Beyond the Taj Mahal: India's Lesser-known Attractions
These are the tourist attractions in India that shouldn't be missed.
Known for its famous fortresses, Raj-era palaces and the umistakeable Taj Mahal—the spectacular result of a tragic love story between Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife—India has countless places of intrigue, beauty, and historical significance. But very few visitors even scratch the surface of this vast land.
The country is so huge making it impossible to see it all in one trip. Most will beeline for Rajasthan and explore India’s colorful Golden Triangle route, which takes in the mesmerizing Taj Mahal, chaotic Delhi and Jaipur, a thrilling Rajasthani city on the edge of the desert with spectacular palaces and forts. But venture north of here and you’ll discover a mountainous landscape with glacial lakes and wildflower meadows among the valleys.
Go south and you’ll discover an entirely different pace of life. In states like Goa and Kerala, all the hurried chaos dissipates, people slow down and the landscape becomes green and lush along the coast and the serene backwaters. Then there are cities like Mumbai, where the gold and glitz of Bollywood take center stage and mansions line the seafront.
No matter what takes your interest—art or ancient history—there’s something for everyone here, so make sure to carve out enough time to explore some of these lesser-known attractions in India.