ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
- The Beach Capital of India is Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Andaman’s is an archipelago of over 570 tropical islands, of which only 36 are inhabited. With it’s incredible beauty, the green woody interior, the perfect location and the pleasant-sun toasted weather Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the perfect place for the excellence and soothing vacation. Radhanagar beach at Havelock Island was bestowed with the title of ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ in 2004 by the TIME magazine. It is also listed as world’s 7th most spectacular beach in the world on Time magazine list. Barren Island which is about 135 km north-east of the territory’s capital, Port Blair, is the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia. Historic Cellular Jail in Port Blair was used by the British to exile political prisoners during the struggle for India’s independence to the remote archipelago. Presently, the jail complex serves as a national memorial monument. It is one of the most popular places among the all famous destinations in the world. Every year over millions of domestic and international tourists visits Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
- Chandigarh is a city located on the foothills of Himalayas and is the Capital of two states – Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh is also called The City Beautiful with various tourist attractions like Nek Chand Rock Garden, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Sukhna lake, Open Hand Monument etc. This place was recorded as the Cleanest city of India by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. A majestic view of the Shivalik Hills including Kasauli is visible from here.
- Delhi is the Capital Union Territory of India. A fine blend of old and new, ancient and modern, Delhi is a melting pot of cultures and religions. Old Delhi has been the capital of numerous empires that ruled India, making it rich in history. New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The different rulers left behind their trademark architectural styles. Delhi currently has many renowned historic monuments and landmarks such as the Tughlaqabad Fort, Qutub Minar, Purana Quila, Lodhi Gardens, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, and Safdarjung’s Tomb. Modern monuments include Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Laxminarayan Temple, Lotus Temple, Lal Mandir and Akshardham Temple. New Delhi is famous for its British colonial architecture, wide roads, and tree-lined boulevards. Delhi is home to numerous political landmarks, national museums, Islamic shrines, Hindu temples, green parks, and trendy malls.
- Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan Landscapes and popular hill-stations. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, and heli-skiing are popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla, the state capital, is very popular among tourists. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a Mountain railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shimla is also a famous Skiing attraction in India. Other popular hill stations include Manali and Kasauli. Manali is a valley nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) in the Beas River Valley. The small town, is the beginning of an Ancient Trade Route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the gateway to Lahaul & Spiti district as well as Leh. Hidimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Pandoh Dam, Great Himalayan National Park are some of the Tourist Attractions of Manali. Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama, is known for its Tibetan Monasteries and Buddhist Temples. Many trekking expeditions also begin here. The Ridge is a large and open road in Shimla which is centre for most of cultural activities of Shimla.
- Kerala is a state on the tropical Malabar Coast of south-western India. Nicknamed as one of the “10 paradises of the world” by National Geographic, Kerala is famous especially for its Eco-tourism initiatives. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala is known for its tropical Backwaters and pristine Beaches in Trivandrum such as Kovalam and Varkala. From the green scapes of Idukki to the buzzing cities like Trivandrum and Kochi, Kerala has its vivid collection of tourist spots. Popular attractions in the state include the beaches at Kovalam, Kappad, Muzhuppilangad, Cherai and Varkala. The hill stations of Munnar, Thekkady, RamakkalmeduNelliampathi, Ponmudi and Wayanad; forts like the Bekal Fort in Kanhangad and St. Angelo’s Fort in Kannur and the National Parks/ Wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam. The “backwaters” region—an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals that centre on Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Punnamada also see heavy tourist traffic. Heritage sites, such as East Fort, Kuthira Malika, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace are also famous. Cities such as Trivandrum, Cochin, Trichur, Calicut and Quilon are popular centres for shopping and traditional theatrical performance. The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) claimed to be Asia’s largest shopping festival was started in the year 2007
- Rajasthan, literally meaning “Land of the Kings”, is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Western India. The vast Sand Dunes of the Thar Desert attract millions of tourists from around the globe every year. Jaipur – The capital of Rajasthan, famous for its rich history and royal architecture. Jodhpur – Fortress-city at the edge of the Thar Desert, famous for its blue homes and architecture. Udaipur – Known as the “Venice“ of India. Jaisalmer – Famous for its “SONAR KELLA” (one of the largest living fort), its magnificent palaces (Havelis), lake, fossil park, desert sand dune safaris-camps, desert national parks, Jain temples. The city is known as Golden City. Ajmer – Holy city, popular for shrine of Sufi Saikhllnt Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Barmer – Barmer and surrounding areas offer perfect picture of typical Rajasthani villages. Bikaner – Famous for its medieval history as a trade route outpost. Mount Abu – Is a popular hill station, the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan, Guru Shikhar is located here. Mount Abu is famous for Dilwara Temples. Ranakpur – Large Jain Temple complex with around 1444 pillars and exquisite marble carvings. Pushkar – It has the first and one of the very Brahma temples in the world. Keoladeo National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nathdwara – This town near Udaipur hosts the famous temple of Shrinathji. Sawai Madhopur – Famous for Ranthambore National Park and historic Ranthambore Fort. Shekhawati – For traditional Havelis. Dhosi Hill – Vedic period Hill, Chyvan Rishi Ashram. Chittorgarh – Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay Stambh, Kalika Mata Mandir, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Rani Padmini’s Palace and temple of renowned devotee of Lord Krishna, Meera (Meera Temple).
- Originally known as Suk-Heem, which in the local language means “peaceful home”. Sikkim was an independent kingdom till the year 1974, when it became a part of the Republic of India. The capital of Sikkim is Gangtok, located approximately 105 kilometres from New Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway station to Sikkim. Although, Pakyong Airport is under construction in East Sikkim, the nearest airport to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport. The popular sightseeing places include Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Handicraft Shops, Tsangpo Lake, Chardham, Buddha Park, Ridgepark, Flowershows (International Flowershows) Samduptse, Tashi View point Tashiding, Pelling, Yuksom, Rabdentse, Tibrtology, Ropeway. Mt. Kangchenjunga which is famous for its scenic beauty. Sikkim is considered as the land of orchids, mystic cultures and colorful traditions. Sikkim is well known among trekkers and adventure lovers.
- Uttarakhand, is called “the abode of the Gods” or referred as the “Heaven on Earth”. It contains glaciers, snow-clad mountains, valley of flowers, skiing slopes and dense forests, and many shrines and places of pilgrimage. Chota Char Dhams, the minor pilgrimage of the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the Himalayas, of which Badrinath is part of Char Dham, major pilgrimage of four highly sacred Hindu temples. Haridwar which means Gateway to God is the only place on the plains. Nanda Devi (25640 Ft) is the second highest peak in India after Kanchenjunga (28160 Ft). Dunagiri, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Trisul are other peaks above 23000 Ft. It is considered the abode of Devtas, Yakashyas, Kinners, Fairies and Sages. It has some old hill-stations developed during British era like Mussoorie, Almora, Dwarahat, Ranikhet and Nainital. Jim Corbett National Park the oldest national park in India, famous for Tigers is situated in Uttarakhand.