Being one of the world’s most culturally rich and physically diverse land. From the mighty Himalayas to the undying horizons of the Indian ocean; The holy waters of the Ganges at the banks of Varanasi to the golden lands of Rajasthan, India is a feast for anyone who wants to find something incredible!
The tourism in India contributes to a solid 9.4% of the GDP in 2017. Tourism adds to 8% of the nations total employment. There were over 10 millions tourist in India in 2017. Also, India ranks 9th in the world for natural and cultural resources.
The seekers of wanderlust have always marked India as a “Must Visit” and always aim to travel through out the magnificent diverse lands. Though India has a gazillion places to offer, there are some which just land on the top of the bucket list. Here, we have the list of our Top 12 Foreign Tourist Destinations in India which are a must see:
Every traveler who seeks to truly see the world, desires to visit the 7 wonders of the world at least once in their lifetime. Thus, it leads them to the number 1 wonder, the Taj Mahal at Agra. It is the most visited destination of Indian Subcontinent. The Taj Mahal (crowning jewel of the Mughal Era) is obviously the head attraction of the city, but Agra has a lot more to offer, such as Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid and Fatehpur Sikri, which are a must visit when in the city.
The Capital of India, Delhi comes close to the city of Agra in terms of foreign tourists. It is not just for the diplomatic and business visits but these foreign visitors also flock up due to the rich heritage and architectural wonders such as Qutub Minar , Red Fort, The Jama Masjid, The India Gate and The Humayun’s Tomb.
The “Party Capital of India“or Goa is ceaselessly swarmed by foreigners. What makes Goa a millennial pop hot spot are the endless night beach parties, cozy comfortable shacks, beautiful and magnificent beaches of international standards, thrilling and thriving adventure water sports, and delightful cuisines! Many Russians and Europeans take it as a rule to visit Goa at least once a year. The hospitable locals contribute majorly in the footfall. Goa is also well known for being one of the best destination Honeymoon.
From the ancient times, Kerala has always presented a unique essence of India to foreign travelers. The magical backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala; the healing and refreshing Ayurvedic spa centers in Kochi and Trivandrum; the serene tea estates of Munnar; beautiful beaches of Kollam; the luxuriant forests of Wayanad; the mesmerizing views in Thekkady all add up to a wonderful experience of Kerala.
Present in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh house some of the most spectacular mountain ranges, barren valleys and mountain pass. Ladakh is also known as “Land Of Passes“. The highest motorable road in the entire world is at the “Khardung La”, Ladakh. This adds to the adventure tourism in Leh Ladakh; also including fishing, wildlife expedition and high scale trekking. Pangong Tso is a must visit tourist destination in Ladakh.
Rajasthan or we can say the Land of Palaces and Heritage is the next hot spot on our list. From desert scrub to holy lakes, Rajasthan just keeps growing and you will keep on exploring! The chief cities which are a must visit when in Rajasthan are Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur (but if you have the luxury, don’t just stop at these!). Jaipur is the city of Palaces, on the other hand Udaipur is the The “City of Lakes” or “Venice of the East”. Udaipur is also entitled as India’s most Romantic city, thus a popular destination for honeymoon couples. The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is a glorious piece of architecture and is visible from any part of the Blue City.
Varanasi is India’s most famous religious and pilgrimage land. It is also known as the photographer’s mecca and is therefore a premier attraction for foreign tourism. Varanasi has a very unique feel to itself which is not common to most tourist places. The beautiful ‘Matths‘, serene ghats with enchanting evening ‘aartis’, the boating expeditions in the holy waters of Ganga, through the beautiful sunrise and into healing sunsets, the sights of mysticism by ‘sadhus‘; all of this presents a new world and a unmatched charm to the place which is topped by a constant liveliness in the city as if a festival is there everyday!
8. Ajanta and Ellora caves
Ajanta and Ellora caves are astoundingly carved into hillside rocks, present in the state of Maharashtra. Both of these caves are UNESCO World Heritage site. The Ellora caves are about 34 in number, whereas the Ajanta Caves are about 29 in total. The origin of the Ajanta Caves are all Buddhist and on the other hand the Ellora Caves are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions.
The most unfathomable fact about both these caves is that they were crafted by hand, that is, with only a hammer and chisel. The remarkable Kailasa Temple, well known as the Kailash Temple, present at the Cave 16 at Ellora, is unquestionably the most famous attraction.
9. Havelock Island
Home to some of the most beautiful and serene beaches with clean white sand such as the Kala Patthar Beach, Radha Nagar Beach, Elephanta Beach, Havelock Island is the one of the most beautiful islands in India. It is also well known for a variety of adventure water sports activities such as Sea Walk, Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. The Scuba diving experience of the Havelock Island is a major attraction to foreign tourists. It is also super popular as a great honeymoon destination.
As the head of Buddhist culture in India, Dharamshala is one of the favorites for foreign tourists. The place is flocked by Spiritual seekers, wanderers and regular foreign travelers to learn about Buddhism and start its practice under a teacher. The quiet mountains, the spectacular landscapes, adventure activities, local cafe culture, and generally relaxed vibe add to the charm of the place. Foreign visitors have a keen interest in Norbulingka Monastery, Triund Hill trek and the Dalai Lama Temple Complex.
Uttarakhand is an ultimate tourist destination and a popular choice among foreign travelers due its multiple attractions such as the city of Rishikesh, Jim Corbett National Park, Valley of Flowers and Nainital! It presents to you a complete package of spiritual escape, adventurous expeditions, beautiful landscapes and magical boat ventures! Uttrakhand attracts a great tourist crown every year because of all that it offers.
With a rich biodiversity, flora and fauna, the state of Assam is one of the best tourist destinations in India and the best in the East India! Assam is the land of untouched natural beauty, explicit bio-diversity, serene and well maintained tea plantations, unique islands, astounding religious places and warm people; which sum up to a picture perfect holiday. The city of Guwahati, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, Manas Nation Park all are the top spots to visit in Assam.