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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.

                      Break free and make memories!

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                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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