10 incredible tourist sites in India
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10 incredible tourist sites in India

Read this post to find out everything you need to know about the best tourist sites in India and lord knows there is a lot to choose from. All of my recommendations come from actual personal experience. I genuinely think these are the very best in the country. I have not copied and pasted anything here, so you can rely on me for the very best no-nonsense information.

Of course, the best tourist sites in India are a matter of taste, but it is hard not to be blown away from the grandeur of Jodhpur’s  Mehrangarh Fort or the elegant splendour of the Elora caves. I have spent almost half a decade travelling on the subcontinent, so I feel I am in a position to hand out some pretty solid advice on the subject.

India’s history spans back thousands of years. The country has seen countless empires rise and fall. Each one has left its footprint on the architecture and the end results are spectacular. 

You can easily find yourself spoilt for choice. Even with a whole year on the road, you can only hope to experience a fraction of what this country has to offer. I will now begin to tell you the very best places to invest your hard-earned cash into, so read on, guys. 🧐

Taj Mahal

It seems cliche to put the Taj Mahal at number one, but many people come to India just to see it, so it deserves to be there, in my humble opinion. This enormous mausoleum was built to commemorate Shah Jahan’s favourite wife. The delicate marble design is sure to take your breath away. It was built between 1631 and 1648 and it is no less impressive today. Agra is also home to a massive fort that will take a day by itself to explore. There is a good reason why this place is so popular.

Jodhpur

Jodhpur is known as the blue city and for an excellent reason. The old quarter is entirely umm ….. blue. Ornate little Harvalis huddle around the mighty and imposing fort. Ambling around the twisted alleyways of the old town is an absolute delight. Exploring the fort is a day you will most certainly never forget and there is also a vast desert park around the back that is set among the grounds of the fort. If you visit this incredible city, it is sure to be one of the highlights of your whole trip. 

Jaipur

Jaipur is India’s world-famous red city. Make no mistake. This town is no less impressive than the blue. There is a whole old city to explore this time and it will take you a couple of days to take it all in. Just a couple of kilometres away is the overwhelming Amber fort. This elegant but enormous fort will be the crowning jewel of your visit. It is an easy trip from Dehli, so there is little reason not to put this place on your itinerary. Just take my word for it and thank me for it later. 

Jaisalmer

Lost in the far reaches of Rajasthan, the golden city of Jaisalmer will absolutely blow you away. The intricately carved fort sits like a glorious sandcastle overlooking the town below. Narrow road links one incredible palace after another. There is also a picture-perfect lake just outside of town. It can take a long time to explore this place properly and even longer if you decide to take a camel into the desert. There are countless villages to explore and the only way to see them is on the back of one of these mighty beasts.

Ellora caves

The Ellora Caves is a UNESCO world heritage site that is one of the most incredible places I have ever seen ever! The mighty Kelisha Temple literally took my breath away when I walked through the massive doors. It is made from a single piece of rock and carved from top to bottom. Some things are a labour of love and some things are the Ellora caves. There are several more minor but no less impressive caves on either side. It took hundreds of years to complete and you can see in one full day. 

Bundi

The little town of Bundi would not be on many peoples top 10 best tourist sites in India list, but it is certainly in mine. It is woefully underrated. However, that means that anyone making their way here will get the place primarily to themselves. The grand palace overlooks another town of brahman blue Havalis huddles around its battlements and a delightful ruined fort crowns the whole place. The little town is hardly touched by mass tourism and that makes for a very intimate experience.

Ki Gompa

The painfully beautiful Ki Gompa is by far the most inaccessible of all of my recommendations for the best tourist sites in India. However, those who do make it this far are handsomely rewarded for their efforts. The site has been built on for thousands of years and today, this idyllic Buddhist monetary welcomes outsiders. Joining in with the morning meditation is something you will forget. Visiting Ki Gompa is reserved for the more adventurous of you but worth every moment to get here. 

 

Hampi

Next on my list has to be Hampi. This place has it all! Culture, architecture, wildlife, outdoor sports and all set in a beautiful boulder-strewn landscape. Few places can offer so much in such a small space. However, most people come here for the fantastic 14th century Vijayanagara ruins. The extensive archaeological site spans several miles, so you will need a couple of days just to see them. Plus, I would budget a liberal amount of time for your visit with all the activities on offer. A couple of days can quickly turn into a week here. 

Udaipur

The old part of Udaipur is centred around the beautiful Lake Pichola. Hemmed in by the dramatic Aravalli mountain range, India’s city of lakes is a must for anyone visiting Rajasthan. Few places on the whole subcontinent can compare for its natural aesthetic appeal. You happily while away the days ambling your way around the city streets that are packed with palaces and Havelis to explore. No one will walk away from here disappointed as it offers fantastic value for your time and money, trust me. 

Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi is another clear winner for the best tourist sites in India. Buddha is said to have founded Buddhism here in 528bc. Guru Nanik came here in 1507 and it was influential in the formation of Sikhism. The mogul emperor Akbar also came to stay and all of this left a significant mark on the town. However, none is as big as Hinduism. Varanasi is one of the holiest places for Hindus and today; it is a riot of colour and spirituality. Definitely a must for any visitor to these parts. 

 

In summary of my blog on the best tourist sites in India

Well, here ends my top 10 list of the best tourist sites in India and by no means is this list exhaustive. The Indian subcontinent has so much to offer tourists that it was genuinely difficult to decide what to put on here. However, these sites do stand out in the crowd and will provide you with a fantastic bang for your buck. You can do a lot worse than including these places in your itinerary.

I have given links for further reading if you would like to know more and if you do happen to have any questions about these places, then please leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you. 😁

 

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