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Every year, more than 3 million tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
The sixth century Paintings at the Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra Tourism in India is the largest service industry, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. India witnesses more than 17.9 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 740 million domestic tourism visits. The tourism industry in India generated about 100 US$ billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate. In the year 2010, 17.9 million foreign tourists visited India. Majority of foreign tourists come from USA and UK. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the top 5 states to receive inbound tourists. Domestic tourism in the same year was massive at 740 million. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra received the big share of these visitors. Ministry of Tourism is the nodal agency to formulate national policies and programmes for the development and promotion of tourism. In the process, the Ministry consults and collaborates with other stakeholders in the sector including various Central Ministries/agencies, the State Governments/ union Territories and the representatives of the private sector. Concerted efforts are being made to promote new forms of tourism such as rural, cruise, medical and eco-tourism. The Ministry of Tourism is the nodal agency for the development and promotion of tourism in India and maintains the Incredible India campaign.
According to World Travel and Tourism Council, India will be a tourism hotspot from 2009– 2018, having the highest 10-year growth potential. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007 ranked tourism in India 6th in terms of price competitiveness and 39th in terms of safety and security. Despite short- and medium-term setbacks, such as shortage of hotel rooms, tourism revenues are expected to surge by 42% from 2007 to 2017. India's 5,000 years of history, its length, breadth and the variety of geographic features make its tourism basket large and varied. It presents heritage and cultural tourism along with medical, business and sports tourism. India has a growing medical tourism sector. The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi were expected to significantly boost tourism in India.
1 Tourism by state o 1.1 Andhra Pradesh o 1.2 Assam o 1.3 Bihar o 1.4 Chhattisgarh o 1.5 Delhi o 1.6 Goa o 1.7 Himachal Pradesh o 1.8 Jammu and Kashmir o 1.9 Karnataka o 1.10 Kerala o 1.11 Madhya Pradesh o 1.12 Maharashtra o 1.13 Manipur o 1.14 Meghalaya o 1.15 Orissa o 1.16 Puducherry o 1.17 Punjab o 1.18 Rajasthan o 1.19 Sikkim o 1.20 Tamil Nadu o 1.21 Uttarakhand o 1.22 Uttar Pradesh o 1.23 West Bengal 2 Historic monuments 3 Nature Tourism o 3.1 Wildlife in India o 3.2 Hill stations o 3.3 Beaches o 3.4 Adventure Tourism 4 See also 5 References
6 Further reading 7 External links
 Tourism by state
 Andhra Pradesh
Charminar in Hyderabad The state of Andhra Pradesh comprises like scenic hills, forests, beaches and temples. Also known as The City of Nizams and The City of Pearls, Hyderabad is today one of the most developed cities in the country and a modern hub of information technology, ITES, and biotechnology. Hyderabad is known for its rich history, culture and architecture representing its unique character as a meeting point for North and South India, and also its multilingual culture, Andhra Pradesh is the home of many religious pilgrim centres:
Tirupati, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is the richest and most visited religious center (of any faith) in the world. Srisailam, the abode of Sri Mallikarjuna, is one of twelve Jyothirlingalu in India. Amaravathi's Siva temple is one of the Pancharamams, Vemulavada temple, one of the old abodes of Lord Shiva, reputed as Dakshina Kashi - Benaras of South India. Vemulavada temple is built by Chalukya Kings between AD 750 and 975. Yadagirigutta, the abode of an avatara of Vishnu, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. The Ramappa Temple and Thousand Pillar Temple in Warangal are famous tourist spots and depict the finest taste of Kakatiya dynasty for arts & culture and temple carvings. Warangal is also home to Medaram - the Asia's largest tribal fair/festival called "Sammakka Saralamma Jatara". Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basar is one of the only two Saraswati Temples in India.
The state has numerous Buddhist centres at Amaravathi, Nagarjuna Konda, Bhattiprolu, Mangalagiri, Ghantasala, Nelakondapalli, Dhulikatta, Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Shalihundam, Pavuralakonda, Sankaram, Phanigiri and Kolanpaka.
Urdu: . hill resorts of Horsley Hills. historic Sivasagar.  Assam Main article: Tourism in Assam Indian Rhinoceroses grazing at the Kaziranga National Park. waterfalls at Ettipotala. Visakhapatnam is home to many tourist attractions such as the INS Karasura Submarine museum. the Qutub Shahi kings. the one-million-year old limestone caves at Borra. which governed the region for many centuries before the British occupation.)گ ول کون داa ruined city of south-central India and capital of ancient Kingdom of Golkonda (c.The golden beaches at Visakhapatnam. Araku Valley. Indira Gandhi Zoological Gardens. Assam has a rich cultural heritage going back to the Ahom Kingdom. Assam experiences the Indian monsoon and has one of the highest forest densities in India. picturesque Araku Valley. was rebuilt for defense from invading Mughals from the north. Other notable features include the Brahmaputra River. famous for the ancient monuments of Ahom Kingdom. Tezpur and tea-estates dating back to time of British Raj. The monsoon season commences in June and ends in September. Assam boasts of famous wildlife preserves – the Kaziranga National Park. Golkonda (Telugu: . and designed a perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort's main gates. the mystery of the bird suicides in Jatinga. river Godavari racing through a narrow gorge at Papi Kondalu. The weather is mostly sub-tropical. They laid out Golkonda's splendid monuments. 1364–1512). Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to the rest of the Seven Sister States. The winter months (October end half to first half of April) are the best time to visit. The weather in Andhra Pradesh is mostly tropical and the best time to visit is in November through to January. VUDA Park. The most important builder of Golkonda was a Kakatiya King. was heard at the top of the citadel. so travel would not be advisable during this period. a great family of builders who had ruled the kingdom of Golkonda from 1512. Kuntala and rich bio-diversity at Talakona. the grand portico. is situated 11 km west of Hyderabad. numerous temples including Kamakhya of . This is one of the fascinating features of the fort. now in ruins. the city of eternal romance. which is home to the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros and the Manas National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (These first two parks are UNESCO World Heritage Site). the fortress citadel of Golkonda. Ibrahim was following in the spirit of his ancestors. the largest river island Majuli. are some of the natural attractions of the state. Their first capital. Yarada Beach. situated on a 300-foot (91 m)-high granite hill.
Sonpur .Tantric sect. ruins of palaces. This is the place of Aryabhata. Attractions: Patna . Takht Sri Patna Sahib . Great Ashoka. boasts many bazaars. Kesariya . . Guru Teg Bahadur the holy Sikh Guru visited this place in 1505 and met Srimanta Sankardeva (the founder of the Mahapuruxiya Dharma) as the Guru traveled from Dhaka to Assam. Nalanda . temples. and wildlife sanctuaries.This famous Gurudwara is situated in the heart of the Dhubri Town on the bank of the mighty Brahmaputra river in far north-east India.Location of one of the world's oldest university. Sasaram . Chanakya and many other great historical figures.Known for Bodh Gaya the place at which Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. it is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and stretches on from fifteen days to one month. famous for its rich history and royal architecture.  Bihar Main article: Tourism in Bihar Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Bihar is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world with history of 3000 years. Muzaffarpur .One of the famous Sikh pilgrimage known for the birth place of Sikh's Tenth Guru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. the capital city of Assam.Famous for its education. etc. Guwahati. 'Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur also known as Damdama Sahib at Dhubri '. the great Emperor of medieval India. Gaya .Location of the world's largest Buddhist Stupa.The Sonepur cattle fair or Sonepur Mela.Tomb of Sher Shah Suri.The capital of Bihar. The rich culture and heritage of Bihar is evident from the innumerable ancient monuments that are dotted all over this state in eastern India.
Jama Masjid. Darbhanga . Bihar is one of the most sacred places of various religions such as Hinduism.  Chhattisgarh Main article: Tourism in Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh is a new state but with an ancient civilization. mountains. Famous for the Maharaja forts and Kali Mandir. and Safdarjung's Tomb. Main attractions of Chhattisgarh are Chitrakot Waterfalls. Rajim. Religious places such as Shakti Peethas. making it rich in history. Buddhism.  Delhi Lotus Temple Main article: Tourism in Delhi Delhi is the capital city of India. The Green State of Chhattisgarh has 41. Humayun's tomb. . Ratanpur and Malhar. Delhi currently has many renowned historic monuments and landmarks such as the Tughlaqabad fort. Lotus temple and Akshardham Temple. Sikhism & Islam. Sirpur.Home to the only Yoga University in the world. a Buddhist shrine and UNESCO World Heritage Site is also situated in Bihar. A fine blend of old and new. Bihar School of Yoga. There are many tourist attractions worth seeing. The state is blessed by nature with magnificent water falls. Delhi has been the capital of numerous empires that ruled India. Lodhi Gardens. Purana Quila. Delhi is a melting pot of cultures and religions. India Gate. The rulers left behind their trademark architectural styles. which can be felt by visiting the historical remains in the state. forests and wildlife. ancient and modern.33% of its area under forests and is one of the richest bio-diversity areas in the country. Famous Attraction includes Mahabodhi Temple. Barabar Caves the oldest rockcut caves in India. Bhoramdeo temple. Laxminarayan Temple. Kutumsar Caves. Red Fort. Ramgarh and Sita Bengra. Jainism. Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library the oldest library of India. Modern monuments include Jantar Mantar.It is among the oldest cities of Bihar. Munger . Qutub Minar. Rashtrapati Bhavan.
green parks.  Goa Goa is noted for its resorts and beaches. and wildlife sanctuaries. wide roads. Hindu temples. with colorful masks and floats.New Delhi is famous for its British colonial architecture. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing.  Himachal Pradesh The Himalayan landscape of Himachal Pradesh is ideal for out-door activities such as skiing Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hill-stations. Dudhsagar Falls. Main article: Tourism in Goa Goa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. and heliskiing are popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. Portuguese churches. and trendy malls. Islamic shrines. ice-skating. paragliding. A former colony of Portugal. The Basilica of Bom Jesus. Mangueshi Temple. drums and reverberating music. national museums. The Goa Carnival is a world famous event. Hindu temples. and dance performances. and tree-lined boulevards. mountain biking. Goa is famous for its excellent beaches. and Shantadurga are famous attractions in Goa. culture and heritage. Recently a Wax Museum (Wax World) has also opened in Old Goa housing a number of wax personalities of Indian history. Delhi is home to numerous political landmarks. .
Hindu and Muslim shrines. Dharamshala. In recent years.  Karnataka . gardens and forts. Many trekking expeditions also begin here. is known for its Tibetan monasteries and Buddhist temples. Kashmir's natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations for adventure tourism in South Asia. Leh. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a Mountain railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other popular hill stations include Manali and Kasauli.Shimla.4 million Hindu devotees every year. Often dubbed "Paradise on Earth". the state capital. ancient temples and mosques. the capital. Jammu is noted for its scenic landscape. Jammu's historic monuments feature a unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture styles. Srinagar Phalagam. Vaishno Devi also attract thousands of Hindu devotees every year. is very popular among tourists. Shimla is also a famous skiing attraction in India. home of the Dalai Lama. Kashmir's mountainous landscape has attracted tourists for centuries. Yeusmarg and Mughal Gardens etc. castles. This part of Greater Himalaya called "moon on earth" consists of naked peaks and deep gorges. The Hindu holy shrines of Amarnath in Kashmir Valley attracts about . is also a growing tourist spot. Tourism forms an integral part of the Kashmiri economy. Ladakh has emerged as a major hub for adventure tourism. Gulmarg. Notable places are Dal Lake.  Jammu and Kashmir Main article: Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir is known for its scenic landscape Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India.
Karnataka is famous for its waterfalls. Nandi Hills. Chalukyas. Shaivism. Karnataka has many beaches at Karwar. Karnataka has two World heritage sites.Mysore Palace. Kolar. coupled with its varied demography. Gulbarga. Sringeri. nicknamed as "God's own country.31%.7 million tourists. Growing at a rate of 13. Mahakuta. Lakkundi. Hampi. Mysore. Halebidu. This state has 21 wildlife sanctuaries and five National parks and is home to more than 500 species of birds. Western Gangas. Aihole. at 507. Shravanabelagola. Ramnagara near Bangalore district. Mudabidri. Banavasi. Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur. second highest in India Main article: Tourism in Karnataka Karnataka has been ranked as fifth most popular destination for tourism among states of India. Belur. This receives 2. Chaudayyadanapura. Murdeshwara. Notable Islamic monuments are present at Bijapur. Galaganatha. Jainism. Rashtrakutas. Lakshmeshwar. Nicknamed as one of the "10 paradises of the world" by National Geographic. Dambal. has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala is known for its tropical backwaters and pristine beaches such as Kovalam. illuminated for the Dasara festival. Fort in Chitradurga. Surathkal. Hooli. Bagali. Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives. These monuments are preserbed at Badami.  Kerala Kerala. Karnataka is a rock climbers paradise. Gadag. Gokarna. Raichur and other part of the state. Pattadakal. Mahadeva Temple (Itagi). . Main article: Tourism in Kerala Kerala is a state on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India." is famous for its houseboats. the tourism industry significantly contributes to the state's economy. It has the second highest number of protected monuments in India. They built great monuments to Buddhism. Gokarna. at Hampi and Pattadakal. has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia. Halasi. Sannati. Its unique culture and traditions. Bidar. Hangal. Yana in Uttara Kannada. Shivagange in Tumkur district and tekal in Kolar district are a rock climbers heaven. Hoysalas. Nanjangud. Sudi. Kuruvatti and many more. Jog falls of Shimoga District is one of the highest waterfalls in Asia. Kannada dynasties like Kadambas. Vijayanagaras anf the Kingdom of Mysore ruled from what is today Karnataka.
The temples of Khajuraho are world-famous for their erotic sculptures. Ponmudi and Wayanad. which focuses on the local culture. Mattancherry Palace are also visited. Shivpuri. Heritage sites. such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace. stupas.Popular attractions in the state include the beaches at Kovalam. Efforts are taken to minimise the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment. Spectacular mountain ranges. Gwalior is famous for its fort. Buddhism. Madhya Pradesh is called the "Heart of India" because of its location in the centre of the country. and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. and national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam National Park. Ghaus & Tansen. Cherai and Varkala. The "backwaters" region—an extensive network of interlocking rivers. the Tomb of Rani Lakshmibai. It has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism. and canals that centre on Alleppey. Pench are located in Madhya Pradesh. The Khajuraho group of monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. the hill stations of Munnar. forts and palaces are dotted all over the state. Jai Vilas Palace. Madhya Pradesh is also known as Tiger State because of the tiger population. Famous national parks like Kanha. and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Md. Nelliampathi. Islam. Innumerable monuments. The state's tourism agenda promotes ecologically sustained tourism. Kumarakom. Hill Palace. Cities such as Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum) are popular centres for shopping and traditional theatrical performances. meandering rivers and miles and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife in sylvan surroundings. volunteering and personal growth of the local population. Sikhism and Jainism. and Punnamada—also see heavy tourist traffic. exquisitely carved temples.  Maharashtra . Bandhavgadh.  Madhya Pradesh Main article: Tourism in Madhya Pradesh The temples of Khajuraho are famous for their erotic sculptures. wilderness adventures. lakes. Sanjay.
Mumbai is famous for its clubs. The Bibi Ka Maqbara at Aurangabad the Mahalakshmi temple at Kolhapur. rock climbing.Sanjay Gandhi National Park. some of the best ones are Tadoba with excellent accommodation and safari experiences besides little known by amazing wildlife destinations like Koyna. Trimbak famous for religious importance and the city of Pune the seat of the Maratha Empire and the fantastic Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations together contribute for the Tourism sector of Mahrashtra. The city is known for its architecture. Mumbai famous for Bollywood. kayaking. Mumbai is the most popular cosmopolitan city in India. Dajipur. shopping. shopping. Maharashtra also has several pristine national parks and reserves.1 million foreign tourists arrivals annually. In addition. Maharashtra boasts of a large number of popular and revered religious venues that are heavily frequented by locals as well as out-of-state visitors. the cities of Nashik.  Manipur . to the Islamic Haji Ali Mosque. Ajanta Caves. and scuba diving. Ellora Caves and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus are the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Maharashtra and are highly responsible for the development of Tourism in the state. including paragliding. and Bollywood. gastronomy. Radhanagari and of course the only national park within metropolis city limits in the world . and upscale gastronomy. Maharashtra also has numerous adventure tourism destinations. from the ancient Elephanta Caves. the world's largest film industry. with more than 5. Nagzira (very small with incredible sightings). snorkeling. Melghat (disturbed with massive mining truck movement). and a great place to experience modern India. Main article: Tourism in Maharashtra See also: Tourist Attractions in Mumbai Maharashtra is the most visited state in India by foreign tourists. famous for its architecture. to the colonial architecture of Bombay High Court and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.Mumbai is the most popular cosmopolitan city in India. Maharashtra accounts for largest foreign tourists arrivals in India. canoeing.
also offers many adventure tourism opportunities in the form of mountaineering. The beautiful and seasonal Shirui Lily at Ukhrul (district). dance. rock climbing. theater and sculpture. trekking and hiking. Therefore constitutes one of the most important ecotourism circuits in the country today. Meghalaya has 2 national parks and 3 wildlife sanctuaries. Polo. The Meghalayan subtropical forests support a vast variety of flora and fauna.Loktak lake Manipur as the name suggest is a land of jewels. Meghalaya. Sangai (brow antlered deer) and the floating islands at Loktak Lake are few of the rare things found in Manipur. The state offers several trekking routes . also originated from Manipur. which can be called a royal game. water sports etc. The charm of the place is the greenery with the moderate climate making it a tourists' heaven. Its rich culture excels in every aspects as in martial arts. Some of the main tourist attractions are: Imphal (Capital) Churachandpur Keibul Lamjao National Park War cemeteries Loktak Lake Moreh  Meghalaya Nohkalikai Falls Meghalaya has some of the thickest surviving forests in the country.
pristine sea beaches. Ancient and medieval architecture. The town is very well known and needs little publicity. connects Cherrapunjee with Shillong. Lalitagiri as well as Ratnagiri. the classical and ethnic dance forms and a variety of festivals. art and natural beauty. chaityas and sacred relics in caskets and the Rock-edicts of Ashoka. A rather scenic. especially the Jagnath Temple at Puri. jungle products and their unique life style blended with their healing practices have got world wide attention.some of which also afford and opportunity to encounter some rare animals such as the slow loris. culture. water-scooters and speedboats. Cherrapunjee is one of the most popular tourist spots in North East of India. It lies to the south of the capital Shillong. The Sitalsasthi Carnival is a must see for everyone who wants to see a glimpse of the art and culture of Odisha at one place. religion. Nohkalikai Falls. on the banks of river Birupa. cruise-boats. different dance forms. Bishop Falls. Weinia falls. rockedicts. Orissa is the home for various tribal communities who have contributed uniquely to the multicultural and multilingual character of the state. Langshiang Falls and Sweet Falls. The popular waterfalls in the state are the Elephant Falls. excavated monasteries. Orissa is also famous for its well-preserved Hindu Temples. rock-cut caves. The Umiam Lake has a water sports complex with facilities such as rowboats. Precious fragments of a glorious past come alive in the shape of stupas. Konark Sun Temple and The Leaning Temple of Huma. paddleboats. viharas. Main article: Tourism in Kosal Orissa has been a preferred destination from ancient days for people who have an interest in spirituality. Their handicrafts. Orissa has kept the religion of Buddhism alive.  Puducherry . assorted deer and bear. The hot springs at Jakrem near Mawsynram are believed to have curative and medicinal properties. The torch of Buddhism is still ablaze in the sublime triangle at Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves. Shadthum Falls. 50 kilometer long road. Rock-edicts that have challenged time stand huge and over-powering by the banks of the river Daya. sailing boats.  Orissa Konark Sun Temple built by the Eastern Ganga dynasty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
churches. and statues. Punjab has a vast public transportation and communication network. still preserve much of the colonial ambience. Amritsar. Puducherry The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises four coastal regions viz. Puducherry is the Capital of this Union Territory and one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. Tourism in Punjab is principally suited for the tourists interested in culture. India-Pakistan border at Wagah is also a popular tourist attraction. this is a must see for any visitor that goes to Punjab. and Ludhiana. Mahe and Yanam.  Punjab Main article: Tourism in Punjab (India) Harimandir Sahib or "The Golden Temple" The state of Punjab is renowned for its cuisine. combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues. culture and history. Karaikal. which.Puducherry. with their beautiful traditional Indian homes. temples. Salwar and Jutti. Puducherry has been described by National Geographic as "a glowing highlight of subcontinental sojourn". ancient civilization. Punjab also has a rich religious history incorporating Sikhism and Hinduism. Some of the villages in Punjab are also a must see for the person who wants to see the true Punjab. Chandigarh. Patiala is famous for loads of heritage such as Patiala Peg. spirituality and epic history.Main article: Tourism in Puducherry The Matrimandir.  Rajasthan . Some of the main cities in Punjab are Patiala. a golden metallic sphere in auroville. The city has many beautiful colonial buildings. farms and temples.
The capital of Rajasthan. famous for its rich history and royal architecture.Has one of the largest national parks in India.This town near Udaipur hosts the famous temple of Shrinathji. which in the local language means "peaceful home".Fortress-city at the edge of the Thar Desert. is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Northern India. famous for its blue homes and architecture. Bikaner .A UNESCO World Heritage Site Nathdwara . Jodhpur .Known as the "Venice" of India. Jaisalmer . Keoladeo National Park . Barmer . Pushkar . literally meaning "Land of the Kings". when it became a part of the Republic of India.Umaid Bhawan Palace Main article: Tourism in Rajasthan Rajasthan.It has the first and one of the very Brahma temples in the world. Sikkim was an independent kingdom till the year 1974. Ranthambore . Originally known as Suk-Heem. The vast sand dunes of the Thar Desert attract millions of tourists from around the globe every year. Attractions: Jaipur . Udaipur .  Sikkim Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world.Famous for its golden fortress.Barmer and surrounding areas offer perfect picture of typical Rajasthani villages. . Mount Abu .Famous for its medieval history as a trade route outpost.Is the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan.
 Tamil Nadu Main article: Tourism in Tamil Nadu The Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Places near Sikkim include Darjeeling also known as the "Queen of Hills" and Kalimpong.Handicraft Shops 5. a UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a scenic view of hills throughout its 41 km journey between Mettupalayam and Ooty (7500 FT above ground level).Rumtek Monastery 4. Tamil Nadu has some great temples like Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. Water Falls and Wildlife sanctuaries are located across the state.Nathula Pass 3.Tsangpo Lake Sikkim is considered as the land of orchids. This state is also known for Medical tourism and houses some of Asia's largest hospital. Although. Kalimpong is also famous for its flora cultivation and is home to many internationally known Nurseries.the important places to visit are: 1. Darjeeling. The state also holds the credit of having maximum number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (5) in India which includes Great Living Chola Temples and Mahabalipuram. mystic cultures and colorful traditions. the nearest railway station to Sikkim. located approximately 105 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Sikkim is well known among trekkers and adventure lovers. Tamil Nadu is the top state in attracting the maximum number of foreign tourists in India.Baba Mandir 2. Hill stations like Yercaud. Brihadeeswarar Temple. Valparai. Pichavaram the world's second largest mangrove forest are located in the state. an airport is under construction at Dekiling in East Sikkim. Kodaikanal. Ooty.The capital of Sikkim is Gangtok. the nearest airport to Sikkim would be Bagdogra. Archaeological sites with civilization dating back to 3800 years are found in Tamil Nadu. other than its world famous "Darjeeling tea" is also famous for its refined "Prep schools" founded during the British Raj. With more than 34000 temples. Yelagiri are widely visited.  Uttarakhand . Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of India provides scenic view of sunset and sunshine over the Indian ocean.
Kedarnath. Almora and Nainital. It is considered the abode of Devtas. Neelkanth. Haridwar which means Gateway to God is the only place on the plains. Reserve. Dunagiri. Glacier. Char-dhams. Yakashyas. Kaphini Wildlife Sanctuary. Chaukori. the 27th state of the Republic of India. Glaciers Wildlife Reserves Adventure Sports Skiing at Mundali.The Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi National Parks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Joshimath. It contains glaciers. Bunder Punch Glacier. Gangotri Glacier. Trisul are other peaks above 23000 Ft. skiing slopes and dense forests. is called "the abode of the Gods". Uttarkashi. Milam Corbett National Park. Nainital Pindari Glacier. Paragliding at Yelagiri. National Park. Govind Dokrani Glacier. Ralam Glacier Musk Deer Sanctuary (Askot). Almora. Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the Himalayas. It boasts of some old hill-stations developed during British era like Mussoorie. Chaukhamba. Uttarakhand. Munsiyari. Dayara Bagyal and Munsiyari. Nanda Devi Doonagiri Glacier. Valley of Flowers  Uttar Pradesh Main article: Tourism in Uttar Pradesh . Asan Conservation Khatling Glacier. Fairies and Sages. It holds the watershed for Gangetic River System spanning 300 km from Satluj in the west to Kali river in the east. Kinners. Rajaji National Park. the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath. Trekking at Mussoorie. Auli. Panchachuli. snow-clad mountains. Nanda Devi (25640 Ft) is the second highest peak in India after Kanchenjunga (28160 Ft). Askot Glacier. Pauri. valley of flowers. and many shrines and places of pilgrimage.
A mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges river. Geographically. It is also home of India's most visited site. Mughlai cuisine.One of the finest Textiles Industry in the world.border with the capital of India New Delhi. originated from Uttar Pradesh.City of temples. the Taj Mahal. . with Himalayan foothills in the extreme north and the Gangetic Plain in the centre. Allahabad or Prayag -Kumbh Mela-The place where Indian national river Ganges and Yamuna and Saraswati rivers meet.A panoramic view of the Fatehpur Sikri Palace. The most populous state of the Indian Union also has a rich cultural heritage. Uttar Pradesh is at the heart of India. Uttar Pradesh Situated in the northern part of India. Uttar Pradesh is important with its wealth of historical monuments and religious fervour.Uttar Pradesh's administrative and education capital. Cuisine of Uttar Pradesh like Awadhi cuisine. Uttar Pradesh is very diverse.One of the most popular religious center of ancient and modern India for Hinduism. and Hinduism's holiest city.Most popular holy place of lord Shiva devotees. A view of the Ghat of Varanasi from the River Ganges Agra . Kathak one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances.Places of interest in include: Varanasi-The origin of Hinduism and world's one of the oldest city. Kumauni cuisine are very famous in entire India and abroad.so popular with another name The Heartland of India. Uttar Pradesh has much to offer.Taj Mahal and several others historical monuments and gardens. Varanasi.Uttar Pradesh is the most popular tourist destination in India.Akbar forts.
several historical places from Mughal.Kumbh Mela Kumbh Mela at Allahabad Kanpur . Kusuma Sarovar bathing ghat. Gateway to Bara Imambara. British era. Lucknow Mathura-The birth place of Lord Krishna of Hinduism and Neminath of Jainism. in the Goverdhan area.Uttar Pradesh's commercial and Industrial hub. British and ancient India. Lucknow-The capital of Uttar Pradesh.Several historical places Mughal. Vrindavan .
the layout of much of the architectural variety in Kolkata owes its origins to European styles and tastes imported by the British and. like Jim Corbett National Park about 24 km. a .Rani Lakshmibai's battlefield against British Sarnath-Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma.Birds Sanctuary.civilization. Mirzapur Division-The hub of world's finest carpet Industries.Where each part of the state is attached with ancient history. NOIDA and Greater Noida:IT. The buildings were designed and inspired by the tastes of the English gentleman around and the aspiring Bengali Babu (literally. Ayodhya-The birth place of Lord Rama of Hinduism . Dudhwa National Park -Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. This comes from the numerous palatial mansions built all over the city. Gorakhpur: The city was home to Buddhist. one of the many cities in the state of West Bengal has been nicknamed the City of Palaces. Unlike many north Indian cities.The birthplace of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ghaziabad: Historical places from ancient India to modern India and India's fastest growing Industrial city . Jaunpur:Historical city was founded by the Sultan of Delhi Feroz Shah Tughlaq and named in memory of his father. the Portuguese and French. the unique Frog Temple at Oyal . whose construction stresses minimalism.The birth place of Shreyansanath. Muslim. Meerut-The historical place of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 or the First War of Indian Independence.Surat Bhawan Palace. Fatehpur Sikri-Historical place for Mughal Empire's palaces and forts. Muhammad bin Tughluq as Jaunpur Sultanate. Rehar:Several major tourist attractions can be mentioned in the town’s surroundings.and very popular tourist destination for its natural beauties and one of the fastest growing region of Uttar Pradesh. Nainital about 69 km Uttar Pradesh is the historical heart land of India. Kushinagar. the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage which his devout followers should visit. the eleventh Jain Tirthankar of the Jainism.It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site.Indian Historical place from Mahabharata period of ancient India to Modern India's one of the fastest growing city of Uttar Pradesh.India's biggest city with planned and highteck residential area.Mughals.great Hindu emperor Chandragupta Maurya.religions and culture. where Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained Parinirvana after his death.Elephant Rides. Hindu. Electronics and education hub of Northern India. to a much lesser extent.  West Bengal Victoria Memorial in Kolkata Kolkata. Jain and Sikh saints. Jhansi-Historical place. Lodis and Islamic ruler's Forts and ancient history of India.
Fatehpur Sikri It was the first planned city of the Mughals and also the first one designed in Mughal architecture. the story of West Bengal begins from Gour and Pandua situated close to the present district town of Malda. The temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. From historical point of view. The Airavateswara temple is located in the town of Darasuram.E to 1197 C. notably Kumaragupta. However. Today. Towards the British colonial period came the architecture of Murshidabad and Coochbehar. It has been called "one of the first great universities in recorded history." According to historical studies the University of Nalanda was established 450 C. Persian and Islamic architecture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. many of these structures are in various stages of decay.located in Agra. Arjumand Banu. Nakhoda Mosque ·St. The Mahabodhi Temple is a 2000 year old temple dedicated to Gautam Buddha in Bodh Gaya. more popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal. The Nalanda is located in the Indian State of Bihar. Tamil Nadu. manners and custom. The twin medieval cities had been sacked at least once by changing powers in the 15th century. near Kumbakonam. It was built between 1631 and 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his wife. The Hindu architecture of Bishnupur in terracotta and laterite sandstone are renowned world over. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tamil Nadu built by the Cholas. Paul's Cathedral · St. . The Taj Mahal serves as her tomb. John's Church · Parsi Fire Temples · Japanese Buddhist Temple · Pareshnath Jain Temple  Historic monuments The Taj Mahal is one of India's best-known sites and one of the best architectural achievements in India. Bihar. Some of the major buildings of this period are well maintained and several buildings have been declared as heritage structures.E partly under the Pala Empire. and several architectural specimens still retain the glory and shin of those times. was a Buddhist center of learning from 427 C. an amalgamation of Indian architecture.nouveau riche Bengali who aspired to cultivation of English etiquette. as such practices were favourable to monetary gains from the British). Notable site of West Bengal Places of Worship Cooch Behar ·Cooch Behar ·Darjeeling ·Kalimpong Dakshineswar Kali Temple ·Kalighat Temple · Birla ·Kurseong ·Dooars ·Digha ·Bishnupur ·Malda temple ·Belur Math · Bhoothnath ·Tipu Sultan Mosque · ·Mukutmanipur ·Ayodhya Hills ·Murshidabad ·Kolkata. Varanasi The ghats of one of the oldest city of the world. ruins from the period still remain. Uttar Pradesh .E under the patronage of the Gupta emperors. The Brihadishwara Temple in Thanjavur.
Tamil Nadu have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Victoria Terminus in Mumbai.  Nature Tourism India has geographical diversity. The Golden Temple is one of the most respected temples in India and the most sacred place for Sikhs. The Shore Temple. (It is also known as the Lotus Temple.) The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur also known as Palace of Winds. built during the British Raj. The Bahá'í temple in Delhi. was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent. Western Ghats Hill Stations Wildlife reserves Deserts  Wildlife in India . India. The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar. along with the collection of other monuments in Mahabalipuram. Water falls in Western Ghats including Jog falls (highest in India). Punjab. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. The Taj Mahal Palace is an icon of Mumbai. built for Queen Victoria The Victoria Terminus in Mumbai is a train station built in Gothic architecture in honor of Queen Victoria. The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. which resulted in varieties of nature tourism.
The world's largest mangrove forest as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Main article: Fauna of India Royal Bengal Tiger in Sundarbans. Macaques. Other well known large Indian mammals include ungulates such as the domestic Asian Water buffalo. Periyar. Ranthambore. Some well known national wildlife sanctuaries include Bharatpur. Manas and Sariska. Sundarbans and Keoladeo National Park are UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some members of the dog family such as the Indian Wolf. The Kaziranga National Park. Manas National Park. India also has a large variety of protected wildlife. Corbett. Leopard and Indian Rhinoceros. Asiatic Lion. India is home to several well known large mammals including the Asian Elephant. Its climatic and geographic diversity makes it the home of over 350 mammals and 1200 bird species. Golden Jackal and the Dhole or Wild Dogs are also widely distributed. The country's protected forest consists of 75 National parks of India and 421 sanctuaries. Kanha. wild Asian Water buffalo. Bengal Tiger. Langurs and Mongoose species.  Hill stations Vindhya Range ( Range ) . It is also home to the Striped Hyaena. often engrained culturally and religiously often being associated with deities. The world's largest mangrove forest Sundarbans is located in southern West Bengal. of which 19 fall under the purview of Project Tiger. Bengal Fox. many of which are unique to the subcontinent. Kaziranga. Nilgai. Gaur and several species of deer and antelope.
Kullu in Himachal Pradesh Nainital in Uttarakhand Gangtok in Sikkim Mussoorie in Uttarakhand Manali in Himachal Pradesh . of British India itself. Madhya Pradesh . but many hill stations remain popular summer resorts. Most famous hill stations are: Mount Abu. princely states. the role of these hill stations as summer capitals has largely ended. A panaromic view of Ooty. a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Pachmarhi. in the case of Shimla. Srinagar and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir Shillong in Meghalaya Darjeeling in West Bengal Shimla. Since Indian Independence. one of the finest hill-stations in India Main article: List of Indian hill stations Several hill stations served as summer capitals of Indian provinces.It is also known as The Queen of Satpura. Gulmarg. or.A summer view of Khajjiar. Rajasthan Vindhya Range.
States like Kerala and Goa have exploited the potential of beaches to the fullest. These range from the stunning moonscapes of Leh and Ladhak. Mukteshwar in the Himalayas. exclusive nature retreats such as Dunagiri. Yercaud and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu In addition to the bustling hill stations and summer capitals of yore. Orissa Beaches of Digha. Binsar. part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands India offers a wide range of tropical beaches with silver/golden sand to coral beaches of Lakshadweep. Andhra Pradesh Munnar in Kerala Ooty. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Shown here is Havelock Island. Andhra Pradesh Beaches of Puri. Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra Haflong in Assam Araku. However. Maharastra. to small. West Bengal Beaches of Goa Kovalam Beach. These states have very high potential to be develop them as future destinations for prospective tourists. Some of the famous tourist beaches are: Beaches of Vizag. Kerala . to rolling vistas of Western Ghats to numerous private retreats in the rolling hills of Kerala. Gujarat. there are several serene and peaceful nature retreats and places of interest to visit for a nature lover. there are a lot many unexploited beaches in the states of Andhra Pradesh.  Beaches Main article: List of beaches in India Elephants and camel rides are common on Indian beaches.
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