Want to go travelling in India but don’t know where to go or what to see? You’re in luck! Keep reading to find out what made our list of top 10 unmissable attractions in India.
The Taj Mahal, Agra
Located in the city of Agra, The Taj Mahal is India’s most iconic structure and widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, it was commissioned as a mausoleum for his favourite wife. As one of the country’s listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Taj Mahal is the most visited historical monument in India. It’s truly an unmissable destination!
Camel Safari, Jaisalmer
If you’re looking for adventure during your trip to India, then you’re in for a treat. Just an hour drive outside the city of Jaisalmer will bring you to the start of your Camel Safari through the Thar Desert. Not only do you trek over the sand dunes on the back of your new friend, but almost all the tours on offer include an overnight camping experience under the stars. You can even wake up early and catch an unforgettable sunrise over the dunes the next morning.
Ancient Ghats, Varanasi
Varanasi is one of the most fascinating places in India, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. The famous ghats that line the Ganges river are the main feature of the city, in fact, the ancient city was built around them! Many Hindus pilgrimage to Varanasi’s ghats to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges, and to cremate their loved ones at the famous Burning Ghat. Boat tours at sunrise and sunset are undoubtedly the best way to take in the rituals along the water’s edge.
City Palace, Udaipur
Dubbed the most romantic city in India, Udaipur’s culture, history and scenic views make it a popular destination for tourists. The highlight is the City Palace, which stands tall against a backdrop of Aravalli Hills and looks out over Lake Pichola. For the best view of the palace, hop on a tranquil boat cruise across the lake and watch the sunset cast an orange hue on the palatial walls.
With a coastline spanning over 105km, Goa’s beaches attract visitors from all over the country and world. After bustling cities like Mumbai and Delhi, some relaxation and rejuvenation on the beach is just what the doctor ordered. From long, sandy stretches to secret alcoves, there are so many beaches to choose from. Some are more popular than others, with hotels and resorts popping up along the beach front, but there is an abundance of hidden gems to explore. Goa is also known as the party state of India, so you can experience the nightlife and spend your days curing hangovers on the beach!
The Gateway of India, Mumbai
As Mumbai’s most iconic structure, the Gateway of India (also known as the Gate of Mumbai) looks out over the Arabian Sea in the south of the city. The gate was built during the British Raj to welcome the arrival of King George and Queen Mary in 1911. Visit at night to see the structure beautifully lit up. Just next door, you can gaze in awe at the amazing Taj Mahal Palace hotel, which boasts a guest list from The Beatles to Barack Obama.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
This red sandstone and white marble phenomenon is located just outside the city of Jaipur and is one of the most well-known forts in India. Perched on top of a hill, the fort boasts views over the Maota Lake, which makes for a wonderful photo opportunity. Head to the Kesar Kiyari complex in the evening for a spectacular sound and light show, which maps out the fort’s history on the outer walls.
Ancient Ruins of Hampi
Although located in the state of Karnataka, a visit to the ancient ruins of Hampi will make you feel like you’ve entered a fantasy world. The magnificent temple ruins are surrounded by a unique, rock-strewn landscape. A short hike up the boulders to catch the sunset will give you the best panoramic views of the entire area. Try your hand at rock climbing in this bouldering oasis, take a boat ride along the river, visit the local elephant at Virupaksha Temple or wander through the vibrant bazaar. There’s never a dull moment in Hampi!
One of the most visited places in Kerala, the scenic backwaters offer a truly unique experience. Made up of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals, the waterways were traditionally used for transport, fishing and agriculture. Hop on board an Indian houseboat and float along as you take in the lush green landscape, wildlife and villages that line the water’s edge. Many waterways are too narrow for big boats to manoeuvre, so hop off the houseboat and into a canoe to meander your way through the mangroves!
The Blue City, Jodhpur
The striking blue buildings that make up the old city of Jodhpur create a beautiful contrast to the arid Thar Desert surroundings. Spend the day getting lost in the winding, medieval alleyways and visit the vibrant shops and bazaars dotted all over the city. Make sure to take your camera because the blue hues make for perfect Instagram photo opportunities, bound to wow all your followers. To really appreciate the vast sea of blue buildings, climb up to Mehrangarh Fort for beautiful panoramic views of the city.
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