The Taj Mahal

Top 20 Must-See Places In India

Tourism in India is a burgeoning business, and there are countless must-see natural, historic, and cultural hotspots in India. This Buzzle article lists some of the best...
India is a universally popular travel destination, alluring millions of domestic and foreign tourists with her unique blend of stunning natural beauty, a homogenous blend of cultures, and fascinating artifacts from her glorious and proud past. More than 6 million foreign tourists traveled to India in the year 2012, and the number is expected to grow significantly with every passing year. The Taj Mahal, a global symbol of India, alone attracts more than 3 million visitors annually.

The best time to visit the following tourist hotspots is November to late March, unless mentioned otherwise. After March, the notorious Indian summer creeps in, and before November, monsoon showers are prevalent all over the country.

The main entry points into India for foreign tourists are New Delhi and Mumbai, which are connected to most major cities around the world.

Here's a list of the top 20 best places to see in India.

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Taj Mahal


Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Nearest Major City: New Delhi

How To Get There: Extensive road, via the National Highway (NH) 2, and rail connection to and from New Delhi, and connected by rail to Mumbai. Air transport is yet to be utilized to its full potential, but the crucial airport of Delhi is just 200 km away.

Constructed in the mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal (literally meaning 'the crown palace') is an eternal ode to the love of Shah Jahan and his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Saddened by her death, Shah Jahan had this glorious edifice built in honor of her memory.

This marble-clad love-letter has been standing firm for nearly 300 years, and is now being protected from the harmful effects of the growing industrialization around it. Toxic gases released by the nearby factories have started corrupting its beautiful marble blanket, and the increasing use of the airspace above it is said to be harmful to its construction.

The Taj Mahal has become a global identity, an instantly-recognizable symbol of India.

The Hindu religious site of Mathura lies only 50 km away from Agra. Also, Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Mughal empire from 1571 to 1585, is just 37 km away.


Golden Temple


Location: Amritsar, Punjab

Nearest Major City: Amritsar, New Delhi

How To Get There: Amritsar is connected by air to several major Indian cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Jaipur, as well as international destinations like London Heathrow, Doha, Sharjah, and Dubai. Amritsar lies on the NH 1, and is well connected by road and rail to most major cities in north India: Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Patiala, Jammu, and Jalandhar.

The most spiritual structure in Sikhism, this beautiful temple houses the Sikh holy script -- the Guru Granthsahib. Built in the late 1500s, it is the holiest place for Sikhs, and a marvel to behold for followers of other faiths. It was constructed in the 16th century, rebuilt in 1764, and the gold plating was added by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 1800s, at the height of the Sikh Empire. The Golden Temple is an even more popular travel destination than the Taj.

The construction of the Golden Temple incorporated symbolic acceptance, tolerance, and respect towards other religions, by building four doors, signifying the openness of Sikhism.

The Wagah border between India and Pakistan, famous for the daily border ceremony held there, is just 30 km from Amritsar.


The Sundarbans


Location: Primarily West Bengal and Bangladesh

Nearest Major City: Kolkata

How To Get There: The nearest major city is Kolkata, which is connected by air to all major Indian cities, and many foreign cities as well. Kolkata lies on the 'Golden Quadrilateral' (a connecting road between India's 4 major cities -- New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai), and is thus connected to all other metropolises in India, as well as all other east Indian cities like Patna, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, and Bhubaneshwar.

The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world. It lies in the Ganges delta, across India and Bangladesh. It is famous for its resident population of Bengal tigers, the national animal of both India and Bangladesh. The forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also houses the Sundarbans National Park. Its bewitching natural beauty can churn up the perfect holiday, coupled with the thrill of seeing the world's largest big cat with your own eyes. Many serpents, including the poisonous king cobra, can also be seen here.

The urban jungle of Kolkata, lying on the periphery of the mangrove one, is a popular destination in its own right. Bengali cuisine can be experienced in its full glory in Kolkata, and many museums and historic places also adorn this first capital of British India. The Kaziranga National Park, which makes an appearance further in this list, is also extremely close to the Sundarbans.


Varanasi


Location: Uttar Pradesh

Nearest Major City: Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur

How To Get There: Varanasi's international airport serves flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, among others. It lies on the NH 2, and is thus connected to Delhi and Kolkata. NH 3 connects Varanasi and Mumbai, and NH 7 connects it to numerous south Indian cities such as Hyderabad and Bangalore. Chennai and Kochi also lie close to the NH 7.

Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Banaras, is the oldest city in India, and one of the oldest in the world. It lies on the banks of the river Ganga (Ganges), and is inseparably linked to the story and religious importance of the sacred river. It is one of the most important cities in Hinduism, and also holds an important place in Buddhism and Jainism.

Varanasi has been a crucial road junction since ancient times, and has developed into a major industrial town. During the time of the establishment of Buddhism (around 530 BC), Varanasi was the capital of the Kashi kingdom. During Muslim occupation, many Hindu temples were razed, but Varanasi remained a hub for intellectuals and spiritual men. Its past is reflected in its many nicknames; it is known as the 'religious capital of India', 'the city of temples', and 'the city of knowledge', among others.

It is famous for its bustling Hindu temples, dedicated to numerous deities. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Shiva, is one of the holiest temples in Hinduism. A devout Hindu is supposed to travel to Kashi at least once in his lifetime. Another major tourist attraction in Varanasi are the Ghats, a number of embankments along the river Ganga, used for religious ceremonies and funeral rituals. In addition to the religious artifacts, Varanasi is also home to the Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities in Asia.

Varanasi is just 125 km away from another holy city in Hinduism, Allahabad, the site of the union of the Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers.


Khardung La


Location: Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Nearest Major City: Srinagar

How To Get There: Rail network is absent in Ladakh, but the city of Leh is served by air from Delhi and Srinagar, and by road from Manali (Manali-Leh Highway), and Srinagar (NH 1).

Best Time To Visit: Much of Ladakh freezes in the winter, and doesn't thaw until late April-May. Hence, the best time to visit Ladakh is between June and October.

Khardung La (la in Tibetan means 'pass') is one of the highest roads in the world accessible by vehicles. It is often cited as the highest, but that claim is contentious and probably untrue. The pass leads to the scarcely populated and scenic Nubra Valley. The road to Khardung La is a true heaven for the adventure seeker.

The many lakes of Ladakh can be accessed from Leh. Lined by the Himalayas, sparsely populated and unbelievably beautiful, the entire region of Ladakh is an absolute dream for adventurers, motorcyclists, and photographers.


Jim Corbett National Park


Location: Nainital District, Uttarakhand

Nearest Major City: Dehradun, New Delhi

How To Get There: Ramnagar, the headquarters of the national park, is connected to New Delhi via road and overnight trains from Delhi. It is also excellently connected by road to Dehradun.

Jim Corbett National Park was the first sanctuary to be included under the Project Tiger, a government initiative launched in 1973 to protect and conserve India's endangered national animal, the Bengal tiger. The park was formed under the name Hailey National Park in 1936, but was renamed in honor of the famous hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett.

In addition to the famous Bengal tigers, the forest houses Indian leopards, Asian elephants, sambar deer, spotted deer, barking deer, several species of owls and nightjars, langur monkeys, crocodiles, and numerous other animals, birds, and plant species. The park is a popular travel destination for Indian conservationists, wildlife photographers, and tourists.

The popular hill stations of Mussoorie, and especially Nainital, are quite close to the Corbett National Park.


Qutb Complex


Location: Mehrauli, Delhi

Nearest Major City: New Delhi

How To Get There: Mehrauli is very close to New Delhi, and frequent road and rail connection to and from New Delhi can be easily accessed.

The Qutb Complex, which houses the famous Qutb Minar (also spelled as Qutub and Qutab) and the Iron Pillar of Delhi, is a collection of historic monuments constructed for disparate purposes across centuries by different rulers.

The Qutb Minar, probably the most famous, is the tallest brick minaret in the world. The original structure of the monument was built in 1192, in celebration of the defeat of Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan by Muhammad Ghori. The construction was later enhanced by Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tughlaq.

The Iron Pillar, a metallurgical marvel, is a victory pillar originally built by Gupta king Chandragupta II, and later transported to its present location by Iltutmish. Considered by some researchers to be over 1,500 years old, the pillar is largely untroubled by rust, displaying the mastery of ancient Indian metallurgists over their craft.

The complex also houses the tombs of Iltutmish and Alauddin Khilji, and the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. New Delhi, which is very close to the Qutb complex, houses many popular tourist spots, such as the iconic Red Fort.


Darjeeling


Location: Northern West Bengal

Nearest Major City: Siliguri

How To Get There: Darjeeling doesn't have an airport, but is served by Siliguri and Bagdogra's airports, situated about 80 km and 90 km away, respectively. Both the airports are connected to Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Bangalore, etc. The NH 55 links Siliguri to Darjeeling. Darjeeling can also be reached by the iconic narrow gauge 'Toy Train', a World Heritage Site in its own right, from Jalpaiguri, about 88 km away.

Darjeeling is a popular hill station among Indian tourists, and is famous all over the world for its tea farms. Tourism and tea plantations are the main sources of revenue for this city. Darjeeling is also gaining fame with mountaineers, thanks to its Himalayan terrain.

Darjeeling is home to the largest high altitude zoo in India, and a stunning rock museum.


Kaziranga National Park


Location: Assam

Nearest Major City: Guwahati

How To Get There: The airports at Guwahati and Tezpur are the closest to the national park. Guwahati's airport, especially, is well-connected to Indian destinations, including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune. The park entrance is connected by the NH 37 to Guwahati.

Kaziranga National Park was formed when the wife of Lord Curzon, the then-Viceroy of British India, visited the area hoping to see some rhinos, but was disappointed by their absence. On June 1, 1905, the park was created. It is now a World Heritage Site.

Kaziranga is famous for its large breeding populations of the Indian rhinoceros, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger, the 'barasingha' swamp deer, and the wild water buffalo. The national park has become synonymous with the Indian rhinoceros; two-thirds of the global population of this endangered species are found in Kaziranga. In addition to this emblematic animal, the park is also home to India's only ape, the Hoolock gibbon. The mighty Brahmaputra river also hosts the Gangetic dolphin, while one of the largest snakes in the world, the reticulated python, is also found here.

The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for its large population of wild water buffaloes, is very close to Kaziranga. Along with Bengal tigers and Indian leopards, Manas is home to the endangered clouded leopard, Indian rhinoceroses, and Asian elephants. Kaziranga and Manas are also home to endemic species such as the hispid hare, the golden langur, the Assam roofed turtle, and the dangerously rare pygmy hog.


Temples and Churches of Goa


Location: Goa

Nearest Major City: Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Ponda

How To Get There: The Dabolim airport near Vasco da Gama is connected to virtually every major Indian city. The NH 66 links Goa to Mumbai, while it is linked by rail to Mumbai and Bangalore.

Goa has gained a worldwide reputation for its stunning beaches, but an altogether different treasure is to be found in the interior of this tiny state. Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1961, and the colonial influences can be clearly observed in Goan ('Goanese', which is sometimes used, is an incorrect demonym) architecture, cuisine, and lifestyle. Before the Portuguese rule, however, Goa was a thriving stronghold for Hindu kings. Hence, an alluring mix of Indian and European religious sites and artifacts can be seen all across Goa. A majority of Goans worship Mangesh, a form of Shiva, at the Mangeshi Temple in the town of Mangeshi. Among Christian artifacts and monuments, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and the churches and convents of Old Goa (a city in northern Goa) are World Heritage Sites.

While in Goa, it's a waste of anyone's time to stay away from the renowned Goan beaches. Goa is quite a small state, and can be traversed in its entirety in a few days. Goa is also the home of Goan trance music, and houses many popular artists.


Sculptures of Khajuraho


Location: Eastern Madhya Pradesh

Nearest Major City: Jhansi, Bhopal

How To Get There: Khajuraho is connected by air to Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi. Direct trains to Khajuraho can be accessed in Varanasi, Delhi, and Jhansi. Otherwise, Jhansi is well-connected by trains from Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. By road, Khajuraho is connected to Bhopal, Jhansi, and Panna.

Khajuraho's temples have gained worldwide fame due to the explicit erotic sculptures carved on them. Although they are often -- understandably -- called the 'Kama Sutra Temples', the carvings do not mirror the teachings from the original and often misunderstood text about sexuality and erotica.

Though the erotic sculptures served as the site's catapult to fame, the temples themselves are excellent examples of medieval Indian architecture, and the skill of the architects and workers. The temples are made of sandstone, and employ a basic style of joints, called mortise and tenon. These joints require extremely precise placement to impart structural stability. There are presently 25 temples in the complex, remnants of the original complex, which housed more than 80.

The tiger reserves of Bandhavgarh and Panna are quite close to the Khajuraho, with Panna just 90 km away. The nearby city of Jhansi is a famous historical hotspot, and was a major hub for Indian freedom fighters in the 1857 War of Independence.


Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Location: Union Territory of India

Capital: Port Blair

How To Get There: Port Blair is connected by air and ship to Kolkata and Chennai, and by air to Delhi, Hyderabad, Guwahati, and Bhubaneshwar.

These islands in the Bay of Bengal are a major tourist hotspot, thanks largely to the stunning beaches and the numerous artifacts of the British rule. At least 4 types of indigenous people live here: the Jarawa, the Sentinelese, the Onge, and the extremely rare Greater Andamanese.

These islands house some of the best beaches in India. Some of the best include Havelock Island, Jolly Buoy Island, and Port Blair. Scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are available at many Andamanese beaches, and some islands house coral reefs.

Other tourist attractions are the artifacts of British rule. The most famous of these is the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. The islands were primarily used by the British as an isolated prison for the most dangerous criminals (which often included Indian freedom fighters), and this jail was the main facility for the purpose. Many relics are also found on Ross Island, which had a permanent British colony.

Barren Island, one of the Andamanese islands, houses the only volcano on the Indian subcontinent. It is a dormant volcano.


Mumbai


Location: Maharashtra

Nearest Major City: Mumbai

How To Get There: Mumbai has one of the busiest airports in India, and is connected to virtually every major city in the world. Within India, Mumbai is the headquarters of the Central and Western zones of Indian Railways, and is connected to all major cities in India, including New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad. Mumbai lies on the previously mentioned Golden Quadrilateral, and is thus directly connected to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, and Chennai. It is also one of the most important ports in India, and is connected by ship to various African and Middle Eastern cities, and other domestic Indian ports such as Kochi and Margao.

Mumbai is known as the financial capital of India, and is the most populous city in the country. It houses the Indian Stock Exchange market, the Sensex. Mumbai was originally an archipelago of seven islands, largely fused in an 1845 initiative of land reclamation.

Mumbai's eclectic culture and vibrant lifestyle has attracted many foreign tourists. It houses many famous buildings such as the Gateway of India and the Taj Hotel, and many historic artifacts such as the Elephanta and Kanheri caves. It is also renowned for its large number of beautiful beaches, and nearby coastal retreats, like Alibag. Mumbai also houses some of the oldest and most famous sporting venues in India, such as the Brabourne Stadium, the oldest cricket stadium in India, and the Mahalaxmi Racecourse. It also houses a national park in its cavernous expanse: the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali; the park houses Indian leopards.

Mumbai is the ideal place to begin a vacation in India. It is well-connected to all other major cities and tourist hotspots in India, especially in the West and South, and contains enough tourist attractions to constitute a vacation on its own.


Backwaters of Kerala


Location: Coastal (western) Kerala

Nearest Major City: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode

How To Get There: Kochi's international airport is connected to all metropolises in India and other major cities, as well as Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian travel destinations such as Singapore and Malaysia. Kochi is connected by the NH 17 to Mumbai, and lies off the North-South corridor linking Delhi to South India. It is a major station in the Southern Railway network, and is connected by rail to New Delhi and Mumbai, and other major South Indian cities. Although Kochi has a very safe harbor, the shipping industry only caters to domestic demands; ferries are carried out to Sri Lanka and Lakshadweep.

Kerala, rightly called God's Own Country, is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Kerala's beaches are renowned in their own right, and the backwaters (lagoons of brackish water) are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, if not the world. The center of the backwater tourism is Alappuzha, situated about 55 km from Kochi. Alappuzha is also the center of the popular Snake Boat Races, held in autumn.

The eastern side of Kerala is famous for their lush, green hills, and tea plantations. Many hill stations in the Western Ghats, such as Munnar and Thekkady, are fast becoming popular with foreign as well as domestic travelers. Thekkady is also the headquarters of the Periyar National Park, which is an elephant and tiger reserve.


Sanchi Stupas


Location: Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Nearest Major City: Bhopal

How To Get There: Sanchi isn't extensively connected to major Indian cities on its own, but it is less than 50 km away from Bhopal. Bhopal's airport serves flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata, among others, and it is an important railway station, extensively connected to Mumbai and Delhi.

Sanchi's group of Buddhist monuments contain about 50 monuments, including the oldest stone structure in India, the Great Stupa.

The Great Stupa was the first monument to be constructed, on the orders of the Maurya emperor Ashoka the Great. The rest of the complex was built during the Maurya, Sunga, and Satvahan periods.

The Great Stupa contains many inscriptions in Brahmi, dating back through the ages to the Maurya, Sunga, Satavahana, Kushana, and Gupta eras.

Many other Buddhist monuments are also located around Sanchi, such as Sonari, Andher, Bhojpur, and Satdhara.


Gir Forest National Park


Location: Junagadh and Amreli Districts, Gujarat

Nearest Major City: Ahmedabad

How To Get There: Junagadh, the headquarters of Junagadh district, lies about 50 - 60 km from the park entrance, Sasan Gir. Junagadh is connected by road and rail to Ahmedabad. Junagadh doesn't have an airport, and the nearest one (Rajkot) is 100 km away.

The Gir forest is the last remaining refuge of the Asiatic lion. These majestic beasts were once found abundantly from the Levant to Bengal, but their numbers dropped severely in the late 1800s, and the species almost became extinct. Thankfully, the numbers are now on the up again, with more than 400 lions now found in Gir, and reintroductions being planned in India and elsewhere.

In addition to lions, various antelopes such as nilgai (blue bulls), chinkara, spotted deer, blackbucks, and sambar deer are found in the park. Indian leopards, wild boars, sloth bears, cobras, and honey badgers can also be seen, along with several bird species. There is an interpretation zone at Devalia.

The city of Junagadh was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Junagadh, and contains many historic monuments.


Temples of Odisha


Location: Bhubaneshwar, Puri, and Konark, Odisha

Nearest Major City: Bhubaneshwar

How To Get There: Bhubaneshwar's airport caters to flights to all major Indian cities, but currently does not host international flights. Bhubaneshwar lies on the Golden Quadrilateral between Kolkata and Chennai, and also lies off the East-West corridor, linking it to Mumbai. Puri and Konark lie close to Bhubaneshwar, and are connected by road and rail.

Bhubaneshwar, Puri, and Konark, together termed as the 'Golden Triangle' (not related to the 'Golden Quadrilateral' road network), hold a fascinating panorama of ancient and medieval Indian architecture. These three cities lie within 70 km of each other, and together form one of the most visited regions in the world. The temples in these three cities are world-famous, and the Sun Temple in Konark is a World Heritage Site. The large number of temples in Bhubaneshwar has led to it being termed as the Temple City of India. Puri is especially important in the Vaishnava tradition, and is considered one of the places a devout Hindu must visit.

Apart from the temples, Odisha also has a long coastline. Puri and Konark both lie on the coast, and the beach in Puri is considered one of the best in India. It is one of the few beaches in the world where both sunrise and sunset can be observed.


Thar Desert


Location: Western Rajasthan

Nearest Major City: Jaipur, Jodhpur

How To Get There: Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is connected by air, rail, and road to all major north Indian cities, and by air and rail to cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Chennai. Jodhpur's airport caters to flights to and from Delhi and Mumbai, and is connected to Jaipur by road and rail.

Rajasthan, the land of the proud Rajputs, is home to the 18th largest desert in the world. Stretching across the border between India and Pakistan, the Thar has played a major part in defining the culture of Rajasthan. Both Jaipur and Jodhpur lie on the periphery of the desert.

The cities of Jaisalmer and Bikaner, situated right in the middle of the desert, are among the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan. They are famous for their buzzing markets, selling various Rajasthani artifacts, and Jaisalmer's imposing fort. The desert itself can be enjoyed through camel rides, and bonfire nights in the middle of the vast expanse. Rustic Rajasthani music and cuisine at its best, is found in these desert cities. During the months of January or February, Jaisalmer also hosts the Desert Festival, a vibrant celebration of Rajasthan and its fascinating culture.

The Thar desert is surprisingly close to the drastically different environment of the hill station, Mount Abu. Mt. Abu, lying in the Aravalli range of mountains, is a very popular summer destination among Indian and foreign tourists. Rajasthan also has many forts and palaces, reminders of the glorious past of the Rajputs.


Monuments of Hampi


Location: Hampi, Karnataka

Nearest Major City: Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad

How To Get There: Hubli and its twin city Dharwad are much closer to Hampi than Bangalore, but not as advanced as the state capital. Hubli's airport caters to flights to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. It lies on the Golden Quadrilateral, and is thus connected to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai. It is the headquarters of the Southwestern Railways, and is connected by rail to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Thiruvananthapuram. Bangalore, one of the most modernized cities in India, is extensively connected by air, rail, and road to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.

Hampi is situated within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the capital of the medieval Vijayanagara empire. The Vijayanagara empire was one of the strongest and largest in the history of India, and at its peak, its capital was the second most populated city in the world.

The ruins contain numerous temples and royal buildings, all of which have been preserved in excellent condition. The main temple, dedicated to Virupaksha, an incarnation of Shiva, is still in use. The temple complex also houses temples to Krishna, Narasimha, and Vitthala, all incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This signifies the peace between Shaivites and Vaishnavites in the Vijayanagara kingdom.

The royal complex houses many palaces, a stepwell, and an elephant stable. This complex also houses temples of Rama and Shiva.


Mudumalai National Park


Location: Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu

Nearest Major City: Coimbatore, Mysore (Karnataka)

How To Get There: Coimbatore is connected by air and rail to all major Indian cities, and both Coimbatore and Mysore lie just off the Golden Quadrilateral.

Mudumalai National Park, situated in the southern reaches of the biodiversity hotspot, the Western Ghats, is a tiger reserve, and also houses a large population of the Asiatic elephant. In addition to these two prominent species, the park is home to Indian leopards, sloth bears, dholes, striped hyenas, giant squirrels, gaurs, sambar deer, barking deer, and Indian rock pythons. It also houses some endemic species of birds, such as the Malabar trogon and the Malabar gray hornbill, and some critically endangered species like the Indian white-rumped vulture and the long-billed vulture.

Mudumalai is situated in the stunningly beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The Nilgiris house the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which, in conjunction with the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, is a World Heritage Site.

These were the highlights of a subjective list of the best travel destinations in India. Apart from these, India contains innumerable other tourist hotspots.

Best of the Rest

  • Bishnupur's Terracotta Temples
  • Forests of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Ajanta and Ellora Caves
  • Rock Garden, Chandigarh
  • Kanha National Park
  • Lonar Crater Lake
  • Akshardham Temple
  • Great Rann of Kutch
  • Lotus Temple
  • Gwalior Fort
  • Cherrapunji
  • Raigad Fort
  • Mehrangarh
  • Allahabad
  • Jog Falls
  • Pahalgam
  • Gangotri
  • Madurai
  • Badami
  • Keoladeo Ghana National Park
  • Nainital High Altitude Zoo
  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Vivekanand Rock Memorial
  • Tulip Garden, Srinagar
  • Sonepur Cattle Fair
  • Sabarmati Ashram
  • Lake Manasarovar
  • Bibi Ka Maqbara
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Ramoji Film City
  • Red Fort, Agra
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Golconda Fort
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Rishikesh
  • Haridwar
  • Gulmarg
  • Gomukh
  • Manali

India has something for everyone. For the nature lover, she presents one of the most diverse collection of wildlife in the world. For the trekker, she presents the indefatigable challenge of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats. For the history buff, she presents over 5,000 years of continuous civilization. For the foodie, she presents a bewildering array of cuisines. And for the eternal, aimless wanderer, she presents an eclectic mixture of wildly disparate cultures, a huge melting pot of ideologies, religions, and lifestyles, all within the boundary of one nation.
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