20 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in India

Have you always dreamed of exploring India without knowing where to start? From the great classics to hidden treasures, discover our selection of the most beautiful places to visit in India.

Between traditional roots and modern evolution, India is a country of contrasts, as beautiful as it is authentic. With nearly one billion three hundred thousand inhabitants spread over more than three million square kilometers. We found wonders in all fields: culture, history, gastronomy, architecture, religion, nature and more. The cities are alive, fascinating, lively and one has the impression that they never sleep!

The rest of the land is divided between natural and wild parks, snow-capped mountain ranges, endless coastal landscapes and rocky plains and plateaus. Wherever you are on Indian territory, there is always something to explore, admire, experience. We therefore, suggest you discover 20 unmissable and best places to visit during your stay in India.

1. Pondicherry

The former French colony, Pondicherry, a coastal city in south-eastern India, is today prosperous thanks to its port activities and its cotton and silk factories. Throughout the city, you will feel the mixture between French and Tamil cultures: lifestyle, local customs, artistic scene, culinary traditions. Taste a chocolate loaf while admiring the colorful facades of a Hindu temple? Share a game of p├ętanque with locals? Smell the smells of Indian spices while strolling through alleys with French names? Only in Pondicherry can you do all of this!

2. The Golden Temple

Located in Amritsar, in northwest India, the Golden Temple is the holiest of all Sikh shrines in the territory. It is a must if you want to visit India. The building is covered with fine gold and stands in the middle of the Nectar Basin: as sacred as it is majestic, the temple is a real symbol of openness to others, whatever their origins and beliefs. Remember to wash your feet and cover your head before entering.

3. Mysore Palace

Built-in the city of the same name, the Mysore Palace is the second most visited in India. Dating from the 14th century, it is both the royal residence where the Wodeyar dynasty remains and the seat of the kingdom of Mysore. The building, made of granite, stone and marble, houses a dozen Hindu temples as well as many rooms with a motley architecture of Indo-Muslim and neo-Gothic influences. If you are wondering what to do in India, Mysore Palace is a great place to start.

4. Lake Chilika

Separated from the Bay of Bengal by a huge sandy beach sixty kilometers long, Lake Chilika impresses as much by its beauty as by its grandeur. A veritable lake paradise with unspoiled tranquility, you can spot flamingos, kingfishers and Irrawaddy dolphins. Very protected, it is one of the sites recognized by the Ramsar Convention: wetlands of international importance for the preservation of the natural habitat of birds.

5. The Taj Mahal

With its pristine white facades, Mughal architectural style and cross-shaped canals surrounded by green gardens, the Taj Mahal is one of the most enchanting places in all of India. This white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan to honor the memory of his third wife. The most famous and most visited monument in the country, it is located in the heart of the city of Agra, in the north of India. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In a word: it is essential during your trip to Indian territory.

6. Dudhsagar Waterfall

Over 300 meters high, the Dudhsagar waterfall is one of the largest and most impressive in India. Located on the Mandovi River, in the heart of Mollem National Park, it delimits the border between the provinces of Goa and Karnataka, in the southwest of the country. Split into 4 waterfalls, you can admire this magnificent waterfall after an equally surprising short walk in the nearby Indian forest.

7. Goa Beaches

Turquoise and crystal clear waters, long stretches of golden sand bordered by palm trees, small bars and colorful restaurants, sunsets over the sea, shows of jugglers and tam-tam players: this is what awaits you on the sublime beaches of Goa. Lively and authentic, they stretch across the entire length of the province, southwest of India. According to your desires, you can practice yoga or meditate, drink a cocktail and party, or simply relax and enjoy the sun.

8. Jim Corbett National Park

If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban Indian cities, head to Jim Corbett National Park, a few hours northeast of New Delhi. Renowned for its exceptional wildlife and the Tiger Project, it was built in 1936 and remains the oldest national park in the country. You can meet many animal species: tigers, Asian elephants, fallow deer, snakes, flying foxes, birds.

9. Mehrangarh Fort

Perched at an altitude of one hundred and twenty-two meters, the fort of Mehrangarh overlooks the city of Jodhpur, in the northwest of India. This fortress, which dates back to 1459, is one of the largest in the country. Surrounded by ramparts, from which you will have a splendid and breathtaking view of Jodhpur, the fort shelters several palaces as well as courtyards, gardens and galleries. There is also a museum, where costumes, decorative art, paintings, musical instruments and armor are displayed.

10. New Delhi

The capital of India, nestled in the north of the country, is full of historical, cultural and architectural treasures not to be missed under any circumstances. Its heritage is a unique blend of the pure tradition of the Indian Empire and modern international influences. To visit India authentically, a stopover in New Delhi is ideal. Explore Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Lotus Temple and Gandhi Memorial. Fascinating and eclectic, New Delhi is a city that will not leave you indifferent!

11. The Ganga

What to do in India to get off the beaten track and overcrowded cities? The answer is simple: go and relax on the banks of the Ganges. Considered the holiest of the seven sacred rivers of India, this river crosses the north of the country and extends over more than three thousand kilometers. Symbol of the ultimate truth among Hindus, you can admire the beauty and the particular biodiversity of the Ganges without ever getting tired of it.

12. Ajanta Caves

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ajanta Caves are a collection of 29 Buddhist troglodyte temples and monasteries. Carved out of basalt cliffs, they once served as a refuge and a place of prayer for monks. The interior is a true tribute to Buddha: you can admire sculptures, frescoes and engravings depicting him, some of which date from the year 200 BC.

13. Ladakh 

Located in the far north of India, the region of Ladakh is a land of contrasts, between high plateaus and snow-capped peaks. It is one of the most beautiful regions to visit in India. During your stay, do not miss the sumptuous Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar, Hemis National Park, Thiksey Monastery in the city of Leh and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Nicknamed Little Tibet, this part of India offers many mountain paths and trails, perfect for hiking and trekking.

14. The Ruins of Hampi

If you want to learn more about the Hindu Empire and religion, head to the village of Hampi, in the heart of the Tungabhadra Valley. All around the city, you can admire the ruins of Vijayanagara, a set of remarkable monuments looted and abandoned in 1565: the Royal Lotus, the Queen's bath and the temples of Virupaksha, Vittala and Achyutaraya. To complete your visit, climb the six hundred steps of Mount Anjaneya which will lead you to the temple of Hanuman, a place of pilgrimage where the monkey god of the same name was born.

15. Kerala Canals
Often called the land of God, the state of Kerala has a network of canals unique in the world: over the nine hundred kilometers that this territory occupies, countless lagoons, bridges, rivers, dikes and small lakes intersect and s' entangle to form the backwaters. Navigate these canals and admire the coconut groves, the buffalo herds, the rice fields and the picturesque villages that line their banks.

16. Bandipur National Park

This huge nature reserve, located in south-west India, borders the Mudumalai and Nagarhole National Parks. In the middle of the sparse forests and green expanses, set off to meet the elephants, mongooses, tigers and other wild bulls that inhabit this protected place. Since 2013, Bandipur National Park has been one of the important areas for bird conservation in India.

17. Tawang Monastery

Having once belonged to Tibet, the city of Tawang has preserved a large part of the heritage and traditions acquired until its attachment to India in 1914. Among them is the Buddhist monastery of Tawang, the largest in the whole country. Over three hundred monks live there in the community and take care of this sacred place with stunning architecture on a daily basis. If there was only one monastery to visit in India, it would undoubtedly be this one.

18. Darjeeling

With its famous tea, Tibetan medicine training institute and picturesque views of the high peaks surrounding it, Darjeeling breathes the authenticity and hospitality of India. Perched in the far north of the country, between Nepal and Bhutan, it is an ideal compromise between urban spirit and natural landscapes.

19. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Isolated off the east coast of India, on the border between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, the Andaman Islands are a gem of India’s natural heritage. An eclectic archipelago, you will find dense tropical forests and mangroves, crystal clear waters suitable for snorkeling and diving, lively and hospitable cities as well as endless white-sand beaches. They are the ideal place if you want to visit India off the beaten track.

20. The Thar Desert

What to do in India when you are passing through the region of Rajasthan, on the Pakistani border? Stop in the Thar Desert, of course! With more than eighty inhabitants per square kilometer, it is the most densely populated desert in the world. Sometimes called the Great Indian Desert, you can spot antelopes, desert foxes and gazelles. Let your gaze get lost on the horizon and take the opportunity to visit the magnificent golden city of Jaisalmer, just west of the desert.

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