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

There are many places that not only live up to the standards set by Instagram influencers, they far exceed them. While some areas are more crowded than seen in photos, these areas are a marvel to behold, and few are as intoxicating in their majesty as those found in India. Here are some of the tourist spots that are picture-perfect and waiting for visitors.

8 Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic and famous buildings in the world. The eternal symbol of a man's love for his beloved, this enormous building was built to entomb the wife of an emperor. But is it nearly so grand outside an Instagram filter? In the case of the Taj Mahal, the actual splendor of this location is unable to be truly captured, as it is far more glorious in reality. It is truly a place that makes the top of 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 its hilltop has become its chief source of tourism. The high walls and artistic elements lend an eerily beautiful and intimidating sight to behold. There are many amazing locations for getting the perfect photograph, with or without the standard filters. The fort is made up of six courtyards and includes a beautiful palace, elegant temple, and lush gardens — all overlooking the serene Maota Lake below.

6 Mumbai

Mumbai is a large and famous city where tourists go to enjoy the ancient and modern in one place. Mumbai can be daunting at first, but there are many apps to guide anyone through the streets and too many destinations in and around the city. The photos on Instagram do little justice to the beauty and culture that can be experienced here. From thriving markets to historical landmarks, there is something for everyone here, any time of the year.

5 Red Fort

Featuring massive red sandstone walls, this fort is a huge complex in Old Dehli. 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 finished in 1648 and was designed by the same architect as the Taj Mahal. Many of the buildings within its walls were destroyed over the centuries since, 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 Jaipur royal family, although part of it is open to the public as a museum. With architecture full of grace and elegance, it has all the qualities of a home for royalty, and those who visit may even catch glimpses of the residents inside. The art inside is outstanding and is comparable to a few other structures of its kind. Because new additions were added every couple of decades, different parts of the palace are dated differently, and it provides a unique look into how styles changed over the centuries.

3 Qutub Minar

The highest tower in India resides in Dehli, and it is the Qutub Minar. This 73-meter tall tower was created nearly 170 years ago as a celebration of Muslim leaders defeating the last Hindu ruler of Dehli and taking power. The red and white sandstone structure is a gorgeous and unique example of various cultures and styles fusing over an extended period. Tourists are never disappointed when visiting it, as it lives up to its reputation.

2 Humayun's Tomb

Few structures can be called the inspiration of world-renowned buildings, but perhaps none are as fitting as Humayun's Tomb. Constructed in 1570, it was the first garden tomb to ever be created in India. It would inspire several innovations in architecture — all of which lead to the creation of the Taj Mahal itself. A gorgeous and masterful piece of artistic construction, it still fascinates and inspires minds today. Tourists are also able to see other 16th-century buildings and artifacts nearby.

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1 Sri Harmandir Sahib

Also known as the Golden Temple, this holy site and historical marvel is a must-see. A great destination for solo travelers, especially those seeking a pilgrimage or spiritual solace, the Temple is run by the Sikhs, who welcome anyone regardless of their background or creed. 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 marvel of it, making it a must while traveling.