India is a paradise for tourists. It has a wide range of climatic zones and geographical features like snow capped mountain peaks, beautiful rivers, tropical forests, islands beaches etc. India Gate, Taj mahal, Shimla, Manali, Ajanta, Ellora, Sundarbans, Jaipur, Kerala, Cape Comorin, Andaman are must see destinations for Indian as well as foreign tourists. 'Eco-tourism' is also popular in India, centred around forest and Hill tourist spots where one can enjoy the pristine beauty of India's natural landscapes while engaging in activities like Trekking and camping. Eco tourism is popular in the evergreen hilly state of Kerala and India's North-eastern states of Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya etc. Himalayas are the tallest and majestic mountains in the world and India is proud to house them. Places like Manali, Shimla, Mussoorie and Srinagar are top tourist destinations in the Himalayas where you can witness the mesmerising view of snow clad peaks of the tallest mountains in the world.
Government of India promotes tourism through its own agency 'Incredible India'. Various State governments are also operating their own tour agencies in India. They provide facilities such as Hotel/ Bus booking, sightseeing at reasonable prices. The quality of service and hospitality is very good. Apart from this, Indian Railways is also conducting packaged tours to many popular destinations in India through their commercial arm IRCTC. The package rates are perhaps the lowest offered by any agency in India. I have listed the government Tourist agencies state-wise below and the important places in the particular state
Incredible India: Run by Central Government Ministry of Tourism. Approved agency with certified tourist guides. Incredible India offers Hotel, Transport (Rail/Bus) as well as Shuttle facilities. Tourists can buy authentic Indian made handicrafts, tribal products and herbal medicines at affordable cost.
visit incredibleindia.org for more details
1. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation
Important Places: Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Beas River, Rohtang Pass
2. Delhi Tourism
Important Places: Red fort, India Gate, Akshardam Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Qila, Zoological Park
3. UP Tourism (Taj Mahal)
Important Places: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort
4. Kerala Tourism
Important places: Cochi, Thekkady, Guruvayur Temple, Ashtamudi Backwaters, Alleppey
5. Tamilnadu Tourism Development corporation
Important Places: Mahabalipuram, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Tanjore Temple, Ooty hill station, Kodaikanal hill station
6. Karnataka state tourism Development corporation
Important places: Bengaluru Silicon city, Lal Bagh, Mysuru, Coorg Valley, ISKCON temple, Bandipur sanctuary
Other state government Tourist operators:
ANDHRA PRADESH- aptdc.gov.in
JAMMU & KASHMIR- jktourism.org
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR- andamans.gov.in
IRCTC: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) conducts regular packaged tours to various tourist locations in India. Discount offers are provided for bulk bookings. The rates are one of the lowest offered by any operator in India. Tour packages combining 3 destinations costs as low as INR 10,000
Visit irctc.co.in to check tour packages
Palace on Wheels: ‘Palace on Wheels’ is a Luxury tourist train run by Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan state government. The train passes through important destinations and heritage places like Jaipur, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Jodhpur, Chittorgarh etc
Deccan Odyssey: Similar to Palace on Wheels. Runs through the state of Maharashtra
Kerala Sea plane Service: Commercial sea plane service by Kerala Tourism to enable tourists enjoy the scenic beauty of Kerala’s evergreen landscape and backwaters
Private online agencies: Some of the renowned online Tour/Travel agencies in India are Yatra.com, Makemytrip.com, thomascook.in etc. You could book Hotel/Bus, tour/sightseeing packages with them
Tiger Express: Recently, IRCTC launched the 'Tiger Express', a special tourist train that would take tourists to the national Parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha etc in Central India and explore the majestic Tigers of India. The 5 nights/6 days tour package includes Tiger safari, sightseeing and accommodation in 3-star hotels
Parasailing at Goa: Goa is the most preferred destination for beach activities in India and is a foreign tourist's paradise. There are bars, casinos and water sports in Goa out of which Parasailing is an exhilarating experience. Tourists throng to experience the thrill of bring suspended high in the air above the sea and enjoy the adrenaline rush while being pulled by a speed boat. Many operators provide the service at reasonable prices.
Medicinal/Ayurvedic Tourism: India is the repository of medicinal knowledge since ancient times and even now India is famous for its natural indigenous medicinal systems of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc. People can get natural treatment for various ailments and also for general body rejuvenation. There are many centres in Kerala which offer Herbal massage treatment for various problems.
Herbal therapies are provided for problems like Diabetes. Yoga and exercise therapies are also provided. You can read my hub below regarding Ayurvedic Medicine treatments in India
- What is Ayurveda Therapy? Benefits of Ayurveda Therapy. Best Ayurveda centers in India
What is Ayurveda Therapy? Benefits of Ayurveda Therapy. Best Ayurveda centers in India
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