The choice of holiday destinations in India seems endless; from picturesque destinations to historical and cultural sites, from bustling cities with chaos and confusion to destinations that offer relaxing stays.
In the midst of this huge list of destinations, there is always the dilemma of choosing a destination that is really worth visiting. Good! To alleviate this dilemma, the following is a list of the 13 main “must-see” destinations in India for all travelers. Let’s now look at the reasons why this happens.
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- Must-Visit Places In India Once In Life
Must-Visit Places In India Once In Life
#1. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is world-famous and a must-see in India for one reason: it is impressive! I loved being there, I have to admit it.
A large crowd attracts you like cattle if you are busy, but here are some tips to visit the Taj Mahal, how to introduce yourself at dawn and say no to the photos.
I also have a post on how to take a day trip to the Taj Mahal from Delhi.
#2. Kashmir: For Its Captivating Natural Beauty
Kashmir, one of the most amazing places in India, is known for its fascinating beauty and with the name “Heaven on Earth”.
With its picturesque lakes, impressive fruit orchards, lush meadows surrounded by dense forests of pine and deodars, lush gardens full of vibrant flowers and captivating valleys surrounded by snowy peaks of the Himalayan and Pir-Panjal mountain ranges, Kashmir seems to have done so directly from a postcard.
Enjoy a paradisiacal ‘Shikara boat ride’ on ‘Dal Lake’, stroll through the wonderful ‘Mughal gardens’, immerse yourself in the virgin pastoral beauty of the’ Betaab ‘and’ Aru ‘valleys, paying tribute to’ Amarnath Ji ‘standing in the middle of the ethereal natural beauty of the small town of’ Chandanwari ‘, savoring the harvest time of a fresh nut in one of the’ Nut Orchards’, in front of the strong currents of the Sind River during rafting in ‘Sonmarg’ to enjoy the adventure of The world’s highest gondola ride in Gulmarg: the magic of Kashmir, with breathtaking views, will surely captivate your heart and soul forever.
Be sure to buy some of Kashmir’s traditional handicraft items and looms and try some of the world-famous delicacies of ‘Wazwan’ before returning from a memorable holiday in Kashmir.
#3. Rann of Kutch
This is where the huge salt plains of India are located. Be sure to visit it at the right time (November-February) or you can show up to find it underwater.
You can experience local life here and see how artisans make traditional clothes. CN Traveler has called it the new fashion capital of India.
To be honest, Varkala doesn’t have much charm, but it’s a beautiful and cheap coastal city. Although shopping and food are mediocre, the views are beautiful, it is much less crowded than Goa, but it is also westernized and surfing is good.
Land of majestic snowy mountains, serene alpine glacial lakes, charming valleys and ancient and colorful Buddhist monasteries, Leh-Ladakh is one of India’s “must-see” destinations for nature lovers and people seeking peace and serenity away from the busy lives of the city.
Home to many alpine glacier alpine lakes, some of the world’s highest mountain passes and high-altitude scenic trails, Ladakh is also a dream destination for adventurous travelers in India and in different corners of the world.
Be the feeling of extreme spirituality and divinity, listen to the songs and hymns of the lamas in the ‘Hemis Monastery’, the tranquility of the ‘Pangong Lake’, which offers an indescribable feeling of peace and solitude, an unforgettable adventure experience of walking on the icy Zanskar River ‘, the fun of an exclusive sand dune safari sitting on the back of the Bactrian camel, discovering the rugged landscapes of the’ Nubra Valley ‘or the thrill of seeing a snow leopard in the middle of the’ Hemis’ National Park – Ladakh has in your store, something for all your tourists. Being part of the colorful “Hemis Festival” is something that should definitely be on the itineraries of all tourists to the mystical land of Leh-Ladakh.
Delhi, the bustling capital of India, is one of the perfect travel destinations in India. A city of historical monuments, bustling bazaars and delicious street food, which reminds you of its rich past of the Mughal era to a city that today is more cosmopolitan and contemporary with its avenues, sophisticated shopping centers, shopping complexes, and luxury hotel and restaurants;
Delhi is undoubtedly a true mix of ancient cultures and modernization today. Be it a stroll through the narrow streets of ‘Chandni Chowk’, savoring your lipstick talks, the real shopping fun on the streets of ‘Sarojini Nagar’ or more exotic ‘Delhi Haat’, a historic walk through the imposing masterpieces Mughal architecture of ‘Humayun’s Tomb’ and ‘Qutub Minar’, a visit to the 700-year-old Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, a pleasant experience of enjoying delicious cuisine in a cafe by the lake in the elegant village of Hauz Khas, a memorable moment in the lively “Kingdom of Dreams”, enjoying a Bollywood musical night, or a picnic at the iconic “India Gate”.
Darjeeling is known for its wavy tea fields. You can also meet him from a certain Wes Anderson movie …
It is in West Bengal, at the base of the Himalayan mountains. This is where the British return on vacation when they have control of India.
#8. Varanasi – For Its Spiritual Essence
India is a land of cultures, religions, and spirituality; therefore, an Indian exploration remains incomplete without a trip to the sacred city of Varanasi.
Also known as the city of “Moksha”, the place has great religious significance for Hindus. Located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, it is believed that the city is more than 5000 years old. Busy with charming ancient temples and sacred Ghats full of people performing various rituals and prayers, Varanasi becomes a spiritual destination to travel around India.
To pay tribute to Lord Shiva in the famous ‘Kashi Vishwanath Temple’, immerse yourself in the sacred waters of the Ganges River, absolve your sins, enjoy the spiritual aura of the divine Ganga Aarti during the nights in ‘Dasaswamedha Ghat’, taking a walk through the Ghats, watch life flow, explore the chaotic and colorful streets full of life, eat your delicious ‘Benaras ki Chaat’ or enjoy a unique experience of buying musical instruments and the famous ‘silk saris of Benarasi’; Varanasi is really an amazing place to visit in India.
Splattered with many ancient monuments, Aurangabad is a historic city located in Maharashtra. A city ruled by several dynasties in the past, today it prides itself on its rich heritage with its architectural wonders, reminiscent of the stories of its reigning dynasties.
Mainly famous for its impressive Buddhist cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora, a world heritage site, Aurangabad is visited by many national and international tourists throughout the year for many other reasons as well.
The magnificent ‘Bibi ka Maqbara’, which reflects the architecture of the iconic ‘Taj’ and houses the tomb of Aurangzeb’s wife, Begum Rabia attracts many historians, architects, and art lovers.
The rich and attractive gates of the fortified city, such as ‘Kala Darwaza’ and ‘Rangeen Darwaza’, adorned with complex sculptures, provide a preview of the artistic skills of artisans and artisans of the past.
Mysore is my favorite Indian city. There are so many parks, so little traffic and the market is extraordinary! If you want to enter India starting in a small city, you want to try Ayurveda or do a yoga teacher training (the best school is here), this is where you want to be. You can also make amazing day trips to Mysore.
#11. Kerala – For Its Tides And More
Immaculate backwaters, coconut palm beaches, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and colorful festivals; Yes! You guessed it well.
I am talking about the country of God, Kerala, one of the most picturesque places in India, with thousands of tourists every year. Hidden between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Kerala has been blessed with immense natural beauty.
In addition to serene backwaters and pristine beaches, Kerala also houses the picturesque hill station and several wildlife sanctuaries. Offering a large number of tourist activities, a trip to Kerala is an “indispensable” experience for all the world’s travelers.
From memorable houseboats on the backwaters of Alleppey, nature walks through lush hillsides and large tea gardens of ‘Munnar’, exciting elephant rides at ‘Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary’ until you see Kathakali’s impressive performance at the ‘Center Kathakali ‘; Kerala is a destination worth visiting once in a lifetime.
Sikkim is located in the Himalayas, on the east side of India, in Bhutan and Nepal. The views are out of this world and you can visit monasteries, walk, transfer or just stroll through the small town.
#13. Andaman and Nicobar
Known for its picturesque beauty, with crystal clear beaches, blue waters and lush forests, Andaman and Nicobar are a group of more than 500 bright islands hidden in an endless expanse of the Bay of Bengal.
Relatively unexplored, these islands have an enigmatic charm that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Packed with a lot of interesting activities, a vacation in Andaman and Nicobar will surely be one of the best vacations in India.
The best beach in Asia, ‘Radhanagar Beach’ on ‘Havelock Island’ is a paradise for honeymooners who can be seen here immersed in romantic walks, holding hands and witnessing the beautiful sunset.