Encircled by a spiritual aura, soaked in the colours of festivities and culture, and adorned with a diverse landscape, India is no ordinary land. By and large, a tourist destination that is festooned by the paradisiacal Jammu & Kashmir in the North, culturally rich Tamil Nadu in the South, sacred Gujarat in the West, and the breathtaking Arunachal Pradesh in the East, the country is rightly called incredible India. A travel experience in India is unlike any as this world's seventh largest country has a lot in store for the traveller of every kind. The list of top tourist attractions in India is expansive. Needless to say that each cardinal direction has numerous well-known tourist destinations, and thus no matter where you plan your holiday in the country, your experience is guaranteed to be an impeccable one.
In North India, architecturally rich, Rajasthan; vivacious Punjab; diverse Uttar Pradesh; picturesque J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with their attractions like City Palace, Golden Temple, Taj Mahal, GHNP, and Badrinath along with plenty others welcome tourists from across the world. The royal state of Rajasthan is adorned with numerous palaces, forts, and cenotaphs in its top tourist destinations like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh and more. On the other hand, region's second largest state, Uttar Pradesh is a reflection of varied cultures and is home to a number of religious sites like Varanasi, Ayodhya, Allahabad, Sarnath and many others. However Uttar Pradesh isn't the only destination in North India with pilgrimage sites, the neighbouring Uttarakhand (earlier the part of the state), is replete with Hindu holy sites like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. The state also boasts spectacular natural beauty with the sight of Greater Himalayas and peak likes Nanda Devi. The adjacent Himachal Pradesh gives Uttarakhand a good run for the money when it comes to scenic places. Himachal is blessed with a gorgeous landscape that of Lahaul & Spiti and tourist destinations like Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Manali, Palampur, Shimla and many more. Haryana and Punjab too have some interesting places to visit including Chandigarh, Kurukshetra, and Amritsar, where the famous Sikh pilgrimage Golden Temple is situated. The northernmost Jammu & Kashmir is indeed the crown of the country with jewels like Srinagar, Pahalgam, Leh, Pangong Tso, Gulmarg, Vaishno Devi and several other surreal destinations to visit.
In South India, a travel experience of cultural heritage is promised. States like Tamil Nadu, which is also the topmost destination of India tourism; Kerala; Andhra Pradesh; Karnataka, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Lakshadweep, and Telangana offer an unparalleled experience of exploring some imposing temples like Tirupati Balaji; beautiful beaches such Radhanagar; surreal backwaters in Alappuzha; and the southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari. South India boasts being the ally of the ocean and the sea and has some incredible beaches like Kovalam in Kerala, Gokarna in Karnataka, Paradise Beach in Tamil Nadu, and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep. The southern states are architecturally rich and have a flavoursome blend on display ranging from Dravidian to Portuguese and Dutch architecture. Mysore, Bidar, Mahabalipuram, Hampi are some of the must-visit places in South India. Home to Western and Eastern Ghats, South India is a safe shelter for rich wildlife and some rare species. Periyar National Park, Bandipur, Nagarhole and their likes make for some important tourist attractions in South India. It is needless to say there is no dearth of temples and pilgrimage places in this part of the country. Rameswaram, one of the four prime pilgrimage destinations in India is in south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Also, Velankanni, an important Christian religious site in Tamil Nadu as well. Country's richest temple Tirupati Balaji also blesses South India with its presence so does the Sabarimala Temple and the Gommateshwara Statue.
The East and Northeast India is a repository of unsurpassed places. The eastern state of Bihar is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site while Odisha is home to Lord Jagannath. This part of the country also flaunts opulent culture and history. A large contribution in this realm is made by West Bengal, the connoisseur of literature and art. Kolkata, Bishnupur, Malda make some of the important places for cultural and history aficionados in West Bengal. Northeast India, on the other hand, overwhelms tourists with varied cultures, traditions, and beautiful places to see. Where Sikkim is home to one of the world's highest mountains, Kanchenjunga, Assam is the land of One-horned Rhinos (Kaziranga and Manas National Park) and the biggest river island in the world. This part of India has a rich tribal culture which can be best witnessed in Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya. The states like Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura too have plenty of tribes, gorgeous landscape, and a number of places to see.
The Arabian Sea is your companion in West India with Sahyadri being the other gorgeous sight to behold. This part of the country offers cultural diversity, religious fervour, and surreal beachscape to plan a holiday. Where in Gujarat, destinations like Somnath and Dwarka offer best religious tours, in Maharashtra, one has the opportunity to worship Lord Ganesha and Sai Baba in Mumbai and Shirdi. Goa and the union territory Daman & Diu invite you for the best beach holiday. The other union territory, Dadra & Nagar Haveli offers a glimpse of architecturally rich India with stunning sites in its capital Silvassa. West India is also home to two types of big cats - Royal Bengal Tiger and Asiatic Lions. While the Tigers can be seen in many of the sanctuaries and reserves like Tadoba National Park, Asiatic Lions in large numbers can only be seen in Gir National Park.
Central India too adds a commendable charm to the landscape, historical, and wildlife heritage of the country. From being home to the national parks like Bandhavgarh and Pench to rich culture and history of both the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, central India is an unmissable tourist destination. There's almost no one who would enjoy their time in this part of India as it is blessed with such diverse attractions that can please a traveller of any kind. The fort of Gwalior, the temple groups of Khajuraho, the quaint and imposing Orchha, the majestic Chitrakoot Waterfall, and the opulent tribal culture, all make Central India the apt reflection of diverse and impressive India.