India

→ Rich in culture
→ Filled with historic sites
→ Unforgettable experiences

India has so much to offer from ideal beaches to driest desert to snow-hooded mountains, from ancient temples to the historic palaces and forts with stunning architecture.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, White water rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding, Caving, Paragliding, Jungle safari, Water sport activity, Mountaineering

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries, Forts, Palaces, Mansions:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Recreation and Fun Lover

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

It depends on where you are visiting.

If you are visiting Rajasthan, then the best weather is November-March.

If you are visiting Southern state, travel during January-September.

If you are visiting Northern state, travel during March-August.

best destinations in India

This is the list of top destinations in India where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Agra City

Historical City

Agra

City of Culture and Art

  • Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal.
  • Agra is the only city in the world with three world heritage sites.
  • Taj Mahal
  • Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah (popular as the baby Taj)
  • Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Mehtab Bagh, a garden
  • Fatehpur Sikri

(Besides visiting top sights in Agra)

  • Go for Taj Nature Walk
  • Take photographs of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh
  • Tour the historic forts

Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur (Rajasthan state)

State with desert and stunning palaces

Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur (Rajasthan state)

Colorful and vibrant

Jaisalmer is an awesome town surrounded by Thar desert and has lots of dazzling forts and temples.

Jaipur, also know as ‘Pink City’, is packed with stunning forts, palaces, and temples.

Udaipur is famous as ‘Venice of the East’ and ‘The City of Lakes’.

Top sights in Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Jain Temples
  • Havelis (mansions) around the Fort
  • Sonar Quila

Top sights in Jaipur

  • The great Amber Fort
  • City Palace
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory

Top sights in Udaipur

  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Lake Garden Palace
  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Jagdish Temple

(Besides visiting top sights in Jaisalmer)
Top activities to do in Jaisalmer

  • Camel safari in Jaisalmer
  • Visit Sam Sand Dunes
  • Watch cultural performances
  • Watch the sunrise from Gadi Sagar Lake
  • Taste the Rajasthani cuisine

Top activities to do in Jaipur

  • Walk around Jaipur’s Old City
  • Ride hot air balloon
  • Visit museums

Top activities to do in Udaipur

  • Boating and enjoying the spectacular view of Lake Pichola
  • Visit the City Palace Museum
  • Ride the cable car for enjoying the aerial view of the City of Lakes
  • Visit Vintage Car Museum
  • Eat Rajasthani Thali
  • Shopping at the local market

Aurangabad City

Historical City

Aurangabad City

Ancient Monuments

  • Adorned with intricate carvings, this city is a phenomenal example of architectural marbles
  • Ajanta and Ellora Caves
  • Bibi ka Maqbara
  • Begam Rabia
  • Kala Darwaza and Rangeen Darwaza
  • Devgiri Fort
  • Ghrishneshwar Temple
  • Explore Ajanta and Ellora Caves
  • Buy hand-woven Himroo and Paithani Silk to add to your exquisite collection.
  • Take part in the ‘Ellora Ajanta Festival’.

Kerala State

Place of Tropical Beauty

Kerala State

The Garden of Spices

Kerala is renowned for palm trees, beaches with white sand and backwaters.

  • City of Kochi
  • Thekkady, a tiger preserve
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Dutch Palace
  • the Portuguese Pallipuram Fort
  • the Hindu Thrikkakara Temple
  • Tea Plantation at Munnar
  • Houseboat cruising along the backwaters
  • Visit a tea plantation and a spice plantation
  • Relax in Kerala’s beaches
  • Hike the Periyar Jungle
  • Explore the city of Kochi 
  • Watch cultural dance performance at the Kerala Kathakali Center

Sunderbans (West Bengal State)

wilderness

Sunderbans (West Bengal State)

Adventurous journey into the wild

  • Sunderbans is home to Royal Bengal tigers besides unlimited species of wild animals, reptiles, and birds.
  • Sunderbans is the best destination for nature lovers and bird watchers.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sunderbans National park
  • Tiger reserve of Sunderbans
  • Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
  • Visit tiger reserve
  • Bird watching at Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
  • Boat cruising to visit mangrove forests and view river dolphins
  • Spot freshwater crocodiles at Bhagabatpur 
  • Shopping a souvenir

Meghalaya State

Scenic Views

Meghalaya State

Choice for Trekkers

  • An ideal holiday destination for trekkers, cavers and nature enthusiasts.
  • Meghalaya is the most scenic place with terraced slopes, pristine forests. glimmering lake and splashing rivers, burbling waterfalls, and enigmatic caves.
  • Living Root Bridges
  • Krem Mawsmai cave
  • Mawlynnong, the cleanest village
  • Dawki Town
  • Mawphlang Sacred Forest
  • Cherrapunji, one of the wettest place on earth
  • Shillong
  • Nohkalikai Waterfalls
  • Balpakram National Park
  • Nongkhnum Island
  • Trek to the Living Root Bridges
  • Trek at Umden Village
  • Day tour to Cherrapunji
  • Day tour to Shillong 
  • Boat riding in Umngot River, Dawki

Leh/Ladakh

Mountainous Destination

Leh/Ladakh

For Adventurers

  • Ladakh is known for its picturesque scenery with the backdrop of rugged mountains.
  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Nubra Valley
  • 17th century Palace of King of Ladakh
  • Pangong Tso Lake
  • Spituk Gompa, Buddhist Monastery
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Temples in the Old Town
  • Kargil
  • Khardung-la Pass, the highest motorable road in the world
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Hemis Monastery
  • Jeep Safari
  • Motorbiking
  • Cycling
  • Mountaineering
  • White-water Rafting
  • Camel Safari
  • Trekking along the Markha Valley
  • Camping near Pangong Tso Lake
  • Attend Festivals of Leh

Goa State

Goa State

  • Goa is popular because of its spectacular beaches.
  • Goa is a paradise for adventurers and for recreational activities.
  • Candolim Beach, Anjuna Beach, Palolem Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach and many others
  • Bhagwan Mahavir, Mollem National Park, and Cotiago wildlife sanctuaries
  • Old Goa
  • Naval Aviation Museum
  • Aguada Fort
  • Mangeshi Temple
  • Fontainhas
  • Dudhsagar Falls
  • Relax and enjoy various water sports at Goa’s beaches
  • Explore Old Goa
  • Dolphin Cruising
  • Shopping at the Anjuna Flea Market or Arpora Night Market
  • Walk to Chapora Fort
  • Enjoy Goa’s nightlife at Tito, a night club
  • Savor delectable cuisines

Andaman and Nicobar

Andaman and Nicobar

  • Home to idyllic beaches with turquoise water and luxuriant forests
  • Andaman and Nicobar are groups of more than 500 islands with diverse marine life and coral reefs.
  • Andaman and Nicobar offer different water sports activities.
  • Cellular Jail National Memorial, Port Blair
  • Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Islands
  • North Bay Beach
  • Mount Harriet and Madhuban
  • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Diglipur
  • Have a romantic walk in the beach
  • Watch beautiful sunset
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling at Havelock Island
  • Immerse yourself in water sports activity at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
  • Sea Walking at North Bay Beach
  • Go for boat safaris through thick mangrove forests
  • Trek to Mount Harriet and Madhuban
  • Trek to the ‘Saddle Peak’
  • Camp under the open moonlit sky
  • Visit museums
  • Taste some delicious seafood

top activities to do in India

Either a valid passport only or valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter India.
For Australian, Canadian, USA and EU nationals, visas are required. For nationals from other countries, check visa requirements (required for the nationals of your country) with the embassy well before you travel.

Citizens from the selected countries can stay up to 60 days with an e-Tourist Visa and up to 180 days with a Tourist Visa (depending upon your nationality). You can apply online for E-Tourist Visa. You can also obtain a transit visa that allows staying for 15 days within 3 months period.

There are no visa extension facilities in India (exception of critical circumstances).

Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted in major cities and big towns. ATMs are available throughout the country’s big cities. A traveler’s check is being hard to exchange. It’s easy to do transactions in MasterCard/Visa Card (if accepted), otherwise in cash in remote areas or remote tourist places.

Since the major attractions are well scattered across India, you should choose flights based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Domestic Flights:
Domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.

Buses/Coaches:
India has got a good public transport system. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. But the road conditions may not be good in remote areas. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. City buses/coaches are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car with a driver or picking up a taxi (registered) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike/bicycle too. Auto-rickshaws are common in major cities.

Metro and Railways:
Metro systems provide services in most of the major cities. For the city to city journey, there is a network of rails providing the fastest services.

There is the Indrail Pass available within India. It is an economical pass.

Ferries:
Ferries provide services from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair (Andaman Islands).

Travel Tips:
Most of India’s attractions require entry fees to visit while others don’t require fees.

Weather Tips:
Since the weather in India can turn extreme (heavy rain with floods and landslides in monsoon; storms and cyclones in seasons), it is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates before going to coastal regions as well as mountainous regions. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus, Dengue and Zika Virus while traveling to India. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to India, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and tetanus.

It’s better to make full travel insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) and some serious crimes (rape and murder) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage and other belongings (especially in public transport). Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone. Don’t travel alone on public transport (especially at night).

Women travelers should remain cautious about possible sexual assault.

Note: Northern Himalayas of India falls in a major earthquake zone so that you have to be prepared for natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, and avalanches.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in India:

If you are an outdoor activities lover:

  1. Goa
  2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  3. Kashmir

If you are architecture and history lover:

  1. Agra
  2. Jaisalmer
  3. Jaipur
  4. Aurangabad

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Meghalaya
  2. Leh/Ladakh
  3. Kashmir
  4. Kerala
  5. Sunderbans
  6. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1.  

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Varanasi
  2. Kerala
  3. Jaislamer
  4. Mysore

   

From the above list, you can see that Kashmir, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar Islands overlap in two categories while others fall in a single category. You can make your trip worthy by planning your itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since India is mostly about Mughal architecture, forts, palaces, natural scenery and culture, our first pick would be Agra, Rajasthan, and Kashmir

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

India is a vast country and the main highlights are well scattered. So your time will be wasted in covering the distances while reaching from one place to another. We recommend you to take internal flights to travel long distance so that you can save your time to experience more in that particular place of your interest. You should narrow down the list of the destinations you want to visit unless you have no time limit. So focus on one or two regions depending on your time availability. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the best itinerary for India.

If this is your first-time visit to India and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

(Combine Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit (Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur) with a spiritual tour to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, to see Hindu temples, rituals, and traditions.)

Jaipur (Day 1-2)→Agra (Day 3)→Varanasi (Day 4-5)→Delhi (Day 6)→Return …..OR….this can be done in another order…..Delhi→Agra→Jaipur→Return back to Delhi→Home (Skip Varanasi if you are short on time) (Must-do itinerary for first-time visitors)

Or,


(If you love backwaters, beaches, wilderness, culture with the serene environment)

Goa (Day 1-3)→Fly to Kochi, Kerala (Day 4-6)→Return (Must-do itinerary for second-time visitors)

Or,


(If you are scenic mountains tour lover)

Delhi (Day 1)→ Fly to Leh, Ladakh (Day 2-6)→Delhi (Day 7)→Return (Day 8) (Must-do itinerary for return visitors)

(There are different ways to do Leh, Ladakh depending on your time availability. You could simply fly to Leh directly from Delhi and explore the highlights in Leh, OR you can book air package tour from Delhi to Srinagar and Leh, OR you could trek from Srinagar to Leh which requires more time and is one of the lesser used routes covering a distance of almost 434 km, OR you could do bike trip from Manali to Leh or Srinagar to Leh.)

Or,


(If you want to combine Golden triangle with beach vacation)

Delhi (Day 1)→Agra (Day 2)→Jaipur (Day 3-4)→Fly to Goa (Day 5-7)→Return

Or,


(If you want to immerse yourself and enjoy a week vacation in some remote islands packed with idyllic beaches, marine life, tropical rainforests and lots of water sports activities)

Fly to Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands  from main cities of India like Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Vishakhapatnam (Day 1-7)→Return

Or,


(If you are hills, lakes, caves, waterfalls and lush forests lover, head to Meghalaya.)

Delhi (Day 1)→Fly to Guwahati, then Shillong to Cherrapunjee by cab and explore main highlights (Day 2-3)→Living Root Bridge Trek (Day 4)→Mawlynnong (Day 5)→Umngot River in Dawki, drive back to Shillong (Day 6) and explore main highlights such as Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Laitlum Canyon (Day 7)→Guwahati, return to Airport (Day 8)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary.

(For mountain lovers)

Jaipur (Day 1-2)→Agra (Day 3)→Varanasi (Day 4)→Delhi (Day 5)→Fly to Leh, Ladakh (Day 6-12)→Delhi (Day 13)→Return (Day 14)

(For beach lovers)

Jaipur (Day 1-2)→Agra (Day 3)→Varanasi (Day 4)→Delhi (Day 5)→Goa ( Day 6-9)→Kerala (Day 10-12)→Return to Delhi (Day 13)→Return Home (Day 14)

(For history, architecture and culture lover)

Delhi (Day 1-2)→Varanasi (Day 3-4)→Agra (Day 5)→Jaipur (Day 6-7)→Udaipur (Day 8-10)→Jaisalmer (Day 11-13)→Return (Day 14)

Or,

Simply combine any of the two itineraries mentioned above. 


If this is your second-time visit to India and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose another itinerary from the above list which you have not done before.


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout India can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But, these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.