Top 10 Tourist Attractions In India
India, officially the Republic of India (Bharat Ganrajya), is a South East
Country. India is the seventh largest country in the world with 3,287,263 km2 in
area. It is the second most populated country in the world with over 1.2 billion
people. The Capital of India is Delhi and the largest City is Mumbai. India
gained its Independence on August 15th, 1947 from the United Kingdom. Since
1950, India celebrates the Republic Day on January 26th. The rich history and
cultural diversity of India attracts many tourists and presents various historic
monuments as well as incredible places to explore. The Ministry of Tourism of
India run various policies for betterment and development of tourism and also
maintains a very popular campaign, “Incredible India”.
Ox Cart Transportation
India is ranked 38th in the world in terms of foreign tourist arrivals and
ranked fifth in the countries with fastest growing tourism industry. According
to the current stage of development of India, there is air transportation and
reasonable ground transportation. Also, India owns one of the great wonders of
the “7 Wonders of the World”. The list of “10 best Tourist Attractions in India”
starts with that wonder.
Mysore is a city of Karnatka located at the base of Chamunda hills
and is the Cultural capital of Karnatka. Mysore becomes a major attraction to
tourists during the 10 day festival of Dasara. The Amba Vilas Palace (or known
as Mysore Palace) is one of the most visited monuments of India and is the
center of the Dasara festivities.
Man Riding Cart In Front Of Mysore Palace
Other major attractions are Jayalakshmi Vilas, Jaganmohana Palace and Lalitha
Mahal. The religious places of Mysore are St. Philomena’s Church and
Chamundeshwari Temple. There’s also a musical fountain show which is held every
evening in Brindavan Gardens, a short distance away from the Mysore.
beautiful waterfall at Shivanasamundra, Folk Lore Museum, Regional Museum of
Natural History and Nagarhole National Park adds more to the beauty of Mysore.
Kerala, also known as the “God’s Own Country”, is located at the
Tropical Malabar Coast of Southwestern India and is famous for its ecotourism
initiatives. Kerala is named as one of the ten paradises of the world by the
National Geographic Traveler. The major attractions of Kerala are:
Beaches: Kovalam beach is one of the most visited beaches of the State and
other popular beaches are Cherai beach, Nattika beach, Alappuzha beach, Fort
Kochi, Kappad and Vadanappilly beach. Backwaters: These are a chain of brackish
lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea Coast. Houseboats rides (or
well known as Kettuvalam rides) on the backwaters are something which no one
should ever miss. Also the Boat races held during festival seasons are major
tourist attractions. Hill Stations and Wildlife: Some popular hill stations are
Munnar, Wayanad, Peermade, Ponmudi, Vegamon and Nelliyampathi. The popular
Nilgiri Bioshphere reserves and Silent Valley National Parks are also worth
Tea Plantations in Kerala, India
Darjeeling town is located in West Bengal and is well known
for its tea industry. It ranks among the most popular black tea producers and
the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train” runs between
Darjeeling and the New Jalpaiguri. The other attractions are Neora Valley
National Park which is one of the richest biological zones in the entire
Some popular foods in Darjeeling worth checking out are momo, Wai-Wai and
Churpee. Darjeeling’s beautiful mountain sites including Mt. Everest are one of
the reasons behind its world wide popularity. There are many other adventurous
things to do in Darjeeling like trekking and rock climbing, and also other many
scenic rock gardens, zoological parks, ropeway & cable car rides.
7) Ajanta and
Ajanta and Caves are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments located in
Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. They include paintings and sculptures which
are known as fine surviving examples of Indian art, particularly paintings.
Buddha Life Scenes on Cave Walls at Ellora
The caves were built in two groups with the first group of caves created
around 2nd century BCE and other group of caves created around 400-650 CE. The
whole area of caves was previously covered with forests until a British officer
rediscovered them accidentally while hunting. Ellora is an archeological site
and is well known its monumental caves.
Inside the Ajanta Caves
The 34 caves are actually structures made out of the vertical face of the
Charanandri hills. Hindu, Jain and Buddhist rock-cut temples and viharas &
mathas were made between 5th to 10th centuries. Both Ajanta and Ellora caves are
the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This small state is situated on the western coast of India, between the borders
of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Goa is known as a former Portuguese colony in
India and is mainly famous for beaches, worship places and wildlife.
A Look at Goa's Beautiful Beaches
The most visited and famous beach of Goa is the beautiful Palolem Beach which
is about a mile long crescent shape. This beach consists of rocks jutting out
into the sea on both ends and the currents are not fast. The other famous
beaches of are Colva, Baga, Anjuna and Calanguta and all of them provide fresh
sea foods and drinks.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Mangueshi Temple, Shantadurga and Dudh sagar are
other famous attraction in Goa. Recently there was the opening of a wax museum
in Old Goa show casing the wax personalities of Indian history, culture and
heritage. Also the Goa Carnival is a world famous event with drums and music,
colorful masks, floats and amazing dance performances.
Harmandir Sahib, also known as Darbar Sahib and Golden Temple, is located in
Amritsar, Punjab. It is the most sacred Gurdwara of worship for Sikhs and was
built by the Fifth Sikh Guru, Gur Arjan Dev Ji in 1604. The Harmandir Sahib was
rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and in nineteenth century Maharaja
Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the Gurdwara with gold.
Golden Temple - Harmandir Sahib
The Harmandir Sahib is surrounded by a large lake called “Sarovar” consisting
holy water “Amrit”. The Gurdwara has four doors to enter which signifies the
importance to acceptance and openness to all types of people. The beautiful gold
and marble art work is really admirable.
There are a lot of other attractions near Harmandir Sahib in Punjab. There is
Jallianwala Bagh; a massacre where over 300 India Sikh Civilians were killed by
senior British Military officer, Reginald Edward Harry Dyer on April 13th, 1919.
There is also the International Wagha Border; a road border crossing between
India and Pakistan where a flag raising ceremony occurs every evening.
4) Jammu &
Jammu & Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. In Seventeenth century, the
Mughal emperor Jahangir said that if there is ever Heaven on Earth, it is there
in Jammu & Kashmir. The amazing mountains and landscapes have attracted tourists
for centuries. The famous attractions include:
- Gulmarg - known for its amazing natural beauty, surrounded by
dense forests and famous hikes and beautiful highland golf courses
- Sonamarg - located at an altitude of around 2730 meters from the
sea level and has snow covered mountains
- Raghunath Temple of Hindu Lord Shri Rama - which has all the
inner walls covered with gold (on three sides) and galleries are covered
- Dal Lake - a famous lake of Srinagar and has house boats called
Shikharas and many more
- The Amarnath Temple of Kashmir Valley - where about 4 million
Hindu devotees come for worship every year
- Vaishno Devi Temple - which also attracts thousands of devotees
Gulmarg Gondola Station in Himalayan Mountains
Mountains in Sonamarg near Kashmir
Raghunath Temple of Hindu Lord Shri Rama
Temple In Ice Cave - The Amarnath Temple of Kashmir Valley
Vaishno Devi Temple
Rajasthan, well known as the “Land of the Kings” is a royal city located
Northern India. In Rajasthan, there’s not just one place for the tourists to
visit, but a whole bunch of attractive places.
Columned Hall of Amber Fort, Jaipur India
City Palace in Udaipur, India
City of Jaisalmer
The famous Thar Desert is there
with vast sand dunes.
- Jaipur - Starting with the capital and largest city of Rajasthan,
Jaipur which is also known as the Pink City of India and ranked the 7th best
place to visit in Asia. Jaipur’s beauty is its various Forts and Monuments
like Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace; and temples like Gobind Dev Ji
Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.
- Udaipur - Second city of attraction in Rajasthan is Udaipur,
which is also known as the “City of Lakes”. Udaipur is widely famous for
holding royal marriages and parties of many celebrities and politicians.
- Jaisalmer - The third one is a town Jaisalmer, which is also
nicknamed “The Golden City”. Jaisalmer has a royal history and includes
various artistic structures, monuments, medieval mud fortress and walled
township. There are also the Camel Safaris through the nearby Thar Desert
dunes. The main attractions are Jaisalmer Fort and Jain Hertage of Jaisalmer.
The Golden City is also known for shopping of Rajasthan’s traditional
clothes, art, and jewelry.
Varanasi (also known as Banaras and Kashia) is a city on the banks of river
Ganges in Utter Pradesh and is the holiest sacred city for Hindus and Jains.
Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the
oldest in India and also known as the producer of one of the finest textiles. It
is the most popular and holiest place for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The people
that belong to Hindu religion believe that the death at Varanasi brings
People Leaving A Service on the Banks of Varanasi
There are about 23,000 temples in Varanasi and the most worshiped of them are
Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Shiva, the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple and the Durga
Temple which is known for the monkeys that reside in the trees nearby. Varanasi
is spiritual capital of India and often referred as “the city of temples”, “the
holy city of India”, “the religious capital of India”, “the city of lights, “the
city of learning” and “the oldest living city on earth”.
The beautiful sight of
thousands of pilgrims and devotees worshiping their God in the Ganges River and
performing rituals early in the morning during the time of sunrise brings
excitement as well as peace to the soul.
1) Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal (Crown of Places) is a white marble mausoleum which is located in
Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal is one of the finest works by Mughal
Architectures which is a combination of Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian
The inspiration behind this beautiful Taj Mahal is Shah Jahan's love for his
wife. The Shah Jahan was an emperor during the Mughal Empire’s period of
greatest prosperity. In 1931, his wife Mumtaz Mahal died while giving the birth
to their 14th child Gauhara Begum. In the memory of his beautiful wife, Shah
Jahan decided to build the Taj Mahal.
The Ceiling Inside the Temple
Construction began in 1632 and the main
mausoleum was completed in 1648. The other surrounding buildings and gardens
were completed after five years. Taj Mahal’s beautiful exterior and interior
decorations and the incredible art work using cravings and paintings are what
make it one of the 7 wonders of the world. Every year, more than 3 million
tourists visit the Taj Mahal.
India has everything required to make your life's journey memorable. India is
the combination of rich culture and historic places along with the natural
breath-taking sights of mountains, lakes, beaches and sunsets. There is a great
deal of adventure and just the wildlife alone is enough to leave you amazed.
When you visit India, you’ll be pleased with Indian traditional foods and
drinks, and you'll be received with a warm, friendly welcome.
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