India is a miracle; it’s a country of joy, colours, carnival of religions and culture. Choosing the top 5 places in India to visit is a very tough job as there are so many versatile, captivating beauties scattered all over this country. However places like Jaipur/Udaypur, Goa, Kashmir, Darjeeling and Agra secure topmost position in the list of popular tourist destinations.
Jaipur or the Pink City is a place of high historical significance and symbolizes the courageous, glorious, bright Rajput era of Indian history. The main sites are Hawa Mahal, Seesh Mahal, Amber Fort, Abhaneri Step Well, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Jal Mahal and more. Hawa Mahal, Seesh Mahal and Jal Mahal all symbolize exquisitely stunning architecture techniques that show the artistry prowess of Indian craft-works. Jantar mantar or the labyrinth, the City palace, Central museum all reflect the sophisticated, glamorous Moughal period influence. The best way to explore this beautiful city is to travel by foot however one should indulge in riding an elephant while visiting the Amber Fort. Jaipur hosts the puppet carnival or the Putul Yatra which attracts a number of tourists. Shows put up by snake charmers are also very fascinating.
Another popular destination is Goa; it’s the “Caribbean of India”. With its highly Portuguese affected culture, the calm and relaxed environment of Goa can make a person forget all about his worries and stress. The blue rattling sea, the tantalizing beaches and a luring night-life takes enjoyment to whole new level. The beaches like Aguada Beach, Candolim Beach, Colva Beach and Arambol Beach are stuffed with jaw dropping attractions, amazing restaurants and beach cafes which provide savory dishes along with refreshing drinks and beach games. People who love to drink should surely try ‘fenny” a popular Goan liquor. Arvalam Waterfalls, Kesarval Springs and Dudsagar Waterfall are marvels of nature and the Bascilica of Bom Jesus, Church of ST. Anne; Church of Mary Immaculate Conception showcases the religious faith of Goan culture. The Mapusa market is the shopping central of Goa.
Dargeeling is a tiny hill station of North Bengal adorned with abysmal beauty of nature. Its charming Mirik Lake, mesmerizing view of the Himalayas from Tiger Hill point are among the main attractions of this place. The famous toy train journey, the dexterous Tibetan handcraft works and the amazing Darjeeling tea are the most popular things of this place. Ghoom Monastery, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the historic establishments of Darjeeling. The churches, museums, beauteous tea gardens and roads hugging the amazing mountains fills ones heart with enormous joy.
The Heaven of Earth or Kashmir is situated in the Northern part of India; the beauty of this place is beyond the imagination of a human being. Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and Wular Lake are known for their beauty and are like jewels of India. This place is filled with sites of extreme historical heritage. The Jama Masjid, Imambara Zadibal, Hazratbal, Parihaspora Budhistic Site, Harwan Buddhist Ruins are all wonderful creations celebrating two famous religions. The craftwork of Kashmir is worldly reputed with its amazing carpets, namdas, Papièr Mâchè, shawls and wood carvings.
Visiting India remains incomplete if a person does not visit Agra, the home of Taj Mahal which is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Agra is a place of historical importance and is abound with a number of tourist attractions like the Agra Fort, Taj Museum, Jahangiri Mahal, Jodha Bai’s palace, Golden Pavillions and above all the world famous Taj Mahal which stands as a symbol of love. Agra is frequently visited by tourists and so this area has a very good transportation system. Tourist can reach this place by airway, railway or even by road as a number of expresses buses connects this place to other states of the country. Apart from its tourist spots Agra has emerged as a shopper’s paradise. This place is popular for its leather goods, small replica of Taj Mahal made of white marble, brassware items, handicraft items etc. This place also has a number of hotels to accommodate tourists.