As Dan Eldon quoted, “Journey is the destination” – one could spend all life travelling. There are numerous tourist destinations in the nook and corner of India. A country with 29 states spanning diverse geographies, culture, traditions and ethnicity, it offers great spots for tourist attraction. India with its great culture and heritage is nature’s beauty personified. Below mentioned are some of the many tourist places of attraction which one must explore:
- Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is a picturesque monument built in the indo-Persian architecture of the Mughals. It is an epitome of the sacred love and the strong bond of affection between the emperor and his wife. Built with red sandstone and marbles, it boasts of a symmetrical architecture with curvilinear beams, columnar styles and exquisite decorations which are based on Shah Jahan’s style of art. The marble dome is the most striking and awesome feature which is roughly 23 feet high. Four tall minarets stand erect on the platform of the structure and complete the architecture. Tourists visit from all over the world throughout the year to have a glimpse of this great monument. You could really live a historical moment by walking around the Taj!
- Golden Temple
The Harmandir Sahib (a.k.a Golden Temple) is considered to be the most sacred Sikh gurudwara in Punjab. The design of Harmandir Sahib was the work of the fifth guru of Sikhs, Guru Arjan. The major feature of Harmandir Sahib is that it has four entrances. They exemplify the openness and co-operative nature of the Sikhs towards all people of the world. In 1764, Maharaja Ranjit Singh safeguarded Punjab from attack of outsiders and covered the top floors of the gurudwara with gold and thus came the name “Golden Temple.”
The temple has a remarkable architectural construction. One notable feature is that Harmandir Sahib is constructed at a lower level so that devotees can go down the steps. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine every day and derive the eternal tranquility of mind.
- Udaipur Palace
Udaipur, popularly known as the ‘City of Lakes’, is one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola is the great City Palace built in a flamboyant style by the Rajasthani and Mughal emperors. Most of the architecture was the result of significant contribution by Maharanas starting with Uday Singh II. The palace is built of marble and granite and its interiors comprise structures like balconies, terraces and towers which are exquisitely decorated with murals, paintings, marble carvings and mirror-work. You could have a breathtaking view of the lake and Udaipur city from the terraces of the palace!
- Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is a vibrant structure that stands in the waterfront region in South Mumbai and was built during the British Raj. The monument is 85 feet high and was constructed to mark the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. The structure of the edifice is designed taking into account the Muslim style which is the arch and the decorations pertain to the Hindu customs. The central dome of the monument is 83 feet high and 48 metres in diameter. Erected on the four sides are strong turrets which impart strength and beauty to the architecture. The rear side of the arch has steps that take you to the Arabian Sea. The most ideal time to visit the Gateway of India is November to March.
- SunderbansPhoto by joiseyshowaa
Located on the natural regions of Bengal including Bangladesh and Eastern India, Sunderbans covering over 10,000 kilometres are the abundant source of mangrove forests. Situated on the Sunderbans delta in West Bengal is the Sunderban National Park which is a famous tiger reserve and biosphere reserve. You could enjoy your stay in Sunderban Tiger Camp which provides expert guides and comfortable accommodation in huts, tents and cottages!
- Meenakshi Temple
Located on the banks of the holy Vaigai river in the city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi temple is a place of worship devoted to Goddess Meenakshi who is considered to be an incarnation of Parvathi and her consort Lord Shiva who is known here as Sundereswarar. The temple boasts of a spectacular architectural construction comprising 14 gopurams or gateways, two golden vimanas, the shrines above the garbagrihas (sanctums) of the main Gods. The Meenakshi temple is one of the largest temple complexes in TamilNadu which is sectioned into quadrangular enclosures surrounded by strong masonry walls. It is believed that the temple used to be the center of Madurai city.
Nowadays, owing to the high tourist base, there are several shops and stalls deployed at the temple entrance and also with elephants welcoming the visitors! You could pay just Rs.10 and get the countless blessings of the temple gajraj!
- Kerala backwaters
Parallel to the Arabian Sea lie a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes which constitute the Kerala backwaters. The Kerala backwaters consist of a series of interconnected canals, lakes and rivers forming a maze-like system covering 900 kms of waterways. Located in Kollam, Ashtamudi Lake is one of the most preserved lakes in India. There are a myriad of ferry services and resorts for the tourists to enjoy their stay!
Rohit blogs on transindiatravels.com and loves adventure and believes in exploring the true side of India by interacting with the locals.