Tourist places in uttarPradesh

Agra Tourism

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

Located on the banks of river Yamuna, History fanatics, as well as architecture buffs, can have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display. Apart from its monuments, the city also has some exciting stuff for foodies – including the famous Agra ka Petha and amazing chaat and Lassi.

However, be a little cautious about conmen in the guise of unofficial tour guides and fake handicrafts

Varanasi Tourism

World’s oldest living city, Varanasi enchants and surprises its visitors in the same breath. Also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benaras, this spiritual capital of India is one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. The old city of Varanasi sits along the western banks of the Ganges, spread across a labyrinth of alleys called galis which are too narrow for the traffic to pass through – be prepared to walk on foot and encounter some holy cows! There are temples at almost every turn in Varanasi, but the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most visited and the oldest of the lot (Benaras is known as the city of Lord Shiva for a reason, and rightfully so).

Varanasi is considered an auspicious place to die, as it is believed to grant moksha or liberation from the cycle of life and death. Spiritually enlightening and spectacularly photogenic, the heart of the city pulsates around the ghats, about 80 of which border the Ganges – be prepared for the sights, sounds, and smells! All chaos and noise on the ghats take a pause when the Ganga Aarti takes place after dusk, a ceremony of immense grandeur. This divine city is also an important destination for Buddhists. Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon in Banaras, a part which is now in Sarnath

. Typical of any Indian city, the food here is a delicious repertoire of dishes – don’t miss out on the hot chaat and cool lassi.

Soulful, Sacred, Spectacular – Kashi is one of the most blindingly colorful and frustratingly chaotic cities you will ever come across. However, if you are ready for it, the journey through Banaras will blaze in your memory, long after you’ve left its shore! Varanasi is India in all her glory, as it has been for thousands of years, and as it will be for a thousand more.

Vrindavan Tourism

One of the oldest cities on the banks of Yamuna, Vrindavan is considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the devotees of Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna had spent his childhood in Vrindavan. The name of the city has been derived from Vrinda (meaning basil) and van (meaning grove) which perhaps refer to the two small groves at Nidhivan and Seva Kunj. Since Vrindavan is considered to be a sacred place, a large number of people come here to abandon their worldly life.

The city of Vrindavan hosts hundreds of Lord Krishna and Radha temples scattered throughout, the most famous ones being Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple. The vibrant surroundings perfectly depict the playful and benevolent nature of Lord Krishna. Located along the waters of River Yamuna, the numerous temples set amidst the thick woods and lush greenery of Vrindavan are the major attractions here. Also known as Vrindavan, this city derives its name from the groves of Brinda and Vana meaning forest.

Lucknow Tourism

The capital and the largest city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, situated on the banks of river Gomti, welcomes you with a heartwarming note of. A city of kebabs and nawabs, of architecture and history, of literature and culture – that is Lucknow in a nutshell for you. The people of Lucknow are known for their courtly manners and endearing ‘Pehle AAP’ (you first) culture, which always leaves behind a smile on the faces of its visitors. From a slice of rich colonial history to modernized museums, this artistic hub of the Awadh region beautifully brings together the opulence of a glittering past and the simplicity of a modern city.

Rumi Darwaza, the Mughal Gateway built in the center of the capital divides Lucknow into ‘Old Lucknow’ which is ancient, more crowded and comprises most of the Muslim population, and the ‘New Lucknow’ which is urban and one of the most planned cities of Asia. Old Lucknow is home to the iconic Mughal monument known as the Bara Imambara – an architectural marvel in and of itself and an exemplary embodiment of Awadhi architecture and culture. At the grand monument is located the famous Bhool Bhulaiya which is an intricately designed labyrinth with around 500 almost-identical doors and around a thousand passageways connected by multiple flights of stairs. Close by, Husainabad Clock Tower exhibits traces of Victorian architecture, while Moti Mahal serves as an excellent vantage point for bird watching.

Most of Old Lucknow is well-known for its bustling vibrant streets, authentic, mouth-watering kebab and biriyani outlets, lakhnavi chikan market, and the wholesale jewelry stores.

New Lucknow, on the other hand, hosts people of varied cultures and is structurally planned with wide roads, shopping malls, and parks built to serve diverse entertainment purposes. The most famous among these parks are the Ambedkar Park and the Gomti Riverfront Park, both ideal places for visiting and strolling around with friends and family in the evening. 

Hazratganj, a major shopping area located in the heart of Lucknow, is famous for its ‘chaat’ and ‘kulfi’ eateries, posh Mughlai restaurants, and various shopping complexes. All the buildings in Hazratganj have a distinct Victorian architecture, and you can shop for literally anything – starting from inexpensive accessories and trinkets to high-end clothes, shoes, and jewelry.

Allahabad Tourism

Allahabad,  now officially known as Prayagraj, is a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Reminiscent of all that is spiritual and sacred in Hinduism, Allahabad is famous for Triveni Sangam or the meeting point of three rivers – the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati. Built on the site of the ancient town of Prayag, Allahabad has, since time immemorial, held the largest Hindu gathering on the banks of the Sangam – the Maha Kumbh Mela. While the Sangam city is often passed over for more travel-friendly cities, there is a lot to Allahabad besides just its religion.

Prayag or Prayagraj had been the ancient name of the city of Allahabad. Pra means “first” and Yag means “devotion”. Prayag also signifies the coming together of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. After the Mughal invasion, Emperor Akbar, impressed by the location named the city Ilahabas which meant “Abode of God”. Emperor Shah Jahan, his grandson, renamed the city to Allahabad.

One of the top places to visit in Allahabad, if you’re spiritually inclined (and even if you’re not because this place deserves a visit), Triveni Sangam is a place bustling with tourists and locals all year round. The Maha Kumbh Mela is a religious occasion that is held here every twelve years and is attended by millions of pilgrims from all across the globe. The Allahabad Fort is another monument of historical significance and is a heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Built during the reign of Akbar, this fort is also a fine example of the curation and craftsmanship of the Mughal era.

Other popular places to visit in Allahabad include the Anand Bhavan, All Saints Cathedral, Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, and Allahabad Museum. 

Allahabad finds its mention in Hindu Scripture Mahabharata as Kaushambi, the place in which Kuru rulers of Hastinapur made their capital. It was also a provincial capital of Mughals under the rule of Jahangir. The places ooze heritage, history, and stories galore, and once you visit, you will definitely have seen Allahabad differently for having traveled to and through it.

Mathura Tourism

India is a country of immense diversity in all fields of life, starting from religious to cultural to historical. Religion has been deeply ingrained into the Indian lifestyle for as far as one can remember, which is why India abounds in cities and towns all across the country which are devoted to fulfilling the spiritual desires of people who come to visit these places from far and wide. Mathura is one such place which is considered one of the most sacred lands of India and is filled to the brim at any point of the year with people looking to pursue spiritual enlightenment. Located around 150 kilometers from Delhi, Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and has many sites of both historical and religious significance.

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi is the most famous tourist attraction in Mathura, as this place is believed to be the exact place where Lord Krishna was born, and the prison where he was born is now on display for tourists to see. Apart from the prison, the Shri Krishna Janmabhumi also has a majestic temple with idols of Krishna and Radha, making this place one of the top places to visit in Mathura.

Mathura has many temples, both big and small, dotting the entire city, with many of these temples being dedicated to Lord Krishna. The two most important temples in town are the Dwarkadheesh Temple and the Gita Mandir. The Dwarkadheesh Temple is an ancient temple that has been standing from the 1800s and boasts of some of the most stunning architecture in and around this region. If you happen to visit Mathura during the festivals of Janmashtami or Holi, the Dwarkadheesh Temple is the place to be in, as these festivals are celebrated on a grand scale in the premises of the temple. The Gita Mandir is a unique temple in India, and it gets its name from the fact that the walls of the temple are filled with inscriptions from the entire Bhagavad Gita.

Sarnath Tourism

A quiet and spiritual town set amidst the otherwise densely populated state of Uttar Pradesh, Sarnath is a city of historical marvel with numerous Buddhist stupas, museums, excavated ancient sites and beautiful temples that prove to be a source of immense wonder and astonishment to tourists due to their mystical and serene setting. Being just 10 km from Varanasi, Sarnath is often flocked with devotees is the perfect pilgrimage site for Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus, alike.  

A pilgrimage place for Buddhists, Sarnath features a number of temples and completely serene surroundings with its various historically significant, architectural marvels. Being the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, Sarnath has since been a popular tourist attraction and is well known for its cultural significance as well as the mystical setting. To name a few attractions contributing to the spiritual significance of Sarnath, we have, Ashoka’s Pillar, Dharma Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka and many more.

Vindhyachal Tourism

Vindhyachal is a famous Hindu pilgrimage spot closer to Mirzapur and Varanasi and has several temples in the vicinity with their own interesting stories. This town is situated on the banks of holy river Ganga and people come here to take a dip into it to pray to Goddess Ganga.

The town also sees countless devotees that come here to perform the Arizona parikrama which covers three most important temples Vindhyavasini, Ashtabhuja, and Kali khoh temples. There is a huge crowd of pilgrims here, all year round and especially during the Navratra when the whole town is decorated with diyas and flowers and hymn of holy chants

Chitrakoot Tourism

Chitrakoot is a small town situated in the north Vindhyan range. Legends have it that Chitrakoot was the place where Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana stayed for eleven and half of their fourteen years of exile.

Chitrakoot is located over the districts of Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh and Satna in Madhya Pradesh. Chitrakoot holds great importance according to Hindu mythology and the epic Ramayana. According to Ramayana, Chitrakoot was the place where Bharata, brother of Ram came to visit Ram and ask him to come back to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. It is also believed that the principal gods of Hindus, (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) took incarnations here. This divine city is also known as the ‘Hill of many wonders’ and it totally justifies the name. Chitrakoot mountain range has numerous places of great religious importance like Bharat Milap Temple, Hanuman Dhara, Janki Kund and much more. It is indeed the gift of nature and the gods. This is the place where Goswami Tulsidas, author of ‘The Ramcharitmanas’, spent many years of his life. There are many lively fairs that are organized on different occasions and festivals. Not many know that Chitrakoot is also home to the only university in the world specially made for the differently-abled, Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University. To sum up, Chitrakoot is a rare destination, which will never cease to surprise you. Overall, Chitrakoot is a perfect blend of divinity, serenity, and exquisite beauty.

Ayodhya Tourism

Ayodhya, located on the banks of river Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 7 sacred cities for Hindus. Ayodhya plays a critical role in the Hindu epic of Ramayana as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama. Ayodhya has been surrounded by controversy for about a decade now but yet, has so much color and spirituality to see for its tourists taking the form of various attractions here including Ram Janmabhoomi and various other temples.

Given its association with Hinduism, it is predominantly a religious tourist destination with all its temples and historical significance. Most recently, Ayodhya has been in news for the Babri Mosque dispute. The mosque, which was allegedly built on Ram Janmabhoomi temple, became the bone of contention between Hindus and Muslims. In 2005, Ayodhya witnessed a terrorist attack at the site of Ramlila Temple.

Dudhwa National Park Tourism

Nestled in the Lakhimpur-Kheri District of Uttar Pradesh on Indo-Nepal border, Dudhwa National Park is all about wildlife, nature, and diversity and is a perfect getaway for nature buffs and wildlife lovers.

The place inhabits a plethora of rare and endangered species including Tiger, Hispid hare, Swamp deer, Bengal Florican and Leopard, etc. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is one of the finest tiger reserves where one can also witness the spellbinding herds of Barasingha in the grassy wetlands. The place is not only home to animals but also varied species of birds nearing 400 that will leave you enchanted. From bulbuls, kingfishers, and woodpeckers to owls, barbets, orioles, and bee-eaters, the place is home to several exotic and migratory birds. With stupefying diversity, this incredible natural abode for birds and animals will be nothing short of bewitching experience.
The national park does have their own arrangements for safari, however, you can hire jeeps or minibusses from outside to explore the wilderness and diversity of the area. Elephant ride is another option where elephant mahouts also act as your tour guide.

National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism

Just a 1-hour drive down from Agra, this is a perfect destination for the wildlife enthusiasts. It is a habitat of some of the most endangered species, but the main attraction here is, Gharial, Red-crowned turtles, Gangetic Dolphins, Indian skimmers, among others.

The beautiful sanctuary is surrounded by the Chambal river, known to be one of the cleanest rivers of India. It provides you a combination of a unique and unpolluted habitat, abundant wildlife and amazing landscapes, medieval temples and magnificent ancient ruins, animal fairs and naga sadhus, far far away from the chaos of the city. Tourists usually rent a motorized boat and go up and down the river as it flows through the ravines which make for a serene experience. The boatmen are excellent at maneuvering as close to the birds and animals as possible without disturbing them to give you the opportunity to sight beautiful animals.
Trained wildlife experts can also accompany visitors and provide expert information on wildlife. Walks around the river and ravines are also organized which makes for an exciting yet serene experience, especially during mornings and evenings. 
It is not only a wildlife lovers’ and a birdwatcher’s paradise but also the perfect place to go to to take a leisure break.

Along with the normal jeep safari, this national park offers you with river safari, bicycle ride, camel safari, horse safari.

Jhansi Tourism

The city of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh is a definite addition to every history buff or traveler who sets foot in this state. The city is at the very south in the Bundelkhand region and is built on the banks of the Betwa and Pahunch rivers. It gets its name from the Jhansi Fort built by Raja Bir Singh Deo who named it so as the rulers could only see a shadow atop a distant hill when gazing at the fort. Jhansi was also the seat of the Chandela Dynasties power and became increasingly popular as the place where Rani Laxmi Bai, who is also referred to as “Jhansi Ki Rani”, lived and reigned. 

These facts and the variety of monuments and essential landmarks down to the streets of the city show that Jhansi has a string of historical evidence which is dug deep into its roots and is one of the main reasons individuals are drawn to this city. Gwalior is the nearest biggest city to Jhansi, which lies in Madhya Pradesh and at a distance of 99 Km. The National Highway Development Project has given way to the Development of Jhansi, resulting in a real estate boom in the modern-day. Currently, it is the 3rd cleanest city in Uttar Pradesh.

Hastinapur Tourism

Hastinapur is an ancient town that was the center of the glorious tales of the epic Mahabharata. Situated on the banks of Ganga near Meerut in UP, Hastinapur is also the birthplace of three Jain Teerthankara, and it has become an important center of pilgrimage for the Jains.

It was the capital of Kauravas and was ruled by the Pandavas after winning the Mahabharata. From that era to this, the city has come along a long way but it is still known as the town of Mahabharata. It is fascinating in its own way and as it has lived through ages, it has also kept the spirit of mythology alive. Being an important part of the epic, every nook and corner of the city has been a part of it in some way and thus the locals have fascinating stories to share.

Noida Tourism

A part of the National Capital Region, Noida, with the inauguration of Budhh international circuit for the formula one racing, Sunburn arena where international artists perform, and upcoming projects of one of the tallest buildings in North India. Noida is just busy running towards faster growth. Noida is a short name for New Okhla Industrial Development Authority.





Tourist Places in Tamil Nadu

Have you ever been to the south? If yes, you’d know what a gem Tamil Nadu is. If you haven’t, it’s time you think about taking a trip now because the state is home to a lot of beautiful places. In fact, even drop-dead gorgeous would be an underexpression to describe the beauty of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu. These places are brimming with beautiful temples, serene beaches, spectacular forts & waterfalls, and more, which only means that there are multiple excuses for you to pack your bags and head for a tour!

But before you start planning a tour, scroll through this list of 35 top tourist places in Tamil Nadu, which are absolutely worth exploring:

Ooty

At a distance of 89 km from Coimbatore, 128 km from Mysore, 265 km from Bangalore,158 km from Kozhikode, 244 km from Munnar, 254 km from Kodaikanal, 18 km from Coonoor & 556 km from Chennai, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Ooty can also be visited along with Wayanad as part of Ooty – Wayanad tour packages.

At an altitude of 7,440 feet, Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is often referred to as ‘Queen of hill stations’. It is the capital of the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamilnadu. Nilgiris means ‘Blue Mountains’. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, and Rose Garden are among the must include places in your Ooty tour packages.

Madurai

At a distance of 464 km from Chennai, 136 km from Trichy, 169 km from Thanjavur, 170 km from Rameswaram, 114 km from Kodaikanal & 209 km from Coimbatore, Madurai is the third-largest city in Tamilnadu and one of the most famous centers of pilgrimage in India and also the prime site of heritage in Tamil Nadu. The city is very well known for Madurai Meenakshi Temple and among the must include places in your South India tour packages.

Situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai is also referred to as Athens of the East and Temple Town. Madhurai is the oldest continually inhabited city in the Indian peninsula, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre-Christian era. It has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BCE. It is considered as the cultural capital of Tamilnadu.

Kodaikanal

At a distance of 95 km from Dindigul, 117 km from Madurai, 169 km from Coimbatore, 469 km from Bangalore,272 km from Kochi, 162 km from Munnar, 253 km from Ooty & 528 km from Chennai, Kodaikanal, also referred to as Kodai is a beautiful hill station in Dindigul district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the best hill stations not to miss in a South India tour and among the top places to experience the Tamilnadu Tourism.

Often referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, Kodai is one of the popular places to visit in summer as part of a honeymoon trip. It is situated at an altitude of about 7000 feet (2133 m) on the southern tip of the upper Palani hills. It has several scenic natural attractions which are enjoyed by its visitors and make it a popular romantic destination. Coaker’s Walk.

Chennai

Chennai (formerly called Madras), the ‘Cultural Capital of India’, is the fourth largest metropolis in the country with a population of over 8 million. At a distance of 337 km from Bangalore, 629 km from Hyderabad, 453 km from Vijayawada, 170 km from Pondicherry & 772 km from Trivandrum, Chennai is one the largest cities in India and capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the famous Tourist places in Tamilnadu.

The present town was founded in 1639, by Sir Francis Day, who arrived with East India Company. The British East India Company established a fort and a trading post at the small fishing village of Chennai. Today, it has emerged as a major industrial and educational center. Chennai with the Bay of Bengal on its side had been a major British trading posts for years.

Rameshwaram

At a distance of 562 km from Chennai, 227 km from Tirunelveli, 311 km Kanyakumari, 387 km from Pondicherry, 230 km from Trichy, 171 km from Madurai, 371 km from Trivandrum and 607 km from Bangalore, Rameshwaram is one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in South India & also a Jyotirlinga, situated in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is also one of the best Tourist places in Tamilnadu and among the popular pilgrimage places to visit in South India.

Rameshwaram Temple is one of the most famous Shiva shrines in India and is one of the top attractions you must include in Rameshwaram tour packages. It is significant for Hindus as a pilgrimage to Banaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage to Rameswaram. According to the legend, Rameswaram is the place from where Lord Rama,

Tiruchirappalli

At a distance of 334 km from Chennai, 133 km from Madurai, 57 km from Thanjavur and 212 km from Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, also called Tiruchi or Trichy is the 4th largest city and administrative headquarters of Tiruchirappalli District in Tamilnadu. Situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, Trichy is one of the famous Tourist places in Tamilnadu.

The history of Tiruchirappalli begins in the 3rd century BC when it was under the rule of the Cholas. It was a stronghold of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. But the Pallavas never really managed to retain control of this strategic city and lost it to the Pandyas several times. Trichy continued to be in the possession of Cholas until the decline of the empire after which it became a Vijayanagara stronghold. Trichy came under the rule of Nayaks of Madurai after the collapse of Vijayanagara, later to the Marathas of Tanjore, the Nawabs of Carnatic,

Kanyakumari

t a distance of 707 km from Chennai, 85 km from Trivandrum, 22 km from Nagercoil, 242 km from Madurai, 375 km from Trichy, 82 km from Tirunelveli and 130 km from Tuticorin, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in Tamil Nadu. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is also called Cape Comorin. Kanyakumari is a famous pilgrimage place to visit as part of the Tamilnadu tour and also one of the best places to visit in Tamilnadu.

Kanyakumari has been a great center for art and religion for centuries. It was also an area of great trade and commerce. It was ruled by Cholas, Pandyas and Nayaks. Later on, Kanyakumari came under the rule of the Venad dynasty and its capital was located at Padmanabhapuram. In spite of the troubles encountered in the southern border of Venad.

Chidambaram

At a distance of 217 km from Chennai, 189 km from Kanchipuram, 43 km Cuddalore, 66 km from Pondicherry, 43 km Mayiladuthurai, 85 km from Nagapattinam, 303 km from Madurai and 173 km from Trichy, Chidambaram is a pilgrimage town in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. Well known for Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is one of the most celebrated shrines in South India and also one of the famous Tamilnadu places to visit.

Chidambaram is also known as Thillai. The name Chidambaram comes from the Tamil word Chitrambalam which means the small hall or stage of wisdom. According to legend, it was once a forest of thillai, a mangrove species of trees. There was once a small shrine on the banks of a tank. The saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali are said to have worshipped at this shrine, now called Thirumoolanathar. It is believed that their penance attained perfection with the revelation of Shiva’s cosmic dance by Lord Nataraja on the auspicious

Mahabalipuram

At a distance of 57 km from Chennai, 65 km from Kanchipuram, 96 km from Pondicherry, 420 km from Madurai and 290 km from Trichy, Mahabalipuram (also called Mamallapuram) is situated in Kanchipuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its shore temples built in the 7th century. Mahabalipuram is one of the must-visit weekend getaways from Chennai for a one day trip. This also a major historical / heritage site in Tamil Nadu and one of the best places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Mahabalipuram is one of the best places to include in your Pondicherry tour packages.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram.

Kanchipuram

At a distance of 75 km from Chennai, 68 km from Vellore, 65 km from Mahabalipuram, 108 km from Tirupati & 127 km from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram or Kanchi is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Tamil Nadu. It is a temple town and the headquarters of Kanchipuram district. Kanchipuram is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Chennai and one of the major places to visit in Tamilnadu.

Kanchipuram has a rich history and it’s one of the oldest cities in India. The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their grandeur and great architecture. The architecture of Kanchi monuments was trendsetting with great sculpture work and unique style and became a benchmark for South Indian architecture.

Hogenakkal

At a distance of 47 km from Dharmapuri, 88 km from Hosur, 85 km from Salem, 146 km from Bangalore, 345 km from Chennai, 180 km from Mysore, 114 km from Yercaud and 217 km from Coimbatore, Hogenakkal Falls is a waterfall in on the Kaveri (or Cauvery) River located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. It is a major waterfall near Bangalore and also one of the best waterfalls in India, sometimes referred to as the ‘Niagara of India’.

Hogenakkal is also one of the best waterfalls and one of the wonderful tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through the state of Karnataka,

Thanjavur

At a distance of 56 km from Trichy, 112 km from Chidambaram, 86 km from Nagapattinam, 170 km from Madurai, 326 km from Chennai, Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore, is a city and district headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is famous for the Brihadeeswarar Temple built by Rajaraja Chola in the year 1010 AD. Also known as the Big Temple, it is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and also one of the popular places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism.

Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, Thanjavur has a rich historical heritage and is a must-visit place in Thanjavur as part of Tamilnadu tour. The city was once the stronghold of the historic Cholas and at one time was also the capital of the Cholas,

Kumbakonam

At a distance of 35 km from Mayiladuthurai, 43 km from Thanjavur, 54 km from Karaikal, 65 km from Nagapattinam, 72 km from Chidambaram, 105 km from Trichy, 129 km from Pondicherry, 235 km from Madurai and 282 km from Chennai, Kumbakonam is one of the ancient temple town located amidst the two rivers Cauvery and Arasalar in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Kumbakonam is one of the top places to visit in Tamilnadu and among the popular places to visit near Chennai.

The name Kumbakonam in English means the Pot’s Corner. In the olden days, it was called Thirukudamookku and it is also popularly called as Kudanthai now. According to history, Kumbakonam dates back to the Sangam period and was ruled by the Early Cholas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Kings, Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks, and the Thanjavur Marathas

Tourist Places in Sikkim

“Wonders do come in small packages!”, and if you want to witness this, you must visit the picturesque state of Sikkim. Tucked away in the lap of the magical Himalayas, though it is the second smallest state in the country, its prismatic beauty, and mesmeric charm will make you wonder!

The gateway to the North-Eastern corridor of India, Sikkim not only boasts of its enchanting beauty but also offers an engrossing list of things to do and places to visit as well. If you are planning to visit this charismatic state, here is a list of 15 best places to visit in Sikkim that makes it for a wonderful as well as a blissful holiday:?

Suggested Read: Things To Do in Sikkim, How To Reach Sikkim & Best Time To Visit Sikkim

1. Gangtok

Believe it or not, but resisting the alluring charm and appeal of Gangtok is almost impossible for anyone! The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is nestled in the Eastern Himalayas and is one of the kaleidoscopic tourist destinations in the state.

Whether you are looking for serene beauty, lush forests, gurgling rivers or mental peace, Gangtok travel packages will cuddle up your Sikkim holidays. For nature lovers, a holiday in this scenic city is enough to fulfill all their wishes. On the other hand, for the adventure lovers, they can enjoy cable car rides, river rafting, go for mountain biking and several other activities in Gangtok.

  • Gangtok Travel Tips

The best time to visit Gangtok is between March to April and October to November.

It is advisable to avoid traveling during the rainy season as it can lead to roadblocks and you might not be able to enjoy sightseeing.

If you are someone who loves to stay in the hustle-bustle of the market, you may choose to stay at MG Marg. However, if you are a peace-seeker, you may choose to stay away from MG Marg.

If you are visiting places like Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir, etc., know that they are set at a higher altitude hence there is a lack of oxygen in the air. Therefore, it is advisable to take adequate precautions before visiting. You may consult a doctor and carry along inhaler, especially if you have breathing problems or other medicines for vomiting, headache and motion sickness.

  • Gangtok Facts

Gangtok does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport in West Bengal. It is 135 km. from the city and it takes around 3 to 5 hours to reach Gangtok from there.

Kanchenjunga Mountain is the third highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet).

MG Marg in Gangtok is India’s first spit and litter-free zone.

Every year in the month of May, Gangtok hosts the International Flower Festival which displays a wide variety of roses, orchids, alpine creepers, and seasonal flowers.

  • Main Highlights

Gangtok is home to beautiful Buddhist monasteries like Rumtek and Enchey.

It is the perfect place to experience serenity and peace.

It has many beautiful sightseeing places like Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake.

2. Yuksom

Located in the Western parts of Sikkim, Yuksom is the origin of several enthralling treks into the Himalayas or the magical Kanchenjunga. The once the capital of Sikkim, this hamlet is more known for its pristine beauty and rustic appeal.

Also known as the ‘Meeting place of Three Lamas’, this Sikkimese village has recently started gaining tourism attention. Well, this is also the reason, you can expect pristine beauty and untouched nature in Yuksom. Home to the oldest monastery in Sikkim, this pictorial hamlet is one amongst the most peaceful and serene places to visit in Sikkim.

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Being located at a moderate altitude, the weather in Yuksom remains pleasant throughout the year. The best time to visit Yuksom is from March to June and September to October.

Although Yuksom has a motorable road, during the rainy season traveling by public transport can be a hassle.

  • Yuksom Facts

Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim in the 17th century and the coronation place of its first chogyal (king) in 1641.

Dubdi Monastery in Yuksom is the first Buddhist Monastery in Sikkim, established in 1701 by the Chogyar Namgyal.

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It is an extremely charming historical town blessed with jaw-dropping gorgeousness.

It is a perfect gateway to Mt. Kangchendzongha.

Yuksom features many entrancing trails.

The main highlight of the town includes historical monuments, ancient monasteries, tranquil waterfalls, and serene lakes.

Suggested Read: Things to do in Yuksom & How to Reach Yuksom

3. Tsomgo Lake

On a visit to Gangtok, do not miss the chance to visit the Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake! Located only 38km from Sikkim’s capital, it lies at an altitude of 12,400ft and is one of the highest lakes in India.

While the lake remains frozen during the winters, summer brings in a magical charm and appeal to Tsomgo. It is during this time of the year, the turquoise waters of the lake reflect the amazing views of the nearby peaks and the azure sky above!

  • Tsomgo Lake Tips

Tsomgo Lake is a day trip from Gangtok. It is advisable to leave for the lake early in the morning to reach on time and enjoy the views.

You will need a special area permit to visit the lake which can be obtained from the Sikkim tourism department at MG Marg Gangtok or you can ask your travel agent to arrange for the same. You will need your photo identity proof and two passport size photos to get the permit.

Beware of roadblocks due to heavy snow during the winter season.

  • Tsomgo Lake Facts

Tsomgo Lake (also called Changu Lake) is one of the highest lakes in India set at an elevation of 3,753 meters.

The lake is considered sacred by the local people and the water here is believed to have medicinal value.

The surface of the lake reflects different colors in different seasons, making it even more alluring.

The lake remains frozen during the winter season.

Tsomgo Lake also serves as the venue for the Guru Poornima festival.

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During the winter season, travelers enjoy trekking along the lake coast, ice skating on the thick sheet of ice and yak ride on the frozen lake.

During the summer and autumn season, the sight of Primula flowers and other alpine vegetation growing near the lake is a key attraction.

Bird watchers flock here during October to catch a sight of the native birds waddling in the lake’s water.

4. Nathula Pass

The once a part of the historic ‘Silk Road’, a visit to Nathu La is a must in any of the Sikkim travel packages. One of the highest motorable passes in the world, this amazing pass is located at a towering height of 4,310m above the sea level and connects Sikkim with Tibet.

The pass is open to Indians; however, one has to obtain permission from the tourism department in order to visit this pass. And for the foreign national, they cannot make it to Nathu La.

  • NathuLa Pass Tips

Nathula Pass remains closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

The pass remains inaccessible during winters due to heavy snowfall as the temperature drops down to as low as -250 C.

Beware of the winding roads leading to Nathula Pass which can lead to motion sickness. If you suffer from the problem, it is advisable to carry some medicines along.

You will need a special area permit to visit the place for which you will need your photo identity proof and two passport size photos. You can get the pass from the zonal office or your travel agent can arrange for the same.

Photography isn’t allowed at the Nathula Pass.

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Set at an elevation of 4302 meters, Nathula Pass is one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Nathula Pass connects Sikkim to China. In fact, it was once an ancient silk route that connected Lhasa in Tibet to the plains of Bengal.

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Nathula Pass offers splendid views of the Chumbi valley of Tibet along with snow-laden mountains.

Driving in the hills is always fun. In fact, sometimes the drive is more enjoyable than the final destination. The same is the case with Nathula Pass. It is an experience to drive on the roads surrounded by snow on both sides while passing through picturesque beauty

Suggested Read: Other Tourist Attractions in Sikkim

5. Pelling

If you are an ardent fan of the captivating Himalayan Range, Pelling is the destination for you! It is from this Sikkimese town, one can have the best views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga Peak, and can experience the best of their Sikkim holidays.

Located at a height of 7,200ft above the sea, this scenic town is bestowed with several waterfalls, breath-taking views, natural beauty and adventure options like rafting, kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, and several others.

  • Pelling Tips

The climate in Pelling is moderate throughout the year, therefore one can plan a trip any time of the year. However, the best time to visit would be during the summer months between May and July.

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The monasteries in Pelling are some of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim.

Since Pelling is located at a high altitude, it often receives snowfall during the winter months.

Pelling lies in the foothills of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges which helps you get a closer and much clearer view of these mountains.

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There are many amazing trekking trails that start from Pelling.

The main highlight of the place includes a view of the Kanchenjunga Mountains, many gorgeous waterfalls, bridges, ancient monasteries and so on.

The must-visit places in Pelling include Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse Ruins, Sanga Choeling Monastery and Kanchenjunga Falls.

6. Lachung

Lachung has multiple reasons to make you fall in love with it! While its location at an enthralling height of 8,610ft makes it a popular snow-destination in Sikkim, its untouched and surreal beauty makes it one of the scenic as well as charming tourist places in Sikkim.

Located in the northern part of Sikkim, this quaint mountain village is adorned by the immaculate beauty of the Lachung Chu River and is also known for the Lachung Gompa. Though this village is one of the most visited regions in Sikkim, it still holds an alluring charm that can hardly be found in any other destination.

  • Lachung Tips

Lachung becomes absolutely inaccessible in the monsoon season because of heavy rainfall and in the winter season due to heavy snow closing down significant routes.

Although scenic, the roads in Lachung are often not in good condition so have sufficient time in hand while you plan your visit.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker, a British botanist had labeled Lachung as the ‘most picturesque village of Sikkim’ in his book ‘The Himalayan Journal’.

Lachung has innumerable fruit orchards and glacial rivers that add to its already existing charm.

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Lachung is an unexplored but stunning Himalayan village in Sikkim.

It is popular for its tall dark mountains, meandering glacial rivers, gushing waterfalls and striking fruit orchards.

7. Ravangla

Nestled amidst the Maenam and Tendong Hills, Ravangla is among the best places to visit in Sikkim; especially in the southern part of the state. A scenic town between Gangtok and Pelling, this hill-town also hosts some of the most popular treks in Sikkim.

More popular as a paradise for the bird watchers, it is home to some of the rarest and endangered birds in the world. On a usual visit to Ravangla, you can spot dark-throated thrush, verdict flycatchers, blue whistling thrush, babblers, cuckoos and several others.

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The weather in Ravangla is very volatile so be prepared for the occasional rains. It is advisable to carry a raincoat or umbrella for protection.

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During the months from April and May, lots of the flowers are in full blossom in Ravangla.

Tourists come here to see the various species of migratory birds and for the breathtaking views of the peaks like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim and Mt. Sinialchu.

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Ravangla is famous for its temples, monasteries, picturesque tea gardens, exotic flora, and fauna, sightseeing spots, ethnic culture, snowy mountains, gushing waterfalls and adventure sports.

One of Sikkim’s most beautiful sights is Ravangla’s gigantic golden Buddha.

8. Rumtek Monastery

Counted amongst the largest monasteries in Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery is also one of the oldest monasteries in the state. An ode to the Buddhist cultures and traditions, this monastery is located near Gangtok and is also known as the ‘Dharma Chakra Centre\

A testimony to the Buddhist architecture and teachings, it is a perfect place to attain mental peace and knows more about Buddhism. Its spiritual appeal and grandeur make it an integral part of any Gangtok travel packages!

  • Rumtek Monastery Tips

The monastery remains open from 9 am to 6 pm, so plan your visit accordingly.

Wear comfortable shoes as it is a long and steep walk from the taxi drop off location.

Cameras are prohibited inside the monastery.

If you want to catch a glimpse of monks doing morning prayers, plan to reach early.

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Rumtek Monastery popular worldwide for Kagyu teachings.

The architecture of the monastery is considered to be one of the finest in the world and resembles the original one in Tsurphu, Tibet.

The monastery houses some of the sacred items and rarest Buddhist religious artwork in the form of 1001 miniature golden models of Buddha, Thangkas and wall murals which were brought in the year 1963 by Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa.

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Golden Stupa at the Monastery, mystical ancient relics and down the hill river.

9. Namchi

Translated into the native Tibetan language, Namchi means the ‘top of the sky’. And on a visit to this magnificent Sikkimese city, this will be proved! Located around 92km from Gangtok and at a height of 1,675m above the sea level, it is also one of the most gorgeous cities in the state.

More than tourism, Namchi is more considered as a pilgrimage center for the Buddhists. Amongst the important religious sites, the Namchi Monastery, Tendong Hill and Ralong Monasteries are the pre-dominant. The city also has a 108ft Lord Shiva statue and is visited a large number of Hindu devotees as well.

  • Namchi Tips

The best time to visit Namchi is from March to October.

If you are traveling during monsoon season, beware of muddy and slippery roads and landslides

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Namchi is the capital of south Sikkim.

Namchi is home to 118 feet tall world’s biggest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava (holy saint of Sikkim).

It is also a well-known pilgrimage amongst the Buddhist culture.

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Namchi is known for its breath-taking scenic beauty and serenity.

Every year in the month of October, Namchi hosts the popular Namchi Mahotsav, a tourism, culture and food festival. In addition, it also hosts a flower festival displaying the beautiful blooms.

10. Do-Drul Chorten

The largest Stupa in Sikkim, Do Drul Chorten was built in 1945 under the leadership of Truslshi Rimpoche. Holding a high prominence amongst all the religious sites in the state, this stupa is laced with 108 Mani Lhakor prayer wheels and is an ultimate place to connect with the essence of one’s inner-self.

  • Do-Drul Chorten Tips

October and June is the best time to plan your visit.

It is open on all days of the week from 8 am to 6 pm.

The stupa is located very near to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Gangtok Centre.

  • Do-Drul Chorten Facts

Do Drul Chorten was built in the year 1945 by Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism.

It is considered as one of the finest monasteries in Gangtok.

Once this place was believed to be haunted by evil spirits. Later a very respected and great Guru Rinpoche blessed the place, cleansing it of all evil.

It has a total of 108 prayer wheels which have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan.

The complex is so huge that it can house over 700 monks.

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It is an ideal place for history buffs, peace seekers and photography enthusiasts.

11. Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Located within close proximity with the Rumket Monastery, this lush and verdant botanical garden is the home to several rare and exotic species of plants and trees. Some of the orchids found in this garden are indigenous to only this part of the world and holds high medicinal and commercial value as well.

f you are a vivid nature lover, this colorful offering of the Sikkim travel packages will take you to a treasure island. And if you are visiting this garden with your family members; especially the younger ones, your visit will surely be cuddled up by the colorful ambiance within the garden.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden Tips

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is situated very close to Rumtek Monastery.

The best time to visit the garden is from March to May when the garden is bursting with the vibrant color of blooming flowers and October to Mid-December to catch a mesmerizing view of surrounding valleys and snow-capped mountains.

The garden is open every day of the week from 8 am to 6.30 pm.

The entry fee is Rs. 10 per person for adults and Rs. 5 per person for children.

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The garden also has dense temperate forests of Oak and a beautiful lake.

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It houses numerous species of orchids and over 50 different species of tree, including many oaks.

From the hilltop, one can get an unparalleled view of the beautiful city of Gangtok with towering Himalayan Mountains in the backdrop.

Kids can have a gala time enjoying the merry-go-round, swings, and see-saws installed at the park.

12. Zuluk

Touching a towering height of 10,000ft, Zuluk is one of the least discovered destinations in the entire of Sikkim. Located on the ancient ‘Silk Route’, this quaint Sikkimese village takes the pride of being a vintage point to enjoy panoramic views of the Mt Kanchenjunga.

In addition to the magical beauty of this hamlet, it is also popular among the adventure lovers as the ride to Zuluk takes them through 32 hair-pin bends.

  • Zuluk Tips

The best time to visit Zuluk is between the months of August and September to experience a flowery summer or between the months of January and April to experience the freezing snow.

You will need a special area permit to visit Zuluk.

While visiting Zuluk by road, beware of the zig-zag roads. If you are not comfortable driving on such roads, it is advisable to hire a local driver.

There are no hotels in Zuluk. Homestays are the only option to stay in the village.

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The drive to Zuluk is considered as one of the best Himalayan drives in India.

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At 11,200 feet, Thambi View Point near Zuluk offers a panoramic view of Mount Kanchenjungha.

Another major highlight of Zuluk is its serene lakes. One of which is Kupup Lake aka Elephant Lake. It is also considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim.

13. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Nestled amidst lush and evergreen thickets, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is an ideal center to learn about Buddhist cultures and traditions. Established in 1958, this institute is in fact the home to the largest collection of Tibetan preaching outside Tibet, and this includes relics from the 11th and 12th century collected from different parts of the world.

  • Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology Tips

It is open from 10 am to 4 pm, from Monday to Saturday.

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It is one of the largest repositories of Tibetan works, located outside the Tibet region. It displays some of the rarest and oldest collection of ritual objects, mementos, religious art, jewelry, Tibetan iconography, documentaries and books on Sikkimese tradition and culture.

There is also a library that boasts unique Buddhist tomes, some of which are a hundred years old.

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One of the striking features of the institute is its Sikkimese architecture.

The institute is surrounded by verdant forests of oak and birch.

14. Yumthang Valley

A visit to Yumthang Valleys it truly a colorful affair! Located at an elevation of 3,500m, this scenic valley is the home to several exotic, rare and wildflowers. It is often said, one who visits this quintessential valley often gets pleasantly affected by its treacherous colors and alluring beauty!

Come to the monsoons, the entire valley blooms at its best and displays the most enchanting colors of nature. Primrose, cobra-lilies, louseworts, and cinquefoils are some of the most commonly found species in Yumthang.

  • Yumthang Valley Tips

The best time to visit the Yumthang Valley is between April end and mid-June to witness the flowering season.

The valley usually remains closed from December to March due to heavy snowfall.

You will need a special area permit to visit the Yumthang Valley. Keep two passport-sized photographs and a valid Identity proof handy as you will need it while obtaining the permit.

It is advised to not disturb the wildlife in the valley.

While visiting any monastery, do not make a loud noise or disturb people around.

Carry sufficient cash as there are no ATMs in the region.

Do not forget to carry medicines for headaches, motion sickness, and common cold.

Do not forget to carry sufficient woolen clothes as it is usually cold in the valley. You can even rent an overcoat, gloves and snow boots from a local vendor.

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The Himalayan Journal by Dr. Joseph Hooker compares Yumthang to the valleys of Switzerland.

The Yumthang Valley is popularly known as the ‘valley of flowers’. Some of the beautiful Himalayan flowers that you can find in the Yumthang Valley during the spring season are rhododendrons, poppies, primulas, cobra lilies, louseworts, and irises.

Yumthang Valley is located very close to the China border.

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It is a nature sanctuary with free-flowing rivers, rolling meadows, yaks and hot springs.

15. Gurudongmar

salt, but not the least in this list is the Gurudongmar Lake! One of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world, this gorgeous place to visit in Sikkim is located at a towering height of 17,800ft and is also known as Tso Lhamo Lake.

Considered as a sacred lake, the legends say that though this lake remains frozen during the winters, one of its portions never freezes. No matter, how extreme is the weather, this certain portion blessed by Guru Padmasambhava never freezes and thus its water is considered holy by the devotees.

  • Gurudongmar Tips

Since the lake is situated at a height of 17,800 feet, the oxygen level is very low which can cause severe breathing and other health issues. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor before you visit the place and carry sufficient medicines as prescribed by the doctor.

Avoid smoking or drinking before you head to this place as it can make you sick.

It is extremely windy and chilly here, hence carry sufficient warm clothes.

During the winter season (mid-December to February), the roads remain blocked due to heavy snowfall.

The best time to plan to visit is during October, November, April end and early May.

Begin close to Indo-China border, you will need a special area permit to visit the lake.

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Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest altitude natural lakes in the world.

The water of the lake never freezes completely even when the temperature is as low as -20 degrees Celsius.

It is a common belief among the locals that drinking the lake water could resolve fertility issues of women.

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April to May is the flowering season and during this time the places get a surreal view.

Do not miss the spectacular view of Gurudongmar Valley.

Tourist Places in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India. It’s not surprising because it shows India at its most colorful, iconic and exotic best. Most of the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan — palaces, forts, desert, camels, and elephants. Don’t miss visiting these top tourist places in Rajasthan.

Jaipur

The “Pink City” of Jaipur forms part of India’s renowned Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit and is one of Rajasthan’s most popular tourist destinations. It has many famous forts and palaces, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture. Staying in Jaipur is particularly enjoyable. Accommodations are reasonably priced and many have been converted from heritage properties, giving guests a very regal experience! Jaipur is an outstanding place to go shopping too. Plan your trip with this Jaipur travel guide.

Udaipur

Udaipur is often said to be the most romantic city in India, as it’s filled with expansive lakes and old palaces. The exquisite City Palace Complex, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, dominates the city and the royal family still lives in part of it. Many personal royal heirlooms, family photos, and other memorabilia are displayed in the City Palace Museum, giving Udaipur a very regal feel. You can even stay at the City Palace! Alternatively, there are many atmospheric hotels by the lake with amazing views, such as the Jagat Niwas heritage hotel. Check out these top things to do in Udaipur and places to visit near Udaipur.

Jaisalmer

A remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer looks like it’s straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Its mesmerizing ancient fort, built-in 1156, is perched high on a pedestal overlooking the city. Inside, the fort is alive and spellbinding. It houses five palaces, several temples, and some exquisite Havelis (mansions), as well as shops and other residences. These top things to do in Jaisalmer cover the best of the city and its surrounds

Jodhpur

Affectionately called the “Blue City” because of its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. The walled old part of the city is presided over by Mehrangarh Fort, which provides the best outlook across Jodhpur’s blue buildings. It’s one of the largest and best-maintained forts in India. Inside are a number of ornate palaces, museums, and restaurants. The many inexpensive yet characterful places to stay in Jodhpur with views of the fort are really appealing. It’s great to do nothing but relax on their rooftops and soak up the atmosphere. Here’s how to best experience Jodhpur.

Pushkar

For most of the year, Pushkar is a sleepy little holy town that attracts a lot of backpackers and hippie types. However, it really comes alive for a couple of weeks in October or November, when the Pushkar Camel Fair hits town. It’s a peculiar sight, and a great opportunity to witness an old traditional Indian festival. Pushkar is worth visiting at any time of year if you want to chill out. Sadly, the town isn’t like it used to be though. These days Pushkar is becoming much more westernized and tourist-focused. The priests by the bathing ghats (steps) very forceful in demanding donations. Avoid that area, and head to the Pushkar market for some great shopping instead!

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger in the wild. In contrast to many national parks in India, Ranthambore is also really accessible and easy to get to. This makes it very popular (and, unfortunately, it’s been facing a lot of tourist pressure). As well as nature, the park is home to the formidable 10th century, Ranthambore Fort. It’s a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, monuments, and three Hindu temples. The park is packed with history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers. Plan your trip with this Ranthambore National Park travel guide.

Shekhawati Region

If you’re an art lover, or even someone who’s into architecture and history, the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is well worth including on your itinerary. This unique region is often referred to as the world’s largest open-air art gallery, with old Havelis (mansions) having walls adorned with intricately painted frescoes. Staying in one is a highlight! Shekhawati is located in the Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner triangle, and is refreshingly free of tourists! Plan your trip with this comprehensive Shekhawati region travel guide.

Bikaner

The remote and quaint desert town of Bikaner receives fewer tourists than many other prominent destinations in Rajasthan. It’s a less-commercialized place to go on a camel safari, as an alternative to Jaisalmer. The main attractions are the atmospheric walled Old City and fort. Bikaner is also renowned for the infamous Karni Mata rat temple nearby. The Karni Mata Festival, held to worship the rats there, is one of the quirkiest festivals in India. A Camel Fair is also held in Bikaner every January. Stay at the exceptional Narendra Bhawan heritage hotel for an unforgettable trip! It’s one of India’s most beautifully restored heritage hotels.

Bundi

Although increasingly popular with travelers, Bundi also often gets overlooked as a tourist destination in Rajasthan due to its off-the-beaten-path location between Jaipur and Udaipur. It’s a captivating place to visit, with its lakes, temples, markets, miniature paintings, and blue houses similar to Jodhpur. This relatively laid back town is dominated by the extraordinary and imposing Bundi Palace, which protrudes out of the hillside. The ancient, winding lanes of the Old City are fascinating to wander through. Bundi also has around 60 step wells and a ramshackle fort above the palace. Find out about the top things to do in Bundi.

Mount Abu

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. It’s situated 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) above sea level near the Gujarat border, about four hours from Udaipur. The British took a liking to Mount Abu because of its comfortable climate, and they relocated the headquarters of their political Rajputana Agency therefrom Ajmer in 1857. Mount Abu has a reputation as a honeymooner’s haven but Indian families flock to the area as well. However, it remains an offbeat destination for foreigners. These top things to do in Mount Abu are centered around enjoying the great outdoors.

Bharatpur

Birding enthusiasts will be delighted by Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur. One of India’s top bird sanctuaries for birdwatching and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was formerly a duck-hunting reserve of the maharajas. More than 370 species of birds can be found there, including a large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds. Notably, the park is one of only a few known wintering habitats of the Siberian Crane.

Alwar

Interested in more forts and palaces? Alwar can be done on a day trip from Delhi, as it’s only three hours south of India’s capital. Attractions include an 18th century City Palace complex and government museum (closed Fridays) inside it, which showcases the extravagant lifestyle of the kings. However, it’s Lake Sagar and the many chhatris (dome-shaped pavilions) behind the City Palace that are the most visually impressive monuments. Above the City, Palace sits 16th century Bala Quila, notable for being one of a few forts in Rajasthan to be built before the rise of the Mughals.

Rural Rajasthan

Rural tourism is growing in Rajasthan, with Bishnoi and Pali attracting more and more visitors who want to explore Rajasthan beyond its cities. Bishnoi is a community of nature worshipers conveniently only 45 minutes or so from Jodhpur and can be covered in a day trip, while Pali is a bit further out and needs at least an overnight stay. Bishnoi Village Safari organizes trips and also accommodations. Cultural Aangan has homestays in the Pali region. Alternatively, luxury travelers will love the evocative Lakshman Sagar heritage hotel in Pali. You’ll find village life to be fascinating. You can even attend a shepherds’ morning opium meet!

Tourist Places in Odisha

Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, is a heritage & culturally enriching state in East India. The long list of beaches, biosphere reserves, temples, museums, and other tourist places in Odisha makes the state a must-visit destination. This coastal state offers marvelous architectural wonders of forts & temples and natural beauty of sun-kissed beaches and serene lakes. Here is a list of the top places to visit in Odisha.

  • Bhubaneswar
  • Puri
  • Konark
  • Cuttack
  • Bargarh
  • Jeypore
  • Barbil
  • Paradip
  • Rourkela
  • Sambalpur
  • Chandipur
  • People
  • Zoopark Village
  • Taptapani
  • Atri
  • Baripada
  • Gopalpur
  • Berhampur
  • Dhauli
  • Daringbadi

Places To Visit In Odisha For Pilgrims & History Buffs

Take a look at some of the best tourist places in Odisha. While some of these are known names, others are quite uncommon.

1. Bhubaneswar

Known as the Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar is among the best tourist places to visit in Odisha. It is a classic example of history, heritage, and urbanization. The place has marvelous temples showcasing amazing artwork, wildlife sanctuaries, and exhilarating caves.

Key attractions: Dhauli Hills, Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves, Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavations, Bindu Sarovara, Nandan Kanan Zoological Park, Satkosia Tiger Reserve, and temples of Mukteswar, Lingaraj, Brahmeswara, & Parasurameswara

2. Puri

If you are planning to visit Odisha for a relaxing vacation by the sea, Puri is the place to be. Ranked among the top tourist places in Odisha, Puri is known for its sun-kissed beaches, age-old temples, and local bustling markets that tempt tourists round the year. It is also among the original Char Dhams that hold significance in the Hindu religion.

Key attractions: Puri Beach, Puri Beach Festival, Puri Jagannath temple, Chilika Lake & Bird Sanctuary, and Gundicha Ghar Temple

3. Konark

Konark is a hub of ancient art and sculpture. The carvings of the Konark Sun Temple, one of the seven wonders of India, attract large flocks of tourists throughout the year. Along with the marvelous temples, the city has a serene beach and an engrossing archaeological museum to explore. Discovering the finest artwork & sculptures of the Konark Sun Temple is surely one of the primary reasons to visit Odisha, especially for art lovers.

Key attractions: Archeological Museum, the temple of Sun God & Ramchandi, Chandrabhaga Beach

4. Cuttack

Cuttack is one of the vintage cities and popular tourist places in Orissa. The business capital of the state is known for many ancient pilgrim centers, forts, museums, lakes, and islands. Moreover, this place also boasts of local handicrafts.

Key attractions: Mahanadi Barrage, Fort of Barabati, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Ansupa Lake, and Temples of Singanatha & Bhattarika

5. Bargarh

Bargarh is one of the less popular tourist destinations of Odisha. However, the amazing century-old temples and the surrounding scenic beauty make it a must-visit destination. The place has a mythological significance as Gandhamadan Parvat, which finds a mention in the Hindu epic of Ramayana, is located here.

Key attractions: Chal Dhar Waterfall, Gandhamadan, Pampanga Hills and Temples of Nrusinghanath and Kedarnath.

Places To Visit In Odisha For The Nature Lovers

Here is a list of a few places in Odisha that offer beautiful views and positive ambiance. Take a look.

6. Jeypore

explore is one of the delightful tourist places in Odisha for nature lovers. It is known for offering spellbinding views of rocky outcrops, picturesque waterfalls, and lush green biosphere reserves.

Deomali, the highest peak of the state, is another popular picnic spot in Odisha that is located not very far from Jeypore.

Key attractions: Gupteshwar caves, Sunabeda, Deomali, Duduma Falls, Jagannath Sagar, Hatipathar, and Kolab Falls

7. Barbil

Located by the bank of Karo River in Keonjhar, Barbil is a lesser-known tourist spot in Odisha. The place, surrounded by luxuriant forests, offers breathtaking beauty and a break away from the maddening city crowd.

Key attractions: Hawa Mahal, Gonasika, Thakurani Hills, Murga Mahadev Waterfalls, Uliburu Reserved Forest, and temples of Hanuman & Shiva

Other Must-visit Tourist Destinations In Orissa

If you were thinking, that this was it, then you are wrong, beacuse the list does not just end here. Take a look at some more places to visit in Odisha.

8. Paradip

Paradip or Paradeep, the famous seaport of India, finds its place in the list of popular tourist destinations of Odisha. It is located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and Mahanadi. In addition to the busy dockyard, the city also has some amazing beaches that offer mesmerizing views of the surroundings.

Key attractions: Paradip Port, Gahirmatha Sanctuary & beach, lighthouse, and Jhankad

9. Rourkela

Rourkela is one of the largest cities of Odisha. The place is primarily known for the steel plant and associated industrial growth. However, it also pulls tourists with its vintage temples, parks, dams, and waterfalls.

Key attractions: Darjeeling, Nehru Traffic Park, temples of Vedavyas & Vaishno Devi, Hanuman Vatika, Mandira Dam, Pitamahal Dam, Badaghagra Falls, and Khandadhar Falls

10. Sambalpur

Sambalpur, known for natural splendors & cultural sites, is one of the important tourist places in Odisha. The landscape is dotted with numerous waterfalls and lush green forests that allure photography buffs, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts.

Key attractions: Hirakud Dam, Cattle Island, Chiplima, Huma, Samaleswari Temple, Vikramkhol, Hatibari, and Debrigarh & Ushakothi wildlife sanctuaries

11. Chandipur

If you are looking for a sea resort, then this should be your pick. Other than its unique disappearing sea, which results due to the high tide and low tide, Chandipur is famous for its seafood. Do try the prawns and pomfrets. Also, the town is quite peaceful. It is a quaint seaside town that offers complete serenity and tranquility. Head here to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Key attraction: Chandipur Beach, where the sea recedes up to 5 km providing the scope to walk on the sea bed see collect seashells, red crabs, turtles, and other underwater marine particles

12. Pipli

This small town of Odisha is famous in the world for its craft and handicraft. The Applique handicrafts of this town are especially famous. The artisans do a great job with embroidery and colors, making this town stand out not just in the country but in the world. If you happen to visit Odisha, then do head to this town and buy handicrafts and souvenirs from here.

Key attraction: Beautiful Applique handicrafts and colorful bazaars

13. Roopark Village

This is a beautiful resort located in Odisha. The place is famous as it is eco-friendly. If you want to enjoy nature then this should be your top pick. The place offers beautiful scenic vistas of the mountains and lush green lands that surround the village resort. Enjoy dreamy sunsets and energetic sunrises while on your vacay here.

Key attraction: Roopark Tribal Village Resort

14. Taptapani

Taptapani is famous in Odisha for its hot water spring. This spring is supposed to have medicinal attributes, making it a tourist attraction amidst people. There is a pond next to the hot spring where people can bathe and make use of the medicinal properties of the hot water spring.

Key attraction: Hot springs atop a hill surrounded by lush forest cover

This is a small village in the Khurda district of Odisha. This is again famous die to a hot spring that is present here. If you are wondering how to reach this small place in the state of Odisha, then the nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar. The medicinal properties of the spring are said can cure skin diseases.

Key attraction: Hot springs and bathing complex maintained by Government of Odisha

15. Atri

He is a small village in the Khurda district of Odisha. This is again famous die to a hot spring that is present here. If you are wondering how to reach this small place in the state of Odisha, then the nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar. The medicinal properties of the spring are said can cure skin diseases.

Key attraction: Hot springs and bathing complex maintained by Government of Odisha

16. Baripada

Baripada is a cultural center of Odisha, situated in the Mayurbhanj district. Known for its art and culture, it is one of the famous tourist places at Odisha. One can also see a lot of stars of the Ollywood emerging from this Odisha town of Baripada. The town also has its own dance form which is quite famous in the world, known as the Chhau dance.

Key attraction: Maa Ambika Temple, Shri Jagannath Temple, and Mayurbhanj Palace.

17. Gopalpur

If you like port towns, then Gopalpur should be your pick. Located on the Bay of Bengal coast, this town is towards the south of the state. It is one of the top tourist places of Odisha. The town is a port city and has famous beaches. Go beach hopping here, in this Odisha town and chill and relax here, on one of the beaches, on your next trip to Odisha.

Key attractions: Gopalpur Beach, Dhabaleshwar Beach, Gopalpur Sea Beach, and Haripur Sea Beach.

18. Berhampur

On the eastern coastline of Odisha lies the town of Berhampur, also known as Brahmapur. Reaching here is easy as the town is connected to all the major towns of the state through roadways. The town also has its own railhead for those commuting by railways. The city has some temples that one can go to on their visit here.

Key attractions: Kedareswar Temple, Thakurani Temple, Bhairabi Temple, and Biju Patnaik Park Brahmapur.

19. Dhauli

Situated on the banks of the river Daya, Dhauli is close to Bhubaneshwar, at a distance of 8 km from the city. This place has got its significance from the Kalinga War which is supposed to have been fought on the Dhauli Hill. There is a famous Shanti Stupa here which attracts visitors from far and wide. It also makes Dhauli one of the famous tourist places in Odisha. Do add this place in your itinerary and head to the Peace Pagoda.

Key attraction: Dhauli Shanti Stupa, Dhabaleswar, Kalinga War Battlefield, and CIFA Aquarium.

20. Daringbadi

If you are wondering if Odisha has any hill stations, then Daringbadi is the place. It is one of the best tourist places in Odisha state which is also referred to as the ‘Kashmir of Odisha’. Take a road trip to this hill station and enjoy the scenic vistas along the way. The nearest railhead is at Brahmapur from where one can take the bus to the city.

Key attraction: Doluri River, Putudi Waterfalls, Dasingbadi waterfalls, Badangia waterfalls, and Hill view Park.

Tourist Places in Nagaland

Right from their weird headdresses to their bizarre sense of wardrobe, from their excellent handloom to their queer taste in food, from their vibrant festivals to choice of trophies in the form of animals’ skull, Nagaland has always stood apart from all other states in India. A colorful land of impeccable culture and unprecedented traditions, this lesser-known state is certainly an enticing destination to explore. Little do we know that on each turn in Nagaland there is a surprise waiting for us; the unexpected influence of Hinduism, the indelible marks of Christianity and the legends that are known beyond Indian borders, makes Nagaland truly a fascinating land that needs to be explored So, once again we have taken up the job to intimate avid travelers like you about a land as mesmerizing as Nagaland.

Dimapur

Reckoned to be the entry point of the state, Dimapur officially welcomes you to Nagaland. It is a well-connected town that boasts excellent road conditions and scenic landscapes. The town offers ample opportunities to nature and history lovers. The 13th-century Kachari Ruins is amongst the most attractive places in Dimapur, while the ruins here are the evidence of Ahom invasion. For nature aficionados Dimapur opens a wide door and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Nichuguard Village, Kuki Dolong Village, Chumukedima, Seithekima Village and Medziphema are some of the places that are known for their spectacular landscape beauty. Quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle of the city lives, these destinations in and around Dimapur are ideal for tourists. Dipper is one of the best places in Nagaland to witness the culture of various tribes like Angami, Lotha, Chakehsang, Sumi, Sangtam, Ao, Rengma Pouchury and Zeliang. Ruzaphema is a one-stop-shop in Dimapur for shopping; located about 5 km from Kohima, this place is famed for exhibiting some of the finest artifacts of Nagaland.

Dimapur is a colourful land that reflects authentic Nagaland. It is in fact the only place in the state with an airport. Apart from the above-mentioned attractions, Dimapur houses Zoological Park, Ao Baptist Church, Diezephe Craft Village, Nagaland Science Centre, Green Park, Rangapahar Reserve Forest, Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary and Shiv Mandir.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Kachari Ruins
  • Diezephe Craft Village
  • Rangapahar Reserve Forest / Zoological Park
  • Chumukedima Village
  • Dimapur Ao Baptist Church
  • Dipper
  • Nightguard
  • Kuki Dolong Village
  • Green Park
  • Nagaland Science Centre
  • Medziphema
  • Ruzaphema

How to Reach:

By Road: There are two National Highways that cross through Dimapur. NH 39 connects Kohima, Imphal, and Dimapur to the rest of the country, NH 36 connects Assam (Nagaon) with Dimapur. Regular state transport buses play on a daily basis on these National Highways and tourists can avail them to reach Kohima.

By Train: There are direct trains from Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and the other metropolitan cities to Dimapur.

By Air: Tourists can avail daily flights to Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi from Dimapur Airport.

Kohima

The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is undoubtedly the most charming place to visit in Nagaland. Despite being a commercial hub, Kohima hasn’t lost its natural charms and remains one of the most charismatic destinations to see in the state. The blend of the ancient and the modern has painted this town in an interesting color and Kohima has become an indelible landmark for the state. The town offers plenty of scenic views; it also reminds one of the scenarios back in the time of the Second World War. Kohima offers an insight into the life of the Angami tribe who predominate this region. A perfect mélange of culture and history, Kohima is indeed a place to be. The Japfu Peak (3048m) and Puliebadze Peak have always been the famous attractions for tourists. On the other side, Tseminyu remains the interest of history lovers who can see delight ancient ruins, abandoned villages, broken pottery, and graveyards here. Kohima War Cemetery, Naga Bazaar, Kohima Zoo, Kohima State Museum, and Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow are other places of interest for the tourists.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Dzukou Valley
  • Japfu Peak
  • Pulebadze Peak
  • Kohima War Cemetery
  • Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow
  • Kohima State Museum
  • Kohima Zoo
  • Naga Bazar
  • Dzüleke
  • Tseminyu

How to Reach:

By Road: Kohima is connected to all major places in the North East including Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, and Dimapur. NH 39 is the main route to this place that connects it with Dimapur. NH 37 links Kohima to Guwahati.

By Train: Dimapur is the nearest railhead and is about 75 kilometers from Kohima. Daily trains for Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and other major cities in the country are available from here.

By Air: Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland and is located about 68 kilometers from Kohima. There are daily flights available for Kolkata and Guwahati from where tourists can board flights to other parts of the country.

Mokukchung

Reckoned to be the most beautiful and lively district in Nagaland, Mokukchung is the home of the Ao tribe. Known for its hospitality, rich traditions, and festivals, Mokukchung is gradually becoming a hotspot for tourism in Nagaland. It is often said that one of its destinations named Longkhum is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Its hillocks are adorned with Rhododendron and its pristine environment is worth falling in love with. Longkhum is also known for its ethnic handloom and handicraft and a sect called Limapur that practice animist religion. Uma is yet another destination of interest in the Mokokchung district that is believed to be the first place founded by the Ao tribe when they entered Nagaland from Chungliyimti. Uma is considered to be a living museum of the Ao tribe. You may also be interested in visiting Chuchuyimlang, which is a tourist village and is often referred to as festival village. This village is known for the celebration of festivals of Ao Nagas like the Moatsu festival (celebrated in the month of May). Other than these places, visitors would also like to check out Mokokchung District Museum, Changtongya, and Mokukchung Park.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Changtongya
  • Mokokchung Park
  • Mokokchung Village
  • Longkhum
  • Enigma
  • Chuchuyimlang

How to Reach:

By Road: Mokokchung is well connected by road. National Highway 61 runs from Kohima to Amguri via Wokha, Mokokchung, Changtongya, and Tuli. Nagaland State Transport buses run regularly from Mokokchung to Kohima, which is at a distance of 162 kilometers. Shared taxis are also available on this route.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Mokokchung is Mariani (85kms) in Assam. Many trains operate from Mariani to Dibrugarh. One can avail of buses and taxis from the Mariani railway station to Mokokchung.

By Air: The nearest airports to Mokokchung are in Dimapur (located at a distance of 212 kilometers) and Jorhat (located at a distance of 105 kilometers). There are daily flights from Guwahati or Kolkata.

Mon

The land of Konyak Nagas, Mon is an interesting land to visit in Nagaland. Famed for warriors with tattoos on the face, headhunting prowess, and blackened teeth people, Mon is a fascinating place to be in Nagaland. The Konyaks call themselves the descendants of Noah and practice agriculture; it is believed that they have the finest harvest in the state. Around Mon, a traveler can have a number of interesting encounters, for instance, if you happen to be in Longwa (the biggest village in Mon district), which shares a border of Myanmar, you can actually have the opportunity to have half of your body in India and another half in Myanmar. The chief’s house, where the chief resides with his 60 wives, is also a major attraction in Longwa. A large number of trophies made of animals’ skull in the residence is some unforgettable sight. Shangyu Village and its famed wooden carving, Veda Peak and Chui Village are some of the other attractions on Mon. If you visit Mon in the month of April, you have a good opportunity to witness the lively harvest festival of Konyak Nagas called Aoleang Monyu Festival. It is a weeklong festival that is celebrated with offering sacrifice and hosting large feasts.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Longwa Village
  • Veda Peak
  • Chui Village (Basti)
  • Shangyu Village

How to Reach:

By Road: Mon can be reached via Sonari by bus. Sonari is at a distance of about 65kms from Mon. Buses also ply from Simulguri but there are no direct services from Simulguri to Mon. One has to first reach Naginimora and then board another bus from here to Mon.

By Train: Lake railway station en route to Sivasagar in Assam is one of the nearest railways stations to Mon. The other important railhead is Guwahati from where one has to take the road for the remaining journey. One can also reach Dimapur by train and then continue by road to reach Mon.

By Air: The nearest airports to Mon are Jorhat (157 kilometers), Dimapur (296 kilometers) and Guwahati (479 kilometers). From all three places, one can get conveyance in the form of state transport buses and tourist taxis.

Wokha

Wokha is nature’s spectacular gift to Nagaland. Dotted with colorful orchards, carpeted with multi-hued flowers and fringed by hills and river, Wokha is a nature lovers’ paradise. About 4 hours drive from Kohima, this district is the perfect place to bask and see the glory of nature. A tourist village above Riphyim is a major attraction in the Wokha district, this place is known to offer splendid views of a dam on Dalyan River. The tourist lodge at Riphyim also makes a great place to visit as it renders an uncluttered view from the window of its every room. Wokha is the land of the Lotha tribe and one has a wonderful opportunity here to interact with the tribal people and see their traditional art and craft. Apart from this, Mount Tiyi, Liphanyan Governor’s Camp, Water Pool, Totsu Cliff, Tehurang Valley, Baghty Valley, and Vankhosung town are the places that may interest travelers in Wokha. The Lothas celebrate a post-harvest festival called Tokhu Among Festival in the month of November. It is believed, this 9 days festival is the best time to visit Wokha.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Doyang Hydro Project
  • Lithuanian Governor’s camp
  • Mount Type
  • Doyang River
  • Water Pool
  • Tatsu Cliff
  • Vankhosung

How to Reach:

By Road: The town is connected with NH-39 that leads to Dimapur. Another way to reach here is to first travel to Kohima, which is 75 kilometers from this place and then take a taxi to Wokha. Nagaland State Transport buses and shuttle services are also easily available from Kohima and Dimapur.

By Train: The nearest railway station for Wokha is Dimapur Railway Station. It is located at a distance of 130 km and connected by trains to New Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and other important places in the country.

By Air: Wokha has no airport; the nearest airport is at Dimapur, which is situated at a distance of 162kms. One can avail daily flights from Kolkata and Guwahati to this airport.

Dzukou Valley

Blessed with an absolutely mesmerizing beauty, Dzukou Valley (2438m) is situated at a distance of about 30kms from the state capital, Kohima. Gorgeous Dzukou valley is a trekker’s delight and is reckoned to be the best trekking circuit in the country. Dzukou Valley to Nagaland is what Valley of Flowers is to Uttarakhand. An unexplored and pristine land replete with a sizeable number of multi-hued flowers, this valley is certainly a must-visit place in Nagaland. Offering breathtaking vistas, Dzukou is dotted with many ravines and streams. The best time to visit Dzukou Valley is spring when the entire valley blossoms with flowers and looks heavenly; however, winter is also a good time to be here as at this time of the year one can witness a deserted yet magnificent view of the valley.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Khonoma
  • Japfu Peak

How to Reach:

The nearest railhead from Dzukou Valley is Dimapur. From here one has to travel to Kohima by bus/taxi and from there to Viswema Village of Zakhama. The trek for Dzukou Valley begins from Viswema Village. It takes at least 2 days to reach here.

Tuophema Village

A tourist village, situated about 41kms away from Kohima, Tuophema is built around the ethnic model of tourism. The village offers traditionally styled thatched huts, traditional artifacts, jewelry, clothing and souvenir museum, and authentic Naga delicacies. This place gives an opportunity to soak the color of Nagas and learn more about the culture of this fascinating land. The Angami Sekrenyi festival celebrated between the 25th and 27th of February each year is a major attraction of this village.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Dzulekie
  • Ruzaphema
  • Intake Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khonoma Village

How to Reach:

Kohima is at a distance of 24kms from Touphema Village. One can book a cab or take shared taxis from Kohima to reach Touphema Village.

Khonoma Green Village

Khonoma Green Village is the result of responsible Naga tribes. Situated at a distance of about 20kms from Kohima, Khonoma Green Village is one of its kinds in India. The village is the home of the Angami tribe who have given up hunting and only practice agriculture (jhum or shift agriculture) to make a living. The houses in Khonoma are made using natural means and it is a way of Angami to show concern for the conservation of natural resources. In this green village, baskets are woven and handloom work is carried on along with agriculture. Khonoma is undoubtedly an inspiring place that takes us one step closer to nature and urges us to take initiatives to conserve and protect our natural environment. The energy of this place is something that everyone must experience.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Dzulekie
  • Ruzaphema
  • Intake Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khonoma Village

How to Reach:

Khonoma Village is situated at NH 61; it is 20 km from Kohima and can be reached by hiring a cab/taxi. Private and State Transport Buses also ply to this place from Kohima at regular intervals.

Bureau

An epitome of untouched beauty, Benreu is a village located in the Peren district of Nagaland. This beautiful village tucked on a ridge signifies ethnic tourism in Nagaland. Remaining unexplored, this village is a wonderful gateway to a quiet and peaceful holiday amidst immaculate nature. The simple village life and their day-to-day activities are a major attraction here apart from the breathtaking landscape of the place. Bernie can be considered as a cultural paradise that shows many colors of Naga’s lifestyle and culture.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Peren
  • Mt. Pauna Tourist Village

How to Reach:

The nearest railhead and airport from Benreu are in Dimapur (115kms). One has to first reach Peren from Dimapur by cab/taxi/bus and from there board another bus or hire a cab to Benreu Village.

Meluri

Snuggled amidst green rolling hills, Mercuri is a part of the Phek district of Nagaland. This small village is situated halfway on the important route to Mt. Saramati in Kiphire district. Mercuri is the land of the Pochury tribe, who are known for their excellent hunting skills. For a traveler in Meluri, the major attraction is the interesting rock formations. Mercuri is also known for its two lakes namely, Dzudu and Shilloi. These lakes are believed to have supernatural powers and were avoided by a human for a very long time; however, with the passage of time, one of the two lakes (Shilloi Lake) has become a popular tourist place and is used for angling. The Zanzibar Peak located around Dzudu Lake is a good place to visit as this place offers a vantage point from where one can get the view of a large part of Nagaland and Mt.Everest.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Phek
  • Dudu Lake/ Zanibu Peak
  • Shiller Lake

How to Reach:

The nearest airport of Meluri is Dimapur (98kms). From Dimapur, one has to hire a cab. There are three railheads that are in proximity to Meluri, namely Dimapur (104kms), Rangapahar CRS (104kms) and Dibrugarh Town (225kms). To reach Meluri from these destinations one has to book a cab/taxi.

Kiphire

Kiphire can be reckoned as an awe-inspiring district in Nagaland. Offering resplendent landscape views to visitors, Kiphire is also an ideal place for adventure enthusiasts as they can indulge in activities like trekking, rafting, and canoeing. In Kiphire lies the highest peak of Nagaland called Saramati (3841m), where a trekker can enjoy a 3-day trek that passes through a beautiful Rhododendron forest. Kiphire is dotted with scenic villages like Pungro, Salumi, and Mimi. Amongst which, Mimi and Salumi are believed to be virgin lands. These villages house a number of caves and waterfalls that further add to the charm of this already gorgeous destination. The caves to the east of Pungro town; caves at Mimi Village; waterfall lying between Mimi and Khonga village; the Salt River Mihki; Kisatong Village and Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary are the places of interest in Kiphire.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Saramati Peak
  • Pungro Town
  • Salomi Village
  • Mimi Village
  • Sukhyap or Lover’s Paradise
  • Wade
  • Miki- the river of salt
  • Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary

How to Reach:

By Road: Kiphire is well connected by National Highway 155. The national highway connects Kiphire to Kohima, Meluri, Dimapur, and Mokochung. State transport buses and private taxis are regularly available for Kiphire from all major destinations in Nagaland. The state highway also connects Tuensang to Kiphire and Mercuri.

By Train: Dimapur is the only railway station in Nagaland. To reach Kiphire, you need to reach Dimapur first and then take the road to reach Kiphire. From Dimapur to Kiphire, regular buses and private tourist vehicles are available.

By Air: Dimapur airport is the nearest airport for Kiphire. Tourists can take a flight to Dimapur first and then travel by road.

Tuensang

Tuensang is the eastern-most district of Nagaland and is the homeland of the Chang Nagas. Although Chang is the predominant tribe here, Tuensang is famed as the place where many tribes live together. This co-existence has resulted in a flavorsome blend of culture and tradition in this district. Tuensang is also popular for its handloom, handicrafts, artworks, and jewelry. It is, in fact, one of the best places to go souvenir shopping in Nagaland. Changsangmonko and Chilise, Chunglimiyti and Tsadang Village offer several legends that are quite interesting to hear; these villages also make some of the most interesting places to see in Tuensang.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Changsangmonko & Chile
  • The Living Stones of Tuensang
  • Trading

How to Reach:

By Road: The National Highway 155 connects Tuensang to Dimapur. Cabs and buses are available between the two destinations. You can first reach Dimapur and then proceed towards Tuensang by road. Similarly, after reaching Mariani or Amguri in Assam you can take the road that leads to Tuensang.

By Train: The Amguri Railway Station is the nearest railway head to Tuensang. Mariani railway station is also close by. You can also travel to Dimapur by train and then reach Tuensang by road. Taxis and state buses are available from these stations.

By Air: The nearest airport to Tuensang is Dimapur. From Dimapur, other modes of transportation are available. The other nearby airport to Tuensang is in Jorhat (187 kilometers).

Longleng

Longleng is known for its adventurous 32km road that is often taken by thrill-seekers. Longleng is the home of Phom Nagas, who are considered exceptionally skilled in pottery, bamboo work, and spinning. The market place in Longleng is a major attraction, which still today maintains its old charm. The Phones are also known for preserving their traditions and culture by the means of their festivals and artifacts and the best time to visit Longleng is during the festive season. The main festival celebrated here is called Monyu, which marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of summers. It is a six-day festival that displays the best of Longleng culture. Apart from festivity, a tourist would be interested in spending time amidst the quiet and beautiful landscape of Longleng. The Dikhu River is a prominent tourist attraction, on whose sandy beaches many like to bask and have picnics.

How to Reach:

By Road: National Highway 61 connects Longleng to Changtongya. There is a number of buses and private taxis available from Changtongya.

By Train: The nearest railway is at Dimapur. Major trains from Guwahati, Kolkata reach Dimapur. From Dimapur, there are regular Nagaland state transport buses to reach Mokokchung, near Longleng. One has to change one’s bus at Mokokchung.

By Air: Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland, so, if one has to reach Longleng by air, one should board a flight to Dimapur and then take a road trip from there. It takes about 12 hours to road reach Longleng from Dimapur via Imphal.