Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, the city of Agra throngs with tourists all year round. Reminiscent of the glory that was once the Mogul Empire, this city is seeping in history and gorgeous architecture.
The former capital city of Gujarat, the city of Ahmedabad is best known for its associations with the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. This charming city is home to some great medieval Islamic architecture and is also a critical business hub in West India.
Aihoḷe is a village having a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India and located 510 km from Bangalore. It is known for Chalukyan architecture, with about 125 stone temples dating from 5th century CE, and is a popular tourist spot in north Karnataka. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.
Jammu and Kashmir
Located 3120 meters above sea level, the gorgeous town of Alchi comes with a 1000 year old legacy which is best explored through the magnificent temples that reside here.
Tucked away in a corner between Nepal and China, this town of Uttarakhand is essentially a rather virgin tourist destination. Founded by the Chand Dynasty this town comes with the bloody history of the Gurkha Invasion in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Considered to be one of the holiest cities in Sikhism, Amritsar is located right in the heart of the state of Punjab. Its name originates from the pool surrounding the famed Golden Temple and refers to the “Holy Pool of Nectar”.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Recently gaining significant attention among domestic as well as international travelers, the virgin Andaman and Nicobar Islands prove to a tropical paradise. With gorgeous flora and fauna unique only to this region, all of which on the setting of pristine beaches, vibrant corals, thick dense forests, and interactions with nature like nowhere else, a trip here can transform the most restless of minds.
Also known as Axom or Ahom, this fascinating state lazily spreads itself across the length of the gorgeous Brahmaputra Valley in East India. Famed for its one horned Rhino, this state continues to be among the most accessible among India’s North Eastern States.
While this city managed to stay out of focus during most part of India’s history, it only made its mark in the map during the rule of Mogul King Aurangzeb, when he made it his capital city between 1653 and 1707. This brief period was sufficient for it to optimize its glory years, witnessing the construction of some of the most fascinating monuments one has seen.
No trip to God’s Own Country, Kerala is considered to be complete without a mesmerizing journey into the lazy tropical canals of the Backwaters. The Mesh of Canals which take birth at Lake Vembanad offers a charming and relaxing experience for all.
Most famous for its cave temples and architecture, Badami is a small town in the state of Karnataka that along with Pattadakal and Aihole come together to offer a whopping 150 gorgeous temples, each one more spectacular than the other.
Located in the Kheda district of Gujarat, Balasinor is a small city. It is also popular as Vadasinor and was foubded in the 18th century. More specifically, this ex princely state of Yusufzai Pathan or Nawab Babi dynasty was introduced on 28th September, 1758 from the Babis of Junagadh.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Considered to be one of the best national parks in the country, the Badhavgarh National Park spreads over 448 square kilometers of lush thick forest lands. With a hill that is at the height of 811 meters above sea level, the entire park sits on exquisite sloping valleys.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park is a noted national park of India. Settled in the midst of quaint surroundings, the park covers an approximate area of 874.2 sq km. Teamed up with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, and Nagarhole National Park in the North.
Also known as Bengaluru, this is considered to be the third largest city in India. Also known as one of the most livable city in India, Bangalore offers a clean and green environment without losing out on the perks of city life.
Located 180 Km from Jaipur and midway between the Pink City and Jodhpur, Barli is a small village in the Ajmer district. A few days stay in this charming town is a great way to soak yourself into the enchanting way of the Rajasthani village life.
Belur and Halebid
Located right in the heart of the Hoysala Empire, the remote sites of Halebid and Belur come with a 900 year old legacy of Hindu art and sculptures. With gorgeous temple facades and intricate carvings that adorn the pillars and walls of this temple, visiting these sites is an excellent way to delve deep into the stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Located 300 km from Jaipur and 235 kilometers from Udaipur, this charming region is the traditionally outpost of the Mewar Kingdom in Rajasthan. Home to an imposing fort that is perched over the shimmering River Chambal, exploring this small town can prove to be an extremely enriching experience for the quintessential tourist.
Bhavnagar is a port city, located on the coastal area of the Saurashtra peninsula. It is a major business town, near Alang; the biggest ship breaking yard having its base in South Asia. Business professionals who come to Alang have made this city their base for offices and other trading.
The capital city of the state of Orissa, Bhubaneswar is most famous for its ancient temples and architecture. Also a famous pilgrimage destination of Hindu and Buddhist significance, thousands if not millions of people flock to this city every year to explore the amalgamation of cultures that it has to offer.
An excellent base to consider when exploring the other remote parts of the Rann of Kutch, this town was founded a little over 600 years ago by the then local ruler, Maharao Hamir. With a rich and vibrant history that goes back to the times of Alexander the Great and even before than during the exile of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata, this town has been of historical significance for generations.
Located almost midway from Mumbai and Bangalore, Bijapur City is best known for its historical monuments and exquisite architecture that dates back to the time of the Adil Shahi dynasty.
The vibrant desert town of Bikaner has historically been a significant trading point for desert caravans. While it is one of the less dominating tourist destinations, it is home to some exquisite accommodations designed to give you a true Rajasthani feel. In addition to this, this town also has a rather busy camel safari scene that allows you to avoid the rush in Jaisalmer.
Bumthang comprises four smaller valleys namely Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey, and is a deeply spiritual region. The place has a charming individualism and is full of religious legend. It is also home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its origin. There are several places of interest in Bumthang. The Jambay Lhakhang monastery was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo and is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. The Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The first one was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century, the second temple is built at the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru's body and is regarded as the holiest, and the third temple was built in the 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.
This hidden gem of Rajasthan offers an enchanting environment that is complete with the mandatory ancient fort, exquisite architecture and a tapestry of local life that is best explored through its bazaars, food and people.
Located at a far distance from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Chambal Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife and for individuals looking for some peace and quiet amidst Mother Nature. Located at a distance of 70 km from Agra, driving is takes about an hour and a half.
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is a city that comes with a history going back 369 years. Considered to be the 6th largest city in India and the capital of the State of Tamil Nadu, it offers a vibrant local culture along with an impressive art scene. In addition to having a fabulously established IT sector, it is also among the most preferred medical tourism destinations in the country.
Homeland of Nattukottai Chettairs, this town in Tamil Nadu is home to some extravagant palaces that were built to keep the wealth of these professional businessmen safe. While the clan seems to have moved out during the Second World War, today this town is a thriving tourist paradise that must not be missed.
Built as a reservoir by the royals as an aid to struggling farmers, today the Chhatra Sagar area is a lush paradise that embodies the richness and opulence of the princely northern states. Experience the luxurious Indian hospitality with a tent stay here just as the blue blooded hunters of Jodhpur would.
The quintessential town of Chittorgarh that lies in the southern region of Rajasthan has a diverse an colourful past. From fables of the royal lands here to being a seat of power and political strategies for the Sisodia clans of Rajputs of Mewar, the city is flocked by travel enthusiasts even today.
A Glimpse into the Pages of Indian History
The city of Chittorgarh that had been greatly influenced by the original rulers, the Mauryans, has maintained its novel charm even today. The bloody past of the city along with the numerous other incidents lend the city a character of its own. The city offers not only huge fortresses to explore but also some breathtaking ruins. Make sure you visit the palatial Chittor Fort that over look the plains of the valley that is drained by the local Berach River.
Unearthing Mystical Secrets
The Chittor fort itself has seven gigantic stone structured gates that were built to protect and secure the inner against all kinds of dangers ranging from cannon balls shot through the air or elephants lunging at the heavy doors. There are a number of other attractions that dot the region such as the famous temple of Meera, Padmini’s Castle as well as the Kalika Mata temple that make for a wonderful exploration site.
The diverse city of Kochi that is an urban jungle but yet has pockets of local culture is a cosmopolitan city to visit in Kerala. A place of financial importance as it houses one of the largest commercial ports of India, the city with its embracing nature and sense of familiarity.
Coorg or as it is locally called, Kodagu is renowned for the picturesque backdrops and winding roads that make for a wonderful drive. Whether you are a nature lover, sports enthusiast or a backpacker, this destination makes for the perfect place to visit in India. From mountain ranges to quintessential villages, Coorg has it all.
Corbett National Park
Laying the state of Uttarakhand, near the Himalayan Mountains is the famous Corbett National Park, home to numerous forms of flora and fauna that can be viewed by visitors. A panoramic view of the jungle is the first sight that greets visitors here, almost always taking their breath away.
The archetypal city of Darjeeling that lays in West Bengal is renowned for the numerous tea estates that dominate the region. Beautiful and bustling, it is a city that can never be predicted. From British influences to freshly brewed tea, experiences here are a dime a dozen.
The popular tourist destination of India, Deoghar or as it is popularly known as amongst locals, the Baidyanath Dham, houses the most sacrosanct of all the Jyotirlingams, making the whole town sacred itself. Discover the mythical and mystical side of the Indian culture with a trip to Deoghar.
Located 45 minutes outside of the White City of Udaipur, Devigarh is essentially a fort turned luxury resort that offers a charming and relaxing insight into the life and times of the royals of Rajasthan.
Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj
While most tourists around the world know of Dharamsala, to visit Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj which is only 4 km north of this town is actually the headquarters of the Tibetan Government and home to the Dalai Lama, currently in exile.
Sitting in between the Udaipur and Banswara districts in Rajasthan, Dungarpur is a little known town that is easily accessible from Udaipur.
Built in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mogul Empire under the reign of Emperor Akbar. However, the city was abandoned within 20 years, reasons for which continue to remain a mystery even today. Many attribute the abandonment to water shortages.
Gangtey and Phobjika
If you think you’ve seen beautiful already wait till you get to Gangtey & Phobjika. Every inch of the place is covered is spectacular beauty. The place is perfect for hiking through the dense green forest. But once you’ve marched through it, you move into a wide open valley, which is so uncommon in Bhutan.
The capital city to the Himalayan state of Sikkim, Gangtok is a rather vibrant hill station that means “hillslide” in Tibetan. With a rather indigenous group of people with Nepalese and Tibetan ancestry, this region opens doors to a rather unique environment from the rest of the country.
Without doubt the party capital of India, Goa is one state where you will see international tourists throng all year round. With great beaches, a fabulous party scene and a growing food and music scene, Goa is the place to visit when you want the much needed break from all the sightseeing around India.
In addition to being a popular pilgrimage town among the Hindu’s, Gokarna has the pleasure of being located with a backdrop of the gorgeous Western Ghats on one side and pristine beaches on the coast of the Arabian Sea on the other.
Famous for its majestic buildings that are now in ruins, this small town in the State of Karnataka is known as the birthplace of the Bahmani Dynasty. Today, this town is mostly home to a large Islamic population.
This former capital to the state of Assam is located on the banks of the River Brahmaputra and is often considered to be a great place to start when exploring the East of India.
The historical city of Gwalior is located at a 2 hour drive from the famous city of Agra. The largest city in all of central India, it is often referred to as the tourist capital of its state, the heart of Incredible India, Madhya Pradesh.
One of the most picturesque places in the country, the Haa valley was opened for the first time to foreign tourists in 2002. Some of famous attractions in the region are the 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple) at the foothills of a mount Meri Puensum. The grand annual Haa Tshechu is performed at Lhakhang Karpo on the 8th-10th day of the 8th Bhutanese month. The Haa Wangchuklo Dzong was built in 1915 after the Dumchog Dzong was destroyed in a fire.
Considered to be one of the most famed tourist destinations in the state of Karnataka, Hampi was once the seat of the Vijayanagara Empire, the largest one in post-mogul India. The empire covered several states and left behind a legacy through gorgeous temples and structures.
Loosely translated as the “Gateway to God”, Haridwar is considered to be one of the holiest cities in India. A starting point for the Charm Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage spanning 4 spots, thousands of devotees and tourists throng to this city every year.
This town is essentially a convenient base to consider when wanting to explore the ruins of Hampi and the history of the Vijayanagar Empire in South India. Sitting on the banks of the River Tungabhadra, it is only 325 km from the state’s capital, Bangalore.
The capital city of the newly formed stat of Telangana in South India, Hyderabad is a thriving city best known for its thriving IT scene. Historically speaking, this city offers some charming amalgamations of Islamic culture as well as South India Hindu Culture.
The capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is reminiscent of the royal way of life that was once integral to this region. Today it is fondly referred to as the “Pink City” because of the trademark structures that sit here.
Often perceived to be one of Rajasthan’s most exotic cities, Jaisalmer offers one a kind old world charm through its imposing Sonar Qila or Golden Fort, old havelis and winding streets that offer enchanting visions at every turn.
Not to be confused with Jaipur in the western State of Rajasthan, Jeypore is a growing city in the eastern region of India and acts as a favorable base when exploring the region around it.
Often referred to as the “Sun City”, it is named so because of the bright sunny weather that continues to bless these lands all year round. This enchanting dessert city was founded by the then chief of the Rathore Clan, Rao Jodha way back in 1459. Formerly referred to as Marwar, this is the second largest city in the state and offers charming experiences through the Old and New parts.
If your idea of a perfect vacation involves spending a few nights in quiet and serene hill stations away from all the tourist hustle and bustle, Kalimpong in West Bengal is worth consideration.
Most famous for its exquisite silk sarees, Kanchipuram is a small city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In addition to this, this city is also considered to be one of the Seven sacred cities in India.
Kanha National Park
Located in the heart of India in Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park is a manifestation of Rudyard Kipling’s vision of the forest in Jungle Book. Its romantic and lush forest environs help create experiences you must have as an adventure seeker and wildlife lover.
If you are planning for a South India tour, then make sure to give a thought to Kanyakumari. It’s one of the unique destinations that the country is home to. Though a prominent part of Tamilnadu, you may also include it to your Kerala holiday package. The joy of watching the dazzling sunrise from here is something that you can feel if you have actually been to that place. Moreover, the city is also noted for its famous Kumari Amman temple!
Kaziranga National Park
Famous for one horned rhino and spread across 430 sq. km of varied terrain, Kaziranga is one among the most remote national parks of India.
Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park
The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a celebrated avifauna sanctuary based in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It was once referred to as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and is now a World Heritage Site, home to thousands of birds. Its position on the Gangetic Plain is one of the main contributors for it attracting an extensive range of migrant birds and fauna. The sanctuary is frequently visited by ornithologists who hope to catch a glimpse of several protected birds that are native to the region.
Named aptly, owing to the abundance of Khajur (date) trees in the region; Khajuraho is a major landmark holding religious significance in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The world renowned tourist attraction is an archaeological site of gigantic proportions portraying splendid shrines devoted to Hindu deities Shiva, Vishnu and Jain Tirthank. Travelers can explore the exclusive Nagara-style architecture in the temple complex and browse though the many erotic sculptures depicting Gods of love.
Once a petite kingdom, the village of Khimsar is today a quaint tourist destination in the state of Rajasthan. Set cozily along the perimeter of the sizzling Thar Desert, the township brings forth the beauty of rural India. True to its extreme dessert climate, Khimsar is best visited during the winter months. It has a host of new experiences in store for tourists who can explore Khimsar while enjoying a sojourn at the exotic Heritage Hotel.
Allegedly founded by Kolhasur; a demon in Hindu mythology, Kolhapur is a city affluent with cultural heritage. Set in the Panchganga River Basin, Kolhapur rests against the majestic the Sahayadri mountain range. Once ruled by Bhosale Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire, the city remains an integral part of Western Maharashtra. It offers an exceptional mix of coastal climate interwoven with inland components native to the Western Ghats.
Fondly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the actual capital of the state of West Bengal. The city was once divided into three villages and governed by the Nawab of Bengal during the time of the Mughals in the 17th century. It is now a popular tourist hub for domestic as well as international travelers who travel to the city to view museums and buildings from the colonial era. Travelers can also experience the rich influence of Bengali culture in the city during times of festivity.
The charming town of Konark rests on the shore of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha. Its name Kona and Arka indicate the angle of the sun in the shrine of the Sun God that the town is famous for. Tourists from all over the world are drawn to the magnetism of the 13th-century shrine that is now a World Heritage Site.
Located in the foothills of Western Ghats, it is at the perfect stopping point for all those visiting places like Madurai and Cochin.
The charismatic beach town of Kovalam beckons to tourists visiting Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The travel hub that is situated on the banks of the Arabian Sea is characterized by a spate of coconut trees. It gets its name from the signature coconut groves that loosely translate to mean Kovalam. The Regents of Travancore in 1920 played a big part in making the quaint fishing village become known as the fabulous beach town it is today.
The commanding Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajasthan one of the much sought after marvels of western India. It is located just 82 km away from Udaipur making it a frequently visited travel destination. Initially designed by Rana Kumbha of the Sisodia Rajputs regents, the structure was completed during the 19th century. The awe-inspiring fort is also where the memorable Maharana Pratap of Mewar was born, giving it great significance.
Jammu and Kashmir
Ladhak is a region that showcases the everlasting beauty of Himalayan mountain range in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the tallest plateau at a height of 9,800 ft. stretching to the Kunlun ranges. Buddhist monasteries in Ladhak are an excellent example of Tibetan monastic architecture with Indian elements. The place famous for adventure tourism offers thrilling experiences from mountaineering and river rafting to desert camel rides.
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The mesmerizing city of Leh was founded by the Tibetan regent Nyima gon in the 10th century. The prince went on to have several major sculptures crafted at Shey that has great historical significance today.
A much sought after tourist destination; Leh has trekking trails are particularly popular among travelers who enjoy a scenic hike. Mainly known for cultural influences of Buddhism and Islam, the city is famous for the Namgyal New Monastery; a premier Buddhism hub.
Little Rann of Kutch National Park
Gujarat’s Little Rann of Kutch National Park is a quaint salt marsh known to attract and protect a wide range of endangered wildlife. Situated in close proximity to the Great Rann of Kutch, the sanctuary is rich in biodiversity. Soon to be declared a biosphere under UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) program; it is a charming destination where travelers can get up close to nature and fauna.
Lucknow- the fabulous ‘City of Nawabs’ has long been venerated for its status as the artistic nucleus of North Indian and Mughalai culture. Unique travel experiences await tourists in Hazratganj that is riddled with pebbled trails, bejeweled with enticing piazzas that offer "Nawabi"-style cuisine. Travelers can enjoy witnessing the exquisiteness of the city's inimitable Nawabi blend of Mughlai and Turkish architectural styles.
Madurai is crowning glory of southern India located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Travelers can look forward to a host of intriguing travel experiences in the 2500 year old city that offers everything from Shiva temples to theme parks. Dubbed as the ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ or the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ in popular culture; Madurai is known to have an electric nightlife. The entire city is said to be built around the revered Meenakshi Amman Temple that was completed in 1655 CE.
Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town that saw major development under South Indian King Narasimhavarman I of the Pallava dynasty. Today, the assemblage of impressive monuments at Mahabalipuram has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by scores of domestic and foreign travelers each year. People travel to take in the splendor of Dravidian architecture that contains Buddhist influence in the stone fashioned monolithic sculptures.
The name Maheshwar stands for the Almighty and is taken to refer to Lord Shiva. Famously known as the ‘City of a Hundred Temples’, Maheshwar is a premier travel destination based in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The enchanting sunsets over Datta Temple, Jalkoti draw hordes of tourists each year, as does the Royal Palace of Maheshwar.
Manas National Park
Manas National Park is a 360 square km bioreserve present in Assam since the year 1973. Set at the thickly wooded base of the Eastern Himalaya, the sanctuary is home to an extensive range of birds, mammals and flora. People travel to the UNESCO Natural World Heritage site to catch a glimpse of the endemic wildlife in danger of extinction. The winter months bring tranquility and serenity to the exotic reserve that is occasionally disrupted by the cacophony of the several hundred birds residing in the park.
The startlingly calm beach community of Mararikulam is situated within the Kerala based city Alleppey. Blessed with an enchantingly calm tropical climate all throughout the year, Mararikulam is particularly known for its Marari beach.
Listed among the world’s top five hammock beaches by National Geographic survey; this beach is ideal for tourists seeking solitude and peacefulness. The quaint town is also frequented by nature enthusiasts who wish to peacefully explore the varied species of butterflies, land birds and abundant plant life native to the coast in South India.
The quaint town of Modhera in Gujarat is forever lit by the magnificence of the Sun Temple. Built in 1026 AD in the honor of the Hindu Sun-God on the shore of river Pushpavati; the shrine has transformed the town into a charming tourist locale. Travelers from far and wide gather to appreciate the splendor of the temple with its erotic sculptures and attend the annual Modhera dance festival in town.
Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan, and is one of the most beautiful places in the country. The second largest town in the sub-tropical east, Mongar is situated on the side of a hill in contrast to other towns of Western Bhutan which were built on the valley floor. The several places of interest here include the Mongar Dzong, which is one of the newest Dzongs built in the 1930s. A visit to this Dzong is a must for anyone who wants to witness how Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive over the centuries.
Mount Abu, once known as Arbudaanchal is situated at a height of 4,003 ft in Rajasthan. It is referred to as 'an oasis in the desert' owing to its charming water bodies, waterfalls and lush woods. It is a much frequented travel hub by people who are keen on trekking to peak Guru Shikhar and tourists visiting the Dilwara temples that stand testament to Jain history.
The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.
Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.
Munnar is a picturesque town set in the Western Ghats mountain range at a staggering 5,200 ft above sea level. The city is based at a convergence of three beautiful rivers, namely the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. It is aptly named, as the name Munnar signifies the convergence of three rivers. The captivating hill station in Kerala is the perfect retreat where people can get close to nature.
Set at a height of 6,580 ft; Mussoorie is Uttarakhand’s most attractive hill station. Its unique position at the base of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges has earned it the title of the ‘Queen of the Hills’. The enticing vacation destination is visited by hoards of domestic as well as foreign travelers each year. Most of who take pleasure in exploring the striking Picture Palace, taking a cable car to the 7,500 ft high peak of Lal Tibba or simply shopping at the famous Mall road.
Mysore or Mysuru was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore since 1399 up to the year 1947. The city boasts of tropical savanna climate and extends over a land mass of 128.42 square kilometers. It is commonly known as the ‘Cultural capital of South Karnataka’ and is renowned for the Mysore style of painting. The Folk Lore Museum, Sand Sculpture Museum and the Regional Museum of Natural History attract a spate of visitors who enjoy exploring the exhibits that represent the city’s rich culture.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park was once the private hunting ground of the regents of the Wodeyar Empire. Famous today as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park; it is an important animal and plant life conservation reserve based in the state of Karnataka. Nagarhole essentially stands for ‘naga’ the snake and ‘hole’ pertaining to water bodies in the park. Visitors can look forward to finding a number of endangered animals as well as unusual flora in the Nagarhole National Park.
Nagaur is an ancient desert city in Rajasthan founded in the 4th century. Since it is a part of the Thar Desert, it has a desert climate with unpredictable sand storms, scorching summers and cool winters. Extending over 17,718 square kilometers, the city is has a number of famous attractions and heritage hotels that offer guests an unparalleled sojourn experience.
The scenic city of Nashik resting on the shore of river Godavari in Maharashtra is known for its amiable climate and is popular for tourism. The city’s Kalaram Temple is a site of major importance, as it is the venue of the much awaited Maha Kumbha Mela that takes place every 12 years. Travelers can anticipate a wide array of cultural experiences in the exciting city that houses over a 100 primeval temples.
Nainital is a breathtakingly stunning hill station based in Uttarakhand at an elevation of 6,837 ft over sea level. Cheena or Naini Peak is its biggest peak, set at an extraordinary height of 2,615 mt. The hill station draws in scores of tourists each year who wish to sojourn in the charming town encircled by mountains. A fabulous cable car ride takes travelers to Snow View at a height of 7,450 ft to enjoy a marvelous vision of the Himalayas.
Narlai in the state of Rajasthan is a fascinating yet tranquil desert village. It is positioned at the foothills of a knoll that hosts the towering effigy of an elephant. Narlai is a charming tourist locale that is visited by travelers touring Rajasthan when they seek a peaceful retreat. Shrines in the region are mostly places of Hindu and Jain worship of which the Adinath and Shiva temples hold eminence.
Neeleshwar is named after an avatar of God Shiva that was called Neelakandeswaran. The city in Kerala is popular for a large number of temples and elaborate festivals celebrated by the locals. Tourists throng to Nileshwar to observe the religious rites and ceremonies followed at the temple festivals. They also spend their holiday perusing through the ancient South Indian palaces, sacred kavuus and bustling bazaars.
Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.
The fascinating town of Nimaj is a part of the Pali district in Rajasthan. It has a rich history embroiled with Marwar tradition that makes it a much sought after tourist locale. Years ago, the creator of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha Ji established his grandson as the regent of Nimaj. Descendants of the just rulers are the Thakurs of Nimaj who are fondly known as “Marwar ra Bhad Kiwad", associating them with the impenetratable gates of the citadel of Marwar.
Jammu and Kashmir
Nubra Valley is a striking Indian desert city that is a part of the Tibetan Plateau. Set at an elevation of 10,000 ft over sea level, the region was once known as Ldumra or the ‘Valley of Flowers’. The exciting tourist destination is visited by scores of vacationers who take the Khardung La pass to get to the valley. The valley is truly beautiful at the time of spring when there is blossoming flora widespread over the region.
Ooty or Udhagamandalam is a stunning hill station in the Nilgiris district of South India. Based in Tamil Nadu, the town has an elevation of 7,350 ft over sea level placing it in the Nilgiri hills. Blessed with a subtropical highland climate; Ooty is a marvelous travel hub for it offers tourists serene lakes and beautiful tea gardens.
Orchha is a charismatic town in the state of Madhya Pradesh founded by King Rudra Pratap Singh. The 16th century town was subsequently ruled by the Bundela Rajput leader under whom the region saw a lot of development. Today, the town is a captivating tourist attraction visited by people who wish to explore the Orchha fort-palace and the Raj Mandir that was constructed in the late 1500s.
Formerly called Palakkattussery; Palakkad is a city in Kerala that is rich with the ethnicity and tradition. It extends over 26.60 square kilometers and is visited by Indian as well as foreign tourists all year. People travel to the Manappullikavu Hindu temple and Jain places of worship in the city to soak in the culture and peruse through the age old architectural styles. The renowned Vadakkanthara Thirupurakkal Bhagavathy shrine devoted to Bhagavathy is also frequented by tourists.
Panna National Park
Panna National Park is an exceptional bioreserve in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh spreading over 542.67 square kilometers. Its location in the tropical forest belt has given the sanctuary the advantage of a thick cover with teak and 'Kardhai' Anogeissus pendula jungles. Each year, people travel to the park to get a glimpse of the endangered creatures it protects like the blossom-headed parakeet, tigers and spotted deer.
The valley of Paro is draped in a blanket of awe-inspiring beauty. The culture here steams from a number ofmyths and legends. The oldest monasteriesand temples in Bhutan are located here along with new architecture like the only airport in the country and the National Museum. Ta Dzong houses the National Museum that has exhibits of relics, an exquisite collection Bhutan’s postage stamps, religious paintings and stunning art.
Pench Tiger Reserve
Central India’s leading Project Tiger refuge; The Pench Tiger Reserve Project is situated in the Seoni District. Named after the Pench River that crosses through the region; the park covers a total of 292.85 square kilometers. It is one of the foremost centers for eco-tourism in Madhya Pradesh and sees continuous tourist traffic for many months of the year.
The desert city of Pokran in Jaisalmer is a picturesque locale encircled by rocks and sand. Its setting in Rajasthan’s Thar Desert has earned Pokhran its name meaning the "Place of Five Mirages". One of the early rulers of the city was Emperor Ajmal Tomar whose ancestor Anagpal Tomar once reigned over the national capital. Bordered by 5 salt ranges, the city set at a height of 764 feet has a rustic charm that attracts tourists from all around the planet.
Pondicherry or Pondy is an attractive South Indian city that is a world renowned holiday locale. Also known as Puducherry; the city houses a number of majestic structures, cathedrals and avenues designed with French architecture that have maintained their colonial character. Exciting travel experiences await tourists in the charming Pondicherry with the exotic bazaars of Poduke and some serene city beaches.
Renowned as the country’s foremost heritage township; Pragpur is based in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 1,800 ft over sea level. Set against snowy mountains, the village is a sees a lot of tourist traffic each year with people who are keen on exploring the Kangra valley. Travelers can inspect the origins of the celebrated Kangra School of painting in the village and also indulge in adventure sports.
The erstwhile capital of Bhutan, Punakha is the winter seat of Je Khenpo (the chief abbot). The place has is a favourite with tourists since it has a temperate climate. The two rivers, Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female), provide abundant supply of water and drainage, leading the Punakha valley to produce a high yield of crops and fruits. The Dochula pass (alt. 3,050m) on Thimphu – Punakha road offers splendid views of the distant Himalayas.
Puri or Jagannath Puri is a charming Indian temple city based in Odisha. Each year it welcomes scores of travelers who like visiting the stunning 11th century Jagannath Temple that the city is named after. The shrine is an architectural marvel entrenched in years of tradition surrounded by a number of other places of tourist interest.
Pushkar in Ajmer, Rajasthan is a holy dham consisting of over 400 temples. The town is said to have been founded after Lord Brahma conducted a holy ceremony that culminated in the dropping of a lotus blossom. The site where the blossom fell is the region where the town came into being. Pushkar is at an altitude of 1,670 ft is a popular place of day-tripper interest. Many of the travelers stay on to visit the Brahma, Varah shrines and Pushkar Lake.
The quaint township of Ramathra is a virgin travel destination in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It lies at the base of the hill, hosting the celebrated Ramathra fort that sees a trickle of tourists all year. People, who tend to visit, spend their holiday exploring the grandiose Ramathra Lake that is excellent for bird-watching. Travelers who desire to experience a delightful sojourn in the rustic Ramathra also get the opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the simple country life in the desert township.
Ranthambore National Park
Based in the North Indian state of Rajasthan; Ranthambore National park is aptly named owing to the presence of the notable Ranthambhore fort in the grounds. Extending over 392 square kilometers, the park impresses travelers from the world over with its abundant resident flora and fauna. A much sought after destination for eco-tourism, the park is visited by wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and naturalists all year.
Rishikesh is a world renowned vacation destination that is a part of Dehradun in Uttarakhand. The populous city is set against the stunning Himalayas, which is why it is referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’. Popularized by the visit of the celebrated musicians Beatles; the city is a world famous yoga retreat. The city offers tourists a host of activities to pursue, right from starting the Char Dham yatra, indulging in rafting and trekking to meditation.
Rohet is a quaint village in the Pali district that exudes the charm of rural Rajasthan. Encircled by the majestic Thar Desert, the village was once ruled by the mighty Rathore clan. It is home to the Rohet fortress and lake along with a quirky shrine dedicated to the Bullet Baba that makes an intriguing visit. The village is located a little to the south of Jodhpur making it the perfect desert village to head to for a rejuvenating vacation.
Samdrup Jongkhar is a town of Samdrup Jongkhar District in Bhutan. It is only the entry point of Bhutan from India. This place is a busy trade centre and serves as a convenient exit route for tourists from Trashigang heading towards Assam. The road from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar was completed in 1960s and enables the eastern half of the country to access and benefit from trade with the south as well as across the Indian border.
Samode is an appealing township set in rural Rajasthan at a short distance from the ‘Pink city’. The village is steeped in tradition and is set against the backdrop of the imposing Aravalli mountain range. At the heart of the village is the fabulous palace-hotel that is at the forefront of heritage hotels and resorts in the country. The desert village is frequented by travel junkies who wish attain an unprecedented holiday experience.
The town of Sanchi is also known as Ashoka’s city and is located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for having a Buddhist influence of architecture, especially in the Buddhist vihara as well as the Great Stupa. People travel from far and wide to appreciate the four gateways in Sanchi that depict scenes from Buddha's life.
Sasan Gir National Park
Sasan Gir National Park is also known as the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a prominent bio-reserve based in Gujarat that houses the endangered Asiatic lion. The sprawling premises of the park extend over 1,400 square kilometers and house animals including reptiles and various bird species. The park is packed with tourists for most months of the year who travel to view the lion population in addition to the indigenous fauna resident in Gir.
Satpura National Park
If those who want to spend their vacation amidst nature Satpura National Park is the ideal consideration to make. The park is located in Madhya Pradesh in the Hoshangabad district. Satpura meaning the land of seven mountains is bordered with the famous Satpura ranges.
Shahpura is a beautiful town in Rajasthan named after the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan.
Shimla is located in Himachal Pradesh and reminds us of colonial India. It was once the summer capital of the British Raj. Today, it is a charming hill station that is not only a popular honeymoon destination but also quite well known for its adventure sports in the surrounding areas.
Shirdi is in Maharashtra and is grouped under the authority of Shirdi Nagar Panchayat. You can reach the pilgrimage destination via the Ahmednagar - Manmad State Highway 10.
Sundarbans Tiger Reserve
Located in West Bengal, Sundarbans is deltaic region, which has one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. The tourist destination is also UNESCO World Heritage site. One can reach Sunderbans by road from Kolkata in three hours drive. Once you get to Namkhana, a ferry boat will take you to the Sunderbans.
Tadoba National Park
Tadoba National Park is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and is one of the biggest and the oldest national parks in the state.
Famously known as the rice bowl of India, Tanjore is situated close to the delta near the Cauvery River. It is famous all over the world for its special kind of paintings. It is known that Bharatnatyam, a classical dance form in India also evolved in Tanjore.
The tiny capital of Bhutan, Timphu, is located in the heart of the Himalayas. The beautiful little city lies in a valleywith mesmerizing modern architecture restricted to a standard height and the traditional Bhutanese style. The people who live here are mainly civil servants, but they create a lively, welcoming environment for all visitors. The best time to mingle with the locals is during the weekend market on Saturdays and Sundays. All the valley dwellers get together on the banks of the river where the market comes to life.
Trashigang is the country’s largest district that lies on the banks of the Gamri Chhu river. It is the junction of the east-west highway connecting to Samdrup Jongkhar and then to Assam. The town is also used as the market place for the semi nomadic people from Merak and Sakteng. The Trashigang Dzong was built in 1659 and serves as the administrative seat for the district.
A rapidly growing town and administrative center of the district, Trashiyangtse is situated in a small river valley. The dzong overlooking the town was built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. Trashiyangtse is famous for its wooden containers and bowls, which are very popular souvenirs. The places of interest around Trashiyangtse are Chorten Kora, a dazzling white stupa next to the Kulong Chu River.
Tiruchirappalli or Trichy as it is popularly known is situated on the banks of Cauvery River. It is one of the fourth largest cities in the state of Tamil Nadu and reminds us of our rich tradition and culture. The city was ruled by the Cholas in the ancient period.
Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala and is also the getaway to several beaches such as Varkala, Kovalam and Sanghumukham Beach. It is also believed to be the abode of various Gods and Goddess.
Trongsa, besides being the central hub of the country, has great historical significance. It is from here that attempts at unifying the country was launched. Both King Ugyen Wangchuck, the Penlop of Trongsa, the country's first hereditary monarch, and his successor, King Jigme Wangchuck, ruled the country from the ancient seat at Trongsa. The place is of spectacular beauty. The main attractions include Chendbji Chorten, Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. The Chendbji Chorten is about four hours drive from Wangduephodrang which replicates the Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu and was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to conceal the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.
Udaipur is a noted tourist destination in Rajasthan and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in India. The city looks marvelous with Lake Pichola on one side and the Aravalli ranges on the other. Besides, Udaipur is also dotted with beautiful palaces, havelis, and forts that remind us of the wonderful architecture of the past.
Vadodra is the state of Gujarat and is located right beside the River Vishwamitri. As per popular legend, the river was named after the famous saint Vishwamitra.
Varanasi is a holy city and is famous as one of the oldest cities in the world. Also popularly known as Banaras, it is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh on the banks of Holy Ganges.
Wangdue Phodrang is the very definition of rustic.It is an enlarged village surrounded by Bhutan’s natural breathtaking scenery. Wangdue Phodrangor Wangdue, as the locals call it, is only a 45-minute drive from Punakha.
Wayanad is a place of picturesque locales and natural beauty. One can reach the city from the railway station at Calicut which is about 62 km away. The nearest airport for reaching Wayanad is the Calicut Airport. Besides, it is a trekker’s paradise and is famous for its natural flora and fauna.