Spectacular India

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Exotic thoughts are conjured up when thinking of this marvellous country. Snake charmers, tigers, scrumptious curries, painted elephants, the Taj Mahal and the sacred River Ganges all spring to mind.

India's National Parks include some of the best Bengal tiger habitat on earth. You can spot the majestic cats at Ranthambhore, Kanha , Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Kaziranga and Panna. Being able to view your first wild tiger is a truly remarkable experience and a privilege. To see them in their natural environment is indeed a lot better than looking at them in a zoo or safari park. You can see the tigers from jeeps and also elephants if you join a guided excursion.

India offers more animals than just tigers. It's got unique bird sanctuaries which include Bharatpur, where indigenous and migratory birds alike can be viewed. India is really a bird watchers paradise with more than 1,249 species . From the Himalayan mountain regions to the Sunderbans mangrove forest delta, the land is unique. It is home to some of the most sought after wild birds on the planet.

Yet another amazing wildlife location is Sasan Gir where the last remaining Asiatic lions retain a strong hold in Gujurat. They're also often called Indian lions and have played a major part in Indian folklore and culture for thousands of years. Generally smaller than their African cousins, the biggest Asiatic lion has still been recorded at an imposing 2.9m long!

India is famous for its curries. An genuine Indian curry is a combination of onion, garlic, ginger root, tomatoes and spices with meat; chicken, fresh vegetables or seafood. The amazing flavours in Indian dishes are derived from spices and nutritious foods such as leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, grains and legumes. A lot of spices used in Indian cooking were originally selected thousands of years ago for their healing properties rather than their flavour. Many such as cloves, turmeric and cardamon are antiseptic. Others including ginger are very good for the digestive system. All Indian curries are made using a wide selection of spices.

A visit to India is an opportunity to check out the amazing Taj Mahal - one of the most beautiful symbols of a husband's eternal love for his wife. Comissioned by Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during childbirth, it is the place where the bodies of both today rest. The architecture of the white marbled mausoleum is beautiful. It's one of the Seven Wonders of the World and beautiful by daylight or by moonlight. A must see for all.

The River Ganga, or the Ganges as it is also known, is a hugely important river. Originating in the snow covered peaks of the Gangotri Glacier in Uttaranchal, the Ganges is formed from six rivers.It is the lifeline of one of the most populated nations in the world. It is sacred to Hindu's and the place where many want to be cremated. Many wash and bathe in it and there's a constant traffic of watercraft transporting goods and passengers alike.

India is a fascinating country with so much to see. When you've witnessed some of the sights, smells and sounds of India, they will tempt you to visit again and again!

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This article was published on 2011/04/11