Traveling to India is an unforgettable experience because of the unique history and culture of India. Indian tourism is famous for historic monuments, rural tourism, nature tourism, wild life tourism, hill stations, beaches etc.
Wild Life in India – India is home to several well known large mammals including the Asian elephant, Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Leopard and Indian Rhinoceros, often engrained culturally and religiously often being associated with deities. Some members of the dog family such as the Indian Wolf, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal and the Dhole or Wild Dogs are also widely distributed. It is also home to the Striped Hyaena, Macaques, Langurs and Mongoose species.
India also has a large variety of protected wildlife. The country’s protected wilderness consists of 75 National parks of India and 421 Sanctuaries, of which 19 fall under the purview of Project Tiger. Its climatic and geographic diversity makes it the home of over 350 mammals and 1200 bird species, many of which are unique to the subcontinent.
Some well known national wildlife sanctuaries include Bharatpur, Corbett, Kanha, Kaziranga, Periyar, Ranthambore and Sariska. The world’s largest mangrove forest Sundarbans is located in southern West Bengal. The Sundarbans is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Historic Monuments – The main historic monuments are:
The Taj Mahal is one of India’s best-known sites and one of the best architectural achievements in India. Located in Agra, it was built between 1631 and 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his wife, Arjumand Banu, more popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal serves as her tomb.
The Golden Temple is one of the most respected temples in India and the most sacred place for Sikhs. The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar, Punjab, India.
The Bahai temple in Delhi, was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. (It is also known as the Lotus Temple.)
The Victoria Terminus in Mumbai was built by the British and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hill Stations – Several hill stations served as summer capitals of Indian provinces, princely states, or, in the case of Shimla, of British India itself. Since Indian Independence, the role of these hill stations as summer capitals has largely ended, but many hill stations remain popular summer resorts. Most famous hill stations are:
Araku, Andhra Pradesh
Gulmarg, Srinagar and Laddakh in Jammu and Kashmir
Darjeeling in West Bengal
Munnar in Kerala
Ooty and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu
Shillong in Meghalaya
Shimla, Kullu in Himachal Pradesh
Nainital in Uttaranchal
Beaches – India offers a wide range of tropical beaches with silver/golden sand to coral beaches of Lakshadweep. States like Kerala and Goa have exploited the potential of beaches to the fullest. However, there are a lot many unexploited beaches in states like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. These states have very high potential to develop them as future destinations for prospective tourists. Tourist beaches are:
Beaches of Vizag, Andhra Pradesh
Beaches of Puri, Orissa
Beaches of Digha, West Bengal
Beaches of Goa
Kovalam Beach in Kerala
So if you are planning to go for holiday, India is the best option for you to enjoy all these things.