India is a world-renowned tourist hotspot for many reasons. Known for its diversity, India has a bit of everything to satisfy each and every person who comes to visit. With devastatingly beautiful scenic views, to history-rich and story-filled sites, bustling cities filled with thousands of different cultures, tastes and people to relaxing holiday day spots where you can kick back and relax, India truly has something for everyone. Whether you live in India, or not, everyone should check out these places
1. The Taj Mahal, Agra
This one needs no explanation. One of the most recognizable examples of Mughal Architecture, with an interesting story to boot, the Taj Mahal is one of India’s most recognizable tourist destinations- and for a reason. Having been recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal sees around 5,000 tourists per day. The best time to visit is said to be around dawn or dusk when the lighting is said to be absolutely magical- though the Taj Mahal in broad daylight is equally stunning. Don’t forget your sunscreen though
2. Harmindir Sahib, Amritsar
More recognizable as The Golden Temple, this temple lives up to its name, literally shining from the all the gold. Made entirely from gold and marble, this temple is one of the most seamless amalgamations of both Hindu and Islamic style architecture. Effortlessly creating a spiritual atmosphere with prayers broadcasted continuously throughout the entire temple, the temple attracts millions of tourists annually. The temple actually feeds 50,000 people daily- with no distinction between the homeless and tourists.
3. The Gateway of India, Mumbai
Towering above the population at 26 metres, and overlooking the beautiful waters of the Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India is a stunning piece of architecture that you must visit at least once. Made entirely of yellow-basalt and concrete, it was built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in the year 1911, it is an integral part of India’s history.
Visiting Kashmir will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into a postcard or picture book. Known for its picturesque views, Kashmir is so amazingly beautiful; it has been termed Heaven on Earth. With its variety of terrain- including its deep lakes, verdant meadows, sun-spotted forests amongst others, Kashmir is a perfect holiday destination for families, couples or even just your best friends. Surrounded by the Himalayas and the Pir-Panjal mountain ranges, the Kashmir Valley is breathtaking in both summer and winter, so head over there to feast your eyes and calm your soul. Or maybe, you just want to live on a boat, because you can do that too!
What’s the best part of Goa? The beaches? The nightlife? The churches that have been listed as world heritages sites? Goa is where all the fun is. Whoever you end up going with, Goa is bound to lift your spirits up and let you run free. After all, does anything seem important anymore when you’re standing in the cool mist of a vast ocean, with the early morning sun warming your skin? Breathe in the sun, sand and water and breathe out all your worries. You’re in Goa and everything is going to be fine.
6. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
Kerala lays claim to the highest literacy rate in the entire country with a whopping 96.2% of its residents able to read and write. Now, that’s amazing. But the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary located in Kerala is just as amazing. Notably, known for its herds of Asian Elephants, the sanctuary gets its name from Periyar Lake which flows through it.
Even, if you don’t get to this particular sanctuary, India has a lot more options for you to visit. A whopping 647 options in fact- 103 National Parks and 544 wildlife sanctuaries. There is something attractive about returning to the nature we came from isn’t there? Just be careful not to litter or harm any animals! Don’t forget to follow all the rules that are set. Remember, they are probably there for a reason! Get an amazing Kerala tour package for your family & enjoyed the beauty of nature.
7. The Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
Ever visited a museum in a cave? That’s what the Ellora caves are. Built entirely by generations of Jain, Hindu and Buddhist monks, these caves are entirely manmade temples, that were hewn into the stone walls of the caves. How amazing is that? And they were built over a period of only 18 years! Now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the caves are an amazing collection of 34 carved monasteries, chapels, and temples-12 of them are Buddhist, 17 Hindu, and five are of the Jain faith. They were built in close proximity to each other, which shows an amazing period of the religious tolerance that existed during this period of Indian history, which we can only seem to hope to recreate in this age. Interestingly, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb attempted to destroy one of the Hindu temples- a huge representation of Mount Kailasa, where the God Shiva is believed to reside. He sent 1000 men and they worked for three years and were only able to demolish several statues, before they had to accept failure
8. Mysore Palace, Karnataka
The Mysore Palace is India’s version of the Buckingham Palace. One of the largest and grandest palaces in India, it is truly a splendid sight. The Mysore Palace, which was completely rebuilt in 1897 after a devastating fire, is a wonderful example of Indo-Saracenic architecture style. It is beautiful three-storied palace with its elegant square towers and domes; the many ornate ceilings and pillars in Durbar Hall; and the splendid Marriage Pavilion, with its glazed floor tiles, stunning stained glass, artworks, and displays of jewellery (it’s also where, on special occasions, the exquisite Golden Throne is exhibited. Without a doubt, it is the main attraction in the already amazing city of Mysore, which is already a shopaholic’s haven. The city is also known for its famous silk and sandalwood bazaars. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch one of the splendid light displays held each Sunday and during holidays, when the palace is illuminated by more than 90,000 lights
9. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s Pink City, Jaipur is one of the places one absolutely must visit in the country. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city is dotted with palaces, forts and museums as well as beautiful gardens malls and fancy restaurants. The city is literally the best of both worlds- both old and new. Stop by the old city of Jaipur, which has amazing bazaars within three gates that have been splendidly restored
Last, but not least, Ladakh. The remote area of Ladakh seems to be able to withstand the call of civilization. Ladakh seems to attract a lot of Buddhist visitors because of its many monasteries, though it also is home to a ruined Palace. There are snowy mountains as well as scenic sand dunes. With towering peaks, that are perfect for both amateur and experienced trekkers, this place is perfect if you want to get away from everything for a little bit.