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India’s top places, hotels, maps, images and videos

Funky India is a remarkable online guide, giving travellers plenty of information and facts about the fabulous country of India. It includes some of the country’s best destinations and experiences, top hotels , maps, images and videos. Some of the key destinations include Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Pondicherry and Dheli.

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India’s top destinations

From bustling Mumbai to peaceful Rishikesh

India is packed with a variety of architectural and cultural attractions such as the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra, numerous amazing natural wonders such as the beaches of Goa and the backwaters of Kerala, or charming religious cities such as Varanasi.

There are numerous sights to be discover in every state, big or small, all over the country. The following is Funky India’s top pick of the country’s top attractions:

  1. Taj Mahal : the splendid marble tomb in Agra, consider the most iconic sight in India
  2. Varanasi : known as the world’s oldest inhabited city with some 5,000 years history, as well as India’s most important religious sight, being the birth place of Hinduism.
  3. Goa : the number one Indian resort destination packed with some spectacular beaches and natural beauty , as well as a lovely Portuguese influenced architecture.
  4. Kochi : one of the most amazing destination in Kerala offering spectacular beaches and the unique house boat experience on its backwaters.
  5. Pondicherry : once a popular French colony it is a sought after spiritual destination with a remaining French bistro vibe
  6. Sundarbans: world’s largest mangrove forest, home to the remarkable Royal Bengal tigers and estuarine crocodiles.
  7. Hill Stations: surrounded with some of the country most spectacular natural beauty in the northern stations of Darjeeling, Shimla and Shillong.
  8. Srinagar : capital city of the Jammu and Kashmir state surrounded by the Himalayas mountain range and next to the amazing Dal lake
  9. Andamans : spectacular island considered a sought after resort destination within the Bay of Bengal.
  10. Mumbai (Bombay): India’s Bollywood and financial capital

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India’s top experiences

The country has everything to blow your mind, guaranteeing you a unique and memorable journey

India’s is one of the best countries to discover if you are looking for some remarkable experiences. From world class attractions, to large metropolis , passing by unique tigers and elephant reserve, the country has everything to blow your mind, guaranteeing you a unique and memorable journey.

India’s top experiences include:

  1. Get lost in Mumbai street Jungle
  2. Experience the train journey across India
  3. Discover Kochi Portuguese heritage and navigate the backwaters on a house boat
  4. Learn about the French heritage of Chennai
  5. Visit the impressive Taj Mahal in Agra
  6. Relax and meditate in the north near the Himalayan mountains
  7. Check out the Bengali tigers at the Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore tiger reserves.
  8. Immerse yourself in the sacred religious city of Varanasi

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India’s top cities

From Bollywood to India’s state capital

The following are some of the India’s most important cities:

  1. Mumbai (Bombay): India’s Bollywood and financial capital
  2. Delhi : India’s state capital
  3. Bengaluru : India’s silicon valley also known as the garden city
  4. Chennai (Madras) : India’s car production capital
  5. Jaipur: the Pink City and home to the Hindu Rajput culture
  6. Kochi (Cochin) : a once an important international trade transformed into the gateway of the sandy beaches and backwaters
  7. Kolkata (Calcutta): India’s cultural capital known as The City of Joy
  8. Varanasi: India’s religious capital located on the banks of the Ganges and considered world’s oldest continually inhabited cities
  9. Shimla: once summer capital of British India within the Himalayan foothills

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India’s top natural wonders

From the Himalayas world’s tallest moutain range to the unique Kerala backwaters

As its people, the Geography of India is one of the world’s most diverse. From the snow-capped Himalayas in the North West to the beautiful beaches of Goa or unique backwaters of Kerala, it has plenty to enchant the visitors in term of natural beauty and diversity. It has a very long coastline, where some of India’s most important touristic and economic centres are located. Indeed it is where Mumbai, Goa and Cochin are located on the western Arabian Sea coast, as well as the French influenced Chennai and Pondicherry on the eastern Indian Ocean front.

India’s top natural wonders include:

  1. Himalayas: the tallest mountain range in the world
  2. Goa: India’s favorite beach holiday destination
  3. Kerala backwaters: auniquenetwork of rivers and lakes
  4. Ganga: India’s most famous rivers
  5. Yamuna (Jamuna)
  6. Sindhu (Indus) : river which flow through Punjab considered the crib of India’s civilization flourished
  7. Brahmaputra: Himalayan river which flows through Assam in the northeast of India
  8. Aravalli: mountain range South of Punjab which cuts Rajasthan into two
  9. Thar desert: western Rajasthan natural wonders
  10. Vindhyas: Madhya Pradesh start of the southern peninsula Deccan plateau
  11. Sahyadri: home to the Western and the Eastern Ghats
  12. Dandakaranya: forest covering the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand in the northern tip of Andhra Pradesh
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India’s top sights

India’s best attractions including top sights, cites and natural wonders

The following is all of Funky India’s attractions including top sights, best cites, and most amazing natural wonders, listed in alphabetic order:

  1. Andamans : spectacular island considered a sought after resort destination within the Bay of Bengal.
  2. Aravalli: mountain range South of Punjab which cuts Rajasthan into two
  3. Bishnupur : home to the terracotta temples as well as being the center for classical Bishnupur Gharana music
  4. Bodh Gaya: a Buddhist holly place known for being the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment
  5. Brahmaputra: Himalayan river which flows through Assam in the northeast of India
  6. Dandakaranya: forest covering the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand in the northern tip of Andhra Pradesh
  7. Ellora/Ajanta : considered a religious destination for both the Hindus and the Buddhists, and home to magnificent monasteries and temples, some built in rocks and caves
  8. Ganga: India’s most famous and holly river
  9. Gangtok : lovely hill-station and capital city of the Sikkim state
  10. Goa : the favorite Indian resort destination packed with some spectacular beaches and natural beauty , as well as a lovely Portuguese influenced architecture.
  11. Golden Temple : a spectacular gold plated shrine in Amritsar, considered one of Sikhism’s holiest destinations
  12. Hampi: home to the remarkable ruins of the Vijayanagara empire
  13. Hill Stations: surrounded with some of the country most spectacular natural beauty in the northern stations of Darjeeling, Shimla and Shillong.
  14. Himalayas: the tallest mountain range in the world
  15. Jaisalmer : a unique Indian city located in the heart of the Thar Desert
  16. Kerala backwaters: auniquenetwork of rivers and lakes
  17. Khajuraho : considered the birth place of Kamasutra, offering numerous temples packed with a variety of erotic sculptures .
  18. Kochi : one of the most amazing destination in Kerala offering spectacular beaches and the unique house boat experience on its backwaters.
  19. Konark: a UNESCO World Heritage site built in a Kalingan Architecture as a Sun Temple
  20. Lake Palace: a magnificent palace situated within Udaipur
  21. Leh : one of the world’s highest inhabited city offering breathtaking views of the surroundings
  22. Meenakshi : a breathtaking Hindu temple situated in the French influenced Madurai
  23. Nalanda : once home to the world’s oldest university, before being complete ruined during the Muslim invasions and today considered a key destination for Buddhism
  24. Pondicherry : once a popular French colony it is a sought after spiritual destination with a remaining French bistro vibe
  25. Sahyadri: home to the Western and the Eastern Ghats
  26. Sangla Valley : perhaps the world’s most beautiful valley located within the upper regions of Himachal Pradesh, offering breathtaking landscapes views
  27. Sindhu (Indus) : river which flow through Punjab considered the crib of India’s civilization flourished
  28. Srinagar : capital city of the Jammu and Kashmir state surrounded by the Himalayas mountain range and next to the amazing Dal lake
  29. Sundarbans: world’s largest mangrove forest, home to the remarkable Royal Bengal tigers and estuarine crocodiles.
  30. Taj Mahal : the splendid marble tomb in Agra, consider the most iconic Indian sight
  31. Thar desert: western Rajasthan natural wonders
  32. Tirupati Balaji : considered the world’s richest religious temple within Andhra Pradesh
  33. Varanasi : known as the world’s oldest inhabited city with some 5,000 years history, as well as India’s most important religious sight, being the birth place of Hinduism
  34. Vindhyas: Madhya Pradesh start of the southern peninsula Deccan plateau
  35. Yamuna (Jamuna)

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India’s top Hotels

Some of the world’s most luxurious hotels

The Indian Oberoi hotels are some of the world’s best, with the Oberoi Vanyavilas toping the World’s Best Hotels list and three others hotels of the same chain following in Jaipur, Mumbai and Udaipur. There are also four palaces on the list, with the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai obtaining the highest scores.

  1. ITC Mughal, Agra, India
  2. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
  3. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
  4. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
  5. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India
  6. Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, India
  7. The Oberoi Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  8. Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi, New Delhi , India
  9. Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi, New Delhi, India
  10. The Imperial New Delhi, New Delhi, India
  11. The Oberoi New Delhi, New Delhi, India
  12. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
  13. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
  14. Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Kochi, India

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Top Mumbai

From grandiose Victoria Station to famous Bollywood Film City

As one of India’s primary business and tourist hub, Mumbai has an abundance of attractions most located around the central area of South Mumbai, including:

  1. Gateway of India: Mumbai’s most iconic sight
  2. Colaba Causeway: the lively commercial Shahid Bhagat Singh Road
  3. Khala Ghoda: art precinct home to the museums, the High Court and the Clock Tower
  4. Prince of Wales Museum: officially known as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk
  5. Chowpatty beach: sandy coast within the western tip of the Marine Drive
  6. Victoria Station: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) set within a colonial building
  7. Wellington Fountain: now the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk roundabout
  8. Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat: Mumbai’s unique open air laundry
  9. Haji Ali: Mumbai’s floating tomb and Mosque
  10. Malabar hill: south Mumbai’s highest point home to the Tower of Silence and the Hanging Gardens
  11. Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum: a tribute to one of India’s most celebrated figure
  12. Town Hall: set within a remarkable building home to the Asiatic Society of Bombay
  13. General Post Office: Mumbai central post office set within a beautiful building
  14. Dabbawallahs of Mumbai: one of the world’s most efficient food delivery service
  15. Crawford Market: one of the busiest and most famous markets in South Mumbai
  16. Mumbai Stock Exchange: India’s finance epicentre within Kala Ghoda
  17. Banganga: part of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex within the Malabar Hill
  18. Film City: home to Mumbai’s famous Bollywood Productions
  19. Elephant Island: famous for its UNESCO World Heritage 6th-century cave temples
  20. Sanjay Gandhi National Park: home to birds, fauna and Buddhist caves

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Top Goa

Agonda

Some of the most important sights in Goa in alphabetic order include:

  1. Agonda: a peaceful southern beach desination often referred to as Turtle Beach
  2. Anjuna: a charming coastal town known for its flea market
  3. Beaches: Goa has some of the most exciting beaches in the country. Click here to discover the best rated coastal destinations.
  4. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: exciting natural park home to wild boars and Indian bison
  5. Cabo de Rama: an old Portuguese fort located near Agonda
  6. Palolem: a charming village south of Agonda famous for its breathtaking natural bay
  7. Calangute: one of the most sought after resort town in North Goa, known as the Queen of Beaches
  8. Canacona: southern coastal destinations with scenic natural beauty
  9. Candolim: small resort village to the north of Goa
  10. Chapora : home to the hilltop Chapora fort in the northern part of Goa
  11. Dona Paula: a favorite beach destination south of Panaji
  12. Dudh Sagar Waterfall: one of the world’s highest waterfalls 60 kilometers east of Panaji
  13. Fort Aguada: well-preserved seventeenth-century on Sinquerim Beach
  14. Mapusa: large city of Northern Goa with a colourful Friday Market
  15. Margao: primary railway station and important tourist hub for Goa long idyllic coastline
  16. Museums and art galleries: Goa has a number of great artistic sites
  17. Old Goa: a lovely colonial town with sixteenth century churches, convents and monuments
  18. Panaji : the charming capital of the Goa state with plenty of colonial heritage
  19. Miramar Beach: a popular beach destination only a few kilometers west of Panaji
  20. Ponda: known as the cultural city of Goa and surrounded by green villages and spice farms
  21. Vasco Da Gama: city home to Goa’s only airport and tourist hub for the various resorts town
  22. Wild life sanctuaries: such as the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

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Top Kerala

From its remarkable backwaters to the idyllic palm fringed beaches next to Kovalam

For such as small state, Kerala has numerous attractions to impress its visitors, from its remarkable backwaters around Kumarakom to the idyllic palm fringed beaches next to Kovalam and Varkala, passing by hill stations and numerous historic and cultural sights such as the Bekal Fort or the charming town such as Kochi. It is proud of its breathtaking natural beauty, a perfect mix forest, waters and mountains, as well as being the first Indian state to make tourism an industry and bring to life various ecotourism initiatives.

Some of the most sought after sights in Kerala include in alphabetic order:

  1. Backwaters: a complex network of rivers, lakes and canals, within the central Kerala region of Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and Punnamada
  2. Beaches : idyllic sun and sea destination within the southern regions of Kovalam and Varkala
  3. Bekal Fort: an impressive and massive Portuguese fort on the coast of North Kerala
  4. Cities : such as Thiruvanantapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, ideal to catch a traditional theatrical performances or for shopping
  5. Fort Cochin: once an important trading-post, it is today packed with various cultural and historic sites including plenty of colonial buildings influenced by Portuguese, Chinese, Jewish, Syrian, Christians and Muslim merchants, visitors, traders and settlers.
  6. Kathakali : home to some of Kerala’s most vibrant traditions including religious plays, dances, martial arts and delicious cuisine
  7. Heritage and Historic sites: such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace, the Mattancherry Palace, and various colonial forts and towns
  8. Hill stations: including Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi
  9. Kannur: home of “they yam”, a unique ancient ritual for spirit possession
  10. Kovalam: home to one of the worlds’ most famous beach and once a major hippie destination.
  11. Kumarakom: the epicentre of the popular backwater tourism and home to various luxury resorts especially around Kottayam
  12. Munnar: one of Kerala’s most authentic hill station surrounded by misty mountains, home to various tea plantations
  13. National parks : with their pristine forests, waterfalls and caves such as the Periyar park, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary or the Eravikulam National Park
  14. Pilgrim destinations : including Sabarimala Temple, Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvanantapuram, Guruvayoor Temple, Chettikulangara Temple, Vadakumnathan Temple in Thrissur, Sarkara Devi Temple, Padanilam Parabrahma Temple in Oachira, Beemapally mosque, Malayattor Church and Parumala Church
  15. Ponmudi: a charming hill station offering amazing natural beauty
  16. Silent Valley National Park: one of Kerala’s most beautiful rain forest, home to a variety of protected and endangered species
  17. Thekkady : a lush forest home to a variety of species including elephants and Tigers within the Periyar Reserve
  18. Varkala: offering some of the most breathtaking beaches and spectacular views surrounded by spectacular large cliffs.
  19. Waterfalls and Dams: spectacular natural beauty in the various national parks
  20. Wildlife Sanctuaries: including Wayanad for elephants and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary for bird watching

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