India:10 Places You Have to Visit Before You Die

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India, a rich, diverse country full of culture, traditions and food will impress even the most contemptuous of travelers. Located in the center of Southern Asia, India boasts of many amazing places perfect to get your sightseeing game on. Locally known as Bharat, India is bordered by Pakistan on the north-west, Nepal and China on the north with Myanmar and Bangladesh on the eastern border and Sri Lanka on the south. Over the years, tourists have been flocking India because for its many historic and iconic sightseeing spots. We've provided a handy list of places in India you have to see during your lifetime.

1. Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh)

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One of the top sightseeing spots and the pride of India is the magnificent Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site declared in 1983. The Taj Mahal, which means Crown of the Palace, is located on the right bank of the Yamuna River in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh. This sightseeing spot is a paradise for photographers and tourists who love it for it's unique architecture. The Taj Mahal attracts an annual crowd of approximately 8 million tourists visiting India for business, leisure and sightseeing.

2. Hawa Mahal (Rajasthan)

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Another sightseeing spot not to be missed when in India is the Hawa Mahal. Also known as the "Palace of winds" or "Palace of the Breeze", the Hawa Mahal is located in Jaipur, India, and is a magnificent palace constructed of pink and red sandstone. This palace was made with a high wall for the purpose of hiding the royal family, especially the women, from plain sight while they watched street festivals and events outside the palace. Now, the grand architecture can be seen and visited by anyone and is a grand sight to behold

3. Humayun's Tomb (New Delhi)

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This strikingly unique tomb, located in Delhi, India belongs to the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It's well-known for being the first garden tomb in India. Another of India's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this 1570 built tomb underwent some major restoration which has helped steadily increase tourism throughout the years. Humayun’s tomb is a famous sightseeing spot because of its monumental improvement of Mughal architecture. Several other tombs and monuments can be seen along the pathway leading to Humayun’s tomb.

4. Bandra-Worli Sea Link (Maharashtra)

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The Bandra-Worli Sea Link, also known in India as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, is an iconic cable bridge linking West Mumbai to South Mumbai. This bridge is a magnificent place for sightseeing because of its amazing design and architecture. This sea link is also India’s first cable-stayed bridge built on open seas. The view towards this bridge is a popular photo spot for visitors to the area and a magnificent sight to behold, especially around sunset.

5. Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar)

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This temple complex in Bodh Gaya is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, marking the location where Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment. For this reason, it is one of the most major pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists all over the world. If you are visiting India in the near future, make sure to include this place to your must-see list for a wonderful experience.

6. Mehrangarh Fort (Rajasthan)

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Up next is the Mehrangarh Fort or Mehran Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. One of the largest forts in India, this impressive structure has one of the most amazing and panoramic sceneries with views across the city. Inside the fort is a museum, which has an extensive collection of art and displays in Rajasthan. Most people flock to the Mehrangarh Fort to walk around the courtyards, the National Geological Monument, the Nagnecha Mataji Temple and the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park.

7. Keoladeo National Park (Rajasthan)

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For nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts looking for somewhere to visit in the country, Keoladeo National Park is the perfect spot. Also popularly known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, this bird sanctuary is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India; and home to thousands and thousands of bird species, especially in the cold season. The Keoladeo National Park is also declared as a World Heritage Site. For anyone wanting a glimpse into the diverse nature and species found in India, this national park is unmissable.

8. Agra Fort (Uttar Pradesh)

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Located in the North Indian city of Agra is the historical fort, Agra Fort. Often described as the walled city, Agra Fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and culture. This fort is historically known as being the residence of the Mughal Dynasty emperors up until 1638. In 2004, the Agra Fort was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for its magnificent and unique design. travelers with a passion for astounding monuments must not miss the splendor of the Agra Fort when making the journey to India.

9. River Ganges (Uttarakhand)

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The Ganges also known as Ganga is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through both India and Bangladesh. The Ganges River has a deep meaning and significance in India due to it being a sacred and holy river to the Hindu people. According to Hindu beliefs, taking a dip in the waters of the Ganges cleanses sins and helps in attaining salvation. As such, thousands of pilgrims and tourists are attracted to this river. Besides the religious tradition, the backdrop of this river is exceptionally picturesque and well worth a visit for any travelers to India.

10. Harmandir Sahib (Punjab)

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The Harmandir Sahib, commonly known as Sri Darbar Sahib, is another place not to be missed. The Harmandir Sahib is also informally known as the Golden Temple due to most of the building being gilded with over 750 kilograms of gold. The unique design and architecture of this temple brings crowds of tourists to snap the iconic view of the golden temple next to the water. This temple is very rich in culture and history bearing great religious significance to Sikh worshipers.

Conclusion

Apart from its rich history and vibrant culture, India is also teeming with wonderful sights perfect for any travelers. A visit to this uniquely stunning country will make a memorable experience you'll never want to forget.

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