Top 7 Destinations in India for First-Time Visitors

Top 7 Destinations in India for First-Time Visitors

Planning to tick off India from your bucket list? Whether you are traveling on a budget or looking for a luxury vacation, India can cater to all types of travelers. The nation is riddled with luxury trains, boutique hotels, palatial hotels, forts and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and much more.

Here are some of the top 7 luxury vacation destinations in India:

1. Agra

Agra is known as the city of Taj as it is a home to the eternal monument of love – Taj Mahal. Over a million people come from all over the world every year to see this beautiful monument. This mausoleum was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz. Agra is also home to 2 other UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The rich history, architecture, romance together create the allure of Agra, making this city a top destination for anyone visiting India.

2. Delhi

Delhi is the one of the most widely visited cities in India. The city is known for its historic monuments including Red Fort, India Gate, Mughal Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar, Akshardham Temple, Iskon Temple, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid and many more. The architecture of Delhi dates back to over 1000 years and is heavily influenced by the Mughal, Rajputana, British and Islamic styles of architecture. 

3. Jaipur 

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is widely known for the historic forts, opulent palaces, colorful dresses, beautiful paintings and amazing folk performances. The must visit places on a trip to Jaipur includes Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Matar, Nahargarh Fort etc. 

It is recommended to travel with an experienced guide, especially if you are coming for another country as each site in Jaipur has some historical value, untold stories of chivalry and valor of the former Rajput rulers. Most of the palaces in Rajasthan have been converted into museums or hotels that are open to visitors from India and abroad. 

4. Varanasi

Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India and also one of the most sacred places for the Hindus in India. Must see places in this city include Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Panch Ganga Ghat, Dasaswamedha Ghat and Sarnath. One can choose to spend time walking around the ghats or opt for a boat ride on the holy river Ganges while witnessing the ‘Ganga Aarti’ in the evening.

5. Mumbai 

Maximum City – Mumbai is the busiest city in India. The must visit sites on a trip to Mumbai includes Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Haji Ali Dargah, Siddhivinayak Temple, Elephanta Caves, and Bandra Worli Sea Link. The city is also a home to the Bollywood film industry. One can also try out some authentic cuisines at world renowned restaurants or relish some street foods in Mumbai. 

6. Goa

Lush landscapes, pristine beaches and delectable cuisine, Goa is a pocket sized paradise and is a must visit destination in India. Sports lovers can visit Goan beaches such as Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Candolim Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach, Arambol Beach and many other beaches for watersports activities. Other must-see places of Goa include the Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral. 

7. Kerala 

Kerala is one of the most stunning states in India. The state is famous for beautiful backwaters, abundant wildlife, tea plantations and wellness retreats. Travelers can enjoy a houseboat cruise at Allepey, explore tea plantations in Munnar and the wildlife in Thekkady. Kerala being a coastal region offers a wide variety of seafood in their cuisine.