INDIA : THE TRUE MEANING OF DIVERSITY
What comes to your mind when you hear the name “India”? Most probably the first thing that comes to your mind would be Cricket & you might’ve heard of Bollywood as well. However, these are not the only things that India has to offer. India has, astonishingly, a plenty of things to offer despite being the second-most populous country. If you are a traveler from Europe or North America, you might not be interested in India as a traveling destination. Nonetheless, India is one of the few countries in the world with incredibly a greater diversity.
India is the seventh-largest country by its area which is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, & the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast, and Myanmar and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Let’s go through the most Iconic traveling destinations in India
Beaches & Sunbathing
Goa, a tiny emerald land on the west of India and the 25th state of Union states of India. It lies in Western Coast of India and is 594 kilometers away from Mumbai City. Further, Goa is known as the traveller’s paradise in India. From sightseeing to relishing on various delicacies, It has lots to offer you. At the same time, Goa tourism is altogether a different product in winter, summer & monsoon. Although you cannot enjoy the water sports during monsoon yet when it rains, the lush greenery glitters and it’s blissful to travel around Goa during this time.
There are a handful of really fascinating beaches in Goa. Querim Beach, Arambol Beach, Mandrem Beach, Morjim Beach, Chapora Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach only a few to mention.And most importantly, you needn’t worry about accommodation. With various options, Goa provides from cheap to expensive staying places.To mention, it is good to divide between North and South Goa & try and experience both the sides. The south is great to relax by the pools or on the sand while soaking in the sunshine and the North offers diverse dining and nightlife scenes, and its crowded markets. So, if you have a Craving for Oceans Goa is a place that you shouldn’t miss.
Adventure & sports
Bordered by the Himalayas in the North, the hill station of Manali nurtures a topography which has many dense forests, rocky terrains and snowy mountains. If you have a thing for extreme adventure sports, then Manali is the state of Himachal Pradesh should be your ideal destination. The hill station of Manali offers numerous opportunities for the adventure enthusiasts. While in the region, one can choose from a wide range of gut wrenching activities that cover lofty mountains, gushing streams and undulated terrains.
Here are few things that you can do in Manali
- River Rafting
- Solang Valley
- Rohtang Pass
The Holy town of rishikesh is also well known for the various adventure sports it offers.The town is better known as a famous pilgrim spot and for its various yoga & spiritual centers. The emerald green water, the equally green hills and the shimmering white sand, one might think only Goa could spur such magic which is completely wrong.
Rishikesh is a perfect place for practicing white water rafting.It is considered as the best place to start a captivating slide through Ganges River, especially between September to December and March to June.There are various rafting camps across the towns that offer training and rafting facilities.Apart from water Rafting, travelers can also take a chance on bungee jumping, flying fox and giant swings.
Nature & Sightseeing
Kashmir is undoubtly one of the most scenic destination you will ever witness in your life, located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal & Punjab to the South.The most exquisite landscapes, coupled with the ever-falling temperatures make it a paradise on earth in the literal sense. There are many places to visit in Kashmir, which will make you absolutely fall in love with the place wanting to never go back. Such is the charisma of the place!
Kashmir is fantastic, actually an ideal one for honeymooners, but even families can have a great time there.Soak your memories in a warm cup of kahwah Tea, while indulging in the varied landscapes of Kashmir. Take in the crisp misty air, while gorging on warm Kashmiri pulao and home-made Rista. Dust the snow off your shoulders after a long trek up a hill and watch the sun-kissed, snow-capped mountains.But you will never fed up with Kashmir. Inspite of the political issues, that’s the main reason many visit Kashmir sometimes even risking their lives.
Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas; this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. It has a vibrant environment with dense green forests. Blessed with many clear and unpolluted streams & has an ideal retreat for nature lovers.
Dharamshala is divided to Two
distinct parts –Lower Dharamshala & Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamshala is a civil & commercial center whereas Upper Dharamshala retains a colonial lifestyle with its British-modeled suburbs of McLeodganj and Forsythganj.
Places to Visit In Dharamshala
- Tsuglagkhang complex
- Bhashu falls
- Dal Lake
- Kareri Lake
- Kangra Fort
- Kaleshwar mahadev temple
- War memmorial & etc..
These are only a few places that India has to offer. It will take hundreds of days to describe the true beauty of India & her diversity. Before concluding, I would like to remind you a few facts that you should know before visiting India.
1.Bacteria is a huge issue in India. Therefore, it’s always better to use bottled water in India. however, before you buy make sure the cap is intact.
2.Don’t eat streets food, no matter how tempted you are.
3.When you’re staying at a hotel, check the room. Make sure the room is clean & it’s worth the price.
4.Try & book your trains in a week advance.
5.It ’s absolutely for women to travel in India. However, one does need to be careful and use discretion.