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One of the more mysterious countries on the planet, and one that boasts some of the most drastic differences in lifestyle between poverty-stricken and the rich, is India. The seventh largest country in the world with over 1 billion people living in its territories, making it second only to China, India is a land of legends, myths, food, culture, political strife, and a wide variety of ethnic and cultural diversity.

India is safe for all levels of travelers, although there are specific areas of the country that are considered fairly dangerous in terms of health due to a lack and disregard in sanitation. The slums of India are known world-wide for being some of the worst in the world, which is unfortunate given the wealth of the nation and the absolute opposing lifestyle of those people enjoying the high life of Bollywood.

The country is broken up into a wide variety of geographical areas, from mountains to jungles to deserts, beaches, and more. Bordered to the north by the Himalayan Mountains, the country also has a vast landscape of plains that flourish along the Ganga, Yamuna, and Sindhu Rivers. To the south are the beaches of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. At Kanyakumari, the southern tip of the country, the waters from the two oceans combine and provide for a unique viewing experience. The country has two monsoon seasons. Most of the country, especially the north, experiences monsoon between June and September. Some parts of the country, like Tamil Nadu get hit by rains in October. Travelers should try and schedule their trips around these.

Accommodations and transportation will vary dependent on what cities you visit. Being in Darjeeling, Delhi, or Bangalore means you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between any Western country, while the outer regions are drastically different. Enjoy a safari in the Kanha National Park, explore the Taj Mahal in Agra, or visit the Ajanta caves. Take a boat ride down the Ganges River through Varnasi, and enjoy some of the world’s finest teas and cuisine, with spices that will leave your mouth watering for weeks to come. Go snorkeling in the Andaman Islands or climb the peaks of the Himalayas. A country of uniquely different experiences depending on which area you happen to be in, it is impossible to experience it all in just one trip.

New Delhi #1 most popular location
Ah, Delhi. There can be few places that inspire such impassioned debate and, at times, forthright hatred amongst travelers. You see it’s just so hot. The touts are everywhere, and they lie.…
3,508travelers 257reviews 309blogs
Bengaluru #2 most popular location
Bangalore, now officially known as Bengaluru is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India. It is also known as the Silicon Valley of India since it is the hub of the Indian IT industry. T…
1,810travelers 63reviews 35blogs
Mumbai #3 most popular location
Always in the news for everything from the extraordinary screenplay of Mumbai-based movie Slumdog Millionaire to a series of vicious terrorist attacks on its train stations and its most impre…
3,044travelers 133reviews 108blogs
Jaipur #4 most popular location
The capital of the amazing desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the kind of place where you’ll find camels strolling down the road, markets specializing in heaps and heaps of spices and abu…
432travelers 86reviews 115blogs
Agra #5 most popular location
Wide, distantly River in the back side. Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Taj Mahal is located adjacent the Ya Mu Na river in Argra city. Taj Mahal is…
286travelers 108reviews 100blogs
Chennai #6 most popular location
Chennai is the fourth largest city in India. Formerly known as Madras, the city borders the Bay of Bengal on the North Eastern tip of Tamil Nadu State. The main backpacker areas are Egmore st…
915travelers 34reviews 39blogs
Udaipur #7 most popular location
Udaipur, sometimes referred to as The City of Lakes, is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan. Historically, it was once the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar and the city's main a…
73travelers 43reviews 57blogs
Gurgaon #8 most popular location
Gurgaon lies in the Indian state of Haryana, and is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and is part of the National Capital Region, hence derives a lot from the Indian capital. Over…
268travelers 29reviews 5blogs
Kolkata #9 most popular location
For years it was known simply as Calcutta, until 2001 when the name changed back to the Bengali version, Kolkata. Situated on the banks of the River Hooghly in eastern India, this is one of l…
820travelers 36reviews 47blogs
Hyderabad #10 most popular location
Hyderabad is considered to be the second technology capital of India second only to Bangalore. With it's high desert terrain, Hyderabad in central India has a fairly dry climate similar to N…
838travelers 14reviews 6blogs
Jaisalmer #11 most popular location
Located on a sandstone ridge looking out from the heart of the Thar Desert in the western portion of the Indian state of Rajasthan sits Jaisalmer, known to many as “The Golden City”. Domi…
39travelers 47reviews 64blogs
Jodhpur #12 most popular location
Jodhpur is situated in the Thar Desert and it is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Often referred to as "The Blue City", Jodhpur is famous for the many tightly packed city buildings with…
68travelers 38reviews 34blogs
Pune #13 most popular location
Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra state, is considered the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is an old city with a population of over five million people. Today it is a bustling …
681travelers 22reviews 11blogs
Varanasi #14 most popular location
If you only visit one place in India, many would argue Varanasi – or Benares, if you prefer the old-world name – is the one you should drop in on. There’s no doubting that the city is a…
135travelers 29reviews 89blogs
Calangute #15 most popular location
Calangute is one of the most visited beaches of Goa, situated in North Goa. This beach was once said to be one of the golden beaches of Goa. Still popular with tourist and attracts large crow…
9travelers 14reviews 1blogs
Kochi #16 most popular location
Kochi is a city in the district of Ernakulam of state of Kerala, India. Formerly known as cochin. One of the port cities of India on west coast. Indian Navy's south command setup is in Kochi.…
171travelers 13reviews 6blogs
Goa #17 most popular location
Goa, a medley people, culture and festivals. A land of scenic beauty, pristine beaches. It is the smallest state of India with and area 3.702 Square Kilometers and lies along the western coas…
859travelers 77reviews 40blogs
Manali #18 most popular location
Manali is the northernmost village/city of the Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Its located at 2050 m altitude, surrounded by 4000 m+ peaks. Manali is a main tourist attraction, for backpack…
102travelers 16reviews 11blogs
Munnar #19 most popular location
Munnar is nestled in Western Ghats of India, and one of the most popular hillside regions in the state of Kerala. The nearest large city is Kochi which is 5 hours drive by road. The road cond…
28travelers 28reviews 13blogs
Amritsar #20 most popular location
Amritsar is a city in the northwestern part of India and is the administrative headquarters of Amritsar district in the state of Punjab, India.Amritsar is 32 kilometres (20 mi) east of Lahore…
81travelers 30reviews 32blogs
Srinagar #21 most popular location
The Kashmir valley sprawls scenically at 1730 meters above sea-level between two majestic mountain ranges; the Great Himalayan Range to the south and the Pir Panjal Range to the north. Srinag…
76travelers 8reviews 15blogs
Mysore #22 most popular location
Mysore could be considered the cultural capital of Karnataka state. Mysore is famous for the Mysore palace and surrounding structures from the Wodeyar dynasty and Tipu Sultan's empire. Mysore…
113travelers 20reviews 17blogs
Rishikesh #23 most popular location
Rishikesh is a pilgrimage place near Haridwar in Uttaranchal, ganges flows in from the heart of this city. The city has many ashrams (Holy Place for Hindus where people live) for staying, Hot…
109travelers 22reviews 22blogs
Pushkar #24 most popular location
Pushkar is a town in the state of Rajasthan in India near Ajmer, about 11 Kilometers away, and is an important tourist destination. Pushkar is famous for the Pushkar Lake and the 14th century…
18travelers 18reviews 38blogs
Shimla #25 most popular location
Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India. A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the …
93travelers 4reviews 8blogs
Ahmedabad #26 most popular location
Ahmedabad, also called the walled city has a lot to offer. It is perhaps one of those Indian cities which is a unique blend of Muslim and Hindu cultures. For the ones fascinated by heritage a…
264travelers 18reviews 4blogs
Alleppey #27 most popular location
Alleppey also knows as Alappuzha is a city in the district of Alappuzha of state of Kerala, India. One of the important tourist destination in India with canal, backwaters, beaches and la…
14travelers 8reviews 15blogs
Candolim #28 most popular location
Candolim Beach is located in North Goa. This beach is largely visited by foreign travelers. The beach itself is not the cleanest Goa has to offer and has a large rusting hulk of an old tanke…
3travelers 7reviews 5blogs
Gangtok #29 most popular location
Gangtok (meaning the 'Hill Top') is the largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The soaring Mt. K2 (Kanchenjunga) is seen from most parts of the city. This splendid cit…
31travelers 1reviews 18blogs
Darjeeling #30 most popular location
Darjeeling is a hill station popular with Indian tourists escaping the heat of the plains, international tourists, and tea enthusiasts. The town is known worldwide for its tea industry a…
60travelers 16reviews 35blogs
Trivandrum #31 most popular location
Trivandrum, now known as Thiruvananthapuram, is the capital city of the state of Kerala. It is located on the south western tip of the country - very close to Kanyakumari, which is the southe…
110travelers 7reviews 8blogs
Leh #32 most popular location
Leh is the capital of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Leh is at an altitude of 3,500 meters. Leh has for centuries been an important stopover on trade r…
193travelers 17reviews 24blogs
Mussoorie #33 most popular location
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Ooty #34 most popular location
Ooty is a very popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. A small town and is the district capital of the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu in India. This is the summuer vacation destin…
36travelers 5reviews 7blogs
Kovalam #35 most popular location
Kovalam is Kerala state's most famous beach and a major tourist attraction, situated about 16 kilometers from Trivandrum, capital of Kerala state in India. There are three beaches named Sa…
13travelers 8reviews 11blogs
Anjuna #36 most popular location
Anjuna village, famous for it's beach is located in North Goa. It's claim to fame until the late 90's used to be it's relative in-accessibility and seclusion which led to it's reputation as a…
8travelers 12reviews 21blogs
Chandigarh #37 most popular location
Chandigarh it is a union territory of India, that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name was coined from an …
315travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Khajuraho #38 most popular location
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Located 620 KMs south east Delhi and accessible via train and Bus. This temple complex is a UNESCO W…
20travelers 12reviews 15blogs
Naini Tal #39 most popular location
A quiet hill town in North India, with a beautiful lake and good hiking trails and places. Summer is a good time to visit. From New Delhi there is an overnight train. Compared to some other t…
7travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Panaji #40 most popular location
Panaji is the capital city of Goa state in India. The city has some decent beaches like Miramar and Dona Paula which are usually picnic spots. There are lots of things to do when in the Panaj…
10travelers 6reviews 14blogs
Haridwar #41 most popular location
Haridwar is regarded as one of the 7 holiest places to Hindus. Legend says that after the Samudra Manthan (churning of the sea), Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad is one of the …
30travelers 1reviews 8blogs
Hampi #42 most popular location
Hampi, in north Karnataka, India is the site of the once-magnificent capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ruins and still standing magnificent carved…
48travelers 16reviews 31blogs
Aurangabad #43 most popular location
Aurangabad derives its name from the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is indisputably renowned for the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These ancient Bu…
17travelers 10reviews 10blogs
Cochin #44 most popular location
Cochin now known as Kochi is a city in the district of Ernakulam of state of Kerala, India. One of the port cities of India on west coast. Indian Navy's south command setup is in Kochi. Kochi…
174travelers 28reviews 23blogs
Kodaikanal #45 most popular location
17travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Bikaner #46 most popular location
Bikaner is one of Rajasthan's desert city, lying nearby the Thar Desert. It's most beautiful side is Junagarh fort with it's beautiful rich interiors. Bikaner is very nice to visit because it…
17travelers 8reviews 8blogs
Varkala #47 most popular location
Varkala is a small beach town in the state of Kerala in South India. It lies about an hour north of the state's capital city - Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram) Although the be…
16travelers 8reviews 11blogs
Madurai #48 most popular location
Madurai, also known as the 'Temple Town' is the third largest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is perhaps one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Hence, one of…
66travelers 12reviews 18blogs
Puri #49 most popular location
Puri is a coastal town sitting on the Bay of Bengal near Bhubaneswar in the state of Orissa. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar but Puri can be reached by train and bus with Calcutta bein…
4travelers 3reviews 4blogs
Indore #50 most popular location
110travelers 4reviews 6blogs