More than a million square miles, 19,500 languages and dialects. To top it, over 100,000 publications. India, indeed is a land of unity in diversity. If you are a traveler, you will need a lifetime to view its splendor. However, we understand you may not have that much time or money. So, here are the top 10 destinations in India on a budget.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Agra proudly flaunts Taj Mahal, which is a mausoleum of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Built in 1653, with a labor of 22 years involving 20,000 workers, this white-marble building is a sight to behold. Apart from it, don’t miss seeing Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sadar Bazar too.
Get transported to a royal era in this spectacular destination. Be it, The Pink City of Jaipur, sand dunes of Jaisalmer and Sajjangarh Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Jagmandir of Udaipur, the city of lakes, you can explore Rajasthan without spending a fortune.
The Capital of India has many attractions to keep a traveler hooked. From mosques, forts, lush green gardens, bazaars of Old Delhi to modern cafes, bars, and a lot more, Delhi deserves to be called ‘Heart of India’.
Looking for nature? India has its own Switzerland too. Beautiful valleys, tall deodar, willow trees, snow-filled peaks, Kashmir is popularly referred as ‘Heaven on Earth’. We can’t disagree. Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam are three most important tourist spots in Kashmir.
Like Hollywood, India has its own Bollywood. Mumbai is the place where life is like a live wire. Also known as the ‘Maximum City’ or the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai is home to renowned celebrities, which receive lauds and applause around the world. But there’s more to the city than just the glam. It is also famous for its street food, Elephanta caves, Gateway of India and many such spots.
What! You thought India only has forts, museums and cultural sites, wait till you reach Goa. This place has some of the most exotic beaches in the world, if you’re looking to sunbathe or relax on a beach. Even being the smallest state of India, tourists throng the waterfront during the peak season from November to March. But wait, there’s more. The churches, watersports, its lip-smacking cuisine and amazing night-life will enthrall you.
Known for its Backwaters, Kerala made it to ‘Ten paradise of the world’ and ’50 places of a lifetime’ by the National Geographic Traveler magazine. It also happens to be one of the prime hubs of Ayurvedic spas and massage centres around the world.
Haridwar means ‘Hari ka Dwar’ (Gate to god). Rarely, you ill find a city with so much colour, flavor and rustic vibe like this place on the banks of river Ganges. Don’t miss the famous ‘Ganga Arti’ or prayer, which is an auspicious time of the day on the banks of the Ganges. That’s just one side of this place. You can also immerse yourself into an adventure of a lifetime with exciting river rafting tours and hippie-culture at its best.
Jim Corbett offers you an open-jeep wildlife safari to admire 400 species of flora and fauna. And if you’re lucky enough, chances are you might spot the endangered Royal Bengal Tigers.
Affectionately called, ‘The Queen of Hills’, Darjeeling has beautiful tea gardens, orchids, pines and rhododendrons to showcase on its hilly terrain. You must take the Himalayan toy train to experience the essence and ethos of this place.
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