World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27th September every year. It is being observed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization since 1980 to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
So let’s highlight some of the best places to visit in India:
Its located in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in an altitude of about 2500 to 5000 meters above sea level. It is a must visit place for all nature lovers and people seeking peace and serenity away from the city lights. The snowcapped mountains, valleys, glaciers and monasteries add the icing on the cake. Ladakh is in everyone’s bucket list especially for solo trekkers, explorers and bike enthusiastic freaks. People from all around India and even the world come to witness this beautiful place. The rough climatic conditions and the uneven terrain only add to the charm of this place. Some of the few places to visit when in Ladakh which makes this the land of dreams are the peaceful Shanti Stupa, surreal Pangong Lake, highest cold-desert called Nubra Valley, Khardung-La Mountain Pass and the awe-inspiring Magnetic Hill.
It is also referred to as the Cultural Capital of India. The Maratha heritage, British Raj, Indian Army’s Southern Command, the IT parks, or the gang of college gangs from 10-odd universities—it’s difficult to know who’s left a greater impression on the city of Pune. Culture meets recent funky trends and business meets brews in this city that offers something for everybody. Where else would you encounter virtues like trust, honesty in absolute strangers?
Pune has a few destinations that feed a wide range for traveler’s interests. Pune is famous for its cuisine, getaways, and heritage. Starting from the famous Aga Khan Palace to Osho Ashram this place has a lot to give. The pleasant weather just beautifies the city more and makes it ideal for living. If you’re looking for something adventurous, head to Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, near Katraj. You can trek up to SinhagadFort and enjoy rustic food, strolling around M.G. Road, East Street in Camp during the evening and relishing some snacks from Kayani Bakery will make you fall in love with this place and its people. Recently Pune has been awarded as the most liveable city of India in 2018.
Also known as the Adobe of Clouds, it is situated in the North Eastern part of India. It is situated in the lap of Khasi and Garo hills in the eastern Himalaya. It is one of the most desirable places of the entire North East due to its evergreen plateaus, lush green scenery, mystic caves and the famous living root bridge. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and also the rock capital of India, with Hoobastank and Scorpions performing a long time back. The famous living root bridges are grown by the people rather than building it unlike other cities of India. Yes, it is grown. You can also witness the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynlong which is just astonishing. The people are very polite and friendly. Rather than that, Meghalaya is the home to the wettest place on Earth i.e. mawsynram. The ‘double-decker living root bridge’ in Cherrapunjee is one such artistic splendor that has been standing strong for over 200 years. Don’t forget to visit the Krang Suri and Nohkalikai Falls.
Kerela also known as God’s own Country, is situated in the southern part of India. It is one of the most picturesque places in India with pristine backwaters, coconut fringed beaches, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and colourful festivals. Thousands of tourist visit every year to this beautiful place because of it’s natural beauty. It is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in India due to its splendid natural beauty and ecotourism development of this place. Munnar is one of the most visited hill stations in this state, the tea covered slopes make it more beautiful. Alleppey is famous for it’s houseboat stays, due to its slow-moving network of backwaters. An overnight stay is must in these houseboats if you visit Alleppey. Last but not the least when in Kerala, you simply cannot miss gorging on the aromatic Kerala food served traditionally on banana leaves or experiencing a rustic stay in a tree house.
The oldest city of India or The Spiritual city of India is situated on the banks of river Ganga, which is believed to be more than 5000 years old. Also known as Banaras or Kashi or the city of Moksha, it is the holiest places in the world. It is considered the most sacred places on Earth by the Hindus. It is famous for it’s ghaats all over the world for the utter culture and the devotion they invoke. These ghaats are the steps leading down to the holy river Ganga where the Sadhus and the pilgrims take bath. The sacred aura in these ghaats are something that will stay with you all your life. Most of the Hindus believe that taking a dip thrice in the holy water Ganga removes all your sins away. Don’t forget to attend the evening Aarti in these ghaats which seems to be very spiritual. Apart from these, Varanasi is also famous for it’s Sarees, Pan and the famous Banaras Hindu University.