India every year receives millions of foreigners with open arms. Here’s the list of seven most visited places by foreigners in India—
This list would be incomplete without Goa — The party capital of India, the place loved by foreigners and Indians alike.
Vibrant nightlife, beach parties, thrilling water-sports & exotic beach bars all make Goa a great escape from our boring routine-lives. Being under Portuguese rule for more than four centuries, the Goan culture is highly influenced by it. Goa portrays an entirely different picture of India as a country to foreigners.
North Goa receives more tourists because of low and medium budget accommodations and recreation activities. South Goa on the other hand has lots of high-end luxury hotels and private beaches.
Popular Attractions: Goa Carnival celebrated in the month of February, centuries old cathedral churches, flea markets, colonial forts. Also sports like river-rafting, scuba diving and para-gliding are great here. And yeah, don’t forget to try Feni (cashew spirit).
Best time to visit: October to February, the weather is just awesome!!
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Mysore — The City of Palaces, once ruled by Wodeyar dynasty is now known for its royal culture, history, architecturally masterpiece palaces and beautiful gardens. The city is settled at the bottom of Chamundi Hills.
Palaces, gardens, churches, temples and markets attract foreign tourists to visit Mysore. Any trip to Southern India is incomplete without a visit to Mysore.
Mysore in last few years has been booming with tourists (especially foreigners). The royal city with magnificent buildings built during British rule in India is loved by foreign tourists coming to India.
Don’t Miss: Mysore Zoo, Sand Museum, Mysore Palace, Chamundi temple, St. Philomena’s Church, Ranganathittu bird sanctuary & Devaraja market.
Best time to visit: Weather in October to January is best to enjoy the city comfortably.
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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Kasol (in Kullu dist) is a really beautiful town in the Parvati valley. The beauty of Kasol is complimented by the Parvati River. Kasol is not so popular amongst Indian travelers but foreign tourists love to visit this place.
Unconventional lifestyle of people residing in this hamlet intrigues travelers, especially foreigners. Kasol offers a number of treks, camping, rock-climbing to please your itch of adventure. Travelers suggest that Kheerganga trek is a must here.
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Reaching There: Bhuntar (town close to Kasol) has good connectivity with the place. Bhuntar has good by-road connectivity with other popular cities/towns. Bus service in Bhuntar is available in day-time and private taxis are always available to take you to Kasol. Many regular buses are available from Manali also.
Don’t miss: Trekking and Camping, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib & Tosh village.
Best time to visit: Kasol experiences nice weather throughout the year. Still, June to October is preferred. Also, the time of March to May (spring basically) is best to wittiness Kasol’s wilderness at its best.
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Kutch is one the best tourist destination western India offers. The Rann of Kutch is a vast tortoise-shaped land of white sand shines like moon under moonlight. Famous for its handicraft products, interesting architecture and exquisite apparel attracts thousands of foreigners every year.
Don’t miss: The Great Rann of Kutch, Night camel safari, desert camps, camel race, handicarft exhitibions & markets, Kalo Dungar (The Black Hill) and Mandvi beach.
Reaching There: Airport and railway stations in Bhuj (capital of kutch). Bhuj is well connected by road with other major cities of the state. Bus services are there too, quite uncomfortable journey though.
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A trip to India is incomplete without Delhi. The Capital is among the places most visited by foreign travelers. Delhi has been a seat of power for thousands of years and has witnessed the rise and demise of innumerable dynasties. Some of the most powerful dynasties that existed on the face of earth once flourished on this land and slowly died silent deaths. From mighty Pandavas to Mughals to rule of Britishers to India’s freedom struggle leading to independent India; Delhi has witnessed it all.
Don’t miss: Akshardham Temple, The India Gate, Iscon Temple, Red Fort, RajGhat, Connaught Place Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Kila, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Chandi Chowk.
Best time to visit: October to March. Cold weather is best for traveling around.
Just like Delhi, Agra is on bucket list of every traveler coming to India. Travelers all around the world love Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal, one in seven wonders of the world, is definitely on bucket list of most travelers.
Every year about a million foreign visitors come to see this beauty of white marble. Apart from Taj Mahal, people also love to visit the other ancient places of the city that narrate fascinating history of India.
Don’t miss: Agra Fort, Moti Masjid, Jama Masjid.
Best time to visit: November to March, pleasant weather makes your journey comfortable.
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Varanasi is the place that reflects true nature, true image of India. The ghats of Varanasi must be on the list of every foreign traveler who comes to India.
Varanasi is not as developed as Delhi or Mysore, but welcomes every traveler with open arms. The ancient temples, aroma of incense sticks, Hindu priests enchanting prayers and sound of holy bells gives an entire different character to Varanasi at night.
Don’t miss: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh ghat, Manikarna ghat, Ramnagar Fort.
Best time to visit: October to March. Varanasi celebrates Diwali and Holi festivals like no other place in India. It’s best to visit Varanasi on one of these festivals.
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