India is one of the world’s largest, oldest and a continuous civilization which has flourished from nearly five thousand years back. It existed during the same time as the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Sumer and far outlasted them. India is a beautiful, an exotic, and an enchanting country, depending on whatever aspect you would like to see. It is one of the most popular dream tourist destinations complete with, snow-capped mountains of awesome scenic beauty, verdant hills gorgeous rivers and lush green valleys. Modern day architectural wonders with time-honored world heritage sites.
Indian is a land of diverse culture and is probably the only country where people of so many different origins, languages, religious beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds coexist. The multi-language, secular and culturally diverse country has a very rich and diverse mix of tradition and culture dominated by religious and spiritual themes. Yoga originated in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
Indian cuisine has a wide ranging variety of taste and flavour. Being geographically so diverse, each region has its own cuisine and style of preparation. Indian cuisine is renowned for its exotic gravies.
The Festivals and Fairs of India which is as diverse as the land is strikingly colourful. The spirit with which each of the festival and fair are celebrated draws almost everyone to join in the celebrations. The colourful mosaic of fairs and festivals are observed with a lot of gaiety and enthusiasm, round the year.
THE TOP 10 MUST VISIT PLACES OF INDIA ARE LISTED BELOW :-
1) DELHI –
Most first time travelers to India usually land in Delhi, India’s capital city. It can be a rather rude shock. The city is primed to take advantage of the unsuspecting tourist. However, bear with it! Delhi’s top attractions feature spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. Many of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens that are perfect for relaxing. And the crumbling old city of Old Delhi is a fascinating, albeit chaotic, place to explore.
2) AGRA –
A part of India’s popular Golden triangle tourist circuit , Agra is home to the Taj Mahal. Enough said really. It’s India’s most iconic monument and the top historical attraction of India. For that reason, it’s impossible to leave it off the list.
3) UDAIPUR –
Ah, Udaipur ! Famed city of lakes and palaces. (And yes, I really do think it’s the most romantic city in India). A must-visit for the ability to immerse yourself in the regal splendor.
4) VARANASI –
Varanasi is a city quite like no other. This mystical holy city openly reveals its rituals along the many riverside ghats, which are used for everything from bathing to burning the bodies of the dead.
5) KERALA BACKWATERS –
One of the most popular attractions in India, a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters is so tranquil and relaxing. The lush green landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer on board the boat make the experience even more enjoyable. Don’t miss it!
6) AJANTA AND ELLORA CAVES –
No doubt India’s most popular and widely recognized caves, the Ajanta Ellora caves are carved into hillside rock quite in the middle of nowhere, in northern Maharastra. These caves are simply awe inspiring. Words can’t describe how magnificent they are.
7) KULLU MANALI –
KULLU AND MANALI ARE TWO HILL BEAUTIFUL HILL STATIONS OF THE INDIA –
Manali at an altitude of 2,050 m in the Beas River Valley is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 270 km north of the state capital, Shimla. Manali, with its soothing backdrop of the Himalayas, offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that makes it one of northern India’s most popular travel destinations. You can do as little or as much as you want there. It’s a magical place bordered by cool pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give it a special energy.
8) SRINAGAR –
Srinagar is most well known for its houseboats, which first appeared in colonial times as the British weren’t allowed to own land. There are more than 1,200 of them, and they float upon Dal Lake, as well as quieter and cleaner Nigin Lake (adjoining Dal Lake). The houseboats are stationary but it’s still a once in a lifetime experience to spend a night or two on one. . If you want to splurge on a deluxe houseboat, Chicago houseboats have an excellent reputation. The Old City lies northwest of Dal Lake and is resplendent with mosques and Sufi shrines. Shalimar Bagh is the most famous garden in Srinagar, although you may be more impressed by Nishat Bagh, with its lake facing outlook. Shankaracharya Hill and the temple that sits on it also offer outstanding views of Dal Lake and Srinagar. The Boulevard is full of shops (and hotels), selling a range of Kashmiri Handicrafts. Go on a Jhelum river cruiseto gain a fascinating insight into the city’s heritage. You can also start the day by hiring a shikara (small boat) and exploring life on Dal Lake.
9) RISHIKESH –
RISHIKESH, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The whole town is considered to be sacred and it’s believed that meditation there leads to salvation.
Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous temples, ashrams, and yoga institutes. Despite the growing number of visitors, the town’s lanes and alleys retain a old-world charm, and it remains a wonderful place to relax and unwind amongst nature.
10) GOA –
Goa India, with its long stretch of picturesque coastline and some of the best beaches in India, is the country’s most liberal state. It attracts a large party crowd, but also has an abundance of nature and history waiting to be discovered.