India is a land of varied culture, tradition and people. We receive thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.From snow cladded mountains to deep blue seas, India has it all.
So next time when you are planning on visiting India or you already live in India, these are the 10 places that you definitely need to visit.
1. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar is the summer capital of state Jammu and Kashmir which is famous for its picturesque locations, gardens and lakes. Srinagar remains cool throughout the year and in winters it even receives snowfall and the temperature might drop as low as minus 10 degree Celsius at nights.
Must visit in Srinagar: Dal Lake, Tulip Garden, Sonamarg, Mughal Gardens, Nishat Garden, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme shahi, Gulmarg
Best time to visit Srinagar: April to October
What to buy: Hand woven carpets, Kashmiri Ornaments, Saffron, Pashmina shawls and don’t forget to visit the floating markets on Dal lake.
Cuisines you need to try: Dum Aaloo, Rogan Josh, Nadroo Yakhni, Kong Phirni
2. Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok is the capital and largest city of the Indian state Sikkim. Gangtok is famous for its Buddhist pilgrimage and monasteries and for its picturesque hills and mountains. The climate remains moderate throughout the year barely receiving any snowfall but sometimes it might receive snowfall especially the high altitude places; so its advisable to get your winter wears while visiting Gangtok.
Must visit in Gangtok: Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, MG Marg, Enchey Monastery, Mt. Katao, Rumtek Monastery, Tashi Viewpoint, Hanuman Tok
Best time to visit Gangtok: March to June, October to November
What to buy: Tibetan clothes, hand loomed carpets, shawls, Sikkim tea
Cuisines you need to try: Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Kinema, Phagshapa
3. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is the largest city and capital of Indian state Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is often taken as an escape when people want to beat the summer as it remains cold throughout the year. It receives heavy snowfall during its peak winters. Picturesque locations and snow cladded mountains make it worth visiting in winters.
Must visit in shimla: The mall, The Ridge, Christ Church, Kufri, Summer hills, Jakhoo hill, chail, Shimla state museum
Best time to visit: March to June, November to February
What to buy: Handicrafts, Himachali Hats, woolen shawls, wooden souvenirs
Cuisines you need to try: Channa Madra, Siddus, street food
Goa is the smallest state of India whose western coast is formed by Arabian sea. Every year Goa is visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists. Goa is famous for its beaches and and world heritage architecture. One can also enjoy a plethora of water sports at beaches.
Must visit in Goa: Calangute, Deltin Royale Casino, Candolim Beach, Fontainhas, Fort Aguada, Panjim City & the Church, Baga Beach, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Best time to visit Goa: November to March
what to buy: Souvenirs, spices, Cashews, Antiques, Trinkets, Apparel, Handicrafts
Cuisines you need to try: Fish Recheado, Rava Fried Fish, Ambot Tik, Chicken Cafreal, Mushroom Xacuti
5. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is a valley located in the mountains of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular tourist attraction. It also serves as the gateway to Lahaul & Spiti district as well as Leh.
Manali is predominantly cold during winters but remains moderately cold during summers. One can even enjoy in snow cladded mountain during winters
Must visit in Manali: Hadimba Temple, Old Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kasol, Naggar Castle, Solang Valley
Best time to visit: September to February
What to buy: Woolen Clothes, Handicrafts, Saffron, Kullu Shawls, Thangkas
Cuisines you need to try: River Trout, kadhi chawal
Delhi is the capital city of India and an union territory.
Summers are very hot in Delhi and the temperature may rise upto 45 degrees or even more. So its better to avoid Delhi as much as you can during summers.
Must visit in Delhi: Lotus Temple, Purana Qila, Hauz Khas Village, Lodhi Garden, Lajpat Nagar Market, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Connaught Place, Old Delhi, Dilli Haat
Best time to visit: October to March
What to buy: Bags, Footwears, Books, Jewellery, Handicrafts
Cuisines you need to try: Butter Chicken, Biryani, Momos, Kebabs, street food
7. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Also Known as pink city, Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Indian state Rajasthan. Jaipur is very popular among the tourists both domestic and international. It is famous for its forts and palaces where you can see the royal lifestyle of past kings and queens and the Rajasthani culture.
Winter months are mild and pleasant here while summers are quite hot.
Must visit in Jaipur: Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Chokhi Dhani, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Various Temples
Best time to visit Jaipur: October to March
What to buy: Rajasthani jewellery, Traditional joothis, perfumes, wooden sculptures and souvenirs, Textiles, Block Printing
Cuisines you need to try: Bajre ki roti, Lehsun ki chutney, Gujia, Ghevar, Dal Baati churma, Ker Sangri, Gatte ki sabzi
8. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie is a hill station located in Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is famous for its green hills and varied flora and fauna.
Mussoorie’s climate tend to remain pleasant and mild throughout the year but the winters here can be extreme.
Must visit in Mussoorie: Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Lake Mist, Bhatta Falls, Camel Back Road, Mussoorie Lake, Company Garden, Jwalaji Temple
Best time to visit: April to June
What to buy: Handicrafts, Woollens
Cuisines you need to try: Momos, Kappa, Rus
9. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the seven union Territories of India. Its a group of islands Located in Bay of Bengal and separated from Thailand and Myanmar by Andaman sea.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are famous for its exotic looking beaches and serene islands. One can even do a plethora of Water sports here.
Earlier the island was used as a penal colony during british reign in India but now it is one of the most sought after tourist destination in India.
Must visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Limestone caves Baratang Island, Radhanagar Beach Havelock Island, Northbay Island, Cellular Jail Port Blair
Best time to visit: November to May
What to buy: Pearl and Pearl Jewellery, Souvenirs, Shell encrusted Handicrafts
Cuisines you need to try: Seafood, South Indian Food
10. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mumbai is the capital city of Indian state Maharashtra. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and it is the richest city in India. This city also houses bollywood, marathi film and Television Industry.
Must visit in Mumbai: Haji Ali, Chowpatty Beach, Siddhivinayak Temple, Worli Seaface, Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Elephanta Caves, Film City
What to buy: Street Shopping
Cuisines you need to try: Street Food