The end is nigh for 2017, which means that it is time to look back at the year that was and highlight its best bits. So, in the spirit of travel, Hotels.com has put out a list of the most popular destinations in India for the intrepid domestic traveler in 2017. Without further ado, let’s look at these top seven domestic destinations for Indians. ALSO READ: Top Romantic Places in India to Visit During Winter 2017
Mumbai at night
The city of dreams that, strangely, never sleeps, Mumbai ranks first among domestic destinations for Indians. The city has its charm, with a cosmopolitan culture, heritage structures from the British Raj, and discotheques, pubs, bars, cafes and street food stalls for every kind of gastronome. But we’re guessing Mumbai also ranks first because of its importance as a commercial center, and its connectivity to nearly every other part of the country via flight.
Qutub Minar, New Delhi
India’s capital city, New Delhi comes in second after the commercial capital of India, Mumbai. New Delhi has been a melting pot of all Indian cultures for centuries, and it is the site of several important monuments, like the Qutub Minar Complex and Red Fort. It also has its fair share of packed streets, street stalls and high-end pubs and restaurants. And, like Mumbai, it too is a popular destination for business travelers and well-connected to the Himalayan hill stations and trekking routes.
Calangute Beach, Photograph: Shutterstock
Next up is another natural choice in this list: Calangute in Goa. The beach party capital has more than a fair share of sandy beaches, with the North Goan stretches being more popular than the ones in the south. And among the North Goa beaches, Calangute arguably ranks supreme. It is, in fact, called the Queen of Beaches and the flagship beach of the state. Naturally, you’ll find everything here, from shacks, pubs and paragliding and water sports to tourists, tourists and more tourists. CHECK OUT: 5 Reasons You Must Travel Alone to Goa At Least Once
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Coming in at number four is Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan where the royal family of Amer still resides in the sprawling City Palace complex. The largest city in the state, Jaipur also has a big chunk of royal monuments, forts and palaces that date back centuries. Some of them are heritage hotels, while some others are museums and/or open to the public to explore. It is one of the three pegs of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit that includes New Delhi and Agra, and for good reason. The pink city is also the gateway to other destinations in Rajasthan, including Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.
City Palace, Udaipur
Speaking of Udaipur, the southern city in Rajasthan comes up next in the list, at number five. Udaipur probably figures in the list for its proximity to Gujarat and, by extension, Maharashtra. Plenty of travelers come from these nearby states to Udaipur, which lies just a little over 100 km from the Gujarat state line. And the city has a lot to offer as well. Like other Rajasthan tourist destinations, Udaipur too is blessed with heritage hotspots like the City Palace and Lake Palace.
Candolim beach, Goa
Another popular Goan beach figures in this list, and this time it is Candolim. The sandy beach lies just south of Calangute, stretching until Aguada Fort in the south if we include Sinquerim Beach in the stretch as well. One of the longest beaches in Goa, Candolim has its stretches of quietude between spots of intense activity, which is good news for those looking for some peace and quiet but proximity to all the action. NOW READ: Here are 5 reasons why Hyderabad is the best city in India
Finally, we have Hyderabad, a city that, like many others in India, is soaked in history. But it is one of the few cities in the country that has a fine line between the modern side and the old city. The city of pearls, Nizams, smiles and lights, Hyderabad has plenty going for it. There are heritage sites, monuments and museums to learn about the fascinating history of the region, lakes and gardens and other natural sights, and the delicious cuisine, of course.