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Tourist Places To Visit In India
India is a land of civilizations dating back centuries in time. The land is blessed with a merciful network of rivers and forests while mountains abound its crown, making this subcontinent a wonderland of nature. If you are looking at visiting India, you need to know that you are in for a heady mix of beautiful cultures, dialects, geographies and people; all speaking the language of hospitality. From the ruins of forts in Rajasthan to royal palaces, the Taj Mahal to the backwaters of Kerala, hikes in the Himalayas to quiet evenings on the shore of Marine Drive in Mumbai, you will meet people who will be nothing but welcoming.
To know what are the best tourist places to visit in India for you, read on. The following are your must-go to destinations when in this magical country of Rajas, Maharajas and rivers.
One of the most popular tourist places to visit in India, Rajasthan is the land of gem-laden palaces, daunting fortresses and the remnants of India's maharaja culture. From its lilting desert music and scrumptious food, to its ethnic charm and colourful people, Rajasthan will delight all your senses for an unforgettable and picture perfect Indian holiday.
The best time to visit Rajasthan is in winters, when the air is cool and dry, i.e. from October to March.
A 500 year old Portuguese colony, Goa is an extremely popular tourist place in India, known for its alluring beaches and utterly laidback pace of life. Kick back and unwind on a sunny beach and swing with its spirited people when the sun goes down. One of the top tourist destinations in the world, Goa boasts of some exquisite food, luxury beach resorts and merry travellers from around the globe. With its many charms and an uncomplicated vibe, Goa will bring you back over and over again!
Goa is best visited in the months between October to May, when the rains have receded and pleasant temperatures prevail.
Kerala has been named one of the 'Top Ten Paradises of the World' and '50 Places of a Lifetime' by the National Geographic Traveler magazine The southern-most state in India, Kerala is known for its idyllic backwaters, pristine beaches, lush rain forests and tea plantations. The best thing about holidaying in Kerala is that whether you're a beach bum, a jungle explorer, a mountain goat or a city crawler, there's something magical in store for you. No wonder then Kerala is known as God's Own Country.
The best time to visit Kerala is between October-April.
At 3,000 metres above sea level, Ladakh is the highest plateau in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. For decades, Ladakh has enchanted writers, photographers and adventure seekers from all over the world by its unspoiled and poetically rugged landscapes. Ladakh is strongly influenced by Tibetian culture and has a predominantly Buddhist population. If you get a chance to visit, rest assured you will come away with some of the most captivating memories of your life.
The best time to visit Leh-Ladakh is in the summers (March-July).
Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur)
The Golden Triangle, formed by the cities of New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, is a very popular tourist circuit in India. New Delhi, the Capital of India, is the seat of the country's democratic power. Agra is famous as the home of India's most iconic symbol - the Taj Mahal - an intricate crypt of white marble built centuries ago by an aggrieved king in memory of his beautiful wife. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan - the desert state in the Thar renowned for its palaces, tribal art, folk music and delicious food.
This region is scorching in the summer heat, and wet during monsoon; hence the best time visit the Golden Triangle is during winter (November-March).
North-eastern India (including the states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and parts of West Bengal) is one of the most upcoming tourist places to visit in India. The north-east is known for its virgin landscapes and natural beauty. The people of this region have strong mongoloid features and their culture reflects strong ties with Southeast Asia. The cities and towns are small and not particularly industrialized and you'll enjoy seeing how beautifully the people here integrate with their environment.
The North East can be visited through monsoon (June-September) for its wet, lush landscape. But the best time to visit it is during summer (March-May). Winters are very cold here and most roads are blocked due to snowfall.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman And Nicobar Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal. The white sandy shores, sunrises and sunsets, untouched coral reefs and rolls of palm trees make this the perfect beach holiday destination. Visit Port Blair, Neil Island, Ross Island, Havelock Island and many others for some splendid water sports. Scuba Diving and certification is another added bonus of Andaman. People from all over the world come here to become professional divers.
The best time to visit these islands is between October to April and they are well connected by air (Port Blair) and waterways.
Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand
Himachal is a North Indian state sharing borders with Punjab and Kashmir. Known as the current home of the Dalai Lama and the refuged government of Tibet, Himachal is a hilly mountainous region, engulfing the Garhwal belt of the Himalayas. It is also home to one of world’s best skiing destinations- Auli. Dalhousie, Simla, Manali, Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj make for some of the best hill stations for a three day respite.
Uttarakhand is best known for Haridwar and Rishikesh, two of the oldest and biggest cities formed on the bank of the Ganges. While Haridwar is an out and out pilgrimage hub, Rishikesh also boasts of some great water sports in the Ganges. Both Uttarakhand and Himachal are home to magnificent trek routes and become a hikers’ paradise; Kangra and Spiti Valley being hot favourites.
The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand is in the summers (April to June).
Jammu and Kashmir
This is the state most in the news lately. Jammu and Kashmir are two parts of one state, which also includes the rugged terrain of Ladakh. Jammu constitutes the southern plains while Kashmir is the most beautiful valley mankind could see, nestled between the Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas.
Srinagar is a great stop for boating in Dal Lake, where Asia’s biggest Tulip Garden blooms and the old town echoes with azan (prayer calls) of Hazratbal Shrine. You can also visit the Gurez valley for its quiet, clean air and crystal water, flowing freely between the two countries of India and Pakistan. Sonmarg is a meadow of gold and Leh-Ladakh make for a rugged, snow-covered rocky home to Buddhist Gompas and monasteries.
The best time to visit Kashmir is summer and autumn (from April to October). At these times the place truly ascribes to King Jehangir’s words -
“Gar firdaus bar rue zameen ast... hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto."
‘if there is paradise anywhere on this earth… it is here, it is here, it is here.’
South India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry)
Having covered Kerala in detail above, there is also Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to make your trip to South India memorable. Karnataka is home to tall waterfalls and herds of wild elephants. You must visit the Mysore Palace, Jog Waterfalls and Virupaksha Temple. Tamil Nadu is famous for the Nilgiri tea estates and the ancient city of Madurai with Meenakshi Amman temple. Pondicherry is an erstwhile French colony, now a beautiful mix of French cafes and Indian gallis (small lanes). It is a one-stop destination for most solo travellers and group trips with friends.
Since the South Indian landscape is heavily influenced by the tropical climate, the best time to visit these places is during winter (November to March). Some hill stations like Ooty and Munnar can be visited during the summers too.