Indian attractions, wildlife, beaches, backwaters,...
India is a land apart,
a destination like no other: mysterious, colorful, exotic,
and always memorable. A visit to the country is a changing
spectacle of religions, customs, festivals, sights and
sounds. With a historical backdrop of 5,000 years, India
is one big package of culture and legend that never fails
to captivate the imagination of the visitor. But there
are also endless natural splendors like the mighty Himalayas
that straddle the north, the vast Indo Gangetic Plains,
lush tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, and a long
coastline embellished with golden beaches.
India has so much to
offer on and off the tourist trail, English spoken, good
transport, cheap and just plain brilliant. But take it
easy and do a little bit at a time. This really is one
of the few places on the globe you can still get serious
culture shock and sensual overload. Following are the
few places that you should not miss on your next trip
Kerala is an enchantingly beautiful, emerald green land,
flanked by the Western Ghats on one side, the Arabian
Sea on the other, and strewn with rivers, lagoons, backwaters
and rich vegetation in between.
For Visitors, Kerala
offers Nature on a platter. Sandy beaches of Kovalam,
blue Lagoons at Veli, Hill stations at Ponmudi and Munnar,
backwaters of Kollam and Alappuzha, enchanting waterfalls
of Athirampally and Vazhachal, greenland plantations in
the highranges, wildlife, high mountain peaks, picturesque
valleys and intricately decorated temples - Whatever one
can ask for.
50 Places of a life Time: National Geographic Traveller's
classification as one of the `50 must see destinations'
in the world.
Spice capital of the world.
Kerala covers 1% of the total land area of India and has
over 25% of India's 15,000 plant species. Among them include
endangered and rare species, flowering plants, fungies,
lichens and mosses.
of the East
Goa is also known as 'the pearl of the east' and is known
for its Gothic churches, age old ruins, palm fringed beaches,
coconut groves, ferry rides, and bubbly folk music.
With its long coastline,
Goa is an important destination in every tourist's itinerary.
Sun, sand and sea being the major attractions, Goa is
a perfect heaven for the ones who need and want relaxation.
Night Market: This market starts at five in the
evening at a beach area called Arpora and goes on
till eleven. Foreigners and Indians alike flock
here to buy and sell their wares. Prices are sky
high but bargaining is acceptable.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus: The church
houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron
saint of Goa, who died while on a sea voyage to China
in 15th century. The following year, while transferring
his remains to Goa, in accordance with his wishes,
it was found that the saint's body was as fresh as
the day it was buried. This miraculous phenomenon
continues to attract the devout from all lands, and
an Exposition or public viewing of his body every
ten years attracts millions of pilgrims.
Palace on Wheels
- Sunset Cruise: The state capital
is famous for its cruises along the Mandovi river.The
most popular one is the sunset river cruise.There
are many boats/ferries offering this cruise,the most
popular one being the Santa Monica offering a variety
of dances and beverages.
Relish the lifestyles of the kings of yore on board the
Palace on Wheels, while listening to the silent tales
of glory and valor told by the majestic forts and splendid
palaces of Rajasthan.
The journey starts
with colorfully attired men and women garland the guests
and accord a ceremonial welcome at the Delhi Cantonment
Railway Station from where the journey starts. For the
next seven days, the guests live in regal splendor as
the train winds its way to the Pink City of Jaipur, historical
Chittaurgarh and the Lake City of Udaipur, fascinating
Sawai Madhopur, the magical desert cities of Jaisalmer
and Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra, site of the Taj Mahal,
one of the world's seven natural wonders.
There are a number
of other attractions scattered across India and lot of
it depends upon individual taste.
Tamil Nadu, is the most prominent state of India. The
capital. Chennai (earlier known as Madras) is a cosmopolitan
city and the capital of the state. Tamil Nadu is a bastion
of Hinduism, whose past endures into the present. Temples
with towering spires called gopurams are a common feature
of this state, seldom seen anywhere else in the country.
Temples in Tamil Nadu were the fulcrum of society and
even today art forms that have their origin in religious
worship continue to colour daily life.
Places Of Interest:
Fort St. George & St. Mary's Church, Gandhi Mandapam,
Anna Square, Kapaleeswara Temple, Light House, Marina
Beach & Aquarium, Parthasarathy Temple, San Thom Cathedral,
Snake Park, Theosophical Society, Valluvar Kottam, Ripon
Buildings and War Memorial Fort Museum and Govt. Museum
& Art Gallery.
A French colony upto
1954, Pondicherry is a living monument of French Culture
in India. The Aurobindo Ashram and 'Auroville' the international
township are famous all over the world.
Places of Interest:
Botanical Gardens, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus, The
Promenade, Govt. Park, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Roman
Rolland Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Institute
, Museums & Art Galleries.
Pradesh’s capital city, Hyderabad has the atmosphere
of an Arabian Nights fairy tale. Whimsical palaces, erstwhile
stately homes and crowded bazaars filled with shops selling
Hyderabadi pearls, incense and copper utensils characterise
the city, while in the distance looms Golconda Fort. The
city’s historical connection traces itself to the
rulers or Nizams whose wealth was legendary. Rooms full
of jewels and currency notes, a garage full of gleaming
Rolls Royce’s are all now part of history, but a
unique culture lives on, colouring the city with its distinctive
charm. The Epicurean tastes of this most exalted royal
house of princely India gave rise to a fabled cuisine
based on painstaking preparations and slow cooking. Much
of Hyderabad’s old town can be covered on foot.
The city’s important landmarks include Charminar,
a 16th century gateway, the Salar Jung Museum which exhibits
priceless treasures alongside trivia that made up the
personal collection of the owner, Mecca Mosque and Golconda
Fort. Nagarjunakonda is the site of ongoing excavations
which have revealed Buddhist temples, stupas and monasteries.
Places Of Interest:
Birla Temple, Hussain
Sagar, Indira Park, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Osmania University,
Qutub Shahi Tombs & Golconda Fort, Nehru- Zoological
Park, Public Gardens, Race Course, State Central Library,
Tank Bund, Asmongarh, Khajana Museum, Planetarium, State
Archaeological Museum, Salar Jung Museum and the very
best Ramoji Film City situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Most Indian cuisines
are related by similar usage of spices. Often, Indian
cooking is distinguished by the use of a larger variety
of vegetables than many other well-known cuisines. Within
these recognizable similarities, there is an enormous
variety of local styles.
In the north and the
west, Kashmiri and Mughlai cuisines show strong central
Asian influences. Through the medium of Mughlai food,
this influence has propagated into many regional kitchens.
To the east, the Bengali and Assamese styles shade off
into the cuisines of East Asia.
All coastal kitchens
make strong use of fish and coconuts. The desert cuisines
of Rajasthan and Gujarat use an immense variety of dals
and achars (preserves) to substitute for the relative
lack of fresh vegetables. The use of tamarind to impart
sourness distinguishes Tamil food. The Andhra kitchen
is accused, sometimes unfairly, of using excessive amounts
All along the northern
plain, from Punjab through Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, a
variety of flours are used to make chapatis and other
closely related breads. In the rain-swept regions of the
north-eastern foothills and along the coasts, a large
variety of rices are used. Potatoes are not used as the
staple carbohydrate in any part of India.
Modern India is going through a period of rapid culinary
evolution. With urbanization and the consequent evolution
of patterns of living, home cooked food has become simpler.
Old recipes are recalled more often than used. A small
number of influential cookbooks have served the purpose
of preserving some of this culinary heritage at the cost
of homogenizing palates. Meanwhile restaurants, increasingly
popular, encourage mixing of styles. Tandoori fish, mutton
dosas and Jain pizzas are immediately recognizable by
many Indians in cities.
Many Indian dishes
require an entire day’s preparation of cutting vegetables,
pounding spices on a stone or just sitting patiently by
the fire for hours on end. On the other hand, there are
simple dishes which are ideal for everyday eating.
Most of the spices
used in Indian food have been used for their medicinal
properties in addition to the flavor and taste they impart.
Ginger is believed to have originated in India and was
introduced to China over 3000 years ago. In India, a knob
of fresh ginger added to tea is believed to relieve sore
throats and head colds, not to mention it’s aphrodisiacal
properties! Turmeric is splendid against skin diseases
and neem leaves are used to guard against small pox.
It is the complexities
of regional food in India that make it a so very fascinating
Bangalore where every season carries
a holiday mood, a city called the Garden City of India,
a city which has identified it self as the Manhattan of
India, a city which keeps pace with the latest trends
and fashion. Bangalore is fast emerging as one of the
most industrialized city in India. The present capital
of Karnataka, Bangalore was founded by the local Chieftain
Kempe Gowda in sixteenth century.
The pleasant climate of Bangalore has been an attraction
for one and all. Capital of a state which is rich in Sandal
wood, Rose wood and Silk, certainly has more to offer
than a day or two of sight seeing. Bangalore has always
tried to keep itself peppy and jazzy. The numerous pubs
and night clubs can compete with any modern city of America
or Europe. It is a city which has adopted to the changing
fashion trends in the world. A city which not only has
large number of cinema halls but is also famous for its
night life. The modern shopping malls full of brightly
lit shops and showrooms not necessarily invite prospective
buyers but are treat for the window shoppers too.
The greenery of the
city is an added attraction with the climate. The numerous
gardens and parks, streets lined with trees are very soothing
in what would have been a jungle of concrete. The golf
course, Tennis lawns and the Stadium are always the venue
for some or other activity. Bangalore is a regular host
to many events in dance, music and other exhibitions.
Bangalore attracts a major chunk of Foreign investment
in India. Already it was called electronic city for India
but the establishment of the Silicon park on the out skirts
of the city has converted it into the Silicon city of
the world. With major players in the IT industry gaining
footholds here, Bangalore is destined to emerge as the
electronic hub of the world.
Bangalore is famous for the shopping malls which have
some of the finest and biggest showrooms in India. This
electronic capital of India has been attracting people
for Sandal wood, Silk and hand woven materials. The Karnataka
Handloom Development Corporation's 'Priyadharshini' Handloom
House is located at various places. Bangalore is a good
place to buy specialities from all over the state. Here
one can find the fine Mysore silk and Sandalwood &
Sandal wood items. The inlay work from Karnataka in Brass,
Rosewood are any collectors hunt. Ivory artifacts and
the Lambani Jewellery make good decorative as well as
Premier shopping areas
are Mahatma Gandhi Road, Commercial Street, Brigade Road,
Public Utility Building, Kempe Gowda Road, Jayachamarajendra
Road, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Russel Market, City
Market, Avenue Road.
Bangalore is called the Air conditioned city in India.
This garden city is very pleasant. The city has dry tropical
savannah type of climate. The rains are very frequent
and the summers are warm. Winters are cold. But no weather
goes to its extreme. One can visit the city any time of
the year and enjoy the salubrious climate but it is advisable
to avoid the rainy season between July and September.
After Mumbai, Bangalore is fast emerging as an
important commercial city in India. With the Silicon park
near Bangalore, it has been attracting huge foreign investment.
This fast developing commercial hub of India is easily
accessible from any where in the country. Bangalore has
its own Airport with almost all the major domestic airlines
catering services to the city. The airport is 6 kms from
city centre. Few selected international carriers are also
having their flights to the city. Bangalore has two railway
stations, the Bangalore city and Bangalore Cant. The major
trains from and to Bangalore terminate & start from
the city station. Bangalore is well connected to all the
major towns of India. Recently inaugurated Konkan railway
is also serving the city and connects it from other places
in the country. Rajdhani Express and other superfast trains
are available from here.
Being the capital city
of Karnataka, Bangalore has very good motorable roads
to various parts of the state. Some of the bus services
are also serving to the adjoining states. Both private
and state transport run buses are available from the beautiful
and well maintained bus terminus in Bangalore.
Lal Bagh - One of the many gardens in
the city, Lal Bagh is the most famous garden in Bangalore.
It derives its name from the profusion of Red roses which
are in bloom here.
- In the heart of the Bangalore city is a garden laid
down by Lord Cubbon in 1864. The ambience of the city
life is broken with presence of such a large park in the
center of the city.
The Bull Temple
- The 4.57 m high and 6.10 meters long image was built
by Kempegowda in the 16th century. The image has been
carved out of single granite rock. The original colour
of Nandi bull was grey which has now turned black due
to the application of coconut oil by the devotees. The
statue of the bull has been carved out of a single rock.
Non Hindus are not allowed in the temple. The temple is
busy always with some ceremony or other going on. On weekends
there are musicians who are performing at the temple.
- Built in the Tudor style and inspired by the Windsor
palace, a Wodeyar king built this palace in 1887. This
unique edifice stands in the heart of the city.
- A marvel of neo Dravidian architecture and one of the
most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India,
the Vidhan Soudha houses the state legislative assembly
of Karnataka and part of the secretariat.
- The summer palace of Tipu Sultan was built in Bangalore.
The entire structure is built in Teak wood. This double
storeyed ornate structure was constructed in 1781-1791.
This palace is beautifully decorated with floral motifs
on the walls and ceilings. The structure is completed
with pillars, arches and balconies. After the death of
Tipu, this building was used by the British as their secretariat
till 1867. In busy market place of the city are the remnants
of this fort built by Tipu. What ever remains of the fort,
reminds of the struggle by Tipu against the British. There
is a small Ganesha temple among the fort ruins.
Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara
Temple - The temple is natural monolith carved
cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the 14 / 15 January
every year a ray of light passes precisely through the
horns of the Nandi bull and illuminates the deity inside.
This unique phenomenon occurs every year on the Makar
Sankranti day and attracts large number of devotees. The
precision of the event shows advancement in the technical
and scientific knowledge of our ancestors. The architect
of this temple combines 'Vastukala' with astronomy which
gifts the world an amazing phenomenon.
- The 1.5 sq. km lake is dotted with islands. The picturesque
lake is located on the North-Eastern fringes of the city
and is an ideal place for boating and shopping. A Ganesh
festival is organised in August / September. One of the
Kempegowda watch towers stands nearby. There is also a
swimming pool which has separate timings for males and
Ramohalli : This picnic spot is located
28 kms from Bangalore on the Mysore road. Ramohalli is
a beautiful picnic spot with a KSTDC restaurant. The main
attraction of the place is the 400 year old Banyan tree
which has its branches spread over an area of three acres.
National Park : This lion and tiger safari park
is set amidst a picturesque surrounding around 22 kms
away from the city. The park is spread over an area of
104 sq kms. One can see the lions, tigers and elephants
in closed enclosures. There is also a Crocodile and snake
farm which attracts many visitors. There are regular bus
services from the city to this place.
: This place was established as an institution for the
classical dances. The famous Odissi dancer Protima Gauri
had founded this place to preserve the ancient and classical
dance forms of India. It is located 30 km from the city
center. The dance village as it is called was designed
by the award winning architect from Goa, Gerard Da Cunha.
Apart from dance this place also teaches allied subjects
like philosophy, music, mythology, paintings and choreography.
Nrityagram welcomes visitors and guests.
: This place is famous for the rocks formations and are
great attraction for the rock climbers. It is 49 kms from
Bangalore city. Ramanagaram is also an important silk
: 50 kms from the city center is a hill which provides
a breath taking view of the the nearby areas. There are
two famous shrines dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and
: 194 kms from Bangalore is Hassan, from where one can
go to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola
is a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17 m high monolith
of lord Bahubali standing tall.
: The erst while capital of the Wodeyars is 140 kms from
Bangalore. This city has retained the charm it had acquired
during the reign of Wodeyars. Mysore is also known as
the city of palace. For centuries Mysore has been visited
for Sandalwood and Silk. The Mysore palace is often compared
with the Buckingham palace in England. The St. Philomena's
Church and the Mysore Dussehra are added attraction to
this place. Vrindavan Gardens on the KRS dam is one of
the most visited gardens in India. The musical fountains
here have fascinated not only the visitors but they have
been taken on silver screen too.