India is the seventh largest country in the world and also ranks second in population. Surrounded by Bangladesh, Burma, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Pakistan, India covers an area of 3,287,590 square kilometers. Bordered by Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean it also has a coastline of more than 7,000 kilometers. It has 29 states and 07 Union Territories. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west. China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia. Indian Tourism circuits include hill stations, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, historical sites, and pilgrimage centers. Stretching from the frozen Himalayas to backwaters of Kerala, from the golden Thar Desert to the lush North East, from the sandy beaches to verdant jungles, there is a lot to explore.
Most popular metropolitan cities in India are Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. Hyderabad, Lucknow, Cochin, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Srinagar, Pune, are few more popular cities. Various tourist centers in India can be divided in six zones and they are as follows..
East India - Gopalpur, Chandipur, Digha, Mondarmoni, Purulia, Bhubaneswar, Bihar, Bishnupur, Bodhgaya, Calcutta, Cuttack, Diamond Harbour, Jharkhand, Khiching, Konark, Orissa, Patna, Puri, Vaishali, West Bengal, Sundarban, Murshidapad, Chilka, Bolpur, Balasore, Nalanda, Gaya, Sasaram, Deoghar, Sonepur, Giridih, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Simlipal, etc.
North India - Agra, Alchi, Allahabad, Almora, Amarnath, Amritsar, Chamba, Chandigarh, Gangotri, Gokul, Haridwar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, Kangra, Kannauj, Kargil, Kinnaur, Kullu, Kumaon, Kurukshetra, Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti, Leh, Lucknow, Manali, New Delhi, Nubra Valley, Palampur, Punjab, Rishikesh, Sarahan, Shimla, Srinagar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttarkashi, Varanasi, Zanskar, Kedarnath, Amarnath, Tunganath, Haridwar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, etc.
South India - Aihole, Alappuzha, Amaravati, Andaman Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Badami, Bangalore, Belur, Calicut, Chennai, Chettinad, Chidambaram, Chikmagalur, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Devikulam, Dharmapuri, Gulbarga, Halebid, Hampi, Hyderabad, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Karnataka, Kerala, Kumarakom, Lakshadweep, Lepakshi, Madurai, Mahabalipuram, Mangalore, Manipal, Nagapattinam, Nagarjunakonda, Namakkal, Nellore, Pondicherry, Poompuhar, Port Blair, Puddukottai, Quilon, Raichur, Rameshwaram, Ross, Shimoga, Shravanabelagola, Sivagangai, Srirangapatnam, Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur, Thiruchirappalli, Thiruneli, Thirunelveli, Thiruvananthapuram, Trichy, Thiruvannamalai, Thuthukudi, Tirupati, Udupi, Velankanni, Vijayawada, Warangal, Wayanad, Willington Island, Yanam, etc.
West India - Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Alwar, Aurangabad, Bhuj, Bikaner, Barmer, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Deeg, Dundlod, Dwarka, Ghanerao, Goa, Gondal, Gujarat, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Junagarh, Khimsar, Kutch, Maharashtra, Margao, Modhera, Mount Abu, Mumbai, Palitana, Patan, Porbandar, Pune, Pushkar, Rajasthan, Rajkot, Samode, Sanganer, Surat, Udaipur, Vadodra, Runn of Kutch, Dholavira, etc.
Central India - Amarkantak, Bastar, Bhopal, Chhattisgarh, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, Mandu, Orchha, Ujjain, Khajuraho, Sanchi, Chitrakot, Kutumsar, Ramgarh and Sita Bengra, Sirpur, Rajim, Ratanpur, Malhar, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Bhimbetka, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Maihar, Sanchi, Bhojtal, Gandhi Sagar, Indirasagar, Pipliyap, Bhedaghat, Nasik, Jhansi, Meerut, Sarnath, etc.
North East India - Agartala, Aizawl, Arunachal Pradesh, Kaziranga, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Assam, Guwahati, Imphal, Kohima, Manipur, Mirik, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pemayangtse, Shillong, Sibsagar, Sikkim, Tripura, Gangtok, Kohima, Ziro, Bomdilla, Majuli, Dirrang, Tezpur, Churachandpur, Moreh, Sandakphu, Pelling, Namchi, Lachen & Lachung, Unakoti, Pilak, etc.
Balphakram National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Bhitarkanika National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Dudhwa National Park, Gir Forest National Park, Gorumara National Park, Great Himalayan National Park, Hemis National Park, Indra Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Jaldapara National Park, Jim Corbett National Park, Kanha National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Khangchendzonga National Park, Kudremukh National Park, Manas National Park, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Harriet National Park, Namdapha National Park, Nameri National Park, Nanda Devi National Park, Neora Valley National Park, Nokrek National Park, Orang National Park, Panna National Park, Pench National Park, Periyar National Park, Phawngpui Blue, Rajaji National Park Uttarakhand, Ranthambore National Park, Salim Ali National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Satpura National Park, Simlipal National Park, Singalila National Park, Sundarbans National Park & Valley of Flowers National Park are some of the popular national parks of India.
The bio-reserves in India are the following Achanakmar-Amarkantak, Agasthyamalai, Dibru Saikhowa, Dihang Dibang, Great Nicobar, Gulf of Mannar, Kachchh, Kangchenjunga, Manas, Nanda Devi, The Nilgiris, Nokrek, Pachmarhi, Simlipal, Sundarbans, Cold Desert,Seshachalam hills Panna.
Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar, Cochin / Kochi, Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan, Orissa, , Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh