30 Breathtaking Tourist places in india you must Visit in 2020



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“Are you a Beach Person or a Mountain person?” I am often asked.

“Are you a Beach Person or a Mountain person?” I am often asked.

I am a traveler, a lover of nature, born and brought up in India and  lucky to have wanderlust parents, my answer almost always is, 

I am a mountain person as much as I am a beach person, I am awed by the deserts of Rajasthan and the white Rann of Kutch enchants me, the Forts of Maharashtra and the stories of Shivaji fill me with pride and I am spellbound by the architectural marvels in the South of India.”

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India is a colorful country varied not only geographically but also culturally. It is difficult to see all the awesome places and offbeat destinations that are yet to be crowded by tourists. 

I asked experienced Family travelers, solo travelers and Couple Travelers to help me make an awesome list of breathtakingly beautiful tourist places to in India. So get cozy and read on!

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Read about Breathtakingly Beautiful Tourist Places In India You Must Visit Before You Die. Right from awesome forts and temples, to stunning caves, mountains, deserts and islands.

1. Kongthong – the Whistling Village of India

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

At least the people in Kongthong, Meghalaya definitely believe in this. The tribes of Kongthong here do not have names. Instead they have tunes for their names. 

A tradition which is carried on since time immemorial, each child at the time of birth is given a unique tune by his mother. This ‘jingrwai lawbei’ (lullaby) becomes their name.

The long tune is for calling out a person in the jungle while the shorter version of the same tune is used in the village.

U Mawryngkhang – the King of Stones in Meghalaya

Pro Tip: If you want an offbeat, culture immersive experience in Incredible India, then visit and stay at least one night in Kongthong, Meghalaya.

Read more by clicking here: Lullaby for name: Kongthong the best-kept secret of Meghalaya.

Recommended by Richa.

2. Chandratal – a jewel of the mountains

Chandrataal would win hands down for being a sparkling jewel in the midst of the Himalayas in incredible India. Situated in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (India) there is no one word in the dictionary to describe the mesmerising beauty of Chandra Taal.

No wonder it is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. Nestled between the snow-capped mountains at a height of approximately 14000 ft, this lake resembles the shape of a Crescent Moon (Chandrataal).   

The color of water of Chandratal appears to  change from reddish to orange to blue to emerald green as the day ends.

Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape.
Chandratal – a jewel of the mountains

Pro Tip: Chandra Tal is considered a sacred lake and so as responsible tourists, respect the beliefs of the locals and refrain from bathing in the lake.

Recommended by Shruti.

3. Ranakpur Temple – An Architectural Marvel of India

The magnificent fifteenth century Ranakpur temple in Mewar region of Rajasthan, India, is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankara, of this era. 

The grand scale and sheer architectural complexity of Ranakpur temple in Rajasthan in incredible India is alluring. It also boasts of being one of the five most important holy shrines of the Jains. 

The domes have images of Ganesha, vidyadevis, musicians and dancers. The intricacy of the artwork grows as one moves from the west to north to east to south hall.

The Ranakpur temple (1439 AD) in Rajasthan, is an Architectural Masterpiece.
The Ranakpur temple (1439 AD) in Rajasthan, is an Architectural Masterpiece.

Pro Tip: Photography is allowed only between noon and 5pm. However taking picture of the main deity Adinath is forbidden.

Like all other Indian Temples, you cannot enter with footwear. You need to take off your shoes at the entrance.

Click to read more about the history of the place, entry timings, fees, top things to do, eat, stay and explore: Ranakpur Temple – An Architectural Marvel of India.

Recommended by Richa.

4. Explore the Breath-taking Badami, Karnataka

Badami is a little archaeological town in northern part of Karnataka in Bagalkot district of incredible India. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples.

It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged red sandstone on the banks of Agastya lake. Badami is famous for its sandstone cave temples.

The rock-cut cave temples were sculpted mostly between the 6th and 8th centuries.

The four cave temples represent the secular nature of the rulers then, with tolerance and a religious following that inclines towards Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Archaeological survey of India has declared Badami as a protected site. It’s also is in the process of acclaiming “World Heritage site” status by UNESCO.

Situated in the North of Karnataka in present day Bagalkot, Badami was the erstwhile capital of this great kingdom. One of the fascinating sites of Badami is the set of cave temples carved out of the sandstone rocks.
One of the fascinating sites of Badami is the set of cave temples carved out of the sandstone rocks.

Pro Tip: It is believed that the name Badami has come from colour of its stone (Badam -Almond). The town was formerly known as Vatapi. If you would like  a date with history and architecture, Badami must be on your “Must Visit” List of Places!!

Recommended by Rashmi.

5. Awe-inspiring Bamboo Bridge Mawryngkhang, Meghalaya

Be ready to be ‘Swept Away’ – both literally and figuratively.


U Mawryngkhang is a legendary stone which is also known as the King of Stones in Meghalaya.

The Mawryngkhang trek starts with a bamboo bridge over “broomstick” farm, it gradually takes you over beautiful blue water natural pools and eventually you find yourself on a bridge which is perched on  the side of huge solid rock with deep valley down below.

The sturdy and eco-friendly  bamboo bridges have been constructed using bamboo and are tied with cane ropes. At very few places one finds that nails have been used for fixing.

U Mawryngkhang is a legendary stone which is also known as the King of Stones in Meghalaya. The Mawryngkhang trek starts with a bamboo bridge over “broomstick” farm, it gradually takes you over beautiful blue water natural pools and eventually you find yourself on a bridge which is perched on the side of huge solid rock with deep valley down below.
U Mawryngkhang – the King of Stones in Meghalaya

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to take a plunge in the natural pool of river Wahrew on your way back.

A quick itinerary and guide to the thrilling and chilling WahKhen trek in Meghalaya, India. This guide includes tips on how to get there and what to expect: Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen, Meghalaya will Make Your Hair Stand on End.

Recommended by Richa.

6. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

Yumthang Valley literally means Valley of Flowers, and houses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Sikkim. To enjoy the pristine landscape and untouched parts of the country, head to this part of Sikkim in India.

The entire valley blooms in different hues of pink and red from late February to June each year.

Also famous for its hot springs, the valley of flowers trek to Lachen and yak pasture grounds, the Yumthang valley has always been an active trade route with our closest neighbours.

The entire valley, including River Lachung, freezes in winter and is often closed for visitors.

Sikkim – Small But Beautiful

Pro Tip: To see the contrast of snow to beautiful colours, visiting Yumthang Valley in late March and April would be a sight to behold.

Closest town is Lachung about 25 Km away and take close to 2 hours by road. Yumthang Valley is about 150 km away from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim.

Recommended by Ambika.

7. Tattooed tribes of Ziro Valley

Golden paddy fields against the undulating isolated hillocks welcome you as you enter Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh in incredible India. Arunachal Pradesh has 26 tribes and Apatani is one of the groups of tribes collectively known as Tani tribes.

The Apatani women of India’s Ziro Valley were once famous for their facial tattoos (Tiipe) and massive nose plugins (Yaping hullo), though the tradition is now non-existent.

Apatani Men also tattoo their chin in the shape of an English Alphabet “T”.

Apatani tribe old aged couple with tattooed face stand in front of their traditional house in Arunachal Pradesh, India
The Land of Dawnlit Mountains

Pro Tip: All citizens of India not from Arunachal Pradesh, need to apply for Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter into Arunachal Pradesh.

Click here to read Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh – The Ultimate Travel Guide.

Recommended by Richa.

8. Hornbill Festival: Kisama Heritage Village | NAGALAND

Situated about 10 kilometers from Kohima, Kisama is a Naga Heritage Village. This time wrapped town of Kisama in Nagaland derives its name from the fact that it shares the land with 2 villages- Kigwema and Phesama.

Kisama takes you back in time, thanks to the authentic Naga architecture that has been kept intact while building the place. Greenery is abundant and traffic sparse which makes it quite a pleasure for tourists who like walking.

Guests can either make Kohima their base location and travel to Kisama for a day or stay in one of the lovely home stays dotting the single street that runs outside the village.

If the option is latter, be prepared for a quiet, laid-back holiday full of early mornings and evenings and delicious organic food that the home stays serve.

The families have been following farm to table a long way before this became a fashionable urban term!

Nagaland – Land of Festivals

Pro Tip: Plan your trip around December for some cultural immersion. Otherwise silent during the year, Kisama village comes alive during the Hornbill festival which is hosted from the 1st-10th of December every year.

There is culture and art seeping into every corner and it is a visual delight to attend this festival.

Recommended by Arunima.

9. Explore the unexplored Shrivardhan beach, Maharashtra

Srivardhan Beach in Konkan area is one of Maharashtra’s best kept secrets. Its pristine beaches, lush green mango, coconut, and areca nut orchards and the quaint village like lifestyle will charm you. 

Srivardhan is a great weekend getaway from cities like Pune and Mumbai which are barely 5-6 hours drive from here.

Sun sets in the Arabian Sea by the Shrivardhan Beach in Konkan, Maharashtra, India. Read more about breathtakingly beautiful tourist places in India that you must visit before you die

Pro Tip: Shrivardhan beach is a delight to visit during the early morning hours and around sunset time. 

My advise would be to avoid going to the beach during afternoon as it gets quite warm around noon. 

Click to read Maharashtra’s best kept Secret – Shrivardhan beach.

Recommended by Richa.

10. The Taj Mahal, Agra – the purity of love in galore

No description can prepare you for the skin tingling, goose bump feeling you get when you walk through the Great Gate of the Taj Mahal and catch your first glimpse of this radiant marvel in the State of Uttar Pradesh.

Slowly the hundreds (if you are lucky) or thousands of people surrounding you almost won’t matter.

If photoshop is not your style, and (like me) you like to keep it real, plan to reach Agra on a Friday afternoon when the Taj Mahal is closed.

Spend the evening across the river and get some amazing uninterrupted (read with no people) views and photos from Mehtab Bagh, spend time sitting on the garden benches just soaking it all in.

Feeling adventurous? Try and find the ‘illegal rickety boat’ at Dushera Ghat which will enable some fabulous photographs but at your own risk.

Get to the Taj complex bright and early (6:45 am)on a Saturday (or any) morning and buy your tickets in advance online to skip the lines.

A world-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal Taj Mahal in the Uttar Pradesh State of India is the purity of love in galore!
Taj Mahal was built by a grief stricken Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz

Pro Tip: My secret is to literally run to the front to explore the Mosque on the left of the Taj mahal and get that perfect shot of the sun rising up from behind the main dome creating a beautiful combination of radiance, shadows and silhouettes while the majority of the crowd is still in the lawns hoping to get that iconic Taj Mahal picture in incredible India.

Most importantly, allow yourself to admire this beauty and drown out the chaos.

Recommeded by: Samita.

11. The Great Wall of India – Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan

Built in 1458 A.D by Rana Kumbha the Kumbhalgarh Fort in the rugged Mewar terrain is the second largest fort in Rajasthan (after the Chittorgarh Fort), and is one of 6 Hill Forts in Rajasthan to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As Compared to the Great Wall of China which is 22,000 km (approximately) in length, the Kumbhalgarh Wall which is 36 km long may seem relatively modest, but is, in fact, the second longest wall in the world.

It is popularly known as the “Great Wall of India”.

Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. Read more about breathtakingly beautiful tourist places in India that you must visit before you die
Kumbhalgarh – the Great Wall of India

Pro Tip: The fort is open for the tourists from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tourists have to separately purchase tickets for the light and sound show for Rs. 100. The show is conducted only in Hindi language.

Read to know more about History of the Fort, how to reach, what to do, where to stay and eat in this awesome detailed Guide: The Great Wall of India – Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan.

Recommended by Richa.

12. “Give time a break” at Pondicherry

Sharing its border with the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry (officially known as Puducherry) is a French colonial settlement on the Eastern seaboard of India

Puducherry which is the capital of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry is well known for the Ashram established by Sri Aurobindo, spiritual guru and former political leader, in the early 1900s.

The backwaters, fishing villages, beach resorts will charm you as will the palm-fringed beaches!

Pondicherry in India has a coastline of 32 kms, palm-fringed beaches, backwaters, fishing villages, beach resorts, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the international city of Auroville, the French boulevard town with its French heritage, and so on.
“Give time a break” @Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry)

Pro Tip: Beautiful and quaint stays and eateries populate the area near Rock Beach, that offers a great view of the Bay of Bengal and is a must visit.

Recommended by Anamika.

13. chittorgarh fort

“Garh to Bas Chittorgarh, baaki Sab Garhiya” – Translated the phrase means, “If there is any Fort worth mention, it is Chittorgarh rest are all fortresses!”

Chittorgarh in Rajasthan is home to the Chittor Fort, the largest fort in India and Asia. The fish-shaped Chittorgarh Fort Stands tall over a 180-meter high rocky hillock and spreads over 700 acres near the Gambheri River.

Rani Padmini's Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, India tands atop a 180 metre high hill and is spread across 700 acres and is a must visit. Read more about breathtakingly beautiful tourist places in India that you must visit before you die
Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan is the Largest Fort In Asia

Pro Tip: Just like the Fort of Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh Fort is a living fort with many villages calling it their home in incredible India.

It is highly recommended to spend a day at leisure in Chittorgarh. For a tour around the fort, it is advisable to hire a guide.

Still not convinced? Read on to know why it must be included on your travel bucket list: IS CHITTORGARH FORT worth visiting?

Recommended by Richa.

14. Siachen Glacier

Siachen Glacier, the highest battle ground in the world, isn’t for the faint-hearted. The Glacier is a natural wonder located in the eastern Karakoram range and with not a blade of grass growing at these frigid heights even Bear Grylls might have tough chance at survival.

Not everyone can trek to the Glacier. 

The annual Siachen civilian trek organised by the Indian Army, gives a chance to the civilians to trek up to the icy heights of the Siachen glacier.
The annual Siachen civilian trek organised by the Indian Army

Pro Tip: The Indian Army conducts the trek that includes civilians as well. So keep scrambling through newspapers and wait for the call.

Recommended by Ritu.

15. the holy city of varanasi

A visit to the Holy City of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state is very surreal. The temple of Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi is listed as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas by Adi-Shankaracharya, the 8th century Vedanta scholar.

The Ganga Aarti at Assi Ghat starts early morning around 4:30am and the Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat starts at the sunset time. Witnessing the 45 minutes of is absolutely magical.

If you are in Uttar Pradesh and especially Banaras you must not miss having Bhang Thandai and chaat. Fresh chaat is prepared early afternoon and sold 2 to 3pm onwards till late night.

UP Nahi Dekha Toh India Nahi Dekha

Pro Tip: It is best to avoid going to Varanasi during the Monsoons. October marks the end of monsoon and beginning of winter in Varanasi, India. Pleasant weather will prevail from October till around Mid March after which it starts getting warm. It is advisable to carry warm clothes during winters.

Here’s our exhaustive travel guide On Varanasi (Banaras or Kashi). Read about the beautiful temples and ghats, the interesting bhang and chaat, the offbeat Akhadas and Sanskrit schools of Varanasi: 11 Awesome things you should not miss to Experience in Varanasi, India.

What is that attracts Non Indians to India and specially Varanasi? Spiritual Quest? Curiosity about the sadhus? Or the Intoxicating Bhang? Read Everything you need to know about Exotic, Medicinal & Intoxicating Bhang: Bhang on! An Awesome Guide on having Bhang in India.

Recommended by Richa.

16. Coonoor – Queen of HIll Stations

If you don’t believe in love at first sight, Coonoor might change that for you!

Udhagamandalam, popularly called as OOTY by the tourists, is the Queen of Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu. The British started calling it as Ootacamund. 17 Km froms Udhagamandalam, is the first of the popular Hill Stations called Coonoor!

A quaint and dreamy hill station nestled in the Nilgiri hills, the colonial vibe and the verdant tea estates of Coonoor are bound to win over your heart.

A quaint and dreamy hill station nestled in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu, the colonial vibe and the verdant tea estates are bound to win over your heart.
Quaint and Dreamy Hill Station of Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)

Pro Tip: Enjoy a unique and intimate tea appreciation workshop at Tranquilitea- a boutique tea estate, and learn about the flavors, aromas and nuances of the exquisite Nilgiri tea.

The laidback town of Coonoor is not a destination to have packed itineraries and long to-do-lists. Click to read more: Heading to Coonoor? Don’t miss to experience these 5 Offbeat things.

Recommended by Sunami.

17. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

An hour drive from main city of Munnar in kerala is the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in incredible India. The wildlife along with the deciduous trees and breathtaking waterfalls makes it an ideal spot for trekking enthusiasts.

This sanctuary is one among the 12 protected areas of Kerala. Trek for 4-5 kms, find your perfect spot by the spectacular waterfall and look into nothingness. Right there you will see a beautiful rainbow coming out of wilderness. 

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique protected area located in the rain shadow region in the eastern slope of Western Ghats, in Kerala adjoining Tamilnadu in India

Pro Tip: The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the endangered species of Great Grizzled Squirrel of India. Just 16 kms from the sanctuary is the town of Marayur. Visit this town for sandalwood plantations, dolmens (ancient burial chambers) and local sharkara (yellow sugar) making units.

Recommended by Shivani.

18. Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya

The Mesmerising hilly Meghalaya in the North East of India is Nature’s well-kept secret. The most famous living root bridge is located in Nongriat village of East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya.

The trek to the bridge starts from Tyrna village and requires descending 3500+ steps.

Visit this to witness how the Khasi tribe build these spectacular bridges with the roots of Rubber trees, over a span of more than 15 years.

Double Decker root bridge, Nongriat, Meghalaya

Pro Tip: If time permits and you have some energy left, go further ahead and explore Rainbow waterfalls and natural pool.

Explore Meghalaya Tourist Places with this awesome guide: Best places to visit, the best time to visit, things to do, offbeat places in Meghalaya so that you plan less and travel more: 8 AWESOME places you should not miss to visit when in Meghalaya.

Recommended by Megha.

19. Bishnupur – Divinity Crafted in Terracota

Arts, Architecture, Terracotta temples, hills, and dense virgin forests have helped Bankura gain wide appeal as a popular tourist destination in West Bengal, India. 

Bishnupur is a town in the Bankura District of West Bengal and located at about 132 km from Kolkata. Bishnupur hosts a good many temples like Madan Mohan temple and Shyam Roy temple.

The Vishnu temples of Malla dynasty in Bishnupur are an epitome of excellence in terms of Terracotta work.

The burnt brick with intricate artwork in rustic red merges seamlessly with the iron-rich red earth of Chotonagpur Plateau.

The sleepy town sleeps peacefully only to wake up to welcome sparse visitors in the winter vacations.

The lush green of iconic Bengal monsoon stages a perfect backdrop. An age-old moat, a dilapidated royal palace, entrance to the fort where now countless pigeons live and nest complete the scene

Bankura district, falling under Eastern Chhotanagpur Plateau, looks like handpicked by Mother Nature and is blessed with old brown hills, murmuring rivers, ancient temples- all bearing testimony to a rich and resourceful culture and tradition.

Pro Tip: Bankura District is well connected by several roads with Durgapur, Purulia, Midnapur, Kharagpur, and Kolkata. The two major railway stations close to Bankura are Bankura Junction and Bishnupur.

Recommended by Madhurima.

20. Goa – A Perfect Holiday Destination

Goa, popular as a hippie paradise for years, it has been popular with Indian families and honeymooners. Ideal in all seasons, Goa is the first name you will listen when there’s a bachelor’s party or an an option celebrating the New Years.

It is not difficult to guess that why Goa is so awesome and everyone wants to go there.

If you are not the adventurous type, you can simply chill at the beach shacks reading a book or just watch the sun go down. You can never get bored in Goa, whether you stay for 2 days or 2 months.

Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
Goa – A Perfect Holiday Destination

Pro Tip: With addition of new activities like water sports, trekking expeditions and camping activities in and around the town, there is never a dearth of doing regular as well as offbeat things in Goa.

Don’t miss these awesome places to visit in Goa for a diverse mix of beaches, adventure activities, parties, nature, museums, spice plantations and history: Your Essential Guide to Goa: 13 Incredible Experiences Beyond The Beaches.

Recommended by Ketki.

21. Munsiyari in the Greater Himalayan range of Uttarakhand

Munsiyari located in the Greater Himalayan range in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand (India) enthrals you with its captivating view of the Panchachuli Range and uniquely salubrious climate.

You can experience Village home stays in Sarmoli Village, visit the Tribal Museum or even go for a short Hike.

If you happen to stay in a homestay in Sarmoli village in Munsiyari, try out the rustic taste of “bhang ki chutney” which is a popular Kumaoni side dish.

This sour-tangy chutney is made of roasted Bhang (Hemp Seeds) and jeera (cumin seeds), mixed with Pudina leaves and Lemon juice.

Unlike the plant on which it grows, Hemp Seeds are not at all psychoactive and are in fact an essential pantry item in the Kumaoni Kitchens.

Digha is West Bengal’s most popular sea resort.

Pro Tip: Munsiyari with its enchanting views romances splendid weather throughout the year.

The best time to visit Munsiyari is from March to June and from Mid September to October end. This period is also ideal for trekking to the nearby glaciers.

Recommended by Richa.

22. Digha – West Bengal’s most popular sea resort

If you want a break from crowded beach destinations in India, Digha, which is around a 4 to 5 -hour drive from Kolkata (West Bengal), offers a perfect break in incredible India.

Well connected via train and bus, you can reach this stunning shoreline by early morning and enjoy the rest of the day.

In spite of the fact that Digha is one of the popular beach destinations in West Bengal, others in the territory like Tajpur and Mandarmani are quickly picking up tourist interest. 

Digha Beach in West Bengal (India) has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach.
Digha is West Bengal’s most popular sea resort.

Pro Tip: Apart from enjoying the sea view, I would recommend local market hopping or/and cherishing the sunset with a pint of beer.

Recommended by Pamela.

23. Delhi

India’s Capital Delhi is a treasure trove of fascinating heritage, history, and culture. Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Purana Quila, Jama Masjid, and many more ancient structures echo the glorious past of the Indian capital city. 

The Tomb of Safdarjung in Delhi is one of the innumerable historical places that India’s capital city hides in its bosom. Walking through the mausoleum is like exploring the secrets beneath layers of Indian history.

A happy hunting ground for a history buff in you, The Tomb of Safdarjung in Delhi is sure to fascinate you.

Though not as grand as its counterpart Humayun’s Tomb, this 18th-century garden tomb will definitely mesmerise you with its architectural beauty.

Image Source: Wikipedia

Pro Tip:It normally takes 1 to 2 hours to explore the mausoleum though there’s no limit to it (of course till the closing time) if you want to enjoy this historical wonder and its natural surroundings for some more time. 

If you are with Children, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is an intriguing place to visit. If you are a fitness enthusiast then Delhi Half Marathon will take you on the Royal Roads of India’s Capital.

Recommended by Anjali.

24. Kavaratti, Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep in Sanskrit means “one hundred thousand islands”. Though not thousand, but the archipelago of Lakshadweep consists of about thirty-nine islands and islets off the south western coast of incredible India in the Laccadive Sea. 

Be ready to be charmed by ultramarine serene sea, rich marine biodiversity, unspoilt reefs and  a whole range of colourful reef fish, schools of fusilier, bigeye trevally, humphead wrasse and sweetlips. 

We did Scuba Diving with ‘Lacadives’ (a scuba-diving school) in Lakshwadweep

Pro Tip: The best time to book a trip to Lakshadweep is during October to May as the weather is favorable and waters are calm.

The nearest domestic airport is 54 km away on Agatti Island. The closest international airport is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi on the mainland.

Recommended by Richa.

26. Key Monastery, Kaza, Spiti

Hot and salted yak-butter tea, the teaching ground of Buddhist Lamas, the filming of the famous Hindi movie ‘Highway’ and the picturesque location makes the more-than-1000-year-old Key Monastery a must visit place in the Todh Valley of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Situated at an altitude of 4,166 meters (13,668 ft) above sea level, Key Gompa dates back to around 1000AD and is the largest monastery in the Spiti Valley.

Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Pro Tip: Travelers can stay in dormitories for a nominal charge. The charge includes food and accommodation.

There’s a dining area near the prayer hall. A conch shell is blown by one of the monks indicating it is meal time. Remember to carry warm clothes and quilt to use at night.

PS. I was lucky to witness the Mask Dance at the Chham Festival. Read more by clicking here: What Wikipedia Can’t tell about key monastery!

Recommended by Richa.

27. Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Imagine a place that is in the midst of a desert, yet, high up in the mountains, yet full of lush greenery!

That place is Nubra Valley.

Nestled between the sandy, dry mountains of Ladakh, the valley is like an oasis with apricot trees, bubbling brooks and even camels. 

Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Pro Tip: You can spend the night there in tents by a river or in one of the small hotels.

The locals will put up performances of traditional dances for the tourists, and no one will question if you pluck an apricot fresh off the tree and pop it in your mouth.

Recommended by Haem.

28. Feeling High at Hikkim – The Highest Post Office (or Not?) in the World!

At a height of 4440M above sea level is the village of Hikkim in Spiti. Hikkim boasts of having not only the Highest Post Office in the world but also of having World’s highest polling station.

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Hikkim – Highest Post Office in India

Pro Tip: Contrary to general public belief, local signs, countless websites and social media posts, it turns out that the World’s Highest Post Office is NOT Hikkim but Qomolangma Base Camp Postal Service at 5200M.

Notwithstanding, Hikkim definitely is the highest post office in India.

Recommended by Richa.

29. Gangtok

The small gem in East India, is one of the most beautiful, pristine hill station one can ever imagine. It’s views of the Kanchenjunga peak are extremely spectacular.

Initially from Kolkata one needed to take a flight to Bagdogra and from there drive to Gangtok. Now the capital of Sikkim, has its own newly opened Pakyong Airport.

The highlights here include: Nathulal Pass, Mall Road, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Tsomgo Lake, and Rumtek Monastery.

Sikkim: Where Nature Smiles”

Pro Tip: When doing Gangtok one has to include North Sikkim : Dzongu, Lachung, Lachen, Zero Point & Gurudongmoor Lake.

Recommended by Karishma.

30. Rann of Kutch

Just the way Rajasthan is synonymous to forts, havelis, desert, camels, colourfully attired men & women, Bhuj in Gujarat, is about the WHITE DESERT SAND and the lovely Flamingos that flock to visit this equally colourful and wonderful white desert.

Experience the Nomadic life of the nomads of the Rann of Kutch in the unique way. 

Dholavira in Kutch, Bhuj is one of the largest remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilisation. It is interesting to note that Indus  Valley Civilisation was one of the most developed civilisations roughly 4500 years ago.

Pro Tip: Rann of Kutch Utsav is a mosaic of exquisiteness of music and culture organised by the Government of Gujarat.

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Read about Breathtakingly Beautiful Tourist Places In India You Must Visit Before You Die. Right from awesome forts and temples, to stunning caves, mountains, deserts and islands.
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58 thoughts on “30 Breathtaking Tourist places in india you must Visit in 2020”

  1. I have never been to India, but I love all of these options. I feel like the US gets one picture of India (a dusty desert like the one around the Taj Mahal), but that’s clearly not the case!

  2. I had no idea that India had so beautiful sceneries! I realise that I am missing out so much and there’s so many places I want to visit but so little time.

    • That’s always the case about new and awesome places we keep hearing and reading about. What is reassuring is – “All you need to know is that it’s possible.” 🙂 Cheers

    • November to February would be the best time to visit most parts of India. Hope you like it here. If you need any more information feel free to write to me 🙂

  3. I love to read articles like this at the beginning of the new year! Helps inspire me to plan trips 🙂
    I am a big fan of the outdoors and hiking, so Yumthang Valley, Siachen Glacier, Gangtok and the Meghalaya bridges look like my kind of places to go. Stunning! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  4. Woooooow! Chandratal looks amazing!! I have visited India in the summer of 2017 but really didn’t have very long there at all (Only 3 weeks). I would love to return and visit here. The pictures of the mountain range is epic!

  5. Such comprehensive post! A great list for people planning to visit India. Every time I see Rann of Kutch, my heart weeps and you know w 🙁 Hope to tick it off my list by the end of this year.

  6. Amazing! I didn’t expect that India is so diverse – so many mountains, interesting cities, nature, bridges, buildings and the most famous Taj Mahal! I have been in the park you have mentioned, which is on the other side of the river back in 2014, but I haven’t been inside the building, I hope I will go there next time. South of India is on my list as last time I only visited Raipur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra, Mumbai, Delhi and Goa. Thanks for great recommendations!

  7. Great list of places. Some are truly intriguing and the others stay with you forever. Found a few to add to my to go list. Thanks Richa for putting this together 👍

  8. I have only been to Delhi and Agra and would love to return to India again soon. Its just so vast and your post is evidence that there is just so much to see in India. You could really spend a life time visiting the country’s hidden gems.

  9. You’ve really rounded up some of the most beautiful and off the beaten track places to see in India! India is so vast that even a lifetime spent exploring it will only scratch the surface.

  10. Being from India, I came to know about places that I heard for the first time like shrivardhan beach, double decker bridge and
    Bamboo bridge looks great. India is such a beautiful and lovely country.

  11. Wow, they’re are some real gems in this post! From incredible places I have never heard of to some great tips for getting that iconic Taj Mahal shot – I have bookmarked this post!
    Thanks for sharing,

  12. Travel photography is one of the main reasons I travel. So I would really want to thank you for providing photo tips for the destinations. Those are very valuable, since I often don’t know if I can photograph

  13. India has many places with diverse landscape. As it has many historic sites, hills, beaches, temples, forts and many things, it becomes really confusing which one to visit first. I have not seen North East yet, so Sikkim is high on my wishlist.

  14. There are so many incredible places in India to explore. I have been introduced to some really cool places through your list. Kongthong, Badami, Yumthang Valley, Siachen Glacier, Hikkim, Nubra Valley, Munsiyari are the places I would love to visiting next. Thanks for the wonderful recommendations and highlights.

  15. Great list! It’s 2019 and I still haven’t seen real snow in my life. 🙁 I kept this as a top priority this year, so let’s see how this one goes. Thanks for sharing such awesome places to visit.

  16. Excellent blog. You share the places for tourist visit in India is really nice for tourist. I like your blog. Ladakh is a really nice place. I am planning for Ladakh trip. Your blog is very helpful. Thanks for sharing great information.

  17. The details you have described in this blog is so useful for the traveler who wants to explore Kerala in a unique way. I think this blog covered satisfy the necessities of each traveler, whether they want to explore India cultural or natural beauty. Thanks for sharing

  18. These are the one of the most popular places to visit not just in India but the world as well! Read on to know more about the most beautiful tourist places and decide which ones you’d like to visit first.

  19. Best places of India to visit, Richa you have covered such an amazing places some are very well-known and some are offbeat places. Most fascinating places like Taj Mahal, Chittorgarh Fort, Ranakpur Temple, Goa, Delhi and Rann of Kutch are some well-known places of India where as, you have given list some other places which are offbeat places like Kongthong village, Chandrataal, Yumthang Valley and Srivardhan Beach which I would definitely add in itinerary. Here I would like suggest you some places like Munnar, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Yercaud are also some amazing places to visit in India that should be included in this list.

  20. The best guide for adventure enthusiasts, I totally agree on this. India is a wonderful place for travelers because it has a fusion of all historical adventurous, and religious places.

  21. First time when i reach Agara and see Taj Mahal is very interesting place because Taj Mahal is very interesting in self

  22. Travelling to Tibet is a lift time journey. With the development of the transportation, more and more vehicles are available for travelers who want to travel to Tibet, such as train, airplane, bike, etc. Among the multiple means of transportation, taking flights to Tibet is the most convenient way.

  23. India is a really beautiful country. Lot’s beautiful places are in India and the Most beautiful historical thing is Taj Mahal is in India. It’s a World miracle of one them. You shared the places are nice. I like it this list you share on this blog. Thanks for the very helpful information share with me.

  24. India is beautiful. And you can choose out a number of places you would love to visit.
    Taj Mahal should definitely be on the bucket list as its the symbol of love
    thanks for sharing

  25. There are numerous activities in India, since it is a spot to do entire sorts of sports and audacious exercises. You can go for island jumping visits, mountaineering, ocean surfing and different others.

  26. I really enjoyed reading this amazing blog. I am in India from a very long time now. I am always in search of new places. This list of beautiful Indian tourist places will keep my travel bucket list fueled for much time. Thanks for this blog.


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