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Top 10 places to visit in India, Complete Travel Guide

by Sayed Naveed E Azam
Top 10 places in India by Viralistan

If you are planning to visit India, make sure to read this article first. We have handpicked Top 10 places to visit in India where people around the globe love to visit. India is a highly diverse country, with every 200KM you’ll find different cultures and languages. So let’s begin.

In this article, we have aligned popular visiting places from North India to South India. We will see state wise places that are popular and convenient to travel as well. We will also share travel options, food, and hotel costs to make your trip an amazing experience.

Jammu and Kashmir – Gulmarg:

How to visit:

By Airplane:
The nearest airport for Gulmarg is in Srinagar. It is 59.5 km far from Gulmarg. It is well connected to India’s major airports. Also from the airport to Gulmarg, you can hire jeep or cab.

Why you should visit:

  • Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful places in India. Because of its beauty, it attracts tourists.
  • In the winter season, ice sheets cover everything and then it looks like heaven.
  • Gulmarg biosphere reserve is a really beautiful place for a wildlife lover, the number of musk deer is quite high here.
  • Also, the Aparwat peak is the highest peak of Gulmarg and is covered with snow.
  • Alpather Lake is surrounded by mountains and beautiful plains. Furthermore, Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah, are mountain streams.
  • Children’s park is built for children’s entertainment and is situated between mountains.
  • Likewise, the Kanchenjunga museum has modern warfare and mountaineering equipment.
Gulmarg

Hotels:

  • The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is a 5-star hotel. And it costs 17k INR(US $237.69) per night.
  • Rose Wood Hotel – 7752 INR ($108.39).
  • The Vintage Gulmarg – 6022 INR($84.20).
  • Hotel Heevan Retreat – 6082INR ($85.04).
  • Hotel Afarwat – 2523INR ($35.30).

Restaurants:

Best restaurants for pure Indian and American foods:

  • Yemberzal hotel & restaurant – 1000 INR($13.98) serves for two.
  • Pine View Restaurants – 1400 INR ($19.57) for two
  • Hotel Highlands Park – 2000 INR($27.96),
  • Down Hill Restaurant – 1500 INR($19.57).

Himachal Pradesh – Shimla:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
Shimla is 398 km far from Srinagar. The nearest airport for Gulmarg is in Srinagar. But direct flight is not available from Srinagar to Shimla. For Shimla, you have to come to Jubbarhatti airport. Shimla is 22 km far from Jubbarhatti airport. From Srinagar to Jubbarhatti flight cost is around 8000 INR ($111.86). Also, you can hire cabs or taxi for Shimla from the airport.

By Train:
In Gulmarg, there is no railway station. Accordingly, you have to go to Jammu Tawi railway station, which is 290 km far from Gulmarg. Also in Shimla, there is no direct train available. Therefore you have to go to Kalka railway station, which is around 90 km far from Shimla. You can hire a taxi and cabs for Shimla.

Shimla

Why you should visit:

  • In Shimla, the Toy Train ride is the best option for the journey. The train goes from Kalka to Shimla. Furthermore, it passes through beautiful green hills.
  • Lakkar Bazar is best for shopping. You will also find wooden crafts and winter wear there.
  • Tattapani has located 50 km from Shimla where you can do rafting.
  • The scandal point is famous for sunset which is near the mall road.
  • Kuthar fort shows architectural and nature’s beauty.
  • Johnnie’s wax museum, thus here you can meet Harry Potter, Tony Stark, and other statues.
  • Water Catchment Sanctuary, it is for bird lovers. Also here you can see birds like Tits, Barbets, Flycatchers, Thrushes, and others.
  • Photo Art Gallery of Shimla has 20,000 pictures of nature, wildlife, and culture.
  • Chadwick waterfall is 7 km far from Shimla.

Hotels :

These are the best hotels in Shimla with their per night cost.          

  • Wildflower Hall An Oberoi Resort – 21,830 INR($305.23)
  • The Oberoi Cecil – 12,974 INR($181.40)
  • Taj Theog Resort & Spa – 11,139 INR($155.74)
  • Royal Tulip Luxury Hotel – 4,601 INR($64.33)
  • Royal Tulip Luxury Hotel – 4,727 INR($66.09).

 Restaurants:

These are the best restaurants in Shimla with the cost of two.

  • Cafe Simla Times – 2000 INR($27.96)
  • Honey Hut(best fo kids) – 2,500 INR($34.95)
  • Aunty’s – 1,500 INR($20.97)
  • 45 The Central – 1300 INR($19.57) .

Uttarakhand – Mussoorie:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
Mussoorie is 249 km far from Shimla. Also, there are no direct flights from Shimla to Mussoorie. You have to come to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. It is 57.5 km far from Mussoorie. Shimla to Dehradun flight ticket is around 3000 INR ($41.95). From the airport to Mussoorie you can hire cabs or taxi.

By Train:
Shimla doesn’t have a big railway station but Kalka railway station is nearby Shimla, it is 90 km far from Shimla and is connected to the railway station of major cities. Also, you can hire a taxi or cab from Shimla to Kalka railway station.
Dehradun railway station is nearby Mussoorie. And It is 36 km far from Mussoorie. You can hire a taxi or cab from the railway station to Mussoorie. Rail ticket from Kalka to Dehradun is around 1000 INR($13.98).

Why you should visit:

  • Kempty falls is a famous tourist attraction place in Mussorie. It is surrounded by mountain ranges.
  • Lake Mist, Kempty waterfall meet in this lake, it is famous for boating. Mussoorie Lake is an artificial lake.
  • Lal Tibba is the highest peak of Mussoorie. Benog wildlife sanctuary is 11 km far away from Mussoorie. Also, you can do trekking here and find beautiful birds.
  • Gun hill is a place where you can do cable car ride. And it is 10 minutes ride from Jhula Ghar to Gun Hill.
  • There is the K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum, where you can see wax statues of famous Indian personalities and celebrities.
  • Furthermore, Mussorie Adventure Park is the place where you can do Valley crossing, skiing, rappelling, and sky riding.
  • Jabarkhet Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mussoorie.
  • Kurli bazar is famous for shopping, you can buy jewelry, books, sweaters, and shawls. Cloud’s end is best for a serene atmosphere.
  • Soham Heritage & Art Centre, Here are paintings, murals and scrap art, which show the culture of Himalayas.
Mussoorie

Hotels:

These are the best hotels in Mussoorie.

  • JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa – 12,936 INR($180.87),
  • Welcome Hotel The Savoy – 9,083 INR($127.00)
  • The Claridges Nabha Residence – 6,682 INR($93.43)
  • Mosaic Hotel  – 5,092 INR($71.20).
  • Hotel Madhuban Highlands – 3,196 INR($44.69)

Restaurants:

  • Kalsang – 2000 INR($27.96)
  • Urban Turban Bistro – 2,700 INR($37.75)
  • Clocktower Cafe – 2,500 INR($34.95),
  • Char dukan – 2,800 INR($39.15)
  • Fortune Resort Grace – 2000 INR($27.96).

Delhi -Delhi & Agra:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
Mussoorie is 279 km far away from Delhi. In Dehli, Indira Gandhi International Airport is 20 km far away from the red fort. Dehradun to Delhi flight ticket price is around 3000 INR ($41.95). There is no direct flight from Delhi to Agra.

By Train:
Dehradun railway station is nearby Mussoorie. There are trains available from Dehradun to New Delhi railway station. This is 5 km far from the red fort. Dehradun to the New Dehli rail ticket is around 1500 INR ($20.97). From Delhi, Agra is at 2.5hrs distance and the train ticket costs around 530INR (7.42USD).

By Bus or Cab:

Agra is 2.5 hrs away from Delhi and an AC bus costs around 350INR (4.90 USD) you can have an amazing bus experience in India if you travel through the bus to Agra. If you wish, you can also go by cab which will cost you somewhere between 2,500 to 3,500 ($35-$49).

Why you should visit:

Delhi has some amazing monuments like :

  • Red Fort which was built by Shah Jahan and is a great example of Mughal Architecture.
  • Qutub Minar is the tallest brick made architecture that also has quranic verses inscribed.
  • India Gate is known for its war memorial built by Britishers after 9,000 Indian soldiers were martyred.
  • Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques of India and another Mughal Architecture.
Red Fort
Qutub Minar

Agra:

  • Agra has one of the world’s seven wonders – Taj Mahal.
  • A beautiful architecture built by Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Taj Mahal is a symbol of Love and represents the best example of Mughal Architecture.
  • Its construction took around 21 years.
Taj Mahal - Agra, one of the seven wonders
Taj Mahal

Hotels:

These are the best hotels in Dehli.

  • The Imperial – 18,348 INR($256.54),
  • Haveli Dharampura – 15,155 INR($211.90)
  • Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place – 9,542 INR($133.42)
  • Hotel Connaught Royale – 6,929 INR($97.13)
  • La Sagrita – 6,481 INR($)
  • Hotel SPB 87 Delhi – 1698INR ($23.83)


Restaurants:

  • Le Cirque – 3500 INR($48.94)
  • The Imperial Spice – 3000 INR($41.95)
  • Sorrento – 2300 INR($32.16)
  • Indian Accent – 5000 INR ($70.19)
  • Kitchen With A Cause – 1500 INR($20.97)

Rajasthan – Jaipur:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
There are direct flights available from Indira Gandhi international airport Delhi to Jaipur international airport. From Dehli to Jaipur flight ticket is around 3600 INR ($50.33).

By Train:
There are 21 direct trains from the New Dehli railway station to Jaipur junction railway station. And the distance is 288 km by train. The ticket price is around 1500 INR ($20.97).

Why you should visit:

  • Jaipur is the capital of the Rajasthan state. It is also known as the pink city. Jaipur is famous for its unique beauty.
  • Amber fort, also known as Amer fort is 11 km far away from Jaipur. Furthermore, the red sandstone and marble stones construction shows a combination of Hindu-Muslim architecture and you can enjoy an elephant ride here.
  • Likewise Naharghar fort, it was built as a defensive fort. You can see the whole city view here.
  • Hawa Mahal is a beautiful example of architecture. It has 953 windows. Also, it is built with lime, red and pink stones. Jal Mahal is located in the middle of Mansagar lake.
  • Jantar Mantar is famous for astronomy. There are 14 instruments that are helpful in measuring time, knowing the speed and position of the star.
  • Pink city bazaar consists of four main bazaars and each bazar famous for different things. As Johari bazar is famous for precious gemstones and Nehru bazar is popular for Jootis (Type of Footwear).
  • Albert hall museum, it is a perfect example of Indian architecture. Also, it has paintings, jewelry, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and an Egyptian mummy.
Hawa Mahal – Jaipur

Hotels :

These are the best hotels in Jaipur.

  • Jai Mahal Palace – 49,560 INR($692.94),
  • Radisson Jaipur City Center – 7,248 INR($101.34),
  • ITC Rajputana – 7,020 INR($98.15),
  • Sarovar Portico – 3,765 INR($52.64),
  • Hotel Clarks Amer – 3,793 INR($53.03),
  • Royale Lalit – 2,350 INR($32.86).
Restaurants:
  • Kalyan Rooftop & Indoor Restaurant – 3000 INR($41.95)
  • Jaipur Adda – 2500 INR($34.95)
  • Cinnamon – 6000 INR($83.89)
  • Okra – 7000 INR($97.87)
  • Niros Restaurant – 3000 INR($41.95)
  • Zolocrust – 5000 INR($69.91).

Madhya Pradesh – Gwalior

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
Direct flights from Jaipur international airport to Gwalior airport are available. The ticket costs around 4000 INR ($55.93).

By Train:
There are available trains from Jaipur junction to Gwalior junction. Jaipur to Gwalior distance is 357 km by train. The train ticket price is around 800 INR ($11.19).

Why you should visit:

  • It has Gwalior Fort which was built by the ruler Suraj Sen covers an area of 3 square kilometers.
  • The fort has Gopachal hill which is a house for 1500 idols.
  • The Height of these idols ranges from 6 inches to 57 feet.
  • Inside Fort, there are many palaces which were built by different rulers.
  • Fort has palaces, temples, and museum
Gwalior Fort

Hotels:

These are the best hotels in Gwalior.

  • Radisson Gwalior – 5,940 INR($83.27),
  • Radisson Gwalior – 4,172 INR($58.33),
  • Clarks Inn Suites Gwalior – 3,390 INR($47.40),
  • Hotel Ramaya Gwalior – 2,256 INR($31.54),
  • Narayanam Hotel – 2,011 INR($28.12).

Restaurants:

  • Kwality Restaurant – 2300 INR($32.16),
  • Boulevard 69 Cafe & Restro – 1700 INR($23.77),
  • 7 Eleven – 1500 INR($19.57),
  • Volga Restaurant – 1500 INR($20.97).

Maharashtra – Mahabaleshwar:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
The nearest airport for Mahabaleshwar is Pune airport, which is 120 km away. You can hire private buses and cabs for Mahabaleshwar from the airport. From Gwalior airport to Pune airport flight ticket cost is around 7000 INR ($97.87).

By Train:
There are no direct trains for Mahabaleshwar and you should go to Gwalior to Pune by train. Also, Gwalior to Mahabaleshwar distance is 1,221 km.  Pune railway station is 123 km far from Mahabaleshwar. You can hire cabs, taxi and private buses from the railway station.

How to visit:

  • Mahabaleshwar is surrounded by the natural beauty of waterfalls and lakes.
  • Tapola is a valley, and it is also called mini Kashmir. Furthermore here you can enjoy wild beauty. Also, you can enjoy lake views, and like boating, water scooter rides, kayaking, and swimming.
  • Wilson point, it is the highest point of Mahabaleshwar. Wilson Point provides beautiful views of the green hills and nature.
  • Babington Point is the best place for nature lovers and bird lovers. Town bazar in Mahabaleshwar is famous for shopping.
  • Lonavala is a famous hill station, which is 177 km far from Mahabaleshwar. It is surrounded all around by beautiful lakes, valleys, dense forests and waterfalls.
  • Marjorie Point, here you can see all around view of Sahyadri mountains and western ghats located in the Konkan Valley.
  • Satara is 57 far from Mahabaleshwar. Elephant’s head point is located in Satara, here you will see a mountain part which looks like an elephant head.
Mahabaleshwar

Hotels:

  • Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa – 11,682 INR($164.22),
  • Evershine Resort – 5,464 INR($76.81),
  • Bella Vista Resort – 4284 INR($60.22),
  • The Grand Legacy Hotel – 4,122 INR($57.94),
  • Hotel Dreamland – 3,899 INR9($54.81),
  • Grand Resort – 3100 INR($43.58).

Restaurants:

  • Mapro Garden – 2400 INR($33.74),
  • Farmhouse Bistro – 2000 INR($28.11),
  • Royal Garden Family Restaurant – 2000 INR($28.11),
  • Gokul’s Food Planet – 1500 INR($21.09).

Telangana – Hyderabad:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
Direct flights are available from Pune to Hyderabad. Distance from Mahabaleshwar to Hyderabad is 580 km and the ticket price is around 3000 INR ($42.17).

By Train:
Trains are available from Pune to Hyderabad. And the distance between Pune to Hyderabad 597 km by train. There are two Railway stations but Nampally Station is in the center of the city. The ticket cost is around 1200 INR($16.87). You will find many hotels to stay in, near the station itself.

Why you should visit:

  • Charminar, which is the most famous architecture having four minarets built by Quli Qutub Shah.
  • Near to Charminar is Laad Bazaar which is famous for bangles and pearls.
  • Hyderabad is also known as the City of pearls and you can shop your heart out.
  • Falaknuma Palace, a former palace of Ruler Nizam which is above 2000 feet and the one of the highly luxurious hotels in India.
  • Ramoji Film City, which is the world’s largest film city spreaded over area of 1666 acres, worths a visit.
  • Salar Jung Museum is India’s third-largest museum which has a wide collection of things from many parts of the world.
Charminar
Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace
Salar Jung Museum

Ramoji Film City

Hotels:

These are the best hotels in Hyderabad.

  • ITC Kakatiya, A Luxury Collection Hotel – 11,358 INR($159.66),
  • Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre – 7,046 INR($99.05),
  • Avasa – 5,933 INR($83.40),
  • Lemon Tree Hotel, Banjara hills – 5,340 INR($75.07),
  • Mercure Hyderabad Kcp – 3,891INR($54.70).

Restaurants:

  • Jewel of Nizam – The Minar – 5000 INR($70.09),
  • Barbeque Nation-1400INR ($19.65)
  • Ohri’s- 2000 INR($28.11)
  • Aura Cafe – 1600INR ($22.46)

Kerala – Alappuzha:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
There is no direct flight available for Alappuzha from Hyderabad. But the nearest airport is Kochin international airport, which is 75km far from Alappuzha. you can hire cabs or taxi from the airport to Alappuzha. And the air ticket cost is around 4000 INR($56.23).

By Train:
Alappuzha railway station is connected to the major cities’ railway station. Also, trains are available from Hyderabad to Alappuzha. Hyderabad to Alappuzha distance is 1,150 km. The ticket price is around 1500 INR ($21.09).

Why you should visit:

  • Alappuzha is also known as Alleppey. Especially this is a city on the beach and its famous for boating.
  • Alleppey Lighthouse is a historical monument and it is a marker of the port of Kerala.
  • Krishnapuram Palace is known as Keralan architecture, a gabled roof, narrow corridors, and dormer windows. It has one of the biggest wall paintings in Kerala.
  • Pathiramanal is famous for birds watching, there are 90 species of local birds and 50 species for migratory birds.
  • Vembanad lake is the second largest lake in Kerala and is famous for its scenic beauty. Also here is a luxury houseboat available, you can hire a private houseboat too.
  • Kumarakom birds sanctuary is the best site for bird lovers. Elephant junction Thekkady is 137.7 km far from Alappuzha, you can enjoy here elephant bath, elephant ride and also you can visit in plantation farm, tiger trail, ride on a jungle jeep safari.
  • Bekal Fort is the famous and largest fort in Kerala. It is built in 1650 AD, it is spread in 40 acres.
Alappuzha

Hotels:

These are the best hotels in Alappuzha.

  • La Plage Marari – 7,098 INR($99.78),
  • Punnamada Resort – 6,682 INR($93.93),
  • Lake Canopy – 6,238 INR($87.69),
  • Our Land Island Backwater Boutique Resort – 6,015 INR($84.56).
  • Paloma Backwater Resorts  – 5,070 INR($71.27),
  • Treebo Tryst Palmyra Grand Suite – 1,892 INR($26.60).

Restaurants:

  • Cassia Restaurant – 4000 INR($56.23),
  • Cochin Majlis – 3000 INR($42.17),
  • Cafe Catamaran – 2200 INR($30.93),
  • Dreamers Restaurant – 2000 INR($28.11),
  • Avocado Garden Restaurant – 2000 INR($28.11).

Kanyakumari – Tamil Nadu:

How to visit:

By Aeroplane:
Trivandrum International Airport is nearby Kanyakumari. It is 67 km far from Kanyakumari. Flights are available from Kochin international airport to Trivandrum international airport. And you can hire a taxi or cab for Kanyakumari. The flight ticket price is around 3000 INR ($42.17).

By Train:
Direct trains are available from the Alappuzha railway station to the Kanyakumari railway station. From Alappuzha to Kanyakumari distance is 235 km. The ticket cost is around 1200 INR ($16.87).

Why you should visit:

  • Thiruvalluvar statue, this is a Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar’s statue.
  • Courtallam falls is famous in Kanyakumari, it is located in the Tirunelveli district. It is a good place for nature lovers.
  • Vattakotai fort is spread on 3.5 acres. On one side of the fort is the sea, it is located in Agasteeswaram.
  • Tsunami Monument, which was built in memory of those people who were killed in the tsunami.
  • Mathur aqueduct is best for nature lovers, It is surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Similarly, Thirparappu falls manmade waterfalls, whose height is 50 feet. This waterfall is surrounded by nature’s beauty.
Kanyakumari

Hotels:

These are the best hotels in Kanyakumari.

  • Annai Resorts & Spa – 5,156 INR($72.48),
  • Sea View Hotel – 2,769 INR($38.92),
  • Singaar International Hotel – 2,172 INR($30.53),
  • Ocean Heritage – Hotel 1,551 INR($21.80),
  • Hotel Sivamurugan Kanyakumari – 1,072 INR($15.07).

Restaurants:

  • The Curry – 2000 INR($28.11),
  • The Ocean Heritage Restaurant – 1,467 INR($20.62),
  • Hotel Saravana – 1200 INR($16.87),
  • Zam Zam Restaurant – 1000 INR($14.06).

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