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International Traveller's Pick 2024: The best of India unveiled

Experience the best of India's top cities


Diverse, dynamic, and distinctly unlike any other—India holds a timeless allure that has captivated travellers for centuries. Embark on a sojourn packed with culture, cuisine and charm. Whether you’re unravelling the vibrant tapestry of North India’s New Delhi or Jaipur, immersing yourself in Mumbai’s bustling energy on the West Coast or discovering the rich heritage of South India’s Bangalore and Chennai, a raft of story-worthy adventures await.

With a roster of things to do in India’s most celebrated cities, planning a trip might be overwhelming—especially for first-timers. To ease your trip planning, whittle down your options with the help of Tripadvisor and Visa's top hotel and restaurant picks, carefully curated and backed by Tripadvisor reviews. Note: From June onwards, keep your eyes peeled for the “Tripadvisor x Visa co-branded sticker” displayed by the selected businesses. By paying with Visa during your travels, you’ll also enjoy seamless transactions that are convenient and safe. Wander without worry, and brace yourself for a soul-stirring journey.

New Delhi

Delhi is a fantastic jumping-off point for exploring North India. Begin your adventure in New Delhi, India’s pulsating capital. Spend time at fine repositories of art and culture, trawling museums chock-full of treasures and seeking serenity in tranquil green sanctuaries. Don’t miss historical gems like the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb—all UNESCO World Heritage Sites that offer a glimpse into India’s regal and storied past.

A haven for gourmands, New Delhi beckons for its robust street food scene too. Detour to Chandni Chowk—one of India’s oldest and busiest marketplaces—and graze on staples like stuffed parathas (wheat flatbread) and sweet jalebis (deep-fried batter). Or duck into some of New Delhi’s finest restaurants for fancier fare. There’s never a dull moment in this dynamic metropolis.




Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is home to India’s largest port and has earned the sobriquet “City of Dreams”. Seize the chance to immerse yourself in the glitzy world of Bollywood and learn about the birthplace of Indian cinema. If you’re more of a beach bum, stroll along Marine Drive—the city’s main seafront promenade—and catch sublime sunsets at Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach, or Aksa Beach.

Beyond its iconic beaches, Mumbai has many fascinating attractions. Head to Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest outdoor laundromat, or board a ferry to Elephanta Island and explore sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples. Wildlife enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Sanjay Gandhi National Park—the city’s largest urban park with rare flora and fauna plus a resident tiger population. Buckle up for a getaway as epic as the memories you’ll carry home.




Bangalore (or Bengaluru) is a tech powerhouse with many major IT hubs headquartered here. Beyond being a thriving tech hub, the capital of Karnataka is awash with greenery and natural gems for invigorating back-to-nature jaunts. Stop by beautiful parks like Cubbon Park or Lalbagh Botanical Garden and amble along scenic lakes such as Ulsoor and Hebbal Lake.

Food-wise, you’ll find independent cafes, street food corners, coffee roasters and cool pubs scattered around the city. Home to one of the liveliest pub cultures in India, Bangalore invites you to swing by its microbreweries and revel in its buzzing nightlife scene. The city’s shopping arcades also pack a retail-therapy punch with a good mix of high-end boutiques and affordable shops. Indeed, Bangalore has it all; just prepare to leave with an extra suitcase.




Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is part of India’s famed Golden Triangle. The “Pink City” boasts age-old forts and jewel-toned palaces, often bearing terracotta hues. To immerse yourself in the city’s royal heritage, visit the honeycomb-like Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the ornate City Palace. History buffs can explore hilltop fortresses, notably the Amber Fort or Jaigarh Fort. Bask in sweeping views while gaining insights about the city's early defences.

Bargain hunters should prepare for some serious stall-hopping at Jaipur’s old bazaars. Visit Johri Bazaar for traditional Rajasthani jewellery made from gold and precious gemstones. Consider Bapu Bazaar for handmade textiles in a kaleidoscope of colours or Tripolia Bazaar for fine carpets and dazzling bangles. Jaipur panders to shopaholics, shutterbugs, architecture aficionados and anyone craving an otherworldly escape.




Located on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal, the capital of Tamil Nadu is dotted with sacred temples and prominent historical sites. Delve into the city’s religious patchwork at the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, revisit history at Fort St George and gaze at South Indian bronzes housed at the Government Museum. Chennai also beckons for its vivid performing arts scene. It’s among the best places to watch Bharatanatyam, a resplendent classical dance form.

Prefer to commune with nature and wildlife? Visit India’s largest zoological garden: Arignar Anna Zoological Park. Highlights include the lion and deer safaris, a walk-through aviary, and a wildlife museum. During golden hour, saunter along Marina Beach—India’s longest beach extending to almost 12 kilometres. A trip to Chennai is a feast for the senses and spirit.



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There’s something undeniably magical about India’s rich tapestry of experiences, offering a diverse feast for the senses. Whether you’re drawn to its storied past, culinary delights, natural wonders, or spiritual depth—India invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery and enlightenment.

Plus, when you pay with Visa, enjoy a hassle-free experience with contactless transactions for added convenience and exclusive perks like special hotel offers.

Overall, you’ll benefit from a smooth, seamless, and rewarding travel experience. Now, you can wander without worry and embrace a transformative journey through India—filled with perennial favourites and best-kept secrets.