India is land of diversity, there are may culture, language, religion, states & tourist places. Here is list of most popular tourist places in to Visit.
Ajanta & Ellora
Nestled in the Sahyadri Hills are two magical locations where, the rulers of the past thought it befitting to display the artistry of their times. Lying deep within the hills are the Ajanta & Ellora Caves, cut into curved mountainside above the Waghora River. The “temptation of Buddha” and the Parinirvana depict the breaking of earthly ties and Buddha’s passing into nirvana.
The caves are located near the city of Aurangabad, which is at a distance of 392 km from Mumbai, in Maharashtra State. The caves depict the architectural masterpiece of that period alongside the monolithic Kailasa Temple. From Aurangabad, the Ellora caves are at a distance of a mere 10-km while the Ajanta caves are at a distance of nearly 110-km.
The place can be reached from Mumbai International Airport while Rail services are available at Aurangabad Junction.
Delhi, the bastion of the capital of India, New Delhi, shows fusion of both ancient and the modern architecture. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, it unwinds a picture of a rich culture, with splendid architectural diversity.
Major attractions in Delhi include monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic locations like the Birla Mandir, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Lodhi Garden, Qutub Minar etc, to name a few.
Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport (15 km from New Delhi Railway Station) acts as one of India’s main domestic and international gateways. The New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) is one of the major railheads of the Northern Railways.
Jaipur, the famous “pink” capital of the colourfully parched Desert State of Rajasthan, is the land of the “once-powerful” Rajput dynasties. This enchanting, sprawling city is surrounded on three sides by the rugged and barren Aravalli Hills. With its timeless and almost biblical qualities, it has its own charm of bedlam with crowded, chaotic, and somewhat-polluted streets that turn out to be a visual feast of colorful people, markets, monuments, and festivals. Majestic-looking camels, pulling wagons through the city’s wide streets is perhaps the most common and exciting sight to experience in this land of bravery.
Sightseeing, in Jaipur, is all about palaces, forts, and museums. The main attractions include Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) , Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and City Palace. To stay a put there are some exotic hotels namely, the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel and the Holiday Inn etc. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach Jaipur from Delhi on road.
The City is also well connected by Airways and Railheads.
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels. The town, one of the best gateways to explore the unspoiled, was one of the best known ports along the coast of Malabar. The Backwaters of Alleppey can be best experienced in a country- boat; viewing the bustling, messy town of ramshackle wood and corrugated roof houses. The large network of canals provides Alleppey its lifeline along with a spectacular long sandy beach. To add to it, are the dense palm groves that are so central to Keralites life.
Prominent places of tourist’s interest in Alleppey include Ambalapuzha Temple, Cheti kulangara Bhagavathi Temple, Arthunkal church. Out of ordinary, the Krishapuram Palace with its gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors is a typical example of Kerala’s architecture.
Located 220 km from Calicut International Airport and 80 Km from Kochi International Airport, Alleppey, which lies 64 Km North of Kochi (in Kerala), can be reached via the National Highway-47.
Bikaner, lying to the north of the Desert State Rajasthan is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world and an enchanting desert, which comes alive with music and dance during the Camel Festival. The wells of Bikaner, an important source of water in the region, are a beauty in itself.
Major Attractions includes the Junagarh Fort (with 37 bastions, a moat, two entrances with superb stone carving) along with the Lalgarh Palace, Devi Kund and Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary; all burst alive with vivid imagery.
The nearest airport service for Bikaner is available at Jodhpur, at a distance of 243 km whereas the city itself houses a railway station for the train-commuters.
Udaipur is located southwest of Jaipur, bordering the state of Gujarat at the southern end of the Aravalli Range. Set amidst the lakes and dotted with palaces, the place is renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Built around the crystal clear waters of the lake Pichola, Udaipur, with its exquisite, intricately carved palaces and beautifully laid out lakeside gardens, has many sobriquets to its credit. Also called the City of Lakes and the Venice of the East the City houses several fascinating attractions for the travellers, including the impressive Chittorgarh fort and the marvellous Jain Temples of Ranakpur and Nathdwara.
Udaipur attracts a multitude of tourists during the famous Mewar festival, which marks the advent of spring.
Dabok Airport is 24 km. from Udaipur City and is linked by daily air service from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Train from Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi connects Udaipur.
Agra, one of the most powerful cities in the medieval world, is a part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the northern region of India. A part of the great northern plains and situated on the West Bank of the river Yamuna, Agra is globally renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. But this royal Mughal City has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many monuments that mark the culminating points of Mughal architecture.
It was here that Babar, laid out the first Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna. Akbar, Babar’s grandson had raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort. Within its walls, Jahangir built the rose-red palaces, courts and gardens, and Shahajahan embellished it with marble mosques, palaces and pavilions of gem-inlaid white marble.
Important places to visit are Agra Fort, the Itmad-ud -daulah tomb, Jama Masjid, Akbar’s Tomb, Palace of Mirror, the Pearl Mosque etc.
Flights connect Agra to Delhi, which lies at a distance of 204km, to Khajuraho (1109km) and to Varanasi (477km), while major trains halt at the Agra Cantonment railway station, which is a place of prominence.