The world’s largest democracy is the second most populous country in the world, home to 1.2 billion people. India is a land of rich culture, a grand history, diverse people and a multitude of languages. The country offers a variety of experiences for the tourists, ranging from scenic picnic spots to cultural exposures, a thriving nightlife and cityscpaes.
India harbours a wide variety of landscapes and monuments that make for attractive tourist spots. It’s popular Bollywood hype aside, the country boasts beautiful waterfalls, lakes, parks and temples. As we’ve been covering India’s abundance, let’s take you to a few more amazing locations in Incredible India.
10. Lake Palace
Historically known as the Jag Niwas, and then the Pichola Palace, now The Lake Palace Hotel under the Taj hotels chain; the Lake Palace was founded on the banks of the artificial Lake Pichola of Udaipur as a royal summer palace back in the 1700s.
The hotel transports its guests through a jetty from the City Palace on the east bank of the lake.
9. Taj Mahal
Safely the most popular landmark of India, Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum of his wife who died in childbirth. Constructed from Marble, the Taj Mahal is a feat of architecture and took ore than 20 years to complete. Taj Mahal stands as a symbol of eternal love and is undoubtedly a popular destination.
8. Kerala Backwaters
Parallel to the Arabian Sea lie a group of lagoons along the shores of Kerala state in India. These waters aren’t just beautiful from the outside; the aquatic life in this region is unique and abundant. The shores are home to crabs, mudskippers, otters and turtles, and the skyline is a treat for the bird watcher. To serve the growing tourism in the area, India has popularized conventional rice boats (Kettuvallams) as house boats
7. Ajanta Caves
As described by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Ajanta caves are “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting”. These caves are Buddhist cave monuments that date back to the 2nd century BC. Murals preserved in the caverns depict ships, battlefields, and everyday life. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jaisalmer, the Golden City, stands tall in the ravenous desert of Thar, sharing an expanse of sand as a natural border between India and Pakistan. Popular attractions are the Jaisalmer Fort and a few Jain temples, and it is a World Heritage Site.
Palolem is a beautiful beach in popular beach spot Goa. This beach stands among the few non-commercialized beaches of India, mainly inhabited by either locals, or tourists who live in shacks by the Sea. The beach was featured in the movie Bourne Supremacy, showing off the Green Island in its vicinity where tours are taken.
4. Harmandir Sahib
The Golden Temple of Amritsar is a gurdawara for Sikhs. It was constructed by Guru Ramdas ji in the 16th century, making it a sacred entity for the followers of Guru Nanak. Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the temple with gold whence emerges it’s attraction for tourists. It seeps the Sikh culture and is a popular attraction for people from all over the world.
Known as the Athens of India, Varanasi is situated on the banks of sacred river Ganges. It’s popular name Banaras may ring a bell with individuals; it is one of the oldest inhabited city in the region. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva inhabited this land, which is where it gets its name Kashi. With so many names, the city is a multitude of experiences in one.
2. Kanha National Park
Also known as the Kahna Tiger Reserve, this sal and bamboo forest enclosure is what inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the Jungle Book. The Indian government has taken measures to preserve the endangered tiger species of the area and these tigers can be sighted in the park.
1. Virupaksha Temple
Claimed to be the world’s oldest, functional temple, the Virupaksha Temple grew from a small shrine to a huge temple under the Vijayanagara rulers. It was created in the 7th century, and stands as the only undamaged structure among the ruins of the city of Hampi in the state of Karnataka. Named after Lord Shiva, who’s known as Virupaksha in the area, it’s a symbol of India’s hindu culture and religion, depicting their beliefs and traditions in vivid colors. Apart from the tourists, thousands of Hindus find their way to the temple to pay their pilgrimage.