India, and indeed the entire Indian subcontinent, is an incredibly diverse place. It has a huge and growing population, a booming economy, a fascinating history, some glorious and intriguing wildlife and superb architecture. In fact, whatever it is that you are interested in, whether you like natural history, human history, military history, architecture, food, culture, arts, travel, cricket, living it ‘local’ or staying in luxury accommodation you will be able to find it in India.
If you are traveling to the subcontinent it is generally a good idea to go for a good amount of time. A couple of weeks is suggested as a minimum if you want to see a lot of the country. If you are focusing your stay in a more localised area then there will for sure still be loads of things to do and so it is a good plan to allow lots of time still.
Some people, when they travel, like to go without much of a plan and see where the trip takes them. They will like to wander the streets, explore the local food and generally relax. Other people will prefer to have a very good idea of what they are going to be doing before they set out. As India has so many great things it is probably a good idea to do a bit of research first to see what there is and then make a plan for exactly what it is that you are going to be doing and when you are going to be doing it.
In this list we have tried to make things a lot easier for you and have compiled a selection of 10 places to visit in India that are sure to amaze you. Everybody knows of the Taj Mahal but there are so many other places that are fascinating and beautiful and we want you to visit those as well as the more touristy areas. This said, you should definitely still visit the Taj Mahal if you can! The list counts down from ten to one but, in reality, they are all pretty amazing and we assure you that if you visit them you will have an incredible time.
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- So, without further ado, let’s start with number ten on the list of Top 10 Places To Visit In India:
- 10. Gangtok, Sikkim
- 9. Dal Lake, Kashmir
- 8. The Golden Temple, Punjab
- 7. Hampi, Karnataka
- 6. Going on safari in jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
- 5. Chand Baori, near Jaipur, Rajasthan
- 4. Meghalaya
- 3. Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh, Gujarat
- 2. Loktak Lake, Manipur
- 1. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
So, without further ado, let’s start with number ten on the list of Top 10 Places To Visit In India:
10. Gangtok, Sikkim
Most people have not heard of Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim up in the Himalayas. It is however a stunningly beautiful place and it is a brilliant place to head out trekking. Gangtok lies at 5,410 feet (1,650 metres) above sea level and is actually fairly mild all year round. Beware to make sure that you acclimatize to the height first of all though – you don’t want to get altitude sickness on your adventure of a lifetime. While you are there the scenery will amaze you. It is a very quiet place when you are out trekking in the hills and it will be quite unlike any place that you have ever been to before.
9. Dal Lake, Kashmir
Dal Lake is perfect for a romantic getaway and has been the location for many Bollywood films over the years. There are numerous boathouses available and you can head out on a shikara ride across the lake. A shikara, for those of you who don’t know, is a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake, as well as other water bodies including Srinagar, Jammu and across Kashmir. The setting is absolutely beautiful and will completely amaze you – hence why it has made it on to this list!
8. The Golden Temple, Punjab
The Golden Temple had to make it on to this list. It is one of those buildings that truly makes you go ‘wow’. It is one of the holiest buildings for Sikhs across the world and many will go on pilgrimage to the site from all over the world. It was built in the sixteenth century by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji. Other interesting facts include that, inside its walls is situated one of the biggest kitchens on the planet, which feeds more than 100,000 people every day for completely free. This is all part of its religious fervour and tradition. The upper floors of the temple are covered in gold, giving it the distinctive appearance that evreybody knows it for. It can be quite busy but it remains a place that will amaze you and so deserves its place on the list.
7. Hampi, Karnataka
The heritage ruins at Hampi are a great place to visit if you are really into history or want to get to grips with the deep heritage of this part of the country. This glorious old city is actually a UNESCO world heritage site, recognised for its uniqueness and the special qualities of the architecture and sculptures on display. The buildings are very well kept for and it will certainly amaze you that this place is still here after many centuries.
6. Going on safari in jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
As has already been mentioned, India has a stunning collection of wildlife to offer and if you want to be amazed and are into wildlife or conservation you simply have to get out there and watch some wildlife itself. Jim Corbett is the oldest national park in India and is a protected place for Bengal tigers and all sorts of other species. There are hundreds of species of plants and you can also see elephants. Be warned that lots of other people also want to come to the park and it attracts upwards of 70,000 people every year. This said, it is one of the best places to see these fantastic animals in the wild and, like everything else on this list, should certainly amaze you!
5. Chand Baori, near Jaipur, Rajasthan
This is one of the most overlooked places in the whole country and not many tourists visit. It is a stepwell which consists of 13 stories and 3500 steps set in perfect symmetry. It is a maze format and will certainly amaze you! It was built during the 8th and 9th centuries by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty. We would suggest that this is not one to be missed. This is one of the few Top 10 Places To Visit In India 2017.
This is actually a whole state but it has been included in the list because the whole place is stunningly naturally beautiful. The estate is 70% forested and is jam packed full of places that you might want to visit, all of which will amaze you. These include the Elephant Falls, the Ward’s Lake and Shillong Peak. The best time to visit, we would suggest, is between March and July. Be warned though that monsoon season starts in about June, going through to September, so earlier might be better unless you don’t mind wet weather! The place is stunning though and the landscapes are well worth the trip. Hopefully you will consider adding this state on to your itinerary.
3. Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh, Gujarat
This is one of the major tourist attractions in Gujurat but although it might be busy in the tourist season it is nonetheless still worth a visit. It is an Indian-Islamic materpiece and was cimpleted in the nineteenth century. It is a mausoleum that combines Eastern and Western architectural styles and is stunningly beautiful. For example, it includes French Windows but then there are also islamic domes alongside gothic columns. A great collection of styles and a really interesting addition to your trip. Try and avoid the main tourist season for visiting if you can but uf you can’t avoid it then have a good time anyway!
2. Loktak Lake, Manipur
As the largest freshwater lake in north eastern India this natural spectacle will surely take your breath away. It is perhaps best known and remembered for its ‘phumdis’ or unique floating islands which are only apparent on this island. The state of Manipur itself is also beautiful wit lush rolling hills that are naturally beautiful.
1. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The building that is the symbol of love across the world simply had to feature as our number one place to visit in India that is sure to amaze you. Despite it being really well known and despite it being full of tourists for most of the time, if you can, you have to visit the splendid example of architecture that is the Taj Mahal. The incredible thinkg about the Taj Mahal is not just the building itself but its surroundings. The spirit it exudes is palpable and it will take your breath away for sure, that first minute that you visit. A much deserving first place on the list we hope.
So, there you have it, our top ten places to visit in India that are sure to amaze you. We have included a range of natural and built spectacles so there should be something for everyone here. We strongly suggest though that you do more research as there are so many amazing places in India to visit. What is for sure is that once you have visited for the first time you will want to go back again and again and again. Have fun planning your trip and have an amazing time while you are there.