Most tourist-friendly cities of India
While India can be overwhelming if you have just landed in the country, it is also home to some of the warmest, helpful people on the planet. If you’re planning your first trip to India, Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to learn our Jaipur location is included in this list!
Most tourist-friendly cities of India
By SHIKHA GAUTAM
Oct 15, 2023
While India can be overwhelming if you have just landed in the country, it is also home to some of the warmest, helpful people on the planet. If you’re planning your first trip to India, we will tell you where to go; these places are known for being tourist-friendly, welcoming and easy for foreign travellers to explore.
Goa is one of those Indian states that see massive number of foreign travellers, and it is for all the right reasons too. Most people in the beach destination are well-versed with hospitality industry and related practices, are welcoming and helpful, are usually well-versed in English as well. The authorities here also value and understand the value of tourism and are helpful to those coming here from outside the country.
Jaipur is a part of India’s Golden Triangle and sees lakhs of foreign tourists all through the year. If you are seeking a taste of the royal lifestyle of the state, this can just be the place to start your journey from. You will find multi-lingual guides to help in your explorations here.
Jodhpur is another place in Rajasthan that is adapted to welcoming both domestic as well as international tourists. While you can easily book a tour of the city with Rajasthan Tourism packages, exploring the city on your own is also easy.
Mysuru is a great place to start your trip from if South India is on your mind. Karnataka is a treat to explore, with friendly, warm locals and a very robust infrastructure. It is also great for solo travellers and has everything from architecture and wildlife to hill towns and more. Mysuru is just the place to start your Karnataka journey from.
Of course, you cannot skip Kerala on your trip to India, and what better place than Kochi to start your trip from. Kochi is a hub of all things artsy, creative, and wonderful. The cuisine here is alluring and is a highlight too. You’ll find a number of people from other countries hobnobbing in the streets here. Kerala is also a state that has a robust infrastructure for its tourism industry and can be explored very easily.
Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) is another place that has always been inviting for international tourists. It is also home to India’s first experimental township. This is also a hub for volunteers from all across the world, and is great if you are into slow travelling and volunteering.
Rishikesh is another place that has been luring travellers from across the world with its reputation as the Yoga Capital of the World. It is also home to some of the most reputed yoga schools in the world if you are keen on the same. Exploring this little town is easy and its setting in the Himalayan foothills is also perfect for your first trip to India.
You can easily get to Varkala from Kochi and marvel at the wonder that this place is. Its towering cliffs by the beach are a wonder to look at. It is also a hub for international travellers and has a lot to offer from cuisine to watersports and more. There is a variety of stays to choose from here, from hostels to farmstays to beach bungalows and more.
This is for those who love going offbeat. Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh can be your introduction to the wonderland that Northeast India is. It hosts the Ziro Music Festival and knows the nuances of tourism very well. It is also one of the safest regions in the country if you are a solo traveller, and is home to some of the warmest people in the country.