The seventh largest country of the world, India is a beautiful amalgamation of different cultures, ethnicities , religions and tribes. Its topography is so distinguished and unique that while the mighty Himalayas guard the mainland on the North, the Indian Ocean lies to its South; you can get lost in the mesmerizing natural beauty of the eastern parts of the country while the scorching heat and deserts of the western state of Rajasthan allure many visitors from all over the world. Mountains, deserts, beaches, lush green plains, dense forests…… India has it all!
Below is a list of the most famous tourist destinations in this enchanting country called India that lures tourists from across the globe on a regular basis:
Known as the Pink City of India, Jaipur is the capital of the desert state of Rajasthan licated on the western border of India. Jaipur is famous its fascinating monuments, colorful markets, gorgeous handloom garments and wonderfully laid-out gardens. It is also famous for the Jaipur Literary Fest that is held here every year in January. If you plan a prolonged stay in Rajasthan, you can also visit other beautiful cities like Udaipur and Jaisalmer to get a glimpse of the royal Rajput grandeur and past.
The capital city of India is truly cosmopolitan in every aspect. Home to people from almost every part of the country, Delhi has a rich culture that is a perfect blend of old and new. There are a number of historical monuments dotting the city like the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Nizamudin’s Tomb etc. that exhibit the opulence of Mughal architecture. A shopping heaven for most, Delhi has some of the busiest markets in the world like Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh.
India’s primary beach destination, Goa is popular for its sundown parties and lazy days at the beach. But there is so much more to Goa than just the parties and the sea. This tiny state has a rich culture and offers ab eclectic mix of history, religion and nature at its best.
The financial capital of India, Mumbai is home to the Indian Film Industry, Bollywood. It is a huge city that has some of the world’s biggest slums co-existing with the world’s most expensive home (Indian industrialist and billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s abode, Antilia). Mumbai can be a little overwhelming for first time visitors, what with its colonial-era architecture, unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster enclaves and some of India’s best restaurants and a rocking nightlife.
One of the most popular attractions in India, a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters is totally tranquil and relaxing. The lush green foliage, interesting wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through heaven. Kerala has been aptly named as “God’s own country”.
Agra (Taj Mahal):
This city’s main claim to fame is the famous Taj Mahal, a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. But apart from this architectural wonder that leaves every tourist spell bound, there are also many other tombs and forts scattered across the city that give their visitors a general doze of the Mughal lifestyle and architecture.
Manali (Himachal Pradesh):
Manali is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the exotically beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the roadway to other northern hill stations. The Rohtang Pass in Manali is famous for its picturesque views of the Kullu valley and various hidden waterfalls.
Now that you’ve got a glimpse of the rich culture and geography of India, do plan a visit as soon as you can and we promise you, you won’t be disappointed!