The South Asian country of India is a place of unparalleled diversity. India has been enticing travellers for centuries with its enticing beauty and varied landscapes and different cultures. From the scenery to the people to the architectures to the food to the language, each and every city of India have their own unique characteristics. You can visit the northern or the north-eastern states if you want to explore the mountains, or venture to the west to find yourself in the Thar Desert. The southern cities boast some amazing shorelines as well as pristine backwaters, and places like Goa or Kodaikanal are a paradise for backpackers. Religion also holds a strong place in the Indian culture, and the country is filled with beautiful temples, mosques and churches. To get you started on your journey, here are four places which you must visit when you go on an India tour .

1. Delhi

From insanely crowded roads to hand-pulled rickshaws to busy alleyways – be prepared to have a cultural shock when you first visit Old Delhi. New Delhi or the newer planned city has a much more metropolitan vibe with its wide roads and high-rise buildings. But the century-old architectures and monuments situated within the metropolitan setting will constantly remind you of a bygone era. The capital city of India has some of the most beautiful Mughal architectures for you to explore. From the famous Qutub Complex to the Red Fort, Delhi is a paradise if you are interested in history. Also remember to take a short train ride to Agra, where you can see the magnificent Taj mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

2. Rajasthan

You can reach Rajasthan from Delhi very easily by road. The state of Rajasthan houses the majority of the Great Indian Desert. Apart from the majestic beauty of the desert, you will also get to experience some of the great Rajput architectures. Visit the Pink City of Jaipur or the Blue City of Jodhpur and explore the colourful landscapes. There are a lot of forts in Rajasthan for you to explore too.

3. Kerala

Situated on the Malabar Coast, the South Indian state of Kerala is one of the most beautiful and pristine locations you can visit in India. From ancient spice routes and ports, best quality spices, untouched backwaters, beautiful caves, lonely mountains, a wide array of wildlife, lip-smacking food, and some of the most premium quality Indian coffee, Kerala is a state which cannot be missed by anyone travelling to India.

4. Sikkim

The state of Sikkim is one of the best places in India if you want to experience the stark beauty of the majestic Himalayas. Situated in the lap of the mountains, this small north-eastern state is breathtakingly picturesque. Visit the Gurudongmar Lake which is one of the highest lakes in the whole world, experience the sunrise over the magnanimous Kanchenjunga and sample some of the best Nepalese and Tibetan food while you are here. Situated very close from Sikkim, is a small little hill station named Darjeeling, which is a part of the state of West Bengal. This hill-station is famous all over the world for the Darjeeling Tea it produces. Once a favourite vacation place for British colonials, the town also boasts of some of the most amazing British architectures.

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