Glimpses Of Incredible India: States And Union Territories – Part II


Indian States

We are back as promised with some more gems, specially plucked for you from the dazzling garland, that is also known as India. We do hope you have read the first part of our series on the Indian States and Union Territories that together form Incredible India. If you have not yet read it, you can do so by clicking here.

In this, the second of our 4 part series, we look at 10 more states of India which shine luminously on India’s map.

The Indian states that we will cover in this post are colored in green, in the map below:


Jagganath Temple Ranchi
Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math Ranchi

Among the Indian states, this is a relatively new Indian state which came into existence in the year 2000. Prior to this, Jharkhand was an integral part of the State of Bihar. The Capital of Jharkhand is Ranchi. The other main cities of Jharkhand include Jamshedpur known for its steel industry and Dhanbad which is famous for its collieries. One of Ranchi’s attractions is the 300-year-old Jagannath temple which is built on a hillock. This temple’s architecture is similar to the famous temple in Puri but on a smaller scale. The Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math founded by Paramhansa Yogananda whose book, “The Autobiography of a Yogi”, took the world by storm, is also situated in Ranchi.


Hampi Karnataka
Jog Falls
Leopard  Nagarhole
Rangantittu Karnataka
Mysore Palace
Vidhana Soudha
Rice fields Karnataka

A state so steeped in history, that its origins can even be traced to the Paleolithic age. Karnataka situated in the southern part of India is a veritable treasure trove of wonders. The capital of the state is Bangalore which besides being one of the most important IT centers of the world has also recently earned the tag of being the most dynamic city in the world. Besides Bangalore, the city of Mysore with its royal heritage is a jewel in the crown of the state and a must visit for travelers. Heritage temples, wonderful wildlife – Bandipur and Nagarhole, bird sanctuary – Rangantittu, beautiful beaches and pristine hill stations make the state an irresistible destination. Hampi, the site where the ruins of the 7th-century Vijayanagara empire are situated is a place where stones tell a silent story of a bygone era.


Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters
Kovalam Kerala
Kathakali dancer

This state, popularly known as “God’s own country”, is situated on the southern coast of India. It is also known as the “Spice Garden of India”, and has been known the world over for its spices from as long back as 3000 BCE. The capital of the state is Thiruvananthapuram which was previously known as Trivandrum. The famed Kovalam Beach which is a favorite haunt for travelers is situated near the state capital. Kochi is another important city of Kerala and here lie the mortal remains of the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama, who arrived in Kerala in the year 1448. When in Kerala, do not forget to lose yourself in its romantic backwaters and seductive beaches.

Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park
Kanha National Park

The name of the state literally translates into Central Province or State, it lies in the heart of India, at the center of the country. In terms of area, this is the second largest state in India. One of the cities of Madhya Pradesh is Ujjain and this city was a major urban center as early as the 6th Century BCE. Today, Ujjain is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus as one of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingas of Shiva is located here. The capital of the state is Bhopal and a major city is Indore. The state has some rich treasures to offer to visitors and ensure that they have some amazing travel experiences. The Kanha National Park, which is said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the stories of Jungle Book, is situated in this state.  Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for its large population of royal Bengal tigers. The temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site is also found in Madhya Pradesh. The famous Sanchi Stupa that was built in the 3rd century BCE also stands as a silent testimony to the wonderful history of Madhya Pradesh.


Ajanta caves
Ellora caves

This state is situated on the western coast of India and is the third largest in terms of area. More than 112 million people live in the state, of which about 12 million calls the capital of the state, Mumbai, as their home. Mumbai is synonymous with Maharashtra and in many ways India itself. It can be termed as the economic capital of the country. Mumbai is the land of dreams which draws millions into its fold chasing those very dreams. The Gateway of India is an iconic landmark of Mumbai, standing on the shores of the Arabian Sea, it has many a story to tell. The famed Ajanta & Ellora caves which date back to 2nd Century BCE are situated near Aurangabad, a city in Maharashtra.


Loktak lake

This is a state on the North-East frontier of India. The capital of Manipur is Imphal and the lush green environs of the state and its beautiful hills make it an ideal destination to get close to Nature. The word Manipur literally translates to ‘a jeweled land’, and the enchanting landscapes of the state sing out the reason why the place got this name. Manipur beckons you to take a walk along the Loktak lake and visit Keibul Lamjao, the only floating National Park in the world.


Cherapunji Meghalaya
Meghalaya bridge

The abode of clouds is what the word Meghalaya means. This beautiful state in the North-East region of India was referred to as, “Scotland of the East”, by the British in the pre-independence era. The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong. Meghalaya is the wettest state in India and receives on an average close to 12,000 mm of rain annually. The state of Meghalaya is picturesque and dotted by enchanting hills and waterfalls. Mawsynram and Cherapunji, which are the wettest places on earth are located in the state of Meghalaya. When in Meghalaya, do not forget to take a walk on one of the living root bridges in the hills of the state.


Phawngpui hills Mizoram

This is a hilly  Indian state in the Nort-East of India. The capital of the state is Aizawl, and it is a sparsely populated state. A state blessed with beautiful valleys, rivers, hills and lakes, Mizoram is indeed a land of enchantment. Trekking in the untouched forests of Mizoram would be a wonderful experience. Phawngpui hills, also known as “House of Goda”, is a lovely hill station with captivating flora and fauna that includes Orchids, Rhododendron, and exotic birds.


Kohima Nagaland

Nagaland is an Indian state on the North-East border of India. The state is inhabited by 17 tribes with their own unique culture and customs. The capital of Nagaland is Kohima. Kohima is one of the most sought after destinations of Nagaland, owing to its picturesque views and exciting trekking and camping opportunities. The other major city of Nagaland is Dimapur and here is located the Kachari ruins which date back in history to the 10th century.


Chilka lake Odisha
Dhaulgiri Bhubneshwar
Odissi Perfomance

Odisha is an Indian state on the eastern coast of India. Bhubaneshwar is the capital of this state whose history can be traced back to the Paleolithic age. Odisha is home to the second largest lagoon in the world, the Chilka lake which spans 1,100 square kilometers welcomes more than 160 species of migratory birds. The exquisitely designed Sun temple of Konark stands brightly as a shining example of ancient Indian architecture and sculpture in Odisha. The famous Jagannath temple which hosts a Rath yatra or Chariot Procession is also located in Puri, Odisha.

Glimpses of Indian states. This post covers Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Odisha. This is the second of the 4 part series of posts on 29 states and 7 union territories. We have covered glimpses of 10 states of Incredible India in this post.

We hope you liked the second part of our series on Indian States and Union Territories. Do stay tuned in for more as we will be back with the third part of the series of the Indian States, soon. In the meanwhile, do not hesitate to write to us for any information about India.

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119 thoughts to “Glimpses Of Incredible India: States And Union Territories – Part II”

  1. Spent 2 weeks in India a few years ago and would love to go back to see more of this fascinating country. I have been interested in visiting Kerala for a while but this post has given me some more ideas for my India wish list.

  2. You’re making it harder and harder for me to choose where I should go on my first trip to India! I have heard so many wonderful things about Kerala, perhaps that’s a start! This is really helpful to get an idea of what each state is like and what to expect. We will be using this as a resource when we plan our trip!

  3. Such a beautiful post. Cant believe how you have included so much information about the 10 Indian states. I especially love all those gorgeous photos in the slideshow. I now feel bad that I have missed so much in India.

  4. India is such a huge country that there are so many hidden gems to explore. Kerala would be a great place for me to visit. I love Indian food because of all the wonderful spices that are used in the cuisine. This place called the “Spice Garden of India” is calling me! 🙂

  5. Thanks for this insightful post that offers many history, culture and off-the-beaten places in India. The Kanha National Park is a fantastic place but I have no idea it is the birthplace of the Jungle Book. I saw the mammals in your photo and wondering if the park offer safari tours to visitors?

  6. Everything that you featured here is beautiful. I definitely didn’t know this parts of India. But my most favorite part would be the Meghalaya, I just think it’s beautiful. That bridge and the majestic falls, just wow! I am definitely going there when I get a chance.

  7. What a wonderful breakdown of India. For someone who has never been, I have often wondered where to even begin! This is great information to form a starting point. But, I must say that from your photos, it is obvious that I must visit them all!!

  8. Great information on the various India states. I have many Indian friends from Banglaore, and it is nice to learn more about the states that they grew up in and worked at.

  9. I don’t know much about India so I love that you go into so much detail about the states. I think I’d love Imphal because of its lush green environs. I can see why it translates to jeweled land! Quite beautiful.

  10. Last autumn I was in Nepal for 2 month and I managed to cover only a bit of the country. That moment I realized how big Nepal is. Now, when I look at the neighboring India, I don’t even know if I can realize how big it is. In fact it is called the Subcontinent, right? Have you gotten the chance to see the Bengal Tiger?

  11. So interesting to learn that Karnataka can trace its history back to the Palaeolithic age! Meghalaya looks so beautiful…but I can’t believe it receives about 12,000mm of rain a year! No wonder it’s so lush and beautiful!

  12. I liked that you are breaking down each territory so we can get a better glimpse into this beautiful country! I would really love to make it out to India some day! I bet it’s very hot all year round, ya?

  13. Such glorious photos! There seems to be SOOO much to see I can’t imagine a quick trip to India. We usually vacation in 2 weeks increments and I think we would barely scratch the surface of all that India has to offer. I’m not sure where we would even begin! So much history and the buildings are magnificent!

  14. Your stuff is always so detail oriented, it’s a god send! I had no idea about the different states of India, this was insightful and fun to read! I really hope I can go one day.

  15. So I totally had no idea about the states in India. I knew India was a huge country but it’s good to know the history of each state. I’d like to visit the newest state, Jharkhand and learn more about how it came to be. I’d also like to visit Karnataka and learn about the Paleolithic era!

  16. Thank you for the virtual tour…..lots of beautiful places to visit….particularly loved the state of Meghalaya… for the scenic hills and the waterfalls

  17. So nice to see parts of India outside the hustle and bustle of the city! I feel silly saying this, but I had no idea there were so many green spaces! I’m even more excited to go now!

  18. Pinned! Once again, I am amazed by the diversity of landscape and the incredible beauty of India. While I honestly seem to fall in love with each State and Union Territory you showed us, I think I’d start with Meghalaya or maybe Maharashtra. LOL! Okay, even deciding where to start seems to be beyond me. Thanks for sharing!

  19. What a useful and complete guide about India! I’m planning to visit this country again next year, so I’ll take in consideration all these interesting places to visit! Thanks 🙂

  20. After reading the first part I came here with high expectations and this second post did not disappoint. Have you been to all the states? What is your favourite one? I am discovering Meghalaya here . .
    Please make me know if you ever decide to add some pins, would like to have them in my collection

  21. What a wonderful and informative post!
    I love reading about the history and the culture of all these places. It’s hard to say that all these photos are from on country. India is indeed very diverse with these beautiful landscapes.
    Happy travels!

  22. Reading your posts make me desperate to visit India! The wildlife images you have taken are unbelievable. I can’t believe how close you got. I know your blog is going to be a life saver for me when I finally make it to India. Thank you for the inspiration.

  23. I love how you showcase such diverse locations throughout India. I have still only visited a tiny part of the country but even that stole my heart. Still so many other places to go though

  24. I spent almost 2 months in India traveling from South to all the way up North and every time I read a post about India I think I still have so much to see! From your list, I’m sorry I missed Hampi and Odisha – I had heard wonderful things about these two places but we just didn’t have time to go. I would love to go to Nagaland and I wish we had spent more time in Mumbai – I guess we’ll just have to go back to Incredible India!

  25. I lived in Maharshtra for a few months and that was definitely an experience I will never forget. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see much of the rest of India due to my work there but looking at your pictures there is a lot I missed out on!

  26. Of all the states you mentioned, what interested me the most was Karnataka. It looked like the state has it all–from beaches, animals, falls, fields, and temples!

  27. I call India my second home, mostly because my best friend is there. Each part of it is so diverse. I wonder if I’ll be able to see it all ever. This year hopefully I am going back again.

  28. Great write up. I was happy to see Kerala in there. I may be visiting India next month so this came just in time. Do you have any recommendations for Kerala?

    1. Thanks Nicki. Glad to know you will be visiting Kerala. We recommend Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Cherai beach, Trivandrum, Periyar National Park, Kannur beach, Bekal Fort and Wayanad. Reach out to us if you need any further info.

  29. Wow! India is a really big country with lots of states. So much to explore. Not much is known to many tourists about these states that you’ve featured here so good job!

  30. You have created a nice series. I should say the snapshot of whole of India which is short as well as crisp with the great collection of picture. It will be a great post for the tourist and travelers who are looking to explore India.

  31. Wow. You summed it up so well. It was like a recap to my own travels. India is a huge country with so much variety that the Indians do not even need to go abroad for a satisfying travel experience. That is why I chose to see India before I started my international travels.

  32. Wow it looks so amazing. I want to go to every region. I think though I would love the mountain regions and I certainly want to see all the waterfalls 🙂

  33. Absolutely stunning! I’m so excited to visit India for the first time next March and this is absolutely helpful! I loved the pictures from Meghalaya. Also, I really love the way the photos scroll on your site – they look great! Cheers!

  34. This is a fantastic series of informative and inspiring articles. The geographical breakdown is so very helpful, especially for non-Indians like us. When we read about great places in India, we often have to do lots of map checking, but were learning so much form this series, in such an entertaining way that we’re developing a much better sense of the layout. Thanks so much for putting in all the hard work it must take to produce these.

  35. Interesting! I have a few friends that have been here actually, they enjoyed it and said it was definitely a great life experience 😀 Great photos as well! 😀

  36. India is such an incredible and diverse country! It was interesting to read about all the different states and the things to do there. Kerala is the only one I am familiar with, but they all sound delightful. I can’t wait to visit!

  37. wow! I had no idea there were so many states in India. There are plenty I haven’t heard of. I really want to visit the Scotland of India now! the mountains look majestic.

  38. I was not familiar with the different states of India. It looks like each state has something unique to offer. India has such amazing wildlife but I wouldn’t want to see the preditors like the Tiger.

  39. Wow. What an incredibly detailed and thorough post. Im bookmarking this to use when we go to India. This is oerfect to plan a trip and choose where to ho. India is such a big and diverse country!

  40. I love these posts. So informative. I clearly haven’t seen nearly enough in India. I was only up north for a month but India is just so HUGE! There’s something to see in every state and around every corner it seems.

  41. What a great post series! It’s so interesting to learn more about the different states in India. I have only been to Mumbai but would love to go back and discover more of the cultural heritage and amazing nature. Especially the mountains are supposed to be amazing, so that’s definitely on my travel bucket list 🙂

  42. Wow, this is loaded with history, stunning photos and so much information. Love how you have photos for each state. I never knew there was so much to do and see and the rich history and culture there is in India. Great map for reference. I pinned this for later us and to share with others. I will definitely put India on my bucket-list. Thanks for sharing 🙂 #feetdotravel

  43. This article is super interesting. I never thought much about the Indian states. I was only in India for 11 days with Intrepid because it was during school break. If I return, I would definitely love to explore more!

  44. This is one of the best posts I have seen in a long time. I love the way you have compiled the slideshows for each and every state. Would you be able to teach me that. Are you using the multiple slideshow option on WordPress? I would definitely be interested in making a similar one for the food.

  45. I need to visit more of India this year. Are you based out of Bangalore too? I was pretty stoked that it was declared as the most dynamic city in the world but I just hope they do something about the traffic. I love the slideshows here.

  46. This series is a fantastic guide to the various states in India. The more I learn about India though the more frustrated I get as my must see places list just keeps growing. I am a lover of waterfalls though so Meghalaya will have to make final list.

  47. So many beautiful photos! I love how you set up all the different galleries. Is that a widget that does that for you?

    I am heading to India next month and spending some time in Kerala. Your post got me more excited and I think I’ll try to make time to see Meghalaya in the north too!

  48. India is so diverse. Articles like these make me want to discover my own country before I hop on a plane to discover far off lands. Somehow, with me, it has always been the fact that I could cover more of India later (maybe when I am not “fit” to travel long distance). Well, a good mix is always a great idea. Love this article.

  49. Madhya Pradesh and Meghelaya would be my picks I think, although they all look fabulous. The waterfalls and surrounding forests just look like a place I’d love to hike. Been really getting into that lately. If imagery gets people inspired, yours will do the job.

  50. India is just so gorgeous! I loved reading about all the different states of the country and I have only heard about some of these for the very first time! I definitely would want to visit Karnataka for its history and stunning wildlife. Manipur also looks so lush and inviting! Love your series on India!

  51. This is a lovely roundup of India. Loved the pictures as well as the writing. Looking forward to the next part in the series.

  52. Like the first part of your Indian States article, I also like this one and saving it. I am planning to go to India later this year and your write-up is helpful for me to get a glimpse of the country I want to visit. However, it also makes me confuse on which areas/states to prioritize when I travel. Everything looks just interesting!

  53. That was amazing! The photos were incredible. I have a really hard time dealing with how amazing and extremely diverse India is and that every part of it looks so beautiful!

  54. Great post, very informative. I had no idea that India had so many regions and from this post I have only known Kerala for its spices.

  55. What an informative post about India, a country that I am waiting to cross off my bucket list. What I like most about India is it’s diversity. Thank you for sharing.

  56. What an excellent guide! I especially love how you’ve notated the map by coloring in green; that is a great way to visualize the spaces you write about. As always, beautiful pictures too!

  57. Karnataka looks amazing with the incredible architecture. Kerala has been on my list for a while but has suddenly skipped a few places to the top. Odisha I hadn’t heard of. This is a wonderful series and I’m looking forward to more. Bring on Incredible India!

  58. India is a wonderful country and we would love to see more so this is the perfect post (and series!) You have provided a lot of information to help us decide where to go next – I am particularly interested in Kerala after visiting Goa as it’s next door and I would like to see more of that part of India, but I also love the history and culture in other parts. Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

  59. Love your series on India so much to see and do hard to know exactly what to visit first. Beautiful landscapes, exotic wildlife, and lots of history. Hopefully, one year it’s in my travel plans!

  60. This part has a lot of my favorite places…karnataka, MP, Meghalaya, Maharastra….there is just so much to see in each of these and I can never get tired of them.

  61. Meghalaya, MP and Nagaland are on my list. Would love explore other states too and love the way you are showcasing and creating awareness about other states of India.

  62. I had no idea that new states such as Jharkhand were being created less than 20 years ago!

    Such a fascinating insight into some lesser known regions, each with their own highlights if those images are anything to go by!

  63. That first photo was taken in India?! Wow, when I think of India I don’t really think of beaches but that’s beautiful. I love this series and really appreciate you sharing your view of this beautiful country. Love all of these places but Odisha is definitely going on my list!

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