45 Famous Places to Visit in India

Famous places with exceptional beauty!

Tushar Sahu

5 months ago|12 min read

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India, the name itself is an emotion for billions of people. Even if you’re not an Indian, then also you may know how amazing and surprising this country is. Being the most diversifying country throughout the world, 

India is a country enriched by its temples, mosques, monuments, and various other famous places. Also, India is the country where most festivals are celebrated throughout the year, because of the largest diversity throughout the world.

Apart from the largest diversity in the world, Indian Famous Places are also the mightiest thing which catches the attention of people. Indian Famous Places consists of various historical places throughout every religion, historical monuments, and some of the mysterious places which you should visit at least once. 

This article is going to be the list of some of the Best and Astounding Indian Famous Places, will surely make you relaxed from your stress and will also help in getting inner peace. The best reason to visit and explore these Indian Famous Places is the most convenient and affordable budget. Even on a fixed budget, you can explore numerous Indian Famous Places.

Without letting you wait for a second, let's get started with the lists of some of the Indian Famous Places having a unique specialty in them. 

1) Taj Mahal (Agra, Uttar Pradesh)

Taj Mahal (Agra, Uttar Pradesh)

Being one of the Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal comes under those Indian Famous Places, which almost every individual in the world may be aware of.

In the memory of Mumtaz Ali, the beloved wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 to be built as a symbol of Immortal love. Along with Mumtaz, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan itself.

2) Statue of Unity (Kavedia, Gujarat)

The Statue of Unity is the mightiest statue all in the world. It is the statue of Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950), who was the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India, after Independence.

It is the tallest statue in the world, having a height of 597ft. (182 meters). 

3) Red Fort (Old Delhi)

Once Red Fort was the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. It was commissioned in 1638, by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he decided to shift his capital to Agra.

It is the largest monument in the whole of Delhi, and also one of the most popular tourist destinations.

4) Qutub Minar (New Delhi)

With a height of 72.5 m, Qutub Minar is the tallest Minaret in the World. It contains a Spiral Staircase of 379 steps, which is just unique, and everyone should have a look at it. It falls under one of the most visited Indian Famous Places Tourist spots in Delhi.

5) Hawa Mahal (Jaipur, Rajasthan)

Hawa Mahal (Jaipur, Rajasthan)

Hawa Mahal literally means the ‘Palace Floating in the Air’, whose structure was built by Maharaja Swami Pratap Singh in 1799. It is a pyramidal 5-story monument having a height of 50ft. (12 meters).

It is made with the intention that Royal Ladies can easily enjoy the view of festivals celebrated in the streets, without being noticed by any other person.

6) Ajanta and Ellora Caves (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)

Ajanta Caves, which is universally known as the masterpieces of Buddhist Religious Art, includes paintings and rock-cut sculptures in a unique manner. These arts show emotions and gestures for the people.

Ellora Caves consists of one of the largest rock-cut Hindu Temple cave complexes throughout the world. Ellora Caves features Hinduism and some Buddhist and Jain Artworks from the period of 600-1000 CE.

7) Sanchi Stupa (Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh)

One of the oldest Stone Structures from Indian Famous Places, Sanchi Stupa is located at the hilltop at the Sanchi. Sanchi Stupa was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka.

Very few people know the fact that Sanchi Stupa is depicted on the reverse side of 200 notes of Indian Currency. This is to prioritize the Indian Cultural Heritage.

8) Maha Bodhi Temple (Bodh Gaya, Bihar)

For 2000 years, the Maha bodhi Temple has been the privileged destination for Hindus and Buddhists. It is located in the place where Lord Buddha gained his enlightenment. Many of the people have doubts about the survival of this temple, as it’s made of materials that are far less durable than stone.

9) Victoria Memorial (Kolkata, West Bengal)

Dedicated to the memory of Empress Victoria, this huge marble building was built between 1906 to 1921. It consists of 5 major galleries, which are The National Leader Gallery, The Portrait Gallery, Central Hall, The Sculpture Gallery, and The Arms and Armoury Gallery.

10) Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar, Punjab)

Jallianwala Bagh is one of the best patriotic places from Indian Famous Places. It is preserved in the memory of those innocent individuals, who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre that happened on the day of the Baisakhi festival, on 13th April 1919. It also houses the museum and gallery in the memory of the brave peoples.

11) Golden Temple (Amritsar, Punjab)

Golden Temple (Amritsar, Punjab)

It is just an Astounding temple made from Gold. Being one of the best Indian Famous Places, its complex includes a collection of buildings and a large pool. People from every religion, throughout the world, visit the Golden Temple to worship.

In addition, there is a Sikh Community, who serves simple vegetarian food to all the visitors on the daily basis, without any kind of discrimination.

12) Hampi (Vijayanagara, Karnataka)

Hampi, which is also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, which was also mentioned in the Ramayana, in the 14th Century. 

It’s an important religious place that houses Virushka Temple, an active Adi Shankara-linked monastery, and various other monuments.

13) India Gate (Rajpath, New Delhi)

The 138 ft. (42 meters) high Gateway, India Gate is dedicated in the memory of around 70,000 soldiers of the British Army. The soldiers lost their lives in the 1st World War, which took place between 1914 to 1921.

14) Amer Fort (Jaipur, Rajasthan)

This place from Indian Famous Places is the principal tourist attraction, which was once the residence of Rajput and Maharajas and their family. Here you’ll get some of the exceptional Artistic Style Elements.

15) Gateway of India (Mumbai, Maharashtra) 

Gateway of India is the monument from where the Britishers left India, in the year 1948, after the Independence. It is one of the prime tourist attractions from the Indian Famous Places in the whole of Mumbai. 

16) Chola Temples (Tamil Nadu)

There are 3 Chola Temples that come under Indian Famous Places, which depicts the creativity and the architectural conception of ancient times. The three Chola Temples includes:

  • The Brihadisvara Temple Complex (Thanjavur)
  • The Brihadisvara Temple Complex (Gangaikondacholapupram)
  • The Airavatesvara Temple Complex (Darasuram)

17)  Mahabalipuram (Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu)

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) is an excellent architecture of the temples and various other monuments. Along with the 40 monuments, it includes one of the mightiest open-air rock reliefs in the world. 

18) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Mumbai. Maharashtra)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the headquarters of the Indian Central Railway, and also one of the busiest Railway Stations in India, built during the time of the British Government. Formerly, it was named Victoria Terminus (1887). Later, in 1996, it’s renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

19) Gol Gumbaz (Bijapur, Karnataka)

The meaning behind the name “Gol Gumbaz” is “Circular Dome”, which was named considering its shape, having the style of Indo-Islamic Architecture. It houses the tomb of Muhammad Adil Shah, king of the Adil Shah Dynasty.

20) Elephanta Caves (Mumbai, Maharashtra)

This historical place from Indian Famous Places is dedicated to the Almighty of Hindu Gods, Lord Shiva. It consists of the mixed culture of Hinduism and Buddhism and their ideas and iconography. Here, the temples are designed in the Mandala Pattern.

21) Jantar Mantar (New Delhi)

Jantar Mantar, which literally means, “Instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens”, consists of the 13 Architectural Astronomy Instruments. Its primary purpose was to predict the actual times and the movements of the Sun and Moon, which is known as Astronomy nowadays.

22) Golkonda Fort (Hyderabad, Telangana)

Within the area of 10 km (6.2 miles), the Golkonda Fort is spread. With eight Gateways and four Drawbridges, it also houses numerous royal apartments, mosques, temples, etc. 

23) Bara Imambara (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)

Bara Imambara (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)

One of the most mysterious Indian Famous Places, Bara Imambara consists of the huge Asfi Mosque, the Bhool Bhulaiya, and a step-well with flowing water. It’s said that there are a total of 1024 ways to reach the terrace, but when it comes to coming back, then there are only the first and the last gate.

24) Halebidu (Hassan, Karnataka)

Formerly, this place was known as the Dwarasamudra, the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th Century. As it was too damaged and deserted, it was named Halebidu.

25) Chittor Fort (Chittorgarh, Rajasthan)

Chittor Fort is the largest fort throughout the country, spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres), having a height of 180 m (590.6 ft.) above the plains of the valley. It includes several historical places, gates, water tanks, and temples as well.

26) Nalanda University (Rajgir, Bihar)

Nalanda University was once the World’s best University between the period of the 5th to 13th centuries, and people from all over the world went here to pursue their Graduation. Now, it's started again, followed by the first academic session on the 1st of September, 2014.

27) Sun Temple Konark (Puri, Odisha)

This temple from Indian Famous Places is dedicated to the Lord Surya. Sun Temple is built in a form of a chariot with Lord Surya having 24 wheels and 7 horses, which are totally decorated and designed with stone cravings.

28) Churches and Convents of Goa (Velha Goa, Goa)

There were originally 60 Churches built by the Portuguese Colonial Rulers of Goa, between the period of 16th to 18th Century. In the present day, only a few Churches fall under the surviving monuments.

29) Khajuraho (Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh)

Khajuraho Group of Monuments are dedicated to both Hinduism and Jainism, following the tradition of accepting both the religion among Hindus and Jains. In the 12th Century, the Khajuraho Temple site had around 85 temples, but now only 25 of them are surviving.

30) Pattadakal (Balakot, Karnataka)

One of the holy places from Indian Famous Places, this place consists of an exceptional series of 9 Hindu Temples. Also, the whole Patadakal is considered as a Holy city for the individuals, because 8 of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

31) Humayun’s Tomb (Delhi)

Humayun’s Tomb was built in the memory of Mughal Emperor Humayun, by her wife Haja Begum, in just a year (between 1569-1570). It’s a center of attraction for many of the tourists, having luxurious gardens with water channels along with the monument.

32) Mysore Palace (Mysore, Karnataka)

One of the most attractive places from Indian Famous Places, Mysore Palace is now catching the attention of the tourists. It has more than 6 million annual tourist visitors, which is the 2nd highest in India, the first is the Taj Mahal.

33) Palolem (Canacona, Goa)

The Palolem beach is one of the most famous places from Indian Famous Places when it comes to vacation. Most of the Foreigner tourists love to visit this beach during the winter season. 

Considered to be one of the best beaches of Goa, it is also famous for yoga classes, dolphin-spotting trips, silent discos, and Ayurvedic massages.

34) Ranakpur Jain Temple (Pali, Rajasthan)

Dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha, Ranakpur Jain Temple is one of the mightiest and the most important temples for the Jain Culture. Its campus also includes various other temples, in which some main temples are Chaumukha Temple, Surya Temple, Suparshvanath Temple, and Amba Temple. 

35) Darjeeling (West Bengal)

Darjeeling is the place where the Tea growers developed the hybrids of black tea and also created some of the new fermentation techniques. This place is also famous for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which connects the town with the Plains. 

36) Meenakshi Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu) 

Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, a form of Parvati and her spouse Sundareshwar, a form of Lord Shiva. This temple is located at the southern bank of the Vaigai River.

37) Lake Palace (Udaipur, Rajasthan)

Lake Palace, which was formerly a summer palace for the Royal Dynasty of Mewar, now gets transformed into a Hotel. It was earlier named Jag Niwas. It is built in such a way that allows the inhabitants to pray to Lord Surya, at the crack of dawn.

38) Mehrangarh (Jodhpur, Rajasthan)

Having a height of 410 ft. (125 meters), above the city, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India, from Indian Famous Places. It was built by Rao Jodha, in the year 1459. Also, the museum here is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan.

39) Virupaksha Temple (Ballari, Karnataka)

Virupaksha Temple is the major center of pilgrimage at the Hampi. It is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, a sort of Shiva. In addition, it had also been considered the most sacred sanctuary over centuries. 

40) Gwalior Fort (Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh)

Gwalior Fort, built by a local King Suraj Sen, is a Hillfort, exists since the 10th Century. It had been controlled by a number of different rulers of India. Also, there are many monuments and inscriptions there, which indicates that it may have existed at the beginning of the 6th Century.

41) Rani ki vav (Patan, Gujarat)

Rani ki vav, which means ‘The Queen’s Stepwell’ is popular for the casting and its size. Its length is 210 ft. (64 meters), width 66 ft. (20 meters), and depth of 89 ft. (27 meters). Also, over 500 sculptures of god are present here.

42) Historic City of Ahmedabad (Ahmedabad, Gujarat)

This city of Indian Famous Places consists of numerous mosques, tombs and also, some of the important Hindu and Jain Temples of the later period. Being a walled city of Ahmedabad, it had been founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah on the Bank of the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, within the 15th Century.

43) Kumbhalgarh (Rajsamand, Rajasthan)

On account of strategic importance during the 6th Century, this fort was built by the King Samprati of the Maura Age. After Chittor Fort, this fort is the largest fort in the country, and also one of the largest fort complexes in the world.

44) Charminar (Hyderabad, Telangana)

Charminar (Hyderabad, Telangana)

One of the most famous places from Indian Famous Places, whose landmark has now become a symbol of Hyderabad, also it’s among the most recognized structures in India. Constructed in 1591, it's a monument and mosque. The name Charminar refers to four minarets.

It is also famous for its local markets and the surrounding structures, which are frequent tourist attractions in Hyderabad.

45) Kangra Fort (Kangra, Himachal Pradesh)

Kangra Fort traces the mythological origins of the ancient Tigarta Kingdom, which is also mentioned in the Epic Mahabharata. It was built by a Royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch Dynasty).

The above is the list of some Indian Famous Places, to visit with your family and also with your friends as well. 

There are thousands of Indian Famous Places situated, but these are some of the best from Indian Famous Places, which you should visit to boost your energy and to keep your mind relaxed in this high workload culture. 

These Indian Famous Places will not just make you feel relaxed, it’ll also make you aware of the history behind those Indian Famous Places. Each of the Indian Famous Places mentioned in this article houses a deep history inside it. 

Even if you pick any place from the mentioned Indian Famous Places randomly, then you’ll surely find some of the unbelievable facts regarding that particular place and also you’ll get to understand the actual reason behind its construction. 

Also, the Designs and the Architectures of each of the Indian Famous Places has a unique way of art and it also depicts a deep meaning of it.  

So, as the conclusion of the article on Indian Famous Places, I hope that you may have liked this article. It’ll be really worth it to visit these places for self-exploration as well.

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