India is a vast country filled with a variety of beautiful landscapes such as hills, forests, mountains, deserts, and plains that many of us Indians are accustomed to. Whether it is the Thar desert in Rajasthan or the snowy peaks of Ladakh, there is something for everyone to feast our eyes on. Exploring this massive country is no easy task as we can quickly get lost in the mire of foreign names and places. India also happens to be incredibly diverse, with almost every state having its own unique language and culture; hence English often acts as a bridge of communication between different Indian states. So if someone does not know the local languages while traveling to India, it is not a cause of worry as English is understood by the majority of the urban populace in India. Below is a list of the most famous and breathtaking places to visit in India.
The Taj Mahal, Agra
Agra, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is home to one of the most widely known symbols of love, The Taj Mahal. This marvelous monument from the Mughal Era is also classified as one of the seven wonders of the world. Millions of tourists from around the world flock to this city to see the monument that stands tall every day with sunlight reflecting off its white marble. The memorial was commissioned to be built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his wife. The monument also contains the tomb of the emperor himself. While the Taj Mahal is a must-see site in the city, there are other Mughal monuments to be seen as well, such as Akbar’s Mausoleum. Agra is chockful of these medieval relics from the Mughal era.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
This little hill station is situated in the North-Eastern part of the country. The town is famous for its Darjeeling Tea and was once a hotspot for the British colonies in pre-independent India. The St. Pauls School in Darjeeling, constructed by the British, is also one of the highest schools in the world and covers an entire mountain top. Smaller trains known as toy trains run around the city that provides a great sightseeing experience of the hills and natural landscape for us to experience. The area also contains a fair amount of Buddhist monasteries as Buddhism tends to be quite prevalent in the North-Eastern part of India.
Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir has been dubbed as the “Switzerland of India” because of its natural beauty and a vast amount of valleys. Places such as Srinagar, Leh, and Ladakh, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, etcetera are some of the tourist hotspots. Gulmarg, also known as the meadow of flowers, provides a range of snowy mountains that beautifully stand tall as a backdrop against vibrant flowers. Dal Lake in Kashmir is also another mesmerizing hub for tourists offering activities such as boat riding; it is enclosed by the beautiful Mughal gardens and mountains. Dal Lake in the evening is the perfect spot for a romantic date.
Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir is a popular religious place that houses the holy shrine of Hindu Goddesses. Thousands of pilgrims climb atop the steep roads and hills every year as a show of dedication towards their religion. The place is perfect for someone who is looking for a spiritual outlet and a place temporary place away from the busy crowds of the city. The trekking experience in a peaceful place such as Vaishno Devi can be quite a soulful adventure for us.
Delhi is the capital of India that is small enough to not be considered a state but large enough that it isn’t considered a city either. It has the unique designation of being a union territory, along with six other ones in India. Delhi is also the administrative hub of India, with lots of official buildings and headquarters. There are lots of sightseeing spots in Delhi, such as the uniquely designed lotus temple, the vast Akshardham Temple, and the Red Fort. India Gate and Qutub Minar are some other popular tourist attractions that have historical significance.