Prominent Tourist Places of North India – Himachal, Jammu, Delhi, Chandigarh
India Tours – Tourist Destinations
India is rightly called a wonder land; the luxuriant tapestry of this vast country with its mesmerizing landscapes, ancient history and culture and a rich diversity of its various ethnic mores embellishes it with an impressive list of tourist destinations. The visitor to this country can visit any of its thousands of sites which await a visit. We present a birds-eye-view of the travel itinerary which you might like to explore in this enchanting land called India –
Northern India Tours
Himachal Pradesh is a gorgeous paradise, with dazzling snow peaks, deep gorges, lush valleys, apple-laden orchards, bloomingMap | Tourist Places of Himachal Pradesh (India) meadows, misty woods, chilling rivers, snow bound glaciers and enchanting lakes. It boasts of a number of important temples like Jwalamukhi and Renukaji, while Dharamshala remains the world HQ of the Tibetan Government in Exile with the venerable Dalai Lama in meditation. Trekking in Himachal can test the mettle of one of the toughest trekkers. Important Places to Visit are – Chamba, Dalhousie, Kinnaur, Mandi, Manali, Palampur, Sarahan and the state capital Shimla.
Jammu & Kashmir
Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who frequented Kashmir, used to say, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” Often compared to Switzerland, its lush green valleys and mighty mountains, no doubt, provide solace to the soul. It is home to such significant shrines as the Amarnath cave housing the holy Snow Lingam and Vaishno Devi, one of the most visited shrines in North India dedicated to Goddess Durga. The lazy boat rides in ‘shikaras’ in the Dal Lake are much sought after, while the House Boats here are often full. Major Tourist attractions are Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, the state capital Srinagar and the cold desert Ladakh.
Delhi, the seat of the Government of India is said to have been devastated seven times and re-established again and again as the principal seat of the might and magnificence of India during its centuries old chequered history. One of the fastest growing cities in the world, today, Delhi has spread far beyond the Mughal era Shahjahanabad and was ordained as the capital of British India in 1911. Remnants of the past sit jovially with the modern skyscrapers, bustling commercial complexes and residential colonies. The important sites are the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb, apart from the modern monuments of Lutyens Delhi.
Though Chandigarh remains the state capital, its principal city is Amritsar, founded by the 4th Sikh Guru, Guru Ramdas during the 16th century. The Golden Temple at Amritsar is worth a visit, as is the crystal clear pool surrounding the Temple. The water of this pool is reported to have miraculous healing powers.
The State of Haryana came into existence in 1966 when it was carved out of Punjab. It shares its capital with Punjab at Chandigarh. Kurukshetra, which hosted the epic battle of Mahabharata and the site of Lord Krishna’s discourse to Arjun, viz., the immortal Srimad Bhagavad Geeta, is located here, which has lately been developed as a major emporium for various handicrafts of India. It also boasts of the historic battlefield of Panipat, which saw 3 major battles which altered the course of Indian History.
Located in the foothills of Shivalik hills, Chandigarh was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier during early 1950’s. It is one of a few totally planned cities in the country and worth a visit. Pinjore Gardens, developed by Mughal Emperor Jahangir are just at its periphery, while the ‘Rock Garden’ near Sukhna Lake is worth a visit.