India is the land of myriad experiences and exotic locales. It is a world of resplendent colors and rich cultural locales, be it magnificent monuments, heritage temples or tombs. The Country's ancient cultural heritage is inextricably linked to its technology driven present existence. The co-existence of a number of religions and cultures, together with an awe-inspiring topography makes it the perfect place for a complete holiday experience. India has the right tourism potential and attractions to captivate all types of tourists, whether they seek an adventure tour, cultural exploration, pilgrimages, visit to the beautiful beaches or to the scenic mountain resorts.
Places to visit
Travel By Air
A number of airlines operate in India both in public and private sectors, providing tourists with a plethora of flying options in terms of their time table and also flying rates. In India, a number of airlines offer their services to the people through their competitive quality standards and attractive schemes from time to time.
The field on air travel has seen a number of new players recently. However, the Indian Airlines and Air India, which are the government run airlines still stand strong, and are preferred by many. Indian Airlines offer domestic services, while International flights can be availed at both Air India and Indian Airlines. Some of the private airlines in India include Jet Airways, Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, Sahara Airlines etc. Helicopter services by Pawan Hans Limited also function for visiting various places in India.
The websites of these airlines provide users with the facility to check flight availability and prices of tickets, and also book their tickets online. To know more about the services provided by these airlines and to book tickets, click on the respective airlines.
Travel By Rail
India is a land of diverse culture, and Railways play a key role in not only meeting the transport needs of the country, but also in binding together dispersed areas and promoting national integration. Indian Railways have emerged as the sinews of the Indian economy, and have reached out to bring together the great Indian family.
International Tourist Bureaus are located at various important cities all over the country. International Tourist Bureaus issue reserved tickets to the Foreign Tourists and NRIs holding valid passport against payment in US dollars, Pounds,Sterling, and in Rupees against Encashment Certificate. These Bureaus also sell Indrail passes, which enable tourists to travel wherever they like, whenever they like, and whichever trains they like within the validity period. Indrail pass however, does not guarantee reserved accommodation.
On the whole, Indian Railways ensure that traveling in India is a cherished experience.
For more information please visit Indian Railways website.
Click here for online Rail Ticket Booking.
Travel By Road
India has 3.32 million kilometers of road network, which is the second largest in the world. Roads occupy an eminent position in transportation as they, as per the present estimate, carry nearly 65% of freight and 85% of passenger traffic. Traffic on roads is growing at a rate of 7 to 10% per annum, while the vehicle population growth, for the past few years, is of the order of 12% per annum.
Travel By Sea
India is a large peninsula bounded by sea on three sides, and is blessed with a long coastline extending to more than 7500 kilometers. To the east lies the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea lies to the west, and the Indian Ocean lies to the south.
UnionTerritories of India, lying along the coast, operate regular transportation services and scenic tours between various points. Traveling on the blue waters enveloping the Indian subcontinent is an experience to be cherished. Regular passenger ships are available in most of the coastal states. Sea journey is mostly used to reach the LakshadweepIslands in the Arabian Sea, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Both these islands are a part of the Indian subcontinent, and are also well connected by airways. A sea journey can also be undertaken to travel between the different port cities of the Country. Apart from taking a journey by sea, you can also hire a ship for fun trips in the blue waters.
There are nine Indian states and three UnionTerritories, which are situated along the coast. These are:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Tamil Nadu
- Daman and Diu
National Tourism Policy
Eco Tourism Policy
Rural Tourism Policy