North India is a kaleidoscope of diverse terrains like mountain (Himalaya, Vindhya and Aravali), Gangetic plain, Thar desert of Rajasthan, desert plateau of Laddakh and forests (Corbette Tiger Reserve and Ranthambhore National Park). North India has a diverse variety of tourist attractions like ancient craftsmanship, historic monuments, forts, desert, wildlife sanctuaries, roaring tigers, heavenly Himalayas, spiritualism of world’s oldest culture (Rishikesh, Haridwar & Varanasi), center of yoga (Rishikesh), world’s oldest living city (Varanasi), erotic Khajuraho temples and much more.
World’s oldest living city- Varanasi: Varanasi is world’s oldest living city, situated on the banks of the Holy Ganges in North India. Varanasi is also called “Kashi”, “Benaras” or city of temples. Varanasi is a religious city, having major importance for three religions Hindu, Buddhism and Jain. Main attraction of Varanasi is its culture and lifestyle.
World’s Top Wonder- Taj Mahal, Agra: History of Agra dates back to Mahabharata age but it reached its its pinnacle after the Mughals made it their capital. Being capital of Mughal Empire resulted in mammoth and artistic buildings, putting Agra high on touristic map of India. Agra boasts of three UNESCO World Heritage sites but out of them Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, attracts most of the tourists. Taj Mahal, built of white marble of Makrana, is true specimen of Mughal architecture. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife and love Arjumand Bano Begum a.k.a. Mumtaj Mahal, Taj Mahal is star attraction of the tourists. Any North India Tour without visiting Taj Mahal is incomplete.
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are result of holistic view on culture, civilization and co-existence with nature. National parks are an effort to preserve various species of flora and fauna in their natural habitat, maintain ecological balance and evolve the practice of harmonizing relations with various constituents of the nature. There are many wildlife sanctuaries in North India aiming at preserving different species. Famous among them are Ranthambhore National Park and Jim Corbett National Park. Both of these wildlife sanctuaries of North India are declared national parks, predominantly focused on preserving the big wild cat- the tiger. Ranthambhore National Park is located in Rajasthan where as Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, a Himalayan state of India.
Desert: The Thar Desert of Rajasthan is also a fine example of topographical diversity of India. Rajasthan is a desert state in North India. There are many prominent cities and towns in Thar Desert area of Rajasthan which not only offer sand dunes and camel safaris but also showcase rich and vivid cultural legacy. Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Badmer, Khimsar, Osian, Manavar and Pokharan present desert safaris deep into the rough terrain, colourful cultural activities, delicious cuisines and unique lifestyles of people.
Heavenly Himalaya: Himalaya doesn’t need any introduction as it is home to world’s highest peaks or hills like Mount Everest, Nanda Devi,Mount Kailash. Laddakh, known as world’s roof, is one of the most sought after tourist destinations of North India. Kashmir, said to be heaven on the earth, is a prime tourist destination of North India Tour. Snowcapped high hills offer lot of opportunities to adventurists.
Incredible Monuments: Like rest of India, North India is replete with numerous monuments of historic, heritage, religious, artistic and architectural importance. Delhi is probably the richest capital in terms of opulence of ancient, medieval and modern era monuments. Agra boasts of three UNESCO World Heritage sites- Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Watching erotic temples of Khajuraho turns one awestruck. Lucknow, Orchha, Gwalior, Allahabad and Rajasthan are treasure trove of gargantuan, beautiful and historical monuments.
Erotic Temples of Khajuraho: Temples of Khajuraho are disparate from other temples of India. Temples are associated with religious sculptures in India but Khajuraho temples, built in Nagara style of temple architecture, are famous world-over for the erotic sculptures. These erotic sculptures portray various sexual poses, based on sage Vatsyayana’s Kamsutra. Khajuraho temples are UNESCO World Heritage sites and draw a large chunk of tourists on North India Tour. These temples were constructed by Chandela kings during ancient times.
Amazing Craftsmanship: India is world’s oldest living civilization and hence as a vast reservoir of traditionally evolved and matured skills of craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is so varied, evolved and sophisticated that it gave birth to numerous castes practicing different crafts. Every district in India has its special sets of craftsmanship. While touring North India, do pay special attention to the mindboggling repertoire of crafts.
World’s Oldest Spiritual Abode: India in the olden days had been called as ‘Jagad Guru’. It was neither due to its riches nor expansionist tendency but the spiritual quest, contributing to well being of the entire cosmos. The holistic approach towards all and sundry with maximum synchronization with nature and natural forces has been the hall mark of Indian spiritualism. Sages and saints guided the state and people and endeavored selflessly for the well being of every creature. Yoga, Ayurveda, numbers, Pi, Vedas etc have been unparalleled contributions to the world by spiritualistic India.
Land of Great Warriors- Rajasthan: Rajasthan is royal. Rajasthan is regal. Rajasthan is the land of fearless warriors, the Rajputs. The fighters who commit their life to the cause of land, self-esteem, culture, ancestral glory, protecting women and weak and that too without adopting any sly or wily moves. Any traveler on Rajasthan India tour will find the exemplary proofs in numerous forts with stories of uncompromising glorious sacrifices.