Blessed with probably the widest array of topographical and cultural diversity, there’s an India for everyone.
India’s jungles, rivers and streams are infused with wildlife; much of it protected in her 80 National Parks and 441 Sanctuaries. Popular ones are Corbett, Rajaji and Dudhwa (Uttar Pradesh), Kanha, Pench (Madhya Pradesh) and Sasan Gir (Gujarat). Sariska and Ranthambor (Rajasthan), Kaziranga, Manas (Assam), Mudumalai, Bandipore and Wyanad (Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve-Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala) are the other well-known game sanctuaries. Keoladeo Ghana, Bharatpur (Rajasthan) is a famous bird sanctuary. The gilded Golden Temple in Amritsar, the ancient cathedrals in Goa, ‘dargahs’ (mausoleums) of Muslim saints and grand temples are as precious works of art as these are houses of worship.
The trail runs through Aimers, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Varanasi, Madurai, Sarnath, Gaya, Orchha, Tanjore, Trichy, Tirupati, Mathura, Ayodhya, Jammu, Badrinath, Haridwara and Rishikesh. The legacy of spiritual succour lives on in the land of exotica. In Pune, Pondicherry, Puttaparthy and Dharamsala, Osho, Auroville, the Sai Baba and Buddhist monks explore a new life, of what is and what could be.
The turquoise blue and breezy beaches along the coast are peculiarly Indian. Crowded and cheery, you’ll find them in Kerala’s Kovalam, in the Andamans, Lakshadweep, Goa, and ‘temple-scaped’ Puri, Kanyakumari and Mahabalipuram.
In and around Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, as well all over the country, historical sites such as ruins of forts, palaces, picturesque ‘havelis’ (large private houses) and mausoleums pepper the landscape. Other choicest of sites are Hampi, Khajuraho, Mandu, Aurangabad, Bikaner, Gwalior, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Tanjore and Mysore. Museums, business centres, nightlife, large markets, embassies and consulates mark space in the bigger cities of India.