Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world, undoubtedly is one of the best things to see in India. Did I just write one of the best…yes, you know why – because there are so many places in India which are just over-shadowed because of the Taj. Don’t mind, I too love Taj, I’ve already been to Taj so many times now and yet never get enough of it. The reality is that India is a diverse, multi-cultured nation, despite this tourists usually prefer Taj and combines it with Jaipur and Delhi at max. Isn’t it unfair to other parts of India with immense beauty receives a cold-shoulder!! There’s much more to India beyond Taj Mahal.
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Every time I read a travel blog or a traveller’s bucket list with a mention to India, it just revolves around Taj Mahal. So, today I would like to introduce my readers to India beyond the Taj Mahal. On that note, know how much Andra loves India and not only Taj Mahal. Planning your trip also includes what to pack and it can be tricky. Read this guide from Paroma about what to wear in India, a practical guide in the true sense.
Places to visit in India Beyond Taj Mahal
Kashmir – also known as ‘Paradise on earth‘ which Indians often even compare to Switzerland. At the origin of Indian boundary next to Pakistan stands a state with snowy mountains, greenery all around and beautiful lakes to fall in love with.
The capital of the state – Srinagar has the largest tulip garden in Asia with a view of dazzling Dal Lake which is frozen to snow in winters, snow studded mountains in Gulmarg and the cold desert in Leh & Ladakh along with gorgeous Monasteries (Read about the biggest & wealthiest Gompa – Hemis Monastery).
The Nubra valley with sand dunes is a photographer’s gem. A trip to Kashmir will leave you with a million memories to cherish for lifelong. If you’re interested in Ladakh, read this 3-day itinerary to Sham Valley Trek from Alex. Delhi to Manali and ultimately till Leh is an amazing adventurous road trip. The route takes from Manali, Rohtang pass, Spiti Valley with amazing views till Leh. I recommend taking this road trip for a memorable experience from India.
The southern-most state of India is a land of exquisite beaches, lush green hills, tea plantations of Munnar, backwaters and much more. Kerala also has world-renowned Ayurveda centres and monsoon is the recommended time to treat yourself with an Ayurvedic massage.
Enjoy the majestic waterfalls, click immense pictures of the photogenic paddy fields & take a sip of the fresh coconut water for an everlasting memory. For art lovers, Kerala will present you the famous dance form – Kathakali. I can assure you after a visit to Kerala, you’ll not leave disappointed. Read more about Travel tips for Kerala from Devesh.
You might wonder why I have not mentioned a particular state here and rather mentioned entire North-east region. It is because North-East states – a total of 7 states – are jaw dropping beautiful and are now slowly gaining popularity among travelers.
These states offer a variety of places to see that no matter how many days you spend there, you might not be able to cover all of them. Starting from Gangtok, Pelling and many more. Sikkim has immense natural beauty and might even be considered as a perfect Honeymoon destination.
Shillong in Meghalaya which offers panoramic city views, gorgeous waterfalls, and even artificial lake. Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura & Arunachal Pradesh are the other states having so much to see that we might need a different post for each state to cover.
#Rajasthan & Gujarat
I know many of you might have heard about Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and mainly because of the forts and scenic beauty. But have you heard about Rann of Kutch in Gujarat? Rann of Kutch is in the Thar Desert is a seasonal salt marsh and has gained the title of largest salt deserts of the world.
Gujarat is also known for grand palaces & forts, shrines with intricate architecture, national parks, and quaint beaches. Considering Amitabh Bachchan is endorsing the state, the tourism for the state has boosted exceptionally.
Every state here has a unique feel and a different architecture with breathtaking views. A special mention to few of the other states which are to a level already getting a lot of tourism. Hampi a UNESCO world heritage site and a haven for history lovers should be on your India bucket list. Goa – of course, the party capital of the country!
Chennai – with the nation’s longest natural urban beach & even one of the world’s longest beaches, read more about Things to do in Chennai. Pondicherry – Love french culture? Gets a dose of the French architecture and tranquil beaches here.
West Bengal with a prime focus on its capital Kolkata, but there’s much more in the state including Darjeeling, Sunderbans National Park, and Siliguri. Himachal Pradesh for the natural beauty of Himalayan mountains and a peek at the summer capital of India ~ Shimla.
Punjab for the largest and most renowned Sikh shrine. Odisha with a history which dates back to King Ashoka and beaches & lakes to experience migratory birds. Thinking of beautiful beaches, only Kerala comes in our minds, but the Havelock Island from the Andaman Islands are a delight from India.
Although the list is not yet finished these are the must-visit states in India. Whenever you plan a trip to India, I highly recommend including some of these places on the itinerary. Read more about some of the underrated Indian destinations that you must visit from Kate.
Have I convinced you for India? Check out this Perfect Two Week India Itinerary.
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– The Wanderer