Places to see
Goa, located in south west region of India is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Renowned for its beaches, Places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. Tourism in Goa is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist activity in land. In 2010, there were more than two million tourists reported to have visited Goa, about 1.2 million of who were from abroad.
Goa has two main tourist seasons: Winter and summer. In the summer time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) comes to Goa to enjoy the climate. Where as in summer (Rainy season in Goa), tourists from across India comes to spend the holidays.
Darjeeling is the Himalayan city in the Indian state of west Bengal. Darjeeling is popularly known as the “Queen of the Hills” and produces one of the world’s finest teas. Darjeeling is world renown as a tourist destination with its tea garden and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town is located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 2050m.
Darjeeling the dream land of the East, it has been a popular hill station since the British period. The flow of tourist to this place has been increasing day by day. The view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga from here is awe inspiring. The luxuriant vegetation is a plant lover’s paradise. The Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples found here are of architectural and cultural importance. One of the major attractions of this place is the toy train coming from Siliguri, which is equally liked by children, old and youngsters as well. It takes about 7 hours to cover the distance of 72 km’s, which gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty of nature. This train passes through the forest, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels.
The best season to visit this place is March to May and October to Mid-December. During these months the mountains are clearly visible and visitors can enjoy the golden sunrise over the Himalayan peaks.
Some of the places of interest in Darjeeling are as follows:
- Chowrastha (locally, the place where four roads meet)
- Natural history museum
- Himalayan mountaineering institute
- Observatory hill
- Darjeeling Ranjeet Valley Passenger Ropeway (1st passenger ropeway in India)
Agra is a city on the bank of River Yamuna in the northern state of Utter Pardesh, India. It is the third largest city in the state of Uttar Pardesh. This city Agra is located around 200 km south of national capital New Delhi. Agra is a prime centre of rich cultural heritage and art in India. No trip in India can be considered complete with out the visit of Agra.
Agra hosts the most beautiful wonder of the world the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal a world renowned wonder sits pretty on the northern side form Agra, which looks same from all the four sides. It was built by a grief stricken Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is made up of white marble and took 23 years to complete (1630 – 1653). Every year thousands and thousands of people visits this place from all across the globe.
Besides from Taj Mahal, Agra has two other world heritage sites; Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The Red Fort Agra is also located on the other side of the river Yamuna and the top of the Fort presents a beautiful view of Taj Mahal. The Red Fort was constructed by the great Mughal King Akbar between 1565 and 1574 but most of the beautification work was done by his son Shah Jahan. Today a major part of the Fort is occupied by the armed forces and is closed for public. Etmad-Ud-Daulah and Sikandra are other two important sites to be visited in Agra.
Some of the places of interest in Agra are as follows:
- Taj Mahal
- Agra Red Fort
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Itmad-Ud- Daulah’s Tomb
- Akbar’s Tomb
- Swamiji Maharaj
- Mankameshwar Temple
- Guru Ka Tal
- Jama Masjid
- Mariam’s Tomb
- Keetham Lake