17 Best Places to Visit in India
- India Tourism
Indeed a painstaking process to list out the best places in India to visit. Because the country is huge and there are indeed many stunning locations and happening places across Incredible India.
Unity in diversity has always been the slogan of India when it comes to projecting the image of the country. It can be evidently seen in every nook and corner of this great land.
Lately, there has been a huge boom in the tourism industry as people are visiting places across India and abroad. Revenue is increasing and infrastructure is developing. Tour companies are competing to reduce the cost of the tour packages and thus, it’s high time that you should dust the traveler in you and pack your bag for that dream tour you have been planning for a long time.
As mentioned above, India is a big country. There are plenty of places just there for namesake and plenty there you should not miss.
So here are the top 17 best places to visit in India to visit just for you. Before we get into that let’s categorize the best places to visit in India based on months.
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If you are someone who is not bothered about a month to visit a place this list is huge. We know that, for your ease, we have picked 24 gems from this list so that you can start planning about your dream trip ASAP.
Kashmir is infamous and famous at the same time. However, little do people know that Kashmir is something different and blessed with beautiful rivers, stunning mountains, meadows, apple trees, etc. And, nowadays tourists are flocking to Kashmir to witness the beauty that they have never seen before.
Best time to visit – April to October
How to reach Kashmir? – The nearest airport to Kashmir is Srinagar airport which is 15 km away. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi railway station 297 km away from Kashmir.
Places to visit in Kashmir – Kishtwar National Park , Bhaderwah , Vaishno devi, Gulmarg, amarnath, Khilanmarg, Nishat garden, Heis, pulwama, Pahalgam, Kathua, Yousmarg, patnitop, Anantnag, Sonamarg, , Lamayaru, Nubra valley, Sanasar, Aru valley, Baltal etc.
Major festivals of Kashmir – Urs, Eid ul Azha and Eid ul Fitr, Baisakhi, Hemis Festival, Tulip Festival, Shikara Festival, Gurez Festival, Lohri, etc.
Best Place to shop at Kashmir – Floating vegetable market, Saklain’s Coterie, Multi Kashmir Craft, Khadi Bhandar, Indo Summit Tours & Travels, Chaku Crafts Emporium, etc.
Blessed with Garhwal Himalayas and the sanctity of the holy Ganges Rishikesh is a place that you should not miss. People might get confused as Rishikesh for so long has been considered as a holy place not a tourist spot. But little do people know that river rafting is one of the major attractions of the place though it’s only allowed in specific months.
Best time to visit – Mid September to last of june
How to reach Rishikesh? – Nearest railway station to Rishikesh is Haridwar which is located 25km away from the city. If you wish to reach there by flight you can buy tickets to reach Dehradun Airport which is located 35km away from the place.
Places to visit in Rishikesh – Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Parmarth Niketen, Triven GHat, Beatles Ashram, Gita Bhavan, Laxman Jhoola, Rishiklesh river, Sivananda Ashram etc.
Major festivals of Rishikesh – International yoga and music festival, International Kayak festival, Ganga Dussehra, Basant Panchmi, Kanwar Mela, Diwali, Holi, Kumbh Mela etc.
Best Place to shop at Rishikesh – Shyampur Haat Bazar, Laxman Jhula market, Rishikesh Main Market, Gole market, Music For Soul, Sudha Chandan Mahal, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc.
Kasol is a hipster’s paradise where people from all over the world come to visit. However, exposure to this place in the tourism landscape has been kept to a minimum. So the advantage of visiting this place is that you can avoid the hustle that major tourist attractions in India are having.
Best time to visit – October – June
How to reach Kasol? – The nearest airport to KAsol is Kulu Manali airport which is located 31 km away from the city. You can reach by rail by getting down at the Joginder Nagar railway station which is located 144 km away from Kasol.
Places to visit in Kasol – Kheeranga, Tosh, Parvati river, Pin Parvati pass, Malana, Manikaran Gurudwara, Sar pass trek etc.
Major festivals/events of Kasol – Great Himalayan running festival, psytrance festivals, Spaceman Spliff, etc.
Best Place to shop at Kasol – Rely on local flea markets when it comes to shopping.
Darjeeling will make you fall for the place the moment you step into the place. Insanely beautiful locales and breathtaking sunrise will enchant you forever.
Best time to visit – April to June
How to reach Kashmir? – The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra airport which is 95km away from the place. You can also opt for the train and get down at the New Jalpaiguri railway station located 62 km away from Darjeeling.
Places to visit in Darjeeling – Darjeeling Himalayalan highway, Tiger hills, Darjeeling ropeway, Batasia loop, Padmaja Naidu zoological park, Pace Pagoda etc.
Major festivals of Darjeeling – Buddha Jayanti, Tihar, Chaita Dasai, Ram Navami, Losha, New year and Christmas, etc.
Best Place to shop at Darjeeling – Batasia Loop Market, Teesta Bazaar, Biswa Bangla Store, Bhutan Tibet Arts, Gorkha Ink Tattoos, Dragon Market, Bhutia Market, Chowk Bazaar, Chitray Bazaar, etc.
It’s indeed true that Delhi is a sprawling city. However, the capital city has much more to offer than that. Delhi is a pool of various cultures around the country and it can be evidently seen in the street food stalls in the place. When it comes to electronics, apparel, shoes, etc. Delhi is the right place to go. Another exciting fact about Delhi is the history it beholds. You can witness the beauty of Indian history in every nook and corner of the city.
Best time to visit Delhi -October – February
How to reach Delhi? – The nearest airport to Delhi is Indira Gandhi International airport which is located 20.9 km away from the city. You can reach Delhi by train by getting down at The New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla.
Places to visit in Delhi – Humayun’s tomb, Qutub Minar, Hauz Khas village, The Red Fort, Akshardham temple, Inia gate, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar, Waste to Wonder Park, Agrasen ki Baoli, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama masjid, Connaught place, etc.
Major festivals of Delhi – Phoolwalon Ki Sair, Qutab Festival, International Trade Fair, Durga Puja, Janmashtami, Mango Festival, Holi, Maha Shivratri, Suraj Kund Mela, Republic Day,
Best Place to shop at Delhi – Sadar Bazaar, Kamla Nagar Market, Majnu Ka Tilla, Khan Market, Monastery Market, Lajpat Rai Market, Sarojini Nagar Market, Palika Bazaar, Paharganj Bazaar, Janpath Market etc.
Surreal is the term to define the place. The entire district shape resembles that of a tortoise and what’s peculiar about Kutch is the vast white salt desert. Kutch has a terribly low population density and is renowned for crafts and embroidery works.
Best time to visit Kutch – November – February
How to reach Kutch? – The nearest airport to Kutch is Bhuj airport which is located at 80km away from the city. If you wish to travel by train you can get down at Bhuj city located 70km away from the city.
Places to visit in Kutch – Rann of Kutch, Desh Devi Maa Ashapura, Aina Mahal, Vijay Villas Palace, Kalo Dungar, Topansar Lake, Lakhpat Fort, Prag Mahal, Vijay Villas Palace, Kanthkot Fort, Dholavira, Mandvi Beach, Kanthkot Fort, etc.
Major festivals of Kutch– Mai Bhambhi, Hajipir, Gulamalishah pir, Rukanshapir, Ravechi, Habaimata, Mota Yakhs, Ramdevpir, etc.
Best Place to shop at Kutch – Bhujodi, Nirona, Hodka, etc.
Flaura and fauna of Assam are going to amaze you like anything. A perfect place to do jungle safari and sightseeing. You can also have a memorable cruise through the Brahmaputra river and cherish the tour forever.
Best time to visit Assam – October to March
How to reach Assam? – The nearest airport to Assam is Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport which is located 25km away from the city. When it comes to traveling by train you can get down at Guwahati, Jorhat, Goalpara, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Silchar, Tezpur, and Golaghat.
Places to visit in Assam – Panimoor Falls, Majuli, Hajo, Guwahati, Sivasagar, Silchar, Goalpara, Tocklai Tea Research Centre, Kamakhya Temple, Manas National Park, Haflong Hill, Tinsukia, Dispur Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Nameri National Park, etc.
Major festivals of Assam– Bihu Festival, Ambubachi Festival, Majuli Festival, Dehing Patkai Festival, Baishagu Festival, Karam Puja, Ras Lila in Majuli, Tea Festival etc.
Best Place to shop at Assam – Assam is famous for bell metal, wood crafted and bamboo/cane articles, brass items, jewelry, paintings as well as fine Muga and Paat silk sarees. Guwahati is a famous place for shopping in Assam. You can also try Chowk bazar, Chowkidinghee bazar, Newmarket, AT road, JPR road, Garh Ali, and Babu patty; Naliapol bazar, and Amolapatty; Tezpur, etc.
Varanasi lies on the banks of the sacred river Ganges ready to be explored and to quench your spiritual thirst. The city itself is more than 3000 years old and you can see the reminiscence of Indian history in the city. If you are someone who would love to have a spiritualistic touch on your tour, Varanasi is the right place.
Best time to visit Varanasi – November to February
How to reach Varanasi? – The nearest airport to Varanasi is Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport or Varanasi Airport. You can travel to Varanasi by train also. You have to get down at either Varanasi railway junction or Kashi railway station
Places to visit in Varanasi – Kashi Viswanath temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sankart mochan hanuman temple, Tulsi Manasa temple, New Viswanath temple, Assi ghat, Tibetan temple, Manikarnika temple, Kedar ghat, Bhatuk Bhairav mandir, Alamgir mosque, Shivala ghat, Ramnagar Fort, etc.
Major festivals of Varanasi– Mahashivratri, Makar Sankranti, Dev Diwali or Karthikai Deepam, Shravan Maah, Rangbhari Ekadashi, Annakut, Buddha Mahotsav, Diwali, Ganga Dussehra, Ram leela etc.
Best Place to shop at Varanasi – U.P. Cottage Emporium, Paraslakshmi Exports, Bala Ji Handicraft, Thatheri Bazaar, Vishwanath Galli, Chowk And Urban Haat, Golghar, Godowlia, Hatua Market, Jhv Mall Varanasi, Shapouri Mall, etc.
Taj Mahal! The name itself is enough to get an idea about what the city beholds. Agra is one of the most visited cities in India. You can visit UNESCO heritage sites that have a sneak peak at architectural history and explore the city at Agra.
Best time to visit Agra – March – June
How to reach Agra? – The nearest airport to Varanasi is Kheria airport which is located at 13km away from the city. Agra lies in between Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai train routes. Raja ki Mandi, Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra Cantt Station (the main station), Agra City and Idgah Railway Station are the main railway stations in Agra.
Places to visit in Agra – Tajmahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Agra Jama Masjid, Tomb of Akbar, Chini ka Rauza, etc.
Major festivals of Agra– Taj Mahotsav, Bateshwar Fair, Kailash Fair, Ram Barat, etc.
Best Place to shop at Agra – Shoe Market, Shahganj Bazaar, Raja Ki Mandi, TDI Mall, Kinari Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar etc.
Rajasthan is the land of Thar desert and a place where you find luxurious forts that you have never seen in your life. Rajasthan is a blessed state that’s filled with vibrant colors and flamboyant history of India.
Best time to visit Rajasthan – November to February
How to reach Rajasthan? – The nearest airport to Rajasthan is Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) located 250 km away. You can also opt for the train and get down at such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Udaipur railway station.
Places to visit in Rajasthan – City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Sisodia Rani, Palace Garden, Johari Bazaar, Nahargarh Fort, Galta and Surya Mandir Bapu Bazaar Jaigarh Fort Chokhi Dhani Abhaneri Royal Gaitor Birla Mandir Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing SRC Museum of Indology Nahargarh Biological Park, Amber Fort, and Palace, Central Park, Albert Hall Museum, Iswari Minar, Swarga Sal, Sanjay Sharma Museum ETC.
Major festivals of Rajasthan– Teej Festival, Rajasthan, Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar, Desert Festival, Rajasthan, Nagaur Fair, Rajasthan, Summer and Winter Festival, Rajasthan, Kite Festival, Rajasthan, Mewar Festival, Rajasthan, Brij Holi, Rajasthan, Kota Adventure Festival, Rajasthan, etc.
Best Place to shop at Rajasthan – Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nai Sarak, Clock Tower Market, Hathi Pol Bazar, Mahatma Gandhi RoadBikaner, Sadar Bazar, etc.
Amritsar, as we all know, is the land that has the golden temple. Indeed iconic. But, Amritsar has much more to offer than that. For instance, food! Amritsar is a festive land for those who are into Vegetarian food. In fact, even if you are a carnivore you would love the food there and would not even miss eating meat.
Best time to visit Amritsar – November to March
How to reach Amritsar? – Nearest Airport to Amritsar is Sri Guru Ram Das Jee international airport located at just 10km away from the city. If you wish to travel by train you have to get down at the Amritsar railway station.
Places to visit in Amritsar – Durgiana temple, Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Gobindgarh Fort, Akal Takht, Wagah Border etc.
Major festivals of Amritsar– Lohri, Baisakhi, Basant Panchami, Ram Tirath fair, etc.
Best Place to shop at Amritsar – Hall Bazaar, Alpha one mall, Katra Jaimal Bazaar, Guru Bazaar, Trillium mall, etc.
A historical city located at Maharashtra Aurangabad a city of ancient monuments. If you are someone who will be in awe of the ancient architecture and its mystery, Aurangabad is the right choice for you.
Best time to visit Aurangabad – October – March
How to reach Aurangabad? – Nearest Airport to Aurangabad is Chikalthana airport just 10km away from the city.. If you wish to travel by train you can get down at the Aurangabad railway station.
Places to visit in Aurangabad – Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi temple, Shani shignapur, Paithan and Jayakwadi dam, Devagiri, Bhadra Maruti temple, Ellora cave, Ghrishneshwar Jyotirling temple, Maloji Raje Bhosle Gadi and Shahaji Raje Bhosle etc.
Major festivals of Aurangabad– Ajanta and Ellora festivals, Paithan fair, Khultabad fair, Ganesh Chathurthi, Shivaji Jayanti etc.
Best Place to shop at Aurangabad – Gulmandi, Connaught shopping market, Nirala Bazar, Aurangabad Himroo industry, Ahlan bnags, Bombay Dyeing, Bidri pottery, etc.
13. Goa – What happens in Goa stays in Goa
Goa is the party capital; of India where you can booze around and party like anything. Goa is also blessed with plenty of beaches and delicious Goan cuisine, picturesque locations and many more.
Best time to visit Goa – November – March
How to reach Goa? – The nearest airport to Goa is Dabolim international airport. You can also reach Goa by getting down at Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama railway station.
Places to visit in Goa – Agonda Beach, Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Dudhsagar Falls, Baga Beach, Anjuna Wednesday Market, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Thalassa Restaurant, Mapusa Market, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Latin Quarter, Naval Aviation Museum, Casino in Panjim, Grande Island, Go Kart Racing, Paragliding in Arambol, Hill Top Club in Anjuna, Arambol Hippie Festival, Fort Cabo De Rama, Terekhol Fort, Amboli Waterfalls, Palolem Beach, and Best Villa in North Goa
Major festivals of Goa– Xmas and new year celebration, Sunburn, Bonderam, Vasco Saptah, Shigmo, Sao Joao, Goa food and cultural festival, Grape Escapade, etc.
Best Place to shop at Goa – Babu tea and Coffee, tuk-tuk, Colva beach, Hollywood market, Saturday night market, Ingo’s Saturday night market, Mackie’s night bazaar, Panjim market, Calangute market, Anjuna flea market, Mapusa market, etc.
14. Jaipur – The legendary pink city
Jaipur is a city filled with India’s past. If you look around you can see many forts that have pinkish shade to it. Hence the name! So obviously the major thing to do in this glorious city is to visit all these forts and gets mesmerized in the luxurious lifestyle of Indian kings in the past.
Best time to visit Jaipur – Early November – February
How to reach Jaipur? – The nearest airport to Jaipur is Sanganer Airport located at 10km away from the city. If you wish to travel by train you can get down at 3 railway stations at Gandhinagar, Durgapura, and Jaipur main.
Places to visit in Jaipur – Mahal.Nahargarh Fort, Jai Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Amber Palace, Hawa Albert Hall Museum, Galta ji,Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir etc.
Major festivals of Jaipur – Elephant festival, Teej Festival, Jaipur Literature festival, Kite Festival, Ganagur festival, Jaipur International film festival, Kajli Teej festival, Dussehra etc.
Best Place to shop at Jaipur- Purohit ji ka Katla, The Gem palace, Lalji sand ka rasta, Anokhi, Mirza ismail road, Sireh Deori Gate, Aravali Bazar, Tibbati Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Gaurav tower etc.
Let’s admit it Goa is insanely crowded if you are someone who would dig a typical beach-side party atmosphere Goa is the right choice for you. If you are not into chaos and wish to behave much more subtle atmosphere Gokarna can be the right place for you.
Best time to visit Gokarna – October – March
How to reach Gokarna? – At 140km Away you have Dabolim airport. If you wish to travel by train you have to get down at Ankola railway station which is located 20km away from Gokarna
Places to visit in Gokarna – Mirjan Fort, Yana, Shiva statue in Murudeshwar temple, Beach shacks, Kudle beach sunset, Mahabaleshwar temple etc.
Major festivals of Gokarna – Mahashivratri and Karikeya
Best Place to shop at Jaipur- You can find street shops near to the beaches of Gokarna
16. Mysore – Witness the reminisce of Luxury
Mysore is renowned for its cultural heritage and historic importance. Apart from the Riches, there is a lot more to do and see in Mysore. Which makes Mysore one of the best places to visit in India.
Best time to visit Mysore – October – February
Places to visit in Mysore – Somnathpur temple, Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Bonsai garden, Shuka Vana, Karanji lake, Chamundeshwari temple, St. Philomena’s Church, Jaganmohan Palace, Talakladu, Folklore museum, Ciy Shopping, Rail Museum, Trinesvaraswamy Temple
Major festivals of Mysore – Ugadi Festival, Dasara Festival, Vairamudi Festival, Mysore Open Street Festival, and, Mysore Shopping Festival.
Best Place to shop at Mysore- Badsha Stores, Ashoka Road, Government Silk Factory, Garuda Mall, Mall of Mysore, Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium, Sandalwood Oil Factory, The Heritage, Guru Sweets Mart, Devaraja Market etc.
Kerala is indeed the most beautiful place in Kerala. The land is blessed with forests, mountains, urban cities, beautiful villages, lakes, beaches and many more. If you are someone who wishes to have a perfect getaway from a busy life, Kerala is the best option for you.
Best time to visit Kerala – June – February
How to reach Kerala? – If you wish to reach Kerala by flight you can opt for three international airports located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. If you wish to travel by train, you can get down to any major cities since Kerala is well connected in terms of railroads.
Also Read: 24 Best Places to Visit in Kerala
Places to visit in Kerala – Ponmudi, Nelliyampathy, Kumarakom,Ashtamudi, Alleppey, Munnar, Wayanad, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam Kollam, Vagamon, Kozhikode, Thekkady, Bekal, Guruvayur, Idukki, Poovar Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kannur, Kasargod Backwaters, Kavvayi Backwaters, Kizhunna Beach, Kuttanad, Malampuzha Malappuram, Marari, Munroe Island, Palakkad, Varkala, etc.
Major festivals of Kerala – Onam festival, Thrissur Pooram, Aranmula Boat race, Kottamkulangara Chamaya Vilakku, Attukal Pongala, Vishu, Thiruvathira, Theyyam festivals that happens in the northern side of Kerala, Xmas and new year celebrations. Holy bath (Aarattu), Ambalapuzha Arattu, etc.
Best Place to shop at Kerala- Munnar area for tea, coffee, and spices, Mattancherry Market, Chala Bazaar, Kozhikode market, etc. Since Kerala is a tourist-friendly state you can find shops all over the place to buy good quality stuff. However, rely on locals more when you ask for directions.
As you can see India has plenty to offer and without not doubt can be the place for your dream vacation.
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