Guess the tourist destinations of India! Here’s a comprehensive list of ten most visited tourist cities in India that make a memorable vacation. It includes metropolitan cities, pilgrimage, adventure, nature sightseeing and more.
1. The city of the Taj – Agra
Agra is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Taj Mahal. This white domed marble mausoleum is eternal symbol of love and part of Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc. Other attractions include Agra Fort, Mughal Gardens, and Mughal era buildings. Taj Mahotsav can be a consideration during February – March. The Mughlai Food and world famous Petha cannot be missed.
2. The historic capital – New Delhi
India’s capital has ancient monuments like India Gate, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid etc. Lotus Temple, Akshardham and Delhi Metro are the new era fascinations.
Delhi enlightens its visitors with food, adventure, heritage, pilgrimage and anything that you ask for.
Mouth wrenching food platters from North Indian to Mughlai food and… and, it can go on!
3. The Pink City – Jaipur
Jaipur is famous for its mesmerising Hawa Mahal – the ‘Palace of Winds‘. Heritage shows and traditional bazars are addictive. Exquisite temples, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Maotha Lake, Moti Dungri Circle are must visit places.
This foodie’s paradise offers authentic Rajasthani food, kachoris, dal bati churma and ghewar.
4. Alexandria of the East – Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is the southern tip of the country. Three humungous water bodies namely, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet up at this ‘Cape Comorin’ making a distinct tri colored sea.
Tourists spend time enjoying the serene beauty and the spectacular sunrise and sunset from the same point. Do visit Temple of the Virgin Sea Goddess and Swami Vivekananda’s legacy.
5. Pearl of the Orient – Goa
Goa is famous for its white sand beaches, nightlife, cathedrals and world heritage architecture. Other than the 30 beaches, Alorna Fort, Ancestral Goa Museum, Arvalam Waterfalls are popular.
Enjoy River rafting and scuba diving for adventure. The Goan Cuisine and the seafood offer sumptuous treat to your palate.
6. Queen’s Necklace view city – Mumbai
Mumbai is the most populous metropolis and financial capital of India. Key attractions include Victoria Terminus, Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Essel World and ‘Film City’. Special buzz is seen during festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi, Janamashtmi and Navratri. Plan your visit to heritage structures – the Elephanta Caves and Juhu beach. The spicy street food – bhel puri and vada pav gets this fast city going.
7. Venice of the East – Srinagar
The majestic mountains of the Himalayas mark the heavenly beauty of Kashmir. Other than the scenic beauty, tourists visit Mughal Gardens, Hari Parbat Fort and Badshah Tomb too.
Enjoy nature with the Shikara boat ride on picturesque Dal Lake and majestic stay in houseboat.
The Mughlai Platter with Rogan josh are the main Kashmiri delicacies. Sip a warm cup of Kahwah Tea in the crisp misty air to cherish this Paradise on Earth.
8. The City of Palaces – Mysore
Mysore Palace is maintained like world renowned Buckingham Palace. Chamundeswari Temple, St. Philomena’s Church and Brindhavan garden are other attractions. This Ashtanga city is the real yoga capital of the world.
Shopaholics explore markets for Mysore Silk Fabrics, sandalwood and incense. The Mysore food has an influence of the Udipi Cuisine.
9. The City of Lakes – Udaipur
Udaipur is the romantic ‘white city’ of India. The Lake Palace of Udaipur is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Other attractions include City Palace, Lake Pichola, Bagore Ki Haveli and Lake Fatehsagar.
The Natraj Thali, Kadhi and Gatte Ki Sabji are some of the Rajasthani cuisines that are worth tasting.
10. The Land of Shiva – Varanasi
Varanasi is the holiest city of India. It is also known as Banaras and denotes the spiritual capital of India. A holy dip at the river Ganga and the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, one of the 12th Jyotirlingas, is the hallmark. Make sure to schedule yourself for soul- purifying evening aarti.
Treat yourself with the Varanasi special Yum Kachori Sabji, Jalebi, Tamaatar Chaat, Litti Chokha. Quench your thirst with staple drink ‘Thandai’.
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