10 Best places in India for first-time travelers

The Indian Subcontinent has always been a hotspot of tourism that attracts both internal as well as foreign travelers. The natural scenic beauty, architectural sites, amiable people, awe-inspiring food are all the key driving factors behind India’s attraction of tourists. Here are the ten best places in India for first-time travelers.

1. Agra

The seat of the rule of the impressive Mughal emperors, Agra, offers a traveler –  a dream vacation.  The breathtaking beautiful palace, Taj Mahal, built by emperor Shah Jahan,  the Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri are all epitomes of the architectural history of India and all of which are UNESCO world heritage sites.

Taj Mahal

2. Delhi

The National capital of India, Delhi, is a vibrant mix of splendid Mughal as well as British colonial architecture – a melange of historic old Delhi and modernized cosmopolitan city.  Some of the top tourist attractions are the Red Fort,  India Gate, and Humayun’s Tomb.

India Gate

3. Mumbai

The bustling city that never sleeps is a must-visit tourist destination for young and active travelers. A spectacular paradox of energy, momentum, chaos, and hope,  India’s business hub hosts few must-see locations like Elephanta island, Gateway of India, splendid nightlife, and memorable dining scene.

Gateway of India

4. Goa

Goa, famous for its amazing beaches and ample places of worship, was a Portuguese dominion territory for over 400 years, and reflects colonial architecture in the Portuguese forms – churches, convents, mansions, etc., witnessing which can be an exquisite trip. Lady of the Immaculate conception church, resorts, Baga beach, Calangute beach, Anjuna beach, are some of the peculiar and unique destinations of Goa.

Goa Beach

5. Kerala

Renowned as ” The God’s own land,” Kerala is a great tourist destination that hosts ecotourism initiatives, pleasing backwaters, winning culture, tasty cuisine, combined with its unique demography that warmly welcomes its tourists. The slow pace of life, among lush greens, makes one’s vacation altogether leisurely, and memorable.

Kerala Backwaters

6. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is a destination that caters to the expectations of all kinds of visitors- spiritual ones, adventure lovers, nature enthusiasts, and everyone else. With the past as a French enclave, the villas, Consulate of France, are all major tourist highlights, even today. The golden sands, blue waters of the beaches, too, are a not to miss a thing in Pondicherry.

7. Calcutta

Calcutta that can be renowned as the city with soul, is an attraction for educational, commercial, and cultural visitors. Being British India’s capital till 1911, Calcutta is gorgeously rich in colonial architecture with gems like the Indian Museum. Howrah Bridge, Shankarpur Bridge are other popular tourist destinations.

8. Shimla

Popularly known as the summer capital of British India, the quiet town of Shimla has a distinctly British character, a pleasant climate, myriads of activities that cheerfully enriches all the tourists. The Ridge, Kufri,  Chail, Green Valley, Mall Road, Jakhoo Hill, Kiala Forest, Shimla State Museum are some of the tourists’ highlights that Shimla possesses.

Shimla

9. Jaipur

The capital city of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is popularly known as “Pink City.”  Housing a few best architectural marvels, and heritage sights of India, everything that is found in and around Jaipur is a watermark of the rich heritage, culture, and tradition of the city. It boasts of its beauty with some magnificent structures like Hawa Mahal Palace and the Nahargarh Fort. 

10. Amritsar

The historic flavor seen in the city of Amritsar is one of the most significant reasons for its attraction. Being the home to the Golden Temple, The Partition Museum, Akal Takht, Gobindgarh Fort, and the famous Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar attracts millions of tourists every year. The Harmandir Sahib(Golden Temple) is the Sikh religion’s cultural and spiritual hub. 

Some Last Words

Indian Subcontinent has new beginnings, but endless possibilities to explore for the first time travelers. The aforementioned are samples that can finely portray how perfect and excellent the Indian trips can be.