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Here is an ultimate list of 61 top places to visit in India before you turn 40. Some places are popular that you must visit atleast once in a lifetime, others are completely offbeat destinations. Heritage, adventure sports destination in India, best family holiday destinations, luxury travel, budget trips in India or honeymoon, you will find answers to your every holiday craving. Scroll down to take a leisurely look at all these destinations or scan through the list here for quick mental tick of all the places you have knocked off your bucket list already. Remeber to drop your count in the comments below.
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61 Top Tourist Places In India Before You Turn 40
- New Delhi
- Ranthambore National Park
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Shanti Bhawan
- Andaman Islands
- Ellora Caves
- Periyar National Park
- Swaraj Dweep
- Nagarjuna Sagar
- Elephanta Caves
- Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital
- Valley of Flowers Trek
The blue city of of Jodhpur is famous for its enchanting turquoise rooftops and the mighty Mehrangarh fort but is not famous the world over for Umaid Bhawan, Priyanka and Nick’s Wedding Destination.
From Qutub Minar to Humayun’s toom and the magnificent Red Fort, the national capital offers grandiose and nostalgia, like none other Indian destination. Also home to some of the largest and best preserved museums in the country. For the rest there always is shopping.
One cannot NOT see the Mughal empire landmark the Taj Mahal before turning 40 ! The best ariel views are from the red walled Agra fort.
The unofficial and official party capital of India. Its best for bringing in the 30th, the 40th or annual ritual of beach vacation.
Bollywoodand all things glitz and glamour
Take a dip in the Sacred Ganges and visit close to 2000 Hindu temples
Go to Udaipur, the City of Lakes to see Indian history, Grand Royal Palace, culture, photography, museum, Indian heritage, Architecture, Fortress and more
Hot Springs, backpacking, skiing and the awe inspiring HImalayas
Sprawling tea estates and everyone’s favourite honeymoon destination in the hills.
The Queen of Hills, also the Summer Capital of British India
Backwater boathouse cruises in Kerala.
Read colourful palaces and lots of shopping for gem stones, gotta works and meenakari saree.
Night life, sprawlingbotanical gardens, and feel the pulse of the Indian Silicon valley in Bengaluru
This beautiful port city is home to 16th century Portuguese Churches and paradesi Synagogues
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
For your call of the wild
Famous for art galleries, the rosogullas and the jhal muri and phuchkas, the most authentic ones all year round and not just for Durga Puja. There always is the grandiose of the Era to witness and live the past.
The marina beach, temples, historical sites, waterfalls and beach front resorts.
Dominated by the breath-taking Jaisalmer fort, a sandstone citadel that’s home to many jian temples.
The city rooted in saint’s blessing built by emperor Akbar
For your regular dose of Sun, Sand and vitamin Sea
The heart postcard picture perfect Himalayas, Kangchenjunga near Darjeeling is the second highest peak, a bare 125 km away from Mount Everest.
Rabindra Nath Tagore’s adobe and a beautiful university complex
The Kama Sutra capital of the world though Chaturbhuj is the only temple in Khajuraho that lacks any erotic carvings making it suitable for family travel too
Dalai lama, Tibetan monasteries and base camp for mountain trails
Yoga, medication resorts and white water rafting in the Ganges
French Riviera of the East, Pondicherry truly lives up to its image with Mediterranean style mustard colored houses and bakeries in the Old Quarters. Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville draws a huge number of spiritually conscious visitors.
Sea front shore temples, from 7-8th century
Perfect for a photography trail and hipi style vacay in the stonehenge styled expansive 14th century ruins of Hampi, known internationally for bouldering and Ramayana depiction
Havelock islands, turquoise Andaman Sea and the best Suba Diving site in the country.
Mysore Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions after the Taj Mahal. An excellent opportunity to visit the palace of the famous Tipu Sultan and witness the remnants from the sultanate.
Amritasi Chole, Kulche and the Golden Temple
Head here for a holiday in the treehouse
Hundreds of temples, including the 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, this sacred town devoted to lord Bramha
Honeymooners, paragliders and adventurers paradise, all at the same time
Southmost tip of mainland India surrounded by the intoxicating beauty of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. What’s makes Kanyakumari truly special is that this is the only place where you can wake up to a sunrise on the beach and also see the sunset at the beach.
The cultural capital of Maharashtraand also short drive away from adventure destinations like Sinhagad and Kamshet.
The Ajanta and Ellora caves are separated by about 100km and are famous for Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples built over 800 years staring from awe insipring 2nd century BC.
The city of Nizams is one of the most wonderful cities in year and has countless experiences to offer to its visitors throughout the year.
Everyone’s favorite summer holiday destination in the hills for last 5 decades or so!
Go here to see the Meenakshi temple, palaces, the Gandhi Memorial, and festivals
Himalayan trekking base and also home to Buddhist sites.
PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK
Anyone with a love for wild life and wilderness has Periyar high on their bucket list.
Always been known for its historical monuments, exotic beaches, religious sites, and picturesque landscapes.
This paradise in the Andamans has pure white sandy beaches, rich coral reef and lush green meadows and also an elephant beach.
Go here to experience strawberry picking, horse riding and living up the Parsi life. Remember to visit to the Mapro’s strawberry jam farms in Mahabaleshwar
Take a ferry from the Gateway of India, sail in the Arabian Sea for half hour or so and get off on the other side, which is Alibaug, where the rich & famous boast of a weekend villa.
Home to the famous Kumbh Mela & also the “Wine Capital of India”
Exquisite Hindu temples made from local terracotta
Lined with temples dating back to the 12th century, this historical town in Telangana is a perfect destination to discover Indian heritage
Explore the Krishan River and the tallest masonry dams in the world here
A stone throw away from the historic cities of Srirangapatna and Mysore, Ranganathittu is home to the largest bird sanctuary in the state.
Coorg offer homestay accommodation. Form a relaxing spa to trekking, bird watching to spicy eye watering curry, there is something for everybody here.
The ultimate road trip with friends, watch the retreat ceremony, The Wagah border parade which is a must-see spectacle.
Glorious history of Mumbai that dates much beyond the British era, these caves are from 5-7th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
JIM CORBET NATIONAL PARK
Leaping leopards and Royal Bengal tigers on the prowl, visualize a first hand encounter with the big cats in this national park in Nainital
14th century beach town in the rural Tamil Nadu
Charming hill station surrounded by orchids, rose-gardens and lush green valleys bustling with adventure sports.
Competes with Cherrapunji as the wettest place on earth
Virgin forests, misty valleys, sparkling waterfalls and pre-historical caves in this hill station situated at the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu
VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK
Snowcapped mountains as the backdrop, endless miles of green meadows blend seamlessly with white clouds to create a rare connect with mother earth.
Head up to the ‘ski capital of Uttrakhand’ if you are looking at some outdoor adventure. Auli also has the majestic Nanda Devi – India’s second highest peak for a backdrop.
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