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Where to visit in India for the first time if I love nature and food?

I have 3 weeks for vacation starting this month (January) and would like to visit India.  I  would like to avoid overly touristy destinations for my first time and would like to be exposed to its natural beauty. 

Where should I venture to first and what is there to do?


11 Answers

top answer by
Ben from Venice Beach

Would definitely recommend a visit to Kerala (in the South).  Head to the hills ( Munnar) for the tea plantations and take a trip on a boat in the backwaters around Kochi.  The food is excellent and very unique, lots of seafood. 


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  1. Kerala (state)
  2. Munnar (city)
  3. Kochi (city)
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answered by
Akhil from Chandigarh

You should give Sikkim a try. Sikkim is a nice place to visit as it is not full of tourist and the scenic beauty of snow covered Himalayas are just wonderful. If you are interested in going to Sikkim then you should visit Nathu La. It is actually the border or India and China. 


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  2. Nathu La (attraction)
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answered by
Shreya from Bangalore

Hey, January is a very good time to visit India due to the pleasant weather :) If you are looking for some peace and quiet I highly recommend Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It has many small and big islands which you can explore - esp havelock island.  It is still managed to stay away from commercialization making it a perfect getaway. 

Apart from that you can also head towards north east of India. You can refer the following site for more info - http://www.northeastindiadiary.com 



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answered by
Rahul from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

head to Himachal Pradesh 

stay in Vashist for few days rather than Manali. If you got a time of 4 to 5 days head to Kaza visit Chander Taal- Lake of Moon have a stay over there for atleast 2 days it has got very beautiful sky. See the ancient monastaries. Visit Kibber it has got snow leopard very rear species left on earth. it will take almost 12hrs of bus/car ride to Kaza from Manali.


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  1. Himachal Pradesh (state)
  2. Vashist (city)
  3. Manali (city)
  4. Kaza (city)
  5. Chander Taal- Lake of Moon (attraction)
  6. Kibber (city)
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answered by
Sanjeev from Canada

I would suggest Himachal Pradesh. The indian state of peace and beauty.


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answered by
Partha from Kolkata

Much depends on what natural beauty you like - sea/beaches, jungles, hills/mountains, or deserts. For sea/beaches Goa is a good destination but it is usually full of tourists except during monsoon. Andaman is also great for sea and beaches with comparatively less tourists. Andaman is however far away from the mainland India being located in southeastern Bay of Bengal.

The deserts are exclusively in Rajasthan, and there are many forts too there. But again it's a touristy destination!

If you like jungles and less tourists, then Dooars in North Bengal is the most ideal destination. It's the foothills of Himalayas where the tribal people live. The greenness, the innumerable tea gardens, the rivers, and the dense jungles will mesmerize you.

The other advantage in Dooars is that you can easily visit Sikkim, and see the eastern part of the Himalayas in all its splendor including the famous peaks. Sikkim is located at India-China border, and some of the places are simply awesome. Luckily Sikkim is not so much of a touristy destination. 

The hills of Himachal Pradesh at the western flank of Himalayas are also great, but then you won't see the jungles as in Dooars. 

So far food is concerned, India is a country with many varieties. And I'm sure you'll enjoy the food wherever you go. 

Wish you all the best visiting India :)


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  1. Goa (city)
  2. Andaman (city)
  3. Rajasthan (region)
  4. Sikkim (state)
  5. Himachal Pradesh (state)
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answered by
Shubham from Vapi

Come to my home !! have a mango tree in the backyard and mum makes great food :).. ;). There are occasional snakes too. 

Or you could go to Kanhan or Bharatpur and have great kachouris and dal battis on the way. 


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  1. Kanhan (city)
  2. Bharatpur (city)
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answered by
Prosenjit from India

Goa! its a nice place for nature and food.


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answered by
Jaykant from Bharatpur

Best Destinations to visit India.

Delhi-2 Nights

Agra-1 Night

Bharatpur-2 Nights

Sawai Madhopur- 2 Nights

Jaipur- 2Nights

Bikaner-2 Nights

Jodhpur-2 Nights

Jaisalmer-2 Nights

Udaipur-3 Nights

Mumbai-2 Nights

The given destinations are the best blend of travel.

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  1. Delhi (city)
  2. Agra (city)
  3. Bharatpur (city)
  4. Sawai Madhopur (city)
  5. Jaipur (city)
  6. Bikaner (city)
  7. Jodhpur (city)
  8. Jaisalmer (city)
  9. Udaipur (city)
  10. Mumbai (city)


answered by
Aru from Mumbai

visit Delhi or golden triangle Agra and Jaipur


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  1. Delhi (city)
  2. Agra (city)
  3. Jaipur (city)


answered by
Sid from New York City

South India ("Houseboat in Kerala") or Goa ("beaches and hiking")!


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  1. Kerala (state)
  2. Goa (city)




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