Yes, we are talking about a country which is the largest democracy in world by population, 7th largest in terms of area & Asia’s rising behemoth in terms of growth.
Here I will introduce you to a land blessed by varied landscapes, versatile personalities & above all its people. The P-2-P connect (aka people-to-people) is humbling & charming. Here we connect with a “Hi”, “Hello” or “Namaste”! Let us have a look at some facts:
Major Spoken Language: Hindi (though as per data, we have 461 languages spoken across)
Currency: INR (Indian National Rupee)
Land Frontier: 15,107 Kms
Coastline: 7,517 Kms (approx. 50% of the land has coastline, of which 43% are sandy beaches, just think of beach abundance, plenty!)
Season: Winters from December till March, Summers from April to June (may extend depending on the land geography), Monsoon Showers from Mid-June till September, Autumn or Pre-Winters from September till November
Weather: Tropical Temperatures ranging from 10oC to 35oC (this range is a country average, though minimum temperatures reach near freezing point in Northern parts as they are at higher altitudes and experience snowfall. While maximum temperatures may extend till 45oC in western parts due to desert geography as they receive less or no rainfall)
Clock: UTC + 05:30
Best time to visit: Winters (though the country looks scenic during Monsoons too!)
The multi-faceted landscape this country offers to its people who stay or pay a visit is by no means short of options. I will split the country into 6 parts for better understanding.
(In Pic Above: India’s Pride, The iconic Taj Mahal situated in Agra)
North India: Heavily guarded by the mighty & majestic Himalayas, this part of the country offers some picturesque destinations. The snow-clad mountains in winters are a treat to the eye. Snow-Skiing, Camping, Ice-Skating, Snowboarding, Trekking are some of many adventure activities that are home to this part of the country during winters. The region also houses many sacred & holy places of worship.
Places to Visit1: Srinagar, Leh, Manali, Shimla, Gulmarg, Darjeeling, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Rohtang, Corbett National Park
Major Airports2: New Delhi, Amritsar, Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Lucknow
(In Pic Above: A Goddess Durga Idol exhibited for Durga Puja Festivities in Kolkata)
East India: One of the most beautiful parts of the country, divine & less explored. The green cover accompanied with varied flora & fauna, take your breath away. A region less connected through rail, but major airport strips have come up in recent years. The region saw slow development due to hilly terrains & inaccessible areas. Monsoon season blesses this place with no-holds-barred treat. It is also home to the literature-rich Bengali community & the city-of-joy Kolkata, world known for their cuisine too!
Places to Visit1: Kolkata, Gaya, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kaziranga National Park, Shillong
Major Airports2: Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Gaya, Patna, Ranchi, Dibrugarh
(In Pic Above: The Hawa Mahal standing tall in Jaipur)
West India: One of the most developed parts of the country in terms of economy & connectivity. Blessed by Western Ghats, this region offers some breath-taking spots to cruise along the coast till the Southern part. Home to the financial capital, Mumbai, the region offers superb locations for adventure activities like Paragliding, Jet-Skiing, Surfing, White water rafting. Contrast to the offerings mentioned, one can get a princely view of the state of Rajasthan, which is a gateway to lavish palaces & forts built by the erstwhile rulers amidst desert.
Places to Visit1: Mumbai, Goa, Pune, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Kolad, Ahmedabad, Kutch, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer
Major Airports2: Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Rajkot, Jaipur, Udaipur, Nagpur
(In Pic Above: A Houseboat swiftly sailing across Kerala Backwaters)
South India: If you ever want to visit an ideal place with a perfect mix of human & nature balance, search no more. This part of the country has some major dense forests, well preserved & undisturbed. Tourists seeking solace, peace & rejuvenation therapies throng here, just to get loose in the lap of nature. Idyllic settings here self-promotes tourism. Home to some of the classic coastlines & calm backwaters, tourists cannot think to give it a miss. The literature community is strong since roots & thriving as ever. The delicacies of this part are savoured throughout the country as the go-to breakfast. Home to Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad – these mega cities have boosted the economic progress of this land piece. The world renowned Tirupati Temple is a must visit.
Places to Visit1: Chennai, Alleppey, Puducherry, Tirupati, Bengaluru, Cochin, Madurai, Ooty, Mysore, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Rameswaram, Munnar
Major Airports2: Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mysore
(In Pic Above: The Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Central India: You might think why I have classified Central India separately. Trust me India is huge & diverse. You will agree with me after reading this part.
This region is known as the “Heart of India”. Beaming with tourists, it offers dense jungles presenting an opportunity to explore the unexplored. Jungle Safaris are a common place here, thanks to many reserved forests protecting ecology. The state of Chhattisgarh is home to native tribes, living of the ages. Several documentaries have been published to study the area & its people. The Chitrakoot Waterfalls are a treat to watch during monsoons. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This part of the country is abundant in agricultural produce.
Places to Visit1: Bhopal, Indore, Puri, Kanha National Park, Tadoba National Park
Major Airports2: Bhopal, Indore, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar
(In Pic Above: A Magical Sunset at Port Blair)
Islands Of India: This warrants a separate section. India is blessed with some amazingly beautiful islands worth visiting. Andaman & Nicobar Islands in Bay of Bengal & Lakshadweep in Arabian Sea, just complete the missing pieces in country’s tourism space. The clear blue-turquoise waters & pristine white sand beaches will make you forget your home. You can do various Water Sports, Deep Sea Diving, Scuba, Jet-Ski and the likes. The underwater world will leave you speechless and thoughtful.
Places to Visit1: Port Blair, Agatti, Neil Island, Havelock Island, Baratang Island, Kavaratti
Major Airports2: Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Agatti (Lakshadweep Islands) both are connected with mainland airports.
This blog covers the basics of this massive country along with snippets of renowned tourist destinations. But the country has much to offer for which I will put up blogs specific to different regions & deep-dive into places to visit. Should you require any further information, shoot me a mail & I will be more than happy to assist you.
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2 Covers major busy airports