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World Tourism Day 2017: Here’s a checklist of the most popular destinations across India

On World Tourism Day (September 27), take a sneak peek at some of the most popular destinations for tourists. Book those tickets now!

travel Updated: Sep 27, 2017 11:03 IST
Leh-Ladakh boasts of snow-laden Himalayan ranges, lush green landscapes, sparkling blue waters, deep gorges and colourful Buddhist monasteries.
Leh-Ladakh boasts of snow-laden Himalayan ranges, lush green landscapes, sparkling blue waters, deep gorges and colourful Buddhist monasteries.(Shutterstock)

India has an array of exotic locations that can leave you spellbound — from trails of architectural wonders, to the tranquillity of the hills, mesmerising seas and wildlife experiences. On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Paytm Travel lists the 10 most popular destinations in India:

* Kashmir: Snow-clad peaks, lush green valleys, Alpine villages, cascading waterfalls, and flower gardens; Kashmir is truly a ‘Paradise on Earth’. The picturesque Dal Lake is a must-visit and during winter, you can enjoy the boat ride here.

* Agra, Uttar Pradesh: Agra is popular for its prized possession — the Taj Mahal — one among the seven wonders of the world. People from across the world visit this magnificent town to get a glimpse of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort which is an integral part of British history in India. The fort was the site of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and today, it’s one of the world heritage sites recognised by UNESCO. This beautiful fort, located by the Yamuna river, features a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture.

The natural beauty and grandeur of Goa is at its best during the monsoon. (Shutterstock)

* Leh-Ladakh: Majestic snow-laden Himalayan ranges, a lush green landscape, sparkling blue waters, deep gorges and colourful Buddhist monasteries; Leh-Ladakh has it all. Tourists throng to Leh-Ladakh during the monsoon since it becomes accessible via road.

* Goa: Goa is the perfect place for a vacation. But there is more to Goa than beautiful beaches and picturesque landscapes; the natural beauty and grandeur of this destination is at its best during the monsoon.

* Kanyakumari: Also known as Cape Comorin, it is the place where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet. The darkening horizon is a sight to behold and you must visit this destination to enjoy some moments of solitude. Witness the spectacular sunset here.

Visit Lake Pichola for a memorable boating experience. (Shutterstock)

* Udaipur: In Udaipur, you can live like a king in the fortress of luxury. Also known as City of Lakes, Udaipur offers a variety of activities for your family. Visit Lake Pichola for a memorable boating experience.

* Alleppey: The enchanting backwaters at Alleppey, Kerala, are famous for their amazing boathouses and boat rides. You can book a boathouse for an entire day. You can also take your kids canoeing to enjoy the serene landscape.

* Darjeeling: Bounded by pristine Himalayan peaks and surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, Darjeeling is rightly West Bengal’s foremost attraction. From July to September, it is high cropping time at Darjeeling’s tea estates, and the fresh and green scenery make the state a must-visit.

* Ajanta Caves: Ajanta Caves were first discovered in 1819, when a British tiger hunting party stumbled upon them. These 30 marvellous caves have been carved into a giant cliff-face, decorated with Buddhist religious art. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, the caves contain ‘the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly paintings’.

* Jim Corbett National Park: Set in the foothills of the Himalayan belt, and concealed with lush greenery, Jim Corbett National Park is enthralling. Keep your cameras ready to capture rare images of the Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife species while they are resting in their habitat. After your jeep safari, you can relax with your family at one of the resorts, located inside the park.

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