10 Not to Miss Destinations During Your First Visit to India

India – the country full of wonders. Rich culture and history, divine knowledge and with a motto “unity in diversity”, India marks its presence on the world map. India is known for diversity in religions, languages, food, festivals and a lot more. There is something which makes India the Incredible India. Indian people are very generous and we believe in sharing. It is a country of people, where people rule the country. Every state has its rich history and facts. British ruled India for more than 200 years but today we can see India surpassing the British economy. India is becoming a favourite destination for people around the globe. People from all parts of the world are coming here to learn about the varied history and heritage of India, its countless beautiful cities and villages.

Here are ten incredible destinations to check out during a first visit to India:

  1. Delhi


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It is the capital of this incredible nation. Delhi is probably one of the oldest cities in the world, in ancient times it was known as Indraprastha. Mughals ruled here and established this great city. The British modernised Delhi during their rule and made it the epicentre of India and hence it became our capital. The food is world-famous, and Delhi offers plenty of exotic food and places to travel. If you are a foody, Chandani Chowk is your destination. You will be thrilled to see countless delights and your taste buds may plunge out. Delhi also has many world-famous destinations like the great Red Fort, Qutb Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Lodi Gardens, and Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidents palace).

  1. Chandigarh


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Chandigarh – the beautiful city, it is the happiest and most exuberant city in North India. Chandigarh has the rich blend of Punjabi culture and modern amenities. It was established by French architect Le Corbusier, and in 2015, the BBC named Chandigarh as the best city in the world in terms of architectural and cultural growth. Chandigarh is also the second cleanest city in India. It has much to offer to its visitors such as the exotic Punjabi food, and you may fall in love with this beautiful city. There are various major spots here to visit such as the Le Corbusier Museum, and Sukhna Lake. Chandigarh forms a tri-city chain with Panchkula and Mohali, and you can explore these adjacent cities and their cultures too.

  1. Manali



An attractive hill station situated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is located at an altitude of 2,050 m in the Beas River Valley. One can find a lot of apples in the region, retrospectively introduced in the region by the British. One of the best places to hang out in the evening is Old Manali. It has a great array of restaurants, bars and shops. Panoramic views of the mountains rising from above the clouds is magnificent. It includes shrines such as Hadimba Temple, Raghunath Temple, and Vashisht Bath, to flamboyant spots like Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Chandrakhani Pass, Beas Kund and Pandoh Dam. The beauty of Manali is wide-ranging.

  1. Shimla


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Shimla – the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the most astonishing hill stations in India. The magnificent mountains create a dramatic landscape, and adding to the beauty is the thinly distributed population of the region which makes it even more desirable when one seeks freedom from disturbance. Being in the Himalayas, the region offers superior climatic conditions throughout the year. The major crowd pleasers of the state are the Mall Road and the ridge (situated in the city heart), Christ Church, Jakhu Temple, Viceroy Lodge, and Shimla State Museum. There is a facility for languages such as Pahari, Hindi, English, Punjabi, all being spoken in the region.

  1. Jaipur


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Founded in 1727 by the ruler of Amer, Jai Singh II, the city of Jaipur was built under the architectural direction of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. The city was planned as per the principles of Vastu Shastra. Facing towards the east, west and north, three gates were built. Jaipur forms a part of the Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit. The major attraction of the city includes Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, the Jaipur Zoo, Sisodia Rani Bagh and Kanak Vrindavan (major parks).

  1. Goa


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Goa is the most preferred choice for young tourists. The quality life experience, perfect blend of culture and heritage, yet so modern, makes it distinctively disparate. Not only the place itself but also the people of Goa are mightily hospitable. The carefree aura of the beautiful beaches offers great comfort. Try visiting Mandrem, Agonda, Baga, Candolim, and Anjuna. If you are looking forward to shopping, Anjuna Flea market, and Panjim market will best suit your purpose. Churches of goa are also a great centre of attraction, portraying their ancient art. Famous churches include Bom Jesus Basilica, St. Cathedral and much more. Panjim, the capital of Goa has one of the oldest churches.

  1. Nainital


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Popular hill station Nainital is located in the state of Uttarakhand. Set in a valley, it contains a mesmerizing pear-shaped lake (narrow at the stalk and wider towards the base). Surrounded by mountains it captures the complete attention of the viewer. From the top of higher peaks of the region, a dramatic landscape of magnificent plains to the south and tangled ridges in the north can be seen. Major attractions in Nainital are Naini Lake, Naina  and Devi temple.

  1. Mumbai


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Mumbai is the capital of the great Maharashtra. Mumbai is the home of Bollywood and is is the prominent destination to visit in India. The world-famous Marine drive and Juhu beach, and hotel Taj are also here. Mumbaikars love people, their hospitality is generous, and you will be delighted to visit Mumbai for sure. Other major attractions in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal.

  1. Bangalore


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Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka, and the IT capital of India; this city has a whopping portion of India’s great companies and start-ups. Bangalore is the most advanced city in India. Apart from IT culture, this great city has various major attractions like the famous ISKCON temple, Cubbon Park, and Lal Bagh.

  1. Hyderabad

When we say Hyderabad, we talk about the rich Nizam culture this city has. Hyderabad was once ruled by wealthy and powerful Nizams who made this city stand in front of the whole world. The rich culture and diversity of Hyderabad are appreciable. Hyderabad is known for its food; the Kabab and Biryani of Hyderabad are world-famous. Also, there is no shortage of major attractions, including Charminar, Hussain Sagar, Golkonda, and Salar Jung Museum.

So, what are you waiting for? India is ready and just waiting for you to visit!

Author Bio:

Rohit is a passionate traveller and explorer who loves adventure. Follow him on Trans India Travels for more updates of his explorations.

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