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Top 5 Places to Visit in India 2019
1. Statue of Unity, Gujarat
The Statue of Unity is the statue of India's first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.It is also the tallest statue in the world and is located in Kevadia in Gujarat. The British divide and rule policy ended in clashes throughout the country and when they couldn't handle it anymore, quietly left the scene, leaving it upto the Indians to resolve the issue. After the partition in 1947, there remained 562 princely states. Patel united these princely states and unified India!
2. Adiyogi Bust Sculpture, Coimbatore
Being the largest bust sculpture in the world, Adiyogi Shiva statue is located in the Coimbatore state of Tamil Nadu. It is the sculpture of Hindu deity Shiva and is 34.3m tall. The bust was a work of the Isha foundation, a spiritual NGO founded by Sadhguru. There are laser shows depicting stories of Shiva conducted at the location.
There is no entry fee and can be visited by people of any faith.
3. Virtual Experiential Museum, Varanasi, U.P
The Virtual Experiential Museum (VEM) in the holy ghats of Varanasi is located in the Man Mahal Ghat which was built by Raja Man Singh in the 1600 AD's. The observatory here was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh to study the movement of stars and planets. The Virtual museum has several documentaries for its visitors, some of which include the origin of Ganga and her arrival on earth and the Ramleela. Tourists also get to witness the traditional weaving of sarees and other culturally intriguing processes in the museum.
Entry fee is INR 25 for local residents and tourists from BIMSTEC and SAARC nations while its INR 500 for others.
4. Andretta, Himachal Pradesh
If you admire art and fancy a silent serene yet insightful getaway into the beautiful mountains in winter, this is just the place. Andretta is an artist's colony and a village in Himachal Pradesh surrounded by lush green trees. the artist's colony was established by Norah Richards and is prominent for its pottery.
Located close to Bir Billing and having the Dhauladhar range as its backdrop, it has grown to be a popular attraction in the region. Several homestays cater to tourist needs in Andretta.
5. Murud Janjira Fort, Maharshtra
As the name suggests, Murud "Janjira"(meaning island) is a fort located in an island off the Murud coast in Maharashtra. Malik Ambar, a Siddi/Habshi King (inhabitants of India/Pakistan; of African origin) constructed the fort to fend off pirate ships. They, thus built an empire there which couldn't be overthrown or conquered despite repeated attempts by Marathas (Shivaji and his son Sambhaji), the British and the Portuguese. The fort remained unsubdued until independence after which it unified with the then Bombay.
The fort is open to tourists and there is no entry fee.