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India Sights & Attractions

  
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If you really want to see all the worth visiting places in India, one tourist visa of six months can be argued to be considered enough. There are more tourist destinations in India then can be mentioned in one book. Almost every State in India has over ten major tourist destinations and there are cities which can not be fully experienced even in One full week. Not to forget that several states of India are bigger than most of the countries in the world and there are twenty-eight states in India.

Highly recommended sights in India

- The Taj Mahal : It is actually bigger and more majestic than what it looks in the photograph.
- Varanasi : Bizarre presentation of religious rituals, Varanasi is the oldest living city of the world and the birth place of Hinduism. Don't miss the evening Ganga Aarti.
- Tigers : They are present in all the tiger reserves but your chances of seeing a tiger are extremely high in Bandhavgarh Or Ranathambore Tiger reserves.
- Sangla Valley : Considered one of the most beautiful valleys of the world lies in the upper regions of Himachal Pradesh. It is Extremely scenic with photogenic landscapes and unforgettable Landscapes.
- Leh : Considered to be on the top of the world. One of the highest inhabited cities of the world. It gives a different idea of high altitude altogether with unbelievable landscapes.
- Srinagar : It is the capital of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Extremely beautiful city in the midst of the Himalayas with a very beautiful Dal lake in it.
- Gangtok : Capital city of Gangtok. Gangtok is a bewitching hill-station located amidst the multiple-hued mountains of Sikkim.
- Goa : Ruled by Portuguese for over 400 years, Goa is a cocktail of Indian and Portuguese culture. Quite a different kind of place altogether, Goa is full of beautiful beaches and flocking tourists.
- Pondicherry : Pondicherry was a French colony over two hundred years and has a lot of sighting of French influence throughout it's territories. Now tourists often flock there for spiritual ashrams or enjoyable pubs and parties.
- Chennai : It is the Capital city of the southeren state of Tamilnadu in SouthIndia and a different kind of Indian city altogether. Buying a saree or Marina beach can be considered worth-while in Chennai.
- Tirupati Balaji : If you want to see the material richness of a religious place, visit this temple. It is considered to be the richest temple in the world and one surprising sight to see for a non Indian.
- Nalanda : Related to Buddhism, It was the oldest university of the world later on destroyed completely during the Muslim invasions of India. Sights of Buddhist interest like Pavapuri and Rajgir are in the vicinity.
- Golden Temple : An actual Temple crafted of Gold is the birth place of Sikhism. Looks very serene early in the mornings.
- Khajuraho : Supposedly the birth place of Kamasutra, Khajuraho is full of temples with erotic sculptures all around them. One of the most interesting and less talked about aspects of Hindu culture.
- Kochi : In a State full of secluded and ravishing beaches, Kochi is one of the most sought after tourist destination. It is advisable to visit the surrounding beach cities of Kochi. Don't forget to experience backwaters of Kerala in a house boat.
- Andamans : Beautiful Island territory of India in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman islands can be considered one of the best island destinations in the world.
- Jaisalmer : A city located in the middle of desert, Jaisalmer is a place to go for watching the beautiful view of sun lighted virgin deserts of Thar Desert.

Games

Football  

Football(Soccer) Other than cricket, you can come across young boys playing around with a ball on any open space which is available. The club soccer is more favorite to the Indians than the international games and you will find people getting into heated arguments in public places over their favorite team .Also , many large restaurants and bars offer a view of important European club matches and the World Cup matches.

Hockey

Despite the craze for cricket and football, the national game of India , HOCKEY retains a prominent position in the hearts of many Indians. Although the viewership has dwindled significantly , (as compared to the golden era before cricket came to the fore in the mid 80's), it hasn't vanished off. Specially in North India, some eastern parts like Jharkhand, Orissa and the north-eastern states still have a significant base. The introduction of the PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE and the Bollywood film Chak De! India(starring Shahrukh Khan) has boosted its popularity. The Gachi-Bowli stadium in Hyderabad has arguably the best facilities in the country.

Cricket

India is a cricket-obsessed country and cricket is in the blood of most Indians. Seeing kids playing cricket in parks and alleys with rubber balls and makeshift wickets is an extremely common sight. Until 2008, Indian cricket was all about the national team playing against other countries in one-day matches or epic five-day Test marathons, but the advent of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has, for better or worse, brought fast-paced, commercialized "Twenty20" cricket to the fore, complete with cheerleaders and massive salaries.

In international matches, while Australia and South Africa make viable opposition, the biggest rivalry by far is with neighbouring Pakistan, and matches between the two sides are often a very charged affair.
About half-a dozen Indian stadiums have a capacity of over 45,000 and watching a cricket match can be quite an experience. Eden Gardens cricket stadium at Kolkata is Asia's highest capacity stadium with over 100,000 seating capacity. While the facilities in the stadiums may not be too spectator friendly (old benches instead of proper seats with backrests, monochrome scoreboards and lots of litter), the atmosphere of most matches is electrifying. Nearly all international matches have sellout crowds, and it is quite normal for fans to bribe officials and make their way in. Starting ticket prices are quite cheap; they can be as low as Rs 250 to 300 (US$6-8). India and Pakistan are all-time arch rivals, and cricket matches between the two nations attract up to a billion TV viewers.

Taj Mahal

A strong representation of Islamic architecture and a symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal is in Agra, India.Constructed by Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is the mausoleum in memory of his favorite wife Arjumand Banu Begam, popularly known by her title Mumtaz Mahal, from which the name of the monument is taken. It is open every day from sunrise to 19 hours, entry fee for those above 12 years (locals) Rs. 15.00 and Free entry on Fridays. Entry fee for foreigners: Rs. 750.

Things to See in India

Nature/Wildlife Dubare Elephant Training Camp
Karnataka is known for its gentle giants, and one way to interact closely with the Asian elephant is to visit one of the elephant camps, the best known being at Dubare. The elephants are all tamed and trained, and not dang... more
INR 400 for Indians, INR 900 for foreigners for elephant activities for 3 hours, more for day visit, in Coorg
Nature/Wildlife Kokkarebellur
Winding roads through lush green paddy fields lead to a typical, dusty Indian village, which does not appear to be anything special…till you hear a cacophony of birds’ cries and flapping of wings, and glance u... more
Free, in Mandya
 
Nature/Wildlife Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
A destination that you must not miss from Bengaluru or Mysore is a fascinating bird sanctuary. A picturesque road through paddy fields and lush green vegetation leads to a popular bird sanctuary—host to large numbers... more
INR 100 for boat ride, different for foreigners, rates subject to change, in Mandya
Monument/Building Bangalore Palace
Amidst the glitz and glamor of malls and pubs in the "silicon city" of India (due to the IT boom there) a visitor might miss out on the old world charm of Bangalore palace. This example of Tudor architecture, com... more
Rs.175 + Rs 500 for camera, Rs 1000 for videos for Indians, higher rates for foreigners, in Bangalore Urban District
 
Beach Agonda Beach
Located 6 km north of Palolem Beach onward Benaulim, one can find this calm and silent beach in the seaward side of Agonda village. The entire village is surrounded by lush green palm grooves, sparkling white sand and visiting here resembles stepping into an unt... more
in Goa
Monument/Building Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated near the Molem town, 57 km  east of Panaji and spanning 240 square km, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary of Goa.It is a protected area located in the Western Ghats in Sanguem. One can find here a&... more
Adults:Rs. 20/-, Children: Rs. 5/-, Camera Still: Rs. 30/-, Video: Rs. 150/-, Vehicles Two wheelers: Rs. 40/-, Cars: Rs. 120/-, Mini buses/ Vans: Rs. 250/-, in Goa
 
Monument/Building Basilica De Bom Jesus
Located 9 kms off Panaji, this is one of the first church in India to be endowed to the status of Basilica in 1946. Constructed in 1594 by the Portuguese,it as consecrated on 15th of May,1605 by the Archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. Dedicated to infant Jesu... more
in Goa
Monument/Building Aguada Fort
Popularly known from the Augada beach where it is located, this fort was constructed in 1612 by the Portuguese to guard against the Dutch and the Maratha and is one of the oldest forts in Asia. It acted as a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at ... more
in Goa
 
Waterfall Arvalem Waterfall
in Goa
Beach Anjuna Beach
One of the most happening beaches of Goa, this beach was discovered by  a bunch of party seeking traveler groups and small international music bands such as Eight Finger Eddie  and Psychedelic Scene apart from hippies who experimented here with art, mu... more
in Goa
 
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