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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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

Andaman Islands

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

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

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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

Jaipur. Rajasthan

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

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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

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

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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

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

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

The 22 best things to do in India

Lakshmi Sharath

Dec 17, 2023 • 22 min read

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

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

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

1. Experience Varanasi at dawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Demystify the Kama Sutra story behind Khajuraho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Cruise the Kerala backwaters

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

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

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

8. Visit the ancient monasteries of Ladakh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explore the ruins of Hampi

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

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

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

11. Explore Goa beyond the beaches

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

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

12. Be dazzled by the Rann of Kachchh salt desert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Discover hidden treasures in the villages of Chettinadu

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

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

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

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

15. Look for India’s Big Five

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Travel on a sleeper train

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

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

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

18. Practice Yoga in Rishikesh

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

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

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

19. Immerse yourself in the diversity of northeastern India

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

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

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

Two men carrying baskets in Crawford Market in Mumbai, India

20. Visit a bustling local market

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

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

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

21. Tour Rajasthan’s historic forts and palaces

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

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

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

22. Experience the energy of India’s festivals

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

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

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

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

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

This article was first published April 2022 and updated December 2023

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15 Best Things to Do in India

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When it comes to destinations with endless things to do, India goes practically unrivaled. From world-famous sites, like the Taj Mahal and Jaipur's glittering palaces, to the frenetic cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, India might be one of the world's best places to visit for sightseeing . But that's just the beginning of what this vibrant destination has to offer.

While in India, you'll also have the opportunity to see endangered tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park, explore 2,200-year-old monuments in the Ajanta Caves, and eat in the world's largest community kitchen at the Golden Temple.

After you've had your fill of the action, you can chill out on the beaches of Goa , cool off in the gorgeous hill station of Shimla , or even sleep on a houseboat in Kerala. Give yourself as much time as you can in this fascinating and mysterious country–there's no way to do it all in one trip.

Discover the magic of this destination with our list of the top things to do in India.

1. Tour the Taj Mahal in Agra

2. step inside royal forts and palaces in jaipur, 3. make a pilgrimage to varanasi, 4. cruise marine drive in mumbai, 5. admire ancient art at the ajanta caves, 6. visit humayun's tomb in new delhi, 7. lounge on goa's beaches, 8. take a tiger safari in bandhavgarh national park, 9. marvel at the golden temple in amritsar, 10. sleep on a houseboat in kerala, 11. ride darjeeling's famous toy train, 12. pay homage to gandhi in ahmedabad, 13. wander around the beatles ashram in rishikesh, 14. cool off in shimla, 15. spin tibetan prayer wheels in mcleod ganj, map of things to do in india.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is not just one of the top attractions in India –it's one of the most famous monuments in the world . The pristine white mausoleum was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after she died in childbirth in 1631.

Construction of the mausoleum, along with its adjunct buildings and surrounding complex, required the labor of more than 20,000 workers over the span of 22 years.

Knowing the backstory of the Taj Mahal can give you a deeper appreciation for the famous Agra attraction when you visit in person. Try to arrive around sunrise, when the building takes on a lavender-gold hue, and you can photograph it in all its glory without the crowds. It's definitely worth the early wake-up call.

Official site: https://www.tajmahal.gov.in/

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Agra

City Palace in Jaipur

After visiting the Taj Mahal, you can continue reveling in the grandeur of India in Jaipur, located roughly four hours away from Agra by train.

The "Pink City" is best known for its City Palace , an enchanting complex that has stood for close to 300 years and continues to be the residence for Jaipur's royal family today. The sand- and rose-hued palace blends Rajput, European, and Mughal architectural styles.

While at the complex, you can also wander around the Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace) , visit the Armory (which houses a vast collection of inlaid weapons), and see some of the world's largest silver objects at the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience).

The City Palace might be the crown jewel of Jaipur, but it's far from the only regal attraction around the city. Other top places to visit in Jaipur include the honeycombed Hawa Mahal (Palace of Breeze) and the stately Amer Fort .

After seeing so many spectacular sites, you'll easily understand how Jaipur has earned the reputation of being "the Paris of India."

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Jaipur

Varanasi

India is a deeply spiritual place, and there's no better place to experience this quality than in Varanasi. Here, you can see pilgrims wash away their sins in the Ganges River, then return after dark for the fire-fueled prayer ceremony of Ganga Aarti at the Dasaswamedh Ghat (listen for the distinctive blow of a conch shell, which signals the start of the ritual). It's one of the highlights of a visit to Varanasi .

Toward the end of their lives, many Hindus make their way back to Varanasi, believing they can break free of the cycle of rebirth by being cremated along the banks of the holy Ganges. As a result, open-air cremations take place at Manikarnika Ghat perpetually throughout the day and night.

You can see these cremations up close, but it's often emotionally easier for tourists to witness the smoke plumes from afar on a boat tour. Either way, it's likely to be one of the most profound experiences you'll have in India.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Varanasi

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Marine Drive at dusk

If your trip to India includes a stop in Mumbai, plan to spend the late afternoon cruising Marine Drive. The C-shaped boulevard has been nicknamed the "Queen's Necklace" for its street lights that look like a string of pearls. Drives here are made even more majestic by a collection of Art Deco buildings that flank the street. They've earned status as UNESCO World Heritage Sites .

After experiencing Marine Drive on four wheels, stretch your legs on the promenade. At sunset, locals head to Girgaum Chowpatty to chow down on snacks from street vendors and watch the sky turn to dusk over Back Bay; it's one of the top things to do in Mumbai .

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Mumbai

Ajanta Cave with Buddha statue inside

The ancient world comes to life at the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra. It earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983 for its intricate Buddhist monuments cut into the cave rock roughly 2,200 years ago.

Ajanta's 30 caves feature temple architecture and masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, including deities and the rebirths of the Buddha, that will leave you awestruck.

You can see a few dozen other ancient carvings around 100 kilometers southwest at the Ellora Caves. Don't miss Cave 16–it contains the famous Kailasa Temple with massive elephant sculptures.

Humayun's Tomb

If you think Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi looks a little like the Taj Mahal, it's not your imagination. The memorial is believed to have been the inspiration behind India's most famous attraction. Still, the lofty mausoleum is worth a visit in its own right; in fact, it's one of the top things to do in New Delhi .

The red sandstone and white marble structure has been standing since the mid-16th century and is remarkable for its symmetry and Islamic geometry.

The surrounding gardens not only serve as a refreshing green oasis in otherwise dusty Delhi, they're also the final resting place of some of Emperor Humayan's most trusted confidants. Here, you can see the tomb of his Persian-born wife Haji Begum, as well as his favorite barber.

Consider taking a guided tour to learn more about the history and secrets of this incredible attraction.

Arambol Beach in Goa

One of the top things to do in India is lounging on one of Goa's celebrated beaches , so don't forget to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen. This small state boasts a bounty of beaches for every kind of traveler.

Colva Beach , for instance, has just about any water sport you could imagine: banana boat rides, parasailing, and jet skiing, to name a few.

On the other hand, honeymooners feel right at home on Dona Paula Beach , a stretch of dreamy bronze sand complete with its own love legend.

If you're traveling with children, you can't go wrong with Benaulim Beach. It boasts super-soft white sand and a selection of beach shack restaurants with kid-friendly menus. And up north, you can see a variety of birds and olive ridley sea turtles on Morjim Beach.

Read More: Top-Rated Attractions and Places to Visit in Goa

Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park

Deforestation has led to a decline in the population of India's national animal: the tiger. However, if you want the best opportunity to see the legendary creature in its natural habitat, head to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Its tiger reserve is home to roughly 70 of the big cats (although exact counts vary based on who you ask).

With wildlife, there's never any guarantees, but the trained guides at Bandhavgarh know the best places to look for tigers. Three-hour jeep safaris kick off at dawn, as well as in the late afternoon. You can also go tiger tracking on the back of an elephant.

Consider spending a night or two at the park to give you a few opportunities to seek out the elusive tigers.

Official site: https://forest.mponline.gov.in/

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Bandhavgarh National Park

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar's Golden Temple is a sight to behold. This sacred spiritual center for Sikhs features an exquisite temple decked out in gold leaf at the center of a serene, still lake. The healing water is lined by a series of lovely buildings that contain other significant Amritsar attractions , including the Central Sikh Museum and the Baba Deep Singh Shrine.

One of the most memorable parts of visiting the Golden Temple is watching volunteers chop veggies and stir giant steaming pots in the largest community kitchen in the world , then sitting down on the floor of the dining hall for a free vegetarian meal with other visitors. It serves a whopping 100,000 people per day! Don't forget to bring your tray to the dishwasher once you're done eating.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Amritsar

Houseboat in Kerala

If you're into unique accommodations, you've got a special treat ahead of you in Kerala. From the city of Alleppey , you can hop on a traditional thatched houseboat , explore Kerala's gentle backwaters, and even spend the night aboard the vessel.

The boats offer levels of accommodation that can fit anyone's budget, ranging from no-frills to ultra luxe. If you have the choice, opt for a houseboat with no more than two bedrooms–otherwise it may not fit in some of the narrow waterways. The slow, yet fascinating cruises offer lots of opportunities to take beautiful photos of the scenery, including the paddy fields, mangroves, and migratory birds.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The West Bengal hill station of Darjeeling draws rail enthusiasts from around the world with its famous "toy train": the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway .

The two-hour journey between Darjeeling and Ghum on the antique steam locomotive, which has been running for more than 140 years, is considered to be one of the world's most scenic train rides . Expect incredible views of towering mountains and lush forests blanketed in fog as the train zigzags on the narrow tracks.

Sabarmati Ashram

During the struggle for India's independence, political activist Mahatma Gandhi made Gujarat's largest city, Ahmedabad, his home base for around 15 years.

Remnants of his legacy can be seen primarily at his former headquarters and residence, Sabarmati Ashram , on the western bank of the Sabarmati River. This is the spot where he began the Salt March that paved the movement for Indian independence from the British.

The on-site museum contains a number of Gandhi's personal relics, including his signature spectacles, spinning wheel, writing desk, and letters. You can explore the museum on your own, or make an appointment for a 90-minute guided tour.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Ahmedabad

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram (Beatles Ashram) in Rishikesh

Just outside of the yoga-focused city of Rishikesh is the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, where the Beatles spent time studying transcendental meditation and writing the "White Album."

The complex is now abandoned, but tourists can explore the sprawling 14-acre ashram inside Rajaji National Park and see graffiti and murals inspired by the Fab Four painted inside the meditation hall's spooky pathways. You can also step inside a number of meditation domes slowly being engulfed by the jungle.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Rishikesh

View over Shimla with the Himalayan Mountains in the distance

When the heat becomes overwhelming, locals and tourists alike flock to one of India's many hill stations, especially Shimla. The popular destination in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains was once the summer capital for the British in India. It's beloved for its lush green hills and snowcapped mountain views.

While there, tourists can take part in a number of things to do, including visiting the historic Jakhu Temple, strolling the car-free pedestrian artery known as The Mall , or riding the antique Kalka-Shimla Railway.

But perhaps the best part of visiting Shimla is simply relaxing in the cool weather and basking in the scenery.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Shimla

Prayer wheels in Dharamsala, India

McLeod Ganj is more than a suburb of Dharamsala–it's actually home to the Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan community (hence why you'll see many monks and nuns in maroon robes strolling the area).

The heart of Tibetan culture in India can be found at the monastic village known as the Tsuglagkhang complex . Tourists are welcome to explore the spiritual attraction and watch pilgrims spin prayer wheels as they circle around the complex.

It's worth timing your visit for the early afternoon on Monday through Saturday, when the monks engage in passionate debates at the Namgyal Gompa . You're likely to see giggles, eye rolls, hand clapping, and stomping, but it's all in good fun.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in McLeod Ganj

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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

Kashmir Lake

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

Delhi Red Fort

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

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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

Goa Paragliding

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

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

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

Top Attractions in Goa

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

Things to Do in Goa

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

Check out:   Goa Tourism Packages

Agra, Uttar Pradesh: For its Unprecedented Mughal Grandeur

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

Check out: Delhi Agra Jaipur Golden Triangle Tour Packages

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

Check out: 2 Nights 3 Days Varanasi Sightseeing Tour Package

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

Check out: Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tourism Packages

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

tourist spot india

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

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

Top Attractions in Hampi

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

Things to Do in Hampi

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

Check out:  Karnataka Holiday Packages

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

Mysore Palace

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

Top Attractions in Mysore

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

Things to Do in Mysore

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

Recommended Tour Packages

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

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

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
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Mussoorie Tour with Rishikesh
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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
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Imphal, Manipur

Imphal City View

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

Top Places to Visit in Imphal

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

Top Things to Do in Imphal

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

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Ranthambore, Rajasthan: Land of the Royal Bengal Tigers

Ranthambore National Park Tigers

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

Top Places to Visit in Ranthambore

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

Top Things to Do in Ranthambore

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

Also Read:   Interesting Facts About Ranthambore

Junagadh, Gujarat:  A Scenic Fort City

Junagadh-Girnar-Gujarat

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

Top Places to Visit in Junagadh

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

Top Things to Do in Junagadh

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

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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

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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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India is a canvas of beauty and colors. Starting from unique culture to international styled destinations, India is a land for everyone. Are you looking for traveling in a shoestring budget? India has numerous spots for backpackers, just like you. Are you looking for a vacation fit for the kings? India is riddled with luxury trains, boutique hotels, heritage spots and much more. It is all about how you are planning to spend your time and India is an amoeba, which would transform into a personalized paradise, just for you. There are so many best places to visit in India.

Do not worry about the difficulties of getting a tourist visa. You can easily apply for e-visa to enter India. Every year, 1.69 million tourists visit India with e-visa( source ).

Are you looking for destinations to add to your list? Here are the top 30 best places to visit in India .

1. Goa, India

Among the endless things you want to complete in your bucket list before you get married, Goa would be able to provide opportunity for completing at least half of them. This region hold 30 different beaches, unique churches, interesting natural and adventure activities and last but not least, the never-ending nightlife. This is the land with booze everywhere and energetic activities every minute. Do you want to have some time to yourself, enjoy scuba diving and merge into nature with spice plantations , trekking and others.

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Are you looking for more beach destinations in India ? Visit Exotic Beach Holiday Destinations in India  to learn more. Is this the right time to reach Goa ? Goa is always at its prime beauty and is considered one of the best places to visit in 2021.

Goa tour packages

Top Attractions to visit in Goa

Calangute Beach, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Mangeshi Temple, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Arpora Night Market, Grand Island, Baga Beach .

Things to do in Goa

  • Explore the beaches of Goa.
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari in Goa.
  • Scuba Diving in Goa.
  • Ayurveda Treatment in Goa.
  • Water Scooters in Goa.
  • Banana Boat Rides in Goa.
  • Jet Skiing in Goa.
  • Enjoy the Nightlife in Goa .

Best time to visit Goa

From November to March. In December there are so many fairs & festivals are celebrated in Goa such as Sunburn Festival , Goa Carnivals and others also.

Check out the Goa tour packages

Read more –  Top Adventure Activities to Experience in Goa

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  • Hotels to Stay in Goa
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  • Top Places to Visit in Goa
  • Yoga Retreats in Goa

2. Leh, India

This is the adventure capital of the country. Possessed with the top three mountain passes, which could be scaled on a vehicle, this region is famous for endless snow and dry adventure activities. Leh and the surrounding regions are also famous for unique culture, serene monasteries , incredible nature and best of all, hospitality . If you want some adrenaline up your nerves, this would be the best place to enjoy.

Leh, India

Top Attractions to visit in Leh

Leh Palace, Spituk Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery , Sangam Valley, Pangong Lake, Jama Masjid, Nubra Valley.

Things to do in Leh

  • Explore the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery at Nubra – Diskit Monastery .
  • Take a bike ride on highest motorable road in the world – Khardung La Pass .
  • Go on a Jeep Safari .
  • Attend famous fairs & festivals of Leh.
  • Shopping at Local markets of Leh.
  • Enjoy Camel Safari .

Best time to visit Leh

Summer is the best time to visit Leh. From the month of April to July you can easily visit Leh and able to take part in all the adventurous activities of Leh such as Jeep Safari, Camel Safari, Motor biking and so many others.

Are you looking for an entire adventure vacation in India?

  • 9 days Ladakh jeep safari
  • 10 Days Adventure tour – Leh, Pangong and Alchi
  • Kerala Adventure (Family Holidays)
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Check out the Leh-Ladakh tour packages

3. andaman islands, india.

Although assumed as single destination , this place is a cluster of small islands, each famous for beaches and unique water activities . Starting from simple boating to scuba diving, you can enjoy all kinds of water activities here. On the silky beaches, the place provides endless entertainment and beautiful culture .

Andaman is not the only island of India but this is the one of the famous places to visit in India. There are numerous other famous islands and some unique and daring islands. Are you up for some adrenaline time? Visit Top Ten Unique Islands to Visit in India to add more destinations to your bucket list.

Andaman Islands, India

Andaman Islands, India

Top Attractions to visit in Andaman Islands

Radhanagar Beach, Ross and Smith Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Cellular Jail National Memorial, Museum Circuit, North Bay Beach, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Elephant Beach, Forest Museum.

Things to do in Andaman Islands

  • Enjoy Scuba Diving & Sea Walking at famous beaches of Andaman.
  • Enjoy the thrill of Snorkeling.
  • Birdwatching at Chidiya Tapu.
  • Shopping at Aberdeen Bazaar.
  • Take a boat Ride at Mayabunder.
  • Take a Helicopter tour.
  • Trekking to Mundapahad at Chidiatapu.
  • Take a Cruise ride from Port Blair to Havelock Island.
  • Stay in a beach resorts in Neil Island.
  • Sunset at Laxmanpur beach.

Best time to visit Andaman Islands

From October to May is the ideal time to visit Andaman Islands.

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4. Varanasi, India

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Ganga Arti is not the entire itinerary of Varanasi . It is one of the oldest inhabited areas in the world, which is still populated. Varanasi holds numerous alleys, filled with temples. The either side of River Ganges is filled with 88 different ghats , each famous for different elements. Varanasi is also the gateway to reach Sarnath , the pinnacle of Buddhism pilgrimage in India .

Top Attractions in Varanasi

Assi Ghat ,  Dashashwamedh Ghat ,  Manikarnika Ghat ,  Kashi Vishwanath Temple ,  Tulsi Manas Temple ,  Durga Temple ,  Ramnagar Fort & Museum , Chunar Fort, Sarnath, Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Man Mandir Observatory.

Things to do in Varanasi

  • Take a early morning boat ride and holy in River Ganges.
  • Watching Sunset at the ghats of Varansi .
  • Witness the Ganga Aarti Ceremony in the evening.
  • Sightseeing tour to Sarnath.
  • Shopping at local market of Varanasi.
  • Try the local street food of Varanasi.
  • Celebrate Diwali at the ghats.

Best time to visit Varanasi

Winters is the best time to explore the beauty of Varanasi. From November to March the weather of Varanasi is pleasant during day time so that you can easily explore the city.

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  • Temples of Varanasi

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  • 16 days – North India tour
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5. agra, india.

Let’s face it. Everyone who visits France, want to visit Eiffel Tower. Therefore, everyone who visits India would obviously want to visit Taj Mahal . The World Wonder of India, the marble mausoleum is the heart of tourism of India. Agra is not just about Taj Mahal. Agra is the remainder of Mughal dynasty, for today’s Agra sightseeing tour .

Filled with numerous unique structures of Mughal region, this destination attracts millions of people, every year. Do not forget to shop while you are in Agra . The best way to scale Agra is by taking the Golden Triangle Tour.

There are so many tour & travel agents which provides numerous variants of Golden Triangle Tour . You can also take a  Same Day Taj Mahal Tour By Car From Delhi  OR Explore the beauty of Taj Mahal with  2 Days Agra Taj Mahal tour By Car From Delhi .

Agra, India

Top Attractions in Agra

Taj Mahal , Agra Fort , Mehtab Bagh , Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah , Kinari Bazaar, Fatehpur Sikri , Ram Bagh Garden, Akbar’s Tomb Sikandra , Jama Masjid.

Things to do in Agra

  • Enjoy The Sunset On Yamuna River.
  • Shopping at Kinari Bazar.
  • Watch the Kalakriti Dance Drama Show held every evening at 6.30 pm.
  • Explore unique Mughal Heritage Walk.
  • Try Agra ka Petha most famous things in Agra.

Best time to visit Agra

October to March is the best time to visit Agra .

Check out the Agra tour packages

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6. Thar desert, India

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This is one-of-a-kind destination of India located in Rajasthan . This vast desert is famous for luxury camping, camel safari , challenging adventure activities and much more. Many service providers conduct cultural programs on the carpet of sand or allow you to enjoy a romantic moonlight dinner on the warm sands.

7. Rishikesh, India

Yes, bordering River Ganges, this is yet another spiritual destination and best places to visit in India. However, it is just one of the faces of Rishikesh . It is also famous for yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic styled vacation , thanks to the Himalayan nature of the region. For youngsters, this is the place for beautiful adventure activities like rafting , zip lining, bungee jumping and much more.

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh, India

Top Attractions in Rishikesh

Laxman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Beatles Ashram, Neer Garh Waterfall, Swarg Ashram, Rishi Kund, Geeta Bhawan, Vashishta Gufa, Trayambakeshwar Temple, Kunjapuri Temple, Rajaji National Park.

Things to do in Rishikesh

  • River Rafting is the must to do things in Rishikesh.
  • Camping & Bonfire at beside of River Ganges.
  • Ayurveda Body Massages & Spa.
  • Go on trekking.
  • Witness the Ganga aarti at Triveni Ghats.
  • Try some adventure sports like Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Mountain Biking and more.
Read more – Best Adventurous Activities to do in Rishikesh

Best time to visit Rishikesh

You can visit Rishikesh throughout the year. May and June is little bit hot and humid in Rishikesh. But most of the tourist visit Rishikesh during summer because it is best time for river rafting, camping and other adventure sports.

During monsoon, the city celebrates the festival of Savan. Winters are the best time to visit Rishikesh to explore the natural beauty and enjoy adventure activities especially rock climbing.

Check out the Rishikesh tour packages 

8. mcleodganj, india.

This is a hidden gem in India, when it comes to tourism. Filled with Tibetan culture and Buddhism, this place is very serene, thanks to the spectacular mountainous background. Apart from monasteries , this place is also famous for many unique trekking trails. Are you looking for a secluded destination for your vacation and best places to visit in India ? Visit McLeodGanj .

McLeod Ganj, India

McLeodGanj, India

Top Attractions in McLeodGanj

Masroor Temple, Triund, Bhagsu Falls, Nechung Monastery, Guna Devi Temple, Sunset Point, St. John’s Church, Indrahar Pass, Vipassana Meditation Centre, Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake, Kangra Fort, Dharamshala, Tibet Museum, Dharamkot.

Things to do in McLeodGanj

  • Boat ride in the Dal Lake.
  • Sopping at local markets.
  • Experience Yoga Sessions & Spa therapies.
  • Enjoy cultural shows and Tibetan dance at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
  • Trekking to Triund.
  • Cooking Classes in Lhamo’s Kitchen.
  • Explore the natural beauty at Dharamkot Village.

Best time to visit McLeodganj

Best time to visit McLeodganj is from March to June in Summer and From October to February in Winter. Avoid to visit McLeodganj during Monsoon Seasons.

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9. Coorg, India

India has a long list of hill stations of varying themes and styles. Of all, Coorg is one important destination for mountainous beauty. Famous for its simplicity in attractions and high level of intoxicating activities, this hill station is also called as the Scotland of East. The plantations, unique viewpoints and fresh flora of the region would rejuvenate you.

Coorg, India

Coorg, India

Top Attractions in Coorg

Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri Peak, Dubare Elephant Camp, Iruppu Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Chettalli, Raja’s Seat, Mandalpatti Viewpoint, Bylakuppe, Namdroling monastery, Barapole River.

Things to do in Coorg

  • Trekking in Coorg at Brahmagiri Hill Trek , Pushpagiri Trek.
  • Jeep Safari to Nishani Hills.
  • Explore the coffee plantation.
  • River Rafting at Barapole River.
  • Visit Madikeri fort.
  • Witness the beauty of Tibetan Golden temple.
  • Taste the best coffees of India in Coorg.

Best time to visit Coorg

You can visit Coorg throughout the year. From October to April is the ideal time to visit Coorg.

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10. Jim Corbett National Park, India

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This is the top-most national park of the country. This national park is famous for numerous animals like tigers, bear, deer and others. You can also find a few endangered species in this park. A jeep safari through the park is the prime activity of the region. Jim Corbett National park is not at prime beauty throughout the year. Thus, choose your timing accordingly.

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Top Attractions in Jim Corbett National Park

Corbett Museum, Garjia Temple, Corbett Fall, Sita Bani, Ramnagar, Kalagarh Dam, Kosi River.

Things to do in Jim Corbett National Park

  • Elephant Safari.
  • Bird Watching at Pangot.
  • Trekking at Sitabani.
  • River Rafting in Kosi.
  • Night stay at Dhikala Forest House.
  • Explore Wildlife with Jungle Safari.
  • Adventure activities like Paragliding and Kayaking in Bhimtal.

Best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park

Winters are the pleasant time to visit Jim Corbett National Park. From October to June is the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park.

Check out the Jim Corbett National Park tour packages

Top wildlife packages for first-time visitors are

  • 3 days – Ranthambore tour from Jaipur
  • 4 days – Kaziranga wildlife tour
  • 13 days – wildlife tours (Rajasthan special)

11. Rann of Kutch, India

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Rann of Kutch

This is the salt desert of the country. Rann of Kutch is famous for its unique landscape. Camel safari, camping and other activities are famous in this region. However, it is best visited during the Rann Utsav. If you are looking for interesting destinations, Rann of Kutch is a top destination and best places to visit in India in the map.

Top Attractions in Rann of Kutch

Bhuj, Aina Mahal, Dholavira, Lakhpat Fort, Roha Fort, Mandvi Beach, Kutch Museum, Vijay Vilas Palace, Bhadreshwar Jain Temple, Dhinodhar Hills.

Things to do in Rann of Kutch

  • Enjoy the Rann Utsav.
  • Experience the beautiful sunset at White Desert.
  • Visit Kalo Dungar.
  • Stay at Tent City of Dhordo.
  • Explore and roam around White Desert.
  • Bird Watching at Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary.
  • Go for a local handicraft shopping.
  • Enjoy Camel Safari at White Desert.

Best time to visit Rann of Kutch

Best time to visit Rann of Kutch are Winters. From October to February the weather is pleasant and perfect time for sightseeing.

Read more –  Travel Guide to Kutch – Land to Diversity

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12. Hampi, India

Time has took a pause in this land. Once you enter Hampi, you are entering into the pages of a history book. This is the ancient capital city of Vijayanagar Empire , which thrived in the past. Today, the land is filled with monuments, market squares and other architectural beauties in ruins. You can find many temples , palaces and many remainders of a glorious city of the past.

Hampi, India

Hampi, India

Top Attractions in Hampi

Vijaya Vittala Temple, Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hanuman Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Queen’s Bath, Riverside Ruins, Archaeological Museum, Matanga Hill, Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Tungabhadra Dam.

Things to do in Hampi

  • Stay in a hut on Hippie Island in Hampi.
  • Visit Anjaneya Hill.
  • Take bike on rent & enjoy Bike Ride Around Hampi.
  • Try some local road side tea & snacks.
  • Shopping at Hampi Bazaar.
  • Enjoy Sunset at Monkey Temple.
  • Relax by the lakeside of Sanapur Lake.
  • Cliff Jumping in Hampi.

Best time to Visit Hampi

October to February

Check out the Karnataka tour packages

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13. Mumbai, India

It is true that a secluded natural destination and best places to visit in India which gives more richness to your vacation. However, only a metropolitan city can pamper you, to the core. One such land of hustle is the land of dreams, Bollywood. The morning rush, unparalleled street food and diverse culture are just the first page of Mumbai . The land is famous for numerous monuments, Elephanta islands , endless festivals and much more.

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

Golden Triangle Tour From Mumbai

Top Attractions in Mumbai

Gateway of India , Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Haji Ali Dargah , Taj Mahal Palace, Elephanta Island, Chor Bazaar , Juhu Beach , Dharavi Slum , Flim City , Mahalaxmi Dhobhi Ghat, Prince of Wales Museum , Siddhivinayaka Temple, Essel World.

Things to do in Mumbai

  • Evening Walk at Marine Drive .
  • Try Street food at Juhu Chowpatty.
  • Shopping at Local markets.
  • Sunset at Bandra fort.
  • Ride the Mumbai local trains and metro trains

Best time to visit Mumbai

From November to February is the best time to visit Mumbai .

Check out the Mumbai tour packages

Top suggested Mumbai tour packages are

  • 8 days – Delhi Agra Jaipur tour from Mumbai
  • 6 days – Mumbai and Ajanta Ellora tour
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14. Munnar, India

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This is the heart of Kerala . This hill station is famous for green environment, rugged peaks, endless plantations, unique wildlife sanctuaries and national parks . This is also the land of Kurunji flower, the one that blooms once in 12 years. Explore Munnar which is one of the famous places to visit in India.

Kerala backwater

Top Attractions in Munnar

TATA Tea Museum, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Pothamedu View Point, Attukad Waterfalls, Top Station, Kundala Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Echo point.

Things to do in Munnar

  • Stay at tree house of Munnar .
  • Explore highest tea plantations of the world – Kolukkumalai Tea Estate.
  • Try some adventure activities like rock climbing and rappeling.
  • Take a Elephant safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park.
  • Enjoy Rejuvenating Ayurveda treatment and Refreshing Spa.
  • Try some local authentic cuisine.

Best time to Visit Munnar

From December to February is the best time to visit Munnar and it is the perfect time for honeymoon in Munnar. From March to May the weather of Munnar will be little bit hot. In June, July and August there are heavily rainfall occurs in Munnar.

Check out the Kerala tour packages .

Exclusive Munnar tour packages by Visittnt are

  • 5 nights 6 days – Kerala tour
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15. Valley of Flower, India

A botanical garden can cheer you up, no matter what. So, how about a valley filled with acres and acres of flowers of varying hue? Visit the Valley of Flowers of Uttarkhand, during early monsoon. The land is filled with wild flowers of pink, green, blue, orange and so on. It is rainbow on the grass. You need trek for a few hours to watch this lively beauty of nature. Are you thinking about visiting India just for Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flower, India

Valley of Flower, India

Top Attractions of Valley of Flowers

Hemkund Sahib, Ghangaria, Gaurikund, Bedini Bugyal, Badrinath Temple, Govindghat, Vasudhara Falls, Lakshman Ganga River, Nanda Devi National Park, Narsingh Temple, Pushpawati River, Valley of Flowers National Park.

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

From June to October is the best time to visit Valley of Flower.

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16. Shimla, India

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Are you looking for a honeymoon destination ? Well, nothing can beat Shimla. With toy train, fresh plantations and mountainous region add serenity to the land, the adventure activities, romantic spots and luxury resorts add quality to your destination. If you want a verdant vacation amidst dew filled pine forests and lush valleys, this is the right places to visit in India for you.

Top Attractions in Shimla

Summer Hills, Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Annandale, Jakhoo Hill, The Scandal Point, The Shimla State Museum, Chadwick Falls, Mall Road, Johnnie’s Wax Museum, Christ Church, Himalayan Bird Park, Tara Devi Temple, Kufri, Chail, Lakkar Bazaar, Green Valley.

Things to do in Shimla

  • Enjoy Toy Train ride.
  • Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar and Mall Road.
  • River Rafting at Tattapani.
  • Explore the Pine Forests.
  • Sunset view at Scandal point.
  • Try some adventurous activities sucha as Camping, Bonefire, paragliding, cycling, trekking and more.
  • Take divine blessing at Tara Devi Temple.

Best time to visit Shimla

From March to June is the most popular tourist season to visit Shimla. During this season the weather is quite pleasant for sightseeing and for outdoor activities. From December to February is the best time to visit for honeymoon .

Check out the Honeymoon tour packages

Suggest Tour Packages:  5 Nights 6 Days – Delhi Shimla Manali Tour

17. Srinagar, India

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Do not assume North of India to be always filled with white snow. Srinagar is the green paradise, rightly tagged as ‘heaven on Earth’ . Name an adventure or leisure activities on ground and you would find it here. Apart from the adrenaline factor, it is a charismatic destination and best places to visit in India, which is filled with lakes, gardens, valleys and much more.

Top Attractions in Srinagar

Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Nigeen Lake, Shankaracharya Hill, Jamia Masjid, Pari Mahal, Tulip Garden, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Mughal Gardens, Nishant Bagh, Yusmarg.

Things to do in Srinagar

  • Try popular Kashmiri Cuisine such as Rogan Josh, Kashmiri Pulao, Nadru Yakhni, Sewai, and more.
  • Buy some famous things like Pashminas, Kashmiri carpets, silver jewelry, spices.
  • Stay at traditional houseboat.
  • Enjoy boat ride on Dal Lake.

18. Ooty, India

It is a cliché hill station of Southern India . However, it is not called as ‘Queen of all hill stations’ for no reason. Ooty is famous for amazing destinations, view points, plantations, valleys and much more. On the other hand, Ooty is also famous for fresh vegetables, horse ride, boating, trekking, coracle ride and so on.

Ooty, India

Ooty, India

Top Attractions in Ooty

Avalanche Lake, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Deer Park, Doddabetta Peak, Kalhatty Waterfalls, Kamraj Sagar Dam, Mudumalai National Park, Mukurthi National Park, Ooty Rose Garden, Ooty Toy Train, Tribal Research Center, Pykara Waterfalls,Toda Huts Ooty, Wax World Ooty.

Things to do in Ooty

  •  Take a ride in Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train.
  • Camping, Fishing and Rafting at Avalanche Lake.
  • Experience Boating in the Ooty Lake.

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  • 8 days – Shimla KulluManali (Himachal beauty)
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19. Gangtok, India

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Do you want to get lost in the clouds of a pleasing destination? Visit the boisterous hill station of Gangtok, beautified with background of Kanchenjunga . Are you up for a Himalayan styled vacation? Visit Gangtok for a serene vacation. This is one of the best places to visit in India for a memorable trip.

20. Pushkar, India

This is a pilgrimage destination  of Rajasthan . One of the oldest part of the state, this region is famous for the remainder of ancient lifestyle, traditions and so on. The best of all is the Pushkar Lake and the temples around it. If you visit during the camel fair , you are in for a treat. Enjoy the camel activities, shop and even spot the international hot air balloon  festival. This is the second Rajasthan destination in the list.

Yes, Rajasthan is an iconic tour destination, which is covered by numerous travelers and even by the luxury trains like Palace on Wheels, Maharajas’ Express and so on. Are you planning a luxury train vacation? Visit Luxury Train Tour India

Pushkar, India

Pushkar, India

Most recommended Rajasthan tour packages are

  • 14 days – Rajasthan tour with Taj Mahal
  • 15 days – Rajasthan tour (royal experience)
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21. New Delhi, India

Humayun Tomb in Delhi

This is the capital of the country . Apart from this, there are numerous other reasons to visit this city of multiple phases. This history of the land is well linked with the Mughal Empire and thus, it is the best places to visit in India to find numerous historic monument.

Numerous people are settled in Delhi for career and other reasons, making the place more diverse and colorful . Apart from these, it is also the best place to enjoy a luxurious vacation . Do you know that Delhi is rising as the next top tourism destination in Asia ? Read to know about the latest news .

Travel Information about Delhi

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Golden Triangle Tour

22. Alleppey, India

Kerala is called as the Venice of India. This is due to the factor that the land holds numerous backwaters, which are used as a prime mode of transportation. Those who visit Kerala should try the houseboat cruise at least once during the trip . Alleppey is the right place to be as close as possible to the backwaters , Ayurvedic centers and other traditional activities.

Alleppey, India

Alleppey, India

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  • Famous Fairs & Festivals in Kerala
  • Tourist Destination in Kerala

Kerala tour package recommended by avid travelers;

  • 5 nights and 6 days – Kerala tour
  • 15 days – Kerala tour (Ayurveda treatment)

For more such packages, visit Kerala Tours Packages

23. Dalhousie, India

This is a small destination stuck in a storybook beauty. Meadows with flowers, pine filled valleys, smooth rivers and misty mountain make you feel like you are on a vacation to Narnia. The land is still in the Victorian culture and thus, you can try a new variant of vacation in Dalhousie. If you are looking for a peaceful time, this is the right places to visit in India .

Dalhousie, India

Dalhousie, India

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24. Mahabalipuram, India

Of all the destinations in India , only a few spots attract many international tourists. One such destination is Mahabalipuram. This destination is an ancient port of South India, which was decorated with an array of statues, temples and other decorations to welcome the traders of yesteryear. Today, these statues and temples stand as a remainder of ancient architecture.

Mahabalipuram, India

Mahabalipuram, India

Suggest tour packages:  7 Days – South India Temple Tour – Mahabalipuram to Madurai

25. Lucknow, India

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This is the Land of Nawabs. This land is famous for its history, literature, architecture and culture. Located on the River bank of Gomti, this land is a colonial destination . Although a modern city, this region gives a sepia mode to your sightseeing activities. If you are visiting Lucknow , never leave your camera behind. Every spot is worth a hundred shots, here.

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26. Aurangabad, India

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Aurangabad is famous for Ajanta and Ellora caves . Although mentioned together in many itineraries, they are two different destinations rich with rock carved caves. You can find numerous statues, monuments and monasteries inside these caves. Apart from these two iconic heritage sites, Aurangabad is also famous for shopping, city sightseeing and others. Does this cave destination look more interesting for you? We have quite a few more cave destinations just for you at, Most Famous Caves of India

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27. Kanyakumari, India

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The southern tip of the country is flourished with culture and nature. Called as the Cape Comorin in the past, this region is lined with trees, small hillocks, rugged valleys and most importantly, the tri-colored sea . This is the best place to spot sunset and sunrise in India . People sail into the ocean to spot Vivekanada Rock and Thiruvalluvar statue . Apart from these, you can find numerous temples in and around the city.

Check out the South India tour packages

28. khajuraho, india.

Khajuraho breathes of art and temple and famous the best place to visit in India. This region is famous for its collection oindif many ancient Hindu and Jain temples . This is also the land of the temple with erotic statues. Khajuraho also hosts the annual dance festival, which is attended by numerous tourists and dance-enthusiasts from all around the world.

Khajuraho, India

Khajuraho, India

Check out the Khajuraho tour packages

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29. Mathura, India

One of the fulfilling destination for pilgrimages, Mathura is a historic site . It is said to be the kingdom of Lord Vishnu . Mathura is one of the places where you ought to visit during festival times. Famous for both religious and historic importance, this place holds traditional values in everyday activities. Are you looking for a peaceful temple-filled vacation? Mathura should be your first choice. This is one of the best places to visit in India Do you want to know more about famous temple in India ?

Mathura, India

Mathura, India

Check out the North India Tour packages

30. cherrapunjee, india.

The wettest land of India, Cherrapunjee is located on the edge of the Mighty Himalayas. This flat plain on the mountain is a photogenic natural destination for all kinds of travelers. Trek through the natural forest to enjoy a raw vacation here. Spot the living double decker root bridge of the land. If you are looking to add greener factor into your vacation, nothing can beat Cherrapunjee.

Cherrapunjee, India

Cherrapunjee, India

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Frequently Asked Questions about India

Q. what is the best time to visit india.

A. Best time to Visit India during Winters from the month of October to March . These are the ideal months or peak seasons to visit India.

Q. Which are the top 10 best places to visit in India?

A. Top 10 best places to visit in India are Mysore, Amritsar, Ladakh, Goa, Delhi, Ellora & Ajanta Caves, Varanasi, Kerala, Agra, and Rajasthan.

Q. Which are the best adventure places  in India?

A. Best Adventure Places in India are Bir Billing, Rishikesh, Manali, Ladakh, Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala, Andaman Islands, Ranthambore National Park, Jim Corbett National Park, Sikkim and few more.

Q. Why is India is so famous?

A. India is famous for its diverse culture & tradition, colourful fairs & festivals, delicious Indian cuisine, historical monuments & architecture, and few more things.

Q. Which are the most beautiful places in India?

A. Most beautiful places in India are Manali, Khajjiar,  Dalhousie, Nubra Valley in  Ladakh , Gulmarg, Andaman & Nicobar, Dal Lake in Srinagar, Munnar in Kerala , Lake Pichola in Udaipur and few more. 

Q. Which city of India is famous as Pink City?

A. Jaipur is famous as Pink City of India . It is also a capital city of Rajasthan.

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Last updated on February 5, 2024 by Vanessa Holmes - 5 Comments

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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India is a truly diverse country, be it culturally or geographically. No two cities or states are the same! And that means, there are plenty of amazing holiday destinations for different types of travellers, across the country. However, there are certain places that are heavily frequented by tourists and some people even end up visiting the same destination several times. Such cliched destinations have a charm of their own though and usually promise a timeless experience every time. So, in this blog, we will talk about the top 15 places to visit in India that are totally worth the hype.

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Best Places to Visit in India:

Goa

Goa | #1 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Famous for its pristine beaches, hippie vibes, laidback lifestyle, and vibrant parties, Goa is counted among the best holiday destinations in India. The union territory is frequented by tourists year-round, especially in the winter season when the climate is pleasant, and the entire place comes alive with Christmas and New Year celebrations. Goa is definitely one of the top 5 tourist places in India. However, seasoned tourists do not shun Goa during summer either. If you are looking for a peaceful and economical holiday, try to visit Goa during the offseason when the sun-kissed beaches, flea markets, and other attractions are less crowded.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Ideal Duration: 4-5 days
  • Places to Visit in Goa: Palolem Beach, Dudhsagar Falls, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Aguada Fort, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Shree Mangesha Temple, Immaculate Conception Church
  • Things to Do in Goa: Beach hopping, water sports, shopping at flea markets, visiting Portuguese-style churches, enjoying the nightlife, tasting authentic Goan cuisine
  • Nearest Airport: Dabolim International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Vasco-Da-Gama Railway Station (North Goa); Madgaon Junction (South Goa)
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Calangute , Stays near Candolim , Hotels near Vagator

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Agra | #2 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Say Agra and the first thing that comes to mind is the magnificent Taj Mahal , one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This beautiful city with its rich historical background is situated in Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of River Yamuna. It is counted among the top tourist places in India for architecture lovers and history buffs, thanks to many amazing Mughal architectural masterpieces that adorn the cityscape. No matter how many times you visit Agra, the charm of the Taj Mahal and other monuments will never fail to impress. The city is a treat for shopaholics and foodies as well.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • Best Places to Visit in Agra: Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Abkar’s Tomb, Itimad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal, Dolphin Water Park, Wildlife Conservation and Care Centre
  • Things to Do in Agra : Boat ride on Yamuna River, exploring popular monuments, watching the Light and Sound Show at Agra Fort, visiting Fatehpur Sikri, shopping at Kinari Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar and TDI Mall, relishing authentic Mughlai dishes and street foods
  • Nearest Airport: Agra Airport; New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Agra Cantonment Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Agra Cantt , Hotels in Tajganj

3. Rajasthan

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Rajasthan | #3 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

The land of kings, Rajasthan is a vibrant state that attracts history buffs, architecture lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and foodies alike. It lies in the northwestern part of India and boasts an impressive amalgamation of natural beauty and manmade structures. From beautiful lakes, vast deserts, and rich wildlife to magnificent palaces, forts, and temples, the city has so many things for a wonderful vacation. What’s more, a road trip here takes you through several small and beautiful villages showcasing rich Rajasthani culture and traditions. Rajasthan is one of the best tourist places in India that you can visit again and again.

  • Ideal Duration: 6-7 days
  • Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan: Jaipur , Udaipur , Jaisalmer , Jodhpur , Bikaner, Mount Abu , Chittorgarh, Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park
  • Things to Do in Rajasthan: Exploring forts and palaces, paying respect at temples, enjoying folk dance and music festivals like Bikaner Camel Festival, Pushkar Fair, Gangaur Festival, Elephant Festival and Teej, visiting wildlife parks, gorging on delectable Rajasthani dishes, shopping
  • Jaipur International Airport
  • Maharana Pratap Airport
  • Jodhpur Airport
  • Jaisalmer Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Railway stations at Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota, Nagaur, Sikar, Bikaner, etc
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Jaipur , Stays in Udaipur

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Delhi | #4 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

New Delhi, the national capital of India, is one of the most cliched yet popular tourist destinations in the country. The state has so much to offer that visiting it once or twice is not enough. Delhi is dotted with iconic Mughal monuments, temples, heritage sites, performing arts venues, colourful bazaars, shopping malls, planetariums, museums, and restaurants, so there is something for everyone here. Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in the country, is in Delhi. The city also houses many places of political importance, like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament of India, and India Gate.

  • Ideal Duration: 3-4 days
  • Best Places to Visit in Delhi: Red Fort , Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar , Lotus Temple , Akshardham Temple , Purana Qila, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Ji , Nehru Park, Janpath Market
  • Things to Do in Delhi: Explore Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar Market and Hauz Khas Village, enjoy delicacies at Parathe Wali Gali, shop for handicrafts, souvenirs, antiques and more at Dilli Haat, experience Delhi’s nightlife, take a HoHo bus tour
  • Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: New Delhi Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near New Delhi Railway station , Hotels in Aerocity ,  Stays near Connaught Place

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Munnar

Munnar | #5 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Nestled in the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala, Munnar is counted among the most serene and beautiful places to visit in India. The hill station boasts impeccable natural beauty in the form of rolling hills, scenic valleys, virgin forests, waterfalls, streams, national parks, tea and spice plantations and winding walkways. However, it is the unmissable colonial charm of Munnar that attracts many tourists time and again. The hill station was a popular holiday destination for the British and you can see many churches, English colonial bungalows and cottages and other structures here.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to March
  • Best Places to Visit in Munnar: Echo Point, Top Station, Atukkad Waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, Tata Tea Museum, Pallivasal Falls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rose Garden, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
  • Things to Do in Munnar: Speed boating and horse riding at Mattupetty Dam, enjoying boat rides at Kundala Dam and Lake, visiting tea plantations, enjoying fun rides at Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park, rock climbing, trekking and rappelling
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Aluva Railway Station

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Coorg | #6 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and boasting a lush green landscape, Coorg or Kodagu is yet another cliched holiday destination that is worth the hype. This hill station is in the state of Karnataka and a popular weekend getaway for nature lovers and solace seekers. From lush green hills and sparkling streams to quaint villages and vast expanses of coffee and spice plantations, the charm of Coorg is unmatchable. Since Coorg enjoys pleasant weather year-round, it is a popular destination for people in Bangalore who are looking to escape the city chaos.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to June
  • Best Places to Visit in Coorg: Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Shri Omkareshwara Temple, Government Museum Madikeri, Raja’s Tomb, Talakaveri, Madikeri Fort, Honnamana Kere Lake, Namdroling Monastery
  • Things to Do in Coorg: Spending quiet time near waterfalls, taking a walk-through coffee and spice plantations, enjoying river rafting, going on a wildlife safari at Nagarhole National Park, trekking to Tadiandamol Peak
  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Mysuru Junction
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Madikeri

Manali

Manali | #7 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Situated in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Manali draws tourists with its natural beauty and tranquillity. The hill station is frequented by travellers from across the country making it one of the highly renowned vacation places in India, especially during the summer season when cities reel under the scorching heat. Snow-capped mountains, dense forests, riverine valleys, and sparkling streams add to the beauty of the hill station and make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. Another charming thing about Manali is that it showcases a beautiful blend of rich cultural heritage and modernisation. Besides spending time in serenity and soaking in the beauty of the surroundings, you can engage in thrilling adventure activities here for a memorable vacation.

  • Best Places to Visit in Manali: Manu Temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Jogini Falls, Himalayan Nyinmapa Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Nehru Kund, Mall Road
  • Things to Do in Manali: Paragliding, parachuting and horse riding at Solang Valley, mountain biking, skiing and sledge riding at Rohtang Pass, trekking, river rafting, ziplining, zorbing
  • Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Rangri , Stays near Kullu Manali Airport , Hotels in Aleo

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Ooty | #8 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Ooty is one of the most frequented holiday destinations for tourists from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. Given the fact that the southern part of India gets too hot during the summer season, a trip to Ooty offers the much-needed respite from the heat. This picturesque and serene hill station is also a popular honeymoon destination among couples. Ooty offers stunning views of the Nilgiri Hills and lush green landscapes dotted with alpine woods, clear lakes, emerald green tea estates, and colourful blossoms. The hill station also houses the popular Nilgiri Mountain Railway which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • Best Places to Visit in Ooty : Ooty Botanical Gardens, Dolphin’s Nose, Rose Garden, Avalanche Lake, Doddabetta Peak, St Stephan’s Church, Thread Garden, Kalhatti Falls, Annamalai Temple, Kamraj Sagar Lake, Catherine Falls
  • Things to Do in Ooty: Boating, birdwatching, enjoying a picnic and the nature photography at Ooty Lake and Emerald Lake, going on a toy train ride, visiting tea gardens at Kotagiri, trekking
  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Udagamandalam Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Coonoor Road , 

9. Lonavala and Khandala

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Lonavala and Khandala | #9 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Perched at a height of 622 metres above sea level, Lonavala and Khandala are twin hill stations in the state of Maharashtra. Thanks to their pleasant weather conditions and proximity to Mumbai and Pune, the hill stations are frequented by Mumbaikars and Punekars year-round. Both Lonavala and Khandala come to life during the monsoon season when lush greenery, sparkling lakes and milky-white waterfalls add to the beauty of the landscape. Besides being a nature lover’s delight, the hill stations are quite popular among adventure enthusiasts.

  • Best Time to Visit: December to February; July to September
  • Best Places to Visit in Lonavala and Khandala: Tiger’s Leap, Rajmachi Fort, Aamby Valley, Lohagad Fort, Bhushi Dam, Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, Visapur Fort, Tikona Fort, Narayani Dham Temple
  • Things to Do in Lonavala and Khandala: Exploring the popular rock-cut Bhaja and Karla Caves, enjoying a fun-filled day at Imagicaa Entertainment Park, planning a picnic at Lonavala Lake, exploring local shops
  • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport; Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Lonavala Railway Station; Khandala Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Lonavala

10. Shillong

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Shillong | #10 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Known for pleasant weather conditions and picturesque locations, Shillong in Meghalaya is one of the most cliched yet highly frequented tourist destinations in India. The hill station is popularly known as Scotland of the East, thanks to the rolling hills, gushing waterfalls and lovely landscape that reminded European colonists of stunning Scotland. Shillong also boasts crystal-clear lakes, high mountain peaks and amazing golf courses, museums and cafes. What’s more, the distinct culture, delectable local cuisines and amazing shopping hubs promise a fun-filled vacation every time.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to May
  • Best Places to Visit in Shillong: Umiam Lake, Elephant Waterfalls, Shillong Peak, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Police Bazaar, Don Bosco Museum, Sweet Falls, Phan Nonglait Park, Spread Eagle Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Sohpetbneng
  • Things to Do in Shillong: Picnicking, shopping, trekking, cliff jumping, zip-lining, river rafting
  • Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport; Guwahati International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Guwahati Railway Station

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11. Varanasi

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Varanasi | #11 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Situated on the banks of River Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, the holy city of Varanasi or Banaras is counted among the most sacred places in India. The city is known for some of the most revered temples and Ghats in the country and is frequented by devotees and tourists from across the world. Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, is also popular as the home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that taking a dip in the Ganges can wash away all your sins. The bustling city is popular for its museums, authentic Banarasi food, Banarasi sarees and handicrafts as well.

  • Best Places to Visit in Varanasi: Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Ramnagar Fort, Shri Durga Temple, Kaal Bhairav Temple, Sarnath Museum, Sankatmochan Temple
  • Things to Do in Varanasi: Seeking blessings at temples, enjoying delectable Banarasi food and sweetmeats, shopping for Banarasi silk sarees at Thateri Bazaar, Vishwanath Gali and Temple Bazaar
  • Nearest Airport: Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Varanasi Junction
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Varanasi , Hotels near Sarnath

12. Kolkata

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Kolkata | #12 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Known as the City of Joy and rightly so, Kolkata is another holiday destination that is frequented by tourists from across the country. A beautiful blend of art, culture, fashion and literature, Kolkata is the perfect getaway for different types of travellers. What’s more, it is a delight for foodies, shopaholics and nightlife lovers as well. This vibrant city is a perfect example of old-world charm meeting modernisation. From historical monuments, temples and trams to modern science museums, gigantic shopping malls and fine dining restaurants, Kolkata has everything for a wonderful vacation.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • Best Places to Visit in Kolkata : Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Science City, Kalighat, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, St Paul’s Cathedral, Belur Math, Eden Gardens, Indian Museum
  • Things to Do in Kolkata : Enjoying water rides and rollercoasters at Nicco Park, spending some peaceful time at Eco Park, trying lip-smacking street food, exploring Park Street
  • Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Howdah Railway Station; Sealdah Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Laketown , Hotels near Salt Lake , Stays in Newtown

13. Amritsar

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Amritsar | #13 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Steeped in history and spirituality, Amritsar is one of the most-visited cities in the state of Punjab. It is home to the famous Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib and is frequented by devout Sikhs and tourists from across the globe. The city also gives a nudge to your patriotic side with sites like Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border which are considered among the famous places in India. The charm of Amritsar is such that tourists visit the place time and again to pay their respects at Golden Temple and watch the mesmerising Wagah-Attari Border ceremony held at the India-Pakistan border.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to March
  • Best Places to Visit in Amritsar: Akal Takht, Durgiana Temple, Attari Wagah Border, Partition Museum, Gobindgarh Fort, Central Sikh Museum, War Memorial and Museum, Gurudwara Shaheed Ganj Sahib
  • Things to Do in Amritsar: Trying Punjabi cuisine and street food, doing ‘Langar Seva’ at Golden Temple, buying colourful souvenirs, having fun at Suncity Amusement and Waterpark, birdwatching at Harike Wetlands
  • Nearest Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Amritsar Junction
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Amritsar railway station , Stays near Golden Temple , Hotels near Jalianwala Bagh

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Sikkim | #14 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

A jewel in the north-eastern part of India, Sikkim is one of the most beautiful and serene holiday destinations you will ever find. Although a vacation in Sikkim sounds cliched, the hill station is a popular choice among nature enthusiasts and peace seekers. From snow-capped mountains and colourful meadows to thick woodlands and exotic flowers, there are so many things that add a distinctive charm to this hill station. And that’s not all, the town also houses some pretty monasteries, stupas and Hindu shrines that make it a religiously significant place for the Hindus and Buddhists.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June; October to December
  • Best Places to Visit in Sikkim: Gangtok, Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Pelling, Zuluk, Gurudongmar Lake, Rumtek Monastery, Namchi, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
  • Things to Do in Sikkim: Riding cable cars, river rafting, paragliding, trekking, shopping, mountain biking, camping, riding helicopter over Gangtok Valley, riding yak at Tsomgo Lake
  • Nearest Airport: Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport; Bagdogra International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

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Shimla | #15 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Located in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 2276 metres above sea level, Shimla has been attracting honeymooners and families for decades. This hill station was the summer capital of British India, and so, the stunning colonial architecture and old-world charm here are unmissable. Shimla mesmerises nature lovers as well with its snow-covered mountains, rolling valleys, and beautiful lakes. It is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kalka-Shimla train route, which offers dramatic views of the surrounding hills and villages. You can also enjoy adventurous activities and relish local delicacies in the cosy restaurants, cafes and hotels in Shimla .

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June
  • Best Places to Visit in Shimla: Mall Road, Kufri, Green Valley, Jakhu Temple, Chail, The Ridge, Shimla Christ Church, Narkanda, Himalayan Bird Park, Annandale, Himachal State Museum, Theog, Kali Bari Temple
  • Things to Do in Shimla: Tasting mouth-watering foods and cocktails at Café Shimla Point, riding the toy train, skiing, trekking, horse riding
  • Nearest Airport: Shimla’s Jubbarhatti Airport; Chandigarh International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Kalka Railway Station; Chandigarh Railway Station

16. Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Rishikesh | #16 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Rishikesh attracts countless visitors seeking spiritual solace, yoga retreats, and thrilling outdoor activities. It is one of the best places to visit in India if you are looking for some Ayurvedic wellness and yoga therapies.

  • Best Time to Visit:   February to June and September to November
  • Ideal Duration: 2 to 3 days
  • Best Places to Visit in Rishikesh: Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Beatles Ashram, Shivpuri
  • Things to Do in Rishikesh: Yoga and Meditation, River Rafting in the Ganges, Attend Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, Trekking to Kunjapuri Temple, Bungee Jumping, Wildlife Safari in Rajaji National Park, Visit Ayurvedic Spas for Rejuvenation
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Rishikesh Railway Station
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Tapovan , Hotels in Rishikesh

17. Leh Ladakh

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Leh Ladhak | #17 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Leh Ladakh is a mesmerizing region renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, and vibrant Tibetan-Buddhist culture. It is one of the highest tourist places in India with an altitude of 3500 m above sea level. Whether it’s the breathtaking Pangong Tso Lake, the mystical Nubra Valley, or the world’s highest motorable pass, Khardung La, Leh Ladakh offers a plethora of scenic wonders to explore. Adventurers can indulge in thrilling activities like trekking, motorbiking, river rafting, and camel safaris, while spiritual seekers can immerse themselves in the peaceful atmosphere of monasteries and spiritual retreats.

  • Best Time to Visit:   May to September
  • Ideal Duration: 7 to 10 days
  • Best Places to Visit Leh Ladakh: Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Khardung La Pass, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Hemis Monastery, Tso Moriri Lake, Lamayuru Monastery, Zanskar Valley
  • Things to Do: Trekking, Motorbiking, Monasteries, River Rafting, Camel Safaris
  • Nearest Airport: Leh Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Jammu Railway Station

18. Nainital

Nainital

Nainital | #18 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Nainital, often referred to as the “Lake District of India,” is known for its shimmering Naini Lake, which forms the heart of the town. The Mall Road is lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels, offering a delightful experience to visitors. The Naina Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi, is a revered spiritual site located on the northern shore of Naini Lake. It attracts devotees and tourists alike with its religious significance and stunning views of the lake. Nainital Zoo, home to various Himalayan animal species, visitors can observe rare species like snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, and Tibetan wolves.

  • Best Time to Visit:   March to June and  September and October
  • Best Places to Visit Nainital: Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Naina Peak, Mall Road, Bhimtal, Nainital Zoo, Eco Cave Gardens
  • Things to Do: Boating, Cable car ride, Explore the Cave Garden and Eco Cave Gardens,  Shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs
  • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar  Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Kathgodam Railway Station
  • Places to stay: Hotels in Mall Road , Hotels near Mallital

19. Mussoorie

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Mussoorie | #19 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

Mussoorie, often referred to as the “Queen of Hills,” is a charming hill station nestled in the lap of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This is among the best tourist places in India. The town’s picturesque beauty is adorned with lush green hills, cascading waterfalls like Kempty Falls, and panoramic views from spots like Gun Hill and Lal Tibba. Strolling along the famous Mall Road, boating in Mussoorie Lake, and indulging in delectable local cuisine are popular pastimes.

  • Best Time to Visit:   April to June and September to November
  • Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie : Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Lal Tibba, Mussoorie Lake, Mall Road
  • Things to do : Boating, Cable car ride, Trekking, Camping
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun 
  • Nearest Train Station : Rishikesh Railway Station 
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Mall Road , Stays near Barlow Ganj , Hotels in Canal Road , Hotels near Dehradun Railway Station

20. Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Darjeeling | #20 of 20 Cliched Tourist Destinations in India

A prized jewel in the Himalayan Range, Darjeeling is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and honeymooners. Offering stunning views of the world’s third-highest peak – Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling is a favourite among summer travellers and is among the best holiday destinations in India. It is surrounded by emerald-green slopes of tea plantations and is home to some beautiful botanical gardens, monasteries, parks, and vantage points.

  • Best Time to Visit: April to June
  • Ideal Duration: 4 to 6 days
  • Best Places to Visit in Darjeeling: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Nightingale Park, Rock Garden, Singalila National Park, Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Things to Do : Enjoy the toy train ride, take a ride on the ropeway, explore tea gardens and monasteries, trek, and river rafting
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra International Airport 
  • Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction 

So, these are some of the most popular tourist destinations in India that attract countless travellers year after year, thanks to their natural beauty and manmade splendours. Since most tourists throng these locations during the peak season, make sure you book flights and hotels in Goa , Delhi or any other destination well in advance. That way, you can bag good deals and easy availability. And if you prefer a quiet vacation, plan a trip during the off-seasonoff season when these places are less crowded and hotel tariffs are easier on the pocket. Whenever you visit these destinations, you are sure to come back with wonderful memories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. which is the no. 1 tourist place in india and why.

A. Delhi is the most visited tourist place in India with historical treasures, cultural experiences, and convenient access making it a top choice for tourists visiting India.

Q. Which is the best tourist place in India and why?

A . Taj Mahal in Agra is often regarded as one of the most iconic and best places to visit in India. Its breathtaking Mughal architecture, mesmerizing beauty, and rich historical significance make it a top choice for travellers.

Q. What is a very famous place in India?

Some of the most visited places in India are Delhi, Goa, Manali, Agra, Varanasi, and Amritsar. 

Q. Which is the cleanest city in India? 

A .Indore, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is considered to be the cleanest city in India. It has consistently topped the rankings of the Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness Survey) conducted by the Government of India.

Q. What are the top 10 tourist places in India ?

A. Top 10 places to visit in India are Goa, Delhi, Jaipur, Manali, Ooty, Amritsar, Agra, Kolkata, Sikkim, Leh Ladakh.

Q. Which are some of the best peaceful places to visit in India?

A. Some of the most peaceful places in India are Leh Ladakh, Shillong, Rishikesh, Ooty, and Varanasi.

Q. Why India is a great tourist destination?

A. India is a great tourist destination due to its incredible diversity, rich cultural heritage, and a vast array of experiences it offers. 

Q. Which city has the most tourism in India?

A. Delhi is the capital city of India and the most visited by tourists. According to a 2019 survey, 3.65 crore tourists visit Delhi in a year.

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Top 10 Tourist Attractions In India You Have To See

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With more than 30,000 years of history, and the birthplace of numerous cultures and religions, India is an incredible destination with more than a thousand tourist attractions including several World Heritage Sites.

From the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India is home to a trove of spiritual, cultural, and historical treasures too numerous to see in one visit. So to help you discover this vibrant land of startling contrasts and spectacular sights, our experts have created a shortlist for you.

If you’re wondering what to see in India, here is a top 10 list of tourist attractions in India not to be missed on your vacation.

Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, is a must-see on any India itinerary.

1. The Taj Mahal, Agra

There are few sights in the world as iconic as the Taj Mahal , which is a must-see on most India itineraries , particularly for travelers on the famous Golden Triangle circuit, linking Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. A testament to the power of an emperor’s love, this astonishingly beautiful mausoleum was named after Mumtaz Mahal, who was the favorite wife of Shah Jahan.

Construction began upon her death in 1631, and it took 20,000 of the most skilled craftsmen in the Mughal empire 17 years to complete. The queen consort was interred inside in a private chamber at the heart of the monument and Shah Jahan was later buried alongside his wife when he died in 1666. Incorporating many elements of Islamic design including an onion-shaped dome, arches, towering minarets and filigree marble screens, the Taj shows perfect bilateral symmetry along an axis running through the center of the main dome and the surrounding gardens.

While it shines brilliant white from a distance, up close the Taj is adorned with an elegant tracery of scrollwork, leaves, flowers and Islamic motifs, executed in marble. This is enhanced by black calligraphy inlaid around the entrance, and delicate inlaid floral patterns using precious and semi-precious stones such as jasper, lapis lazuli, carnelian, malachite, jade and mother of pearl.

The best time to visit is either at dawn or dusk when the atmosphere is brilliantly altered by the change in lighting. You can view the Taj Mahal by moonlight on five nights of every month, the night of the full moon and the two nights on either side of the full moon.

Red Fort, New Delhi

The foundations of Delhi’s Red Fort is rumoured to have had the decapitated bodies of prisoners built into them for good luck.

2. The Red Fort, New Delhi

New Delhi ’s colossal, crescent-shaped Red Fort, named after the stunning red sandstone that was used in its construction, was built by Shah Jahan in 1648. Also called Lal Qalʿah, it was home to emperors of the formidable Mughal dynasty for almost 200 years, until 1857 when the British took over. It covers a vast area of 254.67 acres ringed by one and a half miles of defensive walls, enclosing a complex of palaces and entertainment halls, projecting balconies, baths and indoor canals, and geometrical gardens, as well as an ornate mosque.

The two most famous structures of the fort complex are the Hall of Public Audience and the Hall of Private Audience. The former boasting 60 red sandstone pillars supporting a flat roof, and the latter, which is smaller, notable for its pavilion of white marble. Turrets and bastions vary in height from 59 ft on the river side to 108 feet on the city side.

It took ten years to construct and is rumoured to have had the decapitated bodies of prisoners built into the foundations for good luck. Be sure not to miss its two largest gates: the impressive Lahore Gate, the fort’s main entrance, and the elaborately decorated Delhi Gate, which was once used by the emperor for ceremonial processions. A sound and light show is held in the evenings, featuring important events in the fort’s history.

Gateway of India, Mumbai

The iconic Gateway of India – often called the ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’ – impressively welcomes those visitors arriving to Mumbai by sea.

3. The Gateway of India, Mumbai

Standing an impressive 85 feet tall and located on the waterfront at Mumbai Harbour on the tip of Apollo Bunder, overlooking the Arabian Sea, the iconic Gateway of India is a bold yellow basalt arch of colonial triumph and a must-see when in Mumbai . Incorporating Islamic styles of 16th-century Gujarat, it was built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and his wife Queen Mary in 1911 and was opened with much pomp and ceremony in 1924. It was, for a while, the tallest structure in the city.

The Gateway of India was also the setting of a far less triumphant procession of British soldiers in 1948 when India obtained its independence. Notable for its stunning Indo-Saracenic design, a style of architecture that was introduced by the British during their rule in India, it combines diverse elements of the Hindu and Muslim architecture with Gothic cusped arches, domes, spires, tracery, minarets and stained glass, in a uniquely playful style.

This huge archway provides a spectacular backdrop that is as popular among locals as it is tourists. The first structure to welcome visitors entering the city by sea, it is popularly called the ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’ and is one of the top tourist attractions in India.

Amber Palace, Jaipur

Amer was once the capital of Jaipur state, and its fort was the royal residence of its Rajput rulers.

4. Amber Palace, Jaipur

Amber Palace or Amber Fort, also spelt Amer, was built as a fortified palace in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh I and has long served as the capital of Jaipur . Carved high up into the hillside, the fort is accessible on foot via a steep climb from the town below. You will enter Amber Fort through the Sun Gate (Suraj Pol), which leads to the Jaleb Chowk, the first courtyard, with its many decorated elephants, and the Shila Devi Temple, dedicated to the goddess of war.

The adjoining Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Am) features finely decorated walls and terraces frequented by monkeys, while the Hall of Pleasure (Sukh Niwas) is notable for its ivory-inlaid sandalwood door, its many flowerbeds, and a channel once used to transport cooling water.

The Temple of Victory (Jai Mandir) is characterized by many decorative panels and a multi-mirrored ceiling. From here, you can enjoy fine views from the palace ramparts over the picturesque Maota Lake below. The zenana (secluded women’s quarters) surrounds the fourth courtyard. The rooms were designed so that the maharaja could embark on his nocturnal visits to his wives’ and concubines’ respective chambers without the others knowing, as the chambers are independent but open onto a common corridor.

Agra Fort

Don’t forget that Agra isn’t just home to the Taj Mahal – the Red Fort is also well worth a visit.

5. Agra Fort

With the Taj Mahal located so close by, it is easy to forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Built as a military structure in 1565 by Emperor Akbar with later additions by Shah Jahan, Agra’s Red Fort is an interesting mix of both Hindu and Muslim influences. The fort is entered through Amar Singh Gate with its low outer wall and dogleg design built to confuse attackers, and you can expect to be truly amazed as you walk through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress.

Once inside, you’ll see two large, interlinked sandstone buildings, Akbari Mahal and Jahangiri Mahal, the largest private residence in the complex. Other highlights include the Khas Mahal (Private Palace), with its splendid copper roof, and the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), a jigsaw-patterned Mughal garden with numerous wonderful fountains and water channels as well as screens that once offered a private area for the emperor and his entourage. Also of note is the octagonal Musamman Burj tower, which later served as Shah Jahan’s prison until his death.

Mysore Palace

An eyesore it isn’t, the Mysore Palace is nothing short of spectacular and is in fact a complex of seven palaces.

6. Mysore Palace

The seven palaces that make up the Mysore Palace complex are nothing short of spectacular. The Wodeyars ruled Mysore from 1399 to 1950. The original palace was built of wood in 1399, and was burnt down in 1897, during the wedding of Jayalakshammanni, the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was rebuilt in 1912 in Indo-Saracenic style, blending together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture.

It is a three-storied stone structure, with deep pink marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied ivory tower. An imposing sculpture of Gajalakshmi with her elephants sits above the central arch, she is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance. The palace is surrounded by a large garden and hosts an annual arts and culture festival.

Ajanta Caves

The Ajanta Caves contain some of the world’s foremost masterpieces of Buddhist religious art – paintings and sculptures some 2000 years old, remarkably preserved.

7. Ajanta Caves

The magnificent Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments excavated out of a vertical cliff above the left bank of the River Waghora in the hills of Ajanta in the Aurangabad district of India’s Maharashtra state. They are thirty in number, including the unfinished ones, connected with the river by rock-cut staircases. Dating from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE, they were abandoned around 650 AD and forgotten until 1819, when a British hunting party stumbled upon them.

Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their paintings remain to this day. The well-preserved murals depict everything from battlefields to sailing ships, city streets and teeming animal-filled forests to snow-capped mountains. The gateway to the Ajanta Caves and the equally spectacular Ellora Caves, is the city of Aurangabad.

The frontal view of Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar

The Golden Temple ‘hovers’ in the middle of the healing waters of the Amrit Sarovar (Holy Pool of Immortal Nectar) of the Harmandir Sahib complex in Amritsar.

8. Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar

The legendary Golden Temple is just a small part of the huge gurdwara complex, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib, the main tourist attraction in Amritsar, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. Spiritually, the focus of attention is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine – the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar takes its name, excavated by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, in 1577. Bounded by a walkway of marble, the tank is believed to have healing powers, and pilgrims come from all over the globe to bathe in its sacred waters.

Floating at the end of a long causeway, the Golden Temple itself is a mesmerising blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, with an elegant marble lower level adorned with flower and animal motifs. Above this rises a shimmering second level, encased in intricately engraved gold panels, and topped by a dome gilded with more than 1650 pounds of gold. It is without doubt, one of the top 10 sights in India.

Kailasa Temple

The remarkable rock-hewn Kailasa Temple depicts Mt Kailasa,  the Himalayan home of Shiva, the Supreme Being in Shaivism (one of the major traditions within Hinduism).

9. Kailasa Temple

One of India’s greatest monuments, this astonishing temple, carved from solid rock, was built by King Krishna I in AD 760 to represent Mt Kailasa, Shiva’s Himalayan abode. This daring project required the removal of 200,000 tonnes of rock by hammer and chisel before the temple could begin to take shape. Three huge trenches were cut out of the sheer cliff face, and only then could the extraordinary sculptural decoration be added.

Covering an area double the size of the Parthenon in Athens and being half as high again, Kailasa is an engineering marvel that was executed with zero margin for error.

Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

Varanasi’s Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges is the principal and most auspicious place for Hindus to be cremated.

10. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

Manikarnika, the main and oldest riverfront burning ghat in Varanasi , is the most auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated. Mentioned in many ancient scriptures and religious texts, it is said to be the place where Devi Sati set herself on fire and also the birthplace of the fearless queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai. Temples of many Hindu deities surround the ghat’s periphery while the holy waters of the Ganges flow peacefully alongside.

A holy well, believed to have been dug by Lord Shiva to recover the fallen earring of Goddess Sati, is present at the top of the stairs. Dead bodies are handled by outcasts known as doms and are carried through the alleyways of the old town to the holy Ganges on bamboo stretchers, swathed in cloth. The corpse is doused in the Ganges prior to cremation.

Huge piles of firewood are stacked along the top of the ghat; every log is carefully weighed on giant scales so that the price of cremation can be calculated. Each type of wood has its own price, sandalwood being the most expensive. There is an art to using just enough wood to completely incinerate a corpse.

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1. 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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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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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.

4. 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. ...

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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 .

6. 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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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.

9. 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 ...

10. 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 ...

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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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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 .

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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.

14. 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 .

15. 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.

16. Ajanta Caves

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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 .

17. 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 .

18. 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 ...

19. 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 ...

20. 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.

21. 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 ...

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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 ...

23. 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 .

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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 ...

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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 .

27. 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.

28. 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 .

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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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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 ...

33. 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 ...

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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 .

39. 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.

40. 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 .

41. 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 .

42. 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 ...

43. 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 ...

44. 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 .

45. 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 .

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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 ...

47. 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.

48. 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 .

49. 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 ...

50. 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 .

51. 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.

52. 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 .

53. 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 .

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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 .

57. 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 .

58. 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 ...

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. 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.

62. 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 ...

63. 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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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.

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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 ...

66. 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. ...

67. 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 .

68. 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 .

69. 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.

70. 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 .

71. 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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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.

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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.

74. 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 ...

75. 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.

76. 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 ...

77. 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.

78. 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 .

79. 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 ...

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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, ...

81. 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 ...

82. 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.

83. 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 ...

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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, ...

87. 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 .

88. 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 .

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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).

90. 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 ...

92. 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 ...

93. 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.

94. 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 .

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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.

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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 .

97. 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 ...

98. 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.

99. 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 ...

100. 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.

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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.

The popular things to buy while traveling in India are Species, Handicrafts, carpets, pearls, Gold ornaments, tea and coffee products in hill stations, etc.

While metro cities are modern and most of the Indian cities are conservative. However, most of the temples in India only allowed traditional wear. They don't allow sleeveless and shorts for both men and women.

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15 Top Tourist Places to Visit in South India

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South India (comprised of Kerala , Karnataka , Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu ) really has a distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest of the country. Not only that, each state has managed to retain its own distinct identity. Intricate temple architecture, historical ruins, palm-fringed canals, spirituality, and beach will provide you with a varied and interesting trip. This article highlights the top tourist places to visit in South India. There are so many great destinations that it's difficult to select only a few!

Hampi, Karnataka

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One of India's top historical destinations , the laid-back village of Hampi was once the last capital of Vijayanagar, one of the greatest Hindu empires in India's history. It has some extremely captivating ruins, intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape. The ruins, which date back to the 14th century, stretch for just over 4187 hectares (16 square miles) and comprise more than 1600 monumental remains. An incredible energy can be felt at this ancient place. Hampi is commonly visited from Goa, as there are a number of transport options from there.

Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, Karnataka

The heritage sites of Badami (formerly Vatapi), Aihole and Pattadakal are a worthwhile side trip from Hampi. They're rich in monuments, temples and ruins from the Chalukya empire, which ruled there between the 6th to 12th centuries. The renowned Chalukya style of architecture originated in Aihole and the village is filled with around 125 stone temples, which unfortunately don't get the attention they deserve. Badami is one of the top places to see caves in India, with four sets of magnificent ancient rock-cut cave temples. Pattadakal is smaller but has one impressive temple complex that's also a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Kerala Backwaters

Cruising along the palm-fringed canals, known as the backwaters, is one of the best things to do in Kerala. Time truly seems to stand still. Indian food cooked by a chef and chilled beer on-board the boat make it even more enjoyable. You can spend the night on the boat, out in the middle of the water, surrounded by serenity. Bliss! And while you're in the area, why not stay a night or two at a resort or homestay on the backwaters? You'll be able to feast on freshly caught and prepared seafood, according to traditional recipes. Plan your trip with this guide to the Kerala Backwaters and how to best visit them . Or check out these top homestays in and around Alleppey (Alappuzha) and top Kumarakom hotels and resorts for all budgets.

Varkala, Kerala

The fairy-tale setting of Varkala Beach is enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top. It's not surprising that Varkala is one of India's best beaches . It sure is picturesque!

Fort Kochi, Kerala

Known as the "Gateway to Kerala", Kochi is an enchanting city that's had an eclectic influence. The Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese have all left their mark on the city. Most people recognize Kochi from pictures of the famous Chinese fishing nets that line the waterfront. Fort Kochi is full of architecture and historical sites, and is a marvelous place to stroll around and explore on foot.

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

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Ancient Madurai is home to the most impressive and important temple in South India, the Meenakshi Temple . If you only see one south Indian temple, this 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 old traditional part of the city is fascinating to explore on foot. These days, Madurai attracts pilgrims and tourists in equal numbers. The two-week long Chithirai Festival, featuring a re-enacted celestial wedding of God and Goddess, is also held in Madurai during April and May each year. It's worth visiting some of the magnificent temples in South India too.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry) was a former 18th century French colony and remains a separate union territory on the east cost of Tamil Nadu. It retains a distinctly French flavor and provides a delightful break. Wander around the atmospheric French Quarter and along the Promenade, soak up the peaceful atmosphere, dine in delicious restaurants, and browse the boutiques.

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) is a beach town with a thriving backpacker and surfing scene , an hour or so south of Chennai. It's also renowned for its stone sculpture industry, so set some money aside to shop! Other attractions are the Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas (temples sculptured in the shape of chariots), and Arjuna's Penance (a huge carving on the face of a rock depicting scenes from the Mahabharata). A classical dance festival happens there every year from late December to late January. The many beach resorts in the area make Mahabalipuram a popular getaway from Chennai.

Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram is a peaceful little pilgrim town in southern Tamil Nadu, brought to life by the constant stream of pious devotees that come to bathe in its holy water, get a puja done to purify their karma, and visit Ramanathaswamy Temple. The town and temple are tied to the great Hindu epic The Ramayana. This is where Lord Ram got Lord Hanuman to build a bridge across the ocean to rescue Sita from her abductor, Ravana. Adam's Bridge (also referred to as Ram Setu), a chain of reefs and sandbanks, is said to be the place where the bridge was located. In this area, not far from Rameshwaram, are the eerily crumbled and windswept remnants of Dhanuskodi , a town destroyed by cyclone in 1964. The approach to Rameshwaram is dramatic, with two long bridges (one for trains and one for other vehicles) linking it to the mainland.

Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore has an impressive royal heritage, with the city's main tourist attraction being the imposing Mysore Palace. There are many other interesting buildings, palaces, and temples to see. The zoo is notably one of the best in India. Mysore is also an excellent place to shop for sandalwood, and study Ashtanga yoga. The annual 10-day Mysore Dasara festival is another attraction.

Coorg, Karnataka

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For fresh aromatics of south Indian coffee and stunning scenic beauty, head to Karnataka's Kodagu region (often referred to as Coorg , the English version of its name). This alluring mountainous area in southern Karnataka, not far from Bangalore and Mysore, is renowned for its plentiful coffee estates. And, yes, you can stay on one! There are accommodations for all budgets including some lovely homestays and luxury resorts in Coorg. The magnificent Golden Temple, one of the top Buddhist monasteries in India , is not to be missed as well.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway toy train chugs its way up to the popular hill station of Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The historic railway line was completed in 1899 and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. The 46 kilometer (28.5 mile) journey is an enthralling one. It passes through rocky terrain, ravings, forested hills, tea plantations, 16 tunnels, and over 250 bridges (including 32 major ones). Ooty is a great place to escape the heat, although it has become quite commercialized and crowded. Nearby Coonoor is quieter and is world famous for its tea. It's one of the top destinations for tea tourism in India.

Gokarna, Karnataka

Think Goa is too touristy these days? Across the border, Gokarna still provides a feel for what Goa used to be like. Time is limited through, as development is already taking place. This small and remote holy town has four of India's most secluded and pristine beaches (Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach) nestled nearby. Each has its own appeal.

Periyar National Park, Kerala

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One of the few national parks in India to remain open during the monsoon season , Periyar is known for its herds of wild elephants. They can sometimes be seen by the side of the lake on a boat safari. Many other activities are possible in and around the park including guided nature walks, border hikes, bamboo rafting trips, and night jungle patrols.

Hyderabad, Telangana

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Hyderabad may not top too many itineraries but you may be surprised by what it has to offer. In contrast to other places in South India, it stands out for its remarkable Islamic heritage and is known as the City of Nizams. The Nizam dynasty's rule ended when Hyderabad was merged with the rest of India after Independence in 1947. The legacy lives on though, with many architectural treasures remaining, particularly in the area around the iconic Charminar . Here are 8 essential things to do in Hyderabad to get immersed in the city's culture.

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  • 49 Beautiful Places To Visit In North India In 2024 For A Refreshing Vacay

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North India is a pure delight to mountain lovers and adventure enthusiasts. There are plenty of picturesque, popular, and off-the-wall hill stations nestled in the Himalayas that make for beautiful holiday destinations. And all of them are so spellbinding that it gets tough to choose one from the list of gorgeous places to visit in north India .

To sort this confusion of where to go and what to see, here’s an elaborate compilation of northern India’s best tourist destinations. Pick your dream destination and plan your most amazing holiday in India.

49 Best Places To Visit In North India

We understand your confusion about why you are not able to choose just one destination. When there are so many top places to visit in North India, how can you just choose one? We got you a list of tourist places in North India to pick from for a scintillating vacay with your loved ones!

  • Kashmir Circuit – Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, And Srinagar
  • Dharamshala – Tibetan Charm
  • Dalhousie – A Peaceful Getaway
  • Shimla – The Erstwhile Summer Capital Of British India
  • Kullu And Manali – Hub Of Adventure
  • Nainital – A Mesmerizing Hill Station
  • Dehradun – A Treat For Nature Lovers
  • Mussoorie – A Popular Tourist Destination
  • Varanasi – A Peace Seeker’s Haven
  • Allahabad – UP’s Pride
  • Haridwar And Rishikesh – Beautiful Twin Cities
  • Mathura And Vrindavan – Catch Some Soul Delight
  • Amritsar – A Must Visit City
  • Chandigarh – Gateway To The Hills
  • Agra – Among The Most Romantic Destinations In India
  • Delhi – Political, Cultural And Food Capital Of India
  • Lansdowne – A Slice Of Mountain Life
  • Kasol – Touristy Beauty
  • Ranikhet – Relax Away The Entire Vacation
  • Spiti – Pristine Land For True Wanderers
  • Ladakh – Picture-Perfect Landscapes
  • Lucknow – The City Of Nawabs
  • Jim Corbett National Park – The Wildlife Safari
  • Vaishno Devi – A Spiritual Expedition
  • Patnitop – Mesmerizing Vistas Of Kashmir
  • Almora – Serene Ambiance At Foothills
  • Bir – Paragliding Paradise
  • McLeodganj – Little Lhasa
  • Auli – Skiing Resort
  • Kedarnath – Pilgrimage Tour
  • Munsiyari – Quaint Getaway
  • Kasauli – Campers Paradise
  • Kaza – On The Banks Of Spiti River
  • Kufri – Winter Wonderland
  • Dhanaulti – For Peace & Solace
  • Pithoragarh – The Urban Hill Town
  • Binsar – Lost In The Wilderness
  • Pushkar –  More Than A Temple City
  • Jodhpur –  Wondrous Forts And Temples
  • Udaipur –  Culturally And Aesthetically Rich
  • Kausani  –  For Thrill And Peace Seekers 
  • Gangotri  –  A Prominent Pilgrimage Destination
  • Kinnaur  –  A Spiritual Treasure
  • Khajjiar – A Paradisiacal Town
  • Ramgarh – The Quiet Village
  • Narkanda – The Serene Side Of Himachal
  • Chakrata – A Cantonment Town
  • Bhimtal – The Lake Paradise
  • Mukteshwar – A Village In The Kumaon Hills

1. Kashmir Circuit – Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, And Srinagar

Shikaras in the Dal Lake of Srinagar in Kashmir

Kashmir is a heaven on Earth. Known for its surreal topography, stunning views, colorful culture, and cheerful people, Kashmir is definitely one of the most awe-inspiring tourist places in North India. The stunning Dal Lake in Srinagar, the gorgeous valleys of Sonmarg, the thrilling adventures of skiing at Gulmarg, and the perfect serenity of Pahalgam make a trip to Kashmir replete with happiness. With plenty of things to do in Gulmarg , a visit here will tell you that it surely is heaven on Earth!

Key Attractions: Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Mughal Garden, Betab Valley, Strawberry Field, and Apharwat Peak How To Reach: Srinagar Airport is just 14 km from the main city and Udhampur (130 km from Srinagar) is the nearest railway station. Things To Do: Visiting the famous tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Stream restaurant, Dana Pani Best Time To Visit: April to October Places To Stay : Hotel Heevan, Impex Hill Resorts Elevation : 1,620 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

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2. Dharamshala – Tibetan Charm

The grand HPCA cricket stadium in Dharamshala which is one of the best places to visit in North India

Planning a 3 day trip in North India? Dharamshala is one of the best places to visit in north India for recreational purposes. It is a small and quaint hill station that offers mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar Ranges, sparkling Dal Lake, plush green deodar forests, and the honored residence of His Holiness – The Dalai Lama. That along with several camping sites in Dharamshala and more make it one of the best places to visit in February in North India.

Mcleodganj is located 9 km upslope from Dharamshala and tops the list of places to see in north India. It is known for some really cool and quaint cafes and exhilarating adventure. The two destinations are among the best places to visit in North India that, together, form an integral part of the tour packages to Himachal.

Key Attractions: Tsuglagkhang Complex, Dal Lake, Naddi Village, Kangra Fort, and Bhagsunath How To Reach: Gaggal Airport (18 km from Mcleodganj) is the nearest airport. Pathankot Junction (90 km from Mcleodganj) is the nearest railway head. Volvos and non-AC buses by Himachal Roadways ply between these destinations and Delhi. Things To Do: Trekking, paragliding Best Restaurants: Tibet kitchen, Nick’s Italian kitchen, Lung Ta Japanese Best Time To Visit: February to June Places To Stay : Dhauladhar Rangers, Indru Nag, Pink House, Kareri Adventures Dharamshala Elevation : 1,620 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

3. Dalhousie – A Peaceful Getaway

A Peaceful Getaway Dalhousie also known as one of the best places to visit in North India

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If you are looking for wonderful places to travel in North India, Dalhousie is a picturesque hill station, nestled in the Himalayas. One of the most invigorating places to see in North India, it is characterized by lofty mountains, sparkling rivers, luxuriant valleys, and colonial houses. Its serenity makes it a perfect choice for honeymooners, solo travellers, and photographers. And while you’re here, don’t forget to visit the ever-so-delightful Khajjiar, which is often called the Mini Switzerland of India!

Key Attractions: Chamba, Khajjiar, Dainkund Peak, Kalatop Wild Reserve, Panchpula, and St. Francis Catholic Church How To Reach: Pathankot is the nearest airport and railway connection, located 80 km away Things To Do: Trekking, spotting wildlife Best Restaurants: Kwality restaurant, Sher e Punjab restaurant Best Time To Visit: March to May Places To Stay : Snow Valley Resorts, Alps Resort Dalhousie Elevation : 1,970 m Average Budget:  INR 5,500 onwards

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4. Shimla – The Erstwhile Summer Capital Of British India

The Erstwhile Summer Capital Of British India

Plan your first getaway by making sure you explore all the best places to visit in Shimla with the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings and super cozy climate, Shimla is one of the most popular places to see in North India. Snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, and bustling mall road have made Shimla a favorite choice for all. And when you have explored all of Shimla, you can head to the charming hill stations nearby including Kufri, Chail, Chamba, and more. When preparing the list of 3 days trip in North India, don’t miss to include this picturesque destination in your itinerary. 

Key Attractions: Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Annandale, Jakhoo Hill, Summer Hill, and Scandal Point How To Reach: The nearest airport, Jubbarhatti, is located 23 km from the main city. The nearest railhead is Kalka, which is connected by a toy train to Shimla station. Things To Do: Trekking, paragliding Best Restaurants: Cafe Sol, 45 the Central Best Time To Visit: November and February Places To Stay : Snow Valley Resorts Shimla, Meena Bagh Shimla Elevation : 2,276 m Average Budget:  INR 6,500 onwards 

5. Kullu And Manali – Hub Of Adventure

Kullu And Manali are among the famous places to visit in North India

Kullu and Manali are the twin tourist places to see in North India, popular for their luxuriant greenery, surreal topography, invigorating climate, and super thrilling adventure sports. Kullu, located at a distance of 40 km from Manali, is a stunning valley by the Beas whereas Manali is an amazing retreat, immensely popular especially among adventure freaks and honeymoon couples. Once you’re here, don’t forget to check out the various paragliding spots in Manali !

Key Attractions: Hadimba Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa, and Vashisht Hot Water Springs How To Reach: Nearest airport and railhead are at Chandigarh, approximately 250 km away. Things To Do: Trekking, paragliding Best Restaurants: Hot Spice cafe, Maitre restaurant Best Time To Visit: March to June Places To Stay : River Site Guest House, Shobla Kaathkuni Royale Elevation : 1,279 m Average Budget: INR 7,000 onwards

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6. Nainital – A Mesmerizing Hill Station

Nainital is one of the best places to visit in North India

Nainital is a mesmerizing hill station and one of the best places to visit in North India. This charming destination has developed around a splendid lake. Boating, trekking, and shopping at the Tibetan market of Mall Road are some of the must-do things here. If sitting by a beautiful lake watching the day go by is your idea of a perfect vacation, then Nainital is the place for you, since it is among the most peaceful places to visit in North India in December. You can explore the places near Nainital that offer the same scenic beauty and adventure for a perfect vacation.

Key Attractions: Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Nainital Zoo, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Raj Bhavan, and Naina Devi Temple How To Reach: The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, 34 km from Nainital. It takes close to 8 hours to reach there from Delhi. Nainital does not have any direct air access. Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Simz cafe, Sakley’s restaurant Best Time To Visit: March to June Places To Stay : Balrampur House Nainital, Nainital Inn Elevation : 2,084 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

7. Dehradun – A Treat For Nature Lovers

Dehradun is known for its awesome surrounding beauty

Dehradun is among the best famous holiday destinations in North India for families as well as couples. The popular hill retreat is known for its awesome surrounding beauty, Doon School, Forest Research Institute, and Indian Military Academy. But that’s not all. There are myriad other North India tour places hidden in its hilly terrains and valleys. It is the best tourist spot in North India and also acts as a gateway to the popular hill stations of Uttarakhand for people traveling to the hilly areas from metros like Delhi and Jaipur.

Key Attractions: Shikhar Fall, Guchhupani, Khalanga War Memorial, and Sahastradhara How To Reach: Dehradun has its own railway station and an airport that goes by the name of Jolly Grant. Things To Do: Touring major attractions, visiting the cafes, eating the street food Best Restaurants: Orchard restaurant, Black pepper, Town Table Best Time To Visit: March to June Places To Stay : Old British House, Mango Tree Courtyard Elevation : 447 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

Suggested Read: 32 Beautiful Places To Visit In Nainital 

8. Mussoorie – A Popular Tourist Destination

Mussoorie is one of the charming places to visit in North India

Mussoorie is one of the most visited hill stations of north India, snuggled at the Himalayas. Scenic waterfalls and lofty ranges form the backdrop for some of the most amazing things to do in Mussoorie , such as boating, skating, and horse riding. The charming cafes and alluring views of the mountains make it one of the best places to visit in North India for sure.

Key Attractions: Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Jharipani Falls, Camelback Road, and Benog Sanctuary. How To Reach: Jolly Grant at Dehradun (54 km away) is the closest airport while Dehradun (33 km away) is the nearest railway connection. Things To Do: Trekking, paragliding Best Restaurants: Funjabi Tandoorz, Kalsang restaurant Best Time To Visit: April to June Places To Stay : Seclude Mussoorie, Mussoorie Residency Elevation : 2,005 m Average Budget:  INR 6,500 onwards

Religious Places In North India

If you are feeling religious or looking for places where you can take your family and grandparents, then here are some options for you.

9. Varanasi – A Peace Seeker’s Haven

Varanasi is a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate which is also counted among the top places to visit in North India

Varanasi – the religious hub, is a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate the mind and the soul. With photogenic ghats of The Ganges, narrow lanes, century old temples, and the mesmerizing evening aarti, Varanasi is definitely in every traveler’s bucket list. The peaceful vibes and calm demeanour of this place are sure to revitalize your senses during your trip. There is no reason why we should not include Varanasi in the list of the best places to visit in North India.

Key Attractions: Dashashwamedh Ghat and Vishwanath Temple How To Reach: Varanasi has its own railway station and airport. Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Varanasi cafe & restaurant Best Time To Visit: November to March Places To Stay : Radisson Hotel Varanasi, Rivera Palace Elevation : 81 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

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10. Allahabad – UP’s Pride

The famous tomb of Nithar at Khusro Bagh in Allahabad

Allahabad is known for ‘Sangam’ – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, & Saraswati – and is also counted as one of the sacred places to visit in north India. Besides, there is a range of tourist attractions that place it on the list of best places to visit in North India. Located in the heart of the Indo-Gangetic plain, Allahabad is often called a kaleidoscope of multiple traditions.

Key Attractions: Khusro Bagh, Triveni Sangam, and Swaraj Bhavan How To Reach: Allahabad has its own railway station and airport. Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: El Chico restaurant, Eat on restaurant Best Time To Visit: October to March Places To Stay : Hotel Polo Max, Hotel Kashi Elevation : 98 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

11. Haridwar And Rishikesh – Beautiful Twin Cities

A mesmerizing view of Haridwar And Rishikesh

One of the most famous tourist places in North India, Haridwar is another spiritual destination of north India. Ganga is said to leave the Himalayas here. The Ganga aarti and religious celebrations keep the place crowded throughout the year.

Rishikesh is the yoga capital of India, located 20 km upslope from Haridwar. There are numerous places to visit in Rishikesh and the city is also known internationally for adventure sports like river rafting and bungee jumping. If you find this mixture of spiritualism and adventure tempting, then for you Rishikesh surely is one of the best places to visit in North India for summer that you must not miss!

Key Attractions: Har ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple Rajaji National Park, River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, and Yoga sessions How To Reach: The nearest airport to both places is Jolly Grant in Dehradun whereas the nearest railway station to Rishikesh is at Haridwar. Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Hotel Raghuwanshi, Chandra Mohan Vaishno Bhojanalaya Best Time To Visit: February, March, August, October Places To Stay : Golden Tulip, Le Roi Haridwar Elevation : 314 m Average Budget:  INR 5,500 onwards

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12. Mathura And Vrindavan – Catch Some Soul Delight

Mathura And Vrindavan are among the most peaceful places to visit in North India

Mathura is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and one of the best North India tour places. Vrindavan, on the other hand, is where he spent his childhood and youth. Hence, both are very significant religious places to visit in north India for the Hindus. The distance between Mathura and Vrindavan is just about 12 km and both these places are known for their heritage temples. Owing to its spiritual aura, it is among the most peaceful places to visit in North India.

Key Attractions: Krishna Janma Bhoomi, Dwarkadhish Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple, Keshi Ghat, and the Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan How To Reach: Both Mathura and Vrindavan can be easily accessed from Delhi by road or on a local train. However, the nearest airport is in Delhi or Agra. Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Agrawal restaurant, Bansal foods Best Time To Visit: October to March Places To Stay : Madhav Muskan Residency, Hotel Mayur Mathura Elevation : 174 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

Places For Sightseeing In North India

Here are more unique places to visit in North India in the plains if you have had enough of mountains. If not, then you could also choose places to visit in northeast India. 

13. Amritsar – A Must Visit City

A delightful view of Golden Temple at Amritsar which is known as one of the fascinating places to visit in North India

Amritsar is a fascinating place and definitely finds its place among the best places to visit in north India. The aura of Golden Temple, amazing delicacies, and cheerful people pull tourists throughout the year. Among the many things to do here is watch the Changing of the Guard at the Wagah Border which tends to delight travellers, especially patriots. This destination is definitely one of the best North India tourist places that travellers must visit.

Key Attractions: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border How To Reach: Amritsar has its own airport and railway station Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Kesar da Dhaba, Kanha sweet Best Time To Visit: November to March Places To Stay : Sukhmani Home Stay, Taj Swarna Elevation : 234 m Average Budget:  INR 3,500 onwards

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14. Chandigarh – Gateway To The Hills

A view of the Chandigarh Open Hand Monument at the outskirts of the City Beautiful

Chandigarh is popular amongst all. The city’s charming cityscape, fascinating parks, and amazing museums have, for years, attracted tourists from all over. Being the gateway to the hills of Himachal, it is one of the most preferred tourist places in north India . The most fun aspect of the city is that it is one of the greenest and cleanest metros in the country. When looking for the best places to explore in North India, Chandigarh is a good option to consider.

Key Attractions: Pinjore Gardens, Rock Garden, International Doll Museum, Chattbir Zoo, Rose Garden, and Cactus Garden How To Reach: Chandigarh has an airport as well as a railway station. Things To Do: Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Swagath restaurant and bar, Virgin courtyard, Black Lotus Best Time To Visit: October and March Places To Stay : Hyatt Regency Chandigarh, JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh Elevation : 321 m Average Budget:  INR 4,000 onwards

15. Agra – Among The Most Romantic Destinations In India

A glorious view of Taj Mahal which is also known as one of the best places to visit in North India

Agra is one of the awesome tourist destinations in north India. Easily accessible from Delhi by the amazing Taj Expressway, this globally famous place houses the Taj Mahal – one of the wonders of the world, which makes this place a great addition to your list of tourist places in North India. But when you’re here, you must explore beyond the Taj and visit the less explored attractions like the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Key Attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula, and Fatehpur Sikri How To Reach: Agra has a railhead and Delhi Airport is closest to this place. Things To Do: Admiring the beauty Best Restaurants: Pinch of Spice, Bob Marley cafe, Bon Barbecue Best Time To Visit: November to March Places To Stay : Radisson Hotel Agra, Hotel The Taj Vilas Elevation : 171 m Average Budget:  INR 3,500 onwards

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16. Delhi – Political, Cultural And Food Capital Of India

A spectacular view of Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi which is packed with monuments, museums, temples, forts, and bustling markets

If you take Delhi as a busy, commercial, and political destination, you are grossly mistaken. This lovely capital boasts of its amazing tourist spots. These include monuments, museums, temples, forts, bustling markets, and super cool eat-outs in Delhi that cannot be missed at any cost. Delhi is, no doubt, among the best places to visit in February in North India. There’s more to this city than meets the eye, which is why it is also considered one of the best charms of North India tourism. 

Key Attractions: Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Lodhi Garden, Humayun’s Tomb, India gate, and Rashtrapati Bhavan How to reach: Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi connects to all major international cities. Hazrat Nizamuddin, Sarai Rohilla, New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations of the capital have trains for almost all Indian cities. How To Reach: Visiting major tourist attractions, shopping Best Restaurants: Annamaya, Hong Kong club, Cafe Pluck Best Time To Visit : February and March Places To Stay : Edge Home Stay, Hotel Picasso Prive Elevation : 216 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

Offbeat Places To Visit In North India

Here are some more offbeat places to visit in North India that should be on your radar when you get a serious case of wanderlust. Take a look!

17. Lansdowne – A Slice Of Mountain Life

A majestic view of Lansdowne covered with snow

One of the best places to go in North India, Lansdowne is a quaint and serene hill station that tops the list of the not-so-popular destinations of north India. But if you are looking for the best places to visit in north India with friends, this offbeat destination is a perfect choice. It makes for the perfect destination for those seeking merely peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can go for a trek, take a stroll, chill out, or laze around – the choice is yours.

Key Attractions: St Mary Church, Tip n Top, Bhulla Lake, and War Memorial How To Reach: Kotdwar, located at 1-hour driving distance is the closest railway station. Things To Do : Visiting major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Northern flavors, Yashika Green forest restaurant Best Time To Visit : March, April, May, June, September Places To Stay : Vacation Rental, Blue Pine Resort Elevation : 1, 780 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

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18. Kasol – Touristy Beauty

Kasol village in Himachal which is also known as one of the top places to visit in North India

Kasol is a fantastic and upcoming weekend retreat. One of the most peaceful tourist places in north India, the destination is a delightful place for backpackers, photography buffs, and solo travelers. This charming and sweet little village of Kullu by the River Parvati has a lot to offer – complete peace, mental rejuvenation, and freshness. Don’t miss out on the exhilarating trekking and camping experience at Kheerganga once you’re here. It is one of the best places to visit in North India in February. 

Key Attractions: Trekking, camping, hiking, and trying sumptuous Israeli cuisine How To Reach: It is 42 km from Bhuntar Airport (Kullu). Regular buses and cabs ply from Bhuntar to Kasol. Things To Do : Trekking, camping Best Restaurants: The Evergreen, Moon Dance cafe, Little Italy Best Time To Visit : April, May, October, November Places To Stay : The Hosteller Kasol, The Wooden Cottage Kasol Elevation : 1, 580 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

19. Ranikhet – Relax Away The Entire Vacation

A splendid view of Ranikhet with its lush green surroundings

Ranikhet boasts of its lush green surroundings, heritage temples, and classic churches. With nothing much to do, this forested hilly retreat is a perfect place for romantic couples who are looking for a wonderful honeymoon away from urban noises. Other than that, trekkers and hikers also visit this place to revel in nature’s bounty and explore the jungles surrounding the hill town.

Key Attractions: Visit the temples, trek, and stroll to reveal the nature’s splendor How To Reach: Kathgodam is the closest railhead, located 80 km away. Things To Do : Visiting the famous tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Rajatgiri restaurant, Chevron Rosemount Best Time To Visit : April to June Places To Stay : Hotel Chevron Rosemount, HI5 Cottages Elevation : 1,869 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

Suggested Read: 20 Best Places To Visit In Ranikhet 

20. Spiti – Pristine Land For True Wanderers

Ki Monastery in the Spiti Valley

Endowed with picturesque villages, gorgeous mountains, and panoramic glacier, Spiti Valley offers awesome and mind-blowing views and is surely one of the most unconventional tourist destinations in north India. The vibrant monasteries add to the charm of the place that is already well known for offering ultimate spiritual serenity. It’s among the favorite place of all photographers and movie-makers from around the world, making it one of the most famed tourist spots in North India. 

Key Attractions: Bara Shigri Glacier, Tabo Monastery, and Ki Monastery How To Reach: Kullu Airport is 85 km and Shimla railway station (toy train) is 428 km from Spiti. Things To Do : Trekking, hiking, paragliding, biking Best Restaurants: The Himalayan cafe, Spiti organic kitchen Best Time To Visit : April to May Places To Stay : Hotel Spiti Sarai, Zostel Homes  Elevation : 4,270 m Average Budget:  INR 7,000 onwards

21. Ladakh – Picture-Perfect Landscapes

incredible cairns at pangong tso in Ladakh which is one of the best places to visit in North India

How can we miss out this beauty when talking about North India tourism! Replete with the most wondrous of natural sights, topography, a vivid culture, colorful monasteries, and smiling people, Ladakh is a must-visit on every wanderer’s bucket list. From the striking blue of Pangong Lake to the eye-catching gold and grey of Nubra Valley, Ladakh hides more beauty that one can imagine, which makes it one of the best tourist places in North India for summer!

Key Attractions: Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Liver, Stakna Monastery, 3 Idiots School, Magnetic Hill How To Reach: The Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is connected with cities like Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu. One can also drive down to Leh via the Delhi-Manali-Kargil-Leh route. Things To Do : Paragliding, trekking, snow sledding Best Restaurants: Jalsa, Unlocked restaurant, Wangchuk’s Ladakhi kitchen Best Time To Visit : April to June Places To Stay : Stok Palace Heritage, The Grand Dragon Ladakh  Elevation : 3,000 m Average Budget:  INR 8,500 onwards

Suggested Read: 40 Best Things To Do In Ladakh 

22. Lucknow – The City Of Nawabs

Lucknow is one of the exciting places to visit in north india

If you think ‘royalty’ and ‘luxury’ only denotes Rajasthan, you’re mistaken. The City of Nawabs is every bit royal and posh with its regal lifestyle and polite Lucknowi people. This multicultural city is home to some of the best places to visit in December in North India . And the delicious Awadhi cuisine you’ll be treated to at every nook and corner is something to die for! Escape to this charming hub of heritage and explore its beautiful gardens, music, cuisines, and rich culture. 

Key Attractions: Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, The Residency and more How To Reach: Lucknow Airport & Lucknow Railway Station connected to major Indian cities | Strong road networks with highways connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Jaipur Things To Do:   Visiting the major tourist attractions Best Restaurants: Moti Mahal, Royal Sky, L-14 restaurant Best Time To Visit : October to March Places To Stay : La Place Sarovar Portico, Radisson Lucknow City  Elevation : 123 m Average Budget:  INR 7,500 onwards

23. Jim Corbett National Park – The Wildlife Safari

A breathtaking view of Tiger walking in the Jungle

Jim Corbett National Park is a part of the enormous Corbett Tiger Reserve which is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. This magical national park is known for its tiger richness and has been enticing visitors since 1936 when it was known as Hailey National Park. It is India’s oldest and amongst prestigious national park and is believed to be the father of the Project Tiger in India. if you are looking for cheap places to visit in north India with friends, then Jim Corbett should be on your list.

Key Attractions: Corbett Elephant Safari, Bijrani Accommodation, Jhirna Zone How To Reach: The nearest railway station to reach here is Ramnagar from where one can board a local bus or taxi to reach Jim Corbett National Park. Things To Do : Boating, wildlife spotting, trekking Best Restaurants: Village Vatika restaurant, Blue Zinger, Green valley Best Time To Visit: November to February Places To Stay : Dhikala Forest Rest House, Jim Corbett Farm House Elevation : 396 m to 1, 219 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

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24. Vaishno Devi – A Spiritual Expedition

Vaishno Devi Temple jammu is one of the blissful places to visit in North India

Vaishno Devi is a Hindu temple, dedicated to Goddess Adi Shakti. It is located at the Trikuta Mountains in Katra and welcomes millions of pilgrims every year from across the world. You can take a trek of 14 km to reach the temple or board a helicopter from Katra to Sanjhi Chhat. You can also visit numerous local temples that will come on your way to the main temple. Vaishnodevi is undoubtedly amongst the good places to visit in north India. It is also one of the best family holiday destinations in India . 

Key Attractions: Vaishno Devi temple, Aadh Kunwari, Sanjhi Chhat How To Reach: You can either take a direct train to Katra and start your excursion. Numerous pilgrims deboard the train at Jammu and head to Katra via a local taxi or bus. Things To Do : Vaishno Devi temple, Ardh Kuwari cave Best Restaurants: Vaishno Devi Bhojanalaya, Manoranjan Vaishno Dhaba Best Time To Visit : March to October Places To Stay : Kalika Bhavan, Gauri Bhavan Elevation : 1, 615 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

25. Patnitop – Mesmerizing Vistas Of Kashmir

A wonderful view of snowfall in Patnitop which is counted among the best places to visit in India

Patnitop is another beautiful attraction that is located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. This popular tourist destination is situated on a plateau in the Shivalik area and the nearby river Chenab enhances the beauty of this mesmerizing location. Patnitop is amongst the best places to visit in north India during summer.

Key Attractions: Naag Mandir, and Patni Top Park How To Reach: Patnitop is located at a distance of 110 km from Jammu and one can easily reach here via cab or bus from Jammu. Things To Do : Strolling in Patnitop park, trekking, visiting Naag mandir Best Restaurants: Prem palace bar, Shiva cottage Best Time To Visit : May to June, September to October Places To Stay : Hotel Patnitop Heights, Hotel RL Dreamland Elevation : 2,024 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

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26. Almora – Serene Ambiance At Foothills

A wonderful view of Almora packed with lush greenery, pristine water and misty hills

Known as the best place to visit in North India, Almora is a beautiful cantonment town, located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. As the town is established on the ridge of the Kumaon Hills, the panoramic views of this place lure travelers from near and far making it one of the best places in north India! Its proximity to popular attractions of north India makes it a perfect weekend escape for nature lovers. Almora is one of the best places to visit in north India during winter.

Key Attractions: Kasar Devi Temple, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, and Lala Bazar Road. How To Reach: Almora is well-connected via rail, road, and air. The nearest railway station to Almora town is Kathgodam, merely 91 km away. If you are planning to travel here through a plane then Pantnagar Airport is the nearest one! Things To Do : Trekking, cave exploring, shopping Best Restaurants: The Satya’s place, Bright-end corner Best Time To Visit : April to June, September to November Places To Stay : Deodar Homestay, The Himalayan Woods Elevation : 1,811 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

27. Bir – Paragliding Paradise

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary at sunset. one of the best places to visit in North India

One of the most beautiful places to visit in north India, Bir is a stunning village that is located in the west of the Joginder Nagar Valley in Himachal Pradesh. This serene village is a hub of ecotourism, medication centers, and spiritual studies. Bir is home to thousands of Buddhist monasteries and monks who travelled to India from Tibet. The place is known for its natural beauty and serene ambience. Bir is amongst the most interesting places to visit in north India for 3 days vacation.

Key Attractions: Paragliding, Palpung Sherabling Monastery, Deer Park Institute How To Reach: The nearest airport to reach Bir is Dharmshala airport which is nearly 67.6 km away. Things To Do : Paragliding, hiking, biking Best Restaurants: Zenwich restaurant, Musafir, Glider’s Pizzeria Best Time To Visit : April to June Places To Stay : Bir Nest, The Bunker Bir Elevation : 1,525 m Average Budget:  INR 4,000 onwards

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28. McLeodganj – Little Lhasa

Mcleodganj, a tiny hill station, counted among the best places to visit in North India

Known as Little Lhasa, this land is famous for its cultural blend of Tibetan and British influence. Mcleodganj is a tiny hill station located near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh that is famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj has a prominent Tibetan culture and scenic landscape, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan range. You can explore the quaint cafes and visit the Dalai Lama Temple or go hiking amidst the mountains. Mcleodganj is one of the top visiting places in North India and welcomes travellers from far and wide to witness its fusion culture. 

Key Attractions: Dalai Lama Temple, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Dal Lake, Naddi View Point How To Reach : Mcleodganj is located close to Punjab and Himachal border and is just 90 km from Pathankot, which has the nearest broad gauge railway station. Mcleodganj is overnight from New Delhi and around 6-7 hours from Chandigarh. Things To Do: Hiking, Trekking, Sightseeing, Explore the cafes, Triund Trek Best Restaurants: Four Seasons Cafe, Namgyal Cafe, Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, Nick’s Italian Kitchen Best Time To Visit: October to June Places To Stay : Backpackers Inn, Pink House Elevation : 2,082 m Average Budget:  INR 5,500 onwards

29. Auli – Skiing Resort

Auli is a winter wonderland that is dotted with apple orchards, pine trees, and snow-capped mountains

India’s prime ski resort destination, Auli is a winter wonderland that is dotted with apple orchards, pine trees, snow-capped mountains, and glittering white slopes ideal for skiing and trekking. Auli is a popular hill town that has multiple ski resorts and travellers can visit any time of the year to roam the mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and Kamat Kamet.  

Key Attractions: Chenab Lake, Narsingh Temple, Kwani Bugyal How To Reach : From Delhi, the best way to reach Auli is to take an overnight bus from Rishikesh. Things To Do: Skiing, Auli ropeway, visit the lake Best Restaurants: Cliff Top Club, Auli D’s food plaza Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year Places To Stay : The Apple Farm Stay, Kanasar Eco Lodge Elevation : 2,800 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

Suggested Read: 15 Things To Do In Auli 

30. Kedarnath – Pilgrimage Tour

A stunning view of Kedarnath which is one of the blissful places to visit in North India

One of the most sacred sites of India and famous places in North India, Kedarnath is a town in Uttarakhand that is home to one of the most famous Hindu temples, the Kedarnath temple. Pilgrims and devotees travel from across the country through several challenges and obstacles to reach the temple and worship their deities. The temple features 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to lord Shiva, making it one of the must visit places in North India. 

Key Attractions: Kedarnath Temple, Chorabari Tal, Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi How To Reach : Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath at a distance of 216 km. Jolly Grant is the nearest airport.  Things To Do: Pilgrimage, Religious, Trekking, Camping Best Restaurants: Tiwari Hotel & Restaurant Best Time To Visit: May to June, September to October Places To Stay : Kedar River Retreat, Bhopal Bhawan Elevation : 3,553 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

31. Munsiyari – Quaint Getaway

Munsiyari is a beautiful hidden gem in Uttarakhand

Considered as the Little Kashmir located in Uttarakhand, this tiny hamlet lies in close proximity to Pithoragarh. The quaint hill town is known for its mystic Himalayan range and adventurous trekking trails. With excellent weather conditions all throughout the year, and the scenic mountains of the Panchachuli range. 

Key Attractions: Tribal Heritage Museum, Thamri Kund, Khaliya Top How To Reach : Kathgodam (275 km) and Tanakpur (286 km) are the two best options of the nearest railway head to reach Munsiyari via rail. Things To Do: Hiking, Nature trails, Trekking, Camping Best Restaurants: Priya Restaurant, Apna Bhojnalaya Best Time To Visit: April to June, October to November Places To Stay : Hotel Bala Paradise, Milam Inn Elevation : 2,200 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

Suggested Read: 41 Amazing Hill Stations In Uttarakhand 

32. Kasauli – Campers Paradise

Camping In Kasauli which is counted among the picturesque places to visit in North India

Kasauli is a quaint hill station getaway that is a favourite haunt for many Delhiites who travel to catch some respite from the urban jungle. A small villages nestled in the south-west part of Himachal, it is surrounded by forests of pine trees and cedar trees amongst the Victorian buildings. Immerse yourself in nature and spend your days relaxing in the mystic forests.

Key Attractions: Sunset Point, Mall Road, Manki Point, Gilbert Trail How To Reach : The nearest and one of the most important rail heads of north India is Kalka. Located around 40 km away from Kasauli town, Kalka connects Kasauli by a good number of trains with cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Mumbai. Local taxis can be availed from outside Kalka station to reach Kasauli. Things To Do: Trekking, Shopping, Camping, Hiking, Relaxing Best Restaurants: Hangout, Cafe Rudra, Punjabi Rasoi Restaurant Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year Places To Stay : Owl’s Nest Villa, Kasauli Castle Resort Elevation : 1,800 m Average Budget:  INR 6,500 onwards

33. Kaza – On The Banks Of Spiti River

Kaza is a tranquil getaway that lies on the plains of the Spiti river and known as one of the best places to visit in North India

Nestled into one corner of Himachal Pradesh, this is a tranquil getaway that lies on the plains of the Spiti river. Surrounded by the mystic mountains and the sound of a tiny stream flowing through the valleys, Kaza is a majestic town with several monasteries and historical sites with an ancient culture.

Key Attractions: Sakya Tangyud Monastery, Main market, Komic monastery How To Reach : Kaza can be reached either from Manali or via Shimla. Indian Airlines and some private airlines operate regular flights to Bhuntar Airport, the nearest airport to Manali. Jogindernagar is the nearest railway station. Things To Do: Hiking, Camping, Shopping, Sightseeing Best Restaurants: Sol Cafe, The Travellers Shed, Cafe Zomsa Best Time To Visit: May to September Places To Stay : Hotel Deyzor, Hotel Spiti Heritage Himalayan Brothers Elevation : 3,800 m Average Budget:  INR 7,000 onwards

Suggested Read: 12 Best Things To Do In Kaza 

34. Kufri – Winter Wonderland

Kufri is a winter wonderland which is also known as one of the romantic places to visit in North India

One of the most favorite holiday destinations in Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is ideal among couples who love a romantic escape in this hill station that transforms into a winter wonderland when it snows. Located just about 10 km away from Shimla, this place is a trekking paradise for trekking enthusiasts and a popular sightseeing place situated close to Shimla.

Key Attractions: Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak How To Reach : The best way to reach Kufri is by taking an overnight bus from Delhi and reaching either Shimla (15 km away) or directly to Kufri. Things To Do: Trekking, amusement parks, hiking Best Restaurants: Mountain View, Royal tulip, The Northern Lights Best Time To Visit: November to March Places To Stay : Kufri Holiday Resort, Royal Tulip Luxury Hotel, Kufri Elevation : 2,720 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

35. Dhanaulti – For Peace & Solace

Dhanaulti is a pleasant hill station which is also known as one of the best places to visit in North India

Dhanaulti is a pleasant hill station that is an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway in the north. The less crowded places of Dhanaulti and the picturesque surroundings make it apt for people looking for a more private and seclusive weekend getaway. Dhanaulti is located at a distance of 62 km from Mussoorie, in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Key Attractions: Surkanda Devi temple, Top Tibba, Kanatal Heights How To Reach : The best way to reach Dhanaulti is by taking an overnight journey from Delhi by bus.  Things To Do: Pilgrimage, Religious, Trekking, Hiking Best Restaurants: Hill View Restaurant Best Time To Visit: September to June Places To Stay : Eco Camp Dhanaulti, The Hillside Cottages Elevation : 2,286 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

Suggested Read: 16 Super Fun Things To Do In Dhanaulti 

36. Pithoragarh – The Urban Hill Town

An amazing view of Paragliding in Pithoragarh

A gateway to the Himalayas, Pithoragarh is a small urban town that is bustling with tourists situated in Uttarakhand in the Soar Valley with Nepal in the east and Tibet in the north. You can marvel at the River Kali and visit the temples, forts or explore the wilderness.

Key Attractions: Pithoragarh Fort, Kapileshwar Temple, Mostyamanu Temple, London fort How To Reach : The easiest way to reach Pithoragarh is by taking a train to Tanakpur which is 138 km away. There are plenty of buses and taxis that ply to Pithoragarh on a regular basis.  Things To Do: Heritage tour, Museums, explore the temples Best Restaurants: Nagarkoti Sweets, Milan chicken corner, The Den Best Time To Visit: April – June, October to December Places To Stay : Summit Parwati Resort, Abbott Mount Cottage Elevation : 1,800 m Average Budget:  INR 5,600 onwards

37. Binsar – Lost In The Wilderness

A stunning view of Binsar which is famous for its scenic beauty and the snow-capped mountains

Binsar is a small town located in Uttarakhand that is famous for its scenic beauty and the snow-capped mountains. Surrounded by a thick forest of oak trees, pine trees, and deodar trees, it is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway amidst the green meadows and wilderness. One of the most recommended place by north India tourism.

Key Attractions: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Zero Point, Grand Oak Manor How To Reach : Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport to Binsar, located around 152 km away. Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead to Binsar situated at a distance of 119 km. Things To Do: Trekking, Hiking, Wildlife   Best Restaurants: Baba Cake, Simba Cafe Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year Places To Stay : Binsar Forest Retreat, Binsar Eco Camp Elevation : 2,412 m Average Budget:  INR 5,000 onwards

Suggested Read: 10 Things To Do In Binsar

38. Pushkar – More Than A Temple City

A dazzling view of Pushkar which is known as one of the famous places to visit in North India

Pushkar is a small sacred town in Rajasthan that is established at a distance of 15 kilometers from the city of Ajmer. Pushkar has a number of tourist sites that are worth a visit. People from all over the world come to this town to witness the famous Pushkar Mela, which is known to be one of the biggest fairs of camels in India. This little town established amidst awe-striking Aravali hills is an ideal destination for weekends. 

Key Attractions : Pushkar Lake, Savitri Mata Temple, Rangji Temple, Brahmaji Temple How To Reach : You can easily reach Pushkar via bus Things To Do: zip lining, quad biking Best Restaurants: Cafe Lake View, Coffee Temple, Funky Monkey Cafe Best Time To Visit: November to February Places To Stay : Dera Masuda, Hotel Kanhaia Haveli Elevation : 510 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

39. Jodhpur – Wondrous Forts And Temples

Aerial view of Jodhpur which is known as one of the top places to visit in North India

Popularly known as the Blue City, Jodhpur is one of the best tourist places in North India , especially when you are looking for a culturally enriching travel experience. The city is home to numerous forts and temples and therefore the city’s historical and religious aspects are prominently visible. During your trip to this city, there won’t be a single moment that you would not like, as there’s so much to explore and experience in this city of Rajasthan.

Key Attractions : Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Garden, Mehrangarh Fort How To Reach : The city of Jodhpur has an airport of its own and the connectivity via other means of travel is quite good as well  Things To Do: C amping, camel safari, cycling Best Restaurants: Indique, Omelette Shop, and Janta Sweet House Best Time To Visit: November to February Places To Stay : Jodhpur Heritage Haveli, Kuchaman Haveli Elevation : 231 m Average Budget:  INR 5,500 onwards

Suggested Read: Top 40 Places To Visit In Jodhpur 

40. Udaipur – Culturally And Aesthetically Rich

A mesmerizing view of Udaipur city known as one of the enchanting places to visit in North India

People who love to travel to Rajasthan, definitely love visiting the city of Udaipur. The city of Udaipur is highly admired for its numerous tourist attractions as well as the rich Rajasthani culture. The eponym of Udaipur was its founder Maharana Uday Singh II. The historical aspects of the city are easily visible in the various forts located here. This city is easily one of the most frequented tourist places in North India .

Key Attractions : Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Lake Pichola How To Reach : The city of Udaipur has quite good connectivity and you can reach the city easily vis roadways, railways, and airways Things To Do: Boating, sightseeing Best Restaurants: Tribute Restaurant, Jhumar Restaurant, Sunset View – A Tandoori Restaurant Best Time To Visit: September to March Places To Stay : Trident Hotel Udaipur, Hotel Sarovar Elevation : 600 m Average Budget:  INR 6,500 onwards

41. Kausani – For Thrill And Peace Seekers

A picturesque view of Kausani which is known as one of the best places to visit in North India

Situated in the district of Bageshwar, Kausani is counted amongst the best places in Uttarakhand. It lies at a distance of 51 kilometres from Almora. The hill station is enveloped within countless pine trees and attracts numerous tourists throughout the year owing to its natural richness. This place is frequented by both nature lovers and adventurists. If you are seeking a thrilling travel experience, this can be one of the most interesting tourist places to visit in North India . 

Key Attractions : Gwaldam, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Pinnath, Baijnath Temple  How To Reach : reaching this hill station via flight or train isn’t really convenient, as there’s an airport or railway station here. However, you can come via car or bus from New Delhi without any hassle Things To Do: Trekking, sightseeing Best Restaurants: Yogi Restaurant, Garden Restaurant   Best Time To Visit: April to June and October to February Places To Stay : Chevron Eco Lodge, The Heritage Resort Elevation : 1,890 m Average Budget:  INR 6,400 onwards

Suggested Read: 6 Exciting Things To Do In Kausani 

42. Gangotri – A Prominent Pilgrimage Destination

A panoramic view of Gangotri, one of the famous places to visit in North India

Located in Uttarkashi, Gangotri is essentially admired by those travellers who are seeking a spiritually rich travel experience. This is one of the best pilgrimage destinations in India, which is home to numerous holy places. There are innumerable mythological stories that are attached to this tourist destination, making it one of the most mystical places to visit in North India. 

Key Attractions : Harsil, Gangotri Temple, Kedar Tal, Auden’s Col How To Reach : This place is well connected to other metropolitan areas and you can reach here by road, railway, or air without having to face any inconvenience Things To Do: Trekking Best Restaurants : NA Best Time To Visit: April to June and September to October Places To Stay : Hotel Manisha, Hotel Gangaputra Elevation : 3,415 m Average Budget:  INR 7,000 onwards

43. Kinnaur – A Spiritual Treasure

A majestic view of misty hills in Kinnaur, one of the amazing places to visit in North India

Located at a distance of 235 kilometres from Shimla, Kinnaur attracts a lot of tourists every year owing to its picturesque and spiritual richness. You can witness various Hindu temples as well as  Buddhist monasteries here that will fascinate you to a great level. When looking for a peaceful tourist place in North India, you must make a plan to visit this place. 

Key Attractions : Reckong Peo, Ribba, Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako How To Reach : The most hassle-free way to reach this place is via bus from Delhi Things To Do: Trekking, sightseeing Best Restaurants: Hotel Mehfil, Hotel Srikhand, Little Chef’s Restaurant Best Time To Visit: April to October Places To Stay : Banjara Camps & Retreat, Farmville Homestay Elevation : ‎4,800 m Average Budget:  INR 4,500 onwards

Suggested Read: 11 Travel Tips For Himachal Pradesh 

44. Khajjiar – A Paradisiacal Town

The Serene Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar is also touted as the “mini-Switzerland of India” owing to its green pastures, lush mountains, and pleasant weather. The vast expanse of open meadows and dense deodar forests cover most of Khajjiar while the remaining is overpowered by the snow-covered mountains. The open lands and quaint little place in the town make for a cozy stay in the hills.

Key Attractions : Khajjiar Lake, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Dainkund Peak How To Reach : You can get a bus from Delhi which will drop you at Dharamshala. From there, you can take a local bus to reach Khajjiar. Things To Do : Picnic by the lakeside, visit orchards, wildlife exploration Best Restaurants : SHER-E-PUNJAB Restaurant, Quality Fast Food, Vashisth Restaurant  Best Time To Visit : All year round  Places To Stay : Anjali Cottage, Aaroham By Aamod Resorts, Shining Star Resort Elevation : 1,981 m Average Budget:  INR 7,200 onwards

45. Ramgarh – The Quiet Village

A splendid view of Ramgarh which is one of the best places to visit in North India

Ramgarh, also very popular as the “fruit bowl of India” is a small hill station located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Rich in orchards, you will get a glistening view of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. The secluded place was once a British cantonment but now serves as an offbeat destination for many tourists.

Key Attractions : Bhalu Gaad Falls, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Kainchi Dham, Tagore Top How To Reach : You can either cruise in a bus from Delhi which will drop you at Kathgodam and then take a local bus or you can board a train to Kathgodam and then catch a local bus. Things To Do : Orchard visit, camping, sightseeing Best Restaurants : Joshi Restaurant, T-20 Restaurant Ramgarh Best Time To Visit : November to February Places To Stay : Seclude Ramgarh, White Cottage Elevation : 1,518 m Average Budget:  INR 6,000 onwards

Suggested Read:  48 Best Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

46. Narkanda – The Serene Side Of Himachal

An adventurous view of Skiing in Narkanda, one of the best places to visit in North India

Narkanda is a beautiful town close to Shimla and showcases the mesmerizing beauty of Himachal Pradesh. It is a winter wonderland and becomes a ski resort with heavy snowfall and ideal slopes. The town has a beautiful flora with conifer, maple, oak, and holly species growing in abundance.

Key Attractions : Hatu Peak, Hatu Mata Temple, Tanni Jubbar Lake How To Reach : Visit Shimla either by bus or plane from Delhi. Then catch the Kalka-Shimla railway to reach Narkanda in no time. Things To Do : Hiking, camping, trekking Best Restaurants : Shyam Bhojnalaya, The New Himalaya Negi Dhaba, Ensemble Bar and Restaurant Best Time To Visit : October to February Places To Stay : Echor – Narkanda Cottages, Hotel Snowflake Elevation : 2,708 m Average Budget:  INR 5,600 onwards

47. Chakrata – A Cantonment Town

A Green Valley in Chakrata

Chakrata is a beautiful cantonment town where sun-kissed Himalayan ranges populate its existence. It is a secluded town and only 90 km from Dehradun making it perfect for weekend getaways. While the majority of the town is dotted with forests, there are plenty of adventurous activities to do including nature walks. It is one of the top sightseeing places in North India.

Key Attractions : Vyas Shikhar, Tiger Falls, Rental Garden How To Reach : Since Dehradun is the nearest city to Chakrata, you first need to visit Dehradun. Then you can hire a cab or take a bus which will directly take you to Chakrata. Things To Do : Camping, river rafting, rock climbing, skiing Best Restaurants : Jeet Restaurant, Mughal Restaurant, Walk-In Woods Restaurants Best Time To Visit : All year round Places To Stay : Natures Crest, Snow View Hotel Elevation : 2,118 m Average Budget:  INR 5,600 onwards

Suggested Read: 16 Things To Do In Chakrata 

48. Bhimtal – The Lake Paradise

A gorgeous view of lake in Bhimtal, one of the best places to visit in North India

Bhimtal is more like a satellite destination to Nainital. It is beautiful, less-crowded, and relatively cheap to spend time in Bhimtal. With plenty of attractions to visit, a weekend in Bhimtal is perfect to explore the hill station in winters.  It is one of the most visited north Indian tourist places.

Key Attractions : Bhimtal Lake, Aquarium, Garur Tal How To Reach : Since Nainital is well-connected with Delhi, you can take a bus to Nainital easily. From Nainital, catch public transport to visit Bhimtal in no time. Things To Do : Shopping, adventure activities, boating Best Restaurants : Lovely Family Restaurant Bhimtal, Machan Restaurant Bhimtal Best Time To Visit : March to June, September to December Places To Stay : Hotel Lake Inn, The Fern Hillside Resort Elevation : 1,370 m Average Budget:  INR 3,800 onwards

49. Mukteshwar – A Village In The Kumaon Hills

A colorful view of Mukteshwar which is counted among the best places to visit in North India

Mukteshwar is a cosy and offbeat hill station nestled in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. The village is a perfect destination to spend a long weekend for a rejuvenating getaway. It is still in pristine condition as not many tourists flock here. You can get panoramic views of the Himalayan hills that seem to touch the clouds.

Key Attractions : Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar Dham Temple, Dhokaney Waterfall How To Reach : You can take a bus from Delhi which will drop you directly at Kathgodam or board a train to Kathgodam. From there, take a local bus or hire a cab to reach Mukteshwar. Things To Do : Temple tours, photography, trekking Best Restaurants : Chirping Tales Cafe, Alankar Restaurant Best Time To Visit : All year round Places To Stay : Iris Cottage, Panchachuli House Elevation : 2,171 m Average Budget:  INR 4,000 onwards

Further Read: 101 Places To Visit In India Before You Turn 30

Hope the list is comprehensive to provide a snapshot of various places to visit in north India. So, which of these will you visit first for an incredible holiday in India ? Do not forget to tell us in the comments below and share your travel stories with us!

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Places To Visit In North India

Which is the most beautiful state in India?

Kerala is one of the most beautiful states of India and attracts travellers for its alluring backwaters.

Which are the best places in North India to visit during the summer?

Manali, Dalhousie, Kasol, Tirthan, Ladakh, Spiti, Kashmir, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Mcleodganj, and Lansdowne are some of the best North India tour places for summer.

Which are some good places to visit in North India during October?

Jammu, Bir Billing, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Sikkim, Agra, Jim Corbett, Shimla, Nainital, and Mashobra are some great places to visit in North India during October. North India tourism in October usually includes places where people can enjoy the sweet surprises of Autumn in a pleasant climate that is neither hot nor cold.

Where can I go for a budget trip to North India?

Here are some of the best places that one can visit on a budget in North India: Dehradun and Mussoorie, McLeod Ganj and Kasauli, and Amritsar in Punjab.

What is the best time to visit the hill stations in North India?

If one wants to enjoy the snow, then late December and January are great to plan a trip to Mussoorie, Chakrata, and Manali. Otherwise one can travel to the hills between March to May and November when the weather is pleasant.

Where can I go with my family to North India?

A few great places to visit with one’s family in North India are Dalhousie, Manali, Shimla, Mussoorie, and Nainital.

Which are the best restaurants in Agra?

Here is the list of the best restaurants in Agra where you can enjoy delectable delicacies! 1. Taj Terrace 2. ITC Mughal 3. Dawaat-E-Nawab 4. Pinch Of Spice

Which are the most popular hotels in Lucknow?

Radisson, Taj Mahal Hotel, and Hyatt Regency are the most popular hotels in Lucknow that offer all modern facilities and pamper their guests with the best of luxury.

What are the best tourist places in North India?

The lands of Northern India are dotted with gems that are worth exploring. Some of the places you can visit include Ladakh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Pushkar, Shillong, Dalhousie and many more.

Which is the cheapest hill station in India?

Among the many sprawling hill stations that India boasts about, some of the most budget-friendly destinations are Gangtok, Darjeeling, Dharamshala, Dehradun, Auli, Kasauli, Kashmir, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar and Mount Abu.

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10 Best Tourist Spots to Visit in South India for a Refreshing Vacation

S outh India offers an array of exciting vacation opportunities, from stunning beaches to lush plantations, gushing waterfalls to lively temples, exhilarating activities to peaceful backwater excursions. Here is a comprehensive list of the top 20 locations to visit in South India if you intend to travel to this region of the nation. These locations should be at the top of your bucket list because they are nothing short of travellers’ fantasies. Look at this!

1. Alleppey

Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a popular tourist destination in Kerala, especially in the winter. It is known as the Venice of the East. It is nothing short of a marvel, nestled within lush surroundings. As you visit this stunning location in South India, Alleppey, you’ll notice a striking resemblance to Venice.

November through February is the best season to travel to Alleppey.

How to travel to Alleppey: Cochin International Airport, which is 78 kilometres from the location, and Alleppey Railway Station, which is 4 kilometres from the destination, are the closest airfield and railhead, respectively.

In the state of Karnataka, Coorg is arguably one of the most well-liked tourist spots. Coorg draws tourists from India and other countries because of its coffee and tea plantations, gushing rivers, peaceful meadows, overflowing lakes, and stunning waterfalls. There are several places to stay in Coorg, ranging from luxurious hotels to backpacker hostels.

October through March is the ideal season to explore Coorg.

How to travel to Coorg: The closest airport to Coorg is Mangalore Airport, and the closest railhead to the city is Mysore Railway Station, both of which are 135 and 120 km distant, respectively.

Kabini is renowned for its distinctive experiences and for having one of India’s rarest wildlife reserves. It is one of the best locations in Karnataka to escape the bustle of the city.

October through February is the best season to travel to Kabini.

How to travel to Kabini: Mysore Airport and Mysore Railway Station are the closest airfield and railhead, respectively, and are located 66 and 70 kilometres from Kabini, respectively.

4. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, one of Tamil Nadu’s most beautiful hill towns, is accessible both in the summer and the winter. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India due to the misty hills coated in fog and the chilly temperature.

March to May is the best season to visit Kodaikanal.

Reaching Kodaikanal: Madurai Airport, 120 kilometres away, and Kodai Road Railway Station, 95 kilometres away, are the closest airfield and railhead, respectively, to Kodaikanal.

5. Wayanad

Wayanad, a well-known tourist destination in South India, is known for its unique flora and fauna and is tucked away in and around the lush green forests of the Western Ghats. It is located in Kerala, around 16 kilometres from Sultan Batheyr.

October through May is the best season to travel to Wayanad.

How to travel to Wayanad: Karipur Airport and Kozhikode Railway Station are the closest airfield and rail hubs, respectively, and are each 100 and 110 km apart from Kodaikanal.

The Agumbe rainforest, the first of its kind, is one of the top tourist destinations in South India. This evergreen forest is a haven for those who love the outdoors and is home to a diverse range of biomass. You can also pursue several waterfalls in the area of Agumbe.

October through February is the best season to travel to Agumbe.

Getting to Agumbe:  Manguluru Airport, which is 95 kilometres away, and Udupi Railway Station, which is 50 kilometres away, are the closest airfield and railhead, respectively, to Agumbe.

Ooty, one of the most well-known hill towns in South India, is yet another must-visit location if you’re in this part of the country. Ooty, a stunning visual getaway in the state of Tamil Nadu, is known as the “Queen of the Hills.” Officially called as Udhakamandalam, it is regarded as South India’s top destination for honeymooners.

Ooty is best visited between April and June and September and November.

How to get to Ooty: The closest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore Airport, and the closest railhead is Mettupalayam Railway Station, both of which are located respectively 100 and 47 kilometres distant from the city.

8. Kumarakom

This Kerala vacation spot is nothing short of a winter wonderland. This location is also a popular honeymoon destination and has a special charm that adds to the trip’s allure. Kumarakom is a delight for the senses because to its abundance of palm palms, verdant meadows, and a long stretch of backwaters.

November through February is the ideal season to travel to Kumarakom.

Getting to Kumarakom – The closest airport to Kumarakom is Kochi Airport, and the closest railhead to the city is Kottayam Railway Station, both of which are 45 and 16 km away, respectively.

The three rivers that run through Munnar gave it its name, and it is a beautiful hill station in South India that is nestled in the Kannan Devan Hills in the Devikulam taluk of the Idukki district. Munnar, which is well-known for being a honeymoon destination, is a location that charmed tourists with its stunning beauty and serene atmosphere.

December through February is the ideal season to visit Munnar.

How to travel to Munnar: The closest airport and train station, respectively, are Cochin International Airport and Kochi Railway Station, both located 125 and 124 kilometres from Munnar, respectively.

10. Thanjavur

Thanjavur, a history town in Tamil Nadu, is a sought-after travel destination in South India that offers a variegated perspective of the local religion and architectural wonders. Thanjavur is a centre for learning about India’s rich cultural past because it is home to the Great Living Chola Temples, which are also acknowledged as UNESCO World past Sites.

From October to March is the best season to visit Thanjavur.

Getting to Thanjavur: The heritage city of Thanjavur is located around 59 kilometres from Tiruchirapalli International Airport, which is also the closest railhead.

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Here is the list of 67 tourist places in south india, 1. munnar, kerala - tea gardens, lakes and pretty little hill-station.

Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station

Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Atukkad Waterfalls Munnar Tea Plantations

The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. In addition, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

Best Time: September to May

51 Munnar Attractions

2. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty

The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. Ooty is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favourable climate all year round.

Best Time: Throughout the year

43 Ooty Attractions

3. Alleppey, Kerala - Backwaters, Beaches and Lagoons - Venice of the East

Alleppey, Kerala - Backwaters, Beaches and Lagoons - Venice of the East

Known For : Houseboats in Alleppey Alleppey Backwaters Kuttanad

Extremely famous for its beautiful backwaters, the city of Alleppey in Kerala is also known for its beaches, temples and traditional boat races. This popular tourist destination in South India also has some very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres.

Best Time: June to March

37 Alleppey Attractions

4. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

Known For : Abbey Falls Raja's Seat Mandalpatti

Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers.  This popular coffee producing hill station is not only popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality.

Best Time: October to March

37 Coorg Attractions

5. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry and commonly referred as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. is often famously referred to as the French Riviera of the East, and it is indeed one of the most charming and mesmerising places to visit in South India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a little town tucked away on the south-east coastline of India, and it is a destination that promises travellers sanctity and serenity, in the real sense of the terms.

49 Pondicherry Attractions

6. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu - The land of three seas

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu - The land of three seas

Known For : Thirparappu Falls Kanyakumari Beach Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is surrounded by mountains and bordered by vibrant sea shores, lined with paddy fields and coconut trees, and also boasts of aesthetic elevated patches of hills with undulating valleys and plains in between the sea and the mountainous terrain. Ever since ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the major centres of religion, art and culture. Famous for being the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach, Kanyakumari is a very popular tourist destination, not just because of this unique geographical phenomenon, but also because of its pristine beaches as well as its temples and churches which attract a huge number of tourists to this city all year round.

Best Time: October to February

28 Kanyakumari Attractions

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

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

Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical delight for travellers. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a backpacker's delight. Hampi is an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and a favourite way to see the city from the perspective of its history.

31 Hampi Attractions

8. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh - Andhra's temple town

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh - Andhra's temple town

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple Akasaganga Teertham Silathoranam

The very name Tirupati is enough to evoke strong spiritual feelings, and while the name ‘God’s Abode’ indeed does justice to the place, Tirupati has quite a few other tourist attractions as well that make it a city worth visiting. Situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in the country. Home to many heritage sites, and a plethora of ancient temples and monuments, Tirupati is one of the oldest cities of India, and finds mention in plenty of ancient texts.

Best Time: September to March

40 Tirupati Attractions

9. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations

Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodaikanal Lake Bear Shola Falls

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. When you think of Kodaikanal, you think of a wonderful climate, cliffs covered in mist, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is true. Nestled amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests.

35 Kodaikanal Attractions

10. Andaman & Nicobar - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past

Andaman & Nicobar - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past

Known For : Cellular Jail Scuba Diving In Andaman Radhanagar Beach

Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday where you can go on long treks, laze around in the backwaters of the island, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, even go for a bit of deep sea diving. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.

Best Time: October to Jun

81 Andaman Attractions

11. Madurai, Tamil Nadu - The Lotus City

Madurai, Tamil Nadu - The Lotus City

Known For : Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Vaigai Dam

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India located in Tamil Nadu . It was ruled by Pandya kings for the longest time in its history and is constructed in the form of a lotus.

20 Madurai Attractions

12. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu - The Bridge on the Indian Ocean

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu - The Bridge on the Indian Ocean

Known For : Rameshwaram Temple Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach Jatayu Tirtham

Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places in India and is located on a beautiful island. It is separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to the Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka.

22 Rameswaram Attractions

13. Kochi, Kerala - Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi, Kerala - Queen of Arabian Sea

Known For : Fort Kochi Mattancherry Palace Santa Cruz Basilica

Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

Best Time: July to April

57 Kochi Attractions

14. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Known For : Calangute Beach Fort Aguada Cruise in Goa

When you think of Goa, you think of sandy beaches, amazing parties, beautiful little villages, delicious food, and a magical holiday experience. Yes, Goa is rightfully known as the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast of India, and not just because of its scenic beaches, but also because of its tropical climate and its rich Portuguese heritage, which you can still find lingering on in some parts of the town. Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres, and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.

197 Goa Attractions

15. Kovalam, Kerala - Beaches, Ayurveda and Shopping

Kovalam, Kerala - Beaches, Ayurveda and Shopping

Known For : Kovalam Beach Vizhinjam Lighthouse Aazhimala Shiva Temple

An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding.The beach town of Kovalam has three famous beaches - Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, which together form its majestic rocky crescent. Kovalam essentially means a ‘grove of coconut trees’ and the little town is filled with these palms.

33 Kovalam Attractions

16. Wayanad, Kerala - Nature's Abode

Wayanad, Kerala - Nature's Abode

Known For : Banasura Sagar Dam Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Chembra Peak

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.

34 Wayanad Attractions

17. Thanjevur, Tamil Nadu

Thanjevur, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Brihadeeswara Temple Saraswathi Mahal Library Shiva Ganga Garden

Also known as Tanjore or the city of temples, Thanjavur has a lot of cultural value and is known for its famous Tanjore paintings, antiques and handicrafts, textiles and saris , its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

15 Thanjevur Attractions

18. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

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

Best Time: November to February

23 Mahabalipuram Attractions

19. Thekkady, Kerala - Periyar-India's Largest Tiger Reserve

Thekkady, Kerala - Periyar-India's Largest Tiger Reserve

Known For : Periyar National Park Periyar Tiger Trail Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady

Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation.

24 Thekkady Attractions

20. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.

20 Gokarna Attractions

21. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - The City of Nizams

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - The City of Nizams

Known For : Ramoji Film City Hussain Sagar Lake Golconda Fort

A veritable melting pot of the old and the new, Hyderabad, also known as the City of the Nawabs, is a city that exudes an old-world charm of its own while still coexisting with the rapidly growing onslaught of commercialization in perfect harmony. Steeped in history, Hyderabad is home to old mosques and bazaars lined parallelly alongside swanky new office buildings and malls, and it is these very contrasts – these glimpses into the city’s rich past with inherent promises of an even better future – this is what exactly makes Hyderabad a city worth visiting. Maybe even more than once.

102 Hyderabad Attractions

22. Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

Known For : Water Sports in Varkala Varkala Beach Edava Beach

Popular for its natural fisheries and springs, and the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru, Varkala is a coastal town with pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts and lighthouses - all of this together makes this town a little paradise located on the uniquely formed Cenozoic sedimentary cliffs in Kerala.

25 Varkala Attractions

23. Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu - Golden City of a Thousand Temples

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu - Golden City of a Thousand Temples

Known For : Kamakshi Amman Temple Varadharaja Perumal Temple Devarajaswami Temple

Widely known for its beautiful ‘'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of a thousand temples', Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu is a popular tourist attraction.

Best Time: October to May

16 Kanchipuram Attractions

24. Trivandrum, Kerala - Where nature and spirituality join hands

Trivandrum, Kerala - Where nature and spirituality join hands

Known For : Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary Padmanabhaswamy Temple Poovar Island

Offering an appealing blend of a strongly rooted heritage and a nostalgic colonial legacy, the city of Trivandrum has an exceptional vibe to it. Despite being the capital of Kerala, the city has, quite astonishingly, managed to keep itself far removed from the ruthless aura that generally surrounds a capital city. Built upon seven hills, this city has long since left the days when it was only used by seafaring explorers behind - today, Trivandrum is a swanky metropolis with a quaint urban charm and plenty of scenic places to visit. Proudly retaining its age-old cultural charm, Trivandrum offers a huge variety of sights including incredible museums, beautifully designed palaces, sacred temples and mesmerizing beaches, making the city one of the best tourist spots in South India.

28 Trivandrum Attractions

25. Jog Falls, Karnataka - The majestic waterfalls

Jog Falls, Karnataka - The majestic waterfalls

The second-highest plunge waterfall of India, these magnificent falls are a major tourist attraction in Karnataka, the spellbinding view of which creates a truly memorable experience.

Best Time: July to December

9 Jog Falls Attractions

26. Chennai, Tamil Nadu - A magnificent past and an early metropolitan dream

Chennai, Tamil Nadu - A magnificent past and an early metropolitan dream

Known For : Marina Beach Government Museum, Chennai MGR Film City

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the fourth largest city in the country, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South India. A city that has a rich cultural history, Chennai perfectly balances its heritage with its thriving modern lifestyle. A metropolis with a heart, Chennai’s skyline is famous for its towering skyscrapers which form a scenic vista along the coast, but the heart of Chennai still remains in the multitude of old temples and churches dotting various parts of the city. Steeped in rich South-Indian culture, Chennai is a city that has a plethora of dimensions that one can explore, and regardless of where you go, the city has an old-world charm to it that refuses to be overshadowed.

91 Chennai Attractions

27. Kumarakom, Kerala - Backwaters bay, small islands - Little Venice

Kumarakom, Kerala - Backwaters bay, small islands - Little Venice

Known For : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Kumarakom Backwaters Kumarakom Beach

Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands reclaimed from the lake.

14 Kumarakom Attractions

28. Bangalore, Karnataka - Garden city of India

Bangalore, Karnataka - Garden city of India

Known For : Lalbagh Church Street

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden City to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is the third largest and one of the most livable cities in India.

104 Bangalore Attractions

29. Araku valley, Andhra Pradesh

Araku valley, Andhra Pradesh

A hill station located close to Vizag is the Araku Valley. Naturally been bestowed upon with beautiful streams, enchanting waterfalls and a lovely weather, Araku valley is placed at a height of 3100 feet in the effluent hills of Anatagiri.

30. Kabini, Karnataka - Home to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Kabini, Karnataka - Home to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Known For : Jungle Safari, Kabini Boating in Kabini

Once a private hunting area for the British, this famous wildlife destination has a rich variety of flora and fauna making it a gorgeous tourist spot.

5 Kabini Attractions

31. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka - Tiger reserves in the Nilgiris

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka - Tiger reserves in the Nilgiris

Known For : Gopalaswamy Hills Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Situated in the state of Karnataka, Bandipur National Park was once the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later established as a reserve in 1974, and these deciduous forests rich in wildlife and flora have become a popular tourist attraction since then. Due to a lot of wildlife casualties due to tourist traffic, a ban on traffic between 9 PM to 6 AM has been established to ensure the safety of the animal population.

2 Bandipur Attractions

32. Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka

Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka

Known For : Baba Budangiri Mullayanagiri Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, you are going to love Chikmagalur, which has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air. Very famously known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range in Karnataka and stands at an altitude of 3400 feet. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular tourist destination and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.

22 Chikmagalur Attractions

33. Papi Kondalu, Andhra Pradesh

Papi Kondalu, Andhra Pradesh

Known For : Papi Kondalu Hills Gandi Pochamma Temple Perantapalli Village

Papikondalu mountain range runs along the River Godavari (Western Godavari) and is located in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Papikondalu is a sheer fest to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. As the hills become closer and closer to the visitor, the width of the mighty Godavari becomes narrower. In accordance with this view resembling the middle partition of a woman's hair, it was initially named as 'Papidi' Kondalu- Paidi in Telugu means the middle partition of a woman’s hair. Later, it came to be known as Papikondalu in the local language. The river narrowing, its twists and turns along with the Papi Hills form a breathtaking visual experience.

5 Papi Kondalu Attractions

34. Mysore, Karnataka - A glimpse of Southern India

Mysore, Karnataka - A glimpse of Southern India

Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Mysore Zoo

Famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mysore is one of the most flamboyant places in the country. It is replete with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, to name just a few. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third most populated city in the state of Karnataka, and its rich cultural heritage draws millions of tourists all year round.

36 Mysore Attractions

35. Thrissur, Kerala - A Keralan Festival

Thrissur, Kerala - A Keralan Festival

Known For : Athirapally Falls Charpa Falls Vadakummnathan temple

Officially known as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is famous for fostering classical Keralan performing arts, religious sites and the renowned Onam festival, Thrissur Pooram festival and Vadakkumnathan Temple.

41 Thrissur Attractions

36. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu - The Land of Seven Forests.

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu - The Land of Seven Forests.

Known For : Emerald Lake, Yercaud Pagoda Point Botanical Garden, Yercaud

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.

Best Time: October to June

20 Yercaud Attractions

37. Madikeri, Karnataka - A picturesque getaway down south

Madikeri, Karnataka - A picturesque getaway down south

Known For : Abbey Falls Talacauvery Namdroling Monastery

Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg , Madikeri is a quaint hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view.

Best Time: February to September

18 Madikeri Attractions

38. Bijapur, Karnataka - The City with Gol Gumbaj

Bijapur, Karnataka - The City with Gol Gumbaj

Known For : Gol Gumbaz Ibrahim Rauza Jamia Masjid

Famous for the Gol Gumbaj and other monuments of historical heritage, Bijapur is a tourist destination that takes one back to the days gone by from the royal era.

14 Bijapur Attractions

39. Belum Caves, Andhra Pradesh

Belum Caves, Andhra Pradesh

At a distance of about 110 km from Kurnool are the longest caves of the India. With stalactite & stalagmite formations, this area offers sights and landscapes you don't get to witness everyday.

40. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley

One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty .

17 Coonoor Attractions

41. Lakshadweep - Blue Sea and Unspoiled Beaches

Lakshadweep - Blue Sea and Unspoiled Beaches

Known For : Minicoy Island Agatti Islands Bangaram Island

Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India.

17 Lakshadweep Attractions

42. Dandeli, Karnataka - Goa's adventurous extension

Dandeli, Karnataka - Goa's adventurous extension

Known For : River Rafting in Dandeli Kali Tiger Reserve Magod Falls

Bestowed with the lush green forests and laying on the banks of the Kali river, Dandeli is truly a fascinating mix of wildlife, scenic beauty and adventure sports.

25 Dandeli Attractions

43. Shivanasamundram, Karnataka

Shivanasamundram, Karnataka

Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is essentially a hydropower project location but is more commonly known for its waterfalls.

Best Time: August to February

3 Shivanasamudra Attractions

44. Bekal, Kerala - Beaches, Backwaters and forts

Bekal, Kerala - Beaches, Backwaters and forts

Known For : Bekal Fort Bekal Beach Kappil Beach

Located on the wide expanse of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is famous for its forts, backwaters, and beaches.

12 Bekal Attractions

45. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh - A gem of South India

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh - A gem of South India

Known For : Borra Caves Submarine Museum Kailasagiri

Visakhapatnam, also commonly known as Vizag, is one of the oldest port cities in the country. Situated in the heart of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam is known for its picturesque beaches and serene landscape, as well as a rich cultural past, which makes it an ideal spot for a fantastic coastal vacation. The port of Visakhapatnam is renowned for being home to the oldest shipyard in all of India, and with a plethora of manmade wonders and natural spectacles, Visakhapatnam is a must-visit tourist destination in South India.

27 Visakhapatnam Attractions

46. Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh - The Abode of Jyotirlinga of Andhra Pradesh

Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh - The Abode of Jyotirlinga of Andhra Pradesh

Known For : Pathala Ganga Srisailam Tiger Reserve Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Srisailam is a celebrated hill town set on a lofty natural setting on the banks of the River Krishna, in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Srisailam is identified with its many ancient temples including a Jyotirlinga, a wildlife sanctuary and a dam.

16 Srisailam Attractions

47. Nagarhole, Karnataka - Of national parks and bird sanctuaries

Nagarhole, Karnataka - Of national parks and bird sanctuaries

Nagarhole is southern storehouse of rich flora and fauna and is host to Nagarhole national park, celebrated as one of the best wildlife parks as well as the Bandipur bird sanctuary.

7 Nagarhole Attractions

48. Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu - The one that will take your breath away

Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu - The one that will take your breath away

Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills

Hogenakkal is where the Kaveri river splits into multiple streams of waterfalls, making it arguably the most heavenly place in the state. The neighboring regions and small villages that surround this place are breathtaking, making your holiday a perfect amalgamation of relaxation and discovery.

9 Hogenakkal Attractions

49. Kudremukh, Karnataka - Close to the Nature's Face

Kudremukh, Karnataka - Close to the Nature's Face

Known For : Kudremukh Trek Kudremukh National Park Hanuman Gundi Falls

With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty.

10 Kudremukh Attractions

50. Warangal, Andhra Pradesh

Warangal, Andhra Pradesh

Known For : Pakhal Lake Thousand Pillar Temple Ramappa Temple

Warangal takes you back to the era of kings and queens with its beautiful historical sites and an impressive natural beauty with Parkhal Lake being worth checking out.

Best Time: September to Apr

23 Warangal Attractions

51. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

Known For : Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi Temple Nandi Bull and Paintings

Lepakshi is a small quaint village with a trail of several great kingdoms that once ruled the area. Lepakshi was founded in 1535 AD by Maharaja Aliya Rama Raya of the Vijayanagara empire. Located in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh and 120 km from Bangalore,  this place is a trove of several fascinating archaeological sites, beautiful ancient temples and rich culture.

Best Time: September to February

4 Lepakshi Attractions

52. Shimoga (Shivamogga), Karnataka

Shimoga (Shivamogga), Karnataka

Known For : Kodachadri Jog Falls Agumbe

With nature in its full bloom, the town of Shimoga has been a home to several great dynasties and kingdoms. Steeped in rich heritage and culture, this main city of Shimoga District derives its name from the words 'Shiv-Mukha' implying 'Face of Lord Shiva'.

37 Shimoga Attractions

53. Mantralayam, Andhra Pradesh

Mantralayam, Andhra Pradesh

Known For : Raghavendra Swami Temple Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple

Mantralayam is a holy town situated 74 km from Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh and 250 km from its state capital, Hyderabad. It is located near the border of Karnataka and on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. Mantralayam is known for Sri Guru Raghavendra Swami, a saint who entered into a samadhi alive in front of his disciples in 17th Century. He was a Madhwa saint who is considered to be a reincarnation of Prahlada (A daitya king who was saved by Lord Vishnu's Narasimha avatar).

2 Mantralayam Attractions

54. Borra caves, Andhra Pradesh

Borra caves, Andhra Pradesh

With stalactite and stalagmite formations and natural enigma overflowing, Borra Caves are located at 1400 meter above sea level in the Anantagiri area of Visakhapatnam.

55. Anthargange, Karnataka

Anthargange, Karnataka

Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore . The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.

2 Anthargange Attractions

56. Palakkad, Kerala - The Gateway of Kerala

Palakkad, Kerala - The Gateway of Kerala

Known For : Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Silent Valley National Park Vadakkanthara Temple

The quaint twee town of Palakkad boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Palakkad gets its name from pala trees which once dominated the area. Located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the "gateway of Kerala".

Best Time: July to March

28 Palakkad Attractions

57. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Also known as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, this area is home to a large variety of wild animals such as Indian Bison, tigers, elephants, and deer, Panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkey, wild dogs and bears.

58. Sabarimala, Kerala - India's own Mecca

Sabarimala, Kerala - India's own Mecca

Known For : Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku Malikkappuram Devi Temple

More than 30 million pilgrims visit the temple in Sabarimala annually, making it the largest in India and second largest in the world, after Hajj Pilgrimage of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

6 Sabarimala Attractions

59. Murudeshwar, Karnataka - Seashore, Scuba Diving and the Shiva

Murudeshwar, Karnataka - Seashore, Scuba Diving and the Shiva

Known For : Murudeshwar Temple Netrani Island Murudeshwar Beach

With its major attraction as the huge Shiva temple , Murudeshwar is a religious site which also serves as the connecting point for popular scuba diving destination Netrani.

8 Murudeshwar Attractions

60. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - Manchester of the South India

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - Manchester of the South India

Known For : Vydehi Falls Adiyogi Shiva Statue Kovai Kondattam

Often termed as ?Manchester of South India?, the city is photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal and has an array of natural attractions.

27 Coimbatore Attractions

61. Pattadakal, Karnataka - A fusion in architecture

Pattadakal, Karnataka - A fusion in architecture

Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal Kashiviswanatha Temple Jain Temple

Pattadakal is a tiny village, also known as Raktapura or Pattadakallu, houses a series of ten magnificent stone temples which date back to the 7th and 8th century. Out of these ten, nine are Hindu temples and one is a Jain temple. Lying close to the Badami and Aihole centres of Chalukya monuments, it is a protected site, managed by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). These grand, imposing structures were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. All ten temples are majestic in their sheer size and detailed architecture, reflective of a blend of North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian construction styles. Lying alongside the Malaprabha river, they have aptly earned the epithet “cradle of Indian temple architecture”. The friezes on temple walls depict stories from various Hindu scriptures and tales, such as Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Panchatantra, and Kir't'rjun'ya.

8 Pattadakal Attractions

62. Kollam, Kerala

Kollam, Kerala

Known For : Thevally Palace Amritapuri Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park

Steeped in rich past, entangled with unique culture and attributed with nature divine, Kolam lies on the southwest coast of India and has many more hidden treasures troves to be explored. It is one of the oldest ports in Arabian Sea bustling with the activities since the time of ancient Rome.

41 Kollam Attractions

63. Auroville, Pondicherry - The City of Dawn

Auroville, Pondicherry - The City of Dawn

Known For : Matrimandir Marc's Cafe Arka

Auroville is one of those towns which appear to come to life right out of fiction. In the union territory of Pondicherry, this township runs on the principles of peace, harmony, sustainable living and 'divine consciousness' which was the philosophy of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Society, Mirra Alfassa.

Best Time: November to March

21 Auroville Attractions

64. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh - The Place Of Victory

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh - The Place Of Victory

Known For : Bhavani Island Kanaka Durga Temple Undavalli Caves

With scrumptious fruits, sensational sweets and scenic marvels, Vijayawada literally translates to 'The Place of Victory'.

25 Vijayawada Attractions

65. Udupi, Karnataka

Udupi, Karnataka

Known For : St. Mary's Island Malpe Beach Krishna Temple

Most famous for its South Indian restaurants all over the country, Udupi is a coastal town with carefully carved temples, architecturally splendid buildings, laidback beaches and unexplored forests.

31 Udupi Attractions

Kerala

The captivating beauty of Kerala not only offers you long beaches and palm trees but the state is also famous for its vast culture, festivals and local handicrafts. The land of simple and literate citizens, Kerala amuses you with its spectacular dance forms, music and handicraft. Named as one of the ten paradises of the world, Kerala is known for long palm tree beaches, beautiful rivers, pious inland waterbodies and a calm, green atmosphere.

67. Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

A land of cultural and religious heritage, Tamil Nadu offers every chance to the tourist or pilgrims to be enchanted with the vast plethora of history and beauty that it has. It is a blend of modern and ancient, that makes Tamil Nadu a beautiful destination to explore our past cultural heritage with all the amenities of the present.

South India is as exotic as India can get. From endless beaches to glorious temples, the list of tourist places in South India is endless.

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