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International travelling has become so smooth that it no longer a mystery to Indian residents. Anytime you wish to explore a new place, you can simply pick your destination, get your visa done (if required) pack your bags and you are all set. But before you plan on discovering places outside India, how about visiting the famous tourist places in India? During India’s 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, urged the citizens of India to do the same.
He requested people to travel to at least 15 tourist destinations within India by 2022 as there is a huge scope to improve India’s tourism sector. There are so many places that India has to offer and that if domestic tourism increases it will automatically attract international tourists. He added, “I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom.” If we start visiting these local destinations, it will boost tourism and help to create better infrastructural facility. So, without thinking too much, have a look at the list of top 15 tourist destinations you can visit in India.
15 Best Tourist Destinations In India
These are the 15 best tourist destinations in India you must-visit by 2022 as urged by our Honorable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with an aim to increase domestic tourism. We have provided you the names of international wonders and its alternative places you can visit in India if you plan your trip going forward.
1. Alappuzha – Backwaters
If you’re mesmerized by the charming backwaters of Venice, head to India’s scenic backwaters of Kerala which is breathtakingly beautiful. This beautiful destination is one of the most popular in the world. Alappuzha which is also referred to as “Venice of the East” is famous for its houseboat cruises. You will surely have one of a kind experience at these peaceful backwater cruises.
Other famous tourist attractions in Kerala: Marari Beach, Vembanad
Similar International Destination: Venice
2. Andaman – Snorkelling
Have you always dreamt of snorkelling at the best sites in Singapore? Do you know that you can discover the same fun closer to your home? Head to Andaman islands and explore and see a different world altogether under the crystal clear blue waters. You will get to see a colourful marine world and a variety of aquatic animals which probably you might have never seen.
Best Sites To Snorkel In Andaman: Elephant Beach, Havelock Island; South Button, Tamarind Camp, Neil Island
Other famous tourist attractions in Andaman: Radhanagar beach, Mahatma Gandhi marine national park, Saddle peak, Wandoor beach
Similar International Destination: Singapore
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3. Munnar – Tea Gardens
China has the most beautiful tea plantations and so has India. So before you visit China’s tea gardens in Fujian or Hangzhou, stroll through south India’s popular hill station – Munnar in Kerala, God’s own country. This mesmerizing place is surrounded by the most scenic tea plantations in India. Munnar—where lush, green manicured tea fields exude an irresistible charm for travellers. These gorgeous tea plantations and stunning gardens are a must-visit for every traveller.
Tea Plantation Sites In Munnar: Tata tea or KDHP museum, Sevenmally tea estate, Photo point
Other famous tourist attractions in Munnar: Anamudi, Eravikulam national park
Similar International Destination: China
4. Srinagar – Floating Markets
Before you plan your visit to the floating markets of Bangkok, visit the popular Dal Lake in Srinagar famous for its beautiful location, floating market, shikaras and houseboats. You can shop for souvenirs, vegetables and more at this everyday market in Srinagar. These markets attract both tourists and locals and are one of its kinds in India. Floating markets have truly become a way of life and is definitely a must-visit for every traveller.
Other famous tourist attractions in Srinagar: Shalimar Bagh Mughal garden, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Pari Mahal
Similar International Destination: Bangkok
5. Kolkata – Madame Tussauds Museum
Before stepping into the famous Tussauds Museum in London, pay a visit to the Mother’s wax museum in Kolkata. This first wax museum to be inaugurated in India is definitely worth visiting. Here you can see 19 life-size statues of well-known personalities from varied backgrounds like sports, films, science and music.
Other famous tourist attractions in Kolkata: Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Kalighat and Nicco Park
Similar International Destination: London
6. Goa – Beaches
Are you a beach person and thinking of visiting some captivating beaches in Brazil? For something closer to home and to feel the same excitement and fun, plan a trip to Goa. It is full of sandy beaches and only good vibes with a party atmosphere. For anyone who has visited the place, know that it is truly addictive.
Popular beaches in Goa: Baga beach, Palolem beach, Anjuna beach
Other famous tourist attractions in Goa: Aguada fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudsagar falls
Similar International Destination: Brazil
7. Thrissur – Mesmerizing Waterfalls
If visiting Niagara falls was always on your bucket list, visit the Athirapally falls in Thrissur, Kerala which has rightly be named the Niagara Falls of India. It is one of the most visited waterfalls of Southern India popular among bird watchers, adventure enthusiasts, photographers. The largest waterfall in Kerala stretching across 80 feet is an attractive spot for one and all.
Other famous tourist attractions in Thrissur: Thrissur zoo, Sakthan Thampuran Palace
Similar International Destination: Ontario
8. Khajjiar – Scenic Beauty
Khajjiar has been rightly addressed as the mini Switzerland of India. This hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh is known for its beautiful temples and provides the tourists with a unique experience. So, if you’ve always dreamt of visiting Switzerland, look no further and immediately pack your bags.
Other famous tourist attractions in Khajjiar: Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Kailash Villages and Khajji Nag Temple
Similar International Destination: Switzerland
9. Delhi – Mughal Architecture
Lahore’s Badshahi mosque and Delhi’s Jama Masjid are both considered to be the best examples of Mughal architecture. One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid, was built by emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Badshahi Mosque was constructed 17 years later by Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb and it is one of the iconic landmarks in Lahore. This mosque also uses the same red sandstone and white marble as Jama Masjid.
Other famous tourist attractions in Delhi: Humayun’s tomb, Red fort, Lotus temple
Similar International Destination: Lahore
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10. Rajasthan – Desert
Before you get to the mystical Thar desert in Africa why not visit the amazing Great Indian desert in India. The exotic camel safaris in Thar is an experience not to be missed. It takes you throughout the never-ending sand dune and the different shades of brown will surely take you to a different world altogether.
Other famous tourist attractions in Rajasthan: Mandir Palace, Fotiya Safari, Jaisalmer Fort
Similar International Destination: Africa
11. Lakshadweep – Adventurous Island
Thailand is a popular destination for diving enthusiasts but so is Lakshadweep islands. Closer home, wonderful beaches attract travellers from around the world. The presence of beautiful seawater all around provides an opportunity for a range of adventure activities. You can indulge in scuba diving, surfing or snorkelling as per your interest. With a rich marine life underwater, the place will give you all the feels.
Other famous tourist attractions in Lakshadweep: Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
Similar International Destination: Thailand
12. Uttrakhand – Valley Of Flowers
With the beginning of spring time, USA’s Antelope Valley of Flowers comes alive. It is definitely a sight to behold but before visiting that you can visit a place closer to home. Garhwal hills in Uttarakhand is one of the famous valley of flowers. During July and August, which is the monsoon time, around 300 varieties of flowers bloom at this beautiful place. This place which has been praised by many renowned trekkers and mountaineers in the past is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other famous tourist attractions in Uttrakhand: Jim Corbett National Park, Badrinath, Gangotri, Bhimtal
Similar International Destination: USA
13. Coorg – Hill Station
There are good reasons why Coorg is known as the Scotland of India. Gorgeous waterfalls, mystical mountain tops, abundance of flora and fauna are the major attractions in this beautiful hill station. It definitely makes a wonderful location for a holiday. Head over to Coorg on you next trip to Karnataka and experience the magic yourself.
Famous tourist attractions in Coorg: Bylakuppe, Raja’s seat, Iruppu falls
Similar International Destination: Scotland
14. Uttrakhand – Terrace Farming
Tegallalang rice terraces in Ubud in Bali is surely a beauty beyond imagination. If you have always thought of going there, why not first visit the beautiful terrace farming in our own country. There are few terrace farmings in Uttarakhand which is a must-visit while travelling to the state. You can easily see them on the roadside valleys.
Terrace farming in Uttarakhand: Paddy fields of Dugadda, Devalsari Village Terrace Farming
Similar International Destination: Bali
15. Rann of Kutch – Salt Flats
The famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah is a great work done by nature. It is the largest of many salt flats located in Great Salt Lake. The area which is flag is accessible to the public. But do you really think you have to go all the way to the US to see this splendid creation of God? No, because India has such a place of its own. The Rann of Kutch on the edge of the Gulf of Kutch has shimmering diamonds which appears like salt crystals under the scorching heat of the sun.
Other famous tourist attractions in Rann of Kutch: Kutch fossil park, Siyot caves, Kotada timba
Similar International Destination: Utah
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Excited enough? Wait no longer and plan India tour and have amazing experiences with your friends and family. What can be more amazing than visiting these fascinating places and at the same time helping increase domestic tourism of India.