According to the latest Hotel Price Index report by Hotels.com, Indian metros dominated the top 5 favourite Indian destinations list amongst international travellers.
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Hotels recently released their Hotel Price Index report that listed out destinations in India that were most popular with overseas travellers. Read on to find out if your city made it to the list!
The financial capital of God’s own Country, Kochi’s cosmopolitan culture has drawn people from across the country to make it their home. As in most parts of India the tourist season in Kochi begins from August and extends all the way to February. It is also the time when the city celebrates numerous festivals, starting with Onam and ending with the famous Cochin Carnival and its Christmas celebrations.
The city’s colonial past has left an indelible mark on Kochi’s architecture and culture even as it blends in almost seamlessly with its native Indian roots. Santacruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Dutch Palace, as well as Jew Street and Paradesi Synagogue stand alongside numerous temples including the only one in India devoted to the Hindu deity Vamana.
In the ’90s, the city of Hyderabad blazed its way into international limelight thanks to its then chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his efforts to make it the IT capital of India. Since the famed visits of Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, the capital of Andhra Pradesh has transformed itself from being an ancient city to a city of the future with practically every major IT company setting up base there.
It is thus easy to miss the old four centuries old city behind the glittering metropolis with its shopping malls and office buildings with glass facades. So do make an effort and visit the part of the city that exudes history — from the famed Charminar and Mecca Masjid to the Falaknuma Palace Golconda Fort and the Qutb Shahi Tombs.
What do you say about the charming pink city of Jaipur? For one, it isn’t pink, well not technically; if you really must argue it is the colour of sandstone. The largest city in Rajasthan and India’s first planned city, Jaipur is part of the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and has several attractions including the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Birla Temple among others.
On its outskirts stands the majestic Amber Fort that offers panoramic views of the city of Jaipur. Each year, the city hosts the famous Jaipur Literature Festival that is attended by some of the best names in the publishing business. Visit Jaipur, if only to experience warm Indian hospitality and the lip smacking Rajasthani cuisine.
We can tell you that Goa is a charming little state on India’s west coast or that it was a former Portuguese colony or even that it attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year of which about 400,000 are foreign tourists. But there is really nothing that can really describe this lovely piece of paradise on earth. Even as Goa retains its Hindu culture and cuisines, the beach state was perhaps one of the first to see western influences thanks to the hippies who started visiting it since the 1960s.
In many ways, Goa gives travellers the kind of freedom that no other state in the country can. Hire a bike or a car and experience the colonial charm of Old Goa or laze around its many beaches or ambling rivers or simply go temple-hopping. The Goa experience is perhaps the most unique one India has to offer.
Once known as the ‘Garden City of India’ and a Pensioners’ Paradise, Bengaluru is somewhat sadly neither any more. As the city embraces its new role as India’s IT capital, green spaces are diminishing and more and more young people are making it their home. Even so, the city of Bengaluru has much to offer to the young and restless — from cycling and running clubs to pubs and eateries as well as go-karting arenas and Ultimate Frisbee games held almost every other day.
The newly-opened metro has been a matter of pride for locals even as only a part of it is complete. There are of course the regular touristy things that Bengaluru has to offer too including numerous temples and churches and palaces including one that belonged to the famed ruler Tipu Sultan.