It may be the smallest state of India in terms of area, but in terms of tourism Goa has left all other states of the country way behind. Thousands of domestic and international travellers visit here to explore its serene beaches, temples, churches, historic monuments, museums while enjoying its lip-smacking sea food, glitzy nightlife and shopping retreats. This state is easily accessible from different parts of the country with rail, road and air transportation. You can visit this place all through the year; however, the period between October and June is considered ideal as the climate remains pleasant. If you wish to holiday in this state during your next vacation, then choose to go for Goa tour packages that are offered by leading travel agencies and travel portals.
Set up in the year 1964, the Archaeological Museum is one of the must-see attractions of Goa. This museum is located in a portion of the St. Francis of Assisi Church and has a collection of antique items, which are on display in its eight galleries. These antiquities include various objects from prehistoric and early historic to late medieval period. An important facet of this museum is that it showcases portrait paintings of former viceroys and governors of the state, along with intricately-designed pillars, wooden sculptures and stamps, which are associated with the Portuguese rulers who came here in the early 16th century.
Masterpieces at the Museum
There are many masterpieces kept in this museum, which include Arabic and Persian inscriptions, bronze statue of Albuquerques (first governor of the state), portrait paintings of Com Joa de Castro and Vasco da Gama, ivory sculptures of crucified Jesus and wooden sculpture of John the Baptist.
If you are on a tour of this state, then do take out time to visit this splendid museum. Choose those holiday packages India that includes trips to this beautiful state if you have decided that Goa will be your next holiday destination.
The Jim Corbett National Park, located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, is one of the oldest national parks of India. This park was set up in 1936 as a wildlife reserve area by the name of Hailey National Park. It was renamed to Jim Corbett National Park in 1957 in honour of Edward James Jim Corbett, a Britisher in India who was famous for protecting endangered species from extinction. There are many endangered species that can be found in this park that include wild boars, leopards, fishing cats, Indian grey mongoose, elephants, gharials and tigers. This renowned park is also famous for its Project Tiger project, which aims to conserve the Royal Bengal Tiger. If you want to visit this park and witness these conserved tigers and other exotic species, you can plan a Jim Corbett National Park tour.
Conservation Projects at Jim Corbett
Project Tiger is one of the conservation ventures of this park, the other two being the Crocodile Conservation Project and Project Elephant. This project was started in 1973 that strives to conserve the population of Royal Bengal Tigers. There was a sharp decline in the population of tigers in 1972, and the number was left to a mere 1,800. A special tiger reserve has been constructed in this park, and care is taken to provide a sustainable ecosystem for tigers to live in a healthy condition. After the establishment of this reserve, the tiger population has increased substantially.
The Crocodile Conservation Project was launched in 1976 that aims to save freshwater crocodiles, gharials and salt water crocodiles from extinction. Special and exhaustive measures like captive breeding have been used to increase their population. The aim of Project Elephant is to ensure the survival of wild elephants, who are killed on a massive scale for their ivory tusk. In addition to its conservation projects, this park has a lot to offer including safari tours and camping. If you want to take part in these activities and learn more about these conservation programs, you can visit this park as a part of your India holidays.
Kerala, a state located in the southernmost part of India, is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the world, attracting visitors in millions every year. Popularly known as Gods Own Country, Kerala has an abundant of spectacular scenic beauty with some amazing attractions. This state has many islands, which augment the charm of its land. Some of the famous islands of this state are the Dharmadam Island, Parumala, Ramanthuruth and Wellington Island. Another island of this state that is visited by avid travellers is the Munroe Island. You can avail various tour packages to Kerala to visit this island with your friends and family for an enjoyable holiday.
This island is located in the district of Kollam at the confluence of the Kallada River and Ashthamudi Lake. Named after Colonel John Munroe, a Britisher of the erstwhile state of Travancore, this island is also known by the name of Munroothuruthu. The island is spread over an area of about 13 sq km and has pristine environs.
There are many activities that tourists can indulge on this island like going on an adventurous boat ride offered by local fishermen. During such boat rides in the backwaters, tourists can get a glimpse of the rustic life of the island dwellers. Bird lovers can witness several species of migratory birds on the island, along with coir retting (a process used to extract the coconut fibre from its husk) process as well as coir weaving.
The famous Kollam Boat Race is held at Karuvathrakadavu-Muthiraparambu Nettayam in Munroe Island, and many tourists gather here to witness this race. The pedestrian march called Chittumala Theerthatanam, starts every year from here on the occasion of the Onam Festival. If you want to make a trip to this beautiful island, you can avail attractive Kerala vacation packages available on travel portals, which include accommodation along with trips to other nearby attractions.
Kodaikanal, a picturesque city situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, is one of the top hill stations of south India. In the year 1845, this hill station that lies in the upper part of the Palani Hills at an elevation of about 2133 m was established as a summer retreat. Kodaikanal is known for its rich flora and fauna, along with its natural beauty that attracts a large number of tourists from all across the country to its land. The period from September to May is considered as the ideal time to visit this splendid place. Being a popular tourist destination, this hill station is connected well to different parts of India by road, rail and air transportation. If you wish to come to this city, then the ideal option for you would be to go for Kodaikanal tour packages that can be availed from various travel websites.
This lake is situated at a distance of about 21 km from the city of Kodaikanal and is one of the beautiful locations in this region. The clear waters of this lake and its beautiful surroundings make for an ideal picnic spot. This lake is the main source of water for the town of Periyakulam, which lies in the valley below this hill station. The entry pass to this area can be accessed from the local District Forest Office.
Flora and Fauna
Besides taking a boat trip, you can indulge in trout fishing in this beautiful lake for a refreshing experience. There is a shola forest reserve around this lake that has an abundance of flora and fauna. Some of the resident birds of this forest are edible-nest swiftlets, crested-serpent eagles and pariah kites while migratory birds are Indian blue robin, leaf-warblers, common rosefinch and Blyth Reed-warbler. If you wish to visit this lake during your trip to south India, then look for those holidays in India packages, which include a tour of Kodaikanal.
Shimla, one of the beautiful hill stations and most-visited destinations of India, is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by snow-clad mountains and Deodar and pine trees, the capital city of Shimla is also known for its educational institutions, museums, religious shrines and the opportunity it offers for a number of adventurous activities. Though it can be visited all through the year, the period from September to June is considered to be ideal. If you wish to come to this scenic hill station, then check for Indian tour packages available on the Internet that include trips to Shimla. The city is also famous for its old-architectural buildings from the time of British, and one such is the Viceregal Lodge.
Perched on top of the Observatory Hills, this majestic building was built in the year 1888, and its first resident was Viceroy Lord Dufferin. This six-storey structure is built on a 331-acre site and has a Jacobethan-style architecture. This lodge is surrounded by lush-green lawns and beautiful gardens. Made of light limestone and grey sandstone, along with beams, trusses and iron girders, this lodge was converted into the Institute of Advanced Studies in the year 1965. Since the independence of India in 1947 and till this time, this lodge served as the summer retreat for the Indian President.
Designed by the British architect, Henry Irwin, this building has an entrance that faces south. As you enter the reception hall, you can witness a classic staircase and a huge fireplace. The central part of this lodge has a gallery, which is connected to other rooms that include a ballroom, drawing room and wooden-panelled dining room. If you too wish to witness the grandeur of this building, then opt for Shimla tour packages that include this attraction in their tourist itinerary. You can get these packages with discount offers on leading travel websites.
Known as – the Land of Gods, Uttarakhand is located in the northern part of India. The mighty mountains of this state encompass some of the most visited religious places of the country, which include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath. The state is also home to many of the famous hill stations, which are breathtakingly beautiful with splendid scenic locations. Lush greenery of Mussoorie, spectacular charm of Kausani Hills and majestic view of the Himalayan range from Mukteshwar captivate tourists with their dazzling beauty. Nainital is another popular hill station that amazes visitors with its pristine environs, adventurous terrains and crystal clear lakes. Naini Lake is the most popular lake of this place that is thronged by tourists every year. You can check for Uttarakhand tour packages on travel portals to avail the same to visit this place.
Naini Lake is one of the four lakes of Kumaon Hills and Nainital is named after this ravishing wonder of nature. This lake was discovered in 1823 by G. W. Traill, the then Commissioner of Kumaon and Garhwal, and its colonisation was pioneered by P. Barron, a European businessman.
According to legends, while Lord Shiva was taking the body of His wife Goddess Parvati to Mount Kailash, one of her eyes fell on this place. The emerald eye of the goddess led to the formation of a crescent-shaped lake, known as Naini Lake.
The lake, surrounded by seven hills, forms the centre of the town of Nainital. Nature lovers can find a truly peaceful and tranquil atmosphere at the lake while adoring its marvellous surroundings. Tourists can also indulge in activities like row boating and paddle boating at this lake. To visit this mesmerising lake, you can log on to various travel portals to book Uttarakhand holiday packages, which include accommodation, travel and food facilities.
Gangtok, which is situated at an elevation of 1600 m above sea level, is the capital city of the state of Sikkim. The city boasts of some interesting attractions, delectable cuisine and charming dance forms that impress tourists a lot. In terms of attractions, it is varied including Tsomgo Lake, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Mount Katao, Himalayan Zoological Park, Seven Sisters Waterfall, Deer Park and Tashi View Point. Additionally, the monasteries of this city are also quite popular and thronged by a number of tourists for their peaceful ambience and serene environment. Among these monasteries, Tsuk La Khang, is a famous one that has all the elements of spirituality, rich history and architectural beauty. You can plan a Gangtok tour to visit this amazing monastery to immerse yourself in complete tranquillity.
Tsuk La Khang Monastery
This monastery is situated in the premises of Royal Palace in Gangtok and has served as the gompa for the erstwhile Royal Family of Sikkim. A prime place of worship, Tsuk La Khang houses some of the most important Buddhist scriptures. It is a two-storey building with resplendent architecture. At each of its corners, you can witness magnificent wooden sculptures. Inside the monastery, there are life-size murals and altars, which showcase images of Lord Buddha. Incense of juniper (coniferous plant lit for its pleasant smell) lends a divine atmosphere to the place along with beautiful butter lamps lit on the pathways.
Many festivals are celebrated in this monastery every year, the most famous of which is the one dedicated to the God of Khanchendzonga. Other popular festivals include the black hat dance celebrated during Tibetan new year and Chaam or mask dance performed during Phang Labhsol and Loosong, which are the festivals of Sikkimese new year. Visit the monastery for an enchanting experience by availing attractive Gangtok tour packages available on various travel portals.