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A.

  • Agra: As the world has always been caught in the conflicts of War & peace, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear; Taj Mahal has been considered as the epitome of love.
  • Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad, is well known for a large number of mosques, temples, factories and high-rise offices. It attracts the visitors by its unique blend of ancient and modern.
  • Alleppey: The temple Bhadrakali deity is believed to have supernatural power. In the months of February and March, on the occasion of Bharani it is abuzz with activities.
  • Almora: Almora comes among the most admirable place in Kumaon region. The ravish and charismatic environment, which is seen in Ranikhet and Nainital, is not at all present in Almora.
  • Allahabad: Allahabad is the place where William Emerson designed the Cathedral church of All Saint's in 1870’s, but it was exalted only in 1887AD.
  • Amritsar: A Muslim Saint, Hazrat Sheikh Mian Mir, who was a great companion and believer of the Guru, laid the foundation stone of this temple.
  • Andaman: Andaman & Nicobar is the archipelago of 572 emerald islands, islets and rocks, which floats in a beautiful isolation.
  • Aurangabad: It's simple to see why a lot number of visitors consider Aurangabad as little more than a convenient place to spend time on the way to Ellora and Ajanta caves.

B.

  • Bandhavgarh: Bandhavgarh National Park, once a part of the old Rewa State, is set in the middle of the Vindhya ranges with a number of ridges running through it.
  • Bangalore: People have there different prospective to love Bangalore. The past says that King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara once lost his way in forest.
  • Bharatpur: It the eastern gateway to Rajasthan. The 55-kms drive from Agra takes you to the town of Bharatpur.
  • Bhimtal: Bhimtal is located at around 22 Kms. from Nainital and 11 Kms. from Bhowali at an altitude of 1370 mts. It has a beautiful lake which offers wonderful scenery for visitors.
  • Bhopal: Bhopal comes among the most reputed national institutes in India, Bharat Bhawan is a centre for the performing and visual arts.
  • Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar is mainly a place of Temples and tanks, with the splendid Lingaraja temples dominating the landscape for miles around.
  • Bhuj: It is known for a Hall of Mirrors with white marble walls covered with mirrors and embellished with ornaments; the floor is laid with tiles with a platform above it lined by a series of fountains.
  • Bikaner: The temples, five kms from the city, are the oldest surviving monuments of beautiful heritage. It was built by two brothers and the temples carry their names.
  • Bodhgaya: To the Buddhists Holds an extreme religious importance, Bodhgaya is located 13 km south of Gaya, beside the river Phalgu.

C.

  • Chandigarh: The Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills, was dammed in 1958 and a lake was created.
  • Chennai: In India Chennai was the first British major settlement and it was here that many that went on to construct the Empire first learnt their trade.
  • Cochin: Kochi is known for it's one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
  • Coimbatore: Around 40 kms from Coimbatore, on the Ooty main road is the Black Thunder, water sports and amusement park.
  • Corbett: Corbett locally called as "Carpet Sahib", a mispronunciation of Jim Corbett's name. He was called upon time and time again to rid the hills of Kumaon of man eating Tigers and Leopards.

D.

  • Dalhousie: Jandhri Ghat surrounds a beautiful palace in the midst of tall pine trees, around half a kilometre away from the Subhash Baoli.
  • Daman: In western India, the union territories of Daman and Diu lie on the edge of the southern borders of Gujarat.
  • Darjeeling: Popular as the dreamland of the East. Since the British period it has been a very famous hill station . The visitors to this place are increasing considerably each day.
  • Delhi: Delhi, the capital of India is a blend of old and the new. Many historical well kept monuments and temples along with crowded burger joints and innumerable shopping malls can be found here.
  • Dharamshala: Popular as the Queen of the Hills which set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar Mountains. Dharamsala is situated on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley.
  • Diu: In western India, the union territories of Daman and Diu lie on the edge of the southern borders of Gujarat.
  • Dwarka: Known for the Nageshwar Mandir, a temple of Lord Shiva and houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in an underground chamber.

G.

  • Gangtok: Situated around 11 kms from Gangtok town, above Ganesh Tok with a Hindu temple where the devotees come and offer prayers.
  • Goa: Innumerable old churches are there in Goa, in the Portuguese-Gothic style with a Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior.
  • Gulmarg: The charismatic mountain stream is 8-km from Gulmarg, flowing from the melting snow and ice on Apharwat and the Alpather Lake.
  • Guwahati: The major attractions of the Assam are the Archaeological and ethnographic displays in Assam's state museum, situated near the city center.
  • Gwalior: Gwalior is named after a saint who cured the local chieftain Suraj Sen from leprosy. History of Gwalior dates back to 8th century.

H.

  • Haridwar: Located in the Uttrakhand region, on the foothills of Shivaliks. It is on the bank of River Ganga. It is popular as a gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand.
  • Hassan: Since the very early time it is a legendary pilgrimage and shrine of the Jains. Situated around 52 kms from Hassan, 80 kms from Mysore and 150 kms from Bangalore.
  • Hyderabad: It is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It was founded in 1586 by Mohammed Quli, fifth Sultan of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty of Golconda.

I.

  • Indore: At present here is the home of Usha Raje, direct descendent of the Holkars. It used to be his ancestral palace .

J.

  • Jabalpur: Pleasure resort and capital of the Gond kings during the 12th century, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalchuri dynasty.
  • Jaipur: JAIPUR - Capital of Rajasthan is known as the pink city. It is the city of victory founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743).
  • Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer, the name itself gives a picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert, in the mind. The remote, serene and exotic Jaisalmer is a kind of paradox.
  • Jammu: Jammu, the place of Duggar, is known for big ancient temples, and wonderful palaces, all nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here the past is still in the air.
  • Jamnagar: Mainly known for Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy, a slowly revolving tower. It provides daylong sunlight. After the working hours visitors are allowed to visit it.
  • Jodhpur: The only palace constructed in 20th century under the famine relief programs. Some of the parts of the palace are now converted into a hotel with rest parts retained as a museum.

K.

  • Kalimpong: This Gompa has impressive wall paintings in the prayer hall and a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs.
  • Kanha: Kanha is also famous for it's animal conservation efforts made in collaboration and cooperation with the local resident communities.
  • Kanyakumari: Kumari Amman Temple is dedicated to Parvati as Devi Kanya, the Virgin Goddess who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva.
  • Kasauli: Another little cantonment at an altitude of 1,925m just 19-km from Kasauli, it is accessible by a link road, which diverts from Dhrampur.
  • Kausani: Some spectacular views of the hills exist and several snow-capped peaks spanning a 300-km range can be seen from vantagepoints around.
  • Khajuraho: Khajuraho lies about 385 miles (616 kilometers) southeast of Delhi. It was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a tribal dynasty who ruled this part of India from the tenth to the twelfth centuries.
  • Kochi: Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch.
  • Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerizes any visitor.
  • Kolkata: Calcutta, an ancient city, which has seen history, unfolds itself in front of her. A city, which has completed three hundred years of its establishment.
  • Kovalam: "Kovalam" means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts.
  • Kumarakom: Positioned 14 kms from Kottyam and around Kuttanad region lies Kumarakom popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala

L.

  • Lucknow: Lucknow is caught in a time warp. It exists in an in-between land of the past and the present looking back constantly to the memories of a colonial-Nawabi past.
  • Ladakh: Leh is the headquarter of Leh District, and the largest town of the region. It is located to the north of the Indus River at an elevation of 3600m above the sea level.
  • Leh: Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at a height of 3505 meters and is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

M.

  • Madurai: Madurai or the "city of nectar" is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century.
  • Mahabaleshwar: At 1,372 meters above sea level, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most spectacular and the largest of Maharashtra's hill-stations.
  • Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram was already a center of pilgrimage when; in the 7th century Mamalla made it a seaport and began to make temples fashioned of rock.
  • Manali: The Kullu valley has an ancient town in its lap called Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline.
  • Mandawa: In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis.
  • Mandu: A saga inscribed in stone, Mandu is situated on the edge of the Malwa Plateau. Mandu was dominated successively by Hindu and Muslim rulers.
  • Mangalore: 357 kms west of Bangalore is the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada - Mangalore. With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre.
  • Mathura: It has often been said that it is easier to count the number of dust particles on the surface of the earth than to count the number of holy places in Mathura.
  • Mumbai: Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India.
  • Munnar: Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.
  • Mussoorie: Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal hills. Due to its immense natural beauty, Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations.
  • Mysore: Mysore city was the capital of the former royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to 'Mahishasurana Ooru', which means the town of Mahishasura.

N.

  • Nagpur: Nagpur is located in northeastern part of Maharashtra State, southwestern India and is almost at the geographical center of India.
  • Nainital: Known as the China peak this peak is the highest point in Nainital. From here Nainital appears as a bowl. You can walk or take ponies to the peak.
  • Nashik: Dr. Ambedkar had organized his temple entry movement for the abolition of untouchability, and mass movement was organized in 1932. Cultural life Nagpur cherishes a rich tradition of music, particularly the Hindustani classical form.
  • New Delhi: As the British’s shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi, all the activities during the freedom struggle were directed towards Delhi.

O.

  • Ooty: Kandal cross, a Roman Catholic Shrine considered, as the Jerusalem of the East is located in Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu.

P.

  • Patna: One of the largest planetariums in Asia, the Patna Planetarium attracts a large number of domestic as well as foreign tourists.
  • Pachmarhi: 1.5 kilometer from the bus stand is the natural caves of Jatashankar. These caves display the unique architecture of nature.
  • Pahalgam: Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.
  • Parwanoo: Lying at the foothills of the lower Shivalik ranges are one of the most fascinating Mughal Gardens, also known as Yadavindra Gardens.
  • Pondicherry: While the Aurobindo Ashram is one of the reasons to see Pondicherry, there is another place that is a must see, Auroville the City of Dawn.
  • Port Blair: The Chatham Saw Mill, one of the oldest and largest mills in Asia, is built on a tiny island connected to Port Blair by a bridge.
  • Pune: Pune exemplifies an indigenous Marathi culture and ethos, in which education, arts and crafts, and theatres are given due prominence.
  • Puri: The holy city of Puri is located 60-km from Bhubaneswar on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the four holy dhamas of India - Puri, Dwarka, Rameswaram and Badrinath.
  • Puttaparthi: The Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences became operational in November 1991. Within a period of four years, it had performed 4,250 heart surgeries.

R.

  • Rajgir: This pink-hued temple stands beside the hot springs and, as the name indicates, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort, Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Rajkot: The Rajkumar College as early as 1870, the state had become known for its Rajkumar College, built for the education of the princes of the Indian state.
  • Ranikhet: Acclaimed as a 'heavenly hill station', and one of the best in the world, it won the heart of Lord Mayo, who was the Viceroy of India from 1869-72.
  • Ranthambore: It offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation facilities and remains open every year from October to Mid June.
  • Rishikesh: Mythology says that in the ancient times when the ocean was being churned for 'amrit' (Potion for immortality), first venom oozed out.

S.

  • Sariska: Sariska is located off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. The closest town is Alwar (21 km). Jaipur is at a distance of 110 km and Delhi at 200 Kms from the place.
  • Shekhawati: The havelis, colored mainly in blue, maroon; yellow green and indigo have amazing wall paintings that decorate their walls.
  • Shimla: Viceregal Lodge, also known as "Rashtrapati Niwas" is situated on the Observatory Hills. This glorious building was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin.
  • Shirdi: Shiridi is well known for Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba. It was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur who was a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao.
  • Somnath: At this pious place, there is Bhalkha Tirth temple . His mortal remains were cremated on the banks of river Hiren, at Dehotsarga. Shree Somnath Trust has built Dehotsarg canopy and Gita Mandir at Dehotsarga.
  • Srinagar: Many tourists are attracted to Srinagar's due to it's beautiful lakes. Not only the lakes, but they are filled with houseboats.

T.

  • Thanjavur: Sama Varma, the chief architect of the Chola court was commissioned by Rajaraja Chola to build the House of God. Sama Varma started his task actively and took his work sincerely.
  • Thekkady: For observing the wild life, there are three main lookout-towers, at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi. At the Forest Information Counter, Thekkady reservations can be made.
  • Tiruchirapalli: Located at Thirukokarnam, the museum is situated close to the Pudukkottai station, at a distance of 40 km from Trichy.
  • Tirupati: At the portals of the temple, Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his companions, and these statues can be seen today also. In the main temple a statue of Venkatapati Raya can also be seen.
  • Thiruvananthapuram: Near the airport a big recreational center is situated along with a sheltered lagoon which offers landscaped gardens and water-sports facilities. It is a well known picnic spot. In the youth hostel accommodation can be booked.

U.

  • Udaipur: This splendid white grand building towers itself on a hill and is enclosed by crenellated walls. The palace stands on the banks of Pichola.
  • Ujjain: Ujjain is also known as the shrine of Mahakaleshwara. The Mahakaleshwara temple of Lord Shiva with its lingam is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.

V.

  • Varanasi: The Durga temple, built in the 8th century is one of the most important temples in Varanasi. It is built in Nagara Style.
  • Viskhapatnam: Viskhapatnam was a part of the Kalinga Kingdom. As per the history, the city was named after the god of 'Valor-Vishakha'.

Y.

  • Yercaud: The Yercaud Lake with a beautiful pool surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees are the most prior things that fascinate tourists.