Sightseeing in India

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Delhi: testimony of the Muslim time.
Agra: testimony of the Moghols times: the Taj Mahal and the fort of Agra. The Taj Mahal, became the tourist symbol of India.
Goa: Former Portuguese enclave on the Western coast, gained its tourist reputation in the 60s, at the height of the hippy period.
Rich cultural heritage and an element of mysticism. Various fairs and festivals: Pushkar fair, Taj Mahotsav, and Suraj Kund mela. Rajasthan, Udaipur (the most romantic city). Is famous to be the centre of theater, dance, painting and art craft activities. Some Indian sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, consult the website Unesco
Rich forest cover with some beautiful and exotic species of wildlife: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and Corbett National Park.

For ecotourism in India, tourists can go to places such as Kaziranga National Park, Gir National Park, and Kanha National Park.

Vaishno Devi, Golden temple, Char Dham, and Mathura Vrindavan.

Varanasi (formerly Bénarès): the holiest of the holy cities. The Indian pilgrims come to bath in the waters of the Ganges, supposed to wash all the sins. The most sacred is the Manikarnika Ghat; you will be able to attend cremations, but leave your cameras in your hotel. Go sit down in Dasawamedh Ghat to observe ablutions.

Variety of beaches : Goa, Kovalam, Puri, Mahabalipuram, and Andaman & Nicobar.
Winter Sports
Winter sports in India bring out the best of adventure in Indian outdoors: Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Mountaineering, Ice Climbing etc.
Outdoor Activities
Camel safaris, Rock climbing, Trekking, River Rafting, Para Gliding, Camping, Biking & Cycling, Golf.

For trekking: Ladakh, Sikkim, and Himalaya. For skiing: Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Tourists flock to Uttranchal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh for whitewater rafting . Visit: India Adventure.

From the semi precious stone to a trendy leather shoe, Indian market is the ultimate destination for the shoppers around the world.
Tourism Organizations
Ministry of Tourism
Dehli Tourism
Tour India
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Culture
For Further Information
India Travel Forum
Lonely Planet

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
People of India enjoy considerable political freedom and rights.
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
The press in India is by far the freest in South Asia, although journalists face a number of constraints. The press in India is almost totally private.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 105/175
Evolution: 13 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
There are some restrictions specially to prevent demonstrations.
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Generally widespread.

Although the Constitution of India prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, sex, religion and social status, discrimination still exists against dalits (untouchables), people from other lower castes and underprivileged groups.

Women's Condition

Women in India have legal equality, but discrimination does exist in various walks of life.

The malign neglect of female children after birth remains a concern. Rape and other violence against women are serious problems.

Despite the fact that making demands for dowry is illegal, the practice continues.
For Further Information
National Commision for Women

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Degree of Freedom
The right to practice one’s religion freely is constitutionally guaranteed and generally respected.
Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1%.
Role of Religion in Society
Majority of the Indians agree that religion plays a key role in their lives. Indians are generally tolerant of other religions and retain a secular outlook.

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