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Here’s a list of the top 35 Tourist Places to Visit in India for a perfect holiday. India is a land of a variety of destinations from hill stations to beaches to spiritual places and more. India is the 7th largest country in the world and 2nd largest in terms of population. India is known for its unity in diversity. There are the Himalayas, the highest mountain ranges in the northern part of India, there is a vast coastline in the southern part of India on both sides, making South India a peninsula. On the west, there is the massive Thar Desert in Rajasthan, and there are wildlife, forests, spiritual places, religious places of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and people from other religions.


1. Agra, Uttar Pradesh


Known For : Taj Mahal | Agra Fort | Fatehpur Sikri

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and hence makes for a must visit for anyone living in or visiting India.


2. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh


Known For : Kheerganga Trek | Trekking and Rock Climbing | Parvati River

A destination that is tinted in the best shades that nature can offer is a small village of Kasol, known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and backpackers and Malana.


3. Bodh Gaya, Bihar


Known For : Mahabodhi Temple | Great Buddha Statue | Bodhi Tree

Believed to be the world’s most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center, Bodh Gaya is believed to be the place where Gautam Buddha achieved Enlightenment.



4. Goa


Known For : Baga Beach | Calangute Beach | Palolem beach

Situated on the Western Coast, Goa is the place associated most with touristy beaches, happening nightlife and old Portuguese architecture.


5. Jaipur, Rajasthan


Known For : Hawa Mahal | City Palace | Amber Fort

Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’, is one of the most royal, majestic and colourful cities of India with a very strong historical background and vibrant culture.


6. Hampi, Karnataka


Known For : Virupaksha Temple | Vithala Temple |Hampi Bazaar

Hampi, the city of ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the ancient temples, forts, palaces and other monuments here.

7. Madurai, Tamil Nadu


Known For : Meenakshi Amman Temple | Alagar Koil |Vaigai Dam

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too.


8. Bangalore, Karnataka


Known For : Bangalore Palace | MG Road |Bannerghatta National Park

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is India’s third largest city, being the most livable city in India.

9. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu


Known For : Vivekananda Rock Memorial |Thirparappu Falls | Thiruvalluvar Statue

Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India.


10. Amritsar, Punjab


Known For : Golden Temple | Jallianwala Bagh | Wagah Border

Home to the famous Golden Temple, the historical city of Amritsar is a famous pilgrim centre.

11. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh


Known For : Kandariya Mahadev Temple | Light and sound show | Lakshman Temple

Khajuraho is known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings.


12. Mumbai, Maharashtra


Known For : Marine drive | Gateway of India | Juhu Beach

Labeled with multiple titles such as ‘Financial capital of India’, ‘The Maximum City’, ‘Land of Bollywood’, ‘The dream City’ and much more, Mumbai is Maharashtra’s capital and India’s most populous city which has multiple faces making it all things to all people.


13. Andaman & Nicobar Islands


Known For : Havelock Island | Scuba Diving In Andaman | Cellular Jail

A group of about 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their scenic beaches, dense forests and adventurous water sports.


14. New Delhi, NCR


Known For : Humayun’s Tomb | Red Fort | Qutub Minar

From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’.


15. Pune, Maharashtra


Known For : Aga Khan Palace | Shaniwar Wada |Mulshi Lake and Dam

Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of great restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere.


16. Munnar, Kerala


Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot

Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is an idyllic hill station, famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks.


17. Gokarna, Karnataka


Known For : Om Beach | Mahabaleshwara Temple |Water Sports in Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.


18. Kolkata, West Bengal


Known For : Victoria Memorial | Fort William | Howrah Bridge

Labeled as the ‘City of Joy’, the ‘Cultural capital of India’, Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian style architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place.


19. Puri, Orissa


Known For : Sri Jagannath Puri Temple | Puri Beach |Jagannath Rath Yatra

One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple and other attractions such as Chilka Lake, Konark sun temple etc.


20. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu


Known For : Mahabalipuram Beach | Shore Temple |Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram also offers beautiful white sand beaches and an exotic shopping experience to the tourists.

21. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple |Dasashwamedh Ghat | Assi Ghat

Famously known as Banaras or Kashi, the holy city of Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga and is considered one of the holiest cities in India owing to its location and the numerous temples in it.


Kaziranga National Park, Assam


Home to two-thirds of the world’s one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

23. Manali, Himachal Pradesh


Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities

Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a hill station with attraction such as the Rohtang pass nearby and is popular among tourists, especially during summers.


24. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir


Known For : Pangong Lake | Shanti Stupa | Tso Moriri Lake

Lying in midst of the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

25. Udaipur, Rajasthan


Known For : Lake Pichola | City Palace | Fateh Sagar Lake

Located in a valley and surrounded by 4 lakes, it is at times referred to as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’


Shillong, Meghalaya


Known For : Mawlynnong | Umiam Lake | Elephant Falls

Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

27. Darjeeling, West Bengal


Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway | Tiger Hill |Batasia Loop

Household name because of its varieties of teas, Darjeeling is a hill station with vast expanses of tea estates and Tibetan influence in their craft, culture and cuisine.


28. Gangtok, Sikkim


Known For : MG Road | Nathu La Pass | Rumtek Monastery

Prettily situated on a hillock at an altitude of 1800 meters, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country.

29. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh


Known For : Triund | Bhagsu Falls | Namgyal Monastery

Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers and with a heavy Tibetan culture with British influence.


30. Coorg, Karnataka


Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Nagarhole National Park

Located amidst imposing mountains with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers, an affluent hill station in Karnataka.


31. Pushkar, Rajasthan


Known For : Brahma Temple | Pushkar Cattle Fair |Pushkar Lake

A legend to its origin, a unique temple, a camel festival, a holy lake and fairs and festivity and yet this modest town, Pushkar will give you the laid back and lazy ambience, that might just be the thing you need, with its many cafes and an idle and relaxed culture.


32. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan


Known For : Jaisalmer Fort | Desert Safari | Gadisar Lake

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, the Golden City is a major tourist spot owing to its proximity to the Thar Desert.


33. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir


Known For : Dal Lake | Mughal Gardens | Shalimar Bagh

Lying on the banks of River Jhelum with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar symbolizes nature, beauty, harmony and romance.


34. Alleppey, Kerala


Known For : Houseboats | Backwaters | Alappuzha beach

Famous backwaters of God’s own country, Kerela, the city of Alleppey is known for its beaches, temples, boat races and Ayurvedic spa and wellness centers.

35. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand


Known For : Adventure Activities in Rishikesh |Lakshman Jhula | Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.


36. Almora, Uttarakhand


Known For : Zero Point | Jageshwar | Rafting in Kali Sarada

Cradled in the wilderness of Himalayan ranges, the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station located in Uttarakhand that boasts of a pre-British heritage.


37. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya


Known For : Double Decker Living Root Bridge | Krem Phyllut | Mawlynnong

The wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunjee with its clean and pristine surroundings is an excellent place to sit back and unwind.


38. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh


Known For : Govardhan Hill | Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex | Dwarkadheesh Temple

Supposed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is a city located on the banks of river Yamuna and draws flocks of Hindu tourists every year looking to visit the numerous temples in the city.

39. Auli, Uttarakhand


Known For : Skiing in Auli | Gurso Bugyal | Kwani Bugyal

Dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars; Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.


40. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand


Known For : Jungle Safari | Corbett Waterfall | River Rafting

Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

41. Jodhpur, Rajasthan


Known For : Mehrangarh Fort | Umaid Bhawan Palace | Khejarla Fort

Known as the “”Gateway to Thar”” , it is famous for its forts, temples, sweets and snacks


42. Kolad, Maharashtra


Known For : Kolad River Rafting | Tamhini ghat waterfalls | Bhira dam

Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc.

43. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh


Known For : Tarin Fish Farm – Paddy cultivation | Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Kile Pakho

Perfect for an off-beat holiday, Ziro is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apa Tani tribe and famous for its pine hills and rice fields.

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