The Indian subcontinent needs a lifetime to be explored, from its rustic villages to its modern cities, from the mighty Himalayas to the sunny beaches, from its ancient temples and palaces to the exquisite handicrafts and artistic produce.
Tourism in India
Tourism in India brings you face to face with startling diversity - from different terrains and languages to a wealth of regional cultures. Indian topography varies from mountains and valleys in the north to the plateau in central India to the coastal regions on the peninsular fringe. The desert of Rajasthan with its stark landscape is juxtaposed with a riot of color in the clothes and handicrafts of the region.
If you are a lover of art and architecture, India offers a treat for you. The ancient monuments of Khajuraho and Hampi are but an example of the architecural splendor of this ancient civilization.
The temples of South India are not only artistically carved they are often representative of the scientific principles understood at that time. There are several monuments in Delhi and Agra that take you back to the days of the Mughal empire, rich with elaborate carvings and geometrical style.
The handicrafts of India are equally diverse and enticing. Many forms of ornamental embroidery flourish in different regions, be it chikan work and zardosi to elaborate patchwork in Orissa and mirror-work done in Kutch in Gujarat. Tribal handicrafts have their own charm.
An adventure afficiando would be enthralled by the river runnning and whitewater surfing opportunties in Northern India, close to the foothills of the Himalayas. Trekking and moutaineering opportunities are also available aplenty. You can try wind surfing and snorkeling at the many beaches.
The rich and intoxicating history of India can be bewildering and overwhelming to a new tourist. Spiritual destinations such as Hardwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Tirupati, amongst many others are high on the list of pilgrim spots in India.
If you are seeking the mountains, travel to some of India's better-known hill stations. Kulu, Manali, Darjeeling, Munnar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Dalhousie and Mussoorie are some of the popular holiday destinations.
Get set to explore India in all her different facets, from her bustling cities to the swampy mangroves of Sunderbans, from the pristine National Parks in the Himalayan foothills to the architectural glory all over. Indian cuisine is as diverse and enticing as the land. Partake of spicy curries, regional delicacies and host of aromatic spices as part of your India tour.