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Things to do in India – What to see on your India tour

Wondering which India attractions to visit? Well, you certainly won’t be short on options, that’s for sure. Whether you’re marveling at an architectural masterpiece, tracking tigers in the jungle, browsing a bustling food market or exploring picturesque tea plantations, there are plenty of exciting experiences and attractions to keep you busy.

You can’t go on a tour of India and not see the Taj Mahal. The city of Agra is home to the most famous (and eye-poppingly beautiful) dome in the world. Built from white marble inlaid with precious stones, it’s testament to the heartbreak of its creator, the 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built it in memory of his wife after she died in childbirth. After seeing this architectural wonder first-hand, you’ll understand why it’s one of the top tourist attractions in India. 

Just 40km west of Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, a World Heritage Site, which was capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. If you’re a traveller who loves history and architecture, this is not to be missed.   

A tiger safari is without a doubt one of the best things to do in India. Witness the power and majesty of this magnificent striped beast close-up – or as close as you dare – at Bandhavgarh National Park. You might even see some leopards and panthers, too. Believe us, you won’t forget it.

Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park

Soak up the atmosphere in Old Delhi, where you’ll find the Chandni Chowk, one of the city’s oldest and busiest markets and a veritable shopper’s paradise (although know now that London’s Oxford Street pre-Christmas merely dawdles in comparison). Delhi is also home to some marvellous architectural wonders, including the India Gate and flower-like Lotus Temple.

Make a point of seeing the Gateway of India in Mumbai, which was built to celebrate British rule of India and celebrate the landing of King George V in the early 1900s. It’s a piece of colonial history, but the less Empire-minded use this grand monument to kick off the rest of their investigations of Mumbai and thereabouts. 

Finally, stop for a cuppa in Munnar, one of Kerala’s hill stations, which is surrounded by lush tea plantations. Swap your flip-flops for hiking boots, take a trek and see how tea is grown – it makes a welcome break from India’s incessant heat, and you’ll feel refreshed by that cool breeze.  

But there’s a lot more to see than this quick tick-list. Read more about the exciting treasures that our Indian holidays have to offer below.

Ensure you don’t miss a thing by using our itinerary builder. First, choose your base itinerary so the most important sites are on the map (don’t worry if a destination is missing at this point – you can add it later). Then simply tailor your holiday to your exact requirements.

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Experiences to add to your India itinerary

Palolem Beach

Why not enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle, to visit one of the states most beautiful beaches, take advantage of the breath-taking scenery to relax and unwind.

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Gateway of India

Beloved by locals and visitors to Mumbai alike – the Gateway of India is considered to be Mumbai’s top tourist attraction

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Marine Drive

It’s seems unlikely that a six-lane concrete highway in South Mumbai should have earned its place as one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, but, as the saying goes, it’s a funny old world.

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Elephanta Caves

Elephant Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai Harbour named after the elephant statues that Portuguese settlers found on the island during their early exploration of India.

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Humayun's Tomb

This magnificent monument to the second Mughal emperor was the first garden tomb in India, and set in motion an architectural trend that peaked 80 years later with the construction of the Taj.

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India Gate

This magnificent structure rises above its surroundings, and is even more impressive at night.

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Chandni Chowk

To define Chandni Chowk as a market belies its historical and commercial significance, yet at its heart that’s exactly what it is – a living, breathing enterprise, full of drama and chaos.

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Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid follows the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort as the final extravagance of Shah Jahan, who made sure the mosque and its pulpit sat higher than his residence and throne.

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Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple is one of the most visited buildings in the world – and it’s easy to see why. The architecture is a modern take on one of India’s most sacred flowers, the lotus.

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Qutub Minar

Delhi's most towering attraction, built in the late 1100's, Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minerat in the world making it an ancient complex that would be hard to miss!

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Red Fort

Red Fort will take you back in time to pre-colonial India, built as a home for the emperors it is sure to provide the wow factor.

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Jantar Mantar

It may sound like a hipster cocktail bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but Jantar Mantar is, in fact, one of the world’s oldest observatories.

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Taj Mahal

One of the world’s seven wonders – and rightly so – and India’s greatest treasure, the Taj Mahal is steeped in romance.

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Agra Fort

Closer to a walled city than a fortress, Agra Fort's striking red sandstone walls hide a complex of mosques, underground vaults, and stunning palaces and gardens that were once home to the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty.

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Fatehpur Sikri

Filled with palaces, temples and mosques, Fatehpur Sikri is an enduring testament to the emperor’s architectural prowess – a mesh of Islamic and Hindu influences and styles, fed by Akbar’s love of culture, literature and art.

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Meenakshi Temple

Walk around a Hindu temple fizzing with colour, 33 million carvings, ornate decorated pillars, elaborate shrines and 14 spectacular towers. 

The Meenakshi Temple is a celebration of the love and marriage. Rumour has it that all gods, goddesses and living beings were invited. Some party.

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Golden Temple

The Golden Temple is not only a marvel to behold, with its amazing dome clothed in 750kg of gold, but it is also the holiest shrine in Sikhism.

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Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden, housing an elegant red-sandstone monument honouring the dead.

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Mehrangarh Fort

Visit the extraordinary Mehrangarh Fort, towering over the city of Jodphur, this attraction will leave you in awe.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace is much more than what meets the eye, offering a five star hotel, a museum and a home for local royalty.

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