Choice of holiday (travel places in INDIA) destinations in India seems to be infinite – from scenic destinations to historically and culturally soaked sites, from cities bustling with chaos and confusion to destinations offering laid-back and relaxed stays. Amidst this huge list of vacation destinations, there is always confusion regarding choosing the best place to visit in India. Well! We relieve you of this dilemma and present the list of top 20 destinations in India for all kinds of travellers.
1. Kashmir: For its captivating natural beauty
One of the most incredible places in India, Kashmir is known for its natural beauty and is thus, rightly called Heaven on Earth. With its picturesque lakes, lush fruit orchards, verdant meadows, pines and deodars forests, all enclosed with mountains of Himalayan and Pir-Panjal ranges – Kashmir seems to have directly made its way right out from a postcard.
The beautiful Kashmir Valley is home to many destinations ideal for nature lovers, family vacationers, honeymooners, and even a group of friends. Along with great sightseeing opportunities, it offers adventure activities like trekking, skiing, and river rafting, recreational activities like fishing & angling, and even spa & wellness. Shopaholics and food lovers can also have their share of enjoyment as Kashmir spoils them with many options.
Top Places to Visit in Kashmir
- Aru & Betaab Valley
- Gurez Valley
Top Things to Do in Kashmir
- Boating in Dal Lake, Srinagar
- Skiing in Gulmarg
- Angling & Fishing in Pahalgam
- White Water River Rafting in Pahalgam and Sonmarg
- Shopping for Leather Items, Pashmina Shawls, and Traditional Kashmiri Handicraft
- Trying Wazwan (traditional dishes)
2. Ladakh: For its unmatched adventure options
The land of high mountain passes, barren mountains, alpine lakes & meadows, enchanting valleys and ancient colourful Buddhist monasteries, Ladakh is one of the must-visit destinations in India. It is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Ladakh is unlike any place to visit in India. It is here that you can witness some of the world’s highest mountain passes as well as exotic wildlife species in India’s largest national park. This must-visit destination in India is perfect for motorbiking and mountain biking, camping, river rafting, trekking and peak climbing adventures.
Top Places to Visit in Ladakh
- Pangong Lake
- Tso Kar
- Nubra Valley
- Zanskar Valley
Top Things to Do in Ladakh
- Trekking & Hiking
- Peak Climbing
- Motor Biking
- Mountain Biking
- White Water River Rafting
- Wildlife Sighting especially snow leopards
- Attend Festivals in the Monasteries
3. Sikkim: For its breathtaking natural vistas and enthralling adventures
One of the most beautiful places in India, Sikkim is a glittering gem of the North-East Himalayas. This northeast Indian destination is popular for being home to the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8586 m). Sikkim is one of the best destinations in India to spend a peaceful and laid back holiday as well as enjoy enthralling adventure activities.
Teeming with some of the world’s scenic trekking trails and rivers, this little northeastern state makes for a perfect adventure destination in India for trekkers, rafting enthusiasts, mountaineers and rock climbers. It is also famous for offering an experience of Yak Safari.
Sikkim is also a perfect place to go for some meditation sessions at numerous old Buddhist monasteries. Don’t miss out on delicious Sikkimese delicacies and shop to your heart’s content and buy Sikkimese handicrafts, thangka paintings and mural items.
Top Attractions in Sikkim
- Yumthang Valley
- Tsomgo Lake
- Nathu La
- Rumtek Monastery
- Do-Drul Chorten
- Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
Things to Do in Sikkim
- River Rafting in Teesta River
- Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
- Mountain Biking
- Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
- Yak Safari
- Helicopter Ride
- Caving/Spelunking at North Lha-Ri-Nying Phu
4. Goa: For its beaches, world-heritage churches, food & nightlife
Known for its gorgeous beaches, stellar nightlife, delish seafood, world-heritage listed monuments, Goa is where all the fun is in India. Although the beaches of Goa are the primary tourism attractions, there are many surprises waiting to be unravelled.
Goa has one of the best nightlife in India with trendy bars, beach shacks, elegant cafes and many clubs and discotheques. For those looking for a luxury stay, South Goa has many options.
For the history buffs, Old Goa is replete with many whitewashed churches, crumbling forts and spectacular mansions. The adventure junkies are also spoilt for choice in Goa with a number of watersports including snorkelling and jet skiing. The beautiful and quiet settings of Goa also make it a great destination for yoga and Ayurveda.
Top Attractions in Goa
- Calangute Beach
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
- Fort Aguada
- Baga Beach
- Anjuna Beach
- Dudhsagar Waterfalls
- Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
- Dona Paula
- Chapora Fort
- Arambol Beach
- Palolem Beach
- Vagator Beach
Things to Do in Goa
- Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market and Night Market
- Yoga & Ayurveda
- Visit Spice Plantation
- Bungee Jumping at Mayem Lake
- Go-Karting in Arpora
- Try Seafood
- Take an Electric Bike Tour
- Heritage Walk in Fontainhas
- Climb up to Charpora For
5. Amritsar, Punjab: For Golden Temple, Food
Home to the gorgeous Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), Amritsar in Punjab is a destination that should be included in your India travel itinerary. Even though the Sikh sacred shrine (Golden Temple) makes for the top attraction in Amritsar, there are still plenty of other places that are worth seeing in the city. Amritsar is a reflection of India’s independence struggle and is also in close proximity to the Indo-Pak Border (Wagah/Attari Border).
The city allows a unique experience of witnessing the lowering of the flags ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border by the military of both India and Pakistan. Other than this, the city is a food lover’s paradise. From Amritsari Kulcha to Amritsari Fish to Lassi, the city has so much to offer to you.
Top Attractions in Amritsar
- Golden Temple
- Wagah Border
- Jallianwala Bagh
- Hall Bazaar
- Gobindgarh Fort
Things to Do
- Shopping for Phulkari and Jutis
- Try speciality of Amritsar food
- Eat at Guru ka Langar
- Cheer For Indian Soldiers at Wagah Border Flag Ceremony
- Watch Light & Sound Show at Gobindgarh Fort
6. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Home to the largest population of the vulnerable species of one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the best wildlife destinations in India. Kaziranga has also been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is also famous for its elephant grass. Apart from the one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is home to Hoolock Gibbon, Tiger, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Wild water buffalo, and swamp deer among many other species of wildlife.
Top Things to Do in Kaziranga National Park
- Jeep Safari
- One-horned Rhino Sighting
- Tiger Sighting
7. Sunderbans, West Bengal
Home to the world’s largest mangrove forests and a large population of Royal Bengal Tigers, Sunderbans in West Bengal is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in India. Situated in the delta formed by Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Meghna Rivers, Sunderbans is also home to a large number of wild animals, reptiles and birds. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Things to Do in West Bengal
- Sight Royal Bengal Tigers
- Watch playful Gangetic Dolphins
- Wildlife Photography
- Village Tour
- Witness Phytoplanktons in Night Safari
- Witness the Freshwater Crocs at Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project
8. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Exploration of India remains incomplete without a trip to the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Also known as the city of Moksha (salvation), the place holds a great religious significance for the Hindus.
Situated on the banks of sacred river Ganga, the city is believed to be more than 5000 years old. Bustling with enchanting ancient temples and holy Ghats crowded with people performing various rituals and prayers, Varanasi makes for an ultimate spiritual travel destination India.
Varanasi offers a number of experiences such as paying homage to Lord Shiva in the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple or taking a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga absolving your sins or witnessing the famed Ganga Aarti. When in the city, a must-try is Benaras ki Chaat. Shopping in Varanasi for musical instruments and world-renowned Benarasi Silk Sarees is also a must.
Top Attractions in Varanasi
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- Dasaswamedh Ghat
- Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
- Assi Ghat
- New Vishwanath Temple
- Tulsi Manasa Temple
- Durga Temple
- Tibetan Temple
- Manikarnika Ghat
- Bharat Mata Mandir
- Vishwanath Gali
Things to Do in Varanasi
- Boat Ride on Ganga River
- Watch Ganga Aarti on Dasaswamedh Ghat
- Try Street Food
- Try Food at Different Cafes
9. Andaman: For its pristine beauty and array of water sports
Known for their picturesque landscape comprising pristine beaches, azure waters and verdant forests, Andaman & Nicobar are a group of more than 500 islands situated in an infinite expanse of the Bay of Bengal. Packed with an array of interesting activities, Andaman & Nicobar is indeed one of the best beach destinations in India.
The islands are home to one of the best beaches in Asia, Radhanagar Beach, which is a paradise for honeymoon couples. For adventure lovers, the azure waters teeming with a diverse marine life and coral reefs, offer a perfect ambience to indulge in some world-class scuba diving and sea walking experiences. The islands are perfect for sighting exotic colourful birds, camping under the open sky and even trying your hands at a bar-be-que, cooking your own fresh catch of a fish or crab.
Top Attractions in Andaman & Nicobar
- Havelock Island
- Radhanagar Beach
- Cellular Jail
- Ross Island
- Viper Island
- Neil Island
- Baratang Island
- Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
- Little Andaman
- Barren Island
- Long Island
- Corbyn’s Beach
Things to Do in Andaman & Nicobar
- Scuba Diving
- Mangrove Kayaking
- Underwater Sea Walking
10. Meghalaya: For its spellbinding natural beauty
Also known as the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is a hidden gem nestled in the lap of pine-covered Khasi and Garo Hills in the Northeastern part of India. One of the most picturesque states of North East India with its innumerable waterfalls, mystic caves, dense forests and sparkling lakes and rivers; Meghalaya is an ideal destination in India for trekkers, cavers/spelunkers and nature lovers.
It is only in Meghalaya where you will come across unique man-made living root bridges that are grown and not built. The ‘double decker living root bridge’ in Cherrapunjee is one such artistic splendour that has been standing strong for over 200 years. Meghalaya also offers a sneak peek of its tribal life along with delicious local food. The state offers a travel experience in India unlike any other.
Top Attractions in Meghalaya
- Elephant Falls
- Nohkalikai Waterfalls
- Mawsmai Cave
- Umiam Lake
- Double Decker Living Root Bridge
- Balpakram National Park
- Nohsngithiang Falls
Things to Do in Meghalaya
- Ziplining in Cherapunjee
- Cliff jumping & Boating in Dawki
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