India is one of the countries which has the most number of tourist destinations. Millions of people from all around the world visit thousands of these places and are astonished by the sheer beauty of nature and cultural diversity which is abundant in this country.
You can find tourist destinations with beaches, mountains, architectural wonders and pilgrimage centers in India. As a lot of options are available for tourists to go to, we have made a list of the ten best spots that you should never miss.
Top 10 Tourist Places in India:
Most famously known as the hometown of the Taj Mahal, the world-renown mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Noor Jahan, Agra is also home to a huge number of fragments of the legendary Mughal Empire, which includes the Itimad-Ud-Daulah as well as the tomb of the greatest Mughal Emperor, Akbar.
How to reach: Agra is connected well to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Kanpur, etc which is suitable if you are coming by bus. If you wish to travel via trains, Agra is located on the Delhi-Mumbai route and Delhi -Chennai route as well as other cities in India. Agra’s Kheria Airport is the nearest airport.
What to do: You can visit the great Agra Fort, the amazing Jama Masjid and the infamous narrow streets of the Kinari Bazaar, where you can buy authentic sweets made only in Agra.
If you are a mountain-lover or like to be at peace with nature, Nainital is the destination that you should never miss. Nainitalsurrounds the spectacular emerald-green Naini lake, making it the ideal hill resort.
How to reach: Nearest railway station is the Kathgodam Railway Station located 34 km away. The nearest city is Dehradun from where people can come via trains to Kathgodam Railway Station and the take a cab to Nainital.
What to do: With several walking and cycling tracks that would take you up into the thick hills from where you can view the majestic Himalayan mountains, it is the quintessential destination for nature-lovers.
Located in Punjab, Amritsar would give you a glimpse of the fantastic Sikh culture. “Amritsar” stands for a holy pool of nectar and was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1577, who is one the nine holy Sikh gurus. Here sits the magnificent Golden Temple which is locally known as the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara.
How to reach: The Amritsar Railway Station is connected to all the major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Agra, etc. Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is the nearest airport located 11 km from the city.
What to do: Amritsar is world-famous for its gastronomic-delights along with the amazing hospitality of the people of Punjab. For the spiritually inclined, the Akal Takhat and Mata temples are also popular sites.
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is often termed as the window to the gorgeous history of India. The city streets are a mixture of the beautiful past and the modern culture with a sense of tranquillity among all the hustle of a city.
How to reach: At Sanganer, the Jaipur Airport is located which is 7 km from the main city. Jaipur is well connected to almost every railway station in India.
What to do: The main attractions are the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar whose architectural prowess would leave you in awe. Finally, there is the mesmerizing Amber Fort which is located in the outskirts of the city which is also an architectural wonder.
Ooty is one of the most famous hill-stations in India. This amazing tourist center will provide you with an arresting view of the mighty Western Ghats, beautiful weather throughout the year, adventure sports activities and some of the best tea in the country.
How to reach: Coimbatore is the nearest airport which is located 88 km from Ooty. And the nearest railway station is Mettupalayam.
What to do: Ooty is also known as the queen of hill stations due to its expansive gardens, British-era bungalows, spectacular green teas estates all mixed with busy streets which is typical in almost everywhere in India.
Popularly referred to as the party capital of India, Goa has almost 51 sun-kissed beaches along its coastline. White sandy beaches and cute palm trees are some of the very few things that make Goa a hit destination among tourists.
How to reach: Dabolim is the nearest airport which is 29 km from Panaji. Important railway stations are Margao and Vasco Da Gama.
What to do: With world-famous pubs such as Tito’s and Montego Bay providing amazing nightlife and delectable Goan cuisine fused with Portuguese, Catholic, Konkani and Muslim cuisine, Goa is the perfect getaway tourist destination.
Another one of the most famous hill stations in India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Though crowded with tourists due to its popularity, walking around the Shimla is rather a pleasant and beautiful experience. Like all other hill stations, Shimla to has narrow and long-winding streets which are worth reconnoitering.
How to reach: Jubbarhatti is the nearest airport and is located 23 km from there. Daily flights from Kullu and Delhi are available. It is well connected by railways too.
What to do: The Christ Church, Gorton Castle and The Vice Regal Lodge will show you Shimla’s legacy in the British Era. During winter, you can experience beautiful snowfall along with fun activities to do in many amusement parks which are abundant in Shimla.
Yet another beautiful hill-station, Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya, making it one of the busiest too. With having architectural structures from the British Era, Shillong provides quite a treat to all the visitors who come visit it.
How to reach: Guwahati is the nearest railway station and is located 104 km from Shillong. And the nearst airport is the Umroi Airport, located 25 km away.
What to do: The Shillong Peak, which is just 10 km from the city will give you a panoramic view of the city and the places around it. The Elephant Falls, The Spread Eagle Falls, and Sweet Falls are other popular spots that you should visit if you are there.
To experience the colonial era past of Shillong, you can visit the Pinewood Hotel, All Saints’ Cathedral or Anglican Church.
Pondicherry is a little union territory near Tamil Nadu. Known for its bright and colorful restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and even houses, Pondicherry was under French rule for around 7 years, even after the rest of India gained independence. In addition to beautiful beaches, its beautiful architecture would amaze anyone who visits Pondy.
How to reach: Chennai is the nearest airport which is located 135 km from Pondicherry. The Villupuram Railway Station is the nearest railway station.
What to do: The Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot, the Auroville serve as beautiful places to hang out along with some wildlife sanctuaries present in and around Pondicherry.
India not only provides tourists with destinations with beaches, palaces, and mountains but also with places with rich spiritual and cultural heritage. If you are looking to get a glimpse of the rich mystical legacy, Tirupati is the best place to go.
How to reach: The nearest railway station is the Tirupati Railway Station which is well connected to other important cities of India. The nearest airport is the Tirupati Airport.
What to do: Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is built on the holy hill of Tirumala and is one of the largest pilgrimage spots in the world. This obviously means that this is one of the most crowded destinations on this list.
It doesn’t matter if you are not spiritually inclined, if you are looking to find meaning in your life, we can guarantee you that a trip to Tirupati will be deeply satisfying.