India is beautiful and stunning for the first time visitors, where one can see holy cows roaming along the streets with beaches next to modern hotels. Here ancient temples stand along with houses besides swanky new offices. It has an incredible array of cultures; religions and ethnicity live just in harmony. Here at many villages, life hasn’t changed for hundreds of years whereas modern cities like Mumbai and New Delhi that reflects the western sense and sensibilities. Explore the vast, varied and above all unforgettably beautiful country through the echoes of ancient cultures, dramatic landscapes, including the mighty Himalayas.
Most explored parts of India is the Golden Triangle; comprises of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Cities like Mumbai (Bombay) and Kolkata (Calcutta) have a bustling, colorful charm and packed with life. On the other hand one can visit the holy city of Varanasi and the awe-inspiring temples of Tamil Nadu. They are rewarding places of pilgrimage. One can explore the ancient Anjanta Caves in Maharastra. Well, every region in India is stippled with an unmatched depth of history, diversity in cultures and language, monuments and beauty of the settings. India has something to cater to every visitor. Its diversity covers seas and oceans, mountains, rivers and the vast deserts.
One can catch a rickshaw through the narrow lanes to the Red Fort or just take a ride on the new world-class metro or visit wonderful Lodhi Gardens and the Qutub Minar. For the ones tripping to relax, one can go for the more sublime treat such as floating on a houseboat through Kerala backwaters. In Rajasthan, you can enjoy on a camel through the mystical deserts or just travel with the locals on a train through mountainside tea plantations in Darjeeling. And after you are done with all the exploring, you still haven’t scratched the surface.
Just enjoy a snorkel in the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It’s lushly forested archipelago that has bizarre plant life and a many varieties of corals and tropical fish. The best sites for diving around the islands are in remote and difficult to reach but one can take the assistance of the local tour operators to explore more. It is also home to India’s only active volcano.
Mumbai is one place where one can find a bustling port and the country’s commercial hub; Mumbai’s plate-glass skyscrapers and modern industry survive alongside bazaars and a hectic street life. The city is also the home of the prolific Hindi Film Industry. As it has been always said “Welcome to Bollywood”.
Experience the two sides of Delhi: New Delhi is a modern city, offering Lutyen’s architecture whereas Old Delhi is several centuries old. It has still retained the narrow, winding streets, ancient shrines and congested markets. Visit the Red Fort and the nearby Jama Masjid. Its India’s largest mosque and on the other side, the Qutab Minar, the soaring tower.
The most visited place in India, The only place in India where one can enjoy the fabulous full moon parties in beaches such as Anjuna or Kalingut. Plan your trip to visit for the spectacular Carnival for bustling fun, as crowds throng to watch the lavish floats pass by and dance the night away. Look for updates for the carnivals.
Numerous Hill Stations
Spend a week or two at the cool hill stations, a retreat from the heat of the plains in summers. Some of the most renowned hill stations are Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Darjeeling in West Bengal, Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu and the incredibly the most beautiful Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir with its lotus-strewn Dal Lake.
Also knows as the Switzerland of India, explore Kashmir’s flower-spangled meadows, icy mountain peaks and clear rivers. Jammu is the railhead for Srinagar and the ancient Mughal capital. The charming Lake Dal has houseboats where visitors can live surrounded by scenery so beautiful it is known as the paradise on earth. One can get glimpses of Kashmir in Hindi films as they have been extensively shot here to capture the exquisite beauty of the land.
This can be a complete break from India’s urban grit. You can cruise along the tropical backwaters of Kerala or just pause to visit rustic villages and assorted tourist sites. Taste the region’s renowned cuisine including seafood flavored in both light and spicy coconut curries.
Kolkata; City of Joy
Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and is a major business centre with many markets. One will witness the colonial buildings and the Central Kolkata contains the Maidan, the central parkland. Howrah Bridge is the centre of attraction followed by Victoria Memorial.
India has about 70 national parks, 400 wildlife sanctuaries and 17 biosphere reserves and one can explore all at one’s own pace and choice. The Asiatic elephants and the Royal Bengal tiger are unique to this region. The most known are Keoladeo National Park and Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand and Sunderbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal.
Visit the most romantic and earthy cities in Rajasthan. The bland land often can be seen dipped in colors as there many festivals are celebrated on a regular basis. Udaipur in Rajasthan is known as the Venice of the East; and is built around the lovely Lake Pichola. It is worth a visit for its breathtaking Lake Palace Hotel as well as being a popular filming location for the James Bond film, Octopussy. Most of the Rajasthan is famous for its colorful people and fairy-tale castles and forts. Explore the desert on a camel back to make it a memorable one.
Taj Mahal and the Golden Triangle
Explore the Golden Triangle; with its many stunning attractions. Delhi is the heart of the area, with Agra in the Northwest with the iconic Taj Mahal. To the southwest in Rajasthan is the famous city Jaipur, also called the Pink City. Explore the Amber Fort and the Hawa Mahal – the Palace of the Winds. To the southeast of the triangle lies Khajuraho with its famous erotic temple carvings.
Temples of Ajanta
Take some time out to visit the stunning rock-cut temples all over India including the Buddhist cave temples at Ajanta. It dates back to about 2,000 years and Khajuraho with its famous erotic stone and wall carvings. The caves at Ellora tell religious stories and are Hindu, Buddhist and Jain in origin.
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