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India, for long has been known as the exotic tourist destination. This land is full of hospitality and rich culture. From one part to another, every region of the country has something in it which can mesmerize the visitors. There are so many things to do for the visitors that one will be left with a tough choice to make. India boasts of many fantastic tourist destination because of which thousands of tourists flock in every year from all over the world. India has an incredible number of hot tourist destinations starting from the beaches of Goa to the forts and palaces of Rajasthan to the mighty Himalayan states. This country offers traveler a wide range of option to select from. Wild life lovers, historians, cultural enthusiasts and hard core adventurers, every variety of tourist will find something interesting to do in this great country. Its rich history makes it a symbolic tourist destination and with every passing year it is attracting more number of tourists from all over the world.

Taj Mahal, AgraVisit Taj Mahal - The Eternal Monument of Love : Taj Mahal, the eternal symbol of love, is the hottest tourist destination of India. Situated nearby the capital city Delhi, this monument is the crowning glory of country. In the recent year it has found its name among the seven wonders of the world. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal, this stunning monument has become the symbol of love for the lovers across the globe. Dont's miss out a visit to this monument on your trip to India.

Explore Rajasthan – The Land of Royalty – Welcome to the land of royal Rajputs! This state is amongst the most visited travel destinations in India since it offers loads sightseeing opportunities and interesting things to do. The magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan quietly narrate the story of brave Rajputs rulers. A number of these palaces have been converted into heritage hotels and museums which give travellers a peak into the lifestyle of the erstwhile kings and queens.

Enjoy Camel Safari in Rajasthan - The great Thar desert of Rajasthan is a hot tourist spot. You can undertake a camel safari trip and camp overnight in the famous Sam Sand dunes. This is one of the most loved activities for tourists in Rajasthan. Camel safari is a good way to explore the virgin desert and villages of Rajasthan. From very close quarter one can experience and see the rich folk culture of state while enjoying camel safari along the rural land.

Relax and Have Fun in Goa - It's time for party as one heads to the land of beaches, Goa. This small state of India, located on the western coast, today finds its name among the major tourist destinations of the world. Once known for hosting backpackers, Goa these days is frequented by tourists from all over the world. Some of the beaches of state like Anjuna, Calangute, Baga are crowded with visitors through out the year. You can relax as well as indulge in adventurous water sports here. The new year and Christmas party in Goa is the time when tourists flock in large number from all over the world. Even Goa carnival, held in the month of February, is something a tourist can look forward to. For 3 days of the carnival, Goa witnesses live processions, music, dance and festive atmosphere all over.

Take Rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk - For those travelers who want to try out something unique, a rickshaw ride through famous streets of Chandni chowk can be fun. Traveling in this mode of transportation which is mostly found in the South- Asia can be an eye opener. Apart from being eco-friendly, this three wheeler cycle can easily take you through small bylanes and crowded street too. Chandni Chowk is one of the most well known markets in the old Delhi area and is close to the famous Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

A Joy Ride in Toy Trains - Traveling with toy trains of India which run through the various hill stations can be an enchanting experience. Some of the major toy trains which run in India are Darjeeling toy train, Nilgiri toy train and Kalka-Shimla toy train. Traveling in these toy trains in slow speed, the travelers can enjoy the scenic beauty and feel near to nature.

Tiger in Bandhavgarh National ParkDon't Miss A Wildlife Trip - For animal lovers there are many national parks spread across the country. Corbett national park which is home to large number of tigers is the place where one see the majestic animal in their natural habitat. A wild safari through Corbett can be an enthralling experience. Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park also present high probabilities of sighting tigers. Gir national park, which hosts Asiatic lions is an important wild life destination too. Travellers can also try out elephant safari in Periyar. Bharatpur bird sanctuary in Rajasthan, which is second habitat in the world to welcome Siberian birds during winter offers excellent view of various types of bird. India attracts large number of animal lover as country is home to some of the rarest of animals many of whom are on verge of extinction.

Shopping – Get Ready To Spend - Take some time out and go for shopping in the streets of India. This country has large number of bazaars and fairs organized through out the year. Some of the things found here are quite unique and will not be found in any other parts of the world. Walking along the crowded streets and indulging in some hard bargaining can be both interesting and exhaustive experience. India is known for its beautiful fabrics, gems and jeweleries, leather works and carpets. While you may have to do some bargaining in the normal bazaars, various state run emporium's offer items at reasonable prices at fixed rate. Johari bazaar in Jaipur, Zaveri bazaar in Mumbai and Paharganj in Delhi are some of the major shopping destinations of India. For those brand conscious there are many shopping malls to check out. Some of famous malls are Spencer Plaza in Chennai, Select City Walk in New Delhi, The Forum in Banglore and Inorbit Shopping mall in Mumbai, which is Asia's biggest mall.

Enjoy Cruise in India- Cruise has emerged as the most popular tourist attraction in the last decade. India offers river, sea and backwater cruise opportunities to the visitors. One cam enjoy sea cruise in Goa, Kerala and Lakshadweep . The backwaters of Kerala is also an added cruise attraction. Slowly drifting in the houseboats, cruising along the backwaters of Kerala is best way to relax and enjoy the natural sightseeing. To experience river cruise one needs to head towards Brahmaputra river in Assam. This 7 day cruise which starts from Guwahati and culminates at Silghat near Tezpur.

Taste Indian Cuisines- India for long has been known as the land of spices. The cuisines and culinary of India will surely tempt the visitors. Tandoori chicken, Hyderabadi kebabs, naan, parathas are some of the popular dishes of India. Down south, dosa and idlis are very popular too. One interesting fact is that religious beliefs play a crucial role in determining the food habits of people. Also there will be drastic changes in the food habits as one moves from one region to another.

Visit Spiritual Ghats of Varanasi- Ghats are the soul of the Varanasi, where Hindus comes to get salvation. The best time to view ghats is during dawn when thousands of devotees throng this 4km long area. Located along the holy river Ganga, it is a stunning sight to see so many devotees performing religious acts at the same time. Most magnificent sight is the sun rising over river Ganga early in the morning. One can hire a boat and cruise in this enigmatic river Ganga.

Rejuvenate Yourself – Go For Ayurveda Treatment- This form of medical treatment is a rage among the western tourists. Kerala and Himalayan states are the hub of Ayurvedic treatment in India. Traditional ayurveda treatment can cure several illness by using natural medicines. One will be completely rejuvenated after experiencing the ayurveda treatment. This kind of treatment responds well in the calm and serene atmosphere.

Pushkar Fair CamelBe a Part of Colourful Fairs and festivals- India is a land of fairs and festivals. Through out the year various fairs and festivals are organized all over the country. Reflecting its vibrant cultures and tradition, fairs and festivals are big attraction of India. Visiting various fairs and being part of celebration of festivals, you can understand India in better way. Festivals like Holi, Deepawali, Eid, Durga puja are some of the major religious festivals. Pushkar fair, Urs Ajmer fair and Suraj Kund fair are flooded with tourists. Infact many tourists plan their vacations to India when these fairs are on.

Enjoy a Luxury Train Tour - Palace on Wheels- One of the top most luxurious train of the world, Palace on Wheels is the pride of India. The decorations and services available on board this train will remind you of the erstwhile Maharaja's of the state. This eight day journey which starts from New Delhi every Wednesday will take you through the beautiful desert of Rajasthan. During this trip one will get chance to visit historical cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer.

Rafting in Rishikesh- For the adventurous people Rishikesh is the best place to try river rafting expedition. This holy town located on the bank of river Ganga is an important pilgrimage center, but it is also a popular destination for white river rafting. Rafting in the tough Himalayan river can be both challenging and fun.

Go Trekking and Mountaineering in the Himalayas- The mighty Himalayas has always challenged the extreme sports lovers from all over the world. Trekking along with mountaineering are big rage in this region. Ladakh and its adjoining areas see a lot of trekking activities. Fascinating mountains of Ladakh with different type of terrain is the ultimate destination for the trekkers. Other Himalayan states like Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh are also paradise for trekking and mountaineering.

Visit Buddhist Monasteries- India is home to large number of Buddhist monasteries from both Hinayana and Mahayana sect. This country specially has large of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries spread all over. Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the second largest monastery of Asia. There are many more monasteries in state like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim. Head of the Tibetan Buddhists and their spiritual leader Dalai Lama lives in exile, in the picturesque town of Dharamshala, in Himachal Pradesh.

Watch Indian movies- Indian movie industry is next only to Hollywood. It is a very big industry and is the most famous source of entertainment for the public. Each year hundred of movies made in different languages are released. You can walk across to the nearest mulitplexes and watch any of your favourite movies.

Enjoy Traditional Dance and Music- India's diverse culture has always someway binded together this country. Music and dance have played a crucial role in uniting this varied country. Since ancient time music and dance have special place in the life of Indian. Various forms of dance like Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Odissi are very popular. Different types of Indian music are Qawwali, Folk music, Ghazal and Classical.

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