A vacation and a tour in India is incomplete without explore all the best thing that this incredible country has to offer. You must visit India at least once in your lifetime. Before you pack your bags to India, check out these 6 Iconic Attractions in India for foreigners to visit during their trip.
Hampi is the ancient capital of the glorious Vijayanagara Empire which was one of the most prosperous kingdoms in Medieval India and also all-time greatest. According to local legends, the streets of Hampi were filled with street vendors selling diamonds in a heap. Now, the ruins of Hampi lay testament to the architectural and artistic workmanship of a by-gone era. Most of the temples and the monuments at Hampi were carved into giant monolithic rocks. The highlights are the musical pillars of Vittala Temple that make musical sounds when struck. The 56 solid and carved marble stone beams are also one of the most mysterious things to see in India.
The majestic Gwalior Fort of Madhya Pradesh is among the oldest hill forts of India. It is well known for its expansive stone structures, magnificent temples and statues, ancient inscriptions and carvings. The second oldest record of zero (0) can be found inscribed in the temple located at the fort’s top. The inscription is around 1500 years old making the fort not only a national treasure for its grand and artistic architecture. It is definitely one of the most iconic tourist attractions in India handpicked for first time tourists flying from all over the world.
Located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is the wettest place on earth with the highest recorded rainfall. It is well-known for its majestic Cherrapunji Waterfalls, which is also dubbed as India’s Niagara. But, funnily, neither of these things can compare to its unusual and magical bridges. The bridges are made of living roots of the endemic rubber trees. The local tribesmen have mastered this art of selectively growing aerial roots woven into a bridge. These are unique to this region and can be found nowhere else in the world. Either way, it is a must-visit tourist destination in India for foreign tourists visiting the country for the first time.
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
The Golconda Fort was built in 1143 CE by the Kakathiya Dynasty rulers to store their most valuable treasures like some of the world’s biggest diamonds such as Koh-I-Noor, Daria-I-Noor, and Hope Diamond etc. Golconda’s rich diamonds mines, according to estimates made by historians, produced 12 million carrots and hence were a major trade center during the ancient times and the Indian Ocean Trade. Recognizing the importance of the region, the Qutub Shahi Dynasty rulers invaded the region and made it their primary fort with a capital at Golconda. The cities name changed multiple times before settling on Hyderabad. During the ancient times Golconda, the tales of rich diamond mines reached Europe sparking an interest that would late grow to become a major disaster for the nation.
Ram Setu, Rameshwaram
Ram Setu is a holy and sacred place for many Hindu as it is believed to be the bridge built by Lord Ram in order to save his wife Seta who was kidnapped by his villainous rival, Ravan, the king of Lanka. However, it is not only sacred for Hindus but also for people of various Abrahamic faiths as it is believed also believed by some as the place where Adam fell on earth.
Delhi is one of the ancient cities of India which served as the capital city for many Indian Kingdoms including the Mughals. The city is famous for its historic monuments, forts and historic streets where the old structures lay in ruins. A few of the most popular historic monuments include the Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India gate etc.
Make sure you visit all the amazing tourist attractions in India. Put these places on your bucket list.