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The Best Places to Visit in India


Affectionately known as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in North India and widely famous for its surreal landscapes, lofty mountains and dreamlike lakes. Surrounded by mountains on three sides Nainital is located around the beautiful lake Naini. Where can you go wrong with a beautiful mountain lake flanked by impossibly gorgeous villages? Yes! Lake Naini really is the jewel in Nainital‘s sparkling crown.
There are scenic views from the lakeside promenade of calm waters backed by the rolling hills, as well as, excellent arrangements for boating on the lake. It’s also a paradise for budget-friendly travelers as it’s an easy, walkable city. Despite its popularity, it still won’t break your budget. The accommodation here is the most affordable, and you can get the best of stays with the price you pay for a small room in the bigger cities.
When it comes to mountains, you can’t go wrong with Ooty, which is known for some of the most breathtaking hills in India. Ooty has exquisite vistas and gorgeous snow peaks. With its pretty lakes, crumbly cliffs and beautiful sunsets, you will be captivated by its beauty and charisma. A few places that you should see and do during your visit is exploring the Pykara Lake, Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Coffee House, St Stephen’s church, Tea museum among others.
Offering an abundance of activities including nature walks, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, boat rides, sailing, rowing and cycling in the 60 different nature reserves, it’s all here for the taking. The accommodation in Ooty is pretty reasonable if we compare it to the other cities. Return flights are just under Rs. 3000 from most Indian hubs. Ooty is an especially good value when it’s paired with other India metropolises like Kodaikanal and Mysore.
Goa needs no introduction. It is the party getaway that is perfect for relaxing and having a great time. Moreover, Goa is one of the best budget-friendly destinations in the whole of India without a lot of money. It has some of the best nightclubs in the world and is also a favourite destination among youth and couples. If you fancy the perfect beach break, well, this is it. With a great music and clubbing scene, the bars and clubs of Goa have become legendary. When not partying, one can enjoy the stunning beaches, explore pristine landscape or visit the historic towns. Follow your wild party nights with therapeutic and relaxing days spent on the jaw-dropping beaches.
A beautiful city in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry has both medieval and Jewish influences. Home to many interesting museums, antique wooden buildings, marvellous architecture, medieval old town and buzzing concert halls, this union territory is considered a cultural and holiday center. Expect to see some charming architecture in this old town. This heart of India is the home of many spectacular places for all types of vacationers, even if you want to travel on a low budget.
Add to this the heavenly local cuisine and very cheap prices, and you have another destination to add to your Indian backpacking adventure. There are accommodation options from beachfront hotels to spots for camping. For budget constraint, stay at Aurobindo Ashram and enjoy almost free stay and vegetarian food. The city has something for everyone, whether you are an art lover, an architecture enthusiast or a tourist looking for an escape. Not only a place to pick up bargains, Pondicherry’s markets are full of affordable shops and cafés.
Auli is to India what Swiss Alps is to Europe. Summer or winter, Auli has something unique to offer everyone. Located in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand about 2500 to 3050 meters above sea level, charming Auli is one of the top 10 skiing destinations in the world with abundant snow throughout the year, lush green forests, fascinating slops and scenic landscapes. Not to miss: The cable car ride will give you enchanting views of the snowy mountains.
Backed by the Himalayas as its backdrop, Auli is every skier’s paradise which is open to the travel enthusiasts throughout the year. Apart from skiing, trekking, camping and related activities, you can also enjoy several attractions and the likes in the summers. This makes Auli a year-round holiday destination. Auli can be reached easily by various modes of transport as it is well connected to all major cities of India via air, rail and road. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and Rishikesh railway station are the nearest airport and railhead, serving Auli respectively. For budget travelers, opt for accommodation in Joshinath.
Situated in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1706 meters (5,597 feet) above sea level, Lansdowne is one of the quietest and picturesque hill stations of India. Surrounded with oak and verdant pine forests, Lansdowne has an old-world charm that lures travelers from all over. The drive to Lansdowne is especially striking, as the ride cuts through thickly forested countryside roads, vineyards, tiny hamlets, lush farmlands and beautiful country scenery. Moreover, this hill station is bounded by the surging Himalayan mountain ranges, which make it completely serene for travelers who have a taste for Eco-tourism. It was originally a popular hill station with the Britishers. Fascinated by its pleasant climate and natural beauty, they established it as the regimental center of the Garhwal Rifles.