The Top 10 Sights of India

Travel to India without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of India! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in India?

There is something breathtaking for everyone to discover in diverse India. Whether it's pure relaxation on paradisiacal sandy beaches, adventurous trekking tours through fascinating landscapes, shopping in lively bazaars and bustling metropolises, or finding your centre with Ayurveda and yoga - everything is possible in the land of the sacred cows.


Taj Mahal in Agra

The magnificent white marble Taj Mahal palace is India's landmark and one of the country's best-known buildings in the world - © Andrey Khrobostov / Fotolia
© Andrey Khrobostov / Fotolia

The world-famous Taj Mahal is the country's most famous landmark and must not be missed on any trip to India! The enormous mausoleum made of the finest marble was built in the mid-17th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The overwhelming palace lives up to its name "crown of the place".

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Red Fort in Agra

The Red Fort in Agra, India, dates back to the 16th century in its present form and is located just over 2km from the Taj Mahal on the banks of the river Yamuna, India - © Jörg Hackemann / Fotolia
© Jörg Hackemann / Fotolia

Hardly less worth seeing than the Taj Mahal is the Red Fort, which is also located in the city of Agra in northern India and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mighty fortress made of red sandstone was used as a residence by the Mughal emperors for around 200 years and impresses with its ornate architecture behind mighty walls.

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Golden Temple of Amritsar

The surroundings and interiors of the Golden Temple of Amritsar are sumptuously decorated and meticulously maintained, India - © f9photos / Shutterstock
© f9photos / Shutterstock

A visit to the Golden Temple of Amritsar is certainly an unforgettable experience. Covered in gold all over, it is the largest Sikh shrine and welcomes people of all races, religions and genders - so much so that visitors are even allowed to stay there for three nights, including meals, free of charge.

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Akshardham Temple in Delhi

Akshardham is a magnificent Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India, it is also often referred to as the Swaminarayan Temple. - © jackmicro / Fotolia
© jackmicro / Fotolia

The huge Akshardham temple complex belongs to the Swaminarayan Hindu religious community and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest Hindu temple in the world. The main temple of the complex alone is a 40m high and 100m wide colossus made of sandstone and Carrera marble. Massive statues, the city's largest screen and the country's largest stepped fountain make Delhi's Swaminarayan Temple one of India's highlights.


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Goa Beaches

Palolem Beach in Goa, India, is an absolutely gorgeous tropical sandy beach - © Mikhail Nekrasov / Shutterstock
© Mikhail Nekrasov / Shutterstock

Goa is located on the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India and offers one dream beach after another along its 100 kilometres of coastline. The wonderfully fine sand is perfect for both relaxing and partying. Hotels and Indian villages take care of the physical well-being and the necessary comfort of a relaxed beach holiday in Goa.

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Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) in Jaipur

The magnificent Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, is located in Jaipur in northern India - © javarman / Shutterstock
© javarman / Shutterstock

The Palace of the Winds is an architectural masterpiece under Maharaja Pratap Singh, who ordered its construction at the end of the 18th century. Through the cleverly arranged windows, firstly, draughts of air bring pleasant coolness (hence the name) and secondly, the Maharaja's harem could look out without being seen themselves. Artfully decorated sandstone makes the five-storey palace a real feast for the eyes from the outside.

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Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

The design of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata is based on the Taj Mahal, India's most famous landmark - © Kushal Bose / Shutterstock
© Kushal Bose / Shutterstock

The stately Victoria Memorial in Kolkata commemorates the British Queen Victoria, who also ruled over India in the early 20th century. The huge building looks like a mixture of the Taj Mahal and St. Paul's Cathedral and today functions as a museum. Among other things, it houses the largest oil painting in India. Numerous statues and sculptures can also be found in the extensive park that surrounds the snow-white magnificent building.

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Jim Corbett National Park

A trumpeting elephant in Corbett National Park in India - © indiangypsy / Shutterstock
© indiangypsy / Shutterstock

Visitors to the Jim Corbett National Park experience the jungle book at its best. India's oldest national park primarily protects Bengal tigers with the "Project Tiger", the world's largest tiger conservation project. In addition to the highly endangered big cats, the Indian elephant, the rhinoceros, the Indian leopard, the ruffed bear and many other animals also find a protected habitat.


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Lotus Temple in New Delhi

The Lotus Temple in New Delhi is surrounded by picturesque gardens and ponds, India - © saiko3p / Shutterstock
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With its unmistakable flower shape, the snow-white Lotus Temple lives up to its name. The so-called "House of Worship", a sacred building of the Bahá'ís, is considered an architectural masterpiece worldwide, as the temple does not have a single straight line. The 27 gigantic marble petals are in perfect harmony with the 9 gardens and ponds on which the lotus blossom seems to float.

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National Museum in New Delhi

The dancing Hindu god Shiva is just one of the 200,000 exhibits at the National Museum in New Delhi, India - © Smart-foto / Shutterstock
© Smart-photo / Shutterstock

India's fascinating history can be traced most fully at the National Museum in the capital, New Delhi. The original Museum of Indian Art now houses exhibits of numerous cultures from the past 5,000 years, showcasing their way of life through archaeological finds, weapons, textiles, jewellery, paintings and manuscripts.

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