India is a country which is brimming with places. Every place has something unique to offer for a first-time visitor. Whether you are young or old, spiritual or atheist, man or woman, you must check out these 5 destinations which are making great noise these days:
i. Gangtok: Gangtok is a charming hill station which is now giving stiff competition to its cousins like Shimla and Darjeeling. The USP of Gangtok lies in its quietness and its beautiful monasteries. The place is brimming with flora and there is no dearth of orchards & pines! There are some scintillating lakes as well, and one of the largest reasons why this locale is growing in popularity is its undiscovered trekking sites. There are excellent Gangtok hotels & resorts where you can lodge, eat and savor the amenities.
ii. Kolkata: Kolkata is a city which wears its cultural badge on its sleeve. It is also the city of extremes. A few things like the hand-filled rickshaws stand out as conservative & colonial, while the same city also boasts of the impressive underground metro rail. From the heritage buildings at Dalhousie Street to the plushalls in Salt Lake, this city is growing from strength to strength. The best thing about Kolkata is that it refuses to give up its traditions. And just in case, you love food, this city promises a sweet potpourri.
iii. Tirupati: Tirupati is a religious destination and has the richest temple in the world. The Tirupati temple in the Tirumala Hill accommodates the holy shrine of Lord Venkateswara. It is a place where devotees gather in thousands and millions for one brief visit and one sparing glimpse of the shrine. With hundreds of temples and some top-class Tirupati hotels, the place is receiving tourists from all parts of the world. There are some natural attractions too.
iv. Ooty: Ooty is a small hill station in the southern part of India. It has often been compared with Scotland because of its serenity and its poetic hills. The resemblance between Ooty and Scotland is uncannily identical. Both of them regale travelers with their virgin beauty and sparkling lakes. Ooty is also home of rhododendrons and a number of trekking tracks. Bookings of Ooty hotels can also be done online. Keeping all these things in mind, a trip to this paradise-like place must always feature in your priority list.
v. Kashmir: You can come up with any sort of list but it would be hard to ignore this 'jannat of Earth' which continues to draw tourists in humongous proportions. Kashmir is one place on the planet which still has not changed much despite the modernization. It is green, wet and tranquil. Its Dal Lake can easily make it to the 'top 10 beautiful places in the world'. And its melting glaciers and religious temples are always a big lure for naturalists & pilgrims alike.