India is a land of paradoxes, where modern era is well-accompanied by age old culture. If diversity is the adjective for the country then visiting it is a mandatory verb. Blessed with an unparalleled history that dates back to circa 3300 to 1300 (at least for which we have evidences), India is a land that best demonstrates phase by phase evolution of the human race. The land of brave Kings like Ashoka, Rajputas, architecture lovers like Cholas and Pandyas, physicians like Charaka, intellectuals like Aryabhatta and epic poets like Valmiki and Vedvyas, India is a country of extraordinary beings. The moonscape of Ladakh; the white salt desert of Gujarat; the rain forests of Chherapunji; temple dotted cities of South India; miles long green fields of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and the rich tribal culture of North East and Odisha, all blends in perfect ratio to offer to the world a land like no other.
Each year millions of tourists travel to this country, some with the objective to merely witness the Taj Mahal, some with an aim to see the unexplored destinations and others to party like there is no tomorrow. Well, whatever the reason be, India never fails to offer a memorable journey. Unlike other countries, India is not an easy place to be at; there are few rules that need to be followed before one embarks on a journey to an unparalleled destination. This blog offers you a glimpse of every single element of India travel, be it visa, food, culture, language and much more:
The 29 diverse states and 7 Union Territories make India an intriguing place to be. Each state has its own ways to charm travellers. Here is the chart that summarizes these gorgeous Indian states and Union Territories for you.
|S.No||State||Capital City||Total Population (Approx)||Native Language||Popular for What|
|1||Andhra Pradesh||Hyderabad||50+ Millions||Telugu||Pearls, Cuisine (Haleem and Hyderabadi Biryani), Char Minar, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati Temple, Srisailam|
|2||Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar||1.25 + Millions||English (Official Language)||Tourism (Ziro Valley and Tawang), Handicraft and Handloom|
|3||Assam||Dispur||31+ Millions||Assamese||Tea Estates, One-horned Rhinoceros, Bihu Dance, Largest River Island Majuli, Vaishnaivite Satras|
|4||Bihar||Patna||100+ Millions||Maithili, Hindi, Urdu||Bhojpuri Film Industry, Buddhist Circuit, Madhbani Painting, Chhath Festival|
|5||Chhattisgarh||Raipur||25+ Millions||Chhattisgarhi, Hindi||Chitrakoot Falls, Sirpur Dance Festival, Danteshwari Temple, Tribal Culture|
|6||Goa||Panaji||1.81+ Millions||Konkani||Beaches, Watersports, Churches, Portugese Architecture, Fenny, Cashew, Seafood|
|7||Gujarat||Gandhinagar||63+ Millions||Gujarati (official Language)||White desert, Rani ki Vav, Handicraft, Garba Dance, Navratri Festival, Asiatic Lions, Dwarkadhish Temple, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Wild Ass Sanctuary|
|8||Haryana||Chandigarh||25.25+ Millions||Hindi, Punjabi, Haryanavi||Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Karnal Lake, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Murthal, Karnal Haveli, Surajkund|
|9||Himachal Pradesh||Shimla||6.85+ Millions||Hindi (official language)||Trekking, Summer Destination, Great Himalayan National Park, skiing, rafting, para gliding, fruit wine, Paonta Sahib, Jwala Devi Temple, Chintapurni Devi Temple, Manikaran Sahib|
|10||Jammu & Kashmir||Srinagar||13+ Millions||Hindi, Urdu, Ladakhi, Rouf, Dogri, Shina, Kashmiri||Houseboats, Trekking, High mountain passes, Khardung la, Wazwan, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley, Buddhist Monastries, Vaishno Devi, Amarnath Cave Temple, Tulip Garden, Rafting, Cold desert, Bactrian Camels, Yak|
|11||Jharkhand||Ranchi||32+ Millions||Hindi and Urdu||Handia, Baidyanath Temple, Seraikella Chhau Dance, Betla National Park|
|12||Karnataka||Bangalore||65+ Millions||Kannada||Hampi, Bangalore, Carnatic Music, Badami Caves, Mysore Dasara, Bandipur National Park, Pattadakal, Shivanasamudra Falls, Bannerghata National Park, Lal Bagh, Rafting, Shravanabelagola, Chamunda Hills, Vrindavan Garden, Mysore Palace, Mausoleum of Tipu Sultan|
|13||Kerala||Thiruvananthapuram||34.8+ Millions||Malayalam||Backwaters, Beaches, Alapuzzha, Houseboat, Kovalam, Ayurveda Theraphy, Kathakali, Onam, Periyar National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Kalaripayattu, Tea Gardens, Idukki Arch Dam, Varkala Beach, Bekal Fort|
|14||Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal||75+ Millions||Hindi||Khajuraho Temple, Pench National Park, Kanha National Park, Orchha, Bhibetka, Rajwada Palace, Gwalior Fort, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kalbhairav Temple, Rafting in Betwa River, trekking, Satpura|
|15||Maharashtra||Mumbai||117+ Millions||Marathi||Shirdi, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Bollywood, Mumbai, Lavani, Powada, Kolhapuri Chappal, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dahi Haandi, Warli Painting, Lonar, Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Deccan Odyssey Train, Khandala, Lonavala, Panchgani, Chowpatty, Paani Puri, Bhelpuri|
|16||Manipur||Imphal||2.72+ Millions||Meeteilon||Ras Lila, Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Hiyang Tannaba, Kut Dance, Kang Chingba, Pangal Festival, Sangai Festival, mountaineering, trekking, Caving, Hang gliding, Para Gliding and Parasailing|
|17||Meghalaya||Shillong||2.65+ Millions||English, Khasi and Garo||Nohkalikai Falls, Chherapunji, Mawsynram, Mawlynnong, Umaim Lake, Caving|
|18||Mizoram||Aizawl||1.06+ Millions||Mizo||Cheraw Dance, Chai Dance, Chapchar Kut Festival, handicraft, Vantawng Falls, Thezawl|
|19||Nagaland||Kohima||2.27+ Millions||English||Hornbill Festival, World War II Cemetery, Doyang River, Kisama Village, Dzukou Valley, Handicraft|
|20||Odisha||Bhubaneshwar||43.74+ Millions||Oriya||Puri, Jagganath Rath Yatra, Sun Temple, Konark, Chilika Lake, Odissi Dance, Cuttack, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Lingaraja Temple, Silk Saree, Rourkela, Similipal, Puri beach, Chandrabhaga Beach, Handicraft, Handloom|
|21||Punjab||Chandigarh||27.98+ Millions||Punjabi||Lohri Festival, Bhangra, Gidda, Punjabi Jutti, Bhatinda Fort, Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Bhatinda Fort, Chandigarh, Dugiana Temple, Wagha Border, Nangal Wetland|
|22||Rajasthan||Jaipur||74+ Millions||Hindi, Rajasthani , Punjab||Dal Baati Churma, Hawa Mahal, Naharagarh Fort, SAM Dunes, Jaiselmer Fort, City Palace, Taj Lake Palace, Pushkar Camel, Lake Pichola, Ajmer Shareef, Amer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Bhangarh, Neemrana Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Baolis, Jantar Mantar, Ranthambore National, Karni Mata Temple, Hot Air Ballooning, Handicraft, Desert Festival|
|23||Sikkim||Gangtok||6,19,000||Nepali, English, Sikkimese, Lepcha, Gurung, Limbu, Newari, Sherpa, Tamang, Sunwar||Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple, Maghe Festival, Bhimsen Puja, Nepali Rock Music, Lepcha Music, Momos, Tongba, Yumthang Valley, Tsomgo Lake, Pelling, Buddhist Circuit, Hot Springs, Rumtek Monastery, Khangchendzonga National Park|
|24||Tamil Nadu||Chennai||75+ Millions||Tamil||Kollywood, Marina Beach, Kanniyakumari, Nilgiri Hills, Mudumalai National Park, Kanchivaram Sarees, Meenakshi Devi Temple, Velankanni, Thanjavur Silk, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Chidambaram Temple, Pongal|
|25||Telangana||Hyderabad||35.9+ Millions||Telugu, Urdu||Golconda Fort, Warangal, Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary,Khammam, Adilabad Handicraft, Peerlamari (Banyan Tree), Medak Cathedral, Medak Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananta Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Hussain Sagar Lake, Chowmahalla Palace, Hanamakonda, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary|
|26||Tripura||Agartala||3.65+ Millions||Bengali and Kokborok||Ayurvedic Medicine, The Heritage Park, Buddha Temple, Unnakutti Hills, Tripureswari Temple, Neer Mahal, Ujjayanta Palace, Nehru Park, Rose-Valley Park, Jagganath Bari, Raj Bari, Pilak, Kamaleswari Temple, Sipahi Jola Wildlife Sanctuary, Durgabari Tea Garden, Teliyamura, Gomati Wildlife Sanctuary, Jampui Hills|
|27||Uttarakhand||Dehradun||10.08+ Millions||Garhwali, Kumaoni, Hindi, Bhoti, Sanskrit||Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Trekking, Mountaineering, Skiing, Corbett National Park, Rafting, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Chholia Dance, Yoga, Bal Mitthai, Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, Uttarayani Mela, Roopkund, Yachting, Skiing, camping, Joshimath, Mana Village, Aipan Painting, Kailash Mansarovar yatra, Kumbh Mela, Nanda Devi Mela, Tharu Dance, Panch Kedar|
|28||Uttar Pradesh||Lucknow||215+ Million||Hindi Urdu, Bhojpuri, Awadhi||Kathak, Taj Mahal, International Buddh Circuit, Vrindavan, Varanasi, Mathura, Ayodhya, Allahabad, Kumbh Mela, Sangam, Dudhwa National Park, Gorakhnath Temple, Valmiki Ashram, Kapilvastu, Sarnath, Imambara,Tunday ke Kabab, Rewari, Holi Celebration, Barsana, Banarsi Paan, Awadhi Cuisine, Brass Work, Chicken Work|
|29||West Bengal||Kolkata||92+ Millions||Bengali, English||Victoria Memorial, Belur Math, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Kalighat Kali Temple, Fort William, Howrah Bridge, Eden Gardens, Batasia Loop, Vidyasagar Setu, Mirik, Nicco Park, Samsing, Tipu Sultan Mosque, Shantiniketan, Poush Mela, Dol Utsav, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Jagaddhatri Puja, Alipore Zoological Gardens, Raja Bhat Khowa, Rasikbeel, Birla Mandir, Phodong Monastery, Ghoom, Darjeeling Toy Train, Rabindra Sadan, Nandan, Academy of Fine Arts, Rasagolla, Sandesh, Moa, Payesh, Sarshe Ilish, Poila Baisakh, Patisapta, Beguni, Tollywood, International Book Fair, National Museum, Kalimpong, St Paul’s Cathedral, River Rafting, Trekking, Boating.|
|S.NO||State||Capital||Total Population (Approx)||Language||Popular for What?|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair||380,581||Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Nicobarese||White Sand Beaches, Watersports, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Samudrika Marine Museum, Trekking, Indian Tribes, Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Ross Island|
|2||Chandigarh||Chandigarh||808,515||Hindi, Punjabi, English||Sukhna Lake, Open Hand Monument, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Leisure Valley, Sector 17, Gedi Route, Elante Mall, Nada Sahib, Pinjoure Garden|
|3||The Government of NCT of Delhi||Delhi||9.87+ Millions||Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi||Red Fort, India Gate, Parliament House, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Street Food, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar, Akshardham, Chandani Chowk, Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Parathe Wali Gali, Nizamuddin Dargah, Dilli Haat, Hauz Khas Village, Sarojini Nagar, Palika, Connaught Place, NSD|
|4||Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Silvassa||342,853||English, Gujarati, Hindi||Silvassa, Daman Ganga River, Vanganga Lake Garden, Deer Park, Vasona Lion Safari, Nakshatra|
|5||Daman and Diu||Daman||242,911||English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi||Devka Beach, Church of Bom Jesus, Fort of Saint Jerome, Jampore Beach, The Diu Fort, St. Paul’s Church, Naida Caves, Nagoa Caves|
|6||Puducherry||Puducherry||1.24+ Millions||French and Tamil||Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Architecture, Beach, Fishing Villages,Auroville, Auroville Beach, Promenade Beach, Ousteri Lake, Bharati Park,Gandhi Mandippam, Joan of Arc Statue, Arikamedu|
India has extremes of climate, where in Dras (Jammu and Kashmir), the temperature falls down to -50 degree Celsius in winter, the mercury in Alwar has touched 50 degree Celsius in summer. India is also the same land where Mawsynram (Meghalaya) with receiving annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres becomes World’s wettest place. On the other hand few places in the state of Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Karnataka and Rajasthan have been worst hit by droughts. However, the extremes somehow haven’t hindered the tourism in the country. There is obviously an ideal time to travel in India. These charts below give you a fair idea as in when you can plan a holiday in India:
|Winter||December to February||North India: 0-15 degree South India: 17-20 Degree West India: 22-30 Degree East India: 10 -20 Degree|
|Summer||March to May||30 -45 Degree|
|Monsoon||June to September||25-35 Degree|
|Post-monsoon||October to December||20-30 Degree|
Religion in India:
India is undoubtedly the land of different faiths, where a major population is that of Hindu believers. A good number of followers of Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain faith can also be found in the country. This has helped making India a diverse land, where one can witness and celebrate different festivals all through the year. Indeed, religion is the blessing for the country. Most of the people that prefer traveling in India find religious diversity the most interesting part. Below is the pie chart that makes the religion distribution clear.
The process of applying Visa for India is quite simple. Just a couple of clicks can get you going. Here is some brief information on how to apply for Visa in India and other important facilities available for the international travellers.
How and Where to Apply for Visa?
Indian Visa can be applied through online application link. The duly signed physical copy of the form has to be submitted at Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to Indian Mission/ Post, on scheduled date of interview along with the necessary documents. One can find the instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment at Instructions for Online Visa Application.
How to Check the Status of Visa Application?
Visa on Arrival
There are certain nations for which Visa on Arrival Facility is available. The names are below:
|Mexico||Micronesia||Myanmar||Nauru||New Zealand||Niue Island|
|Norway||Oman||Palau||Palestine||Papua New Guinea||Philippines|
|Republic of Korea||Russia||Samoa||Singapore||Solomon Islands||Thailand|
Eligibility for India Visa:
This chart below displays the popularity of India amongst travellers from different regions. Seems like India has great admirers in Western Europe and North America; one can also see a rapid increase in the number of visitors from East and West Asia.
Like we always quote, India is a diverse country and it is indeed one of those places where there is something for everyone. Whether you are an adventurous soul or a foodie, whether you like to party or you wish to retire to an isolated place, you will be more than glad to be introduced to India. Decide where you want to go in India and what you wish to experience and some or other destination will be ready to welcome you with open arms. So, in order to help you plan a good trip to India, we have handpicked some of the best destinations from different traveller genres like adventure, fair, festivals, food, nature etc. But before we move further in this direction, let us look at this pie chart that classifies the visit of foreign tourist on the basis of gender:
Now, India has proven itself to be the epitome of adventure. There are several adventure places in India that increases one’s adrenaline rush and there are indeed a sizeable amount of activities that you can enjoy, learn and become perfect at. So, all you have to decide is which adventure sport you would like to pursue and head towards the destination that offers you the best.
For Water Sports:
There are plenty of water adventure activities lined up in India. From rafting to water skiing, snorkeling to parasailing, India is opening doors to all kinds of activities that will make your visit in the country memorable.
There are many rivers that offer great opportunity for rafting in India. Alaknanda, Teesta, Zanskar and Ganga are the main Himalayan Rivers on which you can enjoy good sessions of rafting. Not only there are few rivers flowing in South India also renders good chance of rafting in states like Karnataka and Maharashtra. In India, the rapid grade is between Grade I and Grade V. Here are some of the important rafting destinations in India:
|River Ganges, Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)||Teesta River (Sikkim)||Zanskar & Indus River (Ladakh)||Kolad (Maharashtra)|
|Brahmaputra (Assam)||Coorg (Karnataka)|
Other Water Sports:
Undoubtedly rafting is not the only water sport that attracts tourists to India. In places like Goa and Kerala, where the coastlines are long and beaches are plenty, one has good opportunity to enjoy water sports like parasailing, riding motor boats, canoeing, scuba diving, catarman sailing, snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing, dinghy sailing and glass bottom boating. Here are some of the best places in India for water-sports:
Amongst all the activities that can be enjoyed in India, trekking has been a favourite for many. There are easy, moderate and tough treks that one can choose from. One can also club mountaineering with trekking or rafting with trekking to make their adventure experience even more thrilling. There are several high mountain peaks mostly five thousander, six, seven and eight thousander (Khanchendzonga Peak) out of which many can be trekked and summit bid can be performed. There are number of high mountain passes as well that can be trekked, some with little efforts and other with great difficulty. There are treks for each type and thus even if you are not skilled you can still enjoy a good trekking session in the country. Below are some of the best treks in India for you:
|Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek||Zanskar Frozen River Trek||Gomukh Tapovan Trek||Pin Parvati Pass Trek|
|Dzongri – Goecha La Trek||Markha Valley Trek||Kuari Pass Trek||Sar Pass|
|Rhododendron Trek||Darcha to Lamayuru Trek||Kalindikhal||Hampta Pass|
|Varsey Trek||Stok Kangri||Roopkund||Beas Kund>|
|Green Lake Trek||Tsomoiri Lake Trek||Chopta Chandrashila||Chandratal Trek|
Although there is handful of skiing destinations in India, the ones that are most popular offer brilliant opportunity for the skiing aficionados. Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir being the best skiing place in India offers Asia’s largest cable car project and some fine gradients to glide from. On the other hand, Auli in Uttarakhand is raising its head to become another great destination for skiing. One can enjoy skiing in the winter months of December to March in India and here are some of the best places to do so:
|Jammu & Kashmir||Uttarakhand||Himachal Pradesh|
|Gulmarg||Auli||Solang Nala, Kufri|
For Para Gliding:
Boosting the adventure level in India is another activity called Para Gliding. Soaring hundred feet above from the ground, one may feel like a bird. Making your adrenaline rush insanely, this activity offers unforgettable experience. There are different kinds of paragliding like tandem paragliding, hand gliding and speed riding or speed flying that one can be enjoyed. Here are some of the most prominent places for paragliding in India:
|Billing, Manali||Nandi Hills||Kunjapuri, Bedni Bugyal||Kamshet (Pawana)|
For Sky Diving:
Sky diving is one of the most enthralling activities in India. However, there aren’t many destinations where you can enjoy this adventure activity and it is little expensive as well although it is worth every penny that you invest in it. There are many forms of skydiving like tandem skydiving, BASE jumping, camera flying, formation skydiving, free flying, night jumps, pond swooping, sky surfing, space ball, wing suit flying and tunnel flying. In India, there are couple a few of these different types of activities; however it is worth doing so. Look at the chart to find the best places for skydiving in India:
Best Destinations for Hot Air balloon Ride in India:
There ain’t a place like India that boasts of diversity in the world. Colourful and tied with ancient beliefs and stories there are many festivals in India that are absolutely a must-see. If the status is to be believed each day in India has some fair and festival in some or the other part of the country. Along with main festivals like Holi, Diwali, Christmas and Id, there is a gamut of fairs also that are worth witnessing. The list below offers the glimpse of best places to enjoy fairs and festivals in incredible India.
Popular Fairs in India:
|Camel Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan||Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan||Urs Festival, Ajmer, Rajasthan||Taj Mahotsav, Agra, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hornbill Festival, Nagaland||Ganga Sagar Mela, South 24 Paraganas District, West Bengal||International Book Fair, Kolkata, West Bengal||Poush Mela, Bolepur, West Bengal|
|Ambubachi Fair, Guwahati, Assam||Goa Carnival, Goa||Chandrabhaga Mela, Khandagiri, Odisha||Surajkund Crafts Fair, Faridabad, Haryana|
|Sonepur Fair, Bihar||International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand||National Kite Festival, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
Popular Festivals in India:
|Durga Puja, Kolkata||Bihu, Assam||Dussehra Festival in Mysore and Jaipur||Diwali in Delhi, Amritsar, Jaipur|
|Thai Pongal, Tamilnadu||Onam, Kerala||Christmas in Goa & Kolkata||Eid Festival in Lucknow, Hyderabad & Srinagar|
|Ratha Yatra, Puri||Krishna Janmashtami, Mathura, Pune & Mumbai||Holi, Vrindavan||Gangaur, Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|Chhath Puja, Bihar & Uttar Pradesh||Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbai|
Tribes in India have their own customs and traditions. Thus, they have their own festivals and fairs that they celebrate with great zeal and enthusiasm. The festivals are undoubtedly the best time to see the culture of tribal India, it is amazing to see how these tribes living in the modern still conserve their culture and passing it as a legacy to their future generation. Here are some of the best places to see the tribal culture in India:
|Kohima||Ziro Valley Subansiri District||Lachen and Lachung||Garo Hills|
Dance and music have always been an important part of Indian culture. Dance is one of the most popular forms of art that depicts a story of its origin and India’s rich mythology and culture. Infact it won’t be incorrect if we say that those who wish to learn about the culture of India should witness the traditional dance performances. Right from the attire to the articulate dance gestures and postures, from the choice of music to the pace of dance everything connects it to the wealthy culture and tradition. Following is the list of places that are reckoned best for witnessing dance in India:
|Uttar Pradesh||Assam||Odisha||Nagaland||Mizoram||West Bengal||Kerala|
|Kathak Dance, Lucknow||Bihu Dance, Guwahati||Odissi, Bhuvaneshwar||Nruirolians, Kohima||Bamboo Dance, Aizawl||Chhau, Purulia||Kathakali, Kochi|
India is a food lovers paradise, treating your taste buds there are vivid cuisines and all you have to do is to keep yourself open to surprises. Here are some must-try dishes from different cities and states in India:
The long running coastline is boon to Indian tourism. There are many beautiful beaches in India that promise an unforgettable holiday experience. Goa being amongst the most famous beach destination in India renders itself as a base for many foreign tourists all around the year. The other vies or companions of Goa; whatever you like to call them are Kerala, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The list below gives you a fair idea on where you can go for a beach holiday in India:
The rich diversity makes India the best destination for wildlife holiday. There are hundreds of wildlife reserves in India, where one has the opportunity to witness the diverse wildlife and ecosystem. It cannot also be denied that most of the people plan a visit to national parks in India with desire to spot Bengal tiger, which is an endangered species. There are plenty of places, where one can spot these big wild cats in India along with other exotic species of wildlife and flora. This chart below gives you the best destinations for wildlife spotting in India:
Well, India isn’t only about the rural culture; bizarre beliefs and culture shock, there are indeed number of things that relate it to western world. Look at our metropolitan cities, they are nothing but the reflection of western cities and culture, the difference is that India has blended the western traits with Indian customs that has resulted into a unique experience for tourists. For those of you looking out for a luxurious holiday in India, there are many places that are just for you, be it the hospitality, ambiance or amenities; these destinations designs and maintains places that are up to your taste and class. Here is the list for luxury destination in India for you:
|Goa||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Delhi||Udaipur, Rajasthan||Mount Abu, Rajasthan|
|Ooty, Tamilnadu||Chennai, Tamilnadu||Jaipur, Rajasthan||Manali, Himachal||Shimla, Himachal|
|Trivandrum, Kerala||Port Blair, Andaman||Darjeeling, West Bengal||Gangtok, Sikkim||Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir|
The magnanimous forts of Rajasthan built by Rajputas, the beautifully carved temples of South India and yes how we can forget the evergreen Taj Mahal of Agra that alone allure foreign and domestic tourists all round the year. India is indeed a rich land when it comes to inheritance. Be it the Mughals, French, Portuguese, Indian rulers like Cholas and Pandayas or the Nizams, they have all contributed in making Indian history rich and full of exoticism. Here is the list of places, where you have the opportunity to see the best of India’s heritage: Rajasthan:
DID YOU KNOW: Varanasi is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world.
Before we move on to another section of this blog, here is a statistical insight on which monuments in India have interested domestic and international travellers (2010 – 2012):
When it comes to nature’s beauty, one cannot find a better place than India to be at. The diversity and versatility is what makes India one of the best photography destinations in the world. The moonscape of Ladakh, the sprawling desert of Rajasthan, the green North East India, the backwaters of Kerala, the long coastlines of Goa and Odisha and the white desert of Gujarat, all makes for ideal locations for landscape photography in India. The below chart help you find the best places for pursuing your loved genre of photography: Uttarakhand:
Religion or spiritualism is an important pillar of Indian tourism. The vivid religions and beliefs that breed in India side by side have an influential effect on people from all over the world. India is the land of sizable number of temples that are also historic; the country is dotted with number of mosques, churches, gurudwaras and sacred shrines of many other religions. There are also a large number of Ashrams that offer spiritualism seekers a perfect home. Here are some of the best places for religious and spiritual tour in India:
Jammu and Kashmir
DID YOU KNOW: The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple every day.
India has the rich inheritance of Yoga and Ayurveda. These two age old sciences have not only influenced the lifestyle in our own country but have made indelible mark across seven seas as well. For those seeking spiritual bliss, a disciplined life and complete rejuvenation travel to India and find exactly what they have come looking for. Here are some popular Yoga and Ayurveda Centres in India.
DID YOU KNOW: Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
India has several good network providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance, Docomo and Idea. After selecting which network suits best, one has to submit copies of identity proofs to the dealer along with passport size photos. The minimum cost for a SIM is Rs 150; however it may vary from network to network.
In order to assist tourists at every step of their journey in India, several helpline have been initiated in the country. Here are some useful numbers that you better note down:
Amongst several helpline numbers, these national standard numbers are reckoned most important. No matter where you are in the country, these handful of hotlines can help you in the best way they can.
|Women Helpline No (Delhi)||1091, 1092|
|Anti Stalking and Anti Obscene Cell (Delhi)||1096|
General Enquiry – 1400
Reservation Enquiry- 1401
Flight Arrival- 1402
Flight Departure- 1403
Railway India- Hotline Numbers
DID YOU KNOW: The full track length of Indian Railways can circle the equator one-and-a-half times.
These helplines have proved to be taking travelling safe in India in a fast lane. Here are few statical calculations that clearly show an impressive gradual increase in number of female travellers in the country. Rest the chart says it all, have a look:
Although everything is available in India but it is better to come prepared. There are certain travel essentials that makes the journey comfortable and convenient for the travellers. Here are the names of few things that you must carry when travelling in India:
Your smart phone is a truly a blessing. With few app installments, your device becomes you travel guide and companion. It will take you to right places, give you direct direction, help you doing the math and let you be connected with your friends and close one. Here are some of the essential applications that you must install before you leave home for a tour:
Language is a big challenge when you are travelling abroad, many a times you feel disoriented and lost in translations. Well, not anymore shall you have any trouble in interpretation as Google brings to Google translate app. This is a free app that has several foreign languages in its database. Google translate gives you instant translations of webpages and also text.
Currency value is something that most of struggle with while we are away from native land. The XE Currency Convertor app helps you instantly convert currency rates. The database remains updated, so even if the currency value changes from one day to another, you always get the accurate rate.
Now this app is the angel in disguise. Google Maps allows you to get a good look at the location where you are present. It offers helpful and quick navigation with the accurate distance measurements. In short, it is a perfect guide that helps you not to get lost in any city in the world.
Whatsapp keeps you closer to your near and dear ones. Once installed, it gives you the opportunity to send pictures and text instantly. So even if you are miles and miles away, this free application lets you be connected with the loved ones all the time.