Top 11 Places In India That Foreigners Are Craziest About Visiting

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From pristine beaches in the south to mighty mountains in the north; From lush green western ghats to roaring wildlife in the east, India definitely puts the lust in wanderlust!

Offering all kinds of stunning scenery, Indian destinations are a massive hit not only with Indians, but with foreigners as well! Here's a list of places in India that foreigners are craziest about visiting:

God's own country

Kerala is rated as the most popular tourist destination in India by international travellers who cite beaches, Ayurveda resorts and spas as the prime attractions.

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Kerala can surprise you in ways you cannot even imagine. From beaches like, Kovalam, Varkala, Kannur, Bekal, Kerala can quickly transform into a hill station with tea and spice plantation. Experience overnight backwater cruises in Alleppy and if you love nature, explore the Wayanad region to experience dense jungles with a lot of flora and fauna and tree houses! - an experience of a lifetime!

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The greatest traveller hangout of the known world

Far from the material pull and pressures of the world, they dance away their worries in Kasol, entranced by the hypnotic music and the beauty of full moon nights in the hills.

Credits: Rishbh Sharma

Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

Branded as India’s answer to Amsterdam, Kasol in Himachal Pradesh is truly a backpacker's wonderland with hippie culture and soothing vistas.

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The Gift of the Forests

With lush greenery and peaceful environs, Kodaikanal has long been epitomised as the ultimate fun destination for foreign travellers.

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If a psychedelic trip away from reality is your kind of vacation, Kodaikanal is the place to visit. The popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu is becoming increasingly famous for its 'magic mushrooms.' Want to get a taste of this euphoria? Now you know where to go!

Credits: Ahmed Mahin Fayaz

Photo of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Gunjan Upreti

Endless stretch of beautiful, sandy beaches

A small pilgrimage town in Karnataka which with the advent of tourism immediately turned into a laid back vacationing spot. Most of Goa regulars have now moved to Gokarna’s serene beaches, where the crowds are less and the beaches cleaner.

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Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Gunjan Upreti

Gokarna is bifurcated into two parts, one side for the religious devotee who come to seek blessings of Shiva, and the other for happy–go–lucky travellers, seeking for some peace in nature’s very own lap.

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Majesty of Taj

It wouldn't be incorrect to say that it's only the grandeur of the Taj Mahal–a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World–that draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame.

Photo of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

Few other places you can visit in Agra are Taj Museum, Itimad-ud-Daulah, Akbar's Mausoleum, and Kinari Bazaar!

So much more than just ruins!

A world of forlorn ruins, a carnival of carvings, a pilgrim’s delight, a backpacker’s refuge, a historian’s riddle, an artist’s muse, a sage’s sanctuary and a writer's inspiration, Hampi can be a million things all at once!

Credits: Mahesh Telkar

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Gunjan Upreti

While history and heritage are still the main course on Hampi's tourism menu, places such as the hippie island are celebrated by travellers for its laid-back environment and distance from tourists soaking in the magnificence of ancient temples and ruins.

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The Land of Allowances

Goa has undoubtedly proved its mettle as the fun capital of India. Renowned for its fun-filled vibe and enjoyable culture, Goa is considered to be the best place to spend a vacation regardless the season. From party beaches with all night revelry to hidden sun-kissed coves where you won’t see another soul, Goa has something for everyone.

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Photo of Goa, India by Gunjan Upreti

A stalwart of the hippie scene since the 1960s, partying literally dominates Goa. The beaches in Goa are full of travellers looking to have a good time and is especially popular with the young Israeli and Russian crowd. The partying starts late here, around midnight, and goes on until the early hours of the morning.

Get ready for a spiritual high

Celebrated as the ‘yoga capital of the world’, Rishikesh is a magnet for spiritual seekers with its assortment of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes.

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Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Gunjan Upreti

Rishikesh also happens to be the most renowned river rafting destination in India. Every year thousands of people head to Rishikesh (between the month of September and April) to experience the thrill of white water rafting. There are multiple rapids ranging from ferocious to mild along the stretch from Shivpuri down till Ram Jhula.

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A sea of forts and palaces

A major tourist destination, Jaipur is gateway to India’s most flamboyant state! Loved globally for its coloured gems, the capital city of Rajasthan is the perfect amalgamation of ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis.

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Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Gunjan Upreti

Places to visit in Jaipur: Amber Palace, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Lakshmi-Narayan Temple and Lake Palace.

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The French Capital of India

Do you remember that dream most of us have had in which we are running on a beautiful beach with wind in our hair? That beach is in Pondicherry.

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Photo of Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Gunjan Upreti

From Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach, to Serenity Beach and Promenade Beach, Pondicherry is one of the most popular beach destinations in India and unlike other beach destinations in the country, beaches in Pondicherry are known for their tranquil ambience.

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Soulful, sacred, and full of surprises!

This city has seen the world turn. Standing the tests of time for over 5,000 years, Varanasi is said to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.

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Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Gunjan Upreti

In Mark Twain’s words, “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

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Great guide for first time visitor in India. As an Indian, I totally agree here. It is a wonderful country for travelers because it has a combination of all adventurous, historical and religious places.
Sun 09 24 17, 23:21 · Reply · Report
The list looks perfect except for Jaipur should be renamed as Forts and palaces of Rajasthan, because I've seen hundreds of foreigners in Jaisalmer and jodhpur as well. one more place which deserves the list is the Havelock island, which has more foreigners than Indian tourists. I've personally visited Goa, pondicherry, Hampi, gokarna, Kerala, Jaipur among this list, I've seen huge foreign crowds in all of this list. You should visit this list before commenting.
Tue 09 05 17, 01:20 · Reply · Report
This article reminded me of the trip I had taken to Kasol. I live in Mumbai and I travelled to Chandigarh then to Kasol. It took me collectively 20-30hrs to get there from Bombay. This included a train to Chandigarh which took me about 17 to 18 hrs and then a bus ride to Kasol for about 8 hrs. A friend of mine advised me to get back to Mumbai via ferry flight. I booked the ferry flight on www.bookmycharters.com which helped me save a lot of time and effort. I hope this helps.
Mon 07 31 17, 00:41 · Reply · Report
nice
Sat 07 29 17, 03:51 · Reply · Report
Missed out few...North East.. Rajasthan...Ladakh....Remote Himachal
Thu 11 24 16, 21:40 · Reply · Report
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