Intriguing Enchanting India: Exciting Tourist Destination

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When you want to make that trip on your annual family vacation, you need to avail of best tourist packages so you do not end up spending too much. In this article, you can read about various aspects of exciting Indian destinations so that you can plan your holiday itinerary accordingly. This article deals with only North Indian tourist hotspots.

Best tourist spots in India

Among all tourist destinations, India has a rugged charm that envelops an equally intriguing natural splendor. From palaces to beaches, historical monuments and artifacts to museums, every corner of India is replete with enchanting articles that any tourist will love to explore. Find great places to visit in exotic and exciting India.

When you talk of family vacation spots with respect to India, one must mention the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. You are assured of great holiday action for entire family and you visit tourist spots that are good value for children too and not too expensive either if you have the right travel agent.

Golden Triangle in India

Agra – Delhi – Jaipur each located within 200 – 250 km distance of each other, they comprise the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. It is highly accessible by trains in Indian Railways circuit.

A) Delhi consists of two distinct zones, Old Delhi made of crumbling buildings and well ordered New Delhi. Monuments, forts and ancient mosques constructed during the times of old Mughal rulers within neat structured gardens spell bind tourists.

B) Agra is home to Taj Mahal, marble monument built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is 3 hours drive from Delhi. Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site having white domes typical of architectural style of that time that combined Indian styles with those of Persian, Ottoman, and Islamic styles. The construction began in 1632. It took 21 years to complete this magnificent mausoleum.

C) Jaipur is desert that is characterized by its pink structures. Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) stands majestically over the Old City. It has royal residences, forts and palaces alongside innumerable shopping centers. It is cheap for tourists yet have high value since there is so much to do and discover here.

North Indian destinations

If you plan to make North India your annual holiday destination, then you must know something about the best places to visit on your family vacation. Here is a round up of the best spots.

a. Darjeeling: Proudly christened “Queen of Hill Stations”, Darjeeling lies in cradle of Himalayas in West Bengal state. It is famous for it Darjeeling Himalayan Railways as also for its tea estates. The railway line is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

i. Himalayan Zoo: You find an abundance of Himalayan animals here. Family tourists love to look at animals in this zoo. Learn about raising animals in this article.

ii. Japanese Peace Pagoda: This is a venture undertaken by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji order. Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the 30 pagodas they have constructed throughout the world. To learn more about event organization visit here.

iii. Tiger Hill: Tiger Hill lies at an altitude of 2590 meters and presents a breathtaking view of Mt Everest. Watching the sunrise is a favorite event with tourists. You can avail of many discount packages that help you save money on your annual family trip.

iv. Rock Garden: This is a favorite with female tourists. Flowering plants are set amidst rocks presenting a unique dimension of beauty. Tourists like to be photographed in these rocky surroundings.


b. Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has lovely scenic beauty and is an ideal tourist destination for family and individuals on their annual holiday trip. Chamba, Shimla, Dharmashala, Manali, Mandi and Dalhousie top the list of desirable places for tourists to visit.

i. Spiti Valley: This “middle land” or “little Tibet” lies between India and Tibet. Dwellers of this desert region are Buddhists. Elevation of this place is 12, 500 feet above sea level. One can see 550 year-old mummy at GUE village and admire 1000 year-old wall paintings at Tabo village.

ii. Malana: Malana is a secluded village with poor connectivity to outside world. Their source of income is from cannabis, which they began selling to outside world only recently. They have a remarkable system of government, which could be traced either back to ancient Hindu traditions where Jamlu Rishi is head of everything or to Alexander the Great and his Greek soldiers. Three passes connect Malana to Kulu – Chanderkhani pass full of natural scenic splendor, Parbati valley road (Rasholi pass) and drive from Jari. Visit this primitive village in the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of their unique culture and ceremonies.

iii. Kullu: Replete with tourist attractions and natural beauty, Kullu offers the family vacations exciting things to do like white water rafting, angling, heli-skiing, trekking and paragliding. Overtly mountainous, this place is one belonging to the legends. According to Hindu mythology, Kullu is supposed to be the place where all mankind began. Snow skiing and angling has enormous number of takers. Kullu, with its unspoiled scenic hilly splendor is particularly renowned for trekking.

iv. Manali: This hill station is situated in the banks of River Beas and has an elevation of 6,726 feet. Referred to as “Valley of Gods”, Manali is supposed stopover of Manu, the lawgiver in Hindu mythology. Earliest inhabitants were naur family (nar) who used to employ nomadic “rakshas” people to work for them. British introduced apple together with trout. Apple, pear and plum remain the mainstay of Manali economy.
v. Shimla: When the British were in India, Shimla was their summer capital. It is natural to seek many splendid remnants of colonial past along with Anglo-Saxon names. Places of tourist interest are many.

1. Kufri: Local sports center during winter – it also has a zoo.
2. Sankat Mochan: Location of famous Hanuman temple.
3. Shimla State Museum: Has unique miniature paintings in Pahari style, woodcarvings, bronzes, sculptures, textiles, jewelry and costumes.
4. Christ Church: Christ Church is a very ancient church that has stained glass windows situated on the Ridge.
5. The Mall: Main shopping street of Shimla, it has everything a tourist could want from banks and restaurants to tourist offices, clubs and bars.
6. Jakhu Hill: Another one of those exciting things to do on your annual vacation to India is to visit Jakhu hill. It boasts of Hanuman temple with a 108 feet statue of the monkey god, located at a height of 8,500 feet above sea level. For your information, Christ the Redeemer statue located in Rio de Janeiro atop Corcovado Mountain at an elevation of 2, 300 feet is 124 feet tall including its base pedestal (24 feet). Save time by making list of things to do on your annual family vacation trip.


c. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Gravity defying palace: Monarch Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula commissioned the structure that has 50-meter central hall rising up to three stories without any beams or pillars. The secret lies in its interlocking brickwork. Equally fascinating is the labyrinth “Bhuibhulaiya” that has 1000 narrow staircases built with the idea of preventing intruders from attacking the place. A good idea would be to get holiday packages that include both travel and boarding. Look up agents who will do it for you.


d. Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho: Built in Nagara style during the rule by the Chandela dynasty, Khajuraho Love Temple overflows with passion love and culture. This temple dates back to 11th century. Various creative art forms are depicted on its walls.


e. Himalayan region

Jammu and Kashmir
1. Ladakh
a. Frozen Zanskar river: Chadar trek, which literally means ice-sheet trek, takes tourists on a walk from Chiling to Padum in the Zanskar valley. In summer, when the river Zanskar flows freely, rafting is popular. Though this trek is slightly dangerous, many tourists including families with children love to go on this chadar trek. You can see the river rushing below your feet beneath the frozen ice sheet.
b. Magnetic hill: This place is famous for its “uphill drive with engines off” phenomenon. It actually is an optical illusion common to all magnetic hills around the world. When there is no visual reference such as trees or a horizon, it is easy to mistake sloping ground for level ground and vice versa. This is what causes the cars to go “uphill”. But it is a must-see for tourists.
2. Kashmir: Srinagar is the winter capital of Kashmir. Typical family tourists enjoy a shikara ride (boat ride) on Dal Lake before taking in the natural splendor of the valley. Romantic couples relive their love in these cushioned interiors. Houseboats serve fragrant Kashmiri cuisine before visiting the Mughal Gardens, resplendent with flowers of various colors, fountains and lush green grass underfoot. River Jhelum flows through the old city that has shrines, fortresses and mosques from its glorious past. You can partake on a visit to Gulmarg a short distance from Srinagar. Here you can indulge in horse riding. You can also fish in River Lidder.

Apart from all this, Kashmir is famous for it mouthwatering gastronomical delights such as gushtaba and tarts. Locals are very skilled in weaving and so you get world famous pashmina shawls and carpets that are hand woven. Here are some places of notable tourist interest.
A) Dal Lake
B) Nishat Garden
C) Pari Mahal
D) Shalimar Gardens
E) Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary

Pack up for your tour of India

This review presents a detailed insight for tourists planning their annual holiday in India. Writing a review is tough and needs careful preparation and planning. It is also tough making the itinerary for a holiday especially when you are traveling with your family. Use a good travel app to help you save time. Get the best holiday packages, great prices for equally great destinations by locating correct holiday agents for your trip.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Gorgeous views!!

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl, we have our deserts too!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Nice article very full of interesting facts and informative as well my dear Snerfu! Indeed India is a very interesting place to visit, the only inconvenience will be the cobras!

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Ha ha Mr Fern. I do hope you have no inconvenient encounters in the jungle (that's where they are) if you so decide to visit India. Thanks for the look up.

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Cheers!

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author avatar Retired
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

The Brits have long had a strong fascination for India, not only for the country's bountiful natural resources and commodities, but for the culture and natural beauty that has been a compelling source of inspiration for romance novelists and poets.

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Indeed Mr Thorne, it has provided fodder for the entertainment industry and we have a rich crop of films and songs not to mention tales based on the richness of the land.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Breathtaking beauty...thank you snerfu...!

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Hello Ms Powers, thanks for dropping by. Hope you are shoring up well in your August garden.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Wow! I did not know India had so much beauty.

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Mr Harbin. It is indeed a lovely place if one has time to enjoy its splendour.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Sep 2014 (#)

lovely review of a beautiful country and photos so gorgeous...

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author avatar snerfu
24th Sep 2014 (#)

thanks cnwriter

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Snerfu for this wonderful post doing full justice to what North India has to offer. The jungle treks are also a delight and I recall the Man eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett that reads like a thriller keeping the readers on the edge .

India lags behind China in terms of tourist infrastructure but that in a way makes it more exotic to explore without the frills - siva

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author avatar snerfu
25th Sep 2014 (#)

India is now concentrating on tourism and so tourists are getting better deals. Travel may not always be possible, reading always is. Guess after the jungles of Kumoan, Himalayas must seem pretty tame to you SIva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Sep 2014 (#)

Yes dear friend - reading is easier than travel. I recall my close relatives getting caught in the recent floods in Kashmir. What was supposed to be a dream holiday turned into a nightmare with floods ravaging the streets from the rains that happened elsewhere. They found themselves virtually neck-deep in water in no time and managed to escape by the skin of their teeth! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
26th Sep 2014 (#)


Yes, it is saddening to see two successive years where Uttarakhand and J&K faced massive floods.

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author avatar snerfu
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Oh my God! Siva! You really should not travel during rainy season, not only Kashmir, but any other place. I only take steps if the other guy owes me money and will not budge out "because of the rain". However, your relatives are safe and that is wonderful. By the way, why didn't you go too Siva? Ha ha.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Not yet dear friend as I have some unfinished business and here at Wikinut too! But when the time comes I would like to depart with my head held high! It is said - it does not matter whether the water level is six inches or sixty feet above us - we are a gonner! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Wow! The way you have written this article makes me feel If I am already visiting these places. I have been to Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala and also to Nainital and Ranikhet. I do like hilly areas a lot. I would like to visit Spiti valley, but would need a lot of time and money to do so.

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author avatar snerfu
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha, India deserves people who like its wondrous splendor. And since you like India, you are wonderful too.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Excellent tips for exploring Northern India...Kerala and Tamil Nadu have some decent tourist spots too... :) Namaste!

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author avatar snerfu
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Well yes, rama devi ji. India is a blessing to those who like it. Namaste.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

nice post i like it

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author avatar snerfu
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes, even i like it. Thanks Chauhanji.

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