10 Best Places To Visit In India for 2018 Tours

2018 might look far ahead but you know that time flies. It is already August and it is time to plan your next vacation. We present you with 12 best places to visit in India in 2018. This list includes destinations with natural beauty, beach locations, adventure spots and a lot more.

Read the list and choose the ones that would suit you, for your next India tour.

1. Tawang 

Tawang Arunachal Pardesh

Located: Arunachal Pradesh

Famous for: Scenic spot, adventure activities, picnic, mountain passes, valleys, waterfalls, rivers, viewpoints, monasteries and others

Best time to visit: Winter season (October to January)

Attractions: Ugyenling monastery, Tawang monastery, Sela pass, Bap Teng Kang waterfall, Madhuri Lake, Tso Lake, Gorichen Peak, Tawang war memorial, Jaswant Garh and many others.

Tawang is a high altitude town located 10,000 ft above mean sea level. Historically, Tawang was a part of Tibet. You can find many monasteries in this place. If you are visiting Tawang, you ought to explore any of the monasteries.

If you are visiting during December or January, you will be enjoying moderate to heavy snowfall. You cannot find many modern tourist attractions here. This city has withheld its tradition until date. It is the best place to leave behind your stress and enjoy a pleasing vacation.

The nearest airport is located in Tezpur, which is 319 km away from Tawang. The nearest international airport is located in Gawahati. The nearest major city is Itanagar, which is 440 km away. Itanagar is the capital city and you can find many buses from other states to Itanagar. Nearest railway station is located in Nagarlagun.

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2. Kabini

Kabini

Located: Karnataka

Famous for: Scenic spot, national park, wildlife spotting, boating, plantation visit and others

Best time to visit: Summer season (March to May)

Attractions: Nagarhole national park, Kabini River, Kabini dam, Kutta and others

Kabini is a small place than can be scaled within a couple of days. The most interesting part of this place is its picturesque environment and wildlife wealth. You can spot a lot of animals and birds in the surrounding forests.

If you love adventure activities, you can trek to Kutta, enjoying boating and others. You can find many picnic spots here. A visit to a spice plantation is an important activity that you should not miss here.

The nearest airport is in Bangalore, which is 250 km away. You can hire cab, bus, or train from Bangalore to Kabini. The nearest railway station is in Mysore, which is just 10 km away from Kabini.

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3. Agra

Located: Uttar Pradesh

Famous for: Scenic spot, Taj Mahal, museums, forts, shopping and others

Best time to visit: Winter season (October to March)

Attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Red FortFatehpur Sikhri, Jama Masjid, Keetham lake, Mariam tomb, Hewitt park, Ram Bagh, Mehtab Bagh and others

Agra is an iconic tourism spot which many heritage sites and interesting monuments. The best of all is Taj Mahal, a world wonder. Apart from this, you can find numerous historic spots for sightseeing and exploration. Marble items and silver items are found in abundant here for souvenir shopping. You can find a few temples and mosques in Agra too.

This place is the best for someone looking for a special sightseeing tour. The nearest international airport is in Delhi. You can drive or hire buses from Delhi to Agra. There is a railway route from Delhi to Agra, which is served by semi-fast trains.

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4. Alappuzha 

Alappuzha, Kerala

Located: Kerala

Famous for: Scenic spot, backwaters, houseboat, sightseeing, water activities, picnic and romantic vacationing

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: backwaters, lagoons, canals, Alappuzha beach, Sri Krishna temple, Krishnapuram palace, Athunkal, St. Andrew’s Basilica, Mullakkal temple, ChampakulamValiaPalli and many others.

Alappuzha has the iconic backwaters of Kerala. The houseboat ride on the backwaters is the most romantic activity that you can enjoy in the state. You can also enjoy Mullackalchirap, a festival if you are visiting in December. Apart from these, you can find various spots for sightseeing like temples, churchesbeaches and others.

There is a reason to why this place is called as the Venice of East. The nearest airport is in Cochin, which is just 75 km away from the city. You can hire buses or cabs to reach Alappuzha. The city is a year-round attraction.

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5. Horsley Hills

Located: Andhra Pradesh

Famous for: Scenic spot, adventure activities, picnic and romantic vacation

Best time to visit: Summer season (March to May)

Attractions: wind rocks, view points, Mallamma temple, zoo, Gangotri Lake, 16th century Chennakesava temple and many others

Horsely hills’ first attraction is its exotic vegetation and wildlife. You can find 133 bird species and many interesting fauna here. You can find eucalyptus, orchids and many other types of plantations here. This is the most predominant hill station in Andhra Pradesh. The temperature can go as high as 30 degree C during the peak summer.

The nearest airport is in Bangalore. The hill is located 144 km away from Bangalore. Bangalore airport is well connected with other cities in the country. From Bangalore, you can hire trains to Madanapalle railway station, which is just 27 km away. If you are travelling from any other state, you can board train to Tirupati railway station, which is just 128 km.,

Buses from different parts of Andhra Pradesh travel to Horsley hill bus station. The frequency of the bus varies from time to time. The best way to reach Horsley hill is through car. The scenic beauty of the route is the first attraction.

6. Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji

Located: Meghalaya

Famous for: Scenic spot, adventure activities, photography and others

Best time to visit: Winter season (Nov – Feb)

Attractions: living root bridge, KremPhyllut, Mawlynnong, KremMawsmai caves, Nohkalikai waterfalls, Mawsmai falls, Eco Park, Dainthlen waterfalls, Nongsawlia, viewpoints, Thangkharang Park, Wakaba falls, Nokrek national park and many others.

Cherrapunji is the wettest place on Earth. It receives rainfall throughout the year. This makes the place more aesthetically pleasing. You can find many natural attractions here. The climate will be mildly mist-filled with mild shower. The place has many interesting and unique attractions like living root bridge and others. You can find many waterfalls here. The culture and cuisine are unique here.

The temperature is higher during the summer season. From October, the rainfall will be mild and the temperature will be cool. This makes many attractions look more beautiful. This is also the right time when waterfalls will be filled with water.

The nearest airport is located in Guwahati. It is 181 km away from Cherrapunji. From airport, you can hire taxis to the city. The nearest railway station is also located in Guwahati. It is 180 km away from the city. Guwahati is well connected with other parts of the country through government and private buses too. People also hire taxis from Shillong or other parts of Assam to Cherrapunji.

7. Manali

Manali India

Located: Himachal Pradesh

Famous for: Scenic spot, adventure activities, snow filled mountains, valleys, mountain passes and luxury vacation

Best time to visit: September to June

Attractions: Solang valley, Great Himalayan national park, Bhrigu Lake, Rohtang pass, temples, dams and viewpoints. You can find many interesting places little away from Manali.

Manali is a white winter fairytale spot. Encapsulated in mountains, this place is a natural paradise. It is very famous for snowfall and snow related tourist activities.

If you are visiting in winter (September to February), you can enjoy snowfall and snow activities. This is also the right time for honeymooners. If you are visit in summer (March to June), you can enjoy the natural beauty with flowers, green valleys, lakes and others.

Top adventure activities during summer are river rafting, paragliding, mountain pass riding, trekking and others. If you love photography and you are not looking for any adventure activity, monsoon is recommended. You can find many romantic couples during this season. Monsoon starts in July and ends in August.

The nearest airport is located in Bhutar, which is 50 km away from Manali. You can find many flights from New Delhi to Bhutar, every day. If you are looking for road transportation, you can reach Manali from Delhi and Chandigarh through bus and taxis. The nearest railway station is in Una, which is 250 km away from Manali. Rail transportation is not the best way to reach Manali.

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8. Daman

Located : Gujarat

Famous for: Scenic spot, beach location, parks, monuments, museums and others

Best time to visit: Summer season (March to May)

Attractions: Daman museum, Deveka beach, Chakratirith beach, Daman fort, lighthouse and others.

Daman is a quiet beach location, which is famous among those who love a place far away from the rush of urban life. You can relax and enjoy the natural attractions here. Beach here has a few water-based activities. Common activities here are swimming, sun bathing and picnic. If you want to enjoy sightseeing, there are a few monuments and museums in the city. You can find interesting souvenirs for shopping here.

The union territory had a domestic airport, which is served by airports in Baroda and Mumbai. Mumbai has the nearest international airport, which is 170 km away from Daman. You can find many private and government buses from surrounding cities to Daman. The nearest railway station is located in Vapi, which is 12 km away from Daman.

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9. Dras

Located: Jammu and Kashmir

Famous for: Scenic spot, adventure activities, picnic, valley and romantic vacation

Best time to visit: Summer season (June to August)

Attractions: Manman top, Gomchan valley, Dongchik, Nongoor Masjid, Draupadikund, Minamarg, Matayen, Bhimbet stone, Laser La glacier, Chorkiat forest, Mushku valley, Brigade war gallery and many others.

Dras is a trekking paradise for adventure lovers in Ladakh. The very popular one is the three-days trekking trip to the Suru Valley. This route is famous for the flower-filled meadows that will be at bloom during summer season. People also trek to Amarnath cave as a part of pilgrimage. There are two-day trips and shorter trips for beginners. This is a very cold place and the climate is very dry. Snowfall occurs from December to April and almost all adventure activities will be stopped during this season.

The summer starts in June and ends by August. This is the right time for enjoying natural sceneries, adventure activities and trekking. If you are looking for a romantic vacation, choose early winter. This is also an important Hindu pilgrim spot. The nearest airport to Dras is in Srinagar, which is 103 km away. You can hire cab from the airport to reach Dras.

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10. Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Located: Himachal Pradesh

Famous: Scenic spot, cliché hill station, plantation, adventure activities, picnic golf course, toy train and romantic vacation

Best time to visit: Winter season (October to March)

Attractions: Tiger hill, Balastia loop, Japanese peace pagoda, Nightingale park, rock garden, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan zoo, Singalia national park, observatory hall and others

Darjeeling is a cliché honeymoon location in India. The first attraction of the place is the toy train, which will take you on a memorable ride to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. This railway is a heritage site. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, which is 95 km away from the city. From the airport, you can hire taxi to Darjeeling.

The place is famous for lush tea plantation. You can find botanical gardens with rare and exotic plants. The zoo here is focused on securing endangered species of Himalayas. Trekking and exploring are two main activities here.

If you love shopping, you can find unique crafts of Sikkim and Tibet here. Tea of Darjeeling is a must-buy item. If you love photography, you ought to visit the place during monsoon. Picnic spots are found in abundant here. You can find quiet spots for a family outing too.

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11. Lakshadweep Islands

Lakshadweep

Located: Arabian Sea

Famous for: Beach location, water activities, adventure activities, wildlife spotting, romantic getaway, photography and others

Best time to visit: Anytime other than monsoon season (October to May)

Attractions: Kavaratti, Bangaram Atoll, Minicoy, Kalpeni island, Kadmat, Marine museum, Amindivi islands and many others

Lakshadweep is a collection of 36 different islands, which is exotic and rare in many features. Apart from the glorious natural beauty, the place is famous for water sports like scuba diving, boating, surfing and so on. The beauty of the land attracts many honeymooners too. The sapphire water, white beach, coconut palms and mesmerizing climate makes this place a wonderful vacation spot.

If you are travelling with kids, you can visit marine museum, take up bird watching and so on. You can swim in lagoons, shop exotic souvenirs and eat the rare cuisine of Lakshadweep. Andaman and Nicobar Islands attract many tourists with its variety of tourism activities.

Thus, Lakshadweep will be quiet and peaceful away from the clutches of commercialized tourism. If you are looking for a relaxing beach time, Lakshadweep is the best place. The nearest airport is in Cochin and from there you can hire a flight to Agatti airport, which is served only by Cochin.

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12. Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

Located: Tamil Nadu

Famous for: Scenic spot, beach, picnic spot, ancient statues, temples and others

Best time to visit: Winter season (October to March)

Attractions: 8th century shore temple, historic pancharathas, Arjuna’s penance, Mahabalipuram beach, 6th century BC Thirukadalmallai temple, seashell museum, Dakshina Chitra museum and many others

Mahabalipuram is a small shore region near Chennai. Ancient kings built numerous stone monuments and statues to welcome merchants of foreign lands. Today, they stand as an international tourism spot and heritage site.

Very close to Mahabalipuram, Vedanthangal is a spot for avid bird watchers. You can spot many migration birds here. In Mahabalipuram, you can enjoy all sorts of beach activities during tourism season.

The nearest airport is in Chennai. You can hire buses or taxis from the airport to the heritage site. By evening, you can watch a light and sound show describing about the history of the place. If you love shopping, find many handicrafts here. Handicraft exhibitions are conducted during tourism season.

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These 12 are just handpicked places to visit for 2018 tour. There are numerous other tourist spots like Varanasi, Kashmir, Shimla, Coorg, Kodaikanal, Nanital and many others.

Choose a destination and plan a memorable vacation!!!

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