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The seventh largest country in the world boasts of countless beautiful places, unexplored and not seen by many. As India climbs the global ladder in being the first choice for tourists around the globe, we thought of all the dream places to visit in India.
The following places are in the bucket list of many Indians and foreigners alike. The peace that India offers is attractive to everyone, the natural beauty attracting minds and hearts from the entire world, hence making the following places popular holiday destinations in India.
Therefore, here is a curated list of all the tourist places in India, to help you plan your vacation in this INCREDIBLE country!
Also Read: Exciting places to visit near Mumbai in Monsoon.
List of Best Dream Places To Visit in India:
Situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is the summer capital of the state better known as ‘Heaven on Earth’.
The northernmost city of India, which is home to the famous Jhelum river, Srinagar is host to captivating beauty, unseen and unheard by many.
The Floating Market on the Dal Lake and the Apricot wood houseboats are a must visit, and hence make Srinagar number one on the list of dream places to visit in INDIA.
Things To Do In Srinagar:
- Water Sports at Dal Lake
- Stay at House Boat
- Visit Floating Market at Dal Lake
- Visit Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden
- Visit Tulip Garden
- Trek to Shankracharya Temple
- Visit Jamia Masjid
- Adventure Sports
- Shikara Ride on the Dal
Source: Curly Tales
Famous Things of Srinagar:
- Dry Fuits.
- Cherries and Plums.
- Pashmina Shawls.
- Apricot-Wood Artifacts.
- Embroidered bags.
- Kashmiri tea powder or “KEHWA” powder.
Ideal Duration to Stay in Srinagar:
Cost of Trip to Srinagar:
12-13 thousand per person.
Book the Houseboat in advance, as they can be very expensive if you hire one on the spot. Also, watch out for fake saffron, buy it only when you’re absolutely sure.
And as some people may tell you, Srinagar is not completely a red alert zone. While there are three areas that may be troublesome, it is completely safe and the Kashmiri people are very friendly and polite!
Being one the most popular holiday destinations in India, this tiny hill station is a popular tourist choice all around the world.
People come here for Honeymoons as well as Family Vacations, mainly to escape the hot summers and to have an inexpensive pleasant getaway.
The town is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, home to the Shivalik Himalayan Ranges, engulfed in immense natural beauty, which makes it the most visited hill station in the country.
Things To Do In Shimla:
- Toy Train Ride
- Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
- Ice Skating (only December-March)
- Adventure Sports
- Visit to Kuthar Fort
- Shopping at Mall Road (The Mall Street)
- Street Food at The Ridge
- Visit to Anand Vilas
- Photography in traditional pahari poshakh at The Ridge
Famous Things of Shimla:
- Wooden Toys
- Chicken Anaardana (local cuisine)
- Channa Madra (local cuisine)
- Sapu Badi (local cuisine)
- Himachali Hats
Ideal Duration to Stay in Shimla:
Cost of Trip to Shimla:
14-15 thousand per person.
Do not take the toy train to Manali if you’re on a tight schedule. The train is very slow and is made for the sole purpose of tourist attraction. I would personally suggest taking a taxi, as you can stop at your convenience and admire the beauty Shimla has in store.
The sole dream of every teenager, ‘to visit Ladakh on a Bullet with your soulmate in tow, sporting leather jackets and having that perfect instagram feed to boast about it.’
Ladakh is indeed the heart and soul of undiscovered India.
Famous for its various mountain passes, Ladakh is one of the most popular vacation stops in India, especially for solo travellers.
Things To Do In Ladakh:
- Visit Nubra Valley
- Visit Thiksay Monastry
- Visit Shanti Stupa
- Visit Leh Palace
- Visit to Magnetic Hill
- Shopping at Leh Market
- Visit to HALL OF FAME
Source: Garima’s Good Life
Ladakh is famous for?
There are a lot of Indo-Tibetan handicrafts to watch out for at the local market.
Ideal Durationto Stay in Ladakh:
18-20 thousand per person
If you’re a solo traveller, this place should be on the top of your list. There are various vehicle renting services available from Kashmir and Chandigarh which directly connect to Ladakh.
Rann of Kutch – Gujarat:
The salt marsh or the white sand containing part of the GREAT INDIAN THAR DESERT is one of the most beautiful places to travel in India.
Reputed to be the largest Salt Desert in the world, Kutch is sure to make you spell bound with the beauty it has to offer.
Things To Do In Rann of Kutch:
- Visit Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
- Visit to Dholavira
- Visit Kutch Museum
- Visit Mandvi Beach
- Visit Lala Prajan Sanctuary
- Visit to Aaina Mahal
Source: ONLY In INDIA
Rann of Kutch is Famous For?
- Rogan Art: Oil based painting.
- Copper Bells.
- Embroidered garments with mirror-work.
- Chunky silver jewellery.
- Gold Jewelry.
- Bandhini sarees or dupattas.
- Ajrakh block printing shawls.
Ideal Duration to Stay in Kutch:
20-22 thousand per person.
The place is the most beautiful and observes its local traditional festivities during the Rann Utsav.
So if you’re planning to visit at this time, make sure to arrange and book everything in advance as there may be no room left in a lot of activities.
Also, last minute price surges are the worst.
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A small hillstation situated in Kerala, Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful. It boasts of beauty unmatched, it is one of the best places to go on vacation in India.
Known for its tea and coffee plantations, Munnar is one of the few cold regions in the tropical state of Kerala.
Things To Do In Munnar:
- Visit Echo Point
- Atukkad Waterfalls
- Pothamedu View Point
- Photo Point
- Tata Tea Museum
- Eravikulam National Park
- Kundala Dam
- Elephant Arrival Spot
Source: World Ghoomo
Munnar Is Famous For?
Ideal Duration to Stay in Munnar:
15-16 thousand per person.
It can get quite cold even at the hotels. Make sure you pack woollens.
Also, you must get up early atleast one day, to breathe in the morning air is one of the best feelings in the world.
The city that proudly boasts of housing the Great Indian Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is situated on the border of India and Pakistan.
Situated in the ‘Marwar’ estate of Rajastan, it observes culture like no other, making it one of the top vacation destinations in India.
Things To Do In Jaisalmer:
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Sam Sand Dunes
- Gadisar Lake
- Shopping at Manak Chowk
- Parasailing at Kanoi
- Dune Bashing at the Thar Desert
- Desert Camping
- Visit to Indo-Pak border
- Desert National Park.
Source: Garima’s Good Life
Jaisalmer is Famous For?
- Rajasthani textiles
- Decorative items
- Local handicrafts
- Camel leather items
- Yellow sandstone showpieces
- Wooden items
Ideal Duration to Stay in Jaisalmer:
13-14 thousand per person.
Avoid going in June and July as the weather is too hot and lead to some serious sunburn.
The months of September and October are perfect for a visit but desert camping can be enjoyed at its best during December to January.
Jaisalmer is one of the good holiday destinations and is very busy during winters. Book your stays well in advance to avoid hiked prices.
This beautiful town is a hill station situated 2600 feet above sea level and is surrounded by the Western Ghats.
The first town in India to ban motored vehicles, Matheran is the very definition of the eco friendly INCREDIBLE INDIA!
Things To Do In Matheran:
- Horse Riding
- Travel in Toy Train
- One Tree Hill Trek
- Charlotte Lake Lakeside Walk
- Valley Crossing (Adventure Sports)
- Try traditional Gujarati Food
- Pisharath Temple.
Source: Vritti Khawani
Ideal Duration to Stay in Matheran:
5-6 thousand per person.
If you are planning to take the toy train, have multiple people stand in the queue. The toy train does not take online bookings and only 4 tickets are allowed to be purchased by one person.
There are also multiple taxi-pool services available, starting from Rs 200/- per person.
Since motored vehicles are banned, it is advised to take the local train and then move onto horseback or manned rickshaws.
Known as ‘Little Tibet’ or “Little Dhasa” due to its high Tibetan population, the Indian town of McLeodGanj is a something that feels to have come out of fairytales.
It is one of the top vacation destinations in India and houses a lot of dream vacation spots for the travel junkie.
Things To Do In McLeodGanj:
- Visit Bhagsu Falls
- Short trip to Namgyal Monastry
- Tsuglagkhang Complex
- Visit to Bhagsunag Temple
- Trek to Triund
- Walk to Dharamkot
- Visit Church of St. George
- Visit The Dal Lake of McLeodGanj
- Trek to Minikiani Pass
- Kangra Fort Visit
- Baglamukhi Temple Visit
- Illiterati Cafe and Bookstore.
Source: DesiGirl Traveller
McLeodGanj is Famous For?
- Local Tibetan Cuisine
- Buddhist souvenirs
- Tibetan Souvenirs
- Tibetan Carpets
- Thangka Paintings
- Tibetan Jewellery
- Books on Tibet
Ideal Duration to Stay in McLeodGanj:
15-18 thousand per person.
Visit the complex in the afternoon. The monks debate at that time of the day and it is one of the most lively things you’ll ever see.
Also if you are going for a trek, carry loads of water as there will be shortage of sterilised water. Or you could look out for waterfalls or fresh streams for a refreshing experience.
Known as the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is one of the best places to travel in India.
It has beauty that leaves everyone mesmerised, making it one of the most sought after tourist places in India.
It is also known as the crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan, as it is surrounded by the Aravali Ranges all around.
Things To Do In Udaipur:
- Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola
- Visit to Saheliyo ki Bari
- Explore Bagore Ki Haveli
- Visit the Karni Maata Temple
- Ride the ropeway
- Shopping at Hathi Pol Bazaar
- Explore the Vintage Car Museum
- Dinner or Stay at Taj Lake Palace hotel
- Tour the grand City Palace
- Explore the Monsoon Palace
- Boat Ride at Fateh Sagar Lake
- Trek to the Tiger Lake
- Dinner at the Sheesh Mahal
- Go for Horse Riding in the Aravalis
- Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort and watch the Light & Sound Show.
Udaipur is Famous For?
- Marwari Handicrafts
- Clay decorations
- Jutis (traditional footwear)
Ideal Duration to Stay in Udaipur:
20-25 thousand per person.
The best time to visit is in winters. That is from January to March.
This small town situated in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most peaceful places to travel in India.
Its immense beauty has left many spellbound, as it has natural beauty unheard and unseen.
It lies to the west of Bhutan and hence has a little Tibetan touch to its culture and traditions, making it the top vacation destinations in India for Indians as well as the Bhutanese People.
Things To Do In Tawang:
- Trek to Sela Pass
- Visit to Tawang Monastry
- Visit to Madhuri Lake
- Visit Nuranang Falls
- Pay Respects at Tawang War Memorial
- Visit Gorichen Peak.
Source: Safar Stories
Tawang is Famous For?
- Buddhist Wooden Prayer Wheels
- Local Handcrafted Skirts
- Buddha Statues
- Embroidered Shawls
- Hand woven bags
Ideal Duration to Stay in Tawang:
13-14 thousand per person.
The best time to visit is the summer season and during the early monsoon. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The perfect months to visit are March, April, May, June, September and October.
Tawang has a lot for medium to budget accommodation options.
With this we conclude the list of Dream Places to Visit In India.
Please note that these places are listed based on their uniqueness and most of them are undiscovered and unexplored by many.
I hope that this article was helpful for you to make up your mind for your next vacation!
What are the Dream Places to visit in India in Summers?
I would advise against visiting the west or the south during the Summer season as it gets unbearably hot. A trip to the coastal region and the North-East is highly recommended.
You can plan visits to Goa, Mubai, Sikkim and other states.
What are the Dream Places to visit in India in June?
What better time to visit the Crown Jewel Monument of India – The Taj Mahal. So you can plan trips to Agra. The cities which closely follow this suggestion are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Shimla, Manali, Coorg, Srinagar, Gulmarg etc.
What are the Dream Places to visit in India in May?
The cities of Kashmir, Darjeeling, Mussorie, Nanital, Lucknow, Indore, Tawang are some places to travel in India during the month of May.
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