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Handpicked 68 Best Places to Visit in India To Explore

Here's a list of the top 68 Best Tourist Places to Visit in India for a perfect holiday. India is a land of a variety of destinations from hill stations to beaches to spiritual places and more. India is the 7th largest country in the world and 2nd largest in terms of population. India is known for its unity in diversity. There are the Himalayas, the highest mountain ranges in the northern part of India, there is a vast coastline in the southern part of India on both sides, making South India a peninsula. On the west, there is the massive Thar Desert in Rajasthan, and there are wildlife, forests, spiritual places, religious places of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and people from other religions.

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1. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

4.8

Known For : Pangong Lake | Shanti Stupa | Tso Moriri Lake

Lying in midst of the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

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2. Munnar, Kerala

4.5

Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot

Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is an idyllic hill station, famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks.

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3. Goa

4.5

Known For : Calangute Beach | Baga Beach | Water Sports in Goa

Situated on the Western Coast, Goa is the place associated most with touristy beaches, happening nightlife and old Portuguese architecture.

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4. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

4.5

Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities

Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a hill station with attraction such as the Rohtang pass nearby and is popular among tourists, especially during summers.

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5. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

4.1

Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake | Ooty Botanical Gardens

Ooty, the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destination, especially as a honeymoon destination.

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6. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

4.2

Known For : Taj Mahal | Agra Fort | Fatehpur Sikri

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and hence makes for a must visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

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7. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

4.1

Known For : Ridge | Mall Road | Kufri

Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train etc. among honeymooners and families alike.

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8. Darjeeling, West Bengal

4.3

Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway | Tiger Hill | Batasia Loop

Household name because of its varieties of teas, Darjeeling is a hill station with vast expanses of tea estates and Tibetan influence in their craft, culture and cuisine.

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9. Gangtok, Sikkim

4.4

Known For : MG Road | Nathu La Pass | Rumtek Monastery

Prettily situated on a hillock at an altitude of 1800 meters, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country.

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10. New Delhi, NCR

4.2

Known For : Humayun's Tomb | Hauz Khas Village | Red Fort

From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it 'The good, the bad and the ugly'.

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11. Udaipur, Rajasthan

4.5

Known For : Lake Pichola | City Palace | Fateh Sagar Lake

Located in a valley and surrounded by 4 lakes, it is at times referred to as the 'Kashmir of Rajasthan'

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12. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

3.5

A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park is the haven of an exceptionally wide variety of wild animals, including the majestic creature tiger.

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13. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

4.5

Known For : Sri Venkateswara Temple | Swami Pushkarini Lake | Akasaganga Teertham

The holy town of Tirupati is one amongst the 8 most scared places of Lord Mahavishnu and is highly revered, glorified and worshiped.

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14. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

4.3

Known For : Triund | Bhagsu Falls | Namgyal Monastery

Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers and with a heavy Tibetan culture with British influence.

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15. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

4.0

Known For : Lal Tibba | Lake Mist | Kempty Falls

Situated at an altitude of 6000 ft., Mussoorie is a popular hill station famous for its colonial heritage and its religious sites.

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16. Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir

4.7

Known For : Vaishno Devi Temple | Ardh Kuwari Cave | City Shopping

Located in Trikuta hills 13 Kms from Katra at a height of 1560 m above sea level with shimmering clouds and thinning air, this town is the holy cave temple of Mata Vaishnodevi.

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17. Alleppey, Kerala

4.5

Known For : Houseboats | Backwaters | Alappuzha beach

Famous backwaters of God's own country, Kerela, the city of Alleppey is known for its beaches, temples, boat races and Ayurvedic spa and wellness centers.

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18. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

4.4

Known For : Kodai Lake | Green Valley View (Suicide Point) | Pillar Rocks

Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty and it has the attribute to leave any nature lover mesmerized by its charisma.

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19. Nainital, Uttarakhand

4.3

Known For : Naini Lake | Eco Cave Gardens | The Mall Road

Nainital with its beautiful lakes, temples and exotic scenery around is the perfect honeymoon paradise nestled in the arms of Kumaon Hills.

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20. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

4.1

Known For : Charminar | Ramoji Film city | Chowmahalla Palace

A densely populated metropolitan city with people bustling in and out of cafes, offices, temples and even nowhere, Hyderabad is fast turning into the new York city of South India.

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21. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

4.1

Known For : Khajjiar | Panch Pulla | Satdhara Falls

Dalhousie is a hill station with amazing scenic views and prominent traces of India's British association such as colonial mansions.

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22. Pondicherry

4.0

Known For : Paradise Beach | Auroville Ashram | Water Sports in Pondicherry

Puducherry was the largest French colony in India and the French influence on the city can still be seen.

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23. Bangalore, Karnataka

3.9

Known For : Bangalore Palace | Cubbon Park | Lal Bagh

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is India's third largest city, being the most livable city in India.

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24. Jaipur, Rajasthan

4.3

Known For : Hawa Mahal | City Palace | Amber Fort, Jaipur

Jaipur, the 'Pink City', is one of the most royal, majestic and colourful cities of India with a very strong historical background and vibrant culture.

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25. Chandigarh, Punjab

4.1

Known For : Rose Garden | Rock Garden | Sukhna Lake

Designed by the ace architect Le Corbusier consisting of 47 self-contained sectors, India's first planned city is known for its unique blend of urbane architecture and natural bliss.

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26. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

3.9

Known For : Marina Beach | Breezy Beach | Marundeeswarar Temple

The fourth largest city of India, Chennai is convoluted with temples, churches and beaches. The roads are always bustling with activity and the nightlife is as every youth dreams of.

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27. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

4.2

Known For : Kailasagiri | Araku valley | Borra caves

Known for its pristine beaches, natural beauty and scenic landscape along with a rich cultural and historical heritage, Visakhapatnam, better known as Vizag is a port city and a gem of South India.

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28. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

4.2

Known For : Elephant's Head point | Chinaman's falls | Dhobi waterfall

A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks.

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29. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

4.4

Known For : Adventure Activities in Rishikesh | Lakshman Jhula | Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.

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30. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

3.9

Known For : Bara Imambara | Hazratganj Market | Lucknow Zoo

Referred to as the city of Nawabs, capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is famous for its monuments, food, clothing in all of which it you can see the traces of Mughal reign.

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31. Haridwar, Uttarakhand

3.9

Known For : Chandi Devi Temple | Ganga Aarti | Mansa Devi Temple

Situated along the holy Ganges, Haridwar is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims bathe to relieve themselves of their sins.

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32. Coorg, Karnataka

4.2

Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Nagarhole National Park

Located amidst imposing mountains with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers, an affluent hill station in Karnataka.

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33. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

4.6

Known For : Dal Lake | Mughal Gardens | Shalimar Bagh

Lying on the banks of River Jhelum with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar symbolizes nature, beauty, harmony and romance.

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34. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

3.9

Known For : Swaminarayan Temple | Sabarmati Ashram | Dada Hari Wav

Also known as Amdavad, this is an industrial and commercial city but a nice, popular destination for tourists who want to get the taste of Gujarat.

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35. Andaman & Nicobar Islands

4.7

Known For : Havelock Island | Scuba Diving In Andaman | Cellular Jail

A group of about 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their scenic beaches, dense forests and adventurous water sports.

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36. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

4.5

Known For : Dilwara Temples | Nakki Lake | Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

The only hill station of Rajasthan, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot

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37. Trivandrum, Kerala

4.1

Known For : Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary | Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple | Kanakakunnu Palace

The capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram with a tradition that officially dates back to 1000 BC, and located on seven low-hills near the southern tip of India is famous for its pristine beaches, temples and greenery.

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38. Kochi, Kerala

4.0

Known For : Willingdon Island | Chinese Fishing Nets | Fort Kochi

Situated on beach-side, Kochi is a bustling commercial port with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years, and is till today the financial capital of Kerala.

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39. Aurangabad, Maharashtra

3.7

Known For : The Ajanta caves | Ellora caves | Bibi-ka-Maqbara

Aurangabad is an industrial town which also serves as a tourist hub with numerous points of interest such as Bibi ka Maqbara (or Mini Taj Mahal), Ajanta-ellora caves, some of the most famous ones.

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40. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

3.9

Known For : Jungle Safari | Corbett Waterfall | River Rafting

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.

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41. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

3.7

Home to two-thirds of the world's one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

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42. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

3.8

Known For : Rameshwaram Temple | Agnitheertham | Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach

Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places and is located on a beautiful island.

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43. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

4.5

Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, this National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve.

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44. Ranthambore, Rajasthan

4.0

Known For : Ranthambhore Fort | Kacheeda Valley

This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have ""friendly"" tigers

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45. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

3.8

Known For : Meenakshi Amman Temple | Alagar Koil | Vaigai Dam

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too.

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46. Hampi, Karnataka

4.5

Known For : Virupaksha Temple | Vithala Temple | Hampi Bazaar

Hampi, the city of ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the ancient temples, forts, palaces and other monuments here.

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47. Almora, Uttarakhand

3.9

Known For : Zero Point | Jageshwar | Kasar Devi Temple

Cradled in the wilderness of Himalayan ranges, the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station located in Uttarakhand that boasts of a pre-British heritage.

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48. Auli, Uttarakhand

4.2

Known For : Skiing in Auli | Gurso Bugyal | Kwani Bugyal

Dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars; Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.

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49. Shirdi, Maharashtra

4.4

Known For : Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple | Gurusthan | Shani Shingnapur

The home of great saint Sai Baba, Shirdi is a religious site close to Nasik with various temples apart from the famous Sai Baba temple and a few historical sites.

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50. Lakshadweep

3.3

Known For : Minicoy Island | Agatti Islands | Bangaram Island

Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India.

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51. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

3.7

Known For : Vivekananda Rock Memorial | Thirparappu Falls | Thiruvalluvar Statue

Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India.

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52. Amritsar, Punjab

4.2

Known For : Golden Temple | Jallianwala Bagh | Wagah Border

Home to the famous Golden Temple, the historical city of Amritsar is a famous pilgrim centre.

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53. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

4.3

Known For : Kheerganga Trek | Trekking and Rock Climbing | Parvati River

A destination that is tinted in the best shades that nature can offer is a small village of Kasol, known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and backpackers and Malana.

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54. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

4.6

Known For : Kandariya Mahadev Temple | Light and sound show | Lakshman Temple

Khajuraho is known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings.

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55. Mumbai, Maharashtra

4.2

Known For : Marine drive | Gateway of India | Juhu Beach

Labeled with multiple titles such as 'Financial capital of India', 'The Maximum City', 'Land of Bollywood', 'The dream City' and much more, Mumbai is Maharashtra's capital and India's most populous city which has multiple faces making it all things to all people.

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56. Bodh Gaya, Bihar

4.5

Known For : Mahabodhi Temple | Great Buddha Statue | Bodhi Tree

Believed to be the world's most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center, Bodh Gaya is believed to be the place where Gautam Buddha achieved Enlightenment.

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57. Pune, Maharashtra

3.8

Known For : Aga Khan Palace | Shaniwar Wada | Mulshi Lake and Dam

Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of great restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere.

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58. Kolkata, West Bengal

4.3

Known For : Victoria Memorial | Fort William | Howrah Bridge

Labeled as the 'City of Joy', the 'Cultural capital of India', Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian style architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place.

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59. Puri, Orissa

4.3

Known For : Sri Jagannath Puri Temple | Puri Beach | Jagannath Rath Yatra

One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple and other attractions such as Chilka Lake, Konark sun temple etc.

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60. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

4.3

Known For : Mahabalipuram Beach | Shore Temple | Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram also offers beautiful white sand beaches and an exotic shopping experience to the tourists.

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61. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

4.2

Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple | Dashashwamedh Ghat | Assi Ghat

Famously known as Banaras or Kashi, the holy city of Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga and is considered one of the holiest cities in India owing to its location and the numerous temples in it.

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62. Shillong, Meghalaya

4.2

Known For : Mawlynnong | Umiam Lake | Elephant Falls

Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

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63. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

4.2

Known For : Jaisalmer Fort | Desert Safari | Gadisar Lake

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, the Golden City is a major tourist spot owing to its proximity to the Thar Desert.

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64. Pushkar, Rajasthan

3.5

Known For : Brahma Temple | Pushkar Cattle Fair | Pushkar Lake

A legend to its origin, a unique temple, a camel festival, a holy lake and fairs and festivity and yet this modest town, Pushkar will give you the laid back and lazy ambience, that might just be the thing you need, with its many cafes and an idle and relaxed culture.

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65. Jodhpur, Rajasthan

4.1

Known For : Mehrangarh Fort | Umaid Bhawan Palace | Khejarla Fort

Known as the ""Gateway to Thar"" , it is famous for its forts, temples, sweets and snacks

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66. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

3.9

Known For : Govardhan Hill | Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex | Dwarkadhish Temple

Supposed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is a city located on the banks of river Yamuna and draws flocks of Hindu tourists every year looking to visit the numerous temples in the city.

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67. Gokarna, Karnataka

4.4

Known For : Om Beach | Mahabaleshwara Temple | Water Sports in Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.

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68. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

4.5

Known For : Double Decker Living Root Bridge | Krem Phyllut | Mawlynnong

The wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunjee with its clean and pristine surroundings is an excellent place to sit back and unwind.

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