India has long been a popular destination for travelers from around the world. It has a significant history both spiritually and socially and politically. It is also very cheap.

But India has its own issues that travelers should be aware of. There is a fair amount of crime. Your belongings are covered by your renters insurance even when you are abroad, but it’s not just theft you need to watch out for. It is important that you are aware of the risks. Ideally, you should go with a partner, friend or group.

The best parts of India are relatively safe for tourists, while offering plenty of things to do and people to meet.

Here are some of the best places you can enjoy as a tourist in India.

Jaipur

Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

Delhi is an extremely interesting city to visit. However, it is also a difficult place to enjoy. Air pollution has real effects on you. There is also a lot of poverty. That said, if you stay in it a village like Khauz Khasyou can enjoy your home base during regular trips in taxis or tuk-tuks.

Hauz Khas is a lively place with boutique shops, restaurants and markets. There is a great atmosphere and it is very young. There are also cool nightclubs nearby.

You have to walk through some dirty streets and clouds of flies, but it’s worth it to get to know Delhi.

Agra (host of Taj Mahal)

As a tourist, you will find that some of the busiest places in the world are not that exciting. If you’re not inspired by the Eiffel Tower, you’re not alone. But Taj Mahal is not such a place. In fact, it far exceeded my personal expectations and was well worth a visit to Agra.

Agra in itself is not the best place to stay. However, it is cheap and relatively easy to find accommodation as a backpacker. Stay overnight to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise (best time as it’s not too hot and crowded). Then, probably move on to the next location on the list.

The pink city of Jaipur

Jaipur is one of the busiest parts of India. Along with Delhi and Agra it forms the golden triangle. Although it is known as the pink city, Jaipur is actually “pink terracotta”. However, it is beautiful, especially when you see the excess of palaces.

I highly recommend a visit to the City Palace. It is often neglected by tourists because it is a bit expensive. However, it has a high cost of entry. You can see and experience some of them luxury where Princess Diana stayed in 1992.

Goa

If you want to spend some time at the beach, Goa is the state for you. It is famous for its amazing beach. Together with some friends, you can get a large villa with a pool for a very low price.

You probably don’t travel to India to lie on a beach. However, if you have a long journey, it is worth taking a few days off to recover from the strenuous journey. You can quickly burn yourself out in the mess of spectacle.

Mumbai

Mumbai must make the list because it can feel like a city built for tourists. Mumbai may seem chaotic at first glance like any other part of India, but you can also find a place for peace and quiet. A must see and see. You might be interested in seeing the slums (and it might get you down), but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the trendy lifestyle of Mumbai’s youth.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

The birthplace of yoga is definitely a popular destination for people who love the oriental style of fitness. It’s also a pretty cool place to visit, perhaps unsurprisingly. It is said that you can enjoy river rafting with friends while relaxing in one of the many lodges.

Final thoughts

India is a great destination for tourists. There is so much to see and do. Make sure you are prepared with a clear understanding of safety concerns and how to navigate the various points.