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India is one of the most stunning, as well as the most culturally significant and diverse countries in the world. When looking for the best Indian destinations, it’s important to explore places where their culture and heritage are present.


Not only have human beings passed on the many traditions of generations of Indian everyday life, but many still practice them on a daily basis! Making it easy for tourists and visitors to experience centuries of culture and traditions during their stays in India. 


If you’re looking to witness India’s culture and traditions, then these destinations will make for an amazing holiday! See some of the weirdest places in India, walk down streets that are thousands of years old, and immerse yourself in these vibrant Indian locals! 


Best Indian Destinations


These Are Some of the Best Indian Destinations for Culture and Heritage



There’s no better place to start than the hustle and bustle of India’s capital territory, Delhi! Home to the capital city of New Delhi, you will be able to completely immerse yourself in both modern and traditional aspects of Indian life here.


In New Delhi alone you can see the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, the famous India Gate, and even spend a fun day shopping in Chandni Chowk!


Delhi Indian Temple


Take a walk around Akshardham temple to experience the beautiful architecture associated with Hinduism. Experience the rich history by exploring Humayun’s Tomb from 1570.


Stay in the busy capital of New Delhi and see and taste the wonderful traditions of modern day India! You can even fly directly into New Delhi using Indigo, or other popular airline options to start your holiday!


Best Indian Destinations, Rajasthan




Nestled in the northwestern side of India, Rajasthan is home to the Thar Desert! Here you can see the stunning Umaid Bhawan Palace, or walk through Jodhpur and Amer Fort.


There is so much to see and experience in this beautiful part of India that you won’t have trouble finding decent Hotel booking, or easily traveling from one cultural site to the next.


Rajasthan is also home to the Keoladeo National Park, where you can see a wide array of beautiful birds. Not you mention you can even visit a national tiger reserve! 


Best Indian Destinations, Vrindavan Indian Temple
Vrindavan Indian Temple


Uttar Pradesh


Known as the “Heartland of India” Uttar Pradesh offers a LOT of things to see and do if you’re looking to really witness India’s culture and traditions.


Home to Agra, where the Taj Mahal brings in millions of tourists a year, Uttar Pradesh is truly filled with many cultural wonders. 


Here are some of the wonders you can find in Uttar Pradesh:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Allahabad
  • The City of Nawabs, or Lucknow
  • Varanasi
  • Kanpur
  • Mathura
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Sarnath
  • Kushinagar
  • Meerut


Not only are all of these ancient and historical places filled to the brim with things to do, but just this area of the country alone will keep you busy for weeks!


All in all, with so much to do you can easily find museums and tours that will give you more information about the traditional and cultural importance of all of these places in Uttar Pradesh! 


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Kerala backwater


Kerala Backwaters


Though not one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, the Kerala Backwaters of India are just off the Arabian Sea and will give you a glimpse into the everyday traditions of this wonderful country.


A large network of lagoons, lakes, and interconnected canals, rivers, and inlets, the Kerala Backwaters create absolutely gorgeous scenic views.


Though you won’t find super crowded streets here, you may need to focus on hotel hacks, local eateries, and boat tours in order to navigate the area affordably!


Amritsar woman and child
A woman and child in Amritsar




Punjab is an Indian state that borders the country of Pakistan. Not only can you see the city of Amritsar from the 1570s, but you can also experience the heart of India’s Sikh community! 


Not only can you visit the holy grounds of Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), but you can also see the Hindu shrine of Durgiana Temple. The blending of religious traditions and cultural differences make Punjab a truly incredible place!


Best Indian Destinations, Lotus Mahal
Lotus Mahal


If you’re looking for the best Indian destinations for culture, then this is surely one of them. 


Mysuru and Karnataka


In the State of Karnataka lies the truly spectacular city of Mysuru. Not only was it once known as the “Kingdom of Mysore” from 1399 to 1947, but it is also home to the awe-inspiring Mysore Palace! 


If you love touring palaces and temples, then Karnataka is the place for you. Not only can you visit the Mysore Palace, but also the Bengaluru Palace and Lalbagh Garden. You can also tour the Hampi Bazaar and Virupaksha Temple.


If you would prefer to experience the more charming aspects of Indian Culture, you can make your way to Wayanad to see the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. 


Neemrana Fort Palace, India, fairytale hotels
Neemrana Fort Palace, India


Truly Experience Indian Culture and Traditions in These Amazing Places! 


Not only can you easily experience all of the incredible things to do in Delhi and in the bigger cities of India, but you can also explore the traditions of more rural areas like the backwaters and the Wayanad Sanctuary. 

India is a country where you can truly see how traditions have easily been preserved, as well as the many cultural aspects incorporated into modern life!


If you’re looking to see the best Indian destinations, then visiting these places will really give you a once in a lifetime experience! 


Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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