From tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains, India has limitless variety of landscapes, monuments and cultures to explore. Here is a list of ten must-visit places in India.
10. The Kerala Backwaters
Lying parallel to Arabian sea, Kerala backwaters is a 900km of interconnected lakes, inlets, rivers and waterways that are fed by five lakes and thirty eight rivers. This chain of lakes and lagoons stretches across half of Kerala’s coast line and is also popular by the name of Malabar Coast. Kerala backwaters give its visitors and tourist a chance to explore the beauty of backwaters and small towns close to the backwaters via houseboats. Kerala Backwaters is home to various species of aquatic life like water birds, turtles, otters, mudskippers, frogs and crabs.
9. Tea Gardens of Darjeeling
Indians are chai (that’s what they call ‘tea’) lovers which is the reason they happen to be among the largest tea growers in the world. Darjeeling is the Queen of Hill situated at the foothill of Himalayas in Eastern India of West Bengal state. It is surrounded by large tea gardens which bring about floral and light colored smelling tea. It is also a popular hill station. Tourists stay at the tea garden bungalows with all the facilities along with the tranquil aura of the tea garden. They can even watch the entire tea manufacturing process in these unique tea gardens.
8. Kanha National Park
Located in the heartland of India Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National park is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in entire Asia. The tiger reserve is the highlight of this national park. You can have a look at Indian leopards, Indian wild dogs and The Royal Bengal Tiger. Kanha National Park is also packed with diverse wildlife with grassy meadows, sal and bamboo forests. And guess what? Kanha was also a source of inspiration for the writer of the very famous novel we all know of, the Jungle Book.
Varanasi or Banaras is among the oldest city of India found on the banks of holy river Ganges. It holds immense religious value for Hindus, Jains and Budhists and is also considered the spiritual capital of India. You can view pilgrims doing their devotions in river Ganges with centuries old temple in the background is an amazing sight to watch. This city also has about 84 ghats situated along the Ganges River and is among the UNESCO world heritage sites. These ghats are used for bathing by the pilgrims and are of great spiritual importance for Hindus during puja ceremony.
Lakshadweep is a Sanskrit word which means hundred thousand islands. Lakshadweep is a group of islands located in the Arabian Sea and also happens to be a smallest Union Territory of India. With its unparalleled natural beauty and exotic coral reef island, it attracts thousands of tourists from around the world to experience a unique mix of modern infrastructural facilities and picturesque beauty. The entire Lakshadweep constitutes three coral reefs, five banks and twelve coral atolls.
5. Dal Lake
Dal Lake is an urban lake located in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Dal Lake is immensely beautiful and enjoys the ranking of being the second largest in the state. This lake is rightly popular as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir.’ This lake is also used for Water plant harvesting and fishing. This scenic lake is surrounded by a park house boats, hotels and Mughal era gardens. Three Mughal gardens along the shore lines are Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Mughal gardens built in the era of Emperor Jahangir. Tourists enjoy cruising along this lake.
4. Majuli Island
Want to experience the largest mid river delta system in the world? You will find it at Majuli Island. Majuli Island is Assam’s great treasure that many people don’t even know of. It is houses largest river island and is situated in the Bhramaputra. With its wide blue sky, wet lands, river and its tributaries, Majuli Island is a picturesque watery idyll. The southern area of this island is a heaven for bird lovers and the best time to come here is from November to March. During this time, you can view this island’s wildlife easily as the weather is pleasant.
Jaisalmer is town situated in Rajasthan’s westernmost corner near the border of Pakistan. It lies in the heart of Thar Desert. It is also known as the ‘golden city of India because of the use of yellow sandstone found in all its architecture. It gives off a perfect view of Arabian Night with Jaisalmer Fort as its main highlight along with many ornate Jain temples. It is home to many finely sculptured temples and houses. The entire places has yellowish touch to it and changes to honey gold when the sun is about to set. Inside the fort of Jaisalmer, the main attractions are Jain temples, Raj Mahal (the Royal Palace) and Laxminath temple.
2. Ajanta Caves
The Ajanta Caves dates back to 2th century BC and were abandoned in 650 AD. Nobody knew about this rock-cut cave monument until 1819 when a British hunting party accidentally came across it. It remained flawlessly preserved as it remained isolated for so many years. Some of its paintings are still there. The city of Aurangabad leads to the Ajanta Caves along with another remarkable cave called Ellora Caves. The murals that remained preserved show city streets, snow-capped mountains, sailing ships, battlefields and many other things.
1. Taj Mahal
Agra is among the most visited cities of India because of the magnificent Taj Mahal. It is white domed marble mausoleum and is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between the year 1632 and 1653 in memory of his lover and wife Mumtaz. 20,000 artisans are believed to make this immense mausoleum. It remains as one of the master pieces of Mughal architecture with an epic love story behind it. It is built on 42 acres and consists of a mosque, guest house, formal gardens, reflecting pools and many other beautiful buildings.