Local Tourism in India

Find inspiration for things to do and places to visit in India...

India is a popular tourist destination due to its geographical and cultural diversity. Tourists may visit beaches, islands, mountains, desert, national parks, temple towns, palaces and forts, ashrams, tea and coffee plantations, tribal villages and big cities.

Popular Destinations

Rajasthan: The western desert state is home to numerous maharajas’ forts and palaces, many of which have been converted into hotels. Camel safaris are also popular.

  • For more information on things to see and do in Rajasthan: Click here

The Taj Mahal: Located in the city of Agra, just south of New Delhi, this is India’s most iconic monument.

  • The Taj Mahal has an official website with information on its history and practical information for visitors: Click here

South Indian temples: The temples of Mahabalipuram, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Tanjavur, Kumbakonam and Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu are a popular destination. Karnataka also has many heritage sites, including the temples of Belur, Halebid, Sravanabelagola, Badami and Pattadakal.

  • For more information on visiting Tamil Nadu temple towns: Click here
  • For more information on Karnataka temples: Click here

Hampi: The former capital of the Vijayanagar empire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • For more information on visiting Hampi: Click here

The Kerala backwaters: A traditional fishing boat, or a more upmarket house boat, can be hired for a leisurely cruise through the picturesque series of canals, lagoons and lakes set in coconut groves in this southern state.

  • The Kerala Tourism website provides more details on backwater cruises: Click here

Goa: The beaches, laid back atmosphere and liberal alcohol laws in this Christian state make it an ever-popular destination for foreigners.

  • For more information on destinations in Goa: Click here

Wildlife and national parks: India is home to a large number of designated national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including several tiger reserves.

  • A national park list is available on the non-profit travel and tourism organisation Indian Travel website: Click here
  • For a list of national parks from tour operator India Wildlife Resorts: Click here

Official Tourist Offices

Each of India’s 28 states and 7 territories has its own tourist office that provides information on popular destinations as well as practical details on accommodation and travel tips.

  • Operated by the Ministry of Tourism, the Incredible India website provides useful information on tourist sites and attractions across all regions: Click here

When planning a trip to a particular state or territory, the best source of information is the state tourism website, which gives a general idea of the destinations and type of experiences on offer.

North India

North-east India

Eastern India

South India

Western India

Central India

Islands