10 Best Places to Visit in India – Travel

India is an enormous and diverse destination. Bordered by seven different countries, not to mention the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, there are many different sides to the country.

More than 20 official languages, multiple religions, and various cuisines exist within India’s borders. Travel is key to truly experiencing the breadth of Indian culture and history.

Here’s a look at the best places to visit in India:

Number 10. Udaipur.

The city of lakes, Udaipur, glistens romantically on the edge of the desert in Rajasthan. The city is protected by lush hills and is where you can find the mesmerizing Lake Palace in the middle of a tranquil lake.

Another captivating sight is the imposing but graceful City Palace, along with the Monsoon Palace, which stands out with walls made of gleaming white marble. Explore old temples, walk the winding streets of this fanciful corner of India, and slip into times past inside its ancient bazaars.

udaipur the city of lakes

Number 9. Amritsar.

The Punjabi city of Amritsar lies on the border with Pakistan and is home to the holiest of Sikh sites. The Golden Temple is in the heart of the old walled city; this serene Sikh shrine provides a place for reflection and inspiration. You can tour the Golden Temple regardless of religion. However, you will need to show respect by covering your head and removing your shoes. The streets surrounding the temple are a frenetic fusion of people, markets, and activity. Be sure to pick up some traditional goods, such as hand-embroidered fabrics and delicately ornate shoes.

amritsar golden temple

Number 8. 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 several nomadic residents. Breathtaking, pristine scenery is a major draw to the area. However, virtually all travelers will also spend time in the town of Leh. The town is located at a very high elevation, and it is home to the 17th century Palace of the King of Ladakh. Buddhist culture is also prominent in Leh. You may wish to explore some of the many Buddhist monasteries and temples.

ladakh view

Number 7. Goa Beaches.

On the western coast of India in 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. T

he busiest of all is Candolim Beach, where travelers worldwide 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 its natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either side.

goa beech

Number 6. 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. It is considered one of the oldest cities in the world.

One of the top sights in Delhi is the Red Fort, which was built in the 17th century. The Red Fort is made from sandstone. 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.

must places to visit in delhi

Number 5. Ellora and Ajanta Caves.

In Maharashtra, you can explore the caves of both Ellora and Ajanta. At Ellora, an enormous complex of shrines is 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 home to 29 caves. The Ajanta caves are covered in murals and paintings, reflecting 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.

Number 4. Varanasi.

A city that may seem strange to many Westerners, Varanasi is of great religious importance. The holy city sits on the banks of the divine Ganges and is believed by Hindus to be a sacred place of pilgrimage. The city is known for the religious practices on the ghats alongside the river; pilgrims wash in the waters of the Ganges, and the bodies of Hindus are cremated.

The sights of life and death along the riverside can be shocking. However, a visit to Varanasi is also contemplative. Ultimately, it helps visitors further understand India’s deep cultural and spiritual practices.

Varanasi Ganga Ghat

Number 3. Kerala.

The southwestern state of India, known as Kerala, is a place of tropical beauty. Palm trees, white-sand beaches, and eco-tourism are big reasons to explore the region. Kerala is also home to the Thekkady Tiger preserve, besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, and temple festivals.

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.

kerala

Number 2. Agra.

Agra is known for one thing – the iconic and ultimately impressive Taj Mahal. Set on the south bank of the Yamuna River, the Taj draws millions of tourists a year. Built by an emperor as an extravagant memorial to his wife, the mausoleum’s porcelain white marble is an emblem of romance and adventure.

Agra sits in the shadow of its imposing monument but is a small and welcoming city. The ancient Mughal-era Agra Fort is an attractive spot to visit – peer over the walls here and catch your first hypnotizing glimpse of the Taj.

From 7 Wonder: Taj Mahal

Number 1. Jaipur.

The Pink City of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It is where you can find the beautiful Amber Fort – a sprawling, stunning complex set in the hillside overlooking a lake. Located just outside the city and built in 1592, the grandiose citadel was also a palace for some time but is now an impressive tourist attraction.

Amber Fort

Make sure to take a trip to the opulent city palace with its stunning courtyards and gardens, plus the amazingly intricate Palace of Winds. Jaipur forms one corner of the Golden Triangle. It also makes a great gateway into the lesser-known destinations within Rajasthan.

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