Top destinations in India

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.  Each state, large or small has plenty of cultural, historic, religious and natural sights to be discovered.

Some of the most popular destinations in India include Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Rishikesh.


Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Map of India
  3. Top destinations in India
  4. Top experiences in India
  5. Top cities in India
  6. Top natural wonders in India
  7. All attractions in India

Map of India

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Top destinations in India

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

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

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

Top cities in India

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

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: a unique network 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

All attractions in India

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: a unique network 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)