10 Things to Do in India That You Shouldn't Miss

January 27, 2018 Kelli Reichel

India, officially the Republic of India (IAST: Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Myanmar and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

1. Swaminarayan Akshardham

Nh 24 | Akshardham Setu, New Delhi 110092, India 919911788187
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Swaminarayan Akshardham

Fantastic site to visit - unimaginable architechture, great theme show, diaorama and I max presentation. If any tourist, irresepctive of his religion or creed, has half a day to spare, this is a must see. It is one man's creation in five years totally with voluntary support. A monument which makes every indian proud!

Reviewed By udayjn

Akshardham is one of famous temple or place to visit in leisure time.The architecture, Layout and the entire area is magnanimous and stunning. The amount of detail and effort that has been dedicated by the artists is just out of this world. The temple is an example of excellence and perfection. Once you enter the temple you can easily spend at least 5 hours to explore the temple and its beauty. Please ensure cameras, hand baggage and even cell phones are not allowed in the premises. However, the cloakroom service is available for all your belongings. The food court is neat and have a lot to offer. There are multiple stores where you can buy souvenirs and books. The boat ride and the show is really amazing. Parking, toilet facilities are free but one has to pay for the musical Fountain and other activities. The environment around and in the temple is so calm and relaxing

2. Amber Fort

Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur 302001, India +91 96000 17031
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Amber Fort

Reviewed By dtrcg - Broadbeach, Australia

Visited Amber Fort with our guide, could not have done it without one. So many stories going back to the 1700s and such a magical place.
First we got to ride the elephant up to the entrance, you can only do this between the hours of 7am and 11am.
Over 100 elephants taking people up to the fort is a sight you won't see anywhere else.
When in India this has to be on your list

3. Taj Mahal

Agra 282001, India
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5 based on 25 reviews

Taj Mahal

Reviewed By Pedro-Pete85

We got there for sunrise, which I would definitely recommend. The hotel sorted out tickets out but there were a lot of ticket, tour touts around. They just start walking with you and try to get you to go with them, some said they could beat the lines in the actual Taj it’s self but when I got in there were no formal lines anyway. But if you want a guide it’s probably good.
Even when it was busy you still manage to get the perfect pictures of the magnificent building, (with a few carefully angled pictures) which is more breathtaking than any picture you see.
Defiantly go for sun rise.

4. Gateway of India

Apollo Bandar | Colaba, Mumbai 400001, India +91 99287 80565
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4 based on 9 reviews

Gateway of India

Built in 1911 to welcome the King and Queen of England, this stone archway in Colaba is now a historic landmark.

Reviewed By Kunjanuprash - Ahmedabad, India

During Diwali vacation we visited Mumbai with Family. Gate way of India is a famous and popular historical place. Hotel Taj is situated here. Earlier it was an entry gate of India. There is Boat service facility available. One must visit this place.

5. Harmandir Sahib

Golden Temple Road, Amritsar 143006, India +91 183 255 3957
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5 based on 6 reviews

Harmandir Sahib

Reviewed By Lalit K

Nothing can be great and better than Golden Temple in Amritsar....anyone & everyone is being welcome with same spirit...You will realize from your inside why this place is so famous...it's a must visit during lifetime...

6. Pangong Tso

Leh, India +91 94191 67939
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5 based on 2 reviews

Pangong Tso

Reviewed By doomslag - Tangerang, Indonesia

Being one of many tso (tso stands for "lake"), Pangong is 40 miles in length and 2-4 miles in width at a height of 4.267mtr above sea level.

7. Spiti Valley

172114, India
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Spiti Valley

Reviewed By Dahiya - New York

It is one of the most beautiful and a spiritual place. And thank God, for such sparse population has made it the abode of Yogins. They visit this place. All is clear, nights are astounding.

8. Brihadeeshwara Temple

Trichy High road, Thanjavur 613001, India +91 78320 34083
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Brihadeeshwara Temple

Reviewed By David T - Burry Port, United Kingdom

A fascinating temple, full of history and marvellous architecture, giving a real taste of Hindu India.

9. Khajuraho Temples

Khajuraho, India +91 88949 17116
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5 based on 2 reviews

Khajuraho Temples

Magnificent temples built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D.

Reviewed By Vladimir M - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Khajuraho group of monuments was built until the 12th century, during the rule of the Chandela dynasty.
Up to our time, three groups of temples have been preserved. The main, most visited Western Group of Temples consists of more than 15 temples. The Eastern Group consists of about 5 temples, with most of it located in a residential area. Southern Group is represented almost by one - Chaturbhuj Temple.
All the temples are perfectly preserved. They have a wonderful carving. On several temples erotic scenes are cut out.

10. Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Nongriat Village, Cherrapunjee, India
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Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Reviewed By Shashwati R

The double decker root bridge is definitely unique and the hike is quite beautiful too - if you're up for it. The first and last part of the trek are the most difficult, with about 1500 steep, continuous steps down a hill that keep going on and on. After that, you come across a village and the steps are a little more staggered. Then, you cross two streams, one on a shaky, narrow cable bridge and one on a broader, steadier bridge. And then you climb about 1/3 of another hill and THEN you reach Nongriat, the village where the double decker root bridge is located.
Both bridge and journey are beautiful with mountainous vistas, pristine streams and dense jungle. But getting there definitely requires both mental and physical stamina, so know your physical limits and come prepared. Water and snacks are available on the way, and there is maggi at Nongriat. Good sports shoes are essential for the tourist, and hiking sticks, which you can rent for Rs.20 at the entrance, are highly recommended. Guides are also available for Rs.600 but for just the root bridge, they're really not necessary because there is just one defined path.
It took us about 2 hours to go down and 2.75 hours to come down but we saw younger groups (one member of our party was in her fifties) go down in about an hour and come back in 1.5 hours.

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