With diverse natural and urban landscapes, cultures and cuisines, India is a country that never ceases to amaze any tourist that travels to its lands. No doubt that when confronted with this vast array of wonderful travel opportunities, choosing the right place to visit is one of the most difficult tasks. From stunning beaches, religious sites and historical monuments to hill stations, India has it all. Here is a list of the most beautiful Indian states to visit.
Referred to as God’s own country, Kerala is one of the prettiest states and seemingly has it all. It is home to some of the most stunning beaches including Kovalam, Muzhappilangad, Varakala, and many more. It also boasts breathtaking hill stations, gripping waterfalls, historical places, two national parks and 12 beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. For those in search of a serene hill station, Munnar is always a good option. In any case, the very peaceful atmosphere of Kerala, strongly encouraging responsible travel and eco-tourism, will not cease to impress.
Known as the land of kings, Rajasthan is a stunning state full of stories of wars and victories, romance, misfortunes and glories. What’s more, these folkloric tales of love and heroism are not only part of the local people’s collective memory, they are also physically reflected in Rajasthan’s many monuments, magnificent palaces and forts. This magic state is thus rich in traditions and culture, but is also home to stunning desert safaris, sand-dunes, breathtaking wildlife and forests. Must-see destinations include Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur among many others.
Increasingly known around the world for its beautiful beaches, Goa is a destination not to be missed when visiting India. Sunsets at the golden sand beaches are simply breathtaking, and the local cuisine, which includes many seafood dishes, is mouthwatering. Goa also offers travelers the opportunity to engage in many water sports, such as wind surfing and water skiing. This is one of India’s smallest states, but one with an old town, and a very unique ethnicity and culture. While wandering across Goa, you will come across Hindu temples, Portuguese churches, and stunning wildlife sanctuaries.
Punjab is by far one of the most beautiful states to visit in India with its iconic Golden Temple located in Amritsar. Known for its delicious cuisine, ethnic and religious diversity, and history – especially its Sikh religious history -Punjab makes the perfect destination for those looking for local culture and stories of ancient empires. Heading to the villages is a must to experience true Punjab culture. Travellers should also aim to attend the flag lowering ceremony which takes place at Wagah Border.
Himachal Pradesh, the Land of the Gods, is famous for its stunning Himalayan natural landscapes and breathtaking hill stations. Dharamsala, Manali, and Kullu are some of the most visited destinations in this hilly state, offering pristine natural beauty. The snowcapped Himalayan peaks and the stunning lakes are mesmerizing. In this state, travellers can engage in a number of outdoor activities which include paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, heli-skiing and much more.
What is India’s architectural answer to love? The stunning Taj Mahal located in Agra of course. What about spirituality and salvation? Located along the river of the Ganges, the answer lies in Varanasi, India’s oldest city. As such, Uttar Pradesh is one of the prettiest states, home to major historical, religious and architectural Indian destinations. In addition to the Taj Mahal and Varanasi, one of the most important pilgrimage places, namely Ayodhya, together with one of India’s holiest cities, Allahabad, are also located within the beautiful state of Uttar Pradesh.
Located on India’s Western coast, Gujarat is a breathtaking state attracting close to 19 million visitors a year. Known for its rich culture and history, and its traditional handicrafts, the state has a number of attractions which include archaeological sites, beaches and temples. As the one and only home to the Asiatic Lion, Gujarat is considered to be one of Asia’s most protected areas in terms of wildlife. It is also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.
Karnataka is one of the states that can be proud to have it all. Indeed, it is home to some of the most diverse landscapes, with white waterfalls, mist covered hills, lush green forests, palaces and even historical ruins. Coorg is a must visit destination for those in search of a breathtaking hill station. Mysore, the city of palaces, Gokarna, a place where travelers can find the most pristine beaches, and finally Hampi, a world heritage site, are all also worth visiting.
The capital city of West Bengal, namely Kolkata, is known as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’, the ‘City of Palaces’, and even the ‘City of Joy’. No doubt that the sumptuously rich and elaborate mansions which lie all over the city played an important role in giving Kolkata such a reputation. The city’s vibrant culture also includes a highly developed arts, film and theater scene. In addition to culture, the state of West Bengal has also some of the most scenic natural landscapes as it is home to the world famous Sundarbans forest, and to the beautiful Royal tigers.