5 most popular tourist attractions in India
From north to south and east to west, there is so much that India offers to tourists. Lush green valleys, snow peaks, magnificent palaces, lakes to deserts, beautiful beaches and backwaters—you can explore all this and so much more. It is obviously tough to narrow the list down to just a few places. Here are some of the most popular attractions in India.
Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad, Telangana
Makkah Masjid in the land of Nizams, aka Hyderabad, is a popular tourist site and one of the world's largest mosques. It can accommodate around 10,000 worshipers at once. The construction of this mosque started in 1614 and took almost 80 years to complete. The arch embellishments here are made using substances from Mecca, the Holy Land. Hence, it got the name Makkah Masjid.
Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan was constructed as a fortified palace in 1592. The stones used are of a pastel ochre color, and the fort presents a sight to behold when the sunlight strikes its walls. It has a two-kilometer-long tunnel full of ramps and staircases that connects to the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar
The Golden Temple is situated in the heart of Amritsar and is the most popular Gurudwara. It was named after the outer layer of gold foil that beautifully covers the entire temple. The temple is renowned for its enthralling architecture and peaceful vibes. It has a free community kitchen that serves a vegetarian meal called langar to approximately 50,000 visitors every day.
Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Built between 1631 and 1648 AD, the first glimpse of the white marbled mausoleum Taj Mahal in Agra takes your breath away. It is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic architecture, besides being one of the seven wonders of the world. Around 22,000 painters, stonecutters, laborers, and embroidery artists together created this marvelous wonder that attracts lakhs of visitors from across the world.
Jaisalmer or the Golden City of Rajasthan
Located amidst the vast stretches of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer has several grand palaces of royal Rajput Gharana. Camel safari, desert safari, camping, and paramotoring are some of the exhilarating experiences tourists try here. Local bazaars in Jaisalmer have special yellow sandstone showpieces, handicrafts, and ornaments that attract people from across the globe. The authentic Rajasthani foods in Jaisalmer are insanely good, too.