Published: May 29th 2012May 15th 2012
Is travel on your mind? Planning where to go? Before you explore options abroad, take a look at your own country. In fact, India
is not just any country, but a continent in itself, such is the variety of tradition and culture, land form, religion and much more.
Think of India, and the image on your right is bound to be the first one that comes to your mind. Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the World.
Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
The Taj was built by the Mughal emperor, Shahjahan in the fond memory of his wife, Nur Jahan on the banks of the Yamuna River, in Agra, a small town of Uttar Pradesh. Built in sparkling white marble, its intricate designs attract tourists round the year from India and abroad. You can obtain special permission from the Archaeological Survey of India to visit this monument on a full moon night for a breathtaking view of this architectural splendour. And while you are in Agra, do visit the Agra Fort and taste the famous petha.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
A place you cannot afford to miss in Uttar Pradesh is Varanasi, a city that epitomizes the culture of India. Located on the banks of River Ganges, this town is where people come to pay respect to their ancestors and most importantly, God. The famous Vishwanath temple as well as the holy ghats of Varanasi are highlights of the town’s claim to fame. It is indeed a beautiful place, with narrow lanes and old architectural forms. Religion hangs in the air here. You may get your future told by an astrologer. If you wish to take a dip in the holy water, be a bit careful because the water is slightly polluted, but do not miss a boat ride on the river in the evenings. A popular belief says that if an Indian does not visit Varanasi in his lifetime, he would have to come for his final reunion with the Almighty.
Serene backwaters beckon you to Kerala
, a state which is the prime destination for honeymooners. The natural beauty is tranquilizing, and there’s something for everyone. Relax in a houseboat in Munnar, or watch wildlife in the sanctuary of Periyar. Kerala is more than peaceful beaches. There are beautiful hill stations too. The tourism is well developed here. Oh, you must check out the coconuts of Kerala, and the traditional cuisine of this state.
A popular destination for all age groups as well as honeymoon couples is Goa
. Visit anytime of the year, and you are guaranteed of a great time. The coast is speckled with beaches. Enjoy water sports or get a tattoo; enjoy Goanese food and gulp down some drink, alcoholic or alcohol free as per your choice or shop to your heart’s content in Goa.
Camel Ride, Rajasthan
Another state known for its excellent tourism facilities is Rajasthan
. Put your finger at random on the map of the state, and you are bound to have pointed to a beautiful tourist spot. Be it the pink city of Jaipur, or the scintillating desert of Jaisalmer, the stunning Dilwara temple or the picturesque Mount Abu, you cannot miss out any.
Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir
forms the crown of India and the natural beauty is of a different world. The holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is situated in Jammu, but the prime attraction is Kashmir. Number of political issues have instilled a shadow of fear, but keep in mind one thing – if you mean no harm, you would come to no harm either. Enjoy a horse ride along the steep cliff and gape at the beauty of the famous Daal lake and Cheshmashahi Gardens where many a movie has been shot, drink the traditional Kaava tea and check out the sprawling apple orchards.
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