India is a paradise for those who love travelling and experiencing the vibrant cultures, astounding landscapes and adventurous trips to some of the most exquisite destinations. A country rich in tradition, India offers a platter of different flavours to different tourists.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in India which every tourist must visit at least once in their lifetime:

  • Kashmir

What better place to start the list than the ‘Heaven on Earth’, Kashmir? Explore the beautiful lakes, apple orchards, pine forests, and the picture-perfect valley enclosed by the Himalayan and Pir Panjal mountain ranges.

  • Ladakh

Touted to be among the most beautiful places in India, Ladakh offers you the combination of beautiful valleys, Buddhist monasteries, adventure sports and some of the highest mountain passes. Leh, Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley are the major tourist attractions that you should not miss.

  • Goa

If beaches and nightlife are your preferences, you cannot go wrong with Goa, one of the popular tourist places in India. You can plan a leisurely day at beach shacks or indulge in water sports. For a more relaxed getaway, you can choose a luxury stay in South Goa and relax at pristine beaches. Goa also offers you a slice of Portuguese culture in cuisine and also in its architecture.

  • Rajasthan

If you wish to dive into the royal past of India and experience the rich Indian culture, Rajasthan should feature on your list. The princely cities of Rajasthan offer palaces and forts for you to visit and learn about the reign of past kings and queens. For a desert safari, you can head to Jaisalmer. Pink city Jaipur and the Venice of the East, Udaipur, also offer various tourist attractions.

  • The Rann of Kutch

With the only white sand beach in India, the Great Rann of Kutch is a must-visit. The best time to visit the Rann is during the Rann Utsav, a cultural celebration wherein you can stay in tents and experience the magic of the desert on a full moon night.

  • Mysore

A palatial city in Karnataka, Mysore offers you a historical tour of South India. The Mysore City Palace, lit with thousands of lights, is a wonderful sight. The Brindavan Gardens boast of musical fountains. Moreover, the Mysore Dasara Festival is a sight to behold as colourfully dressed elephants are paraded to celebrate the festival.

  • Rishikesh

Rishikesh offers a mix of adventure sports and a meditative or spiritual experience. Located on the banks of the river Ganga, Rishikesh is also called the Yoga Capital of India. The Lakshman Jhula, Beatles Ashram, Triveni Ghat and the Trimbakeshwar Temple are major tourist attractions.

  • Amritsar

Among the holiest places for Sikhs, Amritsar is home to the famous Golden Temple. Another major attraction is the Beating Retreat Ceremony at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah. 

  • The Andamans

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprise a group of 500 small islands in the Bay of Bengal. You can find azure blue seas, pristine beaches and beautiful landscapes. Scuba diving and sea walking are popular experiences due to an enchanting collection of marine life and the presence of coral reefs.

  • Kerala   

Kerela is known for its tranquil backwaters and the traditional houseboats there give you an experience of a lifetime. You can visit Alleppey, Munnar, Periyar National Park, and Thrissur, among other attractions. Besides the backwaters, you can also experience the spice and coffee plantations, go for a traditional Ayurvedic massage, witness the legendary Snake Boat Race and go on a wildlife safari.

How to plan your next vacation?

All the places mentioned above can give you a much-needed break and let you explore wonderful experiences. However, you need funds to plan a good vacation. To afford your next getaway, you can start saving and create a travel fund. Mutual funds are a great option to save for such short to medium-term needs.

With mutual funds, you can invest in professionally managed portfolios that give market-linked returns. Moreover, if you choose the SIP route of investing, you can invest in affordable instalments, whatever suits your budget. With different mutual fund schemes, you can pick a scheme based on your risk profile and investment strategy.

Reach out to a financial expert today and start planning for your vacation!