11 Places Every American Tourist Should Visit in India

11 Places Every American Tourist Should Visit in India
Last Updated: July 25, 2019

From snow-covered mountains to scorching deserts; beautiful lakes to sparkling beaches; magnificent palaces to glorious forts – India has something to offer to everyone.

Whether you are looking for a spiritual and healing experience or an adventurous and thrilling trip, here are 11 places in India every American tourist should visit for a full and thrilling experience. Enjoy the culture, food, and history of the region and visit a mix of everything to experience the beautiful country that is India.

1. Agra

Taj-Mahal Needing no introduction, Taj Mahal is a popular tourist attraction for foreigners. The finest monument depicting love and devotion, Taj Mahal and other historical monuments of the glorious Mughal era are world famous for their architectural significance and beauty.

It is impossible for any tourist to visit India and not visit the Taj Mahal. A city brimming with culture and heritage, Agra offers tourists multiple sites to re-visit the past and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of unique architecture of the Mughal dynasty.

Along with Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Kinari Bazaar and various gardens around the city are some of the must visit places for tourists.

2. Ladakh

Ladakh Situated in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh should be on top of the list of places American tourists should visit while in India. Commonly referred as “Little Tibet”, Ladakh in Northern India attracts many tourists and locals alike due to its culture and exceptional beauty.

In addition to the lovely weather, places like Pangong Lake, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace make up some of the most amazing and spectacular places you will visit in India. Housing many ancient Buddhist monasteries, these places give tourists a chance to experience the thriving Buddhist culture and tradition in India. Book best holiday packages to Ladakh.

3. Sikkim

Sikkim Bordered by China, Nepal, and Bhutan, Sikkim is the least populous and one of the smallest states in India. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and a colorful and mystical mix of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures and tradition, Sikkim is a must visit for American tourists owing to its rich culture. Tucked away at the base of the Himalayas, with Teesta River flowing beside it, the beauty of Sikkim is indeed stunning and breathtaking.

Visit Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, Tsomgo Lake, Pelling town for a spectacular view of Himalayas, and Rumtek, the oldest monastery in the city for a wholesome experience.

An ideal place to unwind and relax during vacations to India, Sikkim provides American tourists a golden opportunity to enjoy the culture, and the weather of India glorious in its serenity and beauty of nature. Get holiday packages to Sikkim.

4. Kerala

Kerala Commonly referred to as “God’s Own Country”, Kerala is rated as the most popular tourist destination by both locals and international tourists. Making it a must visit place for American tourists, Kerala offers serene, sunny beaches, Ayurveda resorts and nature spas as its few prime attractions. Beautiful and tranquil, Kerala is perfect for couples and family vacations. Moreover, Kerala also has a lot to offer in the form of tea and spice plantations, museums and art galleries, temples and religious sites.

Popular beaches Kovalam, Varkala offer spiritual and healing experiences to visitors in the form of Ayurveda massages and holy temples. Wayanad region in Kerala is a must visit for nature lovers.

The breathtaking beauty of the region combined with tradition and tribal heritage makes Kerala a go-to place for tourists looking for a multisensory experience. Grab best deals on Kerala holiday tour packages.

5. Manali

Manali A popular summer vacation destination for tourists and locals alike, Manali is located in Himachal Pradesh. Nestled between Pir Panjal and Dauladhar range of the Himalayas, Manali is a complete tourist destination. Perfect for adventure seekers, Manali offers a wide range of adventure sports to visitors like paragliding, biking, trekking, rafting, and hiking.

Having many spiritual and holy sites, there are beautiful temples, Montessori, and Gurdwaras that appeal to tourists who are looking to have a spiritual experience and are on a quest to learn about different cultures and experiences. Book customized Manali tour packages.

6. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman-and-Nicobar-Islands A popular vacationing spot of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are worth visiting when you are on vacations in India. Water sports, amazing and delectable seafood, and luxurious resorts are only a few of the major attractions of this amazing and colorful destination.

Offering a little of everything, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands provide full fledge experience and adventure. Lovely beaches to lounge on, the ambiance, the vast diversity of experiences from elephant safari to sea-walking are some of the amazing things you can enjoy here. Grab best deals on Andamna holiday tour.

7. Darjeeling

Darjeeling Surrounded by lush tea plantations and brimming with culture and tradition, Darjeeling is located in West Bengal. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a world heritage site, Tiger hill, a trekking destination, Japanese Peace Pagoda and Buddhist monasteries, and Observatory Hill overlooking the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas are only few of the main attractions the hill station has to offer.

Famous for its tea, Happy Valley Tea Estate is another major tourist attraction in Darjeeling. Visit the lush green plantation to enjoy the world’s finest tea surrounded by the beauty of the region. World renowned for its flavor and aroma Darjeeling Tea is not something tourists should miss while visiting Darjeeling. Book holiday tour packages to Darjeeling.

8. Jaipur

Jaipur Reckoned as a sea of forts and palaces, Jaipur is known for its glorious past, chivalry and beautiful historical monuments. Widely known for its cultural heritage, and palaces, Jaipur is a major tourist destination for foreigners, especially American tourists. The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur offers a perfect mix of ancient history and culture.

Multiple palaces and forts like City Palace, Amer and Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory; a world heritage site and Lakshmi-Narayan Temple are some of the places worth visiting in Jaipur. Resorts and hotels here provide tourists with a full experience of culture, history, and amazing food. Get holiday tour packages to Jaipur at best price.

9. Munnar

Munnar Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Munnar offers tourists a sense of tranquility. Surrounded by greenery and vegetation, Munnar is popular for its tea plantations and gardens. The tea gardens offer a multisensory experience to tourists. The hills and mountains in this region also make it perfect for hiking, and trekking to Anumudi.

Marayoor Sandalwood Forests, tea museum, wildlife sanctuary, and Kundala Lake are few of the major attractions of the city. Beautiful and tranquil environment and the mild weather make it a perfect place for roaming and enjoying the nature from up close. Get best deals on Munnar Holiday Tours.

10. Mount Abu

Mount-Abu Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and offers the locals and foreign tourists relief from the scorching heat of the region. Naturally rich in forests and wildlife, Mount Abu also holds spiritual significance for Jains and Hindus owing to the temples of great beauty and significance to followers of both the religions.

In addition to the cool weather and beautiful temples, Mount Abu offers thrill seekers and nature lovers multiple trekking and mountain climbing options. Dilwara Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s Tank, and Sunset Point where the onlookers can see a beautiful and stunning view of the setting sun are only a few of the places everyone must visit.

11. Rishikesh

Rishikesh A spiritualism hub, Rishikesh offers tourists beautiful landscapes along with hills, valleys, and beautiful lakes. It’s also an ideal place for tourists to relish a spiritual and healing experience in the form of many great ashrams as well as temples.

For Americans and music lovers, “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram” is a place of great significance owing to the fact that The Beatles visited the place in 1960’s. Not just for yoga and meditation, Rishikesh has great tourist sites offering bungee jumping and row boating for adventure and thrill seekers. Book Spiritual & Pilgrimage Tour Package in India.

Whether you are visiting India for the first time or making a return visit, make sure you have the sites mentioned above in your list of must-see places when vacationing in India; and you can rest assured you wouldn’t feel you have missed out on anything on your much coveted tour. Good luck!

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Published: 05 Aug, 2017
Erica Silva


Erica Silva is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs. Find her on Twitter.

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