There are so many glorious sights of India. The country is huge (it's the 7th largest in the World), and it has a population of 1.2 billion and an incredible history. It has held a fascination for travelers for centuries, people who are drawn to it for its mysticism and soul. It is a land of colors, religions, monuments and diverse people. If the land is calling you to visit, here are some of the main sights of India you can expect to see.
1. Taj Mahal
Surely one of the most well known attractions of India.
2. Shiv Mandir, Bangalore
The statue of Shiva at this Hindu temple is 65 feet tall.
3. The Golden Temple, Amritsar
Its formal name is Harmandir Sahib and it's a Sikh temple.
4. Gateway of India, Mumbai
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The monument was built by the British when India was "The Raj" and Mumbai was called Bombay.
5. Mohabbat Maqbara, Junagadh
The mausoleum is the tomb of Nawabs - semi-autonomous rulers who served the Mughal emperors.
6. Agra Fort, Agra
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra Fort's aspect today is a result of modifications made by Shah Jahan - the same man who built the Taj Mahal.
7. Holi Festival
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The land of colors becomes even more colorful during the festival of Holi, the celebration of spring.
8. Jain Temple, Ranakpur
The Ranakpur Jain temple - built from marble - is considered to be the most magnificent of all Jain temples.
9. Vegetable Market in Udaipur
Markets are among the most exciting ethnographical attractions of India.
10. Colva Beach, Goa
The beaches of Goa are stunning and the reason why it is the party capital of India.
11. Jog Falls, near Bangalore
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One of the most popular natural attractions in India, Jog Falls is the country's 2nd highest waterfall.
12. Light of the Gods, Khajuraho
The Western world knows this as the Kama Sutra temple. It features hundreds of erotic sculptures and carvings but there are also some of the most revered Gods of Hinduism among them. It's another of the magnificent sights of India with UNESCO World Heritage status.
13. Aquaria Grande, Mumbai
Mumbai has some of the most amazing modern architecture in India. Each room here has a floating balcony swimming pool.
14. RANTHAMBORE National Park
Don't you just love how the old fort gate has become part of the 500+ year old Banyan tree?
15. Mandore Gardens, Jodhpur
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The Mandore gardens are made up of charmingly landscaped areas and high rock terraces that are home to a collection of temples and memorials, a museum and the Hall of Heroes.
16. Descent of the Ganges, Mahabalipuram
Another World Heritage site, The Descent of the Ganges is a massive carved rock monument. It faces east towards the ocean on the Coromandel Coast.
17. Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
One of the largest mosques in India.
18. Kashmir, India
This beautiful mountainous region is subject to disputed ownership between India and Pakistan.
19. Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve, Ladakh
High altitude Tsomoriri Lake is fed by the spring snow melt waters of the Himalayas.
20. Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur
Also known as The Palace of the Winds or The Pink Palace, its distinctive shape represents the crown of Krishna, the Hindu God.
21. Meenakshi AMMAN Temple, Madurai
The ancient temple is of huge significance to the Tamil people and is located in a city that's 2,500 years old.
22. Vidyasagar Setu Bridge, Kolkata
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Bridging the Hooghly River, it connects the cities of Kolkata and Howrah.
23. Decorated Elephant
Elephants are decorated for many of the festivals in India.
24. Lotus Temple, New Delhi
The première house of Baha'i worship in India. Baha'i temples are open to all denominations.
25. Gadi Sagar Lake, Jaisalmer
Gadi Sagar is home to a large number of shrines and cenotaphs. Located in a remote city in the Thar Desert, the lake is a popular leisure destination.
26. Camel Fair, Pushkar
The Camel Fair began as a livestock sale but now is one of the state of Rajasthan’s great tourist attractions. The five day festival is full of camels but also so much other entertainment.
27. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, New Delhi
The elaborate decorations of the oldest and most well known Jain temple in India. Thanks to an avian veterinary center in its grounds, it is also known as the Jain Bird's Hospital.
28. Chand Baori, Abhaneri
Built in the 9th century, the well has 13 storeys, 3500 narrow steps and descends 100 feet, making it one of the deepest step wells in India.
29. Panorama Point, Matheran
Just one of 38 scenic lookouts at the Matheran hill station.
30. Phugtal Monastery, Jammu
The monastery was built into the honeycomb caves in the 12th century.
31. Train Station, Mumbai
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Not many train stations around the world are this interesting.
32. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
"The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas" is a place of pilgrimage and where the Beatles came in the 1960s to write their "White" album.
33. Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
The hall is a essentially a museum and art gallery to the history of India and Kolkata in particular. It holds regular special exhibitions.
34. Tea Plantation
No list of sights of India would be complete without a tea plantation.
35. Cliffs, Varkala
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The cliffs at Varkala are unique for being the only cliffs on the southern Kerala Coast on the Arabian Sea.
36. Galtaji Temple, Khania-Balaji
Galtaji is an ancient pilgrimage site for Hindus.
Piles of spices in the markets add to the heady aromas of India's streets.
38. Downtown Mumbai
The antique architecture is such a contrast to Mumbai's modern skyscrapers.
39. Indian Sunset
Don't know where it is but it's simply stunning (possibly Kerala).
40. City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur was the historic and last capital of the former kingdom of Mewar. The palace was built over a period of 400 years by several rulers.
41. Kedartal, Garhwal Himalayas
The lake is also known as Shiva's Lake. The gold tipped mountain in the background is Thalay Sagar.
42. Backwater Taxis, Kerala
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The Kerala backwaters form 8% of India's total waterways. They provide a living for farmers, fishermen and traders and are a popular tourist destination.
43. Red Fort, Delhi
Delhi's Red Fort is another of the magnificent sights of India attributed to Shah Jahan, the 5th Mughal Emperor and the man behind the Taj Mahal. It was built in 1648 as the fortified palace of Shahjahanabad, his capital.
44. Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai
Millions of clothes are washed every day in this open air laundry.
45. Peruvudaiyar Kovil, Thanjavur
This is one of the largest Hindu temples and is made entirely from granite. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Great Living Chola Temples.
46. Mehrauli Archeological Park, New Delhi
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The 200 acre area is adjacent to the Qutub Minar World Heritage site and the Qutb complex and is home to tombs, temples, mosques and a step well.
47. Anjuna Market, Goa
Colorful sari fabrics stacked at the market.
48. Akshardham, DELHI
A tribute to millennia of Hindu culture opened in 2010.
49. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Built from yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer is known as the "Golden City" and is a World Heritage Site.
50. Manali Leh Highway, Himachal Pradesh
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Highways and trails follow the natural geography of the Himalayas.
51. Traffic in JODHPUR
Imagine New York traffic jams at the height of the rush hour. It doesn't come anywhere close to a busy Indian street - anytime.
52. Backwaters, Kerala
The peace and quiet of life on the water.
53. Street Scene, Bikaner
Gaudily-colored buildings, men playing cards and sacred cow lying in the road - it could only be India.
54. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
The tomb was the first "garden-tomb" on the Indian sub-continent and was also the first to use red sandstone on such a scale.
55. Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi
With tombs dating back to 1444, the gardens are a pleasant place to take respite from the heat and dust of the city.
56. Qutub Minar, Delhi
This is the 2nd tallest minar in India. It was built between 1192 and 1368.
The "Tea City" sits at an elevation of 6,710 feet in the Himalayas.
58. Charminar, Hyderabad
One of the most recognizable sights of India, the accepted theory for the construction was as a commemoration to the end of a plague.
59. Asfi Mosque, Lucknow
Built by Shia Muslims, the mosque is in the Bara Imambara complex and is among the most grandiose buildings of Lucknow.
60. River Ganges
India's sacred river.
61. Sunset, Kovalam
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Kovalam is one of Kerala's beach towns and its name reflects the endless lines of coconut palms.
62. Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
There's a total of 34 monasteries built side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff. Interestingly, the monasteries are a mix of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.
63. Kailashnath Temple Maharashtra
What's so incredible about this temple, other than that is more than 1,200 years old, is that it was carved from the top downwards.
64. Lord Shiva, Murudeshwara
This is the world's 2nd tallest statue of Shiva and stands at 123 feet.
65. The Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri
The tallest gateway in the world. Also known as the Gate of Magnificence, it stands 54 meters high.
66. THIKSE Monastery, Ladakh
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Huge status are among the many great sights of India. This statue of Maitreya stands 49 feet tall.
67. Namaste Tower, Mumbai
Currently under construction, Namaste Tower is one of many futuristic skyscrapers in Mumbai. The city has more high-rise buildings than any other city in India and there are always plans for new, high-design towers.
There are so many fabulous sights in India. Wherever you choose to travel in the country, you can guarantee a packed itinerary. What would interest you most to visit there - the religious monuments, the architecture or the natural attractions?