Thousands of tourists visit India every year looking for spiritual enlightenment and cultural immersion. When you are ready to take a break from meditation and yoga, seek out India's fun destinations. Step outside the Ashram and take in the country's natural beauty. Whether you're a single backpacker or a family man, India's cities have something for everyone.
Goa is known for its legendary beaches. Asvem, Morjim and Palolem are the most visited beaches in Goa because of their white sand and party atmospheres. Less crowded Galgibaga Beach is a secluded spot where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Indian culture is still present amid the tourists crowds on Goa's beaches. Cows, considered sacred animals, are found sunbathing next to bikini clad Westerners. The local motto, "Sossegade," means "Take it easy," and that's what travelers have been doing since New Age hippies came to Goa in the 1960s.
The coral reefs of Lakshadweep are one of the best dive locations in the world. Located off the south-western coast of India, Lakshadweep is a grouping of islands in the Arabian Sea. Only 10 of these islands are inhabited, mostly by coconut farmers. The majority of the islands are left in their natural state with their beaches and vegetation preserved. There are five reefs to explore and tourism is regulated to protect the delicate coral. Indians and tourists alike enjoy this newly popular destination throughout the year, except in the monsoon months, when seas are too rough for scuba diving.
Wild Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh is home to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. These parks have the highest population density of tigers anywhere in India. Here, it is nearly always possible to have an up-close encounter with a wild tiger. The parks use an unobtrusive method for tiger viewings, leading tourists though the park on elephants. Elephants are native to the parks and their presence does not disturb the tigers, allowing tourists to photograph the animals from only a few feet away.
Khajuraho is home to three groups of temples, all decorated with intricate Kama Sutra carvings. The Kama Sutra is an ancient text on human sexual behavior which is depicted in the explicit carvings covering most of the temple walls. Many tourists visit the temples between other tourist attractions, but the carvings in Khajuraho are considered to be the finest temple art in the world and much spiritual work is done by the people who live there.
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