India is the world of resplendent colors and rich cultural locales, be it magnificent monuments, heritage temples or tombs. The country’s ancient cultural heritage is inextricable linked to its technology driven present existence. The co-existence of a number of religions and cultures,makes it the perfect place for a complete.

Tourism in India is the largest service industry, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. India witnesses more than 5.5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and  740 million domestic tourism visits. In the year 2010, 17.9 million foreign tourists visited India. Majority of foreign tourists come from USA and UK. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the top 5 state to receive inbound tourists.

The mountain town in Ladakh is quickly rising to the top of must-visit lists.The towering Himalayas supply a dramatic backdrop and plenty of opportunity for adrenaline junkies to get their fix.Rock climbing and if you’re looking for something a little tamer, short trekking jaunts can be arranged.For a glimpse into the town’s culture and rich history, visit the Shey Palace and the many Buddhist monasteries.

One of India’s prettiest hill stations, Manali has long been a honeymooner’s paradise.The Beas river has whitewater  rafting and there’s skiing, trekking, paragliding and zorbing to be done all along the hilly terrain nearby. Rohtang Pass has mesmerizing views of the great mountains, the Vashisht hot water springs has bathhouses for visitors to soak in the bubbling water and then there are large and small waterfalls at short drives all around Manali.

Darjeeling was developed as a hill station and tea plantation area, thanks to its cooler temperatures.Today, Darjeeling’s tea estates are world-renowned, but there’s more to it than its picturesque rolling hills sheathed in green.Nestled in the lesser Himalayas, Darjeeling offers breath-taking views of the great mountain including Mt Everest.Tiger Hill, at an altitude of 2,590 meters gives visitors a glimpse of the Kanchen Junga range. The ropeway and cable car rides, the natural history museum, the zoological parks  and botanical gardens all give tourists a flavor of the natural wealth of the Himalayas.

The buzzing metro might be one of the most recognized Indian cities abroad, but the ‘Garden City’ had plenty going for it long before it became and IT hub. Bengaluru offers a blend of the old and the new and won’t disappoint. The Bangalore Palace is a glimpse into the city’s royal past and the imposing Vidhana Soudha structure and example of its  prosperous present.There are plenty of ancient religious centers, such as St. Mary’s Basilica, St Patric’s Church and Shri Nimishamba Devi Temple.Younger tourists will enjoy the plentiful shopping  at the many malls, all offering the biggest brands, and the thriving nightlife complete with pubs and lounge bars.

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