8 Top India Tourist Destinations to Visit
Presented By Charles L Harmon
Indian sub-continent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal) has long held an attraction for travelers from across the world offering a rich and exciting culture set against the background of some of the world’s most stunning scenery. There are so many India tourist places to visit in India, but I can only mention a few in this short article.
Travelers can take advantage of cheap flights to Mumbai to gain access to all that this country has to offer, starting with the city itself.
Mumbai is a great base from which to begin to explore India. One of the most important cities in the country, Mumbai is known as the Industrial Capital of India and is home to India’s world famous Bollywood film industry, making it one of the country’s most cosmopolitan urban centers.
Head to Colaba for a choice of attractions including museums, monuments and the Gateway of India, or cruise the coastal Marine Drive with its stunning sea vistas and spectacular sunsets before heading for one of the city’s mouthwatering amazing restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisine such as Indigo in Mahalakshmi or Jamavar in Saha.
2. Agra (Uttar Pradesh) – Home of a World Wonder, Taj_MahalThe Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, should surely not be missed. It was built in memory of a lost love – Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got it built in memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal – and is considered one of the most romantic spots in the world.
Tour the Taj Mahal by day and then watch the sun set behind its unforgettable silhouette. The Taj Mahal India tourist attraction leaves everyone… every traveler – be Indian or non-Indian, spellbound. This is one of the great India tourist places that’s a must-see so be sure to include enough time to capture all the beauty and majesty of this great wonder.
3. Rajasthan – Former Home of the Royal MaharajasAnyone interested into the evolution of India into the nation we see today cannot afford to miss a visit to Rajasthan India destination. Steeped in centuries of history, this area was the home of the royal Maharajas and still offers a number of attractions that illustrate its rich cultural past.
Tour this area’s temples, pay a visit to the “pink city” (Jaipur) or head for the breathtaking Lake Palace at Udaipur. The area also offers a stunning outdoor environment and the opportunity to explore a selection of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries like Ranthambore and Sariska.
Another attraction is Qutub Minar, the base of which was finished by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first muslim ruler of Delhiin 1200 AD. There is also Humayun’s Tomb, and many other places worth mentioning and remembering. The Red Fort offers son et lumiere spectacle in the evening, which should not be missed at any cost.
According to Delhi’s Official Tourism Website the best time to visit Delhi is from October to March when the weather is at its best. During this period flowers are blooming, the weather is pleasant and enjoyable to experience Incredible Delhi. That sure beats the 100F and greater during the hot months.
5. Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir) – Spectacular Scenery and Breathtaking Mountain
Travel to Kashmir India must take a place in your India tour itinerary. This region is situated in North India and offers some truly spectacular scenery from breathtaking mountain ranges to luscious lakes teeming with wonderful wildlife. A real favorite with those who know India, Kashmir India tourist attraction offers the visitor a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in its amazing culture as well as offering a selection of sumptuous local cuisine that is emulated across the world.
6. Goa – a Popular Beach Holiday DestinationIt is a popular beach holiday destination. Visitors can relax and recharge at this Goa India tourist attraction on the stunning stretches of sand or head inland for more of an insight into the area.
View the remnants of Goa’s colonial past in the architecture at Panaji and Old Goa or head into the jungle to visit the Dudhsagar Waterfall. Alternatively head for Chorao Island and take in the Dr Salim Ali Bird sanctuary where around 400 different bird species can be spotted.
At the end of a long day at this Goa India attraction, visit one of the exciting Goan restaurants offering the unique local cuisine that takes its influence from traditional Indian cookery, Portuguese colonization and the rich bounty served up by the sea.
Another of the great India tourist places you should not forget to see is Fort Aguada and Basilica of Bom Jesus (dedicated to infant Jesus, it is one of the most famous churches in Goa. The mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier kept in a rich casket are enshrined here) that fall under Goa India tourist attractions. If you don’t visit these two sites, you have not seen Goa at all.
Bengaluru (earlier known as Bangalore) is located on the Deccan Plateau. Currently it is India’s 5th most populous urban agglomeration and 3rd most populous city. Bangalore is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. Its elevation is the highest among the major large cities of India.Bengaluru is also very popular as the center of India’s IT sector. It is known as the “Silicon Valley of India”. It is the 2nd fastest-growing metropolis and a major cultural and economic hub of India.
Bengaluru is known as the “Garden City of India” because of its gentle climate, broad streets, greenery and the presence of many public parks, such as Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.
If one is looking for taking pleasure from nature’s bountiful beauty and escape summer heat, then Nandi Hills is the place to visit. This is where Tipu Sultan and his assorted royal would come to live during hot summers. Presently, it is a well-known health resort that is situated 1,615 m above sea level. Bangalore is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state. Bangalore has many lakes and parks. There are also special buses for sightseeing in Bangalore.
Compared to the other cities of India, Kolkata is quite safe for people to move about, even at night. Kolkata is the main commercial and financial hub of East and North-East India and home to the Calcutta Stock Exchange. The urban agglomeration had a population of 14,112,536 in 2011, while the city itself has a population of 4,486,679 that same year. In the city you’ll find urban slums contrast with newer suburbs and a lot of air-conditioned shopping malls.
Kolkata is also an ideal place to experience the fruity tang of Bengali cuisine. It’s friendlier than most of India’s other large cities. It’s a great city to visit and has a different feeling than many other large Indian cities.
There is abject poverty in the city but also sprawling gardens and historical colleges. Long known as the cultural capital of India, Kolkata continues to produce generations of poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners. If your visit to India only allows for one or two of India’s large cities, than you must definitely consider putting Kolkata on your itinerary. Whether you love it or hate it, you definitely won’t forget Kolkata, the city on the Hooghly River.
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