Jammu & Kashmir
Srinagar, the summer capital is situated in the centre of Kashmir valley and is surrounded by five districts. In the north it is flanked by Kargil, in the South by Pulwama, in the north-west by Budgam. This extremely beautiful place tells the story of the love of the Mughal emperors. It possess deep green rice fields and river bridges, gardens in bloom, lakes rimmed by houseboats, a business centre and holiday resort.
Indian Spiritual tradition has propounded four Purusharth (objectives) of a human life. These being Dharm (Righteousness), Arth (Material Pursuits), Kaam (Contentment) and Moksh (Enlightenment). Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is believed to grant all the four boons to those who visit Her Holy Shrine. She is considered to fulfil anything and everything that a person wishes for in life, in a righteous way. It is an experience of all, that no one goes empty handed from Her Great Pilgrimage.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a fascinating destination. Age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an exotic destination. Leh is where your adventure in Ladakh begins. You can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of pool in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are other adventurous attractions of Leh Ladakh India. Though the weather can be freezing cold, the smiles on the faces of the Ladakhi people are sure to warm your heart. Feel on top of the world in Ladakh, on tours to Ladakh with Leh Ladakh India.
Gulmarg legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country, in addition to Pahalgam and to some extend Sonmarg in Kashmir. Welcome to Gulmarg the hill resort with magical meadows and mountains. Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. In fact the hill resort of Gulmarg literally means "the meadow of flowers". The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided for several Bollywood ventures. The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia's only heli-skiing resort. There are immense beauty and adventure activities that make Gulmarg much more than a cool hill resort.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a fascinating destination. Age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, colourful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an exotic destination. Leh is where your adventure in Ladakh begins. You can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of pool in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are other adventurous attractions of Leh Ladakh India. Though the weather can be freezing cold, the smiles on the faces of the Ladakhi people are sure to warm your heart. Feel on top of the world in Ladakh, on tours to Ladakh with Leh Ladakh India.
Dalhousie hill town is most popular Tourist. This well developed cantonment town is perched on the lower Himalaya of Chamba district, the north-westernmost district of Himachal Pradesh. It is not surprising that the heat-fearing British built 80 hill stations within a span of just 30 years.
Dharamsala is located in the Kangra Valley, in the Dhauladhar Mountains, and became the capital of the Kangra District in 1852. It is one of the leading hill stations which enjoy a high rank on the tourism map of India. Dharamsala became the new home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile in 1960 when the prime minister of India granted the land to exiled Tibetans. It has now become a centre for Tibetan activity with numerous organizations, monasteries and nunneries, schools, and over 8,000 resident Tibetans.
One of the most famous tourist destinations of India, Shimla located in Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill station. Also known as Simla, your travel to this place will be one event of your life that you shall never forget. This beautiful hill station derives its name from "Goddess Shyamla", who is supposed to be an avatar of Goddess Kali. This lovely hill station was 'discovered' by the British who immediately fell in love with this place. Infact, they went to the extent of declaring Shimla as their summer capital. Read about Shimla tourism and know more about Shimla travel.
Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas River with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley. It is known as the SWITZERLAND OF INDIA.
Chamba provides a glimpse into the ancient cultural heritage and architecture of the Pahari people, preserved in the erstwhile Chamba Hill State. It is a unique place and a must for any serious traveller. This land of mystic serenity, enchanting vistas, refreshing air, lofty mountain passes and slopes provides ample opportunities for nature lovers.
Chandigarh is well known city in India. It is also known as 'City beautiful'. It was designed by French person 'LE CORBOUSIER'. It was dream of our First Prime Minister 'Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru'. It was the first planned city with urban and modern architecture. 'Open Hand' is the symbol of Chandigarh. Chandigarh derived its name from 'Chandi Mandir'. The deity 'Chandi' means the Goddess of power, Garh means Fort that lying beyond the Chandi temple. Chandigarh is situated in the foothills of shivalik. The foundation stone was laid in 1952. It's a union territory under direct control of Centre Government. Now Chandigarh is also known as a capital of Punjab and Haryana.
Amritsar is home to the Religious Building important to Sikhs - The Golden Temple. Amritsar is an institution by itself. And the Golden Temple is the cradle of Amritsar with the city growing around it nurtured by its divine sanctity. Amritsar is one of the most sacred Sikh religious sites in India.
Golden Temple -the most important Sikh shrine which is also called Mecca for the Sikhs is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs.
Jallianwala Bagh -where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering, killing hundreds of civilians.
Wagah Border - to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.
Pink City Jaipur was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar Desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.
- SISODIA Rani ka Bagh,
- Jantar Mantar
- Albert Hall
- Chawki Dhani
- Hawa Mahal
- Governtment Central Museum
- Amer Palace
- Jai Garh
- Nahargrh Fort
- City Palace
Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 metre high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples.
- Manak Chowk and Havelis A main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis.
- Gadsisar Lake A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.
- Jain Temple The fort has three exquisitely carved jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars-Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Paraswanath.
Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station in Rajasthan. The tourists and the natives alike head here to take a break from the smoldering summer blaze. This veritable Eden served as the Chauhan Rajputs' summer resort.
- Sunset Point
- Honeymoon Point
- Government Museum And Art Gallery
- Adhar Devi Or Arbuda Devi Temple
- Mount Abu Sanctuary
Udaipur includes the magnificent palaces, temples, serene lakes and some interesting sites like museums and the crafts village. The city is famous for the three palaces namely The City palace, The Jag Mandir Palace, and the Jag Niwas palace (also known as the lake palace). The city palace is the largest palace in Rajasthan covering an area of 5 acres. Much of it has been converted into a wonderful museum while two of its palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. The lake palace is built on an island amidst the lake Pichola. It is one of the most luxurious hotels in India and presents a fascinating sight when lit up at night. The other tourist attractions in Udaipur include the cenotaphs of the Ranas of Mewar at Ahar, which also has a museum. The Bagore ki Haveli is another museum preserving the arts and crafts of Udaipur. Besides Lake Pichola, the Fateh Sagar Lake and the Jaisamand Lake add to the beauty and tranquil ambience of the city. The Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary is a wonderful wildlife destination near Udaipur.
Jodhpur gives the tourists an opportunity to visit some of the most interesting tourist destinations. Places like Osian, Dhawa, Nagaur, Rohet Fort, Khimsar and Luni can be easily accessed from Jodhpur. A visit to these places of tourist interest helps the tourists to marvel at them and know more about the glorious history of the place.
Corbett National Park is a primal jungle as Rudyard Kipling put it. Despite extensive tourism, the park has managed to retain its primeval ambience, where man must walk timorously, in awe and with a strong sense of his own insignificance. Set up in 1936 as India's first national park and possibly the finest, the Corbett National Park was first delimited in consultation with that great hunter and conserver, Jim Corbett. The park spans across some 920.9 square km at an altitude of 600 to 1100 metres about the foothills of the western Himalayas in the districts of Nainital and Pauri Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal. In its eventful 64-year life, it has grown considerably in size and now includes the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of its 1,319 sq km of reserved forest area.
Haridwar - the land that signifies god. It is one of the twelve holiest places revered by Hindus and also believed to be one amongst the seven cities touched by god. Numerous legends are associated with every holy spot in Haridwar and that is what makes every bit all the more captivating. An ancient city, it finds mention in most old scriptures like in the writings of first millennium Chinese traveller, Hyuen Tsang. At no time of the year you will find it devoid of any devotees. Reasons are many. For one, Haridwar is the place where Ganga first enters the plains. It is one of the four venues of Kumbh Mela (Nasik, Prayag and Ujjain being the other three) which is held once at each of these locations in twelve years. It is also the location of some of the ancient schools of tradition, the original kind of gurukuls, where ayurveda is taught. The entire landscape is dotted with Siddhapeeths and Shaktipeeths as well as old and new temples.
Mussoorie, located some 250 miles north of Delhi, capital of India, is among the most popular hill stations of India, and is called the Queen among the hill stations. It overlooks the sprawling Doon valley and the city of Dehradun, the gateway to Mussoorie and infact to the entire Garhwal.Mussoorie, a hill resort at a height of around 7000 ft above the sea level, straddles a ridge in the Garhwal Himalayas - a region which is developing into a major tourism destination. The holy and mighty river Ganga is visible from one end of the ridge and another famous river Jamuna from the other, a stretch of around twelve miles in all, from Cloud's end in the west to Jabarkhet in the east. Although Mussoorie, as a hill station was established only as back as in 1823, it has quite an intriguing past.
Nainital, the Lake District of India, located in the Himalayan belt amongst the Kumaon hills, is a paradise for nature lovers. A splendid holiday spot with a rich treasure of lakes and hills, Nainital is a destination for the young and the old alike.Nainital is referred to as the lake of three sages, or the Tri Rishi Sarovar as mentioned in the Manas Khand chapter of the Skanda Purana. As recorded in history, the three sages, Atri, Pulastya, and Pulaha stopped over at Nainital on their pilgrimage, to quench their thirst. Finding no water, they dug a hole and transferred some water into it from the sacred lake of Tibet, Mansarovar. Thus the famous lake of Nainital came into existence. Another legend has it that the left eye or Nain of Lord Shiva's wife Sati fell in this center and formed an emerald eye shaped lake and thus emerged the city of Nainital.
Dehradun tourism is all about tour and travel in Dehradun. It is one of the city in India that attracts maximum visitors from all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, scenery, hills, mountains and modern amenities. Dehradun is a well known place in Indian Hill Stations. It is also close to another famous hill stations like Mussorie and Rishikesh so it attracts visitors from there too.Surrounded by beautiful Himalayas mountains Dehradun valley is an example of scenic beauty. This city is easily accessible from all metros of India especially the capital Delhi. Dehradun is also a capital of Uttaranchal state. The tourism in Dehradun is growing to its extent every day. People come here to enjoy the nature and mountains.
Welcome to the amazing tourism city of the Taj Mahal - Agra, India. The seat of the great Mughal rulers for ages Agra, India offers its treasure trove for all the tourists from India and abroad. Even though Agra, India is synonymous with the Taj, the city stands in testimony to the great amount of architectural activity of the Mughals. TajMahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides being the pride of India. In fact all the monuments of Agra, India have contributed to Agra Tourism. Terrific Agra Packages from us will ensure you plan your Agra Travel soon. Delhi to Agra to Jaipur make the famous Golden Triangle tour of India.
Taj Mahal: Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj-Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Agra Fort:Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort Is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-E-Am, Diwani-E-Khaas and Musanman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment beside Jahangirs place, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.
Akbar's Tomb: Akbar's Tomb Located in the quaint little town of Sikandra, 4 km from Agra, Akbar's Tomb is an excellent example of assimilation of different styles of architecture and it represents a significant departure from the earlier Mughal buildings. The tomb carries the characteristic flavor of the airy tiered pavilions of the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Varanasi, a city of traditional classical culture, is the microcosm of Hinduism. Blessed by a legend and revered by religion, it has always lured a large number of pilgrims and worshippers from times immemorial. Varanasi is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrim destinations in India, situated on the left bank of the river Ganga. With its array of shrines, temples and palaces rising in several tiers from the water's edge, Varanasi is one of the most fascinating cities in the east. It is also a city of fairs and festivals, celebrating about four hundred of them during the year. The Ghats of Varanasi are the major attractions of Varanasi. There are about hundred ghats in the city and each of them is marked by a lingam and occupies its own special place from the religious point of view. These ghats continue to thrive with early-morning bathers, Brahmin priests offering puja and people practicing meditation and yoga. Apart from ghats in Varanasi, there are several Buddhist Stupas and Jain temples which attract numerous devotees and regular tourists to the City of Lord Shiva. Among the prominent temples in Varanasi are the Durga temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Vishwanath temple, Tulsi Manas temple and Bharat Mata temple. Avail from our tour packages of Varanasi that takes you to numerous tourist attractions in and around the place.
In Vrindavan, lord Krishna was secretly brought up. The town witnessed the child, teen and adolescent Krishna. The temples of Vrindavan city are dedicated to the young aged Krishna, when he was a mischievous child. This is the wood where he frolicked with the gopis and tenderly wooed Radha. This most revered destination of the Hindus is thronged by thousands of Tourists from all over the country.
Bangalore is the capital city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is the seventh largest city in India. It is also known as the Garden City because of its many beautiful gardens and parks. The Nandi hills in Bangalore are not to be missed by the pious. Though the origin of Bangalore is ancient, the present-day city was founded in the 16th century and has since continued to be an important administrative center. Because of the high concentration of IT industry, it also called the Silicon Valley of India. There are a number of good hotels in Bangalore like the Asoka Hotel in Bangalore that make your stay in the Garden city comfortable.
Mysore is the second biggest City in the State of Karnataka. It lies 130 kms from the State Headquarters, Bangalore. It is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore State from this royal city. Mysore has still an old world charm which have not given way to modern amenities. In addition to its beautiful silk sarees and sandalwood oil, Mysore is famous for sandalwood and rose wood carved articles. Mysore silk is well known for its quality and everlasting lustre. Mysore is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance.
Kerala has some of the pristine hill stations in India, with the entire Western Ghats dotted with evergreens, rolling grasslands, sholas and stretches of rejuvenating fragrance of tea and coffee plantations. The wilder side of Kerala has in store some of the best wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the country with a variety of plant and animal life unique to Kerala. Let yourselves cast away amidst the serene environs of a backwater islet, treat your body and soul to 'Ayurveda' - the sacred knowledge of life. Take a backwater cruise on a country boat with palm fringed land on either side and experience the many faces of the backwater life of Kerala.
Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala, the God's Own Country, now known by the name.Thiruvananthapuram, literally translates into the "abode of Lord Anantha". The Sri PadmanabhaswamyTemple, a highly venerated temple for Keralites, in the heart of the city is devoted to the deity Lord Anantha. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is located in the South of the state and bordered by Tiruneveli in the East, Kanyakumari to the South and Kollam district located to its North. The city is a must on the itinerary of any visitor to the South India. The city being the capital is the center spot for the political activities of the State. The people of Kerala known for their leftist leanings have always supported the Marxist precepts of the CPI (M) or the Communist Party of India. The city is the hub of all the political upheavals in the state and is considered to be the most politically active. No wonder polls draw more than ninety percent of the polling percentage on a regular basis.
Thekkady in Kerala State, India's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations
Cochin (Kochi) known the world over as the Queen of the Arabian Sea is the commercial capital of Kerala. Cochin is a metropolis with a modern population and western outlook to life. Though a modern metropolis Cochin is a tourist's delight. This a place where there are locales frozen in time whether it is the colonial era, well preserved remains of a princely state, natural beauty of beaches, backwaters, rivers, lagoons and vibrant rural life infact everything one may look for is here and can be easily accessed any day. Cochin is just about the center of Kerala. Is basically a collection of islands and narrow peninsulas. Ernakulam is the commercial centre and forms the main land. The two main railway stations and the bus stands are located here. Fort Cochin and Mattenchery for an elongated island west of Ernakulam. Willington Island which houses the naval base lies between Ernakulam and Fort Cochin.
Munnar is gateway to the hills. Breathtakingly beautiful a haven of peace and tranquillity the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands in Munar is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD.
Alappuzha was formed as Alleppey. The name of the district was officially changed to Alappuzha in 1990. The district is a widely known tourist destination, and is well-known for its coir factories. Most of Kerala's coir industries are situated in and around Alappuzha. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alappauzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign and domestic tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races (Nehru Trophy boat race), houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala, a state in India. Geographically, it is located at 9.35 North and 76.26 East. Kumarakom's soil is extremely fertile due to the proximity of the water source, this has resulted in the growth of a wide variety of flora in Kumarakom, especially the mangrove and coconut trees. Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life exclusively the 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted Fish), the 'Chemeen' (Prawns) and the 'Konju' (Tiger Prawns).
Madurai is one of the important cities in South India. The seventh largest city in Tamil Nadu, it is situated in the banks of river Vaigai. Endowed with a rich cultural heritage and glorious tradition, Madurai is grouped among the antique cities of the India. The history of Madurai dates back to 6th century B.C. During that period, the city was the much-acclaimed capital of the Pandya kings. Then, it functioned as an important commercial center of South India. It held sway over many small towns in the South.
The presiding deity of the temple of Kanyakumari is Parasakthi as a virgin Goddess in meditative mood. The life-like image of Devi with a smiling face is a combination of innocence, purity and beauty. Smeared with sandal paste, decked with different varieties of valuable ornaments and decorated with beautiful garlands of flowers. She creates a sense of devotion and "peace that passeth understanding" in the mind of every worshipper. There is one version that Adi Sankara composed Soundaryalahari after seeing the sunrise, sunset and moon rise on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Chithrai at Kanya kumari praising the virgin Goddess. The beauty of Devi Kanyakumari reflects in the opening lines of his divine work.
Coimbatore is the third largest city of the Tamilnadu state of India. As one of the most industrialized cities in Tamilnadu, Coimbatore is known as the textile capital of South India South India.
Ooty is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.
Travel to hill stations of South India and take the best tour travel packages for a luxury vacation on the lush green hills of South India. Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Thekkady and Coimbatore. Kodaikanal is one of the most popular peaceful hill stations ooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal will mesmerize any visitor.