Top 20 Places to Visit in India – Travel Jockey

Top 20 Places to Visit in India – India is an amazing country, with so much diversity, gorgeous scenery, and culture. There are so many places to vist in India, but there are also some that truly stand out among the rest. These 20 places should be high on any traveler’s list of destinations!

1) The Golden Temple of Amritsar – Top Most Best Places to Visit in India

The Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most famous Gurdwara in the world. It’s bright gold glistens in the sun, making you feel like you’re in some sort of Disney film. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life, and a visit is a must for any traveler to India.

Location: Amritsar, Punjab


2) Palolem Beach Goa – Considered Best Place to Visit in India

Palolem Beach is a tropical beach paradise. As you walk down the beach you see hammocks hanging from palm trees, a bar or two, and some of the best food in Goa. This is one of my favorite places to go on the weekends in Goa. The vibe is really relaxing and there are always people playing guitar on the beach or drumming with their friends.


3) Taj Mahal in Agra – Symbol of Love ! Best Monument

Taj Mahal is the ultimate symbol of love, and so it’s fitting that it’s given such an elegant name. It took 22 years to complete this amazing structure, and the white marble glistens in the sun, making it look even more beautiful. The Taj Mahal is truly a wonder of the world.

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh


4) Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh Fort is the ultimate example of a medieval fort. This is another place I would love to travel back to, as it’s so different from other Indian sites. The fort dates back to the 12th century, and has been used by many different kings throughout history. This was also the birthplace of Rana Sanga, who ruled an empire that stretched across India and Afghanistan.

Location: Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan


5) Rishikesh River Valley in Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is full of hippies and travelers alike. It’s one of the most famous spots in India, with a huge monastic gathering going on all the time in places like Badrinath and Hemkund. The beautiful Ganges River runs through the main town, and it’s also an amazing place to relax. There are also many cultural locations in the area, including Badrinath, which is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site.


6) Askole Village near Skardu – Top Place to Visit in India

Askole Village is one of the most adventurous places in Asia. It’s a small village at the foot of Sulimaal Pass, which is the only road connecting Pakistan and China. I’ve only been there once, but I had an amazing time riding horses, hiking up mountains, and getting to know people from all around the world. The scenery is breathtaking!

Location: Askole Village near Skardu


7) The Great Zanzibar Mosque (the largest Swahili Mosque outside East Africa).

The Great Zanzibar Mosque is the most impressive mosque I’ve ever seen, and it’s very unique in its design (the walls are made from coral stones). The massive carpets inside make you feel like you’re in a palace. It’s truly a humbling experience to walk under the massive dome of this mosque.


8) Varanasi, the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Varanasi is a place I will always remember. It’s hard for me to describe the feeling you get when you walk up to the Ganges River and feel the warm water gently rolling by you. The city is also full of beautiful temples and shrines throughout, but I think it’s most famous for its burning ghats.

Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


9) Ladakh (the largest district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India).

Ladakh is a beautiful area of the world and one of my personal favorites. It’s a beautiful mix of both desert and mountains, which makes it more of a challenge to get around. The people are also very nice, and you are always invited into their homes for food. I’ve never seen higher points than this in India, as it goes on for miles and seems to touch the sky.

Location: Ladakh (the largest district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India).


10) Mayapur (Spiritual Capital Of The New Age)

Mayapur is one of the most unique places I’ve ever been in India. Goa to Mayapur is a 14 hour train journey, but it’s totally worth it. The area around the Ganges River is a pilgrimage site for many Hindus, and you can even visit the former residence of Paramahansa Yogananda (who wrote “Autobiography of a Yogi”). There are also many festivals that take place there, including the “World Festival of Women” (an event dedicated to women’s rights) and the “Peace Festival.


11) Hampi – a city in the state of Karnataka, One of the best Places to Visit in India

Hampi – a city in the state of Karnataka, popular for its architectural wonders and its history. The city is located in the Western Ghats mountain range and was abandoned after a disastrous battle between Sultanates in the 15th century. The ruins are stunning and you can see some of the most impressive Hindu architecture in India.

Location: Hampi – a city in the state of Karnataka, popular for its architectural wonders and its history.

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12) The Esplanade at Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai

The Esplanade at Bandra Worli Sea Link is an amazing spot to relax. The view across the bay over Bombay (formerly known as Mumbai) is spectacular and I would love to take a boat ride out to it someday. The walkway is also amazing, and it’s long enough to get great views of the Mumbai skyline.

Location: The Esplanade at Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai


From here upwards picture copyrights is my own camera clickies …be patient and do take a lot of breaks while walking up through ghats…! there are still a lot more places to visit in India…

14) The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora, Maharashtra.

The magnificence of these temples lend credence to their claim as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and any visitor should have nothing less than a week to visit the sites thoroughly. These are two of India’s greatest cultural achievements.


15) Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is a holy place for Hindus and Muslims alike. Pilgrims from all over India gather here to offer prayers to one of their holiest rivers, the Ganga. Cannon shots are fired during festivals that occur at the river banks.


16) The Konark Sun Temple (sometimes referred to as the Black Pagoda), Odisha.

It is a masterwork of medieval Indian architecture, built by Emperor Narasimhadeva-I in the 13th century. It is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God and is situated at the mouth of the river, making it a destination for pilgrims from all over India.


17) Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari, in Tamil Nadu is the southernmost tip of India. It lies at the confluence of three oceans and has been an important pilgrimage site since antiquity. It also offers views of sunrise and sunset that are as splendid as any, overlooking an endless expanse of water to the south and east, with a range of high mountains in the background.


18) OLD RIVER AT KATRAH POONJO, UTTARAKHAND  (Place to visit in India).

OLD is a river which runs through Uttarakhand and drains into the Ganga at Rishikesh. In this beautiful region, they have constructed a rigid steel bridge over the river called Kaddi Parvat.


19) Vaishno Devi – One of the Best Religious Places to Visit in India

Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir. It is a complex consisting of an ancient temple on a hilltop and several modern structures at its base. It lies on the Trikuta Hills of the western Pir Panjal Range, surrounded by five peaks with the Shivalik range rising beyond them to its north.


20) The temples of Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

The temples of Madurai is a monument in itself. The temple is beautifully carved and has a lotus pond in front of it. It is one of the most popular temples in south India and is visited by thousands of people everyday.

21) The ancient forts at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Ancient forts at Khajuraho is a collection that contains Khajuraho monuments in Madhya Pradesh, India. It lies at the edge of a plateau encircled by mountains, with a narrow fertile valley to its west and the Vindhya range to its east.

These are the top 21 places to travel in India, as decided by the people who know best: the actual travelers who have visited them! Do you  agree with the list? Which would you add?
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