One of the largest countries of the world, India is a magnetic mosaic of colours and contrasts. From the towering snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the lush rolling hills of Nilgiris, India has a diverse set of places to visit, explore and fall in love with. While the pulse of the country can be found in its lesser known fringes that are home to a myriad languages and vibrant festivals, let’s start by exploring some of its most spectacular cities that have been for years on end, prime destinations for tourism in India. Start with Delhi’s Mughal heritage and glitzy malls. Head to Mumbai for a glimpse into the one of the world’s biggest movie industries. Go to Jaipur, the Pink City and marvel for hours on end at the stunning sandstone architecture peppered across the erstwhile land of the royals. Visit Agra for the dazzling palace, Taj Mahal that was a Mughal emperor’s labour of love for his wife and this city also plays a crucial role in India’s tourism.. Experience Kolkata during October, when the colorful Durga Puja festivities hit the streets of the City of Joy.
Next up is the country’s picturesque countryside that is a major contributing factor to India’s tourism. Stretching from Kerala’s glistening backwaters, to the peaceful Himachali villages dotting the popular attractions of Manali and Ladakh. For cinematic landscapes ranging from misty tea plantations to remote monasteries, explore India’s northeast region that boasts of gems such as Darjeeling, Sikkim and the charming Meghalaya. These are the states that will lend an unique perspective about India. Unwind at one of Goa’s legendary parties by the beach and later, delve into the city’s Portuguese connection. The glorious country is also a food-lover’s paradise and will tell you more about India and its past than any tour guide could. Gorge on Amritsar’s luscious butter chicken, Sikkim’s momos, Kerala’s spicy fish curry, Rajasthan’s kachoris, and Chennai’s idlis.