Last Updated: August 17, 2019 Abhishek Gurung
‘Travelling is good’ why you ask? Well, for starters, you get an utmost pleasure and confidence in interacting with new people, it broadens your mind and you see your surroundings in a whole new way. However, these are just part of one dimension, another can as well educate yourself. How and Where? Let us guide you. Travel and Education are two wonderful aspects that both blend well together, especially if you enjoy walking amidst yesterdays. And one such place we call a perfect educational destination is India, which is a vibrant country that speaks many language, and offers a platform for students to learn and explore a medley of cultures, customs and people. So, why not make the most of it and plan a journey with your classmates learning about country’s time-worn stories in their ancient sites around the many historical destinations. You can delve into its ruins, admire the architectural art work and its shrines. In fact, wherever you place your feet in India, it has something significant to offer.
So, let’s cut to the chase and scroll through some of the 15 best sites to visit for educational journey in India:
1. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Whenever a thought of visiting Agra pops up, often images of the grand mausoleum, Taj Mahal takes over our mind. Taj’s unparalleled beauty is such that, it baffles and makes one simply admire the work of art. Its brilliant Mughal, Islamic and Persian architecture revolves around its many attractions like Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Itmad-Ud-Daulah making it an ideal place to come for an educational tour. Inside the richly decorated Red Fort, you can tour amid the Jahangir Palace, marble mosques, Diwan-e-Khas all inside a high fortification wall. A fortified ancient city, Fatehpur Sikri is another best examples that displays Mughal architecture. It is a well preserved walled city that houses many palaces, mosque and Panch Mahal, used for relaxation by the kings. Here, as a student, you can learn about the history of the Mughals. Thus, we can say that, Agra is one of the best destinations to visit for educational tours in India.
Being one of the popular destinations in India, Agra has a number of well-maintained hotels from budget to luxury hotels and resorts. If you come in large groups, Agra also offers other options like guest houses and hostels offering charming ambience with comfort to the wallet budget.
2. Aurangabad, Maharashtra
A city named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is a popular tourist attraction mainly for its mesmerizing Ajanta and Ellora caves. These two magnificent creations were built more than 2,000 years ago and are UNESCO heritage sites. Aurangabad is suited for those looking for an educational tour for colleges and schools, or simply wanderers coming to acknowledge the beauty of the city; it also has a well-known Bibi ka Maqbara (its structure resembles the Taj Mahal). Here, you can witness how the artisans brilliantly hand-weave the famous Himroo and Paithani Sarees. Aurangabad is not confined to just that, it is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus.
Being one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra, it is evident Aurangabad to have a mix of hotels from luxury to budget. Here, you can opt for high-end hotels offering best facilities and also budget guest houses perfect for those travelling economically.
3. Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka
For those who enjoy being close to the wild, Bannerghatta is a popular tourist destination located near Bangalore. It is a biological park which is likely considered to be a small paradise for nature lovers. Biological Recreation Center is also located within the premises providing research facilities for students. Here, you can arrange a tour for botany students. It is a perfect place to bring children to teach them about the biodiversity and how to conserve it for the future generation. And to make the visit more fun, Bannerghatta Biological Park also has a mini zoo and an animal rescue centre. It is here you can witness the beautiful lion species, which are rarely found in India. During your wildlife safari, you can witness many animal species like Indian gazelle, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, porcupine, hare etc.
On the outskirts of the city, Bannerghatta Biological Park offers nature camps. It can be a great place for students to learn nature survival tricks as the camp provides interesting games as well. However, there are other nature resorts you can opt for as well, if you want to simply relax amid nature.
4. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
Chittorgarh, a land filled with history is another best place to visit for educational tours in Rajasthan for both domestic and international visitors. You can witness the beautiful architecture of Chittorgarh Fort and also see many temples and palaces inside the vicinity. Surrounded by its tumultuous past, it proves to be a great place for historians with keen interests in Indian wars as the fort complex had witnessed many tragic events by royal forces making the ancient city of Chittorgarh to crumble down. However, Chittorgarh can be visited by every enthusiastic traveller.
Chittorgarh has a number of accommodations providing a decent stay during your tour. There are hotels within the city and on the outskirts as well. Depending on what you may prefer, you can select from the wide range of hotels.
5. Delhi NCR
We can all agree to the fact that, Delhi is a land infused with modernism and tradition, a place intact with iconic attractions and we see no reason why not to visit here. The capital is always bustling with tourists from across the globe (even during harsh summers) seeking knowledge about its rustic architecture ruled by dynasties like Mamluk, Khilji, Tughlaq, Sayyid and Lodi. Today, you can walk down the lane of ‘the then era’ and explore the colonial-era parliament buildings, historical forts and a melange of museums. There are many educational places in Delhi you can take the students, it will help them learn more about the history of the country. For instance, visit the National Rail Museum and learn about India’s oldest mode of transportation. The Old Fort in old Delhi is a classic and historical site built by Sher Shah Suri, Nehru Planetarium and Nehru House are two adjacent attractions in Delhi that must be on your to visit list. However, to explore more than one state or one thing, a visit to Dilli Haat will offer you a plethora of things to see, eat and buy. Other educational sites that attract a number of tourists are Shankar’s International Doll’s Museum, Toilet Museum, Crafts Museum.
Delhi is a hub for tourists and travellers, you will get a plethora of hotels in every corner from luxury to budget. And what’s best is, you can even rent houses if you decide to come in large groups. There are many hotels in Delhi as well in pocket friendly prices.
6. Dholavira and Lothal, Gujarat
Dholavira and Lothal located in Gujarat are the two best examples of the Indus Valley Civilization that must be on top of your places to visit list. These two fortified sites are widely popular for their systematic and technological way of living, as these planned settlements has proper drainage, water conservation and sanitation system. And during your visit to Dholavira, you can explore the many water storing tanks, step wells and around five baths. One of which is as big as the great bath of Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan. While in Lothal, you can sightsee and study the ruins like the private baths, drainage system, wells, dockyards etc.
Dholavira Tourism Resort is a decent place to stay while visiting Dholavira. It offers beautiful guest cottages giving an intimate and homely feeling. The Palace Utelia is a reputed hotel in Lothal offering best amenities to the guests. However, there are many hotels in Vadodara and Ahmedabad, from moderate to budget options to stay.
7. Hampi, Karnataka
A charismatic attraction in southern India, Hampi is a UNESCO heritage site that brilliantly displays detailed carvings in rocks. It is a great place that has always been captivating travellers for years because of its historical importance, temples and sculptures. Now, you can also visit and re-discover this temple town. Explore the ancient temples, monuments and forts such as Pampapathi temple, it is one of the oldest functioning temples; elephant stables, place where the royal elephants were kept during the Vijayanagara empire; Lotus palace, known for its lotus like dome; Zenana enclosure, women’s quarters. That’s not all, there are many other attractions in Hampi that can take the entire day to completely get a study tour. However, Hampi Bazaar is one best site that attracts all visitors, you can see various artifacts that include shawls, antique coins, bags and more.
If you want to get a comfortable tour of Hampi, you can stay in some well-maintained guest houses in Hampi near Virupaksha temple. The facilities are basic and simple but if you are looking for modern hotels with better facilities, there are a number of them in Hospet town located around 13 kilometres.
8. Jaipur, Rajasthan
The best idea to learn something is by physically being there and what place could be more beautiful then Jaipur– the perfect place to explore wonderful forts and palaces. During your educational tour in Jaipur, you can go visit magnificent attractions like the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical instruments and central museum as well as wax museum. In Jaipur, you can explore and learn about the rajputana architecture by visiting the popular City Palace, which till today is a resident place for the royal family. Hawa Mahal too holds interesting story, from the streets, the building appears to look like honeycomb with millions of small widows. Nonetheless, Jaipur maintains its royal past for the future that are revisited by travellers from across the globe every year. Amber fort, Nahargarh fort are the two star attractions in Jaipur that revolves around history and it must be visited.
Much like its forts and palaces, the hotels in Jaipur appeal guests with its rajputana style architecture. From the bed to furniture to classic artwork walls, it has a strong appeal to the guests (depending on where you stay though). The accommodation ranges from luxury to pocket friendly and it has guest houses as well. For backpackers, hostels are also available in Jaipur.
9. Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Jodhpur is where the mighty Mehrangarh fort seats overlooking the wide expanse of houses coloured in blue in the old city. You can explore its beautiful forts and palaces adorned in rajput style architecture. Jodhpur is another great place to learn about rajasthan and about the rajput rulers. The best places to visit for an educational tour in Jodhpur besides Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada, is the Umaid Bhawan Palace – one part of the palace still serves as a residence for the former royal family. There are nearby places suitable for history lovers such as Mandore and Osian.
There are many hotels in Jodhpur that offer luxurious suites with exquisite amenities and facilities. Jodhpur also has other varieties of hotels ranging from 5 star to 3 star and even budget hotels.
10. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Similar to Bannerghatta Biological Park, Kaziranga National Park is set amid lush greens surrounded by wild grasslands and deciduous forests. This UNESCO world heritage national park is renowned for the one-horned Rhinoceros, although you may find this endangered specie in national parks like Orang and Pobitora in Assam, Jaldapara in West Bengal, Dudhwa in Uttar Pradesh, Kaziranga has its own charm where you get to see and educate yourself learning about one-horned rhinos. Apart from that, you could take a tour and sightsee wild Asiatic water buffalo and eastern swamp deer as well as other small herbivores like Indian muntjac and wild boar. Kaziranga National Park has many types of vegetation and you may see many students studying biology visit Kaziranga to learn about different flora and fauna.
Being one of the best national park in India, it is evident Kaziranga to have a number of comfortable accommodations options. You get a variety of resorts and hotels to stay ranging from luxury to moderate.
11. Kolkata, West Bengal
The capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata famously know for the Howrah Bridge is an apt place to visit for visitants interested in learning and seeing Kolkata’s numerous attractions. This place is known for its literary, heritage and beautiful artistic skills (Goddess Durga Statues: That can be seen displayed during durga puja). Here, some of the educational places to visit in kolkata that are filled with history and technology are Science City, Sri Aurobindo Bhawan, National Museum and Energy Education Park. You can also visit the Botanical Garden and Zoological Garden that houses many plant and animal species. During your education tour, a heritage walk is also recommended in places like Writers’ Building, Metcalfe Hall, Raj Bhavan, Victoria memorial and more.
There are many hotels in Kolkata for all sorts of travellers, luxury resorts to moderate hotels and even budget friendly guest houses.
12. Konark, Odisha
A small town of Puri district, Konark is a famous destination in Odisha and it is popular for the mega monument of religious significance- The Sun Temple. This attraction is a world heritage site and is also called as a black pagoda because it was built in black granite. Here, you can come visit and be spellbinded by the stunning monument, you can wander amid the temple and see its detailed carved sculptures and the temple on shape of a colossal chariot. The walls of the temple displays erotic sculptures of mathunas (sexual union images).
There are a few hotels nearby the attraction that offer the comfortable stay with decent cost. However, with Puri being 34 kilometres, you can opt to stay here as well. You can find many luxury hotels to budget hotels in Puri.
13. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Scenic coastal town of Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram is a beautiful destination to rejuvenate and feel loved by its calming ambience. Besides its beauty, Mahabalipuram is also one of the best places to visit for educational tours. This place is popular for the Shore Temple complex which was build by sculpted granite stones in Dravidian architectural style. You can visit the rock carving displaying the scenes of Hindu myth in Arjuna’s Penance and also visit the five chariots or Pancha Ratnas designed in a Dravidian style. Krishna’s Butterball, is quite a unique structure, a visit here may make you inquisitive. For those seeking to learn about marine life, a visit to India Seashell Museum is a must. It displays about 40,000 different kinds shells and a large collection of fossils, shark teeth and even whale fins.
There is one luxury hotel in Mahabalipuram and a number of budget accommodations scattered around this coastal town. The hotels are clean and well-maintained, it is recommended to stay in hotels facing the Bay of Bengal.
14. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Located in one of the scenic states of India, Meghalaya– Mawlynnong gives a fine example of cleanliness and hygiene. You can always come for a short trip to witness how well maintained and clean the village has been kept. Sanitation plays an important part in our life, thus, Mawlynnong displays just that. In this humble abode, the locals encourage in rainwater harvesting and banning of polyethene. A travel magazine, ‘Discover India’ gave a status to Mawlynnong in 2003 for being the cleanest village in Asia and India in 2005. A visit to the fascinating attraction near Mawlynnong- Living Root Bridges is a definite must visit while here.
Mawlynnong is a village/ a town, thus it has no such fancy hotels, there are homestays and guest houses however. You can enjoy being close to nature in their simple homes but if you are wanting to stay in hotels, Shillong is around 80 kilometres away.
15. Nalanda, Bihar
Once that was known as the best universities during the 5th century AD, today, Nalanda is a historic site surrounded by parks and red brick ruins. A visit to this archaeological site will offer you a peaceful atmosphere. You can stroll amidst six temples and 11 monasteries present in the vicinity and learn about Buddhist culture. There is also Gupta-era stupas adorned with monks’ cells, terraces and steps. Nalanda is a perfect place to visit with students, there is also a museum displaying the excavated remains like sculpture made of stones, images of bronze and stucco, statue of god and goddesses, coins, clay potteries, terracottas and more of such amazing finds.
There are a number of staying options few kilometres from the site, from Bihar Sharif to Rajgarh, this stretch offers best hotels, all well-maintained with convenient facilities for the guests.
This list sure does say a lot about India’s potential for being a historical country with million sites well-preserved to educate the visitors in time to come. And now that we have come to an end, there must be some places that gave you an itch to embark someday (or right away!). Let us know about them in the comment section below. You can call us at +91-9212553106 or mail us your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with all the answers. We also offer heritage tour packages with best itineraries for you to choose from.
Published: 21 Jul, 2017
Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.