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50 Things To See in India Before You Die

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India is known across the world for its rich culture and heritage. With its unique art forms, festivals, palaces, caves, and other unique features which no other country possesses, India is undoubtedly one of the top destinations among foreign travellers.

Visiting the whole of India may not be possible as the nation has innumerous tourist attractions that may catch your attention. However, you still can cover some of the best places and also experience some of the unique activities the country has to offer. Keeping in mind the busy lives each of us leads, we have compiled a list of some of the best experiences you can enjoy in Incredible India.

Let us check out the 50 things to see in India before you die!

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra are among the best things you shouldn't miss in India. The 34 rock-cut caves of Ellora and the 24 caves in Ajanta are definitely worth an explore.

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Amarnath Cave Temple, J&K

Located around 3888m above sea level, the Amarnath cave temple is one of the unique attractions in Jammu & Kashmir. The cave is around 5000 years old.

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Charminar, Telangana

Charminar is a monument and mosque in Hyderabad, which is among the best monuments in India. If you're to visit the city, don't forget to visit this stunning structure.

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Golconda Fort, Telangana

Golconda, also known as Gol konda (round shaped hill) and Golla Konda (Shepherd Hill) is a citadel and fort located in Telangana. Located around 11km from Hyderabad, this fort complex is one among the best in India, which is partially in ruins today.
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Gateway of India, Maharashtra

The Gateway of India is located in Mumbai in Maharashtra. This stunning structure is built using a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture.

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Golden Temple, Punjab

The Golden Temple at Amritsar is one of the most visited tourist attractions of India. This Sikh pilgrimage centre is among the top holy structures built in India, and is a must-visit.

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Gomateswara Statue, Karnataka

The 17-5m tall statue of Gomateswara is among the top attractions of Karnataka. This monolithic statue which is a symbol of Jainism in India, is not to be missed in Shravanabelagola.

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Hawa Mahal, Rajasthan

Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace is one of the major attractions of Jaipur in Rajasthan. This five-storeyed structure is built using pink sandstone, and is an architectural wonder to behold!

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Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret, and the second highest minaret in India. This World Heritage Site is not to be missed in India.

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Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid in Delhi is one of the oldest mosques in India. It also is the largest mosque in the country.

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Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort in Delhi is among the stunning monuments in India that are not to be missed. It was built by the famous Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

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Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is one of the places in India that takes you to a different world with its palaces, forts and temples that are in ruins today. If you're visiting Karnataka, don't miss to visit Hampi!

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Mysore Palace, Karnataka

The Mysore Palace in Mysore is one of the best palaces in South India. Don't miss the nights when the whole palace is lit up, lighting the whole region with its golden shimmer. This was the permanent residence of the Mysore royal family.

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Pamban Bridge, Tamil Nadu

The Pamban Bridge at Rameswaram is one of the unique attractions of India, and is among the most beautiful bridges of the nation. This 2.3km long bridge is India's first sea bridge, which connects Rameswaram to the mainland.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Maharashtra

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was known as Victoria Terminus, is a historical railway station in Mumbai which is known for its architectural expertise. Built in Victorian Gothic architectural style, this is one of the best monuments in India.

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Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

The Konark Sun Temple is one of the famous attractions of Odisha. Located in Konark, the temple is built in the shape of a chariot, and the whole temple is an architectural wonder with its intricate carvings and images on the walls.

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Puri Jagannath Temple, Odisha

Located around 60km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar, Puri is a place that is synonymous with the world famous Puri Jagannath Temple. Built in 12th century, this temple is famous for its Rath Yatra.

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Brihadeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu

Brihadeswara Temple is built using the ancient Dravidian style of architecture, and is one of the largest temples in India which is also known for its Tamil architecture. The temple is also a UNESCO site.

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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh are known for their stunning architecture and historical relevance. Popular for their erotic art, the temple has many statues and other images carved that depict the activities of daily life.

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Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh

If you've still not visited Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, this is probably to be included in your next major travel plan. It is also believed that Emperor Shah Jahan had the arms of the artisans removed so that they no such architectural wonder is rebuilt.

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India Gate, New Delhi

India Gate is one of the prime attractions in India. This national monument is located in Delhi, and is a must-visit attraction. This 42m tall structure is built similar to that of 'Arc de Triomphe' in Paris.

Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya

The living root bridges in Meghalaya are a unique wonder which is not to be missed. These strange bridges were built by the Khasi tribe here using the roots of rubber trees.

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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram is one of the major destinations in South India. It is known for its stunning Shore Temple. The place also has several monuments worth exploring, that are believed to have been built between the 7th century and 9th century.

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Majuli Island, Assam

Majuli in Assam is the world's largest river island, spreading across a vast area of 1250 sq. km. As years pass by, Majuli gets smaller in area, thus is to be visited before this breathtaking destination vanishes!

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Chettinad Palace, Tamil Nadu

The Chettinad Palace located in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu is one of the finest examples of Chettinad architecture. The palace dates back to the 1912, and is a beautiful place to visit to see the architectural expertise with which it was built.

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Murudeshwar, Karnataka

The Shiva Temple at Murudeswar in Karnataka is among the best temples of India. The Shiva statue here is the world's second tallest Shiva statue, and is a treat to the eyes.

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Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer is among the top forts in India. This fort, fondly called the 'Pride of Jaisalmer' is often visited by foreign tourists for its wonderful architecture and shimmering beauty.

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Howrah Bridge, West Bengal

Located in Kolkata, the Howrah Bridge is yet another place you should visit in India before you die. Built across river Hooghly, this bridge is one of the best tourist attractions of the nation. The is India's largest cantilever bridge.

Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, Maharashtra

The Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, popularly called as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, is located in Mumbai. The 8 lane bridge is 5.6km long, and is a major tourist attraction of the city.

Chand Baori, Rajasthan

Chand Baori, India's most beautiful stepwell, is located in Abhaneri in Rajasthan. Built in the 9th century, this stepwell had served as the biggest source of water for Rajasthan during the times of drought.

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Tehri Dam, Uttarakhand

India's tallest dam, Tehri Dam, is located in Uttarakhand. Built across river Bhagirathi, this dam is also the world's 8th tallest dam.

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Akshardham Temple, Delhi

Located close to Delhi, Akshardham is one of the temple complexes you should not miss in India. The temple boasts of India's culture, heritage and architecture, making it even more attractive to a traveller.

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Meenakshi Amman Temple, Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Amman Temple, or Meenakshi Amman Kovil, located in Madurai, is one of the major temples of the city and among the most visited temples in India.

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Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari is one of the best travel destinations in India. It is known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets that throws hues on the skies. The Vivekananda Statue here is also something not to be missed here!

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Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

India never stops to surprise a traveller. Lepakshi is another breathtaking destination you should visit in your lifetime. The granite monolithic sculpture of Nandi here is an architectural marvel. It is also the largest monolithic Nandi in India.

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Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, the Buddhist viahara at Sanchi is known for its great Sanchi stupa. It is one of the best preserved ancient stupas of central India.

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Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Madhya Pradesh

Among the temples that belong to Khajuraho Group of Monuments, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is the most famous among all. This temple is a masterpiece of architecture, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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Bateswar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

Bateswar temple complex is located at Morena in Madhya Pradesh. This is an archaeological site that is worth an explore. There are around 200 temples here that you may visit ona trip to this place.

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Chausath Yogini Temple, Madhya Pradesh

The Chausath Yogini Temple is one of the ancient temples in India, and a significant attraction of Madhya Pradesh. Located in Morena, is one of the very few Yogini temples in India. It is said that the Parliament House in Delhi was designed on the model of this temple.

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Saas-Bahu Temple, Madhya Pradesh

The Saas-bahu Temple is located in located in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Though the name invokes curiosity among travellers, it has nothing to do with a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. The temple's actual name is Sahastra Bahu, which is synonymous to Lord Vishnu.

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Bhojeswar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

Bhojeswar Temple is one of the unique temples in India. This incomplete temple has a shivalinga which is the world's tallest shivalinga that is built from a single rock. It is a sight worth visiting.

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Located in Uttar Pradesh, the Varanasi ghats are not to be missed. The Ganga aarti, the ghats where each ghat has its significance; Varanasi is a pilgrim's paradise.

Belum Caves, Andhra Pradesh

Belum Caves are one of the top attractions of India. Located at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, Belum caves are the longest of all the caves in the plains of India.

Lakshman Jhula, Uttarakhand

This iron suspension bridge is located in Muni ki Reti in Uttarakhand. Built over the Ganges, it is also a major landmark of Rishikesh.

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Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Gujarat

Built in 1890, Lakshmi Vilas Palace was the residence of the royal family of Vadodara (formerly known as Baroda). This magnificent structure is one worth exploring.

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Amar Mahal Palace, Jammu

Amar Mahal Palace is one of the beautiful palaces in Gujarat, which is today a museum. It was built in the 19th century, and has many exhibits from the royal past of the place that includes a golden throne weighing 120kg.

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Bangalore Palace, Karnataka

The Bangalore Palace is one of the prime attractions of Karnataka and is located at the Palace Gardens in Bengaluru. The palace is also known as the Indian Windsor Caste or its resemblance to Windsor Castle in England.

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Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur Maratha Palace, which is locally known as Aranmanai, is one of the best attractions of Tamil Nadu. The palace was the residence of the Bhonsle family who ruled the region of Thanjavur.

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Amar Singh Palace, Rajasthan

The stunning structure of Amar Singh Palace is located near to the Amar Singh Lake which is located around 7km from Jaisalmer, one of the best tourist destinations of Rajasthan. The palace complex has temples, havelis and beautiful carvings on the walls of the stepwells.

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Neermahal, Tripura

Neermahal, or the Water palace is yet another splendid piece of architecture that is to be seen in India. You can experience the architectural marvel that is close to Taj Mahal, that too standing in water!

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