India is a vast land, and if you are planning to visit it for the first time, then it will be a considerable challenge. Its varied climate and diverse geography attract tourists all over the world. But it is tough to cover all the places on your first trip. Mentioned below are some of the top places that you must visit in India on your first time India tour.
Mumbai – Dream City
Mumbai popularly called the city of dreams is a perfect vacation spot. If it is your first trip to India, then you must tour each and every corner of areas of this city. Regardless of what you are doing here, it is for sure a great place to visit in India. Famous monuments such as Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves, Gateway of India and Sidhi Vinayaka Temple must be visited. Juhu beach, Chowpatty, Marine Drive, and Bandra Worli Sea should not be missed too. There are many great places where you can bargain and shop at reasonable prices, such as the well-known Colaba Causeway.
Relish the local street foods like vada pav, sevpuri, ragdapattice, etc. You should visit Mumbai between November-February. Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport and Santa Cruz Domestic airport are the two airports through which you can reach Mumbai by booking a flight. You can also reserve trains to Bombay Central Station and Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus. You can also avail bus services and reach the city.
Goa – Beach Destination of India
It is one of the most popular places if you wish to have a view of the alluring beaches and experience an enjoyable vacation by the sea. Foreign tourists are prevalent in Goa. It also very famous among those couples who are newly married. The most well-known beaches of Goa are Baga, Anjuna, Calangute and Vagator, Candolim, Palolem, and Agonda. Recently beaches such as Ashwem, Arambol, and Colva are also becoming popular among the tourists. You can visit Fort Aguada, Dudhsagar falls, Pandava Caves, Arvalem Waterfalls and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Adventure lovers can enjoy many activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, and so on.
Enjoy the beach parties, seafood and drinks which make Goa so very famous. November-February is the ideal time for visiting Goa, but you can also visit it during the month of August to have an enjoyable experience during the monsoons. But most of the party places and beach shacks are closed then. You can reach here by booking a flight to Dabolim International Airport. If you are in Mumbai or Pune, you can avail the bus services or opt for a bike or car ride. Thivim and Madgaon are the major railway stations of Goa.
Rishikesh – Yoga Destination of India
If you are full of energy and zeal, then you must experience some adventure as well as thrill by travelling to Rishikesh. This place is known to be India’s adventure capital. You can enjoy river rafting, waterfall trekking, rappelling, mountain biking, and bungee jumping here. Lakshman Jhula, Parmarth Niketan, Rajaji National Park, and Shivpuri River Rafting Point are the main attractions of Rishikesh. You must visit the restaurants The Sitting Elephant as well as Bistro Nirvana.
The best time to visit Rishikesh is from September-November and February-June. You can reach here by air via Grant Airport located in Dehradun or by rail through the nearest railway station at Haridwar Junction. Rishikesh can also be reached by road as it is well-connected to some of the main cities such as Delhi and Haridwar by road.
Varanasi – Spiritual City of India
It is known to be one of the oldest occupied cities globally and is still colonized. Varanasi includes various alleys that are crowded with temples. On either side, if River Ganga there are 88 ghats. Each of them is renowned individually. The Ganga Aarti that is performed at these ghats, especially at Dashashwamedh Ghat is breath-taking. You can also go on a sightseeing trip to Sarnath through this city. Ghats such as Manikarnika and Assi Ghats along with Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple and Chunar Fort must be visited when you are in Varanasi.
Enjoy a boat ride in River Ganga in the early morning and witness the sunset at the Varanasi ghats. Shop at local markets, buy Benarasi sarees that are famous worldwide, and enjoy local street foods. November-March is the best time to visit Varanasi as during the winters the city is at its best. The airport of Varanasi is known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport. Book a train to Kashi Railway Station or Varanasi Junction to reach here. State buses can also be availed between this city and its nearby ones.
Delhi – Capital City of India
When in India for the first time, you must visit its capital. It is a dynamic and busy city that has many great places to keep its tourists engaged and entertained. You can plan a 2-3 days trip for exploring the entire city. Red Fort, India Gate, RashtrapatiBhavan, Lotus Temple, Akshardham, Jama Masjid and QutubMinar are some of the places worth visiting in Delhi. You must visit ChandniChowk and satisfy your appetite at ParanthawaliGali.
You can reach different places in Delhi easily by availing metro as most of the locations are appropriately connected to the nearest metro stations directly or indirectly. Delhi winters are pleasant, and thus you must visit Delhi any time between October-March. Indira Gandhi International Airport is Delhi’s airport, and you can also reach here by taking a train to New Delhi station and Old SabziMandi, HazratNizamuddin railway station. Bus services are also available from some cities such as Agra, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Shimla, Dehradun, etc.
Agra – Home City of TajMahal
City of Agra is located on the bank of River Yamuna. Agra is the home city of beautiful and historical monuments of TajMahal. Taj is famous as one of the wonders of the worldbuilt by Mughal Emperor ShahaJahan in memory of his beloved wife MumtazMahal. TajMahal attracts the millions of tourist across the world throughout the year. Kheria Airport is the nearest airport which is approx. 13 km from the Agra city which is well connected from Delhi.
There are so many other tourist attractions in Agra except TajMahal such as Agra fort, Akbar’s Tomb, FatehpurSikri, Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Jama Masjid, MehtabBagh, and many more. Kinari Bazaar and Sadar Bazaar are the two famous shopping place in Agra. Winters is the best time to visit Agra. During winter, weather is so pleasant for sightseeing. Agra can be easily visited by same day Agra tours from Delhi or you can also take Overnight Agra tour. There are so many tour and travels agents are providing the Agra tour packages.
Tourists who visit India wishes to observe the simple lifestyle, become aware of the Indian culture, enjoy the thrill, and visit the main attractions. We have shortlisted the top places that will offer you high chances of discovering the best of India. Thus you can have your itineraries well customized and have a pleasant and memorable vacation during your first trip to India.I am Alice Thomas and i loves to explore new places. Traveling to offbeat, exciting destinations, meeting new people, and learning about new cultures has been one of my main passions in life. Follow Alice Thomas