India  - An ancient land with diverse culture

India, the second-most populous country and one of the biggest democracies in the world, has a unique place in the tourism industry. The country offers scenic beauty, colorful festivals, varied landscapes, and ancient monuments to those visiting the region. A tour to India is not limited to its astonishing sights alone. The rich history, pluralistic culture, and varied demographics of India are awe-inspiring. For those interested in the history of ancient civilizations of the place, India has many tourist destinations to offer. It also encompasses five different climatic zones, ten varieties of biogeographic zones, and seven racial types. Hence a visit to the country is worth in many ways.

If you are a travel enthusiast, India is a must-visit place. From the lofty snow filled the Himalayas in the North to the meeting point of three oceans in South, the picturesque beauty of Arunachal Pradesh in the East to beaches of Goa and palaces of Rajasthan in the West, India is full of great wonders. It is highly unlikely that you will find time to visit all the sights in this vast land. But it would be a shame if you cannot visit at least some of them.

It is estimated that there were human settlements in India for the last 55,000 years. A land with a suitable climate, India was the fertile ground for civilizations to grow and flourish. Many relics of the Indus valley civilization, which dates back to 2500-1900 BC, have been uncovered from the land. The Vedic period (2000-500 BC) saw a spiritual renaissance in the land and many spiritual texts called Vedas were written during the time. Religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism flourished after this era. The medieval period is marked by the emergence of powerful kingdoms which led to the construction of stupendous structures in the form of palaces, religious centers, and sculptures.

India has a diverse culture that was enriched by the invasions and colonization from different European and Arab nations. With 7 racial types, 9 recognized religions, and 23 official languages, India is now a blend of different cultures. It is divided into 29 states and 7 union territories. Each state has something special to offer to the tourist. Be it festivals, ancient monuments, lifestyle, biodiversity, landscape, or adventure activities, each tourist destination in India preserves their uniqueness. Hence a tour through the land never feels bland.

Visitors love to see, learn, and experience India and its heterogeneity. The country offers a multitude of different sights and experiences to the guests, each with distinct nature. But it is quite impossible to travel to all the tourist destinations in India — the seventh-largest country in the world. So when you are planning a travel to India, make sure to visit at least the exceptional places listed below. They are sure to enthrall you.