Known, in equal measure, for its colourful sights and the warmth of its people, India is a veritable treat for your senses. From sublime views of snow-capped mountains in the North to enriching lessons in history in the South and from marvelling at royal palaces in the West to checking out the mind-boggling street food scene in the East, there is something for every kind of traveller.
Here is our recommendation for the top 15 places you must visit in this diverse country
Impressive government buildings jostle with ancient monuments in this capital city that blends the old with the new effortlessly, lending it an aura all its own.
No trip to India is complete without experiencing the eternal edifice of love – the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Taj Mahal.
Part of the popular Golden Triangle route, Jaipur is known for its opulent palaces and imposing forts. Discover the secret lives of its royals and shop for drool-worthy jewellery.
Pristine and untouched, the other-worldly landscape of Ladakh beckons nature lovers. While there, trek to one of the Tibetan monasteries to experience spiritual bliss.
Go West and to the heartland of India
The romantic environs of the this ‘City of Lakes’ set the stage for the most awe-inspiring Instagram pictures. A boat ride across Lake Pichola is a must as is a stay in one of the many restored heritage hotels.
Rann of Kutch
The moon-like white surface of the Rann, India’s largest salt plains, mesmerizes along with its colourful people and culture. Get a taste of it at the Rann Utsav festival that happens every year from November to February.
Known for its soft sand beaches and relaxed vibe, Goa is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.
Situated in the heartland of India, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park are sought after by wildlife enthusiasts for their healthy population of tigers and other creatures of the wild.
The city of temples, Madurai stuns with its rich heritage, glorious temples, and spectacular architecture.
Eclectic cafes with seaside views, quirky boutiques, and tree-lined streets with colourful houses make a vacation in this town with a distinctly French touch completely worthwhile.
Float down the serene backwaters of Alleppey in a traditional houseboat, taking a break only to savour delicious Kerala cuisine in the midst of swaying coconut groves.
A testament to the architectural brilliance of the Vijayanagara Dynasty, the boulder-strewn landscape, and ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi will leave you spellbound.
With remnants of its glorious past visible throughout the city, Kolkata, with its crowded streets and phenomenal street food scene, is maddening and marvellous all at once. Visit during the 10-day Durga Puja festival to experience ‘The City of Joy’ at its best.
Known as the Queen of the Hills, this town, situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, is known for its picturesque surroundings and best explored on the charming Darjeeling ‘Toy Train’.
Take the road less travelled and head to Pelling, a small town in Sikkim that sits in the clouds and offers its visitors’ soul-stirring views of the majestic Kanchenjunga mountains.
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