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October 14, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Home to more than a billion people, India is the 6th largest country and the largest democracy in the world. Actually, the land is a sub-continent and extents from the Himalayas in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south, traversing mountain ranges, dense forests, deserts, plains and vast plateaus. Deriving its name from the holy Indus River in the west, India reaches to the Brahmaputra Valley in the east. Four religions were born in India, namely Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, as followed by 25% of the world’s population. Varanasi, formerly called Benares, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, while Hindi is the official language of the Federal Republic of India today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political program is called “Looking East” to the 10 ASEAN countries and it is with neighboring China that there are still border conflicts, especially in the region of Kashmir and Northeast India. As growing tourism brings development, prosperity and peace, India’s “Incredible India” campaign is still continuing unabated and includes the “Destination East” with the promotion of West Bengal, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar.

West Bengal is extending from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south. It is bordered by Bihar and Jharkhand on the west andBangladesh in the east. A tour of West Bengal logically begins in its capital Kolkata, which owes its origin to the former British colonists and retains much of its splendor of yesterdays, with a presence that is at once imposing and overwhelming. Kolkata is a busy and bustling city, where the Hooghly River is meandering under the old Howrah Bridge and the new Rabindra Setu Bridge. An excursion to the hill resort of Darjeeling is a must, nearly some 700km north of Kolkata, famous for producing one of the finest teas in the world. There is a unique toy train to reach Darjeelingfrom New Jalpaiguri in the plains to see the mountain peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga among others. Sikkim with its capital Gangtok is a land of mystic splendor further north and can be visited only with an Inner Line Permit.

In the south of West Bengal and situated on the eastern coast of India, Odisha is still largely unexplored, with its architectural monuments, arts and crafts, beaches and wildlife. Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konarak are the places to visit there. Culturally, the State of Bihar is on the well-known Buddhist circuit with the capital Patna at the Ganges River and Bodhgaya and Rajgir as important pilgrimage sites, while the State of Jharkhand was carved out of the southern part of Bihar only in the year 2000, becoming a separate Adivasi land with a majority tribal population and two national parks to visit.

Also a paradise unexplored is India’s North East, being at the crossroads of the movement of peoples and cultures, where India is mainly linked toMyanmar in Southeast Asia. The famous “sister” states there are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, all separately to discover one by one.

Furthermore, Incredible India is heavily promoting its beaches along a 7,517km long coastline of India, where sun, sand and sea come together. Recommended beaches to visit are Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Benaulim Beach and Vagator Beach, all in Goa, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Wandoor Beach and Corbyn’s Cove Beach, all in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, not to mention by name the beautiful and pristine beaches of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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