India is aptly called incredible as it has all the elements to satisfy the heart of a wanderlust. From magnificent monuments to breathtaking scenic beauty; from lip smacking cuisines to colourful souvenirs, you can never get enough from this country.
Let us check out some of the top 5 tourist destinations in India.
1. The Beautiful Taj Mahal
This is one of the several wonders of the world. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is a memorial made of pure white marble. The most amazing feature of the monument is it changes colour with every phase of the day. Taj Mahal is encircled by lush green gardens and is studded with semi-precious stones and decorated with motifs.
Nearby Tourist Spot: The Red Fort is another impressive structure lying very near to Taj Mahal. This is completely made from red sandstone and has numerous palaces, halls and mosques within it.
Location: Agra, near New Delhi
2. The Lively Gateway of India
Gateway of India is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea.This place is a chatting ground for the locals and an ideal spot to relish the world-famous pav bhaji. If you can surf the local markets, you can buy silk shirts or luxury leather goods at an affordable price.
Nearby Tourist Spot: Visit Bollywood to watch the filmmaking process or spend some time relaxing at the Juhu Beach, listening to the wild waves.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
3. The Golden Temple
If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the spirituality of India visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar. With domes made from pure gold and treasuring the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh religion, this place is one of the tourist hotspots of India. Do not miss the meal arranged at the temple, as it is not only delicious but also exhibits the simplicity of life. If the Golden Temple inspires you, take out some time and plan a trip to the other exquisite shrines of India, which range from the rock cut temples of South India to the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples of Khajuraho.
Nearby Tourist Spot: The Jalianwala Bagh is famous for its importance in the history of Indian independence and the Wagah Border is the Line of Control (LOC) between Indian and Pakistan. Last but not the least; relish the ghee-drenched parathas and tall glasses of lassi here.
Location: Amritsar, Punjab
4. The Mind-blowing Jaipur
Now you cannot avoid the Pink City of Jaipur when on an India trip. Visit the Amber Fort on a decked-up elephant like a king or explore the royal belongings, old coins, arms and accessories at the City Palace museum. The Hawa Mahal can surprise you with its 983 windows while the Jantar Mantar has the largest sundial of the earth. Jaipur is also an ideal destination to shop your heart out; from boutique apparel to leather shoes, from costume jewellery to handicrafts, you have a lot to fill your bag. Evenings are entertaining with puppet shows and folk song and dance programs.
Nearby Tourist Spot: You may also visit the other cities of Rajasthan, like Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur; each famous for its monuments.
5. The Exotic Beaches of Goa
Last but not the least; the fun capital of the country invites you with its wilderness. Goa is a resort for the stressed hearts who want the warm sun rays to fill in their ached body; it is a paradise for people wanting to rejuvenate with Ayurveda SPA massages and for the young hearts who want to dance through the night. The SunBurn Festival, which takes place from Christmas to New Year, is a celebration of life and the best start to a new year.
Nearby Tourist Spot: Besides the above activities, you can visit the old churches of Goa and spend some solitary time at the moonlight cruises with your beloved.
Location: Goa, lying at a short distance from Mumbai.
If you want to have more from this country, plan safari rides to the national parks of the country or if you want to boost your adrenaline, the trekking and water sports of India are just for you.
Ademar Arau, A Mexican guy staying in Gurgaon India from last 3 years, translator by profession. Love to do capture the moments, writing and blogging, currently associated with olaviajes.com as Spanish – English travel blogger.