Best Places to Visit in India

Created by Harsh Sonawala,

Last Updated on November 23, 2023

One of the first questions you ask yourself when planning a trip to India is simply: where to go and what are the best places to visit in India? It’s hard to answer that question due to the sheer magnitude of the country.

In the following article, we want to give you a good understanding of your options. It will hopefully help you understand which regions are popular, which are not as touristy and all the many delights and challenges of the said regions. Your go-to guide that answers all the frequently asked questions when it comes to planning a trip to this vast subcontinent.

With all this in mind, you can make a decision on your preferred travel destination. If you’d rather discuss this with our travel magicians and gurus, plan your trip with us. We’ll help you plan the ideal itinerary with the perfect places to visit that caters to your interests and requirements.

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What can you expect from India?

India is the seventh-largest country in the world. We are blessed with some stunningly diverse geographical terrain. From deserts, idyllic beaches, rugged mountains, wildlife exploration, lush green plains backwaters to colourful and vibrant cities. India has a combination of everything and anything that make it an amazing tourist destination.

Add a rich and ancient history under different reigns and their architectural influences to India’s deeply religious and spiritual culture. And you’ve got one of the best tourist places in India. Now you got yourself a complete holiday by delving much deeper into India’s identity.

Most of the trips we plan include one, two or sometimes even three geographical elements. You can rarely escape history/culture and places of worship in India. Indeed, almost all our trips include regular forays into these categories.

Even if your trip is short and you don’t visit multiple regions you will still have vastly different experiences within the same holiday.

What is the most visited place in India?

Looking to visit the most visited place in India or the most popular tourist destination? Agra is the place you’re looking for. Agra has consistently been the most visited tourist destinations in India, be it Indian nationals or international travellers. Home to the Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world and the Red Fort, an architectural marvel built in red sandstone.

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Best Place to Visit in India (Top 5 Ideas)

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Choosing the best place to visit in India is a tough choice with too many options, and that is where India Someday’s planning comes into play. Every city in India attracts different kinds of travellers, depending on their interests and travel style. With mountains, palaces, forts and temple towns in North India and greenery and beaches in South India.

Which are the best places to visit in India? Here are some of the most popular regions to visit in India:

Rajasthan

Brimming with forts and palaces, national parks with tiger safaris, and the endless beautiful desert. You’ll also find charming (but often very affordable), heritage hotels across the region. The rich history, vibrant culture and ancient architecture add to the charm of this region, often referred to as the ‘Land of Kings’.

India Someday recommends a minimum of 7 nights to explore the region and up to 14 nights at most. Visiting Agra and/or Delhi, would be a great extension to your Rajasthan trip.

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places to visit in Jaipur Witness the intricate and simply stunning architecture at Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Kerala

Another popular region. Rolling hills blanketed in spice and tea plantations, lazy backwaters, thriving rain forests, balmy beaches and fabulous food all in one small state. Lovely traditional hotels, houseboats and innumerable homestays make your holiday incredibly intimate. It’s also one of the safest places to visit in India.

The lush green landscapes, pristine beaches and scenic hills of South India are what make this region a popular tourist destination and among the best places to visit in India. Besides Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with ancient temples and their old school charm also make for great destinations to add to your India itinerary. 

A minimum of 5 nights and up to 10 nights at most, is recommended to explore this region. You can combine Kerala with Karnataka (Hampi, Mysore), Tamil Nadu (Madurai, Tanjore, Pondicherry) or Goa.

Goa

Goa is lined with bustling beaches that stay warm all winter long. The Portuguese influence means great international and Indian food (especially seafood), architecture and lush green countryside that provides a ton of alternatives to the beaches. Also known for its vibrant nightlife, Goa is one of the most tourist-saturated regions in India, but India Someday can dig out places to stay that are miles away from the boisterous crowds. Lovely beachfront properties, beach huts, boutique hotels and luxurious resorts are all available in Goa. A definite recommendation when it comes to the ‘Best places to visit in India’. While Goa is flooded with tourists, certain parts continue to retain its authentic charm, with pristine, untouched beaches.

We recommend a minimum of 3 nights and up to 7 nights stay. Visiting Hampi for 2-3 nights is a great addition to your Goa trip.

Temple Towns

If you’re looking for a spiritual experience where you can witness timeless traditions, the vibrant culture and the holy temple towns of India you’re in for a spiritual escapade. Amritsar, Dharamshala, Rishikesh and Varanasi are some of the most enchanting cities. This route is ideal for those looking to explore the spiritual and holy aspect of India, that it is most popularly known for.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is one of the most sacred temples for Sikhs from around the world. Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world with several spiritual retreats and temples and ashrams dotted along the banks of the holy River Ganges.

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, draws a large number of Hindu pilgrims who come to bathe in the holy River Ganges. Families also come to perform the last rites of their loved ones in the sacred waters of this river. Last of all, is the beautiful city of Dharamshala. McLeod Ganj, a small town in Dharamshala is home to the Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of his holiness – The Dalai Lama. It attracts Buddhists from across the world. Besides this, Dharamshala is also a great place to visit if you’re looking for some adventure –