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Top 10 Travel Destinations in India

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India is known for her diversity in languages, cultures and heritages. A tourist can go from the northern tip of the country to down south enjoying diverse places with different weather conditions and varieties of architecture and scenic beauty. It is a great mixture of different cultures that a visitor can experience in India.

Let us have a look at the top ten travel destinations in the country.

  1. Agra:
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    Agra is the former capital of Hindustan and the city is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is 363 kilometers west of the state capital Lucknow, 200 kilometers south of the national capital Delhi and 125 kilometers north of Gwalior. It is a major tourist destination because of many Mughal-era buildings, especially the Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri. These three are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is also included in the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur. Taj Mahal is the major attraction in Agra which was built in 1653 by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the mausoleum of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.  The great architecture built in marble took 22 years of hard labor and 20,000 workers, masons and jewelers to build. Agra is well connected by train, road and air.
  2. Jaipur:  Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the state of Rajasthan in northern India. It is also known as the Pink City. It is a very popular tourist and education destination in India. The forts and monuments speak of the glorious past of the city. Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Rambagh Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Central Museum, Chandra Mahal are some of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur. The city is well accessible by road, train and air.
  3. Goa: Goa is the smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. It is also the richest state in India. About 90% of all the tourism in Goa happens only because of its beautiful beaches. The two main tourist seasons in Goa are winter and summer. During winter mostly people from abroad come to Goa to enjoy the amazing climate. During summer tourists from across India come to Goa for enjoying holidays. In fact, many foreigners have made Goa their home for its posh lifestyle. The small state is well connected by road, train and air.
  4. Kashmir: Kashmir is the northwestern region of the country which is inhabited by widely varying people and geography. Snow-clad mountains and lush green valleys add to the beauty of Kashmir. It was once called the Heaven on Earth because it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has three main geographical regions known as “The Lesser Himalayas” or the “Jhelum Valley”, “The Inner Himalayas” or the “Indus Valley” also called “Trans-Himalayas”, and the “Outer Himalayas” or “The southern Mountain Range.” The splendid view and the largely cold weather are very much enjoyable.
  5. Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is situated at the southernmost tip of mainland India. Cape Comorin is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats along the west coast of India. Tourism has been an important activity in the town since the early 1970s.   Kanyakumari is especially popular for its spectacular sunrise and sunset though there are many other tourist spots in the town. The confluence of three ocean bodies- the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On full-moon evenings one can see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time on either side of the horizon.
  6. Kerala: Kerala is a state in the southwest region of the country. It is the state with lowest positive population growth rate in India with a density of 860 people per square kilometer. The state has a wet and maritime tropical climate for about 120-140 days a year influenced by the seasonal heavy rains of the southwest monsoon and northeast winter monsoon. Most of the flora and fauna is concentrated in the Western Ghats region. The most popular tourist attractions in the state are beaches, backwaters and hill stations. Major beaches are at Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Cherai, Kappad, Muzhappilangad and Bekal. Most popular hill stations are at Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi. The entire state is well connected by road, train and air.
  7. Delhi: Delhi, being the capital of the nation, has many attractions. There are many mosques, forts and monuments representing the history of the country. The majestic Red Fort is the major fascination for tourists in Old Delhi which is one of  the three World Heritage Sites – the other two being Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. The India Gate, the Jantar Mantar and the Purana Qila are other monuments in Delhi. The Laxminarayan Temple, the Akshardham Temple, the Bahai Lotus Temple and the ISKCON temple are some instances of modern architecture. Raj Ghat and other memorials, the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the Secretariat, Rajpath, the Parliament and Vijay Chowk are some other places tourists love to see. Chandni Chowk is the 17th century market which is famous for jewellery and zari saris. The national capital is well connected by road, train and air.
  8. Ajanta– Ellora: Ajanta caves are situated in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. These caves are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which include paintings and sculptures. The Archaeological Survey of India describes these as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting.” They are the masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales.  Ellora is also a World Heritage Site which is protected under the Archaeological Survey of India. It is known for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples built during the rule of the Kalachuri, Chalukya and Rashtrakuta dynasties. Both the places are easy to reach.
  9. Darjeeling: This is a town in the state of West Bengal. It is known for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a place of great natural beauty. The dawn of a new day is something tourists enjoy immensely in Darjeeling. Snow-covered Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks offer a spectacular sight for the tourists.
  10. Mysore: This is the third largest city in the state of Karnataka. It was earlier ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty. The city is known for its palaces namely Mysore Palace, Jaganmohana Palace and Lalitha Mahal. Other tourist attractions in Mysore are the zoo, K.R.S. Dam, Vrindavan Garden, Chamundeshwari Temple etc. The city is also famous for silk saris and peta. It is well connected by road, train and air.

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