It is a country that is home to the second largest world population. It is a nation that loves cricket and most of all it is rich in diverse culture. Welcome to India.
India is the world’s seventh-largest country stretching from the high mountains of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, and from the sacred Ganges to the sands of the Thar desert. Its more than one billion inhabitants are divided into two thousand ethnic groups and speak over 200 different languages.
Conform its size and population, India has an almost endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments and places to explore. From the ancient ruins, fascinating religious structures, exotic cities and diverse landscape there is an endless collection of tourist attractions in India that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.
Sourced from: http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-india/
In India you will get to walk on a frozen river or even cross a living foot bridge from there you will experience a whole lot of nothingness. Literally India has the largest salt desert in the world and there is nothing else on it but salt.
- Chadar – The Frozen River Trek
How often does one boast about walking on a frozen river in a dreamlike destination? Stamped as one of the most thrilling experiences for an adventure aficionado, the Chadar trek route connects villages in the Zanskar valley deep in the mountains with Chilling and the frozen Zanskar River.
- Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya
What seems to appear straight out of a fantasy movie, the Living Root Bridges have to be seen to be believed! Some of these roots are more than hundred feet long and are strong enough to carry the weight of fifty people at one time. Located in Meghalaya, they are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Imagine nothingness and then imagine it some more! Being one of the remote places in India and the largest salt desert in the world, the Rann of Kutch comes to life somewhere in October as the otherwise watered locale begins to dry up. Try making it to Kala Dungar (Black Hill) and experience a panoramic view from 458 meters above sea level.
Now if you are a fan of ancient architecture then Goa is your next stop. Yes soak in all the temples then now come and see ancient churches.
The Early period – From 1510 – 1550 AD
The oldest surviving Church in Goa today is the Church of Our Lady of Rosary on Monte Santo, Old Goa. Built on the site of Alfonso de Albuquerque’s hill of Victory soon after he conquered Goa in 1510. The style of Churches during this time period is termed as “Manueline” after King Emmanuel of Portugal.
This style is an amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance and is a style peculiar to Portugal of that time. The decorative motifs of this style centered on Portuguese dominance of seamanship and included cables and anchors with seashells etc.
The Baroque period – From 1550 – 1660 AD
This period coincides with the Renaissance period in Europe and also coincides with the period of “Golden Goa” and the influx of Missionaries to Goa including St Francis Xavier. Church building during this time reached a fever pitch with styles and plans that are totally European.
The great churches of Old Goa including the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral, and the Church of St Cajetan and the largest of them all, the Augustine Church of Our Lady of Grace, now in ruins, belong to this time period and style.
Sourced from: http://www.goatourism.gov.in/destinations/churches