1. Udaipur (Rajasthan)
The city is also known as the ‘city of lakes. There are umpteen attractions with picturesque nature. The peripheries of the city are protected by the lush Aravali Hills. Besides the mesmerizing City Palace, tourists can explore other places like Monsoon Palace, Lake Pichhola, Bagore ki haveli, and Saheliyon ki Bari. Further, there are numerous hanging gardens and ancient bazaars to explore and taste the ancient culture of Rajasthan.
Delhi is considered as the heart of India. Delhi is known for its historical significance, classic architectural attractions, shopping and food. The list of tourist attractions is unending in the capital. The Mughal architecture of the 17th-Century Red Fort leaves everyone awestruck. The major attractions are Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Iron Pillar, Kutub Minar and Lotus Temple. Apart from this there are plenty of religious sites including the mesmerizing Akshar Dham Temple.
The most arousing fact about Delhi is that you can enjoy absolutely delicious street food near all tourist attractions, especially Chandani Chowk.
3. Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Jaipur-The Pink City and the capital of Rajasthan and is where you can find the beautiful forts known for their architectures. The Amber Fort – a sprawling, stunning complex set in the hillside overlooking a lake is located at the periphery of the city. Starting from ancient forts to wonderful temples, this place has everything that would make you drench in wonder. Jal Mahal, Peacock gate, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum are few of the many attractions that you can see in this city.
4. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Apart from being one of the oldest inhabited places in India, it is also religiously significant. The city sits on the banks of the divine Ganges and is believed by Hindus to be a sacred place of pilgrimage. The city is known for the religious practices that take place on the banks of the river. Exploring the city will help visitors to further understand India’s deep cultural and spiritual practices.
5. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Agra is known for the iconic Taj Mahal considered as an epitome of love. The place attracts millions of tourists every year. The ancient Agra Fort is also an attractive spot to visit. Other attractions include Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Dilli Gate etc.
6. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Previously called Madras, Chennai is known for its ports and trading hub. Fort St. George and Mahabalipuram sculptures are among the main attractions.Marina Beach offers a beautiful sight and you can also enjoy Indian cuisine at the beachfront.
Other beautiful attractions include Anna zoological park, pondy bazaar, malls, Golden beach, Puzhal Lake and Elliot’s beach etc.
7. Kolkata (West Bengal)
Kolkata, the old capital of then colonized India was the trading centre for the East India Company. Kolkata has emerged as a tourist spot over the time. Major sights in the city are Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Taj Mahal-esque Victoria Memorial Museum and the monumental Howrah Bridge.
8. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Mumbai (the city that never sleeps) has some of the most expensive homes in the world and some of the biggest slums in Asia. Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world. The centre of attraction is the gateway of India – a stone arch built on the waterfront in 1923.
Dharavi is the largest slum area of the continent which is located in Mumbai. The place is filled with attractions which include markets, street food and early morning sights. Marine drive is a must visit place in this city. Essel World, beach, temples, forts, mosques, museums, hanging garden, Elephant Caves, film city, Imperial towers and Wankhede Stadium are some of the main attractions in the city.
9. Kochi (Kerala)
It is a port town situated on the coast of southern Kerala. The foreign influences are vivid and can be noticed throughout the city including the tiled bungalows of Fort Kochi and the emblematic cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.
The oldest and one of the beautiful churches of the country is in Kochi. You can witness a lot of colonial buildings in Mattancherry. There is a museum in Mattancherry which has rare artifacts and murals.
10. Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
Jaisalmer the golden city of Jaisalmer is known for its vast and India’s largest Desert Thar Desert. You can explore and experience the culture and tradition of Rajasthan in the city in the form of artefacts, jewelry and cuisine. The huge and sprawling citadel in the city hides Jain temples, while the streets below its ramparts are overflowing with sandstone structures such as the incredible traditional haveli townhouses.
11. Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Apart from historical significance the ancient lanes of Hyderabad’s old town are an inviting glimpse into an India of the past. The city is known more for India’s Islamic customs. Charminar, Golconda Fort, Mecca Masjid, Hussain Sagar, Falaknuma Palace are few significant attractions of Hyderabad. This is a city with rich heritage. There are many architectural structures, monuments, religious places, lakes, etc. If you visit this place, you ought to enjoy the local cuisine of spicy and hot food, especially biryani.
12. Amritsar (Punjab)
Amritsar is a historical city of Punjab. The world-famous Golden Temple is known for its golden architecture and cultural beauty. At the outer you can get some traditional goods, such as hand-embroidered fabrics and delicately ornate shoes. Apart from these you can explore many museums, temples, gardens and the famous Jallianwala Bagh site and Berlin Wall India. The Wagah Border- the border between India and Pakistan attracts huge attractions from both the nations.
13. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
The snow in Shimla is an important tourist attraction as it is one of the few places in India which experiences snowfall. The summer months are cold in the city, and winter would be snowy. Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, and Mall road are a few non-snow-related attractions here.
14. Panaji (Goa)
The Portuguese-infused city of Panaji is in the seaside state of Goa. The city is located on the banks of the Mandovi River. It has cobblestone streets lined with colorful villas and buildings from the Portuguese colonial era, which is a treat for the eyes. It is known for its Mediterranean-style architecture, white-washed houses with tiled red roofs, square churches, and wide, tree-lined avenues.
15. Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of northwest Rajasthan. It is known as the blue city because majority of the buildings are painted in blue shade. The city is also known as the Sun City because of the scorching heat that it experiences throughout the year. There are a many tourist attractions, including the beautiful Mehrangarh fort and museum displaying weapons, paintings, and royal palanquins, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Garden, Toorji Ka Jhalra, and a few beautiful lakes.
Apart from this, Ghanta Ghar, Jalori gate, and Sardar market are places in the city where you can explore local traditional items.
16. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Darjeeling is one of the important tourist destinations in West Bengal. The city is located in the lower hills of the mighty Himalayas. One of the major attractions in the city is the railway station itself which is a heritage site declared by UNESCO. One can enjoy the toy train ride over there. Batasia Loop, Japanese Peace Pagoda, observatory hill, and Neora Valley Park are the few destinations that one can explore in the city. Apart from this, you can find a lot of rare animal species in Singalila Park and Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park.
17. Sri Nagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
Sri Nagar is rested amidst snow capped mountains and that is why it is proudly said that heaven falls here. The natural scenic beauty of Sri Nagar includes Mughal gardens, Pari Mahal, Dal Lake and Shalimar Bagh. The closest railway is in Jammu, and the rest of the distance (about 300 km) has to be covered by road. This travel is considered a marvelous experience.
18. Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
The city of Aurangabad has architectural significance. There are a few temples, caves, and forts that add aesthetic beauty to this place. Among all, the most beautiful attractions is the Ajanta Cave- a monument built by cutting rocks. There is a total of 29 caves in Ajanta Cave. It has many unique and essential temples and mosques.
19. Khajjiar (Himachal Pradesh)
It is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Due to its mesmerizing beauty and unique hill station experience it is also known as the Switzerland of India. The city is located on a small plateau and is fed with a small stream that is always covered with lush weeds. The city has Golden Devi temple, Khajjiar Lake, majestic bronze statue of Lord Shiva, Nag temple and many other attractions. Tourists can enjoy horse riding, paragliding and other snow sports.
It is a union territory that is famous for preserving the remnants of French heritage with Indian culture. The Auroville Ashram is a world famous religious place for Aurobindo followers. The Pondicherry Lake, Paradise Beach, Rock Beach, French War Memorial, and museums are a few attractions in this place. The French style is observed in architecture, government uniforms,s and other elements in this city.