It is hard for me to have an unprejudiced viewpoint about my country. I love India,
and am proud to be an Indian. Having the vagabond spirit in my blood, it has been
my dream to travel across the globe ever since I was a kid. But as I grew up, I
realized that this fascination about traveling abroad is nothing but futile.
India has so much to showcase. Then why not unravel my own land first, before I
head on to the west. So few years back, I decided to tour India and know my
country inside out.
India is HUGE. Really. After so much of traveling, I feel there’s still an endless list to
explore. But amongst the ones I have already set my foot on, about 15 destinations
have captured my heart and soul.
For those who wish to visit India, here is a list of the top 15 attractions that might
interest you. These places are surprisingly discrete, despite the fact that they lie
within the same national border.
Let’s begin with the North:
1. The Snow Deserts of Leh Ladakh
As a matter of great pride, Ladakh is one of the few snow deserts in the world.
Imagine yourself driving a bike through the windy roads of Leh, at the highest
motor-able road of Asia. The Panoramic Pangong Lake is as dreamy as it can be.
Get ready to travel in the middle of nowhere. Do visit the Buddhist Monasteries to
get a taste of Tibetan culture. It’s time to get flattered by the amazing hospitality of
the locals here.
2. The Heavenly Kashmir Valley
Despite the disputes between India and Pakistan regarding Kashmir, and the
endless terrorist attacks besieging the place for years, it still stands out to be as
heavenly as always.
Be it the lakes of Srinagar or the skiing spree at Gulmarg, the beautiful countryside
of Pahalgam or the giant glaciers of sonamarg, from the formidable river Zanskar to
the snow-crowned mountains of Patni Top, everything is exotic about Kashmir.
3. The Majestic Himalayas
There are hundreds of trails wandering across the Himalayan mountains. The
breathtaking Valley of Flowers, the queasy Roopkund Trek, the godlike Deo Tibba
Base Camp Trek- these are some of the names topping this endless list of trails for
4. The 7th Wonder- Taj Mahal, Agra
I cannot put into words what I saw at the Taj Mahal. The stunning monument was
erected by a ruler in tribute to his dead wife.
It’s rather unbelievable that such a thought-over architecture existed hundreds of
years ago, when technology was but a name. Do visit this place to explore how Taj
Mahal changes colors as the day moves forward, and why would this spire never
be affected by any natural calamity.
5. The Thrill of Adventures in Rishikesh
The land of Rishis (monks) is world-famous for its river-rafting. The Ganges offers
some really wicked rapids to flip your raft. Be an adrenaline junkie and test your
luck with cliff jumping and bungee.
6. The Highborn Palaces of Rajasthan
Well, this is an endless list. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh,
Khimsar, Mandawa, Neemrana, Bhangarh- all these cities have thousands of
palaces to present.
Many such properties have now taken the shape of exotic hotels and resorts. So
you can now indulge in royal extravaganza and have a taste of the majestic
7. The Hippie culture of Pushkar
Though in Rajasthan, this place looks nothing like the other palatial cities here.
Pushkar is all about hippies and foreigners, permanently settled near the Pushkar
The city possesses the only Brahma Temple present in the world. The bustling
streets may serve you the best drugs available.
8. The Largest Salt Desert in the World, Rann of Kutch
Truly a no man’s land, Rann of Kutch is plain white paint spilled over on land,
covering about everything that comes in your vision. This salt desert turns colorful
during the Kite Festival, when hundreds of colorful kites change the vibe of this
Do visit the Black Hill to have a panoramic view of the land.
9. The Magnificent Hills of Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
One of the most untouched and serene hill stations of India is the town of Tawang.
Located at a good height, the bumpy roads can give you a good back massage.
If you wish to get lost in the snow-capped mountains while walking in the clouds,
Tawang is where you should go!
10. The Living Roots Bridges of Meghalaya
This Bridge has roots up to 100 ft long, strong enough to carry load of 50 people at
a time. The scenery reminds you of the Jungle Book, or the Game of Thrones.
Visit Meghalaya to experience something surreal.
11. The Stunning Dhuandhar Falls of Jabalpur
The clouds rising out of these majestic falls are definitely worth your time. There’s
not much to see in the city, but these waterfalls cover up for it.
12. Goa is always on!
I am not talking about the beaches of Goa (though there are some really nice
beaches). The fact that this place never sleeps makes it a utopia for the party
animals. Goan beaches are lined up with shacks and night clubs. The delicious
food and cheap alcohol are an icing on the cake.
13. The Tea Plantations of Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is heavenly in December. The emerald tea plantations offer a breathtaking
views of the hills. The crazy wildlife, the enchanting forests and pristine beaches,
Kerala is a favorite destination for honeymooners in India.
14. Havelock Islands, Andaman
I highly recommend Andaman Islands for the beach-lovers. The untouched corals,
the clear silica white sands and boulevard of palm trees, Andaman beaches are
replete with sea shells and crabs.
15. Agatti Island, Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep has recently opened up for tourists. That’s what makes it more
beautiful and unparalleled. Many big hotel brands have now set their foot on this
tranquil island. Yachting, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, pedal boating, canoing- there
is an endless list of water adventures to do here.
There are still many tourist attractions left to be discovered in India. Being the 7th
largest country in the world definitely works in favor of the travelers. No wonder
they call it the ‘Incredible India’!