Famous Tourist Sites of India
Holy of Holies. The most sacred shrine of Tourism in India is no more that holy. If one goes by the Google search trends, Yes! Taj Mahal is no more the No. 1 Hot Destination in India. The laurels have now been bagged by the Gods Own Country – Kerala.
Reporting on the calculations taken up by Googles Zeitgeist site for the year 2012, a news report (First Post: December 28, 2012) confirms this trend for all important tourist destinations in the country. According to this report, maximum numbers of search hits regarding Indian destinations have been for Kerala, while placing the redoubtable Taj Mahal at the second spot. The surprises do not stop there. The third most popular destination in India is the Wagah Border (Punjab), i.e. the Indian Check post on Pakistan border. The other most important destinations have been the ever popular Vaishno Devi and the miraculous Amarnath Shrine, both in J&K. In a nutshell, the final Google popularity list looks like this –
1. Kerala, including Kerala backwaters.
2. The Eternal Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh
3. Wagah Border on Pakistan border in Punjab
4. Vaishno Devi in J&K
5. Amarnath Shrine in J&K
6. Kashmir Valley in J&K
7. Shirdi in Maharashtra
8. Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu
9. Munnar in Kerala
10. Gateway of India in Maharashtra
However, if we leave aside the Google calculations, as they are actually based on Google Clicks but not on the basis of actual footfalls, we can safely assume that the following destinations in India continue to be the eternally attractive destinations in the country –
The quintessential Delhi, where the ancient meets the modern on a over the magnificent medieval monuments, remains an eternal tourist delight. Strolling through the wide open plazas of Lutyens New Delhi, one can enjoy the imperial splendor of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, or the medieval splendor of Red Fort, or explore pre-historic roots of the country in the Purana Qila. The handicrafts market at Janpath, or the Dilli Hat expose you to the nimble magic of India’s famed craftsmen, while the street food in the lanes of Chandni Chowk are a gourmet’s delight.
The Royal Rajasthan
Literally meaning the land of the kings, Rajasthan truly dazzles you by its rich legacy of magnificent forts, palaces and other architectural wonders, which are strewn all over the state. Though these splendid monuments are no doubt worth a visit of a lifetime, but what actually makes a Rajasthan trip truly memorable is the charm and color of its people, which makes you wonder whether the Rajasthani royalty truly resides in its gorgeous monuments, or in its people, who create magic at such moments as at the Pushkar Fair.
Gujarat – the state that has arrived
Think of Gujarat and the first thing that strikes you is the Dandiya Raas in October, or the Kite Festival in January. Add to this scenario, the vibrant colors of Kutchi mirror work, or the Gir National Park, which is still presided over by the Lion, that legendary king of the forests and a state on the move. Witness the restored Sabarmati River in all its glory, or its renovated riverfront, the Akshardham in Gandhinagar, or enjoy the traditional Gujarati Thali, with its unique combination of hot and sweet, or relish the sweet success of Amul Milk.
The Taj Mahal at Agra
Despite all claims by Google, the Taj Mahal continues to be the hottest favorite in India as one of its prime destinations. The mesmerizing beauty of Taj Mahal can be recalled only by a person who has actually visited that site, which is really nothing short of a sonnet in stone. Conceived and executed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as a memorial to his dear departed wife Mumtaj Mahal, this is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if really any place deserves this epithet, it is really the Taj Mahal. Once in Agra, there are many other magnificent monuments, ranging from the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri or the Sikandra Mausoleum, which transforms a visitor. ( Visit website for Trip to Taj Mahal )
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