"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

North West East North East
Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan Sikkim Assam
Jammu and Kashmir Gujarat West Bengal Arunachal
Delhi Goa Andaman & Nicobar Manipur
Uttar Pradesh Maharashtra Orissa Meghalaya
Uttarakhand Pondicherry
Chandigarh Lakshadweep
Punjab Daman & Diu

Central South Neighbouring Other
Bihar Andhra Pradesh Bhutan
Madhya Pradesh Karnataka Tibet
Chattisgarh Kerala

Jharkhand Tamil Nadu


Himachal Pradesh

Truly a travellers paradise, with mighty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green and golden valleys, flower filled meadows, misty woods, fast flowing icy rivers, glaciers and enchanting lakes.

Overview      Temples      Travelogues      Trekking in Himachal
Places to Visit: Chamba      Dalhousie      Dharamsala      Jwalamukhi       Kinnaur      Mandi     Manali     Palampur     Renukaji     Sarahan      Shimla    

Jammu & Kashmir

Of Kashmir, it was said, "Gar bar-ru-e-zamin ast; hamin ast, hamin ast, hamin asto" or " If there be a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here."

Overview       History      Geography       People & Culture      Economy
Festivals     Wild Life     Adventure      Tourist Information        Climate      Travelogues
Places to Visit: Pilgrim Places      Amarnath Yatra       Vaishno Devi       Dachigam      Drass       Gulmarg      Jammu      Pahalgam       Sonamarg       Srinagar       Ladakh


Delhi, one of India's fastest growing cities, has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. Remnants of the past survive cheek-by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes.

Overview      Travelogues


Amritsar: In the 16th century the fourth Guru of the Sikh community. Guru Ramdas settled down by a pool with miraculous healing powers and that was the founding of Amritsar city.

Amritsar      Chandigarh      Travelogues


The State of Haryana came into existence in 1966 when it was carved out of Punjab. The capital of both Haryana and Punjab is Chandigarh.

Overview      Chandigarh      Travelogues


Chandigarh, at the foothills of the Shivalik hills, designed by the French architect Le Corbusier, is the capital of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana.

Overview      Travelogues

Uttar Pradesh

Agra has long been renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. This has often overshadowed the fact that this royal Mughal city has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many magnificent monuments that epitomise the high point of Mughal architectural achievement.

Places to Visit: Agra     Dudhwa National Park     Allahabad      Varanasi
Buddhist Sites:   Kapilvastu   Sarnath  ; Kushinagar   Kaushambi   Sravasti


The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, abode of the gods, home to 4 of the most revered pilgrimage spots of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, is a treasure trove of Himalayan scenery, unusual places to discover, a rich cultural heritage.

Overview     Districts of Uttarakhand    Festivals of Kumaon    
Travelogues    Trekking    
Places to Visit: Corbett National Park     Nainital      Almora      Jageshwar      Kausani      Badrinath      Mussorie      Haridwar     Rishikesh     Char Dham Yatra     Valley of Flowers    



Daman And Diu

Daman was seized from its Gujarati ruler by the Portuguese in 1531 but was only formally handed over to the Portuguese in1559 by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat.


Rajasthan, the abode of the Rajas, or kings, is India at its exotic, romantic best. Battle scarred forts, turreted marble palaces of breathtaking grandeur and whimsical charm, delightful folk art and culture, riotous colours and a romantic sense of pride and honour.

Overview    History   Geography    People & Culture    Economy   Festivals  
Wild Life   Adventure   Climate   Travelogues
Places to Visit: Ajmer Shareif   Alwar   Bharatpur   Bikaner   Chittaurgarh   Jaipur   Jaisalmer   Jodhpur   Kota   Mount Abu   Ranakpur   Sariska   Udaipur  


The state is renowned for its beaches, its holy temple towns and its historic capitals with their architectural wealth. As much a part of the state are its wildlife sanctuaries, its hill resorts, its natural grandeur and religious and pilgrim centres.

Overview      Travelogues     
Places to Visit: Saurashtra - Part I      Saurashtra - Part II
Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary       Ahmedabad & Baroda      Travelogues


This small former Portuguese enclave is one of India's most popular tourist spots, both for the domestic and international traveller.

Overview      History      Geography       Economy      Getting There & Around     
Festivals     Wild Life      Climate      Towns of Goa     
Beaches of South Goa     Beaches of North Goa     Travelogues

Silent sentinels to history, 350 odd forts of Maharashtra, beaten by the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, scorched in the blazing sun, they stand imposing ramparts.

Places to Visit: Forts of Maharashtra     Panhala      Aurangabad       Ganapatipule      Ajanta & Ellora       Hill Stations      Karnala     Borivili      Travelogues


Situated on Coromandel Coast, about 160 kms. South of Madras, lies the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The French ruled this territory for 300 years and today it stands as a living monument of the French Culture in India.

The charm of the Lakshadweep Islands is their remote pristine splendour; densely covered with coconut palms, threaded by an unbroken line of creamy sand, each island serenely set in a sea whose waters range from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli.

Overview      Islands      Travelogues      Scuba Diving     



Andaman & Nicobar
A fantasy world of silver sands, clear blue seas, coral reefs, swaying palms, tropical forests, volcanic mountains and a gently undulating landscape.

Overview      History   Geography    People & Culture    Economy   Climate  
Port Blair   Travelogues


Orissa is a fascinating land on the east coast of India, surrounded by the states of West Bengal & Bihar on the north, Andhra Pradesh on the south, Madhya Pradesh on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east.

Overview      History      Geography      Wildlife   Travelogues
Places to Visit: Chilka Lake   Beaches Of Orissa   Bhubaneshwar   Konark  


Land of the mighty Khangchendzonga, wrapped in mists and clouds, with tumbling streams, mountain monasteries and quaint shopping plazas.

Overview     Geography     History      People & Culture      Economy     Festivals      Wildlife     Adventure      Tourist Information     Accommodation
Getting There      Climate      FAQ
Places to Visit: Off the Beaten Track   Monastery Magic   Gangtok
Travelogues of Sikkim    Trekking in Sikkim

West Bengal
The only Indian state to have the icy snow-bound Himalayas at it's northern tip and the temperate coastal plains in the south, leading to the Bay of Bengal, it boasts a rare variety of landscapes.

Overview       Travelogues       Trekking
Places to Visit: Kolkata      Shantiniketan      Darjeeling      Kalimpong
More Destinations     Wildlife    


North East


The name "Assam" is derived from the term "Asom" which, in Sanskrit, refers to unequal or unrivalled. The uneven topography of the land, full of hills, plains and rivers might, therefore, have contributed to her name. A land of about 25 million people the principal language of Assam is Assamese although a large number of other languages are spoken.

Overview      Land of Tea Gardens
Places to Visit: Kaziranga   Sibsagar   Tezpur  

Arunachal Pradesh

Home to a complex mix of communities, its people are friendly, colourful and simple. Arunachal can be justifiably proud of its rich flora, verdant forests, turbulent streams, lofty mountains and snow clad peaks which make it a unique place offering the tourist numerous opportunities for rafting, hiking and mountaineering.


This tiny state with an area of 10,000 sq. kms. has the envious quality of being pollution free, with an eco-friendly environment and pleasant weather.


Manipur is famous for its classical dance form, the Manipuri, marked by graceful and restrained movements and delicate hand gestures.


Meghalaya is a small state sandwiched between Assam and Bangladesh. It has an area of 22,429 sq. kms. and is located between 25 degree and 26.15 degree North (Latitude) and 89.45 degree and 92.47 degree East (Longitude).


Mizoram, predominantly a Christian populated state forms the southernmost tip of the North-Eastern states, sharing borders with Manipur, Assam, Tripura then jutting out between Myanmar and Bangladesh.


Nagaland is a narrow strip of mountainous territory in a predominantly tribal state blessed with great valleys, meandering streams, high mountains, deep gorges and a rich variety of flora and fauna. It is the only state which has English as the official state language.


Tamil Nadu

Forested slopes of the majestic hills of the Western Ghats; profuse incense of the towering temples and gopurams; vibrant festivals of music and dance; shimmering silk fabrics of brilliant colours; endless silver lined beaches. Images conjured at the mention of Tamil Nadu.

Overview     Geography       History       People       Economy       Festivals       Climate      Travelogues
Places to Visit: Ooty      Chennai      Madurai      Kodaikanal      Kanniyakumari     


The history and culture of a land is said to be influenced by it's geography. Andhra Pradesh is no exception. In the heartland of ancient Deccan, Andhra Pradesh has absorbed the traditions of both the north and the south.

Overview      Travelogues
Places to Visit: Wildlife & Bird Sanctuaries     Bandipur National Park
Nagarhole National Park      Bangalore      Gulbarga      Sravanabelagola      Bidar      Bijapur      Hampi      Mangalore      South West Karnataka     


Kerala's the land of green magic is a narrow, fertile strip on the south-west coast of India. The state is sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats and has golden, tranquil beaches, beautiful creeks, waterfalls, jungles, mountains and rich flora and fauna packed into it.

Places to Visit: Thekkady/Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary    Kovalam Beach   Trivandrum   Cochin  

Andhra Pradesh

The history and culture of a land is said to be influenced by it's geography. Andhra Pradesh is no exception. In the heartland of ancient Deccan, Andhra Pradesh has absorbed the traditions of both the north and the south.

Places to Visit: Hyderabad   Tirupati   Vijayawada    Warangal      Travelogues



Cutting straight across Bihar from west to east, the bounteous Ganga had made the region so fertile and plentiful that its natural prosperity nurtured a veritable fountainhead of political and cultural civilisations down the millennia. The coal belt in Bihar is the mainstay of thermal energy in north India. Bihar has 41% of the total mineral wealth of India.

Overview     Arts & Crafts       Wildlife Sanctuaries       Fairs & Festivals
Patna       Cities of Bihar
Buddhist Sites:   Gaya   Bodhgaya   Vaishali   Rajgir   Nalanda  

Madhya Pradesh

A plateau streaked with meandering rivers, surrounded by the mighty Vindhya and Satpura hill ranges and some of the richest tropical forests anywhere. That's Madhya Pradesh.

Places to Visit: Bhopal    Gwalior      Indore    Kanha      Orccha      Sanchi      Ujjain      Shivpuri     



Chhatisgarh State is situated between Orissa and Jharkhand in the East and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in the West. The state originally formed part of Madhya Pradesh. The capital is Raipur.

Neighbouring Countries


Bhutan remains an enigma till date. And it prefers it that way. You don't get to read much about it in the newspapers or hear about it in the news. Unlike its high profile neighbours, India and Nepal, this small Kingdom is publicity shy.

Overview     Places to visit     FAQ     Travelogues



There are 3 ways to reach Mount Kailash from India. By road from India. By air to Kathmandu and from there by road to Lake Manasarovar at the base of Mount Kailash. There are helicopter tours of Kailash for those who are short of time or cannot take the rigours of a grueling high altitude road journey.

FAQ on Tibet    Kailash thru India    Legends of Kailash    Trek to Kailash

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