It is a belief among travelers that you need a lifetime to experience and enjoy India. She offers so many varied experiences and so many amazing places to see, that you never seem to have enough time to imbibe and relish all that you see around you. If you are planning to visit this beautiful country, here are ten of its best attractions.
1. Taj Mahal:
For most people, Taj Mahal seems to signify India. It is its most visible landmark, and it is the first destination on any tour of India. Just a glimpse of this monument to eternal love is enough to make you realize why it is among the wonders of the world. There have been many articles and books about it, but you have to wander around this marble and sandstone creation to get a true sense of how extraordinary it really is.
A World Heritage Site, Hampi in the state of Karnataka, was once the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire. Today the magnificent ruins stand as mute testimony to the grandeur which was once present there. Rich, vibrant history seems to still be a part of this area, and you can wander around for hours visiting the various ruins and natural delights around you.
India is full of history and Jaipur is just teeming with it. Rajasthan has always had a colorful past and Jaipur has many places which are visible proof. The King’s palace and museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Palace are but a few of the attractions of this place. You can even shop for some traditional jewelery and textiles to take back with you
Another city of Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the “Venice of the East.” The three lakes within the town, innumerable forts and palaces and a combination of the old and modern, have made this city a part of every tourist’s schedule. Bright colorful clothes, an exuberant culture and simple yet proud race of people are the hallmarks of this region.
Once again, we are in the state of Rajasthan. Ranthambore is a famous tiger reserve and national park in Rajasthan. It boasts of excellent scenic vistas, great hotels and resorts and excellent opportunities to get a glimpse of the king of beasts.
Goa has some of the best beaches in the world and great food. The entire region has hotels and resorts ranging from the very pricey to very reasonably priced home-stay areas. It is easily accessible from all over the world. The laid back atmosphere of Goa has made it one of the world’s most popular relaxation areas.
God’s own country is how the locals call it. The backwaters of Kerala and its hilly regions make it one of India’s most scenic states. Tourism is one of their major money-spinners and all the infrastructure here is geared towards giving you an unforgettable experience. Whether you take a houseboat ride through the backwaters or stay among the tea gardens near Munnar, you are sure to take back great memories of Kerala
Even though it is more renowned for its erotic sculptures, yet it is only when you look at the carvings and sculptures all around you, that you realize that there is much more to this historic town. These are Hindu and Jain temples built between 950 and 1050 A.D. The Chandela dynasty built these temples as a paean to their Gods and to love and passion.
India’s capital city is an amazing blend of the modern and historic. It has monuments built by the British in the twentieth century, and it has forts which go back many centuries. Every corner of this vibrant city has history flowing through it since it is believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world. The many tourist spots in the city include the Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Rastrapati Bhawan and Rajpath in front of it.
Also considered to be among the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is India’s holiest city. Located on the bank of the Ganges, Hinduism in all its forms and manifestations is all pervasive here. One of the most unforgettable sights here is the evening prayer held at the bank of India’s most sacred river with centuries old temples as its backdrop.