India is a place like no other and no one, I repeat, no one can deny to this fact.
Let me tell you straight, India isn’t a place for everyone. It’s a place that’ll push you to your ultimate boundaries and even further. It’s a place for the courageous, ones with a brave heart and nothing less than that.
It gives you a mixed trip, both traditional and modern, yet preserving its culture. In the end, all that I can say is, never judge or come to conclusions until you’ve fully explored and witnessed it all- because, India, my friends, is INCOMPARABLE.
To give you better idea, here’s a list of places sorted out from the best for you to explore atleast once in your lifetime.
Ready for the intense journey, are you?
#01 | AGRA
Agra is one of India’s most visited places in the country, and home to the majestic Taj Mahal. Believe it or not, it’s truly a magical building, probably even more beautiful than what you have heard. The Taj Mahal is one of most amazing man-made monuments till date, in fact the domed marble palace is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
#02 | KASHMIR
Kashmir is completely different than the rest of India. It’s like the Switzerland of India, just covered with beauty wherever you turn your eyes at.
Some of the major attractions in Kashmir are its beautiful snow-clad peaks in winter, emerald green valleys in summer, timeless monasteries, waterfalls, lakes, gardens, and the list goes on and on.
#03 | AMRITSAR
Amritsar is all about the magnificent Golden Temple, also referred as Sri Harmandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib.
The shrine is one of India’s most humbling temples; it has four entrances from all four directions, signifying that we all are equally welcome.
#04 | JAIPUR
The colorful of them all; Jaipur. You can visit Amber Fort in Amer, it looks like straight out of a fairy-tale! Don’t miss the pink-colored honeycomb Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’. Both of them are popular spots to visit for locals and tourists, better go early to avoid all the crowds.
#05 | JODHPUR
Welcome to Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City. You must visit the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur (Thar Desert), a spectacular architectural masterpiece. The fort is built on rocky hills that rises 400 feet.
Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in India, a monument of great power, prestige and history.
Don’t miss the Old City, too, it’s an endless maze of medieval streets, filled with colorful bazaars and small shops that sell souvenirs, saris, decorations, well… pretty much everything you can imagine.
#06 | GOA
If exotic beaches and spa activities are more your thing, then you must visit Goa! It’s a fabulous place to relax, meet fellow travelers, do windsurfing, water-ski or visit forts in the surrounding area (such as the Alorna and Chapora Fort).
#07 | NEW DELHI
The capital is not a place for everyone. Craziness and chaos flows in with the air here.
Also like the Rome of Asia, it houses quite a few interesting places to explore upon. From the gorgeous flower-shaped Lotus Temple to Qutb Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world –Delhi offers plenty of fascinating places to explore.
#08 | HAMPI
Hampi is a place that’ll steal your heart in a jiffy. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, don’t look further! This place is a true gem, a surreal fairy-tale village with ruins, lakes, boulders, surrounded by lush rice paddies.
#09 | DARJEELING
If you’re a chai person, you simply have to visit Darjeeling in the mountainous Himalayan foothills. People call it the ”Queen of the Hills”, it produces some of the world’s most popular (and delicious) teas.
#10 | MUMBAI
And lastly, Mumbai, the city of dreams and the city that never sleeps.
From glitzy Bollywood to the biggest slums of Asia, the city can be extremely overwhelming for first-time visitors. Mumbai is a place with an endless energy, densely populated, always loud and quite polluted. Be warned, you’ll either love it or hate it.