India Tourist Attractions
Tourist Attractions of India Explore these destinations, not just for their beauty and picturesque locales but also for their shopping arcades, exotic cuisines, culture, tradition and much more. In short, let the reason be anything, let the duration be short or long… just ensure that you have that perfect summer break.
New Delhi: The capital has plenty of attractions for the visitor. On the architectural front, Delhi excels over other cities, with its Mughal architectural edifices epitomized by the Red Fort, Lodhi Gardens, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar; and the British style of architecture visible in Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate. The capital also has a number of famous religious places and meditation centres. Must-see is the Baha’i Temple and Birla Mandir. Delhi does get a little hot during summer, but with so many air-conditioned shopping malls, the heat may just lose its touch. Try Mughlai food at Jama Masjid and gol gappas at Chandini Chowk. In the evening, you can chill out on the lawns of India Gate till up to midnight. It’s the perfect place for a quick getaway.
Jaipur: The Pink City glorifies the days of gallantry, courage, the royalty of a bygone era and life in the Thar Desert. Majestic forts, intricately carved temples and havelis (mansions) make Jaipur a delight for the architecture buff. The Rajputs were prolific builders and have dotted the Aravali landscape with some of the most imposing and magnificent forts and palaces in the world. Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal are simply a glimpse into their world. The city has many a place to relive the good old days of kings and queens. Jaipur is also known for its shopping and food. It may get quite hot, but then with the shopping and the thandais on the offer, it is the perfect place for a weekend trip.
Ahmedabad: The capital city of Gujarat is famous for its architecture, food and shopping. The Sidi Bashir mosque, with its Jhoolte Minar (shaking minaret), continues to amaze and puzzle casual visitors and serious scholars alike. There are several stunning Hindu and Jain temples in and around Ahmedabad. Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha, which led to India’s Independence, was launched from this city, and his ashram, Hriday Kunj, is still preserved on the banks of the river Sabarmati. It continues to attract and inspire visitors from all parts of the globe. A must-try is the Gujarati food and a trip to Gandhinagar. Ahmedabad is perfect for a long trip.
Varanasi: It is one of the holiest cities in the world. It is famous for its spiritualism, mysticism and schools of Indian philosophical thought. The ghats on the Ganga are the main focus of religious activities and rituals and also form one of the main attractions of the city. Alamgir Mosque, a blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, is another important attraction of Varanasi. Some of the important temples here are the Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and the Bharat Mata Temple. In the shoppers’ segment, the Banarasi silk saris form an indispensable part of an Indian bride’s trousseau, with their world-famous gold and silver brocades and rich embroidery. Varanasi is best suited for a weekend trip.
Mumbai: The city is about Bollywood cinema, shopping malls, cricketing heroes, stadiums, bhelpuri and Chowpatty and the red double-decker buses. Mumbai is best known for its vibrant street life and nightlife and its wealth of bazaars. There is so much to explore in Mumbai-the majestic remnants of colonial history, galleries full of Indian contemporary art, crowded and atmospheric markets, glamorous fashion boutiques and the evening parade of locals at Chowpatty Beach. Marine Drive and Gateway of India are the two most important places to visit. Mumbai is perfect for a long break.
Pune: It offers a mix of modern architecture interlaced with the old. Some of the major sightseeing spots in Pune are Lai Deval, Vishram Baug Wada, Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace and the Parvati Temple. Pune is also known for its large student population, thus making it a lively city with a vibrant atmosphere. Pune is also a city where you can savour a variety of cuisines. It is also well known for its hill forts, which offer great panoramic views. A must-visit is the Osho International Meditation Resort, which has acquired international recognition. Pune is ideal for a short weekend break.
Goa: With its renowned beaches, exotic locations, tempting cuisine and a vibrant nightlife, Goa is the ideal summer getaway. To put it simply, Goa has it all. It is generally less crowded during the summer months, thus making it a perfect time to visit. Besides food and beach, Goa is also known for its flea markets. Goa is famous for its temples and world heritage architecture, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, in Old Goa. It also boasts of rich flora and fauna. Goa is also known for its water sports, such as water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. Also try out other forms of entertainment, which include bird-watching, bungee-jumping and go-karting. Goa is tailor-made for long breaks, so plan ahead and enjoy.
Bangalore: Its pleasant climate and-friendly people have made Bangalore the place to take your vacation. A fast growing metropolis, it has many imposing structures that are full of historic and modern architecture. The majestic Vidhana Soudha, a magnificent post-Independence structure housing the state legislature and secretariat, stands in the centre of the city, with its attractive dome and galleries. The city abounds in picturesque parks, gardens and various scenic spots. Cubbon Park, an extensive stretch of green, and the enchanting botanical gardens housing the Glass House of Lai Bagh-both situated right in the middle of the city-lend charming grandeur to the city. A must-visit is the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, which is 300 years’ old. Another impressive temple is the Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple. Bangalore is also known for its food and nightlife. Plan your trip and have a blast at Bangalore. If you are staying for long, then do visit nearby Mysore for its palace and Brindavan Gardens.
Visakhapatnam: Vizag, as the city is also known, is regarded as the ‘city of destiny’. The city is known for its beach, culture, cuisine, coves and creeks. A must-visit is the rocky ridge at Dolphin’s Nose. The Caltex Oil Refinery, VUDA Park, MCV Museum and the zoo are other places worth visiting. For gift items and souvenirs, the most attractive buys are the skillfully carved softwood toys. Vizag is perfect for a quick getaway.
Chennai: The place is inundated with tourist spots. Stretching over 13 km alongside the city is the Marina Beach, the second largest natural beach in the world. The Golden Beach, on the city’s outskirts, is known for its coastal fair. Chennai also has many monuments and temples exemplifying the contributions of the Chola and Pallava dynasties to ancient Dravidian civilizations, such as the Parthasarathy and Kapaleeshwarar temples. Chennai is also famous for its ancient churches and cathedrals, such as Santhome Cathedral. The city also offers a variety of shopping arcades for some good buys. With so much on offer, spend at least three to four days here and plan a trip to Mamallapuram and the famous Crocodile Park and Snake Park.
Coimbatore: The city is the perfect destination for spending a vacation because of its wonderful pictorial places. Some of the major tourist attractions in Coimbatore include the Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Close to the city is the famous hill station of Kodaikanal, with its Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk and Kukkai Caves. Another attraction is the Thirumurthy Dam, situated at the foothills of the Thirumurthy Hills, where there is a perennial stream flowing by the side of the Amalingeswarar Temple, providing additional beauty to the place. It is also known for its jewellery and clothes shopping stores. Coimbatore offers an ideal religious and spiritual getaway.
Port Blair: The capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a small but charming place, spread over a number of hills-from Haddo across Secretariat Hill to Aberdeen Bazaar and South Point and is, undoubtedly, one of the key summer hot-spots. Its clean beaches and unpolluted waters attract divers and snorkellers from around the world. An important tourist spot is the Cellular Jail, built by the British. There are also other smaller islands of interest, such as Mount Harriet, Chatam, Ross, Havelock and Neil; then there lies Madhuban, which provides a training ground for elephants by foresters, and faces the sea on one side, with the hills behind. Port Blair is best for long trips to relax your heels.
Kolkata: The city of Joy is a city known for its architecture, cuisine, people and culture. Kolkata has a plethora of tourist spots. Some of the major tourist areas are the Victoria Memorial, Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) and Birla Planetarium, which is one of the largest in Asia. The Kali temple at Kalighat and St Paul’s Cathedral are also major attractions. The journey to Kolkata is not merely a trip, but a spiritual and cultural experience for visitors. Don’t miss the rasgullas and mishti doi-sweets the city is known for.
Bagdogra: It is rich in natural beauty and has a plethora of exotic locales. It is one of the ideal summer getaways. There are several tea gardens, orchards and picturesque locations to visit. You can also opt for a heritage tea tour. Teesta is the main river that flows through here, and is the perfect place for Whitewater rafting and angling. In short, Bagdogra is an enjoyable getaway, no matter what the reason may be. Plan a long trip and also go for a hike.
Guwahati: The city is considered the gateway to the country’s North-East. It offers the visitor numerous tourist sites, some religious and some natural. Kamakhya Temple, which/stands on top of the Nilachal Hill, is famously known as the best among the tantrik shrines of Shakti worship in the world. The Shiva Temple of Umananda, the Navagraha Temple, Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji Temple and the Vashistha Ashram are also some of the places to visit. Deepor Beel, Dighalipukhuri, Silpukhuri, Nakkatapukhuri and Jorphukhur are among the various natural and artificial lakes that offer some of the finest sightseeing options. You can shop in Pan Bazaar, Fansi Bazaar, Ganeshguri, Paltan Bazaar and Beltola Bazaar. In short, Guwahati is the place to go to for a long summer getaway.