Where to go in India – India is such a diverse and dynamic place, you could spend an entire lifetime traveling across the regions of the sub-continent and not discover all of the spirit, history, food, commerce, and emotion it has to offer. A trip in any direction in India is sure to unlock mysteries and provide discovery along the way.
Travel Guide to Famous Tourist Destinations in India
Goa: On the glossy pages of holiday brochures Goa is everyones idea of a idyllic sun-drenched paradise; palm fringed beaches of endless white sand facing on to the Arabian Sea, plenty of sun, fishing boats silhouetted against glorious sunsets, welcoming people and cheap booze.
Himachal Pradesh: It is a relatively small state in the North of India, West of India, partly located in the Himalayas, with a well established tourist industry catering to everyone from party heads to trekkers and all points in between.
Uttranchal: There is a new menu of travel options for the pampered class, from resorts built from the crumbling palaces of erstwhile maharajas to plush detoxifying spas to sumptuous inns along the coast and in forests.
Rajasthan: The southwestern pivot of the triangle is Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the distinctive color of its buildings painted in preparation for the visit of Britain’s Prince of Wales in 1853, Jaipur is a town of broad, open avenues and many palaces. The Amber Palace, just outside the city is spectacular and the facade of the Palace of the Winds within the city walls is an essential photo stop. Also worth seeing is Jai Singh’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. To the southwest is the most romantic city in Rajasthan, Udaipur, built around the lovely Lake Pichola and famed for its Lake Palace Hotel, it has been dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’. To the north, in the center of the Rajasthan desert, is Jodhpur, with its colorful, winding lanes and towering fortress.
Jammu and Kashmir: In the far north, reaching into Central Asia, is the extensive mountain region of Kashmir, formerly a popular summer resort and the valley of the River Jhelum. The gateway to the region is Jammu, a town surrounded by lakes and hills. The temples of Rambireshwar and Raghunath number among its most impressive sights. Jammu is the railhead for Srinagar, the ancient capital of Kashmir, and favorite resort of the Mughal emperors. It was they who built the many waterways and gardens around Lake Dal, complementing the natural beauty of the area. Among the attractions are the houseboats where visitors can live on the lakes surrounded by scenery so beautiful it is known as ‘paradise on earth’. Srinagar is also a convenient base for trips to Gulmarg and Pahalgam. Gulmarg offers fine trout fishing, and enjoys the distinction of having the highest golf course in the world.
Kerala: To the west lies the state of Kerala, where many of India’s major coastal resorts are to be found. Among the finest is Kovalam, offering unspoilt beaches with increasingly modern amenities, including luxury bungalows and a number of hotels. Only a few miles away is Trivandrum, the state capital with its famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Further inland is the Periyar Game Sanctuary which has a rich and varied wildlife. Other resorts include Cranganorre, Alleppey and Kochi