India – one of the planet’s most multidimensional countries is full of diversity and presents a broad spectrum of travel encounters. Even the most experience travellers come across surprises at some point; which makes India as one of the unique travel destinations. A vibrant mixture of traditions, culture and geographies, India speaks for itself as a soul-stirring journey. From the snow-capped mountains to the sun-washed beaches, serene temples to lively festivals, dusty rural villages to techno-savvy hubs, noisy old bazaars to modern shopping malls – with all these immense diversities, India captures the heart of every tourist. With the country’s tourism branched into several forms, India has a chunk for every kind of traveller.
Nature is at its best in India. Abundant gifts of nature have turned the country into tourist’s paradise with the touch of ingenuity. Each state has a unique blend of nature and development, which holds both tradition and modern ways of life together. Kashmir, known as the heaven on earth, is a major tourist spot offering dynamic terrain ranging from barren mountains to lakes and forests. Further south, the terrain becomes flatter and more hospitable, widening into the fertile plains of the Indus river valley of Punjab and Haryana and Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and further to the Ganges river valley of Uttar Pradesh.
To the west, lies the large state of Rajasthan and Gujarat, known for the Thar Desert and the Rann of Kutch. The west coast extends from the Gujarat peninsula down to Maharashtra till Goa, and is lined with some of India’s finest beaches. The land along the coast is typically lush, with rain forests reaching southward all the way to Goa. A long mountain range, the Western Ghats, separates the fertile coast from the dry Deccan plateau, further inland to the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh, home of the famous Taj Mahal at Agra, stretches itself to the east with the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Sikkim. Further east, the last gulp of land that extends beyond Bangladesh, culminating in the Naga Hills along the Burmese border, known as the North-East comprises of the ‘seven sisters’ – Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The North-East has a large spectrum of flora and fauna which is yet to be discovered.
India reaches its peninsular tip with South India, which begins with the Deccan in the north and ends with Cape Comorin, where the land ends into the waters from three oceans blending together to offer an impeccable view. The states in South India are Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, each different from the other, holding some of the India’s most spiritual and favourite leisure destinations. The south-east coast, like the west, rests beneath the mountain range of Eastern Ghats. This is not the all. Separated from the mainland, in the south-east lie the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and in the south-west lie the Lakshadweep Islands, where the lush green mountains on the backdrop of turquoise coloured oceans with coral reefs offer a spectacular view of the nature.
One thing that best summarise the Indian tourism is its ability to encourage, frustrate, excite and puzzle, all at once. Exploring India is a continuous work-in- progress; it’s all about surrendering yourself to the unknown. Nothing can quite prepare you for India because of its very essence – its mysterious soul. Love it or hate it, no matter where you go or what you do, India is a place that you will never forget.