Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal of Trans India Travels
India is a land of diverse cultures, religions, and languages as well as offering a plethora of variety to the world landscape. Be it verdant mountains, splendid waterfalls, thriving wildlife, or marvelous obelisks, it’s painted on the single canvas of the Indian Peninsula. From the Hindu Kush Mountains to the Cardamom Hills of Kanyakumari, India has so much to offer travelers. The subcontinent is also the birthplace of major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, which are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
With history dating as far back as 30,000 years ago, India has been home to major dynasties and kingdoms, all of whom have left their imprints on the sands of time with remarkable edifices and age-long traditions & customs. Ten of these most noteworthy destinations to visit in India are mentioned below.
Delhi has something for every traveller. Be it classic Mughal Architecture, scurrying Old Delhi bazaars, street markets of Janpath & Sarojini, the high end market of Connaught Place or the street food of Chandni Chowk, Delhi has it all. Then there are the world renowned attractions such as Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Mughal Gardens, and so many more. Delhi is sure to carve a place inside every traveller’s heart.
Photo by Jorge Láscar
Rajasthan is famously known as the Land of Maharajas. The state is home to countless historical places such as Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Mount Abu. Have a look at the Pink City from the top of Amer Fort. Gaze at the street festivals from a screen behind the wall of Hawa Mahal. Have a look at the glimmering waters of Man Sagar Lake from the Jal Mahal, where you can witness the Aravalli Hills dotted with ancient forts and temples with bustling Jaipur City on the other side.
Photo by Arian Zwegers
Jammu & Kashmir
Legendary Firdaus has rightly said that, “If there is a heaven on Earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!” The Kashmir Valley is known for its beautiful Himalayan Landscape and is termed as the Mini Switzerland of India. Ladakh, also known as the Little Tibet of India, is renowned for its remote jagged mountain beauty, arid landscape and Buddhist culture. The crystal clear blue water of Dal Lake, the sweet chirping of exotic birds, the angelic blue of the Kashmir Skyline, all make Kashmir simply heaven on Earth.
Photo by Basharat Alam Shah
Welcome to India’s smallest state as well as the richest one. Goa is known for its sun-kissed beaches, quality nightlife, amazing food and chic fashion. A hot spot for foreigners, Goa offers a wide range of tourism and adventure sports. The beaches of Baga and Calangute offer jet-skiing, parasailing, water scooter rides and more. The city has a vintage aura to it and you can lay your hands on many interesting things. In the flea markets tourists search for traditional Goan Colored Fabric, leather sandals and ethnic Goan styled attire.
Photo by Ramnath Bhat
Known as the Silicon Valley of India, the Bengaluru is a bustling centre for Software & IT Industry. But the city is also known as the Pub Capital of India and is ranked 3rd among the world’s top 10 cities to visit by Lonely Planet. Bengaluru is also famous for huge open spaces of Cubbon Park, tranquility of ancient city monuments and legendary hole in the wall joints like Brahmin’s Café. There is plethora of tourist attractions in Bangalore, fashion shows and cultural festivals. You wouldn’t want to miss any of them!
Photo by Masaru Kamikura
If getting closer to God is on your mind, then Uttarakhand is the destination you are looking for. The state is packed with religious sites such as Haridwar, Rishikesh and most notably, the Char Dham. Tourist destinations of Uttarakhand are Chandi Devi & Mansa Devi temple, Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula and the classic Chotiwala Restaurant. Soak yourself in religious rituals while you take a dip in the holy Ganges. Watch the evening Ganga Aarti on the sacred ghat of Har-ki-pauri. And if your companions aren’t the religious kind, then you can always take them to the nearby water amusement park of Crystal World!
Photo by Dan Searle
When the words ‘toy train’ are uttered, the sleepy hill station Darjeeling comes to the mind. Darjeeling is noted for its tea industry as well as the breath-taking views of Kangchenjunga and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While strolling through the market, you can feel that the air has a nip to it, that the clouds are at a touching distance, and the serenity of snow clad white mountains is slowly clearing the haze away. Hop aboard the famous Darjeeling Toy Train and experience the true charm of this cute little hill station.
Photo by Dan Tasse
Release your mind to the serenity and tranquillity of the backwaters of Kerala. This state is home to sandy beaches, snake boats, beautiful hamlets and the famous backwaters. Must-visit destinations of Kerala include Alleppy, Munnar, Cochin and Athirapally Waterfalls. Take a backwater cruise on a house boat and let the stillness of the gleaming blue waters reside in your heart long after you leave.
Photo by McKay Savage
Considered The heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is known for its rugged landscape and arid beauty. Tourists like to visit the Khajuraho Temples, which are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism. Must-visit destinations of Madhya Pradesh are Van Vihar National Park, Bharat Bhawan and Bhimbetka Caves, where there is evidence of dwellings of pre-historic man from the Palaeolithic era.
Photo by Paul Mannix
Andaman And Nicobar Islands
Present at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, these islands call for some never had experiences such as snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea diving and coral reef tours. Interesting places of Andaman are Neil Islands, Bharatpur Beach, Limestone Caves, and Marina Park & Aquarium.
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Where Would You Go in India?
Thank you to today’s guest post author, Rohit Agarwal, who shares with us why India has all the makings for an exciting vacation destination full of adventure, incredible scenery, culture, and history. Though we have yet to travel to India, it is a destination high on our travel list, and we hope to one day experience all this exciting, dynamic, incredible land has to offer.
Where would you go in India? Would you seek out adventurous activities or historic sites? Would you bring the family? Do share!
Rohit is an aspirer seeking new and unexplored ventures. He sets on his journey to untangle India’s far-fetched places and records his know-hows at TransIndiaTravels for his ultimate travelogue. Read more about Rohit’s adventures in his blog, including Top 5 Places to Visit in Goa, 10 Must-Visit Places in Udaipur, and 8 Best Places to Visit in Bengaluru.
Read Rohit’s other posts for Lets Get Deals Today at:
5 Reasons Why India is Perfect for a Family Holiday
10 Adventure Sports Destinations for the Ultimate Adrenaline Rush
First image by Eric Borda via Flickr.