Where is the best place to go In India 2021
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Where is the best place to go In India 2021

So you want to start planning your trip, but you can’t help but wonder where is the best place to go In India? Well, here is what you need to know. I have spent almost half a decade travelling here, so I am in a position to hand out some helpful advice, so read on, guys. 😁

In reality, the best way to answer the question of where is the best place to go in India is that it’s all a matter of what you want. India is blessed with diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, incredible wildlife, sumptuous food and architectural wonders galore. You can’t possibly experience it all, so it is essential to ask yourself what you want from your time and money?

I want you to really ask yourself what it is you want? Do you want to feel your toes in powdery white sand? Perhaps you may have fantasies of seeking out Tigers among the lush forests of central India that are straight out of Rudyard Kipling’s jungle book? Whatever it is, this post will give you an idea of where to focus your time.

It can be very diffecult to decide where is the best places to go in India as the whole country is incredible.

The whole country is a riot of colour and sensations, so when answering the question of where is the best place to go in India, it is not easy to answer. However, Some states certainly stand out more than others.Β 

The only honest way I can answer this question is to go through some of the most popular states and then you can assess for yourself what appeals to you most. We are all individuals and saying where I think is what’s best for me and maybe of no use to you. After all, no two sets of eyes look at the world the same, now do they? It is also important you ask yourself how much money can you spend on your journey as this will have a massive impact on the end result and not all routes were created equal.

It is a very good idea to have a rough idea of where you want to go. The reality is India is a vast country and a month, or even a four, is not very much time to get what you want out of your experience, so it is essential to utilise your time the best that you can. My website is full of resources to inspire just some of what this country has to offer. For now, we will look at whole areas of the country as I feel it will give you a good feel of what to expect. I know you dont have all day so let’s get started, shall we?

Indias vast size is an important consideration when asking yourself what is the best route to take.

It is crucial to consider the fact that India is a whole subcontinent and the distances are vast. Obviously, the more time you have, the more you can see as long as you have sufficient funds not to impact your experience. Honestly speaking, if it does, you are just there for the sake of being there and that is no good.

Budgeting your trip to India

First, we need to talk about budgeting your trip to India. One thing that will define your experience is how much you have budgeted to spend on it. As it is in life, the more money you throw at something generally, the richer the experience will be.

How to budget your money is a vast topic and I cannot give very much helpful information in a few sentences, so I have written separate posts for that as a guide for you. First, read my post on how much to travel in India to understand what your money will really get you. While it is true that few countries offer such a good bang for your buck, you have to be realistic about your expectations.

Then you can read my post on avoiding the most common scams to get tips on not spending more money than you have to. It is overwhelmingly likely someone will try and scam you while you are on the road, so give it a read and learn from my many mistakes. It is always less painful to learn from someone else’s cockups, after all.

The Taj Mahal is one of the best places to go in India

The Taj Mahal has to be the most desired place to visit in the whole of India. If you would like a post on India’s top 10 tourist sites, please click the link provided. It is a guide to the most popular sites with tourists and all places not to be missed.

What to do in India.

India’s vast size means you are unlikely to see everything you want in one trip. I have spent four and a half years in the country, and I have only seen a fraction of what this wonderful country has to offer. I would strongly advise you not to try and see too much as you will wind up spending all your time on the back of a bus. So let us look at the highlights of the most popular states.

See what appeals to you most and book the appropriate tickets from there. It is as simple as that. India has a handful of budget airlines you can utilise for internal flights. For a full breakdown of getting around the subcontinent, I have written a separate post on that subject.

I always think up a rough plan before I book my trip to India, as it maximises your precious time. Also, you will probably backtrack a lot and zig-zag on your routes without some kind of program in place. Avoid wasting time and keep your routes as direct as possible.

There are many states in India, but some see a lot more visitors than others. Is this justified? Not always, but this post can only be so long before you fall asleep on your keyboard, so I will now take a look at the big hitters. I will give you a brief rundown of what to expect and you can gauge roughly if this appeals to your wants and needs. To see any of the states in detail will take a fair chunk of your itinerary, so consider it carefully.

The markets are some of the best places to go in India

Exploring the many bazaars in India can keep you entertained for days on end while you barter for the next hot deal.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan is definitely one of the countries showpiece states. It is India, as you imagine it. Visit any one of the majestic forts of ages past that seem to just glisten in the sun. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kumbalghar and Bundi all have enormous ancient ruins to amble around at your leisure. It is a big hit for the history buffs among us.

Maybe head to the painfully beautiful town of Jaisalmer and Catch a sleepy-eyed camel into the desert and sleep in the wilderness. Jaisalmer is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip, no matter where you are coming from.

Tiger filled jungles brings nature lovers from across the world to the iconic Ranthambhore national park. It is a stunning stretch of wilderness that is crowned by yet another ruined fort. It has to be one of my all-time favourite national parks on the whole subcontinent.

Maybe you want to experience the romance of the fabled city of Udaipur that is set around the picturesque lake Pichola. You can easily spend a week exploring the twisted alleyways that link one picture-perfect landmark after another. This state is sure to impress even the most hardened of travellers.

Rajasthan is one of the best places in India to visit.

There is nothing bland about Rajasthan. Everything is eye-catching and intense here. I will also add it can be a very tricky state to visit. I have two valuable posts, especially for Rajasthan travel. Check out my top 10 tips for visiting Rajasthan and, crucially, when to visit. When you decide to come will significantly affect the outcome of your experience in this land of extremes, so feel free to check them out when you get the time.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is a cultural melting pot and home to some of India’s most iconic sights. The Taj Mahal hints at its Muslim heritage, with its delicate domes built in traditional Mogul grandeur.

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 substantial 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.Β 

Aside from the big show stoppers listed above, this thriving state has many hidden gems, such as the sleepy little village of Chitrakut. Despite its tiny size, it has a very holy significance and visiting here will surely stay in your mind forever. Even Huge cities such as Lucknow are often overlooked in favour of their more famous neighbours despite many tourist attractions. To find out more about this unusual state, check out my complete Uttar Pradesh travel guide.

Uttar Prasesh is one of the best places to visit in India

Uttar Pradesh is one of the best states to experience India as you dreamed it to be and you are sure to meet some interesting characters along the way.

Ladakh

Ladakh is one of the countries clear winners for being something extraordinary. The high mountain deserts of Ladakh can not fail to impress. It is a photographers dream as every turning seems to pose a new opportunity to exercise your camera lens. The timeless Buddhist culture and friendly people make this place something genuinely memorable.

There are hiking opportunities galore here and a chance to get away from it all. Walking in the mountains under the shadow of Buddhist gompas is simply soul charging. Despite the harsh, unyielding conditions, wildlife thrives here and there is a chance to see some very rare wildlife. I don’t think I need to say more. This is an adventure playground and one of my favourite states with a little something for everyone.

Again Ladakh is tricky to visit as there are many environmental obstacles to consider due to its extreme nature. Check out my top 10 tips for travel in Ladakh for some helpful advice on what to expect and how to deal with these challenges. 😁

Ladakh is one of the best places to visit in India

Despite its harsh nature, Ladakh offers some of the best chances for adventure in the country. It is undoubtedly challenging to visit, but there are enormous rewards for those who do.

Kerala

Kerala is the very definition of tropical paradise. Beautiful beaches run the entire length of the whole state, and the wildlife-filled interior of the Western Ghats provides endless adventure in search of its unique flora and fauna.

Kerilas colourful heritage is reflected in its iconic dances that have become the front cover of so many travel magazines. Kerala may have one foot firmly in the future, but timeless traditions live on.

The state is home to the Indian backwaters, where you can catch a boat through its narrow channels through spice plantations to experience a way of life that in parts is virtually unchanged. The backwaters are an extraordinary place and getting a canoe down one of the narrow waterways will surely be a highlight to this part of the country.

The chance to indulge in some tropical beach life is what really drives people here though. Blessed with an incredibly long coastline, there is plenty of opportunities to explore the golden sands of Kerala. From the bustling colonial town of Cochin to the almost deserted stretches of tropical paradise to the north. There is plenty to keep you busy here. The only trouble with visiting Kerala is finding the inclination to leave it.

Kerala is one of the best places in India to visit.

I almost forgot to mention heavenly Munnar! These tea plantations are a melting pot of culture, wildlife and damn right beauty.

The Northeastern Tribal states

Also known as the seven sisters, the Northeastern Tribal States really appeals to the explorer in us. It was difficult to obtain permits until recently, which stopped all but the most determined of us from reaching these rugged parts. All states except Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have dropped their restrictions and tourism is beginning to flourish.

The whole of the northeastern states constitute the 8th most biologically diverse place on earth. I found the wildlife here to be quite unlike anything else you will find on the subcontinent. The biodiversity kept me wide-eyed the whole time I was there and I am sure any wildlife enthusiasts will get a whole lot from their visit.

If that is not enough, it is also one of our beautiful Planet’s most culturally rich areas. The seven sisters border Bhutan, Myanmar, Tibet, Bangladesh, and Nepal, creating an extraordinary diversity of people.

The Northeastern tribal states are some of the best places to visit in India

Until relatively recently, the Naga People were not exposed to the outside world very much. This man has opened his home for tourists to come and stay. During my stay, I felt like my presence had very mixed reviews from the local people.

With over 200 tribes, the northeastern states are a cultural treasure trove. Some have very distinct traditions, like the Kasi people of Cherapunji, who create the breathtaking root bridges that to this day are the only genuinely sustainable structures ever created by humankind. Not only are they practical they are also incredibly visually stunning. I would never usually recommend going to see bridges, but oh damn! 😍

There is a lot to draw you to the Northeast, but there are a few things to consider. Travel can be painfully slow here, and in many places, there is no infrastructure. There is a small but significant risk of political violence from time to time and the ever-looming threat of a long-overdue mega-earthquake.

Also, there is an ethical consideration. Many of these tribes have had minimal contact with western tourists, so it is essential to approach with a minimal impact in mind. Your actions may seem trivial to you but are hugely significant to the locals observing. Mass tourism is still a very long way off taking a firm foothold here. Expect lots of time with no other foreigners. However, you will enjoy a raw and unapologetic local experience in these parts.

Madjuli island has to be one of the most best places to visit in India.

I forgot to mention the river paradise of Majuli Island. This tiny place has a unique culture and is madly beautiful. It is easily accessible from Guwahati, making for an easy adventure and one I wholeheartedly recommend going here.

The Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands are literally a tropical paradise. Crystal clear waters lap against its powdery beaches. It is the kind of place you will never want to leave. The coral-fringed islands feel intoxicating while you lay in your hammock, watching the coconut trees sway gently in the wind. The Emerald Green forests are filled with wildlife and with many unique species of fauna that draw in enthusiasts from around the world.

I have visited This island chain twice now and will be going back a third. With 572 islands to choose from, there is plenty of reason to return. Whenever I arrive, I can almost feel the steam releasing from my ears. I have separate in-depth posts for many of the main islands on my website. So if this looks like it may pop up on your itinerary, then knock yourself out.

There is not much more you could ask from a holiday destination than what you get here. The Andaman islands impress everyone and do so effortlessly.

The Andaman Islands are some of the best places in India.

This picture is not photoshopped one bit. It is really that beautiful! It is a shot of beach five on Havelock Island. If you decide to come here, you are overwhelming likely to enjoy every minute of it.

Tamil Nadu

Despite its proximity to Kerala, Tamil Nadu is distinctly different. It is unlike anywhere else in the country, for that matter. Traditions run deep into the psyche of its people despite it being one of the more wealthy states.

The historical wonders leftover from the Hindu empires from centuries past will leave you utterly jaw dropped at their grand design. There are so many impressive buildings in this state you will find it hard to decide where to go first.

The jungles are full of all the wildlife that is unique to the Western Ghats. To top it off the Tamails know how to cook up a storm, making this one of India’s most exquisite culinary journeys into the bargain. What more could an Intrepid backpacker want?

The South of India is some of the best places to visit in India.

When planning a trip to India, many of us want to visit a beach, and that is what you can expect from the beautiful coastline in the South of India.Β 

Karnataka.

This state has a little something for everyone and does not do things by half. The national parks here are both iconic and some of the most diverse in the country. Driving around Nagarhole National Park looking for such magnificent beasts as elephants or black panthers has to be a wildlife lovers dream. The Western Ghats run through this state as well, bringing endless hiking opportunities for those who want to stretch their legs.

For the history buffs among you, Hampi is considered one of Asia’s most important archaeological sights. This place alone can take a whole week of your time. There are also monumental Islamic ruins left over from the Mogul Dynasty, so there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Some of the best beaches can be found along its long and bountiful coastline. The most famous is Gorkana that attracts party goers, soul searches and just plain hedonists from across the world. If you want something laid back yet accessible, then this is your jam. 😎

Karnataka is one of the best places in India to visit

This handsome little fellow may conjure up an image of a soft and gentle animal much akin to Winnie the poo or Balu from the jungle book. Not at all! These creatures are notoriously grumpy. However, they do indeed have a passion for honey. Sloth bears are hard to spot in most national parks, but there is a bear sanctuary not far from Hampi that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of these bad-tempered creatures.

Mahendra Pradesh

Blessed with a variety of landscapes Mahendra Pradesh ( middle state) has some show-stopping sights. The erotic temples of Khajuraho or the mogul ruins of Orchha are sure to make just about anyone appreciate history. If you want more, then check out the magnificent ruins of Mandu, where you can spend days discovering one ruined palace after another.

The national parks here create a landscape that’s iconic in our mind’s eye to what Indian jungles should look like. Indeed these are the very forest Rudyard Kipling got his inspiration from, albeit without the orangutans. In a place like Kanha national park, nature puts on a spectacular show, and with some of the highest concentrations of tigers to be found anywhere in the world. 🐱

Even if you are not a nature buff, the landscapes here will take your breath away. If that still does not do it for you and you are just itching for some hardcore culture, then this state still has you covered. It is deeply tribal here and some cultures are very remote. I believe there is something here for everyone regardless.

Mahendra Pradesh is one of the best places to visit in India

I fell in love with this state the moment I set foot in it. Some of these historical wonders are all but deserted and for the life of me, I can not work out why?

Further Information about India

Here is a list of resources for further information about India. These are the ones I have found to be particularly useful and I am sure you will too. With so many places to grab your interest in this incredible country, it can be hard to know where to start. Every journey is different, so you must have a clear plan in your head to make sure you get the most out of your time and money.

An excellent place to start and one I have come back to again and again for inspiration is the Lonely Planet guide to India. This guidebook provides an unbiased opinion and has a system of writing that has been built on for a very long time, so they can give coherent descriptions of what you will be getting and give you an idea of how much stuff costs.

Even if you don’t purchase a Lonely Planet guidebook, I strongly recommend getting something. Guidebooks are a valuable source of information, yet I see so many travellers on the road without one?

Finding isolated ruins like this in India has to be some of the best places to go.

There are countless historical wonders like this that just remain deserted in the Indian countryside just waiting for you to explore.

Another great place to get your information is the government’s website Incredible India. The site has stacks of data on just about everything you need to know, from Indian food to yoga retreats. It is well worth checking out.

If you are looking for a documentary series, I would recommend Gordon Ramseys’ great escapes India. It is an insightful, entertaining series that is delivered in a uniquely flamboyant manner for all those foodies out there. It is an excellent place to start to get your teeth into the gastronomic journey that is travel in India. David Attenborough also has a great series on the wildlife of India and who does not like the sound of his voice? You can find it for free on youtube! Check it out. 🧐

Lonley planets guide to India is one of the best ways of working out where best to go.

The lonely Planet is and will always be one of the best information resources on where is the best place to go in India? I never travel without a copy and that’s the truth.Β 

Planning your trip to India

Now you have an insight into where is the best place to go to in India for you, it is time to start thinking about planning your trip to India. I have a whole blog on how to plan a trip to India in five easy steps. Please take a look at this one, as it is sure to be super helpful for you. The blog is modelled on my tried and tested method of planning that definitely works!

There is a bit of thinking about when it comes to flights, as some destinations cost a lot more than others. If you want to see Karela, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, then fly to either Bangalore or Chennai because they are the cheapest destinations. If you’re going to visit Utter Pradesh, Rajasthan or Mahadra Pradesh, then fly into New Dehli because that is the most affordable destination in north India. If your focus is the Northeastern Tribal States, then fly to Calcutta.

Begin to elaborate on your plan. Please find out more by using the resources I have listed or find more, as I can not overstate the importance of having a coherent plan. Planning the trip is also an excellent reason to get out of bed on a Monday morning when you are saving money. Putting your plan all together is one of the big joys of your adventure, in my opinion. May I suggest buying a big map and drawing your proposed route on it to minimalise any backtracking?

Take your time to really refine your itinerary. For this to be possible, you should start planning as soon as possible and learn as much as you can about what to expect. Knowledge is vital here as India can be an unpredictable place to travel in. Lastly, try not to cram too much into your itinerary as you want to have time to take it all in. Not to mention something as simple as a public holiday can seriously throw a spanner in the works when everything grinds to a screaming halt.

The Himalayas are one of the best places to visit in India

There are many reasons to travel here, and for me, the stunning Himalayas are one of my favourites.

In summary of my blog on where is the best place to visit in India?

A trip to India will probably be one of the most memorable experiences you will have in your life, so the most important is to have fun. This post aims to inspire you and fire up for your dream trip. I hope I did that? It is no secret that India is my favourite destination and I aim to help you share my passion.

As usual, if you have any more questions you think I can help you with, or you just want to know more about your area of interest, then just leave your comments in the box provided and I will get back to you. If you have any thoughts on what you think I should write about next, please feel free to leave your suggestions as I always strive to create a better service for my readers. I think I am done for now, so I will see you in the next post. 😁

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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