Places you shouldn’t miss out on India

Sri Ram Travels: Places you shouldn’t miss out on India

India is one of the most diverse and colourful places in the world. This diversity that India has makes it one of the most popular destinations for tourists all over the world. If you ask any traveller about India, they might daydream about the wonders of the Taj Mahal, the beauty of Agra and the glory of the royal palace. Some might even say that the highlight of the country lies in the beauty of its nature found in Darjeeling and Rishikesh as well as the picture-perfect beach known as Goa. 

All of these wonderful places make India a treasure cove for anyone who is thirsty for adventure. If you are an adventurer at heart, eager to see the beauty that lies within India, then allow us to show you the places you shouldn’t miss on your visit! Let’s take a trip down India and pick the best destination for you in your next vacation below:

Taj Mahal, Agra  

If there is one image that represents India in the memory of every human being in the world, it would be the Taj Mahal. This all-white monument inspires thousands and thousands of tourists to visit the Agra province every year. The Taj Mahal is outstandingly beautiful no matter what time of the day. However, its beauty as the sun starts to set or rise is simply out of this world. The light reflects soft hues of orange, purple and red on the beautiful monument creating quite an unforgettable vision. 

Aside from the iconic Taj Mahal, there is so much more than Agra has to offer and this includes the city of Uttar Pradesh, which is a place full of marvellous monuments and tombs including the Itimad Ud Daulah’s tomb, Akbar’s mausoleum and Mughal monument. All of these graves are laid out in hypnotic marbles that are captivatingly beautiful to the eyes. 

Another UNESCO world heritage site that you might find in Agra is the Agra Fort. This giant brick structure is captivating and well maintained allowing every visitor a view of history within its fortress. 

New Delhi 

New Delhi might be known for its bubbly crowd and chaos, but this place also boasts of incomparable destinations that tourists can’t help but love. As the capital of India, there is so much that you can expect from Delhi including its diversity. The place is the perfect marriage of modernity and heritage. What’s wonderful about Delhi is that they never let modernity overpower their history and keep all of the buildings and heritage sites well preserved. 

Some of the popular locations that you can visit in Delhi are the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid which are all known places where you can shop unique items to your heart’s content. Of course, aside from the shopping centres, you should also visit the numerous sites in New Delhi known for their cultural and spiritual significance.

Mumbai 

If you are more comfortable exploring the city, then you would love to explore Mumbai, which is the cosmopolitan side of India. This is where the most popular Bollywood actors and actresses reside along with other influential and popular people. Mumbai is all about luxury so you would enjoy this place if you lean more on the fancy side for your vacation. 

This is where you would find the finest 5-star hotels and gourmet restaurants in India. You can even book a cruise trip in the marine drive where you simply glance at the scenic coast of India along with the wonderful view of the Art Deco buildings.

For a more authentic and bustling experience of Mumbai, you can also visit their Thieves market right near the Churchgate railway station. This is where you can find a variety of cuisines and street food that would give you a taste of India. 

For the last part of your Mumbai trip, we recommend that you deviate a day to explore the 2,000-year-old carvings in the Kanheri Cave as well as explore the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. 

Rajasthan 

Rajasthan is a word that can be translated to the Land of Kings. This beautiful ruin serves as a reminder of the past queens and kings of India, which makes sense since Rajasthan translates to the Land of Kings. Unlike most of the Indian palaces, Rajasthan took a bit of inspiration from western structures. This resulted in palaces glittering with intricate details. Not to mention that the festivals held in this place are simply out of this world. 

If you have time, you should also visit Jaipur, which is one of the Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit along with Agra and New Delhi. Jaipur is what most people know as the Paris of India due to its characteristically pink buildings, jewellery stores and lavish city palace. Calling it similar to the city of love feels fitting, especially since the city oozes romance with its flower-lined street and captivating city palace complex where the royal family still remains. 

Another city that you can find in Rajasthan is the Blue city of Jodhpur, which is a place that offers tourists a thrilling experience on the hilltop of Mehrangarh Fort. The Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is another attraction that would surely remind you of the Arabian Nights fairytale come to life with its historic Havelis and yellow stone buildings. If you want to experience the magic of India, Rajasthan is the place that you should never miss out on. 

Rishikesh 

Rishikesh has been a popular destination for spiritually-minded individuals since the late 1960s. The reason for this is because the Beatles once visited the place and stayed in the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram that now became an abandoned site that tourists can visit. 

This wonderful little town is located near the foothills of the Himalayas right by the banks of the Ganges river. It serves as the centre for pilgrimages and yoga activities. Another attraction in this place is the group of monkeys that guard each end of the bridge although you might want to be careful with handling your stuff when around these primates. 

Varanasi 

Varanasi is known as one of the oldest cities in the world that is still inhabited. It is one of the holiest places in India and is treated as the centre of spiritual activities in the country. While in this place, you will often find pilgrims bathing around the river while some of the mourners cremate their deceased loved ones in plain view. 

As a tourist, you can take part in the flavour of spiritualism by taking rides on the sunrise boat rides while releasing floral blessings on the river. All of this is done while watching the fire-filled Hindu chanting ceremonies right from the steep ghats. 

When you look at Varanasi from the water, you would see an endless maze that seems to twist and turn. According to a popular legend in Varanasi, there is still no clear map of the place. If you don’t believe us, then visit the labyrinth yourself and experience the unique wonder of Varanasi. 

Amritsar 

Amritsar is known across India as the Jewel of Punjab. The reason for its fame can be credited to the Golden Temple, which is one of the holiest places on earth for the Sikhs. Even from afar, the gilded structure of Amritsar is a sight to behold, especially with the golden building glistening under the sun while the water around it reflects the sky. 

This place isn’t just holy, it is also a place for foodies. This is where you can find the world’s largest community kitchen where over 100,000 diners are served including the ones for the tourists. These diners consist of lentils and curries of all kinds. We also recommend watching the beating retreat ceremony and enjoying the blaring Bollywood music on the streets. 

Goa 

India isn’t all desert and palaces. For the beach lovers out there, you can visit India’s Goa beach and enjoy the stretch of golden sand around the shore while watching the waves of the Arabian sea. Spend your day under the laid-back beach huts and have a ritzy tropical getaway when you visit Goa today. 

This unique beachfront blends the beauty of Indian and Portuguese culture with its baroque structures and dishes. 

Kerala 

Kerala is located on the south side of Goa. This is where you can hop on board the traditional thatched-top houseboats in Alleppey and enjoy a relaxing ride down the palm-fringed lagoons. While you’re at it, you can also get the full Indian experience by ordering authentic Indian cuisines in the boat and taking in the beauty of wildlife around you. 

This easy-going trip to Kerala is the breath of fresh air that you need to keep yourself relaxed or when you need a break from all your stressors.

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