DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM IN INDIA Early Development The first conscious and organized efforts to promote tourism in India were

made in 1945 when a committee was set up by the Government under the Chairmanship of Sir John Sargent, the then Educational Adviser to the Government of India (Krishna, A.G., 1993). Thereafter, the development of tourism was taken up in a planned manner in 1956 coinciding with the Second Five Year Plan. The approach has evolved from isolated planning of single unit facilities in the Second and Third Five Year Plans. The Sixth Plan marked the beginning of a new era when tourism began to be considered a major instrument for social integration and economic development. But it was only after the 80·s that tourism activity gained momentum. The Government took several significant steps. A National Policy on tourism was announced in 1982. Later in 1988, the National Committee on Tourism formulated a comprehensive plan for achieving a sustainable growth in tourism. In 1992, a National Ac tion Plan was prepared and in 1996 the National Strategy for Promotion of Tourism was drafted. In 1997, the New Tourism Policy recognises the roles of Central and State governments, public sector undertakings and the private sector in the development of tourism were. The need for involvement of Panchayati Raj institutions, local bodies, non-governmental organisations and the local youth in the creation of tourism facilities has also been recognised.

Future Prospects: According to the latest Tourism Satellite Accounting (TSA) research, released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and its strategic partner Oxford Economics in March 2009:
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The demand for travel and tourism in India is expected to grow by 8.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 and will place India at the third position in the world.

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India's travel and tourism sector is expected to be the second largest employer in the world, employing 40,037,000 by 2019. Capital investment in India's travel and tourism sector is expected to grow at 8.8 per cent between 2010 and 2019. The report forecasts India to get capital investment worth US$ 94.5 billion in the travel and tourism sector in 2019.

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5 billion by 2018 at a 9. Almost 20 million people are now working in the India·s tourism industry. This has favourable impact on the balance of payment of the country. particularly. . The tourism industry in India generated about US$100 billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275. Source of Foreign Exchange Earnings: Tourism is an important source of foreign exchange earnings in India.y India is projected to become the fifth fastest growing business travel destination from 2010-2019 with an estimated real growth rate of 7. poor hygienic conditions and incidents of touting and harassment of tourists in some places are factors that contribute to poor visitor experience. would have been decayed and destroyed had it not been for the efforts taken by Tourism Department to preserve them.4% annual growth rate. Likewise. It contributes 6. 3. These impacts are highlighted below. etc. poverty alleviation and sustainable human development. Ajanta and Ellora temples. Poor visitor experience. For instance. accommodati on and trained manpower in sufficient number. the Qutab Minar. tourism also helps in conserving the natural habitats of many endangered species. IMPACT OF TOURISM IN INDIA Tourism industry in India has several positive and negative impacts on the economy and society. Preservation of National Heritage and Environment: Tourism helps preserve several places which are of historical importance by declaring them as heritage sites.23% to the national GDP and 8. accessibility to tourist destinations. Generating Income and Employment: Tourism in India has emerged as an instrument of income and employment generation. the Taj Mahal. POSITIVE IMPACTS 1.78% of the total employment in India. 4. due to inadequate infrastructural facilities. Constraints: The major constraint in the development of tourism in India is the non-availability of adequate infrastructure including adequate air seat capacity.6 per cent.

The more tourists coming into a place. and sports centers. NEGATIVE IMPACTS 1. and suspicion between the tourists and the local communities when there is no respect and understanding for each other·s culture and way of life. must be addressed if peaceenhancing benefits from this industry are to be realized. However. From the late 60's to the early 80's when the Hippy culture was at its height. in addition to the hotels and high-end restaurants that cater to foreign visitors. mechanisms to reduce crime and corruption. 3. . Promoting Peace and Stability: Honey and Gilpin (2009) suggests that the tourism industry can also help promote peace and stability in developing country like India by providing jobs. This may further lead to violence and other crimes committed against the tourists. not to local businessmen and workers. hotels and other international companies. diversifying the economy. generating income. 6. A good example is Goa. preventing local farmers and workers from reaping the benefit of their presence. 2. Developing Infrastructure: Tourism tends to encourage the development of multiple-use infrastructure that benefits the host community.5. prostitution and human trafficking. and promoting cross-cultural awareness. including various means of transports. key challenges like adoption of regulatory frameworks. Creating a Sense of Antipathy: Tourism brought little benefit to the local community. Undesirable Social and Cultural Change: Tourism sometimes led to the destruction of the social fabric of a community. Increase Tension and Hostility: Tourism can increase tension. The development of infrastructure has in turn induced the development of other directly productive activities. Goa was a haven for such hippies. the more the perceived risk of that place losing its identity. hostility. Moreover. health care facilities. Here they came in thousands and changed the whole culture of the state leading to a rise in the use of drugs. etc. protecting the environment. This had a ripple effect on the country. This has often created a sense of antipathy towards the tourists and the government. In most all-inclusive package tours more than 80% of travelers· fees go to the airlines. The recent crime committed against Russian tourist in Goa is a case in point. large hotel chain restaurants often import food to satisfy foreign visitors and rarely employ local staff for senior management positions.

¤ CITY PALACE AND S. disturbance of breeding habitats.4. it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. II MUSEUM . untreated sewage. Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and weapons. Noise pollution from vehicles and public address systems. The display ´Jaipur past and presentµ is the special feature of this newly setup museum. ambient environment and general profile of tourist spots Tourist-Places-in-Jaipur ¤ HAWA MAHAL . Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts. the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Diwan -E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. also have direct effects on bio-diversity. Now it houses a well laid out museum. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities. while increased tourist flow led to increase in solid waste dumping as well as depletion of water and fuel resources. Adverse Effects on Environment and Ecology: One of the most important adverse effects of tourism on the environment is increased pressure on the carrying capacity of the ecosystem in each tourist locality. by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The 5 storied stunning semioctagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture.S. water pollution. killing. which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city.M. vehicular emissions. Increased transport and construction activities led to large scale deforestation and destabilisation of natural landforms. Flow of tourists to ecologically sensitive areas resulted in destruction of rare and endangered species due to trampling. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.built in 1799. on the street below. it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre. etc.built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. . Enormous sun -dial still provide accurate time. ¤ JANTAR MANTAR (Observatory) . which are subject to daily corrections. is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal.situated in the heart of the old City.

It has a rare collection of archaeological a nd handicraft pieces.the Jai Ban is positioned here. overlooking the palaces and city of Amer.(6 kms) on the way to Amer. It crests the ridge over a picturesque gorge and provides an impressive view of the city.(15 kms.(10 kms. As the legend goes. Renovation around the lake is in progress.(15 kms.) cresting a hill about 600 ft. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall).situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. built during reign of Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh. The world·s biggest cannon on wheels . the fort was built in 1734. it is situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg. ¤ GAITOR . ¤ CENTRAL MUSEUM . It is a replica of a Scottish castle. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot ¤ NAHARGARH FORT .¤ ISHWAR LAT .It offers unique audio-visual education about stars and entertainment with its modern computerised projection system. The walls of the fort run along the ridge and within are architectural beauties like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan.(6 kms) At the foot hill of Nahargarh stands the memorials to the former rulers of Jaipur the place has some gracefully carved cenotaphs in white marble.) standing on a hilltop. ¤ MOTIDOONGARI . ¤ JALMAHAL . the tower. ¤ DOLLS MUSEUM . It offers one of the most breathtaking view of the city. sage Galav performed a difficult penance here. above the city.perched on a hill top on the southern horizon. near Tripolia gate. ¤ GALTA . . built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh (1744 -51). this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.) This holy pilgrimage centre has a temple dedicated to the Sun God (Which is the only one of its kind in this part of the country) and natural spring.¶Swarg Suli· or ¶heaven piercing minaret·. ¤ BIRLA PLANETARIUM . ¤ JAIGARH FORT .a collection of beautiful dolls from all over the world.

known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Sukh mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer.(6. is a sight to behold. has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions. the magnificent palace garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1710 for his queen. This b eautiful terraced garden has several galleries and pavilions decorated with exquisite murals.The funeral place for the royal ladies. popularly known as Birla Temple. . The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh. ¤ SISODIA RANI GARDEN . ¤ AMER .is situated just below the Moti 000ngri. Diwan -e-Am or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pi llars. depicting Lord Krishna. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. when reflected in the lake at the foot hill. built by Viyadhar. marked by some wonderfully carved cenotaphs.5 Kms on the way to Amer) This newly restored temple and garden.¤ LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE . This is also beautiful location for film shooting. halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention.(5 kms. near Jal Mahal. ¤ VIDHYADHAR GARDEN .The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces.) on the road to Agra.) on the way to Agra. where he shfted his capital in 1727. the additional extensions were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lIthe last Maharaja of Amer. who built a new city called Jaipur. the chief architect and town planner of Jaipur. ¤ KANAK VRINDAVAN .(5 kms. ¤ MAHARANI K! CHHATRI . exquisitely painted doorways.

it is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri or the Chakrakshetra.00 to 16. the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine carved royal cenotaphs on the road to Delhi. Entry Fee For Indians Rs. The tower over the Garbagriha is missing. Even in its ruined state it is a magnificient temple reflecting the genius of the architects that envisioned and built it. and was cursed by Krishna with leprosy. Local beleif has it that it was constructed in entirety. The ruins of this temple were excavated in late 19th century. worshipped him and was relieved of his curse. 50. Timing: 9.It is said that the temple was not completed as conceived because the foundation was not strong enough to bear the weight of the heavy dome. Bhubaneshwar. Konark houses a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. the king of Krishna and Jambavati entered the bathing chamber of Krishna's wifes. and that the dome was removed and destroyed and that the image of the Sun God was taken to Puri. however its magnetic dome caused ships to crash near the seashore. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the . Narsinghji temple. and even in this state. This temple built in 1278 CE by the Ganga King Narasimha Deva is one of the grandest temples of India and was referred to as the Black Pagoda. For Foreigners Rs. Phone: 2530264 (Tourist Office). visited in large numbers by pilgrims and tourists. Konark-Sun-Temple Konark is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple. 400.Corner and Arka . Accordingly Samba reached Konaditya Kshetra and discovered an image of Surya seated on the lotus. Konark and Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa.00. 10. however the Jagmohana is intact. it is awe inspiring.00 hrs.00 (inclusive of all taxes) Timing : 8.Sun. The Temple: The Konark temple is widely known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. Konark is also known as Arkakshetra.00 to 16. Konark is also known as Konaditya.The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity.30 hrs.00. Elephant ride charge Rs. Konark. It was decreed that he would be relieved of the curse by worshipping the sun God on the sea coast north east of Puri. Legend has it that Samba. The name Konark is derived form the words Kona . Phone: 2530293.

. built the Sun Temple at Konark in the form of a chariot in the 13th century. The Melakkadambur Shiva temple. are carvings in the erotic style. It is believed that this temple set the pace for the ratha (chariot) vimana temples in India. There are three images of the Sun God. Even the historians and the researchers get attracted to Sanchi that has been an ancient seat of Buddhist learning. as a distant descendant of Kulottunga I on the female line. and is still in a well preserved state. monasteries. is the earliest of this kind. The monuments of Sanchi were built way back during the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. and thefamous Eastern Ganga ruler Narasimha Deva. Today Sanchi is synonymous to the masterpieces of Buddhist art revealed in the age-old Stupas. There are images of animals. The nata mandir in front of the Jagamohana is also intricately carved.sun god with 24 wheels. foliage. Kulottunga Chola is also credited with having built the Suryanaar temple near Kumbhakonam. Around the base of the temple. Owing to the association with Buddhism Sanchi has a place of its own in the Cultural as well as Pilgrim tourist map of Madhya Pradesh. positioned to catch the rays of the sun at dawn. and monolithic pillars. with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. men. temples. SANCHI Sanchi stands in testimony to the golden Buddhist age of Emperor Ashoka. TOURISTS-ATTRACTIONS Owing to their archaeological and historical importance UNESCO has designated the stupas of Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh as the world heritage site. It has become a shrine for the followers of Buddhism owing to the several structures and sculptures that illustrate the Buddhist legends. each about 10 feet in diameter. Seven horses drag the temple. The Buddhist sites at Sanchi were added to the World Heritage List in 1989. Two lions guard the entrance. noon and sunset. warriors on horses and other interesting patterns. Temples dedicated to the Sun are not a common feature in the Tamil speaking region of the Indian subcontinent. and up the walls and roof. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance. built in the form of a chariot during the age of Kulottunga Chola I (1075-1120). crushing elephants.

The stone railing that surrounds the base of the Stupa has four gateways.C. Ashoka built a total of eight stupas at Sanchi in the 3 B. It is noteworthy that at Sanchi there are no figures of Buddha but His representation through symbols.At the site the Archeological Survey of India has a museum. several metal objects that were used by the monks besides the earliest known ancient stone sculptures in Indian art from the 3rd to the 1st century BC. The great Stupa is also referred to as the Ashoka's Stupa who built it in 3 B. the tree of His enlightenment. The restructured larger Stupa is what attracts people from across the globe today to Sanchi. The carvings illustrate the life and times of Gautam Buddha and his previous incarnations i. The lotus is the symbol of the birth of Lord Buddha. the Stupa is signifies His Nirvana or Salvation and the footprints along with the throne imply His very presence.219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan and posses the honor of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as north-west India. The original construction of the Stupa was done in burnt mud bricks though later the Stupa was largely re-built in the middle of the 2 B. In the museum you may check out the rare and antique exhibits. Amongst the many Stupas the most renowned is the Great Stupa I that was built by the Great Mauryan emperor Ashoka. Mount Abu .C. These Stupas have the relics of Buddha like His teeth. By paying a nominal entry fee you may visit the museum anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. This is in keeping with the tradition of the early period of Buddhism.The Mythological Beauty Mount Abu situated at a average height of 1. These gateways are examples of best work of art at Sanchi and feature as the finest examples of Buddhist art in India.C. The world famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural . though today only three of the Stupas remain. The Great Stupa 1 is a major tourist attraction at Sanchi.e. There is the lion capital of the Ashoka Pillar. The wheel symbolizes His first sermon. The carving done on the gateways or the Toranas is excellent and captivating. The Ashoka Pillar boasts of amazing architectural design and structural balance. the Jataka Bodhisattvas and the Manushi Buddhas. hair and the shoulder bones. There was a carved railing added with a stone façade to the 16 meter high Stupa. Three horizontal beams surmount each of these gateways.

The different sculptures. MAHABALIPURAM The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic. "the hill of wisdom"). It is believed by some that this area served as a school for young sculptors. Every year more then three million national and international tourists visit mount abu enjoying its scenic beauty. sculpted reliefs and structural temples. some half finished. Mount Abu was leased by the The East-India Company (British empire) from the Maharajah of Sirohi. waterfalls and green forests. In shape. which rescued Nandi the sacred bull of Lord Shiva. km.beauty world over. of Abu Hills is declared protected but officially 112. to protect the earth from the demons. has a very cool and soothing climate thanks to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. They are constituted by cave temples. by performing a yagna or fire sacrifice. This can be seen in the Pancha Rathas where each Ratha is sculpted in a different style. may have been examples of different styles of architecture. According to the legend the name Abu means son of Himalayas (or Ar -Booda. the legend has it that Mount Abu is home to 33 crore Gods and Goddess. Once home to the meditating rishi and munis. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is long and narrow but the top spreads out into a picturesque plateau. Mount Abu is declared closed area since 1965. the hill retreat. rich flora & fauna as well as the marble art of delwara jain temples.In historic times. and as a sanatorium for troops. probably demonstrated by instructors and practiced on by young students. is under unnotified sanctuary area (Anon. and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. . including the famous Rishi Vashishtha. who is believed to have created four Agnikul Rajput clans. deriving its name from Arbuada .98 sq. comple te area of 328 sq. Mount Abu with its word-class tourist facilities with hotels ranging from budget class to three star and heritage provides a great holiday escape and honeymoon attraction. to many rishis and munis (sages and saints). 2003). The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. monolithic rathas (chariots). km. Mt. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. home to lakes.the powerful serpent. Mount Abu was used as the headquarters for the resident of Rajputana until 1947. from a fire. which is about 19 km in length and 5-8 km in breadth.pit.. Although. Mount Abu has been home. situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan.

The Mahabharata. An interesting aspect of the rathas is that. TANJORE Once the stronghold of the Cholas. historical palaces.relief sculpture on a massive scale extolling an episode from the Hindu epic.a structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea.a small rock-cut temple dating back to the 7 th century. . The carving at Mahabalipuram must have required hundreds of highly skilled sculptors. museums make for the main tourist attractions in Tanjore. Descent of the Ganges . No wonder that as many as 74 temples lie in and around the city to speak for the Dravidian temple architecture. It was also built by Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean. Built in 10th century AD by the Chola King Rajaraja I. During the rule of ancient dynasties. which is softer than granite. Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) . Yudhishtra. the temple has a tall tower over the sanctum sanctorum and a bronze stupa on top. the city of Tanjore has a host of tourist attractions in Tanjore. Recent excavations have revealed new structures here.a giant open-air bas relief Arjuna's Penance . architectural skill rose to a splendid height in south India. The Shore Temple . under 4 feet that took about 60 days to carve. It is told that after building this temple. Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. The temple was reconstructed stone by stone from the sea after being washed away in a cyclone.These five Rathas were all carved out of a single piece of granite in situ.[4] While excavating Khajuraho.five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna. despite their sizes they are not assembled ³ each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone. Ruins of many other historic monuments bear testimony to the same. the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Magnificent temples. Alex Evans a stone mason and sculptor recreated a stone sculpture made out of sandstone. Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple: The temple is of the biggest tourist attractions in Tanjore. the remaining architecture was preserved and was not corroded by sea.[5] Some important structures include: y y y y y y Thirukadalmallai. Bhima. Varaha Cave Temple .

The Palace: Built around 1550 AD by the Nayaks. is hill station surrounded by liked by the elders and the popularly known as the "Queen mountains on three sides. Gangtok Gulmarg Gangtok. length. the "Hill made flat to build the lush and green with slopes Gangtok monastery in 1716". It is situated at and it was called the City of a distance of 105 km away 60 lakes or 'Chakta'. from Coimbatore. children equally. where the silence is broken Gangtok is a city. Rajarajan Mani Mandapam. some skiing. which . The complex has a number of rambling buildings. Nainital is a lovely Siliguri is some thing which is capital of Nilgiri district.1634 AD by the Nayaks feature among the tourist attractions in Tanjore Other tourist attractions in Tanjore include: Schwartz Church. the Kumaon. which. Tamil University Famous Hill Stations Tours Dalhousie Manali This hill station spreads over The Kullu valley has an five low-level hills at the ancient town in its lap called western edge of the Manali. the "Lofty Hill" or A huge cup shaped meadow. the palace is an example of fine work of masonry. Saraswathi Mahal Library. some beautiful scenes and a cool environment that's what Kufri is all about. dresses. Kufri Some great Hiking. Kodiakanal Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India. Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. 190 feet high vimana like building etc. of hill stations' among the Once this area had many lakes tourist circuits. till only by the tinkle of cowbells. Surrounded by Dhauladhar range. utensils. Nainital Darjeeling Ooty A small town in the hills of The toy train coming from Udhagamandalam (Ooty). Royal Museum: The Roayl Museum in the palace complex has a mixed collection like manuscripts. weapons. which include quadrangular courtyard. The Palace also has the acoustically perfect ancient music hall. is also one of the tourist attractions in Tanjore. Papanasam (30 km): The historical site of Papanasham close to the city of Tanjore. musical instruments used by the Royal Family of Thanjavur. just east of towering peaks at an arm the Ravi River. Two temples and a granary built in 1600 .

Nallathanni and Kundala. Mussoorie Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal hills. Due to its immense natural beauty.730m) is mightiest mountain ranges. compared to the other Shimla (also spelt as 'Simla') derives its name tourist spots in the state Patnitop is no less from goddess 'Shayamla Devi'. which is beautiful or serene.one sees it. Nilgiri Hills Panchgani Nilgiri means "Blue Panchgani is an idyllic Mountains". the Zanskar range. DESERTS India is the land of adventure. Tucked away in the constitutes the present district Satara district of Maharashtra.372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara District. the region. Almora is one of the most Kashmir and the largest city in Bounded by two of the world's beautiful places in Kumaon the state. Mount Abu The only hill station in Rajasthan. Queen of all Hill Stations. Munnar Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha. it lies athwart two Nainital is totally absent in gardens. Great Himalayas and the which is seen in Ranikhet and houseboats and Mughal Karakoram. Mount Abu huddles among the rocks on a 1. the Ladakh range and Almora. surprisingly have been the venue of several films.220-m granite table mountain at the far southwestern end of the Aravalli hills. Panchgani is a well-known hill station of Maharashtra on the highway to Mahabaleshwar from Pune. This time experience the tour with the difference on the hot desert tour to India. Patnitop Shimla Relatively unknown. the first thing that strikes to your mind is . The tour which gives you the opportunity to explore the land of sand and discover the most isolated parts of India. one would believe Gulmarg looks like a fantasy mesmerises any visitor. The hill station has a legendary past. another manifestation of Goddess Kali. Srinagar (1. On the Desert tour of India. is situated at an altitude of 1. The entire area of mountain retreat in the Krishna the Blue Mountains valley. Mahabaleshwar Mahabaleshwar. And there are numerous choices that you have when touring around India. other. exists only in picture-story set in a film and not books. of Nilgiri. The glamour and glitter famous for its canals. Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations. Srinagar Ladakh Almora The capital of Jammu and Ladakh is a land like no other.

Thar Desert Kutch Deserts Thar Desert is the most colourful desert in the Travel to the Kutch situated in Gujrat. The region harbors large explore the state known for its rich culture and population of Wild Asiatic Ass. The ride into the great Indian Thar region Kutch represents the saline wasteland Desert of Rajasthan while being on the where scrub flora and flooded grasslands camel¶s back and passing through golden sand interspersed with swampy land offers a refuge world is one of the most interesting way to to the exotic wildlife. The eco world. .the exciting camel safari on the endless sand dunes. Trek the most remotest sections of the desert and experience the rural ethnic culture of the villages in and around the deserts. tradition.

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