India Tourist Attractions
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, and is one of the New7 Wonders of the World.
The white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is considered to be a monument of love. This is one of the most visited sites in India, and can quite busy.
The Taj Mahal is open from sunrise - sunset, Saturday - Thursday (closed Fridays). For more information, visit the Taj Mahal's official website: www.tajmahal.gov.in
Built on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is the city of temples and ghats. One of the oldest living cities in the world, it is a major pilgrimage site for Hindu's.
There are many places of interest to visit here - amoung them is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum. The city also has 87 ghats (riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges).
For more information on the places on interest in Varanasi, visit the city's official website: varanasi.nic.in
(The city is also referred to as Kashi or Benaras).
The city of Jaisalmer was built in the 12th Century and remains a living city to this day. Named the Golden City due to the yellow sandstone buildings, the city is filled with magnificent architecture, including a massive fort. The fort is not just a tourist attraction, but also houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes).
Palaces, Temples and Havali's are just some of the architectural marvels you can see in this city, as well as the ancient library Gyan Bhandar. The man-made Gadisar Lake is also a prominent tourist attraction, with many temples built along its shores.
For more information on the city of Jaisalmer and it's attractions, click here: tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/jaisalmer
Goa is India's foremost tourist destination: palm-lined beaches, lush countryside and a variety of places to explore. Formerly a Portuguese colony, Goa has a variety of architectural styles - from ancient temples to colonial churches. If you prefer to do your exploring in nature, there are many wildlife sanctuaries to visit, as well as lakes, springs and waterfalls to trek to. While there, don't forget to visit the spice planations, located about 30km away from the main city of Panaji.
For more information visit: www.goa-tourism.com
The lush bamboo forests and ravines of Kanha were the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and was turned into a national park in 1955. The national park helped to save the swamp deer from near extinction.
The main wildlife attractions in the park are tiger, bison, gaur, sloth bear, jungle cat, python, mongoose, and a variety of deer. There are also many species of birds.
The climate of this region is tropical with hot and humid summers. Winters are pleasant with an average maximum and minimum temperature of 23.9°C and 11.1°C, respectively. The park is closed from July to mid-October during monsoon.For more information: www.kanhanationalpark.com