What to see in India

India Attractions

India is one of the most thrilling tourist destinations in the world, offering an astounding diversity of people, landscapes, sights and sounds. From lush jungles to sun-bleached deserts, from mountain peaks to golden beaches, India has something to entice everyone. The difficulty is in deciding what to see and do in this vast and complex country.

Famous sights such as the Taj Mahal, Amber Palace and old Goa seldom fail to instil a sense of wonder in visitors, while the modern face of India, evident in the crowded cities and chaotic traffic, is also thrilling. It is the people, however, that live longest in the traveller's memory. They are renowned for their warm welcome, engaging conversation and love of bargaining.

Visitors seem to be divided between those on organised tours, seeking to make the most of their time in relative comfort, and backpackers on six-month visas with flexible agendas. Despite isolated terrorist incidents of the past, India is generally safe for visitors, and it remains one of the best-value travel destinations in the world.

India's vibrant culture remains distinctive and unique despite years of colonial and Western influence.

Amber Palace

Situated on the crest of a hill seven miles (11km) north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037…

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Elephanta Caves

Located on Elephanta Island, in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage…

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Fatehpur Sikri

The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1585. It was built under the…

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Goa Beaches

Goa has some amazing beaches, and draws a steady stream of local and international tourists.

In the north, Anjuna…

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Golden Temple of Amritsar

Considered one of the most beautiful temples in the world - and the veritable heart of the Sikh religion - it's no wonder…

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The small, relaxed town of Hampi - located in the state of Karnataka, about 220 miles (350km) from Bengaluru, and about…

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Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful examples of Mogul architecture in Delhi, and is often…

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Jain Temples of Ranakpur

Forty miles (60km) north of Udaipur are the Jain Temples of Ranakpur. It is the largest temple complex of its kind in…

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh is a massive Mewar fortress built in the 15th century, with seven heavily fortified gateways and a perimeter…

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Old Goa

Old Goa was the state's capital city until 1843, when it was moved down river to Panaji. Once a byword for splendour,…

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Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal)

The Palace of the Winds is Jaipur's most acclaimed attraction. Built in 1799, it is situated on the edge of the City…

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Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is a mammoth tower that was built between 1193 and 1369 to symbolise Islamic rule over Delhi, and to…

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Red Fort

The Red Fort, known locally as Lal Quila, is Delhi's signature attraction, rising high above the clamour of Old…

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the world's most recognisable and evocative sights, and despite the incredible hype, a visit…

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The Backwaters of Kerala

One of the most memorable experiences for many travellers in Kerala is a boat journey on the state's famous backwaters.…

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Victoria Memorial

This astounding marble building is probably the most impressive colonial structure in India; in a city known for several…

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Philippa was born with the wanderlust gene, and is always looking for the next exciting destination to explore. Nothing makes her happier than travelling the world, and her favourite country, the one she keeps coming back to, is India.

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