Situated in Rajasthan , Mandawa is considered one of the sleepy villages of this region and it is obvious that a place like this with so much historical significance has a number of tourist attractions. Mandawa is known for its forts and visiting the many tourist sites will offer you a thorough knowledge about its rich history. As well as sites of historical importance, Mandawa also has great shops and places to have some fun.
Commonly known as the camel country, Bikaner is home to some of the best riding camels and consists of one of the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world. Situated in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with sand dunes and it retains the medieval grandeur that infiltrates the city’s lifestyle.
Jaisalmer, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, exudes an age-old aura of courage and royalty. Also commonly known as the “Golden City”, it is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort which seems to rise up from the city in a mass of yellow sandstone walls. There are many tourist attractions including forts, temples and Haveli’s – private mansions with historic and architectural significance. If you are an adrenalin junkie, a desert safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and is commonly known as the “gateway to Thar” as it is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert. The houses in the old city are painted blue, creating a striking contrast to the golden sand surrounding the city. With forts and palaces, temples and Haveli’s, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture and the fact that the sun shines almost every day of the year, Jodhpur is definitely a destination of choice whilst visiting India.
Jaipur, also fondly known as India’s Pink City, is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple and several massive Rajput forts.
Jaipur has all the amenities of big city, but its real charm lies only in the inner lanes and streets of the markets and with its camels, elephant rides, desert sounds and folk culture, Jaipur is by far one of the most colourful experiences one can hope experience in India.
Agra is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, which is a definite must see for any visitor travelling through India. Offering easily accessible excursions to nearby destinations, Agra is also known for its architectural gems, handicrafts and culture.
Situated on the banks of the great Ganges and considered to be one of the oldest living cities in the world, it is no wonder that people from far and wide travel to Varanasi for spiritual enlightenment. Hindu’s believe that should you die at Varanasi, you will receive salvation, and it is known as the holiest of the seven scared cities in Hinduism and Jainism.
Delhi, the capital city of India, features a modern metropolitan that is home to people of different regions, languages, and cultures. Although boasting the advantages of a modern city, Delhi still holds the appeal of a time gone by, with a rich historical and cultural ambience. From old city lanes, to incredible monuments and the newer shopping arcades, this city will captivate you with its selection of old and new.
Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is a small town situated approximately 60km south of Chennai and is famous for its stone carvings and temples. Well known as an ancient historic town, Mahabalipuram is now purely a tourist town and one of the major attractions around Chennai.
A group of sanctuaries which consist of temples, caves and sculptures have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pondicherry, more recently named Puducherry, is a town situated on the eastern seaboard and was once the largest French colony in India.
The town, which makes for a pleasant mix of East and West, offers many attractions for visitors such as palm-fringed beaches, backwaters, fishing villages, beach resorts and the French heritage found in the boulevards which are lined with Mediterranean style houses and bakeries. You will not be short of good foods and fine wines in Pondicherry.
Tanjore, recently changed to Thanjavur, is a city which lies 342kms from Chennai and is the headquarters of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage monuments, are found in and around Tanjore, making it a tourism hotspot for those wanting to experience Indian religion, art and architecture.
Periyar is a river that flows throughout the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and has been named the “Lifeline of India” due to the fact that it is one of the few perennial rivers in the region and provides drinking water for several major towns.
Cochin, once a small town, has outgrown its original bounds and is now the general name given to the region joining the original town of Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Ernakulam and many other nearby villages and towns.
Also referred as the Gateway to Kerala, this vibrant seaside city is situated on the south west coast of the Indian peninsula in Kerala, commonly referred to as “Gods own Country”.
Kochi, the original name of the city, is the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala and boasts a world class port and international airport that links to a variety of major cities worldwide.