What the sights of India really look like

As social media has become more and more prevalent in society, it has been revealed that photos flooding the sites have been filtered to show a different reality. Whether deliberately or accidentally done, followers often see very different people and places than they do in person, and it can distort how everything is perceived. When it comes to tourism, especially to other countries, this can make actual destinations boring and underwhelming in comparison.

There are plenty of places that not only meet the standards set by Instagram influencers, but far exceed them. While some areas are more crowded than the pictures, these areas are a wonder to behold, and few are as intoxicating in their majesty as those found in India. Here are some of the tourist spots that are perfect and waiting for visitors.

8 Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic and famous buildings in the world. An eternal symbol of a man’s love for his beloved, this huge building was built to bury an emperor’s wife. But is it nearly as grand outside of an Instagram filter? In the case of the Taj Mahal, the actual splendor of this place cannot truly be captured, as it is far more glorious in reality. It is definitely a place that tops the list of reasons why everyone should visit India.

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7 Amer Fort

In Jaipur, the Amer Fort overlooking the pink city from the top of its hill has become its main source of tourism. The high walls and artistic elements make for an eerily beautiful and intimidating sight to behold. There are plenty of amazing places to get the perfect shot, with or without the standard filters. The fort is made up of six courtyards and includes a magnificent palace, an elegant temple and lush gardens, all overlooking the serene Lake Maota below.

6 Bombay

Mumbai is a big and famous city where tourists go to enjoy old and new in one place. Mumbai can be daunting at first, but there are plenty of apps to guide anyone through the streets and too many destinations in and around the city. Photos on Instagram do little justice to the beauty and culture that can be experienced here. From thriving markets to historic landmarks, there’s something for everyone here, any time of the year.

5 strong red

Featuring huge red sandstone walls, this fort is a huge complex in Old Delhi. The beautiful architecture is a sight to behold, and not just in the pictures that fill Instagram. Built over a decade, the Red Fort was completed in 1648 and was designed by the same architect as the Taj Mahal. Many buildings within its walls were destroyed over the centuries, but have been restored, and it remains an elegant and beautiful feature for tourists.

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4 City Palace, Jaipur

The City Palace of Jaipur is still home to the royal family of Jaipur, although part of it is open to the public as a museum. With an architecture full of grace and elegance, it has all the qualities of a royal house, and those who visit it can even catch a glimpse of the residents inside. The art inside is exceptional and comparable to few other structures of this type. Since new additions have been added every two decades, different parts of the palace are dated differently and offer a unique insight into how styles have changed over the centuries.

3 Qutb Minar

India’s tallest tower resides in Delhi, and it is the Qutub Minar. This 73 meter high tower was created almost 170 years ago to celebrate the victory of Muslim rulers over the last Hindu ruler of Delhi and their seizure of power. The red and white sandstone structure is a beautiful and unique example of diverse cultures and styles merging over a long period of time. Tourists are never disappointed when visiting it, as it lives up to its reputation.

2 Humayun’s Tomb

Few structures can be considered the inspiration for world famous buildings, but perhaps none are as fitting as Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it was the first garden tomb ever created in India. It would inspire several innovations in architecture, all of which would lead to the creation of the Taj Mahal itself. A magnificent and masterful artistic construction, it still fascinates and inspires people today. Tourists can also see other 16th century buildings and artifacts nearby.

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1 Sri Harmandir Sahib

Also known as the Golden Temple, this sacred site and historical wonder is a must-see. An ideal destination for solo travellers, especially those seeking pilgrimage or spiritual solace, the temple is run by Sikhs, who welcome anyone, regardless of background or belief. Known for its dome covered in real gold, it is a beautiful and moving place of worship, where all are welcomed and encouraged to commune. Words and pictures alone cannot capture the wonder of it, making it a must-have on a trip.

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