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Namaste! And welcome to India, the land of a mix of landscapes, terrains, wildlife, cultures, and people. Nowhere else will you witness a diversity that is embedded in the very fabric of everything that prospers flourishes and dwells here. The natural profuseness is only further enhanced by the social and cultural interaction of its varied people. A land that is home to different religious beliefs, cultures, arts, traditions, and languages, India will never fail to touch you in ways that you may never imagine. Fraught with a deep history, ruled by various dynasties across regions, protected yet exposed, India is also a modern nation, fast-growing as a rising competitive economy, boasting of its skilled and intelligent population and a people that are conscious and connected to the global environment.
What to See in India:
From the electrifying and fast-paced metro cities to the laid-back life along the beaches, mountains, and villages, there is not a single sight you would want to miss out on. Here is a list of things you have to see while in India.
One of the seven man-made wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, her favorite wife. Taj Mahal houses the tombs of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. Located on the southern bank of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal has stood for centuries and continues to be one of the favorite tourist spots in India.
The exhilarating experience of watching the majestic tigers and other wildlife in their own habitat is waiting to be yours in India’s several sanctuaries and national parks. Witness the Royal Bengal Tigers meandering majestically through an entire wildlife sanctuary. A visit to the Ranthambore National Park and Kaziranga National Park is a must if it is your first trip to India.
Forts and Palaces
India boasts of a heritage opulent with several regal lineages, traditions, and forts and palaces that can be found in almost every part of the country. The marvelous structures and fortifications in Golconda, Gwalior, and Delhi convey the formidable and glorious history of India. The Amer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Agra Fort, City Palace, and Jaisalmer Fort are a must-visit.
Varanasi, the holy city in the state of Uttar Pradesh has about 88 ghats that have inspired countless photographers, artists, musicians, writers, and film-makes from ages. Most of the ghats in the city like the Dashashwamedh are dedicated to specific religious rituals. A visit to the Dashashwamedh ghat during the evening arti is sure to leave you spellbound.
Located in Kerala, Kumarakom is famous for its backwater tourism. You can select between a country boat, a houseboat, and a motorboat to traverse through the backwater and submerge yourself in the overwhelming beauty of the place.
Jammu and Kashmir
Known for its picturesque beauty and flora and fauna, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is surrounded by breathtaking Mughal-era gardens, temples, glistening lakes, lush green valleys, and mountain peaks and is known for the walnuts, apples, and cuisines. Jammu, located on the banks of the Tapi river, is known for Vaishno Devi, the Hindu pilgrimage, and various other religious structures in picturesque locations.