The 30 Best Destinations to Visit In India – Before You Die!
India’s gorgeous and legendary land is known for its extravagances, history, and mammoth diversity. The country is tranquil and one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Travelling to India attracts backpackers, cultural and mystical seekers, and just those in search of a homely abode. It is also the birthplace of yoga and meditation, and it is no surprise that many travellers travel across the globe to experience a yoga and meditation retreat in India. You love or hate it; your India Travel trip is guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. I’ve been fortunate to have spent many years in this implausible country. I’m recommending to you the 30 best destinations you must visit in India – these are the most beautiful, unique and stunning destinations.
Shimla – The queen of hills is a serene hill station, a must-visit if you are in Himachal Pradesh. Mall road will give you many snow-capped mountain views and a glimpse of the local market. Shimla is a peak point for many bike riders who travel to Himachal Pradesh.
Taj Mahal – A marvel of its kind. A world heritage site and world wonder, it was constructed in 1632 by Mughal Emperor. Excellent craftsmanship and a UNESCO HERITAGE SITE. A must-visit destination in India.
Mumbai – The glitz and glitter of this will charm you. The home of one of the biggest entertainment cinema industries – Bollywood in Mumbai. The financial and cosmopolitan capital of India. The Arabian Sea blossoms on the shorelines, and in South Mumbai, you will see architecture dating back to the times of the East India Company. Lord Ganesh festival Ganesh Chaturthi is the largest festival celebrated for 10 days.
Goa is the smallest state in India and is far home to stunning beaches. This tropical paradise is idyllic for all who just wanna enjoy beaches, sunbathe and immerse in the ocean breeze.
Varanasi – The most sacred and spiritual city of India, considered the most visited pilgrimage place for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Walking the ghats, taking the stroll on the banks of the Ganges, and witnessing the Aarti on the ghats itself is divine.
Mysore – Chennai – Hindu Kapaleeshwarar Temple – All these shall not be missed in the southern part of India. Chennai was earlier Madras and is known to abode marvellous Hindu temples. The temple has an incredible rainbow-coloured gopuram (tower). In addition, the city is near the longest urban beach in the world, Marina Beach.
Kerela – Backwaters – It hosts the stunning chain of backwaters and brackish logons along the Arabian sea – it is mesmerising and shall not be missed. You will find snake boats that can carry 100 men – incredible. Ferries here will take you anywhere, and you can hire a houseboat. Ideal place for honeymoon trips.
Gokarna, Karnataka – a quiet town on the beachside, is an alternative spot for Goa lovers. It is a jewelled crown of Karnataka. For backpackers and travellers seeking solace and learning yoga or practising meditation Gokarna is bliss. Being un-spoilt makes it more beautiful.
Old Silk Road Route – one of the ancient trade routes and largest is Old Silk Route Road which connected East to West. The cities run through Delhi, Patna, and Allahabad; this is an authentic historic journey to North India. These cities are home to some ancient cultures and states from Anatolia via China and take the royal road.
Jodhpur – The blue city – The view from Mehrangarh Fort of this blue city is magnificent. The brahmins colour their houses blue to keep them cool in the scorching sun. Also, they do so to distinguish themselves from the other clan of communities. The fort is a must-visit as you will witness around 15,000 treasures in total, and it is one of the largest forts in India. Get the complete itinerary of the Rajasthan road trip on – www.spiritedblogger.com.
Jaisalmer – Gadi Sagar – Kuldhara – Jaisalmer is a golden city renowned among international tourists worldwide. The Gadi Saar lake is a man-made lake that surrounds temples, a golden gate, shrines and a fantastic ghat. You may spot migratory birds like – spoonbills, black-winged stilts and domestic geese.
Pushkar – It is a hypnotic place, and it is on the edge of the Thar desert. It is one of the ancient towns in India and is surrounded by ghats and lakes. On Kartik Purnima, the Hindus celebrate the camel festival, the largest of its kind in India. You won’t forget this place.
Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh in Gujarat state of India, located in the Thar Desert. It is about 7500 km² in the area and is one of the world’s largest salt deserts. This area has been inhabited by the Kutchi people. It is the only large flooded grasslands zone in the Indomalayan realm.
Tawang – Arunachal Pradesh – The cultural epicentre of Arunanchal Pradesh – Tawang is a magnificent northeastern town close to Bhutan. It was the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. The snow-capped mountains and Buddhist monasteries will keep your soul relaxed.
Lahaul and Spiti Valley is the most barren and cold mountain desert valley in the Himalayan region. Spiti valley is divided into Lahaul via Kumzum Pass, which is at 15059 ft. This land is unspoiled and barren and close in winters. You will fall in love with the breeze. Take a bike trip to Spiti Valley, and learn more in the blog.
Golden Temple – Amritsar – This city is close Indo-Pakistan border Amritsar is principally a spiritual place for Sikhs and is known for The Golden Temple. Everyone who visits the temple can sit for a free meal at Langar – it is estimated that around 90,000 people are served daily, which is all volunteered by the people. Also, don’t miss the Wagah-Attari border ceremony.
Leh Ladakh – If you love snow leopards – Leh Ladkha is the place – there is a higher chance to spot one if you love to hike. Leh Ladakh is a jaw-dropping place for hikers, backpackers and mountain views. The land of Stupas has a Buddhist monastery dating back to the 8th – 9th century. Leh Ladakh bike trip is made by many travellers. Check the blog for more.
Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination and a hill station in Jammu Kashmir. The scenic beauty and Pir Panjal Range of the western Himalayas will leave you awe-stuck. You can take skiing lessons here – short-term and long-term both.
Gurez Valley – Gurez, or Gerais, is a mystical and stunning valley in the high Himalayas. It is 86 kilometres from Bandipore and 123 from Srinagar in northern Kashmir and southern Gilgit-Baltistan. The Kishanganga River flows through the valley, one of the gateways to the famous Silk Route from Europe to Kashgar in China.
Rishikesh – It is famous for all the reasons. On the banks of the Ganges, it is loved by artists and musicians from all over the world and is known as the spiritual city that became famous by the Beatles. They stayed at Chaurasi Kutia Ashram and studied transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. A flock of tourists come to Rishikesh for river rafting and bungee jumping, and the local market visit is a delight.
Akshardham Temple – It is exactly 24 km from Ahmedabad. You can visit the temple and stay in Delhi close to the border of Noida. It is a Hindu temple and a structurally beautiful temple. The word Akshardham means the abode of Swaminarayan and is worshipped by followers as a temporal home of God on earth.
Nohkalikai Falls – The tallest waterfall in India. It plunges from 335 meters high stream of cliffs surrounded by rogues’ wet forests of Cherrapunji. It is also one of the wettest places in the world. The pool gives you the view of turquoise water cramped by forest rocks and stones.
The Konkan Coast – It extends throughout the western coasts of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. The coast is less developed and pristine, which is why you will be able to explore unseen beaches and coastline to the entire stretch of 720km long. Few beaches you research on this coastline are – Murud, Alibaug, Diveagar, Ganpatiphule, and Karde.
Hawa Mahal – Jaipur is a miracle built from red and pink sandstone. It has 953 windows or jharokhas, that meticulous architecture in honeycomb design. It is also called the palace of winds. It is mentioned in the famous list of haunted monuments in India, but there don’t seem to be any written records of paranormal activities.
Auroville – an investigational township and a unique place to visit in India. The purpose of Auroville is to bring together human unity from all across the world. It is based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
Gingee – is one of the most magnificent bastions to explore in South India. It is also known as Senji or Jinji and originally called Singapuri, is a panchayat town in Viluppuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Gingee fort has been standing tall since 1190CE.
Pondicherry – an elegant love child of the French and Indian cultures. Crammed with pristine beaches, heritage buildings, French and Tamil quarters, primaeval temples and churches and a colonial atmosphere, this French Colony has a glut of things to do and see.
Bhimkund – The mysterious natural water pool dating back to the times of Mahabharat. The depth of the collection is unknown to date. The dead bodies float in this pool. The water is turquoise blue and warm. It is located near Bajna village in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh.
Gandikota – The Grand Canyon of India – is almost similar to the one in the USA. A marvellous gorge on the banks of Penna River is located in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. It has a fort to see and a Lord Shiva Temple dating back to the 4th century.
Kodaikanal – is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. It is at 2,000 meters above sea level, and the town centres around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake bordered by evergreen forest. It is also known as Princess of Hill Stations. In Tamil, Kodaikanal means ‘Gift of Forest’.
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