Explore best places for travelling in India
India is Incredible to Travel and Explore!
From our school days, we’ve always read one line which said ‘India is a country with rich and varied heritage and culture’. The real meaning of this sentence is justified when you explore the country to the fullest. Every state you explore, every city you travel to in India has a unique and amazing story to tell about its culture, and you’ll have a lot to explore everywhere. From Historic Monuments to Holy Places, from Cold Mountains to Countless Beaches and a Desert India has them all. If you’re an Indian remember one statement, ‘Explore your own country before you wish to travel and explore the World’.
India is divided into parts to specifically explain its rich Heritage and the Versatility the country shows in every corner.
Let’s take you on a virtual tour of the best places for travelling in india and I promise by the end of this article you’d want to travel and explore India as badly as I want to. Let’s go!
Northern of India comprises the following states and territories – Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, and Uttar Pradesh. The other states that are sometimes included in the North are – Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Gujarat. All of these states Individually have their own cultures and way of living which is so diverse and beautiful to explore.
North India is the Historic Centre of The Mughal Empire, Delhi Sultanate, and The British Indian Empire. It also includes Hindu Pilgrimages – Char Dham, Haridwar, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Mathura, Vaishno Devi, and Pushkar. Buddhist Pilgrimages – Sarnath and Khushinagar and the Sikh Golden Temple.
This part of the country also has some World Heritage sites – Khajuraho Temples, Hill Forts of Rajasthan, Jantar Mantar, Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and the world-famous Taj Mahal. North India also has several hill stations and high altitudes for all mountain lovers.
North India’s culture, Ganga – Jamuni Tehzeeb, is an amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim religious traditions. There are many more specific cultures and traditions that pertain to each state but the beauty of it all is how they co-exist.
When coming to food preferences, the most famous North dishes you must try are Chaats, Samosa, Chole Bhature, Rogan Josh, Dal Makhani, Tandoori Chicken, Thali, Amritsari Kulcha, Malaiyyo, and Balushahi. You shouldn’t miss any of these while exploring North.
Here’s a list of 27 places you must visit in Northern of India to Explore their beauty to the fullest –
- Delhi, NCR
- Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
- Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- Kullu and Manali, Himachal Pradesh
- Mussoorie and Dehradun, Uttarakhand
- Dharamsala and McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh
- Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
- Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
- Amritsar, Punjab
- Chandigarh, Punjab
- Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
- Nainital, Uttarakhand
- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
- Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
- Alwar, Rajasthan
- Mount Abu, Rajasthan
- Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Srinagar – Kashmir
- Leh-Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir
- Auli, Uttarakhand
- Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
- Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
- Pushkar, Rajasthan
- Ranthambore, Rajasthan.
This was all about Northern of India in brief.
South India comprises the following states and territories – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep. South India is bound by The Arabian Sea in the West, The Bay of Bengal in the East, and The Indian Ocean in the South.
According to History, South India was ruled by several dynastic kingdoms – Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas, Pallavas, Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Bahmani, Deccan Sultanates, Kakatiyas, Kadambas, Hoysalas, Maratha Empire Arakkal, and Mysore. Hyderabad was ruled by the Nizams and the place still has the princely feeling. It is also believed that the Muslim conquests in the Indian Subcontinent especially across the South have largely impacted the history and culture of South India.
Geographically speaking, this region is diverse with two mountain ranges – Western and Eastern Ghats. It also has several rivers flowing which are the most important non-perennial sources of water – Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Tungabhadra, and Vaigai. South India has a huge number of Temples spread across and some Mosques and Churches in places. It also has some historic places like the Charminar, Lotus Mahal, and Thanjavur Fort.
Must-try foods while visiting Southern India tourist places are – Idli, different types of Dosas, Medu Vada, Upma, Sambar, Rasam, Tamarind Rice, Uttapam, Appam, Pongal, Payasam, Kerala Prawn Curry, Hyderabadi Biryani, Lemon Rice, a proper South Indian Meal on a Banana Leaf and the most famous South Indian Filter Coffee.
Now, here’s a list 30 of must-visit Southern India tourist places –
- Coorg, Karnataka
- Wayanad, Kerala
- Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
- Ooty and Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Gokarna, Karnataka
- Hampi, Karnataka
- Varkala, Kerala
- Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
- Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
- Madurai, Tamil Nadu
- Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
- Pondicherry, Puducherry
- Munnar, Kerala
- Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
- Alleppey, Kerala
- Kumarakom, Kerala
- Kochi, Kerala
- Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
- Thekkady, Kerala
- Trivandrum, Kerala
- Hyderabad, Telangana
- Warangal, Telangana
- Araku valley, Andhra Pradesh
- Chikmagalur, Karnataka
- Mysore, Karnataka
- Bangalore, Karnataka
- Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
- Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
- Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
This was all of South India in brief.
East India comprises the following states and territories – Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, and Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands. East India was ruled by several empires in History which include – Nandas, Mauryans, Guptas, Palas, Senas, Delhi Sulthanates, Bengal Sulthanates, Mughals, and the British Empire. The region is bound by Bhutan, Nepal in the North, by Bangladesh in the East, Bay of Bengal in the South East and is connected to The Seven Sister States of North East India. East India is said to have quite a lot of influence from the Portuguese when it comes to their culture, traditions, and East Indian Cuisine as well.
The most famous foods you must try in the east are – Litti Chokha, Machcher Jhol, Bengali Fish Curry, Rasgulla, Dalma, and Rasmalai.
Northeast India comprises 8 states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. This region shares International Borders with the following – Tibet, China in the North, Myanmar in the East, Bangladesh in the South-west, Nepal in the west, and Bhutan in the North-west. Like East India, Northeast India also has most of its influence from the Portuguese and also from Nepal and China when it comes to cuisine.
The must-try foods when in this region are – Momos, Thukpa, Assamese fish curry, Manipuri Kelli chana, Bamboo steamed fish, and Steamed pork.
Here’s a list of 31 places you must visit in East and Northeast India –
- Nathula Pass, Sikkim
- Kaziranga National Park, Assam
- Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
- Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
- Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
- Goechala, Sikkim
- Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, Meghalaya
- Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya
- Pelling, Sikkim
- Gangtok, Sikkim
- Majuli, Assam
- Dibrugarh, Assam
- Gorichen Peak, Arunachal Pradesh
- Shillong, Meghalaya
- Agartala, Tripura
- Dimapur, Nagaland
- Kohima, Nagaland
- Imphal, Manipur
- Aizawl, Mizoram
- Guwahati, Assam
- Roing, Arunachal Pradesh
- Darjeeling, West Bengal
- Bodh Gaya, Bihar
- Kolkata, West Bengal
- Dooars, West Bengal
- Gopalpur, Odisha
- Konark, Odisha
- Digha, West Bengal
- Puri, Odisha
- Jorhat, Assam
- Siliguri, West Bengal
This was all about East and North-East India in brief.
West India comprises the following states and territories – Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. West India has the Thar Desert in the North, the Vindhya range in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the West. Ancient History shows that West India was divided into 3 major states by Hwen Thsang – Sindh, Gurjara, and Balabhi. Parts of Gujarat was a part of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Western India also saw many empires – The Maurya Empire, Gupta Empire, Rajputs, Satavahanas, Indo Greeks, etc. Later came the Mughals and The Maratha Empire which became very dominant. It is also said that there is a lot of influence of the Maratha Empire on West India and Maharashtra especially when it comes to their cultures and traditions.
The must-try foods in West India are – Vada Pav, Zunka Bhakri, Bombay duck, Goan Fish Curry, Bebinca, Thepla, Shrikhand, Dhokla, Gatte ki sabzi, Ghewar, Laal Maas, Misal Pao, and the Goan Chicken Cutlet Pao.
Here’s a list of 15 places to visit in West India –
- Goa beaches
- Kutch, Gujarat
- Diu, Daman, and Diu
- Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Ajanta and Ellora caves, Maharashtra
- Matheran, Maharashtra
- Gir, Gujarat
- Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
- Tarkarli, Maharashtra
- Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
- Manori, Maharashtra
- Champaner, Gujarat
- Alibag, Maharashtra
- Amboli, Maharashtra
- Ganapatipule, Maharashtra
This was West India in brief.
It is a very loosely defined area of the country which comprises Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Historically speaking Central India was considered as the South of North India and hence, how it was ruled and by whom, its cultural influence, its cuisine, and almost everything is the same as North India.
The list of places you must visit in Central India is –
- Bandhavgarh National Park
- Kanha National Park
This was Central India in brief.
India is a Diverse country and you can never have enough of the Country. Explore your own country before you plan your World Tour! Pack your bags, explore and stay safe!