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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

Sikkim Tourism

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

Check out:   Best of Sikkim Tourism Packages

Meghalaya: For its Spellbinding Natural Beauty 

Meghalaya Shillong

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

Kerala Houseboat Backtwater

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

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

Top Attractions in Kerala

  • Periyar National Park
  • Thiruvananthapuram

Things to Do in Kerala

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

Check out: Best of Kerala South India Tour Packages

Andaman: For its Pristine Beauty and Array of Water Sports

Andaman Island

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

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

Top Attractions in Andaman & Nicobar

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

Things to Do in Andaman & Nicobar

  • Snorkelling
  • Mangrove Kayaking
  • Underwater Sea Walking

Check out: Best of Holiday Packages for Andaman

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

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

india must visit places

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
  • 7 Nights 8 Days Best of Garhwal Himalayas Tour

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

Other Interesting Blog to Read

  • Best Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh

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

  • Best Places to Visit in Shimla Himachal
  • Best Tourist Places in Manali
  • Top Summer Destinations in Himachal

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

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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
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Dimapur, Nagaland

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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

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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

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

Top Places to Visit in Spiti Valley

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

Top Things to Do in Spiti Valley

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

Also Read: Snow Tourist Places in Himachal

Ranthambore, Rajasthan: Land of the Royal Bengal Tigers

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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

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

Top Places to Visit in Junagadh

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

Top Things to Do in Junagadh

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

Also Read:   Top Weekend Getaways in Gujarat

Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand: For the Bengal Tigers and Tuskers

Corbett National Park

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

Top Places to Visit in Jim Corbett

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

Top Things to Do in Jim Corbett

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

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

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

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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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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.

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25 of the best places to visit in India

Spanning cities, desert, beach, jungle and Himalaya, these are the places in India you must visit at least once

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Its no secret that India is a gem when it comes to diversity and charm. From the snow-covered Himalayas to the golden dunes of the Thar Desert, this country makes for a radical collision of terrains, cultures and wildlife. As far as holiday destinations go, few are as fascinating. And in fact, whether you’re in search of royal splendor, a chilled-out beach hideaway, a jungle safari, a vibrant city break or just a healthy dose of history, you’ll be raving about any trip here for years to come.

Visit Kashmir if you're looking for a dose of natural beauty coupled with snow for some mesmerizing views. Get on a motorbike to make a trip to Ladakh for that adrenaline rush. Roam around the capital of Delhi for some mouth-watering food and Mughal architecture. Take a tour of the state of Rajasthan if ancient palaces, deserts and endless shopping excites you. Go down to the south for beaches, tea gardens, centuries old temples and some wildlife sanctuaries.

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The best places to visit in India

Mumbai

1.  Mumbai

The birthplace of Bollywood. Flashy seafront promenades. Impressive Raj-era architecture. Mumbai is a buzzing metropolis of more than 20 million people and a definitive stop on any India itinerary. Upmarket SoBo or South Bombay is home to the art quarter  of Kala Ghoda, upscale restaurants and shopping in Colaba, and architectural icons like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Teminus. Further north, most travellers make a beeline for the up-and-coming seaside neighbourhood of Bandra, which boasts old-world churches, trendy restaurants and thriving nightlife.

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Delhi

2.  Delhi

India’s beautiful, sometimes overwhelming capital feels like a microcrosm of the country as a whole, with its diversity of food, craft and cultures. However, it holds its own thanks to a high concentration of historic buildings, museums and plenty of calming green space. Hectic Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow alleys packed with delightful markets and street food, but it’s the grand Mughal-era monuments of Red Fort and Jama Masjid that truly dazzle. In New Delhi, trendy shopping and dining precincts such as Khan Market sit alongside historic venues like the tomb-studded Lodhi Gardens.

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Goa

3.  Goa

The palm-fringed, seaside state of Goa is known for its lively beaches, bars and binge-worthy seafood. Popular beaches such as Vagator and Anjuna are home to casual shacks on the sand, as well as slick resorts, flea markets and plush nightspots. Since its days as a hippie haven in the 1970s, Goa has evolved into very much the sophisticated tourist destination – to see this side of the state, roam colonial-era architecture in the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas, or go bird watching amid sprawling mangroves at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

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Jaipur

4.  Jaipur

The ‘Pink City’ earned its name from the salmon-hued façades of its Old City, of which the most striking examples are the grand City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Explore the vibrant markets of Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar, however, and you’ll find every colour imaginable in block-printed cotton fabrics, dazzling embroidered bedspreads and leather jutti footwear.  Rajasthan’s capital still retains its royal heritage – just check out formidable hilltop fortresses Amer and Nahargarh, or the host of luxurious ‘palace hotels’.

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Chennai

5.  Chennai

Once known as Madras, Chennai has a special place in  India ’s cultural and artistic heart. You can find c lassic South Indian fare, fashion and warm hospitality in the historic centre of Mylapore and the seaside of Marina Beach. Looking to let off some steam? Best head to nearby party town Mahabalipuram. If you want to understand how ancient India lives on within a bustling urban city, then Chennai is the spot.

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Pondicherry

6.  Pondicherry

People are drawn to Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry) for many reasons. The city was a French colonial settlement until 1954, and this history is reflected today in the city’s distinctive architecture, culture and food scene. Some come to Pondicherry to admire the heritage buildings, others to soak up the sun and salt at the beach or get active with adventure pursuits.

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Manali

7.  Manali

An ever-popular mountain resort town in the state of Himachal Pradesh, nestled amongst high peaks in the alluring lush green Beas valley, Manali is one of the most popular tourist spots in northern India. Visitors come for trekking, climbing, skiing and rafting, to take in the stunning views, mountain air and snow. It attracts plenty of backpackers too, seeking to chill out in the hippie villages surrounding the town.

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Pune

8.  Pune

Pune is often seen as being in  Mumbai ’s shadow – it’s just  three hours away by car – but this  Indian  destination is exciting in its own right. Thanks to its massive student population and the influx of expats who’ve been drawn to the cooler, less polluted and less crowded town, Pune is an awesome place to explore. History and culture abound, of course, but exciting restaurants and pubs make it even more vibrant.

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Shimla

9.  Shimla

This delightful north Indian hill station, one of the country’s smallest cities, attracts holidaymakers from all over India and beyond. As well as a pleasant, cooler climate in summer – and occasional snow in winter – it’s clean and green. Shimla is situated at 7,100ft, with access by twisting roads or the popular narrow-gauge ‘toy train’. The most well-known landmark is the main street, Mall Road: a pedestrian-only walkway, with a variety of shops and restaurants on one side and views across the valley to the other. Everyone comes here, night or day, to promenade.

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Bangalore

10.  Bangalore

Bangalore (or Bengaluru) might be known as the Silicon Valley of  India , but there’s more to this southern city than tech. You’ll find a multitude of cultural, historical, architectural, artistic and natural attractions that will keep you occupied and entertained for days on end.

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Udaipur

11.  Udaipur

Udaipur is often called the ‘Venice of the East’, and while this may be a slight exaggeration, its numerous lakes and bridges certainly lend it a unique charm. Seemingly frozen in time, this historical city still has a palace with a royal family in residence. Its glamour made it a perfect backdrop for James Bond’s adventures in ‘Octopussy’ (screenings of which happen daily around the old city). There’s plenty for history and culture buffs to see and do, but there’s also incredible food, shopping, and pleasant weather. 

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Madhya Pradesh

12.  Madhya Pradesh

The elusive Bengal tiger, wild elephants, sloth bears and a host of other endangered species rove the dense forests of Madhya Pradesh. Bang in the centre of the country, this vast state is home to national parks and reserves including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Pench, which provided the setting for ‘The Jungle Book’ . Guided safaris and an array of cosy lodges afford visitors more than just a glimpse of India’s enchanting wildlife.

Assam

13.  Assam

Low hills carpeted in endless tea estates are the trademark of this state in India’s remote north-east. Assam is often described as a gateway to the Eastern Himalaya, but the land of the endangered one-horned rhino is worthy of deeper exploration. Stay at a luxurious Raj-era plantation and sip refined Assam tea, cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra river, and traverse the wild grasslands of Kaziranga National Park for the best shot at spotting a rare rhinoceros.

Mysore

14.  Mysore

In the southern state of Karnataka, the former royal city of Mysore is fast emerging as a popular tourist choice thanks to its traditional atmosphere and striking heritage architecture. Renowned as a hub for yogi, this is the perfect place to perfect your ashtanga . Have a wander and fill up your bags at the various eclectic markets brimming with lavish silks and sandalwood. To round off a trip in style, try the opulent Mysore Palace, which is packed with ancient artworks and intricate wood carvings.

Himachal Pradesh

15.  Himachal Pradesh

Surrounded by the mighty Himalaya, the beautiful mountain state of Himachal Pradesh offers spectacular vistas at every turn. With high-altitude mountain passes, apple orchards, rhododendron forests and glacial rivers, the region is a nature lover’s paradise. Come summer, city-dwellers from the plains flock to towns such as Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama. For the more intrepid, treks such as the Pin Parvati offer a chance to explore picturesque Himalayan villages like Nakthan.

Kolkata

16.  Kolkata

Old-school yellow taxis, a heritage tram network and stately Victorian mansions lend the former British Indian capital a certain vintage charm. This culturally diverse city on the banks of the Hooghly river is known as an arts and music hub, with major architectural landmarks including the Victoria Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral. Explore the busy flower markets, eat dim sum for breakfast in Chinatown and wander vibrant Park Street. We recommend visiting during the Bengali Hindu festival of Durga Puja, when the city pulls out all the stops to celebrate the goddess Durga for five days.

Kochi and Kerala

17.  Kochi and Kerala

Visitors often spend a few days exploring Kochi’s diverse heritage before delving deeper into verdant Kerala. This port city was once an important centre of the spice trade, controlled over the centuries by the Dutch, British and Portuguese. Learn about the city’s rich history on a walk through Fort Kochi, known for its spice shops, artsy cafés, European churches and Chinese fishing nets. Splash out on ayurvedic massages,  gorge yourself silly on   appam   (a type of pancake), and glide down the coconut-palm-lined backwaters on a houseboat.

Palitana

18.  Palitana

The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly iconic, but if you want something that will really take your breath away, try Palitana at sunrise. More than 1,000 temples blanket the mountaintop: the holiest pilgrimage place in the world for followers of Jainism, an ancient Indian religion. You have to climb steps for at least an hour and a half to get there, but that does tend to mean you won’t have to compete with as many other tourists. Palitana is also the only legally vegetarian city on earth: it outlawed the buying and selling of animal products in 2014.

Ahmedabad

19.  Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is the capital of Gujarat, Rajasthan’s neighbour state. Grand havelis (lavishly painted mansions) and vivid textile markets line the streets of its Unesco-listed old city, while mind-boggling monuments such as the Rani Ki Vav stepwell and the Sun Temple in Modhera are a day trip away. And then there’s the food: a Gujarati thali is one of the most indulgent culinary experiences you can have in India. Despite all this, hardly any tourists make it to Gujarat. Their loss, your gain.

Arunachal Pradesh

20.  Arunachal Pradesh

With a disputed border with China ,  Arunachal Pradesh in north-east India is one of the country’s least-visited states. You’ll need an (easily obtained) permit to enter. Once in, you’ll have adventures through sprawling Himalayan vistas, experience dozens of distinct tribal cultures far removed from stereotypical India, a nd you’ll never once have to move over to avoid appearing in someone else’s Instagram shot. Promise.

Majuli

21.  Majuli

The Keralan city of Alleppey is famous for its backwaters – a little too famous, in fact. Instead, t ry Majuli river island in Assam, one of India’s seven northeastern sister states. Quiet fishermen in wooden longboats replace lumbering houseboats and tourist motorboats. Instead of walking down streets of hotels, cycle through friendly villages of bamboo huts on stilts, finishing off your days with locally made rice beer called apong .

Ladakh

22.  Ladakh

Part of the Himalayas, Ladakh is a place of snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, and sprawling valleys. Head here for for adventure activities like trekking, mountain biking and river rafting, while also exploring the region’s Buddhist monasteries. Time your trip in alignment with traditional festivals like Hemis Tsechu and Saka Dawa and join in with the huge celebrations. If you’re after a unique cultural experience – spanning cuisine, handicrafts and music – you’ll find it in this mystical land.

Chhattisgarh

23.  Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh could be one of the most underrated destinations in India. Located in central India, this state is known for its ancient temples, ruins, and monuments – including the famous Bhoramdeo temple – plus its natural beauty and tribal communities. The lush green forests, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh make it a treat for nature lovers. Don’t skip a trip to the Bhimbetka caves, where you can see rock paintings by the earliest human inhabitants of India.

Jammu and Kashmir

24.  Jammu and Kashmir

This state in the northernmost part of India has been called a ‘heaven on earth’, and its breathtaking landscapes and serene natural beauty are properly awe-inspiring. From the majestic Himalayan mountain ranges to the serene Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir has a plethora of ultra-scenic spots to explore. And beyond all that nature, the state is also home to several historic temples, forts, and monasteries: Amar Mahal Palace and Hari Parbat Fort both deserve a spot on your itinerary.

Uttarakhand

25.  Uttarakhand

If you’re after nature or adventure, Uttarakhand is a must. From famous hill stations like Mussoorie and Nainital to the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, the state is a place of spirituality and beauty popularly known as the ‘Land of Gods’.

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The 23 best places to go in India in 2023 

By Condé Nast Traveller

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

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

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Go for : A new island hotel and amazing outdoor adventures

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Arittapatti, Tamil Nadu

Go for : Tamil Nadu’s first Biodiversity Heritage Site

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Go for: Cruises on the Brahmaputra River

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Arunachal Pradesh

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

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

Bengaluru, Karnataka

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Belur and Halebid, Karnataka

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Go for : New hotels and restaurants and the Goa Carnival

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Hanle, Ladakh

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Jaipur, Rajasthan

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

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

Srinagar, India

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

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

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

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

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

Jeypore, Odisha

Go for: New trekking trails

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Kochi, Kerala

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Kuno, Madhya Pradesh

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Mumbai, Maharashtra

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Go for : Offroading, the Hornbill Festival

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Pune, Maharashtra

Go for : The indie food scene

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Go for : A truly luxurious wellness circuit

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Santiniketan, West Bengal

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Tons Valley, Uttarakhand

Go for : Idyllic mountain views and a truly local experience

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

Udupi, Karnataka

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

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

India’s luxury trains

Go for : a timeless travel experience

The 23 best places to visit in India in 2023

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

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16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in India

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Mar 19, 2024 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

India is a vibrant land of startling contrasts where both the traditional and modern worlds meet. The world's seventh largest nation by area and the second largest in terms of population, India boasts a rich heritage that's the result of centuries of different cultures and religions leaving their mark.

Things to do in India include the opportunity to experience an array of sacred sites and spiritual encounters, while nature lovers will enjoy its sun-washed beaches, lush national parks, and exciting wildlife sanctuaries.

From the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra to the holy sites of Harmandir Sahib (formerly the Golden Temple) in Amritsar and the Mecca Masjid mosque in Hyderabad, visitors to this exotic country will discover a trove of spiritual, cultural, and historical treasures.

To help you make the most of your time in this amazing country, refer often to our list of the top tourist attractions in India.

1. The Taj Mahal, Agra

2. the holy city of varanasi, 3. harmandir sahib: the golden temple of amritsar, 4. the golden city: jaisalmer, 5. the red fort, new delhi, 6. mumbai: the gateway of india, 7. mecca masjid, hyderabad, 8. amer fort, jaipur, 9. the beaches of goa, 10. periyar national park and wildlife sanctuary, madurai, 11. agra fort, 12. the ellora caves, aurangabad, 13. mehrangarh fort, jodhpur, 14. the ganges river, 15. mysore palace, 16. mahabodhi temple, bodhgaya, best time of year to visit india.

The Taj Mahal, Agra

Perhaps India's most recognizable building, the Taj Mahal is also the world's most famous testimony to the power of love. Named after Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, this most beautiful of mausoleums was begun upon her death in 1631 and took 20,000 workmen until 1648 to complete.

Incorporating many elements of Islamic design including arches, minarets, an onion-shaped dome, and black calligraphy inlaid around the entrance, the Taj Mahal is largely constructed of white marble. Adding to its splendor are delicate inlaid floral patterns and precious and semi-precious stones such as jade, lapis lazuli, diamonds, and mother of pearl.

The best time to visit is either at dawn or dusk when the atmosphere is brilliantly altered by the change in lighting. If possible, try to catch a view of the Taj Mahal's reflection from the far bank of the Yamuna River-it makes for a memorable (and safe) selfie.

Address: 64 Taj Road, Agra-282001

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The Holy City of Varanasi

Dating back to the 8th century BC, Varanasi is one of the oldest still inhabited cities in the world. A major pilgrimage center for Hindus, this holy city has long been associated with the mighty Ganges River, one of the faith's most important religious symbols.

Varanasi offers many reasons to visit , not least of them the chance to explore the Old Quarter adjacent to the Ganges where you'll find the Kashi Vishwanath Temple , built in 1780. The New Vishwanath Temple with its seven separate temples is also of interest.

Bathing in the Ganges is of great importance to Hindus, and numerous locations known as "ghats" feature stairways leading to the water where the faithful bathe before prayers. The largest are Dasashvamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat . The latter, at the confluence of the Ganges and Asi rivers, is considered particularly holy.

Also worth seeing is Banaras Hindu University , established in 1917 and noted for its massive library with more than a million books, and the superb Bharat Kala Bhavan museum featuring fine collections of miniature paintings, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts, and local history exhibits.

Harmandir Sahib: The Golden Temple of Amritsar

Founded in 1577 by Ram Das, Amritsar is an important hub of Sikh history and culture. The main attraction here is Harmandir Sahib, opened in 1604 and still often referred to as the Golden Temple for its beautiful gold decoration.

The holiest of India's many Sikh shrines (it also attracts many Hindus and people of other faiths), the temple was built in a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. Its lower marble section features such flourishes as ornate inlaid floral and animal motifs, while the large golden dome represents a lotus flower, a symbol of purity to Sikhs.

In addition to its splendid design, visitors are equally impressed with the temple's spiritual atmosphere, an effect enhanced by the prayers continuously chanted from the Sikh holy book and broadcast throughout the complex.

Part of the overall experience – and visitors are welcome to participate – is the chance to enjoy one of the 50,000 free meals the attraction serves up to visitors each and every day.

Address: Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab 143006

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The Golden City: Jaisalmer

So named for the yellow sandstone used in most of its buildings, the Golden City of Jaisalmer is an oasis of splendid old architecture that rises from the sand dunes of the Thar Desert . Once a strategic outpost, today the city is filled with splendid old mansions; magnificent gateways; and the massive Jaisalmer Fort , also known as the Golden Fort, a daunting 12th-century structure that rises high above the town.

In addition to its palaces, temples, and fine old homes, the fortress boasts 99 bastions along with massive gates leading to its main courtyard where you'll find the seven-story-tall Maharaja's Palace . Started in the early 1500s and added to by successive rulers right up until the 19th century, the palace offers sections open to the public, including areas beautifully decorated with tiles from Italy and China, and intricately carved stone doors.

There are also a number of Jain temples dating from the 12th to 16th centuries, each decorated with fine marble and sandstone images, palm-leaf manuscripts, and brightly painted ceilings. Be sure to also check out the well-preserved 1,000-year-old library, Gyan Bhandar, with its many 16th-century manuscripts and antiquities.

The Red Fort, New Delhi

Built by Shah Jahan in 1648 as the seat of Mughal power – a role it maintained until 1857 – the magnificent crescent-shaped Red Fort in New Delhi, named after the stunning red sandstone used in its construction, covers a vast area of more than two square kilometers, all of it surrounded by a large moat.

Highlights include its two largest gates: the impressive Lahore Gate (the fort's main entrance) and the elaborately decorated Delhi Gate , once used by the emperor for ceremonial processions.

A fun part of a visit is exploring Chatta Chowk , a 17th-century covered bazaar selling everything from jewelry to silk garments, as well as souvenirs and food items. While you can explore the fort yourself, guided tours are offered and provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of the Shah, including a peek into the stunning white marble Hall of Public Audiences (Diwan-i-Am) where he received his subjects.

Hot Tip: Try to stick around for the sound and light show held each evening featuring important events in the fort's history.

Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

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The Gateway of India, Mumbai

Standing an impressive 26 meters tall and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the iconic Gateway of India is a must-see when in Mumbai. Built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and his wife Queen Mary in 1911, this stunning piece of architecture was opened with much pomp and ceremony in 1924 and was, for a while, the tallest structure in the city.

Constructed entirely of yellow basalt and concrete and notable for its Indo-Saracenic design, the Gateway of India was also the scene of a rather less jubilant procession of British soldiers in 1948 when India gained its independence. These days, the huge archway provides a stunning backdrop that is as popular among locals as it is tourists.

Hot Tip: After visiting the Gateway of India, pop over to the adjacent Taj Mahal Palace and Tower for a delectable High Tea, a fun thing to do in Mumbai since this lovely luxury hotel opened in 1903.

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Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Construction of Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid, one of the world's largest mosques – and one of the oldest in India – began in 1614 during Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah's reign and took almost 80 years to complete.

Large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshipers, this beautiful mosque's 15 enormous arches and pillars were each wrought from single slabs of black granite dragged to the site by huge cattle trains reputedly consisting of up to 1,400 bulls.

Taking its name from the bricks above the central gate that were brought here from Mecca, this impressive complex features highlights such as its main gateway, a huge plaza, and a large manmade pond. There's also a room that houses the hair of Prophet Mohammed.

Other notable features include inscriptions from the Quran above many of the arches and doors, the exquisite roof of the main hall, and the cornices around the entire mosque structure. Look out for the exquisite floral motifs and friezes over the arches.

Address: Hyderabad, Telangana 500002

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort (often also spelt "Amber") was built as a fortified palace in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh I and has long served as the capital of Jaipur. Carved high up into the hillside, the fort is accessible on foot via a steep climb or by shuttle rides from the town below (better still, let an elephant do the work).

Highlights include Jaleb Chowk, the first courtyard, with its many decorated elephants, and the Shila Devi Temple, dedicated to the goddess of war. Also of note is the adjoining Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Am) with its finely decorated walls and terraces frequented by monkeys.

Other highlights include Sukh Niwas (the Hall of Pleasure) with its many flowerbeds and a channel once used to carry cooling water, and the Temple of Victory (Jai Mandir), notable for its many decorative panels, colorful ceilings, and excellent views over the palace and the lake below.

Just above Amer Fort is Jaigarh Fort , built in 1726 by Jai Singh and featuring tall lookout towers, formidable walls, and the world's largest wheeled cannon. Be sure to also spend time wandering the walled Old City of Jaipur with its three fully restored gates and splendid bazaars, as well as the delightful City Palace , a massive complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.

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Palm-lined beach in Goa

Long known within India as the "go-to" destination for those seeking a great beach holiday, Goa's beautiful western coastline, overlooking the Arabian Sea, has only recently been discovered by tourists from overseas. Goa's more than 60 miles of coastline is home to some of the world's loveliest beaches, each with their own particular appeal.

For those looking for peace and quiet, isolated Agonda Beach is a good choice, while Calangute Beach is by far the most commercial and crowded. For those in search of posh resorts, yoga getaways, and spa vacations, the beaches of Mandrem , Morjim , and Ashwem are fashionable among wealthy Indians and Westerners alike. Palolem is another one of Goa's popular beaches in a beautiful setting.

While in Goa, be sure to visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary . This superb attraction is home to thick forests and plenty of fauna, including deer, monkeys, elephants, leopards, tigers, and black panthers, as well as India's famous king cobras, and some 200 species of birds.

Also worth a visit is Divar Island , accessed by ferry from Old Goa. Highlights include Piedade , a typical Goan village and home to the Church of Our Lady of Compassion with its interesting stucco work, Baroque plaster decorations, and altars, as well as stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Madurai

One of South India's most popular tourist attractions, Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is centered around a lake built by British engineers in 1895 for irrigation and to provide water to the city of Madurai.

Established in 1934, this beautiful park is home to numerous species of mammals, including a large free-roaming Indian elephant population, wild boar, otters, the lion-tailed macaque, and more than 20 Bengal tigers. Bird-watching is a popular activity with frequent sightings of species such as darters, storks, kingfishers, hornbills, and racket-tailed drongos, along with many interesting varieties of butterflies.

The best ways to enjoy the park's splendid mountain scenery are to take a lake cruise or guided jungle walk, the latter allowing visitors a chance to come face to face with elephant herds and observe other wildlife from watchtowers and viewing platforms.

Hot Tip: Be sure to stop at one of the many nearby spice, tea, or coffee plantations for a tour.

Agra Fort

Built as a military structure in 1565 by Emperor Akbar with later additions by Shah Jahan, the stunning Agra Fort (also known as Agra's Red Fort) is an interesting mix of both Hindu and Muslim influences.

Located a little more than two kilometers from the Taj Mahal , the fort is entered through Amar Singh Gate with its low outer wall and dogleg design built to confuse attackers. Once inside, you'll see two large interlinked sandstone buildings, Akbari Mahal and Jahangiri Mahal, the largest private residence in the complex.

Other highlights include the Khas Mahal (Private Palace), with its splendid copper roof, and the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), a jigsaw-patterned Mughal garden with numerous wonderful fountains and water channels as well as screens that once offered a private area for the emperor and his entourage. Also of note is the octagonal Musamman Burj tower, which later served as Shah Jahan's prison until his death.

Address: Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

The Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

The famous monumental Ellora Caves were built between the 5th and 10th centuries by Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu monks, and make for an excellent excursion from Mumbai, some 300 kilometers to the west.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this remarkable collection of 34 carved monasteries, chapels, and temples – 12 of them Buddhist, 17 Hindu, and five belonging to the Jain faith – were built in close proximity to each other, a reflection of the religious tolerance that existed during this period of Indian history.

Of the Buddhist monastery caves, highlights include a number of shrines featuring carvings of Buddha and saints dating from the 5th to 7th centuries, as well as the stunning Carpenter's Cave, considered one of the finest in India.

The Hindu caves are much more complex and were carved from the top down, so scaffolding was not necessary. Of these, the best is the Kailasa Temple, an enormous rock-cut temple representing Mount Kailasa and requiring the removal of 200,000 tons of rock.

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Dominating the old city of Jodhpur, the massive Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest fortifications in India, was built in the 15th century to safeguard the people of the famous "Blue City." Jodhpur is still known by this name, which is derived from its indigo-colored houses, painted blue to deflect the heat.

Built on top of a towering outcrop, Mehrangarh is an amazing feat of construction, its massive walls all but impenetrable. Access is via one of seven splendid gates, including Jaya Pol and Fateh Pol (the latter still bears scars from cannon attacks).

Highlights of a visit include exploring the fort's fascinating network of courtyards and palaces, as well as a museum housing a splendid collection of artifacts related to the Maharajas. Be sure to spend time in the historic center of Jodhpur itself, famous for its eight city gates, a lovely old clock tower, and numerous bazaars selling everything from vegetables to sweets, spices, and handicrafts.

Address: Fort Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006

Official site: www.mehrangarh.org

The city of Varanasi along the banks of the Ganges River

The Ganges River, or "Ganga" after the Hindu goddess, has long been one of India's most revered natural wonders. It's also one of the country's leading attractions , drawing crowds of Indian nationals to partake in its religious ceremonies, as well as tourists to enjoy the splendor of this mighty river.

While there are a number of cities dotted along the river, it's to the city of Varanasi that most tourists will travel to experience the Ganges and the cultural attractions that have sprung up along its banks. Although relatively small by Indian standards – its population is around 1.2 million people – the city is chock-full of temples and other important religious sites, many of them focused on worship of (or on) the Ganges.

Numerous "ghats" are set along the river banks, making it easy for worshippers and tourists alike to get up close. Made up of sometimes steep steps leading directly into the water, there are in fact 88 of these entry points to the Ganges. While most are many centuries old, they were extensively reconstructed and improved in the 1700s, and with their often vibrant, colorful ceremonies and celebrations are some of the most beautiful places to photograph in India .

If you've time, opt for one of the Ganges river tours available in the city from any one of the ghats. The most memorable are the early morning sunrise cruises. Top the experience by purchasing one of the small, floating offerings available from a vendor and set it off down the river (camera at the ready, of course).

Mysore Palace

The sprawling city of Mysore is a delight to explore thanks to its eclectic mix of fine old colonial architecture; regal Indian palaces; and lush, well-manicured gardens. While those inclined towards shopping will enjoy spending time in the city's famous silk and sandalwood bazaars, the main attraction is magnificent Mysore Palace.

Completely rebuilt in 1897 after a devastating fire, this beautiful three-storied palace features highlights such as its elegant square towers and domes; the many ornate ceilings and pillars in Durbar Hall; and the splendid Marriage Pavilion, with its glazed floor tiles, stunning stained glass, artworks, and displays of jewelry. It's also where, on special occasions, the exquisite Golden Throne is exhibited.

For a real treat, be sure to catch one of the splendid light displays held each Sunday and during holidays, when the palace is illuminated by more than 90,000 lights. A fun way to explore the palace's massive grounds and gardens is as part of a cycle tour, available free once inside.

Address: Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya, considered the world's holiest Buddhist site, attracts thousands of visitors each year, all drawn to participate with the resident monks in meditation and prayer.

The focal point of this place of pilgrimage is stunning Mahabodhi Temple, built next to the very spot where Buddha came to Enlightenment and formulated his philosophy on life. Constructed in the 6th century and restored numerous times since, the temple is topped with a beautiful pyramidal spire and houses a large gilded statue of Buddha.

Also of interest is the site's pipal tree, a descendant of the original bodhi tree where Buddha meditated for seven days after the Enlightenment, said to be among the oldest and most venerated trees in the world (you'll know you've found it when you spot the red sandstone slab marking the spot).

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231

Taj Mahal at sunset

The best time to visit India is between November and March . That's when much of the country experiences cooler temperatures and significantly less rain. Most tourists visit in November and December.

In New Delhi, you can expect temperatures to range from as cool as seven degrees Celsius in the evenings to as high as 30 degrees Celsius during the peak of the day late in the season. The temperatures in the mountains of North India can get quite chilly during this time , so pack clothing that will keep you warm and allow you to traverse snow if you plan to go trekking in the Himalayas.

South India is a bit hotter during this time , but not unbearable for sightseeing. In Mumbai in December, tourists can expect daytime temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius on average. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Goa are all excellent destinations to include in your itinerary if you're going to India between November and March.

The nice weather makes November through March the busiest time of year to visit India. If you're trying to stay away from the crowds, avoid going to India in the later months of the year. The country typically sees well over a million foreign tourists each month during November and December.

Tourism dips slightly from January through March, making these months a better time to visit popular tourist attractions in India (like the Taj Mahal ) and avoid peak rates on accommodations. Plus, the weather is not yet sweltering in North India.

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By Vanessa Holmes · Last updated on February 5, 2024

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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Very helpful and informative. Planning to visit some places, it helped me a lot. Thankyou

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Some of my most favorite places to visit in India. Agra and Jaipur are historical places, as Agra is known for Taj Mahal and Rajasthan because of the forts and temples. In short, all the places has its own importance. Your blog is very informative, I really liked it.

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

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20 best places to visit in India on your next trip

There’s plenty to see wherever you go in this huge country, so here’s a little list to get you started.

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

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

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Visitors at the Taj Mahal (Alamy)

1. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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

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

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Sikh devotees at the Golden Temple in Amritsar (Alamy)

2. Amritsar, Punjab

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

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

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3. Bangalore, Karnataka

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

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

Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai (Alamy)

4. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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

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

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5. Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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

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

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6. Kochi, Kerala

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

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

Mullick Ghat Flower Market in Calcutta (Getty Images)

7. Calcutta, West Bengal

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

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

8. Leh, Ladakh

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

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

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Statues in the Nyinmapa Buddhist monastery in Manali (Alamy)

9. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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

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

Mumbai Harbour (Alamy)

10. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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

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

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The Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi (Alamy)

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

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

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Fontainhas, Panaji’s Latin Quarter (Alamy)

12. Panaji, Goa

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

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

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

13. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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

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

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

14. Porbandar, Gujarat

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

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

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The Rumi Darwaza gate in Lucknow (Alamy)

15. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

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

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

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

16. Puducherry

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

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

Bathers in the Ganges at Varanasi (Alamy)

17. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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

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

Cameleers in the Jaisalmer desert (Alamy)

18. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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

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

Boats on the Kerala backwaters at Alappuzha (Alamy)

19. The backwaters, Kerala

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

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

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

20. Jaipur, Rajasthan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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 .

8. Nainital

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

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

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

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

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

13. Mussoorie

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

14. Chikmagalur

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

15. Varanasi

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

16. Haridwar

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

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

18. Alleppey

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

19. Rameshwaram

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

20. 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 .

21. 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 .

22. 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.

23. 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 ...

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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 .

28. 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 .

29. 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 .

30. 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.

31. 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 .

32. Murudeshwar

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

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

34. 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 ...

35. 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.

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. 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 .

38. 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 .

39. 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 .

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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 .

43. Bandipur National Park

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

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

45. 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. ...

46. Alibaug

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

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

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. Vrindavan

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

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

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

53. 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.

54. 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 ...

55. 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.

56. 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 .

57. 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 .

58. 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.

59. 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 .

60. Tiruchirappalli

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

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

62. 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 ...

63. 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 ...

64. Bikaner

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

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

66. 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 ...

67. 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 .

68. 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.

69. 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 .

70. 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 .

71. 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.

72. 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 .

73. 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 ...

74. 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 .

75. Hogenakkal

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

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

77. 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 ...

78. 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.

79. Darjeeling

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

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

81. 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.

82. 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 .

83. 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 ...

84. Kaziranga National Park

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

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

86. 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.

87. 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 ...

88. 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.

89. 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 ...

90. Cherrapunji

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

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

92. 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 .

93. 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 ...

94. 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 ...

95. 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, ...

96. 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 ...

97. Lachung

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Magical Places to Visit in India Before you Die

Here is the list of 18 magical places to visit in india before you die, 1. spiti valley, himachal pradesh - trekking mecca and a virgin paradise.

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh - Trekking mecca and a virgin paradise

Known For : Key Monastery Chandratal Lake Kunzum Pass

Long winding roads and valleys that present unforgettable glimpses of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Bordered on all sides by the Himalayas, Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, and gets just around 250 days of sunshine in the year, making it one of the coldest places in the country. With the thick Himalayan snow cutting Spiti off from the rest of the country for around 6 months a year, the summer months are the only time Spiti is directly accessible via motorway.

Best Time: Mid May to Mid Oct

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2. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - World Heritage Ancient Rock-Cut Caves

Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - World Heritage Ancient Rock-Cut Caves

Known For : Ajanta Caves Grishneshwar Temple, Ellora The Buddhist Caves, Ellora

Ajanta and Ellora caves, considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient rock-cut caves are located near Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra, India. Adorned with beautiful sculptures, paintings and frescoes, Ajanta and Ellora caves are an amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monuments as the complex includes both Buddhist monasteries as well as Hindu and Jain temples. The Ajanta caves are 29 in number and were built in the period between 2nd century BC and 6th century AD whereas the Ellora Caves are more spread out and 34 in number and dates to the period between 6th and 11th Century AD.

Best Time: June to March

12 Ajanta Caves Attractions

3. 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.

Best Time: October to March

31 Hampi Attractions

4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The land of Jungle Book

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The land of Jungle Book

Located in a central region of Madhya Pradesh it is the largest National Park in central India and has been ranked as one of the best parks in Asia. Among the 22 species of large mammals, the royal Bengal tigers are a major attraction. One of the Tiger Reserves in India, the present-day area stretches over the 940-kilometre square which is divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar.

Best Time: October to June

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Leh Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir - India's Own Moonland

Known For : Pangong Lake Khardung La Magnetic Hill

A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is mystical in all the spheres it covers, from nature, geography, sceneries to the modest cultures that it fosters.

Best Time: April - Mid-July

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6. Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love

Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love

Known For : Taj Mahal Agra Fort Taj Mahotsav

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal , Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri . History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India. Located on the banks of river Yamuna, History fanatics, as well as architecture buffs, can have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display.

20 Agra Attractions

7. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Known For : Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dashashwamedh Ghat Ganga Aarti, Varanasi

World's oldest living city, Varanasi enchants and surprises its visitors in the same breath. Also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benaras, this spiritual capital of India is one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. The old city of Varanasi sits along the western banks of the Ganges, spread across a labyrinth of alleys called galis which are too narrow for the traffic to pass through - be prepared to walk on foot and encounter some holy cows! There are temples at almost every turn in Varanasi, but the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most visited and the oldest of the lot (Benaras is known as the city of Lord Shiva for a reason, and rightfully so).

42 Varanasi Attractions

8. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Known For : Calangute Beach Fort Aguada Cruise in Goa

Lying on the west coast, Goa is one of the smallest states in India known for its brilliant beaches, scrumptious food and Portuguese heritage. Panjim, the capital city located in the centre is well-connected with an international airport and roads and trains run from North to South part of Goa. With a coastline stretching for over 100 kilometres, Goa has numerous beaches that attract millions of visitors. While Baga and Calangute are more popular among the Indian family crowd, Anjuna and Arambol draw a lot of foreign tourists.

197 Goa Attractions

9. 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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

36 Mysore Attractions

10. Rajasthan - The Incredible State of India

Rajasthan - The Incredible State of India

Rajasthan, popularly known to many as the Land of the Kings, is a beautiful example of India’s age-old opulence and grandeur, traces of which still linger in the air of this state. One of the most colourful and vibrant states in the country, with a strong blend of culture, history, music, cuisine and people welcoming you with smiling faces, falling in love with Rajasthan doesn’t take much time. Rajasthan has more history than the entire country put together- it is the realm of erstwhile Maharajas and their lavish palaces and majestic forts.

31 Attractions

11. Amritsar, Punjab - Gateway to Punjab - home to Golden Temple

Amritsar, Punjab - Gateway to Punjab - home to Golden Temple

Known For : Golden Temple Wagah Border Jallianwala Bagh

Home of the glorious Golden Temple , the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar." Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. Baisakhi festival brings out Amritsar's resplendent face with its finest food, clothes and merry-making.

34 Amritsar Attractions

12. 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. One of the biggest tea-plantation area of South India, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala.

Best Time: September to May

51 Munnar Attractions

13. Meghalaya - The abode of clouds

Meghalaya - The abode of clouds

Meghalaya, the abode of clouds, is one of the most beautiful states in North-East India offering a variety of sights, activities, food and festivals to the tourists. Well known for Cherapunjji, the place which receives one of the maximum rainfall in the world, Meghalaya can mesmerise you with its hills, valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls which when combined with the beautiful clouds, give it a very serene, beautiful look. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, and it?s the most urbanised area you will see in the entire state.

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14. Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch

Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch, a large area of salt marshland, is located in the District of Kutch, in the western state of India, Gujarat. The vast expanse is situated in the Thar Desert and is formed of salt marshes which create a mesmerising view that attracts travellers from all over the world. Sunsets at the Great Rann of Kutch are a treat to the eyes after exploring the region. Watching the moon on a full moon night in the captivating surroundings of the Great Rann of Kutch will make you feel like you are on a different planet altogether.

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

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

Known For : Cellular Jail Scuba Diving In Andaman Radhanagar Beach

Replete with picturesque shimmering beaches, lagoons of turquoise blue waters and a bit of history, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a little slice of paradise tucked around 1,400 km away from the east coast of India. The union territory comprises a total of 572 islands, only 37 of which are inhabited and a few are open to the tourists. Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, is the gateway to the archipelago and is connected with various islands via multiple daily ferries.

Best Time: October to Jun

81 Andaman Attractions

16. Lakshadweep - Blue Sea and Unspoiled Beaches

Lakshadweep - Blue Sea and Unspoiled Beaches

Known For : Minicoy Island Agatti Islands Kalpeni Island

Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India. Lakshadweep is typically accessed from Kochi (Kerala) and a permit is required to visit Lakshadweep for all tourists (including Indians). After permit, Indians are permitted to visit all islands, however, even after permit, foreigners are permitted to just visit Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Islands. Permits can be obtained from Kochi itself.

18 Lakshadweep Attractions

17. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

Known For : Hidimba Temple Solang Valley Manu Temple

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty.

51 Manali Attractions

18. Delhi - The Capital City of India

Delhi - The Capital City of India

Known For : India Gate Qutub Minar Akshardham Temple Delhi

The capital of India, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to Delhi University campus, Dilli has multiple personalities and is considered to be the city with a heart. The narrow, winding lanes and bylanes of old Delhi are a testament to the former Mughal rule. Old Delhi houses one of the country's oldest and busiest market – Chandni Chowk.

118 New Delhi Attractions

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  • 101 Places To Visit In India Before You Turn 30 in 2024

13 Jun 2023

Travel while you’re still young. Lose yourself to find your own self. Live like there’s no tomorrow. And whatever you’ll explore today will last a lifetime with you. So, here’s a list of 101 amazing places to visit in India you must visit before you turn 30. These are not just destinations but fun places that will offer you some crazy experiences of a lifetime. What are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and set on a journey to scratch off a few destinations from your bucket list. It’s time to visit these best tourist places in India to explore yourself on a journey.

Best Places To Visit In India

Here is a list of the 101 most beautiful places in India before you turn 30. These places in India are known for their magnificence and overall beauty. They are also considered havens for solo travellers. Take a look:

Goa- Best Places To Visit In India

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Unarguably, Goa has to be amongst the first few famous places in India  in your twenties. Young and energetic! Amazing nightlife, a variety of booze, beach shacks, and dirt cheap prices – Goa is one of the best holiday destinations in India that makes your trip memorable. If you are thinking about the best things to do in Goa , you can take a cruise from Mumbai to Goa to enjoy your trip in its best way.

Best time to visit : November to February How to reach:

  • By air : Dabolim International Airport is the major airport in Goa.
  • By rail : Madgaon Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station are the main railway heads of Goa.
  • By road: Margao Bus Terminal, Kadamba Bus Terminal, and Mapusa Bus Terminal are the best-connected bus terminals in Goa. However, many people prefer taking a car/bike ride from Mumbai and Pune.
  • By Sea: You can also opt for ferry services which is an excellent way of commuting. You can take a ferry from Mumbai to Panaji and easily reach Goa.

Places to visit : Beaches like Vagator, Calangute, Anjuna, Colva, & Benaulim, Fort Aguada, Church of Mae De Deus,  Temple of Bodgeshwar, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, St Xavier’s Church, Grand Island (for watersports), Deltin Royale Casino and clubs like Cafe Mambos, Titos, LPK (Love Passion Karma), SinQ, & Club Cubana. Things To Do : Take the famous cruise from Mumbai to Goa. Events: Sunburn Festival in December Water Sports At Baga and Calangute Beaches: Kneeboarding, Kayaking, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting Famous Markets: Anjuna Flea Market, Panjim Market, Mackie’s Night Bazaar, Saturday Market Best Resorts Near Baga Beach: Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, Resort Rio

Must Read: 55 Best Places To Visit In Goa

2. Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj- Best Places To Visit In India

The majestic mountains can call tourists to experience the best of what nature has to offer at Mcleodganj – one of the most beautiful places to visit in India . Triund offers a spectacular view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Experience bliss while camping under billions of stars with your friends in Triund. This is among the loveliest Indian destinations for camping , regardless of which season you’re coming in.

Best time to visit : September to June How to reach:

  • By air : Gaggal Airport (18 km away) is the nearest airport.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Pathankot Railway Station (89 km away)
  • By road: Numerous state government & private buses ply between Mcleodganj and various cities of north India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala, etc. on a regular basis. Passengers can take a bus to the Mcleodganj bus stand and then hire a taxi.

Places to visit : Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, tea plantations of Kangra valley, and Triund trek

Must-Visit Restaurants: Nick’s Italian Kitchen, Lung-Ta Japanese Restaurant

3. Srinagar

Srinagar- Best Places To Visit In India

If you’re in your twenties, it’s time to add Kashmir to your list of beautiful places in India to visit. If there is heaven on earth, this it is! Experience its charismatic charm before the natural hits and turmoil spoil it all. And when would be a better time to explore flood-hit, terror-stricken heaven on earth if not now?! Explore the restaurants in Srinagar if you are a real foodie. While being one of the best tourism places in India,  Kashmir lets you enjoy a tranquil vacation.

Best time to visit : April to October How to reach:

  • By air: Srinagar has its own airport.
  • By rail: The Srinagar Railway Station is under construction. Till then, passengers can take a train to Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar)
  • By road: Unless you are travelling from the city of Jammu & Kashmir, the road is not a preferred way to reach Srinagar.

Places to visit : Dal Lake (boating in shikaras & night stays in houseboats), Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill, Pari mahal, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden Restaurants In Srinagar: Mughal Darbar, Cafe De Linz Famous Lakes : Nagin lake, Dal lake

Suggested Read: 38 Best Places To Visit In Srinagar

Andaman- Best Places To Visit In India

Scared of water? Never swam? Maybe it’s time to beat the fear out of you and dive into the deep sea and overcome the fear of water and depths, ZNMD Style. Trust us, you’d be delighted at the sites underwater and it will keep you coming back for more. For aqua lovers, these best tourist places in India which feel no less than a paradise!

Best time to visit : November to mid-May How to reach:

  • By air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is the archipelago’s major airport.
  • By sea: Ships ply between Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair and cities of Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.

Places to visit : Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach , Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Chidiya Tapu, and watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, & parasailing Water activities : Banana boat rides, snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skiing, undersea walking, speed boating, scuba diving, and sport fishing Andaman Cruises: You can board a cruise to Andaman from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata Average Temperature: 24 degrees Celsius (Min.) and 37 degrees (Max.) Beaches of Andaman : famous beaches include, Radhanagar beach, Corbyn’s Cove, Wandoor Beach and Merk Bay Beach

5. Leh-Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh- Best Places To Visit In India

Undoubtedly, Leh – Ladakh is on every travel enthusiast’s list of famous tourist   places to visit in India before they turn 30. Ride on the crazy winding roads, get stuck in the middle of nowhere, sleep with the locals, go trekking in Ladakh , and learn to be independent in the desert mountains as you undertake this adventurous journey in one of the best places in India.

Best time to visit : April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October How to reach:

  • By air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the airport connecting the region to other places by air.
  • By rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh) is the nearest railhead. From here, one can hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh.
  • By road: The most popular means of reaching Ladakh remains to be the road. Travelers can go on a bike/jeep ride to the destination. Bike trips from Delhi, Chandigarh, and Manali are the most popular.

Places to visit : Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park Rental bikes: You can rent a bike in Ladakh and it costs upto INR 2000 per day Average temperature: 15 degree celsius (Min.) and 28 degree celsius (Max.) Nearest Fuel stations: Nagbal, Ganderbal, Kargil and Khalsi are four fuel stations on the route of Srinagar Leh. Accommodation : Stok Palace Heritage hotel and Shakti Himalaya are some of the accommodations you can stay at in Ladakh

Suggested Read: 40 Best Things To Do In Ladakh

Binsar- Best Places To Visit In India

Peace, jungles, heights, chills, and wildlife, Binsat is a heavenly abode for adventure seekers. All you wildlife enthusiasts out there head to Binsar – one of the rising tourist destinations in India located in the heart of Kumaoni region of Almora for an incredible trip of your lifetime.

Best time to visit : October to November How to reach:

  • By air: There’s a domestic airport in Pantnagar, 152 km from Binsar.
  • By rail: Kathgodam Railway Station, 119 km from Binsar, is the nearest railway head.
  • By road: Buses connect the town with all major neighbouring areas.

Places to visit : Zero Point, Pariyadeva Pashan, Mary Budden Estate, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, and more. Wildlife: Barking deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, flying squirrel, chital and porcupine are some of the species of animals found here Average Temperature: 19.8 degree celsius (Max.) and 6.5-degree celsius (Min.) Places to eat: Baba cake and Dolma Restaurant are some of the places you can dine at in Binsar Camping: there are many camping sites available in this area and you are required to book in advance as they’re full during peak seasons like the month of June and January Jeep safari: There are many companies offering jeep safaris of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that you can book in advance and surely worth trying

Coorg- Best Places To Visit In India

Coorg simply cannot be skipped from the list of best and safe places to visit in India . A quick getaway for many from Bangalore , this mesmerizing hill station in Karnataka is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s one of the top 10 places to visit in India and a visit here sure would heal you and energize you!

Best time to visit : October to March How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore, 156 km away. The nearest international airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, 285 kilometres away.
  • By rail: Mysore Junction, 106 km away, is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: The 238 km long road trip from Bangalore (Bengaluru) takes 5 hours 30 minutes.

Places to visit : Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri Average Temperature:  29-degree celsius Restaurants:  Coorg cuisine, Raintree restaurant

Suggested Read: 35 Places To Visit In Coorg

Kerala- Best Places To Visit In India

To all the nature lovers out there. A trip to God’s own country is a must in your twenties for its enchanting wilderness. Luscious green trees, pristine water, crazy wildlife experience – visit Kerala for more such wonderful delights.

Best time to visit : November to January and June to August How to reach:

  • By air: Kerala has three main airports – Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport, and Trivandrum International Airport. These airports connect Kerala with different cities across the world, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Muscat, and Dubai.
  • By rail: Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station, Ernakulam Junction railway station, and Kollam Junction railway station are three major railheads of Kerala. These stations connect the state with cities and towns across India.

Places to visit : Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom bird sanctuary , Marari Beach , Revi Karunakaran Museum, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha Average Temperature:  28-degree celsius Restaurants : The Riceboat, Paragon restaurant

Kanatal- Best Places To Visit In India

With this rising adventure spot that offers endless opportunities to enjoy thrilling activities clubbed with one of the best camping experiences, weekends will no more be boring at escapes like Kanatal. Considered to be one of the best holiday destinations in India for all travellers, camping in Kanatal is one experience that no one should miss out on. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit: April to June How to reach:

  • By air: Located at a distance of 92 km, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airstrip to Kanatal.
  • By rail: Located at a distance of 75 km, Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead to Kanatal.

Places to visit : Kodia Jungle, Tehri Lake, Surkanda Devi temple, New Tehri Dam, and more. Average Temperature:  25-degree celsius Restaurants: Brothers cafe and restaurant, Chacha Sip & Dine

Suggested Read: 10 Camps In Kanatal

Kasol- Best Places To Visit In India

Here’s why every man should travel solo at least once in his life – Not only will you discover a new you and find a direction for yourself, but you’d return with experiences of a lifetime. And there’s no better place than Kasol, one of the most beautiful places in India . The destination offers you to enjoy in the lap of nature.

Best time to visit : October to June How to reach:

  • By air: Bhuntar Domestic Airport (31 km away) is the nearest flight connection.
  • By rail: Pathankot (296 km away) is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from Delhi, Haryana, & Punjab and other Himachal cities like Pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan, & Dharamsala.

Places to visit : Kheerganga peak, Malana village, Parvati River, Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Jari, Bhuntar, and more. Average Temperature: 16.8-degree celsius Restaurants:  The Evergreen, Moon Dance Cafe

Kutch- Best Places To Visit In India

Kutch is a must-visit place in India before you turn 30. Travel to the no man’s land, the seasonal salt marsh amidst the famous Thar Desert during the kite festival where the sky comes alive with vibrant and oversized kites at one of the top 25 tourist places in India .

  • By air: Bhuj Airport, 69 km away, is the nearest air connection.
  • By rail: Bhuj Railway Station is 50 km away from Kutch.

Places to visit : Prag Mahal, Kalo Dungar, Kutch Museum, Archaeological Museum, Mandvi Beach, White Desert, Aina Mahal, and more. Average Temperature: 26.3-degree celsius Restaurants:  Noorani restaurant, Annapurna restaurant

Suggested Read: 38 Most Colorful Places In India

12. Bir Billing

Bir Billing- Best Places To Visit In India

Rising to fame post hosting the first-ever paragliding world cup, Bir Billing soon caught the attention of adventure enthusiasts across the country. Comprising of more than ten paragliding spots, Bir Billing is one of those top 10 places to visit in India that has truly lived up to its name of paragliding capital of India .

  • By air: Kangra airport in Gaggal happens to be the nearest airport located at a distance of about 67 kilometers from Bir.
  • By rail: Pathankot is the nearest railway station to Bir Billing located at a distance of about 140 kilometres.
  • By road: Located in the heart of Himachal, Bir Billing is accessible by road as many state-run and private buses run from the nearby cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Shimla, and more.

Places to visit: Baijnath Shiv Temple, Billing Valley, Chamunda Devi Temple, Shiva Shrine, Ahju Fort, and more. Average Temperature:  16.8-degree celsius Restaurants:  Zenwich restaurant, Glider’s Pizzeria

Assam- Best Places To Visit In India

Stay set to be overwhelmed by the sceneries, flora, and fauna of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. And this wildlife expedition is not the same as any jeep safari. Instead, activities like jungle walks and boat rides are conducted during the months of November to April. Cruise along the Brahmaputra river to witness the animals in their most natural habitats. The surreal surroundings of this place make Assam one of the best tourist places in India .

Best time to visit: October to April How to reach:

  • By air: Mohanbari in Dibrugarh, 40 km away, is the nearest domestic airport. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is 510 km away.
  • By rail: New Tinsukia Railway Station is 12 km away.

Places to visit : Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Assam State Museum, and more. Average Temperature:  23.2-degree celsius Restaurants:  Khorikaa, Paradise restaurant

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14. Rishikesh

Rishikesh- Best Places To Visit In India

With bursting energy and enthusiasm, the twenties is the best time to enjoy thrill and adventure, especially with your friends. This is certainly one of the best places to visit in India. Travel to the adventure capital of India, Rishikesh, and ride on the mystical but fierce fast-flowing waters of Ganges. Rishikesh is a must-visit place in India if you haven’t yet crossed the age bar.

Best time to visit : September to November and February to June How to reach:

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, 20 km from Rishikesh, is the nearest air connection.
  • By rail: Haridwar Junction, 21 km from Rishikesh, is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: It is well-connected by road to major cities, including Haridwar (21 km away) and Delhi (229 km away).

Places to visit : Rajaji National Park, Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, Shivpuri River Rafting Point, and more. Average Temperature:  20-degree celsius Restaurants : Bistro Nirvana, The Sitting Elephant

Shimla- Best Places To Visit In India

Revisit childhood by hopping on the colourful toy train from Kalka to Shimla as it makes way through the pine forests and verdant valleys. Experiencing this exceptionally elating toy train experience is a must for everyone on their trip to this best tourist place in India at least once in a lifetime.

Best time to visit : March to June How to reach:

  • By air: Located at a distance of 25 km, Jubbarhatti is the nearest airport from Shimla.
  • By rail: The toy train from Kalka to Shimla is the most convenient railway line that connects Shimla to other nearby towns.
  • By road: Many state-run and private buses run from the nearby cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, and Kullu that are well connected to Shimla via road.

Places to visit : Kufri, Mall Road, Chadwick Falls, Jakhu Temple, Annandale, Christ Church, Scandal Point, and more. Average Temperature: 22-degree celsius Restaurants:  Cafe Sol, 45 The Central

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16. Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley- Best Places To Visit In India

Striking a perfect balance between peace and adventure, Tirthan Valley is one tourist place in India that has off-lately gained much popularity among travellers across the world. Located in the district of Kullu, Tirthan has something to offer to everyone. When it comes to the verdant grandeurs of the valley, it is counted among the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit: March to June and October to November How to reach:

  • By air: Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport to Tirthan Valley at a distance of about 48 km.
  • By rail: Ambala railway station happens to be the nearest railway station to Tirthan Valley at a distance of about 188 km.
  • By road: One can easily embark on a scenic road trip from the nearby states of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana till Tirthan Valley via a car or a bus.

Places to visit : Great Himalayan National Park, Jalori Pass, Raghupur Fort, Saryolsar, Gushaini, Sojha, and more. Average Temperature:  25-degree celsius Restaurants:  Sunshine Himalayan camp, Kaith Mud

17. Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett- Best Places To Visit In India

One of the best national parks in India , Jim Corbett is famous for Indian tiger sightings. The wilderness here becomes hospitable with the luxurious jungle resorts that allow you to stay closer to nature while enjoying the best of comfort. If you’re a photography-enthusiast, Corbett will never leave you disappointed.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Jim Corbett and experience the safari at its best depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for. Summer is considered the best time for tiger sighting. However, November to February is the best time to visit Jim Corbett. How to reach:

  • By air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Jim Corbett National Park
  • By rail: Ramnagar Railway station is located merely 12 km away from the national park
  • By road: The national park is well connected by roads to various destinations like Delhi and Dehradun.

Places to visit : Garjiya Devi Temple, Jim Corbett Museum, Corbett Falls, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ramganga Dam, and more. Average Temperature: 27-degree celsius Restaurants:  Safari Cafe & Homestay, Doaba’s Punjabi Dhaba

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Manali- Best Places To Visit In India

The most famous resort town nestled amidst the snow-capped mountains, Manali is the popular gem in the heart of Himachal Pradesh. A mesmerizing combination of nature, peace, and adventure, Manali is one of the best holiday destinations in India for all travellers.

Best time to visit : October to February How to reach:

  • By air: Located at a distance of about 52 km, Kullu-Manali airport is the nearest airport to Manali.
  • By rail: Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station to Manali located at a distance of about 160 km.
  • By road: Manali can be easily reached by road via private cabs, cars, and state-run or private buses from the nearby cities of New Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot, Ambala, and so on.

Places to visit : Bhrigu Lake, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Jogini Falls, and Tibetan Monastery. Average Temperature: 15.1-degree celsius Restaurants : Johnson’s cafe and hotel, Chopsticks restaurant

19. Udaipur

Udaipur- Best Places To Visit In India

Udaipur is called the Venice of the East, but the different Rajasthani hues of the city surely make it stand out. The City of Lakes has to be on your list of best places to travel in India . Even though Udaipur boasts of having some of the most gracious luxury heritage hotels, it will embrace you with all the warmth even if you’re looking for budget stays. Boating, trekking, sightseeing are just some activities you may indulge during your visit to the city.

Best time to visit : September to March How to reach:

  • By air: Udaipur has its own airport, which indeed is well connected to different parts of the country.
  • By rail: The city’s railway station is actually among the most well-connected railheads in the city
  • By road: One can easily find buses for reaching the city by road, from cities like Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Delhi.

Places to visit : Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Gangaur Ghat, and Bagore ki Haweli Average Temperature: 30-degree celsius Restaurants : Khamma Ghani restaurant, Raaj Bagh restaurant

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Auli- Best Places To Visit In India

The Skiing Capital of India, Auli is one of the most beautiful places to travel in India even if you’re not into skiing. This is the land of beautiful sunsets, and captivating views of the Himalayas, which you will never have enough of! If you’re not visiting Auli in winters for skiing, step foot here any time during the year, and you’ll witness the charm of every season at its best at one of the best places in India.

Best time to visit : Auli Uttarakhand is best visited anytime during the year. However, since this destination is well-known for skiing, then it’s suggested you don’t miss Auli during the winter season (December to February). How to reach:

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport from Jolly Grant Airport.
  • By rail: If you are planning to visit Auli by train, then deboard at Haridwar railway station which is the nearest railway head from Auli.
  • By road: For travellers coming via road, you can take buses heading towards Joshimath, as this place is well connected to many towns and cities of Uttarakhand. From here, you can easily get a taxi or bus for Auli.

Places to visit : Kuari Pass Trek, Vishnuprayag, Kalpeshwar, Sri Hemkunt Sahib, Gorson Bugyal, Pangarchulla Peak, and more. Average Temperature:  4.3-degree celsius Restaurants:  Indra lodge and Inderlok, Saradeswari restaurant

Mysore- Best Places To Visit In India

Comprising a bit of the old and new, Mysore has risen from the status of a royal city (which it still is) to be a hardcore IT hub. Renowned across the world for its gorgeous silk sarees, do not forget to treat your sweet tooth to some mouthwatering Mysore Pak on your next trip. This is undoubtedly among the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit : Throughout the year. However, October to March is the most pleasant to explore the city of Mysore. How to reach:

  • By air: Mysore city has its own domestic airport that is well connected to the metropolitan cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.
  • By rail: Travelers can deboard at the Mysore Railway Station which is located in the city centre.
  • By road: Mysore has very good road connectivity with the nearby cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, and so on.

Places to visit : Mysore Palace, Somnathpur, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Chamundeshwari Temple, Karanji Lake, St. Philomena’s Church, and GRS Fantasy Park. Average Temperature:  25-degree celsius Restaurants : Gufha restaurant, Oyster Bay

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22. Valley Of Flowers

Trek view at one of the most famous places to visit in India

The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is carpeted with over 300 flower species, making it among paradisiacal places to travel in India. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at an altitude of 3,858 meters above sea level. Today, this heavenly hideout is on the bucket list of avid travellers, and trekkers too; owing to its treacherous yet fascinating route. The Valley of Flowers trek is taken by both beginners and professionals and is awaited through the year.

Best time to visit: July to September How to reach:

  • By air: Nearest Airport to Valley of Flowers is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun This airport is connected to major cities like Delhi.
  • By rail : Haridwar Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Valley of Flowers
  • By road : The Valley of Flowers if majorly accessed via roads and trekking routes. Govindghat on Badrinath Highway serves as a base camp for trekkers coming here.

Attractions: Govindghat, the National Park, Hemkund Sahib, Nanda Devi National Park , and Pushpawati River. Average Temperature:  16 to 18 degree celsius Restaurants:  Bhavishay Kedar, Ghangaria, Hemkund Sahib

23. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer- Best Places To Visit In India

The Golden City of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is surely one of the best cities to visit in India . This part of Rajasthan lies in the Thar Desert region, exhibiting the magic of velvet sand dunes meshed with the ever-colourful culture of the state. Jaisalmer is where you can spend your time indulging in exciting activities such as dune bashing, camel safari, and desert camping. Yes! Desert camping in Jaisalmer makes for an experiential stay, with all the luxury you could wish for.

  • By air : Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport from Jaisalmer. Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Udaipur are connected to this airport.
  • By rail: Jaisalmer has its own railway station which is indeed connected widely across North India, with cities like Jaipur and Delhi.
  • By road: One can easily reach Jaisalmer by road via buses or cabs.

Places to visit : Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Folklore Museum, Sam Sand Dunes, and Desert Cultural Centre. Average Temperature:  30-degree celsius Restaurants :  Restaurant Romany, Milan restaurant, Cafe the Kaku

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24. Jodhpur

Jodhpur- Best Places To Visit In India

Jodhpur, or the Blue City of Rajasthan, will lure you with its massive hill fort called the Mehrangarh Fort . Right from this point, you get to behold the city’s landscape washed in blue. The interiors will transfer you back to the olden era. The cobbled pavements of this city exhibit the essence of Rajasthan in all its glory. This is one of the most interesting places to visit in India.

  • By air : The city has its own domestic airport, which is connected to major cities like Udaipur, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.
  • By rail: Jodhpur Railway Station indeed is among widely connection railheads in Rajasthan.
  • By road: Similar to airways and railways, roadways to are smooth and easily accessible in this city

Places to visit : Umaid Bhavan Palace , Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort, Mandore Garden, and Balsamand Lake. Average Temperature:  25-degree celsius Restaurants : Indique restaurant, Kalinga restaurant

25. Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake- Best Places To Visit In India

Located at a distance of about 49 kilometers towards the north of Mandi district, Prashar Lake is one of the rising trekking hotspots in Himachal Pradesh . Offering scintillating views of the Dhauladhar range, it is indeed one of the beautiful places in India .

Best time to visit: April to July and September to November How to reach:

  • By air: Kullu Manali airport is the nearest airstrip which is 73 km away from Mandi which further happens to be the closest city to Prashar Lake located at a distance of about 49 km.
  • By rail: Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station to Mandi which is set at a distance of about 50 kilometers, and then one can take a cab from there and trek to Prashar Lake.

Attractions: Mandi, Prashar Lake Trek, Three-tiered temple, Bhutnath Temple, and Barot. Average Temperature:  20 to 25-degree celsius Restaurants:  Wazir Thakur restaurant

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26. Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar- Best Places To Visit In India

A quaint little town in the state of Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar is one of the famous tourist places in India that is a must-visit destination for all. Other than the lush meadows and dense forests, Mukteshwar is quite popular among adventure enthusiasts for outdoor sports such as rappelling, rock climbing, and more, making it an ideal abode for adventure seekers. Moreover, it is one of the best places to visit in India with family in December.

Best time to visit: October to June How to reach:

  • By air: Dehradun airport is the nearest airstrip located at a distance of 183 km from Mukteshwar.
  • By rail: Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railhead located at a distance of just 70 km away.
  • By road: One can also reach the Mukteshwar easily by road from the neighboring cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Manali.

Things to do :   Rock Climbing, and Shopping At Kilmora Shop Average Temperature:  16-degree celsius Restaurants:  Alankar restaurant, Chirping tales cafe

27. Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti- Best Places To Visit In India

Located at an elevation of about 2200 meters with Mussourie and Chamba as its bordering cities, Dhanaulti has off-lately emerged as one of the most offbeat destinations in India . For those who like to experience life at their own pace be it fast or slow, this is the perfect place to be.

Best time to visit: September to June How to reach:

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airstrip to Dhanaulti located just 82 km away.
  • By rail: The Dehradun railway station is the nearest railhead located just 25 kms away from Dhanaulti.
  • By road: One can also reach the town of Dhanaulti easily via road from the nearby cities of Shimla, Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, and Manali.

Places To Visit : The Eco Park, Thangdhar Camp, Surkanda Devi Temple, and Potato Farm Average Temperature:  20-degree celsius Restaurants:  Hill view restaurant, Snowlake restaurant

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28. Varanasi

Varanasi- Best Places To Visit In India

Varanasi may not be on the list of places to visit in India before you turn 30, but the beautiful ghats, the aartis, and prayers, a boat ride along the calm banks could change this picture forever. The historical encounters and vibrant surroundings makes Kashi one of the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit: October to February How to reach:

  • By air: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport of Varanasi is well-connected to Delhi and Mumbai.
  • By rail: Kashi Railway Station and Varanasi Junction are the two major railheads of the city.
  • By road: State-run and private buses regularly ply between Varanasi and the nearby cities.

Places to visit : Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Durga Temple Average Temperature:  30-degree celsius Restaurants : Canton Royale Restaurant, Varanasi cafe & restaurant

Mumbai- Best Places To Visit In India

The city that lets you live a carefree life and the one that never sleeps. Mumbai is about its people, the spirit of enjoying the nightclubs and of course Bollywood. Live like a Mumbaikar, bite into the vada pav and sip a chai on your way to the locals. This is among the best places to visit in India.

  • By air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport lies 30 km north of the city. Santa Cruz Domestic Airport lies 26 km north of the city.
  • By rail: Trains from Central, East, and West India arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (erstwhile VT). Trains from the North arrive at Bombay Central Station.
  • By road: Most of the inter-Maharashtra buses arrive at Mumbai Central Bus Station. But the ones from Pune and Nasik arrive at the ASIAD bus stand near Dadar railway station.

Places to visit : Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves & island, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel World, Kanheri Caves, Rajabai Clock Tower, Kamala Nehru Park, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Nehru Planetarium, Worli Fort, and Marine Drive Average Temperature:  25-degree celsius Restaurants:  The table, Khyber restaurant, Yauatcha restaurant

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30. Kolkata

Kolkata- Best Places To Visit In India

The only time when the entire city gathers together to celebrate the much-lauded and divine festival of Durga Puja is the time when one gets to experience the culture of Bengal in its true form. Enjoy the festival with sweets, Bengali delicacies, themed pandal hoppings, and grand aartis.

Best time to visit: November to February How to reach:

  • By air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, 15 km from the main city.
  • By rail: Howrah and Sealdah are the two main railway junctions in Kolkata that connect the city to several major cities in the country.

Places to visit : Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, Kalighat Kali Temple, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Birla Planetarium, and St. Paul’s Cathedral Average Temperature:  25-degree celsius Restaurants:  India restaurant, Arsalan restaurant

Delhi- Best Places To Visit In India

Enjoy your gateway to the city of Ghalib, Dilli. While you’re still young, explore the cultures of your magnificent country in the heart of its capital. From the architectural marvels from the time of the Mughal Dynasty, to the iconic Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the seat of the President of India, Delhi is filled with some of the most beautiful places in India . A stop at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah for a live Qawwali session will leave you mesmerized.

  • By air: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport is very well connected to cities across India and the world.
  • By rail: Delhi has an extensive railway network with major railway stations like New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Sarai Rohila, and Old Sabzi Mandi
  • By road: Delhi is well connected by bus to cities like Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dehradun, and even Kathmandu. Commuters can get buses from Interstate Bus Terminals at Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar, & Sarai Kale Khan, and other spots like Majnu ka Tila & Bikaner House.

Places to visit : The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Akshardham, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Humayun’s Tomb. Average Temperature:  25 to 34-degree celsius

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32. Meghalaya

Meghalaya- Best Places To Visit In India

Much famed as the Scotland of the East, Meghalaya is one of the refreshing holiday destinations in India . Comprising reviving greens and mighty mountains, Meghalaya is a must to be explored once in a lifetime. Also, if you aren’t afraid of heights, insects, darkness and tight spaces, caving would prove to be a great adventure in Meghalaya for you! And if you are, what better time to beat your fears in the deepest and longest caves of entire South Asia? What if you return as the next Bruce Wayne, err?

Best time to visit: March to July How to reach:

  • By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati in Assam (118 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya) is the nearest international airport. Umroi Airport at Umroi, 30 km from Shillong, is the nearest domestic airport.
  • By rail: Mendipathar railway station is located in Resubelpara Municipal Board Jurisdiction of Meghalaya at a distance of 225 km from Shillong. However, the Guwahati Junction in Assam is the nearest railhead with good connectivity to other cities in India.

Places to visit : Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Shillong View Point, Spread Eagle Falls, Wah Umngot River, Nohwet Living Root Bridge, Kynrem falls, Khasi Hills, Khoh Ramhah or Motrop (Giant conical rock), and Garo Hills Average Temperature:  17.1-degree celsius

Sikkim- Places To Visit In India

Life is not all about exploring the world. Feel the mystical essence of Buddhism around you, visit places in Sikkim and its host of monasteries. And if you happen to like them, maybe, volunteer with the monks and master the art of giving at one of the best places in India!

Best time to visit : March to June and September to December How to reach:

  • By air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok) is the nearest airport. A 20 minutes’ helicopter ride from Bagdogra will take you further on to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
  • By rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Siliguri (148 km from Gangtok) is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: The cities of Sikkim are well-connected to Darjeeling (West Bengal) by good quality roads.

Places to visit : Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Tsomgo Lake, Phodong Monastery, & Teesta River in Gangtok, Yumthang Valley, Buddha Park of Ravangla, Kanchenjunga Falls, Lingdum Monastery, and Singshore Bridge Average Temperature:  18-degree celsius

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Agra- Places To Visit In India

Tourists across the world visit India just to witness the spectacular symbol of love. The majestic monument has to be on your bucket list for it’s the cultural epitome of India. The majestic heritage sites of Agra makes it one of the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit: April to October How to reach:

  • By air: Kheria airport, 13 km away from Agra, is a seasonal commercial airport and is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi.
  • By rail: Agra Cantt Station (the main station), Agra Fort Railway Station, Raja ki Mandi, Agra City, and Idgah Railway Station are well-connected by a network of trains to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Jhansi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai.
  • By road: Agra has two major interstate bus terminals called Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT that connect it to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow, & Kanpur.

Places to visit : Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid, Guru ka Tal, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Chini Ka Rauza, Moti Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Dilli Gate, Great gate (Darwaza i rauza), Amar Singh Gate, Kaanch Mahal, and Sikandra Average Temperature:  24 to 34-degree celsius

35. Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji- Places To Visit In India

Cherrapunji is a great sight for those who want to experience something surreal and out of the blue. Much famed for being the land of many waterfalls, the living root bridges are something that will leave you awestruck for sure. If you love spending days amid impeccable surroundings, Cherrapunji is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit: November to May How to reach:

  • By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (163 km away) is the nearest air connect.
  • By rail: Guwahati is the nearest railhead to Cherrapunji.

Places to visit : Nohkalikai Falls, Daiñthlen Falls, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Seven Sisters Falls, and more. Average Temperature:  17 to 24-degree celsius

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36. Dalhousie

Dalhousie- Places To Visit In India

Other than the refreshing greens, magnificent views of the mountains, gushing rivers, and the mesmerizing beauty of the nature, Dalhousie is also considered to be famous for its Victorian architecture. Once a summer capital of the British, Dalhousie is also one of the best holiday destinations in India .

  • By air: Pathankot is the nearest airport to Dalhousie which is just 85 km away.
  • By rail: Pathankot also happens to be the nearest railhead to Dalhousie which again is just 85 km away.
  • By road: Dalhousie is well-connected to the neighbouring cities via road and many state-run and private buses and cabs have good connectivity to this hill station.

Places to visit : Panch Pulla, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Satdhara Falls, Daikund Peak, Subhash Baoli, St. John’s Church, and Chamunda Devi Temple. Average Temperature:  15-degree celsius

Hampi- Places To Visit In India

Hampi’s world heritage site is amongst the must-visit tourist places in India . Known for its old monumental and architectural beauty, Hampi place will dispose of you to a world of aesthetics. PS: Don’t plan a trip to Hampi in summers.

  • By air: Hubli Airport (144 km away) and Belgaum Airport (215 km away) are two major domestic airports near Hampi.
  • By rail: Hospet Junction, the nearest railway station to Hampi, is about 13 km away.
  • By road: Hampi is one of the weekend getaways from Bangalore and is well connected to Hospet, Hassan, Mysore, and other nearby cities by road.

Places to visit : Virupaksha Temple, Vijaya Vittala Temple, Matanga Hill, Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, and Achyutaraya Temple. Average Temperature:  27.3-degree celsius

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38. Jabalpur

Jabalpur- Places To Visit In India

Jabalpur may not be on your list of best tourist places to see in India before you turn 30, but a trip to these stunning white waterfalls which emanate a mist of smoke will leave you spellbound.

Best time to visit : August to March How to reach:

  • By air: Dumna domestic airport in Jabalpur is the nearest airport.
  • By rail: Jabalpur Junction is the nearest railway head.

Places to visit : Dhuandhar Falls, Marble Rocks, Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mahal, Dumna Nature Reserve Park, and Bhawartal Garden. Average Temperature: 23 to 31-degree celsius

39. Mathura

Mathura- Places To Visit In India

Allow your spirit to soak in the raas-leela of Vrindavan. The place that celebrates Krishna’s living philosophy. The festival is ecstatic, to say the least and celebration of colours here would the best you’d experience ever in your life.

Best time to visit: November to March How to reach:

  • By air: Kheria airport in Agra, located at a distance of 49 km from Mathura, is the nearest air connect.
  • By rail: Mathura has its own railway station.
  • By road: Mathura is well-connected to Agra (49 km away), Delhi (182 km away), Vrindavan (14 km away), and other cities of North India.

Places to visit : Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Prem Mandir Vrindavan, Government Museum, Krishna Balaram Mandir, Vishram Ghat, Kans Quila, and Jama Mosque. Average Temperature :  34.7 degree celsius

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40. Hyderabad

Hyderabad- Places To Visit In India

Hyderabad is to India what New York is to USA. Owing much of its popularity to the royal culture of Nizams, fast-paced lifestyle, buzzing cafes, and growing population, Hyderabad is one of the best places to visit where travellers can look forward to having a great time.

  • By air: Hyderabad has its own Rajiv Gandhi International Airport which is located at a distance of 22 kms from the city centre.
  • By rail: The city of Nizams also has a well-connected railway network which connected Hyderabad to all the major cities in the country.
  • By road: Many state-run and private buses run from nearby cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai to Hyderabad on daily basis.

Places to visit : Charminar, Golconda, Ramoji Film City, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum, Makkah Masjid, and Purani Haveli. Average Temperature:  22 to 31 degree celsius

41. Amritsar

Amritsar- Places To Visit In India

Before you turn 30, it is a must-visit this spiritual and historical getaway that promises the nourishment of the soul. Spend some time revisiting the significant history of Amritsar while making sure that you do not miss out on visiting the famous Golden Temple as well. The experience is simply worth it.

  • By air: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar is well-connected to other cities.
  • By rail: Amritsar Junction Railway Station has an extensive network of trains.

Places to visit : Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Akal Takht, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Partition Museum, and Central Sikh Museum. Average Temperature: 23.3-degree celsius

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Orissa- Places To Visit In India

Travel to the historical land which serves as a home to many age-old Hindu temples. Situated by the sea, Konark Temple in Orissa is one of the famous temples that tells you many interesting stories about the origin of human sexuality. Also, for those who have enough time, beautiful highways in Orissa lead to some exceptionally picturesque attractions that are yet to be explored.

  • By air: Bhubaneswar airport, 62 km from Konark, is connected by frequent flights to numerous major cities India including Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Hyderabad.
  • By rail: Puri Railway Station, 36 km away, is connected to all major cities.

Places to visit : Konark Sun Temple, Chilika Lake, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Puri Beach, Simlipal National Park, and Lingaraja Temple. Average Temperature: 27.4-degree celsius

43. Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram- Places To Visit In India

A quaint little town that lies on a stretch of land between the Great Salt Lake, and the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram is also much famed as Mamallapuram by the locals. Famous for the monuments and temples that date back to the 7th century, Mahabalipuram is a living witness to the great works of the Pallava dynasty.

  • By air: Chennai airport is the nearest airport to Mahabalipuram at a distance of about 40 km.
  • By rail: Egmore railway station is the nearest railhead to Mahabalipuram at a distance of just 55 km.
  • By road: Mahabalipuram is well connected to the nearby cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Madurai via roadways.

Places to visit : Mahabalipuram Beach, Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Alamparai Fort, Tiger’s Caves, Sadras, and the Crocodile Bank. Average Temperature: 28.4-degree celsius

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44. Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam- Places To Visit In India

From the famous beaches like that of Ramakrishna, Rushikonda, and Yarada beach to the thrilling cable car ride that takes the travelers atop the picturesque Kailasagiri Hill, there’s a lot more to the hidden gem of Visakhapatnam than what meets the eyes. Exhibiting a range of attractions like that of pristine beaches, hill stations, conserved submarine, temples, museums, caves, and wildlife sanctuaries, Visakhapatnam is undoubtedly one beautiful places in India to watch out for in future.

Best time to visit: September to March How to reach:

  • By air: The city has its own Visakhapatnam International Airport that is well connected to major cities in India.
  • By rail: Visakhapatnam is well connected to the cities of Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata by a good network of railway.
  • One can board regular buses that run from the neighbouring cities of Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Chennai, and Bhubaneswar.

Places to visit : Kailasagiri Hill Park, INS Kursura in Submarine Museum, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakha Museum, Ramakrishna Mission Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Yarada Beach, Tenneti Park, Ross Hill, and Lawsons Bay Beach Park. Average Temperature: 27.8 degree celsius

Ooty- Places To Visit In India

Much famed as Udhagamandalam amongst the locals, Ooty is one of the most popular and frequented holiday destinations in India . Home to mighty rock mountains, the thrilling Nilgiri Mountain Railway, refreshing gardens, and dangerous hair-pin bends, Ooty never fails to charm the travelers with its magic.

  • By air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport to Ooty located at a distance of just 88 km.
  • By rail: Coimbatore Junction is also the nearest railhead to Coimbatore at a distance of just 88 km.
  • By road: Ooty has regular bus services from the nearby cities and towns of Coonoor, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Chennai.

Places to visit : Ooty Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Ride the toy train, Doddabetta Peak, Dolphin’s Nose, Thread Garden, Kalhatti Falls, Emerald Lake, and Kamaraj Sagar Dam. Average Temperature: 14.4-degree celsius

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46. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal- Places To Visit In India

Literally translating into “the gift of the forests”, Kodaikanal is one of the richest blessings of nature that the state of Tamil Nadu has received. Lush forests encircled by the hills, and filled with cascading waterfalls and pillar formations, Kodaikanal is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India before you die .

Best time to visit : September to May How to reach:

  • By air: Located at a distance of about 120 km, Madurai airport is the nearest airstrip to Kodaikanal.
  • By rail: The railway station of Kodai Road is the nearest railhead to Kodaikanal at a distance of 100 km.
  • By road: Kodaikanal has frequent bus services from the nearby cities Ooty, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kochi.

Places to visit : Pillars Rocks, Kodai Lake, Coakers Walk, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Devil’s Kitchen, Dolphin’s Nose, Bryant Park, and Berijam Lake. Average Temperature: 16.3-degree celsius

47. Pondicherry

Pondicherry- Places To Visit In India

Much famed to be the French Riviera of the East, Pondicherry or Puducherry happens to be one of the famous tourist places in India for those who are looking forward to a laid-back beach vacation. Witness the beautiful culture of this quaint little French town and savouring the delicious seafood is a must when in Pondy.

Best time to visit: October to March How to reach:

  • By air: Chennai airport is the nearest airport to Pondicherry which is located at a distance of 125 km when travelled via the East Coast Road (ECR).
  • By rail: Villupuram Railway Junction is the closest railhead to Pondicherry located at a distance of just 37 km.
  • By road: Pondicherry is the most accessible via the ECR road from the neighbouring cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Madurai, Trichy, and Egmore.

Places to visit : The Seaside Promenade, Paradise Beach, Auroville Ashram, Chunnambar Boat House, Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Average Temperature: 28.3-degree celsius

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48. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar- Places To Visit In India

Considered to be one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in India , Mahabaleshwar is one of the refreshing retreats that Western Ghats has to offer to the travellers. From the cascading waterfalls to the lush green ghats, your visit to Mahabaleshwar will be wrapped in mist and guided by the clouds.

  • By air: New Pune International Airport is the nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar located at a distance of just 136 km.
  • By rail: Wathar is the nearest railway station located to Mahabaleshwar at a distance of about 60 km.
  • By road: There are regular buses that run from the common places in Mumbai like that of Vashi, Dadar East, and Sion till Mahabaleshwar.

Places to visit : Elephant’s Head Point, Chinaman’s Fall, Dhobi Waterfalls, Arthur’s seat, Panchgani, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple, and Wilson Point. Average Temperature: 24.4-degree celsius

49. Darjeeling

Darjeeling- Places To Visit In India

Considered to be the most frequented tourist destinations in India , Darjeeling is a common name in the houses of those who love chai more than anything else. Renowned across the world for its varieties of tea, Darjeeling effortlessly charms everyone with its refreshing greens and soothing blues.

Best time to visit : February to March and September to December How to reach:

  • By air: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Darjeeling which is 38 km away.
  • By rail: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railhead to Darjeeling at a distance of just 62 km.
  • By road: One can board one of the regular buses that run from Siliguri to Darjeeling on daily basis. However, there are many buses that frequently travel to Darjeeling from nearby cities of Kurseong, Kalimpong, and more.

Places to visit : Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Japanese Peace Pagoda, the Rock Garden, Nightingale Park, and Sandakphu Peak. Average Temperature: 17.8-degree celsius.

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Ziro- Places To Visit In India

Silent, serene, and splendid is what Ziro is synonymous with. Though this picturesque town is popular across the world for its famous Ziro Festival , most of the destination still remains unexplored to a large extent. From the rice fields to the misty mountains, Ziro is indeed one of the must-visit Indian tourist places .

Best time to visit: Throughout the year. How to reach:

  • By air: Jorhat Airport is the nearest airport to Ziro which is located at a distance of about 98 km.
  • By rail: Naharlagun is the nearest railway station to Ziro which is located at a distance of about 100 km.
  • By road: The best option by road is to hire a cab or taxi from Jorhat or Guwahati. The journey takes about 7 hours to reach Ziro from there. However, one can also board the state-run buses from the capital city of Itanagar.

Places to visit : Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile Pakho, Tarin Fish Farm, Shiv Linga, Pine Grove, Meghna Cave Temple, and Dolo Mando. Average Temperature: 16.8-degree celsius

51. Khajjiar

Khajjiar- Places To Visit In India

Khajjiar is a small hill town in Himachal Pradesh which is blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty. Situated at an altitude of 6,500 feet, this place features vast dense forests, lakes and wide pasture lands. The town is known for the picturesque Khajjiar Lake, which is surrounded by forests of cedar trees. Another popular pilgrimage and tourist spot in Khajjiar is the Khajji Nag Temple, a 12th-century shrine that worships a serpent deity. There are some really interesting adventure activities including paragliding, zorbing and horse-riding that you can enjoy in Khajjiar.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, especially summer (April-June). January and February may see heavy rainfall and snowfall. How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport is Gaggal airport (120 km) in Dharamshala
  • By rail: Pathankot (118 km) is the nearest railway station and can be reached via trains from Delhi, Chandigarh and Bhatinda. Taxis are available from the station to Khajjiar.
  • By road: Khajjiar is easily accessible by road, from the major towns of Himachal Pradesh

Places to visit : Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Lord Shiva Statue, Golden Devi Temple, HP State Handicrafts Center Average Temperature: 15.3-degree celsius

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52. Mount Abu

Mount Abu- Places To Visit In India

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan . This climate here is cool due to its location on the Aravali Range. In fact, the highest peak of the Aravallis fall within Mount Abu. The hill station rests on a plateau surrounded by lush green forest and offers great views of the plains below. There are many specific viewpoints including Honeymoon Point and Sunset Point, to enjoy these picturesque sights. Nakki Lake is a popular spot to enjoy boating in Mount Abu.

Best time to visit : July – February How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport is in Udaipur (185 km) and but the Ahmedabad airport (221 km) has higher connectivity.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Abu Road, which is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Ahmedabad
  • By road: The nearest NH to Mount Abu is NH14 and is well connected with major cities of India.

Places to visit : Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Toad Rock, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh Village, Guru Shikhar Average Temperature: 20.9-degree celsius

53. Nainital

Nainital- Places To Visit In India

Located at an elevation of 2,000m, Nainital is a resort town in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. The place gets its name from a lake called ‘Naini Lake’ around which the whole town is established. The lake is popular for boating scenes and has an ancient Devi Hindu Temple on its northern shore. Nainital has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Surrounded by many snow-capped hills and having a number of lakes in its boundary, there are a plethora of beautiful sights that you can enjoy here.

  • By air: Pantnagar Airport (72 km) is the nearest airport to Nainital.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Kathgodham Railway Station (34 km), connecting Nainital to Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kolkata and Agra. You can hire a taxi from the station.
  • By road: Nainital is well connected to several big and small cities through road and overnight bus services are available

Places to visit : Naina Peak, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Sariyatal Lake, Bhimtal Lake, Khurpatal Lake, Eco Cave Gardens, The Mall Road Average Temperature: 13.0 degree Celsius.

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54. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep- Places To Visit In India

The Indian islands, Lakshadweep is an archipelago (group) of 36 islands which consists of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. This is one of the most popular tropical island destinations and the smallest Union Territory in India. Only some islands of this archipelago are inhabited and just a few are open to the visitors. But the pristine beaches, azure waters, beach resorts and water adventure sports make Lakshadweep a travel-must. Kavaratti is one of the most developed islands and is popular for beautifully decorated mosques.

Best time to visit: September to May How to reach:

  • By air: The Cochin International Airport connects Lakshadweep to the mainland
  • By sea: There are 7 passenger-ship services available from Cochin to Lakshadweep

Places to visit : Minicoy Island, Agatti Islands, Bangaram Island, Kalpeni Islands Average Temperature: 22 degrees to 33-degree celsius.

Chopta- Places To Visit In India

Chopta is a small but significant region in Uttarakhand. The place is covered with alpine and grassy meadows and forests making this a peaceful getaway into the laps of nature. The Chopta Valley is surrounded by many mighty mountain peaks that create a breathtaking backdrop. A part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Chopta is also a base for trekking to Tungnath, one of the Panch Kedar. The best way to explore this place is through trekking and visiting the local tourist spots on the way.

Best time to visit: March to June How to reach:

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (97 km) is the nearest airport
  • By rail: Rishikesh railway station (100 km) is the nearest railway head. From there you can take a minibus or cab to Chopta
  • By road: Chopta can be reached by taking the NH58

Places to visit : Tungnath Temple, Deori Tal, Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary, Ukhimath Average Temperature: Night temperature will go around 3 degree celsius and the day temperature is around 15 degrees

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Spiti- Places To Visit In India

Located at an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, Spiti Valley is one of the most sought after travel destinations in Himachal Pradesh. ‘Spiti’ means ‘the middle land’. The region is characterized by winding roads, wide valleys, arid deserts and snow-capped mountains. The clear and open sky in Spiti will leave you spellbound while you stargaze in the night. The valley has some of the oldest monasteries that you that add to the charm of this mystic region. Spiti is also a trekking hotspot popular among the adventure enthusiasts.

Best time to visit : Mid May to Mid October How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport to Spiti Valley is in Bhuntar (245 km) near Kullu.
  • By rail: The nearest broad gauge railway station with good connectivity is in Chandigarh.
  • By road: There are direct buses available from Chandigarh, Shimla, Kullu Manali and few other parts of North India.

Places to visit : Chandratal Lake, Key Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Suraj Tal Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery Average Temperature: The range is between 10 degrees to 30-degree celsius.

57. Sonamarg

Sonamarg- Places To Visit In India

Sonamarg is a serene hill town in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. The sight of snow-capped mountains, blooming-fields lush green valleys and pristine lakes is simply mesmerizing. The term ‘Sonamarg’ means ‘the land of gold’. Sonamark features a number of beautiful mountain lakes, including Gangabal and Satsar. Krishnasar is one of the most popular lakes and a hotspot for fishing. Sonmarg is also a historically significant places as it was a gateway to the ancient Silk Route.

Best time to visit: May to October How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport is in Srinagar (70 km)
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station in Jammu
  • By road: You can either drive or board one of the regular buses that run from Jammu and Srinagar to Sonamarg

Places to visit : Thajiwas Glacier, Zoji-La Pass, Vishansar Lake, Nilagrad River, Baltal Valley, Krishnasar Lake. Average Temperature: 6.5 degree celsius

Almora- Places To Visit In India

Almora is a hill town in Uttarakhand, shaped like a horse-shoe. The mighty Himalayan ranges and rare wildlife make this place every nature lovers dream destination. The two major rivers, Koshi and Suyal, flowing through this town add to the beauty of this place. In fact, the beauty and the pleasant climate of Almora had won the heart of Mahatma Gandhi too, who compared Almora with Europe. Rich in cultural heritage, the town is also famous for handicrafts and traditional cuisines.

Best time to visit : Throughout the year How to reach:

  • By air: Pantnagar (115 km) is the nearest airport.
  • By rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station
  • By road: Almora is well connected with major North Indian cities by road

Places to visit : Zero Point, Jageshwar, Katarmal Sun Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Chitai Temple, Deer Park, Dunagiri, Jalna, Bright End Corner. Average Temperature: 23.5 degree celsius

Orchha- Best Places To Visit In India

Located in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha is a town known for its grand historical structures including palaces, temples and forts. Set on the banks of Betwa river, the medieval architectural heritage of this place attracts tourists from around the world. Orchha is also popular for its frescos and classical murals paintings. There are many beautiful temples in this town. Chaturbhuj Temple is one of the most popular temple which was built by the queen of Orchha, Ganeshi Bai.

Best time to visit: July to March How to reach:

  • By air: Gwalior Airport (140 km) is the nearest airport
  • By rail: Jhansi railway station (18 km) is the nearest railway station.
  • By road: Jhansi (16 km) is the nearest bus stop. There is no direct connectivity by road to Orchha.

Places to visit : Jahangir Mahal, Raja Mahal, Orchha Fort , Ram Raja Temple, Chattris, Chaturbhuj Temple, Phool Baag. Average Temperature: 26.3-degree celsius

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60. Gwalior – A Majestic Fort City

Historical site at one of the best places to visit in India

Gwalior is a historic city in Madhya Pradesh founded by Surajesan. It is known for its grand forts, palaces, rock temples and statues that reflect the heritage of the city. The spectacular Gwalior Fort , built in the 8th century is a major attraction and gives a panoramic view of the entire city. Being the birthplace of the great Indian musician, Tansen, Gwalior also hosts a 4-day Tansen Musical Fest to celebrate various forms of classical music.

  • By air: Gwalior airport is a major airport in the region
  • By rail: Gwalior is well connected to major parts of the country through railways
  • By road: NH3, NH75 and NH92 are the national highways that connect Gwalior with other major cities of India.

Places to visit : Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Gujari Mahal, Man Mandir Palace, Tomb of Tansen, Teli Ka Mandir, Saas Bahu Temple, Scindia Museum. Average Temperature: 25.7-degree celcius

61. Gokarna

Gokarna- Best Places To Visit In India

Gokarna is a town on the Arabian Sea, located in Karnataka. It is a Hindu pilgrimage destination, with a number of sacred sites including the Mahabaleshwara Temple and Koti Teertha. Gokarna is often metaphorized as a ‘crowd-less Goa’. The places has many amazing beaches where you can spend some time relaxing in peace.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport is Dabolim in Goa, from where you can take a taxi or train to Gokarna
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is the Gokarna Road (8 km from the main city)
  • By road: Gokarna is well-connected by road to other major cities of India.

Places to visit : Om Beach, Mahabaleshwara Temple, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Yaana, Half Moon Beach, Koti Tirtha, Paradise Beach. Average Temperature: 27.1-degree celsius

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62. Pahalgam

Pahalgam- Best Places To Visit In India

A hill station in Jammu And Kashmir, Pahalgam is a nature’s paradise. Small houses, saffron farms, green fields, and lush valleys with the mighty Himalayan ranges forming the backdrop, Pahalgam is one of the most picturesque destinations of North India . The Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary located here is a habitat for many Himalayan species of fauna and flora including the musk deer and brown bears. There are many fast-flowing rivers in Pahalgam which makes it a perfect river rafting site too.

  • By air: Nearest airport is Srinagar Airport (91.1 km)
  • By rail: You can reach Pahalgam by road through regular bus services, taxi or cab
  • By road: N/A

Places to visit : Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari, Mamleshwar Temple, Lolab Valley. Average Temperature: Average high temperature is 20-degree Celsius and average low temperature is 10-degree celsius

63. Landsdowne

Landsdowne- Best Places To Visit In India

Lansdowne, the quaint hillside of Uttarakhand is gradually becoming a popular tourist attraction, especially because of its old-world charm and lush green mountainscape decorated with deodar and pine groves. Dating back to 1895, St. Mary Church still flaunts that old world charm in its every corner and is considered one of the best places to visit in Lansdowne .

Best time to visit: April to June

How to reach:

  • By air: Nearest airport from Lansdowne is Jolly Grant, located 150 km away. The airport is connected to Delhi via frequent flights.
  • By rail: For those wanting to reach Lansdowne by train, the nearest railway station from Lansdowne is Kotdwar, at a distance of 40 km. Kotdwar Station is well-connected to various cities and towns of North India.
  • By road: You can board a bus for Kotdwar or Dugadda from Kashmiri Gate.

Places to visit: Tip N Top, Bhulla Lake, War Memorial, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Darwan Singh Museum. Average Temperature: 15.6-degree celsius

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64. Joshimath

Joshimath- Best Places To Visit In India

Joshimath, in northern the tip of the Indian subcontinent on the Himalayas, is one of the major tourist attractions in Northern India. Joshimath is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the state of Uttarakhand, which attracts tourists who are always in pursuit of a peaceful vacation. While one can visit the hills throughout the year, the best time to visit Joshimath is during summers, as it offers excellent relief from the sizzling summer heat.

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport lies at 270 km from Joshimath.
  • By rail: Rishikesh, which is the closest railway station, is around 250 km from Joshimath.
  • By road: If you are starting from Delhi, you should reach Rishikesh first. Rishikesh is also well connected via road to different parts of the nation.

Places to visit : Ghangaria, Auli ropeway, Nanda Devi National Park, Tapovan, Narsingh Temple, Vishnuprayag river, Govindghat. Average Temperature: 14.5-degree celsius

Tawang- Best Places To Visit In India

Tawang’s landscape is adorned with massive rocky yet green mountains, group of Buddhist monasteries, and ethnicity of Monpa hamlets. Its iconic 17th-century monastery has always been a boss at stealing hearts. The warm hospitality and pleasant weather are two primary reasons Tawang is counted among one of the best places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: April to June, September to October How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport from Tawang is Salonibari Airport, at a distance of 315 km.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Tezpur Railway Station, 385 km away.
  • By road: Tawang is 1404 km away from Kolkata, a nearest major city from Tawang. Make sure you make sufficient stops enroute.

Places to visit : Tawang Monastery, Nuranang Waterfall, Tawang War Memorial Average Temperature: 10.0 degree  celsius

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66. Manikaran

Manikaran- Best Places To Visit In India

A pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs, Manikaran is most popular for its hot springs. With religious tourists pouring-in in large numbers, it has become quite crowded. Manikaran is located 90 km from Manali. Descend on this area of worship and seek the blessings of Gods. It is considered one of the best places to visit in India before you turn 30.

  • By air: Bhuntar airport is 24 km away from Manikaran.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Summer Hill Railway Station, 106 km away.
  • By road: The best way to reach Manikaran from Pathankot is to go on a bus to Bhuntar and then take a local bus.

Places to visit : Grahan Street, Chalal Trek Trail, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. Average Temperature: 28.6-degree celsius

67. Shimoga

Shimoga- Best Places To Visit In India

An offbeat and picturesque hill station, Shimoga is the true gem of Karnataka. Bestowed with verdant hills, valleys, thick forests, and wildlife, Shimoga speaks of nothing but surreal and scenic beauty. With a pleasant climate and mesmerizing sceneries, you will have the time of your life here. It is considered as one of the most offbeat places to visit in India before you turn 30.

  • By air: The nearest International Airport is Mangalore Airport, Mangalore, roughly 195 kms from Shimoga.
  • By rail: Shimoga has its own Railway Station named as Shimoga Nagar Railway station.
  • By road: Shimoga is well-connected to Bhadravathi, Kadur, Banavara, Tumkur, Bangalore and Goa. You can take the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses.

Places to visit : Jog falls, Kodachadri, Dabbe falls, Agumbe, Gudavi bird sanctuary Average Temperature:  18-25 degrees Celsius

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68. Madikeri

Madikeri- Best Places To Visit In India

Madikeri is one of the most visited hill stations in Karnataka. Encircled by the Western Ghats, it is known for its scenic beauty, misty hills, wildlife, local cuisines, and coffee plantations. Staying in the lap of nature is nothing less than stepping into heaven. You will have a blast here. We suggest you take this trip solo. You can also take this trip with friends or family, however.

  • By air: The town of Madikeri doesn’t have an airport of its own. The airport in Mangalore can be used to reach Madikeri.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Kannur, which is 113 km from Madikeri.
  • By road: To reach Madikeri from Mysore, you can take any government or private bus.

Places to visit : Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Tomb, Sree Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Average Temperature: 23.0-degree celsius

69. Ranikhet

Ranikhet-  Best Places To Visit In India

A lovely cantonment hill-town in Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is also known as Queen’s Meadow. It is believed to be the resident of Queen Padmini of Kumaon. Revered shrines, a 9-hole golf course, rich orchards, and breathtaking nature in Ranikhet are the reasons why it is one of the best summer tourist places in India . It is considered as one of the most offbeat places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: September to February How to reach:

  • By air: The nearest airport from Ranikhet is Pantnagar Airport, at a distance of 110 km.
  • By rail: Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest major railhead near Ranikhet. Both are located 75 km away from each other.
  • By road: Nearest major city from Ranikhet is Delhi, 355 km away from each other.

Places to visit : Jhula Devi Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Bhalu Dam Average Temperature: 14. 8 degree celsius

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70. Kausani

Kausani- Best Places To Visit In India

Located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a perfect getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kausani is famous for its 300 km wide scenic views of some of the tallest peaks of the Himalayas like Nanda Devi and Panchachuli. Kausani weather is mild and hovers around 9 to 26 degrees. It is considered as one of the best places to visit in India before you turn 30.

  • By air: The nearest airport to Kausani is Pantnagar (177 km).
  • By rail: One can take a train from anywhere in India to Kathgodam near Nainital, and further take a short bus ride of 4 hours (136km) to reach Kausani.
  • By road: You can hire a cab from New Delhi or your drive your own car to cover the 401 km distance which will take up to 10 hours.

Places to visit : Gandhi Ashram, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Baijnath Temple Average Temperature:  25 – 35 degrees Celsius

Agumbe- Best Places To Visit In India

Known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity, Agumbe is a settlement situated in Karnataka. The lush rainforest also has many popular waterfalls such as Bakarna, Onake Abbi, and Jogi Gundi falls. There is a sunset viewpoint as well where you can enjoy the evening. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will be excited to know that there are some wild species that you can spot here like leopards and tigers.

By air: The nearest airport is Mangaluru Airport located about 95 km away from Agumbe village. By rail: The closest railway stations is Udupi Railway Station (about 50 km away). By road: You can directly take a bus from Bangalore going to Thirthahalli and then another bus from there to Agumbe. Places to visit : Enchanting waterfalls, sunset viewpoint, Sri Venugopala Krishna Swamy Temple Average Temperature: 23.5 degree Celsius

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Munnar- Best Places To Visit In India

Munnar is a place which is known for its beautiful tea gardens, lakes and pretty hill stations. Located at the Western Ghats, this is one of the best places to visit in India with friends and family. This beautiful hill station is the commercial centre for some of the biggest tea estates of the world. In addition to this the hill station is considered to be one of the most protected areas where some of the endemic and endangered species live.

Best time to visit : September To November, January To March How to reach:

By air: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport located 125 kms away By rail : The nearest railway station is Kochi and Ernakulam By road: One can take a cab or bus from Kochi, Aluva or Ernakulam

Places to visit : Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Tea Plantations Average Temperature: 19.4 degree celsius Restaurants: Copper Castle, SN Restaurant, Sree Mahaveer Bhojanalaya Restaurant

73. Gangtok

Gangtok- Best Places To Visit In India

With the spectacular view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga in the backdrop and the alluring clouds covering the peaks, Gangtok appears to be an intact painted picture. This beautiful hill station is located amidst the mountains and clouds. And alongside that it is also a base for many trekkers who hike up to the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations which has a blend of traditions and urbanisation.

Best time to visit : Late September to November and March to June How to reach:

By air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, West Bengal which is 124 kilometres away By train: The nearest rail head is New Jalpaiguri which is 148 kilometres away By road: Take a car

Places to visit : Nathu La Pass, Rumtek Monastery, MG Road Average Temperature: 22 degree celsius Restaurants: OSM Restro & Lounge, Taste Of Tibet

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74. New Delhi

New Delhi- Best Places To Visit In India

The capital of India, Delhi brims with all the hustle bustle for the entire day. This metropolitan city reflects a beautiful blend of history and modernity with its monuments and fancy shopping places. Alongside that, the place is also famous for its incredible Delhi University which is renowned worldwide. There is a beautiful blend of culture and traditions which makes this city one of the top 25 tourist places in India.

Best time to visit: October To March How to reach: By air: The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport By train: There are 4 major railway junctions – Puraani Dilli, New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar By road: The major bus terminals in Delhi are Kashmere Gate ISBT, Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, Anand Vihar ISBT, Mandi House and Majnu Ka Tila

Places to visit : Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple Average Temperature: 7 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Smokehouse Grill, Bikanervala Angan, Paranthe Wali Gali, All American Diner

75. Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park- Best Places To Visit In India

Situated at the central region of Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park is quite a famous place to visit. This is known as one of the best parks in Asia which shelters around 22 species of large mammals. Alongside that this place is also one of the well-known tiger reserves. Established in 1955, people visit this park to enjoy an exciting wildlife safari.

Best time to visit: Mid-October to June How to reach: By air: There is no direct flight connectivity, The nearest is the Jabalpur airport which is located around 120 km away from Kanha National Park. By train: There is no direct train connectivity. Jabalpur Railway Station is the closest which is around 130 kms away from the national park. By road: Buses are available at short intervals from the nearest city Mandla. Average Temperature: 14 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Mogli Resorts, Kanha Resort, Kanha Jungle Lodge

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76. Mussoorie

Mussoorie- Best Places To Visit In India

Mussoorie is considered to be one of the best places to visit in India with friends in Uttarakhand. Resting at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, this place is also known as the “Queen of Hills”. Located at a height of 7000 feet above sea level, this place has so much to offer beyond the pleasant climate and natural beauty of the hills.

Best time to visit : September To June How to reach: By air: The nearest airport from Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant Airport which is located 30 kms away By road: The hill station is well-connected with the major cities by the roadways and one can also hire a taxi from Dehradun or New Delhi to Mussoorie. Places to visit : Lal Tibba, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill Average Temperature: 4 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Tavern, Neelam, Casa Mia Bakery, Emily’s, Tip Top Tea Shop

77. Tirupati

Tirupati- Best Places To Visit In India

Located at the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is famous for its majestic Venkateshwara Temple which is one of the most famous pilgrimage centres in India. Tirupati is believed to be one of the oldest cities which is mentioned in the ancient scriptures. And alongside that, people can see devotees rushing to the temple to take one glimpse of the 8-feet tall idol of Lord Venkateshwara. The religious place is counted as one of the best places to visit in India for believers.

Best time to visit : September To February How to reach: By air: The nearest airport is the Tirupati airport which is located at a distance of 15 kms from the main city. By train: There are 3 railway stations to reach Tirupati which includes Tirupati Main, Renigunta and Anantharajupet. By road: There are regular buses which run from nearby cities like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Places to visit : Sri Venkateswara Temple, Swami Pushkarini Lake, City Shopping, Vedadri Narasimha Swamy Temple Average Temperature: 20 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Rainbow At Fortune Select Grand Ridge, Maurya, Andhra Spice, Hyderabad House

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78. Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi- Best Places To Visit In India

Vaishno Devi is a holy cave that holds major importance in India and every year experience a vast number of devotees coming there. This place is located close to the Trikuta Hills, which is 13 kms away from Katra. This Holy Shrine was incepted in 1986 and since then the devotees come to this place to seek the blessings. This is one of the most famous places in India which must be visited at least once in a lifetime.

Best time to visit: March To October How to reach: By air: The nearest airport from Katra is Jammu Airport or Sarwari Airport By train: The nearest railhead is Katra and connects the major cities By road: Buses run from Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu Tawi at affordable prices Places to visit : Ardh Kuwari Cave, Bhairavnath Temple, Dera Baba Banda, Katra Average Temperature: 11 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Sagar Ratna Restaurant, Mahduban, Prem Vaishno Dhaba

79. Alleppey

Alleppey- Best Places To Visit In India

Also called Alappuzha, Alleppey is a beautiful city located in the South Indian State of Kerala and surrounded by the Laccadive Sea. Enclosed by the green paddy fields and the surreal avifauna, Alleppey is a place which is worth visiting. Counted as one of the dream places to visit in India , Alleppey is a home to backwaters, beaches and beautiful lagoons.

Best time to visit : October and February How to reach: By air: There are no direct flights from Alleppey. To reach the place the nearest airport is Kochi which is located at a distance of 60kms. By train: Alappuzha railway station is the nearest station to reach Alleppey. By road: Buses run at very short intervals from places like Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and many other neighbouring places. Places to visit : Alappuzha Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Nehru Trophy Boat Race Average Temperature: 30 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Vembanad Restaurant, Harbour Restaurant, Mushroom

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80. Bangalore

Bangalore- Best Places To Visit In India

Popularly called the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is one of the finest cities which is also considered to be one of the safe places to visit in India . Known for its amazing weather and majestic architectures surrounded by lush-green parks. The city has modern malls fancy cafes and restaurants and also Botanical gardens which is perfect to take a stroll.

Best time to visit : November – February How to reach: By air: KempeGowda International Airport is the only airport which connects with 10 domestic and 21 international airlines. By train: There are 2 rail terminals in Bangalore – Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur Junction By road: Government and Private buses run from Mumbai, Goa, Chennai and Hyderabad Places to visit : Bangalore Palace, Cubbon Park, MG Road, Lal Bagh and UB City Mall Average Temperature: 27 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Only Place, Olive Beach, Fava, Sue’s Food Place

Jaipur- Best Places To Visit In India

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan which is also called the Pink City. This place is known for its rich culture and heritage which is formed since many centuries. Jaipur city comes under the Golden Triangle and makes one of the most famous places in India to visit. From the magnificent palaces to the vibrant markets, there is a lot to explore. The vibrant Pink City is one of the best places to visit in India.

Best time to visit : November-March How to reach: By air: The nearest airport is the Sanganer airport which is well connected with all the major cities By train: Shatabdi Express connects Jaipur to all the major cities By road: There are buses by RSRTC which runs on frequent intervals and connects to major cities Places to visit : Amer Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal Average Temperature: 20 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Choki Dhani, Four Seasons, Copper Chimney OM Revolving Restaurant

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82. Chandigarh

Chandigarh- Best Places To Visit In India

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Chandigarh is one of the famous places to visit in India. It is India’s first planned cities and is one of the famous weekend road trip destinations. Some of the prominent attractions which attracts tourists to Chandigarh are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garde, Rose Garden, the Lesiure Valley and Capitol Complex.

Best time to visit : August-March How to reach: By air: Chandigarh airport is well connected with all the major cities By train: Chandigarh railway station has frequent trains plying from New Delhi By road: Excellent road connectivity with other neighbouring cities Places to visit : Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake Average Temperature: 29 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Barbecue Nation, Pirates of Grill, Swagath Restaurant and Bar

83. Lonavala

Lonavala- Best Places To Visit In India

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Another popular tourist places to visit in India during Monsoon is Lonavala. It is the most visited hill station in Maharashtra and is a popular destination for camping, trekking and other thrilling sports. It allures tourists with its beauty. Surrounding by gorgeous waterfalls and forests, it is a must-visit place for all nature lovers.

Best time to visit : Throughout the year How to reach: By air: Lohegaon airport is the nearest airport which is well connected with all the major cities By train: Lonavala has its own railway station and trains to and fro are available on a regular basis By road: Regular state and private buses operate regularly to Lonavala Places to visit : Tiger’s Leap, Imagica, Karla Caves Average Temperature: 24 Degree Celsius Restaurants: Cafe 24, Lonavala Foods, Della Villa Bistro

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84. Coonoor

Coonoor- Best Places To Visit In India

Coonoor is a serene hill station located in Tamil Nadu that is known for its tea estates. Being surrounded by Nilgiri Hills, the place attracts nature lovers from across the country. Roses, eucalyptus trees, and rhododendrons are in abundance, especially at Sim’s Park. The steam Nilgiri Mountain Railway passes through Coonoor and offers the spellbinding views of lush green Nilgiri Hills.

Things to do : Go for sightseeing, visit tea estates, indulge in shopping as the place offer a variety of tea and coffee Best time to visit : October to February Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport

How to reach: By flight: The Coimbatore International Airport is situated in Coimbatore which is about 110kms from the city. By road: Government and private buses both are accessible to & from major cities. By train: The Mettupalayam Railway Station is the major rail head which is nearly 45 km from coonoor. You can board a bus or taxi from there to reach Coonoor Average Temperature: 17-degree Celsius

Ajmer- Best Places To Visit In India

Ajmer, the mystic home to Dargah Ajmer Sharif, attracts visitors from across the globe. The dargah was the place where Muslim Sufi Saint Khwaja Garib Nawaz resided and imparted his teachings. The site is truly unique as you will see travelers and pilgrims of different religions bowing under the same roof with the same respect. The place also hosts yearly Sufi music festivals where Qalams by popular Sufi saints are performed. Ajmer also features prominent historical sites that were commissioned by Mughals and exhibits Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This is one of the best places to visit in India.

Things to do : Take a sightseeing tour, attend Sufi festivals, enjoy local food esp. For non-vegetarians Best time to visit : September to June Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport

How to reach: By flight: the Jaipur International Airport in Jaipur is the closest Airport which is nearly 132 km. From there you can hire a cab and reach Ajmer. By road: There are numerous buses running between Delhi and Jaipur and most of them halts at Ajmer By train: Ajmer Junction is a popular railway station and welcomes trains from the major cities Average Temperature: 24.7-degree Celsius

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86. Varkala

Varkala- Best Places To Visit In India

Varkala is the hidden treasure of Kerala which is known for the unique 15m high Northern Cliff that is associated with the Arabian Sea. The hippie culture here is world-known, the cliffs serve amazing seafood & play global music. The place is also known for Janardhana Swami Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi.

Things to do : enjoy the beaches, visit the Janardhana Swami temple Best time to visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram

How to reach: By flight: there is no direct flight connected to Varkala, so the nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram around 40km away from the same. By road: constant bus services ply to and fro from the city of Varkala. They operate on a regular basis from Kochi, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, etc. By train: Varkala is connected to the rest of the country by railways, through its Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station. Average Temperature: 27-degree Celsius

Poovar- Best Places To Visit In India

A small rustic town located 27 km from Thiruvananthapuram with the least explored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Also popular as a fishing village, Poovar Island is found between the Neyyar River and the Arabian Sea. When here hire a boat ( specifically during the sunset) and it will give you a backwater tour of the mangrove forest which is a must-visit activity. The serenity of Poovar make it one of the best places to visit in India in Deember.

Things To Do : see the Vizhinjam harbor, explore the Neyyar dam & Neyyar wildlife sanctuary. Best time to visit: November – February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport

How to reach: By airport: Nearest airport to Poovar is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is 38km away and has regular flights from the major cities in the country. Taxis & local state transport buses are easily available. By road: To reach Poovar by road you have to first reach Thiruvananthapuram by bus. From there you can only approach the town by water. Boats & houseboats are available from Trivandrum. By train: the closest railway station to Poovar is Parassala Railway Station which is located at a distance of 11 km. From the station, you can hire a boat to reach Poovar. Average Temperature: 26-degree Celsius

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88. Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari- Best Places To Visit In India

The southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, environed by the three seas- Indian, Arabian, and the Bay of Bengal. Kanyakumari was earlier known as Cape Comorin. The place is a mountainous terrain amid three seas, with tall & bold coconut trees, hills & dotted with paddy fields. Apart from this, Kanyakumari is also the only place in the country where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach. It is among the best places to visit in India which makes the travelers spell bounded from its splendid beauty.

Things to do : Vivekananda rock memorial, visit Triveni Sangam, explore Vattakottara fort. Best time to visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International

How to reach: By flight: the closest airport to Kanyakumari is Trivandrum International Airport, which is located 67kms away from Kanyakumari. From here you can take buses or cabs to reach Kanyakumari. By road: Kanyakumari is well associated with the major South Indian cities by road. If you are commuting from any of the South Indian places you can opt for self-drive. By train: Kanyakumari has its own railway station which is well associated with most of the Indian cities. Average Temperature: 31-degree Celsius

89. Khajuraho

Khajuraho- Best Places To Visit In India

A UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Madhya Pradesh. The site is popular across the world for its marvelous temples adorned with sensuous and attractive carvings. The architecture of this place aims to depict the erotic forms of love, the illustrations on the wall portray passion in the most aesthetic and appealing ways. Built during 950 to 1050 AD the carvings show a paradox with the conventional Indian ideals that leave the visitors spellbound. The archaeological marvels of Khajurao make it one of the best places to visit in North India.

Things to do  : tour the temples, visit the nature & Panna national park Best time to visit : October to February Nearest Airport: Khajuraho Airport

How to reach: By flight: The nearest airport is the Khajuraho Airport that connects Khajuraho to the rest of the country’s major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, etc. By road: daily bus services ply to and from here. Majorly from Delhi, Bhopal, Indore the buses are easily available. Average Temperature: 25.8-degree Celsius

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90. Pushkar

Pushkar- Best Places To Visit In India

Pushkar, a lively town bordering the Thar Desert is a prominent religious site and being a proud home to the world-famous Pushkar Mela , welcomes tourists from across the world during the festival. This is one of the best places to visit in India. The town is nestled along the Pushkar Lake which comprises 52 ghats (stone staircase) where pilgrims perform rituals and take holy dips. There are over hundreds of temples at Pushkar, however, Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is the most popular amongst them. The temple was constructed in the 14th century and exhibits exclusive architecture.

Things to do : Visit temples, attend festivals, spend time at Pushkar Lake Best time to visit : September to April Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport

How to reach: By flights: Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is nearly 140 km from Pushkar and you can board a bus or hire a taxi to reach By road: You can hire a taxi or board a state transport bus from any nearby city By train: Pushkar railway station is well-connected and has connectivity with major cities of Rajasthan Average Temperature: 24.8-degree Celsius

91. Wayanad

Wayanad- Best Places To Visit In India

Known as Nature’s Abode, Wayanad houses archaic historical caves, welcoming resorts, magical waterfalls & amazing homestays. The place is also famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. When here tour the spice plantations and trek at the prehistoric caves. This is one of the best places to visit in India.

Things to do : Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuruva Island, Edakkal caves Best time to visit : throughout the year

How to reach: By flight: the nearest airport to Wayanad is Calicut International Airport which is 93 km away from Wayanad. From here, you can either hire a cab or take a bus to Wayanad. By road: Wayanad is well associated with the nearby South Indian cities such as Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kozhikode. You can catch a public bus or hire your own cab to Wayanad. By train: the nearest railway station to Wayanad is Nilambur railway station in Kerala. It is situated at a ditay of 90 km from Wayanad. From here you can take a bus or hire a cab to Wayanad. Average Temperature: 25.6-degree Celsius

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92. Gulmarg

Gulmarg- Best Places To Visit In India

If you are fond of winters & love to play with snow then Gulmarg should definitely be on your list of must visit places in India  before you turn 31. Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, the place is a famous skiing destination in Pir Panjal Range of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Dotted by snow-covered lofty Himalayas, lush green valleys, bloomed flowers, and deep ravined, Gulmarg possesses the world’s second-highest Gondola ride.

Things to do : Go skiing, play with the snow, go snowboarding Best time to visit : March to June Nearest Airport: Srinagar International Airport

How to reach: By flight: the closest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar Airport which is well-connected to all the major airports of the country. By road: direct buses are available from Delhi to Gulmarg. Both government and private deluxe buses run on the common route. By train: the closest railway station to Gulmarg is 290 km away from Gulmarg. You can catch a bus from Jammy or hire a taxi directly to Gulmarg. Average Temperature: 7.6-degree Celsius

Shirdi- Best Places To Visit In India

Called the Land of Sai Baba, Shirdi is a religious site close to Nasik with multiple temples & few historical places. Situated in Ahmednagar district the place holds strong significance as holy and pilgrim place for the devotees of Sai Baba. This small town is brimming with religious spots & things which will soothe the tourist in India . The aura is fresh and carries chants lingering with spirituality.

Things to do : Explore the temples, Sai Teerth Theme Park, Sai Heritage Village Best time to visit : June to February Nearest Airport: Aurangabad Airport

How to reach: By flights: the Aurangabad airport is the nearest to Shirdi. Post arriving at the airport you can take a bus to Shirdi. By road: interstate and intrastate regularly operate here. Bus journeys are easier & convenient. By train: the nearest railway station to Shirdi is Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station which is well connected to most major cities in the country. Average Temperature: 25.7-degree Celsius

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94. Madurai

Madurai- Best Places To Visit In India

The cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, this is the oldest continuously-inhabited most beautiful city of India . Built-in the shape of a lotus, thus known as ‘The Lotus City’. Visit the place and explore the Meenakshi Amman temple with your family here, and seek some positivity. This ancient city is among the best places to go in India.

Things to do : Meenakshi temple, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Abodes of Lord Murugan Best time to visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport

How to reach: By flight: flights are very convenient as the airport is just 10 I’m from the main city. By road: there are bus services from most of the major cities in South India. Bus journeys are also a feasible & convenient option to reach Madurai. By train: there are many train services that run across the year. But, advance booking is recommended Average Temperature: 28.8-degree Celsius

95. Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya- Best Places To Visit In India

Now the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bodh Gaya is famous for the Mahabodhi Temple . It was here under the Bodhi tree that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Thus the place is also known as the Land of Nirvana. Undoubtedly, this is among the best places to visit in India.

Things To Do: Bodhi tree temple, Great Buddha Statue, Dungeswari Hills Best time to visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Bodh Gaya

How to reach: By flight: The closest airport is 17 km from Gaya, but it is suggested to travel via Patna Airport which is 135 km away. You can hire a taxi from the destination and drive to Bodh Gaya. By road: you can take a cab from Patna to Bodh Gaya however the roads are narrow & it’s quite dangerous. It takes about 3 hours to travel from Patna to Gaya. By train: the Gaya Railway Station is located at a distance of 16km from Bodh Gaya. One can take a cab from the railway station. Average Temperature: 26.5-degree Celsius

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Ranchi- Best Places To Visit In India

For all those who love waterfalls, the city is surrounded with dense forests, beautiful river Subarnekha and houses the most beautiful waterfalls. There are hardly any sightseeing spots in Ranchi, but because of better flight connectivity the natural surroundings of Ranchi have become quite famous among the holidaymakers.

Things To Do: Johna Falls, Picnic at Tagore hills, tour the Birsa Zoological Park Best time to visit: November to February Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport

How to reach: By flight: The closest airport is Birsa Munda Airport, it connects Patna, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata via regular flights. By road: located between NH23 and NH32, Ranchi is directly connected to nearby cities like Kolkata, Patna via buses. By train: the Ranchi Junction connects Ranchi to various cities in the country via railways. Average Temperature: 23.7-degree Celsius

97. Bokaro Steel City

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Explore the city of beautiful parks, lush greenery and beautiful makes with your best people. The place is perfect for all those looking to relax & enjoy a peaceful time with their loved ones. Apart from being the nucleus of India’s Industrial revolution back in 1960s and 70s Bokaro has gained recognition for itself as one of the most well-planned cities in the country and counted in the best places to visit in India.

Things To Do: See the Garga Dam, Jagannath Temple, City park Best time to visit: September to February Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport How to reach: By flight: the nearest airport to Bokaro is 120 kms away, at Ranchi. One can easily hire a cab from the airport and reach Bokaro. By road: situated right at the meeting point of NH32 and NH23, it connects it to cities like Ranchi and Jamshedpur. By train: Rajdhani Express connected it to New Delhi while Ranchi and Kolkata are connected by Shatabdi. The train journey is easier & hassle free. Average Temperature: 26.2-degree Celsius

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98. Deoghar

Deoghar- Best Places To Visit In India

Many tourists visit this place to perform the holy ritual of Rudrabhishek (the holy bath) in the holy month. While exploring the places to visit in India before you turn 30 you can visit this place if you wish to seek some spiritual vibes & positivity. This is one of the best places to visit in India in low budget.

Things To Do: Nandan Pahar, Baba Baidyanath temple Best time to visit: October until March Nearest Airport: Bodh Gaya – 175 kms from Deoghar

How to reach: By flight: there is no direct connectivity via flight to Deoghar. By road: regular buses ply to and fro this city. They operate on a daily basis, through a well-connected roadways network. By train: the place is well connected to the other parts of India via railways. Regular trains operate for passengers. Average Temperature: 25.4-degree Celsius

99. Bankura

Bankura- Best Places To Visit In India

With much historical significance, Bankura is a town known for its hills and quaint temples. The place is great for adventure enthusiasts especially those who love hiking and trekking. Apart from that, Bankura holds a significant history and is a temple city. The terracotta temples attract most of the tourists from all over the world.

Things To Do: Joypur Jungle, Susunia Hill, Siddhesvara Temple Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: By flight: the nearest Airport to Bankura is in Kolkata. From there, you can take a bus to Bankura. By road: regular buses are available from nearby cities and towns. By train: Bankura has its own railway station which is connected to the city of Bhubaneswar. From there you can take a bus or can to Bankura. Average Temperature: 26-degree Celsius

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100. Nalanda

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Wrapped in the spiritual aura, Nalanda is a significant Buddhist seat of academic excellence. It is also a well established pilgrim centre. Other than that, the place continues to be an equally soothing destination. It offers a beautiful fusion of spirituality, history, beauty, culture & tourism. This is one of the best places to visit in India for history lovers.

Things To Do: Jal Mandir, Stupa of Sariputra, Black Buddha Temple Best time to visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Patna Airport

How to reach: By flight: the closest airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash International Airport in Patna which is 75km away. From there you can take a cab and reach your destination. By road: Nalanda is well associated with the nearby cities like Bodhgaya, Patna etc and has a good road network. You can move easily to and from from these cities. By train: the nearest railway station is Nalanda Railway Station which is well-connected with the major cities of India. Average Temperature: 26.3-degree Celsius

101. Hazaribagh

Hazaribagh- Best Places To Visit In India

Situated in the Chhota Nagpur, Hazaribagh is a stunning place with dense forests and natural formations. The dense forests in Hazaribagh are the least explored and are in the purest form all loaded with greenery. Visit this stunning place & have a soothing holiday touring the beautiful lakes with your dearies. This is one of the best places to visit in India.

Things To Do: Hazaribagh National Park, Canary Hills, Hazaribagh Jheel Best time to visit: November to February Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport

How to reach: By flight: the nearest domestic airport is Birsa Munda Airport which is 96.5 km away from Hazaribagh. By road: the roads are all connected to Ranchi, Patna, and other cities of Bengal. The nearest city is Ranchi which is at a distance of 96 km. By train: the nearest railway station is Kodarma which is 50 km away. You can board a bus or hire a cab here. Average Temperature: 23.7-degree Celsius

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In India

What are the top 5 tourist destinations in india.

Some of the top-rated tourist destinations in India are The Taj Mahal, Agra. The Holy City of Varanasi. Harmandir Sahib, The Golden City: Jaisalmer, The Red Fort, New Delhi, Mumbai: The Gateway of India, Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, Amer Fort, Jaipur and many more.

Which is the most beautiful place in India?

There is no dearth of beautiful places to explore in India and it is difficult to choose one from many. But some of the most beautiful places that one must explore at least once in a lifetime are Khajjiar, Munnar, Coorg, Ziro, Valley of Flowers, Pithoragarh, Chail, and Leh among others.

Where should I travel for a 3-day vacation in India?

The above mentioned list of places to visit in India before you turn 30 should be considered for a 3 day vacation in India. But if the list is a little overwhelming then you can visit the following places: Delhi has remarkable hotels and all the hotels are following proper safety guidelines. Here is the list of the best hotels in Delhi where you can stay during the pandemic! 1. Jaipur 2. Udaipur 3. Ooty 4. Wayanad 5. Gangtok

Where do most foreigners visit in India?

Most of the foreigners are fond of visiting the quaint places that usually house the spectacular forts, temples & offer stunning views. These are found in Jaipur, Udaipur, Lonavala, and Kerala.

Which place is best for tourism?

Kerala is one of the best places for tourism. You can explore the place with your family and friends both & cherish some beautiful memories for life.

What is the most visited place in India?

The most visited place in India is the Jal Mahal in Jaipur as of the current data. This is so because this grand mahal is directly in contrast to the lively vibes of Jaipur city in Rajasthan. Offering serenity and peace at its best, this palace is located right in the middle of the charming Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur.

Where can I relax in India?

When exploring different places in India, you’ll come across a number of tourist locations where you can unwind yourself and relax. Some of them are mentioned in the list below: 1. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh 2. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 4. Gokarna, Karnataka 5. Hampi, Karnataka 6. Wayanad, Kerala

Which is the most peaceful place in India?

If anyone is looking for a peaceful retreat in India then one must consider these places – Auroville (Puducherry), Pangong Tso (Ladakh), Tosh (Himachal Pradesh), Lansdowne (Uttarakhand), Dzukou Valley (Nagaland), and Champawat (Uttarakhand).

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Think of India and it's likely that visions of formidable forts, palaces, and temples will come to mind, set against a backdrop of bright colors and history. That's exactly what North India provides -- and more! These top tourist places to visit in North India showcase the region's diverse beauty.

Most foreign tourists who visit North India land up in Delhi, India's capital city. Delhi airport has been modernized and expanded, with further works currently underway. Delhi strikingly brings to life the ancient past while at the same time showcases India's modern future. It's divided into two parts -- the crumbling old city of Old Delhi, and the orderly and well planned New Delhi -- which exist side by side, but feel like they're worlds apart. The city is dotted with evocative mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. Many of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens. This comprehensive guide to Delhi will help you plan your trip. Get some inspiration from these itineraries for 48 hours in Delhi and one week in Delhi as well.

Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh

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The Taj Mahal in Agra is India's most iconic monument and one of the top historical places in India. Hence, it usually features prominently on tourists' bucketlists. You can't visit North India and not see the Taj! It looms like a fairy tale from the banks of the Yamuna River and has an eventful history dating back to 1630. The monument is actually a tomb that contains the body of Mumtaz Mahal –- the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Made out of marble, it took 22 years and 20 000 workers to complete. One of the most captivating things about it is the way its color appears to gradually alter in the changing light of the day. Agra and the Taj Mahal are commonly visited as part of India's famous Golden Triangle tourist circuit, which also incorporates Delhi and Jaipur. Most tourists choose not to spend much time in Agra as it's not a particularly pleasant city. However, there are some interesting places to visit in Agra and around. Ideally, for the best perspective, see Agra Fort before the Taj Mahal because it predates it.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital, is famously refered to as the Pink City because of the color of the walls and buildings of its Old City. Some of the states most identifiable historic attractions are located there (who hasn't seen photos of the Hawa Mahal ?). However, in recent years, Jaipur has evolved to become quite hip with lots of trendy cafes and shops opening up. If traveling by road from Agra to Jaipur, make sure you stop at Abhaneri to see the incredible Chand Baori (step well) . Its architecture is amazing! Check out this Jaipur city guide for more information.

Amritsar, Punjab

Everyone who visits the exquisite the Golden Temple in Amritsar is invariably awestruck by it. The city is the spiritual capital of the Sikh religion. It was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. The temple was built later, by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan. Its foundations were laid in 1588 by popular Muslim Sufi saint Miyan Mir (in keeping with the notion that people of all faiths are welcome) and construction was completed in 1604. The temple looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing pure gold dome illuminated. If you love street food, Amritsar is renowned for it! Amritsar's Old City is also worth exploring.The exhuberant flag lowering ceremony at the Wagah Border is another attraction nearby. This Amritsar travel guide has all the details.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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Most likely, you'll either love or hate Varanasi! One of the top spiritual destinations in India , Varanasi is a sacred Hindu city with an ancient old history. Known as the city of Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, it’s believed that anyone who dies here will be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. Even a wash in the Ganges River is said to cleanse away all sins. The fascinating thing about this mystical city is that its rituals are revealed openly to along the many riverside ghats . Although Varanasi has been cleaned up a lot in recent years, it's still quite dirty and confronting. So, do be prepared for that. Staying at a hotel overlooking the river is highly recommended and memorable. Plan your trip there with this Varanasi travel guide .

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

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Khajuraho is bit out of the way but don’t give it a miss on this basis. Nowhere else will you find such unique temples with meticulously detailed carvings. These ancient temples, which date back to the 10th and 11th centuries, are best known for their erotic sculptures. There are over 20 temples devoted to sexuality and sex. However, more than that, they show a celebration of love, life and worship. They also provide an uninhibited peek into ancient Hindu faith and Tantric practices. Besides the temples, Khajuraho is a peaceful little town to chill for a while. Have a read of this Khajuraho travel guide to plan your trip.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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Tourists often want to go on safari while in India with hope of seeing a tiger in the wild. Kanha National Park is one of the best places to do so. Most people who visit it end up falling in love with it and calling it their favorite national park in India. This huge park provided the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel The Jungle Book and an abundance of wildlife can be spotted there, not just tigers. As well as safaris, other activies such a night patrol and hiking along trails in the buffer zone are posible. It provides an all-round nature experience.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

There's no better place to experience India's regal splendor than Udaipur. It really is India's most romantic city! Who could resist the allure of its enchanting old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. The City Palace , which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, leaves visitors spellbound with its artful combination of Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques. The Mewar royal family still lives in a part of it too! Here's what to see and do in Udaipur . Try and fit in a few of these side trips and day trips from Udaipur too.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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Jaisalmer, Rajasthan's fairy-tale sandstone city, features a remarkable living fort that was built in 1156 and overlooks the city. Inside are palaces, temples, some exquisite havelis (mansions), shops and other residences. Camels safaris into the desert are a quintiessential activity but there are plenty of other things to do in Jaisalmer . In order to protect the fort from damage from seepage, tourists are being encourage to stay outside the fort. Choose from these hotels in Jaisalmer with fort views. Or, stay in the desert at one of these Jaisalmer tent hotels and desert camps.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Many tourists find the "Blue City" of Jodhpur to be more appealing than Jaipur as it's smaller and more laidback. Choose from a plethora of atmospheric guesthouses and hotels near the fort where you can take a few days out to unwind. Mehrangarh Fort is the city's biggest attraction. It has been meticulously restored and turned into a superb tourist spot with royal museum, palaces, temples, and restaurants. Cultural musical and dance performances take place there every day. There are plenty of other things to do in Jodhpur including zip-lining and heritage walks.

Bishnoi, Rajasthan

While in Rajasthan, don't miss exploring rural village life. One of the most popular options is Bishnoi, a community of nature worshipers about 45 minutes from the Blue City of Jodhpur. It can be visited on a day trip but for the ultimate experience, stay overnight in traditional-style accommodations. The best options are  Chhotaram Prajapat's Homestay , Bishnoi Village Camp and Resort , and Shambhu Prajapat Ecofriendly Stay . Bishnoi Village Safari organizes tours.

Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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Haridwar and Rishikesh are holy places not far from each other at the foothills of the Himalayas. They're vasty different though! While Haridwar predominantly attracts Hindu pilgrims, Rishikesh is acknowledged as the birthplace of yoga and is more popular with western spiritual seekers. If you have time, do see both including the Ganga Aarti at each place . Otherwise, find out which one is best to visit. If you're thinking of doing yoga or mediation in Rishikesh, take a look at what these top Rishikesh ashrams have to offer.

Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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There's Manali -- and, there's Old Manali. A little uphill from Manali town, the village of Old Manali is a world away from the crowds. You'll find traditional homes and quaint guest houses, surrounded by apple orchards and snow-covered peaks. Old Manali is one of the top destinations for backpacking in India and is refreshing place to relax in the pure mountain air. There are plenty of inexpensive places to stay in Old Manali to choose from, including a number of great new backpacker hostels. Plan your trip there with this Manali travel guide or find out more about the places to visit in and around Manali.

Ladakh Region

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Remote Ladakh has become an increasingly popular tourist destination since it was opened to foreigners in 1974. Leh, the most common entry point to the region, is bounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges and surrounded by alpine desert. Buddhist monasteries and trekking opportunities are the biggest draws for visitors. The Nubra Valley is a highly recommended side trip from Leh. Most tourists also go to Pangong Lake. There are many homestays in Leh for budget travelers. Find out more about the best time to visit Ladakh.

Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Think Ladakh has become too crowded and touristy? Spiti is a similar but quieter option, although it has already been "discovered". This remote high altitude alpine desert region can only be accessed by a long drive either from Manali or Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Fortunately, its relative inaccessibilty keeps a lot of people away. Plan your trip there with this Spiti travel guide .

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<p>People from all over the world travel year after year to take a look at the Patagonian glaciers, especially the Perito Moreno. However, those very same tourists may be one of the reasons for its potential disappearing.</p> <p>Like most arctic regions, climate change, pollution, and tourism have taken a toll on the glaciers. They’re melting and the droughts haven’t done much to help its cause, so visit it before it disappears.</p>

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People from all over the world travel year after year to take a look at the Patagonian glaciers, especially the Perito Moreno. However, those very same tourists may be one of the reasons for its potential disappearing.

Like most arctic regions, climate change, pollution, and tourism have taken a toll on the glaciers. They’re melting and the droughts haven’t done much to help its cause, so visit it before it disappears.

<p>Shah Jahan ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal in 1631 in honor of his beloved and late wife Mumtaz Mahal. And ever since it was finished in 1948, it’s been one of the most iconic places on earth and a huge tourist venue for people from all over the world.</p> <p>In fact, UNESCO deemed the Taj Mahal a World Heritage Site in 1983 for its significance as one of the world’s architectural wonders. Sadly, erosion, pollution, and the presence of 4 million people a year may force the government to close it.</p>

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Shah Jahan ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal in 1631 in honor of his beloved and late wife Mumtaz Mahal. And ever since it was finished in 1948, it’s been one of the most iconic places on earth and a huge tourist venue for people from all over the world.

In fact, UNESCO deemed the Taj Mahal a World Heritage Site in 1983 for its significance as one of the world’s architectural wonders. Sadly, erosion, pollution, and the presence of 4 million people a year may force the government to close it.

<p>For years, Seychelles has been one of the preferred destinations for the wealthiest people on earth. Their beaches look like something that came out of a movie and it holds some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever see.</p> <p>They’ve done an outstanding job of protecting their endangered species. However, coral bleaching continues to be a major issue, but not as big as the fact that the country is literally sinking at a high speed as temperatures rise.</p>

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For years, Seychelles has been one of the preferred destinations for the wealthiest people on earth. Their beaches look like something that came out of a movie and it holds some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever see.

They’ve done an outstanding job of protecting their endangered species. However, coral bleaching continues to be a major issue, but not as big as the fact that the country is literally sinking at a high speed as temperatures rise.

<p>If you ask me, it’s surprising that this mosque hasn’t already fallen to pieces. Don’t get me wrong, that’s exactly what makes it so appealing to the thousands of tourists that visit it from all across the globe.</p> <p>The Djinguereber Mosque is made mostly of organic materials like mud, limestone, fiber, straw, and wood. Thus, sand encroachment, rain, flash-floods, high temperatures, and the Jihadist threat make it a tourist destination likely to be gone any minute.</p>

Djinguereber Mosque - Mali

If you ask me, it’s surprising that this mosque hasn’t already fallen to pieces. Don’t get me wrong, that’s exactly what makes it so appealing to the thousands of tourists that visit it from all across the globe.

The Djinguereber Mosque is made mostly of organic materials like mud, limestone, fiber, straw, and wood. Thus, sand encroachment, rain, flash-floods, high temperatures, and the Jihadist threat make it a tourist destination likely to be gone any minute.

<p>Well, I know what you’re thinking. Who travels to Antarctica for tourism? Believe it or not, it actually has a tourist industry for fishermen and adventurers, even though there’s no economic activity whatsoever.</p> <p>Hundreds of people travel to Antarctica year after year to watch its unique auroras. According to NASA, however, the place is thawing drastically, thus the government and ecological organizations have imposed strong restrictions on boats visiting the end of the world.</p>

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Well, I know what you’re thinking. Who travels to Antarctica for tourism? Believe it or not, it actually has a tourist industry for fishermen and adventurers, even though there’s no economic activity whatsoever.

Hundreds of people travel to Antarctica year after year to watch its unique auroras. According to NASA, however, the place is thawing drastically, thus the government and ecological organizations have imposed strong restrictions on boats visiting the end of the world.

<p>For ages, Machu Picchu has been one of the most mythical and iconic places on earth. Millions of people have traveled to witness the wonders and mysteries of the Inca culture and its one-of-a-kind landscape at the top of the Cusco region.</p> <p>This legendary citadel remained unknown for the rest of the civilization until 1911 and there has been plenty of restoration of the temples and structures ever since. Still, massive tourism and landslides could make this Peruvian sanctuary crumble to pieces.</p>

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For ages, Machu Picchu has been one of the most mythical and iconic places on earth. Millions of people have traveled to witness the wonders and mysteries of the Inca culture and its one-of-a-kind landscape at the top of the Cusco region.

This legendary citadel remained unknown for the rest of the civilization until 1911 and there has been plenty of restoration of the temples and structures ever since. Still, massive tourism and landslides could make this Peruvian sanctuary crumble to pieces.

<p>The Great Wall of China is the biggest human-made structure in the world. It’s so freaking big that you can literally see it from outer space. That’s why it’s been one of the biggest tourist attractions on earth since the 19th century.</p> <p>From one corner to the other, the Great Wall is 13,171 miles long. However, erosion, poor maintenance, vandalism, and massive tourism could soon put an end to this legendary structure that’s stood tall for over 2,000 years.</p>

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The Great Wall of China is the biggest human-made structure in the world. It’s so freaking big that you can literally see it from outer space. That’s why it’s been one of the biggest tourist attractions on earth since the 19th century.

From one corner to the other, the Great Wall is 13,171 miles long. However, erosion, poor maintenance, vandalism, and massive tourism could soon put an end to this legendary structure that’s stood tall for over 2,000 years.

<p>Venice is one of the most romantic places on earth. Hundreds of thousands of people have traveled there with their significant others to get engaged aboard their gondolas. Just like in the movies.</p> <p>Sadly, the city is sinking at an alarming rate (1.5 millimeters per year) and experts consider it could be completely gone by 2100 due to climate change. So, pack your bags and go sail on its water canals.</p>

Venice - Italy

Venice is one of the most romantic places on earth. Hundreds of thousands of people have traveled there with their significant others to get engaged aboard their gondolas. Just like in the movies.

Sadly, the city is sinking at an alarming rate (1.5 millimeters per year) and experts consider it could be completely gone by 2100 due to climate change. So, pack your bags and go sail on its water canals.

Easter Island - Chile

Easter Island has been a fascinating mystery for decades. It holds over 1,000 extant monumental statues (Moais) that impressed early travelers. Its mysticism and mythical character, as well as historical significance, made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But not everything is that positive, as it’s original population has dropped at a huge rate. The Rapa Nui people are now under 2,000 and the government may ask for special permits to allow travelers to visit the island to protect them.

<p>The Congo river is actually the second-longest river in Africa (behind the Nile) and the second largest river in the world in terms of discharge of water, trailing only the Amazon. That’s why we must protect it at all costs.</p> <p>This biodiversity paradise holds over 10,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of birds, and over 400 species of mammal. Sadly, due to deforestation, illegal mining, hunting, and climate change, two-thirds of the forest surrounding it could be gone by 2040.</p>

Congo River - Congo

The Congo river is actually the second-longest river in Africa (behind the Nile) and the second largest river in the world in terms of discharge of water, trailing only the Amazon. That’s why we must protect it at all costs.

This biodiversity paradise holds over 10,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of birds, and over 400 species of mammal. Sadly, due to deforestation, illegal mining, hunting, and climate change, two-thirds of the forest surrounding it could be gone by 2040.

<p>The Galapagos Islands hold thousands of endemic species. They have one of the biggest biodiversities on earth. Charles Darwin used his observations from this place to the inception of his theory of evolution.</p> <p>This volcanic archipelago has some of the most colorful and diverse wildlife you’ll ever see. However, climate change, pollution, and even introduced species of birds, cats, and dogs could change it forever.</p>

Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands hold thousands of endemic species. They have one of the biggest biodiversities on earth. Charles Darwin used his observations from this place to the inception of his theory of evolution.

This volcanic archipelago has some of the most colorful and diverse wildlife you’ll ever see. However, climate change, pollution, and even introduced species of birds, cats, and dogs could change it forever.

<p>Petra city is considered to be one of the most iconic and precious cultural and architectural places in the world. It has been inhabited since 7000 BC and its rock-cut architecture has drawn the attention of tourists from every corner on earth for years.</p> <p>Petra was considered the biggest fortress of its time and was a huge trading and economical hub as well. Now, earthquakes, flash floods, improper rainwater drainage, and massive tourism represent a huge threat and it could be gone right before our eyes.</p>

Petra - Jordan

Petra city is considered to be one of the most iconic and precious cultural and architectural places in the world. It has been inhabited since 7000 BC and its rock-cut architecture has drawn the attention of tourists from every corner on earth for years.

Petra was considered the biggest fortress of its time and was a huge trading and economical hub as well. Now, earthquakes, flash floods, improper rainwater drainage, and massive tourism represent a huge threat and it could be gone right before our eyes.

<p>The Maldives has long been a tourist destination for the wealthy. Its 1,190 islands and paradise-like beaches and shores host plenty of luxury complexes, but they may all be gone in no less than 100 years.</p> <p>While 100 years may seem like too much, this timetable could change drastically due to climate change. Its islands are currently just shy of five feet above sea level and they continue to sink as we speak.</p>

The Maldives - Maldives

The Maldives has long been a tourist destination for the wealthy. Its 1,190 islands and paradise-like beaches and shores host plenty of luxury complexes, but they may all be gone in no less than 100 years.

While 100 years may seem like too much, this timetable could change drastically due to climate change. Its islands are currently just shy of five feet above sea level and they continue to sink as we speak.

<p>As most of you may know by now, the Outer Banks is a barrier of island splits near the coast of North Carolina, separating the country from the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of Americans travel there to enjoy its beautiful beaches and coast life.</p> <p>The Outer Banks are so big that you can even see them from outer space. Sadly, that may no longer be the case several years from now, as urban development and climate change are slowly making the islands vanish right before our eyes.</p>

Outer Banks - United States of America

As most of you may know by now, the Outer Banks is a barrier of island splits near the coast of North Carolina, separating the country from the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of Americans travel there to enjoy its beautiful beaches and coast life.

The Outer Banks are so big that you can even see them from outer space. Sadly, that may no longer be the case several years from now, as urban development and climate change are slowly making the islands vanish right before our eyes.

<p>The Tikal National Park is actually Guatemala’s main tourist destination. It shows the ruins of one of the biggest archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization. In fact, it was considered the most powerful state in the whole Mayan culture back in the 4th century BC.</p> <p>Tikal has plenty of examples of Pre-Columbian architecture, such as temples, squares, altars, and pyramids. Sadly, this mythical site has been raided by local criminals, and the fires in the nearby forest also continue to endanger its structure.</p>

Tikal National Park - Guatemala

The Tikal National Park is actually Guatemala’s main tourist destination. It shows the ruins of one of the biggest archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization. In fact, it was considered the most powerful state in the whole Mayan culture back in the 4th century BC.

Tikal has plenty of examples of Pre-Columbian architecture, such as temples, squares, altars, and pyramids. Sadly, this mythical site has been raided by local criminals, and the fires in the nearby forest also continue to endanger its structure.

<p>Glacier National Park is one of America’s most beautiful places. Located in Montana right next to the Canadian border, it holds over 1 million acres, 130 lakes, two mountain ranges, and what scientists refer to as the crown of the continent ecosystem.</p> <p>Unfortunately, these stunning tourist venues may not be around for that long, as climate change continues to make its glaciers recede. Apparently, it could be gone as soon as 2030, so stop fooling around and visit it already.</p>

Glacier National Park - United States of America

Glacier National Park is one of America’s most beautiful places. Located in Montana right next to the Canadian border, it holds over 1 million acres, 130 lakes, two mountain ranges, and what scientists refer to as the crown of the continent ecosystem.

Unfortunately, these stunning tourist venues may not be around for that long, as climate change continues to make its glaciers recede. Apparently, it could be gone as soon as 2030, so stop fooling around and visit it already.

<p>There are few mythical places on earth as impressive as Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania’s finest tourist attraction, and the world’s most famous dormant volcano. It’s the highest single free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet.</p> <p>But like most places with glaciers, climate change is taking a huge toll on Mount Kilimanjaro. Its snowy cone is melting at an alarming rate, which is a bummer for those climbers who train for years before facing this challenge.</p>

Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania

There are few mythical places on earth as impressive as Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania’s finest tourist attraction, and the world’s most famous dormant volcano. It’s the highest single free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet.

But like most places with glaciers, climate change is taking a huge toll on Mount Kilimanjaro. Its snowy cone is melting at an alarming rate, which is a bummer for those climbers who train for years before facing this challenge.

<p>The Everglades hold a unique ecosystem that can’t be found anywhere on earth. Thousands of species are now endangered for its quick disappearing, as the Everglades were once twice the size they’re right now.</p> <p>Despite the efforts to prevent its destruction and restore the ecosystem, the combination of intensive farming, water diversion, and most importantly, urban development are literally killing this ecological sanctuary.</p>

The Everglades - United States of America

The Everglades hold a unique ecosystem that can’t be found anywhere on earth. Thousands of species are now endangered for its quick disappearing, as the Everglades were once twice the size they’re right now.

Despite the efforts to prevent its destruction and restore the ecosystem, the combination of intensive farming, water diversion, and most importantly, urban development are literally killing this ecological sanctuary.

<p>The Sundarbans are currently the biggest sanctuaries of the Bengal tiger and other 453 fauna wildlife. It holds 3,900 square miles of allegedly protected forest. Sadly, it’s not really protected at all.</p> <p>Pollution, illegal hunting, landfalls, climate change, and the need for fossil combustibles for coal-based thermal power plants have made the sea level rise to dangerous levels, eroding the coast and endangering its wildlife.</p>

The Sundarbans - India

The Sundarbans are currently the biggest sanctuaries of the Bengal tiger and other 453 fauna wildlife. It holds 3,900 square miles of allegedly protected forest. Sadly, it’s not really protected at all.

Pollution, illegal hunting, landfalls, climate change, and the need for fossil combustibles for coal-based thermal power plants have made the sea level rise to dangerous levels, eroding the coast and endangering its wildlife.

<p>This famous salt lake is surrounded by Israel and Jordan and has been one of the main tourist attractions from the people of the Mediterranean basin for years. It’s called ‘dead’ because of its high salinity prevents fish and plants from living in it.</p> <p>However, with Jordan and Israel draining the Jordan River dry, specialists think the Dead Sea can be completely drained within 50 years. Apparently, it’s currently sinking about 3 feet per year. The Dead Sea is making honor to its name lately.</p>

Dead Sea - Israel / Jordan

This famous salt lake is surrounded by Israel and Jordan and has been one of the main tourist attractions from the people of the Mediterranean basin for years. It’s called ‘dead’ because of its high salinity prevents fish and plants from living in it.

However, with Jordan and Israel draining the Jordan River dry, specialists think the Dead Sea can be completely drained within 50 years. Apparently, it’s currently sinking about 3 feet per year. The Dead Sea is making honor to its name lately.

<p>Make no mistake, the Madagascar Rainforest is even more beautiful than they pictured it in the iconic animated film. In fact, researchers refer to it as a ‘world apart’ because of the vast variety of flora and fauna it holds.</p> <p>That’s why we must not only visit it before it’s too late but also put an end to its massive deforestation. Before humans got there, it held over 300,000 square kilometers of rainforest. That number has dropped to 50,000, and the whole forest could be gone in 30 years.</p>

Madagascar Rainforest - Madagascar

Make no mistake, the Madagascar Rainforest is even more beautiful than they pictured it in the iconic animated film. In fact, researchers refer to it as a ‘world apart’ because of the vast variety of flora and fauna it holds.

That’s why we must not only visit it before it’s too late but also put an end to its massive deforestation. Before humans got there, it held over 300,000 square kilometers of rainforest. That number has dropped to 50,000, and the whole forest could be gone in 30 years.

<p>As you may know by now, the Alps are the most extensive - and highest - mountain range system in the old continent, and one of the preferred destinations for tourists from every corner of the world.</p> <p>Obviously, these beautiful mountains aren’t going anywhere, but it’s snowy cones and glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. They lose 3% of their ice per year and the snow could be all gone by 2050.</p>

The Alps - Europe

As you may know by now, the Alps are the most extensive - and highest - mountain range system in the old continent, and one of the preferred destinations for tourists from every corner of the world.

Obviously, these beautiful mountains aren’t going anywhere, but it’s snowy cones and glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. They lose 3% of their ice per year and the snow could be all gone by 2050.

<p>The Amazon Rainforest holds one of the biggest biodiversity on earth. In fact, it’s yet to be fully explored and it’s believed to hold species of flora and fauna that we haven’t discovered yet. Sadly, we may never get to do it.</p> <p>Thing is, massive deforestation, agriculture, climate change and exploitation of its natural resources and minerals are destroying hundreds of acres of forest by the day. It’s heartbreaking.</p>

The Amazon Rainforest - South America

The Amazon Rainforest holds one of the biggest biodiversity on earth. In fact, it’s yet to be fully explored and it’s believed to hold species of flora and fauna that we haven’t discovered yet. Sadly, we may never get to do it.

Thing is, massive deforestation, agriculture, climate change and exploitation of its natural resources and minerals are destroying hundreds of acres of forest by the day. It’s heartbreaking.

<p>Alaska is for the adventurous only. There’s plenty of things to do for those who aren’t afraid of the cold and being out in the open. Its parks, national forests, and wildlife sanctuaries are most-visit places.</p> <p>Obviously, given its geographic location, Alaska hosts way more tourists than Antarctica. Still, they face pretty much the same problems. Global warming is taking a toll on its glaciers and its tundras may be gone before the end of the century.</p>

Alaska - United States of America

Alaska is for the adventurous only. There’s plenty of things to do for those who aren’t afraid of the cold and being out in the open. Its parks, national forests, and wildlife sanctuaries are most-visit places.

Obviously, given its geographic location, Alaska hosts way more tourists than Antarctica. Still, they face pretty much the same problems. Global warming is taking a toll on its glaciers and its tundras may be gone before the end of the century.

<p>The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. This is so big and beautiful that you can even see it from space. Located on the coast of Queensland, it holds over 1,400 miles with 2,900 reefs and 900 islands.</p> <p>Unfortunately, climate change (coral bleaching), pollution and oil spills, and crown-of-thorns starfish are threatening its environment. Some scientists even think it could disappear within the next 10 years.</p>

Great Barrier Reef - Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. This is so big and beautiful that you can even see it from space. Located on the coast of Queensland, it holds over 1,400 miles with 2,900 reefs and 900 islands.

Unfortunately, climate change (coral bleaching), pollution and oil spills, and crown-of-thorns starfish are threatening its environment. Some scientists even think it could disappear within the next 10 years.

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