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Spectacular India

Author : Cara Brownethorpe

Amazing thoughts are conjured up when thinking of this fantastic country. Snake charmers, tigers, flavourful curries, painted elephants, the Taj Mahal plus the sacred River Ganges all spring to mind.

India's National Parks have the best Bengal tiger habitat in the world. You can spot the majestic cats at Ranthambhore, Kanha , Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Kaziranga and Panna. Meeting your very first wild tiger is a truly awesome experience and a privilege. To see them in their natural habitat is much better than viewing them in a zoo or safari park. You can see the tigers from jeeps or maybe elephants if you join a guided trip.
India offers more wild animals than just tigers. It offers unique bird sanctuaries that include Bharatpur, where indigenous and migratory wild birds alike can be viewed. India is really a birders heaven with over 1,249 species . From the Himalayan mountain regions to the Sunderbans mangrove forest delta, the land is special. It is home to some of the most sought after wild birds in the world.

Another great wildlife destination is Sasan Gir where the last remaining Asiatic lions retain a strong hold in Gujurat. They are also referred to as Indian lions and have played an important part in Indian folklore and society 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 known for its curries. An traditional Indian curry is a blend of onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and spices with meat; poultry, vegetables or fish. The amazing flavours in Indian meals are derived from spices and nutritious foods such as leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, grains and legumes. Nearly all spices used in Indian cooking were originally selected thousands of years ago for their medicinal properties rather than their flavour. Many such as cloves, turmeric and cardamon are antiseptic. Others such as ginger root are good for the digestive system. All Indian curries are made using a wide selection of spices.

A trip to India is an opportunity to check out the incredible Taj Mahal - one of the most beautiful symbols of a husband's eternal adoration for his wife. Comissioned by Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who passed away during childbirth, it is the place where the bodies of both today lie. The architecture of the white marble mausoleum is stunning. It is 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 greatly 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 on earth. It is sacred to Hindu's and the place where many wish to be cremated. Many wash and bathe in it and there is a continual traffic of watercraft transporting merchandise and passengers alike.

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

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