The Indian sub-continent has a range of different lifestyles and experiences. Its combination of ancient sites, modern cities and UNESCO Heritage sites make it a unique experience. There are also a wealth of phenomenal natural surroundings such as lakes, deserts and forests making traveling in this country, an awe-inspiring experience. Although you will be spoilt for choice when planning your trip, there are a few cities and places that you must see when visiting India.

New Delhi is the capital city known for its busy and hectic state. For most people, this will be the first place to you encounter on your trip. It may not be known for its cleanliness but this should not deter you as it has an incredible energy which makes it an intriguing place to visit. The city exists alongside ancient relics like the Red Fort and the Bahai Temple while at the same time there’s plenty of modern restaurants, shopping and a vibrant nightlife.

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The city of Agra is one of the most popular tourist cities in the country. It is where you can see one of the most exquisite wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, an architectural site that should not be missed. The city also has other marvellous historical monuments and beautiful marbles. As a leading destination, it is equipped with various facilities that could enhance your experience.

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The land of Rajasthan also known as ‘the land of the kings’ is a culturally rich area with strong links to the ancient way of life. Its combination of natural beauty and history draws thousands of tourists each year. The forts and palaces here are exquisite. Among the popular sights is the palace of Jaipur, Chittorgarh Fort, one of the largest forts in Asia and Jaisalmer- the Golden city a sandstone fortress in the Thar Desert.

If you are looking for palms trees and the beach, then head to Goa. Goa has pristine coastlines, deserted beaches and Goa hotels are plentiful and easy to come by, whatever budget range you are working with. It also provides you with the opportunity to experience the life of traditional fishing communities, a stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of other parts of the country. The area is growing in popularity which means more development. However, there are still some extraordinary beaches to experience.

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Goa

History has shown us that India is indeed synonymous with spices. People travelled great distances to buy the best quality spices; it would appear that this line of thinking has not changed.  As soon as you step into the spice markets of Fort Cochin in Kerala you are surrounded by the aromatic flavours the region is known for. Here you have the opportunity to see first-hand how the spices are grown, processed and sold. Kerala’s intricate canals and lakes are an extraordinary sight that can be enjoyed after a day of shopping.

The places you choose to visit largely depend on your personal preference and the time you have available to you. Each city has many incredible sightseeing opportunities along the way while other quieter places are great for some time away from the busy demands of modernity.

 This is a guest post from Tom at Top Backpacking Destinations