring the region. Visitors can take a scenic drive to Mahabaleshwar, famous for its strawberry plantations, waterfalls, and scenic viewpoints.

138. Matheran

Matheran, a hill station located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, is a perfect weekend getaway for those seeking solace in the lap of nature. The place is famous for its scenic beauty and peaceful surroundings. Being Asia’s only automobile-free hill station, Matheran is an eco-sensitive zone where visitors can relish the pure air and untouched greenery.

Matheran is home to several viewpoints that offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. One of the most famous viewpoints is the Panorama Point, which provides a panoramic view of the entire region. Other notable viewpoints include the Louisa Point, One Tree Hill Point, and Monkey Point.

Apart from the natural beauty, Matheran also boasts of a rich historical and cultural heritage. One of the must-visit places in Matheran is the Charlotte Lake, which was built in 1956 and is a source of water for the entire region. Another popular attraction is the century-old Matheran Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that takes visitors through the picturesque landscape of the Western Ghats.

139. Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar, a small town nestled in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, is a perfect weekend getaway for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The town is home to the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its diverse flora and fauna. The sanctuary is home to several rare and endangered species such as the Indian giant squirrel and the Indian pangolin. The town is also known for the Bhimashankar Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, which attracts thousands of devotees every year.

Apart from the wildlife sanctuary and temple, Bhimashankar is also a popular trekking destination. The trek to the Bhimashankar Temple is a challenging one, but the views from the top are worth the effort. Visitors can also explore the nearby Hanuman Lake and Gupt Bhimashankar cave.

The town is well-connected by road and is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. Visitors can also take a local train from Pune to Karjat and then take a bus to Bhimashankar.

Patan, located in Gujarat, India, is a city famous for its heritage sites, temples, and textiles. It was an important center of the Solanki Dynasty, which ruled over western India from the 10th to the 13th century. The city has a rich cultural history and is known for its beautiful architecture and intricate designs.

One of the most popular attractions in Patan is the Rani ki Vav, an ancient stepwell that was built in the 11th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features intricate carvings and sculptures that depict stories from Hindu mythology. Another famous temple in Patan is the Patan Jain Temple, which is known for its beautiful carvings and ornate architecture.

Patan is also famous for its textiles, particularly its Patola sarees, which are hand-woven silk sarees. These sarees are made using a complex dyeing technique that involves tying and untying threads to create intricate designs. Visitors can watch the skilled weavers at work and buy these beautiful sarees as souvenirs.

The city is also known for its delicious Gujarati cuisine, which is vegetarian and includes a variety of dishes made with lentils, vegetables, and spices. Some popular dishes include dhokla, khandvi, and thepla.

In addition to its cultural and culinary attractions, Patan is also a great place for shopping. The city has a bustling market that sells everything from handicrafts to spices to clothes. Visitors can stroll through the market and buy souvenirs to take back home.

141. Saputara

Saputara is a picturesque hill station situated in the Sahyadri range in the state of Gujarat, India. It is located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level and is surrounded by lush green forests and hills. It is a popular tourist destination, especially during the monsoon season when the surroundings turn lush green.

Saputara offers a range of activities for visitors, including trekking, boating, and sightseeing. The town is dotted with many scenic viewpoints, such as the Sunset Point, Governor’s Hill, and Sunrise Point. Visitors can also take a cable car ride from one hill to another to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills and forests.

The town is also home to several tribal villages, and visitors can get a glimpse into the local tribal culture by visiting the Tribal Museum and the Artist Village. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, including pottery, tribal costumes, and paintings, while the Artist Village showcases the works of local artists.

One of the most famous attractions in Saputara is the Saputara Lake, where visitors can enjoy boating and take a leisurely stroll around the lake. The town also hosts a range of festivals, including the Saputara Monsoon Festival and the Gujarat Tourism Festival, which offer visitors a glimpse into the local culture and traditions.

Saputara also offers a range of dining options, from local street food to upscale restaurants serving international cuisine. Some popular dishes to try include dhokla, fafda, and khandvi.

142. Blackbuck National Park

Blackbuck National Park, located in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, is a must-visit destination for wildlife lovers. The park is spread over an area of 34.52 square kilometers and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The park is famous for its population of blackbucks, which can be seen grazing in large herds in the grasslands. The park also houses other wildlife such as wolves, jackals, hyenas, jungle cats, and Indian foxes. The park is also a paradise for birdwatchers as it is home to several species of birds.

The best time to visit the park is between November and February when the weather is pleasant and the blackbucks can be seen in large numbers. The park has several watchtowers and safari rides that provide a unique experience to visitors.

Apart from the wildlife, the park also has historical significance. It is believed that the famous battle of Ali Rajpur between the Maratha army and Mughal army was fought in this area. The park also houses several ancient temples, including the Bhalodiya Hanuman Temple, which is believed to be more than 200 years old.

In addition to wildlife and history, the park also has a rich cultural heritage. The local communities have their unique customs and traditions, and visitors can experience their warm hospitality by staying in one of the many homestays in the area.

143. Hazi Ali Mosque

Haji Ali Mosque, located in Mumbai, is a stunning example of Indian Islamic architecture. This mosque is built on a small islet off the coast of Worli, which is connected to the mainland by a narrow pathway. The mosque’s location offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea and the Mumbai skyline.

Built in the early 19th century, Haji Ali Mosque is named after a wealthy merchant named Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who renounced his worldly possessions to become a saint. Legend has it that he died while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and his casket miraculously floated back to Mumbai and settled on the spot where the mosque now stands.

The mosque’s main hall is adorned with intricate marble pillars, and the walls are decorated with Islamic calligraphy. The inner sanctum houses the tomb of Haji Ali, which is covered with a beautiful green and gold cloth. Thousands of devotees come to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of the saint.

Haji Ali Mosque is a popular tourist destination, especially during the annual Urs festival, which is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of the saint. During this time, the mosque is illuminated with thousands of lights and decorated with colorful flowers.

The mosque is also surrounded by several street food stalls that offer a variety of local delicacies. Visitors can indulge in Mumbai’s famous chaat, vada pav, and kebabs. The area around the mosque is also home to several popular seafood restaurants, where visitors can enjoy a delicious meal while enjoying the stunning views of the Arabian Sea.

144. Dadra Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a serene union territory located in Western India, nestled in the Sahyadri range. It is well-known for its lush greenery, tranquil lakes, and scenic beauty. The region is also famous for its cultural heritage, which is a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures.

The region is dotted with several tourist attractions, such as Vanganga Lake, Dadra Park, Satmaliya Deer Park, and the Hirwa Van Garden. The Vanganga Lake is a popular spot for boating and picnicking, while the Dadra Park is home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna. The Satmaliya Deer Park is a perfect place to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, and the Hirwa Van Garden is an ideal place for nature lovers to unwind.

Apart from its natural beauty, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is also known for its vibrant tribal culture. The Warli and Dhodia tribes are the major tribes residing in the region, and their unique customs, traditions, and art forms are worth experiencing. One can also visit the Tribal Museum to learn more about their culture and heritage.

The Union Territory is also famous for its handicrafts, which includes items such as bamboo baskets, mats, and furniture.

145. Sabarmati

Sabarmati is a beautiful river that flows through the state of Gujarat and is a popular tourist places to visit in India. It is situated in the city of Ahmedabad and has historical and cultural significance.

The Sabarmati Riverfront Project, a project that transformed the river into a beautiful tourist spot, is a must-visit. It is an engineering marvel that boasts of beautiful walkways, parks, gardens, and promenades. The riverfront offers a picturesque view of the river and is an ideal place for morning walks, jogging, and cycling.

The Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River. It was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian independence movement. The ashram has a library, a museum, and a beautiful garden that will take you back in time.

One can also visit the beautiful Kankaria Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in Ahmedabad. It offers a wide range of recreational activities like boating, zoo, and a water park. The lake is surrounded by gardens, parks, and a mini-golf course.

For those interested in history, the Bhadra Fort, built-in 1411, is a must-visit. It has beautiful gardens, temples, and palaces within its walls. One can also visit the Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in Ahmedabad.

When it comes to food, Ahmedabad is known for its delicious street food. One can try out the famous Gujarati thali, khaman dhokla, and the mouth-watering Gujarati snacks. Some famous food places in Ahmedabad include Manek Chowk, Law Garden, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

146. Nashik

Nashik, also known as the wine capital of India, is a beautiful city in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is located on the banks of the Godavari River and surrounded by picturesque hills and valleys. Nashik is also known for its religious significance, as it is one of the four sites where the Kumbh Mela is held every twelve years.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Nashik is the Sula Vineyards, where visitors can take a tour of the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and sample different varieties of wine. Other popular tourist attractions include the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, which is considered one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India, the Kalaram Temple, and the Pandavleni Caves. It is one of the top places to visit in India.

Nashik is also a great destination for adventure enthusiasts, as it offers activities such as trekking, camping, and rock climbing in the nearby hills. The city also hosts several music and cultural festivals throughout the year, including the Nashik International Film Festival, the SulaFest music festival, and the Kumbh Mela.

Foodies will also love Nashik, as it is known for its delicious street food and local specialties such as Misal Pav, Vada Pav, and Poha. Some of the best places to try these dishes include the street stalls in the Old Nashik area, as well as the local restaurants and cafes.

147. Raigad

Raigad is a historical and scenic destination located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, ie best places to visit in India. It is a popular tourist spot that is visited by history buffs, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts. The place has a rich historical significance, and it was the capital city of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s empire. The Raigad Fort is the most famous attraction of this place, which is a significant symbol of Maratha pride and glory.

Apart from the fort, there are other tourist attractions in Raigad such as the Jagadishwar Temple, Ganga Sagar Lake, and the Takmak Point, which offer breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. Visitors can enjoy various activities here, such as trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, and camping. The place is also famous for its local delicacies such as Vada Pav, Misal Pav, and Pav Bhaji.

The best time to visit Raigad is from October to February when the weather is pleasant, and the natural beauty of the place is at its peak. There are several accommodation options available in Raigad, ranging from budget to luxury hotels, making it suitable for all types of travelers.

148. Kamshet

Kamshet, a small village located near Pune, Maharashtra, is a beautiful destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers. The place is known for its serene surroundings, lush greenery, and picturesque landscapes. Kamshet is a popular paragliding destination in India and attracts many adventure enthusiasts from around the world. It offers a thrilling experience of soaring in the air while enjoying the spectacular view of the Sahyadri mountain range.

Apart from paragliding, Kamshet also offers other adventure activities like trekking, camping, and rock climbing. The village is surrounded by several forts, and one can enjoy trekking to these forts. The Bhaja and Karla caves, located near Kamshet, are also worth visiting for their ancient Buddhist architecture and rock-cut temples.

For nature lovers, Kamshet offers the breathtaking view of the Pawna Lake and the surrounding hills. The place is also home to several species of birds, and one can enjoy bird watching in the serene environment.

Kamshet is also known for its local cuisine, which includes lip-smacking Maharashtrian dishes like Vada Pav, Misal Pav, and Sabudana Vada. The village also offers a unique experience of staying in homestays and getting a taste of rural life.

Overall, Kamshet is a must places to visit in India for those who seek adventure, serenity, and an escape from the hustle-bustle of city life.

149. Modhera

Modhera is a small town located in the Mehsana district of Gujarat. The town is famous for the ancient Sun Temple that dates back to the 11th century. The temple was built during the reign of the Solanki dynasty and is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple’s architecture is a fine example of the Solanki style of architecture and has intricate carvings on its walls and pillars.

Apart from the Sun Temple, Modhera also has a step-well called Rani ki Vav. This step-well was built in the 11th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The step-well has a series of steps leading down to the water level and is adorned with sculptures and carvings.

The best time to visit Modhera is between October and March when the weather is pleasant. The town is easily accessible by road and is well-connected to major cities like Ahmedabad and Mehsana.

If you are a history buff or love ancient architecture, then Modhera is a must-visit destination for you. While in Modhera, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try out the local cuisine, which includes Gujarati dishes like Dhokla, Khandvi, and Thepla. There are several restaurants and eateries in the town that serve authentic Gujarati food.

In conclusion, Modhera is a hidden gem that is waiting to be explored. Its ancient temples, step-wells, and rich history make it an ideal places to visit in India for those looking for an offbeat travel experience.

150. Khajuraho

Khajuraho is a small town located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, known for its famous group of Hindu and Jain temples built between 950 and 1050 AD. These temples, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site, are known for their intricate carvings and stunning architecture that showcase the rich cultural heritage of India. The Khajuraho temples are divided into three groups: western, eastern, and southern, each with its own unique style and design.

Apart from the temples, there are many other attractions in Khajuraho that attract tourists from all over the world. The Khajuraho Dance Festival held every year in February is a major event that showcases India’s rich cultural heritage. Other popular tourist spots include the Raneh Falls, Pandav Falls, Benisagar Dam, and the Panna National Park, which is home to many endangered species.

Khajuraho is also known for its vibrant local culture and delicious cuisine. Some of the must-try dishes include the spicy and tangy chaat, delicious lassi, and the local delicacy, the Kusli sweet. For those who love shopping, the town has many shops selling beautiful handicrafts, handlooms, and souvenirs.

Overall, Khajuraho is a must-visit destination for those interested in exploring India’s rich history, culture, and heritage. It is a perfect places to visit in India for those who seek a blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty.

India is a land of diverse cultures, traditions, and experiences. With so many places to visit in India, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to include in your travel itinerary. We have covered some of the most popular places to visit in India, each offering its unique charm and beauty. From the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra to the serene backwaters of Kerala, the vibrant city of Mumbai to the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, there is something for every type of traveler.

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If you’re interested in history, then visiting Rajasthan’s forts and palaces, Khajuraho’s temples, and the ruins of Hampi are must-see destinations. For adventure seekers, the Himalayas offer an array of activities such as trekking, skiing, and mountaineering. The beaches of Goa and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are perfect for water sports enthusiasts.

When it comes to food, India’s diverse cuisine is a foodie’s paradise. From street food to fine dining, every region has its specialty. Some of the must-try dishes include the butter chicken and tandoori naan from Punjab, the spicy vindaloo from Goa, the kebabs and biryanis from Lucknow, and the vegetarian thali from Gujarat.

India is also home to some of the most vibrant festivals in the world. Holi, Diwali, and Durga Puja are just a few examples of the colourful celebrations that take place throughout the year.

In addition to the popular tourist places to visit in India, there are also lesser-known gems waiting to be discovered. The offbeat destinations such as the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the unexplored beaches of Odisha, the wildlife sanctuaries of Assam and Meghalaya, and the tribal villages of Chhattisgarh offer a unique travel experience.

While traveling in India, it’s important to keep in mind the cultural differences and respect the local customs. It’s also recommended to do thorough research and plan your trip accordingly, as some regions may have specific weather conditions or travel restrictions.

In conclusion, India offers a vast and diverse range of travel experiences, from history and culture to food and adventure. It’s impossible to cover everything in one trip, but with careful planning and an open mind, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime in the incredible country of India.

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India is a land of diverse cultures, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes. From hidden gems off the beaten path to family-friendly destinations, there is something for every traveler to explore. In this article, we will delve into the famous tourist places in India state-wise, highlighting the unique experiences each region has to offer.

Key Takeaways

  • India offers a plethora of hidden gems waiting to be discovered off the beaten path.
  • Exploring Northeast India provides a glimpse into a unique blend of Southeast Asian vibes within India.
  • Unexplored beaches in Maharashtra offer a serene escape from the bustling tourist spots.
  • Family-friendly destinations in India cater to all ages and provide memorable experiences for everyone.
  • Top tips for traveling in India include choosing the best route, exploring cultural and historic sites, and engaging in adventure activities.

Hidden Gems of India

Hidden Gems of India

Off the Beaten Path in India

Venturing beyond the well-trodden paths in India reveals a country brimming with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Bundi , a quaint town in Rajasthan, is a mere 4-hour bus ride from Jaipur and offers a serene escape from the bustling tourist spots. Here, you can immerse yourself in the charm of its blue houses and intricate stepwells, far from the crowds.

In the quest for authenticity, consider exploring the forests and villages of Goa by bike, where the real essence of this coastal state lies beyond its popular beaches. The journey to Majuli Island in Northeast India is arduous but rewarding, presenting a slice of culture untouched by mainstream tourism.

Embrace the adventure of the less traveled roads and you’ll find that the real India is not just a place, but an experience that challenges and enriches.

For those willing to venture off the beaten path, here’s a quick guide:

  • Rajasthan : Discover the hidden gem of Bundi
  • Goa : Explore the hinterlands on two wheels
  • Northeast India : Experience the unique vibes of Majuli Island

Remember, the true spirit of India is found not in the comfort of familiar enclaves but in the thrill of the unknown. So pack your bags, and let the journey begin.

Exploring Northeast India

Venturing into the Northeast of India is akin to discovering a hidden sanctuary, far removed from the well-trodden paths of the more frequented tourist destinations. Majuli Island , a serene locale nestled amidst the vibrant culture of the region, stands out as a must-visit. It’s a place where the echoes of Southeast Asia resonate, yet it remains distinctly Indian in spirit.

The journey to Northeast India is not just about the destinations, but also about embracing the unexpected. The warmth and hospitality of the locals are unparalleled, often leaving travelers with a profound sense of connection and belonging.

While the region’s beauty is undeniable, it is the unique experiences that truly captivate the hearts of those who wander here. From the bustling city of Kolkata, the gateway to the East, to the tranquil villages and lush forests, every corner of Northeast India offers a story waiting to be told.

For those seeking an authentic Indian adventure, the states of Tamil Nadu and Odisha present a tapestry of cultural richness and diversity. The festivals here, especially the vibrant Holi, are not just events but a spectacle of color and joy that embody the essence of India’s celebratory spirit.

Unexplored Beaches of Maharashtra

Maharashtra, often overshadowed by its bustling capital Mumbai, harbors some of the most serene and unexplored beaches in India. Guhagar Beach stands out as a pristine stretch of coastline, offering tranquility away from the tourist throngs. Here, you can bask in the sun with the beach almost entirely to yourself during the day.

Another hidden treasure is Tilmati Beach, known for its distinctive black sand. This beach remains a secret haven primarily frequented by locals and fishermen. For those seeking a unique seaside experience, Tilmati is a must-visit.

While exploring these coastal gems, consider staying in Mahabaleshwar. This hill station is not only a retreat from the coastal heat but also provides breathtaking sunset views from Wilson Point.

Maharashtra’s coastline is a testament to the diverse beauty of India’s shores, offering a peaceful escape for those willing to venture off the beaten path.

Family-Friendly Destinations in India

Family-Friendly Destinations in India

Best Family Holiday Destinations

When planning a family holiday in India, the key is to find destinations that cater to the interests of all family members. India’s diversity offers a plethora of options that can make your trip memorable, with each location providing unique experiences that can bring your family closer together.

Family holidays are not just about relaxation, but also about stepping out of your comfort zone and creating lasting memories. Here’s a list of family-friendly destinations that are popular among travelers:

  • Jaipur : Known for its rich history and majestic forts, Jaipur offers a cultural feast for families.
  • Goa : With its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife, Goa is perfect for families looking for both relaxation and adventure.
  • Kerala : Referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala’s backwaters and greenery provide a serene escape.
  • Ooty : The hill station of Ooty is ideal for families who enjoy nature and want to explore the mountains.
Finding the right balance between adventure and relaxation is crucial for a successful family holiday. Destinations like Myrtle Beach offer affordability and a variety of activities that can keep everyone entertained.

Lastly, consider the season and climate when choosing your destination. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the winter snows or bask in the warmth of a sunny beach, India has destinations that are enchanting throughout the year. Remember, a well-planned trip can lead to a budget-friendly and enjoyable holiday for the entire family.

Moderate and Friendly Approaches

When traveling with family, it’s essential to adopt a moderate and friendly approach to ensure a pleasant experience for all. Embrace the local culture with an open mind, but also be mindful of your family’s comfort levels. Engaging with locals can enrich your journey, yet it’s crucial to maintain a balance between openness and personal boundaries.

Responsible tourism is not just a buzzword; it’s a practice that can enhance your travel experience. By choosing places that inspire responsible tourism, you contribute to the sustainability of the destinations you visit. India, with its diverse landscapes and vibrant communities, has become a sought-after destination for travelers around the world.

Here are a few tips to practice responsible tourism with your family:

  • Respect local customs and traditions.
  • Support local businesses by purchasing authentic souvenirs.
  • Participate in eco-friendly activities that minimize environmental impact.
Remember, your actions as a tourist can leave a lasting impact on the places you visit. Make choices that ensure the places you love remain beautiful and welcoming for future generations.

Top Tips for Traveling in India

Top Tips for Traveling in India

Choosing The Best Route

When planning your journey through India, consider the diversity and size of the country . It’s essential to choose a route that allows you to experience the rich tapestry of culture, history, and landscapes without feeling overwhelmed. For instance, a popular travel route is: Delhi

Kerala. This itinerary offers a blend of urban and rural experiences, historical sites, and natural beauty.

Embrace the slower pace of travel to truly absorb each destination’s unique charm. Rushing from place to place can lead to a superficial experience, so allocate enough time to explore and relax.

While personal transport may offer freedom, it can also be expensive and logistically challenging. Utilize local transportation options to save money and gain a more authentic experience. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination itself.

Exploring Cultural and Historic Sites

India’s rich tapestry of culture and history is woven into the very fabric of its cities and landscapes. Exploring cultural and historic sites is not just about visiting monuments, it’s about immersing oneself in the stories and traditions that have shaped the nation. From the ancient ruins of Hampi to the vibrant streets of Varanasi, each site offers a unique glimpse into India’s past and present.

Heritage walks and guided tours can provide deeper insights into the significance of these places. Engaging with local historians and artisans also enriches the experience, offering personal anecdotes and lesser-known facts that bring these sites to life.

When planning your itinerary, prioritize sites that resonate with your interests. Whether it’s the architectural marvels of the Mughal Empire or the spiritual sanctuaries of the Buddhist and Jain communities, India has a cultural site to match every curiosity.

Here’s a quick list of must-visit cultural and historic sites in India:

  • The Taj Mahal in Agra
  • The forts and palaces of Rajasthan
  • The ancient temples of Khajuraho
  • The historic city of Mysore
  • The rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora

Remember, the best way to appreciate India’s cultural heritage is to respect the customs and traditions associated with each site. Dress appropriately, follow the guidelines, and take the time to truly absorb the atmosphere and significance of these incredible places.

Engaging in Adventure Activities

India offers a plethora of options for those looking to engage in adventure activities . From the high-altitude treks in the Himalayas to the underwater experiences in the Andaman Islands, every adventure promises a unique thrill.

Adrenaline junkies can find their fix with activities like bungee jumping in Rishikesh, paragliding in Bir Billing, or white-water rafting on the Ganges. For a more structured adventure, consider the following:

  • Trekking : Explore the diverse trails ranging from easy to challenging.
  • Camping : Connect with nature under the starlit sky.
  • Wildlife Safaris : Encounter India’s exotic fauna in their natural habitat.
  • Water Sports : Dive, surf, and sail on India’s extensive coastline.
Embrace the spirit of adventure and let India’s landscapes challenge and inspire you. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or trying something new, the country’s varied terrain offers something for everyone.

Remember to respect local customs and the environment as you embark on your adventures. Safety should always be a priority, so ensure you’re well-prepared and equipped for the activities you choose.

Must-Visit States in India

Must-Visit States in India

Rajasthan – The Land of Palaces

Rajasthan, known for its regal legacy, is a treasure trove of historical grandeur and architectural brilliance. The City Palace in Udaipur stands as a testament to the state’s rich past, with its blend of Chinese and European influences amidst lush greenery. Visitors can explore the Crystal Gallery, which houses ancient artifacts and showcases Rajasthani art.

Lake Pichola , another gem in the City of Lakes, offers picturesque views and is connected to a network of smaller lakes, enhancing the charm of Udaipur.

The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur epitomizes the splendor of the Rajput era, with its fortress-like structure and tranquil gardens. Guests are treated to a royal experience, complete with elephant rides and exploration expeditions.

For those seeking a blend of culture and luxury, the Rambagh Palace, a TAJ Hotel in Jaipur, provides first-class amenities and a glimpse into the life of royalty. The hotel’s offerings include:

  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Business center
  • Outdoor and indoor pools
  • 90 guest rooms and suites

Each destination in Rajasthan tells a story of timelessness, from the blue city of Jodhpur with its cultural richness to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, known for its majestic fort and vibrant culture. Rajasthan is not just a state; it’s an experience that stays with you long after you’ve left its palatial confines.

South India – Off the Beaten Track Adventures

South India offers a treasure trove of experiences far removed from the well-trodden paths of popular tourist destinations. Bangalore , a bustling tech hub, serves as a gateway to the region’s less explored locales. Venture beyond to discover the serene beauty of Kodagu , where you might find yourself as the sole foreigner amidst its untouched charm.

Mysore, a city that wins the hearts of many, is a must-visit with its clean streets and rich cultural tapestry. From there, the journey continues to the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey, best navigated by local boats to uncover secluded spots away from the crowds.

The real India can be tough and challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding budget travel destinations in the world.

For those seeking solace in nature, the Indian mountains offer an unparalleled experience. While not as vast as the neighboring Himalayas, the peaks of South India provide a unique blend of spirituality and adventure. Embrace the opportunity to get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the authentic essence of India.

In conclusion, India is a land of diverse wonders and hidden gems waiting to be explored. From the iconic Taj Mahal to the serene Majuli Island, each destination offers a unique experience that will leave a lasting impression. Traveling through India unveils a tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty that is truly captivating. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, India has something to offer for every traveler. Embark on a journey to discover the gems of India and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some hidden gems in india that are off the beaten path.

Some hidden gems in India off the beaten path include Bundi in Rajasthan, Majuli Island in Northeast India, and unexplored beaches in Maharashtra.

What are some family-friendly destinations in India?

Some family-friendly destinations in India include Rajasthan with its palaces, and South India for off the beaten track adventures.

What are some top tips for traveling in India?

Some top tips for traveling in India include choosing the best route, exploring cultural and historic sites, and engaging in adventure activities.

What are some must-visit states in India?

Some must-visit states in India are Rajasthan, known as the Land of Palaces, and South India for off the beaten track adventures.

What are some famous wonders of India that must be visited?

Some famous wonders of India that must be visited include the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan palaces, and the cultural and historic sites in South India.

How can travelers explore off the beaten path in India?

Travelers can explore off the beaten path in India by visiting hidden gems like Bundi, Majuli Island, and unexplored beaches in Maharashtra.

What are some family-friendly holiday destinations in India?

Some family-friendly holiday destinations in India are Rajasthan with its palaces and South India for off the beaten track adventures.

What are the best routes to explore in India?

The best routes to explore in India include visiting the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, South India, and engaging in adventure activities.

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Swaraj dweep, earlier known as havelock island, in andaman, has some of the best beaches in the world like elephant beach, kala patthar beach, and radhnagar beach, majuli island in assam is one of the biggest river islands in the world. the place is unique in many terms and offers a true taste of assamese culture.

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Lakshadweep Island is a cluster of small islands. It offers many water sports like scuba diving 

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11 Best Madhya Pradesh Tourist Places - Exploring India

Exploring india: 11 top madhya pradesh tourist places.

A re you planning a trip to Madhya Pradesh , India soon? Then you have come to the right place. We are sharing the top Madhya Pradesh Tourist Places with you, so you can be sure that you are not missing out on the top sights in this beautiful state in central India.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the top Madhya Pradesh tourist places you should visit. Why? Easy! This National Park has the highest Tiger density and your chances of seeing a tiger are very high. So if seeing these majestic cats in the wild has been on your bucket list, then I highly recommend going to Bandhavgarh National Park.

The core zone of the Tiger Reserve is split up in 3 areas: Tala, Magdhi, and Khitauli, surrounded by a generous buffer zone. I visited the Tala zone and had 3 Tiger sightings on 2 safari drives, and saw a lot of other wildlife as well.

If you are looking for a responsible and eco-friendly safari company, I highly recommend Pugdundee Safaris . I was invited by them to get to know their lodges and safaris and was blown away by the high ethical and environmental protection standards they follow, such as waste reduction, conservation efforts and hiring locals.

They have two properties at Bandhavgarh and both are absolutely amazing. Kings Lodge is a stunning lodge with all the amenities you could wish for, including pool and a spa. The Treehouse Hideaway is something really special: You sleep in a super luxurious tree house and it is definitely a wonderful experience.

Taj-ul-Masjid Mosque Bhopal

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Among the architectural landmarks of the city of Bhopal , the nerve center of the province of Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India, the Taj-ul-Masjid mosque truly stands out. Not only for its beauty but also for its size because it is said to be the largest in all of India. Its construction was initiated by Shah Jehan Begum (1868-1901), although the works did not finish until 1971. This mosque receives the largest concentration of Muslims in the entire country, the Ijtima. Some sources say that up to 175,000 people fit inside.

If you visit it early and during a weekday, you may be able to admire how it becomes Madrasa or school for young people. Maybe because of this fact, or for any other reason – who knows – women do not have to cover their heads as in any other mosque as a general rule (please bear in mind that this can change at any time and if you are a woman you may have to cover your head in any case). The shoes must be left at the entrance. Do not forget the camera, the reflections from the central pond and the ‘forest of columns’ inside are impressive.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is definitely one of the must-visit Madhya Pradesh Tourist Places. The beautiful Sal tree forests and rolling meadows, as well as the flourishing wildlife at Kanha National Park was the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book. While I didn’t get to see Shere Khan or Bagheera during my safari there, I still saw beautiful landscapes and many, many other stunning animals. From the Barasingha Swamp Deer to Indian Bison, beautiful birds and lovely butterflies, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh is a paradise for animal and nature lovers.

It gets really hot starting in April, so if you are not used to the heat, I recommend visiting between October and March. The park is closed from July to Mid-October for the monsoon.

As a place to stay, I highly recommend Kanha Earth Lodge – a Pugdundee Safaris Lodge . Their bungalows are as luxurious as villas and the staff is incredibly friendly. Make sure you go on a sundowner up on the little hill behind the lodge – it is an incredible experience.

Chanderi – Madhya Pradesh Tourist Sites

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Chanderi is a quaint town in the heart of Madhya Pradesh steeped with history and heritage and one of the top Madhya Pradesh tourist places. Set amidst a naturally beautiful landscape surrounded by hills, Chanderi had a prominent place in the history of India.

The town of Chanderi fell on the major trade route of Central India and on the route to Malwa and was always in the eyesight of the earlier rulers. This can be seen from the abundant archaeological structures found in the town. There are forts, mosques, temples, and lakes in this small town.

The Kirti Durg or Chanderi Fort is one of the most striking places in the city and at night the lights of the fort can be seen even from a distance. Other places of interest include the Badal Mahal Darwaza, Raja Rani Mahal, Koshak Mahal, Sehzadi ki Roza, Kati Ghati, Jama Masjid, Jageshwari Temple, Parameshwar Taal and many more. Each of the structure seems to tell the stories of the past.

Tales of the past is strewn all around Chanderi. Chanderi is most famous for the Chanderi sarees, a very fine fabric that is said to have been weaved since the fourteenth century. These fine fabrics were patronized by the Mughals and the royals of the country. The weavers or Bunkaars are still trying to maintain their heritage while weaving and even till date Chanderi sarees are one of the best sarees in the country. Chanderi is a hidden gem in the tourism map of Madhya Pradesh. With so many wonderful historical structures, natural beauty and weaving of the Chanderi fabric, the place is sure to win the heart of its visitors.

Gwalior Fort

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Described by Mughal emperor Babur as the Pearl of India’s fortresses, Gwalior Fort is truly magnificent.

Although there’s been a fortification here since 525 A.D., this current fort was built, its thought, in the 8th century. The fort location was selected when, legend says, a local chief received waters which healed leprosy – he then founded Gwalior, which stands for “saint” in Hindi”.

There are two entrances to the fort, the west gate, which you can take a taxi or auto-rickshaw to, or the east gate, which you can approach only on foot. I seriously recommend the short walk of around 15 minutes if you don’t stop and admire the view up from the Gwalior Gate through the East Gate. This lets you appreciate the truly magnificent location and display the fort puts on. En route you’ll pass 5 gates (or their remains) and also a memorial to the first recorded zero as it was Indian mathematicians who first invented the circle that we know as zero.

Once at the top, the fort covers an area that is 3km long and there are various temples and areas to visit. Go early to avoid the heat, take a break and enjoy the peaceful surrounds. Walk down, past the superb Jain carvings after the Urvai or west gate and then take an autorickshaw back to town. This is a truly magnificent fort and well worth the visit.

Pench National Park

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Pench National Park offers a variety of activities that is not just limited to wildlife and jeep safari. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Pench Tree Lodge where you can do a Nature Walk within the property, bush dinner, picnic, organic farm dinner, cycle and more. The property itself feels like you are in the middle of nowhere and all the greenery surrounding it makes you feel like you are in Paradise.

If you had had enough of wildlife excursions, you can also go for the village experience and the market where you can interact with the locals. I really loved my visit to the Village. We observed how their daily life is like out there and interacted with them. It was sad that I couldn’t speak their language and that the guide had to translate everything but despite that we had meaningful interactions with them as they showed us their home, their lifestyle and more.

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters UNESCO World Heritage Site

This UNESCO Heritage Site features prehistoric rock paintings that are over 30,000 years old, but first human settlement in this area dates back more than 100,000 years. The complex is evidence of the oldest human settlement in India. Due to its historic significance, it became a UNESCO Site in 2003.

The various rock paintings from the different time period show animals and people, dancing and hunting scenes and is one of the largest prehistoric complexes in the world.

The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are about 1 hour from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.

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Orchha is one of those Madhya Pradesh tourist places where I wish I could stay longer. As soon as I arrived the calm and relaxed vibe of this town got me and I wanted to explore more. Orchha means “hidden” and as its name, is still one of those places where tourism has not arrived in masses yet. Being the testimony of the medieval times when the monuments and palaces where built when Orchha was the capital of the Bundelkhand Empire, being in Orchha is like traveling back in time.

It will take just catching one sunset at the gorgeous Jehangir Mahal palace to grab your heart and a walk near the river Betwa, where in summer you can do great rafting, or grabbing a tea in one of the palace hotels to feel the beauty and magic of this place. The best time to visit Orchha is from October to March, when you find the best temperatures and weather, avoiding the months of the Monsoon or the summer when temperatures can rise up to 50ºC.

Satpura National Park

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There is no doubt that going to Satpura National Park is one of the best things to do in Madhya Pradesh and that this is one of the best places to visit in India . This is one of the top destinations in the country to have an opportunity to see tigers in their natural environment, though doing so requires a lot of patience, and some early wake up calls as these animals are incredibly elusive.

It is said that around 40 tigers live in the park, though spotting them isn’t easy and requires several game drives. The best time to spot them is in the very early morning hours or in the late afternoon, right before sunset. They are night creatures that tend to roam alone and prefer wet areas, so the best time of the year to visit Satpura for chances to see tigers is during or right after the wet season.

UNESCO Site Buddhist Monument at Sanchi – Madhya Pradesh Tourist Places

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Sanchi is definitely a must-visit Tourist Place in Madhya Pradesh. It is about a 1-hour drive from Bhopal. The stone Stupa at Sanchi is one of the oldest structures in India and dates back to 300 B.C. It was inscribed as a UNESCO Site in 1989.

The four gateways that surround the Mahastupa (Great Stupa) have intricate carvings that show important events in Buddha’s life and supposedly the ashes of Buddha himself have found their final resting place inside the Great Stupa.

Like most sights in India, you can visit from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Indian citizens pay an entrance fee of 60 INR and foreign citizens pay 500 INR.

Khajuraho Group of Monuments – UNESCO Site India

Another one of the top Madhya Pradesh tourist places is the Khajuraho Monuments in Chhatarpur. They were built between 950-1050 AD and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Out of the original 85 temples, only 20 remain, but they are well worth a visit. The temple complex is most known for its celebration of eroticism and showcases a plentitude of sculptures in suggestive poses. Their intricate carving and architectural skill will leave you in awe.

A big thank you to Madhya Pradesh Tourism for inviting me to the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart and showing me this stunning region.

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Japan is a country that has something for everyone, from bustling cities to serene countryside, from ancient temples to modern technology. with the introduction of e-visa, now is the perfect time for indian tourists to plan a trip to this beautiful island country..

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Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is a must-visit for any traveller. This bustling metropolis is a perfect blend of old and new, with its traditional temples and shrines sitting alongside modern skyscrapers. One of the main attractions of Tokyo is the Shibuya Crossing, known as the busiest intersection in the world. Other must-visit places in Tokyo include the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, and the famous shopping districts of Ginza and Harajuku.

Known as the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto is a city steeped in history and traditions. It is home to numerous temples, shrines, and gardens that give visitors a glimpse into Japan's past. The most famous attraction in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its iconic orange torii gates lining the hiking trails up to Mount Inari. Other must-visit places in Kyoto include the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji), Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and Gion district where you can spot geishas walking around.

Osaka is Japan's third-largest city and is known for its vibrant nightlife and delicious street food. It is also home to some of Japan's most famous tourist attractions such as Osaka Castle, which dates back to the 16th century and provides stunning views of the city from its observation deck. The Dotonbori district is a must-visit for food lovers, with its endless array of street food vendors and restaurants. You can also visit Universal Studios Japan, one of the most popular theme parks in the country.

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Mount Fuji, the country's highest mountain. Located about 100 kilometres from Tokyo, Mount Fuji is an active volcano that has become a symbol of Japan. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is clear and you can catch a glimpse of the iconic snow-capped peak. You can also hike to the summit, but it is recommended to do so with a guide.

Hiroshima is a city that holds immense historical significance for Japan. It was devastated during World War II when it was hit by an atomic bomb. Today, it serves as a reminder of the horrors of war and promotes peace and reconciliation. The Peace Memorial Park and Museum are must-visit places in Hiroshima, where you can learn about the city's tragic past and pay tribute to its victims. The Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, with its iconic floating torii gate, is also a popular tourist spot in Hiroshima.

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Komsomolskaya metro station

Komsomolskaya metro station looks like a museum. It has vaulted ceilings and baroque decor.

Hidden underground, in the heart of Moscow, are historical and architectural treasures of Russia. These are Soviet-era creations – the metro stations of Moscow.

Our guide Maria introduced these elaborate metro stations as “the palaces for the people.” Built between 1937 and 1955, each station holds its own history and stories. Stalin had the idea of building beautiful underground spaces that the masses could enjoy. They would look like museums, art centers, concert halls, palaces and churches. Each would have a different theme. None would be alike.

The two-hour private tour was with a former Intourist tour guide named Maria. Maria lived in Moscow all her life and through the communist era of 60s to 90s. She has been a tour guide for more than 30 years. Being in her 60s, she moved rather quickly for her age. We traveled and crammed with Maria and other Muscovites on the metro to visit 10 different metro stations.

Arrow showing the direction of metro line 1 and 2

Arrow showing the direction of metro line 1 and 2

Moscow subways are very clean

Moscow subways are very clean

To Maria, every street, metro and building told a story. I couldn’t keep up with her stories. I don’t remember most of what she said because I was just thrilled being in Moscow.   Added to that, she spilled out so many Russian words and names, which to one who can’t read Cyrillic, sounded so foreign and could be easily forgotten.

The metro tour was the first part of our all day tour of Moscow with Maria. Here are the stations we visited:

1. Komsomolskaya Metro Station  is the most beautiful of them all. Painted yellow and decorated with chandeliers, gold leaves and semi precious stones, the station looks like a stately museum. And possibly decorated like a palace. I saw Komsomolskaya first, before the rest of the stations upon arrival in Moscow by train from St. Petersburg.

2. Revolution Square Metro Station (Ploshchad Revolyutsii) has marble arches and 72 bronze sculptures designed by Alexey Dushkin. The marble arches are flanked by the bronze sculptures. If you look closely you will see passersby touching the bronze dog's nose. Legend has it that good luck comes to those who touch the dog's nose.

Touch the dog's nose for good luck. At the Revolution Square station

Touch the dog's nose for good luck. At the Revolution Square station

Revolution Square Metro Station

Revolution Square Metro Station

3. Arbatskaya Metro Station served as a shelter during the Soviet-era. It is one of the largest and the deepest metro stations in Moscow.

Arbatskaya Metro Station

Arbatskaya Metro Station

4. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metro Station was built in 1935 and named after the Russian State Library. It is located near the library and has a big mosaic portrait of Lenin and yellow ceramic tiles on the track walls.

Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metro Station

Lenin's portrait at the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metro Station

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5. Kievskaya Metro Station was one of the first to be completed in Moscow. Named after the capital city of Ukraine by Kiev-born, Nikita Khruschev, Stalin's successor.

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Kievskaya Metro Station

6. Novoslobodskaya Metro Station  was built in 1952. It has 32 stained glass murals with brass borders.

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Novoslobodskaya metro station

7. Kurskaya Metro Station was one of the first few to be built in Moscow in 1938. It has ceiling panels and artwork showing Soviet leadership, Soviet lifestyle and political power. It has a dome with patriotic slogans decorated with red stars representing the Soviet's World War II Hall of Fame. Kurskaya Metro Station is a must-visit station in Moscow.

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Ceiling panel and artworks at Kurskaya Metro Station

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8. Mayakovskaya Metro Station built in 1938. It was named after Russian poet Vladmir Mayakovsky. This is one of the most beautiful metro stations in the world with 34 mosaics painted by Alexander Deyneka.

Mayakovskaya station

Mayakovskaya station

Mayakovskaya metro station

One of the over 30 ceiling mosaics in Mayakovskaya metro station

9. Belorusskaya Metro Station is named after the people of Belarus. In the picture below, there are statues of 3 members of the Partisan Resistance in Belarus during World War II. The statues were sculpted by Sergei Orlov, S. Rabinovich and I. Slonim.

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10. Teatralnaya Metro Station (Theatre Metro Station) is located near the Bolshoi Theatre.

Teatralnaya Metro Station decorated with porcelain figures .

Teatralnaya Metro Station decorated with porcelain figures .

Taking the metro's escalator at the end of the tour with Maria the tour guide.

Taking the metro's escalator at the end of the tour with Maria the tour guide.

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January 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

An excellent read! Thanks for much for sharing the Russian metro system with us. We're heading to Moscow in April and exploring the metro stations were on our list and after reading your post, I'm even more excited to go visit them. Thanks again 🙂

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Hi, do you remember which tour company you contacted for this tour?

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What time the 2024 solar eclipse started, reached peak totality and ended

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Updated on: April 9, 2024 / 5:04 AM EDT / CBS News

The 2024 solar eclipse will be visible across North America today. As the moon's position between the Earth and sun casts a shadow on North America, that shadow, or umbra, will travel along the surface from west to east at more than 1,500 miles per hour along the path of totality . 

That means the eclipse will start, peak and end at different times — as will the moments of total darkness along the path of totality — and the best time to view the eclipse depends on where you are located. Some places along the path will have more totality time than others.

In Texas, the south-central region had clouds in the forecast , but it was better to the northeast, according to the National Weather Service. The best eclipse viewing weather was expected in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, as well as in Canada's New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

What time does the 2024 total solar eclipse start?

Eclipse map of totality

The total solar eclipse will emerge over the South Pacific Ocean before the shadow falls across North America, beginning in parts of Mexico. The path of totality , where onlookers can witness the moon fully blocking the sun (through eclipse viewing glasses for safety ), is expected to first make landfall near the city of Mazatlán around 9:51 a.m. MT. 

The total solar eclipse will cross over the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, where it will emerge over Eagle Pass at 12:10 p.m. CT and then peak at about 1:27 p.m. CT.

In Dallas, NASA data shows the partial eclipse will first become visible at 12:23 p.m. CT and peak at 1:40 p.m. CT. The next states in the path of totality are Oklahoma and Arkansas, where the eclipse begins in Little Rock at 12:33 p.m. CT. 

Cleveland will see the beginning of the eclipse at 1:59 p.m. ET. Darkness will start spreading over the sky in Buffalo, New York, at 2:04 p.m. ET. Then, the eclipse will reach northwestern Vermont, including Burlington, at 2:14 p.m. ET. Parts of New Hampshire and Maine will also follow in the path of totality before the eclipse first reaches the Canadian mainland  at 3:13 p.m. ET.

Although the experience won't be exactly the same, viewers in all the contiguous U.S. states outside the path of totality will still be able to see a partial eclipse. Some places will see most of the sun blocked by the moon, including Washington, D.C., where the partial eclipse will start at 2:04 p.m. ET and peak at about 3:20 p.m. ET.

In Chicago, viewers can start viewing the partial eclipse at 12:51 p.m. CT, with the peak arriving at 2:07 p.m. CT.  In Detroit, viewers will be able to enjoy a near-total eclipse beginning at 1:58 p.m. ET and peaking at 3:14 p.m. ET.

New York City will also see a substantial partial eclipse, beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET and peaking around 3:25 p.m. ET.

In Boston it will begin at 2:16 p.m. ET and peak at about 3:29 p.m. ET.

The below table by NASA shows when the eclipse will start, peak and end in 13 cities along the eclipse's path.

What time will the solar eclipse reach peak totality?

Millions more people will have the chance to witness the total solar eclipse this year than during the last total solar eclipse , which was visible from the U.S. in 2017. 

The eclipse's peak will mean something different for cities within the path of totality and for those outside. Within the path of totality, darkness will fall for a few minutes. The longest will last more than 4 minutes, but most places will see between 3.5 and 4 minutes of totality. In cities experiencing a partial eclipse, a percentage of the sun will be obscured for more than two hours.

Mazatlán is set to experience totality at 11:07 am PT. Dallas will be able to see the moon fully cover the sun at 1:40 p.m. CT. Little Rock will start to see the full eclipse at 1:51 p.m. CT, Cleveland at 3:13 p.m. ET and Buffalo at 3:18 p.m. ET. Totality will reach Burlington at 3:26 p.m. ET before moving into the remaining states and reaching Canada around 4:25 p.m.

Outside the path of totality, 87.4% of the sun will be eclipsed in Washington, D.C. at 3:20 p.m. ET, and Chicago will have maximum coverage of 93.9% at 2:07 p.m. CT. New York City is much closer to the path of totality this year than it was in 2017; it will see 89.6% coverage at 3:25 p.m. EDT. 

Detroit is another city that will encounter a near-total eclipse, with 99.2% maximum coverage at 3:14 p.m. ET. Boston will see 92.4% coverage at 3:29 p.m. ET.

What time will the solar eclipse end?

The eclipse will leave continental North America from Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NT, according to NASA.

At the beginning of the path of totality in Mazatlán, the eclipse will be over by 12:32 p.m. PT, and it will leave Dallas at 3:02 p.m. CT. The eclipse will end in Little Rock at 3:11 p.m. CT, Cleveland at 4:29 p.m. CDT and Buffalo at 4:32 p.m. ET. Burlington won't be far behind, with the eclipse concluding at 4:37 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, the viewing will end in Chicago at 3:21 p.m. CT, Washington, D.C. at 4:32 p.m. ET, and New York City at 4:36 p.m. ET. 

In Detroit, the partial eclipse will disappear at 4:27 p.m. ET, and in Boston, it will be over at 4:39 p.m. ET.

How long will the eclipse last in total?

The total solar eclipse will begin in Mexico at 11:07 a.m. PT and leave continental North America at 5:16 p.m. NT. From the time the partial eclipse first appears on Earth to its final glimpses before disappearing thousands of miles away, the celestial show will dazzle viewers for about 5 hours, according to timeanddate.com . 

The length of the total solar eclipse at points along the path depends on the viewing location. The longest will be 4 minutes and 28 seconds, northwest of Torreón, Mexico. Near the center of the path, totality takes place for the longest periods of time, according to NASA.

Spectators will observe totality for much longer today than during the 2017 eclipse , when the longest stretch of totality was 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

The moon's shadow seen on Earth today, called the umbra, travels at more than 1,500 miles per hour, according to NASA. It would move even more quickly if the Earth rotated in the opposite direction.

What is the longest a solar eclipse has ever lasted?

The longest known totality was 7 minutes and 28 seconds in 743 B.C. However, NASA says this record will be broken in 2186 with a 7 minute, 29 second total solar eclipse. The next total solar eclipse visible from parts of the U.S. won't happen until Aug. 23, 2044.

Sarah Maddox has been with CBS News since 2019. She works as an associate producer for CBS News Live.

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The Most Beautiful Stations on the Moscow Metro

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You might have heard that there are some beautiful metro stations in Moscow. Soviet decorations, chandeliers, mosaic painting and statues are common in many of the stations. The good news is that the Moscow Metro does not cost a lot of money and many of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro are on the same line, so you can almost get on and off at each station to visit these. Over the New Year holidays, I had a free afternoon and decided to visit some of these stations. Check out what I found below…..

The main stations that you will want to visit are on the Number 5 line, also known as the Circle Line. An advantage of this line is that you can get to it very easily and quickly no matter where you are in Moscow. The announcements on the metro are in Russian as well as English so you don’t need to worry if your Russian language skills are not good.

If, like me, you arrive in Moscow via train from Kyiv , then you will arrive at a metro station which many Muscovites believe to be the most beautiful of them all…..

Kievskaya metro station was opened in 1954 and features white marble walls which curve upwards and have with large mosaics surrounded by a gold trim in a very classical style. The mosaics depict life in Ukraine and was designed by a Ukrainian who wanted to display Ukraine’s influence and contribution to Soviet Russia.

Kievskaya, one of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro

Kievskaya, one of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro

Soviet era artwork between the arches

Soviet era artwork between the arches

Mosaic with golden trim

Mosaic with golden trim

People carrying flags is a common theme

People carrying flags is a common theme

Going into battle

Going into battle

Belorusskaya

If you look at a map of the metro , you will want to go in a clockwise direction on the circle line. So you will want to get on the train going in the Barrikadnaya direction and not Park Kultury. Stay on this line until you reach the 2nd station, Belorusskaya. This station was built in 1952 and like Kievskaya also features white marble pylons and a plaster ceiling.

The ceiling features 12 mosaics in an octagonal shape depicting Belarusian life, while the tiling on the floor is said to resemble a Belarusian quilt. One of the passageway exits of the station has a statue called ‘Belarusian Partisans’ of three men wearing long coats, holding guns and carrying a flag.”

Belorusskaya metro platform

Belorusskaya metro platform

Belorusskaya metro platform

Soviet artwork on the roof

The hammer and sickle features prominently in the metro artwork

The hammer and sickle features prominently in the metro artwork

Three men carrying guns, holding the flag...

Three men carrying guns, holding the flag…

Mayakovskaya

To get to the next station, we need to change onto the green line (line 2) and go just one stop to the station of Mayakovskaya. This station has an art deco theme and, for some, resembles an elaborate ballroom. The columns are faced with stainless steel and pink rhodonite while the marble walls and ceiling have 34 mosaics with the theme “24-hour Soviet Sky. Apparently, Stalin resided here during the 2nd World War as the station was used as a command post for Moscow’s anti-aircraft regiment.

Mayakovskaya metro

Mayakovskaya metro

Mayakovskaya metro

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

Bomber planes

Bomber planes

24-Hour Soviet Sky mosaic

It looks like planes flying over Red Square

Air-ship

Novoslobodskaya

It’s time to get back on the metro and return to Belorusskaya. At Belorusskaya, change to the circle line again and continue clockwise to the next station, Novoslobodskaya. With its 32 stained glass panels, this station reminds me of a church. The panels were designed by Latvian artists and are surrounded by a brass border.

Novoslobodskaya metro

Novoslobodskaya metro

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

The platform of Novoslobodskaya metro

Stained glass artwork

The golden trim around artwork is also very common

The golden trim around artwork is also very common

Stained glass artwork

Prospekt Mira

Back on the metro and again just one stop until our next station, Prospekt Mira. This station was originally called Botanichesky Sad after the nearby Botanical Gardens of the Moscow State University. The pylons are covered in white marble and decorated with floral bas-relief friezes. The ceiling is decorated with casts and several cylindrical chandeliers.

Prospekt Mira metro station

Prospekt Mira metro station

Notice the floral decoration

Notice the floral decoration

Komsomolskaya

On the metro once more and once more we are going just one stop to the next station – Komsomolskaya. This station is famous for its its yellow ceiling. The chandeliers in this station are huge. The photos below do not do this station justice.  For me, this station resembles a presidential palace.  You hace to see it for yourself to truly appreciate it.

Because of it’s location, this is one of the busiest stations in the Moscow metro as it serves three of the main train stations in the city – Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky, and Kazansky so be prepared for a lot of people.

Komsomolskaya metro

Komsomolskaya metro

The yellow ceiling seems to go on forever

The yellow ceiling seems to go on forever

Yellow ceiling and artwork

Yellow ceiling and artwork

One of the ceiling mosaics

One of the ceiling mosaics

Elektrozavodskaya

When you are ready to leave Komsomolskaya metro station behind, then get back on the circle line and go one stop to Kurskaya and change to the blue line (line 3) and go to two stops to the Elektrozavodskaya station. This station gets it’s name from a nearby electric light bulb factory and has a somewhat industrial but also futuristic style, with 6 rows of circular lamps (there are 318 lamps in total). I think this is one of the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro for how unique it is. The station was opened in 1944 after a delay because of the 2nd World War and features 12 marble bas-reliefs of the struggle on the home front during the war.

The Komsomolskaya metro station

The Komsomolskaya metro station

The struggles of war at home

The struggles of war at home

Fixing machinery

Fixing machinery

Hard at work

Hard at work

Making weapons

Making weapons

Building a tank

Building a tank

The struggles of war at home

Even the station sign is elaborate

Ploschad Revolyutsii

Back on the metro line 3 (but in the other direction), getting off at the 3rd stop – Ploschad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square). This is located underneath the square in Moscow of the same name and is a short walk from Red Square in the city centre. It is the perfect place to end a visit around Moscow’s metro. The station features red and yellow marble arches with a total of 76 sculptures in between each arch. The sculptures are supposed to represent the people of the Soviet Union and include soldiers, farmers, industrial workers, children etc… I noticed a lot of people touching the golden chicken in the photo below as well as the show of the woman. I am assuming that this is for good luck.

Industrial worker

Industrial worker

Touch the chicken for good luck

Touch the chicken for good luck

Sculpture of the people of the Soviet Union

Sculpture of the people of the Soviet Union

Woman reading a book - touch the shoe for good luck

Woman reading a book – touch the shoe for good luck

In education

In education

Parent and child

Parent and child

These are some of what I think are the most beautiful stations on the Moscow metro. Which ones are your favourite? Would you add any to this list?

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Kievskaya definitely caught me off guard. Didn’t know Moscow metro stations were THIS extravagant! Mayakovskaya is gorgeous too with the marble walls and mosaics. I might just need to book a flight over to admire all of these!

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Do it! Kievskaya was my first introduction to the Moscow metro as I got an overnight train from Kyiv.

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You know, in the States, all we ever hear is bad stuff about Russia. It’s nice to see other (and lovely!) dimensions of such a controversial place.

It’s the same in the UK which is why I prefer going to see somewhere and making up my own mind. It’s all ‘politics and bullshit’ as I say

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I went to Moscow about 13years for Christmas and went to train stations, so I can see these amazing mosaics and chandeliers. I agree with you that are beautiful Stations for sure and I could of wandered around for days. I think Kievskaya is definitely my favourite out of them all and I even have some similar pictures as you.

I imagine Moscow would have been a little different 13 years ago but these stations have probably always looked beautiful

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You chose some great stations for this write up! Beautiful details in these stations and would love to visit them sometime. Particularly like the Komsomolskaya station with that yellow ceiling!

Thank you very much. Komsomolskaya seems to be a lot of peoples favourite stations too

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Wow! Without the text I would have thought them to be some museum or gallery.

I know exactly what you mean!

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Wow, it is just stunning! How does anyone get to work with so much to look at. I’m surprised at the very bourgeois-looking Komsomolskaya station. I would have thought it was all too Tzarist looking, but then I haven’t been to Russia yet lol. This has just made me want to go more!

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Wow, that’s a lot of artwork. I wonder how old some of these pieces are?

Generally most of the stations are from 1940-1960 approximately. The later stations are more functional than style.

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My mother-in-law was in Moscow fifty years ago and still raves about the metro stations. So far, I could not imagine much. But now! The pictures are great and I think it’s almost a pity that this splendor is underground. But for every user of the Metro can enjoy a free trip to the world of art. Susanne

True. It is like having a free trip to an art museum/gallery. I hope that you can one day visit Moscow and see for yourself.

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Oh wow, I would never have known that these were metro stations. The ceilings remind me of how you need to look up sometimes, even in the commuter rush!

It is true about life in general, we just go from A to B looking directly in front of us instead of around us

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Wow, I would have never guessed that these were stations. The decor is so pretty and not one I’m used to seeing at metro stations. Love the ceiling at The Komsomolskaya metro station.

They certainly don’t look like metro stations. The ceiling there is one of my favourites too!

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