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There’s probably no other country on the planet that blazes its way into your memory like India.

Years later, you can still hear the morning calls of the chai wallahs; see smoke curling over the Ganges during a golden Varanasi sunrise , and smell the rich aromas of simmering curry. A lot of India tours rush from highlight to highlight, ticking them off in a blur of temples and tikka. But not us. Our India holidays are more about spotting Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore or Panna National Park, hanging with nomads in Jaisalmer, meeting the holy men of Pushkar, or hunting down the best street eats. This isn’t just the India you see on postcards. This is India as it is. Raw, bizarre and totally addictive.

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India at a glance, capital city.

Delhi (population, 32.94 million)

1.408 billion

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Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kashmiri, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, English

(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi

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Best time to visit india.

Due to India's size and topography, the climate varies from place to place but the best time to visit, generally speaking, is in the winter from December until early March. During the coolest months (December-January), temperatures can get quite cold in Delhi and in the north, especially at night. The whole country tends to get very hot from April onwards and most regions experience the summer from late May to around October. The summer offers hot and humid conditions, although this is considered one of the best times to visit Ladakh and the hills.

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Culture and customs

India is one of the world’s oldest civilizations with a culture steeped in ancient beliefs and traditions. Religion also plays a massive role in everyday life with 80% of the population practicing Hinduism while the remaining 20% is divided into Muslim (India has the world’s second-largest Muslim population), Christian, Sikhism and Buddhist populations.

At its core, India remains a deeply conservative nation; however, it has been touched by rapid modernization and Western influences in recent years. Some families still adhere to a traditional structure (especially in more rural areas) with generations living under the same roof, the eldest male at the head of the family and arranged marriages. But this is becoming less and less popular, particularly in larger cities, where Western ideas and societal shifts heavily influence the culture due to things like Bollywood films.

While some behavioral standards remain the same (public displays of affection are still taboo), it’s important to keep in mind that with more than one billion people speaking over 122 languages across 28 states and seven territories, it’s impossible to describe one unified culture for the entire nations and the character of India’s people can vary greatly from city to city.

Witness India's multi-faceted culture firsthand on a Delhi to Goa adventure - 15 days

Top places to visit in India

Surely there isn't a more iconic image of India than the Taj Mahal. It's spectacular and soul-stirring, but words simply aren't enough to describe the beauty of this immense mausoleum (even when it's packed with tourists). Best known as a monument to love and loss, the 17th-century building was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his second wife – a bold declaration of love, indeed! Wander around Agra on our 3 day Taj Mahal Extension or on our 15 day Real Kathmandu to Delhi tour.

2. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Welcome to Udaipur, India's most romantic city that could easily give Venice a run for its money. You'll undoubtedly fall in love as you explore its grand marble palaces, shimmering lakes, and winding alleys filled with cozy chai bars and dizzying bazaars. It's also a popular hub for Indian artists, dancers, and musicians whose talents will pull you deeper under Udaipur's spell. Get lost in the beauty of Udaipur on our 15 day Rajasthan Experience or on our 15 day Classic Rajasthan tour.

3. Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, but these days it's a haven for wildlife. Jump into a 4WD and search for Bengal tigers, hyenas, jackals, deer, langurs, marsh crocodiles and more. You can also hike up to the stunning ruins of the 10th-century fort or experience the peace and tranquillity of the ancient Ganesh temple (one of the oldest temples in India). Go wildlife spotting on our 14 day Premium India in Depth tour or on our 10 day Northern India Family Holiday.

4. Kerala Backwaters

Surrounded by tea and coffee plantations and connected by a series of blissful, palm-shaded backwaters, Kerala is a peaceful oasis deep within India's colorful chaos. Float along the dreamy waters of rural Kerala on a houseboat, paddle over to an island village on a pole boat for an overnight homestay with a local family, and enjoy traditional Keralan food served on a banana leaf. Explore the Kerala Backwaters on our 13 day Premium South India tour or on our 13 day Classic South India tour.

5. Varanasi

Varanasi is a place that will be etched in your memory long after your time in India is over. Uncover the stories and secrets of this holy city with your local guide, get lost in the laneways, cruise along the golden Ganges at dawn, or witness ancient religious traditions and groups of pilgrims praying in the river. Even if all you do in Varanasi is sit along the ghats and watch life go by, you'll walk away with countless stories to tell. Experience Varanasi's holiness on our 4 day Varanasi Homestay Extension , on our 11 day India Getaway or on our 11 day Real North India adventure.

This holy desert city is one of the main pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. Explore the bustling ghats and temples around Pushkar Lake, watch devout rituals and worship at the Brahma Temple, share a meal with a local family while learning about their life and culture, or hike up the hill to the beautiful Savitri Temple for unbeatable sunrise views over the town. Embark on a pilgrimage on our 22 day North India Revealed tour or on our 15 day Cycle Rajasthan tour.

Get ready for delicious bites and lots of Bollywood. Some say Mumbai is the food capital of India, and you'll see, smell and taste huge culinary diversity here that celebrates regional cuisines from across the country. You might also like to watch life go by at Dhobi Ghat (the world’s largest outdoor laundry), check out the Bollywood Walk of Fame, or explore the sprawling Crawford Market selling everything from fruit to jewelry. Snack your way through Mumbai on our 15 day India Real Food Adventure .

8. Dharamsala

The mountainous Himalayan town of Dharamsala, also known as McLeod Ganj, is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Tibetan culture is central to life here and it won't take long for the town's calming, grounding energy to wash over you. Sip chai and watch robed monks strolling between the monasteries, listen to the prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, and visit the Dalai Lama’s temple. Soak up the Tibetan culture on our 13 day Mountains & Mystics of India tour.

9. Rishikesh

Not only is Rishikesh the yoga capital of the world, but it's also one of the best places to experience the sacred soul of the Ganges. Join a yoga or meditation class along the riverbanks, enjoy delicious vegetarian food in one of the many rooftop cafes, go white-water rafting down the Ganges for a different perspective of this holy river, or experience the nightly fire ritual known as Ganga Aarti at one of the city's dazzling temples. Meditate in Rishikesh on our 19 day Best of India tour.

Tinged with Portuguese influence (and flavors!), the state of Goa boasts lovely beaches, rich traditions, World Heritage-listed buildings and mouth-watering food. Kick back with a coconut (or cocktail), join a yoga class on the beach, visit a local spice farm to learn about some of the essential ingredients in Indian cuisine, or pick up fresh ingredients at the market and cook up a storm with a local Goan cook. Experience Goa on our 37 day Iconic India tour or on our 16 day South India Revealed tour.

The gorgeous pink stone buildings in Jaipur’s old town have earned the city its 'Pink City' nickname. Discover buzzing bazaars filled with handcrafted textiles and jewelry, dodge camel carts and rickshaws as you stroll through the streets, explore the oh-so-impressive Amber Fort, or visit the home of a local Brahmin family to learn about their culture and way of life over a delicious homemade meal. Marvel at Jaipur's pink-hued streets on our 8 day India's Golden Triangle tour or on our 12 day India Women's Expedition.

Home to the magnificent Mysore Palace and the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga, there's no denying Mysore is one of South India's most captivating cities. Lose yourself in the grandeur of the palace's ornately decorated rooms, marvel at the intricate Hoysala architecture of Keshava Temple, go on a hunt for the tastiest idli, or share a tasty biryani lunch with a local family. Explore Mysore on our 15 day Southern India tour.

Delhi is a place where ancient temples stand beside Bollywood billboard ads, people commute to work alongside sacred cows and monkeys, and pockets of peace exist within the chaos. The electric energy of India's capital city is palpable, and while it can take some getting used to, there's no denying the excitement of discovering new sights, sounds, tastes and smells at every turn – especially when you have a local leader by your side. Experience the chaos of Delhi on our 15 day Delhi to Kathmandu tour or on our 9 day North India Highlights tour.

14. Thar Desert, Rajasthan

Check another item off your bucket list as you travel across the pristine dunes of the Thar Desert on camelback, stopping at a few dhanis (small villages) along the way. When you reach your camp, enjoy dinner in the relaxing desert ambiance before sleeping in a comfy permanent tent under the stars. This desert safari is bound to be one of the main highlights of your adventure. Soak into the sand on our 16 day Real Rajasthan tour or on our 11 day Rajasthan Adventure .

Food and drink

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating. Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. Indian food is one of the world's most favored cuisines, and travelers will be in for a real treat when visiting India. Relying heavily on spices and vegetables, vegetarians will be delighted with the multitude of meat-free dishes available and visitors will be able to notice marked differences in the cuisines of each region.

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Geography and environment

India shares land borders with   Bangladesh ,   China , Pakistan,   Nepal ,   Myanmar   and   Bhutan , and also has wide stretches of coastline along the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. As the seventh largest country in the world, India is home to a variety of terrains - the Himalayas of the north, the deserts and plains of the west, the fertile waterways of the south and the hills and forests of the east. Development is occurring at a rapid pace, with India's large, sprawling cities consisting of everything from five star hotels to shanty towns, and with modern malls and cinemas sitting comfortably alongside bazaars and street food vendors. A trip through India will reveal a diverse range of landscapes, villages, cities and environments.

History and government

Early history.

Humans have inhabited India for as long as 75,000 years, with early civilizations flourishing as early as 3300 BC. Over the centuries, India both influenced and was influenced by other nations and kingdoms, with far-reaching trade, conquest and migration spreading the subcontinent's culture far and wide. Empires rose and fell over the centuries, with the wealthy Mughal Dynasty ruling most of India by 1600. At the same time, different European nations started showing an interest in India after being brought to the area for trade. The Portuguese, Dutch, British and French all had vested interests in India, with the British East India Company being given the rights to trade in India in 1617. The 1857 rebellion and War of Independence culminated in the decline of Mughal rule and were considered the first movements against the British Raj's heavy-handed rule of the country.

Recent history

By the 1920s, India's independence movement had grown considerably with Mohandas Gandhi leading mass movements based on passive resistance and non-cooperation against the British Raj. Although it took decades, India finally gained independence in 1947. More recently, India has seen dramatic societal changes mainly due to modernization and globalization. A new wave of prosperity has seen the rise of the middle class, with men and women entering into new work roles in telecommunications, manufacturing and business. India's large cities are dealing with the mass migration of rural citizens, who are moving to the city to seek better employment, education and opportunities for their children.

Top 10 sensory experiences of India

1. potent pleasures.

Breathe in the intoxicating aroma of fresh spices while wandering through the bustling markets of India. Cardamom, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg are classic spices of the subcontinent and aren't hard to find - the fresh scent envelopes markets across the country.

2. Fiery flavours

Treat your tastebuds to the spicy flavors of India with a traditional aromatic curry. Indulge in the heady mix of coconut milk, chili, ginger, ghee and spices, then cool down by sipping on a refreshing Lassi - the perfect antidote to the unrelenting heat of an Indian curry.

3. Colourful chaos

Experience the urban cacophony of Delhi - a unique collision of cultures, cattle and people. Hear the rumble of cars, trucks and buses, the frantic calls of street vendors and hawkers, the sizzle of food and the rustic ring of a cow's bell in this unforgettable and irrepressible city.

4. In the pink

Admire the dazzling pink hues of Jaipur. Watch the historic palaces, forts, temples and monuments of the 'Pink City' be bathed in a dusky pink glow as the golden sun sets over the dramatic Aravalli Range.

5. Rat race

Walk barefoot through the Karni Mata Temple as thousands of rats scamper across the marble floor. Just felt a furry rodent scurry over your feet? Fear not - it's a sign of good luck in this unique rat-worshipping temple.

6. Instant karma

Experience the multi-sensory wonder of an Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. Hear the clanging of bells, watch the luminous glow of fire, smell wafts of pungent incense and hear rousing devotional songs and mantras. Be immersed in the fire and prayer of this Hindu ritual and be changed forever.

7. Gorgeous Goa

Sit beachside in Goa and gaze into the sublime beauty of the ocean. Take a moment to kick back and soak up the clear skies and deep blue sea of this exotic island. Watch the sun's rays shimmer on the horizon and bask in the golden glow of this balmy retreat.

8. Silky sophistication

For a slice of extravagance, feel the soft, luxurious touch of traditional Indian silk. Made in a variety of vibrant colors and perfect for making everything from saris to prayer mats and decorative hangings to upholstery, the inimitable feel of finely crafted silk is a simple pleasure in life.

9. Answered prayers

Hear the flutter of prayer flags as they flap in the wind near the isolated monasteries of Dharamsala. In a stark environment of rugged, mountainous landscapes, quietness permeates the air, except for the unique sound of prayer flags collecting prayers and sending them to the heavens above.

10. Big screen brilliance

Be treated to a feast for the senses at a bombastic Bollywood movie screening. Covet the glamorous costumes, marvel at the energetic choreography and delight in the lively music. Revel in the razzle-dazzle of the whole spectacle and be swept away by the irresistible charm of India's triumphant cinematic phenomenon.

India's fragrant bazaars, modern boutiques and village markets are brimming with wares harnessing centuries of artistic traditions. With talented artisans and top quality items at low prices, India is a shopper's paradise. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in India

From big, chunky ornate silver earrings to vibrant bangles and bold statement rings, India's silversmiths and jewelry makers ensure there are lots of pieces to choose from in the bazaars and shops.

2. Wraps, scarves and shawls

Whether you're looking for pricey pashmina, luxurious silk or colorful cotton, India has a huge variety of materials to wrap yourself in.

If you're lucky enough to be able to bring tea into your home country, then pick up some of the world's finest tea from the Darjeeling, Assam or Nilgiri regions.

Indian cotton sheets, embroidered bedspreads and colorful cushion covers can be picked up in bazaars at a fraction of the price paid elsewhere.

Many shops are open between 9 am and 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, though hours can vary at bazaars. Most shops are closed on Sunday.

Festivals and events in India

Many of India’s biggest festivals are religious and follow either the Indian lunar calendar or the Islamic calendar. The dates may change each year, but the fervor of celebration never does. Some of the best and biggest festivals to keep an eye out for in India are:

Holi (Festival of Colour)

Take a whole lot of colored powder and water, add thousands of happy people not afraid to get a little (or a lot) dirty and you have Holi – a technicolor Hindu celebration that marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. Celebrations take place across India in either February or March.

Diwali (Festival of Lights)

India’s biggest festival – meaning ‘rows of lighted lamps’, people decorate their homes with colorful lights, candles are lit and firework displays take place across the country. The celebrations are particularly spectacular in Varanasi, where illuminated candles and earthen lamps are floated down the Ganges River as fireworks light up the sky. This five-day festival takes place every October or November.

Gujarat Kite Festival

Large, colorful and unusual kites flood the skies of Gujarat each January to commemorate the start of summer and the beginning of harvest. Purchase your own at Patang Bazaar, a famous kite market, or just watch the others dance through the sky.

Mumbai Ganesh Festival

The birth of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh, is celebrated for 10-days each August or September in cities across India, but Mumbai takes it to another level. An incredible energy can be felt throughout the city as people pack the streets for a massive party and an elaborate statue of Ganesh is paraded around.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Thousands of camels (and their owners dressed in their finest garb) descend upon Rajasthan's Pushkar for the annual camel fair. Camels are traded and raced, acrobats and performers entertain crowds at a nearby fair, while finely dressed males and bejeweled females take the chance to let their hair down.

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Further reading

Similar destinations.

We have a variety of similar destinations, trips and routes that you could consider! Tie another trip into your holiday, or, see how we can help you get from A to B. We have tours departing from a variety of locations around India. The options below may be of interest:

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India travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Is it safe to travel to India?

India can be overwhelming sometimes, but it's generally a safe country for travelers and many people enjoy their time without any problems.

Is it safe for women to travel in India?

India can be overwhelming sometimes but most travellers enjoy their time in India without any problems. That said, some regions experience ongoing issues, and there are several things a traveler should keep in mind when traveling through India to minimize their chances of running into any trouble.

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

Yes, all foreigners entering India will need a visa. Whether you can apply for an e-visa is dependent on your nationality, the duration of your India tour and how you plan on entering the country.

This page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 22/06/2023

Is tipping customary in India?

While traveling through India, on a tour or otherwise, it’s expected one would tip porters, drivers, restaurant staff and other service workers given the low wages they earn.

What is the internet access like in India?

Internet access is generally very good in India, with most cafes, restaurants and accommodations offering free wi-fi, even in the more rural areas. There is also good phone coverage for data use if you choose to purchase a local SIM card to stay connected for the duration of your India tour.

If you do wish to purchase a local SIM in India, make sure your phone has been unlocked before your tour begins. There are quite a number of carriers that are all very competitive, but Airtel is probably the best option for travelers. You’ll need to a copy of your passport and visa to pick up a SIM, and the process can sometimes be a hassle, but rates in India are very affordable given the competition.

Can I use my cell phone while in India?

Yes, you’ll be able to use your cell phone while on an India tour, but only if you have activated global roaming or purchased a local SIM card.

What are the toilets like in India?

Squat toilets are the most common toilets in India. Always carry your own toilet paper and soap or hand sanitizer, as they are usually not provided. Flushable, Western-style toilets can be found in up-market restaurants, some higher-end hotels and in some tourist areas.

What will it cost for a...?

India’s unit of currency is the rupee:

  • Cup of tea = INR 7-10
  • Small bottle of beer = INR 150-350
  • Meal at a local restaurant (thali, masala dosa or similar) = INR 100-200
  • Meal in a tourist restaurant = INR 350-600

Can I drink the tap water in India?

India is notorious among travelers for sickness – we’ve all heard horror stories about Delhi belly. We do not recommend ever drinking tap water in India, and travelers should avoid drinks with ice and foods that haven’t been cooked or peeled. Salad is off the menu for now ­– let your inner child rejoice!

Are credit cards widely accepted in India?

Credit cards are being accepted in an increasing number of cafes, shops, restaurants and hotels in India, with Mastercard and Visa being the most common. That said, cash is still king, especially outside of cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.

What is ATM access like in India?

ATMs are widespread across India in both cities and smaller towns. Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus and Maestro are the most commonly accepted cards, but of those Visa and Mastercard are more likely to have success. The daily withdrawal limit differs from bank to bank.

What is the weather like in India?

The weather in India varies from region to region, but it’s generally safe to say that December–February sees dry, cooler weather before the heat intensifies from March–May. June, July and August are the monsoon months, though the amount of rain differs across the country, while October, September and November see rainfall ease once more.

What public holidays are celebrated in India?

India has different classifications of holidays because of the multitude of faiths in the country. There are compulsory holidays and then various others chosen by government offices within each state. The following are the compulsory ‘gazetted holidays’ taken by government offices across India:

  • 26 Jan: Republic Day
  • Feb/Mar: Maha Shivaratri*
  • Mar/Apr: Rama Navami*
  • Apr: Mahavir Jayanti*
  • Mar/Apr: Good Friday*
  • May: Buddha’s Birthday*
  • May: Eid ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)*
  • Jul/Aug: Eid ul-Adha*
  • 15 Aug: Independence Day
  • Aug/Sep: Janmashtami*
  • Aug/Sep: Islamic New Year*
  • Sep/Oct: Dussehra*
  • Oct: Birth of the Prophet Mohammed*
  • 2 Oct: Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday
  • Oct/Nov: Diwali*
  • Nov: Guru Nanak Jayanti*
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day

* Please note, India public holidays may vary.

Is India safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

The majority of Indian society is still conservative, and while most travelers will have a welcoming and hospitable experience, discretion is still advised for LGBTQIA+ travelers, particularly in more remote towns and villages which may be more conservative. The same advice is also given to heterosexual couples (and couples of all other sexual orientations) as public displays of affection other than hugging and holding hands are generally frowned upon.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

Is India accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What to wear in India

What you decide to pack and wear in India will depend on where you are and what time of year it is. The weather across India usually follows the monsoon cycle, so it’s quite easy to plan what to pack when it comes to rain, but temperatures will vary quite a bit from the north to the south.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

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How will I be traveling around India?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in India, you may find yourself traveling by Jeep.

Safari through jungles and national parks aboard a jeep, which is ideal for conquering the difficult terrain and offers supreme wildlife viewing opportunities.

Cruising the waterways of India is a revealing, inspiring experience. Whether it’s the iconic Ganges or peaceful Kerala backwaters, seeing India from the water is a must.

Traveling by train is one of the great experiences of India. It's a system which looks like chaos, but it works - and well.

Use the efficient metro to get around the sights and suburbs of Delhi.

Zip around the big cities of India by auto rickshaw.

What kind of accommodation will I be staying in?

Traveling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavor to provide travelers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When traveling with us in India you may find yourself staying in a homestay.

Make new friends, feast on authentic home cooking and receive kind hospitality while staying with friendly families in India.

With walks, wildlife spotting and adventure sports nearby, staying in a jungle resort is the perfect way to see another side of India.

From ex-royal palaces to historic hill stations and converted forts, India is full of heritage properties that have been turned into comfortable accommodation with an old-world touch.

What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my trip to India support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to India directly support our foundation partner, Positive Change for Marine Life. 

Positive Change for Marine Life

Positive Change for Marine Life nurtures ocean health with community-led conservation initiatives. Donations help them expand and implement vital programs in India that empower local communities, support sustainable fishing practices, restore marine habitats and drive policy change. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Ah, it's so hard to choose! What are the best tourist places in India? A lot of the time, it comes down to personal preference. However, some places to visit in India remain perennially more popular than others. These are among the best destinations in India.

Want to know more about India's top destinations? Take a look at this India travel planner and this guide to the top India tourist places by region. If you'd like to explore beyond India's popular tourist attractions, here are 12 of the best places to visit in India off the beaten track to inspire you!

Also read: Safety issues at top tourist places in India to be prepared for problems you may encounter.

Best for Monuments: Delhi

Most first time travelers to India usually land in Delhi, India's capital city. It can be quite a culture shock . The city is primed to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. However, bear with it! Delhi's top attractions feature spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. Many of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens that are perfect for relaxing. And the crumbling old city of Old Delhi is a fascinating, albeit chaotic, place to explore. Plan your trip there with this Delhi city guide.

Best Iconic: Taj Mahal

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A part of India's popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit , Agra is best known for the Taj Mahal. Enough said really. It's India's most iconic monument and one of the top historical attractions.   For that reason, it's impossible to leave it off the list. (While you're there, why not get off the beaten track and visit some attractions around Agra as well?). Make sure you read this comprehensive guide to Agra and the Taj Mahal before you go.

Best Temple: Golden Temple

Amritsar is home to one of India's most notable landmarks -- the Golden Temple. It was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning "Holy Pool of Nectar", from the body of water around the Golden Temple. The exquisite Golden Temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world and the number of visitors it gets rivals that of the Taj Mahal! It looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing gold dome illuminated. This guide to Amritsar and Golden Temple has more details.

Best Regal Splendor: Udaipur

Ah, Udaipur! Famed city of lakes and palaces, and the most romantic city in India. A must-visit for the ability to immerse yourself in regal splendor. The royal family has converted much of the sprawling City Palace into a museum , housing priceless memorabilia. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to take a look into their lives. Another attractive thing about Udaipur is that it offers great value! There are so many inexpensive yet atmospheric hotels overlooking the lake to stay in. Or, stay in the City Palace Complex itself, at the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel or Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel.

Best Ruins: Hampi

Hampi is, not surprisingly, one of the most popular places to visit in Karnataka. There you'll find the captivating ruins of Vijayanagar, the last capital of one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in not only the state but in India’s history. The ruins are intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape. An incredible energy can be found at Hampi. Its laid-back vibe attracts plenty of travelers who like to stay a while and chill out. The New York Times included Hampi on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2019 , so get there fast before everyone else! Have a read of this handy Hampi travel guide for more information.

Best for History and Architecture: Ajanta and Ellora Caves

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Among the top caves in India , the ancient and awe-inspiring Ajanta and Ellora caves have been hand-carved into hillside rock quite in the middle of nowhere near Aurangabad in northern Maharashtra. These caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 34 of them at Ellora, dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. They're a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves. The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist caves. There are 29 of them, dating from the 2nd century BC to 6th century AD. Words can't describe how magnificent they all are.

Best for Spirituality: Varanasi

Varanasi, one of the top spiritual places in India, is a city quite unlike any other. This mystical holy city openly reveals its rituals along the many riverside ghats, which are used for everything from bathing to burning the bodies of the dead. Indeed, Varanasi is a confronting and rather dirty city (although it has been cleaned up a lot in recent years). However, it provides invaluable insight into ancient traditions in India. Two highlights are wandering along the riverside ghats and attending the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Here's a Varanasi travel guide to help you plan your trip.

Best for Culture: Kolkata

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Kolkata , the capital of West Bengal, is a fascinating but underrated city that unfortunately all too often gets overlooked by tourists. Those who are most keen on history, experiential travel, and day-to-day life will appreciate what it has to offer though. Look past its crumbling buildings and you'll discover delicious distinctive Bengali cuisine , interesting places to shop , diverse neighborhoods , and engaging heritage . The city's biggest festival, Durga Puja , is worth experiencing as well! Take a look at these evocative photos of Kolkata for inspiration.

Best for South Indian Culture: Madurai

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Madurai, in Tamil Nadu , has the most impressive temple in South India -- the Meenakshi Temple . If you only see one of South India's temples , the Meenakshi Temple should be it. The city of Madurai is more than 4,000 years old, and has remained a major center for Tamil culture and learning. The 12 day Chithirai Festival , featuring a re-enacted celestial wedding of God and Goddess, is held in Madurai during April each year. Here's what else to see and do in Madurai.

Best for Tribal Culture: Northeast India

Tourists are often surprised to discover that there are many different tribes in India . In fact, along with Africa, India has the largest tribal population in the world. Many of them inhabit India's remote Northeast region and they generally welcome visitors. One of the best ways to experience their culture is to attend one of their tribal festivals , such as the renowned Hornbill Festival. Otherwise, reputable local companies such as Greener Pastures and Holiday Scout conduct responsible tribal tours.

Best for Relaxation: Kerala Backwaters

One of the must-do things in Kerala , a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters is so tranquil and relaxing. The lush green landscape, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer on board the boat make the experience even more enjoyable. Don't miss it! Here's how to best visit the Kerala Backwaters.

Best for Beaches: Goa

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India's top beach destination, Goa lures visitors with the promise of parties and lazy days by the sea. However, there's more to Goa than just hedonism. The state also offers an eclectic blend of history, nature, culture , and adventure activities . It's divided into north and south Goa, with the north being more developed and action-packed. If you're looking for quiet beaches, head south! However, each beach has its own character. This  Goa beach guide will help you choose the beach that's right for you. Check out these gorgeous Goa beach huts as well.

Best for Wildlife: Kanha National Park

India has so many national parks, it's hard to choose the best wildlife destination. However, the jungles of Madhya Pradesh do stand out, Kanha National Park in particular. It's one of the largest national parks in India and it provided the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book . The park is highly regarded for its research and conservation programs. Numerous activities, such as nature walks, are possible in the buffer zone as well as safaris into the core area twice a day. Tiger sightings are regular there too! Want to visit more than one national park in Madhya Pradesh ? Bandhavgarh is also popular.

Best for Adventure: Spiti

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The high-altitude alpine desert landscape of remote Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh, provides ample options for adventure enthusiasts. These include mountain biking, hiking and trekking, tracking wildlife, and yak safaris. Spiti's remarkable landscape is scattered with small villages and monasteries, and enclosed by soaring peaks crowned with snow. Take a look at these spectacular photos of the Spiti Valley . Spiti can be reached by road from Manali or Shimla. This ultimate Spiti travel planner will help you organize your trip.

Best Offbeat: Kutch Region of Gujarat

Referred to as India's "Wild West", the Kutch region of Gujarat is an immense stretch of largely barren and harsh desert landscape bordering Pakistan. Much of Kutch consists of seasonal wetlands known as the Great Rann of Kutch (famous for its salt desert) and smaller Little Rann of Kutch (famous for its Wild Ass Sanctuary ). The region is also celebrated for the vibrant handicrafts made by its talented artisan villagers, and the seaside port town of Mandvi where there's a remarkable 400 year-old ship building yard.

Best Up and Coming: Odisha

Odisha has tremendous potential as a tourist destination and will undoubtedly attract more visitors when adequate infrastructure is developed. Until then, you can enjoy the serenity in this lesser-known state on the east coast of India. Attractions include the unusual Konark Sun Temple , massive annual Ratha Jatra festival in Puri , the Diamond Triangle of sacred Buddhist sites , the wetlands at Mangalajodi where migratory birds can be seen close-up, handicraft villages , classical music and dance festivals , and a multitude of ancient temples . Still not sure if you want to go there? Here are even more places to visit in Odisha and the capital city Bhubaneswar .

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The nation's capital rings to the sounds of car horns, chai stalls and the chatter of its 29 million inhabitants. Shuffle into an open-air rickshaw and ride through the streets of the Old Delhi, admiring traditional Havelis and stopping for a famous mango or pomegranate frozen kulfi to cool off in the summer.

Gaze at the sun-kissed Taj Mahal in Agra

Take a journey to Agra and be stirred by the ultimate symbol of fairy-tale architecture. Inlaid with precious gemstones, this ivory marble palace was originally commissioned by an emperor as a tomb for his wife, standing as a symbol of love and opulence since 1653.

Spot tigers in Ranthambore National Park

Clamber into the back of an open-top safari car and spot leopards, marsh crocodiles, hyenas and Bengal tigers wandering their natural habitat. Sprawling over almost 300km 2 , the Ranthambore National Park is also home to a 10th-century fort, giant banyan trees and many lakes.

Experience royal Rajasthan

Enthralling cities interrupt the inhospitable desert in Rajasthan, India's largest state. Home to around 30 royal palaces including the floating lake palace of Udaipur and the iconic peach palace of Hawa Mahal, you will be swept up by the regal heritage found in this part of India.

Visit one of the Bollywood studios in Mumbai

Take a journey into the metropolis of Mumbai to uncover the prestigious culture of the Indian film industry. Without knowing a word of Hindi or a single Bollywood film, you will be captivated by this passionate industry. Be guided past the homes of megastars and catch a glimpse behind the scenes as the cameras roll.

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Let Trafalgar guide your India vacation through a majestic tapestry of landmarks and experience. From the Taj Mahal to the tiger parks of Rajasthan, these are just some of the soul-stirring moments waiting when you travel with us.

National Museum

India vacation tours get under the skin of the country's culture with a trip to the National Museum of New Delhi. Roam the halls and take in elaborate jewellery, ancient manuscripts and traditional miniature paintings on cloth. From the prehistoric to the modern, this expansive Indian museum is a must-visit.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

The King Shivaji museum, or CSMVS, is a pride of Mumbai showcasing around 50,000 exhibitions within an impressive Indo-gothic building. After taking in archaeology, art and natural history, spend time in the tranquil, flower-filled gardens that contrast the bustle of Mumbai.

City Palace

Taking almost 400 years to be built, the City Palace of Udaipur is an architectural masterpiece beside Lake Pichola. Enter the museum section of the palace complex via the royal courtyard, allowing plenty of time to immerse in the artefacts of India's distant past.

Best museums in India

Step off the streets and find a moment of quiet in a spellbinding museum. Here are just a few of the places we will visit in India to peel back the many layers of culture.

A thin fried bread mentioned in 12th-century Sanskrit scriptures, paratha is part of India's cultural heritage. Try it stuffed with spinach, fenugreek and the cheese of paneer, or take it on its own for lapping up the leftover gravy from a delectable curry.

Varan Bhaat Diva

Popular along the sunny coastline of Goa, Varan Bhaat Diva is Indian comfort food of peas, beans, rice and many spices. Often given to those who are exhausted or sick, you will feel soothed by the warmth and turmeric in this family favorite.

Chicken cafreal

Inspired by the dishes brought from Portugal during colonial times, the herb coated chicken legs of cafreal will cement your infatuation with Indian cuisine. Shallow fried and often served with potato and wedges of citrus fruit, India tour packages aren't complete until cafreal is served.

Best food in India

Despite the many famous dishes that have journeyed far from the lands of India, this country still has culinary delights that will rouse your tastebuds. From warm bread to fragrant curries, we'll guide you through the secrets of this spicy land.

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A few good books

The Indian rail network chuffs for 65,000 kilometres around India. A geographically large company with relatively slow transport systems, a few books can keep you entertained between admiring scenery.

Light and modest clothing

Though India does get cooler than most expect, many parts of the year are intensely hot. Pack sheer, light clothing that covers you right to the ankles, wrists and neck so that you can respectfully visit religious sites without sweltering.

Medication for stomach upsets

Though our India group tours will see you largely protected from unsanitary food or water, it is still handy to keep a supply of medication on hand. Charcoal tablets can be taken daily as a preventive measure to ensure any nasties are quickly expelled from your system.

Water purification devices

The purification of water has come a long way in recent years. Make your way to a specialist travel shop to discuss bottles, gadgets and tablets that will ensure you stay hydrated without falling ill.

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True to its reputation, India can be a hot and messy place. Pack wet wipes and hand sanitiser to ensure you feel fresh when you're on the go.

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15 Best Places to Visit in India, According to Travel Experts

From the alpine meadows of Kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of Goa, these are some of the subcontinent’s most enchanting destinations.

Margot Bigg is a freelance travel writer and editor who has spent most of her adult life traveling and living overseas. Her favorite topics include India travel, experiential travel, wellness, hotels, and the arts. When not on the road, Margot enjoys studying languages, discovering new music, taking pictures of random cats, and planning her next adventures.

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As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveler to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights.

“If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specializes in helping international travelers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”  

Shoba Rudra, founder and partner at hospitality consultancy Rare India , agrees. “The country is living a dynamic moment in history, ever-changing,” she says. “What's constant, however, is the vibrant culture lived through its festivals, cuisine, heritage, crafts, and performing arts.”

While it would take years to see it all, India is an approachable destination — if you can narrow things down. With that in mind, here are 15 of the best places to get you started on your sojourn to the subcontinent.

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Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and [give visitors] a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo. While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi, celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene . The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

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On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland . Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something. At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centerpiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don't leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting. 

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Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterized by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season, but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city. Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh's unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travelers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centers that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here. Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honor of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers' favorite international spas in 2023.

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognized global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of "realizing human unity," beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it's home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual center — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir . However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored " Better to Have Gone " and " India Becoming ," puts it: "Come to Auroville if you're interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion."

Andaman Islands

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Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach , which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters. Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You'll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits. 

While many travelers see India’s capital as a jumping-off point for visiting further-afield destinations, it’s worth sticking around for a while to truly appreciate what Delhi has to offer. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this busy metropolis, whether you’re shopping for handicrafts at one of its numerous markets or learning about medieval and Mughal history at one of its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar, and Red Fort. Although Delhi is undeniably rambunctious, it also has a quieter, more peaceful side that you can find amidst the trees and 15th-century tombs of Central Delhi’s Lodi Gardens or in the quiet interiors of the Baháʼí Lotus Temple.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Many travelers to India put the 17th-century Taj Mahal at the top of their list. This white marble mausoleum is easily India’s most recognizable structure — and it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World . This popular attraction also has a romantic backstory. “This iconic symbol of love is renowned for its architectural beauty, intricate marble work, and the captivating story behind its creation by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,” notes Billo. The bodies of the emperor and his wife remain interred in the Taj to this day. 

Jaipur. Rajasthan

The capital of Rajasthan and one-third of North India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist route (which also includes Agra and Delhi), Jaipur is a must-visit for those who love architecture and shopping. “The Pink City, as it's nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage, stunning [landmarks] like Amber Fort, vibrant bazaars, and intricate handicrafts,” says Billo. Many of Jaipur's key attractions are found in the historic walled part of the city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Highlights include Jantar Mantar (a collection of oversized — and fully functional — astronomical instruments dating to the 17th century) and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, a honeycomb-shaped palace designed with tiny windows that allowed air to flow freely through its interior.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Dubbed the Blue City because of the cerulean-colored buildings that extend for miles through the oldest part of town, Jodhpur has long attracted travelers eager to explore the ramparts of the larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort. It’s also home to the grandiose Umaid Bhawan Palace , which made headlines in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot there. While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. “The area around the Toorji ka Jhalra stepwell in the old city is fun to explore,” says hotelier Sapna Bhatia, owner of Kaner Retreat and Jodhpur-area native. “For nature enthusiasts, there’s the Rao Jodha desert park near Mehrangarh Fort.”

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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T+L readers' favorite city in Asia and second favorite city in the world , Udaipur very much fits the bill of a fairy tale destination. Nicknamed the City of Lakes, thanks to its seven lakes, this gorgeous destination is home to some of India's finest luxury hotels plus historic whitewashed palaces, including the magnificent City Palace, an 11-palace complex that houses hotels, a huge museum with an impressive collection of European crystal, and a royal residence. A short boat ride from the palace lies the 18th-century Taj Lake Palace, an opulent palace-turned-hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. It’s a quick drive from The Oberoi, Udaivilas , a purpose-built palatial hotel with onion-domed cupolas and a moat-like swimming pool that directly connects to some of the rooms.  

If you’re looking for a less-frequented, but no less amazing, alternative to more touristed states such as Rajasthan, consider Gujarat. “Under-explored but culturally rich, this state in India is a tapestry of festivals, textiles, architectural heritage, communities, and landscape,” says Rudra. Gujarat was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Salt March, one of his most famous acts of peaceful protest, through the state in 1930. Rudra suggests visiting the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , which “honors the activists through murals, installations, sculptures, art, and related film.” It's also worth checking out the Kutch district, known for its distinct metal bells , which were originally used for keeping track of livestock and are now popular as decorative wind chimes.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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The northeast Indian state of Assam is home to a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts: Kaziranga National Park . This expansive, UNESCO-listed wildlife refuge near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan has the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses on the planet, providing a home to roughly 2,000 of these massive beasts. Although rhinos are the star attraction on park safaris, all sorts of animals live here, including tigers, elephants, gibbons, sloth bears, and a small number of endangered Ganges River dolphins. 

Historic, glitzy, and positively gargantuan, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is easily one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations. This city by the sea is the nation's financial and entertainment capital, and while you’re unlikely to rub shoulders with Bollywood stars here, you're sure to see a lot of impressive attractions in very little time. Take a boat out to Elephanta Island to explore fifth– and sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples, marvel at the grand Indo-Saracenic architecture at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , or see thousands of clothes hanging out to dry at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry. Then, head to the sleek neighborhood of Bandra West, where many of Mumbai’s best restaurants and hotels are located, including Taj Lands End, voted T+L readers' favorite city hotel in India in 2023.

India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it's started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife. It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognized churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot , where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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15 Best Places To Visit In India, According To Travel Experts

From kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of goa, these are some of the best and most beautiful places to visit in india..

By: Margot Bigg Published: Feb 08, 2024 04:00 PM IST

15 Best Places To Visit In India, According To Travel Experts

As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveller to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights. “If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specialises in helping international travellers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”

Shoba Rudra, founder and partner at hospitality consultancy Rare India , agrees. “The country is living a dynamic moment in history, ever-changing,” she says. “What’s constant, however, is the vibrant culture lived through its festivals, cuisine, heritage, crafts, and performing arts.”

While it would take years to see it all, India is an approachable destination — if you can narrow things down. With that in mind, here are 15 of the best places to get you started on your sojourn to the subcontinent.

Best places to visit in India according to travel experts

Places to visit in India

Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and (give visitors) a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo.

While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi , celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene. The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

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Kashmir valley

On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland. Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something.

At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centrepiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don’t leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting.

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Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterised by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season , but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city.

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Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh’s unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

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Rishikesh, uttarakhand.

Rishikesh

On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travellers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centres that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here.

Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honour of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers’ favourite international spas in 2023.

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Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognised global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of “realising human unity,” beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it’s home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual centre — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir .

However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored “ Better to Have Gone ” and “ India Becoming ,” puts it: “Come to Auroville if you’re interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion.”

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Andaman Islands

Andaman Island

Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach, which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters.

Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You’ll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits.

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While many travellers see India’s capital as a jumping-off point for visiting further-afield destinations, it’s worth sticking around for a while to truly appreciate what Delhi has to offer. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this busy metropolis, whether you’re shopping for handicrafts at one of its numerous markets or learning about medieval and Mughal history at one of its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar , and Red Fort. Although Delhi is undeniably rambunctious, it also has a quieter, more peaceful side that you can find amidst the trees and 15th-century tombs of Central Delhi’s Lodi Gardens or in the quiet interiors of the Baháʼí Lotus Temple.

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Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal

Many travellers to India put the 17th-century Taj Mahal at the top of their list. This white marble mausoleum is easily India’s most recognisable structure — and it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This popular attraction also has a romantic backstory. “This iconic symbol of love is renowned for its architectural beauty, intricate marble work, and the captivating story behind its creation by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,” notes Billo. The bodies of the emperor and his wife remain interred in the Taj to this day.

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Jaipur, Rajasthan

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The capital of Rajasthan and one-third of North India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist route (which also includes Agra and Delhi), Jaipur is a must-visit for those who love architecture and shopping. “The Pink City, as it’s nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage, stunning [landmarks] like Amber Fort, vibrant bazaars, and intricate handicrafts,” says Billo. Many of Jaipur’s key attractions are found in the historic walled part of the city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Highlights include Jantar Mantar (a collection of oversized — and fully functional — astronomical instruments dating to the 17th century) and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, a honeycomb-shaped palace designed with tiny windows that allowed air to flow freely through its interior.

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur

Dubbed the Blue City because of the cerulean-coloured buildings that extend for miles through the oldest part of town, Jodhpur has long attracted travellers eager to explore the ramparts of the larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort. It’s also home to the grandiose Umaid Bhawan Palace , which made headlines in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot there. While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. “The area around the Toorji ka Jhalra stepwell in the old city is fun to explore,” says hotelier Sapna Bhatia, owner of Kaner Retreat and Jodhpur-area native. “For nature enthusiasts, there’s the Rao Jodha desert park near Mehrangarh Fort.”

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Udaipur, Rajasthan

Places to visit in India

T+L readers’ favourite city in Asia and second favourite city in the world, Udaipur very much fits the bill of a fairy tale destination. Nicknamed the City of Lakes , thanks to its seven lakes, this gorgeous destination is home to some of India’s finest luxury hotels plus historic whitewashed palaces, including the magnificent City Palace, an 11-palace complex that houses hotels, a huge museum with an impressive collection of European crystal, and a royal residence. A short boat ride from the palace lies the 18th-century Taj Lake Palace, an opulent palace-turned-hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. It’s a quick drive from The Oberoi, Udaivilas , a purpose-built palatial hotel with onion-domed cupolas and a moat-like swimming pool that directly connects to some of the rooms.  

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If you’re looking for a less-frequented, but no less amazing, alternative to more touristed states such as Rajasthan, consider Gujarat. “Under-explored but culturally rich, this state in India is a tapestry of festivals, textiles, architectural heritage, communities, and landscape,” says Rudra. Gujarat was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Salt March, one of his most famous acts of peaceful protest, through the state in 1930. Rudra suggests visiting the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , which “honours the activists through murals, installations, sculptures, art, and related film.” It’s also worth checking out the Kutch district, known for its distinct metal bells, which were originally used for keeping track of livestock and are now popular as decorative wind chimes.

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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The northeast Indian state of Assam is home to a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts: Kaziranga National Park . This expansive, UNESCO-listed wildlife refuge near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan has the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses on the planet, providing a home to roughly 2,000 of these massive beasts. Although rhinos are the star attraction on park safaris, all sorts of animals live here, including tigers, elephants, gibbons, sloth bears, and a small number of endangered Ganges River dolphins.

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Historic, glitzy, and positively gargantuan, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is easily one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations. This city by the sea is the nation’s financial and entertainment capital, and while you’re unlikely to rub shoulders with Bollywood stars here, you’re sure to see a lot of impressive attractions in very little time. Take a boat out to Elephanta Island to explore fifth– and sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples, marvel at the grand Indo-Saracenic architecture at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , or see thousands of clothes hanging out to dry at Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry. Then, head to the sleek neighbourhood of Bandra West, where many of Mumbai’s best restaurants and hotels are located, including Taj Lands End, voted T+L readers’ favourite city hotel in India in 2023.

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India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it’s started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife.

It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognised churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot, where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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We know the feeling when long weekends or holidays approach or when there is simply that itch to bunk college or work and take off with friends to obscure places. Are you feeling jealous of scrolling down any social media by looking at the vacation pictures of your friends or colleagues? There are some pocket-friendly places where you can spend your weekend and relax with your family. Plan for the budget trips in India which are popular and offbeat and will surely give you a mesmerizing experience. No worries if you just have a few thousand in your pocket for there is a long list of budget trips in India that you could opt for. From north to south and east to west, there is an extensive number of places that are just waiting to unravel. These budget locations are a crowd-pleaser and make the tiny escapes totally worthwhile. One cannot visit each and every place in the below list, but most of them will be quite convenient for almost all travel enthusiasts out there.

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1. Alleppey – The Venice Of The East

A young woman takes a canoe ride in the backwaters of Alleppey

Image Source Alleppey, the Venice of the East, is famous for the verdant countryside, lagoons, and the waterways. It is the best place to cruise lazily around in the ever-present houseboats, sample the delicious coconut-laced seafood, and enjoy one of the cheapest solo trips in India . Alleppey happens to be one of the most beautiful destinations for low budget trips in India. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To February Average Cost:

  • Stay: INR 350 – INR 800 per night
  • Food: INR 700 per meal.
  • Houseboats: Start at INR 6000 per day for 1 BHK and includes three meals, so split it up with friends if you can.

Places To Visit In Alleppey:

  • Alappuzha beach
  • Vembanad lake
  • Pathiramanal island

Things To Do In Alleppey:

  • Stay in a houseboat
  • Go for a night walk

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Cochin International Airport (75 Km), Alappuzha Train Station Famous Dishes: Puttu, Kadala, Beef Roast What To Buy: Coir Items, Handicrafts

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2. Goa – The Land Of Beaches

Enjoy budget trips in India at one the beaches at Goa

Image Source For those seeking some budget trips in India , Goa is the hot favorite of all; backpackers are no exception. Get lost on its beaches, Portuguese architecture, forts, local markets, and the palm tree-lined quaint villages. You can even hire a motorbike and explore on your own! There are plenty of pubs to chill out too. This beachy paradise is perfect for budget solo trips in India. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: November To March Average Cost:

  • Train travel Mumbai to Madgaon and back: INR 450
  • Stay: Decent accommodation and beach huts starts at INR 500/- per night

Places To Visit In Goa:

  • Anjum beach

Things To Do In Goa:

  • Watch the beautiful Dudhsagar falls
  • Explore the forts
  • Visit world heritage sites

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Dabolim Airport/ Vasco Da Gama railway station, Margao railway station Famous Dishes: Goan fish curry, Bebinca, Pork Vindaloo, Fonna Kadi, Chicken Cafreal What To Buy: Cashew nuts, Spices, Feni, Painted Tiles

3. Pondicherry – The French Town

A splendid view at the Promenade beach of Pondicherry on a pleasant budget trips in India

Image Source Why shell out thousands when you can get a French experience through some cheap trips in India? With low budget trips in India to Pondicherry, you can get the French flair right here in India. Walk the cobblestoned streets during the day and put up your feet at the innumerable cafes on the beach in the evenings. And yes, don’t forget to try out the French food around here. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To March Average Cost: 

  • Bus travel from Chennai to Pondicherry and back: INR 500
  • Stay: Comfortable cottage stay at INR 300 or budget hotels at INR 500
  • Food: Try out some Indianized French cuisine starting at INR 200-300 for two

Places To Visit In Pondicherry:

  • Paradise beach
  • Aurobindo Ashram

Things To Do In Pondicherry:

  • Cycling tour
  • Shopping in Pondy bazaar

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Chennai International Airport/ Puducherry Railway Station Famous Dishes: Crab Masala Fry, Mutton Rolls, Khowsuey, Parotas What To Buy: Textiles, Pottery, Tibetan Handicrafts, Aromatherapy Product

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4. Gokarna – The Less Crowded Goa

Witness an awesome view of Gokarna beaches on this budget trips in India

Image Source Looking for some peace and tranquility in one of the low budget places to visit in India for 3 days ? Then, the Om Beach in Gokarna near Mangalore is one of the perfect 3 days trip places. You could try hiring some boats with the local fishermen to take you around the beaches in Gokarna. And if you start getting restless, there are a bunch of water activities you could go for. And what’s more? The Gokarna beaches still fall under the budget trips in India! Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: June To August Average Cost: 

  • Bangalore to Gokarna and back by bus: INR 800
  • Goa to Gokarna and back by train: INR 90

Places To Visit In Gokarna:

  • Mahabaleshwara temple
  • Gokarna beach

Things To Do In Gokarna:

  • Sunbathing on the beaches
  • Camping near Gokarna beach

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Dabolim Airport/Murdeshwar & Karwar Railway Station Famous Dishes: South Indian Cuisine, Prawn Pizza What To Buy: Brass Lamps, Kallu Sarkkare, Handicrafts

5. Rishikesh – The Yoga Capital

White river rafting at Rishikesh is a major tourist attraction of the region

Image Source Looking for cheap solo trips in India ? Look no further than Rishikesh. The thrilling white-water-rafting, the splendid beach camps, and the exhilarating treks beckon the adventurer in you. A trip to Rishikesh tops the charts among the adventurous budget travel in India . You could also visit the breathtaking Valley of Flowers from here. Mind you, it’s a completely vegetarian and alcohol-free destination, but totally worth it! Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Best Time To Visit: Late September To Mid November Average Cost: 

  • Travel to and from Delhi: INR 300
  • Stay: INR 150 per night
  • Food: INR 200/meal
  • River rafting: INR 400 to INR 1300 per person
  • Beach camping: INR 1600 per person (includes 1 Night stay, 3 meals and river rafting)

Places To Visit In Rishikesh:

  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Triveni Ghat

Things To Do In Rishikesh:

  • River rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Camping and bonfire

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Jolly Grant Airport/Dehradun Railway Station Famous Dishes: Aloo Puri, Chole Bhature, Pani Puri What To Buy: Glass Bangles, Carved Stone Idols, Pickles, Ayurveda Medicines

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6. Darjeeling – The Land Of Thunderbolt

Toy train passes through the foothills of Darjeeling

Image Source Chugging up to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri is a once in a lifetime experience. And what makes it better is that it is still one of the best budget-friendly trips in India . Once up in the hills, just take in the salubrious air, sip the Darjeeling tea, rise early and gaze at the sunrise at Tiger hills and get ready to be mesmerized by the magnificent Kanchenjunga. And the best part is, one can plan a great start to the New Year as Darjeeling is a great escape for those who are planning for budget trips in India in January . Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: March To May and October-November Average Cost: 

  • Travel from Kolkata to Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri by bus and back: INR 490
  • Toy train up to Darjeeling from NJP: INR 250
  • Jeep ride from NJP to Darjeeling : INR 150/person
  • Stay: INR 800/- per night [twin-sharing basis]
  • Food: INR 300 for two

Places To Visit In Darjeeling:

  • Ghum Monastery
  • Peace Pagoda
  • Tea Estates

Things To Do In Darjeeling:

  • Go river rafting in Teesta
  • Trekking in Sandakphu
  • Take a ride in toy train

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Bagdogra Airport/ New Jalpaiguri Railway Station Famous Dishes: Thukpa, The Naga Cuisine, Chaang, Momos What To Buy: Hand Knitted Items, Tea, Handicrafts

7. McLeodganj – The Little Lhasa

Uncover the majestic Bhagsunag waterfalls on one of the best budget trips in India.

Image Source A colorful hill station, Dharamsala is a mini-Tibet and one of the most beautiful destinations for budget trips in India . The dual cities of Dharamsala and McLeodganj are lined with numerous monasteries and temples to visit and the views of the hills and valleys are nothing short of magical. For those who love treks, be sure to try Triund trek and camp. Plan one of the best of budget trips in India in January and get to witness snow-clad mountains of the Dhauladar Ranges on top of Triund. So, if you are looking for some adventurous cheap trips in India, you sure can count on Dharamsala and McLeodganj for they are some of the best places for 3 days trip. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To February Average Cost

  • Delhi to McLeodganj and back: INR 1000
  • Stay: INR 130/night – INR 500/night
  • Food: Tibetan and Chinese cuisine at little cafes @INR 100 – 200 for two

Places To Visit In Mcleodgunj:

  • Naddi view point
  • St John In The Wilderness

Things To Do In Mcleodgunj:

  • Boat riding
  • Shop at local markets

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Gaggal (30 km)/Kangra Mandir railway station Famous Dishes: Momos, Tibetan Cuisine What To Buy: Woolen Items, Incense Sticks, Singing Bowls, Colorful Bags

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8. Sikkim – The Organic State

See the splendid view of the Crows Lake in North Sikkim

Image Source Sikkim is one of the loveliest and cheapest holiday destinations in India. A great escape for those planning their budget trips in India in February , Sikkim serves as the best place for families, friends, and couples alike. Nothing beats its wonderful climate, scenic view of the Himalayas, picturesque treks, strong Tibetan Buddhist culture, and yummy local food. And all this comes well in your budget. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: March and May, October and Mid-December Average Cost

  • Kolkata to Siliguri (Train) : INR 185 one side
  • Siliguri to Gangtok (Bus): INR 165 one side
  • Stay: Budget hotels are available at INR 600 up, but there are dorms too for INR 120 or single rooms for INR 250
  • Food: Plenty of cheap places around, momos being the specialty here: INR 100 up per meal

Places To Visit In Sikkim:

Things To Do In Sikkim:

  • Go for a yak ride
  • Paragliding in Gangtok

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Bagdogra Airport/ New Jalpaiguri Railway Station Famous Dishes: Gundruk Soup, Sinki Soup, Thukpa, Yak Cheese What To Buy: Woolen Carpets, Choosees, Tea, Prayer Flags

9. Kanyakumari – The Southernmost Tip

A lone traveler enjoys the magnificent sunrise at the Kanyakumari Beach

Image Source Being the tip of the Indian mainland itself makes Kanyakumari enticing. The confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean — behold it, to believe it! A must-see is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views here. This destination is certainly proving to be one of the best budget trips in South India. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To March Average Cost: 

  • Bus fare Trivandrum to Kanyakumari and back: INR 500
  • Train one way fare: INR 180
  • Stay: INR 800 / night
  • Food: INR 200 per meal

Places To Visit In Kanyakumari :

  • Vivekananda rock memorial
  • Thiruvalluvar statue
  • Our Lado Ransom Church

Things To Do In Kanyakumari:

  • Bathe at Triveni Sangam
  • Watch the beautiful sunset
  • Seek blessings from Goddess Kanyakumari

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Trivandrum International Airport/Kanyakumari Railway Junction Famous Dishes: Kothu, Banana Chips, Pazha Sarbath, Aval What To Buy: Shells, Handloom Saris

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10. Hampi – The Forgotten Empire

The historical monuments at Hampi are reminiscent of the Vijayanagar history

Image Source Not too cold, and not too hot, Hampi is a great choice in case you are planning for budget trips in India in February. This is one fantastic treat for history lovers and one of the most value for money and budget travel in India . Relive the Vijayanagar history just wandering about Hampi or maybe perch on the omnipresent huge boulders to survey the land around you. You could even catch the vibrant Hampi Utsav if you happen to visit in the first week of November. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To February Average Cost: 

  • Train travel from Bangalore to Hospet and back: INR 500
  • Hospet to Hampi: INR 100

Places To Visit In Hampi:

  • Virupaksha temple
  • Matanga hill
  • Hemakuta hill temple

Things To Do In Hampi:

  • Ride a bike to the hippie side of Hampi
  • Cliff jumping
  • Relax at Lotus Mahal

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Hubli Airport (143 km)/Hospet Railway Station (12 Km) Famous Dishes: South Indian Cuisine like dosa, Idly What To Buy: Brass Items, Hippie Clothes, Funky Jewellery, Leather Crafts

11. Nainital – The City Of Lakes

Boats line up at the shore of Naini Lake at Nainital

Image Source Being a hill station, Nainital is a good option for budget trips in India in December . Undoubtedly, one of the top hilly budget tourist places in India , Nainital is known for its main attraction – the Naini Lake & the beautiful hills that surround it. In addition to that, it also happens to be one of the best places to plan budget trips in India for couples . The rope-way to Snow view to get a dekko at the mighty Himalayas is a must-do here. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: March To June Average Cost: 

  • State transport buses, Delhi to Nainital (roundtrip): INR 368
  • Private Volvo bus (roundtrip): INR 800
  • Stay: Spoilt for choices here, budget stay starts at as low as INR 150/night.
  • Food: Lot of Punjabi food around, meals can start from INR 200 for two
  • Boating: INR 150/hr for paddle boat
  • Ropeway: INR 150 (roundtrip)/person

Places To Visit In Nainital:

  • Nainital lake
  • GB Pant zoo

Things To Do In Nainital:

  • Boating at Naini lake
  • Pray at Naini Devi temple
  • Ride in Nainital ropeway

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Pantnagar Airport/Kathgodam Railway Station Famous Dishes: Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke What To Buy: Pine Cone decorations, Aroma candles, Woollens

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12. Lonavala – The ‘Chikki’ Town

Hop on budget trips in India from Mumbai to Lonavala, one of the best budget trips in India

Image Source It can’t get better than this for a quick getaway from Mumbai. Plenty of hikes, numerous waterfalls in the monsoons and the delicious chocolate fudge and chikki promises a memorable experience. There are exciting treks to try to a number of forts around Lonavala. Yes, it does not come for free. But it is still one of the best budget travel destinations in India, especially if you hail from Mumbai. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To May Average Cost: 

  • Train from Mumbai to Lonavala: INR 122 (roundtrip)
  • Buses from Mumbai to Lonavala: INR 250 one way
  • Stay: There are ashrams and dharamshalas @INR 400/night and budget hotels @INR 600 up
  • Food: Plenty of small restaurants and roadside cafes; a good meal will come for approx. INR 200

Places To Visit In Lonavala:

  • Lonavala lake
  • Della Adventure park

Things To Do In Lonavala:

  • Witness views from Tiger’s leap
  • Watch the sunset

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Pune Domestic Airport/ Lonavala railway station Famous Dishes: Pitla Bhakri, Misal Pav, Masala Pav, Vada Pav What To Buy: Fresh Chikki, Handcrafted Mementos, Classic Keychains

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13. Munnar – The Green Hill Town

See the green plantations of Munnar with the budget trips in India that present a picturesque view

Image Source What can get better than the fresh air, refreshing aroma of tea plantations, and the reviving hills of Munnar for those who are planning budget trips in India for couples ? Travel via Cochin, apart from the spectacular scenic drive, you could even enjoy a visit to the Elephant training Centre on the way. The tea gardens of Munnar are its hallmark, but one can even try the Eravikulam National Park or even some early morning treks to Rajmala hills. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: September To March Average Cost

  • Buses from Ernakulam or Cochin and back: INR 180 – INR300
  • Stay: Cottages start at INR 600
  • Food: INR 100 per meal

Places To Visit In Munnar:

  • Atukkad Waterfalls
  • Top Station

Things To Do In Munnar:

  • Treehouse stay
  • Tea Estate tours
  • Camping and trekking at Echo point

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Cochin International Airport (75 Km), Ernakulam Railway Station Famous Dishes: Appam with stew, Kerala Prawn Curry, Beef Fry, and Malabar Parotta What To Buy: Tea, Cashews, homemade chocolates, and Spices

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14. Udaipur – The White City

The reflection of Udaipur fort in the river looks splendid on the budget trips in India.

Image Source City of Lakes or the White City, call it what you may, Udaipur is without a doubt one of the most exotic cities in India. If you are planning a short trip, Udaipur is the best place for 3-5 days trip in India. Once you are done gazing at the magnificent palaces and lakes, take a peek at some rare automobiles at the Vintage car museum. Do sample the delicious Dal Baati Choorma and Jalebi along the way. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: September To March Average Cost: 

  • Delhi to Udaipur (State transport bus) : INR 650
  • Stay: Starts at INR 400/night for shared dormitories
  • Food: Street food is a must-try: INR 50 /person

Places To Visit In Udaipur:

  • Lake Pichola
  • City Palace
  • Sajjangarh Palace

Things To Do In Udaipur:

  • Sunset boat cruise
  • Do some nature photography
  • Enjoy a ropeway ride

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Maharana Pratap Airport/ Udaipur Railway Station Famous Dishes: Dal Baati Choorma, Pyaaz Kachori, Mirchi Bada What To Buy: Ethnic sarees, Paintings, and sculptures, Authentic jewelry, Wall Hangings

15. Varanasi – The Oldest City

Hop on a boat rides in the Ganges with our budget trips in India

Image Source Looking forward to plan budget friendly trips in India ? Varanasi can prove to be a great pick to culture vultures and all travelers alike. A cultural hotspot, Banaras or Varanasi, is situated on the banks of River Ganges. It is one of the cheap places to visit in India . The Ganga ghats are sites to experience the cultural flavor of India. So get on that boat ride and take in the most incredible sights from laundry to religious rituals. Don’t miss out on the Banarasi thandai and Banarasi paan! Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: November To February Average Cost: 

  • Delhi to Varanasi and back (train): INR 652
  • Stay: INR 200/night
  • Food: Street food starts at INR 30 for two, Local food at INR 150 for two
  • Boat ride on the Ganges: INR 250/hour

Places To Visit In Varanasi:

  • Kashi Vishwanath temple
  • Sankat Mocha Hanuman temple

Things To Do In Varanasi:

  • Witness evening Aarti ceremony
  • Sightseeing tour of Sarnath
  • Shopping in local market

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport/Varanasi Railway Station Famous Dishes: Chena Dahi Vada, Malaiyyo, Chura Matar, Baati Chokha What To Buy: Banarasi Silk Sarees, Gulabi Minakari, Wooden Toys

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16. Meghalaya – The Abode Of Clouds

A man stands on the living root bridge in Meghalaya

Image Source This “Abode of the Clouds” is one of the most unusual states in the country. You will see “natural” living bridges made from roots of ancient trees, get pleasantly drenched in world’s wettest place, Cherrapunjee, or even get up at 4 in the morning for some sumptuous local breakfast. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To June Average Cost: 

  • Bus travel from Guwahati to Shillong and back: INR 60 – INR 200
  • Stay: INR 600 per night
  • Food: Starts at INR 60 per meal

Places To Visit In Meghalaya :

  • Cherrapunji

Things To Do In Meghalaya :

  • Trek at Umden village
  • Kayaking in Umiam lake

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Shillong Airport/Guwahati Railway Station Famous Dishes: Jodoh, Nakham Bitchi, Pumaloi, Bamboo Shoots What To Buy: Artefacts made of Bamboo and Cane, Cotton and Silk Products

17. Ooty – The Queen Of Hills (South)

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Image Source The Queen of Nilgiris, Ooty happens to be one of the best hill stations in South India for those planning for budget friendly trips in India . Ooty is one of the perfect destinations for budget trips in South India . A trip to Ooty, one of the best hill stations in South India, is amongst the best budget trips in India that you could ask for. It is also one of the cheap places to visit in India . The senses exult here in the midst of the exotic botanical gardens, Rose garden, verdant hills, historical buildings, tea plantations and of course, homemade chocolates. Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To June Average Cost: 

  • Chennai to Ooty and back (bus) – INR 1400
  • Stay: Starts at INR 300
  • Food: Starts at as low as INR 50 for two

Places To Visit In Ooty :

  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Emerald lake

Things To Do In Ooty:

  • Jungle camping
  • Kotagiri trek

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Coimbatore International Airport/Mettupalyam Railway Station Famous Dishes: Kebabs, Chinese food, Chocolates and Momos What To Buy: Authentic Spices, Leather Products, Ornaments, Tea

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18. Shimla – The Iconic Hillstation

See the Pine trees in golden sunlight at Shimla during sunset with the budget trips in India

Shimla is one of the best hillstations for budget tours in India . The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a lovely spot if you are looking for cheap holiday destinations in India. The hill station not only has many sightseeing attractions, but also mesmerizes with its scenic charm. Even if you will walk into a decent restaurant the price range would be inexpensive. There also are various budget hotels and resorts in Shimla that will make your budget escape unforgettable. If you are looking for low budget tourist places in India , then you can consider Shimla. If you’re thinking of a snow-laden escape, meandering past valleys sprinkled in white, then Shimla makes for dreamy winter road trips in India ! Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Nights/3 Days Best Time To Visit: November To February Average Cost: 

  • Stay: INR 700 – INR 1500 per night
  • Food: INR 150 per meal.

Places To Visit In Shimla:

Things To Do In Shimla :

  • Nature camping
  • Treehouse Stay

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Jabbarhatti Airport/Shimla Railway Station Famous Dishes: Meethe Chawal, Khoru, Patore, Chaa Gosht What To Buy: Himachali Hats, Local Handicrafts, Traditional Jewelry, Wooden Items

19. Khajuraho – The Temple Town

Visit the beautiful old temple in Khajuraho by booking budget trips in India

Image Source Known across the world for its erotic art sculpture outside the historic temples, Khajuraho happens to be an ideal choice if you want to tour top low budget tourist places in India. This destination is made budget-friendly primarily through hostels like Zostel and many budget stays. It is one of the cheap holiday destinations in India that you can explore. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 1 Night/2 Days Best Time To Visit: October To February Average Cost: 

  • Stay: INR 500– INR 1500 per night

Places To Visit In Khajuraho:

  • Kandariya Mahadev temple
  • Chaturbhuj temple
  • Devi Jagdambi temple

Things To Do In Khajuraho :

  • Attend the light and sound show

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Khajuraho Airport/ Mahoba railway station Famous Dishes: Rogan Josh, Mutton Kebabs, Chicken Biryani, Sabudana Khichdi What To Buy: Handloom items, Miniature stone replicas, jewelry, silverware, and brassware Suggested Read: 10 Ultimate Destinations For Boat And Cruise Vacations In India

20. Jaipur – The Pink City

Jal Mahal at sunrise with our budget trips in India

Jaipur, the Pink City is the capital of Rajasthan . The City is part of the famous Golden Triangle Tour of India (Including Delhi and Agra). Jaipur is a perfect place for a 2-3 days trip in India . This tour is loved majorly by foreign travelers visiting India to catch a glimpse of its incredible heritage. Hence, with a booming tourism scenario comes a myriad of choices for the budget travelers as well. Right from the street food to quirky hostel stays, this has to be in your list of short trips in India on budget. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Night/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To March Average Cost

Places To Visit In Jaipur

  • Amber Palace

Things To Do In Jaipur

  • Nahargarh fort cycling
  • Village jeep safari
  • Shopping Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Sanganer Airport/ Jaipur Railway Station Famous Dishes: Laal Mans, Daal Baluchi, Pyaz Kachori, Dal Batti What To Buy: Leheriya Saree, Bandhani Dupatta, Jewelry, Blue Pottery

21. Kasol – The Heaven’s Gateway

Discover the splendours of Kasol on the budget trips in India

Kasol is a village town in the district of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Parvati River, this hamlet has a couple of cheap stay options in the form of camps. The town has local eating points and amazing cafes which serve delicious food. There is a German bakery too in the center of this little hamlet which serves some of the best bakery items you would have ever tasted. The scenic views and delectable food options make it one of the best places in India for a 3 days trip. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Night/3 Days Best Time To Visit: April, May, October and November Average Cost

  • Food: INR 300 per meal
  • Stay: INR 350 for a triple sharing tent

Places To Visit In Kasol :

  • Kheerganga trek
  • Parvati river

Things To Do In Kasol :

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Bhuntar Airport/ Joginder Nagar Railway Station Famous Dishes: Falafel and Tabbouleh, Momos, Egg Parantha What To Buy: Himachali Caps, Dreamcatchers, Handicrafts. Chilham

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22. Dehradun – The City Of Love

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Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand is a beautiful valley with scenic mountain views. The city often gets overlooked due to the famous cities close by but it is one amazing place that can be explored on a 3-4 days trip in India with shoestring budget. The city has cafes with splendid vistas where one can enjoy meals with a view and a number of tourist attractions like the FRI, IMA, and many more. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Night/3 Days Best Time To Visit: March To June Average cost

  • Food: INR 400 per meal

Places To Visit In Dehradun :

  • Robber’s cave
  • Sahastradhara
  • Tapkeshwar Temple

Things To Do In Dehradun :

  • Paragliding
  • Shopping in the Tibetan market

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Jolly Grant Airport/ Dehradun Railway Station Famous Dishes: Kandalee ka Saag, Gahat ki Daal, Aloo ke Gutke, Kaafli and Gulgula What To Buy: Brassware, Pashmina, Spices, and Local produce

23. Itanagar – A Peaceful Capital City

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Image Source Itanagar in the Northeast of India is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, the city proudly homes the medieval Ita Fort. Another major attraction in Itanagar is the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, which features textiles and handicrafts. There is also a unique yellow-roofed Buddhist temple, which was consecrated by Dalai Lama. The lush green hills, the gushing streams and a very peaceful environment, is what Itanagar is all about. Relax by spending some time at the Geker Sinying also known as the Ganga Lake, which is forest and orchids. This enchanting destination is one of the budget-friendly places to visit in India that offers a satisfying getaway with its unique highlights. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Night/3 Days Best Time To Visit: October To April Average Cost

  • Food: INR 150 per meal
  • Stay: INR 1500

Places To Visit In Itanagar:

  • Namdapha National Park

Things To Do In Itanagar:

  • Witness wildlife at Itanagar wildlife sanctuary
  • Angling in Itanagar

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Lilabari Airport/ Harmuti Railway Station Famous Dishes: Momos, Thukpa, Brown Bread What To Buy: Handicraft Items, Thangkas, Wood Carvings, Shawls

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24. Pushkar – The Land Of Camels

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Image Source Pushkar is among the famous places to visit for 3 days in India, a revered town in Rajasthan on the border of the Thar Desert. Set at the Pushkar Lake, a Hindu pilgrimage site having 52 ghats meant for sacred bathing. The town is studded with numerous temples one of which is Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to Lord Brahma, the god of creation. The temple’s origin dates back to the 14th century. Pushkar is also famous for camel rides and different kinds of shakes. The accommodation facility is available for every budget and the food is cheap. Also, there are various adventure activities that you can enjoy at Pushkar. All these things make Pushkar one of the best places for a 3 days trip in India. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Night/3 Days Best Time To Visit: November To March Average cost

  • Stay: INR 500 – 1500

Places To Visit In Pushkar :

  • Pushkar lake
  • Varaha temple
  • Gayatri Mata Mandir

Things To Do In Pushkar :

  • Food walk tour

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Sanganer Airport/Ajmer Junction Famous Dishes: Poha, Kachori, Samosa, Dal Batti Churma, Falafel What To Buy: Handicraft Items, Silver articles, Rose products

25. Digha – The City Of Underwater World

Join the exotic budget trips in India to beach view in the evening

Image Source This is a town in the state of West Bengal, which is known for its marine life and is best for budget solo trip in India. Digha is renowned as the resort beach town in West Bengal and is a must-visit place in the state if you are looking for a budget trip. Those looking for a peaceful travel experience, this beach town is unexplored and is therefore an ideal place to visit for 3 days in India. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 Nights/3 days Best Time To Visit: October To February Average cost

  • Train from Howrah to Digha: INR 150/-

Places To Visit In Digha:

  • Digha beach
  • Amaravati park
  • Marine Station

Things To Do In Digha:

  • Take a stroll in the park
  • Sunbathing on the beach
  • Witness the fishes in the aquarium

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Kolkata Airport/ Howrah Railway Station Famous Dishes: Pomfret, Rohu, Bhetki, Fried Fish, Tiger Prawns What To Buy: Jute Products, Handicraft showpieces

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26. Kodaikanal – Princess Of Hill Stations

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One of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India, Kodaikanal is also the cheapest and the loveliest. The beautiful hill town has a wonderful climate, gorgeous lakes and valleys, snow-covered mountains, and more. Tourists are attracted to this place as it offers an ideal getaway for a 3 days trip in India from busy city life. You get a chance to connect with nature and stroll through the forests. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 1 Night/2 Days Best Time To Visit: October To March Average Cost

  • Stay: INR 500 – INR 700
  • Food: INR 150 to INR 200 per meal

Places To Visit In Kodaikanal:

  • Dolphin’s nose rock
  • Kodaikanal lake
  • Silver Cascade falls

Things To Do In Kodaikanal :

  • Walk at Coaker’s walk
  • Trek to topmost point
  • Boating in Kodaikanal lake

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Madurai Airport/Kodai Railway Station Famous Dishes: Thukpa, Momos, Soupy Noodles What To Buy: Eucalyptus Oil, Chocolate Factory, Spices, Natural Oils, Kodai Cheese

27. Amritsar – Gateway To Punjab

Places to visit in Amritsar

Image Source Amritsar is one of the cheap places to visit in India . You must have heard about the famous Golden Temple, believe us, it is even more beautiful and peaceful in real life. For a budget visit, you can eat at the langar provided by the temple which is delicious as well. It also offers cheap accommodation options. For a tranquil trip, you should visit Amritsar. This prominent city is the best place for 4 days trip in India that will make your vacation an unforgettable one. Ideal Duration: 2 nights/3days Best Time To Visit: November To March Average cost: Stay: INR 830 onwards Food: INR 500 for two Places To Visit In Amritsar:

  • Golden Temple
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Durgiana Temple

Things To Do In Amritsar:

  • Eating street food
  • Bird-watching

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport/ Amritsar Railway Station Famous Dishes: Amritsari Kulchas, Chole Puri Pinni, Amritsari Fish Tikka What To Buy: Shawls, Pakistani Jutti, Phulkari Embroidered work textiles

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28. Jaisalmer – Land Of Rich Culture

Jaisalmer

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Disclaimer: The image is for representation purposes only. One of the pleasant places to visit for 4 days in India is Jaisalmer which you must surely add to your itinerary while planning for your next vacation. Jaisalmer is one of the popular places in Rajasthan where you will get to witness marvelous forts and temples. Jaisalmer has a low cost of accommodation, affordable price for food, and low train fares. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 days/ 3 nights Best Time To Visit: November to March Average Cost: Stay: INR 500/- to INR 1000/- per day Food: INR 200/- to INR 600/- per day Train: INR 440/- Places To Visit In Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer fort, Jaisalmer government museum, Mandir palace, Jain temples of Jaisalmer. Things To Do In Alleppey: Visit forts and temples Nearest Airport/Railway Station: 7 min via Gadisar road Famous Dishes: Mutton saag, Gatte ki sabzi What To Buy: Mirror work embroidery products, camel leather products

29. Savarkut, Maharashtra – Explore The Clean City

Savarkut city

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Disclaimer: The image is for representation purposes only. Planning for some low budget trips in India ? Savarkut in Maharashtra is one of the cheap places to visit and is one of the peaceful places. Savarkut is one of the cleanest places where you can opt for adventurous activities like water rafting, rappelling, kayaking and others. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 days/3 nights Best Time To Visit: December to February Average Cost: Stay: 2000 INR to 3000 INR Food: 1000 INR to 2000 INR Places To Visit In Savarkut: Savarkut village, Kolad, Igatpuri Things To Do In Savarkut: Kayaking, rafting Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Kankavali Railway Station Famous Dishes: Popti What To Buy: Essentials made from organic cotton

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30. Maval, Maharashtra- Experience The Perfect Getaway

Maval

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Looking out for cheap tour packages in India? Maval in Maharashtra is one of the places where you can spend your weekend and the best thing about the place is the budget-friendly price. It is a perfect getaway from Mumbai as the place is just 87 km from Mumbai. Ideal Duration Of Stay: 2 days/3 nights Best Time To Visit: Anytime of the year Average Cost: Stay: 1000 INR to 3000 INR Food: 500 INR to 1000 INR Places To Visit In Savarkut: Bhaja falls, Takve lakes Things To Do In Savarkut: Camping and water sports Nearest Airport/Railway Station: At a distance of 3.98 km Famous Dishes: Eastern Indian cuisine, street food What To Buy: Paithani and himroo sarees.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Budget Trips in India

Which are some of the offbeat destinations to plan budget trips in India?

Amidst an array of awe-inspiring destinations in India, there are some offbeat destinations which can easily be planned for an ultimate budget trip. Some of these destinations are: 1. Digha - West Bengal 2. Savarkut - Maharashtra 3. Maval - Maharashtra 4. Hampi

What are some of the best tips to keep in mind while planning budget trips in India?

If you are planning a budget trip in India, make sure to go through the following tips. These tips would certainly come in handy while planning your budget trip and will allow you to have a seamless vacation. Check them out: 1. Research thoroughly - Make sure you research in depth about your destination. Research about the best budget hotels, pocket-friendly restaurants, and transportation options. 2. Travel during off-season - If you intend to have a vacation that is easy on your pockets, it is vital to travel during off-season, when the demand is less and prices are not inflated. 3. Travel in a group to share costs related to accommodation and transportation. 4. Travel to offbeat places in the country. Places that are already very popular amongst tourists would naturally cost you more. It is wise to travel to unexplored places and save some bucks! 5. Find accommodation in homestays. Homestays are relatively cheaper than hotels. You can also look for accommodation in budget-friendly hostels. 6. Travel via public transport instead of taxi/cab. Keeping these tips in mind would surely aid you while planning your ideal budget trip in India.

Which destinations in India can be explored at a very low budget?

There are some incredible places in India that can be explored at a very low budget. Some of them are: 1. Pushkar 2. Ooty 3. Lonavala 4. Nainital 5. Rishikesh 6. Hampi

Which place is best to travel for 2-3 days in India?

The best place for a 2-3 days trip in India would depend on your location. If you are located in North Delhi, then Shimla and Jaipur would be a good choice. For people living in South India, Mysore and Coorg must be on the list. For West India, head to Alibaug or Mahabaleshwar. Northeast Indians can head to Pelling or Darjeeling. And East Indians would love to visit Sunderbans or Puri.

What is the best place to visit in South India with a low budget for a 3 to 4 days tour?

Hampi, Coorg, and Ooty are some of the best places to visit in South India if you are a budget traveler.

Which is the cheapest city in India?

Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore are arguably the cheapest cities in India. It is affordable for a majority of Indian citizens to rent out a place in these metro cities. Also, the dining options here are pretty cheap compared to other metro cities.

Which Indian city is costly?

Mumbai is the most expensive city in India. The city is better known as the home of Bollywood, the city of dreams, and the economic capital of India. If you’re staying in Mumbai, your daily budget will exceed INR 500-1,000.

How can I travel cheaply in India?

If you plan to travel cheaply in India, you can live for free at an ashram in Pondicherry, drink at shacks in Goa that serve vodka shots for INR 60 per glass, travel by state-owned buses in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, and prefer staying at homestays.

How much does a meal cost in India?

A meal in India costs INR 100 at street joints, INR 250-500 at medium-level restaurants, and over INR 1,000 at upscale restaurants. Make sure you taste the local street food while you’re in India. The flavor and the aroma of Indian cuisine are distinct and usually hits all your senses.

Which is the cheapest country to visit from India?

There are various countries that you can consider visiting from India on a low budget. Some of them have been listed below: 1. Malaysia 2. Sri Lanka 3. Bhutan 4. Nepal 5. Thailand 6. Laos 7. Singapore

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The landscape of India provides for an infinite number of holiday destinations in India- from scenic locations to sites soaked in history, from cities bustling with chaos and confusion to laid-back and relaxed stays, India is truly diverse. Amidst this huge list of vacation spots, choosing the perfect location for your next trip can be daunting. Well! We are here to relieve you of this dilemma as we present to you the list of top 30 destinations in India for all kinds of travelers, whether you like quiet and serene mountains or small towns with their hustle and bustle. Read along to find the perfect travel destination for your next vacation.

List of 30 Best Places to Visit in India

  • Rann of Kutch
  • Spiti Valley
  • Ranthambore
  • Jim Corbett National Park

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Kashmir:  For its Captivating Natural Beauty

Kashmir Lake

One of the most incredible places in India, Kashmir is known for its natural beauty and is thus, rightly called Heaven on Earth. With its picturesque lakes , lush fruit orchards, verdant meadows, pines and deodars forests, all enclosed with mountains of Himalayan and Pir-Panjal ranges – Kashmir seems to have directly made its way right out from a postcard.

The beautiful Kashmir Valley is home to many destinations ideal for nature lovers, family vacationers, honeymooners, and even a group of friends. Along with great sightseeing opportunities, it offers adventure activities like trekking , skiing, and river rafting, recreational activities like fishing & angling, and even spa & wellness. Shopaholics and food lovers can also have their share of enjoyment as Kashmir spoils them with many options.

Top Places to Visit in Kashmir

  • Aru & Betaab Valley
  • Gurez Valley

Top Things to Do in Kashmir

  • Boating in Dal Lake, Srinagar
  • Skiing in Gulmarg
  • Angling & Fishing in Pahalgam
  • White Water River Rafting in Pahalgam and Sonmarg
  • Shopping for Leather Items, Pashmina Shawls, and Traditional Kashmiri Handicraft
  • Trying Wazwan (traditional dishes)

Check out: Best of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Packages

Ladakh: For its Unmatched Adventure Options

Ladakh

The land of high mountain passes , barren mountains, alpine lakes & meadows, enchanting valleys and ancient colourful Buddhist monasteries , Ladakh is one of the must-visit destinations in India. It is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Ladakh is unlike any place to visit in India. It is here that you can witness some of the world’s highest mountain passes as well as exotic wildlife species in India’s largest national park. This must-visit destination in India is perfect for motorbiking and mountain biking, camping, river rafting, trekking and peak climbing adventures.

Top Places to Visit in Ladakh

  • Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar Valley

Top Things to Do in Ladakh

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Peak Climbing
  • Motor Biking
  • Mountain Biking
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Wildlife Sighting especially snow leopards
  • Attend Festivals in the Monasteries

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Delhi: For its Incredible History and Past

Delhi Red Fort

The capital city makes for one of the perfect travel destinations in India. A city of heritage , monuments, teeming with bazaars and mouth-watering street food, high-end malls, and luxury hotels & restaurants; Delhi has something for everyone. So whether you are looking for a heritage walk or a shopping experience or for kids-friendly activities or places for photography or even seek the blessings of god, Delhi will not disappoint.

Top Places to Visit in Delhi

  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Jama Masjid
  • Qutub Minar
  • Nizamuddin Dargah
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Lotus Temple
  • Akshardham Temple
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan

Things to Do in Delhi

  • Try delectable street food
  • Listen to qawwalis at Nizamuddin
  • Take a tour on Hop On Ho Off (HOHO) Bus
  • Go shopping in Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Dilli Haat
  • Architecture photography
  • Heritage walk

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Sikkim: For its Breathtaking Natural Vistas and Enthralling Adventures

Sikkim Tourism

One of the most beautiful places in India, Sikkim is a glittering gem of the North-East Himalayas. This northeast Indian destination is popular for being home to the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8586 m). Sikkim is one of the best destinations in India to spend a peaceful and laid back holiday as well as enjoy enthralling adventure activities.

Teeming with some of the world’s scenic trekking trails and rivers, this little northeastern state makes for a perfect adventure destination in India for trekkers, rafting enthusiasts, mountaineers and rock climbers. It is also famous for offering an experience of Yak Safari.

Sikkim is also a perfect place to go for some meditation sessions at numerous old Buddhist monasteries. Don’t miss out on delicious Sikkimese delicacies and shop to your heart’s content and buy Sikkimese handicrafts, thangka paintings and mural items.

Top Attractions in Sikkim

  • Yumthang Valley
  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Do-Drul Chorten
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Things to Do in Sikkim

  • River Rafting in Teesta River
  • Paragliding
  • Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
  • Motorbiking
  • Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Caving/Spelunking at North Lha-Ri-Nying Phu

Check out:   Best of Sikkim Tourism Packages

Meghalaya: For its Spellbinding Natural Beauty 

Meghalaya Shillong

Also known as the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is a hidden gem nestled in the lap of pine-covered Khasi and Garo Hills in the Northeastern part of India. One of the most picturesque states of North East India with its innumerable waterfalls, mystic caves, dense forests and sparkling lakes and rivers; Meghalaya is an ideal destination in India for trekkers, cavers/spelunkers and nature lovers.

It is only in Meghalaya where you will come across unique man-made living root bridges that are grown and not built. The ‘double decker living root bridge’ in Cherrapunjee is one such artistic splendour that has been standing strong for over 200 years. Meghalaya also offers a sneak peek of its tribal life along with delicious local food. The state offers a travel experience in India unlike any other.

Top Attractions in Meghalaya

  • Cherapunjee
  • Elephant Falls
  • Nohkalikai Waterfalls
  • Mawsmai Cave
  • Double Decker Living Root Bridge
  • Balpakram National Park
  • Nohsngithiang Falls

Things to Do in Meghalaya

  • Caving/Spelunking
  • Ziplining in Cherapunjee
  • Cliff jumping & Boating in Dawki

Check out: Meghalaya North East Sightseeing Tour Packages

Kerala: For its Backwaters, Beaches & Culture

Kerala Houseboat Backtwater

Pristine backwaters, coconut-palm fringed beaches, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and colourful festivals; Yes! You guessed it right. I am talking about God’s own country, Kerala . One of the most picturesque places in India with a footfall of thousands of tourists every year, Kerala is tucked between Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats and is blessed with immense natural beauty.

Besides serene backwaters and pristine beaches, Kerala is also home to scenic hill stations and numerous wildlife sanctuaries. Offering an umpteen number of tourist activities, Kerala is a must-visit destination for every traveller. From memorable houseboat stays to nature walks through the sprawling tea gardens to wildlife safari to mesmerizing Kathakali performance to savouring traditional dishes, Kerala has a lot to offer.

Top Attractions in Kerala

  • Periyar National Park
  • Thiruvananthapuram

Things to Do in Kerala

  • Wildlife Safari
  • Houseboat stay and Sail on the Backwaters
  • Ayurveda Massage
  • Scuba Diving
  • Cycling & Biking
  • Windsurfing in Payyoli Beach, Somatheeram Beach, Alappuzha Beach and Varkala Beach
  • Bamboo Rafting in Periyar National Park
  • Paragliding in Vagamon and Varkala
  • Snorkelling in Bond Safari in Kovalam, coast of Vizhinjam and at Varkala beach
  • Spice or Coffee Plantation Tour
  • Birdwatching
  • Watch Folk Dance Performance
  • Witness Snake Boat Race
  • Try the Delicious Food of Kerala

Check out: Best of Kerala South India Tour Packages

Andaman: For its Pristine Beauty and Array of Water Sports

Andaman Island

Known for their picturesque landscape comprising pristine beaches, azure waters and verdant forests, Andaman & Nicobar are a group of more than 500 islands situated in an infinite expanse of the Bay of Bengal. Packed with an array of interesting activities, Andaman & Nicobar is indeed one of the best beach destinations in India.

The islands are home to one of the best beaches in Asia, Radhanagar Beach, which is a paradise for honeymoon couples. For adventure lovers, the azure waters teeming with a diverse marine life and coral reefs, offer a perfect ambience to indulge in some world-class scuba diving and sea walking experiences. The islands are perfect for sighting exotic colourful birds, camping under the open sky and even trying your hands at a bar-be-que, cooking your own fresh catch of a fish or crab.

Top Attractions in Andaman & Nicobar

  • Havelock Island
  • Radhanagar Beach
  • Cellular Jail
  • Ross Island
  • Viper Island
  • Neil Island
  • Baratang Island
  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
  • Little Andaman
  • Barren Island
  • Long Island
  • Corbyn’s Beach

Things to Do in Andaman & Nicobar

  • Snorkelling
  • Mangrove Kayaking
  • Underwater Sea Walking

Check out: Best of Holiday Packages for Andaman

Goa: For its Beaches, World-heritage Churches, Food & Nightlife

Goa Paragliding

Known for its gorgeous beaches, stellar nightlife, delish seafood, world-heritage listed monuments, Goa is where all the fun is in India. Although the beaches of Goa are the primary tourism attractions, there are many surprises waiting to be unravelled.

Goa has one of the best nightlife in India with trendy bars, beach shacks, elegant cafes and many clubs and discotheques. For those looking for a luxury stay, South Goa has many options.

For the history buffs, Old Goa is replete with many whitewashed churches, crumbling forts and spectacular mansions. The adventure junkies are also spoilt for choice in Goa with a number of watersports including snorkelling and jet skiing. The beautiful and quiet settings of Goa also make it a great destination for yoga and Ayurveda.

Top Attractions in Goa

  • Calangute Beach
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Fort Aguada
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls
  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  • Chapora Fort
  • Arambol Beach
  • Palolem Beach
  • Vagator Beach

Things to Do in Goa

  • Watersports
  • Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market and Night Market
  • Yoga & Ayurveda
  • Visit Spice Plantation
  • Bungee Jumping at Mayem Lake
  • Go-Karting in Arpora
  • Try Seafood
  • Take an Electric Bike Tour
  • Heritage Walk in Fontainhas
  • Climb up to Charpora For

Check out:   Goa Tourism Packages

Agra, Uttar Pradesh: For its Unprecedented Mughal Grandeur

Tajmahal Agra

Home to the symbol of love, Taj Mahal , Agra in Uttar Pradesh finds its spot on the world heritage map.  With its three gems, the impressive Taj Mahal, magnificent Agra Fort and splendid Fatehpur Sikri; the city charms thousands of tourists including historians and art lovers from all across India and the world.

Agra also gives a chance to savour authentic and traditional Mughlai flavours, shopping in the lively markets teeming with marble handicrafts & fine leather items, and even soaking your spirits in the enthralling fiesta of the Taj Mahotsav. For a more closer look at this heritage city, get on an off the beaten path journey and explore the narrow alleyways of the old city, ancient temples or visit the renowned poet, Mirza Ghalib’s birthplace.

Top Attractions in Agra

  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Akbar’s Tomb/Sikandra
  • Chini Ka Rauza
  • Wildlife SOS

Things to Do

  • Savour delicacies of Agra
  • Shop at Kinari Bazar
  • Watch Kalakriti Dance Drama Show
  • Watch Light & Sound Show at Agra Fort
  • Boat Ride on Yamuna River

Check out: Delhi Agra Jaipur Golden Triangle Tour Packages

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: For its Spiritual Essence

Varanasi

Exploration of India remains incomplete without a trip to the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh . Also known as the city of Moksha (salvation), the place holds a great religious significance for the Hindus.

Situated on the banks of sacred river Ganga , the city is believed to be more than 5000 years old. Bustling with enchanting ancient temples and holy Ghats crowded with people performing various rituals and prayers, Varanasi makes for an ultimate spiritual travel destination India.

Varanasi offers a number of experiences such as paying homage to Lord Shiva in the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple or taking a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga absolving your sins or witnessing the famed Ganga Aarti. When in the city, a must-try is Benaras ki Chaat. Shopping in Varanasi for musical instruments and world-renowned Benarasi Silk Sarees is also a must.

Top Attractions in Varanasi

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Dasaswamedh Ghat
  • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
  • New Vishwanath Temple
  • Tulsi Manasa Temple
  • Durga Temple
  • Tibetan Temple
  • Manikarnika Ghat
  • Bharat Mata Mandir
  • Vishwanath Gali

Things to Do in Varanasi

  • Boat Ride on Ganga River
  • Watch Ganga Aarti on Dasaswamedh Ghat
  • Try Street Food
  • Try Food at Different Cafes

Check out: 2 Nights 3 Days Varanasi Sightseeing Tour Package

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: For its Rajputana Magnificence and Plethora of Desert Activities

Jaisalmer Desert Camel Safari

Also known as the Land of the Golden Sand, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is a beautiful city known for its rich cultural heritage and tales of brave Rajput rulers. This popular tourist destination is flanked by the expansive Thar Desert. Jaisalmer offers an authentic experience of Rajasthani culture, traditions, and heritage with its magnificent Sonar Quila or the Jaisalmer Fort, havelis, delectable food, and camel safari opportunity in the desert.

The annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a major attraction in the city and a visual treat. Folk dances, cultural and musical performances, campfires under open starlit sky, enthralling camel shows, local haats (shops) selling exquisite jewellery and handicrafts, can also be witnessed and experienced in this must-see festival in Jaisalmer.

Top Attractions in Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • Patwon ki Haveli
  • Nathmal ki Haveli
  • Salim Singh ki Haveli
  • Kuldhara Village
  • Jain Temples
  • Desert National Park
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Tazia Tower and Badal Palace
  • Tanot Mata Temple
  • Windmill Park

Things to Do in Jaisalmer

  • Camel Safari & Dune Bashing in Sam Dunes
  • Shopping in Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar
  • Parasailing in Kanoi
  • Paramotoring
  • Quad Biking
  • Desert Camping
  • Wildlife safari in Desert National Park
  • Watch Puppet Show
  • Try delectable food of Rajasthan

Check out: Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tourism Packages

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat: For its Salt Desert and Village Life Experience

Run of Kutch Gujarat

An enormous stretch of white salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is amongst the best places to visit in India. Sprawling in an area of 7500 sq km, Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts in the world and only one of its kind in India. This must-see place in Gujarat comes to life during the annual Rann Utsav when the white canvas gets painted with different hues and shades of lively folk performances and art.

Along with live folk music and dance performances, one can enjoy camel safaris and delicious Kutch cuisine. Visitors can also watch colourful migratory birds in the Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary, breath-taking views of the infinite expanse of the Rann from Kala Dungar and artisans creating magic with their hands by making exquisite embroidery pieces.

What adds to the charm of this memorable trip is a stay in traditional Bhungas or cylindrical shaped huts with conical roofs in the enchanting Hodka and Dhordo Villages nearby. Providing you a feel of a rustic village life.

Top Attractions in Rann of Kutch

  • Kala Dungar
  • Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary
  • Dhordo Village
  • Hodka Village

Things to Do in Rann of Kutch

  • Attend Rann Utsav
  • Stay in Hodka and Dhordo Villages

Check out: Popular Tourism Packages for Gujarat

Aurangabad, Maharashtra: For its mesmerizing architecture

Aurangabad Bibi Ka Maqbara

Dotted with plenty of ancient monuments, Aurangabad is a historical city located in Maharashtra. A city ruled by several dynasties in the past, today boasts of its rich heritage with its architectural marvels reminding the tales of once reigning dynasties. Mostly famed for its stunning Buddhist cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aurangabad is the best destination to visit for history buffs.

Annually, Aurangabad organizes a cultural fiesta of Ellora Ajanta Festival which showcases the talent of a number of dancers and musicians across the country with the backdrop of illuminated 1400 years old caves. This festival adds to the charm of this historic city and provides one more reason for the art lovers to visit Aurangabad.

When in Aurangabad, do not give a miss to the lifetime opportunity of adding to your wardrobe, a traditional and exquisite collection of fine hand-woven Himroo and Paithani silk, a speciality of the city.

Top Attractions in Aurangabad

  • Grishneshwar Temple
  • Bibi Ka Maqbara
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Aurangabad Caves
  • Siddharth Garden
  • Bani Begum Garden

Things to Do in Aurangabad

  • Eat at Yalla Yalla and Bhoj
  • Photography

Check out: Best of Maharashtra Tour Packages

Sunderbans, West Bengal: For its rich wildlife and rustic charm

Sunderbans Tiger

Home to the world’s largest mangrove forests and a large population of Royal Bengal Tigers, Sunderbans in West Bengal is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in India. Situated in the delta formed by Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Meghna Rivers, Sunderbans is also home to a large number of wild animals, reptiles and birds. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Things to Do in West Bengal

  • Sight Royal Bengal Tigers
  • Watch playful Gangetic Dolphins
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Village Tour
  • Witness Phytoplanktons in Night Safari
  • Witness the Freshwater Crocs at Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project

Check out: West Bengal Tour Packages

Hampi, Karnataka: For its brilliantly carved monuments

trips in india

A city immersed in the glorious past of the Vijayanagara Empire dating back to the period between 14th and 16th century, Hampi in Karnataka is another great place to visit for history buffs . Ruins of this ancient city with its number of strikingly beautiful monuments, temples and palaces still tell you the tales of grandeur and magnificence of the Vijayanagara rulers.

A trip to this historic place in Karnataka is incomplete without being part of its annually held musical extravaganza of Hampi Utsav. During the festival, one can enjoy live cultural dance performances with the backdrop of the splendid ruins lit up with lights which makes it an exceptional sight to behold.

Top Attractions in Hampi

  • Virupaksha Temple
  • Vithala Temple
  • Lotus Palace
  • Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple
  • Hampi Bazar
  • Hippie Island
  • Queen’s Bath
  • Matanga Hills
  • Elephant Stable
  • Monolith Bull

Things to Do in Hampi

  • Watch the sunset from Hanuman Temple
  • Coracle Ride in Tungbhadra River
  • Cliff Jumping in Hampi’s Lake

Check out:  Karnataka Holiday Packages

Mysore, Karnataka: For its rich culture and abundance of attractions

Mysore Palace

Considered to be the cultural capital of Karnataka in South India, Mysore is a historic city known for its beautiful palaces and gardens. Every attraction of Mysore tells a story related to the city’s glorious past. Whether it is the magnificent Mysore City Palace dazzling with thousands of bulbs or Brindavan Gardens lined up with musical fountains, Mysore does not miss an opportunity to woo its visitors. A major attraction in Mysore is the royal procession of colourfully decked up elephants during the world famous Mysore Dasara Festival.  The city is also famous for its beautiful silk saree and delicious sweet, Mysore Pak.

Top Attractions in Mysore

  • Mysore Palace
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Somanathpura Temple
  • Chamundeshwari Temple
  • Bonsai Garden
  • Karanji Lake
  • GRS Fantasy Park
  • St. Philomena’s Church

Things to Do in Mysore

  • Yoga Training
  • Buy Mysore Silk Saree
  • Try Local Dishes
  • Buy Mysore Pak

Recommended Tour Packages

  • 4 Nights 5 Days Bangalore Mysore Ooty Tour Package
  • 5 Nights 6 Days Bangalore Mysore Nagarhole Tour Package

Kaziranga National Park, Assam: For sighting one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers

Kaziranga National Park Rhino

Home to the largest population of the vulnerable species of one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the best wildlife destinations in India. Kaziranga has also been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is also famous for its elephant grass. Apart from the one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is home to Hoolock Gibbon, Tiger, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Wild water buffalo, and swamp deer among many other species of wildlife.

Top Things to Do in Kaziranga National Park

  • Jeep Safari
  • One-horned Rhino Sighting
  • Tiger Sighting

Check out:  Kaziranga Wildlife Safari Tour Packages

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: For learning yoga and enjoying adventure activities

Rishikesh River Rafting

Seated on the bank of holy River Ganga, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is an unmissable destination in India. Also dubbed the Yoga Capital of the country, Rishikesh is primarily visited by either yoga aspirants or those seeking a spiritual experience. Learning yoga in the ashrams of Rishikesh and in the evening watching the Ganga Aarti are two of the best experiences in the city. But that’s not all that Rishikesh offers, there are many adventure activities inviting you for an experience of a lifetime. Adventure lovers can indulge in activities like camping, white water rafting, bungee jumping from India’s highest platform, and flying fox (Asia’s longest ride).

Top Attractions in Rishikesh

  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Triveni Ghat
  • The Beatles Ashram
  • Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple
  • Triambakeshwar Temple

Things to Do in Rishikesh

  • White Water Rafting
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Giant Swing
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Witness Ganga Aarti
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Mussoorie Tour with Rishikesh
  • 7 Nights 8 Days Best of Garhwal Himalayas Tour

Jaipur, Rajasthan: For rich architecture, food, and shopping

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

The Pink City, Jaipur is a destination you cannot miss when visiting India. Jaipur is a perfect reflection of what the royal state of Rajasthan is about – it is elegant, replete with fine monuments, and is rich in culture. Due to preserving and conserving its rich heritage, the city has been recognized by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

The capital city is dotted with numerous palaces and forts, an open-air observatory, state museum and other museums, and many traditional places to eat. The city also has another side where it offers high-end malls, fancy restaurants, gardens, and much more for its visitors.

Top Attractions in Jaipur

  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Galta Ji Temple
  • Birla Temple
  • Moti Dungri Temple
  • Masala Chowk

Things to Do in Jaipur

  • Old City Heritage Walk
  • Watch Sunset from Nahargarh Fort
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Watch Cultural Performances
  • Sample Rajasthani Cuisine
  • Learn About Block Printing
  • Witness Elephant Festival
  • Attend Jaipur Literature Festival

Check out: Best of Jaipur Sightseeing Tour Packages

Amritsar, Punjab: For Golden Temple, Food, and Cheering Indian Army

Golden Temple Amritsar

Home to the gorgeous Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), Amritsar in Punjab is a destination that should be included in your India travel itinerary. Even though the Sikh sacred shrine (Golden Temple) makes for the top attraction in Amritsar, there are still plenty of other places that are worth seeing in the city. Amritsar is a reflection of India’s independence struggle and is also in close proximity to the Indo-Pak Border (Wagah/Attari Border).

The city allows a unique experience of witnessing the lowering of the flags ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border by the military of both India and Pakistan. Other than this, the city is a food lover’s paradise. From Amritsari Kulcha to Amritsari Fish to Lassi, the city has so much to offer to you.

Top Attractions in Amritsar

  • Golden Temple
  • Wagah Border
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Hall Bazaar
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Shopping for Phulkari and Jutis
  • Try speciality of Amritsar food
  • Eat at Guru ka Langar
  • Cheer For Indian Soldiers at Wagah Border Flag Ceremony
  • Watch Light & Sound Show at Gobindgarh Fort
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Amritsar Tour Package
  • 4 Nights 5 Days Punjab Gurudwara Tour

Lambasingi, Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh

Lambasingi Andhra Pradesh

Little enchanting village of Lambasingi lies in the city of Visakhapatnam. It is one of the best places to visit in India. The most interesting fact about Lambasingi is that it is the only place in South India to receive snowfall in winter. It is also known as ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’. Blessed with gorgeous beauty of nature, it is a place where you can escape and disappear in the folds of time, away from the chaos of the world. Lofty hills, greenery all around, dense forests, gorgeous valleys, green plantations and thrilling adventure activities like trekking, hiking, mountain biking and camping will make your sightseeing and day exciting at Lambasingi.

Top Places to Visit in Lambasingi

  • Thajangi Reservoir
  • Kothapalli Waterfalls
  • Susan Garden
  • Bojjannakonda
  • Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
  • Annavaram Temple
  • Yerravaram Waterfalls

Top Things to Do in Lambasingi

  • Visit Kothapalli waterfalls
  • Experience Snowfall
  • Camping in Lambasingi would be fun
  • Bird watching at Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
  • Nature Walk at Ghat Road
  • Strolling at the stunning Gardens, Apple Orchards and Emerald plantations

Other Interesting Blog to Read

  • Best Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh

Shimla, Mesmerizing Queen of hills

Shimla in Monsoon

Decked with green hills at an altitude of 2,205 meters, the erstwhile summer capital of British India is one of the most popular hill stations and favorite destination in India. You will witness the beauty of Pine and Oak forests, steep hillsides, colonial buildings, colorful markets and stunning Lamp Posts makes this place quite gorgeous to capture in your lens. honeymooners, nature lovers and families throughout the year visit Shimla at least once. From mid-July to September, Shimla is covered with snow which is a bliss for snow lovers. Which opens the gates for thrilling adventure sports like Skiing, trekking, ice skating and paragliding etc.  The town’s nightlife, games of Golf, elite clubs will blow your heart away.

Top Places to Visit in Shimla

  • Jakhoo Hill
  • Visceral Lodge
  • Green Valley
  • Christ Church
  • Tara Devi Temple
  • The Mall Road
  • Kalka Shimla Toy Train
  • Himachal State Museum
  • Lakkar Bazaar

Top Things to Do in Shimla

  • Toy Train Ride
  • Ice Skating
  • Rafting at Tattapani
  • Nature Walks in Pine Forests
  • Gorgeous views of Summer Hill
  • Divine blessings at Tara Devi Temple

Other Interesting Blogs to Read

  • Best Places to Visit in Shimla Himachal
  • Best Tourist Places in Manali
  • Top Summer Destinations in Himachal

Shillong- Rejoice Your Soul with Mesmerising Nature Vistas

Shillong Meghalaya

Shillong , Meghalaya’s capital, is surrounded by thick pine trees. Shillong, one of Northeast India’s most popular hill stations, is recognized for its scenic beauty, waterfalls, and fresh breeze. The city is also known as East Scotland. Shillong is home to many hill tribes on the one hand, but it also has a young, modern culture. The city is well-known as India’s music capital.

Top Places to Visit in Shillong

  • Shillong Peak and Viewpoint
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Police Bazar
  • Mary helps for Christian Cathedral
  • Ward’s Lake
  • Sweet Falls
  • Spread Eagle Falls

Top Things to Do in Shillong

  • Horse Riding
  • Cup of Coffee at Cafes
  • Nature Walks
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sightseeing
  • Top Snowfall Destinations in North East India Which Will Blow Your Heart Away
  • Best Places to Visit in Sikkim, North East India

Imphal, Manipur

Imphal City View

Imphal , set amidst forested hills, is a revitalising respite for those who live in congested cities. Imphal provides them with beautiful hills and valleys. In Northeast India, it is well-known as a honeymoon destination. There are several historical sites in the area that highlight the state’s cultural variety. Imphal’s culinary delicacies must be sampled to get a full picture of the city.

Top Places to Visit in Imphal

  • Kangla Palace
  • Matai Garden
  • Tharon Cave
  • Ema Keithel
  • Manipur State Museum
  • Sirohi National Park
  • Imphal War Cemetery

Top Things to Do in Imphal

  • Sightseeing of Heritage destinations
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Imphal Manipur Tour Package
  • 4 Nights 5 Days Imphal Sightseeing Tour Package

Dimapur, Nagaland

Dimapur - Kachari Ruins

Dimapur, Nagaland’s main city and economic centre, is proud of its indigenous culture and traditions. Dimapur has something for everyone, from the Kachari ruins to the Triple Falls and forests with various flora and animals. It is the gateway to other Himalayan locations and is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Northeast India. The Hornbill Festival brings Dimapur to life.

Top Places to See in Dimapur

  • The Triple Falls
  • Shiva Temple
  • Zoological Park
  • Nagaland Science Centre
  • Hong Kong Market
  • Kachari Ruins
  • Sumi Town Baptist Church
  • Chumukedima Village

Top Things to Do in Dimapur

  • Traditional Homestays
  • Waterfall Tours
  • Nature Sightseeing and photography
  • Wildlife Sighting
  • Village Walks
  • Try different Cuisines
  • Popular Tourist Places in Nagaland
  • Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks in Nagaland
  • What to Expect While Traveling to Nagaland in December?

Udaipur, Rajasthan: The City of Lakes

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

The city of Udaipur  is also known as ‘Venice of the East’, due to its many beautiful lakes. Founded in 1556, Udaipur is named after Maharaja Udai Singh II and is situated at the base of the Aravalli hills in southern Rajasthan. A popular tourist destination with its palaces, temples, and havelis, Udaipur has now emerged as a popular location for pre-wedding shoots and destination weddings. The city has remained the capital of the Mewar kingdom for decades and has managed to keep the culture alive with its folk songs and dances. A city of the royals, you will definitely enjoy your stay here.

Top Places to Visit in Udaipur

  • City Palace Udaipur
  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Swaroop Sagar Lake
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Nehru Garden
  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • Saheliyon ki Bari
  • Karni Mata Temple

Top Things to Do in Udaipur

  • Boating at Lake Pichola
  • Ride the ropeway to Karni Mata Temple
  • Shop at Hathi Pol Bazaar
  • Enjoy a royal stay at Lake Palace
  • Enjoy sunsets at the lakes
  • Watch the light and sound show at City Palace
  • Go trekking among the Aravalli hills

Also Read: Historical Places to Visit in Udaipur

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh:  Beauty of the Cold Desert

Spiti Valley - Best Time to Visit Himachal

Situated at a height of more than 13,000 ft above sea level, Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley  is a beautiful landscape with tranquil monasteries and the mighty Himalayas. The Valley is bordered by Tibet on the north, and as a result tends to share a lot of the traits in its culture. The silent valley of Spiti has acquired a number of monasteries over the years since it provides the perfect atmosphere for spiritual development like the Tabo Monastery at Spiti, which was built in 996 CE and is the oldest monastery in India. The Valley, though provides serene monasteries but it also offers some amazing adventure and water sports for those who love to feel the adrenaline.

Top Places to Visit in Spiti Valley

  • Tabo Monastery
  • Key Monastery
  • Losar village
  • Kibber village
  • Trilokinath Temple
  • Chandratal Lake
  • Suraj Tal Lake
  • Pin Valley National Park
  • Kunzum Pass

Top Things to Do in Spiti Valley

  • Go river rafting at the Spiti River
  • Admire endangered species at Pin Valley National Park
  • Visit the monasteries for a peaceful experience
  • Trek to the Dhankar Lake
  • Take a mountain bike trip at Spiti
  • Enjoy stargazing at Kibber

Also Read: Snow Tourist Places in Himachal

Ranthambore, Rajasthan: Land of the Royal Bengal Tigers

Ranthambore National Park Tigers

The Tiger Reserve at Ranthambore is one of the prominent tiger reserves in the world and houses the big cat species of the Bengal Tiger. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve  or the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Sawai Madhopur, in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. It is one of the larger habitats of tigers in the country and was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 that later worked its way to form one of the major tiger reserves of India. It is mainly known for its tigers that stay awake during the day unlike most tigers who are active at night. Due to the number of tigers in the park who roam around freely, you are sure to see some on your visit.

Top Places to Visit in Ranthambore

  • Ranthambore Fort
  • Surwal Lake
  • Malik Talao
  • Trinetra Ganesha Temple
  • Padam Talao
  • Raj Bagh Ruins
  • Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History

Top Things to Do in Ranthambore

  • Take a jeep or canter safari to spot the tigers at the reserve
  • Indulge in bird watching at Surwal Lake
  • Hike to the Ranthambore Fort
  • Visit the Trinetra Ganesha Temple

Also Read:   Interesting Facts About Ranthambore

Junagadh, Gujarat:  A Scenic Fort City

Junagadh-Girnar-Gujarat

Located in Gujarat, Junagadh is a historical city and a place you must visit on your trip to the state. Steeped in history, the city has seen several rulers during its existence from the Mauryas to the Mughals. As important as it is historically, Junagadh is also a popular pilgrimage destination for followers of several religions, such as Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, and Buddhism. Located in the foothills of Mount Girnar, the city is also close to one of the prominent national parks of India, the Gir National Park.

Top Places to Visit in Junagadh

  • Mahabat Khan Maqbara
  • Uparkot Fort
  • Darbar Hall Museum
  • Ashoka Edicts
  • Khapra Kodia Caves
  • Jain Temples at Girnar
  • Dattatreya Temple at Girnar
  • Shree Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden
  • Gir National Park
  • Tulsi Shyam Springs

Top Things to Do in Junagadh

  • Take a wildlife safari at Gir National Park to sight Asiatic lions
  • Explore the Uparkot Fort and the buddhist caves
  • Observe the rock edicts by Ashoka
  • Ride a ropeway to the top of Mount Girnar
  • Go for a morning stroll at Moti Baug
  • Indulge in the delicious Kathiawadi cuisine

Also Read:   Top Weekend Getaways in Gujarat

Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand: For the Bengal Tigers and Tuskers

Corbett National Park

The Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand  is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, near Nainital and is a popular tourist destination. It is the first national park established in India in 1936 and has the highest number of Royal Bengal Tigers among the country’s tiger reserves. The national park offers jeep and canter  for its visitors.  Jim Corbett National Park stands out with its varied landscapes of dense forests, rivers, grasslands, hills, valleys, lakes, rocky terrains, and waterfalls.

Top Places to Visit in Jim Corbett

  • Garjiya Temple
  • Corbett Falls
  • Corbett Museum
  • Sitabani Forest Reserve
  • Kalagarh Dam
  • Sonanadi Range

Top Things to Do in Jim Corbett

  • Take a jeep safari at the park
  • Go for a nature walk with a guide
  • Enjoy a night stay at the park
  • Try river rafting in the Kosi River
  • Enjoy a hot air balloon ride

Also Read: Best Hotels & Resorts to Stay in Corbett National Park

Let Us Find Out What to Expect in Different Seasons in India         

India Himalayas

What to Expect in Summer Season in India?

The summer season in India commences in the month of March and ends in May. India’s vast geographic scale and varied topography make generalizations a little difficult. However, summers in India are quite hot with an exception to the Himalayan states and hill stations in other parts of the country.

In the month of March, India celebrates its one of the biggest and most colourful festivals of Holi. In different parts of the country, Holi is celebrated in different ways and each one is a must-see. In Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Holi is played with flowers, whereas a few kilometers away in Barsana, the festival is celebrated in a distinctive way where women playfully beat the men with sticks.

In Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, an Elephant Festival is celebrated, in which the animal is decorated with paints and ornaments and taken to a procession. In West Bengal’s Santiniketan, Holi is celebrated as the Basanta Utsav or the Dol Utsav. The festival celebrates the arrival of spring season with music, dance, food, and colours.

The months of March and April, the Himalayan states (Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim) see blooming of many flowers including rhododendron. The summer months in the Himalayan states are also considered best for trekking tours and other adventures. Wildlife tours in summers in India are also quite popular amongst the tourists who come to sight tigers and the rich flora & fauna of the country.

What to Expect in Monsoon Season in India?

The monsoon season in India arrives by mid-June and ends in September. Monsoons first reach the southern India state of Kerala where the weather becomes ideal for enjoying Ayurveda massages. In this season, Kerala also organizes its traditional Snake Boat Races. In north India, Ladakh becomes fully accessible with opportunities of sightseeing and several adventures like trekking, motorbiking, river rafting. In Kashmir Valley, the sacred Amarnath Yatra along with opportunities of trekking opens in the monsoon season.

The rains are on the heavier side in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and Himachal. While in Uttarakhand, many spiritual treks along with a trek to Valley of Flowers open in the rainy season, in Himachal, the district of Lahaul & Spiti along with a number of treks invite the travellers.

Monsoon is also the best time to visit the northeastern state of Meghalaya. The state is known for its waterfalls that come alive in the rainy season. In western India (Maharashtra & Goa), monsoon season is the time of festivity with grand celebrations of Janmashtami and monsoon festival. The rainy reason is also a good time to explore the Western Ghats that are rich in flora & fauna.

What to Expect in Winter Season in India?

The winter season in India begins in October and continues till February. This season is considered the best time to visit India. The months of October and November celebrate some of the biggest festivals in India, Dussehra and Diwali. The festivity is something worth visiting in the country. In December, Goa comes to life with tourists thronging to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

In the Himalayan states, winter months of December to February are the time for the snowfall. In Kashmir’s Gulmarg, Uttarakhand’s Auli, and Himachal’s Solang Valley, these winter months are the best time for skiing adventures. Ladakh, on the other side, opens one of the best winter treks in India, Chadar/Frozen Lake Trek. Winter trekking is open in all the Himalayan states and is an experience to remember.

With the arrival of winter, Gujarat’s famous Great Rann of Kutch organizes its annual festival, Rann Utsav, which is definitely a must-see. Another worth seeing festival in winters is the Taj Mahotsav in Agra. The winter season is also an ideal time to explore states that are difficult to visit in summer due to extreme temperature such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

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Best Places For Short Trips in India

Shorts trips in india, here is the list of 18 best places for short trips in india, 1. gokarna, karnataka - land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands.

Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

If you’re looking for the best places to chill among long weekend getaways, then this is where you need to go. Abundant in natural spaces – beaches, hills, sprawling green landscapes and long roads with a gorgeous view; Gokarna and Murudeshwar, two quietly mesmerizing places situated in Karnataka, offer the best getaway one could ask for. Located close to Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai, it makes for a good short trip in India, where the drive is just as calming as the destinations.

Best Time: Throughout the year

20 Gokarna Attractions

2. Murudeshwar, Karnataka - Seashore, Scuba Diving and the Shiva

Murudeshwar, Karnataka - Seashore, Scuba Diving and the Shiva

Known For : Murudeshwar Temple Netrani Island Murudeshwar Beach

With its major attraction as the huge Shiva temple, Murudeshwar is a religious site which also serves as the connecting point for popular scuba diving destination Netrani. Murudeshwar is home to the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. Escape into the mesmerising beauty of Gokarna and Murudeshwara.

Best Time: October to May

8 Murudeshwar Attractions

3. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh - The Hidden Treasure

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh - The Hidden Treasure

Known For : Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort Ram Raja Temple Raja Mahal, Orchha Fort

Orchha, set along the serene Betwa River, boasts majestic palaces, ancient temples, and captivating cenotaphs that reverberate with tales of its regal past. Visitors are drawn into history as they explore the ornate Jehangir Mahal and get lost in tales of royal valor. The riverside chhatris offer a tranquil spot to witness breathtaking sunsets, while the bustling local markets provide a taste of the region's vibrant culture. In Orchha, every stone has a story, and every experience is a step back in time.

Best Time: July to March

16 Orchha Attractions

4. Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh - The land of the Stupas

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh - The land of the Stupas

Known For : Sanchi Stupa The Great Bowl Ashok Pillar

The ancient Buddhist monuments of Sanchi, among India's oldest stone structures, stand as a testament to the nation's rich heritage. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Great Stupa was erected in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka, showcasing the evolution of Buddhist art and architecture. Nestled atop a hill and enveloped by tranquil gardens, Sanchi alongside Orchha draws countless visitors annually with its serene beauty and architectural splendor.

6 Sanchi Attractions

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Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand - Where Serenity Meets the Divine Himalayas

Known For : Sitla Chauli ki Jaali Mukteshwar Dham Temple

Located in Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar is one of the gorgeous short trips in India. Uninterrupted beauty of snow-capped mountains in the distance proceeded by a range of green pastels, it is filled with overwhelming beauty. A little ahead of it, resides a small charming village of Dhanachuli which houses a popular hill station of Uttarakhand coupled with humble people and inviting apple orchards. A little quint trip to make the perfect use of this long weekend getaway.

Best Time: October to June

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6. Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand - Whispered Tales Amidst Himalayan Tranquility

Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand - Whispered Tales Amidst Himalayan Tranquility

Placed at an elevation of 7000 ft above the sea, lies Dhanachuli- a lush green village right amidst the lap of nature. You can witness subtropical forests and coniferous trees all around. Dhanachuli, a tropical Pahari destination, is at a distance of 14 kms from the Mukteshwar Mahadev temple in the Dhari tehsil of Nainital. This supreme paradise-like location can be easily accessed by road. Located in Uttarakhand, Muktheshwar and Dhanchauli are blessed with the lush green beauty of nature.

7. Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India

Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India

Known For : Skiing in Auli Trishul Peak Auli Ropeway

Auli is a hill station in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, also popularly known as one of the best skiing destinations of India. October begins to welcome winter, and the temperatures are of a bearable cold to enjoy the panoramic view of the hills laced with coniferous trees and forests. While Badrinath, a famous pilgrim site being one of the char dhams in India, is located nearby where one can stop to visit the sacred temple, Vasundhara falls and explore the Vyas and Ganesha Caves.

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8. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh - Paragliding in the land of Tibetan monasteries

Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh - Paragliding in the land of Tibetan monasteries

Known For : Paragliding in Bir Billing Chokling Monastery Gunehar Waterfall

For the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, Bir-Billing area of Himachal Pradesh has some exciting activities lined up for this time of the year. Paragliding session operated here for Sept-Oct-Nov, while trekking and camping happen throughout the year. Bir is also known for its ancient Tibetan monasteries and The Bir Tea Factory which offers guided tours for those curious souls interested in the production of tea. These places are a must visit perfect for October trip.

29 Bir Attractions

9. Bishnupur, West Bengal - The land of terracotta temples

Bishnupur, West Bengal - The land of terracotta temples

Known For : Rasmancha Lalji Temple Susunia Hill

Bishnupur is the temple town of West Bengal, offers an extensive history of the different reigns and times left over in the architectural ruins of the numerous temples. Mukutmonipur, on the other hand, is small town located nearby famously known as a popular picnic spot of West Bengal for winter with a 38metre high Kangsabati Dam and an island right in the middle of the sprawling lake.

Best Time: October to March

12 Bishnupur Attractions

10. Mukutmanipur, West Bengal - West Bengal's Celebrated Lakeside Gem.

Mukutmanipur, West Bengal - West Bengal's Celebrated Lakeside Gem.

Known For : Parasnath Hills Kangsabati dam Ambikanagar

One of the most popular short trips in India for Kolkata locals, Mukutmanipur in the Bankura district of Kolkata is a serene town with lush green forests, clear blue water and green hills in the backdrop. Sharing borders with Jharkhand, Mukutmanipur is located at the confluence of Kumari and Kangsabati. A small, serene town that it is, it attracts many tourists who come here in search of a peaceful vacation. The soul-soothing places Mukatmanipur and Bhishnupur are truly a perfect choice to have a relaxing short trip in India.

4 Mukutmanipur Attractions

11. Gopalpur, Odisha - Odisha's Prized Beachside Retreat

Gopalpur, Odisha - Odisha's Prized Beachside Retreat

Known For : Gopalpur Beach Ramha (Chilika) Gopalpur Lighthouse

Gopalpur, fondly referred to as Gopalpur on Sea, boasts one of the region's most serene beaches along the Bay of Bengal, complemented by palm trees and peaceful dunes, while also being renowned for its silk sarees and handicrafts. A short 45km away, Chilika Lake, one of India's largest inland saltwater lakes, mirrors the vast skies and hosts diverse bird species, some migrating from as far as Siberia. This aquatic haven also offers water sports and boating experiences for enthusiasts.

Best Time: November to February

9 Gopalpur Attractions

12. Chilika Lake, Puri - Puri's Crowning Jewel of Nature.

Chilika Lake, Puri - Puri's Crowning Jewel of Nature.

The Chilika Lake, which is a paradise on Earth for bird watchers and nature lovers, is the largest internal salt water pond that can be found in Asia. The pear-shaped lake is dotted with a few small islands and has fisheries and salt pans around its shore. This island is nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha and extends from Puri district in the north to Gunjan district in the south, and is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 kilometres long narrow strip of sand-flats and marshy islands. The spell bounding sea view of Gopalpur, and Chilika lake is an ideal destination for a restful short trip in India.

13. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu - Quintessential Hill Station of the South

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu - Quintessential Hill Station of the South

Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley

While Ooty remains one of the quintessential tourist destinations of the south, Coonoor is relatively less explored. Located quite close to each other, Coonoor is the second largest hill station of the Nilgiris range with a lot of exciting viewpoints. Dolphin’s Nose and Lamb’s Rock are two must-visit viewpoints near Coonoorwhile one cannot miss Ooty Lake and the Doddabetta Peak. These are one of the best options for a short trip in India.

17 Coonoor Attractions

14. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty

The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. The mind-blowing scenery of Ooty and Coonoor is a visual retreat for nature lovers.

43 Ooty Attractions

15. Bundi, Rajasthan - The Queen of Hadoti

Bundi, Rajasthan - The Queen of Hadoti

Known For : Taragarh Fort Moti Mahal, Bundi Badal Mahal, Bundi

Bundi, Rajasthan's charming blue town, offers a rich blend of traditions, ancient forts, and the unique Bundi Painting at the Bundi Palace. Nearby Kota boasts historical palaces and gardens, while also being renowned for its modern educational hubs. Explore the various palaces, Museum, City Fort, Haveli of Deaji and Chambal Gardens all still intact in their past glory. While exploring, indulge in local delicacies like Masala Patties and Pyaaz ki Kachoris.

14 Bundi Attractions

16. Kota, Rajasthan - Rajasthan's Coaching Capital and Cultural Gem

Kota, Rajasthan - Rajasthan's Coaching Capital and Cultural Gem

Known For : Seven Wonders Park Kishore Sagar and Jagmandir Palace Garadia Mahadev

Kota, the third most populous city in Rajasthan, lies alongside the banks of River Chambal which is both its beauty as well as a lifeline, being the source of water supply to the city and a site of scenic beauty itself. Locals and tourists alike visit the river shores for watching crocodiles, sighting birds and for boat riding in general. The perfect blend of greenery and lakes makes it irresistible to visit these two beautiful places Bandi and Kota of Rajasthan.

18 Kota Attractions

17. Aurangabad, Maharashtra - The land of Ajanta & Ellora

Aurangabad, Maharashtra - The land of Ajanta & Ellora

Known For : Grishneshwar Temple Bibi ka Maqbara The Ajanta caves

For the exploratory and curiosity-driven kinds, this pleasant weather can be spent exploring the ancient structures and formations that echo the stories of the eras gone by. The Ajanta- Ellora caves themselves need at least two days to explore while the remaining days can be spent in Aurangabad visiting Bibi Ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Himroo weaving factory or Aurangabad’s very own set of caves which though not as magnificent as the Ajanta-Ellora but are a fine specimen of their rock-cut architecture.

37 Aurangabad Attractions

18. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - The World Heritage Caves

Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - The World Heritage Caves

Known For : Ajanta Caves Grishneshwar Temple, Ellora The Buddhist Caves, Ellora

Ajanta and Ellora caves are considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the world owing to the magnificent paintings of Ajanta and well-carved sculptures of Ellora. The rock-cut caves containing carvings are the finest example of Indian paintings and sculpture. The breathtaking architecture of Aurangabad and Anjantha-Yellora caves speaks the rich heritage of Karnataka.

Best Time: June to March

12 Ajanta Caves Attractions

It is always great to take one of the short trips in India. Which one of the above places would you travel to next?

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Scenic Road Trips in India

While all road trips are fun, there are some that are so beautiful that the journey itself is the destination.

Most Scenic Road Trips in India

Here are some of the most scenic road trips in India that I have enjoyed, along with those that are still on my wish list.

Shimla to Manali via Kinaaur, Spiti and Lahual

This sparsely populated region of India and Himachal Pradesh will remain one of my favorite road trips. Start from Shimla , the capital city that is bustling with activity. Move on to the Apple country and then the Kinnaur region where everyone wears the Green Himachali cap.

Spiti Valley - Himachal Pradesh

Slowly move to Spiti valley where the cold desert stuns you with its silence and breathtaking landscape. Pass through Lahaul to admire Chandratal Lake between Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass. End your journey at Manali where you feel as if you are back in civilization.

July August is the best time to do this road trip when Kunzum Pass is open.

Konkan Road Trip during Monsoons

Top view of Savdav Waterfalls

Konkan and monsoons are synonymous. It rains for about 6 months making the whole place lush green. When you drive from Goa to Ratnagiri or around that area, all you see is the narrow strip of grey road surrounded by million shades of green. Waterfalls can appear anywhere on the roadside. The best place to be surrounded by waterfalls is Amboli Ghats. But there are other falls like Savdav Falls and Marleshwar falls .

You can also use the Konkan railways just to admire the landscape and waterfalls.

Peak monsoon time is the best for this road trip.

Srinagar to Leh Road trip

Amarnath Yatra Camp at Baltal - Kashmir Valley

Srinagar is the delicate city surrounding the beautiful Dal Lake full of houseboats . It has an aura of romance, probably built by the numerous Hindi films shot here. As you start driving towards Leh, you pass by beautiful Pahalgam where you see horses taking the tourists around. If it is Amarnath Yatra time, you will see pilgrim camps at Baltal. It is fun to see helicopters taking pilgrims to the hilltop.

At Zozi La Pass the landscape changes, with greenery and colors making way for the barren mountains of Ladakh. Stop at Drass War Memorial and maybe take a stop at Kargil. Look at the moonlike landscape near Lamayuru monastery or admire the ancient paintings of Alchin Monastery.

Relax after reaching Leh as you do need acclimatization.

Summers are a good time to do this road trip, although I enjoyed a mini road trip around Leh in winter too.

Drive to Tawang Via Bomdilla in Arunachal – Scenic Road trips in India

Landscape view of Tenga Valley at dusk

You can begin this trip from Tezpur on the Assam-Arunachal border. Or you can think of the adventure beginning at Bhalukpong in Arunachal. Visit the Orchid Sanctuary but just look out on the road and you will see wild orchids everywhere, hanging from tree trunks or peeping from the bushes.

Tenga Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys covered with a thick cover of green on its mountains. Look for Kiwi orchards here. Bomdila is the default halt on this Arunachal Road trip.

We could not visit Tawang due to bad weather but I am told that the drive is also mesmerizingly beautiful.

Summers is a good time, though it would always be cold in the mountains.

Jodhpur to Jaisalmer Road Trip – Scenic Road trips in India

The vast expanse of Thar Desert

Rajasthan is the most tourist-friendly state in India. You can take many trips like the ones I have listed in Jaipur . However, the one that distinctly stands in my memory is the one from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer . The straight road cutting through the vast Thar desert is an experience. All you see is the golden sand all around, sometimes in small dunes, dry Khejri trees, and some bushes.

Decked-up camels add color here and there. The road is not crowded, so you almost feel as if you are driving to infinity. Your eyes can see far and wide. Urban eye probably has never seen such wide vistas. Explore the city of Jaisalmer or the ghost town of Kuldhara or visit Jain temples like Lodurwa .

Winters is a good time to do this trip.

Chola Temple Trail in Tamil Nadu

East Coast Road in Tamil Nadu which takes you from Chennai to Pondicherry is a beautiful drive passing by Mahabalipuram with many temples to see. Go a little further and you can see Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram .

Brihadeeswara Temple, Gangaikondacholapuram

Take a small detour towards Kumbakonam and then further to Thanjavur. You can admire the temples like Brihdeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram nearby, and Airateshwara in Darasuram .

A little ahead you can visit Thiruchirapally or Trichy for Srirangam .

This is a road that takes you on the historic temple trail of Cholas.

You can do it all year round but summers can get very hot, so winters are a little bit better.

Queen’s Trail in MP

Madhya Pradesh is one of my favorite states to travel to. There are many road trips that you do here including the popular Narmada Parikrama. However, let me tell you about a smaller one that takes you to cities that are best known for their queens. You can begin your trip from Indore and drive to Mandu.

Bat Ride on Narmada

Mandu is best known for its queen Rani Roopmati. Her stories can be heard at every spot in the hilltop town. I loved the Roopmati’s pavilion from where she could see Narmada. Do not forget to appreciate the brilliant water management systems of Mandu .

From here drive to Maheshwar built by my favorite queen Ahilya Bai Holkar, thanks to whom we see so many temples in India. It is the most beautiful riverfront on the banks of Narmada. I remember Lingarchana –  the worship of a lakh plus Shivalingas that is still done in the palace. Shop for Maheshwari Saris or take a boat ride on Narmada to admire its beauty.

Next drive to Burhanpur , where Mumtaz Mahal of Taj Mahal fame died and was buried for some time. It is an ancient city on the banks of the even more ancient river Tapti. On your way, you can stop at Omkareshwar to pay your respect to the Jyotirlinga where Adi Shankaracharya studied and meditated.

Patna – Nalanda – Gaya Road Trip In Bihar

The popular tourist circuit of Bihar covers the world heritage site of Nalanda along with Rajgir . It also takes you to Gaya, Bodhgaya , and Barabar Caves and lets you taste some Bihar delicacies like Khaja and Lai.

Nalanda University

You can also include Vaishali if you like. However, the reason I recommend this Road trip in India is to see the simplicity of its countryside and the way this land used to be. I have seen the landscape without much industry, with clean villages and simple people.

Guwahati to Shillong

This is a standard driving route for anyone wanting to visit the capital of Meghalaya. The whole route is scenic but what I remember the most after so many years is Umiam Lake. Surrounded by hills and mountains this lake seems to be full of clouds reflecting in it.

Drive through the Tea Gardens

Temi Tea estate near Gangtok - Scenic Road trips in India

Now here I have two favorite routes located on the diagonally opposite ends of the country. One is Temi Tea Estate which you drive around Gangtok in Sikkim. You see the green rolling hills as you drive through the Himalayan ranges.

Tea Gardens at Munnar of Popular Kerala - Scenic Road trips in India

Second is the drive to Munnar . You literally drive through the tea gardens. I will never forget my visit to the Tata Tea Museum. Of course, the tea gardens of Assam are also lovely but they are more on the plains.

Road Trips in India Wishlist

Kashmir to Kanyakumari is a road trip that demands endurance. I do hope to do it someday.

Narmada Parikrama which takes about 15 days to complete is high on the wishlist.

I want to travel on the ancient trade routes like Uttarpath which is now partially in India and Dakshinpath which is completely in India.

Roads of North Eastern states are yet to be explored.

Travel Tips for Road trips

  • Length of road trips can vary depending on the time available, interest, and depth to which you want to explore. So, I prefer not to give fixed itineraries.
  • Always carry food but must try the local dishes, especially on the roadside dhabas and eateries.
  • Stop at vantage points to soak in the views or at markets to meet people and shop for some interesting curios.
  • Keep your car in a good condition. Local drivers are always helpful as they are equipped with local knowledge.
  • Early morning drives work better than late evening ones.

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All the places are very beautiful the mounts of Himachal Pradesh and ladakh,backwater water of Kerala ,temples of tamilnadu, they all are attraction among the travellers.

It was a beautiful places to visit in india .i also want to travel the india .

Great to read the post.. Keep writing more and more.. All the very best

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I had the most incredible adventure of my life because of this blog. Anyone who enjoys road travels or discovering new areas should definitely consider this!

Road trips are also my favorite thing to do its so much fun mostly with my closest friend around being there.

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As the scorching summer sun will soon start to blaze across India, there's no better time to seek refuge in the tranquil embrace of places that have the most pleasant weather during this time. With their lush greenery, pristine landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, these places offer the perfect getaway for travellers seeking respite from the heat and hustle of city life.

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Kumily, Kerala

Nestled in the idyllic Western Ghats of Kerala, Kumily is a charming village renowned for its spice plantations, verdant hills, and serene backwaters. Travellers can explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve, take a leisurely boat ride on Lake Periyar, and savour the flavours of authentic Kerala cuisine amid the tranquil surroundings.

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Perched amid the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is a picturesque hill station known for its lush tea gardens, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic vistas. Travellers can try scenic treks to places like Lamb's Rock and Dolphin's Nose, visit tea factories to witness the tea-making process, and indulge in birdwatching in the serene natural beauty.

Hampi, Karnataka

Immersed in historical significance and adorned with age-old remnants, Hampi in Karnataka stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering travelers a journey through time. Amidst the captivating scenery of rocky terrain and towering formations, visitors can discover splendid temples, admire intricate sculptures, and delve into the vibrant cultural legacy of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Gavi, Kerala

Nestled within the lush forests of Kerala's Pathanamthitta district, Gavi is a serene village celebrated for its unspoiled wilderness and varied wildlife. Visitors can partake in pursuits such as trekking, birdwatching, and wildlife safaris within the Periyar Tiger Reserve, or simply relax amid the tranquil ambiance of this eco-tourism haven.

Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

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Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

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Coorg, Karnataka

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Alleppey, Kerala

Famous for its enchanting backwaters, Alleppey is a scenic village in Kerala where travellers can experience the quintessential houseboat stay. Drift along tranquil canals and lagoons, witness the vibrant village life along the waterways, and savour delicious Kerala cuisine prepared by skilled local chefs onboard.

Vagamon, Kerala

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India’s surging middle class is projected to spend as much as $144 billion a year on international travel by 2030. and hotels, airlines and cities are spending millions to land them., by suzanne rowan kelleher , forbes staff.

L ast week, hundreds of global travel professionals gathered in Delhi for the inaugural Skift India Summit and the opportunity to glean valuable insights from the CEOs of major travel brands, including The Oberoi Group, OYO, Agoda and the country’s flag carrier, Air India. “India is having a moment,” explains Brian Quinn, head of event programming at Skift, “with the India outbound traveler poised to become the biggest global force in coming years.”

A decade ago, you could have said the same about Chinese tourists. Back in 2014, some 117 million Chinese tourists traveled internationally, which was a 20% increase from the previous year. But 10 years and one pandemic later, Chinese outbound travel still hasn’t rebounded to its pre-Covid heights, while the energy and focus of the global tourism machine has shifted southeast—to India.

With more than 1.4 billion people, India now has the world’s largest population and the fifth-largest economy . Outbound travel from India is growing much faster than from any other country, which has led to a flurry of predictions that have travel brands salivating.

“There’s such huge potential,” says Caroline Bremner, head of travel and tourism research at Euromonitor International , which projects 47 million Indian outbound travelers by 2030. “That’s more than doubling from 2019. And then on the spending side, it’s even better, going from $35 billion in 2019 to $84 billion in 2030,” she says. “Essentially, India is jumping up the ranks and will be the sixth-largest outbound source market globally by 2030, after China, the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France.”

A 2023 report by Nangia Andersen , the Indian arm of Andersen Global, forecasts that Indian outbound travel will grow at an 11.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between now and 2032—which roughly aligns with Euromonitor’s prediction for tourist volume. If these projections bear out, then another, wilder prediction may not be so implausible after all: organizers of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), an industry conference to be held in Dubai in May, have touted that India’s outbound market will be worth $144 billion a year by the end of this decade.

And a recent report from McKinsey is similarly bullish on the longer-term prospects for Indian tourism. “India’s outbound travel has the potential to grow from 13 million trips in 2022 to over 80 million in 2040,” the authors write. “If India follows China’s outbound travel trajectory (which it could, due to similarity in population size and per capita income trajectory), then Indian tourists could make 80 million to 90 million trips a year by 2040.”

Given all the hype, travel brands have, naturally, begun heavily courting Indian tourists, often by tapping celebrities as influencers. Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan promotes Dubai and Katrina Kaif, a British actress who makes Hindi-language films, professes her loyalty to Accor. Actor Ranveer Singh appears in ads for Abu Dhabi , while his wife, Deepika Padukone, is the global brand ambassador of Qatar Airways . Meanwhile, Neeraj Chopra, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and world champion in javelin, has been enlisted to promote Switzerland’s spectacular alpine landscapes.

Yet before India’s outbound travel can reach its full potential, industry experts say, the volume of flights in and out of the country—a number mutually decided by the two respective governments—must increase dramatically. There were roughly 14% more flight routes by city pairs to and from India last year compared to 2019, according to data from FlightAware . Right now, airlines are operating just 18 scheduled passenger flights each week from India to the United States—up from 14 in 2019.

Some destinations have made policy tweaks to boost capacity. In late 2022, Canada lifted the cap on the number of flights from India from 35 per week to “unlimited” and gave Indian airlines access to six hubs, including Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, and Vancouver. South Africa Tourism, meanwhile, has teamed up with Ethiopian Airlines to provide faster links between India and Africa. Even Bhutan’s prime minister has emphasized the need to strengthen air connectivity between India and the tiny Buddhist kingdom.

Airlines are taking note of India’s growing importance as well. Most notably, Singapore Airlines inked a deal in late 2022 with Tata Group, paying a reported $250 million for a 25% stake in Air India. Last November, Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong told Forbes Asia of his plans to make India a new hub. “You can just tell how much potential there is,” Goh said. “India is growing but it’s significantly underserved.”

Hotel CEOs are also being seduced by the dizzying economic forecasts. “We just are blessed by the increase of demography in the world and blessed by the increase of households that want to travel,” Sébastien Bazin, CEO of the French hospitality giant Accor, told investors on the company’s most recent earnings call in February. He offered a short lesson on global economics, noting that the world’s emerging middle-class population exploded by one billion over the last 10 years. “Half of those are from India,” he emphasized. “We probably can wisely say that for the next 10 years, demand will no longer grow 3% to 5%, but probably 4% to 6%. You very well could be looking at a 3x demand over supply. And a lot of it, again, has to do with India alone, which is [expected to add] 500 million [to its] emerging middle class.”

“India is definitely an economic bright light,” echoes Bremner, noting that the country’s current 8% economic growth rate is stronger than China’s. Moreover, it shows no signs of slowing down.

Last year, 1.7 million Indian tourists visited the United States, making India the country’s fourth-largest travel source after Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The average Indian tourist also spends money when traveling internationally—roughly $5,252 per trip, according to the last six months of data collected by the National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO), the agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that tracks tourism statistics. Comparatively, the typical visitor from the United Kingdom and Brazil spends $2,656 and $3,344, respectively, while the average Japanese tourist spends $3,672. In other words, it takes two British tourists to spend as much as one Indian traveler.

If the United States wants to attract more Indian tourists in the future, experts say it needs to make entering the country much easier. “I am a firm believer that less friction will lead to more travel,” says Omri Morgenshtern, CEO of Agoda, the largest online travel agency in Asia. “Friction can be removed by adding direct flights, as well as by the introduction of visa waivers or by being able to book accommodation, flights and activities on one app.”

Currently, 62 countries permit Indian travelers to visit without first obtaining a visa—that’s 10 more than in 2016, the year that the Henley & Partners Passport Index launched. But the United States neither grants visa-free entry to Indian tourists nor does it make procuring a visa fast and easy.

While the U.S. is approving more visas for Indians today than in pre-pandemic years, the average visa wait time is still about 10 months, according to the U.S. State Department website . Before a leisure trip to America, an Indian citizen must wait for a visa interview, which can take anywhere from 197 days at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to 423 days at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. In comparison, Indian tourists can get a visa for Canada in just 23 days or the United Kingdom in roughly three weeks.

U.S. officials readily acknowledge that visa wait times are a big problem. Speaking at the Skift India Summit on Tuesday, Eric Garcetti, the U.S. Ambassador to India, told conference-goers that President Joe Biden specifically asked him to tackle the backlog. “I bet it’s the only time the United States president has told the ambassador, ‘Please work on visa issues,’” Garcetti said.

Visa waivers have a proven track record and give nations a competitive edge, insists Agoda CEO Morgenstern. After Azerbaijan introduced the ASAN system, which processes electronic visas within three working days of submitting an application, interest from Indian tourists skyrocketed and arrivals increased fivefold in two years. “Thailand and Malaysia both introduced visa waivers for tourists from India late last year, and that led to an immediate increase in searches from India to both markets,” Morgenshtern says, noting that searches for Thailand grow by 46% even though Thailand was already the top searched destination by Indians. “In the two months after the visa waiver came into effect, Bangkok overtook Dubai as the most-booked city destinations for Indians.” Yet the emirate was not to be outmaneuvered. In February, Dubai introduced a five-year multiple-entry visa for inbound Indian travelers.

Another reason why India is such an attractive source market is its youthful population. Only 7% of India’s population is 65 years and older, compared with 14% in China and 18% in the U.S., according to data from a recent report from the Pew Research Center. People under the age of 25 account for more than 40% of India’s population . “ In fact, there are so many Indians in this age group that roughly one-in-five people globally who are under the age of 25 live in India,” notes the Pew report. “Looking at India’s age distribution another way, the country’s median age is 28. By comparison, the median age is 38 in the United States and 39 in China.”

“It’s an extremely well-educated populace, very digitally savvy,” says Bremner, adding that more than 75% of Indian millennials and Gen Xers traveled in 2023, according to Euromonitor data.

“Indian travelers are more engaged with ecotourism and sustainability than their global counterparts. They are open to all kinds of experiences, from luxury to eco-adventure,” Bremner continues. “And, of course, they are high spending. I’m not at all surprised that destinations from Asia to the Middle East and Europe and U.S. are chasing them.”

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The ICC Men's T20 World Cup comes to the United States for the first time this June as part of a co-hosting effort with the West Indies. Among the International Cricket Council games is the highly-anticipated India vs. Pakistan match-up. If you're looking to find tickets, then you're in luck, because we've rounded up everything you need to know about how to get India vs. Pakistan tickets for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

Last year, India narrowly lost the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup to Australia despite a home-field advantage. India has won the World Cup twice, and Pakistan, their longtime rivals, has won the revered competition once. The last time India and Pakistan played each other was at the Cricket World Cup in October 2023, where India beat Pakistan by seven wickets.

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When it comes to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, which is a more recently-created competition, both India and Pakistan have each won once. Pakistan played in the finals at the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, but they ultimately lost to England. India also lost to England at the 2022 competition, in the semi-finals. The match on June 9 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York is shaping up to be the main draw of the US portion of the competition this year. 

Original standard tickets are a hot commodity and hard to come by, but you can browse resale ticket availability on websites like StubHub and Vivid Seats .

ICC ran a ballot for original standard tickets in February, which received a massive response of more than three million applications, according to the ICC. While some tickets are still available on the official T20 website and more are occasionally released, original India vs. Pakistan tickets have sold out and are no longer available. A new wave of public tickets were made available earlier this month, but this didn't include more tickets for the India vs. Pakistan game. 

Tickets for the India vs. Pakistan game are available on resale vendor websites like StubHub and Vivid Seats . Due to the substantial demand, these are higher-priced than the original standard ticket prices.

How much are India vs. Pakistan tickets?

While it's unclear exactly how much the original standard India vs. Pakistan tickets went for in the ballot, the cheapest tickets for other matches at USA venues start at $35 (although India vs. Pakistan was most likely more). The only currently available India vs. Pakistan resale tickets on StubHub start at $1,303 each. Vivid Seats listings are similarly priced, starting at $1,633. Over the past week, StubHub prices have slightly increased and Vivid Seats prices have slightly decreased.

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What about other Men's T20 World Cup matches?

While India vs. Pakistan might be the most anticipated event of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, there are plenty of other exciting matches throughout June, culminating in the finals on June 29 in Barbados. If the event you're interested in has sold out, you can always check out the official T20 website  or browse resale websites like StubHub .

Note: Certain services and regions prohibit the resale of tickets. Business Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal reselling of tickets, and entry into an event is at the venue's discretion.

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India’s Massive Growth in Online Travel: Which Companies Will Lead?

Saniya Zanpure , Skift

March 27th, 2024 at 9:51 AM EDT

The online travel landscape is poised for dynamic growth as local players strive to maintain their dominance and western OTAs take steps to tap into the opportunity.

Saniya Zanpure

In a country known for tradition, India’s travel industry is undergoing a rapid transition. The younger population and a rising use of smartphones is reshaping India’s traditional travel booking landscape.

These forces set the stage for substantial growth in online travel in the coming years.

Skift Research’s latest report, India’s Travel Booking Landscape , offers a 10-chart overview of Indian traveler preferences and the top companies in online travel.

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Unlike other markets, where third-party booking platforms dominate, India is unique: There is a roughly balanced market between direct bookings and third-parties.

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Competition Heats Up

India has emerged as a pivotal market. As Western travel booking platforms gain traction in India, the third-party online travel landscape has become increasingly diverse and fragmented. 

OTAs are poised to play a significant role in India’s growing travel market and tapping into its online travel opportunities.

MakeMyTrip has emerged as India’s leading OTA, capturing 54% of the country’s online travel market. But western companies, such as Booking and Airbnb, have been steadily gaining market share.

As online travel booking becomes the primary method for Indians, it will be interesting to observe whether local, home-grown players retain their dominance or if the space is overtaken by Western players.

Read our India’s Travel Booking Landscape Report for further insights.

India’s Travel Booking Landscape

India’s Travel Booking Landscape

India’s travel booking landscape is rapidly shifting online, driven by the younger demographic, rising smartphone penetration, and improving internet connectivity across the country. Currently diverse and fragmented, the online travel landscape, is poised for dynamic growth as local players strive to maintain their dominance and Western OTAs take steps to tap into the emerging opportunity.

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India's best train trips are a journey to the soul of the subcontinent

Monisha Rajesh

Mar 11, 2022 • 8 min read

Passengers board trains at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji MaharajTerminus

Traveling by train in India is an intense, exhilarating experience © Tuul & Bruno Morandi / Getty Images

No trip to India would be complete without a ride on one of the country's 13,000 daily passenger trains. India's railways are the lifeblood of the nation – the veins and arteries that keep the country’s heart beating, snaking into nooks and crannies that no plane could ever reach, and keeping 1.38 billion people connected with friends and family.

From 10-minute commuter hops to epic four-day journeys across the subcontinent, there’s a train ride to suit every travel need and every budget. Penny-priced local trains transport millions across big cities such as Delhi , Kolkata and Mumbai , while lavish luxury locos offer the chance to roll around the country in style.

Passengers squeeze into an Indian train at Gwalior

With the windows down and doors flung open, India's trains offer a peek into the everyday workings of Indian life, crawling through dusty villages, winding up the lush slopes of forest-clad mountains and skimming beautiful coasts, bringing visitors within touching distance of drying laundry and coconut groves.

Onboard, you’ll find a microcosm of Indian society spread across eight different classes, from politicians and businessmen living it up in air-conditioned compartments to laborers sitting cross-legged on simple wooden benches. Affordable and relatively easy to book online, trains are also the most atmospheric way to explore India . Traveling by train is also a smart way to save money on hotels, with comfortable sleeper services connecting major cities nightly and meals often included in the ticket price.

Whether you're a committed rail enthusiast, or just dipping in a toe for the experience, here are the best train journeys in India.

The Deccan Odyssey 

Best luxury journey.

Start – New Delhi; End – Mumbai; Distance – 1524km (947 miles); Duration – 7 nights 8 days

Standing out amongst the thousands of passenger trains that traverse the country every day, India's luxury trains roll languorously between major cities, their polished engines and gleaming livery glinting in the sun. For those who can afford it, it's the only way to travel.

Rail aficionados sing the praises of the extravagant Maharajas’ Express , which comes with personal butlers, bejeweled dinner plates and onboard bathtubs, but a more affordable option is the Deccan Odyssey . This luxe service runs from the Indian capital to Ranthambore National Park , the Taj Mahal in Agra and Jaipur and Udaipur , continuing to Vadodara and the World Heritage Sites of Ellora and Ajanta before arriving in Mumbai eight days later.

Less a train ride, more a cruise on wheels, this elegant train rumbles through the night, with passengers waking in a brand new city every day, to be met by coaches offering local tours. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to sit out the organized excursions and explore by yourself on foot or by taxi, or just pull out a paperback and enjoy the peace and quiet on board.

The lavish dining car onboard the Deccan Odyssey train from Delhi to Mumbai

Mandovi Express

Best all-round rail experience.

Start – Mumbai CST; End – Madgaon Junction; Distance – 581km (361 miles); Duration – 11hrs 50mins

With the Sahyadri Hills rising on the left and the Arabian Sea sparkling on the right, the Konkan Railway is a textbook example of Indian railway engineering excellence. Flash floods, landslides and collapsed tunnels all failed to hinder the construction of this trunk line from Mumbai's famous Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj station (CST) to the beaches of Goa .

While numerous trains weave along this coastal route, the Mandovi Express stands out as a national treasure thanks to its scenic views and the legions of hawkers who wander the aisles vending freshly fried pakoras (vegetable fritters), hot samosas (fried savory pastries) and biryani in clay pots.

Eschew the air-conditioned carriages with tinted windows that obscure the views, and opt for a seat in third or general class, where a warm salty breeze wafts through the bars of open windows. With no glass between you and the scenery, you’ll get the best out of the experience, as the train navigates more than 2000 bridges and 92 tunnels, with coconut trees bending in the foreground and rivers gushing beneath the sleepers.

Darjeeling Toy Train

Best for families and steam enthusiasts.

Start – New Jalpaiguri; End – Darjeeling; Distance – 84km (52 miles); Duration – 7hrs 20mins

Since the late 19th century, this dainty little "toy train" has been trundling slowly uphill to the Bengali hill station of Darjeeling . Seven hours after leaving the base of the hills, this pint-sized loco wails arrives in a cloud of steam and dark smoke, offering a trip back to an earlier century. Trucks and carts creep to a halt to allow the train to wind across Hill Cart Road, where the carriages glide so close to shop fronts that you can almost reach out and touch the piles of apples.

Built by the British colonial government, the railway was originally used to transport tea and rice down to the plains, but it’s now Unesco World Heritage listed and more commonly packed with holidaying families singing Hindi movie songs and cheering at particularly thrilling sections of track such as the Batasia Loop.

Every day, the train zig-zags uphill from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) through thick groves of bamboo and pine, working its way around rich green tea plantations before hooting into Darjeeling. The main service is usually pulled by a diesel engine, but two-hour joy rides chug from Darjeeling to Ghum and back tugged by steam locos. On a clear day, you may even spot the sun-kissed summit of  8586m (28,169 ft) Mt Khangchendzonga hovering on the horizon. 

The toy train rolls into Darjeeling Railway Station

The Dibrugarh–Kanyakumari Vivek Express

Best train ride for serious rail enthusiasts.

Start – Dibrugarh; End – Kanniyakumari; Distance – 4154km (2581 miles); Duration: 74hrs 35mins

Leaving once a week on Saturdays, this is one epic train ride, taking passengers from Upper Assam in the northeast corner of the country all the way to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu , at the southernmost tip of India – the point where the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet. Making 57 stops in eight different states, this multi-day odyssey is a deep immersion into the verve and spirit of India's railways.

For the perfect combination of charm and comfort, book into a 2AC sleeper carriage – with open, four-berth compartments – and lie between clean white sheets watching students playing cards, mothers rocking babies in cradles tied from saris, and friends chatting over hot vadas (lentil-flour fritters) and endless cups of chai (sweet Indian tea). Take the opportunity to stroll up and down the 16 carriages to experience a microcosm of Indian society, and keep plenty of small denomination notes to hand for snacks, as hawkers rarely have change for big bills.

Island Express

Best for a quick taste of the indian rail experience.

Start – Thiruvananthapuram; End – Kanniyakumari; Distance – 87km/54 miles; Duration – 3hrs 20mins

By Indian standards, the Island Express is barely a local hop, but it’s a magical trip that takes passengers into the dewy depths of Kerala . For less than a dollar, passengers can stake out a window seat on this quiet country service that squeezes through the backwaters between Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, passing villages of sugar-pink houses and tiny whitewashed churches.

Waterlogged paddy fields roll by, skinny palms bend as if bowing, and the steam from the kitchens of trackside houses drifts through the open doors. You’ll want to sit right up against the windows (or in the open doorways) to snap photos of children playing street cricket, elderly men in dhotis (white sarongs) smoking rolled-leaf cigarettes and bullock carts rumbling alongside the rail tracks. Just watch out for the stray branches that thwack against the sides of the train, leaving broken twigs scattered up the aisles and tiny flowers scattered underfoot.

Pune–Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto Express

Best train trip for a first-time overnight ride.

Start – Pune; End – New Delhi; Distance – 1515km (941 miles); Duration – 19hrs 35mins

India’s sleeper trains vary widely when it comes to levels of comfort, with many services creeping along at a snail's pace and stopping noisily at local stations through the night – a definite hindrance to sleep! However, Duronto Express trains only stop at a tiny number of stations en route, using some of the country’s fastest trains, and they offer excellent meals and high standards of onboard service.

Recognizable by their bright green and yellow color scheme, these sleek and modernized trains are perfect for first-time night-riders looking to sample the Indian railway experience without the rough edges. Departing Pune just after 11am every day, the train speeds past rushing rivers, stretches of deserts, small mountains and serene villages.

There's much excitement in the middle of the day as lunch arrives on red plastic trays. Expect tomato soup with a breadstick and butter followed by foil-wrapped chapatis, steamed rice, dal, chicken curry, yogurt and pickles – and a small tub of vanilla ice cream for dessert. The meals loaded in Pune are the tastiest of the ride, but you'll also get a satisfying dinner and breakfast before rolling into Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin station, close to Humayun's Tomb .

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