We asked the Rough Guides team in Delhi to vote for the most beautiful places in India. After much deliberation, here are the results...
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There are currently around seventy adult tigers in the park, plus healthy populations of chital, nilgai, jackals, leopards, jungle cats and a wide array of birds. The original core section of the national park is flanked by buffer zones, designed to provide space for the park’s ever-expanding number of young, territory-seeking tigers.
The arc of perfect white sand, backed by stands of giant mowhar trees and often touted as the most beautiful in India. The water is a sublime turquoise colour and, although the coral is sparse, the marine life here is diverse and plentiful, especially among the rocks around the corner from the main beach (accessible at low tide).
The seven chutes of water only appear during the rainy season, cascading over limestone cliffs for some 315 metres, making it one of the highest falls in India. If you're lucky, when you visit the sunlight will hit at the right angle to create shimmering rainbows above the water.
Constructed of white marble blocks and symmetrical in design, the building's walls display lines of scripture from the Quran. The complex also includes a mosque and several other mausoleums, including that of the Shah himself.
Stay in the most beautiful hotels, and have a knowledgeable private tour guide by your side all throughout this unique tailor-made trip to the Gems of India & Taj Mahal. Visit highlights like the Taj Mahal but also unknown areas like the villages in Rajasthan for nature, wildlife and cultural encounters unique to India.
The flat, sunburnt plains of the Ganges River are India's breadbasket: a densely populated area, it is home to many of the country's greatest sights. On this tailor-made trip to The Holy City of Varanasi, you will see Delhi and all its treasures, then fly to Varanasi, the most sacred stretch of the Ganges and one of India's most intense and atmospheric places.
The intense greens of the Kerala backwaters, overhung by innumerable coconut palms, encapsulate tropical India like nowhere else. On this tailor-made trip to Magical Kerala you will enjoy a lazy cruise on a converted rice barge; visit fragrant spice plantations, explore Cochi and spot local wildlife.
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The pleasant road to Abbi Falls, Madikeri’s famous 21m cascade, winds through the hill country and makes for a good day’s outing. Viewed from a hanging bridge, the falls are at their best during and after the monsoons.
This once dazzling Hindu capital was devastated by a six-month Muslim siege in the second half of the sixteenth century. Only stone, brick and stucco structures survived the ensuing sack. You'll find here monolithic deities, crumbling houses, and abandoned temples dominated by towering gopuras.
Trek through the Markha Valley, taking in the jaw-dropping Himalayan landscape, camp in traditional mountain villages, and discover hilltop monasteries. This unique tailor-made journey to Ladakh's Markha Valley combines the culture of the Buddhist faith with the natural beauty of the mountains and the hustle and bustle of Delhi.
Quiet lagoons, crystal-clear waters, coral reefs teeming with aquatic life and secluded white-sand beaches... The list goes on. The absolutely spectacular Lakshadweep was a unanimous choice at the top of our list of the most beautiful places in India.
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