Rajasthan the most popular state located on northwest part of India. It is the largest state of India by area, covering 10.4% of the total geographical area of India. It shares the border with five Indian state, Punjab at North, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh at northeast , Madhya Pradesh at southeast and Gujarat at southwest. Thar Desert and Aravali range are two geographical features of Rajasthan which pervades from southwest to northwest of the state. Generally northwest part of Rajasthan is dry and sandy, most of this region is covered by Thar desert which extends into adjoining part of Pakistan.
Rajathan means “Land of Kings” it is quite popular tourism state of India, known for its vibrant folk dances and music, magnificent forts and palaces and spicy food. There are many touristic cities, it is also known for its national park and wildlife sanctuaries. You would love to enjoy its fair and festivals with the lovely people of the state. Some of the popular fair and festivals are Desert festival Jaisalmer, Bikaner Camel Festival , Nagaur fair, Pushkar fair, Elephant festival in Jaipur, Mewar festival in Udaipur, Gangaur festival all over Rajasthan.
The state has total population of 6,85,48,437 as per 2011 Census of India, the majority of population is made up by Rajasthani people. Hindi language is the official language however Rajasthani is the main spoken language of the state.
Rajasthani cooking is also famous, Mirchi Bada, Daal Kachori, Pyaaj Kachori, Dal Bati Churma are some dishes which tourists must want to taste on their trip to this colourful state of India. The state has a wide range of climate that varies from humid to arid. During the summer the heat is severe everywhere, June is the warmest month where temperature is found 30 to 40 degree Celsius, Dust storm and hot winds occur in summer mainly in desert tract, however January is recorded as the coolest in winter season.
Rajathan is well known for its Handicraft skills, it is a rich source of handloom and handicraft such as Jewellery, semi -precious and precious stones (gemstone), textile, marble handicraft, paintings, leather crafts and many handmade items.
Gujarat is the 5th largest Indian state by area and 9th largest state by population, located on west coast of India. It shares the boundary with Pakistan as International border whereas Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are domestic borders with the state.
Gujarat is the land of exotic wildlife, rich culture and history, it is home to many historical sites dating back to Harappan culture and Asiatic Lions. The state also has many important temples, forts and palaces and mosques. Its stunning topography is quite impressive white salt plains of great Rann of kutch, lush green dense forest and many more. Throughout the year Gujarat has variant climate conditions, during summer it is hot and dry, which is not advisable to travel between March to June month, however pleasant winter is most recommended period which is November to February.
The state is well known for its beautiful hand crafts such as block prints, silk saris, zari, embroidery, tie and dye work. Its silver work, jewellery making, cutting of precious stones, wood carving are some ancient arts in Gujarat. One can found temples and houses in the region with this fine carving skill.
Gujarat is the most beautiful state of India, its Gujarati cuisine also must be tried once you are on a vacation there, it is mostly vegetarian food.
You will also find men wearing dhoti with a shirt and coat and women wearing sari and choli. People of Gujarat celebrate many small and big fair and festivals in different part of the state , round the year. Their festivals represent the great culture and tradition of Gujarat, some of the popular festivals are like International Kite festival, Modhera dance festival, Navratri, Rann Utsav, Somnath fair, Kutch Utsav etc.
Kashmir the northernmost region, a paradise on earth, sitting high in the Himalayas. Its unparalleled scenic beauty makes it an ideal tourist destination for all, whether it is family tour, honey trip or adventure loves, it has lots of options for all the travellers.
Kashmir is adorned with dense forests, verdant meadows and lush valleys. It is even home to number of hindu shrines such as Vaishno Devi and Amarnath cave, which always attract a huge pilgrimage tourists from all over the world. Kashmir is a year round tourist destination, nature mother has bestowed the whole region with her love.
It offers a gateway to refresh and nourish in the lap of nature, a pristine place with snow peaked mountains and cool valleys. To enjoy the snow activities, winter is the best time to visit there, in between November to February you can pack your travelling bags to witness snow fall and enjoy other snow activities, however with heavy snowfall most of the roads get blocked and you may get stuck in your room. In summer flower blossoms fill the gardens and the hills become colourful and green when snow starts melting.
Kerala formed on 1 November 1956 is a state on southwest Malabar coast of India. It shares its boundaries with Karnataka to the north, Tamilnadu to the east and Lakshadweep sea to its west. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of the state , Malayalam is the official and widely spoken language of the state.
Kerala is a treasure in South India, it is advisable to check the best time to visit the state so you may get most out of the backwaters, beaches and festivals. Kerala has a tropical climate, the annual average of Rainfall is higher as compare to the most of other states of India. November to February is the winter season in Kerala, it is certainly the best time to plan a vacation. The summer months are extremely hot in India, but it is slightly different in Kerala due to its geography, April and May are summer months in Kerala. By the end of May or beginning of June, Monsoon hits Kerala. From June till September, the region gets 85% of its annual rainfall.
Kerala is home to many religions, many cultural and spiritual festivals are celebrated with much pomp and show around the year. Some of the popular festivals as Onam a harvest festival and Vishu a hindu festival.
Kerala is an important hub for wellness tours, as it offers a wide range of Ayurveda treatment, so once you are planning a trip to Kerala, must include its Ayurveda treatment into your package.
Uttarakhand is the northern state of India, popularly known as Devabhoomi which means “land of the Gods”. The state lies on southern slope of the Himalaya Range. Himalayan high peaks and glaciers are covering the northern part of the state. It is one of the prime destinations for tourists. The state has numerous of temples and pilgrim sites. Two of the most sacred rivers which are originating for the glaciers of Uttarakhand, namely Ganga (Ganges) and Yamuna. The state has two main divisions Garhwal and Kumaon, the native people are called sometimes as Garhwali and Kumaoni, as per their place of origin in either of the region.
Uttarakhand is a divine place full of beautiful valleys, meadows, mountains, sceneries and many more. There are numerous popular tourist destinations, some of them quite explored and many of them are still untouched by travellers. Summer is the most suitable time to explore the state, March to June is the best time to visit this region, you can travel to Chopta valley, Auli, Nag Tibba, Kausani, Mukteshwar, Valley of Flowers , Kedar valley, these are some of the names of the places, however the list is quite long for worthing places in Uttarakhand. In addition to this, the state gives many options for adventure travellers, they can enjoy river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, rock climbing etc.
During the monsoon which is counted as July to September, it is an all-time low tourism season, however winter season is good for those looking to enjoy the vacation with snow, some destinations of Uttarakhand can be enjoyed during this season which is from October to February.
The dream destination Ladakh, situated 3000m above the sea level, in the lap of mighty Himalayas, is a wonderful place for leisure experiences and adventure tours. Ladakh is second least populous union territory of India. Leh is the largest town in Ladakh followed by Kargil. Leh is the gateway to Ladakh, and only airport which operates direct flights from Leh to Delhi, Srinagar and other cities of India. There are two options to reach Ladakh by road, one is via Srinagar and second is Manali. From June till October road travel is generally open to Ladakh.
Ladakh is undoubtedly, adorned by alluring charm of mighty Himalayas, snow clad mountains, Palaces, lakes and monasteries, but it also receives the extremes of Climate conditions. In winters due to heavy snowfall most of the roads and routes to Ladakh get blocked and it makes it extremely challenging to reach the valley. January and February these two months receives heavy snowfall, almost every corner get covered with thick layers of snow which results blockage of the roads in Ladakh. This time Zanskar River get frozen that serves the only way to access Ladakh. This is the perfect time to book “Chadar trek” over the frozen river.
In the month of March, temperature starts rising that cause snow melting. April month is the summer month, in the mid or end of the month, tourism of Ladakh starts. May till July is the best period to explore the valley, Manali – Leh highway also get open this time which entice a large number of tourists to explore and admire the valley. August is the monsoon period, the valley receives heavy showers . After monsoon, it comes live once again and can be visited till September end or mid October, it depends on weather conditions. Onwards till December temperature falls, in between this period region starts receiving snowfalls.
It is not only the natural beauty which is the reason to explore this valley, but Ladakh culture is also amazing, having many beautiful Buddhist monasteries like Lamayuru, Hemis etc. People here celebrate the festivals like Phyang, Hemis festival and Ladakhi festivals, it is a good time to plan your vacation, these festivals will add more flavour certainly into your trip.
Karnataka located at southwest part of India, was officially formed on 1st November1956, is one of the most beautiful states of India dotted with pleasing cities, rich culture and less crowded beaches. There are some quite famous destinations of the state which entice a huge number of travellers. The state has been recognized the fourth most popular destinations of India in tourism sector, it is an array of scenic hill stations, ancient sculptures temples, modern cities, wildlife and beautiful beaches. It is the seventh largest state of India and the largest in South India region. The state shares the border with Goa, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Arabian Sea.
Karnataka undoubtedly has a lot to offer to its tourists. Let’s have a look on some of the places of the state. Bangalore the capital city of the state, is a home to IT industry in India, a must visit city full of greenery, temples and interesting buildings. Hampi one of India’s top historical destinations, visit Badami Aihole, Pattadakal is worth taking side trip while visiting Hampi. Gokarna with India’s best beaches, is a small and remote holy town. Mysore has an impressive royal heritage. Coorg an extremely picturesque mountainous area, renowned for its scenic beauty and plentiful coffee estates. Nagarhole National Park one of the top national parks in India. Chikmagalur a popular destination among domestic tourists, having an array of attractions along with temples, homestays, wildlife and waterfalls.
Himachal Pradesh a predominantly mountainous region is a state in northern India. It is located at western Himalayas, shares its boundary with other states of India, name as Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh at the north, Punjab at the west, Haryana at the southwest , Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh at the south. Tourism and agriculture are importantly contributing at state’s economy. The state covers an area of 55673 sq km, most of the state lies on foothills of Dhauladhar range. Himachal generally experiences three seasons, summer which is counted from April till June, winter November till mid March and rainy season from July to September, whereas snowfall is common in alpine region.
Tourism has a vital role to play in the state growth and economy. The state houses many popular destinations like Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Kullu, Khajjiar etc. It is also quite famous for adventure tourism activities such as skiing, ice skating, paragliding, trekking, horse riding and fishing, besides it Buddhist monasteries and mountain biking are some of the local possibilities to enjoy during your holiday vacation.
The majority of Hindu communities residing in Himachal, widely speak pahari language in the state. People of the state are well skilled in handicraft as well, shawls, carpet, leather work, woodwork, knitted woollen items are some of the notable ones.
Tamil Nadu the most urbanised state of India, lie on the southernmost part of Indian sub-continental, sharing its border with other South Indian states as Karnataka to the northwest, Andhra Pradesh to the north and Kerala to its west. It also bordered with The Bay of Bengal in the east while Indian ocean on the south. It houses many temples, historical buildings, hill stations, pilgrimage sites and also three world heritage sites.
It is the 10th largest state by area and 6th largest by population. It is one of the most literate states of India. Tamil Nadu is well known for its immense tradition of literature, dance, music and art. It’s Bharat Natyam the classical form of dance, architecture and Tanjore paintings are practiced in Tamil Nadu continuously. Tamil is official language of the state, however English declared as additional official language.
An enchanting state that will surely mesmerise you with its exotic places , magnificent rock cut architecture, beautiful beaches, festivals and flavoursome cuisine idli, Dosa with sambar is one of the most popular among others. There are many tourist attractions, start with Capital city Chennai, Trichy a commercial town, Madurai, Kanchipuram, temple city Rameshwaram, Ooty the famous hill station, these are some of the places that will leave you spell bound.
The best time to travel in Tamilnadu is from November till March, you can enjoy sightseeing and outdoor activities with comfortable weather. Summer is scorching, when mercury level goes up. In Tamil Nadu, there are two times rainfall, one is from June till September and October till December which is north east monsoon.
Sikkim nestled in the foothills of eastern Himalayas is the second smallest state of northeast India. It borders with Tibet on the north and northeast, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and West Bengal in the south. The state is gifted by nature with unparalleled beauty, among the mountains, Kanchenjunga is the fabulous, which is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. It is the second largest producer of the spice in the world, it also contribute in largest share of cardamom production in India.
The state enjoys five seasons such as summer, winter, monsoon, autumn and spring. The average annual temperature is around 18 degree Celsius for most of Sikkim. It is one of the few states of India, who receive a regular snowfall. In the monsoon, due to heavy rains, risk of landsliding increases. In winter and monsoon period, fog affects transportation in many parts of the state.
The state lacks railway infrastructure, at present there are two major railway stations, name as Silliguri and New Jalpaiguri, however the only airport Bagdogra is well operational. The capital Gangtok is most significantly urban area in the state.
The abundance of natural beauty and rich culture of the state make it a must visit destination. It boasts of pine forest, scenic landscapes, hot springs, Buddhist monasteries, waterfalls etc. Darjeeling the queen of hills, Lachung a mountain village, Gangtok, Pelling, Kalimpong and Lachen are some the most popular destinations for travellers.
Northeast India is the easternmost part of India, which consists of eight states namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur and Sikkim. Northeast is known for its tribal culture, natural beauty, simple people, climate and its landscapes. It shares international border with Myanmar, Tibet, China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
The best time to visit Northeast India is from October till mid May, however these are dry months, but you may enjoy occasional shower in the region. The entire Northeast is a different landscape, it is basically hottest destination for offbeat vacations. Unfamiliar lifestyle and uniqueness of this region makes the place even more interesting. Their language, food and most importantly their culture, all is completely different. This part of the country is very diverse in itself, there is always something wonderful to explore in each and every season. Monsoon months starting from May till September are just perfect for those who love to walk alongside clouds and watch out beautiful waterfalls.
Northeast is a perfect place for a relaxing holiday in India, every state in Northeast is amazing in its own way. Also weather can differ from region to region. If adventure is your idea for a perfect holiday, then must visit northeast in summers. It is good time for trekking, mountain biking, hiking and kayaking amid the mountains and clear skies, it would be a lifetime experience.
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