Places to see in this part of India has so much to offer, it is a land of hills, rivers, plateaus, plains, deltas and deserts. Geographically it includes Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, The Himalayas, Punjab, Uttar Prasad and Uttarakhand. It also includes the Union Territory Chandigarh and Delhi wherein Delhi being the capital city of India. Chandigarh is one of the well planned cities in India.
It has a diverse culture, and includes the Hindu pilgrimage centers of Char Dham, Haridwar, Mathura, Allahabad and Varanasi, the Buddhist Mahabodhi Temple, the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. It houses the world heritage sites such as the Valley of flowers, Qutb Minar, Taj Mahal etc. Folk dances like the bhangra of the Punjab, rouf and bhand pather of Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is known as the paradise of the India.
The love of a man, the Mughal emperor “Shah Jahan” to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal in the gleaming white marble, called the Taj Mahal. A vision of symmetry and delicacy, like a perfect pearl set against an azure sky, it is the world’s best-known mausoleum and one of the most exquisite buildings ever designed. On the southern bank of the River Yamuna (Jamuna) at Agra is the Taj Mahal, arguable the most famous building in the world.
Rajasthan (Jaipur) :
One of the most magnificent marvels or Jaipur is the City Palace Complex which has a rare combination of the finest blends of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the heart of the old city, it has vast area. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh and additions made up to the 20th century. Many buildings, well-planned gardens and huge courtyards are a part of the complex. The museum has an array of royal costumes as souvenirs, naming few: shawls, embroideries, Benares silk sarees, musical instruments like the giant sized tanpura and sarangis.
South India comprises of states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. It also houses the Union Territory Puducherry, famously known as the French colony before it was transferred to the Indian Government by an agreement, dated 21.10.1954 between France and India. Lakshadweep Island is part of the Arabian Sea. The Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Kaveri rivers are important non-perennial sources of water. Southern region speak one of the Dravidian languages: Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Tulu. The classical dances of India like “Bharat Natyam” and “Kathakali” have South Indian origin.
Kerala – Gods own country:
Kerala and tourism are almost synonymous; lush tropical greenery, coconut palms, palm fringed beaches, pleasant placid backwaters with floating house boats, numerous temples, the aroma of Ayurveda, languid lakes and lagoons, canals, islands etc are some of the undeniable impressions of Kerala and Kerala alone, beckoning those with a wanderlust from across the globe.
Its equable climate, natural abundance of forests and the cool monsoon season are best suited for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative packages. Kerala is perhaps one of the few places on earth where a temperature of 24-28 degrees is maintained during a period of continuous rain. This prevalence of moisture in the air and on the surface of the skin makes it the ideal place for natural medicines to work at their highest levels of potency. The land is also blessed with in-numerous medicinal plants and provides the continuity and consistency of Ayurveda medicines needed for effective treatment procedures. The same herbs with the same potency are available year after year across every season.
Kerala is called as the ‘God’s Own Country’, has its own tale to tell and are silent invites for those with a keen eye to explore as well as to enjoy. Kerala’s fourteen districts, Kasargode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode,Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha (Alleppey),Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram being some of the much sought after tourist destinations themselves, encompass numerous others which are travel treats for the discerning ones, who would like to venture into the horizon of tourism.