If you want to live and experience the myriad facets of the society at one place, then there is nothing better than India. Surrounded by mesmerizing grandeur of the snow-capped Himalayas in the north and the magnificent seas in the south, the country makes sure that you whoop it up to the fullest.
From the holy cities of Varanasi and Haridwar to the forts of Rajasthan and the modern metropolises like Bengaluru, they all are sure to leave you awestruck. And how can I forget the Taj Mahal – the iconic site India is popularly known by! India is surely a land of paradox, where you will find slums sitting parallel to high-rise luxury edifices.
With so many jaw-dropping places to stop over in, it becomes very hellish for you to choose the best from the list. To sort out your confusion, we have farmed this list of 8 places that you must visit on your next trip to India.
Known as the “land of high passes,” Ladakh is the largest province of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Surrounded by beautiful high peaks, huge stretches of land and mesmerizing lakes with crystal clear water, the place will give you an indelible experience of your lifetime.
One of the most famous lakes of Ladakh is the Pangong Lake which is close to 134 km long. The interesting thing about the lake is that about 60% of it lies in China. Apart from a large number of lakes, there are various scenic beauties like the Royal Leh Palace, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley, Shanti Stupa, Shey Monastery, etc. Wherever you may go, the beauty is sure to mesmerize you.
No other place can be as good as Rishikesh, if you have that urge for adventure water sports. The city lets you get down into the holy waters of the river Ganges to feel the adventure of rafting. Not interested in water sports? Don’t worry; the city is a great site for camping too!
Besides providing various adventure sports, the city is better known for its spirituality and connections with the Hindu religion. As said above, the city sits on the banks of the sacred river – Ganga, which in itself a scenic beauty. To give you some tickles, let me tell you that The Beatles visited the city in 1968 for some meditation sessions. They also wrote about 30 songs while their stay in the city!
Many countries know India by this place. Yes, you guessed it right, I’m talking about the world famous Taj Mahal. There is no doubt that Agra is one of the most visited cities in India, just because of the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj.
The white marbled beauty is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which attracts the eyeballs of tourists from around the world. You want more? There are various other monuments besides the Taj, like Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Sikandra Fort that are sure to attract you. Moreover, the sandstone Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra have been adjudged as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I intentionally didn’t name any of the cities here; instead, I mentioned the name of the state. Rajasthan is such an amazing place that stating the name of a single city would be unfair for other cities. Be it the beautiful forts of Udaipur or the Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, every city of the state will surely leave you with an open mouth.
As you enter the vicinity of the state of Rajasthan, you will get to see things full of bright colours. From the turbans worn by men, to the women’s dresses, everything is just filled with beautiful and bright colours.
5 Tawang Town
Being an unexplored area, the eastern states of India have many secrets that are yet to be revealed. The east-most state of India that shares its borders with China, Arunachal Pradesh, has many unexplored cities. One of them is the Tawang Town.
The place is so mesmerizing that it can keep you hooked for several days and even months, if you can plan for that long. The snow clad peaks, the beautiful cloudy sky and the breath-taking view of hills to the farthest point that eyes can see, are enough reasons to make you plan a trip to Tawang.
6 Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The islands are a bit apart from the mainland but are even more important part of the country. They are not only famous for their beautiful beaches and natural attractions, these islands have also witnessed the freedom struggle of the country.
Being the islands, the first thing you have to see are the amazing beaches out there. Some of the most famous ones are Bharatpur Beach and Radhanagr Beach, among others. And yes, scuba diving can also be done here! The Cellular Jail, famously known as KaalaPani, has seen India gaining its independence, and it is a recommended place to visit.
Yes, India is a land of temples; you will find one at every nook and corner of the country. But, not many are as grand as the Khajuraho. It is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in central India, and it is entitled as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The complex had a total of 85 temples divided into three complexes that were spread over an area of 20 square kilometres. Of these, only 20 temples could survive, which are spread over 6 square kilometres. These temples are famous for their nagara style architecture and erotic sculptures. Among all, the Kandariya Temple is the most well-known temple.
Puducherry is the little France of India. The place was a French colony until 1954, after which it became an Indian Union Territory. Until 2006, the place was known as Pondicherry, but the administration decided to rename it to Puducherry, which means “New Town” in Tamil. You will get to see a touch of French architecture while you walk through the beautiful lanes.
With the rocky Promenade Beach, the spiritual Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Botanical Garden, French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum, the list of Puducherry’s most amazing places is endless. I am sure that you will admire the place even more when you pay it a visit.