100 Beautiful Places in India

Here is a list of 100 beautiful tourist places in India that you cannot miss out on:-

 

Himachal Pradesh

1. Khajjiar

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This beautiful place bears a very striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, the well known romanticizing location. Khajjiar is located at the foot of Dhauladkar , in the lap of Himalayas and is 2000 meters above sea level.

A beautiful panoramic view of the densely populated forests and the meadows and snowy peaks of Himalayas can be captured. Summer months are the best to visit this place as it wouldn’t be too cold and the hill station would be laden with beautiful flowers which makes it one of the most beautiful place in India.

2. Manali

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Circled by towering peaks in the rich verdant valley of the Beas River, with mountain ventures waving from all directions, Manali is a year-round attraction. Travelers assemble here to hang out in the hippie villages around the main town; adventure seekers come for trekking, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, rafting and skiing; and much more.

There are plenty tourist attractions surrounding the town like Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Beas Kund (Chandratal Lake), Chandrakhani Pass, Pandoh Dam in Kullu, Great Himalayan National Park and much more which would be an ideal for Indian families and honeymooners to experience the cool mountain air and a taste of snow.

Places to visit: Best places to visit around Manali

Places to stay: Best resorts in Manali

Packages: Sightseeing, Camping and Adventure Activities

3. Shimla

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Chained along a 12km hill, with sheer forested hills dropping away in all directions, the Himachal capital is a good appetite for an inspiring mountain vacation. Shimla is one of renowned Indian tourist place, whirring with a sparkling flow of Indian tourists and full of reverberations of its former role as the summer capital of British India. As the city is surrounded with stunning views of the majestic Himalayan mountain and popular attractions like Summer Hills, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Annandale. The Scandal Point, Ridge, The Shimla State Museum, Naldehra and Shaily Peak, Chadwick falls, Kufri ,Chail and much more.

Things to do: Best Things to do in Shimla

Places to visit: Best Places to Visit in Shimla

Places to stay: Best Resorts in Shimla

Packages: Sightseeing, Camping and Adventure Activities

4. Kasol

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Spread along the beautiful Parvati River and with mountain panoramas to the northeast, Kasol is the main traveler destination in the valley. It’s a small hamlet but almost infested with bakeries, reggae bars, and affordable guesthouses catering to a wide hipster Israeli crowd. It’s also a venue for trance parties emigrated from Goa and at any time an easy base for traversing the forested valley or just hanging out. Picturesque spots around this surreal town have some delightful tourist destinations like  Kullu, Parvati River, Malana Village, Kheer Ganga Peak, Bhuntar Town, Manali and these are considered as the best tourist places in India.

Places to visit: Best Places to Visit in Kasol

Packages: Sightseeing, Camping and Adventure Activities

5. Dalhousie

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With its deceiving pine-clad canyons and scattered mountain panoramas, Dalhousie is another of those excellent hill destinations forgotten behind by the British. Dalhousie has never more been truly the same again. Still, it is  a relatively steady getaway for honeymooners and families from the plains. Notably one of the best tourist attractions in India famous for its sightseeing places like Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls, Khajjiar, Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, Subhash Baoli, Daikund Peak, Chamunda Devi Temple, St. John Church and much more.

Places to visit: Best Places to Visit in Dalhousie

Places to stay: Best Resorts in Dalhousie

Packages: Sightseeing, Camping and Adventure Activities

6. Dharamshala

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Dharamshala resides in the topmost ranges of the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is located at an elevation of 1,475 meters above sea level. The city is enclosed by a thick blanket of deodar cedar trees and is one of the significant strongholds for the Tibetan exiles and also home to Dalai lama. The town’s outstanding picturesque surroundings and the residence of the Dalai Lama have made the township a conventional tourist center, both for the Indians and the foreign tourists with sightseeing attractions like McLeod Ganj, Masrur, Kangra Museum, Kangra Fort, Dal Lake, Namgyal Monastery and much more.

Things to do: Best Things to do in Dharmshala

Places to visit: Best Places to Visit in Dharmshala

Places to stay: Best Resorts in Dharmshala

Packages: Sightseeing, Camping and Adventure Activities

7. Bir

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Bir is a tiny mountain hamlet in northern Himachal Pradesh with a massive, well-settled Tibetan community. Set facing the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Range of the Indian Himalayas, the town is charming, despite the debris scattered on the roadsides and streams of the Tibetan Colony are an unfortunate adverse to its golden-roofed temples, and to the greenery of Upper Bir and the neighboring villages. The Tibetan Colony is actually in the village of Chowgan. There are tons of activities and sightseeing spots like Sherab Ling Monastery, Bir Tea Factory, Chokling monastery, Deer Park Institute, Dharmalaya Institute, Tibetan Colony, and Bir Road.

Things to do: Best Things to do in Bir- Billing

Packages: Adventure Activity and Sightseeing package in Bir-Billing

 

Jammu and Kashmir

8. Kashmir Valley

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Kashmir valley is no doubt the most beautiful tourist places in India. The heaven on earth tag is always linked to Kashmir for its evergreen landscapes and snow-filled mountains.

A visit to Kashmir should definitely be included in your bucket list of every nature lover. The Shalimar gardens, the Dal Lake and the shikaras and gulmarg are the utmost attractions here.

If you are an adrenaline junkie and want to explore the thrilling nature then mountaineering and river rafting are good adventure activities in Kashmir. The perfect time to visit the Kashmir valley is between the months of March and October.

Package: Women’s Tour To Kashmir Valley

9. Ladakh

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Spectacularly rugged, parched mountains wrap this enchanting, Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect Buddhist monasteries climactic crown rocky lands among pale stupas and meditational mani walls coated with myriad mantra-inscribed pebbles. Ladakh’s remarkably well-balanced traditional society has much to teach the West in terms of ecological awareness. With some of the famous tourist places in India like Leh, Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri Lake, Lamayuru are well known across the world. This makes for unforgettable landscapes but beware that road access requires crossing tortuous high passes which close altogether from around October to May.

Places to Visit : Places to Visit in Ladakh

Things to Do in : List of things to do in Ladakh

Packages: Best Tour Packages in Ladakh

10. Gulmarg

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Pine binding Gulmarg is the nearest India gets to a ski resort. It’s not so much a town as a twisting 4km-long loop of road ringing the undulating ‘Meadow of Flowers’ for which it’s named. Gulmarg is mostly fancied by travelers. The go to destination for types of travelers, be it family, kids, and couples, Gulmarg is, however, mostly favored by Family, Couple.  There are many tourist attractions in Gulmarg like Gondola Lift, Gulmarg Ski Area, Golf Course, Avantiswami Temple, Apharwat Peak, Baba Reshi Shrine, Khilanmarg, Tangmarg, Verinag, Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves, Ferozpore Nallah and much more.

Pacakges: Kashmir Skiing Expedition at Gulmarg

 

Uttaranchal

11. Valley of Flowers

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The Valley of Flowers is a national park located in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, in the state of Uttarakhand is a must visit tourist place in India. The park is a true paradise for botanists and anybody else who loves the glory of nature. It stands true to its name, with several species of exotic flowers to be seen here.

While for the most part the valley remains covered with snow, during the summer months, it comes alive with a riot of colors which makes it one of the most beautiful places in India. Expectedly, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But you need to cover a slightly difficult trek in order to feel the bliss of this national park.

Packages: Sightseeing and Trekking Packages at Valley of flowers

12. Roopkund Lake

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The Himalayan region is blessed with several gorgeous high altitude lakes. But the one which catches the maximum attention is the Roopkund Lake, gorgeous, and shrouded in mystery. The lake is situated at a height of about 5,000 meters above sea level in Uttaranchal’s Chamoli District. During the summer season, when the ice melts in the lake, you can see several hundred corpses floating in the lake.

The skeletons of the corpses have been well preserved because f the cold climatic conditions. Scientific evidence suggests that the corpses date back to around 12th century, but nobody knows the real story behind the mass deaths. Roopkund Lake is probably the only place on earth which continues to be beautiful despite the presence of about hundred skeletons

Packages: Trekking Expedition Packages in Roopkund

13. Rishikesh

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Rishikesh is found at a range of 24 km from Haridwar. It lies in the  lower Himalayas. The sacred river Ganga is truly astonishing and breathtaking which enhances the elegance of the area. Rishikesh is pretty impressive as the surroundings are encircled by lush greenery and graceful environment. There are many tourists attractions like Lakshman Jhula, Haridwar, Shivpuri, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Vashishta Gufa and much more.

Places to visit: Best Places to visit in Rishikesh

Places to stay:  Best Resorts in Rishikesh

Packages: Sightseeing, Camping and Adventure Activities

Rafting: Guide to Rishikesh Rafting

14. Auli

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Uttarakhand is blessed with a bounty of rustic beauty and Auli is one of the fascinating places in all of Uttarakhand. Auli is known for its enthralling ski retreats and beautiful surroundings. Encircled by snow-covered mountains of the majestic Himalayas, this rugged land flourishes with fascinating scenes of oak-fringed inclines and delightful rich coniferous forests. At an average elevation of 2800 meters, this is one of the few world-class ski retreats in India. Some of the well-known  attractions surrounding the vicinity are Auli Artificial Lake, Joshimath, Winter Ski Resort, Trishul Peak and much more.

Places to visit: Best Places to visit in Auli

Places to stay:  Best Resorts in Auli

Packages: Camping and Adventure Activities

 

15. Nainital

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Packed around a wide, lush volcanic lake, Nainital is Kumaon’s biggest town and favorite hill retreat. It holds a sheer jungle valley around the namesake lake Naini. Loads of hotels are set in the hills around the lake. There are a bustling market and hillside viewpoints facing the distant Himalayan peaks. For travelers, it’s an accessible town to sit back and unwind, eat healthy, and go horseback ride or paddling on the lake. These are some of the famous places in the vicinity Sitabani Temple, Naini Lake, Tiffin top, Astronomical observatory, Eco Cave Park, Nainital governor’s house and much more.

Places to visit: Best Places to visit in Nainital

Things to do: Amazing Things to do in Nainital

Places to stay:  Best Resorts in Nanital

Packages: Camping and Adventure Activities

16. Haridwar

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Propitiously situated at the tip where the Ganges arises from the Himalaya, Haridwar is Uttarakhand’s religious Hindu city, and pilgrims visit here in flocks to bathe in the holy Ganges. The absolute number of people crowding around Har-ki-Pauri Ghat give Haridwar a turbulent but worshipful feel.  It’s particularly bustling throughout the yatra (pilgrimage) season from May to October and is the place of the yearly Magh Mela holy carnival. These are some of the famous attractions around Haridwar are Har Ki Pauri, Bharat Mata Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bara Bazaar and much more.

Places to visit: Best Places to visit in Haridwar

Packages: Camping and Adventure Activities

17. Dehradun

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The spots to visit in Dehradun ponder the mysterious part of this small time city and here to exhibit some all time favourite Dehradun traveller destination. Assan Barrage here remains a hot favourite amongst bird watchers and nature buffs. For the pious souls, some choices are Laxman Siddh, Tapkeshwar Temple, Santala Devi Temple, and Ram Rai Gurudwara. It goes without saying that Malsi Deer Park, Sahastradhara, and Indian Military Academy also count amongst great Dehradun places to visit.

Things to do: Amazing Things to do in Dehradun

Packages: Camping and Adventure Activities

18. Corbett National Park

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Explore Corbett like never before and know about many hidden gems of the place.  Discover popular picnic places for an unforgettable family outing. Check out the offbeat destinations in Corbett for an extraordinary holiday experience. With the thorough information about places to visit in Corbett, you can quickly prioritize which places to see in Corbett. For fun and adventure, you can also explore your options in things to do in Corbett. If you like to revel at some entertaining site or cherish the marvels of age-old architecture at historical monuments, museums, and buildings, Corbett is your go-to destination. You can also know about the places in Corbett where you can spend the best of your vacation time relaxing in the proximity of nature.

Things to do: Things to do in Corbett National Plan

Places to stay:  Best Resorts in Corbett

Packages:  Safari and Stay packages in Corbett

Uttar Pradesh

19. Ghats in Varanasi

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Varanasi is believed to be the oldest civilization is among the most India. Situated on the banks of River Ganga, the city holds a sacred spot in Hinduism.

Every year, lakhs converge on the Ghats of Varanasi for performing the last rites of their relatives and dear ones. Despite the seemingly macabre surroundings, the Ghats of Varanasi have a certain allure to them. The spirituality and the calmness that prevails here, makes it an excellent destination to attain Nirvana.

The best time to escape to Varanasi is anytime from the end of September till March. There are several festivals and events that take place in Varanasi during this period, which showcases the hardcore culture.

Things to do: Things to do in Varanasi

Packages: Sightseeing  and Ganges Boating Packages in Varanasi

20. Agra

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The ancient city of Agra has texts that record as far back as in the Mahabharata. Today, this charming land still has evidence of the magnificent golden era. It is here that you get to experience some of the world legendary architectures. Be it the white marbled splendor of Taj Mahal, the revered Jama Masjid that is striking exemplar of Mughal style or the captivating deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. The legacy of the Mughal realm has left a majestic fort and a liberal mixture of captivating tombs and monuments, and there’s also fun to be had in the bustling market places.

Things to do: Things to do in Agra

Places to visit: Places to visit near Agra

Packages:  Sightseeing packages in Agra

21. Mathura

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Renowned for being the birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna, Mathura is one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities and draws surges of pilgrims during Janmashtami (Krishna’s birthday). The town is scattered with temples from several ages and the extent of the holy Yamuna River which flows past here. Today all that’s left of the ancient city are the beautiful carvings rescued from ruins, now on display in the Archaeological Museum. These are some of the best attractions to visit around the vicinity Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple, Gita Mandir, Radha Kund, Jama masjid and much more.

Packages: Agra tour with Mathura

Rajasthan

22. Jodhpur

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Jodhpur is beautiful in a paradoxical kind of way. Most of Jodhpur’s terrain is barren and rugged, which makes it a quintessential desert land. If you visit the old part of the city, don’t miss the blue houses, which have earned it the tag of the ‘The Blue City’.

Jodhpur is one of the largest cities of Rajasthan, offering tourists an opportunity for memorable desert safaris. One of the best safaris you can take in Jodhpur is a Bishnoi Village Safari. It takes you up, close and personal to the lives of the Bishnois, an old clan of the land.

The city is full of antiquated forts and monuments and also fascinating gardens; that attracts innumerable explorers and tourists. To escape the heat, visit Jodhpur during the winter season, which is from October to March.

Things to do : Things to do in Jodhpur

Places to stay : Best resorts in Jodhpur

Packages:  Best tour packages in Jodhpur

23. Desert of Jaisalmer

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The Jaisalmer city is a World Heritage Site and is popularly known as ‘The Golden City’. It lies in the heart of the Thar desert and also shares approximately 471 KM of its border with Pakistan.

The Camel Safari is one of the most memorable and delightful experiences you can have. Travel through the crests and troughs of the naturally formed Sand Dunes on a camel back and experience the essence of life in the Jaisalmer region.

Discover colorful villages and the highly intriguing culture of Rajasthan. Once the night falls gather around a campfire and enjoy a luxurious treat of cultural performances like lambada dance by the locals.

Places to stay : Best resorts in Jaisalmer

Thing to do :  Things to do in Jaisalmer

Packages: Best tour packages in Jaisalmer

24. Udaipur

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Picture this–chilly winters, a drink in your hand and the sight of the calm waters of Lake Pichola, with the imposing Lake Palace at its heart.  This lake city of Rajasthan is truly breathtaking, and we can’t even put in words how romantic the sights are. During the day, you can check out the City Palace-it’s filled with tiny passageways that open onto gorgeous courtyards and enclosures. A few other places that might interest you are the stunning Jain Temple of Ranakpur and the Fateh Bagh Palace, which is now a heritage hotel.

Places to stay: Best resorts in Udaipur

Things to do: Popular things to do in  Udaipur

Packages: Best Tour packages in Udaipur.

25. Ranthambore

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The Ranthambore forests were the hunting grounds for the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur till the time India received its independence. After independence, it was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary and it rose to being a tiger reserve in 1973 and got its national park status in 1980. One should also visit the Ranthambore fort, which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The fort is situated in the forests of the Ranthambore National Park. The fort housed many different ruling clans till it finally fell to the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur. The vast cultural history imbibed in this ancient architecture is a must visit indeed.

Places to stay: Best Ranthambore resorts

Packages: Best tour packages in Ranthambore National Park

26. Jaipur

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Being the capital of Rajasthan, and a practical getaway for many, Jaipur is the most visit city by tourists. And while you may be here for all the shopping and the Hawa Mahal, don’t miss out on the grand Amer Fort and the royal City Palace. Also, visit the festival for the deluge of musical variety it offers. Check out some beautiful blue pottery items and leather goods on display throughout Jaipur’s old market. Try the elephant ride at the entrance of the Amer Fort instead of the usual walk-up.

Places to stay : Best resorts in Jaipur

Things to do : Things to do Jaipur

Packages: Best tour packages in Jaipur

27. Pushkar

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Start your winters by praying for a peaceful new year at  Pushkar. The city also serves as a base for the nearby temple town of Pushkar. Among the many famous temples in Pushkar, you can find here the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. The Pushkar Lake has great religious importance, as it is supposed to have been created when Brahma dropped a lotus on earth. Pushkar has some really nice Italian restaurants. So, if you are experimental enough, try not to miss Italian eateries like Little Italy Pizzeria and Shiva Eye Rooftop Restaurant.

Places to stay : Best resorts in Pushkar

Things to do : Things to do in Pushkar

Packages: Camel safari in Pushkar.

28. Bikaner

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Once Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, scolded his brother and his son Bika for whispering in court, asking whether the two were plotting to build their own kingdom. They took the remark to heart. For 30 years, Bika led a band of freebooters all over Rajasthan till he settled down in Bikaner. Most of what was built by those warriors, the Rathores, still stands, a testimony as much to the quality of the construction as to the arid conditions in Bikaner that retard decay. The city settles towards the northern Rajasthan and it features sand dunes in the vast golden desert. With the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world, the city of Bikaner offers the best camel rides. The camels are beautifully adorned with local handicrafts. Alongside these general tourist attractions, the vibrant markets in Bikaner is a must visit.

Packages: Best tour packages in Bikaner

29. Bharatpur

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An erstwhile duck hunting ground for Lord Curzon, Bharatpur today is the site of one of the most well-known bird sanctuaries in India. Years of colorful Jat rule have also bestowed the place with a rich historic legacy. Bharatpur has one of the finest bird parks in the world. Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, this place is flocked by tourists all year-round. Besides the rare treat of watching these graceful creatures, visitors can also indulge in some satiating sightseeing by visiting the some of the highly revered spots like Bashistha Cave, Harihara Temple, Krishna Temple and Sita Ram Temple must be explored. Lohagarh Fort is another prominent place to visit in Bharatpur.

Packages : Sightseeing and tour packages in Bharatpur

30. Mount Abu

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Famed as the only hill station in Rajasthan and an important Jain pilgrim site, Mount Abu is a great placeto beat the summer heat. At the same time, basking in a pious spiritual milieu makes the experience all the more satisfying. Mount Abu has the highest peak in Rajasthan’s Aravali range, the Guru Shikhar. A couple of not to be missed places here are the Jain Dilwara Temples and Nakki Lake. It is also a great shopping place with interesting options on its platter. Be it, bargain hunting or some lavish retail therapy, the hill station is full of promises.

Places to stay: Best resorts in Mount Abu

Packages: Best tour packages in Mount Abu

Goa

31. Dudhsagar Falls

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If you thought Goa is all about beaches, sand, and crazy nightlife, think again. For those who would like to see the other side of Goa, head to Dudhsagar Falls. The waterfalls are actually tiered falls about 60 km from the capital city of Panaji.

According to popular legend, a princess once lived in the forests nearby the falls. She used to bathe in the pond at the base of the falls. One fine day, during her bathing session, she caught a prince watching her. In order to protect her modesty, she poured a jug of sweet milk in front of her to form as a curtain.

It is believed that it is that sweet milk which pours down the falls, hence giving them a milky appearance. While you can believe that story at your peril, the fact remains that it is a gorgeous waterfall which deserves a visit.

Packages: Sightseeing and tour packages

32. Grand Island

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Grand Island is true to its name. It is amongst the most offbeat yet adventurous tourist places in Goa. It offers a grand experience to the lovers of watersports as it is home to excellent Scuba Diving sites in Goa with Suzy’s Wreck, Shelter Cove and Bounty Bay are some of the Scuba Diving sites around Grand Island. Take a day trip to this island in Goa for great snorkeling experience.

Packages: Grand Island tour packages

33. North Goa

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North Goa has so many beaches which offers a complete holiday experience for every traveler. You can either lounge on a sun bed with a cool drink in hand or be a total party animal at the happening club parties. Those looking for an adrenaline rush will find plenty of action on the beaches. Home to many ornate churches, magnificent cathedrals and ancient temples, each with its own colorful history. A foodie haven for seafood lovers, Goan cuisine is an interesting blend of the Konkan and Portuguese cooking styles.

Places to stay: Best resorts in North Goa

Packages: Packages available for North Goa

34. South Goa

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The party capital of India, this little paradise on earth is a package full of surprises and contradictions. Apart from happening beaches and nightclubs in both north and south districts, South Goa has a number of unexplored beaches, obscure caves and other secrets spots waiting to be explored. Other highlights of Goa include its rich Portuguese history, amazing seafood and the friendly and vivacious locals. Welcome to the surreal beauty of a vast expanse of the clear blue sea and silver sandy beaches, the verdant lofty mountains and the imposing grand forts and cathedrals.

Things to do : Best things to do in South Goa

Packages: Sightseeing packages in South Goa

Maharashtra

35. Mumbai

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Mumbai is the city of dreamers, stalwarts and the common man. A vibrant combination of seven islands on the Konkan coastline joins together to make for the blend that’s Mumbai (Bombay) tourism. Splendid Victorian architecture, urban lifestyle, business hullabaloo and the entertainment industry welcome you to this energetic abode.

Defined by brutal corporate culture, fast paced lifestyles, glittering film industry, scenic beaches and the largest slum dwelling in India, Mumbai is a surprising picture of contradictions. This city of dreams is the prime center of Hindi film industry. Film City in Mumbai is the favorite spot for most of the filmmakers.

Packages : Sightseeing and tour packages in Mumbai

36. Pune

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Celebrated as Maharashtra’s cultural capital, Pune houses a plethora of educational institutes, museums and hill forts. Besides being a cultural and educational hub, the city has ample attractions to satiate most visitors. Pune, with its glorious sightseeing attractions, pleasant weather, and a largely dynamic crowd of students and young professionals, proves wonderful for a vacation. The list of not to be missed attractions is infinite here but a couple of most interesting hot spots are the Pataleshwar Rock-cut temple and the Sinhagad Fort.  Best famous for its Osho slippers, Shrewsbury biscuits, and world-class educational institutes, the city of Pune is no less than a foodie’s paradise with an array of dining options to choose from.

Places to stay : Best resorts and places to stay in Pune

Things to do : Best things to do in Pune

Packages : Sightseeing and tour packages in Pune

37. Lonavala

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Nestled in the lap of the Sahyadri Hills, Lonavala offers scenic views of the Deccan Plateau on one side and the Konkan coast on the other.

The hilly landscape makes it an ideal destination for adventure sports such as trekking, fishing, and camping. Rajmachi Point provides an unparalleled view of Shivaji’s fort and consists of a beautiful trek. Lonavala Lake is another place where you can enjoy a day amidst natural scenery. Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, and Lohagad Fort are some of the highly recommended tourist spots. Once there, you can go further to Duke’s Nose, and also up till Ajanta and Ellora.

Places to stay: Best resorts in Lonavla

Packages:  Sightseeing and tour packages in Lonavala

38. Kamshet

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Surrounded by panoramic views of paddy and sunflower fields fringed by hills all around, Kamshet is a back-to-nature weekend par excellence. Its history has been shaped by the hills here. Once known for breeding fierce freedom-loving Maratha warriors, they now play host to bands of fearless paragliding pilots and adventure lovers. Kamshet is just the place to have a paragliding weekend.

Packages: Sightseeing and tour packages in Kamshet

39. Mahabaleshwar

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A famous hill station in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is one of the few remaining evergreen forests of India. Apart from a popular holiday destination and a sought-after honeymoon spot, Mahabaleshwar is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. Surrounded by soaring peaks and picturesque valleys,  is truly heaven on earth.  A perfect trekking destination, it takes days to completely unravel the various mysteries of this hill station. The famous Panchaganga Temple in Old Mahabaleshwar is an important pilgrimage site, said to be the origin of River Krishna and four other rivers. The Mahabaleshwar  Temple is famous for the swayambhu lingam of Lord Shiva. Needle Hole Point, Arthur’s Seat, Sunrise Point, Kate’s Point, 3 Monkey Point and Venna Lake are some of the popular attractions here.

Places to stay: Best Mahabaleshwar Resorts

Packages: Tour packages in Mahabaleshwar

40. Kolad

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Amidst lush green grass and swift waters, this is an adventure island that will make you feel like a character straight out of Jungle Book. Adventure sports and fun games along the riverside will keep you occupied all through the day. To put it simply, Kolad is serene and picturesque. This is a scene most of you drew as kids, and well, it seems to be borrowed from Kolad. Here, the most striking feature is the fast paced Kundalika River that makes it a popular spot for adventure games. Kayaking, camping, trekking, river crossing – pick what you like and let loose the adventurer in you.

Places to stay: Best Kolad resorts

Packages: Sightseeing and packages in Kolad

41. Panchgani

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Surrounded by five hills of the Sahyadri hills, the hill station is favoured for its undisputed beauty. Perfect for recovering and rejuvenating, the air in Panchgani is believed to have healing attributes.A summer retreat for the British, Panchgani owes its exotic array of fauna to its initial inhabitants. It is bestowed with both hilly terrains and coastal plains offering dynamic and scenic surroundings. The Rajpuri Caves hold immense religious importance and are highly visited by devotees and tourists alike.

Places to stay: Best Panchgani resorts

Packages: Sightseeing and activities at Panchgani

42. Alibaug

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Alibaug is known for its abundant greenery, lively atmosphere, and scenic landscape. The golden sand beach and crystal clear water make it a lovely beach getaway. Alibaug, once the home of one of Shivaji’s bravest admiral Kanhoji Angre, is now the chi-chi address of celebrities who want to escape corporate warfare. According to the Bombay Gazette, Alibaug was never an important town — till Angre came along and made it an important Maratha base. Till then, it was known for its gardens and wells built by a wealthy Muslim trader called Ali, hence the name Alibaug. As it embraced by sea from three sides, it is also referred to as “Goa of Maharashtra”.

Places to stay : Popular resorts in Alibaug

Packages :  Sightseeing and tour packages in Alibaug

Karnataka

43. Chikmagalur

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A beautiful hill station located at the base of Mulayanagiri Range in Karnataka is Chikmagalur. The hill station is sometimes referred to as “coffee land of Karnataka” because of its several coffee plantations. Located close to the city of Bangalore, it is a popular weekend getaway for the people of India’s Silicon Valley. The highlight of Chikmagalur is the Mahatma Gandhi Park, previously known as Ratnagiri Bore. It is known for its scenic vistas.

Places to stay : Resorts in Chikmagalur where you would love to stay

Things to do : Things to do in Chikmagalur

Packages: Trek To Kudremukh.

44. Kabini

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The wildlife reserve at the banks of the expansive river of the same name, Kabini offers a vacation amidst greenery and wildlife at its prime. The nearby waterfall, elephant safari, and bird watching along with the lush green surroundings of the tropical forests tend to make you experience life in its most heart-warming form. Considered to be one of the best places to experience nature’s beauty in Karnataka, Kabini on the banks of the river of the same name offers wildlife lovers a treat. Not only the reserve is laden with natural beauty of lush green tropical forests, it is also a place you would get the pleasure of looking at herds of elephants, spot animals like sambar, langurs, chital, bison, sloth bear, crocodile, pythons, tiger, and leopards, and watch tens of different varieties of birds flying over the view.

Places to stay : Best Kabini resorts

Things to Do : Best things to do in Kabini

45. Bandipur

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Home to the famous Bandipur National Park, this town attracts everyone from tourists who are looking for a weekend break to naturalists who intend to study the teeming wildlife in these jungles. If you are looking for a fun-filled and adventurous vacation, head straight to Bandipur, a town in Karnataka, which is famous for its National Park. The famous tiger reserve bestows an abode to an exquisite fauna such as chitals, wild boars, gaur and tigers to name a few. The entire area stretches to Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which further enhances its splendor.

Places to stay : Best resorts in Bandipur

Packages: Sightseeing and tour packages in Bandipur

46. Coorg

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Nestled among the eternal mountains that line the southernmost border of Karnataka is the stunning Coorg region, gifted with emerald murals and acres of farms. A significant center for coffee and spice cultivation. Getaway to Coorg enables you to explore natural ways to  encounter its spiritedness and charm of the striving authentic taste and flavour of Corgi lifestyle, cultures, and tradition which will make up for a perfect place for a joyful vacation during your weekend.

Places to stay : Awesome places to stay in Coorg

Things to do : Amazing things to do in Coorg

Packages : Sightseeing and tour packages in Coorg

47. Dandeli

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Dandeli is a small town nestled in the lap of Western Ghats. Blessed with verdant jungles home to the elusive black panther and River Kali, a hub for white water rafting and a place to savor delicious and traditional North Karnataka food, Dandeli is paradise for nature lovers.

There are two versions of Dandeli’s history. The first one dates back to the birth of a mythical creature called Dandakaranya, mentioned in the epic, Mahabharata.  According to another legend, the town is named after Dandelappa, a local deity and a servant of the Mirashi landlords.

Packages : Sightseeing and tour packages in Dandeli

48. Sakleshpur

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Located on the border of Bayaluseemae and Malnad, Sakleshpur is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Karnataka. Situated in Hassan district, the town lies on NH-48 and has an average elevation of 949 m.

According to history, the region was under the rule of the Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the kings of Mysore. During the reign of the Hoysalas, a shiva lingam was found in this town. However, the shiva lingam found was broken, which was called as shaka Lesh ara. Since then, the town came to be known as Sakaleshwara among local residents. According to another legend, the town was known as ‘sakala Aishwarya Ga Linda kudida pura’, which literally means ‘the place is home to all kinds of wealth’.

Places to stay: Best places to stay in Sakleshpur

Packages:  Sightseeing and tour package in Sakleshpur

49. Hampi

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Unreal and bewitching, the forlorn ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that will leave you spellbound the moment you cast your eyes on it. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations, and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see the ancient ruins and temples of this World Heritage Site in a day or two, this goes against Hampi’s relaxed grain. Plan on lingering for a while.

Packages: Sightseeing and tour in Hampi

50. Gokarna

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A regular nominee among travelers’ favorite beaches in India, Gokarna is a more laid-back and less commercialized version of Goa. It attracts a crowd for a low-key, chilled-out beach holiday and not for full-scale parties. Most accommodation is in thatched bamboo huts along its several stretches of blissful coast. In fact, there are two Gokarna; adjacent to the beaches is the sacred Hindu pilgrim town of Gokarna, full of ancient temples that come to life during important festivals such as Shivaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi. While its lively bazaar is an interesting place to visit, most foreign tourists don’t hang around overnight, instead of making a bee-line straight to the adjoining beaches.

Places to stay : Resorts in Gokarna

Packages: Tour packages in Gokarna

51. Mysore

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One of South India’s most renowned tourist destinations, Mysuru is known for its shimmering royal legacy and majestic monuments and structures which would make up for an excellent weekend getaway. Choose from a multitude of sightseeing possibilities varying from Mysore Palace, one of the largest and famous India’s point of interest, lounging greenery of Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Philomena’s Church and other countless churches and monuments will engage you for a long weekend getaway.

Places to stay : Best resorts in Mysore

Packages : Sightseeing and tour packages in Mysore

 

Kerala

52. Alleppey

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Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country” for its beautiful natural treasure. One of the best places to experience the natural beauty of Kerala is Alleppey.

Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, the exquisiteness of Alleppey captivates tourists both from India and abroad. There are magnificent antiquated churches and temples here that spread divinity and quaintness in the aura.

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Stay in a houseboat and take a tour of the backwaters of the Alleppey for a romantic experience. While taking the cruise, do not forget to visit the quaint villages which are located by the backwaters.

Packages: Check out the family experience at Allepey!

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Kochi from Chennai at just INR 1,704!

53. Munnar

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Leaving out Munnar from the list of beautiful places in India is a cardinal sin. This hill station of Kerala is a nature lover’s delight.

You are greeted with a vast expanse of tea and cardamom plantations here and rich forest cover. At an altitude of about 6000 feet above sea level, Munnar is all about gorgeous valleys, majestic hills and pristine surroundings.

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If you are an adventure enthusiast then Munnar has a number of exhilarating trekking trails for you. There are resorts here which date back to colonial times and have been adding to the charm of the place.

Packages: Check out the Jeep safari at Munnar.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Kochi from Chennai at just INR 1,704!

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54. Wayanad

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Wayanad is a stunning hill station located in the north-eastern part of gorgeous Kerala. The hill station is characterized by several tea and coffee plantations, making it ideal for a relaxing holiday. The best way to experience the beauty of Wayanad is to stay in a homestay and enjoy the hospitality of local people.

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With its low population, verdant greenery, and several beautiful trekking trails, it energizes your body from the inside out. Also known as the “Land of Paddy Fields”, it is epitome of what Kerala stands for- green, tranquil and relaxing.

Packages: Camping tour in Wayanad.

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55. Sunset at Cochin

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Cochin is very unlike the rest of Kerala, and yet, very similar to it. It is known for its colonial past, which is still evident today in the cobbled streets and the quaint cafes of the city. There are more than a few highlights of Cochin. There are the Chinese Fishing Nets, which are a different kind of experience.

There is the beautiful sunset by the harbor which makes for a really romantic experience. And there is also the sunset cruise you can take, alone or with your special someone. Just roam the streets of Cochin and are in for a delightful surprise.

Packages: Check out sightseeing in Cochin.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Kochi from Chennai at just INR 1,704!

56.Kumarakom

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The name Kumarakom is a permanent word in the dictionary of world tourism, for the tranquility of this island surrounded by the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad, lacks the heart to get faded. Be it any season, regular visitors, those are visiting for the first time will find it difficult to take their eyes off such a bewitching panorama. What Kumarakom boasts of confidently is the unique houseboat, looks like a proper house with all amenities; maybe it is the luxurious stay on the calmest waters of Vembanad Lake. Monsoon is the most demanding season since when the water from the sky merges with the water on Earth, we can expect magic.

Packages: Go on a House Boat Cruise at Kumarakom.

 57.Thekkady

It looks like a fable when you get rare chances to spot the giant elephant coming to drink water or to have their kids fed. Thekkady is the parent of some unique flora and fauna. Dotted by precious greenery, there is a lake that overflows during monsoon and then there will be an incomparable scene of the flocks of elephants crossing the lake so easily. This rare show is the most celebrated feature of Thekkady. Tigers, bears, deer, cattle, hippopotamus and much more are there, grazing or roaming around the location freely. Boating on the lake enhances every trip to Thekkady hugely.

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Packages: Take a tour of Thekkady.

58.Kovalam

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A trip to Kerala will be definitely incomplete if you miss the Kovalam beach. The southern end of the coastal region of Kerala is a haven for migratory tourists round the year. Proud rock structures inviting each wave towards them arrange a spectacular sight every eye loves to behold. The vast shore that remains wet every moment seems like appreciating our steps forward. Irrespective of nationalities, tourists appear to be equally happy here. It is a kids’ friendly beach as well offering space for them to play in the waves. Eras old lighthouse led multitudes of ships and people to their destinations still holds its head high in one corner of the beach.

Packages: Take a tour of Kovalam.

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Tamil Nadu

59.Tea Estate of Coonoor

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A gorgeous hill station in Tamil Nadu is that of Coonoor. It is one of the largest hill stations in the Nilgiris, and also serves as a base for those interested in trekking in the Nilgiri Hills.

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However, for those not interested in trekking, the highlight of the hill station is its many tea estate. When here, stay in a tea estate and you will have some really delightful experiences. Most of the tea estates here belong to the British times, which give you a taste of the colonial past. The period furniture, the greenery and the tranquility all make for a wonderful holiday experience.

Packages: Take a tour of Coonoor!

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at INR 1,834.

60.Ooty

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Famous for the eucalyptus trees and the flowers, Nigiri hills share the major portion of Ooty, yet another most visited tourist center in India. Ooty still enjoys its freedom from pollution, whether it is noise or air, focuses on agriculture which is the predominant revenue holder. The Botanical Garden, the huge hectares of tea plantations, the Avalanche Lake, Pykara waterfall, the Ooty Lake etc vividly represent the reason why tourists are still flooding to this delicate hill station every year. Beauty is defined elaborately here with the unwinding plethora of landscapes and natural miracles.

Packages: Take a day tour of Ooty.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at INR 1,834.

61.Chennai

Though the highly crowded and fast Chennai is, the number of visitors who come in search of the centuries-old tradition of South India here is replenished dramatically. The remnants of the British Raj still possess some corners of this tremendous city. World famous Fort St. George, Guindy National Park, Marina Beach, Vandalur Zoo, Mahabalipuram, San Thome Basilica etc are in close proximity to the city promising a complete tour package to you at any time. A reincarnation of the history can be carved out from the ancient buildings arrayed in a strategic format in the heart of city leading you to fall in love with the glory of Chennai as it was before.

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Packages: Enjoy an Aerial Joy ride at Chennai.

How to reach: Catch a flight to Chennai from Bangalore at just INR 1,277.

 

62.Kodaikanal

Known to be the ‘princess of hill stations’, Kodaikanal is a bit more relaxed and silent though it is affected by a large number of tourists always. It will be a big mistake if you think it is a remote village in the interiors of Tamil Nadu because it can boast of plenty of international quality things. One among them is the International School that gives education to the students around the globe. The broadleaf trees like rhododendron, mahogany etc are the proud possessions of each hill that gives Kodaikanal its name. There is a huge lake encircles this magical hilly region; honeymoon couples and groups of friends are the majority of visitors of Kodai though it has waterfalls and trekking hills hidden somewhere in it.

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Packages: Enjoy Mountain Trekking and Camping at Kodaikanal.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at INR 1,834.

 

63.Rameshwaram

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There will be a minimal number of people who must have no idea about his extreme southern part of India, Rameshwaram, and a widely applauded sightseeing tourist destination for centuries. Located in the middle of India and Sri Lanka, this island seems to be the favourite spot of Hindu devotees since the entire region is famous for the Rama stories written down in the epics. Backing these religious aspects of Rameshwaram, there are different numbers of temples dedicated to Lord Rama here which are appreciated and praised for its magnificent stone structures. Recently, the longest bridge on a sea is bestowed upon Rameshwaram, which is the Pamban Bridge. In addition, there is another important site no one ever should miss while you are in Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi beach.

Packages: Take a tour of Rameshwaram.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at INR 1,834.

West Bengal

64. Sandakphu

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Located in close proximity to Singalila National Park in West Bengal is Sandakphu, or Sandakphu. This peak is the highest peak of the region, based at an elevation of approximately 3636 M above the sea level.

Sandakphu has an extremely mesmeric trekking trail for all you adrenaline junkies. But you need to endure a moderately difficult trek in order to reach the summit and then you will be rewarded with awesome views of the Kanchendzonga Peak.

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There is even a small village at the top of the peak where you can find some hostels for a stay. Of course, there is nothing like camping under the starlit sky and enjoying a cool mountain breeze.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Bagdogra airport from Kolkata at just INR 1,277.

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65. Darjeeling Tea Gardens

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Experience the chills, admire the hypnotic creations of Nature and slurp on that sizzling delicious tea at Darjeeling. It is a town in West Bengal, situated in the Himalayan region at an altitude of 6700 ft.

The lush tea gardens of Darjeeling are also among the list of tourist places in India. These tea gardens are not only known for their flavorsome tea cultivation, but also for their scenic beauty.

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The best time to visit Darjeeling is from November to February. Endless stretches of tea plants which tends to vanish with the mist, creates a magical spell on the visitors.

Packages: Have an adventurous day out at Darjeeling.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport at Bagdogra airport from Kolkata at just INR 1,277.

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66.Kolkata

Since British and other imperial countries have shared their wealth and concepts in selected places in the state of West Bengal, Kolkata still holds that glory of white marble structures giving the city a distinct appearance contradicting the culture and custom of the natives here. Belur Math, Victoria Memorial, Kalighat Temple, Marble Palace, Tagore’s House, Barabazar and much more attractions are there giving a regal touch to the minutest spot of Kolkata even. An elegant collaboration of Indianness and Englishness is very obvious everywhere in this crowded, lively city that will take you through the stories of transition Kolkata managed to go through.

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How to reach: Catch a flight to Kolkata from New Delhi at just INR 3,095.

67.Sunderbans

Sprawling across India and Bangladesh, this club of variant islands is a well-preserved biodiversity in India, remarkably a prestigious spot in West Bengal. The mangrove forests, very rarely appeared in India as a whole are the heroes of Sundarbans. It protects a rich cluster of rare and threatened species of fauna and fauna both on land in water. It is also a tiger reserve and biosphere reserve dedicated to acting as a haven for many endangered beings seen in the forests of India. Turned to be a national park, Sundarbans is a Heritage Site in the list of UNESCO. If you wish to make a visit to West Bengal, Sundarbans should be marked as one ‘never miss out spot’ since such an ecosystem is rare to rare ones in India.

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Gujarat

68. Kutch

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Imagine barren lands where you can push full throttle and have the thrill of your life? That’s Rann of Kutch for you, in Gujarat. Kutch is a shallow wetland, which means it gets submerged during the monsoon season because of rains.

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However, during the summer months, the water recedes, giving way to salty land which is barren yet beautiful. The Rann of Kutch is known for road trips in India. It is also known as a habitat for exotic species of birds and animals. There are quite a few wildlife reserves in the region, the most prominent of which is the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

Packages: Take a short tour of Kutch.

69.Gir Forest National Park, Kutch

A national park and wildlife sanctuary which is famous for dedicating a large space to preserve the pride symbols of India, Asiatic lion is the Gir Forest National Park in Kutch. The only place where these Asiatic lions can be spotted out as solely or as a family is Gir Park. Also, the amicable ecosystem it preserves is being considered as the major reason for the presence of these typical lions here. More than 400 species of flora can also be seen here letting the region appear like a complete forest. On top of that, seven perennial rivers flowing near the park play an important role in making the park a favourite place for migratory birds as well.

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Packages: Take a tour of the Gir National Park.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport of Bhuj from Mumbai at INR 6,806.

 

Andhra Pradesh

70. Araku Valley

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A pristine tourist spot in Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh is Araku Valley. Located at a height of about 3000 feet above sea level, the valley is known for Sunkarimetta Forest Reserve and Anantagiri, both of which are biodiversity hot spots.

It is also known for its coffee plantations, which together with the biodiversity hot spots, give the valley a beautiful green cover. While in the valley, do not miss a chance to interact with the local tribes, which gives you an insight into their eclectic culture. Relatively untouched by commercialization, the valley makes for a relaxing vacation in the hills.

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71. Belum Caves

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Belum Caves are situated at a village called Belum in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. These Caves are known for being the longest in India and the second largest in the country.

They were discovered way back in 1884 by a British named Robert Foote are popular amongst the tourists for their stalagmite formations. There are several passages and chambers to explore, making it a mystical experience.

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Even if you are not too much into cave exploration, the natural formations in these caves will leave you speechless. So pack your bags and head to these caves for an eclectic adventure experience.

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72.Gandikota

Picture an unconquerable fort built in red granite stone, guarded by a 20 feet high entry gate, enclosed in a  fort wall running around the 5 mile perimeter;  101 bastions, each about 40 feet high, are cut into the fort wall; beautiful palaces with exquisite carvings; perennial springs constantly irrigating the fruit and flower  gardens; old temples, providing a look into a past with their walls, pillars, ceilings and floors sporting bas-reliefs, co-existing with a mosque,  probably built by different rulers. Unconquerable because the fort is protected by a deep gorge on one side, 4 km long and 700 m deep, with enormous boulders adding to its natural defense, cut by a river flowing below.

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Packages: Do a road trip to the Grand Canyon of India in Gandikota.

Arunachal Pradesh

73. Sela Pass

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Sela Pass is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Connecting Tawang district to other parts of the country is the Sela Pass. This mountain pass is about 13,800 feet high and gives you some really scenic views of the surrounding views. With its high elevation, you can almost feel the clouds passing through your hands here.

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During the winter months, most of the pass is frozen with snow, with temperatures dropping to well below the zero degree mark. For some gorgeous views and panoramic shot for the lens, head to Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh. You will be delighted.

 

74.Ziro Valley

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The 5754 ft  high town is almost a level valley enclosed on all sides by pine-clad low stooping hills. This area, also called Apatani Plateau, is famous for Paddy-cum-Fish culture. It is the part of the beautiful whole of nature. This place also comprises of the quietly flowing rivers of Subansiri, Nishi, Apatani, Dafla, and Miri. Zero is the land of Apatani tribal who are fond of hunting and Zoom cultivation is their prime profession. Apatani tribals are now for their handsome and beautiful looks. Local wine ‘Apang’ is their favorite drink. They are equally fond of colorful dresses, with specialties and varieties. Women-folk loves to draw a tattoo on foreheads and cheeks and wear on cane nose pins.

Packages: Take a tour of the Ziro Valley.

75.Tawang

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Experience the unexplored, awe-inspiring charm of Arunachal Pradesh in this quaint hill town. Understand the Tibetan-Buddhist elements that influence the culture, food, and lifestyle here, granting it an absolutely unique flavor. A trekker’s delight, Tawang will simply steal your heart away. Located at a height from Tawang is the serene P.T.Tso Lake, which remains frozen for 4 to 5 months in a year. Tawang offers a unique experience for skilled and amateur trekkers, with different trekking trails for each level of difficulty.

Packages: Take a trek to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Sikkim

76. Gurudongmar Lake

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Located at an altitude of a little more than 5000 meters above sea level is Gurudongmar Lake. The lake is located in Sikkim, close to the Chinese border and is known for its scenic views. The fresh water lake remains frozen for most part of the year because of jaw dropping temperatures.

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But when the ice thaws, it gives way to crystal clear waters that just take your breath away. The rugged terrain around the lake adds to the experience. However, you should be prepared for some hard work if you want to visit this lake, because it involves a sufficiently challenging trek.

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77. Goecha La Pass

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Another gorgeous mountain pass in the Himalayan region is Goecha La Pass in Sikkim. The pass serves as the base camp for those who wish to climb Mount Kanchenjunga, world’s third highest peak. In order to reach the pass, you need to start trekking from Yuksom. It takes about 7 days to trek to the pass.

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Along the way, you are greeted with some beautiful rhododendrons and other highlights of the region. View of Mount Kanchenjunga from Goecha La Pass is just amazing.

78.Gangtok

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A prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site, Gangtok is nestled in the high peaks of the Himalayas and shelters the Enchey Monastery. This raw untouched beauty of northeast is situated in the Shivalik hills of the eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 1,700 meters. This enthralling Himalayan city is the capital of Sikkim since 1894. It offers a stunning view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world. Gangtok has an amicable cultural fusion and people live peacefully in spite of the diverse ethnicity and religions. On a tranquil walk down the street in Gangtok, you can catch the whiff that comes from the lush tea plantations.

Packages: Take a tour of Gangtok.

Assam

79. Majuli

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A quaint island in the state of Assam is Majuli. Once upon a time, the island was spread across an area of about 1,250 square kilometers and was well known for being the biggest River Island in the World.

However, the raging River Brahmaputra eroded a large part of the island, and left a little over 400 square kilometers of area. Yet, Majuli is one of the most beautiful places in India.

It has been bestowed with a large number of migratory birds and hence bird watching is one of the highlights here. The best time to visit Majuli is during the months of January, February and March.

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Nevertheless, it is one of the most beautiful places in India. Bird watching is a highlight here, and so are the colorful tribes of the region.

80.Kaziranga National Park

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The famed one-horned rhinoceros, one of India’s best-known tourism mascots, calls the expansive grasslands of the Kaziranga National Park its home. The park’s population of 1800-odd rhinos represents more than two-thirds of the world’s total; in 1904 there were just 200.

The park consists of western, central and eastern ranges, the central range doubling as the venue for popular early-morning elephant safaris. Lasting an hour each, these rides offer unparalleled opportunities to get close to rhinos, which don’t seem phased by the elephants, even when surrounded by several safari groups.

Packages: Take a tour of the Kaziranga National Park.

Nagaland

81.Kohima

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Kohima, the capital of Nagaland is situated in the Northeastern region of India. Valleys plush with natural beauty and raw ethnic cultures makes Kohima an ideal place to visit. Originally named ‘Keira’, Kohima’s name was changed to its present one by the Britishers due to their inability to pronounce the name correctly. Rich in tribal culture, the people of the city have successfully maintained their cultural ethnicity in this fast moving modern world.  This verdant city features a humid subtropical climate that offers a pleasant weather throughout the year. The Hornbill festival hosted in the city every year in the winters is a cultural extravaganza where you can relish your eyes and ears to the vibrant Naga music, dance, and artistry. The Rock concert on the last day of the festival is a huge hit all across the Northeast.

Packages:  Take a day tour of the city of Kohima.

How to reach: Catch a flight to Dimapur from Kolkata at INR 3,717 only!

 

82.Dimapur

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Popularly referred to as the ‘Gateway to Nagaland’, Dimapur is one of the most commercial and important cities in the State. Nagaland’s only railhead, the city is a crucial trading center. Rendered with an alluring historical past, it is home to the remnants from the Kachari dynasty.

Inheriting its name from the Kachari word ‘Dimasa’ after the river which flows through it, Dimapur is a burgeoning urban town. In close proximity to Dimapur, is the highly visited and popular town of Medziphema, which is surrounded by villages like Aoyimti, Darogarjan and Aoyimkum.

Packages: Take a look at the various activities available at Dimapur.

How to reach: Catch a flight to Dimapur from Kolkata at INR 3,717 only!

 

Manipur

83. Loktak Lake

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Manipur is home to world’s only floating lake, the Loktak Lake. It is also the largest fresh water lake in this part of the country. The floating mass of vegetation and organic matter give the lake a floating appearance. A part of the lake is home to Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the habitat for Sangai.

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Sangai, or Manipur brow antlered deer is a rare species which is on the brink of extinction. The beauty of the lake itself and the surrounding flora and fauna make this region of Manipur an absolute delight.

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Madhya Pradesh

84.Khujurao

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Home to the timeless and artistic temples of the Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho offers intriguing insights into the intricacies of Hindu mythology. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the historical city is a symbol of medieval art. Out of the 85 temples, 22 still exist in all their grandeur. The temples nest artistic sculptures and carvings depicting Kama Sutra. The Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho Temples, and Lakshmana Temple are a must visit for their archaeological essence. Right in the heart of this country, which gives evidence of its discomfort with expressions of love and intimacy every day, exist some of the most explicit and eloquent depictions of lovemaking carved in stone.

Packages: Take a tour of Khajurao.

 

85.Kanha National Park

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Madhya Pradesh is the king of the jungle when it comes to tiger parks, and Kanha is the most famous. The forests are vast, and while your chances of seeing a tiger are probably slightly slimmer than at nearby Bandhavgarh, at a time of research sightings were on the rise. Add to that the fact that you can really go deep into the forest, and you have a complete safari experience, rather than the rush-and-grab outings some complaint of at Bandhavgarh. The sal forests and vast meadows contain tigers (89 at last count) and leopards and support huge populations of deer and antelope, including the rare barasingha (deer). You’ll see plenty of langur monkeys, the odd gaur (Indian bison), maybe even a family or two of wild boar and the odd lonesome jackal or two. The park is also home to more than 300 bird species.

Packages: Wildlife Exploration at Kanha National Park.

 

86.Bandhavgarh

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Bandhavgarh is the destination of choice for countless visitors going on holidays to Madhya Pradesh. After all, few can ignore its myriad charms by way of lush game stocked forests, meandering rivers, rich history, and an overall wonderful surreal scenery. Snuggled between the hilly Vidhya areas and the Satpura ranges and blessed with some of the best of nature’s bounty, Bandhavgarh is a major hit with visitors. While the fame of the Bandhavgarh National Park here has spread throughout the country, the majestic Bandhavgarh Fort with its Ramayana connection mesmerizes history bugs.

Packages: Bandhavgarh Wildlife and Tiger Trail.

Union Territories

 

87.Lakshadweep

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Comprising a string of 36 palm-covered, white-sand-skirted coral islands 300km off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep is as stunning as it is isolated. Only 10 of these islands are inhabited, mostly by Sunni Muslim fishermen, and foreigners are only allowed to stay on a few of these. With fishing and coir production the main sources of income, local life on the islands remains highly traditional, and a caste system divides the islanders. The real attraction of the islands lies under the water: the 4200 sq km of pristine archipelago lagoons, unspoiled coral reefs, and warm waters are a magnet for flipper-toting travelers and divers alike.

 

 

88.Andaman and Nicobar

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Explore the cities of Andaman and Nicobar islands on your trip to this part of India. Be amazed by the incredible places as you unravel one attraction after another. In the cities of Andaman and Nicobar islands, explore the rich heritage of culture and traditions, meet the local people and know the nuances of their everyday lives, visit numerous historic sites that have stood the test of time like Port Blair, Dak-Omkeh, Eoya, Herbertabad and much more. Also collect several memories as you discover more.

Packages:  Sightseeing trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

How to reach: Catch a flight directly to Port Blair from Chennai at just 4,138.

89.Delhi

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Delhi speaks through its diverse ethnicity, culture and tradition, food and language. Political and business center of the country, Delhi boasts of being the perfect blend of history and modernity. From temples to nightclubs, there is something for everyone which makes it an ideal one.

The city features architectural brilliance of the British and Mughal buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Red Fort to the contemporary brilliance of several amusement parks, shopping malls, and party hubs. Not only is the city popular for its culture and celebrations, it is also known for its diversely delicious food from all the regions of the country.

Packages: Delhi Sight Seeing tour in a private car.

How to reach: Catch a flight directly to New Delhi from Mumbai at 2,301.

90.Daman and Diu

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Ruled by the Portuguese for over 450 years, the union territory of Daman and Diu along with Goa were a part of a single union territory of India. In 1987, Goa gained its statehood leaving Daman and Diu as a single and distinct union territory. The union territory consists of two districts, namely Daman and Diu which are around 198 kilometers from each other. The place, being a former Portuguese colony, houses various no. of buildings and monuments evident with the Portuguese styled architecture and town planning.

91.Pondicherry

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Also known as ‘The French Riviera of the East’, Pondicherry (Puducherry) (Puducherry) exhibits a heavy French influence, which is more evident at the destination’s old quarters. The place is pretty laid back and has some fine restaurants serving passably good French cuisine. A favorite visiting spot is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which attracts scores of Indian as well as foreign tourists due to its highly sought after yoga and meditation courses. Amongst other attractions, some must visit places are the lovely beach front promenade, Auroville, Gingee Fort, Gokilambal Temple and the Government Museum.

Packages: Take a city tour of Pondicherry.

How to reach: Catch a flight directly to the nearest airport at Chennai from Bangalore at just INR 1,277.

 

Punjab

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Amritsar beckons with its myriad charms. Be it, the pompous ceremony by troops at the Wagah border and the dazzling opulence of the Golden Temple, or the soul-stirring experience at the Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar offers all this and much more. Amritsar is the nucleus of the Sikh religion and the lavish and legendary Golden Temple is Amritsar’s main claim to fame.  Besides the Golden Temple, visitors also flock to the infamous Jallianwala Bagh, which represents one of the blackest episodes of British colonial rule.

Packages: Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

 

93.Pathankot

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The beautiful city of Pathankot is located in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab . Erstwhile, this city was a part of the princely state of Nurpur. Pathankot has a rich cultural heritage and has held on to its traditional roots while blending perfectly with the modern world. Pathankot is a very important city in the state of Punjab. It serves as a junction of three major states of Northern India which includes Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. So, on your next trip to the hill stations of Jammu or Himachal, you can probably make a stop here and enjoy the natural beauty of Pathankot. The Ranjit Sagar Dam located near the city is one of the highest gravity dams in all of Asia. It is one of the major tourist spot in the city apart from the many important temples here.

Packages: Take a tour of places near Pathankot.

 

Chattisgarh: 

94.Chitrakot Waterfall

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Chitrakoot waterfalls, popularly known as Niagara falls of India, is the largest waterfall in India that falls from a height of about 100 feet and widens up to 150 meters in peak rainy season. The horseshoe shaped fall is located near Jagdalpur, a small city in the state of Chhattisgarh. This fall is situated in Vindhyachal Ranges, which are stretched between Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. River Indravati, a tributary of Narmada, is the main source of this waterfall. During monsoon, the waterfall turns wild and violent. Chitrakoot waterfall is best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October.

Bihar

95.Nalanda University

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Nalanda University was one of the earliest Universities in the world founded in the fifth century. Know more about Nalanda University history and its magnificent library through images of the ancient ruins of this University. The Ancient university of Nalanda is believed to be founded by the Gupta Dynasty who were ruling at the parts of present-day India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.  In its middle phase of life, Nalanda university was supported by the Buddhist emperors and later in the last phase, by the Pala kings who ruled mostly the south and eastern part of India. The whole complex of Nalanda University was protected around by the thick walls of red bricks varying in their height. It is believed that the whole University campus is spread across over 15,000,000 square meters and only 10% of which has been excavated while resting of the ruins still lie earthen under the ground.

 

96.Bodhi Tree

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Bodh Gaya, located 100 km (62 mi) south of Patna in the Indian state of Bihar, is the most venerated sacred place in Buddhism. It is the place where Prince Siddhartha Gautama while meditating beneath the Bodhi Tree, attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. Traditional accounts say that, in the early years of the 4th century BC, Siddhartha Gautama saw the suffering of the world and wanted to be free from it. As a young man, following the ancient traditions of Hinduism, he sought out spiritual teachers. Inquiring of their knowledge, he diligently practiced various yogas and meditations. Seven years passed, the last three in extreme asceticism, yet still, he had not achieved his goal of enlightenment.

Odisha

97.Konark

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House to the famous Sun Temple and the festival of the same name, the small locale of Konark  is an extravaganza that comes in a small package. Explore it for its dance festival, art and handicraft. Konark  is a true blend of history, culture and natural beauty. The famous Sun Temple along with the Sun Festival and the five-day long dance festival make this tiny place an ever-hustling tourist destination in Orissa. The Craft Mela and Handicraft exhibition organized as part of the dance festival is also a hit among the locals and the travelers alike. Displayer of the ethnic Oriya architecture, the Sun Temple becomes a beautiful backdrop to this fair. If all these are not enough, you are bound to love a long walk on the beach nearby. 

98.Puri

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The azure waters gently lapping the soft sandy beach perfect for swimming, coupled with a heady, ceaseless milieu of religious fervor in the city nearby- the result is Puri. Welcome to this holy seaside destination where devotees throng especially to visit the Jagannath Temple. Among the most revered cities for Hindus, Puri is part of the Char Dham pilgrimages and also one of the 7 holy Indian cities. The beach here is wonderful for swimming and perfect for watching the sunrise and sunset. Puri’s top attraction is the highly revered Jagannath Temple, famed for its Chariot Festival. No less astounding is the Sun Temple at Konark amongst a slew of other sightseeing wonders. The Sun Temple is a World Heritage Site and dazzles the onlooker with its amazing sculptures and architectural brilliance.

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