India is a dream holiday destination that rewards every traveler with an endless number of tourist attractions.
India's travel and tourist industry has today positioned itself in the top ten amongst the 134 most preferred tourist destinations in the world. One of the reasons for this is that the country is packed with unrivaled tourist attractions.
The northern part of India boast of some of the major tourist attractions of India. Probably the best known is the marvelous Taj Mahal in Agra, which is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world, built by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1649 in memory of his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. The north Indian tourist attractions also include the Red Fort in Dehli; the Palace of the Winds, or Hawa Mahal, and the City Palace in Jaipur; the City Palace and Lake Palace in Udaipur; the Lotus Temple;Jama Masjid; Golden Temple; Jaisalmer Fort; many picturesque hill stations and forts, and the Himalayan mountain range.
The Tourist attractions in South India include Kerala Backwaters, Ooty, Rock Fort Temple, Golconda Fort, Char Minar, and many exotic hill stations in Kerala. South India is famous for its temples, among these are Meenakshi Temple, Somnathpur Temple and Tirupati Temple. Chennai (Madras) is a main city in southern India.
Like the northern and southern parts of India, the eastern and western parts of the country are also home to some tourist attractions. Mumbay, Jamnagar, Maharashtra, Ahmedabad, Gujrat, Vadodara are the major cities of the western part of India. Goa is the smallest state of India and it features many famous beaches like Banga Beach and Anjuna Beach. Eastern India is the most rural part of the country. It's largest city is Kolkata (Calcutta) also regarded as the cultural capital of India and home to numerous colonial buildings. The temple cities of Puri and Bhubaneswar are both located in the Orisa state.