Indian - City Guide

Only very few countries in the world can be at par with the diversity of India which has everything a global traveler looks for. This page introduces you some of the bustling places across the states which have its tint of ethnicity, modernity, culture, and tradition, expressing aloud why India is truly incredible! We’ll explore its diversity and direction.

East India

This region is the prime zone to experience a distinct cultural heritage. The values of East India’s culture includes the touch of shorelines, Buddhist circuits, monasteries, and temples with a rural backdrop. The most popular regions here often visited by explorers of the world includes Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Monasteries in Sikkim, Buddhist complexes in Bihar, and the trekker’s haven - Kanchenjunga range of mounts in Darjeeling. The hot vibes of Kolkata, the bustling city is shoved to the depth of the heat, connecting to the chill and lush mounts of rejuvenating Darjeeling. The majestic and perilous pursuits of the Himalayas will be a great encounter in Sikkim where one gets to see the endangered One-Horned Rhinoceros in the Wildlife Reserves here. The outlook of serene rural India gets bigger with the growing vistas of pure magic.

Again, one needs to spend a lot of time in Kolkata, the second-largest city in India to imbibe the character of original picturesque India. A unique Indian city which was formed as a British trading post during the 17th century. The growth of this city is splendid both on cultural and hue basis. The past appeal of this city can be still seen in Clive Street and Chowringhee buildings. They are Netaji Subhash Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road respectively. A city which had previously outnumbered the other thriving cities of India. Be it the culture, lifestyle, people, streets of the past era, every identity exclusively belong to the heart of Kolkata without blends. One would think the city to be ethereal as the cars, rickshaws, and bright-colored lorries, street vendor screams, trolleybuses, the different sound graphs of the nearby market, the collective noise of laborers in the underground Railway Bridge, the hustling weekday crowd, and bustling weekend roamers pose a completely unfamiliarized look. Yet a traveler would learn the art of living in this city spending a decent time there. Odisha, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, and Jharkhand are the states present in the eastern zone of India.

West India

Mumbai (Bombay) is the commercial capital of India lying in the western portion of the Indian nation. States like Gujarat and Goa belong to this beautiful region full of gorges, mountains, lush greenery, distinct geographical locations, and alluring shorelines. Maharashtra is the prominent region on the west side of India. This uber-cool side of India is famous for its azure beaches of Goa, bustling population of Mumbai, Rann of Kutch and "Statue of Unity" in Gujarat, Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad and various wildlife sanctuaries belonging to Gujarat.

The colorful and busy character of Mumbai takes a U-turn in the palm-arrayed beaches of Goa which heal one’s soul in the sun. One can relax in the sands of this terrain Baskin under the natural rays in nearby beach resorts. The rugged hill terra of this area is a useful outdoor place for meditation since the touch of Buddhism in caves are brilliant and eternal. The unspoiled landscapes of Gujarat are famous for its attractive festivals and fairs, a mixture of various Indian layers in the right proportions. Likewise, a photographer would find solace in clicking the flutters of pigeons wandering around the Gateway of India.

The potent city life is full of hardworking souls that had contributed to the commercial ideologies of Mumbai.

The hectic lifestyle where cuddles and romantic strolls are uninterrupted by the festival loudspeakers hold the energy for the utopian city life. Bombay has slowly emerged into Mumbai without sacrificing many of its old charms, still able to stuff new shades. This skyscraper zone is one of the most industrious and populous cities in the world. Like a movie scene’ fast-cut shots, hurrying entrepreneurs, chilling tycoons, crowded street food spots, a remarkable amount of traffic, and "Tiffin Wallahs" hurrying to serve meals to their respective customers during the lunch break, Mumbai is always Bombay in the fast and furious mode. An evening trudge near the Chowpatty Beach under the twilight sky with your family or friends or partner, chewing spicy snacks and drinking rejuvenating Natural drinks after a busy day at work is most of the people’ favorite thing to do. The visuals of slow walks during the evening and racing cars in the morning pretty much sums up a commoner’s life in Mumbai. Taj Mahal hotel is a beautiful destination to taste good food and accomodation in Mumbai. Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa are the states holding the glory of West India.

South India

There are various cultural footprints still glowing strong in the southern corridors of India. Most of the dynasties of foreign emperors couldn’t enter the premises of South India due to the valiant efforts of the noblest conquerors like Raja Raja Cholan. Yet hospitality is the welcoming side of South India which is left undulant as it is in the most cerulean and viridescent shades. Culturally some parts have grown while economic development is revving up in most of the zones of South India. An unconquerable region throughout history like Tamizh living areas where the Chola, Pandya, and Chera Kingdoms have outlived the collective majestic of the whole world. The culturally forward and naturally advanced doors of India are open for good souls all the time. A land known for its breathtaking temples, food habits, the hospitality of people, beautiful natural riches, flower stalls near temples, souvenirs nearby prominent spots, and a large number of trees and afforestation practicing areas carry the powerful beats and mellifluous rhythm of South India.

The ability to maintain the ancient characteristics of all the regions and religions is still evident in the South Indian homes. Moving closer to temples, one could hear the sound of waves, wind passing through the coconut trees, chimes of Church bells, Arabic chants oozing out of the loudspeakers tied near Dargas, children playing without next day worries, and tunes of small fowls, sights of textured walls, brilliant sculptures of Goddesses and Gods, barefoot walking locals, and inhale the fragrance of incense being burnt as a prelude to prayers in temples. Likewise, oxen driven carts with their horns being painted in bright colors show the love for animals. Waving kids and farmers working hard in their respective lands for quenching the hunger of the whole town is a sight to watch out in the bucolic landscapes of India. Similarly, the overpowering silence of the coastal areas like Mamallapuram carrying the UNESCO Group of Monuments is an important place of attraction.

A quick swim in the beaches of South India would rejuvenate the soul of a traveler, be it Gokarna, Marari, Visakhapatnam or Kanyakumari, temples and sites of attractions nearby like Arjuna’s Penance, Murudeshwar, Ramanathaswamy Temple, and Mullakkal Bhagavathy Amman Temple ensure a pleasant experience. The number of temple towns in South India near Kanchipuram like the currently famous Athi Varadhar and Ulagalandha Perumal Temple offers emphatic views. One cannot miss the temples of Chidambaram, Trichy, Tanjore, and the Pancha Bhoota Sthala - Madurai. It is one of the oldest cities of South India and the proof is getting closer with each excavation session in Keezhadi. The site is believed to behold countless secrets of the greatest civilization and language of mankind - Tamil.

To enjoy the past lifestyle of the French streets filled with cafes, one could travel Pondicherry within a few hours from Chennai. Likewise, relax in its tranquil beach destinations. The neighboring state - Karnataka is well known for the ruins of Hampi, the royalty of Mysore, and smart workers of Bangalore, and salient temple destinations like Udupi and luscious zones like Sakleshpur. Belum Caves of Andhra, Tirupati Balaji Temple, Mughal sites of Hyderabad adds to the unconditional travel love for South India.

North India

There is something with the topmost part of India, that separates the whole of India from this spiritually strong region. From the abundantly magic-driven zones of Himalayan Mountains, offbeat destinations, popular pilgrimage sites, old cities, to age-old sandstone makings, North India is a land for everyone. The culturally lit corridors of North India is the prime zone to immerse oneself in spirituality and divinity. The Himalayas is the linchpin zone where pilgrimage seekers, silence lovers, and all those who want to experience heaven while living to go. The local cuisine and architectural marvels are all different from one corner to the other. Still, share similar terrains and cultural interests. Gaining access to this region is simple as most of the journeys to the Northern tip of India are taken from the country’s capital city - New Delhi. Places like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab are accessible from this part of India.

The captivating sights of the snow-clad peaks and landscapes, Zanskar Valley, charming streets and people of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and the tranquility surrounded milieus of Manali hills, Corbett National Park near Nainital, Kullu, and Mukteshwar would melt the hearts of even the strongest of personalities providing a relaxing feel and sensation. The uneven terrain of the North Indian mountains is famous for its dangerous heavy vehicle drives. Motorists gearing up in their motorbikes go through smooth and rocky pathways alternatively. The famous Ladakh ride which is a dream for all motorcyclists since they come across the highest motorable road Khardungla is always a crowded yet joyous destination. A chance to meet the best motorcyclists in India.

Nature lover altogether can go out for an exquisite adventure in the treasure trove - Uttarakhand. A beautiful trekking pursuit to the Valley of Flowers. Apart from Naturally enriched corridors, there are other simpler yet powerful zones in North India that spiritual, sublime, and sensational. A pilgrimage wouldn’t need anything more as it is the hotspot of complete divinity in slow motion. The Hindu Temples of Himalayas - Kedarnath to the popular temple cities - Haridwar, Mathura, and Varanasi, one can travel to a lot of pilgrimage sites. No one traveling would miss the grandeur and splendor of the fully gold-clad, Golden Temple of Amritsar, one of the best attractions in Punjab. Heritage lovers can go to the Northern territory bound by Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The latter is famous for its forts and spots like lake palaces in Udaipur. Two of the highly visited marvels that would suit the taste of each and every culture seeking enthusiasts - Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. The famous Jim Corbett National Park to Ranthambore Tiger sightings and the highly endangered Bengal White Tiger, this part of India contains all the exotic vibes in the country. One could try riding the ship of the desert in a cozy evening or warm morning in the Thar Desert.

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