No matter what kind of traveler you are – there’s always a destination of your choice in India
India’s bewildering diversity leads to an array of choices when it comes to exploring travel destinations. It never fails to surprise a traveler with its numerous cultures, exotic terrains, dramatic play of seasons and a resplendent history of rich architecture considering the numerous dynasties that have invaded and ruled the country. From snow-capped mountains in the north to deserts in the west, delta region in the east to beautiful coastal regions in the south and tropical monsoon rain in most parts of the country, gives one an opportunity to decide to visit different regions in different climates. If your personal preferences include adventure or discovering unique activities on a trip, there are desirable destinations for that as well where one can engage in various interests like water sports, kid-oriented activities, luxury train journeys, yoga and meditation experience, etc. One also need not worry about the budget as India has varied options in that domain providing choices to experience the luxury of Maharajas to cheap accommodations and homestays, all you need is the will to travel.
Here’s a look at what all India has in store for a travel freak:
Exotic Mountains and Hills
Magnificent mountain ranges in India are the source of exquisite natural beauty with fresh environment a sweet escape from the hustle of metro cities. To count a few best ones Srinagar, Gulmarg, Shimla, Manali, Mussoorie in the north, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Shillong in the east and Kodaikanal, Munnar in the south offer a variety of scenic charm. The refreshing air of the mountains, overwhelming views, captivating treks, and amusing handicraft markets definitely make for a memorable vacation. Tea gardens, camps in the snow-clad peaks, rafting, parasailing to bike ride through the cliffs with friends are some activities that one can plan when visiting these amazing spots.
India is bestowed with a number of rivers which paves way for its beautiful valleys. Each river is associated with some symbolic importance and plays a significant role in many traditional practices. Holy places, waterfalls, and various river sports are few of the gifts that these fiercely flowing water provide for any tourist traveling to the cities with river banks. Varanasi, Haridwar, Amarkantak are few places to have a holistic experience learning Indian beliefs on holy water by personally experiencing various religious practices. Whereas Rishikesh is one of many examples to have a close acquaintance with thrilling water sports like river rafting.
For peace and quiet to fun water activities, India offers a number of beautiful beaches each with its own wonderful appeal, spread across its vast coastline bounded by the Indian Ocean. Top choices among them are famous beaches of Goa, Kerela as well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The tranquility of these places can be put to best use in exotic spas and meditation centers whereas one can also splurge on thrill water activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, etc. The backwaters are unique to the region of Kerala in the country consumed in enchanting views enjoyed on exquisite houseboats, forms an apt option for honeymoon couples looking for an unforgettable time to relax and unwind.
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The Great Rann of Kutch, world’s largest salt desert is located in India. Every year a unique festival is organized where tents with all kind of facilities are made available to visitors to experience the spectacular moonlit view of the white sand amidst a galore of art, craft, cultural dance, and music. The warmth of the people, tasty delicacies and amazing flora and fauna makes it an attractive tourist destination. Other than the famous, Thar Desert with an outstretch of huge golden sand dunes, camel rides, locals in beautifully dressed colorful clothes and cold dark nights spend enjoying around a bonfire promises to offer one of the best desert experience.
Spellbinding Forts and Monuments
Taj Mahal, one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world happens to be a top tourist attraction in India. The country has a rich cultural heritage and the regal splendor is much visible in the awe-inspiring architectural marvels. Various massive forts belonging to the different kingdoms that the country has witnessed dictate tales of ancient India. With ecstatic views, serene lakes, artifacts and intriguing carvings these iconic structures are must visit to learn about human’s design and construction brilliance. Red Fort, Agra Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Qutub Minar, Gateway of India, India Gate, etc. are few of the many majestic examples of India’s extensively rich cultural heritage.
Wildlife Exploration at National Parks
India has plenty of options for nature and wildlife lovers with numerous sanctuaries providing a natural habitat for rare species of flora and fauna. Safari rides into the jungle to enjoy a close encounter with wild animals, migratory birds and abundance of flora add to a unique and exciting experience. Many of these sanctuaries are a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO providing wildlife enthusiasts a spotting spree with a variety of animals ranging from tigers, rhinoceros, elephants, deer, lions, crocodiles etc. depending on the national park one opts to visit. Hotels and camps in the vicinity of the national parks also reason up to the many aspects of these tourist attractions.
Unique Blend of Culture
India is a land of diversified cultures and traditions. Almost every month is marked with some festival celebrated pompously in either a part of the country or across respective to its importance and influence. India is renowned in the globe for bringing a mosaic of food, art, folklore, linguistics, dance forms, cuisines as well as monumental heritage. The age-old pilgrimage temples, mosques and numerous other places of worship formulate the richness of Indian history. One can plan a learning tour exploring these historic places to gain an insight into the cultural heritage of India.
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