Which is the No 1 tourist place in India?
While which is the No 1 tourist place in India seems to be a popular question, I think it is unfair to say there is a complete way of answering it. India is a whole subcontinent, and it really is a matter of taste after all. I dont believe there is a one size fits all kind of answer and number one for what? India has a lot going for it when it comes to tourism, so that we could be talking about its historical wonders, national parks, cultural experiences or even whole states. The list goes on and on.
However, since I run a blog on Indian travel and so many travellers seem to be asking it, I think it is incumbent on me to at least give it a bash. Answering the four points above us as good as place as any to start, but of course, that list is far from exhaustive.
I have read what other bloggers have answered, and you will be pleased to know I dont agree with just about anyone. While it is just my opinion which is the No 1 tourist place in India, you can at least count on me for a fresh perspective. Most people say the cliche answers like the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Gateway to India in Mumbai. If you have read any of my other work it will not surprise you to learn I have my own take on things.
In this blog, I will be talking about what I think are the very best things to do in India. I know that no two sets of eyes look at the world the same way. However, sometimes a hit is hit. I have been travelling in India for over half a decade so it is only reasonable to presume I have seen a few things and you would be right. Now I will tell you where I enjoyed the most and why. So Let’s jump straight in, shall we?
The best historical place in India.
Picking the best Historical place in India is an especially tough question for anyone, I would imagine. However, gun to my head, I would say the Ellora caves in Maharashtra would be a good choice.
The Kalisha Temple is simply magnificent, and one of the few times in my life a piece of architecture has genuinely taken my breath away. This masterpiece took over one hundred and fifty years to complete, and it is carved from top to bottom. What’s more, this is made from a single piece of rock! No cement and no bricks have been used anywhere. Just thousands of chisels tapping away for decades at a time.
I often wondered what it must have been like for the earliest architects who took those first swipes at the ground, knowing they would never live to see the finished product. It was a labour of love and an act of incredible vision. Yup, I will go with that. To find out more about travel in Maharastra, check out my in-depth post and start planning today.
The best National Park in India.
There are one hundred and four protected areas in just this one country, so picking the best national park in India is again not easy. I have obviously not visited them all and I would like to make that clear from the off. I have, however, seen quite a few. For anyone who has read any of my other posts will know I am a self-confessed Indian wildlife nut, so this is a complicated question, but here goes.
I think overall I would have to go with Ranthambhore in Rajasthan. I have been to many National parks in this incredible country over the years, but this one is special and not just because of the tigers. The enigmatic landscapes draw your eyes as much as the wildlife. Pristine rolling rocky hills stretch off into the distance and are covered in a dry deciduous forest that is almost dripping in biodiversity.
It is also crowned by the glorious tenth-century fort. None of the other parks come with a giant fort right slap bang in the middle of it so that is a big plus when deciding.
I think it is fair to say any traveller to this part of the world will not leave disappointed. If this place does it for you, do not hesitate to check out my complete post on travel in Ranthambhore. Here you will find everything you need to make the most out of your time and money. This information counts as it is definitely one of India’s premier parks, and it can cost a small fortune to visit, so read it closely.
The best cultural experience in India.
Despite the fact that no other country in the world is as diverse in tradition, answering the question of the best cultural experience in India is oddly not that difficult for me to answer. Let me explain that extraordinary statement by telling you a little story.
One day I was staying in the Valiyaparamba backwaters in northern Kerala, where my host said a Theyyam was going down in a nearby village and would I like to go and see? I said yes, of course, so in the middle of the night, we drove to this village where there was a lot of preparation happening and a huge fire being built. I was informed that one of the village members was about to work himself into a trance in the hope he can gain an insight into the fate of the village by communing with the dead. I thought, wow, that is amazing! However, nothing prepared me for what was coming.
A man came out in the most elaborate costume imaginable, and the chanting began. There was dancing, and the atmosphere quickly became heavily charged. He was being adorned more and more throughout the ceremony, and then he was led to the fire. Several local men ran over the now epic-sized fire in bare feet.
Then, without warning, The man in the picture was thrown headfirst into the fire and then pulled out by rope. Let’s hope he really was in a trance because this continued for a good ten times. Each time he came out, he was visibly more scorched and it felt like he was being very slowly baked.
However, I think he came back with good news as the villagers were enthralled. While not all Theyyam is for this purpose, I think it is safe to say that this is one of the most eye-opening cultural experiences imaginable. It is only practised in northern Kerala, and by far, your best bet to catch one of these is in the Kannur region.
The best state to travel in India.
Here I will get stuck. I am genuinely split on what the best state to travel to in India is. I enjoy travel in so many. Some of my favourites include Kerala, Karnataka and Uttarakhand. However, I am divided over my absolute favourite. The choice is between Rajasthan and Ladakh.
Rajasthan, also known as India’s Land of the Kings, has been drawing travellers into its harsh interior for centuries, and there is an excellent reason why this state is on so many of our bucket lists. Everything you have heard is true. The mighty palaces of the maharajas are indeed grand. The jungles brim with wildlife and could be straight out of a Rudyard Kipling novel. The culture is some of the most vibrant in the whole of India, and the food is unforgettable. To travel in Rajasthan is to travel in India as you dreamed it to be.
When it comes to the high mountain deserts of Ladakh, I have not got the first idea about what part of travel here appeals to me the most. It could be the breathtaking scenery, the timeless culture, the unusual wildlife or perhaps the mighty Tibetan gompas. Who knows?
In summary of my post, Which is the No 1 tourist place in India?
This post has answered where are some of the very best tourist places are in India. There is obviously a truckload more, but there is only so much I can fit in just one post, and I don’t want you falling asleep on me.
If you want any more information on why India should be on your bucket list, then feel to check out my post, but be warned, it is obviously massive as there are many reasons for that. If that isn’t enough, I would advise checking out Incredible India for stacks more quality information. With that said, that will do for now, so see you in the next posts, guys.
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