Vibrant geographies, unparallel architecture, a medley of historical events/ places and vivid cultures are just not enough to explain the beauty that India as a country possesses. Every region of India has its own striking feature that others don’t. From the sky touching Himalayan Ranges in the north-east to never-ending beached in the southwest, from Siachen glacier in North to backwaters in South, from the evergreen forest and marshy lands in the east to Thar desert in West, India is full of surprises.
As a lifetime is not enough to cover all the wonderful natural and man-made creation of India, here we will take a quick look at the 11 Best Places to Visit in India:-
The only known place in India with such huge living root bridges, Nongriat is a well-known village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. The village has three functional root bridges which were handcrafted by the Khasi people. The mid-air floating roots of a Banyan tree on either side of the river are twisted together in a certain woven way so that they stay strong and steady as a bridge.
The Jingkieng Nongriat is an ancient one of its kind double-decker suspension bridge and remains the identity of Nongriat in world tourism.
02. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya:
With an annual rainfall of 11,777 millimeters ( average), the evergreen Cherrapunji is called the wettest place in the planet. As both the southwest and northeast monsoonal winds hit Cherrapunji, hence this place remains high in precipitation and low in temperature. Standing tall with an altitude of 4500 lifts, Chreeapunji is all about natural beauty like the Seven sister fall, Mawsami cave, Nohkalikai Falls, Krem Mawmluh Cave etc that together makes Cherrapunji a complete package in itself.
03. Majuli island, Assam:
Majuli is regarded as the world’s largest river island which is formed by the River Subansiri in the north and River Brahmaputra in its south. The island is spread over 352 sq. kilometers of area. Since the 16th century, Mauli has been the hub of the Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture. There are 22 Vaishnava Satras in Majuli which are widely popular among the tourists apart from its natural beauty.
Raas Purnima is a special celebration in Majuli with dance and drama performances along with traditional food.
04. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh:
One of the major religious centers of India, Varanasi holds a special place in Hindu religion. Varanasi which is popularly called Banaras or Kashi is seated aside the River Ganga. In one hand where the Dashashwamedh Ghat is known for the mesmerizing River Ganga Arati in the evening, while the Raja Harischandra Ghat, on the other hand, is known for burning corpses.
The Kasi Vishwanath temple which is one of the twelve jyotirlingas is the major attraction in kasha. While one must visit the Aasi Ghat and Sankat Mochan temple apart from street shopping.
05. Ellora Caves, Maharashtra:
The Ellora Caves of Aurangabad Maharashtra is a well- known UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world. It is one of the three largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world. Initially, there were 100 caves at Ellora that feature Buddhist, Hindu, and a few Jain shrines artwork, and rock cuttings among which just 34 are accessible now. The caves were crafted and evolved between the 600-1000 CE. The entire Ellora caves are divided among the three religions with their separate art form: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Apart from Ellora Caves, the Ajanta Caves, Daulataganj fort, Paithan Dam etc are the integral part of Aurangabad history and architecture.
06. Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala:
The Malabar Coast of Kerala is best known for Backwaters. Among which the Alleppey Backwaters which is often regarded as the “Venice of India” is the best place to cherish the scenic beauty of Kerala. Sailing across the Alleppey Backwaters on the houseboats takes you close to nature where you can see the paddy fields and coconut trees all along.
Alleppey Backwaters is also a good place for birdwatching and photographic expeditions. It is a good place to enjoy the snake boat racing during Onam too.
07. Jaipur, Rajasthan:
Jaipur which is called the Pink City of Rajasthan as most of its constructions are with red and pink sandstone, is among the top holiday destinations of the world. The Jantar Mantarand the Amer Fort which are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites has been attracting a lot of domestic and foreign visitors over the years The various constructions across the city of Jaipur, represents the beauty of Rajputana and Jain (few) architectures. T
he Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Mandir, Sanghiji Jain temple etc are some of the other best of Jaipur tourism.
08. Chikmagalur, Karnataka:
The Coffee Town of India, Chikmanglur is a beautiful town seated at an elevation of 3,400 feet at the base of the Mullayanagiri range. The soothing climate that remains static throughout the year is the main reason why people love going to Chikmagalur for a short weekend trip. Chikmagalur is popular for its serene climate, lush green forests, rolling hills and tall mountains in the backdrop.
Places like the Hirekolale Lake, Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Manikyadhara Falls etc are key attractions of Chikmagalur.
09. Agra, Uttar Pradesh:
The capital of Lodi empire and the second capitals for the Mughal, Agra is the home of the 7th wonder of the world the “ Taj Mahal”. As Agra was once the home of the Mughal Empire, hence it has some of the spectacular constructions that takes you straight to the Mughal Era. The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, all are the prominent examples of Mughal Architectural Beauty and hence all of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Jamiʿ Masjid and the tomb of Iʿtimad al-Dawlah are also part of Agra’s history.
10. Jodhpur, Rajasthan:
The Blue City, Jodhpur holds its history as early as 1459 AD when it was founded by Rao Jodha as the capital of the Rathore fraternity. As most of the constructions around the city including the castles, palaces, temples, havelis, and even houses that are built-in vivid shades of blue, hence it is called the Blue City. Jodhpur is rich in Rajputana and Mewari Culture.
Being the gateway of Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the warmest city in India. Most attractive places around Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and the Ghanta Ghar.
Read more: The Top 15 Places To Visit In Rajasthan
11. Pangong Tso, Ladakh:
The Pangong Tso or Pangong lake is among the largest and highest endorheic lakes in the world which is present at an altitude of 14,270 ft in Leh, Ladakh region of the Himalaya, The 134 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide Pangong Tso shares 60% of its area with China. Despite being a saline water lake, it completely freezes during Winters and remains bone-chilling cold during rest of the seasons.
The Beautiful landscape, with migratory birds and high altitude rare animals, makes it an incredible place to visit.
Read more: Top 25 Tourist Attractions In Ladakh