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Reema Bhalla Jan 16 2015

36 shades of India.

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From the snow-capped Himalayas to the coconut-lined backwaters of Kerala, the 36 shades of India are truly mesmerizing. The largest democracy of the world, India is a land of varied colours, cultures, religions, languages and cuisines. You cannot help but fall in love with the country’s rich history and breathtaking beauty!


1. Andhra Pradesh - Land of “Char Minar” and “Tirupati Balaji”



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2. Andaman and Nicobar - Exotic beaches



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3. Arunachal Pradesh - Land of the dawn-lit mountains



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4. Assam - Haven of the one-horned rhinoceros


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5. Bihar - Birthplace of Aryabhatta



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6. Chandigarh - “The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts us in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature. Here the radiance of nature and heart are within our reach.” - Le Corbusier



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7. Chhattisgarh - A destination full of surprises!



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8. Dadra and Nagar Haveli - Of orange sunsets and rustling palm trees



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9. Daman and Diu - A paradise of wilderness and serenity



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10. Delhi - “I asked my soul: What is Delhi? She replied: The world is the body and Delhi its life.” - Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib



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A trip to the capital will be incomplete without a visit to Chandni Chowk. Here are some intriguing secrets of Old Delhi.


11. Goa - Where life is a non-stop party!



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Monsoon in Goa is a great time to visit.


12. Gujarat - Of garba, Gir and the Gulf of Kutch.



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13. Haryana- Experience the rustic charm!


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14. Himachal Pradesh- Misty mountains, verdant valleys and lovely people!


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15. Jammu and Kashmir-
“Gar firdaus ae baruhe zamin ast Hamin astu hamin astu hamin ast”-If there is heaven on Earth it is here, it is here, it is here.



16. Jharkhand- Commune with nature!


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17. Karnataka- Home to the world’s largest monolithic stone statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali!


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18. Kerala- God’s own country of beaches, backwaters and houseboats!



Check out this detailed itinerary of a 10-day trip to Kerala!


19. Lakshadweep- Exotic beaches await you at Lakshadweep!



20. Madhya Pradesh- Heart of India!


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21. Maharashtra- Love the Lavani, Lonavala and the Locales.


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22. Manipur- “Switzerland of India”- by Lord Irwin!


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23. Meghalaya- Home of Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia!


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24. Mizoram-The land of the highlanders.


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25.
Nagaland - Fabled land of the hornbill


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26. Orissa
- A cultural and spiritual extravagance


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27. Pondicherry
- Where time stands still


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28. Punjab - A delightful medley of fun, food and festivity!


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29. Rajasthan - A colourful royal retreat


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30. Sikkim - Truly a paradise unexplored!


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31. Tamil Nadu
- The ultimate Deccan experience


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Make sure you explore these top attractions in Tamil Nadu!


32. Telangana
- The new kid on the block!


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33. Tripura -
An explosion of heritage and culture



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34. Uttar Pradesh
- Behold the Taj!


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35. Uttarakhand
- Abode of the mountain gods


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And here are the 10 reasons to visit Uttarakhand.

36. West Bengal - A lot more than pujo, pheesh and politics!


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Do check out these weekend getaways from Kolkata for more ideas.


With so much diversity concentrated in one country, being an Indian is certainly something to be proud of! Be sure to explore these 36 shades of India at least once in your life. This was our tribute to India this Republic Day. Share this story with all your friends and be a proud Indian

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