Hill Forts of Rajasthan
With breathtaking architecture and design, as well as rich and complex histories, this group of forts in Rajasthan are a must-visit for anyone seeking to experience India. Together an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the individual forts are the Chittorgarh Fort, the Kumbhalgarh Fort, the Ranthambore Fort, the Gagron Fort, the Amer Fort and the Jaisalmer Fort. Based on the Aravalli Range of mountains, these forts were built over centuries, from the earliest going back to the 5th century C.E. and the latest during the 18th century C.E.
Unscathed by modern civilization, the Ziro in north-eastern India is blessed with abundant natural beauty. Vast expanses of paddy fields, rolling green hills with abundant flora, quaint villages and its virgin beauty attract many nature lovers. Besides, this place is also a treat for adventure seekers, trekkers and wildlife explorers. Some of the must-visit attractions include Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna, Kile Pakho where you can soak in the natural beauty, and Dolo Mando and Midey are trekkers’ paradise.
One of the most beautiful places in Kerala for eco-tourism, Gavi is located in the Pathanamthitta district that was one of the two cities to cross the benchmark of sustaining cleanest air in India by Central Pollution Control Board. The village is surrounded in evergreen forests with plush flora and fauna. It is also an amazing spot for bird watching and trekking.
This city on the banks of the Ganges, considered sacred by Hindus, in the state of Uttar Pradesh is one of the oldest living cities in the world. According to available archaeological evidence, settlement in Varanasi can be traced back to the 20th century B.C.E.
Considered the spiritual capital of India, it is one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and Jainism. Furthermore, the Buddha is said to have given his first sermon after having attained enlightenment just eight miles away in Sarnath, thus founding Buddhism. You cannot quite complete your India experience without having taken a boat ride along the Ganges in this ancient city.
Khonoma is an Angami Naga village in Nagaland that boasts of rare biodiversity and rich forests. The village also has a legendary past and for all these reasons various government agencies has recently taken interest in developing eco-tourism of this quaint little village. Words can barely express the beauty and the magical experience of the village can offer.
The world’s biggest river island, Majuli in the state of Assam is a cultural hotspot just as it is a natural marvel. Being host to several of Assam’s religious and cultural festivals and events, this lush green island on the Brahmaputra River is one of India’s most unique offerings.
Another ethereal beauty is the Kaas Plateau, which is a UNESCO World Biodiversity Site. It attracts visitors with more than 850 different and unique species of flowering plants. When these flowering plants are in full bloom in the months of August-September, its beauty is incomparable. Being relatively undiscovered, you can experience this beauty in utmost serenity and breathe in the fresh, unpolluted air.