A plethora of wondrous monuments, elysian cuisines, spiritual mysteries, and unbelievable yet trustworthy stories maketh the peninsula of the Indian subcontinent. From colourful festivities to ineffable architectural marvels, India is a year-round destination for the world. Exploring India is equal to experiencing a different world as India is not just formed out of a single belief, custom, or religion. Millions of ideas and images revolve under the theme – Unity in Diversity. As cliched as it sounds, the amount of hospitality received in India is way beyond a traveller would come across anywhere else in the world. The second most populated country on Earth took the path of peace and laid its foundation on kindness. As Sardar Vallabhai Patel united India, the Statue of Unity of the same Iron Man still stands tall with a hospitable gaze receiving wonderful people from all over the world with love; without prejudice. Here are seven beautiful destinations in India to visit in 2020.
“An Epitome of Perseverance Living with Beautiful Scars.”
Hampi is a conglomeration of beautiful ruins, boulders, and the 7th-century Virupaksha Temple and 16th-century Vitthala Temple. The vast terrains of Hampi attract international travellers throughout the year. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is also famous for its banana plantations, monkey temple, and predominant paddy fields. The perfect wedding photography destination to get the staggering sunset silhouette photographs. This precious ancient beauty played an important rule during the era of the Vijayanagara Empire. Pattadkkal Monuments and Hemakuda Hills are noteworthy destinations to capture lively photographs. The renowned Stone Chariot and Musical Pillars of Vitthala Temple are priceless eternal wonders of art and architecture in India.
Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore
Best Time to Visit: October to February is the best time to visit Hampi. Festivals like the Vijaya Utsav happens during the November month where the culture, art, architecture, and history of Hampi is celebrated through dance and music performances.
“A Beautiful and Acceptable Contradiction of Two Different Worlds.”
The relaxed approach to life should have started from this beautiful beach destination – Goa. The golden-sand beaches of Arambol, Palolem, Anjuna, Baga Beach, and the surrounding Churches and Shacks are keeping up the hippie and Susegad trend to date. Make way for a zen mindset taking up Yoga Classes in Goa and tame your mind as you tan your skin. Taste seafood and visit back-country spice farms to why Goa turned out to be special for the Portuguese people. Cycle through the lanes of Old Goan streets and seek blessings from the impressive gothic cathedrals of this spicy yet work-shy destination. From premium luxury suits to late-night partying shacks, Goa is a different India altogether.
Nearest International Airport: Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport), Goa
Best Time to Visit: November to February is the best time to visit Goa. Enjoy Banana Boat Rides, Parasailing, and other Water Sports during this season. Probably, the best place in India to visit during the Christmas Festival. VH1 Supersonic and Sunburn are famous festivals for hardcore party freaks.
“Don’t Fall but Float in Love with your Loved One.”
The serenity of the backwaters combined with houseboat cruises makes Alapuzha (Alleppey) a preferable destination for the honeymoon population. The interlinking palm-lined up canals, migratory birds, healing Ayurvedic resorts, green paddy fields, toddy shops, and a beautiful amphibian lifestyle of the hamlets create a sensational travel experience in Kerala. While Alleppey Beach is connected with the history of Kerala, Marari beach is one of the best hammock beach destinations in the world. The Snake Boat Race is a unique experience in India happening during August and September. Alleppey is connected with the strengthening of Christianity in India while some of the beautiful churches of South India are in Kerala. Kuttanad, a part of the backwaters of Alleppey is known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala.
Nearest International Airport: Cochin International Airport
Best Time to Visit: October to February is the best time to visit Alleppey. Festivals like Chettikulangarabarani, Annual Beach Festival, and Chakkulathukavu Pongala are important festivals to witness during the winter months. Monsoon is the best time to participate in Onam celebrations and Snake Boat Races.
“Where Sins Dissolve in the Ganges and Atonements Evolve from Sadhus.”
One of the most mystical lands of India where human beings learn that the goal of all life is death. This terra is not for the weak-willed individuals as people of staunch Hindu beliefs come here to die. They believe Ganges River would purify their soul and liberate it from entering the Cycle of Rebirth. Those who could visit Varanasi or Kasi could go anywhere without fear of life and death. This colourful place is also called the City of Lights since the whole terrain is lit with beautiful and bizarre cultural practices. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most famous and oldest shrine here. Not only for Hindus but also Buddhists consider this place holy as Gauthama Buddha has auspicious connections with this charismatic city.
Nearest Airport: Lal Bahadur Sashtri International Airport, Varanasi
Best Time to Visit: November to February is the best time to visit Varanasi while ISKON Temple, Varanasi Hindu University, and Durga Temple are important sightseeings. The fullest volume of the holy Ganges is best experienced during the monsoon months.
“The Picturesque Portrait of Adventurous India.”
Being a part of the ‘Heaven on Earth’ series, Sri Nagar is famous for Shikhara Boat Rides on Dal Lake. The special attractions of Sri Nagar are the Floating Vegetable Market and Mir Bahris, a set of people who live on the lake itself. The gardens of the Mughals such as Shalimar Bagh, Nishar Bagh, and Chasm-E-Shahi Gardens are top attractions in Sri Nagar. The combination of spiralling rivulets, and lined up trees, Jhelum River, and Nagin Lake make Sri Nagar a pristine beauty. Handwoven silk sarees and intricately embroidered shawls are famous products to buy from the indigenous people living here. Dry fruits like Almonds and Walnuts are famous nuts of Sri Nagar while the migratory avian population is a treat for birdwatchers.
Nearest International Airport: Sheik Ul-Alam International Aiport Srinagar.
Best Time to Visit: A Year-Round Destination for travellers turn into a couple’s paradise during autumn months (Sep-Nov). Catch up with Water Sports in Nagin Lake from June to August and roam around amidst flourishing flowers during April or May for the well known Tulip Festival.
“The City of Tranquility and Spirituality in the Land of Integral Unity.”
From morning hymn in Gurudwaras to evening aarti, Amritsar carries the golden hues of Punjab. Amritsar was found in the year 1527 by the renowned fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das in 1577. The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in the whole world. This historical city is popular for wooden chess sets next to the Golden Temple due to the excellent craftsmanship of the artisans here. Other than Jallianwallabagh Massacre in 1919, Amritsar has been a peaceful paradise for spiritual seekers. Pilgrims take a holy dip in the Amrit Sarovar Tank as a part of the Sikh tradition. The entire top of the Golden Temple is made of Gold. Harmandir Sahib means the Temple of God.
Nearest International Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar
Best Time to Visit: September to March is the best time to visit Amritsar. Places like Jallianwallabagh, Durgiana Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, and Akal Takht are an important part of the Amritsar Heritage Walk tours.
“A Finely Sculpted Culturally Crowned Jewel of India.”
The capital city of Rajasthan is the latest addition (38th) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. The pink city is a beautiful royal destination with places like the Palace of the Winds – Hawa Mahal, photogenic City Palace, royal observatories like Jantar Mantar, and the world-famous Amber Fort and peace-friendly Nahargarh Fort. Combined with Agra and Delhi, Jaipur is a highly preferred destination for international travellers. Jaipur is named after its king, Maharaja Jai Singh II who founded this city in 1727. Jaipur was painted completely with hospitable pink colour to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1856. Jaipur is a shopping friendly destination with a wide range of products speaking culture and colours of Rajasthan.
Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport (JAI)
Best Time to Visit: November to March is the best time to visit Jaipur. January month in Jaipur is popular for two important festivals – Kite Festival and Jaipur Literature Festival while just before Holy during the March month, Elephant Festival is celebrated.
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