Best Tourist Places In India

Here’s a list of top 30 Tourist Places To visit in India for a perfect holiday. India is a land of variety of destinations from hill stations to beaches to spiritual places and more. India is 7th largest country in the world and 2nd largest in terms of population. India is known for its unity in diversity. There is Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the northern part of India, there is a huge coastline in the south part of India on both sides, making the southern India a peninsula. On the west, there is the huge Thar Desert in Rajasthan and there are wildlife, forests, spiritual places, religious places of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and of people from other religions.

1. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Meenakshi Amman Temple | Alagar Koil |Vaigai Dam

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too.

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2. Kolkata, West Bengal

Known For : Victoria Memorial | Fort William | Howrah Bridge

Labeled as the ‘City of Joy’, the ‘Cultural capital of India’, Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian style architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place.

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3. Hampi, Karnataka

Known For : Virupaksha Temple | Vithala Temple |Hampi Bazaar

Hampi, the city of ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the ancient temples, forts, palaces and other monuments here.

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4. Gokarna, Karnataka

Known For : Om Beach | Mahabaleshwara Temple |Water Sports in Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Home to two-thirds of the world’s one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

6. Munnar, Kerala

Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot

Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is an idyllic hill station, famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks.

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7. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Known For : Adventure Activities in Rishikesh | Laxman Jhula | Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.

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8. Pune, Maharashtra

Known For : Aga Khan Palace | Shaniwar Wada |Mulshi Lake and Dam

Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of great restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere.

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9. Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Known For : Pangong Lake | Shanti Stupa | Tso Moriri Lake

Lying in midst of the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

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10. Gangtok, Sikkim

Known For : MG Road | Nathu La Pass | Rumtek Monastery

Prettily situated on a hillock at an altitude of 1800 meters, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country.

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11. Amritsar, Punjab

Known For : Golden Temple | Jallianwala Bagh | Wagah Border

Home to the famous Golden Temple, the historical city of Amritsar is a famous pilgrim centre.

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12. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities

Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a hill station with attraction such as the Rohtang pass nearby and is popular among tourists, especially during summers.

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13. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Known For : Taj Mahal | Agra Fort | Fatehpur Sikri

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and hence makes for a must visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

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14. Bangalore, Karnataka

Known For : Bangalore Palace | MG Road |Bannerghatta National Park

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is India’s third largest city, being the most livable city in India.

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15. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway | Tiger Hill |Batasia Loop

Household name because of its varieties of teas, Darjeeling is a hill station with vast expanses of tea estates and Tibetan influence in their craft, culture and cuisine.

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16. Andaman & Nicobar

Known For : Havelock Island | Scuba Diving In Andaman | Cellular Jail

A group of about 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their scenic beaches, dense forests and adventurous water sports.

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17. Alleppey, Kerala

Known For : Houseboats | Backwaters | Alappuzha beach

Famous backwaters of God’s own country, Kerela, the city of Alleppey is known for its beaches, temples, boat races and Ayurvedic spa and wellness centers.

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18. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Vivekananda Rock Memorial |Thirparappu Falls | Thiruvalluvar Statue

Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India.

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19. Puri, Orissa

Known For : Sri Jagannath Puri Temple | Puri Beach |Jagannath Rath Yatra

One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple and other attractions such as Chilka Lake, Konark sun temple etc.

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20. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Known For : Kandariya Mahadev Temple | Light and sound show | Lakshman Temple

Khajuraho is known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings.

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21. Pushkar, Rajasthan

Known For : Brahma Temple | Pushkar Cattle Fair |Pushkar Lake

A legend to its origin, a unique temple, a camel festival, a holy lake and fairs and festivity and yet this modest town, Pushkar will give you the laid back and lazy ambience, that might just be the thing you need, with its many cafes and an idle and relaxed culture.

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22. Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Known For : Mahabodhi Temple | Great Buddha Statue | Bodhi Tree

Believed to be the world’s most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center, Bodh Gaya is believed to be the place where Gautam Buddha achieved Enlightenment.

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23. Gokarna, Karnataka

Known For : Om Beach | Mahabaleshwara Temple |Water Sports in Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.

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24. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Known For : Dal Lake | Mughal Gardens | Shalimar Bagh

Lying on the banks of River Jhelum with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar symbolizes nature, beauty, harmony and romance.

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25. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Known For : Jaisalmer Fort | Desert Safari | Gadisar Lake

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, the Golden City is a major tourist spot owing to its proximity to the Thar Desert.

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26. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple |Dasashwamedh Ghat | Asi Ghat

Famously known as Banaras or Kashi, the holy city of Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga and is considered one of the holiest cities in India owing to its location and the numerous temples in it.

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27. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Known For : Mahabalipuram Beach | Shore Temple |Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram also offers beautiful white sand beaches and an exotic shopping experience to the tourists.

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28. Mumbai, Maharashtra

Known For : Marine drive | Gateway of India | Juhu Beach

Labeled with multiple titles such as ‘Financial capital of India’, ‘The Maximum City’, ‘Land of Bollywood’, ‘The dream City’ and much more, Mumbai is Maharashtra’s capital and India’s most populous city which has multiple faces making it all things to all people.

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29. Goa

Known For : Baga Beach | Calangute Beach | Palolem beach

Situated on the Western Coast, Goa is the place associated most with touristy beaches, happening nightlife and old Portuguese architecture.

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30. Pune, Maharashtra

Known For : Aga Khan Palace | Shaniwar Wada |Mulshi Lake and Dam

Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of great restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere.

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Shillong, Meghalaya

Known For : Mawlynnong | Umiam Lake | Elephant Falls

Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

32. New Delhi, NCR

Known For : Humayun’s Tomb | Red Fort | Qutub Minar

From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’.

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33. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Known For : Hawa Mahal | City Palace | Amber Fort

Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’, is one of the most royal, majestic and colourful cities of India with a very strong historical background and vibrant culture.

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34. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Known For : Triund | Bhagsu Falls | Namgyal Monastery

Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers and with a heavy Tibetan culture with British influence.

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35. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Known For : Lake Pichola | City Palace | Fateh Sagar Lake

Located in a valley and surrounded by 4 lakes, it is at times referred to as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’

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