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India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions.It possesses a rich heritage that has something for every kind of traveler. The Indian culture often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old.India is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies and cultures. Religion plays a central and definitive role in the life of many of its people.

HIMACHAL PRADESH (Land of GODS)
 
Himachal Pradesh is located in the western Himalayas, with Shimla being its capital. It offers a rich cultural heritage and numerous places to visit for tourists. If you like anything and everything about snow, you may be inspired by the meaning of the word Himachal. ‘The land of snows’, the meaning, is adequate to give you an idea of what to expect here. Surrounded by majestic mountains, out of which some still challenge mankind to conquer them, the beauty of the land is beyond imagination.
 
int Top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh:
 
Kullu Manali, Shimla, Chamba, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kangra, Kasauli, Hamirpur, Parwanoo, Solan, Pragpur, Sirmaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Una, Barog,Mcleodganj.
 
Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh:
 
Kullu Manali, Shimla, Chamba, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kangra, Kasauli, Nahan, Kufri, Barog.
 

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Dalhousie
 
Experience nature at its best visiting the divine locations of Dalhousie.Retaining not only the colonial looks but also the name, Dalhousie, was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British governor in the 19th century. This hill station is spread across five hills. The varying altitudes of the land have a wide range of vegetation including pine, oak and deodar.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Dainkund Peak, Panchpula, GanjiPahari, Sach Pass, GaramSadak, SubashBaoli, Bakrota Hills, Katalope

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Kasauli
 
Kasauli is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters and like a few other places in Himachal Pradesh, reflects the influence of colonial rule. Rich cultural heritage and serene views is what Kasauli is all about. The views from here are spectacular. The serenity of the place is enchanting.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Monkey Point, Sunset Point, Christ Church, Dagshai, St. Patrick’s Church, Gurkha Fort, Central Research Institute, The Mall, Timber Trail Resort
 
 

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Manali
 
Kullu Manaliin Himachal Pradesh is one of the most frequented tourist destinations. Often heard along with the name Manali, yet another famous tourist spot, Kullu is situated on the banks of Beas River. It was earlier called as Kulanthpitha, meaning ‘The end of the habitable world’. Kullu valley is also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’.
 
Manali offers splendid views of the snow-capped mountains. The land is not just a feast to your visual senses; it also offers you the chance to ascertain your fitness level with the sporting facilities here.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Hidimba Temple, Manu Maharaj Temple, Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple, Van Vihar Park, Nature Reserve, Falls -The waterfalls like Jogini, Rozy, Zana and Rahala in different place make for excellent clicks, Solang Valley, Hot Water Springs – Beas Kund, Vashist, Kalath and Nehru Kund are the natural springs, Great Himalayan National Park, Manali Sanctuary, Rohtang Pass, Old Manali, Naggar etc.
 

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Shimla
 
The enchanting beauty of Shimla made British declare the land as their summer capital. The colonial influence is still evident in the city. The hill station offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. With lakes and rich greenery around, Shimla welcomes tourists round the year, of course, if you don’t mind the ‘below zero’ temperature in winter.
 
Located in north-west Himalayas at an altitude of 2,130 metres (6,988 ft), the city of Shimla, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India. Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km (226.8 miles) from New Delhi, the national capital.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
The Mall, Christ Church, Jakhu Hill, Shimla State Museum, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Tara Devi, Mashobra, Kufri, Chail etc.
 

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Dharamshala
 
Dharamshala was formerly known as Bhagsu. ‘The Scotland of India’, as Dharamshala is famously referred to, has snow-clad mountains on three sides and valley on one side. The mountains being over 4000 m height, you can have an excellent view of them from every viewpoint. Pine trees and tree gardens along with snow covered mountains render magic to the air.Dharamshala has an average elevation of 1457 metres (4780 feet), covering an area of almost 8.51 km. Dharamsala is located in the Kangra Valley, in the shadow of the Dhauladhar mountains.
 
Dharamshala town is reached by DharamshalaGaggal Airport about 12 km to the town’s south and about 10 km north of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town. To reach Dharamshala by train, one has to reach Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town by Kangra Valley Railway line from Pathankot 94 km away and then take a bus or a taxi.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Bhagsunag, Cheelgari, Triund Trekking Point, Naddi, Dal Lake, Dari, Kachehri, Khaniyara, Kotwali Bazar, MantKhas(Ramnagar and Shyamnagar), McLeodGanj, Sakoh, KhelParisar etc.
 

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Spiti Valley
 
Separated from fertile Lahaul by the soaring 4551m Kunzum La, Spiti is another chunk of Tibet marooned in India. The scattered villages in this serrated moonscape arrive like mirages, clusters of whitewashed mud-brick homes huddled amid green barley fields below monasteries perched on crags a thousand feet above. The turquoise-grey ribbon of the Spiti River is your near-constant companion, running along a fairly broad valley before turning south at Sumdo into the precipitous gorges of the Hangrang Valley.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Buddhist Monasteries, Kye Monastery, Tabo Monastery,Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Komic-Kaza, Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza, Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-Nako, Parangla Pass (connecting Ladakh with Spiti Valley), Pin Parvati Pass, Baba Pass, Hampta Pass treks.

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Kinnaur
 
The district of Kinnaur, stretching up to the Tibetan border in southeastern Himachal, is blessed with magnificent mountain and valley scenery and a distinctive cultural and ethnic mix that changes gradually from Aryan Hindu to Tibetan Buddhist as you progress eastward. This is a land of mountain villages with slate-roofed temples, vast apple orchards, plunging gorges between towering snow-capped peaks, and hair-raising roads – and beyond it one can see remote Spiti, the two combining into a loop from Shimla to Manali or Keylong that is an unending sequence of breathtaking scenery.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Kalpa valley, ReckongPeo, Sangla valley, Chhitkul village, Popular trekking routes are Bhaba valley to pin valley and Kinner Kailash Parikarma.

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JAMMU AND KASHMIR (Mini Switzerland in India)
 
Jammu and Kashmir is a valley known for its snow-capped mountains, lush greenery and flower covered meadows. The valley is a tourist hot-spot but only few people know that the valley is much more than itsShikaras and the Dal Lake. The State has numerous National Parks that are home to various endangered and unique flora and fauna. The valley has a very diverse ecosystem with Chirpine forests, coniferous forests and broad-leaved forests at lower altitudes. The tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir is very well developed and offers various services for all tourists .A part of the erstwhile Princely State of Kashmir and Jammu, the region is the subject of a territorial conflict among China, India and Pakistan.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Leh/Ladakh, Srinagar, Pahalgam, Patnitop
 
 

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Leh Ladakh – (Mini Tibet)
 
Leh, the former capital of the kingdom of Ladakh and now known as Leh district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is the second largest district in the republic of India. Leh is situated at an altitude of 3542 meters above sea level in the lap of the Himalayas. If you like the chilly cold and snow-capped mountains and a knack for adventure, Leh is the perfect getaway for you.Since ancient times, Leh was an important stoppage for traders who came from the Indus Valley and Tibet. The region came under the rule of several kingdoms and dynasties over the course of history and is known for its distinctive Tibetan-Muslim culture.
 
Ladakh – the ‘Land of the High Passes’ – is among the most stunning parts of the Indian Himalayas. Wedged between Pakistan, Tibet and Xinjiang Province (China) and India’s Himachal Pradesh, it forms the eastern part of the contested state of Jammu & Kashmir. North of Leh, Ladakh’s ‘capital’, lies a far-flung and austerely beautiful enclave cradled by rugged mountains ‒ this is the Nubra Valley (often simply abbreviated to Nubra), a tuft of land on the very scalp of India.

 
int Places of interest:
 
Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Shanti Stupa, Spituk Monastery, Thikse Monastery, Namgyal Monastery, GurudwaraPathar Sahib, Stok Monastery etc.
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Srinagar (Venice of the East)
 
The uniqueness of Srinagar is that apart from being the capital to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the summer months, the place is a glorious representation of nature. With the River Jhelum flowing from its sides of Srinagar is protected by five districts. Lying in the Kashmir valley, Srinagar is at an altitude of 1585 meters. Srinagar is dotted with lakes and beautiful gardens. With the sun kissed peaks of the mountains in the backdrop and the peaceful waters of the lakes, Srinagar is a paradise on the planet. Srinagar is one of several places that have been called the “Venice of the East” or the “Kashmiri Venice” .Lakes around the city include Dal Lake – noted for its houseboats – and Nigeen Lake. WularLake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Dal Lake and the shikaras, Mughal gardens, ChashmaShahi (the royal fountains), PariMahal (the palace of the fairies); NishatBagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; the NaseemBagh, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden, The Shankaracharya Temple, KheerBhawani Temple.
 
 

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Goa (A Nation of Cowherds)
 
Goa is a former Portuguese province; the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. This place is visited by most of international & national tourists every year especially during New Year Period. Goa is also a part of world heritage architecture. Tourism of Goa mainly focused on coastal areas.The Indian epic Mahabharata refers to the area now known as Goa as Goparashtra or Govarashtra, which means “a nation of cowherds”. It is also blessed with varied landscape as it is situated in Sahayadri hills. There are many small and big hills in Goa, from where streams, springs and beautiful waterfalls emerge. There aren’t too many waterfalls in Goa, but all of them are worth visiting. Surrounded by greenery, rocks and sanctuaries, these waterfalls offer another side to Goa, making it an all-rounder in terms of tourism.
 
int Places of Interest :
 
Panaji, Calangute, Mapusa, Margao, Vasco Da Gama
 
int Famous Beaches of Goa :
 
Scuba Diving at Baga beach in Goa, Aguada beach & fort, Arambol beach, Calangut beach & its Advanced Diving course, Museum, Church, Mobor beach ( Swim with the Dolphins at Mobor Beach, Winch-boat Parasailing at Mobor Beach, Water Skiing at Mobor Beach, Catch and Relish Crabs at Mobor Beach, Kayaking Escapade at Mobor Beach, Fish and Dish at Mobor Beach) etc.
 

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Punjab (Land of Rivers)
 
Situated in the north western part of India , Punjab is famously referred to as ‘The land of five rivers’.This fertile land ranks amongst the most ancient civilizations in the world. This cultivated state has more than 84% of its land under agricultural cultivation.It is also known as the land of a remarkable spiritual movement, as the Sikh religion bloomed here many years ago. The Sikh Gurus have inspired, guided, motivated, and moulded the culture of Punjab to a great extent. Punjab is also famous for its religious diversity as a number of religious movements were initiated here. The scenic landscape, rich history and famous religious sites are the mostimportant reasons for increasing number of visits by tourists.Punjab is known for its rich cultural heritage and festivities.
 
int Places of Interest:
 
Amritsar, Pathankot, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Bhatinda, Patiala, Mohali, Ropar, Kapurthala.
 

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Amritsar (Pool of the Nectar of Immortality)
 
Amritsar is one of the largest cities in Punjab, India.It is known as the spiritual capital and a major pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs. The city boasts of its various temples and shrines mostly dedicated to the Sikh culture and the main commercial activities found here are tourism, carpets, handloom fabrics and handicrafts. The city is also famous for its amazing Punjabi cuisines. The city was formerly known by the names Ramdaspur and Ambersar before the 4th Guru of Sikh religion, Guru Ram Das renamed the city to ‘Amritsar’. The city is built with a unique architectural style prominent in the 17th and 18th century called ‘Katras’ and is characterized by its narrow streets.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Durgiana Temple, Gobindgarh Fort, Harmandir Sahib(Golden Temple), Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border.
 

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West Bengal
 
With Kolkata being its capital, West Bengal is sandwiched between the Eastern Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. The state of West Bengal is home to over 90 million people. The fourth most populous state of the country still emanates the ghost of the East India Company through its glorious architecture and vibrant culture. From the snowy cover of the mountains, dense green forests, crowded cities, historical villages and towns to the glittering blue sea, West Bengal has it all. Offering all kinds of thrilling experiences, the state is a paradise for adventurers.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Kolkata, Darjeeling, Mirik, Jalpaiguri, CoochBehar, Kalimpong, Kamarpukur, Malda, Hooghly, Siliguri, Barrackpore, Bishnupur.
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Kolkata (City of Joy)
 
Located at the Eastern banks of the Hoogly, Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is home to the oldest functioning port in India and is the 3rd most populated metropolitan in India after Mumbai and Delhi. The region came under the Suzerainty of the Nawabs of Bengal under the Mughals and eventually the British who took full control of the city in 1772. The city is also the center of the industrial revolution in India and the birthplace of modern Indian cultural, poetic, artistic and literary movement in between the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The city was also the capital of India under the British and was the nucleus of the Indian Independence Movement. The various blends of cultures have garnered Kolkata as one of the major tourist destinations in India.
 
int Places to visit:
 
Howrah Bridge, Jorasanko Thakurbari, Park Street, Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Birla Temple, Calcutta Racecourse, Eden Gardens, Marble Palace Mansion.

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Darjeeling (Queen of Hills)
 
Located in the Indian state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is known for its tea industry. The city is located amidst the lower Himalayas that are also known as the Mahabharat Range. The town was developed in the mid-19th century by the British and soon the town came to be known for its vast tea estates that produce the best Tea in the country. The city was controlled by the kingdom of Sikkim till it was taken by the Gorkhas and subsequently the British. The town is located at an average elevation of 2050 meters and comes under the eastern Himalayan Zoo-geographic zone. The town is endowed with a rich cultural history and natural resources and due to its pleasant climate all year round, is a popular tourist spot.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and the amazing Darjeeling Zoo, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling Ropeway, Batasia Loop, Chowrasta, Rock garden, Ganga Maya Park, Japanese temple, Peace Pagoda etc.

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Rajasthan (Land of Kings)
 
Rajasthan, known formerly by the name Rajputana or the land of the kings, is the largest state in the republic of India. It covers an area of 342,239 sqkilometers which is 10.4% of India. However despite of its large size it is covered by the Great Indian Desert, Thar. The Thar Desert runs parallel to the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Being located at the forefront of Indian civilization, the state of Rajasthan has seen the age of kings thus, explaining the moniker ‘the land of kings’. Rajasthan houses an amazing display of arts and architecture, courtesy of it being a princely state. Each individual kingdom of Rajasthan has a distinctive style of architecture and arts making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Ajmer – Popular for shrine of Sufi Saikhllnt Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
 
Bikaner – Famous for its havelis, palaces and temples.
 
Chittorgarh – Popular for its monument and fort.
 
Bundi – Popular for its forts, palaces and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris.
 
Jaipur- Known as pink city of India and the capital of Rajasthan, famous for palaces and temples.
 
Jaisalmer – Famous for its golden fortress, havelis and some of the oldest Jain Temples and libraries.
 
Jodhpur – Fortress-city at the edge of the Thar Desert, famous for its blue homes and architecture.
 
Kota – Famous for its gardens, palaces and Chambal river safari.
 
Mount Abu – Popular hill station, famous for 11th century Dilwara Jain Temples and natural beauty. Highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan, Guru Shikhar is just 15 km from the main town.
 
Pushkar – It has the first and one of the very few Brahma temples in the world.
 
Ranakpur- Large Jain Temple complex with near 1444 pillars and exquisite marble carvings.
 
Ranthambore – Situated near SawaiMadhopur. This town has historic Ranthambore Fort and one of the largest and most famous national park of India (Ranthambore National Park).
 
Shekhawati – Located are small towns such as Mandawa and Ramgarh with frescoed havelis between 100 years to 300 years old, and Vedic period Dhosi Hill.
 
Udaipur – Known as the “Venice of India”.

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Gujarat (Jewel of India)
 
Strategically located on the West Coast of India, Gujarat is also a Gateway to the rich land-locked Northern and Center Vicinity of the country. Gujarat spearheads the Indian march for the “Global Economic Super Power” status with access to all Major Port based Countries like UK, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Gulf Countries. Gujarat, the Land of the Legends go down in History to leave behind impressions with footprints on the sands of time. Since many years, the land is inspiredby great Legends like Mahatma Gandhi, SardarVallabhbhai Patel, DhirubhaiAmabani etc. Experience the aesthetic appeal with the Arts, Culture and Lifestyles in Gujarat.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Ahmedabad – City with Gandhi Ashram & textile museum.
 
Vadodara- Crocodiles, shopping, gardens, honeymoon.
 
Surat- Shopping, markets, fashion, honeymoon.
 
Rajkot- Temples, shopping.
 
Dwarka- Temples, excavations, ancient history, beaches, history.
 
Gir Forest National Park- Wildlife-rich area with big-cat safaris.
 
Saputara- Paragliding, waterfalls, forests, honeymoon, museums.
 
Jamnagar- Temples, shopping.
 
Bhuj- Temples, shopping, deserts, palaces, honeymoon.

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Kerala (Land of Ayurveda) and (“The Land of Parasurama”)
 

Kerala is historically known as Keralam, is a state in South India on the Malabar coast. Malayalam is the most widely spoken and the official language of the state. The culture of Kerala is composite and cosmopolitan in nature and it is an integral part of Indian culture.Situated at the southern part of India, the tiny little state of Kerala is known by the name of ‘God’s Own Country‘ due its warm climate and pristine landscapes. Green Mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and the rare flora and fauna totally entices you. The aroma of the tea plantations through the path of the clouds and mist follow you along the trail.Kerala is very famous for its splendid Ayurvedic treatments since 1990’s.

 

According to Hindu mythology, the lands of Kerala were recovered from the sea by the axe-wielding warrior sage Parasurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu, hence Kerala is also called ParasuramaKshetram (“The Land of Parasurama”). Parasurama threw his axe across the sea, and the water receded as far as it reached. According to legend, this new area of land extended from Gokarna to Kanyakumari.

 
int Places of Interest :
 
Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Thrissur, Kollam, Munnar, Allepey, Varkala, Trivandrum, Periyar, Wayanad.
 
 

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Nepal
 
Wedged between the high Himalaya and the steamy Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras. Some of the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking is on offer here, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Explore the highest peaks from a Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the medieval city squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, and joining Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual stroll around centuries-old stupas and monasteries. Whether you cross the country by mountain bike, motorbike, raft or tourist bus, Nepal offers an astonishingly diverse array of attractions and landscapes. Out in the countryside lies a quite different Nepal, where traditional mountain life continues at a slower pace, and a million potential adventures glimmer on the mountain horizons.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Annapurna Mountain Range, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath (Stupa), Poon Hill , Sarangkot , Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), Kopan Monastery, Peace Temple , Garden of dreams, Square, Mount Everest, Patan Museum, Taumadhi Square.

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Bhutan
 
Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.The serene environment where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests presents a picturesque scenario for tourists. The unique architecture of monasteries sets the stage for spectacular tsechus (dance festivals) attended by an almost medieval-looking audience. Come and explore this place for its splendid textiles and handicrafts, outrageous archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails, and stunning flora and fauna.
 
int Places of interest:
 
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, PunakhaDzong, ZuriDzong Hike, Uma Paro Hotel, Gangtey Valley in winter,National Museum of Bhutan, DechenPhodrang monastery.

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