Best Destinations to Visit in India

Best Destinations to Visit in India
Best Destinations to Visit in India (courtesy: pramodtiwari)

Think of cultural holidays, the first name that comes to mind is of India. India, unlike many popular tourist destinations around the world, doesn’t cater to just one or two kinds of holidaying. With a wide range of natural forms and varied kinds of culture and lifestyle, India is nothing less than a wonderland.

Being one of the top five tourist hotspots of the world, India justifies its popularity in each and every way. Not just for international tourists, India tourism attracts lakhs of domestic tourists as well. No matter which tourist destination you choose, travelling in India is sure to add some colours and charm to your life.

The country has 28 states and the 7 Union Territories with each state promising a unique experience. Tourists are in for a treat irrespective of the place they decide to visit. From Andaman & Nicobar to Jammu & Kashmir to Rajasthan to West Bengal to Himachal Pradesh to Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh to Maharashtra, etc. India presents exciting travel opportunities.

The country has umpteen numbers of tourist destinations with each presenting a unique experience. The list of destinations is endless. Few of the destinations that are quite popular are:

Agra

Agra Uttar Pradesh - Best Destinations to Visit in India
  • Region: North India
  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Nearest Metro City: 210 km from New Delhi
  • Nearest Airport: Agra Airport (Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport)

A trip to India is incomplete without visiting Agra. The city in the state of Uttar Pradesh boasts of the world famous Taj Mahal. One of the New Seven Wonders of the world and one of three World Heritage Sites, Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal. Its construction was completed in 1653 which took 22 years (1630-1652). This symmetrical structure made up of white marble was a result of hard work of more than 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers. The beauty of the monument is unmatched to any other and makes for a memorable experience. The city of Agra has many other monuments as well. Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort will also amaze you with their sheer beauty and architectural excellence.

Jaipur

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India Best Destinations to See
  • Region: North India
  • State: Rajasthan
  • Nearest Metro City: 268 km from New Delhi
  • Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport (Sanganer airport)

Popularly called as the pink city, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. The city was called the same after it was painted in the colour of pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in the year of 1853. It is a famous tourist destination and if you want to have a glimpse of royal India and its rich history, Jaipur is one of the best destinations to visit in India.

There are many monuments and forts standing beautifully and luring many tourists to such an extent that tourism has become one of the most important sources of the city’s economy. Some of the popular tourists spots in the city of Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, Chandra Mahal, The City Palace, Diwan-e-Aam, Central Museum (Albert Hall Museum), etc.

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu Kashmir, India
  • Region: North India
  • Union Territory: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Nearest Metro City: 702 km from New Delhi
  • Nearest Airport: Jammu Airport (Nearest to Jammu) and Srinagar Airport (Nearest to Kashmir)

A paradise on Earth, Kashmir is a place everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. The beauty of the land is not unknown to any. Snow clad mountains, refreshing lakes, open clear blue sky and a soothing atmosphere welcomes you to one of the most memorable vacations.

There has been a drop in its tourism because of the few on-going issues in recent decades. But with the help of the Government, the place is again popular amongst nature lovers. There are many important tourist spots in Jammu & Kashmir. Some of these are Raghunath Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Mansar Lake, Bahu Fort & Gardens, Gulmarg, Mughal Gardens and Pahalgam, etc.

Varanasi

Varanasi Uttar Pradesh - India Top Cultural Destinations
  • Region: North India
  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Nearest Metro City: 841 km from New Delhi
  • Nearest Airport: Varanasi Airport (Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport)

In the famous words of Mark Twain, Varanasi is “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend”. The city presents a spiritual and religious picture of India in a unique way. Not just for religious tourists, the city of Varanasi located in the state of Uttar Pradesh presents a memorable experience for each and every one.

The city has high mythological importance in the Hindu religion. Sun rays shimmering across the holy Ganges early in the morning, the temples and shrines by the banks of the rivers filling the air with holy chants and hymns and positivity along with the aroma of incense makes the morning in Varanasi unforgettable.

The sight on the ghats of Ganges is sure to mesmerise each and every one. The city is one of the most important pilgrimage centres for not just Hindus but also for those following Buddhism and Jainism. One can easily spot saints totally absorbed in the beliefs and faiths, who have found peace away from the world. Visiting Varanasi rejuvenates you in an unusual way which is unexplainable.

By Indraneel

Independent by nature, I dream of leading my life on my own terms. Technology & Travelling are the two words that fuels the engine of my life! A Digital Marketing and eCommerce Strategist with over 10 years of experience in leading eCommerce, Digital Marketing Operations. Travelling is definitely fun but when you do it in exactly the way you want, it becomes all the more enjoyable. Be it searching trekking opportunities near by village to finding my way of holidaying on one of the popular hill stations of India to relaxing with my beloved on the beaches of Maldives, I seek something unique in each and every place. Here, let me welcome you all in my quest for adventure and excitement! Sharing my experiences with you, I relive those beautiful moment of my life. Join me on my journey to the unknown!