Making a selection of the most beautiful things to see in India is particularly difficult, as the country is so big and full of cultural nuggets. The landscapes are so different from each other, but all equally beautiful, that it took me a long time to establish this “ranking” (purely subjective, I would like to emphasize).
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ellora Caves are a collection of rock-carved temples and monasteries. They leave you speechless and are one of the must-see things to see in India. These caves are found in the middle of beautiful tropical landscapes.
Agra and the Taj Mahal
The city of Agra owes much of its fame to one of the most famous monuments in the world: the Taj Mahal.
Worthy of a story from the Arabian Nights, the famous mausoleum located near the Yamuna River was born from one of those love stories that epic travelers love so much.
The Kamasutra appeared in India in the third century AD as a means of consolidating sexual relations through a series of explanations and illustrations that would inspire the sculptures of the temples of Khajuraho, the largest monumental complex in all of India.
In southern India lies Kerala, an exotic kingdom populated by coconut palms, which has become one of the must-see places in India. Kerala is one of the richest places in the country, contrasting sharply with the poverty of the north of the country.
The atmosphere is calm and relaxed and the locals are adorable. One of the great gems of Kerala is the traditional rice boat rides through the Backwaters and labyrinthine canals that connect different lakes.
Jaipur, the pink city, the capital of Rajasthan, is the most incredible Indian city I have visited. You absolutely must go to see its emblematic places such as the impressive facade of the Palace of the Winds, the JantarMantar astronomical observatory, the City Palace, and its bazaars like Chandpole and Tripolia.
Known as the Venice of the North, Udaipur is one of the most majestic cities in Rajasthan thanks to its huge palaces and blue lakes.
Over there is the City Palace, the largest palace in the state, whose decoration contrasts completely with the tranquility of Lake Pichola which it overlooks.
Old Dehli is full of places reminiscent of India’s history: ChandniChowk, the city’s great market, which offers aromas and colors, the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid mosque, the Victorian houses built during the British Raj. You can’t miss this city!
Varanasi is a mystical place that transcends the rest of the world and marks the boundaries between life and death. There, you will see the famous steps known as “ghats” and you can bathe, with the inhabitants, in the waters of the city to bring you happiness, fortune, and love.
The Sikh religion is one of the most practiced in India. It is the city of Amritsar – located in the north of the country – which was chosen to erect the famous Golden Temple.