Friday, 16 November 2012

10 best places to visit in India, ‘the land of diversity’



India is truly captivating with its bustling cities, simplicity of villages, and spirituality. Most popular Indian tours chosen by the travelers include the likes of Goa holiday packages, Kashmir holiday packages, Taj Mahal tour, tour packages to Kashmir, national park tour, and Leh trip.
Let’s have a look at the 10 best places to visit in India:

Delhi – Being the capital of India, this city is much pampered to make it surely look and feel like the queen of India. Foreigners often find the city busy, dirty, noisy, and hectic. This is because this metropolitan is crowded, but at the same time, it is very much happening. The city houses many beautiful ancient relics like the India Gate, Red Fort, Bahai Temple and many more. Delhi city is also home to several interesting markets and is a hub for eating out and nightlife. For a one-day quick local sightseeing, you can either go to ho-ho buses, or simply hire an auto-rickshaw and take a tour.

Agra – Agra is located at a 3-4 hours drive from New Delhi. Agra city is an Indian delight for housing the iconic Taj Mahal.   

Jaisalmer – Also known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is located in the state of Rajasthan, India. The city appears to have emerged out from the sand and looks pretty close to a sandstone fortress. The best places to visit here include the inner city that remains traffic free and peaceful. Bets things to explore here are the local craft shops, sunset view, and camel treks.

Rishikesh – Housing the sacred Ganges, Rishikesh is home to several temples and ashrams. Domestic and international tourists visit the city alike for its charm and religious significance.

Dharamsala – Situated at the foot of the Himalayas, this place is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government. Visit it to head up to McCloud Ganj and Tibetan temples.

Goa – Visit this place for its party culture, pristine coastlines, green background, and traditional fishing communities.

Hampi – This looks like an infertile land with ancient temples and lush paddy fields. Here, you can visit the 15th century village of Vijayanagar, the underwater temple and climb the 570 steps to the Hanuman Temple.

Kochin – The city is known for its cleanliness and calmness. You can take a ferry ride on a taxi to the island and watch the traditional Kathakali dance. You can also see the cricket greens and Chinese fishing nets used by the local fishermen.

Nilgiri Hills – With Kodaikanal and Ooty at its heart, Nilgiri Hills houses the beautiful sight of a narrow gauge railway, elephant reserves and vast plantations of tea and coffee.

Khajuraho – Located in the Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, this is the second most visited place in India after Taj Mahal. The site houses ancient Hindu and Jain temples that are famous for their erotic sculptures. The group of Khajuraho monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.