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Best Indian Travel Destinations in 2020

As a part of the Indian Governments Dekho Apna Desh' Campaign, the government has decided to fund travel for people who visit 15 domestic tourist destinations in one year and submit photos to their website. While you are at it, we've wrapped up some of the best travel destinations in India in 2020 to get you started off on your travel bucket list!

Here is the list of 15 Best Travel Destinations in India 2020 | Dekho Apna Desh Destinations

1. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir - India's Own Moonland

Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir - India's Own Moonland
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Known For : Pangong Lake Magnetic Hill Zanskar Valley

A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is mystical in all the spheres it covers, from nature, geography, sceneries to the modest cultures that it fosters. Right from gompas to the sensational momos, the superabundance of attractions to visit makes this city make it heaven on earth.

Best Time: Jun to Sep

60 Ladakh Attractions

2. Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station

Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station
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Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Photo Point Atukkad Waterfalls

870 active cases 592 in last 7 days

The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. In addition, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji. One of the biggest tea-plantation area of South India, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala.

Best Time: September to May

46 Munnar Attractions

3. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
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Known For : Calangute Beach Basilica of Bom Jesus Water Sports in Goa

Lying on the west coast, Goa is one of the smallest states in India known for its brilliant beaches, scrumptious food and Portuguese heritage. Panjim, the capital city located in the centre is well-connected with an international airport and roads and trains run from North to South part of Goa. With a coastline stretching for over 100 kilometres, Goa has numerous beaches that attract millions of visitors. While Baga and Calangute are more popular among the Indian family crowd, Anjuna and Arambol draw a lot of foreign tourists.

Best Time: October to March

195 Goa Attractions

4. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - the Golden City

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - the Golden City
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Known For : Jaisalmer Fort Desert Safari in Jaisalmer Kuldhara Village

185 active cases 88 in last 7 days

Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. It is known as the 'golden city' due to its bounteous golden dunes and castles clad in golden honey sandstone. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples and havelis. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience. The Jaisalmer Fort stands as a citadel and is surrounded by narrow alleys inhabited by people residing there for generations.

Best Time: October to March

39 Jaisalmer Attractions

5. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - the Oldest National Park in India

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - the Oldest National Park in India
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Known For : Jungle Safari in Corbett National Park Corbett Waterfall River Rafting in Corbett National Park

1,292 active cases 816 in last 7 days

Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The oldest National Park in India, Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park and is home to the critically endangered species of the Royal Bengal Tiger. It was the first place where Project Tiger was launched in 1973. Located in Uttarakhand and along the banks of Ramaganga River, it is home to around more than 480 species of flora and fauna.

Best Time: Mid October to Mid June

15 Jim Corbett Attractions

6. Jaipur - Revel in the Rajputi Opulence

Jaipur - Revel in the Rajputi Opulence
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Known For : Amer Fort City Palace, Jaipur Hawa Mahal

7,020 active cases 2,685 in last 7 days

Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new. Also called the Pink City, The capital of the royal state of Rajasthan, Jaipur has been ruled by Rajput kingdoms for many centuries and developed as a planned city in the 17th century AD. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle, one of the most famous tourist circuits of the country. With the old city surrounded by walls and gates decorated with drawings on the backdrop of a beautiful pink hue, Jaipur, the pink city successfully manages to retain its old world charm.

Best Time: October to March

62 Jaipur Attractions

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7. Shillong, Meghalaya - Scotland of the East

Shillong, Meghalaya - Scotland of the East
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Known For : Umiam Lake Elephant Falls Police Bazar

1,426 active cases 513 in last 7 days

A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes.

Best Time: September to May

31 Shillong Attractions

8. Manali - the Hill Station of Contrasts

Manali - the Hill Station of Contrasts
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Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Old Manali

177 active cases 121 in last 7 days

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has every reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.

Best Time: October to June

43 Manali Attractions

9. Rishikesh - Rafting, Camping and More

Rishikesh - Rafting, Camping and More
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Known For : Rafting in Rishikesh Lakshman Jhula Triveni Ghat

3,700 active cases 2,435 in last 7 days

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga River, Rishikesh (also called as Hrishikesh) is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, popular cafes and as the "Yoga Capital of the World". With whitewater rafting industry growing and varied camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs. Over the years, the tranquil town has become extremely popular as the top spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s.

Best Time: Throughout the year

53 Rishikesh Attractions

10. Agra - Soak the Magnificence of the Wonder of the World

Agra - Soak the Magnificence of the Wonder of the World
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Known For : Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri Agra Fort

1,041 active cases 794 in last 7 days

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

 

Best Time: October to March

17 Agra Attractions

11. Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape

Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape
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Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

4,336 active cases 1,686 in last 7 days

Home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar."

Best Time: October to March

31 Hampi Attractions

12. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East
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Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville

4,229 active cases 2,735 in last 7 days

Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerising sunrises, the untouched beauty of the hills, the old-world charm of the past, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.

Best Time: October to March

44 Pondicherry Attractions

13. Lonavala, Maharashtra - Misty Weekend Getaway

Lonavala, Maharashtra - Misty Weekend Getaway
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Known For : Tiger's Leap Rajmachi Fort Imagicaa

59,462 active cases 24,388 in last 7 days

Home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar."

Best Time: Throughout the year

41 Lonavala Attractions

14. Amritsar, Punjab - Gateway to Punjab - home to Golden Temple

Amritsar, Punjab - Gateway to Punjab - home to Golden Temple
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Known For : Golden Temple Wagah Border Jallianwala Bagh

1,598 active cases 1,517 in last 7 days

Home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar."

Best Time: October to March

33 Amritsar Attractions

15. Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas

Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas
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Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Tiger Hill Batasia Loop

757 active cases 660 in last 7 days

Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerising sunrises, the untouched beauty of the hills, the old-world charm of the past, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.

Best Time: February to March, September to December

23 Darjeeling Attractions

So, what is on your travel bucket list for 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

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