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A-Z of Western and Northern India: Best Tourist Places

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The length and breadth of India is full of different sights and sounds. After bringing you the best tourist places in South India , we now bring you the best tourist places in Northern and Western India. From the numerous world heritage sites dotting Agra to Madhya Pradesh, to the caves of Ajanta and Ellora and the natural beauty of Dehradun and Leh, there is a mix of religion, adventure and nature for everyone. Native Planet brings you the best tourist places in Northern and Western India

Ajanta Caves
  

Ajanta Caves

The 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave temples in Aurangabad, Maharashtra are described as "the finest surviving examples of Indian art" .They are also a UNESCO recognised 'World Heritage site'

Agra
  

Agra

Home to the Taj Mahal, this has also got two more World Heritage sites in the form of the Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri

Bhimbetka
  

Bhimbetka

Another world heritage site, the cave paintings of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh, showcase the earliest traces of life in the Indian sub-continent.

Corbett National Park
  

Corbett National Park

The oldest national park in the country, Corbett is also worth a visit to get a glimpse of the last remaining tigers in the wild

Dehradun
  

Dehradun

Famous for its nearby picturesque getaways like Mussorie and Nainital, this beautiful capital city of Uttarakhand is a must-visit for those seeking to get away from the buzz of the cities

Elephanta Caves
  

Elephanta Caves

These are a group of Hindu and Buddhist temples located on the island of Elephanta off Mumbai and attract tourists from across the world

Ellora Caves
  

Ellora Caves

 Ellora caves are also rock-cut cave temples which  are also listed as world heritage sites. Three groups of caves exist - Hindu, Buddhist and Jain. Here is how to reach these caves. 

Fatehpur Sikri
  

Fatehpur Sikri

Another world heritage site located in Agra, this city is a fine example of Mughal grandeur.

Gir National Park
  

Gir National Park

The only home of the Asiatic Lions, this is a must-see place in Gujarat. 

Haridwar
  

Haridwar

Regarded as one of the seven holiest places of worship for the Hindus, the name literally means 'gateway of the gods'.  Here is how to go to Haridwar.

Jaipur
  

Jaipur

The 'Pink city' of Rajasthan is a place to see forts and palaces and revel in royal delights. Enjoy your stay here in some of the former palaces that have been turned into hotels

Khajuraho
  

Khajuraho

Another world heritage site, the erotic sculpture of the 22 temples here depicting various scenes of worldly pleasures is world-famous.

 

 

Leh
  

Leh

In Jammu and Kashmir, Leh's scenic beauty is spell-binding. It is also home to the highest motorable pass in the world

 

Mumbai
  

Mumbai

One of the richest cities in the world, and the wealthiest city in India, Mumbai needs no introduction. Check out some of the best hotels to stay in Mumbai. 

Mountain Railway- Himachal
  

Mountain Railway- Himachal

The toy trains of Himachal have been around for more than 100 years and a ride in them is a must to get a snapshot of life in the hills!

Manali
  

Manali

What better way to take a break from the sweltering summers than to head to the cool climes of Manali. Tourists must visit the Great Himalayan National Park, Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley and the tiny lake of the Beas Kund and Rohtang Pass.

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers
  

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers

Located in the lap of the Himalayas, meadows of alpine flowers stretch as far as the eye can see and seem to meet the clouds. The gentleness of the valley complements the ruggedness of the Nanda Devi mountain 

Pune
  

Pune

This ancient city, traces its history far back to the 9th century and was once the seat of the Maratha kingdom. Despite the growing demands of modernization, there are still remnants of the old-world charm to be found here. Look around and soak in the age. 

Rann of Kutch
  

Rann of Kutch

Let the vastness of the Great Rann of Kutch, salt desert envelop you and make you feel the fleeting nature of time and the power of nature

Sanchi Stupa
  

Sanchi Stupa

The oldest stone structure in India , the Sanchi Stupa, dates from the time of King Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C. Madhya Pradesh has many other attractions to check out too. 

Varanasi
  

Varanasi

The holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism,  Varanasi is also one of the oldest continously inhabited cities in the world

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