India is a land of diverse cultures, historical and religious influences and astonishing geographical features and is one of the oldest cultures known to humanity. With 17 major languages and 900 dialects and Hindi as the National language- represents the different layers of Indian history. India is the seventh largest country in the world, the largest democracy in the world with a population of 1.3 billion people. It is the land of traditions, music, dance, rituals, literature, movies, recreation, sports, drama and cuisine. Below are some best places you can’t miss if you ever visit India.
The Himalayas symbolizes the paramount pinnacle of nature’s opulence is an ideal place for mountain lovers. The Himalayas are often signified as the “heaven on earth” where you will find snow clad mountains, dense and dramatic forests, frozen lakes, stunning rivers and evergreen meadows. It’s a vibrant montage of communities, cultures, people, pilgrimage places, landscape, etc. The places you should visit when you are in the Himalayas are Chadar Trek, Roopkund Trek, Har Ki Dun Trek, Kedar Kantha trek, Ladakh, etc.
Great Rann of Kutch:
The great rann of kutch is a seasonal marshland located in the Thar desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India. Its size is about 7,505.22 square kilometers and is regarded as the largest salt desert in the world. The area is inhabited by the Kutchi people.
The Gujarat government hosts a 3-month long festival every year during the winter called “Rann Utsav festival of the Rann” where tourists can see different sights of the Rann. Experience the taste of the local culture, hospitality, and cuisine. The sight of a full moon on salt deserts is worth a view. The exceptional handicrafts of Kutch are famous all around the world. Kutch – a cradle of craftsmanship is famous for its impeccable variety in patchwork, weaving, block printing, bandhani, tie-and-dye, rogan art and different ethnic styles of pottery, embroidery, wood carving, metal crafts, and shell-work.
Haridwar is considered as one of the most sacred and ancient places in India where the river Ganges enters the plains in North India after streaming from Gangotri Glacier. Haridwar is a city of temples, historical monuments, ashrams, ghats, hotels, Kumbh Mela, river Ganges, yoga, etc. which attracts the tourists from all over the world. Besides being known as a religious place, Haridwar is also a center for attaining different cultures and arts. It is also a major source of Herbal remedies and Ayurvedic medicines. Since 1902, the Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalay is imparting special teaching in the Gurukul system. The popular pilgrimage centers of Haridwar are Neel Parvat, Gangadwara, Kushwart, Bilwa Teerth, Gauri Shankar Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, etc.
Varanasi or Banaras is situated on the banks of holy river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is one of the oldest and holiest (for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains) cities of India with multitudes of Ghats along the Ganges that are used for both cremation and bathing. The main tourist attractions in Varanasi are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Dasaswamedg Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Ramnagar Fort, Pancaganga Ghat, etc.
Pushkar is considered as one of the oldest city in India- the town of fairs and festivities having fascinating architectural heritage and engaging mythological chronicles, it’s a must visit for you. Pushkar is located in the northwest area of Ajmer and is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. It is believed to be the ultimate pilgrimage destination for people wishes to attain salvation. The must visit places in Pushkar are Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Man Mahal, Rangji Temple and the Pushkar Camel Safari.
Situated in the eastern India, West Bengal stretches from the Great Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. It is known for its rich cultural diversity and has a great history too. The spectacular landscapes and the vibrant culture is absolutely mesmerizing and would captivate your soul. The best places to visit in West Bengal are Kolkata, Darjeeling, Siliguri, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Sunderbans, Cooch Behar, etc.