7 Top Tourist Attractions in India
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India is a country most often known for its spices, chaotic traffic and haggling practices, rather than its tourist attractions, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any. India might not be on the top of your must-visit list, but it’s such a surprising country that maybe it should be. Not convinced? Here are our 7 top tourist attractions in India which could persuade you to book that Indian adventure.
1. The Taj Mahal
It might be expected but there’s no way the Taj Mahal is not going to make this list. One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the story of the Taj Mahal is a love story which will make the most cold-hearted person all soft and gooey on the inside.
Emperor Shah Jahan built this mausoleum to honour his wife upon her death. Made mostly of marble and inlaid with precious stones, it took 20 000 people 22 years to build. It truly is a work of art – best to visit at dawn or dusk.
A holy city situated on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is a major pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Take a boat trip down the river and watch the locals bathing themselves on the stairways of the ghats as they wash away their sins. The Ganges is a popular place to cremate your loved ones so you will probably notice bodies being burnt on the side of the river, or even bodies being unloaded into the water.
As you can imagine, Varanasi can be quite an assault on your senses but it is a truly spiritual place that should not be missed.
If it’s a beach holiday you’re looking for – or just some time away from the craziness of India’s cities – head to India’s western coastline. With more than 60 miles of coastline, there are many different beaches you can go to depending on what you’re looking for – peace and quiet, yoga retreats or party destinations can all be found there.
As with any beach destination, Goa is not only for those wanting to laze in the sun. There are a few old cities worth exploring, you can hop on a boat to go watch dolphins or you can enjoy the most amazing Goan cuisine.
4. Amber Fort
Sitting on a hill in Jaipur, Amber Fort is famous for its architecture as well as its history. It was built in the late 16th century and is made up of pink and red sandstone and marble. Jaipur is in fact known as the Pink City as this is the dominant colour scheme of the city, but the Amber Fort still manages to stand out. More of a palace, there is more to this fort than meets the eye.
Visitors are free to explore the palace complex, with courtyards, temples, gardens and terraces. But the piece de resistance must be the Maharani’s bedroom, with its walls covered in a mosaic of shards of mirror and coloured glass. As the Maharani was not allowed to sleep outside, the room was created so that when candles are lit it looks as if thousands of stars are shining from the walls and ceiling.
The Kerala backwaters are one of the most Instagram-worthy sights in India. A chain of lagoons and lakes stretch as far as the eye can see, lined with palm trees. To while away a day there’s nothing better than to float down the peaceful waterways on a houseboat and watch as life on the river passes you by.
6. The Golden Temple
The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the spiritual capital of the Sikhs. It is surrounded by a body of water, thus earning it its name, meaning Holy Pool of Nectar. In fact, it was purposely built lower than the surrounding land to symbolize egalitarianism and humility. It is called the Golden Temple in English because it is plated with gold, and it truly is a sight to behold.
Also known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is a desert town in Rajasthan. If ever there was a town straight out of Arabian Nights, this is it. The majority of the town’s buildings were built with yellow sandstone, making a striking statement. Besides wandering the historic streets to admire the architecture, you can also visit the surrounding sand dunes, go on a camel safari or dine at one of the many atmospheric rooftop restaurants.
These are only seven of the many attractions worth visiting in India. It most certainly is a country worth visiting and where you will get more than you bargained for.
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.