Agra is fthe home Taj Mahal the famous Mughal edifice of love. Agra is full of monuments of the Mughal Era the Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri Akbar's Tomb, Itmad- Ud - Daulah, Mankameshwar Temple and Mehtab Bagh. There are many other places of interest at Agra.
New Delhi the captial of India is a unique mix of present and past. The anceint monuments stands glorified besides the edifices of the contemporary. Places of interest are the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Kutub Minar, Lodhi Gardens, Purana Kila, Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. A bustling market Delhi provides the best eatries and entertainment along with a paradise for shoppers.
Bharatpur in Rajasthan is well known for Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The is one of the top birding spots in the World. It comprises of sparse vegetation and marshy swamps besides lakes and dry forests. More than three hundred bird species can be found here. There are many hotels and resorts meant for accommodation for birders from all over the World.
Jaipur is the Capital City of Rajasthan in India. The pink architecture has named it as the Pink City. It is the hub of tourism in Rajasthan and has impressive historical monuments, forts and palaces built by the Rajput Kings during ancient times. Places of interest are Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Madhvendra Palace, Hawa Mahal, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Jal Mahal and Nahargarh Fort.
Mandava is part of Shekhwat Region in semi desert region of Rajesthan. The places of interest are Mandava Fort dating 1755 Ad, painting of Lord Krisna and maggnificent frescos amke the fort a worth visit. There are many havelis belonging to famous persons of this heritage town.
The city was established by a noble called rao Bika hence the name. A lot of fairs and festivals are celebrated here. the famous ones are Kapil Muni Far, Gangaur Fair, Kami Mata Fair, Kolayat Mela and Camel festival. Major attractions are Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace, Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple, Kolayat, Mukam Temple, ShivBari Temple and many more.
A princely state it was the former capital of Marwar Kingdom in Rajasthan India. The Mherangarh Fort is the hall mark of this city in desert. Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha a chieftain in year 1459. The other places of interest are Jaswant Thada Mausoleum. and Ummaid Bhavan Palace. Nearby are places worth visiting Kichain, Osian, Mandore, Kaylane Lake, Balsamand Lake and Nakodaji.
Tourists cam also attend colorful marwar festival, Gangaur, Teej, Nag Panchmi Shietla Maata Festivals. The city is famous for its Marwari Cuisine namely Dal Bati, Pyaaj Kachori, Mirch Bada, Mawa Kachori, Kadhi and Makhaniya Lassi.
Once known as Jaisalmer State during the princely rule Jaisalmer attract thousands of tourists every year. The city lies in the center of Thar Desert in Rajasthan. The yellow sand and sandstone accords it the name "Golden City." Mus visit are the Jaisalmer Fort, Haveli Sreenath, Salam Singh ki Haveli, Nathmal ji ki Haveli and Patwon Ki Haveli.
The Jain community has substantially enriched the art and culture of this desert town. A large number of Jain temples attracts tourists and pious on pilgrimage.
Known as the city of lakes Udaipur was established by Maharaha Udai Singh II. The Lake Palace now a hotel is a major attraction besides, Lake Pichola, City Palace, Monsoon Palace, Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon ki Bari and Jag Mandir.
There are manyplaces of interest nearby:
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Avari Mata Temple
Many other places of tourism interest are near Udaipur hence a longer stay is required. Udaipur is a scenic city that must be incleuded in the itinerary.
The town situated in Pali district of Rajeasthan is famous for its Jain Temple. Made of marble the Jain Temple excels in architecture and carvings. It is one of the foremost example of Jain Architecture in India.
Tirth Dham as Pushkar is often called in one of the five sacred pilgrimage destination of Hindus. The highlights are the Puchkar Lake and Brahma Temple the only of its kind in India.
The annual Pushkar Camel Fair attracts thousands of visitors besides many pilgrims to the holy town in Rajasthan. There are many Hindu Temples in the vicinity.
Samode is famous for its magnifcent sandstone palace, Haveli and Bagh. Situated in Rajasthan near Jaipur the architectural splendors exhibit a mix of Mughal and Hindu styles. The village is known for its handicrafts and block printing of garments in India.
Also known as Benaras or Banaras Varanasi is one of the most sacred towns for Hindus in India. It is situated on the bamks of Holy Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. This ancient city has many notable features amd hall marks.
Kashi as it is also known is hub of religious and spiritual tourism. It is famous for its temples and ghats on the Ganges. The destination is also known for Banarsi Sarees and handicrafts the are produced here.
Built by the Chandela Kings during 9th an 10th century the Temples of Khajuraho are a treatise on sex. A expresive way of acclimatizing young princes with art of love. The erotic carvings are on the out walls of some Hindu Temples they depict man animal and women in varied postures.
The Temples of Khajuraho attract thousands of visitors from foriegn lands. This small twon lies in the Chhatterpur District in Madhya Pradesh in India. There are a large number of accommodations with ratings from bidget to five star. The airport is connected with all major cities of India. Nearby places of interest are the Panna National Park and Ken Gharial Sanctuary.
Rishikesh is situated in Dehradun District in Uttarakhand and is known as the Gateway to Himalayas. The town lies in the foothills of Himalayas and is an important Hindu pilgrimage center.
Because of numerous Yoga Center the town is also known as Yoga Capital of the World. Places of interest are the Laxman Jhula, Neelkanth Maha Deva Temple and Triveni Ghat. A wide assembalge of pious takes place during the Maha Aarti Sessions at Triveni Ghat.
The city houses the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Built around 200 CE the caves contain drawings, paintings and fresco related to Bhuddist religion. The Ellora Caves are example of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain roack cut temples. There are around 34 caves worth a visit in Aurangabad in Maharasrta State of India.
Symbolized and made popular by the toy train Darjeeling is one of the finest restreat in the state of West bengal. The hill station is also popular for its tea gardens which add to the beautiful Himalayan Landscae.
Sikkim is India's second smallest state but has unique topography. It is surrounded by Himalayan Ranges on three sides and is situated at the height of 280 m MSL to 8585 m MSL. Besides a fantstic hill retreat Sikkim has much to offer as regards tourism from sightseeing, trekking, birding to wildlife watching.
Ladakh is a cold but picturesque desert that attracts a large number of tourists. Leh is the largest town and a seat of Buddhism in India. The River Indus flows through Ladakh adding to the charismatic of this district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh offers best option for birding and wildlife wtaching besides being a seat of Buddhism and its monastries. The destination is famous for sightings of Black Necked Cranes and habitat of goat antelopes like Ibex, Bharal, Asiatic Ibex and Ladkhi Urial. The wilds are also home to Asiatic Wild Ass.
Kerala is a diverse state with greenery of Western Ghats, blue lagoons and beautiful beaches. The state was a trading hub in ancient times and effect of exotic cultures can be seen on the architecture, food and language of the state.
The backwater boat cruise are one of the most alluring activitiy in the state which tourists find irresistible. This cross connection of waterways, lakes and lagoons offers a stay in unique houseboats. Kerala is a lso a popular birding and wildlife destination in Southern India.
Goa has the finest beaches in India. It is a green state with lot of tropical greenery. Associated with hippie culture that state has much to offer for tourism. The mangificent churches, temples and monuments enthrall the visitors and so does Goa's cuisine.
There are number of beaches in Goa which are visited by thousands of tourists. Some of the beach resorts are Calangute, Doan Paula, Vagator, Majorda Beach, Anjuna Beach, Palolem, Candolim and Majorda Beach.
The state has unique wildlife and birdlife and hence there are many wildlife sancturies in the state. People visit the state for birding and wildlife watching as well.
KANHA NATIONAL PARK
The Kanha National Park in the Mandla District of Madhya Pradesh, spreads over 1,945 sq. km of dense sal forests, interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This is where you can spot the tiger in all his magnificence or feast your eyes on the rare Barasingha Deer amidst extensive grasslands.
The park forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974, under Project Tiger. It is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world. Two major rivers, Halon and Banjar, flow through the park.
Kanha National Park at Mandla has an area of 1,945 sq. km. The floral elements are Sal (Shorea Robusta) with wild bamboo and mixed speicies of forest trees. This area known as Kipling Country is where the jungle book of Rudyard Kipling was conceived.
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Once part of the old Rewa state, Bandhavgarh National Park is set amidst the Vindhya ranges with a series of ridges running through it. Initially this park was the royal hunting ground for the rulers of Rewa. But in 1968 it was declared a park with an area of only 105.4 sq. km. At present, however, the Bandhavgarh Park covers 448 sq km.
The Bandhavgarh National Park is the place where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered. The last known capture of the white tiger was in1951. He is believed to have fathered many a cub in Indian zoos and outside. 'Mohan' is now stuffed and on display in the palace of of the Maharaja of Rewa.
Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other animal species too. The sambar, barking deer and nilgai are also common sights in the open areas of the park.
The vegetation of the park is dry deciduous. About half of the park is covered with sal trees. There are mixed forests in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of Bamboo and grasslands extend to the north of the park.
There are 22 species of mammals which include langurs and rhesus macaque as the primary group. The animals frequently sighted are wild pig, spotted deer, sambar, dhole, the small Indian civet, palm squirrel and lesser bandicoot rat are seen occasionally.
The national park holds some 250 odd species of birds along the streams and marshes. Reptilian fauna include cobra, krait, viper, rat snake, python, turtle and a large number of lizard varieties, including monitor lizard
PENCH NATIONAL PARK
The Pench National Park is named after the Pench River, which flows from north to south through the park. This river constitutes the district boundary of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in the upper region and State boundary with Maharashtra State in the lower region. This area became the 19th Tiger Reserve of India in 1992.
The Pench National Park which constitutes the core of the Tiger Reserves was notified in the year 1983. The total area of the park is 292.85 sq. km's. The total area of the Pench Tiger Reserve is 757.85 sq.kms. The Buffer Zone includes Pench Sanctuary (118.47 sq.kms.), Reserve and protected forests and Revenue areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts. The Buffer Zone extends in all the directions except south, where Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru National Park (Tiger Reserve) is situated in Nagpur district of Maharashtra.
PANNA NATIONAL PARK
Panna National Park situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho. The region, which is famous for its diamonds, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the better Tiger Reserves in the country. Panna National Park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope.
CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
The Corbett National Park is situated on the Shivalik Hills in the foothills of Himalayas. The park primarily comprises of Sal and Saaj besides other floral species. The life line of the ecosystem, are the Ramganga River and Kosi River, the latter flows adjunct to the park boundary.
RANTHAMBOR NATIONAL PARK
Ranthambore National Park lies in the Indian State of Rajasthan. The forest types are mainly dry deciduous situated over the undulating terrain of Aravalli and Vindhya Range. The fauna comprises of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambhar, chital, blue bull, Indian Gazelle, Hanuman langur, crocodile, wild boar, rhesus macaque, hyena, jackal, fox, and wolf. The nocturnal species are less seen mammals like, civet, common mongoose, porcupine and pangolin are found here.
Ranthambhore is a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger Program meant for the conservation of critically endangered animal. The tiger reserve is popular for tiger safaris as they can be seen often in the tourism zone. The population of tigers in the park is increasing making it a successful conservation unit in India.
GIR NATIONAL PARK
The Gir National Park is the last and only habitat of the Asiatic Lion in India. There are more than fopur hundred lions in the National Park in Gujarat State of India. The sanctuary comprises of mixed dry deciduous forests, low hills, scrub and grasslands. The major floral elements are teak, acacia, jamun, babul, ber, tendu, khair and palas trees. The fauna comprises of Chital as main prey base, Nilgai antelope, chinkara antelope, sambar deer, black buck antelope, the four horned deer, wild boar, Hanuman langur, rhesus macaque, Indian flying fox, grey musk shrew, Indian hare, pale hedgehog, Small Pangolin, mangoose, hyena, leopard, small Indian civet, porcupine, ratel, fox, and jackal. The jungle cat, desert cat and the rusty spotted cat are found in the forests of Gir National Park.
The forest supports good bird species, and over 300 avian species are found in the Park.