India is an increasingly popular destination for holidays as more and more westerners head east to explore this fascinating country. This is a huge country and there are endless cities, towns and villages to trek through. This can make deciding where to go a bit difficult. With that in mind here are five fantastic holiday destinations in India.

1) Mumbai

The capital of India is a place full of frenzy, culture shocks and excitement. This is not a city full of beauty but there is a lot of beauty to be found here, among the buildings, the food, the culture and the people. Mumbai will show you the epitome on Indian city life. It may not be relaxing but it will be a rich experience that will stay with you.

Mumbai Train Station / CC BY-SA

2) Goa

If you prefer a seaside break the beaches of Goa could be just what you need. These golden sands are beautiful and fringed with palm and coconut trees. Goa is also full of fantastic restaurants, bars and other attractions so you won’t get bored.

Vagatore beach
GoaPhilanthropist 1 / / CC BY-SA

3) Chennai

Chennai, which used to be called Madras, is a fantastic destination in the south east of India. Here you can throw yourself into the hustle and bustle of Indian city life in a place where the people remain extremely friendly, despite the size if the place. Beaches and restaurants are particularly appealing in Chennai and there are some great historic towns nearby.

Chennai High Court
ChennaiYoga Balaji / / CC BY

4) Pondicherry

Pondicherry is a three hour drive from Chennai and well worth the trip. This town was a French colonial town and the architecture shows this clearly. There are stunning beaches here, plenty of shopping and great food. Recent movie The Life of Pi was filmed partly in Pondicherry.

Thirunallar Dharbaranyeeswarar Temple and Tank
PondicherryVasuVR / / CC BY-SA

5) Agra

Agra is a popular tourist spot so you will be surrounded by other travellers here, but that is because it is home to the amazing Taj Mahal. This is one of the wonders of the world and you have to check it out if you visit India.

Farewell India - The Taj Mahal
AgraStuck in Customs / Art Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

Companies such as Encounters Travel offer holidays to exotic destinations all over India and the rest of the world and thee breaks could be adventures to cherish forever.