Top 9 Indian States You must Include in Your Bucket List

India is the land of diversities. Across the length and breadth of India, everything differs — landscapes, culture, climate, language and flora and fauna. To experience the unique wholeness in these diversities, you can plan to visit the top 9 states of India:

1. Himachal Pradesh

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Starting from North, Himachal Pradesh is the mountainous state that lies in the lap of the gigantic Himalayan ranges. Covered with beautiful landscapes and spectacular flora and fauna makes your visit to Himachal Pradesh heavenly. This serene state of India houses many temples and Buddhist monasteries making it the Land of Gods.

Experiencing life in hill stations like Shimla, Kulu, Manali, Dalhousie, Chamba and Dharmasala will give you eternal peace of mind. If you are an adventure sport lover, rich landscape of Himachal Pradesh is an ideal destination to try out activities like Ice skating, Paragliding, Rafting and Trekking.

2. Sikkim

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Sikkim is a landlocked state of India residing in the eastern side of the Himalayas. The entire state is very hilly with 28 mountain peaks and more than 80 glaciers. Very rare species of orchids bloom in the summers making the state the Switzerland of India. The number of Buddhist monasteries present in the state give Sikkim its unique name as Land of monasteries.

A trip to Nathu-La pass (India China road border) along the snow clad hills is an amazing experience. The pristine waters from glaciers high above flowing in rivers in the valleys is a picturesque sight.

3. Uttar Pradesh

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Uttar Pradesh is at the heart of India and is popularly known as the Heartland of India. Taj Mahal, the most visited one among the Seven Wonders of the World resides in Agra region of Uttar Pradesh. The state also houses many historical monuments like Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri etc. Varanasi (or Kashi), Mathura, Vrindavan, Ayodhya, Allahabad in U.P. are the holy sites for Hindu religion.

Kumbh Mela is a festival that attracts thousands of people to the banks of river Ganges in Allahabad. Two among the four key places for Buddhism called Kushinagar and Sarnath are in U.P.

4. West Bengal

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West Bengal is the only state in India that preserves its rich heritage, ranging from that of Maurya empire to the British East India company. The state is quite popular as the birthplace of legends like Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Subhash Chandra Bose. The capital, Kolkata (called City of Joy) houses famous tourist spots like Victoria Memorial, Dakshineshwar temple and Howrah.

A trip to Missionaries of Charity in the outskirts of Kolkata, founded by Nobel laureate, Mother Teresa, is very much heart warming. The best time to visit West Bengal is during the state festival of Durga Pooja in October. And don’t forget to try out the mouth watering milk sweets or ‘misthi’.

5. Kerala

Kerala, the southernmost state of India is known as God’s own country due to its rich landscapes and greenery. Kerala is very famous for its fertile lands, backwaters, perennial rivers and spices. The famous tourist spots in Kerala range from hillstations like Munnar and Wayanad to backwaters in Alleppey, Kumarakom and beaches in Kovalam. House boat stay in the backwaters of Alleppey is a must do activity in Kerala.

Watching boat races in the month of August is an enthralling experience. Kerala’s own art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam will give you an amazing know how of the rich culture of the state.

6. Goa

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Goa is the smallest state located in the western part of India. Goa is known as Pearl of the Orient for its amazing coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea, and hence a number of beaches. The culture of Goa is very much influenced by Portuguese and the preserved ancient churches gives Goa a unique status as a World Heritage Architecture.

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church and Se Cathedral are must visit places in Goa. The nature lover in you will enjoy the biodiversity in Dudhsagar falls and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides are active in beaches like Baga and Calangute.

7. Maharashtra

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Maharashtra is the third largest state located in western India. The capital of the state Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and is the heart of Bollywood. Gateway of India situated in Mumbai, is a must visit historical monument. Maharashtra is called as the Land of Rocks for its rocky terrain.

Rock cut caves like Elephanta caves and Ajanta and Ellora caves are the famous tourist hotspots. Religious tourist destinations like Hazur Sahib Gurdwara at Nanded, Haji Ali Dargah and Sai Baba shrine at Shirdi are not to be missed in your Maharashtra trip. Staying in hillstations like Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Lonavla and Khandala will give you a good break from the urban life.

8. Gujarat

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Gujarat, the western most state of India is also called as Jewel of the west for its rich diverse culture background. The great Rann of Kutch covering areas of Gujarat offers amazing flora and fauna to the state. Migrating flamingos and Asiatic lions are seen abundantly here.

A visit to Sabarmati Ashram will give you a sneak peek into the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Sardar Patel Memorial, Lakhota museum, Vijay Vilas Palace, Kirti Toran, Mohabat Maqbara are other must visit places of historic importance.

Temple like Somnath, Dwarakadeesh and Dakor are pilgrimage sites. Mandvi and Tithal beaches are a good place to unwind and relax. Attending Kite festival on account of Makar Sankranthi in December will be an icing on the cake of your entire Gujarat trip.

9. Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is the largest state in India and houses the Thar Desert. The state is called as Land of Kings for its famous forts, palaces (Havelis) and carved temples. Taragarh Fort, Mehrangarh fort, Chittorgarh fort, Lake Palace and Hawa Mahal are a few among them.

The only hillstation in the Aravalli ranges, Mount Abu, houses Jain pilgrimage site called Dilwara temples. Ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization at Kalibanga and Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur famous for bird life (a World Heritage site) are the important places to visit.

India is a must visit tourist destination for all travel freaks. Add these states of India to your bucket list and cherish memories for a lifetime!!!