The burgeoning arms of civilization have left some areas far more developed than others in India. Yet, it is hard to choose the best place to spend your vacation. because there is a large number of options available to tourists. It is hard to make a choice considering that all the cities of India are beautiful and unique in a variety of ways.
India has a large collection of natural attractions well dispersed in the nooks and crannies of the country. A visit to any one of these places will be among the most amazing experiences you could ever have. It takes a decent amount of time to truly explore India, so here is a list of the best vacation spots to help you plan your itinerary.
Varanasi is on the banks of the River Ganges and remains one of the most sacred places for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains. The ancient city can be overwhelming for visitors. One of the most impressive sights is that of pilgrims carrying out devotions on the River Ganges at sunrise. The first settlement in Varanasi dates back to the 11th century BC. This gives it a reputation of being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Varanasi has about 2,000 temples, most of which are still largely unexplored.
This part of India was formerly known as Cochin. It is remarkable for its beautiful greenery, lagoons and lakes. There are lots of ancient monuments still available for visitors to see including the 16th-century Jewish synagogue, old churches, Portuguese cottages that are more than 500 years old, as well as areas built by the Portuguese and renovated by the Dutch. The northern shores are decorated with Chinese fishing nets and Dutch cottages. Fort Cochin has one of the oldest churches, St. Francis Church, built by the Europeans. You will not be disappointed when you take your vacation to Kochi.
The state of Himachal Pradesh has Shimla as its capital. Shimla is memorable for the nature of its location, which is along a crescent-shaped ridge at the foothills of the Himalayas. Its elevation and atmosphere give it a resort-like feel that makes it a perfect destination for the British. Around 1864, it became famous as the summer capital of British India. The toy train service operating from Kalka is one of the most novel ways of getting to Shimla. This leisure journey takes between five to seven hours which gives tourists ample time to feast their eyes on the stunning scenery. The Victorian-Gothic spires of Christ Church line the main streets of Shimla. Vacationers will find Shimla terrifically exciting and have lasting stories to tell about the city.
This location has a huge presence of Portuguese architecture left behind for centuries. Its location on the Mandovi River is picturesque, featuring a long stretch of beaches lined with palm trees. Goa is one of the many hot spots in India. The surrounding countryside is littered with luxurious estates constructed by wealthy Indians. One of the notable beaches in Goa is the Anjuna which has become famous for its flea market that operates every Wednesday. Irrespective of what your recreational needs are, Goa has all it takes to make your vacation truly unforgettable.
The city of Jaisalmer is medieval in nature and walled. It sits dramatically on a plateau which makes it look very exotic. Jaisalmer is loved by tourists because of its near-desolate Thar Desert. The streets are lined with little shops, ancient places and temples?some of which are open to the public. One of the most popular activities you will find in this area is the camel safari, which occurs in the surrounding desert around January and February. This awe-inspiring event features folk music, camel races, singing and dancing, which attracts locals and tourists.
Darjeeling is surrounded by tea plantations and scenic hill stations. Darjeeling provides some much-needed shade from India’s intense summer heat. There are many points of interest here including Buddhist monasteries, colorful markets and faded relics. The third-highest mountain on earth, Mount Kanchenjunga, can be seen from Darjeeling around mid-April to June. Getting to Darjeeling will take you a merry eight-hour ride on the toy train.
Some of these places may not be very popular which often limits the number of tourists that plan to visit them. However, their unexplored status makes them a preserved location to enjoy the best of vacations.