7 Best & Most Popular Places to Visit in India 2020
India is the incredible melting pot of cultures, communities, histories and people. There is as much diversity in the country as there are colour combinations on a palette. Equally diversified are the travelling excursions here.
From the perfect symmetrical architecture of Taj Mahal or tracing the mighty river Ganga along its path to the sumptuous food found in hidden corners of the country and to the warmth or hospitality of its people, India has been one of the destinations on the travel itinerary of almost all serious travellers. Out of such an overwhelming variety that the country offers,
Here are the top and best places to visit in India on your next vacation:
Statue Of Unity
Your visit to India would be incomplete without witnessing this colossal symbol that personifies the idea of ‘Unity in Diversity’. Being the tallest statue in the world, this recently constructed statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel stands for his vision to display the country’s cultural heritage and provide infrastructure for entertainment, education and environment conservation and make it one of the largest tourist destinations of the world.
Tourists here can also learn about the life of the great leader in the audio-visual light show that takes place every evening in the premises. Indeed, it stands among some of the best statues in India and in the world symbolizing national values of independence, unity and self-reliance.
Nestled in the lap of the Himalaya mountains, Kashmir is popularly known to be a ‘paradise on Earth’ or the mini Switzerland of India. The Kashmir valley, with its picturesque landscapes, blissful serenity, The heavenly, breath-taking beauty and awe-inspiring location has indisputably attracted tourists from all over the globe.
Indeed, it is among the most visited places in India. Here, you can row through the serene waters of Dal lake, visit the Shalimar Bagh or the Garden of Love located on its banks, immerse in Kashmir’s historical heritage at the Hari Parbat fort or experience the divine bliss at Kashmir’s largest mosque, the Mosque Jamia Masjid.
Rann Of Kutch
On the western edge of the Indian subcontinent, there is a landscape of silvery white stretch - a large salt marsh that seems to glimmer under the rays of the Sun. This is Gujarat’s own miracle land, the Rann of Kutch. It is India’s largest salt plain where the sky beautifully dissolves with the endless stretches of spectacular white landscapes.
The region is divided into two parts - the Great Rann is renowned for its surreal landscapes and the Little Rann, which is home to many villages, to the practices of salt farming and to diverse wildlife. Travel safaris usually go through these deserts and the tourists stop by especially to witness the natural rock formations and magnificent views of sunrise or sunset.
The Sunderban mangrove forests and ecosystem is one of the largest deltas of the world. It constitutes the magnificent archipelago of islands which is home to thousands of tribes and populations and an equally diverse range of flora and fauna. Here, the two mighty rivers Ganga and Brahmaputra confluence in the Bengal basin.
The region is home to the world renowned National animal of India, the Royal Bengal tiger. Apart from this, other chief wildlife species present in this park are Macaques, Indian Grey Mongoose, Leopard Cats, Ridley Sea Turtle, Wild Boar, Flying Fox and a plethora of others.
Gliding crosswise the river amidst forests, in the boats would take you to the nature walk as you see varied cultural adventures, close encounters with the tigers and serene, calm ambience of the forest would refresh you with a new enthusiasm in this natural wonder.
Varanasi is another popular destination to visit in India, so much so that it has found ample descriptions in several travel accounts of famous writers. The city is renowned for its prominence in Hindu mythological stories.
Therefore, it has inevitably become one of the ultimate pilgrimage destinations for Hindus and a popular tourist destination for travellers across the globe. Here, the mighty river Ganga stretches to its fullest and becomes the endless expanse that it is known for.
Appropriately referred to as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi has long been associated with ideas of spiritualism, mysticism, knowledge, Hindu renaissance and Sanskrit and Hindi languages. While here, never miss out the majestic puja every morning and evening at the ghats of the river Ganga.
The Mysore Palace is a historical and royal wonder located in the City of Palaces, Mysore in Karnataka. It retains the enchanting charm of the time that it was first constructed and inhabited by the royal dynasty of Wodeyars. It was designed by the British architect Henry Irwin and is the most prominent of architectural wonders in the skyline of Mysore.
The monument consists of The Durbar Hall with an ornate ceiling and sculpted pillars and the Kalyana Mantapa (marriage pavilion) with glazed tile floorings and stained glass, dome-shaped ceiling and intricate carving and engravings on the pillars and walls. Besides, worth seeing is the jewel-encrusted throne of the King and the elephant seat.
Perhaps one of the most visited cities in India, Jaipur is known as the Pink CIty of India because of its pink tainted stone used for major construction of the city. Jaipur is home to the country’s popular forts namely Amber Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh fort, Jaigarh fort and numerous other destinations.
One of the most wondrous sites in the city is the Jal Mahal. Just as its name indicates, the palace is situated amidst Man Sagar lake. The city’s architectural brilliance echoes its history and cultural heritage, making it one of the most visited places in India.
So, on your next visit to India, be sure not to miss out on these wonders of architecture, culture, nature and history. We are sure, each of these places would definitely provocate you to visit India once more, and once more after that!