24 most beautiful places in India Adalaj Stepwell, Adalaj, Ahmedabad: The epitomeof Indo-Islamic architecture and design, Adalaj Stepwell is a five-story stepwell dating backto 1499.

All the walls are intricately carved withpatterns, such as flowers and birds, as well as mythological scenes.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan: Jodhpur's blue housesand the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort make Rajasthan's Blue City one of the most Instagrammable placesin India.

Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand:Discovered by a mountaineer in 1931, the valley — hidden among the high Himalayan mountainswith the Zanskar Ranges in the backdrop — is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The valley comes alive with blossoms duringhotter months.

The best time to visit is between July andOctober.

Agatti, Lakshadweep: Located 460 kilometersoff the coast of Kochi, tiny Agatti Island is part of Lakshadweep — India's smallestunion territory.

Its white sands, diverse coral reefs and turquoisewaters make it the ultimate beach getaway, though tourists need to get a special permitto visit.

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu: Picturesque Kanyakumari– formerly known as Cape Comorin — sits at the tip of the Indian mainland in the farsouth.

It's home to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial,located offshore on a small rocky island and dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, a holy saint.

Shekhawati, Rajasthan: Some of the best preservedhavelis, India's lavishly decorated heritage mansions, can be found in Rajasthan's Shekhawatiregion.

Once built as a means of boasting of one'swealth, the facades and interiors of havelis are covered with exquisite and colorful wallmurals that depict everything from the owner's travel memoirs to folk mythology.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan: Built in 1799as an extension of Jaipur's Royal City Palace, Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, was originallydesigned to allow royal women to see street scenes without being seen.

Munnar, Kerala: Known for its rolling hillsand tea plantations, Munnar is a serene hill station of India's southern state of Kerala.

It's also home to Anamudi Peak, the highestpeak in south India and the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered sheep species.

Lotus Temple, New Delhi: This elegant lotus-shapedtemple has welcomed more than 70 million worshippers since its opening in 1986.

It's one of several Bahá'í Houses of Worship,a religious center of the Baha'i Faith.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh: No list ofbeautiful places in India would be complete without the Taj Mahal.

The ivory marble mausoleum was built in the1600s by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whois buried there alongside Jahan.

Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi: Declared a WorldHeritage Site in 1993, the tomb is the final resting place of the 16th century Mughal EmperorHumayun.

It was India's first garden-tomb and inspiredthe building of other grand mausoleums in the country including the Taj Mahal.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai: A UNESCOWorld Heritage site, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is Mumbai's main railway station.

First opened in 1888, it's considered a perfectexample of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture.

Red Fort, New Delhi: A UNESCO World Heritagesite, New Delhi's Red Fort was the main home of Mughal dynasty emperors for nearly 200years.

One of the city's most popular tourist attractions,it houses a number of museums.

The Rock Garden, Chandigarh: Started as asecret project by self-taught Indian artist Nek Chand Saini, the Rock Garden of Chandigarhis now a sprawling 40-acre park drawing visitors from all over the world.

Built over the course of 18 years, the parkis decorated with sculptures made using recycled industrial and urban waste.

Chadar Trek, Ladakh: Dubbed the world's wildesthike, Chadar Trek is a route formed by the frozen Zanskar River, connecting the isolatedZanskar village with Leh, Ladakh region's capital city, during winter.

The dangerous trek is lined with dramaticlandscapes, from frozen waterfalls to half-frozen rapids and caves.

Hampi, Karnataka: The ruins of the last capitalof the great Hindu Vijayanagara Empire remain a fascinating attraction today.

Inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage sitein 1986, there are more than 1,600 remains in the Hampi complex including forts, temples,royal complexes and pillared halls.

Bara Imambara, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Builtin 1784, Bara Imambara is an architectural marvel.

It was constructed with an interlocking systemof bricks — without using any girders and beams.

The massive arched hall is one of the largestin the world with a roof unsupported by any pillars.

The top of the iconic landmark offers panoramicviews of the city.

Basgo Monastery, Ladakh: With a humble mud-brickfacade, Basgo Monastery isn't as popular as other monasteries in Leh.

But those making an effort to visit will betreated with colorful wall murals from the 16th century and a 14-meter-tall copper idolof Maitreya Buddha.

It's the oldest surviving religious structureof its kind.

Sundarbans, West Bengal: A UNESCO World HeritageSite, the Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world and lies on a delta atthe mouth of the Ganges River.

It's spread across areas of West Bengal aswell as Bangladesh.

Sam Sand Dunes, Jaiselmer, Rajasthan: SamSand Dunes, lying in the outskirts of Jaiselmer, is one of the most accessible parts of theGreat Thar Desert — or the Sahara of India.

A camel-back tour during the golden hours– either sunrise or sunset — offers the best views and experience.

Chand Baori, Abhaneri, Rajasthan: With 3,500steps in perfect geometric design, Chand Baori is one of the most beautiful stepwells inIndia.

The 1,200-year-old site is open to local residentsfor a few hours every day.

Dal Lake, Srinagar: Known as the "jewel inthe crown" of Indian-administered Kashmir, Dal Lake is a Srinagar must-visit.

Lined by beautiful gardens and snowcappedmountains, the lake is best toured while riding a traditional wooden shikara, Srinagar's versionof the gondola.

Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab: HarmandirSahib is a holy complex for Sikhs that includes the signature "Golden Temple," which sitsin the middle of a large lake.

Reflections of its gold-encrusted dome shimmerin the clear water of the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar), which greets those who enter fromthe north gate.

Nubra Valley, Ladakh: One of India's mostbreathtaking areas, Ladakh is home to towering mountains and deep valleys.

The Shyok River cuts through Nubra Valley,which lies in the northernmost part of Ladakh.