India has more options when it comes to travel that one can ever imagine. Covering the seven union territories in seven different corners of India can be an exhilarating experience and can offer adventure to historical insights to fun et al. There is growing trend among avid travelers in the country to take upon themselves to cover all union territories in their lifetime.
Head to the seven Union Territories of India and explore the uniqueness of each territory. The historic charm of Delhi or the splendid beaches of Andaman and Nicobar, the gardens of Chandigarh or the French architecture of Pondicherry, all the 7 experiences are starkly different from each other.
The national capital of India is also the cultural capital of India. With the combined cultural heritage of Mughal and British Era on display, walking through Delhi is like taking a tour of history. Various monuments like Humayun Tomb, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, etc showcase the architectural brilliance of yesteryears and are a huge draw among tourists. There are other buildings like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Connaught Place, Parliament House, etc that render the tales of Colonial of Era. Apart from these, Akshardham Temple, India Gate, Lotus Temple are structures that are titled as some of the most iconic structures in India. All in all, Delhi never falls short on amazing travelers, whether through its monuments, street food or culture.
Located near the Shivalik hills in northwest India, Chandigarh is the union territory that serves as the capital for two Indian states- Punjab and Haryana. The name Chandigarh is derived from an ancient temple on the site dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Chandi. The city is famous for its urban design and architecture and it is credited as the first planned city of India. The French architect Le Corbusier planned and designed the city in the late 1950s. Popular tourist attractions include The Open Hand Monument, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake and Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. The city has a bustling night life and lots of gardens.
- Daman and Diu
Located on western coast of India, Daman and Diu is a small union territory known for its pretty beaches and a mixed Indian and Portuguese culture. These islands were ruled by the Portuguese for a period of 450 years. Colossal forts, glorious cathedrals and many other monuments display the charm of colonial era. Major attractions here are St Paul Church, Diu fort, Nagoa Beach, Ghogla Beach, Naida Caves and Mirasol Lake Garden. The white sandy beaches here are just perfect for laid back vacation. Pleasant climate and picturesque landscape are what a traveler would enjoy the most while exploring the union territory of Daman & Diu.
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Somewhere between Gujarat and Maharashtra lies Nagar Haveli while Dadra is few kilometers north of Gujarat. Together they form a union territory. The region was ruled by the Marathas until 1780s after which the Portuguese acquired the control over the area for the next 150 years. Portuguese influence is quite visible here in architecture, food and culture. Blessed with abundant greenery, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a heaven for nature and wildlife lovers as the wildlife sanctuary here is home to some of the most endangered species of animals.
The union territory of Puducherry is well known for its rich heritage of French architecture. Situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry was a colony of the French 1674 to1954. The long period of French colonialism has rendered the union territory an exclusive French culture which is unlike any other city in India. Puducherry also offers some fine beaches such as the Promenade beach, Paradise beach, Serenity Beach and Auroville beach. Spend some leisurely days at these splendid beaches and dig in the scrumptious French cuisine. This French experience in India is truly an example of the cultural diversity in the country.
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Pristine white sand beaches, thriving marine life and lush greenery, if these elements excite you then Andaman and Nicobar Islands are just perfect for you. Situated in Bay of Bengal, this union territory is one of the most beautiful locations in India. The islands are quite secluded from the mainland India and thus they are less frequented by tourists keeping them un-spoilt and un-commercial. Andaman has some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Radhanagar Beach has many times been ranked as the best beach in Asia. Apart from pristine beaches, other attractions in Andaman are Cellular Jail, Chidiya Tapu, Havelock Island, Baratang Limestone Caves.
- Lakshadweep Islands
Gaining popularity among travelers, Lakshadweep Islands is the union territory consisting of 39 islands in the Arabian Sea. The smallest union territory of India attracts tourists owing to its stunning beaches, dense forests, coastlines dotted with palm trees, aquamarine life and water sport activities. Kadmat, Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Bangaram, Agatti and Minicoy islands are the best places to visit in Lakshadweep. The territory is accessed via Kochi. All tourists need a permit to travel to Lakshadweep islands. Post permit Indian tourists can travel to all islands. However, foreign tourists are permitted to just visit Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Islands.