If you are a frequent traveller and cherish the beauty of the mother earth, have seen everything you want or there are some un-ticked bullets in your list. Well Earth is that huge that it comprises of 195 countries and 5 gigantic oceans and many varied and assorted landscapes that person can’t travel it in his/her entire life span.
Don’t be disheartened, I have got your back. There’s a place in the world which is blessed and it is none other than the most sumptuous mingle of culture, architectures, religion, people and landscapes with the most amazing and different kind of foods which is India.
Incredible India as they say, it truly affixes the incredibility. India is an astonishing explosion of colours on a canvas. Mother India is everything and a consort all at ones. India is a constitutional republic with 29 States and 7 Union Territories. Keeping aside the cacophonic cities, and the populous country it is, you will find mostly everything more or less in India which you could find in the world. Mountains, beaches, rivers say it and you have it here.
Here’s a list of destination which would make you feel like you have travelled around the world in just one country i.e. India without taking your whole life. These places are travelled and tested by me.
1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The gateway to the pristine islands that inhabit 270 species of birds and are sprawling with dense flora and fauna. It is our very own Maldives with the most magnificent beaches and the most wonderfully blue green pure sea water .It simply is nature’s shade card.These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkelling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors. A traveller should visit the amazing islands like Havelock Island which surprises tourists with amazing adventures like deep sea diving, snorkelling and undersea walk and many such other activities, and the for the most wonderfully eye pleasing sunset on the crescent shore of Radhanagar Beach. Other islands including Neil island with the Bharatpur Beach, Baratang island, Ross island, the capital of the island state Port Blair with the famous historic Kalapaani Jail and Museum with the beautiful light and sound show and many others. Nicobar is however not yet declared safe for visitors because of the inhabitant tribes there. It is must for a beach person to visit this startling set of islands.
2.Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
As the heaven on Earth Kashmir is called, it defines itself with satisfying dignity. It is the Switzerland with the most significant snow covered peaks and has set tourists eyes on itself for the Asia’s highest and the longest cable car project- Gulmarg Gondola. I can call it the White Town because it is covered with snow from the months of December to March. It is also famous for the various Bollywood songs shot there. It is ideal destination for adventure activities like skiing, sledging. Gulmarg has some of most amazing treks in world, accessible in the summer.
3.Thar Desert, Rajasthan
The Great Indian Desert is the perfect unition of the blue sky and the yellow sand land. It has the perfect eye catching resemblance with the Sahara Desert. It has high and low rolling sand dumes dancing around the plain due to the high speed wings. Jaisalmer which is called the ‘Golden City’ because it is in the heart of the Thar has huge windmills gives an astonishing view of the way to the camping sites and desert safaris. There’s lesser flora than fauna because of the soil which doesn’t supports and kind of agriculture but it is home to blackbucks, chikara (gazelles), and some featheredgame, notably francolins (partridges) and quail. Among the migratory birds, sandgrouse, ducks, and geese are common. The desert is also shelters the endangered great bustard. It exhibits the most splendid sunrise and sunset. This places shares border which Pakistan. Best time to visit the desert would be the winter season.
4.Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
As you start your journey to the highest lake in India you would cross Lachen as you come closer to the place the valleys grow barren with lesser inhabitations. The terrain looks like the Tibetan Plateau and the Lake has the resemblance with the Jökulsárlón Lake, Iceland. The tourists would have breathing issues because of the high altitudes but the views are itself breathe taking that people are believed to get solace there. The water of the lake is believed to have some healing qualities that the people carry its water with them.It is believed that the inexplicable water has conceded the children to the childless couples. It also has a temple of Guru Padmasambhava who is said to have blessed the lake besides the lake.It lies in the North side of the Khangchengyao Range and is encircled all around by snow-covered mountains, the sacred lake freezes during the winters except at one spot, which the devout belief has been especially blessed. The Chinese Tibetan border is just a few kilometres away from the lake.Keeping aside the difficulties of travelling to the lake , the picturesque beauty leaves you awestruck.
5.Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
As enchante France is, India has Little France in itself which is Pondicherry. It is the among the four French territories in India. Pondicherry inherits its strong resemblance from the France with the old French style architecture. It has quarters with Rues and Boulevards. It has the Mediterranean style houses and bakeries and the most alluring churches. It is a renaissance of French culture mixed with the Indian. The streets look colourful at some places. Adventure crazy travellers can go for the very mesmerizing and literal breathe taking scuba diving to see the under sea world with the most beautiful fishes. Fishing is one activity which could be done on the Rocky Beach. Puppet shows and Bharatnatyam shows are clearly the exquisite culture that it represents.
Ever stayed on the floating water, well here’s an unbelievable but unforgettable part of your visit to Kerela a houseboat stay in the backwaters. Alappuzha or Alleppeyis a city on the Laccadive Sea. Admiring the the Gondola rides of Venice yet, well here you have the Indian version of a slow moving flatboat which gives you the luxury of living in the boat and exquisite Kerela food too and if you are a non vegetarian and a fishlover then of course you are going to love the pearlpot fish fresh from the water itself cooked by the pwners itself. These boats are designed for comfortable and a leisure stayat affordable prices.You can enjoy fishing, coir-making and prawn farming when on-board a houseboat, known as "kettuvallam”. The city also hosts the snake boat races every year during August, which draw tourists and locals in large numbers. The view is so amazing that you can not just pull down your cameras and of course if you’re a nature lurker this is your place.
This list can be enhanced by adding these places to the list:
1.Kanyakumari has the most beautiful sunrise and sunsets with Santorini and also is the southern tip of India where three large water bodies meet.
2.Manali, Himachal Pradesh resembles with Switzerland with most dazzlinng white snow peaks.
3.Lakshwadeep Islands is as blue as Bora Bora Islands.
4.Koorg appears to be like the Indian Scotland.
This list may not yet end because India has a lot in its bag to explore. India gives major bucket list goals.
India is a historical gem too. One can visit various places if they are intrigued by history. Agra for the Taj Mahal as we say, “Taj Nahi Dekha Toh Kya Dekha”, Amritsar- Jallianwala Bagh, Wagha Border, Delhi- Red fort, Qutub Minar, Amer Fort( India’s Great Wall), Mumbai, Kolkata etc and this list can go on as India has a larger than world history.
India offers the best hospitality as here we believe in “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means Guests are God. We serve our guests with full diligence, care and comfort. Our personalized service would make you fall in love with the country itself.
It offers an abundant amount of places which stimulates inner peace. It is place where culture, food and language changes with the change of the state. Every state has its own personality and its own history too.
We all have our own standards of living, hence India is place where person of every lifestyle can visit and have fun according to what they can afford. It’s a paradise of adventure sports too. Every face smiles at you to make your day shine brighter.
These reasons aren’t enough or can not suffice the incredibility of India, but they are enough for a traveller to be spoiled and cared for with the trip to India. So come visit this place in the world to taste what our small universe offers.