India Today Group announces best tourist destinations in India

India boasts of incredible geographical and climatic diversity like lofty mountain, sandy beaches, riverine island, picturesque sites, hot desert, cold desert, temple architecture, heritage and cultural sites etc. Due to these features, India has carved a niche on the world tourism map. It is the country where its uniqueness, hospitality connect with your heart and you are compelled to revisit this country. You may be curious to know the best tourist destinations in India.

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Source- India Today

Recently India Today conducted a survey and awarded various state tourism department across the country in different categories. Categories included Heritage and culture, beaches and coastal destination, adventure destination, wildlife destination, mountain destination, Luxury and emerging destination.

  • Category- Heritage and culture

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    Kamakhya temple in Guwahati won the coveted India Today award in the Heritage tourism category. Source: Wikipedia

Kamakhya temple from Assam achieves the top position. Kamakhya temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhaya. It is situated on the Nilachal hill in a western part of Guwahati city in Assam. It is a prominent place for religious tourist. The other places to visit in Assam are Kaziranga national park, Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji temple, Agnigarh hill and more. Most prominent festival of Assam is Bihu and their famous traditional dance form is Ankia Naat etc.

  • Category- Beaches and coastal destination(Winner)

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    Mandrem beach in Goa won the top laurels in India Today Awards in the beaches and coastal destinations category. Source: Wikipedia

Mandrem beach in north Goa, situated 21 km from Panaji, won the top laurels in this category. Goa has main two beaches namely “Junas” and “Ashvem”. Mandrem beach is one of the best tourist destinations in India. The other places to visit in Goa are Palolem beach, Panaji, Baga beach and much more. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (GTDC) executes tourism commercial activities. These include sightseeing tours and river cruises. Their famous traditional dance forms are Dekhnni, Mando, Fugdi etc.

  • Category- Beaches and coastal destination (1st Runner up)

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    Gopalpur beach in Odisha won the runners-up award in India Today beach and coastal category. Source:

The first runner up winner in this category goes to the Gopalpur sea beach. It is one of the famous sea beaches in Odisha located 15 km away from Berhampur. One can do many adventurous activities like scuba diving, paddle boat, water scooter. Gopalpur beach is referred to as one of the best tourist destinations in India. The other places to visit in Odisha are Chilika Lake, Konark sun temple, Jagannath temple and many more outstanding places. The most prominent festivals in Odisha are Durga Puja, Deepawali etc and their famous traditional dance forms are Odissi, Mahari etc.

  • Category – Best emerging destination.

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    Arunachal Pradesh won the India Today award in Emerging Tourism destinations category. Source:

Arunachal Pradesh wins the top position in this category. Arunachal Pradesh is called the land of the rising sun and shares the 1930 km of the international boundary with four different countries namely China, Bhutan, Tibet & Burma. The panoramic view of the splendorous landscape and breathtaking natural beauty of evergreen rain forest is a must watch! Due to the above-mentioned reasons, Arunachal Pradesh ranks as one of the best tourist destinations in India. The places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh are Namdapha national park, Zemithang, Tawang, Soani Rupai wildlife sanctuary, Ziro and much more. The most prominent festival in Arunachal Pradesh is Mopin, Dree, Ziro music festival etc. The famous traditional dance forms are Roppi, Hurkani, Chalo etc.

Overall India Today has taken a very good initiative by which the various state tourism departments make a sincere effort to enhance the number of their visitors. This enables them to participate in such prestigious events and wins laurels for their state.

Our sources of inspiration:

Goa awarded with ‘Best Beaches and Coastal Destination’ by India Today Group

India Today tourism awards: Odisha wins first runners up for Gopalpur beach

17 thoughts on “India Today Group announces best tourist destinations in India”

  1. I hadn’t even heard of some of the places mentioned here!! I definitely want to visit Goa, Agra and Kashmir, now I have some new places on my ‘India wishlist’ 🙂 Thanks for sharing this useful information!

  2. I have heard so much good stuff about Goa. Would love to go there. It is so many places to visit in India. I love seeing posts like this to know the best places to visit. ☺

  3. I’m definitely bookmarking this. I’ve not been to India get, but I’m going for the first time in March and finding it super difficult to decided where to go! Kamakhya temple is going to be a must for me!

  4. Beach is not typically something that comes to mind when I think of India. I definitely imagine a lot of culture, history, traditions and temples but not beaches. Buttt! Now that I know .. I want to do some more research on it!

  5. A friend of mine recently came back fromIndia and had such a wonderful experience that it has inspired me to do lots of reading and research. I love this list it will help me put my list together of the places I need to visit. It is such a diverse country it is hard to decide what to see when you have limited time. Great list. Thanks,

  6. It’s great that India is starting to make an effort to enhance tourism. I have always been fascinated by India and this post has me wanting to explore India’s beaches. I love the photos of those colorful huts/bungalows at Mandrem beach in Goa. What an awesome vacation it would be to stay in one of those and wake up to the sounds of the ocean 🙂

  7. I was not aware that India Today had instituted these awards for tourist destinations. It is very encouraging to see Brands associating with tourism. This will definitely give a boost to tourism as well as encourage places to strive towards improving their tourist infrastructure.

  8. I like how unique these places are, the photos are really inviting. I didn’t know that there are stunning places like this in India. The list that you have on this blog post is really great! I like how you incorporate everything and very detailed as well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  9. Arunachal Pradesh sounds interesting. What is it like? It boarders several countries. Are there places where countries meet each other? I thought it is only a national park.

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