India is the land of myriad experiences and exotic locales. It is a world of resplendent colours and rich cultural locales, be it magnificent monuments, heritage temples or tombs. The Country’s ancient cultural heritage is inextricably linked to its technology driven present existence. The co-existence of a number of religions and cultures, together with an awe-inspiring topography makes it the perfect place for a complete holiday experience.
This largest democracy in the world is also home to the oldest civilization in the world the Indus valley civilization. It is land of variations, where you can find diversity in landscape, climate, appearance, food, clothing, language, religion, culture and tradition. This makes India an interesting place to spend your vacations.
India has the right tourism potential and attractions to captivate all types of tourists, whether they seek an adventure tour, cultural exploration, pilgrimages, visit to the beautiful beaches or to the scenic mountain resorts.
Across the length and breadth of India are thousands of enchanting tourist destinations. Such is the volume and diversity of her tourist attractions that it may not be possible to visit all of them in a lifetime. Most of India’s cities are acquiring a modern outlook but have carefully preserved their ancient heritage for the future generations. India also has diverse flora and fauna which could be best seen in the wildlife sanctuaries. Along the long coastline of India are some of the most picturesque beaches. If the Indian summer heat becomes unbearable, plenty of mesmerizing hill stations are available to beat the heat. But India is most popular for her pilgrimage destinations. India being an ancient civilization, most of these pilgrimage destinations date back to thousands of years. There are pilgrimages for every religion in India.
The Indian Cities:
A travel to India should always begin with New Delhi, the capital and pride of India. The monuments of Delhi mutely tell the story of her eventful historical past. Some of the popular monuments dotting the landscape are Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid and India Gate. Agra to the east of Delhi houses the Taj Mahal-one of the wonders of the world. A symbol of eternal love, the beauty and grandeur of Taj could hardly be surpassed by any other monument in the world. Jaipur, the pink city is actually a riot of colours where some of medieval India’s best palaces and forts could be seen. Mumbai, the commercial capital has everything for tourists. The attractions include Gateway of India, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mahalaxmi Temple and Siddhivinayak Temple. Bangalore with its swanky restaurants, glitzy malls, multi storied multinational offices and shopping complexes is the new face of corporate India. On the other hand, Hyderabad is a city both with an old and a new look. Old Hyderabad has some magnificent monuments that are the best specimen of Islamic style of architecture. Char Minar is the best example. New Hyderabad, like Bangalore has seen the mushrooming of gorgeous restaurants, malls, shopping complexes and offices of software companies. The metropolis of Chennai also has an old and a new order. Marina beach, the second longest beach of Asia is Chennai’s best attraction. Kolkata, another metropolis in eastern India has some magnificent legacies left behind by the British . The best are the Victoria memorial and Howrah bridge.
The best thing about India’s wildlife sanctuaries is that many of them are popular for one animal species. Corbett National Park in Uttaranchal is India’s first national park. Located in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas, it is famous for tigers. Equally famous for tigers are the national parks of Ranthambhore and Sariska located in Rajasthan. Ranthambhore is regarded as one of the best places in the world to see the big cat. Keoladeo Ghana in Bharatpur of Rajasthan is a world famous bird sanctuary having over 400 varieties of birds. Gir in Gujarat is the only remaining habitat of some 300 Asiatic lions. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is thronged by nature lovers to have glimpses of the gigantic elephants. Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh is another safe habitat of the tiger which also boasts of a diverse variety of fauna. Sundarbans in West Bengal is a sanctuary of a different kind. The largest delta in the world, the tigers of Sundarbans reside in the midst of water. Sundarbans also has the biggest mangrove forests in the world. To India’s extreme east, more than half of one horned rhinos of the world roam in their safe habitat of Kaziranga. Kaziranga National Park is also a bio diversity hotspot.
Here are some of the attractions, which have and still are captivating thousands of tourists year after year.
The Best Of India:
Great Indian Himalayas
Palace on Wheels
Temples & Beaches of South India
Wildlife Parks & Sanctuaries
Delhi – Capital City of India
Kashmir – Paradise on Earth
Darjeeling – Queen of Hill Station
Himachal – Abode of Eternal Snow
Pondichery – The French Aura
Ladakh – The Moonland
Desert & Safaris
The Great Golden Triangle
World Heritage Sites:
Khajuraho – Temples
Kaziranga National Park
Manas National Park
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Nanda Devi National Park
Spiritual and cultural sites in India:
Ganges – The Holiest River
India Heritage (Heritage sites in India):
Palaces of Rajasthan
Forts of Rajasthan
Havelis of Rajasthan
Monuments of Delhi