5 Top Tourist Destinations You Should Visit While in India

The morning view of Taj Mahal monument

The morning view of Taj Mahal monument

With its rich history, but also amazing geographical and cultural diversity, India is one of the most appealing international destinations in the world that anyone who loves exotic locations should visit.

Not only does India have one of the world’s largest populations, but also an almost endless variety of monuments, landscapes, cultures and places to explore. From exotic cities all the way to fascinating religious structures and ancient ruins, there are thousands of tourist attractions here that’ll never cease to fascinate and awe the visitor.

Taj Mahal

Agra is by far one of the most visited cities in India and that is due to the fact that this is the home of one of the greatest eternal symbols of love, the Taj Mahal. This is a massive mausoleum made of white marble that was built by order of emperor Shah Jahan for his wife between sixteen thirty two and sixteen fifty three.

As if the Taj Mahal wasn’t wonderful enough, there are also many other buildings and structures around it which incorporate the same architecture, including ornamental gardens and reflecting pools.

Qutb Minar, New Delhi

Qutb Minar, New Delhi

New Delhi

New Delhi is also amongst the most visited cities in India and that’s because it’s the country’s capital city. As you would expect, there are plenty of places to visit here and also many things to do. Some of New Delhi’s top attractions include monuments, forts, spellbinding mosques left over from the Mughal rulers that occupied the city many centuries ago.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that a lot of these tourist attractions are set in wonderful landscaped gardens where you can enjoy some time in the shade by sitting on a bench or you can just take lots and lots of pictures. On the other hand, if you want, you could also visit Old Delhi which is still considered a fascinating place to explore.

Golden Temple

Famous indian landmark - Sikh gurdwara Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib). Amritsar, Punjab, India

Famous indian landmark – Sikh gurdwara Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib). Amritsar, Punjab, India

The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar and it was founded in fifteen seventy seven by guru Ram Das, the 4th guru of Sikhs. Translated into English, the city’s name means Holy Pool of Nectar and it is actually the spiritual capital of the Sikhs. There are thousands of pilgrims all around the world that come to this place in order to pray and also meditate. In fact, this place is so popular and beautiful, that it rivals the number of tourists that visit the Taj Mahal. If you come here at night, you’ll have a wonderful surprise, since the look of the Golden Temple is rather arresting thanks to its imposing golden dome that’s beautifully illuminated. Ajanta and Ellora Caves If you’re the type who loves mystery and adventure, then you certainly need to consider visiting the Ajanta and Ellora caves. These caves are basically carved into hillside rock in N. Maharashtra, near Aurangabad. Technically, this is in the middle of nowhere, but the truth is that the caves are simply breathtaking. Dating back to the first and second century BC, these are by far some of the oldest caves in the world that have a very rich history as well.

Lake Palace

Udaipur City Palace and Lake Pichola. Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur City Palace and Lake Pichola. Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

If you were to visit the city of Udaipur, it would be only a matter of minutes until you’d come face to face with the Lake Palace, a wonderful structure that is built in the middle of Lake Pichola. The palace is quite old and it looks like it’s almost floating on water.

Built in the eighteenth century and having been converted into a five star luxury hotel, this is certainly one of the most exclusivist hotels you can book in India. The popularity of this amazing hotel skyrocketed in ’83 though when the movie James Bond (or a part of it to be more exact) was shot at this location.

Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha temple view from Hemakuta hill at sunset in Hampi, Karnataka, India

Virupaksha temple view from Hemakuta hill at sunset in Hampi, Karnataka, India

Initially, the Virupaksha Temple started out as a small shrine and it later on become a massive complex ruled by the Vijayanagara. People here believe that the temple has been functioning continuously from the time it was built in the seventh century AD, making it one of the oldest and most fascinating Hindu temples in the country.

India is one of those few exotic locations in the world where not only can you visit a lot of breathtaking places, but you can also get in touch with your spiritual side as well. Given the fact that people here are also friendly, your trip to India is certainly going to be one you’ll remember for life.

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