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About: India is the seventh largest country in the world. But foreigners tend to forget that when they ask in travel forums how many days required to travel India or what is the best place to see in India.
I always answer as I am about to reply here, decide first what is your interest.
If you have interest seeing how poor is our country, some Indian travel agencies in Mumbai arranges “slum tour of Mumbai” where you get to do ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ about the destitution of our country.
For others, I am categorizing tourism as per taste. But unlike other sections, I am not going into details of each place you visit, as it will take a year or two to fully provide description of each place.
Cultural Tourists Spots:
Varanasi, Sarnath, Lucknow, Agra, Delhi, Haridwar-Hrishikesh, Amritsar
Archaeological Heritage Tourist Spots:
In North: Sri Nagar, Agra & Fatehpur Sikri
In Central India: Khajuraho, Bhimbetka Rockshelters, Sanchi Stupa
In West India: Rani ki Vav, Payagadh-Champaner, Hill forts of Rajasthan, Jantar-Mantar Jaipur, Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves
In South India: Pattadakal, Hampi, Churches&Convents of Goa, Chola Temples, Mahabalipuram,
In East: Sun Temple, Konarak
Religious Tourist Spots: (countless..so the ones I can remember are included)
In NORTH: Amarnath, Vrindaban-Mathura, 5Kedaar, Badrinath,
In EAST: Gaya-Bodh Gaya-Nalanda-Rajgir, Parasnath, Puri
In WEST: Dwarka, Palitana,
In SOUTH: Kanchipuram, Tirupati, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Tanjore, Kochi
12 Jyotirlinga : Somnath, Mallikarjuna Swami, Mahakaleshwar, Malmleshwar, Kedarnath, Bhimashankar, Kashi Vishwanath, Trimbakeshwar, Nageshvara Jyotirlinga, Vaidyanath (Parali), Rameshwar, Ghrishneshwar
Forests: (categorized as per animal sighting)
Asiatic Lion: Gir (Gujarat)
One Horned Rhino: Kaziranga
Blackbuck: Velavadar Blackbuck National Park
Tiger: Corbett, Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park, Nargarhole, Bandipur, Sariska, Dudhwa National Park, Rajaji National Park, Sunderbans
Deer: Keibul Lamjao National Park, Pench National Park, Parambikulam Sanctuary, Wayanad, Periyar
Birds: Keoladeo National Park, Chilka Lake National Park
DESERTS: Desert safari from Jaisalmer, Salt Desert (Bhuj)
Rugged Mountainous Terrain: Leh&Ladakh, Spiti Valley (infact you can combine both of these if you have time that is)
Lush Hilly Terrain: Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nilgiri region of South India
Hill Cities: Shimla, Nainital, Dehradun, mussoorie
Long Tour: (11 to 14 days)
- Leh Ladakh via Rohtang
- Andaman & Nicobar Islands
- Maharashtra with 5 Jyotirlinga
- Kumaon Trip
- Arunachal Pradesh
Short Tour: (4 to 5 Days)
Not-so Long Tour: (7 to 8 Days)
- Leh-ladakh via flight
- Andaman Islands Trip
- Assam&Meghalaya Trip
- Dehradun-Mussoorie-Joshimath-Valley of Flowers-Haridwar