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10 Truly Amazing Places You Should Visit in India

10 Truly Amazing Places You Should Visit in India

There are infinite reasons on why you need to visit India once in your life time. From breathtaking views to religious destinations, you will want to wet your feet in every nook and corner of India. Possibly, you’ll also manage to find your inner peace and spirituality there, but what we know for sure is these experiences will go down in memory lane.

Traveling in India also provides you with various options to choose from. From national daily flights to India’s nation-wide car rental Bookcab, you can go from place-to-place easily. But, if you are having a hard time deciding on places that you need to visit on this trip to India, you’re in luck. We have sorted some awe-inspiring places that will make your visit all worth your time and money, just so that you can make up your mind easily for your next rendezvous.

Check out the 10 truly amazing places you should visit in India.

1. Islands of Lakshadweep

Island of Lakswadeep

    One of the loveliest places in India, famous for the water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving, the Lakshadweep Islands feed both your adventurous self and peace-loving soul. The serene blue water and green island that homes you in your vacation is no less than a piece of heaven on Earth.

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    2. Varanasi

    Varanasi

      Banaras or Varanasi is the holy city of India for people of different religions including Hindu, Buddhist and Jain. One of the oldest cities in south Asia, Banaras unravels a number of ghats (river banks), known as burning ghats, which are also recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      3. The Ladakh Lakes

      The ladakh lakes

        Home to some of the spectacular lakes with clear blue water and stunning views, Ladakh can awaken your inner nature-lover in the blink of an eye. The lakes situated at the height of 4,350m change their forms every other hour to show how beautifully nature paints itself. Make sure you take your significant other to show the epitome of your romantic side which is obviously brought out by the mesmerizing beauty of these lakes.

        4. Kanha National Park

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        Kanha national park

          You’ve never visited India if you’ve never seen a Royal Bengal Tiger. You can cross this off your bucket list by visiting the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, which happens to be one of the largest national parks that homes large number of Bengal tigers. Noted widely for the rich wild life and dense forests, this park is a must-see to know more about the wildlife of India.

          5. Kerala Backwaters

          Kerela Backwaters

            Often referred to as “God’s own country,” Kerala is situated at the Arabian Sea coast and has five lakes, canals and rivers to cover half of the state with water. Water connects several towns and cities in Kerala, which makes backwater cruising a hip culture there. Be sure to enjoy the trips in backwater lagoons and unique aquatic life that Kerala offers in your next visit to India.

            6. Temples at Bhubaneswar

            Temples at Bhubaneswar

              City of Temples, Bhubaneshwar is considered one of the holiest places in India as there are more than 600 Hindu temples located in the city. Take some time and visit the famous temples, like Lingaraj temple, Puri Jagannath temple, and many more whenever you feel spiritual or curious about Hindu religion.

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              7. The Taj Mahal

              Taj Mahal

                Located in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal is globally considered as one of the seven man-made wonders in the world. Among many reasons to see Taj Mahal, one is the magic of architectural excellence that Ustad Ahmad Lahauri has managed to spell upon this piece of art. Taj Mahal is also epic as it was built as a gift of love to his deceased wife Mumtaz by the then Mughal Emperor Saha Jahan in 1962. Taj Mahal still houses the tomb of Mumtaz.

                8. Goa

                Goa

                  The smallest state in India known for its rich tourism, thanks to the exotic beaches and intricate architecture, Goa is the place to go in your next India visit. The stunning white-sand beaches, the vast range of Indian and international cuisines, the flora and fauna, there are many things to see and experience in Goa. Whether you like water sports, getting a good suntan on the beach or walking the town to see brilliant architectures, it’s your call, but you shouldn’t miss visiting Goa at any cost.

                  9. Tea Gardens in Darjeeling

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                  Tea garden in Darjeeling

                    Among a large range of attractions that Darjeeling offers, their green tea gardens in the hills is what stands out the most. Although you can go for rafting, trekking or hiking when you are in Darjeeling, the experience of sipping quality tea at the top of the hill while looking at the vast greenery of the tea garden is what feels exotic.

                    10. Tsomgo Lake in Sikkim

                    Tsomgo Lake in Sikkim

                      Situated at an altitude of 12,000 feet and above, Tsomgo Lake can awe-strike you with its fantastic views and if you are lucky enough, you can get to see the lake freeze and walk on top of it. Although you need to trek to the lake, all the hardships become worthwhile when you reach to the tranquil that serene and beautiful Tsomgo lake provides.

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                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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