Top 10 Places for First Time Traveler in India

As one of the "four ancient civilizations" in the world, India has diversified cultures and traditions in different cities. If you want to travel all over this magical land, it may take a year, and even it is difficult to decide where to start. Hope the following suggestion may help you out.

Varanasi, traditionally known as Banaras in India, is a popular holy city in the country. It is located in the middle of the Ganges Valley in northern India. This city is not only the oldest city in India, but also the oldest colonial city in the world.

Varanasi is known as a city with a "belief in the air". Maybe you have no religious belief, but when you walk here, you will be unconsciously affected by the strong atmosphere.

For an individual tourist, Varanasi has a different experience. The holy water of the Ganges River, the boats at sunrise, the chants and incense from the shrines, the winding narrow serpentine alleys of the city, all provide a unique and mysterious experience for Shiva City.

The Ganges River cruise seems to have become a must for tourists to come to Varanasi. The best time for a cruise is in the early morning. Tourists can enjoy the sunrise while enjoying the believers' ceremonies of bathing and purification. While in the daytime, visiting Sarnath, the holy pilgrimage spot and Looking for the footprints of the Buddha is one of the highlights. Exploring stupas, and temples and joining in meditating-lecture will surely make an exclusive trip. The Ganga Aarti at the Dashashawamedh by the Ganges River in Varanasi attracts tourists and devotees around the world. Every night sacrificial activities are held here. The steps are crowded with vendors, devotees, beggars and tourists. But it turns out to be a chaos place where people can find serenity.

Ganges River, VaranasiGanges River, Varanasi

Mumbai, the capital of South India, is a charming metropolis with a long coast, diverse cultures, as well as artistic atmosphere. It integrates the most luxurious landmark in India and the largest slum in the world.

The best way to explore the city is an early-morning bike tour, which offers a unique sight into the bazaar, architecture, local food and culture.

One of the must-does in Mumbai is The Gateway of India, which is an integration of the architectural features of Indian and Persian cultures. It has become the landmark of Mumbai and an important venue for national ceremonies. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a typical Gothic building with stained-glass windows, is an amazing masterpiece that can't be missed. Marine drive, known as the necklace of Mumbai City is a strong recommendation for watching sunsets by the Arabian Sea. In addition, the Hindu Grotto of Elephants Caves, the magnificent Prince of Wales Museum are popular attractions in Mumbai.

Delhi, the capital, is the third largest city in India, which is divided into two parts: Old Delhi and New Delhi. New Delhi shows the modernity of India, while Old Delhi tells about the antiquity of India. When exploring Indian culture and history, Delhi is a great option to enjoy world-class scenic spots, as well as to experience the great disparity between the rich and the poor.

Red Fort, Gandhi Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace are must-do for history-enthusiast. Art fans who love to appreciate unique architecture can’t miss Lotus Temple, Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid, Chhatarpur Temple and Kalkaji Temple.

As the capital and a famous tourist destination, Delhi has various mouth-watering local food. It is not difficult to choose a restaurant with a nice environment and first-class flavor. Delhi is the best choice if you want to try many Indian delicacies in one place.

Delhi is a bustling city during the day, while at night it has a different feature. The city is quite extraordinary with the amazing view in the evening. So, one of the most pleasant ways to explore the city is strolling around the streets nearby Presidential Palace and the Capitol.

Agra is a famous historical and cultural city in the southwest of Uttar Pradesh, as well as an important tourist town in the Golden Triangle region of India.

Agra was the capital of India from the 16th century to the early 18th century. During the reigns of Mughal emperors, quite a few masterpieces of architecture were created, many of which have been preserved well after years of erosion. At present, they have become popular tourist attractions and an ideal way to explore the history of the Mughal Empire.

Countless tourists come to India specially for the Taj Mahal, a world-famous art treasure. In addition to getting close to the Taj Mahal scenic spots, tourists may choose the Taj Mahal Green Park outside the East Gate to see it from different angles. Very few visitors to this green land may offer a serenity view. Another excellent option is to reach the other side of the Yamuna River and enjoy the Taj Mahal before sunset. Agra Fort, which was once the residence of many Mughal emperors, is a must-do to experience the glorious era of the Mughal Dynasty. The bricks and trees in the palace are full of historical vicissitudes. The buildings with various functions in the palace seem to arouse visitors' great imagination for the glory of the empire. The ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, located in the outskirts of Agra City, is another world cultural heritage. Strolling in an ancient city with delicate carvings and enjoying various designs of architecture will be a good way to avoid crowds.

Taj Mahal, AgraTaj Mahal, Agra

As the capital and largest city of Rajasthan, Jaipur has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in India as well as the seventh-best tourist destination in Asia. Entitled the "Pink City of India" by UNESCO, the city is famed for the main color of the buildings in the city.

Jaipur was built by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century, with magnificent palaces, unbeatable forts, and historical sites. The city is part of the famed tourist golden triangle with Delhi and Agra. It has many fantastic scenic spots, such as Amber Fort, City palace museum, and Nahargarh Fort, which attract tourists from home and abroad all year round.

There are quite a few forts in Rajasthan, but Amber Fort, once the capital of the princely Jaipur state and the fort's residence of its Rajput rulers is a must-visit for all tourists, due to its profound history, architecture, artistic skills, and amazing scenery. Besides the amazing architecture and glorious history, sunset and evening views are two visual treats that have brought tourists to Nahargarh Fort. Jantar Mantar, the most important, comprehensive, and well-preserved ancient observatory in India as well as a world heritage site, is worth a visit once in a lifetime.

Known as Blue City, Jodhpur is the second largest city and one of the most beautiful old cities in Rajasthan. The historical and charming palaces, forts, and temples, as well as the Thar Desert, have made the city a hot destination in India.

While traveling in Jodhur, the stunning history and rich heritage of Mehrangarh Fort can’t be missed. One of the most amazing experiences is overlooking the whole city from the top of Mehrangel Fort. You will be shocked by the bright blue! If you like to explore the local life in Jodhur, Sardar Market, the typical lively local bazaar would be a great choice. A jeep ride or camel safari through the Thar Desert is a must-do to enjoy the stunning sunset in the desert, as well as to explore the wildlife in the national wildlife sanctuary. What's more, Sachiya Mata and Jain are great temples with magnificently sculpted arches, fascinating history and a peaceful atmosphere.

City View, JodhpurCity View, Jodhpur

Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of West Bengal, India. It is the third largest metropolitan after Mumbai and Delhi. During the 140-year colonial period from 1772 to 1911, Kolkata was the capital of British India. During this period, Kolkata experienced large-scale British-style urban construction.

Kolkata is known as "the city of palaces". Colonial buildings are scattered all over the city. It has many Gothic buildings, Baroque buildings, Oriental, Mughal buildings and Indo-Islamic buildings.

Victoria Memorial, a marble museum built for the memorial of Queen Victoria is a must-do for people in Kolkata. The stunning stonework of Fort William is also a strong recommendation in this city. Meanwhile, Belur Math and Howrah Bridge are also worthy of visiting with convenient transportation.

Amritsar, the holy city of Sikhs, was originally just a sacred pool but has now developed into a cultural holy land for Sikhs. Meanwhile, Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, started to preach in this rural area of Punjab.

It is no exaggeration to say that the whole city has developed and prospered because of the Golden Temple. When tourists come here, the first destination is Sikh Holy Land in the old city.

The vibrant streets around the Golden Temple are also amazing.

Amritsar is a typical Indian town with crowded streets, numerous shops and local delicacies. Punjab cuisine is famous around the world for its spicy curry, pillow-shaped bread and the meat cooked in Tandoor. If you want to indulge in colorful food traditions, there is no better place than Amritsar.

Golden Temple, AmritsarGolden Temple, Amritsar

Situated on the east coast of South India, Madras is the capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in India.

Madras, also referred to as Chennai, owns convenient connections with other cities in India and the world. In addition, it is also famous for its world cultural heritage and typical southern Indian temple architecture.

Chennai has many museums, among which the Chennai National Art Museum and the Government Museum are the most representative and the best place to enjoy art. Arignar Anna Zoo and Guindy National Park are good places to watch animals and enjoy the natural scenery.

Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is one of the most charming and modern cities in India. Bangalore, known as the garden city, is the third largest city in India and is gradually regarded as the Silicon Valley of India in the IT business community.

Bangalore is very attractive. Tourists here can enjoy the charm of this historical and cultural destination. Banahata National Park is a good place near Bangalore. Go to the wildlife park and get close to nature. In the wildlife park, you can enjoy the natural ecological environment of tigers, lions, elephants, spots, deer, etc. In addition, there will be expeditions such as hiking, camping and rafting,

Lalbag Park is located in the 270-hectare national park in the center of the city. It is the oldest and most popular landmark in Bangalore. There are abundant animals and animals here, and the surrounding small parks are also called "garden cities". The main glass greenhouse is inspired by the Mughal gardens, and the annual flower exhibition is held.

In addition to the visual shock and deep thought, these above cities also allow you to glimpse the development India has experienced in its long history. I believe it will be a good start for you to explore India.

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