Ahmedabad, primarily called the 'Textile City of India' is one of the top destinations for business as well as leisure activities. Due to its outstanding business potential and cultural heritage, the city has seen a sharp increase in the number of visitors travelling to the city in the recent years. Apart from this, Ahmedabad also is an ideal junction to begin a tour to other parts of Gujarat.
Bagdogra is located about 16 km from the city of Siliguri in West Bengal. It serves as an important airport both for military and civil purposes. The Bagdogra airport is a major travel hub in the region with flights arriving from Kolkata, New Delhi, and Guwahati. Thousands of tourists alight here each month, during their journey towards the hill stations located in between Darjeeling and Kalimpong to Pelling and Gangtok in Sikkim. Bagdogra is commonly known as Dooars and is located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. It is rich in natural beauty, abounding with exotic flora and fauna. There are several tea gardens and fruit orchards as well in the region. Tourists can go for extremely interesting heritage tea tours in the plantations here. Teesta, the river that flows by Bagdogra is the base of white-water rafting and angling.
Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various cultures and traditions. Popularly known as the Garden City, Bengaluru is a home to well-laid out parks, gardens and long avenues of blossoming trees with a salubrious climate. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian. Founded in 1537, by a local Chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bengaluru has changed dramatically over the years. The city is also popularly described as the air-conditioned city, the Silicon Valley of India and the fastest developing city in the world.
Just as you land in Bhubaneswar, you feel like you have time-travelled 3000 years back in civilization and witnessed intricately carved temples and shrines. The City of Temples as it is best described is also a home to thriving handicrafts industry. Ranked as the front-running state to do business in India, Bhubaneswar is a perfect example of a land progressing towards industrial development while preserving its rich heritage
Chandigarh serves as the capital city of the twin states of Punjab and Haryana. The credit for the structured design of the city goes to a French architect named Le Corbusier. Chandigarh has been named after Chandi, the goddess of power. It is in the dedication of the Goddess Chandi that Chandi Mandir was set up. The city is known for its beautiful gardens, especially the rose garden. The unique rock garden in the city showcases exquisite artwork made out of industrial and urban wastes like porcelain, forks, metal wires, marbles, auto parts and broken bangles. The other tourist attractions at Chandigarh are the Sukhna Lake (manmade), Leisure Valley, City Center, and Museum of Evolution of Life, City Museum, and Bougainvillea Park, Gurudwara Nada Sahib, Mansa Devi Shrine and various gardens.
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital of the South Indian state Tamil Nadu. Located along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a major commercial, cultural, and educational center in South India. The port in Chennai is the second largest port in India. Chennai’s economy has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries. It is India's second largest exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services. A major part of India's automobile manufacturing industry is based in and around the city. It is also an important center for Carnatic music and hosts a large cultural event - the Annual Madras Music Season inclusive of performances by hundreds of artists. Further, Chennai has a vibrant theatre scene, a fledging film industry, and is an important center for Bharatanatyam, a famous Indian classical dance form.
Delhi, the capital city of India is a metro comprising of seven cities within it; it is a home to magnificent landmarks and monuments that perfectly narrate the story of their glorious past. Facilities and opportunities in the capital have attracted Indians from far-flung corners of the country, making it a melting pot with an array of opportunities. On the other hand, the presence of diplomatic and trade missions, the growing number of multinational companies, along with the influx of tourists and visiting professionals, the city hosts classy and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Goa - The land of sun, sea and surf. It is every tourist's favorite destination. Goa has gradually carved a place for itself in the list of 'favorite tourist destinations in the world'. Lying on the beautiful west coast of the Indian Peninsula and offering sandy beaches, variety of water sports, incredible natural beauty, carefully preserved heritage museums, and multicultural architecture, Goa continues to be an ideal tourist destination.
Embracing the shores of the turbulent Brahmaputra, Guwahati is the gateway to the enchanting North Eastern India. The Light of the East, Pragjyotishpura, as it was known, was a vast kingdom during the epic period of the Mahabharata. Guwahati has several places of historical interest. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal hill, where the Goddess Kamakhya is believed to grant wishes to people who worshipped with fair mind. The place commands a majestic view of the city and the river. Guwahati is the commercial capital of the North East. Its markets are busy, noisy, and well-stocked, especially selling local handicraft and handloom items from Muga silk to bell metal, cane work to woolen shawls, and elegant Naga and Manipur jackets.
From Satvahanas to Mauryas, from Qutub Shahi rulers to the British; the land of Hyderabad has silently witnessed subcontinent’s history. One can truly experience the Nawabi charm, ethnic cuisine, royal opulence and historicity in the precincts of the city of pearls, as it is popularly known. Birla Mandir, Qutub Shahi tombs, Golconda Fort, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Salar Jung Museum, Hussain Sagar Lake and the list of must visit tourist spots like the majestic Ramoji Film City goes on and on, just like its history.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the city of Victory or the Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1688-1743). Jaipur is surrounded with rugged hills on all sides, crowned with forts apart from being enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets of Jaipur with ravishing rose pink colour lending enchantment to the view, which is almost magical at sunset.
The city of Jammu is located at the footsteps of the enchanting mountains. It's a beautiful city with the charismatic Tawi River flowing by in elegance. Jammu is known as the City of Temples as it hosts an array of temples in and around the city. Naturally blessed with a beautiful locale, it caters to the needs of tourists, offering pilgrimage visits to religious places of both Hindus and Muslims, alongside hosting adventure sports in the province.
Kochi, popularly known as Cochin, is a world-famous port for some, while to others it is a business center, and a glamorous mirror to Kerala's vivid multifaceted personalities. For many tourists, however, this natural harbor is synonymous with its famous geographical hallmark - the underwater mud banks of Malabar. Kochi has been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, the Land of spices, that attracted the European traders, is a quaint blend of the old and the new. Popularly referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
Malé, one of the world's smallest national capitals is the throbbing, mercantile heart of the nation, a densely crowded and fascinating place, notable mainly for its stark contrast to the laid-back pace of island life elsewhere in the country. The city is paradise for art and history lovers, set in a picturesque surrounding amidst the emerald waters. Its pristine white sandy beaches bathed in sunny azure has made it a hit destination for travel enthusiasts. The extensive list of attractions in Malé, include the Republic Square, Sultan Park, The National Museum and a Tsunami Memorial. Renowned for its vibrant sky scrapers and historic mosques, the city is home to the famous mosque built with coral stones. The local architecture also has its distinct indigenous style.
Sitting on the Gulf of Oman, surrounded by sand and sea, Muscat is an oasis of natural beauty. The charismatic capital of Oman has managed to preserve its illustrious culture and is still a booming market for business and trade. Unlike today’s contemporary cities, Muscat’s skyline isn’t crammed with a plethora of high-rises. And what makes the city even more beautiful to look at is the shade of white which caps most of its dwellings. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bait Al Zubair, Sultan's Armed Forces Museum and Royal Opera House Muscat truly exemplify Omani architecture. The city comes to life along the shore – the sea being an integral part of its economy and culture. What best complements this beautiful city is the attitude of the locals. They go the extra mile to make the tourists feel welcome and at home. With elegant mosques, bustling souqs, sandy beaches, and seafront cafes, Muscat is a quiet homage to modern Arabic culture.
Also known as the 'City of Joy', Kolkata was the erstwhile capital of India during the British rule. The culture of Kolkata is a classic conglomeration of Nizams and the Europeans among others, and is almost 300 years old. It had three villages - Sutanati, Gobindapur and Kolkata, when founded by Job Charnock an East India Company agent in 1690. Rich in colors and culinary delights, Kolkata is unique in its own way. It is an intellectual hub, that has produced some of the finest brains of India and also five Nobel laureates - Ronald Ross, Sir C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa, and Amartya Sen. With a life that revolves around the Hoogly (Ganges) river, Kolkata still retains the aura of the colonial days.
Leh is in the Ladakh region of the Upper Himalayas. A desolate lunar landscape with arid mountains and snow-brushed peaks, arcane monasteries perched on stony cliffs, thousands of colorful prayer flags fluttering against the stark expanse, and an impossible blue sky. It is breath taking, graceful and beautiful. Ladakh is the quintessential adventure destination and Leh is its lush heart where an expanse of verdant trees stands surrounded by rocky hillocks. A quiet city spread over undulating land, Leh offers a glimpse of this archaic region's culture and landscape while still allowing you to enjoy the luxuries of the contemporary world.
Located in the historically popular Awadh region, Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia have also bestowed the title “The City of Nawabs” upon Lucknow. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind, and The Constantinople of India. Now it’s placed among the fastest growing cities in India. The city is rapidly emerging as a manufacturing, commercial, and a retailing hub. This unique combination of cultural traditions and brisk economic growth provides Lucknow with an aura that refuses to fade away. Lucknow has developed as a metro city of Uttar Pradesh and is the second largest city in the state, the biggest being Kanpur. Lucknow has Asia's first human DNA bank, established in the Biotech Park under the public private partnership with IQRA Biotech Services This is world's second bank having DNA Identification System (DIS). . Straddling the river Gomti, modern Lucknow is a bustling metropolis. Historically, it was also a center of Urdu literature.
The commercial capital of India - the land of the much-acclaimed Bollywood is popular worldwide for its city life. Apart from housing some of the renowned business houses, the city hosts a cosmopolitan culture with a vibrant nightlife. Mumbai is also fondly known as the 'Land of Dreams' and is the ultimate destination for the ambitious.
Nagpur is the largest city in central India and also the third largest city by population in the state of Maharashtra. The Nag River - a tributary of the Kanhan River flows in a serpentine path and so the city is named after it. Nagpur has a tropical wet and dry climate with dry conditions prevailing most of the year. The city is a home to people from other Indian states as well as people belonging to the world's major faiths. Nagpur hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Cultural and literary societies in Nagpur include Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh (for development of Marathi), Vidarbha Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti (promotion of the national language) and Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (for promoting Hindi). Nagpur is the seat of annual winter session of Maharashtra, Vidhan Sabha. It is also the major commercial and political center of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, and is also popularly known nationwide as the ‘Orange City’ for being a major trade center of oranges. Currently, Nagpur is witnessing an economic boom as ‘Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN)’ is being developed. MIHAN will be used for handling heavy cargo coming from South East Asia and Middle East Asia. Nagpur is also famous for cotton as well as being Asia’s biggest wood market.
One of the largest cities in Eastern India, Patna is the capital of Bihar. Since ancient times, Patna has remained the seat of governance for many noted dynasties including the mighty Mauryans and Mughals. Once known as 'Patliputra', 'Azimabad' or 'Pushpapura', Patna is a historically rich city. Even today, the city portrays a glimpse of the bygone era through its historic monuments and archaeological sites. Patna has also remained a significant place for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains. There are a number of religious shrines in and around the city that belong to varied faiths and thronged by devotees in large numbers. In addition to these, modern shopping complexes, well-managed parks and gardens, restaurants serving delicious local cuisines, colorful fairs and festivals, altogether provide matchless charm to Patna. The main languages are Hindi, Urdu, and English alongside regional languages like Maithili, Bhojpuri and Magadhi.
Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India is the largest town and a municipal council in the Andaman district of Andaman Islands. Located on the east coast of South Andaman Island, Port Blair is the main entry point to the islands. Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division (tehsil), which is also called Port Blair. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. It also serves as the headquarters to the Tri Services Command.
Pune, one of the fast developing metros in the country lies between two rivers Mula and Mutha that unite beneath the appropriately named Sangam Bridge. Pune situated in the state of Maharashtra is famous for its colleges, Osho slippers, and Shrewsbury biscuits. It is where a deeply conservative Maharashtrian population coexists with the deliciously famous 'German Bakery'. Most people love the place for its great weather, the leafy avenues, and the laid back, exuberant ambience that comes from the blend of students from all over the world. The best thing about Pune is that it's a friendly city. From small kiosks on corners serving cold coffees and ice creams to high end theme bars, Pune accommodates all. The prices here are low but the comforts match to the metros. With the recent rise in IT companies, Pune is now the city for the young. It's the quintessential big city with a small-town feel. Visit Pune for the Osho Ashram. Set in beautiful leafy surroundings at Koregaon Park, you will see people moving about here, dressed in maroon robes. Visit the famous German Bakery for delicious desserts or buy Osho slippers in all colors possible from the pavement stalls. On the outskirts, there are also the ruins of the Maratha Empire, sturdy forts littered in beautiful expanses of green. The locals speak Marathi but with its cosmopolitan crowd of students from across the globe, English and Hindi are widely spoken and understood.
The City of Waterfalls and Lakes, Ranchi, is the capital of Jharkhand. It is known for its scenic attractions, desolate rocks, and cascading waterfalls. The place is rich in heritage and culture. Over the years, Ranchi has emerged as an important industrial center and is a home to many industries. The Bihar Tribal Research Institute located in Ranchi is a good place to explore the whereabouts and origins of different sects of tribal population.
Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful Kashmir valley. The city is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating elegantly on the calm waters. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is located in the western part of Jammu and Kashmir, in the Kashmir valley. The river Jhelum passing through the Srinagar city is also rightly called the Pride of the Kashmir Valley.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand with a land area of approximately 540 square kilometers, situated of the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Influenced by the Chinese, tourists will see many Chinese shrines and Chinese restaurants around the city. While the Chinese community is quite big, there are many other ethnicities bringing all their traditions and festivals from all over the world to Phuket. It offers a rainbow spectrum of spectacular holiday sights from blue lagoons and pink sunsets to orange-robed monks. Three wheeled-Tuk Tuks, taxis, buses and long tailed boats transport visitors between these marvels. Phuket's south coast offers its most popular beaches. The north is more tranquil. Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and Patong Beach are popular spots. Diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing are just a few active options. Inland, forested hills, mountains and cliffs wait to be explored.
The northern coast of Kerala, Kannur boasts of untouched shorelines and abundant natural beauty to charm any explorer. This land represents an influence of several cultures such as British, Dutch and Portuguese. Crowned as a ‘great emporium of spice trade’ by Marco Polo, it offers a bagful of experiences to every visitor- be it the beaches or the museums, the spice markets or the small villages, handloom clusters or the traditional dance, ‘Muthappan Theyyam’. Some of the most famous sites for the tourists include Fort St. Angelo, Muzhappilangad Beach, Kavvayi Islands, and Muthappan temple. Kannur is a serene escapade to discover the unexplored and reconnect with your inner self. This coastal city is more than just a destination to travel to, it is an experience for keepsake.