Being the world’s second-largest nation by population and seventh largest in terms of area, India is a point where different worlds meet. As each of the 72 nations has brought their cultural, lingual, and spiritual heritage to India, this country is rich with various inheritance. India also offers a diversity of natural beauties, from the high mountains of the Himalaya to sunny beaches. So it can be the perfect tourist destination for various tastes. Nature lovers have many different options to find the natural environment best fit with their interests. At the same time, those interested in historical or spiritual experiences can enjoy the glorious remains of the old times.
A proper list of destinations can help you schedule for the appropriate plan, which can help you get most of your time in India. As there are so many amusing tourist destinations in India, you may get confused in priority settings among these attractions. This list can help you to set a good plan for your travel to India.
The Taj Mahal, Agra
Being a unique affidavit to the preciousness of love for Indian people, the Taj Mahal is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in India. It took 17 years of work by more than 20,000 workers to build this mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Shah Jahan. Precious white marble stones combined with jade, pearl, lapis lazuli, and diamonds made spectacular geometrical harmonies, representing Islamic and Indian architecture synthesis.
Taj Mahal is breathtakingly beautiful when the ultimate change in lighting alters the endless sky behind the structure. So we tender you to visit the astonishing Taj Mahal when the sun is blooming or dawning.
Sri Harmandir Sahib, Punjab
Sri Harmandir Sahib, aka the Golden Temple, is such a brilliant golden structure that provokes every visitor’s dignity, especially with its reflection in water doubling its beauty. Although it is a Hindu holy shrine, it attracts people of other faiths because the spiritual atmosphere can impress every visitor as the prayers chant different parts of their holy book. You can also observe some Islamic cultural elements, as the dome in lotus flower shape is combined with flourishing inlaid floral and animal motives. Visitors are welcome to participate in the benevolent act of sharing more than 50,000 free meals every day.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Being a salt marsh in the Thar Desert, Rann Of Kutch is where different shades of pale blue make a dreamlike perspective when the moon is shining in the navy blue sky. It may interest you to know that this desert is underwater for about four months during India’s Monsoon season. You can plan to visit this desert as it starts to dry up in October, making it a surreal desolate desert. If you prefer to visit this place in a quiet atmosphere, you may find your visit peaceful at the end of the tourist season in March.
The Golden City of Jaisalmer
Being made of the glaring golden sands of the Thar desert, the city of Jaisalmer shines like a precious jewel designed with the jade green of trees and azure of the river. Different structures in their usage made a variety of buildings make this city one of India’s best tourist destinations; For example, Jaisalmer fort, Maharaja palace, some temples, and mansions of the natives. As the Jaisalmer fort rises above the town, passing the massive gate, it ends in the lower part with the jewelry Maharaja palace decorated with Italian and Chinese tiles and painted ceilings. If you want to deepen in this city’s rich history, consider visiting the 1,000-year-old library to perceive invaluable manuscripts and antiquities.
The Holy City of Varanasi
You might have heard of the Ganges river, being famous as a symbol of Hindu faith. The holy city of Varanasi is mostly famous as a tourist destination in India for being associated with this holy river. The riverside includes some stairways ending the river where prayers can faithfully bathe. These stairways are called “Gath,” and Dasashvamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat are the most famous ones. You can also visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple while exploring the Old Quarter adjacent to the Ganges. You can also explore this city’s rich historical heritage in the Banaras Hindu University library, containing more than a million books. The Bharat Kala Bhavan museum holds priceless remains of old eras.
The Red Fort, New Delhi
The red fort is also one of those tourist destinations in India built by Shah Jahan. It is one of the places you should not miss if you are interested in the Mughal era. This fort containing great gateways once was used for ceremonial purposes. Don’t miss buying Indian souvenirs and mouth-watering foods from a covered bazaar called Chatta Chowk, a 17th century covered bazaar. If you want to make the most of the time of your visit, we recommend you to enjoy the companionship of a local guide.
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
From the old days, India was known to be the region of colors. Meenakshi Amman Temple can truly fulfill this imagination of India with its spectacular facade designed with 33,000 sculptures and its gateways coming to life with colorful shapes. As this temple is devoted to Parvati and Shiva, it is one of Tamilian Hindus’ most respected ones. As claimed by Hindu sacred text, Indra built a sanctum for the lingam, carrying to make amends for his evil deed. It is the place where the temple currently stands.
Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
Being one of the largest and oldest mosques all around the globe, it is no surprise that it took so long to build it. This amusing mosque’s 15 big arches and piles were each shaped from black granite brought by enormous cattle trains, supposedly the amount of up to 1,400 bulls. The most important stones imported to build this structure were the bricks above the central gate imported here from Mecca. It has different places to explore; for example, gateways, a big plaza, a large artificial pond, and a place where lodges some strands of Prophet Mohammed’s hair. The walls and roofs are amazingly designed with floral motifs and friezes, as well as some verses of the Quran.
The Gateway of India, Mumbai
You must visit this symbolic gateway standing tall, affording a view of the Arabian sea. This marvelous structure was built to pay homage to King George V and Queen Mary’s arrival in 1911. This captivating piece of architecture was opened later with much spectacle and ceremony in 1924 and was the city’s tallest structure for a while. Built completely of yellow basalt and solid and noteworthy for its Indo-Saracenic style, this Gateway of India was also used for British soldiers’ triumphant parades after the 1948 independence revolution.
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Madurai
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary centered around an artificial lake are some of India’s famous natural attractions. Started to work in 1934, this vast park is home to innumerable species of animals. The best ways to relish the park’s sumptuous mountain perspectives are to take a lake cruise or a jungle walk with a professional guide. The latter gives visitors a chance to face elephant herds to observe their wildlife. We highly recommend you to stop at one of the many spices, tea, or coffee plantations around for a tour and shopping.
The Beaches of Goa
Recently discovered, Goa is one of India’s best tourist destinations with its charming coastline overlooking the lucid water of the Arabian sea. Goa is more than 60 miles from the seaside, home to some of the world’s most exquisite beaches with the various appeal. Outlying Agonda Beach may be a good choice for those who seek peace and calmness, while Calangute Beach is, by contrast, the most merchant and congested. Don’t forget to visit the superb Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary while in Goa. This attraction is home to velvety forests and plenty of animals, including some spectacular mammals and astonishing birds, as well as India’s well-known king cobras.
Settled in the vigorous Himalayas, Manali has a bounty of eye-catching valleys surrounded by oak, fir, deodar, and pine forests. It is a perfect combination of nature, food, adventurous activities, and ancient legacy. Splashing rivers flow amidst the valleys ending at mind-blowing waterfalls. You can also catch spectacular sights of meadows, farms and fruit gardens. Manali is also rich in history, with amazing structures architecturally. The location provides a wide range of venturesome activities like paragliding, camping, trekking, river rafting, as well as winter sports like skiing and snowboarding to feed the adventurous with adrenaline. It also has cozy places that are pretty suitable for hippie experiences.