The beautiful and varied landscapes of North India are sure to leave every visitor spellbound. This is not surprising considering the fact that the region is blessed with the mighty Himalayas in the north and the Indo-Gangetic plain in most of the north and eastern areas. This region is no less historically, having supported the most powerful Indian empires like the Maurya, Gupta, Mughal, Maratha, Sikh and British Indian Empires.
Some of India’s most popular World Heritage Sites like the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Khajuraho, Bhimbetka Caves, and the Valley of flowers are found here. Every year thousands of local tourists and curious foreigners come to see the Hindu pilgrimage centers of Vaishno Devi, Char Dham, Haridwar, Mathura, Allahabad and Varanasi.
North India is also extremely popular for wildlife tours. People visit the Corbett National Park which has the highest population of tigers in India, and the Ranthambore and Sariska National Park. The Keoladeo National Park is popular among bird enthusiasts.
Located in the Himalayan foothills, North India Tourism boasts of the most popular hill stations in the country. Even with the passage of time, Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Nanital, Ladakh, Dharmshala, Mussoorie and Nainital are continuing to drawn in many visitors and the numbers are increasing with years. Adventure freaks love trekking in these areas as they can enjoy breathtaking scenery, visit secluded villages and ancient temples along the way. The most explored ones are the routes from Dehradun to Mussoorie, the Dodi Tal trek, Gangotri Nandanvan trek, Valley of Flowers trek, Nanda Devi trek, Beas Kund trek, Triund-Laka Glacier trek, Chandra-Bhaga Triangle trek, Bara Lacha Pass trek, Markha Valley, the route from Lamayuru Gompa to Chilling, and Likir to Temisgam.
Another interesting popular activity is the Camel Safari in the Thar Desert. Though barren and dry receiving an annual average rainfall of less than 25 cm, the Thar is home to about 23 species of lizards and 25 species of snakes. Visitors enjoy the thrill of being in a different setting and are always captivated by the rich culture of the local Rajasthani villages.