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What can we say about the diversity and beauty of India that hasn’t already been said? So without further ado, we bring you top six of the most photogenic places in India:

1. Kerala

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Famously nicknamed as ‘Gods Own Country’, Kerala, located on the Malabar coast of India and in known for its majestic backwaters and coconut and rubber plantations. It has also rightly won its spot amongst one of the ‘Top ten paradises of the world’, according to the National Geographic Traveller and is one of the most richly cultured states in India.

How to reach:

By Air: The three international airports located in Kerala make the place easily accessible from any part of India.

By road: Kerala is well connected by road through national highways 17, 47 and 49 and a decent network of state run buses makes it easy to travel in and around Kerala via road.

By rail: Direct trains to Kerala are easily accessible via major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata.

Where to stay:

1. Coconut Lagoon 

Location: Casino Building, Willingdon Island, Cochin, Kerala

91-484-3011711

2. Nelpura 

Location: Nelpura Heritage Homestay, Edayady House Monkompu, P.O. Alappuzha 688 502, Kerala

91 477 2702336

Things to do:

1. Explore the tea gardens and hill station of Munnar

2. Enjoy bamboo rafting in Periyar

3. Enjoy sailing in the backwaters of Alleppey

4. Relax on the beaches of Varkala and Marari

5. Visit the majestic Athirapally waterfalls.

2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Identified as one of the seven union territories in India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are made up of 572 islands beautiful laid by the Arabian Sea. The island is not only blessed with a vide stretch of flora but also with a large number of beaches. Famously know for Port Blair, this is *the* place to indulge into water sports.

How to reach:

By air: The Andaman international airport is located at Port Blair is easily accessible via major cities in India.

By sea: One can also reach Andaman by boarding a ship from Vishakhpatnam, Kolkata or Chennai. The journey takes around four to five days.

Where to stay:

1. Munjoh Ocean Resort

Location: Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 

+91-3192-282000

2. Barefoot Resort 

Location: Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

+91 9686445488

Things to do:

1. Enjoy Scuba Diving and Snorkelling at Port Blair

2. Visit the Little Andaman Light House

3. Get lost in the jungles of Ross Island

4. Visit the Samudrika Marine Museum

3. Ladakh

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Ladakh, known as ‘the land of high passes’ is the highest plateau of Kashmir. Known for its panoramic lakes and picture perfect, magnificent monasteries, Ladakh is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in India, that appears as though it’s right out of a fairy tale.

How to reach:

By air: The closest airport to Ladakh is Leh which is well connected to the major cities in India.

By rail: The closest railway station in Jammu Tawi, located some 700 km from Ladakh. It is easily accessible from cities such a Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. You can hire a cab or board a public bus to further reach Ladakh from Jammu.

Where to stay:

1. Royal Ladakh

Location: Upper Karzu Road, Yourtong Road Sanker – Leh 194101

01982 – 251646

2. Pangong Hotel

Location: The Pangong Hotel, Chulung, Leh, Ladakh – 194101, Jammu & kashmir

+91 1982 258655

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Things to do:

1. Visit the Thiksey, Hemis, Diksit and Spituk Gompa

2. Visit the Shanti Stupa

3. Explore the Leh Palace

4. Visit the Hall of Fame Museum

5. Visit the Pangong Tso lake

 4. Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is without any doubt one of the most majestic states in India. Also known as ‘the land of kings’, it is the largest state in terms of land area as well. Originally home to the Rajputs, Rajasthan houses a few of the most iconic architectural structures and is proof to the rich culture and diversity of India.

How to reach:

By air: Rajasthan houses three airports namely at Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur and is hence easily accessible via air.

By rail: Rajasthan is well connected to the rest of India via railways. Regular trains from Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi run to the prime cities of Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner.

By road: The several national highways link Rajasthan with the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Thus, one can easily travel to Rajasthan via taxis, private cars, or frequently available buses.

Where to stay:

1. Vivaana

Loacation: Churi Ajitgarh, Jhunjhunu District, Mandawa, Mandawa, Rajasthan

2. Vivanta Hari Mahal

Location:  Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal 5, Residency Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan – 342 001

+91 291 243 9700

Things to do:

1. Visit the largest fort complex in India, Chittorgarh

2. Visit the grand Hawa Mahal

3. Get lost in the pink city of Rajasthan, Jaipur

4. Visit the Jal Mahal and Jantar Mantar

5. Enjoy a jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park

5. Varanasi

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Also known as Banaras or Kashi is located on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi has also been termed as the ‘Spiritual hub of India’ and is considered as the holiest of the even sacred cities in the country. Famously known for its ghats, it is believed that the city was founded by Lord Shiva and hence every year on Mahashivaratri, thousands of devotees from around the nation flood the place in ordered to seek blessings his blessings .

How to reach:

By air: Domestic flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Agra are regularly available to Varanasi.

By rail: Varanasi is well connected to all the major cities such as Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Regularly functioning trains are available at reasonable prices to reach Varanasi.

By road: Varanasi is well connected with the neighbouring cities and states of Uttar Pradesh via roads. One can hire a taxi or board a bus from these areas to Varanasi.

Where to stay:

1. Hotel Clarks

Location: The Mall, Cantt, Varanasi – 221 002

+91-542-2501011-20

2. Rashmi Guest House

Location: D, 16/28-A | Dasaswamedh, Varanasi 221001

+91 – 542 -2402778

Things to do:

1. Find spiritual enlightenment at the Ghats of Varanasi

2. Indulge into the Varanasi cultural walks

3. Visit the Ramnagar Fort and Museum

4. Enjoy sailing along the Ganges

5. Visit the Vishwanath Temple

6. Goa

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If you’re looking for a place to retire from your daily busy life, Goa is perhaps the most ideal place to be at! From picturesque beaches to some lip smacking food and from the wildest parties and concerts in the country to starry nights beneath the sky, Goa hosts it all. And despite the fact that it is India’s smallest state, tourists from within the country as well as around the world flock this place in search an ideal vacation.

How to reach:

By air: The Goa International Airport at Dabolim connects domestic cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow, Banglore and Chennai as well as international cities in Germany and UK.

By rail: Direct trains are available to Goa from most of the major cities of India. Goa has two major railheads – Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama

By road: There are regular buses to Goa run by the Maharashtra and Karnataka state transport services. The capital city of Goa, Panaji, is well connected by road to all the major cities in India.

Where to stay:

1. Lemon Tree Beach Resort 

Location: Vadi, Candolim, Bardez, Goa 403515

+91 832 3988188

2. Goa Beach House 

Location: Fatrade Beach, Varca Village, Salcete, Goa

+91 832 2744111

Things to do:

1. Enjoy water sports at Baga or Calangute

2. Vist fort Aguada

3. Explore the streets of Old Goa

4. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus

5. Enjoy shopping at the Anjuna Flea Market (on Wednesdays)