Top 9 Incredible Places to Visit in India

| September 16, 2014 | 11 Comments
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Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Aurangabad. Photo by Shriram Rajagopalan.

India is one of the most exotic and unique travel destinations imaginable. India’s cultural diversity, natural beauty, incredible geography (from the Himalayas to the beaches), and its long and interesting history make India a favorite place for visitors. India has a long list of tourist destinations for all kind of visitors, but here are nine of the top places to explore.

1. Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Aurangabad:  The carved rock caves of Ajanta and Ellora are known for their sculptures and paintings, which are considered to be the best living example of Indian art. Located in the Aurangabad district of northern Maharashtra, Ajanta and Ellora caves feature Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain art. Visit these caves during monsoon to make best of your tour.

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  • These caves were crafted manually, using only chisels and hammers.
  • An army officer of the British Army found the Ajanta Caves in 1819.
  • Both the sites are UNESCO world heritage site.
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Shikara boat ride on Dal Lake.

2. Shikara Ride, Kashmir: Famous for its unique beauty, Dal Lake has always been a major attraction for travel enthusiasts. A mesmerizing ride of Shikara in Dal Lake is a relaxing and calming sightseeing experience, and riders get a beautiful view of kingfishers. You can also see three islands inside the lake, floating gardens, and Mughal Gardens.

More information:

  • Lake gets frozen in winters, so it is advised to visit Dal Lake for a shikara ride in between April to October.

3. Chandni Chowk, Delhi: One of India’s most vibrant markets, Chandni Chowk is a thrilling environment pulsing with people walking to buy a wide range of items, including industrial supplies, apparel and clothing, dry fruits, electric

Delhi's Chandni Chowk market.

Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market.

equipment etc. It is believed that Chandni Chowk market was designed by the daughter of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Labeled as the “Heart of Delhi,” Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest markets of New Delhi. You can also enjoy delicious street food here at Chandni Chowk.

More information:

  •  •This famous marketplace got its name from a pool that used to shine in moonlight.
  •  •The market remains heavily crowded during daytime, so it is advised not to travel there by car or bike. Walking is the best way to experience Chandni Chowk.

 

4. Tiger Spotting in Corbett, Uttarakhand: This place is perfect for people who love wildlife. Located in the Himalayan foothills, Jim Corbett National Park is the best national park to spot big cats. Enjoy a splendid open gypsy ride

Spotting a striped tiger in Corbett National Park.

Spotting a striped tiger in Corbett National Park.

to spot tigers and explore nature—Jim Corbett National Park has  grasslands, river, mountains, and dense forest. Enjoy the unlimited jungle fun and explore true Indian wildlife at Corbett.

More information:

  • Named after tiger hunter James E. Corbett, it is India’s oldest national park. It was established in 1936 to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.
  • Forest covers almost 73% of the park, and 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

 

5. Ghats of Varanasi & Haridwar: Ghats are the most priceless assets of holy cities Varanasi and Haridwar, and to see

The haridwar ghat.

The haridwar ghat.

them is to get a glimpse into the intense spirituality of the country. To name a few, Har Ki Pauri, Manikarnika Ghat, and Dashashwamedh Ghat are the most popular ghats of Haridwar and Varanasi. These ghats carry a lot of historical and religious significance. Viewing these holy ghats from Ganges is an experience that can never be forgotten.

More information:

  •  •Ghats refer to the areas in holy river-side cities like Varanasi and Haridwar where stairs exist to reach the Ganges. They can be used for religious rites (bathing and ablution) and cremation.
  • It is believed that ghats of Varanasi release the soul from the human body to the ultimate destination.
  • Most of the ghats are named for their historical significance, or after famous religious gurus.

6. Havelock Island, Andaman: A serene and calm place with blue water and white sand, the beaches of Havelock are

Havelock Island, Andaman.

Havelock Island, Andaman.

the perfect place for a barefoot walk and for relaxing. The view of sunset is spectacular at Havelock Island beaches. Apart from chilling out, you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, mangrove safari, and fishing. Clear water, fine sand, and a pristine, clean beach area make it a perfect destination for beach lovers.
More information:

  • The island is named after British active general in India, Henry Havelock.
  • Radhanagar Beach, a beach on Havelock Island, is ranked among the top ten beaches of the world.

 

7. Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh:

Khajuraho temple.

Khajuraho temple.

Famous for their erotic sculptures, Khajurao Temples are one of the most famous tourist attractions in India. (Don’t forget that India is the place where the Kama Sutra originated.) These temples are dedicated to Hindu deities Vishnu, Shiva, and Jain patriarchs. One of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites, Khajuraho temples are stunningly beautiful, and are an important part of the religious art of India.

 

More information:

  •  Khajuraho is named after the fruit date palm.
  • Saraswati temple in BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan is modeled after the Khajuraho temples.

 

8. Tea Estate in Darjeeling, West Bengal: Known as the “Mecca of Tea,” Darjeeling is famous for its lush green

A woman plucks leaves at a tea garden in Darjeeling.

A woman plucks leaves at a tea garden in Darjeeling.

sprawling tea estates which produce the finest tea in the world. Weather in Darjeeling remains pleasant at most times of the year, and the tea estates are breathtakingly beautiful. The estates and gardens of Darjeeling offer a relaxing sojourn for travelers.

More information:

• Makaibari tea estate holds record for producing some of the most expensive tea in the world: $1,850 per kilogram.

 

 

 

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The Taj Mahal is a must-see stop on any trip to India.

9. Taj Mahal, Agra: No visit to India would be complete without paying a visit to its most astounding work of architecture. The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, is a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The structure is a testament to human love, and is listed among the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal is probably the most incredible, ornate, and unusual building you will ever see, and to really appreciate it you need to see it from the inside. The Taj Mahal is the finest known example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Indian architectural styles. The building was wrought of the finest marble and other construction material from various parts of the world, employing thousands of builders and designers. Taj attracts around 5-7 million viewers every year. Taj can be visited at any time of the year, but October to February is the best time to visit this busy tomb.

More information:

  • It is said that Taj Mahal changes its color at different times of the day.
  • In Shah Jahan’s imagination, Taj Mahal was Mumtaz’s home in paradise.

 

—Thanks to travel blogger Pawan Kotiyal for submitting this list.

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  1. I read your article and it is very amazing and informative. Thank you for share this type of article with us. You also get all updates regarding Rajasthan Tourism, Tourist places in Rajasthan, Best Sightseeing Places in Rajasthan, Things to Do In Rajasthan from our website Rajasthan City Day Tour.

  2. grate post thanks for sharing i also want to visit kahsmir

  3. Thanks for this post. I had been to Chandni Chowk in New Delhi and loved its street food. The lanes of the bazaar are so narrow with so much crowd. I hope next time, I visit the remaining places very soon.

  4. Laura Smith says:

    Hey, I will be in Delhi next month so can you please tell me how to arrive Aurangabad from Delhi and which is the best transportation to reach there? Thanks in advance.

  5. jenni dcruz says:

    Awesome post.Thanks for sharing .

  6. Thank you for sharing such great article which contains such useful information about such great places in India. You also get all updates regarding Rajasthan Tourism, Tourist places in Rajasthan, Best Sightseeing Places in Rajasthan, Things to Do In Rajasthan from our website Heritage tour of Rajasthan

  7. I am very great full for your article you share it possess very brilliant information about such beautiful places, I have been to there one two from above list and my experience is memorable i can not able to forget about it yet it has been 4 year since

  8. crystal reed says:

    India is a great place and i have heard it has got a whole plethora of places to sight but with your sorted short down list of 9 places, it’s quite easy to plan the trip for all the art lover looking for delighting their eyes with its spectacular sites. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. I have been to some of these places and they literally have drooled me with just a sight. Loved them , India is truly blessed with the historic edifices and richest of culture.

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