10 Photos That’ll Make You Want to Travel to India

Whilst there is much that can be said of India’s sights and attractions, the phrase ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ really does ring true. From its awe inspiring monuments to its vibrant festivals, India is a country that’s a feast for the senses. So if you’re thinking of travelling there, here are 10 travel photos of India guaranteed to inspire you to book that trip.

 

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The Taj Mahal

A symbol of India, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The greatest monument to love, this spectacular mausoleum is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Time your visit with the sunrise to capture an incredible shot like this one.

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Amritsar’s Golden Temple

Located in the northwestern state of Punjab, the city of Amritsar boasts one of India’s most stunning temples. Drawing a similar number of visitors to the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple is one of the most revered sites in Sikhism. With its golden exterior reflecting on the water below, it’s a sight that only gets more beautiful after sundown.

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Holi Festival

India’s most famous festival, Holi is celebrated in many countries around the world. But nothing beats experiencing it in its country of origin. Each year India’s streets transform into riots of colour as both water and powder bombs are thrown. Wear something white if you want to show your colours off.

READ MORE: OUR GUIDE TO HOLI FESTIVAL IN INDIA

 

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Colourful locals

Whether you time your visit to India with Holi Festival or not, you’ll be dazzled by the country’s colourful culture. From the bright saris of the locals to the vibrant street markets, colours are everywhere. However, these aren’t only for decoration, with different colours connected to different religions. For example, in Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, red and saffron play an important role.

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Humayun’s Tomb

Found in Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb is thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal. Dating back 60 years earlier, this stunning structure features bands of white marble and red sandstone. It also follows strict rules of Islamic geometry, creating some beautiful images such as this one.

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Karauli

With more than 300 temples, Karauli is one of the holiest cities in India. Due to its proximity to Jaipur, the city makes a perfect stop while exploring the famous Golden Triangle. Head to the rooftops to see star attractions such as the City Palace from a different angle.

READ MORE: OUR GUIDE TO VISITING THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

 

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Kerala Backwaters

The perfect place to unwind for a few days, the Kerala Backwaters is a peaceful network of lagoons, lakes and canals. Best explored by traditional houseboat, you could easily spend a couple of days sailing by its palm-fringed shores. Soak up scenes of daily life by the water and be sure to tuck into some delicious South Indian cuisine while on board.

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Munnar

Situated at an altitude of over 1,500 metres, the hill station of Munnar is set among some of the world’s highest growing tea plantations. Eerie mists often envelop the lush mountainside, creating a landscape that feels worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of Delhi. There’s several different hiking trails here, as well as scenic bike rides. So you have plenty of opportunities to get out and explore.

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Udaipur

Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is one of India’s most romantic cities. Set by the beautiful lake Pichola, its Rajput-era palaces, bustling bazaars and heritage hotels lure visitors from far and wide. An evening boat ride on the lake is a must, as is the hilltop Monsoon Palace for panoramas over the city.

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Ranthambore National Park

One of the largest protected areas in India, Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground of Jaipur’s Maharajas. Thankfully, those days have long past and the park is now one of the best places to see Bengal tigers in the wild. It’s also a heritage site thanks to the scenic ruins that dot the landscape.

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