India, known for the vast number of tourist places across its expanse, has a mix of everything, from cultures to natural beauty and adventure activities to beautiful beaches. So if you are planning to visit the country, you should definitely not miss the places listed below (well, at least not all of them). We have covered all of our favourites, from hill stations to beaches to cities, showcasing the culture and much more to get you to experience the best of tourism in India.
Agra is home to several historic monuments, making it one of the most visited places in India. Of course, top of this list of places to see in Agra is the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings in the world. This beautiful building, finished in white marble, is a perfect example of Mughal architecture, as are the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. Also a great place to gorge on wonderful Mughlai food.
With 51 beaches along the coastline, Goa is considered one of the best tourist places to visit in India. Its white sandy beaches, palm trees, low tax rate, amazing coastal cuisine and laid-back attitude make it a wonderful tourist place in India. The best time to visit this place is the winter, as the weather is just perfect (though this is when it can get expensive, too). Apart from the beach, its nightlife is surely not something you should miss.
Founded by Guru Ram Das in the year 1577, Amritsar is considered the spiritual capital of Sikhism. The holiest gurudwara of the Sikh faith, The Golden Temple is situated at the centre of the old town. It is locally known as Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara. Other popular destinations to visit here are the Akal Takhat and Mata temples. Lassi and chicken tikka are two wonderful dishes to try while in Amritsar.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the famous hill stations in India. With the Town Hall at its centre and the breathtaking view of the Himalayas, this place attracts a lot of tourists. To know the real legacy of Shimla, you can visit the Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church and Gorton Castle. During winters, the snowy mountains and narrow alleys are worth viewing and exploring.
Udhagamandalam, also known as Ooty, is a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. The pleasant climate, the view of India’s Western Ghats and the peaceful atmosphere make a great tourist place for both family and friends. It is famous for its tea plantations, lush gardens, British era bungalows and spicy food. It is usually crowded during the summer holidays, as many families spend a week or two here. Once a small town, Ooty is today a buzzing tourist centre with plenty of activity all year round.
Alleppey is one of the ten most gorgeous locations in the world, according to the National Geographic Traveler. Located on the Malabar Coast, the backwaters of Kerala showcase the true beauty of nature. It is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages. Of course, you cannot miss the houseboat experience and the lovely Kerala cuisine, especially Malabar Chicken Curry and Puttu.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ and is famous as a tourist and education destination in India. There are only a few cities that capture and showcase the rich history of the past and Jaipur is one of them. The popular destinations here are the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort. If you want to experience the royal legacy and architecture this place is a must visit. Do not miss the Sound & Light Show at Amber Fort, narrated by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan himself.
Ladakh, the capital of Leh, is in the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is known for its pristine lakes, freezing winds, glaciers and sand dunes. It has kept its distance from the modern world – and thank heavens for that. The most famous tourist attractions here are Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri lake and Leh Palace. There’s also many adventures to be found here, from white water rafting to mountaineering and trekking.
Mysore, located in Karnataka, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. Mysore is known by many names such as Garden City, Ivory City, City of Yoga and City of Palace. In its center is one of the most visited monuments in India, Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace. This place still holds the rich architecture and culture of the past.
A mesmerising scenery, beautiful sunrise, the backdrop of one the highest peaks in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, make Darjeeling one of the best tourist places to visit in India. It stands at a height of 2,050 meters above sea level and is littered with beautiful tea gardens on mountain slopes, a wonderful toy trains and delectable Tibetian cuisine. Visit as a family, a couple or head out on an adventure with friends, Darjeeling welcomes one and all.