India is a land of beautiful places. There are numerous places to travel and a lot of corners to explore. You are the top 10 travel destinations in India.
Goa is a popular tourist destination surrounded by beaches and beautiful landscapes. Calangute beach is the largest beach in North Goa embarked by a number of water sports at the beach. Goa offers various water sports like kneeboarding, kitesurfing, snorkeling, parasailing, paragliding, and many more. Cruise in Goa is a popular attraction to explore exotic scenery, marvelous waters, and breathtaking views of the sunset. Fort Aguada, a 17th-century Portuguese fort standing on the sinquerim beach has a 4 story lighthouse. Goa offers wonderful food as Goan fish curry, Shark Ambot tik, chicken xacuti, Goan pork vindaloo, chicken cafreal. Goa has religious destinations like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shri Saptakoteshwar temple Monte Hill, Maruti temple.
Popularly known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey is located on the Malabar coast and is one of the most gorgeous locations in the world. It has the best houseboat experience of sailing through a maze of interconnected lagoons, canals and lakes in Alleppey backwaters. Alleppey is famous for its ayurvedic massages. You can watch duck herding, beautiful sunsets, enjoy fishing and also the slow pace of life. Alleppy has delicious cuisine mainly Malabar chicken and puttu.
Tucked between the foothills of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, Bodoland is an emerging tourist destination. One of its biggest attractions is the Manas National park, which by 2003 had no one-horned Rhinos left due to poaching but now has one of the highest numbers of Rhinos in India today. Manas river has mesmerizing white sandbanks and is a popular picnic spot. You can have thrilling adventures of river rafting in the waters of Bogamati and watch the sunrise at Kalamati, interspersed with large stones and smaller rock pieces surrounded by mountain terrains.
Bodoland organizes one of the biggest annual fests in the country called Dwijing Festival on the banks of the Air River. Bodoland shares its border with Bhutan. You can also go on a one day trip to Bhutan from Gelephu.
It is a place for history and colonial architecture. It has amazing street photography. Kochi is known for its great food and cafe culture. Some popular places to visit in Fort Kochi are Princess Street, Dutch Cemetery, Chinese Fishing Nets, Draavidia gallery, Vasco de Gama Square, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Hill Palace Museum, Marine Drive. Religious places to visit are the Church of St. Francis, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.
Amritsar, popularly known for the Golden Temple, a two-story structure covered in real gold. It has the Wagah border ceremony which takes place at sunset every afternoon. The Partition Museum is a great attraction. The Jallianwala Bagh memorizes the brutal killing and injuring of about 1500 people by the British soldiers. The Punjabi dhabas are very popular offering lip-smacking food. The Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple, Iskcon Temple, Gurudwara-Bir-Baba-Budha-Sahib are popular religious places in Amritsar. Amritsar has popular Punjabi food Chhole puri and pinni, lassi, langur and kara prasad, Amritsari fish tikka, mutton chaap.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is a beautiful place to visit surrounded by beauty of nature. Shaily peak is known for its peace and serenity. Summer hill, surrounded by dense forest is popular for trekking and walking. Annandale is the playground of the Britishers’ time. Kerala forest offers panoramic view of wildlife. Kufri National park houses nearly 31 species of animal and over 150 species of birds. Shimla offers tasty food like Madra, dhaam, babru, chha gosht, chicken anardana. Religious places in Shimla include Tara Devi Mandir, Kali Bari temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Christ Church.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is famous for its Himalayan railway moving in snail pace over hilly terrains. Witness sunrise hitting the two peaks of Kanchenjunga at Tiger Hill. Senchal wildlife sanctuaries is other attraction inhabiting numerous animals and birds. Darjeeling ropeway is exquisite for viewing landscapes and snow capped mountains. Singalila National park is well known for trekking and adventurous sports. You can go river rafting in Teesta. Darjeeling has delicious food aa Thukpa, Naga Cuisine, Chaang, Churpee and many others. Religious sites and Darjeeling are Mahakal temple, Japanese peace Pagoda, Ghoom monastry.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra is popularly known for Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, located on the banks of river Yamuna river. It has Agra fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its massive construction of red sandstone. Agra has Dolphin Water Park spread over an area of 14 acres full of thrilling slides, roller coasters, water and regular rides. It has amusement parks, locker room and other facilities. The Taj Museum narrates the story of the Taj and is a popular among travelers keen about the facts and history relating to the magnificent monument. There are shopping areas like Sadar bazar, Subash bazar, kinari bazar, Raja ki Mandi, etc.
Draped with white snow, Ladakh is a very popular destination. Pangong tso Lake is a picnic and camping spot to enjoy moment of peace and tranquility. Tso Moriri Lake shiny blue nested in the middle of rugged surroundings and undisturbed ambience. Frozen Zanskar river is a must see. Panoramic view of alchi village is worth seeing surrounded by erect apricot trees and in habitat by monasteries and temples. It has the enlightening Thiksey Monastery, calming aura of Diskit Monastery and The Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. Ladakh has white sand deserts of Nubra valley, Shanti stupa located on a hilltop in Chanspa, Beautiful artistic ruins of Royal Leh Palace, etc.
Ooty has beautiful lakes like avalanchi lake, emerald lake where tea plantation surrounding add on to the overall beauty. Kalhatty waterfalls, where Saint Agastya was once believed to live. Ooty botanical garden is home to numerous endangered species. You can enjoy delicious street food such as avial, pastries and bread, farm-fresh strawberries and other fruits, tea. Religious places like Annamalai temple, Muniswarar temple, Elk Hill Murugan temple are famous tourist destinations.
Jasmine Mary Ekka is a passionate digital nomad doing a major in English, a word connoisseur who loves writing about raging issues, social change, and career conundrums.