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Top Travel Destinations in West India

The top travel destinations in West India offers yet another unique and amazing travel experience that one has not seen in other parts of India. The states of west India exhibit a rare and unique culture which is visible only in these regions. The states in West India has everything to offer for travel enthusiasts which include beaches, hill stations, monuments, ancient temples, national wildlife parks, adventure destinations.

The States and Union Territories that constitutes the western part of India are Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Let us have a brief look at each of them.

Goa is one of the smallest states in India and was once under the rule of the Portuguese. Most of the cities in Goa still show the cultural influence of the Portuguese, which makes this state an interesting travel destination in West India. Things that make Goa  a hot tourist destination are the beautiful beaches, ancient Churches, Temples and World heritage architecture. Mapusa, Margao, Panaji, Ponda, and Vasco Da Gama are some of the major places in Goa, that are worth visiting.

Gujarat is a state in the western part of India which is home to the major sites of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Gujarat also holds high importance as a historic destination in India and is also one of the most industrialized Indian State. Gujarat has some of the best historic monuments, wildlife parks,  ancient temples, ports and beaches which makes it a hot tourist destination in West India. Some of the major places of attraction include Lothal, Dholavira, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Gondal, Jamnagar, Mandvi, Porbander, Rajkot etc.

Maharashtra is the most beautiful state in West India and is home to some of the major tourist attractions in India. Mumbai, which is the commercial capital of India is also the capital city of Maharashtra. Maharashtra has some of the best hill stations, beaches, monuments, temples, churches, wildlife parks and other picnic spots which make it a popular travel destinations in West India. Mumbai, Pune,  Aurangabad, Bhandardara, Matheran, Panchagani, Raigad etc are some of the major places of attractions in Maharashtra.

Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu is a Union Territory in West India which has a clear Portugese influence as this city was a part of Portugese India some years back. Beautiful landscapes, beaches, forts and churches add more value to the tourism industry in Daman and Diu. Some of the major attractions include Devka Beach, Fort of Diu, Jampore beach, Nagoa Beach, Our Lady of Rosary Chapel, Hilsa Aquarium, Kachigam Water Tank etc.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar Haveli is another Union Territory in Western India, which was also once a part of the Portugese India. Dadra and Nagar Haveli is an amazing tourist destination with green forests, bautiful waterfalls, mountain ranges, rivers and an amazing wealth of flora and fauna. Silvassa city, Vanganga Lake Garden, Hirwavan garden, Tribal Museum etc are some of the major tourist attractions in Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Top Travel Destinations in South India

The top travel destinations in south India differ from its counterpart in the north due to its different and unique landscape, different climate etc. The South Indian travel destinations also had a different past, which makes it home to some of the varied heritage monuments and remains.

The South Indian travel destinations have almost everything to offer for the tourists such as beaches, hill stations, low lands, forts, temples and other monuments. The best time to visit South India is between October to March and we can see a boom in the tourism industry during this time. The South Indian travel destination exhibit different languages and culture which makes the travel more interesting and challenging. Let us have a look at the main travel destination states of South India.

Karnataka is one of the beautiful travel destinations in South India which is popular for some of the amazing travel spots. Karnataka is the 8th largest state in India and was home to some of the powerful empires in the medieval and ancient India. The coastal regions, the hilly areas and the plains of Deccan plateau make Karnataka a favourite travel destination in South India.  Major attractions in Karnataka include hill stations, ancient temples, monuments and adventure destinations. Major places of interest include Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Udipi, Murdeshwar, Ankola, Kalinadi reservoir  etc.

Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is known for its vast and varied range of ancient temples and its unique architecture. The temples in Tamil Nadu are a sight to behold as it depicts a unique architectural style that is not seen in other parts of India. Apart from temples Tamil Nadu is also home to ancient monuments, beaches, hill stations, wild life parks etc. Some of the major travel places in Tamil Nadu include Chennai, Chidambaram, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Kodaikanal, Madurai, Mamallapuram, Nilgiri, Ramanathapuram, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli etc.

Kerala, which is known as “God’s Own Country” is one of the most exotique travel destination in South India, which is well known for its unique landscape and natural beauty. Kerala is a small, greenish state in the southern end of India which has a prominent role in the Indian tourism industry. Kerala also houses tourist attractions such as beaches, hill stations, backwaters, wildlife parks, adventure destinations, ancient Temples, Churches etc, which makes it one of the must to visit travel destination in south India.   Major travel spots in Kerala comprises of places such as Kovalam, Munnar, Alleppey, Cochin, Idukki, Wayanad, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram etc.

Andhra Pradesh   
Andhra Pradesh is the fourth largest state in India and is situated  on the south eastern coast of India. Andhra Pradesh has also caught the imagination of travellers due to its varied range of attractions such as beaches, temples, mosques, ancient monuments, wildlife parks etc. Some of the major places in Andhra Pradesh are Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Secunderabad, Srisailam, Puttaparthi, Warangal etc.

Lakshadweep is a group of islands and forms  the smallest union territory of India. Beaches, natural beauty, golden sand, virgin coral reefs etc  are some of the major attractions of this beautiful island in South India. Lakshadweep offers some of the best venues for adventure activities such as scuba diving, deep sea water fishing, boat trip with lagoons etc.  Popular desitnations in Lakshadweep are Agathi,Kadamat,   Amini, Kalpeni,  Kavaratti,  Minicoy and  Androth.

Puducherry / Pondicherry
Puchucherry (formerly Pondicherry) was formerly a French Colony and is a Union Territory of India. Puducherry is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in south India, Museums, temples etc. It is also home to some of the finest educational institutions in India which attracts a large number of students from across India. Some of the major spots in Puducherry include places such as Auroville, Arikamedu, Mahe etc.

Top Travel Destinations in North India

North India is one of the major travel hub in India and is home to several states which offers  some of the top travel destinations in India.  The states in north India have tourist places which hold high historical importance and has witnesses some of the most importance historical happenings. As a result most of the travel destinations in north India contains historical monuments, forts, temples, mosques, churches etc. which would be a delight for travelers. The major states in north India which offers the best travel destinations are given below.

Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is an amazing travel paradise located on the foot hills of the Himalayan ranges and is famous for its majestic scenic beauty.  Apart from its landscape beauty you can also see a lot of shrines, temples and other monuments which makes Jammu and Kashmir a hot tourist spot in north India. Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat bagh, Chashme Shahi  and Mata Vaishnav Devi Mandir are few of the best travel destinations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Delhi is the capital city of India, and holds high historical importance when compared with other travel places.  Delhi has a much old history and has witnessed some of the major historical events and happenings which is evident from the wide array of monuments, forts, temples and other historical buildings.  Some of the major attractions of Delhi include the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, The Jantar Mantar, the Humayun’s Tomb, the lotus Temple, the Qutb Minar and India Gate.

Punjab is one of the most beautiful travel destination in north India and has a lot to offer for travellers. Punjab is home to Golden Temple in Amritsar, which is one of the most sacred and holiest shrine for the Sikh community. Wagah Border, the separation line between India and Pakistan is present in Punjab and this is one of the major attractions in Punjab. Apart from this there are several historical buildings, temples, monuments etc. which add more value to the tourism business in Punjab.

Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is yet another beautiful state in North India with several mind blowing travel destinations. Himachal Pradesh is basically a hilly region and hence possess a cool climate throughout the year which makes it a popular travel destination in India.  Some of the major attractions in Himachal Pradesh include Shimla, Manikaran, Lahaul, Spiti, Dharamshala and  Kullu-Manali.

Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal is relatively a new state in north India and is a  major travel destination in India.  It is one of the perfect destination for activities such as Sightseeing, River rafting, para- gliding, trekking,  hang gliding,  mountaineering, skiing, etc. Some of the major attractions in Uttarakhand include places such as Hardwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Almora, Badrinath, Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital etc.

Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is a major travel spot in India which is marked for its religious destinations, historical monuments, sacred rivers and mountains. Popular rivers such as Ganga and Yamuna flows through Uttar Pradesh which makes it a major pilgrimate tourist destination in India. Some of the major places to visit in Uttar Pradesh include Agra, Allahabad, Ayodhya, Jhansi, Kanpur, Mathura, Varanasi, Vrindavan etc.

Rajasthan is very much popular for its desert tourism and is well known for its sand dunes, lakes, villages, forts and palaces. Unlike the other states in north India Rajasthan is quite different in its style and landscape.  Some of the major spots in Rajasthan include places such as Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Chittaurgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, Pushkar, Kota, Sariska Ranthambore etc.