City Descriptions

India is synonymous with diversity and in each city of the country you can glimpse at the mesmerizing diversity. Browse through the city descriptions and find out what there is to see and do in each of these cities. Also, find out how to get there, etc. Explore India and its treasures in the nooks and corners of these charming Indian cities.


Agra

Agra

Fondly known as the ‘City of the Taj’, Agra is a must- visit city on any tour of India. Located 220 km from Delhi, the city provides avid glimpses of Mughal architecture. Formerly the capital of the Mughal Empire, the culture and heritage still exists in the bylanes of the city alluring tourists from far ends of the globe. The view of the Taj gives more than plenty reasons to pay a visit to Agra.

An Agra tour feels like an experience of India's Mughal period. The seat of the Mughal Empire for over 300 years, the town by the River Yamuna is one of the most historical and culturally-enriched places to visit in India. Besides, the omnipresent Mughal architecture and not to forget the heavenly Taj Mahal, Agra has a name for its fascinating tales, marble-carvings, delightful food- espcailly the mouth-watering pethas (sweets), colourful festivals, and so much more.

No matter how many times you look at the Taj Mahal you will never feel less than awe for the marvel. Built as a tribute by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is the testimony of eternal love. The view takes your breath away. In the early morning sunshine, the hours of the setting sun and under the full-moon light, the Taj looks a beauty beyond words. Furthermore, Agra's attractions include the Red Fort, built by Emperor Akbar on the banks of the River Yamuna. The red-sandstone fortress was the seat of governance of the Mughals. Listed among the UNESCO World heritage sites, the walled city in the fort has many interesting specimens of architecture. The Itmad-ud-Daulah, also known as ‘Baby Taj’ is a mausoleum built for Empress Noor Jahan's father is one of the impressive places to visit in Agra.

Moving further from the city but easily accessible are- Sikandra, the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar, and the Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned Mughal City. The once glorious city of the Mughal Empire Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned for the scarcity of water. The ghost town has a very remarkable architecture and interesting stories. Starting from the world’s hugest gate, Buland Darwaza to the spectacular structures in the walled city, the UNESCO heritage site is one of the must-visit historical places to see in India and the most visited tourist city in North India. A point of the popular Golden Triangle circuit as well as one of the best short getaways from Delhi.

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Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

India’s first UNESCO world heritage city, Ahmedabad is an interesting city that dates back to the 15th century. Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, it is one of the prosperous cities of the country. Known as the ‘Manchester of the East’,one of the highly industrialized cities in India and India’s Textile City, Ahmedabad has myriad charms for all its visitors.

A heady combination of combination of Western and Indian influence, Ahmedabad is a cultural melting point. Sabarmati River divides the city into two parts - the old city and the new Ahmedabad. Old City lies on the west side of the river and is surrounded by a 10 km long wall. Maze of crowded bazaars, exquisitely carved temples,gigantic monuments, magnificent gates and sub terrain stepwell, all these things together makes the old city. Bhadra Fort, Jama Masjid, Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Siddi Saiyad's Mosque and Tomb of Ahmed Shah are must-see attractions.All the monuments, forts, temples, pols and havelis are the testimony to the aesthetic appeal that is inherent in Gujarat.

Sabarmati Ashram, a peaceful ground located on the Sabarmati River's west bank, was the second home to the legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi and the nerve center of India's freedom movement . His personal articles like spinning wheel,spectacles amongst others are well-preserved in the Ashram.

Both art collection and medieval castles, Ahmedabad has a sheer wealth of treasures. Museums like Kite Museum,Calico Museum of Textiles, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum and Vechaar Utensils Museum can surprise anyone with its beauty and historical significance. People who want to know more about the unique and vibrant culture of the city, a tour to Ahmedabad museums can be a help. Ranging from textile museums to cars exhibitions to utensils display, here one can find many museums.

The charming colorful city of Gujarat is the best place to shop for tie-dye technique of bandhani. One can purchase bandhani saree, dupatta, pearl-work garments and much more from the shops. Also, Ahmedabad is the place to sample some scrumptious local food.


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Allahabad

Allahabad

Allahabad now Prayagraj is aliving example of history, religion, tradition, architecture, and more. Theancient city draws the attention of heritage lovers with its world ofmythological and spiritual wonders. Settled at the confluence river Ganges,Yamuna and Saraswati, the town brings devotees from all over the world for adip at the holy spot. Also, this site holds the world’s largest congregation ofdevotees’ i.e, Kumbh Mela which is listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage ofHumanity by UNESCO.

The historic city of Prayagraj findsits mention is ancient Hindu scriptures and till date is the reminiscent of allthat is considered to be spiritual and sacred in Hinduism. When visitingPrayagraj, tourist have plenty of things to do and see which give them memoriesto cherish for the lifetime. The must-visit tourist attractions include KhusroBagh which exquisitely portrays the Mughal Garden; Triveni Ghat which is aperfect place to find your spiritual side; Anand Bhawan which is a paradise forthe history buffs; the Allahabad Museum which is a perfect place to learn aboutthe history that add pages to one’s knowledge book; All Saints Cathedral whichis built in a Gothic Style; Allahabad Fort which stands tall at the bank ofYamuna; Chandra Shekhar Azad Park which is also called the Alfred Park givesthe tourists an opportunity to take a walk back in time. Other than this,Prayagraj offers the visitors plenty of things that make for a truly uniqueexperience in itself.

Tourists can witness the MaghMela which is held every year at Sangam, the normal Kumbh Mela which is heldevery 3 years, and the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela which is held every 6 years, thePurna (complete) Kumbh mela which is held every 12 years. The city also hoststhe Maha Kumbh Mela which is held every 144 years.

Prayagraj has never disappointedthe food lovers as it has plenty of options including succulent shami kebabs,roasted and juicy chicken and the most popular delicacy that is aromaticchicken biryani. Visitors can even go for enjoying boating on the water ofGanga; explore the rich literature of the city by visiting the Allahabad PublicLibrary also called the Thornhill Mayne Memorial; and visit the JawaharPlanetarium which has now turned into a museum. Furthermore, Prayagraj being ahome to a number of temples gives the opportunity to the discerning travellersto seek blessings at the Mankameshwar Temple Patalpuri Temple, Alopi DeviTemple, Hanuman Temple, Shivkoti Mahadev Temple, Bade Hanumanji Temple, KalyaniDevi Temple, Nag Vasuki Temple and Beni Madhav Temple.


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Aurangabad

Aurangabad

Known as the ‘City of Gates’ Aurangabad is one of the popular places to visit in India. The large industrial city in West- Indian in the state of Maharashtra, serves as the Gateway to the World Heritage sites of the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Also, the city in itself, has a very rich heritage, since for a part of Aurangzeb's rule, Aurangabad was the seat of the Mughal dynasty. In fact, the town gets its name from the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.

The charm of a holiday in Aurangabad comes from its historic sites, colourful culture and the thrilling experience. The Daulatabad Fort is one of the architectural wonders of the Mughal dynasty while sharing roots with its Mughal legacy, interestingly Bibi-ka-Maqbara is known as ‘Taj Mahal of the Deccan’. The Aurangabad Caves are interesting specimens of the old days, dating back to the 5-6th centuries, while a little overshadowed by the popular UNESCO world heritage sites of Ajanta and the Ellora Caves. Museums and weaving centres also hold appeal to the visitors.

Besides the tourist attractions of Aurangabad, it is definitely impossible to not pay a visit to the world-famous Ajanta and the Ellora Caves. The rock-cut Ajanta Caves lies about 107 km away. Shaped in the form of a gigantic horseshoe, the 30 caves lie snuggled amid the panoramic gorge. Undoubtedly, Ajanta finds mention among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures. Dating back to the 2nd century BCE to 480 CE, these caves comprise Chaitya Halls, or shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. Adorning the walls and ceilings of the caves are paintings that illustrate incidents from the life of Buddha and various Buddhist divinities.

The next most popular tourist attraction are the Ellora Caves, 26 km north of Aurangabad. The site of cave temples and monasteries date back between the 5th and the 11th century A.D. Carved over a period of about 600 years, there are 34 caves. Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world. The heritage site contains Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship and Viharas or monasteries, in addition of Hindu and Jain temples. In the 2km excavation site dug from high basalt cliff is Dhumar Lena (cave 29), the earliest excavation while the most imposing is the magnificent Kailasa Temple (cave 16)- world’s largest monolithic structure.

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Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh situated in CentralIndia in Madhya Pradesh is known for the incredible thrill of wildlife holidaysin India. Owing to the highest density of population of the tigers, TheBandhavgarh National Park has earned the reputation of being the best places toobserve tigers in their natural habitat. Spread over 105 sq. km., theBandhavgarh is one of the best Tiger Reserves in the country as the well as theworld. The favourite resident Royal Bengal Tigers guarantees an excitingwildlife tour in India. Moreover, the white tiger, a rare breed was first foundhere and if luck favours one can spot one here!

Snuggled in the Vindya Hills, thelush terrain is home to flourishing biodiversity. The natural abundance was thereason that it was formerly the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Rewa andwith time became the sanctuary of the hunted beasts. The evidence of the royalpast is still found is the form of spectacular ruins of a huge hilltop fort. Toweringover 800 metres above the forest, the fort is a must-visit attraction. A visitto the fortress teaches a lesson on the natural way of life as even themightiest structures lay to waste by nature. Also, the views are amazing!

The Bandhavgarh sanctuary has alush cover of Sal Forest, expanses of grassland and bamboo in the north dottedwith rugged rocks, spots of water reserves, swamps and more. Due to the factthat the national park covers an arid region, water is always attractive to wildlife,therefore easily the pools and watering holes are the best spots to sight thewildlife. Although Tigers are the star attraction, the list of other mammalsand birds is equally impressive. The list of birds include species such asGrey-headed Fishing Eagle, Plumheaded Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, GreaterRacket-tailed Drongo and Asian. Other species also found include; Chinkara,Chowsinga, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac and Nilgai.

To enter the wilderness and viewthe dwellers of Bandhavgarh has both options of Jeep safaris as well aselephant safaris. Bird watching is also a popular wildlife tour in Bandhavgarh. 

Stay at the wildlife resorts of Bandhavgarh make the visit all the morespecial, as you disconnect from the world and spend time amid natural bliss. TheNational park stays open from 15th of October to the 30thof June. While winter season is the absolute favourite time to go wildlifeviewing for the pleasant weather, the summer season has more chances of spottingtigers.


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Bangalore

Bangalore

Bangalore now renamed Bengaluru is among the must-visit places in India. The capital of the South Indian state of Karnataka is also the principal administrative, cultural, commercial and industrial centre. Fondly known as ‘Garden City’, Bengaluru is the land of myriad charms. Ranking among the leading metropolises in India, the city deserved to be a part of tours in India. Tree-lined streets and the abundant greenery is the reason behind its named. As the city is settled at an altitude of 920 metres above sea level, the weather is pleasant and equable climate throughout the year. Beyond the blissful ambiance of the city, Bengaluru has an interesting history, has lots to do and is also the gateway of many of the tourist attractions of the city. Bangalore tours is one of the amazing options of exploring the city as well as the many fascinating treasures of Karnataka.

The reputation of the IT hub and the 'Silicon Valley' of India comes to Bangalore for being the home to more than 250 high-tech companies, including home-grown giants like Wipro and Infosys. Besides the hardworking front, there is the carefree setting. The city is dotted with cafes, bars, pubs, eateries, etc. Bangalore nightlife is one of the best in India, with the after dark hours offering the best time for visitors. The entertainment options in the city, don’t stop here. Fun waterparks, amusement parks, shopping hubs keep you on your toes. In contrast and co-existing peacefully within the city are forts, temples and architectural wonders.

The must-visit tourist attractions in Bangalore include the botanical garden of Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Lumbini Gardens. To understand the historical glory, pay a visit to Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Vidhan Soudha, etc. To take a look of the rich legacy of religions there are places like Venkataramana Swamy Temple, ISKCON Temple, Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, among many more. For a thrill of the nature pay a visit to tourist spots such as Thippagondanahalli Reservoir and Bannerghatta National Park. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government, JawaharLal Nehru Planetarium, Seshadari Iyer Memorial are also some of the places to not miss in Bangalore.

The salubrious year-long weather gives you enough reason to plan a holiday in Bangalore anytime of the year. The people in the city are warm, hospitable and friendly, helping you create cherished memories of a Bangalore holiday. A visit to Mysore, Ooty, etc. can be added to a tour of Bangalore for amazing experiences.

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Bharatpur

Bharatpur

Bharatpur is the city of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, currently known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Formerly a royal province of Rajputana, this city of Rajasthan has earned the reputation of being one of the finest bird watching locations in the world. The amazing diversity of species of avians as well as wildlife without doubt is the reason the major lure for Bharatpur tours. It is also known as the ‘eastern gateway to Rajasthan’ and is close to Delhi as well as Agra. Additionally, it is a popular weekend getaway and a must-visit site on a tour of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the world heritage bird sanctuary is the most popular tourist attraction in Bharatpur. In the natural environs inhabit almost 364 breeds of birds, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, a variety of other invertebrates and other citizens of the animal kingdom. The star highlight of Bharatpur tourism is mostly the park where visitors can enjoy safari. Additionally, there are various other historical attractions. On a tour of Bharatpur, take out time to explore Bharatpur Palace, Lohagarh Fort, Government Museum, Deeg, Ganga Mandir, and many more.

Bird-watchers and nature lovers are in awe of Bharatpur. Notable species amongst the throngs of birds include nesting Painted Storks, White Ibises, Darters and Spoonbills, Black-necked Stork, Comb Duck, and the elusive Spotted Creeper. Also, thousands of ducks, hundreds of Ferruginous and Lesser Whistling Ducks plus smaller numbers of Red-crested Pochards and Spotbilled Ducks crowd the marshes and pools. The popular winter guests of the national park include both White and Dalmatian Pelicans along with large numbers of Common Cranes and a significant population of the elusive Sarus Cranes.

The bird sanctuary rose to fame as the winter hideaway of the very rare Siberian Cranes, visiting from the severely cold land of Siberia. The sightings of these birds has reduced considerably in recent years. Also available in the park is the golden chance of a large range of raptors, including Spotted, Imperial, Steppe and Tawny Eagles, as well as a host of vultures. The rare bird species include names such as Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Dusky Warbler, Marshall’s Iora and Large-tailed Nightjar. Other wildlife comprise the rare and beautiful Blackbuck, Indian Smooth Otter, Fishing Cat, Soft-shelled Turtle, Indian Python, Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted Deer and Rhesus Macaques.

A very interesting feature of Bharatpur is the way of game rides - on cycle rickshaws. You could also take a cycling or walking tour of this park.

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Bhuj

Bhuj

Bhuj located on the western shores of Gujarat is a popular travel destination. The colourful city soaked in the charms of Gujarat is the gateway to the Rann of Kutch, a unique salt-marsh desert. A treasure trove of culture and heritage, the town has a strong connection with the Indian history, dating back to the start of the civilization. The beauty of the land and the culture deserve equal importance in drawing tourists.

Witness to different phases of history, Bhuj can narrate tales of the Indus Valley Civilization, Alexander the Great's reign, conquests of the Jadeja Rajput, the might of the Gujarat Sultanate and the British Raj. Now it is a charming tourist getaway to indulge in the colourful history, heritage and culture of Gujarat.

There are numerous tourist attractions in Bhuj. The fort of Bhuj with its 11 m high walls and 51 guns is interesting to explore. The Sharad Baug Palace was the residence of the last king of Kutch,Madansingh till his death in 1991. Impressive sights include The Aina Mahal orthe Hall of Mirrors, the bell tower of the Parag Mahal is a fine specimen of Italian Gothic style architecture, the Ramakund stepwell is a masterpiece of sculptures of characters from the Ramayana and the Royal cenotaphs or the Chhatardis. Also check out the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in Kutch Museum, the beautiful Hamirsar Lake and the Swaminarayan Temple, brightly coloured woodcarvings mostly depicting stories of Lord Krishna and Radha.

The disastrous 2001 earthquake reduced Bhuj to rumbles from the fascinating walled city, with beautiful,palaces, bazaars and Havelis. Rising like a phoenix from its own ashes, the city has recovered from the tragedy. Now it is again a haven of heritage, beautiful handicrafts, Kutchi embroidery and jewelry work. It is slowly earning the reputation of one of the best places to visit in Gujarat.


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Bikaner

Bikaner

Known as ‘Camel Country’ Bikaner was the capital of the former royal province in Rajasthan. Counted among the must-visit tourist places in Rajasthan, Bikaner tours is essentially a part of the travel plans on the royal state. The old-world charm of the olden kingdoms of Rajputana is unmissable in the city. There are heritage sites, forts, temples, museums and many more. Settled on the edge of the Thar Desert, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Step into a tale of the Arabian Nights once you arrive to Bikaner.

The history of Bikaner dates back to 1488 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji founded his kingdom. Modern Bikaner is the result of the foresight of its most eminent ruler Maharaja Ganga Singh (1887 1943) whose reformative zeal set the pace for Bikaner transformation from a principality to a premier princely state. The olden days have been lovingly treasured and the glory of the greatest kingdoms of the Rajputana is still visible in the city.

On your visit do not miss out some of the most popular places to visit in Bikaner. The list includes Junagarh Fort dating back to the 16th century yet still as grand and impressive till date. The impregnable fortress houses magnificent palaces constructed in red sandstone and marble, attractive courtyards, balconies, kisoks, windows and other architectural specimens. Also, amazing is the Lalgarh Palace and Museum, built entirely of red sandstone in the early 20th century. The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Gajner Palace and the Rampuria Havelis are magnificent specimens of architecture. The other excitements of Bikaner tourism are the Camel breeding Farm, few kilometers away from the city; Ganga Government Museum, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan State Archives, Devi Kund, Jain temples and many more.

Beyond the grandeur of the olden days and the royal tourist attractions, the rustic ambiance of the charming desert town is a major lure. The Thar Desert surrounds the city. With the golden desert comes their favourite inhabitants, camels ‘ship of the desert’. More readily called the camel country, the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world. The town celebrates their favourites and there is also a dedicated Camel fair that brings visitors from all over the world. Additionally, the palace turned heritage hotels offer a pampering stay for guests. The food, shopping, the camel rides, fetsivals in addition of the sights make for an interesting stay.

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Chambal

Chambal

Chambal is a small town known for its natural bliss. The area is named after the River Chambal, a tributary of Yamuna River and lies between the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The river remains one of the cleanest rivers in India and supports some rare, endemic species of biodiversity, notably the gharial, along-snouted, fish-eating crocodile, and the mugger crocodile, the Gangetic river dolphin, and also several species of turtles and water birds.

The National Chambal Sanctuary has been created to protect the wildlife. During the winter months, from October till March, the Wetlands of Chambal act as a temporary home to a myriad species which migrate from the suburb areas of Europe, China, Serbia and Mangolia. Birdwatchers and photographers’ haven, the sanctuary is blessed. An impressive list of over 330 species of resident and migratory birds are found here. The Indian Skimmer,which is classified as endangered is spotted in Chambal and is one of the mostreliable places to see the bird species along with Northern Pintails, Chinese Coots, Forest Wagtails, and Flamingos among others. The sanctuary is also home to eight rare species of turtles, out of the 26 found in the country. It is also one of the few places to spot the Platanista Gangetica (Gangetic Dolphins), only to be spotted with a sharp eye. Indian Striped Hyenas and Golden Jackals amongst others can also be spotted at this sanctuary.

Tourists to the Chambal sanctuary can opt for motor boats rides on the Chambal River provided by the Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh. As far as boat safaris goes, it is one of the best kinds. Serene, historic and offbeat, the Chambal Valley has much to offer.Tourists can enjoy its breath taking landscapes, a variety of wildlife, rural vibe, untainted nature, fascinating ruins and legendary exploits. Bateshwar Temples is a famous congregation of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Stay in Chambal is a getaway from cities into the heart of nature’s bliss. Once known for outlaws, now the land is known for peacefulness.


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Chennai

Chennai

Chennai formerly Madras, is the charming capital city of Tamil Nadu, the Southern Indian state. Set on the Coromandel Coast, along the Bay of Bengal, Chennai has much to offer. From scenic beaches, historical attractions, vibrant culture, delightful food, shopping and other delights, the Gateway of South is among the must-visit places in India. The fourth-largest metropolis of the country, the city port is ranked among the busiest in India. The best thing about Chennai tours is that it brings together, the old and the new creating a unique mix which is heart-warming.

The British colonial chapter has traces all over the city, but beyond that the roots of the history of city go deep. The Tamil Sangam era, 2000 years back was a glorious period. From those days the fine masterpieces include the Kapeleeshwar temple. The marvel of architecture is one of the iconic landmarks of the city. Matching pace with the modern day, Chennai is also dotted with eclectic mix of classical concerts to trendy nightclubs, Chettinad to multi-cuisine restaurants, museums to Internet cafes, and so much more. Shopping for genuine silk sarees, and many handicrafts are also some of the best things to do in Chennai.

For a beach holiday, a visit of the ancient temples, tracing the roots of history, a visit to other places in South India, tours to Chennai provide a host of options. The city has a charm that is simply matchless. Places to visit in Chennai include the Marina Beach, the 13 km stretch of blissful sun, sea and sand. Listed among the most popular beaches of India this shoreline is a pictorial setting where you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Also included among the must-visit sights in Chennai is the San Thome Cathederal, built on the site of a 16th century Portuguese basilica. It is said to be the tomb of the apostle Thomas, who is reputed to have brought Christianity to India in the 1st century AD. Also interesting is The Fort St George and the Fort Museum which has a collection of objects from the tenure of the East India Company in Chennai, including letters from Robert Clive. Other tourist attractions include the Chennai Crocodile Bank, Pulicat Lake (a large saltwater lagoon), a bird sanctuary, and a zoological park.

In addition, from Chennai there are a number of interesting places to get away. Mahabalipuram (57km-1.5 hours), Pondicherry (154 km approx.- 3 hours). are amazing getaways which you can include with Chennai tours.

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Cochin

Cochin

Kochi, earlier known as Cochin is the most-popular places to visit in Kerala. Titled the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this city has a number of charms. It is the commercial capital of the Southern Indian State of Kerala. Additionally, being one of the finest natural harbours of the world, it is a major Indian port. Cochin tours come with many surprise and experience that you cherish for a lifetime. Amazing modern and yet historic and cultural at the same time, every nook and corner has excitements that are absolutely unmissable! Besides, Cochin is the gateway to Kerala owing to its international airport as well as train connections.

Always a tourist favourite, this city offers visitors plenty. Cochin is blessed by nature. The shores are breath-taking. The Chinese fishing nets dipping in the water enhance the beauty. Especially at sunset and sunrise, people come to relax on the beaches and watch the marvellous changing colours of the sky and sea. The famous backwaters of Kerala find its place in this port city too. These unexplored backwaters makes you forget the chaos of the cities and pampers you with natural bliss.

Cochin’s cultural legacy is a fascinating mix. The native along with the footprints of the colonials-Dutch, Portuguese, British are amazing to explore. The city sightseeing include forts, palaces, museums, old churches, and more. The interesting places to visit in Cochin include the Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. Built by the Portuguese while some parts by Dutch, the 16th century palace was presented to the then ruler of Cochin Raja. Marvel at the fine blend of Indo-European architecture in the St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was buried before his remains were taken back to his homeland Portugal 14 years later. The Jewish Synagogue in the ancient Jew town built in 1568 A.D. is of great historical importance. The Chinese fishing nets too are a gift of the foreigner who made the city their home. A new addition, Kumbalangi Village is an eco-village that has many ideas of sustainable-tourism.

The tourist attractions in Cochin are not just its beauty and history, there is more. The taste of the dishes of Kerala are best enjoyed here. From scrumptious fares served at the streets to fine-dining restaurants there are many choices. Shopping is also a thrill as you can find treasures of handicrafts and indigenous treasures. Also, Cochin is a hub of spectacular cultural performances; from Kathakali dance performance to a display of the skills of Kalariyapattu and Carnatic music.

Besides its own tourist attractions, Cochin is the getaway to Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Thrissur and other popular places in Kerala.

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, radled in the lap of the North East Himalayas in West Bengal. The town is perched at a height of 2134 metres with a backdrop of the mighty Himalayan peaks. Mists from the high peaks of the mountains descend down on the earth and adds a surreal effect. Besides beauty, the hill town is known for lush tea gardens, colonial charms, and the exciting ride of the Toy Train. Darjeeling tours is the just the first step to explore the North East.

Owing to the scenic location amid the mountains, Darjeeling has for years and generations of visitors have charmed families, honeymoon couples as well as adventure enthusiasts. To sample the joys of cool & healthy mountain bliss is truly amazing, one of the best in India. Overlooking the highest peaks of the Himalayas including the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling has truly spectacular views on offer. The Tiger Hill is an interesting lookout as it presents a breath-taking view at sunrise. On the clear days the view of Mt Everest is also possible. For the views and a truly memorable ride, the Darjeeling Toy Train opens up a plethora of delights. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is around 100 years old; it is an engineering marvel that is also blessed with out of the world view of the mountains.

The world-famous charm of Darjeeling is its tea. Acres and acres of tea gardens cover the slopes of the hills. Since the British era, the tea lured them to visit and even stay back. Walk amid the green expanse, watch the tea-pickers at work and you can also learn about the processing of the tea. Happy Valley tea estate is the must-visit place. The best places to visit in Darjeeling include the Himalayan Moutaineering Institute, where the equipment used by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing on their Everest expedition are kept for viewing. The Himalayan Zoological Park houses a range of rare species of indigenous habitats including red panda, snow leopard, etc. The other must-visit attractions of Darjeeling, is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, The Ghum Monastery, Batasia Loop, Bhutia Monastery, etc. Stroll through the town to come across some landmarks of the British era, including colonial mansions, etc.

Besides sightseeing, savor traditional Tibetan dishes, momos, from English breakfast to authentic Chinese cuisines. The street markets are also a shopper’s paradise. Here treasures of handicrafts are the best finds. Trekking is one of the things to do in Darjeeling.

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Delhi

Delhi

Delhi is fondly known as the ‘City of Cities’. The bustling capital of India successfully brings together in its fold- the old and new presenting a unique melting-pot that fascinates all. Experience the coming together of the ancient and the modern, co-existing in harmony with each other, enhancing the appeal of Delhi for travellers from far ends of the globe. The gateway to the country, Delhi enjoys a strategic location. It is well-connected internationally as well as domestically. While Delhi itself presents lots to see, do and experience, it also helps access Rajasthan, the central India, North India and almost every city of the country. So, it comes without surprise, that it is the most-popular tourist circuit in India, the Golden Triangle with Delhi as its starting point cover Agra and Jaipur.

As fascinating as Delhi, is the history of the land. Over centuries and eras, the city has been the centre of the many ruling dynasties who chose it as their seat of power. Unsurprisingly, what constitutes Delhi today, is a conglomerate of seven cities. Lalkot was built in the mid-11th century with very few ruins left now. Siri established by Allauddin Khilji has some remains which find its place among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tughlakabad and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks which have now become interesting ruins. Then came the city of the Lodis which too has fascinating architecture left to marvel at. Lastly, among the last of the glorious bygone days came with Shahjahanabad, magnificent capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan. New Delhi, also known as Lutyen’s Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind with many interesting monuments. Every nook and corner you visit, you will inadvertently come across the glorious past.

Besides the touch of the old, the modern is not far behind as the city matches pace with the world. Fine-dining restaurants, business centres, shopping malls, museums & art galleries, internationally- acclaimed hotels, etc. that put the city on the world map. Some important places worth visiting in Delhi include the Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar Archaeological Complex, the Jantar Mantar, the Bahai temple, Raj Ghat, India Gate, among many others.

Besides the amazing sights, Delhi is also a great shopping destination. Be it the road side stalls of Connaught Place or the swanky shopping malls in the suburbs, shopping is a major attraction for visitors to Delhi. Same goes for the food. Be it the street food of Old Delhi bylanes or the luxury restaurants, every dish is a treat for your taste buds.

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Deogarh

Deogarh

Deogarh is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan snuggled in the Aravali Hills. The city is well-known for the beautiful Deogarh Mahal, one of Rajasthan's finest heritage hotels. Deogarh is a pure symbolisation of the colourful culture of the Rajasthani people. Deogarh is spotted on the boundaries of three notable destinations Marwar, Merwara, and Mewar that are approximately 80 miles away from Udaipur. This vibrant city is bounded by the Bhil villages and that too at an elevation of 2100 feet above sea level. 

Deogarh is also known and visited for its Deogarh School of painting is a breakaway from the major Mewar School of miniature painting that originated in Udaipur. Engross in the marvellous miniature paintings of from Deogarh presented by this city and let your inner artist speak out loud while having a glance on these masterpieces. Here, the travellers can engross in the pristine aura of varied lakes and other commendable tourists’ attractions standing proudly with an intention of letting the visitors admire their immortal beauty.

On mentioning about the sightseeing places in Deogarh, the first site that strikes the mind is the Deogarh Mahal. This 17th century palace is tucked high above a hill between the two very famous Jodhpur and Udaipur. It is quite lavish and while being here, the travellers will be getting a royal feel. Also known as the Deogarh Mahal, it consists of 50 rooms and from each of these rooms you can get a heart stealing view of the lakes. Rawal Nahar Singh who is the present owner of this property transformed the Deogarh Mahal into a heritage property. Right from this palace, you can grab a panoramic view of the whole city proving as the most beautiful sight a person would have ever witnessed. Presently it is serving as the best luxury hotel in Rajasthan and also the best exhibitor of architectural masterpiece. 

Besides sightseeing, indulge in the enjoyable and fun-filled activities organized by the hotel. Explore the pastoral setting of the village. Try the Rural Rail activity and enjoy a rail ride to the gigantic yet beautiful Aravalli hills on the Meter guage train moving on the British Track marking its existence since 1930s. Deogarh is also home to many beautiful lakes situated nearby, that is home to the colourful migratory birds. 

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Dhordo

Dhordo

Dhordo, settled on the edge of the white-sat desert of Rann of Kutch is known as the tent city in Gujarat. The city gets into the limelight every winter, from the months of November to February, during the vibrant Rann Utsav. The annual 3-4 month’ festival is a wholesome experience of the beauty of the eerie white spread of the salt-desert of the Rann of Kutch, colourful handicrafts, art, culture, cuisine and adventure. Dhordo hosts the Rann Ustav accommodating visitors from all over the world.  The otherwise unoccupied city comes to life and mushrooms into a city of tented-lodgings.
 
The largest temporary tent city in India of Dhordo sprawls across 5,00,000 km on the white salt. The village during the festival organized by the Gujarat Tourism has over 400+ tents, dining halls, recreation areas, stages for live performances, exhibitions, stalls and gear for adventure activities. There are AC, non-AC living options in form tents, suites and cottages.
 
Rann Ustav is the highlight of the town and during the celebrations enjoy the ethereal beauty of the Rann of Kutch, relish complete Kutchi cuisine menu, shop for treasures from a range of handicrafts and souvenirs unique to this land and participate in the revelries. Folk dancers and musicians bring life to the festival and the town with the unique flavours of Gujarat and the Rann. The celebration of the artisanship, culture, fusion of art forms and the humble lifestyle of desert people are the highlights. The festivities are clubbed with numerous activities like camel safari, birdwatching, village sightseeing, Paramotoring, ATV riding, community games like housie, chess, cricket, etc.

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Gangtok

Gangtok

Snuggled in the lap of the North east Himalayas, Gangtok is the capital of the East Indian State of Sikkim. Truly magical, the hill station is one of the must-visit places in India. The backdrop of the Himalayas, the view of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga makes the hill town a charming locale to spend memorable holidays. If the breath-taking vistas, Buddhist shrines, exquisite flora and fauna, including hundreds of varieties of butterflies, adventure pursuits are your style, then Gangtok tours is the best option for you!

The unexplored gem of Sikkim and its capital Gangtok has a huge list of places to visit and things to do. Tourist attractions in Gangtok include The Do Drul Chorten, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim and India, solitary temple of the Enchey Monastery, the marvelous collection of orchids in the Orchid Sanctuary, etc. The Namgyal Institute of Research and the Tsuk la Khang, are a depository of a large collection of scriptures and the principal place of worship for the local Buddhists, are definitely worth visiting. The Rumtek Monastery is one of its kind in Sikkim and the Phodong Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the region, are also well worth visiting.

For a bird’s eye view of Gangtok there is ropeway, which on clear weather days offers a great view of the Khangchendzonga range, the town and the valley below. The picturesque Tashi Ling provides an astounding view of the Kanchenjunga range. Ganesh Tok, 7 km from the town offers truly breath-taking views of the snow-covered peaks. Hanuman Tok, a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman set at an altitude of 7200 ft. is also a blissfully calm and quiet hilltop. Lukshyama, the royal cremation grounds have stupas and chortens that have the mortal remains of the erstwhile royal family members of Sikkim. Besides the tourist attractions, there is much more to do. A visit to the Nathu La Pass, the Tsogmo Lake, hill towns of Lachung, Lacheng, Pelling, Yumthang Valley, etc.

Gangtok is also equipped with all possible tourist amenities. MG Marg is the chill-out hub of the town. The clean policy and the no vehicular traffic brings all the people in the town here. Lined with shops, eateries and more, shopping is an added pleasure as is the taste of the north-eastern dishes, especially Tibetan momos, which must definitely be a part of a visit to Gangtok.

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Goa

Goa

Goa is synonymous with its wonderful beaches, therefore undoubtedly it is India’s favourite beach getaway. Set along the cerulean spread of the Arabian Sea, Goa is the land of sun, sand and sea. The tropical haven is the most-preferred holiday destination in the country. Be it a family vacation, romantic honeymoon, fun-time with friends or any kind of vacation, Goa tours suit all!

Under the rule of the Portuguese till 1961, Goa still retains its colonial past. The Indo-Portuguese character of the culture of Goa is very visible amongst its architecture as well as its people. Churches in Goa are elegant specimens of architecture that has been named among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. On a walk through Old Goa, come across the beautiful churches. Also, a part of the glorious past are the forts of Goa. These defensive structures now serve at beautiful lookouts that still retain the charms of the olden days.

The major tourist attractions of Goa are its sparkling blue of the waters and the sky in contrast of the golden sands, green paddy fields, swaying coconut trees and not to forget the lively spirit of the people. Goans make you feel at home, every moment spent here is nothing like you have experienced before. In the smallest state of India, there are quite a number of big surprises. Cruises that you cherish forever, casinos to try your luck, nightlife that keeps you up till the early hours of the day, food that combines the delicious flavours of the sea and the very different culinary style are some highlights of your holiday in Goa.

Beyond the stretch of the golden coastline that comprise of more than 50 beaches, Goa has much to offer. Watersports add to the pleasure of your dream beach holiday. The lush Western Ghats are close by, where there is much to explore. There are scenic waterfalls, especially the Dudhsagar Falls that is unmissable. The wildlife sanctuaries are blessed with rare flora and fauna, it is also a rare bird watcher’s heaven. If the unexplored backwaters, beautiful villages and best of all history that is fascinating. So, be it relaxation, sightseeing, adventure or whatever your heart desires, Goa has it all.

The allure of Goa is that it remains quite different from the rest of India. While it is small enough to be explored in a way that other Indian states are not, it still has so much to provide you a wonderful vacation. Undoubtedly, Goa's tourism byline of "Goa - 365 days on Holiday" is absolutely true.

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Gwalior

Gwalior

Gwalior is a city steeped in history, heritage and cultural. One of the top tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, it is also of the most important places of heritage in India. Think of the olden days and here you will feel that time has come to a standstill. There are architectural masterpieces, inspiring tales, 
The beautiful city has to its name glorious history dating as old as the 8th century AD. Over the centuries it has passed hands of many rulers which has left behind a rich cultural heritage. There are many fascinating historic structures to explore, the most prominent one being the Gwalior Fort was described as the pearl amongst fortresses in India. The city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic northern Indian kingdoms.

Well-known for its ancient temples, marvelous palaces and alluring monuments, Gwalior is the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior is best known for being the birthplace of the great musician, Tansen. And apart from all this, Gwalior was also one among the five princely states that got the honor of 21 gun salute during the British rule. Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Mahal, Teli ka Mandir, Sun Temple, Gujari Mahal, Sas Bahu Temple, Man Mandir Palace are some of the popular places to visit in Gwalior.

The fascinating city of Madhya Pradesh is also known to be an educational hub owing to the Scindia School that is situated right inside the Gwalior Fort. This school was built in 1897 and today is considered to be one among the many important boarding schools of India.

Tansen Music Festival is considered as the main festival in Gwalior. It is a five day festival celebrated in the month of November / December to honor the immense talent and achievements of Tansen and also to encourage the new talent. Rang Panchami, Navratri, Bhavbhuti Samaroh, Baba Hira Bhumia's Fair, Ramleela Festival, and Gwalior International Trade Fair are the other fairs and festivals celebrated with lot of enthusiasm.

With lots to see, do and experience, Gwalior has an important position in India’s tourism map.

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Haridwar

Haridwar

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the holy River Ganga, Haridwar is known as the gateway to the land of Gods. The small town in Uttarakhand is one of the holiest temple towns in India. The very air of the town reverberates with spiritual bliss. Hear the chimes of the temple bells and the religious chanting of the priests.
 
Revered as a holy pilgrimage, the town has religious significance as the holy river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time in Haridwar. Famous attractions include the Chandi Devi temple, Maya Devi temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, etc. Each of the temples have deities worshipped according to Hindu Mythology. For the quest for peace and spirituality, this town blessed visitors with a rare experience. Go temple-hopping to centuries’ old temples, stroll along the river banks, have a holy dip in the Ganges, walk through the town markets replete with eateries and more.

Every evening, Haridwar is witness to Ganga Aarti. The daily ritual of worship of the River Goddess is similar to the famous Ganga Aarti held in Varanasi. Held at the Ghats (River Bank) at Har ki Pauri it is a sight to behold. Thousands of devotees flock to the ghats to appease the Gods, they float tiny diyas bedecked by flowers.  Another unique feature about the town is that, once in every twelve years, Haridwar hosts the religious mega-gathering, the famous Kumbh Mela. Along with Prayagraj, Nashik and Ujjain, Haridwar is one of the only four cities in India which host the Kumbh Mela, which is inscribed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Rishikesh, another holy town in India is hardly an hour’s drive away. Known for sacred Hindu temples and ashrams, Ayurveda and Yoga centers, it is one of the must visit places along with Hardiwar. SImilary, Rajaji National Park, a wildlife haven lies close by. To feel spiritual bliss amid nature’s lap it is one of the best places to visit in India. 

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Hassan

Hassan

Hassan is one of the heritage treasures of South India. Located in Karnataka, the town has special place in history. Served as the centre of the Hoysala Empire, one of the most successful dynasties of South India, Hassan is home to some of the finest masterpieces form the olden days of glory. Renowned worldwide for the treasure of intricately carved statues and monuments, Hassan has an important place on the tourism map of Karnataka owing to its combination of history along with scenic beauty.
 
The rich culture and traditions of the Hoysala Empire along with the beauteous details of intricate carved workmanship of the temples are the highlights of Hassan. The tag of the ‘temple-architectural capital’ of Karnataka is granted to the town. The temples are testimony to the grandeur of the olden days. While many awe visitors with the fine details of intricately carved depicting mythological tales there are some that have a matchless style. A visit to the historic temples of Hassan leaves an indelible impact on the minds & soul. 

Tourists visiting Hassan, make it a base point to travel to other towns and cities in the region, many of which have equally significant treasures depicting the Hoysala style of architecture. Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola, etc. are some of the popular tourist destinations in Karnataka. The inspirational architecture is the reason many of them are listed among the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. 

Hassan serves base to the unlimited opportunities of tourism in Karnataka. Owning to the presence of visitors from far ends of the globe, accommodation is never a problem here. Hotels range from 3-star to 5-star options catering to the complete comfort of guests. For better experience along with understanding about the history and culture behind the state of Karnataka, then Hassan is the place where you should be headed.

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Jaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur also known as the ‘Pink City’ is the capital of the North Indian State of Rajasthan. Named after its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), this royal city of the former Rajputana is one of the most glorious places to visit in India. In fact, Jaipur is a famous stop on the favourite tourist circuit of India, the Golden triangle tour. Surrounded by the Aravalis, the city is dotted with hill forts-listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, splendid palaces, and many fascinating architecture. Jaipur tours are perfect for history lovers, the cultural enthusiasts and visitors who love to be pampered by royal hospitality.

Houses in the city were coloured pink in 1876 to honour the visit of the British Monarch, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, by Maharaja Man Singh II. Extremely well-planned, Jaipur city was designed by an engineer and scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, in accordance with ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, Vastu Shastra. In fact, the old city is one of the proposed world heritage sites in India. The walled city has seven gates, built for protection from invading armies and wild animals. The planned grid system has wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads. Amazingly, Jaipur remains the only place where the nine sectors that sub-divide the city symbolise the nine divisions of the universe.

Now with the changing time, Jaipur city has become a treasure of fascinating sights. Perched on the hills are the Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and the Nahargarh fort. In the heart of the city is the beautiful City Palace, which is the residence of the royal family and also one of the finest museums in Rajasthan. Jantar Mantra, the royal observatory is one of the listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. An unmissable gem in the city, looking like floating in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, is the grand red-sandstone palace made of red sandstone, most of it submerged. The Hawa Mahal is an iconic landmark in the city that is a tribute to the glorious days of royalty.

As delightful as its sights are the arts and crafts of the Rajasthan. For the shopaholics there is much to explore. From the multi-coloured ‘bandhini’ fabrics, richly-decorated handlooms, jewellery and other trinkets, the colourful bazaars of Jaipur have it all. Keeping the traditions of the former days alive there is the delicious gastronomy of Rajasthan, elephant rides and pampering hospitality. Besides the tourist attractions in Jaipur, the city serves as a gateway to the other royal cities of Rajasthan.

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Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Deep in the heart of the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions in the region. The pride of the former Rajputana, the city till date is as glorious and amazing. Undoubtedly, it is among the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan. The lure for Jaisalmer tours is the golden Thar Desert and even more the treasures of the bygone era in the city. Where else can you relive the tales of the Arabian Nights and have an amazing quest to learn about the royal past.

Founded on what was the crossroad of lucrative trade routes, this remote settlement came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and havelis. The rich merchants engaged stone-craftsmen who worked with great diligence on the sandstone mansions they built, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. These veritable art-museums are still inhabited, and their colourful celebrations and festivals have placed Jaisalmer firmly on the world tourism map.

The most attractive of the tourist attractions in Jaisalmer includes the yellow-sandstone Jaisalmer Fort. The hill fort in Rajasthan is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 12 th century fortress has many amazing sights and shelters more than half the population of the city. Another unique attraction which increases its appeal is the unique location. Right on the edge of the miles and miles of sand dunes, it is India's most popular destination for camel safaris. The Sam Sand dunes is one of the most scenic place sin Rajasthan. The barreness of the land is beauty beyond words. Travellers enjoy the thrill of exploring the sand-sea on the ship of the desert. In addition, camping in the desert, watching the sunset, and attending the annual colourful Desert Festival make the trip to the desert dunes a truly unforgettable memory. On your trip, it will be amazing to indulge in some of the performances by the nomadic tribes of the desert, Kalbelia. The Kalbelia’s traditional form of dance is one of the intangible heritage in India listed as an UNESCO World heritage.

Places to see in and around Jaisalmer include the many Havelis, located in the bylanes of the old city, of course the imposing Jaisalmer Fort, known as the World’s largest living Fort, the many Hindu and Jain temples inside the Fort, Gadisar lake, etc. Besides sightseeing, shopping in Jaislamer is worth- trying. You never what treasures you might discover!

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Jodhpur

Jodhpur

The mesmerizing Sun City of Jodhpur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan. The former Kingdom of Marwar is among the most-interesting places in historic India. Blessed by the sun, year-round sunshine the royal city got its name. The former royal province of Rajputana has now developed as the second largest city of the state. Nestled right at the edge of the Thar Desert, it is the ‘gateway to the delights of the Thar’. The star highlight of the city is the houses, which are in different shades of blue, hence the name ‘Blue City”. The tale of the Old city soaked in Blue is not just historic but common conclusion of the people to keep their home cook even in the hottest of days with the blue paint. Jodhpur tours offers interesting insights into the history, culture and other treasures.

Jodhpur has a unique charm that few can resists, in fact it is the major lure of the discerning tourist. In plenty in the city are forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, colour and texture. Places worth visiting in Jodhpur include the Mehrangarh Fort that stands guard over the city from an isolated hill. The 15 th century fortress is one of the largest in India and also the most interesting of them all. The Jaswant Thada is a must-visit place which has an imposing white marble cenotaph built in memory of the Maharaja. The Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is a splendid example of Indo colonial architecture. The youngest palace in India dates back to the 20 th century. Other than still being the home of the royal family of Jodhpur, is also a deluxe hotel, and a part of it is a museum. The Old town of Jodhpur, Clock tower, Mandore Gardens, Rao Jodha Wildlife Park and even the markets are among the fascinating sights in the city.

Jodhpur is also a popular shopping destination, with antique furniture being a popular buy amongst tourists. Fabrics, handicrafts, traditional jewellery and various crafts. Savor the mouth-watering taste of the rustic Rajasthan. In addition of its vast list of tourist attractions there is much more to do. A short trip to Osian –the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’ for the fascinating temples of Osian as well as the sand dunes of Khimsar and even the spectacular masterpieces of architecture- Ranakpur Temples is a must. Camel safari, horse riding, paragliding and even fox-flying are some exciting things to do.

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Kalimpong

Kalimpong

The picturesque town of Kalimpong is one of the most beautiful places in India. A popular tourist destination in North East, the town lies about 55 kilometres from Darjeeling, at an altitude of 1250 metres. Once a part of Sikkim, this town was an important centre for trade and commerce for Tibetans from the north and the headquarters of the Governor of Bhutan. Now a part of West Bengal, this small town is an out of the world beauty. Kalimpong tours are for nature lovers who seek to enjoy the bliss of the North East. Combined with Darjeeling, Kalimpong is a wonderful holiday.

Snuggled in the Himalayas, though at a lower altitude, Kalimpong is one of the places than enjoy salubrious weather. With view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world and many other such high mountains, the horizon is interesting and a sight to soothe all your senses. The name of the hill town is interesting and has two stories. Kalimpong in local dialect means ‘the Stronghold of the King's Minister’. Another story suggests the name of the town comes from ‘kaulium’, a type of fibre plant used for making paper.

The hill town is one of the favourite places to visit in the mountains. It is known for its peaceful environs, abundance of greenery and the beautiful flowers, orchids and cacti that are found here. Places to visit in and around Kalimpong include the many Buddhist monasteries, and the Orchid Gardens and Farms. One of the prized highlights include the educational institutions established during the British colonial period.

A holiday in Kalimpong is not about sightseeing, it is mostly about taking a break from the city life and just breathe in the freshness of the mountains. The serene town has way to create some cherished memories. A visit to Darjeeling or Gangtok and river rafting in Teesta are some added pleasure sto undertake in Kalimpong.

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Kanha

Kanha

The ‘Tiger Land’ Kanha is one of the most exciting wildlife reserves in India as well as the world. Situated in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's unforgettable classic Jungle Book. The romance of the Kanha National Park has not reduced over time; it is still as beautiful and as fascinating. It is home to a healthy popular of royal Bengal tigers. Under the special law in 1955, Kanha became a wildlife reserve, especially many of the endangered species. Kanha tours are the perfect outing for wildlife lovers.

By far, the most striking feature of Kanha are the open grassy meadows, where sighting blackbuck, swamp deer, sambhar and chital is common. Of the numerous Tiger reserves in India, here you can spot the beasts in their natural habitats. In fact, nowhere can you spot tigers so easily. The main wildlife attractions Kanha National Park are tiger, black buck, barasingha, nilgai, sambhar, bison, black deer, gaur, chital, barking deer, chousingha, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, and leopard. The species of birds in Kanha include peacock, pea fowl, storks, jungle fowlteals, kingfishers, woodpeckers, pintails, pond herons, egrets, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers, bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, finches, orioles, owls, and fly catchers. In addition, the landscape of Kanha is home to many unique species of trees, flowering parts and other species of the animal kingdom.

Of the many natives of Kanha, barasingha, or the swamp deer is a species to talk baout. They populate the large open tracts of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Twenty years ago, the barasingha was faced with extinction but some desperate measures brought a change and now ever surge in their numbers. Fencing-off of some animals, recreating rutting calls with bugles were some methods. The four safari zones in the reserve have their own highlights.

Wildlife safari in Kanha is open from the 16th October to 30th June every year, while it is closed for the monsoon. Jeep safari and elephant safaris are the most exciting options to visit the wildlife reserve. Jeeps offer a thrilling ride while elephant safari helps visitors to access every nook and corner of the park. Elephant Safaris are preferred by wildlife photographers to get better views. Stay in the wildlife resorts of Kanha make the outing an experience unlike any.

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Khajuraho

Khajuraho

The most brilliant specimens of Indiana architecture, Khajuraho is a treasure of Indian heritage that brings visitors from the far ends of the globe. The erotic sculptures adorning the temples of Khajuraho is unique and in few words, is simply poetry carved on stone. The fascinating brilliance of the Khajuraho Group of Temples is the reason it is named among the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It is located in the Bundelkhand region of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and is one of the many historic treasures of the land. Khajuraho tours helps to unearth the glorious past, brilliance of craftsmanship that brought to the life the stone sculptures and carvings.

Once guarded by swaying date palm trees, the city of Khajuraho got its name from the ‘khajur trees’ the date palms. A study in art and sculpture, the city traces its origin to the 10th century when it was the bastion of the Chandela dynasty. The famous Chandela temples, erected between the 10th and 11th centuries were abandoned to the jungle during the Muslim era. In 1840 British tiger-hunters came upon them and in the 1920s twenty-two of the original 85 were excavated.

The surviving temples of Khajuraho belongs to both Hinduism and Jainism. The rosy sandstone tiered temples of beautifully carved figures follow the Nagara-style architecture. These depict the warrior clan's ebullient style in battle and in love. Such is the finesse and details of the carvings that every one of the carved women have their own unique hairstyle different from the other. Now a world heritage site, Khajuraho is an Indian destination you cannot afford to miss. Places to visit in Khajuraho are the Eastern and Western Group of temples. While many are in ruins, the most impressive include Lakshamana Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Parsvanath Temple, Chausat Yogini, Chaturbhuj Temple, Brahma Temple, Chitragupta Temple, etc.

Besides the mesmerizing tourist attractions of Khajuraho, there is much more on offer. The Khajuraho dance festival is an annual celebration that celebrates the different forms of classical Indian dances. Held in February, the three-day dance festival set against the backdrop of the temples is an experience of a lifetime. A tour of the villages nearby is also unmissable. For a tryst with wilderness, there is the Panna national park and the Ken Ghariyal Reserve. Discover the glories of the days past, the skills of architecture and craftsmanship and the most-prized of India’s legacy at the Khajuraho.

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Khimsar

Khimsar

Perched on the edge of the Thar Desert, Khimsar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rajasthan. Known for golden sand dunes, the small village hamlet of Khimsar, houses the Khimsar Fort. Now one of India’s finest heritage hotels, the 16 century fortress with its battle-scarred walls & towers, lush gardens, typical Rajasthani architecture is witness to the glorious history of the land. The heritage hotels also offers a wide range of experiences to the guests. Royal hospitality in the middle of nothing is a memory to cherish.

Khimsar Dunes Village is a short journey away from the fort transformed heritage hotel. It is accessible only on camel back or jeeps as it cuts right through the desert. Nestled around a lake, the village is an example of Rajasthani rural life. Appearing like a mirage, the village is magical. Serving as testament of life surviving in the barren desert, it is also admired for its rich cultural heritage. Awe at the sea of sand, ever changing with the wind. Sunrise and sunset offer the best experiences as the sky reflects in the dunes. The Black Buck Reserve is also an important travel highlight of Khimsar. The Black Bucks are a rare species of Deer, only found in this area. Spot the elusive black bucks in their natural habitats.

Other nearby tourist places to visit include Osian. The village in the middle of the desert is known for the lake which became an important stop over for many caravans and also the many beautiful Hindu and Jain temple. Nagaur, close by is famous for the annual huge cattle fair with lots of entertainment. Khimsar serves as a relaxing royal retreat in the desert landscape of Rajasthan.

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Kolkata

Kolkata

The ‘City of Joy’ Kolkata is one of the most popular places to visit in India. The capital of the East Indian state of West Bengal is seen as the land of the intellectuals. The cultural legacy of the city is matchless and one of the best experiences in the country. Here, India is mixed with a little bit of the British colonial days and there are interesting specimens of architecture, artistic and cultural scene. The city is famously known as the Land of Mother Teresa and Rabindra Nath Tagore, but in the heart of the 300-year old city is the real feel of India. Kolkata tours offers an insight into the historic and cultural legacy of India. Beyond its tourist attractions, it serves as the gateway to the East and the North East India.

The third largest metropolitan in the country, Kolkata was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position. Kolkata developed from a fishermens' village to become one of the largest cities in the world. The city symbolises creativity and vibrance with all the modern amenities available. Kolkata has adapted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm of its heydays. Kolkata has the country's first Metro railway and some of its buildings are more than a hundred years old. While Kolkata is a city of enduring charm.

Places to visit in Kolkata include the Victoria Memorial, the Eden Gardens, the Howrah Bridge and the Raj Bhawan. It is also possible, to take river cruises down the Hooghly River. The monuments reminisce of the past. The sprawling Victoria Memorial is an iconic landmark. The city museum is one of the must-visit sites. For some charming experiences, a visit to the Kumaratuli is a must. The idol makers bring to life figurines from Indian mythology. Watch the artisans in action. To come in touch with your spiritual side, Belur Math is the place where you must go.

Besides sightseeing, the food is definitely worth trying. The delightful sweets, scrumptious seafood and others are a treat for your taste buds. Shopping is also an interesting past-time, the markets are full of amazing fabrics and handlooms. Shop for books is also a must as the cultural capital is book- lovers haven. Nightlife in the city has options of cultural performances of dance, music, drama, poetry and more. To witness the actual colourful spirit of Kolkata, the annual festival of Durga Puja is an unforgettable pleasure.

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Kovalam

Kovalam


Kovalam is Kerala's most famousbeach town. Nestled by the cerulean Arabian Sea, the sun-kissed shores fringedby swaying palms and coconut groves lies a half-hour drive, 16 kms from capitalcity Thiruvananthapuram. The popular tourist destination is one of the best honeymoondestinations in Kerala. The beach town is known for its three wonderful beaches– Hawa beach, Lighthouse beach and the Kovalam beach. Besides, the scenicbeauty, Ayurveda massages and water sports activities help in enjoying thebeach bliss.

Kovalam was discovered by thewestern hippies in the 1960s. The fishing village in earlier days has sincebecome one of the most popular beach destinations and a tropical paradise. Relaxed,sun-kissed and free of crowds, Kovalam has it all in becoming the most soughtof beach holiday destinations in India. Families, couples on honeymoon, backpackers,leisure seekers or anyone seeking a beach getaway, Kovalam suits all!  The beach resorts and accommodation has a majorrole in making the visitors feel right at home. There are expansive lavish lodgingsthat offer a comfortable stay with a whole range of amenities.

Not just confined to relaxing,the amazing beaches of Kovalam are also known for adventurous sports, Ayurvedamassages and more. The thrilling activities includes swimming, diving,parasailing, wind surfing and many more. The blissful waters are thronged by adventurelovers in search of a rush of adrenalin. The Ayurveda resorts along the beachesare the perfect respite to relax and feel rejuvenated. Choose from numerouspackages, the apt one fitting your need and budget. The ancient practice ofhealth and wellness is said to provide holistic solutions for the body, mindand soul. Pamper yourself with Ayurveda therapy while enjoying the beautiful scenery.In addition, Kovalam is known for the many amazing seaside eateries serving afusion of Indian and continental food, itinerant hawkers, fast food vendors,pubs etc. Shopping too is a pleasure as one can find great bargains of handicrafts,and more.


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Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Nestled along the beautiful Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is among the must-visit places in God’s Own Country, Kerala. Named as one of the top 15 beautiful spots in the world by the National Geographic magazine, the backwater town is a slice of paradise on earth. Kumarakom Tours is ideal for nature lovers. The stretch of the backwater here are home to many species of birds that are inhabit the popular bird sanctuary. Furthermore, the houseboat ride here is a blissful experience that is perfect for couples on honeymoon. In addition, Ayurveda is a way of life here and indulging in the magic of the ancient science rejuvenates the body, mind and soul.

A part of the Kuttanad region of Kerala, Kumarakom is basically a cluster of islands on the Vembanad Lake. The beauty is beyond words and the main attraction that brings visitors to this haven. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary spread across 14 acres is one of the best places in India and the world to indulge in bird watching. A favorite haunt of migratory birds the thrill of spotting a number of species of avians in their natural habitats is simply amazing. Egrets, herons, teal, waterfowl, darters, cuckoo, wild duck and many more, make the sanctuary their home. Among the migratory birds, the popular ones visiting are the Siberian stork that live in Central Asia and fly to the reserve in the winter months. There huge number of the visiting flocks are a fascination for visitors. A boat trip is the best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary.

Kumarakom’s beautiful paradise is dotted with a network of enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lillies, coconut groves swaying in the breeze, mangrove forests, and lush paddy fields. The beauty of the land is the reason of its immense popularity. For the many visitors, the backwater town has some of the most blissful resorts, hotels and options to stay. Accommodations in Kumarakom include lodging of all categories. The best of all are the dedicated Ayurveda resorts where you can indulge in pampering Ayurveda sessions. The houseboat rides, especially the overnight ones make for cherished memories. Canoeing and water sports are abundantly available.

Besides, the beauty and the tourist attractions in Kumarakom, the other unmissable things to do on your tour include village visit. The charming villages nearby follow ancient traditions and are amazing architecture. If you would like to witness the spirit of the town, attend the snake boat races and stay with the village folks.

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Leh

Leh

Leh is the largest town of the Ladakh region and also the capital city. The getaway to the very beautiful wonderland of Ladakh, this city is making its name among the top places for adventure in India. Titled as the 'rooftop of the world' and the 'land of high passes', it is a paradise of breath-taking beauty, matchless adventures and experiences of a lifetime. India's very own moon land, it is a unique topography. Located to the north of the Indus River, Leh lies at an elevation of 3600m above the sea level in the Karakorum Mountains.

Since the olden times, Leh has been an important junction on the famous Silk Route. It still date preserves the Tibetan culture and has a number of ancient monasteries that keep alive the traditions and culture. Now, the hidden paradise is a hub of adventure,discovery and what can be called as a life-changing journey.

The ruins of the Leh Palace is a major tourist attraction. The former residence of the royal family of Ladakh is built on the lines of the Potala Palace, Tibet. Thiksey Gompa is one of the largest and also architecturally the most impressive of Buddhist Monasteries in India and especially in Ladakh. There Gompas are treasures of images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.

Shey Palace and Gompa, formerly the residence of the royal family is now among the most popular sites to visit.The seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds in the olden days, the monastery worships a 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

Of special note is the Hemis Gompa, the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Built in 1630 during the reign of Singe Namgyal, Hemis is home to the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years. The favor for Namgyal Dynasty is the reason why the Drugpa sect manages the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang)is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters,besides the prayer wheel. The annual summer festival celebrating Guru Padmasambhava’s  birth anniversary is a crowd-puller.

The excursions to the KhardungLa, one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world, the beautiful Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley are absolute musts on a visit to Leh.


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Madurai

Madurai

Madurai is known as the soul of Tamil Nadu. Literally meaning, the "city of nectar", Madurai is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu. This city has a rich heritage, culture and historical background. The former capital of the mighty Pandyan Kingdom, located on the bank of Vaigai River is one of the must-visit places in South India. 

Madurai has reference in the great epics like Ramayana, Kautilyas and Arthasastra. Megasthanes visited Madurai in the early 320BC. The travel historians like Pliny (77 AD) and Ptolemy (140AD) have mentioned about Madurai in their travelogues. Marco Polo visited Madurai in 1293 AD followed by Ibn Batuta in 1333 AD. Many traders from Rome and Greece later visited Madurai and established trade with the Pandya kings. According to Hindi Mythology, in this holy city Lord Shiva himself performed 64 wonders called "Thiruvilaiyadals" here many centuries ago. Till date, Maduari is the centre of culture, heritage and spirituality in Tamil Nadu.

The most important place to visit in Madurai is the famous Meenakshi Temple. The 17th century temple is known among best architectures in India.  The elaborate the Dravidian architecture, the four tall gopurams (pillars), thousand carvings of multi-colored Gods, Goddesses, demons and deities. The 1000 pillared hall has stone figures engraved on it, some of which sounds like metal when it hits a thing. Other places of interests include the Tirumalai Nayaka Temple and the Temple Art Museum. Thirumalai Nayak Palace is an architectural marvel of Indo-Saracenic style, one of the grandest in South India. 

The historic city of Madurai is also one of the producers of the finest textiles in India and also best harvests of jasmine flowers. The streets and lanes are full of shops and tailors offering marvellous creations of the fabric, the best being the elegant silk sarees. Collectors are also delighted to have the Brass lamps. Festivals in Madurai are colourful celebrations. The delight of the city is also its savory cuisine.


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Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a small town with vibrant history dates back to the Tamil Pallava dynasty in the 7th and the 9th century in South India. Famous for its rock carved temples,sculptures and the world’s largest stone bas relief, The Group of Monuments of Mahabalipuram is granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Formerly a grand port city of the glorious empire of the Pallavas, Mahabalipuram now known as Mamallapuram is among the finest specimens of craftsmanship. The glorious days have mastered the art of construction without using bricks or mortar. Their exquisite sculptures from rocks are one of its kind and are the pioneer of many such masterpieces. The extravagant Shore Temple is an icon, associated with the glory of the days. This city is a place of ancient sculptural wonders. The structures here are mostly carved out of granite and are one of the oldest existing examples of the Dravidian architecture. 

The world heritage site has other nine rock-cut cave temples with interesting carvings on the walls portrays scenes from the Hindu mythology and stories from Panchtantra. Awe at the finely-carved Hindu Gods and Goddesses in various postures, some mythological relating incidents. The most popular icon is the carving of the celebrated fight between Mahishasura and Goddess Durga and another carved image of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

Among the most impressive sights is the carving of the magnificient Pandava Rathas (dedicated to the Pandava brothers of Mahabharata) all carved out of a single rock. Another popular carving is known as Arjuna’s Penance or the Descent of Ganga where the Mahabharata hero was said to have paid for his worldly sins. There are also famous ‘Mandapams’,which are rock-cut galleries with sculpted figures inside them. The timeless setting of rocks by the serene sea pays tribute to the magnificence of the heritage site.


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Mumbai

Mumbai

Mumbai formerly called Bombay is a melting pot of cultures that offer memorable experiences. The commercial capital of India is home of entrepreneurs, dreamers, sky-touching concrete towers, thriving nightlife, cricket, Bollywood and so much more. Undoubtedly, Mumbai is one of the must- visit places in India. Mumbai tours lure history lovers, culture enthusiasts, experience-seekers and tourists from all walks of life.

The mesmerizing metropolitan is a cluster of seven islands, named after the Goddess Mumbadevi. The Portuguese arrived in 1534 and renamed it Bom Bahia, for the natural harbour which served as a safe haven for its ships. Slowly people made way to the city lured by the promise of business opportunities and religious freedom. Over the years the migrant population prospered, therefore land was reclaimed, and thus began transformation into the industrial hub and bustling metropolis. In the British Raj, the city grew and encompasses their culture. The city is marked with many landmarks with their distinctive style of architecture. Today, Mumbai is the country's financial & cultural centre and also home to a thriving film industry. The coming together of two worlds, the amalgam of great wealth and abject poverty created endless activity that personifies this ‘city of dreams’.

Places to visit in Mumbai include a huge list. Start with the Victoria Terminus, now Chattrapati Shivaji Terminal- a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other must-visit attractions are the 3km long Marine Drive, Gateway of India, the Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhawan (where the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi resided for several years), Chowpatty Beach, the Prince of Wales museum, Water Kingdom, etc. Besides the popular sights, the city has a plethora of cherished experiences. A visit to the Dharavi Slum, the biggest slum in Asia is a must in Mumbai. Witness the indelible spirit of Mumbai as the hardworking folks struggle and make their dreams come true. A tour of the Dhobi Ghat is also a pleasure. The most thrilling of all is the Dabbawala tour is Mumbai, where you can watch the organized tiffin system that feeds millions. Bollywood tour is a cherished experience. Another outing to definitely cover is to the Elephanta Islands housing the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Elephanta Caves.

While sightseeing is amazing, the street food of Mumbai is not to be missed. There are both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes that tempt your taste buds. The thriving nightlife, with discotheques, pubs, arts & cultural scene keeps you up till the early hours of the day.

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Mysore

Mysore

Located amid pristine beauty of the foothills of Chamundi Hills, the royal city of Mysore is one of the must visit places to witness the Indian legacy. 140 km from Bangalore, in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka, Mysore is the abode of untold grandeur and glory. Moreover, the location at 770m above sea level is the reason for the town to enjoy salubrious weather all through the year. The erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars, the city is known for the magnificent Mysore Palace, admirable architecture, spectacular temples, well-laid gardens, and many more. Mysore tours present a view of the grandeur of the olden times and amazing architecture.

Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka and the impressive cultural heritage is the major draw for visitors from all over the world. The erstwhile princely state of Mysore was one of the largest in the British Era and till Indian Independence. The royal history of the land has left behind even better heritage. Among the must visit places in Mysore, the star highlight is the Maharaja Palace. One of the largest palaces in India, it used to be the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja’s family. Renovated in 1912 the architectural wonder is a blend of Indo-Saracenic style, the mix of Islamic, Hindu, Gothic and Rajput style. Every Sunday, and during the Dussehra celebrations, the palace is lit and looks an impressive sight. Other palaces in the ‘City of Palaces’ are Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Jaganmohan Palace and Lalitha Mahal Palace. Also, to complete a Mysore tour a visit to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Srirangpatna Fort must not be missed.

Sightseeing in Mysore also cover Mysore Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, etc. The beautiful sights are Krishnarajasagara dam (KRS Dam), Lingabudi Lake, Kukkarahalli and Karanji Lake. The popular religious shrines include Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Chamundeshwari temple and Chamundi Hills, Jama Masjid of Srirangapatna, St. Philomena's Church and Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple.

Additionally, Mysore has a reputation for being the hub of yoga. Sandalwood is a treasure of the land and there are many fascinating monuments carved of the wood. Silk sarees of Mysore are beloved souvenirs. Besides, on your tour enjoy the delightful taste of the South Indian dishes, outing to the nearby places, etc.

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Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley isamong the picturesque secrets of Ladakh. Also known as Ldumra (the Valley ofFlowers), the valley is nestled in the heights about 10,000 ft. above the sealevel, 150 kms from Leh. Nourished by the rivers of Shyok and Siachen, Nubra isa lush paradise. Separated from Ladakh, Nubra Valley is surrounded by theKarakoram Ranges, the famous Siachen Glacier, Sasser Pass and the famousKarakoram Pass of the 'Silk Route' fame. Panamik village is the last settlementin the valley open to tourists. With a lot to offer, Nubra remains a must dofor everyone on a Ladakh trip.  

To get to thepicturesque Nubra Valley, one must pass through one of the highest motorableroads in the world, Khardung La Pass (3048 m). Besides the beautiful vistasalso offer the thrill of challenging roads, high altitudes and the secret of a successfulLadakh trip that is acclimatization to the roof of the world.Deskit is among the major highlights of Ladakh. The beautiful village has asmall market consisting of a row of shops and about 500 years old Gompa on thehilltop. Deskit Gompa was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod in about 1420AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks are residing in the Gompa,which is a branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustortakes place on 20th and 21st days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar that isthe October month in Gregorian calendar. Spectacular view of the valley is  seen from the scenic monastery.

Hundar is abeautiful village in Nubra surrounded with lush greenery. It has a smallmonastery and ruined fort above the village. The walk or Camel Safari (DoubleHump Bacterian camels) from Hundar to Deskit, through sand dunes for two hoursis wonderful. Nubra Valley trek is one of the most challenging adventures inLadakh. The life-changing trek is one of the must do pleasures of the beautifulregion.


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Ooty

Ooty

Ooty in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka is fondly called the "Queen of hill stations". Named among the most beautiful places in India, Ooty is set picturesquely in the Nilgiris, called the "Blue Mountains" of India. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level, Ooty enjoys pleasant weather year-long. Formerly it used to be popular summer getaway during the British Raj and now too is one of the most preferred holiday destinations in the South. Drawing visitors from far ends of the globe, Ooty tours are perfect for families, honeymoon couples, nature lovers, etc.

The major lure of Ooty is its beauty. Mists descend and settle on the hill-tops; lush tea gardens and coffee plantations are spread on the slopes, lakes dot the landscape and there are many more delights. The star attraction of a holiday in Ooty is the mountain train ride, also called the toy train. The Nilgiri Mountain Railways is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rail route commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam travelling through the many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels. The train slowly chugs beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. The ride is life-changing as you enjoy not just breath-taking beauty but also the splendid engineering that made such a thrilling ride possible in the early 20 th century.

The most scenic places to visit in Ooty include Avalanche Lake, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Deer Park, Doddabetta Peak, Kalhatty Waterfalls, Kamraj Sagar Dam, Ooty Rose Garden, etc. The Mudumalai National Park is a beautiful reserve which is home to wildlife in their natural habitats. Even more interesting is Ooty’s tribal legacy. The town was the land of the Toda tribal community. Here, the Toda huts present a glimpse of the tribal lifestyle. The taste of home- made chocolates is one of the best things to do in Ooty. Enjoy boating at the lakes. Watch the scenic sunsets from the viewpoints. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival is an impressive event to enjoy the bliss of the town.

Whatever you choose to do in Ooty, relax, sightsee, try out adventure or create cherished memories, everything is possible. In fact, it makes for fond memories for a holiday!

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Periyar

Periyar

Periyar is one of the reasons that Kerala is known as God’s Own Country. The extensive range of wild animals in their natural habitat is simply heavenly. Known for the Periyar National Park, the town in the southern-most state of Kerala is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in the country as well as the world. Periyar is one of the sixteen Project Tiger reserves in India. Also, a notable elephant reserve, the region is blessed with various species of the animal kingdom including rare and endangered flora and fauna. Located in the Cardamom Hills, the sanctuary covers rolling hills, grasslands, and the merge of the Periyar and Pamba Rivers. Wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world seek Periyar tours to enjoy an adventure expedition in the nature-blessed region.

The blessed landscape of forests, grasslands, waterways and low hills enjoys a salubrious weather year-long. Temperatures fall in a pleasant range, even in monsoon. In fact, Periyar is the only wildlife sanctuary that remains open even in the monsoon. Spread over 777 square kilometres, it is home to mammals and birds including Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Gaur, Sloth bear, Dhole, Nilgiri Langur, various species of birds that include Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey Junglefowl, Malabar Parakeet, White-cheeked Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-headed Cuckoo-Shrike, Heart-Spotted Woodpecker, Rufous Babbler, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Ruby-throated Bulbul and White-bellied Treepie, etc. Periyar specializes in species found only in southern India and Sri Lanka.

The most impressive tourist attraction in Periyar is that game viewing is done on boats. Periyar Lake in the heart of the sanctuary serve as the watering hole of the natives, therefore it is easy to spot the species coming to quench their thirst. Elephant safaris, guided nature walks, border hiking, bird-watching, etc. are some exciting activities. The guided Jungle treks at late night are one of the. Stay in the wildlife resort or jungle lodges add to the thrill of exploring Periyar. In addition, the lush hill town of Thekkady is also close by. Here you can enjoy walk through spice plantations and learn all about these treasures.

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Ranthambore

Ranthambore

Located in Rajasthan, Ranthambore is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India with incredible bio-diversity. It is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in the country. Much like the other royal connections of Rajasthan, even this wildlife reserve has relations with the glorious bygone days. Formerly the hunting grounds of the royal family of Jaipur, Ranthambore has now become the sanctuary of wildlife. Also, in the lush premises of the national park lies the 10th century Ranthambore Fort, which is a part of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan which have been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Besides the Royal Bengal Tigers, the reserve is home to many other species of mammals, avians and others of the animal kingdom. Ranthambore tours are the perfect outing for wildlife viewing with a dose of adventure.

Ranthambore National Park covers an area of 400 sq. km. The forest cover has typically dry deciduous type with dhok being the most prominent. Additionally, the land comprise bushland, rough and craggy hills, steep outcrops dotted with lakes and watering holes. Atop one of the hills, the 10th century Ranthambore Fort stands watch over the pristine lands. Earning a reputation as one of the best in the world and not just India, Ranthambore has a healthy tiger population, and tiger sightings are common here. Apart from tigers, the sanctuary has its share of leopards, too. Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. One can also find marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears apart from Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara. The avian population comprises of black storks, quails, Bonelli's eagles, spur fowls, crested serpent eagles and painted storks. During the winter months, the national park attracts a lot of migratory birds, including a variety of ducks. It is the ideal park for wildlife photography.

For game drives, Ranthambore National Park has options of jeep safari, canter safari, and even elephant rides. The early morning hours and the hours before sunset is the perfect time for game viewing. Stay at the wildlife resorts in Ranthambore add to the thrill. The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from October to April as the weather is salubrious and it is easy to spot wildlife basking in the sun. The summer months are hot but also ideal time to spot the thirsty wildlife quenching their thirsts at the watering holes.

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Rohet

Rohet

Rohet, a small rustic village of Rajasthan sits on the edge of the Thar Desert. 45 kms south of Jodhpur, it is a great place to stop if travelling between Jodhpur and Udaipur. The area was originally a Bishnoi settlement, a local tribe of the desert state. The community settled here as it was attracted to the area due to the large lake in the town which is now home to hundreds of birds. The town is blessed with traditional charms. It is calm, blissful and rejuvenating.

While there are no impressive monuments and tourist attractions, the discreet appeals to experiencethe farmlands, explore by jeep, on foot or by horse or simply enjoy life as it was centuries back.

Rohet Garh is a 375-year-old palace in the town. It has been cherished and refined with great love and care by the family and is transformed into one of the best heritage Hotels in India as well as Rajasthan. Nestled on the bank of a lake and set in the midst of rural surroundings. A grand swimming pool with four attractive porches lures you for a refreshing dip. The dinner is mostly served by the poolside as the folk artists vivify the atmosphere. A stylish lounge, quiet verandahs and sunshades with breath-taking views, makes it perfect for rejuvenating.

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Shimla

Shimla

Snuggled in the lap of the Himalayas, Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. The capital of the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh is nestled at 6500 ft. above sea level. Formerly, the official summer capital of the Government of India right up until 1947, when India gained Independence. The era of the British Raj witnessed the development of the scenic hill station to a getaway of tourists. Even years later, it is one of the favourite holiday destinations in India. Shimla tours offers amazing opportunities to bask in the bliss of the hills.

Originally a small village in the hills, it was named after the Goddess Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali. In 1819, the days of the British Raj it became a popular refuge, especially from the heat of the plains of North India. Owing to the pleasant weather and the scenic location, it gradually became a tourist town. In 1903, to make the town easily accessible, a railway line, a marvel of engineering was laid, connecting it to the plains. The Toy Train that stills runs on a narrow gauge train track from Kalka to the foothills was one of the major tourist attractions of Shimla. It later got the status of UNESCO World Heritage. The beautiful journey through the mountains is simply amazing! The salubrious weather of the hill town equally contributes to lure visitors. The summer months have blissful weather while winters bring in snow. Also, being one of the closest hill stations from Delhi its popularity is quite high.

The colonial charm of Shimla is kept alive in the British era monuments and buildings can be seen till date. Jakhoo Temples, Christ Church, the Mall, Ridge, the Himachal State Museum, Gorton Castle, Old Viceroy Hall, etc. Shopping for beautiful handicrafts is a delight in Shimla. Walk through the Mall Road, the major hub of tourism in the town. Grab a bite at the cafes and eateries. Kufri is a scenic getaway as is Chail, which has beautiful cricket ground and the palace of an Indian King. Chadwick Falls, Summer Hill and many other scenic places to visit in Shimla.

Owing to its status of being one of the favourite getaways in India, Shimla too treats its guest well. The hill town is dotted with many scenic accommodations that offer the best of views, comfortable amenities and best of all cherished experiences.

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Udaipur

Udaipur

Making its name among the most beautiful places in the world, Udaipur is an ethereal beauty. Known as the “City of Lakes” it is a frequently-visited tourist destination in the North Indian State of Rajasthan. Surrounded by the ancient Aravalli Mountains and beautiful lakes, also the reason of its nickname, the historic town was one of the last royal provinces of Rajasthan. Also called ‘The City of Dawn’, Udaipur seems to be among the most beautiful places on Earth, hence making its name among the top romantic places in the world. Udaipur tours present enchanting marble palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes, glittering lakes which make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage.

The capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur is among the must-visit places in India and not just Rajasthan. The royal kingdom reverberates with many legends of bravery with the most respectable of all Rajput princely states in Rajasthan. Till date the tales are narrated of the Rulers of Mewar who displayed their bravery & courage while protecting their motherland from invaders. In addition of Udaipur's beauty, its even remarkable past spellbinds visitors.

The places to visit Udaipur include the royal palaces, temples, gardens, the bylanes, etc. The City Palace, the fascinating white-marble beauty is a must visit beauty. It houses 11 magnificent palaces from various periods. The museum has many antiques, paintings and memorabilia. The Jagdish Temple, Bagore ki Haveli, Saheliyon ki Bari, Royal Vintage Car Museum, etc. are unmissable tourist attractions in Udaipur. The Lake City Palace right in the middle of the Pichola Lake is a beauty unlike another which has immortalized by movies, paintings, books, etc. On a scenic boat ride on Lake Pichola, come across the picture-perfect palace. Besides the popular sight, a tour of the bylanes of Udaipur must certainly be included in your itinerary. In these nooks and corners find shops that deal with handicrafts, locally-crafted. Make the evenings with fun performances of local dances as well as puppetry. The vibrant puppets brought to life is an amazing experience. Horse-rides and buggy rides to the local villages is equally splendid addition to your vacation.

Boat rides at sunset add to the amazing experience of a holiday in Udaipur. The taste of the delights of Rajasthan, the gastronomy besides the attractions in Udaipur, beyond the city there is much to see and do. Ranakpur, Haldighati, Kumbalgarh, etc. are some places you must not miss out on.

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Varanasi

Varanasi

Varanasi is a city in India one must visit once in their lifetime. Considered as the holiest of Hindu cities, it is as old as civilization and the very town breathes divine bliss. The important seat of learning in India, in fact one of the earliest of the country, the town is located in the North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Known as the city where life comes to a full circle, as it is witness to Indian rituals of birth to death. The River Ganges, believed to the holy is worshipped as a Mother Goddess in India flows through Varanasi granting it immortality and the chance to bask in the divine blessings. For a real insight into the mystical mysteries of India, Varanasi tours open up the golden window,

Situated along the holy River Ganges, Varanasi enjoys a picturesque setting. The name of the town was formerly Kashi, then Benaras and the current name Varanasi is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.

The places worth visiting in the city of Varanasi are several. The ghats (stepped banks) that dot the riverside, and the hundreds of temples that form part of the old city of Varanasi. Walk through the bylanes of Varanasi and in every nook and corner come across temples, sacred shrines and the reminiscent of the bygone era. The city has a reputation of weaving, creating handlooms, handicrafts, etc. The weaver’s community is interesting to explore as you can witness the beautiful creation in front of your eyes. Or, even better you can purchase some of the finest masterpieces to take back home. A visit to Sarnath is also a must of a visit to Varanasi. 13 km from the city, it is a Buddhist site where Lord Buddha delivered his sermons and till date there are stupas that are marked with his teachings.

The Ganga aarti is the most mesmerizing experience in Varanasi. The daily ritual of worship of the River Goddess is held at dawn and dusk that truly connects you with the divine. The aarti ceremony at dusk is truly spectacular. The taste of the local food, boat ride on the Ganges in the early morning, walking tour of the city make fond memories of a holiday in Varanasi.

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