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A UNESCO world heritage site, the rock cut caves in Ajanta have been a valuable source of information to scholars and tourists alike. The gamut of imagery displaying contemporary life, myths and beliefs stand as a testimony of the splendour that once was India.

The water locked Alappuzha, formerly known as Alleppey is part of the famous backwater country - a captivating natural scenery of interconnecting, labyrinthine canals, lagoons, lakes and endlessly beautiful Arabian sea shoreline.

The sacred city of Amritsar embodies the quintessential Punjabi spirit. The city of the grandest and holiest of Sikh shrines, a rich history, a unique and robust cuisine and flamboyant festivals all add to a riot of colour and flavour that has no comparison.

The Park is recognised as one of the most important breeding and feed grounds for the birds in the world.This magnificent bird haven used to be a duck shooting preserve for Maharaja Suraj Mull of Bharatpur. He transformed the shallow depression formed by the confluence of River Gambhir and River Banganga into a reservoir by damming the rainwater in monsoons. In 1985 UNESCO listed it as World Heritage site and earlier in 1982 it was declared as National Park.

Amidst the majestic sand dunes of the Thar desert lies the endearing city of Bikaner. It is the third city of the captivating desert triangle, completed by Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Supporting its description as the “camel country”, the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world.

The wettest places on earth, Cherrapunji receives an exorbitant 450 inches of rainfall each year. A dream like place with never ending rains, enthralling emerald green mountains covered in clouds, gurgling waterfalls, unspoilt forests and the world famous “living root” bridges – masterpieces of bio-engineering.

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Hampi is an extraordinary destination; it is the 14th century ruined capital of the powerful and prosperous Vijaynagar dynasty and is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments here are exceptional examples of ancient Indian architecture.

Strewn with forts and palaces that date back to the 15th century, Jodhpur was the capital of the princely state of Marwar where the Rathor clan ruled. On top of a hill, at the edge of the town, looms the Mehrangarh Fort, giving it a touch of medieval majesty. Jodhpur is also home to the Bishnoi Tribals, the fierce custodians of nature.

One of the most breathtakingly picturesque wildlife habitats of southern Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as wild buffaloes, tigers, elephants, swamp deer and thousands of birds.

Khichan is a small village which has a unique practice of feeding Demoiselle Cranes which arrive here in huge numbers during winter months. These cranes make one of the toughest migrations in the world by crossing the Himalayas to arrive at Khichan.

Famous for its sun kissed pristine beaches, Kovlam in the local language means "fringed with coconut palms" and the beautiful beaches do justice to its name.

The picturesque village of Kumarakom is a cluster of tiny islands on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. The lake also houses the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is an important biodiversity zone.

Renowned in the history of Rajputana as the birthplace of its greatest son Rana Pratap. It is also home to the virtually inaccessible and impregnable fortress built in the 15th century by the great warrior Rana Kumbha of Mewar. The fortress stands on a 3,500 feet high hill overlooking the approach routes from Ajmer and Marwar. Today Kumbhalgarh is a fascinating destination that combines a magnificent fort and a wildlife sanctuary.

Probably the largest wild life sanctuary in India with an area of approx 4950 km2, Little Rann of Kutch is one of the most remarkable and unique landscape of its kind in the entire world and renowned for the Asiatic Wild Ass Sanctuary.

Famous as the largest riverine island in the world, Majuli in the Indian state of Assam is also known for its rich ecosystem and Vaisnavite culture. Majuli has been nominated to UNESCO as a tentative World Heritage site. Majuli Festival - 21-24 Novemebr 2011

The city of Mysore is popularly known as the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka . Famous for its magnificent architectural structures, temples, gardens and Dassara festival, Mysore presents an impressive mythical and historical past.

Around 20 km from Jhansi is Orchha, the royal abode of the Bundela rulers. This town, in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, was once the seat of the former princely state of Central India. Orchha has become a major tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh, due to the number of beautifully constructed palaces, temples and cenotaphs built in the 16th and 17th centuries, reflecting the rich Bundela art and architecture.

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