Diverse flora and fauna, amazing blend of cultures, languages and range of climatic conditions make India a great tourist place. India has a lot to offer to its travellers with many destinations that can be visited any time of the year like Goa, a number of hill stations for a perfect escape from the scorching summers and ultimate winter destinations like Rajasthan. India can also be visited during festive season to experience the joy of traditional celebrations. Go to Varanasi and get impressed by the spiritual India and also take home the unique experience of yoga.
Moreover your trip can be budget friendly or as lavish as you want because India has everything. If you want a lavish trip to India then do not forget to board the Palace on Wheel and other luxury trains. Also you can stay in authentic Indian hotels and surprisingly there are equal number of guesthouses and homestay options for budget holidays. Most of the foreigners also visit India to broaden their horizon and experience the true flavours India. Though there are many disturbing factors like messy traffic, dust, conservative society as far as clothing is concerned but India is worth visiting because of the following reasons:
Taj Mahal: Undoubtedly Taj Mahal is one of the most fascinating wonders in India. Epitomizing love, this white marble mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Cuisines: With the diverse culture, India also has a surprising varieties in its cuisines and thus each of its dishes is far above than a usual ‘curry’. Regional cuisines in India are well preserved. Even the home cooked food has the regional taste. Enjoy the fish in East India, Tandori cuisines of the North India, dosa in South and spicy food of Western parts of India. Specific spices and ways to cook them make the food different and region specific.
Folk art: Thanks to the rural communities who have kept the folk art alive in India. Each region in India has its own style of folk art like phulkari in Punjab (heavily embroidery), maithili painting in Bihar, Tanjore painting in South, meenakari jewellery in Rajasthan, etc. Every work is unique in itself.
Regional Festivals: Regional as well as national festivals are celebrated very elaborately in India and with same enthusiasm. Dancing, music, chants, prayers, worshiping idols, fasting, food, etc are part of festival celebrations. Dussehra, Diwali, Durga Pooja, Onam and Bihu are a few of many festivals in India to mention.
Durga Puja: Durga Puja is an energetic festival of Goddess Durga. The festival is held in September or October and celebrated most lavishly in Kolkata. It is also known as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav. Durga Puja marks the victory of good over evil. Maa Durga killed the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Pushkar Camel Fair: Pushkar ka Mela is a five day fair held annually in the Pushkar town, Rajasthan. Though Pushkar fair is a deals with the selling of livestock but it has become a great tourist place in recent years. “Matka phod“, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition” are some of the major attractions of the fair for tourists.
The Himalayas: The highest mountain range in India offers breathtaking views and climate.
Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri is a city in Agra that was founded in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The city was built to honour the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Diwan-e-am, Diwan-e-khas, Ibadat Khana, Panch Mahal are few of the important wonders to see at Fatehpur Sikri.
Backwater in Kerala: One of the most extraordinary experiences in India is boating in the backwaters of Kerala. Backwaters are formed by interconnected canals, lakes, rivers and inlets. Houseboats are great tourist attractions there.
Ajanta Ellora caves: Ajanta Ellora caves are located at the hillside of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The 34 caves at Ellora dated back to the 6th and 11th centuries AD whereas 29 Ajanta caves are between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. The story of Buddhism is depicted by the murals and frescoes on the walls.
Khajuraho: Erotic carvings make Khajuraho a unique place in India. The Chandela Rajput kings within a short span of 100 years, from 950 AD – 1050 AD built these highly carved places. It is believed that these erotic figures were made for a specific purpose. During that period, boys used to live in hermitages and follow ‘brahmacharis’ till they attained manhood. The only way to understand their future worldly life was through these sculptures.
Orchha: Orchha is a small town in Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh. Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501 built this town which is now in a semi-ruined form. Places of tourist attractions in this town are Chhatris (or cenotaphs) on the bank of the Betwa River, Lakshmi Temple and Orchha Palace cortile.
Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer or ‘the Golden City’ in Rajasthan has a palace and several Jain temples. The town is located on a ridge of yellowish sandstone. Many historical and artistic structures and monuments adorn the city and make this an attractive tourist place.
Manali-Leh Highway: Open only for four months between May or June but Manali-Leh highway is a bikers’ paradise. Anyone who loves biking must go on this highway that connects Manali in Himachal Pradesh with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir state. The total length of Manali-Leh Highway is about 490 km.
Dharamsala: The beautiful Dharamsala is the residence of Dalai Lama and surrounded by dense coniferous forest in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Triund hill is one of the other attractions of Dharamsala.
Kochi: Also known as Cochin, Kochi is a major port city of India in the state of Kerala. Apart from beautiful marine drive, the city is also famous for Chinese fishing net.
Gokarna: Gokarna is a small town and famous for 4 beaches located to the south of the town viz Kudle, Om, Half moon beach and Paradise beach. Rama temple in the town has a natural water spring the never stops. Also visit the very popular the Mahabaleshvara Temple, the Maha Ganapati Temple, and Koti Tirtha.
Madurai: Madurai famous for Sri Meenakshi temple is a city in Tamil Nadu. Also it is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Entire Madurai city is built around Meenakshi temple in the form of concentric rings. The temple is dedicated to Parvati also called Meenakshi and her consort Shiva that is known as Sundareswarar. Madurai also has many more religious places like Kodal Azhagar temple and Kazimar Big Mosque.
Bandhavgarh National Park: Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh that previously was a hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. Now the national park is famous for spotting white tiger.
Vijyanagar: The ruined “City of Victory” better known as Hampi is located in the southern India. The city had a very sophisticated irrigation system. Islamic invasions by the end of 13th century led to the destruction of the city. But still famous for many monuments especially the group at Hampi.
Tikse: A very impressive monastery is located at Tikse, Ladakh. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery is located on top of a hill and closely resemble to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple is one of the main attractions of the monastery. This part was added to honour the visit of 14th Dalai Lama in 1970.
Varanasi: It is one of the oldest living cities in the world and is considered as the holiest of the all the Hindu religious places. Discover yourself by visiting Varanasi.
Street Food: Though roadside food is not very hygienic but one must experience it if you are in India. The food is cheap, delicious, spicy and readily available in almost every corner of India. On the other hand if you have a compromised digestive system then avoid street food altogether.
Shopping: Last but not the least India is a great place to shop for shopping freaks. You will get everything from branded to local and regional products. Indian handicraft is simply irresistible. In some parts of the nation, technique of handicraft is handed down over generations making it unique.
Also,many tourists pick India for voluntarism. There are plenty of organizations involved in such kind of work and you can become part of these during your stay in India and help the needy.
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