(Last Updated on : 31/01/2009)
Tourism in India is rich and exuberant. Majestic Himalayas, serenity of the coastal regions, exquisite monuments and architectural art works makes India an ideal tourist destination. Seasons undergo changes so do the preferences of the tourists for making a visit to varied places. To beat the heat of sultry summers, people throng the cool mountains of Himalayas, while sun drenched seacoasts and wildlife sanctuaries are ideal for the winter months. Tourism in India has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, with each region of India contributing something to its splendor and exuberance.
In the Northern region, the capital of India, Delhi has a plethora of cultural exploits, like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, highlighting the majesty of imperial rulers of India. Other architectural delights of modern period are the Lotus Temple, the Jantar Mantar etc.
The most exquisite Taj Mahal is a wonder of the world, standing as an emblem of eternal love Also Fatehpur Sikri, Hawa- Mahal catches the glimpse of the tourists both from India as well as from outside. The beauty of Thar Desert, ennobling the culture of its nearby cities like Jaisalmir, Jaipur, Bikaner, casts a spell of its own, thereby adding to the grandeur of Tourism of India as a whole. Also the scenic beauties of states of North India, namely, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are renowned to the nature lovers and the tourists.
The people of South India have got an orientation towards religion and philosophy making the region an abode of temples and monuments. It has fascinating temples like Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, and Rameswaram etc. These are sites of reverence; their exquisite architecture too is of high quality and standard. The splendid cities of Bangalore and Mysore reveal the imperial legacy. Bangalore, the state capital is a lively cosmopolitan city noted for its fine climate and extensive gardens, thus becomes a key part of Tourism in India.
Western Region is integrated in the whole of Tourism in India, with its cosmopolitan culture and commercial exuberance. Mumbai is a major metropolitan city and the financial capital of India. It is also the cultural capital of India; its film industry has gained acknowledgment not only in India and also in the overseas countries. Pune is another exciting town located on the Deccan Plateau, once the capital of Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler. Being the land of Shivaji and Marathas, it is not unusual that numerous artifacts are found in the periphery of the region. Aurangabad is also a city having historical significance. The magnificent Ajanta and Ellora Caves makes it a perfect place to go for vacation. Goa is a magnificent tourist destination noted for its beautiful beaches. Fascinating villages along the beach with white church buildings and beautiful houses set among orchards of coconut, alluring all the tourists to frequent the places again and again.
The splendor of the Eastern region is added mainly due to its rich cultural heritage and ethnic history. Tourism in India, thus, is growing to great heights due to cities like Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Assam etc. Calcutta has a charm all its own. The best time to visit the place the place is during the festival of Durga Puja, when the city is decorated and becomes lively with merriment and celebration.
Many of Calcutta`s imperial buildings are located around the maidan, a large expanse of lawns that forms the heart of the city.
With the beautiful hill stations of Darjiling on the one hand and the serenity of seacoasts of Puri, the tourists find no dearth in excavating the beauties and wonders of various places of Eastern India.
Tourism in India is a treasure house of cultural and traditional embellishes as reflected in its artifacts, scenic beauties of the rivers, seas and mountains, thus enabling it to gain a prestige in the international arena.