From the sprawling deserts to the mighty snow-clad mountains, from the backwaters to the colourful streets, India is a land of bountiful contrasts. The two most compelling factors which drive tourists to leave the comfort of their homes and plan a trip to India is its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The peaceful environs promise to deliver a feeling that is full of solace.
Goa, one of the exotic beach destinations of the country, is all about sea, sand and sun. With its sandy beaches, effervescent nightlife, palm-fringed coastline, and lip-smacking seafood it has never ceased to bring foreigners. The Portuguese influence in this city is quite evident from its churches, food and lifestyle of the locals. Also, it is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts with activities like jet skiing, diving, sailing, scuba diving and many more.
2. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Kasol, with the most scenic landscapes, has slowly become the most loved tourist destination. The ratio of the Israeli population has increased rapidly and the place is also referred to as “Mini Israel”. There are a number of trekking trails, places for nature walks and cafes to spend some quality time. The place has an environment of its own, which is unique in its own way and very different from any other hill station.
3. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled amidst the scenic Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is a place to be. The beauty of this destination remains unmatched and untainted. Owing to a large Tibetan population and being the centre of Tibetan government in exile, it is also referred to as Little Lhasa. You can simply enjoy sightseeing or indulge in meditation in the serene environment.
4. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi, being one of the oldest cities, is also known as the cultural capital of the world. This city is mostly recognised for three things — Ghats, Ganges and temples. The liveliness in the environment, the high-spirited locals, beautifully decorated temples and peaceful ghats entice foreigners to visit this destination again and again. There are many things to do in Varanasi for people of all age groups. You can get your train reservation done and check your PNR Status online for a hassle free travel.
5. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Less famous among the locals and more among foreigners, Agra contributes a lot towards the tourism of the country. Taj Mahal — one of the seven wonders of the world is not the stand-alone attraction of the city. There are a number of tombs, mausoleums and a sprawling fort that are a part of the Mughal Empire here.
6. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer, popularly referred to as the golden city, is the best place to get an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the country. On your trip to this mesmerising destination, visit the 800-year-old Jaisalmer Fort, go for a walk in the tiny lanes, sleep under the open sky, wear a traditional outfit and relish some local delicacies. The colourful age-old heritage is the main attraction for the non-natives to visit this destination.
7. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Right from the mesmerising landscapes to the man-made marvels, and from adrenaline pumping activities to serene banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh has something for everyone. Popularly referred to as the “yoga capital of the world”, it is flocked by thousands of foreigners who visit this place to learn yoga and spend some peaceful time in the ashrams. The famous Beatles visited Rishikesh in the late 1960s, which has further contributed towards its popularity.