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Some Indian cities are known for their age old civilization while others

for their modernity and development. There are others that lift people's heart with their absolute simplicity and harmony.
   
Festivals in India are characterized by color, gaiety,enthusiasm,
prayers and rituals. Religious ceremonies, enthusiasm paralleled with ample fun and celebration all marks the Indian festivals. Festivals of India plays a major role in spreading unity in diversity, with emphasis on communal harmony. Famous festivals in India are joyously celebrated all over the country.
India is blessed with number of world heritage monuments
showcasing the breathtaking architecture and intricate work. Taj Mahal, a unique master-piece is the wonder in itself, an absolute epitome of Indian culture, heritage and civilization. Behind each monument is an underlying sense of mystery, intrigue and romance.
The barren and semi-arid regions of Thar Desert stand divided between
India and Pakistan. An enormous stretch of hot sand mountains, Thar Desert yields sal and gypsum. The very little rainfall and severe climate makes it an ideal desert experience. To tap it all the people are warm and gracious and ever ready to amuse the guests with their folk dance and music performances in their distinctive colorful dresses, camel and elephant rides.
 
India is the country of infinite Gods and Goddesses, languages, faiths and customs but still in this diversity one can find a harmony. India is a country with a dissimilar topography-from the enormous Himalayan Mountains in the north, the Thar Desert in the west, the rain-fed Sunderbans in east and the coastal areas in the south. India has a picturesque landscape which imitates the gamut of Indian colours. Off late Medical tourism is getting very popular worldwide .
India is subdivided into twenty-eight states and seven union territories. All the states have a lot in store which magnetizes the tourists to spend their Holidays in India . India Tourism from the snow capped Himalayas to the sun soaked beaches of Kerala provides a haven of tourism enjoyment.
DELHI
Delhi the Capital city of India is one of the chief tourist destinations celebrated for its chronological monuments, festivals, first rate accommodations, gardens, spiritual temples, and many more. Delhi is also attached with some incredible places for tourist interest like Agra - City of The Taj , and so on .
 
     Qutb Minar
   India Gate
  National Museum, New Delhi
  
  Chandni Chowk
    The Red Fort
  Tughlaqabad Fort
JAIPUR
The Pink City won its nickname for the glorious pink stucco buildings that line its wide streets. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur contains a plethora of impressive palaces and forts, including Amber and Jaigarh forts and City Palace and Hawa Mahal. It’s a great place to find carpets, jewelry and handicrafts or to get unusual camel leather slippers or bags at the bazaars. Hop on a cycle-rickshaw to cover short distances, but opt for taxis for excursions to nearby palaces and national parks.
     Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
  Ishwar Lat
  Jalmahal
  
  Jaigarh Fort
   Laxmi Narayan Temple
   Jantar Mantar
AGRA
There are very few cities in the world that can match the history and heritage of Agra - the city of Taj Mahal. Located at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the single most famous tourist destination of India. Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is a part of the great Northern Indian plains. The architectural splendor of the city is reflected in the glorious monuments of medieval India built by great Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years.
In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and itwas during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built.The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality which is still reflected in what ever monuments remain in Agra .
     Ram Bagh
  Dayal Bagh Temple
   Akbari Mahal Fort
  
   Amar Singh Gate
   Anguri Bagh
    Jehangiri Mahal
KHAJURAHO
Khajuraho is a village in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometres southeast of Delhi, the capital city of India. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Hindi word khajur meaning date palm.
The Khajuraho temples, constructed with spiral superstructures, adhere to a northern Indian shikhara temple style and often to a Panchayatana plan or layout. A few of the temples are dedicated to the Jain pantheon and the rest to Hindu deities - to God's Trio, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and various Devi forms, such as the Devi Jagadambi temple. A Panchayatana temple had four subordinate shrines on four corners and the main shrine in the center of the podium, which comprises their base.
The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
The Khajuraho temples are now set in a parkland landscape. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947 the landscape setting was semi-desert and scrub. The archaeological park now has something of the character of an English public park, with mown grass, rose beds and ornamental trees. This may be popular with visitors but has no relationship with the historic landscape at the time the temples were built.
The Khajuraho temples do not contain sexual or erotic art inside the temple or near the deities; however, some external carvings bear erotic art. Also, some of the temples that have two layers of walls have small erotic carvings on the outside of the inner wall. There are many interpretations of the erotic carvings. They portray that, for seeing the deity, one must leave his or her sexual desires outside the temple. They also show that divinity, such as the deities of the temples,is pure like the atman, which is not affected by sexual desires and other characteristics of the physical body. It has
been suggested that these suggest tantric sexual practices.Meanwhile, the external curvature and carvings of the temples depict humans, human bodies, and the changes that occur in human bodies, as well as facts of life. Some 10% of the carvings contain sexual themes; those reportedly do not show deities, they show sexual activities between people.
The rest depict the everyday life of the common Indian of the time when the carvings were made, and of various activities of other beings. For example, those depictions show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers, and other folks. Those mundane scenes are all at some distance from the temple deities. A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.
     Dulah Deo Temple
  Parshvanatha Jain Temple
  Chattarbhuj Temple
  
  Vishwanatha Temple
   Panna National Park
  Lakshmana Temple
VARANASI
Varanasi also commonly known as Benares or Banaras is a city situated on the left bank of the River Ganga (Ganges) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in northern India for several thousand years.
The Benares Gharana form of Indian classical music developed in Varanasi, and many prominent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians resided or reside in Varanasi, including Kabir, Ravi Das, Munshi Premchand, Jaishankar Prasad, Acharya Ram Chandra Shukla, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Ustad Bismillah Khan. Tulsidas wrote his Ramacharitamanas there, and Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath near Kashi.
Ayurveda is said to have originated at Varanasi. Varanasi is home to the Banaras Hindu University. Residents mainly speak Kashika Bhojpuri, which is closely related to the Hindi language. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples", "the holy city of India", "the religious capital of India", "the city of lights", "the city of learning" and the "culture capital of India".
American writer Mark Twain wrote: " Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."
     Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir
  River Front (ghats)
   Kashi Vidya Peeth
  
   Alamgir Mosque
   Chandraprabha Sanctuary
    Ashoka Lion Capital
AJMER
Situated in the foothills of `Ajaya Meru', Ajmer was founded by Aijpal Chauhan in the year 1100 AD, conquered and ruled by Chauhan dynasty till 1193 AD. Ajmer is a world famous pilgrimage center for both Hindus as well as Muslims. It is a celestial home to most holy Dragon Sharif a tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally worshiped by all religions specially the Hindus and Muslims.

Historically, Ajmer always had great strategic significance and was sacked by Mahumud of Ghazni on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan . Later it became a favorite residence of the great Moghula. One of the first contacts between the Moghula and the British occurred in Ajmer when Sir Thomas Roe met with Jahangir here in 1616. The city was subsequently taken by the Scindias and, in 1818, it was handed over to the British, becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled directly by British rather than being part of a princely state.

The British chose Ajmer for its prominent Mayo College , a school solely for Indian nobility. Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km.), the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake. The Pushkar Lake is a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik (Oct. /Nov.), devotes in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake

     Taragarh
   Shah Jahan Mosque
  Pushkar Lake
  
   Nasiya Temple
   Akbar Palace
   Foy Sagar

MYSORE

Located in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysore District is an undulating tableland, covered in parts by granite protrusions and fringed by luxuriant forests.  From olden times, this district has played an important role in the history of South India

Mysore was the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, feudatories of the Vijayanagar Empire, who affirmed their sovereignty in the 16th century and ruled in Mysore until independence, except for three decades when Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan wrested power from them.  Mysore today, is a nice city with an old world charm, contributed by its extensive sheltered streets, well planned out gardens, fine buildings and a healthy climate. Also identified as the City of Palaces , Mysore preserves an alluring charm, which never fails to fascinate.

Mysore District is a popular tourist destination, offering numerous attractions ranging from the majestic finery of Mysore City and its wonderful Dasara Festival to beautiful temples, pilgrimage centres and scenic spots.

     Mysore City Palace and Museum
  Chamundi Hill
  Saint Philomena's Church
  
   Jaganmohan Palace
   Krishnaraja Sagar Dam
   Lalitha Mahal Palace

CHENNAI

Chennai is the biggest city in Tamil Nadu and is situated on the southeastern coast of India . The city was previously known as Madras and was established by the British. They developed it into a major urban center and naval base. Around 20th century, Chennai became a significant administrative headquarter and the capital of Madras Presidency.
It has been gifted with affluent inheritance of art and culture. It is on these grounds that Chennai is also called as the 'Gateway to South India '. The city been blessed with the riches of arts and literature. It is famous for its various cultural events, showcasing the performing arts such as Dance, Music and Drama at its best. Tamil literature is very rich in content and preaches ancient morals and values. Chennai is also popular for the glitz and glamour of Kollywood, the 'Tamil film industry'.

There are a number of industries here such as automobile, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries. It is also the second largest exporter of Information Technology, after Bangalore . Apart from this, the city is a foremost player in the fields of education and sports. There are a number of reputed educational institutions and stadiums here which mark the importance of the two in Chennai.

Chennai is one such city in Tamil Nadu, which has been blessed with a tremendous fortune of tourist attractions.

     Marina Beach
  Kapaleeshwar Temple
  Santhome Cathedral
  
   National Art Gallery
  Cholamandalam
   Fort St. George

THIRUVANATHAPURAM

Thiruvananthapuram, the city of the snake god, is the capital of Kerala State and is located in south India . The city is a mix of contemporary and conventional architecture. Named after the fabled Serpent God 'Anantha' on whom Sri Anantha Padmanabhan (Lord Vishnu) reclines, the city is built on seven hills.

The city lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea . The city is built on hills by the sea shore. The region can be divided into three geographical regions, the lowlands, the midlands and the highlands. The lowland is a narrow stretch comprising of shorelines, rivers and deltas, dotted with coconut palms. The midland region comprises of low hills and valleys adjoining the Ghats . The highlands form the eastern suburbs of the city. Ponmudiand and Mukkunimala are hill-resorts near the city.

Once the capital of the former kingdom of Travancore , the city now boasts of massive buildings and palaces, wide, open avenues, lush green gardens and undulating countryside. Thiruvananthapuram is a trendy travel destination for Indians and foreigners alike who like to visit south India .

      Agasthyakoodam
  Kanakakunnu Palace
  Padmanabhapuram Palace
  
   Padmanabha Swami Temple
   Ponmudi
   Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave
   Observatory
   Koyikal Palace
   Veli Tourist Village

MUMBAI

Mumbai, the name of previous Bombay , is the capital city of the Western Indian state of Maharashtra . The splendor of this city lies in its geographical location and layout. The Western Coast provides this city with natural harbors which handles more than 45 percent of all cargo and passenger loads in and out of India . The commercial hubs of Indian economy, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange, the Reserve Bank of India and head offices of numerous local and multinational companies are located here. The Indian film industry, Bollywood is also the pride of the metropolis.

Mumbai is one of the most fascinating and happening cites of India . Being highly influenced by the British during the colonial rule, the city has changed radically and is now known as the business capital of the country. It has an unfaltering lifestyle and never comes to a halt. Besides, Bombay has been bestowed with a host of tourist attractions by a great entry of tourists every year. These tourists spots will not only make your tour exciting, but will also provide an insight into the otherwise hidden heritage of the place.
     Gateway of India
  Hanging Gardens
  Colaba
  
   Chowpatty Beach
   Juhu Beach
   Essel World
GOA

The state of Maharashtra borders Goa on the north, the state of Karnataka on the south and east and the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea on the west forms the magnificent coastline for which Goa is justly famous.Well-known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is situated on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa . Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most prominently the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa .

The splendid picturesque beauty and the architectural finery of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a great choice with vacationers around the world. Goa is much more than just beaches and sea it has a unique history, rich culture and some of the best natural landscape that India has to offer. Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the neighborhood away from the coastal area. Goa is the land of fun and frolic, the land of thrilling beaches or the destination of most vibrant carnivals.

Here the culture is just the right intermingle of ethnic Indian Konkani and the reminiscent Potuguese. Apart from the natural loveliness, the marvelous beaches and sunshine, tourists to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, affectionate and gracious nature of the Goan people.

     Panaji
  Vasco-da-Gama
  Margao

BANGALORE

The Garden City-Bangalore is the capital of the state of Karnataka which is situated in southern India and it is also the seventh largest city in India . Bangalore today is Asia 's fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India . Bangalore is also home to some of India 's premier scientific establishments. Blessed with asalubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and beyond. Bangalore offers something for everyone-music and dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals, conferences and more. Bangalore has offers a lot to its tourists - there are lots of historical sites and places of tourist interest that abound here. Whether it is history, culture, sightseeing or nightlife; Bangalore is a treasure trove for all that you crave for during your vacations.
Bangalore is also a terrific getaway for the food lovers since it offers a horde of excellent and well-prepared gourmet delights that are scrumptious and guarantee utmost taste to the palates. Finally Bangalore is a ecstasy for the shop lovers. From branded clothing accessories to finest of electronic and jewelry items, you can get all that you want in this city. M.G Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street are the most preferred shopping destinations here.
  Lal Bagh Gardens
  Vidhan Soudha
  Cubbon Park
   Tipu's Palace
  Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
   Bangalore Palace
   Bull temple
  Venkatappa Art Gallery
   ISKCON

COCHIN

Cochin is a gorgeous city situated on the Western Coast of India facing the Arabian Sea , and justly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea ’. It has an affluent network of backwaters and is the culture and heritage centre of Kerala. Cochin is the Commercial Capital of Kerala. A vast prospective exists in Kerala, especially Cochin for the use of Information Technology. There are a number of industries, a large number of export produces, 100% literacy, highly developed social structure well laid-out communication facilities and transportinfrastructure.

These and a few other aspects provide huge scope for the growth of IT industry.The prominent port city of Cochin is a tourist's paradise- Verdant mangroves, mesmerizing backwaters, prehistoric churches, cathedrals and fort.

     Santa Cruz Basilic
  St. Francis Church
  Mattancherry Palace
  
   Bolghatty Palace
  Cherai Beach
   Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithra
   Willingdon Island
  Pareekshith Thampuran Museum
   Jewish Synagogue
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