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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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                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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