In a country like India, there is no dearth of tourist locations. From historic forts and elaborate palaces to beaches & mountains that would leave you spell-bound, there is something unique that every city in the country holds to itself. On National Tourism Day, take a break from being a local and do something interesting – visit your favourite locations like a tourist in your own city. From bustling streets to hidden gardens and popular monuments, read up and visit them all just like a curious tourist and while you do, we are sure you might stumble upon some fascinating facts you never knew. Here's a quick list of popular places to begin with!

MUMBAI

The Gate Way Of India

If Mumbai has to be represented in one picture, it has to be that of the Gateway of India, flanked by the Arabian sea on one side and the stunning Taj Palace hotel on the other, busy with locals, tourists, street vendors and photographers.
 
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Kanheri Caves

Nestled in the western outskirts of Mumbai, cycle through Sanjay Gandhi National Park with your group of friends to reach the Kanheri caves carved with intricate reliefs of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas.
 
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Colaba Causeway

A commercial street busy with shops and street vendors, you can walk along, explore and shop till you drop here for everything from fashion, décor, books and more! And while you are there, do visit the famous Leopold café for some lip-smacking food.
 
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DELHI

The Lotus Temple

Delhi’s Lotus temple is a true visual delight. What makes it even more special is it’s history and significance. Open to all, irrespective of religion, the temple is a symbol of equality and unity. Walk along the garden and visit the information center to know more about it’s philosophies, art and architecture.
 
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Dilli Haat

Soak in the cultural richness of India with a visit to Dilli Haat, an open-air food and crafts plaza in Delhi. Extensive foundation work, thatched roofs of small cottages and kiosks gives the place a ‘village’ feel. Look out for the finest of fabrics, draperies, brassware, gems, beads from various states here along with the best of food too!
 
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Lodhi Garden

A perfect place to hangout with friends and family during the weekend, Lodhi gardens, is serene, well-maintained and a hot spot for everyone who loves a good walk amidst nature. Constructed by the Lodhi dynasty, you can visit the tombs and know more about it's historic significance.
 
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KOLKATA

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

The Jorasanko Thakur Bari or the House of the Thakurs, is the official home of the Tagore family. The beautiful mansion is recreated to look how it was when Rabindranath Tagore was born and raised in it. Currently it serves as the Tagore museum and holds interesting facts about the involvement of the family in the Bengal Renaissance and Brahmo Samaj.
 
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College Street

If you are an avid reader, then no amount of walks along this stunning street, nicknamed boi para (book town), would ever be enough. It is India’s largest book market, housing many centres of intellectual activity like the Indian coffee house. College street is a must-visit place for everyone in and outside the city.
 
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Botanical Garden

House to the largest tree in the world – The Great Banyan, the Calcutta Botanical garden is the perfect place to enjoy nature’s best. It’s spread over a sprawling 109 hectares and is famous for it's enormous collection of bamboos, orchids and palms.
 
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CHENNAI

Nettukuppam

A rather hidden beauty, Nettukuppam beach is where the waters of Ennore creek meets the sea. What tourists most enjoy is the sight of the beautiful broken bridge and tides crashing against the shore while enjoying the breeze .
 
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National Art Gallery

The second oldest museum in India, National Art Gallery is a mighty structure made of pink sandstone. A visit to this place is a must if you are particularly fond of archaeology.
 
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Pondy Bazaar

A prominent commercial hub in Chennai, Pondy Bazaar is where you need to be every other month no matter how long you’ve been in the city. From clothes, perfumes and jewellery to electronics and appliances, you will find everything on your shopping list here.
 
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