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5 Places in India You Must See Before You Die

India is not just a geographical location. It's a land of a thousand gods, thousands of cultures, millions of people and a variety of landscapes. From foothills of Himalayas to paddy fields of Assam, to windy deserts of Rajasthan, to the coastline of Goa, India houses every kind of aesthetically appealing scenery. While there are 29 states in India, there are a few states which are more picturesque than the rest.

There is something about these places that leaves you awe-struck and that's why they all made it to our list of 5 Places in India You Must See Before You Die. We all have a travel bucket list which is mostly over-listed with European locations. But if you look around in your own country, India will surpass the most beautiful locations of Scandinavian countries. So let's have a look at the 5 most heavenly places in India that you need to see before you die.

1. Leh Ladakh

1. Leh Ladakh

First on the list is Leh Ladakh. Needless to say, a visit to Ladakh is a dream of every young Indian in their 20s. The mountain-ringed Ladakh is home to one of the most traditional Buddhist societies. People from all over the world come here to channel their inner thoughts. Here, visits involve exploring centuries-old monasteries, lively bazaars and ruins of castles.Explorers go by foot, bikes, camels and cars to absorb every moment of Ladakh's breathtaking scenery.

How To Reach

You can easily hire a delux bus or a rental car from Srinagar to Leh Ladakh. Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is directly connected to Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. Rail is not one of the best options to this area but if you are looking out for comfortable rail options: Pathankot and Chandigarh are the nearest railroad stations to Leh Ladakh.
Hot Spots In Leh Ladakh: Nubra Valley, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, etc.

Best Season To Visit: May to September

2. Jodhpur

2. Jodhpur

The city delivers the best pictures and is idyllic for photographers to drop by once in a while to capture the scenic beauty of Jodhpur. All the houses in the city are painted blue which contrast with the dusty desert town. If you are a lover of a selfie, you will ardently fall in love with this city. Besides its blue houses, Jodhpur also boasts about its age-old Rajasthani culture. Once you're in Jodhpur, it will be harder to leave the place.

How To Reach

You can reach the city via Jodhpur's domestic airport which is 5 km away from the main city. There are numerous buses that run every day between Jodhpur and Delhi. The road connectivity is pretty good between these two cities. Jodhpur rail routes are well connected by Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

Hot Spots In Jodhpur: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh, Jaswant Thada, etc.

Best Season To Visit: October to March

3. Hampi

3. Hampi

There is something about Hampi that attracts a variety of tourists. Be it its magnificent boulders or century-old architectural marvels, Hampi is loved by those who love everything regal. At the time of Vijayanagara dynasty, Hampi stood tall showing off its beautiful palaces and castles. They all lie in ruin now but as you manoeuvre through these castles, you can sense what beauties they must have been!

How To Reach

The nearest railway station from Hampi is in Hospet that is at a distance of 13 km. Hampi is well connected to small towns and cities via road. You can hop on daily buses that run from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Hubli to Hospet. From Hospet you can rent a car or a rickshaw to reach Hampi. The air travel is not popular but you can take a flight to Bellary airport, which is 350 km away from the town of Hospet.

Hot Spots In Hampi: Elephant Stables, Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple, etc.

Best Season To Visit: October to March

4. Goa

4. Goa

If you're born in India, there is no way you can escape the talks of Goa. Every Indian who has grown up in India, dreams of swimming in the beaches of Goa one day. Goa is not just a beach but it's a character - a character of fun, youth, energy and life. Goa teaches us how to live life to its fullest.
Apart from beautiful beaches, Goa also hosts weekly markets that are fancied by many locals and foreigners. The nightlife of Goa is compared to that of Pattaya. Goa is always alive, breathing life into every human that visits its beaches. And that's why Goa becomes a place that you must visit before you die.

How To Reach

You can reach Goa easily via flights. The Goa International Airport is located in Dabolim. The bus route is quite active and connected to the popular cities in India like Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, etc. The major railheads in Goa are located in Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama, which are well linked to cities like Mumbai and Bangalore.

Hot Spots In Goa: Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Fort Aguada, Museum of Christian Art, etc.

Best Season To Visit: Mid-November to mid-February

5. Pondicherry

5. Pondicherry

PC: Karthik Easvur

The French have left but they have left behind Pondicherry - a city that echoes French culture and customs from every corner. Pondy is so French that even the lane are written as "rue" and not road - "rue" is French for "a lane". You can cycle around the French Ville all day long and still never get bored of the French architectural marvel.
Besides the French building, you can even enjoy the classic French food that is served in almost all the cafes. And if you want to take a break from exploring the French culture, you can head to Aurobindo Ashram for an hour-long meditation. The amalgamation of French and Tamil cultures is what makes Pondicherry a must-visit.

How To Reach

The nearest rail station from Pondicherry is Villupuram, which well connected to cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Trivandrum. There are daily buses that run frequently from Chennai, Thanjavur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Madurai to Pondicherry.

Flights are not the better options as direct flights come in only from Bangalore and Hyderabad. However, you can get a connecting flight.

Hotspots In Pondicherry: Rock Beach, Pondicherry Museum, Aurobindo Ashram, etc.

Best Season To Visit: October to March

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