From the extreme north to south and extreme west to east India is a country that is drenched in history, varying cultures, inhabitants, and religions, and most important of all its geographical features. It comprises of the Himalayas (extreme cold) to the Thar Desert (extreme heat) to pleasant seashores, making it a kaleidoscopic landscape waiting to be explored in its entirety. So let’s take a journey of this fabulous land starting from the northernmost region.
50 Must Visit Places to Visit in India
1. Sri Nagar
4. Leh – Ladakh
6. Kullu Manali
9. Spiti Valley
14. Nainital - The Lake City of India
22. Jaipur The Pink City
29. Kohima – Nagaland
30. Tawang – Arunachal Pradesh
31. Imphal – Manipur
32. Agartala – Tripura
33. Shillong – Meghalaya
41. Alleppey (Alappuzha)
JAMMU & KASHMIR
Some major tourist attractions and pilgrimages, in Jammu & Kashmir, like the Sindh Valley, Lidder Valley, Chenab Valley, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, the Mughal Gardens, the Holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, etc, are the envy of any and every other state of India. All these places along with many more can literally be termed as the jewels of India.
Every year round you can see a large number of pilgrims visit here on pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, and the famous pilgrimage to the Holy Cave of Lord Shiva, Amarnath. Visit to these places of pilgrimage has significantly contributed to the economy of this place
Jammu and Kashmir is also famous for its scenic beauty, flower gardens, apple farms, and more. It attracts tourists for its unique handicrafts and the world-famous Kashmiri Shawls.
Srinagar, famous for its natural environment, gardens, waterfronts, and houseboats, is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, and dry fruits etc. The famous Dal Lake – famous for its houseboat stays and rides, in green Lake, Wular Lake – one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia and the Manasbal Lake, are some of the most famous lakes around this wonderful city. It can very comfortably be listed as one of the must-visit cities in India.
For the information of all availing the J&K holiday tour package it is very well connected by all the modes of transport namely Air, Rail and Road. The airport is just 15 km away from the center of the city. by train, one has to reach either Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station and take a cab or government buses from there on to Srinagar Chandigarh or other metros.
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"Heart of Winter Sports in India"
At an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, in the Pir Panjal Range of the Union territory of Jammu, is located a very popular winter destination and a skiing resort of Gulmarg. The flowery meadows, evergreen forested valleys, deep ravines and the surrounding snow-covered lofty Himalayas, lend a surreal look to this awesome destination, qualifying it to be termed as one of the dream places to visit in India, incidentally, you can also enjoy the world’s second-highest Gondola ride, while in Gulmarg.
Hailed as one of the topmost honeymoon destinations for those visiting her on availing the India Honeymoon tour package, while boasting of being a town of beauty par excellence it also can be listed to be an offbeat destination as the crowds here are unlike those as found in places like Shimla and Manali.
The establishment of the famous Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, here, has earned Gulmarg the tag of being an all-important adventure hub in India, where the adventure buffs, from all over, whether on the India Adventure tour package or not can avail of the training courses on trekking, mountaineering, skiing, and snowboarding being offered by IISM.
Despite being a year-round destination, a visit to this place can be planned any time depending solely on your choice of the experience sought.
October to February: Being the winter season, this lace experiences some heavy snow offering the visitors an opportunity for Skiing, and snowboarding. This period is also ideally suited for the honeymooners to visit here and revel in the beauty that nature has to offer.
March to June: Although most of the snow in the plains and the surrounding areas has melted during this period you get to see the other amazing aspect of this wondrous place. You will find the surroundings donning the most beautiful cover nature has to offer lush green with a vibrant colour of flowers all over the place, popularly known as the meadow of flowers during this season.
July to September: Walk through the meadows and listen to the raindrops splashing on the ground, get set for a visual treat in monsoons.
Generally, travelers stay away from high altitude destinations during winters, but adventure enthusiasts throng Gulmarg during this time!
Another place most suited for the dream places to visit in India tag, is the place standing at the confluence of the Lidder river and the Sheshnag lake, also known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, 95 km from Srinagar at a height of 7200 ft, is the picturesque Pahalgam, a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir where many films have been shot.
It is surrounded by dense wooded pine forests offering breathtaking vistas of meadows and the snow-clad Himalayan Mountain ranges. It is also ideally suited to honeymooners on their India honeymoon tour package.
Over and above the specifics above this place is also the base camp for the holy Amarnath Yatra, as it is generally a preferred route by the tourists, on their Pahalgam – Chandanwadi –Amarnathholy Yatra, trying to reach the holy mountain cave of Lord Shiva.
Another very important attraction, from the tourists point of view, is the two-day snow festival held annually, showcasing winter sports like skiing, snow – sledging and many more in which tourist, too, can participate. The other activities of interest for the tourists are, golfing, trekking and angling.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Summers – March to June
Monsoons – July to September
Winter – October to February
To reach all these places Srinagar airport is the nearest, which is well connected to Delhi and Rail route then you will need to get off either at Jammu Tawi or Udhampur and reach Srinagar by state transport buses or private taxis that are available from there.
Hardcore enthusiasts can drive up to Srinagar and thereon to these places as well
4. LEH – LADHAKH
"India's Own Moon land"
Another place tailor-made for the adventure buffs and the revelers is none other than Leh Ladakh, truly a heaven on Earth. With its mesmerizing views it is a rejuvenating experience that is bound to leave you craving for more, once you have visited here on your Leh-Ladakh tour package.
Once here you have an abundant scope for testing out your endurance capacity and skills in adventure sports like river rafting, high altitude trekking, mountain climbing, open jeep tours and not to miss out on the sightseeing trips, making it one of the must-visit places in India.
When on a site seeing trip the places to visit, among the many, are the Lamayuru Monastery, Diskit Gompa, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Shanti Stupa, Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Royal Leh Palace, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill etc.
For the adventurists Leh Ladakh offers a number of activities they can indulge in like River Rafting in the Zanskar River, visit to Khardungla Pass, Ladakh Zanskar trekking, Markha Valley Trekking, some popular trekking routes also include Spiti to Ladakh, the Nubra Valley trek and the Cheddar trek etc.
The best time period to visit Leh Ladakh this amazing land of mesmerizing beauty is the period from Mid-June to September.
How to reach Leh: Ideally the best way to reach Leh Ladakh is by air, as the Airport at Leh is well connected by air to some of the major cities like Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, and Delhi, etc. On the other hand, if you plan to visit here by road then it is important for you to know that there are two distinct routes by which you can reach here, one of them is from Srinagar while the other one is from Manali. The roads from both these places are open from May to October, as thereafter these places often experience very heavy snow.
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Amritsar, located in the Majha region of Punjab, northwestern India it is also the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district. It has been chosen, by the Government of India to be included as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme, making it one of the important tourist destinations in India.
Being the home to Shri Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as "the Golden Temple," which is, one of Sikhism's, most spiritually significant and most-visited Gurudwaras its most popular industry is the wooden chessboards and chess pieces manufacturing industry.
While in Amritsar, on your India tour package, you can also visit the famous Beating the Retreat at the Indo-Pak Wagha border. The famous Jallianwala Bagh along with various other historical places and monuments in and around Amritsar too can be visited.
It is very well connected to the rest of the country by air, rail and a network of roads. So reaching Amritsar is not an issue at all.
6. KULLU MANALI
Any hill station has an ambiance, unique to it, which is soothing and relaxing while being rejuvenating, the reason why one likes to visit the destination repeatedly. Kullu Manali is one such hill station that beckons you, on your Himachal Tour package, all year round, to come and spend quality time in the serene surroundings of the place, making it one of the best holiday destinations in India. Kullu Manali as a hill station offers you various activities you can indulge in, from just chilling to trekking, river rafting, mountain climbing, paragliding etc.
Beas Kund: Trek To The Top
An amazing site mainly famous as the point of origin of the mighty Beas river the Beas Kund is an amazing place near Manali for people who love to trek. When in Manali, on your Himachal adventure tour package, make sure that you visit the famous Beas Kund, the point of origination of the mighty Beas.
For the information of the adventurists, this is one of the shortest and the easiest treks that Himachal has to offer, it does not demand off you to have any kind of hardcore skills to undertake this trek, on the contrary, the closeness to nature and the awe-inspiring and the mesmerizing views that you get to see.
Riverside Camping: For Utmost Fun
Beas is one of the many rivers that originate in Himachal Pradesh, particularly in Manali, flowing downhill through Kullu to ultimately meet up with the Sutlej River in Punjab. The noisy flow, of this river, needs to be heard to believe, and what best way to do so than camping out near one of the banks of this, on your Himachal holiday tour package. The thrill and the adventure of it are exciting and scary at once which makes it even more worth it.
If you are planning to visit this destination, then depending on the type of experience that you wish for, there are three different seasons you can visit here inn. You are bound to find this valley in full bloom with lush green sceneries and vibrant flowers all over with pleasant ambient, during the period October to June.
On the other hand if you wish to enjoy the winters of Manali then the best period to visit here is during the period from December to February, as this is the time you will literally find paradise here surrounded with snow-laden mountains and an immense scope of winter sports.
Manali is well connected with most of the neighboring cities like Delhi, Shimla, Kullu, Dehradun and Mussorie by air, rail and road. The airport nearest to Kullu-Manali is Bhuntar airport. The nearest rail head is at Pathankot from where you can reach Manali by the state run buses or private taxis or bus operators.
You can also reach here from Delhi, Chandigarh and other places by road, by either self drive or take the state run buses or the privately run bus service.
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True to its name, Dalhousie exudes a colonial feeling and is renowned for its heritage buildings that go way back to the early 19th century. The colonial feel is good for a walk down memory lane and hence is one of the best holiday destinations in India, to visit on your Himachal trip package, in Himachal Pradesh. This hill station is spread across five hills and is a sanctuary for wildlife lovers and landscape photographers as it holds some of the most intriguing flora and fauna.
Some of the most alluring places to visit in and around Dalhousie
- Khajjiar – The Mini Switzerland Of India
- Dainkund Peak – The Tale Of Three Rivers
- Kalatop Wildlife Reserve – Home Of The Wild
- St. Francis Catholic Church – A Paradigm Of Art And Architecture
- Panchpula – The Lifeline Of Dalhousie
- Ganji Pahari – The Stunning Panoramas
- Satdhara Falls – The Water That Heals
- Rang Mahal – The Fusion Of Mughal & British Influences
- Chamera Lake – Scenic Beauty Plus Water Conservation
- Mall Road – Glorious Vistas Of The Pir Panjal
- Sach Pass – The Trekker’s Paradise
- Tibetan Market – Handicrafts And Souvenirs
- Bakrota Hills – Sightseeing
- Subhash Baoli – Picnic
- St.John’s Church – Religious place
- Chamunda Devi Temple – Idol of Chamunda Devi
- Rock Garden – Ideal place for nature lovers
- Garam Sadak – Take A Stroll
- Dalhousie Community Garden – Take A Walk
- Norwood Paramdham – Watch The Sunset
For the activity enthusiasts below are some of the activities that you can indulge in and have a lifetime experience
- Boating in the glistening Chamera Lake
- Go for a picnic to Khajjiar
- Trekking at the Dainkund Hill
- Horse Riding in Dalhousie
- Upper Bakrota Loop Walk
- Site camping in Dalhousie
It is well connected with most of the neighboring cities like Delhi, Shimla, Kullu, Dehradun and Mussorie by air, rail and road. The airport nearest to Kullu-Manali is Bhuntar airport. The nearest railhead is at Pathankot from where you can reach Manali by the state run buses or private taxis or bus operators.
You can also reach here from Delhi, Chandigarh and other places by road, by either self-drive or take the state-run buses or the privately run bus service.
Best Time to Visit: March to May
One of the most charming valleys in the whole Kinnaur District, Sangla Valley is a perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of the swarming cities. It is named after a beautiful village by the same name.
Bounded by strapping mountain slopes, sprawling evergreen forests, and snow-covered peaks, the valley is set apart from others by its red apple orchard and luscious cherry trees, which you can experience firsthand when visiting on your Himachal adventure tour package. Baspa River also makes its way through the place, meandering and gurgling, famous for trout fishing. The place is dotted with several attractions from temples and fort to nearby villages making it one of the best dream places to visit in India.
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9. SPITI VALLEY
"Trekking Mecca and a virgin paradise"
Long winding roads and valleys that present unforgettable glimpses of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Lying in the lap of the mighty Himalayas that border this beautiful destination, with just 250 days of sunshine, at an altitude of 12,500 feet above MSL, Spiti, is classified as one of the coldest places in the country.
Owing to this reason it is mandatory to carry heavy woolens on your trip to this pristine valley. It is to be noted that this place is visited friendly only for six months, the summer months, in a year, mainly because of the heavy snow cover that cuts it off from the rest of the country for six months, during the winter period. During the summer months, you can access this valley by road, the only means of reaching here.
For those visiting this place on their own or on a Himachal adventure tour package, it is worthwhile knowing that the specific Spiti Valley Trek is indeed a haven for the adventure enthusiasts and the trekkers alike, making it one of the best places to travel in India. This beauty of a valley has to offer the most exotic trekking routes through dream landscapes with mesmerizing views and majestic sceneries.
This place also has a ropeway running between the Kibber and Chichum, offering spectacular views of the gorge below and a Birdseye view of the surrounding peaks, which is another added attraction for the tourists visiting here.
If you are planning to visit the Spiti valley for a relaxed and rejuvenating experience then the ideal period is between the months of March to June, even the temperatures during this period are bearable but still call for heavy woolens.
How to Reach Spiti Valley
The Lahaul and Spiti valleys lying on the Manali – Leh highway, are separated from each other by the Rohtang and the Kunzum passes. It is easy to reach here during the summer months, by road, as during the winters this is inaccessible owing to the heavy snow fall that this region experiences. It is however accessible via the Shimla Kinnaur route round the year except for occasional hindrances due to landslides or heavy snowfall.
Embedded in the heart of India is Uttar Pradesh, a land where cultures have evolved and religions emerge. Within India, the Ganga and the Yamuna have nurtured a culture because of which religious faith, rituals, culture and intellectual enlightenment have evolved in places along the two rivers.
The Heritage Arc in Uttar Pradesh provides an opportunity to explore the state in all its glory, when on your India tour package. The Heritage Arc signifies heritage in terms of cultural, historical and natural aspects. Moving on this arc from one end of the state to the other, takes travelers through Agra region, Lucknow region and Varanasi region, with several exciting destinations along the way.
Destinations covered in the Heritage Arc are, Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi
Agra is a major tourist destination because of its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, qualifying it for the tag of best tourist places to visit in India. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur; and the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc, a tourist circuit of Uttar Pradesh, along with Lucknow and Varanasi. Agra is in the Braj cultural region.
There a number of historical must-visit places to be included in your tour itinerary, on your India tour package, in and around the city, like the Agra Fort, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Mehtab Bagh, Mughal Heritage Walk, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid of Agra, Anguri Bagh, Taj Museum etc.
Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest states of India, historically also known as the Awadh region, too has an interesting historical background. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, while also being the administrative headquarters of the district and of Lucknow division.
Owing to it being home to the Nawabs, of the bygone era, this place is also popularly known as the ‘City of Nawabs’ and the ‘City of Tehzeeb’, because of the prevalent culture of polite mannerisms. It boasts of sprawling Mughal gardens, an Awadhi cuisine is famous for its poetry (Shayari) which was patronized by the Shia Nawabs of the city who loved Persian.
Lucknow has earned various other names too like Shiraz-i-Hind, the Golden City of the East and The Constantinople of India and a very suitable candidate for the title of being one of the must-visit places in India
There are a number of historic monuments that exist in Lucknow, which also account for the tourist attraction to this place. To name a few the Shahi Baoli, Nadan Mahal, Chattar Manzil, Tare Wali Kothi, Bada Imambada, Banarsi Bagh, and many more.
How to Reach Lucknow:
Lucknow is well-connected by all three modes of transport and reaching here is quite easy.
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Varanasi, earlier known as Banaras, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Spiritually it is the most important pilgrimage destination among the Hindus. A visit to this place and a dip, at one of the Ghats here, in the all sacred Ganges is supposed to cleanse one of all his or her sins.
It is undoubtedly a must-see for any and everyone living, traveling to or in, India, regardless of the category of the India tour package availed. Once here, you will find a number of things that you can indulge in like visiting the quiet and somber Ghats, witness the vibrancy of culture, experience the devotion of the devotees, chanting the prayers and enjoy the eternal history or the symbols of a rich and splendid era, fancied by the tourists from all over the world, making it one of the famous places to visit in India.
A number of prominent places of pilgrimage, like the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, because of which this city is also known as Kashi, the Birla and the Durga Temples and the Kashi Math etc. are spread all over in this city.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast then, perhaps the best time for you to visit this state would be from March to May, as this is the time for some good animal sightings. For nature lovers, the monsoon period, June to September, is the best as this is the time when this place is covered in lush green vegetation and makes for a pleasant sight.
Finally those looking for fun and frolic on their visit to this state, the best time is to visit from October to February as this is the time when most all the festivals are celebrated in Uttar Pradesh.
Located at a distance of 26 km from Haridwar, 42 km from Dehradun, 74 km from Mussoorie, 201 km from Chandigarh and 233 km from Delhi, Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges and is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is one of the top pilgrimage sites in India and among the best cities to visit in India near Delhi. It is also a base for several trekking trails in the state.
Being the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) it is a must visit destination when you are travelling on your Uttarakhand tour package. Situated at an elevation of 356 m above sea level Rishikesh consists of three distinct areas known as Rishikesh, Swargashram and Muni Ki Reti. It has been a part of the legendary Kedarkhand (the present day Garhwal).
How to reach:
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 16 km from Haridwar which is well connected by flights, with Delhi. Rishikesh Railway Station, the nearest railhead too is very well linked by regular train services with Delhi, Haridwar, Bandikudi and Mata Vaishno Devi Katra.
You can also reach Rishikesh by bus or private taxis from Dehradun, Haridwar and New Delhi.
The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from October to mid November, and the best time for regular visit is between March and May.
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14. NAINITAL - THE LAKE CITY OF INDIA
At 2,084 meters above sea level, surrounded by a thick foil of nature that is further accentuated by the scent of the flowering blossoms, blending in the crisp fresh air lays the pristine city of Nainital, in the foothills of the Kumaon region of the outer Himalayas. Truly termed as the treasure trove of Kumaon, this quaint hill station needs to be experienced firsthand when you visit here having chosen a suitable Uttarakhand Holiday tour package.
It has been and is, presently, the most visited hill stations in North India, ever since the British era, hence qualifying for the title of one of the best tourist destinations in India. It derives its name from the fact that it is the home to the ravishing Naini Lake. It is visited by a large number of tourists, both, domestic and international all around the year.
Things to do in Nainital:
- Boating in Naini Lake
- Strolling on the Mall
Adventure activities in Nainital comprise of
- Trekking & Hiking
- Relishing the wildlife sanctuaries
- Nature walks
- Horse riding
- River rafting
- Rock climbing
- Sky diving
- Yachting, etc.
How to reach:
Pant Nagar airport is the nearest airport to Nainital, situated 72 Kms from Nainital, it is very well connected by road to the other cities of Uttarakhand. Taxis from Pant Nagar airport are readily available between Nanital and Kathgodam.
Kathgodam, 41 Kms from Nainital, is the nearest railhead to Nanital and is very well connected to the major cities of India by a good rail network while by road you can reach here by hiring private taxis or avail of the regular state and private bus services available.
One of the topmost hill stations of India, an extremely popular honeymoon destination and a weekend getaway, 2005 mts above the sea level lies the Queen of hills – Mussorie. This wondrous paradise, an inspiration to many romantics, truly a nature lovers paradise and a heaven for the seekers of a peaceful and a tranquil getaway, the glittering hill station of Mussoorie, once visited, is difficult to wipe off from your memory, and leaves you thirsting for more, of this, aptly described, one of the best holiday destinations in India.
This paradise offers you spectacular of the snow-capped ranges, to the northeast, a mesmerizing view of the Doon valley and the Shivalik ranges, make for an ideal honeymoon getaway for those on a Uttrakhand honeymoon package.
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Known as one of the best ski destinations in India, Auli is a beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand which offers stunning views of snow-covered peaks, which is to be seen to believe when on your Uttarakhand adventure tour package. Home to a range of wonderful spots like Chattrakund Lake, Nanda Devi National Park, Jyotirmath, and many more, makes it one of the best dream places to visit in India. Auli is renowned for breathtaking natural vistas and enchanting coniferous forests. An adventure tourism destination and a must-see on your trip.
Best time to visit: April to June
How to reach:
The nearest airport to Auli is Dehradun”s Jolly Grant Airport, while if traveling by rail then all three, Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar railway stations nearest to this place, by road the state-run and private buses and taxi services are available from major cities to Auli
Pithoragarh is one of the few offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand. Neighboring Nepal on the eastern side, and flanked by Tibet on the northern side, Pithoragarh is famous for its tranquil and serene environment, ideal for those looking forward to a relaxing outing on their Uttarakhand holiday tour Package. Adorned with magnificent temples, rich flora and fauna, and breathtaking valleys, Pithoragarh never disappoints! This wonderful land serves as an important spot for all those who embark on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, hence can be termed as one of the famous tourist places in India.
Best time to visit: April to June
How to reach:
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Pithoragarh, while the Tanakpur railway station is the closest station serving Pithoragarh. The town of Pithoragarh boasts of good connectivity to other states owing to the regular bus services, for those wanting to self drive to enjoy the scenic beauty en route.
VALLEY OF FLOWERS
Uttarakhand is endowed with some of the most spectacular places that qualify for the tag of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Located in North Chamoli, in Uttarakhand and known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and a variety of flora, lies the mesmerizing Valley of Flowers National Park.
This amazing National Park at 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Over and above the flora specific to this valley, it is also home to some endangered animal species including the snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, the Asiatic black bear, and the blue sheep, the avian variety found in the park include Himalayan Monal Pheasant and other high altitude birds.
It is also worthwhile to know that, both, the Nanda Devi National Park and the Valley of Flowers National Park, are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve which is further surrounded by a buffer zone of 5,148.57 km2. The Nanda Devi National Park Reserve is a recognized UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves and is a must-visit on your Uttarakhand adventure tour package.
How to reach
Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 km. The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which has convenient road connections from Haridwar and Dehradun, both about 270 km from Joshimath. When going to this place from Delhi, you can take a train to Haridwar from where a journey by bus takes you to Govindghat, via Rishikesh, to Badrinath from where you could trek on to this fabulous valley. You can also self drive to Govinghat from Delhi approximately 500 km away if you so wish.
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Lying at an altitude of 1,353 m in the Western Ghats, and often referred to as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra, offering panoramic views of the plains with the imposing peaks and surrounding woods, lies this Maharashtran gem of a place – Mahabaleshwar and also one of the best tourist places to visit in India.
It is also one of the best places to visit, on your India tour package, near Pune & Mumbai, and among the top places to visit in Maharashtra. Arthur's Seat, Lingmala Waterfall, and Pratapgad Fort are also some of the must include places in your India tour packages.
Best time to visit
Mahabaleshwar offers pleasant weather throughout the year. Before you visit this beautiful hill station, know the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar, although winter (November to February) is a great season to visit Mahabaleshwar. Trekking and rope climbing are some of the activities you can indulge in, during this period. For nature, lover monsoon is the best season it is also perfect for trekking
The summer season begins in March and stays till the end of June. It is the best season to visit Mahabaleshwar for a retreat as most cities in Maharashtra face scorching heat during these months.
How to reach
Pune is the nearest airport that caters to this lovely town. It is about 120 Km away for which you can hire a private cab to reach Mahabaleshwar. Although Wathar (60 km) is the nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar, considering the accessibility aspect Pune would be the most convenient railway station, to deboard at, for Mahabaleshwar, it also happens to be very well connected to all the major cities of India. From here you can take a cab or self-drive to Mahabaleshwar.
Just 67 km from Pune, and 95 km from Mumbai, at an altitude of 622 m in the Sahyadri Range, lies this beautiful hill station Lonavala, one among the many holiday destinations in India,
in the Pune district of Maharashtra, being one of the most popular hill stations in the state of Maharashtra, it needs to be on your tour itinerary on your India tour packages when visiting Maharashtra, it also is among the best tourist places to visit near Mumbai & Pune.
While at Lonavala you can venture out to explore and visit various other attractions, around this quaint hill station, like Rajmachi Point, Bhushi Dam, the famous Karla Caves, Bedsa Caves, and several other places in the form of caves, lakes, forts and waterfalls when visiting here on the India holiday tour package.
If you are planning a visit to Lonavala, then the best means to reach here is to self-drive or hire a cab, from either Pune or Mumbai between the months of October and May. This is so as during the monsoon season, that is during the period June to September this region experiences heavy rainfall and it is not advisable to visit here then.
An automobile free hill station, in Asia, and mind you the only one of its sort, hard to believe? Well then you are in for a surprise because at 800 m above MSL, situated in the Western Ghats of India is this top monsoon and one of the best tourist places to visit in india, in Maharashtra – Matheran, literally translated it means 'forest on the forehead'. It is also an eco-sensitive region, as declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.
This most popular hill station near Mumbai & Pune, ideally suited for honeymooners on their India honeymoon tour package, and also for a weekend trip, needs to figure on your India tour package, as well. Being just 94 km from Mumbai, 56 from Lonavala and 122 km from Pune, it is home to the famous 38 viewpoints that provide panoramic views of the Western Ghats, the Monkey Point, Louisa Point, Porcupine Point, , Echo Point, Charlott Lake, Panorama Point King George Point, Paymaster Park, Rambaug Point and the Panthers' Caves etc. to name a few.
The best time to visit
March to May see daytime temperatures soaring over 35°C. However, pleasant in general, the weather is suitable for trekking, sightseeing, and forest adventures.
June to September is the rainy season when heavy showers challenge trekking. You can celebrate the Ganesh Festival in Matheran, at this time as it is festival time in Maharashtra.
October to November when the Monsoon is retreating see temperatures dipping. Cool and pleasantly chilly, this time of the year is great for feasting your eyes on the valleys and dales, peaks and misty hills. Gaze at clear sunrises and wonder at magical sunsets.
December to February temperatures dip further to 11°C. Honeymooners find this a pleasant time.
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Goa offers a plethora of Beaches, Forts & monuments, of historical importance, Churches, Nature parks, and Adventure sites to the visitors, on their visit to one of the best tourist destinations in India. Besides a multitude of water activities and adventure sports, Goa offers various other things to do.
You can indulge in various activities like shopping, trekking, scuba diving, clubbing or leisure trips, and so on while on a Holiday Trip package to Goa. Although beach hopping is the favorite pass time of tourists visiting here, visiting the magnificent churches, cruising, visiting ancient forts, enjoying the mesmerizing waterfalls, and venturing on to nearby dainty villages, too are some of the things to do for the tourists on their visit to Goa on the Goa tour package and are indeed an experience of a lifetime, to be relished for times to come.
Other than the beaches, the amazing secret caves of Goa, offer one an experience that lingers on long after the visit is over. Satiating the adventurous and thrill-seeking inner selves of the travelers on their budget adventure tour package. Caves the hidden gems of Goa, with stories from Hindu epics being latched to them, are breathtakingly beautiful.
Experience the Thrills of Scuba Diving
One is always inquisitive of the deep and imagines all sorts of things that exist underwater, like colorful corals, spectacular shells and other tropical aquatic beings adorning the marine world, vibrant fishes, hidden treasure troves, remains of shipwrecks of merchant ships and World War II wrecks all waiting to be explored.
Goa being one among the places in India that offer scuba diving it automatically becomes a part of one’s Goa tour Package and an itinerary of the activities to be indulged in. You may not find shipwrecks and all that here, but you will definitely be able to enjoy seeing the coral colonies, vibrant fishes, etc when scuba diving in the absence of strong water current with occasional surges, adding serenity to the activity making, it perfect for the first-timers as well as the professionals.
Take a View at Bambolim Beach
Goa being a coastal state is blessed with numerous beaches which are a sight to behold. Some of these beaches are highly commercialized in the sense that they are frequented by a large number of tourists regularly, and to cater to the interests and the needs of these people a lot of shacks, fast food joints, and various other commercial setups have come upon these beaches.
On the other hand, there are tourists who are on the lookout for some peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of life, for such people, there are some beaches devoid of such commercialization which offer, the seekers of peace and tranquility, exactly what they are looking for.
One of them famous for being a virgin beach, and untouched by commercialization is the Bambolim Beach, located in the northern part of Goa, in Bambolim which is about 7 kilometers away from Panjim, the capital city of Goa. It is ideal for those constantly in search of untouched or unexploited beaches, on their Goa holiday tour package, and is also a hot favorite among offbeat travelers. Its long coastline is perfect for taking a stroll or lazing in the golden sand under the balmy sun, when. The beautiful beach is a good picnic spot.
Behold to Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Originating from the mighty Western Ghats, one of the five highest waterfalls of the country and amongst the highest 100 in the world, and bordering a destination which is known for, identified and dotted by countless beaches, the Dudhsagar falls are a pleasant exception are a sight to behold when on your Goa adventure tour package.
On the way to its final destination, the sea, this waterfall, when viewed from a distance gives an appearance of a heavy stream of milk flowing effortlessly with tremendous pressure from down the hill, and finally splitting into three streams of water, heading steadily to their ultimate destination into the deep green sea.
How to reach Goa
Goa is accessible by air, rail, and road. The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport which lies just 29 kilometers from the state’s capital, Panjim, and is well connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin, and Bangalore.
There are a number of public as well as private bus operators in Goa, who offer options for intra-city and inter-city conveyance. KSRTC, MSRTC and KTC are some of the Government undertakings that operate from Panaji, Madgaon, and Vasco Da Gama. Goa enjoys daily bus service from important cities like Mumbai and Pune.
The two major railheads in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim, which are well connected by trains from all over the country.
With a brimful of historical background, this place is an ideal must-visit state. Forts, palaces, and night outs amongst the sand dunes make it one of the must-visit before you turn 40.
22. JAIPUR THE PINK CITY
History of the origin of the Jaipur city can be traced back to 1727 when it was established by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber. He shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and increasing water scarcity. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city. It also holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India and one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.
Renowned globally for its colored gems, this capital city of Rajasthan combines the fascination of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis, a visit to this city is an experience to be cherished for life and is an essential inclusion in your tour itinerary when on your Rajasthan tour package. The bustling modern city is one of the three corners of the golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
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One of the most popular cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is quite famous for its lakes and palaces. Known as ‘Jewel of Mewar’, this city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553, on the banks of Lake Pichola. Claimed as the most romantic city of the royal state of Rajasthan, it is one of the prime destinations of the week-long journey of the Palace on Wheels, particularly for those on their Royal Rajasthan tour package.
Udaipur also boasts of picturesque locations and scenic surroundings offering an amazing vacation option for the honeymooners on their Rajasthan honeymoon tour package. Today, it is a perfect mix of old-world charm and contemporary attractions making it one of the dream places to visit in India.
Every year, a crazy number of tourists visit the ‘City of Lakes’ Udaipur, by getting enchanted from its vibrant culture. The city plays host to a number of fairs and festivals of the country.
If you are a geologist and in search for something really interesting in Rajasthan, when on your Rajasthan travel tour package, then the Wood Fossil Park or Aakal located about 15 kilometers away from Jaisalmer will be of a great deal of curiosity to you. Here, you can divulge yourself into tracing some of the geological tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert 180 million years ago, this is also a major attraction for historians and heritage lovers, making it one of the best holiday destinations in India.
The city of Jaisalmer also acts as the guard to western Rajasthan (and India’s) frontier. This 'Golden City’ is located close to the Pakistan border and is in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live.
Madhya Pradesh boasts of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, two Jyotirlinga’s out of 12, 11 National Parks, 24 Wild Life Sanctuaries and 6 Tiger reserves, Rich forest cover and natural beauty making it a must-visit state of India.
Birthplace and also the home to the tomb of the famous musician Tansen, Gwalior, with its magnificent historic past is a city located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Popular because of the hilltop fort, it is full of glorious temples and palaces that lend it a majestic charm that speak volumes of its glorious past, qualifying for the tag of being one of the famous places to visit in India.
A number of classical musicians from all over the country, gather together to perform, on a stage, near the tomb of Tansen, a sight to behold on your India tour Package, during the four day Tansen Musical Festival that is held here in November/December every year.
Gwalior is accessible by all three modes of travel, being very well connected to all the major cities of India.
The architecture of the medieval period, in India, is depicted at its best in a small town in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh namely Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Madhya Pradesh. It is world-famous for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings, which are to be seen to believe when you go on your India holiday tour package.
Architecturally these Hindu and Jain temples, at Khajuraho, are a marvel to behold, for the depiction of the erotic forms of love, the carvings on the walls displaying passion in the most sensuous, yet aesthetic ways, and is also one of the best tourist places to visit in India. Dating back to the period between 950 - 1050 AD the sheer nature of these carvings is in contradiction with the conventional Indian ideals about eroticism, leaving everybody spellbound.
How to reach
Khajuraho Airport, also known as Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho, is just six km away from the city center, it has regular flights operating from Delhi and Varanasi. Local transportation in the form of taxis and autos are readily available outside the airport.
Moreover, Khajuraho enjoys excellent road connectivity with other cities in Madhya Pradesh. Several direct buses of MP tourism are available from cities in and around Madhya Pradesh. So, it is not a problem at all, and reaching Khajuraho is quite an easy task.
Despite having its own railhead Khajuraho lacks connectivity to the major cities in India, though it is connected to Delhi by a direct train that takes about 11 hours to reach here. Mahoba railway station, 75 kms away, is the alternate railhead to Khajuraho. Local transport and paid cabs are available outside the station.
"Satpura ki Rani" or the "Queen of the Satpura Range" and at an altitude of 1,067 meters, the picturesque town of Panchmarhi is a part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to leopards and bison. Being the highest point in Madhya Pradesh, it is the only hill station that Madhya Pradesh can boast of.
Legend has it that during their period of exile, the Pandavas spent stayed here in the five sandstone cut caves on the hilltop, making it a popular spot among religious tourists on their India pilgrimage tour package. Panchmarhi being elevated from its surroundings is encircled by the bewitching forests of the Satpuras with the streams and waterfalls, it makes of a perfect weekend getaway from the nearby cities of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and also the most beautiful places to visit in India.
All the structures, be they the churches or other residential structures, showcase colonial architecture, as this town was discovered and developed by a British Army officer Captain James Forsyth.
How to reach
Itarsi and Jabalpur are the two main railheads to this colonial town. They are 1 hour and 2-hour journey, respectively, from this place. Alternatively, you can also take a bus from Bhopal that is approximately 210 Kms from Panchmarhi. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has started luxury buses which take 8 hours to reach Pachmarhi
Best time to visit
Although Pachmarhi is around the year destination, the ideal time to visit here is from October to June. You could also plan to visit this place around the Bastar Dusshera and Navratri celebrations which would be a very kaleidoscopic experience for you.
Located amidst the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh, at an altitude of 1065 meters, lies Amarkantak, also known as "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages) a hill station offering its visitors, on their India pilgrimage tour packages, some of the most exquisite temples that one will ever see.
The origin of the famous and the sacred Narmada river, render a special identity to this place and also makes it one of the best places to travel in India. Other than being the source of the holy Narmada this place also serves as the confluence point for the rivers Narmada, Sone, and Johila.
The dense forests of Amarkantak gain significance, from the ecological point of view, owing to the presence of plants rich in medicinal properties. Legend has it that the famous mystic poet, Sant Kabir, had meditated here at the Kabir Chabutra. This place is also very famous for its rich cultural heritage.
Amarkantak is accessible by rail and road as it is well connected by a road network to important cities like Bilaspur, Lucknow, and Nagpur.
If you are planning a visit here and are a nature lover then the best time to visit Amarkantak is during the winter months starting from October and lasting till February. Moreover, the post-monsoon period adds a certain charm to the flora in the region.
A VISIT TO THE SEVEN SISTERS
The world-famous Seven Sisters of India are Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Assam, and Mizoram. The young travelers and explorers, of today, from within India and the world, have an affinity for the mesmerizing beauty, fabulous landscapes, and adventure that these states have to offer along with a chance to familiarize themselves with the different tribal and ethnic groups, religions, festivals.
The uniqueness of these Seven Sisters lies in the fact that all the states are inhabited by different native tribes and each one having its own traditions, rituals, and festivals practiced by them for the past several years. These states also boast of many surreal, spectacular, and scenic places with lofty hills, sparkling lakes, rivers gorgeous valleys, dense forests, and waterfalls. Below we talk of some of these spectacular places perfect for an impeccable Seven Sisters of India tour.
29. Kohima – Nagaland
With gorgeous Japfu range in the background, Kohima is one of the most tranquil & mesmeric places in seven sisters of northeast India, and one of the dream places to visit in India. This town is a must include in your Northeast tour package itinerary. The thick forests, luxuriant valleys, and misty weather overwhelm travelers. One can trek to Dzuko valley, visit Kohima war cemetery, Ntangki Wildlife sanctuary, and Mokokchung.
The best time to visit here is during the period from October to May. The nearest Domestic Airport to Kohima is the Dimapur Airport.
30.Tawang – Arunachal Pradesh
At a height of about 3048m above sea level, Tawang also pronounced as Dawang is in itself a picture-perfect destination and one among the many dream places to visit in India. It is home to the famous Tawang Monastery, which is one of the most sacred and significant monasteries among Buddhists. The natural beauty of the place is enhanced by the spiritual aura wrapped in the scent of spirituality that needs to be experienced firsthand on your Northeast tour package
The best time to visit here is during the period from March to October
The best way to reach Tawang is by taking a Tata Sumo or a Bolero from Tezpur after reaching there from the Guwahati airport.
31.Imphal – Manipur
A home to meandering rivers, lush green valleys, lakes, and misty mountains, and one of the top educational hubs among all the capitals of Seven Sisters of India, Imphal, the capital of Manipur is one of the most gorgeous places of the Seven Sisters State it is also home to the famous Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in India that offers captivating beauty, that is sure to mesmerize you when visiting here on your Northeast tour package, also the heritage Kangla Fort, here, showcases rich culture and history of the bygone era.
The ideal time to plan a visit to this place is from September to April. It is suitable connected to the country by air, rail and a network of roads. Tulihal airport of Imphal is well connected to all the major cities of India.
Since Imphal does not have its own rail head, you can board a train to Guwahati or Dimapur (nearest railhead from Imphal) and then rest by bus or by air. Various private bus services, too, can be availed from Guwahati, Dimapur, and Kohima
32. Agartala – Tripura
Agartala the capital of the smallest state on the Seven Sisters of India map is a treasure trove of natural wonders and home to many native tribes, heritage monuments and temples — It is one of the most fascinating places in Tripura and an outstanding holiday destination in India. The visitors to this place on their Northeast tour package also have the option to visit Kamalasagar, Gandacherra Wildlife Sanctuary, Ujjayanta Palace, Kalapania Nature Park and the Neermahal Palace.
A visit to this place can be planned during December to March. Accessible by train you can take a train to the railhead that is just a few kilometers to the south from the center of the city.
33. Shillong – Meghalaya
Lush green hills, winding roads, cascading waterfalls, all these very aptly describe Shillong as ‘Scotland of East' and one of the dream places to visit in India, it is an ideal destination for those seeking peace and relaxation, on their Northeast Holiday tour package, while relishing the serenity of the Umiam Lake that lies in the heart of the city and fancy some yummy Tibetan food. You can also visit Cherrapunji and feast your eyes on some stunning views from Shillong Peak.
The best time to visit here is during the period from April to June.
In order to reach here, one can take a cab/taxi from Umroi Airport which is 25 kilometers away.
Located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Puri the beach city, in Odisha, is one of the favorites, and one of the best tourist places to visit in India, among people of West Bengal for a short trip. Spiritually speaking Puri also happens to be one of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus, because of the Jagannath Temple that forms a part of Char Dham in India.
In fact, if planning a visit to this beach city, on your India tour package, the best time is during the Rath Yatra (chariot festival) which takes place during the month of June-July, it is an event not to be missed even perchance.
Best time to visit
Although being a coastal city the climate here remains more or less pleasant throughout the year, but if you are planning to visit here the ideal period is from October to February as during this period the weather here is devoid of any unpleasantness due to humidity or high temperatures. Winters (December-February), are comparatively colder, but ideal for visits to the beach and visiting temples.
Puri being a major railway junction Puri is accessible from all the major cities in India, by rail. It is also accessible by air through the airport at Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Odisha, from where you could hire a cab to Puri which is just 56 Kms from there.
Konark, one of the best cities to visit in India, in the state of Orissa, and home to the world-famous Sun Temple which, incidentally, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous the world over, along with being a point of tourist attraction for its beautiful sandy beaches and the Annual dance festival, which is a five-day-long cultural extravaganza inviting unique dancing talent from all over the country.
Konark's Sun Temple is an architectural marvel and is one of the most beautiful monuments of India. Konark also hosts the Sun Festival, where devotees offer prayers to the Sun God by taking dips in the sea which you can partake in while on your India holiday tour package. Handicrafts Mela, where one can buy unique and exquisitely handcrafted pieces showcasing the Oriya art form, is also held along with the Dance Festival.
Just as in Puri, the weather in Konark is also pleasant round the year and especially so in the winter months from September to March which, incidentally, is also the best time to visit here.
The nearest major railway station is in Puri, which is around 31 km away and the nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar which is 64 km away from Konark. You can commute from the railway station and airport to Konark via paid taxi or state-run buses.
A land of cultural and religious heritage, Tamil Nadu, with the vast plethora of history and beauty that it has, leaves its tourists and the pilgrims enchanted and spellbound. Tourists from all over the country, on their India tour packages, and the world, visit here to see, firsthand, the architectural marvels like the intricately carved structure of Mahabalipuram, offering an insight into the architectural splendor of the Indian Civilization, along with the famous Meenakshi Temple, tip of India – Kanyakumari, and its mesmerizing hill station like Ooty etc. also the fascination of exploration of the ruins of the forts and palaces of the then great dynasties, is also a compelling factor for a visit to this state.
A tranquil hill station, located at an altitude of 4970 feet, in the Eastern Ghats steeped in abundant greenery, nestled in the Shivaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud, popularly called the ‘Ooty of the Poor’, and one of the must-visit places in India, has a history dating back to the time of the British is known for its vast expanses of coffee plantations. For a nature lover, seeking solitude on the India holiday tour package, this quaint town is an ideal place to experience nature at its enchanting best.
While Yercaud offers breathtaking views and a tranquil ambiance throughout the year, October to June is the best time to visit Yercaud because the weather is dry and cool. With lush green forests and sprawling coffee plantations, this spectacular hill station is home to numerous trekking trails, heritage monuments, delicious dishes, and beautiful culture.
A seven-day Summer Festival, of which flower shows, dog shows, boat races and village fairs, form a part, is held during the month of May, however, visits during the monsoons should be avoided.
Although the nearest major airport is at Trichy, at a distance of 168 Kms, the Salem airport is the closest to Yercaud, being just 38 Kms. You can also avail of the regular local bus service on this route.
Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India and ideal for the honeymooners on their India honeymoon tour package. Kodaikanal meaning 'the gift of the forests' is a Lakeside resort town blessed with a beautiful climate, mist-covered manicured cliffs, and mesmerizing waterfalls, that come together to create an ideal setting for a perfect getaway and one among the best tourist places to visit in India.
Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigors of daily city life, and this hill station lets you sit back and connect with nature as you head out on biking or trekking trails or take a stroll through the vast forests surrounding the town, on your India adventure tour package
The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from October - June, however, the weather remains a bit chilly during December and January. Ideal for a vacation, the year-round, its beauty reaches its zenith in summers when it is the most colorful and the monsoons when it is the most picturesque.
Thus if you are a lover of nature then it is best to plan your visit in the summers, and if you are an adventure buff, then for those wishing to go for trekking, should plan your visit to Kodaikanal between October and February.
This place is accessible by air up to Trichy or Madurai which are 150 km and 120 km away, respectively from Kodaikanal. Alternately you could board a train and deboard at Kodai Road from where you need to travel only by road by availing the services of the taxis that are available on hire up to Kodaikanal.
Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, is also known as Udagamandalam. Ooty, a hill station par excellence, in Tamil Nadu serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind, on his or their India holiday tour package. Nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favorable climate all year round.
Ooty is also a very popular destination for couples and honeymooners on their India honeymoon tour package and there's no better way to fully take in all that this city has to offer than to take a trip on the Toy Train to this most beautiful place to visit in India, which lets you enjoy panoramic views of this beautiful hill station right from your seat.
The best time to visit Ooty is from October to June when the weather is pleasant and you can get involved in outdoor activities.
Coimbatore airport is the closest to the hills at a distance of 3-1/2 hours by road. Mysore airport is about 4 hours away from Ooty. The road trip is quite scenic from either of the airports.
If you are planning to visit Ooty by train, which is a scenic ride, then you will need to board the Nilgiri Express leaving from Chennai for an overnight journey reaching Mettupalayam (which Indian Rail spells Metupalaiyam), a small town at the foothills of the Nilgiris early the next morning.
The road trip from any state is quite scenic, although the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty road (i.e. the Tamil Nadu route) is the most traveled and well maintained.
Rameshwaram is located on a beautiful island in the lower side of India. Lord Shiva too is worshipped in this place. Renowned for its magnificent prakaras with massive sculptured pillars on either side make it one among the best places to travel in India. The Ramanathaswamy Temple, here, houses the longest corridor in the world.
The religious on their India pilgrimage tour package will relish a visit this place. Agniteertham is famous for its sacred waters and Pilgrims perform poojas in honor of their ancestors at this seashore. The Five-faced Hanuman Temple holds the floating stone which was used to build the bridge between India and Sri Lanka.
As far as the weather goes, Rameshwaram experiences a tropical climate making Rameshwaram a destination which can be visited all year round. However, the best time to visit is from October to April. Winters (November to February) are cool, this is the most pleasant season for sightseeing and visiting the neighboring places.
If traveling by air, the nearest Airport is in Madurai which is 174 km away from Rameswaram. This temple town is also connected with all important towns of Tamil Nadu by roadways and railway.
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India`s most idyllic state, Kerala, better known as Gods Own Country, is today one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India. Characterized with palm-fringed backwaters, secluded beaches, mist-clad hill stations, cascading waterfalls, lush tropical forests, exotic wildlife, fine art forms, enchanting festivals, and majestic monuments, give it a distinctive charm. Apart from being a tourist destination, Kerala is home to India’s most advanced society.
Rising 1,600m above the sea level, a gorgeous hill station nestled in the lap of the fascinating Western Ghats, Munnar needs no introduction. A vacation in the enchanting and pristine locales of this hilly retreat is all about spending quality time in the peaceful surroundings among the picturesque mountains, rolling hills, lofty clouds, and the soothing ambiance of this place that, in fact, is among the most beautiful places to visit in India
Covered by lush green forests and vast expanses of never-ending tea plantations it is impossible to give Munar a go by while on your Kerala tour package. Regardless of what season it be the summer or the winter, monsoon or the spring, Munnar will always make you leave you hungry for more.
Munnar is essentially a year-round destination. To reach here you can avail the air route to Cochin and by road from there on, by the state-run buses or can hire a private cab. The nearest railhead is at Ernakulam which is a 4-hour drive from this place.
41. Alleppey (Alappuzha):
Venice of the East, ‘Backwater Capital of India’, known for its silent backwaters and bountiful beauty, in God’s own country, Kerala, likes this marvel of a tourist destination called Alappuzha or Alleppey. When comparing this wonderful place with the state as a whole it is said that the beauty of this place alone surpasses the beauty of the entire state placing it among the best tourist places to visit in India.
This wonder compulsorily has to be visited to actually relish and enjoy the beauty of this place, so ensure that you have this destination on your Kerala holiday tour package itinerary.
On the banks of the crystal blue Vembanad Lake, the reason behind it being one of the highest sought-after tourist places in Kerala lies the irrefutable fact that it is the most popular backwater destination in Kerala. You need to visit this paradise in order to experience firsthand a houseboat cruise and stay, outside of the famous Dal in Srinagar that offers just a ride, village walks, Ayurvedic therapies, and a lot more!
Vembanad Lake, Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kuttanad Backwaters, Arthunkal Church, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple, Karumadikuttan Statue, St. Mary Rorane Church
This too is a year-round destination
Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest railhead.
Cradled in the lap of the Western Ghats, Wayanad truly deserves a top rank in the list of places to visit in Kerala, on your Kerala tour package Situated at an astounding height of 700 m, this stunning hill station is all about fantasy, untouched nature, unforgettable moments, and merriment, one among the many beautiful places to visit in India.
Over and above the enchanting beauty of Wayanad the visitors also have a chance to see history unfold itself in front of their eyes in the fact that, yes, the lush green and pristine forests in Wayanad are said to have been inhabited since more than 3,000 years ago.
It is a year-round Destination
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Edakkal Caves, SulthanBthery, Chain Tree
The nearest Airport is the Calicut International Airport (98km) and from there on you can reach this place by road. The nearest rail head is the Nilambur railway station 92km away and a drive of about 3 hours.
Very fondly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this unique place, Kochi or Cochin, in God’s Own Country is a perfect blend of cultural values and modern ideas. This eye-catching port-city has always been an attraction point since times immemorial, other than being one of the best tourist places to visit in India.
The amalgamation of different cultures and traditions, Be it the essence of the Dutch establishments, British history, Chinese nets, or the traditional spice markets this port city of Cochin has adopted and accepted all the modern outlook to become one of the most developed metropolis India, waiting to be experienced by you on your Kerala holiday package., Cochin will surely make you fall in love once again!
The places that compel you to visit them for their beauty and relevance are Vypeen Island and its beach, Andhakaranzhi Beach, Cherai Beach, Bolghatty Island, Fort Kochi, Chinese Fishing Nets, Basilica of Santa Cruz, and many more.
July (Beginning of Monsoon) to April (Early Summer) is the best period to visit this place and the Kochi International Airport is the airport, while the Kochi Railway Junction is the railhead to Kochi. Both are equally very well connected to all the big and important cities of India.
Captivated by the turquoise Lakshadweep Sea and fondled by the emerald Ashtamudi Lake, a picture-perfect holiday destination, is how one can describe this quaint port-city, in God’s Own Country, Kollam has a charm and appeals exclusive to it, very rightly figuring in the list of the most appealing or enticing tourist destinations in India, in the ‘Backwater Capital’.
Having been in Kollam, for a while, on the chosen Kerala package or the Kerala holiday tour package, you can feel and experience the indigenous cultures and traditions of Kerala in the most vivid way. For the beach lovers, Kollam is home to the Kollam, Tangasserihe, and the Thirumullavaram Beaches to revel around. Regardless of this quaint port city being a center for fishing, agriculture, cashew processing, or tourism, this port-city holds a prominent place among the visitors..
Some of the important and prominent tourist places in and around Kollam are Ashtamudi Lake, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Beach, Dutch Quilon, British Residency, Thevalli Palace, Thenmala, Mayyanad, Deer Park, Paravoor, Punalur, Chavara etc.
August (Mid Monsoon) to March (Beginning of Summer) is the best period to visit this place.
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (51km), is the nearest airport to this place Kochi International Airport (129km)he nearest railhead is the Kollam railway junction
Home to the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple – fourth largest Hindu temple in India, Guruvayur has many legends, one of which speaks of Lord Krishna having chosen this temple town to ensconce His Dwarka temple. It is also said that on the wish of Lord Krishna, Brhaspati along with Vayu Deva reinstated, Lord Krishna’s statue in the sacred Guruvayur Temple, even today you will find a large number of devotees visiting this holy temple every day.
The venue, ground for festivals like the Guruvayur Ekadasi and ChembaiSangeetholsavam, Guruvayur is also known for its magnificent charm and appeal, to be experienced firsthand on your Kerala pilgrimage tour package. The resonation of the untouched beauty of God’s Own Country, by this place, makes it the most famous tourist places in India among the seclusion lovers.
Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur Elephant Camp, MammiyurMahadevan Temple, Palayur Church, Parthasarathy Temple, Chamundeshwary Temple, Devaswom Museum, Institute of Mural Paintings
October to February (Winter) is the best time to visit this holy city. You can reach this city by air and deboard at the Calicut International Airport which is 77km from Guruvayur, the Guruvayur junction is the rail head.
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A quaint town that showcases a diverse of biodiversity, a prismatic destination dotted with an array of tourist attractions, and a home away from home for the visitors, on their Kerala tour package or the Kerala honeymoon tour package. Steeped with a glorious past it is alsao home to, stunning beaches, natural treasure, historic marvels, a range of lofty peaks and much more, Kasaragod stands out, very distinctly, on Kerala’s tourism map and is also one among the many famous tourist places in India.
If you are planning a trip to God’s Own Country and are on a lookout for places to visit in Kerala, a trip to Kasaragod along with Alleppey, essentially need to be on your itinerary, whether on a honeymoon trip, nature tour, backpacking quest, or any other, this scenic town will keep you amazed with its kaleidoscopic and admirable beauty!
When visiting Kasargod make sure to visit some of the prominent tourist places which are bound to be of interest to you, like the Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandragiri Fort, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Ananthapura Lake Temple, and Ranipuram, etc.
If you are planning a visit to this amazing destination, then the best time would be from December to February, as the temperature during this period varies from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius and thus serves as the ideal time to explore the town.
While Kasargod has its own railhead, you can also fly down to Mangalore which is just 45 kms from here.
Bhutan officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia, bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, China and the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal in the west, and, in the south and the east, it is bordered by West Bengal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh.
The country's landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan Mountains in the north, where there are peaks higher than 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), for those seeking solitude or adventure, on their Bhutan holiday tour package. Gangkhar Puensum is Bhutan's highest peak and may also be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The wildlife of Bhutan is notable for its diversity making it one of the dream places to visit in India
"Home to the Tiger's Nest of Bhutan"
Paro is a small town situated in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. Other than being one of the most fertile as well as the historic valleys of Bhutan it is also the widest in the Kingdom. Home to 155 temples and monasteries dating back to the 14th century it houses Bhutan's sole international airport, the Paro Airport, the largest International Airport of Bhutan, which has catered to numerous tourists who visit this region to see the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan, incidentally, it is also known to be the most challenging airport to land on.
With a mesmerizing landscape, and dotted with traditionally built houses as well as paddy fields, which you will need to see to believe, on your Bhutan tour Package, it is also the home to one of the iconic monasteries of Bhutan - The Tiger's nest or the Taktsang, which is situated over a cliff in Paro. Apart from this, there are numerous sites that are worth visiting, from Monasteries to Museums like the Rinpung Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, and the Paro weekend Market for the shopaholics
TIGER’S NEST MONNASTERY (PARO TAKTSANG)
Tiger's Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, is one of the most prominent Buddhist sites in Bhutan. It is undoubtedly an architectural marvel, located 900 meters above the upper cliff in the Paro Valley. The reason Paro Taktsang stands apart is its religious and historical significance, over the other monasteries spread across the country.
This hilltop monastery, Tiger's nest, is famous for a trek that has been going on for, now, years. With a total distance of 6.4 km, the trek offers mesmerizing views of the Paro Valley, especially interesting for the adventure buffs, on their Bhutan adventure tour package. The mystery of how it was constructed in such conditions still amazes people.
National Museum of Bhutan
Constructed in 1649 as a watchtower against Tibetan soldiers, it was converted to the National Museum in 1968, preserving the rich history of Bhutan within its walls ever since. A paradise for history lovers and the ideal place for those who have a keen interest in gaining more information about Bhutan, on their Bhutan holiday tour package, the National Museum in Paro is where history meets the present.
Displayed in this museum are artifacts and things going back to 1500 years, making it the only and the best place from where you can get an insight into the local people’s lifestyle and the evolution of the culture of Bhutan, and come to Bhutan by its roots.
RINPUNG DZONG PARO
One of the finest examples of architecture, the Rinpung Dzong, also known as the Paro Dzong, has a very spiritual environment. Beautifully lit-up at night, the dzong has many illustrations portraying the life of Buddha. A hike to the top of the fortress welcomes you with a spectacular view of nearby valleys, when on your Bhutan adventure tour package or the Bhutan holiday tour package the dzong also holds the colorful annual festival Paro Tshechu which makes it even more impressive than it already is. It is not just a significant holy site in Paro, it also offers panoramic views of the Paro Valley and Paro Chhu River to the visitors, who come here to see one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan.
CHELE LA PASS
The pass is famous for the stunning Himalayan views it offers, especially Mt. Jhomolari which is Bhutan’s most sacred peak at 22,000 feet, Tsherimgang Mountains, Jichu Drake as well as views of both the valleys, Paro and Haa.
After a two drive from the valley floor in Paro, you will reach a place, covered in untouched forests, that is home to thriving flora and fauna, namely the Chele La Pass The surrounding area of this pass has several ancient trails, perfect for hikers, on their Bhutan adventure tour package.
White Poppy, not be found anywhere else in the world, is spread all over the slopes of the mountains seeming like a white coverall. The route to the Chele La Pass takes you through amazing and dense spruce and larch forests, that exposes you to some spectacular sights of yaks grazing, frozen river, waterfalls, rhododendron forest and roadside springs.
"Religious Heartland of Bhutan"
Home to four beautiful mountain valleys and an array of ancient monasteries and temples, Bumthang takes its place as the most historic of all districts in Bhutan. If you take a keen interest in religion, spirituality, and history, then Bumthang, which is considered to be the spiritual center of this Himalayan Kingdom, is one of the must-visit places in Bhutan,, more so for its beauty and the ambiance.
When in Bumthang, there is a lot to be accomplished. Apart from visiting the major sightseeing spots like the Kurjey and Tamshing Lhakhang; one must go trekking up the mountainside when visiting here on your Bhutan tour package or the Bhutan adventure tour package, or taste the beer, cheese and buckwheat delicacies the region has to offer.
On the other hand, if you feel that is not your taste then you can plan to check out the palace museum or head to the burning lake of Bhutan. The Bhutanese nomad festival is hosted every year at Bumthang in the month of February, so a visit to this place can be planned accordingly.
"The Jewel of East"
One of the most famous tourist spots you will find here is the Trashigang Dzong or 'The Fortress of the Auspicious Hill'. Built-in 1659, the purpose of this majestic fort was to defend the town against Tibetan invasions and is now a prominent tourist-spot in Eastern Bhutan.
Radhi village, known for its rice fields and skills of weavers, is one of the must-visit places in Bhutan, when you are in this side of Bhutan, on your Bhutan tour package. The town's old bazaar area around the prayer wheel is an excellent place to shop for clothes, eatables, and Bhutanese goods.
An interesting fact about Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is that it's known to house the Black-rumped Magpie and Migoi (a type of Yeti whose existence is believed by Bhutanese). Dangme Chhu, Bhutan's largest river, also flows through this district and offers a great scenic view. The district also has its own domestic airport Yonphula domestic airport.
LAYA GASA TREK
Laya Gasa trek is one of the most popular and scenic long-distance treks in the northern Himalayan region of Bhutan, along the border with Tibet, ideally suited for the hard core adventurists on their Bhutan adventure tour package.
Drukgyel in Paro is the starting point of this Laya Gasa trek that transcends four Himalayan Mountain passes through alpine meadows, to finally arrive at the remote nomadic village of Laya. From here starts the descent to the hot springs of Gasa where you can afford to enjoy a relaxed day of rejuvenation, and finally ending the trek at Punakha Valley.
(Source) Bhutan's Most Sacred and Highest Peak, Mount Jomolhari, as seen on the Laya Gasa Trek
On the Laya Gasa Trek, you pass through, pasturelands, farmlands, and dense pine forests isolated mountain villages to high passes offering spectacular views of the sacred snow-capped Mount Jomolhari, Gangchhenta and Tsherimgang, and Jichu Drake, while Picturesque monasteries, Dzongs, and temples showcasing ancient Bhutanese architecture await you on this trek.
"Third Highest Capital of the World"
Thimphu, nestling in the central-western part of the Himalayan Kingdom is known as the heart of Bhutan and is also the best tourist places to visit in Bhutan, replacing Bhutan's ancient capital - Punakha, in the year 1961, Thimphu was declared as the capital city of this Himalayan Kingdom. Originally Thimphu was known as Thimbu, and now with all the internet cafes, restaurants and pubs have come up this city is known to be the most modernized place in Bhutan.
The Nightlife in Thimphu is also one of its highlights, despite that Thimphu still holds on to its Bhutanese Traditions as it houses various architectural structures like the Buddha Dordenma, marking your entry to Thimphu. The national animal of Bhutan - The Takin is very well preserved and safeguarded in the Motithang district of Thimphu.
An hour’s drive from Paro International Airport, on your Bhutan holiday tour package, the city of Thimphu is a blend of both tradition and modernity. It is also known as the only capital that doesn't have any traffic lights installed.
ROCK CLIMBING IN BHUTAN: 13 ROUTES AND BHUTAN CLIMBING CLUBS
The myth, that a trip to the ‘Land Of Thunder Dragons’ was essentially about exploring the monasteries or the national parks, lies broken by the fact that more than just the exploration of monasteries Thimphu offers, the adventure junkies, looking for new extremities and unconventional tour programs, to try out the various outdoor sports like hiking, rafting, and rock climbing.
While an average tourist loves to conquer the high cliffs through hiking, some have the tendency to take the adventure a few notches higher by indulging in rock climbing, putting to test their mental and physical determination, body strength, agility, perfect balance, endurance and control over the mind.
The Vertical Bhutan Climbing Club, Thimphu, is the only club that offers training to climbing sessions, for every skill level and the only option for rock climbing, where you will get climbing equipment, training, and field guidance.
Bhutan first opened its doors to rock climbing enthusiasts, in early 1998, that too, thanks to the Vertical Bhutan Climbing Club (VBCC) – the first and only organization for this activity. Offering thirteen safely bolted climbing routes of varying lengths of 12 meters to 27 meters and difficulty levels ranging between 4B and 7B i.e. moderate to challenging, the main climbing rock, named “The Nose”, stands like a sentinel above Thimphu.
If you are planning a trip to Bhutan then it is a must to know that there are two options namely from March through May and September through November.
Mountain biking, river rafting, and hiking are the other activities that can be undertaken visiting Bhutan on the various Bhutan tour packages.
Visiting these many places will leave you hungry for more as India has an abundance of places that you can visit in order to satiate your hunger for travel or adventure.