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Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

I have not done a top 10 list for a long time now, and with Summer Holidays on, I thought it was a good time to post this list – The top 10 tourist destinations in India.

India is very very diverse – probably the most diverse of countries that you will find on this earth. We have some of the Coldest places in Kashmir, A place that has highest rainfall in world – Cherrapunji, and also one if the driest places on the Earth – The Thar Desert. Adding to that – More than half of Indian boundary is home to beautiful beaches. And don’t forget that Northern part of India hosts Himalayan Ranges snow capped mountains.

Mix all this with different cultures and hundreds of Languages and Dialects – You have a got a potent mix of diversity. If you really think, I really am amazed that with such diverse people & geographies how do we operate as one single democratic country !

Anyways, I am digressing here. Let me now give you

The Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India


TajMahal | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

Agra’s Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of three World Heritage Sites in Agra.

Completed in 1653, the T?j Mahal was built by the Mughal king Sh?h Jah?n as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumt?z Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewelers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens.

Jaipur / Udaipur

Jaipur is also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is a very famous tourist and education destination in India.

Jaipur | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India 

Lots of people flock to Jaipur to view the various forts and monuments in Jaipur which reflect its glorious past. Tourism is a significant part of Jaipur’s economy. Some of the world’s best hotels are located here.

Forts & Monuments

  • Hawa Mahal
  • Amber Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jal Mahal
  • Rambagh Palace
  • Chandra Mahal, The City Palace, Jaipur
  • Diwan-e-Aam, City Palace
  • Central Museum, (Albert Hall Museum)


Goa is Famous for its pristine beaches, infact 90% of all the tourism in Goa happens only for its beautiful beaches in Coastal Areas. Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the summertime (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.

Goa | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

In 2008 there were more than three million tourists reported to have visited Goa, more than half million of whom were from Foreign visitors. Infact, many foreigners have made Goa as there home for its laid-back and relaxed lifestyle !


Kashmir was once called Heaven on Earth, and once of the most beautiful places in the world. However, in last couple of decades, terrorism has faded its charm – A place home to Himalayan Ranges.

kashmir | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

The State of Jammu & Kashmir has main three geographical regions known as “The Lesser Himalayas” or the “Jhelum Valley” (Kashmir), “The Inner Himalayas” or “The Indus Valley” (Ladakh & Frontier areas) also called “Trans-Himalayas”, and “The Outer-Himalayas” or “The Southern mountain range” (Jammu). The area of Jammu & Kashmir is 2, 22,236 square kilometers.


kanyakumari | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

Though there are several places of tourist-interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. 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 balmy, full-moon evenings, one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time – on either side of the horizon.

Kerala (Backwaters)

Keralabackwaters | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

Kerala, situated on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Named as one of the "ten paradises of the world" and "50 places of a lifetime" by the National Geographic Traveler magazine, Kerala is especially known for its ecotourism initiatives, Beautiful Backwaters and Alternative healing massages.

Old Delhi


Delhi, Capital of India has many attractions like mosques, forts and other monuments that represent India’s history. The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort. New Delhi on the other hand houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest.

QutubMinar | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

The Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb have been declared World Heritage Sites.

Ajanta Ellora

AjanthaEllora | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

Ajantha & Ellora are 28 – 30 rock-cut cave monuments created during the first century BC and 5th century AD, containing paintings and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art.

The caves are located just outside the village of Ajantha / Ellora in Aurangabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Since 1983, the Ajanta & Ellora Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Darjeeling in India owes’ its grandeur to its natural beauty, its clean fresh mountain air and above all, the smiling resilient people for whom it is a home. Known for its natural splendor, Darjeeling’s best gift to its’ visitors is the dawn of a new day. The mountains awaken first with a tentative peeking of the sun.

darjeeling | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

A steep ride, five kilometers from Ghoom, or an invigorating walk up a steep incline, leads sun worshippers to Tiger Hill. The air is chilly with darkness and damp. To the east, a dull orange sun emerged painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. The snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly emerge from slumber to start a new day. The sun worshippers gasp at the magnificent sight.


mysorepalace | Top 10 Tourist Destinations in India

Mysore is a tourism hot spot within the state of Karnataka and also acts as a base for other tourist places in the vicinity of the city. The city receives the maximum number of tourists during the period of the Dasara festival when festivities take place for a period of 10 days. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is the center of the Dasara festivities.

Hope you have found this Top Ten Tourist Destinations in India article interesting. If you have any questions, do drop in a comment

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  1. Add a comment…

  2. Sanjay Kumar Lodha

    magan ho gaya.

  3. good rating…… see African safari… http://beatrip-makeatrip.blogspot.com/2011/07/masai-mara-national-park-big-game.html

  4. Kiganda Noah Ssonko

    India is a tourist hub. And Uganda has Gorillas plus the beautiful River Nile.

  5. Lovely

  6. hey where is dharmshala.

  7. proud to my kanyakumari.

  8. greattttttt.Thank you

  9. Saurabh Tiwary

    well rated,,,,, I had been to all these places.

  10. Saurabh Tiwary

    well rated,,,,, I had been to all these places.

  11. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  12. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  13. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  14. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  15. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  16. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

    • Hi Manisha Sharma I would like to know is it safe to travel kashmir now ?

      • Thushar Madhavan

        Kashmir is very safe now, i went their last month. i realize why Pakistan is fighting for this place? really beautiful place. I don’t know how to say about Kashmir Valley, Its beyond the words……..

        • It is the most beautiful place in the world.. n Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris…ONLY KASHMIRIS…..

  17. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  18. Manisha Sharma

    tour to kanyakumari and kashmir is awsome experience, great.

  19. where is the konark and odisha

  20. gud one….

  21. Richardson Ward

    Hi there .. great post .. It is most interesting blogs i’d like to visit again and again .. I am looking forward to see more interesting content like this .. Now i agreed that India is one of the beautiful place in this world .. specially their hotels :)

  22. Ray Saurabh Nath

    Mr. Author: Arun Prabhudesai: I would like to draw your attention towrds this lin of your where you have posted top10 places to visit in India. I would like to tell you that you have acknowledge Bihar drawing more tourist than Goa than why can’t we see Bihar/Boghgaya as being top 10 tourist places in India. Please make some change here so that Bihar could improve upon its image and status as one of the best tousit places of this great Counrty.

  23. There are some here I wouldn’t rate among the top ten but everyone’s take on things are bound to be different. Goa and the Backwaters are okay but doesn’t deserve to be here. Kanyakumari, Mysore and Darjeeling are crap. I agree with Harpal. Golden Temple is truly special. Deserves to be here. No comments on Kashmir because I haven’t been there.

    • @Arvind, you must have not visited Mysore palace, from inside, one of the best art and architecture you can ever imagine. And it is the 2nd most visited place in India. Backwaters of Kerala are surely one great tourism efforts from people of kerala, they are world class, believe me and Kanyakumari i’m not sure why it has made up in top 10. The top 10 list is complete i feel with a little bit of debate left to the people to comment.

  24. How can you leave out Amritsar, the Sikh holy city where the Harmandir Sahib (Golden temple) is located. It recieves more visitors than the Taj Mahal. Go to Amritsar in Punjab, India you won’t regret it.

  25. A nicely composed and informative article. Though I wonder why Mumbai is not up there.

    • i like ol this places in india very much.. i wish i can roam here wid my dear ones . the best place is kashmir where i hav evere gone.! it was very enjoyable..! kashmir was a trip bto heaven for me..!!!

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