India is often visited by foreigners. The nation has plenty of tourist destinations that take you back in time through battles, tell you about the culture and heritage of the places, about the legends associated with them, and about why India is unparalleled when it comes to tourism with a mix of everything that a traveller seeks for. Here are some of the best places in India often visited by foreigners.
A splendid view of Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal, the world famous mausoleum in Agra is one of the tourist attractions in India that are often visited by foreigners. This World Heritage Site sees most number of tourists from October to February as they are the best time to visit Agra. The Shah Jahan-Mumtaz love story is what makes this mausoleum unique. Here are some interesting facts about Taj Mahal.
One of the temples in Khajuraho
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The Temples at Khajuraho
The temples at Khajuraho are popular for their sensual sculptures and erotic wall carvings. This UNESCO site is a cluster of Hindu and Jain temples that portray the best of temple art and architecture. Every March the village of Khajuraho celebrates Khajuraho Dance Festival held at the temples here.
The interios of Mehrangarh Fort
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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
The beautiful Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is one that gives us a glimpse into the royal lives of the Rajputs. Around a kilometre away from the fort, you can find the marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II which is also known as the 'Taj Mahal of Marwar'.
Qutub Minar, Delhi
Qutub Minar is one of the most popular tourist places in India. Being the highest tower of India, Qutub Minar is also one of the important historical monuments in India. Here are some interesting facts that make the monument unique from the rest.
The majestic Mysore Palace at night!
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Mysore Palace, Mysore
After Taj Mahal, Mysore Palace is the second most visited monument in India. This architectural wonder is believed to have built in 15 years. The architecture used here is Indo-Sarcenic architecture which is a blend of Hindu, Rajput, Muslim and gothic styles of architecture. Here are some interesting facts about this palace.
Agra Fort, Agra
The Agra Fort in Agra is one of the popular tourist attractions visited by foreigners. The beauty of the fort lies in its Mughal architecture. The majestic fort has an octagonal tower Musamman Burj, from where Taj Mahal could be viewed. The fort was built by Akbar as a military structure, which was later transformed into a palace by his son, Shah Jahan.
A houseboat cruise
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Backwaters in Kerala
Foreigners flock to enjoy house boat rides and also to be a part of the boat races that take place in Kerala during the season of Onam. Houseboats are generally packed with tourists during almost all seasons except peak summers.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Located close to Delhi, the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is one of the stunning pieces of temple architecture. The temple complex is a spiritual-cultural complex which is also a great insight to the glorious past of India in terms of art, culture, heritage and spirituality, which has contributed to the progress and mental harmony among mankind.