On the eve of India’s 75th Independence Day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Indians should try to travel to 20 must visit places in India.
Speaking at the Red Fort, he said, “We know that Indians are going abroad for tourism, but by 2022 India will be celebrating its 77th Independence Day. By then, Indians should be thinking of visiting 20 must visit places in India.”
In his opinion, even though about 10 crore people in the country travel to these minimum 20 places, it is 150 crore trips!
In India, which celebrates unity in diversity in terms of language, culture and food, the Medico topics (MT) hosts a selection of 20 must visit places in India for people to travel.
1. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Flight: About 88 km from Coimbatore Airport.
Train: 40 km from Mettupalayam railway station.
Ooty, also known as the Queen of the Hills, is located at an altitude of 2240 m in the Western Ghats. Developed by whites in the 1800s, the area is also home to the Thodar people.
2. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Flight: 67 km from Thiruvananthapuram Airport.
Train: Thirukkural Express and Jammu Tavi Himsagar Train will reach Kanyakumari Railway Station.
Kanyakumari, the southernmost part of India, was known as the Cape Comorin during the British rule.
In the majestic beach area with the 133 feet high statue of Thiruvalluvar, crowds flock in the evening to watch the sunset and moon rise at the same time.
3. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Flight: About 74 km from Rowriah Airport – 83 km from Dimapur Airport
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park is famous for its unicorns.
People from all over the world come here to sit on the elephant and see the single ivory rhinoceros.
To reach Kaziranga, it may be helpful to visit the Rowriah Airport in Jorhat, Assam. From there, one can reach Kaziranga by traveling 74 km. Apart from that, those traveling through Nagaland have to disembark at Dimapur Airport and travel a distance of 83 km.
4. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century. Taj Mahal is considered as Symbol of love, why because it was built by Humayun in her memory of Mumtaz. Following the Taj Mahal, the famous Fatehpur Sikri Fort is located in the same city. The city of Agra has various train services and convenient road facilities. Thus, those traveling by air or train often reach the Taj Mahal from Delhi. Taj Mahal is one of the most important of all 20 must visit places in India.
5. Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Bodh are one of the popular attractions in Bihar. The site is considered a holy place by Hindus and Buddhists. It is also believed that this is where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Gaya is a bustling city located on the banks of the Phalgu River and has many temples.
Although road, rail and air services to Gaya are available from many cities, air and rail travel is considered optimal.
6. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho is famous for its statues and carvings. Located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, this popular tourist destination is a very small town. Khajuraho is considered to be the finest example of Indian architecture.
Road, rail and air travel are available to Khajuraho. Khajuraho Airport can be reached by air from Delhi and Varanasi. The town can be reached at a distance of 8 km from there.
7. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The city of Banaras or Varanasi is considered a holy place by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, this city is a holy bathing spot for the Hindus. Sarnath and Kasi Vishwanathar Temple are some of the important places to visit here.
There are various airlines to reach Varanasi. There are also trains to Varanasi from various major cities in India such as Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
8. Sasan Gir National Park, Gujarat
The lions of Asia live in the Gir forest in the Somnath district of Gujarat. The people who live in this area are called Maldhari.
The lifestyle of these people adds a unique culture to the people of Gujarat. Here the lions live independently. Sometimes you can see them in nearby villages. It is noteworthy that the number of these lions has increased from 20 in 1931 to 523 in 2015. Four-horned antelope can be found only here in the world.
Gir Forest is located at a distance of 64 km from the airport in Diu. It can also be reached by traveling 170 km by road from the Rajkot area. This is the only place where you can see lions of all 20 must visit places in India.
9. Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
In the Kutch desert, there are two deserts. Spread over an area of 30 thousand square kilometers, this place is sure to amaze visitors. Every year, there is a festival called ‘Rann Utsav‘. The festival weeds out the best food, music and culture. Apart from this, Dholavira one of the excavated areas of Gujarat, is located at a distance of 280 km from here.
This desert is located at a distance of 53 km from Bhuj Airport. Also buses run from the same town. Bhuj Railway Station is located at a distance of 70 km from the desert.
10. Ramappa Temple, Telangana
Known as the Ramalingeswarar or Ramappa Temple, this temple is located in the village of Palampet in the Warangal district. The temple is said to date back to 1213 CE.
The temple is located at a distance of 70 km from Warangal and can be reached by road. It is located at a distance of 157 km from the Hyderabad Airport.
11. Borra Caves, Andhra Pradesh
Borra caves that stand as a witness to the times with folds of beautiful stones over the centuries. At 705 meters high, it is one of the largest caves in the world. Situated on the banks of the Gosthani River, these caves are surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Borra Caves are located in the Araku Valley, 90 km from the city of Visakhapatnam. If you travel by train, you can cross 30 beautiful caves and cross this 100 km in 5 hours via Visakhapatnam railway station.
12. Alappuzha, Kerala
Alappuzha, considered to be the city of Venice in the east, is famous for its natural resources. Staying in boats and fishing in the water is a popular tourist attraction. You can travel directly to Alappuzha by train or from Cochin Airport.
13. Hampi, Karnataka
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is one of the important tourist destinations in India.
Located in the Hospet region of Karnataka, Hampi is home to a wealth of ancient city structures and history. Hampi, home to many temples, is a popular destination not only for devotees but also for those who are more involved in travel.
If you want to travel by air to Hampi, which is full of public transport, you have to reach Bangalore Airport and catch the Hampi Express train from there.
14. Sri Amritsar Sahib, Punjab
Amritsar is the main city of the Sikhs. The Golden Temple, also known as the Harmandir Saqib, is the main attraction of the city.
It is also the site of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on April 13, 1919, in which General Edward Dyer, a British soldier, was assassinated.
The ashram of Lord Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, is located in Amritsar. Also, since the Wagah-Attari border between India and Pakistan is located there, no one going to Amritsar will miss the evening flag hoisting ceremony at the border.
In terms of transportation, Amritsar is a city with all the amenities like road, rail and air.
15. RupNagar, Punjab
RupNagar is one of the places where the Indus Valley Civilization was studied. The Museum of Archaeological Discoveries is also located there.
The first excavations of the Harappan community also took place here. Chandragupta’s gold, copper and copper coins were found here.
RupNagar is located at a distance of 40 km from Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab. You can also travel by train here.
16. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Created in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie, the place has beautiful mountains and rich natural resources. This area, which is rich in English-era constructions, usually welcomes more tourists during the summer months.
Those who wish to travel by air to this hilly region with excellent road facilities should take the road after reaching the Gaggal Airport in Kangra. Those who wish to travel by train should disembark at Pathankot Railway Station and travel 87 km by road.
17. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a scenic spot in the eastern part of India. It is a large group of about 500 small islands. There are 96 wildlife sanctuaries and 9 national parks.
The Andamans also have flights to various parts of India. They reach Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair.
Ships ply from Chennai and Kolkata to the Andamans three or four times a month for those who wish to sail. In conditions where the weather is good, the journey lasts 50-60 hours.
18. Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra
Ajanta Caves is located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. These Buddhist caves are said to date from the 2nd century BC to 480 AD.
Ajanta is a 2.5-hour drive from Aurangabad.
19. Tarkarli, Maharashtra
Tarkarli, a coastal village on the Arabian Sea, is famous for its beach beauty and silver sea sand. Sindhudurg Fort, built in the 17th century by the Marathas, is located here. To its east flows the calm Carly River. There are a lot of dolphins here.
Situated at a distance of 546 km from Mumbai, you can reach this village by bus and train.
20. Brihadeeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu
Train : 70 kms from Pudukkottai
Flight : 60 kms from Trichy International Airport New Terminal
Chola nation, a majesty and beauty will always be inhabited by this word. Thousands of years later, Rajaraja Chola is sure to be a treasure trove of what the great temple of Tanjore said about the cultural, devotional, literary, sculptural and pictorial civilizations that could not be destroyed by time, no matter how many kings ruled in that Chola country. That is, the amazing pride of the great temple.
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