Eight Fantastic Places to Visit in India
When it comes to places to visit in India, you really are spoilt for choice. The country is vast, has a very long history and is home to an eclectic mix of people and cultures. Planning a trip here can be tricky though as it can be hard to know where to start. So, we have narrowed things down a bit and come up with some great destinations for you to consider.
If you are looking for a high energy experience, Mumbai is the place to visit. It is known as the city that never sleeps and with good reason. The city really does has a vibrant nightclub scene.
During the day, take in the sights, which include the Gateway of India, the Siddhivinayak Temple, the Kanheri Caves, Haji Ali Dargah, the Elephanta Caves & island, Essel World, Kamala Nehru Park, Nehru Planetarium and Worli Fort.
If you want, you can base yourself in the city and use it as a jumping off point for day trips to other places. Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Matheran, and many other beautiful places are within easy reach of Mumbai. Kamshet, the paragliding center of India is also nearby.
The region of Goa is best known for its beautiful beaches. But, it has so much more to offer visitors, including fascinating buildings like the Shanta Durga Temple, the UNESCO-listed Basilica of Born Jesus and the 17th-century fortress and lighthouse of Fort Aguada. Dudhsagar Falls is also well worth taking the time to visit.
If you want to spend time on the beach you have plenty of choice. Each beach offers something a little different. For example, the beaches of Calangute and Anjuna are great for water sports, while the Chapora beach is far more serene.
The city of the lakes is aptly named. Visitors flock there to enjoy the unique combination of stunning palaces many of which sit alongside the calming water. The Ahar Cenotaphs, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal cultural institute, Gulab Bagh and the Zoo are all also places worth visiting.
New Delhi, Delhi
The huge sprawling city of New Delhi can feel overwhelming at first, but you soon get your bearings. Most visitors head straight to the main sights like the Sai Baba Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Lodhi Gardens.
They are all certainly interesting, but it is also worth seeking out some of its lesser-known marvels like the Hijron ka Khanqah, which is a Sufi cemetery. It sounds weird, but it really is a beautiful and enchanting place.
As you would expect the city has many great restaurants, nightclubs, parks and much more besides. It really does not what you are looking for the chances are New Delhi has it.
The city of Pondicherry has a long and rich history. It was once a French colony, which is one of the reasons it is also known as the French Riviera of the East. You could take all week to visit all of its beautiful temples and churches.
Pondicherry really does have the lot, including stunning beaches. You can spend the whole day relaxing in the sun or, if you prefer, enjoy a range of water sports.
If you are a food lover, you are in for a real treat. In Pondicherry, you can enjoy a range of food cultures including French cuisine. It is particularly well known for its seafood.
When Queen Victoria visited the city of Jaipur, in 1876, the Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted all of the buildings pink. In this part of India, pink is the color of hospitality. The name stuck and today the buildings are still mostly pink.
Amongst the most impressive sights are Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar. The Albert Hall Museum has a particularly interesting collection of Indian art, jewels, and artifacts. It is well worth taking the time to see the unique medieval stepwell of Chand Baori. The 953 window of the Palace of the Winds is also a strangely enchanting sight.
This beautiful Northern state nestles in the stunning Western Himalayas. This is one of the most rural areas of India. So, if you want to enjoy the pristine countryside, this is the place for you. The tourism industry is still developing and, refreshingly, is being carefully controlled.
Its hill stations are truly unique. Himachal is also home to several very important Hindu pilgrimage sites, including Naina Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Bhimakali Temple, Vajreshwari Devi Temple and Jakhoo Temple. Some of the country’s oldest Buddhist monasteries are also located in this region.
If you like adventure sports, this area is definitely a good destination for you. Paragliding, ice skating, trekking, fishing and horse riding are all on offer.
For those who enjoy taking active holidays, Gulmarg is a great destination. In the winter it fills up with thousands of skiers who are there to enjoy India’s biggest ski resort. There are 30kms of runs serviced by 3 ski lifts for visitors to enjoy.
In the warmer months, this wonderful hill station remains a popular destination, and it is really easy to get to. You can direct flights from either Mumbai or New Delhi to Srinagar airport, which lies only 49kms from the famous hill station.
The Gulmarg golf course, which is the 2nd highest in the world, welcomes players from across the world during the summer months. This startlingly beautiful area also welcomes walkers and offers a range of other outdoor activities.
So there you have it, eight wonderful places to start your Indian adventure from. Bon voyage!
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