Incredible India: A Tale of Ages
India is a country full of history and culture. Here, every state has different stories, every traveler experiences something new and collect memories wherever he or she visits. If you are one of those travel enthusiasts who has a penchant to travel and explore new places, here is a list of amazing places that you can visit in India during your upcoming holidays.
Historical Places of Heritage and Culture
If you have a knack for history and love to visit places with historical heritage, then, here are some historical places that you would love to visit and relive all those chapters from your history textbooks.
Golden triangle is a popular tourist circuit located in Northern India, connecting the national capital Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan in a triangular form on the Indian map. Golden Triangle packages are often bestsellers of tour and travel companies. Usually, the trip starts from Delhi to Agra and then to Rajasthan, covering a distance of about 720km by road. You can complete this golden triangle trip via Shadabti Express train as well, which connects Delhi with Agra and Jaipur. The major tourist attractions at these places include Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, Taj Mahal in Agra, Jama Mosque near Agra at Fatehpur Sikhri, Red Fort at Delhi, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Qutub Minar in Delhi, India Gate, Lotus Temple in Delhi, Agra Fort in Agra, Itmad-Ud-Daula in Agra, Tomb of Akbar the great, Mehtab Bagh in Agra, Chini ka Rauza Amber Place in Rajasthan, City Palace in Jaipur, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur and Mehrangarh Fort and Museum.
Known as the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Some people have the misconception that Varanasi is known only for temples and ghats but in reality, Varanasi is also famous for its ancient historic places of attraction, some of which include Manikarnika Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat, Rana Mahal Ghat, Sarnath,Ramnagar Fort and Museum, and Chunar Fort.
Hampi is one of the famous tourist destinations in the southern part of India. It is a must-go on every traveler’s wishlist. That’s because Hampi has gained popularity owing to its centuries-old richness in the form of ruined temples and rock formations. It is considered to be one of the world’s largest and richest ruined kingdoms. Here, there is a lot that you can explore in Hampi as it is one of the ancient villages of India. It is also recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some of the major tourist attraction places in Hampi are Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill, Hemakuta Hill Station, Achyutarya Temple, Hampi Bazaar Street, Hampi Archaeological Ruins, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, and Hazara Rama Temple. Participate in locally held musical events while enjoying a scenic sunset at Matunga Hills or simply engage in a casual photoshoot against the interesting backdrops—Hampi will not disappoint your quest for historic sites.
Famous for the historic event, Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar is one of the most popular tourist places in India. This city is also recongized under the Heritage City Developement and Augmentation Yojana Scheme by Government of India as this is a landmark city given the many historic and heritage places to visit here. Some of the main historic places in Amritsar are Golden Temple, Akal Takht, Amrit Sarovar, Central Sikh Museum, and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Niwas. People around the world travel to Harmandir Sahib, more widely known as The Golden Temple in Amritsar as it is believed to restore faith in humanity.
If you are planning a trip to Amritsar, make sure you try the local delicacies at dhabas that offer myriad of Indian flavors, shop for the famous phoolkari embroidered dupattas as well as Amritsari juttis (footwear for ladies). Also, consider a trip to the Wagah border for the daily closing ceremony early in the evening.
Famous for its Nagara style architecture and erotic sculptures, Khajuraho Temple or Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India. Khajuraho is recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites thanks to its roots back in ancient history. These temples were built during the Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050. Some of the famous tourist attractions near Khajuraho are Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Adinath Temple Lakshmana Temple, Matangeshwar Temple, and Javari Temple. Visit this temple town for a unique heritage experience.
Destinations to Explore Your Wild Side
If you love to accept and win challenges, then no doubt you are made for an adventurous destination. Here is a list of some adventurous place that you would want to experience.
Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park
Located in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is the biggest National Park in North India. Back in the days, it was a popular hunting ground for the members of the royal families of Rajasthan, and today, it is among the top tourist attractions in India. The place is a shelter to many wildlife animals like Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar Deer, Black Buck, Nilgai, Hanuman Langurs, Jackal, and many more. Due to the availability of water bodies, you may also spot many birds like Graylag Goose, Woodpeckers, Indian Gray Hornbills, Owl, and the list is endless. Ranthambore is completely dry, deciduous and is home to many plants like Am, Babul, Imli, Banyan, Jamun, and more 296 species.
Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand
Perhaps one of the largest tiger reserves in India, Jim Corbett is situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Nature walk and wildlife viewing are the major activities that are organized for tourists. You will find very rare species in the national park like otters and endemic fish eating-crocodile and more. It is home to different species of birds, there are more than 650 resident and migratory birds.
Rishikesh, one of the peaceful cities in Uttarakhand is famous for adventure tourist spots. Rishikesh is situated on the banks of The Ganges. Some of the major adventures sports that you will love to experience is River Rafting, Camping, Bungee Jumping, Beach Camping, Flying Fox, Giant Swing, Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, Rappelling, and Mountain Biking.
Land of high passes, Ladakh, is renowned for its mountain and cultural beauty. It is a favorite destination among bikers and adventure seekers despite its harsh climatic conditions. Some of the major adventure sports that you can try in Ladakh are Chadar Trek, Camping, Camel Safari, Quad Biking, Rafting, Ladakh Marathon, Mountain Biking, and Snow Leopard Trek.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Known in Indian history for the "Kala Pani ki Saza" (Punishment in middle of Black Water), Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprise a group of approximately 300 islands. These sub-islands are known for their palm-lined, white sand beaches, mangroves, and tropical rainforests. The place is one of famous for water sports adventures like Banana Boat Ride, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Parasailing, and sea-walking.
Nature Lovers' Paradise
Vacations are to take a break from your routine work and refresh your mind. Many people opt to be close to nature in their vacations which helps them refresh their mind and soul. Sometimes, it is even necessary to stay away from technology and other people and have your own time. Exploring nature will help you discover more about yourselves. Listed below are some famous places where you can celebrate nature.
Also known as “The Middle of the Land”, Spiti is a cold desert mountain valley, in the north-eastern parts of India. It is often referred to as the gateway to Tibet as this valley borders Tibet and India. This place is perfect to bring you closer to nature and refresh your mind and soul. Some of the famous tourist spots in Spiti Valley are Chandratal Lake, Key Monastery, Suraj Tal, Dhankar Monastery, and Tabo Monastery. If you are feeling adventurous enough and are physically fit, go for a guided short trek with the right resources and gear, and you'll have signed up for a heavenly experience!
Alleppey and Munnar
Allepey and Munnar are popular cities in Kerala. Munnar is known as Kashmir of South India and is one of the most scenic hill stations in India. The place is known as Munnar because of the three rivers namely Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly combining together to form a junction. Both Allepey and Munnar are important tourist destinations in India. Some of the major nature tourist spots in these towns are Vembanad Lake, Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Marari Beach, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Attukad Waterfalls, and Kundala Lake.
Bordered by Bhutan, China, and Tibet, Sikkim is a famous tourist spot to visit in the month of June. Sikkim is known for its biodiversity, alpine forest, sub-tropical forest as well as host to Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on the earth. Ruled by the Buddhist Priest King Chogyal, Sikkim was established by the Namgyal Dynasty in the 17th century. The major tourist attractions in Sikkim include Lake Tsomgo, Rumtek Monastery, Yumthang, Gurudongmar Lake, Gangtok, and Yugsom.
Khajjiar is known as mini Switzerland of India located in Himachal Pradesh. Khajjar is a complete nature’s masterpiece full of greenery and snow-capped mountains. Some of the must visit sites of the place are the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary which has many species of flora and fauna, Khajji Temple and Khajjiar lake. People generally combine a trip to Khajjiar along with Dalhousie and/or Dharamsala, both of which are scenic destinations in the North. Here you can meet the locals and taste the Himachali cuisine and celebrate with folk music, as well as indulge in some sporty activities like paragliding.
Coorg is a hill station which is also known as Scotland of India. This place spreads its charm with lush greenery all around, refreshing your mind and sound of the serene waterfall makes the place astonishing. Some of the must-visit natural sites of Coorg are Abbey and Iruppu falls, Nagarhole National Park which consists of very diverse species of flora and fauna and Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Top 5 Websites for Best Deals and Packages
Often, when we are planning a trip for ourselves or our loved ones, we are on the lookout for the best deals. Extra savings on tickets and accommodation is always a good idea. Gone are the days where you needed to book a holiday via a travel agent. With a multitude of tour and travel companies available online, you can easily plan your trip in your budget right from the comfort of your home. However, since there are so many websites and new companies advertising trip deals and exciting packages, it can get tricky to identify the genuine ones.
We have researched web-based reviews and listed before some of the most reliable websites that you can consider for your holiday bookings.
- Tourism of India: is a travel and tourism company recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. With a mission of Presenting India in a way never seen before, they have been offering reliable services to their customers since 29 years. Choose from among a list of cultural tour, eco-tourism, serene backwater tours, wellness holiday retreat, adventure tour, festival holidays, heritage holidays, wildlife tour, luxury train tour, and religious tour packages from their website.
They have a user-friendly website, wherein holiday packages are classified as per theme, destination, duration, and region. From hotel bookings for individual or groups, to air, rail, and bus transport, they will help you plan your holiday in India to the utmost detail thanks to their experience in the field.
- Yatra: one of the leading online travel portals in India. It offers holiday packages for different parts of India and international destinations as well. It also let their clients customise their package according to their budget.
- Make My Trip: perhaps the first name that pops in the minds of most Indians who make travel bookings online. It also allows you to design your own holiday, customizing it at every stage, flight bookings, hotel accommodations, meals, and sight seeing tours.
- Travel Triangle: an online market that helps connects travelers to local agents. Here too you can customise your holiday. Shop around and book a holiday package on your own or fill in a quick survey and let their team do the works for you.
- Tour My India: offers tour packages pan-India, from remote areas in the Himalayas to the royal heritage of Rajasthan. Choose among a number of pre-planned adventure tours, including trekking, and water sports as well as cultural/religious, and wildlife tours. You can book hotel accommodations, arrange flight and internal transfer arrangements as well through this website.
Well, Thank Us Later
Once you let the culture and beauty of India sink into your soul, there's a chance that you'd be moved. There have been accounts where people have claimed that their visit to India have changed them greatly in a positive way. We hope that with our guide, you'd be able to get an experience that might change your life. While you are planning your trip, go through our other articles and plan a perfect trip making the most out of your money and time.