India has emerged as one of the world’s prime tourist attractions. More and more people from foreign countries are visiting India to witness its splendor. Be it the stunning architecture of India’s historic monuments or the natural beauty of its hills, mountains, beaches and rivers, there is something alluring for all kinds of travelers here. Not only is India visited by a huge number of foreign tourists, it is also being explored more and more by Indian travelers too. Travel has finally become a part of Indian culture and lifestyle, thanks to which more and more Indians are stepping out at a young age to explore the country they were born in. Be it teenagers traveling in groups or twenty-somethings backpacking solo, you will see all kind of Indian travelers on the road these days. It is natural that their trip planning begins with a Google search on the destination of their choice. India is full of amazing places to visit and it can get confusing to pick one destination when it comes to planning a trip. This is where a Google search comes in. Almost every traveler begins planning his/her trip by performing a Google search on the name of the destination. As the year is coming to an end, Google has released the results of its flagship report highlighting the year’s top trending and most popular searches in 2016 by Indian travelers. While the names on the list may not be too surprising, it is a good starting point to understand where most Indian vacationers are headed and plan your own trips accordingly. (ALSO SEE List of long weekends in India in 2017) Here is the list of top 10 most searched destinations in India for 2016.

Goa

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No surprises there! India’s biggest tourist attraction and the hub of party-goers, Goa leads the list of most searched Indian destinations by Indian vacationers. Be it the spectacular beaches of Goa or its vibrant restaurants and colorful parties, Goa is the perfect break people look for when they want to get away from their busy routine. You can choose to spend a quiet evening at the beach enjoying the stunning sunset or get to one of the several nightclubs to party the night away.

Mumbai

Mumbai

One of India’s prime metropolitan cities, Mumbai is a melting pot of cultures. With people from all across India settled here, Mumbai welcomes all kinds of tourists with arms wide open. It is home to some great monuments like the Gateway of India and the historic Taj Mahal Palace. A walk in the suburbs of Mumbai will give you a sneak peek into the vibrant hustle bustle of this city of dreams.

Chennai

Chennai

One of India’s major commercial, cultural and educational centers, Chennai is a popular tourist attraction in south India. The temples located in Chennai are known for their architecture and take you back in time. Chennai is also surrounded by marvelous getaways full of scenic beauty.

Bengaluru

Bangalore

And then there is Bangalore, the capital city of the beautiful state of Karnataka in south India. Known mainly for its pleasant weather and cosmopolitan culture, Bangalore or Bengaluru is home to some great temples, parks, lakes and architectural landmarks like the Bangalore Palace.

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Jaipur

Jaipur-Amber-Fort

Called the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of the majestic state of Rajasthan. If you really wish to get a slice of ethnic India, Jaipur is the place to be. Home to some historic forts like Amber and Jaigarh and some stunning palaces like the Hawa Mahal and City Palace, a trip to Jaipur is like a trip to India’s history and heritage.

Hyderabad

hyderabad-charminar

One of the jewels of south India, Hyderabad in Telangana is a cultural delight. Famous for its amazing Charminar and the historic Golconda fort, Hyderabad is a great tourist spot for those looking for a combination of history and luxury. It is also home to some beautiful temples and the popular Ramoji Film City.

Agra

Agra

And how can the home of the precious Taj Mahal not feature in this list? Agra is one of India’s greatest tourist attractions and not just because of the Taj. It is also home to some other historic monuments like the Agra Fort and the Tomb of Akbar. The cuisine in this part of India is lip-smacking and Fatehpur Sikri located nearby is a great UNESCO World Heritage site worth checking out.

Shimla

Photograph Courtesy: Ben Tubby/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Ben Tubby/Creative Commons

Perhaps India’s most popular hill station, Shimla is India’s prime summer vacation spot thanks to its pleasant weather and breathtaking views. It is the base for several excellent treks and is located very close to other scenic hill stations like Kufri and Narkanda. A walk along the famous Mall Road gives you a taste of local daily life here. The Viceregal lodge and Jakhoo temple are attractions worth checking out.

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Kolkata

Victoria Memorial

One of India’s most cultural cities, Kolkata is known as the City of Joy. Having produced masters like Rabindranth Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and Satyajit Ray, Kolkata draws tourists all year round thanks to its temples and monuments like the magnificent Victoria Memorial Hall. It is also hoe to India’s largest cricket stadium, the Eden Gardens.

Ooty

Ooty

Known as the Queen of hill stations, Ooty is one of south India’s most popular tourist attractions. It provides a welcome respite from the heat for locals as well as foreign tourists. The Nilgiris are particularly famous for their rolling green hills and beautiful weather. The Ooty Botanical Gardens here are not to be missed.

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