The government of India has recently announced, ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ campaign, which aims to reward travelers visiting 15 domestic tourist spots in a year. Getting rewarded for travelling, and promoting tourism in India at the same time, sounds brilliant doesn’t it? We love this initiative started by the tourism ministry, all you need to do is visit 15 destinations in the country and submit photos on their website, says Union Minister, Prahlad Singh Patel.
You can choose your 15 destinations, although you should know, it cannot include the state you reside in. We’ve made a list of our favorite 15 destinations, an amalgamation of rich culture and great experience.
Agra comes as no surprise given how beautiful the sight of The Taj Mahal is. It is truly unique as one of the 7 wonders of the world. If you’re interested in periodic history this one will be your favorite just like us. Agra also has food stalls run by Master Chef contestants and the street food is out of the world!
Rishikesh, Uttrakhand is the sacred land where the divine river Ganga flows. Rishikesh is also known as the Yoga capital of the world, yogis from all over the world come here to learn the art of balance. The vibe of this city is so pleasant; one can unwind and feel the bliss. There’s also a unique hippie side of Rishikesh which is undiscovered, humble beings from all over the world come here to attain peace. Rishikesh is also well known for it’s thrilling white water river rafting. They have a team of more experienced and highly qualified guides like those from American Whitewater Expedition rafting guides school. Make sure you try this out!
Auli is in the Chamoli district in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttrakhand. Being a hill station, it is perfect for the ones who would like to getaway from the city hustle and experience snow capped mountains.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
If one must witness snowfall then no better place to do so than in Manali. Manali has been a popular tourist spot for many years now and it is best to visit this hill station in winter season (December – February) to witness mystical snowfall.
Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
The konark sun temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Sun God. The exquisite stone carving brings one in awe. It has been a world heritage site since 1984.
Gangtok is the largest city situated in Sikkim. It is the perfect place to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul amidst the Himalayan Mountains.
Meghalaya previously known as ‘the Scotland of India’ is a Hill Station located in the North East of India. This place will leave you spellbound with its picturesque views and the rich culture.
Jaisalmer, otherwise known as The Golden city, is a popular destination travelled by foreign residents to experience the Desert culture. Jaisalmer lies at the heart of the Thar Desert. One can experience the life of Maharajas and learn a lot about ancient history here. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is during their Desert festival.
Kumbhalgarh is situated near Udaipur; it is a World Heritage site. Kumbhalgarh fort is the 2nd largest Wall after the Great Wall of China, and it stretches for about 80 kms.
Unwind from your daily life, and experience one of its kind vineyard in Nashik. You can relax and sip through a wine tasting experience and take a tour in the famous Sula vineyard.
Hampi, located in Karnataka is a pilgrimage site and well known for its ancient palace remain, but did you know Hampi had a hippie side too? A quaint side yet to be discovered. With lesser tourists, it makes as the perfect weekend getaway.
Varkala is just not another destination. It is situated in Kerala and famous for its beach by the Cliff. If you are a beach person and wish to be in a beach with lesser crowd and great sunsets, Varkala is your place to be.
Vattakanal is an unexplored paradise found uphill of Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu. You will be surrounded by lush green area that will connect you to mother nature. Clouds and frequent drizzles shroud it so you never have to worry about the hot weather here.
Gokarna is located in Karnataka and is famous among the youth for it feels like the Goa of South. It is often referred as the ‘mini Goa’. So if you ever land in Gokarna you know you’ve landed at the right place!
Puducherry is a land to be explored, from rich Tamil culture to French Colonies, the relaxed cafes and meditation at Shri Aurobindo Ashram, this city has everything you wish for in a holiday.
Here’s a list of our favorite places to be discovered in India. If you have an offbeat location you did not find on this list share it with us down below in the comments.
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