Ahmedabad, primarily called the 'Textile City of India' is a top travel destination for business as well as leisure travellers. Due to its outstanding business potential and cultural heritage, the recent years have seen a sharp increase in the number of visitors travelling to the city. Apart from this, Ahmedabad also forms an ideal junction to begin a tour to other parts of Gujarat.
Bagdogra is located about 16 km from the city of Siliguri in West Bengal. It serves as an important airport both for military and civil purposes. The Bagdogra airport is a major travel hub in the region with flights arriving from Kolkata, New Delhi, and Guwahati. Thousands of tourists alight here each month, headed towards the hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong to Pelling and Gangtok in Sikkim. The area in which Bagdogra is situated is commonly called the Dooars at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. It is rich in natural beauty and is abounding with exotic flora and fauna. There are several tea gardens and fruit orchards too in the region. Tourists can go for extremely interesting heritage tea tours in the plantations here. Teesta is the main river here and is the base of white-water rafting and angling.
Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures. This Garden City has well-laid out parks, gardens and long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian. Founded in 1537 by a local Chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bengaluru has changed dramatically over the years.
An air-conditioned city, a garden city, the Silicon Valley of India and the fastest developing city in the world are some expressions used to describe this beautiful city which has a lot to offer.
Time travel 3000 years back in civilization and witness intricately carved temples and shrines. The City of Temples as it is rightfully known is also home to a thriving handicrafts industry. Ranked as the front-running state to do business in India, Bhubneshwar is a perfect example of a land that is progressing towards industrial development while preserving its rich heritage
Chandigarh serves as the capital city of the twin states of Punjab and Haryana. The credit for the structured design of the city goes to a French architect named Le Corbusier. Chandigarh has been named after Chandi, the goddess of power. It is in the dedication of the Goddess Chandi that Chandi Mandir was set up.
The city is known for its beautiful gardens, especially the rose garden. There is a unique garden in Chandigarh named rock garden which showcases exquisite artwork made by using industrial and urban waste like porcelain, forks, metal wires, marbles, auto parts, broken bangles and more. There are lot of places to explore in and around Chandigarh like Sukhna Lake (manmade), Leisure Valley, City Center, Museum of Evolution of Life, City Museum, Bougainvillea Park, Gurudwara Nada Sahib, Mansa Devi Shrine and many more.
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, and educational centre in South India. The port of Chennai is the second largest port in India. Chennai’s economy has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries. It is India's second largest exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services. A major chunk of India's automobile manufacturing industry is based in and around the city. It is also an important centre for Carnatic music and hosts a large cultural event - the Annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. Moreover, Chennai has a vibrant theatre scene, a fledging film industry, and is an important centre for the Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form.
A city comprising of seven cities within it, Delhi is the capital city of India. It beautifully encloses magnificent landmarks and monuments that narrate the story of their glorious past. Facilities and opportunities in the capital have attracted Indians from far-flung corners of the country, making it a melting pot of all sorts. On the other hand, the presence of diplomatic and trade missions, the growing number of multinational companies, along with the influx of tourists and visiting professionals have given the city a cosmopolitan air.
Goa - The land of sun, sea and surf is every tourist's favoured destination. It has gradually carved a place for itself in the list of 'favourite tourist destinations in the world'. Lying on the beautiful west coast of the Indian Peninsula and offering sandy beaches, variety of water sports, incredible natural beauty, carefully preserved heritage museums, and multicultural architecture, Goa continues to be an ideal tourist destination for one and all.
Hugging the shores of the turbulent Brahmaputra, Guwahati is the gateway to the enchanting North Eastern India. The Light of the East, Pragjyotishpura, as it was known, was a vast kingdom during the epic period of the Mahabharata. Today, Guwahati is the hub of the region and also its largest city. Guwahati has several places of historical interest. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal hill, where the Goddess Kamakhya is worshipped and which commands a majestic view of the city and the river. Guwahati is the commercial capital of the North East. Its markets are busy, noisy, and well-stocked, especially with local handicraft and handloom that sell a range of items - from Muga silk to bell metal, cane work to woollen shawls, and elegant Naga and Manipur jackets.
From Satvahanas to Mauryas, from Qutub Shahi rulers to the British; the land of Hyderabad has silently witnessed subcontinent’s history. One can truly experience the Nawabi charm, ethnic cuisine, royal opulence and historicity in the precincts of the city. Birla Mandir, Qutub Shahi tombs, Golconda Fort, Chaar Minar, Mecca Masjid, Salar Jung Museum, Hussain Sagar Lake and the list of must visit tourist spots goes on and on, just like its history.
The city of Victory or the Pink City was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1688-1743) and is the capital of Rajasthan. A major attraction for the first-time visitor, Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset.
The city of Jammu is located at the footsteps of the mountains. It's a beautiful city with the Tawi river flowing right through it. Jammu is known as the City of Temples because of the numerous temples in and around the city. Naturally blessed, a beautiful locale, it caters to the needs of tourists, offers pilgrimage destinations to both Hindus and Muslims, and provides adventure sports in the province itself.
Also called Cochin, it means different things to different people. To some, it is a world-famous port, while to others it is a business centre, and a glamorous mirror to Kerala's vivid multifaceted personality. For many travellers, however, this natural harbour is synonymous with its famous geographical hallmark - the underwater mud banks of Malabar. Kochi has been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, the Land of spices, that attracted the European traders, is a quaint blend of the old and the new. Popularly referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
Also known as the 'City of Joy', Kolkata was the erstwhile capital of India under the British Raj. The culture of Kolkata has bathed in the varied influences of the Nizams and the Europeans among others, and is almost 300 years old. It was composed of three villages - Sutanati, Gobindapur and Kolikata, when founded by Job Charnock an East India Company agent in 1690.
Rich in colours and culinary delights, Kolkata is unique in its own way. It is an intellectual hub, that has produced some of the finest brains of India and also five Nobel laureates - Ronald Ross, Sir C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa, and Amartya Sen. With a life that revolves around the Hoogly (Ganges) river, Kolkata still retains the aura of the colonial days.
Leh is set in the Ladakh region of the Upper Himalayas. A desolate lunar landscape with arid mountains and snow-brushed peaks, arcane monasteries perched on stony cliffs, thousands of colourful prayer flags fluttering against the stark expanse, and an impossible blue sky. It is breath taking, barren and beautiful. Ladakh is the quintessential adventure destination and Leh is its lush heart where an expanse of verdant trees stands surrounded by rocky hillocks. A quiet city spread over undulating land, Leh offers a glimpse of this archaic region's culture and landscape while still allowing you to enjoy the luxuries of the contemporary world.
Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region, Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia has also bestowed the title of The City of Nawabs upon Lucknow. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind, and The Constantinople of India.
Now it’s placed among the fastest growing cities of India and is rapidly emerging as a manufacturing, commercial, and a retailing hub. This unique combination of cultural traditions and brisk economic growth provides Lucknow with an aura that refuses to fade away. Lucknow has developed as a metro city of Uttar Pradesh and is the second largest city in the state, the biggest being Kanpur.
Lucknow has Asia's first human DNA bank. This is world's second bank having DNA Identification System (DIS) and has been established in the Biotech Park under the public private partnership with IQRA Biotech Services. Straddling the river Gomti, modern Lucknow is a bustling metropolis. Historically, it was also a centre of Urdu literature.
The commercial capital of India and the land of the much-acclaimed Bollywood is known world over for its city life. Apart from housing some of the renowned business houses, the city plays host to one and all offering a cosmopolitan culture with a vibrant nightlife. Mumbai is also fondly known as the 'Land of Dreams' and is the ultimate destination for the ambitious.
Nagpur is the largest city in central India and also the third largest city by population in the state of Maharashtra. The Nag River - a tributary of the Kanhan River flows in a serpentine path and so the city got named Nagpur.
Nagpur has a tropical wet and dry climate with dry conditions prevailing for most of the year. The city contains a large number of people from other Indian states as well as people belonging to the world's major faiths. Nagpur plays host to a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Cultural and literary societies in Nagpur include Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh (for development of Marathi), Vidarbha Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti (promotion of the national language) and Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (for promoting Hindi).
Nagpur is the seat of annual winter session of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha. It is also the major commercial and political centre of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, and is also famous throughout the country as ‘Orange City’ for being a major trade centre of oranges. The city assumes political importance from being the headquarters for the Hindu nationalist organisation RSS and an important location for the Dalit Buddhist movement.
Nagpur is the main centre of commerce in the Vidarbha region and is an important trading location. Currently, Nagpur is witnessing an economic boom as ‘Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN)’ is being developed. MIHAN will be used for handling heavy cargo coming from South East Asia and Middle East Asia. Nagpur is also famous for cotton as well as being Asia’s biggest wood market.
One of the largest cities in Eastern India, Patna is the capital of Bihar. Since ancient times, Patna has remained the seat of governance for many noted dynasties including the mighty Mauryans and Mughals. Once known as 'Patliputra', 'Azimabad' or 'Pushpapura', Patna is a historically rich city and even today provides a glimpse of the bygone era through its historic monuments and ruined archaeological sites.
Patna has also remained a significant place for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains. There are a number of religious shrines in and around the city that belong to varied faiths and thronged by devotees in large numbers. In addition to these, modern shopping complexes, well-managed parks and gardens, delicious local cuisines, colourful fairs and festivals, altogether provide matchless charm to Patna. Also make well-connected Patna a base for yourself to visit many interesting spots of Bihar. The main languages are Hindi, Urdu, English along with regional languages like Maithili, Bhojpuri and Magadhi.
Port Blair is the largest town and a municipal council in the Andaman district of Andaman Islands and the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands.
Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division (tehsil), which is also called Port Blair. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. It is also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command.
Pune lies between two rivers Mula and Mutha and both of them join beneath the appropriately named Sangam Bridge. Pune is famous for its colleges, Osho slippers, and Shrewsbury biscuits. It is where a deeply conservative Maharashtrian population coexists with the deliciously famous 'German Bakery'. Some find Pune cramped and rural. Most love it for its great weather, the leafy avenues, and the laid back, exuberant ambience that comes from the blend of students from all over India, even the world.
The best thing about Pune is that it's a friendly city. From small kiosks on corners serving cold coffees and ice creams to high end theme bars, Pune accommodates all. The prices here are low but the comforts are all metros-like. With the recent rise in IT companies, Pune is the city for the young. It's the quintessential big city with a small-town feel. Visit Pune for the Osho Ashram. Set in beautiful leafy surroundings at Koregaon Park, you will see people moving about here, dressed in maroon robes. Visit the famous German Bakery for delicious desserts or buy Osho slippers in all colours possible from the pavement stalls. On the outskirts, there are also the ruins of the Maratha Empire, sturdy forts littered in beautiful expanses of green.
The locals speak Marathi but with its cosmopolitan crowd of students that come not only from all over India but the world, English and Hindi are widely spoken and understood.
The City of Waterfalls and Lakes, Ranchi, as is commonly known, is the capital of the state of Jharkhand. It is known for its scenic attractions, desolate rocks, and cascading waterfalls. Over the years, Ranchi has emerged as an important industrial centre and is home to many industrial houses. Ranchi is rich in heritage and culture as well. The Bihar Tribal Research Institute here is a good place to start to know more about the tribal population, its origins etc.
Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. The city is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the Kashmir valley. The river Jhelum passes through the Srinagar city which is also rightly called the Pride of the Kashmir Valley.