India, the land of diversities, is a beautiful mix of the old and the new, the ancient and the modern evident from its metro cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc.) and old monuments (Hampi, Ajanta Ellora Caves, Khajuraho Temples etc.) respectively. Many of the visitors who visit India frequently swear that it is the most fascinating tourist destination on this planet. When you travel across India, you’ll experience diverse culture, diverse cuisine, diverse people, diverse traditions, and diverse languages.
Despite over crowded places, the architecture of rich heritage buildings, ancient old cities, busy life of metropolitan cities and the other tourist attractions are worth the effort to travel and see India. The list of places to see in India would be endless. Travel to some of the best beaches in India, specially the exotic beaches of Goa, Kerala and few of the beaches near Pune / Mumbai would make your trip to India worthwhile. If you are a nature lover, you would surely enjoy a trip to National Parks of India, wild life sanctuaries of India or a few days stay at any of the hill stations in India.
Best places to visit in India are many; however, few that make India a hot spot tourist destination on the globe are listed below.
Best Beaches in India
If asked about the Best Beaches in India you’ll hear of the most popular beaches in Goa like Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Colva Beach or even the Marina Beach, Chennai or Kovalam Beach in Kerala and few of the beaches near pune. To me the Best Beaches would be secluded palm-fringed beaches with pristine golden sand, clear blue waters, beautiful sunset, lovely people around, some vendors selling local delicacies and the mighty ocean.
Best Beaches in India:
- Anjuna, Goa
- Kovalam Beach, Kerala
- Kashid, Maharashtra
- Dapoli, Mharashtra
- Varkala Beach, Kerala
- Marina Beach
- Mahabalipuram Beach
Honeymoon Places in India
Honeymoon is a time when two people, after tying the knot, relax and enjoy sometime away from others. It’s just the two of them spending all day long together. Honeymoon is the time when the newly wed couple gets to know each other better. Honeymoon is the beginning of their new life together. A honeymoon destination has to be such where you forget about the daily chores and whims and just rekindle the love. In India honeymoon is the first official outing for the bride and the groom, so it has to be a special destination to celebrate the occasion of being together and entering a new phase of life. Similarly, people across the globe see India as one of the best honeymooner’s paradise.
Popular Honeymoon Places in India
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Kullu Manali
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Forts in India
Forts that speaks about the glorious past India had. India is a country rich with history, considered as a country by some as one of the most ancient and living civilizations. Over the Centuries India has been ruled by number of dynasties each of which have left their mark creating what is today considers historical sites. The Forts, Palaces and Monuments carrying stories and legacies of their rule, existence and splendor right through the years while still standing tall today. No trip to India is complete without visiting some of these forts.
Popular Forts in India are:
- Lal Qila (or Red Fort), Delhi
- Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer – Rajasthan
- Amber Fort, Amber – Rajasthan
- Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
- Shaniwar Wada, Pune – Maharashtra
- Ranthambhore Fort, Rajasthan
- Agra Fort, Agra
- Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
The most awaited days of a week are Saturdays and Sundays. Working professional (specially the ones working in ‘5 Days a week’ culture) are always excited about their weekends and in majority cases the planning starts from as early as Wednesday. Weekend is the perfect time to explore nearby places, famous tourists spots, picnic spots or just a drive in the suburbs of the city and a simple thought of spending time with friends and family sounds really exciting.
It is best for foreign professionals visiting India. They can explore the city and the surrounding areas in these two days. Almost all metropolitan cities in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai etc.) have awesome nearby weekend getaways.
7 Wonders of India
7 Wonders of India, a campaign initiated by NDTV and carries nation wide was a huge event that face very enthusiastic participation from people all over the country. The 7 Wonders of India initiative was held nationwide with states clubbed under 16 clusters. Then, seven top wonders in each state cluster were declared. A top wonder was then chosen as a nominee from each of these states for the final seven wonders of India. It was a total of 10 wonders as listed below
Wonders of India
- The Wonder of India – Taj Mahal, Agra
- Wonder of India: Peace & Harmony – The Golden Temple , Amritsar
- The Spiritual Wonder of India – Tawang Monastery , Arunachal Pradesh
The 7 Wonders of India are as follows
- Sun Temple – Konark, Orrisa
- Khajuraho – Madhya Pradesh
- Jaisalmer Fort – Rajasthan
- Red Fort – Delhi
- Nalanda University – Bihar
- Dholavira Site – Gujarat
- Meenakshi Temple – Madurai, South India