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Bored of sitting around at home all day living a mundane life? Tired of visiting the same old parks day after day? Yearning for a bit of adventure? Bangalore may be the hub of IT in India but it isn't short of surprises outside its boundaries. Here are a few places you could go, whether it be to appreciate nature's beauty, take a trip back in time, or even for a short picnic.

Bandipur National Park

State: Karnataka,India

Bandipur National Park was established as a tiger reserve in the year 1974. It is well known for its breathtaking natural beauty and is the first Biosphere Reserve of the country.The area is the habitat for a number of animals such as elephants, deers, hornbills, sloth bears, panthers, pythons etc. This is a one of a kind opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat.The national park is a home for various beautiful species of fauna as well.The area is blooming with great varieties of timber trees such as Teak, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Indian Kino Tree, giant clumping bamboo etc .The park provides different types of accommodation options that can make the wildlife experience fulfilling , along with luxurious resorts and hotels.

Chikmagalur

State: Karnataka,India

Chikmagalur also known as the coffee land of Karnataka. It is famous for its beautiful hills and views, along with plenty of waterfalls that can be seen frequently. It is known as one the best Sightseeing and trekking locations blessed by the mighty Western Ghats. Other major tourist spots in Chikmagalur are Mullayanagiri (Famous for Trekking), Hebbe Falls (Well known Waterfalls), Baba Budangiri (Famous for trekking), Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmangundi ( Famous for Trekking), Kudremukh National Park (Famous for Trekking), Sharadamba Temple well known for Sightseeing), Kalhatti Falls (Waterfall).

Coorg

State: Karnataka,India

Coorg is located at an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats. It is best known as the Scotland of India and is the most famous hill stations in Karnataka.Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. The major attractions in Coorg are Raja's seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare. The famous Cauvery River originates in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery. Coorg is rich in flora and fauna as it is part of the Western Ghats. It is known for three wildlife sanctuaries - the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and a national park, the Nagarhole National Park.

Hampi

State: Karnataka,India

Hampi, a temple town in northern Karnataka, was once the capital of the historical Vijayanagara Dynasty. This picturesque place, surrounded by striking ruins of the past, has been welcoming tourists from far off for ages. The grandeur of the ruins of temples and other structures date back to 1500 AD and is the main attraction of this place. According to some legends, Hampi used to be the second largest city of the world. Hampi is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is known for tourist attractions like Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple and Nandi Statue. The best time to visit Hampi is during the three day long Hampi festival held around October-November every year. Hampi is a UNESCO world heritage site, is known for its magnificent temples such as the Sasivekalu Ganesha temple. Hampi is the abode of antiquated ruins, tawny colors and riveting landscape

Mysore

State: Karnataka,India

Mysore now called Mysuru is best known as the City of Palaces. Mysuru retains an old-fashioned charm, that never fails to mesmerize. It is filled with pilgrimage centres and scenic spots and is well known for the festivities that take place during the Dasara. Mysuru is referred to as the cultural capital of Karnataka. The Mysore painting style is distinctive due to the gesso work, where gold foil is applied to the paintings. It is famous for Mysore silk saree (a women's garment made with pure silk and gold zari (thread)), the Mysore Peta a traditional indigenous turban worn by the erstwhile rulers of Mysore and the Mysore pak a notable local dessert that traces its history to the kitchen in the Mysore palace. It is also home to The Mysore Zoo, established in 1892 and the Brindavan Gardens, where a musical fountain show is held every evening.

Shivanasamudra Falls

State: Karnataka,India

Shivanasamudra falls is located in a small island town in the Mandya district of Karnatak.Asia’s first hydroelectric power station was set up here in 1905. This is a perennial waterfalls and so the best time to see the falls is the monsoon season from July to October. ShivaSamudram literally meaning Shiva’s Sea. The river falling down into a cloud of foaming spray is a awe-inspiring experience.There are circular boats that can give you a closer look at the water falls. There are group of ancient temples close to the water falls and it is believed that there was a likely a village too.

Belur

State: Karnataka,India

Belur a small town is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is of historical importance as it was the capital of the Hoysala Empire. The small town is a popular tourist and pilgrimage centre due to its importance in history and the presence of various important temples. The Kesava Temple at Belur, Hoysaleswara Temple and Jain temples in Halebidu have been proposed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Shravanabelagola a well known Jainism pilgrimage site in South India is close to Belur.

Gokarna

State: Karnataka,India

With its unspoilt beaches and enthralling landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers. Gokarna literally mean Cow's Ear. It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a Cow(Mother Earth) and symbolizing the ear the temple is located near an ear shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini. Gokarna also mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana is referred to as the home of brothers Gokarna and Dhundhakari. The beaches are rather calm and peaceful. There are spots on the beach that provide water sports as well. There are many luxury resorts and well as budget hotels available here.

Jog Falls

State: Karnataka,India

India's second highest plunge waterfalls, Jog falls is a magnificent waterfalls located in Sagara taluk, Shimoga district of Karnataka. It is created by the Sharavathi River and drops 253 m (830 ft). The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon as the main source of water to the falls is the rainwater. The water from the river is usually stored in the Linganmakki Dam for electricity generation.

Udupi

State: Karnataka,India

Udupi , famous for the Sri Krishna Temple also lends its name to the the Udupi cuisine which is famous across the world. It is also famous for the Asta Matt. It is also one of the oldest educational centers. As it is often referred as the temple city , it is well known for the temple festivities. Adorned by the Arabian sea on one side and the western ghats on the other , this temple town is a perfect tourist and pilgrim spot. Kaup Beach and Malpe beach along with the St. Mary's Island are other major attractions here.

Dandeli

State: Karnataka,India

Dandeli a small town in North Karnataka in the Western Ghats, is a new found tourist spot well know for the biodiversity it provides far from the crowded cities. It lies along the banks of the Kali river. The natural beauty of the area attracts tourists from across India and abroad. It is an adventure sports and a white-water rafting destination in South India. It is among the few locations where rafting is viable even in peak summer months of March to June. Adorned with lush green forests it is also a great spot for trekking, biking, kayaking, cycling as well as exploring some wildlife.

Murudeshwar

State: Karnataka,India

Murudeshwar also a name for Lord Shiva, is well known for the Lord Shiva Temple in the town. The temple has the world's second tallest Shiva statue and the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The temple has a 20 storey Raja Gopura which is provided with a lift to see the 123 ft tall Lord Shiva statue. The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, also called Murdeshwar. The linga is believed to be a piece of the original Atma Linga and is about two feet below ground level.The temple is surrounded by water on three sides. Murudeshwar is also known for the Netrani island close by which is an ideal destination for tourists interested in snorkelling and scuba diving.

Pattadakal

State: Karnataka,India

Pattadakal is a small temple town with a collection of ten Hindu and Jain temples in north Karnataka. These temples are dated to be from the 7th or 8th century.The location has been marked as a World Heritage site since 1987 by UNESCO. Pattadakal means "place of coronation" and is believed to be the place where the Chalukya dynasty kings were crowned. Some of the famous temples here are Virupaksha Temple. Mallikarjuna Temple, Papanatha Temple, Jain Temple etc.

Nagarhole National Park

State: Karnataka,India

Nagarhole National Park (aka Rajiv Gandhi National Park), is a national park located in Karnataka, The park has been declared as Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The predominant vegetation in the Nagarhole National Park is of southern tropical and moist type. The name of the park NagarHole (Snake lakes) comes from the fact that it has a few serpentine streams fork through its rich tropical forests running eastwards through its center. It has a tremendous collection of wildlife such as tiger, leopard, wild dog , sloth bear and the hyena. One can also find numerous elephants in the true habitat. Other places close by include Kutta , Irppu Falls and Ishwara Temple.

Alleppey

State: Kerala,India

Alleppy (aka Alappuzha) rightfully known as the Venice of the East is a village town most famous for its intertwining network of freshwater lakes, lagoons, canals, and rivers referred commonly as backwaters. Lying along the Arabian Sea coast , Alleppy boasts of beautiful beaches as well. Alleppy is also home to some age old coir carpet industries and is well known for its prawn farming. The peak tourist season start mid October to May. But the enthralling spirit of the Snake boat race in August gets even more tourists thronging Alleppy during that time. Alleppey is home to some historic temples and religious places. The Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna temple popular for the 'palpayasam' (milk porridge) offered to the lord, Champakulam known for the Snake boat race and the 10th century granite figure of great Buddha are some other places of interest in Alappuzha. Last but never the least - a must do in Alleppey is a ride or stay in the Houseboats, as they glide through the backwaters adored by coconut and palm trees. It is surely a never before experience to experience nature at its best.

Munnar

State: Kerala,India

Munnar, situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru is one of the most alluring and popular hill-stations of Kerala. It is famed for its lush green tea estates, exotic landscape, opulence of flora and fauna and rugged peaks. Major attraction in Munnar are the Eravikulam National Park, the Mattupetty Dam, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate , Echo Point etc. The Blossom Park near the Pallivasal hydro-electric project is an ideal spot for family with kids as one can enjoy activities like Boating ,Cycling and Roller skating. They also provide Hammocks & Meditation caves.There are many more points of interest in Munnar such as the Top Station, TATA Tea Museum etc.

Wayanad

State: Kerala,India

Wayanad is a natural paradise with lush green forest on the mountains of the ever enthralling Western Ghats. Home to Historic caves , lakes ,waterfalls and magnificent peaks , Wayanad is also known for its wild life sanctuary. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers and for those who enjoy trekking and wildlife. Some of the well known tourist spots in Wayanad are the Chembra Peak (great for trekking enthusiasts), Neelimala and Meenmutty waterfalls (Trekkers delight), Pakshipathalam (Trek to deep caves in the forest that is home to wide varieties of birds and plants. Requires special permission from DFO). While enjoying the alluring Wayanad beauty , one can also find some souvenirs in bamboo products, honey and herbal plants, coffee, tea and spices.

Thekkady

State: Kerala,India

Thekkady most famous for the Periyar National Park , has the dense evergreen forests along the periyar river. The national park is home to astounding wildlife and spices. The National park is the major attraction and you can enjoy activities like bamboo rafting in the mullaperiyar catchment area, hiking and trekking along with the wildlife in their home habitat. The other tourist spots in Thekkady are Murikkady (known for the spices and coffee plantations), Chellar Kovil (known for the scenic waterfalls and cascades), Mangala Devi Temple ( is atop a peak 1337 m above sea level and the temple remains closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. Visitors are allowed to go to the temple on getting a special permission letter from the Forest Ranger).

Kovalam

State: Kerala,India

Kovalam a small coastal town is famous for its beaches. Its has been an internationally acclaimed beach destination since 1930's. The rocky cape along the beach has created a small bay of calm water making it ideal for Sea bathing. There are a wide range of leisure activities available along the beach such as catamaran cruising, Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages etc. Ayurvedic spa treatments are a major tourist attraction along with Yoga, Meditation and other cultural activities. There are numerous accommodation options, from luxury resorts to budget hotels available close to the beaches. The major point of interest are the Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and Halcyon Castle .

Vagamon

State: Kerala,India

Vagamon is a hill station situated in the Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala, It is known for its cool climate even during the harsh summers. This tiny village is still untouched by the commercialization and has an alluring charm due to its beautiful valleys, lush green meadows, enthralling pine forests, tea estates and waterfalls. This town in cuddled between three hills namely Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala representing the three different religions and thus depicting the harmony in the region. Vagamon has facilities for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing. The terrain is mostly hilly with green meadows. The area also has a wide range of flowers and orchids. The other places of interest here are the Kurisumala and ashram, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, Pine Hill and the Vagamon meadows.

Bekal

State: Kerala,India

A tranquil village in Kasaragod district, Bekal is a land with a celebrated past. The land is blessed with ancient forts, majestic hills, serpentine rivers and golden sun kissed beaches. There are many attractions in Bekal such as the giant keyhole shaped Bekal Fort, the sun kissed beach surrounding it, backwaters and hilly terrains. It is also hosts the Bekal Hole Aqua Park which is an adventure park that offers various forms of water rides to its visitors.

Kozhikode

State: Kerala,India

Kozhikode also known as calicut is the largest city in northern Kerala. It is a great historic importance as it has been long been a prosperous trading town with its vast sea shore and harbour. This town was once the capital of the Zamorin dynasty. Vasco da Gama first landed near here in 1498, opening routes to international trade. The lost coast along the Arabian sea has blessed Kozhikode with many beaches. Some of the major must visit places in Calicut are the Kappad Beach, Thali Temple, Mishkal Mosque, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Mananchira Lake, Beypore Beach, Lion Park etc.

Varkala

State: Kerala,India

Varkala is a small coastal town along the Arabian Sea. It is famed by the Varkala Beach which is adorned by red cliffs covered with palm trees. To its south the Papanasam beach is believed to have holy waters. Close to this, is the Janardana Swamy Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Varkala is also famous as the resting place of the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. The small town is embellished by the hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses and untouched beaches. Few of the tourist attractions in Varkala are Thiruvambadi Beach, Anjengo Fort, Edava Beach, Sivagiri Mutt and water sports at Varkala Beach.

Chennai

State: Tamilnadu,India

Hogenakkal

State: Tamilnadu,India

Kanchipuram

State: Tamilnadu,India

Kodaikanal

State: Tamilnadu,India

Mahabalipuram

State: Tamilnadu,India

Ooty

State: Tamilnadu,India

Chidambaram

State: Tamilnadu,India

Madurai

State: Tamilnadu,India

Rameshwaram

State: Tamilnadu,India

Thanjavur

State: Tamilnadu,India

Tiruchirappalli

State: Tamilnadu,India

Kumbakonam

State: Tamilnadu,India

Kanyakumari

State: Tamilnadu,India

Araku Valley

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Srisailam

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Tirupati

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Papi Kondalu

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Rajahmundry

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Talakona Falls

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Vijayawada

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Visakhapatnam

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Ahobilam

State:Andhra Pradesh,India

Aurangabad

State:Maharastra,India

Aurangabad: The 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine that’s styled on the Taj Mahal, is what the city in Maharashtra, Aurangabad is a city in Aurangabad district, and it is well known for having Nashik to its west, Jalgaon to its north, Jalna to its east and Ahmednagar to its south as the districts that primarily border Aurangabad. Being surrounded by historical monuments like the Ajanta and Ellora caves makes Aurangabad a tourist hub. In fact, it’s is known to the ‘Tourism Capital of Maharashtra. The city is named after Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor. It is famous for its ancient and historical monuments and has retained its old world and rustic charm. It is one of those cities in India that still holds on to its roots making it a must-visit place for tourists the world over. The best places to visit in and around Aurangabad are, the Ajanta Caves, Bibi ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Ellora Caves, Grishneshwar Temple, Haazur Sahib Nanded, Himayat Bagh, Jayakwadi Dam, Zainuddin Shirzai’s Maqbara, Lonar Crater Lake, Panchakki & Baba Shah Muzafir Dargah, Parli Vaidhyanath Jyotirlinga Temple, to name a few.

Ajanta Caves

State:Maharastra,India

The first place to strike your mind when you think of Aurangabad is the Ajanta Caves. It is a famous tourist attraction spot for the past several decades. These caves date back all the way to the 2nd century and have been carved out of rocks. The Caves are a group of 30 Buddhist caves that are considered to be the epitome of ancient and well-preserved architecture. The Ajanta Caves are also known to be the most poignant and brilliant form of Indian architecture. There is a further diversification of the Ajanta Caves into many different caves for a variety of purposes, as given by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The long forgotten caves were rediscovered at a later date in 1819 by John Smith, a British officer, who during one of his tiger hunting expeditions landed on them by accident. From then on, there was immense popularity gained by the caverns not just among the architecture and history lovers but also among the tourists across the world and even aspiring geologists.

Lonavala

State:Maharastra,India

Lonavla is the name that is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘lonavli’ which comprises of the caves like Karla caves, Bedsa caves and Bhaja caves which can still be found near Lonavla. Etymologically, it is also said that the name Lonavla is derived from the words ‘len’ (a resting place carved from stone) and ‘avali’ (series) in Prakrit, a Middle Indo-Aryan language. According to historical information, the place was a part of the Yadava dynasty. But as time passed, the strategic importance was understood by the Mughals who then retained the place as it is for a long time. Officially, Lonavla is a town as well as a hill station Municipal Council in Pune district in Maharashtra, an Indian state. The total area of Lonavla is about38 km2 (15 sq mi). It is widely known for its production of ‘chikki’, a hard candy. And on the lines that connects Mumbai to Pune, Lonavla is the major stop. Lonavla is a huge tourist attraction because of the wide range of activities and places that can be explored in and around the place. Some of the places that you could watch out for in Lonavla (and Khandala which is a twin hill station and adjacent to Lonavla) are the Rajmachi Point, Ryewood Park & Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Lonavla Lake, Duke's Nose, Tiger’s Leap, Karla Caves, Lohagad Fort, Bhushi Dam, Lion Point, Narayani Dham, Della’s Adventure Tungarli Lake and Dam and Shooting Point to name a few.

Mahabaleshwar

State:Maharastra,India

Mahabaleshwar, just being a few hours away from the bustling city of Mumbai is not the favourite spot to visit by residents of Mumbai but also those visiting Mumbai. It is considered to be one of the best weekend retreat spots in Maharashtra district, India. Mahabaleshwar is a scenic hill station situated in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, India. Those who want to breathe in some fresh, tranquil air head towards Mahabaleshwar at any given point in time since the place not only has rich sightseeing options but offers a lot of tranquillity and serenity as it comprises of many small and meandering paths that tourists can walk through leisurely. Mahabaleshwar is located 120 km southwest of Pune and 285 km (177 mi) from Mumbai and has a vast plateau measuring 150 km2 (58 sq mi), surrounded by valleys from all the sides. The climatic conditions of Mahabaleshwar is extremely suitable for cultivation of strawberries due to which Mahabaleshwar strawberry fields are responsible for around 85 percent of the total strawberry produced in the country. The place also celebrates the popular Strawberry Festival every year around March. Some of the best places to look out for in Mahabaleshwar are The Carnac Point, Babbington Point, Bombay Point, Connaught Peak, Dhobi Waterfall, Elphinstone Point and Lingmala Falls to name a few.

Mumbai

State:Maharastra,India

Mumbai, also called Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra, India. It is also called the “Gateway to India” and is the financial capital of India. Mumbai is home to a lot of people from varied religions, cultures and other socio-economic backgrounds. It is popularly known as “City of Dreams” because the Hindi Film Industry is situated in the city. The native language of Mumbai is Marathi spoken by many locals.Tourism in Mumbai has obtained a special place on global map because it houses the Hindi film industry, popularly known as ''Bollywood'' world-wide which brings out more than 300 movies a year. A few of them are Elephanta Caves, Gateway of India, Crawford Market, Flora Fountain. The beaches in Mumbai form a large part of the Mumbai tourist attraction spots. Juhu beach, Chowpatty, Bandra, Versova, Marine Drive, Worli Sea Link to name a few are must-visits in Mumbai.

Paachgani

State:Maharastra,India

Panchgani, also known as Panchgani, is a beautiful hill station with stunning picturesque locations and amazing natural beauty. Literally, Panchgani signifies five hills which makes it a very scenic place and its exquisiteness is multiplied with it having the backdrop of mountains on one side and coastal plains on the other. It is a perfect place for nature and beauty lovers and a major tourist attraction in Maharashtra, India for not just its breath-taking view but also for the tranquillity and calmness that it provides. The Panchgani hill station is known for its unpolluted environment and is considered to have a good oxygen content in the atmosphere in comparison with other regions due to which many travellers and even locals prefer visiting Panchgani. Some of the must-visit places at Panchgani are Mount Malcolm, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Panchganga Mandir, Wilson Point, Sydney Point, Table Land, Venna Lake, to name a few.

Pune

State:Maharastra,India

Pune, previously known as Poona, is not just the culture capital of Maharashtra, is a well-known city in India for tourism and industry and it is also the second largest city of Maharashtra. In the recent years, Pune has gained a lot of popularity and has become a tourist destination for travellers world-wide. Marathi is the native language in Pune. Pune is at a locational advantage and is located to the east of the Western Ghats, around some of the famous weekend destinations like Lonavla and Khandala. Pune is located on the Deccan plateau where the Mula and Mutha rivers converge. Pune is well-known for its cultural activities such as literature, classical music, theatre, spirituality and sports. It is also called the educational hub of India where the main branch of the renowned Symbiosis University is located. A few of the places to visit at Pune are Osho Ashram, Aga Khan Palace, Saras Garden, National War Museum, Tulsi Baug.

Ellora Caves

State:Maharastra,India

Ellora caves situated in Maharashtra, India. They are approximately 29 kilometres northwest from the city of Aurangabad, 300 kilometres east-northeast from Mumbai, and about 100 kilometres west from Ajanta Caves. Ellora is an amazing achievement of human genius which proudly hosts some of India’s best places. The Kailash Temple as a standalone is a stunning piece of art which required the removal of 250,000 tonnes of rock and took about 100 years for completion. There are 34 caves totally: 12 Buddhist caves (500-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-870 AD) and 5 Jain caves (800-1000 AD). The caves, numbered roughly in chronological order, starting with the oldest Buddhist caves at the south end, are spectacular and it gets even better during the monsoon season due to which tourists throng the caves in huge numbers to get a glimpse of Mother Nature in its most absolute sense.

Ganpatipule

State:Maharastra,India

Ganpatipule is a small beach town situated on the Konkan coastline. Apart from the long stretches of pristine and stunning beaches Ganpatipule hosts, it is also is home to numerous temples of Lord Ganesha which acts as a major tourist attraction. Ganpatiule is located in the Ratnagiri district, and is one of the best getaways, especially for nature lovers. It has an air of romance yet peacefulness to it. The convergence of beaches with rivers is visible along with a hill that takes the form of Ganpati which is the God of worship among Hindu religion. It is the 400-year-old and famous Ganesha temple that gives Ganpatipule its name. It is one such place that hasn’t been commercialised and makes for an amazing destination for people seeking peace, beach lovers and pilgrims. During the month of November-May, Ganpatipule also boasts of offering water sports.

Nasik

State:Maharastra,India

Nashik is a very old city that is located towards the northwest region of Maharastra. It is considered to be one of the best destinations, for tourists who are in pursuit of peace, scenic beauty and peace. It is also a great place for spending quality time with their near and dear ones and their loved ones. It is considered to be a great religious tourist destination. Dudhsagar Falls, Panchavati, Muktidham Temple, Naroshankara Temple, Sundarnarayan Temple, Kalaram Temple, Trimbakeshwar, Someshwar temple, Ganga Ghat, Kapaleshwar temple, Jain Mandir, Deolali, Ramsej Fort and the Pandav Leni Caves famous destinations in Nashik. Nashik is well-known for grapes, onions and tomatoes. It is also known for its table grapes from very long and has come to being called the “Wine Capital of India”. The cuisine that is most popular in Nashik is Maharashtrian cuisine, but it also draws influences from Khandesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Ratnagiri

State:Maharastra,India

Ratnagiri is a coastal district located in the southwestern part of Maharashtra. It is part of the Konkan division. The Arabian Sea bounds it on one side, and Sahyadri mountain ranges to the east. Ratnagiri is bordered by Sindhudurg district to its south, Raigad district to its north and Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts to its east. It is extremely popular for mangoes with the most famous breeds being Alphonso and Pairi. Being a coastal district, it receives an abundance of rainfall and this combined with the fertile alluvial soil makes agriculture a major activity. The main crops grown are fruits, rice, coconuts and cashew nuts. Fishing is also one of the major activities since it is a coastal district. Ratnagiri has many beautiful beaches, serene temples and historical monuments. Some places which are a must visit are Ganapatipule Beach, Guhagar Beach, Bhatye Beach, Anjarle Beach, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Shri Devi Bhagwati Mandir, Jay Vinayak Temple Jaigad and the Gateway of Ratnagiri.

Matheran

State:Maharastra,India

Matheran is a municipal council and a beautiful hill station in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is a situated at the height of 800m above sea level on the Western Ghats and is considered the smallest hill situation in India. It is at a proximity from both Mumbai (90km) and Pune (120km). Due to Matheran’s locational advantage, it is a popular weekend tourist spot for urban dwellers. Matheran literally means ‘forest on the forehead’ and is declared as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment, Government of India. So, it is also the only automobile-free hill station in Asia. The major tourist attraction of Matheran is the viewpoints with 38 designated viewpoints. The most famous point is the Panorama Point which offers a 360 degree of the area surrounding the hill station and the Neral Town. Other noteworthy viewpoints are Louisa Point, Heart Point, Monkey Point, One Tree Hill Point, Porcupine Point and Rambagh Point. There are a lot of old Parsi bungalows available for stay. Also, old, beautiful, British style architecture buildings are preserved well in Matheran and are worth a visit. The roads are made of red laterite earth and not metalled which offer a vintage feel to the town.

Tadoba National Park

State:Maharastra,India

Taboda National park also known by the name Taboda Andhari Tiger Reserve. The national park is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. It is popular as Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park. The national park is part of India’s 50 ‘Project Tiger’ to protect tiger reserves in India. The origin of the name is due to 2 factors, i.e. Taboda or Taru who is considered as the god by tribal people who live in the forests and Andhari river which flows through the forests. There are about 88 tigers in the Taboda National park and 58 more in the surrounding areas. The other animals found here in abundance are the Sambar Deer, Muggar crocodiles, Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, spotted deer and many others. The national park is famous for the variety of flora and fauna is found in the park, and the national park is famous for its biodiversity. The main attraction for tourists is the jungle safari trips organised by the Forest department on open-top jeeps and buses along with trained guides.

Jantar Mantar

State:Delhi,India

Jantar Mantar is situated at the heart of the city Delhi. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur who assigned the task of revising astronomical tables and calenders by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah. There are majorly three instruments in this area named Jayaprakash Yantra, Misra Yantra and Samrat Yantra. The major objective of these instruments is to forecast the movements and time of the sun, moon, and planets and also to compile astronomical tables.

Red Fort

State:Delhi,India

It is a magnificent architecture of the Mughal Empire. It was built by the Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan in 1639 as the grand fort of the fortified city of Shahjahanabad. One of the major tourist attraction is its light and sound show which depicts the journey of Mughal Empire. The octagonal fort is known for its double dome, floral and marble decorations showcase the grandeur and style adopted by the architecture of the Mughal Empire.

India Gate

State: Delhi,India

India Gate is war memorial constructed by the British empire in India to honor the people who died fighting in the First world war. Its stones have names of 82,000 soldiers etched on the stones.The Amar Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame, burns day and night as a reminder to the nation of the sacrifices of the soldiers during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. It is situated at the end of the Rajpath. Its surrounding lush green garden are a perfect spot for picnic.

National Museum

State: Delhi,India

It is one of the largest museums in India which was started in 1949. It keeps a large range of articles spanning from the prehistoric times to the modern piece of work. The museum consists of around 200,00 art works covering almost 5,000 years of humanity. These works are both of foreign as well as Indian origins. The disciplines of art include arms, manuscripts, epigraphy, anthropology, decorative art, miniatures, textiles. Archaeology. jewelleries.

Raj Ghat

State: Delhi,India

Raj Ghat is a memorial devoted to, the greatest leader and the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. On the black marble platform, Mahatma Gandhi’s last rites were performed. Remembrance session are conducted every Friday and prayer session is also held on Gandhiji’s death and birth anniversaries. Various foreign have visited to pay homage to this incredible leader.

Lodi Road

State: Delhi,India

It is the road lying between the two greatest Indian monuments Humayun’s tomb and Safdarjung’s tomb. It connects Nizamuddin village with Jor Bagh. Jor Bagh was one of very earliest orchards in the Delhi Sultanate’s history. This road was also used by Timur's troop in 1398 who invaded the city of Delhi.

Safdarjung Tomb

State: Delhi,India

SafdarjundTomb was built by Nawad Shujaud Daula in 1754. It resembled the Mughal style of architecture. It is a garden tomb made of sandstone and marbles. Its main features are the char bagh plan which comprises of mausoleum located at the center., five-part magnificent, nineth-floor plan and huge podium consisting of a hidden stairway.

Humayun's Tomb

State: Delhi,India

Humayun tomb was built by Empress Bega Begum who was the first of Humayun. It was designed and planned by, a Persian architect Mirak Mirza GHiyas . It is a UNESCO World Heritage declared in 1993. It is located on the bank of Yamuna. It consists of the legendary Charbagh and various Persian gardens.

Amritsar

State:Punjab,India

Amritsar, historically known as Ramdaspur is a popular city in the state of Punjab and famous as a commercial, cultural and transportation centre. The name Amritsar means the 'pool of nectar' in Punjabi and is named so based on the holy tank which surrounds the Golden Temple. It is the centre of Sikhism and houses the world famous Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple which is considered the holiest of all Gurudwaras. The Golden Temple is an extremely popular place and attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal. Amritsar district is very close to Pakistan, and Wagah Border is just 28 km from the city. Wagah Border is the place of Indo-Pakistan border crossing and is a major tourist attraction of late due to the regular military drill and the elaborate change of guards. Other major attractions of Amritsar are the Jallianwala Bagh massacre site, Gobindgarh Fort, the Ramtirth Temple which is considered the Ashram of Maharishi Valmiki and other places. Amritsar is also famous for its rich cuisine, handicrafts, farm prouce, small markets, culture, carpets and fabric.

Jalandhar

State:Punjab,India

Jalandhar district is located in the centre of Punjab and is the oldest of any of the cities inhabited in Punjab. Now Jalandhar is highly industrial city and a commercial centre. Jalandhar city located on the Grand Trunk Road and hence is well-connected both by rail and road. There are two stories which explain as to why the place is named Jalandhar. First one is based on Jalandhara, a demon king who mentioned in Puranas and Mahabharata and another is because it lies between Satluj and Beas and Jalandhar means ‘area inside water’. Jalandhar is home to both modern buildings like malls and commercial centres and also to historical and cultural places like temples, gurudwaras and haveli. The places one must visit when in Jalandhar are the Rangla Punjab Haveli, Wonderland Theme Park, Devi Talab Mandir Temple, Kos Minar, Pushpa Gujral Science City and Lovely Sweets House Pvt. Ltd.

Ludhiana

State:Punjab,India

Ludhiana founded between 1489 A.D to 1517 A.D by rulers of the Lodhi dynasty. It is the biggest city to the north of the national capital Delhi. It is a hub for agriculture and industrial activities. It also used to be popularly referred to as India’s Manchester by the BBC. The city situated on the banks of Sutlej river is well-connected through all modes of transport road, rail and air. Ludhiana is a leading manufacturer of bicycle, and more than 50% of bicycles consumed in India are produced here. Also, it is a hub for the manufacture of tractor parts with more than 60% of Indian requirement produced here. Ludhiana is also popular for production of spare parts for BMW and Mercedes and woollen sweaters and cotton T-shirts. Ludhiana has many places of tourist attraction like the Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan, Nehru’s Rose Garden, Rakh Bagh Park, Hardy’s World, Guru Nanak Bhawan, Rural Museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum and many others.

Patiala

State:Punjab,India

Patiala is a district in southeastern Punjab is one of the princely states of the pre-independence Punjab. Patiala is surrounded by the districts Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar and Chandigarh in the North, Sangrur district to its west, Ambala and Kurukshetra of neighbouring Haryana to its east and Kaithal of Haryana to its south. Patiala is part of the Indo-Gangetic plain and has a complex drainage system of canals and rivers. The district is well-irrigated through artificial canals and is the main reason for the double-crop lands. Patiala is famous for its culture of traditional headgear PatialaShahi turban, paranda (type of braiding hair), Patiala salwar (female trousers), jutti (footwear) and Patiala peg (measure of liquor). The main tourist attractions are Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib, Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib, Bahadurgarh Fort, Maa Kali Devi Mandir, Qila Mubarak complex, Sheesh Mahal and Baradari Gardens.

Bhatinda

State:Punjab,India

Bathinda town in the state of Punjab of great historical importance. Qila Mubarak located in the city is the one where legendary female Delhi Sultanate ruler Razia sultana was kept imprisoned. Bathinda Fort is another significant historical monument situated in the town. Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Gurudwara Haji Rattan, Maiser Khana Temple, Bhagwati mandir and Mazaar of Peer Haji Rattan are sacred and religious sites. It also has an artificial lake called the Bhatinda Lake. Dhobi Bazaar is the famous street market in the city.

Pathankot

State:Punjab,India

Pathankot is a significant strategic location of India due to the development of the air force station and the army for defense purpose. Ranjit sagar dam for hydroelectricity generation. There are various religious importance like Mukteshwar temple, Kathgarh temple, Ashapurni Mandir and Nagni temple. Shahpurkandi Fort built by Rajput Chief Jaspal Singh Pathania in 1505 to worship the Hindu Goddess Maa Durga.

Kapurthala

State:Punjab,India

Kapurthala is one of the smallest districts in Punjab both in terms of population and area. Kapurthala has Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, and Amritsar districts to its north, Beas River and Amritsar to its west and Sutlej river, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur to its south. The district is highly reliant on agriculture for income, and the major crops are wheat, sugarcane, rice, potato and maize. Major portion of Kapurthala lies between the Beas river and the Kali-Bein river. During the pre-independence period, Kapurthala was a princely state and hence is known for a lot of historical buildings, palaces and gardens. The Kapurthala city contains a mix of both secular and aesthetic buildings influenced by the French and Indo-Saracenic architecture. Kapurthala is famous as the city of Palaces and Gardens. Places of interest for tourists are Sainik School (formerly known as Jagjit Palace), Shalimar Bagh, Elysee Palace, Moorish Mosque, Kanjli Wetland, Panch Mandir, Jagjit Club, Clock Tower and District Court Buildings.

Mohali

State:Punjab,India

SAS Nagar or Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, popularly known as Mohali. Mohali is popular as a major centre for technical education. There are a large number of engineering colleges, pharmaceutical colleges & education research institutes which are based out of Mohali. The region is also famous for the number of hospitals with a good technical know-how and modern equipment. Mohali is a commercial centre and is upcoming as an IT hub of the region. The city is famous for its modern sporting facilities and international sporting venues like the Mohali cricket stadium, hockey stadium, indoor stadiums and golf course. Mohali, Panchkula and Chandigarh form the Chandigarh Tricity. Places of interest for tourists to visit are Gurdwara Angeetha Sahib, Gurudwara Amb Sahib, the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, Fateh Burj and other places.

Rupnagar

State:Punjab,India

Rupnagar is considered to be founded by Raja Rokeshar in the 11th century and named after his son Rup Sen. Rupnagar is an old town and known for antiquity. Recent explorations and excavations by the Archaeological Society of India have revealed that the earliest inhabitants of the areas were Harappans. Rupnagar is surrounded by Nawanshahar, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib districts. Rupnagar is at a distance of about 50 km from Chandigarh. There is an Archaeological Museum of ASI which showcases the remains of the excavated site in the city of Harappan civilisation. There are many historical and contemporary places of interest for tourists in the district. One famous place is the Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib; this gurudwara is situated on the place where ‘Khalsa’ is considered to have been born. This place is considered as one of the five sacred ‘Takhats’ or sacred seats of the Sikh religion. Other places of interest for exploring are Gurudwara Parivar Vichhora Sahib, Gurudwara Bhatta Sahib, Jateshwar Mahadev Temple, Virasat-e-Khalsa and many others. World’s highest concrete dams, the Bakhra Nangal is another must visit place in the district.

Kolkata

State:West Bengal,India

The capital city of West Bengal is one of the very first city which was developed culturally as well as economically by the British Empire. Trace of colonial architecture can be found in the form of the Victoria Museum, St.Andrew’s church with one of the tallest steeples and the 18th century’s writer’s building. On the spiritual front it has various temples, the most famous being Kalighat Kali temple. The delicious food ranges from Phuchkas and rolls in the street to the famous bakeries like Flurys.

Darjeeling

State:West Bengal,India

Darjeeling hill station is listed under UNESCO world heritage sites. Darjeeling tea industry is a flourishing one leaving imprints all over the world as one of best black tea. Darjeeling railway station has one of the very few functioning steam locomotives which connects hill station to the plains. The magnificent view of the Kangchenjunga, world’s third highest peak, complements its scenic beauty. It also comprises of several British style boarding schools.

Bankura

State:West Bengal,India

Bankura consists various tourist spots Susunia hills, Jhillmilli, Bishnupur, Mukutmonlpur, Joyrambati, and Gokulchand temple. It is a religious place hence it has numerous temples. Bishnupur is famous for its terracotta temples and Balchuri sarees. Susunia hills have various natural springs. Mukutmonlpur has the second largest earthen dam in India. Joyrambati is the birthplace of Sree Sarada Devi who is a prominent part of Sri Ramakrishna.

Midnapore

State:West Bengal,India

Midnapore is located on the banks of the river Kasai. A number of pre-historical artifacts and sites like Samudragupta’ coin and the port of Tamralipta.Chapaleswar and Mahamaya temples situated there are built in Odish style of architecture. Numerous Hindu and Jain temples ;majors and dargahs are present. It was a major center of Brahmo Samaj.

Siliguri

State:West Bengal,India

Siliguri Is a hill station near Darjeeling in West Bengal. It is known for its famous Kali Mandir where ahundreds of devotees visit especially during Navratri and Durga Puja.The jaldapara wildlife sanctuary is full of animals. The Savin Kingdom, an amusement park, is one of the main attraction. Hongkong market is famous for imported goods from China at a reasonable price.

Murshidabad

State:West Bengal,India

It was the capital during the Mughal dynasty. It is a place of historical importance. Main Attraction in Murshidabad is the Hazarduari palace covering 41 acres of land.Nizam Imbambara built in 1847 is near the Hazarduari Palace. Ivory and wooden handicrafts and the silk industry are thriving in that location.

Hooghly

State:West Bengal,India

It was named after Hoogly river flowing through West Bengal. It was a thriving river port. One of the first European settlement was established there. The Europeans included the Dutch, the French, the Belgians, the Danish and the Germans. It is an ancient city of at least of 500 years. Tarakeswar temple for Lord Shiva is a prominent temple. Hooghly Imambara and other temples are a tourist attraction.

Kalimpong

State:West Bengal,India

Kalimpong town is a hill station located in west Bengal. It was a trade gateway between Tibet and India. Flourishing horticulture industry exists in the region which is known for its wide variety of Orchids and exports of various flowers. The river Teesta and its proximity to other tourist spots make it attractive.

Kamarpukur

State:West Bengal,India

It is the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna in 1836. Ramakrishna mission built a temple of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna and developed and beautified the surroundings too. Another famous temple in the region is the Vishalakshi Temple.

Bishnupur

State:West Bengal,India

Bishnupur is famous for its Terracotta Temples. It has almost sixteen terracotta temples in the area. Dalmadal classical music is famous in Bishnupur. It is also known for indigenously produced Baluchari sarees. It lies 34km from Bankura.

Jalpaiguri

State:West Bengal,India

“Jalpai” means olives and “Guri” means place, the city was named Jalpaiguri due to its abundance of olive trees once. It is l on the banks of river Teesta. Buxa Tiger Reserve is a major attraction wildlife and nature enthusiast.Jalpaiguri Rajbari, Dooars, Gorumara Forest, Jayanti forest and Sikia Jhora are the places to visit.

Malda

State:West Bengal,India

Malda is known for its jute, silk, and mangos. Its specialty lies in a particular variety of mango. There is some mosques like Lattan mosque, Qutb Shahi mosque, Chika mosque, Kadam Rasul mosque, Adina mosque and Barodauri mosque. Firoz Minar tomb, Baisgazi wall, Dakhil Darwaza and Maa Johura temple are some major places of attraction.

Cooch Behar

State:West Bengal,India

Cooch Behar is culturally and historically rich town of West Bengal. Cooch Behar Rajbari, the palace, built in 1887 was an abode for the royal family of Cooch Behar. Sagardihi is a huge tank made by Maharaja Hitendra Narayan is surrounded by a war memorial, Victor House and heritage hotels. Madan Mohan temple and Baneswar Siva temple are also places which be visited.

Birbhum

State:West Bengal,India

Birbhum is the land of notable Bengali poets. It has many ancient temples like the Nalhateshwari temple, the Kankalitala temple and the Maa Tara Temple. Most of the temples are made up of terracotta tiles. It is also famous for the hot spring at Bakreshwar. It also has Data Mehboob Shah’s tomb who was a Sufi Pir. Pilgrims of both Muslim and Hindu religion visit the tomb.

Barrackpore

State:West Bengal,India

It is located at the northern side of Kolkata. It was of great strategic importance during the British Raj because of it being a military as well as the administrative base. Currently is peaceful retreat from the hustle-bustle from the city of Kolkata. Mangal Pandey park contributes to the peaceful sanctity of the place. Gandhi Museum with its prominent research center, a massive library and its five galleries is a famous place. Tarakeswar temple, Kali temple and Bartholomew Cathedral are the place of religious importance.