India is a vast country with a total of 29 states and 14 union territories. It is known for its rich heritage, history and geographical diversity. Every state has its own beauty and is different in its culture, traditions, monuments, people, flora and the fauna, food and language. To choose few states is to ask a mother to choose her favorite child. However, here are ten states of India which are little more beautiful in their culture and heritage than others:
10. West Bengal
Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal has been known as the city of joy, the Cultural Capital of India, City of Palaces etc. It all comes from the numerous lavish mansions built all over the city. The architectural variety here is in European style and it’s tastes are imported by the British. Long known as the “Cultural Capital of India” for its vibrant culture ranging from customs to arts, journalism to sciences, games to politics, drama theatre to movies. It is a home to the famous Bengal Renaissance like Raja Rammohan Roy, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, and countless others. West Bengal is also known for the famous Sunderbans forest, Royal tigers etc.
9. Himachal Pradesh
“Land of the Gods” – the Devbhumi is the other name for Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its beautiful its Himalayan landscapes and hill-stations. It is a hill state in India with breathtaking pristine natural beauty. From enormous tracts of Himalayan desert to dense deodar forests, from snow capped Himalayan ranges to snow fed lakes and talkative rivers from apple orchards to cultivated terraces ones gets to experience all over here. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, paragliding, biking on mountains, ice-skating, and heli-skiing are major tourist attractions.
Punjab is a land of ethnic and religious diversity. It is renowned for its culture, food and history. Punjab has a rich Sikh religious history. Tourism in Punjab is suited for tourists who are interested in culture, ancient empire, religion and epic history. Some of the villages in Punjab are a must see to experience the true Punjab, with their stunning traditional Indian homes, green farms and Gurudwara’s, this is a must visit. Some of the tourist hubs in Punjab are Amritsar, jalandhar, Chandigarh, Patiala, Nabha and Ludhiana. Nabha is famous for its combines while Patiala is for the historical forts.
7. Madhya Pradesh
MadhyaPradesh is the “Heart of India” because it is in the centre of the country. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, the world famous stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the state. The Khajuraho temples are world renowned for their erotic sculptures. Gwalior is famous for its fort, Palace and tomb. Because of the tiger population, the state is also known as the tiger state. The Spectacular mountain ranges, oblique rivers, miles of dense forests offer a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. MP is also very much known for river Narmada, the oldest holiest and worshiped as a river goddess in Hindu religion. Bhedaghat Falls in Jabalpur is another very famous tourist attraction. The river Narmada is surrounded by marble of various colors. The sight is a visual treat and the prime attraction includes boating with amusing commentary by the rower.
Gujarat, situated in the western coast of India is a breath taking state. Among all the states Gujarat holds the tenth position as a tourist’s hub with 18.9 million tourists visiting annually. The state is known for its rich cultural inheritance, historical importance, handicrafts and countless tourist attractions. It offers scenic beauty from Great Rann of Kutch to the mountains of Satpura. Gujarat is the exclusive home of the pure Asiatic Lions and is said to be one of the most protected areas in Asia. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi & Sardar Vallabhai Patel, among the great iconic figures during India’s Independence. Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism. Gujarat is a land of romance, magnetism, spirituality, vibrant colors and unlimited natural beauty Gujarat never fails to fascinate its many visitors. The world famous archaeological sites of Lothal and Dholavira of Indus Valley Civilization are among the major Gujarat tourist attractions. Somnath Beach and the Somnath temple is an ideal break out for a tranquil vacation.
The first thing that comes to our mind when we think of Goa is its beaches. The astonishing sunset view, beautiful golden sand and coconut leaves playing with cool breeze from beaches are some of the unforgettable experiences. It is one of the smallest states of India and tourism is its primary industry. It is a perfect place for togetherness, if planning with friends or family. Delicious seafood, water sports, water-skiing and wind surfing amenities make Goa a hub fun place. The carnival of Goa is a world famous event, filled with multi-colored masks and floats, drums and reverberating performances. Nowadays, sunburn is another major tourist attraction. Goa is an old town having its own ethnicity, culture, structural design and its share of monuments. Portuguese churches, Hindu temples, and wildlife sanctuaries are not to be forgotten.
Rajasthan, also known as land of kings, is about stories of warrior and their gallantry, romance, glory and misfortune in fairy tale proportions. Folklore of heroism and love can be felt from the formidable monuments that royally stand to tell the thousand tales of a bygone era. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan – its rich tradition, vibrant culture, breathtaking desert safaris, flawless sand-dunes, amazing lush forests and wildlife, makes it an unforgettable destination. Jaipur and Udaipur gives a close view into the rich culture and artistic traditions of the state. It is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, which is so well preserved that it mesmerizes even the most skeptical traveler. It offers an incredible destination for the tourists. They can take a safari on camels, horse, and elephants or jeeps, with the Aravalis, which is India’s oldest mountain range. Rajasthan has a rich tradition of cuisines. Princes of this land had some of the finest cooks in their palaces.
Also known as God’s Own Country, mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala, the gripping waterfalls, hill stations and the peaceful atmosphere make the state one of the most favored tourist destinations. A sail in the House boats gives tourists a unique and exciting opportunity to experience the beauty of nearby greenery and villages. Kerala is for its tourism initiatives which aims at being Eco-friendly. It’s cultures and traditions are unique. Heritage sites, hill stations and Palace are also famous. The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is said to be Asia’s largest shopping festival. The state’s tourism goal is to promote ecologically sustained tourism, which focuses on the state’s culture, volunteering, wilderness adventures and personal growth of the local population.
Uttrakhand is known as ‘the Switzerland of India’. It is the habitat of the Gods, consists of glaciers, snow-capped mountains, flower valleys, skiing slopes and dark forests, shrines and places of pilgrimage. Haridwar is the only place on the plains of Uttrakhand where lakhs of people visit every year. The experience of Uttrakhand might leave one stranded for words, to define its beauty. Beauty is so inherent in all things from the magnanimous Himalayas to the holiest of the rivers, from the spiritual mystery to stunning landscapes, from the incessantly colorful play of nature to enchanting history carved in ancient stones, from mesmerizing floral and faunal to the simplicity of the people.
Known as “The Heaven on Earth”, the beauty of Kashmir with its emerald green valley, the sparkling blue skies, the beautiful snow capped mountains in the lap of Himalayas is simply breath-taking. It has always been praised for its aesthetic beauty. Tourism is a vital part of Kashmir’s economy. Often called as “Paradise on Earth“, Kashmir’s mountainous scenery has attracted tourists for centuries from all over the world. Its major attraction lies in its scenic beauty, snow clad mountains, flourishing green valleys, alpine villages, cascading waterfalls, amazing gardens etc. Kashmir is a place worth visiting once in a life time. During winters one can enjoy the boat ride on very famous Dal Lake. The other attractions are Gulmarg, Srinagar, Nagin Lake, Pari Mahal, Yeusmarg, Shankracharya shrine, Mughal Gardens and Pehalgam. Jammu is also known for its scenic landscape, antique temples and mosques, Hindu and Muslim shrines, castles and forts.