India is often mentioned as the land that has its 'unity in its diversity'. While this is quite the cliché and has been worn to death, many interesting facts about India reflect the diverse cultures existing here together. Every state in India is a unique repository of its own art and history. It's tough to think of another country in the world that has so much diversity among its states. The heritage and culture of each individual state when fused together form an iridescent amalgamation that is beautiful in the truest sense of the world.
29 is just a number. Interesting facts about India and the reasons why one should visit this country are far too tremendous to be enumerated. Nonetheless, here are the 29 reasons to visit the 29 states of India.
1. Andhra Pradesh
Unravel the mystery of The Roopkund Lake.
Roopkund Lake is one of many Himalayan lakes but its gorgeous and mysterious setting make it stand out. The mystical aura that the place emits is addictive and one trip there will leave you yearning for more.
Revel in the joyous aura at The Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Varanasi’s liveliest and most colourful ghat, this is a place which represents the entire city. Vibrant and noisy from the outside, serene and pious from the inside. An amazing fact about India relating to this city is that Varanasi is one of the 20 oldest continually-inhabited places on earth.
Experience nobility at The Ujjayanta Palace.
Ujjayanta Palace, located in Agartala, is the crown jewel of Tripura’s heritage. Home to the royal family, it has a museum steeped in Tripuri history that is adorned with gorgeous artefacts from various ages.
Take a walk through history at The Golconda Fort.
Even though only ruins of the original majestic fort remain, it still has an idyllic charm that is capable of captivating travelers. Exploring the entire fort on foot will probably teach you more history than all your high school lessons. An interesting fact about India related to Golcoda Fort is that it once had a vault that stored the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond.
Let spirituality envelop you at The Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
If Swami Vivekananda were alive today, he’d probably choose another spot to meditate seeing the number of travellers this memorial attracts. The architecture here is representative of different styles and this amalgamation is a major factor that attracts travellers here.
Get up close and personal with the Himalayas at The Singalila Trek.
The Singalila ridge trek offers one of the most immaculate views of the Himalayas available as it passes through the scenic Singalila National Park. Amazing fact about this trek in India is the unbridled view of the Himalayas that are enticing enough to lure any traveler here.
Let the magnificence of Rajput heritage waft over you at Mehrangarh Fort.
If Christopher Nolan thinks the place is good enough for him to visit, it should be good enough for you too. Rajasthan contains the motherload of the monuments and history that make up some of the most interesting facts about the cultural history of India.
Get mesmerized by the resplendence of The Golden Temple.
The golden temple is the crucible of Sikhism in the world and even people who aren’t religiously inclined wouldn’t want to miss out on the spectacular golden dome and the peaceful ambience this place emanates.
Drown yourself in the rich heritage of the Konark Sun Temple.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Konark Sun temple is one of the most recognized travel destinations in the world and among the most amazing facts about India. When you experience the beauty of ancient Indian architecture at Konark, the sheer intricacy of the architecture makes an interesting fact about the ancient architectural ingenuity of this country.
Breathe in a slice of history at the 2nd world war cemetery.
The Battle of Kohima in 1944 during the second world war was fought in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner's bunglow, near the tennis court. The battle of Kohima is therefore also called The Battle of Tennis Court. The Kohima War Cemetery is a memorial in honor of the deceased soldiers during this war.
Fall in love with the idyllic charm of Champai Valley.
Legend says that the history of the Mizo people begins and ends at Champai. Called the ‘The Rice Bowl of Mizoram’, Champai boasts a fabulous view of the Myanmar Hills, besides having great weather throughout the year.
Experience amazement at living-root bridges.
The living-root bridges around Cherapunjee are surely one of the marvels of nature. An amazing fact about India is the marvels of nature that lie tucked away in the most unexpected corners. These root bridges exist here since hundreds of years and we find its first recorded mention in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1844.
Be enchanted by the unbridled beauty of The Dzukou Valley.
The name Dzukuo in the local language means ‘dream like’, something that perfectly describes the valley. The otherworldly beauty of this landscape can calm the most frayed of nerves and that’s what makes this a place worth visiting.
Be amazed by the spellbinding craftsmanship at Ellora Caves.
To see what wonders a hammer and a chisel can do, you must visit the Ellora Caves, 30 km from Aurangabad. What makes the architecture even more splendid is that the entire complex was carved out of a single monolithic rock.
Behold the magnificence of nature at Bhedaghat.
In search of interesting facts about India? There aren’t many places in the world where you can take a boat ride through a river that is hugged by color-changing cliffs of marble on both sides. Bhedaghat is one of those places and it is a treat to witness.
Rub shoulders with exquisite flora and fauna at Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary.
Deep, thick forest cover and an ethereal road provide an excellent opportunity to witness exquisite flora and fauna including Sambar, Nilgai, Chital and a variety of birds. An amazing fact about India is that rich art forms that resonate the traditions of every region in this country. When in Hazaribagh, learn about the Soharai Art which is indigenous to this region.
Revel in the untouched scenic beauty of Nubra Valley.
The vibrant flowers that grace the rugged terrain of Nubra Valley represent the balance of the yin and yang that exists in nature. Definitely one of the most interesting facts about India.
Lay your eyes on one of the most beautiful vistas the world has to offer at Khajjiar.
If you want to be transported halfway round the world, travel to Khajjiar, the Switzerland of India. Khajjiar is replete with jaw-dropping vistas that will leave you spellbound. The amazing fact about this hill town is that it is one of the 160 locations around the world that bear topographical resemblance to Switzerland.
Witness the colors of the world at The Surajkund Mela.
The Surajkund Mela, held in February every year, greets you with such a psychedelic fusion of colours and sounds, that it seems like the stuff legends are made of.
Find peace at The Sabarmati Ashram.
The Sabarmati Ashram emanates an inimitable sense of tranquility, almost as if a bubble wrap of calm envelops it. This was as big a part of Mahatma’s Gandhi’s life as any other and that’s what makes rich history of Sabarmati an interesting fact about India’s independence struggle.
Witness the forces of nature at The Dudhsagar Falls.
An interesting fact about India is that some of the most underrated spots here make the best site for exploration. The Dudhsagar Falls attain their greatest might during the monsoon season and it makes for a sight that is sure to amaze you with its beauty.
Discover the grandeur of the Chitrakoot Falls.
Often called the Niagara Falls of India, this is the widest waterfall in India. The calm Indravati River, as it drops over the edge, suddenly becomes boisterous signifying the ephemeral faces of nature.
Attain Nirvana at Bodhgaya.
The hallowed town of Buddhism in India, this quaint place in the South of Bihar attracts many tourists every year who come here to study, pray and meditate. The amazing fact about the Mahabodhi temple is that included as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. There are 35 such locations around India.
Delve into the beauty of Kaziranga National Park.
One of India’s oldest travel mascots, the One-horned Rhinoceros is native to Kaziranga. Just watching this regal creature, in its natural environment is worth the trip here. An interesting fact about India is that Kaziranga makes for two-third of world's Rhino population.
Experience tranquility in the lap of the Ziro Valley.
Arguably the most scenic terrain in all of India, the Ziro valley is nestled snugly between Arunachal’s panoramic landscapes. This pristine valley is also famous for the annual Ziro Music Festival, which attracts music lovers from across the world.
Get whisked away on a spiritual sojourn at the Lepakshi Temple
Every painting here, every fresco, expertly encapsulates the art and culture of Andhra Pradesh as it progressed through the centuries. The amazing fact about India that the symbols of its rich cultural heritage can be spotted even at the most distant of villages. This temple at Mandal village in the Anantapur District is one such example.
2. Arunachal Pradesh
9. Himachal Pradesh
14. Madhya Pradesh
24. Tamil Nadu
27. Uttar Pradesh
29. West Bengal
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Hang out with the Royal Bengal Tiger at The Sundarbans.
If ever there could be a place fit to be the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is the Sundarbans. An extensive network of intertwined mangroves, Sundarbans forms the world’s largest river delta. Just another reason to plan a visit here.