India is a country of rich culture and diversity with historical monuments, religious places, palaces, forts, beaches and what not. There is a lot to see, so if you are travelling for the first time, then planning the trip beforehand plays a crucial role, else it will be all chaotic and confusing. And you will not be able to make the best out of your trip.
Since there is a lot to cover, here is a list of few places that you should definitely visit as a first-time traveller:
It is the capital of India which can actually give you a mini picture of the whole country. As people from all the different states can be found in this city. It is diverse and rich in culture. There are a lot of monuments which are hugely influenced by its Mughal history. Transportation is quite sorted in this city because of the metro connectivity, which covers almost all major places.
Monuments like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb and many more can give you the glimpse of Mughal architecture and history. There are religious places like Akshardham Temple, Iskon Temple, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, etc. For shopping, there is Dilli Haat, malls, Sarojini Nagar, etc. Then to enjoy the nightlife and party culture you can go to Haus Khas.
One of the most important reasons to visit Agra is to see the Taj Mahal. This world-famous monument was built in 1638 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj.
There are more places to visit in Agra like Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-ud-daula’s Tomb, Akbar’s Tomb, etc.
Though a lot of people might suggest Jaipur, this city which is often referred to as the “Venice of the East”, is built around Lake Pichola. It has multiple places to visit like no other. It is situated in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, which has a series of artificial lakes and lavish royal residences.
There is Jaisamand Lake, considered to be the second largest artificial sweet water lake in Asia, along with the City Palace and Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) that adds up to the grand architecture and culture.
A good number of foreign tourists visit Goa every year, known for its beaches and nightlife. You can enjoy activities like Scuba Diving, Banana Boat Ride, Snorkelling, Hot Air Balloon Flight, etc.
You can visit beaches like Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Candolim Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach and many more, to enjoy the seaside. Also, there are Deltin Royal Casino, Pandava Caves and Arvalem Waterfalls which can make your stay more memorable.
Located in east-central Karnataka, the city has one of the most beautiful architectures, which during the medieval time attracted traders from Persia and Portugal. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has more than 1,600 surviving remains of the last great Hindu Kingdom in South India.
Temples like Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temple and Vijaya Vittala Temple are some of the temples which can present the unique architecture along with its rich culture. Matanga Hill is famous for watching sunrise and sunset.
Also called “land of high passes” is situated in Jammu and Kashmir. People often prefer a road trip to Ladakh. It is considered to be most thrilling road adventures in India, because of the breath-taking high mountain passes, monasteries, prayer bells and valleys with small settlements that reflect their lifestyle.
You can visit the famous Pangong lake, situated at a height of about 4,350 m. Also, places like Nubra Valley, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Thiksay Monastery can give you one of the best experiences.
Set in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River, attracts a lot of tourists every year as it is famous for the spiritual peace you can experience in ashrams situated near the majestic river. The city is also renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. The popularity among the tourists also increased after The Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late 60s.
Along with all the spiritual vibes, this city is also the centre for adventures that include White River Rafting, Camping along the bank of the river, Bungee Jumping, Mountain Biking, etc.
8) Mcleod Ganj
It is a hill station near Dharamshala, which is famous around the world as being the home of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. The enchanting hills and landscapes make it more attractive. It is also popular among trekkers.
Few influential monasteries are situated here like the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where Dalai Lama resides. Moreover, picturesque Dal Lake and Triund can be the best site for camping and fun.
Well, there are a number of places still left that one can visit while being in India, but these are few important places that a first-time traveller should absolutely stop by while travelling in India.