India is a nation that boasts diversity in every nook and cranny. Be it the lip-smacking cuisine, the snowy northern cities atop the Himalayas, the golden sands of Rajasthan with all its royal charm, the sun that lulls the beaches that are a plenty in the country, the culture and charm of the southern states that is so effortlessly alluring and the general people with all their madness that inhabit this land. Together they all make up for a memorable vacation that is quite an intense shindig!
However, India is also a large country and to aim to see it all in just 15 days is a bit of stretch. But still if Indians know anything better, then that is the thrill behind a good rush! The jam-packed local trains during rush hours (a.k.a office time) say it loud and clear.
Here are top tourist destinations in India that you must see in a 15 day trip, to get the most out of this country:
1. Old Delhi
The capital of India boasts the maximum amount of richness in culture, heritage and monumental splendor with history attached to its every small lane. No trip to India will ever be complete without a trip to this eclectic and diverse metropolitan of a place that defines the Indian charm the best. There are a lot of things to do in Delhi that nobody can’t be bore whether it is about history, food, monuments or shopping.
Read More : Top Places to Visit in Delhi
Suggested Tour : 2 Days Delhi Private Tour Package
2. The Taj Mahal – Agra
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, no trip to India can be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. Also known as Mumtaz Mahal as it is the mausoleum of the queen Mumtaz, the favorite wife of Shah Jahan. This is the most fascinatingly beautiful and serene monument in India.
Legend has it that it took 22 years to build this monument and about 20,000 people worked on this. There are lots of places to visit in Agra along with Taj.
Read More : Tourist Destinations Near Agra
Suggested Tour : 2 Days – Sunrise & Sunset Taj Mahal
The Heart of India is Madhya Pradesh, and the heart of Madhya Pradesh is Khajuraho. Khajuraho is an example of rich cultural heritage of India. Khajuraho is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khajuraho is one of the best tourist destinations famous for its sculptures, temples and architecture. The realistic sculptures of the temples are famous worldwide. These temples were built during the Chandela Empire. Most of the temples depict the lifestyle of a woman in medieval age.
Read More : 6 Tourist Attractions You Will Never Know About Khajuraho
Suggested Tour : 3 Days – Khajuraho Private Tour from Delhi
Varanasi is the holiest city in India and thousands of Hindu pilgrims tour its temples and bathe in the Ganges River to gain religious merit. Take a boat ride on the Ganges at dawn to see scores of people enter the water from the ghats to purify themselves before the rising sun. Some perform religious rituals in the water; others go to bathe and swim. While you watch all of this, cremations take place on some of the ghats and there are lot of things to do in Varanasi.
Read More : Things To Do In The City Of Ghats – Varanasi
Suggested Tour : 3 Days – Varanasi Tour including Sarnath
5. Jaipur & Udaipur – Rajasthan
After visiting the Taj and varanasi, one must head over to the royal state of Rajasthan. While the whole in its own has several gems of tourist attractions, but the most popular out of them are the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. Tourism contributes to most of Jaipur’s economy and together with the famed city of lakes i.e. Udaipur they have the most stunning palace hotels in the world.
Like the City Palace, Diwan-e-aam, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Rambagh Palace and many more.
Read More : Top 10 Historical Places in Rajasthan
Suggested Tour : 10 Days Rajasthan Tour
6. Mumbai City Sightseeing
Mumbai – or Bombay as it was formerly known, remains India’s city of dreams. Built largely by the British around one of the best-protected natural harbours in the world, Mumbai is India’s strategic economic centre. The city is also home to the country’s prolific Bollywood film industry, which produces more feature films than any place in the world. The main draw of Mumbai, like much of India, remains its contradictions. In Mumbai, be sure to head to the Gateway of India – a former colonial monument and now a popular emblem of the city and a hubbub of life.
Read More : Must See Tourist Places in Mumbai
Suggested Tour : 3 Days – Mumbai Tour with Bollywood Studio
7. Ajanta Ellora
Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad in Maharashtra about 30 rock cut caves constructed during 5th Century AD with amazing paintings and sculptures that are masterpieces in terms of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art. This is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Read More : Complete Information about Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Suggested Tour : 6 Days – Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tours
Famous for its pristine beaches, Goa is a beach destination that attracts both the nationals as well as a lot of foreigners. Travelers from Europe and other countries mostly throng Goa during the winter months to enjoy the amazing climate. While the summer months that is the rainy season in Goa has plenty of nationals visit the place.
This place is famous for its laid-back lifestyle with the amazingly beautiful beaches and the adventurous terrain which is why many tourists make it their home and are known to never leave Goa!
Read More : Top 10 Things to Do in Goa
Suggested Tour : 5 Days Goa Beach Holidays
Optional Destinations You Can Choose on Your 15 Days India Trip
9. Kerala Backwaters
The lush tropical Malabar Coast is one of the biggest tour attractions in the country. Also included in the list of 10 paradises in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine; this place is very well-known for its ecotourism endeavors. Kerala is known as ‘God’s Own Country’ and famous for its backwaters and houseboats which is full of luxury and not less than a 5 star hotel. Explore the attractions of Kerala and the beauty of nature while staying in houseboats. Experience the authentic Ayurveda massages, spa and therapies to rejuvenate yourself.
Read More : Top 10 Hill Stations in Kerala
Suggested Tour : 7 Days – Kerala Houseboat Tour
Known as the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is a place for travelers seeking spiritual connections and inner peace during their time in India. Rishikesh has a variety of yoga and meditation centers, made popular among travelers thanks to an iconic visit from the Beatles. Visitors can practice traditional Hatha yoga, or try their hand at new-age crystal healing. In the evening, head down to the banks of the Ganges and witness the ganga aarti, a Hindu fire offering.
Also Read : 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
Suggested Tour : 12 Days – Yoga Tour with Haridwar & Rishikesh
The fresh moist air of the hills, sprawling greenery, smiling resilient natives, and great diversity of cuisine! All of this together make Darjeeling a must see hill-station in India. A view of snow-capped Everest and Kanchenjunga, the steep climb atop Tiger Hill, and a few kilometers away Ghoom, with mesmerizing sunrise and sunsets painting the sky in amazing hues, makes Darjeeling a visitor’s paradise.
Read More : Tips for First Time Darjeeling Travellers
Suggested Tour : 5 Days – Tour to Darjeeling
On the crossroads of the historic silk route, Ladakh is place to see if you have adventure and love of the road pulsating through your veins. The journey will feed your need for adventure with its eclectic terrain and the monasteries of Shey, Hemis, Alchi, Thiksey and Lamayuru will nurture your spiritual needs together making a memorable vacation.
Read More : Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh
Suggested Tour : 10 Days – Trip To Ladakh
Once called heaven on Earth, the state of Jammu and Kashmir can be broadly divided into three geographical regions based on the height of the mountain ranges. They are – “The Lesser Himalayas” or the “Jhelum Valley” (Kashmir), “The Inner Himalayas” or “The Indus Valley” (Ladakh & Frontier areas) also called “Trans-Himalayas”, and “The Outer-Himalayas” or “The Southern mountain range” (Jammu).
Suggested Tour : 16 Days – Taj Mahal with Leh & Kashmir
While the state has had a history of violence and political distress but the government together with the locals have made great efforts to restore peaceful tourism in the place. A few days afloat the Dal Lake in Srinagar in a houseboat is the recipe of a perfect honeymoon.
Here were the top locations in India that will make a memorable trip in 15 days. Now go ahead and plan your India trip!
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