If you’re looking for a beautiful country to discover, India is the place to go. With such a diverse range of sights to be seen within the Asian hotspot, you have every reason to visit and explore.
Here are just five of the sights you simply cannot miss when in India.
The Taj Mahal
There’s simply no doubt that a trip to India isn’t complete without visiting the Taj Mahal. Situated in the city of Agra, this white marble mausoleum stands as majestic and impressive as ever – if the building itself doesn’t prove it, the massive crowds surrounding the Taj Mahal on a daily basis will.
Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal houses the tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. And although its history sounds subtly morbid, its appearance is anything but – a glistening white exterior almost glows under the light of the sun, with intricate details to be found all around. The gardens leading up to the mausoleum itself as almost as impressive, too.
Red Fort, Delhi
Situated just outside of the bustle and energy of Delhi, the Red Fort is a rather underrated landmark in India. You’ll find it behind the famed Delhi and Lahori Gates, the UNESCO World Heritage Site hidden behind them. Known as Delhi’s most iconic monument, it’s certainly worth a visit.
It’s another Mughal structure, its architecture and detailing being the biggest giveaway of that. But the Red Fort was actually the seat of the Mughal empire for over 200 years. It’s a place with significant historical value, so you’ll be able to learn a thing or two about the country’s history whilst taking in the beauty of the fort itself.
Amer Fort, Jaipur
The Red Fort isn’t the only fort you should consider visiting in India. Jaipur is home to the Amer Fort, situated on a natural ridge 11 kilometres north of the city centre. You’ll reach the fort via elephant, transporting visitors up the ridge for an authentically Indian experience from the very minute you arrive.
It’s a culturally important site, with features such as a coral carving of Ganesha – the Hindu elephant God – and the chamber of a thousand mirrors, which proves popular with visitors for its sheer magic. Again, it’s an underrated destination, but visit Amer Fort and your friends will be dying to do the same once they hear about it.
Known to many as India’s “holiest river”, the River Ganges is one of the most unique places in the entire world. Situated in the city of Varanasi, millions visit the Ganges as the water is said to have the power to wash away sins. Not only that, but there’s plenty to see along the river that’ll astound you just as much.
Consider seeing the Annapurna Bhavani Temple, dedicated to Annapurna – a figure of powerful femininity. You’ll find a golden statue of her within the temple, but it’s only open three days a year so you’ll have to be wise with your timing. Elsewhere, the ghats are a communal and beautiful part of the Ganges where locals gather to bathe in the waters and even partake in religious ceremonies.
Ride the Toy Train up through the Himalayas to discover Darjeeling. Although it’s a hill station, it’s still one of the best sights to lay your eyes upon in the entirety of the country – all around are stretching panoramas of the surrounding land, mountainous peaks coated in green forestry and capped with snow in the higher regions.
It’s just one of the places that proves India is one of, if not the world’s most diverse country in terms of scenery. From the bustle of major cities and their respective landmarks to the far removed mountainous regions of the country, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful sights to discover.
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This is a contributed post.