With innumerable heritage sites, old monuments, languages, cultural ethnicities, beaches, deserts, mountains and what not, tourism in India is flourishing with leaps and bounds. Many national and international tourists are drawn towards the echoing valleys, shining beaches and even maddening and crowded metropolitan cities, thereby making the country a top priority within regular tourists.
The royal West is mainly dedicated to Rajasthan besides the industrial Gujarat, both of which are the pride of India. One boasts of its royal heritage and traditional culture while the other is acknowledged for its speedy modernization through rising commercial sector and biggest diamond industry in India.
The serene , and unfortunately troubled, East is basically famous because of the Seven Sister States, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram, that together forms the beautiful mountainous region with a distinctive wildlife and culture of its own. The lakes and rivers of this region are as splendid as the music and folk culture.
The North is acknowledged because of its beautiful hilly areas and sublime Ladakh passes, which are a tourist's delight. The exquisite flora and fauna of Uttarakhand, the lakes of Himachal, and the Tibetan culture of Ladakh in Kashmir, together invite the tourist's attention.
The beautiful coasts and ports of South India is equally charming. The sun kissed beaches of Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and the mesmerizing boat houses of Kerala, provide as much relaxation as adventure.
Delhi, the capital city of the country is not only the political capital but also the heritage capital, with many old monuments and buildings of a tourist's interest. Agra, is a must visit because of the Taj Mahal and other Mughal architectural masterpieces.
Jaipur in Rajasthan is another city boasting of its architectural splendor with Rajput royal palaces. Kolkata is famous for its colonial buildings, while Northern Shimla for Victorian. And in case one is interested in getting to know of the religious side of the country then cities like Varanasi and Kashi are the destinations.
Besides the cultural identity of each state, there are some tourist sites which are acknowledged as World Heritage Sites and hence gather a lot of national and international viewers, some of these are the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, which are rock cut temples and monasteries of Buddhists, Jains and Hindus, the city of Hampi in Karnataka , which are the ruins of Vijayanagar Empire, the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.
Besides these there are various temples and Buddhist sculptures famous around the world, and one of the seven wonders of the World, the marble Taj Mahal.
Most of the places and especially all the tourist spots have well connected air routes, and railways, which are available in various classes, catering to all the kinds of travelers. You can choose your pick according to your finances.
Also well connected road conveyances like buses, cabs, taxis, auto rickshaws and manual rickshaws are available, which gives you a close view of the neighboring attractions as well.
One can hire a private conveyance on rent and enjoy an intimate tour with your family and friends. While in Delhi and Kolkata the quickest and most comfortable means of travel would be Metro train.
Almost every state has its own regional language in the country and thereby authenticating the living and lifestyle of the people. It is better to learn basic and most important words or sentences, before traveling to a place. You can use various local dictionaries, guides or translation books to do that.
Though people would be able to understand Hindi, which is the national language and also English, which is popular because of Globalization, but for a tourist it is always better to be able to communicate in local language with the locals to get immediate help and guidance.
It is better that the foreign tourists get proper permission and necessary requirements to go to a place. Visas should be right and to the proper time period.
There are some places like, museums, temples or historical sites for which permission is needed, so in order to enjoy a delightful trip it is suggested to go through the necessary formalities.
You must always keep a good travel guide book with you in case you need to know anything about the weather, delicacy , customs, language or any other information about the place on an urgent basis.
The guides would be able to help you in emergency.
While on a tour in India, you would most definitely try all the local delicacies of the place, but do eat from good and healthy places, and try to avoid the street food. Whereas water should be consumed from well sealed mineral water bottles.
You should definitely take a visit to the local markets and buy various souvenirs, which every different place will offer. Shop for the wood carvings, paintings, glass bangles, antique jewelery, spices, pickles, and tea.
Depending on the area where you are travelling, you must attend some of the cultural events like a classical music night, or classical dance session. You can take the help of the guide books and make your plans.
Various fairs and festivals take place in India on regional or national basis, try to be a part of them and the most important is the Yoga session which you must try for a couple of days and feel the spiritual and psychological relaxation that this practice provides.
There are many things in the country for a tourist, but depending on your choice of area and interest, you can make your India Tour a complete delight.
Last updated : Nov 23, 2011.