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Top Tourist Destinations and Tourist attractions of India Feb 27

It is very difficult to list the top tourist destinations and attractions in India because every place tells a unique story and has its own significance and beauty. The sheer size, heritage and diversity of India have enchanted many travelers throughout the ages. However, here is a listing, or rather a countdown of the ten top tourist destinations in India based on popularity:

10. Varanasi: It is one of the oldest cities of India with a 3000-year-old history. Tourists come to the sacred place of Varanasi to experience a sense of mysticism, for a spiritual feeling, to study at the Benares Hindu University or to watch the enigmatic Ganges flow by.

9. Khajurao: The temples and monuments of Khajurao in Madhya Pradesh have been designated by the UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”. These breathtakingly beautiful temples were constructed between the 9th and 10th centuries during the times of the Chandela dynasty. It is one of the chief tourist destinations in India as people from all around the world throng to watch these artistic wonders. Of the 85 temples constructed originally, only 22 remain.

8. Hyderabad: The fifth largest city in India is home to magnificent forts, royal palaces, age-old temples and mosques; all of them a celebration of history and grandeur that this city has commanded. It is also called the “Pearl city”. Some of the top tourist attractions here are the Charminar, Safdar Jung Museum, Hussain Sagar Lake and Lad Bazaar.

7.Bangalore: Bangalore is the fastest growing city in India. With a pleasant climate and cosmopolitan aura of this place, Bangalore has undergone quite a transformation over the last few years. Some of the top tourist destinations in Bangalore are Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Fort of Tipu Sultan, Bangalore Palace, the Venkatappa Art gallery and the Bull Temple.

6. Pondicherry: The seductive beauty of Pondicherry beckons a lot of visitors to this place. The city of Pondicherry has a passive feel towards it; you can feel that the city likes to move at its own languid pace, unlike other cities in India, which seem to have a fast paced life. Some of the prominent tourist attractions here are the Beach Road, the Aurbindo Ashram and many restaurants that line the Beach Road. Since it was formerly a French colony, most people here know and speak French.

5. Mumbai: Mumbai, the commercial capital of India is frequented by many tourists round the year. Some of the pleasant sights are the Gateway of India, Mani Bhawan - the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, sea fronts like Chowpatty beach, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach and the Bandra sea-face. The southern part of Mumbai is usually frequented by tourists, especially at the Fort Area, Colaba, Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade. Other tourist attractions include Kamala Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jehangir Art Gallery.

4. Jaipur: Jaipur (capital of Rajasthan) is also known as the ‘Pink City’ is home to several top tourist destinations. Chief among them are Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Albert Museum, Birla Mandir Planetarium, City Palace, Sisodia Rani Park etc.

3. Kochi: Kochi is a beautiful and prosperous city in Kerala. The vibrancy in terms of natural beauty and industrial progress is simply unbelievable. It is the commercial capital of Kerala. Some of the best places to visit in Kochi are the Dutch Palace (Mattanchery Palace), Cherai Beach, Hill Palace Museum, Willingdon Island (a manmade island), a hill station called Munnar and Anamudi, the highest peak in South India.

2. Delhi: Delhi, the capital city of India is known to be a heaven for historical sites, archeological destinations and religious sites. One of the best tourist attractions in India, the “India Gate” is in Delhi. Also stunningly attractive is the Red Fort, a huge edifice and a testimony to the Mughal architecture. Yet another tourist attraction, the Kutumb Minar alone attracts numerous tourists from round the world. The largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, the Old Fort, and Humayun’s tomb are other interesting sites of Delhi.

1. Agra: Agra has captivated a lot of tourists from every corner of the world. The historic city is home to the teardrop of love, the eternal and the ethereal Taj Mahal, also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Other tourist attractions include Sikandra tomb, Fatherpur Sikri, Vrindavan and Mathura.

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14 Responses

  1. 1
    India Tours Specialist 
    Thursday, 6. March 2008

    There are some more cities on the site,
    Hope you guys benefit from this.

  2. Hi guys!!Apart from this list,I would like to add some more places. Here the list begins,

    Kodaikanal :
    Nestling amidst the folds of the verdant Pali Hills, is the idyllic retreat of Kodaikanal, popularly known as Kodai. Apart from being a much sought after tourist resort, Kodai is also famous for its educational institutions, which are globally renown.

    Mahabalipuram :
    World famous for its shore temples, Mahabalipuram, was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. 58 kilometres from Madras on the Bay of Bengal, this tiny sea side village of Mahabalipuram, is set in a boulder strewn landscape

    Goa Wildlife :
    The rugged western ghats make it an ideal haven for many species of birds and animals and also provide a corridor for migration. The western ghats called the Sahyadris in Goa, extend for a total of 600kms in Goa of their total length of 3702 kms.

  3. Hey Ricky,

    Thanks for the list man. It surely would be beneficial for all the visitors on this blog thinking to make a travel trip to the different parts of this magnificent country.

  4. Dear Tourist,

    Would like to warn you against some dirty and money making Cheap Resorts in and around Mumbai. I would like to share my experience in one of such Resort. The Resort named ‘ RISHI GARDEN RESORT’ ON GOA- MUMBAI HIGHWAY NEAR KARNALA. This resort will charge you around Rs 4000 per night, it includes free entry to water park, lunch, dinner and Breafast. The location is good but the management is BAKWAS. The room are good but not maintained at all, u can see dirt and untidy housekeeping.
    1. Mosquito in all rooms,
    2. Improper food,
    3. No one attends your phone- Reception as well as Housekeeping
    4. A/c don’t work.
    5. You tend to be last in the queue because of day time picknickers
    6. Dirty Swimming pool made more dirtier by daytime picknickers
    7. TV without any channels.
    8. No toilet rolls in the Toilet..



  5. Hi Abhinav,

    It is really sad to know that there are still accommodation facilities that do not provide the best of services to its guests. Since you had not so good experience on your stay in this resort that you have mentioned, we would like to hear from you as to your experiences where you were satisfied with the services provided.

  6. 6
    suraj m 
    Thursday, 8. May 2008

    very good post…nice style..I felt like I travlled all over India.

  7. Thanks Suraj,

    It is a real pleasure to know that you liked this post. We would try our best to keep it as interesting for our other travelers, so that it becomes a one-stop destination guide for our travelers.

  8. Tamilnadu also best tourist place in india.
    The rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, Tanjavur is a bustling country town. Tanjavur rose to glory, during the later Chola reign, between the 10th and 14th centuries, and became a centre of learning and culture.Most Ayurvedic resorts are available in this place.

  9. Kochi is wonderful, but I would say that the backwaters are really the highlight of Kerala (and of India). They are beautiful, unique and very tranquil and relaxing. They can be a great respite from the hustle and bustle found elsewhere in India.

  10. 10
    Lenore Mikelsen 
    Monday, 12. July 2010

    Evocative piece. Thanks for posting.

  11. 11
    Rakesh Kumar 
    Tuesday, 2. October 2012

    You certainly missed some of the popular locations such as Shimla, Chandigarh etc which attracts a lot of visitors every year coz of their beauty and boldness.

  1. 12
    Andre L (via Trackback)
    Monday, 1. December 2008

    just happened in.

    Looking for something else, but fine website. Thank you.

  2. Heya

    Gotta love msn, very fine stuff. Thank you.

  3. 14
    Trikke (via Trackback)
    Monday, 16. February 2009


    Very nice site. All the best.

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