India is one of the most diverse country in the world. It offers a different aspect of its personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant, and eclectic to each traveler to the country.
It has, some of the coldest places in Kashmir, A place that has the highest rainfall in the world – Cherrrapunji, and also one has the driest places – the Thar Desert. More than half of Indian boundary is home to beautiful beaches. And do not forget that Northern part of India hosts Himalayan Ranges snowcapped mountains.
Mix all this with different cultures and hundreds of languages and dialects – You have got a potent mix of diversity.
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The capital city of India is blessed with an array of historical sites, beautiful temples and architectural ruins. The city has an intriguing number of historical resorts to visit experience the rich heritage by taking a tour to the Red Fort, Qutub Minar and India Gate and several other monuments. Visit the pristine Lotus Temple, the Jama Masjid , the ISCON temple and the Cathedral Church of Redemption and many other places of worship, to feel the divinity they proffer.
Top Delhi attractions and places to visit:
- Red Fort
- Jama Masjid
- Akshardham Temple
- Humayun’s Tomb
- Lodi Garden
- Qutub Minar
- India Gate
- Lotus Temple
- Jantar Mantar
2) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The ancient city of Agra has references that date as far back as the Mahabharata. Today, this fascinating land still has traces of the glorious golden era.
It is here that you get to experience some of the world famous architectures. Be it the white marbled splendor of Taj Mahal, the revered Jama Masjid that is striking exemplar of Mughal style or the captivating deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. The many interesting remnants of the Mughal era will surprise you and the crazy, congested bazaars of the old city will fascinate you. It’s possible to experience village life and get close to nature as well.
Top Agra attractions and places to visit:
- Agra Fort
- Mehtab Bagh
- Sheroes Hangout
- Jama Mosque, Fatehpur Sikri
- Wildlife SOS
- Tomb of Akbar the Great
For those who love anything and everything about mountains, visiting Gangtok could be a dream comes true.
The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is an attractive tourist destination, reflecting a unique ambience which derives from its happy blend of tradition and modernity. Alongside the deeply felt presence of monasteries, Gangtok also bustles like any other thriving town.
Top Gangtok attractions and places to visit:
● Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
● Tsomgo Lake
● Saramsa Garden
● Ganesh Tok View Point
● Tashi View Point
● Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
● Hanuman Tok
● Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
● Nathula Pass
● Himalayan Zoological Park
4) Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur is a perfect example of beauty with elegance. This desert capital of India depicts the imperial life of the Rajput emperors and their legendary vision.
If you are passionate about the strong forts and marvelous architecture that flaunt the expertise artisans of the past, Jaipur is where you need to be on your vacation.
Jaipur is also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Top Jaipur attractions and places to visit:
- Hawa Mahal
- Amber Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Jaigarh Fort
- Jantar Mantar Observatory
- Dera Amber Elephant Safari
- Jal Mahal
- Rambagh Palace
- Chandra Mahal
- Diwan-e-Aam, City Palace
5) Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir is also called Heaven on Earth, and the most beautiful places in the world. The valley of Kashmir is known all over the world for its beauty and charm. The emerald valley of Kashmir is cradled in the Himalayas, under the crystal blue skies, against the background of snow-capped mountains. It is a magical land of silvery streams, rivers, fresh water lakes, pine, deodar and chinar forests, snow clad mountains, sparkling waterfalls, shikaras, green meadows and grassy slopes full of flowers of vibrant colours.
Top Jammu & Kashmir attractions and places to visit:
- Sinthan Top
- Nubra Valley
- Shalimar Bagh
Kerala, situated on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast, is one of the pristine timeless beauty of palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the majesty of the undulating hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad and the enchanting woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley will have you bowled over.
Top Kerala attractions and places to visit:
- Fort Kochi
- Kerala Backwaters
- Varkala Beach
- Periyar National Park
- Tea Gardens
- Guruvayur Temple
- Athirappilly waterfalls
India’s top beach destination, Goa lures visitors with the promise of parties and lazy days at the beach. The state also offers an eclectic blend of history, nature, culture, and adventure activities.
In the winter time, tourists from abroad flog Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the summertime tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.
Top Goa attractions and places to visit:
- Dona Paula
- Calangute Streets for a Shopping Ride
- Old Goa Churches
- Palolem Beach
- Shri Mangeshi Temple, Ponda
8) Mysore, Karnataka
Mysore is a tourism hot spot within the state of Karnataka and also acts as a base for other tourist places in close vicinity of the city. The city receives maximum number of tourists during the period of Dusshera festival when festivities take place for a period of 10 days. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace is the center of the Dusshera celebrations. It is also known a Mysore Palace.
Top Mysore attractions and places to visit:
- Mysore Maharajah’s Palace (Amba Vilas)
- Philomena’s Church
- Chamundi Hill
- Mysore Zoo
- Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
- Rail Museum
- Somnathpur Temple
- Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
- Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery
- Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
9) Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, is one of the top adventure travel destinations in India. It’s the perfect place to spend time in the great outdoors, and many of these places to visit in Manali reflect the numerous activities that can be done in the area. 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.
Top Manali attractions and places to visit:
● Solang Valley
● Rohtang Pass
● Beas River
● Old Manali
● Hadimba Temple
● Jogini Waterfall
● Buddhist Temples
10) Haridwar & Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Haridwar and Rishikesh are holy places situated not far from each other at the foothills of the Himalayas. While Haridwar predominantly attracts Hindu pilgrims, Rishikesh is acknowledged as the birthplace of yoga and is more popular with western spiritual seekers. Situated a little further up the Ganges River than Haridwar, Adventure activities, such as rafting, are popular as well. You’ll also find a number of Hindu temples in Rishikesh.
Top Haridwar & Rishikesh attractions and places to visit:
● Jumpin Heights
● Parmarth Niketan
● Daksh Mahadev Temple
● Ganga Arti at Haridwar
● Har ki Pauri
● Mansa Devi Temple
● Chandi Devi Temple
● Laxman Jhula
● Neelkantha Mahadev Temple