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Top 10 Cities to visit on your First Trip to India

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - May 16, 2014

On a tourist’s first trip to India, chalking out a list of places to visit could be a daunting task. We at goroadtrip.com can make the task easier by producing a list of ten important cities that should figure on your first visit.

Delhi:

Start with the capital. This metro is much more than a legislative and judiciary hub. It is a centre for tourism, cultural activities, fashion, gastronomical delights and bustling nightlife. Visit the Red Fort, Lotus Temple, QutubMinar and Jama Masjid. Shop to your heart’s content at Sarojini Nagar Market or Connaught Place. Enjoy parathas, jelebis and mouth tickling chaats atChandniChowk. Delhi wraps them all up for you in one delightful parcel.

Udaipur:

Located in Rajasthan, Udaipur caters to your romantic side. With lovely lakes that stun you with their beauty, majestic palaces and forts and remarkable temples, this city has been a favourite of movie makers including ones from Hollywood. Be a part of India’s vibrant culture in Udaipur as it hosts colourful fairs and celebratory festivals all year long.

Varanasi:

For a first-hand experience of the spiritual side of India, visit Varanasi which is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world dating back to the 11th century. Be prepared to lose yourself in quiet devotion on the banks of the Ganges with the backdrop of temples and the sight of orange robes.

Jaipur:

Famously called ‘Pink City’ because of its many pink buildings, Jaipur is part of the golden triangle along with Agra and Delhi which are a must visit when in North India. The many forts and palaces of Jaipur take you back in time.

Agra:

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal, Agra figures on a tourist’s list by default. Along with the Taj Mahal, the other two UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit in Agra are the Agra Fort and Fathepur Sikri.

Kolkata:

Kolkata was the pet of the English and this comes across in many of the British monumental gems seen in the city. This fascinating capital of West Bengal is a city of contrasts and you will get a glimpse of old and new India.

Bangalore:

Called the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is hugely popular with foreign tourists for its wonderful weather and cosmopolitan ways.

Mysore:

One of the most well planned cities in India, Mysore is fondly called as the cultural capital of Karnataka. In addition to its architectural wonders, Mysore is surrounded by natural attractions and is also famous for its yoga centres.

Chennai:

Often referred to as the gateway to South India, Chennai welcomes with its abundant rich heritage of historic temples, arts, music and culture. It is also famous for its silks. Additionally it is the most important medical tourism destination of India.

Mumbai:

The commercial hub of India, Mumbai caters to every need of a tourist. With an endless stream of attractions, eclectic mix of food and culture, Mumbai’s charm has been portrayed from time immemorial by Bollywood making an actual visit surreal.

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