HIMALAYA TO KANYA CULTURE AND HERITAGE

MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN INDIA

Nagaland

81.Kohima

Kohima, the capital of Nagaland is situated in the Northeastern region of India. Valleys plush with natural beauty and raw ethnic cultures makes Kohima an ideal place to visit. Originally named ‘Keira’, Kohima’s name was changed to its present one by the Britishers due to their inability to pronounce the name correctly. Rich in tribal culture, the people of the city have successfully maintained their cultural ethnicity in this fast moving modern world.  This verdant city features a humid subtropical climate that offers a pleasant weather throughout the year. The Hornbill festival hosted in the city every year in the winters is a cultural extravaganza where you can relish your eyes and ears to the vibrant Naga music, dance, and artistry. The Rock concert on the last day of the festival is a huge hit all across the Northeast.
How to reach: Catch a flight to Dimapur from Kolkata at INR 3,717 only!

82.Dimapur

Popularly referred to as the ‘Gateway to Nagaland’, Dimapur is one of the most commercial and important cities in the State. Nagaland’s only railhead, the city is a crucial trading center. Rendered with an alluring historical past, it is home to the remnants from the Kachari dynasty.
Inheriting its name from the Kachari word ‘Dimasa’ after the river which flows through it, Dimapur is a burgeoning urban town. In close proximity to Dimapur, is the highly visited and popular town of Medziphema, which is surrounded by villages like Aoyimti, Darogarjan and Aoyimkum.
How to reach: Catch a flight to Dimapur from Kolkata at INR 3,717 only!

Manipur

83. Loktak Lake

Image Source: Hemam Bishwajeet – Flickr
Manipur is home to world’s only floating lake, the Loktak Lake. It is also the largest fresh water lake in this part of the country. The floating mass of vegetation and organic matter give the lake a floating appearance. A part of the lake is home to Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the habitat for Sangai.
Image Source: indiawaterportal.org – Flickr
Sangai, or Manipur brow antlered deer is a rare species which is on the brink of extinction. The beauty of the lake itself and the surrounding flora and fauna make this region of Manipur an absolute delight.






Image Source: Hemam Bishwajeet – Flickr

Madhya Pradesh

84.Khujurao

Home to the timeless and artistic temples of the Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho offers intriguing insights into the intricacies of Hindu mythology. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the historical city is a symbol of medieval art. Out of the 85 temples, 22 still exist in all their grandeur. The temples nest artistic sculptures and carvings depicting Kama Sutra. The Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho Temples, and Lakshmana Temple are a must visit for their archaeological essence. Right in the heart of this country, which gives evidence of its discomfort with expressions of love and intimacy every day, exist some of the most explicit and eloquent depictions of lovemaking carved in stone.

85.Kanha National Park

Madhya Pradesh is the king of the jungle when it comes to tiger parks, and Kanha is the most famous. The forests are vast, and while your chances of seeing a tiger are probably slightly slimmer than at nearby Bandhavgarh, at a time of research sightings were on the rise. Add to that the fact that you can really go deep into the forest, and you have a complete safari experience, rather than the rush-and-grab outings some complaint of at Bandhavgarh. The sal forests and vast meadows contain tigers (89 at last count) and leopards and support huge populations of deer and antelope, including the rare barasingha (deer). You’ll see plenty of langur monkeys, the odd gaur (Indian bison), maybe even a family or two of wild boar and the odd lonesome jackal or two. The park is also home to more than 300 bird species.

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