According to the recent data released by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the number of foreign tourists to India has seen a 31% increase over the last year. This number is pegged even higher, at 40%, in the case of domestic tourists. India has always held a very special place in the minds of tourists worldwide- an enchanted place of rich culture and unmatched spirituality; a land of snake charmers and yogis.
But, over the last few decades, the world has found itself falling in love with an India of rich natural beauty and remnants of bygone civilizations. It is impossible to cover this entire nation in one trip because there are just too many places to visit. So, we have compiled below a list of 5 traveling spits that you shouldn’t miss.
Indian Travel Guide for tourists– 5 places in India that you must see
Let us take a look at our top 5 picks.
- Kerala: Rightly called the ‘God’s Own Country’, this piece of land in India’s southern most corner is a traveler’s delight. Kerala was the only place from Indian that featured in National Geographic’s “Ten places you must visit before you die” list in 2008.
There is so much one can explore while they are in Kerala; be it visiting the numerous beaches dotting the landscape, ancient temples, the backwaters of Alleppey, the Silent Valley, Periyar tiger reserve, boating in Thekkadi wildlife sanctuary, the Bekal Fort and so on. Also called the ‘land of spices’, one simply cant help but fall in love with the seafood here. Do try the spicy fish curries from one of the Toddy shops omnipresent in the Kottayam and Alleppey districts.
- Maharashtra: One of the biggest states in India and home to the proud descents of the great Maratha Warrior King, Shri Chattrapathi Shivaji, Maharashtra definitely makes it to our list. For foreigners, Maharashtra may not ring a bell, but Mumbai definitely will. This burgeoning, overpopulated city that happens to be the business capital of India is one you should definitely visit. Other must see places include Pune, Lavassa, the Konkan beaches, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Lonavla, Khandala and so on.
- Uttar Pradesh: Located in North India and home to the evergreen symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal, UP simply spoils you for choices. The cuisines, temples, museums, forts, gardens, ancient buildings etc are all a treat and this coupled with numerous tour operators can ensure you a very memorable journey.
- North-East: It is a collection of seven sister states, all embedded deep in nature’s lap. If your idea of a fun vacation is exploring virgin forests, trekking and kayaking, do plan a visit to India’s North-East.
- Tamil Nadu: The land of temples and home to one of the most ancient languages in the world, this state has everything to satisfy a traveler. Must see places include the Marina beach, Tanjore temple, Chennai city, Madurai temple and so on.