Numerous travelers discover it difficult to select a travel destination in India since it has huge diversity and multiple destinations. Possibly, some places are more popular than others. We have selected ten of the best destinations for your inspiration, from the classic Golden Triangle cities to the relaxing states of Goa and Kerala in the south, and Amritsar on the northwest frontier.
Here is the list of top 10 travel destinations in India to improve your travel experience.
1. Ranthambore: Wildlife beauty
Named after the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort which was once served as the royal hunting ground of the maharajahs. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places for tracking tigers in India. There are about 71 tigers in the park. Aside from tigers, the park has a great many other wild animals including sloth bears, leopards, and over 300 species of birds.
2. Kerala: Backwaters and exquisite natural beauty
For many travelers, Kerala is the most natural and picturesque state, with spectacular landscapes ranging from glistening backwaters to sunny beaches. The most sought-after attraction of the state is the well-known Kerala backwaters and Alleppey is the hub of backwaters which are called Kayal locally. It’s every photographer’s dream to capture this peaceful, charming palm-fringed network of waterways, lagoons, canals, and rivers.
3. Madurai: Beauty of South Indian culture
The city of Madurai also called “Athens of the East”, is most famous for its temples and is the former capital of the great Pandya kingdom. The celebrated Meenakshi Temple is the most impressive and important temple in south India, with a maze-like structure. This huge temple complex has 14 towers and a Hall of Thousand Pillars. There is a night ceremony during which the image of Shiva is carried to join that of his consort Parvati.
4. Amritsar: Golden Temple
Situated in India’s Northwest frontier with Pakistan, Amritsar offers a distinctive travel experience. The city of Amritsar, founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das, is the holiest city for the Sikhs and home to the majestic Golden Temple (Sri Harmandir Sahib, “The Abode of God”), the central place of worship for all Sikhs. The temple welcomes visitors of all religions and attracts pilgrims from all over the world.
5. Agra: Taj Mahal
Agra, formal capital of Mughal Empire is home to India’s most iconic attraction the Taj Mahal, making it one of the most visited cities in India. Every year, millions of visitors come to admire this beautiful mausoleum and listen to the fascinating story behind it.
6. Delhi: Iconic capital of India
Delhi is a mix of diverse cultures and has everything from rich history to fabulous food. It’s a city built upon cities, giving modern-day Delhi many ancient sights and monuments from different eras. The key attractions are, India’s largest mosques Jama Masjid to the 17-century Red Fort that influenced many later buildings in north India, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, and many other mosques, tombs of famous historical figures, and temples.
7. Varanasi: Spiritual capital
Varanasi, located on the left bank of India’s most sacred river, the Ganges, is the holiest city for the Hindus and undoubtedly the spiritual heart of India. It is not like any other city in India. It is where you can witness rituals of life and death in public: pilgrims bathing in the sacred waters of the Ganges to wash away sins, and bodies of the dead cremated in the riverside Ghats wishing for reincarnations.
8. Jaipur: Pink City
Jaipur, the capital city and gateway to the state, is nicknamed “The Pink City” because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city. Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jal Mahal (Water Palace), Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Jantar Mantar, a well-preserved observatory are the special attractions for visitors in the city.
9. Goa: Beaches
Goa with beautiful coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Goa’s biggest attraction is its blissful beaches, each having its own personality. Head to Anjuna to enjoy hippie market bliss, Palolem for palm-fringed soft sands, Mandrem for laid-back ambiance, Agonda for tranquility, and many others.
10. Munnar: Tea and Nature
Sitting high at an elevation of over 1,500 m / 4,921 ft, hill station of Munnar is the best place in South India to escape the heat of the plains and get close to nature. With beautiful valleys, mountain streams, and emerald-green tea plantations, it is a paradise for honeymooners, leisure travelers, and nature enthusiasts. This is also the center of the largest tea-growing area in south India.