A diverse, scenic, and vibrant country, India is the ultimate holiday destination to go with your girlfriends. From exploring the fascinating culture of Varanasi to enjoying local cuisine in Kerala, grab your passport and travel buddy for the trip of a lifetime.
Perhaps the most famous of India's tourist attractions, the Taj Mahal is magnificent and deserves its status. Located in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal has a rich history and is an impressive sight. Built in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it's a tomb for him and his favourite wife.
The Taj Mahal is an unmissable tourist attraction with many impressive Islamic architectural features.
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The Holy City of Varanasi
As one of the oldest inhabited cities globally, Varanasi's history stretches back to the 8th century BCE. Located on the Ganges River, Varanasi remains a sacred place for Hindus. Varanasi has plenty of alluring sites, including the Old Quarter, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum.
You might also want to try bathing in the Ganges with your friends. Feature stairways, known as "ghats", lead to the water where Hindus bathe before praying.
The Golden Temple is the Sikh's most sacred pilgrimage site. In the city of Amritsar, in Punjab, Harmandir Sahib was built in 1604. Its beautiful, unbeatable decor is a magnificent sight to behold.
You can visit the Golden Temple no matter your religious status. However, please be respectful by removing your shoes, wearing modest clothing, and covering your head.
Plus, there are plenty of other attractions to find throughout Amritsar, including great places to eat if you're a foodie.
The Red Fort
Shah Jahan built the Red Fort in New Delhi. The seat of Mughal power from 1648 to 1857, the Red Fort was built from red sandstone that gives it its distinctive look. Surrounded by a moat with two gates, it's an excellent day trip if you're staying in Delhi. You take self-guided tours around the fort or sign up for a group guided tour to learn more about the history.
On your visit, also make sure to explore the Chatta Chowk, a bazaar dating back to the 17th century.
The Gateway of India
Once the tallest structure in Mumbai, the Gateway of India was built to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. This stunning icon of Indo-Saracenic architecture is just the first of many gems to find in Mumbai.
Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the world and one of the oldest in India. Located in Hyderabad, its construction took almost 80 years to complete in the 17th century. The mosque is large enough for 10,000 worshippers and home to impressive architecture. The mosque even has a room dedicated to the hair of the Prophet Mohammed.
During your stay in Hyderabad, make sure to check out the array of restaurants, shops, and other historic sites. If you're worried about the expenses stacking up, we can help you plan a cheaper holiday.
In the Kashmir region of northern India, Ladakh is the place to go if you and your friends are looking for pristine scenery and magnificent views. A sparsely populated area, this destination is far more relaxed than other tourist attractions. Known for its high altitude, there are many thrilling adventure activities around the area.
Most visitors stay in the town of Leh. With a rich history, there's plenty to explore in Leh, such as Buddhist temples in the Old Town.
The Goa beaches stretch along 100km of sandy coastline with more than 35 beaches to enjoy. The most popular is Candolim Beach. However, if you're looking for a more tranquil getaway, Anjuna Beach is far quieter. There are also several water sports adventures to take you out into the Arabian Sea.
When you've had your fill soaking up the sun, there's plenty to do in the surrounding area. Explore the local, laidback fishing villages. Try visiting 17th-century churches or the area's tropical spice plantations for a cultural trip.
There are plenty of energetic and exciting bars, cafes, and nightclubs in Goa.
A tropical area in the southwest of India, Kerala is home to palm trees, white beaches, and eco-tourism. Besides exploring the backwaters, houseboats, and festivals, you should also make sure to check out Thekkady.
Thekkady has a tiger reserve. The main feature is, of course, the big cat, but you might also spot elephants, Malabar squirrels, deer, and wild boar in the national park. There is plenty to do in this diverse area of India, including exploring a Dutch palace, the Pallipuram Fort, and the Thrikkakara Temple.
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