The 7 Most Beautiful Places in India [And How to Get There]

The best part of going to India is you can travel as lavishly and cheaply as you want. You can book hotels that are cheap yet offer mesmerizing accommodation, or try the luxurious authentic palace hotels. But whichever you prefer, you can still go around and witness the 7 most beautiful places in India!

The best places in India that you should visit:

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is famous for its Mughal architecture with a combination of Iranian, Persian, Islamic and Indian style. Its structure looms on the Yamuna River with a fairytale-like reflection putting many tourists at awe. No doubt that this beauty made it as the most visited monument in India and one of the Seven Wonders of the Worlds!

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

In the changing light of the day, Taj Mahal also appears to change its appearance. You can see it brightly during sunrise as it majestically reveals itself.

How to get to Taj Mahal?

The most convenient way to go to Taj Mahal is to fly to Agra. But since flights are limited, most people fly to New Delhi and take atrain from there. The train travel from New Delhi to Agra Cantt Station is only about 3 hours so it’s pretty much convenient, too. In order to make sure you have a comfortable seat, it is highly recommended to buy your ticket in advance.

Leh, Ladakh

This place is by far one of the most beautiful places in India to be one with nature. It has a vast expanse of valleys, hills, and rivers where you can trek, ski, bike, or enjoy rafting.

Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers in Ladakh, India
Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers in Ladakh, India

Some locals suggest visiting the place during summertime when most vibrant festivals happen and the weather is most exciting. Meanwhile, some recommend visiting the place during winter when you can walk across the frozen Zanskar river. Wintertime is also for the adventurous as this marks the beginning of Chadar-Trek, the famous international winter trail.

How to get to Leh, Ladakh?

From New Delhi, take a flight to Leh, Ladakh. If you are adventurous, take a bus to Leh via the Manali Road. You can also fly to Srinagar and take a bus or van from there via Kargil. The road is scenic and one of the best highways in the world in terms of scenery.

Varanasi

Varanasi is not just a tourist spot but also a religious capital for Hindus. It’s a significant pilgrimage to Hindus as the Ganges River run through the city, attracting thousands of pilgrims and devotees every year. Further, it’s also recognized as the City of Music by UNESCO. This is because the city is known for music heritage traced back to the Puranic literature. Until today, it values and passed on the roots of their music to younger generations.

Ahilya Ghat by the Ganges, Varanasi
Ahilya Ghat by the Ganges, Varanasi | Photo by Ken Wieland under creative commons

How to get to Varanasi?

Varanasi is pretty much connected by air from major cities in India like Mumbai and New Delhi. So, you can either fly or take a train to Varanasi from many points in India.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal was built to let the royal women have a majestic view of public activities such as festivals and processions. Since the ladies are not allowed to come in front during these occasions, the Hawa Mahal helps them witness the event without being visible to the public.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur | Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra under creative commons

The Hawa Mahal is a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles with floral imprints. Presently, the place also serves as an archeological museum housing Jaipur’s ancient artifacts.

How to get to Hawa Mahal?

To get to Hawa Mahal, you will need to fly or take a train to Jaipur. From the airport or the train station, take a mini bus, taxi or tuktuk to Hawa Mahal. The mini bus option is when you arrive at Jaipur Railway Station. The mini bus ride to Hawa Mahal is about 15 minutes depending on the traffic situation. You can take bus #1, 2 or 3 for airconditioned buses and bus #1A or 9A for non-airconditioned bus.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most visited places in India during summer. It has a perfect view of the snow-capped Himalayan, green valleys, and more. Apart from sightseeing, one of the best things to do in Shimla is to shop at the Mall Road. They offer a variety of products from books, artifacts, spices, and even electronics. They also sell toys as souvenirs that are made with a touch of Indian arts.

The Chandrataal Lake, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh | Photo by Madhumita Das under creative commons

How to get to Himachal Pradesh?

The best way to get to Himachal Pradesh is by taking a flight to Chandigarh then take a car or local buses to get around. You can also take a train but it will take quite a long journey.

Goa

Goa is considered as India’s little paradise. It has famous beaches like Calangute Beach, Agonda Beach, and more. In here, you will experience the beach nightlife in two worlds: Portuguese and Indian culture. The sparkling sea will invite you to relax and just enjoy the beach life.

Beach in Goa
Beach in Goa | Photo by Ian D. Keating under creative commons

Also, you can stroll around the area and have a traditional temporary tattoo painted on your skin. Tribal tattoo artists just stroll around the area offering a very flexible price!

How to get to Goa?

The most convenient way to go to Goa is by taking a flight to Dabolim Airport. But, if you are on a budget or prefer to travel overland, you can take a train or bus from major cities in India like Pune, Mangalore and Mumbai.

Andaman

With Andaman Island’s turquoise waters, this island is the perfect escape from the bustling city. It is a sugar-white sand beach that will surely give you a nice photo to post! It is also considered as one of the most beautiful places in India to witness the flame-and-purple sunsets. A visit to Andaman Island is a great way to end your trip to India!

Coral Reefs in Andaman Island
Coral Reefs in Andaman Island | Photo by Ritiks under creative commons

How to get to Andaman?

There are two ways to get to Port Blair in Andaman: by plane and by ship. You can take a direct flight from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkota, Chennai, and Bangalore to Port Blair. Alternatively, you can also take a boat from Chennai, Vizag, and Kolkota.

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