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.
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’
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.