The entity 'India' is an eclectic diaspora of opposites. She is
shrouded in antiquity and streaked with modernism, arid deserts and the most
fertile spread only 300 km away; South-Asian Mongoloids and distinctively
Indo-European Aryan denizens; Asia's largest slums and sky scrapping
multiplexes and software hubs; elephants adorned in multicolored clothes for
festivals and men painted as beasts doing the war-dance; world's highest
peaks that trail right up to the sky and the deepest gorges that perhaps
chafe the earth's very core - intriguing, isn't it?
Adventurers and plunderers have come globe trotting to this mystic nation
and carried back some 'India' each with them. The land continues to mystify
and a sneak-peek at the travelers bee-line proves just that. From about 2.45
million foreign tourists in 2002-03, the figure has shot up to about 3.54
million in 2005. And the most sought destinations are Rajasthan for its
forts and rustic festivities, Western flavored Goan beaches, backwater
cruises and Ayurvedic Spas at Kerala. The Golden Triangle Tour (Delhi - Agra
- Jaipur) is the high traffic zone.
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democracy in the world
billion (2006) - 2nd most populous after China
(Rs.1); (1 Dollar = 46.19 INR, 1 Pound = 86.051 INR, 1 Yuan = 5.80 INR,
1 Franc = 37.09 INR, 1 Euro = 58.65 INR)
Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2.4% Christian, 2% Sikh, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.5% Jains,
from colonial (British) rule:
Indian climate varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in
north. Because the geography of this huge country is so diverse, different
regions have vastly different weather, even at the same time of year. The
Himalayan foothills have intensely cold winter nights (November-January) and
the mountain roads are only accessible during the summer months
(June-September), generally the best time to visit the hills. As for the
rest of India, winters (September-January) are probably the best time to
visit. Avoid the monsoons (June-September).
A sneak-peek at the Tourism scenerio
The Tourism industry found the age old belief in "Atithi Devo
Bhavah", meaning "Guest is God", the most befitting motto for
their inbound tourism campaign. Lo and behold, the outlay on tourism
development rose to Rs7,860 million in 2005/2006, from Rs3,500 million in
2003/2004. The UK and the US lead tourist arrivals into the country.
A report reads:-
"India's travel and tourism market was valued at US$42 billion in
2005. It emerged as the fifth most preferred destination in a survey
conducted across 134 countries. A 5,000 year history, culture, religion and
alternative medicine fascinate both budget and luxury travellers alike."
The hospitality industry also has a major role to play in the tourism boom.
World-class facilities, Spa and Heritage resorts, traditional hospitality,
entertaiment add-ons like folk performances and so on have made lodging in
India an 'attraction' in its own right. Besides, e-ticketing and e-travel in
India, budget airlines, Tourist agents who act end-to-end travel guides
(like us), Tour packages (like the one's we have) - have gone a long way in
making India an A-class travel destination.
Our site says it all
Surf Best of India
says it all) for a sweeping look at some of the attractions tourists have
rated 5/5 in one of our periodic surveys. Our City
lists the cities and the most visited tourist circuits are
clubbed up as Tourist Favorite Joints
. This means
you can have a quick dekko at the various attractions India showcases before
you jump to the cities or the circuits and map your tour accordingly. Once
decided you can head straight to our Best Deals
(Tour Packages) that has a straight, and needless to say, BEST solution for
Incase, you already have something on your mind, our very obvious theme
section What's on Your Mind
be a smart guide that talks in length about various travel ideas like
Wildlife tours, Pilgrimage, Honeymoon, Beach vacation and so on.
Now, even if you are'nt very sure about where to head first, you can still
check in at the Hotels section, nick-named Hotels