India is an exotic land, thanks to its incredible vastness and diversity, which can be explored for years.
Its culture and iconic religions have been going down through thousands of years and its recent history is centuries of colonial rule; in the end, it has been only relatively recently granted independence.
A visitor’s sense is delighted by the dynamic and unfamiliar sight, the sound, and colors all over India. With everything you can see and do, it will not be a problem to fill your itinerary with incredible tours.
Let’s start to explore 20 of India’s best tourist places.
Top 20 India Attractions are
1. Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour by Train
Real Facts, Things to do: The Taj Mahal is an ivory and white marble mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra, on the south shore of the Yamuna River. It was commissioned to house the tomb of his favored wife, Mumtaz Mahal, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632.
Did you know: The Taj Mahal complex includes a large garden, a reflecting pool, a mosque, and other mausoleums.
This private Taj Mahal and Agra tour kick off with pick-up at the airport or your hotel.
From there, you’ll head to the Nizamuddin Railway Station, where you’ll embark on a 90-minute train ride to Agra.
The tour’s highlight is the amazing Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders.
Your local guide will impress you with his knowledge of India’s interesting history, much of which was spent under English colonial rule.
You’ll also visit and tour Agra Fort, another of the country’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The tour includes breakfast on the train and a traditional lunch near Agra.
Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Construction started: 1631
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm.
Architectural style: Mughal architecture
Phone: 0562 222 7261
2. Agra Fort
Agra Fort is a historic fort in India’s Agra city. It was the main residence of the Mughal Dynasty emperors until 1638, when the capital was moved from Agra to Delhi.
Did you know: Often described as the walled city, Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It’s an amazing place on pillars and gates, the fort, lawns, architecture, stone carved artwork, everything is pure delight. If you’re a history buff (who loves to know about history and culture, this place transcends you into a different era) this place is an absolute treat. All you’ve got to do is feel it.
The squirrels are the most popular attraction inside. Security doesn’t allow food inside, but you can smuggle 2 – 3 peanuts and feed them secretly, they just come running to you if you have food for them. Very cute, kids will love it!
Between the qualla is a big and good garden. The view is good inside. Lover of pictures definitely spends at least 1 hour here. This is a wonderful place to enjoy even children.
Address: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Architectural style: Islamic architecture
Built for: Akbar
UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1983
Phone: 0562 222 6431
Owners: Lodi dynasty (1504–1526),
3, Amber Palace
Real Facts, Things to do: Amer Fort is a fort in Amer, Rajasthan, in India, and a city covering 4 km square located 11 km from Rajasthan, the capital of Jaipur. It is the main attraction of Jaipur’s tourism high on a hill.
Did you know: It attracts thousands of travelers every year and plays a significant role in the boom of Jaipur tourism.
A historic Jaipur destination. Lovely designed and architect. A must see place with friends and family. Great ancient Indian architecture monument.
An elephant/camel ride from the parking lot into the palace is the fun part of the visit to the Amber Palace. Better to visit the palace itself with the guide. You can therefore not only enjoy the views, you can also find some interesting facts. Music and light show is also very nice. The palace looks dazzling at night with all lights on.
The view from the palace is breathtaking. Since it covers a large area, it’s quite tough to be with child. Apart from this, the fort is very clean.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Open ⋅ Closes 5:30PM ⋅ Reopens 6:30PM
Built by: Man Singh I
Designated as world heritage site: 2013 (37th session)
Phone: 0141 253 0293
Materials: Sandstone, Marble
4. Hawa Mahal
A palace in Jaipur, India, is Hawa Mahal. It’s made of pink and red sandstone. The Palace is located on the outskirts of Jaipur City Palace and stretches to zenana or women’s houses. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh constructed the structure in 1799.
Did you know: The lattice-work or the jaali work in the windows of Hawa Mahal is similar to the honeycomb of a beehive.
Hawa Mahal is predominantly a large wall of red sandstone, a lovely structure. The visit time ends at 4:30 pm. However, the best time for me to visit is in the evening. In the evening the wall and its most beautiful spot are blinking in the yellow lights.
People come here to visit the beautiful colors of the wall. The Mahal is on the streets so that it attracts a lot of people.
The place is very cool even in summers. You can feel the cool breeze from every window. It it not wheelchair accessible.
There are 6-8 sculptures belong to 8 B.C to 17A.D, If you are a history lover then you will like this place. If you have some historical knowledge then you will enjoy then other people.
The entry ticket cost you only 50 rs.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Open ⋅ Closes 5 PM
Built by: Pratap Singh of Jaipur
Architectural style: Mughal architecture
Phone: 0141 261 8033
Architects: Pratap Singh of Jaipur, Lal Chand Ustad
5. Varanasi (Kashi)
Considered as India’s spiritual capital, Varanasi is a town in Uttar Pradesh northern Indian state dating back to the eleventh century B.C.
It attracts Hindus pilgrims bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges River and carrying out funeral rites. There are around 2000 temples along the winding roads of the city including the “Golden Temple,” Kashi Vishwanath, devoted to the Hindu god Shiva.
Boat cruises bring visitors to the many ghats of the water, including the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which lead to the river in order to observe a nightly fiery Aarti ritual.
The major cremation ground of Varanasi is Manikarnika Ghat, with 24-hour flaming pyres of the funeral. Man Mandir Ghat, which was built in 1600, has another remarkable ghat.
Ramnagar Fort, a former Maharaja of Varanasi’s palace, was built over the river and is today a museum. Over the river. About 11 km north of Sarnath, the site of Dhamekh Stupa, is home to ancient temples, where Buddha delivered his first sermon.
6. Old and New Delhi City Private 8-Hour Tour
This eight – hour private tour begins on a splendid journey on Monday morning, which includes Delhi City’s old and new districts and one of its most important historical sights and monuments.
Air-conditioned car transport is included. For other segments of the tour, the rickshaw will transmit you giving a unique, historical atmosphere to the whole experience.
You won’t have to worry about entry fees, dinner or drinks if you choose the all – inclusive option for the tour.
Be sure to bring your camera; this tour includes stops in a number of amazing sites.
7. 5-Day Golden Triangle Nature and History Tour
India’s golden triangle is a tourist circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map.
Near the town, Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, Northern India, Ranthambore National Park is an extensive wildlife area. It is an ancient hunting place for tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles.
Wide parts of India are still very wild and rural. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the country’s pristine sanctuaries and still a free-roaming place for majestic tigers. You’re going to tour this gem in an open-air jeep and get up close and personal with the massive cats with a little luck.
In addition to the national park, this tour includes excursions to the Taj Mahal and the city of Jaipur.
The Golden Triangle, where most people spend the great majority of their time exploring, will spend most of the time on this tour.
8. Old Delhi Street Food Sampling Tour
The hustle, bustle and exotic sights, sounds and smells of Delhi can be an unforgettable experience for many visitors.
There’s no better way to see the city than by rickshaw; on this tour you’ll do just that, hitting a few highlights of the city’s amazing street food culture that serves millions of locals every day.
The tour lasts about four hours and includes a local guide, who’ll take you and your travel companions to try some of the best examples of traditional dishes, like fried bread, spiced potato, and curry chutney, and rice and bread pudding.
Most food options will be meatless, as India is largely vegetarian.
9. Full-Day Elephanta Caves Tour from Mumbai
This unique tour begins in Mumbai, lasts a full-day, and leads guests to the famed Elephanta Caves, which in local lore are believed to be the home and birthplace of Lord Shiva, one of the most important deities in Hinduism.
This tour includes some amazing historical anecdotes unique to the area, and many myths and legends based on Hinduism, one of the world’s major religions that began here centuries ago.
The caves are on an island, so a portion of the tour will be on a ferry, affording some amazingly unobstructed views of the area and the people who make a living on the river.
10. Full-Day Jungle Trek Tour from Goa
If you’re interested in hacking your way through a dense jungle, zip-lining hundreds of feet in the air, and swimming in the waters below a majestic waterfall, this tour should be on your itinerary.
You’ll also get a clear insight into the lifestyle and culture of the locals and enjoy a traditional meal prepared by a few villagers.
The tour includes door-to-door transportation and a few side-excursions to some ancient temples that have laid partially obscured in the surrounding jungle for centuries.
This is one tour that is best left to the young, fit and fearless travelers out there.
11. Private Sightseeing Tour of Udaipur City
Udaipur City is home to many of India’s most visited sites and this tour includes stops at many of them, including the City Palace, Jagdish Ji Temple, Fatehsagar Lake and the gardens of Sajjan Niwas.
The tour includes pick-up from your hotel by an English-speaking guide and will head from there to the train station where you’ll depart for the tour’s highlight, Udaipur City Palace – built in the mid-16th century.
You’ll get opportunities to explore the surrounding villages, many of which sit in the shadow of the largest and most palatial palace in all of Rajasthan.
The palace is home to an amazing museum too, but keep in mind that entrance fees, food, and drink aren’t included.
12. Mumbai Sightseeing and Dharavi Slum Tour
Many guests who have participated in this tour consider it one of the most memorable experiences during their time in India.
Following your guide’s lead, you’ll meander through the narrow alleys that crisscross one of India’s largest slums and be bombarded by every sight, smell and sound imaginable.
There’s no better way to get a ground-level view of the hard-working and industrious locals who make their lives in this unforgiving place.
You’ll also visit the Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most famous monuments that were built as an homage to the country’s colonial rulers in a long-gone era.
13. 7-Hour Day Cruise in Alleppey
If getting a unique glimpse into the lives of locals who make their livings on the waterways of Alleppey is a priority, then this seven-hour tour will give you exactly what you’re looking for.
The tour’s primary means of travel is a traditional houseboat called a kerela; it’s the perfect platform on which to weave through the web of vegetation choked waterways and scattered villages.
The area is often referred to as India’s Venice; you’ll know why when you see it.
All transportation and a traditional lunch are included, but gratuities for your guide and servers are not, so plan accordingly.
14. Red Fort Sound, Light and Dinner Show in Delhi
In Delhi, India, Red Fort is a historic fort. For nearly 200 years, up to 1856, it was the main home of the Mughal emperors. It is situated in Delhi’s center and houses many museums.
Did you know: It has been taken under the World Heritage Site in 2007 by the UNESCO.
Delhi’s Red Fort is a city icon, with a history dating back more than 300 years.
This light, sound and dinner show is a unique blend of the old and new and has become very popular with tourists.
The evening includes a traditionally prepared Indian meal and a magnificent and professionally choreographed light and sound show that recounts many of the historic events that are highlights of the area’s heritage.
The tour conveniently includes dinner and door-to-door transportation from your hotel. Seating is limited and tends to fill up quickly, so it’s best to book in advance if possible.
There’s a large area to watch over for visitors. Different parts are important to themselves. The museum also has several historical parts of the past. Be it uniforms, spears, swords or ancient telephone devices. A good watch.
But the weather is an important factor to consider. This is an open-air location, so if it’s a sunny day, make it a point to carry your goggles and cap. Don’t forget to bring drinking water. Public washrooms and drinking water are available for use. However, please choose pleasant weather to visit or otherwise you will be drenched in sweat.
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Designated as world heritage site: 2007 (31st session)
Phone: 011 2327 7705
Designer: Ustad Ahmad Lahouri
Architectural styles: Indo-Islamic architecture, Mughal architecture
Owners: Mughal Empire (1639–1857), British Empire (1857–1947)
15. Customized and Private Full-Day Tour of Delhi
This customizable tour of Delhi is a great match for visitors who want to maximize the value of their time by including only options that are convenient and interesting to them.
You’ll explore many of the capital city’s sites via air-conditioned car. Stops may include Old Delhi, the Mosque of Jama Masjid, and India’s largest spice market, full of exotic colors, smells, and ingredients – many of which you’ve probably never experienced before.
No matter which options you choose, make it a point to visit Raj Ghat and the Mahatma Gandhi memorial there; it’s one of the country’s most revered sites.
16. Private Tour of Spice Plantation and Old Goa City
This tour of Panaji and Old Goa City begins at the port in Panaji, the Goa State’s capital. The Old City has a fascinating history that includes many international influences, and a few stints under colonial rule as well.
You’ll visit the city’s Portuguese and Latin quarters, with time to stop into a few shops and do some window shopping as well.
The tour’s highlight is the spice plantation and its grounds, filled with exotic spices – many of which are only found locally.
The tour includes all entry tickets, lunch, air-conditioned transportation, and an English-speaking guide.
17. Private Waterfall and Nature Tour from Kochi
Often referred to as the Niagara Falls of India, majestic Athirappilly Falls are some of the region’s most visited.
The tour also includes a stop at the 80-foot tall Vazhachal Falls. You and your travel companions will get time to explore the area’s forests and see a herb plantation as well.
The tour includes round-trip transportation to and from your hotel in either Kochi or Ernakulam, lunch, and all entry fees to the sites you’ll be visiting.
This tour is a great fit for nature lovers who relish the idea of getting away from India’s chaotic urban centers and spending a wonderful day in the wild.
18. Jewish Heritage Tour
Real Facts, Things to do: Many visitors to India are surprised to learn that the country has a thriving Jewish community dating back more than 2,000 years.
The tour begins with a brief historical overview of the country’s Jewish population and their different sects and will include stops at some of the area’s most beautiful synagogues and historic sites.
The Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue is one of the tour’s highlights. It is noted for its amazingly beautiful and ornate interior, and the David Sassoon Library.
Transportation and guide are included on the four-hour tour, but food and drink are not, so it’s best not to begin on an empty stomach.
19. Full-Day Bollywood Tour of Mumbai with Dance Show
Real Facts, Things to do: Bollywood has enough buzz, flash, and sparkle to make Hollywood, California seem like Cleveland, Ohio.
It’s the home of India’s movie industry, and one of those unique places to visit while in India that shouldn’t be missed.
This full-day tour will give you a behind the scenes look at what makes Bollywood tick; you’ll see an actual movie being shot as well.
The tour includes transportation to and from your Mumbai hotel. You’ll enjoy a brief movie and dance show that combines the best of contemporary Bollywood with more traditional dance and music as well.
20. Ellora Caves
Real Facts, Things to do: Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Maharashtra Aurangabad, India. This is one of the world’s largest monastery – temple rock-cut cave complexes with Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monuments, and artworks from 600 – 1000 CE.
34 Caves, an amalgamation of sculptures and art inspired by three ancient religious sect – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
Ellora requires a minimum of 3 hours. And it’s really worth every minute of it.
The Buddhist Caves (1 to 12) are a combination of the monastery, worship places while Hinduism (13 to 29) and Jainism (30 to 34) Caves are worshiped places like temples carved like grand places with larger than life sculptures, pillars, and halls.
You can walk and see all the caves from 16 to 10. For Jain caves, you need to catch a shuttle, which starts from the front of cafe 16. Jain caves 32-34 are around 1 km away. The last shuttle is at 5:40 range so plan accordingly. Caves-16. 10. 12. 21. 29. 30- 34 are the ones you shouldn’t miss.
The beauty is all Caves are carved in such a way that it seems like marvelous 2 to 3 storied building. It takes some time to believe that so precise work was done almost 15 centuries back and that too from a single piece of rock without a scope of mistake.
Sometime during summer, the temperature reaches 50 ° C, and you can keep water with a quick bite at limited places on campus.
Address: Ellora Cave Road, Ellora, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Open ⋅ Closes 6 PM
Heritage designation: World Heritage Site
Designated as world heritage site: 1983 (7th session)
Phone: 0240 234 3169