India is definitely the land where unity in diversity reigns supreme. So if you want to set foot on the holy soil of India you are sure to be awe struck noticing how different customs, religions, creeds and rituals are looming large catching hold of one single hand, the hand of fraternity. So the moment you decide to land on the soil of India you are cordially welcome as it is the part of Indian age old custom to offer the friend who is absolutely new in this country a cordial hug.
Before visiting every corner of the vast country if you have a glimpse of my post, I can assure, your trip will be in all respect a perfect one. In this post I will discuss 15 must see tourist spots in India. Here we go-
Must See Tourist Spots in India
1) New Delhi
You may begin your tour from the very city of Delhi, the capital of India. You can glimpse here the art and artifacts combined in a beautiful manner. Both the East and the West have met here in the confluence of architectural grandeur.
Places to Visit in Delhi
You are sure to visit the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and the Kutab Minar and obviously the Lotus Temple. Gradually from historical itinerary you come to the modern architectural wonders such as the Parliament House, India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhavan , the residence of the Indian President.If you want to have fun in marketing you must come at Connaught Place and Chandni Chawk and feel the warmth of India experience.
How to Reach Delhi?
From almost all the parts of India you can come here by air. The Indira Gandhi international Airport is ready to offer you warm welcome.There are a few railway stations in Delhi such as the Old Dehi Junction, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Hajrat Nizamuddin.If you are interested to come here by bus you can avail the services from every corner of India.
2) Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
Though the city is much affected in the recent political turmoil it has not lost the old glamor. Tourists from every corner of the globe come here to enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains, valleys and gorgeous rivers meandering their ways after their sweet will.
Places to Visit in Srinagar
The must sees in Srinagar are the Shalimar Bagh and The Mughal Gardens. You can enjoy a joyous ride on the shikara (small boat) on the tranquil cold water of the Dal Lake.You may take interest in buying the Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, rugs and gorgeous carpets.
How to Reach Srinagar?
Srinagar has its own airport. Jammu is the nearest railway station (290 kms). You avail buses from Delhi if you want to come here by road.
3) Leh (Jammu and Kashmir)
It is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the very recent times it has been able to draw attention of the tourists who have deep love for sheer natural panorama.
Places to Visit in Leh?
The towering Himalayas are there to offer you bounties of scenic beauties, lush green valleys, meandering rivers. If you want you can spin fun out of trekking and skiing on the milk white snow quite gracefully.
How to Reach Leh?
If you want to come to Leh from abroad you have to take flights from any port of India and land in Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar or Jammu.
You can come here by bus or taxi along the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Sometimes due to snowfall and landslide the road may be closed.
4) Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
Manali is always regarded a paradise for those young couple who have been knot in the bond of wedding. But it never discourages the tourists who want to have a dip in the serene beauty of the gorgeous hill station.
Places to Visit in Manali
The small town located at the foot of the mighty Himalayas can offer you galore of entertainments like trekking, paragliding, skiing and many more. You be awed to take a view of the historic Rohtang Pass. There are many large and small waterfalls that are ready to mesmerize you.
How to Reach Manali?
You hire a taxi and go straight to Manali from Delhi (550kms). If you opt for flight you have to land at Bhuntar airport (50kms). If you opt for train journey you have to get down at Ambala Cantonment station(250kms).
5) Simla (Himachal Pradesh)
The picturesque hill station is lovingly called the Queen of Indian Hill Stations. In the colonial past the British rulers made it the summer capital of India.
Places to Visit in Simla
Besides the natural panoramic view there are places to visit too. The Viceroy Palace, the Christ Church, the Jakhu Temple are the chief attractions. If you want you may have a stroll on the Mall. For trekking lovers there are lots of arrangements. Ice skating during the winter months can offer exceeding pleasure the skating enthusiasts.
How to Reach Simla?
The nearest airport is Chandigarh (12kms).The nearest railway station is Kalka. If you are interested to enjoy the scenic beauty opt for either the narrow gauge train or a bus or taxi from Kalka.
6) Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Nestled in the temperate Himalayas Darjeeling is ready to offer you the grand glimpse of the Kunchen Junga crowned with radiant snow. You can coin enough fun wandering amid the tea gardens located here and there. The sun rise from the Tiger Hill is a life time experience.
Places to Visit in Darjeeling
The natural History museum, Zoo and the botanical Gardens are the places worth visiting.
How to Reach Darjeeling?
The toy train offers you a spine chilling ride along the gorges of the Himalayas. You can land on Darjeeling from Siliguri riding on it. Again you may hire a car or taxi to come to Darjeeling from the new jalpaiguri Rly station.
7) Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Now from the lap of nature you have to come down on the plain to have a glimpse at the gorgeous playfulness of the Ganges and how the pilgrims from different corners of India and abroad are enjoying holy plunge in the sacred river. In Varanasi you are sure to be charmed to visit the temples and Ghats that are always packed with devotees.
Places to Visit in Varanasi
The Annapurna Temple, Viswanath Temple, Ramnagar Fort are the chief attractions. Again the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Panchaganga and Kedar Ghat are ready to offer you the sight of religious life of India.
How to Reach Varanasi?
Varanasi is connected to most of the cities of India by rail and bus. You can avail flights and land at the Varanasi airport 25 km away from the heart of the city.
8) Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
History is ready to welcome you the moment you come to the ‘ Golden city’. The town built amid the desert boasts of the Jaisalmer Fort, age old havelis (royal quarters), Amar Sagar and the gorgeous Jain temples. If you ride on the camel and enjoy a desert safari you may coin enough fun.
Places to Visit in Jaisalmir
A visit to the Desert national park or Akal Fossil Park is sure to steal your heart. If you like you may enjoy shopping too opting for the Rajasthani clothes and jewelry.
How to Reach Jaisalmir?
Jaisalmer is connected with all the major cities of India by rail. The nearest airport is Jodhpur ( 285kms). You can avail buses, hired cars and taxis from Delhi.
9) Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Popularly called the Pink City is one of the tourist attractions in India. The gorgeous forts, exquisite curvatures on the temples and palaces have tinged Jaipur with the aesthetic beauty.
Places to Visit in Jaipur
If you visit the Amber palace and watch the light and sound show there you are sure to be borne in the days of the great Rajput heroes. The must visits are the Jal Mahal and the City palace. If you want to enjoy brisk walking you enjoy it in the sprawling gardens here.
How to Reach Jaipur?
Jaipur is connected with air ways and rail ways from all parts of the country. The National Highways have connected it with different corners of major Indian cities.
10) Udaipur (Rajasthan)
This ancient city is blessed with natural beauty, serene lakes, sprawling gardens and may types of palaces. You can have a grand view of the Pichola Sagar and the Fateh Sagar, the vast lakes kissing the horizon afar. The Saheliyon Ki Badi showcased with fountains and gardens is sure to attract you.
Places to Visit in Udaipur
Again if you want to coin fun from shopping you must come to Udaipur where all sorts of Rajasthani arts, sculptures, jewelry and dresses are available in the markets.
How to Reach Udaipur?
Dabok airport is 24kms away from Udaipur. It is also connected by railway to Jaipur and Delhi. National highways have connected it to other cities of the country.
11) Bangalore (Karnataka)
Noted as the IT city Bangalore can offer the old and the new cultures. There are lots of temples, mosques and churches that highlight Indian religious fraternity.
Places to Visit in Bangalore
You can pray at St Mary ‘s basilica, St Patrick’s Church, Masjid-e- khadria and Nimisambha Devi Temple. There are lots of shopping malls, bars and lounges. There are top IT centers, national and MNCs.
How to Reach Bangalore?
The city is well connected by road and rail from every corner of India. It has its’ own international airport and well connected to rest of India and to different parts of the world.
12) Hampi (Karnataka)
If you are interested in ancient history of India you must visit Hampi to have a glimpse of the lost glamor of the Vijay nagar Empire. The ruins are recognized as World Heritage Site and the moment you come here the contrast of the rocky surroundings by the lush greens stretched to the horizon is sure to offer you a peculiar feeling.
Places to Visit in Hampi
There are a great number of old temples such as the Hazara Rama Temple, Virupaksha Temple and the Lord Vittala Temple. You can even trek to the Matanga Hill to have a bird’s eye view of the old city beneath.
How to Reach Hampi?
If you come by air you have to land at Bellary (60 KMs) or Hubli (180kms).Hospet is the nearest railway station is. You can easily come by road from each corner of the country here.
13) Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
You come to India but won’t visit Agra is quite impossible. The famous Taj Mahal is there and it needs no elaborations. The marble structure and the vibrant campus are sure to lead you to historic nostalgia.
Places to Visit in Agra
The Agra Fort, a majestic construction carries you to the Mughal period. There are some other notable monuments worth visiting. They are Swami Bagh, It-mad-ud-Daula’s Tomb and the Sikandra complex. Mathura and Vrindaban, the home town of Lord Krishna is just 50 KM away from Agra City.
How to Reach Agra?
You can go to Agra by air. Agra airport is 120 kms away from the city. Trains from all corners of India stop here at the Agra Cantonment station. You can come by road if you please for all the national highways have connected Agra with most of the major cities of India. From Agra you can hire taxi or tanga (Curt driven by horses) to visit local places. You may be interested to know more about Agra Taj Mahal. Follow this link:
14) Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Mumbai is called the business capital of India and is always bubbling with vibrant life. The city is destined to move ahead in a fast pace so there are lots of scattered glimpses of development. Mumbai is obviously a blend of India’s colonial past and modernity.
Places to Visit in Mumbai
The must visits in Mumbai are the Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Malabar hills, Aquarium and lot more. If you want to enjoy the natural beauty you may have to go to Khandala a few kilometers away from the city of Mumbai. There are St Mary’s Church and ISKON Temple among the must sees. The film city of Mumbai popularly noted as Bollywood may offer you unending fun.
How to Reach Mumbai?
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the local international airport in Mumbai. The city is connected by air from all the major cities of India. If you want to travel by rail you are welcome as the route is connected too with all the major stations of the country.
15)Kolkata (West Bengal)
You can finish your India tour coming back on the Gangetic planes, Kolkata, the ‘City of Joy’. Once it was the capital of India during the British rule. Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta is the capital city of West Bengal. Here you may glimpse the same admixture of the British and the Indian art and sculpture. During the British rule Kolkata had glamor of its own as it was the land of culture and heritage. Till now though Kolkata is marching towards a better future you can still connoisseur the flavor of artistic culture and grandeur.
Places to Visit in Kolkata
The must sees in Kolkata are numerous. But you must visit the Kolkata Zoo, Victoria Memorial, Botanical Gardens, National Museum, National Library, the Viceroy’s Palace and lot more.
How to Reach Kolkata?
Kolkata is connected by all the major cities of India to air and road. The nearest airport is Netaji International Airport.Howrah and Sealdaha are two junction stations in close proximity and the city is well connected by railways to all the major cities and towns of India.