North India forms a wonderful tourist destination due to its varied culture, religion, monuments, rivers, mountains, deserts, wild life, flora and climatic variations. Tourism of North India includes enchanting tourist destinations like Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Delhi, the capital of India, is a very important part of North India tourism. The city houses some of the most brilliant monuments like the Red Fort, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid, the Lotus Temple and The Parliament house. The city has some famous museums, namely, the National museum, the rail museum, the National Gallery of modern art and Gandhi museum.
Himachal Pradesh is the abode of some of the best known hill resorts of India namely Kulu Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala. Jammu and Kashmir is known as paradise on earth because of it breathtaking beauty. Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal are some of the other tourist destinations in North India. Rajasthan is one of the most colorful and vibrant states of India, dotted with numerous forts and palaces. One of the most famous tour packages of North India is the golden Triangle package which includes a tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Transportation to any state or city of North India is varied and convenient. The cities are very well connected to all the major cities around the world by airways, roadways and railways. All types of accommodation facilities are available at every corner of the cities. Normally transportation and accommodation facilities are included in the tour packages of North India.
Strategically located Jammu and Kashmir State constitutes the northern most extremity of India. Situated between 32.17 degree and 36.58 degree north latitude and 37.26 degree and 80.30 degree east longitude, the total area of the State is 22,22,236 sq. kms including 78114 sq kms under the illegal occupation of Pakistan and 42,685 sq kms under that of China, of which Pakistan illegally handed over 5130 sq kms to China. The State is bounded by Pakistan, Afghanistan and China from the West to the East. The State is well connected with rest of the country by air, rail and road . The Indian Airlines and private airlines operate regular flights to Srinagar, Jammu and Leh.
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Mughal Gardens - with vast picturesque hillsides, excellent waterbodies and packed flowering shrubs and trees, laid in decorous quadrangles by the Mughal emperors, whose love fro the land was illustrious.
Dal Lake - A Himalayan urban lake, it has five basins and a number of channels that are well linked with each other. There are plenty of fishes in Dal Lake and fishery is the second largest industry of the region centered on the lake.
Houseboats - The tradition of houseboats gives u a new energetic pop up.. looking out the valley from house boat feels like in heaven .
Baghe-E-Bahu - The fort is situated just 5 kms away from the city centre and stands on the left bank of the river Tawi.Perhaps this is the oldest structure in the city. Constructed by Raja Bahulochan around 3000 years ago.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the northern states of India is located at Latitude 30o 22' 40" N to 33o 12' 40" N and Longitude 75o 45' 55" E to 79o 04' 20" E. It is located at the foot of Himalya is famous for its snow cap hill stations and winter sports including skiing. Himachal Pradesh is well connected by road and you can enjoy drives passing through beautiful valleys and rivers. Here are some of the important hill stations and places to visit in HP
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Kufri - The Hill Station Kufri is just 16 kms from Shimla, at the height of 2,633 mts, famous for its trekking and hiking trails. It is also known for nature parks and picnic spots.
Kullu - Kullu has also become the center of many adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, river-rafting etc. There are many places of pilgrimage like Manikaran, Hadimba, Bijli Mahadev, Vashistha etc....
Lahaul - Lahaul is remote Himalayan Valleys of H.P. these valleys are unsurpassed in mountain scape, in the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendour of their snow covered peaks.
Manali - Manali is administratively a part of the kullu district, with population of approx. 30,000. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to ladakh and, from there, over the karakoram pass on to yarkand and khotan in the tarim basin
Naldehra - Situated in the lower ranges of the Himalayan mountains, it is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests.
Shimla - Shimla located in Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill station. Also known as Simla, The small hill station amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges, surrounded by lakes and lush green pastures look as though an artist has painted them.
Spiti - Spiti is a big district having international boundary with Tibet. It attained the status of a district in the year 1960. The valleys. mountains, glaciers, rivers, forests, pastures, gompas (monastries) and ancient buildings of the former ruling dynasty are the principal objects of study.
Punjab, the land of five rivers and integrated cultural history, is a treasure trove for an avid tourist. For this land of the great gurus not only boasts of ancient monuments but throbs with historical embodiments. It is no secret that whoever comes to this land of yellow fields with blue mountains providing the romantic and picturesque backdrop has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab.
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Ludhiana - Ludhiana, the site of a great battle in the First Sikh War (1845) is now Punjab's most populated metropolitan city. This city situated on the banks of the Sutlej River.
Amritsar with its Golden Temple - The Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib, situated in Amritsar, Punjab, is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world.
Chandigarh - Chandigarh is located on the foothills of Shivaliks. It is regarded as the best planned city of Asia. It is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.
Uttaranchal/Uttarakhand Tourism - Uttaranchal now Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India in November 2000. Carved out of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal mainly comprises the hilly regions of Uttar Pradesh. The state borders Himachal Pradesh in the north-west and Uttar Pradesh in the South, and has international borders with Nepal and China. Uttaranchal Tourism in India Offers - Tourism Uttaranchal, Uttaranchal India Tourism, Uttaranchal Tours, Uttaranchal Tour Packages, Tourism in Uttaranchal, Trekking in Uttaranchal, Uttaranchal Pilgrimage Tour, Adventure Tour Uttaranchal, Glaciers of Uttaranchal.
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Dehradun-Dehradun the capital city of Uttarachal is a complete blend of city and hill culture. It is set in the foot hills of Himalayas at the centre of the 120 kms long Doon Valley. The name Dehradun is literally made up of two words where Dera means Camp and Dun stands for Valley.
Mussoorie Mussoorie, the 'Queen of Hills' perched at a height of 2000 metres is one of the most popular hill resort of the country. It was set up in 1823, by Captain Young during the British era and is 34 kms from Dehradun. This popular weekend retreat provides first glimpse of snow-clad Himalayas for the travellers from the plains.
Rishikesh the 'place of sages' is an important pilgrim and spiritual centre on the right bank of holy Ganga. It is surrounded by Shivalik ranges on three sides and is the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage.
Nainital Nainital is a lake resort set at a height of 1,938 meters in a beautiful valley. Surrounded by seven hills, the sparkling waters of a natural lake make it a gem among hill resorts. Legend has it that the lake was formed when the Goddess Sati lost her eyes at this spot. Sight Seeing: Naini Lake, Snow View, Naina Peak, Hanuman Garhi.
Ranikhet It reflects the best of the heavenly Himalayas; their lush green forests, exotic plant life, attractive wild life and majestic mountain peaks. According to a popular belief, this place had won the heart of Rani Padmini, Queen of Raja Sudhardev. She chose this scenic place to be her abode and since it has come to be known as Ranikhet, literally "Queen's Field". Sight Seeing: Chaubatia, Bhaludam, Jhoola Devi Ram Mandir, Mankameshwar, Upat and Kalika, Hairakhan Temple, Tarikhet, Binsar Mahadev, Majkhali, Dwarahat, Chaukhutia, Bhikiasain, Manila, Naithna Devi Jaurasi, Khairna and Pandukholi.
Almora Almora, the capital of Kumaon is situated between Kaushiki (Kosi) and Salmali (Siyal) rivers. This is the birth land of several noted freedom fighters, intellectuals, technocrats and bureaucrats. This place has been the prime administration center for the Chanol Kings, Gorkha invaders and British colonialists.
Kausani 1890 meters above sea level, Kausani, provides a breathtaking view of the snow capped peaks of Panchchuli, Nandakot, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda, Ghunti and Chaukhan. The famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant and the famous folk singer Gopidas belong to Kausani. Gandhiji wrote a book 'Ana-Shanti Yoga' as he was impressed by the serenity. You can enjoy the sight seeing of Katarmal and Baijnath Temple. Sight Seeing: Annashakti Ashram, View of the Nanda Devi Hill Haridwar has very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. In the ancient scriptures of India, this place is well known by the name of Mayapur. This city is also well known for many other things apart from the holy river Ganges. Haridwar has privilege of having IIT at Roorkee, formerly known as University of Roorkee, founded in 1847 as a first technical institute of India.
Corbett is regarded as one of the true bird parks of the world. Out of the 2,060 species and subspecies of birds recorded in the Indian subcontinent, over 600 species/subspecies of birds have been recorded from Corbett at one time or another. This number is greater than the total number of bird species found in Europe and represents around one fourth of the available diversity found in India. Out of the 69 species of raptors found in India, 49 can be seen in Corbett making it a striking element of the local avifauna.
Gangotri Visited by hundreds of thousands pilgrims every year, this 18th century temple constructed by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa , is near the spot where the goddess Ganga is said to have first descended on earth from heaven, in answer to the prayers of King Bhagriath.The revered shrine of Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3,200 mts. about sea-level amidst sylvan surroundings, constitutes one of the most important pilgrimages for the devout Hindu.
Rajasthan, the land of the Kings, in India at its exotic and colourful best with its bettle-scarred forts, its palaces of breathtaking grandeur and whimsical charm, its riotous colours and even its romantic sense of pride and honour. The state is diagonally divided into the hilly and rugged south-eastern region and the barren north-western Thar desert, which extends across the border into Pakistan. There are also a number of centres which attract travellers from far and wide, such as Pushkar with its holy lake, and the desert city of Jaisalmer which resembles a fantasy from the The Thousand & One Nights. Rajasthan is one of India's prime tourist destinations. Nobody leaves here without priceless memories, a bundle of souvenirs, and an address book full of friend
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Junagarh Fort - Junagarh fort in Bikaner is considered one of India's most impressive fort complexes. It's exquisitely decorated interiors are in an excellent state of preservation. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh.
Lalgarh Palace ? Oriental fantasy and European comforts are blended together most tastefully in the Lalgarh Palace of Bikaner. Maharaja Ganga Singh built Lalgarh Palace.
Fatehpur - This town was founded in the middle of the 15th century. This capital town was founded by Nawab Fateh Khan but conquered by Shekhawati Rajputs in the 18th century. There are several ancient monuments that stand as the testimony to the by gone eras.
Jaipur - Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan.
Amber Fort - The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion.
Old City (Pink City) ? The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD.
City palace(chokri sarhad) - The City Palace is a massive complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, the outer wall was built by Jai Singh but many of
The additions are much more recent - some from the early 20th C.
Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) ? Built in 1799, Hawa Mahal is the most stunning sight in the city of Jaipur. The palace, part of a huge complex, overlooks one of Jaipur's main streets and was originally constructed to offer women of the court a vantage point, behind stone-carved screens, from which to watch the activities taking place in the bazaar and the surrounding streets.
Jaisalmer ? Jaisalmer has transformed itself into a major tourist destination of India. Situated amid picturesque Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city commands premiere position among the tourist attractions scattered all over the desert land of Rajasthan. The Jaisalmer city is revered both by Indians as well as foreign tourists.
Mehrangarh ? Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur enjoys the distinction of being the largest fort in India. Initially named the Chintamani Fort, it was constructed in 1459 by Jodhpur's founding father, Rao Jodha.
Mandawa ? Mandawa is located in the north Indian state of Rajasthan around 190 km off Jaipur, the capital of the state. The town lies between latitude 28.06? in the north and longitude 75.20? in the east. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.
Sam Sand Dunes National Park - Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India amidst the great Thar Desert near Jaisalmer is one of the most scenic spot in the world.
Pondicherry is a blend of spiritual institution, French colonial heritages, Tamil culture and a cosmopolitan form of life. The city is full of French colonial buildings, clean and wide streets and the sprawling premises of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This territory is important from spiritual as well as from cultural point of view. Pondicherry's beauty lies in its un-spoilt beaches and well laid out parks and gardens. The city's temples and churches and imposing monuments of the colonial era are some of the worth visiting sites in this small port city. But today's attraction of Pondy is due to the presence of Auroville, the city of Dawn. It is a perfect place to search for the Divine. The meditation experience in this spherical house (Matri Mandir) is really exciting
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Sri Aurobindo ashrama - Sri Aurobindo Ashram is located in Pondicherry, a small coastal town 160 km south of Chennai, in South India. Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry was established by Sri Aurobindo. The Ashram attracts a large number of visitors. It contains the Samadhi (tomb) of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Richard who is also known as Maa, the revered Mother.
Auroville - Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.
Pondicherry museum - This museum has an excellent gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. One can go through the history and legendary French colonial details in the section of the museum.
Promenade - The Promenade in Pondicherry, India is one of the highly ranked names in the catalog of First Class Hotels in Pondicherry. Situated in the most prominent location of Pondicherry, The Promenade lies along the beautiful boulevard and overlooks the Bay of Bengal.
Chunnambar Resort - The resort is one of the most preferred Budget Hotels in Pondicherry due to the warm hospitality and class services meted out to the guests. It is a perfect place to spend a weekend getaway from Pondicherry.
Anglo - French Textile mills - Presently, Pondicherry Textile Corporation controls Anglo French Textiles. This has the credit of one of the major composite textile mills presently established in India. It exports various forms of fabrics as printed, grey, dyed and bleached.
The wealth of its monuments, mystical call of its mountains and lakes, and the religious fervour that it evokes, have rendered Uttar Pradesh, one of the most fascinating states of the Indian Union. Whether one is on a spiritual quest, or in search of adventure, or just on a curiosity trip, Uttar Pradesh has something to offer to everyone. Situated in the northern part of India, it has the distinction of being the most populous state of India. In terms of area, it is the fourth largest, among all the states.
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Fatehpur Sikri ? Sikri an extension of the upper Vindhyan ranges is situated on the bank of a large natural lake, which has now mostly dried up. It is a pre-historic site and, with abundant water, forest and raw material, it was ideal for primitive man?s habitation.
Taj Mahal - the Taj Mahal is synonymous with love and romance. It is believed that the name "Taj Mahal" was derived from the name of Shah Jahan wife Mumtaz Mahal and means "Crown Palace".
State Museum ? The State Museum of Lucknow is situated at Banarasibagh.Earlier it was located at the historic Choti Chattar Manzil.It was established in the year 1863. Primarily the museum contains the elements pertaining to the art, culture and custom of the region. Gradually it became a multi purpose museum.
Mathura ? Mathura, a little town on the River Yamuna was transformed into a place of faith after Lord Krishna was born here. The City of Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh, the nucleus of Brajbhoomi, is located at a distance of 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west of Agra.
Archeological Museum ? The Sarnath museum is an asset to the holy destination Sarnath, where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in 528 BCE. The museum presents an excellent collection of the artifacts related to the Maurayan, Guptan and Kushana era. Besides, the earliest image of the Buddha, found at Sarnath and images of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses are other belongings of the museum.
Sikandra ? Four kilometers from Agra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Construction of this beautiful monument was started by Akbar himself. This structure is a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs.
Varanasi - Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Many names have been given to Varanasi, though its recently revived official appellation is mentioned in the Mahabharata and in the Jataka tales of Buddhism.
Ghats ? The ghats on the banks on river Ganges, are not only a prime tourists attraction, but of equal holy status to the Hindus. Some of these ghats are very old, as old as pre-historic times, and some of them are very new ghats.
Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the famous Ajanta and Ellora are cave shrines cut out of rock, by hand, and rank amongst some of the most outstanding specimens of ancient Indian architectural heritage. The 34 caves at Ellora and the 29 caves at Ajanta, were remained shrouded in obscurity for over a millennium, till John Smith, a British Army Officer, accidentally stumbled upon them while on a hunting expedition in 1819. Ajanta has been designated as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will come to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.
Ajanta Caves: It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills, cut into the curved mountain side, above the Waghora river, were discovered. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning a period from 200 BC to 650 AD.
The 29 caves were built as secluded retreats of the Buddhist monks, who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning, and nerve - centers of the Buddhist cultural movement. Using simple tools like hammer and chisel, the monks carved out the impressive figures adorning the walls of these structures. Many of the caves house panels depicting stories from the Jatakas, a rich mine of tales of the several incarnations of the Buddha. Images of nymphs and princesses amongst others, are also elaborately portrayed.
Ellora Caves: The Ellora caves, 34 in number, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, 30 kms from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave - temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, were carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.
The sculpture in the Buddhist caves accurately convey the nobility, grace and serenity inherent in the Buddha. Caves 6 and 10 house images from the Buddhist and Hindu faith, under the same roof, the latter dedicated to Vishwakarma, the patron saint of Indian craftsmen. The Vishvakarma cave is both a Chaitya and a Vihara, with a seated Buddha placed in the stupa. Its two - storied structure sports a colourful pageant of dwarfs, dancing and making music.
Shiridi is the abode of the saint Sai Baba mystical, town that exudes intense devotion. Pilgrims throng for a brief darshan at the Samadhi Mandir, the shrine of Sai Baba where his mortal remains were interred. His saying SABKA MALIK EK means there is only one God and he is the Master of all.
Came into being in 1849, when it was selected as a site to accommodate a native regiment that was being raised in the town. Dharamshala originally formed a subsidiary cantonment for the troops stationed at Kangra was fully occupied by its garrison and there was insufficient space for the civil station, a search for an alternate location was made. The ideal location for the cantonment was found at the slopes of the Dhauladhar, upon which stood an old Hindu sanctuary or 'Dharamshala' the name adopted for the town. Dharamshala stands at the foot of Dhauladhar and has a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than any other hill station in India. Dharamshala now really has become international, with a number of Tibetan settlements and the residence of Noble Laureate the 'Dalai Lama'. Dharamshala is devided into two distinct parts : lower Dharamshala the civil and business area with Courts and Kotwali bazar and upper Dharamshala composed of places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj.