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Top 10 Holiday Destinations in India You Simply Can't Miss Out On

by Monica Henin

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As summer is just around the corner, it’s time to pack bags and travel to beautiful places. And if you have yet to pay India a visit, this is a great time for you to do so! The months of May, June, and July are known to be the ideal for traveling in India. Railway stations, airports are flooded with people as millions of people travel from one place to another, but you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun! 

There are hundreds of small and large destinations in India worth visiting. For starters, you’d be interested to know that it is one of the few countries in Asia where all four seasons can be experienced. Because of this, India is blessed with an ample amount of beautiful tourist destinations. On this post, I’ll be sharing with you some of its most popular destinations that you ought to consider. 

So, without any further ado, here are the top 10 holiday destinations in India any lover of travel simply can't miss out on:


1. Goa


Travelers in Goa


Beautiful beaches, amazing food, lovely people and the flavor of Portugal, this is what you get in Goa. One of the favorite tourist destinations of locals, Goa seems to deliver all that Indian travelers love. The temperature remains comfortable in the state throughout the year, which makes Goa a favorable destination in all seasons. Out of all the beaches, there are two that you must visit; Palolem and Mandrem. Besides beaches, there are various temples and beaches that you can pay a visit to. Seafood is also a specialty of Goa, so if you have selected Goa as your destination for this year’s vacation, then you must try its scallops. If you have yet to find out what scallops taste like, then I highly recommend that you give it a go during your visit here!


2. Jim Corbett National Park


If you’re planning to travel with your kids, spending some time at this national part should be part of your itinerary. After all, what could be more incredible for them than to see wild animals in their natural habitat? Jim Corbett National Park is an ideal destination for families traveling with kids, as they will get to see some amazing species in this park such as The Royal Bengal Tiger, Golden Jackal, Gharials, Sambar Deer and more. Your kids will surely remember this destination for years to come.


3. Kerala


A beautiful field in Kerala


Serene Backwaters, unparalleled natural beauty and delicious food, these are what defines Kerala. As soon as you reach Kerala, you experience a sense of calmness within yourself, as if all your problems have disappeared magically. There is something in the air of Kerala that makes it peaceful. Places like Alleppey and Munnar are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. People in Kerala eat food in banana leaves, so you must try this at least once. There are many shops in the state that sell (Indian) tamales, so if you want to try this Mesoamerican dish in India, then you can. Just make sure to reheat tamales when you decide to eat it later.


4. Gulmarg


If you have yet been to Kashmir, then you’re really missing out! Alternatively, you can plan a trip to Gulmarg, which is a beautiful town in Kashmir state. Gulmarg holds the distinction of being India’s biggest skiing destination. Your kids are bound to love this amazing town that is covered with snow for most of the year. 


5. Andaman & Nicobar Islands


breathtaking beaches in Andaman & Nicobar islands


These beautiful islands are located about 700 miles away from mainland India, but it is actually not that difficult to get there. All you have to do is take a flight from Bhubaneshwar or Chennai or Kolkata and one can reach these Islands in a couple of hours. Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is known for its British Era jails. These are historic islands where your kids will learn some new lessons of history. Moreover, you can all try fun underwater sports like scuba diving and snorkeling.


6. Agra


The Taj Mahal is what crosses everybody’s mind when they hear the word ‘Agra’. Though Agra is indeed where Taj Mahal is situated, you should know that apart from Taj Mahal, there are many other breathtaking landmarks you can visit such as Mariam Tomb, Great Idgah, Rambagh Park, Dhakri Ka Mahal and Chini Ki Rauza.


7. Darjeeling


The green and lush tea gardens of Darjeeling

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You are probably already familiar with this town’s name as it is known for its vast and beautiful tea gardens. And yes, the renowned Darjeeling tea was named after it!

Here, the weather remains pleasant in the month of May or June, so if you want to dodge the intense rays of the sun, then book a ticket to Darjeeling. When visiting this city, you must check out the tea gardens and Khangchendzonga National Park. 


8. Kutch


If you’ve had enough share of hills, beaches, waterfall and lakes and looking for something unique to visit, then you need to make some time to head to Kutch as it is one of the largest salt deserts in the world! Some of the world’s endangered species like the Asiatic Wild Ass, the Desert Fox, and many others can only be found in Kutch. Moreover, thousands of flamingo birds arrive in this amazing region, creating a breathtaking view for travelers to marvel at.


9. Assam and Meghalaya


Tea gardens, exotic wildlife and record rainfall, these are some of the things that you will experience during your trip to Assam and Meghalaya. You can visit Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to see one-horned rhinos, which are only present in this part of the world. Then, there are stunning waterfalls in the state of Meghalaya that will definitely take your breath away. 


10. Rajasthan


A palace in Rajasthan


If the sultry summer weather is not something you’re worried about, then Rajasthan should really make it to your bucket list. Cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur are full of history. There are a countless number of forts in the entire state that will take you back in time when Rajas and Maharajas used to rule in India.

There are lots of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delights, which are a specialty of the state and you must try those. They cook most of their food items in red copper cookware because of its quickness and even distribution of heat. If you want to try your hand in Rajasthani cooking, then make sure you have a top-class red copper pan.


So, now that I’ve shared my list of top ten destinations in India, it is up to you to decide on which destination you’ll be making time for during your Indian adventure. No matter which option(s) you choose, one thing I can guarantee about all these destinations is that you will have plenty of fun!


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