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Travel India:

India has twenty-nine states and seven union territories. President of India manages the union territories by appointing an Administrator. This post will get updated with Cities and Towns being added under each State. This should help you plan your Travel India visit as well as providing information on Indian Tourist places.

You can plan your tour according to the Indian States and make sure you are visiting nearby states in one tour for easy commuting. New Delhi is the Capital of India and is commonly referred as Delhi. Telangana is the newest state in India. If you are reaching to India from another country, reaching Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore or Chennai first will provide easy access to many tourist places.

India is a large country to travel and there are hundreds of places of tourist interest. India is getting a popular tourist destination for multiple reasons. The special tourism includes Ayurveda and Medical tourism as a part of health care tourism and for tourists who love plantations, there are Tea and Coffe plantations spread across multiple states of India.

As India has a large sea shore and safe beaches, tourists always like to visit Konkan Part of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Goa and Kerala. India is well connected internally through Air and Train(Indian Railways). You have several staying options from a budget hotel to a luxurious royal hotel and there are many food options also.

India Tourist Places
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The Indian States and their Capitals

  1. Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad)
    1. Hyderabad and Ramoji Film City
  2. Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar)
  3. Assam (Dispur)
  4. Bihar (Patna)
  5. Chhattisgarh (Raipur)
  6. Goa (Panaji)
    1. Goa State
  7. Gujarat (Gandhinagar)
  8. Haryana (Chandigarh)
    1. Chandigarh
  9. Himachal Pradesh (Shimla)
    1. Shimla
    2. Kullu Manali and Rohtang Pass
  10. Jammu & Kashmir (Srinagar{Summer}, Jammu{Winter})
  11. Jharkhand (Ranchi)
  12. Karnataka (Bangalore)
    1. Mysore
  13. Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)
  14. Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal)
  15. Maharashtra (Mumbai)
    1. Mumbai
    2. Pune City
    3. Around Pune City
    4. Kolhapur
    5. Aurangabad
    6. Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar
    7. Alibag-Murud-Janjira
  16. Manipur (Imphal)
  17. Meghalaya (Shillong)
  18. Mizoram (Aizawl)
  19. Nagaland (Kohima)
  20. Odisha (Bhubaneshwar)
  21. Punjab (Chandigarh)
    1. Chandigarh
  22. Rajasthan (Jaipur)
    1. Jaipur (Pink City)
  23. Sikkim (Gangtok)
  24. Tamil Nadu (Chennai)
  25. Telangana (Hyderabad)
  26. Tripura (Agartala)
  27. Uttarakhand (Dehradun)
  28. Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow)
    1. Agra (Taj Mahal)
  29. West Bengal (Kolkata)

Union Territories and their Capitals

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Port Blair)
  2. Chandigarh (Chandigarh)
  3. The Government of NCT of Delhi (Delhi)
  4. Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Silvassa)
  5. Daman and Diu (Daman)
  6. Lakshadweep (Kavaratti)
  7. Puducherry (Puducherry)

Travel & Tour Operators in India

There are thousands of Travel & Tour Operators in India. The small players operate at City level, medium level players operate at State level or at a Circuit level and the major players operate at all India level. Most of the Big Tour Operators also operate at International Level & arrange for Tours all over the World.
 
We will start with listing Major Tour operators in India and will go on updating this blog with more and more medium and small operators. They offer Hotel bookings, Airline or Railway bookings, Car booking and Holiday packages.They are in Travel & Hospitality sector.
 
As Tourism Industry has started well in advance for online business, there are many online Tour Operators in India which are big brands now. Many of these players operate in both Offline and Online model but some have only online e-commerce travel portals. With India PM Narendra Modi effect (Policies of Narendra Modi Government), the tourism in India is growing at a faster rate and we hope to see it getting better each year for Travel Industry in India and Tour Operators in India.
  1. All India-tours
  2. Akbar Travels of India
  3. Bhagyashri Travels
  4. BTW Visa Services
  5. Cleartrip
  6. Cox and Kings
  7. Expedia
  8. Girikand Travels
  9. Goibibo
  10. Gurunath Travels
  11. Indian Association of Tour Operators
  12. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Tourism
  13. India tours online
  14. India tour city
  15. Kesari Tours
  16. MakeMyTrip / Make My Trip
  17. Prasanna Holidays
  18. SOTC Holidays
  19. Strawberi Holidays
  20. Travel chacha
  21. Travelmasti
  22. Travel triangle
  23. Trip Advisor India
  24. Travelguru
  25. Thomas Cook India
  26. Veena World
  27. Vihar Travels
  28. Yatra

Tea Tourism is yet another way to explore India

Tea Tourism in India

 India is a Tea (also known as Chai) loving Country in two ways. It is World’s second largest Tea producing Country and largest Tea consuming Country. Whatever Tea India produces, 70% of that is for internal consumption within the Country. Tea Tourism in India in getting much popularity it deserves. Yes, we all love Tea! J
 
The Main types of Tea produce in India is Black, Green, White, Oolong, and CTC. The most common and main variety produced and consumed in India is the Black Tea. 

Assam 

Assam is the largest Tea producing region in the Country mainly for Black Tea and another special thing about Assam is that it the only place apart from China, where the Tea plants have their origin. It is the North East state of India and popular because of Tea plantations as old as 100 years! Banyan Grove, Wild Mahseer are some famous Tea estates to visit in this place. A Tea festival in Assam every November is well-known.

Munnar 

This is a Hill Station in Kerala State of India and Kenan Devan Hills is a large Tea Plantation over here. This place is known for Tea Tourism and has a Tea museum. Multiple Hotels are there and Homestay is also possible at Munnar. This is the largest Tea plantation in the Southern part of India. Wayanad is another City in Kerala known for Tea plantations. 

Darjeeling 

Darjeeling is yet another World Famous Tea plantation destination in India producing mainly Black Tea. Glenburn Tea Estate is known for Tea tourism. Along with the beautiful plantations, you get breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga mountain ranges and the Himalayas. Being a famous tourist place, there are many more fun activities at Darjeeling. Happy Valley Tea estates is another place to visit in Darjeeling. 

Nilgiri Mountain ranges

The Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is a South Indian destination for Tea Plantations is also a hill station. This place is also producing Tea for more than 100 years.

Kangra Valley

This valley in the Himachal Pradesh also produces specific varieties of Tea and if you are visiting Himachal Pradesh, visiting Dharamshala Tea Company gardens Dharamshala may be a good idea. The ‘Darang Tea estate’ is another Tea plantation over here which is in existence for 150 years. The Tea gardens are also there in entire Palampur area of Himachal Pradesh state. Tea Tourism in India has its roots in Himalaya also.
 

There are more Tea gardens and Tea plantations in India but I have the list of major ones over here. Each Tea plantation has a different variety of Tea and whole leaf tea is the most in demand. The final Tea product is sold as loose leaf Tea or Tea Bags and CTC production involves using machines but the real taste lies with Black, Green, White and Oolong whole leaf tea.

Visiting these Tea plantations is an exciting experience. We can see that the Tea plantations are in Himachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu; so Tea Tourism in India is another way to explore India!

Some Uncommon Facts about India Tourism

What is special about India Tourism?

A visit to Incredible India is mainly visiting the hill stations, beaches, temples and historical places. These are the primary attractions of India Tourism. India is well connected by Air, Railway & Road. In this post, I am mentioning some interesting & uncommon facts related to Tourist Places in India and India Tourism.

Go Goa:

There are more than 3000 hotels in the Goa state. Goa is the smallest states in India according to the area, which is 3702 Sq. km. Hundreds of beaches are there in India and you can easily find about forty of them in Goa.

Most Visited Cities

Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Agra are most visited Cities by foreign travellers and tourists visiting India. Chennai, Delhi & Mumbai are large Cities and business hubs. The Agra City is on this list due to the World wonder ‘Taj Mahal’ monument.

 Travel by Train

Gatimaan Express Delhi-Agra

 

 

 

 

At present, ‘Gatimaan Express’ is the fastest train in India which runs between Delhi and Agra. The maximum speed of this train is 160 kilometers per hour. The ‘Bhopal Shatabdi Express’ is second fastest train India with a slight difference in the maximum speed. The ‘Vivek Express’ running between Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is currently the longest train route in India. It connects Dibrugarh in Assam & Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of Mainland India. The journey is of 85 hours on a 3715 km railway route.


Super Luxury Tours & Stay in India Tourism

Maharaja Express - India

 

 

 

 

Maharaja’s Express is the World’s most expensive tourist train & it is operated by Indian Railways. It operates on six routes and the journeys are named as Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Gems of India, Indian Panorama, Indian Splendour and the Jewels of India. These are 3-night to 7-night duration journeys mainly centered on Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is famous for Royal Tourism experience. The Rambagh Palace at Jaipur, Taj Lake Palace at Udaipur are the costliest hotels in India. They are followed by The Leela Palace Kempinski at New Delhi and The Oberoi at Gurgaon for per night charges. These tours and Hotels are not just costly by Indian standard of living but even the rich people in other countries also find it very costly.

Tea Tourism

Tea Plantation - Assam








Assam is the largest tea producing state in India. You can visit the beautiful Tea plantations here. The famous Tea plantations are at Assam, Munnar and Wayanad in Kerala, Darjeeling, Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu and Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh.

Coffee Tourism

Coffee Plantation - Karnataka

 

 

 

 

Similar to Tea lovers, there are many Coffee lovers and you can enjoy the Coffee Tourism also in India. The places you can visit to see the lush green Coffee plantations are Chikmagalur and Coorg in Karnataka, Yercaud in Tamil Nadu and Araku in Andhra Pradesh.

Medical – Healthcare – Ayurvedic Tourism










Medical Tourism is a growing sector in India and the metros are popular because of the low-cost of health treatments compared to many other countries. The state of Kerala is known for Ayurvedic and natural remedies and treatments like Ayurvedic Massage.

Many tourists visiting India like specific things like ‘Indian Curry’, ‘Masala Chai’ or ‘Masala Tea’, ‘Seafood’, Indian spices and even the veg food with Indian spices. These are additions to the attractions in India and I meet many people from out of India, who mention that they love Indian food! India Tourism is experiencing all of this and not just visiting the famous tourist places. Contact us for specific interests, requirements or more information and we will be happy to help.

Cheap Travelling all over India

Budget Travel in India

India is a vast Country and is spread across 3.287 million km2 area. India has 29 states and 7 Union Territories. It is very well connected by a Countywide Train network. You can travel across the Country using Public Transport (State Government Buses). The bus transport is also a good option for Cheap Travelling or budget travel within the States and the interior places.
Though every single state has tourist places, if you are keen on visiting the most famous tourist places in India, there are few states to visit. Railway network connects to all states and all metros.

Key Tourist States


Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, and Kerala are the states which normally all tourists like to visit. It depending on the season they visit India, but it doesn’t mean you can ignore other states. Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are very close to Himalaya mountains. Goa is famous for its beaches, great resorts, and seafood. Kerala (God’s Own Country) is a green state with a lot of coconut trees, Tea plantation, calm beaches & Ayurvedic Centres. Rajasthan is famous for its historical places, Royal hotels, and forts. Rajasthan is very hot in Summer & very cold in Winter. This is a very short description as covering each state requires writing a long article on it. Based on reader views, I am also adding a visit to Hyderabad and Ramoji Film City in this list.
One can travel alone, as a couple or with family and friends to all these places. It’s fun and filled with excitement. Browse through the blog and keep reading for more places and specific details. There are hundreds of Tour operators actively working in India. Some are operating at National level and some are operating at State level. If you are visiting from a different country, you can check with some authorised Tour operators before booking a trip. Additional information about India tourism is available from INDIA TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (ITDC) website or State-owned tourism websites named as <state name> Tourism Development Corporation. You should have a good time in hand to use the guided tours.

Special advice for foreigners

Travelling by Train to major Railway Stations in India like from one State to another is easiest and cheapest. Once you go to a particular state and want to travel interiors of the State, Bus Transport or Taxi could be a better option. Near all major tourist attractions, you will find comfortable hotels. If you are travelling from another Country, prefer a 3-star, 4-star or 5-star hotel to meet the basic expectations you will have from a good hotel.

Air travel is also affordable and if the Train is going to take more than 8 hours, you nay go with Air Travel if the budget allows. Select Shivneri Bus service (operated by State Transport) in Maharashtra State or other Volvo State Transport buses for a comfortable journey. These buses cost more than the regular state transport buses, but if you are visiting from any other Country, they are not very costly. Cheap Travelling in India is not difficult if you get a proper guidance.

Travel and Shop – The Amazing Handicraft of India

Handicraft of India

Whether you are an Indian or a visitor to India, I am sure you know about Ajanta and Ellora caves. These are indeed major tourist attractions and famous archaeological sites near the Aurangabad City of Maharashtra State. But once you see the caves, what you remember permanently is the Art & Craft! You will remember the paintings, carvings on the wall and sculptures for all your life. Handicraft is a key art in Indian culture.
 
Handcrafted CamelArt and Craft are not just topics of discussion and to be taught in Schools and Colleges in India. These are part of life ana a major Industry as well. Every state in India has something specialty.  The traditional Craft is producing over there for years and years. It could be machine made or hand made but the items made are still of the export quality. Though each state has their own hand-craft items on sale in their state emporium, Assam and Rajasthan produce more of these items. You will have specialties from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Utter Pradesh also.


Handcrafted ElephantAs you start travelling in the interior of different States, you will realise that small towns and villages also have their own unique way of making particular items and the places are famous because of these items. The items could be clothing, earthen pots, show pieces, utensils, toys, purses and handbags or even nicely crafted stationery. No doubt the tourists from different countries buy these beautifully crafted items back home as memories of visiting India but when India tourists travel to different states, they also get attracted towards the local craft shops.
 
 
Hand made cloth of Aasam
‘Paithni’ is a famous expensive Indian Saree which is handcrafted in a town named as Paithan in Maharashtra. Sawantwadi in Konkan part of Maharashtra is famous for producing Wooden Toys. These are just examples and you will find such places in each and every state in India.
Kolhapur Chappals (Sandals), Savantwadi Wooden Toys, Rajasthan Murals and Woodcraft elements, Paithani Saree from Paithan, Kanjivaram / Kanchipuram Saree from Tamilnadu are World famous handicraft items.The tourists visiting India always like to buy them.
There are special markets to sell just these beautiful handicraft items. It is an amazing experience to see these craft items being made and even just own them! You can have this fun of Travelling and Shopping together across entire India!