Top 10 Things to Do in India

India Must-See Attractions

A country of 1.2 billion with extremes in terms of standards of living, development and progress, the balance with which India has survived between its extreme classes of people in the past is a testimony to its persistence.

From the ‘Palace of Love’ – The Taj Mahal and the Red Fort to India Gate, The Ajanta/Elephanta Caves and Anjuna Beach the country is as rich in its geographic diversity as it can get. Other places mentioned here include various UNESCO world heritage sites like the train ride at Darjeeling, Khajuraho and Kerala backwaters.

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    Taj Mahal

    The Taj Mahal, the most famous monument in the world, happens to be the final resting place of a lady who was the favourite wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Heartbroken when she died in giving birth, the Emperor decided to build a testament to his love in white marble that would dazzle the world. The Taj was recently voted into the new list of Seven Wonders of the World with a thumping majority. Read More...


    Red Fort

    New Delhi
    Red Fort (Lal Quilla)

    The construction on this mammoth fort began in 1638 and was ordered by Shah Jahan – one of the Great Mughal Kings to have ruled the subcontinent. The fort was completed in the year 1648 and has since served as the symbol of the nation. Having been passed on from the Mughal to the British and now to the Indian Government, the Red Fort has always been the epicentre of political activity in the Indian subcontinent and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Read More...

    Elephanta Caves

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island off the southeast coast of Mumbai. The island comprises two sets of Hindu and Buddhist caves. The set of caves depicting Hindu Traditions and Lord Shiva are the more popular ones and are carved out of stone. The Great Cave is the most prominent part of the group and was a centre of worship for Hindus before the Portuguese took over this region and with them brought considerable damage to the caves. The caves were later renovated and designated a World Heritage Site Status by UNESCO in 1987. Read More...

    Anjuna Beach

    Famous hippie destination in the sixties and seventies - it used to be called the hippie capital of Goa, Anjuna Beach is still nowadays a great place to enjoy India's pace of life in a beautiful tropical environment. The Arabian Sea which is lapping Indian shore offers a wide range of activities. Anjuna is today mostly renowned for its full-moon parties, the magnificent 1920's mansions, and above all for its Wednesday's flea market where one can find almost anything from Indian souvenirs to spices to trance music CDs. Read More...

    Khajuraho Temples

    Khajuraho, a popular tourist destination, is located in Madhya Pradesh, India. Khajuraho temples hold a very important place in Indian Mythology. The temples are divided geographically into four directions. The sandstone temples stand tall and epitomise the dignity of the Chandela Rajputs, who once ruled the city. It took them more than two hundred years to build this eternal group of monuments. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India. Read More...

    Backwaters of Kerala

    Essentially the Kerala Backwaters means all the crisscrossing brackish lagoons, canals, deltas and lakes that riddle the state of Kerala along the coast of the Arabian Sea. This is also known as the Malabar Coast and is where the world-famous Malabar cuisine comes from. The backwaters have been heavily promoted by the Kerala Tourism Development Board in the last decade and have become quite popular with tourists visiting the state. They are an independent ecosystem and have all sorts of water creatures. The gentle journey through their pristine beauty is what draws most to visit. Read More...



    West Bengal - Eastern Himalaya

    Darjeeling, the land of thunderbolt, is located in West Bengal. This place is the epitome of natural beauty making it popularly known as the ‘Queen of the hills’. Darjeeling, most popular for it aromatic tea, is home to only a few thousand residents. Darjeeling’s total turnover and economy is dependent on its tourism and tea production every year. Although, this beautiful town is blessed with mild temperatures during summer and spring, yet its temperature conditions are not too favourable for survival during the winters. It rains quite frequently here. The town has a major British impact on its lifestyle, cuisine, clothes etc. Read More...


    Ajanta Caves

    Ajanta Caves

    Similar to the Elephanta Caves, Ajanta Caves are a group of 31 caves situated 104km from the modern Indian city of Aurangabad. The site is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is considered by most people to be the finest specimens of Buddhist sculptures and art. The caves are supposed to have been built in two phases- the first phase being around 200 BC and the second phase being around 600 AD, although archeologists and scientists vary amongst themselves about the exact time line. The caves depict Jataka Tales, which are also the hallmark of Buddhist ideology. Read More...


    Varanasi (Benares)

    Uttar Pradesh State
    Varanasi (Benares)

    Varanasi, traditionally known as Banaras (Benares) in India, is a popular holy city of the nation located in the central region of the Ganges Valley in North India. This city is not just the oldest in India but happens to be the oldest colonized cities universally. Banaras has religious as well as literal significance. This city is known for world renowned universities like Banaras Hindu University (founded by Madan Mohan Malvia), Sampurnanand Sanskrit University and the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. Therefore the city is generally referred to as the city of temples or the city of learning. Read More...


    Qutab Minar

    New Delhi
    Qutab Minar

    Minar means 'pillar' and the qutab minar is a famous old pillar. Made out of a mixture of metals including iron it has not rusted at all despite having stood for centuries. Located in a compound not far from the Red Fort or Lal Quilla as it is known in Hindi, there is a legend that if you stand with your back to the pillar and stretch your hands behind to encircle the pillar and succeed you can ask for any wish you desire. Sort of like a modified wishing well scenario. You can pick up packaged refreshments from the number of shops that litter the entrance lane. Read More...

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