India: the beauty of diversity!

India: the beauty of diversity!


Introduction

India is a big subcontinent of complexity, contradiction and green natural beauty. It is also home to one of the world’s great civilization and birth place of major religions. India pulse with history while simultaneously enters the modern era. India is the beauty of diversity.  India’s history can be traced back to thousands of years. Long before Europe’s history. From forts to beaches to even beautiful scenic beauties, we have everything in our country. India is the beauty of diversity and we all must appreciate it. Let us see how.

The beauty of this country not only lies in the places it has to offer, but also in the kind of diverse people like us who stay in it. From uphills to down south, India has diversity. It is the beauty of diversity that makes this country unique. It is so interesting to know this fact and you all might want to learn so much from each culture. We may think that we all are Indians and why I am talking about culture and religion, but when we will learn to respect and enjoy others’ culture too, that is when we will begin to learn that India is the beauty of diversity.

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The northern belt of India

In the northern belt, you can see architectural marvels in Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Khajurau Etc such as Red fort in Delhi, Taj Mahal in Agra, Majestic fort in Gwalior and the world heritage temples in Khajuraho to name a few. Chandigarh is first planned city in India. Anand pur sagar is popularly known as the Seat of Khalsa, Patiala, seat of Royalty and Amritsar, great Golden Temple Gurudwara. In totality, Chandigarh, Patiala, Anand pur sagar and Amritsar can be called the land of Bountiful and Plenty and culturally rich.

You can now move on to religion, Spirituality and adventure in the hills. Haridwar is the starting point to these where India’s holiest river the Ganges begin its journey to the plains. It is a must visit for all spiritual and religious mandate. Upstream from Haridwar is Rishikesh. It is a town with numerous temples, Ashrams and Ghats. This is also a must visit for all religious and spiritual minds. Moving from there, we go up to Doon valley Dehradun which is green and picturesque. It is becoming popular as retirement retreat. Mussorie is the jewel of the Doon valley. It offers wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges. It has Plenty of tourist spots which have been developed only for tourists.

Trekked-up

The Kumaun region of the Himalayas is trekker’s paradise in.  Nainital is the lake town hill station. It’s strategic location makes it a good base for exploring other gems of Kumaun like Ranikhet and Almora. Ranikhet and Almora have a charm of their own with unlimited trekking options.

Mountains are calling.

Moving on to Himachal Pradesh, you can see places like  Shimla and Manali. Here you can see snow clad peaks and verdant valleys. Shimla has grown into a large town from its earlier beginning as the summer capital of the British. Kullu is on of the most enjoyable Himalayan town. Manali is more attractive and an excellent base for treks. Jammu is the gateway for the Kashmir valley. About Srinagar, everybody knows it has the heaven on earth. Leh Ladakh is situated at more than 10,000 ft. above sea level has number of beautiful monasteries, monuments which are the biggest attraction for the visitors.

Western belt of India

Jaipur and Jodhpur are two of the most popular ones here which have spectacular palaces and fort. Ajmer and Pushkar are for the religiously and spiritually inclined people. Ranthambor is one of the India’s finest wildlife destination, mainly for tigers. Udaipur, chittodgarh and bundi are few places to add. You can call them the land of formidable fortresses. Udaipur is called the lake city and now an international wedding destination.

The western cultural cities

Bikaner and Jaisalmer are lands of sand dunes. Bikaner is situating at an elevated ground, surrounded by a long besieged wall and guarded by gigantic gates. Jaisalmer is known as the golden city of India and it has forts, hawelis, sand dunes and camel safaris. Moving further west to Gujrat, there is colour and festivity all round in Ahmedabad. The nearby state capital Gandhinagar is the more planned city. Surat is the diamond and other precious gems’ hub of India. Baroda provides us a peak into the textile Industry. Rajkot is the quintessential Gujrat city, bustling with people and activity. To get a view of the sea side of Gujrat, you must go to Dwaraka, which is also for the religious minded.

The city of dreams and more..

Moving on to Maharasthra , the land of Ganapati and Shivaji. Mumbai is the Industrial and commercial hub of India.  It is also called the city of dreams, though rightly so. Next in the heart of Maratha country, is Raigarh. It is the witness to many fleets of Shivaji Maharaj. Lonavala and Khandala are refreshingly different twin hill stations. Pune was the childhood home of the Maratha leader Shivaji and the Capital of the Maratha confederation. You cannot afford to miss out on Nagpur. Here one can savour the best oranges in the Country. Moving on further west, we may find India’s beach capital Goa. Visitors from all over the world throb the beautiful beaches which offer secluded palm trees, retreats and resorts.

South west of India

Karnataka is the south west part of India. Belgaum is a major centre of the Indian freedom movement. Next on the trip is Bejapur, which is famous for gol gumbas. Humpi is the city of ruins. All these places have many and varied splenders of the South west region of India. Moving on towards the central area of Karnataka, Bangalore and areas around. They offers you an extremely pleasant climate and breathe taking sites. Coorg is the coffee land of India with Coffee plantations almost everywhere. One just cant miss out going to Mysore which has the Chamundi hills to seek blessings from Goddess Chamundeshwari. The Vrindawan gardens make a spectacular site.

Southern beauty

From Mysore, one can travel upto Ooty in Tamil Nadu. It is a very scenic hillstation. In Ooty, one should go to Dodabeta peak which is the highest point in the Neelgiris. Going further down southwest is Kerala. It is called as God’s own country. Kochi mixes tradition with modernity and has picturesque sites with portugese  influence. Kochi is the Ideal starting point for exploring the diversity and beauty of the coconut tree studded Kerala. Next is Trissur with numerous temples and churches which will leave one in awe. The coastal city Kozhikode will keep you entertained with its beaches , museums and art gallery. All these will give one long lasting impression.

One can cruise through the backwaters of Allapuzha and expolor ethe magnificent network of water ways in Kerala. A trip to the capital Tiruvananthapuram will give a pious tilt at the Padmanabha swami temple. Also one can enjoy a sea side trip to Kovalam beach.

Trip down south

From Tiruvananthapuram, one cannot miss going to Kanyakumari in Tamil nadu, southern most tip of India. Here water from the three oceans meet. It is also a picturesque place for meditation. Moving on to Tamil Nadu’s land of temples. Tamil nadu’s rich culture and history draws lots of tourists. The chola kings built mangificant temples in Tanjor , tiruchi, and Madurai. A visit to Rameshawaram Island is a must from a tourist and religious point of view. The Meenakshi temple of Madurai is a spectacular site to behold.

A visit to the quiet hillstation Kodaiikanal will thrill you. Equally important will be a visit to the Manchester of south India. It is situated on the banks of River ‘Dever Nojjan’ and has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Chennai is a wonderful place to visit with lots of museums, churches, temples, beaches and other historic places. Temples at Kanzipuram will light up the devotional element in one.

The wonder island

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands will tell the story of those who face hardships during the Indian freedom struggle. Many beaches and the oldest tribes of the Island will draw the tourist to these islands many times. Moving on to the largest of the southern states Andhra Pradesh and Telagana. Its unique character is formed by its landscape, history and religion. Hyderabad, the capital city is known both for its historical masterpieces and cultural tradition. Nearby to this place is the Mighty fort of Gol konda which will enlighten you about the acoustics of ester ears which are relevant even today. One just can’t miss Balaji temple at Tirupati which stands testimony to the faith of millions of devotees.

The heart of India

Moving on to Madhya Pradesh, which is the heart of India. MP is a culturally diverse state that still retains much of its old charm. Bhopal the capital city combines scenic beauty history and modern city planning. Raja Bhoj found this city and it presents multi-faceted profile. The old city with its temples and mosques while also having new city has big markets.

Indoor is a city which got its name from the eighteenth century Indereshwar temple. It was once city of the holkars and  built by Ahilya bai. It is located in the valley of river Narmada and has number of historical monuments and temples associated with the Holkars. You just can’t afford to miss Ujjain which is one of the seven holiest cities of India. It is located on the river of Shipra River. It is also of the Jyotir Lings in India.

…Moving north up

In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, You will find centuries of Buddhist history, heritage and spiritual tradition. Bodh gaya in Bihar is the place where Buddha attained true knowledge.  Sarnath in Varanasi is where the Buddha attained nirvana. Then comes places like Rajpur where the Buddha spent most of his life while Nalanda is the place which was once the world’s largest university that helped spread Buddhism across Asia.

You must also visit Varanasi. It is often called as the city of Lord Shiva where he is believed to grant the inhabitants plenty of wealth and Karma. Besides that, this city is held by the Ganges River. The city is on the level of most sacred places in India. While in this city one can either involve themselves in mysteries or study at Banaras Hindu University or try to find spiritual release or simply sit and watch The Ganga flow by.

The states of joy and culture.

Next moving on further to east into Bengal, the cultural hub of the country rightly so. Here situated is the city of Joy, Kolkata, the queen of hills Darjeeling and world’s largest mangroves Sundarbans. West Bengal has unusual to offer to those with wanderlust. Kolkata was the capital of west Bengal. It is the city that vibrates with the cultural scene, colonial heritage, passion of its people towards its city. About Sundarbans one can say the thrill of siting the tiger lures lots of tourists here. In addition, to the royal Bengal tiger, the UNESCO World heritage site provides shelter to the endangered species like the Ganga river Dolphins and Estuarine crocodiles.

Uphills

Moving on further north in Bengal, towards the hills. First comes Darjeeling which evokes many images of the lush green tea gardens, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, strong Gurkhas and the magnificent views of mountain Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling has much to offer in terms of the cultural diversity, education and excellent opportunities for adventure sports lovers. From Darjeeling one can easily reach Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim by road. Gangtok is on the west side of river “Darepal”. Here you can see smooth blend of tradition and modernity. It offers unspoiled natural beauty, peaceful monasteries and stupas. The list of attractions is many and the town itself is a beautiful place to simply walk around.

Tide-up and temples.

Moving on to down south east into the land of temples and beaches, Odisha. Bhubaneshwar is the capital city. Its rich history ensures that trip here is and voyage of discovery.  It has few temples which attracts religious minded and delights students of architecture and history. You just cannot afford to miss the trip to Puri as it forms the Golden triangle of Odisha together with Bhubaneshwar and Konark. Puri has the world famous Jagannath Temple. It also has a very good sea beach. Temple town also has attractive holiday options for the sea-side lover with a religious tilt. Next in Odisha comes Gopal pur on sea. It is a long stretch of beautiful beaches along the Bay of Bengal. It offers a peaceful holiday away from the maddening city crowds.

 

Conclusion

India’s rich culture, heritage and breathe taking places with lovely spots. Our country not only offers a proper blend of modernity and tradition but it also ensures that you feel like home when you visit here.Our country is much less valued for its beauty, culture and diversity by its own citizens like us. We must try, explore our country more and appreciate it as much as possible.  For us, our tourists are like our god. Do visit and enjoy. Also check out https://buzzofthehour.com/the-coolest-road-trips-to-cover-in-india/ for adventures. Also http://www.perfectlymessed.com/?p=124 also.


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