India is a land of attractive and rich assortment of historical sites, challenging mysterious stories, and a lot more. It is a country of contrasts from architectural and cultural perspectives. From breathtaking hills to the soulful peaceful beaches, from wildlife sanctuaries to the beautifully constructed and carved temples, India has a lot to offer to its tourists.
To pick any five destinations for an Indian tour itinerary is surely a tough task. India can seem like a maze and it would be a challenge to select the best.
However, some Indian destinations remain perennially more popular than others.
Here is a list of 5 must see places in India. These 5 destinations capture the diverse charm of the land.
The Kashmir Valley or Vale of Kashmir is a valley located between the Karakoram and the Pir Panjal Range in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir Valley features a moderate type climate. Its climate is largely defined by its geographic location, with the towering Karakoram Range in the north. This land of snow-covered mountain peaks, fresh red apples and cherries, and blissful Shikaras has plenty of choices in terms of things to experience and do!
Among the popular tourist places in the valley are Gulmarg with its world famous ski resort, Dal Lake with its popular house boats, Pahalgam with its legendary beauty, and the revered Amarnath Temple. Gulmarg is also home to the world’s highest green golf course, while Pahalgam provides a base to climb some of the challenging Himalayan peaks.
Kashmir is also widely known for its different kinds of agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, saffron, herbs, minerals, precious stones and fine embroidered garments.
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle Tour can be an ideal trip if you are short on time but want to visit the icons including the political capital New Delhi, one of the stunning 7 wonders of the world the Taj Mahal in Agra and the fabled pink city of Jaipur.
The tour starts from the capital of Delhi, with its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past. From here, we head to Agra to view the well preserved Agra Fort and the stunning Taj Mahal. Truly, one of the wonders of the world and the symbol of love, it is easy to see why it was described by Rabindranath Tagore as a ‘teardrop on the face of eternity’. After Agra, its time to continue on to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. See for yourself, why this is known as the Pink City and explore the incredible Amber Fort amongst numerous other majestic monuments dotting the destination.
Rann of Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch, a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch is a remarkable place to visit in Gujarat. It is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. Migratory birds deem it an abode during diverse weather conditions. The Rann of Kutch begins to dry up in October every year, steadily transforming into the desolate and surreal salt desert. The tourist season runs until March.
You can enjoy a jeep or camel safari in and across Rann of Kutch with tented camps on the baits. Also a trip to Saurashtra village and an insight into the art of handloom weaving and Dyeing Units can be a great idea. Rann of Kutch is a prominent wildlife attraction in Gujarat and there is much more to the dry arid place than that. The Kutch Mahotsav around December every year is a vibrant festival celebrated with much gusto, attracting tourists from all over.
Situated on the Coromandel Coast off Bay of Bengal Chennai, the cultural capital of South India welcomes you with its great cultural, archaeological and natural heritage. With architecture ranging from the Dravidian times and c.7th century to neo-classical and Indo-Gothic blends, the streets present a picturesque view for the traveller. Cradling the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, Chennai is one of the most visited cities in India. The impeccable blend of zoological parks and beaches provide an unmatched destination for recreation.
Steeped in a history of more than 2000 years, Chennai has also evolved a unique niche in the field of music and dance. The Carnatic music and pristine Bharat Natyam have won accolades all over the globe. The city of Chennai offers a highly diverse platter and hence attracts people with different likings and preferences.
Goa, the multifaceted jewel in the crown of India, is an unfading memory. India’s smallest State – with the largest heart.
The gusty sea waves, the hip-hop music, and floating parties give you a call to let your hair down. The numerous beaches, beautiful beach side shacks and the perfect music soothe the mood no end. Pick a bike, put on the helmet, and start the adventurous road trip all along the length of Goa. Starting from Calangute beach, one may stride up to Baga, Anjuna and Candolim. The forts of Chapora and Aguada present one the most serene locations on the planet and make the perfect stage to witness the sun going to sleep. With innumerable options, Goa offers you everything you can ask of from a blissful vacation.
This guest post is submitted by Ashish, Ashish is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with iXiGO, an online India Travel Guide helps you to plan your trip to India.