India is one of the most diverse places you will ever visit. From the chaos of Delhi to the spirituality of Varanasi, and from the lush jungles of the south to the snow-capped mountains of the north, there is simply so much to see. So get your Indian visa sorted, book your flights, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Below are 6 breathtaking places you mustn’t miss if you are planning a visit to India. Even if you’re not planning a trip right now, they may just make you want to pack your bags and go!
Don’t forget: you’ll need a visa to visit India. So I’ve included a section with more info at the end of this post to help you figure things you.
6 Places to Visit in India
First and foremost, and probably the most obvious place to visit, is the incredible Taj Mahal. This instantly recognisable building was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, as a monument showing his love for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The size and beauty of the structure, combined with its simplicity and symmetry, will simply take your breath away. The smooth white marble is stunning and sheer height will leave you wondering just how something this incredible was constructed way back in 1653. This is beyond anything you can comprehend and well worth a visit.
The Spice Markets
Running along the entire road from the western edge of the old city, all the way to the Fatehpurhi Mosque, are the legendary spice markets of Khari Baoli. If you love spicy and exotic foods, or are in need of some souvenirs to take home, then this place should not be missed.
The Khari Baoli is a place where wholesalers sell everything from sacks of spices, loose tea in abundance, jars of pickles, to some of the most exotic fruits that even the well-travelled among you won’t have heard of. The Khari Baoli simply cannot be missed, and will give you a true taste of India.
Sophisticated and sexy Mumbai is the ideal travel venue for those of you who love to party. The city is considered to be India’s ultimate party destination. From cocktails on the beach to all-night raves, Mumbai has something to suit every taste. You’ll also find plenty of live music events across the city.
As well as its party scene, Mumbai is also full of history and culture. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch. Offshore, Elephanta Island is home to ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
Stok Range and Nanda Devi
If an adventure holiday is more your thing, then consider visiting Stok Range and Nanda Devi. These popular mountain ranges are favourites among climbers and mountaineers alike. The Stok Range especially is climbed in preparation for Everest.
If climbing is not your forte but you’d still love to experience these incredible mountains, be sure to check out Nanda Devi. This is India’s second-highest mountain, surrounded by the breathtaking Nanda Devi National Park.
For beautiful scenery without the climb, Ladakh is the place to visit. The region was once described by the Mughal Emporer Jehangir as “Heaven on earth”.
Situated between the Himalayas and the Kunlun mountain range, Ladakh boasts stunning mountain scenery and crisp, clear waters. You’ll also find the Buddhist monasteries of Hemis here. There is plenty to keep you busy, and with some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever see, you will wish you never have to leave.
Another of the best places to visit in India is Hampi. When I visited a few years ago, I absolutely fell in love, and would recommend this ancient village to any traveller.
The small town in the South Indian state of Karnataka is famous for its many ruined temple complexes. These date from the Vijayanagara Empire (which began in 1336) so many are incredibly ancient. As well as this rich history, Hampi is loved for its sleepy, small-town atmosphere.
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How to Get an India Visa
Always check the latest India entry requirements on the UK Government website before travelling, as things may change. British citizens do need a visa to visit India, and there are several different options depending on the length of your trip. The most common is the electronic tourist visa.
You can apply for your Indian visa online, which makes things much easier. Be sure to check the eligibility criteria before applying, as it’s not available to all nationalities.
Where else would you add to this list of must-visit places in India? Let me know in the comments!