The subtle Indo Portuguese fusion that is reflected in the Goan landscape, culture and society is undeniably a consequence of Goa's chequered history. From the fourth century AD, Goa was ruled by a succession of Hindu dynasties, including the Kadambs, whose rule spanning two and a half centuries is regarded as the Golden age in Goa’s history.
Haridwar is one the most sacred cities of India, finding mention in a number of ancient texts and scriptures. The holy Ganges emerges from Himalayas at Haridwar, and blesses the subcontinent’s heartland with prosperity, probably the reason the city is considered the Gateway to the Gods.
Kashipur is a town of profound religious, cultural, historical and archaeological significance, its history dating back to the 'Mahabharata' period. Haver writes that around 5000 years ago the city of Kashipur was a revered Hindu pilgrimage centre. The Chinese traveller Heun-Tsang has described this city as 'Govishan' in his travelogue.
Rajaji National Park that we know today is an integration of Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla Wildlife sanctuaries which are parts of Dehradun, Shivalik and Lansdowne Forest Divisions. The sanctuaries were merged in the year 1983 and named after the first Governor-General of India, Dr. C. Rajagopalachari, who was popularly known as Rajaji. The Motichur and Rajaji Sanctuaries are adjoining to each other while Chilla Sanctuary gets separated by Ganges and Chilla River on the south -east.
Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’, a small hill station in Nainital district is surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs. The Naukuchiatal Lake is the deepest of all the lakes in the Nainital region. The valley offers an opportunity of bird watching along with the tempting challenges like paragliding, rowing, paddling or yachting.
Wrapped in the verdure of Kumaon lies Ramgarh, a small hill station in the shade of the great mountain ranges of Himalayas. Ramgarh appears as if it’s frozen in time and a visitor might often feel that life itself has come to a standstill in this serene little place of wild forests and pruned orchards of Apricots and Plums, Pears and Peaches. The fruit orchards of Ramgarh have earned it the nickname “the fruit bowl of Kumaon”.
A hill station perched on a narrow ridge on Pingnath Peak, 1890 metres above sea level, nature is at its intoxicating best. Wild, yet tame when you know it better; beautiful, yet dangerous, if you aren't careful. No wonder, it has emerged as one of the most loved tourist destinations in India. Kausani is also famous for being the birthplace of the poet laureate Sumitranandan Pant.