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10 Most Culturally and Geographically Diverse Tourist Destinations in India

Tourist destinations in most countries have a specific character and the variation, if any, will mostly depend on the change of seasons. But a list of most beautiful places in India is very similar to its ethnocentric character- unbelievably diverse! Varying terrain and diverse culture together give rise to the multifarious nature of India. From breathtakingly beautiful nature sceneries in east, most with least amount of human intervention, to the Kerala beaches with a mix of colonial hangover and a rusty indigenous culture, to the attractive and opulent Mughal architecture and also to the glorious temples of Konark, to the technocratic concrete jungles of Indian Metropolitan...India is as diverse as any nation could possibly ever be.

Varanasi

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Other than being overwhelmingly crowded and beautiful, Varanasi also a major center for not one but three major religions of the country- Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Early mornings are marked with the amazing image of hundreds of Ascetics rising from the waters of the holy hindu river, the Ganga, facing the sun in prayer. It is a powerful sight as the whole day its waters wash away its worshippers' sins. The evening aarti is famous, hundreds and thousands of lamps and music notes merge with the evening sun to create a vibrato of piousness and devotion.

Taj Mahal

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The quintessential tourist attraction in India, Taj Mahal is one of the symbols of India in western pop culture. The famous legend of it being the testimony of eternal love of an emperor adds to its aura as you witness in white marble walls marked with calligraphy and slight soot- product of an industrializing nation. Situated in Agra, it is the symbol of the Mughal architecture. Not just the marble structure but the surrounding gardens and the pool, all are beautiful and intricate architectural creations.

Ajanta Caves

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These rock-cut monuments are the most amazing structures from premedieval India. This popular tourist destination was discovered by the British accidentally after a prolonged period of ignorance. Not only are the caves prominent from a sightseeing perspective but they are also a major historical evidence of Indian culture with their murals depicting all important aspects of daily life. The structures are symbols of a diverse and culturally rich India.

Old Delhi

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The remnants of one of the most richest and bloodiest Indian periods lie in Old Delhi. It is one of the most important and equally famous examples of Mughal culture. Not a usual sightseeing destination with teeming crowds and dirt, it has an amazing  old world charm to it. The characteristic cuisine of the period of its conception is served to a popular demand. Old houses and architecture still survives but threatens to fall apart due to negligence of all these years.

Beaches

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India has no scarcity of tourist beaches with those in Goa and Kerala gathering most tourists and popularity. The diversity and culture found at these beaches is also an important proof of a history of major trades and cross-culture interactions. Nature and its components are not lost in Indian beaches in a mad rush for profits like their western counterparts. While Goa beaches are popular for their party culture, Bombay beaches are famous by the virtue of their repetition in Bollywood culture and the subsequent nostalgia for it whereas Kerala beaches are known for the diversity of culture and a scenic surrounding.

Hampi

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Previously one of the most important and prosperous cities of the world, now it is a rustic south Indian tourist attraction. A UNESCO world heritage site, it is rich with tradition and unique architecture. The amazing Sun Chariot at hampi is very popular among travelers looking for ancient attractions. It is not merely a tourist attraction but a historical record in stones.

Kerala Backwaters

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Another popular travel destination in  India, Kerala backwaters are one of the most scenic and close to nature tourist attractions of the country. The Malabar coast would feature in every top 10 list of travel locations in India. The bamboo boats standing tall against the blue skies and even bluer waters will take you on an amazing tour through nature.

Kashmir

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Although violence has ripped apart the valley, yet one can still see the justification in its name of  “Heaven on Earth”. It still remains one of the most beautiful and popular locations on earth. Home to the Himalayas and the famous Jhelum river, the state retains its dignity even at the face of adversities. The scenic beauty of its water bodies is complimented by the perennial river, the Ravi.

Ladakh

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Situated on the historic silk route, Ladakh is a sight for the sore from city eyes. The famous monasteries of Leh, are amongst the most important Buddhist spiritual centers of the world. Not only spirituality but also mountaineering, trekking and rafting can be availed in this comparatively less popular location. A perfect location for a holiday from the world.

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