A land of exotic places to visit, “India” is indeed among one of the most diverse countries of the world which is addressed as the land of ‘Unity in Diversity’ for many stuffs like people, food, travel, languages, economy etc. A home for more than a billion citizens, it is a supreme blend of several cultures. From serene temples, sacred places to lively festivals then frosty and snow laid mountains, glorious beaches, magnificent monuments, lantern-lit rural villages to exceptional urban cities. Love it or hate it, the incredible nation has everything to rest an impression on you and make your tour an unforgettable one. No matter which place you visit, every place in this country has got amazing unique features to present to its guests. Take a look at the Top 10 places to visit in India so that you don’t miss them next time during your stay here!
10. Agra (The Taj City):
With 3 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city is tough to keep away from the list of top 10 places to visit in India. Situated at the banks of Yamuna River, Agra lays just 200 kms from the capital. The hub of the Mughal Empire, Agra is a city that depicts convoluted Mughal Architecture wherever you go, the greatest wonder being Taj Mahal. Apart from magnificent Taj Mahal, there are many other tourist attractions worth visiting such as Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri and Jama Masjid. In Agra, you can even go for some roadside shopping for jewelry, several stone products and other items. A city with amazing monuments, several tourist attractions and great historical significance, perhaps no trip to India is complete without visiting the historic Agra.
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9. Darjeeling (Tourists Paradise):
Positioned in the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is well known for its exciting views of Kanchenjunga (third highest peak in India), natural beauty and tea plantation. It is engulfed with some very interesting and must visit tourist attraction like the Tiger Hill (gives a great sunrise view of Peak Kanchenjunga), Mahakal Temple, Himalayan Zoo, Buddhist monasteries and Singalila National Park (trekking destination). Along with these places to visit, it also offers mountain biking and variety of trekking options for the adventure addicts. Add to it a pleasant ride on the well known Toy Train for a memorable experience.
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8. Mumbai (The City Of Dreams):
Think Mumbai and you think glamour, glitz, movies, finance, fashion and of course pani puri. Perhaps one of the most sophisticated cities in India, it is as diverse as you can think of. Dotted with popular destinations including Ajanta Ellora Caves, The Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands, Marine Drive (semi-circular shaped natural bay along the sea coast), Hanging Gardens, Haji Ali Dargah and some very impressive old monuments like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai is counted among one of the most eminent places to visit in India. With a futuristic skyline, pristine seaside, Bollywood Movies and great shopping avenues, the city of dreams is surely not a place to miss.
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7. Kodaikanal (Princess Of Hill Station):
One of the most serene, peaceful and admired hill stations, Kodaikanal is located just 120 kms from Madurai on the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. A very gorgeous tourist attraction of South India, it is sure to woo you with its scenic beauty. Kodaikanal Lake (star shaped man made lake), Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Waterfall, Guna caves and Shembaganur museum are some of the major places of this hill station. The quaint little place does not enjoy much publicity unlike Shimla and Manali but is sure to give you a lifetime memory with its gorgeous scenery and lush greenery.
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6. The Lovely Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
This one will not be on everyone’s list of tourist destinations but it surely cannot be missed. Though these two islands are the remotest place on the earth, their beauty makes them a must visit. Some of the sites to see in these lovely islands are the World War II bunkers (amazing!) and the British colonial buildings in Port Blair including the infamous Cellular Jail. Moreover if you are a nature fan, you can check out the Neil Island full of pristine sandy beaches and lush green forests and do not forget to miss India’s only active and lively volcano at the Barren Islands (always smoking!). If you love water sports, the islands are worth visiting as you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing here. A perfect coastal tourist place, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are indeed among one of the popular places to visit in India.
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5. Kerala (God’s Own Country):
Declared as one of the ten ‘Paradises found’ by National Geographic Traveler, Kerala in South India is the perfect destination for honeymoon, holidays, health care, Ayurveda and meditation. The beautiful place offers a very unique travel experience with its awesome white sand beaches, enchanting art forms, gorgeous natural beauty, luscious sea food, cultural monuments, Ayurvedic health resorts and backwaters. Along with these backwaters must visit place includes Kannur-Valiyaparambu (scenic beauty), Kumarakom (bird sanctuary) and Astamudi Lake (largest freshwater lake). Indeed God’s own country, the trip to India is incomplete without visiting Kerala.
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4. Goa (The Heaven on Earth):
One of the most fascinating places to visit in India, Goa draws more than 2 million visitors every year. With its awesome seafood, pretty beaches, vivid nightlife, water sports and picturesque churches, it’s certainly not at all difficult to figure out why. The fun doesn’t stop there. Besides these activities Goa offers you to indulge in many stuff like spending some time on popular beaches like the Baga beach or Anjuna beach or just try out Fenny (Goan Liqour) or some of the yummy Goan seafood. Mix of National and Internation culture, Goa is a fun place to be, making it to the 4th number in the top 10 list.
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3. Rajasthan (Land of Royals):
No sooner you mention the name of Rajasthan and the images of Maharajas, Forts, Breathtaking Palaces and Rajputanas comes into your thoughts. Adorned with monuments covered in the record, Rajasthan is home to several stunning places – Be it pink city, Jaipur the capital, the famous palace and lakes of Udaipur, the striking deserts of Bikaner, the blue shaded Jaisalmer or the beautiful hill station Mt Abu, Rajasthan’s surprises are never-ending. Besides not to forget the music, culture and art forms along with royal hospitality and food. Full of beautiful forts and monuments, the land of royals enlightens you to the rich Indian heritage of the past. If you’re seeking some fascinating places to visit in India, Rajasthan is indeed your one stop solution.
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2. Ladakh (The Moon Land):
A complete travel destination, Ladakh is situated in the Himalayas at 3,000m in the Indus valley between the main Great Himalayas and the Karakoram mountains. Famous for the remote mountain beauty, the beautiful landscape is full of glaciers and winter snowfall. What makes this tourist place all the more extraordinary is that it takes extra effort to reach. To really experience the thrill and true essence of Ladakh, plan a road trip by bus, jeep, car or bike. The mountains will be an issue but nothing will beat the experience of getting to the amazing place. Once there, make sure you visit Tso Mori Lake, Leh Palace and Nubra Valley.
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1. Kashmir (The Paradise on Earth):
Beautiful? Awesome? Gorgeous? Perhaps you’ll run out of adjectives to describe this paradise on earth — the magnificent Kashmir. Surrounded by the Pir Panjal Mountain and the Great Himalayas, Kashmir is blessed with truly spell bounding lakes, streams and beautiful scenery. Besides, you can even pump in activities like Water Rafting, Winter Sports and Trekking. Whether you are an adventure fanatic, spiritual person or holiday reveler, Kashmir will surely make your Indian tour marvelous.
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