Gujarat, the seventh largest state in India, located in the western part of India with a coastline of 1600 km (longest in India). It is the tenth most popular state in the country for tourists with annual footfall of 18.9 million tourists.Gujarat offers scenic beauty from Great Rann of Kutch to the hills of Saputara. Gujarat is the sole home of the pureAsiatic lions and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia. During the Sultanate reign, Hindu craftsmanship mix with Islamic architecture, giving rise to the Indo-Saracenic style. Many structures in the state are built in this fashion. It is also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi &Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the great iconic figures during India’s Independence movement. Gujarat offers many types of tourism like Business Tourism, Archeological & Heritage Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Religious Tourism, Wildlife Tourism, Medical Tourism and much more. Amitabh Bachchan is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism. Ahmedabad is considered an ideal hub to cover all the destinations across Gujarat.
The pilgrim places of Haryana are thronged by devotees all over the year, who visit the important religious places to seek divine blessings and eternal happiness.
The state of Haryana has a long historical and cultural tradition which is manifested in the numerous religious places which fills the tourist with an intense sense of satisfaction. Some of the notable “Pilgrim Destinations” of Haryana are:
Lord Krishna and Arjuna
Kurukshetra– The historical place of “Kurukshetra” is the cradle of Hindu civilisation. The fierce battle field of the holy land of “Kurukhshetra” is a witness to the discourse between the mighty and valiant ruler “Arjuna” and his divine charioteer “Lord Krishna“.
Jyotisar– The ancient place of “Jyotisar” is the nurturing ground of the values and principles that guide the oldest religion of the world, the “Hindu” religion. The significance of the place lies in the fact that the holy religious text of the “Hindus“, the “Bhagwad Gita” was complied in this sacred place
Thanesar– The sacred place of “Thanesar” has two important religious temples of the “Sthanesvar Mahadev Temple” and the “Ma Bhadra Kali Temple” that draws several devotees throughout the year
Pehowa– The holy land of “Pehowa” is an important religious place among the Hindus, who pray to the deceased member of their family and offer “Pind Daan” to release them from the cycle of birth and rebirth
Khatushyam The holy place from the time of Mahabharata.
Panchkula– The beautiful place of Panchkula offers the tourist with numerous places of religious and historical importance, including “Morni hills” and “Tikkar Taal”.
Dhosi Hill – A hill near Narnaul, having Vedic period Rishi, Chaywan’s Ashram. Famous for preparation ofChyawanprash, and other herbal preparations.
landscape of Himachal Pradesh is ideal for outdoor activities such as skiing.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for itsHimalayan landscapes and popular hill-stations. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking,paragliding, ice-skating, and heli-skiingare popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla, the state capital, is very popular among tourists. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a Mountain railway which is aUNESCO World Heritage Site. Shimla is also a famous skiing attraction in India. Other popular hill stations includeManali and Kasauli.
Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama, is known for its Tibetan monasteries and Buddhist temples. Many trekking expeditions also begin here.
Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. Jammu is noted for its scenic landscape, ancient temples and mosques, Hindu and Muslim shrines, castles, gardens and forts. The Hindu holy shrines of Amarnath in Kashmir Valley attracts about .4 million Hindu devotees every year. Vaishno Devi also attract millions of Hindu devotees every year. Jammu’s historic monuments feature a unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture styles.
Tourism forms an integral part of the Kashmiri economy. Often dubbed “Paradise on Earth“, Kashmir’s mountainous landscape has attracted tourists for centuries. Notable places areDal Lake, Srinagar Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Yeusmarg and Mughal Gardens etc. Kashmir’s natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations for adventure tourism in South Asia.
In recent years, Ladakh has emerged as a major hub for adventure tourism. This part of Greater Himalaya called “moon on earth” consists of naked peaks and deep gorges. Leh, the capital, is also a growing tourist spot.
Karnataka has been ranked as fourth most popular destination for tourism among states of India. It has the highest number of national protected monuments in India, at 507.
Kannada dynasties like Kadambas,Western Gangas, Chalukyas,Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagarasand the Kingdom of Mysore ruled from what is today Karnataka. They built great monuments to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. These monuments are preserved at Badami,Aihole, Pattadakal, Mahakuta, Hampi,Lakshmeshwar, Sudi, Hooli, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Dambal, Lakkundi, Gadag,Hangal, Halasi, Galaganatha,Chaudayyadanapura, Banavasi, Belur,Halebidu, Sringeri, Shravanabelagola,Sannati, Nanjangud, Mysore, Nandi Hills,Kolar, Mudabidri, Gokarna, Bagali, Kuruvatti and many more. NotableIslamic monuments are present atBijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur and other part of the state. Gol Gumbaz atBijapur, has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia. Karnataka has two World heritage sites, at Hampi andPattadakal.Bellary one of the historical place, we can see the forts which were built by the great Tipu Sultan for protection.
Karnataka state has several palaces such as Bangalore Palace, Mysore Palace (also known as Ambavilas Palace), Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace,Nalknad Palace, Rajendra Vilas,Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi VilasMansion, Lalitha Mahal, Rajendra Vilas, Cheluvamba Mansion, Shivappa Nayaka Palace and Daria Daulat Bagh. Karnataka is famous for Jog falls ofShimoga District is second highest waterfalls in Asia. Karnataka has many beaches at Malpe, Kaup, Marvanthe,Karwar, Gokarna, Murdeshwara,Surathkal. Karnataka is a rock climbers paradise. Yana in Uttara Kannada, Fortin Chitradurga, Ramnagara nearBengaluru district, Shivagange inTumkur district and tekal in Kolar district are a rock climbers heaven. Utsav Rock Garden in Shiggaon, Uttar Kannada.
Hill stations in Karnataka are generally unexplored and more pristine than better known ones in South India. Major hill stations in the state are Agumbe andKodachadri in Shimoga District; Baba Budangiri, Kemmangundi, Kudremukh inChikkamagaluru District; Biligiriranga Hills in Chamarajanagar District andKodagu district (also known as Coorg). Other hilly town and regions are Mullayanagiri, Pushpagiri(or Kumara Parvatha), Nandi Hills, Chikkaballapur district, Kundadri, Tadiandamol,Talakaveri, Male Mahadeshwara Hills,Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta,Ambaragudda, Antara Gange,Savandurga, Kurinja, Yedakumeri, Siddara Betta, Bananthimari Betta,Skandagiri, Devarayanadurga andMadhugiri.
Wildlife Sanctuaries & National ParksKarnataka has several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks such as,Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli;Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary; Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary; Peacock sanctuary in Bankapura; Ranebennurblackbuck sanctuary, Haveri district; Deva Raya Wildlife Sanctuary, nearHampi; Attiveri Bird Sanctuary, nearHubli-Dharwad, Uttara Kannada; Anshi National Park, Uttara Kannada; Magadi Bird Sanctuary, Shirahatti; Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary; Adichunchanagiri Wildlife Sanctuary; Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary ; Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary; Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary; Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary; Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary;Melukote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary ;in Mandya district; Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary; Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary;Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary;Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary;Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary;Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary;Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary; Gudavi Bird Sanctuary; Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary; Kaggaladu Heronry; Kokkare Bellur; Bankapura Peacock Sanctuaryand Bonal Bird Sanctuary