Best Places to Visit in India - Unique Travel Tips

The best places to visit in India are scattered across the country.

That’s because this is a vast land of diverse cultures, languages, religions, and landscapes.

India blends ancient traditions with modern innovations.

In one moment, you are in the past, and in the other, you are in the future.

That is India in a nutshell.

In this guide, we will cover the 10 destinations you must visit.

Video – 10 Best Places to Visit in India

Our YouTube video is about the top destinations that span India’s vast expanse.

We describe how these destinations represent the mix of cultures, languages, religions, and landscapes.

Likewise, we talk about how the ancient traditions intertwine with contemporary advancements, and it’s a chance to journey through time itself.

Watch that video if you prefer a video guide, or continue reading our article for a written version.

Old Delhi

Old Delhi is the historic part of India’s capital region.

This is an important historic district. Its architecture, colorful markets, and busy mosques are all part of a living ancient Muslim culture.

Several Muslim dynasties gave it a unique culture.

Wandering through this ancient district feels like stepping into a living history book.

Be ready to experience chaotic streets, aromatic spices, and diverse cultures.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a masterpiece of Muslim Indian architecture.

As one of the living wonders of the world, this is a site that mesmerizes the senses.

With its grandeur, intricate marble work, symmetrical gardens, and profound love story, this is an attraction you should not miss.

The Taj Mahal is a major tourist destination. As a result, you will easily find taxis, buses, and trains that go from Delhi to the Taj Mahal.

The trip will be about 3 to 5 hours each way, depending on what mode of travel you choose.

Jaipur Palaces

Jaipur’s Hindu palaces will impress you.

Their opulent architecture, intricate designs, and dynamic colors evoke a sense of royal grandeur.

Jaipur is essentially a royal city, where the ruling Hindu caste is still a prominent part of its culture.

With over 4 million population, this is a good-sized city.

Bollywood Mumbai

Colorful productions, melodramatic storytelling, catchy music, and larger-than-life performances.

Yes, we are talking about Bollywood.

This is India’s most successful film industry, and they are based in Mumbai.

The word “Bollywood” is a play on Hollywood with Mumbai’s previous name, Bombay.

Needless to say, this must be part of your Indian itinerary.

Goa Beaches

Goa is a tiny state, but it makes up for it by having gorgeous beaches.

The beaches here are picturesque, with golden sands, swaying palm trees, and azure waters.

You will see colorful beach shacks and a lively atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxation and enjoyment.

Goa is a great place to recharge after a whirlwind trip.

Kerala Greenery

Kerala has the nickname of “God’s Own Country,” and it lives up to it.

This is a lush tropical paradise with backwaters, tea plantations, and wildlife sanctuaries.

You will find serene beaches, unique culture, and super friendly people.

Tamil Temples

Visiting Tamil temples is an immersive experience. They are built in colorful architecture, often with intricate designs.

Expect to witness spiritual devotion, with locals showing a profound connection to their Hindu faith.

Colonial Kolkata

Kolkata exudes old-world Western charm with its majestic colonial-era buildings.

This was the capital of British India, and you can still see remnants of that culture.

Of course, today, it’s a busy Indian city with one of the largest populations in the country.


Darjeeling is in the Himalayas. Nepalese culture is evident around town.

This is a destination with breathtaking mountain views.

Expect tea plantations, unique architecture, and colorful markets.

You must try the namesake tea, which is aromatic and tastes very different.

Jammy and Kashmir

Snow-covered mountains, chills that make you stay alert, and a gorgeous horizon.

No, we are not talking about Switzerland. This is India.

Around the country, the region is called “Paradise on Earth,” and it lives up to its name.

A visit to this destination isn’t easy since you will need to get a special permission. However, you should definitely add it to your list.

Expect stunning landscapes with Himalayan peaks, lush valleys, and serene lakes.

AJ Paris is a travel photographer based in New York. He is the editor of Caravanzers.

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