Monday, June 18, 2012

Top 10 Tourist Attractions of India

India is very very diverse – probably the just about diverse of countries that you will discovery on this earth. We have some of the Coldest places in Kashmir, A place that has advanced rainfall in world – Cherrapunji, and also one if the driest places on the Earth – The Thar Desert. Adding to that – More than half of Indian boundary is home to beautiful beaches. And don’t forget that Northern part of India hosts Himalayan Ranges snow capped mountains.

1. Agra

The Agra Fort built by the Great Emperor Akbar is located by the west bank of India. Agra is a part of Brijbhoomi the land associated with the birth and legendry activities of lord Krishna. In Agra City there are five Shiva temples which are the symbols of ancient culture.

Completed in 1653, the T?j Mahal was built by the Mughal king Sh?h Jah?n as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumt?z Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewelers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Taj Mahal was built in white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. Taj Mahal was a mausoleum and a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took twenty two years to build and the finest of skilled artisans inlaid the white marble edifice with precious stones and conjured up lacy stone screens around the cenotaphs of the emperor and his beloved. Apart from Taj Mahal we also provide the visit of Agra fort and the abounded city Fatehpur Sikri, was planned as a great town by Akbar with great care nd planning in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti but had to be abandoned only after fifteen years due to scarcity of water in the town.

2. Jaipur / Udaipur

Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, he Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificient forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the Maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, Famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure trove for the shoppers.

Lots of people flock to Jaipur to view the various forts and monuments in Jaipur which reflect its glorious past. Tourism is a significant part of Jaipur’s economy. Some of the world’s best hotels are located here.

Forts & Monuments

1. Hawa Mahal 2. Amber Fort 3. Jaigarh Fort 4. Nahargarh Fort 5. City Palace

6. Jantar Mantar 7. Jal Mahal 8. Rambagh Palace 9. Chandra Mahal 10. The City Palace

11. Diwan-e-Aam, City Palace 12. Central Museum, (Albert Hall Museum)

3. Goa:

Goa is Famous for its pristine beaches, infact 90% of all the tourism in Goa happens only for its beautiful beaches in Coastal Areas. Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the summertime (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.

Among the Goa tourist places comes the churches that are built in the Portuguese style of architecture. Out of them Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other prominent churches include Se Cathedral, Church of Lady of Rosary, Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of Carmelites, Church of St. Cajetan, Chapel of St. Francis Xavier etc. There are also many attractive temples and forts in Goa – some built with Portuguese influence, some not. The gorgeous of temples are Shree Bhagavati Temple, Brahma Temple and Shree Chandranath Temple. Goa churches are also very popular and are also the main tourism attractions those magnets thousands of tourists round the year.

In 2008 there were more than three million tourists reported to have visited Goa, more than half million of whom were from Foreign visitors. Infact, many foreigners have made Goa as there home for its laid-back and relaxed lifestyle !

- Alorna Fort - Amthane Dam - Ancestral Goa Museum / Big Foot

- Arvalem Caves - Banastari Bridge - Budbudyanchi Tali

- Carambolim Lake in Goa - Chapora Fort

- Fort Aguada - Lamgau Caves

4. Kashmir:

Jammu and Kashmir, is known as heaven on earth. In the seventeenth century the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, while living in a houseboat on the mesmerizing Dal Lake

Kashmir was once called Heaven on Earth, and once of the most beautiful places in the world. However, in last couple of decades, terrorism has faded its charm – A place home to Himalayan Ranges.


  • Jammu — the winter capital

  • Srinagar — the summer capital of the state, set around famous Dal Lake, with its floating houseboats

  • Gulmarg — decent skiing and the World's highest gondola

  • Katra — in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains and home of the holy Mata Vaishno Devi shrine

  • Leh — the jumping off point for treks and adventures around Ladakh

  • Pahalgam — a calm and serene place offering multiple trekking routes. Starting point of Amarnath Yatra

  • Patnitop — a small hill station in Jammu

  • Udhampur

  • Zab Baihk

      In Kashmir Valley

The State of Jammu & Kashmir has main three geographical regions known as “The Lesser Himalayas” or the “Jhelum Valley” (Kashmir), “The Inner Himalayas” or “The Indus Valley” (Ladakh & Frontier areas) also called “Trans-Himalayas”, and “The Outer-Himalayas” or “The Southern mountain range” (Jammu). The area of Jammu & Kashmir is 2, 22,236 square kilometers.

5. Kanyakumari:

Kanyakumari is a town and a well known Hindu pilgrimage site in Tamil Nadu. It is also popularly known as Cape Camorin and located at the edge of Indian Peninsula. The administrative capital of the district is Nagercoil, which is 20 km from Kanyakumari town. The district has the best literacy rate in the state and is considered the best educated district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by the HRD Ministry.

Top attractions in Kanyakumari:

  • Kanyakumari Temple

  • Our Lady of Ransom Church

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial

  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

Though there are several places of tourist-interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies – the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea – makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon evenings, one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time – on either side of the horizon.

How to Reach :

Nearest Airport

Trivandrum (State: Kerala)

Nearest Railway station

Nagercoil (State : Tamilnadu)

6. Kerala (Backwaters)

Kerala, India's most advanced society: With hundred percent literacy. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest state.

Kerala, situated on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Named as one of the "ten paradises of the world" and "50 places of a lifetime" by the National Geographic Traveler magazine, Kerala is especially known for its ecotourism initiatives, Beautiful Backwaters and Alternative healing massages.

places to visit in Kerala.

  1. The Backwaters 2. Fort Cochin 3. Munnar 4. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    5. Varkala 6. Kollam 7. Thrissur 8. Kumarakom 9. Kozhikode

    10. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

7. Delhi

There are several places to see, visit, and explore in New Delhi. New Delhi is an international metropolis with excellent tourist spots, recreational facilities, and a history that goes back to antiquity.

Delhi, Capital of India has many attractions like mosques, forts and other monuments that represent India’s history. The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort. New Delhi on the other hand houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest.

Tourist Places

  • Akshardham Temple

  • Azad Hind Gram

  • Bahai Temple

  • Birla Mandir

  • Dilli Haat

  • Garden of Five Senses

  • Humayun's Tomb

  • India Gate

  • Jama Masjid

  • Jantar Mantar

  • Lodi Tomb

  • Parliment House

  • Purana Quila

  • Qutab Minar

  • Safdarjang Tomb

  • Red Fort

8. Ajanta Ellora

Cave shrines are quite interesting to check out, especially those of Ajanta Ellora Caves. These caves are located in Maharashtra at Aurangabad. As architectural and historical wonder, the caves are a real attraction to visitors from all over the world.

Ajantha & Ellora are 28 – 30 rock-cut cave monuments created during the first century BC and 5th century AD, containing paintings and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art.

The Ajanta and Ellora caves, one of the must visits during your tour to India, gracefully symbolize the characteristics of nobility, grace and serenity of Buddha himself and his principles. It actually presents itself as one of the key tourist destinations in India.

9. Darjeeling:

Darjeeling in India owes’ its grandeur to its natural beauty, its clean fresh mountain air and above all, the smiling resilient people for whom it is a home. Known for its natural splendor, Darjeeling’s best gift to its’ visitors is the dawn of a new day. The mountains awaken first with a tentative peeking of the sun.

  • Chowrasta

  • -Obeservatory Hill

  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

  • Tiger Hill

  • Phalut & Sandakphu

  • Kurseon

A steep ride, five kilometers from Ghoom, or an invigorating walk up a steep incline, leads sun worshippers to Tiger Hill. The air is chilly with darkness and damp. To the east, a dull orange sun emerged painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. The snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly emerge from slumber to start a new day. The sun worshippers gasp at the magnificent sight. All things Himalayan are sold here-'thankas' (paintings), brass statues, religious objects, jewellery, woodcarvings, woven fabrics, carpets etc. However, bargaining is the order of the day, so be prepare to jostle with the shopkeepers.

10. Mysore

Mysore is a tourism hot spot within the state of Karnataka and also acts as a base for other tourist places in the vicinity of the city. The city receives the maximum number of tourists during the period of the Dasara festival when festivities take place for a period of 10 days. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is the center of the Dasara festivities.

  • Chamundi Hills

  • Brindavan Gardens

  • Mysore Zoo

  • St.Philomena's Church

  • Jaganmohana Palace

  • Karanji Lake

  • Kukkarahalli Lake