Best places in India for first-time traveler

Places toi visit in India

Undoubtedly, India finds a place in the bucket list of every traveler. India is a magical country, which has it all. That is why it is well-suited to cater to the needs of everyone, irrespective of age and interests. Since India is like a package filled up to the brim, a tourist can never manage to see it all in one go. This puts the tourist in a situation where he/she has to choose a particular destination for the first trip to India. In case you are unable to filter your choices and you have not yet found the right place to explore in India, go through the following piece of information and make the most of your vacations.

Though every nook and corner of India is worth visiting, some of the best places to visit in India for first-timers are discussed as below:

Top 10 must-visit places in India for first-timers

  1. Delhi.
  2. Agra.
  3. Jaipur
  4. Varanasi.
  5. Goa.
  6. Mumbai
  7. Chennai.
  8. Kochi.
  9. Munnar.
  10. Trivandrum

Delhi

Famous worldwide, Delhi is the capital of India. Located in North India, Delhi tops the list of the most-visited places in India by foreign tourists. There is hardly anything that cannot be found in Delhi. It represents a conglomerate of old and new, which is evident through the lanes of Old Delhi and New Delhi respectively. Owing to its multifacetedness, the city delights all, irrespective of interests. Tourists can admire the architectural magnificence in Delhi through a sightseeing tour of historical monuments and temples.

Places to visit in Delhi

  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Red Fort
  • Qutub Minar
  • Akshardham Temple
  • India Gate
  • Old Fort
  • Jama Masjid

Things to do in Delhi

  • Get astonished by the charm of Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Live it up at Connaught Place
  • Take a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk
  • Feast your taste buds with a variety of dishes
  • Lose yourself at Jantar Mantar

Best time to visit Delhi

  • October – March

Agra

Agra is an ancient city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. As the city nestles the world-famous Taj Mahal, it attracts millions of tourists every year from all across the world. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum made up of ivory-white marble. It is an architectural masterpiece and is also one among the Seven Wonders of the World. The monument of love is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the historic monument, there are several others in the town, which boast of the magnificence of Mughal architecture.

Places to visit in Agra

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Itimad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb
  • Tomb of Akbar
  • Jama Masjid
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Taj Museum

Things to do in Agra

  • Get amazed by the beauty of Jahangir Mahal
  • Savor the local delicacies
  • Explore the beautiful Anguri Bagh
  • Immerse yourself in the peacefulness of Humayun’s Mosque
  • Enjoy shopping in Kinari Bazaar

Best time to visit Agra

  • October – March

Jaipur

Widely known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, the culturally-rich state of India. The city is quite popular among tourists and along with Delhi and Agra; it forms the most-visited tourist circuit of India, i.e. Golden Triangle. The city represents the culture and traditions of colorful India. There are numerous forts, palaces, museums, and castles in the city, all of which portray the lifestyle of the royals of the bygone era. Moreover, the city demonstrates the finest specimens of Indian architecture. It is also known for its warm hospitality.

Places to visit in Jaipur

  • Amer Fort
  • Hawa Mahal
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Jal Mahal

Things to do in Jaipur

  • Go for a village jeep safari
  • Shop for traditional items and colorful outfits in markets
  • Satisfy your hunger with mouth-watering items
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the city through hot air ballooning
  • Pay a visit to Birla Temple

Best time to visit Jaipur

  • October – March

Varanasi

Usually referred to as the Spiritual Capital of India, Varanasi is a holy city in Uttar Pradesh. The city not only holds religious significance but is also quite important in the history of the country. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Located on the banks of the sacred river Ganga, Varanasi is chock-full of temples, ghats, and historic monuments. It is often believed that the one, who visits this holy city, gets absolved of all the sins. Therefore, tourists from all over the world flock to Varanasi to experience spirituality and get to know the culture of India.

Places to visit in Varanasi

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Dasashwamedh Ghat
  • Assi Ghat
  • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
  • Tulsi Manas Temple
  • Durga Temple
  • Manikarnika Ghat

Things to do in Varanasi

  • Enjoy an early morning boat ride in River Ganges
  • Take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganga
  • Join in the evening ceremony of Ganga Aarti
  • Head towards Sarnath for a sightseeing tour
  • Shop for local items in the markets of Varanasi

Best time to visit Varanasi

  • October – March

Goa

Situated in the southern part of India, Goa is another most-visited destination by foreigners. It is a perfect place for first-time travelers, who wish to see the amusing and exciting side of India. Goa can be best described as a place having sun, sand, and beaches. The town also has Portuguese-style inspired monuments and churches. Another major highlight of Goa is its luring nightlife, which can be best experienced through bar hopping and partying in casinos. In all, Goa is a suitable place if you wish to have a gala time in the company of your loved ones.

Places to visit in Goa

  • Calangute Beach
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Baga Beach
  • Fort Aguada
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Chapora Fort
  • Vagator Beach

Things to do in Goa

  • Indulge in water activities
  • Enjoy ocean trekking in Arambol
  • Catch a glimpse of a variety of birds and crocodiles 
  • Relax your mind and soul with massage
  • Explore the spice plantation farms

Best time to visit Goa

  • November – March

Mumbai

Counted amongst the most popular cities in the world, Mumbai is another famous tourist destination among tourists. Mumbai has everything, right from futuristic malls to ancient caves. That is why the city is well-suited for all, irrespective of age and interests. Moreover, it is famous across the world for Bollywood, the largest Indian film industry. The city resembles the west in the best way. Since people from different parts of the country head towards Mumbai for realizing their dreams, it is known as City of Dreams. Similarly, it is called the city that never sleeps as life is fast-paced in the city and never stops.

Places to visit in Mumbai

  • Gateway of India
  • Marine Drive
  • Juhu Beach
  • Siddhivinayak Temple
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Prince of Wales Museum

Things to do in Mumbai

  • Relish on lip-smacking street food in Mumbai
  • Take a tour of Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums
  • Take a stroll around bustling markets
  • Gain insights into rural life through a  village tour
  • Try your hand at exciting sports in the city

Best time to visit Mumbai

  • November – February

Chennai

Recognized as the fourth-largest metropolitan city, Chennai is one of the most popular tourist destinations for first-time travelers in South India. It is the capital city of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It has an equilibrium of a rich past and modern present. The city offers a plethora of options to explore for tourists. Tourists who have an interest in history and architecture can visit temples, palaces, monuments, etc. while the ones craving for leisure and relaxation head towards gleaming beaches. In a nutshell, the city is attractive enough to please all types of tourists.

Places to visit in Chennai

  • Marina Beach
  • Santhome Cathedral Basilica
  • Fort St. George
  • Kapaleeswarar Temple
  • Parthasarathy Temple
  • Ashtalakshmi Temple
  • Connemara Public Library

Things to do in Chennai

  • Spend some time under the starlit sky through camping
  • Get the adrenaline rushing through water sports
  • Catch sight of the space in Birla Planetarium
  • Enjoy bird watching at Pulicat Lake
  • Acknowledge the history of Valluvar Kottam

Best time to visit Chennai

  • October – February

Kochi

Generally regarded as “Queen of Arabian Sea”, Kochi/Cochin is an amalgam of rich heritage and modern town. The city is endowed with the best of nature in the form of backwaters, beaches, etc. Since the town has been ruled by various rulers, it portrays different types of architecture, seen through churches, temples, monuments, etc. All these reasons together attribute to the popularity of coastal town among tourists. To be precise, the city is a befitting one for different types of tourists.

Places to visit in Kochi

  • Fort Kochi
  • Mattancherry Palace
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Marine Drive
  • Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Hill Palace
  • Jew Town

Things to do in Kochi

  • Watch out the Kathakali performance at Kathakali Centre
  • Catch sight of beautiful Chinese fishing nets
  • Spend some time in the company of elephants at the Elephant Training Centre
  • Rejuvenate yourself with a popular Ayurveda massage
  • Peek into the collection of artifacts at Kerala Folklore Museum

Best time to visit Kochi

  • October – February
Munnar

Munnar is a scenic hill station in Kerala, God’s Own Country. The hill town is known for its picturesque beauty. It delights tourists with tea plantations, blooming lakes, flourishing rivers, gushing waterfalls, lush green surroundings, high peaks, and much more. This is the place where tourists can connect with Mother Nature in its purest form. Here, tourists can also come across the old world charm through bungalows and palaces. Moreover, the town is a perfect destination to delight nature lovers.

Places to visit in Munnar

  • Atukkad Waterfalls
  • Echo Point
  • Tata Tea Museum
  • Chokramudi Peak
  • Marayoor
  • Indo Swiss Dairy Farm
  • Floriculture Centre

Things to do in Munnar

  • Enjoy a stay in a treehouse
  • Spot some rare species of birds and animals at Eravikulam National Park
  • Try mountain biking at Suryanelli
  • Take a shikara ride in Kundala Lake
  • Explore the diverse cuisine of Kerala

Best time to visit Munnar

  • September – November, and January – March
Trivandrum

Built on seven hills, Trivandrum/Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala. Despite modernism, the city has managed to retain its beauty. In this scenic town of South India, tourists can bump into beaches, temples, palaces, museums, panoramic surroundings, and much more. The city is a befitting one for all types of tourists as there is almost everything in the city that tourists may seek. Moreover, it is quite surprising that despite being the capital city of such a famous state, the city has maintained its age-old charm.

Places to visit in Trivandrum

  • Padmanabhaswamy Temple
  • Kanakakunnu Palace
  • Poovar Island
  • Napier Museum
  • Attukal Temple
  • Magic Planet
  • Vellayani Lake

Things to do in Trivandrum

  • Catch sight of diverse wildlife at Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Have fun shopping in Chalai Market
  • Get an aerial view of the city from Vizhinjam Lighthouse
  • Laze around at Valiyathura Pier
  • Indulge in activities like boating, fishing, etc.

Best time to visit Trivandrum

  • October – March

Now that you have got enough information about the best places to visit in India, brace up for your first trip to India. Apart from the above-listed ones, there are many other tourist destinations in India that first-time travelers can explore. Choose the destination as per your choice and contact us at the earliest for the booking. A visit to India will surely be an experience to remember.

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