What are the top 10 tourist states in India?

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India is a great tourist destination that offers enormous amusement with its infinite beauty for tourists all over the world. India has a huge list of destinations; from picturesque destinations to historical sites, from the bustling streets of cities to the destination that offers ultimate relaxation. Every state in India is famous for its rich diversity, culture, dances, festivals, and many more things. It is very tough for a traveler to select which state should be their next tourist destination.

Covering all the states with their uniqueness is very difficult in a single post. Hence, we have shortlisted the top 10 tourist states based on our traveling experience.

Here is the list of top 10 tourist states as a tourist destination:

Goa

Goa is the most attractive tourist destination in India. It is a very famous tourist destination not only for Indian tourists but for foreign tourists as well. The lush green swaying palm trees, beautiful sandy beaches, and relaxed vibe of the Goa is the reason that attracts thousands of tourists every year. This state is very famous among tourists because of its beaches, lifestyle, food, nightlife, yoga, shopping, water sports activities, adventure activities, and many more things.

top 10 tourist states in India
Goa

The major attraction points in the Goa are massage, Flea markets & shopping, water sports activities like cruising, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples, and wildlife sanctuaries. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Basilica of Se Cathedral, Mangueshi Temple, Dudhsagar Falls, Shantadurga, Anjuna Beach, Aguada Fort, and Chapora Fort.

Jammu & Kashmir

One of the most breath-taking and stunning places in India is Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmir is known as the Heaven on the earth.

Kashmir has so many picturesque lakes, scenic places, lush green gardens with colorful flowers and a valley like a paradise with snow-covered peaks of mountains.

It is the best place for tourists to visit during vacation; you can enjoy the incredible Shikara boat ride on Dal Lake.

top 10 tourist states in India
Jammu & Kashmir

Dal Lake is the prettiest place in Srinagar, where you can stay in houseboats, having a beautiful mountain at surrounding and eating food in the houseboat is an incredible experience. The beauty of Kashmir, with its breath-taking views, is captivated tourists, heart and soul, forever.

You can buy the traditional Kashmiri Handlooms items and handicrafts and must try the famous Wazwan delicacies on your vacation in Kashmir.

The major attractions points in Jammu & Kashmir are Dal Lake, Srinagar Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Yeusmarg and Mughal Gardens, Leh Ladakh and many more.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan means the land of kings in English; it is one of the most historic and famous regions of India. Rajasthan conjures up images of the Mughal Empire and the Maharajas. You will find the majestic forts, ancient temples, and many historical places here in Rajasthan.

In Rajasthan, there is more history than all of India; it’s the land of precious jewels, land of camels, and stretching desert landscapes. The vast sand dunes of the Thar Desert attract millions of tourists from around the globe every year.

Top 10 tourist states in India
Rajasthan

There are plenty of colorful festivals throughout the years in different cities. Apart from historically rich heritage there also many more beautiful places you must visit such as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, and Desert National Park.

In Rajasthan, you will taste some of the delicious Indian cuisine, a mix-up of vegetables, natural homemade spices and buttermilk. Dal Bhatti Churma is a very famous cuisine of Rajasthan.

The major attractions points in Rajasthan are Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Pushkar, Mount Abu, Chittorgarh and many more.

Delhi

Delhi is the capital of India, and it is an excellent travel destination. Delhi is very famous among all the tourists due to its rich history, culture, monuments & street foods. Delhi can be seen in two parts i.e. Old Delhi & New Delhi. The New Delhi is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens & Herbert Baker and it is famous for its British colonial architecture, wide roads, etc. while Old Delhi which was the capital of many rulers ruled India & it is famous for its rich history & monuments.

Top 10 tourist states in India
Delhi

The major attraction points in Delhi are India Gate, Sansad Bhawan, Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Akshardham and many more.

Gujarat

Located on India’s western coast, Gujarat is a very famous state of India. It is the city of Lord Krishna & the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gujarat always a dream vacation destination for tourists from all over the world. Millions of tourists visit every year to see the archaeological sites, beaches, temples, rich history & culture of Gujarat. 

Gujarat has the largest protected area for the Asiatic lions, the region called Gir National Park. Gir National Park is the largest habitat for Asiatic Lions in India. It also has The Sambar, the Indian deer, fox, crocodile which attracts thousands of travelers who love wildlife.

Top 10 tourist states in India
Gujarat

Rani Ki Vav, Patan, which is also listed as a heritage site by UNESCO is located in Gujarat. It is the most precious human-made step wells which are founded by Rani Udaymati in the loving memory of her beloved husband, Bhimadev. It has seven levels of stairs decorated with sculptures of the Lord Vishnu.

The famous Somnath Temple also located in Gujarat, Somnath temple is one of the holiest Jyotirlingas in India.

Other major attractions points of Gujarat are great Rann of Kutch, Dwarkadheesh temple, Sabarmati Ashram, Statue of Unity, Dumas Beach & many more.

Kerala

The next state in this list is Kerala refer as God’s own country.  It is the most beautiful state of India nicknamed as “10 paradises of the world” as national geographic.  The unique culture & traditions of Kerala coupled with its varied demography has made it one of the popular tourist destinations in India. Here you will find beaches, historical monuments, enthralling waterfalls and some break taking hill stations.

Top 10 tourist states in India
Kerala

The popular attractions in the state include the hill stations of Munnar, Thekkady, Ramakkalmedu Nelliampathi, Ponmudi and Wayanad; the beaches at Kovalam, Kappad, Muzhuppilangad, Cherai and Varkala; forts like the Bekal Fort in Kanhangad and St. Angelo’s Fort in Kannur and the National Parks/ Wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh lies in the dense forests and the foothills of the snow-covered Himalayan mountain range. You can watch the snow-covered mountain amidst lush green forests.

Himachal Pradesh is the ideal place to visit in summer, to beat the heat in summer, you must visit Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Dharamshala, and Dalhousie. There are many reasons to visit the state, but the most popular ones are Shimla.

Top 10 tourist states in India
Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is the prettiest place with snow-covered mountains; it has the largest shopping areas. If you are planning to spend vacations in India, you must visit Shimla Ridge, Mall road, Tara Devi Temple, and Summer Hills. It is also the best place for tourists to do adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing.

West Bengal

West Bengal, one of the famous states in India located in the eastern part of India and famous for its marvelous landscape & natural beauty.  Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal known as a city of joy and a city of palaces. 

Top 10 tourist states in India
West Bengal

The must-see places in West Bengal are Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Darjeeling, Malda, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Eden Gardens, and many more.

Madhya Pradesh

Among the top 10 tourist states in India, the next is Madhya Pradesh. It is the heart of India and it is located in the center of India. It is the home to the cultural heritage of all the religions and famous for monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts, and palaces spread all across the state.

Top 10 tourist states in India
Madhya Pradesh

This state is very famous in the world for its wildlife, heritage, temples and water bodies.

The attraction points in the MP are temples of Khajuraho, Sanchi stupa, Kanha National Park, Gwalior fort and many more.

Karnataka

Karnataka is also known as the land of the temple due to enormous religious temples in the state. It is the fourth most popular state for tourism among all the states.

The state of Karnataka famous for its scenic places, attracting tourists all over the year.

Temple Hampi is a World Heritage site by UNESCO; it is best to place for tourists to walk among ruin and Hindu temples.

This ancient place in the Bellary district has also ruined reminiscent of the Vijayanagara Empire which once held power over south India

Top 10 tourist states in India
Karnataka

If you are planning to visit Karnataka state, don’t miss the elephant stables and Virupaksha temple. The state is the home of many beautiful hill stations that provide a relaxing vibe.

Kemmangundi and Agumbe well known for the rainforest and waterfalls fantastic waterfalls. Chikmagalur and Cog are well known and famous for the coffee and tea plantations. If you love trekking, you must visit BR Hills and historic Madikeri.

The major attractions points in this state are Coorg, Gokarna, Hampi, Gol Gumbaz Bijapur, Ravana Phadi cave at Aihole (Pattadakal) and many more.

Uttar Pradesh

Situated in the northern part of India, Uttar Pradesh is a great place as a tourist destination for all travelers. It is a place of historical monuments, religious places, very rich cultural heritage and traditions.  It is the home of the Taj Mahal, one among seven wonders of the world, and the holiest city of Hindu, Varanasi. 

Top 10 tourist states in India
Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is also famous for the variety of cuisine as well like Awadhi cuisine, Mughlai cuisine, and Kumauni cuisine, etc. The famous cities and must-visit cities of Uttar Pradesh are Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan, Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Hastinapur and many more.

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