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The rich history of India, along with its cultural and geographical diversity makes its international tourism appeal large and diverse. Let us have a look at the most visited places in India, where people from all over the world flow into, for an exotic vacation :-

  1. Agra :

Agra

Agra is one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments – The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Red Fort. It is very essential to maintain the specialities of the city of Taj. The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. But the Taj is not a stand-alone attraction. The legacy of the Mughal empire has left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tombs and mausoleums; and there’s also fun to be had in the bustling chowks.

  1. Golden Temple :

Golden Temple

The Golden Temple, located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab,is a place of great beauty and sublime peacefulness. The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

     3.    Exotic Beaches of Goa :

Beaches of Goa

The Beaches of Goa are no doubt the best among the Beaches in India. The fact is beyond doubt that the Beaches of Goa are paradise on earth in real sense. The heaven for fun lovers, Goa surely lives up to the anticipations of one and all and grabs the interest of every tourist with its mesmerizing coastlines and thrilling water sports. It comes on the top of the list of most idyllic tourist spots for those who seek peace and leisure.Innumerable pristine beaches, flabbergasting culture, picturesque landscape, friendly populace, lip smacking food and vibrant nightlife! An incredible blend of natural and man-made charms, Goa has unlimited opportunities for fun and recreation with more than 40 beaches. Charming blue sea, silver shiny sand and palm fringed shorelines are surely a temptation for all and sundry.

  1. Shimla & Kullu Manali :

Shimla & Kullu Manali

Shimla is well known as a hub for India’s tourism sector. Sight Seeing of Shimla –  Prospect Hill,  Mall road Shimla, Kufri, Jakhoo Hills, Manikaram Hot Springs, Vaishno Devi Temple, Rafting Point, Shawl Factory.  Kullu is a valley gifted with nature’s charm and scenic beauty. Splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains with finest of slopes make it a place perfect for adventure sports. It has numerous temples and is therefore, called the “Valley of Gods”. Celebration of Dussehra is in itself a prime attraction of the valley attracting many tourist every year. Rohtang Pass is the highest point of Manali at a height of 3978 meters and offers a breathtaking view of mountains.

  1. Kerala :

Kerala

Kerala has the natural beauty in the form of beaches, mountain ranges, wildlife, backwaters and lush green areas offer a splendid view to the visitors. Resting on low hills in Southern Kerala, is the capital Thiruvananthapuram, used as a gateway to nearby resorts by many but boasting some of its very own attractions and dreadlocked faithfuls. North of the capital is Varkala with its stunning cliffs; but the real emerald jewel in South India’s crown are the backwaters that meander throughout Kerala. Here, spindly networks of rivers, canals and lagoons nourish a seemingly infinite number of rice paddies and coconut groves, while sleek houseboats cruise the water highways from one bucolic village to another  try stopping at Kollam (Quilon). Along the coast, slices of perfect, sandy beach beckon the sun-worshipping crowd, and far inland the mountainous Ghats are covered in vast plantations of spices and tea. Exotic wildlife also thrives in the hills, for those who need more than just the smell of cardamom growing to get their juices flowing.

  1. Delhi :

Delhi

Being one of the most historic capitals in the world, Delhi has many tourist sites. This Sight-Seeing Delhi’s tourist sites, In Old Delhi, there are attractions like mosques and monuments that represent India’s history. The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort. New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. New Delhi houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest. The Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jantar Mantar, Parliament House, Rashtrapathi Bhavan, India Gate, Teen Murti Bhawan, Indira Gandhi Memorial, Gandhi Smriti, and Purana Qila.

  1. Kanyakumari :

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari unique in itself for being amongst the very few places in the country where you could watch a sunrise and also a sunset sitting in the very same spot is also famous for the Kumari Amman temple! Much more than just a tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, Vivekananda rock is more of a sacred monument dedicated to one of the most revered spiritual leaders –  Swami Vivekananda. Surrounded by Majestic Hills and the plains bordered by colourful sea-shores, fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields, here and there are few elevated patches of red cliffs with undulating valleys and plains between the mountainous terrain and the sea – coast, so closely interwoven with Temples and Churches and other edifices lies the district, ‘Kanyakumari’.

  1. Leh Ladhak :

Leh Ladhak

Leh is a backpacker’s haven with numerous trekking trails, valleys, and picturesque lakes. Renowned as the land of monks and monasteries there is lots to see in this amazing piece of land.There are three sub divisions of Leh with 7 different tour circuits identified for international tourists in Leh with breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Ladakh is a high altitude desert as the Himalayas create a rain shadow thus prohibiting the entry of monsoon clouds. The main source of water here remains the winter snowfall on the mountains that forms the glaciers. Like in the rest of the parts of the country where people pray for rain, here Ladakhis pray for the glaciers or snows to melt for irrigation and drinking purposes. Surprisingly though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes. Only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke n frostbite at the same time.

  1. Jammu & Kahmir :

Jammu & Kahmir

Jammu and Kashmir has been famous for its natural beauty since time immemorial and has been aptly described as “heaven on earth”. The state has some of the best tourist spots in the entire country. Tourists from not only India but also the world over come to enjoy the scenic beauty of the state. The city of Jammu is popularly known as the City of temples. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and houseboats while Kashmir, known for its scenic natural beauty and rich cuisine is quite popular among tourists. The Dal Lake houseboats are one of the major attractions of Kashmir. Another major tourist attraction is the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. While on a visit to Kashmir one should also not miss some of the various adventure prospects available, like trekking, rafting and skiing. Kashmir also has some of the best handicrafts in the entire country. Srinagar is known for its traditional crafts.

       10.  Mumbai :

Mumbai

Mumbai caters to the adventurous and the romantic through its sporting activities, nightclubs, pubs, theatres, beaches and restaurants. Old and new, rich and poor, classical and modern – its all here for you to savour and enjoy! Mumbai has transformed itself into an entity with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today’s India – the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values. Mumbai is a shopper’s delight with bargain buys, exclusive boutiques, ethnic markets and mini bazaars. This busy city is also the hub of a thriving cultural life, with a constant stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The seat of the Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, it produces the largest number of films in the world.

        11.  Kodai Kanal :

Kodai Kanal

Kodaikanal is one of Tamil Nadu’s finest hill stations. It is situated 7,200 feet above sea level amongst the picturesque western ghats of India. Kodai is popular with honeymooners, who flock to the spectacular lookout points and waterfalls in and around town. Places to visit are Berijam Lake, Bryant Park, Shenbaganur Museum, The Boat Club, Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Guna Cave (Devil’s Kitchen), Kurinji Andavar Temple, Silver Cascade and Bear Shola Falls. The cool and misty weather, the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will mesmerize any visitor throughout the year. Walk through the wooded forests, row in the lake, bath in one of the splashing waterfalls, go for horse riding and cycling around the lake or simply admire the views.

        12.  Jaipur /Udaipur :

Jaipur

Jaipur is known as the pink city and is the capital of Rajasthan and a beautiful city which is surrounded by numbers of historical monuments and palaces. Jaipur makes an enchanting place. Major attractions of the city include City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir, Government Museum and several other museums. Jaipur is also known for its handicrafts, especially exquisite gold jewelry decorated with precious stones. Besides, colourful fairs and festivals, add more charm to the royal city. Udaipur is a famous city of Rajasthan and is well known as the City of Lakes. This beautiful city is one of the popular tourist destinations which have a number of palaces, monuments and forts that lure large number of travelers from all over the country. Famous among them is the Lake Palace, which stands magnificently on Jag Niwas Island of the beautiful Pichola Lake. City Palace on the banks of the lake is another jewel in the crown of the historic city. Udaipur is also renowned as a major centre for performing arts, craft and its typical miniature painting.

–  BY PRATIKSHA TRIVEDI

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